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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.} ========================================================== %SALVATION PERSONAL RELATIONS GIFTS FREELY OFFERED+980428 %GIVEN ACCEPTED COMPUTATIONS CALCULATIONS PLANNED+980428 %SHAME GUILT PUNISH IMPOSED COERCION VIOLENCE SIN+980428 %EVIL ALIENATION EXCOMMUNICATION JUDGEMENT CONDEMN+980428 %POINTS SCORE RIGHTEOUSNESS EARNED ACCUMULATED WIN+980428 %LORD KING CONTROL DISCIPLES SERVANTS SACRIFICE 980428 Salvation is shared and enjoyed when gifts are freely offered and accepted --- without computations, calculations, planning of systematic procedures which characterize technocratic ways of being in control. Salvation is not achieved, shared or enjoyed through the imposition of shame, guilt, punishments, excommunications upon people judged and condemned by anybody, anywhere or anytime. Salvation is not achieved through the accumulation of points of righteousness earned in any way; e.g., through acts of shaming, guilting, judging, condemnation and/or punishments entailing excommunications and/or alienations. And he called the little children unto him and said that inasmuch as anybody has done anything unto them or unto others that are least in the Kingdom, it has been done unto him. And he asked, who has set you up as lord over others, to pass judgements, issue condemnations and engender excommunications? And he said, you shall be my disciples in the manner in which I have served you, as servants. The least and most humble among you shall be recognized as the greatest, and the most arrogant who are preoccupied with issues of control shall be regarded as the least among you. Inasmuch as you have done it to the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me. Earnestly seek to see yourself as you are seen by the most humble servants among you --- who are the greatest among you. Become familiar with them --- through earnest listening and open and honest dialogue --- within intimate relationships wherein true security is known as the freedom to be safely vulnerable. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================