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Interesting perspective. Mine is slighly different. Yes, we should pray for understanding, an ability to understand and accept, rather than misunderstand and hate. Bin Laden misunderstood the intentions and perhaps the impact of Western Culture on him and his way of life. He saw moats in our eyes and waged war to rid the world of the evil he saw in us. He did not understand or appreciate the beams blocking his view of us.
How well do we see ourselves? Do we apprecate the good in Islam? Or do we just see bin Laden? Has 9-11 so obscured our vision with a beam that we sought revenge for the lives of 3,000 by throwing another 6,000 of our own in after, with wars in two other nations and casualties numbering in the 100's of thousands. I'd say that we have a pretty big beam in our eyes, wouldn't you?
Prayer can lead us down paths of peace and righteousness or down paths of hate and unrighteousness. And frequent prayer is more motivating than your or my infrequent praryer. Where dedicated Muslims pray 5 ties per day, perhaps we need to pray more frequently, too. The Prince of Peace would ask us to do so.
Truer words from Mr. Tom Purcell were never said.
"If you believe there is order in the universe, then mustn't we continually align ourselves with the good and root out the bad in our political systems, our organizations -- ourselves ???"
Tom, let's pray together that the People of America = align themselves with the "real" American Political Party = the Republicans.
Let's root out the the "bad in our political systems" = the Democrats (Liberals too).
Let's root out the Republicans In Name Only (the R.I.N.O's) like ....John McCain and Jeff Flake and Matt Salmon who have never supported SB 1070 and instead want to give the 20 Million Illegal Aliens from Mexico and Points South = full Amnesty.
But most of all let's pray for our Military Men and Women who are Protecting America both at Home and Abroad.
You missed Tom's point entirely. Let me quote some of his most vital conclusing statements.
"This battle rages in every human heart [including yours Leon. Do you see the rage? You focus it on Republicans and Muslims, but you do not focus on yourself. Look into that mirror for the beam which makes you blind.]. It rages within every religion [Are you Christian Leon? It rages in Christianity] , every political system [democratic and totalitarian] -- and on and on [Republicans and Democrats and Independents]."
"This battle rages because we humans are mighty flawed and in continual need of improvement. [My piece today quotes Paul. We all have sinned. Your comment to my piece demonstrates you failing to "get it."]"
"If you believe there is order in the universe [some sort of Devine control] , then mustn't we continually align ourselves with the good [God] and root out the bad in our political systems, our organizations -- ourselves? [How are you coming Leon, with rooting out the evil in you? Or do the beams in your eyes cause you to only see the motes in the eyes of others?]"
"We must root out excessive pride and embrace humility. We must be more kind and charitable, less angry [Do not mistake my criticism of Neo-cons for anger. It's pitty!] . We must be less greedy, more generous. [Wow, is this a liberal statement or what? Glad to hear you judge Tom's statements as being true!]
Yes, Leon, truer words have never been spoken by Tom. Too bad his words have been totally misconstrued by you! That is what Christ is saying in His Sermon on the Mount. It begins in Matthew 5. Take out your Bible and begin reading! If you do not have one, several versions are available on the internet. No excuses, Brother Leon. Christ is calling you!
Why look for help from outside when your problems are within?
You suffer from excessive pride (vanity) when you think YOU are speaking for a supreme being. You are merely a man and have no idea how you were created or what your creator may have intended. Vanity comes from within.
Envy is your desire to have what is not yours. It is wishing YOU had what others have. Envy comes from within.
Gluttony is taking more than YOUR share and denying others their share. Gluttony comes from within.
Lust is a hunger for gratification of internal desires that YOU feed by wanting more than you can ever get. Lust comes from within.
Anger is reaction to things being different than YOU want them to be. Anger comes from within.
Greed is a need to acquire more than YOU need and still wanting more. Greed comes from inside.
Sloth is a disregard for YOURSELF and those around you. Sloth comes from inside.
Working to make things better is rewarding and change can improve our lives, but there is no good or evil. Things just are. To want things to be different is to hope. Relying on hope is the source of unhappiness. Looking outside ourselves to make things different is a little like casting a spell. If you believe in the spell, maybe it works for you, but witchcraft, magic and miracles are still a state of mind. Your seven deadly sins represent universal character flaws we all nurture in our reptilian brain stems. We may see them as beasts that must be starved by not allowing them to flourish. To do this we must look inward, not outward, to make the world a better place.
Dale,A moat is a water filled ditch around a castle. A mote such as the “mote in God’s eye” is a tiny speck.
People used to think that sight was the affect of “beams” that were transmissions from the eyes giving a kind of tactile feedback. In fact even as late as the 14th century people believed that the black plague could be transmitted by looking at someone. You metaphor is a little silly when applied to a modern time when we know how things work (if we care to).
After the latest bill failed to pass through the Senate, do you feel there will be any more attempts at mandating more background checks for gun purchases?
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