Myrkhoos Posted June 4, 2019 Share Posted June 4, 2019 It is said , and I observe it to be true, that, on the surface, many self identified Christians of many denominations make works of charity. I define here charity by giving objects or services to some in need. Not a very concrete definition, but it works for I want to say. The problem is how and why. One of the reasons professed in the New Testament is most clearly threats. If do not feed the hungry or visit the poor , or, or...than you will end up in eternal torments. One of the issues here is that genuine compassion cannot be made out of fear, at least when someone needs comforting for a loss. If I sense someone is coming to me all anxious and about that if he fails to comfort me he will be punished I could not in the least feel comfort, or care, or compassion, which requires a sort of inner peace , freedom and warmth, not obligation and anxiety. Another is the idea of pleasing God, so a kind of weird narcisstic feeling, where the believer has to maintain a good image in front of the Father, always seeking to impress him and not having a life of his own.This again is problematic. Another issue is that the highest good in the Christian mind is salvation, so all the others, are a way of convincing others or scoring personal points in accepting the teaching, a sort of PR tactic. Like a tobacco company building a lung hospital, or something else. Their interest lies elsewhere. Even another is that while in some vague way we agree on what good IS, christianity has very definite ideas, some more mystical and harder to express of course, but anyway. So anything from eating to relationships, to and to and from are subject to their own ideas. For example, we might say a very vague idea about loving children. Some people in the world think that sexual games with children are a form of love. Where are the limits. And of course, the talk of peace. But how and what is peace? A feeling? Than why wouldn t we just get high a lot, that qualifies as peace? Or does this mean lack of physical harm ? Again maybe, but how do you apply that when sometimes police and armies are needed? Plus the world does people psyhical harm, animals and plants and asteroids and whatnot. And people have differences in wants needs and opinions. How will they be mediated? And how do you reconcile this with God s obvious use of force against humans, Jesus included? I see that people can have slogans and all that, but when have to go back to reality, inner and outer reality, those slogans do not apply too well, as the world is more complex than a superbowl commercial. This is of course, is a widespread issue for all groups and individuals professing to do some kind of good. Things are just more complicated than that. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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