TRUTH IS REAL LIFE
Truth is a person. We may tell ourselves that we know this. But say it as much as we like – if we are in the law, we will see truth as an ideology, a belief system or a set of propositions. In the law we will turn anything of the Spirit into the letter. But reality is Christ.
Theology matters because it is about being – who God is and who we are. The theology we embrace determines who we will ‘be.’ What will be the state of our being? Robust or crippled?
One can be raised in wall to wall religion and not know God. The non-religious person can at times know God better than the religious man or woman because their lens is not distorted. They simply perceive the God who is.
The religious person can come to know God through religion - but by leaving it behind.
Indeed once a person has left religion behind because they have come to know God, un-encumbered by pious suppositions, they do not return to it. Why would you when God is your life because God is life?
Richard Rohr observes that, “Truth is finally a person and an encounter—much more than a concept that can be argued. We are realigned with truth when the real person meets the real God—which is exactly the stuff of spirituality, theology, and conversion.” (1)
MATURINGS AS SONS
The law insulates you from you and from God.
God is more than a concept that can be argued. The closest some get to knowing God is having an argument about Him – which is no relationship at all - the bareness of it being its only redeeming feature. Redeeming in that it can push us towards seeking union with God being to being.
Your new covenant union with God has nothing to do with the law and everything to do with you becoming a son/daughter of God. We can be ‘sons’ notionally in religion. In union we are sons in spirit and in truth.
One definition of repentance is being real enough to say to Jesus, ‘I can’t do religion any more. It takes me nowhere.’ Jesus smiles and says, ‘Good, Georgina. Now I can do something with you.’
Some Believers become entangled in legalism because this parody of wholeness is the natural bent of our human (Adamic) attempt to overcome separation from God. Others because they have been immersed since childhood in a religion of the law that purports to be from God. But which insulates them from God.
The foundation of Kingdom life in the new testament age is the incarnation – Christ in us as Father was in Jesus of Nazareth, so that now we are indwelt by all the fullness of the God-head bodily. Legalism is rocks in the heart that suffocates the agency of the incarnation even when you believe it as a construct. Legalism destroys intimacy with God. Based on Adamic assumptions it leaves us separated from God in our hearts and minds because in the law we are engaged in making ourselves worthy of union.
For some the greatest inhibitor of wholeness, holiness, spirit and life is the religion they were born with. Unless we exchange religion for Christ Himself as us, we remain babies the whole of our lives.
WE HAVE IT
The truth is we already have union in Christ. This leaves us free to be known by God as we are and to know God as God is. Until we enter this grace as a state of being, we cannot know ourselves, know others or know God in any depth – which is why those tied to the law have such appalling spiritual discernment. Christ for you, in you and as you is the living way in which the real person meets the real God. Reality is Christ. ‘Law consciousness’ focuses us on ourselves and sidelines the incarnation, thus cutting us off from the spirit and life that is ours when Christ is our life.
Jesus said He would be in us and with us. To believe this is to be spiritually alive and to know God.
(1) Richard Rohr. What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self. The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.