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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.} ========================================================== %OBEY COMMANDMENT LOVE GOD NEIGHBOR HEART MIND SOUL+961224 %CONFORMITY CONSTRAINT COERCION VIOLENCE INTEGRITY 961224 It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between: (1) people obeying the commandments to love God and neighbors with integrity---with the whole being---; and (2) people dishonestly yielding to coercive demands to conform self in ways which undermine personal and communal integrity. To be true to the law of love does not entail conforming self to any particular prescriptive code which demands conformity. The laws of Love are written in the heart --- and obedience flows from the heart; not from fears of punishment, rejection, condemnation, excommunication, etc. The fulfillment of the true promptings of Love is not achieved through prescriptive conformity---but through creatively being true to self and others in ways which transcend the limitations of formal prescriptions and prohibitions. The fulfillment of the true promptings of Love is not the grounds for being accepted in Love; but rather the response to being accepted in Love. Legalists obscure and confuse the laws of Love. They turn corollaries to the laws of Love into demi-gods and worship the demi-gods in idolatrous ways which blind people to what they are doing, and to the tragic fruits which the idolatry bears. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================