John Lennon has shared his thoughts on Christianity and ‘so-called Christians’ who ‘kill for Christ’. Here’s what we learned from Lennon’s writing in Skywriting by word of mouth.
What were John Lennon’s religious beliefs?
John Lennon was a member of one of the biggest groups in the world, the Beatles. At one point, Lennon even said that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus”, sparking controversy among people who practice Christianity.
“I am not anti-God, anti-Christ or anti-religion. I wasn’t saying we were better or better,” Lennon said at a press conference, according to History.com. “I believe in God, but not as a single thing, not as an old man in the sky.”
“I’m sorry I said that, really,” he added. “I never wanted it to be a lousy anti-religious thing. From what I have read or observed, Christianity just seems to be shrinking, losing touch.
According to Hollow Verse, Lennon’s partner Yoko Ono was raised as a Buddhist and as a Christian. The website continues that much of its current spirituality is informed by “Eastern philosophies, mysticism, and astrology.”
John Lennon shared his thoughts on Christians who are ‘so busy condemning themselves and others’
Lennon rejected certain religions in the 1970s. The artist developed his opinions in Skywriting by word of mouth, commenting on “so-called Christians” who are busy “condemning themselves and others, or preaching to people, or worse, still killing for Christ”.
“None of them understand, or in the least try to behave like a Christ,” Lennon wrote. “It seems to me that the only true Christians were (are?) the Gnostics, who believe in self-knowledge, that is, in becoming the Christ themselves, reaching the Christ within.
“Christ, after all, is Greek for light,” the author added. “Light is Truth. All we’re trying to do is precisely that: turn on the light. It’s to see you better, my dear.
Ono added a blurb to Lennon’s handwriting, saying that she and Lennon recognized Chris’ accepted translation as “the anointed.”
“We were told, however, that in the original Dead Sea Scrolls it is revealed that the true translation of Christ is ‘light,’ which to us made more sense,” she wrote.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono pleaded for peace with “Give Peace a Chance” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”
As a solo artist, Lennon released “Imagine”, later earning over 470 million Spotify plays in the process. John Lennon and Yoko Ono also released “Give Peace a Chance” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”.
“The war is over, if you will,” the artists sing in “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” which remains a holiday favorite even decades after its release.
Lennon and Ono also spent their honeymoon hosting their infamous “bed-in for peace” at the Hilton hotel in Amsterdam. There, they had the opportunity to talk about the Vietnam War, plead for peace, and elaborate on their relationship.
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