We need not be demonised to be attached to a false christ. Being a nice person and a sincere Christian is no protection against the worship of a false christ. We can generate false christ’s out of our own experiences of failure and disappointment or from warped gospels and misguided communities of faith. There’s a reason why Jesus said ‘Eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent.’ Eternal life is infinite life. God is not known through the law. God is known through Jesus Christ.
Jesus is known when He lives in you and with you revealing Himself to your heart and your spirit. This is the living way in which you know God as God is and yourself as who you are. You become spirit and life. Jesus called it ‘Walking in the Light.’ If we have a passion for life and wish to do better than sheep grazing in a paddock waiting to be shorn, we must examine our beliefs and all we have regarded as truth.
‘Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?’ 2 Cor 13.12 NIV.
An unexamined faith is an unexamined God and an unexamined us. To know ourselves as we are is second in importance to knowing God in a real way. God lives in both darkness and light. God reveals Himself and hides part of Himself. As infinite as God is, God is not unknowable. He can be perceived if we care to look humbly because we are part of Him and bear His likeness.
God can be known. Jesus said, ‘This is eternal life, to know you alone who are truly God and Jesus Christ whom he has sent.’
The infinity of God means God can never be boring and always an adventure of discovery, if we choose not to live in the goldfish bowl of our inherited beliefs and assumptions. Yet we can stunt ourselves by living from a miserly view of truth, clinging to what we have and erecting countless fictions and rationalisations subconsciously before the way, the truth and the life gets a chance to crack the egg of our presuppositions. I found this quote today,
“I watch how foolishly man guards his nothing, thereby keeping us out.’
Such guarding does not keep God entirely out but often results in the keeping in of a gospel that is not the gospel and an obsession with ‘truth’ that is not the truth but indeed another gospel of the kind of which Paul warns us. Over the passage of time it turns out that we have given ourselves to a gospel that is not a gospel and devoted ourselves to beliefs that amounted to nothing – other than a hindrance to the Kingdom.
If we choose to live from the law instead of the Spirit and if we deny the Christ permission to come in our flesh we will live separate from ourselves in a belief system and be sure that we possess the principles of the kingdom, when in fact we have not been born again and despite some facility in the gifts, do not live in the Spirit and have all but defined ourselves out of the spirit of sonship.
Richard Rohr observes, “Law will always dominate people who have not experienced that the Spirit blows where it pleases (John 3:8) and cannot be controlled by our righteousness. Law is the false promise for those who control life from their heads, those who are afraid to listen anew right now, those who substitute principles for prayer and people.” (1)
Christ is not the law or a substitute for it. He is God and saviour in Himself and has drawn us into union with the trinity which is our oneness with God. God is ultra-personable and in Him we are so alive. We are in Him because we are not in Adam but in Christ and in Christ’s fellowship with Father and Holy Spirit. Since Pentecost you are not a son because of some ‘attainment.’ You are a son because you are a manifestation of God.
(1) Rohr, Richard. What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self. The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.