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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
I wonder what the real reason is?
. . . Just because I'm not religious, though, that doesn't mean I don't value religion. There's a worth to it, and the thing that vexes me most about your contemporary sort of atheist is their inability to see this. Drone on about suicide bombers and child abuse all you like, but you'll only ever be missing the point. I have benefitted from Christian kindness more than once in my life, through Christians who have helped me in a manner in which I'd never have bothered to help them. I know orthodox Jews who give up their free time to wash the dead. Religion pressures you to behave well even when you don't feel like it. What an open goal this was to miss. Religion is not supposed to be the middle ground. That's where everybody else is. We need it on the one side so we don't get too caught up by things like porn and iPhones on the other . . .
I think you are also being rather derogatory with your comments about Atheists especially as you comment that they may have some dark buried understanding of something else than just the norm (whatever that might be?? Football, Eastenders, DFS sofas?). Can a person not believe in an Atheists viewpoint and not also think beyond then end of their coffee table?
Just because I'm not religious, though, that doesn't mean I don't value religion. There's a worth to it, and the thing that vexes me most about your contemporary sort of atheist is their inability to see this. Drone on about suicide bombers and child abuse all you like, but you'll only ever be missing the point
[from http://www.organmatters.com/index.php/topic,1044.msg4628.html#msg4628 ]With regards St Paul's, I think this could be (should be!) the start of something that has been long overdue. Our society is currently so skewed and unfortunately represents the wants of those who want and think they need, and not the needs of those who really do need and do not want!
“Man…sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” ~The Dalai Lama (when asked what surprises him the most about humanity)
In about every sense . . .the world is profoundly abstract. And not only the world but also the world's beings are made substantially of abstraction. A being is something like an idea or a song or an organised system. Where was the telephone in A.D.1800? Where were you and I? None of us had yet been born. All the elements of our future compositions were in the world but not organised into integral systems. And just as the right combination of thoughts and actions produced the telephone, so did the right combination of motivations and germ cells produce you and me. Thus an organism of life is basically much the same as an organism of systematic ideas - an abstraction, a new combination, a larger reality . . .
On the subject of St Pauls, really the protesters are putting the matter on the agenda that the City cannot be an ethics-free place. The problem is that ethics is a matter of rules - about being regulated about what to do . . . rather than having the flexibility of working to an idea about how to think. This, of course is what Christ was saying to the Pharisees in replacing 10 commandments by 2, the way of life that those two commandments promote providing challenge to constant thought, a vibrancy to life. Perhaps that is the distinction which results in what Rifkind refers to as having been helped by Christian kindness.