In Closing |
Since so many of Christ's precepts, and commandments pertain to humanistic
love (Love thy neighbor.) and transcendent love (Love God with all your heart,
with all your mind, and with all your soul.), I believe it appropriate to end this
book with a brief look at this concept of love in relation especially to Christ's two
primary commandments mentioned above.
The following comments, extracted from one of my books, explore this concept a little.
One might seriously question Christ's commandments to love, since no one can
be commanded to love anyone; it happens or does not happen of itself. Certainly
this holds true in matters of erotic-love, or self-love, or vital-love; yet Christ obvi-
ously was not referring to these common experiences of love, but to a love far
more encompassing in scope: a love of humanity, of nature, of God. Such trans-
cendent love pales in contrast to the emotional intensity of either erotic, self, or
vital love; for these humanly manifestations of love engulf the mind and emotions:
erotic-love in terms of sex and propagation; self-love in terms of pride and desire;
and vital-love in terms of empathy and endearment.
I am convinced that this book depicting Christ's doctine of the kingdom of God within us stands as the first and foremost component of any conscious transformation or revolution or evolution, call it what you will, we as a spe- cies is undergoing.
We must be convinced that we are ultimately of eternity infinitely. Once we are assured of this ultimate then our mortality merges with our immortality. Then our life takes on meaning as never before. We merge our individual meaning with Meaning-Itself in which case a developing wisdom emerges into our humanity not formerly evident – a wisdom that is foremost trans- cendent having issued from our nascent consciousness that we are all "sons of God" (Old Testament), that "God is within us" (Jesus: New Testa- ment), that we actually have "intimations of eternity" (William Words- worth).
Considering that we are now conscious of being immortally mortal, it would then be our task to merge our humanity with our transcendence through a wisdom of human-transcendence, which is to balance our humanness with our transcendence – a human-transcendent wisdom.
And how are we to attain this balance? In a word, through the way of love! - both human and transcendent love inasmuch as it is understood historically as the attractive force binding all things together; or as I term it, as the bond of unity; or even more convincingly humanistically, as the apostle, Paul declared, "Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity."
And so, as the French 19 th century poet, Rimbau, wrote, "Love needs to be reinvent- ed." And that is to be our (mankind's) task in our times, and beyond, for the truly "brave new world" (Shakespeare) to happen. And this quest stems from Christ's God-us-doctrine – a doctrine, by the way, familiar with Eastern (India, China, Greece) esoteric, mystic religions and philoso- phies from times long past.
For western civilization, we will be entering the dawn of a new religious paradigm for Chrisitianity which historically had placed Christ's primary teaching in its backgrround. It is to be shifted to the foreground from here on in.
This book, from Jesus onwards to our day sets the stage for this teaching to begin in earnest for time to come.