What if God is MORE than the stories we believe?


Pope Says People Should Doubt Church

Again, doubt is an important element of faith.  After reading Kyle Cupp’s article above about the pope, read the book NOTHING SACRED by Douglas Rushkoff. “Many will be outraged and even furious at Rushkoff for for daring to revise the Jewish tradition of self-questioning.”  This tradition should be an all-faith tradition so that religion doesn’t degenerate into idolatry.

This Emptiness, this NOTHING of which Rushkoff speaks in his book is space for the divine to emerge in the midst of us. This NOTHING is SACRED!  This is definitely a book for people of all faiths to read and study together!


SUFFERING CAUSED BY BAD THEOLOGY
Read the story of this misery from the first hand words of a Nigerian woman (courtesy of Rebecca Trotter). “Armed robbers have been known to pray before robbery and even pay their tithes and offerings. Some pastors bless the guns of some armed robbers.”

The Upside Down World

My brain is all confudled after all the technical difficulties over the last few days. And the $900 car repair bill. And the fact that my husband has been traveling and I have too many children and I’d really just like to go veg somewhere for a week without being interrupted multiple times an hour. So this post is going to be really unfancy, but I think it’s important.

I mentioned recently that a small group of Nigerian Christians found the blog and reached out to me not long ago. And they are awesome. Real keepers. Some of our discussions have centered on the state of the church in Nigeria and their relationship with it. And what they share, while more extreme than what we usually find here in the West, is sadly familiar. There’s serious work to be done.

First, a little background. In addition to being the most populous country…

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No Perfect God


 

Perfectly Imperfect World

 

Perfect gods are boring and stilted and static and dead.

No need for intercourse or interaction with us.

They just make rules or rituals for us to follow.

Or do we make the rules and rituals to fit our perfect gods?

 

A real God would never be perfect.

A real God would never create a perfect world,

For that would be a world as dead as a perfect god.

 

A real God would be intercoursing back and forth with us,

wanting to know us more intimately,

wanting to experience the mystery of us,

calling that mystery forth from us,

as only Love does.

Fierce Love


 

“Learning to Soar above it all” by Consilia Karli

Enough of wimpy “God is love” stuff.  What good is that in the face of people who are suffering untold injustices and violent prejudices?   Promises of “I will save you” don’t  give us the fierce courage we need to move beyond the traumas that life brings.

It always helps, of course, to remember that we are loved. But to be loved by a god which has power to alleviate suffering, one which has the power to liberate the oppressed…how does such a god love and leave us to endure what “He” has the power to undo?

Instead we need a God who loves us fiercely, one which doesn’t take on the role of softy savior or almighty healer/ liberator from on high, god of cartoon kid-heroes.

What if we had a God with fierce faith in us, one who never gives up on us, one which refuses to let us get away with wimping out on life?

 

It’s Time for Change!


Who GOD is Not

Let’s see… We look at God as the powerful one over all and Jesus as the judge in charge of sorting out the good from the bad. Now in 2014 we have Christians in Central Africa on a killing rampage against Muslims. This after ALL the other “ethnic”–read “religious”- so-called cleansings. Isn’t it time to look at the doctrines of a greater god over a lesser people? Maybe we are the ones who can STOP all this killing…instead of praying to a god designed by us to ratify our system of superior-to- inferior relationship. Just MAYBE??? See very short video:   vimeo.com/89802737

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God Has Bad Days?


Count to 10, then press the “play” arrow.

http://vimeo.com/leaconsilia/badday4god

God in a Lockbox?


lockbox

As long as we keep God in a lockbox, “He” will rust or be eaten by moths or stolen by thieves. (See Matthew 6:20)

You know, when we put our ideas of someone in a lockbox, then we relate to our ideas of that person.  We don’t allow them to be who they are in any given moment.

 We demand that they be who we say they are.   When someone is in my lockbox, they can’t change.  I won’t let them.

When we are in someone’s lockbox, we can’t change.  We can’t be the real and ever-new person we are in each moment.

That lockbox may be full of the best qualities, the purest intentions, but it still kills.

Sometimes we put ourselves in the lockbox we or others have made for us.

Often we put God in a lockbox, a lockbox which others have made for us.

Only we can break it open!

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