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A Massive Recycling Project..ion.

Do i recycle enough?? Can i consider recycling and reusing objects (never before considered) for the benefit of the whole of humanity and our shared planet home–Earth??!

Stuff studied…A beautiful foretold/predicted future recycling project…(of man-KIND (not man-cruel))…taking massive in quantity and massive in power–killing weapons of various sorts…recycling/reusing/turning objects of harm, hurting, and horror into objects of help, health, and happiness…YIPPPEEEEEEE…YAY, big recycle day!!* (day can be time period longer than 24 hrs.)

“‘Yes, this is coming, and it will be done,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. ‘This is the day I have spoken about. 9 The inhabitants of the cities of Israel will go out and make fires with the weapons—the bucklers*(or possibly “handpikes,” a weapon with a pointed tip.) and shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs* and lances. And they will use them to light fires for seven years. 10 They will not need to take wood from the field or gather firewood from the forests because they will use the weapons to light fires.’ Ezekiel 39:8-10

In the final part of the days,*(in the last days)
The mountain of the house of Jehovah
Will become firmly established above the top of the mountains,
And it will be raised up above the hills,
And to it all the nations will stream.
3 And many peoples will go and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah,(aka God of Bible; God of Compassion & Agape Love)
To the house of the God of Jacob.
He will instruct us about his ways,
And we will walk in his paths.”
For law*(instruction) will go out of Zion,
And the word of Jehovah out of Jerusalem.
4 He will render judgment among the nations
And set matters straight*(or correct matters) respecting many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning shears.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
Nor will they learn war anymore. Isaiah 2:2-4

…unfortunately (and maybe against our control/consent), some of us have been instructed/educated in war & weapons…and that war/violence is a so-called legitimate solution to problems.

Fortunately, some of us have been (& will choose to be & will continue to be) instructed/educated in compassion & peace and the pursuit of peace…and that True Agape Love (and “real” government based and ruling in love (e.g. God’s Kingdom) is a viable solution to man-cruel-made problems.

Can’t we all unselfishly come together as Fellow-Fragile-Life and compassionately clean up our lives and our planet…by pursuing peace and recycling stuff that we truly don’t need…i.e. various weapons/things ultimately harming us and Earth?!

further context IF You choose:)

Partners Practicing Peace: Learning War No More

A Peaceful Mind is a Neutral Mind!

Extreme Behavior Emergency Survival Kit

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Reasons

Recycle Day

Wishing You Peace Reader:)
and PLEASE seriously (re)consider recycling…what is destroying life & our planet! THANK YOU!:) Of course, i will try my best to do the same.

8/31/17 @ 11:34 p.m.

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Satisfying Spiritual Needs?? (Part 1)

Whether we realize or not…climates change..(not just talking) –Weather watches…& warnings…

The Bible predicts/prophesies/foretells the fall/destruction of:

the World-Empire of False Religion

Bible Scholars relate/say this and historians…

and history–records MUCH bloodshed in the name of so-called religion…

please check out these excerpts (my highlights)…readings…[Lasting Peace & Happiness: “Can Religion Satisfy Mankind’s Needs?” ]

THE major religions in the world have vast numbers of followers and many magnificent churches, cathedrals, synagogues, and temples. Despite all of this, have these religions taught the truth about God? Have they helped people to lead happier and more meaningful lives? Do their leaders practice what they preach?

 History clearly shows that the Western religions have proved disappointing in these areas. For example, some of the most horrible conflicts and massacres in history took place in lands professing to be Christian. The Crusades, for example, were launched by the churches of Christendom from the 11th to the 13th century. The wars during this period took innocent lives by the thousands.

 In the early 19th century, the churches openly supported many Western powers in the expansion of their empires in less-developed lands and the wanton exploitation of the resources of their colonial territories. Church and State acted in collusion. Hand in hand, they brought distress and misery to people in many lands.

 In the two world wars of the 20th century, most of the belligerent powers on the opposing sides were Catholic or Protestant nations. Thus, with the approval of their religious leaders, Catholics killed Catholics and Protestants killed Protestants. In more recent times, the conflict between Roman Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland resulted in heavy casualties. Leaders of these religions love to talk about peace and brotherhood, and all of them profess to serve the same God. But in view of the facts, we must ask: Do they really have a genuine love for peace? Do they truly love their neighbors as themselves?

