Saturday, 29 September 2012

The Quaker Vision (in Universalist Terms)



God/SPIRIT
God/Spirit is the source and the life power animating all that exists
 
ORDER
There is an order/logic to all that exists that is established by God/Spirit
 
RELATIONSHIP
We are in relationship with God/Spirit and all that exists
(This can be either right relationship or dysfunctional relationship)
 
IMMEDIATE AND DIRECT ACCESS
God/Spirit is present and directly available to everyone inwardly and spiritually
 
Internal transformation
If we turn to God/Spirit and allow this power to work within us we can experience an internal spiritual transformation that brings us into harmony with God/Spirit, each other and the order of creation.
 
External transformation
Internal transformation leads to external transformation. Being in harmony with God/Spirit and the order of creation reveals itself in a transformed state of being in the world.
 
WHOLENESS/DYNAMIC HARMONY
Wholeness/dynamic harmony is established progressively and incrementally as each part of creation is transformed and brought into line with God/Spirit and the order God/Spirit has given to creation.

The Quaker Vision (in Christian Terms)


God/CHRIST
God/Christ is the source and the life power animating all that exists
 
GOSPEL ORDER
There is an order to all that exists that is established by God/Christ
 
RELATIONSHIP
We are in relationship with God/Christ and all that exists.This can be either right relationship or dysfunctional relationship. Dysfunctional relationship is what is called 'fallen' or 'sinful'.
 
THE INWARD LIGHT/CHRIST
God/Christ is present and directly available to everyone inwardly and spiritually through the Inward Light/Christ.
 
Internal jUSTIFICATION/SANCTIFICATION
If we turn to the Inward Light/Christ and allow this power to work within us we can experience justification and sanctification bringing us into harmony with God/Christ each other and the order of creation.
 
External JUSTIFICATION/SANCTIFICATION
Internal justification/sanctification leads to external justification/sanctification. Being in harmony with God/Christ and the order of creation reveals itself in a transformed state of being in the world.
 
The New Creation/kingdom of god
The New Creation or Kingdom of God is established on earth progressively and incrementally as each part of creation is transformed and brought into harmony with God/Christ and the order that God/Christ has given to creation.