Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

there's doing and being

2/18/14

 

In western culture, our religion is about doing. You become a Christian and define yourself by what you do and therefore accomplish. Supposedly, all this doing establishes a new state of being for the doer. The achievement of this new state is the primary reason, if not the only reason, for doing under the auspices of Christianity. The focus of Christian theology has been relentlessly directed to our eternal afterlife state of being. In this theological scenario my doing leads to my being. I do in order to be what I desire to be.

 

Behind this Christian emphasis on doing is a fundamental understanding of God and man's relationship to Him. On God's part, we have been taught that He requires and therefore logically needs man's voluntary love, respect, and compliance. Man, on the other hand, is designed to provide by doing what God needs and requires. The reward for meeting God's need is the new state of being mentioned above. This religious portrayal has a long history and not just in Christianity. It is common to much human religious understanding.

 

Despite the prevalence of performance based religion, some religious thought follows a different path. In contrast to being by doing as we have been taught, these alternative theologies see man's purpose as one of recognizing their true identity, their state of being, and then having that change in perception of the state of being, redirect their mind, heart, and behavior (their doing).

 

Under the first theology a corrupted state of being is corrected by proper doing. In the latter a corrected perception of the state of being prompts proper doing. One says your natural state is unworthy, and you must change yourself.

 

The other says you have lost the knowledge of your natural state, and you therefore live unnaturally. Be who you really are and your life will return to normal, the state of being and doing for which you were created.

 

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