No, God Is Not THAT Different From Us

“If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.” (1 John 2:28)

The righteousness that someone who is born of God practices resembles God’s righteousness in such a way that knowing God’s righteousness gives one assurance that whenever one sees it practiced (by a human being), that human being resembles God in this crucial respect.

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When Does One Suffer As A Christian Rather Than For Doing Evil?

The apostle Peter encourages the addressees of his First Letter that “if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” (1 Peter 4:16). He contrasts it with the exhortation that no one should suffer as an evildoer (v. 15).

Now suffering innocently is by no means a thing easy to endure, but this is not what I wish to focus on here. Rather, I’ll center on the question “When do I know that I’m suffering as a Christian rather than as an evildoer?”. Silly question?

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A sick society must think much about politics as a sick man must think much about his digestion. (…) if either comes to regard it as the natural food of the mind; if either forgets that we think of such things only in order to be able to think of something else; then what was undertaken for the sake of health has become itself a new and deadly disease.

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When Politics Becomes an End Instead of a Means

“The secular community (…) has no higher end than to facilitate and safeguard the family and friendship and solitude. (…) a household laughing together over a meal, or two friends talking over a pint of beer, or a man alone reading a book that interests him (…) all economics, politics, laws, armies and institutions save insofar as they prolong and multiply such scenes are a mere ploughing the sand and sowing the ocean, a meaningless vanity and vexation of spirit.”

C.S. Lewis in his essay Membership

Governments’ Only Raison d’Être

Personas as Stabilizer in Character Development

“Do not scold, like a kitchen-girl. No warrior scolds. Courteous words or else hard knocks are his only language.” (Tirian to Eustace in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle)

Eustace is told to behave like a warrior. But is he a warrior? Or about to become one? And, is it his purpose anyway to become a warrior, or rather something even greater which shares only some features with a warrior?

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