Being in Christ
The Human Being, Being in Christ.
Paul speaking to the Men of Athens said: for in Him we live and move and have our being (exist), as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Acts 17:28
- This citation is from Aratus, a third-century b.c. Gk poet. Aratus (Greek: Ἄρατος ὁ Σολεύς) (ca. 315 BC/310 BC – 240 BC) and Epimenides of Knossos (Crete) (Greek: Ἐπιμενίδης) was a semi-mythical 6th century BC poet.
Let us begin with Zeus, whom we mortals never leave unspoken. For every street, every market-place is full of Zeus. Even the sea and the harbour are full of this deity. Everywhere everyone is indebted to Zeus. For we are indeed his offspring... (Phaenomena 1-5).
They fashioned a tomb for thee, O holy and high one—
The Cretans, always liars, evil beasts, idle bellies!
But thou art not dead: thou livest and abidest forever,
For in thee we live and move and have our being.
In referring to God Paul was quoting men who spoke of God as Zeus.
As humans we are about ‘being’ or in simple terms ‘we exist’ and the fact is, that we exist in God, and ‘outside of God’ does not exist. All of creation speaks to this reality that we are God’s children as Luke quotes the greek poets in this verse in Acts.
We are not alone. Men have know of God by many names and many stories. All men from every tongue and nation have been being drawn into knowing God since the beginning of time. Traditions have caused man’s pursuit of God to be an issue of disagreement, contention and separation. We don’t have to.
As people on this earth we are not separate or divided. To see or believe in separation and division is to be in darkness and believe a lie. The work of the cross did not divide us, this was an act of unification and displayed our oneness with God.
John said: If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. 1John 4:20
Why is it impossible to love God and hate your brother? Because they are one and the same – no separation. Can the hand say to the eye “I have no need of thee?” There is only “one life” “one love” “one spirit” (1Cor.12:12-25) To love God is not an action it simply “is,” because God is love. All we can do is have eyes that see, ears that hear and be aware of what is, and what is? – God is.
This is what Jesus was talking about when he said:
Matt.6:22-23 “The lamp of the body is your eye. If, then, your eye should be single, your whole body will be luminous. Yet if your eye should be wicked, your whole body will be dark. If, then, the light that is in you is darkness, how dense is the darkness!
To have a single eye is to see the oneness of the Lord displayed in His creation.
To understand music, you must listen to it. But so long as you are thinking, “I am listening to this music,” you are not listening. Alan Watts
To know God you must not attempt to know Him. All you must do is look for Him, see Him, and the experience itself is the knowing of God. To have eternal life and be in the kingdom of God is not a future experience but a present reality for all who see.
John 17: 11“I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.
This entry was posted on July 11, 2009 by Eclectic Mind. It was filed under Disciples of Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, Organic Church, Pagan Christianity, Reimagining Church, Religion, Simple Church, Truth, Wise Sayings and was tagged with Truth.