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Part 4- Turn away from evil, repent, and forgive… the devil

January 18, 2013
The She Devil

The She Devil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MMF wrote (in response to parts 1-3):

“Very well written and easy to follow. Makes sense, too, although human nature (that’s one of my famous excuses) makes it hard for me to “accept” what I perceive as evil, or as you explain, turn away from, rather than attack and defame.

I think we (our ancestors) set up a faulty system of currency. I don’t know what would have been better. But I am happy to know that it will be unnecessary in the next life!”

 

JR replies:

What if in this life it is unnecessary to condemn or vilify? What if this life is the one in which to repent and to forgive?

Ultimately, fear is the root of labeling something evil. Remember that if God creates all things for a purpose, that includes the feeling of fear and of everything you have ever feared. As a child, I feared big bridges. They scared me- like a stampeding herd of rhinos would scare me today. Adrenalin and cortisol (the fear hormones or stress hormones) are not “a mistake.”

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Iwfne70.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Next, there is the issue of defaming or condemning. Again, these ways of relating are reserved for things that are feared, deemed repulsive or disturbing or disgusting. There is a practical value and functionality to defaming and condemning. However, we may have been exposed to a teaching to cease condemnation. Why? Because the panic of condemnation is not peace of mind.

The word dia-bolos means to throw a label across something, like to hide it’s true value or neglect it’s sacred purpose. All things are created by God so all things have a sacred purpose. So there is vilifying or demonizing or defaming something or someone, even though everything and everyone are sacred creations of God. So, that condemning is a panic that is disrespectful of God.

Fear God, not a particular person or group or event. Respect God and all that God creates. Beware of the spirit of condemnation or divisiveness or slander. Beware of being diabolical in defaming anything created by God, being devilish. Do not condemn even the devil.

Neptune

Neptune (Photo credit: p medved)

The Devil means “one who condemns, who slanders, who defames.” The Spanish word Diablo and the English word Devil come from the Greek roots dia-bolos, meaning to throw a label across, to defame, to slander, to vilify.

Focus on God. Beware of focusing on any so-called devil or villain or “threat to an all-powerful God.” There is no creation of God that cannot threaten the Almighty. There is nothing except creations of God.

Austin Anti-Defamation League Presents: True C...

Austin Anti-Defamation League Presents: True Colors – Celebrate Diversity, See With Your Heart (Photo credit: Do512.com)

Repent from vilification. God created vilification for a purpose as well. Respect God and recognize the purposes of God. Anywhere you look, you can find the purposes of God if your spirit is pure. Nothing else exists except for God and the various purposes and creations of God, including you and I and this conversation and every human language. Be at peace.

No one knows the day or the hour when heaven is revealed. So, be at peace now. Let this life be the one. Let this day be the one. Let this hour be the one.

Neptune

Neptune (Photo credit: CarbonNYC)

 

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Part 1- Immaturity and Maturity (turning away from evil)

January 17, 2013

Immaturity and Maturity

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maturity is a label for inner peace or inner orderliness, even in the midst of external chaos or transition. Immaturity is required for the development of maturity. Immaturity is attempting to prevent some particular pattern of activity within the universe.
For instance, it would be foolish to attempt to stop the wind from blowing in a particular direction, unless you simply want to exhaust yourself.  However, rather than energizing something by resisting or protesting or attempting to prevent it, we can simply promote a contrary possibility.
View of the "Evil Bridge" in "V...

View of the “Evil Bridge” in “Vasilevo” open-air architecture-ethnography museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As another example, can anyone prevent any particular bridge from ever collapsing no matter what- despite earthquakes and meteor strikes and so on? It is not possible to totally prevent the collapsing of all bridges or any bridge, but the stability of any bridge can be measured and then the bridge can be strengthened (or blocked for safety).
Side-view of the "Evil Bridge" in &q...

Side-view of the “Evil Bridge” in “Vasilevo” open-air architecture-ethnography museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The immaturity of attempting to totally prevent a particular pattern is also called terror or disturbance or shame or sin or panic, as in judging against any pattern at all. This is why ancient traditions remind us that “if a pattern disturbs you, simply turn away from it.”
In other words, turn away from evil. This is a sign of maturity and of faith and the result of turning away from evil is the maintaining of inner peace (or swift return to inner peace).
Abstain from contempt and condemnation. Renounce these as sin (immature, unproductive, ineffective). Recall the teachings of the famous Jewish prophet, Jesus, and some of his early apostles:
 
“Condemn not.” (Luke 6:37)
 
“I say to you, not to resist the evil“ Matthew 5:39
 
“I am conscious of this, and am certain in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself; but for the man in whose opinion it is unclean, for him it is unclean [vilified, evil].” Romans 14:14
 
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and without faith, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted [vilified, evil].” Titus 1:15

 

English: Amulets against the evil eye fron de ...

English: Amulets against the evil eye fron de Basque Museum of History of Science and Medicine Español: Amuletos contra el mal de ojo del Museo Vasco de Historia de la Ciencia y la Medicina Euskara: Begizkoaren aurkako kutunak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Part 2- Besides the maintaining of inner peace, why would I turn away from evil?

January 17, 2013

Besides the maintaining of inner peace, why would I turn away from evil?

The Adoration of the Golden Calf'

The Adoration of the Golden Calf’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As it says in the ancient Hebrew teachings of Ecclesiastes, “there is a time for every purpose.” There is a value and function for every pattern: both for loving and hating, for sowing and reaping, for making war and making treaties, even for condemning and refraining from condemning.

