Neville Goddard: Jesus Christ as our Unlimited Potential


Is Jesus Christ a person of history, whom you read about in books? Or, a figure equal to God, as the third person of the holy Trinity? How about: your own creative potential? So taught Neville Goddard.

Neville Goddard (1905-1972), a new thought teacher (in his own original way), combined ideas about personal empowerment with esoteric readings of scripture.

With respect to personal empowerment, he taught a manifestation technique, whereby the imagination, by means of heart-felt desire, is capable for bringing about the good that it envisions. He learned his esoteric biblical spirituality, evidently, from one Abdullah, an Ethiopian Jew, who was also the teacher of Joseph Murphy.

His talk on Jesus Christ (1968), to which I link below (the written version), maintains that Jesus is wholly spiritual, considering Matthew 11:11 : “Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” Since Jesus belongs to the kingdom of heaven, he is not born of woman. After all, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 15:50).

As a totally spiritual being, Jesus is equated not with a human being so much as with God’s plan for salvation. God empties himself of his divinity, in dying on the cross. In this way, God merges with human beings, in order to become the very breath of life within each of us.

Through the plan of salvation, according to Neville, God expands his creative power, unfolding himself within the individual.

Human beings should worship not Jesus the man but rather the Truth, which we may cultivate by recognizing the Christ, as our own unlimited potential.

Here’s one of his writings on Jesus:   Neville on Jesus Christ

Other References:

The First Female Directed Film about Jesus: La Vie du Christ (1906)

Alice Guy, the first female film director, produced a film (silent) on the life of Jesus. Consisting of 25 painted tableaux (typical of passion plays), together with location scenes (which take place outdoors), La Vie du Jesus (1906) is distinctive for its portraits of women.

Guy highlights Mary Magdalene’s primary role as the first witness of the risen Christ (Matt 28:7; John 20:11-18). Whether or not her themes count as “feminist,” Guy seems to go out of her way to include women in every scene–for instance, instead of  Simon of Cyrene, as the one who carries the cross of Jesus (Luke 23:26), six women do.  Eight women find the empty tomb (Luke 24:1-5), while many women are present at the foot of the cross.

Here’s the film (which runs 33 minutes).


Further References:

The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film
edited by Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch, See contribution by Carol A. Hebron, re: Alice Guy and La Vie de Christ, ch. 32, pp. 545-547.

See article: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 | Posted by Film International, Alice Guy’s La Vie du Christ: A Feminist Vision of the Christ Tale;

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