This is the last and final post (for now) from Buck on how literal Christianity is really the false religion of the day. More accurately, all fundamental religions which take their text literally are missing the real value of internalizing the spiritual truths found within. This is exactly why Jesus was so hard on the Pharisees, because religion to them was dos and don'ts, saved and unsaved, about controlling the masses rather than establishing love and compassion. I thoroughly agree with Buck in these three posts. Thank you Buck!
3. A casual scholar might assume that the mystery schools ( for example the Egyptians and the Essenes)
which were active in the world up to about 300 AD were antithetical to the teachings of Jesus (i.e. heathen institutions), but we stated earlier that all the teachings attributed to Jesus were well known before the time of Jesus to those who were initiated into these mystery schools and to many others in many different religions (see references in 2) including the many Christians. A more plausible assumption is that the teachings and initiations of the mystery schools became the gospels, hidden away from public knowledge by the claim that they the actual history of a man called Jesus. A corollary to this alternative assumption is that Jesus is the common name given to candidates admitted into a mystery school. Thus when a Jesus successfully completed the training and the initiations of the mystery school, he became a Christ, a Son or Daughter of God.
Notice that this alternative assumption allows any person who aspires to know “God as one with themselves” can be called Jesus. Thus it means that Jesus is the self in active pursuit of finding god/goddess within. If the words of the Biblical Jesus are taken in from this alternate point of view, a whole different understanding is experienced by the candidate. For example, “I and my father are one.” If taken as a historic record, means that this man called Jesus, 2000 years ago was one with God. If taken personally, means I am and can experience being one with God. Another example, “The kingdom of heaven is within.” If taken as a historic record, means that this man called Jesus had the kingdom of heaven within himself. If taken personally, means that if I want heaven, I’d better look inside of myself. As the many sayings of the Biblical Jesus are taken from the point of view that I am a Jesus or an aspirant wanting to know God then their meaning becomes real internal knowledge and experience -- an initiatory experience.
Notice that the original assumption, that Jesus in this historic character has given rise to such ideas as a belief in Jesus can save an individual from going to hell. This assumption implies that hell as an external place. For those who accept the alternative assumption hell is a living state for which the candidate feels separate from God and must take the responsibility for getting themselves into the joy of being one with God. In other words there is no savior except for the self. Like hell, heaven is a living internal state and getting to this state is an individual responsibility – the responsibility of each candidate or every Jesus.
Notice that the original assumption of a historic single individual Jesus includes believing that Jesus died and went to heaven and furthermore that by believing he did this for us we can get to heaven too. This places that responsibility outside of the self; negating redemptive powers of the individual -- the Redeemer is none other that the self.