We've all heard that God is love. God is love, and God is good. But God is bigger than that. God is all! God is ultimate balance. God is not just good all the time; He is ALL, all the time. God creates both light and darkness, good bacteria and harmful bacteria, sunshine and rain. Every facet of creation has a part to play in the balance of the universe. God is working in all things a balance that is beneficial for creation, even if we cannot see the beauty of the paradox.
God can be love and hate, and both can be true. The Bible even states that there are certain things God hates, the biggest of which is one who sows discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:19). Can we deduct from this that if God hates division most, that He loves unity most? If God hates for His children to be divided, wouldn't God in turn love and celebrate when His children come together? In order to make this happen, we must decide to make the main thing the main thing and stop allowing ourselves to be divided over issues that do not hold eternal significance.
If unity matters most to God, then it should never be at the mercy of our differences in doctrine. If peace matters most, then it should never be lost at the expense of our piece of understanding. Claiming ownership of our little piece, which consists of man-made traditions and dogmas, keeps us from fulfilling Christ's prayer that we would become one (John 17: 20-26). So do we choose our piece or God's peace?
Individual religious traditions are each only one well of many that are fed by the One River we call God. God is the eternally flowing river that is the Source of life for the universe. Our piece of God is just that... a piece. And, as long as we cling to our particular piece and believe that it is the only piece, there will be no peace.
Quote of the Week
"There is one underground river - but there are many wells into that river: an African well, a Taoist well, a Buddhist well, a Jewish well, a Muslim well, a goddess well, a Christian well, and aboriginal wells. Many wells but one river. To go down a well is to practice a tradition, but we would make a grave mistake (an idolatrous one) if we confused the well itself with the flowing waters of the underground river. Many wells, one river. That is Deep Ecumenism."
- Matthew Fox