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Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Philosophy Friday | 0 comments

Love Neighbor = Love Enemy

Love Neighbor = Love Enemy

*Philosophy Friday* — There are some “unpopular” virtues tied to Christianity.  Probably one of the most unpopular is the Christian rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Because in Christian morals “your neighbor” includes “your enemy,” and so we come against the horrible duty of forgiving our enemies.   Everyone believes forgiveness is a great idea … until they have to forgive someone.  This is what Christianity is, and right in the middle of it all we find, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”  This is where we find that we are offered forgiveness on no other terms but forgiving others first.  It is made perfectly clear, if don’t forgive, we are not forgiven.   As difficult as this will be, there seems to be two ways to do it.  Start simple.  If we really want to learn to forgive, start with something easy.  Forgive a close friend or relative or even spouse for something they did or said last week.  (This will probably...

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Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Philosophy Friday | 0 comments

The “Why” Questions with Marriage

The “Why” Questions with Marriage

*Philosophy Friday* — There is the unpopular idea which needs to be dealt with in Christian marriage and that is, Christian wives promise to obey their husbands.  In Christian marriage, the man is said to be the “head”.  Two questions constantly come up.  1) Why should there be a head at all – why not equality?  2) Why should it be the man?   1) The need for a “head” follows from the idea that marriage is permanent.  As long as the husband and wife agree, there’s no question of whether a “head” is needed; and we hope this is the normal for a Christian marriage.  But during a disagreement, they are to discuss the issue between themselves, they can’t decide by a majority vote with only 2 people.  As a last resort with a permanent marriage, one must have the power to decide the final policy.  Permanent association can’t exist without this kind of constitution.   2) Why the man?  Is there any *serious* wish that it should...

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Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Philosophy Friday | 0 comments

True Love = True Thrills

True Love = True Thrills

*Philosophy Friday* — People get an idea from books, movies or music that if you marry the right person they’ll continue “being in love” forever.  But when they find they are not, they think this proves they made a mistake and are entitled to a change – not realizing that the “new love” will fade the same way as the previous one.   In life, thrills come at the beginning of something but do not last.  Does it mean that it’s better not to ever fall in love?  No.  If you decide to fall in love and go through with it until completion, you’ll be rewarded by a quieter and more lasting kind of interest.  In fact, it’s only the people who are ready to submit to the loss of the thrill and settle down to the calm interest that are most likely to meet new thrills in different forms.   In some small way, this is what Christ meant when he said, “unless a kernel of wheat falls...

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Philosophy Friday | 0 comments

“I Love You” is a Promise

“I Love You” is a Promise

*Philosophy Friday* — Many people today believe that “being in love” is the one and only reason to marry another person.  This really leaves no room for marriage to be seen as a contract or a promise at all.  These would add nothing to “love”.  Lovers themselves, as long as they are still “in love”, know this better than people who just talk about “love”.   True lovers already have a natural feeling to unite themselves by promises.  There are love songs all over the world full of vows lasting forever.  A Christian law of marriage isn’t forcing something outside of love’s own nature, it’s only demanding that lovers take a serious look at something that their passions are already driving them to do.   And so, a promise made, when “I’m in love” and because “I’m in love”, to be true to the one “I love” commits that person to being true even if they stop being “in love.”  A promise is about things we can *do*, about...

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Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Philosophy Friday | 0 comments

When 1 + 1 = 1

When 1 + 1 = 1

*Philosophy Friday* — The Christian idea of marriage is based on Christ’s words that a man and wife are to be regarded as a single organism.  And Christians believe that when He said this He wasn’t just expressing a feeling but stating a fact – similar to saying that a lock and key are one mechanism.   The Creator was telling us that our two halves, male and female, were made to be combined in pairs.  Not just on a sexual level, but totally.  Those who look to have physical intimacy outside of marriage are trying to isolate one kind of union from all the other kinds that were meant to go together in this “total union”.   For this reason, Christianity teaches that marriage is for life.  Some churches do not allow divorce at all; some allow it reluctantly in very special cases.  They all believe (or should) that divorce is like cutting up a living body, similar to a surgical operation.  It would be more like have...

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Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Philosophy Friday | 0 comments

Impossible Reasoning

Impossible Reasoning

*Philosophy Friday* — Many people are discouraged from seriously attempting Christian purity because they think (before they even try) that it is impossible.  But when something *has* to be done, we shouldn’t think about possibility or impossibility.  Whenever we are faced with an optional question, we can consider whether we can do it or not, but when faced with a necessary question, we need to do the best we can.  We’ll at least get some credit for an imperfect answer but we’ll definitely get none for leaving the question alone.  It’s amazing what we can do when we *have* to.   We may be sure that perfect purity cannot be gained by our efforts alone.  We must ask for GOD’s help.  Even when we ask, it might seem like a long time for some help, if any, is being given.  It doesn’t matter!  After each fall, ask for forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again.   Many times GOD’s help isn’t towards the virtue we are hoping for, instead...

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