I recently read a touching message on FB from Fox News Channel personality Charles Krauthammer saying the end was near for him. I have never watched him, so can’t comment on him or his work, but from the many kind comments people shared, it seemed he touched a lot of people and so I gather he shined a lot of light.[Caveat: As I said, I know nothing of the man. But I know a bit of Fox News, so it could also be the case that he found a way to access his own inner angst that plucked a chord with viewers holding similar distortions. But for the sake of discussion, and because I like to think well of people, let’s hope that wasn’t the case.]
I was particularly struck by this comment from someone named Jan: “Please make sure that your heart belongs to Jesus….eternal life exists only for those who call upon the name of the Lord. I have followed you for years and have always appreciated your insights. Thank you for loving your extraordinary life.”
Nearly 40k had already liked or loved this comment when I saw it, so it clearly resonated with quite a few folks. But then one of the following comments said: “You need to respect his Jewish faith.” Ah, so now I see where the impassioned pleas that followed were coming from. “Pray for Jesus to reveal himself now” was followed by “Amen. ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.’”
A rational soul named Josh added this perspective: “Is this really the right place to debate? This man’s journey to the next life is his. Be respectful. Allow the encouragement in faith in Christ. Ultimately, it’s his decision to accept or reject, and his fate to face eternity before us.”
“Faith in Christ” and “faith in Jesus” may not be the same thing.
While parsing words is seldom the way to unwind things, it’s worth considering that “faith in Christ” and “faith in Jesus” may not be the same thing. Or they may not at least show up in the same way.
To have “faith in Christ” is really about living in, with, through and by the light of Christ. By freeing ourselves from negative attitudes and stuck, untrue beliefs, we align with truth and therefore emanate light from within. Hence the light of Christ is transmitted, loud and clear. Sounds like that’s what people were seeing in this man: a lot of light.
And that’s really all there is to it. For light is light. There isn’t Christian light or Jewish light or Hindu light. It’s all just light. Even an atheist can exude rays of light. (Although, in this particular string, ugly comments from a person that someone referred to as Anthony the Angry Atheist had been deleted. Apparently a bonafide light-blocker, that one.)
So to have “faith in Christ” then is really to have a connection with the light that’s within. And we all have this some of this same light at our core. This is the light that illuminates our way home. This is the light that we come here to find. And by whatever means worked for him, it seems Mr. Krauthammer had found a way to tap into his inner light and share it.
The other kind of faith, one that would more typically be called “believing,” is faith in Jesus. As presented in Holy Moly: A Story of Duality, Darkness and a Daring Rescue, Jesus was indeed a guy worth writing about. Jesus, the incarnated man who fully embodied the light of Christ—OK, he was the Christ—came here on a mission that opened doors for us that were previously shut tight.
Up until the time of Jesus, we were bound to keep passing through a perpetual revolving door of incarnations that kept dumping us back into the lap of Lucifer, a way-less-than-loving character whose fingerprints are all over every unpleasantry in life. Lucifer, also known as Satan or the Prince of Darkness in his current position as head of the underworld, takes light-blocking to the highest—or actually lowest—level.
“Jesus,” however, is now a word that so many have been brow-beaten with for so long that many find the word itself to be toxic. This says nothing about the man himself or his mission, but rather about how “believe in Jesus” has been foisted upon people in a way that makes them recoil.
This is not really all that unusual. Anything slung at us with a forcing-current-spin on it will be deflected. Whenever we inflict our desires or opinions on others, people baulk and spit whatever we’re pitching back at us. That’s just the way it is with forcing currents. Even if we lay it on thick with lots of sugar. The best ideas in the world will become unpalatable when served with too much force.
The best ideas in the world will become unpalatable when served with too much force.
So while imploring someone to have faith in Jesus may come with good intentions, telling someone to “make sure your heart belongs to Jesus” reeks of “too much.” Further, it implies that this belief is mission critical and that if it we don’t get this in—Quick, it’s time for a Hail Mary!—we’ll perish. Forever.
This is a giant misunderstanding.
Once we truly understand the mission of Jesus and we grasp why this dualisitic plane of existence was created, we will comprehend the enormous amount of time needed for each of us to turn our faulty ships around. As such, we’ll see that time, in fact, is not of the essence here. Urgency is not necessary. The presence of urgency in fact indicates that some light-blocking tendency needs to be surfaced and resolved. (And that right there is a textbook definition of irony.)
When God came up with the idea of creating a universe where we could do our work of transformation—transforming what? our negativity, wrong conclusions and various forcing currents—God knew it wouldn’t be simple, quick or easy. Case in point, investing bjillions of years to create this place was all part of the plan.
Relatively speaking, the whole endeavor, referred to as the Plan of Salvation, is really just now, over the last few millennia, getting underway in allowing us to come here often enough to make serious progress. To say that God is patient then is a gross understatement.
There’s no rush, and Jesus is not a golden ticket.
So the notion we only get one shot at redemption is misguided. Beyond that, it’s not correct to say that one must believe in Jesus to get all the way home. We don’t have to believe anything.
That said, as we do our work of healing and growing, more and more truth will come shining through us. So eventually we will each come to know the truth about Jesus, and if we’re paying attention, we will be grateful. But there’s no rush, and he’s not a golden ticket. The only thing that works to move us ahead on the big game board of life is clearing ourselves of our inner distortions and untruths.
In other words, we must ferret out untruth wherever it lives in us. In this way, we will slowly make our way back to being one with all-things-great-and-good.
I hope Mr. Krauthammer made some progress in this regard. It sounds like he did. As someone on FB said, “I am praying for you!” And I mean that in the nicest sort of way.