The Third Jesus

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.         Voltaire

I’m reading the book The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra.  You have to understand that I’ve never read the bible. I’m Catholic.  Other Catholic’s will understand this but non-C’s may think I am blasphemous for this indiscretion.  However, as a Catholic we were told about what was in the bible somewhere during mass.  It’s been a long time so I really don’t remember the entire process.  At any rate this is not about Catholicism but more about me finally hearing a message at the right time with the appropriate explanation.  The closest thing to the bible for me is someone else’s interpretation so I am finding Chopra’s book interesting.  

We can heal ourselves with a grain of faith. Jesus, in frustration said to this to his disciples when they asked why they couldn’t help a child with epilepsy.  He also responded to the child’s father who asked for Jesus to heal his son,  “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you?” (Matthew 17:40 – 20).  Faith, that’s what he’s talking about, not the etherial faith I understood from Catechism but bold faith in knowing we are all one.  What we think is our reality.  We often speak of mind over matter.  We explain the importance of understanding how our thoughts can form our life.  We can choose to see life with the glass half empty or with it half full.  There are many cliches connected to this. The essence is that we must not depend on someone outside of ourselves to find faith.  We must be faith.  

I have been searching for several years to discover how to help myself. I’ve been looking for meaning in life and death. I’ve been searching for what it is that I do believe.  I have been seeking out teachers for self-help, for spiritual practices, and for health.  What I heard in that statement by Jesus is that it’s time to believe in me and God.  By that I mean, it’s me that needs to accept what I believe not anyone else.  And although I can still seek out teachers to help me understand, I ultimately have to accept that I already know what I’m searching for inside.  Jesus or any other guide is not here with us permanently.  I must know that I am God and he is me  We are one.  If I want to be healed, then I am healed.  It’s me that must believe. 

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  1. laurie says:

    I love these epiphanies that you have and share with us! Indeed this process for wholeness and healing is true for each and every one of us. Thank you so much, Missy, for your honesty, your forthrightness, and your faith, which is growing in leaps and bounds and is so very beautiful to see!

  2. Martha says:

    Hi, Missy! I just found your website (a Facebook clue) and wanted to say hi, and see what you were up to, thirty years later. It’s been a while, hasn’t it?! I think you know that I now live in Texas, which is part of the bible belt. EVERYONE here seems to be in a bible study group. Like you, I’d never read it either. After about seven years, one of our neighbors organized a group and I decided to attend because most of them didn’t know any more than I did. And because we always drank a little wine after the leader (who was quite religious) left the group, and I didn’t want to be left out of any good gossip!

    Anyway, I’d like to suggest that you get a copy of “The One Year Chronilogical Bible” – NLT version. It’s great, because it rearanges the bible in the order that events happened, so that it makes chronilogical sense. It groups all of the commentary about an event together, which is also helpful. And the NLT version means that it’s written in modern english. Another book that I have that is most helpful is “The Compact Bible Dictionary”. It’s great for quick lookups of people, events, terminology,etc. I’m pretty sure that they’re both available in paperback.

    I’m sure my mother is rolling around in heaven, saying what? She’s reading the bible? I’m sure she’s having a good laugh…

    Let me know if you try them, and what you think. Much love,

    Martha

    • Missy Kizer says:

      Martha, It’s great to hear from you. I too keep track of you through facebook. I will look into both of these titles. I really like the sound of reading the bible chronologically. Once I do that, I’m sure I’ll have to write about it too!

  3. Mike Anderson says:

    “We have to get busy living or get busy dying” Andy Duframe “Shawshank Redemption. You are truely a seeker and you will find what you long for. I do suggest you not give up on Catholic spirituality. I recommend anything written by St Ignatius of Loyola…We are all one and God is in ALL things. I look forward to speaking further. Mike

  4. Mike Anderson says:

    I forgot a book suggestion “Dying To Be Me” Anita Moorjani. Awesome true story that truely made me rethink some notions. Mike

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