God; Unexplained, but Experienced

I cannot explain
to anyone
who or what God is.

Neither can anyone else,
though we have pretended
to do just that for centuries
with creeds, doctrines, and dogmas.

The reality of God
can never be defined;
it can only be experienced.

Along life’s way,
I needed to surrender
definitions of God.

When I speak or write
about my experiences of God,
I can only do so
in my poetry
with analogies.

Life seems more than
I can possibly embrace;
to live it fully
requires
moving beyond human consciousness.

But I do taste its sweetness
when I Love
and when I do,
I think I connect with
the Source of Life
I call God.

When I truly Love,
I think I am
One with God,
I know as
BEING-in-Love.

Love seems the transcendent reality
that I can engage
and by which I am transformed.
 
As a human being,
I participate in
the Universal Being,
something much greater than I.

BEING-in-Love
is inexhaustible, infinite, and indestructible
and when I am being in Love
I think I touch that which I call
God.

My view of God
and the God I see in Jesus
is a subjective description,
as inadequate as it is,
of what I believe is
an objective reality.

Being in Love,
I can reach the fullness of humanity
which flows from and into
Divine Reality,
BEING-in-Love.

The meaning and reality of God
I experience
in the fullness of my humanity,
open to transcendent otherness,
by being in Love.

God is Love;
When I live in Love,
I live in God
and
God in me.

God as Male

The Paternal Metaphor
for God
did not happen unconsciously
as if by default.

A Maternal Divine
has been actively derogated
and consciously erased
from acceptable images
of the Divine.

This erasure
accompanied the emergence of
a patriarchy
as the dominant ideology
in the Roman Catholic Church.

The all-male hierarchy
necessitated exclusively male
ruling images for God.

Two thousand years of
non-experience of women
in public ecclesial roles
eliminated maternal images for God
for generations.

Contributing to the image of
an all-male God
was Aquinas’ systematic incorporation of
ancient Greek biology
into Catholic Theology.

From Aristotle
and through Aquinas
Roman Catholic Theology
is base on the idea that
in the act of conceiving life,
the male is the active partner
who provides the vital form
and originating movement
while the female
is the passive partner
simply providing the inert matter
that receives the form.




The resulting child
is thus a creation of male energy
working upon an inactive female partner
with the two radical opposites;
the man being the vigorous actor
and the woman a lifeless object.

According to Aquinas,
because the woman has no active part,
she is merely potency
and thus inferior.
For him,
female nature is fundamentally inferior
to male nature.

Hence, per Aquinas,
and Roman Catholic Theology,
a Mother,
who embodies an inferior and passive principle
cannot provide a suitable metaphor
for God,
the active source of all creation.

To use such imagery,
would be for Aquinas and the Roman Catholic Church
to demean the dignity of God,
who is pure ACT
untainted by the shadow of female passivity
and unrealized potency.

All this
based on totally faulty biology
raised to a metaphysical level
and
a Roman Catholic Theology
in support of
an all-male hierarchy.


Orthodoxy or Orthopraxy

Security
is the drug of choice
for those mentally immobilized
in rigid orthodoxy.

In This Life or Next


The Creative and Moral teaching
of Judeo-Christianity
is not tied to god-talk
or after-life hope.

After-life hope
slights the rest of nature
that enjoys no such otherworldly
insurance policy.

Progressive Christians
see the richness
that can be mined
from Hebraic and Christian sources
without a dependency on a belief in
an after-life,
but in doing so
they threaten the
Vatican power structure.

Theism
can be separate
from the biblical moral epic;
witness Francis’
inclusion of Atheists
in his Moral Mission.

Jesus the Meek

Christian Piety

over the centuries
portrayed Jesus
as meek and humble.

If he had been so,
Jesus would have died in bed
at a ripe old age,
not a victim
of Caesar’s maximum penalty
reserved for rebels.

The Romans did not care
if Jesus claimed to be God,
many did.

What Jesus did
as a man and not as a god,
was to politically provoke/disturb
the alliance of convenience
between the Roman occupiers
and the corrupt Jewish leaders.

His death
had nothing to do
with my sinfulness.