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Who is Jesus Christ?

In The Third Jesus, bestselling author and spiritual leader Deepak Chopra provides an answer to this question that is both a challenge to current systems of belief and a fresh perspective on what Jesus can teach us all, regardless of our religious background. There is not one Jesus, Chopra writes, but three.

First, there is the historical Jesus, the man who lived more than two thousand years ago and whose teachings are the foundation of Christian theology and thought. Next there is Jesus the Son of God, who has come to embody an institutional religion with specific dogma, a priesthood, and devout believers. And finally, there is the third Jesus, the cosmic Christ, the spiritual guide whose teaching embraces all humanity, not just the church built in his name. He speaks to the individual who wants to find God as a personal experience, to attain what some might call grace, or God-consciousness, or enlightenment.

When we take Jesus literally, we are faced with the impossible. How can we truly ¡°love thy neighbor as thyself¡±? But when we see the exhortations of Jesus as invitations to join him on a higher spiritual plane, his words suddenly make sense.

Ultimately, Chopra argues, Christianity needs to overcome its tendency to be exclusionary and refocus on being a religion of personal insight and spiritual growth. In this way Jesus can be seen for the universal teacher he truly is¨Csomeone whose teachings of compassion, tolerance, and understanding can embrace and be embraced by all of us.

Customer Reviews:

  • The Cosmic Jesus
    The author provides a very deep discussion about
    Jesus Christ on a cosmic or spiritual level.
    This persona portrays Christ as a spiritual leader
    who embraces everyone on a humanitarian level.

    The idea of a New World is presented. Such an idealistic
    place is devoid of war and strife. The human body itself
    will be transformed into the highest state of health
    and psychic contentment.

    Certain paths are a fast track to heaven. For instance,
    the Path of Devotion is prayer-centered. The Path of
    Service deals with charity, almsgiving, altruism and
    humility. The Path of Contemplation deals with a formal
    retreat monastically speaking.

    Christ is pictured as a sketchy character historically.
    The power lies in Christ as a theological creation for
    the ages....more info
  • The "Have It Your Way" Jesus of Deepak Chopra
    Deepak Chopra, true to his New Age views, recreates the historical Jesus into a mystical "inner" Jesus that, in the end, is a wispy fairy tale figure with no meaning.

    Chopra seems determined to fit his version of Jesus into the Bible, even though it is like putting a square peg into a round hole. Thousands of Christians have pondered and pored over the scriptures, analyzed them, and preached them. They have never found the "third Jesus" that Chopra proclaims because that Jesus is simply not there. Nevertheless, after 2,000 years, Chopra breezily dismisses the historic Christian faith that millions around the world have claimed for centuries.

    Would any Christian, or even non-Christian, get away with this in the case of, for example, Islam, Hinduism, or Buddhism? What if someone were to write a book claiming that Buddha really taught that suffering is good, and that any reports or texts that Buddha said otherwise were words added later by his misguided followers? After all, the texts of Buddha's reported sayings were not written until about 500 years after his death. What if someone claimed that Buddhism is not at all what Buddhists have believed for centuries ? If the author of such a book were as well known as Chopra, the response would be pure outrage. Yet this is exactly what Chopra and others are doing today with Christianity

    Chopra boldly states that Jesus "did not physically descend from God's dwelling place....nor did he return to sit at the right hand of a literal throne" (3).

    Jesus did not physically descend in the sense of floating down from the sky as an embodied man, but he did physically incarnate, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born as a babe to Mary. In this way, he did descend "from God's dwelling place." In fact, Jesus announced this many times in the Gospel of John. One of the plainest statements is, "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me" (John 6.38). And also, "No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven" (John 3.13). "Coming down from heaven," as portrayed clearly in the Gospels, refers to the historic incarnation of Jesus.

    Other verses, including declarations that God sent Jesus, are John 5.23, 24, 30, 36-38; 6.29, 41, 51, 57; 7.18, 28, 29, 33; 8.16, 18, 23, 29, 42; 9.4; 11.42; 12.44, 45, 49; 13.20; 14.24; 15.21; 16.5; 17.3, 8, 18, 23; and 20.21.

