Be Transformed Spiritually
If Jesus was an avatar (and again, I propose that He was the only ‘avatar’ or incarnation of God), and if an avatar can only speak the truth, why did His teachings contradict so many concepts found in Far Eastern religions and New Age spirituality? When I was a yoga devotee, I entertained the idea that the Bible had been corrupted, and that some truly inspired books, supportive of a New Age mindset, were passed 56 The Highest Adventure over by ‘authorities’ who wanted to keep that esoteric knowledge suppressed – but what if that is not the case? What if the books in question were really spurious attempts to alter the worldview of the Lord Jesus to fit in comfortably with a Gnostic approach? What if those books are actually the ones misrepresenting His message, not the Bible.
You don’t have to repeat this prayer word-forword in a mechanical way. Just use it as a guide revealing the correct kind of terminology to use and the right approach to take. Feel free to express yourself creatively and spontaneously. Be sincere with God, reaching out with all your heart, and He will come to you. Also, be assured that we sincerely care about you and about your spiritual growth. We encourage you to contact us and let us know you have given your heart and life to the Lord Jesus. We want to help you on your journey.
So it will be essential for us to have perfected, glorified physical bodies in order to function in a perfected physical world. Those in covenant with the true God are not destined to be formless beings merging into oneness with some omnipresent cosmic force (as I used to teach); we are destined to have an eternal form that is a reflection of the very image of the Most High God Himself. Strangely, Buddhism teaches that our ultimate end is to become nothing (nirvana – cessation of personal existence). Hinduism teaches we become everything (blending in with Brahman). But Christianity is altogether different. We will ever be one with God, yet we will simultaneously maintain a unique and separate identity as the sons of God and inheritors of all things in heaven and earth.
The End of this Age
Jesus foretold that His followers will go through this final physical and spiritual metamorphosis when He returns to the earth at the end of this age. As a yoga student, I was taught that the second coming of Christ is spiritual in nature, that it is fulfilled individually whenever a person attains self-realization, and that it will be fulfilled globally, when the majority of the inhabitants of this orb are awakened to ‘Christ-consciousness,’ realizing their own inherent divinity. Then the ‘scales will tilt’ and a shift in planetary consciousness will result, thrusting us into a new era of enlightenment called “The Age of Aquarius.” However, there is a huge difference between this concept that stems from astrology and the Biblical viewpoint. Astrological ages only last about 2,200 years, then a new age emerges, then another, then another – a cyclical view of twelve revolving ages that repeat themselves ad infinitum. Unfortunately, this does not always mean upward progress. Advanced ages never last. Eventually, the human race always ‘descends’ again into dark periods of spiritual degeneracy, ultimately ending .
Destruction from the overload of negative karma. Then, once again, an upward climb ensues. But there is never any final resolution. (Incidentally, all the primary Eastern religions – Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Taoism – embrace a cyclical view concerning the future of the universe, yet the details in each worldview vary drastically.) Jesus prophesied something quite different, that one day He will return, not gradually and spiritually, but bodily and visibly, accompanied by “all His holy angels” (Matthew 25:31). All will “see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,” as He descends to fully establish His Kingdom in this world .