People have set themselves apart since antiquity. Religions, cultures, nations, classes, ideas – you name it. It is alright to be an individual, but equally important is the question, “What do we have in common?” All of us are humans. Protestants and Catholics are Christians. Sunnis and Shi`ites are Moslems. Let’s not discuss our differences, but what we have in common. Let’s share the gems of our religious and spiritual traditions.
Below are some articles that make a case for Nu Church. Mind that the founders of Nu Church are Christians and they admit that they don’t know much about other religions. If you feel something should be added to this page, like an article about the renewal of Islam or Hinduism, please let them know.
Why Nu Church?
Weary of gloomy religions?
Longing for a community of happy, lovely souls?
Are you a religious ronin looking for an honorable home?
Do you seek freedom from dogmas?
Fed up keeping your knowledge and faith in two separate departments?
Are you sickened by hypocrisy?
Do you think that morality could be more detail oriented?
Do you want a friendly and intimate relationship with God?
Help building Nu Church, then.
Christianity has seen better times and its deterioration seems inevitable. Do people stick with old-school Christianity because they don’t have better options? Wouldn’t it be great if Christianity returned to glory? But maybe not its former glory. How about a new glory that can brighten a modern world?
Customs die hard and a part of us dies with them, but that’s life. Life continuously evolves. It waits for no one. God set it up that way. If people and society change – and they have done so very much in the past century – religion needs to change too. But only its customs, not its purpose.
For one, a religion is an interpretation of a sacred scripture. And since every sacred scripture is mystical, various interpretations are possible. That’s why there are hundred of Christian denominations out there. In fact, there are not two Christians on this planet who one-hundred 100 percent. Yes, religion is a relative and a fluid thing. Nothing wrong with that by the way. The thing is that old-school Christianity is the interpretation of men and woman who lived thousands of years ago. Their culture was different and so was their way of thinking and feeling, their customs, even their language. And then, there is knowledge. Every high schooler today has more knowledge than the most educated Middle Age scholar.
Sacred scriptures we written by prophets. Men and women who have seen God face to face and witnessed higher states of consciousness and being. Religion should aid people towards become a prophet themselves. But that’s not was religion does. Much to often the opposite. Religion is managed by priests. They ain’t no prophets and don’t have the mystical experience required to truly understand the sacred scriptures. And they have a different agenda – morality. Nothing wrong with morality, but morality is not really religion.
True religion is conversation with God, everything else is (religious) custom.
When the ancient Roman-Greek culture imploded, the church took over. It controlled culture in all aspects.
Maybe that was good at that time. But not so anymore. For example, we don’t need religion to keep laws. For that we have a government. We don’t need religion to educate people, for that we have science and schools. We don’t need soul work anymore, for that we have psychologists. Hence, we can peel off the outer layers of old-school Christianity and reduce it to its true purpose.
But we need to distinguish suavely and with great ingenuity what is custom and what is purpose. Luckily, that’s is simple. Religion and spirituality are about prophecy, happiness, love, meaningfulness, and beauty. Power struggles, money games, resentment, violence, damnation, hell, and a low esteem of mankind cannot possibly be righteous religious attitudes. It’s time that we purge religion from bad vibes.
So what do you say? Shall we give Christianity a new outfit, a fresh haircut, botox? While we’re at it, let’s check it into a spay for a relaxing sauna session and a thorough skin scrubs, if you know what we mean.
A Transmodern Church
The essence of religion is prophecy, the conversation with God. Transmodern means to close the divide between prophecy and priesthood, and divine encounter and faith.
Hence, the members of a transmodern church are prophets, no believers. This sounds more dramatic than it actually is. Actually, all of us are prophets already whether we know it or not. We aren’t from this world or planet. We are souls having a planetary experience. We arrived at this planet from other realms or dimensions. This planet and nature doesn’t know happiness, love, meaningfulness, beauty, and our higher, divine being. We brought that with us and we manifest that. We can’t help but being prophets.
How does a community of prophets look like? Let’s find out.
Why Use the Term Godness?
The term Godness stems from the German Gottheit. Traditionally, Gottheit is translated as Godhead, which is a free translation to say the least.
