The Looking Glass
The Looking Glass - Symbolism and Meaning in the Story of JesusThis book does not hinge on a proof (or lack thereof) of the historicity of Jesus to illustrate the meaning of his gospel. This view is blasphemous in the eyes of orthodoxy but ironically, it is a central point of the message of Jesus. As such, this work only affirms that the Jesus story is first and foremost an ever-present psychological reality, or better yet, an experiential reality. It is presented through a symbolic reading of the Gospels. The person of Jesus, his sayings and miracles are presented here as metaphors for the dynamic reality in every human being, which cannot be grasped through ordinary language. While fear and desire, punishment and reward drive the belief of the orthodox view and focus on the past sins and potential heavenly future of the adherent, the symbolic view explores the existential present lived not as a concept or idea to be believed but as an experience of profound freedom.
This book also suggests that Jesus' message points to our perception of the world in which we live, with all of its burdens and shortcomings, as the doorway to the metaphorical Kingdom of Heaven. It unequivocally points to the recognition and integration of our psychological suffering in our own stories as the path to a meaningful and significant life. The stations of Jesus' life and of the cross are alive and well in each one of us and reflected in our current human stories. The book concludes that the Gospels point to an inward and dynamic journey or impulse that constantly beckons us to live unique and creative lives. It is a journey that we must take, through whatever suffering that is present in our lives, if we are to become whole and free human beings.