We have undertaken a number of considerations on Christianity, under the title WE FOLLOW YOUR TREAD. The tread is a symbol of search. It seems to refer to the fact of not knowing something, but with the desire of knowing; as those who search for something… Anthropologists track the treads of humanity in order to find where we come from, what our origin is. The only way to learn about our ancestors is by means of remains, objects they have been left to us: a carved stone, a vessel. Neil Armstrong’s tread on the moon is a symbol of a presence that has become an absence, though the track remains. Neil Armstrong is not on the moon any more, but he left his tread; his footstep, the size of his astronaut boot, remains there.
There are many issues to refer to when talking about the tread of a primitive as, for instance, talking about the things he ate –inspecting food leftovers between teeth- or about the height of men who lived in Atapuerca by analyzing the bones we find… however, there are other issues to be considered as whether they were pious, worshiped the Gods, their rituals, etcetera… There are physical and spiritual treads… There are other treads that are more difficult to track, for instance, the treads of the spiritual, the religious in the human being, and the need for transcendence.
Let’s analyze the treads of a God that has embodied, that is to say, the treads God left in Jesus Christ, the full and perfect man. We already know how troublesome talking about God is. AsSaint Johnthe Evangelist says, Christians can do it thanks to God’s only begotten son, who is in the Father’s bosom, Jesus. All we know about God is known by intermediate of Jesus of Nazareth as man.
This is the topic of our space “We follow you treads.” Not only reaching God through Jesus the man, but also through the treads of so many men and women that have been looking for God throughout thousands and millions of years. And in this search, we will face a problem: We cannot talk about God directly; we can only talk about the man in the search for God. In Jesus Christ, the perfect man, we find the last word of God, not about himself but about the man. Talking about Jesus Christ is talking about a man that is God, God and a real man.
We are going through a moment in history in which talking about religion, uninteresting and past issue, seems odd. But this is the problem: every human being, even atheist, is deeply religious because he searches for something, is not satisfied, and keeps on the search… till the infinite. The man, who is never satisfied, keeps on the search, though he does not want to have anything to do with God, he needs and aims at plenitude, God.
And the man, who considers himself religious because he believes in God, will have to be informed of the fact that God is not a religious being because religion is the bond of dependence on a superior being; it is a tying with God; and God is not tied to anything or anybody. God is united with himself; He does not need to be tied. This is why we say God does not have a religion. The only being that, by definition, cannot believe in god is God himself. How is God going to believe in himself, if He owns himself, if He has himself, if He exists?
So, doesn’t God have a religion? God’s religion is the man, man’s plenitude. The religious being is the man; God is not religions. In other words, I believe in God because I walk towards Him. For this reason, God cannot believe in himself; God does not have faith because He has himself. The man has faith.
This is Christianity; it is innovating and revolutionary; and Jesus Christ is the one who will release the whole temple from pagan religiosity. Faith is getting out of oneself towards a different person, different from oneself. And in the case of Christian faith, as said person is the Other with capital letters, God, we say faith is a gift. We can only reach him thanks to the gift of faith. “We believe, for we walk by Faith, with Hope, towards Love,” Saint Paul says. Once we have reached love, we will not need Faith any more. We will talk about Faith the following day.
We follow you treads. Man is just a tread, but a tread made in God’s own image on the earth.
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