A famous or high-ranking person writing to and praising a journalist whose words
go out to tens of thousands is not the same thing as "concern for the
individual". Under different circumstances we would be more likely to call
it currying favour.
Re: Northern Lights, It’s all about the Master, Jesus Christ, and about
our relationship with Him and not “others”. I agree with
IndependentLiberalWhoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses
their life for my sake will find it.(Mt 10:39 NIV)Context is helpful verse
38, “Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of
me.” The cross was an instrument of death and here symbolizes the total
commitment to Jesus, unto death, of His disciples then and today.…the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least (*elachistos) of these my
brethren, ye have done it unto me(Mt 25:40) *least in size, a baby. This
verse is also applicable to abortion and great meaning for today..
This is one of the many sayings of Jesus that is open to interpretations which
rest on how we understand each word in the quote. What does “his
life” mean in the context of finding it and losing it? And for that matter
what does “finding” and “losing” mean? I
understand this saying to mean that if we cling to (find) worldly things that
don’t last, including our own finite self, we will lose it when we die.
But that if we don’t cling to (lose) those things, but instead seek only
God (the unchanging Reality in which we live and move and have our being) that
life will remain with us for all eternity.
Liberal:I believe that Matthew 25:40 helps make a little better
sense of this. This is the verse where the Lord states "Inasmuch as ye have
done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto
me." This is further clarified in the Book of Mormon in Mosiah
2:17 which states: "I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that
ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only
in the service of your God."These scriptures suggest that when
people lose themselves in the service of others, they are doing the Lord's
work and will find themselves on the right hand of Him who offers eternal life.
From this perspective, Jerry Johnston's words take on even greater meaning
- at least to me.
It’s a very subtle differentiation, but I think the author lost the
specific point of this quote in Matthew 10:30 “Whoever finds his life will
lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” The author
states that if we lose ourselves, we find ourselves, where the scripture says if
we find our life we will lose it. And if we lose our life IN HIS NAME SAKE we
will find it. It’s all about the Master, Jesus Christ, and about our
relationship with Him and not “others”