Every church and spiritual tradition seems to be going through enormous upheaval at this time. Numbers are down; people are questioning the dogma of their faith. They are questioning the rules and traditions that have been passed down for countless generations, and are finally calling on their leaders to be held accountable for the various moral crimes of their predecessors. People no longer follow religion with blind faith, but are allowing their heart to tell them what is right and wrong. Many people are feeling like there is something missing in their lives, and rather than searching outside of themselves, they are beginning to understand that the answers lie within them. Many churches still call judgment upon their congregations, teaching them to fear God and to judge each other in the name of God. The masters and teachers who were born to create change all came to this earth with basically the same message, live your life in love and have faith that you are loved. This was a very simple concept, but our human ego’s have created religions where people have started to feel unloved, unwelcome, and judged for every single action. People are shunned from their churches and become spiritually lost because they feel like they have lost their link with the Divine. They are afraid at times to explore alternative spirituality because they have been taught that they will go to “hell” if they consort with “pagans”.
A universal separation of church and faith has occurred. People, by nature, are pack animals and crave companionship in the quest for common goals. The church is no longer meeting their needs so they are becoming solitary in their spiritual time, creating a break in the universal energy which is God/Universe/Divine Intelligence. We are meant to share in the journey with other people, “where many are gathered, miracles occur”. Incorporating ‘new age’ beliefs, and a return to earth based worship, into existing churches could help to heal the cracks in the foundations of religion. It is not necessary to practise traditions and rituals that make you uncomfortable, only to embrace the individuality of each person’s divine spirit. Jesus did not preach in a church, nor did he demand that his followers hand over half of their paycheques to keep a building open. He taught in the open air, where people naturally felt a connection to God, and most importantly, he taught everyone to live life with love and without fear of judgment. Judgment is a human, not Divine, concept.
Whatever your spiritual beliefs are, it is time to start mending our churches and opening our eyes to the connection that every single religion or spiritual practise on earth has to each other. This connection is simple yet mind boggling at the same time. We are all connected to each other, and to our Divine Source through the universal energy of love.