“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1
As a Yoga Teacher I have the wonderful opportunity to meet people of many differing faiths, theologies and philosophies. I learn from them. Asking questions about their beliefs I try to listen closely to their words. I attempt to ponder them and not make rash or sudden judgments about their words but my human condition and personality get in the way at times. I have come to know there are many paths to God in this world and each has its own hills and valleys, twists and turns. I often share my own faith and hope that I convey what seems to be lost in translation as Christianity seems to be full of so many differing beliefs within itself. What does it mean to follow Jesus as teacher and redeemer?
As Jesus was having a conversation with a lawyer of the time this Law was discussed as the way to” inherit eternal life”. Jesus response as usual was a story, this one about a Good Samaritan (from a tribe despised by many and especially the ruling class of the day) cared for someone in need when others who were following the law (not to touch blood or the dead) passed him by.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37
Jesus responds to this with the instruction to get the log out of our own eye before we try to remove a speck from another. In reading the footnotes one sees that most of his teaching were translations of the “Old Testament” Law. God had not changed. We haven’t either.
In the mystery that is life from the microscopic to the telescopic and beyond I have been witness to a God who is more that we can imagine. God is the Word that spoke all we know and more into being. Made in God’s image (a probable slow evolutionary process) we are mind, body and spirit. This belief crosses many faiths. How I and other Christians view this is made in Mind (God) Body (Jesus) and Spirit (the indwelling Holy). We can relate to our Creator as parents, as artists, as scientists and well, human. Jesus the teacher I love taught Love. He was the Word with God in the beginning and so I seek to know God because I seek to learn from Jesus.
This seeking and learning encourages me to be in service to others in Love, to study, to ask, to listen. Most importantly to Love.
There is so much more so perhaps this will become a Blog Series! Please I would love others thoughts and prayers. Come along and follow the Word.
Peace, Shanti, Shalom, Salaam, Namaste,