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Author Topic: Rohr Nov 26, 2013 -- Calling Evil Good and Good Evil  (Read 1554 times)
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« on: November 27, 2013, 06:09:32 AM »

Nov 26, 2013

Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation:
Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy

Seventh Theme: Reality is paradoxical and complementary. Non-dual
thinking is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not
private perfection, is the goal of all religion (Goal).

Calling Evil Good and Good Evil
Meditation 18 of 52

With the spiritual “gift of discernment” (1 Corinthians 12:10 [1]) you
can understand on a whole new level what we mean when we say “God
saves you,” because now you see with wisdom and truth. It is the birth
of subtlety, discrimination, and compassionate seeing. You move beyond
any notion that this or that correct action will get you to heaven. It
means that when “your eye is single [or ‘sound’], your whole body
will be filled with light” (Luke 11:34 [2]). When you see things
non-dually, in their wholeness, and do not split between the false
“totally good” and “totally bad,” you will grow up spiritually
and begin to live honestly and wisely in this world.


Recognizing “the world, the flesh, and the devil” as the classic
three sources of evil (and also the source of the “spiral of
violence”)--(1) the world's agreed-upon systems of
self-congratulation and self-protection; (2) our individual sin, which is
then inevitable; (3) the demonic legitimization of oppressive and
destructive power by governments and institutions--can be a primary
tool to help you discern what is truly good and what is often evil.
Without discernment, many of us end up calling good evil and evil good,
just as Isaiah predicted (5:20 [3]) and the murder of Jesus revealed. The
proper sequencing is very important: if you nip the disguise of evil in
the first stage of socially agreed-upon evil, the next two largely lose
most of their power to fool you. The “flesh” and the “devil” are
exposed for what they are.


Adapted from Spiral of Violence: The World, the Flesh, and the Devil (CD, DVD, MP3)
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