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THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS: New Thoughts on the Gospels Principles, Prayers and Parables

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It was not so long ago that mainstream denominations (Unitarian, Episcopalian, Methodist, to name but a few) subscribed to the Science of Mind magazine and made New Thought books available. The well established traditional churches were where seekers of Truth and spirituality found New Thought, and from where the New Thought movement attracted its members, and its ministers. Now, fundamentalist Christians claim ownership of the teachings of Jesus, while New Thought all but ignores its Biblical foundations. But what remains unchanged over thousands of years is that more people are reading the teachings of Jesus, and many are wondering what meaning those verses have for them personally. Even though the majority read the teachings of Jesus as an endorsement of their denomination’s theology, that was not Jesus’ intent. He spoke to individuals in a way that required them to find the meaning within. The Teachings of Jesus: New Thoughts on the Gospels’ Principles, Prayers and Parables facilitates this inner search, whether one starts from a New Thought perspective or from traditional Christianity. This book does not speak on behalf of one denomination. It addresses the search that everyone must make for themselves.

This book is about the teachings of Jesus, not teachings about Jesus — not even what New Thought teaches about Jesus. It is about what Jesus taught about our place in the kingdom of God. It does not attempt to incorporate Jesus’s teachings into the body of New Thought principles. It does not attempt to explain the teachings of Jesus in New Thought terms. The Teachings of Jesus: New Thoughts on the Gospels’ Principles, Prayers and Parables is not an after-thought. By focusing on three components of his teachings: the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Parables of the Kingdom, this book offers a new thought on what Jesus taught about oneness with God. The focus of this book will be of interest to students of the Gospels who wish to reconcile their Christian beliefs with their New Thought spirituality. This book is dedicated to those students, and to those who remember hearing the teachings of Jesus, but have turned away from what was being taught. It is also intended for those who think that the teachings of Jesus cannot be reconciled with their spirituality, their liberality, and their rejection of religion. Students of New Thought need not ignore the teachings of Jesus, even though they reject the doctrines commonly associated with them.