reply to post by guitarplayer
All Christians are saints to begin with they are not some special class that man has deemed them to be.
I don't agree, I've met "christians" along the way, that have since left the path, others who are now agnostics, atheists, or part of other
religions. There has to be a set of characteristics that distinguish who is and isn't a "Christian".
For me, it's for life because I was indwelled with the Spirit and have permanent Mystical Faculties such as timelessness, Love of everyone,
On top of that, if you see paintings of the saints, there is a Halo around them. The Halo represents expanded Awareness/Consciousness, something that
happens in solitude, grace, Holy Spirit, etc. There are a large number of "Christians" who do not have the expanded Halo-like
Awareness/Consciousness and are still works in progress
By the way, I've met a Buddhist who had this Halo-like expanded Awareness/Consciousness and saw 2 orbs of light above his head, and who was more like
a love filled Christ like being, than most Christians I ever met. Makes you think then, who really is and isn't a Christian.
How much of your faith have you shared lately? How much fruit have you bared lately? How many have you watered, plowed and birthed into the Kingdome
Is this what it's all about? Sharing my faith? Because it's never enough no matter how many people you reach. I have my posts on various forums, a
book in the works, youtube vids that I share, with emails from people all around the world, and am working on starting a long term desert like retreat
in the Appallachians ...but none of that matters....all works are like dirty rags. Best I can do is continue working on less me, and more Christ in
me. There is a Nondual state in which you are in Union with God and God's will operates through you spontaneously. That is the best thing to do,
become an Enlightened Saint in Union with God and be a living example of Christ in you. I'm still a work in progress
Yes Christ went into the wilderness in preparation for His earthly ministry. How many monks leave the sanctuary of the four wall of the monastery to
go into all the world and preach the gospel of Christ?
Monks hold retreats, give spiritual counsel to the public, visit the dying in the hospitals, write about their own experiences, and even their prayers
alone cover massive amounts of the world.
One monk once coplained to God in solitude, "What is the use of praying if you know all already." And that night he was pulled out of his body and
taken to a desert father who was praying constantly with all his heart and soul. He saw those prayers spreading throughout Infinity and space and
changing multitudes of things in the world. After that he was convinced.
I don’t believe that I have advocated anyone listening to someone who has come out of seminary training have I?
I'm just saying it to make a point. From my own experience, I was brought up in Evangelical Christianity and re-baptised. Once I got the Holy Spirit
experience and inner revelations and went to the head Pastor w/ my exeriences to ask him about them, he scratched his head in confusion.
Then I went to a Theologian, who has multi-best selling books published, tours the globe getting paid for speaking engagements, is a Phd, and is heard
speaking sermons heard nation wide on Christian radio stations.........went to him with my Holy Spirit experiences, and he scratched his head in
Then I went to a monastery and talked to an Abbott. He smiled, shook my hand, and said "Welcome to the Divine Mysteries of God. All of us here, have
gone through what you have, or are currently going through what you have." Then was introduced to the Desert Father's/Monks/Hermits/Mystics all of
who directly & experieintially undergo direct Spiritual death and rebirth eventually leading into Sainthood and Union w/ God.
So we have all these Mega-Churches and biggest denominations who have blind leaders leading the blind followers. It's sad and goes on at such a high
percentage in the West, that it's scary........
Jesus came to teach a way back to God through grace, ego death, Holy Spirit, Enlightenment, and Union w/ God. Instead, it has become entirely
something else that misses the original point