I would like to introduce my friend, teacher, mentor and master healer JC. You may have heard of him, some refer to him as Jesus Christ. Before you read on this isn’t a religious piece, this is a friendship that has helped me over the years interpret my relationship with the Creator (many, including me call God).
Jesus like other healers that walked before us gives us permission to tap into the Divine. This wasn’t just for them and then for them to preach, heal or teach. Truly what JC was demonstrating that we each can have an intimate relationship with the Creator- God. What has been lost has been that intimacy. Many think God is way out there, out of reach, that the Bible is God’s ultimate word. Many people only live through the Bible, which is dangerous. Why dangerous? The Bible can be used as a wonderful resource in building that one on one relationship with God, however if you rely on the words only with no intimacy that creates separation from the Creator.
This took me awhile to come to this type of conclusion, this didn’t happen overnight. It took building a 22 year relationship with my friend JC. Helping me to understand his role in the Master Plan of Life and how I can have that intimacy with God. This is what I know – we all have the ability to tap into the Divine. Many men and women have done so before us and give us examples. We must choose what resonates with us to make the connection. One may choose Universe, Buddha, Mohammed, Higher Power, etc.
Jesus my friend wants to be known as a loving man that we all can come to as a friend. JC is a gateway to GOD. I struggled for years with Jesus being God or Son of God in having that intimate relationship, that ultimate connection. Nothing brought me closer to him or God. Church didn’t work, Bible didn’t work. In a way those resources pushed me away for many years.
What worked was making Jesus my friend first, teacher & mentor second. I feel so free in my belief system that gives me the courage to write about it. I humbly feel blessed that as my relationship only builds with Jesus and God daily that I’m finally at peace. There isn’t a person, book or anything that can tell me or show me how God works. God is everywhere all the time. God is in me, God is in you. This is the magic to tap into my brothers and sisters. Believe it, its not outside of us; it’s inside each one of us. The Church didn’t bring me to God, the Bible didn’t bring me to God. Out of desperation I’ve brought myself to God. This is what God wants! In order to make God feel closer to me I brought Jesus in as a friend. After 22 years of thousands of conversations- not prayers I kept asking the question how can I get closer to God? How can I tap into that love, healing power and the confidence to say I know God. Jesus’ simple response: “patience”.
This piece is for those who feel that the Church, Bible, Parents, Grandparents and other resources let them down in building a loving relationship with God. This was the big “aha” I discovered, that is exactly the problem. We were never taught that these are resources that can help assist in our relationship with God. God wants you! God wants me! We each have the ultimate power to build the most wonderful loving relationship with God. Today, I have a Bible that I read from time to time which I love. Once in awhile I go to church and that’s a wonderful experience. I’m grateful for all who in their own loving way tried to teach me about God’s love.
God’s love is in each of us, we just need to go get it.
This article originally appeared on Chris Forte’s Blog
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