- God does not play dice – Albert Einstein
- Do not tell God what to do – Niels Bohr
To be in the world is to be related; to be folded together with people, nature, religions, art, cultures, architecture, languages, ideas and so on, and each moment of becoming is a unique opportunity to faithfully, prayerfully and playfully create new relations and thus new possibilities for truth, beauty, and goodness. My desire for the Church is for us to respond to God’s call to communally live creative lives in the sense that we actively connect ourselves to make possible new and positive opportunities in the world we live.
The visible unity of the Church in the world should be a manifestation of this continues process and its structures must therefore be dynamic and open ended since a static structure will by its very own idolatrous logic prevent many possibilities of truth, beauty and goodness from being actualised. To shield static Church structures is therefore to defend the self-serving walls of exclusion in order to limit the continuous unfolding of the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. For this reason it is no surprise that the majority of people that adamantly defend the static structures and dogmas of the Church is the very ones that also benefits from them.
Rather than seeking unity between various Church structures, be they Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant, I believe that these structures are temples that need to be surpassed so that the Spirit of the resurrected Christ can raise us up as a visible unity in Christ. We are one in Christ, that is our Christian confession, and our desire should therefore be to actively participate in the continuous process of the unfolding Christ Event by allowing for his vibrating, life giving and community making Spirit to work through our lives.
To strive for unity between the various fractions of the Church is a futile task because this aim accepts the false notion that we are not united in Christ. My firm belief is that we are one in Christ and therefore that this confession should be the vantage point of our theology, ecclesiology, missiology and so on. The Church would then be seen as an ecclesia where God is believed to speak both through all of us and to all of us and the structures and teachings continuously created and re-created by this manifold community would then be a visible manifestation of our unity in Christ instead of a static framework of it.
I believe that the Spirit of Christ has kept unfolding in the catacombs throughout history and that this vibrating movement therefore also have permeated the Church structures from below the ground. Hence I am not making the claim that God is not at work within these structures, but I am making the claim that they have prevented positive possibilities that otherwise would have been actualized while also causing conflicts between themselves and much suffering for those kept on the outside. Rather than re-building various versions of the temple Jesus surpassed I suggest that we participate in his death and strive to live lives shaped by the Spirit of his resurrection.