a reply to: jacygirl
Aww, this was very sweet, Jacy.
a reply to: swanne
Well, now, that's pretty interesting. May I ask which castle it was?
a reply to: swanne
I think Jesus was probably referring to the Pharisees (as he often did) who hid behind their religiosity and knowledge of scripture to maintain their
wealth and power. In Matthew, one of his challenges to them (referred to as the Seven Woes) was essentially that they were supposed to be the ones
who drew the Jews closer to God, but they were doing the exact opposite. They used the scriptures and their vast knowledge of them to deny that Jesus
was the Messiah. What he was saying was essentially, "Look, you have God the Son standing in front of you, and you use the Word of God to deny he's
I find your insight into this fascinating and true - we (meaning humanity as a whole) tend to do the same thing over and over at multiple levels. We
make things like faith, loyalty, truth, mercy, love, and justice so complicated and over-thought that their spirit gets lost. I am a Christian, and I
know many of us believers do exactly that - sometimes we make Christianity so complicated and overbearing that we do exactly what the Pharisees did -
we turn people off from it.
As I've said in other places here on ATS - if you believe in God, don't put God in a box. Your box will never, ever be big enough. I think the3 same
can be said for the attributes I listed above. Don't cover truth and mercy and love with darkness. Take them out of the box and let them shine.
a reply to: TrueBrit
Quite so. A little unusual but not entirely unheard of. We woke up to 1/2" of snow this morning. Winter wants to keep its frigid talons in
Minnesota for quite some time this Spring, apparently. It sure made for a beautiful morning landscape, however - a strange contrast of vibrant green,
budding purple flowers, and soft snow on all the branches of the trees and blades of new grass.
To add to that, while driving in we believe we spotted an albino pigeon. So, a quite uncommon morning here on the prairie.
I suspect you are nearing the beginning of your evening, though, yes? How has your day been?
a reply to: TNMockingbird
Good morning, Chirp dear! "This too shall pass" - my grandmother - and thus my mother - would pull that little nugget out on a regular basis. As a
kid, you roll your eyes. As an adult, you realize how ignorant and irreverent you were as a kid.
, Night Star
, and any of you lurkers out there - have a wonderful donut coffee Black & Tan bacony Shed day!