Buddha said, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Do you believe this is true?
I adhere to this universal truth, and understand it from the eyes of my Christian faith. Other disciplines likewise understand this universal truth and speak about it in terms of their own languages, such as philosophy and psychology.
But in this post, I’ll write briefly about this in terms of my Christian faith and theology.
My Christian faith teaches me that I have been created by God who is Love, and since I am made in God’s likeness and image, thus my striving should be that of becoming a person of Love – a loving person.
To become a loving person who is able to enflesh God who is Love in our daily lives is the goal of each and every Christian. For to do this is to journey towards God, towards whom every Christian yearns to go back to.
An essential point, too, is to realize that in our deepest core lies God; in the center of our being is God.
Thus, to love as God loves makes us who we really are: good, loving persons, created beings in the image and likeness of God who is Love, and who is Good.
Yet, God who is Love also gave each human person his/her own free will, and through this free will, comes the freedom of choice – the choice to be good, or to be bad; the choice to be loving or not to be so.
In moral theology we speak of two kinds of freedom, but I shall not be delving on that here, but just know, through the free will God has given us, we can create a Christian moral vision of ourselves: “Who am I before my God?” Good person or evil/bad person?
Nevertheless, like what Buddha is quoted to have said, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves,” when a person realizes that s/he is indeed a good, loving person, from the deepest core of his/her being, and chooses to be so, then the choices s/he makes are towards being good and loving. As such, s/he acts accordingly. Each act an act of goodness, of love.
To think good, to think love is an act, and all actions pertinent to such thoughts of goodness and love thus naturally follow.
However, as human beings, we do fail at times in our goal of becoming good and loving. We are sinful; we are weak. That is part of being human.
At the same time though, one act of failure does not diminish the truth of who we really are: good, loving persons.
Yet, if we constantly fail – then our acts of failure will become bad habits that may soon define the person we are becoming, which is farthest from who God has originally created us to be.
I know that to profess “God is love” sounds so abstract to many people, even to Christians – but as my final word in this post, it would help to focus on the Trinitarian God, for in the Trinity – 3 persons in One God – a community of Love exists, and this is how I believe God who is Love can be enfleshed in our lives, and how we ourselves can strive to be good, to be loving.
In short, by building a community of Love in our homes, in the society, and in the world, each of us can flourish to our fullness as a human person of love and goodness.
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