In my spiritual development (or “spiritual progress” as they like to say in AA) I have found that there is a very useful method by which one can come to terms with Church teaching and also discerning the meaning of the Bible. That method is to shift one’s perspective.
In what way?
To view things not from a human perspective, but from God’s.
Although that is difficult for a limited human to do (and we all are limited) it is possible.
Too often when we try and grasp Church teaching or try to interpret or understand the Bible we do it from the approach of our own selfish human ego. This will never work. The Bible and Church teachings are, in general, opposed to the human ego’s natural desire to want for itself and to satisfy its own cravings.
One short way of discerning God’s will that is applicable to this is the order of importance in who an individual serves or is concerned with. You are seeking God’s will if you:
- Put God first;
- Put other people second;
- Put yourself third.
(For married people I would assume that Number 2 can be broken down into 2a: Spouse; 2b: Children; 2c: other family members; 2d: other people.)
Taking this to the task of understanding Church teaching and developing a proper sense of Bible interpretation more in line with the Church’s authoritative interpretation we can ask:
- How does this passage or teaching best help us serve God?
- How does this passage or teaching best help us serve others?
- How does this passage or teaching best help us get us closer to God and building His kingdom? (For in doing so we develop spiritually.)
This is an act of humility. It deflates the ego, (EGO: Easing God Out) and allows the grace of God to enter and illuminate our soul.
Takes some time to develop the habit, but it works after a fashion.
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