Barclay Littlewood

An Insight Into My Life

Why I am not a ‘Traditional Christian’ and Follow Jesus Instead

Before I go on – let us not make anything an issue of love.

I think when we do, we get into trouble, conflict brews. So I express my opinions here, with all love to everyone of all faiths and of none.

Nothing is meant with maliciousness.

Being involved in the Christian faith and coming to it from my own journey of deep introspection into the human mind and human experience, gives me a different insight to many Christians who have been brought up as Christian and never questioned different aspects of their faith.

I, rely on the physical reality for my viewpoints. For example, when people tell me I have a belief in something, they couldn’t be more wrong. I understand the physical processes at play that can take you to an experience of God, our source, and I use them. It’s actually a very boring and mundane approach, but it is belief and theology free.

Different religions exist in strength in different areas, just like different sports do. Like the different sports, they all point to the same enjoyment. What religion you take up largely depends on your location and parents. We are all a product of our environments and heavily influenced by them. I don’t care what any Holy Text say on the matter – that is the reality – and this is the cold hard evidence.

You can believe in or not, it does not change the reality.

It is my view, that Holy Texts must be put in context of the time they were written. Written by the human hand, they all contain glaring omissions, and inaccuracies at a time when less was know, less was understood, and few had a knowledge of the entire world as it was then. They are interpretations of the experience of God. If they were the word of God – they would contain no inaccuracies whatsoever – such as the creation story and the supposed age of the Universe.

All inaccuracies, and accuracies, when it comes to an experience of God – are however irrelevant – take a look at the world for proof and the thousands of differing opinions on God, how the world was created, what he really wants etc. and the experience remains the same.

Ask people something. How does God make you feel? Answers will be similar, peaceful, blissful, loved. Then ask them what they think is the best way to God and what God wants and the answers differ a lot.

Yet people still experience God’s love. Our minds can’t cope with that, how can it be? How can truths exist that are so seemingly opposed to one another, yet they both lead to the exact same experience?

Jesus main teaching was that God is inside of all of us, God loves us, and that we should put our differences asides, and love each other.

Very direct advice, yet wonderfully open and inclusive.

All 3 of these aspects take work to realise. They take a process of self discovery, and the exercise of prayer, meditation, and for many the reading of Holy texts.

For me those 3 aspects cover it all – that’s more than enough, and it’s exactly what I found out for myself.

Of course, God’s love is a wonderful feeling, however, before we can really truly love others, we have to love ourselves – just like God loves us.

And most of us, deep down, don’t do that. At all. It seems what is good enough for God, and God has shown to be right, is not good enough for us. We don’t follow the example, of the never ending love we feel from God.

No, we will change this, be that, get this, and then we will be loved.

We are harsh on ourselves, critical, unkind. We don’t believe in ourselves, support ourselves, have confidence in who we are. So then, how do we even hope to show true love to those around us? The relationship with those around you, both close and distant, is a direct reflection of your real relationship with yourself.

Just like a parent can love a child unconditionally, it does not mean that child will love themselves. Although it is a big help, the child must learn, to truly love themselves. It’s the same with God’s relationship with us, God’s love can help us, but alone it does not guarantee we will love ourselves.

Christians, as much as they try, are often exceptionally divisive – in the name of love. They can have a hard time accepting other branches of their faith, let alone other religions and non-believers. They too, often veer well away from the reality of experience, and their interactions, and delve deep into theology thinking knowing the Bible inside and out, is going to ensure they are well on their way to living the way God shows us is best.

Yet it is not enough. I would rather like like Jesus did, then, know the Bible back to front and be totally unable to execute the core message.

Love.

 

Theology or accuracy of it, is however not required for an authentic experience of God. For example I don’t believe in many of the stories in the Bible. I believe in evolution and the Big Bang are real processes that occurred, and are still occurring. Yet I experience God in the same way anyone else does that believes many stories of miracles, and the Adam and Eve story.

Jesus did not spend his life telling us about many complex belief systems, and trying to convince of with stories we had to take as given for truth. To get lost in such an exercise can, if we are not careful, create more division, more conflict and hate than imaginable. Look at the schisms between religions today. So many differences, so much conflict.

That takes us in the opposite way from the truth.

 

No two minds are the same, but all are loved.

What an example God gives us!

It doesn’t matter what faith you have, or what branch of faith etc. This is not a viewpoint, or a belief, it’s an experiential fact. Take a look at the world around you. The creation that God began. Look at how is actually is. Whatever Holy Book says opposite on the point, is, wrong. There are many paths. I don’t care if you agree, or what evidence you can show me, the actual evidence, is the evidence.

All Holy Books were infiltrated and permeated by inaccuracy, were created by people living in a small slice of the world, guided by their experience of God. They all contain very human qualities that continue to divide the world today…

Men get wound up in their intellects, beliefs, and the superiority of such compared to others, because they think it makes God love them more, and makes them more loveable too.

Once you dissect yourself like this, you will do the same to others.

I cannot say that I have a belief that is superior to gaining God’s love because I cannot even say it is poignantly any different from any other belief, because, what God’s love is, experientially, is beyond all these words. It is at the top of the chain, and as much as his children try and gain favour with this way and that, and squabble about the same, his love remains. Pure and perfect.

Thus, my advice, is it should become less of a concern what other people believe, because you realise the same experience of God’s love underpins it all. The unity you may seek by promoting only one world religion, is already there, shining beyond the divisions and disagreements that exist on the surface.

When people learn that, peace will come.

If the other people’s different views of God anger or upset you, then you should consider what this was always about – love.

Let us never make it an issue of love. For love truly conquers all.

Thanks & God Bless

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