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The Meaning of Divine Revelation  


What is divine revelation?


At its simplest, it is the manifestation of the sacred in your life – the revelation of God's purpose for you. That there is such a purpose you should not doubt, otherwise why would you have been created as an individual?


You may have an idea that divine revelation is just for saints or other holy people, for the founders of great religions and their exclusive descendents.


But divine revelation is also specifically addressed to you.


Just because you choose to worship with many others under the cloak of a large religion does not mean that God is not speaking directly to you through this organisation.


You have a responsibility to listen to His Word and to work out this message for yourself.


If others around you seem not to have listened hard enough and are claiming a message that is clearly not Godlike – one that is against love and kindness and aims to hurt others created by Him – you have a responsibility to set them straight.


The religious understanding of divine revelation is that the Word of God is to be found in holy books - such as the Christian Bible, the Holy Qur'an of the Muslims, the Jewish Talmud - which must be interpreted for the ordinary person by more learned and religious people. Divine revelation may also come about through the mystical experiences of religious men.


All the great religions expect the Word of God to be brought to their followers through the spiritual insights of the original founders. They see truth as something to be handed down through long tradition, as the preserve of a mystical elite. Followers are required to accept the Word of God as told to them by those initiated into the mysteries of a particular religion, who in their role link back to the founder.


But divine revelation does not come

 just from holy books.


You, as much as anyone else, are the guardian of God's Word. You are God's creation, a sacred work of His, and He reveals Himself through every aspect of your ordinary life.



This Month's Meditations

The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it's not open. (Frank Zappa)  

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. (William James) 

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. (Mahatma Gandhi) 

It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed yours. (Jessamyn West) 

Happiness comes more from loving than being loved. (J E Buchrose) 

Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. (Woody Allen)