Letters to Jesus (Church, Religion, and Sacraments)-20
In Gordon Allpart’s book, The Individual and His Religion, the author refers frequently to the development of “a mature religious sentiment.” Such a sentiment, he says, is not at the mercy of unconscious emotions or factors one does not understand. Rather, it is a “style of existence” one adopts by choice, after considerable reflection, as a means of relating to life. The objective, as conceived by oneself, forms one’s intentions.
What I’m thinking is that this is not only something organized religion does not do for the individual, it is something organized religion cannot do for the individual. What organized religion and the education it offers cando is dispose us in the direction of making such choices; to dispose us to go beyond what it can offer. It is a bridge, a transition phase meant to lead to something else. In a sense, it was Your own perception of Judaism. You taught and encouraged something beyond Your own religion – something more.
In this day and age we are disposed by Your movement to go on to something even more. Then, as now, there are many of us so mired in the traditions of the religion itself that we do not attempt a more mature religious sentiment.
There often seems to me a confusing friction between perceptions of the focus of organized religion and Your beckoning to me. Limbo, of a sort, might be an apt analogy: beyond church and nearer to You, but still here.