Life is a good teacher and a good friend
because it is always in transition
and therefore open-ended and non-aggressive.
The astronomer’s telescope, through Copernicus
pushed over God’s throne –
the stable center of planet Earth.
Religion was not ready for this shift
from Earth as Center of All
to the Universe as Center.
If each star in the Milky Way Galaxy was a grain of sand
you would need a colossal dump truck
to contain the two hundred billion stars.
Western religion has been challenged
by science and other world religions
particularly the power of Islam.
Certain themes run through the Qur’an
and create strong motives of desire and fear:
the power and glory of God/the terrors of the Fire/
the joys of Paradise.
In Buddhism and Christianity, the sutras and gospels
are not the living teachings of Buddha and Christ –
the living teaching can only be had
by living/practicing/acting upon what was taught –
then you do not just believe the teachings
you know them to be true.
Then living unlimited love/
meaningful human work/interreligious dialogue
help all things evolve to the fullness
of the Universal Christ
as the Lamb or the G.O.A.T. –
the Greatest Of All Time –
the Center of the Universe.