John Noonan says religion is for people who are trying to keep from going to hell and spirituality if for people who have been there and who don’t want to go back.
In order for us to be in intimate relationship with God, something that is not of God must die within us. As we witness that death, we experience our own personal hell. There is no way around it if we would truly know God.
Jesus told his God to work out his will. Jesus gave permission to whatever would follow. Jesus cooperated with God’s will.
If a death was necessary for God’s plan to materialize in the life of a man like Jesus, how much more is a death necessary in us.
Ann Glover O’Dell
22 November 2016