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Hi Christina -
In reality (? - another one?) this web format is far from ideal in such discussions, as the nuance gets lost ...
I learnt long ago never to go along with something proclaiming love, but with only the intention of control. Thus my opposition to any form of dogma...
I know what you mean, but then, the idea of 'divine love' is a dogma ... for there is no proof.
... and this is the point that I simply cannot escape. What we like is not dogma; what we don't like is a dogma ... when in fact they are equally dogma – what people don't like, and quite rightly, is a view or an opinion forced upon them.
I was brought up a cradle Catholic, and walked away, and said many of the things which I not speak out against here. I taught as much for 4 years in an Hermetic order. My dear mother talks of the heartbreak she felt when I insisted that 'Christ was just a man, a teacher, a sage, but nothing more ...' (and other dogmas of the New Age).
Something else I learnt ... the worst form of control is the dogma of 'anything goes' because fundamentally its a rejection of personal responsibility.
Then I learnt a lesson. Christianity is not about being a nice person...
'Man does not choose his tradition. Tradition calls the man.'
Wrote you a long post, and lost it on a frozen screen.
Incredible relief.......I realise this is what dogma does.......
It requires one to justify.
I am grateful for the wake up call, I was falling asleep.
And this I call a calling from God.
- c -