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sexta-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2015
WORD, LIGHT, LIFE AND LOVE
In him was life,
and that life was
the light of all mankind.
John 1.4 (read 1.1-18) - NIV
John says that Jesus is the Word of God. Through the
Word, God created all things and nothing was done without him. This same Word dispels
the darkness and is the "light of all mankind". The Word of God is
living and active and present, fulfilling the divine plan in all of creation.
The Bible is a witness of the Word, not the Word
itself. To say that the Bible is the Word of God is to deny what it says about itself.
The Bible is made of paper and ink by human hands and is subject to
manipulation. It is used as a pretext to support a multitude of dogmas and
doctrines, setting standards and rules, formation of a wide range of rival
churches and the manipulation of men and women. But its real purpose is to
speak of something beyond itself which is the true Word that illuminates all humanity.
Humans have a tendency to create idols and worship them
as if they were divine. Many Christians do the same. They attribute sacredness
to the Bible, to the Church and to church structures (bishops), etc. Someday
all these things will cease to exist.
But Jesus who is the living and eternal Word cannot be
manipulated. There are attempts to manipulate him and limit him to exclusivist
groups. The American religious right makes him into a Caucasian with blue eyes
and blonde hair who supports their biases. But Jesus is greater than any interpretation
we can make of him.
The Gospel of John gives witness to Jesus as being cosmic
and above any tribe, nation, race, ideology or religion. The other three
Gospels connect Jesus to Jewish traditions with limited openings to the Gentile
world. The Gospel of John, written last, presents Jesus as being very close to
all mankind. It is not necessary to know the Jewish customs to understand him.
This Word is not necessarily spelled J-E-S-U-S which
would make it impossible for him to enlighten all people. As light, the true
Word reaches all mankind in the form of Enlightenment (LIGHT) regardless of
language, culture or religion. Regardless of religiousness or irreligiousness all who love are of God. The atheist
can be just as much of God as any professedly religious person.
But many people reject new Light, preferring to live
in the darkness of preconceived biases. You can spell J-E-S-U-S correctly and
reject the LIGHT of the WORD. Today, the people who promote war, prejudice and
hatred also spell correctly JESUS and profess the Christian faith. These people
use the Bible to promote their agenda of attitudes and acts contrary to the LIGHT
of the WORD.
The LIGHT of the WORD is LOVE! The LIGHT of the WORD dwells
in those who really LOVE. The heart of the Gospel is LOVE. The phrase,
"God so loved the world" is the miniature Gospel.
Jesus did not come to establish a new religion, or
reform the old one. This would limit the Word
to a group of privileged people. The Word
of the Gospel is open to the whole world. In contrast, throughout history
churches have erected barriers by barring people and separating them into
categories: the saved and the unsaved, believers and non-believers, elected and
unelected, forgiven and unforgiven, good and bad, Christian and pagan, etc.,
but love knows no barriers.
John 1:1-18New International Version (NIV)
THE WORD BECAME FLESH
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. In him was life, and that life
was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the
darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness
to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He
himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did
not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not
receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural
descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his
glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of
grace and truth.
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I
spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was
before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace
already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came
through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who
is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him