If the idea of an almighty Divine Ordering is rejected and replaced with the idea of some conflicting authority that could form patterns instead of the Divine Ordering, only then would one be so arrogant as to condemn a select set of forms created by the Divine Ordering. Of course, because immaturity is required for the developing of maturity, the Divine Ordering also may cause the rejecting of the authority of the Divine Ordering and the condemning of certain particular patterns created by the Divine Ordering. That is what is meant by “worship at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil [idolatry and vilification]” rather than “respecting the entire tree of life,” which is a metaphor about a tree that includes all the branches of life, all the patterns formed by the Divine Ordering, all of God‘s images or formations or identities. 
 

 

English: Bronnbach Abbey. Choir stalls by Dani...

English: Bronnbach Abbey. Choir stalls by Daniel Aschauer (1778): Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil Deutsch: Kloster Bronnbach. Chorgestühl von Daniel Aschauer (1778): Baum der Erkenntnis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To worship any particular form or pattern is idolatry. To respect every form is maturity.
 
When some quote sayings that “each creature is a perfect image of the Divine,” this simply refers to our formation as a set of patterns established by a Divine Ordering. You are the manifestation of the Will of the Divine. So is everything else.
Observe that I am an activity of Creation and so is everything else. Every form has been molded or intelligently designed by Evolution.  This is not an obscure, secret teaching, but a simple recognition which is completely in accord with all scientific statements made in any language or vocabulary.
 
Incomplete understanding of the nature of language can be a predictable source of tremendous confusion and conflict for some (the immature or “spiritually dead”/unenlightened). When there is irritability and presumptiveness and terror and shame and panic, it is easy for confusion to lead to frustration, then to blame, then to animosity and arguing. 
 
Beware of sincere arguing. It is a sign of presumptiveness (as in naivete or foolishness or immaturity).
Saint Mary's, Cork

Saint Mary’s, Cork (Photo credit: Fergal of Claddagh)

The Realm of Divine Power

June 21, 2012
The Realm of Divine Power

Salam Fayyad, Rigmor Aasrud, Rim Bana and Dr. ...

Salam Fayyad, Rigmor Aasrud, Rim Bana and Dr. Munib Younan at the Exhibition “A modern approach to the divine image” by Norwegian artist Håkon Gullvåg In The evangelical Lutheran church of Augusta Victoria in Jerusalem (Photo credit: Beautiful Faces of Palestine)


Jesus said, “You are in error because you do not understand the Scriptures or the Authority of God.” – Matthew 22:29 

note: this audio is a bit loud-

Divine Authority is the source of all perceptions and all forms and all labels: the author or authority, the creator or creativity. Divine Power is the cause of all developments and patterns. 

Does a mustard seed produce a cactus plant? No, the plant reveals the nature of the seed. Only a grapevine produces grapes, right?

Divine Authority is like a seed which produces all that can be perceived, including you. Your nature reveals the nature of that which has formed you. 
Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. …
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Your wordless nature is divine perfection. There is no nature except divine perfection.

Labels can cover divine perfection, but that is like putting some pickles in to a container that says “this is actually a jar of gorillas, not a jar of pickles.” Labels are just labels.

Have you ever noticed that the way that someone labels the elements of their life reveals their spirit (their character, their self-image)? Labels reveal the one labeling. Labels do not reveal what is labeled.


Luke 13:18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the Realm of Divine Authority like? What shall I compare it to?


…what parable shall we use to describe it? Mark 4:30

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
//bible.cc/matthew/13-31.htm
Luke 13:19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches.”
English: Mustard seeds by David Turner Februar...

English: Mustard seeds by David Turner February 23, 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Divine Authority has formed you. Every quality of any formation of Divine Authority is a quality of Divine Authority. Divine Authority has formed everything: earth and sky, male and female, reward and punishment, good and evil, righteousness and wickedness, justice and confusion, prosperity and war, love and hate, joy and grief, connection and isolation, as well as every seed, every soil, every sprout, every branch, every blossom, and every harvest.

Does one branch of a tree reveal the nature of the seed more than any other branch? All creations of God equally demonstrate the Divine Power of God, revealing the glory of God, the authority of the source of all creativity. 

There is no physical devil to be worshiped as greater than God or equal to God. Likewise, there is no individual person to be worshiped as greater than God or equal to God. 


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I am the DIVINE AUTHORITY, and there is no other;

apart from me there is no DIVINE POWER.

I will strengthen you,

though you have not acknowledged me,

The story of an individual who claims an isolated authority is an important story. That claim of isolated authority is a mistake or confusion that leads to fear, blame, resentment, contempt, and grief.

Divine Authority is even the cause of the experience of all isolation and grief as well as the only remedy. As the only remedy to grief and isolation, Divine Authority is the only Salvation, the only power to Save, the only “Savior.” 
… You must acknowledge no God but me, for there is no other savior. …. …
//bible.cc/hosea/13-4.htm – 15k
… I, yes I, am the LORD, and there is no other Savior. …. …
//bible.cc/isaiah/43-11.htm – 14k
… For there is no other God but me, a righteous God and Savior. There is none
but me. … There is no other righteous God and Savior besides me. …
//bible.cc/isaiah/45-21.htm – 17k
… Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? …
//bible.cc/galatians/3-3.htm
Beware of those who speak of only one particular individual or ritual method as a remedy or savior. Each method or tool has some use and every teacher has their value. However, when there is an exclusive claim to authority, what if it is made from a frightened arrogance?

