“What if the problem was that we ARE God, and that eating the fruit was a metaphor for the illusion that we were dividing ourselves and separating from God, making the One two… which is why the story of Jesus is a metaphor which describes the reconciliation of the two into One again”
– David Hayward
David Hayward’s question about the view of ourselves as God and the story of Adam and Jesus would elicit my answer that it is very possible that this is the allegory behind the gospel story as I have come to understand it – eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil gave man a duality mindset, thinking we are separate from our God self. Jesus’ story, thus, can be seen as a metaphor of discovering our true divine self in Him.
In a blog I wrote some time ago, I described how I have come to see the gospel story as an allegory about how each of us forgot we are God (and so lived in fear and despair) and we came to be reconciled with our God self again (and find peace and joy within).
I’ve come to a place where I see that the gospel is all about our inner universe. Someone astutely noted that God is our highest self and the fallen angels are those thoughts that rebelled against our highest self or God. Yes, these fallen thought-angels were deceiving us to think of ourselves as anything less than our true self (Love, Light, Beauty, Perfection, Innocence). Because of our spiritual amnesia, we forgot who we really are, and we ended up feeling lonely, rejected and fearful because we had attached our identity to external things such as our performance, our status in the society, etc.
Hence, God (or our highest self) loves us too much to leave us in that state of despair and so He sent Jesus (our divine Lover who is that part of our highest consciousness representing our true identity of Love, Light, Beauty, Perfection and Innocence) to awaken us to who we are, so that we can accept ourselves the way we are, knowing we are the Beloved. So we are our own Saviour, so to speak, when we love and accept ourselves. Self-love is the root and source of all love; hence, knowing this good news of our true identity will cause people to love themselves and love one another as universal brothers and sisters.
Here’s sharing an excerpt of this article I like. It reminds me of the above question about the possibility of the gospel story as being about discovering that we are God through knowing Jesus as our true self (or our identical twin, as mentioned in the gospel of Thomas).
“Here, as in Luke 17:20, the Kingdom of God is said to be an interior state; “It’s within you,” Luke says. And here it says, “It’s inside you but it’s also outside of you.” It’s like a state of consciousness. It’s hard to describe. But the Kingdom of God here is something that you can enter when you attain gnosis, which means knowledge. But it doesn’t mean intellectual knowledge. The Greeks had two words for knowledge. One is intellectual knowledge, like the knowledge of physics or something like that. But this gnosis is personal, like “I know that person, or do you know so and so.” So this gnosis is self-knowledge; you could call it insight. It’s a question of knowing who you really are, not at the ordinary level of your name and your social class or your position. But knowing yourself at a deep level. The secret of gnosis is that when you know yourself at that level you will also come to know God, because you will discover that the divine is within you.…Now, [in the Gospel of Thomas], this Jesus comes to reveal that you and he are, if you like, twins…. And what you discover as you read the Gospel of Thomas, which you’re meant to discover, is that you and Jesus at a deep level are identical twins. And that you discover that you are the child of God just as he is. And so that at the end of the gospel Jesus speaks to Thomas and says, “Whoever drinks from my mouth will become as I am, and I will become that person, and the mysteries will be revealed to him.”…What does it mean really to know oneself? To know oneself is to have insight into one’s own ultimate divine identity. You can go back to understand this to Greek models, which certainly exist. “Know yourself” is a very old Greek maxim… that is, you have to know that your own soul is divine, and then you know that you are immortal, whereas the body is the mortal part of human existence. Now this is radicalized in the Gospel of Thomas into saying that everything that is experienced physically and through sense perception, everything in this world that you can perceive in this way is nothing. It is, at best, chaos and, at worst, it doesn’t even exist in reality. The only thing that really exists is your divine spirit or your divine soul, which is identical in its quality with God himself.”(From “The Gospel of Thomas“)
- Thoughts about “Birth of Christ” (themysteryofchrist.wordpress.com)
- Video interview: After the Shack 1/3 – William Paul Young (themysteryofchrist.wordpress.com)
- Journal Postpones ‘Jesus Wife’ Article (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)
- The Gospel of Thomas
- The amazing reality of our inner universe
- When we discover Jesus’ identity, we discover our own identity 🙂
- Book Review of “Your Forgotten Self: Mirrored in Jesus The Christ”