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Nature of Human Love

2016-05_rippling-waters-1370993To understand human love we must understand humans. The religious among us would argue that unless you know God you do not understand love, because love comes from God. The religious also believe Atheist are incapable of loving and acting morally but only understand the basic human need to preserve the human species. Again, many of religious people hold beliefs that God is the source of true morality and humans in their fallen condition are in capable of love and only act to escape feelings of loneliness.

To date our many human sub cultures have proven that love is easily extended people within their cultures and is withheld from people foreign to their culture.  These cultures have demonstrated that fear of outsiders is common among all cultures. Cultures with homogeneous communities display natural tendencies toward internal cooperation. Only during times when cultures share a mutual threat does cross cultural cooperation take place.

For this discussion, let us define love as the removal of separation between humans. We must also recognize that cultural identity is one of the main forces that justify the need for separation. With our world population nearing 7.5 billion people, human subcultural definitions are constantly shifting. Communications technology and transportation are just two major factors that redefine culture in today’s human experience. Probably the biggest threat to any culture is the loose of its identity.

The main reason love is more easily given to those internal to the culture has more to do with the preservation of that culture. In order to maintain a strong cultural identity there must be a balance between internal and external influences. That is why political-correctness and immigration are such flash point issues in modern culture. All healthy cultures will have forces that want to maintain the status quo and resists internal redefinition’s and the external influences from other cultures.

It has always been the tactic within human subcultures to use fear of death or the loss of identity to motivate the members within to resist change. And if you hold to the notion that true love comes from without you can see the apparent conflict between the forces of love and fear. However, there is always forces of those from within that choose to love the “others” on the outside. Sometimes they are known as sympathizers and sometimes they are called traitors.

Revelation 5:9-10 (NLT)  And they all sang a new song to the Lamb: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were killed, and with the blood of your death you bought people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation. 10 You made them to be a kingdom of priests for our God, and they will rule on the earth.”

Originally, human culture extended from family relationship and birth was the entry point for most cultures.  On that rare occasion when people married outside of their culture was there a provision made to change cultures. Ultimately, when human evolution has completed its path, there will be one culture with equity and love for each individual.

After Adam and Eve, human history records the results of separated subcultural identity. Today each human individual see themselves as separate, almost a cultural island of their own making. If humanity has an evolution goal for unity between all, it is a concept far removed from the mindset most. Today however we do see the emergence of concepts such as the global citizen, but is this a true form of love?

There are two questions arising before us. The first asks, is human experience on the path to arriving at a single culture with equality for all as it relates to love? The second question ask will this love be a natural expression from within the individuals of humanity or will it be an external moral code that goes against our human nature but one that is adopted because it is the most efficient way to live and survive? Is love a product of nature or nurture?

If enough members of the human culture begin to live in the identity that they we are children of God and that they have inherited God’s loved as individuals and understand God loved all His children equally, then there will be hope for the human culture. If each human could know God’s love and entertain internally His presence of peace, then the external voices that declare fear, doubt, and lack would find limited space in the hearts of the daughters and sons of God.

Inherited by each human at a level beyond our basic understanding of DNA is the capability to exist as loving entities. Today, all the human subcultures nurture fear of other cultures and view them as a threat to their existence. As cultures grow large, they bring an appearance of stability but the cost is always at the expense of the “others”. As the “others” grow, they are forced to retaliate for their survival. If one culture is intolerant and unwilling to embrace external cultures and if the “other” culture is unwilling to compromise and merge itself into the other culture then survival dictates that only one culture can survive or the two cultures remain as enemies in a state of perpetual war.

Genesis 2:24 (NKJV) Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

As an example of what is possible, take two family photos at or before a wedding of the immediate and extended family the two individuals getting married. Then look at a photo of that family four generations later you would see because of love the two have removed separation and become one.

At the core of our being is the true nature of who we are. God’s sending of Jesus in flesh to earth awakens the reality of a truth that God’s DNA is infused into every human. Jesus is a human who many recognize that He is both a son of man and a son of God. He is considered the first-fruit because what is true for the nature of Jesus is also true for us. Jesus is an example of what is possible when we ignore fearful tendencies and focus on the love (God) that dwells within us. Below is a list of what Jesus says is at the core of our being.