 Additionally, are the religious leaders and their flocks known for their adherence to high moral standards? Has not the media repeatedly exposed and reported on cases of child molestation and other corrupt practices among the clergy of Christendom?[…]

 As regards helping people to gain an accurate knowledge of God, all major religions of the West have failed miserably. Their doctrines are mainly based on traditional beliefs rather than on the teachings of the Bible. For example, they believe that humans have an immortal soul and that those who do not serve God will be tormented in a fiery hell forever. Just think! If God were really so cruel and hardhearted, would you want to worship him?

Clearly, the religions of the West have not brought lasting peace and happiness for mankind, nor have they provided the right spiritual guidance. What, then, about the religions of the East? In China, for example, the three major religions are Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Have these religions brought lasting peace and happiness for the Chinese?

 In its early stages, Taoism was more a philosophy than a religion. Its founder, Lao-tzu, was dissatisfied with the chaos and turmoil of the times and sought relief by shunning society and returning to nature. However, as time wore on, Taoism became a system of worship venerating a pantheon of many gods and goddesses. Taoists practice divination. They attach great importance to omens and feng shui (the reading of the forces of wind and water) as well as to sundry other rituals. It is clear that Taoism falls short in providing satisfactory answers regarding the meaning of life or in fulfilling the people’s spiritual needs.

 At the outset, Confucianism was a school of ethics and morality based on the teachings of its founder, Confucius. Through the centuries, Confucian concepts have wielded a strong hold on Chinese culture and way of thinking. Still, being a philosophy of life, Confucianism has neither helped the Chinese to learn about the Creator nor encouraged them to cultivate a close relationship with him. Although adopting its precepts as rules of conduct brings certain benefits, Confucianism does not fully satisfy one’s spiritual needs; nor has it brought lasting peace and happiness.

Buddhism first came into China from India. This religion advocates compassion and tolerance, and it has fascinated many by its complicated philosophy. But has Buddhism helped people to learn about the Sovereign of the universe? Have the teachings of the Buddha satisfied the spiritual needs of mankind? The book Basics to Buddhism says: “Buddhists do not believe in an all-powerful divine being in the universe”; “Everyone is capable of becoming a Buddha”; “Everyone has to work on his own to become a Buddha and be liberated from suffering.” Buddhism has inspired, not faith in God, but reliance on self.

 To be spiritually satisfied, what questions must we consider?

 If a person’s faith is misplaced, how could he ever find the truth that brings real satisfaction? Down through the ages, the Chinese have followed the tradition of worshipping their ancestors, idols, and the spirits in nature, engrossed in the multitudes of rites and rituals connected with them. As a result, the concept of a personal God, or Creator, is something foreign to most Chinese. Yet, as discussed earlier, to satisfy our spiritual needs, we must come to know not only who the Most High God is but also what his purpose for mankind is. By so doing, we will be able to act in harmony with that purpose and gain lasting happiness. We therefore invite you to investigate and find for yourself the reasonable, objective, and satisfying answers to these questions: Is there a Creator? Does he care about mankind? Can he really bring lasting peace and happiness to mankind, who are so beset with problems and difficulties? Can religions based on myths and superstitions really satisfy people’s spiritual needs?

Further readings…[Lasting Peace & Happiness How to Find Them: Is There Really a Most High Creator?]

 “His invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable.” (Romans 1:20) Even though we cannot see God, our belief in his existence is no mere superstition. Daily, we deal with many things we cannot see, such as wind, electricity, magnetism, and the force of gravity. We know that they exist because we can observe the effects they produce. Similarly, the intricate design and the superb order in the universe distinctly testify to the existence of a Grand Creator.

God is invisible, so how can we come to know him as a Person and establish a personal relationship with him? God has made it possible for us to know him, primarily by two means. Through his creation, God gives a clear indication of his wisdom, power, and love. In addition, he has inspired men to write a book, providing further information about himself. That book is the Bible.

One of the first Chinese words i’ve learned… 上帝 Shang-di (literally “Emperor above”)…

Shang-di…Emperor Above who Rules with Boundless Love aka God of Agape Love & Compassion!:)

What human ruler/emperor on Earth rules with endless/unselfish love??!

 

8/28/17 @ 9:22 p.m.

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Avoiding Pollution

 “You must not pollute the land in which you live, for [the shedding of human] blood pollutes the land.”​—Num. 35:33, 34.

Thank You Reader, Fellow-Fragile-Life, for Choosing Compassion Everyday and treating All-Fellow-Fragile-Life the way You would want to be treated. 🙂 (Jesus, Sage of Peace, taught this Golden Rule of Living Kindness, Compassion, Forgiveness, and Agape Love.)

