This blog is a chapter in my book titled “A Christian Spirituality”. This particular chapter is in the first section called “Christian Existentialism” and is intended to communicate the relationship between spirituality and Christianity. In this chapter we are going to explore a more generalized and universal interpretation of Christianity. Henceforth, while maintaining the integrity of the Christian faith, we will find the bridge between Christianity and other systems of belief – whether religious or secular. Regardless of agreement, the hope is that the reader will find this work commensurate with the great love God has for His Spiritual children around each and every corner of the world.
Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,’” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, “‘Lord, Lord,’ did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”
The lawless act of denying Christ, from the spiritual vantage point being established in this book, is different from the basic act of denying the literal accounts of Jesus Christ given to us in the gospels. Inasmuch as the literal existence of Christ, and the attributed religious declarations thereof, are issues which best pertain solely to one’s own personal understanding of scripture. Wherein, as there is good evidence to suggest one’s understanding is constructed significantly through experiences strongly influenced by our surrounding cultures and environments, these tend to be highly subjective and not our own arrived upon perception.
Therefore, through the spiritual perspective, at the core of denying Christ is refusing the spiritual practice of loving (serving) our neighbor to the extent that we love (serve) ourselves. As written in scripture, loving our neighbor as ourselves is equal in weight to the highest decree of the Father. So then the greater legacy of Christ has less to do with the Man, referred to by his contemporaries as ‘Messiah,’ and more to do with the teachings attributed to the Man. In this manner Christ’s legacy, instead of being grounded in one basic absolute where belief in one basic absolute absolves ourselves from all divine penalty, has more to do with reforming ourselves to live according to the spiritual practices of Christ’s teachings.
His greater legacy, in this spiritual regard, is then about connecting us to the inner portion of our being, which craves mastery over our carnal nature, and showing us all how to walk this path. His greater legacy, in this spiritual regard, is ensuring that all might be woven into the body of Creation, and that all might possess the necessary awareness to responsibly do so. As a result, we should understand that the lesson being taught in all scripture pertains to a deeper hidden spiritual nature the human condition wishes to satisfy.
Consequently, by this perspective, we see how denying Christ is a universal topic which breaches over into every single religion, every single society, every single interaction between two people, and every single stirring within that we either satisfy or quell. Therefore denying Christ has little to do with what we say, but it instead has everything to do with what we do.
So forth this act of denial is not so simple to be fully and appropriately described as rejecting the story and existence of the Man, for this denial is ultimately expressed as denying the inward accumulation of life-bridging spirit. Whereas we accept self-exaltation or attachment to erroneous and destructive ideologies, we live in denial of Christ because we also live in denial of this spiritual force which the gospel associates to being from Him.
In this spiritual view it then becomes clear that denying Christ is, generally speaking, being overly concerned with some aspect of Self. As such we observe that with misplaced selfishness comes darkness and with appropriate altruism comes light.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
-1 John 1:5-7
Naturally then, accepting Jesus Christ – no matter the language we use – is ultimately about becoming a spiritual institution of love binding with both God in His vital spirit and to all those in creation who also possess the same Spirit. From recognizing this, we may perceive that Christ is a universal symbol for love calling each to be renewed from a vain and destructive worldly image into a fertile and constructive spiritual one. In this perspective we see that all those who embrace this rudimentary essence of His existence, in becoming renewed into a spiritual image, also embrace Him.
So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
It can conversely be said that all of us who deny this rudimentary essence of Christ’s existence, through remaining in a naturally selfish and carnal objective, similarly deny Him. Where love is in personal sacrifice and brings community, such things which are otherwise tend to be disruptive to the harmony of nature. Wherefore, promoting anything which creates social corrosion and environmentally toxic manifestations must be against the calling of Christ. So then, accepting Christ must be more than an acknowledgement of His is existence, but more intangible having to do with our impact upon His creation.
…let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
-1 John 3:18
As we pursue to have our worship of God’s Spirit show through our actions, we should fully consider any matured and devoted practice to be far beyond the words in which we use. In doing so, those of us who seek spiritual worship ought to focus on much more than the vocabulary we use in our praise. Simply put the cultivated children of God speak a higher language, being a spiritual language based on action, then that of the children of men. So then, let each understand that our best way to know a child’s father is by the ways – and not the words – of the child. In following let each establish the collective focus to be set on what we do above all else.
Where we may see that there are those who channel and emit the light of God, we may also see that there are those who do not. Where we may see that there are those who share with God sowing harmony, we may also see where there are those who do not and instead sow dissonance. As the biblical saying goes, water can’t be both fresh and salty, and our affiliation to life comes by a result of what we have within. Therefore, in a metaphorical sense, all those who live in life walking by the light of day have life within, and all those who hide in the shadow and walk in the night have death within. (And, in the words of the gospel, the more one walks by the world the more they walk in the night!)
The common faith between the spiritual, through this paradigm, is that there is powerful and valuable spiritual truth within the words of scripture. Because we see that the less we (as a collective) concern ourselves with ourselves and instead become concerned with our community, we see that embracing this higher social morality will likewise encourage each to facilitate and maintain the emergence of the greatest community possible. Likewise as each in a community accept Christian values and virtues (not necessarily the various beliefs, doctrines, or denominations along with them), we see that people will build the best community possible, not just for others, but for themselves as well.
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