So the inevitable question is why bother doing anything good for others, but I think I may already know the answer to that. Maybe I have a bit more understanding of the appeal. It's not about being perfect. It's about feeling good because you're trying your best and doing something despite it most being pointless or insignificant. This absolves a person of guilt from not being perfect and guilt from not trying at all and being callous. As long as you're making an effort to be perfect(knowing full well you can't be), you're in the green.Jesus said to them that even if they were to spend a year's worth of wages on the poor, the poor would still be poor, and that's a simple fact. If you don't believe me, you should go out and try to help a poor person to no longer be poor!
If as somebody else said in this thread, morality had nothing to do with feelings, you could make an unfeeling machine this is a christian because it does and says all the things a christian is supposed to do, a varying list of criteria needed to be "good enough". Since I think this is not the case, there's more to it. It's about trying to fill criteria while also feeling good about it and feeling bad for others appropriately. I apologize if that sounds cold and cynical. My interpretation reflects on my own state of mind. Of course the existence of a holy spirit would make me completely wrong.
How do you spot them? Does that require spiritual awareness?He called them "wolves in sheep's clothing" - where outwardly they make themselves look like God-fearers, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
Is it worse to incorrectly think you have light, or to stop caring all together?Now look at the next part: He said "if the light you think you have is in fact darkness, how deep that darkness must be!". Does that help you to understand some things a bit more?
Is being in this state necessary to enter heaven? If so, between all the difficulties of making that kind of change, and false lights lurking everywhere, the path to salvation looks like the most complicated maze in existence. The chances a person will randomly find their way seems quite small. They'd need help, but they'd have no way of knowing whether that help can be trusted or not unless they somehow actually got "spiritual awareness" as opposed to fake spiritual awareness. The primary motivations for going through the maze is a vague reward nobody knows anything specific about and a terrible punishment for failing or not trying. Millions or billions have already failed and wont get a second chance.But also there is a definite state of sanctification, whereby a person is living in God's grace and is able to think, say and do things that are completely without blame in God's sight - simply by their attitude being aligned toward repentance.
I don't have any reason to be confident I would succeed. If I were to try living as a Christian, I would probably end up like that machine and fail anyway. Why would I do better than priests? It makes me think back to what I said earlier about how much life is worth living.
Sure. I didn't think that myself.that doesn't stem from not believing in God