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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Bloody Theology

My basically yearly tradition is to re-read "Perennial Philosophy" by Aldous Huxley. Obviously, this is one of my favorite books.

This morning I read:
What we do depends in large measure upon what we think, and if what we do is evil, there is good empirical reason for supposing that our thought patterns are inadequate to material, mental or spiritual reality. Because Christians believed that there had been only one Avatar, Christian history has been disgraced by more and bloodier crusades, interdenominational wars, persecutions and proselytizing imperialism than has the history of Hinduism and Buddhism.
 This led me to think about the original name - The Way. People were to walk The Way Jesus walked, in fact called them to walk. He is quoted as saying such things as - It is not I, but the Father within doing these works... Greater things than this shall you do...The kingdom is within you... Our Father, etc. People were called to have the faith OF Jesus, not faith IN Jesus, except to have faith that he taught us how to walk our lives and get right with God (salvation's meaning). He was quoted giving the great teachings of incredible inspiration such as the Sermon on the Mount and amazing parables. Only in the book of John (written about 90-95 CE in Greek by a Greek speaking person who had of course never met Jesus or any people who had met him and had never been to Palestine) did the idea turn to worshiping Jesus.

The shift to make Jesus the one and only, unique, not like us, shifted into an us and them mentality that led to huge dissension and warring over the last 2,000 years.

Lately there has been some movement to understand the Cosmic Christ, the divine energy that is available to everyone to find The Ground of Being and walk life there. Maybe we can shift back to the knowing that this great man had great teaching, found the way to oneness and shared it. The Way is open to us all. Maybe we can turn to the great mystics that were led by Jesus' teaching to amazing depths of spiritual understanding - Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, Jacob Boheme, etc. Maybe we can find The Way and walk it too - The Way of Oneness, The Way of awareness of the Presence in every moment, The Way that transforms us, The Way that could save the world.

God lead us to Your Way. Lead us to know You. Lead us to the unifying Cosmic Christ. Lead us to be in pure relationship with You. Awaken us. Transform us.

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