We live in a mainly secularised world in the West – at least here in the UK and in my native Sweden, as well as most of the other European countries I have travelled through. Only a small number of the population attend church weekly, but those numbers temporarily swell at Christmas and Easter… and they do so for a reason.
Our Yearning for the Divine
The myth of the God-Child and Saviour King is strong enough to pull some people through a church door who normally do not attend about twice a year. And while some of those people no doubt say they are only going to appease family or for the music of that time of the year, there is something else… something numinous that still has a hold over people who have long since declared religion dead.
While religion may well be dead or dying in many parts of the world, the longing for a divine connection isn’t going anywhere. It’s hardwired into us and has as many expressions as there are individuals. And that’s fine. The problem arises when someone tries to force their version of faith onto others. Because, the thing is faith is born in the place of the psyche of the individual where the unconscious mind meets collective consciousness.
Faith, then, is not dependent on religion or objective teachings but on something much deeper inside. Before I had someone preach the gospel to me, I had faith in something more… some kind of intelligence or a loving presence. I had also had some supernatural experiences that made me believe – non of which I can prove any more than anyone can prove an article of faith.
Saved and Shrunk
In my teens, I learned about Evangelical Christianity and even joined organised religion (after being told exactly what to believe). I was very active and attended church weekly for about ten years. At the time organised religion seemed to offer answers and make my young life a bit less chaotic but it wasn’t long before my religion started feeling like a straightjacket.
Of course, even though I was one of those minority people, it was quite easy to choose to embrace Christianity since I had been raised in a mainly Christian country which even professed Lutheran Christianity as its state religion at the time. In some ways, I am grateful for those years as it taught me much about our culture and the Evangelical Christian subculture in particular – and in more than one country since I was ‘saved’ in the US when I was staying with a Christian family during a high school exchange year.
But I have regrets too. Organised religion programmed my mind to shrink. It made me arrogant toward cultures that were different to mine. Even so, it was doubts about the lack of universality on the path I was on that made me leave organised religion altogether around the time of my first Saturn return. It would be another 20 years before I was completely free of the programming and able to think for myself.
I now resonate completely with this quote by Alan Watts:
“Irrevocable commitment to any religion is not only intellectual suicide; it is positive unfaith because it closes the mind to any new vision of the world. Faith is, above all, openness – an act of trust in the unknown.”
― Alan W. Watts
…mainly because that is my own experience of organised religion both from the inside looking out and from the outside looking in. That’s not to say that I cannot learn from various religious paths but I will never again commit blindly to any one path that does not allow for interfaith dialogue and the understanding that there are many ways to relate to the Divine.
The Holy Week stories have such beauty and I fully intend to enjoy contemplating them as a ‘heretic.’ I will never stop loving Jesus because someone says I don’t fit the religious stereotype. Being a Warrior and a Witch, I have a particular fondness for the story of Jesus turning over the tables of the moneychangers in the temple. Rebel Jesus is my Jesus. I would probably follow him back in the day… I imagine standing there, watching him for a second before joining in myself.
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up
Of this I’m fairly certain, Rebel Jesus doesn’t let anybody trademark him with a vision of the ‘Real Jesus’ and start selling posters that were ripped right off the cover of Time Life Magazine – He’d be like…
Although in this video from 2015 Doreen claims that the real jesus looked exactly like THIS because she could see him clairvoyantly:
So I guess my question is… Will the real Jesus please stand up!? And if the Greg Olsen version above is a fake New Age Jesus why is she still pushing the Loving Words from Jesus cards? My article exposing the Time Life Magazine version, supposedly based on her January 2017 vision of the Real Jesus™ at least got her to stop selling posters of the poor guy… I mean, really… just leave him alone already, Doreen – He’s a real prophet and not a #profitfromthelord kind of guy, OK?
To many of us Jesus will forever look like Robert Powell in Jesus of Nazareth and even though Jesus probably didn’t look anything like him, does he care which image we conjure in our minds?
Does he care if we read the Bible every day? Does he care if we go to church? Does he care if keep using his name over and over as a ‘demon bug bomb’ to make the darkness go away if we ourselves are filled with darkness, lies and corruption?
Speaking of which, Doreen Virtue still has not issue refunds to those who asked… All the while trying to make a name for herself in modern Christianity. What’s her Holy Week like? I’d imagine it’s a bit like hell because she didn’t get what Zaccheus got on Day 1 of his conversion:
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Full disclosure: Doreen Virtue doesn’t owe me anything (Not sure if they thought refunding me – but only me – would make me shut up…?)… but I have had countless people tell me they tried to get refunds for their now worthless certification courses and either got fobbed off or got told that Doreen was unable to give refunds.
The latter was a case of Michael Virtue sending out a mass email to people who asked for refunds, around the time they cried poor and told they world they were forced to give up the animal sanctuary because they had run out of money. They didn’t count on the truth about Doreen’s status as a multimillionaire and owner of many expensive properties becoming common knowledge… and now that it is, they are still refusing refunds. It’s a numbers game to her, I get that… Enough people are still in the dark about the truth for her to be able to keep sharing alternative facts.
I think Holy Wednesday is as good time as any to send this out as a reminder to Doreen that it is not too late to make restitution.
‘I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.’
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Happy Holy Week, my friends!