I have been feeling quite reflective over the past few days, and decided to try to articulate my beliefs, as we come to the end of 2016:
I believe in an all-loving God, who is
creator of all things,
at the centre of all things,
and also the flow in-between,
which we name Spirit.
I believe that Jesus was the Son of God,
as we are all sons and daughters of God,
But that God flowed in and through him
in a particular way,
so that he could share some important truths with humankind,
as other prophets have, before and since.
I believe that every human being has the God-given right
to seek truth and meaning in their lives,
And that the tools they must use to do this
are faith, reason, and conscience,
based on their own lived experiences.
I believe that faith must involve uncertainty and mystery,
because this is where God lives.
I believe that every human being is loved by God,
and is worthy of that love.
But I also believe that we are free to choose
to turn our backs on Her,
separate ourselves from the flow of Love,
choosing independence over communion.
I believe that dark and dormancy
are as important as light and growth;
and that our lives move in cycles,
or perhaps spirals.
I believe in the sovereign importance of compassion,
in loving your neighbour as yourself,
which means also loving yourself,
as Jesus taught.
I believe that living authentically, wholeheartedly,
being vulnerable and open to new light
and new ideas,
is vital for spiritual growth.
I believe that words and actions both matter;
words help us to comprehend our world,
actions flow from that understanding.
And when our actions match our values,
that is the virtue of integrity,
to which I aspire.
I believe that all any of us can do
is the best that we can,
with the tools that we have,
at any particular time.
That we will always make mistakes,
and upset and hurt other people,
Therefore I believe that we have to be responsible,
for our words and our actions,
to each other, and to God.