March 10, 2017 (Nairobi):
Recently, in trying to settle in my own mind whether I am still a ‘Christian’ or not, what I realized is that I don’t want to be labeled as anything essentially, because a label is just a temporary stopover in the course of evolution.
The thing I want to be, the only thing I want to be known as, is HUMAN.
It is tempting to adopt the term ‘humanist’, but my philosophy is not the same as the self-satisfied aloofness that denies the spirit world. My humanism – if it can be called that – is a profoundly religious humanism. I desire to develop and experience my own spirituality to the highest degree possible in my lifetime. I believe that Christ – and all that is true and wise in Christianity – is devoted to making people more human, to humanizing (and divinizing) not only our species, but the planet, and the cosmos.
If a Christian is someone who 1) takes the Bible as uniquely divine and authoritative, 2) believes Jesus of Nazareth to be the unique and final embodiment of the divine in human form, and 3) believes in the absolute and exclusive truth of all Christian teachings, then I cannot be a Christian.
However, if a Christian may be someone who 1) seeks knowledge of and communion with the divine as the highest goals in life, 2) believes that doing so brings the divine in human form (in a pattern evident in the life of Jesus of Nazareth), and 3) recognizes the life-giving wisdom and truth in the Bible and the religion of Christianity, then I could still be called a Christian.
Who will decide? I? Others?
What’s in a name?
Actually, I already know the answer…I am not a Christian anymore.
Once you are reborn, you can’t continue to be what you were before.
I have been born again, again. I am thrice-born.
I have been reborn as a HUMAN BEING and will seek to grow in perfection and stature as such until the end of my days on Earth.
Moreover, as a human being, I am also: a member of the species Homo sapiens sapiens, a son, brother, husband, father, humanist, naturalist, scientist, linguist, mystic, adventurer, explorer, hedonist, anthropologist, former Mennonite, trans-Christian, American by citizenship, globalist by experience, cosmologist, philosopher, theologian, lover, fighter, peacemaker, integralist, male, skeptic, believer, Africanist, esotericist, analyst, synthesist, etc., etc.