By Rowan Blair Colver
If I may go back to my roots, for the time being, I wish to speak about Christianity. Like never before has the modern day church been so open and willing to include all who wish to learn from the biblical scriptures. They're great books, endowed with wisdom so deep that we could study them for our entire lives and still stumble upon new wisdom within their pages, new perspectives on God's truth that for Christian people, believe can be felt in the work. They're not the entirety of the teachings, but a selection of texts which were felt by theologians at the time to be the best representation of the entirety of their library, which had a decent flow and quality that could be ascribed to the same work. The Holy Bible as we know it of today is the result of this long ago work and now we have the luxury of many various adaptations, translations and histories at our fingertips with the ever increasing reach of the internet. We can also find books that were omitted, books that have been written about the bible and books written about God by Christians but have no relationship to the bible outside of their own context. The wealth of spiritual writings available to us all is growing by the day.
Like never before have we as people been at liberty to express our religious faith in our own ways. The churches, their clergy and their congregations are now freer to perceive the teachings for themselves. No more do the priests and bishops stand as middlemen between God and the general public, but as experts in the field, men and women who have given a large portion of their lives to study the known aspects of their religious faith and how to incorporate their truths into their own work, finding common ground. As a teacher who stands equal to their students, the clergy of today are ever more reaching out as brothers and sisters not mothers and fathers.
For some, if they are so lost, they may need a strong figure to anchor them and the church can provide this too. If someone is so in the dark and afraid that they will cling to anything, it is better to be in a good Christian community. If a person is in a position to understand and accept the bible word for word as a literal text, then perhaps it is better that they do at first. It is a safer place to be than many others. If a person wishes to see through the story and visit the infinite halls of wisdom that lay beyond the words, then the keys are easy for them to find. Translate the stories in the texts into meaningful transcriptions of your own life, and see how it feels. Decide if God's actions and your own are on the same wavelength, compare your attitude to that of Jesus, or that of one of the saints. The many gateways to the mystical side of the biblical scriptures are open for us all.
The days of the dominating church are fading fast, and congregations worldwide are opening their hearts to liberty and freedom of expression, the dogmas of the past are being swept aside and a new era of faith and communion of spirit is already growing fast. The time is always now and with a loss of the material desire for power and wealth like the days of the past, Christianity in the twenty-first century is a spiritual and positive movement towards gratitude for life and extending the olive branch to all who are afraid. If they wish to, let them grab hold and find a direction in the fair and humble world of Jesus Christ. I was raised on these teachings and turned out ok.
Rowan Blair Colver
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