One Road to God, But Many Ways of Finding the Road?
On the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent. When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people, if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:5-12
The unequivocal message we get from the Bible is that Jesus (the Logos) is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to (is reunited with) the Father but through him (through his death – which paid for sin [our disunity and discordance with God and with his nature] – and his resurrection – which proves his power as God and therefore that he is powerful enough to save).
But is it possible that while Jesus is the way, there are multiple ways of finding or coming to Jesus himself?
Often we mix up the message “there is only one way to God” with “there is only one way of finding Jesus”. I think it is possible for the former to be true but the latter to be false.
(And yes, Jesus is God. But also a separate representation/figure/”person” within the “entity” of God. Another perplexing mystery!)
Perhaps those without access to a Bible or knowledge of many Christian principles and concepts can still find the second person of the trinity (the Logos) through various “non-Christian” belief systems, texts, or experiences?
I am not saying with this that other belief systems or texts are necessarily equally trustworthy or in complete alignment with reality and truth. Only that perhaps even various religions, belief systems, or non-biblical scripts may still serve a purpose in pointing us to the Logos (Christ).
For example, check out some of the parallels (as well as dissimilarities) between the Bible and the Vedas:
The Vedas are estimated to have been written circa 1500 to 500-400 BC (though it seems this may be a point of disagreement among scholars). Regardless, they were written long before the time of Christ. Yet it is interesting how much the Bible (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts) and the Vedas (Sanskrit) seem to align – specifically on the topic of a sacrificial God, and the details of how the sacrifice was made or was to be made. (In other respects, there are significant differences between the texts, but on this core message, the accord appears substantial).
And I realize that some would argue that Krishna is himself a false god. Perhaps so. But interestingly, Christos is the Greek version for the word Krishna.
Regardless, it is impossible to convert to Hinduism. But I find many of the parallels (on the core message of salvation) between Christ and Krishna (from the Bible and the Vedas, respectively) so compelling, and sometimes wonder if this may be one way that God has spoken to Hindus and shared the good news of his son and salvation with them. (And if so, I wonder what other methods God may have used to reveal himself and his message across the globe.)
Is it possible to still encounter the figure/being/essence of God/Jesus without ever reading the Bible or possibly without ever hearing the Judeo-Christian version of the name of Jesus? Is it possible to still be saved by reuniting with God through the Logos (Jesus) – perhaps by meeting the Logos through a different name (a different grouping of consonants and vowels)?
Those Who Have Never Heard
What happens to those who have never heard, and therefore never had the chance to reject or accept restored unity with God? Perhaps they are judged by the essence of their souls? By whether or not they would have accepted the Logos as the way to restored oneness with God? Would have accepted Jesus as Lord, Savior, and restorer of their souls to God, had they heard of him?
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:8-9
God’s heart is that all would have the chance and the time to find him.
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. – Jesus
Perhaps the logistics involved in the outworking of this (exactly how everyone is able to hear of the good news) will remain an enigma – at least within the boundaries of this planet, our finite brains, and the finite dimensions in which we now find ourselves. But perhaps someday, we will understand and see how the message of hope was made available to all.
Regardless, it appears that this is the heart and desire of God – that all should have the opportunity to find Him, in one way or another. And since he is God, he can make that happen.
Desire + Ability = Implementation
Yet it appears we are still to share the message of hope with others.
Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes…
…How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”
However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. – Romans 10
But wait…have they already heard the good news?
But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have;
“Their voice has gone out into all the earth,
And their words to the ends of the world.”
But I say, surely Israel did not know, did they? First Moses says,
“I will make you jealous by that which is not a nation,
By a nation without understanding will I anger you.”
And Isaiah is very bold and says,
“I was found by those who did not seek Me,
I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”
– Romans 10
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
However, even though it may be our responsibility to share our hope with others, I do not think that in the end, the responsibility for someone’s destiny lies within our own power. If there is someone we “fail” to meet and share hope with, God is still capable of meeting and speaking to that person – whether through a dream or some other means (such as the Vedas???).
We get to be instrumental in the spreading of God’s love and truth – the possibility and option of restored unity through Christ – to those around us. And yet, believing that we are capable of causing someone to “miss out” and therefore face eternal death because of our negligence or non-omnipresence is equivalent to calling ourselves God (giving ourselves the power over someone else’s life or death), and putting God in a box (by essentially saying that he is not capable of reaching that person with hope however He chooses, in spite of our limitations).
God himself is at work – with or without us.
Perhaps God chooses to reveal himself through different methods to different people and cultures. It seems that dreams may be one of those ways God reaches Muslims with his heart and his message:
As a race (the entirety of humanity), we started out being one with God, but our unity with God was broken – this is what Christians refer to as “the Fall”. This event kicked us into a state of dissonance and broken unity with God (which = evil/sin). So in humanity’s present state, we are not all one with God, but we are meant to be, and can choose to be reunited (via Christ).
Sadly, some have rejected this destiny of unity with God by rejecting the Logos (Christ) and ended up forever separated (after death) from any possibility of restored unity with God (a bond which otherwise continues and only strengthens once one leaves the dimensions and boundaries of this earth).
I think Christians are no exception. Many who wear the label still live way out of unity with God. IMO, the label “Christian” is highly overused today, and I suspect that many who identify this way might not even consider themselves as having a “relationship with Christ” at all, but identify as “Christian” almost as if it were a political identity. And I wonder if, perhaps, some people who may not actually use the word “Christian” to identify themselves actually do know Jesus and are one with God through Him.
