If I Were a Christian

Stephen Harris

March 13, 2007

If I were a Christian, I would choose to believe that the story of Jesus Christ is a poetic story of a universal spirit living in humanity.  I would not believe that because of some supposedly empirical evidence, but rather because of a personal leap of faith.  And a belief that the spirit of Christ lives in everyone, if not everything, everywhere, like it or not.  And if I believed that it would then follow that there would be inside even the most despicable of people a gentle soul being punished unfairly.  So it would then follow that everyone should treat their neighbors as themselves even if their neighbors act like asses, because everyone’s neighbors would somehow be the same.

One problem with treating your neighbor as yourself, is that despite any possible universal similarity, there are clearly infinite differences as well.  So treating your neighbor as yourself isn’t as simple as treating yourself as yourself.  It is more like treating your neighbor how you would want to be treated if you were in their place, even if that meant being misguided or dangerous.   


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