When we hear the words “Thy will be done” in the Lord’s Prayer this smacks of Divine colonialism and eminent domain. The reason is that God is planning to take over the psycho-turf of the human heart and mind.
Anyone can grasp that if one adopts new principles into their life there is a land grab of the soul. This kind of higher colonialism is taking place all the time between people promoting various belief systems. God, too, wishes to jump into the fray.
God is criticized because we humans have failed to see the biblical narratives as being played out on a higher psycho-spiritual arena.
For instance, on the surface of things, the Israelites’ military push to conquer the “Promised Land” with God’s help seems like a clear example of Divine favoritism and colonialism. This would mean that God was flawed, unjust and His promise to Abraham was a blatant land grab.
Many people have rejected Holy Scripture because of these unsettling accounts that challenge our modern rational and social sensitivities.
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg restored the Bible’s inerrancy and authority by providing lengthy evidence that its writing style contains multi-leveled meanings. It is on these deeper levels of communication that God’s true wisdom reveals itself, and on what “turf” a spiritual land grab takes place.
Eminent domain represents a government’s right to take private property for the greater public good (depending on what it values most). Colonialism is the taking of land that is outside a government’s original jurisdiction. Spiritual growth is the takeover of God’s tenets within our hearts and minds (also for the greater good). One takeover is worldly and temporary; the other is heavenly and eternal. (Everyone benefits from the latter.)
Throughout human history borders have changed. Old counties have died and new ones have popped up. Each border represents the extent and boundary of a current government’s power and influence. Likewise, one’s faith or belief system determines the borders and parameters of one’s inner character, spirit and values.
Which “turf” do you think is the Promised Land and represents what God most cares about for the human race?