Faith is the foundation of our beliefs, (not faith in what we believe) but faith in what is being revealed to us, by the Indwelling Holy Spirit.
If you look around, you will see that the ‘battle over beliefs’ puts our world on the brink of disaster. Peace is not going to happen, unless we can ‘drop the opinion’ that is attached to our own personal beliefs, and begin to experience Faith.
If you read my ‘About Tim’ page, you will know that 23 years ago, when I read this quote by Thomas Kelly, I experienced a felt shift in my body, a ‘swoosh’, from my head to my soul.
Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, A holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, To which we may continually return.
This physical movement took me from a familiar place defined by opinions, ideas, beliefs and experiences, and transported me to my Soul, a very unfamiliar place. This shift from an out-there focus, to a within-perspective, provided me with a new perspective and a new understanding of God. This new context, was not defined by my 44 years of living, but it was made known by Being in the Presence of God.
You would think that because this experience was so powerful, that I would know that this intervention was from God, but I had my doubts because it was too far away any normal reality.
So I prayed, “God, if this is from you, give me another sign”.
Immediately, the very center of my Soul, opened to Eternity. This freaked me out even more! First God took me from an external focus, to a place within, and in no less time He took me to what some people call, ‘The Beyond-Within’. All of this took place in less than two minutes.
So, for the past 23 years, I have come to believe in some pretty un-orthodox things. But for me, it was ‘my faith informing my beliefs’. For me the most important thing was having Faith in what the Indwelling Holy Spirit was revealing to me, which was more important than anything that I could hear or read.
Theology, according to Google.com, is the study of God and religious beliefs. If you ask a Theologian about the Incarnation or Jesus, you will get a wide range of responses, from conservative to liberal.
In preparing to do the timtitus.com blog, I did some research by visiting other blogs. I ‘goggled’ Christian, Evangelical Christian, Radical Christian and I was struck by how academic these blogs were. I assumed that they were theologians, professors and smart-academic types, and not ‘learning disabled, intuitive, contemplative, mystic types like me’. At first this ‘Theo-smart’ group intimidated me, but ultimately I saw that, not coming from the same ilk, was a real gift.
For instance, this blog post came out of a strange dream about being pressured to convert to Islam. It woke me up at 4:15 AM on September 1st, 2016. Instead of going back to sleep, I got up and started journaling about our faith informing our beliefs. In fact most of my ideas and blog post, are the result of an ‘aha moment’ or insight that comes to me, often when I’m settling in for the night or waking from sleep.
The dynamic relationship between Faith and Belief is first found in the Creation Story. In the book of Genesis, God asked Adam and Eve not to eat from two trees at the center of the Garden. Why? They probably didn’t know why, or even need to know why. What was required of them however, was simply; faith, trust and obedience. What was not require, was a believe system explaining why God forbade them from eating from the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Instead of Faith, Adam and Eve opted for a belief that if they eat from this tree, that their eyes would be opened, and they would be like God, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:5
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Chinese Proverb
The Serpent fooled Adam and Eve once, shame on him.
Ego continues to fool us, over and over and over again, shame on us.
In my opinion the serpent represents a ‘Supreme Ego’, leading humanity away from the Presence of God.
For us, ego continues to do the same, turning us away from the Presence of God.
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