Does someone’s spirit demonstrate the graceful spirit of faith or just words about faith, just sincerity, just a hopeful pretense of confidence to hide a deeper anxiety? Does their spirit demonstrate a pattern of relating such as isolation and even divisiveness and competitiveness and contempt and fear and rage and shame? If so, what credibility would you assert that their words have? 

Matthew 7:16 By their fruit you will recognize them. 

… You will know them by their fruit. Grapes aren’t gathered
from thorns, or figs from thistles, are they? [Only a grapevine produces grapes!]
//bible.cc/matthew/7-16.htm – 16k
English: Two pages of Manual of Mustard Seed G...

English: Two pages of Manual of Mustard Seed Garden (Jieziyuan Huazhuan), 2nd Set vol. 2nd(Bamboo drawing), later edition in 1782 published in Sushu,China, color woodblock printing on paper, bound by stitching (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



If you follow a blind leader who claims to be able to see, then how quickly will you recognize the innocent mistake you have been making? The results reveal the effectiveness of a method. If you follow a foolish leader who claims to be wise, how long will you pretend not to notice that your perceptiveness is beyond theirs? How long will you model your own action on foolishness? How long will you focus on foolishness by protesting it? Turn away from evil, from what disturbs you, from what does not fit for you.

If you follow a deaf leader who claims to be able to hear, will you shout at the one you have been following for being unable to hear or will you recognize the futility of shouting at someone who is clearly deaf? Will you loudly insist to the deaf that they should hear you and follow you, or will you leave behind your disappointment and open to the courage of leading? Stop arrogantly criticizing them for being your leader when it is you who has been naively following them. 

Matthew 7:20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

… So by their fruit you will know them.” … …
//bible.cc/matthew/7-20.htm – 15k
Do not worship any isolated formation of Divine Authority. Do not worship any individual, but instead cherish every individual equally. Do not favor one and then curse another as a villain or enemy. Proclaim the innocent foolishness of all of the characters in the dream of isolated authorities.

Do not worship the idea of an isolated force beyond the influence of Divine Power. You are not an isolated force beyond the influence of Divine Power. There is no such thing.
You are a creation of Divine Authority, a demonstration of Divine Power, an image of Divine Authority, a formation of Divine Authority, a form of Divine Authority, a child of Divine Authority, a branch of Divine Power. You share the same nature or source as all other forms of Divine Authority.



One teacher of religious law was listening to some people debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked Jesus, “Of all religious instructions, which is the most important?”

Jesus replied, “The most important instruction is this, ‘Listen, Children of Divine Authority: Divine Authority is One [Complete, Inclusive, Whole, Holy, Perfect, Pure, Limitless]. Worship Divine Authority alone with your whole heart and with your entire soul and with your entire mind and with all your power.'”

 31The second is equally important: ‘Cherish any other as yourself.’h No other commandment is greater than these.”

32The teacher of religious law replied, “Well said, Rabbi. You have spoken the truth by saying that Divine Authority is Complete, and there is not another outside of the source.33And I know it is important to worship Divine Authority with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to cherish my peer as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”

34Realizing how much the man understood, Jesus said to him, “ You are not far from the Realm of Divine Authority.” And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Mark 12:28-34
http://nlt.scripturetext.com/mark/12.htm
<< Isaiah 45:22 >>
New International Version (©1984)
“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am Divine Authority, and there is no other.”
1 John 4:21 And he has given us this command: “Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
Mark 12:24 >>
New Living Translation (©2007)
Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.”

turn away from evil

March 28, 2012
“but I — I say to you, not to resist the evil” Matthew 5:39
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and without faith, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted [troubled, shameful, shaming].” Titus 1:15
(The audio includes extra commentary.)
“I am conscious of this, and am certain in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself; but for the man in whose opinion it is unclean, for him it is unclean [troubling evil, shameful].” Romans 14:14
“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth…. the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you [troubles you].” Matthew 15:11,18
“You have knowledge that it was said, Have love for your neighbour, and hate for him who is against you: But I say to you, Have love for those who are against you, and make prayer for those who are cruel to you. [whoever you consider wicked, unjust, troublesome etc]” Matthew 5:43-44
“You have knowledge that it was said in old times, You may not put to death; and, Whoever puts to death

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

will be in danger of being judged. But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment [resentment, etc]! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court [and punished for slander]. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”

Beware of contempt. Do not add fuel to your own frustration.

 

Matthew 5:21-22
“…Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth doth come forth blessing and cursing; it doth not need, my brethren, these things so to happen.” [praising God yet cursing God’s creation]

James 3:5-10

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19
“but I — I say to you, not to resist the evil” Matthew 5:39
      The source of so much suffering is ill will. If something troubles you, y

Stained glass panel in the transept of St. Joh...

Stained glass panel in the transept of St. John’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales (NSW). This scene depicts Mary holding a young Jesus. They are framed in front of a background of indistinct faces. The window is approximately 1m in diameter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ou might turn your attention away from it. If something disgusts you or sickens you, you might abstain from focusing on it. This has been the teaching of so many elders for many thousands of years. Turn away from what repulses you, what you detest. Turn away from evil.

