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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2012, 08:45:50 pm »
Or we could look at it in a scatological sense, which is to say it's kind of shitty to hope for the end of the world.

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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2012, 08:46:57 pm »
The prayer's OK.  The prayers are often obnoxious.

Maybe you should hyphenate the word "prayers" to get "pray-ers", because the English language is frankly quite obnoxious sometimes with all its irregular nouns and stuff.
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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2012, 09:44:40 pm »
I heard this one poem in Classical Kids that was pretty cool, though it might have been enhanced by the Handel in the background. It went something like, "[Something something something], your angel keeps silent above. Dream peaceful, dream sweet, His morning hymn wakes you in love."

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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2012, 10:20:04 am »
The spiritual dancing group I occasionally go to has a dance cycle based on the Aramaic wording of the Lord's Prayer; one dance for every line of it. The cycle in total is 90-100min long and I wish it would be longer-it-is-so-awesome.
The translation and interpretation that they provide with it is a bit different than the standard Christian one, and while I'm aware that it just as well is made to fit their beliefs, it's still an interesting perspective. For example, we interpret the "bread" as a metaphor for any physical and spiritual needs.
That said, I've stopped trying to anticipate what people around here want a while ago, I've found it makes things smoother.
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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2012, 10:22:18 am »
Or we could look at it in a scatological sense, which is to say it's kind of shitty to hope for the end of the world.
I suppose there’s that.

The part of the Lord's Prayer that a lot of self-labeled Christians need to re-read is this bit:"And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." In other words, Jesus himself said to request that God treat us the exact same way we treat other people.
That plus the Golden Rule. That Jesus fella was pretty big on reciprocity, wasn’t he?

Well, except when it came to being mean. He did say he didn’t like the “eye for an eye” bit, right?

The only reason my grandmother goes to church is for the atmosphere and the music. She said that it was RUINED FOREVER when they translated the prayers from Latin to English, though.
How dare they make it easier to understand what the hell I’m praying for! :P

The translation and interpretation that they provide with it is a bit different than the standard Christian one, and while I'm aware that it just as well is made to fit their beliefs, it's still an interesting perspective. For example, we interpret the "bread" as a metaphor for any physical and spiritual needs.
Considering that Christianity also has that bit about “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word from the mouth of God,” I am thinking that the Christian interpretation also has a bit of that metaphor.
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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2012, 11:38:10 am »
That plus the Golden Rule. That Jesus fella was pretty big on reciprocity, wasn’t he?

Well, except when it came to being mean. He did say he didn’t like the “eye for an eye” bit, right?also has a bit of that metaphor.

Mathew 5:38-48

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’
39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighborh and hate your enemy.’
44 But I tell you: Love your enemiesi and pray for those who persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Kind of hard to find many people who live up to that, Christian or otherwise.
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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2012, 11:52:54 am »
That plus the Golden Rule. That Jesus fella was pretty big on reciprocity, wasn’t he?

Well, except when it came to being mean. He did say he didn’t like the “eye for an eye” bit, right?also has a bit of that metaphor.

Mathew 5:38-48

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’
39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighborh and hate your enemy.’
44 But I tell you: Love your enemiesi and pray for those who persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Kind of hard to find many people who live up to that, Christian or otherwise.
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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2012, 11:54:23 am »
Kind of hard to find many people who live up to that, Christian or otherwise.
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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2012, 07:59:04 pm »
I like the Golden Rule, and I find it utterly tragic that it has been perverted to the extent that it has. It says "Do unto others as you WOULD HAVE them do unto you," not "Do unto others as they ARE doing unto you." It is unfortunate that so may people in the modern world live by that second wording and not the first.

Jesus wasn't really all that down with reciprocity, unless you mean pre-emptive reciprocity. He was real big on doing what was right and compassionate regardless of the rewards or consequences, but people forget that he was also real big on making DAMN certain you knew what "right" was. the bit of the Lord's Prayer where he says to ask God to treat us as we treat others is, I believe, meant as a powerful reminder that no matter how much power you may have over others, there is always someone with that same level of power over you, and you should damn well treat them the way you would want to be treated. or it WILL come around to bite you on the ass. I think Jesus was quite sold on the whole karma thing, what you put out in the world does come back to roost in your barn. What was that verse again? Hosea 8:7 I think: "For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." You don't want whirlwind for supper, then don't put that shit out in the world to come back at you.
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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #24 on: February 07, 2012, 08:26:19 pm »
It's also worth noting that it's "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", and not just "Don't do unto others as you wouldn't have them do unto you". In other words, refraining from causing harm is the minimal standard for morality, but finding ways to help a brother out & improve the lives of the people around you is what really sets you above the rest.
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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #25 on: February 07, 2012, 08:28:50 pm »
Couldn't have put it better myself, Mlle Ante.  You get 3 Sandman Haggis Points.

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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #26 on: February 07, 2012, 09:16:39 pm »
There I said it. This is a bit of a tangent off the Petty Prayers thread.

I like the Lord's prayer, not as  a christian, because I am not a Christian, nor for any religious meaning. Nor do I have any illusions that it was first constructed by a person named Jesus. But for an examination of the words of the second part as it appears in Luke:

    Give us each day our daily bread,
    and forgive us our sins,
    for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
    And lead us not into temptation."


Give us just what we need for day.

Forgive us what we owe you and we forgive what we owe others.

I really rather like that it is something that I think is helpful and while self involved is also selfless.

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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2012, 09:19:28 pm »
Daily bread? Obviously they're talking about government food handouts!
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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #28 on: February 08, 2012, 09:24:27 am »
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Re: I kind of like the Lord's Prayer
« Reply #29 on: February 08, 2012, 03:46:22 pm »
That plus the Golden Rule. That Jesus fella was pretty big on reciprocity, wasn’t he?

Well, except when it came to being mean. He did say he didn’t like the “eye for an eye” bit, right?also has a bit of that metaphor.

Mathew 5:38-48

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’
39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighborh and hate your enemy.’
44 But I tell you: Love your enemiesi and pray for those who persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Kind of hard to find many people who live up to that, Christian or otherwise.
Kind of hard to find many people who live up to that, Christian or otherwise.
It is a pretty tall order, isn’t it?

As a Christ-Follower, I try to do my best to follow the golden rule and live by the words written in red.   Yes it is hard to live up to.  I'm thinking it's supposed to be nigh on impossible.  Pretty much to illustrate the fact that Jesus was the only one able to preach and practice all the above.   With the rest of humanity, that old bugbear of human nature and selfishness tends to get in the way.

It doesn't mean we can't TRY to live by Christ's example.  It means it's all we CAN do really.  Try.  TRY to treat others as you would want to be treated.  TRY to love your enemies.  Hard as hell the latter one can be, and taken for granted by others can the former one be. 

We're all in this together, and nobody gets out of here alive, so let's TRY to make life for ourselves AND others as kind as we can.

At least, that's what I take from the quotes above.