The term Godness pays homage to the fact that God is a mystery. It is both male and female. It is both single and plural.
Last but not least, introducing a new terms may avoid arguments about God’s nature – arguments that will, by the very nature of its subject, remain futile.
An Attempt to Define the Essence of Religion and Spirituality
Religion and spirituality are means to realize our higher self or soul and establishing an connection to God.
It’s a realization in both meanings of the word: knowing our divine soul and allowing it to express itself, through us, and spread love, beauty, happiness, and the meaningfulness.
Christianity Today – Is it Doomed?
Christianity is withering like an old Bonsai tree. Will it, one day, turn into dust? The stats look bleak. According to the British Social Attitudes Survey’s 31st report, the percentage of people who declared not to belong to a religion, rose from 31.4% to 50.6% between 1983 and 2013. Calling oneself religion and practicing religion are two different affairs. According to Religious Trends No 7, published by Christian Research, the percentage of church goers dropped from 11.1% in 1980 to 6.3% in 2005. Now it’s around 5% of the total British population.
What about the USA? The Pew Research Center found that the percentage of Christian American adults dropped by almost eight percent in seven years from 78.4% to 70.6% in 2014. The percentage of Americans who describe themselves as a-religious rose from 16.1% to 22.8% in the same period.
How did Christianity end up like that? What happened to this once glorious religion? Let’s go back to the beginning. Christianity emerged two-thousand years ago. Jesus Christ was not a traditional, religious person. He wanted illumination. He liked to inspire and disliked rules. Well, he gave one rule: love one another.
He focused on the essence of religion – realizing the higher self or soul and establishing an uplink to God. And this means realization in both meanings of the word: know your soul and allow it to express itself, from within, and influence its environment. How does the soul influence? With love, beauty, happiness, and meaning. For the sake of simplifying this article, let’s call the essence of religion spirituality.
Christianity spread like a bush fire through the, at that time, spiritually parched Roman empire and fused with many other traditions. The most influential fusion was Gnosticism, an amalgamation of Christianity and Greek philosophy. At that time, Christianity was a free religion, in all meanings of the word.
Constantine changed all that when he turned Christianity into the state religion. Probably, he realized the power of the faith that inspired the educated and uneducated. He may have hoped as well that Christianity would help to slow down the disintegration of the Roman Empire. But in order to become a state religion, Christianity had to be united. And that union was forced and came with collateral damage. Freedom was the first collateral. After that Christianity was caged in by dogmas. And yes, people died too.
After the dust settled, the church found itself in an incredible power position. It owned the truth, ruled education, dominated morality, it was the ultimate lawmaker, and it had even military forces at its disposal to execute its politics. Christianity was the only religious bus in town and everybody had to take it.
Wait, what happened to Christian spirituality? It was banned into the monasteries. Christianity kinda lost it’s engine day one. 😉
Custom was another aspect of society that Christianity never fully controlled. Customs are much older than religion and deeply rooted in people’s subconsciousness. Habits die really hard. Christmas is a good example. The most cherished Christian celebration is a fusion of Christian and Pagan tradition, a compromise made during the conversions of the Germans. Well, Easter eggs are obviously not an original Christian custom either.
Back to the subject. The church had stakes in all aspects of society and ruled people’s minds. It ruled kings too, as the Walk to Canossa proved. It seems to be natural that a power peak is, at the same time, the point of descent. It was a long way down for Christianity. Education was the first monopoly that fell. During the Renaissance, schools secularized and came up with a new subject: science. Catholicism reacted and came up with scholasticism, a religious pseudo-science, but it was too late. The schism between religion and science was sealed – until today.
Next, governments too away the judiciary power from Christianity. True, priests never were judges like in ancient Judaea, but, when deemed necessary, the church created it’s own judiciary institution, for example, the inquisition. And that was a bloody mess. Anyways does anyone want a priest to rule the court room today? We don’t think so.
With the Reformation, Christianity influence on politics took a gigantic hit. Christianity fragmented and, logically, lost power. Christianity did its best to influence politics till today, but it’s not in the game anymore.
After the Reformation, not much power was left. Christianity controlled lifestyle, communities, morality, and did good old soul work. It lost its power on society, but still ruled people’s minds.
