Christians are Made Christs by Anointing

The ritual practice of anointing makes the person that is anointed an “Anointed One,” which is what the word Christ literally means, and by derivation is what being a Christian means. Cyril of Jerusalem in the fourth century noted of those who had been baptized and anointed, “You have been made Christs, by receiving the anti-type [symbol] of the Holy Spirit [the oil]” (Catecheses 21.1). Receiving the chrism they are ritualistically made Christs, being clothed in that Name and Identity, taking it upon themselves in actual fact as their own Eternal Identity, their True Name/Self. Continue reading “Christians are Made Christs by Anointing”

Excerpts from Symeon’s Discourse on the “Mystical Resurrection of Christ”

The following are excerpts from a discourse given by the Byzantine Christian monk and poet, Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022 AD), to the monks of the Monastery of St. Mamas when he was the Abbot there. It is a combination of the translations from the Greek by Archbishop Basil Krivoshein, and Rev. C. J. De Catanzaro. I have added emphasis. Continue reading “Excerpts from Symeon’s Discourse on the “Mystical Resurrection of Christ””

Is God a Person?

In my post yesterday I said,

The only God that we can find and perceive and know directly as such, I believe, is the one that can be found in the very center and heart of our own Self and Being and Consciousness. That is where God is. That is where God lives. That is God, in humanity.

Some may wonder, “But isn’t God a person, a human being? Doesn’t God exist somewhere as an individual person, as we’ve come to believe all our lives?”

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I AM is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

“I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
—John 14:6, NIV

Much has been written, and there has been much contention throughout history, about this scripture and others like it that seem to justify the exclusive truth claims and saving power of Christianity. Other religions have made similar claims for their own paths, but for this post I’ll focus on Christianity. I believe these claims rely on an interpretation of scripture that is partially correct, but unfortunately misses a greater and far more glorious meaning.

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