#NowReading The Universal Christ | Richard Rohr
this one is gonna be a little different
in the introduction to the text, rohr asks the reader to spend time on certain key phrases, to really mull over them and contemplate them until "the word becomes flesh" for the reader, so to speak. as part of that, i want to spend some time writing about my thoughts on those phrases, what they mean to me, etc. as i do so, each one will be cw'd with the relevant phrases at the top, and i invite you to join in the conversation with me, whether or not you've read the text in question
re: But God loves things by becoming them. | God loves things by uniting with them, not by excluding them.
another thing i thought of while at work today was the tension between the collective and the individual. i think that the world is defined, at least in some small part, by interactions. our consciousness defines the world by how it interacts with our bodies, and how our bodies interact with the world. what we perceive is in part defined by our eyes interacting with the light in the world around us, our skin and nerves feeling things, our ears hearing things, and so on. how we process, understand, and interact with the world around us, including objects, living things, and people; and how they do the same to us.
a collective is made up of those individuals, those unique "i"s coming together and doing things as a unit that may be greater than the sum of its parts. but without those individuals you don't have a collective. a collective doesn't just magically form from thin air. it's created by people recognizing the shared humanity of others, recognizing consciousness in others and wanting to form those connections, those bonds. wanting to break down those barriers and unite, to create those aforementioned ever-greater circles of unions.
"God seems to have chosen to manifest the invisible in what we call the 'visible,' so that all things visible are the revelation of God's endlessly diffusive spiritual energy. Once a person recognizes that, it is hard to ever be lonely in this world again."
"Everything is the "child of God." No exceptions."
@CyclopsCaveman is god the child of god. is the idea of god the child of god. is the bible the child of god. is a rock
@CyclopsCaveman is nothingness
@t54r4n1 what part of "no exceptions"... lol
@CyclopsCaveman what does it MEAN
@t54r4n1 the quote is from a book about a type of christian universalism (tho iirc rohr doesn't like to call his theology universalism) thats puts forth the idea that God is within all of his creation, including Jesus. i've been making my way thru the book very slowly, its a rather dense eead despite being not actually that long
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