Attitudes of being human (Matthew 5:3-10)

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit
  • Blessed are the meek
  • Blessed are they who mourn
  • Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice
  • Blessed are the merciful
  • Blessed are the clean of heart
  • Blessed are the peacemakers
  • Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake
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Christianity 3.0 – New Evidence Emerging

2013-04-22_349395_3394What does it mean to be human? In theory the Disciples of Jesus answered that question the moment they choose to become Disciples. At that moment of decision, the journey of personal transformation to become fully human was in process for them. Christianity was established by God as the organization to help people make the free will decision to become disciples of Jesus. In most cases this is the stated goal of every local church group but as we analyze the effort of theses local church groups there appears to be a disconnect from that main mission.

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…

Luke 6:40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.

The question is, that after over 2000 years of Christianity has the average person who calls themselves a Christian been fully trained or transformed and are they any closer to being what it means to be fully human as exemplified by Jesus than humans of Jesus generation?  If that is the goal of Christianity then what needs to change to accomplish this goal?

Prior to Jesus the Christ, Old Testament Judaism created the expectation of a savior for humankind that would bring freedom from the materialistic bondage in this earthly realm. As I continue my oversimplification, Peter soon after the resurrection of Jesus established the Church in Jerusalem putting the first humans on the path of transformation, let’s call this Christianity 1.0.  However in 1517 Martin Luther initiated a protest that was aimed to reform this first version of Christianity to move the church from a system of indulgences to one of faith as the new foundation of Christianity. Let us call this Christianity 2.0.  

Now at the turn of this millennium (2000 AD) there is another protest coming out of this post-modern culture that answers “no” with respect to the question have we been transformed as humans and are we more fully human when compared to our human ancestors of Jesus time.   Therefore what I sense emerging from Christianity’s many sectors and denominations is what I call Christianity 3.0.

From my point of view of what may emerge as the newest tenants of Christianity will include 1) the removal of the religious hierarchical structure thus empowering and elevating all individual believers to a place of equality and 2) there will become a new awareness and focus on the spiritual (mystical, divine) primary, vertical relationship between God and each disciple of Jesus and 3) the development of a practical biblical love based relationship between each disciple and the rest of humankind as sisters and brothers.

Christianity 1.0 and 2.0 will remain vibrant and will naturally undergo transformation as it relates to its newest sibling Christianity 3.0. As this new move of God grows and emerges many invested in the current status quo may allow their hearts to become hard toward God and become resistant to the birth of a new movement and miss the true desire of their heart. Revolutionary transition is never easy but there is already a whole generation of 2.0 Christians that felt alienated for a while are ready to embrace the changes in Christianity.

So if the lack of hierarchy and the development of spiritual and loving relationships become a new trend, how will the transition play out? Already new styles of worship services and new types of gathering styles have been developed and are being tried. Meeting that are more community oriented and less big groups following one person will user in new styles of leadership. In fact many of the 1.0 and 2.0 seminaries have begun offering courses to students as they explore this new movement. There is also a trend of very successful ministry leaders taking sabbatical to hear from God and get a handle on growing movement.

If there is one lessons to be learned from the Christianity 2.0 transition, it is that 500 years from now what will Christianity 4.0 want to reform about this move?  The pioneers and forerunners of this move are reviewing and again experimenting with old traditions of the early and middle age church hoping to uncover some lost jewels that may be relevant to the disciples of the 21st  century.  So what we are carrying forward  are those traditions that are biblically mandated and those that are producing good fruit. Christianity 3.0 must ask itself, if the disciples of this move fail to produce disciples that measure up to the image of Christ what will the next generation change and can those changes be made now?

As we look back over the previous versions we have a lot to be proud of. At least we were given a faith and a hope. However as we develop new styles and practices we must ensure that our communities stay focused to make sure we keep to the mission? Individually as disciples we must take responsibility of our personal transformation and determine if change is happening as efficient as it can go. We must question as to whether we yielding to the Spirit of God and allowing ourselves to be changed. We must ask the hard questions as to whether we personally are more like Christ than humankind was at the time of Jesus or have we retreated to just  keeping our religious traditions.

