Are you Hungry?

I am experiencing another reminder about the mysteries of life.  I have family members who may soon reach their final days on earth.  Human suffering continues to occur everywhere.  I have been reflecting again about the pain of having to let go.  It is a necessity to learn to surrender.  It is part of life for lives to come and go.   I have been rereading literature from famous Christian authors such as C.S. Lewis.  This author described the mere Christian faith as a way to rely on the help of the Almighty God to lead us into perfect repentance.  Thanks to this review, I have thought about the way I have been trying to let go of my selfish nature, of the natural way of thinking only about myself, and shifting into a more inclusive, forgiving, and selfless approach in life.

I have contemplated on the more flexible, serving, and merciful way of perceiving myself as merely another being among billions of others in an insignificant planet among millions of other planets and stars in a gigantic galaxy. Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when He  taught about “denying the self” (Mark 8:34), “loving our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:33)”, “turning the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39), and being “meek as I am meek” (Matthew 11:29).  This also relates to other teachings such as Buddhism which teaches that we must surrender  our desires, have a simpler life, and empty our thoughts. It teaches about being in the present and to become united with others.  Hinduism also talks about rejecting the world we perceive because it is an illusion, and embrace the inner self.  I am convinced there is a connection to all of these teachings.

But there must be a change of heart.  There must be a realization that the world we typically perceive is not the real world.  There must be a desire to deny what we have always perceived as the “I”, the Ego.    We must connect with the real self. There must be hunger.  There must the a thirst for Truth.

When we eat food and are stuffed, there is no desire for anything else.  We usually get tired and go to rest. We are typically distracted with the mundane, the superficial.  But when our stomachs are empty and our throats feel dry, there is an obvious desire for something new.  There is an acknowledgment of a need for something more.   The irony is that, the desire for something more, the need to be satisfied and quench the thirst, involves emptiness.  Emptiness of what?  Emptiness of the “junk food” and the “sugar drinks”  of the superficial and immediate gratification we have been consuming most of our lives.  There is a need to “purify” our thoughts, our minds from all the “stuff” that keeps our egos fed.  There is a need to have a “bowel movement” of all the selfishness and individualism, and defensiveness.  There is a need to be hungry and thirsty again, and then satisfy ourselves with Truth.

But this requires guts.  This process requires “dying“.  This approach involves pain, suffering, and embracing the hunger and the thirst.

I am currently feeling hunger and thirst.  Sometimes I don’t feel the hunger and thirst because I make the common mistake of consuming “junk food” and “sugar drinks.”  But I become hungry again.  I become thirsty again.  Isn’t this what Jesus taught about the “bread of life” (John 6:35)  and the “living water” (John 4:13-14) that He offered?  I feel the need again, but it is time to change my diet.  It is time to feed the real self, and let the ego starve to death.

Have you been eating the proper “food” to enhance the real self?  Have you been hungry and thirsty recently?  I challenge you to fast and empty yourself.  We need to become purified, and continue to hunger and thirst for Truth.  We need to desire to be true to ourselves.

Blessed are you who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for you will be filled...” (Mathew 5:6)

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About Noel

I am a person who has realized that the teachings of Jesus are centralized in the genuine care and service of others. I have evolved from fundamentalism to a moderate spiritual approach. I am a reflecting person who has grown to not fear doubt but to embrace it as a means to growth and increasing closeness to God. View all posts by Noel

15 responses to “Are you Hungry?

  • jasonswartz

    Hey Noel long time no see. Great posting and I like how you can relate many faiths and teachings together in your writings. Stay hungry like you say for truth and spiritual advancement. Reminds me of one of my post that said something like finding your new self as others. If that makes any sense.

  • tachr

    Thanks for the comment on my post. It seems you also have some difficulties living in this world. We all have. But I do not mean it is hopeless or anything. I agree that we can life as if in Heaven but then all must do that together. Otherwise one will definately have problems. This world is not like Heaven but we can make it so…. At least inside, in the heart. God’s peace.

