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Monday, October 29, 2012

The moral life

Here's some advice from St. Paul:
Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
How much of our lives, how many of the decisions we make each day, does "be kind and live in love" cover? How many blog posts, how many books, complicate this message trying to explain it?

I'll try to avoid complicating that message by just making one short observation about the bit in between, where St. Paul tells Christians to "be imitators of God." That's basically what the serpent told Eve to do. Turns out, though, that we humans are capable of imitating God, not through knowledge, but through love.