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Christian Eudaimonism

If John Piper defines Christian Hedonism as God being most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him [1], then I would define Christian Eudaimonism as God being most glorified in the Church when the Church becomes the embodiment of God on earth.

[John the Baptist said to his disciples:] “You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.” — John 3:28-30, NIV.

When John saw Jesus walking towards him in the wilderness of Judea, John knew that his time was up. The person in which he was called to direct people to is finally here. He has accomplished his life’s mission. The bride is ready for the bridegroom. The friend who attends to the bridegroom finally sees the bridegroom with his very own eyes. His heart is now full of joy. And this joy was made complete at the point of seeing Jesus. To John, Jesus was, is, and will be, everything.

This is the backbone of Christian Eudaimonism. Essentially, eudaimonism posits that the highest ethical goal of happiness is defined by personal well-being [2]. But much more than that, the Eastern notion of eudaimonism encompasses concepts such as awakening, transcendence, and union with the Divine [3]. If pieced together in the Christian context, we will see that the highest ethical goal of Christianity is to understand that we are One with God [4] and that this understanding should bring about enlightenment and transcendence [5].

When we understand God’s love for Christ and Christ’s love for us, we will be able to remain in the love of Christ and to keep God’s commands. We do this, not by our own will, but through the love that encompass it all.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. — John 15:9-12, NIV.

The thing about remaining in God’s love is this — God’s yoke is easy and the burden is light [6]. We will no longer need to obey the law for the sake of the law. Rather, we have been released from the law so that we serve (or do what God commands of us) in the new way of the Spirit [7]. It is in the new way of the Spirit — with the love of God and from the depths of our heart — will we be able to attain the righteousness that surpasses the Pharisees [8]. We can surpass the Pharisees in our righteousness, not because we are able to do so by our own might, but because we have a God who delivers us from the body that is subjected to death through Jesus Christ our Lord [9].

If the Christian church were to gather together in the name of God’s love, then the entire church will be able to surpass the righteousness of the Pharisees through Christ who delivers us from the body that is subjected to death. It is in this love that Jesus Christ commanded us to abide in.

“Love one another,” He said. “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

“By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” [10]

This, my friends, is Christian Eudaimonism. God is most glorified in the Church when the Church becomes the embodiment of God on earth.

References:

[1] – https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/god-is-most-glorified-in-us-when-we-are-most-satisfied-in-him

[2] – https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eudaemonist

[3] – https://www.researchgate.net/publication/257589617_Eastern_Conceptualizations_of_Happiness_Fundamental_Differences_with_Western_Views

[4] – I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. — John 17:23, NIV.

[5] –  So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God. — 1 Corinthians 3:21-23, NIV.

[6] – For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. — Matthew 11:30, NIV.

[7] – But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. — Romans 7:6, NIV.

[8] – For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. — Matthew 5:20, NIV.

[9] – What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! — Romans 7:24-25, NIV.

[10] – John 13:34-35, NIV.

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