JESUS!: Re-Meet a Man Who You May Have Misunderstood

At one time, I would have NEVER quoted scripture or referred to God, but I got desperate to recover from illness triggered by a long-standing feeling that I was wasting my time and talents.

I prayed fervently to live a life that made a difference, all the while rejecting the everyday notion of “the man upstairs” and conventional interpretations of the Bible.* I still do, but decided not to use my skepticism to throw out the baby with the bathwater.


Albert Einstein

Once I decided to give God a closer look, I came to see “Him” as life force, and that when we’re plugged into divine energy, we personify aliveness.

I could roll with that, but still couldn’t swallow the idea of Jesus dying for my sins, not because of the sins of people who contributed to his crucifixion.

Following a tip to visit a New Thought church, I learned that I wasn’t the only one in that boat.

At the church, I learned that Jesus is a “Way-shower,” giving me an example of someone to follow, not to worship.

And I learned that I—and you too—have a greater capacity to make something out of nothing than I’d ever imagined.

I couldn’t, in an honest way, start a website about building a better-feeling life and career and not mention that it was a church that helped me shift my thinking to the point I felt emboldened to chart a new path; I’ve included a link to that church, as well as another, below.

I’ve also added links to books to help you take a fresh look at Jesus, in case the prevailing narrative on him doesn’t sit with you any better than it does with me.

Churches I attended:

Atlanta, GA: Hillside Chapel
Greenville, SC: Unity Church of Greenville

Books I read about Jesus:

Discover the Power Within You by Eric Butterworth
Jesus Never Said That!: But What He Did Say Could Change the World by James King
Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Follow Jesus by Robin R. Meyers
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

* Find unconventional bible interpretations here.