The collective consciousness of Christianity works the same as each individual mind of the believer. As a religion, for that is what Christianity is, the all encompassing assumption is that the Christians success depends on being faithful. But to what must they be faithful? The right words are used as they declare the need to be faithful to their deity, whether God the Father or Christ the divine Son of God.
I find it interesting that they do not speak of being faithful to the Holy Spirit whom they claim is the third person of the trinity/triune God/Godhead. Anyway, they do teach that we are enjoined to be ‘led of (by) the Spirit’ (Galatians 5:18) and to ‘follow the spirit’s leading if we expect to be ‘blessed by God’.
It is vitally important part of Christian ‘doctrine’ that the believer believe that they cannot hope to be faithful if they try to please God on their own efforts. It is consistently drilled into the minds of churchgoers in Baptist, Bible, Evangelical, Pentecostal and other conservative Christian churches that they are weak, helpless and defiled. Unable to even start being faithful with divine support. The metaphor of Christ being the vine and we, the branches is used to bolster this teaching. “Without me ye can do nothing.” is quoted as proof that you must have a conversion experience and a constant calling on the invisible God ‘to help in time of need’, which for the Christian is twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
Christians need to be rescued from such condescending, traumatizing language. First, we need to come to terms with the difference between Bible words and their meanings. The Bible is a direct message from the divine and as such should not be intercepted and distorted by the wisdom of men, no matter how ‘spiritual’ or ‘scholarly’ these men seem to be.
Breakout dear Christian! You’ve been lulled to a state of slumber by well-intentioned but misguided teachers, mentors, Pastors, professors and others. “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” (Ephesians 5:14) The word ‘light’ means divine wisdom and it is Christ that shall give you this eternal truth, not the multitude of religious leaders that fill the pulpits of our land.
Decide for yourself. Is the Bible true or not? Then “let God be true and every man a liar.” (Romans 3:4) “I speak as a man” as Paul did in Romans 3:5. The only way you will know if what I say is true is to go directly to God and search his mind. This is not just looking at the verses to see if I’ve quoted them correctly. You must find out if the verses actually teach what I’m saying. have the verses been taken out of context? Can they be applied to the subject at hand? Beyond this intellectual discipline is the spiritual discipline of contemplative connection to the one you claim to be completely abandoned to for your spiritual health and growth. Jesus Christ.
Christians need to start being authentic believers, not simply repeating common cliche’s over and over, as if trying to convince themselves that they are walking the walk. But first, Christians need to come to realize that they have been given the wrong definition of ‘walking the walk’. Once you see this vital truth the path to authentic Christianity will be clearly visible and an easy path to navigate.
Always going to church, saying your devotions every day, teaching Sunday School, handing out tracts, trying to witness to others, praying in public, singing too-high hymns off key, speaking out against moral issues, serving the church in functions and programs; all this takes a toll on your mind and body. Jesus said his yolk was easy and his burden light. The way to authentic Christianity is an inward journey of becoming aware of the divine power that really does reside there. Not as a concept for you to think on and get all ‘giddy’ with delight but as a reality that responds to your weakest call for help.
Christians need to stop believing what has been taught by men and start believing in the reality of the many Bible passages that remind us that we “are partakers of the divine nature” (II Peter 1:4). In Hebrews 3:14 we are “partakers of Christ” and in chapter six we “have been made partakers of the Holy Ghost”. These are not cliche’s. There are no cliche’s in the Bible.
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