reply to post by chewielvr
Yes I see all the hardship as lessons. When I see a person in trouble I ask them if they are ok or "are you alright?" instead of "how are you going?".
Once people know you care they feel loved. Get to know the people in your neighborhood, ask them if they need help on anything, and offer to be the
best you can be.
Let's use 911 terror attack as an example.
When 911 happened the tragedy was terrible but humanity was at its best to help those who had suffered. People pulled together to support one
If only people were like every single day? That would make depressed teenagers, suicidal people and angry guys in the world reconsider.
But notice how every single day people are forced to compete for resources in the world that don't really matter in the grand scheme of things? This
causes stress. it creates a sense of "if you don't perform a certain way you may not survive", and the fear of losing makes you desperate which makes
This is what spiritual warfare does: it is fighting the evil inside yourself and overcoming the fear, sadness, hopelessness, selfishness that is part
of your physical "beast nature" that we see so common in animals and the jungle of survival of the fittest. Helping and co-operating those just for
the sake of feeling good helping (and not for reward like doing business and trading) is the key. People matter, Not the things people want. Getting
things people want is not the meaning of life. They are like a drug that has temporary effect. It's not a replacement for real happiness. Some
people do things to keep themself happy because seeing others happy and not suffer is the reward and goal of all this.
An example is when a person who works hard loses his work. Say a farmer who has to deal with drought. They lose sense of purpose and want to commit
suicide because they are used to being the breadwinner. When you take away the purpose of the person's life they feel there is nothing left to live
for. This would not happen if people didn't measure themselves only by what they DO but by who they are: Children of God.
Everyone has value, every suffering person has reason to go on. But perhaps suffering for the sake of others happiness can BRING happiness? Is that
not what Jesus did when suffering for the sins of humankind on the cross? God would not do stuff like that if he was not happy to help. Suffering may
in some ironic way bring happiness if the end result is taking care of others so that they don't have to suffer and seeing the "happy ending". Of
course the opposite of that is people causing
suffering because they enjoy seeing others unhappy. (I know some bitter people who are like this
- they want others to suffer because they suffer so they need someone to share suffering with and not feel alone in their suffering)
But like I said maybe the lesson is helping the suffering, bringing those suffering some happiness and that is what gives us purpose?
Many people think community work is punishment, but if you had a friend who was dying and asked you for help, would you care about reward for helping
him? No. And that is the problem. Unconditional love is what the end goal of humans should be. But you don't see this today. All you see is
competition to screw each other over and pass the responsibility on. lol That has led to war, manipulation and lying. The hard path is the one that
makes people strong. The easy path makes you dependent on others which causes them strain.
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