Topic: Have a Beer for Jesus! Contemporary popular morality seems to be more about what we do with our genitals and whether or not we have any fun that anything Jesus talked about. Jesus hung out with the party people, and in fact pointed out that while he was rejected for doing so John the Baptist was rejected for NOT doing so. Are religious people so insurmountably negative that they can't like anyone, or would a laxative solve their problem? Today, at Compassionate Heart!
What if there really was only one God? What if there really was only one God? What if there wasn't a Hindu God, and a Muslim God, and a Christian God, and a Buddhist Nirvana, and an Indigenous God, and a Jewish God, and a Christian God, and a Wiccan Goddess, and a New Age God, and...all the other Gods that I haven't mentioned? What ever gave anyone the idea that all of these Gods listed in the previous paragraph were different Gods as opposed to varying understandings of the same God? Christians claim to be monotheists, meaning people who believe there is one God, and then turn around and insist that their God is somehow different that the other Gods listed above. What do we make of that contradiction? In fact, there is one God, called by many names. Which name a particular person uses to call on God is affected by several factors, including the part of the world in which they were born and have lived, their cultural heritage, their ethnicity, their time in history, and the understanding of God they have inherited from their friends, family, and ancestors. It is true that understandings of God vary even within a single culture, but that doesn't mean that multiple Divinities exist. Rather it means that varied opinions about God exist among varied people. The beginning of the Hebrew, Islamic, and Christian Scriptures all tell of a God who created everything that is and everywhere that is - in other words, every person that ever has or will live and every place that ever has or will exist. Those same people have, over the history of the world, told the story of their journey with God - the God that created them. Despite that truth, throughout history people have chosen to learn only from their own myopic view of God. Finally, we have reached the point in history where, as a people, we have become spiritually mature enough to recognize that we all can learn from each other. We now recognize that every great spiritual teacher and every great spiritual tradition offer us insights into the nature of both God and the created order. Compassionate Heart calls for full religious and spirtual pluralism. We teach and learn from all of the ancient wisdom traditions. We believe that God dwells in, through, and as all people. This means that not only can we all learn from one another, but we can all access the Divine by listening to the still, small voice within. That is Good News!