Sunday, August 22, 2004
"uh, this is very sad news, and it wouldnt've never happened if the wedding would've been inside the church with God, instead of out here in the cheap showiness of nature."
Didn't St Paul arrive at Rome and declare "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands" (Acts 17:24)? But how often have Christians constructed churches and cathedrals in which to house God? Not that there is anything wrong with religious architecture; one only has to look at Gaudi's Temple of the Holy Family in Barcelona, the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, India or Stonehenge (even the Druids have their man made structures!) to see that man's search for the Divine has inspired some of the greatest buildings in the world. However, I reckon we all need a bit of time to remember the importance of Creation...
Well said there - I've often found woods to be a quietening temple, the grassy tops of hills to be touching heaven. The divine manifest in our gardens (technically most of our landscape is managed and only semi natural you know) may be viewed as idolatry by some, but it seems a more healthy situation to be facing the tree of life, with a pointer or two from others.