I follow your bliss, Mark Currie, and the comment stream of this evolving religion. I welcome Sparrow, Jessica, and Tupper to the dialogue with their significant thoughts. The sincerity of their opinions makes this conversation to evolve to the ethical level.
I just finished reading the book of revelation in the Christian Bible with stomachache. Not only because the apocaliptical style of the epoch, but also because the "final judgment" interpretive approach that we as human race are not supposed to do. It was a difficult-to-digest passage. The exhortation to repent is in contradiction with false teaching and unethical deeds of erroneus theology.
I don't want a "place for everlasting punishment and torment, not annihilation" for noone in this planet. I don't know about "dark forces" and I am not invoking anyone; however, human depression, drogadiction, madness, bigotry . . . may be examples of this darkness. I really know bad things happen to all people, but my understanding is still naive to believe we can overcome bad with good.
God loves his enemies as JC commanded, right?Thus, everyone who hates his brother or her sister is a murderer. The problem comes with the people that don't want to repent of "wrongdoing," because -- according with the major religions of the world -- they will have punishment for ever and ever.
What Ogethics is about is not being judgmental. How can we love others as they are? good and bad people. Could we show our love for them, ourselves, and the world if we repent for those who don't want to repent? If we believe for those who don't want to believe? . . ."We must not love in word or speech, but in deed and truth" (1 John 3: 14). It is unscriptural we must accept "sin" in order to love others.
Repentance of God, change of mind, regret, remorse, a realization that wrong has been done, is my concern these days. We have heard that God never changes because his unconditional love. I understand we talk about an absolute concept within human limitations. Isn't it evolution? ethical evolution? lovevolution?
"The God who repents is free to answer prayer and to interact with people. This freedom is part of his being the same forever" (M. Stephen Davis).
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