Is the kingdom of heaven within us?
Regardless of their differences, most religions have a great deal in common. The idea that God has three main properties: Omnipotence (all powerful). Omnipresence (everywhere at once). Omniscience (all knowing).
If God has these qualities, it follows that we as individuals are part of his creation, too. We have it within us to exemplify the best version of ourselves, to embody the Christ's vision of God's will on earth.
Are there any of Jesus' actual words that say God favors one group of people over another? Or that it is permissible or desirable to act violently in judgement against others in his name? He does not say this. He does say to love thy enemy as thyself. He does say to "judge not, lest you yourself be judged."
He does not demand empty actions or gestures of us. He does not promise special favors in the afterlife for a chosen few.
In this season when Jesus's birth is celebrated, even those among us who do not formally follow the teachings of an established Christian sect can learn so much from his words, from his very spiritual presence in our own hearts. We need be careful not to conflate his teachings with other questionable intentions his professed followers have added posthumously. If we stick to what Jesus said, his message is in no way antithetical to the ancient Vedic principles we in the meditation community study.
Regardless of your spiritual orientation or your professed faith (or lack of faith), I wish you peace, and hope that your heaven becomes uncovered to you as it will to all beings in time.
Go with God. Jai Guru Deva.
If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.
Choose what is good for me wherever it is, and make me pleased with it.
Prophet Muhammad - 7th century
May I be filled with loving kindness.
May I be well.
May I be peaceful and at ease.
May I be happy.
Ancient Tibetan buddhist meditation
When I despair,
I remember that all through history
the ways of truth and love have always won.
There have been tyrants, and murderers,
and for a time they can seem invincible,
but in the end they always fall.
Think of it - always.
Mahatma Gandhi - early 20th century