Let me cut to the chase and make the point early on. God doesn’t love us because we are MORAL! What MORALITY there might be in our lives is because we have experienced God’s love. I simply do not have enough capability to keep the laws of which there are more than I know. But once, I fall in love with God, there’s no need to inform me of any laws whatsoever. And I know how RELIGION hates that!
God is the horse and we are the cart. Work with me on this metaphor.
Our ego tells us that we (the cart) are to be ahead of the horse. It makes no sense, but we buy into the lie as preposperous as it sounds. Religion teaches us that we can exegete the Scriptures (our false egoic self) and come to an understanding of how things are by our own effort (it’s called pride) and that some how we have this entitlement to the mysteries of the universe by our own power and mind. The church has misplaced the concept of causation!
What religion needs, before it destroys that which it’s called to build, is a Copernican spiritual conversion. Copernicus turned the physical world upside down and converted us from a geocentric paradigm to a heliocentric one. The church though refuses to believe anything that’s contrary to what it believes. Talk about “treadmill psychology”. Until you suspend your disbelief, your beliefs are very fragile if not already broken.
All new spiritual truths seem heretical to begin with. Ask those heretics who were killed (later).
The virgin birth would be a good example. Much of the church has felt that they NEEDED a virgin birth story to prove the divinity of Jesus, who became the Christ. I don’t. I’m fine with whatever helps you (or anyone) see the divinity that Jesus carried with Him. Unless one “suspends their belief” about the virgin birth (for at least a month), you’ll never question things like the Immaculate Conception, nor the Annuncion.
Instead you’ll just always call those who think differently as heretics- and probably question their salvation thinking that FEAR will somehow make people change their mind(s).
Once you “experience the love of God”, rules, doctrines, denominational idelologies, and the like get back in the cart and you allow the Spirit of God (the horse if you will), to lead. And He will take you many wonderous places: places too magnificant to articulate. You just have to “experience” some things. As it’s been said, “A person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with a doctrine”.
Is the horse leading (you)?