I find that those that believe in an infinite God find it hard to believe that we humans partake in the nature of that God. Most of us and I, for most of my life were bound by the perceptions of our physical senses. We believe that we are subject to the limits of our physical body. For most, the belief that I and my body are one, is primary.
Then Jesus entered the human bloodline and provided a new perspective. We humans that are alive today, only have the testimony of what He accomplished in human form. If we judge this testimony to be true, it is usually from a human point of view where most understand Jesus to be a super human performing supernatural events which we characterize as miracles. Non-believers treat such testimony as a myth.
Is it possible to gain a different perspective from this testimony? Does this testimony provide insight into the possibility of us humans having a fundamental nature that is also infinite? How should we handle claims that we are children of an infinite God, created in His image? Is there a point of view that opens up human experience to a reality beyond the limits of our physical body and this material realm?
Let us define love as the removal of separation between persons and beauty as the removal of separation between objects. In light of that definition let us ponder and re-interpret the two great commands of Jesus. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.
Take a moment and let that sink in….
I am of the opinion that all problems on earth can be understood as our inability to love or see beauty in the situations that arise. Traditional religions focus it practices on changing human behavior. On the other hand, true disciples of Jesus, are taught by Jesus Himself, to retrain their perspective. With a new perspective comes a set of tools and unlimited resources that are beyond the physical limits of the human body and this material world.
If we continue to bind ourselves to the physical limits of the body then human nature will continue on this present path. On this path, the only hope for humankind will remain in its technology and the artificial intelligence that spawns from it. Being that today’s imagination is so dystopian or Orwellian, I encourage us all to explore another path.
There is a path of love and beauty. With it, the “otherness” of our reality fades away and with it, our fear. It is the testimony of Jesus that introduced humanity to this alternative point of view. This path promises we can awaken to the truth, that we are already one with God and each other. It is the working of love that reduces separation. Choosing this alternative perspective will require courage. Choosing love of all will require us to put others before self.
John 17:22-23 (NKJV) And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
John 15:12-13 (NKJV) This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.