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I was struck by v. 9 — Jesus being the true light that enlightens everyone. No requirement of belief for this enlightenment, its there, through Jesus. Now verse 12 gets into belief — to all who received and believed in his name he gives the power to become children of God. This comes not ‘of the will of the flesh or the will of man.’ This strikes me as you can’t force yourself, or anyone, to believe; belief is not accomplished through the will. Kind of makes the Crusades seem a bit misguided. It cannot be willed and everyone is enlightened.
Why do we haggle over creeds? Weren’t they just supposed to jell the belief set of a certain sect? It seems like a useful tool to the extent that it offers a definition for members. But then it would exclude those who don’t have the same set of beliefs. But shouldn’t those people go searching for a place that has beliefs that align with their own, instead of struggling with misalignment? Shouldn’t this be easy? I guess it spins out to tribalism, but whats so wrong with worshipping with your tribe, so long as you accept that its only a construct to help you and not to exclude or judge others?
Why can I not get out of my head the final line from a children’s book — “You are loved, but so are they”?