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 abiding 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.”
Through scripture we see that the lawless act of denying Christ is far from the basic act of denying the life of Jesus Christ. As we can infer, it is only in abiding by God’s law that we receive salvation, such that Calling Christ Lord is clearly not fulfilling God’s law. Therefore denying Christ is not denying whether or not He is who He said he is, but is found in adhering to the two commandments He taught.
And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he (God) is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Since at the core of Christ’s commandments is to love God with all our being and to love our neighbor as ourselves, these are the only conditions which need to be met to inherit the kingdom of God. So then, at the core of denying Christ, is both refusing the Spirit of God and refusing to love one’s neighbor to the extent that one loves themselves. There is no religious doctrine, dogma, and worship which equates to following these commandments (in fact organized worship can be very obstructive to these purposes).
Truly then, Christ’s legacy is much more than a belief in one basic absolute which absolves us from all divine penalty. In this manner, His greater legacy is about connecting us to the Spirit of God, and showing us all how to walk with God’s presence. His greater legacy is about ensuring that we might be woven into the body of Creation, and that we may acquire the necessary awareness to do so as intended. As a result, we should understand that the heart of all scripture fully pertains to only these key accomplishments.
Consequently we see how denying Christ is not religious topic. Instead we see how it is actually a universal topic which breaches over into every single religion, every single belief, every single society, every single interaction between two people, and every single stirring within that a person may 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 it is not in verbal confession, but instead it is simply denying the Spirit of God. 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 God’s Spirit.
In this deeper understanding 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 the light of God.
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 unifying with both God in His vital Spirit and to all those in creation who also accept God. 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 journeying towards 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 overtly 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. The act of 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 appropriate 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 the world.
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