Jesus had this idea
That, one day, we might become complete human beings
Instead of remaining, in some part, human animals –
That we might set aside our materialistic desires and fantasies
And live in “reality,” that is, in spirit.
To Jesus – spirit was God,
And the reason we’re prevented from seeing God, face-to-face,
Is the very real danger of seeing ourselves.
In light of this, Jesus preached death to artificial selves
And the rebirth of our true self –
The “pearl” –
After he died, Church officials rushed to designate him as “God” –
But, of course, by then, he was no longer able to stop that from happening.
His finest gift to us was the validation of an active, open, loving human spirit –
While his successors spent their time constructing a spiritual/materialistic empire.
Everything they did, at least in part, led away from God –
So, today, we attend church, reverentially, like entering a museum.