In the beginning, we were all one big ball of light. Then a few of us decided (through the gift of free will from God=Love) that we needed to separate into billions of tiny balls of Light. Then a few more decided that we needed to take physical form. Sooner, than later, we found ourselves divided by all kinds of issues (with no answers) that we created, not God=Love.
So, now we have to create the circumstances (i.e. Earthly challenges with which to learn life lessons and/or reincarnating until we get it right, learning that Love is the answer to everything) so we can return us to where we started:
Together, united as one - back to God=Love.
Here's a quick guide:
Christmas and Easter are symbolic messages of whom and what God=Love is in our lives. God=Love comes to us as we believe Him/Her to be. If we are Christian, then we believe Him/Her (and will see Him/Her) as Jesus.
And so on, and so forth, and so good.
For Christians, Jesus was God=Love Incarnate on Earth. As a Son of God=Love, He was and remains the Awesome Deliverer. As the Son of Man, He was and remains everything that each of us should aspire to be in/on this Earth realm ("You can do what I do - and more). As a Human Being, he was one of the kindest to ever have lived. As a Historical Figure, he was a genius.
Jesus' life was a living parable...a parable similar to those he was so fond of dispelling while he was on Earth.
The Birth of Jesus is symbolic of the Birth of the Christ Consciousness in each of us.
The Resurrection of Jesus, is symbolic of the Resurrection of our Hearts, Minds and Souls to our Higher Consciousness.
Joseph Campbell was right: Look to the message behind the myth, myth, here meaning, story, a.k.a. Bible Stories.
This doesn't mean that the Bible stories are myths, as in "fantasies" or as if they never happened. No. Indeed, they were real and did transpire. But they transpired as history and parable, and we must concentrate on the latter as lesson for the development of our souls.
In doing so, we must not employ judgment. Rather, we must Love and respect one another, ignore our differences, and concentrate on what makes us the same - which is God=Love.
God=Love doesn't give a flying fig if you're Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Black, White, Straight, Gay, or Martian. We're all on different paths that lead to the same destination. Once again, back to God=Love.
It's that simple, and it's not difficult and it has nothing to do with hate, for there is only Love. It has nothing to do with death, for there is only life. After what we call death, there is only more life, and that has nothing to do with division and the end of the world. For there are only new beginnings, and unity, linked by God=Love.
Therefore, hold on to God=Love, and let go of the world.
Herbie J :)