Kommenttini Bruce Charltonin blogissa (tätä kirjoitettaessa kommenttia ei ole vielä julkaistu).
It's a question of leadership. Who could be the uniter of Christians to a coalition?
What is pride?
Pride is a self-evaluating feeling; high self-evaluation; competitiveness; likely arrogance; self-assurance; self-confidence; self-centeredness; reduced need for others; status sensitiveness or honor sensitiveness; less respectful of other peoples boundaries; increasing the details and meaningfulness of the self and at the same time decreasing the differentiation of other people, i.e. making them more similar, an undifferentiated mass; doesn't search much information or feel the need for it; wants to decide the biggest issues and leave the arduous details for others; likely to brush difficult or problematic issues under the carpet and just hope they stay there, or if deals with difficult issues, fights over them bitterly, trying to maintain positive illusions as much as possible; personality resembles to some extent narcissistic personality disorder; expansive in politics and personal relations; short term interests dominates thinking (this paper, this fight, this fire); etc. In short, prideful person is full of himself and his personality. Pride is a worldly feeling, suffused by wordliness and mixed with it, embedded in worldly battles, interests, expansions, wants, needs, compelling realities, materiality, etc.
What kind of man is a holy man?
Holy man's personality could be described, but it would be mere exercise of worldly psychology, which is inadequate and inappropriate for this task.
Holy man is humble and submissive before God. Holy man becomes detached from worldly matters; materiality, interests, battles, needs, compelling realities, etc. Holy man empties his own personality, interest, needs, passions, the influence of compelling external things, etc., he becomes full of emptiness, he becomes less of himself. He becomes the lowest man, almost nothing. He fills this void with beseeching prayers, scriptures, Christian ascetism, virtues, learning and he becomes receptive of other wordly influences. God willing, he becomes the relay station of God's will and power in this world. He connects the God's realm with this world in his deeds, speeches, teaching, example, influence etc., with his whole life. Death is unimportant to him and he already lives partly in the other world. God willing, he creates the extra sacred dimensions in this world and connects us more, much more than now, with God; sacred dimensions where our worldly strivings, incompatibilities and interests can temporararily cease and where Christians can unite for Christian change. The lowest man becomes the highest man. The holy man, the good shepherd will lead God's lambs to the promised land, in this world and the next.
It is easy to see that the most of the present day Christians are wholly unworthy to this kind of God's mercy, myself included. We are worldly and prideful, mostly or through and through. Our full of ourselves personalities actively repel any God's influences. Where in our worldly minds and lives would be space for God's mercy?
We are obliged to prepare for the possibility of the holy man by making ourselves more holy. The window of opportunity will likely be small and short. We will always be and should be worldly to some extent because of worldly necessities, but we must be much better than we are now, so that we can balance in the right way this world and the God's kingdom. By making ourselves more holy we increase the probability that the good shepherd arises from among us. Your little spark of holiness is important. I pray that one day we will see a sea of holiness, to which we belong.
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