By Steven Bancarz| Christ Consciousness is believed to be the state of consciousness of being as Christ was: unified with God. “Christ” is not someONE outside of us, Christ is someTHING that we step into the realization of through an awakening of our true nature as an expression of God.
So really, we are all Christ, we just haven’t realized it yet like Jesus did. This idea draws upon Hinduism, Buddhism, and theosophy to give us an esoteric understanding of the ministry of Jesus. Here are some quotes by New Age teachers on the idea that we are all Christ:
“Is he (Jesus) the Christ? O yes, along with you.” – A Course in Miracles, manual, p.87”
“Accepting the Christ” is merely a shift in self-perception” – Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections On The Principles Of A Course In Miracles, p. 32
“Many have been Christed, not just Jesus of Nazareth. You can be Christed too.” Neale Donald Walsch in Conversations with God, book 2, pg. 22
“You are, quite literally, the Word of God, made flesh” – FWG, pg. 395
This idea is tickling to the ears and may be attractive to a layperson seeking spiritual insight. But as it turns out, this idea is extremely easy to be proven false from the words of Jesus himself. Let’s take a look at some reasons why Christ Consciousness is not compatible with the ministry of Jesus:
1. Jesus warns of this philosophy specifically in Matthew.
In Matthew 24:3-5, Jesus says the following: “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (KJV).
Furthermore he says starting at verse 23: “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (KJV).
To believe that you can be Christ or that you ARE Christ, is to fall under the warning Jesus gave about deception that will take place in the final days. “I am Christ” is what many shall say to deceive people in the final days, according to Jesus.
2. This perfectly parallels the first lie told by Satan.
“Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3: 3-5 (ESV). So by eating of the tree of knowledge, we can become like God according to Satan.
Satan is the first one to come up with the idea that through some kind of inner wisdom or knowledge you can become like God, and we are hearing this echoed from New Age teachers who are telling us we can all become Christ through ascending to higher consciousness.
3. The greatest man EVER denied being Christ.
Jesus said “Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist” Matthew 11:11 (ESV). So John the Baptist is the greatest man who ever lived, according to Jesus Christ himself. Let’s see what John has to say about himself:
“And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” John 1:20-21.
Later he says “You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him” in John 3:28. So if someone who was predicted in the Old Testament 1000 years before he was born, who baptized Jesus himself, and who was called by Jesus to be the greatest man ever is not Christ, how are we all Christ?
4. It requires a misuse of the word “Christ”.
“Christos” which appears 538 times in the New Testament, and refers to a person (Jesus) every single time it is used. What the New Age does is redefine “Christ” to mean a state of consciousness and an inward nature, which isn’t used a single time in scripture.
In fact it’s not even twistable to even fit with scripture because “Christ” is spoken of as a “he” in every verse, meaning the Messiah, the Saviour. It’s used synonymously with Jesus and never refers to anyone or anything other than him. This redefinition is simply unwarranted.
In this video we will explore more deeply this idea of Christ Consciousness and address it from a Biblical and historical perspective:
So while this idea is appealing to our ears, it does not agree with the words of Jesus himself. Jesus and his disciples opposed this kind of teaching and in fact, it is nothing more than a repackaging from the first lie ever told in human history.