reply to post by BlueMule
That's right. Jesus was a Jewish mystic, and "the kingdom of heaven is like a storekeeper who brings forth from his storehouse of treasure both
something old and something new."
Christ is alive! That's an experience. He is the very very best part of who and what we are and are becoming.
An evolutionary Christian mysticism and what might be called a participatory eschatology, is the same expectation of the messianic age, which Jesus
himself had in mind.
"Good News! The kingdom of heaven is at hand!"
"As my father sent me, even so send I you."
"...love them, as you loved me from before the foundation of the world."
There are many who sin in what might be called "Bibliolatry", who do not have the spirit in them which like the wind is radically free, never
constraining or placing a limitation upon the spirit which God made with wings to fly in the spacious firmament of love and freedom.
"Our Liberation is God's compulsion." ~ C.S. Lewis
Christianity, received and "grokked" is a living manifestation of the the spirit of the love of God in the person of Jesus. It is Jesus alive and well
within and among us, as much as above us.
Therefore if someone comes along and talks about requirements and conditions, they are doing the work, either knowingly or unwittingly, of removing
the tree of life in our midst and replacing it, yet again, with the tree of the duality of the knowledge of good and evil.
They neither enter in themselves, through the door or the gateway, nor allow others to enter in. They are like wolves among the sheep, blocking the
way into paradise.
edit on 26-1-2013 by NewAgeMan because: edit