“The Myth of Jesus’ Second Coming”


          Presenter: Dick Stetler – October 11, 2021

     

    The Biblical references concerning Jesus’ second coming have been cited repeatedly by some pastors and Bible teachers as an accurate prophesy because they appear in the Bible. This myth has generated a number of meanings among believers, none of which contribute to their spiritual development.  This theme remains a myth due to Jesus never mentioning it among his core teachings derived from The Golden Rule. If such a dramatic prophesy were true, he would have made it a major theme in his teaching.  He did not. 

    Such a teaching was put into the Gospels not by God, but by authors reflecting a belief that was widely circulating at the time.  This belief was circulating because societies believed that life had gotten so sin-ridden that God would enter human history decisively and begin dividing the sheep from the goats.  One example of the sinfulness of the Jews was cited in Leviticus 18:6-30.

    During the period between the Old and New Testaments, (roughly 400 years), the myth of the coming of the Son of Man in the clouds was a common theme.  Since Jesus was considered by his later followers to be an incarnation of God, he became synonymous with the apocalyptic character known as The Son of Man.  

    Occasionally we can see signs along the road that proclaim, “Jesus is coming soon.”   If his coming was an accurate prophesy, why has it taken thousands of years for it to occur? We have to admit to ourselves that Jesus’ coming was most likely an assumption that God had given up on the human race.

    Such a belief limits God’s ability to forgive.  The myth also is a misunderstanding of the purpose of the material world. History has taught humanity that beliefs, in spite of their level of conviction, will not make them true. Every individual lives after his or her physical form no longer can hold the indwelling of their spirits. In spite of our many thoughts about Heaven and Hell, none of us was ever in any danger during the various phases of our lives. All of us continue living in another form and it is as automatic as the sunrise each morning. 

    Our ancient ancestors understood that life continues.  The ancient Egyptians buried their dead with boats, weapons, and even food. The Hebrews believed that a savior would come to rescue them from their oppressors.  Numerous Christians believe that when the end comes, the elect will ascend to Heaven, leaving others behind. (Matthew 24:40f) How easily we forget that we incarnated here to see what we can do in our responses to the tempting comforts offered by the material world.

    Jesus could not and cannot save anyone from themselves.   He could only teach people how to develop attitudes rooted in loving responses.  Few priests are teaching this.  People do not need saving.  We did not come here to be saved by an external divine being.  What most people need is to awaken the giant within themselves that they brought with them. Every person has to do their own inner homework.  (I Corinthians 13)

    In every generation, people can be blinded by the glitter of the comfort zones that make themselves available, e.g., wealth, control, power, and superiority.  These zones feed their senses because they are highly seductive while their authentic nature remains undisturbed.  The glimmering treasures of this world are so enticing and seductive that people go after them as goals to be reached. When people neglect their spiritual development, such goals become a slippery slope.  (Matthew 16:26)

    Each of us at our physical deaths, will learn that everything we gained by acquiring earthly treasures may have anchored us to a world that will not exist after we graduate from this life. What will we have gained? Jesus taught his listeners to store up treasures for themselves that will influence others to be kinder, unselfish, patient, forgiving, and loving. (Matthew 6:19-20)

    The apostle Paul outlined a path that listed numerous treasures that will surface within his readers the moment they decide to awaken spiritually. (Galatians 5:22) At death everyone takes with them an accounting of their developed skills.  People evolve or plateau according to their desires and choices even when they cut corners by developing a value system that works only in the physical world.  All that happens to them is that their decisions have circumvented the reason why they incarnated.

    Is Jesus coming again?  Absolutely!  However, no one will recognize him just as no one recognized him during the countless times his entity and others like him returned to participate in human history.  Each has a passion to teach and challenge people to awaken and begin their spiritual development. Spirit-beings like Jesus are those who have developed techniques to awaken each time they incarnate. Jesus said, “You will recognize mature spiritual-beings by their fruits.”  (Matthew 7:24)

    Think about this, “To the person who does me wrong, I will return to him the protection of my most ungrudging love; and what evil continues to come from him, the more good shall go forth from me.” This sounds like Jesus, but the quote comes from an entity that incarnated five hundred years earlier.  He became celebrated as the Buddha.  Many of Siddhartha’s teachings parallel those of Jesus.

    Pericles was one of these in 5th Century in Athens.  Marcus Aurelius, the last of the spiritually mature Emperors of the Roman Empire was one of these (161-180 AD. In more recent times, Anthony Robbins is one of these.  He wrote, Awaken the Giant Within.

    A careful study of personalities throughout human history will reveal that verbal footprints in the sand were left behind by such entities as Jesus in different cultures during the past and present. This process has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with teaching spiritual development by awakening individuals to their inner world. Thus, such teaching is far more universal in its reach than sectarian religion. 

    Ever so slowly, people are being influenced by others to look within themselves to the world of spirit where their infinite divinity resides. Jesus once said, “Do you not know that you are gods?”  (John 10:34) All we have to do is awaken our understanding of that potential. In a spiritual journey, we may never reach the notoriety of those mentioned above. Notoriety is not the goal. Everyone, no matter where they are in their level of spiritual development, has the ability to be the leaven for the loaf by reflecting their divinity.