Be A Human, Believe

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If you are human, be a human, believe. Your belief may not be perfect, because you are human, not only in the receiving of your belief but in the sharing of your belief. Yet what is wrong with being human? Rather we should take a delight in being human and in knowing God.

We were not made as humans to deny ourselves, but to fulfill ourselves, answering our natural callings rightly, as long as we are made better by the answering of them. When we do not believe, we deny ourselves spiritual fulfillment. Then we stunt ourselves; we warp ourselves.

We were made as humans to believe as long as we might fulfill our desire for belief rightly, correctly and wisely. Therefore believe and fulfill your beings by spiritual awareness and by adding divine grace to the natural person.

We should not frustrate the grace and desire to believe given us in our creation. All that does is to make people uglier and spiritually lacking. But we should fulfill our nature by grace that we enlarge ourselves by growing in grace. For when we grow in grace, we grow up into a fuller creation: being the sons and daughters of God through adding spiritual awareness to physical being. We were given in creation a fair nature, but we are told by scripture to take the fairness of nature and raise it to divine law. We are told to crown the natural law of justice with the divine law of grace.

Among the natural desires we yearn to fulfill, there is spiritual belief.    To suppress it or deny it in our natures is foolish. For nature will not be long denied. So having been made for belief, fulfilling it is only wise, take belief up, but be careful to believe what is wise and loving. That is a religion of grace.

Let us fill our need to believe with grace so that we may be better, fuller people. The plan of God is to have our unbelieving natures yearn for God. Then by the yearning being filled with His grace through belief, acts of grace and prayer, we are made better people and truly the children of God who in Matthew 5:9 are called “peacemakers.”

I like being human. Life is a gift of God to be cherished. As the Apostle said, “By the grace of God, I am what I am.” (I Corinthians 15:10 ) And even though I am a sinner, I am forgiven by the grace of God, and so I like very much what I am, even though I am flawed and defective as all of us are in some ways. But I know God is good, my Redeemer liveth, (Job 19:25) and I am better because I try to know God.

Through belief, prayer and acts of grace, we should try to fulfill ourselves with more grace, and thereby make ourselves better. Grace gives, not according to merit, but according to the need of those needing it. If we give only to the deserving, where would Christ be? For every one has fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Our endeavors should be to let others glimpse something of what God is like though us, as His grace is like the sun. It shines on the just and the unjust. (Matthew 5:45).

Grace gives to others, not as they may deserve, but as they may need. For example, we give to a baby the love and care it needs. In the giving of it, the parents find themselves transformed by giving grace, love and care, according to the baby’s needs, which are great as babies cannot do much for themselves.

To deny care to a baby is frustrating a natural impulse of grace within us. The impulse shows the grace of God buried in us, the Christ that is within us. For as we give love, we ourselves are transformed by the love we give, because, ironically enough, grace boomerangs. The gift of grace we throw out to others comes sailing back in a new spiritual awareness. This is like what we do for the babies comes back in the child.

It is by not by frustrating the impulses of grace within us, but by letting our grace flow out to the needs of others, that we are changed. So by giving the grace felt Christ within, grace has a chance to transform us. So do not repress your good instincts, but give grace a chance, so that the grace you dispense may return to change, enhance and bless you. Sometimes, as in giving to the baby, it may transform you.

Frustrating grace by not believing and giving is a spiritual starvation of ourselves that ultimately may make us miserable and careless about our values and attitudes and being concerned for others. But the reward of belief is a higher ethic, an illuminated morality, a call to exist in a higher state of grace, a push towards a better quality of life. Such are some rewards of belief. The rewards of belief may help everyone we touch, ourselves as well as others.

Do not think spiritual starvation can be overlooked anymore than physical starvation. Physical starvation produces physical deformities. But spiritual starvation produces character deformities. More and more people are arrested in their development at a low materialistic level. As you can see more and more in our society have more confused values, lower morals and worse characters that their parents had. (If you do not believe me, look for yourself at those whose parents you know. Has not the bad exception become the moral rule? Look at the number who do not marry.)

It is ironic today society is decreasing in the amount of physical deformities caused by literal starvation, which is good, but society is increasing in a growing amount of the spiritually stunted and character deformed, which is bad. (The degeneration of character today is obvious. The degenerating character of the nation is so obvious that anyone ought to be able to see it. This imbalance is not true progress: to swell the number of merely materialistic people while shrinking the number with interior lives, some moral awareness and spiritual resources. It bodes ill for the country and the world.)

Herein lies the calling of the congregations: to spiritualize mankind, and to fulfill the yearning of mankind for belief with a GOOD BELIEF IN GRACE THAT will not make us perfect, but enable us to be better. Therefore if you are human, be a full human, healthy, whole and spiritually completed, believing in God that you may enjoy Him, serve Him, and be an instrument of His grace.

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Dr. James MacLeod may be contacted through the Neill Macaulay Foundation.