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The Transcendent Truth

I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.”  – Psalm 82:6-7, ESV.

What if I told you that all religions (except Islam) preach almost the same thing? What if I told you Christianity is almost of no difference to that of polytheistic religions? What if I told you that all believers of God, be it Jewish, Catholics, Orthodox, or Christians, are “gods”? What if I told you that all that you that all the doctrines you once held dear is wrong?

The core of the Christian doctrine is in fact, to be One with God. Just as what Jesus prayed in John 17:23, “I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity”. The prayer of Christ tells us how we as believers are in Christ, and Christ is in God. Who can be One with God in complete unity? Isn’t that only God Himself?

That’s why when the Jews confronted Jesus of Blasphemy when Jesus claims to be the Son of God, Jesus rebuked them saying, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? (John 10:34-36). Consider how Jesus quoted Psalms 82 and called the Jews ‘gods’. Jesus was not joking when He emphasised that it was the Word of God that testify that the Jews were ‘gods’.

You may ask, if we are all ‘gods’, then what makes us different from Christ? Nothing, except that Christ is God and was chosen by God before the creation of time to be set aside to help us attain salvation. The body of Christ (or the physical body of our Lord Jesus Christ) is the firstfruit of those who have fallen asleep (1 Corinthians 15:20-23). And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you (Romans 8:11). Through this Spirit that lives in us, we will be made alive each in our turn. And we’ll be made alive for what? To be One with God. To be, gods.

Most polytheistic religions understood half of the Truth. They knew that we’ll be One with God. The Buddhist sought to become Buddha and be enlightened [1]. The Hindu sought to escape the karmic cycle to be one with the Brahman [2]. And the Taoist sought to be in unity with the universe [3]. However, all of these requires certain actions from the believer. Buddhists follow strict ritualistic lifestyles that are grounded in the eightfold paths, and this does not guarantee their enlightenment. Hindus try to accumulate good deeds and good karma so as to climb the castes ladder in the hopes of breaking the karmic cycle so as to be with Brahman. The Taoist seeks to return to the most natural way of life. And even then, they might not be in complete unity with the universe.

We Christians, on the other hand, are already one with God. We are One with the Creator, and we own all things. Didn’t the apostle Paul reminded us that we are not to boast about human leaders because “all things are ours?” “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.” All things are ours, and we are of Christ, and Christ is of God. God has done this to make Himself all in all.

We do not need to seek enlightenment, to follow the eightfold path, to break the karmic cycle, or to return to nature. We are already One with God. We are already gods. Through Christ, we are the enlightened ones. Through Christ, we are One with Brahman. Through Christ, we are One with the Tao.

In Christ, we’ve got the cheat code into eternity. In Christ, we’ve the attained the ability that transcends rationality; to know everything of the past, present, and future, directly and simultaneously [1]. We’ve acquired the gift of prophecy, to see things from the eternal perspective; to view the world from the Ultimate Reality and to point the world to it.

Evangelism, therefore, isn’t about the act of forcibly converting someone else’s’ lifestyle into that that is of the church. Rather, it is the heart to lift people out of their current struggle — the struggle to attain unity with God. To enable them to be One with the Creator of the Universe as they’ve always wanted; through the Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

[1] — http://www.aboutbuddha.org/english/who-is-buddha.htm/
[2] — https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/extrasensory-perceptions/nirvana3.htm
[3] — https://people.howstuffworks.com/taoist-philosophy.htm

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