This is over a year old, but Time magazine interviewed New Age guru Deepak Chopra about a novel he wrote on Jesus’ life. It’s tremendously sad and misinformed (that is, the interview, but I’m sure the novel takes the cake). Here’s a few of the more interesting questions and answers:
You write “making [Jesus] the one and only son of God leaves the rest of humankind stranded.”
Because we end up worshipping the messenger instead of the message and excluding all the theologies that existed before Jesus was born.
But it’s also the one thing that inspires Christ’s most fervent followers: that Jesus was God’s only son, who died for them and so took away sin. Isn’t your premise of an acquired godhood heretical to orthodox Christians?
It may be. Fundamentalist Christians always quote Jesus in the Gospel of John saying “I am the way. I am the life. Nobody comes into the kingdom of heaven except through me.” But what does Jesus mean by “I”?” In his language, Aramaic, the word is translated as “the I within the I.” So he may be speaking about himself as a universal spirit. In that case he can’t be squeezed into a body or the span of a lifetime.
Read the whole thing.