Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Humility is probably for the unbelievers the most irritating notion in Christianity. How only was it not caricatured of anything- it is powerlessness, lack of will, passivity, and a slavery submission...
Humility is probably for the unbelievers the most irritating notion in Christianity. How only was it not caricatured of anything- it is powerlessness, lack of will, passivity, and a slavery submission... Is it so? Isn’t the Christ saying about Himself: "I am gentle and humble in heart " (Matt. 11:29 NIV), - but He is not powerless, is not without will, is not passive, and if He is submitted, then not as a slave, but as the Son, that is, rather obedient, than submitted.
This word irritates because it is opposite of pride - the main motive power of any sin. Pride looks for power, authority, self-affirmation; a man seized by pride puts himself above everything and all, and is incapable of a real love. Humility on the contrary is the way to love, because for a person who loves it is always more important not oneself but another, the beloved one.
The exploit of Christ on the Cross deprives all of us from slavery of the sin, atones for our guilt before God and gives us reconciliation with the Heavenly Father. But there is a step, which nobody can make for us, - it is to recognize God's superiority in our life, to open our heart to God's voice and will. And this is humility. And the apostle James says that in this case God can take the responsibility for our "fate", for our life, and it will become the ascension into eternal life, full of love.
Why such a difference in the Jewish and Greek chronologies ? How to explain that in the beginning God creates people and gives them the commandment of reproduction (what they did not do while in Paradise), and then in the chapter 2 He creates the woman? Does it mean then that the second chapter doubles the first?
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