    Chopra's way of dealing with Jesus would cause near riots were it done to any other religious figure, but it seems Jesus is up for grabs for whoever wants to have Jesus "their way."

    And just a hint - if Bishop Shelby Spong likes a book, like he does this one, that's a red flag. Spong has denied every essential of the Christian faith.






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  • Personalizing Jesus
    [...] the first in a series of spiritually-themed novels, I am always on the outlook for spiritual books that broaden my perspective. This book not only accomplished that, but it helped me develop an even more intimate relationship with Jesus.

    This is a book that could totally transform the spiritual understanding of Christians along with opening them up to a relationship with the Holy Spirit. It will also speak to people of other faiths since it releases so much of the dogma that can exist within traditional Christian churches. It not only personalizes Jesus, the man, but it makes his messages more clear.

    I love the way Deepak Chopra uses meditative techniques in order to allow the teachings of Jesus as presented in the scriptures to come alive. Through my own use of these techniques, the underlying messages of the scriptures spoke to me as they never have before.

    The beauty of this book is that it freed me from the mental aspects of theology as it allowed me to develop a more personal relationship with the man who came to teach us the way to love. This book will especially appeal to individuals who are seeking a mystical experience within their own faith.

    The book may be offensive to some closed-minded individuals. Deepak Chopra opens the door to all in order for them to develop their own Christ potential as equals with Jesus as other children of God. Personally I believe that the humble man, Jesus, would approve. He was here to help us all develop our highest potential. After all, he stated that it would be possible for us to perform even greater works than he. By taking individual and collective responsibility for our own spiritual development, perhaps we could indeed realize peace on earth and good will toward all "men."

    Davis Aujourd'hui, author of "The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude"...more info
  • The Third Jesus
    Everyone should read this book. Deepak is able to view Jesus through the eyes of an enlightened soul, and give us insights into REAL Christianity. He utilizes many gospel quotes to illustrate and explain how Jesus can fit into a wider world and religious view. Fantastic!...more info
  • More sophistry at best; and heresy at worst
    Gnosticism arose very early in Christian history; and was vehemently struck down by Paul who had intimate , first person contact and instruction from the resurrected 'Creator of the entire world; - who appeared in flesh; and was rejected and murdered by His creation". To claim that we all have 'God within", and that we can "attain" Heaven, or become like gods ourselves, happens to be THE specific lie told to the mother and father of all humanity; and in so doing ruined the perfect creation. Think of yourselves when you made that terrarium with the turtle or chameleon...you wanted the little world to be perfect and for the creature to be comfortable. And your envious brat neighbor, secretly introduced poison into your otherwise perfect little world. This is precisely what God's arch enemy did, by very clever deceipt. The deceipt continues to this day; and we are all so easily duped by it- which only proves the Genesis story. That Jesus was not who He said He was: IS the lie today. The price you pay? You lose His free gift to you, which is to be transferred back to Heaven and to perfection where you belong. Do NOT take this bait. The very term "sophistry" means "appears plausible, but is completely falacious". So did Satan's promise that we could be like gods ourselves. We do not attain perfection by focusing our "intellect" in the proper direction. ...more info
  • light for more understanding
    Chopra's work is a willingness to look Scripture without preconceived understandings and misunderstaings about meaning,,,,,He presented ideas that can be validated...... Very refreshing!!!
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  • THIS BOOK IS IN ERA OF WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES!
    This is era, thats why alot of people cannot except Jesus as Our Lord and Savior because there are so many people out here that want to change the facts! Jesus Christ is our Lord. People always want to play down the Trinity and make the truth sound so hard to follow when indeed its not. There is nothing hard about following christianity, (which means following Jesu Christ) the bible tells us to be Christ like, God sent His Son to the earth to be an example in all ways. He was tempted as we are but yet without sin. He overcame temptation. He ' the Father in heaven allowed us to see that we can live on the earth and follow His lead. To make a long story short, bottom line, people are being strade away because people are writing theory instead of following the Holy Spirit and reading their bibles. God is coming back to the earth and what better way to trick people than false doctrine!...more info
  • The Third Jesus( Deepac Chopra)
    For anyone on the spiritual path, this book ( a

    work of art) is a must have....more info
  • Couldn't put it down
    No matter what your beliefs, this book helped me have a better understanding of how to find inner peace and use the teaching of Jesus in
    every day life. ...more info
  • Personalizing Jesus
    As the author of a series of spiritually-themed novels, I am always on the outlook for spiritual books that broaden my perspective. This book not only accomplished that, but it helped me develop an even more intimate relationship with Jesus.