Hope For Restored Oneness
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
– Romans 5:6-11
The core of the human condition is one of brokenness (disharmony with God’s nature/essence), which keeps us from being one with Him. We are all born in this state of dissonance, and the only way to reunite with God is for the brokenness to be made right, atoned for, covered up.
That is what the Logos, Christ does. He clothes us in His light – His essence – giving us His perfection (consonance with God) in exchange for our imperfection (dissonance) – which he takes upon himself – and he perishes with that ugly disharmony (sin) resting upon him, to atone for that imperfection and put it to death. The sin/dissonance perishes with him.
But because he is God and one with God, he is raised from that death.
Our sin was put to death in the flesh (avatar) Christ wore on this earth, but His power and spirit lived on in the Father. Nothing – not even our evil which the Logos bore in human flesh – could alter, weaken, or destroy the spirit of God – a power which still existed outside of Christ’s body.
If we accept the identity of Christ (the savior of the world / our savior, the Son of God [God the Son, God made flesh], the Lord of all) – and we receive the free gift offered us (of salvation and therefore unity/hope) – the gift Christ has given through His sacrifice – we have lost our disharmony with God.
This gift (salvation) does not require maintenance in order to remain valid. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be free. We’d have to keep earning it.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
However, if we have truly accepted the gift and chosen to enter again into oneness with God, a transformation process will begin to organically take place in us, because the Spirit of God will live inside us.
We Have a Choice
Unity with God is a choice, and those who choose not to merge with Him via the Logos choose death – an eternal, painful existence (as our souls/consciousness will live on in ultimate incongruity with God’s essence and energy, and be subject to torment because of that incongruity [sin, evil]).
For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
– Isaiah 64:6
We are all unclean in the presence of God’s beautiful energy, essence, and love. Our very nature (essence, inner self, spirit) – is out of sync with the nature and essence of God – ever since our ancestors initially broke oneness with him. We are all like instruments playing out of tune with each other and out of tempo with the conductor’s motions. But anyone who chooses to be joined again in oneness with God (via the Logos and the work he did), will be made whole again.
Sadly, for those who choose to reject the work of the Logos, the end result is a severing from God – an eternal loss of unity when the end of this temporal existence is met.
For all evil (anything against the beautiful nature and essence of God), there will be a price to pay. Yet that price has been paid through the Logos. Unity has been restored because that which is against the nature of God has been negated, through payment and sacrifice. All acts against the pure essence of God have been taken onto an eternal, powerful being (God himself), and put to death there.
So now, we are free from the weight, power, and implications of sin against God, because sin has been absorbed and dissolved in the Logos (the paragon of purity, power, and light, who is therefore capable of absorbing, dissolving, and destroying anything contrary to his essence), and we can be free from the weight of sin and eternal death (death in which consciousness lives on, but in complete disharmony with God).
Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.
Christ did come to bring peace to us within – peace that comes from unity with Him. However, the division of the sword happens when some choose not to be reunited with God. This often results in enmity between the essence of those who seek unity with God and those who do not.
It is our choice to make to become one with God again through the Logos. The buttons controlling our destiny are ours to press…at least, for now (until we leave our present shells and enter into a new mode of existence or non-existence). We can choose oneness, or we can choose to go our own way, ever diverging further from the beauty, love, and warmth of closeness with God – just as Anakin chose to remove himself further and further from the light energy of the Jedi and serve other dark energy in the universe.
For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
“This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”
– Hebrews 10
Ultimately, unity with God cannot be achieved by anything we do – only by accepting the offer God extends to us to become one again with Him – his nature, his love, his heartbeat – through the work of the Logos, his son.
But we are not God’s robots – unity with God is our choice.
It is possible for us to reject this unparalleled and free gift, which places in our hands both a beautiful opportunity and a terrifying responsibility. We have something in front of us which we are free to take or throw away as we please, yet in eternity, the choice and its consequences cannot be undone.
Living in New and Deepening Oneness With God
When we accept the gift, our flesh (avatar, ego) still continues to struggle (this is normal!), but the soul (consciousness) is reunited with God and made pure and whole. And our soul is the thing that won’t be lost when we pass on – it is the part of us which is forever bound to God once we seek reunion with him. And so, while our bodies and flesh will continue to mess up (sin) (though perhaps gradually less as we are being transformed), our essence – the soul, the consciousness – will already be made perfect and whole and one with God. This relationship extends throughout eternity, where we will live in fellowship and harmony with him forever.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. – Romans 8:14-18
One note I also want to add:
At some point (whether within the next decade or century or millennium is uncertain, though certain signs and some dreams I’ve had give me the sense that it may not be long), a false christ/logos will arise, introducing an agenda of world unity. But although unity itself is beautiful, he will be deceptive, and the antithesis of the real God in nature and essence. He will take pieces of truth and twist them just enough to serve his own agenda. This is the one we call the antichrist.
‘He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.
– Daniel 7:25
His message will be one of self worship.
I realize I risk sounding like a lunatic writing this, and am only sharing this because I think it is crucial to do so – because I am concerned that many may fall prey to the fraud and deception of this future leader.
We were all originally one with God and we are meant to again be one with Him – living in perfect unity. That much is true.
But while we are meant to be perfectly joined with and one with God, we are not God.
This “god” and his message will be false (though sweet and sexy).
Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. – 2 Thessalonians 2
Oneness and the Search for Truth – the Takeaway
What do you think?
How is the message of salvation and hope spread to everyone, or is it? If not, do we have a responsibility to change that, and how?
Are there multiple ways of coming to Jesus and worshiping him? Is it possible to find and worship the spirit of the true God without knowing his name?
Are there other ways God reveals himself to humanity?
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Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
– John 4
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”