"Imagination... its limits are only those of the mind itself." - Rod Serling
In this analogy, Timbuktu (i.e. heaven, Christ) is our destination. The bible (i.e. RC, EO or Protestant canon), is our "book of directions". And some map makers, have made maps for us. They can be Baptist, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, TV evangelist, etc., road maps. The work is done for us. Just follow the map.
The trouble comes in, is when we say: "this is the best road map". Or "this is the only road map". Or "Follow my map or else."
Well, I do like to take "pre-canned" maps. But sometimes I like to put in, a couple better routes - from another map.
I am an Anglo-Orthodox Traditionalist (AKA Anglo-Catholic and Continuing Anglican movement, with an Eastern Orthodox twist). That's the one I like. In the words of Wiki:
These churches generally believe that traditional forms of Anglican faith and worship have been unacceptably revised or abandoned within some Anglican Communion churches in recent decades. They claim, therefore, that they are "continuing" or preserving Anglicanism's line of Apostolic Succession as well as historic Anglican belief and practice.
A movement among Anglicans toward incorporating some elements of Eastern Orthodox spirituality, theology or worship into the Anglican church, or a movement than portrays Anglicanism as a via media between Western and Eastern Christianity (by analogy with the term Anglo-Catholicism)
But I like the inclusive and purgatorial conditionalist sub routes. Which in essence, says all humanity might be saved, instead of all humanity will be saved. But if not, they will have a humane end.
And I add the Holy Fool tradition componet, to make it interesting (AKA the Batman Joker, wearing a white hat).
And to add frosting to the cake, I add the sub routes:
- The full gospel (i.e. gifts of the spirit)
- The health and prosperity gospel (AKA Joel Osteen - Joel Osteen answers his critics)
And just to be clear. These sub-components don't work, because you send a nice donation - to the TV, radio or Internet evangelist.
But I don't make these add-on components - the main map.
And I thrown in a mystical component, in the form of the Wisdom Tradition.
This map works for me. But I don't say: "this is the best road map". Or "this is the only road map". Or "Follow my map or else."
And if you don't like a map being offered - either here or outside - you can always make your own (AKA RYO or Roll Your Own). But you will have a harder time, selling it to others.
How's your road map? We will probably all get to Timbuktu, if you follow the map.
Some humor from the Sunil Bali blog:
Dumb says to Dumber:
"Have you seen the news headlines? Three Cliff Walkers have fallen to their death"
"Unbelievable," says Dumber. "I can't believe that they had the same name."
And here's what my road map - as crazy as it is - offers to all of humanity.