The Great Spiritual Migration

 
Has your faith changed over the years? Has your concept of God changed? What about your understanding of who Jesus was and what his life meant? 
In his book, The Great Spiritual Migration, Brian McLaren argues that when we are little we are very selfish. “Feed me, change me, take care of me.” We think the world revolves around us. Our concept of God is …kind of like this as well. “Take care of me — feed me — meet my needs.” As we get a little older we learn that it is occasionally nice to share with your brother or friend. Occasionally it is nice to help your mother. Our idea of God changes to. God takes care of us and we share and care for family and friends. 
 We go off to school and we find out that their are rules for almost everything. God becomes a God of rules and laws, shoulds and oughts. As we become fully mature we learn loyalty and commitment to a spouse, job, country. We love friends, family, country. We would even give of ourselves for these others. 
 The only thing is that God is still pretty tribal. We still need to grow in our understanding of God and the teachings of Jesus. Jesus tells us to even love our enemies. Jesus teaches that our neighbor is not limited to our kind, our race, our religion, our country. God is very big. 
Has your faith changed over the years? Has your concept of God changed? What about your understanding of who Jesus was and what his life meant?
 
Shalom,
Steve

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