Originally posted by knightmeister
I read something recently that said that the only thing God asks of us is to believe that we are his beloved. To have faith and trust that we are loved and are beautiful to him.
Is this not what our hearts yearn for - to be accepted , known and loved deeply for who we are ? Is this not what brings about humility , compassion and healing from sin?
...[text shortened]... aith is the courage to accept acceptance" Tillich
(BTW- At least it's not free will again)
Maybe I’m just too spent tonight, but I can’t argue with someone who quotes Paul Tillich.
The interesting thing is that, to have acceptance, one must offer acceptance. I’m thinking in fairly radical terms here—along the lines of your arguments with regard to gays. (Of course, that does not mean that one can accept anything/everything—also along the lines of your arguments on bigotry and the gay issue.)
Loving the beloved does not entail requiring that s/he loves you back. If my wife decides that she no longer loves me, that does not mean that I will not tend to her, or take her to the hospital, if she becomes ill. Nor would I insist that she keep loving me. I lay no such requirement on her, and if she were to leave—though that would grieve me greatly—I would wish her well; and still would not refuse to care for her if she were ill. Is God’s love less “radical” than mine? It would seem so, according to some anyway.
As I say, I’m spent, and so rambling a bit. Nevertheless...