Friday, July 31, 2009

Christian Thoughts?

Prophets; Christians seem to feel relief that their age has passed.

Our useful, though fallible, prophets might be insightful writers who arouse social resentment and resistance.

The biblical wise-man's present, is the moment in which past and future are balanced, the uncertainties of the future being minimized by the observance of the law that comes down from the past. With some variation in the nature of 'the law,' isn't that the nature of all wisdom?

Some have called repentance the beginning of Christian life. Many Christians seem even more confused about the nature of repentance than some of the Apostles seem to have been. I think that repentance is about the wondrous mystery of reality. Some suggest that it relates to to a spiritual metamorphosis. I've called it part of the pureficatory process. Some benefit by calling it an honest and insightful change of outlook. Others have called it a move toward or into the one of all. You might benefit by calling it an enlarged vision of the dimensions of human life.

Some saintly persons have not called the illegal or immoral sinful, but rather say that failure to cooperate with god is where sin lies. Some religions have called the righteous man, the one who cooperates with the way of things. You might benefit, and stay on 'the straight and narrow,' by acting in accord with reality and purifying yourself of ignorance. Some call ignorance the great lie. Of course, you will probably also benefit a lot by avoiding the illegal and the immoral.

Some Christians have trouble locating 'the kingdom.' they get lost in time and space. They are helped when they are reminded that the central point is here and now. I suggest that the kingdom is not there, rather it is here, among us and within us now.

Faith might be called a power to act informed y vision. Vision may be informed by experience. If one goes into his house at night whit the thought that the electrical system has gone to hell and there is now way the light switch is going to work, he may spend the night i the dark. With a bit of faith he is more likely to try the switch. He may spend the night in the dark anyway, but h has given himself a chance for light. with continued faith he may repair a malfunctioning switch or an electrical system that 'has gone to hell.'

Moralists of some religions have been a bit like many of our parents were... Telling us the 'no,nos.' Jesus was not that way. For example, he understood the Ten Commandments rather than than learn them by rote. He restated them as an enthusiasm for life, respect for the dignity of persons, delight in helping others, a nurturing and strengthening love.

Jesus, I believe, knew that ignorance is a major, perhaps the major, source of the hurtful and harmful in man's existence. He chose enlightenment as the cure for ignorance. The enlightenment he chose included prompt, here and now, action to right wrongs.

It has seemed to me that Jesus was also interested in unification and the knowledge of oneness. he seems to preach the healing in unification,in the move to oneness. He tells us that the way to healing is open. He tells us that the way to abundant life is open to us. He tells us that man has infinite energy behind him to help himself.

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