I Like Your Christ…and Many Christians

Due to circumstances beyond my control I was walking through the hallways of my former parish on a Sunday morning.  I recognized a few faces, but did not bump into anyone that I know well or would normally stop to chat with.  The parish is predominantly white middle class and so were the people I saw.

They were all very nice, all smiles and “good mornings.”  About what you would expect at a church in a small city.  People seemed content, if a bit rushed.  The walls were, for the most part, covered with inspirational slogans from both religious and non-religious sources.  Very pleasant.

Here in America it is impossible to generalize about individual Christians, because the vast majority of people you meet are at least nominally Christian.  I have met many people of a sincere and deep Christian faith.  Most of the people in that category I like very much.  My religious friends are often selfless, giving, prayerful and generally content in life.  They often ascribe their peace of mind to their religous faith and the action of God in their lives.

And I say, “Power to them.” 🙂

I will not deny the possibility that perhaps God has in fact entered their lives and hearts, and if so, that is wonderful for them.   There is, of course a totally non-supernatural explanation.  The community of church and the faith in something beyond themselves has been found in most cultures to create a sense of happiness and committment.  In fact, this is the path of the Buddha in a nutshell.   The best aspect of most religious practices is to lose yourself in the “other.”  In Christianity it is God or Jesus, in Buddhism humanity or the cosmos.

I just find that the latter makes more sense to me.

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5 responses to “I Like Your Christ…and Many Christians

  1. I agree with you . there is nothing like a peaceful religious man who also cares!

  2. Ann

    I agree with you as well. I would gladly give up “religion” if I could be satisfied with losing myself in humanity. But humanity is so “dispersed” and the community of Christians is right here. I guess I’m more a communal animal than I thought. Great post!

  3. zwemple

    Interesting, I can see truth in your observation. Have you ever read “Living Buddha, Living Christ” by Thich Nhat Hanh? He expands on the similarities. You may find it a worthwhile read.

    Be blessed, Zach

  4. I have read some of his other writings and listened to a workshop that he recorded. His explanation of the Eucharist made much more sense to me than the Christian one. 🙂 Thanks for the comment.

  5. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    لااله الاالله محمد رسول الله

    NO BUDDY CAN CHANGE YOU WITHOUT ALLAH MERCY, ALLAH CREATED YOU DON’T FORGET YOU WILL BE BACK TO ALLAH ONE DAY

    Humans and animals have common 5 senses and all 5 senses always and every time when it works they declaring and proofing Allah creates the true Allah is alone and Allah creates every thing Allah is owner…human have 6 senses… Allah sent the messages for 6th sense by Allah prophets to humans… sattan try to control this 6th sense…. you live in true place…true planet…. Can you see your hands? Yes… Can you hear the bird sounds? Yes.. Can you feel your body? Yes…if Allah want Allah can change against but Allah likes true Allah creates true for you…. all is true here is no faint or lies or false so why you trying to cheat your self in true environment these are all true where ever you can see, feel, hear, Allah created all true and Allah is true… Allah creates true for you for human and mankind is true and human born for pray… Allah aspect true faith from you…. Please read Allah messages http://www.alislam.org/quran

    You born for pray even your body parts and all 5 senses are prying every time but your sixth sense and brain need to pray… your tongue need to pray

    One day all planets going to die all bonded atoms will unbound, all planets going to black hole there is a knowledge in Quran about unbound atom will bound again and that time to proof your time http://islam.speed-light.info/islam_relativity.htm , the present atoms include your body it just examine you from Allah, Allah give you opportunity to proof your self and bow down to Allah for mercy and the next life is true life, every time every seconds planets going to die or bounded atoms unbound in black hole all galaxies have black hole like center of cyclone so where you can see how long you can see how for you can see every thing is to go die this information’s in Quran read it then the path will open to you, earth is a key of all planets and all galaxies what insides clues here on earth just you need to open your brain and read Quran in deep as like scientist…..Quran Arabic Translation into English http://www.alislam.org/quran …….. http://www.speed-light.info/

    ALLAH IS ALONE NO OTHER GOD IN UNIVERSE.

    DON’T CHALLENGE TO ALLAH OTHER WISE YOU WILL BE LOSSE ALLAH MERCY.

    You born for pray not for abuse not for lust so please pray

    Don’t you know why you born? Don’t you know why you born human not animal? You born for pray so please pray to Allah other wise your life is nothing

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    Jesus was dead not on cross, He migrate from Mideast to south Asia to Budha peoples for preach Budha called Essa (Jesus) and last stay in Kashmir He lived 120 years His tomb in Kashmir but your preachers drive the peoples for own destiny…

    Present Muslims says Essa will come from sky in last days of earth this kind of thinking came from Christians when they accept Islam and new Christ to Muslims distributed these wrong messages into Islam

    Muhammad محمد صلى الله عليه وأله وسلم didn’t said any things about Ebny Mariyam Essa will come from sky and He alive on sky Muhammad محمد صلى الله عليه وأله وسلم says Essa messiah will come on earth in last days means its like Mosses come and after 1400 years Essa came…

    Here is link reference in Quran proof Jesus (Ebny Mariyam Essa Masih) natural dead Chapter 5 Al-Maidah Ayait #117, #118. http://www.alislam.org/quran/tafseer/?page=266&region=EN in Urdu http://www.alislam.org/quran/tafseer/?page=200&region=UR

    You saying Jesus will come on earth first its wrong he was human and he was dead and second if he come for which peoples and which book he will follow ? Can he follow his old book or Quran?

