The Power Of The Word~ March 10th.

Via on Mar 10, 2011

Is this sort of thinking Christian Theology in its most essential and practical form? Or is it the bastardization of traditional Christian thought?

“The only thing that separates man from God, is the belief that man is separate from God.” ~Fr. Thomas Keating

“What good is it to me

if this eternal birth of the divine Son

takes place unceasingly

but does not take place

within myself?

And,

what good is it to me

if Mary is full of grace

and if I am not also full of grace?

What good is it to me

for the creator to give birth to his/her Son

if I do not also give birth to him

in my time

and my culture?

This, then,

is the fullness of time:

When the Son of God

is begotten

in us.”

~from Meditations With Meister Eckhart by Matthew Fox

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4 Responses to “The Power Of The Word~ March 10th.”

  1. YesuDas says:

    I love that passage from Meister Eckhardt; I set it to music, in fact.

    Oh, theology. Well, for one thing, I don't hear even the most "liberal" Christians saying that we're not made in God's image–if anything, we/they emphasize the bejeepers out of that. And the loftiest theologians have long abandoned the notion of God as what Vivekananda called "beings above the clouds"–but does that equal "no deity"? Not at all. And though many of us, myself included, do not believe that Jesus' death was "substitutional atonement" for human sin, does that mean we don't believe in atonement at all? That's just silly. This cartoon is pretty crude and hamfisted in its analysis.

  2. Kathy says:

    This is propaganda from people who like a lot of fear in their salvation. It makes me sick. The modern church in America is so messed up! They are paying thousands from their meager earnings and savings in a scriptural scam they call tithing. Tithing was the private support of all the widows, orphans and feared priests (in the old testament , or Torah). It was abolished in the spiritual truths of Jesus, where we are all commanded to love one another as I have loved you, give your life to help love them. Where would we be it we were like this? We wouldn't be turning our noses up at others of different cultures, or classes.We wouldn't have poor widows dying alone, we wouldn't have child abuse in the church, we wouldn't have spousal abuse in the church. It would be a different world. The God of the Bible made it pretty clear he thought mankind was helpless in every way from securing their own righteous salvation. Voile' Jesus! Bravo! How can anyone not love the idea of an all powerful, all knowing benevolent father god who isn't going to scramble our eggs in a hell, but instead welcome us in love to eternity? No more rejection, now there is forgiveness. No more rejection from the God of Israel! That is huge! How can you not appreciate the simplicity of the message? People are challenged, I think they need as simple an explanation as we can give them to get them back on their way, more assured and peaceful. Religion is an opiate, that analogy was so right on!

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