Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Respect for God

Our respect for Heavenly Father encompasses two aspects. One derives from charity and love, associated with righteousness. The other is the dread and fear that go along with wickedness.

I suspect we all warrant some appropriate balance of both.

I've always been fascinated by the dreadful and apparently violent aspect of so many Old Testament stories, relating the wrathful and vindictive nature of Jehovah, punishing the wicked. Especially in juxtaposition with the New Testament character of Jesus Christ. Interestingly enough, despite the seeming disparity, there is no conflict between the two persona's -- just different aspects of the same character.

In my view, it seems entirely appropriate for certain graven images to be overturned and broken, while others are upheld as respected symbols.

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