Allow me to introduce
to you the new Jesus. This isn't the Jesus Christ known to us from the pages of
the Holy Bible, rather, this Jesus is a new version cast into the arena of
international politics and global social change.
Wondering what I'm
In the fall of 1999, I received a little book titled The Night Jesus Christ Returned To Earth, authored by Captain Tom A. Hudgens. In the late 1990's, while attending various conferences on international affairs, I had the opportunity of listening to Mr. Hudgens present his views on "world order" and global citizenship. At that time, Mr. Hudgens was President and CEO of the Association to Unite the Democracies - an organization dedicated to the advancement of global government by specifically working towards the unification of leading democratic countries - so his views carried a decidedly internationalist flavor. Not surprisingly, so too does the Jesus character of Hudgens' book.
In his Forward, Hudgens writes, "In this book I have intentionally put words into Jesus' mouth. Whether the words came directly to me from Him or that the words are my own invention is debatable" . Furthermore, Hudgens draws out a challenge, "If what I have Jesus say in this book does not agree with what you think He would say, I challenge you to write down what you think He would endorse today" .
As a work of fiction, the author portrays Jesus Christ as returning to Earth during the Millennium Celebrations at Times Square in New York City. The year, 1999, is only seconds away from closing.
"At the very moment that the white ball should start its descent, a loud explosion scatters the ball into a million pieces of confetti. In its place is Jesus Christ, descending and arriving at the bottom for his triumphal return to Earth, not as described in the Book of Revelation, but as He Himself had decided to make His entrance" .
At this point in the book, Jesus explains why he appeared first in the United States, and New York City more specifically:
1) America has the most Christians,
2) The United Nations is headquartered in New York, and…
3) The US is the "freest of all nations and the guarantor of freedom and human rights" .
Jesus then asks "all citizens of the world to elect ten disciples for me…" . All of this is rather novel, especially given the fact that the Jesus of the Bible always invited His disciples to follow Him - it was not a matter of democracy, but of invitation and personal calling.
Hudgens then goes on to
describe what his version of Jesus "would endorse today."
1. A stabilization of the United Nations and a call to global democracy .
2. A uniting of all democratic countries into a limited federal republic; ie, a world government. In fact, this "Millennium Messiah" [my phrase] makes numerous direct references to the Association to Unite the Democracies - Hudgens' world government lobbying organization - it's agendas and ideas, and it's importance in striving for a political, economic, and military unification of like-minded nations .
3. That the European Union should become the core group used to unite the democracies, and that other existing international arrangements (such as NATO) be brought into the fold .
4. That "total gun control" is necessary. In this regard, the National Rifle Association is mentioned as a negative factor in America's political system .
5. A calling to "sap the strength of the multinational corporations which are ruling the world." Hudgens' Jesus explained that these multinational corporations are "ruling the world" to the detriment of the poor . [Author's note: multinational corporations do exercise a considerable degree of power within national economies, but an enhanced United Nations or some other centralist type world government - which Hudgens suggests - would be akin to opening a Pandora's Box of political and economic control over all peoples, be they rich, poor, or middle class.]
6. A calling for population control and the necessity of abortion in order to ensure the safety of the Earth's environment. Hudgens' Jesus even tells us when life begins; "when the umbilical cord is severed." Moreover, Jesus even goes so far as to tell his New York audience that, "I plan to speak with the Pope about this matter" .
7. And, among other things, Jesus brings religion into the picture by declaring, "Over time I believe we can show that Christianity is compatible with all other religions. My coming will help to solidify the religions" .
I understand that Mr. Hudgens' name and organization are not recognized house-hold words. Few people outside of World Federalist circles and global citizenship lobby groups will have ever heard of either the individual or his association. And it's not that his book The Night Jesus Christ Returned To Earth has been an influential top-seller. Odds are, those who have the book are few and far-between.
So why bring all of this up? Simply because these concepts represent a line of thinking found within certain elements of the international community. And of this we need to be aware.
Former United Nations high-official, Robert Muller [not the FBI Robert Muller], readily preached and still advocates a new global order which incorporates a politically internationalist New Age Jesus. In his 1982 book, New Genesis: Shaping a Global Spirituality, Muller writes, "If Christ came back to earth, his first visit would be to the United Nations to see if his dream of human oneness and brotherhood had come true" .
In a section of New Genesis titled "The Reappearance of Christ" [this chapter is a transcript of a speech he gave at the Arcane School Conference, a New Age body directly connected to Lucis Trust and the occult philosophies of Alice Bailey], Muller spells out a lengthy yet revealing vision of "Christ" within a new world paradigm.
"So everywhere I look - and I am not a theologian or a philosopher, I am just a United Nations official trying to make a little sense out of all this - everywhere I see the Christ's luminous messages. They are all still among us, they are coming again to the fore ever more potently. In the present global world they have to express themselves in the ecumenism of religions. The world's major religions in the end all want the same thing, even though they were born in different places and circumstances on this planet. What the world needs today is a convergence of the different religions in the search for and definition of the cosmic or divine laws which out to regulate our behavior on this planet. World-wide spiritual ecumenism, expressed in new forms of religious cooperation and institutions, would probably be closest to the heart of the resurrected Christ. I would wholeheartedly support the creation of an institutional arrangement in the UN or in UNESCO for a dialogue and cooperation between religions. There is a famous painting and poster which shows Christ knocking at the tall United Nations building, wanting to enter it. I often visualize in my mind another even more accurate painting: that of a United Nations which would be the body of Christ" .
