The Tao that can be told
Is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named
Is not the eternal Name.
Chapter 1 – Tao Te Ching
So begins the Tao Te Ching (pronounced, Dao De Jing).
Tao means Way. Te means Virtue. Ching means Classic. This Classic Text on the Way and its Virtue is attributed to Lao Tzu (Chinese name meaning “Old Master”). Lao Tzu reportedly wrote the Tao Te Ching in the 4th century B.C. What does is mean to move beyond that which is told or named? Followers of Jesus find power in his name. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11). Jesus also teaches, Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven (Matthew 7:21). The Way must be lived. The Tao must me lived.
Or else, what are these but words?
There may be other ways to encounter the Tao. For us who daily seek to embrace and abide in Jesus – the living Tao – we encounter that which transcends words. The great “I AM”. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Tao. These words cannot fully embrace the Eternal. Yet they point towards the one and living true source of Life.
May the Great Spirit lead you by your own path to the Eternal Way.
anthony glenn miller