I think there’s true freedom in knowing that we belong only to God and we don’t belong or subscribe to any religious system (whether it’s called christianity, judaism, islam, hinduism, etc). I believe God will reveal Himself to any one of us in a way we can understand – His agape love knows no boundaries.
I like what Thomas Merton said here: “Contemplation, therefore, is becoming aware of something that already is: our oneness with God at the deepest level of our being. Merton is fond of using the term “awareness” to describe this experience. “Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive…It is gratitude for life, for awareness and for being.”
The excerpt of the Centering Prayer in Contemplative Outreach also resonates with my heart – that we’ve already got the beauty and freedom and the image of God in us – we also have God’s love already, so we don’t need to win over His love – rather He has won us over with His love. 🙂
“Sir, don’t you think that God has revealed himself in other religions and not only in Christianity?”
Barth: “No, God has not revealed himself in any religion, including Christianity. He has revealed himself in his Son.”
Karl Barth (1886-1968), during his 1963 Princeton lectures
The following is a video excerpt entitled “Mahatma Gandhi: God is Life, Truth, Light, Love and the Supreme Good”.
While I don’t agree with everything Mahatma Gandhi said in the above video, I like what he said here: “Hence I gather that God is life, truth, light. He is love. He is the supreme Good. But He is no God who merely satisfies the intellect, if He ever does. God to be God must rule the heart and transform it. He must express himself in every smallest act of His votary. This can only be done through a definite realization, more real than the five senses can ever produce.”