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AM I STILL A FLAT EARTH CHRISTIAN?

Well, maybe not.

We have always been drawn by the constant mystery we call 'God'. It has always presented itself to us as a challenge. It demands constant change and growth in our understanding.

We have been reared on a theological story shaped on a worldview of 2,000 years ago; of a God who rules from his lonely heaven over Ireland and controls matters from above, intervening directly in human affairs and shaping human history.The story focuses on God as an 'elsewhere' presence who banished humanity, and focuses on Jesus as someone who won back humanity's access to God's presence. It speaks the language of "exile from God" and looks to the "next life" as the real meeting place with God. Its teaching on central issues of faith, such as revelation, prayer, sacraments and the role of the Church in the world, focuses more on an elsewhere, interventionist God than on God as Breath and Presence in all that exists.

We Christians (reluctantly as it seems) are only now learning to embrace the "new story", which focuses on God as the ground of all being;  the sustainer of all that is; a God who is everywhere. It focuses on the wonder of all reality, and the wonder of the human species as a life-form that gives expression to the Divine, present and active throughout the universe. It tells us we are connected with everyone and everything in God. This is the story the mystics tell. It is the story of connection, of intimacy, of wonder, of appreciation of response.
This story brings its own particular focus to, and understanding of, Christology, revelation, prayer, sacraments and the role of the Church in the world. Part of our challenge today is to articulate and put in practice what that understanding may be.

We have always believed that God is "everywhere" but now our understanding and appreciation of "everywhere" has expanded. That it includes the vastness of the universe, the wonder of life on this planet, the interconnection of everything that exists, the wonder and dignity of being human, and what it means to be "neighbour".

I see this as today's context for spirituality and theology and for being Christian. We experience a tension, of course, in embracing this "new" story.
 

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it was that Flat Earth Christianity which i could not relate to
there was coming into being an Incarnational Christianity

but i found that life principle, the interconnectedness, in the Goddess
it was here and now and tied to a natural world i could experience for its symbols


the world of 2,000 years ago is gone - its philosophical language is gone

but the world still needs a message of love
maybe the story of Jesus can be recast to meet the needs of this new world
Yes. I believe this is part of the spirit's ongoing work in us, teaching us new things as we develop as a race.
The belief in the flat Earth may not have been as common in intellectual circles 2000 years ago as people want to believe. Ptolemy believed in the round earth. Christians locked up the the pagan works during the middle ages and created some terrible flat maps, but as we approached the time of Columbus, people needed the accurate maps for navigating the seas beyond the visible coastlines.
The light within.

Know it well! :o)
Yes, it is a challenge to be Christian in a shrinking world in an expanding universe.

It is also a challenge to be human in such a situation.

I was listening to a lecture by the late Alan Watts today and he was discussing this very topic.  But the "new" vision of God you describe is actually the very ancient vision of God in Eastern religions.

I have up-graded my laptop to Windows 10 and can't find anything on it. What I manage to get once I fail to get it a second time. Am frustrated!!