At one time in prerecorded history and even in early recorded history the world of a people was very small. Communication was smoke signals, drums and messenger between groups of the same tribes. Each group had their own gods or ways of trying to express what somehow they innately knew that there was a force behind the created world. They named their gods and worshipped these gods in ways that seemed appropriate to appease the gods and protect themselves. All these groups and tribes thought they were they only people on earth. The earth was flat and if they went too far they would fall off. They could not imagine the world we know today. People lived in their own little worlds not imagining what people were like that lived in another part of the world. Gradually the smaller gods were absorbed into what have become the great religions of the world as conquering groups overtook and absorbed tribal religions. Even in the great world religions there are differences of practice and belief depending on the culture of the people in a particular part of the world. Every culture worships the creator God in their own way and has developed their own sacred writings. It has been only in recent years that communication and travel have made the world so small that we are living side by side with people of all religions and cultures. The sacred writings of all religions are available to all no matter where one lives. When we were separated from people across the globe it was easy to think they were heathen, backward people that needed saving. Particularly Christians tried to do just that. It was easy to think that one’s scriptures were the only holy writings and one’s truth the only truth. Now that we have everyone’s holy literature at our finger tips and can observe the spiritual practices of people of all faith traditions it becomes more difficult to make such triumphal claims. Being able to read each other’s holy writings helps us realize that we aren’t so different after all. We can see the same truths and hope for love, justice, peace and happiness in all who look to the creator God. How we all have arrived at the particular path and tradition we now live in might be different but somehow we know that we all experience the same God.
Just as we have all morphed from our narrow view of the middle ages to the open forum of today’s culture, from and belief that the world was flat and everything revolved around it to understanding that the world is round and revolves around the sun it seems to me that we are evolving into a new understanding of God and scripture that encompasses more than we could every imagine
I think that the work of this age is to seek God and follow where God is taking us and let it unfold. What is the new reformation people are talking and writing about? Aren’t we in it? I believe we are living the new reformation and each of us is part of the whole of what is happening. There is a reformation going on inside each one of us that affects what is happening all over the world. We are all connected. The Mystery we call God is in each of us transforming us from within as well as transforming the world from within. As Jesus said, it is like yeast in bread dough. There is fermenting going on that will eventually leaven the whole but it doesn’t happen by some random act by a God up in the sky waving a magic wand. It happens inside the people who have ears to hear and are open to follow where God is taking them. This is scary business. It requires huge trust. In order to have the needed trust it is important to reflect back on your own spiritual journey and the faithfulness of God. It is important to remember how God has brought you safe this far in order to trust that God will lead you home.
By this age most of us have come to realize that the God of our childhood and younger years in more than what we could conceive of then. Can we trust that even at this age, the God as we have understood God, is even more than we can conceive or imagine? What will happen to us if we let go of all our images, all of our creeds and doctrines that have served the Church until this time and let God take us into the new age that is far more than any way we have known God before?