When we look at God’s word, when we spend time in God’s presence, when we talk about God, when we experience God, when we spend time with God’s people, we should ideally start to see things with and from God’s perspective. We should grow larger, not smaller. We should be more loving and compassionate, not less. And we should become more humble. We should understand the universe is less about us, and more about God, and about God’s story that is unfolding. We should be gaining a Kingdom view. We should be less parochial. Walls should come down. We should come to understand humanity as one – all of us a creation on that 6th day. Those things that divide us should grow smaller, and even disappear.
Basically a lot of good things SHOULD happen. But pretty much, historically, THE OPPOSITE is what has actually happened. Walls have come come up. Not just between us and them, but within us. We don’t view the other as equal. We distrust the other. Our view has gotten smaller. More local. Parochial. We fight for more than our fair share of resources. We act like the kingdoms of this world are more real than the Kingdom of God. We view the other as intrinsically different. We squabble. We fight. We’re small. We’re petty.
Our thesis is that it is not Holy Scripture that is at fault – as Scripture has no shortage of teachings that are meant to expand our way of seeing the world and the other.
“… at the voice of God the earth itself melts”
Felix Baumgartner’s Jump from 128K feet @ Mach 1.24.
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For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
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When you’re finally up at the moon looking back on earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.
— Frank Borman, Apollo 8, Newsweek, 23 December 1968.
* caution: includes a short segment from both Twilight and The Notebook.
Hidden seed for this service (never referenced): Radiolab, Dark Side of the Earth.