This-essay is a9701141.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 ========================================================== %GOD'S TRUE MESSIAH KNOWLEDGE GOOD EVIL DOUBT+970114 %HUMILITY CERTAINTY DOUBT PARADOX HERESY EVIL SIN+970114 %RELIGIOUS LEADERS ARROGANCE FUNDAMENTALS MISTAKES+970114 %FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS HONESTY COLLUSIVE GAMES ADDICTS 970114 Many religious leaders have compensated for their lack of humility with great certainty that they know God's words and what those holy words mean. How would God's true messiah know that she or he was God's true messiah? There might be some strange stories about one's conception or birth, which may suggest that one was God's true messiah---but would any intelligent, reasonable and mature person trust such stories? Would any intelligent, reasonable and mature person welcome the knowledge that one was God's true messiah, and want to carry out the "mission impossible?" Recruiting disciples to help carry out the "mission impossible" would be tricky! How could anyone with any amount of sense---respect anyone who would be willing to join in trying to carry out the "mission impossible?" Who would trust anyone willing to join in the "mission impossible?" How can anyone who considers himself or herself to be the true messiah---maintain any measure of humility and proportion? By what means, insights, powers? If one knows oneself to be the true messiah---how is one to meaningfully identify with mere mortals, and truly deal with the uncertainties, doubts, confusions, paradoxes and ignorance which are the lot of mere mortals? Where should God's true messiah go to recruit disciples? To some religious establishment? To a school? To a royal court? To a group of common people? Why so? How are we to recognize God's true messiah in the light of questions such as these? Can we recognize and properly respond to God's true messiah if we are unwilling to take questions such as these seriously? How can we be sure? What if we are absolutely sure? What if we are not? (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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