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The Third Jesus, by Deepak Chopra - Excerpt

The Third Jesus, by Deepak Chopra - Excerpt

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Who is Jesus? In The Third Jesus, Deepak Chopra provides an answer that is both uplifting and challenging to current beliefs. There is not one Jesus, Chopra writes, but three.

The first is the historical Jesus, the man of flesh and blood who lived more than two thousand years ago. The second Jesus is a person who never lived but is a figure created by the Church to represent thousands of years of theology and Church teaching.

Behind these two images stands a third Jesus, the radical, mystical teacher who taught his followers how to change the world. In The Third Jesus, Chopra explores Jesus’ original message, revealing a spiritual guide of profound depth and inspiration that speaks to anyone who believes in the importance of peace and love.
By turning fresh eyes on the New Testament and returning to the essentials of Jesus’ message, Chopra shows how the third Jesus can truly transform our lives—and humanity.
Who is Jesus? In The Third Jesus, Deepak Chopra provides an answer that is both uplifting and challenging to current beliefs. There is not one Jesus, Chopra writes, but three.

The first is the historical Jesus, the man of flesh and blood who lived more than two thousand years ago. The second Jesus is a person who never lived but is a figure created by the Church to represent thousands of years of theology and Church teaching.

Behind these two images stands a third Jesus, the radical, mystical teacher who taught his followers how to change the world. In The Third Jesus, Chopra explores Jesus’ original message, revealing a spiritual guide of profound depth and inspiration that speaks to anyone who believes in the importance of peace and love.
By turning fresh eyes on the New Testament and returning to the essentials of Jesus’ message, Chopra shows how the third Jesus can truly transform our lives—and humanity.

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The Third Jesus
“Jesus has now long since escaped the confines of church, Christianity, and even ‘religions.’Chopra’s book thoughtfully presents a Jesus who is paradoxically both closer to the originaland more available to postmodern people than the stained-glass version. The book is boundto provoke both admiration and condemnation which, come to think of it, the maverickGalilean rabbi also did.—Harvey Cox, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvardand author of 
When Jesus Came to Harvard 
“Chopra’s book
The Third Jesus
reminds me of the theological work of one of history’s greatesthumanitarians and the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Schweitzerwrote extensively about Jesus and challenged much of the prevailing theology regarding Jesus’slife and ideas. Chopra is Schweitzer’s equal in bringing to light a fresh and profound way toexperience the teachings of Jesus.—David T. Ives, executive director of theAlbert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University“In this book, a man shaped by the religions of the East introduces the West to a Jesus we haveeither lost or have never known. That is itself a stunning concept, but Deepak Chopra is astunning man. He explores what he calls the ‘Christ-consciousness,’ which can be identifiedneither with the Jesus of history nor with the Jesus of the creeds, the doctrines, and the dog-mas of the ecclesiastical institution. This ‘third Jesus’ can be seen only when we move into anew human awareness that will carry us beyond tribe and prejudice and even beyond our reli-gious systems. As a Christian, I welcome his insights into my Jesus and his provocative call tome to enter the Christ-consciousness and thus to become more deeply and completely human.”—John Shelby Spong, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newarkand author of 
 Jesus for the Non-Religious
“The message of Jesus was clear, simple, and direct. But within a generation of his passion, itwas compromised in order to accommodate the widely conflicting views among those whoclaimed to follow him. In Deepak Chopra’s new book, you will find much thought-provok-ing material related to this compromise, which will elucidate many sensitive issues that haveperplexed believers for centuries. In contrast to a message originally intended to inspirepeople to the wonders of a world reborn inGod, the emphasis nowadays makes it almostimpossible to think of Jesus or even Christianity itself except in terms of the suffering saviorwho died to appease God’s anger against us. The terrible toll this emphasis has exacted onthe message is sensitively treated in a most compelling way in this very valuable new work.”—Miceal Ledwith, L.Ph., L.D., D.D., LL.D, former president andprofessor of theology, Maynooth University; served as a member of theVatican’s International Theological Commission for seventeen years underPope John Paul II when Cardinal Joseph Alois Ratzinger was president“The story of the third Jesus is based on the science of all great religions. The knowledge thatGod dwells within each of us is realized when we enter into Christ-consciousness. It’s criticalthat great teachers of faith restate the obvious in ways that can be digested by masses. Specifi-cally, that the idea of Nirvana, Samadhi, or Christ-consciousness is found when we become onewith the universe. Deepak is one of those great teachers. His voice reaffirms the science that isthe basis of all religions and echoes the truth in the human spirit. —Russell Simmons, chairman of Rush Communications
 