    This is a book that could totally transform the spiritual understanding of Christians along with opening them up to a relationship with the Holy Spirit. It will also speak to people of other faiths since it releases so much of the dogma that can exist within traditional Christian churches. It not only personalizes Jesus, the man, but it makes his messages more clear.

    I love the way Deepak Chopra uses meditative techniques in order to allow the teachings of Jesus as presented in the scriptures to come alive. Through my own use of these techniques, the underlying messages of the scriptures spoke to me as they never have before.

    The beauty of this book is that it freed me from the mental aspects of theology as it allowed me to develop a more personal relationship with the man who came to teach us the way to love. This book will especially appeal to individuals who are seeking a mystical experience within their own faith.

    The book may be offensive to some closed-minded individuals. Deepak Chopra opens the door to all in order for them to develop their own Christ potential as equals with Jesus as other children of God. Personally I believe that the humble man, Jesus, would approve. He was here to help us all develop our highest potential. After all, he stated that it would be possible for us to perform even greater works than he. By taking individual and collective responsibility for our own spiritual development, perhaps we could indeed realize peace on earth and good will toward all "men." ...more info
  • Understanding my spiritual depth
    Deepak Chopra has hit it on the spiritual button for me. I always worried about how our different religions manipulated the bible for self gain and how they made Jesus, our other prophets and God fit in their self-centered plans. I love Jesus, the man, the spiritual leader and how hard he tried to bring us into God's love, which was already in us, but not recognized.

    The awareness of our soul and how love flows through us would make this world so much better....more info
  • Book offers fresh look at Jesus
    Though the study of Metaphysics is not new for me, Deepak Chopra offers insights that are refreshing and make sense of concepts that I always felt didn't make much sense. He sheds light on the true and deeper meanings of Jesus' teachings.
    He explains the progression of the time following Jesus' death, giving background of the current biblical chapters and the lesser-known Nag Hammadi Scrolls. He also discusses the politics of the times when the books were written and why so many have been excluded from the versions so widely known today.
    This book has made many concepts clearer for me and given me a new appreciation for Jesus' teachings.
    I should also mention that Unity has a 6-week series discussing this book, with half-hour interviews of Mr. Chopra and Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell. The series can be found online at Unity.FM .
    I highly recommend this book. It has made a real difference in my life.

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  • A Fresh Slant on a Very Old Story
    I am really enjoying this book. I like Chopra's all-inclusive perspective on our relationship with God. His "enlightenment" and "shadow" description within all of us is a useful metaphor....more info
  • far reaching and profound
    This is a profound revisioning of Jesus, which takes Him beyond the narrow confines of some traditional Christian concepts and treats him as the great mystical teacher he surely was in reality. This is the Jesus of the Gospel of Thomas rather than of the evangelical Christians. Even within the conventional Christan canon, if you look deeply enough, you'll find hints of this profound mystic. I find Deepak's work becoming more and more profound as his career progresses too. I was always slightly dubious about his work - probably simply because he was so famous and had a gleam of the successful celebrity about him - until I saw the Way of the Wizard recommended on Eckhart Tolle's website. Eckhart's recommended reading is a great source of fantastic books, such as De mello's awareness and The Fall by Steve TaylorThe Fall: The Evidence for a Golden Age, 6,000 years of Insanity and the Dawning of a New Era ...more info
  • 3rd Jesus
    I enjoy Deepak Chopra's writing and other books but this one was too full of biblical quotes. His point however was well made and is reminisent of Budidism....more info
  • An inspiring and, yes, provocative invitation to rethink Jesus
    I hope most readers have the good sense to ignore the bilious one-star reviewers, none of whom seem to have actually read Deepak Chopra's fascinating rethink of Jesus. To truly appreciate this work, you must set aside all preconceptions. Chopra is not condemning faith and not asking anyone who is alreayd committed to Christianity to abandon their beliefs. He is trying to offer solace and inspiration to the millions of believers who have become distressed by the current crisis caused by fundamentalism but also by the fact that we all live in an overwhelmingly secular society.