 
But what exactly does it mean to “turn away from evil?” Repent, by the way, means “turn away.” What does it mean to turn away from sin or to turn away from wickedness or to turn away from corruption or to turn away from trouble?” Does it simply mean to turn away from what disturbs, what enrages us, what disgusts us?
 
“A wise person turns away from evil and is cautious [responsible?], but a fool is hotheaded, careless and overconfident.” Proverbs 14:16
“Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom [conceit, arrogance, opinions]. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:7
“…Turning from evil is disgusting to fools.” Proverbs 13:19
“…‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Job 28:28
“Turn away from evil, do good, and live forever.” Psalm 37:27
“Turn away from evil, and do good; make a search for peace, desiring it with all your heart.” Psalm 34:14
“And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it.” 1 Peter 3:11
“[S]eek ye first the reign of God [the Kingdom of God] and his justice [peace?]…” Matthew 6:33, Luke 12:31
And having been questioned … when the reign of God doth come, [Jesus] answered them, and said, ‘The reign of God doth not come with observation; nor shall they say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ for the reign of God is within you.'” Luke 17:20-21
Please note that my use of scriptures only from the Old and New Testament is, to me, trivial and purely incidental. I have personally found so far that the teachings of the Christian ministers that I have personally known have been far less in harmony with the above scriptures than the teachings of certain presenters who, to the best of my knowledge, have not labeled themselves as Christian. 
“Do not make any vows!” Matthew 5:34
New International Version (©1984)
But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.New Living Translation (©2007)
But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.English Standard Version (©2001)
But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

International Standard Version (©2008)
But I tell you not to resist an evildoer. On the contrary, whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
But I am saying to you, you shall not rise up against an evil person, but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him also the other.

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
But I tell you not to oppose an evil person. If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn your other cheek to him as well.

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
But I say unto you, That you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

American King James Version
But I say to you, That you resist not evil: but whoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

American Standard Version
but I say unto you, resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other:

Darby Bible Translation
But I say unto you, not to resist evil; but whoever shall strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other;

English Revised Version
but I say unto you, Resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Webster’s Bible Translation
But I say to you, That ye resist not evil: but whoever shall strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Weymouth New Testament
But I tell you not to resist a wicked man, but if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.

World English Bible
But I tell you, don’t resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Young’s Literal Translation
but I — I say to you, not to resist the evil, but whoever shall slap thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other;

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the paradox of “literal interpretations” (and how to stop trying to be perfect)

March 21, 2012

Whether I say what to focus on or what not to focus on, that is saying what to focus on. One cannot focus away from something without first focusing on it, right?

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tongue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For instance, “I command you to stop being perfect.” This command implies that there is a pre-existing state of perfection as the primary presumption, and then that there is some other alternative (unspecified) as the secondary presumption.
So, we might focus on language for a moment. I am reminded of the following translation of an ancient scripture:
 

“…Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth doth come forth blessing and cursing; it doth not need, my brethren, these things so to happen.”

James 3:5-10

 

Indeed, it is optional for a mouth to pour out words of both blessing and cursing. For instance, a mouth could remain shut!

We may notice that the above translated words are full of poetic and metaphorical language. In fact, all language includes a degree of poetry and metaphor, but spiritual language tends to be among the most poetic and metaphorical, loaded with mythological parables and allegorical myths.
Ironically, spiritual language also tends to be one of the most popular subjects for fanaticism and fundamentalism. Notice that many large groups can gather around specific interpretations as the best literal interpretation. For a while, I have noted the irony of the phrase “literal interpretation,” because the process of interpretation is inherently personal.
The term “literal interpretation” is in fact a relative term, contrasting such interpretations with  more “faithful” interpretations which may be called “figurative interpretations.” Literal interpretations tend to miss the value of the larger message while figurative interpretations tend to retain the value of the larger message. Consider this example:

Imagine that I am talking to a 7 year-old child who is familiar with riding a bicycle about how pilots fly airplanes and I

child on a bicycle

child on a bicycle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

am comparing it to riding a bicycle. I say that there is a device for steering, similar to the handle bars of a bicycle. I also say that there is a control for increasing speed, rather like the pedals of a bike. And, finally I say that there is an instrument for decreasing speed, like the hand brakes on the handle bars of a bicycle.

So, because the child may understand all of my references, they may think that they also understand how to fly an airplane. However, what if they do not actually even know what the word airplane means? What if they have never actually seen an airplane at all? Or, what if they have seen an airplane, but they did not know that the label “airplane” applied to that particular type of vehicle?
Now, to make this example a little more realistic, consider that the child that I am speaking to does not know English very well. Maybe they learned to speak some other language. Maybe they are blind or deaf. Whatever the specifics, the issue is that they understand how to ride a bicycle, but they are just learning the new word “airplane.”
The idea of comparing “airplane” to “bicycle” is to present airplane as another type of transportation similar to the linguistic category “bicycle.” Of course, the child may not know the word “transportation” either. So, the child is told that airplanes are a lot like bicycles (people steer them, speed them up, and slow them down) and, most generally, people can use airplanes to get from one place to another faster than walking.
Now, imagine that this 7 year-old child is asked to identify some objects that they have never seen before. The objects are clearly identified as being useful for moving people from place to place and it has a steering instrument, an accelerator, and brakes. The child is shown pictures of a helicopter and a submarine and a blimp and a boat. All of the pictures have the various instruments displayed and identified for serving the functions of steering, accelerating, and braking.
Linear-pull brake, also known by the Shimano t...

