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A reinterpretation of crucifixion and resurrection

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A REINTERPRETATION OF CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

DREAM

November 15, 2017

4: 15 AM

In this dream, in the presence of my father, Johnson, I agreed to take poison and die for the good of him and his family.  I wanted to be sacrificed to the gods for the good of my father's family. On my way to the place where I would be sacrificed I changed my mind and decided that I do not have to die for other people and felt angry at a god that requires people to be sacrificed to him before he does good for them. I began going back home and woke up.

I woke up with anger in my mind. I was angry at a god that required human beings to sacrifice themselves to him (as some stupid Christians said that God required Jesus to be sacrificed to him for our sins); I was angry at God requiring Jesus to be sacrificed to him to amend for the sins of mankind.

What kind of cruel God requires that one of his sons be sacrificed to him for his sons' sin of separating from him?

In fact, we cannot separate from God. God is the whole and we are the parts of that whole. The parts cannot separate from the whole; nor can the whole separate from the parts; each requires the other to exist; if there are no parts the whole cannot exist and if there is no whole the parts cannot exist; if there is no God his sons cannot exist and if there are no sons the father, God cannot exist.

The whole is always the whole; the part is always the part of the whole and cannot separate from the whole.

We have not separated from God; if separation is sin we have therefore not sinned; we are always part of the whole; we are always part of God; as such, we are always innocent and holy. So, why should we sacrifice to God to appease him for a sin that we cannot commit, original sin, that is, separation from God? We cannot fall from God's grace; we cannot descend to darkness (God is light; separation from him is to be in darkness, not remembering our nature as part of God, to forget union is to sin).

I was in this state of anger when it dawned on me that the whole Jesus sacrifice for our sin business is a metaphor.  So, what is the figure of speech trying to teach us? As I cogitated on this question, a reinterpretation of the story of Jesus dawned on my mind.

A REINTERPRETATION OF THE STORY OF JESUS' CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION

Dreams are presented to us in symbols; it is for us to try to interpret them, correctly, and behave as we understand them to be.

My dream of accepting to sacrifice my life for the good of my father and his children is a metaphor of the so-called sacrifice by Jesus; Jesus, like me, agreed to die for his brothers, that is, mankind's welfare; I agreed to sacrifice my life for my father and his children's welfare. All my life I give to my parents and siblings and they do not give me anything!

Jesus was not sacrificed to an angry god; he was not crucified on a literal cross, either. What the metaphor is telling us is that to live on earth, in the illusion of seeming separated from the whole, aka god, that is, to be in ego, is to be in psychological and physical pain.

To live in ego is to be crucified; to be dead to the awareness of one's real self, part of unified spirit self, hence to not live in joy and peace.

To be resurrected from death is to give up the ego. Jesus was a man who gave up his ego and saw himself as the Christ, the true son of God; he saw himself in the world of light forms; thereafter, he lived freely; he was not literally crucified on the cross by Romans (Romans had no record of doing so).

My father, the ego called Johnson, obviously wanted me to sacrifice for him and his children; his children do not do anything for me but want me to do things for them; that is, they want me to sacrifice my happiness and peace for them, but not them for me. This is because they are egos.

By sacrificing for them I am merely living in ego; the ego makes us feel guilty (for separating from other people and from God) and wants us to punish ourselves for a sin we supposedly committed by separating from God, a sin that we could not commit since we could not separate from God and other people.

I lived to please my father and his children; that is, my ego pleased their egos so that they liked me. I must, therefore, not live in ego; this means that I must not sacrifice my peace and happiness for the good of Johnson's family, other egos. I must live from my real self, the Christ self, the son of God.

The son of God is love so I must live from love. But I must understand what love means; love is not giving folks things; love is the awareness that one is one with all people and God.

The real meaning of crucifixion and sacrifice is that I was enslaved to the ego; as long as I saw myself as an ego I was dead.

Resurrection from death means that I must let my ego die so that I live in Christ self. Christ is love so this means that I live from love. I am already living from love for all people.

Christ love is not ego, moralistic love; ego love is found in special love relationships; real love means one letting go of the ego and knowing that we are all connected to each other.

To be connected, to be in union with all people is to be in love with all people; all I need do is let go of ego and do nothing else for I am already in union with all people hence already love all people.

To live as love, as Christ is to be liberated from the hell of the ego; love is joy; ego is hell.

In Christ one does nothing by one's self, for one realizes that only the whole has power; only God has power; the part cannot do anything by itself without the power of the whole but with the power of the whole it can do everything.

