Melkite/Might 4 Right
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God uses a fallen world, and fallen men, to make a way to us. There are, though, no shortcuts or royal roads, and you must strive continuously after what is good and true. Your tears and sighs of agony, so long as they are sincerely turned to God, are more precious than the emptiness of material possessions, even used to achieve good, or the routine of a superficial faith.

You cannot have blind faith in a culture to lead you to truth, or even faith in the human part of the institutional character of the church, as we traditionalists learn the hard way. Modernity has taught us that we can make no use of the shortcuts our ancestors used to keep from going astray, since they have all failed, ending in ruin. Sadly, we have also learned the fallibility of our own powers of reason and capacity to sort it all out on our own, and the autonomous individual is a deranged fantasy. There is no easy way, Melkite, and no reassurances or misdirections will eliminate your doubts, disappointments, and sorrows.

But why blame God for something God did not do? Scripture is revelation, yes, but it is also literature, mediated through history and culture, the ambiguities and insufficiency of language, and the considerations of narrative and literary genre. If Hebrews in the bronze age talked about God in a way shaped by national cults of divinities that accompanied armies in war, what is really at stake? God's goodness, or a naïveté in reading scripture? And always remember that Christ, not ink on a page, is God's full and perfect revelation to humanity.

Even if we lost every copy of every Bible, we would still have the Word. Do not make an idol for yourself, even using the Bible to fashion one. God is not akin to Ashera, Baal, or Dagon, a petty and vindictive champion over a little patch of earth or a tribe of men. Our own enemies are really not God's enemies. If God wanted every Amalekite dead, every man, woman, child, and animal, He could have simply withdrawn his active sustaining of them, and they would have ceased to exist. Yet God allowed them to be live and greet each day, until they were slaughtered. Why? In cases like this, we should seek to elucidate the spiritual significations, rather than the mere literal or historical sense, which may very well be a sort of figure.

There a dangerous pitfalls at every turn. Some read the Old Testament and become indifferent to genocide, or even apologists for it, and really, I think, appear quite monstrous, because they cannot admit the slightest insecurity or doubt into a faith they hold water-tight and rigid in a specific way. Others become blasé atheists, thinking scripture to be a mere product of a culture, nothing more, with nothing important to really tell us. Both would have us accept that things don't matter, in different ways, and imperil our growth in Christ.

I pray, Melkite, that you do not give up because this is difficult and wearisome. Take heed of the dangers, and do not slip into apathy, or turn away because it is too painful. Know that everyone and every personality is called to sanctity through the life of the sacraments, and growing in holiness doesn't mean becoming just like the sort of person who doesn't fixate on things and who doesn't feel aggrieved by ideas of God that are monstrous or insufficient. Holiness is distinctive, implying being set apart for God (like the circumcision), and it has room enough for every human particularity. Have faith that Christ will succor you.
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Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 11:00 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Might_4_Right - 12-21-2015, 11:21 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Papist - 12-21-2015, 11:33 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 11:58 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by PrairieMom - 12-21-2015, 12:33 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Clare Brigid - 12-21-2015, 01:21 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Might_4_Right - 12-21-2015, 01:41 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Papist - 12-21-2015, 01:49 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by J Michael - 12-21-2015, 02:12 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by PrairieMom - 12-21-2015, 02:21 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 02:48 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Papist - 12-21-2015, 02:54 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 03:03 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Papist - 12-21-2015, 03:13 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 04:09 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Papist - 12-21-2015, 04:12 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Renatus Frater - 12-21-2015, 04:12 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 04:57 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 05:01 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Papist - 12-21-2015, 05:13 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 05:16 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Might_4_Right - 12-21-2015, 06:11 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 06:28 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by PrairieMom - 12-21-2015, 10:04 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 10:07 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 10:27 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Might_4_Right - 12-21-2015, 10:49 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 10:56 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Might_4_Right - 12-21-2015, 11:29 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-21-2015, 11:43 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Might_4_Right - 12-22-2015, 12:48 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-22-2015, 01:28 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Optatus Cleary - 12-22-2015, 01:34 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-22-2015, 01:37 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Might_4_Right - 12-22-2015, 01:40 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-22-2015, 01:41 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Optatus Cleary - 12-22-2015, 02:08 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-22-2015, 02:36 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Oldavid - 12-22-2015, 03:09 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-22-2015, 03:35 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Cyriacus - 12-22-2015, 06:13 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Dominicus - 12-22-2015, 06:24 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-22-2015, 03:22 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-22-2015, 03:50 PM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by Melkite - 12-23-2015, 01:11 AM
Re: Melkite/Might 4 Right - by VoxClamantis - 12-23-2015, 03:53 AM



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