The task of religion is not to turn us into proper believers; it is to deepen the personal within us, to embrace the power of life, to expand our consciousness, in order that we might see things that eyes do not normally see.
John Shelby Spong
Religion is part of the human make-up. It's also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.
“One day you will wonder what was so important that you put off doing the most important things. 'Someday' can be a thief in the night.”
― Deborah Brown
“Awareness of the divine begins with wonder.”
To live and to work in one world and believe and pray in another makes our lives seem fragmented and disconnected, even alienated from what is truly lifegiving. (pg. 21)
From "Radical Amazement" by Judy Cannato
My point, once again, is not that those ancient people told literal stories and we are now smart enough to take them symbolically, but that they told them symbolically and we are now dumb enough to take them literally.
John Dominic Crossan
"God is the compassionate consciousness in which we all live."
BLUE SKY GOD
The evolution of science and Christianity
If you muster the courage to raise your questions aloud, chances are you will be treated to a menu of facile clichés, unsatisfactory platitudes, or even threats of excommunication in this life and hell after death. If you keep your questions a secret, you may feel increasingly divided, even hypocritical, showing the mask of a happy believer on Sundays but living with a growing inner disillusionment the rest of the week. “Why does faith always feel like pumping water uphill?” you wonder. “Why does it take so much effort to maintain?” You understand why so many people decide to drop out of religion entirely.
FAITH AFTER DOUBT
Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It
Brian D. McLaren
You won’t find Jesus in the land of the dead. He is still with us.
The powers killed him – but they couldn’t stop him. They crucified him and buried him in a rich man’s tomb. But imperial execution and a tomb couldn’t hold him.
He’s still loose in the world. He’s still out there, still here, still recruiting people to share his passion for the Kingdom of God – a transformed world here and now. It’s not over.
Marcus Borg (1942-2015) "Reflections on Easter"
As the collection of our days
grows tall behind us,
our view of what might have been
looms large in its shadow.
We ponder over days gone by,
worrying our memories,
living's residue set upon our souls.
What has been, has been.
We can only move further away
from the choices we have made.
May the distance we cover
May we grow wise
through the review
we make of our lives.
And, as our perspective widens,
may we find that our choices have been
part of a larger picture that, as a whole,
brings beauty to this fragile earth.
Gretta Vosper "Time or too Late"