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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %SAVIOR CHRIST JESUS CRUCIFY RELIGION 930202 If salvation resides in some form of conformity it seems reasonable to expect that people who are saved through conformity will not be creative people. They will most likely be conformists. If salvation resides in some form of conformity it seems reasonable to expect that the people who have eaten of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and who know the most about the difference between good and evil people, will be the people most likely to try to specify the form of conformity which leads to salvation. They will be in positions of power through which to try to control conformal behavior on the part of people who are seeking personal salvation through their guidance. People who are in positions to specify what forms of conformity will lead to salvation, are people tempted to abuse their power through various efforts to control the behaviors of people who trust them. People with addictive tendencies are likely to seek such positions of power. People with codependent tendencies are likely to seek to be in the service of such addictive leaders. Both kinds of people are likely to support each other's needs, with their own complementary needs, for the services of the other kind of people yet both kinds of people are similar in many dishonest ways. We will do well to note that there is overwhelming evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was a non-conformist in both teachings and behavior. He did not show respect for the respected religious leaders of his day. He did not conform himself to their teachings or to the expectations of his culture. He did not seek salvation through any kind of conformity. He did not offer salvation through any kind of conformity. He offended conformists and was crucified because he was not a conformist. He threatened the false sense of security of the conformal leaders of his day. This non-conformist is regarded as the means to salvation, the Christ, the Son of the Living God, by many peoples. Yet many Christians are confused, and act as if the means to salvation is some form of religious conformity. This confusion seems to be related to the lack of many Christians who do not understand the nature of the hell in which addicts and their codependent supporters suffer many untold miseries. They have forgotten the nature of the life which Jesus lived before he was crucified. They have forgotten that Jesus of Nazareth was a non-conformist through and through, and did not ask his followers to be conformists; but rather asked them to follow in his way. We cannot truly follow in his way without ourselves being non-conformists! (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================