The story of Christianity is changing.
A once blood-demanding God is becoming a soother of victims. Has God changed -- or are we changing?
Empty inside; it's always clean.I'm told there is a style of Christianity that believes only Christians will be able to enter heaven -- no other religion, no one who hasn't accepted Christ as their personal savior.
No one will peek into its inner garden.
Only a dragon's whistle
And a phoenix's whisper break
The Zen Mind.
The bright moon on a fishing pole
Fills the river around the castle.
(--Taego Bowoo, 1301-1382, DailyZen)
The change is timely.
It strikes me that we are in heaven -- except for those who create hellish unkindness and violent intolerance. Heaven is the acceptance of God in all God's mystery. Those who claim non-christians cannot go to heaven are speaking this from an unawareness so profound as to contribute to the creation of non-heaven.
I opt for God, heaven, Jesus, Buddha, et al -- and all who dwell therein -- along with all my brothers and sisters who, with a changing, growing awareness, allow themselves into such an open and compassionate realm of love and acceptance we've called heaven.
Of course the dogs are in heaven.
They're waiting for us to arrive there.
They want us to know that there is here with attentive presence.