Posted: June 2, 2010
This is the first in a series of essays which will discuss the philosophy behind the belief system of the Hornet’s Nest Universal Life Church. This essay is intended to provide an overview of our beliefs. Those following will amplify what is covered below.
Our physical existence is difficult. We don’t believe it is intentionally so, but there are obstacles and difficulties which spring up to bar our way. We are on a journey which ends in the Summerland with a final reunion with Diety. It is an added fillip when we are able to overcome the obstacles which life throws at us. What we must realize, however, is that it is the struggle to overcome these difficulties that is important. An obsolete sports metaphor comes to mind, “It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game…”.
While we do believe we are meant to live out each lifetime fully, we do not hold with the idea that everyone dies “when it’s (their) time” or that “they’ve learned everything in this life they were meant (or needed) to.” Sadly, some don’t get to lead their full lifetimes and leave loved ones behind all too soon. Again, life is difficult. Unfortunate circumstances, disease, accidents, war, etc. end some lives prematurely. This is truly tragic because their journey is interrupted.
Our view of life after death revolves around the premise that while we derive from Diety, as manifested through the Goddess and God, we must still learn about this connection and what it may mean to us. We are given opportunities through several lifetimes to learn those lessons and facilitate our final return to Diety in the Summerland.
At the end of each cycle our soul will be tested, allowed to absorb the lessons learned, and return to a physical existence to continue our journey. We feel this is a necessary path because, although of an omniscient and omnipotent entity, we are incapable of realizing what we might become except through the “trials and tribulations” of mortal life.
There are those who believe that all automatically, if temporarily, go to the Summerland after death. There are indeed those whose behavior in life so transcends the usual that it obviates the need for further incarnations. By the same token, there are those behaviors so abhorrent as to never merit admission to the Summerland. We believe that such behavior is indeed punished.
For the rest of us, we believe that that final admission to the Summerland is a goal towards which we must strive with the utmost diligence and dedication.