The title of this series, ‘I am Christ’, although sounding like the assertion of a deluded mind, is in fact a profound notion. Such a notion has the potential to end wars, reduce political corruption and ease social inequality, along with almost every other manmade evil brought about by the mental manipulation which has been the cornerstone of both religion and politics. This idea, which I have termed ‘I am Christ,’ is by no means a result of my own contrivance and dates back to a time before the alleged advent of Christ himself. Philosophers like Socrates and Plato propagated this ancient idea, along with more modern scholars such as Carl Gustav Jung, Wilhelm Reich, Albert Einstein and many others. In a nutshell, it describes a way thinking, independent from the belief system. It symbolizes a kind of cognitive freedom, a freedom which enables the individual to stand on their own feet and travel free, without the leading strings of belief imposing masters. It enunciates a type of holistic thinking and being, or unified consciousness described by Jung as individuation. Most importantly, it represents mental freedom! Although it is a useful and constructive way of thinking, it is frightening to those who have been at the helm of the sinking ship of humanity, since time immemorial. As a result of the threatening nature of this type of philosophy, the heads of both religion and politics have played upon a virus which exists within the minds of the many, ensuring that such a “dangerous notion” is denied the opportunity to take root amongst the meek, by turning people into dependent, self-policing heresy hunters. This virus is the one thing which has continued to safeguard our master’s ill-gotten power over us, a virus which we have affectionately called ‘belief’ and have worshipped to the detriment of our species as a whole. Should we be freed from the suffocating grip of this cognitive oppression, the balance of power between the multitude and our warders would shift; toppling the naked emperors that have subjugated humanity by the deliberate manipulation of this mental and emotional plague.
The aim of this series is to help us all discover our true-selves and the world we live in, beyond the limitations imposed upon our minds by subjective beliefs and perceptions. The philosophies and ideas which underscore this series are neither new, nor does this author claim to be in possession of any grand revelation. In fact, the gnosis contained within these books have been around for centuries, if not a millennia. Yet, society at large has had neither the eyes to see, nor the ears to hear, beyond the deafening and blinding influence of the belief. This series has not been designed to read, swallow and spit out, at those who are still held ransom by “their own” psyche, rather, to be considered, examined and contemplated. The answers for your own personal quest for truth reside within you and nowhere else. If this series lights the fire which encourages you to begin the arduous task of self-exploration and individuation, then it has achieved its purpose.
I Am Christ: The Crucifixion-Painful Truths. Book Review by Professor Emeritus, Dr. Rick Herrick, author of 'The Case Against Evangelical Christianity:'
I am mad at Michael Sherlock. For the last few years I have been planning to write a book entitled “Beyond Belief”, and he has beaten me to the punch. Sherlock’s book, I Am Christ, is a thorough going attack on Christianity as a belief system. The really maddening thing is that he does it so well. In the book, Sherlock analyzes each of the four gospels, presenting evidence that shows they were not eyewitness accounts, nor credible history. The contradictions both within a particular gospel and between them are many. At the end of the book, he analyzes the evidence for the historical Jesus. From the meager sources we have, it is hard to locate the Jesus of history. There is an important purpose for his analysis. According to Sherlock, Christianity as a religion has failed to make the world a better place. In fact, the Christian religion has been a major cause of world problems such as global violence and anti-Semitism. Even more important, Christianity as a belief system has put millions of people to sleep. A major theme in Sherlock’s book is that belief systems of all stripes deafen and blind people. They close people’s minds, which prevents them from learning new information. They provide a subjective road map of reality rather than a map of reality itself. In a nutshell, belief systems prevent people from seeing the truth. This is an important book. It is well written and argued. My only problem with the book is the title, I Am Christ. The title suggests that each individual is his or her own savior. We save ourselves when we learn to think on our own, free from the prejudices, distortions, and the deadening numbness of belief. The problem is that the book is not really a how-to manifesto on becoming a free thinker. Yes, some suggestions are made in that direction, but the main thrust of the book is a well researched attack on the foundations of the Christian belief system. I want you to read that attack. It is so well done. Don’t let the title confuse, turn you off, or scare you.