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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.} ========================================================== %ABSOLUTE LOYALTY DEVOTION OBEDIENCE DISCIPLE GOOD+980629 %DEVIL TRUTH MONOTHEISM GOD EXCLUSIVE COMPROMISE+980629 %OVERCOME CONTROL CONTENTIOUS VIOLENCE WAR TERROR 980629 If God is good and is to be obeyed without question, because He knows: what is good for us, what is absolutely true, and that He has absolute power --- is there any room for: 1. Compromise? 2. Ambiguity? 3. Doubt? 4. Diversity? 5. Non-conformity? 6. Synthesis? Is it not our duty, opportunity, privilege and desire --- to know what He commands, and to do that --- without question, compromise, doubt or hesitation? How then, can there be room for conflict-resolution as regards differing people's understandings of people's highest ideas, ideals, values, principles and scriptural passages? History has made clear that different people have lived in terms of different understandings of highest ideas, ideals, values, principles and scriptural passages --- and so have engaged in conflicts which have been devastatingly and endlessly: contentious, coercive, violent, fragmentive --- leading to tragic disintegrations of personal and communal integrity. All this has been done in the name of God --- who is said to be Love in ways which are gracious, forgiving and facilitating reconciliation and integrity! We will do well and be well when we recognize, name, describe and talk openly and publicly about the incongruities suggested above. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================