Don’t You think HIGH respect for life…results in safe-r choices of actions and interactions with all fragile-life on the planet?!

Bible education promotes peace and respecting life and not shedding blood. It promotes compassion and forgiveness and respect and love for life and fellow-life globally!:)

This topic…reminds me of this great illustration read:

“Happy are the peacemakers,” Jesus said. (Matthew 5:9) Jesus practiced what he preached by promoting nonviolence and taking a message of peace to people of diverse religious backgrounds. (Matthew 26:52) Those who responded were drawn into an unbreakable bond of love. (Colossians 3:14) But was Jesus’ objective merely to build bridges among people of various backgrounds so that they could get along in peace? Did he join with others in their religious practices?

The religious leaders of the sects of the Pharisees and the Sadducees viciously opposed Jesus—even sought to kill him. How did he react? Jesus instructed his disciples: “Let them be. Blind guides is what they are.” (Matthew 15:14) Jesus refused to acknowledge spiritual brotherhood with such individuals.

The International Space Station—a technological wonder orbiting the earth—is the result of the united efforts of some 15 nations. Could you imagine this project being accomplished if the participating nations did not agree on what blueprint to use?

That, essentially, is the situation with the modern-day interfaith movement. Although cooperation and respect are touted, there is no agreed-upon blueprint for building faith. As a result, moral and doctrinal issues remain as divisive as ever.

The Bible contains God’s standards, which are like a blueprint. We can build our lives on what the Bible says. Those who have embraced it have overcome racial and religious prejudices and have learned to work together in peace and unity. Foretelling this, God said: “I will change the language of the peoples to a pure language, so that all of them may call on the name of Jehovah, to serve him shoulder to shoulder.” Unity results from the “pure language,” God’s standard of worship.—Zephaniah 3:9; Isaiah 2:2-4. [excerpted reading reference: Interfaith Is it God’s Way? w 3/2014]

Happy Week-end…working together in Peace & Unity!:)

7/29/17 @ 4:40 p.m.

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Friends of …

PEACE! are all over this globe…they may personally be far from me (and i may not know them personally), but they are close to my heart! Anyone Young or Old that values peace…and lives peace/an example for me!

Look at these beautiful young people, (discovered this video yesterday)…they make me 🙂

General Question for Meditation:

Do we, fellow-fragile-life, wear our values?!

 

(muted photo taken? a couple months ago?…salmon and black blouse…silver bracelets and necklace (trees)…gifts and hold certain sentimental/symbolic meaning for me…e.g., compassion, family, love, peace, motherhood/marriage, divine sovereignty, longevity, life etc., etc., etc….) Just reminders of my daily responsibilites/intentions of living…etc. in this fleeting-fragile-life!

What values am i wearing today??

THANK YOU READER:) for VALUING PEACE (and pursuing it)!!!:) (oh, and for choosing compassion every minute of every day! HOORAY!..FOR YOU READER, i know You’re a Friend of Peace! am always in need of another friend from whom i can learn lots!:)

6/8/17 @ 8:49 a.m.

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A Mild Tongue

A gentle tongue can break a bone.Prov. 25:15.

In my POV, the silent treatment is less effective than a mild tongue.  To effectuate positive change(s)…is ignoring the person and/or the problem (indefinitely) a mature course of action/non-action?! Gentle speech even when under provocation can have better results.

A mild* gentle answer turns away rage,

But a harsh* painful word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

(Sometimes, i analyze/wonder IF certain areas/aspects of my life/relationships would improve IF i was a better communicator?) Gentle and compassionate communication certainly contributes to PEACE!

We all contribute to (emotional) climate…may be the ultimate climate control is a mild tongue!:)

PEACE always Reader:)

i’ll contribute to the quiet/serenity and shut up now;)

6/2/17 @ 11:22 a.m.

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A Recent Public Conversation

(with potential to help many? families/friends)…You:) Decide…

 

5/31/17 @ 2:52 p.m.

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Sunday 4/16/17

So Sunday…just getting home; off goes my purple blazer…plopping down in a comfy chair–snap!…reflecting/meditating/”capturing” a moment about…

an important topic (my Fam and i heard an afternoon talk) “pursuing peace in an angry world.

