Huh. Every now and then, you come across something – maybe something small, a word, a quote, a song lyric – that completely astounds you with it’s implications. Today, I came across less than a paragraph, in a blog, that amazed me with it’s profound nature:
…we avoid God because we are afraid that S/he will call us to become another Mother Teresa of Calcutta. We are comfortable with the lives that we have. We want change on our terms. In other words, we don’t really want change.
And it got me thinking; many people, especially when they are experiencing a particularly bleak period in their life, undergo what is perceived as a ‘loss of faith’. Even if they still believe in the divine, they lack the ability to connect with the sacred aspects of life, and usually lack even the desire to try. Until now, I often assumed that this came about due to one of several reasons:
- Dissatisfaction and listlessness with belief caused the bleak period to begin with, which then manifests itself in the absense of the sacred in life
- In a few cases, it is a self-destructive action, akin to taking up drinking or drugs, by depriving oneself of something that you’ve previously established to be conducive to a healthy/happy lifestyle (e.g. meditation, daily devotionals)
- A natural part of the cyclical, dynamic nature that defines NeoPaganism
But after reading these few words, I really do wonder; to what extent to we shy away from true worship and contact with the Gods, out of fear of what they might demand of us? Especially given that we now live in a society where the idea of ‘religion without sacrifice’ is the norm (how many people do you know who self-identify as Christians, but never ‘sacrifice’ their time to go to church, or even pray?), have we become so complacent that we’d rather never experience a real connection to/relationship with the Gods, simply in order to avoid a challenge.
Some of my previous ideas for the ’cause’ of spiritual lapses definitely apply to me; but I think that this one does too. How about you?