It’s Easter, the time that Christians celebrate and are grateful for because of their Jesus who died so that we could be set free from the Law, which is something we could never keep as humans. I don’t generally talk about religion or belief systems in my writing, but I thought I would say something about this today. (Just the way I perceive things, as always.)
I grew up in the Dutch Reformed Church, did my 5 years of Bible study and got gold stars for each exam at the end of each year. When I was 17, I was therefore accepted as a member of the church and made a heartfelt commitment to try to be like the Christ in front of the church members and God.
In later years I discovered that I was gay, and realized that I was no longer welcome in my church. Then other things (life) happened, and I embarked on a different kind of spiritual journey too, studying metaphysics and bits about philosophy etc. I fell in love with humanity because of this journey, and learned to ‘love my neighbor’; for real.
More ‘life’ happened, and as I was learning more about life, my fellow human beings and our journeys as human beings, I came to the conclusion that there is really no difference between the belief system of what Jesus advocated, and those of the Buddha, the God of Islam and many others. To me they all have the same message: Love your Creator and love your fellow human beings and all life (creation) like He loves them. Love with abandoning, enjoy your earthly experience as a human being, and know that He wants only for you to be the best human you can be. And: this has only to do with who you ARE. He is concerned with your heart’s intentions; your soul – no human competition or anything else. All positive belief systems have these components.
As for Christianity, the Bible says in 1 John 4:8 “Whoever does not love does not know God, because GOD IS LOVE.”. 1 Corinthians 13 says “LOVE is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends.” So this is God, if we want to get technical about it. He is Love. And His love never ends, no matter what we do.
So, from my side, a blessed Easter to one and all, and know that, if you love, you are perfect in His (Love’s) eyes. He knows only how to love. He is not like humans.