Brian’s Reflection: Friday, March 19, 2010
It may be that our role on this planet
is not to worship God - but to create him.
Arthur C. Clarke; fantasist, philosopher,
thinker, author; he died on this date, 2008,
age 90, in Sri Lanka.
What I want us to think about is ….. ourselves. To think about us human beings. We are so very prone to think disparagingly of ourselves. Why? Because we are taught this way of thinking. Mostly by a religious system that has taught us this self-demeaning nonsense for hundreds of centuries, primarily to establish itself in a position of power, in a position of control and determination. If I were to put it in a mythological image – the Devil has performed a coup.
Many people think that God has “spoken” primarily in self-revelation, in “sacred texts”. This is wrong. God has “spoken” primarily through the human intellect and heart. God has spoken in the context of human relationships. Do not forget: human beings are exactly as the Christian Gospel proposes: we are like “the Christ” – truly human and truly “divine”. In other words, we are indigenous inhabitants of the Universe.
Which means what? It means that we are the instruments “God” created to create Herself in Time and Space. Yes! Clarke is right! The mythological “Blessed Virgin Mary” is the ultimate icon of this reality, the ultimate icon of each human being. We are made to give birth to The Christ in Time and Space. And what does that mean? It means that once we “know” who we are, we must bear offspring. Ultimately we build the Community of Peace and Compassion and Justice.
To say that we “create God” seems Arrogant. Far from it. It only seems arrogant if we wish to BE God. However, the Divine is an integral part of us, and, as Clarke intuits, Holiness and Sacredness will enter the World only by our participating in the Mystery that is Being.
We human beings are the manifestation of a Holy Universe. It is our nature both to give birth to “God”, and to nurture all around us ….. for we are Mothers of all who share in our Lives.
Truly: “God” cannot exist lest born in the humble stable of our hearts.