Linear-pull brake, also known by the Shimano trademark: V-Brake, on rear wheel of a mountain bike (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The child is asked “which one of these is the airplane?” The child could say “I do not know,” which would be typical of a certain level of intelligence. The child could confidently say “all of them,” which could indicate a lower level of intelligence, or the child could even just pick one of four objects like it is a guessing game, but with no sense of certainty.
The child is being asked to label something. Labeling something is an interpretative process. Interpreting can also involve multiple languages (translation), plus if one of the linguistic sequences is hundreds or thousands of years old, that can make translation even more “interpretative.”
So, I later hold up a photograph of an airplane and say to the child “anyway, this is an airplane.” The child responds, “that cannot be an airplane. That is just a little flat photograph. It does not even have any steering device!”
And that is an example of a “literal interpretation.” Of course, the child is right that the photograph of an airplane is not an airplane but is only a photograph. However, the literal interpretation can also lose ALL of the value of the communication. The point of showing a photograph was of course to indicate what an airplane looks like.
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An optional to the airplanes portal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Similarly, when people focus on literal interpretations of scripture, that can reveal a general lack of comprehension of the subject matter. For instance, the point of the above quote from the Christian Bible that “the tongue also is a fire” is not a literal statement. In English, it is not literal. In Greek or Latin or anything else, it is not literal.
In fact, those who “believe” in “literal interpretations” are warned about throughout spiritual texts of all ages and in many spiritual teachings that are oral rather than written. Some might go so far as to say that a literal interpretation is  “a fire, a small spark that can set off a raging wildfire of arrogance, corrupting congregations and sending them in to hells of confusion and animosity.”
Mastery of language is like a “miraculous sixth sense.” Those who lack a mastery of language do not know what they are missing, like a person who has always been blind cannot fully comprehend the advantages of the ability to see.
And so it is written that “many will see the signs, but few will recognize them. Many will hear the sounds, but few will hear the message within the sounds. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”
The land of the blind is a reference to being in the midst of those who are blind to the reality of what language is and how it functions. The land of the (metaphorically) blind is where we have been all along.
For instance, consider how many people believe that a particular medical condition is incurable just because someone who does not know how to cure it says “it is incurable.” There are a long list of “diseases” (or perhaps a more precise term would be “nutritional deficiencies”) that have been widely considered “incurable” by the high priests of the empires of official government-approved science, but then were later recognized as easy to “cure” (prevent, remedy, etc). In fact, “witch doctors” have long identified the “cures” to the high priests of medical “science” which were dismissed (or ridiculed, censored, or simply criminalized).
So, back to the original question in the title of this composition: how does someone stop being perfect? First, they pretend that words are “the measure of reality,” rather than just symbols to represent patterns of reality. Then, they identify some set of patterns as “inherently right” and some other set as “inherently wrong,” then notice some of those “wrong” (or “evil”) patterns within their own present or past, and then finally identify themselves or label themselves or relate to themselves as “wrong” or “evil” or “imperfect” or “needing to become perfect” or “needing to compensate for their guilt and shame.” In other words, to “stop being perfect” is entirely a verbal (intellectual) process.
How does someone “start to be perfect?” Simply discontinue the worship of the idolatrous idea of imperfection or corruption or evil. Turn away from evil, like turn away from the very idea of it.
Or, you could “try” to stop being perfect, but fail totally. That might require a bit of a sense of humor, though. 😉
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and without faith, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.” Titus 1:15
“I am conscious of this, and am certain in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is corrupt in itself; but for the man in whose opinion it is unclean, for him it is corrupt.” Romans 14:14

practical spirituality 101 – forgiveness & the introspective noticing of the arrogant pride of condemning reality

March 1, 2012

 

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[Note in 2013: In this old article, I used the term “proud” and “pride” not as a term for gratitude (as I do more recently), but closer to how I now use the term “arrogance,” as in a form of self-conscious, terrified, angry envy.]

 

 

What have I been proud of condemning?

It is possible to discontinue any momentum of condemning anything. Such a possibility can involve a long series of recognitions of my own acts of condemning.

I have condemned governments for governing. I have condemned liars for lying. Further, I have also lied (and governed).

So, I could give a long list of things that I have condemned, at least a few of which I have also done. Making a list may be useful. However, I am thinking not so much of making a comprehensive list as of keeping the general question in mind, like with the expectation that I might in the future condemn something (proudly) without that behavior really working for me practically. I’d like to have the question available in case it is ever in the future useful to explore that inquiry: “what have I been proudly condemning?” If I were to experience distress, I might ask, “what have I been proudly condemning?”

Here is how I got to that question, which I “just made up.” I trust that you may find the following also useful.

Last night, I had been talking with someone about the term “heaven.” I had mentioned heaven as an eternally available “realm” (or “kingdom” or “world”) of experience. In a song of mine, which I could also share with you (from Youtube), I distinguish that heaven is a realm in which “all sins are already forgiven,” that is, in which one does not experience blame or guilt, but such things as peace.

Forgiveness Mandala by Wayne Stratz

Forgiveness Mandala by Wayne Stratz (Photo credit: Nutmeg Designs)

Not practicing blame is perhaps under-emphasized in many churches. However, Jesus preached forgiveness with particular emphasis (as in these verses of Luke 17).

“If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. 4If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ [then] forgive him.”

He went on to add, a few verses later:

20Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”

So, how is forgiving others related to “the kingdom of god” or “the kingdom of heaven?” Isn’t it?

