Christian conference, a few hints

The lack of strength is a consequence of not living with God. If we complain about not having enough power or strength to do Gods will, then it is because we do not follow his will. on the other hand, even the evil is sometimes powerful and sometimes acceptance of lack of strength is also Gods will. maybe it is not a lack of strength but acceptance that I should focus on something else, something for what I shall have the strength. the problem with the will is that all people want to follow God, it is our nature, but we always clash with His will. we complain about not knowing his will but in most cases we have he will but focus rather on what we want. Accepting my weekness is letting God into my life. The exhaustion or depletion of strength is very often a consequence of pride-God helps us so that we do not sin more with pride than we do.

Devil hates us because we resemble God. In the first place we must accept God, than we start fighting evil. we should not focus on looking for evil in order to destroy it. we should try to find what good we can do. preocupation with evil does not help because we see evil only when we let it come into our life.

Children need four things in their growin up: Safety, Love, Value, Acceptance. Anything else is redundant, anything less is compensated with alternatives-drugs, promiscuity.

Faith is intrinsic reliance on God

Salvation is our entelechy and its free. all we should do is that this greates thing that we can get in this world is free- accept that someone loves us so much that He gives this to us for free-accept that someone may love us so much. this acceptance is the most difficult thing because it requires unconditional fall into Gods arms. We must accept the truth that we are the most valuable person to Him. We must also accept that the dignity of man is for everyone else the same as for us-in Gods eyes, Gods truth.

Stand strong on the ground, but have your heart in heaven

a big anger can lead to a big self reconciliation. Sometimes it is better to let our inner evil out rather than trying to hide it and then know myself under new conditions, in new situation. on the other hand, we should not use the weapons of the enemy-eg anger in order to clean ourselves from evil, it is inevitablet that we shall fall into devils trap if we do so regularly. the burst of anger must be in order to clean myself, not egoistically hurt myself or others.

Fear is what hinders us from anything and everything good.

Confession is quite a new thing. People in the time of Christ and after His crucification did not have many occasions to confess, yet if they admited their guild, their sins were lost. same today, confession is the last step that we take in order to clean ourselves officially, but the first and foremost step is in our hearts. We must admit our failure, forgive others but ourselves as well, which is very often more difficult. maybe we should not be so much preocupied with who is better and who is worse but who really cares about well being and good.
Jesus promised to be with us till the end. He also said that we should build communities and spread evangeline. These are things that we with certainty know we should do. Evangeline is partly inhibition of our freedom, but it is giving our freedom in order to be near to God. We cannot force people to get rid of freedom, it is even more important than proximity of God because without freedom noone can choose to come to HIm. on the other hand, we should not be afraid to talk about God in front of other people and also in confrontation, but never forcefully. Everyone has the right to be with God and so that it is our duty to spread evangeline. We should not think that because we are weak we do not have to spread it , but it is false.God shall give us the strength. Faith as well as Love proliferates when it is talked about and given away. The more one gives, the more one has. The more good we are, the more strength to be good we get from our Father in heaven. We should not think that we can save the world or people around us, after all, it is all about saving our soul. nevertheless, we should be ready to help other to save their souls.

The grace of God is given to us for free. It is the greatest good that we can imagine.

The gates of Gods gracefulness on some sacred places are a bit paradoxical because in order to get mercy we should be clean. Should not it be vica versa?

There is no need to call God names, because ˋHe´does not have sex, male or female, we cannot grasp him by our desire to name things.

Is what I want to say important? what should I say so that it is not redundant? The need to say it is the justification of saying it. Stop thinking about whether it is good or not. if I consider it truth, then stop thinking about possible side effects of such utterance.

Idolatry is not only things, real material entities, like food or body but also thoughts. Envy, pride, anything that occupies my mind unnecessarily. Gods justice is incomprehensible for us, it is something we imagine. His righteousness is absolute, for us unimaginable.

Faith without love is uselesss. Faith is a gift, whereas Love is our choice. If one apostazises, it is not a loss of faith, it is a willing and conscious choice to stop loving. If one holds some church prescripts, for example sex prior to marriage as right and for some reason gives up his religion, then holding to it even without religion is a proof of ones faith.
Is there a need for fear of God, religion? we should not fear God, only ourselves. The more restiction, the more recidivity, there is not point in forbidding something, there is only point in explaining everything.

We should acknowledge that we shall fall once or again, but if we have the support in God, we shall be sure he wont let us fall down.

A spiritual guide does not go in front of me, behind me but ,d does not follow or lead but goes right next to me. he envisions consequnces of my deeds, tells me so but leaves the decision on me
Do not be afraid of new things and challenges, God shall not let you fall down.

There should be no difference between what I should do and I want to do. All unhappiness arises from this incongruence.

