I am convinced temptation is not a fixed concept, but rather a relative idea. Two people can face the same opportunity, but only person A is tempted. Yet the same people could face a different opportunity, but now only person B is tempted. If the appeal is relative and the situations were the same, what … Continue reading The message of temptation
Vulnerability is a measure of closeness. For a test, ask yourself the simple question: “with whom am I willing to be most vulnerable?” And there you will discover who you are inwardly closest to. When we are most vulnerable, we are most genuine. When we are most genuine, we are most honest. When we are … Continue reading Vulnerability
Q: How do you know a child is sick? A: The child will show symptoms that diverges from its healthy state. That means, to recognize any sickness and abnormal signs, true knowledge of the normal condition and personality of the child is needed. The same concept holds for man spiritually. What is normal, what is … Continue reading The sick child
Throughout my life I have earnestly asked myself this question in trying moments. Approaching this inquiry from different angles, I arrived at two interconnected answers. You see, there are two layers to suffering I have identified that are opposite ends of the same coin. Here it is: 1) Refusal to wholeheartedly accept what is before … Continue reading What is the source of my suffering?
If we are honest, we will admit that for modern man it is difficult and almost impossible to honor and respect the Almighty as Perfect and Holy if you interpret His Nature based solely on orthodox biblical interpretations. As blasphemous as these statements appear, let me give you an example of what I mean. Genesis … Continue reading Does the Almighty tempt?
Only when light illumines an object can we see its true colors. In the darkness, no matter how earnestly we examine, it is impossible to properly identify the hue of an object. Similarly, the human spirit cannot see itself by seeking itself, but only through seeking the Light that shines from above and allowing It … Continue reading As Light shines
If you seek blame, you will reap pain, disappointment, and anger. But if you seek lessons, you will reap understanding, acceptance, and contentment. Blame is a vicious trap, for it binds the person in a mentality of: "if you did not do A B and C, then I would not have been exposed to experience … Continue reading Transcending blame
If you enter a theatre in the middle of a movie, and try to ascribe innocence or guilt based on this isolated scene, you will almost always go wrong. For without knowledge of the beginning of the movie and the development of the plot, your assessment would be grievously flawed...no matter how sincere your intentions. … Continue reading Entering the movie
Sometimes our problem is impatience, not lack of help. Imagine an Israelite during their days of Egyptian enslavement, fervently petitioning the Almighty for the help of deliverance...daily. Now further imagine if these entreaties grew more impatient and intense daily, as the scourge of the Egyptians amplified in truculence. Now I want you to picture a … Continue reading Waiting for help
A group of citizens in a township took ill. The landowner sent his son, a physician, to diagnose and treat them by giving good medicine that would convalesce them. Howbeit, the citizens failed to listen to the expert counsel of the physician and, taken to anger, even tortured him for suggesting they were not of … Continue reading The sick citizens and the physicians