Thursday, August 04, 2005

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Part I

There is a saying: Beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing.

Christ came down to a world of men intent on separating the world into friend and foe.

He entered a world in which men took pleasure in identifying and trying to destroy those they - erroneously - identified as enemies.

In such a world - and you have seen it - people accuse others based upon scant evidence, out of fear or in order to gain advantages or power. They act holier-than-thou, pointing the finger at others, but the result is that their false creation of enemies creates confusion, chaos, violence, pain and misery for many.

So it was a big part of Christ's message when he told us that the answer to all the confusion and pain in life is simply to forgive and view no man as our enemy.

To show us how, He taught by example, living a life of tolerance and peace, practicing kindness and alleviating suffering wherever he could.

Why did he show us this way of living and urge us to it?

Because it is against spiritual law to set oneself up against others.

We are all One in God and to be against others is, literally, to be against part of yourself. This is what religious terrorists and fanatics have misunderstood:

To despise another is to despise God and to despise a part of yourself.

Therefore, do not cultivate grudges or hate for others, for those who preach hate and revenge must always, eventually, self-destruct so to eliminate their disruptive influence, if they refuse to change.

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace.

- 1 Corinthians 14:33


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