I listened to a minister of an evangelical church last Sunday tell his congregation that they must stop being secondhand Christians. To illustrate what he meant He used the relationship of Abraham to his nephew Lot. Abraham looked to God for direction and Lot looked to Abraham for direction. His advice to his congregation was to cut out the middleman and deal directly with God. To me he was doing exactly what he was accusing his congregation of doing. He was taking his direction from 'Jesus', and not the Father. Instead of functioning as the Father, he was 'following' Jesus.
God is the reality of every human child that has ever been born on Planet Earth. He is the "I", or the I am within each of us. It was not 'Jesus' who was born to Mary and Joseph; The Father was the reality of their child, as He (the Father) is the reality of every other 'human' child that has ever been born! It was the 'Father' who came into being at the birth of Mary's child. And she named Him Jesus! It was not 'Jesus' that was born in that manger in Bethlehem; it was the Father that came into being as Mary's boy child! The person you believe yourself to be, was not who was born when your Mother gave birth to you. The "Father" was who was born at 'your' birth! But when your parents named you, they 'created' the person you came to believe yourself to be! So no "John or Jane Doe" on Earth, has any being! (The apostle Paul did not know this. He thought that he had being of himself. This is why his teachings have kept humanity in the dark) The ONLY one who has 'being' is God, the Father! Every 'child', male or female, that has ever been born on Earth, is (and always has been) the Father in the infant stage of development! Virtually no one on Earth is aware of this amazing truth! So now you can see why Jesus said, "He who hath seen me, hath seen the Father"! There is no one else! The 'Father', is synonymous with 'humanity'! Every 'man' or 'woman' (boy or girl) on Earth, is the Source (the Father) manifesting! Only we believe we are this 'person' our parents created when they named us.
Because His Mother made Him aware of this at His birth, was what motivated Him (Mary's boy child)) to function AS the Father! The rest of us have functioned as the person our parents created when they named us; totally oblivious of the fact that we too are the Source (God) embodied, exactly as Mary's child was (whom she named 'Jesus')! Because we are the Creator (the Father) embodied, (as was 'Jesus') we unknowingly create 'as we perceive ourselves to be', thus creating the beliefs that divide us! Now you can see why we are creative beings! (We are creative beings, because we are the Creator, (the Father) individualized!) That we might come to realize this, was why He told us we 'must be born again'! Born into the realization that God is the "I" within us! The concept of the Spiritual Rebirth that has been (and is still being) promoted by the Evangelical Churches of the World, can never lead us into this realization! It does nothing more than bring about our 'Spiritual conversion'. It can NEVER lead us into a consciousness of Oneness, into the Christ Mind! Only when we come to see that God is the "I" within us, can we function AS him who was named Jesus!
To 'follow' Jesus therefore, is to be what the 'reverend' says too many of his congregation are, second hand Christians! Jesus walked AS God, as can anyone who comes to realize that a 'man' is the Father embodied, (be we male or female,) No longer need we simply 'follow' Him, we will then KNOW that we can WALK AS HIM! No longer need we feel disconnected from our Source, we will realize then that WE ARE THE SOURCE EMBODIED, as 'Jesus' knew He was! (The "I" within us, and the Father, are ONE!) This Truth is what the Churches of the World have failed to see. It is this that the Whole World has missed seeing. WE ARE ALL ONE, and God (the Father), is that ONE!
Each of us, regardless of our color, language, religion, culture or perceived Nationality, is the Father individualized, and we have no 'being; as the 'person' we believe ourselves to be! But how many of us function AS the Father? Virtually no one! Why? Because we have never been made aware of being the 'Father' embodied! So we function as the person our parents created when they named us! As a consequence, Christianity has become a religion based on the opinions of men who think as men, not on men who think and function as God. It has become as 'sterile' as the other religions of the World. It has lost the creative potency of the spoken word of God, as demonstrated by Him who was known as 'Jesus of Nazareth'. That we might realize that we are the Father individualized, is the purpose of the Spiritual Rebirth, which is set in motion through the realization that the Father, is the "I" within us. By no other means is it possible for us to function AS the Father, (as the Christ)