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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.} ========================================================== %IDOLATRIES LEADERS PREOCCUPIED QUESTIONS ISSUES+010420 %CONFLICTS DOMINATION SYSTEM IGNORE NEGLECT GODS+010420 %BETTER WORSE SELFRIGHTEOUS CHOICE ELECTION PURE+010420 %ACHIEVEMENT BELIEF RITUAL WORKS CONFESSION LOYAL+010420 %RIGHTS DUTIES PAYMENT PUNISH DAMNATION CONDEMN 010420 Our idolatries lead us into being so preoccupied with some questions, issues, conflicts, etc. --- that we systematically ignore/neglect complementary questions, issues, conflicts; e.g.: 1. Are some of us inherently "better" than others? 2. How might some of us be "better" than others? 3. By choice, election, purity, achievements? 4. By belief, ritual, works, confessions, loyalty? 5. Through suffering, endurance, sanctification? 6. Through predestination, accident, fate, chance? 7. What "rights/duties" do "better" people have? 8. Who pays for "better" people's advantages? 9. Who gets to identify who is "better". 10. Who gets to identify who is "worse". 11. Who gets to condemn those who are "worse". 11. Who gets to punish those who are "worse"? 12. Who gets to excommunicate whoever is "worse"? 13. Are individuals or relationships more basic? 14. Are sin and evil about non-conformity? 15. Are sin and evil about estrangement? 16. Are sin and evil about disobedience/failure? 17. Where is God? 18. Where is God in all of this? 19. What is God "responsible" for? 20. What is God NOT "responsible" for" 21. What are we "responsible" for? 22. What are we NOT "responsible" for? 23. How is "responsibility" defined. By whom? 24. How is "responsibility" related to responsive? 25. How is responsiveness related to relationships? 26. What characterizes evil relationships? "Good"? 27. What is essential to personal integrity? 28. What is essential to communal integrity? 29. How are forms of integrity interdependent? 30. How are authority and experience interdependent? 31. How did our religions evolve to what they are? 32. Who is responsible for religious evolutions? 33. How is human sexuality related to religion? 34. How is religion related to human sexuality? 35. What leads to dysfunctional human sexuality? 36. What leads to integrative human sexuality? 37. What leads to human arrogance and coercion? 38. What leads to human dominance and violence? 39. What does it mean to say "God is Love"? 40. What does it mean to say "God is an angry god"? 41. When is "sex" known to be "good"? How so? 42. When is "sex" known to be "evil"? How so? 43. Is security grounded in invulnerability? 44. Is vulnerability incompatible with security? 45. How is "good" "sex" related to vulnerability? 46. How is "evil" "sex" related to vulnerability? 47. To whom can God reveal new truths today? 48. To whom can God NOT reveal new truths today? 49. How can God reveal new truths today? 50. How can God NOT reveal new truths today? 51. How can humans avoid bias and prejudices? 52. Where does absolute truth reside? 53. Who can apprehend/appreciate absolute truth? 54. What questions can be answers just YES/NO? 55. What YES/NO questions are without bias? 56. Who should be excluded from good fellowships? 57. Who should be included in good fellowships? 58. Who knows who is good and who is evil? 59. Can people be inherently "good"? "evil"? 60. Can relationships be "good"? "evil"? 61. Why are there so many protestant denominations? 62. Why do so many people think they are "the best"? 63. Why do many people feel totally inadequate? 64. Why do people promote and maintain conflicts? 65. Why do so many people fear Love and intimacy? 66. Why do Christians fight more over sex than love? 67. Why do Christians imprison truth in words? 68. How can words clearly point to partial truths? 69. Did Christ come to other civilizations far away? 70. Where/when is God in the Cosmos? 71. Where/when is Christ in the Cosmos? 72. What can humans control in the Cosmos? 73. What can humans know for sure about the Cosmos? 74. What are the risks of arrogance? Humility? 75. What are the risks of self-righteousness? 76. How can we achieve humility? Justice? 77. What questions should we never ask? Answer? 78. How/when shall we enforce taboos? 79. How/when are punishments good? Evil? 80. How/when are questions such as these misleading? 81. How should we respond to misleading questions? 82. Should misleading questions be forbidden? 83. Does God forbid the asking of some questions? 84. Does God forbid the answering of some questions? 85. Does God motivate any sex outside of marriages? 86. Is all intimacy either sexual or non-sexual? 87. Can outsiders know if other's sex is good/evil? 88. How can Christians promote healthy sexuality? 89. How do Christians inhibit healthy sexuality? 90. What means to salvation can we control? 91. What means to salvation can we improve on? 92. What means to salvation are beyond our control? 93. What do we need to be saved from? Why? How? 94. Who can be sure they are right? 95. How can we be sure we are right and righteous? (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================