"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (1st Corinthians 13:11)
Paul gave us here another recipe for the journey of life, which we must all take; we're pitiful if we don't put away childish things, but behold! the majority of the population. At least in those religious and spiritual matters that determine who we actually are.
In religion it's much more common to depend upon the priest or the pope for our spiritual directions, to remain in the tribe all our lives instead of becoming women or men. William Blake said, "I must create my own system or be enslaved by another man's"--poetry of course and extravagant language, but it contains the same fundamental truth described by Paul in Corinthians.
Years ago a man named Harvey Cox wrote a book entitled The Secular City. Overnight he became almost an icon for the progressive religionists of my day. later in his career he decided that the best thing you can do is 'tell your story', even if only to yourself. When you tell your story, you discover things about yourself that you need to know. It's the modern equivalent of confession.
A Texan told his story for us, at length and in detail. He described eloquently the passage from childish religion to a reasoned and mature faith. His story is practically an archetype of what happens when we pass through the valley of institutional religion (or secularism) and "create our own system", receiving our dictation directly from God. Like Jesus did.
(This post was inspired by my dear friend, Amanda, after the extravagant praise she gave to an earlier post; bless you again Amanda, and bless you all.)