Emails that end with “in harmony” have a 99% chance of coming from Kurt. Do I win?
lol… one of the tragedies of the 20th century is that Christianity as a whole abandoned apologetics, which is the simple idea that if the Bible is true, then it is also logical and defendable as a philosophy, even to “the happy non-believer.” In other words, faith and reason are not opposed forces contrary to what the pop-culture of the western world would have us believe. Jesus does not require a “blind leap of faith.”
I don’t bring this up as any sort of criticism to what you wrote. I just find amongst my friends an idea that basically goes “I have this faith that isn’t very intellectually sound” and that is an isolated stance promoted in the 20th century western thought. The history of Christian thought is rich with logical, philosophy, theology, and level-headed discussion with non-believers that don’t end in “you just have to have faith.”
Fortunately, there is an underground resurgence in the intellectual side of Christianity known as apologetics. I’d be happy to send a book or two if you’re interested.
As to harmony itself, here is my simple thought. Harmony can be simply defined as “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, body, and soul and love your neighbor as yourself.”
This is not confined to Christianity. This is a universal truth. If man is the measure of all things then the verse would read “love yourself first and then your neighbor.” I hope the emptiness of the 20th century has made it obvious what a terrible answer loving oneself over a high authority and before caring for others really is.
If you try loving others first and then yourself, you’ll find yourself running on constant empty because even selfless service does not fill what only God can fill. In order to give you also need to receive.
When you Love God first you realize your place in life, your importance, and your inherit value as a child of God. When you realize this, loving your neighbor (ie, anybody who is not you) comes naturally and creates a “harmony” that I would not trade for anything else in the world.
wow, okay, sorry for the preaching. Back to the sex and farts.