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Most often, we focus too much on ourselves and ignore the suffering of this world. Sometimes we do not understand the suffering of others unless we experience it directly. Most of us have an attitude of smugness and consider ourselves righteous because we did not murder, rape, abuse or steal. We tend to express our own opinions about morality and God according to our comfort level.
Righteousness is not only about the absence of sinful things but also about the absence of good things. We could be considered unrighteous and sinful because we did not do good things like feeding someone who was hungry, visiting and comforting someone who was sick in prison, donating clothes to a poor person who was suffering in cold weather (Refer to Matthew 25:31-46). Most of us would recognize this sense of righteousness if we were in shoes of the needy.
I believe that we can have a deeper understanding of Jesus only when we first humble ourselves and acknowledge our unrighteousness/sinfulness. In Saint Peter's words, "Go away from me, O Lord, for I am a sinner". In my case, it is a progressive repentance. There was never a time where I fully acknowledged all my mistakes. As time went on, what I thought was not wrong before, seemed to be wrong now. I am always learning and comprehending His majesty. His standards of love, mercy and application of morality are exceedingly high. It is not easy to show left cheek when someone strikes on the right one. It is not easy to say “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”, when people inflict pain on us.
Jesus said "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners" - Mark 2:17
Do we need Jesus or not? To answer that question, we need to ask ourselves first whether we are righteous or sinful. As for the Bible, it clearly says, "None is righteous, not one". I do not mean that when we consider ourselves sinful, we always need to belittle ourselves and stay there. Not everyone admits his sinfulness when he comes to know Jesus Christ, because he is righteous in his own eyes, or he compares his righteousness to that of others. Let us try comparing our righteousness to that of Christ's. It is then we truly treasure and appreciate His love and sacrifice for us.
Some people say that Jesus is only a "realized" or "awakened" soul, and we can also become like Him. Did anyone become like Him? I would like to know. Is it possible to achieve this using our own strength? Theoretically, it seems to be. But, practically I do not know anyone who lived and died like Christ, with the fullest love and power like He did. Do you know? If so, please let me know. Yes, it is possible to become like Him. But that is not easy. For that, we need to call Him into our hearts first.
I do not understand why many people do not pay close attention to Jesus. He said "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me". Even after He said like this, why do we go behind some other spiritual guru or philosophy? It would be fair for us to study Him with an open mind. We need not blindly believe His words just because it is written in the Bible. All I am asking is not to bring Him down to our level of thinking, or with some theory or philosophy proposed by some spiritual guru.
So, it is my request that we seek the truth sincerely with unbiased minds, in order to understand Christ clearly. When we observe the perfect life of Jesus closely, our shortcomings/sins will come into light, and we will have repentance. And when there is repentance, we will have a deeper understanding of Christ's love and sacrifice for us. This repentance will bring positive change in us, often slowly. This inner transformation is much powerful than quick fixes that many "spiritual" gurus recommend these days. Yes, Christ's love is so powerful that even thieves turn into saints, criminals become pastors, fearful people get adventurous, morally corrupted people transform into social servants, and the dead become alive.