A star, a gift, a tree. Christmas is beyond that. It is a celebration of God’s love for us and our love for God. As in the novel Life of Pi the main aim of all religions is to love God. How you do it is up to you.
The Bible says: The Kingdom of God is within you. Yes, it is something within you and not without. Discover it inside. Don’t search outside. You may find images, symbols, organisations, political bodies, doctrines, ideologies, cultures and traditions around you, but not the Kingdom of God. You can find it only in the depths of your soul. Let Christ be born, or Easter, in your soul.
A birth can change your life.
God is Love. Love is God. When Love is born in your heart there will be God. When God is born there will be Love, and nothing else. No anger, no culture, no religion, no community, no nation; but Love.
I Corinthians 13 says:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
That is Love! In Osho’s I Say unto You vol.2 a disciple tells Osho ‘I Love you.’ Osho says him not to love him as a person but love him as Love. If you love a person there will be attachment, and soon attachment and possessiveness will replace Love. There will be jealousy and conflict. Love is not possessive or jealous. It is, just, Love. Experience it and you will make others to do it.
The message of Christianity is simple: Love God; Love others as you Love yourself.
Everything else is just blunt doctrine. The problem with the world today is that they see only doctrine and not the Supreme Soul, the God. Doctrine is just the wrapping; God is the Chocolate. Religious organisations, political groups, prayer groups, theologians, great speakers and religious symbols are just wrappings. People keep chewing the wrappings; they get frustrated. They start blaming other people, other religions and other ideologies. They become intolerant. They become fundamentalists. They have the ideologies they are brainwashed into and get angry when other don’t follow them! Do they follow?
Love God; Love others. Sophisticated people can’t accept that it is so simple. That is their tragedy.
Spirituality can’t be taught. (Yes, not even by this article.) It should be experienced.
1 Peter 4:8 says:
1 John 3: 16 says: