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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.} ========================================================== %FOUNDATIONS ASSUMPTIONS BELIEFS CONVICTIONS PRAYER+021101 %ESSENTIAL PERSONAL COMMUNAL INTEGRITY HONESTY EVIL+021101 %GOOD PEOPLE BEHAVIORS PETITIONS REQUESTS COMMANDS+021101 %ANSWERED CONCENTRATIONS POWER OMNIPOTENCE SYSTEMS+021101 %COLLUSIONS ADDICTIONS DISHONESTY AUTHENTICITY LOVE+021101 %MEDITATION COMMUNICATION INTERMEDIARY SALVATIONS 021101 Domineering people often abuse the image of a personal God with whom mortals may/should converse/pray; offering petitions as to a King, Queen, Lord, or all powerful ruler. The latter images carry over the baggage of the traditional concentration of power, omnipotence, omniscience, commandments, etc. --- which come with the images. Then the following misleading questions are considered and answered with some notable confidence: How are humans to best: 1. Qualify to make requests. 2. Frame and present their requests. 3. Discern which procedures are most successful. 4. Discern which petitioners are most successful. 5. Discern which kinds of requests should be made. 6. Talk the Lord into responding favorably. 7. Talk others into presenting support for requests. 8. Discern how the process works, to better use it. 9. Refine the theology which goes with the process. 10. Discern the limits on what should be asked for. The above suggests that there may be limitations to the process --- limitations which are rooted in the assumptions which lay the foundations for the process --- by considering God as being like a human King, Queen or Lord to whom petitions may/should be brought for appropriate responses --- in ways which remain rather mysterious and beyond any human analysis which includes in significant ways our own modern human experiences. Often the whole process is understood only in terms of ancient scripts which point to how ancient people considered their experiences and answered the above kinds of questions as best they could. Ancient experiences and analysis are often regarded as more reliable/authoritative than are our own modern experiences and analysis. Why? To whose advantage? (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================