A Way Back to Soul – Part 9

Can you still believe in Love?

Have you read much church history?  If your faith is well intact, I wouldn’t recommend it.  To carefully examine the historical events that eventuated in what various religious groups insist is “the truth” reveals the darkest elements of humanity.  It is painfully fascinating to listen to Christians condemn violent (and heretical) expressions of Islam, while ignoring the violence of our own history.  The Crusades are just the most obvious example of what can happen when the spiritually immature use “theological correctness” as an excuse to be destructive.  Over and over again, the will to power of the “small self” has been on display as groups have argued over the most trivial of theological concepts, and then split into competing camps.  Astounding resources of time and treasure have been used to promote and defend versions of “the truth.”

Is it any wonder that so many people begin to wonder,
…..If there is a God, is THIS what that God intends?
….….Is it any wonder that so many people ask this question, and then conclude,
….….….There must not be a God.
….….….….Who could blame you?

But still…
….Even if you can no longer trust theology and theologians.
….….Even if you no longer trust the preaching and teaching you’ve encountered.
….….….Even if you can longer make sense of groups who take up offerings,
….….….and then use 80%of those funds to create environments for their own
….….….comfort and enjoyment.

Can you trust Love?

Is there anything about the message of an uneducated Jewish Carpenter that seems hopeful?
….Could it be there there really is a way to move beyond a life driven
….by your anxious, small, animal impulses?
….….Behind all of the messiness of religion, do you see any evidence that
….….persons can be transformed from anxiety to contentment?
….….….Could it be that this begins by trusting a Carpenter who said
….….….we could trust Love?

For all the millions who’ve decided that “faith” is about getting the information right, there are others who’ve tapped in to something different…
….Something Mysterious…
….….Something both energizing and calming…
….….….Something that overcomes anxious self-concern…and asks,
….….….….“What if you were to trust Love?”

Can you still believe in Love?

Have you read much church history?  If your faith is well intact, I wouldn’t recommend it.  To carefully examine the historical events that eventuated in what various religious groups insist is “the truth” reveals the darkest elements of humanity.  It is painfully fascinating to listen to Christians condemn violent (and heretical) expressions of Islam, while ignoring the violence of our own history.  The Crusades are just the most obvious example of what can happen when the spiritually immature use “theological correctness” as an excuse to be destructive.  Over and over again, the will to power of the “small self” has been on display as groups have argued over the most trivial of theological concepts, and then split into competing camps.  Astounding resources of time and treasure have been used to promote and defend versions of “the truth.”

Is it any wonder that so many people begin to wonder, “If there is a God, this can’t possibly be what that God intends.”

Is it any wonder that so many people ask this question, and then conclude, “There must not be a God.”

Who could blame you?

But still…

Even if you can no longer trust theology and theologians.

Even if you no longer trust the preaching and teaching you’ve encountered.

Even if you can longer make sense of groups who take up offerings, and then use 80% of those funds to create environments for their own comfort and enjoyment.

Can you trust Love?

Is there anything about the message of an uneducated Jewish Carpenter that seems hopeful?

Could it be there there really is a way to move beyond a life driven by your anxious, small, animal impulses?

Behind all of the messiness of religion, do you see any evidence that persons can be transformed from anxiety to contentment?

Could it be that this begins by trusting a Carpenter who said we could trust Love?

For all the millions who’ve decided that “faith” is about getting the information right, there are others who’ve tapped in to something different…

Something Mysterious…

Something both energizing and calming…

Something that overcomes anxious self-concern…

and asks, “What if you were to trust Love?”

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About Wes Eades

I've been a pastoral counselor, marital therapist, and overall listening ear since about 1989 or so.
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2 Responses to A Way Back to Soul – Part 9

  1. KW says:

    If it were just me and the Carpenter it would be easy to trust in love. And have faith. The free will of the rest of the world seems to get between me and love, faith & the Carpenter.

  2. Martha says:

    Reading the various postings I am reminded of a quote by Rumi that goes something like this: “beyond ideas of right thinking and wrong thinking, theres a field; I’ll meet you there.” I just want to say to you, Wes “thank you” for meeting us in a field where we attempt to communicate beyond ideologies and see each other as god’s non-denominational children.

    Love as referenced in Corinthians 13 is the kind of love we all can trust, even when weakly practiced. God moves in mysterious ways and its up to us to recognize all those ways. As Matthew Fox once said “God must love diversity, theres so much of it.”

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