“What happens with an ‘outsider’ looks at some of the deep teachings of Jesus? Differentangles and perspectives are awakened and different questions are asked of the Christ tradi-tion. In this way, wisdom flows in two directions: East to West and West to East, and we allwake up—which is, after all, the purpose of a man and life like Jesus. This book helps to healthe divorce between East and West, underscoring that there is only one wisdom and that itdemands much of all of us no matter what tradition we come from and especially at this per-ilous time in human and earth history when we are finally realizing we are all in thistogether, and together we will perish or rise.”—Dr. Matthew Fox, author of 
One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing fromGlobal Faiths; A New Reformation; Original Blessing;
and
The A.W.E. Project: ReinventingEducation, Reinventing the Human
“In this intriguing study of the sayings of Jesus, Deepak Chopra gently releases this highlyevolved spiritual teacher, light of the world, and son of God from the limitations of dogmatictheology. With profound wisdom and clarity, Deepak offers the amazing suggestion that thesame God-consciousness embodied in the human Jesus is present in all of us individually andcollectively. In a spirit of humble knowingness, Deepak encourages us to look deep into themirror of our collective souls and ponder the question Jesus continues to ask: ‘Who do YOUsay that IAM?—Sister Judian Breitenbach, Catholic order of the Poor Handmaids of  Jesus Christ, founder of the Sari Asher Namasté Center in LaPorte, Indiana“In this book, Deepak Chopra proposes a Copernican revolution in our understanding of Christianity by replacing the theological version of the holy trinity with the triptych of Jesusas possessing a human, an institutional, and a mystical dimension. By emphasizing the mys-tical dimension and identifying Jesus as a spiritual revolutionary, he invites Christianity toperform yet another miracle in his name—that of transforming the world once again.”—Arvind Sharma, Birks Professor of ComparativeReligion, McGill University“The hardest thing to see is what is hidden in plain sight. After twenty centuries of doctrineand dogma we have nearly lost sight of the Jesus who was a wandering teacher of mysticaltruths. In his imaginative reconstruction of the inner meaning of the gospels, Deepak Choprareminds us of the third Jesus, the enlightened master of God-consciousness. It will disturb theminds of the orthodox, and delight the spirits of mystics and progressive Christians.”—Sam Keen, philosopher and author of 
 Sightings:Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds
“Literate, mainstream Christians will welcome Chopra’s championing before the world, themeaning of their commitment to action, practice, ‘ortho-praxis,’ following the only absolutelyunambiguous demands of Jesus on his followers recorded in the New Testament: serving thepoor, loving neighbor and even enemies. It is the most effective response to the Dawkins crowdwho never even mention the Bishop Robinsons, Martin Luther Kings, Dietrich Bonhoeffers,and Mother Teresas, who, by their actions, have shown their faith in this Jesus Christ.”—Rustum Roy, Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of the Solid State, professor emeritus of science technology and society, Pennsylvania State University

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mawls reviewed this
Rated 4/5
this is definitely one that could be read again and again in order to really digest what is being said. a lot of it deals with the individual and spirituality rather than organized religion. many valid points, and it also gives exercises and examples to work on in your daily life.
busy91_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I was never a fan of Deepak Chopra, sometimes I think he talks out of his ear, but I was intrigued by the title of this book, I skimmed through it in the library and it looked interesting enough for me to at least give it a shot. At first, I had a huge chip on my shoulder, I thought "This guy is a flake", "He doesn't know Jesus from Joe". But I kept reading, because the more I read the better the book seemed. I didn't agree with some stuff he said, but some of what he wrote was enlightening. And by the end of the book, though still not of fan of Chopra's, I had to appreciate the effort that went into this book. He does admit he is not a commited Christian, which is why I initially thought this book would be full of bull, but maybe it takes someone who approaches the religion from the outside to see how it works (or doesn't). The chip is no longer on my shoulder, and I am thinking a little differently about Jesus. I cannot say this is the best inspirational book I've ever read, but it was worth the read. Deepak talks about Jesus and religion today. How today's Christian doesn't know the real Jesus, how the church hides and misuses doctrine. He takes passages from the Bible and attempts to explain them for the average person to understand. This is where the chip on the shoulder comes in, how can someone who is not Christian explain the Bible to me? However, he does a pretty good job, I think he's explained it better than people who have been Christian all of their life.
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