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Friday, September 21, 2012, 9:11 AM
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?
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 8:13 AM
[Character of the Christ
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.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7:48 AM
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.
Thursday, September 13, 2012, 1:17 PM
[Character of the Christ
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.
Thursday, September 13, 2012, 11:35 AM
[Character of the Christ
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?
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 8:17 AM
[Character of the Christ
I awoke this morning renewed. The splinter in my eye , removed. The world is still the same, but I am not..yet, I am.
The spinning globe we call our earth, will forever, like the poor, be in need of solutions. Solutions that may help heal some, but never satify all. Thats the purpose of the earth. It pleads for healing, while it rejects the very things that could help it to heal.
It's need to be right, is so desparate in its nature, that what would be the cure, is dismissed as never fulfilling the deal? It had the very Presence needed, to fill its void. Yet it will somehow perfer to take the poisin , rather than admit..He alone,is their cure.
Its politics, that causes our deepest divide. And that is the splinter I prayed to Him, would be removed from my eyes, so that again, I might see.
See with eyes filled of people who pray for a neighbors loss. Who, when the cold hand of nature causes a tradgey, they come with the needed blankets for the unsheltered souls. A people whose respond to a tradgedy on the other side of the earth, send their first responders , to answer the call.
These are the children of a loving God. They need no rule of law, to inspire them to action. They have the Heart of the Living God. They dont ask for recompense, nor do they expect anything done for them in return. These are the children of God, whose gratitude, tells you to whom, they belong.
These are the people who again, light my eyes to His Beauty. These are the people who believe worship without some self sacrifice, isnt really worship at all. They after all, are following in the footsteps of the Christ. The God who sacrificed His Heaven, to walk upon this earth. To teach His children what their purpose is and the depth of their worth.
My eyes have been restored with the beauty of my God, that lives in His people...who can be seen clearly ,when what is not of Him, is removed. God Bless this Day. I thank you my God, for restoring my eyes again, to the LOVE that lives in Your Immortal Soul.
Sunday, September 9, 2012, 11:19 AM
[Character of the Christ
I am weary ...
I am weary from all our wars.
I'm weary of all those opinions, sold as truths.
Of wars produced by people whose desire is power, more than love. People who play on our emotions yet care so little of us being whole!
I am tired of men convincing women, that their freedom depends on killing one half of their soul.
I'm tired of being told who I am..by eyes that cant see me, because they only focus on their political point of view..
I'm tired of people claiming they are telling the truth, when their lips are filled with cynisim and lies.
Im weary we have lost our Souls purpose. As God becomes nothing more than a platform opinion. The very platform which claims inclusivity, yet leaves Him out!
I'm weary of the wars between our people...I so need the unity that only our belief in God can bring. I see Him as no longer being an intrical part of our Nations fabric..I long for men of good will, to somehow weave Him back in.
I see people giving praise to our division..when we were gifted with natures unity of work, that required two eyes , two ears, two hands.
I'm being drowned in our separations. Toys that take us from our silence, where the voice of God, can best be heard.
Video games, and battles of darkness, have become the hightlight of our childrens days.
I search for men of good character? Where are they, where do they live?
All that is carried on our airwaves, are pundits paid to spin the truth a thousand different ways. People fill the blogs demeaning others. As hate becomes an accepted form of communication.
I grow weary with a world I once saw as Gods gift to us for our pleasure...I find no beauty in what my eyes have become witness too. I pray for the day, I regain my sight, my love, my hopes, in a world I once cherished and loved..but now find very little to love, in its present form.
He has removed from my eyes, the beauty of His being..and has replaced it , with the seriousness of His Truth.
Monday, September 3, 2012, 1:29 PM
[Character of the Christ
The problem with the Irish Catholic Church, and that of it's Roman counterpart was, one was a direct line of Christs teachings with little pagan influence. While the other was, just the reverse. The Roman psyche was, and still is, feminine, its understanding of Christ as the feminine Soul. They were the enligtened of the Rennasisance. Romes energy was feminine whereas Ireland was masculine in its understandings and leanings. Much of the work of the disciples was to remove paganism from Christian belief. Whereas the Irish church, believed Christianity was pagan based.
You see, inherrent in the Irish church, pagan beliefs were understood, with sex as its understandings. Pain and pleasure was their idea of passion. As was love and hate. Theirs was rooted in the earth, they worshiped the earth as its mother, and with that came a more lower power of its god. Satanic rites and rituals were corruptions of symbols used by the church to inspire. The Star that guided the wise men to Jesus, was the Pentigram in pagan rites.
