Until i decide what to actually do with this space, see these websites, and below the links i put my overview of what i think Christianity means in reality.
I tried to summarize it all in a few key sentences, but this is the best I could do, since everything is connected to everything!
There is a “thing” or “being” that exists and we can FEEL, that is pure love. Honestly IT will pour over you like liquid love. IT appears strongly in places like churches where people are united, especially if outside of their own egos, there to acknowledge a common greatness outside of themselves. This also includes sports stadiums when the crowd cheers together, or moments of self-sacrifice or pure honesty and goodness. Wherever two or three are gathered in the name of BEing, not self. Generally people call IT “God,” although “God” is actually a generic noun, not a “proper name.” But IT is also known by other labels.
God is incomprehensible to human beings, so any human attempts to define IT are only approximations (in the same way insect language cannot even begin to describe the complexity of human beings). So have RESPECT for others’ points of view, because everyone’s is flawed/wrong in some way due to our human limitations.
Insisting that IT couldn’t exist just because you haven’t felt IT makes no sense, given that many things such as germs or UV rays could only be guessed at until we developed the technology to find and prove them. If we could go inside the sun it would appear black, because we don’t have the physical capability of seeing rays of those high wavelengths. Human perception is limited to its own abilities, which are very limited. We can see and hear less than 5% of the available visual and audio spectrums.
Maybe you have even felt IT in some ways but don’t recognize IT for what IT is? Why do some people “feel” it and others don’t? Maybe they needed it or were just really open to it once. Liquid love that flows downstream?
The Christian “bible” or “library of writings,” which begins with Hebrew scriptures/writings, starts by using two words for God (you can see them starting in Genesis 1 through the creation stories):
1) “Elohiym” which is a plural word meaning “strengths” or “powers.” The root “El” means “strength” or “power” and is also the root of the Arabic word for God, “Allah.”
2) “YHWH” or “AHYH” in Hebrew (specifically see Exodus 3:14-15), which can be translated as “I AM (that I AM)” but because ancient Hebrew used different tenses it can also mean “I WILL be what I WILL BE” – so a better translation might be “I Be” or “BEing.”
Because the Jews believed the “divine name” should not be pronounced (probably because as always, we demean it), YHWH in the Bible is translated “LORD” which simply means “master” or “boss” in modern English.
–> In the second creation story beginning in Genesis 2:4, the writer uses a combination of the two words: “YHWH Elohim” literally means “The Powers That Be.”
God cannot be “male” any more than IT is “female,” and human words like Father and Son could never be exact or literal. They are only attempts to describe the indescribable. We give God human characteristics to make IT more relatable, which is called “anthropomorphism.” The mark placed to identify the center of the circle is not the actual center itself.
In the same way, the Bible describes “hell” as both “fire” and “darkness.” Neither is intended to be literal; they are both attempts to describe the unfathomable in human language, to give us a “sense” of it. Jesus also says we are “baptized by fire” so we realize that fire is a powerful metaphor used in different ways. (“Baptize” also simply means “immerse” or “dunk.”)
If God is omnipotent, timeless, and created everything, then EVERYTHING that ever happens is ITS FAULT. If IT didn’t want it exactly this way IT could change it or would have made it different. Or IT is not omnipotent. The idea of a “fall” is ridiculous. God made “Adam” knowing exactly what he would do, and IT made him that way anyway. But, that doesn’t mean that what i do isn’t also my fault. “Adam” is a word that literally means “mankind” so it is a story about all of us. God made “adam” from the adamah, or red clay, that is, IT made earthling from earth.
THE UNITY OF OPPOSITES
Good and bad, like all opposites, such as tall and short, light and dark, as well as belief and unbelief, don’t exist separately in nature/reality. Each set are like two sides of one coin, but much more like two graduated “ends” of one shoelace, a bell-shaped curve of ONE THING, only existing relative to each other. The fact that dark is the absence of light or maybe evil is the absence of good doesn’t change this.
And those opposites can NOT be divided in “half.” That duality, like Genesis says, “Is ALL good.” Free will = Good + Bad
(As a demonstration of this, get a piece of paper, noting that it has a left half and a right half. Rip the left half off and throw it away. Note that the remaining piece still has a left half and a right half. Bad is only the “left half” of all possible acts.) Like Dr. Phil says: “no matter how flat you make a pancake, it still has two sides.” 🙂
HEAVEN AND HELL
So “Heaven” and “Hell” really could not be separate places, it must be that the closer you are to God, the more you are in “heaven,” the farther you are from IT, the more you are in “hell.” This explains how it is both “works” and “belief” that “save” us. The more we do of both the closer to God we are. Those places are INHERENT in what we do, not imposed on us from outside.
“Heaven” is the same word as “sky” and in languages other than English is translated correctly that way, or even if you want to remain archaic it should be translated “heavens.”
The early followers of Jesus, along with most people who lived at the time, believed that the earth was flat and covered with a space or metal dome called the firmament. Heaven was on top of the firmament, and Sheol, the location of the dead, was underground.
