Once upon a time, I was reading a certain New Age writer—which particular one, I do not remember. The whole discussion is somewhat vague in my mind. I remember that the individual was talking about Maitreya, the New Age Messiah that all the New Agers are anticipating, and there was some talk of Jesus Christ. The writer wanted to say that Jesus and His mission were part of Maitreya’s plan. 2000 years ago, Jesus was “overshadowed” by Maitreya, so it was really Maitreya’s words and philosophy that Jesus preached. Further, the writer said that Jesus’ crucifixion is to be understood as some kind of metaphor.
The Romans drove six inch nails into His hands and feet, and we’re supposed to understand that as a metaphor? Pardon me, but I don’t think so. It was a horrible, agonizing death. One of the worst imaginable. It is far too visceral of an experience to understand it as a metaphor. I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty of what I think the crucifixion is all about, but it’s certainly not a metaphor.
Anyway, I generally regard New Agers as basically harmless—although the more engrossed in politics I get, the less I am likely to agree with that—but I still felt that I had to comment on that particular point.