Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me." (John 14:6)
Jesus wasn't making an ontological claim about himself when he spoke these words. He was telling the disciples that if they followed him, they would be following the Tao/Way to eternal life, or enlightenment. All it takes to know God is the "desire." Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7) God wants to be found. When we have the desire, the rest will happen. Notice, that desire presupposes some activity on our part; i.e., asking, seeking, and knocking. God takes the initiative in seeking us out. The Tao permeates all of existence. Everyone in the whole world is surrounded by God's activity all the time. God puts out lures for us everywhere. There are different ways in which we come to know God. "The Tao/Way of Christ" is a journey or a pilgrimage that lasts our entire lifetime. These Five Stones are markers that help us know we are on the right path and are not necessarily chronological.
1. Encounter | 2. Community | 3. Hospitality | 4. Stewardship | 5. Compassion
TAO OF CHRIST | ANCIENT TEXTS | FIVE STONE MARKERS ON THE PATH
FAITH COMMUNITIES | INVITATION | ROCKING CHAIR MEDITATIONS