Maybe We’ve Got Christ Backwards

Religion is personally a very tough topic for me, having felt burnt in most churches. Yet, here I find myself on Christmas Night writing about Christ and how I believe we’ve overlooked a very important message…

If Christ truly died for our sins, then that is where the martyrdom should end. Right? Then why do so many of us attempt to emulate Christ-the-Martyr in our everyday lives? Confused? Look at how we: downplay our successes, feel it is wrong to be “too happy,” fear God, fear abundance, and fear our own inner light and guidance (etc). How are we honoring the sacrifices (yes, plural) that Christ made for us when we are ourselves acting as martyrs?

After many years of spiritual practice and soul searching, I firmly believe that we’ve got this Christ thing completely backwards. His death and resurrection were to get our attention. His real message was to show us The Way back to our own Divine and Sacred Hearts. To me, he states this very clearly in The Sermon on the Mount found in both Matthew 5:43-48 and Luke 6:27-36

You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? … And if you greet your brothers only, what do you do more than others? … Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Perhaps we fear this Love because we fear what it commands us to do. It is easy to love those who love us, and here Christ questions what reward do you have from this type of love?

Many of us habitually hide behind masks which once removed would unearth our own disdain for ourselves. How can we love our enemies when we can barely stand to look at, much less to love even ourselves? Yet, we see day in and day out that God still sends sun, rain and blessings to those who do both “Good and Evil.”  Here Christ is telling us that God, who is perfect/whole/complete loves EVERYONE. For you to be as God, perfect/whole/complete, then you must love your enemy, as there is no reward for only loving those who love you.

May we each open our hearts more today to love ourselves, to accept Our Divinity and to begin to love our enemies.  

Namaste

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    1. I agree! Recently saw a Christian friend on social media say that JOY means Jesus First, Others Second and Yourself Last. It really broke my heart. She’s always her own last priority. How is that self-sustainable?

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      1. Its not but it comes out of the old Neptunian ethos of a sacrificial redeemer which is part of the passing out Piscean age. Its not longer sustainable in this day and age as it is shown such an approach leads to illness and auto immune problems as well.

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      2. Also in the outgoing Oiscean Age im nit sure where i read about that rather than along the way with my astology travels but Astrologer Liz Greene wrote a great book on the planet Neptune which rules Pisces and talks of that archetyoe of the sacrificial redeemer which is what the church made of Christ where as i see him more as a Uranian Aquarian rebel who stood for soul Heart truth and integrity against repressive forces. The church hss perpetrated a lot of mythology around glorifying the idea of self sacrifice to repress assertion and sexuality.

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      3. it is unfortunate that religious experiences can harm our connection with ourselves and our Higher Power. many of us have been hurt in this way. may we each find our paths back to ourselves and our Greatness

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    1. It’s interesting. I published the post and then this song was like “in my face.” Don’t remember the last time I’d heard it. When I was listening to it again and adding the song to the post, it was as if I heard the song for the first time. So all that to say: Yes, I can see how it gave you chills!

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