I was asked the other day by a Hindu Friend from India what I think The Middle Path is. He had noticed I had a good number of friends from India and that as a Christian I seemed to respect their spirituality. To Him this appeared to be a Middle Path and He had some interest in how I might define it.
Now I understand that anything called The Middle Path will be misunderstood by those who practice The Only Way. This however is not the point of The Middle Path, but rather The Middle Path is merely that which creates space for people to know and love and learn from each other. So just off the top of my head and in the spur of the Moment I defined The Middle Path as follows.
The Middle Path perceives that any spiritual journey must be humble and willing to listen to God wherever the voice comes from. It avoids being dogmatic or judging another persons spiritual journey and puts a premium on Knowing them. The Middle Path serves to allow us to experience the love of God as it relates to all of humanity, without the confines of I am right and you are wrong. It merely creates a space where anything can happen, including the work of the Spirit of God.
The Universe speaks of the Mysteries of its Creator and one things it say quite clearly is; as anything Unfolds and Expands it actually becomes more whole not less. At first blush this seems counter intuitive as we rush about to control and contract, but if you wish to be Whole as your Creator is Whole you must Unfold and Expand.
One can watch a Picture of two gigantic galaxies passing through each other and yet there are no collisions. Because as they expand more room or space is created between the bodies, which are at Rest and yet Unfolding and Expanding. This Space can be likened to Freedom, which allows still for more Unfolding and Expansion. Yes there are principles at work behind the scene but these principles all serve the Expansion of Wholeness.
Unfolding Expansion is in the Hebrew Creation story found in the book of Genesis, “be fruitful and multiply and expand over the whole earth” for they where whole and therefore Holy as they Unfolded and Expanded. It is when they focus on themselves and begin to Collapse like a dying star the they stop being Whole. We are so Internalized that we can not pass by another without conflict, collision and collapse. Yet this is a deception of Perspective and all one need learn can be summed up in a starry nights scene.
God’s will is unity within an ever Unfolding and Expanding Personal and Corporate Kingdom, where we do not conflict, collide and collapse. It is not as some told us “them or us” or “our Galaxy is the only Universe.” No it’s much bigger than we have ever imagined and so is the future if we will embrace a New Spiritual Paradigm not based on an ” the old earth is the center of the universe Paradigm.” God it appears has big plans for us all and your mind is a Galaxy with in his Universe, thinking this way will make you as whole as God is whole.
There is no End in sight, that is a thinking based in Conflict, Collision and Collapse look up (Unfolding and Expanding) my friends for your redemption draws close, as close as your Minds Expansion which is a reflection of God’s Big Unfolding Universe.
“The Truth indeed will set you Free”
1 Cor, 15 28 Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.
Job: The Lord gives and The Lord takes away blessed be His name.
Calvin: You are absolutely correct Job for God is Sovereign.
Job: I am blameless and upright before my God.
Calvin: I’m sorry Job but you do err in not knowing how to rightly divide the word.
Job: What word are you talking about Calvin.
Calvin: The word of God starting with the book of Genesis and proceeding to the Book of Revelation. In that Book it is declared that all have fallen short of the glory of God. Further more you are dead in your trespasses and sins, you were born spiritually dead.
Job: No I was born a Human being in the Image of God, my father taught me to honor God and make sacrifice.
Calvin: You where born guilty in the sight of God, according to the clear teaching of Scripture.
Job: No I was born with the same potential to serve God as was any Human ever Born.
Calvin: You have broken God’s Law and He demands Perfection.
Job: What Law?
Calvin: The covenant Law given to Moses.
Job: Sorry I’m drawing a blank here Calvin but maybe where there is no Law it can’t be broken.
Calvin: You sound like a Pelagian Heretic.
Job: No I am a servant of the God whose name I do not know, and I am blameless and upright before His eyes.
Calvin: but you need to be perfect in His eyes.
Job: Says who?
Calvin: Basically any body whose somebody in the church world from Anselm to Me.
Job: Sounds complicated I think I will stick with my simple faith and conscience.
Calvin: Well broad is the way that leads to destruction.
Job: I will stick with my God and my proclamation of Innocence, God is mighty to save.
Calvin: On that we agree Job.
GOD: So do I
Satan: I tend to agree with Calvin
God: You would.