“If your understanding of the divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express sympathy in concrete acts of loving-kindness, this was good theology. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel, of self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God’s name, it was bad theology” (Karen Armstrong, author of The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness).
Author, Karen Armstrong makes a good point regarding one’s belief and practice of religion, theology, spirituality and God. But who or what is responsible for religious, theological and spiritual folkways, mores and norms? Did man introduce human consciousness to the ideas of divinity, religion, theology and spirituality, or was this also the grand design and work(s) of [a] greater supreme consciousness – the creator of all things known and unknown?
The answers to these questions, obviously, depend on one’s perspective, largely based on new or established belief(s) – whether they are adopted, consciously self-formulated or [naturally] instinctive. I suspect…click here to continue reading.