The Lighthouse Group studies and meets quarterly at RMMC to talk about a selected newsletter written by Dr. Kenneth Wapnick. This quarter’s topic is Jesus: The Hope in Hopelessness (Volume 9, Number 4, from December 1998.) This newsletter contrasts the historical Jesus with the Jesus of our Course. It has references to the Gifts of God and offers us wonderful insights from Freud.
Here is an excerpt from the Lighthouse article:
“In this way, the world’s Jesus, as opposed to the truly historical figure who appeared in Palestine two thousand years ago, ended up serving the ego’s master plan of making the error of sin real, necessitating elaborate plans and ingenious schemes to undo it. This practice of forgiveness-to-destroy is what enabled Christianity to thrive, at the same time that it reinforced the ego’s thought system of sin and specialness. And it all centered on the one the Bible and Christians ever after referred to as Jesus of Nazareth.
This Jesus, who comes in mockery, offers us no hope, because he has become part of the problem. An integral part of the world’s dream of sin and salvation, from which there is no real hope—There is no need to dream of an escape from dreaming. It will fail. For if the dream were real, escape would be impossible and there would be no hope except illusions—the one the world remembers as Jesus eclipsed the true figure of Jesus who disappeared into the reality that lies behind the dream.”
The article is also found on page 404 of From The Lighthouse: To Look Upon Darkness Through Light Must Dispel It, an anthology of Lighthouse articles by Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D. and Gloria Wapnick from the Foundation for A Course in Miracles.
Note: this session – originally scheduled for Jan. 21 – has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 11, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM