Is it possible to experience God? I guess most religions work on that assumption in some fashion. But it seems one sided – we do the rituals, rites, and take responsibility for our actions. What I mean is not ‘how do we do the religious stuff?’ What I’m getting at is this: can we actually encounter God like Moses did (consider Exodus 33:11)?
I put to you that ‘religion’ at its core is preoccupied with a theme that stresses how we can get to God (or the god of our making and choosing). That works out to be a slave-master, never doing enough, never being good enough, never reaching a step further on. It’s exhausting and in the end futile.
What I have found in the claim made by Christ and the message of Christianity at its core (not the religious trappings that has all but smothered the truth) is this: God has come down to us, God has reached out to us, God has found us, God gets us and loves us. That’s freeing, liberating, and defined as ‘God’s grace’ – totally undeserved but graciously given none-the-less.
If salvation has indeed been accomplished by Christ (the Easter proclamation) then it makes no sense at all if the call goes out to ‘work for your salvation.’ Rather, we should focus on one reality: an invitation to discover that God has put his Spirit in your life!
Christian spirituality when practised as given by Christ is the encounter with a gracious God and the invitation to enjoy his presence. It is what I call a temple Walk with you as the temple where God’s presence resides. Now that becomes a living resurrection from the dead for each one of us. We can let go of the ‘should, could, ought to, must do, damned if you don’t’ doctrine (false teaching – let’s call it what it really is) and replace it with a quiet confidence that you are loved by God, accepted, embraced, and invested with divine possibilities that you probably haven’t even contemplated.
Have read on this theme by turning to Philippians 4:8-9 & Colossians 2:6-10