Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Will you also go away?

At one point in his ministry, Jesus confronted the doubts expressed by his disciples.  They wanted him to speak directly to the question of his Divine origin.  He answered the question without any attempt at avoiding the issue. 

He proclaimed plainly that he is the source of eternal life, and men must come unto him to obtain salvation.  In explaining this, Jesus indicated that he was the hope of the children of Israel who received manna from heaven in the wilderness, and liked himself to that bread of life.

Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Narcissism in Contemporary Culture

Narcissus, the mythic Greek character

He apparently loved his own image so much that he was captured by it, forever gazing at his own reflection in a pool of water.

Whether they recognize this or not, Narcissus seems to be one of the most popular characters for members of our society to model.  There is a great deal of "what's in it for me" attitude found in both men and women.  Although apparently, such an approach to life is already so common in modern women that few people even find it remarkable, these days.  Women are so often self-centered and vain that our society actually caters to it, and uses it as a marketing approach.  It is becoming more and more common among men as well.

It would almost seem as if sacrifice and altruism are a vanishing art.