I am, for my sins and fauilts, an introvert. Most of my friends are good in groups of one or two, but large groups are exhausting. This is not how those gifed with pastoral care often are: they love big mmetings, big crodwds and being with others. Althouhg I percived things, somethings writing them down is hard.
At the moment I see very little but difficulty. Though I am told there is peace and progress, I smell a stench of sulfur from the spokesmen and public relations experts. I am being used. I am being manipulated. And those goals are not the will of heaven.
The difficulty of Heaven is that it requires mutual love, mutual harmony, mutuality of purpose. Whereas Hell is potentially a solo venture – we can ‘go it alone’. Hell does not need other people, and tends-towards solitude.
It is typical of the value-inversion of an atheist-communist that Sartre got things exactly wrong; when he said that Hell is other people.”
Rather: Hell is what you get from having Sartre’s conviction that Hell is other people. Hell is a consequence of souls who regard other people merely as instruments or obstacles to the assertion of one’s own Self; who regard ‘other people’ as objects to be manipulated or eliminated as required to attain one’s own goals; and this attitude is itself a product of the rejection of Love.
The minions are making errors. Their lies are apparent. The official statistics proclaimed are Pravda, and the real numbers hard to find. This is the end stage of every cycle, when those invested in this time proclaim their virtue as the society turns from them.
The old verities will go, and suddenly things could be different. After that, we pray for a restoration and a time for mercy. That the people return to God.
God will use whom he will do the will of Heaven. Flawed men. People who are not of ouru tribe. People not of the West, or of Christ. But men who will stand against the evil of this world.
21 Remember these things, O Jacob,
and Israel, for you are my servant;
I formed you; you are my servant;
O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.
22 I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud
and your sins like mist;
return to me, for I have redeemed you.
23 Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it;
shout, O depths of the earth;
break forth into singing, O mountains,
O forest, and every tree in it!
For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
and will be glorified in Israel.
24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
who formed you from the womb:
“I am the Lord, who made all things,
who alone stretched out the heavens,
who spread out the earth by myself,
25 who frustrates the signs of liars
and makes fools of diviners,
who turns wise men back
and makes their knowledge foolish,
26 who confirms the word of his servant
and fulfills the counsel of his messengers,
who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited,’
and of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built,
and I will raise up their ruins’;
27 who says to the deep, ‘Be dry;
I will dry up your rivers’;
28 who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd,
and he shall fulfill all my purpose’;
saying of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be built,’
and of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’”
46 While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 48 But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
One of the faults that we have, as retrograde thinkers, is that in our seeking of the truth we gan forget that we have error. Another error is that we can do this alone.
There has never been a pure church, and there never will be one. The attempts to reform the church are always imperfect. Consider quarterly communion — a tradition built out of a compromise in Geneva. The city council wanted high mass once a year (I wonder if it is because they only wanted to confess their sins annually) while Calvin wanted the more ancient pattern of weekly communion and confession.
They agreed on quarterly communion. My basic theological position is Calvinist, and I think Calvin was correct here and the Presbyterian tradition inherited from Geneva should go. But that is a minor problem: we let the leaven on liberalism in on the concept that reformation included discovering and bowing down to the sins hated by each generation, instead of confronting the sins they do.
We all need to be in faithful communities. We need to back those communities where christ is proclaimed, even if we find their theology gives us hives. We need to remember that those whodo the will of heaven are our brothers and sisters.
Because our elite do the will of hell. The correct respise is to shun them.