As much as getting a mansion on the hillside is compelling, the idea of spending eternity worshipping a God who is selectively compassionate towards the people who are supposed to be his children is more than a little off-putting. Much more compelling is the idea that God is the ultimate expression of love and inclusion – that there is limitless grace and mercy – that God welcomes people whether they spent his riches on hookers and booze or not.
Yes, it’s a gamble. It might mean that they’re damned to hell for all eternity. But, it’s a life of unencumbered generosity, of limitless human compassion, and a sense that there is something bigger than all of us – all of us – holding it together. Whatever that is, it’s good and it’s worth trying to connect with.
“We’ve got to pray just to make it today.” MC Hammer Every major religious tradition includes vast tracts of wisdom on the notion of prayer. Prayer is a mechanism that enables mortals to talk with the gods that created the universe. There isn’t a lot of magic to it; some traditions have more rituals around … Continue reading Prayer Doesn’t Change Anything
The metaphors we use to describe day to day events speak deep truths about the say we approach life in general. Missed to ground work for this discussion? Check it out here: War Metaphor Part I. We unconsciously use war metaphor to in many different facets of our lives. Already, we’ve said that sports, and … Continue reading war metaphor part ii