We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
All worship was to him sacred, since he believed that in its most degraded forms, among the most ignorant and foolish of worshippers, there has yet been some true seeking after the Divine, and that between these and the most glorious ritual or the highest philosophic certainty, there lies so small a space that we may believe the Saints in Paradise regard it with a smile.
Via Potemra, who says "It’s from Elizabeth Waterhouse’s Thoughts of a Tertiary, and it was used by Evelyn Underhill as one of the epigraphs to her classic book Worship"
I attend a Christian church and I was raised in one. I've been on a lot of faith paths. I believe in one God and I believe He makes Himself available to all His sons and daughters. That's why I am respectful of any believer, even the ones I disagree with.
It is a problem for me that most religions do claim to be THE path. They are saying that God has hidden Himself from most of the world. Some Christians and some Muslims will allow that people who haven't heard of Christianity or Islam may have an excuse for not embracing them, but those people often seem to believe that people should abandon all they have believed at the first word they hear of either Christianity or Islam.
Some people may be moved that way. I wasn't and still haven't been.
Worship like Love must have an object or person on which to focus. It is that Person that makes the worship sacred or not. One way to look at it; worship is the fear emotion (respect, awe, fear); what one fears (worships) is what one will serve - be it devil, God or government. JP
My daughter recently said to me, "If the gates of heaven are locked, I'm turning around." I've softened that a bit to, "I think the gates of heaven are going to be open." We all know that parents need respect to help guide their kids, and human parents need a slight tinge of fear for most kids. I think that's true and I think it's a bit sad.
I think God's love is perfect. I think He's going to welcome all of us. And I worship that love far more than I would worship fear.