Other famous sayings of Jesus include “condemn not” and “resist not evil” and “turn away from evil” and “I did not to come to judge the world” and (paraphrasing) “if you perceive sin in another, remove the obstacle to your own perception first, rather than focusing on removing or fixing the misperception of another,” which is popularly translated like this:

3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Given that many of the sayings of Jesus are parables, but with commentaries and summaries, like “condemn not,” we can learn from the examples in the parables about the meaning of the words translated into English in the summaries and commentaries. When Jesus says condemn not, he also says “rebuke sins, but forgive those who repent,” and perhaps all three statements go together.

In “baby talk,” condemn simply means to stay mad or “upset” (and, generally, to say so). It is related to hate and contempt and shaming and pride. I have condemned or hated many things, many people, and many actions. (There is the background of the question “what have I proudly condemned?”) Condemning and hate are related to fear.

So, Jesus rebuked condemning. He criticized it in the sense of pointing it out and calling attention to it as a behavior and behavioral habit.

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20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law [the mainstream religious leaders of Jesus’ time], you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.


21“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder,a and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brotherb will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘[scoundrel],c’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

Again, that is Jesus rebuking condemning (rebuking the sin of condemning). So, we could say that condemning is sinful. Condemning is certainly a distressing experience- like resenting- which can be a “persistent complaint,” and thus a behavior that we might be grateful to complete and do no more.

Jonah 4:4

4Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?

(i.e. “So, how is that working for you?”)

What many people, even who call themselves Christians, may not understand is how Jesus connected condemning to vanity or pride. We may condemn others to glorify ourselves (by comparison). We may even resent others to justify our own ongoing suffering. That could be called folly/foolishness/silly/sin.

So, condemning and resenting (and justifying those behaviors) could all be sinful. For example, “I know how my sister/mother/son/boss is, so that is why our relationship sucks and they really need to do the Landmark Forum to fix them so that they can be more like me, going on and on about how the quality of their relationships (or lack thereof)  is justified by the shortcomings of the other people.” That is what I mean by pride.

Condemning someone for their shortcomings implies pride, like justification. You may have said things like that and I might have too and we might have a lot of company.

Now, one can rebuke the “sin” (ineffective behavior) of another without any antagonism or pride. One just distinguishes the pattern of behavior, including a questioning of the effectiveness of that pattern (questioning the products of that behavioral pattern).

Remember: “be humble as an innocent child, condemn not, rebuke sin, and forgive those who repent.” I just now added that first one to the sequence, and here is a saying of Jesus about it. Note that being humble is related to what I was saying about pride before.

1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”


2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus did not teach that the humble one WILL BE the greatest in heaven, but IS. When is heaven? (Hint: it’s eternal, right, so when is it?) Also, where is the kingdom of heaven/of God (at least according to Jesus)? Again, he said not to look for it coming from “out there,” for it is “within!”

So, there is the teaching of Jesus, and I do not know how many churches teach it or how well, but many churches may emphasize other things. He simply and clearly instructed his followers to be humble, to discontinue the practice of condemning and antagonism, to rebuke sin, and to forgive those who repent. Let’s review the last one as our concluding step.

Here is someone else’s commentary on repenting:

Corcovado jesus

Corcovado jesus (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Repentance is more than a sorrow for sin; it is a determination to abandon it and live a new life. It means a change of heart, of the will, new purposes, a determination to leave off sinning. Sorrow is not repentance, but godly sorrow worketh repentance (2Co 7:10).

So, repentance is not to be confused with guilt or shame. However, repentance could be related to a brand new context for language and behavior, a new declaration, one that might even redeem or re-frame the past.

The new declaration could be “I have been condemning you for ______, and I now recognize it and I am open to new results and new ways of interacting.” Beyond just “opening one’s heart,” there can even be a commitment or promise.

However, many people, including Landmark Education graduates, may think of making a new commitment as a “fix.” A fix implies that something was or ever could be “fundamentally wrong,” like making one’s self wrong for condemning. That indicates to me an absence of repenting!

Repenting is not turning condemnation from someone else toward one’s self. Repenting is turning away from condemning itself, turning away from the whole realm of shaming and justifying and self-glorifying (pride).

Repenting is not “I was wrong and you were right and thank you so much for enduring a horrible person like me.” Repenting is more like this: “I acknowledge that what I have been doing has not been working lately, at least not for me- and has not been fulfilling my own inspirations.” Repenting thus does not require saying anything to anyone, but that may be relevant often.

What to me indicates repenting is the giving of a blessing. If I previously condemned someone (silently or verbally) and then I can bless them- like simply acknowledging them, like even for enduring my antagonistic condemnations- that could create a new pattern of relationship right there.

That is not a promise of a future new way of interacting, but a new way of action now. It could include an expression of gratitude or a compliment or anything else inspired. Again, it may not even be communicated to them, though that is again often relevant.

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Repenting may not be based on a particular model. It’s not just “filling in the blank” of a statement: “I was a jerk by ____. Now I create _______.”

Is that authentic? It could be. However, what matters most may not be the content, but the spirit. “I have been proudly condemning ________.” That itself can be enough.

One simple thing that Landmark Education has not emphasized (to my knowledge) is that model: “I have been proudly condemning _______.” That is perhaps too simple of an access to freedom and power for a commercial operation to publicize: “what have you been proudly condemning?”

