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Living Like Jesus: Getting Closer to God

 

Living Like Jesus:   Getting Closer to God

 

The above phrase, Living Like Jesus just as easily could have read Living like Buddha, Living like Mohammed, Living like Swami Ramanand.  Getting Closer to God could have been  Closer to  the Divine or Closer to the Universe.  There are so many examples out there of how to live our lives.  These religious gurus have given us concrete examples of  living life with less judgments,more peace and loving wholly and completely.  It is amazing that society still personifies God with human limitations of anger and wrath.  Click here to read last week’s post on anthropomorphism.

Pope Francis stated in an interview Sept 20, 2013, “In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. When that happens, the Holy Spirit inspires the priest to say the right thing.”   The Dalai Lama has been quoted as saying, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.  And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

Hmmm, that sounds pretty much like living like Jesus, or Buddha, or Swmi Ramanand.

Each religious faction has basically the same teachings.  Love, Compassion, Kindness, Peace, and Forgiveness.  It is the fanatics of any religion that emphasis fear and judgments  and twist the concept into only a select few are truly spiritual.  The idea of God’s Judgement is a personification.

Living Like Jesus: Getting Closer to God, Compassion and Love

 Living Like Jesus:  What did Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed,

& Swami Ramannand have in common?

  • They each loved unconditionally:  That is easy to say pretty hard to do.  Do you place conditions on your love?  Is your love limited to those who treat you well and love you in return?
  • They showed unlimited forgiveness:  That is not to say you should walk into a situation you are going to hurt. To me, forgiveness is about not letting prior hurts dictate your current life.
  • Understood there is no understanding of the infinite:  Humans personify the Divine so we can “wrap our heads around” such a vast concept.  These religious gurus realized that definitions put on the Universe are limiting and that God is beyond our comprehension, language, understanding.
  • Realized that relationships and community is our guide to God:  When we are in relationship with each other there are many lessons such as  how to control our anger, or become more compassionate, or learn to love even if we aren’t getting what we want.  With these lessons, our boundaries expand, our limitations broaden and we become more Christ or God like.

If these are all ways of Getting Closer to God, why aren’t more people practicing them?

Getting Closer to God

Rob Bell, a best selling author and spiritual leader, wrote in his book Love Wins, “A staggering number of people have been taught that a select few Christians will spend forever in a peaceful, joyous place called heaven, while the rest of humanity spends forever in the torment and punishment.  This is misguided and toxic and ultimately subverts the contagious spread of Jesus’s message of love, peace, forgiveness, and joy that our world desperately needs to hear.”  Basically, get over the notion of God’s Judgment.

I invite you to Live Like Jesus.  I invite you to explore Getting Closer to God.  I invite you to lay down your judgement, expand your horizon and learn from our religious gurus.  Use their examples and teachings to realize the Divinity that lays  inside of you.

Comment on how you would like to become more Christ-like.  What can you learn for spiritual leaders that can help bring you closer to God?  Comment below.

With Warm Regards,

Sharon K. Hepburn

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  • Mary

    Great article! In the gospel readings, I am reminded about how Jesus viewed people He frequently looked on the suffering, outcasts etc. with mercy and compassion…not judgement. That is how I would like to view people. I am not sure how I will accomplish this, but think I will need to pause when viewing people with judgment. Maybe being aware of it, will help me change it.

    Thanks,

    Mary

    • Sharon Hepburn

      Mary,
      I’m sorry, I thought I responded early but I see that I didn’t. I agree that even RECOGNIZING when we are in judgement is important. Being aware of our mental mindset is the first step in moving in a different direction.

      thanks for your post
      Sharon

  • Ninon Rose

    Awesome writting!! I truely love your style of writting and the truth you put behind it.
    I personally have been trying to tell those around me that no matter what religion or faith you come from, they all come down to a few basic principles of life and how to live. As for your question of how I can be more ‘Christ-like’, the answer would be to practice each and every day what I know is right in my heart and hopefully before I pass this life (7 minutes) I will have gotten it!. It takes one day at a time and each day I learn something new……..
    Thanks………..Ninon Rose aka Lisa

    • http://www.theinnerconnection.net/icblog Sharon K. Hepburn

      Ninon Rose:
      This journey is great! For as soon as we think we “got it” then we realize we can work more on love, live with more on compassion, expand forgiveness.
      Thanks for your comment!
      Sharon