On the one hand, the presence of Jesus (for the Christian) reflects God's intervention in the world to provide hope and salvation. • The feet and legs are the connection with the embodied, energized, earthy, cosmic, material dimension of creation. In addition, nothing else can interfere with His power. On the topic of the various world religions, in the encyclical Ecclesiam Suam, Pope Saint Paul VI wrote. For Paul, all relationships of difference, all marks of distinction, are dissolved in Christ where all are regarded as one and as equal. Aside from the supreme name "Allah" and the neologism al-Rahman (referring to the divine beneficence that constantly (re)creates, maintains and destroys the universe), other names may be shared by both God and human beings. But some truth is only some truth. Like the mother, this man has two choices; either he can favor the Catholic faith, or he can favor the Hindu doctrine of reincarnation. The fight over recognition of transgender persons has raged on for years among essentially every Christian group. What does this mean for general Christian practice? There is of course the statement of the Apostle Paul in Galatians that there is no longer any male or female, but all are one in the Christ (Galatians 3:28). Vahanian argued that modern secular culture had lost all sense of the sacred, lacking any sacramental meaning, no transcendental purpose or sense of providence. O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.”. Into this Light and Love, all things will return, of this I am now certain, for this I have seen with the eye of my own true soul. After all, if the homilies we hear year after year are void of references to the divine and natural moral law, then why should we be surprised if the men who preach such homilies are found to be living immoral lives? If anything, Paul wants married persons to have their concerns less tied up in sex and move towards greater concern for what Paul considered more important and more Christian issues. [16] Muslims believe that the entirety of the Islamic teaching rests on the principle of Tawhid.[17]. We are all of the same Light and Love, of this I am now certain, for this I have seen with the eye of my own true soul." It was not mere metaphor, simile, or figures of speech; it was literally true. However some Buddhists believe that Nirvana is an eternal, transcendental state beyond name and form, so for these Buddhists, Nirvana is the main concept of transcendence. Even the distracted mind that wandered at Mass could be brought back to the godly by such purely religious designs. Yet, as long as the feet are consciously connected to the less dense dimensions further up the body, the spiritual knowing from our feet, too, have their aspect of transcendence in the connecting Oneness of all physical creation. If Paul wanted males to do what males are “supposed” to do, and females to do what females are “supposed” to do, then he would advise them to fulfill their biological purpose, get married and have lots of children. Such is the sacramental vocabulary that the Church developed over the centuries. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This is just one example of the New Testament suggesting that biological maleness and femaleness are not actually controlling factors in our personal identities. For the restless seeker of truth, who observes this often insincere marketing of religious ideas, it is only too tempting to dismiss the quest as simply hopeless. Jewish theologians, especially since the Middle Ages, have described the transcendence of God in terms of divine simplicity, explaining the traditional characteristics of God as omniscient and omnipotent. The priest in the liturgy is a visible and tangible example of the Christian transcendence of gender fixity and behavioral expectations attached to biological sex. This does not mean that sex is bad. It is important that such ideas are understood as socio-cultural developments and not as ontological realities. The Baháʼí Faith believes in a single, imperishable god, the creator of all things, including all the creatures and forces in the universe.