The second coming of Christ

Why the Christ will not be a Christian 

A contemporary look at his return 

Jesus made a promise during his life: One day I -the Messiah- will return to usher in an era of light and love, or the Kingdom of God. His prediction has fueled many speculations over the past 2000 years. Is the prophecy about salvation correct? If so, when and how? With this article I would like to put a penny in the bag of predictions. Not by looking for clues in ancient writings, not even by juggling numbers, but by thinking logically.

Atheists are critical or uninterested. They first want to see proven that the Christ has lived at all. Believers, however, firmly believe in its existence and promise. They wonder when and how he will return. But anyone who has ever ventured into a prediction has turned out to be disappointed. Even contemporary spiritual thinkers cannot give a definite answer about this. They can say something about the process of Christ becoming and about the role of Jesus, but not about his return. What now?

By letting go of the person Jesus and zooming in on the Christ we can get some things clear. A Christ is one who loves unconditionally, who has no judgment, and who approaches his fellow man, anyone, openly and lovingly. A Christian is a follower of Christ, someone who has his teachings high in the vandal. However, taking Christ as a shining example does not guarantee a loving and happy life. The past centuries have shown that, a time full of bigotry, tension and violence.

If we look at history, we see great tensions between the adherents of the different religions. An appropriate expression is: Two beliefs on one pillow, the devil sleeps between them. And even within religions it is not always pais and vree. How does the return of Christ fit into this picture? If he returns as a representative of one of the religions, you probably have the dolls dancing. Like-minded people will feel honored, others may feel hurt or even betrayed.

Suppose the Christ presents himself as a Christian on his return, he will take sides in the eyes of others. And that is exactly what a Christ cannot and does not want. As a loving person, everyone is equal to him, regardless of gender, race, social status or religious background. He comes to fraternize, not to sharpen existing contradictions. The Christ will not be a Christian, nor a Jew, Hindu, Muslim, or Buddhist. He will not bind himself to anything and nobody, but as a free person he will try to unite humanity.

How can he act impartially? How does he avoid a discussion about who holds the truth? Actually very simple: by expressing yourself in general terms. By ventilating views of life that transcend dogmas and in which many can agree. Concepts that underlie existing religions, but have been pushed to the background by commandments and customs through the ages. Ideas that leave room for everyone, anywhere in the world, whether you live in Israel, Iran, India, Thailand or the Netherlands.

In order to transcend differences and emphasize the interdependence, he will refrain from religious discussions. It is much more plausible that he expresses himself in general terms, about general matters that many of us appeal to the imagination. Examples include freedom, openness, equality, respect, tolerance, forgiveness and gratitude. These are the pillars of a new life, a life in light and love, as promised 2,000 years ago.

How will the Christ work? He probably won't encourage us to dive into the books. Reading, studying and quoting do not guarantee peace. It is more likely that he will promote life as a school. Being able to forgive and showing gratitude are emotional matters, which we will have to teach ourselves in practice. Facing each other with openness is not a matter of turning a button in the head. We will also have to learn this through trial and error.

Will he open his box of tricks to strengthen his message? Perhaps, but with his miracles he will not want to create a big gap with us. We are not meant to marvel at his arts, but to take the path of the heart ourselves. For the era of peace and harmony can only begin when we have ignited the light in ourselves, when we have tapped the source of love in ourselves. If we go to paradise unknowingly and unlovingly, the chances of a carefree future are slim.

We create the world in which we live ourselves, with the choices we make every day. Since we have grown up in duality - fighting has been brought to us - we often make choices that stand in the way of a harmonious life. If we want to successfully transition from the old, dual time to the new, harmonious time, we must learn to transcend the duality in ourselves. Since this is essential to the success of the transition, I believe it will be at the heart of his message.

If things are going well for us, we are not or hardly willing to change course. But tacking is necessary to create a heaven on earth. Who or what forces us to do this? The Christ is not. He cannot and will not force anyone. The essential choice to change is up to each of us, everyone has to decide for himself whether to trade the struggle in themselves for a loving and peaceful feeling. Because we do not change quickly by ourselves, life now gives us a push.

For some years now, a strong wind has blown on Earth, the wind of change. A storm that shakes our old, familiar life to its foundations. The climate is upset, look at the extreme weather conditions, the earth is restless, look at all earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Politics are rapidly losing confidence, the economic engine is faltering, the environment has become ruined. And look at ourselves. Our health leaves much to be desired and belief in a bright future is minimal.

Inthe bible book 'Revelation of John' we read that the end of times precedes the return of Christ. In other words, before we can start building a new life, the old life must first have disappeared. And that's exactly what I think is going on. Not exactly as John foresaw, but the essence is the same: the old gives way to the new. Anyone who seizes the crisis to work on himself, with the intention of becoming a loving person, will be able to step into the new age together with the Christ.

And then we still have judgment day, the day when believers go to God's Kingdom and unbelievers end up in hell. I myself do not believe in a punishing God. There are often good reasons for someone's behavior. Moreover, it is never too late for repentance. I do believe in a divorce. People who overcome the struggle in themselves will create a peaceful life, people who cannot or do not want to continue their struggle. The future will have to show whether these two can co-exist.

If we recognize that the current crisis is the end of old, dual times, then we can prepare for the return of Christ. A free-thinking and acting person who will inspire us with his light and love to also walk the way of the heart. We will have to walk that way ourselves, because singing and worshiping the Christ is not enough to create a harmonious paradise. And where do we meet him on our way? In our hearts, the place of unconditional love, the place where we are all Christ!

Ismael Sananda

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