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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.} ========================================================== %PREACH LOVE PRACTICE LEGALISM 960101 Preachers who preach a gospel of love and practice judgementalism in terms of legalistic codes designed to promote severe conformity---thereby demonstrate their lack of personal and communal integrity. They are not truly honest. They promote alienation which is the essence of evil---while saying that they are contending against the forces of evil in the world. They see evil in people whom they work to alienate---and claim to be preaching the gospel of love. People who seek to spread a gospel of love cannot do so in the abstract. It is done by demonstrating the practical implications of the gospel of love---by loving others as they have been loved in transcendent ways beyond their understanding and explanations. Talk about transcendent love in the absence of demonstrations of human love is empty talk---which casts the gospel of love into disrepute---making those who are not familiar with the gospel of love suspicious of all who preach the gospel of love. If people who preach the gospel of love cannot be trusted---of what possible value could the gospel of love be? (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================