Would people think “oh, now I have THE secret” and yet still keep coming back and paying to take more programs? (Of course, if it keeps fulfilling on what is valuable to them, why not?)
To review: “be humble as an innocent child, condemn not, rebuke sin, and forgive those who repent.” Jesus also taught: bless even those who curse you and call you their enemy. He was a radical, a revolutionary.

He emphasized the foundations of questions like “what have you been proud of condemning?” In other words, he set a foundation of what works (a very practical spirituality).

As a final comment, note that I am not saying to maintain a relationship that does not work for you. To stop reacting to someone with condemnation may involve being compassionate with one’s self (and the other/others) by withdrawing. If something does not work for you, why pretend that it does?

Just as we can ask, as an access to fulfillment and inspiration, “what have I been proudly condemning,” we can reverse part of the question: “what have I been proudly glorifying?” In other words, what have I been pretending is working well, perhaps just to seem good enough to “earn my way into a future heaven?”

What have I been struggling to fix, like because I pretend that it SHOULD be working better than it actually does? Condemning is just an act of repulsion (causing two things to move apart), but with an attachment lingering! Condemning is not simply moving back or pushing something away, either of which can work well, but it’s a form of suffering.

Idolizing (idealizing, glorifying something PROUDLY) can also be an expression of suffering (or cause of suffering). When I glorify something proudly, it could actually be a naive attempt to associate myself with something, perhaps something that I pretend is working better than it does.  Pretending without knowing it… is naivete, foolishness, folly, ineffective, sinful. 

published July 15, 2010

posted 3/1/2012

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My all-time leading search term so far is “enron stock chart” which has produced 260 visits to my blog in the last 365 days (averaging about 5 per week). In that time, I had 1,515 total visits from search engines, with 1,188 of them from google images, which I did not know until just now, and 779 of those were google image searches from within the US.
But, in just the last 30 days, my blog was the destination of 433 google images searches, or nearly 15 per day. That is compared to 755 in the 335 days (11 months) prior to that (or not much more than 2 per day). I have had nearly 1500 views so far in February, compared to about 4900 in the prior 11 months combined.

the rebirth of God

December 25, 2011
the core of all gospels
Have you met different individuals of different sizes and ages? Do you know different creatures including various kinds of animals and plants? Have you learned different words and do you even know of languages foreign to you? You can identify many different perceptions, right? So, could it be that all identifying and all perceiving have a single source?
First, consider that there is only one ultimate authority or power, and one word to label it is God. However, beware of worshiping the label and missing what is symbolized by the label. Note that many labels have been used in many languages for the ultimate authority, which is the source of all of those languages and all of those labels. With caution, use the labels. However, do not make any labels or any symbol in to an idol. That would be an error or mistake or sin or foolishness.
Further, turn away from whatever is troubling to you. Let it be. Choose grace and calm.
Leave your troubles to God. Do not leave God for your troubles, making an excuse of them. That is also idolatry.
If your cleverness is useful when you are relaxed, be grateful. However, if you are troubled and then still presume to rely on your cleverness, you may be humbled. Repent from arrogance. Arrogance is the root of antagonism, arguing, resentment and animosity.
Abandon your troubles while they are still small. Direct your attention away from your troubles toward God.
The ultimate authority organizes the capacity for sensations such as seeing and hearing, plus the capacity for language. God is the source of the interactions and interpretations which lead to perception.
If someone else has a different perception from you, that is natural. Different creatures have different capacities for sensation. A hawk sees better than a human. A dog can smell better than a human. A person who is blind may be able to hear better than most other humans.
Further, one who looks from the peak of a hill has a different view than one who looks from the bottom of a hill. The one on the hilltop can see many distant things which appear small, while the other may study something very close that appears huge. If most everyone has the same perception of something, then a new perspective could be of great benefit and advantage.
Differences in interpretation are the most subtle. When a logger and a squirrel look at the same tree, do they experience the same thing? An squirrel may be looking at the tree for nuts or for a place to rest safely. A logger may be thinking of the value of the wood and of the process of cutting and hauling that tree.
Beware of those who would argue over interpretation. They may not yet recognize the authority of God. They may worship their own conclusions, perceptions, interpretations, and linguistic labels, which is idolatry.
However, it is only natural to have interpretations, perceptions, and conclusions. Hell is the developmental stage of experiencing alternative conclusions as a threat to your arrogance. Of course, alternative conclusions in fact are a threat to your arrogance, but perhaps arrogance is not the most valuable quality you could develop or experience. That may be why God has exposed you to alternative conclusions which you rightly perceive as threats to your arrogance: in order to reveal to you your arrogance and turn your attention toward repenting and to God.
“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22


I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.”  Isaiah 43:11 

So, if some use repetition of words and songs to turn from whatever troubles them, could that be God’s Will? If some use rituals or scriptures to turn from whatever troubles them, could that also be God’s Will? If some argue with each other and quarrel, leading to the experience of loss and regret and then repent, could that also be God’s Will?

Which of God’s creations is not God’s Will? Which of God’s creation is not the creation of God?

God forms individuals and words and languages. God forms groups and traditions and rituals and songs and oral teachings that may be written and translated and interpreted and argued about and defended with fences and weapons and wars.

So, you may have been taught that God has created you. But have you been taught what God is?


“Timeless truth, I tell you: ‘whoever believes in me, those works which I have done he will also do, and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to the presence of my Father.’ “ John 14:12

What is the source of works greater than the works of a Prophet of God? Further, which of God’s Prophets is not the prophet of God? Indeed, which of God’s religions is not the religion of God? In fact, do all religions point to a few  consistent principles?


“I am conscious of this, and am certain in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is corrupt in itself; but for the man in whose opinion it is unclean, for him it is corrupt.” Romans 14:14 

“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and without faith, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.” Titus 1:15

“It’s not what goes into your mouth that corrupts you; you are corrupted by the [harsh, arrogant] words that come out of your mouth…. The [harsh, arrogant] words you speak come from the heart—that’s what corrupts you [and disturbs you].” Matthew 15:11, 18
Turn away from whatever troubles you. Turn away from whatever disturbs you. Turn away from evil. Turn away from blame, condemnation, animosity, and arrogance. 

Let attention rest at the source of perception and interpretation and the capacity to create. What is the capacity to create? 

Yeshua said, “Those things which are impossible for people are possible with God.”
Mark 10:27  & Matthew 19:26 & Luke 18:27 & Luke 1:37
The same idea is also in the Old Testament. See
What is a single word for the capacity to create? What is a word for the source of all words, all labels, all conclusions in language, and all formations in language, including this sequence of words and every other sequence of words? What is a word for that which anything is possible?

the creation of “reality”

December 18, 2011
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Is a circle just a circle, or could it be the letter ‘o’ or the number zero? The circle itself does not have any inherent unique meaning. Instead, whatever response is produced, that response is the ultimate meaning of any sequence of some percerving followed by some response.

Perception is experience. Experiencing is perceiving.
We respond to our perceptions. Different responses arise from different perceptions.
Perceptions are subjective. Distinct ways of perceiving result in distinct perceptions.
Many perceivers can all witness a single event and yet all of them may perceive something slightly different. Each one will have different sensory capacities as well as different positions spatially. Each of them will relate to the event differently. Perception is relational. Perception is relative.
Perception is not external. Perception is a relationship between external developments and internal capacities for sensing and then the interpreting or organizing of sensations in to perceptions.
We do not perceive external events. We only perceive our internal, interpretative relationship to external events.
We do not respond to external events. We only respond to our perceptions of internal, interpretative relationship to external events.
Perception is relational. Prior to perception, interpretation is relational. Prior to interpretation, sensation is relational.
We are the capacity for attention. Attention is perception. Attention is relational. We are the capacity to relate.
Language is relational. We are the capacity to identify with or relate to through formations in language.
The capacity for language is the culmination of perception. Prior to the development of the capacity for language in an organism, there is only reflexive reacting, not responding. Language allows for the creation of symbolic meaning and for responding to symbolic meanings.
Further, once there is attention to the process of the creation of relationships of symbolic meaning (the process of interpreting), then conscious perception shifts attention from reflexive reactivity to responsive relating to relational interpretation and finally to the creation of varying responses through the informing of interpretation. In other words, attention shifts to the creating of perception and the creating of responses to distinct perceptions.
The mechanism by which we inform interpretation (and perception etc) includes language. The attention to language is the attention to the creating of interpretations, perceptions, and responses.
Historically, the focusing of attention toward the role of language in the process of creating interpretation perception, and response was part of the field of spirituality. Religious terminology like sin or corruption may simply refer to an erroneous or limited understanding of the process of interpretation and perception. However, many who use that terminology may not directly recognize the simplicity of the teachings, such as these, starting with an English translation of a teaching attributed to Jesus:
“It’s not what goes into your mouth that corrupts you; you are corrupted by the words that come out of your mouth…. The words you speak come from the heart—that’s what corrupts you and disturbs you.” Matthew 15:11,18
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and without faith, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.” Titus 1:15
“I am conscious of this, and am certain in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is corrupt in itself; but for the man in whose opinion it is unclean, for him it is corrupt.” Romans 14:14
“A wise person turns away from evil and is cautious, but a fool is hotheaded, careless and overconfident.” Proverbs 14:16
“but I — I say to you, not to resist the evil [the sin, the corruption]” Matthew 5:39
“Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:7
“…Turning from evil is disgusting to fools.” Proverbs 13:19
“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19
“…Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth doth come forth blessing and cursing; it doth not need, my brethren, these things so to happen.”

James 3:5-10

“You have knowledge that it was said in old times, You may not put to death; and, Whoever puts to death will be in danger of being judged. But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”

“No matter who you are, if you judge anyone , you have no excuse. When you judge another person, you condemn yourself,

Romans 2:1

“Condemn not.” (Luke 6:37)
“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6:42)
“And whoever hears my words and does not keep them, I am not judging him, for I have come, not to judge the world, but to give life to the world.” http://bible.cc/john/12-47.htm
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
John 1:29
How does Jesus take away the sin of the world? What is meant by what some have translated in to English as “the sin of the world?”
Remember, Jesus is said to cleanse sinners of impurity. Does Jesus cleanse them with water and soap or cleanse them spiritually? What does that mean to be spiritually clean? Again, let’s review a few verses:
“It’s not what goes into your mouth that corrupts you; you are corrupted by the words that come out of your mouth….
The words you speak come from the heart—that’s what corrupts you and disturbs you.” Matthew 15:11,18
“I am conscious of this, and am certain in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is impure in itself; but for the man in whose opinion it is unclean, for him it is impure.” Romans 14:14
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are impure and without faith, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are impure.” Titus 1:15

So for the one without faith, nothing is pure, while to the one with faith, all things are pure. What then is meant by that word “faith?”

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