The Garden Temple: All Our Shame and Love Together
Ancient Israel’s origins story is a tale of a God who creates out of an infinite love. To love another is to create space within one’s inner life for the chaos of another. Perfect love is to do so while losing nothing of yourself in the process. This is the love we see modeled in the Trinity’s act of creative order. God opens up finite space within God’s Infinity, and into that space allows for the free reign of another. Humanity is placed into that creation to rule over it, to have agency on the world, and intimacy with each other and its Creator. Humanity then, as it does to this day, uses its agency instead to exert needless independence, invite chaos, and lose intimacy in exchange for judgment and shame. In this way the ancient's origin story is a today story, moreso than we have ever imagined.
The story of human origins is the story of human experience, and over and over and over again it goes something like this:
- God Exists as Perfect Infinite Love: The Trinitarian members give and receive, glorify each other and empty themselves with no risk of loss, emptiness or crushing. Their field of existence is the infinite plan on which all creation lies.
- God Opens Up a Womb (Space) for the Agency of Others: This is the essence of every life awakening. This opening up creates space for new creativity but also for new chaos, the agency of humanity to create and order the world through relationships with each other and the creation images God.
- Humanity Exists as Priesthood for Sacred Space: The Garden Temple, the place at the center of creation where God puts His Image, empowers humanity, male and female, to order the world, continue the work of creation so that God can dwell with humans in love and connection.
- Priesthood is an Act of Dependency on Divine Life: Because humanity exists with limits and are not finite like their creator, they must depend on God for Wisdom: a vision for a loving world. And they must be sustained by His Tree of Life.
- Humanity Chooses Self-Reliance, Judgment: Instead of observing wisdom in the hands of Infinite Love, we take it for ourselves, abandoning our dependence on God's Life. Intimate relations with Good and Evil are ill-fit for finite bodies and minds, and suffering ensues.
- Shame, Blame and Isolation Become the Norm: The result of human self-judgment is never enlightenment. Whenever we pursue a world of our own making, it always results in self-rejection, blaming of others, and separation for the union with God and each other ordained in our very DNA.
The journey of life is to deconstruct our moral stories, reinterpret our experiences separate from the judgments we have applied to them, and reinvigorate our existence through practiced dependency on the Infinite Love of God seen personally in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.