One cannot fall in love with a belief system. But we can develop co-dependency on one. This is not the real marriage of the self with God. It’s the marriage one has when one is not having a marriage. It serves as a prelude and a lesson in the drinking of waters that are not alive, so that we will develop a thirst and a passion for living water.
The heart seeks union with God. This its beginning and fulfilment. Either it will not stop seeking until this union is experienced. Or it will feed itself on substitutes, anesthetise itself to reality and live a life without ever having really lived. This is the fate of the tare as compared to the wheat. Richard Rohr observes,
“The fact that some form of loving must precede true knowing helps us appreciate why the prophets used the intimate word for carnal knowledge or sexual intimacy when they spoke of “knowing” God (see, for example, Hosea 2:21, 6:6, and John 10:14–15, 14:20, 17:3). This is a tremendous insight, but one that comes only from inner realization and not from books.” (1)
TO KNOW GOD
The entire book the Song of Solomon is an elaboration of this theme – the truth that our inion with God is similar to our union with our husband or wife. The religious person may have difficulty accepting this for what it is. Not so the spiritual person for whom the life of God inhabits every area of living, particularly relationships.
‘I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with flowing myrrh, on the handles of the bolt’ Song 5.5 NIV.
As a community representing a ‘belief system’ we can be a valley of dry bones. With Jesus as our life we are Brides of Christ and sons of God. Not notionally but in spirit and in truth. Fundamentalisms can produce good walking zombies. Christ our life multiplies sons and daughters of God.
True knowing is ours as we are one flesh with God. This is why Christ comes in our flesh and why Christ as an externality is a religion and not a life. It is why the knowledge of good and evil is both counterfeit knowledge and a shadow of the truth. To know anything in its real essence we must live in God. We were made to live in God and we have been joined in our being to God’s being. ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. This is our NOW LIFE. This is the day you will begin to know God, know yourself and be able to love God with the love with which He loves you. You will not have to strive to do this. You will love as God loves because He is part of you.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (p. 51). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.