Alan Wilson Watts (January 6, 1915 — November 16, 1973) was a British philosopher, writer, speaker, and student of comparative religion. He was best known as an interpreter of Asian philosophies for a Western audience.
In this video, Alan Watts shared about how the bible was put together by the some people in the early Roman Catholic Church around AD 300, professing to have authority to interpret it, presumably so that they could control the masses. I agree the bible is no more divinely inspired than some other supposedly sacred scriptures or books such as the Islamic Quran or the Buddhist sutra or the Japanese Shinto, and any human vehicle who claims to be inspired by God is invariably subject to having distortion in their messages or writings.
As he pointed out, those who think the bible is the literal word of God are entitled to their own opinion and no one is obliged to agree with their opinion. I would add that those preachers who interpret the bible literally and use it to control people with fear-based doctrines are psychological bullies, pathological liars and spiritual abusers. This is especially so in institutional churches where preachers resort to using fear and manipulation to try to dictate what others believe instead of encouraging them to think for themselves.
Alan Watts’ interpretation of the gospel resonates with me. I too have come to see the gospel as not being about pedestalising Jesus and trying to emulate him which is impossible and only leads to sin consciousness, but about seeing Him as a great mystic who realises his union with God/Divine and reveals the same divinity in each of us, as he has quoted from Psalm 82 that we are gods. I also like his explanation of the word “contemplation” (con-temple-ation) which means going to the temple (within us) to be still and know I Am (God/Goddess). Yes, the gospel is about unveiling our oneness with the Father (cosmic consciousness) whose love holds the stars, moon, planets, stars, and all of us and everything else together, as Jesus alluded to in his prayer in John 17.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
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