“God cannot be found in a book of religion,” said Deepak Chopra. That’s probably not saying it strong enough. God cannot be found at all. If, however, you think of God as “up there, somewhere,” and you as “down here on earth,” that is to say, if you see God as separate from you…then that is precisely why God cannot be found.
“Separation” is the consequence of a worn out theology made popular in the twentieth century by the likes of such programs as Evangelism Explosion, the Four Spiritual Laws, etc. In this theological construct, God and you are separate. God is holy and just. You’re a sinner, rotten to the core. And, unless you repent of sin, accept Jesus as your sinless substitute – since he was not a sinner – you, my friend, are doomed to spend eternity in hell.
Period. It is this belief that encourages Christian preachers to proclaim a theology that excludes virtually all of humanity from God and consigns them to hell (see the recent tweet by the Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll).
Dr. Steve McSwain is an author, speaker, thought leader and spiritual teacher. His books and blogs inspire spiritual seekers around the world. He is a devoted follower of Christ but an interfaith activist as well. He is frequently heard to say, in the words of Mother Teresa, "I love all religions; but I'm IN LOVE with my own." Read more from Dr. McSwain on his blog Your Best Life Now.
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