A few months ago I published a post called Buddhism 101. It struck me that the philosophy is similar to Christianity, as far as compassion is concerned. Buddha also taught that we have responsibility to end suffering in the world, which is similar to Jesus's concern for the poor. Though personally, I don't think suffering is limited to the poor. Anti-depressants wouldn't be so common in developed nations if it were.
Anyhow, back to the title subject. If you've read my blog, its no secret that I drifted away from Catholicism a while ago (read the post called Losing My Religion). It wasn't until I got into energy healing that I reconnected with Jesus the Healer, if not Jesus the Son of God. After all, Jesus was known for healing the sick, performing miracles and teaching compassion. Unfortunately Christians get a bad rap these days (especially the political right in the US) and I started to wonder: where is the disconnect?
Sooo, a few weeks ago I downloaded three versions of the New Testament: Greek Orthodox, King James and Roman Catholic. Also the Ancient Greek text with annotations as there was one discrepancy that I was curious about. I read the gospel of Matthew from each version, wanting to filter out church politics, and made a list of key insights. In my own words, this is what I found:
- Love God
- Love your neighbour
- Fill your heart with compassion
- We'll be judged for what's in our hearts
- Be humble. Keep your ego in check
- Don't judge others or throw rocks
- Your faith (certainty) will heal you
- Ask and you will receive
- God will provide. Trust
- Practice forgiveness
- Actions speak louder than words
- Chikdlike joy will open doors to Heaven
- Love Advice: Monogamy and respect
- Follow the 10 commandments :-)
I haven't read much of the other gospels yet, but I like the messages in this one. Be humble. Be kind. Be compassionate. Ask and you will receive (Law of Attraction) and a bit of healing. I'm planning on reading the rest of the gospels to sniff out the bits relating to healing, miracles and manifestation. At one point Jesus said we would do what he did, and more. Why hasn't it happened yet?
Note: I'm planning on exploring different belief systems, starting with Buddhism and Christianity. Look for the "World Religions" label on the right. Please comment below or send me an email with any thoughts or suggestions.