Salvation…Only for Christians?

I recently read Rohr’s The Universal Christ which was excellent. I’m not going to be a book review here, but I’m going to talk about his essential message which is echoed by many other people I’ve been reading/listening to. This message is that “Christ” is not Jesus’s last name as Christians today have come to believe.

Christ in Greek means “anointed one.” Christ was a title given to Jesus. But does not solely apply to Jesus. What do I mean? Let’s take a look at John 1:1-3:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 

What is the Word? The word is not the Bible or even Jesus, but the Holy Spirit or Christ Consciousness. Take a look at verse 3. All things were made through the Word. This means that the Holy Spirit was present within everything in this universe. That means that we can discover who God in many different ways and know that his spirit is within us. We can grow into living fully in our identity of Christ consciousness and be granted the free gift of salvation. To be clear, I am saying that any Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, etc. can be granted salvation.

What is the Holy Spirit? It is the Spirit of God that lives within all of us. The spirit is full of the fruits of the spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness (Galatians 5:22-23). It gives us life and is who we truly are as people from the inside out. ”And God formed dust from the earth into a man and he blew into his face a breath of life, and the man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7)

However, there is experiences people have which can be described as coming into Christ consciousness where people fully recognize and live within who they truly are as a part of the spirit of God. This happened to Jesus when he was baptized by John the Baptist and God’s spirit came upon him in full force. This happened to the Disciples at Pentecost when the Spirit was described like wind and fire. This happened to Paul on the road to Damascus in a vision with God.

And its happened to many others throughout the globe throughout time!

In my blog post The Singularity Experience I explained how these experiences were all the same though different ways of expressing what this is has been used. This proves to me that not just Christians have the truth and can live fully how God intended us too.

We cannot put God into a formula. He shows up and interacts with his Children in whatever way he wishes. Religion tries to understand him and put limitations on him, but they fail. I’ve known in my heart for a long time that God’s love was bigger than Christianity’s limitation on him. I could not believe that only Christians went to heaven. Now I have a little more understanding of how this makes sense intellectually. I am still learning and growing in this area. I hope this has helped you as well.  

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