Silly me. I neglected to list the Dalai Lama.
To Mike R (re: 6/7 7:39a)... The article's 3rd paragraph states
what religion should not do & then in the last sentence what it should be.
re: The Skeptical ChymistAgreed. As I sit in my comfy
chair, Let me point out that Benedict, at one time, was charge of the
Inquisition... which no one expects.Francis, John Paul II, Howard W
Hunter, & Gordon Hinckley are prime examples of what a religious leader
Pope Francis seems to be a vast improvement over his predecessor, at least so
Although this is a classic example of "having a form of godliness, but
denying the power thereof," I admit that I am touched by the simple acts of
kindness of this man. I think that he is trying to follow the Savior to the
maximum extent of his knowledge, and this humility will be a blessing to himself
and many others. I predict that he will have more influence on people than
government rulers ever could.
When we list our allegiances, how do we order that list? I'm certain that
the Pope puts God at the top of his list. I do. Most people that I know put
God first. I put family second. I put Country third.One definition
of allegiance is: "the obligation of a feudal vassal to his liege lord".
Knowing that makes it easier to give allegiance to God, to family and to
Country.Is government not important? No, government is important.
Except in times of war when the survival of the nation is at risk, any time and
financial commitments to government must come after tithes and offerings and
family finances. We have an obligation to government, but it should
never be the top item on the list.The Pope, in his very humble way,
is showing that he has his list in proper order.
If anything will save us from the self fulfilling apocalyptic prophesies of
western religion (short of everyone losing their religion altogether, which is
not likely), it will be religious examples and leaders like this.Any
religious person who lives the NT as opposed to pontificating on the OT is fine
Religion is independent of government, but not above it. It's just
religion, after all; it is not my society or nation. It is directed by the lord,
inasmuch as someone who offers no proof says it is.
Interesting article, but it missed the main point of religion. Religion is
independent of government. It has no link to anything the government does. It
is free to act as directed by the Lord, not as directed by government or by
public opinion. This Pope seems to do that very thing. I have not
closely followed the Catholic Church, but I have very high respect for that
church and for the Catholics who live their religion. When I served
a mission for the LDS Church in Belgium and France, I saw the Nuns and the
Priests of the Catholic Church serving the people. They spent their days and
nights offering comfort and assistance to the downtrodden, the needy, the
suffering. They lived lives of service. They had no earthly possessions except
some clothes, modest accommodations and modest meals. When we ate with them, we
were served stew or soup with bread. Earthly possessions were not important to
them.We should all learn from this Pope. He seems to be a very fine
just want to and my AMEN to that one!