"This utopian hope, even when modestly expressed, links Jesus and the prophets to a much wider history of human longing."- H. Cox
"Moving the focus from Jesus as an individual to his life purpose greatly widens his relevance in a religiously pluralistic world. When the Harvard faculty asked me to teach a course on Jesus to undergraduates in the Moral Reasoning division of the curriculum, I was apprehensive at first about what the Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and Jewish students who might sign up would make of it. But I quickly learned that Christianity has no monopoly on Jesus. Hindus understood him as an avatar, Buddhists as a bodhisattva, and both Muslims and Jews as a prophet of God. Even agnostics found something fascinating and admirable in him. They were not all that attracted to Christianity, but they were all drawn to Jesus for his exemplary courage, his compassion for the disinherited, and his willingness to stand up to corrupt political and religious authorities. But what attracted them more than anything else was his emphasis on the possibility of another kind of world where gentleness and equality prevail.
As we have already mentioned, Jesus called this other possible world the"Kingdom of God."It was the heartbeat of his life, his constant concern and preoccupation. The possibility of"Another world" is always the reason many non-Christians give when they ask Christians to"go back to Jesus."This utopian hope, even when modestly expressed, links Jesus and the prophets to a much wider history of human longing."
Harvey Cox, The Future of Faith
HarperOne (September 8, 2009), pages 47-8
"Many Hindus are willing to consider Jesus as a legitimate manifestation of the divine... many Buddhists see Jesus as one of humanity's most enlightened people.... A shared reappraisal of Jesus' message could provide a unique space or common ground for urgently needed religious dialogue—and it doesn't seem an exaggeration to say that the future of our planet may depend on such dialogue."
Brian McLaren, The Secret Message of Jesus
Nashville: Thomas Nelson's W Publishing Group, 1006, page 4.
"The religion of Christianity or any religion is the religion of the living God. At different times, there were great flowers on the Tree of Life, but we plucked them and said," This is mine; this is mine"And we are fighting the dead. But in Sahaja Yoga (spontaneous growth of the inner self) you will know the beauty of all these great prophets and you will be amazed how they have enriched us, all of them."
Vienna, Austria—September 8, 1984
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