Marc, I’ve brought the thread over to my site.
As it seems , there are many names & words for God & Christ, & there are others, was not Elijah God incarnate as well.
The name “Elijah” meant “God is Lord”.
This is without looking at other religions as well & noting the enormous amount of names given to describe God(s). The Muslim faith has about 40 names for God (I’d have to look into it to be sure). But they make an emphasis that God is without name. The Buddhists do not invoke a God by name, “reality simply is as it is”.
That some religions emphasize a nameless God doesn’t necessarily mean that [he] indeed is without one. Buddhism has no invocation because God is essentially nonexistent.
Systems of spirituality also do not necessarily reference God with a specific name, i.e. Reiki, where the Universal life force energy (a literal translation) suffices to name the reality of the energy or force that they are dealing with. Are all religions pointing & describing the same thing? I think that they are.
I would disagree. Describing a specific beagle you see walking down the street as a “large, 100lb dog with a wide snout” would be hardly an accurate description of that dog. Another person would say you are being facetious or simply lying.
Is an ultimate or divine, Creator or Being within the clarification of a name? Can we name that which is beyond form, The nameless, the formless? This is my point.
So it’s a rhetorical question. You assume that God is nameless and formless, whereby lacking a name. Judaism/Christianity is rather contrarian in this case.
Where is the power in the name of God, apart from it’s representation & the significance to it’s believers. Is the power of the name of “Jesus Christ” independent of religion? I do not think it is. I hope the question is a little clearer.
You should read about demons in the NT. Jesus is a name that bears a priori authority, the same as Y-HW-H.
A: “Okay. But I’m not so sure the “invoked” part is kosher.”
M: How do we call up upon Christ when we pray or we ask him for healing? Are Christians not evoking his spirit through his name?
Christians don’t “call up upon” Jesus when they pray. Saying “in Jesus’ name” is an invocation of his authority – call it a right, even.
No. “Love your neighbor” and “the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience…”
These can be argued were/are moral guideposts that are not exclusive to Christianity, but share commonality with most other religions & spiritual systems, & humanism. Incidentally these “core” values are far older than Christ & taken in a large part from Buddhism.
The point is that, regardless of their origin, this central tenet serves as a rebuttal of your claim that “Christian ideals cause pain, fear & suffering on many levels & scales.”
C of E = Church of England?
I’m curious. What was the experience like?
I’m curious about this Buddhist connection. If I haven’t answered it, let me know about this.
Buddhism is a very old & highly advanced spiritual system, IMHO it is the best we have to work with from a religious perspective & its people display a spirituality of peace, compassion, non-violence, acceptance & joy, more so than all the other main religions.
So it’s pretty clear that you’re a Buddhist. You should read about the Zen Buddhists in Japan during WWII.