This-essay is a9704141.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 ========================================================== %CHRISTIAN CONFLICT NON-CONFORMITY SINS EVIL 970414 Often people who call themselves Christians are in conflict with each other about the nature of evil, sin and sins. Often people who call themselves Christians are not seeking to be peacemakers, not seeking personal integrity, and not seeking communal integrity. Often the conflicts among Christians regarding the nature of evil, sin and sins are conflicts which have to do with conformity, non-conformity and issues of control. Some law-oriented Christians contend that the nature of evil, sin and sins has to do with refusing to conform in proper ways; i.e., with disobedience. Such law- oriented Christians tend to contend that what is good is conformity to good laws; i.e., what is good is to obey good commandments which prescribe proper forms of behavior and proscribe improper forms of behavior. Some Love-oriented Christians proclaim that the nature of evil, sin and sins has to do with alienative relationships and behaviors; i.e., with the break down of open and honest human dialogue and intimacy---with God and within human communities. Such Love-oriented Christians protest that it is alienative to be preoccupied with conformity which is prescribed/proscribed and the result of coercive manipulations. Love-oriented Christians protest that law-oriented Christianity engenders alienative relationships --- because they themselves perceive that alienative relationships are what lead to most of what is called evil. Here the word "protest" is uses in the sense of the Protestant Reformation, where the word points to people who are engaging in positive testimony. To "protest" is to give positive testimony to one's own experiences and perceptions of what is true, honest and integrative in human lives and relationships. Love-oriented Christians protest that it is alienative RELATIONSHIPS which are properly called evil; and that loving non-conformists of integrity are involved in evil RELATIONSHIPS only to the extent that coercive people refuse to be engaged in open and honest dialogue with them. They protest that evil RELATIONSHIPS are engendered by excommunications of loving non-conformists of integrity whose only "sin" is to fail to conform to the demands of law-oriented Christians; i.e., in regards to prescriptions and proscriptions which law-oriented Christians claim define "proper" and "improper" forms of Christian behaviors. Love-oriented Christians seek to witness to their experiences of God's Love as the liberating power in their lives and RELATIONSHIPS. They witness to the power of God's Love to lead them into open and honest dialogue within intimate RELATIONSHIPS where they know true security as the freedom to be safely vulnerable. They protest that law-oriented Christians' assumptions, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors block people's experiences of God's Love as the liberating power which it is. Law-oriented Christians who refuse to engage in open and honest dialogue about other people's experiences of God's Love as the liberating and healing power in their lives and RELATIONSHIPS---thereby alienate themselves from the Power of Love to reconcile people and bring them into integrative communities of Love. Such law-oriented Christians exclude themselves from integrative communities of Love, disintegrate themselves, and so threaten the personal and communal integrity of those humans nearest and dearest to them. Some of them live all of their painful lives within blinding, deafening and sickening alienative relationships of conflict, contention, tension and violence. (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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