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Topic: Confused (08/16/07)
TITLE: Questioning Ehe Theologians
By Veronica Mello
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As a student of philosophy, I believe that truth can be found when it is pursued with an open mind. The trick, a personal spin cannot be incorporated in the search and no conclusions drawn until the proper amount of delving is completed. So, in that frame of mind, I began my quest.
Many accounts of miracles are found in the New Testament. Jesus healed the blind, the lame, lepers, etc. Jesus was here to redeem us. If suffering was part of our redemption, then why did He cure those who suffered?
"Take up your cross..." If the "cross" symbolized suffering, I question how one would choose to suffer. Illnesses, difficult times, etc. are not things we choose. Now, if the theologians interpreted that to mean we must accept our sufferings (crosses), what other choice do we have? Even if we detest that, for example, we have a broken leg, we're still going to have the broken leg.
The cross may be heavy and cumbersome, but in itself benign; the actual crucification is where the suffering comes in. But, Jesus did not say, "Be nailed to the cross..." or "Be crucified..."
Is it possible the cross symbolizes our faith itself. "Love God...love neighbor...love even your enemies." Such gentle sounding commands but so very difficult, at times, to obey.? I find loving my enemies quite a heavy burden.
Forgiveness is quite cumbersome, indeed.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Imagine the perfection we could realize in this life if everyone obeyed that one?! Yet, our humanity does not lend itself easily to fulfilling that obligation.
Of course, the Ten Commandments offer a challenge of their own. "We're only human," we rationalize. Are we? Are we not flesh and spirit?
"Take up your cross and follow me." Maybe Jesus was simply telling us to be truly proactive in following God's commands; maybe He just wants us to "walk the walk."
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