Traditional Christianity teaches that we are separate from God. That is, until we make a decision to receive Jesus as our personal Lord and saviour (a phrase that is found nowhere in the bible), and then he accepts us.
Yet the scriptures emphatically declare that “God is Love” and that “nothing can separate us from the Love of God”. So is this separation only for those who don’t believe in Jesus? Did God ever separate himself from humankind? Or did we just perceive that He did? When Adam and Eve took the forbidden fruit wasn’t it Adam and Eve that hid from God not the other way around? Did Jesus come to show us that we were separate from God or that we never were? The two bible verses that are used by bible teachers to prove that mankind is separate from God are Isaiah 59:2 and Colossians 1:21. “Your iniquities have separated you from God”. Is Isaiah talking about a literal separation? Can you be any place that God is not? No, that would be impossible. You cannot be in a place where God is not because God is everywhere. Read the full chapter. The context of the verse seems to be that the people were blind, they couldn’t see because they were living in darkness. Further on you will see that God becomes a salvation for those “separated” people. He didn’t leave them hanging.
Yes the New Testament does say that you are separated and enemies of God. Does this mean a literal separation? Check the bible verse out (Colossians 1:21) carefully. It says “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies “IN YOUR MINDS”. So were we ever separated from God, or were we just separated in OUR MINDS? Was it just our perception? Since Jesus was fully man and fully God, doesn’t that prove that Man and God can live on earth as one? But you may ask, ‘doesn’t the Christian gospel that tell us to convert people so that they are not separate from God anymore’? Well, when Jesus spoke to Paul as (as recorded in Acts 26) he didn’t tell him he had to convert anyone. He told Paul that he was sending him to “open their eyes”.
Check 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 keeping in mind that the context is ALL. It says that God “gave us the ministry of reconciliation: “that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them”.
Therefore consider the idea that we were never separate from God, we were only separate in our minds. That Jesus came as the suffering servant to identify with us, show us how to live and make a way for us too see that we are one with Him and the Father. Consider the idea that sharing the good news doesn’t mean telling people they are separate from God, and by doing certain things (like believing), will enable God to accept them. I would contend that it means we open their eyes by telling our brothers and sisters (all humankind) the good news that they are fully accepted and unconditionally loved by God.
Full union, for everyone, no separation, for anyone, ALL people fully loved by the creator of the Universe.
If every child were taught this from an early age, the world would become a very different place.