Have You noticed?? how “many” are very upset, ANGRY and on the verge of losing it whether on the road or at the store or anywhere these days?? (Yes, we are all tired, over-worked, hurt, humiliated, sick, in pain, rejected, dejected, and stressed out, huh?!)

“Therefore, we do not give up, but even if the man (person) we are outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside is being renewed from day to day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Practical (Scriptural) Points to Help Us All…Pursue Peace with Fellow-Fragile-Life:

“Let go of anger and abandon rage;

Do not become upset and turn to doing evil.”

* (Or possibly, “Do not become upset, for it can only lead to harm.”) Psalm 37: 8, 9

Cultivate Peace: Being Kind. (When we choose to treat Others the way we would like to be treated (kindly, compassionately, and with respect); we don’t retaliate aka seek/scheme our own personal sense of justice by seeking some sort of vengeance: ouch!) Rather, we improve (IF possible) the situation/relationship by doing the kind/compassionate thing…anyway…e.g., “But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.” * (That is, to soften the person and melt his hardness.)

We are all responsible for peace between fellow-fragile-life at home, in our respective communities, and globally…we can play a part in breaking the cycle of anger, hate, and violence:

Return evil for evil to no one. . . . If possible, as far as it depends upon you, be peaceable with all men.”—Romans 12:17, 18.

 THANK YOU so MUCH READER:) for PURSUING PEACE!!:)

4/19/17 @ 6:53 p.m.

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Paradise…Possible!

Recent Readings…check it out:)..no time to discuss; just time to copy & paste…article: “Paradise on Earth​—Fantasy or Reality?” W No. 4 2017…enJOY…(Happy Sunday to You Reader!:))

Paradise! Colorful travel brochures make tempting offers for us to fly away to some distant “paradise” to relax and forget all our worries and troubles. But as we know all too well, when we return home, the realities of life remain much the same as they were when we left them.

PARADISE TRADITION

Over the centuries, people have been intrigued by the idea of paradise. For many, their interest was prompted by the mention in the Bible of “a garden in Eden, toward the east.” What made that garden so attractive? The account tells us: “Jehovah God made to grow out of the ground every tree that was pleasing to look at and good for food.” That garden was a pleasing and good place. Most captivating of all, there was “also the tree of life in the middle of the garden.”—Genesis 2:8, 9.

In addition, the Genesis account mentions four rivers flowing out of the garden. Two of those rivers are still known to us today—the Tigris (or, Hiddekel) and the Euphrates. (Genesis 2:10-14; footnote) These two rivers flow into the Persian Gulf through what is now Iraq, formerly part of ancient Persia.

Understandably, earthly paradise is very much a part of Persia’s cultural heritage. A 16th-century Persian carpet, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., shows a walled garden with trees and flowers woven into its design. The Persian word for “walled garden” also means “paradise,” and the scene on the carpet mirrors the Bible’s description of the beautiful and luxuriant garden of Eden.

In fact, stories of paradise are retold in many languages and cultures around the world. As the human family migrated to different parts of the earth, they carried with them versions of the original account, which, over centuries of time, became blended with beliefs and legends that developed locally. Even today, people almost instinctively describe places of great natural beauty as paradise.

Some explorers claimed to have located the lost paradise. For example, Charles Gordon, a British army general, on visiting the Seychelles in 1881, was so impressed by the luxuriant beauty of the Vallée de Mai—now a World Heritage site—that he declared it to be the garden of Eden. In the 15th century, Italian navigator Christopher Columbus wondered if he was close to rediscovering the Edenic garden when he landed on the island of Hispaniola, now the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Mapping Paradise, a modern history book, contains details of more than 190 ancient maps, many showing Adam and Eve in Eden. Among them is an unusual map from a 13th-century copy of the Beatus of Liébana manuscript. At its top is a small rectangle with paradise in the center. From there flow four rivers, labeled “Tigris,” “Eufrates,” “Pison,” and “Geon,” each to one of its four corners, supposedly representing the spread of Christianity to the four corners of the earth. Such depictions show that although the location of the original Paradise was unknown, memories of it evidently remained as attractive as ever.

 John Milton, a 17th-century English poet, is known for his poem Paradise Lost, based on the Genesis account of Adam’s sin and expulsion from Eden. In it he highlighted the promised restoration of everlasting life on earth for humans, declaring: “For then the earth shall all be paradise.” Subsequently, Milton wrote a sequel entitled Paradise Regained.

