“To judge faith by vulgar caricatures of religious faith that would make a first year theology student wince is like judging science by eugenics, nuclear warheads and chemical pollutants.”
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
— Albert Einstein
note: i dont normally like to disrespect other religions…and this is not my aim with this video.
Humility is one of those words that seems embarrassing in this market-driven age. The meek might inherit the earth—eventually—but not right now.
It is said that successful people do not write good poems.
The 19th century Christian William Temple counselled his congregations to avoid the sort of obsessive religious humility that “consists in being a great deal occupied about yourselves’’.
“Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people. It means freedom from thinking about yourself, one way or the other, at all,’’ he said.
There was no greater example of humility than Jesus Christ who “although born rich, became poor’’.
Born amid the dung in a stable, a humble carpenter for most of his life, homeless during his ministry and dying naked on a cross, he placed himself on a very human level.
He expressed, in human terms, the stress he faced via his temptation in the wilderness, and his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. The lesson is that sometimes one must go as low as possible to find God.
THERE is the story of a man who died and arrived at the gates of eternity for a guided tour by a guardian angel.
The angel took him to Hell, which was a large banquet room with a huge table loaded with food. Surrounding the table were emaciated, groaning people.
The man asked why Hell’s residents were starving when they had so much food in front of them.
The angel told him the only requirement in Hell was that the food be eaten with forks that were a metre long.
The forks were far too long to turn and insert into the mouths.
In the next room—Heaven—the table was equally loaded and the forks equally long, but the people were well-fed and laughing.
“The same restrictions apply here,’’ said the angel,’’ but the people solved the problem by feeding each other and allowing themselves to be fed.’’