30 June 2012

Fed Up And Leaving The Church!

The two common reasons people leave church is because
1) they have been angered and
2) they think the church is made of "hypocrites."
According to St. Paul in Ephesians 1-3, the very man pointing fingers at others has to include himself in the group that he's turning from. It might be better practice for the man to consider the state of his own soul, his own attitudes, to reflect on his personal desires to be in charge, to direct. If he does this in a balanced, considerate way, he may come to a different conclusion. He will likely become convinced he is at least partly at fault. He may, in this case, grow in Christ rather than simply grow in his external functions, as a result, he may become the greater person for the King's sake.
"The proud man has no god; the envious man has no neighbor; the angry man has not himself. It is not sin that kills the soul, but impenitence."
(Bishop Robert Hall 1700's)

27 June 2012

Being There...

Let no thought come to my heart,
Let no ruffle come to my spirit,
  that is hurtful to my poor body this night,
  nor ill for my soul at the hour of my death-

but may You Yourself, O God of life,
be at my breast, be at my back,
You to me as a star, You to me a guide,
from my life's beginning to my life's closing.
  • A Celtic prayer (partial)

26 June 2012

You Already Have Faith; Do You Want Goodness?

Morality is now defined largely by two standards: is it sincere (or authentic)?, and does it “hurt anyone else.” Skepticism about knowing has become the “faith.” Any belief which is out of step with this (sincere, do-no-harm harmless skeptism) is labeled an opinion or taste. I am informed that we have “evolved” to this point.
The ancients (who went through more than I ever have) believed that though the heart of man was corrupted (or twisted), yet there was something that remained good beyond us. That is, that goodness remained good.
Indeed, the Bible is the true telling of the story of a good God set in my place—a place where immoral people rise and fall, strive and breathe.
In a way, you could relate Christ’s coming to earth for us as the Father sending “pure goodness” incarnate, or pure goodness in one human.
Christ was and is the embodiment of the “avenging virtue” of goodness for us. He is the only Hope.
And, to Christ we rise proportion to our desire of embracing the Good in our very souls, or from Him we fall away, repelled by our own ignorance and stubbornness.
The other questions of God are pretty much academic.
- Charity Johnson, 2012