…life from my perspective
I believe in the teachings of Jesus. Though extensive research and studying is required, of what little I do know, I understand what he stood for, what he represents. I worship God. I give praises and honor to God. I don’t believe that one needs to “go through Jesus” to establish a relationship with God. I don’t believe that “Jesus is the way”. And when I say “Jesus is the way” I mean the ONLY WAY by which an individual’s oneness with God can be achieved. Just as I don’t believe one has to confess his sins to “a priest” in order to ask for God’s forgiveness. Does this mean I’m going to “hell?” A boatload of people may argue that. Does this mean that I diminish Jesus and his works and regard him and his teachings as less significant? I don’t think so but again others may argue otherwise. Does this mean that I am ignorant about the stories of the bible, that I can’t quote scripture and I wrestle with where “facts” end and “my faith begins”? Absolutely. I will tell you this: Jesus was a man. A man who served as a representation of God on Earth to show his fellow man what they could achieve if they serviced one another and submitted their will to do God’s will. Though I stand strong in this, more reading and studying is warranted if I want to move beyond where I am. I DO know religion was used as a tool to control the masses – and NOT just Christianity both Islam and Judaism. See, I think the origin of a belief system and how it evolves has a huge impact on how it’s communicated and received. The HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY is where I need to begin; quoting scripture and praising Jesus, FOR ME, isn’t enough. I’m getting there and I have faith God will guide my steps. I want to learn. I want to grow. Maybe I’m knee deep in the knowledge already and don’t even know it. Maybe I’m at the beginning of this journey and my current school of thought needs to be completely reversed. Either way, I’m open because I’m not afraid to ask questions. Not afraid to challenge “conventional wisdom” nor will I silently feast on what is commonly being taught because it’s widely accepted. The only way I’ll know if I’m “upright in my walk”, which is nothing more than an indication that my relationship with God has been strengthened, is by the quality of my thoughts and how I treat my fellow man. Period. And I KNOW I got a ways to go cause my fellow man sure knows how to test me huney.
My boy asked me the other day why am I such a “Godless heathen.” Now I didn’t get upset at the “heathen” part because I respond to that all day everyday and twice on Saturday, but the “Godless” part gave me pause. Because I don’t see myself as “Godless” I naturally responded with “I got more God in me than most Christians you know.” No I don’t go to church and no I don’t claim to be a self professed Christian though my desire is to do Jesus’ work. I don’t know what thoughts led him to ask me that question or to refer to me as a “Godless heathen” but if I had to guess it’s probably BECAUSE I don’t go to church and I’m not a saved Christian. Maybe he was just joking but there’s always some pain and truth laced with the humor; think Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney and Dave Chapelle. This is not an attack on Christians, Muslims, Jews or my non-denominational family as we all use The Bible and The Quran as the standard for how we live our lives; the moral code, so to speak, for how we should engage each other. But I think you can have church anywhere, as church is fellowship, and the religious divide is TRULY what’s keeping us from doing God’s work. As I mentioned before, the truth can’t be silenced. God speaks through Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and non-denominational believers all day long. For me to admonish or dismiss the message because I’m prejudice against the messenger is blasphemy. For me to praise the message because I am enamored with the messenger will be my undoing. The only way I can love you is I have to see myself in you; the God that dwells in us both. If I don’t love what I see in me there’s no way I can celebrate the good in you. No amount of preaching, singing or praise worship can dismiss this. Before I leave you I will share that I don’t believe in physical resurrections from the dead nor do I think that we will live in heaven’s pearly gates once we pass on from this life. I think the story of Jesus’ resurrection speaks more to a “spiritual” death and re-birth – like a transformation of his mind and his thinking. I also think we should seek heaven on Earth by doing the most with our time while we’re here instead of waiting on an afterlife to bring you happiness and riches.
PS: I was just told that I shouldn’t upload this post because I’m not knowledgeable enough on the subject (Jesus) and an entry such as this will cause anger. This IS NOT an attack on anyone, THEIR belief system or any ONE religion. I write about LIFE FROM MY PERSPECTIVE so this is Kiwi, IN THE RAW, on 1.17.2011. Do with it what you will. Until tomorrow youngn’s.