Friday, August 31, 2007


Why is it that when we find the 'right' set of rules we want to point out where everyone else is falling short of those rules?

Why do we continue to look at life through our own eyes, but forget the other guy is doing the exact same thing?

Why can't we work and understanding each other better?

And why is it that when someone does understand someone else better, they are called a radical or a liberal?

Can I say that I haven't been there done that? No. But, why does it take so long to get out of it? Do we really desire to be superior to everyone else that badly?


MikeT said...

We want to point out that by knowing the rules, we are following them. The rules are important, and we must follow them. Grace is there for when we can't or don't follow them, but grace is not an excuse to just live as though the rules don't exist. If the rules aren't important, why not hate your neighbor passionately for hurting you or insulting you? After all, "love your neighbor as yourself" is a commandment, the second greatest, even. It is something we must do even when we don't want to.

Anonymous said...

Do we look at these as rules, or are they just the right way to live?

1. Love the LORD your God
2. Love your neighbor as yourself
a. Submit yourselves one to another
b. If it be up to you, be at peace with everyone

Personally, I don't look at the commandments as rules - but as a way of living that treats all mankind fairly, and with dignity and respect.

We are all sinners, and no one can live up to the rules. That was the point of the Law - to show us that we can't do it; that we are sinners.

MJ Willard said...

Jesus spoke about this sinful human tendency in Matthew 7: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye" (7:1-5). It's so much easier for us to look at the many faults of others than to look oat our own numerous ones. Yet Jesus calls us to let His light shine within us and then through us to shine it on others. We need to receive it ourselves before we can share it with others.

Pablo said...

I agree with MJ Willard: it's our sinful nature.