"If we were immortal and lived in unending bodily pleasure, with no fear of losing it, why should we not be happy? What else should we be seeking for? I did not realize that that is exactly what shows our great wretchedness. For I was so submerged and blinded , that I could not think of the light of MORAL GOODNESS, and of A BEAUTY to be EMBRACED for its OWN SAKE...beauty seen not by the eye of the flesh, but only by inward discernment"... St Augustine Confessions
And as the world spins its webs, and people choose sides, at times by denegrating " "the other", so as to feel they are right. I chose Christ.
As pundits pick partisan political polls to prove how smart, they believe themselves to be.
I choose the only direction that gives me life. I choose Christ.
As debates become all thats talked about, as if our world depends on little more. I choose to talk about Christ. For I know full well, the world without Him, is truly a dismal place.
When pills no longer help us with the bodys pain. I choose Christ.
As the world continues to divide itself, in terms of who will win the earth. As fires rage in the Middle East, choose Christ.
I choose Heaven.
As people believe nothing is so important, that would make them feel the need to change. No urging of God. That would allow them to look and evaluate, if their words match their deeds. I choose Christ. For Christs is mans Ultimate Truth..For He was God made man..so men could see.. that they too could make their words match their deeds. Its because of His truth in us...I choose Him as my own.
I could never accept that a God who created all things, and who has told us He loves us all equally, could segragate a certain group of His own children
Love doesnt do that, and Christs love wouldnt allow that.
However, yesterday, I read somehthing that brought more insight to this subject.
For those of us who believe our belief and knowledge of Christ constitues His Body. We then have to understand that bodys sacredness.
Christ in forgiving the prostitute while telling her she was forgiven, but go sin no more, didnt only apply to her selling of her body, but her misuse of it, as the temple of the Lord.
Catholic priests and many other religious orders, require abstainence or chasitity as a Godly requirement , in reaching for the higher elements or virtues of God.
When it comes to sex..God has made it not soley for mans pleasure, He made it pleasurable for a reason. Sex's purpose (in God) is for procreation..and little more.
God's lowest outpost in man, is sex. Love of God is His highest requirement, and with that as ones focus, so too comes certain restrictions and requirements.
Sex is the bodies pleasure. As is food. Food however can also become a lustful pleasure if not tempered. Because the body itself, has its needs separate from Gods.
So when we think of the Body of Christ..we must also think of Gods needs, as our highest expression, and mans needs (although given to us by God ) much of it for our survival nature on earth.
The reason God asks any man who seeks to elevate his survival nature to the higher virtues of God..has to see God in every aspect of his life. And here is what I came to realize when it comes to prostitution or homosexuality. Both of these needs cant continue to take priority, when it comes to a man who houses God. Infact , this also applies to a man or woman who has decided that God is their purpose in totem.
We cant house Christ without being chaste, without being celibate. It is for this reason, priest nuns, devotees in all religions , leave sex behind to serve God.. Sexual love, draws our energy down. When we choose Christ as our focused Love.. our love needs a higher calling. It no longer will be satisfied by a temporary high. Our body , mind, heart and spirit needs to have no split in its devotion. We can not place Christ, in arenas where He doesnt belong. His Body is now ours, and we must know, that if Christ were living within us..what within us, wouldnt be satisfied by Him, alone?
Virtue ethics, describes the character of a moral agent as a driving force for ethical behavior.This behavior emminates from a duty, a willing obligation to respond to, mans highest good, God.
These Virtues are everylasting, they dont change depending on circumstances, nor upon what man gains from them. They arent a matter of doing, but of being. They are who the man becomes , when he forgoes his egoic need, and submits himself to the likeness, and spirit of his God.
Forgive me God, for I so easily allow the earth to take me away from you.
I see the world as it is, and as I want it to be.
I forget all that is Good is alive in your Hand. That when my focus goes to what isnt, its than, that my focus isnt on You.
I constantly get drawn towards where you are not. What is it in me, that seeks to heal, and in doing so, loses sight of You the Good, that is my God?
I seem to want the world to be a better place, yet I somehow know it will never really be.For the world is the place where humanitys problems exist. Where memories are short, and grievences long. Where You God, get found, get expressed, in moments rather than in the journey of the life of the world.
I seek a better place. A place I once knew. A place where my eyes reflected only your light..
Where your good, lites the light in the hearts of good men. Where your word rings true in the heart, and enlightens the head. A place where all I can see , is your good. I long for that place.. That place within me, where your presence makes everything holy and sacred. The place where everyman is good, and perfect and pure. Where humanity is seen through the the Love Light in your Eyes.
When you take out Virtue . You remove what is the supernatural character of God. Ask yourself? In nature, where is virtue?
What in the evolution of mans nature, would suggest a need for virtue? When the nature of mans purpose, is to survive in the natural world, and nothing more? Certainly, suvival in nature, would suggest the wealthy man would be the most admirable. His would be seen as the model of success.. But is wealth virtuous? Is even sharing of ones wealth virtuous? Or is that merely only one action of man? Does that action alone, claim his being as a whole, is virtuous? Is that action, one of a moment ofdoing or a state of being? Cant one believe in the sharing of wealth, and still not himself, be virtuous at all?
Virtues dont improve a mans survival needs. They live as the core principles of a being, whose character has been formed by the goodness, which lives, in the likeness of Christ. Virtues belong to the supernatural nature of God. It is Gods nature, which has no real use, when it comes to mans survival. Virtues become valued more as man values Gods character in him( man) more. Virtues develop with, and when, man commits his nature to a greater sense of purpose. When he begins to want to be more like his Creator than the value of his ego on the earth. This commitment begins the allowance of mans nature to submit to change. The truth of God becomes mans choice of honesty. Love becomes less physical and expands to the love of goodness. Rightness, becomes what is rightness for all. With no circumstance as its separator. Purity becomes the sacredness of ones Soul. Sacredness becomes Gods presence in us. And as we hold ourselves holy for His Presence..so too do we hold everything of Gods sacred as well.
As I remember that time, when the Heavens were unexplored. And a people whose courage and vision said...all things are possible, even this!
When we were proud of who we were. Not the pride of an arrogant ego..but the enthusiam and wonder of all that could be!
We were a very different people then, and I morn the loss of who we once were.
I see no one leading us to a better day? To the kind of people we once were, when we lived in that "better"day.
I morn for the loss of men whose courage left an imprint of their sole, on another heavenly body. One in whose vantage point, allowed us for the first time, to see ourselves.
We could see us, as that beautiful blue planet. A jewel amoung the background of Heaven. A star reflecting back the rays of the sun.
I believe we fell to far too fast. I believe we have tarnished our jewel with pettiness and strife. I believe we have but one recourse , that can lift us again to Heaven..I believe we need to claim our way to a better place I believe we have a daily choice , laid out before us.. Do we bury ourselves in the work and troubled earth? Or do we choose to fly again, with those men we today honor...who chose to see the face of God, and play among His stars?
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