Evaluating Religious Life

I only dare to give a simple criteria for evaluating the christian life; similar criteria could be obtained for other religions too. Jesus, the founder, was an amazing personality. He reduced the entire system of laws into 2 (or one with two sides) — love of God and love of neighbour. For me, the crux of Christianity lies in the statement in John 10:10, “ I have come so that you may have life and life in its fullness”. For me, the most beautiful expression of this line is seen in the incident of the adulterous women (Jn 8:1–11). Now I wish to understand this tag-line of Christianity on the basis on 3 words. (Now I am not going to explain how I arrive at them… it is for you to judge whether it makes sense). The words are Freedom, Discernment and Joy. We don’t speak of a journey from Freedom to discernment to joy, but it is more like a hermeneutical circle/spiral where each one leads to the other. There is no one starting point and we need to grow in all at all time. I cant forget that the basis for a Christian life is a life in Jesus.

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..

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