23 May 2014 · 10:34
It would seem that the Church has been reforming itself – at the request of the people – since before the 16th century. People have been skeptical about the Church for a very long time. We are now in the 21st century and it would seem that it is time again for the Church to reform itself. I can understand that any long-standing tradition will have difficulty in accepting that a shake-up is necessary. Too bad – it is. The point that the Church needs to understand is that people are not the same as they were. You cannot apply an ancient set of rules (which were perfectly feasible, perhaps, at their time) to the now generations. Abortion is not guaranteed to send you to whichever hell you think is real. Neither is sex. If you abort children because you are too lazy to use contraception, that is a different story. That is why contraception exists. Parenting is not something everyone is good at doing, and it is not something that everyone should do.
Reformation is always for the better. Always. To reform old ideas is exciting – especially with the evidence the sciences work very hard to produce for this ‘seeing is believing’ world. Modifying your ideas is not supposed to be humiliating. Everyone believes something wholeheartedly at some point in their lives. Grace comes into play when you admit (however grudgingly) that there are facts you didn’t have before – that you now have – that change the way you think about things and the way you look at things. It is said that you will only see what your mind can conceive of. That is very true. That is why a reformation is necessary. It is better to procure the facts and feed them to the people so they can make informed choices. It is possible that because of what the Church is protecting it cannot change its mind on certain core issues. That is to be expected. However, the Church has a huge responsibility because it has a huge following. A lot of people devoted – totally devoted – to God are praying every day for salvation. I hope the Church can save them all.
You can reform your life any time you need to. With – or without – the Church. If you should want reform, that is up to you. Want and need are relative in this context. A reform is no defeat. A concession, perhaps. It is not a failing. It is an admission that things could be better than they are, that the way you are working isn’t working. That admission is where you begin to see the reason you need to change your thinking. It is fairly easy to understand that if you cannot change your thinking – things cannot get better.
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11 Mar 2014 · 09:43
There is no morality in slavery. You cannot expect to enslave another human being without finding yourself in due course on the über-cruel receiving end of slavery, yourself. That there are those who are enslaved in the 21st century should not surprise anybody. There are still those that believe that theirs’ is the right to control the life of another sentient being. Theirs’ is not the right – it is never the right thing to do – and this should matter to every person on this planet. It does not matter to a whole contingent of people inhabiting planet Earth and this fact would be laughable – because of the reciprosity of karma – if only the subject of slavery was not as distasteful as it is.
I do not doubt that every nation has been guilty at some stage of slavery in one shape or another. Whether it is the money-enslaved masses of the west and the would-be west, the trafficked girls from the east, the labouring children in factories and mines, the militant child soldiers from Africa or the political puppets that run this world, it should be recognised that this form of oppression is ongoing and it is unacceptable. People need to be free.
Enslavement is wrong. Simply wrong. There is no justification for it, whatsoever. It is not for one person or organisation to ‘own’ another’s life and direct their passage, their path. If you are a president, for instance, you should (want to) be able to act according to your own will in the best interests of your people. The people put you where you are for a good reason. Authority figures should not be coerced into action or non-action by their peers, their governing bodies. A presidential slave is a problem of the highest order because a spearhead is put in place to lead the way through confrontation, conflict and resolution. Should a spearhead be blunted by indecision and external influence, it loses its efficacy immediately. Mr Mandela was a spearhead, he was never a slave to his circumstance or anyone else’s. His example should really have changed the ways of this entire planet by now.
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