Some would argue that if we could get back to where the early church was this generation would be doing great. But we all must ask why and how did we lose what they had? Disciples believe they can do what their rabbi does. More important if a rabbi selects a disciple to be a follower, it is because the rabbi believes the disciple can become like the rabbi. No disciple wants a bad rabbi and rabbi chooses a bad disciple.

So I believe God’s faith in us is the driver of this reform in Christianity once again. God has made a way for each of  us to be one with Him and that is the hope and faith we share as humans and Disciples of Jesus.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Made in the KoG

Evidence is simply the proof of fact. The specific evidence we are discussing is that which concerns the invisible realm. Jesus Christ identified it as the Kingdom within. As sons and daughters of Adam we all live in this 3-dimensional materialistic world and with the use of our 5 senses we observe material objects and the relationships of those objects which includes our own human body. At the birth of Adam God breathed His Spirit into mankind, making him /her capable of experiencing the spiritual world and thus man and women became living souls with flesh and spirit having the ability to observe and interact within both the material and spiritual worlds.

 Today most people have lost their awareness of the spiritual realm. Humans are born and trained to rely only their senses that observe only this materialistic world. In Christian religious thought and through a process known as the new birth, people can become awakened again and become aware of the spiritual world also known as the Kingdom of God. Sadly today most of Christian religious participation places much of its biblical focus and understanding only on how our new relationship affects the things of this material world. Furthermore if there is an examination of biblical references to the spiritual realm it is traditionally interpreted to deal with our relationship after death of the human body. In other words as long as we have a material body, biblical references to spiritual laws will apply after we get new spiritual bodies.

 Where religion falls short in its exploration the of man’s spiritual conscious, man outside of religion will use it imagination and invent a life free from the constraints of the material world. Today’s media artist create factious characters with abilities to see the dead, experience freedom from death and use heighten brain function that provide the recall of memories, and increased wisdom. The phenomena of vampires, math geniuses, and people with super social and psychic capabilities are very popular today.

 But to most people they have no idea that this is the very mission of God or heavenly Father. The bible speaks to Adam as the prototype and also speaks of Jesus as being (excuse my humor) Adam version 2.0 or the last Adam.  Evidence of the Spirit made flesh is the focus of this blog. Encouraging each other to become more like Christ and having the mind of Christ will be this blogs legacy. That is having a spiritual consciousness and an understanding that we need and can make known the things of God. Because God is Spirit and no human eyes can see the image of God. However Jesus was famous for saying “if you see me then you see the Father”.

 Genesis 1:26-27 (New King James Version)   Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

 So as we explore the testimony of Jesus and gather our personal evidence it is all about making conscience the spiritual realm or the KoG. It is easy to gather evidence concerning the operation of laws in the material world. So unless we become aware of the spiritual realm and train our spiritual senses to observe this invisible Kingdom we will remain blind to the fact. So the reason for this blog is simply to awaken those that are blind and to share with those that are already awake on how to gather evidence for the purpose of awakening others. It is my hope that this will be a conversation because I realize I am on a journey like others and I have a lot to learn. Needless to say that there is still within me the need for a greater awakening.

Please comment or submit evidence:

  1. As to when you became awake to the spiritual realities.
  2. Who was the last person you helped to awaken.

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Easy Evidence

Since the Kingdom of God (KoG) is invisible, should we assume that the substance of the Kingdom would be the same? Yes and no. Here is a secret; Love is the substance of the kingdom; God is love. Now that we have just celebrated Valentine’s Day, I hope you noticed how plentiful God is. After all, for less than $5 anybody could have expressed love to someone and most receiving that expression of love would have willingly receive it with joy.

 When we talk about God we are talking about eternity and infinity. Just because something is inexhaustible does not mean it is cheap. That may not appear to be true in the material world, because we tend to place value on things that are limited in supply. And so I submit as our first piece of evidence “God’s Love”. This substance is so available it makes no sense to try to lock it up. From the ground we walk on, to the planets in our solar system that help sustain life on earth and the very flesh we live in are all made of this stuff called love.

