Christ: Christ is All #2

Continuing our look at Paul’s first three words about Christ, it is important to make clear he was not trying to impose Christianity on any other religion. Rather, he was recognizing the presence of Christ in every religion—and even more, the presence of Christ in everyone and everything.

Thich Nhat Hanh has affirmed this in his writings as a Buddhist. [1] Martin Aronson’s anthology, ‘Jesus and Lao Tzu’ expands the same vision, one the first Christians attributed to Christ’s own testimony, “It is I who am the all. From me did all come forth, and unto me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there.” [2]

Paul’s first three words about Christ are declarations of discovery. In this sense we do not take Christ anywhere; we find Christ everywhere. [3] As we live each day, we too must be on the lookout for Christ wherever we go.

[1] His book, ‘Living Buddha, Living Christ’ is his best known teaching about the universal Christ

[2] ‘The Gospel of Thomas,’ saying 77.

[3] This is, in fact, the vision he had as he spoke to the Athenians in Acts 16:16-34.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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