Friday, July 18, 2014

"What absolutes do you believe in?"

Chieko Okazaki:

“[A] woman said that her sister-in-law once asked her, ‘What absolutes do you believe in?’ By which she meant, which principles do you think are true all the time? This woman thought for a long time, and finally answered:

Only one--
‘Charity never faileth.’
I’ve seen Truth hurt
Religions kill
And Laws protect the guilty
But even though I’ve seen love spit at
And warmth returned with ice
I’ve never seen true kindness backfire
In the giver’s soul.”

-Chieko Okazaki, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” pp. 49-50

1 comment:

Papa D said...

Yeah, mine are pretty much the core of the Gospel: the existence of God and our child-like relationship to God, faith (hope in the unseen, including the nature of God and our realtionship to God), repentance (eternal change and progress), baptism (symbolic cleansing as a public sign of commitment), the Holy Ghost (symbolic promise to strive to understand and follow God's word and will as understood personally), enduring to the end (everything above on a continually looping cycle) - all lived on a foundation of charity (with all that entails as recorded in 1 Corinthians 13). Pretty much everything else (and even the actual form of the symbolic commitments) is subject to change.