Religion and faith are such volatile subjects at the moment. The C.U.R.E is a way of studying the relationships with God, ones-self, community and has a sense of togetherness. On an international level, a Christian framework offers stability and direction which could enhance hope and comfort.
How could this work when we are all so different in terms of our age, culture, gender, personalities doctrines and denominations? It seems outrageous to think that there could be a simple universal uniting approach to address these unique differences.
The C.U.R.E provides a common picture language which brings together the core essential aspects of relationships with God, ourselves and another, from a biblical perspective. It highlights in particular our need to love God with our whole being, and our neighbour as ourselves. It emphasises the local church as well is the whole church taking a wholistic biblical, God-centred transforming gospel to the whole world, and to the whole person. The C.U.R.E displays especially what evangelism and discipleship are about.
So what is this picture language, this visual pathway? The clue is in the carefully ordered steps of the C.U.R.E.. This is an acronym inviting for us and showing us how to for connect, understand, respond and engage help. This teaches us to connect and love in the 3 directions (like the triangle) towards God, others and ourselves; to understand and know the whole person (like in 5 concentric circles, spirit heart mind body and social lives), to respond to God, and grow in life in two dimensions. The first dimension is growing consistently with who we are in Christ instead of self-centredness or what we can also call sin. “Sin” is where the “I” is in the middle instead of God, highlighted in the word sIn with the letter, “I” literally being in the middle. The second dimension of growth is to flourish in every part of us. We do this by engaging help, so that we can be supported to serve and to lead, to servant lead.
Want to find out more? I’ve mentioned 2 shapes above. There are 3 more. The steps and shapes can be used in your family, friends, at school or work and in your church. Go to www.livingwholeness.org
Dr John Warlow