Christ. What is Christ? Why Christ? Is Christ today distinct from the historical Jesus Christ, and how? Why would one man at one time have so much significance, and no one else, nowhere else, at no other time?
When people speak of having a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I have a hard time translating that experience into a language I can understand. I don't believe any one time in history is any more spiritually significant than any other. Why would only people after the time of Jesus get to have this kind of relationship, and not those before his time? We here today are no more spiritually important or significant than those who lived before the time of Jesus. So Jesus Christ in this context must be symbolic.
In terms of Christ being a Lord and/or Savior, I'm not so sure. I don't believe in the biblical definition of sin. I believe that humans make mistakes, that we cannot avoid making mistakes, and that mistakes are how we learn. To be saved from our mistakes, well, what would we learn from that? I'm not really sure where I'm going with this; perhaps I am being too literal?
There is another way I look at the idea of Christ as someone or something with which one can have a personal relationship. I can relate to the idea of the presence of Jesus in one's life as I experience the presence of my brother in my life. My brother left an indelible mark on who I am and how I am, such that I consider him an integral part of myself. Potentially, one could become so steeped in the teachings of Christ, so involved in the spirituality of Christ, that Christ could become a presence in one's life similarly to how my brother is a presence in my life. It would certainly be a different sort of relationship than that which I have with my brother, but it's the same idea.
In thinking about that now, though, something about it makes me a little uncomfortable. This may seem like an absurd question, but would Jesus really want that? When he was alive, he was speaking to his Jewish community at the time. Who am I to invade that sacred space? Who am I to take his teachings, already translated in various ways many times over, out of their original context to apply as I wish to my own life? Perhaps I am thinking about this the wrong way. (Is there a wrong way to think about this?)
In any case, I am not well steeped in the teachings of Christ as found in the Bible, and perhaps that is where I should go now before anywhere else.
Love and Light,