by Ernest O'Neill
You're not just another little speck of nothing thrown up by some impersonal evolutionary force -- you're a special, unique person made by a loving father inside his only son !! Of course you've known that all along -- you've always felt you're unique; in fact, you've never met anyone else exactly like you. Similarly you've never seen explosions that create order -- they always create disorder and chaos. But popular (not real) science keeps telling you that some prehistoric explosion threw you up out of the chaos and you're just a little collection of meaningless atoms.
However history tells a completely different story of your origin. It's just that both the civilizations of East and West have hijacked parts of it for their own purposes. Each tries to prove by it that it's superior and ought to kill the other one; so each misses the reality of it and continues to destroy each other and commit all of us to nothingness. The truth is that both Mohammed and Jesus are great prophets and have given their great traditions to East and West, but Jesus was also the only son of our creator. He actually existed with his father, our creator, before the universe was made -- and our creator made us inside his son !
That's the big difference ! Islam is a precious tradition and its ways are treasured by all Moslems, but Mohammed never said that everyone was made inside him -- Christ did -- history records his words - history that is documented carefully by manuscripts written within a hundred years of his life. He said "you in me and I in you". His companions said "you are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works". Then - you appeared on earth in your mother's womb -- "your eyes beheld my unformed substance". So you're actually part of God -- part of the body of his only son -- and he has things to do through you. This is why you're here.
Why then do we live as we do ? Because our creator gave us free wills -- so that we could ignore the real person inside us if we wished. He didn't want us to submit to his plan just because we'd tried no other -- this is why he has permitted us to hurt him and his creation. This is why our world is so chaotic -- even its atmosphere has been affected by our self-centered lives. But inside you there has been Christ himself patiently suffering and waiting for you to allow his life to begin operating through you. This can start only when you realize the truth behind your existence and begin to acknowledge his existence in you and your existence in him.
How does it come about ? Really it's like everything in ordinary life -- the air is there all the time, but it's no use to you unless you breathe it. Christ, God's son, is in you, but you'll never experience his wisdom unless you take the attitude that it's there and live your life in gratitude. Then gradually you see things and understand things you never did before. One day you awake and realize you're different from what you used to be -- you think differently, you behave differently, you even feel different. Religious people call it faith, but it's just recognizing reality and living in it. Some people say you're living by the spirit of Christ within you instead of by animal-like response to external stimuli. Paul, one of Christ's followers said "I live, yet not I, but Christ lives within me". However you express it, your life begins to express order and peace instead of disorder and worry.
Others have said that they live now by their conscience and not by what other people think of them. But Christ will often go beyond conscience because it often guides you according to the norms of the society in which you're brought up.
At times his attitude will challenge those norms -- especially if you're a cannibal or a legalist or free-thinker. Sometimes his spirit will be more magnanimous and sometimes more particular than your conscience or your peers.
But easily the biggest difference is loneliness -- it means the end of ever feeling alone again. Now you know that your dear father who made you knows every single detail of your thoughts and actions and location. His son inside you keeps you constantly aware of his father and you share their closeness to one another every time you remember the reality of your life.
So your other self is really your only self. The lonely, uncertain self you've endured so far in your life never actually existed -- its earthly consciousness was only the remembered ghost of an old self that was destroyed by your creator in timeless reality where he dwells. He allowed you to experience that unreal life so that you could use your free will to choose between that and reality. So if you ever slip back into its narrow, self-centered attitude you feel immediately the desolation of deadness because that's what it is -- and has always been. Your "other self" is your only real self that will exist forever.
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