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— Here is what it means to me, Paul Evans,
(the owner here), to be a Christian. Maybe there has been speculation:
I know my own faith journey has been difficult. This is the distilled
thought of a 38 years long study of comparative
religion (many if not most of those years).
My thinking is not generally orthodox, but then neither was
Jesus in his own life, was he? And we also bring you
the only surviving recording of C.S. Lewis, which became the basis
of his very special book, “Mere Christianity.”
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What It Means to Me
to Be a Christian
The distilled thought and faith of my 38 year
study of Christian comparative religion
and a re-dedication of my faith
(Anyway, I have really tried, God….)
The Daily Walk with Love (link to Home page and blog), July 6, 2019, by Paul Evans. This is basically 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. Video is C.S. Lewis on Christianity, the only known recording, audio or video, of C.S. Lewis, in this case the BBC radio message which would become the basis of his book “Mere Christianity.” That is a wonderful book which I have read (long ago), and in my mind stands as a very, very faithful approach to an idealistic look at Christianity which is beyond many if not most of us. Featured photograph of The Daily Walk with Love owner Paul Evans is from October 29, 2017, and is hereby released into the Public Domain. Hans Küng had a book, published in 1974, which I read in 1979, called “On Being a Christian” (at GoodReads, which offers a variety of purchase options). Below is my version of what the word “Christian” means to me, personally as a man. God Bless and Blessed Be, everyone!
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ADDED: See Psalm 25 — Asking for God’s Help, with Explanation, The Daily Walk with Love, January 17, 2018, by Paul Evans. I am actually proud of my effort with this article and hope you all will take the time to read it. Despite the popularity of this blog, few people ever write an email to me, and that is really depressing to me… All my family have passed away, even my sister, sometimes it feels as though I am dying of loneliness. I am a nice guy, a good man who just found himself in a few difficult situations I was in no way prepared to handle. Anyway, for friendship or romance, please do email me, Paul, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you want to know more about me, please read Paul Evans: Who I Am & What I Believe In, recently on the Daily Walk, by Paul Evans.
ADDED: See Some Notes for My Fundamentalist Christian Brothers and Sisters, The Daily Walk with Love, January 14, 2018, by Paul Evans.
Here, (not quite parenthetically), 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. I believe that, while, to me, Christianity is the closest approach to God and his Holiness I can personally make, that He pours his Spirit into people of all religions and beliefs. I feel it is strongly God’s wish that 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 (500 years before Christ), I thought about it all most of my whole 62 years, but my faith in God was, in the final analysis, lacking. That is to say, at least in terms of believing in the standard “Christian God,” I often wondered if there wasn’t something more, if I wasn’t missing something vital and critical in all of it. 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 what I may describe as “my brand of Christianity.” Really, each and every one of us has our own. 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 Portage Road 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.
ADDED: To me, being a Christian is NOT about having read all the Bible and having memorized it (although I feel you need a good familiarity with the Gospels, and in the Old Testament, the Psalms and Proverbs often have helped me). It’s not about going to the most earnestly faithful church, either (as Jesus instructed us to “pray in a closet, for those who play in public have their reward already.” It’s not necessarily about hanging out with “righteous” people, for Jesus said that no one is righteous, and himself hung out with “publicans and sinners” such as tax collectors. Nor is being a Christian (or Jew) about following the Law (just as Jesus did quite a few things in violation of the Jewish Law of that time). To me, yes, being a Christian IS about being forgiven by God because of His son’s sacrifice for all of us, and trying hard o live in a more covenental relationship with Him. Look at, if you will, Galatians 5;14 and Romans 7:7. and also Proverbs 3:3 and Ephesians 4;31-32. All that is implicit in my own Christian faith.
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, where time has much less meaning in our lives and we live more by approaching tasks as a process, not as a goal we must attain to as fast as possible. 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.
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Finally, while I realize he is controversial and is coming our of a more “Zen” sort of approach to understanding it all, I want to highly recommend two Alan Watts videos to you. See Alan Watts Truth About God, YouTube — 25:36, which speaks of God and the elan vital in both an immanent and an eminent sense, understanding of which is vital; and for all those who suffer, please watch Alan Watts How To Find Yourself If You Are Lost, YouTube — 57:06. I’m also almost 61, single (have never been married, though engaged three times, no children), and very much wishing for a female companion in life. So I am going to find time to watch Alan Watts The Art of Attracting Your Soul Mate, YouTube — 41:17. If you’d like a kind and gentle blogger friend who’d treat you like a queen (and is a great kisser), shoot me over an email to Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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