Looking for a new Jesus

Pop-spirituality guru Deeprak Chopra writes an essay entitled Why We Need a New Jesus.  

He says there have been two Jesuses. One the rabbi of history, and the other the divine savior created by organized religion. He says we need a new one, a Jesus of “higher consciousness.”

A prophet of higher consciousness sounds pretty much like Deeprak Chopra. The way I read this essay is that he is volunteering for the job.

But you can bet that the new Jesus he wants or wants to be will not have a Cross.

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Doug

    I am afraid he is a day late and a dollar short. Joel Osteen is already preaching this “new” Jesus.

  • Doug

    I am afraid he is a day late and a dollar short. Joel Osteen is already preaching this “new” Jesus.

  • http://www.hempelstudios.com Sarah in Maryland

    I like the old one better.

  • http://www.hempelstudios.com Sarah in Maryland

    I like the old one better.

  • http://www.hempelstudios.com Sarah in Maryland

    Actually, I think that he has some things right in this essay. This is where true depception lies. True deception contains enough truth to be believable. What he says isn’t an all-out lie. Christians have done terrible things in the name of Jesus. Churches throughout the world are by in large impotent. What he has wrong is thinking that we need a New Jesus.

    He calls for a “higher conciousness” or “god-conciousness.” We have the Holy Spirit given to us to empower us to follow Him. We cannot follow Him on our own, Chopra is right about that.

    What we need is an awakening of the people of God to the True Jesus and an indwelling of the Holy Spirit that inpowers us to live holy lives.

  • http://www.hempelstudios.com Sarah in Maryland

    Actually, I think that he has some things right in this essay. This is where true depception lies. True deception contains enough truth to be believable. What he says isn’t an all-out lie. Christians have done terrible things in the name of Jesus. Churches throughout the world are by in large impotent. What he has wrong is thinking that we need a New Jesus.

    He calls for a “higher conciousness” or “god-conciousness.” We have the Holy Spirit given to us to empower us to follow Him. We cannot follow Him on our own, Chopra is right about that.

    What we need is an awakening of the people of God to the True Jesus and an indwelling of the Holy Spirit that inpowers us to live holy lives.

  • organshoes

    Don’t you love it when non-Christians inform us about Jesus?
    Is scholarship–let alone theology–nothing to this man?
    As Mel Brooks said: You buy the premise, you buy the bit.

  • organshoes

    Don’t you love it when non-Christians inform us about Jesus?
    Is scholarship–let alone theology–nothing to this man?
    As Mel Brooks said: You buy the premise, you buy the bit.

  • fw

    I have wondered lately why Mormons do not start using crosses (empty ones of course) to adorn their buildings since the seem so intent on presenting themselves as presbyterian-like.

    The cross IS a stumbling block. Thank God for that!

  • fw

    I have wondered lately why Mormons do not start using crosses (empty ones of course) to adorn their buildings since the seem so intent on presenting themselves as presbyterian-like.

    The cross IS a stumbling block. Thank God for that!

  • CRB

    Would it be too mean in our day of “not judging!” and of
    being “inclusive” and “tolerant” to just say to this guru
    what Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:23?!

  • CRB

    Would it be too mean in our day of “not judging!” and of
    being “inclusive” and “tolerant” to just say to this guru
    what Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:23?!

  • http://intruthandaction.wordpress.com Eli

    I agree that often modern “scholarship” can devalue the message and destroy the purpose of the orthodox Christ.

    Also,

    I am a fellow blogger covering one individual’s efforts to alleviate world injustice. Adam Nieman, cofounder of sweatshop free clothing company called NoSweat apparel, hopes to see people “vote with the dollar” for peace in areas lacking it. The garment industry is an apt and primary example.

    The company NoSweat Apparel fights against sweatshop labor and against poverty in the West Bank through means as simple as a t-shirt produced in factories operating in equality and justice. Their efforts hopefully spark what will become a widespread fire.

    To learn more check out my blog and share your opinions. The blog is:

    http://intruthandaction.wordpress.com

    Regards,

    Eli

  • http://intruthandaction.wordpress.com Eli

    I agree that often modern “scholarship” can devalue the message and destroy the purpose of the orthodox Christ.

    Also,

    I am a fellow blogger covering one individual’s efforts to alleviate world injustice. Adam Nieman, cofounder of sweatshop free clothing company called NoSweat apparel, hopes to see people “vote with the dollar” for peace in areas lacking it. The garment industry is an apt and primary example.

    The company NoSweat Apparel fights against sweatshop labor and against poverty in the West Bank through means as simple as a t-shirt produced in factories operating in equality and justice. Their efforts hopefully spark what will become a widespread fire.

    To learn more check out my blog and share your opinions. The blog is:

    http://intruthandaction.wordpress.com

    Regards,

    Eli


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