Dr. Scott Peck: On Love
When anyone attempts to speak about Francis of Assisi, one cannot help but be struck by his effulgent love, and sense of endless grace. As Universalists, we can agree with Dr. Scott Peck, the eminent psychiatrist, who looks at the difficulty of our lives, and at the definition of love as a transformational force.
In The Road Less Traveled, he writes:
[“What is this force that pushes us to grow against the ego resistance’s of our own lethargy? It is love. Love is defined as “the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.”
When we grow, (as a person, a family or a church community) it is because we are diligently working at it, and we work at it because we love ourselves.
Love is the extension of the self, the very act of evolution.
To try and explain the miracles of grace and evolution, we hypothesize the existence of a God that wants us to grow- a God who loves us. Simple as that might seem, if we take it seriously, we find that this simple notion of a loving God does not make life or death easy. We ask, “Why does God want us to grow?” What are we growing toward? What does this God want of us?”
All of us who postulate a belief in a loving (or Universalist) God come to a single, terrifying idea in the history and consciousness of humankind: God wants us to be like Himself or Herself. We are to grow towards the good, and God is the goal of evolution. It is God who is our source, and it is God who is our destination. This is what is meant when we say God is all in all; the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.” If we believe this, it would demand from us all that we can possibly could give towards loving activity; the constant push towards greater wisdom, effectiveness, self improvement and spiritual growth. Its then no wonder that the idea is repugnant: It brings us face to face with our own ego or laziness.]