    The alternative mapped out in The Third Jesus is to consider that Jesus was primarily a teacher of higher consciousness. This view is non-traditional, to say the least, but Chopra offers many passages from the New Testament to support his contention that Jesus wanted everyone to rise to the same level of God realization that he was in. Even if that isn't historically correct, Christianity has made room for new interpretations over the centuries, and Chopra's fits our age, when people want to follow a spiritual path without being constrained by old dogmas and authorities.

    I think any open-minded seeker will find much to enjoy in this book, which as usual is written with genuine integrity and sympathy for everyone who wants a fulfilled spiritual life. ...more info
  • Chopra writes a put-down
    I was sadly surprised at this book; I was expecting an up-lifting volume from the author, but he, as many do, puts down the concept of Christ Jesus as GOD incarnate. Right from the start he basically says that Christ is not GOD, nor is He the only-begotten Son of GOD. I spent way too much money for this volume, expecting much, but getting little. This is the only book form AMAZON that I have ever not enjoyed. Unfortunately it is just a down-the-nose look at Christianity. I cannot give it but one star. This story of "the Christ we cannot ignore" should be ignored.
    The author has written much better than this, but perhaps this is the real
    Chopra..... color me perplexed!...more info
  • This isn't anything new in metaphysics
    Chopra's vision of Jesus isn't anything new in the world of metaphysics. Paramahamsa Yogananda, Edgar Cayce, and A Course In Miracles say exactly the same thing. Look up their books on amazon. I think it was important for Chopra to reiterate what others have already said because he can bring this knowledge to the masses since so many people have heard about him and many eagerly wait to read his next book release. He has written so many books.

    It is important to remember that no matter how many times this info gets put out there, hardcore narrow minded Christians will never agree with this interpretation of Jesus. They have been brainwashed in their churches to believe the way they do out of fear of going to hell or fear that God will get mad at them. It doesn't bother me for I know one day we will all realize the God within us, our ONENESS with Him and everything in the Universe, and be with him in Heaven forever. If we all come from God, then it is His plan for us to all go back to Him eventually. Even the demons that roam the earth must return to God, for he created them too, and He loves them just as much as any being he created in the beginning of time.





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  • The Third Jesus
    If you are a Christian who believes every word of the Bible is not to be questioned, then this book is not for you. If you are someone who has wondered if somehow certain things in the Bible seemed contradictory or unlike what you would imagine God to say, then open your heart and mind and read this book. I believe Deepak has given us a better understanding of Jesus' words and meanings. ...more info
  • Very Insightful.....But
    This book has a very interesting take on the enlightened Christ and how we are held to even higher standards of finding the Kingdom of God than I would say many churches expect of us. Compassion, understanding, and reverence for Christ's teachings can be seen in this book.

    However, my problem with this book stems from the use of gnostic texts. If you are like me and believe that the canonical Gospels are the authoritative texts as to what Jesus said, then it gets a little disturbing that sayings only found in gnostic texts like The Gospel of Thomas or the Aprocryphon of Jesus (is this a mistake, but I haven't heard of such a book at all??) are used like the scriptures in this book. And the use of such texts is odd because Deepak Chopra claims no relationship to any form of Gnosticism on page 32 of The Third Jesus.

