1- The Resurrection and the Life
I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
I believe in Jesus Christ. Believing is very important. I believe in everyone’s inner potential. If even a lunatic comes to me and says “I am Napoleon Bonaparte, believe in me and I will give you half my kingdom,” in all likelihood I will believe in him, because I do not lose anything by believing in him. He is not asking my money or my car. He just wants me to believe in him. If I condemn him and laugh at him, I would be putting him down. On the other hand, for example, if some stranger comes to me and says I am your savior, believe in me, and I say I believe in you, you are my savior, he would return happy and boosted in his self-confidence. I lose nothing. Instead, I would also get inspired: this man is Napoleon Bonaparte, that man is the only begotten son of God himself, then probably I myself am Bill Gates! Who knows what great potential is hidden inside each person. Belief, openness of mind, putting speculative logic of mind behind — these are the keys to even to begin to activate our potential.
The fundamental tenet of positive thinking is that you have to believe it to see it. Faith is of paramount importance. I do not believe in ghosts, but I believe in vampires, because belief in vampires inspires. They also resurrect and will never die, they have superhuman strength and superhuman powers like jumping from building to building in the dark night. Believing in vampires is empowering, believing in ghosts is not, they are just poor lost souls. I believe in Jesus Christ, because it is empowering. Unlike the Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ is like a real person who can walk on water. Besides, I shall believe in anyone who has the courage and self-confidence to say he is the alpha and the omega, the way and the truth, the resurrection and the life, or whatever. Because if you are that, my friend, I can be that too. And who knows, I could be for real!
2- I came to save the Lost
For the Son of Man came to save the lost. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.
The Son of Man has a peculiar psychology. Thank God, normal shepherds do not behave like sons of man. I do not know whether people like me can be called sons of man or daughters of woman, though we are perfectly well born of human parents, but if I am the shepherd, and one of my sheep goes astray, yes I would go in search for it. But when I find, it is surely going to get a good spanking. I do not understand why should I rejoice over it for wasting my time. I would think: “My ninety-nine other sheep never went astray, what the hell is wrong with this buster? Is he trying to escape or something?” I am not Stalin or Hitler, I do not like despotic dictators, I only like adventurer conquerors like Alexander and Napoleon. Though I am not a dictator, and encourage exploration and travelling beyond the normal bounds, I cannot brook rebellion in my flock. As a punishment, I would lock up this lost and found sheep for the next week or so. No green open pastures and the freedom of the blue skies for it, for at least a week. That should teach it a lesson. But, again I would like emphasize, I am not for repression, I am all for open exploration. However, if I bring this lost sheep back from where I found it and rejoice over it before all the other sheep, these other sheep may get a wrong signal. From the next day, they would also start disappearing. If they succeed, it is freedom for them, if they fail, they would get extra love and attention from me! Seems like a fine deal for them, but chaos would break out in my flock. And I wouldn’t want to see that.
3- I will Come Again
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places… And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
Many dwelling places? There are billions of us here. Does Jesus Christ’s Father’s house have billions of separate rooms at least? First of all, I would not like to share my room with anyone. And preferably, it would be good if I get at least two or three rooms for myself. The Father’s house seems to be a very crowded place, and I would really like to have some private space for me. Further, I insist on having a very good bathroom with continuous supply of water. Otherwise, my life could become miserable. If Jesus Christ or his agents come to me and show me what kind of place exactly they have prepared for me, whether it has good bathroom, good portico and a nice view and all that, maybe I would be willing to give it a try — as long as I have the freedom to get out of it, when I get bored.
4- I Am the True Vine, Abide in Me
I am the true vine, and my father is the vinegrower… Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches.
I already feel suffocated. Vines, branches and all that! For heavens’ sake! I prefer Jesus give me a good room in his Father’s house and leave me at that. I would like to abide in a spacious room with full amenities, not in any person or a vine. No, thank you, I do not want to bear any fruit either. I would be happy watching cable TV in my spacious room for the rest of eternity. TV, DVDs, and the Internet, oh god, I’ve just realized that I cannot live without them, even for one day. Hope the Father’s house has a good DVD collection, with a lot of vampire movies.