As God is the only lover of mankind, we are created to be lovers of God. In the end that is the only true knowledge. --Michael Bauman in a response to a blogpost if fatherstephen.wordpress.com
Thursday, May 31, 2012 | Posted by Joel at 9:39 AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | Posted by Joel at 4:36 PM
Perhaps it is Wittgenstein that is steadily pushing me, I do not know. But I found this line: "Spirituality — the life of the Spirit..." on a blog that is considered one of the best "spiritual" blogs on the web. But I am compelled to call attention to something-- the word "spiritual" is only used once or twice in the canonical scriptures, and usually on something in opposition to the Gospel. It is often the translation of "life in the [Holy] Spirit," that is, life in a person, life in God.
And to think of the life of God in us or the life of the Spirit in us, still puts us as the center, and God drawn or poured into us rather than we in Christ and Christ in God.
I can hear someone saying it is "both/and," but that is a cop out. I am not the center of anything, not even my "me;" God himself is his own center and the life that we all share is none other than life that comes from Christ in God.
I really want to drop the word "spiritual" and "spirituality" from my vocabulary.
Thursday, August 28, 2008 | Posted by Joel at 8:33 PM