We’re both Gandhi and Hitler

POET and storyteller Steven James describes us humans as “skin covered spirits with hungry souls’’. We are both Hitler and Gandhi, Genghis Khan and Martin Luther King, nurse and terrorist, lover and liar.
Humility is another paradox. The moment you think you’ve finally found it, you’ve lost it.
Anyway, humility seems risky. It’s not always clear in this world who’s on our side and who isn’t. We don’t know the plan.
In his book Sailing Between The Stars, James urges us to embrace the spiritual paradoxes instead of trying to stuff faith into little boxes.
“Release you grip,’’ advises James. “It’s humbling and exhilarating to live in the middle of a riddle.’’
He points to all the stress and ugliness in the world and says we must accept there’s a lot about God’s plan we will never understand. God can seem illogical, unreasonable and yet somehow unmistakenly true.
The sooner we understand “the uncommon sense’’ of Christianity, the better.
“I used to think that defending my faith meant providing people with answers,’’ says James. “I’m just starting to realize that it isn’t answers people typically want. Answers don’t usually satisfy us because it isn’t just our head that is hungry. That’s why when Jesus came he didnt bring answers. He brought mystery wrapped in love.’’

He’s right. The foundation of Christian belief is a paradox. Death is the start of life, foolishness the pathway to wisdom and we need to be meek to conquer the strong.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta said: “I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.’’
Another curious paradox is that when we accept ourselves just as we are, then we can change for the better.
Christianity, according to Steven James, isn’t about becoming better than anyone else, or about looking good to others, or getting your act together. No one’s act is together. That’s one of the core teachings.

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8 thoughts on “We’re both Gandhi and Hitler

      • Christianity, according to Steven James, isn’t about becoming better than anyone else, or about looking good to others, or getting your act together. No one’s act is together. That’s one of the core teachings.

        No Bryan. Christianity is about getting your act together. It is called repentance, conversion, being born again, sanctification, etc. THAT is the core of the teaching of the New testament. And if you don’t believe me read the parable of the prodigal son.

        The whole point of jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was to save us from continuing in acting like Hitler (who was outright evil) as well as Ghandi (who did not believe in the need for accepting Jesus Christ as a personal saviour).

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  1. Quote. “Release you grip,’’ advises James. “It’s humbling and exhilarating to live in the middle of a riddle.’’
    He points to all the stress and ugliness in the world and says we must accept there’s a lot about God’s plan we will never understand. End quote.

    This is very true, yet we don’t need to live without the surety of faith. We can ‘know’ God by experience, without knowing many details. A baby boy can know his grandma with extreme faith, without knowing any details of her.

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  2. Another curious paradox is that when we accept ourselves just as we are, then we can change for the better.

    Does accepting ourselves just as we are means understanding our sinfulness or does it mean being content to live in a schitzophrenic state of sometimes acting like Ghandi and sometimes acting like Hitler?
    If the definition to this statement does not include knowing how sinful we are and how God views our sinfulnness, forget it. There is no point in changing.

    Seems to me like this whole blog is about continuing to live like in a schitzeo state and being content in it.

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