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There is no hate or fear in Love. Love is not leaning but lending support, as it stands together "with" others, not against. If God IS Love as reported numerously throughout the Old and New Testaments, and other "religious texts", then "Loving-Kindness" is proven by our own "Empathy" and "Compassion" for "others", along with our own freely reciprocated nurture and support of each other, for GOOD reason.
If we don't have "that" (Good Reason) for others or for our own selves, we lack
Updated Mar 28, 2015 at 01:36 PM by a piper too
Gideon's Legacy through Gideons International
Whatever we may think about the story of Gideon as told in the "Old" Testament (see Judges, Chapters 6,7 and 8), we are wise to consider the lessons of lives well lived, as told in what some term "Holy Scripture" - that is, in "Religious Texts" which give us a "warts and all" account of world "History" (which is "Her story" too).
No matter from which people we have sprung, we rise as nations and as "one-world citizens"
Updated Mar 23, 2015 at 02:18 PM by a piper too
I have been encouraged to see reports of the Oslo "ring of peace" around the Norwegian capital's synagogue, but wonder if this support would be harder to express in the countries which happen to be Muslim (or even part Muslim) from whence many have come, to (possibly) get away from all the hypocrisy and double-dealing they see "there".
But I do not suggest that hypocrisy doesn't also happen anywhere else (see http://www.timesofisrael.com/norway-...#ixzz3T1DL3YeH
Updated Mar 7, 2015 at 02:04 PM by a piper too
It had been many weeks since I had attended any church, mosque or temple, but I was very pleased that I did, last Sunday, Australia Day Eve. This is a Public Holiday (each year on - I think - the last Monday of January each year). And as I am typing this, I am in the last minutes of it.
Here is a bit of Australiana I am very happy to share, so it contains terms and concepts well known to us Aussies, but perhaps not known and appreciated generally:
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
It is appropriate that every New Year that we should "spring clean" our homes, to "sweep out the old, and bring in the new". We have to do this; otherwise, we clutter not only our homes, but our minds with much that is stale.
I hope that you will enjoy this exercise of the mind, thus to go out, and about, proclaiming the "Good News", so that "good things" might happen:
In the "a - z" universal scheme of things, "atheists" are just as much "theists" as anyone else. If
Updated Jan 1, 2015 at 09:43 AM by a piper too