He guides with as heavy a hand as He requires at the moment.
Christianity being divided is not a sufficient reason to question your faith. It is a reason to realize the reality that the Body of Christ is composed of members each of which is partly worldly and partly divine.
By adoption, we are sons of Adam and brothers of him and Christ, all at the same time.
If there were no divisions in the Church, she would soon die. No species can survive without natural enemies.
We would never have stopped symony. We would never have stopped persecution. We would never have experienced some of the healing we have.
If the Church marched lockstep with the pope like a lot of people think it “should” then we’d be in serious trouble. Plus, Saddam Hussein would probably still be in power. Is that good? I dunno but it doesn’t sound good to me.
According to Deepak Chopra, knowledge is the recombining of that which is separated. According to Jesus, the one whose greatest sins are forgiven in the one who loves the most. Jesus called us friends, because He told us His father’s business. This means he unified us into his family, thus giving us “knowledge” in the Chopra sense that he re-membered His family that Adam dis-membered. When we participate in the Holy Eucharist, we participate in re-membering Him by coming together by recieving the truth that is the knowledge that Adam so nicely lost. After all, if he ate from the tree of knowledge, maybe that’s what gave him the idea to go forth and multiply, because having a desire to “know” what has been separated, then he wanted to “know” Eve. Or did I get that wrong? Did Even and Adam have conjugal relations before the apple incident?.
If God prevented evil, then he would also prevent the joy we experience at the prodigal son. He would also prevent the lesson to the Pharisees.
I think what we call evil or good are only symptoms of the evil and good in our very being.
I think of justice as a judge, which is God maybe, or Truth or whatever you want to call it. At the left hand of God is the prosecutor who decieves, accuses, condemns, and generally his job is to indict wrong behavior and wrong thinking by using the law and whatever other tricks it takes so sentence the souls to hell. He really doesn’t care if you’re really guilty or not; his job is to hold you bound. At the right hand of the judge is the defender, who does everything He can to prevent you from suffering eternal punishment, no matter how many wrong things you have done.
So I imagine the “left hand right hand” had to do with court room, where the advocate was on the left, and the defender on the right. If you don’t want to help the devil, then don’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing.
Also I gleaned from some polls I started the last couple days, that people are very confused over friend/foe, good/evil thing, and can’t even decide if they’d prefer to be condemned or praised. Now, is this a planet of space aliens, or are we just discovering that we are mixed up?
Well, we are mixed up. We are both human and divine. When we accuse and condemn, we do the work of the accuser. When we defend and justify, we do the work of the defender. We are human, so it’s nothing to be ashamed of that we work to support both the left and right hand of the judge, but the funny part is we are often too ignorant to know which side we’re supporting, even if we smugly prefer one side over the other.
Why is it not terrible that we sometimes work for Christ and sometimes satan? First, we all do so it’s nothing to compare each other by. Some do more accusing, others forgiving. Here’s why. It takes both an accuser (or DA “devil’s advocate”) and a defender (or the Holy Spirit or counselor, or maybe Christ the savior) to give a person a trial that both protects society from unrestrained evil, while being fair to the falsely accused.
Who is the greater hero? Well, if a person is innocent than Christ is the hero because He saves good souls for the mutual benefit of the souls and heaven. If a person is truly guilty, than satan can be the one who makes a case that Christ simply cannot defend. Christ, though, being demonstratedly more able than satan, doesn’t let satan win unless He lets him, such as He did with Judas. I wonder if Christ loved Judas?