In this entry I would like to meditate a little bit about Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. This first sentence basically means that one should accept that there is something more in this life than just one selfs. this could be applied to Believers and non-believers( if there is a difference) as well. For me this first sentence is the most important because it wants to help us too experience humbleness before a higher power. People who don’t believe in God can at least acknowledge that in life there could be something more than just our Limited reason, brain, body or anything that people consider Superior.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. The second sentence is basically a second part that constitutes completion of humbleness before God. This is more spiritual than the first part because we not only accept that there is a God but willingly want to follow his will and not ours. This is more difficult for non-believers to accept if they accept the first part at all. The first step is to accept that there might be a higher power or God and the second step is to let our hearts be open to his will. It says that we should not follow our egoistic, base desires but should do what we feel is good, what our Conscience Says that is good ,which is God’s voice. It is difficult to prove that all humans have a conscience and I usually advise people to ask themselves what is either easy and pleasurable or difficult . Things that are difficult are usually worth striving for. Things that are easy are usually pleasurable but not in the sense of spiritual welfare. Spiritual pleasure is what comes from difficult things. I had a discussion yesterday with my cousin whom I tried to convince that having sex with his girlfriend prior to marriage is a very easy thing to do and that is why I think it is worth waiting until marriage with it. I work as a social worker and People I work with have severe mental handicaps, have problems with eating, are not able to use a toilet, but all of them have certain sexual appetites and preferences. Having sex as soon as possible is i thus concluded easier than using a toilet, that is why I think that the importance of sex should not be overestimated. Copulation is one of the easiest things in the world and considering it difficult and thus worth attention and admiration says something about the character of the one who claims such things. By this I do not want to sound conservative, anti-sexual, puritanic or frigid but in todays over sexual society when it is difficult to sell anything without a naked, usually women body, the nakedness and body is really overestimated.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. This further advises us to have faith in God and not let ourselves be guided by our desires. we should not of course just wait for God to bring us what we need but basically God is the first to whom we should turn when we want something. First thing we should do is to ask God and our conscience whether what we want is really what he should want. Only then should we work on getting the things we think we need. forgiveness is attribute of God and we should try to be as good as possible. We should not want to be exactly like God, this would be blasphemous, we should acknowledge that we will never be like God but should strive for being like Him. Forgiveness is the greatest attribute of God because if God wouldn’t forgive us then we would be dammed forever. That is why he also should be forgiving because if we do not forgive then God will not forgive us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Lost part again deepens our faith in God and says that if we put our faith in him, then he will help us to not be deluded by any Temptation we can encounter. God does not want us to be tempted just for fun and we never know whether things that encounter us our by God or by evil. If we trust in Him then he will not lead us into temptation. Everything that happens to us happens for some reason. We may not know whether things that encounter us are by God or by evil and we do not need to know it. Temptation just comes, what we do with it is either good or evil. If we have faith then any Temptation that comes will come good.
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