But the main difference was, the pagan belief, held nothing sacred, of which was the Love expressed by the Christ. Love like all people of the earth, include sexual love, but on a higher plane, His Love isnt one of pain. Therefore, His love is a very different expression of pleasue. In fact, it isnt pleasure at all, its a sense of uplifted happiness!
Passion for a pagan would be seen in its extreme Masochistic. Enjoying pain, as pleasure, was never the passion of the Christ..
When we speak of Christs Passion, it has nothing to do with the passions of the earth. Christ was not born of the earth, His birth was Godly in its conception. It was impregnated in the Soul of a woman of the earth.
What we call His passion, could in no way conclude, He enjoyed His suffering on the Cross. We know that from His own words..when He asked His Father to "take this cup away" Had the pagan idea been the case, Christs sacrifice, would then have been for Himself, rather than for our salvation.
His suffering wasnt a matter of enjoyment, otherwise, how could that be seen as suffering? The Passion of Christ, was pure in its sacrifice. As was His Mothers Immaculate Conception, known to be pure. His Passion was His suffering our Pain, through His body/mind for the sake of our Soul.
The Sacred in the Roman church is our sense of awe. It is as if an invisible lite is lifting a veil from our face, to see something we really cant see with our physical eyes, yet we see! . Its a sense of the angelic, the holy, the purest part of our being. To get a sense of the sacred is to be enveloped in the softest purest light. Its our feeling of what it is to be holy. Its Heavens worth in us, its more than our deepest sense of happiness. It is Christs reflection around us, thhrough us and infront of us ..as we witness His Light
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 4:05 PM
[Character of the Christ
As a young high school student, one of the nuns constantly praised the writings of Lewis.
And as a young high school student, I put her suggested reading advice away in the back of my mind, for another day. I was write to do so, for some of his writings takes much concentrated thought. While others such as "Mere Christianity" feeds the beauty of Christianity with well thought out reason..as an atheist converts his thinking towards God.
I have become a fan of this modern day disciple and apologist for Christ.
Thought I'd share a portion of what I am reading...his book on Pain.
"Pain insists on being attented to. God whispers in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. It's His megaphone to the ears of a deaf world".
Monday, August 27, 2012, 10:54 AM
[Character of the Christ
Today, is was listening to Morning Joe, as I do most every morning..I do so, not because of any sense of political bias, but more to stay informed with how people whose life is defined by politics, think.
Today was a day, that left me speechless, for its tone, and the unbridled hate I witnessed, directed at one human being. I will not even name the participants. For as Christ says, its not the sinner, but the sin, thats truly offensive to God.
What I witnessed wasnt as much as sin, as an injustice. It was the most arrogant and hatefilled attack, I had ever felt. And it was reflective of the political intensity of our time.
But what was crystal clear in my mind was, how hate is consciously used by those who get paid, to bring us, Light!
As I watched I heard nothing but anger, directed towards one man. They called it afterwards, an exchange. What was exchanged? Hate over light? Ignorace in place of understanding? Does anyone believe you can have an exchange, if only one man is directing his biased hate, at another? One man overpowering another with accusations, putting word in his mouth, that were never said? While smuggly spewing false indignation (this man gets paid for this). Nothing came out of this exchange, except what looked like a truck running over, an innocent man! A man who was so disarmed, that he never knew what hit him. And the bravos that followed with the word "well he nailed him!" Sounds too much like past history for me, and that the same people will always remain the same , in the end!
As the hosts shrunk into the background, seemingly allowing this vile display. One could only question if they knew it was coming. And in the end joked at how much life was brought to what was previously a boring debate! So does that mean, when you are bored, this is the fun stuff you do? Hate is your spark, more than inspired thought?
After this incident, the blogs were filled with what was seen as a decisive win. The accuser, the hatefilled one had knocked out the man on the floor!
I witnessed the attitude that followed. Snarky remarks, laughter from the now stunned crowd. The inner silence I knew they all felt, while their outer joviality and comradery, seemed somewhat contrived.
And me not believing what I had just seen. How can anyone see a win, from that?How can anyone call something an exchange..when only one angry man was shouting a barrage of inuendos? If we accept that premise as a winning formula, that anyone who willing participates in road rage, should be given an award for a great debate!
What am I attempting to say here? I guess I am always so hopeful in the goodness of men. I always believe in the hopes of tommorrow being a better day. In Christ making men more civil, and His understanding winning the day!
I guess when you see first hand, the real distance they are from from your ideal of the TRUTH..one can get slightly shell shocked, and for a moment feel its dissapointment . You can lose all sense, that there are some people out there, who dont need to be fired up by hate! But that there must also be those who seek the type of understanding that ellicits His Light!
The sad thing is, is how easily the un, and ill-informed get easily fired-up by a heated exchange. One that needs no other participant, than that of their own making!