In the wake of the tragic atrocities in Paris that took place on Friday, I would like to offer my condolences and sympathies to all those victims who have been affected and their families and loved ones. It is truly shocking to have this happen, and yes, it feels more shocking to me that it has happened in Northern Europe (my own personal bias, I know).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”
People often argue away this one, but it seems clear to me, especially in the context of John 14 and the other Gospels, that Jesus is saying if you follow his teachings, then you will do greater things than Jesus.
Jesus often claimed in John’s Gospel that he did nothing by himself and that it was the Father in him that did everything. Jesus’s constant message to humanity was to turn away from the world and towards God, realise that God is Love, to love one another, to see the Kingdom of Heaven is within, and to surrender to God’s will. Not the worst teachings in the world, eh?
Many spiritual teachings tell us to look within. This is an antidote-type teaching, meaning it is there to correct a wrong view. If you are looking outwardly for lasting fulfilment in worldly or material things (objects outside of oneself), a teaching that says ‘look within’ can counteract the outgoing tendency.
So briefly, why does looking outwardly for lasting fulfilment not work? Because the world will never give rise to lasting satisfaction as everything is the world is changing. Whatever you can gain or obtain can also be taken away from you or lost. Even while you have it you may be anxious about losing it, such is the nature of the world and the objects that seemingly lie within it. Hence the instruction to look within for the deepest treasure: Continue reading