This-essay is a7907113.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %REPENT ALIENATIVE VALUES EVIL SIN+790711 %MISTAKE FORBID PERMISSION LEGAL 790711 Often people regard repentance as quitting the intentional doing of wrong, evil, bad, illegal, immoral, etc. deeds. Repentance is viewed as turning from doing evil deeds to doing good deeds---and evil is presumed to be defined legalistically. Few people volunteer for such repentance because few people view themselves as being engaged in intentionally doing wrong. Virtually every human action is done for "good" reasons. (The exceptions include those actions which are accidental, based upon unavoidable ignorance, and being caught in double binds.) How can people repent if they have been engaged in doing everything they do for good reasons repent? Given the usual definition of what repentance is---very few people can honestly repent. This makes ostensible repentances suspect, and the motives of the "repentant" are often in doubt. The traditional view of repentance flows from the traditional view of the nature of evil and of sin, a view which has been dominated by legalists' perspectives. Evil is regarded by legalists as the power which causes people to do what has been legally forbidden. Sins are the forbidden acts, and sinners are the people who commit the forbidden acts. With such a conceptual foundation is is natural to define repentance as ceasing to do what is forbidden and beginning a pattern of dong only what is approved. Thus repentant persons are expected to conform to legalists' definitions of approved behavior. People must get permission of legalists to act, if they are to remain faithful repentant persons. Repentance is different if sin is regarded as the state of alienation, and evil behavior is behavior which inhibits dialogue, i.e., promotes alienation. Then repentance involves shifting from one set of positive values to another set of positive values. Repentance involves shifting from positive values which lead to the inhibition of dialogue, to positive values which promote dialogue. Repentance has to do with promoting dialogue, rather than inhibiting dialogue. To repent is to turn away from positive values which tend to lead to alienative behavior which inhibits dialogue. Usually it is the unqualified promotion of positive values which inhibits dialogue. Repentance is turning away from unqualified promotion of those positive values. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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