Love my enemy? That seems so far beyond what I can muster. I am prone to act in unloving ways toward others different from myself. Politics separates us. Faith does too. Facts I choose to believe (Science or denial) put's almost insurmountable barriers between us.
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for." Something like a tube of toothpaste. If I squeeze hope, faith is the substance that comes out.
For the record, critical thinking skills are not required to form relationships. Ask any loving parent. Love requires only ... well, the freedom to express itself. ("God is love." ) Phenomenology of Religion (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) From Paul Oppenheimer’s Tweet
God gave us free will. Why? Foremost, love cannot exist absent free will. In our being we are free to love or hate. So what are some other purposes for and how do believers properly exercise one's free will? Forcing ourselves into obedience? Forcing ourselves to ...? "Though the fig tree does not bud and … Continue reading I will. (…teach me to love!)
Excerpted from a Facebook page we follow: "A person’s will is embodied in the actions of the whole person. I cannot give up my will— I must exercise it, putting it into action. I must will to obey, & I must will to receive God’s Spirit." Sounds fishy. Works-based something or other... It amazes us … Continue reading Willful obedience or following in love?