Sorry for the long silence. Life has been a bit overwhelming over the last couple of months... but I think I'm back!! :D
AND... I'm still trying to figure out how to write my "Big, Fat, Jesus Post". Here is Attempt Mark II.
(If you missed it, and are interested; Attempt Mark I is HERE. )
I think, perhaps, the best way to begin explaining where I think Jesus fits into the whole cosmic picture, is to talk about what authentic spirituality may or may not be... because I believe that is what he embodies. I know that's a BIG statement - but let's start a little smaller - and as always, please add your thoughts to the discussion too!
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So what is "spirituality"? Seems to me it is an active desire to find and understand both "ultimate reality", and "a better way". For many people (myself included) this amounts to some kind of "search for God". However I know many atheists who would also consider themselves spiritual by this definition - and I agree with them.
Religions may have arisen out of our own innate spirituality, but spirituality is NOT a product of religion. Whether we are simply "higher order mammals with enough evolved intelligence to observe, and therefore question our own existence", or whether we are "eternal souls clothed in physical bodies" - the search for meaning, significance, and even 'transcendence', in some sense, of our own physical reality, is still a profound part of our human experience.
SO... I'm throwing a question out to all of you now:
Without particular reference to religion - What insights /glimpses/ intuitions have you had, of "ultimate reality" and/or a "transcendent way"?
Have there been experiences in your life that were in some way, "profound"? In what way? What lessons have you learned along life's way, that seem to be "deep truths" pointing to a "better way"?
Post your thoughts here in the comments section. I'm working on a little list of my own (seems it is the season for lists!) - but I think I'll save it for the next post - I want to see what others have to say, first!