What would it look like to discover and articulate a new and far more relevant Christian narrative beyond that of the traditional or the tribal?
Developing a new narrative does not mean the historical Christian faith, its writings, and its documents lose value; rather, our understanding must be in sync with science and cosmology as they evolve. Scientists now estimate the universe to have been born 13.8 billion years ago. How does Jesus of just 2000 years ago fit in?
Spirit and matter are generally understood as being different from each other, but from another perspective they can be seen as one. Rain and snow are different, but from another perspective they are both water. If all of creation and its various planes are seen as consisting of the vibrations of consciousness, then when spiritual vibrations become dense they become matter, just as when material vibrations become finer they become spirit.
Consider how two sages of India have expressed the vibrations of consciousness:
“Apart from consciousness, nothing else whatsoever exists.”–Sri Ramana Maharshi
“Consciousness is the fundamental thing in existence. It is the Energy, the motion, the movement of consciousness that creates the Universe and all that is in it. The microcosm and the macrocosm are nothing but consciousness arranging itself.”–Sri Aurobindo
These expressions are also consistent with what we might find written about the universal field in quantum physics, with Jesus’ expression that “God is Spirit” (John 4:24), and with the Nicene Creed of ancient Apostolic Christianity, “We believe in One God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible…”
So then, if we understand that consciousness is primary and evolving through a constant process of birth, form, death, and resurrection, and if we consider this totality of consciousness as Christ (the Son), then we can declare Christ the Son was present and evolving from the origin of all Creation in all forms.
Moving forward in “the fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4), when the collective consciousness of certain peoples had ripened, Christ was born – incarnated – into the person of Jesus. He was born to reveal through Himself exalted states of consciousness so that we may see, understand, and model them. Jesus truly becomes Lord and Master to all who follow Him. He is the Revealer and Teacher of things Divine. He is the Son incarnate – reaching a pinnacle of human reflective capacity and self-awareness – revealing the union of the “human” and the “Divine.”
In the totality of our individual consciousness, and as we enter into a wondrous and mystic communion with Christ Jesus, we are lifted into the immensity of Divine Love, the origin and sustenance of Creation.