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Pierre Tardy – I believe that the main religions have been inspired by God at different times in history and in different cultures. God wants to raise all people spiritually. Christianity is the first religion which discovered that God is our Heavenly Father and that we can have a relationship with Him. In Christianity there is no feminine incarnation of the word even the Bible states it. In eastern religions they understand that God and the creation have the duality of femininity and masculinity. God is not just our Dad but he is also our Mom.
Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Me.
The dog down the street?
Lymis – I’ve always felt that Jesus said, “no one comes to the Father except through Me” – not “except through the Church that people will form in my name” and not “except through a thorough and detailed understanding of the book people will compile in a couple hundred years” and not “except through agreeing with what everyone else says they know about Me.”
And, most especially not “no one comes to the Father entirely through what they learn and know while they are still alive.”
Even if that quote is absolutely 100% literally true, it doesn’t actually say what a lot of people seem to think it says.
There is certainly parallax to account for, when one such as Jesus uses the word “Me”.
As the fish is not where it seems to be, so our ideas about Christ bend the light.
But, what other way could there be, for man to come to God?
Christ, being not different than God.
Always been so. Always will be. Here and Now.
Recognizing the Christianity in our neighbor’s path they become our friends, sisters and brothers.
Inviting Buddha to join in choir practice, our ears open to his words.
No difference in Christ.
Jill – Absolutely. I SO get that we all have our own style, drawn to our personal flavor of the Divine, hence the outpouring of 10,001 different ways to name it. It’s in the copyrighting of it that adds just more layers of ego-separation between You and Me, between Me and the Source. Separation = NOT the point.
If I get there through something resembling Christianity, good, great, cool. If not, okay then. Learning slowly that life has too many layers to make any assumptions.
Yes! Ego-separation….the sanskrit is ahamkara, which means “i maker”.
Not a problem in and of itself, until we forget to open the windows and doors to let in light and fresh air.
Doesn’t Christian mean “Christ Like”?
One who has broken down the walls.
Gary – Actually Einstein was a pantheist and mocked the idea of a persinal god.
Did Einstein call himself a pantheist?
Is it personal if one such as Jesus demonstrates absolute identity with Universal Self? Not just “his” but “yours” and “mine”?
And, by this, demonstrates that forgiveness has never really been in question?
Or, that death of our True Self is impossible?
People should stop referring to the “Christian god”, the “Muslim god”, the “Hindu god”, the “Pantheist god”, the “Atheist no god god”…. it is just plain silly and blocks awakening.
All of these copyrighted gods represent the universal impulse towards knowing. The impulse itself is God, our own True Self; Both calling out to us, as well as hearing and sometimes, even heeding the call.
It can be nothing other than Personal. Both the dilemma and it’s resolution. Nothing other than God. Universal and Self Aware.
And now, I’ve used way too many words to say something so utterly simple.