    If you are not like me, and can overlook these gnostic verses then this book is quite a worthwhile read for the thinking Christian. ...more info
  • I was raised Christian
    Well, Deepak has done it again. This time, he has angered the Christians. But, as we all know, this is really not a hard thing to do nowadays. Speak anything different than what they believe, then we are doomed to hell. If you don't believe how they believe then you are a heretic, whoremonger, antichrist, possessed or what-have-you. If you don't believe how "we" (the rest of the world) believes then hey thats ok. It really does not matter. We love you just the same. Hmmmm...see the difference? Deepak has written a book on his views of Christ. This confirms my beliefs as well. I would suggest this book to anyone who has compassion and love in their heart. But the Christians, well, be careful because you just might find yourself getting stoned. But hey, we still love the Christians none-the-less. Didn't Jesus tell us to turn the other cheek? Again, good book! ...more info
  • C.S. Lewis Said it best
    In his famous book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis makes this statement,
    "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg--or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us."...more info
  • Deepak Chopra has done it again!
    I am so glad that I ordered "The Third Jesus". I have read several of Deepak Chopra's books and have enjoyed them all. We've been taught about the man coming of age, gathering disciples, teaching and healing the masses. We have learned about the "Son of God" being tortured and ridiculed, put to death only to rise again. This book gives an interesting slant on what life would have been like growing up and living in Nazerath at that time with all of the laws, traditions, and of course, the Romans. I highly recommend ALL of Chopra's writing. ...more info
  • Want to know REAL Jesus?
    Want to know Jesus, read the Bible. Chopra misinterpret who Jesus really is. Jesus is not just a great teacher, is then he a liar? He is The Word in flesh, He is the same I AM of the old testament, and he wants to have a personal relationship with each one of us through the Holy Spirit. He is not just a great master... Jesus talked about love, was love, taught of an eternal life in heaven; but he also taught about satan and hell. Do we believe "just some things" about this great master? Jesus is not what Chopra "thinks" Jesus is. Jesus is the ONLY WAY, ONLY TRUTH, AND ETERNAL LIFE that will take you to GOD the Father and Creator of everyting, including you, Christ loves you so much. God has a specific purpose for your life... and it has NOTHING to do on what CHOPRA "supposes" Jesus Christ is. Search God, Jesus for yourself.... he manifests to all who obey him. God bless you.... AMGT ...more info
  • I am among you
    I have read this book and found it fascinating.It could be possible that what Mr.Chopra wrote is true,and yet we will never know for sure the truth about Jesus.
    It is an inspiring book and very easy to read.
    In my personal opinion I think that Jesus is indeed inside of us and we have to reach a certain level of consciousness to understand.
    It has meditation and analytical examples for us to meditate and try to see the light so to speak.
    I have had several experiences in my personal life that leads me to believe that things happen the way Mr.Chopra has written.Although hard for me to understand at the time,I seem to understand it better know after reading the book.You can reach the level of consciousness that Mr.Chopra suggests by following his meditation sequences.It does open your eyes,to who we could really be,what we could really accomplish and what we could really become.
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  • Jesus words have never been so clear to me.
    The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore

    Doctor Chopra's intent is direct,open and with love. Thank you. ...more info
  • The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra
    This book will give great insight to the one who is on a spiritual journey and truly wants to understand and live the message Jesus taught.
    Deepak Chopra has a way with explaining the teachings of Jesus as they were intended and backs it up with many valid resources. Even if you totally disagree with Chopra, the book will certainly provide spiritual challenges that will have you thinking from another perspective. Isn't this exactly what Jesus was doing in his own time on this earth? Many people from his (Jesus's) own faith rejected him and his teachings because they were too rigid in their own beliefs, and made no room for further enlightenment. We are continually called to grow in spirit, faith, knowledge, and most of all, compassionate love towards one another. It is when we live according to the message Jesus declared, that we deepen our kinship with God. No one who calls themself a Christian can deny that we must be open to the spirit of God when it is speaking to us. This is truly a remarkable book. ...more info
  • Couldn't put it down
    No matter what your beliefs, this book helped me have a better understanding of how to find inner peace and use the teaching of Jesus in
    every day life. ...more info
  • All opinion and very little factual evidence!
    I appreciated the authors overall respect and admiration for Jesus, as well as the knowledge of many of His teachings. But overall it was misinformative on a few very important details.

    This book is one of those sad excuses in which people who like to take scripture out of context or only look at and use the verses that they like do it at will. To suggest that Jesus is only teacher and not who the Bible (which is where his story comes from)truly says He is is a little irresponsible.

    If you're looking for something a little bit more accurate try: The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey....more info
  • Not for rigid/frigid Christian mindsets
    This book is another gentle reminder that Jesus, while perhaps the first modern human to achieve "Christ consciousness," was also "the son of man," meaning he was "human" like the rest of us and was here to show us The Way (or what those in the East would call The Tao). I don't believe that Jesus was interested in creating yet another world religion - a religion that, courtesy its manmade contrivances, continues to suffer one schism after another - but instead to remind us of our true nature beyond body and mind. We are indeed all ONE, meaning each of us is part of God, each of us has the same Christ consciousness within awaiting our remembrance, and to cede that knowledge, that territory to another - even Jesus - is the ultimate failure. Jesus reminded us that any of us can do what he did and more, thus those who imagine Jesus as the sole incarnation of God are surrendering their own relationship to God. But then, this is how most humans choose to live: by surrendering their lives to their spouses, their bosses, their political and religious leaders, and so on. Better to let others think for me, seems to be the reasoning. Jesus was counseling just the opposite: think and BE for yourselves because in that BEing is God Itself. ...more info
  • This isn't anything new in metaphysics
    Chopra's vision of Jesus isn't anything new in the world of metaphysics. Paramahamsa Yogananda, Edgar Cayce, and A Course In Miracles say exactly the same thing. Look up their books on amazon. I think it was important for Chopra to reiterate what others have already said because he can bring this knowledge to the masses since so many people have heard about him and many eagerly wait to read his next book release. He has written so many books.

    It is important to remember that no matter how many times this info gets put out there, hardcore narrow minded Christians will never agree with this interpretation of Jesus. They have been brainwashed in their churches to believe the way they do out of fear of going to hell or fear that God will get mad at them. It doesn't bother me for I know one day we will all realize the God within us, our ONENESS with Him and everything in the Universe, and be with him in Heaven forever. If we all come from God, then it is His plan for us to all go back to Him eventually. Even the demons that roam the earth must return to God, for he created them too, and He loves them just as much as any being he created in the beginning of time.





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  • Seeking More Light
    There is much to glean from reading this book, especially Chopra's commentary on the inerrancy of many questionable Biblical scriptures. From the standpoint of one who reads the Bible both critically and for Spiritual truth, I was not offended; however, for those who make a God of scriptural innerancy, I understand their intense displeasure and the need to refute.

    Chopra speaks of the "third Jesus" as mythical (as opposed to the historical and the institutional), and it is here that I believe he has missed the true essence of Jesus, the Christ, the only "begotten" of the Father. In my Bible reading, I was puzzled over the verses in Matthew 22 where Jesus poses the question to the Pharisees: "What do you say of the Christ? Whose Son is He?" When the Pharisees answered "The son of David," Jesus then posed the question that stumped the Pharisees (the most learned priests) and which they could not answer: "How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls him Lord? If David thus calls him Lord, how is he his son?"

    This question also mystified me and for days I meditated on these verses, asking the Spirit of Truth to lead me to understand what was being taught here as I felt this to be essential to understanding the Christ and Jesus being the Christ.

    Some days later, in a flash of insight, it came to me: The Christ is the only BEGOTTEN of the Father which indwells everyman, awaiting birth - the second birth, the birth of the Spirit as compared to our first physical birth - that Jesus refers to when talking with Nicodemus. Jesus is the FIRSTborn of the Father, but it is our spiritual heritage and destiny to EACH be born of the Father, to birth the Christ in ourselves. I was simply blown away by this concept! It helped further explain Colossians 1:27 where Paul talks about the "mystery" made known to them which is "Christ in you your hope of glory."

    The Pharisees could not accept Jesus as God's annointed Christ because they had not the "eyes to see" - the spiritual sight we are gifted with when spiritual understanding opens in us. They were too tied to their sacred books, Priestly roles and outward rituals. Hence Jesus' most condemnatory remarks were reserved for those who were supposed to open the Kingdom of Heaven but were keeping it closed.

    I believe that Chopra's "third Jesus" could better be understood if Chopra described Jesus by His rightful title, "the Christ."

    As to the political commentary on societal issues Chopra engages in in the concluding chapter, I will leave that to each to discern for we are all seeking understanding and we must each be convinced in our own minds and hearts as to what path is most Christ-like. ...more info
  • Terrible!!!
    Absolute Heresy! This book is not remotely biblical. Jesus is God & will always be!!! There is no third enlightened Jesus! Nice try!!...more info
  • Very Insightful.....But
    This book has a very interesting take on the enlightened Christ and how we are held to even higher standards of finding the Kingdom of God than I would say many churches expect of us. Compassion, understanding, and reverence for Christ's teachings can be seen in this book.

