Evolution and Faith

Last week on Wednesday, Erin and I went to church.  On Wednesdays, UCG has a service that goes from 6pm until 8pm.  It starts with a silent meditation, then a guided meditation, and finally, a discussion.  They’re always over relevant teachings in a small group setting.  That particular day, though, we had a meeting afterwards with our minister.

I see my life as I see evolution: constant and continuous small changes over extended periods of time that lead to something greater and different.

Evolution happens, not just on a physical level with all the species on this planet, but also spiritually.  There’s an evolution of language, which makes it easier for native-English speakers to learn German instead of Spanish, French or Japanese.  English and German are “germanic languages,” while Spanish and French are both “romantic languages” and Japanese is an “altaic language.”  German and English are more closely related than the other forms.  English literally evolved from other languages, just as all languages evolve over time.

That’s why we have things like “old English” that is really hard for modern day speakers to read and understand, and we have “Brittish English” or “American Standard English” or “Southern American English” or “Valley English.”  There’s all different types of English throughout the world, and while they all sound similar and someone speaking “Brittish English” will probably be able to understand “Southern American English,” there are distinct differences.

The same is true when it comes to faith.  Our beliefs are constantly changing.  The stories we use to tell about the Gods are different from the stories we tell today.  Things are constantly in a state of change.  The old religions that pre-date Christianity are gone as they were.  There are plenty of revivals of these faith practices, but they’re only reconstructed from what we know of the past, and sometimes melded into something that will work with the present.  Christianity aligned holidays and some of their beliefs with the local traditions to make it easier for people to convert.  There’s a lot of information out there that suggests that Jesus was born in the summer or spring rather than the middle of winter.  The biggest part of that evidence being that Joseph and Mary traveled on the back of a mule and by foot to the land of Joseph’s family for the census.  The king wouldn’t have had people walk in the middle of the winter because it would have been too cold and too dangerous.

Coming up through the ages, we’ve seen Christianity take a strong hold on the world.  And while it’s not the majority worldwide, it is the largest practiced religion in the world.  It use to be, and to some extent still is, that the Bible is taken literally by people.  They have this belief that the world was created in seven days, that man did not evolve, and that a man survived three days in a large fish.  Traditional Christianity believes that everything in the Bible actually happened the exact way that it says it did, and nothing… not science or other view points… is going to change its mind.

We have, however, started to see the Christian faith evolve past that.  We’ve started seeing the emergence of what is being called “New Thought” Christianity, in which Jesus isn’t a savior that comes to give us everlasting life as long as we get saved and forgiven.  Jesus is seen more as a teacher or a person who shows us how we should act and treat others.  He’s a “way shower.”

UCG is what is known as one of these “New Thought” churches.  It’s not the only one, the first one or the last one, but it is one.  They teach that Jesus is one of many great teachers.  They incorporate a lot of traditional “pagan” elements into their services along with other faiths.  When Erin and I went to speak with our minister on Wednesday last week, we were going to talk about how to incorporate more Pagan elements into the service.  Really, we just wanted to know if there was an interest in the church.  I wanted to help others “get back to the Earth” in a way that helped them on their spiritual journey.  I took of my blogs for the minister to read if he wanted them, but I wasn’t really sure anything would come from it.

I thought, at most, he’d invite me to speak before the congregation once… or just ask others what they thought.

What ended up happening was an hour long, in depth spiritual conversation about Christianity and the Kemetic faith.  At the end of it, he invited me to design and lead a six week (or longer) class on the Kemetic faith and how people can use it in their every day life to grow spiritually themselves.  Right now, I’m trying to figure out what I want to talk about.  I want to make it practical, so I’m trying to figure out how to do that without being like, “And here’s some holidays.”

So I was thinking:

  • Week 1:  What is the Kemetic Faith (briefly); How is God defined; Relationships with the past;
  • Week 2:  The concepts of ma’at and isfet
  • Week 3: Heka
  • Week 4: The Negative Confessions, part 1
  • Week 5: The Negative Confessions, part 2
  • Week 6: Various stories of myth and how they can guide us in today’s world

If I gain a fairly regular following, the class can continue after the six weeks, so this is just a basic start.  Thoughts?  Suggestions?

 

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Posted on October 16, 2014, in Religion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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