I was talking with a friend last night and, as it usually does, the topic eventually ended up on God and the universe and the meaning of life and simple stuff like that. We meandered through questions like:
“What actually is energy?”
“Why can you always split something into something smaller?”
“How come, in the opinion of many people, God doesn’t need to have a creator but the universe does?”
It is the latter I want to focus on for a bit. Why is it so easy for certain people (mainly any of those who believe in God as a being “out there”) to believe in a God that has always existed, no beginning or end, but when it comes to the universe that just doesn’t seem feasible?
And I’ve also noticed that commonly these same people will not accept any aspect of the Big Bang Theory either, which gives us an idea of how our own observable universe came to be what we see today.
To these people, they have somehow come to place where it is completely feasible to accept the idea of a “being” existing outside of time and space but the idea of the universe (somehow) not having a beginning or an end is utter foolishness.
Now I’m not trying to condemn those who do believe in God or those who don’t, I’m just trying to understand a mindset. Why are questions such as this never talked about within the building of the church?
So much damage has been done to many people within various religions due to questions sounding like doubt, and “doubt has no place in a church.” Really?
A church should be a place of discussion, of dialogue, of loving disagreement, of shared ideas. A reason we see so much division in our country is that we are bad at disagreement as Americans. We’re just plain bad at it. Some of this could be a result of the certainty you are often demanded to have in church. There isn’t room for uncertainty or disagreement.
There’s no room for gray between the black and the white.
Our obsession with certainty has crippled our ability to engage with other worldviews and come to legitimate compromise. In fact, we have made words like compromise and tolerance off limits, they almost sound dirty in the context of many religious settings I’ve been in. Yet, Democracy is built of the cornerstones of compromise and tolerance. Why do we expect this thing to work if we are not willing to participate in fundamental aspects of it?
When you begin to change your mindset from the dualistic mindset of “self and other” to a mindset where we are all connected, all in relationship, all a part of something bigger than our own self, then ideas of compromise and tolerance flow naturally from the love in your heart.
Just as you do not hate your own arm or your own leg, we are all part of a larger body of people. We are all in this thing together, experiencing life together, going through excruciating pain and beautiful joy, together.
If Christ is the unifying force of love that permeates all of space, that was and is and is to come, with no beginning and no end; if Christ is that which reconciles all things and that which brings life from death…
Then we are all part of the body of Christ.
We are all made up of the same mysterious energy.
And just as no single “part” of you contains “all” of you, just as all of you is made up of energy expressing itself in different ways (in different forms of relationship), so is the body of Christ made up of many different beliefs, ideas, concepts of reality, and people.
Grace and Mercy ⇒ Love and Peace