What is a “True Christian”? My mind and heart tells me that a true Christian is a person who does their very best day by day to live the basic teachings of Christ Jesus. Will he or she be perfect at walking in the “shoes of the Master”? I would think not; Jesus did not walk His talk 100% of the time.
His judging and violence toward the money changers and High Priests in the Temple are not examples of walking the path of tolerance, love and peace. His all too human fear in the Garden is another example of the faults and flaws in the human being that was Jesus of Nazareth. His very harsh berating of his mother when she called him home was another example of his very real human temper. He was a man, not a God.
If Jesus could not embody emotional or spiritual perfection, how can we then expect ourselves to do so? We may strive to get as close as we can; but we are all human.
Once lesson we all need to learn is to be more forgiving of our selves and our fellow human beings.
The True Christian lives each day understanding that judgement of your fellow human is judgement of yourself for we are all one in God and in fact. There is no place for judgement and condemnation, gossip or innuendo in the life of a True Christian. A True Christian is tolerant and loving but not necessarily approving of behavior that hurts, divides and degrades. It is our right to associate with people pleasing to us but it is not our place to judge anyone.
The True Christian knows that we are One with the infinite Mind that is God, therefore each of us, being created by that Mind, are literally Brothers and Sisters in the truest sense. The True Christian forgives even the most grievous offence and answers it with love. Love and hate cannot exist in the same time and space and the True Christian knows this and lives it.
The True Christian knows that to resist a condition or an act is to invite it to stay. He or She knows that when we are against something, when we protest something, march against something we are empowering the very thing we seek to destroy. The True Christian is for all that is Good, noble, loving and joyous and against nothing.
Mother Theresa replied to an anti-war protester who asked her to head a march against War: “I will lead a march for peace but will be against nothing.”
The True Christian cares nothing for dogma or liturgy, form and ceremony but cares deeply for his or her fellow human being. The True Christian knows that love is the essence of God and of a True Christian.
The True Christian will turn both cheeks and offer both arms and legs to an attacker rather than strike back; for to do so begins a circle of blood and recrimination that can last for generations, rather like the Hatfields and McCoys of Southern Lore. An eye for an eye always leaves the world blind and toothless. There is no end, there is never a winner in this zero sum game.
A True Christian cares only for the lessons of the Christ, He or She is not defined by or believes in the pagan idea of blood sacrifice or the ancient Sumerian idea of “sin debt” that must be repaid in blood. This idea is a nightmare of Paul’s that has no place in the True Christianity of the 21st Century.
The True Christian honors all humanity for all of us are the living expressions of God, the Architect of the Universe. The True Christian would never disparage any man or woman for their gender, sexual preference, their color, or their cultural heritage.
Likewise the True Christian knows that God is in each and every human born. The True Christian knows that to look in the eyes of another man, woman, boy or girl is to look into the eyes of God.
God is all there is and is everywhere present all at the same time, every second of life itself. There truly is “no spot where God is not”.
The True Christian never places himself above any other human, no matter what their religion or faith. The True Christian knows that finding God is a bit like the center of town. You can approach God from any direction, with any religion and you will find God right in the Center. All those who truly seek God will find God.
The great thread of Truth that runs through every major religion when stripped of ceremony, dogma and do’s and don’ts is that there is a Creator of all that exists, a Divine Mind, a Great Soul, a Ground of Being, a Great Architect; call it what you will. It is the Great I AM or all that is.
This is what we believe as Religious Scientists and this is what we work toward in our Global Vision: One world united in peace, freedom, prosperity, love and happiness.
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May God bless you and guide your footsteps every day with the voice within that all of us may hear…..if we listen.
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL Check out my 112 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore