Brannan Manning said the following…
“History attests that religion and religious people tend to be narrow. Instead of expanding our capacity for life, joy, and mystery, religion often contracts it. As systematic theology advance, the sense of wonder declines. The paradoxes, contradictions and ambiguities of life are codified, and God himself is cribbed, cabined, and confined within the pages of a leather-bound book. Instead of a love story the Bible is viewed as a detailed manual of directions.”
As Brennan said, history shows us that we tend to make God smaller. I want Him to fit into my comfortable world. I want Him to become like me. Hell, if God agrees with me, then I am the good guy. This is something we all do in our own small way and when we get together in groups, we amplify this effect. History shows us that we do this over and over and over…and over.
A lot of us however are not in groups at the moment. We are in the wilderness enjoying the Mystery that IS God. We try to come to grips with a God that is bigger than we can comprehend. My question is this; “Is there a way that we ensure that we do not repeat history or are we doomed to repeat the same mistakes? And yes, I’m talking to those “outside” the organised part of church. We are not immune and the dangers are much bigger than we think, because our mistakes are small and not easily detected. How will I ensure that God does not end up looking like me? For this one, I have no answer. Perhaps you have an idea. If you have, I would like to hear it 🙂