Friday, March 9, 2007


Romans 2:25-3:18

"There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God." (Romans 3:10-11)

What follows could be appear a little morbid. But consider some (obvious) facts:
  • A child doesn't need to learn how to be selfish, he/she usually gets the 'habit' naturally
  • Every society has to deal with crime
  • "Free lunches" or extraordinary acts of kindness are either
    • looked on with suspicion or
    • seen as a con-job or
    • taken as part of charity (which ain't cool)
  • Charities and welfare organisations need to ask for money; but casinos, cigarette companies, porn shops and pubs rarely need to
  • We experience - within ourselves and from others - the seven deadly sins far far more often than we do the seven virtues (unless you live in a monastery)
  • If we let our hearts drift and "do nothing" we will feel discouraged, stressed, worried, hurt, angry i.e. we have to "work at" feeling good, encouraged, revived, liberated, selfless
  • Newspapers stories are 90% those in which we would NOT want our names to appear (!!)
  • Prayer is seriously difficult most of the time
I don't know how to end this (maybe I'm stunned into silent depression). What else/more would you write given the above? What would you to someone who's listening?

1. How would you define and explain the concept of original sin? Ask a few people, surf around. Try to collect at least four different views of the idea.

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