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The Mystical Life of Jesus: An Uncommon Perspective on the Life of ChristThe Mystical Life of Jesus: An Uncommon Perspective on the Life of Christ by Sylvia Browne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this perspective on the life of Jesus. Being raised in a Christian household and always doubting the validity and source of the Bible particularly, I have been seeking many different perspectives on his life and teachings. I love that Sylvia points out all the “editing” of the early church and the sheer fact that the Bible is in no way a verified source of historical information. Of course as a skeptic in general, I do not validate the notion that her spirit guide Francine is a valid source of information either. The important thing about this book is that it poses the question that if we can’t verify the source of the information and it contradicts even itself, is it dependable?

She describes the story of Jesus healing a blind man by washing out his eyes with water that had a high alkaline content; a practice that took the crusts off his eyes formed by flies. However, this was not known to others as a cure, so it was seen as a miracle. She offers “isn’t it miraculous to learn that he knew exactly what would cure the problem?” Although she alludes to the fact that he could’ve learned some of his healing abilities from his travels to other lands, she also points out that he was guided by a direct connection to God. “That is what all true messengers lived by…their knowledge, their visions and their acts.” I see this as an interesting perspective on the idea of modern medicine as it relates to religion. Who has given the doctors and researchers this gift of aptitude and possibly even some of their ideas directly planted in their heads other than a God-force at work? There are many now known medical facts that disprove his “miracles”, however aren’t all medical practices curing the ill miracles of some sort?

She points out that there have been prophets and seers of the future throughout the old testament who were respected and whose prophecies were believed to be carried out…so why has the church created a false war in God’s name against those who claim to have a connection with the spirit world and can possibly foretell future events? Perhaps I believe these people really do reveal the truth and perhaps I don’t, but it’s certainly a valid point to bring up to anyone doubting the validity of her writing. After all, aren’t anyone’s opinions, thoughts and ideas worthy of respect (whether supposedly delivered through a spirit guide or through dreams or a direct connection to God)?

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