    Islam believes in all the prophets and religious teachers appointed by God الله, including Muhammad محمد صلى الله عليه وأله وسلم, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, and Zarathushtra (peace be upon them all). It regards them all as heavenly teachers sent to reform humanity and to establish its communion with God الله — the Creator. Therefore, it seeks to establish peace between all religions by testifying to the truth of the original teachings of various faiths. Do something good for humanity…Love for All, Hatred for None.

    ALLAH IS ALONE NO OTHER GOD IN UNIVERSE.

    DON’T CHALLENGE TO ALLAH OTHER WISE YOU WILL BE LOSSE HIS MERCY.

    NO BUDDY CAN CHANGE YOU WITHOUT ALLAH MERCY, ALLAH CREATED YOU DON’T FORGET YOU WILL BE BACK TO ALLAH ONE DAY

    sattan is only interfere in your spirit not every where sattan communicate with souls not other dead mass….sattan cannot do any thing phiscaly it self and he bother you to do and communicate to your soul, sattan not have powers to do any thing by phisycaly he use your body and brain….Human don’t know about soul and what is it the Soul/Spirit/Rooh? and who is the jinn ? which is Allah mansion in Quran… Al-Rahman http://www.alislam.org/quran/tafseer/?page=1085&region=EN . Allah says in Quran ins(human) & jinn and we know we are ins(human) but no buddy knows about jinn and could be posible it is your Spirit or Rooh because Spirit or Rooh is unknown energy and jinn also made by fire or some kind of fire energy and that’s why sattan communicate with humans and control the human brain or spirits because Allah says in Quran sattan made by fire or some kind of fire energy…. think about it….keep thinking…So you need to fight with sattan inside sitting in your soul and control your self and breack the communication between your soul/spirit/Rooh and sattan.
    100% guaranteed There is no magic or other hidden forces in the world physical to do some thing just Allah every where and He can do what He want and He knows better what He want in the world there is no hidden force to challenge Allah if you considering that’s your imaginations from sattan….Reference of jinnn in Quran Al-Rahman http://www.alislam.org/quran/tafseer/?page=1084&region=EN ….

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    When times come before when Allah destroy the earth there is signs in Quran that time on earth all humans fighting each others they will forget His messengers messages and Allah educations and that time Allah destroy the earth and then return back the life only Humans and Jin’s (Allah created and after destroy Allah give the life again, Allah promised in all His Holy Books He sent by His Messengers on earth— one day Allah will destroy the galaxies and bring it back the life of human and Jin for results) and they will get the results on left or right hands some of them happy and some of them fear because they didn’t follow Allah great last Messenger educations and those human eye colors blue that day and they will send into hell with satan(demon), http://www.alislam.org/quran/tafseer/guide.htm?region=EN

    Allah says in Quran AL-KAHF first 10 and last 10 Ayiat about present Christians…. http://www.alislam.org/quran/tafseer/?page=574&region=EN in Urdu http://www.alislam.org/quran/tafseer/?page=485&region=UR

    Har waqt Toba AstakhfirAllah ka vird kasrat say kia karoo jis jaga Toba AstakhfirAllah ka vird kasrat say hota hay wahan Allah azab nahi dayta or harwaqt oski tasbi kia karoo ta kh tum per Allah ki rahmat nazil hoo

    Kon khta hay Allah ajh kay door may insan say battain nahi karta Allah ajh bhi apnay nak bandoon say battain karta hay tum say bhi battain karay ga agar pakizgi ko apnawoo gay Allah bohat pakiza hay or pakiza insanoo ko hi pasand karta hay

    kasarat say Zakat do zakat may woh cheez do joh tum ko bhohat aziz hay….. khana khatay waqt bohat ziada bohook may bhi ak hisa khanay ka nikal kar parindoon ko daldoo yah bhi zakat hay
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    You born for pray not for abuse not for lust so please pray

    Don’t you know why you born? Don’t you know why you born human not animal? You born for pray so please pray to Allah other wise your life is nothing

    Allah hi Allah kia karoo ossi ka nam lia karoo ossi ka kam kia karoo

    Enemies always against of Allah Prophets but truth always win and true light goes every where on earth no one can stop truth… if you can.. try it … Allah will let down enemies its promised by Allah with Prophets….

    MUHAMMAD PBH محمد صلى الله عليه وأله وسلم LAST PROPHET ON EARTH AND PROMISED MESSIAH (IMAM MAHDI ) HAZARAT MIRZA GHULAM AHMAD QADIAN الإمام المهدي والمسيح الموعود عليه السلام FOLLOWER PROPHET OF MUHAMMAD PBH محمد صلى الله عليه وأله وسلم ARRIVED 1835 ON EARTH …..more info http://www.alislam.org

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    Sorry to say I already delivered the Allah messages to thirsty souls no one can stop this process because it’s not possible for humans

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