What does it mean to return to core teachings? The core teachings are those things exemplified in the life of the Christ, but most especially love, compassion, forgiveness, and celebration of life through the love of our Creator, God. We, as a faith community, are much closer to the ideals of the one we call Christ: radical-inclusive love for all than we can ever imagine.
The Christ taught us to:
- Love God. (Mark 12:30-31; par. Matt 22:37-39, Luke 10:27; citing Deut 6:4-5 & Lev 19:18)
- Forgive. (Luke 17:3-4; cf. Matt 18:15-22)
- Show compassion and don’t judge others. (Matt 7:1-2; par. Luke 6:37)
- Spread the Word. (Matt 28:16-20)
- Be faith-filled and pray. (Mark 11:22+24; cf. Matt 17:20; 21:21; John 14:1)
- Heal the Sick. (Matthew 10:1; Luke 9:1; Luke 10:1)
We express our core values through the celebration of the sacraments, but more importantly by example. We must become living examples of the teachings our Lord Jesus gave us through his life on Earth.
It should not matter what denomination a person claims. Instead, focus should be on the relationship we share with our inclusive God while engaging in our roles as members of a community; one which is post-denominational and to leads others into their own relationship with the Divine. Being part of an emerging community requires that we shed the psychological baggage of superstition and juridical customs removed, in part, during the Second Vatican Counsel.