Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Jesus is a Verb...not a Noun
This interesting song by Guatemalan artist Ricardo Arjona states a number of points (in Spanish) that I have been trying to make on this blog over the years about religion.
The fundamental point is that, no matter what your fundamental beliefs are based on, it is not a bad ideal to emulate or live the recorded teachings of Jesus. The idea of true faith to me is how that faith impacts real life and action. To just believe in a religion so "you won`t go to Hell" or to give one a mystical insurance plan for a future life if you screw up in this one...that approach to belief comes up very empty to me.
To think of Jesus as a verb...(i.e. "any of a large class of words in a language that serve to indicate the occurrence or performance of an action, the existence of a state or condition") versus a noun ( a word or group of words that refers to a person, place, or thing ) is quite revolutionary and fundamental when you really consider it.
Most religions worship an image, historic books, concepts and dogmas. True faith as Jesus tried to present it 2000 years ago was more about action and BEING. If we are to fundamentally accept this difference, then what you SAY or THINK is not nearly as important as what you DO. Without action, there is no reality. Without right thinking, there is no reason or rationality to what you believe. To just STATE something is so does not MAKE it so. The essence of "spirit" is in BEING.
When you think of faith in this way...who are you really?