ORTHODOX IDEAS

Orthodox Ideas discard mystery
to find the security of certainty

The faith of our fathers realised the mystery
of much that we meet in our religious practices;
exposed the thin places,
where earth and heaven overlap;
where material and spiritual are undivided.
Yet, in recent years, enlightened man has demanded
a more factual, tenable, sensible, complete account.
Something with firm boundaries stating
who is out and who is in.

So faith is said to rely on :
The Infallibility of the Bible
even, in places, of the Pope
The Divinity of Jesus Christ
even from first creation
Virginity of the mother of Jesus
even, lately, of her own mother
The return of Jesus as judge
even often the very date

We are all said to be sinners, doomed
saved only through the spilt blood of Jesus Christ

Eternal life in wondrous heaven for the few
those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord
Eternal damnation and torture for the many
those who have failed to make that statement
no matter how either one has lived their life

Does that make any sense?
In contrast we may see
a concept of evolving mankind,
heading towards a glorious future
as the target of its evolution.

This may seem vastly preferable to the traditional stance,
which looks back to the source of original sin
and focusses on sin-filled mankind.

Faith does not lie in assent to a form of words,
nor in acceptance of the stories told of ancient heroes,
nor in the performance of certain actions,
whether ritualistic or in helping others.

Faith does not lie in loving our neighbour or following Jesus;
does not lie in credal statements or confessions.
Faith lies only in Trust in God's love,
reality and goodness.

Though putting our trust in God alone
can have many consequences
affects all our behaviour
Is not an easy option