Merry Christmas to everyone! Apart from shopping and finding gifts under the Christmas tree, today Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Even if Jesus wasn’t really born on this particular day – it might be a substitute for the pagan festival of Winter Solstice – there are bigger messages of Jesus that everyone, Christian or not, can benefit from. Here are three teachings that truly help make the world a better place.
Do Unto Others… : (Matthew 7:12) This is a beautiful, timeless advice that said, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” If everyone followed it, there will be no war, no crime, no hatred, no violence and no exploitation. Simple but profound.
Love Your Neighbor …: (James 2:8) This one is almost an impossible standard, but worth striving for. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Here, the word neighbor is a metaphor that refers to everyone on the world. Imagine even if we were 10% successful in this effort. How much joy and peace will it bring?
Kingdom of God is Within You: (Luke 17:21) When we realize that heaven is within us, we don’t need external affirmations and approvals to make us happy. We don’t need a lot of money, fancy things, latest gadgets, popularity/fame, or “likes” on social media to make us happy. We don’t have to seek drugs or alcohol to drown our sorrow if we can find happiness within ourselves.
These three messages can be embraced by anyone – Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, any other religion, or even an atheist. Merry Christmas!