Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A Christian perspective.

This is from Jerry:

Devin, thanks for your note.

My short response is as follows,

In the 19th century Soren Kierkagarrde equally viewed the contradictions in the society around him. From his observations he came up with the three stages through which a human progresses. You are familiar with these, but they are worth repeating:

First, the human is in his aesthetic stage. They live life to get the most out of it.

However, the first stage usually fails. At that point the human moves into the ethical stage. They feel they can save the world if just everyone, beginning with themselves, can live ethically.

Ultimately, the ethical stage also fails. This also is the point where Kierkagarrde is most misunderstood. The third and final stage is when the human takes the leap of faith and falls into the arms of a loving God. Only at that point is a human sufficiently free of himself where he can live as he was created and make a real difference.

The problem and contradiction with world peace is that too many humans believe that this leap of faith is in self when actually it’s beyond self.

Our loving God came to earth, lived a perfect life, died in absolute despair, but then announced victory in which we are to live.

I know this may not be for what you’re looking, but it’s my answer to your question.

1 comment:

Devin said...

Thanks for responding. Your response is similar to my brother's. He shares your religious convictions.

I have a hard time understanding why some deeply religious people, while trusting that God will help us, would not cooperate with ethical people of lesser or differing faith to accomplish good things.