Response to a comment
I received a nice, loving note from Culley yesterday, who cares enough about my soul to have written in detail some objections to Christian Science. Culley's comments seem to indicate that she? he? believes in a literal reading of the Bible. Read the entire note in the comments here.
So thank you for writing, Culley, but I hope you'll respect my differing point of view. I also hope you can see that it's possible to coexist spiritually without having to change each other.
You know, I’m sure, that the Bible story you reference (Lazarus and Dives) is an example of Jesus' parables. I don't believe Jesus was saying these things happened in actual fact. Jesus crafted his parables to make a spiritual point, and he used metaphors his listeners would understand.
And when you imply that since God is perfect, the Bible must be as well, I feel bound to remind you that while yes, inspiration from God is perfect, it's still human beings who had to write it down. Human beings make mistakes and/or don't always get it right. The Bible then remains as a living testament to inspiration that requires inspiration on our part to read and to understand.
To me, reverence for Jesus Christ and a study of the Bible is the foundation of my spiritual growth. I am deeply committed to following the Way that Jesus exemplified. I do believe Jesus' died "for our sins," which to me means he was crucified because he came to a world struggling with sin, which he challenged and which fought back. In gratitude for what he did, I continue to fight the battle against sin in myself, and to help others when they request it.
No, I don't believe heaven and hell are actual places. Did not Jesus say, "The kingdom of heaven is within you"? To me, this means that heaven is a state of mind. It is alignment with the Mind that is God. When we are aligned with this Mind, we experience heaven. When we are out of synch with this Mind, we experience discord, hell.
Thank you, Culley, for your suggestion that I consider calling upon Jesus as a way to gain salvation. I appreciate your wanting to help me, and I'm sure accepting Jesus in the way you describe has comforted you. Jesus is the Way, but you and I each have chosen a different "way" to grow closer to him. My conviction is that we're both headed in the same direction, and I hope someday you'll see that, too.
I'd be happy to talk with you if you want. Much love.
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