We now know that this is completely wrong.
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
So if “heaven” is to remain valid, the sky can represent the “highest places.” “Kingdom” can also be translated “domain” or “realm” and is not limited to a physical place. These days we rarely have “kingdoms” we have “states” instead. So a better translation of “kingdom of heaven” is “highest state.”
literally means “miss the mark” in both Hebrew and Greek. Our sins are our flaws and imperfections, everything that keeps us from continually hitting the imaginary target of perfectly beneficial existence and action and reaching or having the prize of complete wholeness. Sin is a condition, not only a sum of individual acts. We’ll never get rid of a beach by trying to remove individual grains of sand. Is there such a thing as a “perfect” tree or a “perfect” rock? Nonsense – “perfection” is a concept that exists only in the human brain, and isn’t real.
“All have sinned” = “nobody’s perfect.”
is only God’s instruction manual (that IT “reveals,” or we “realize” in an excruciatingly slow process and write down) for how the universe works. It shows us that we are all imperfect “sinners.”
God cares what we do because IT loves us and doesn’t want us to hurt ourselves or others. The rules were made FOR us, we weren’t made to fit rules, but actually when we fit them, life works! As Jesus says, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.”
Our imperfections do contain their own punishment (in an overall sense), because the laws of nature have their consequences. If you drop your hair dryer in the bathtub, you get electrocuted. If you lie, it causes problems. If you’re gay, it causes problems. If you’re born with one leg, it causes problems. People are born with genetic damage such as missing chromosomes, or XXY gender markers which makes them physically both male and female. “All have sinned” just means “nobody’s perfect” – what part of that don’t we get?
We inherently eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, cutting everything in half and “judging” it. We try to make ourselves like God but only God understands it all, so only IT can judge or assess correctly.
Because if “smart” is “good” and “stupid” is “bad,” then I’ve decided that God created me “wrong,” since all of us are actually somewhere in between. This causes us to be ashamed of who God made us and put on “fig leaves” to cover our true selves. It is our inherent belief in good vs. bad that separates us from God, which is (at least) EVERYTHING. IT told us not to eat from that tree!
“Jesus” is the Greek translation of his real name, which is Hebrew or Aramaic and is Yeshua (or Yeheshua). The closest English translation is Joshua. Also, “Christ” is not a name, it’s not even English, they made a word up straight from Greek (Christos). It means “annointed” and by extension “messiah” or “savior.” In modern parlance we call such a person “the chosen one.” So in common English his name is NOT “Jesus Christ,” it is more accurately: “Josh the Chosen.”
In Jesus’s “Name”
The “name” isn’t even the point. Back then someone’s name wasn’t just a word label, it reflected what they ARE. “Yeshua” means “God saves,” and another name they gave him, “Immanuel,” means “God with us.” So when we pray in Jesus’s “name,” what he really meant is we need to pray in the name of those things, or in the SPIRIT of Jesus or with the HEART of Jesus.
The Greek word LOGOS ( the origin of our word “logic”) is usually translated as “Word,” which is a good representation of the meaning, as in “What’s the word”? Because it means more than just an individual word, it is a thought/message/truth and also “expression.”
But Christianity makes a big mistake when it reads
John 1:1: “1 In the beginning was the Word…”
because the conclusion is: “the Word is Jesus.”
Wait, what? NO! WRONG!
Later on, in verse 14:
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…”
OK, NOW the Word is Jesus. The divine word or message is not a book or a person; but it could be contained in a book or a person, such as Jesus. This resolves a lot of confusion when Jesus appears to call himself God, but we notice that he spends a lot of time distinguishing between himself the “son of man” and himself the “son of God.” And most of the time He talks about God as if “He” were separate.
Jesus is like a cup that holds the divine coffee. Without the cup the coffee just gets absorbed by the floor. Before him we were just trying to suck it up off the ground. But since he came we can drink it from him. (The “Word” is also referred to as male simply because the word “logos” is a masculine word in the Greek language.)
Jesus came to show us two main TRUTHS, as the embodiment of the “Logos,” which has always existed with God:
–God loves us totally and completely exactly how we are; our “sins” (flaws) are totally, always forgiven, partly because God made us this way. In fact, God IS pure love.
–To reach “wholeness” or “perfection” (heaven = the highest state) we must die completely to our “selves” for the good of the whole, doing our best to act in perfect harmony all the time. And Jesus shows us how. But we need help, and the living, BEing God will help us do it if we ask.
Jesus had to die in order to express the complete deal. Just talking isn’t enough, we have to DO what we believe, otherwise our beliefs aren’t. By dying he became the “embodiment” of the truths of God. That complete self-sacrifice for the good of the “world” or the “all” is the ONLY way to “heaven” or “wholeness.”
If i keep insisting that i’m separate, how will i ever be whole? Buddha also grasped the concept of killing the self to find the all or the “whole,” but Buddhism as a religion might be missing the actual relationship with the real, live “Spirit” of God. Not to mention we are not supposed to have statues of the Buddha. Buddha says, “kill the Buddha.”