A friend of mine recently sent me an article that said, "When we become a defender of a particular belief about God it is no longer believing God — it is only believing our belief about Him." Is that what's happening in the church?
It has been my position that we have become so uninspired and disillusioned with our understanding of God, and our difficulty in feeling his Real presence that Church has ceased to be a power-full experience. So many go through the motions each Sunday without any evidence of the joyful, abundant life, or the power they claim to have. I'm convinced that what's needed now is a careful and thorough re-examination of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. The question I’m asking people these days is, What does it really mean that the spirit of God is in you? What is the fullness of the statement that we are made in his image and likeness? And, most interestingly, what is science telling us lately about this belief? If God is spirit and that spirit is in man, then what part of God is not? What part of him is it that we look up to heaven and pray to? The answer is, No Part. There is no part of God that is separate from man. God doesn't exist somewhere outside of his creation. The universe is a manifestation of him. The things we hear and say and sing in church today clearly show a separation theology which we have spoken into existence, but which no longer resonates with thinking people, certainly not the youth, and for good reason. It’s not true.
I'm coming to the conclusion that was more clear to me before I became a Christian. Like a drop of water is to the ocean we are all part of God. We manifest in many different ways but there is nothing which he is that we are not. Nothing that he possesses that we do not. No where he is that we are not. The idea that God is living in heaven, watching down on us and waiting for us to approach him has to be seen as part of a mythology that was necessary for early believers. It no longer serves a purpose for the spirituality of the human race and we do a dis-service to ourselves by continuing to allow it. Again I refer to our "worship" songs. Thankfully the Spirit in us is beginning to awaken us. We are all one with God the same way Jesus was.
When we finally come to that amazing awareness we will suddenly find the joy that's been missing. We will have a new understanding of the power and authority Jesus told us we had. Church will be a celebration more exciting than the Super Bowl. Most importantly for the future of our planet we will also see our relationship to each other in the proper way. Like Neale Donald Walsch says, "There's only one of us". That's why Jesus told us to “love your neighbor as yourself”. When we're able to do that religions will be as unnecessary as the wars we fight to prove them.