Rob Bell and I would not seem to be a natural connection. For his passion or what he loves is often laced with bible verses. Yet my truth and his deeper level of knowing life match.
His series on Lamenting is brilliant! There are 5 parts and they build on each other. I highly recommend listening, IF you are in pain and grief or feel unheard etc. He was a huge affirmation.
In fact, the word Lament means "a passionate expression of grief or sorrow and mourning."
Perhaps, I am the living example of what he speaks of.
He is able to take the past and make it revenant today...if that makes sense.
And, when I left the church, I didn't leave behind the soul of who I am or the truth of what the Universe Is.
I heard on one of his podcasts "Look at your God and you can see who you are."
I love this.
I also heard about one God, one Universe, one Reality, one Truth. Some call it God, I call it Truth. It is all the same. This is my tone.
There are not two different realities going on at one time.
My lamenting is my expressing my sorrow and grief of all the ramifications of daring to speak your truths against the unspoken rule of what we are allowed to talk about.
All, I know, is that there are more and more folks who are rising to living a life more authentic and use truth to healing...as a power.
I feel I am in good company.
Even for those who have been severely put off by the FALC and its cult like traditions, Rob Bell may be a way to come back to center.
In fact, he interviews a woman Rabbi and She is the way forward in all religions.
Again, while religion has been a taboo subject for me I found her completely authentic and someone relatable.
Her tone is delightful - and completely accepting!
I love that there are some brave souls who have the ability to impact the worlds religions and are daring to push back the old ways that no longer work and are willing to create new energies that will change the world!
Bringing truth to religion - what a concept!
I believe, we intuitively know what connects with the truth. And, we also know when we are moving towards it or away. We can tell by how our life reflects inner peace, love and joy AND freedom!
God's name of God in the old church had me recoil from it's name. My preferred name is Universe for it doesn't come with the trappings of the old energies of the FALC.
In fact, religion as a rule has bad vibes for me.
Understanding the Universe has to be where you can apply it to Monday morning.
If not, it is a dead religion.
Even if you are not a regular participant in any church, or maybe especially if you are not, you might enjoy these podcasts.