Colossians 3:1-3 (NKJV)- If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
The Christian Faith is infinitely greater and more transcendent than what most people think.
Christianity is not like other religions.
A religion can be defined as an organized set of philosophical beliefs, ethical values, doctrines and rituals that serve as a rule of life for sociological groups.
Most religious persons practice their piety in order to attain whatever higher plane is envisioned in their system. Religionists will strive through particular spiritual disciplines in order to attain liberation or salvation.
When Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” (John 14:6) he was not claiming a monopoly of salvation through denominational exclusivity, but rather, he was expressing the attributes by which his person can be discerned and identified in any Natural Religion.
Apostolic Christianity does not dismiss and discard the divine revelations and wisdom of other religions.
Ancient Christianity seeks for clear markers in other religions that serve to point towards the tangible realization of what their Faith hopes for. (see Acts 17)
Devotees of Apostolic Christianity also seek to grow in The Faith while learning from other cultures and traditions. Even though Christianity teaches that Satan has blindfolded and deceived the whole world- (2 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 12:9), the essence of all natural religions are the same. (Rom. 2:15)
The message of Christianity is that because this age of chaos and deceit is doomed to destruction- God has appointed a day upon which he will judge the whole world through a man named Jesus Christ.
If devotees of other religions follow “the way, the truth, and the life” in their own Faiths, they might have enough good and selfless deeds to help attain salvation. However, since every human being is sinful and sins ever day, our acts of righteousness are oftentimes tainted with egocentric motives that blemish our good works. (Isaiah 64:6)
As the chief representative of humankind, Christ died on the Cross in order to ransom the human race from Satan and to placate the divine wrath that our defiant disobedience deserved. (1 John 2:2)
Not only did Jesus accommplish these things by means of his sufferings on the Cross; his victory over death- his Resurrection- ushered in a new age of pure light, bliss and divine fellowship with God and his household.
What Christianity has to offer cannot be attained by any religion nor individual. The foundation of the Christian Faith is the knowledge that whatever we could not attain by ourselves, Christ Jesus has already attained on our behalf. Every initiated disciple of Christ mystically participates in Christ’s death and triumph by means of the sacrament of Holy Baptism. (Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12) In Christ, we have all conquered death and become fully conscious of our union with God.
In Christianity, to become “enlightened” (or illumined) means to personally realize that not only is this present age passing, but that a new one has already been ushered in. (2 Cor. 5:17)
Disciples of Christ strive to adopt a heavenly worldview that daily renounces the disordered deeds that once lead us to death. Christians do not potentially live “in the world,” but rather, the substance of their lives resides in the person of Christ, in heaven.
The realization of this transcendent personhood in Christ is a mystical awareness that disciples receive by the personal illumination of the Holy Spirit that harmoniously dwells in each pious heart. (Rom. 8:16)
When we come to the point where we know that our salvation is solely the product of God’s work, we become “liberated” from all anxiety and worry. This experiential knowledge enables us to serve God with an everlasting joy that proceeds from God’s unmerited grace through Jesus Christ.
The true Christian is not irresponsible with earthly cares…on the contrary! But the disciple of Christ is no longer worried about his or her earthly life. True life is found wherever our consciousness resides, and truth is whatever God says.
If our consciousness transcend this plane of existence and dwells with Christ, then our true life also resides with Him.
If you place your trust in the work of God through Christ, all fear of reincarnation or damnation will disappear. You will be able to fellowship with God for the first time without the fear of appearing before him incomplete or unworthy. The liberation that one receives when understanding the Gospel, fills our hearts with the desire to serve the Lord in love, joy, and appreciation.
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your mediator between God and Man? Just place your trust on the work of God through Christ, and nothing will ever separate you from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.