The Daily Walk with Love
— Here is what it means to me, Paul Evans,
(the owner here), to believe in God, in other words, an explanation,
as God has shown me, and through the study of comparative religion
for many years, who and what He is, and in what way we are
to believe in Him. In a short recapitulation, it is easy
to say, “God is Light,” but really, Jesus said, “God is Life,
in Him is no darkness at all.” So what are we to believe?
January 14, 2018
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With What It Means to Me
to Be a Christian
The Daily Walk with Love, January 14, 2018, by Paul Evans. The part of this article dealing in my own brand of Christianity comes from What It Means to Me to Be a Christian, which is from December 21, 2017 as a new writing, and is a combining of parts of two articles published here previously, My Best Quotable Quotes, by Paul Evans and Have Compassion for Your Brother, Even As God Loves You, with a little editing and a few additions. Hans Küng had a book, published in 1974, which I read in 1979, called “On Being a Christian,” which was also a formative work in my ideas. The video is C.S. Lewis on Christianity, the only known audio recordings of C.S. Lewis — 15:25. Featured photograph is courtesy of Renatures.com.
See Some Notes for My Fundamentalist Christian Brothers and Sisters, The Daily Walk with Love, January 14, 2018, by Paul Evans.
See Psalm 25 — Asking for God’s Help, with Explanation, December 30, 2017, by Paul Evans.
I would like to dedicate this with Proverbs 3:3 (KJV): “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:“
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A Few Simple Ideas About God
I am taking most of my ideas here from the New Testament, yet it has been primarily God Himself who inspired me and taught me over the years. And it is God who has put up with my stubborn disbelief for years, with my doubts and inadequacies, and with my failures as a moral man. Three years ago I DIED and about an hour later came back to life, at Trinity Hospital in Dennison, Ohio, so this is documented. Yes, God is real, and he loves us.
I used to think, God is Life and Light and Love, and that this constituted the Holy Trinity. Well, certainly, all three of those are sacred, I believe, and we should affirm them (all three) strongly. But I believe that Jesus’ statement, “God is Life, in Him is no darkness at all,” must not be taken out of the context of the whole New Testament. In other words, Jesus is saying that LIGHT is Life, that there is NOTHING at all evil about light, and there are other places in the New Testament which back up this idea. Did you know know that in one sentence Jesus, in one of the Gospels, uses the phrases “son of man” AND “sun of man” in the same sentence? This is amazing! Then, when you think about it, there is all the evil Jesus ascribes to darkness. Surely, then, Light (its opposite) must be the ultimate good. These are just a few ideas I have had lately about God and His nature that I wanted to share with you, and I must admit to some extent I had the wrong stress on things before: it must be Light which is God, can you see that? And what IS the physical nature of light: it is comprised of PHOTONS, an almost impossible subatomic particle which has a definite size and charge, and certain properties, but no mass! This may have mostly all been easy to see for a person raised from birth as a Christian, however I was raised as an agnostic, and have ten years of college in the “hard sciences” of geology and earth science, and this knowledge that God is Light, or the Light is the Source and the Force, has been hard for me to see. I apologize from the bottom of my heart if I ever gave anyone any wrong ideas.
I do not believe that various life-affirming religions such as witchcraft, Wicca or Buddhism are in any major way evil, and I believe we must affirm life strongly. I believe very strongly that the only thing which might save our world, at this point, is if people more strongly affirm Light and Life and Love, all three. The passage in the Old Testament which is rendered “Thou shall not suffer a witch to live,” is a mistranslation. The correct word is POISONER, not witch, so it should read “Thous shall not suffer a poisoner to live,” from the original Hebrew. I have known witches: in most of them there is nothing evil, nor would they tolerate anyone at all evil among them.
The way I think the idea of the Divine in societies works is as follows: In societies which are Patriarchal and have descent which is patrilineal (through the father), some kind of male “God” is the primary deity (Christianity, Islam). In societies which are matriarchal and have matrilineal descent, you have things like witchcraft and a “Goddess.” This idea falls apart is societies like Judaism, which is Patriarchal and has matrilineal descent, but it might be a good sociological starting point.
What it Means to Me
to Be a Christian
See David Crowder’s Illuminate & Christian Comparative Religion, The Daily Walk with Love, December 22, 2017, by Paul Evans.
