John Davidson has presented a masterpiece that illuminates the Truth about Jesus' message. For many Christians this book will be a bitter and perhaps impossible pill to swallow. For many others who are still seeking Truth, yet are disillusioned with Christianity, this book will change you. Either way it is a must read.
Every Christian, I believe, is at some time in their life confused about the apparent irregularities in the bible. Why, for example, are events described differently in the four gospels when they were reputedly written by the apostles? Why are whole phrases repeated word for word when they were written independently?
Similarly, every Christian must repress feelings of confusion about the morality of the bible. How, for example can the Lord Jesus (who the gospels describe as the "Lamb of God", and who taught that "blessed are the meek") be the Son of a jealous Father, who because the people of Jericho were enemies of his "chosen people" and followed another religion, ordered the the people of Israel to massacre every man, woman, child and baby, as well as every living thing, after the sacking of the city? Was this not genocide? Is it enough to say that only God can understand why these things had to be?
For myself personally, I could never reconcile the simple and pure words of Jesus as recorded in the Bible with the great complexity and opaque teachings of Christianity as given by the church. Whereas I completely believed Jesus, I could never find him in my pentecostal church, where brothers and sisters, it was believed, gave utterance to the Holy Spirit Himself. There were endless prophecies, and visions of all kinds relaid. The pastor, apparently under the power of the Holy Spirit, interpreted the scriptures week after week. In the end, as in most churches, there was no light, but only more division. Nobody could agree about what the Lord wanted. Yet all considered that God had shown them with His 'still small voice'.
If the Bible was the ordained living Word of God, why was it taking so long for people to imbibe its teachings? Why was there, after 2000 years, still so much confusion? Of course there are always pat answers for such questions given by well intentioned church leaders.Usually accompanied with a stern warning not to allow satan to enter the mind by questioning or 'testing' God. But, as Davidson says, is ignorance really a strong basis for faith?
In reality, as John Davidson reveals, the Bible is not the Living Word of God, but simply a document that has numerous unknown authors, with varying agendas, that became the manifesto of a world religion.
'The Gospel of Jesus' is a well researched, beautifully written and scholarly work that reveals just how so much confusion exists in the Christian church.It reveals the true teachings of Jesus. It delineates the Path,the Logos, the Way that Jesus spoke of, revealed in numerous manuscript sources aside from those that were destroyed by the orthidox church, in its determined effort to define Christianity by its own mold.
Davidson's book is uplifting. While it breaks apart any notion that the bible is the Living Word of God, it reveals the mystical teachings of the Word, the Logos, which was given by Jesus and by Mystics in all ages and regions, and was therefore not only known to the early Christians but to many ancient peoples. The Mandeans, a society from southern Iraq, for example, in who's scriptures and hymns is repeated the mystical message that Jesus brought to those who would listen and follow, and yet who defined themselves not as descendants of the followers of Jesus, but as the descendants of followers of John the Baptist!
It offers hope to all seekers of truth. The True Word that was in the world since the beginning and was revealed by mystics of old is available through mystics of all ages. As Jesus said, 'Seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened'.