Does it seem to you that when
your mind forms a question, an answer arrives shortly
thereafter? Maybe it's another way of saying, "knock
and it shall be opened." I originally intended to
write a message about Jesus Christ prior to Christmas,
but I really hadn't received the answer to my question,
just who is Jesus Christ?
I was raised in the Mormon church. I spent most of
my life believing typical Christian beliefs. Jesus
was born half-man, half-god through the immaculate
conception. He grew up, and using his divine nature
performed miracles to include raising the dead. His
teachings were designed to help us live a better life,
and help us return to God. He was crucified, resurrected,
and through his atonement, mankind could repent, be
forgiven of their sins, and ultimately return to live
with Jesus in Heaven.
My spiritual journey over
the past two years has changed many of my earlier
beliefs. I've gone from sin and resurrection to karma
and reincarnation. It was a struggle at times to reconcile
reincarnation with the role of Jesus Christ. I believe
the struggle was worthwhile, however, as Jesus Christ
seems more approachable now, his life full of new
meaning, and for me, in true utilitarian fashion,
much more useful. Jesus was born into this world as
any other child is. He obviously had a wonderful,
well-developed soul. I'm not going to speculate regarding
his prior incarnations. Edgar Cayce has written about
them, and while interesting, I'm not sure if I buy
completely into it, and for our purposes here it's
Jesus was born, grew older,
and at some point realized his divine nature…the same
divine nature we all possess…and through his diligence
developed it until he could do (what appear to us
to be) miracles. These miracles included overcoming
death. He broke out of the wheel of reincarnation.
He developed his Christ potential until he literally
became the Christ.
Now reinterpret his message
based on these facts. He commanded us to be perfect,
to "follow him." We all have the capacity, in this
lifetime(!), to develop the light of Christ which
dwells in each of us, until we live as Jesus lived.
We become one with the Father just as Jesus did. Others
have accomplished this feat. All of us can accomplish
Heaven isn't some far-off
place, with streets paved in gold and angels playing
harps. It isn't reserved for those who died gloriously
(or vainly), defending their religion. Heaven is a
way of life. It's a plane of spirituality that many
individuals have attained and now share. It can be
reached by following Christ's teachings and living
as he lived.
An important point: you need
to understand Christ's true teachings, not some religion's
dogmatic interpretation of his teachings. Break out
the New Testament, read some of the books listed on
our reference page, and
follow your heart. You don't need a priest, you don't
need a guru. The light of Christ within you will show
you the way, if you make the effort to develop it.
It will require patience, effort, sacrifice, and love.
It may take time, but it's doable, and what could
be a more worthwhile goal?
Isn't this approach much more
useful than reciting catechisms? Than showing up for
church once a week, then forgetting about living a
Christ-like life the other six days? Wouldn't this
earth be like heaven if each of us were truly striving
to fully develop the Christ within us? I'd like to
say I was there already. I'M NOT!! But I do know the
path is there for us. Someday I hope to meet you all
there…I may be the last one showing up…but I'll meet
you there. May God bless you.