Originally posted by nastalgikAfter moving, i was forced to move to a public school, and then exposed to many things that ive never had
to deal with.
And so, surely, the hidden benefit of that situation was that you had the chance to (and DID)
deal with those things? Being sheltered does not
temper the character...it probably weakens it, is what I truly think. Check this out:
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, even those who because of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
How can you make choices without information and experience? Naive is not a trait that contributes toward saintliness. All saints start
out as sinners!
I swear sometimes during moments of stress,ect (some very profane and im embarrassed and angry at myself for it.
Are you angry and embarrassed, that is?
Because you are human? Join the club!
I can have a real potty mouth, too - this is not a 'bad'
thing - it is positive - it is VENTING...as long as you keep in mind where your mom
- but seriously...all alone? It doesn't matter A BIT. Frustration which remains bottled up turns into far more deadly and black energy
inside - polluting everything that comes out, after a while. It is similar to resentment...all those negative things must be released, safely and
ASAP...eventually they will lose their hold. BUT do not hold on to them!
Elijah had the mouth of a sailor - the bible has been modified to be 'PG-13' but it certainly didn't get written without a four letter
word here and there. The best word in all of man's experience is a four letter word!
Im constantly seeing things on how you get to heaven, going to church every Sunday (i haven't been to church in a while),
Trust me, that doesn't matter, either...there is not any more
of God in a building one day a week than there is in your very own heart,
showing kindness to others (I'm quiet, but some people just make me angry)
Kindness means nothing unless it is motivated by agape love...here is a page at Wiki
(believe it or not
) that does offer some insight on this; the highest form of love.
I think of it as 'love that is an active choice - not because of but in spite of...'
This, from that Wiki page, sums it up pretty well:
Christian writers have generally described agape, as expounded on by Jesus, as a form of love which is both unconditional and voluntary;
that is, it is non-discriminating with no pre-conditions and is something that one decides to do.
But how to deal with the natural reaction we often have to others around us, who are not voluntarily loving anyone (themselves or us)
especially as we grow more dedicated to making that the priority in each day's every encounter?
- We must NOT love others in order to receive love back. Expect nothing in return - in the long run the return will be abundant but patience
is the key - with yourself and other people. Love is about giving - by choice - not about trade, barter, conditional pacts, or bargains.
- When someone's actions seem totally inexplicable to you - or they do something you would NEVER do...there is a mantra that worked for me:
'They can't help it.' Which, at first, sounds lame, because OF COURSE they can help it - we all make our own decisions and are
accountable for the outcome. But then again..we also easily deceive ourselves in many ways (as a way of coping with issues until we are equipped
to face them head on such as in writing a Journal as ET suggested...) If they FULLY knew and realized themselves as others see them, in those
cases, no doubt they would not do whatever it is that is so puzzling and dysfunctional. And although we can try to bluntly tell them the truth -
until they are able to resolve the original seed that causes the behavior...they won't be able to see, either. If YOU love and accept them 100%
without judgment or criticism as they are NOW, then you will greatly aid them in coming to terms with themselves (something WE ALL must do).
- Don't take anything personal...don't react to rudeness or whatever as if it were directly caused by and directed back at YOU....although
it sure feels like it is...it isn't - it's all about them and no one else...think about times you might have let loose on the first person to come
by after a bad time...and they got a tongue lashing they didn't deserve? That's how WE ALL feel - we are all the same, deep inside...just remember
- Don't compare - don't use 'what if' or 'they should' or anything like that...just think 'that's just how they
are'...and love them IN SPITE of it! Just accept and understand.
I don't smoke or drink, or have sexual intercourse. I believe in god with all my heart and I love him dearly, But I sometimes question why he
is doing things, still I believe in him. Im confused on how a person would get to heaven.
It is SO simple for us all, and yet the centuries of religious seeking by so many have obscured the simple beauty of Christ's teachings in the
Matthew chapters 5 - 7 (the sermon on the mount)
is an excellent thing to read often...don't worry too much about anything except what Christ
said and also, as PuRe suggested - the Gospel of Thomas is also an excellent investment of time spent for understanding and feeling more secure in
BUT the following is TRULY the bottom line - the bare-bones 'fool proof' 100% guaranteed success method
for what you seek:
Master, which is the great commandment in the Law?
Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
which is that which Christ refers to here as his 'words'
He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me.
And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him.
Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?
Jesus answered and said to him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My Word.
And My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
He who does not love Me does not keep My Words, and the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me.
Drinking, smoking, sex, a potty-mouth...those are PHYSICAL things and while they might make it seem like the outside of the cup is the same as the
inside (meaning: 'cleansed')
- the only way to be truly cleansed is from the INSIDE out...
meaning that you are better off forgetting about such things and concentrate on loving yourself and your neighbor....with understanding, acceptance,
and compassion; without criticism or anything to cause negativity - don't war between 'good'
- or 'them'
...just love love love (make love NOT war!).
'All things are pure to he that is pure (singular in the motivation of your heart).'
God bless you!