“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead – his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.” Albert Einstein, Living Philosophies
This week we continue our series on the basics of Christianity. What is Christianity really about? What is central to Christianity? What is crucial? How would you answer these questions?
Last weekend Rev. Kim talked about a sense of calling. We are all gifted and called to make a difference in the world.
This week in worship we will think about the role of Love in our faith. Some have tried to make Christianity about fear of an angry God, or about shame, or about following the rules and being good so you get an eternal reward instead of a burning punishment. Some have tried to make Christianity into a set of beliefs to which one must give their assent. I will suggest this weekend that if Christianity is about following Jesus Christ, love must be central. When we come to grasp Godâ€™s love, we are freed up to love others, even others who are hard to love. We are also free to come to a greater love of self.
Part of life is physical or material. The greater, most beautiful and profound part of life, however, opens up when we move into a spiritual realm.
In the midst of the pain and frustrations of life, we sense there should be more. Sometimes this leads people to affairs, new cars or shopping trips trying to fill that whole in the soul. Sometimes people just go on with life, with a sense of loneliness and incompleteness. Sometimes this sense of incompleteness leads people to go deeper.
The journey that is necessary is the journey into the Love of God.
Are you on this journey? What disciplines are necessary for you to reach this depth – and fulfillment.
I look forward to exploring these things with you this weekend in worship.