The Salvation of Godlessness

When I think of “Godlessness” I think of pain, suffering, drug addiction, prostitution, hopelessness, warlords, corrupt politicians, and the great gnashing of teeth experienced by humanity from the white picket fence suburban family to the crack addicted thief.

We all touch upon this reality of what it means to live in the darkness and have its mark upon us both physically, mentally, and spiritually.  It makes us fearful, selfish, ignorant, and all other marks of Death and its domain.

To be a Christian I think is to believe that God has bridged this infinite distance between God and God.  This chasm of despair and hopelessness.

“God did not create anything except love itself, and the means to love. He created love in all its forms…. Because no other could do it, he himself went the greatest possible distance, the infinite distance. This distance between God and God, this supreme tearing apart, this agony beyond all others, this marvel of love, is the crucifixion…. This tearing apart, over which supreme love places the bond of supreme union, echoes perpetually across the universe in the midst of silence, like two notes, separate yet melting into one, like pure and heart-rending harmony. This is the Word of God. The whole creation is nothing but its vibration.”

—Simone Weil, Waiting for God, pp. 123-24.

That “Godlessness” is no longer something that doesn’t fall under the Loving Sovereignty of God’s rule.

“Descent into Hell, in which God’s presence in the world in Jesus is seen as his journey into the furthest deserts of despair and alienation. It is the supreme image of his freedom, to go where he is denied and forgotten…. He comes to his new and risen life, his universal kingship, by searching out all the forgotten and failed members of the human family.”

—Rowan Williams, The Truce of God (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005), p. 30.

In the end, love wins.

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About The Smiling Pilgrim

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." -- 1 John 4:7 A simple man exploring the mysteries of love - TSP
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23 Responses to The Salvation of Godlessness

  1. Happy hump day! Sorry I’ve been out of touch; I am back in action again (I bet you know how that is). Stay tuned for more regular postings! I’d love it if you could tell me what you’d like to see more of: travel, bucket list, pilot-wife-life, lifestyle, yoga, or turquoise inspiration (or all of the above, lol)!
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  2. Tammi Kale says:

    Wonderful post!

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  3. I’m smiling 🙂
    I think the opposite – I think about every cruel behaviour the religion bring.
    Daesh murders, priests abusing children a.s.o. … all in the name of a God.
    No need of a God at all to live the life well.

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    • Birgitta thanks so much for your reply.

      I should have clarified a bit more my use of the word. I was trying to paint a picture with words of a place removed from love, light, hope, justice, and the other things we usually associate with an idealic world.

      The point of the post was to talk about a God that crosses those places and rescues.

      The points you mentioned I think would fall under those actions and mentalities I was referring to that are touched by the world and in which we all struggle from the wealthy to the poorest.

      I’d also reformulate your sentiment a bit in the sense that I would say that bad theology or bad philosophy (religious or secular) can create pain.

      And good theology and good philosophy uplift and grow. 🙂

      Talking about things by way of religion or by way of contemplating metaphysics, ontology, epistemology, and aesthetics, etc. is about getting at something greater than we normally think and engange in. It’s past the surface conceptions and that is where we find a connection with the creativity and potentality that exists as a human in a world so far beyond conception 🙂

      Again thank you so much for the post and hopefully my reply back has cleared it up as not a post merely about apologetics about believing or not believing in God 🙂

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  4. utopian brainiac says:

    Likewise, Pilgrim. Nice post.

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  5. “In the end, love wins.” When all is said and done, LOVE is all there is or will be!!! God is Love and we are His progeny! God bless, this was a great read and a real inspiration from the Holy Spirit! thanks so for your obedience to Him!
    Pastor Roland Ledoux

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  6. I really enjoyed this piece, love wins. Love is everything, thanks for sharing. X

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  7. kiwidutch says:

    thesmilingpilgrim,

    Excellent post, I wish more Christian blogs were like yours! 🙂

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  8. Brennan says:

    Great post! Love is the principle thing. Without love nothing in our Christian walk will work. The Apostle Paul gave us the run down on love in 1 Corinthians 13. I love the final verse 13 – And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Love covers a multitude of sin. Jesus said :love the Lord your God will all your heart and love your neighbour as yourself.

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