Friday, 30 January 2015

Fear or Love?

The pattern which we encounter in our Churches is this: good works done out of fear of hell followed by a triumphant entry into heaven.

While it is not for me to deny them this I don't think that this pattern is what God intended.

Spiritual development is about the heart.
Opening our heart and giving love.

While good works  may resemble acts of love and compassion the motivation is fear not love.

And rather than emptying ourselves out (kenosis) in order to be a channel of divine love we should open our hearts and give our love to God and to others.

In this way we make heaven around us.

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