KDP: I love the concept of grace…especially as it is expressed by the contemplative/mystical Christians. I just don’t believe in god. Grace is not earned. It is received by a heart that is participating in coincidence (or gods will) with awareness. That is my understanding/best attempt to language. I don’t study religion though.
J R Fibonacci Hunn In language, the idea can be constructed of “yeah, I grew my hair out longer. I really hated it being so short. Didn’t you?” We can call that “believing in an isolated actor with self-determination.”
Or, words can say “God grew my hair. God apparently hated it short.” That is speaking with the identity of the “author” of God (perhaps even an “Almighty” God).
“God made the sun and then made it shine. God made humans and language and poetry. God makes winter and summer, war and peace, love and hate. For every condition under heaven, God has made it with a distinct purpose!”
There is a kind of poetry that God makes that God calls grace. Grace is a simple thing. In contrast, Many religious traditions are very complex. God can be so complex sometimes, huh?!?!