Muller's vision didn't emerge from his own sense of spiritual understanding, it is the result of other peoples work - including the mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (Muller devotes a chapter to Chardin in New Genesis) , and Alice Bailey, whose writings have heavily influenced the Robert Muller School program .
Chardin, a highly controversial Catholic theologian, advocated the complete unification of mankind, including,
1. The development of a common humanity-wide consciousness .
2. A "new spiritual dimension" based on "universal unification" , and the establishment of a universal human creed; "…a new spirit for a new order" .
3. A complete economic, political, and social planetary structure based on group thinking,
"...everything suggests that at the present time we are entering a peculiarly critical phase of super-humanisation. This is what I hope to persuade you of by drawing your atention to an altogether extraordinary and highly suggestive condition of the world round us, one which we all see and are subject to, but without paying attention to it, or at lease without understanding it: I mean the increasingly rapid growth in the human world of the forces of collectivisation.
The phenomenon calls for no detailed description. It takes the form of the all- encompassing ascent of the masses; the constant tightening of economic bonds; the spread of financial and intellectual associations; the totalisation of political regimes; the closer physical contact of individuals as well as nations; the increasing impossibility of being or acting or thinking alone - "  [italics in original].
4. Global unification
through supernatural powers; "Whether we wish it or not, Mankind is becoming
collectivised, totalised under the influence of psychic and spiritual forces on
a planetary scale" .
5. And an endorsement and longing for the United Nations to flourish, even though it is still imperfect and will remain so until complete social totalization is achieved .
Placing the capstone on all of this is the ongoing and incomplete work of the New Age Christ,
"And since Christ was born, and ceased to grow, and died, everything has continued in motion because he has not yet attained the fullness of his form. He has not gathered about Him the last folds of the garment of flesh and love woven for him by his faithful. The mystical Christ has not reached the peak of his growth...and it is the continuation of this engendering that there lies the ultimate driving force behind all created activity...Christ is the term of even the natural evolution of living beings"  [italics in original].
Similar to Chardin, Alice Bailey - a leader in the early Theosophical movement and founder of Lucifer Publishing Company, which later morphed into Lucis Trust and has since spurred on a whole series of New Age subsidiaries - taught that a transformed world was close at hand. And like Chardin's "new spirit for a new order," Bailey writes in The Rays and The Initiations, "Some day the minds of men - illuminated by the light of the soul - will formulate the one universal religion, recognizable by all" .
Expanding this spiritual collective philosophy further, Bailey reveals that the new world Christ will manifest himself physically, directing his will into the arena of world politics, economics, and religion . Even now, Bailey explains, the apparent contradiction of national and international conflict is geared towards this singular purpose - a "climax," a "point of tension" that "will eventually prove to be the agent that will bring about a point of emergence" .
Muller, Chardin, Bailey...each of these visionaries, and scores more, call out for a restrucutred international political system, global economic change, and a social transformation of the globe - all brought about by a New Age Messiah. Which brings us full circle, coming face-to-face with Hudgens' Millennium Jesus and Hudgens' challenge: what would Jesus endorse today?
Actually, this isn't too hard to figure out. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Knowing this, it's fairly easy to discern what Jesus Christ would endorse today; it's the same thing He endorsed 2000 years ago - an exclusive way to the Father (John 14:6) and that man is in need of a Savior because man is a sinful creature (John 3:16-21).
But none of this bodes well in today's climate of global tolerance and planetary correctness. Instead, a New Age Messiah is desired and anticipated, one that is willing to embrace all religions and unite all nations.
1. Captain Tom A. Hudgens, The Night Jesus
Christ Returned To Earth (Denver, CO: BILR Corporation, 1999, ISBN
2. Ibid., Forward.
3. Ibid., p.35.
4. Ibid., p.36.
5. Ibid., p.37.
6. Ibid., p.40.
7. Ibid., pp.41-43.
8. Ibid., p.44.
9. Ibid., p.47.
10. Ibid., p.51.
11. Ibid., pp.52, 87.
12. Ibid., p.85.
13. Robert Muller, New Genesis: Shaping A Global Spirituality (Anacortes, WA: World Happiness and Cooperation, 1993/1982, ISBN 1-880455-04-8), p.19.
14. Ibid., pp.126-127.
15. Ibid., pp.159-168.
16. See Gary Kah's book, The New World Religion (Noblesville, IN: Hope International Publishing, 1999, ISBN 0-9670098-0-4), pp.162-184.
17. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Future of Man (New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1959/1964), p.56.
18. Ibid., p.62.
19. Ibid., p.79.
20. Ibid., pp.117-118.
21. Ibid., p.201.
22. Ibid., pp.267-268.
23. Ibid., 320.
24. Alice Bailey, The Rays and The Initiations (New York, NY: Lucis Publishing Company, 1960), p.594.
25. Ibid., see Section Two, pp.556-661.
26. Ibid., p.623.
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