The Tao Ch 27 and Christianity Matt 5

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  1. soma

    soma Well-Known Member

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    Ch 27 Tao

    Therefore the sage takes care of all men
    And abandons no one.
    He takes care of all things
    And abandons nothing.

    This is called "following the light."

    Matt 5:
    14"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

    The light seems to transform as it forgives and accepts all who are in the present. A good example is Jesus who brings light to the meek, to the lowly in heart, and to the broken as he heals and restores the needy to their true nature. It is to the arrogant, the religiously crusty aristocrats to whom Jesus lays demands harshly. He is harsh in his teaching to the arrogant because he knows that they have lost the ability for an authentic mystical experience with their paltry, pompous prayers, actions and mentality. He can bring them to the door of awareness, but I feel he knows they won’t be able to open it until they cultivate love and the still point that love creates. We can’t open the door because of our attachment to images, words, and ideas that support our beliefs. We seem to fear the emptiness that we think lies beyond the door, beyond the surface of things so we grasp these things and ideas, afraid of being immersed in a Reality that our mind can’t comprehend. The guiding light is shinning under, on top of and around the door, but we are to attached and afraid to open it. It has no lock. There is no doctrine, religion, teaching or technique that opens the door. I feel there is not even a door, we just need the to walk through it with love.

    I feel Jesus knows that we need to know the natural self before we can walk through the portal and know the supernatural self. I think that is why he taught love so we could go beyond the motions of religion. I feel he knows people call themselves religious, but do not acknowledge God, pure love, or God’s pure consciousness, the Tao. In this case even some Christians are pagans as referred to in line 47 below.

    Matt 5:
    43"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor[h] and hate your enemy.' 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[i] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
     
  2. China Cat Sunflower

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    My personal point of view is that the material surrounding the Sermon on the Mount is the clearest expression of both Christ's philosophy, and kingdom theology. Combine this with the dominion theology of the OT and Paul's thoughts on the nature of true agape and you've got the entire crux of the biscuit. Too bad no one is doing this. No wonder it's been more than two thousand years since and the potential earth shattering results of Jesus' message have never materialized. The message has been diluted in so many creative ways, including especially the syncretic version which allows for the Eastern "sit on your ass and do nothing" approach to "enlightenment." I've come to believe that organized Christianity has evolved as a counter measure to prevent Christ's philosophy of peace from devastating the power structure. Power of Love, or Love of Power-your choice.

    I know, let's make an idol out of Jesus, and that way...ha, ha, ha...we won't have to do what he said.

    Chris
     

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