[[In my class where we're studying faith development, we were tasked either to bring an object, create a representation, or perform an action that represented "faith and the ultimate environment. This parable is about how faith works.]]
There once was a man striving to find the kingdom of heaven. He looked everywhere, considering everything, and asking every creature. He was more than a renaissance man — he approached every task along his quest with the aptitude of an expert.
When he considered the light, he did so as a genius physicist.
When he examined the waters, he did so as a hydrologist.
When he analyzed the land around him,
turning over every stone, he did so as a practiced geologist.
When he scrutinized the plants, he was a brilliant botanist.
When he asked the sea animals, he was a marine biologist;
when he interrogated the birds, an orithologist;
the wild animals, a zoologist;
the creeping things, an entomologist.
When it came to his fellow humans, he asked them as
a political scientist,
as everything, even as an ethnomusicologist.
He even studied literature, music, art, and feeling, but could not find the kingdom in any branch of
or revealing writing.
He sought the kingdom all over the world until he had collected a vast array of different disciplines, variant art forms, and singular emotions, each unique, contained, and separate banks of knowledge and feeling, all stored in specialized compartments of his head and heart.
Baffled that with all his disparate skill sets, areas of specialty, and endless talents, he could still not find the kingdom of heaven, he consigned to ask his friend the saint. She smiled as he recounted his story and paused for a moment in silence.
After a while, she said simply, “For all the knowledge and feeling of the earth, you lack the knowledge and feeling of heaven.”
“Where can I find the things of heaven?” he asked desperately.
She replied, “In everything at once.”
Posted on February 27, 2013, in Parables and tagged Faith, faith development, James Fowler, Parable, Paul Tillich, Theories of Faith Development, Ultimate Environment. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.