Called To Change Our Way
We are called to be followers in the way of Jesus. Doing so, in spirit and in truth, will distance us from the history of Christianity. That history was corrupted soon after the apostolic community was institutionalized. This happened about three hundred years following the death and resurrection of Jesus. From that time, Christianity was employed as a means to subject populations to the control of power. This by resort to the doctrines of heaven and hell. Those who followed Christian religion would go to heaven. Those who did not would go to hell. Such teachings cannot be supported by a careful reading of the gospels and the prophetic books of the Bible.
The teaching of the Bible is summed up in Jesus' declaration in the Nazareth synagogue. He read words from the book of Isaiah. These words are: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” This is the way of God revealed in the life and action of Jesus. This is the way which we are called to follow. Sadly, many are lost in the doctrines of Christianity and have no idea of how to live life on earth. These assume that life on earth is without meaning and purpose. That heaven comes only following death. This is a mistake.
There is only one life on planet earth. That one life is in each and everyone of us, as it is in all creation. Tragically, that one life is deeply divided by the desire for power in some persons. Hopefully things will change and persons everywhere will count the cost and take up the cross. That cross symbolizing doing what is right and suffering under the hands of power expressed as politics and economics.
The spirit of Jesus continues to touch lives all over the earth. Hopefully, Christian persons will repent and change their way of being in the world. We are not called to religion. We are called to love God and to love our neighbor. That love being expressed as care and concern for all persons and all of creation. Doing so will bring healing and happiness.
Here is the video, presenting personal perspectives on the way of God revealed in scripture:
Here are the texts which inspired our message:
Ezekiel 2:1-5 - He said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, "Thus says the Lord GOD." Whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house, they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.
Psalm 123 - To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until he has mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt. Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.
Mark 6:7-12 - He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them." So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent.