Alexanderism – God’s Love, pt. 2

In the words of Chef Emeril Lagasse, “it’s time to kick it up a notch!”

Alexanderism believes personal salvation addresses the symptoms caused by dwelling in darkness, not the root cause of the darkness. Those who have been shone the light of Christ devote themselves to rescusing others trapped in the darkness, pulling them from it into the light. That witness or mission seems to leave the darkness itself unchallenged. Maybe it’s assumed that the world’s darkness is a permanent condition of life. The best we can do is run back into it, protected by the “armor of God,” to rescue as many as we can, one person at a time, from darkness’ grip. And who really knows, that may ultimately prove to be true, but I’m not convinced. The Bible seems to suggest we are called to dispel or defeat the darkness, not just run into it to steal its members.

That’s where Alexanderism seems to part company with so many of those focused only on the personal dimension of God’s Love.

So, to lay the foundation for my position I need to take us back to the act of creation. There, I stated that that Alexanderism believes that the cosmos came into being, not ‘ex nihilo” or out of nothing, but as part of God’s own essence. God transformed a part of the spiritual essence of God into a material reality, our reality, the cosmic realm. Returning to one of my favorite quotes, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings (of the essence of God) having a human experience.”

In other words, life isn’t about trying to find God and each other because we are lost in the darkness. It’s about liberating the light of Christ already within us, or choosing to be defined by our spiritual essence rather than our biological container. Like turning on the lights in dark room, we just need to help each other remove the blinds that block in the light within.

Allow me to call upon some other voices to assist me here.

“This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. 27 God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. (Colossians 1:26-27, The Message).

Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335­–c. 394) wrote “For who, when [taking] a survey of the universe, is so simple as not to believe that there is Deity in everything, penetrating it, embracing it, and seated in it?” [1]

Rhineland mystic Mechthild of Magdeburg (c. 1212–c. 1282) proclaimed, “The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw and knew I saw all things in God and God in all things.” [2] (I love this quote!)

And twentieth-century Trappist mystic Thomas Merton (1915–1968) wrote, “Christ prayed that all people might become One as He is One with His Father, in the Unity of the Holy Spirit. Therefore when you and I become what we are really meant to be, we will discover not only that we love another perfectly but that we are both living in Christ and Christ in us, and we are all One Christ.”[3]

The point is that we weren’t born into original sin. We are born as original blessing, a bit of the essence of God brought into the world with each new baby born. We’ve been snookered to believe sin, not blessing, is our original state. That’s why darkness remains.

Friends, God’s Love isn’t missing in action. It’s where its always been, dwelling in each of us. Along our merry way a master of lies told us we were filled with darkness (sin). We chose to believe that person. Jesus came to remind us we are filled to overflowing with the Spirit and Love of God, not darkness. Yet, somehow we have a harder time trusting God than the master of lies. Go figure.

God’s Love is about so much more than my personal salvation or yours. That just creates a co-dependent relationship with the darkness. Those who follow the way of Jesus are about dispeling the cloud of darkness so that the original blessing, the light within us all, can come shining through.

Be a blessing to someone today!

[1] Gregory of Nyssa, The Great Catechism, 25, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, vol. 5, Gregory of Nyssa: Dogmatic Treatises, etc. (Charles Scribner’s Sons: 1917), 495.

[2] Mechthild of Magdeburg, The Flowing Light of God, 2.19, in Meditations with Mechtild of Magdeburg, versions by Sue Woodruff (Bear & Co.: 1982), 46.

[3] Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation (New Directions: 1972), 150–151.

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