Posts Tagged ‘Gospel’

What Is Christianity?

May 21, 2009

Christianity implies, first of all, accepting and realizing the Teachings of God given by Him for the embodied people through Jesus Christ.
What does these Teachings consist in? Let us consider their main postulates:

1. Be perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect (Matt 5:48).2. I and the Father are One (John 10:30).

3. I am the Vine (John 15:1-5).

4. Even as the Father knows Me, I also know the Father (John 10:15).

5. I love the Father (John 14:31).

6. O righteous Father! I have known You! (John 17:25).

7. And learn of Me (Matt 11:29).

8. God is Love (1 John 4:16).

9. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength (Mark 12:29-30).

10. You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).

These are the main principles of Christianity. In them one can see the appeal of Jesus to people to become like Him. And to cognize the Heavenly Father, like He did.

In the New Testament, there are many precepts that can help realizing this appeal of Jesus, if one follows them. They call us:

* to be absolutely honest in relationships with other people, to have no debts, not to misappropriate,

* to take care about well-being of others more than about one’s own,

* to be peacemakers,

* to be affectionate and tender with each other,

* to help others in everything good,

* to forgive, not to avenge, not to damn,

* not to hate, not to get involved emotionally in judging others,

* not to seek accumulating the “worldly” wealth: otherwise one can miss the possibility to accumulate the spiritual wealth,

* not to be afraid of the attacks of aggressive primitives, who can harm only the body, but cannot harm that with which we appear in front of the Heavenly Father after death of the body, i.e. not the soul,

* not to drink,

* not to be arrogant, on the contrary, to be humble and respect others,

* to strive to do all that we can for helping other people spiritually,

* not to be keen on sexuality so much that it, instead of God, becomes the center of one’s attention; the personal search for God and service to Him should always be of the primary importance in one’s life…

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The established practice of many Christian churches includes public worships, ritualism. However, it was not present in the Teachings of Jesus. One may ask, is it good or bad?

On the one hand, we should clearly understand that God is present in churches not more than outside of them, and that one has to seek Him in the Depths of the universe, not in the material ritual objects or buildings.

On the other hand, worshipping practice in churches emerged as a natural need of people with common spiritual interests to come together just for the sake of emotional communication with like-minded persons, exchange of ideas and experience, for the sake of helping one another, learning.

Ritualism also may be useful: it favors calming of mind when assembled people attune to perceiving of the Divinity. Against this background, many of them for the first time get proof of the reality of the mystical: they feel touches of invisible hands, energy flows emanating from icons, thoughts and even voices of invisible interlocutors…

For some people these are manifestations of God, for others manifestations of demons… It depends on the level of ethical purity of each particular person.

The ethical purity of the “flock” largely depends on the level of ethical advancement of the “pastors”. This is the main problem… Because often, under the guise of Christianity, they preach something directly opposite to it…

… Yes, when we discuss differences between the established religious directions, we should put the emphasis not on the ritualism. The ritualism is not the point! Let the ritualism of different directions remain as it is! The problem is that they lack the complete picture in understanding the beingness of the Universal Consciousness, in understanding Its evolutionary aspect, in particular!…

More about evolution Universal Consciousness see on: His Evolution and Us

One can become more fully acquainted with an analysis of the Teachings of Jesus (with use of some apocryphal Gospels) on this site The Original Teachings of Jesus Christ