So many people are confused about who Jesus truly was. Most of the Christians believe that he came to bring mankind a new religion. He did not! Jesus walked all around an area we now call the Middle East. He was a man; He was a prophet. He performed miracles; He fed thousands of men with a few loaves of bread and a handful of fish; (there were also women and children present, but they were of no importance back then and were not counted). He also performed the miracle of raising people from eternal sleep (what we call death). Remember that Jesus often said, (s)he merely sleeps. And, he healed many people by touch or by word.
However, above all of this, Jesus was a teacher. He was and still is God’s professor of Divine Love. Mary Baker Eddy writes, “It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time.” As a retired professor of literature, my intellectual side has much to argue with Mrs. eddy on what she writes, although I will admit her writings make so much more sense than other religious leaders of the day and today.
I consider myself to be a man of deep faith; I follow no religion but do adhere to many teachings of Mrs. Eddy. My faith readings center on the Jews of the first and second centuries living in the deserts of the Middle East and Egypt. they lived quiet, solitary lives believing in the message of Divine Love. They were not Christians but followed the teachings of Jesus. When Rome assume the leadership of Christianity, they were labeled heretics.
With the help of my Sunday School teachers 65-70 years ago, I learned that Divine Love is Life. Divine Love is God; Divine Love Heals. I am mortal; I am spiritual. I will live forever; I will die. If we count the time I spent in my mother’s womb, in a few weeks I will have lived 81 years. I have witnessed war (but not fought in); I have witnessed peace. I have witnessed the rich; I have witnessed the poor. I have witnessed selfishness; I have witnessed gratitude. I have witness arrogance; I have witnessed gratitude.
Below it all, is love, the Divine Love that Jesus taught and healed with. Rich or poor, educated or simple, the core of all humanity is Love. This allows me to rub elbows with the rich at our local concerts, but with more importance, this allows me to live with, pray with, and love those who society have pushed to the side because of selfish greed. It is with these that I experience the Love that Jesus brought. These are the people Jesus lived with, taught, and healed. These lost peoples bring me back to the reality that Jesus still walks with us, teaches us, and heals us. All we must do is look, and listen, and have faith. God is our Divine Power of Healing.
©Russell Kendall Carter
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