The son of God, us, cannot do anything by his self but with the power of his father God (the whole) he can do whatever God can do.

*Below are further thoughts that crossed my mind as I typed up my dream and its possible meaning; they may or not relate to the dream.

ELIMINATING THE EGO IS A GIFT TO ONES SELF NOT TO GOD, FOR EGOLESSNESS MEANS THAT ONE IS FREE AND IS IN HEAVEN WHILE TO BE IN EGO IS TO BE IN HELL

To be in ego and defend ones ego is to be insane, to give one's self anxiety, fear and pain and restricted behavior; if one did not defend a specific ego separated self-concept and behaved spontaneously one would be free and happy.

Given the restrictions imposed on us by the ego to be egoless is to be free; freedom is a gift one gives to one's self.

SUPERSTRINGS THEORY SHOWS THAT EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED BY INVISIBLE STRINGS SO THERE IS NO SEPARATION

One cannot be separated from the whole; it is simply impossible to do so.  Everything is connected by invisible strings, as superstrings theory claims; this claim is yet not proved as true but it makes sense to me.

No human being can separate from other people and from the whole universe; the idea of separated self, the ego in body is an illusion, an expensive one given the psychological pains it gives us.

Because we did not separate from God and other people we have not attacked God and killed him and usurped his power and created a separated world; the world still remains as God created it, unified.

Separation and multiplicity is illusion, illusion because they seem real but are not real; in reality, as superstrings hypothesis points out, we are connected by invisible strings.

We have not done what we think that we did, separated from God and, therefore, we are not guilty of any rebellion; we remain one with the universe; we must not feel guilty, sinful; we are eternally connected hence innocent, guiltless and sinless.

We have no power to destroy the unified universe. Therefore, we should not feel fear from the death of our separated ego selves for our ego selves are simply units of a unified whole.

For there to be a whole there must be parts of it; so, our spirit essence lives on as a unit of the whole spirit even when our egos die.

If the whole exists the parts must also exist for without the one the other cannot exist; God cannot exist without his sons; the whole cannot exist without its parts; we are eternal parts of an eternal whole, aka God.

THE WHOLE IS CONNECTED BY LOVE; A PERSON CANNOT NOT LOVE

Love is the glue that unites the part to the whole and the whole to the parts. Love is God, whole; since we are parts of the whole we are always in love. We cannot not be love.

Even when other people do bad things to you they love you, for by doing bad things to you they offer you the opportunity to go do your own good thing

SLAVERY AND RACISM REINTERPRETED AS LOVE FOR BLACK FOLKS

On the surface of it slavery and discrimination seem awful. But there is another reason why they occurred. Discrimination enables those discriminated against to reject the culture of those who discriminate against them and go establish a different culture hence enable humanity to grow.

Slavery and racism offered black folks opportunity not to be absorbed into the evil that is western civilization and go find a new civilization and propagate it with conviction and courage.

Discrimination, not getting appropriate jobs in the American racist system, was a blessing in disguise for me, for it enabled me to figure out what I truly like doing and do it and the result is my giving the world a new thought system. If I had succeeded in the American establishment I would have been thoroughly socialized to its evil system and internalized its anti-human values and behaved as such. It was good that I was marginalized for that enabled me to do my own thinking and come up with a thought system that makes sense to me.

I had a secret agreement with white folks for them to discriminate against me so that I reject their world and start a new type of civilization that improves on their evil civilization.

Seen in this light, I must show gratitude to the West for rejecting me hence enabling me to overthrow their evil civilization.

When I got out of graduate school, with a doctorate degree in hand, with IQ that is out of this world, and could not immediately secure a job I felt maltreated by American racism; but over time I realized that I had to experience what I experienced to become what I had to become, a bringer of new ideas into this world. The world needs new ideas; the West's jaded ideas are no longer tenable.

In my writings, I synthesized Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Zen, Christianity, Gnosticism and African religious ideas into a new approach to reality.  That approach is compatible with the scientific method hence I call it scientific culture, a universal, not particularistic, culture for all mankind.

IF YOU DID GOOD OR BAD GOD DID IT; EGO IS GOD DOING BAD IN HIS DREAM OF SEPARATION; THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD DOING GOOD  IN  HIS DREAM OF SEPARATION; GOOD AND BAD ARE GOD'S ACTIONS; DO NOT TAKE PERSONAL CREDIT FOR WHAT YOU DID NOT INITIATE, THE WORLD AND ITS ACTIVITIES.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

November 15, 2017

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176