“But a Christian is of no sect. He can dwell in the midst of sects, and appear in their services, without being attached or bound to any. He hath but one knowledge, and that is Christ in him. He seeketh but one way, which is the desire always to do and teach that which is right; and he putteth all his knowing and willing into the Life of Christ. He sigheth and wisheth continually that the Will of God might be done in him, and that His Kingdom might be manifested in him. His faith is a desire after God and Goodness, which he wrappeth up in a sure hope, trusting to the words of the promise, and liveth and dieth therein; though as to the true man, he never dieth.” ~Jacob Boehme
If Boehm’s description of a real Christian doesn’t seem at all familiar, that is understandable, yet sad. Boehme is quite correct in this description. A true Christian is not trapped in any one sect or Church and he does not insist that his church is better than all others. He doesn’t start wars against those who belong to other churches and he doesn’t behead them or burn them as witches because they believe something different. What is really strange is when we hear from certain churches that we need to stop Muslims who are going to force Sharia law on everyone if they become powerful enough, and their solution to that problem is that they should be declared the official state religion and everyone should be forced to follow the rules of their church that has strayed about as far from the true teaching of Christ as is possible, yet the continue to claim they are better Christians than everybody else.
Boehme then tells us that the real Christian has “but one knowledge, and that is Christ in him.” What does he mean by that? Does he mean that we should fall down and worship Jesus? Does he mean that we should all speak as mouthpieces of Jesus putting words in His mouth that are very often not at all what He taught? No, of course not. What Boehme is talking about here is that gaining of Divine Knowledge, that truth that is revealed to the awakened soul and cannot be denied or debated, it simply is: Gnosis. When a truly awakened soul unites with God, the knowledge gained during that union is absolute truth and is not subject to interpretation. Boehme is one who knew that from personal experience, so he had every right to say this. He is speaking from experience, not opinion. Continue reading “A True Christian”