This-essay is a9902201.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 ========================================================== %STORIES REPORT TESTIMONY PERSONAL COMMUNAL RENEWAL+990220 %WITNESS INTEGRITY HEALING RECONCILIATION GROWTH+990220 %TRANSCENDENCE RELIGIOUS SPIRITUALITY INSTITUTION+990220 %DOCTRINE CONFESSION RITUAL POWER POLITY GOVERNMENT+990220 %CONTROL ISSUE ADDICTIVE CODEPENDENT DISCIPLINE SIN 990220 In their beginnings many religious groups focused upon their stories of persona/communal renewal, growth, transformation, reconciliation, integration and trans- scendence of old ways, traditions and collusions. People were authentically moved by surprising personal experiences of renewals --- experiences which transcended their best intentions, technologies, techniques, plans and systems. They were motivated to share the good news of experienced possibilities for personal and communal renewal. Many religious groups have become institutionalized in ways which have led them to forget to tell personal stories of renewal, transformations, integration, growth, reconciliation and transcendence of old ways, traditions and collusions. They have settled into patterns of successful: traditions, recitations, rituals, habits, and conventional proprieties. The believers believe that they have sufficient knowledge to recognize the difference between "good" people and "evil" people --- for they have eaten of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil --- which they found in the middle of the garden of good living. In differing ways they have become certain that they are right. Their differing forms of certainty have become their means for making alienative distinctions between who has been "saved", and who is "dammed". They have forgotten about telling their own personal stories of surprising occasions of: healing, reconciliation, cooperation, renewal, transformations, transcendence and growth. Forgetful people try to figure out how to succeed and achieve the "good" life which seems to be always just beyond their manipulative grasp. They seek to develop better techniques for extending their grasp and better ways to hold onto whatever they get their hands on. They find that the tempting fruits which they reach for --- continue to rise beyond the reach of their most highly developed technologies. They cannot achieve for themselves the kind of security, salvation, satisfaction, fulfillment, meaning, or peace --- which they believe that they deserve to have and hold on to. They cannot let go of their visions of self-sufficiency, independence, and security through invulnerability. Thus they create various forms of hell --- from which they cannot escape on their own. (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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