Jesus' question, "Who do you say that I am?" came immediately following, "Who do others say that I am?" And sets the seat of authority squarely upon the individuals he is addressing, and not upon any self-proclaimed contemporary authority, or any self-proclaimed "Orthodox" authority that might appear at any point in the future. Jesus also left unasked the obvious follow-up question, "Who do you say you are?" which is equal in every way to his, "What do you think about me?" query. We are the authority! What we say about who Jesus is and who we are stands before us throughout our life as the model guiding us through all situations/circumstances in a "This is who I am, and this is what I do, and what I leave undone" kind of way. Who Jesus is and who we are are not far apart. If Jesus can do it, we can do it. We are the authority, remember. If we decide to cast away sin, and replace it with seeing, so that realization becomes more important than repentance and redemption, we have the prerogative to do that. And if we are challenged by orthodoxy at any point along the way, we can declare that we "Take it on faith" that self-determination is as much our right as it is a right of the orthodox to determine what is proper and what is heresy-- not only for themselves but also for everyone else. And if they call it heresy, what of it? We are in charge of our life from birth to death. To hand that position over to someone else is a dereliction of duty, and a failure to comply with the requirements of being a human being at the deepest level. We cannot be bullied into living like someone--anyone--else declares that we should live. Be true to what is the inner you, and live in sync with the guides within. Who do you say that you are? Live in light of that always, in all matters great and small!
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This is the core of “I and Thou.” Everything is personal.
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