TOPICS: Jesus neither a Jew nor a Christian – universal religion of God – inner church – outer religion a stepping stone – oneness in heaven – dualistic mind creates divisions – not one true religion – Jesus is a mystic – Jesus studied several religions – Jesus had a personal guru – the guru-chela relationship in heaven – universal spiritual lineage – Jesus is the personal guru of many people – he holds the office of the planetary Christ – you can be Jesus’ disciple without being a member of a Christian church – religion a path of self-discovery –
Question: Which religion did Jesus follow?
Answer from ascended master Jesus through Kim Michaels:
Few people think to ask this question, because they assume that I grew up as a Jew and then became a Christian. Yet, this is not the case. In reality, I did not see myself as belonging to any formal or outer religion. I was, and I still am, a follower of the universal religion of God, and I belong to the living, inner church of God.
I am not thereby saying that there is anything wrong with outer religions or outer churches. Not every human being is ready to follow the inner path. Therefore, many people need an outer organization that can gradually lead them to discover the inner mysteries of God. Yet, God’s intention behind inspiring an outer religion is that people will use it only as a stepping stone. The outer religion and its doctrines must never become a mental prison that encages your mind. In other words, an outer religion is meant to help you discover the true inner religion.
The true inner religion is a universal religion. To understand this, you must realize that in heaven there simply are no divisions. You can only ascend to heaven when you realize that everything and everyone is created from God’s substance. Through this realization, you clearly see that everything originated from the same source. Therefore, individual differences are not seen as the source of division and conflict. In heaven, we are all one.
The divisions found on earth did not come from God. They came from the dualistic mind and its relativity and sense of separation. The dualistic mind cannot see unity behind diversity. Therefore, to the dualistic mind differences must inevitably lead to division and conflict. To the dualistic mind, differences are also the source of a value judgment. In other words, the dualistic mind always seeks to determine that one person is better than another person or that one church is better than another church.
Because of people’s identification with the dualistic mind, people have a desire to define one church as being the only true church. From God’s viewpoint, this is a completely false and unnecessary desire.
In reality, a true church is the church that leads people to discover the inner path of Christhood. In reality, many of the churches found on earth have qualified as true churches. Unfortunately, some of them only qualified in their early stages, and they were later perverted and used in the eternal human power struggle. Nevertheless, it is essential for you to realize that the idea of one true church simply did not come from God.
There are no Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Buddhists, Muslims or Taoists in heaven. In heaven, you find only sons and daughters of God, because once you are here it really doesn’t matter which path you followed to get here. Once you step through the straight and narrow gate, you leave all the outer human divisions behind. Or perhaps I should say that before you can step through the narrow gate, you must voluntarily leave all human divisions behind. I am a Christian mystic.
NOTE: The rest of this answer is avbailable in the book: The Mystical Teachings of Jesus.
Copyright © 2003 by Kim Michaels