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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.} ========================================================== %ULTIMATE EVIL REJECT CONDEMN INTEGRATIVE LOVE HEAL 931227 It is difficult to think of an evil greater than the rejection and condemnation of a person of integrity because of that person's integrative actions of love and healing. In the face of evil of that degree what hope can exist and survive? Such evil is compounded when it is perpetuated by respected religious and/or trusted governmental authorities, and is justified as being necessary for the common good of the people as a whole. When so compounded it is difficult to recognize, name, describe, talk about, and transcend such evil. Yet that is the essence of the story of the growth of the Christian community. The Christian story is that of the condemnation of a person of integrity because of that person's integrative actions of love and healing. Jesus was an integrative healer who was respected by the common people because he practiced and preached a gospel of love and healing in a world which was low on hope. He was cruelly put to death by governmental authorities upon the initiative of top level religious leaders---because of his integrative actions of love and healing which they regarded as threatening to communal stability, decency and order. The Christian church grew as it recognized, named, described and talked about how such evil had been transcended in a resurrection of hope, love, healing and personal integrity. The early Christians heightened their affirmations by regarding Jesus as being the son of God the creator of the cosmos---who had been sent by God to redeem people from their evil relationships of mutual judgment and condemnation. Not all evil relationships have been transcended. There are even today self righteous religious leaders who in the name of Christianity teach and preach self righteous judgements and condemnations----like those of the religious leaders who to took the ancient initiatives to have ancient governmental authorities crucify Jesus because of his integrity and works of love and healing. The modern religious leaders of judgmentalism and condemnation seek to get today's governmental authorities to join them in their alienative efforts, as did religious leaders of old. Today we need to re-learn how to recognize, name, describe and talk about the evil relationships initiated by self-righteous religious leaders of judgmentalism and condemnation; and to witness to the healing power of integrative love as revealed in the life, death and resurrection demonstrated by Jesus and the early Christians. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================