COSMOLOGY, SCIENCE, SPIRIT AND SUFFERING
Since the birth of science
Christianity no longer has an effective cosmology
and its followers have difficulty
relating their faith to the world of science.
Meanwhile, secular culture sees its purpose as
personal fulfillment and social progress
and religion as having little to do with
solving temporal problems.
Peoples’ loss of faith in the institutional church
and their search for meaning outside church
was instigated by God
the Hound of Heaven who always pursues and finds us.
This is the mysticism of today
an attempt to find and experience the True God
rather than the Lego god constructed piece by piece
through pre-set definitions of churches.
The downside of abandoning religion
is that secularists suffer tremendously
– always dissatisfied – never able to fill their soul’s God-hole.
To dissolve suffering due to dissatisfaction
with who we are and where we are
we are forced to give up some basic assumptions:
that we can have it all, get it all together
have lasting security, all pleasure and no pain.
In spite of these assumptions
or perhaps because of them
things fall apart.
Crucifixion is symbolic in its universal sense
of destruction – that is an inevitable part
of evolution unfolding and necessary
for the birth of new life.
Secular people need to embrace poverty like Francis of Assisi:
“Blessed poverty even in this life
gives to souls who love her
the ability to fly to heaven.
Poverty guards the armor of true humility and charity.”
Even Karl Marx was an anti-materialist
when he wrote (well before intelligent phones):
“All our technological progress results in
endowing material things with intellectual life
and stunts human development by materialism.”
Eastern religions share this anti-materialism
but their solution to the suffering caused
is to desire less
whereas in western religions the solution is
to desire more – desire God –
until you reach God you have not desired enough.
But Christian theology to be relevant must gain a foothold
in the new science that is replacing spirituality
for so many in Generations X to Z.
We need to see Spirit behind scientific revolution –
Spirit had to, thru Reason, free the Spirit
trapped in the mythology of a distant heaven
and so break the chains
of the oppressed here on Earth.
Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican who dominated
Christian thought for centuries
was no Platonic contemplative
in love with incorporeal essences
but a Christian who contemplated the divine light
in every created thing here and now.
Heaven is NOW. In YOU.
Fully realizing that you are Spirit/divine
only happens if your Higher Self
takes compassionate action
letting Spirit into your whole life.
Otherwise, you stunt your development
if your Higher Self exists
only in the ivory tower of your intellect
and never in your emotions, senses and body.
The laws of our mind, emotions and body
are one with the laws of the
universe, galaxy and planet
that birthed us as its children.
Spirit driving science and evolution
gives us a new Christian cosmology.