The only thing left is remaining in Him and his Words remaining in me
maj 9, 2011 § 4 kommentarer
The only remaining thing I hold any faith in is Jesus, the Messiah, himself. The continuing loss of faith has continued for many years, but it’s only since a year ago that I realized that it was actually only Jesus I trust in.
I lost trust in theology and dogmatic structures.
I lost trust in how man interprets the scriptures.
I lost trust in tradition.
I lost trust in the church.
What I have left is Jesus, … and my brothers and sisters, … and the world.
… And that’s enough according to John’s first epistle: ”He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”
A parallel process has been ongoing in my inner man for some time: to know the words of Jesus more intimately. Sometimes I get the feeling that I and other Christians know more of the other books of scripture more than the Gospels themselves; and it feels like sometimes we almost disregard what Jesus himself declare. If we are unsure of some dogmatic point, we would listen to Paul more than Jesus himself. There’s something very wrong with that. Now, my thirst is for the words of Jesus. I want to know his words. And that’s enough according to Jesus: ”If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; …” John 8:31 (emphasis mine).
Probably these two processes described above are the same process: my life centering all the more and finally only on the Messiah himself.
I found the following quote of Umberto Eco, see photo.
I share Eco’s world view except that also Jesus is an enigma, and we shouldn’t try to solve the mystery of Him. And only in his humanity is the truth, and we shouldn’t try to find the truth in any theology that’s apart from his person.
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I will lay up a page on this site, called something like ”The Words of Jesus”, on which all the meditations of Jesus’ Words on my blog will be accessible.
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The photo is a self-portrait of Dia™ @ flickr. She looks very much like my favorite Milla Jovovich. Visit her site by clicking on the photo.