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Stages of Spiritual Growth

STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH

STAGE 1 -- BORROWED FAITH

• Discover meaning through the heroes, symbols and rituals of community

• Borrow from religious experiences of parents

• Looking for “something better” (to resolve the “Chaos of Being”)

• No clear concept of God

STAGE 2 -- CONVENTIONAL FAITH

• Attachment to the rules and regulations of the Institution ends the CHAOS of stage 1

• Legalistic religion - yet to understand the spirit of the law

• Concept of God - almost entirely an Eternal, Transcendent Being

• A Fundamentalist Belief System -- perceptions are literal; try to convert and heal others

STAGE 3 -- REORDERED FAITH

• “Demythologising” Stage - a process of challenging and reinterpreting the symbols and traditions and polarities of stage 2

• Accepting responsibility for own lifestyle and beliefs

• Concept of God - an Imminent, Indwelling Being

• The “Big Picture” emerges or a moratorium on belief

STAGE 4 -- INTEGRATED FAITH

• Values and Beliefs are congruent with actions

• A new and deeper appreciation of symbols and traditions

• Concept of God - love, justice, mercy

Vigorously challenges the rigidity, intolerance and fundamentalism of Stage 2

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