‘The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small-- and for destroying those who destroy the earth." Truth is not just what you want it to be. Like God, Truth is. We are living in a season in which large numbers of people are choosing to believe what suits them and what their self-centredness dictates, instead of attaching themselves to evidence based truth. The result is the spread of ‘false news’ and ‘false facts.’ Ignorance has become highly regarded and roams about like an ass in lion’s clothes, disguised as ‘common sense’ or as the president of the United States.
CHOOSING A LIE
When we as individuals or as a nation choose self-interest or believe a lie, the harvest of this stance is increasing chaos, pain and death. Human beings can create their own heaven or their own hell. What we become depends on our passion for light and life or our disregard of it – meaning the person of Jesus Christ as Himself and not some self-serving gospel come - ideology.
Unless our Christianity is Christ in you and in us personally it is bogus. Jesus did not offer a religion, a philosophy or a belief system. His Kingdom is the trinity incarnated in you and I. It is ontological. It’s about what is real and what is just hot air. Being a church-goer may cut it as religion. But Christ expressed as you and as us all is the Kingdom of God. This is to say that if we are genuine and not some ‘Christian contrivance’ we will treat the poor, the less able than ourselves and the refugees, with kindness and grace. Jesus gave himself to people because they are people. Not because they were ‘deserving.’
To know Jesus is to know God and to know life. To know God we need the real Jesus. We need the Jesus who is the Christ of God and the Jesus who is our Father’s Son. We need the Jesus who is the I AM of Himself in spirit and in truth. What we do not need is a distorted Jesus and a false christ. Because the result of this is a twisted view of God, of ourselves and of life. A false christ is the result of a false gospel and the false gospel so birthed produces a cumulative version of falsehood while propagating parodies of ‘godliness.’ This is the curse Paul warned of with ‘other gospels.’ Our gospel is ‘other’ when it is not the gospel of Jesus, Paul and John – the apostles teaching.
GOD AS A LIE
“The Fall of Adam constitutes a staggering communication problem for God. For now there is a great ugly ditch between who God actually is and who Adam believes God is. From this moment forward, the truth about God will be veiled, His face will be continually tarred with the wrong brush, and His heart will be misunderstood. His every word and act and intention will be translated through the wrongheadedness of human anxiety and projection. The very presence of God in love and grace and fellowship will be translated through the fallen mind as the presence of One whose love is arbitrary and hinges on conditions, whose blessing comes with strings attached, if it comes at all, and whose character is chiefly that of a judge.” (1)
The fall produces slanders against God. The fall belittles the self and alienates the self from the self and from others. Jesus declares in John 17 that the way to love others and ourselves is to enter God’s person and the love that is ours in fellowship with God. Jesus also asserts that ‘Eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ whom God has sent.’ This is the knowing of accuracy, verisimilitude and authenticity. The invitation is that this ‘knowing’ which is a knowing of being resulting from union with God, will enable us to love God as God is, be nourished in this live so that we become love. Now we have gained the ability to love one another.
There’s not compartmentalised life in the Kingdom Jesus began. No religious life separated conveniently from social, economic and political life unless we are living a lie and not His life.
GOD REVEALED IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH
In coming among us Jesus showed us how to see – we see through Him as the light of the world. In Jesus we see Father’s Face and our own face. The reality that is Christ is that we see the law and its place in Jesus and not Jesus through the law. The law-lens produces a mongrel view of god and salvation.
The equivalent of the law today is not obvious. It’s the subtle development of a morality that suits ourselves and our interests. Part of the knowledge of good and evil - it is the epitome of bias and delusion. Should we adopt this kind of lens we undo our resurrection in Jesus, blight our spiritual eyes with unseeing and re-install the mindset of the fall and its culture of perverse renderings of God and excuses for our inhumanity to others. The fruit of this is a perverse religious culture that denies God’s ‘Godness’ and our own capacity to spread new creation spirit and life .
When Christ is our life we begin to see and we grow in seeing as God sees. He is one with us and God ‘s Spirit pervades our being. Thus Jesus is both life and light – the undoing of every form of death and the dissipation of all forms of oppression, injustice and confusion.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Jesus and the Undoing of Adam . Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.