Soon, Christianity lost its grip on morality too. That happened during the Age of Enlightenment or Age of Reason. Morality became a matter of dispute, a matter of philosophy. It became fluid. Many humanistic philosophies emerged and the church wasn’t the only one anymore who declared, “Love one another!”. At the end of the Age of Enlightenment, Nietzsche declared God dead.
What about Christianity today? Why do people still go to church? From what we can see, they want to be part of a community, do some networking, and ask God for favors. Wait, we almost forgot: soul work. People need solace when catastrophe strikes. But let’s face it, churches aren’t comfy places and priests aren’t necessarily good psychologists.
True, there’s a bit of a revival. People are worried. People feel that morality is on a steep decline, that crimes and drugs are on the rise, and then there are all those conspiracy theories. Christians wish that the good old times return. But really, was morality better when the church was in charge? Think twice. The church raged wars in the name of God, came up with the inquisition, even did the unthinkable, the torture and execution of children.
Actually, we believe that morality is improving. So many good things are happening. We have labor regulations, people can make a decent living with lukewarm opportunities to become wealthy. We have international institutions in place that promote morality worldwide, like Amnesty International, the UNO, and the Red Cross. Already a few rich people like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates donated billions of dollars for good purposes. Look at the younger generations, it becomes obvious that they are focused on happiness, love, beauty, and building a meaningful life. Unlike our generation, which has been on a career frenzy and money/status symbol hoarding trip. True, much remains to be done and improved, but signs are all over the place that the light of humanity has already won.
As you can see, we don’t need Christianity anymore.
We don’t need Christianity to make laws. Give the government what is the government’s.
We don’t need to involve Christianity in education. Give science what is science’s.
We don’t need Christianity to guard morality and laws. Give society what is society’s.
We don’t need Christianity to tell us how to live our lives. Give Facebook what is Facebook’s.
We don’t need Christianity to be involve in politics. Give politicians what is politician’s. Wait, maybe not.
Is this it? Shall we let Christianity wither? The answer is, yes. For a bit longer. The crisis of Christianity may be blessing in disguise. Why? Because Christianity is shrinking to its essence and soon nothing will be left, but its core: spirituality. The moment Christianity is reduced to the realization of the soul, the connection to God, and the promotion of love, happiness, beauty, and meaning, it may reinvent itself.
In the words of Alice Bailey: Orthodox religion, as a whole, can be regarded as a cross upon which we have crucified Christ. It has served its purpose as the custodian of the ages and the preserver of ancient forms, but it must enter into new life and pass through the resurrection if it is to meet the need of the deeply spiritual humanity of today.
Christianity has the opportunity to redefine itself as a spiritual religion. But how to restore the essence of Christianity? Wasn’t it banned into the monasteries and aren’t monasteries withering even faster than churches? Fortunately, the spiritual tradition of Christianity wasn’t just preserved by the monasteries. It went underground when the Catholic church came to power. And since the end of the 19th century the secret, Christian tradition is out in the open again. We are talking about the esoteric Christian tradition. The problem is that religious people hesitate to embrace esotericism, since it appears awkward and too liberal.
But it stands to reason that Christianity will have to reinvent itself. This is the challenge: How to define a contemporary, spiritual Christianity?
Religion and Science
We think there is a simple way to resolve the war between faith and knowledge or religion and science.
Genesis 1 in a nutshell: Elohim separated the heavens and the earth. At that time, earth was liquid and formless. Next, Elohim inserted a firmament into the liquid earth. Subsequently, Elohim dried up the water under the firmament to produce dry ground.
This doesn’t sound like the formation of Planet Earth, does it? How about this interpretation: The dry ground signifies the physical universe and the heavens, the liquid earth, and the firmament non-physical realities. There are other universes or realities that will always remain aloof to natural science.
This interpretation looks odd on first sight, but establishes peace between religion and science. It allows people to give religion what is religion’s and science what is science’s.
Science is much better equipped to describe physical existence and make use of such descriptions. Religion, on the other hand, marks out intangible realms and states of mind that science will never be able, nor desire to understand. These intangibles are vital for human existence. What are we without love, happiness, beauty, and meaning? Just a fog of atoms or a bag of water. We can’t grasp these intangibles rationally or scientifically, but they rule human existence nevertheless. They are unreal and real at the same time.
