This book opens our eyes blinded to the fact that God is not a distant, mysterious belief but a close, living existence, around us and expecting us to open ourselves to Him. We have reduced God to a false idea that has little or no effect on us. People, especially the young, seek God but are disappointed by God who introduces those who claim to be religious. God is not an impersonal force, but we are.
Traditional doctrine, we believe in it, is absolutely true in itself, but it is not widely used unless we make it truly our own in feeling and in life, with faith and enthusiasm and with our direct experience. The connection between our faith and belief comes from what we feel. When our speech is cold, we are, in effect, saying that our emotions are small like miqo’te names.
If that is the case with us, then, we are in danger of introducing Christianity as something unwanted and unwanted and not really “good news.” The Gospel is “Good News”, so, if it is not news, it is nothing. The Gospel must first and foremost be good news to us and only when it has become Good News to us, when we can share it as Good News to others.
The reason for the above is the loss of the contact
The author finds that the reason for the above is the loss of the contact: loss of proximity, information, presence. We only know about rumors. We speak only from the heart. We quote what was quoted by those and which was quoted from them. We end up with just a tradition given to our thighs. It does not affect us at all. The farther we go from the first facts the more we talk and feel less. We grow up talking a lot as we have little to say. And then we could end up losing track.
The early Christians were eager to know God. Receiving the Holy Ghost was a tangible, moving, transforming and unforgettable experience. Their experiences were a basis for their faith. The testimony and health of others attracted their attention but did not define their religion. Their experiences were an integral part of their Christian life. For us, the coming of the Spirit is as incomprehensible to us as the children of God. It all stays in the air for us.
The teachings of the Church are listened to with respect, and they are ignored. The Gospel is far from being a moral or institutional code of conduct. We can say that the Gospel has been preached throughout the world; but we cannot say that we have been accepted, let alone used. Jesus is known the world over and respected as a person, but he is not followed in his teaching.
The knowledge of God
The author emphasizes that we do not come to the knowledge of God because we do not expect it. We do not expose ourselves to his material presence because we believe that it is not ours. We do not know how to receive ordinary gifts through prayer because we call them strangers and the very word originally designates us, ordinary Christians, beyond what we call extraordinary grace. Also Check- paladin names
We do not feel God in His love and presence because we have been taught that, it is only for the sake of mysteries, not for us who do not deserve such rights. We do not receive the Holy Spirit with tangible grace and tangible gifts because we believe that it is up to us to receive Him alone through faith and darkness through baptism and the sacraments. We do not take wings because we believe we do not have wings. And we continue to incorporate pedestrian fashion into the dusty road.
The author expresses his hope that the Church will rediscover its original and human mission to encourage, anticipate and facilitate the personal and indirect knowledge of all Christians. If he does not do so, he foresaw a loss of trust, intimacy, and relationship.
The message of the book is visible and active. The author seems to have taken a critical point. He talks about the situation he sees around him. The clergy-laity distinction is evident everywhere. The language used is simple and straightforward. The shortness of the chapters helps to focus on the message and is easier to glean.
The letter urges us to get used to it and challenges us to make the transition from the second to the faith. We cannot go on living a Christian life without our own experience, because our knowledge is the source of our proclamation.