What's really important about Jesus - a true and accurate account of his whereabouts on a certain date, or the thoughts he was trying to inspire with his words? In other words, if Jesus were here right now, how would you recognize that fact - because He matched someone's description of Jesus, or because He was trying to teach people things like, “As you think, so it is done to you, " so, “Fear not; be of good cheer, " or something along those lines? I'm sure if you asked Jesus, “Hey, Jesus, what's more important - OUR stories about you, or the things you kept saying over and over to people?" that He'd say, “As you think, so it is done unto you. " But would you understand? I don't know about you, but I think and talk about the things that are most important to me and nearest my heart; I'll bet Jesus did, too - and that the content of what He said is much more important than anything anyone could say about Him.
What's the point? Why would anyone spend so much time trying to teach people about the importance of their thoughts and emotions? What is so threatening about this message that both Church and State wanted so badly to kill the messenger? And, in the absence of the messenger, who's been watching the shop? Who's preserved the message? And, if it happened to be those who dispatched the messenger, how are we to know that the message they've passed along is true, complete, and accurate? In every case, we can “know them by their fruits. " Our thoughts produce our actions; and our actions determine who we are. You don't have to be a brain surgeon or a fortune-teller to read someone's mind; you need only look at the fruits of their life - these are the product of thoughts of a corresponding nature. Apple seeds produce apple trees, which produce apples containing apple seeds. Negative thoughts create the biochemistry of stress which produces completely different physiology, actions, behaviors, or expressions than do thoughts of love, peace, gratitude, and compassion. The “message" is an invitation for you to examine the kinds of seeds you are sowing in your mind by observing the fruit you are reaping in your life experience, relationships, finances, etc. . .
There are over 8,000 different kinds of Christian churches, and no two Christians are exactly the same; so who's right? And how can we know? We will know them by their fruits. With 8,000 different versions of the same story, focusing on details is the same as focusing on differences; but the message is the same throughout: “Judge not; Fear not; Be of good cheer; As you think, so it is done; Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you; All things are possible; Love one another; Forgive the sinner and criminal; and, Know things by their fruits, not by the stories they tell you. " Of course, this is hardly a comprehensive review of the story of Jesus; but I'm sure you see both the point and the common thread. I gladly acquiesce to others on the details of the story; because these most important details are in Every version. Within every school there are first-graders, second-graders, third-graders, and so on; and, within every one of those 8,000-different kinds of Christian churches, there are people at all levels of the spectrum of understanding - those who are certain they do are usually much closer to the “bottom" than the “top" of that spectrum. “By their fruits you will know them. " This is not so you can judge them; it is only to help you determine how much of their wisdom you should claim as your own.
You see, it doesn't matter what I think, or what anyone else thinks. It only matters what you think; because, “As you think, so it is done to you. " I can think anything I want to think about you, for example; but it will be your thoughts - and the actions inspired by those thoughts - that will make me right or wrong. You have the power to choose which thoughts to pay attention to; and this is the full extent of any “free will" you might possess. That is indeed a dangerous message; because that information can set you free forever. How else could you do “these and even greater things, " like Jesus spoke of? If you don't see how, quit memorizing things that aren't important to you and spend some time thinking about HOW you think - and how your thoughts create your experience. Think about what it means to say, “As you thinketh, so it is done to you. " This applies to everyone with the ability to “thinketh. " So start thinking about thinking; you just might be able to set yourself free from suffering and start creating your own life, “according to your beliefs" about what your life should be - or could be. Think about it.
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