Anyways, what does it matter for religion whether planet earth was formed in six planetary days or a Billion years? It doesn’t change a thing about who and what we are. And it doesn’t change a thing about the creator either.
In this context, fundamentalists and scientists seem to be quarreling over nothing, struggling to compare heavenly apples with earthy bananas.
Let’s leave them to it and imagine a context that can embrace faith and knowledge, science and religion. How does the omniverse look like? That sounds like a worthy quest, doesn’t it? Let’s conclude with Albert Einstein: Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.
Our Higher Purpose
Following rules doesn’t get us into Heaven. Jesus pointed that out. He said, “You damn lawmakers, you lost the key to Heaven, and all you do now it preventing people from finding it.”
What is the key to Heaven?
What is enlightenment?
The realization of your true self. And that means realization in both meanings of the word: recognization and fulfillment.
So, who are we really? In order to understand our true self and its role in the scheme of creation, we need to go back in time. In fact, to the beginning of everything.
Please put yourself in God’s shoes for a moment. You created a grandiose universe. You sit there and watch Your beautiful world and … You’re bored, drumming Your divine fingers on Heaven’s ground. Galaxies spiral graciously, solar systems tick like a clockwork, the universe expands patiently, but there are neither adventures nor buzz. Worst of all: You have no access to your universe. You can’t touch it, since You’re a consuming fire and the universe would go up in flames in the split of a second. How You wish to have some escapades in Your world and experience Your unlimited possibilities of being and acting.
You ponder deeply, as deep as only God can ponder, and then You come up with a plan. Yes, that’s it: You need a vehicle that allows You to live and experience planetary life.
And so, you initiate the great work: first, You create an image of Yourself that can encase Your fiery spirit, preventing it from getting in touch with the universe. You call this image human. Next, You mold for Your divine image a form from stardust that can hold it in space-time – like a multi-dimensional frame. This is mankind’s universal soul that can give birth to individual souls and evolve them over many incarnations. Thereafter, You give souls a mind, a self-conscious ego, and the drive to live. At last, You fuse soul, mind, and ego and clothe them in a physical body – a space-suit.
After all these efforts, You still face a final challenge: the consciousness and memory of the spacesuit is innocent and pure, like a clean slate – it starts from nothing. What makes matters worse is that self-awareness and memory are reset at the beginning of each incarnation. Therefore, You imbue the soul with a yearning that is carried, like a torch, from incarnation to incarnation. It burns with the curiosity about life and it’s true identity. And so, souls live, strive, and evolve, driven to know what the world and they really are.
Through many incarnations, You help them. You help them by establishing a law that reacts unbias to their actions. That’s karma. But you also help them from within. For that you need to establish a link between you, souls, and their egos.
In the beginning, souls aren’t aware of Your help. They confuse Your advises with Their own thought, feelings, and hunches. But as their souls age, they become more and more aware of Your inner guidance. They feel guided and protected by a guardian angel. If they evolve further, they will become aware of Your still, small voice that speaks to them at their heart, the voice of prophecy.
A Better Way to Pray
What is the proper way to pray? Conversing with the Godness.
You don’t need to the Godness anything. It already knows everything that happened to you, and it knows better than you.
You don’t need to the God for anything, It already answered before you asked. Appreciate.
If that is so, why should we still pray? In order to listen. Hence, the key to effective prayer is silence. Listen to what the Godness has to tell you, instead of chewing on Its ears. If you feel the need to talk to someone about your problems and heart’s desire, please go ahead. Just know that’s this isn’t praying.
Shut up. Ignore your thoughts and feelings and let them subside. Listen to your heart. Connect to your soul, the immortal being you truly are. After you made a connection, reach deeper, inside your soul, reach the Godness. When you feel that a connection with God is made, open yourself to the divine influence that comes from the within of the within. Absorb. Download.
The Godness’ voice never flatters. It never tells you what you should do. Instead, It reveals principles that help you to achieve your heart’s desire. It never suggests reaching your goals on the expense of another.