Believe and you will be saved?
- I've just come out of a cathedral following a meditation session (it
was a Catholic cathedral, but it could have been a Protestant one in
respect to what I am about to say). I sat in the church looking
around at the relics, idols, statues and gold ornaments (Do not
worship idols...ummm). Then I looked around at the people, as they
made signs of imaginary crosses over their chests. I thought to
myself what does this all mean to them. They are putting their faith
in Jesus, I thought. A good thing, I thought...or is it?
Saint Paul, the founder of the Christian church, taught a
fundamentally basic message...Believe in Christ and you will be
saved. Fair enough, but would this not mean that it is a pretty easy
journey to Heaven? I mean if all we are to do is just believe then
over 2 billion Christians (30% of the planet) are on their way to the
Promised Land (including Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair). Or perhaps the
Christian faith was corrupted by Paul, opening it up to the masses by
this simple belief doctrine.
When Jesus said leave your family and follow me. I don't think he
meant just believe in him. Follow me means exactly that..."Do, as I
do"...lead a life of simple living, voluntary poverty, purity of
diet, nonviolence and celibacy (unless one is married). Now this is
not a doctrine per se, but serves as an example of what homo sapiens
need to be doing to move to the next evolutionary level, or get to
Heaven. Now to do as Jesus did is tough...it takes discipline, work
and faith. If simple living was the doctrine of Paul, Christianity
would still be a religion of thousands, not billions.
Love and peace,