Sunday, 31 March 2013
Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander died and went to heaven. He's a neurosurgeon, so he not only knows what death look like, but has the scans to prove he had it.
Obviously, he came back again, and wrote 'Proof of Heaven' which is a pretty good read, but in the interests of saving you time and money, I shall tell you what he came back to say:
You are absolutely and unconditionally loved. The other side of the great divide, Love is indeed, all there is.
You have nothing to fear.
You can do nothing wrong.
There's freedom for you!
Two thousand years ago today, Someone Else returned from the dead to say pretty much the same thing. Sadly, the wonder and the joy of the message of the Christ is almost lost to the world outside the church. Almost.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
How Does One Really Love God?
Meditation 36 of 52
Ordinary Christianity has emphasized that we should love God. This makes sense, but do we really know how to do that? What I find in the mystics is an overwhelming experience of how God has loved us! That’s what comes through all of their writings, and I do mean all—that God is forever the aggressive lover, God is the protagonist, God is the one who seduces me out of my unworthiness. It’s all about God’s initiative! Then the mystics try desperately to pay back, to offer their lives back to the world, to the poor and rejected, and thus back to God. Love is repaid by love alone.
Mystics are not trying to earn God’s love by doing good things or going to church services. That question is already and profoundly resolved. The mystics’ overwhelming experience is this full body blow of divine embrace, a radical acceptance by God even in their state of fragmentation and poverty. That’s what makes it “amazing” and “grace” (see Romans 11:6).
Adapted from Following the Mystics Through the Narrow Gate Richard Rohr,
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