    • Noel

      tachr, I agree. we can make this world heaven, at least in our hearts when we love others unconditionally. But the flesh will make it difficult to do, which is why Jesus said “in this world you will have tribulation” and “come to me all of you who are tired..”

  • Ryan

    Hi again Noel,

    Sorry if this is too forward

    But I was wondering, do you believe Jesus is The Son of God, or if he is just a good teacher?

  • Ryan

    or was just a good teacher?

    • Noel

      Ryan, I don’t mind the question. The answer depends on the definition of “son of God” and good teacher. I believe Jesus was a direct manifestation of what God wants us to be. If that means that he is His “son” or God himself, then yes. But if it means that nobody has the opportunity to live the Kingdom of Heaven if they do not explicitly recite the “prayer of salvation”, then no. I believe there were other manifestations that taught us about how to live the Kingdom, particularly those who have never heard of Jesus. I can no longer believe that we will be eternally condemned if we don’t accept Jesus the way church tells us to. I know my view is not popular among traditional Christians, but that’s ok. I hope my answer makes sense. Peace.

  • Ryan

    Thanks for explaining 🙂 have a great week.

  • Ryan

    But how do you reconcile that with Jesus saying: I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). He seems to be quite direct about this.

  • Ryan

    Hi again Noel, Hope things are well with you

    Sorry, I think the post I made above was a bit convoluted.

    What I meant in my last post was:

    When Jesus states:

    1. I am the way and the truth and the life.

    and

    2. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).

    He doesn’t say “I am a way”. He seems to directly say that He is The Way.

    Noel, you wrote that:

    “I can no longer believe that we will be eternally condemned if we don’t accept Jesus the way church tells us to”

    Given what Jesus seems to directly teach regarding Himself

    my questions are:

    what does accepting Jesus mean to you?

    What is the way the church teaches us to accept Jesus?

    and

    If Jesus isin’t The Way, The Truth and The Life and instead he is just one of many ways, truths to God then isin’t that inconsistent to what He direclty says regarding Himself?

    I’d be interested to read what you think.

    Kind regards, Ryan 🙂

    • Noel

      Ryan, you ask good questions. Unfortunately, I don’t have straight answers, which is something I have accepted in my life. I don’t have to have or pretend to have the answers to my questions in order to live a spiritually fulfilling life. I can gradually accept what I sincerely feel is right and true, i.e. service, humility, forgiveness, justice, peace, etc. and continue to grow spiritually. I am constantly learning. But this learning requires for me to step out of the comfort zone of traditional Christianity. Sadly , some believers label this approach as being “lost”. I see it as being more holistic, inclusive, and tolerant. Jesus was ridiculed for his different ways. So was Gandhi, Buddha, Martin Luther, and many others. I don’t claim to be better than anyone. On the contrary, I am just a person seeking God, because I am almost nothing in this universe. I will try to come up with more detailed answers to your specific questions. Let me know when you start your blog. Peace.

  • Ryan

    Hi Noel. Thanks again for taking the time to respond. I think we’re all sojourners in this life. I hope we are both able to identify what is true and practice it more and more.

  • Ryan

    or at least may we both get closer to it 🙂

  • hifzan shafiee

    Have you read : Gai Eaton – Islam and destiny of the man?

    When I read your blog (for quite a long time), I realize that the idea of faith that you are looking something like ; no suffering, all men are good, no pollution, all must be great.

    Have you ever think about the concept of the world itself?;
    The culture, demography, physiology, geography, ethics, sociopolitical, problem-solving, needs, etc.
    This idea of knowledge need to be integrate with the grace and faith itself. If not; you just keep wandering.

    What I suggest to you is (as what I do last time) – Read encyclopedia; demography book; or just watch National Geography. Learn the concept of nature and the reality of the world. From there, the truth will reveal.

    I suggest you to read my new post : http://hifzanshafiee.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/difficulties-true-character-of-the-world/

  • Don Hartness

    An excellent juxtaposition, one that is spot-on congruent with the teachings of Jesus.

    I like the food I see on this blog; think I’ll place my reservation. 🙂

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