Do Christianity beliefs differ from Christ? Have you ever thought how is it possible to have thousands of Christian beliefs that claim to be truthful and yet only one Christ? Does it mean that Christ and Christianity are different things?
A couple of days ago I met one minister, very nice person, and we had an interesting talk about a serious problem for many congregations today: people doubt their beliefs. They cannot find logical answers for their questions and, as a result, they are leaving churches and rejecting the idea of God.
It’s understandable: for many, God as an objective entity, and religious interpretations of God have no difference. It takes some contemplation to realize that eternal laws called by diverse traditions God, or Absolute, or Light are objective by its essence. The same time all human ancient scriptures and modern teachings, which describe these laws, are just interpretations. These beautiful interpretations reflect objective universal laws from various historical stand points, however our stories of God are not the objective “God” yet.
Should these religious and spiritual stories be respected? Absolutely. Should these stories be claimed as the only truth possible? No, of course not.
No one can prevent us from believing whatever we can conceive. Our beliefs are our personal property, which form the logic of our perception. When we see or hear, or sense any way the world around us, we interpret it through the mirror of our understanding.
It’s very similar to our own reflection in a mirror, which gives us some ideas about our physical appearance. We might like it or not, but our opinion of our look is never “the only truth” as other people might perceive, judge and remember our face differently not to say about our personality
Our beliefs like a personal logical mirror reflect the laws of universe within our mind, defining what is right and what is wrong, what can exist and what cannot.
If some people are happy with ideas of God they currently hold, it’s great. Their perception is holistic and complete. They are in balance. What else is needed? Nothing. Why come with any new ideas of truth to those who are comfortable with their own? It doesn’t make sense as nothing will be heard.
Nothing isolates us from longing to know Truth, but comfort: Not only on a physical level, but also on a spiritual level. When our mind creates a system of specific spiritual or Christianity beliefs, we complete forming our holistic perception. On one hand, it’s great, as we become more balanced. However we often lose our natural motivation to look for truth further, as now we believe that our religions provided us already with a final truth.
The different situation arises when people cannot logically relate to ideas they were preached as Truth. It breeds hesitation. Hesitation is a very discomforting feeling: What’s right? Who’s right? What’s wrong? How do we know for sure? Where is the Truth? Whom to trust? and so on…
When our mind struggles to logically connect controversial ideas offered for instance, by scientific and religious world views, we often choose to reject one or the other, or simply give up.
The problem becomes how to help those who are struggling now, who question what God is and if it even exists, if life has a meaning and if it makes sense to live it ethical way.
At subconscious level our beliefs are based on logic.
When people strive for understanding they need to be offered logical ideas that unite all fragmented information of their memory into one picture that simply makes sense.
We obtain our beliefs through logic either in our personal experiences or through logical proofs like in geometrical theorems. But personal experiences have a much larger impact on our perception as they involve us emotionally, not only mentally.
Thus, we can have a personal experience that leads us to believe that an angel visited us though we cannot “prove” it for others. However, emotional beliefs can fade in a while, when logically proved beliefs stay with us forever.
If religions could couple their concepts with a neutral logic of a science-based system, they could answer all the “big” and difficult questions without losing their historical identity and uniqueness. Thus it would be possible to save current congregations.
It was interesting that the minister nicely and honestly let me know that he would not allow new knowledge to be presented to those who doubt God. He believes that God is beyond of human understanding, and, he wants people to believe in God that way.
I appreciate honesty. Religious congregations or spiritual cults are systems. Any system, where it’s a political, religious, or biological needs energy in form of food or money to support itself.
Why would such a system care about Truth? It doesn’t. Except that certain systems need to support their own authority by claiming that the truth they hold is inherent to themselves above others. Preaching this type of an authority brings new members, which generally means money and vitality for such systems.
To constantly convince people that God is not-understandable is a part of a typical scenario of supporting unquestionable Christian beliefs: “It’s a pride to want to understand God”; “it’s a humbleness to believe that God is not comprehensible”; “Remember, that you are a sinner, and we will tell you everything you must know how to obey God and church.”
Our talk was very nice and respectful. Yet, I didn’t ask him: “If it would be possible to understand God, would you be willing to try to understand?” System Outlook was on the table. It was not my business to open someone else’s eyes that are shut in the comfort of habitual beliefs or other reasons.
Behind all the words I got the clear message: “I’m right. I believe in my Christianity beliefs and I don’t care about anything that is not within them including any new information about Truth.”
The biggest challenge in this world is to want to know Truth. As the universal laws, Truth is always more than anything we believe or have been taught. Truth is never comfortable as it destroys our rightness pushing us into the humble realization of our ignorance.
So, what’s actually more: Our beliefs or Truth? Christianity, as belief systems or Christ, who triggered all the Christian beliefs and interpretations?
I believe that Christ is far more than any of thousands Christian denominations. Christ is a cause, when the myriads interpretations of him are like ripples from a rock thrown into the water.
If you agree that Christ is more than Christianity, then how wise would it be to lock our mind in narrow specific ideas of Him?
If Christ wanted people to know his essence, which according to his words is Truth, why do people worship his images: either in a cradle or on the cross? Why not instead focus on comprehending and knowing what the truth is?
To get out of labyrinth of all controversial information, let’s simply be logical and contemplate one question:
If God is the universal Truth, how can we connect to God or Christ until we care about Truth, until we want to better understand Truth and make it the corner stone of our life? How can we seek for Truth until we respectfully question any knowledge including information about Christ and Christianity beliefs?