Our growth spiritually can be easily understood when we look at children and how they mature. I know of no one who would expect a 2nd grader to be able to reason and comprehend things like an 8th grader. And, that is the way things should be. It is OK and natural for the 2nd grader to see his/her world from his/her eyes. For a 2nd grader to think as a 2nd grader is normal and good. It is unreasonable to expect otherwise. And although the 8th grader may be able to look back 6 years, it is also unreasonable to want or try to make or expect the 8th grader think and behave on the level of a 2nd grader. We just naturally accept each child wherever they are in their maturity and abilities, in their likes and their dislikes.
I believe this is exactly how we adults should look at each other both socially and religiously. Whether we are a 2nd grader or an 8th grader or in graduate school at Harvard, we need to consider that everyone is where we are spiritually and sociologically because of our unique lessons of life we have experienced and that should be just fine with us. As we mature, as we grow in our knowledge and understanding of spiritual and social things, we will move on naturally and for the most part, not look back.
Why is it that so many “religious” people do not seem to realize this simple truth? Why is it that so many “religious” people think everyone should change and be where they are? Why is it that people outside most religious circles seem to understand this natural phenomenon? They seem to be able to accept others much better than the “religious” accept others. I can’t help but wonder if this in not one of the major reasons the “non-religious” are turned off by and reject the demanding, non-accepting “religious”.
I believe God looks upon all mankind much like we look at our children. Wherever we are in our growth, he loves and accepts us as we are, because that is where we are and who we are. We are all at different stages of growth. For God to look at us in any other way seems unnatural to me. Not only does it seem unnatural, it seems un-godly, un-godlike to me.
For that, I am thankful.