God, Inspirational, Spirituality

We Are Awake! So, Now What?

Have you ever thought about who Jesus was? All this writing I do is because I am trying to understand who he is. I believe he is the secret for us to know who our true selves are.

Everything I write is because I am trying to understand from an unbiased view that looks at all of us. Wouldn’t Jesus do the same?

We know he performed miracles. What baffles me is why aren’t we? Why aren’t we like him? I don’t know of one person who is going around and saying, “be healed”, “pick up your mat and walk”, “he is not dead, wake up.” Do you?

Yet, Jesus, himself said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” John 14:12

Why are we not more like Jesus? Why are we not doing greater things than him? Why are we of “little faith”? Matthew 8:26

I think that is the problem. As a collective whole, WE have little faith!

The Doubt

Religion is good because religion is trying to define who God is (brain). The problem with religion is that there are a lot of different versions of who God is and none of these versions are talking to the other (heart).

One Brain, One Heart, One Adam

I believe we were meant to be unique in our identities. Like the man and the woman, they are different for a reason. We are different to be a complement to one another. But even our male/female relationships are more than we bargained for and today divorce is more popular than a healthy, long-lasting marriage.

We are all divided.

I believe that Jesus was ONE. He was one with the Father. “I and My Father are one.” John 10:30

Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

John 14:11

Jesus knew he was Adam. “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.” Colossians 2:9

And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

1 Corinthians 15:45-49

Out of the physical comes the spiritual. With God, there is order.

Jesus was a complete and whole image of God. God has no face: “You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” Exodus 33:20

We do not worship Jesus as God because he is a man. He is the image of God. We are commanded not to worship images because if we worship images we will not understand the fullness of who we really are.

Because there already exists an image of God in this world: it is found in every human being. Therefore there is only one medium in which one may fashion an image of God, and that is the medium of one’s life.

Abraham Joshua Heschel, Why Can’t We Worship Idols

So, Where is Jesus?

The reason we don’t see Jesus is because we do not love one another. Religion has had its hand in us trying to understand God and we all failed. “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside…” See Romans 3:10-18

We all did not understand because we failed to understand the most important commandment of all:

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 22:37-40

We won’t understand or see God until we learn who He is TOGETHER!

We Are One

If we love God, we love one another. This does not mean if we are Christians who love God we love other Christians or if we are Jewish and love God we love other Jews or if we are Muslim and love God we love other Muslims.

It means we love the other. The greatest challenge for us is to love our opposite or our image. Our greatest challenge is to love who is most not like us and who does not see God the same as us.

All of us who love God from every religion have our own pathway in understanding who God is. We all have our own unique perspectives.

The Torah is our foundation or root that holds us together. We have to agree on our history to understand ourselves and the other.

Today, the challenge is for Jews and Gentiles to love one another. The Jews are very open to studying with us but they do not what to be another religion — Just like we all don’t want to lose our identity and we don’t have to either!

We need to respect one another with the love of God and then we all will see God. The Jews do not accept the Jewish Jesus because the Christians who worship Jesus as God are worshiping an image of God. That is breaking a commandment!

Jews are like a man to the Gentiles. There are plenty of scripture references in the Christian Bible that say we are grafted into the tree of Israel! See Romans 11:11-31

When we love one another with respect then we learn, TOGETHER. We all have the same goal to fix the world from all the mistakes we have done, but we must do it in LOVE!

We are like the woman (heart) because together we are God’s Bride. We cannot control the darkness in this world because it is our image that we need to love!

Darkness is what is driving us to be better. Like the man drives the woman to be better. Like the woman drives the man to be better!

We are in a love relationship with God, so that means we are in love with everything. We love our image but we don’t worship it because we worship God in it! We give glory to God in all things!! Here are 100 scripture verses that say give glory to God in all that we do.

It is difficult and challenging to be love! If we are in the image of God — then guess what folks?

WE ARE LOVE!

Making love, makes a baby. Through our love we will see God in each other. We reveal the spiritual Messiah to the world through our love for one another!

… Boy, are we ever complicated!

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Shannie Alvarez — A Gentile with a Jewish Heart
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