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Here are two commentaries from 2 Corinthians, with my conclusion
that we are ALL sinners and evil before God. It’s even OK
to realize that some cynicism & an understanding of the irony
and absurdity of life are justified.
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On 2 Corinthians 5:10-12 (KJV) – Commentaries
“Building the Kingdom”
with a discusion on Love, Caring, Hate and Sin
by Paul Evans
The Daily Walk with Miracles, October 17, 2016, by Bible Tools, John W. Ritenbaugh and Paul Evans. Main video is Kid Rock – Care ft. T.I. & Angaleena Presley courtesy of Kid Rock and YouTube. Second, included video is MIX: U2 – Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World HD (ZooTv Live), (50+ music video playlist), courtesy of U2, Popmartour and YouTube (playlist). I have often thought of U2 music as the “graduate school of alternative rock music.” God help me, I’m still trying to make internet dating work. If you want to get to know me and be friends, email me at email@example.com. For an ironic, humorous view of life and its evil, and how evil ones seem to be approaching “changing the world,” see If I Ever Become an Evil Overlord, at Savage Research. This is meant as an ironically funny joke page, but has all too many elements of truth to it. Featured photograph honoring our veterans is from the Official CIA Facebook page. May God richly bless the United States of America!
The discussion by Mr. Ritenbaugh basically gives voice to conservative Christian sentiments on such topics as Love and sin, and we also give our own analysis. My own commentary is an attempt at a look at 2 Corinthians 5: 10-12 in a way which is fully consistent with what Jesus actually taught about “loving our neighbor as ourselves” and “sin,” while at the same time fully admitting my own life’s lesson that it can be utterly impractical when practiced with everyone (as per the U2 video). It seems to me, in my own life, that agape Love must be fully consistent with Jesus’ own teachings, and that we are ALL sinners before God, so we should have a little tolerance, kindness and humility, or else one’s own views become somewhat hypocritical. It’s even OK, it seems to me, to realize that a little cynicism and a good understanding of the irony and absurdity of modern life (existentialism) is a proper mental response to people’s sickness and evil. “Far be it from me….”
2 Corinthians 5: 10-12
2 Corinthians 5:10 — For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
5:11 — Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
5:12 — For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.
2 Corinthians 5: 10-12
These verses state a reality we all face: We are accountable to the Creator for our conduct. We know that standing between us and God is an internally generated pride that, if allowed, will greatly hinder our desire to please Him by submitting.
We must understand that God’s calling of us, His granting of repentance to us, and His providing us with His Spirit have given us a valuable power, an “edge.” He has not given us an impossible challenge. Receiving the Holy Spirit has given us the wherewithal, the powers, to meet our responsibility to submit voluntarily to Him. What is the solution? In short, it is to exercise humility before the Holy One of Israel. Humility can defuse pride’s power.
There is a major difference between pride and humility. Because of exposure to Satan and the world, pride is within us almost from birth. Humility, though, is not part of us from birth. Spiritual humility is most definitely a developed characteristic, derived because of contact with God and our choosing to be humble before Him. ~ John W. Ritenbaugh
2 Corintians 5: 10-12
Commentary by Paul Evans
The emphasis on humility that John Ritenbaugh especially gives this text is excellent. I know that I struggle daily with hubris, or “intellectual pride,” (one of the Catholic church’s “seven deadly sins”), it’s a “problem” for me. The more I face the world and its evils with a more humble, tolerant and yes, to a certain extent, accepting point of view, not only in my mind, but also in my heart, the better my day’s experience and my appreciation of God’s grace in my life in fact is. If I only can make my mind more “vacaant” (if you will) and allow His thoughts to simply occur and write them down, a sort of phsychically mindful (Zen sort of) awareness which let’s our Lord speak through me, without the interference of my ego, the better my writing is. I know that He helped me write this article. So humility is one lesson that the Forerunner Commentary has just right, in terms of Jesus’ teachings.
To a certain extent, I take exception to the idea that the opposite of Love is “sin.” (However I have been made aware the even strong faith and Love, without understanding, may sometimes be quite evil in it’s results. As Solomon said, “get understanding, that’s the principal thing.”) We are all sinners before God and Jesus made that clear, saying we are to “trust only God,” that only God is good. (Well, trust only God and the CIA, too, and if you don’t understand that, maybe you need to be a little more aware about the facts of modern life, lol.) I
Jesus is quite clear that we are to “judge not, lest we be judged, (for in such a manner as ye judge others, so God will judge you).” Jesus says we are to turn the other cheek and return evil with as much love and caring and kindness as we can muster. (At the same time we must “assess” our surroundings and the people who enter into our lives, and behave accordingly, but that is a different concept, with a different behavioral result, than is judging someone.) In my own life, this has turned out rather disastrously, but I am sure this is simply because of the evil and hypocrisy of people in general and society. “Oh, well.” Since about 2007, I have been a strong Christian. Being psychically gifted, basically since my 30th birthday, has occasionally been rather hellish for me, but I do forgive those who have hurt me and ask for your understanding. Not judging people and kindness/caring about everyone are the direct and simple teachings of Jesus, and I have found through my struggles of the last eleven years, that in fact few Christians do this. It is a shame before God and no matter how much I struggled with mental illness and the direct pain inflicted on me both by evil forces, and sadly, also by many conservative Christians, I really have tried hard to live as He taught. I have reformulated that to mainly apply to an inner circle.
Somewhere in the Bible it is written that the evil archangel Satan has six-seventh’s of the powers of God. With the experience of this evil world I have personally had, sometimes I have wondered if it is not six-seventh’s of ALL the power. Seems like that sometimes, anyway. I have variously seen scientific findings that “dark matter” comprises either 84% or even up to 94% of the mass of the universe. Being a true Christian can be a rather lonely struggle, too. “He who has ears, let him hear.”
I do thank God for many good conservative Christians’ love and patience with me. Yet I don’t see how you can consider yourself a saved and vital Christian and not live in a way consistent with Jesus two basic teachings of “not judging” and “loving everyone,” without hypocrisy. Most people are hypocrites. I’m NOT, but one does have to live, and it’s an evil world and getting worse by the day. Moreover, He also said, “For none is righteous. No. Not one,” and it is written, “if I say I am without sin, the truth is not in me.” I humbly do confess before God my sinful nature and ask everyone’s help to reform my life. I am lonely for simple companionship, “single and wishing,” and any ladies who might be interested in a friendship are encouraged to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (But just forget it if you’re after money, I live on disability.)
I believe that what is consistent with Jesus teachings is NOT that the opposite of Love is sin, but rather as should be straightforwardly obvious (in terms of common sense), the opposite is hate. I strongly believe this view is consistent with Jesus’ teachings. I refuse to be a hypocrite as much as I can, and I do try hard to live as Jesus Himself taught, not from any moribund doctrine. The main doctrine I have, I suppose, is to be kind when the opportunity presents itself, but at this point, to stand for the right values, even considered outside of organized religion, too. Is it not all these doctrines, like the doctrines of the Pharisees in Jesus’ day, which divide us as a Christian people? What I would personally wish for from my fellow conservative Christians is that we just try to be tolerant of each other and kind, when we can. I know that many people’s kindness are the main reason I have made it this far, and I am very grateful.
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