Today is going to be a bunch of If/Then Statements. Let’s get started and see if it works.
- If God is the source of Good, then Good, Human Action must be sourced in God
- If Actions are to be sourced in God, then Christ’s greatest commandments can define how we do that.
- If we are to Love God with Mind, Soul & Spirit then we are to Love doing Good.
- If we are to Love doing Good, then we to do good to our neighbors
- If God is Love, then Love is Good
- If we are to do Good to our neighbors, then we are to Love them; much as we would love ourselves.
- If we are to Love our neighbor as ourselves, then we are to want God to maximize His relationship to them
- If God is to maximize his relationship and we are already in relationship then we shouldn’t act to diminish God to our neighbor’s eyes.
- If we cannot act to diminish God to our neighbors, then we should act to bring favor to God to our neighbor’s eyes.
- If we are to act so that our neighbor favors God, then we are to act in a manner that is who our neighbor wishes to be.
- If we are to act in a manner that represents who our neighbors wish to be then we need to better ourselves.
- If bettering ourselves is Good, then we must increase our own relationship to God to better ourselves.
- If all the above is correct then we must increase our own relationship to God in order to maximize God’s ability to increase our neighbor’s relationship to Him.
Okay, well that wasn’t quite where I was planning on going with this; but that was a good exercise. A worthwhile activity worth doing again. The conclusion reminds me of these quotes from an earlier article:
The Count of Oropesa, more than four centuries ago, had a passion to reform the world. A Spanish saint, San Pedro of Alcantara, gave him the kind of counsel I am urging on everyone who would advance liberty.
May your Lordship not torment yourself: there is a remedy for this deluge of crimes. Let us be, you and me, that which we should be. There will be two less souls to convert. Let each person behave thus: it is the most efficacious of reforms. The trouble is, that no one wants to correct himself and everyone meddles at correcting others: thus everything stays as is.
Pg 180 – They Thought They Were Free by Milton Mayer
“The fact that I was not prepared to resist, in 1935, meant that all the thousands, hundreds of thousands, like me in Germany were also unprepared, and each one of these hundreds of thousands was, like me, a man of great influence of great potential influence. Thus the world was lost.