The anti-Christ? Some people say he is George W. Bush. Some say Barack Obama. Santa Clause? My boss? I say, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” Look a little closer to home. The anti-Christ can be as close as our next thought.
Throughout this blog I explore who Christ is. But I spend little time writing about who Christ isn’t.
Christ is that personal connection to God through our thoughts, both individually and collectively. Jesus is the personification of Christ. Jesus came to earth to demonstrate the power of Christ and to “heal” us into relationship with God through this connectivity. The benefits of this connectivity are self-evident, and fodder for another post. We may come to know God personally through the acceptance of Christ in our lives.
Put very simply, the anti-Christ is anything that comes in between our connectivity with God through Christ. It may be temptation. It may be a hedonistic lifestyle. To use an old 1990’s term, it may quite simply be “stinkin’ thinkin’”. (Remember that one?)
Just as a personal relationship with God through Christ is very real, a relationship with negative thoughts can also be real, and sometimes consuming. I do not doubt that just as God exists, a darker force sometimes rules our thought patterns, disturbing our personal peace, and also the peace of the community and the world.
Yet, it is possible to oust this dark force by supplanting negative, disturbing, and destructive thoughts with thoughts that promote peace. Christ’s occupation in this world is to help us supplant the anti-Christ. Only with His help, and Christ’s connection, can we hope to live peacefully in a world with so much negativity. Christ leads us by the hand.
Matthew Chapter 12 is rich with explanation of the anti-Christ. As I read today, one passage stood out over all. The Amplified Bible puts it this way in Matthew 12:28. “But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you [before you expected it].” Have faith.