“Perhaps my single greatest disappointment in most of the world’s religions is that they succeeded, against all odds, in making most people afriad of God! Do you realize how absurd and horrible that is? It pretty much makes it an unsafe and scary universe at the core, where no one is at home and everyone is paranoid. It makes the mystical adventure impossible. It turnes religion into a self-serving brokerage business, always picking up the pieces after a kind of “taught and learned helplessness.” The result has been massive neuroses, nonstop aggression and a phenomenon unique to the West: atheism.
Anyone who has any authentic inner experience knows that God is only beauty, mercy and total embrace, and nothing but beauty, mercy and total embrace. The Trinitarian nature of God makes that theologically certain. The only people who don’t know that are those who have never sought God’s face. In my experience there is an almost complete correlation between the degree of emphasis one puts on obligations, moralities, ritual performance and one’s lack of any real inner experience. Once you know for yourself, you will be plenty “moral,” in fact, even more so, but it all proceeds from a free reponse, from the Trinitarian flow passing through you. It is a response, not a requirement, an effect of having known love, not a precondition for getting love. God is always the initiator, always good, always available, and the flow is always free. Yes, sin is real and common, but it merely means to stop, resist or deny this onmipresent flow of God’s love.”