All major branches of Christianity – Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant – have been presenting Christianity as a form of authoritarian religion based on an enforced literal interpretation of the story of Jesus as some “deity” and yet another remote figure of authority to be worshiped in “alignment” with an already existing concept of an authoritarian “God” from the Old Testament.
However, the overall story of Christ takes on a whole different meaning when looking at it from a different perspective – from the perspective of “Christ” as a SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATION of the LIGHT OF CREATION acting in humanity to bring about a spiritual transformation and liberation of human consciousness.
As has been a tradition in all nature based, pre-Judeo-Christian cultures, the natural phenomena were symbolized with human characters and so with “the Son of God” – the Light of Creation.
Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. It is considered to be an innate tendency of human psychology. [Wikipedia]
Interestingly enough the character of Christ identifies himself as Light:
John 8:12 (NIV)
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
What is “The Light of the World,” “The Light of LIFE” if not the Energy of Creation acting in the world which can be “seen” with one’s consciousness when someone seeks the “Light” within.
In this view Christian TRINITY could be understood as follows:
“God the Father”: The Source of Creation – God as a “thereness,” as something that always is and has been.
“The Son of God”: The Energy of Creation – as something that has been “produced” by the “Source.” It can be seen as LIGHT upon contact because that’s how human consciousness “sees” energy.
“The Spirit of God”: The Consciousness of Creation – the pervading intelligence through the Creation.
The Source, The Energy, and The Consciousness of Creation are ONE.
From Wikipedia on Trinity:
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Latin: Trinitas, lit. ‘triad’, from trinus, “threefold”) holds that God is three consubstantial persons or hypostases – the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit – as “one God in three Divine Persons”. The three persons are distinct, yet are one “substance, essence or nature” (homoousios). In this context, a “nature” is what one is, whereas a “person” is who one is. The opposing view is referred to as Nontrinitarianism.
Man comes to “God” THROUGH “Jesus” because through CONTACT WITH THE LIGHT OF CREATION as a MANIFESTATION OF SOURCE in CREATION (the World), man comes to “Know God” and starts to develop communication and form perception of “the nature of God.”
When different stories of the miracles of “Jesus” are looked at within such anthropomorphic interpretation, they take on a deeper meaning — the Light of Creation is the great “redeemer” due to its transformative powers. It can make the “blind” see (enhancement of intelligence and awareness) – John 9, reanimate the “dead” (someone who is spiritually dead) – John 11, help someone to persevere through a “storm” (the storm and drowning as symbolic of going through an overwhelming situation in one’s life) – Matthew 14:22-33. But a deeper spiritual meaning of these stories is lost when looking at them in a literal sense.
It is possible that the general story of Christ was never meant to be appended to the Bible appearing to basically validate the concept of God in the “Old Testament.” Instead, it was meant to replace the “Old Testament” altogether with a different concept of “God” and a different direction in spirituality – toward a personal connection to the Source of Creation rather than “obedience” to some envisioned abstract of authority.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
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18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
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It seems that in the first passage the “Word” is equated with something that could be better understood as the Energy of Creation, perceived as “Light” within the mindset of human consciousness – the “Word” as an Energy of Creation directed into specific and meaningful structures analogous to words in human language in terms of meaningful structures of sound which is a form of energy in itself.
In the field of Astrotheology, Jesus has also been identified as a symbolic representation of the Sun, which in itself has often been viewed in pre-Christian cultures as a visible “energy object” that is symbolic of the energy (light) of creation. Hence, RA could be used to denote all three: energy in general, light as a perceivable manifestation of energy, and the Sun as an object of energy. The subject of Astrotheology in relationship to the story of Jesus, and other similar stories, is covered in plenty elsewhere so there will no extensive attention dedicated to it on this website. There is a sample detailed write-up on this subject by Michael Tsarion on his website.