REAL LOVE, REAL GOD, REAL YOU
We can fear for all kinds of reasons. If we are afraid because we think we may lose some kind of status or become a smaller self by losing our identity, we are unfortunate indeed. We are captured in a lesser life, a false self and a debilitated manner of ‘being.’ We are what we believe which is why it is a great advantage to be aligned with what Jesus believes and not off on a tangent with our own gospel.
There are folks who live from a poverty mentality who are not poor. But their parents and they, have told themselves that they are. Living out of scarcity there is ‘never enough’ to their mind. So they rely on two things that hollow out their persona. (1) They cling to what they have in a spiritual version of hoarding. (2) They denigrate the spiritual wealth that others have in order to rationalise their inferior mindset and resultant poverty. Don’t leave your treasure in the ground. Wear the pearl of great price. You are wealthy in Christ because Christ lives in you and you are a participant in the joy of God.
For some people their fictions are their ‘wealth.’ Jeff Turner observes, “If you are not at least willing to consider the possibility that you are wrong about a particular belief you hold, it’s likely not faith, but fear, that motivates you. And if fear be your motivation, ye be motivated incorrectly.” Jeff Turner @JeffTurnerSOA Jul 8,
A CONSUMATE ILLUSION
We can become dependent on a concept of the self that is not the real self but a construct that we have derived from externalities and structures that prop us up. This is particularly so when we are the children of an ideology or a fundamentalist religion. If we have been ‘fathered’ by a religion we may not know what real love is.
We may persuade ourselves that our dependency is love for God and loyalty to Jesus. It can seem like it but it is probably not real love. M Scott Peck observes,
“Dependency may appear to be love because it is a force that causes people to fiercely attach themselves to one another. But in actuality it is not love; it is a form of antilove. It has its genesis in a parental failure to love and it perpetuates the failure. It seeks to receive rather than to give. It nourishes infantilism rather than growth. It works to trap and constrict rather than to liberate. Ultimately it destroys rather than builds relationships, and it destroys rather than builds people.”
― M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth
Owing to distortions of God, Christians can be captured in this kind of un-love. We can manufacture false christ’s because we have been subject to poor religious teaching, the influence of ‘other gospels’ and self-generated distortions of God arising from our own imagination.
Father is Kindness itself. Jesus is the Expression among us of God’s love. If we have not been born again we are most certainly adherents of a false christ and a distorted God. Allah is not Father God and neither are law-based representations of God. Jesus is God and represents God to the human heart which is why we must start with the Jesus lens. Jesus is the Light in whom we see and are taught how to see.