SECOND COMING OF CHRIST-Before we can address the ‘second coming of Christ’ we must understand the ‘first coming’. I can see the quizzical expressions on your faces right now—what on earth does he mean?—we know all about the ‘first coming’—we have the Bible. And I would say to you, “not so fast. Maybe a quick historical brush-up would help”.
As you will recall, somewhere along the line, the Hebrews discovered the ‘one true God’. That God was theirs and theirs alone. Because of the disobedience of the first man, Adam, God had banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden (Paradise) and committed them to a life of toil by the ‘sweat of their brow’. Later on, the Hebrews entered into pacts with God—they actually had conversations with him. In the last pact, (covenant), God swore that never again would he abandon them. Furthermore he would send them the Messiah who would ‘restore the kingdom’ just for them alone—such was their imagination.
By the time Jesus appeared, the Jews had already developed a most corrupt and self serving scheme of government which rewarded those in power and kept the rest at bay— poor and basically enslaved. Consequently, the masses longed for the Messiah whom they had been promised.
Jesus was a genius above all others. He recognized the universal evil of selfishness but, more importantly, he saw how the dualistic idea of ‘God over here and his creation over there’ was being used to control the peasant masses, all for power and money. He knew instinctively that nothing in existence could be without the Spirit of God being present within it.
If you have not read the Coptic Gospel of Thomas, I highly recommend it. In that gospel, Jesus keeps saying over and over and over the exact same thing while using using different words— it was his desperate attempt to get his apostles to understand his teaching. In the clearest statement of all, when his disciples asked him ‘when will the Kingdom come’, he said to them; “It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying ‘Here it is’ or ‘There it is.’ Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it.”
In that same context Jesus told them, “It is I who am the light which is above them all. From me did the All come forth, and unto me did the All extend. Split a piece of wood and I am there. Lift up the stone and you will find me there.”
In proclaiming that he was ‘the light of the world’, Jesus was attempting to instill the idea into their understanding, that God was not sitting in a palatial heaven somewhere mysterious while overseeing and over-lording his creation—rather, God was ‘in his creation’. That creation, of course, included Jesus as well as everyone and everything else.
Jesus spoke the only ‘truth’— love is all that matters. Jesus certainly had not the foggiest idea about Quantum Mechanics (particle physics), but his genius told him that the Holy Spirit (Will of God, Love of God, Acceptance of God) had to be present in everything or nothing could be.
Jesus readily understood the malicious and cultist nature of religion. He observed how religion was being used by High Priests to bilk the poor peasants of their hard-earned, meager existences under the pretense of ‘appeasing’ an angry God—they were, in fact, appeasing their greed.
Jesus readily recognized that the ‘light of that knowledge’ must be spread out over the entire world through his apostles. He knew he would be killed for his philosophy and was hopefully depending on them to be the ‘spreaders’ of his message. Were they?—not yet, that I can determine. Those who wrote and re-wrote and re-wrote and re-wrote, ad nauseum, the so-called canonical literature we have, the Bible, were not to be dissuaded one bit by Jesus’ heretical teachings. Those writers were shocked to learn that Jesus was going to ‘die for them’.
Of, course, as matter of historical fact, the Jews did kill him. The narrative should have ended there, but it didn’t. Those writers were so determined to ‘have it their way’ that they created another narrative—a resurrection, ascension and, above all, a second coming. That wish became so strong that many taught and believed Jesus’s return to be imminent—such was their wishful thinking. It has been only two thousand years or so—what’s a few billion to an eternal God?
Seemingly, not one of them (maybe John, a little) understood and accepted what Jesus told them. It would, in fact, be The Greatest Story Ever Told if we could only hear it ‘straight from Jesus’ mouth.
Based on my definition of the essence of God as a Perfect Rational Being, coupled with my basic understanding of Particle Physics, the Jesus story as told in the Gospel of Thomas makes perfect sense—it adds absolute clarity to the subject. It also prompted me to write my basic philosophy Book, Wilderness Cry-A Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God and the Universe. Another book Peace in Spirituality has been published. It represents only one of a myriad of possible extrapolations from that definition. More importantly, it presents the absolute, indisputable meaning of The Second Coming.
The Second Coming will be the universal awakening of the human consciousness to the presence of the Will Of God in everything in existence. Then, and only then, will Jesus’ truth (light of the world) shine over all creation—please don’t hold your breath—religion has the human consciousness pinned to the ground.