Go back to the days before there was a doctrine of faith in God. Go back to the days before there was a history of God’s people. Who were those people there at that time? How did the first people who heard the voice of God know the way of God? Before Jesus was called the Way, Truth & Light, how did people know the truth of God? If you have followed along so far, let me ask you one question: What is different between those people and you? I asked the question, so I will tell you there is a difference. God Baggage. They didn’t have any, and you do.
“They have only to carry out faithfully the simple duties of a Christian and of their condition, humbly to accept the suffering involved and to submit without question to the demands of Providence in everything that is to be done and suffered. This is that spirituality which sanctified the Patriarchs and the Prophets before the introduction of so many methods of direction and so many masters to teach them.” (Caussade, 1989)
Those first people to recognize God’s guidance were completely unfettered from the crushing guilt and crazy rules foisted upon you by centuries of God’s leaders. Who are you following in faith? Who is giving you guidance on God? Are they willing to listen to the voice of God, even if that means denying their orthodox doctrine? Ask yourself; who could possibly lead you better than God?
“This is the spirituality of all ages and all conditions which surely could not be sanctified more highly or more wonderfully and, at the same time, more easily than by the simple practice of what God, the only director of souls, gives them at each moment to do and suffer, whether it be obedience to the laws of the Church or of princes. If this were so priests would scarcely be required except for the sacraments. For the rest, we could do without them. And those simple souls who are always seeking advice about how to reach God, would be relieved of the heavy and dangerous burdens needlessly imposed on them by those who take pleasure in exercising control over them.” (Caussade, 1989)
In the future will we need priests? What will we need them for? Jean-Pierre de Caussade saw that priests were only needed for one thing – the sacraments. For everything else we all might be better off without them. Will there be sacraments in the future? What did the priests in the temple of Zeus do? What sacraments did the believers of Zeus feel could not be done without the priests? Why would we even think there would be Christian priests in the future at all? Why put anybody between you and God. It is time to stop, drop and step away from the God baggage.
Caussade, J. (1989). The Sacrament of the Present Moment In (K. Muggeridge, Trans.). San Francisco: HarperCollins.