Exploring the Stories of Meeting the Divine

lessons from quran, dras

In this post of the series, we are in transition between exploring of how I developed these ideas and the implementation of the theological reflection method. Before I explore implementation, I want to state two points. Although I am from the Christian tradition, I think that the theological reflection process is not bound to it. Second, the next post will explore the theological reflection, which is a creative process of where one begins the process and not able to predict where one will end at the process.
Although I stand squarely within the belief of the Christian religion and in particular, the reform tradition as expressed by the Presbyterian Church (USA). These tools are not exclusive to Christians. Any believer can use this process to grow in his or her faith. This process is where all spiritual people can be a part of and can grow authentically to how they encounter the divine and be authentic to their religious tradition. The reason for such a bold claim is that this process, though grounded within the Christian story, is about two believers encountering what they believe to be the divine. Every spiritual group seeks to help their followers to do the same. What the theological method offers are three way points on that journey: experiencing, understanding, and practicing. If one earnestly seeks these three way points, they will grow from the encounter. There is a threefold reason for this. One’s faith will speak to their own story of how they have encountered the divine. The personal story creates an authenticity to their beliefs. Second, one reflects the personal encounter by looking at the authoritative text, which leads to building a relationship between the personal encounter of the divine and the story of the personal faith tradition. Finally, this process produces tangible results. When we welcome the other and help them to share their story by giving them the resources to live out their experience of God. We help the individual live into their faith so that they can benefit the wider community as a whole.
In this post we have explored the first of two points: Although I start within the Christian tradition, I think that the theological reflection process is not bound to it. This process is a process which all spiritual people can be a part of and can grow authentically to how they encounter the divine and authentically to their religious tradition. One reflects the personal encounter by looking at the authoritative text, which leads to building a relationship between the personal encounter of the divine and the story of the personal faith tradition. In the next post will explore the unpredictable nature of the encounter of the divine.