(I have no Idea what the ether looks like or I can’t remember)
Many “believers” have a set of rules and a central figure in the church (Pastor, Preacher, Minister etc…) who is responsible for processing these rules so that the common human can understand them.
We are lucky that much of what was said in the beginning of most “religions” were written down. The Christian faith and its’ many off-springs all seem to have their own take on the writings, known as the dead sea scrolls that were found preserved in caves on the west Bank of the Jordan River, between 1946 and 1956.
But in the writings found by the author Matthew, he quotes Jesus as saying that on Judgment day (Let me paraphrase) Many pseudo-believers who did good things in Christ’s name will come to Christ for judgment and will be told: “depart from me you who practice lawlessness for I never knew you”.
I ask: “What does it take to get Christ to know me”? (In a positive way).
You can’t get to know someone until you communicate with them. You can’t communicate with someone until you acknowledge them. This is difficult if you can’t see them, isn’t it? So we’re called on to use a non-tangible gift we’ve been given called faith. Faith is the belief in the existence of something that you cannot see, smell, feel, taste or touch. Faith is a tool of the spirit!
A good example is gas. (Meaning vapors) I’ve been in tactical training and was led into a room with a gas mask on. I couldn’t see the gas. It just seemed hot being in a sealed room in what they call Indian summer. (September). I was ordered to remove my mask. That is when I realized that what you can’t see is as real as that which you can see.
Jesus said he would always be there for us until the end of time. When we die, we will take off our masks. Until then, wear your mask and know that a greater power exist that is inviting conversation. Instead of tear gas, it is your God, your source energy, your maker.
Because Christ said: “Depart from me for I never knew you”. Do you understand the critical importance of the last four words? Jesus is saying that on Judgment day, he must know you or you’ll get shown the door. (Or the darkness)
The apostle Paul once said in a letter to the Philippians (1:21) that “For me; to live is Christ and to die is gain”. Paul knew Christ although he never met him in the physical body. It’s kind of like you and I. Paul was blinded by a light and Jesus spoke to Paul (who was going by the name Saul) Paul only had audible proof of this entity we call Jesus. Paul used to persecute Christians. So Jesus blinded him and asked him: “Paul why do you persecute me”? Then He told Paul where to go to get his vision back. This made a believer out of Paul.
I think sometimes it takes a miracle for us to use our faith to confirm the existence of God. Thomas Jefferson once said: Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, He must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear“. I might add, when doing this, keep an open mind, but not so open you trip over your brain.
If you ask Jesus to show you a sign; you will get one. (But only if you really want one) But just as you wouldn’t go up to any stranger who claims to be someone important, you wouldn’t approach them and say: “Prove to me that you are Warren Buffet”. You would ask from a point of humility: “Sir are you Warren Buffet the millionaire”? If you’re lucky he would show you his driver’s license. (If he didn’t have his bodyguards throw you in the bushes)
The key to establishing a relationship with the Holy Trinity is to put forth an effort to understand the Trinity. The more interest you show in wanting to know Jesus, the more Jesus will notice you. In time Jesus will throw you a bone. Keep in mind, when doing this; you should try and do it from the spiritual realm of your existence. (And a humble approach) This is why professors make lousy believers.
This is why Christ said it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. That statement had nothing to do with money or animals but everything to do with understanding the condition or attitude of your spiritual existence. When you die, all that will remain of you will be the energy that comprised your spirit and a legacy of some sort. What matters is your spirit. It’s your eternal existence.
If you are more concerned when the clock runs out about your portfolio in the stock market than you are about your relationship with Christ in the afterlife, that camel will start to get mighty small or the needle eye will get quite large. You get the idea.
There are no millionaires in heaven and there are no homeless in heaven. If your spirit is welcomed in heaven, you will look back on this pathetic physical life and shake your head.
You’ll know when you know Christ. When someone asks: “Why are you a Christian”? Your answer will not be because I fear Hell. It should be quite the opposite. It should be: “Because Christ has been the only true meaningful and reliable relationship I could count on in my physical life”. If you have that attitude and believe it, you are on the right track.