Which Jesus?, Part 1 – Introduction

This essay present a mere sampling of the many false Jesus Christs of various religious groups. When Jesus is not specifically mentioned I have quoted from their general concept of God.

In this regard, it may be interesting to note what the Barna Group has written:

Americans Wrestle with an Imaginary Jesus


This essay present a mere sampling of the many false Jesus Christs of various religious groups. When Jesus is not specifically mentioned I have quoted from their general concept of God.

In this regard, it may be interesting to note what the Barna Group has written:

Americans Wrestle with an Imaginary Jesus

The nature of people’s interacting with Jesus is a central focus of a new book by Matt Mikalatos, entitled Imaginary Jesus. In that story the main character encounters a wide variety of characters who claim to be Jesus, but who actually represent our diverse and ever-changing depictions of who we want Jesus to be and the roles we want Him to fill for our personal benefit. In his take on America’s theological confusion about their savior, Mikalatos gently and humorously exposes the errant views of Jesus that have undermined people’s perspectives about faith, morality, relationships and life purpose.

In his fast-paced, not-quite-true but not-quite-false story, Mikalatos provides a deceptively serious and significant inspection of how Americans’ views of Jesus and how we remake Him into our desired mold before we discard Him in order to move on to our next need.
Introducing us to some of the countless Jesus characters we fabricate for our personal use – ranging from “King James Jesus,” “Magic 8-ball Jesus” and “Testosterone Jesus” to “Free Will Jesus,” “New Age Jesus” and “Meticulous Jesus” – this wild ride pushes the reader to consider the relationship and communication we have with Jesus – the relationship that two-thirds of Americans claim to have firmly in place and the communication that three out of five Americans say influences how they live.[fn] Americans Feel Connected to Jesus, Barna Research Group, copyright Barna Group 2010[/fn]

Find Amazon Matt Mikalatos books here.

Part 2 – Eastern Mysticism:
Krishna Consciousness / Hare Krishna
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – Transcendental Meditation
Paramahansa Yogananda – Self-Realization Fellowship
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Baba Ram Dass – Hanuman Foundation / Lama Foundation
Daheshism
Krishnamurti – The Theosophical Society
Eckankar
Elizabeth Clare Prophet – Church Universal and Triumphant

Part 3 – The Three Sai Babas and New Age:
Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi
Sathya Sai Baba
Prema Sai Baba
Western Yogi Christopher Hills
Shirley MacLaine
Ashtar Command

Part 4 – Asian and Middle Eastern:
Sun Myung Moon – Unification Church
Reiki
Gnostic Pantheism / Gospel of Thomas
Infancy Gospel of Thomas
Gospel of Judas
Baha’i Faith
Judaism

Part 5 – Islam and Nation of Islam:
Islam
Nation of Islam

Part 6 – Aberrant Christian Groups:
Jehovah’s Witnesses – Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society
Mormonism – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Christian Science

Part 7 – Word Faith:
Frederick K.C. Price
Kenneth Copeland
Paul Billheimer
Kenneth Hagin
Morris Cerullo
Charles Capps
Benny Hinn

Part 8 – Miscellaneous:
Unity School of Christianity
Religious Science – Science of Mind
Rosicrucian Fellowship
Unitarian Universalism
Native American

Part 9 – Biblical Christianity:

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