Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Forget all you know

Interesting the classroom where God says
"Forget all you think you know about me"
That is some way knowledge might dawn"


I often think I know a lot about God
after all I have a degree in theology
actually two

are you impressed?

I have studied God up one side
and down the other
assuming God has sides of course

And I have formed my opinions
And it is amazing how the God I have shaped

For yes, in my humanness I fear I have shaped God 
more than accepted God
as God is

How the God I have shaped so agrees with me
about most everything

What I wonder is why the God is believe in
the God I think I know
appears to be so different from the God
others seem to "know"

I don't think my God 
would vote the way their God would vote
Or see a person on welfare the same way
or a young girl, frightened and pregnant

And yet, who is right?
The Bible says Jesus
God with us
God most concrete and visible
is the same
"yesterday, today and forever"

Frankly that doesn't help me much
As Jesus, in his ministry on earth 
was full of surprises.... 
and usually spent most of his time blowing apart
the image of God the people had so carefully constructed

So I will have to go with what little I know
and clearly that is not much
I will have to go with the God
who comes to me
in the middle of the night
in the presence of death
when I am all alone

And in those moments when I am emptied out
becomes known
as love

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