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

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Where do we find the divine

“I looked in temples, churches, and mosques. But I found the Divine within my heart.”
― Rumi

People fear the church is shrinking
It is

Mainline, conservative
doesn’t matter

less people find church
the place to find God


not so complex really
at least from where I stand
halfway between the church
and a mental health clinic

I hear every day
about how the church has hurt people
they don’t say that
not directly
they are not blaming the church

but the thoughts the church has planted in their minds
the damage to their souls
is evident

because the church has been about rules
and laws
and earning God’s favor
and fear
and guilt
and so much that is not Jesus
but is instead the same Pharisaical
crap that ultimately sent Jesus to the cross

Do this
Don’t do that
Are you in
Are out out
Turn or Burn
God hates this
God hates that
God hates you (ultimately)

If you were to die today where would you spend eternity

It is already in side you
the gift
the secret
the mystery

it is already inside you
the presence
the Christ

God loves you
God is present in you
You and God
Are “like this”

Believe it
Live it

And yes, church CAN BE
A place where this is taught and experienced
Yes it can

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