    However, my problem with this book stems from the use of gnostic texts. If you are like me and believe that the canonical Gospels are the authoritative texts as to what Jesus said, then it gets a little disturbing that sayings only found in gnostic texts like The Gospel of Thomas or the Aprocryphon of Jesus (is this a mistake, but I haven't heard of such a book at all??) are used like the scriptures in this book. And the use of such texts is odd because Deepak Chopra claims no relationship to any form of Gnosticism on page 32 of The Third Jesus.

    If you are not like me, and can overlook these gnostic verses then this book is quite a worthwhile read for the thinking Christian. ...more info
  • The Third Jesus
    A wonderful informative book on another view of Christianity and how we should view our relationship with the divine....more info
  • How come Chopra is so cruel??
    Chopra dedicates his book to the Irish Christian brothers who taught him at school. Those men gave up their homes, gave up food they were used to, gave up their families and friends, gave up the chance to marry and have children, in order to go to another country and spend their lives helping and teaching others. It was a breathtaking act of love and selflessness.

    And how has Chopra paid them back? By writing a book that mocks their religion. How can anyone be so cruel?

    He writes: "The Catholic church has been adding to scripture since the beginning" (p 223). This is a lie. It was the Catholic church that decided the canon, the pope who approved it, and no Catholic has ever added a single extra word to the bible once the canon was decided upon.

    "Jesus...was created by the church to fulfill its agenda" (p 8) he sneers.

    Chopra feels free to write hurtful things about a religion he does not believe in, but he gives not one small shred of evidence to back these accusations up.

    What proof is there that the earliest Christianity in any way changed or altered Jesus' words? Two of the most famous scholars of the last few decades, Larry Hurtado in "Lord Jesus Christ" and Martin Hengel, in "Paul Between Damascus and Antioch", have investigated the first three decades after Jesus' death and found overwhelming proof that there was no alternations at all.

    On the other hand, Chopra is eager to heap praise on the Gnostics. Although there were many philosophical schools under the broad umbrella term of "Gnostics" most were highly anti-female, anti-earth, and pro-death. A memorable quote from the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas: "Women do not deserve to live".

    Chopra says of the four Christian gospels, that, "The writers of the gospels set out not to tell the facts of a life but to convert nonbelievers ...they...exaggerated events, invented miracles, and put words into Jesus' mouth." More cruel and hurtful accusations with not a shred of evidence to try and back them up.

    On the other hand, he goes on, "other (Gnostic) documents may be as old as the four gospels" (p 133). Untrue. As Preterment shows in "A Separate God", considered the definitive work on the Gnostics, every single one of the Gnostic gospels was written at least 100 years after Christ died. The Gospel of Thomas, which he mentions, has been proven to have been written in about 180 AD, as Nicholas Perrin showed.

    Chopra's insists that, "Absolute truth is blind truth" (p 229). Apparently we can forget about anything being right or wrong now that Chopra has imperiously decided that everything is a shade of gray. Is it wrong that the communists slaughtered over 100 million people? Are there really no absolute truths? If that is what Chopra believes, then I wouldn't turn my back on him.

    While Chopra feels free to throw hurtful and untrue accusations against Christians, he never mentions people like Mother Theresa of Calcutta gave her life to help the poorest of the poor. Thousands of nuns follow in her path all over the world. This is real love, real selflessness, as opposed to the self-worship Chopra prefers.

    "Jesus spoke of the necessity to believe in him as the road to salvation, but those words were put into his mouth by followers writing decades later" (p 11), he states, with, again, nothing to back it up.

    Suppose Chopra's wrong? Suppose your chance of everlasting life in heaven depends on what you do and believe here? How can Chopra be so uncaring, and so absolutely sure of himself, that he is willing to take heaven away from other people?...more info
  • Enlightening
    I have not read the book yet, however, I saw a PBS video presentation of the same which I found enlightening....more info