Isn’t it strange that a religion that began with a call to change or letting go has become a religion that has been so impervious and resistant to change? Many people think that what it means to be a Christian is to be in love with the 13th century or, if you are Protestant, the 16th century, thinking that “this is when Christians were really Christians!” There is no evidence that this is really true but it allows us to create “religion as nostalgia” instead of religion as transformation.
What healthy religion is saying is that the real life is both now and later. You have to taste the Real now, you have to experience God now—and if now, then also then—both now and later. Now becomes the pledge and guarantee of forever. The full now is always an eternal now. We are just practicing for heaven.