Thursday, April 21, 2011, 10:12 AM
poster option / commentary...
I don't disagree that there is a place for trying to manifest God's truth in the world.
The problem is, that we ourselves are not St. Peter or St. Paul and our light of wisdom is not as powerful as theirs.
Because we are not saints, we are likely to make some errors. And then, instead of manifesting God's truth, we serve to oppose it.
I would, for example, recall to mind, the example of famous preachers who overtly preached racist views in support of the KKK or further back, in support of slavery.
Even the Nazis invoked the Church as backing their views.
But, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, reading for the blind...all these direct acts of charity are far beyond the realm of abstraction, where errors are more easily made.
There are Christians who believe war is justified, there are Christians who do not. There are Christians who believe in the death penalty, there are those who do not.
Abraham Lincoln discussed this point, as people in both the North and South invoked God as backing their political agenda. Lincoln said that God was only backing one side...and, by implication...it certainly wasn't the South.
We must weigh political beliefs with our hearts. Enter into a place of deep compassion for other people and feel what is right. That is the expression of Christianity. We can not merely mentally take some political point of view and have an idea that it is correct. We have to have some personal spiritual verification of the truth. And if we don't, then we best stay with direct acts of charity that are quite clearly beyond error.
orgive me please if this stings you -
but you feel as you do because you too as so many others before you including me have been mis-taught by your church-
indeed we today are not like or as spiritually as powerful as peter and paul in there day-
we are greater more spiritually powerful then they were.
they were born and lived under a world over filled with the fruits of adams sinful stain because Our Savior Brother Resurrection and Redemption of Human Kind did not happen in there life until they were very old men for that time and place.
we on the other hand we all bone free of adams stain as Our Savior Brothers Perfect and COSTLY Work of Abject Faith and Love completed upon the cross ended that stains forward motion forever-
just as adams free willed sin stared that flow long long before.
it is not just the rcc that still teaches this opposing anti- truth that original sin continues on-
look and you will see that every one of the community evil doers that you sited in your posting as will and individual evil doer have a common error in there faith system-
that somehow what was done on that cross 2011 is still not in itself sufficient-
that still other things remain to be done and even then its only partially spiritual cleaning to human kind that lasts...
look and you will find some variation of this roman catholic church based / craft false teaching being held and wholeheartedly believed like some folk believe in star-trak is true;
even thought both of those teachings and views are false.
the only balancing our hearts MUST do is to determine how we can best move foreword Our Saviors / Our Masters Way of faithful love foreword because only The Truth makes us free and only Our Savior Brother IS TRUTH ITSELF.
a work has been left to ever believer by Our Master and Our Friend-
no one by HE can free us from that commanded work that we love one another as HE Loves us and THAT is what His Church was tasked with teaching to the world by our becoming living examples of The Living Examples of what FAITH and LOVE are suppose to look like that HE Left to us.
thanks for your thoughtful reply