We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Readers know that I am a Christian, probably some sort of re-born variety I guess. Jewish friends tease me by saying that I belong to a strange Jewish cult. While raised Roman Catholic, I somehow became a member of the well-known Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. An acquaintance at work dragged me there.
Faith is not grappling with difficult existential questions. It is best expressed in the dialogue between the Prophet Ezekiel and G-d. "And He said unto me: 'Son of man, can these bones live?' And I answered: 'O Lord GOD, Thou knowest." (Ezekiel 37:3)
And so faith answers its own question.
That is the essential humility that is the true character of the prophet. Liberal streams of Judaism claim to focus on prophetic value of social justice. But the calls of the prophets for justice did not come from them. They came from G-d. In their natural state they were humble men, like Moses, who did not strive to impose their will on others, but waited to hear what G-d would tell them to do.
That humility of action is faith. And without that humility, there is no room for faith or G-d.
Friends, Yahweh and Jesus are not the same deity. Perhaps maggiesfarm likes having their religion explained to them by those who have contempt for Christianity. Prior to his conversion, Saul sought out Christians to kill them. Yes, friends, most of what is happening in America today stems from Hollywood communists going back to Wilson.
Thanks for the quote. As one who is often a loudmouth about my beliefs, a well taken cautionary note.
Always love the story of the dry bones. If He can do so much for a heap of old bones, imagine what what He can do with us, what He can empower us to do for.others in His name. So, as I tell my kids, no excuses, God has a lot of work for us to do.
He doesn't need our help but He wants it. It may be midrash but I.have the notion that even our clumsiest efforts.delight Him, as our children's garish early paintings thrill parents. I knew a pastor once who used to say that if God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. Happy Thanksgiving.