It is really amazing how the complication we humans bring to this life begin to be untangled as fear begins to be displaced in our lives. A client told me today that God and life with him can't be as complicated as our religious training has made it out to be. I told her I completely agreed.
Since she and I have had many conversations around some of the things expressed in The Shack, her statement made me think of one of the many things that just struck me as being so profound the first time I read it. This flips most people's thinking on it's head. Mack has just spent some time with Sophia, the manifestation of God's wisdom and says that he doubts if anything with her is normal.
"Actually," Jesus started to speak but paused to throw one last skipping stone, "with her, everything is normal and elegantly simple. Because you are so lost and independent you bring to her many complications, and as a result you find even her simplicity profound."
Humans attempting to do it on their own have created quite a tangled web and religion just complicates it even more because it ultimately keeps the focus all screwed up. It keeps people in a pattern of self effort attempting to untangle something we can't untangle and in the process the confusion just gets deeper. Or for some it makes them feel like they have it under control and figured out. Both situations create complicated relational difficulties and the proof is all around us. Loving one another, really loving one another, remains illusive. And this creates a big problem in light of Jesus saying that the world will know we are his because of the love we have for one another.
The news of a Christian book store chain deciding to pull The Shack from their shelves got me to thinking about all of this. In their explanation as to why they have done this they said it was based on the concerns of several people about 'parts of the book lack sufficient doctrinal clarity or could even be misleading' to which my response is: Maybe on this criteria they should pull the Bible from the shelves also? And why not? It seems for years and years there has been countless examples of people being misled due to things not being made clear in it? I tend to believe the difficulty is created by the problems we have with our processors, the filters through which we attempt to understand the message the Spirit is at work to reveal to us, and this difficulty has been created by the fact that we bring many complications to something that is really simple. But the fallen mind can't comprehend these things and the fearful religious mind is no help with this dilemma.
Hopefully one of these days we'll realize that loving one another as He loves us is the expression of truth that sets us all free?...and that fighting other's in the name of defending truth is what keeps it from happening?
The Christian Book Store chain has decided to put the book back out on the shelfs after they spent some time reviewing it.