maybe we just haven’t found the magic word yet

"The Right Name" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“The Right Name” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

I say this with deep respect: All religion is the human attempt to articulate a mystery. It’s our response to a revelation (that is, a dawning of awareness) of the unknown unknowable. And a lot of the articulation is a beautiful attempt, in my opinion.

Karl Barth said that revelation is like a meteor, and religion is the crater it leaves in the earth. I would agree with this. I visited a crater in Arizona I think it was. There were souvenir shops and everything there. That’s like what happens with religion. There is a revelation of a mystery. Then we take advantage of it. Some organize, institutionalize, and even commercialize it. But this doesn’t diminish the profundity of the revelation or the thing revealed. Nor does it condemn the human attempt to understand and articulate it.

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5 Responses

  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    Oh, I hope God responds to anyone that calls upon him/her, no matter what ‘name’ they use. I tend towards God having ‘gracious understanding’.

    Revelation vs. Religion. To paraphrase a statement attributed to Jesus, “Everyone that is born of the Spirit hears the wind, but cannot tell where it came from or where it is going to.”

    From this, I have taken that the normal Christian life is one of

    ‘here am I /now only/touch wounded/wait & listen two ways/share insight/accept them and yet I move on to assure their independence’/ repeat as needed’ ;

    as opposed to

    ‘you are here/for now and future/change as I understand the Word of God/institutional answer/no listening, and more institutional answer/entrench and reject, or entrench and create co-dependence / repeat as needed.’

    I recognize I tend towards the ‘mystic’ side of Christianity… but without the gentle breeze of changing insights, I would have great difficulty continuing as a believer in Jesus.

    To use an eastern expression, it is the way of no way. It is staying aware of the changing wind.

  2. “It is the way of no way.” I like that. Reminds me of Buddha’s middle way. Between ways.

  3. Ducatihero says:

    Aware of the changing wind and a fulfilling engaged with it as opposed to meaningless chasing the wind perhaps.

  4. Caryn LeMur says:

    I think you are right, Ducati. It is being aware, and following the Wind of the Spirit for the moment. It is not a ‘chasing of the Wind’. šŸ™‚

  5. Ducatihero says:

    šŸ™‚