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, April 2, 2014

lent 25 - Talking about God

The insecure and false self seems to need an enemy to scapegoat so that it can feel superior and saved.  False gods, by definition, must be appeased.  The true God needs nothing.  The true God invites us into an unthinkable communion.

On the level of experience, the True Sacred always reveals that :
1. God is One and for all
2. God is sovereign to any group ownership or personal manipulation
3. God is available as free gift and not through sacrificing another
4. God needs no victims and creates no victims

Richard Rohr
We talk a lot about God
We talk about God when we want to impose our world view
                And fail to realize that our world view is not Gods

We talk about God when we want something from God
                And fail to realize that our ‘wants’ are not always our ‘needs’

We talk about God when we want to trump the idea and agenda of another person or group
                And fail to realize that God does not belong exclusively to us or our agenda, or our country.

We talk about God when we want to feel superior and ‘more righteous’
                And fail to realize that God loves everyone, and really doesn’t like it when we talk that way
about his ‘other children’

We talk about God as arbitrary, and cruel, as one who dispenses evil.  We attribute all kinds of horrible things to God, from sickness to natural disaster, to economic ruin
                And fail to remember that God is love

Sometimes we create a God in our own image

But we don’t really need a new God
We just need to remember who God is, and what God is like

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