If we listen to God, he shall show us they way.

Forgiving myself is more difficult than forgiving others. It is basically self un-love, if I do not love myself then I do not let God love me.

One should not be afraid of saying God what the one wants, but after all, God should be the one that says what yes and what not. If what I want does not happen, then it is either bad for me, or I shall get it later, or God has something better for me.

Every thought that comes out of my heart is a good prayer.

When I want to change what I dislike in other, I first must change myself.

Why should I wake Jesus up when he sleeps on the boat in the storm, just b eing with him and trusting Him is essential.

When someone is unsympathetic to me, then I do not sin, this is natural. Only if I let it go into something negative, into hurting that person, then I sin.

The orange tree asked the almond tree to show him Gods presence and the almond tree blossomed.

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Saint Joseph

When I learned about the fact that I must choose a patron saint when coming to confirmation, I had no doubts about choosing st. Joseph, foster parent of Jesus Christ. St. Joseph is in my view right after Christ the prototype of humbleness for all Christians. I consider him to be one of the most important persons in the New Testament, although he is almost not mentioned in the whole Bible. I do so not only because he reared Christ, but more because he is a real and truthful example of total dedication to God and faith in God´s calling. The possiblity and chance of becoming “father” of our Saviour is very low and yet Joseph did not doubt it and did not linger a moment in his own thoughts and opinions about the impossibility of such a thing. There is not a direct speech by Joseph in the Bible. Why is that? I would say that it attests his devout character. Even before the Angel told him the message, he was a brave and a just man. He learned that Mary is pregnant and although he must have been hurt both on his pride and ego and also spiritually, he was not vindicative but wanted to let her go in silence. He must be very humiliated because she promised to keep her virginity and apparently did not keep and yet he acted as a just and wise man. Only after that he learned that he should stay with her, only after he already made a just choice. On one hand we should listen to our hearts and conscience but on the other hand we should listen to what God may have for us, as Joseph did. He followed his conscience but the instance God talked to him he immediately changed his mind and followed God´s words. Nevertheless, we Christians should not just wait for what God may or may not say us, we should as Joseph did follow our conscience and then we can be sure, that we do a good thing. If we just waited, we might never have done anything. On the other hand, if we only act, then we do not know the right direction. Joseph is also a great example of how a father should behave. Today many men think that a father should not make compromise, should punish, be tough, follow patriarchy etc. Saint Joseph did just the opposite. A real father should not try to impose its role because it is given and he knows it and does not have a reason to try to elevate his ego by climbing above others in order to make the lesser that is he. To foster a child that is not mine is one of the biggest men´s fears, this is given biologically. Men want to spread their sperm and have children but only biological children cound. To foster a child that is someone´s elses is the biggest humiliation for any man. Joseph accepted this, overcame his pride and became a father for Christ. It is very important to follow our Father in heaven and we may look at st. Joseph to see how a fact should act in a concrete way. We should follow our conscience and not act according to what is pleasant but rather think whether things that are pleasant are really beneficial to use in a good way.

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Benevolence

I often ride along a parking place where the drivers have to wait until someone on the main road lets them go when they want to drive out of the parking place. It is a great feeling to let them go out although noone has the obligation to let them. I feel good when i let them go and they can feel good because they see that not all people are so egoisitic as to ignore those “in need” (of leaving the parking place). The relationship must be symmetric-reciprocal. I must let the driver go in front of my car and not feel as a better person but also as someone humiliating oneself in order to serve others. Same the driver must not feel as if he were hurting me when i let him go or using my benevolence in order to misuse it. This if often the problem in capitalistic society. Those who are benevolent and mild (although intentionally trying to by humane and humble,not in any derotative humiliating sense) are seen as week and those who are strong prey on them because they think that the week has to be used and exploited. The strong do not know that it may be a voluntary choice-to not appear strong,arrogant but humble and small. The capitalists should understand that being humble does not mean being weak. Same when one let other to go first-this may not mean that one is afraid or shows weakness-just the opposite,one shows how good it is to not take advantage of others.


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A short meditation on Lord’s Prayer

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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truth x Truth

I realized that faith and belief in the truth is basically more important than the truth itself because knowing truth or thinking that I know the truth is very dangerous and virtually impossible. Truth is always a Doctrine which is inevitable politicizing way to influence other people and impose my subjective truth upon them . The truth which can be generally agreed on is only the abstract truth- to love,be good etc, which must inevitably stem from our Collective conscience ,in in spiritual terms from our soul which is both our individual uniqueness and our Collective uniqueness ,we all have it and we all know what is good and what is evil. If someone does not agree that we all should love each other, help each other (these are abstract truths we can all agree on) then such a person does not follow his or her conscience and is willingly and intentionally violating the truth given by God.

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