Responding to a listener’s question about whether God’s teachings are black and white, Father Len explains why it’s difficult for us to fully understand the language of God’s love.
Highlights, Ideas and Wisdom
- God’s morality and teachings are black and white and pure because God is love, without ego and without corruption.
- Our interpretation of God’s morality and teachings is often wrong because it is viewed through the prisms of our egos and agendas.
- Father Len illustrates the dangers of interpreting God’s word through ego by pointing out how wrong the Jews were in their interpretations of the Bible’s prophecies about Christ’s purpose on earth.
- Jesus interprets morality and laws from the perspective of love.
- Father Len points out that Jesus welcomed prostitutes and adulterers in his life knowing that prostitution and adultery are wrong because that’s what love does.
- Love perfects us.
- The Bible tells us that anyone who does not love and proclaims that they know God is a liar.
- Our black and white view of morality often errs on the side of being harsh and judgmental, void of love.
- Black and white morality can be very seductive because we can proclaim it to be justice, but without compassion it can be very wrong.
- There are two kinds of moral extremes: black and white and relativism. Both are based a lot on ego.
- Moral relativism is morality based solely on personal feelings and choice usually driven by ego or agenda.
- Reacting to immoral behavior with love forces us to have empathy and compassion.
- Father Len uses the Bible’s various perspectives on slavery to illustrate how God is constantly trying to help us evolve in our morality understanding we can’t always accept the whole truth all at once.
- Fully understanding God’s language of love and morality is a lifelong process.