I enjoyed reading the spiritual journey blog of Vanessa Forero (Christian Detox) from a Christian in a large charismatic church in Bradford to one who would now describe herself as:
A wonderer? A mystic-materialist? A spiritual-humanist? A faith-exercising atheist? One of those half-black-half-white mime characters? Basically, I’m bilingual. I have two world-views inside me that continually argue – they balance me out. Both offer wisdom and valuable perspectives so I respect them both.
I struggle with a lot of the weirdness of church life! I don't enjoy long lectures (sorry sermons) but would rather see room for discussion and debate. I don't like the focus on the Sunday meeting or the holy space of a building because I believe God is everywhere and in everything. I don't like the calling on and waiting for God to do something because I believe he did everything we need 2000 years ago (death and resurrection of Jesus and that the same power/spirit that raised Christ from the dead is now in us - so I think it is down to us to get on with stuff rather than ask God to do more). I don't like the trappings of tradition that can so often become a hinderance to people finding a God who is abounding in creativity and sees us all as individuals.
But overall I believe that a worldview is best seen from that of a perspective that each of us is created for life with meaning and purpose. We are created to make life better for others and the wider community. The Bible messages of justice and fairness and the call to love others as you love yourself (and what a call that is - loving self is often harder than loving others) is vital to life today. That Jesus his rag-tag of disciples (all mid-late teens or early 20's at the most) changed the wor