a deep insight or a flight of fancy by the early awaking mind….(one is never quite sure at 4:45 in the morning):
The language of the Christian revelation is deeplyvery deeplydisturbing and frightening to some. Those who use it among liberals, including Friends, run the risk of alienating some whom we wish to reach and touch.
The language and images of unarticulated spirit and new age understanding are easy for me to judge as incomplete and impotent. The authority is given to a God who seems to me no greater than ourselves.
But the God I sometimes try to relate to is so all powerful and distant that he cant touch us (me?) in our (my) heartswhere we (I) live. That leaves Him ineffective for rendering real change in us (me).
The stories we tell ourselves and the images we use to render our perceptions of the divine on the canvas of our souls are very important.
I want to relate to and grow to understand a God who is transcendentand also immanent. If I tell myself that my insights are from spirit, then I risk not knowing what spirit and may have diminished my understanding of authority so far that Im in touch with nothing outside myself.
If I accept only the teachings of a heavenly Father, then perhaps all I will ever see is a stone tablet or a book with paper and ink. This may please my mind, but leave my heart unchangedstill chained to the shadows of my soul. When I use these images with those whove been hurt by them in the pastor by earthly fathersthen I may hurt my Friends again.
The way out for me is through the full Christian understanding. At the core is a person who is divine. Christ admits no illusions or mistaken leadings from my own thoughts. Hes too identified with God for that. Hes not a distant heavenly force, hes my best friend and older brother.