By Luis Salazar
“The number of Christians around the world has nearly quadrupled in the last 100 years, from about 600 million in 1910 to more than 2 billion in 2010. But the world’s overall population also has risen rapidly, from an estimated 1.8 billion in 1910 to 6.9 billion in 2010. As a result, Christians make up about the same portion of the world’s population today (32%) as they did a century ago (35%).” Global Christianity: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population, a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. 2011.
Imagine, 2 billion Christians being perfect in the world, still just roughly a 32% of the total. Let’s take into consideration that “overall, 84% of the world’s inhabitants, which it estimated at 6.9 billion, identify with a religion, according to the study entitled ‘The Global Religious Landscape’ issued by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life on December 2012.”
The unaffiliated category is the third largest group after Christianity and Islam, but right before Hinduism. ”The ‘unaffiliated’ category covers all those who profess no religion, from atheists and agnostics to people with spiritual beliefs but no link to any established faith.
‘Many of the religiously unaffiliated do hold religious or spiritual beliefs,’ the study stressed.
Those who call themselves humanists are estimated to number between four and five million people worldwide in 31 countries. Many national censuses contentiously define Humanism as a further sub-category of the sub-category “No Religion”, which typically includes atheist, rationalist and agnostic thought. In the USA, the decennial census does not inquire about religious affiliation or its lack; surveys report the figure at roughly 13%.
“Spiritism has adherents in many countries throughout the world, including Spain, United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, England, Argentina, Portugal and especially in American countries such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Brazil, which has among the largest proportion and greatest number of followers.” (David Hess. Spirits and Scientists: Ideology, Spiritism, and Brazilian Culture, Pennsylvania State Univ Press, 1991)
“In countries like Brazil the movement had spread and became widely accepted, mostly due to Chico Xavier’s works. Today the official spiritist community has about 20 million adepts, though due to local syncretism, it is accepted and somehow practiced by three times as many across the country. Some statistics even mention an adherence to Spiritist practices by 40 million people in Brazil.” (Kardec’s Spiritism: Home for Healing and Spiritual Evolution – Emma Bragdon, PhD).
Jesus of Nazareth, the Guru, the Master, the Lord of the Christian faith, gave to his disciples, therefore, to all of those who follow him, direct instructions on how should be their behaviour and purpose in life. Be Perfect, he said, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Let’s read it from the scriptures:
44 But I say to you, iLove your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and l sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,9 what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
“In loving one’s enemies, in doing good to those who hate us, in praying for those who persecute us.” In this way He shows that the essence of perfection is charity in its most ample form, because it implies the practice of all the other virtues. (Gospel according to Spiritism)
Selfishness and Pride block and asfixiate the Benevolence, Indulgence, Abnegation and Devotion that lives in us. We are created to be good, we are in essence good, just in need to learn how to handle our potential.
Moral maturity is achieved through the long walk of our Soul, life after life. Our biological age, the age of our body has nothing to do with our moral maturity, it is just the spiritual stage where we are at certain time. We are here now, and we are what we are, but always moving forward to perfection.
Allow me to share with you some simple steps, that can help you to become in control of your spiritual growth, your awareness about yourself.
- Learn about your weaknesses….. Analize how and why you feel a certain way, what hurts you? What makes you happy? Why you get irritated?
- Learn about your vices and bad habits….Even if everybody around does it, you may feel is not right, probably it isn’t. Fix it.
- Learn to love who you are…You are you whenever you go, you are stuck with yourself….enjoy your own company.
- Then change, to be the person that you want to be. From a loving starting point start to change into the person that you want to be, slowly but confident,
Yes, it is possible to BE PERFECT!