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2 SAM. 9EPH. 4:11-16
Fat free sugar free ultra-pasteurized milk. We aren't supposed to just be as simple as doves, but cunning as serpents and simple as doves. The confusing part is "unless you become like little children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven," whereas Paul tells us to grow up! I think the key is in the mature innocence of the Christian. "But you and all the kind of ChristAre ignorant and braveAnd you have wars you hardly winAnd souls you hardly save." I was interested by Psalm 31:8, which in my Bible says "once you have seen my misery, and gotten to know the distress of my soul." So it isn't just God watching from afar, but getting to know the distress of our soul. David's mercy was incredible.
Isn't personalizing everything a sort of counterbalance to being absorbed by God? We rebel against being swallowed up, especially as we mature.
What do you mean by "personalizing everything"?For that matter, what do you mean by "swallowed up"?I'm intrigued!
I don't know. We want to do our own thing. Maybe that's just me though. Everyone else seems to want to do what everyone else is doing. But we make everything our own. We want to seize everything. We want everything to be ours, and we don't want to be anyone else's. If that makes any sense. And then Fulton Sheen said something about how teenagers want to be like other teenagers and not like their family because their identity is being shaped. Or some such thing.
Your original question was, "Isn't personalizing everything a sort of counterbalance to being absorbed by God?"I think "absorbed by God" is a tricky concept. I really don't see it anywhere in Scripture. I thinks it's a strange quasi-Eastern concept that has done more harm than good. Remember, we become more ourselves in heaven, not less. If you get married someday, Gabby, you will not be "absorbed" by your spouse, nor will you want to be. It's a different kind of unity in marriage; and marriage is the Sign that shows us how we relate to God.Having said that, I think identity and finding your identity is not opposed to being Christian or being devout.
I think all I did was confuse myself.
Speaking of coming to maturity and solid food, I'm really liking Isaiah. It's not doom and gloom--it's actions with consequences, and as you yourself have said, if there are no consequences, life is meaningless.Mark 15:5 made me stop and think. It says that "Pilate wondered." Is he sincerely interested in Christ, or does he wonder at Him in a worldly way (as "folly" and "stumbling block" to the Gentile and Jewish ways of life). Even if Pilate washes his mind clear of challenging thoughts with his "Quid est veritas?" it seems that at least part of him is sincere.If I'm called to the priesthood, my first sermon will be on maturity in Christ. If I'm called to the married life, maturity in Christ will be something I write about. It may be painful, but I'm ready to (spiritually) grow up! I want to the challenged!
You seem mature for your age, Ryan. (A lot more mature than that goofy Gabby!)