Because our bodies are born of the earth, there is one life hidden in us all- a radiant being, that permeates every plant, animal, and person we will ever meet.  Christ is one symbol of that universal life, but to be a Christian does not mean merely to join the Christian Church. To “follow Christ” means to blossom out of, to be irradiated by, and to live for, that one common life. This can happen whether or not one has even heard of the historical Jesus.