But let's assume, for a minute that religion is that which stands as the name of the walk to and by GOD. Let us assume, for a shivering second, that religion refers to the state of being groomed to be acceptable before GOD: the fattening of the lamb procedure, the series of steps that lead upstairs beyond the cares and spheres of natural life to the very edifice – that is – the presence of GOD in the present. Let's assume that; because when we do, we can boldly say that what matters is the sincerity of heart and purpose before GOD.
this clause of the Conservatives' creed, James implies that the Christian is the person who is sensitive to words and the vessel through which words come forth into the world. The importance of this is, the determination of the state of the heart which is…
For the Christian, we have received grace which is power and strength to abide in the tenets of GOD's framework for humanity so that we do not partake in the influence of sin, anymore. The relevance of this is this…
We look at the mirror, see the defects of sin but immediately forget what kind of wreck we are because we have – over time – been in the habit of ignoring the solution. That when GOD says a thing to us – in whatever way heaven pleases to say – we hear but we don't act on it. In doing this, continuously, we set a precedence of complacence and a fence of negligence such that we cannot even do a thing to save ourselves.
James, your words are not meagre. Their implications come with heavy deductions and this is why I fret reading them at times because the moment we know a thing, we are guilty if we don't act to stop said thing from prevailing against GOD-in-us and GOD-with us.
Such words as “Religion”, “rites”, “ritual”, “revenge” to name a few. I feel these words – and more like them – are they which should not be comfortably descriptive of the Christian. They come with their unrefined notions and unwanted baggage. Anyway, permit me to rephrase your latter verses in this first chapter as the Conservatives' Creed: Eight Lovely Christian Notions the World Hates.
it is problematic to think that life gave birth to death and death has lived its life haunted by the need to hunt down life. I could go on: roaming my mind for evidence that death is alive and wishes to be the only form of life...scratch that of existence but that’s not the focus or emphasis, here.
Do you agree that in the end, the end of a temptation is the beginning of remission? Do think temptation is a sickness or just treatment from the sickness of imperfection? Do you agree? Would it make sense to you if you saw temptations as exercising, or block-building on a playground? Do you agree that if GOD did not lead us to temptations to be tempted then the temptation is a distraction from the goal of glorification? You agree?
For the Christian, we should not glory in what we have but what we have been given – the very door to salvation: JESUS. We should not glory in the earthly comforts we experience but that we shall experience the comfort of consciousness that is found only in our hope of resurrection.