Now, as I said previously...it took me something over half a century to find answers that satisfied me. I sought EVERYWHERE during those years..I studied under Israel Regardie at the Thelemic Temple of the Golden Dawn in Los Angeles...I hung out with Alan Watts at his houseboat in Sausalito....
The point is I studied with many teachers...in addition to my years in Seminary. I left THERE because I could not accept that one HAD to be a follower of Jesus Christ in order to attain...(insert your favorite word here--salvation, enlightenmen, oneness...whatever).
I still don't believe that.
Oh, I know...Christians will beat you to death with verses like "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;"
I'm not saying there may not come a day when that will happen...maybe it will. But this I know: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16).
Now what if someone is believing in Him but doesn't know the NAME of the One they believe in? What if they call on ANOTHER name but the Being they are worshipping in spirit and in truth is really IDENTICAL with the one I call Jesus?
Will He not claim them?
The Gospels say He ransomed the whole Earth on the Cross on Golgotha. Can He not, then, call anyone He chooses? Be they Christian, Jew, Muslim, Taoist, Buddhist, or WHATEVER?
"MUSLIM?" some here might say.
Why not? Consider Hallaj:
"I am the One whom I love,
and the One whom I love is myself.
We are two souls incarnated in one body;
if you see me, you see Him,
if you see Him, you see us.
Your spirit is mingled with mine
as wine is mixed with water;
whatever touches you touches me.
In all the stations of the soul you are I.
Kill me, my faithful friends,
For in my being killed is my life.
Love is that you remain standing
In front of your Beloved
When you are stripped of all your attributes;
Then His attributes become your qualities.
Between me and You, there is only me.
Take away the me, so only You remain."
Again, Hallaj said: "I saw my Lord with the eye of the heart. I asked: Who art Thou?
He answered: Thou."
And, one more: "•People image that it is a presumptive claim, whereas it is really a presumtive claim to say “I am the slave of God”; and “I am God” is an expression of great humility. The man who says “I am the slave of God” affirms two existences, his own and God’s, but he that says “I am God” has made himself non-existent and has given himself up and says “I am God”, that is, “I am naught, He is all; there is no being but God’s.” This is the extreme of humility and self-abasement. "
Do you really think Jesus would not know this man...this Hallaj?
If yhou do...you don't know Jesus very well
(Incidentally..for those who don't know Hallaj was was publicly executed on March 26, 922.