The early Christian Church essentially proclaimed Jesus of Nazareth as an "Heretic"--well, not openly. Sure--ostensibly, they named him "The ONLY begotten Son of God", and even founded a religion in his NAME--but NOT one based on his teachings. The overwhelming majority of people who consider themselves of the Christian Faith know next to nothing of the man who is the foundation of that faith, and even less about his objective while he walked this Earth. Certainly, this statement will result in vast numbers of "righteous Christians" up in arms, ready to tear me limb from limb--a very un-Christian response, I might point out! I might also point out that the newly established church of the time were not the only established faith organization to renounce his teachings, as we all know, because the essence of his message was to denounce the people who had set themselves up as the link between God and the people. He had the nerve to try and "cut out the middle-man"! NO established religious or faith institution--not Judaism, and certainly not "Christian", could afford people, especially "God's ONLY begotten Son", running around spreading the news that the priesthood and the rabbis are not only UNNECESSARY to achieve "Christ Consciousness" with personal, direct inner contact with God, but even worse, that they are actually a HINDRANCE to that purpose! Some of the direct decendants of Jesus' essential teachings, grouped under the broad label of "Gnostics" by the Church, whose sole belief objective was to establish that direct link or harmonious connection with God, without the "services" or "interference" of the priesthood. THAT is why the earliest Christian Church deemed it absolutely essential to stamp them out, to nip that "heresy" in the bud! ALL Christian faiths, even the protestant faiths, evolved from that point in time, too long after the Church had "filtered out" any of Jesus' teachings that might have endangered their role as "shepherds of their flocks"--too late, that is, to make the Protestant faiths any different in that regard. They still assumed that a "middle man" should be necessary.
Jesus rebuked those who had set themselves up as the only doorway between human beings and God. They had created a belief system which stated that no human being could get to God without going through the orthodox church and its hierarchy of human beings. They had created a belief system which stated that unless a person believed in the outer doctrines of the church, that person would not be saved.
He came to overthrow that closed system. He came to denounce the people who had set themselves up as the link between God and the people. He came to overthrow the power structures and to expose the power plays. He came to restore the key to knowledge which these people had taken away in an attempt to control the population.
God is beyond all form and all concepts created by human beings. You simply cannot experience God with your physical senses, and you cannot fathom God from the state of consciousness that Jesus called the "carnal mind". However, you can experience God directly by opening your heart to a mystical experience through which God can reveal his being, his essence, to you.
This ability to commune directly with God is the most precious gift that any human being has ever received. That gift is also our supreme personal responsibility. We must never allow anything or anyone in this world to take that gift away from us. You must never allow anything or ANYONE in this world to stand between you and your direct inner communion with God.