Here, for anyone who might wish to watch it, my favorite Gnostic Gospel at YouTube is The Gospel of Thomas, 47.54, which is supposed to be a recitation of words Jesus Himself actually spoke, as recited by the Apostle Thomas. There were 27 of these “Gnostic Gospels,” which didn’t make it into the Bible, but the Gospel of Thomas is the one I trust, and I am providing the video for you, below. At the same time that I believe that these may be the very words of Christ, this in no say invalidates my general feeling of what I think constitutes “true” or “real,” Christianity, nor do I think that Muslims or even witches are necessarily evil. We must love ALL our neighbors as ourselves.
I have been led to believe that there may be some speculation about just what I believe, so I just wanted to make clear what it means to me to be a Christian, morally and ethically, within the context of what are my own spiritual (and somewhat charismatic), Christian beliefs, which draw somewhat as well from Zen Buddhism. Therefore, I’m publishing this summary. For friends, fellowship or maybe a relationship (ladies), email Paul at email@example.com. I do ask everyone to please pray for me both in my occasionally wavering faith and with some bad breathing difficulties I am enduring.
Paul Evans: I want to make clear: in my own mind, I feel that in terms of my faith life, I have been a very poor Christian. In other words, I studied the Gospels, I studied the Gnostic gospels too, I studied Zen and the ideas of Buddhism, I thought about it all my whole 60 years, but my faith in God was, in the final analysis, lacking. I have been terribly lonely (to the point where it is crushing me, psychologically), I have lacked friends or a sweetheart, I have been terribly poor and somewhat mentally ill. All my family have passed away. And my conclusion, I confess before the world, is that maybe there was no caring God in control, that maybe all my faith and efforts had been in vain. Well, today God “got to me,” and I rediscovered my faith. So I wanted to say, my faith may have been sorely tested and somewhat lacking, but I feel that, in the final analysis, I am saved for God. Amen. For this I want to thank in particular my special friend Paul Yuhanick, but also the guys in the house I’m staying at on Nold Avenue in Wooster, Ohio. I thank God for you.
Here is my own personal “code” of Christianity: I consider myself a Christian man, spiritual, charismatic, unorthodox. I don’t like doctrine at all, just as Jesus disliked the teachings of the Pharisees. I simply feel, if we truly want to consider ourselves Christian, all we need to do is deeply believe in Jesus, love God, love our neighbor as ourselves (I mean actually, not just saying that on Sundays), and don’t hurt and judge people, no matter what it costs. Sorry all you doctrine people, I’m sure in my own mind it’s as simple as that. But I find that few people actually do this. It’s not rocket science and you don’t need to have the Bible memorized, just a very strong familiarity with the Gospels, and always you need the Grace of God in your life. Always remember that salvation is a free gift, but it puts you in a covenental relationship with God, and this can cost you, even up to your life. This is MY code for living, as Jesus has led me to believe.
Here is the summary from my article Have Compassion for Your Brother, Even As God Loves You: “Jesus IS Compassion. There is no single word to describe Jesus’ life, meaning, sacrifice and intent for us, His children, except compassion, and IF we call ourselves Christian, we MUST live compassionate lives and try to be kind when we are able to!”
I elaborated: JESUS IS COMPASSION: that sums up Jesus’ work, life, meaning and sacrifice quite well: COMPASSION. Show me a man who is compassionate and I feel this matters much more to God than any profession of faith. I feel it matters, also, much more to God than what particular political or economic system you promote. Show me a deeply religious man who does not live his life with compassion in his heart and who doesn’t SHOW compassion to his fellow man, and I’ll show you someone who is misguided and will NOT enter the Kingdom, nor truly know God’s Love. I also feel you cannot be truly compassionate without living with mercy and kindness in your day-to-day life (Proverbs 3:3). You must truly learn to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Compassion is central to being a Christian or just to being a good human being. My favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 4: 31-32.
A lot of people thought humanity was near “an end of things,” or a move to Venus or Mars, or that the aliens would rapture off a remnant of us, that most of humanity was just about doomed… but I could never accept that… I always trusted and had faith in God that he will yet make earth better and less corrupt and that humanity will make it through these tough times and not have WWIII and if we have war with N. Korea that China will not support them, that everything is going to be all right: I have faith in God about this. I believe that we are (slowly and painfully) recognizing that we are One, regardless of our different beliefs. We are headed into a new age of something more resembling a shared global consciousness. But we must be compassionate and at least a little bit kind towards our fellow man, whenever we can: that is central to me in what it means to be a Christian. I’ll let it go at that.
C.S. Lewis on Christianity
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