Surfers, I have had delays in posting the blog, while dealing with cancer and now unemployment. During this time I have been reading. In this blog I would like to present to you a model that presented itself to me during this time. Take time to look at the model.
Here is how the model works; the concept of infinity in mathematics is something we can only approach, but never reach. As with infinity, the extremes of religious experience can only be approached and never reached. Another example is the concepts of introverted and extroverted personality. No person is completely introverted or extroverted, but every person has a tendency to one or the other. Leaning to one side of the scale means you are more or less extroverted, and leaning to one side of the scale on religious experience means you are more or less traditional.
If I haven’t completely lost you, or bored you, you deserve a medal for your patience.
In order to find yourself on the scale you need to review the focus statements under the line on both sides. All the focus statements are religious experiences recognized by Christians. As you read the statements you will find that not all of them feel true to your religious experience. You may find that focus statements from both lists speak to your religious experience. You may find that you relate more to the traditional focus statements. There are no hard and fast rules, or right and wrong feelings. Your experience is true to you, and defined by you. You are always right about you.
Okay, surfers, have a look at this blog by Sara Dode and feel the religious experience being expressed. Perhaps you feel the same way? Perhaps you feel differently? The place on the scale that Sara Dode currently resides might lean closer to mysticism than you.
Take a look at the blog post by sabinspirations and feel the religious experience being expressed here. Maybe this is closer to your experience? Where on the scale might sabinspirations fall in comparison to you?
The model is not designed to judge others and their place on the scale. I created it to help you find where you fit. I added the Christian Apologetics identifier to the model so that you might have some sort of familiar reference. Review the model, and tell your friends.
If you are having trouble reading the focus statements I will list them here below:
God is the Ground of all Being
God is the Source of your Being
God Means Depth
Focus on what takes place outside the consecrated building
Focus on the common / daily life
Meeting the “Holy” in the common
Meeting Christ in the common / secular
Christians are defined by participation in the suffering of God in the life of the world
Focus on stripping away the religiosity that sets apart the sanctuary from society
God is a Being
Above and Beyond this World
Alongside & Over His Creation
Focus on what takes place within the consecrated building
Focus on holy / religious practice
Holy Communion is an individualistic practice withdrawn from the world
“Holy” is not common, but comes from the sanctuary
Focus on meeting Christ in worship retired from the secular world
Christians are defined by their religious acts
Focus on reinforcing the religiosity that sets apart the sanctuary from society