There are things I do because Kea likes me to do them. They are not necessarily what I want to do. But I care for her, and I would rather whenever I can make her smile. Anyone who loves knows of this.
So when God says that if we love him we will do what he asks he is not asking any more than we would give to that whom we have given our troth to, even though we know the time will end when death parts us.
Because we are fallen, craven, and lie to ourselves, we have the spirit given to us. We need the guidance, for we are all blind.
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 I will ask the Father, and he will send another Companion, who will be with you forever. 17 This Companion is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world can’t receive because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be with you.
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This is a time when the sane are getting angry and the wrathful are getting incoherent. The narrative that we can be rational, free, and live without totem or taboo has continued to its logical end, then well beyond it.
If we should test by the consequences of our policies, as a society they have failed.
Let us pray instead that the Spirit can lead us back to peace and comfort, for there is no other left.