|The Christian Morality:||Seminar 10|
Just as there is not only black and white,
but many shades of gray in between, so there is not only evil (Satan) and
good (God). Most men are somewhere in between. Some tend to be guided by
the Holy Spirit and tend to be more holy, whereas others may tend to seek
only benefits for themselves at the expense of others. Yet, even holy men
do sometimes struggle with temptation, and evil men might be moved by their
coscience to do good at times. The following are the characteristics which
come from Satan, and those from God:
Presently we live in a world in which the
original sin has weakened our intellect and good will. Often we do not
use our feelings to help us to do what we know is good or right. We struggle
to overcome temptations. Temptation is everything which moves us to make
convenient decisions often contradicting the will of God.
God has fundamentally different views of many issues which our society condemns at present. For example, the issue of polygamy or slavery. God did not condemn any of these. Why would He condemn a man who loves and cares for three wives and their children? Why would He condemn a master who bought a slave and treats him/her with righteousness and dignity? This is because God is interested in, and understands our internal disposition (how we think of, and treat others) rather than our external appearance or expression. In our societies, there are many people today who make wonderful speeches, yet, deep inside they may be full of insincerity and deceit.
In addition, the following table contrasts
the values of our present physical world with those of God as it was demonstrated
by Jesus' beatitudes delivered during His Sermon on the Mount.
|Our Physical World ->||Leading to||GOD's World ->||Leading to|
|Pleasure||Cheap thrills||Diligent work||Satisfaction of good accomplishment|
|Easy life||Weakness||Responsibility||Good deeds|
|Shallow values||Vanity||Deep moral values||Prudence|
Today, you should all be in the position to see clearly why this is so!
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