I am beginning this post with the question in my mind, “What is the most liberating message that I could convey to readers at this moment?” I’m asking this, because I want to make a positive contribution to some of what I am witnessing with people right now. When I asked the question to myself, the first thing that came to my mind was the scripture from Romans 12:1-3 which says:
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
I guess it popped in my head because I sometimes feel like making a similar appeal to people. I want to say “WAKE UP Y’ALL! STOP TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OUT OF NONSENSE! A LIE REPEATED INFINITELY WILL NEVER BECOME THE TRUTH. BUT THE TRUTH ONCE UTTERED WILL DISSOLVE AN INFINITUDE OF LIES.
So I guess the response to that would probably be the same response Pilate had when Jesus said he came into the world to “testify to the truth”, which was the question, “What is Truth?” Personally, I believe everyone knows “the Truth”. When Jesus said, he came to testify to the Truth, I take it as him saying he came to tell people how it is i.e. he came to tell the Truth about how the world works and the Laws according to which Creation is organized. So what are those laws?
Well, I think the laws are simply those forces out of which emerge the two great commandments from Jesus–Love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves (including enemies). In doing these two things Jesus testified to the Truth and lived Truth and is Truth. Anything contrary to this life focus is living a lie. [I could unpack this more, but I’m just saying that Love is Truth and living a True Life is living a life centered in Love. Make of that what you will.]
So, going back to my assertion that everyone knows the Truth; I said this because everyone has a “Self” and every Self I’ve ever met wants to be loved. So, from my perspective, if you have a Self and living Truth is loving God and others as yourself, then to not love God and others is to either:
- Not love yourself
- Deny God who is Love (according to John)
Either way, to do one of these is to miss out on the fullness life has to offer.
To be conformed to this world is to be conformed to the idea of death–the idea out of which every falsehood comes. Everything of this world has an expiration date. To live from that space is to live from an emptiness that can never be filled. The fullness of life springs from the eternally new mind of God–or for those who have negative associations with the title God–Infinite Creative Intelligence. To be transformed through loving this mind is to experience yourself as who you are beyond form. Fellow Christians, if that sounds a little too woo woo for you, check out what Jeremiah was told by God according to the Bible:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
“Your faith has made you whole.” – Jesus
“For the fate of humans and the fate of animals is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and humans have no advantage over the animals; for all is vanity.”