I believe there is a Prime Mover behind the universe, a transcendent consciousness we Western Christians commonly call God.
By definition, an eternal & infinite conscious which by nature is constantly aware of every iota of its creation.
A consciousness which on occasion has made its presence known much like bonsai masters make their presence known to their trees.
I believe the teachings of the rabbi we refer to today as Jesus Christ are a manifestation of what the Prime Mover desires for us. I believe nothing is forbidden if it is done from love (and the Golden Rule is the first litmus test in that).
I believe the physical universe behaves under a set of observable scientific principles, and many of the things the Bible refers to as miracles are either a transcendent Prime Mover alerting people to a natural event ahead of time, or a rare but nonetheless statistically inevitable event occurring at a time that benefits the observers.
That being said, I think there are times when the Prime Mover acts directly in human affairs.
But the most important thing in my mind is this:
All of the above is trivia if we do not love and care for one another as the Prime Mover loves and cares for us; to love one another is to love God, and to love God is to love one another.
THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE.
“…it gets awfully lonely out here…no one to talk to…if
it wasn’t for your guys at ground control I’d go insane…”
“We’ll always be here for you.”
photo from Disney mission mars
text © Buzz Dixon
today you shout “Muslim!”
yesterday you shouted “Communist!”
and before that it was “******-lover!”
we’re tired of hearing it
we’re tired of you
I’d tell you to go to hell
but you’re already there
“We in the United States live in a deathly social context that’s marked by consumerism and militarism and the loss of the common good. Younger people that are committed to the gospel have to think carefully about how to critique that dominant system of military consumerism and how to imagine alternative forms of life that are not defined by those corrosive pressures…That ideological system causes us to be very afraid, to regard other people as competitors, or as threats, or as rivals. It causes us to think of the world in very frightened and privatistic forms.
“The gospel very much wants us to think in terms of a neighborhood, in terms of being in solidarity with other people, in sharing our resources, and of living out beyond ourselves. The gospel contradicts the dominant values of our system, which encourages self-protection and self-sufficiency at the loss of the common good. The church is in some ways a reflection of those dominant values.” — Walter Brueggemann, “It’s Not a Matter of Obeying the Bible”