 To prove how plentiful love is think back to Valentine’s Day. The inability to express love is considered a failure at the most basic level of our existence. We are not talking about laying down your life, making a $1000 contribution, or even giving up a major part of your day. On this day you could have given the simplest expression and it was accepted. A simple Hersey’s kiss or a phone call to simply say the words “Happy Valentine’s Day” was sufficient.

 As Christians; the death by crucifixion is the one piece of evidence that has clearly stated God’s love for all mankind. That single act, a limited edition, a once and for all demonstration, a never need to be repeated statement that covers the bill for us materialistic minded people. Spiritually “let there be light” should have been enough, because that act by Christ created the relationship in the beginning.

 So, I submit LOVE as our first piece of evidence of this spiritual KoG. For people who are conscience of the Kingdom love is the only currency. This is the stuff we give away and use to entice others to become conscience of their true home. If earthly currency is proof of existence for previous civilizations, then love can be the proof of this KoG. After all love is what we are known for.

 1 John 4:8 (NKJV) He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

John 13:35 (NKJV) By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

1 John 4:16 (NKJV) And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

 

 Please comment or submit evidence:

  1. If you revealed the Kingdom with an act of love.
  2. If you received or witnessed a conscience awakening act of the Kingdom.

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This blog is all about what cannot be seen with human eyes. This is my attempt to start a conversation about the Kingdom of God (KoG). It is my goal to use the subject of evidentiary law as a metaphor for demonstrating this invisible Kingdom. Evidence is normally about tangible proof for events that happen in this natural realm. I believe we are all called to present evidence or demonstrate the existence of the spiritual realm once we have discovered it.

Evidence has one purpose and that is to establish fact. Even if we are a firsthand witness we collect and secure the evidence for that one reason. The converse is true of those who destroy evidence. For us who live and operate in both time and eternity we do not need any more proof of its existence. However what we do need is a greater consciousness of our heavenly Father and His Kingdom. For example, after we learn how to paint we can use the basic skills to acquire new skills and become an artist. Spiritual living is also an art that allows God to express the reality of His existence through us.

I do not want this blog to become a place where the conversation is about trying to impress each other with our knowledge. I truly want this to be a place of encouragement and collaboration. I believe the heart behind Jesus’ demonstrations was to cause people’s spiritual awareness to awaken. These demonstrations were also about making people conscious and what is available to mankind. This has been the mission of God from the beginning as it concerns Adam and Eve and all their children.

There is power and confidence in community. For any of us to get here we have had to travel alone and learn to lean on our invisible Father. I would encourage all of us to remain in that attitude of embracing the lone wilderness experiences. If your method has been meditation, fasting, watching, retreating or just plain practicing the presence of God; guard that method and protect it, but always remain willing and open to change.

Our communication with God is precious above all. Chasing manifestations in this material world can lead to disaster. But the awe of discovering a glimpse of our Father expressed, should cause any of His lover’s hearts to skip a beat. It will always be a bonus to share that experience with others. It is not necessary, but to share with a brother or a sister who is also aware of our Father when He moves and say to one another “did you see that, or hear that, smell that, taste that or feel that, is a really cool experience.

The Apostle Paul said it is more effective to demonstrate the reality of what is on the inside of us. Jesus our brother and head of this invisible Kingdom identified it as a spiritual person that we each carry on the inside of us.

1Corinthans 2:1-5 (New King James Version; NKJV)    And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Luke 17:20-23 (NKJV)    Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there! For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”  22 Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them.

I want our conversation to encourage us to become still enough to listen to the still small voice we carry on the inside. Then I want us to be encouraged to act on what we hear. Collecting evidence of the results of God’s working through our lives is proof that we understand and can allow God’s Spirit to operate through us. That, my friends is the art of spiritual living.

**A caution to all. Collecting evidence of the operation of the invisible is the main focus of our conversation; however chasing evidence is not the goal. I promise, I will repeat this often. **

It is true that faith without works is dead but spiritual work is often and on purpose sometimes best kept hidden. Jesus even told people not to tell anyone of the works He performed. Jesus performed miracles with bread and fish several times and many who observed including the disciples totally missed the purpose and the art of the miracle. 2000 plus years later I think we need to heed the lessons and remember in humility we are also flesh and spirit.

 

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