+ Some Quotes +

A trinity of quotes today. 

One from a scientist. One from a philosopher. And the final from a priest. Somehow they speak to the foundation I sense I’m standing on. It is, to be sure, a weak foundation.  I’m not looking for a strong or obscenely certain one.  The weakness of the foundation is as weak as Love itself–something that calls to us, that draws us, urging us to be fall forward, to take the leap, propelling us ahead, but without force. In the end my affirmation is a simple one, to quote Gianni Vattimo when asked if he still “believed”, he answered “I believe so.”  I believe that I believe. 

You have a choice… I don’t think anyone can prove that God exists or that God doesn’t exist–we’re in an area far to deep for mere proof…a big fundamental question like belief in God (or disbelief) is not settled by a single argument. It’s too complicated for that. What one has to do is consider lots of different issues and see whether or not the answers one gets add up to a total picture that makes sense–but also gives meaning, beauty, depth, joy and hope.  In other words do you like the panting that you’ve just created or not?–Polkinghorne, pg 36

 

Who do I love when I love my God?  I love this question because it assumes that anybody worth their salt loves God. If you do not love God what good are you?  You are too caught up in the meanness of self-love and self-gratification to be worth a tinker’s damn. Your soul soars only with a spike in the Dow Jones Industrial average; your heart leaps only at the prospect of a new tax break. The devil take you.  Religion is for lovers, for men and women of passion, for real people with real passion for something other than utilitarian gains, people who believe on something, who hope like mad in something, who love something with a love that surpasses understanding…but again, we must ask then “Who do I love when I love my God?”(Caputo, pg 2)

 

Dear friend, being beloved is the origin and fulfillment of the life of the spirit.  I say this because as soon as we catch a glimpse of this truth, we are put on a journey in search of the fullness of that truth and we will not rest until we rest in that truth.  From the moment we claim the truth of being beloved we are faced with the call to become who we are.  Becoming the Beloved is the spiritual journey we have to make. (Nouwen, pg 41)

Weakly

Who do I say I love

When I say “I love you, my God”?

What kind of force

or Being or less

Are you my God?

Weakly

Faintly

You draw me, you call

Without power

Without strength

But in love, You are Love!

And I am on to you!

I am on to you!

I am on to you!

You’re love.  I am on to you.

Risk

The Talmud, one of Judaisms sacred texts and a collection of rabbinic teachings, talks about the Genesis creation account at various places, in length.  But instead of it being the first such endeavor, the Rabbi’s understood Creation to be more or less renovation.  God had attempted forming the worlds 25 previous times, each one ending in chaos and collapse.  Out of the debris, the primordial ooze, Spirit exclaimed a statement of longing “hopefully it works this time!” 

In this telling humanity is born out of promise and uncertainty.  God is unsure of the outcome. The endeavor is birthed out of fear and trembling. The relating henceforth is awash with tenderness and amorous affection.  In other words God took a risk–a risk born of love. 

Clearly this is myth. This is not an attempt to vividly picture “fact” but rather embody some sort of deeper Truth. 

And I must say, a God of risk, radical uncertainty, hovering upon the waters of chaos, breathing out a loving call towards life, this is a God of the im/possible and worth falling in love with.  Perhaps not in the sense of one being to another, but falling in love with something that is similtaneously more than being (God is no/thing) and less than being (God is unrealized event calling us towards an unrealized future).  Still God of Risk… Unconditional without Sovereignty.

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