Clearly, the concept of a lost earthly paradise is a golden thread running through human history. So why is it now ignored? Basically because, as Mapping Paradise observes, “theologians have . . . turned their back firmly on the issue of the location of paradise.”

Most churchgoers are taught that their ultimate destiny is heaven, not life in an earthly paradise. Yet the Bible says at Psalm 37:29: “The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.” Since our world today is hardly a paradise, what hope is there that this promise will ever be fulfilled? 

Paradise Earth-Wide Will Be a Reality…

Jehovah God, who created the original Paradise, has promised to restore what was lost. How? Recall that Jesus taught us to pray: “Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.” (Matthew 6:10) That Kingdom is a world government in the hands of Jesus Christ that will replace all human rule. (Daniel 2:44) Under the rule of that Kingdom, God’s will regarding a paradise earth will “take place.”

Why can we be sure that the hope of Paradise on earth is not fantasy but reality? Because the Bible tells us: “As for the heavens, they belong to Jehovah, but the earth he has given to the sons of men.” The hope of Paradise on earth is one that “God, who cannot lie, promised long ago.” (Psalm 115:16; Titus 1:2) What a wonderful prospect the Bible offers—Paradise forever!

This topic “Eden” has been more than a fascination, for me, for years…check out this related reading IF You choose:

in-search-of-eden

Peace & Paradise to You Reader:)

4/9/17 @ 11:35 a.m.

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Pebble

“When I first saw You with those little kids…I knew” : “I knew …You were a fighter Joanie!” …words from an older-more-experienced-life, Créole-English-speaking Friend of mine…. referring to meeting/getting to know me, years ago, when my kids were really young… about 10 years ago… she sees me still…hanging on (in my compassion fight/spiritual battle/quest to make the truth my own/surviving)… an unexpected assessment…a different view of seeing myself brought to my attention/brought into focus from an unexpected encounter this past week-end… whatever i’ve accomplished/fought in the past or today… this skinny, little underdog… scrappy piece of scrap paper… you know the kind… crumpled with a bunch of scribbles/hieroglyphics on it… that some don’t readily read carefully or decipher & just toss away…(is tired today May 11, 2015).

I’m sick of certain battles (i.e. of the petty)…like another cold, ugh! all of it (pain/suffering, etc.) will be worth it… when it’s all done… and (my hope) i end up on the right side/innocent side of compassion (from the God of compassion’s viewpoint that is–not man’s narrow viewpoint!)
 Some want… fame, fortune, beauty, money, flight/freedom…. their lists, bucket or to do, are endlessly ambitious… me..i want a little white psephon (pebble)! (may be ? i’m the most ambitious of all??)
Pebbles were used in courts of justice in rendering judgment or voicing an opinion of either innocence or guilt. White pebbles were used for pronouncing innocence, acquittal; black ones for pronouncing guilt, condemnation. The white pebble given to the conqueror therefore appears to mean Jesus’ judgment of him as innocent, pure, clean. (excerpt Insight Books) 
 NAH! I’ll NEVER give up… just choosing my battles carefully (and my closer companions, too)… compassion is a fight worth fighting!…(got my priorities straight, huh?)
A friend or foe (of compassion) is hard to know…(at times) but… pursuing peace with everybody is my only way to go. Yet, i’m not gonna compromise compassion ethics to please people..
Sha·lohmʹ, the Hebrew word rendered “peace,” refers to the state of being free from war or disturbance (Jg 4:17, 1Sa 7:14; 1Ki 4:24; 2Ch15:5; Job 21:9; Ec 3:8); it can convey the idea of health, safety, soundness (Ge 27:14, ftn), welfare (Ge 41:16), friendship (Ps 41:9), and entirety or completeness (Jer 13:19). The Greek word for peace (ei·reʹne) has taken on the same broad connotations as the Hebrew word sha·lohmʹ and may express the ideas of well-being, salvation, and concord, in addition to the absence of conflict. It occurs in the farewell exclamation “go in peace,” which somewhat corresponds to the expression ‘may it go well with you.’—Mr 5:34; Lu 7:50;8:48; Jas 2:16; compare 1 Sa 1:17; 20:42; 25:35; 29:27;2Sa 15:19; 2Ki 5:19. (excerpted..You guessed it: Insight Vol 2)
May it go well with YOU:)….(& me).
Peace & Pebble… possible? (YES!…w/patience.)
(published 5/12/15 @10:32 a.m.)
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North, South, East, West

North, South, East, West…logistics.  “How far have we come?”

Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life dwell everywhere; even in remotest parts of this beautiful planet, Earth. (i believe that all Fragile Life need compassion; love and respect. And need an “opportunity” for compassion education to learn true agape love and respect for fellow life.)

i am (and remain) politically neutral! (Staying politically neutral does have its perks, at times/depends on the ever-changing powers-that-be, like potentially living longer (i.e. not being assassinated, etc.) and somewhat controversy-free…to a degree…less stressful? perhaps.)

If You value/respect LIFE: bottom-line: Why support “any” politicians or organizations or religions  or mobs that are in one way or another…killing the people and killing the planet (and to promote “their” power/battles for control/votes/man-made dogmas)?!

For further context please READ: The Ecosystems of Breathing-Fragile-Life

A “Green” day: begging to differ & shouting: AMEN!

Trying NOT to be an “ID”iot!

Feelin’ Fine : Oh Yeah!

Spiritual Lenses


Are the mountains “better” or more necessary than the oceans??

Is one geographical zone “superior” to another geographical zone??

i grew up in New England. Is New England?…the state of Massachusetts, USA? more important/the best/better than any other place on the planet? to me? No!…except? when it comes to football? –Go Patriots! -lol…just joking.

(highlighted points from a recently read July 2015 article (i didn’t write it–just quoting it) that encourages neutrality)

It is understandable that we might feel some affection for the land, the culture, the language, and the food of the country we were raised in. However, we must avoid the “mine is best” attitude. For our pleasure, Jehovah has created great variety in all things. (Ps. 104:24; Rev. 4:11) So why insist that one way of doing things is superior to another?

People who do not share our faith may feel a special loyalty to their country, tribe, or culture or even to their national sports team. Challenges to such loyalties have resulted in competition and rivalry and, in extreme cases, bloodshed and genocide. The way that people resolve these issues, for better or for worse, might touch us or our families personally  because we are inescapably a part of human society. Since God made man with an innate sense of justice, the decisions that human governments make may offend our sense of what is right and fair. (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 32:4) How do we react under such circumstances? It would be all too easy to take sides in worldly issues and be drawn into controversy.

The institutions that govern human society may pressure citizens to take sides in conflicts that arise. […] If you are ever in doubt as to how you ought to behave in any given situation, it would be wise to ask yourself, ‘What would Jesus have done?’ The nation in which Jesus lived was made up of people from various regions—Judea, Galilee, Samaria, and others. Bible accounts reveal that there were tensions between people of these different areas. (John 4:9) Tensions also existed between Pharisees and Sadducees (Acts 23:6-9), between the people and the tax collectors (Matt. 9:11), and between those who had received a Rabbinic education and those who had not. (John 7:49) In the first century, Israel was ruled by the Romans, whose presence was deeply resented by the local people. While Jesus championed religious truth […], he never encouraged his disciples to foster rivalries. (John 4:22) On the contrary, he urged them to love all men as their neighbor.—Luke 10:27.

Why did Jesus not endorse common Jewish prejudices? Because neither he nor his Father takes sides in this world’s controversies. When Jehovah […] created man and woman, his intent was that they fill the whole earth. (Gen. 1:27, 28) God designed humans in such a way that they could produce different races. Neither Jehovah nor Jesus exalts one race, nationality, or language above another. (Acts 10:34, 35; Rev. 7:9, 13, 14) We must follow their perfect example.—Matt. 5:43-48.

Has your upbringing or environment exposed you to national or regional loyalties? Do any such feelings still linger in your heart? Christians should not allow nationalistic fervor to taint their view of others. But what if you realize that you do have negative thoughts toward people of other nations, cultures, languages, or races? Then it would certainly be profitable to meditate on how Jehovah views nationalism and prejudice. Researching these and related topics may prove to be a worthwhile project for personal study…

God wants people of all sorts to come to an accurate knowledge of truth and to enjoy everlasting life. (John 3:16; 1 Tim. 2:3, 4) Open-mindedness toward a diversity of acceptable ideas enriches us […]

For me, staying politically neutral…is 1 logical expression of loyalty to compassion. Will partisan allegiances and divisive-prideful-competitive attitudes lead to peaceful interactions/communications world-wide?! or to a global-happy-brotherhood-family? and/or lead to unity-of-humanity?!

i LOVE this ancient verse/song/Psalm:) (and my daughters this adorable video)…

“Look! How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!”—Ps. 133:1.

 

(published 4/15/15@ 6:55p.m.)

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