If Jesus Is Gone, Where Are We?

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Matthew 10:7 For it is not the hearers of the Word who speak, but the Spirit of God; for no one hears unless the Spirit speaks. Matthew 12:13 But whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matthew 20:15 If you forgive man his sins, your grace will also forgive his sin. But if you do not forgive man his sins, neither will your Father forgive your sins. Matthew 26:41 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man whose clothes were black. And he spoke to him, saying, Are you the Son of David? And he said, Nay, but I am also the prophet of David.

The challenges to which religion is exposed

How to favour a natural process of evolution from the pre-rational to the rational? That is to say, from the archaic-instinctive (0.1% of the population) to the magical-animist (10% of the population) to the mythical; from the mythical (60% of the population) to the rational; how to favour natural evolution from the rational (30% of the population) to the trans-rational; from the trans-rational (12% of the population) to the state of Fundamental Unity and full realization of human potential?

And this, based on an exquisite respect for all forms of religious and cultural life. In other words, how to manage the different needs and relationships between the many humanities that make up Humanity? We encounter two great challenges: Inter-religious confrontation and the confrontation between religion and modernity.

Religion in the 21st century

Most scholars of the phenomenology of religion agree that religious sentiment arises in early humanity at the same time and inseparably with the emergence of individual consciousness.

The gradual irruption of individual consciousness (in which it is possible to see the background of what some religions call “original sin”) is irretrievably accompanied by the anguish of the separate self. This anguish could represent the “fall” and the “expulsion” from paradise of unconscious fusion with the Whole, a fusion proper to the pre-egoic state of consciousness.