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Generosity

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Sometimes it seems people have odd views of generosity. Many people help others for a reward. Typically this is not a reward they receive now. Rather, it is heaven or “brownie points” with other people or God.  That part of Christianity really irked me. It seemed many people did good deeds simply because they wanted to avoid sinning.  Their goal was to get into heaven.  The pursuit of heaven is ultimately selfish when you think about it. You help others and anticipate a return on investment when you die.

Generosity and love are when you hurt your left hand. Immediately, your right hand rushes over to comfort and help without a thought of benefiting. That is because the left and right hands are one. Likewise everyone is one. When someone else hurts, it should feel like your left hand was smashed in a door. We should immediately rush to comfort and help without seeking anything in return. We shouldn’t help because of hell or heaven. We should help just because that person is a part of us. We shouldn’t consider their religion. They are simply a person suffering. We too suffer when we witness their pain. There is no need for reward when we share the same body.

 

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Author: Chris

Wanders the world of Japanese culture and library nerdiness.

2 thoughts on “Generosity

  1. Please don’t think, or write, that what some who claim to be Christian do is representative of the faith or God Himself. That is inappropriate generalization and transferrence. I wholeheartedly agree with you that many people who claim to be Christian don’t act a thing like it, they mis-represent the Message as a result, and scare people away unintentionally. The fact that you’ve made such an obervation, and offered such a beautiful illustration supporing a loving response (Buddhist, I presume) is showing that you’re more a Christ-follwer than they. But know that many of us dedicated Christ-followers act exactly the way you prescribe; if you sampled other groups you may find more of what you’re looking for. But keep in mind that you won’t just find Christ-followers in the churches; do you expect to find only healthy people in a hospital? If the under-educated are in the churches, what better place could we hope them to be?

    But no one gets into heaven based on points or deeds. Those who have already established a personal relationship with Him will be welcomed to live with Him in His home, and those who are strangers to Him will not.

    I’d like to save your last line as a quote, as it sums it up perfectly. Is that your original or a paraphrase from a Buddhist text?

  2. The last line is my own, you are welcome to use it as a quote.

    I agree. Not everyone who claims they are Christian are Christian.

    When you wrote: “But no one gets into heaven based on points or deeds. Those who have already established a personal relationship with Him will be welcomed to live with Him in His home, and those who are strangers to Him will not.”

    I couldn’t help but think of the early church conflict of deeds vs faith. James, Peter, and the Church of Jerusalem actually believed in works being necessary to enter heaven (hence the book of James being works oriented). Paul and his followers believed in faith. Paul eventually won as we know. I find the conflict interesting. You can see it in Acts and Paul’s writings in addition to extra-Biblical writings we have fragments of.

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