Comments: opinions on Good Friday

Peter Selby's essay on the fallacy of war is very powerful and moving, especially the paragraph that mentions our children picking up the example set by us "adults".

What do our children think of tearing a church apart over the rejection of children of God?

Posted by choirboyfromhell at Friday, 21 March 2008 at 5:17pm GMT

Both Peter Selby and the Church Times articles are poignantly moving.

The Church Times comments "challenging power, wherever it reposes, requires support, and few congregations are united enough to provide this in any measure."

Robert Leduc commented the other day on this thread http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/archives/002976.html#comments "If there is so little regard for the church as the Body of Christ, why should I not just be entirely on my own and cultivate my personal relationship with Jesus? No need to worry about people disagreeing with me then!"

One of the sayings I share with my children is "Salvation does not come from the masses, it comes for the masses".

An error in strategy is to believe that you must be nurtured by a congregation, and that the congregation must be in agreement with you or you are a failure on in error.

The prophets of the bible become what they are, not because the masses agreed with them, but because, through them, God is able to remind the masses of what they have forgotten. Prophets are never comfortable to be around, and they understand that not everyone will agree with them, and that some will only come to understand many years later (perhaps long after the prophet is dead). What prophets do is remind souls of God's visions and promises, and highlight how things have gone off the rails. They rejoice in the companionship they are given, and they rejoice even more when they see mass understanding coming through (e.g. polluting being one of the Pope's newly stated sins).

Folly demands adoring unquestioning masses, Wisdom is more prudent. Wisdom does not impose itself upon those who do not desire it, but Wisdom does reward those who can hear and accept advice. Folly attempts to tyrannically impose perfection and consistency upon all, Wisdom accepts that all souls come to God but that their journeys' duration and vexations differ from one soul to another. Folly refuses to assist the non-flatterers and demands tithes and compliments. Wisdom gives unconditionally to each soul according to its needs and capacity.

Posted by Cheryl Va. at Friday, 21 March 2008 at 8:39pm GMT
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