Theological FAQ: Personal Relationship
Here we go: Describe your personal relationship with Jesus. Feel free to Something has got to remain just between the two of us, geesh!). What is your personal relationship with Jesus Christ? and lately my Jesus has been more a "him" than a "you," more existentially distant than I am used to him. I don't need to do that with Jesus - he's seen me naked, in my own home, . usually means something more like "individual relationship", meaning: And when you chalk up your Christianity to just a relationship between you and Christ, you Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me.
Jesus is Lord of all and as a servant to our King, we must serve Him and others. This is what He commands of us. We have been using the language long before our Protestant brothers and sisters were ever around and the universal Church has never lost touch with this language, even if some individuals or communities have. For example, here are some quotes from some of our most recent Popes and one from the Catechism and one from Vatican II: If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward.
He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: This relationship is prayer. Here is a sampling from various sources through the many years of the Church: Pour your hearts out before him Ps Dont give in to those who are asking you, Where is your God? My tears, the Psalmist says elsewhere, have become my bread day and night while they say to me everyday: And what does the Psalmist say there?
These things I considered, and I poured out my soul above me Ps I remembered what I hear, Where is your God? In fact every violent situation has the opportunity of redemption. Jesus would have us live against the grain of our culture in terms of the dominant values and especially in material things. We our little Christian community have economic discipline to give some of our money away. The way that we worship shapes our peoplehood.
How do we evaluate our worship? Many people will say, well, I felt really good today. Or the singing was wonderful.
And people are evaluating the worship in these individual terms. Are we a more merciful people, are we a peacemaking people? Is the way of Jesus really printed on our foreheads or is it showing in the way that we live together? Jesus is really important. We are trying to live our lives based on his values. The way we try and be generous with money, the way we open our homes for people to stay. Knowing Jesus has changed my mind about money.
I now see money as a gift that God gives in order that other people might be resourced. And I think that anger and nonviolence are not opposites. I think God wishes many more of us would be angry.
My relationship with Jesus
This should be a house of prayer for all nations. Death and resurrection Noel, England: Even his humanity was something that these people could look at and feel drawn by it. I think of Jesus more as somebody I know, just like I have friends who would in a certain situation say, pull yourself together or keep your eye on the ball or something.
People have certain sorts of things they say and you know them. I think of Jesus in that way. There are certain sorts of things that he says that reverberate in my mind that come to mind when things happen. Knowing Jesus has changed my mind about the way we view things.
A young man came to our house one night. While I was out of the room, he pulled out a 8-inch long kitchen knife and told my wife, Dorothy, and Michael and Julian to go downstairs into the office.
There was an ensuing struggle but I was able to stop him. He never for a moment thought that I would have anything but fear of him and this knife. You know, he saw his knife as an absolute power.
I was not afraid of his knife and God protected us. He confronted the powers and paid the price for it. But if we understand that his suffering was redemptive and if we follow in that train, it has its redemptive value and effect on our society today. Jesus is seen as the lamb. It is war not against people, but against Satan. It is won by Jesus self-giving on the cross, giving of himself in love.
Jesus came to show us that it takes God to be a human being, but then through his life, death, and resurrection he enables us to begin to live like him. And so the challenge of the incarnation, the challenge of how he lived, how he acted, as a human being on earth, is the model for us. He has kept me, and kept me going, so I kept the church open. Rod, Benin, West Africa: I think that at times people really are able to manipulate spiritual forces to do evil again other people. In that context of course, Jesus becomes the power that can dominate all the evil powers and rescue people from fear of witchcraft.
That is the single most powerful message of the gospel in this culture. Knowing Jesus has changed my mind about violence, because I am a naturally violent person. I react most easily to aggression with fists and my body. I used to do that regularly. Knowing Jesus has changed my mind on violence where we talk, even argue in a life-giving way, that respects the other person, even our enemy.
With Jesus, I have never feared anything although I was alone many times. My perception of Jesus has been impacted because I have been away, a real journey away from home, for an extended period of time, where I can depend on no one else but him.
The best way to describe Jesus is as a ray of sunlight and God as the source of energy, the sun. When I am overwhelmed by chaos in my life, whether it is through the work that I am doing or personal decisions, or going through a faith crisis, it is often a special form of light that brings me back, or reminds me of the need for the connection to the source.
One of the Anabaptist communion liturgies is by Balthasar Hubmaier. He has a section called the pledge of love which is used just before you actually administer the cup and the bread. The people all stand up together, and they each one make promises of covenanting and committing to each other, to the way of Jesus, loving the enemy, loving the brother, being willing to lay down your life for your brother or your sister.
When I was his adversary, he was my friend. When I was dead, he raised me. When someday I "sleep," he will still be my hope. He even remains faithful to me when I cease to be faithful to him.
In a world of betrayal, he is always trustworthy. Through God with us, God over us poured God onto us. He emptied himself to fill us.
What does it mean to have a personal relationship with God?
So Jesus and we now share more than just human nature. We share more than God as our heavenly Father. We also share God as our common inhabitant and our power, as to appeal to David duPlessis our living water and our fire.
So Jesus is also my fellow laborer. He grants me a share in his work of reconciliation. He has his work, and by his grace I have mine. Jesus is my hero. I point others to him not just because that's what Christians are supposed to do, but because I'm a fan. I worship the man.
He alone is worthy. And when I tell him so in prayer, and show it in meetings of our fan club, he comes. Then my third-person relationship opens up anew into a second-person relationship.