compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
our species both, individually and collectively, has been
encouraged, in one way or another, to perceive as GOD
- IS undoubtedly being increasingly understood as the
field of consciousness which pervades the entirety of
our "material/non-material" ...
multi-verse of parallel universes
God’s Purpose in Creating Us
My purpose in creating you, My spiritual offspring, was for Me to know Myself as God.
I have no way to do that save through you. Thus it can be said (and has been many times)
that My purpose for you is that you should know yourself as Me.
This seems so amazingly simple, yet it becomes very complex - because there is only one
way for you to know yourself as Me - and that is for you first to know yourself as not Me.
Conversations with God, Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch
James Atwell's, 2007 Eucharist Sermon, delivered in Winchester Cathedral in the U.K.
concluded that ...
" THE BIBLE has particular and specific vocabulary which captures the connectedness
of things, and describes a world where our priorities are right, equilibrium is safe,
and things are working harmoniously.
ONE is a word we translate as righteousness, but in the Old Testament it really means ‘right order’.
It is the opposite of disorder and sickness. There is right order when the appropriate connections are being made and things are properly related. When Psalm 96, for instance, says of God ‘He will judge the world with righteousness’, it means that he will sort it out and put it into right order. It will not be topsy turvy anymore. He will rescue the poor. He will vindicate the truth.
Then the standing crops in the field will laugh and sing as the gentle wind blows down the valley.
The complementary word to right order is the little word ‘peace’ or ‘shalom’.
It means universal global peace in the sense of harmony, right relationship, wholeness.
When things are rightly ordered they are integrated, healthy and wholesome. They work together. That IS peace.
‘The lion and the lamb shall lie down together & the little child shall lead them.’
That is why we share the peace at the Eucharist:
we seek to be
a community that
models NOT tranquillity,
but rather right relationships.
The world was created by God in relationship and actions for good or for evil in one sphere might have quite unexpected and unintended results in another. It is an insight which was lost and has been recovered in our contemporary environmental awareness.
When the world is properly a wholesome environment, then in the words of Psalm 85
‘righteousness and peace will kiss each other’ (Psalm 85 v10).
That is right order and harmony reign across a complex and unified world.
But there is one more biblical word to add to this collection to make a trio, it is one final
ingredient if the world is to have a sound ecology. Beside right order and harmony one
must place justice.
It is used globally in the Old Testament. Such is the moral nature of the Creator, that the
world’s ecology is not safe unless justice rules. The ideal king, reflecting the rule of God
himself governs ‘with righteousness and justice’ (Psalm 72:1, Isaiah 9:7).
Without justice our environment is damaged. There can be no healthy ecology
at the expense of the weak and vulnerable. Human moral actions affect the
integrity of creation.
The great words of the prophet Amos are universal in scope and a prayer for the integrity of our environment:
"Our deepest fear is NOT that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are
powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually,
who are you not to be? YOU are a child of GOD. Your playing small does not serve
the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people won't feel
insecure around you. WE are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to
make manifest the glory of GOD that IS within us. It's not just in some of us; IT IS
in everyone. And as WE let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence
automatically liberates others."
You must learn to be fearless enough to drop what you think you know about God.
You must be fearless enough to step away from what others have told you about God.
In other words, DECENCY, MORALITY & LAW
must BE acknowledged as integral components of the
BIG PICTURE GLOBAL SOLUTION of UNDERSTANDING that ...
SO THANKS be to GOD and ...
I AM THAT I AM - I AM YOU
because as Martha says
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