Thank you Smudgepotfor your eloquent, heartfelt post. I am also a Believer, a follower of The Way who prays in a sweatlodge (and everywhere else). Liberty minded folks (especially Believers) should be the most tolerant people on earth and it is a pity to see others lashing out at each other over spiritual or nonspiritual views. Of all places the Daily Paul should be a place where we can express what is important to each of us without being attacked. How can we build a free society without love for one another? The root meaning of the word "free" means TO LOVE an by extension to BE LOVED. I only exclude people from Love Revolution who use Hate to bully others for their beliefs or unbeliefs (you HYPOCRITES!).
I would like to say something about your statement about this is not being a universe of Justice, but Mercy. I don't see any contradiction between Justice and Mercy. In Christ justice and mercy have KISSED. This union is the universal reconciliation of all creation with their Creator (the fulfillment of ALL IN ALL).
Philippians 2:5 Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; 8 and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; 10 that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
1 Corinthians 15
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his ccoming.
24 Then cometh the end (the Endgathering), when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
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