August 2007


Inscribed on our soulsCan it be the case that what we write is also inscribed on our souls? It can equally be the case that what is inscribed on our souls we write.

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Animals Reflections of Our SoulsGod created animals for many reasons and one of them is that we may understand the shape of our souls.

Melded Souls (white background)Souls melded together, giving birth to one another, each one with its own shape.

Mature souls pursue the fruits of the Holy Spirit, including being servants of one another in all sincerity. Such souls achieve a kind of freedom that may cause conflict with territorial rulers on the earth who use men as servants, often for purposes other than the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

(Mt 19:16-30, Mk 10:17-31, Lk 18:18-30, Mt 20:1-16)

All those who follow the commandments of God will be sound of soul. The Lord all the time calls on everyone, but in different ways, to set an example, sometimes an extreme example of “perfection”, i.e. giving up all material wealth, and even the closest earthly interpersonal relations, to set an example of the supreme importance of the soul’s relationship with God.

The problem with material wealth is that we risk attaching greater importance to it than we do to our relationship with God; in fact the temptation is great, greater than any one man can withstand on his own.

Regardless of material possessions, the purpose of a man’s life is to do the fruits of the Holy Spirit. A man, even a man with command over material wealth, can change his mind at the last hour, and realize that he is first and foremost a servant of God, in His vineyard, and the man who changes his mind even at the last hour, regardless of his station in life on the material earth, will as much save his soul as the man who changed his mind at the first hour and kept the faith throughout the long day of life on earth, for that is the nature of the soul as God sees fit to create it.

(Mt 19:1-12, Mk 10:1-12)

This teaching should actually be entitled “teaching about marriage” and, ultimately, responsible use of the body, discerning God’s will, keeping the word, and, in a word, doing the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The contrary to this is pursuing the temporary impulses of the body, a hardening of the heart, and divisiveness; in short, rebellion against the will of God.

(Mt 18:15-20, Lk 17:3-4)

People need to be mature and reasonable with one another in their personal relationships.
The sincere, mature, responsible person of faith should accept the sincere attempt of a divisive fellow, who has lost his way, to change his mind and rejoin the community of the faithful.
If the wayward person cannot be convinced to rejoin the community of the faithful, if the wayward, divisive person cannot attain or maintain the maturity to pursue the fruits of the Holy Spirit, then he is subject to the earthly laws of men, territorial governors and tax collectors.
What men of the community of the faithful can agree to amongst each other, God in heaven will recognize as justice; when men cannot agree to in faith and who then must resort to earthly laws, judge each other and they judge themselves, and so God will judge them by the same criteria.

We must develop maturity in faith so that we can discern God’s will and do the right thing in a heart-felt manner, and in doing so not only transcend the laws of men, which in a very short time proves to be an insignificant achievement, but shape the soul to justice which is the ultimate purpose of our creation.

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