IT’S ALL OK
It is the general consensus among Christians that we are here to pass a test whereby we are to merit our eternal reward or punishment. This belief raises a number of questions that have plagued Christianity from its inception. Who “will be saved”? Shall it be only the Christians or only certain Christians? What are the parameters of this test? Is it just acceptance of Jesus despite of how we behave? Does what we actually do carry any merit? If we are not “saved” by our good works then doesn’t it follow that we are not condemned by our “bad works”? If it all rests on our decision making ability to believe and/or do the right things, then is the playing field level? Are we all provided the same degree of input when it come to our ability to accurately make our determinations? Are we all equally emotionally and intellectually equipped? Does the accident of our births play no role in the process? I would suggest that the notion that we are here to pass a test does not hold up well when seen in the light of God’s current level of revelation. It makes no sense that a God who already knows how we will perform would go through the exercise of creating people who He already knows are bound for the eternal perdition. The notion that we are here to prove ourselves to God flies in the face of a Being who’s relationship with us is based on unconditional love and who would have us relate to each other in like manner.
Perhaps we are not here to pass a test at all but merely to learn. We are here to gain in wisdom and understanding. We are here to learn to love. We are here to learn to behave in ways that reflect wisdom and love. In this task we are not all in the same place. We are not all equally equipped. But we are all equal participants in the process of spiritual growth, realized by both our triumphs and defeats, by both our good and bad decisions. And wherever we are in our individual journeys there is no God that is out to get us; who is angered by our failings or who’s personal contentment depends upon our level of “righteousness”. I see our earthly existence as a divine exercise of process over product and as long as we are learning…it’s all OK. This song may be done for or with the congregation if the assembly is adequately rehearsed. There is some variation between scored music and accompaniment #2.