Four Reliances

 

Rely on the message of the teacher, not on his personality;

Rely on the meaning, not just on the words;

Rely on the real meaning, not just the provisional one;

Rely on your wisdom mind, not on your ordinary, judgmental mind. — Buddhism’s Four Reliances
 
 
The light shines brightest for me with Christianity because the message is always one of love, first and foremost. I don’t have to accept the literal words of the bible, but instead I work at understanding the meaning behind the words. And when I ask my heart what is true, the message of Christ’s life and death jumps out in clear and unmistakable terms. 
 
Throughout history the Holy Spirit has worked through great messengers and teachers. I bet each of you have a few in mind, but each one would say, “It’s not my message, it’s the message of God I’m trying to convey.
Wherever the light shines brightest for you, as Luis says, ‘that’s good enough for God.” Just remember its not the messenger its the message.
 
 
 

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. He is also a contributor to The Clyde Fitch Report.

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