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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.} ========================================================== %LOVE'S FREE DISCRETIONARY PLAYING FIELDS EVIL GOOD+971012 %COLLUSIONS THREAT CREATIVITY RENEWAL HONESTY EVIL+971012 %LIBERATION AMBIGUITY PARADOX RELAX INTIMACY TRUTH+971012 %DOUBT INSIGHT IMPERFECTION REVEAL SCRIPTURE DOGMA 971012 God as Love leads many people to be creative in the realms which lie between what is clearly disintegrative, destructive, alienative and so evil --- and what is clearly integrative, constructive, reconciling and so good. In those realms many people seek to be involved in integrative relationships which promote both personal and communal integrity --- appropriate to the unique people who are involved. Some people seek to narrow the realms between what is clearly evil and what is clearly good. They seek to create sharp boundaries and certainty as to what is on each side of the sharp boundary. Success in their ventures leaves God as Love little room in which to lead people to be creative in fulfilling opportunities in the realms of ambiguity, doubts, imperfection, paradoxes, digression, freedoms, liberation, relaxation and expressions of unique personal desires and intimacy. We, like the rich young ruler who asked Jesus what he should do to enjoy salvation, need to get rid of whatever we feel makes us better than others whom we do not understand respect or trust. Too often our compulsive narrowing of the realms in which God as Love can prompt creative intimacy --- makes us feel superior to those "different people" who seem unconcerned with who is good and who is evil; who is worthy of acceptance, and who deserves judgment, condemnation and excommunication. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================