“For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” (ESV Luke 9:25)
Having read John 9:1-5; let us think. Is something really a “choice”, a “sin”, a “punishment” ? Or is it mearly a way for us to see God’s works. Yes we have free will. But persecuting others because of their religion, sex, race, sexual preference, perseverance (the US’s one percent), their social standing, their IQ, EQ. All that we point and say “Attack! I am afraid because they are different!” And we do.
No question, we hide behind our religious beliefs, misquoting, misguiding. Twisting words because for sure that translation was a mistake and it couldn’t mean me.
We are told throughout the New Testament to LOVE. Love as God loves us. Love as a child, as a Father, as a brother…
Love thy neighbor as thyself.
And if this is how the Religious love. I see why so many struggle with the Bible. I say Religious and not Christians. For to be a Christian is to be Christlike; and I in my sinful, judgmental mind. I say that for I suffer that human weakness, striving not to and therefore in my own paradox. I have not seen what I would deem a “true” Christlike person. Though I have met some who are close, until they spout hurtful religious hate and bigotry because they don’t understand how someone could “choose” to be that way.
How then do we rectify this? Not us.
I realize that this blog has gone on a spiritual bent. For some reason left field is calling. Do not fear, but please be patient for I am building something. Either love in my mind. Strength for what is to come. Mana for thought. I have not forgotten my stories. But some are hitting too close to home and require some inner-work so that my characters can grow and become three dimensional and not one. I thank you for sticking with methrough this.
It is not through good works one will be saved. Not through obeying the law and persecuting others. Is this not judgement in itself? Are we to judge knowing in our hearts that we have sinned? But what sin is not pardoned if we follow the greatest commandment: to love. For in true love there is no judgement.
And the only work required:
“The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (NIV John 6:29)
How then can we spew hate and persecute those “different” than us. Do not quote scripture at me when you yourself have left your children to fend for themselves.
I can only apologize that I have not a way to help. The snares in my own life are far more than I can handle. I can only preach love, though I cannot feel it. My own child is with his father, not because of man, because of courts and judgement: but in a moment of clear lucidity I knew his father had a far greater capacity to love than myself. There he is safe from this self-destuctive spiral I find myself on. This merry-go-round has room for but one passenger and I would wish it on noone.
Be careful how you raise your children so that sins of the father do not reap what you have sown. In man’s quest for excellence we have so poluted the world that what was once cured by faith may no longer be. I am how I am for a reason, though I know not what it is. It is through faith that I put one step in front of the other. Yes look both ways, but move forward.
For man will read something, and based on his beliefs and experience interpret it one way.
A man full of love will see hope and redemption.
A man scorned, bitter and angry will seejustification for his lashing out.
How much of the languages have been interpreted through a lover’s rejection?
You can. You can do anything under your own steam. On your own. But eventually you will wear out. You will lose your way. You tire.
You can ask God (your religious figurehead) for the Holy Spirit (spiritual guidance) [you have to get what I mean here. It’s easier for me to go forward referencing my God. But this is true, two make a task easier than one.] and be moving everyday in His direction under His infinite steam. With Him you can go forward, have the energy, be a beacon. Doesn’t mean the task ahead of you is easy. He never said it would be. In fact I am sure it us said many times it won’t be. But with Him you will have the strength. Which is greater? Man or the Supernatural?
If you tire you are at crossways with Him because nothing done in true love is tiring. In true love, the Father’s love, Abba’s love, there is no end of the strength and flow of the love pouring out. Filling you. Reviving you.
The eternal spring is that, eternal.