Divine Spirit is ever expanding, growing, and changing. We know this because the universe is ever expanding, growing, and changing. However, in most cultural constructs the Divine Being is still portrayed as existing in a state of perfected beingness unattainable by mere human creatures, although everyone is expected to attempt this impossibility anyway. If there is an all-knowing, all-seeing, absolutely perfect entity out there somewhere it means entropy has set in and god is dead!
As humans we appear to desire safety above all else. We go to great lengths to be safe from loss, sickness, old age, and death. We seek to eradicate illness, discover the fountain of youth through pills, creams, surgery, and research. Most of us feel personally affronted and even betrayed by death. We want to find a perfect place, a perfect solution, a perfect life, a perfect family, and a perfect world. Evolution is messy and often fails. Statistics tell us that 13% of all species are evolving and out of those 90% will fail. This means we are not safe.
It seems that throughout time, humans have felt compelled to create safety through the destruction of anything that is a threat to the status quo. These threats can take the form of a neighbor, germs, immigrants, other nations, other faith groups, and even the self. Language expresses these concepts of fear- demonic, heresy, abomination, anathema, bitch, bastard, ass-hole, etc. And for many it is all justified in the name of a god who demands judgment, punishment, and retribution, now, or in some horrific hereafter.
What if Divine Spirit is not a perfect entity somewhere? What if Divine Spirit is the indwelling force of compassion, forgiveness, understanding, and loving-kindness within all beings? What if Divine Spirit is an ever expanding, evolutionary, and cosmic force that cannot be confined on a mountain top, within a temple, a church, or a book? Countless saints, from multitudinous religions, have confronted this great truth and called it the Divine Mystery or the Cloud of Unknowing.
We are living in evolutionary times; in revolutionary times. And yet, all around us we see people clinging to the old days, the old times, the mythical golden age of family, faith and country. Was it really? On closer look we see children abandoned, beaten, and starving. We see animals tortured, experimented on, and killed to decorate someone’s wall. Wars fought to bring change and leaving only poverty, disease, and destruction in there wake. Women being raped, beaten, and sold into slavery…just like now.
Perhaps we need to look beyond the things that divide us. Perhaps we need to look past gender identity, religious identity, national identity, and ideological identity. We are being called to evolve into a people who identify with compassion, forgiveness, kindness, and generosity. We are being called to live the Divine Mystery!
We don’t need someone with all the answers. We need people to ask the right questions- People who know the earth as our sacred home- People who care enough to eradicate hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness! We need young people to share their vision, to allow them to fire our passion and make a difference. We need elders who are not content to be comfortable but are willing to lead us in a new spiritual consciousness of Love in Action!
Evolution or Entropy? Life or Death? The choice is yours!