Tag: human

Leaving Scepticism

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They said that all things seemed

they said I dreamed

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Which angered me

when all about me I could see

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The places and the people

sublime and beautiful

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Which must be real

or what else did I feel?

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The world with all its light and energy

spoke meaning to my sense

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Everything that looked at me,

everywhere I went

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And so I left their false philosophy

which could not answer

could not satisfy me

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Frustrated by distrust and suspicion

I could not live with endless scepticism

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But went elsewhere to find

the human peaceful mind

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The wiser and the quieter

and the happier condition.

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The Spiritualities of Christianity – Creation Spirituality

The Spiritualities of Christianity – Creation Spirituality

Challenges to faith in God today sometimes come from atheism and secular materialism.  What I call “creation spirituality”, stands in opposition to these challenges for several reasons.

Firstly, atheism and secular materialism can create huge doubts in the minds of people about the purpose and meaning of their lives.  If human beings are merely the random outworkings of scientific principles, then what is the point of life? 

Yet a focus on the idea of creation makes me appreciate that life has a supernatural source, that the universe has a purpose and a meaning, and that every person who has ever lived, and who ever will live, has something unique about them  – we are all special “creations” – of our biological parents, of course, but even more importantly, of a supernatural parent whom we know as God.

And then there is the whole issue of nature, the world and the universe.  Is it a cold, unfeeling universe that we inhabit that cares nothing whether we continue in existence or are extinguished as a species?  What is the point of the birds, the trees, the flowers, the clouds, the hills, the mountains, the skies and the stars? Why do we respond to them the way that we do?

Creation spirituality answers these questions. 

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. 

I respond to nature – to creation – because I, like creation, am created. 

“God saw all that he had made and it was very good”. 

The world around us can be dangerous and destructive of human life; but it is also a daily blessing, and we depend on our environment for survival, as we could not live without oxygen, water and food.

For me, living today in our 21st century world, a spirituality that has a clear focus on human beings as significant creations, the earth as a unique creation and the universe as an awe-inspiring context for life, is essential for living with purpose, meaning and some daily joy.

“Let there be light!”