Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Individual responsibility - external influences

In this day and age, it is only an individual's responsibility to learn about spiritual matters. The information is readily and freely available to all who seek it. The days of evangelists and touring revival tent preachers are gone. Even though some may think it is their purpose in life to continue along these fruitless ventures, there is no need.

The old testament verse "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" has never had more meaning than it does today.

Whatever you believe, it is YOUR responsibility.

YOU will be held accountable, no one else.

The point I am trying to make is this ...

As Mark Twain points out, man is not capable of changing his opinion by himself.

External influences are the impetus for new paradigms of the spirit, political views, material values, moral values, and everything else.

This has not changed. What HAS changed is our own individual ability to seek out new external influences that our ancestors did not have access to.

We can read countless opinions and views online.
We can hear differing views on TV and radio.

We can attend meetings, spiritual and otherwise, which can attack our old views and cause us to change, hopefully for the betterment of society as a whole.

A man's brain is so constructed that IT CAN ORIGINATE NOTHING WHATSOEVER. It can only use material obtained OUTSIDE.

It is merely a machine; and it works automatically, not by will-power.

IT HAS NO COMMAND OVER ITSELF,
ITS OWNER HAS NO COMMAND OVER IT.

FROM HIS CRADLE TO HIS GRAVE A MAN NEVER DOES A SINGLE THING WHICH HAS ANY FIRST AND FOREMOST OBJECT BUT ONE—TO SECURE PEACE OF MIND, SPIRITUAL COMFORT, FOR HIMSELF.

{The wherefore for Religion.}


Mark Twain, What is a Man?


One man may find his peace of mind in too much strong drink, another in prayer, and yet another in clinging to the prejudices of his father.

So next time a loud mouthed critic attacks your beliefs, just remember that they are immature spiritually, and have formed their opinions by external forces such as parental teachings, religious teachings, traumatic childhoods, deep rooted feelings of inadequacy, or just simple discomfort in hearing something new that shakes the foundations of their life.

Dare to be tolerant of others.
Dream Doe :)

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