|Practical Bible Teaching||
The Books We Read
The story I am about to tell you is true. It was told directly to me by one of the principals of the story. The names have been changed as a matter of courtesy and to protect the innocent. The quote to the left by Oscar Wilde is one that I wish I had been aware of before the beginning of this story.
Pondering the Principles of Proverbs
Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
Which, having no chief, officer or ruler,
Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
How long will you lie down, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
“A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest”--
Your poverty will come in like a vagabond
And your need like an armed man.
Rites of Passage
The 12 Stages Of Spiritual & Physical Evolution
Rites Of Passage:
any ritual or ceremony wherein a participant crosses a threshold demarcating a transformation of their state of being.
This particular definition depends on a cultural awareness and preparation for such a thing we call a rite of passage.
However, there are things in our life and U.S. culture that are considered a rite of passage without such formal recognition.
Do we really believe that Jesus, the master teacher, was using some form of hidden psychology with His statement about loving your neighbor? If so, would He not have taken time here--or at least somewhere--to explain the necessity of self love, and what it might look like? By following this line of thinking, we have only added insult to our ignorance.