This-essay is a9911021.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 ========================================================== %MYSTERY DENIAL CONTROL RULES REGULATIONS JUDGMENT 991102 Often religious leaders fall into traps associated with denials of the mysterious aspects of meaningful living with personal and communal integrity. Such traps are often associated with: 1. Attempting to control what is beyond human control; to have the power to control that which they fear --- including other people's: perceptions, impressions, discernments, understandings, thoughts, desires, fears, hopes, aspirations, intentions, expectations, motivations, shame, guilt, relationships, intimacies, communications, etc. For such religious leaders life is a constant challenge to control whatever is mysterious or to minimize human awareness of whatever mysterious realities they cannot control 2. Believing that the good life is a life lived legalistically in conformity to pre-scriptions, pro- scriptions, disciplines, rules, regulations, and fear of punishments. For them there are no mysterious foundations for integrative cooperation. 3. Believing that they have acquired certain and absolute knowledge of good and evil --- in terms of which they can tell who is good and who is evil, who is saved and who is dammed --- and that the are themselves called by God to bless or condemn others accordingly. For them there are no mysteries in fulfilling God's will. 4. Attempting to predict the future without fail according to their knowledge and understanding of the past, God's natural laws, and God's divine will. Such religious leaders deny their own finitude, their limited knowledge, their limited understanding, and their limited ability to predict the future because of their limitations. They pretend that there are no essential mysteries in healthy human relationships. True religious leaders seek to encourage people to fulfill their unique potentials --- according to God's will within unique personal relationships --- which are built upon reliable essential foundations for integrative cooperation. They fulfill God's call to live joyfully in ways which entail: creativity, reconciliations, peace-making, conflict-resolution, complementary- affirmations, and love. (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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