"I AM GOD" CONCEPT
1. When Jesus Christ said: I AM GOD,
3. When Shirley Maclaine said: I AM GOD,
WHY ALL THESE ATTACKS?
FROM WHERE DID THIS CONCEPT
2. TAT TVAM ASI _ THAT THOU ART meaning again that the individual immortal soul within the body is indeed the supreme soul or Paramathman or God.
If one does not understand the whole story, I AM GOD statement sounds very egoistic and out right stupid. If you say in the Hebrew_Christian context, I am God makes no sense, where God is very personal and a separate entity altogether different from man.
A In 66 books of the Holy Bible, THERE IS NO MENTION OF IMMORTAL SOUL. In fact, there is no word immortal soul anywhere in the Holy Human soul in the Holy Bible is created at birth and it can be destroyed.
B When Jesus
Christ said: I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE [JOHN 10:30], masses immediately
denounced him for blasphemy by saying, "YOU MERE MAN CLAIM TO BE
GOD [JOHN 10:33].
C Jesus Christ
said I AM GOD many times indirectly. Christ also said I AM SON OF GOD
indirectly. Christ never said, I AM GOD in a direct answer to anyone...But
he said BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS I AM. Those who heard that exploded with anger,
condemning Christ for making statement of equalizing himself to God. The
wrath of his enemies only grew when he said, I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE [John
D When Sufis, the Moslem mystics visited Mecca, Moslem fakirs asked Sufis to pray to ALLAH facing east. to that Sufis answered, "WHEREVER WE LOOK, WE SEE THE FACE OF ALLAH." Later Sufis were asked, "ARE YOU GOD?" Sufis answered,"YES". That was enough for the fanatic masses to kill all those realized masters.
Hindus on their part believe that there is the imperishable soul within every man and that soul is an exact reflection of God. The soul within the man is called ATMAN and the God is called PARAMATHMAN [Absolute Soul ]. Of course, the ATMAN will remain captive within the body, life after life, until one realizes that HE IS NOT THE BODY BUT THE IMMORTAL SOUL WITHIN.
Of course, NOBODY REALIZES GOD by just repeating I AM GOD. That has to be achieved by good actions, good thoughts and by meditation. I AM GOD statement seen in many parts of the Holy Bible.
Jehovah to an inquiring Moses said, I AM WHAT I AM [Ex 3:14] Jesus Christ said I AM GOD many times indirectly. He said BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS I AM. Those heard that exploded with anger, condemning Christ for making statement of equalizing himself to God. The wrath of his enemies only grew when he said, I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE [John 10:30]
Lord Krishna said I AM GOD many times in the Bhagavad
So, what Shirley Maclaine said is nothing knew. It was repeated in history many times. In St. Thomas gospel Christ said: HE WHO DRINKS FROM MY MOUTH WILL BECOME AS I AM AND I SHALL BE HE. Through those lines Jesus Christ is telling the mankind that those who follow him will achieve Christ consciousness and INDEED WILL BECOME AS JESUS CHRIST.
In the ZOHAR [The book of Splendor] the mystical teachings of the Judaism, you may read that IF ONE MEDITATES, EVERYTHING WILL BE REVEALED AS ONE.
So a Hindu or a newager by stating I AM GOD is only repeating HIS OWN ONENESS WITH GOD OR HIS TRUE NATURE. Once again it is utter stupidity to think without proper meditation one can achieve Christ consciousness.
If by saying I AM GOD, one develops EGO, then that person is working against his objective of being one with God. A person who states I AM GOD, should become humbler than a blade of grass....
AM GOD AND CHRISTIAN FAITH MOVEMENT:
Kenneth Copeland claims that God is not some creature that stands 28 feet tall....He is very much like you and I....A being that stands around 6'_2", 6'_3" that weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of a couple of hundred of pounds ...and a hand span of nine inches across [page 121-Refer-Crisis in Christianity]
Kenneth Hagin states, " MAN....WAS CREATED ON TERMS OF EQUALITY WITH GOD [page 108 -Refer-Crisis in Christianity]
TBN president Paul Crouch once said," I AM A LITTLE GOD! Critics, be gone [page 112 -Refer-Crisis in Christianity]
One faith healer Morris Cerullo states,"YOU
ARE NOT LOOKING AT MORRIS CERULLO...YOU ARE LOOKING AT GOD. YOU'RE LOOKING
BENNY HINN said: Never ever go to the Lord and say, "If it be thy well.....' Don't allow such faith destroying words to be spoken from mouth " [page 11 -Refer-Crisis in Christianity]
God has to be given permission to work in this earth realm on behalf of man....Yes, you are in control...So, if man has control, who no longer has it? God." [page 11 -Refer-Crisis in Christianity]
Why faith healers are talking like Hindu mystics?
Why faith healers are forgetting statement in Exodus
9:14 which states,
ALL THESE INTEREST IN "I AM GOD" CONCEPT
When Lord Buddha was asked the same question
"Are you a saint?"
"THEN WHAT ARE YOU?
2. "I AM GOD" statement is NOT SUPPOSED TO BE USED FOR EGO GRATIFICATION, instead a person who states that is HUMBLER THAN A BLADE OF GRASS.
3 Anyone who is in search of truth will finally come to the realization that I AM GOD, whether that person is a Hindu or a Christian or a Moslem or a Jew or an atheist or an agnostic.
I am fascinated by the statement I AM GOD. It is often repeated by the right wing Christian preachers in their sermons to condemn eastern religions as well as Newage. Unluckily, they have no idea the truth behind the I AM GOD concept. I AM GOD concept does not orginate from the limited ego of a person but from the mind of a person who has attained self-realization.