Myrna L. Durr
Dr. of Christian Ethics
Lessons XI & XII
1. Define Caritas & Cupitas
A. As used in Lesson XI and defined by Augustine, the definition of Caritas is man’s love of God. The Latin translation would be a reference to charity, virtue, or love for all.
B. Lesson IX refers to Cupitas as the love of the world. The Latin reference is to desired.
2. Knudson’s view on the disjunction of agape and eros is a false abstraction.
A. Knudson states that to exclude self-love and duties to self are non-Christian and to limit Christian love unmotivated towards others would be to create an abstract Christian ethic and fall into sentimental immoralist.
3. Text for “to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” is found in: Eph. 4-16.
4. To the Christian, the ultimate source of strength is God, who’s will is the final standard of what is good.
5. The statement: “within the immediacy of interpersonal relations lies mans greatest capacity for self giving love and his worst temptations to love” is True.
6. “Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” is found in I Cor: 10-12 in the Bible.
7. Four things that moral dullness may be the result of are:
B. Willful moral blindness
C. Unconscious self -deception
D. A mixture of the three above
8. “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”, is found in Romans 12:2 in the Bible.
9. Three types of Christian actions open to us in challenging and changing the gigantic structure of social evil and social sin that infests our world are as follows:
A. Social Service=Projection of Christian love through sympathy and compassion and responding to human need.
B. Social Education=Understanding social issues that may negatively effect society. Through education and speaking truth in love can have a positive outcome on social action.
C. Political and economic= Combining coercion with love may result in justice but must be spearheaded by love, it must not be just the seeking of justice.
10. The force that is relevant to every situation is LOVE.
Myrna L. Durr
Since starting this course it has taken me on a journey. I found a new partner who is spiritually minded and a Reiki healer and we have become engaged. I have also given up alcohol and feel more comfortable in my sobriety.
I have used some of the tools now in my new business. I have coached 2 people who were suffering and I guided then to do meditation and look for the answers from within.
I have started some great workshops where I do guided meditations and have used some of the techniques such as the roses and golden sun to aid me in this. I really needed the grounding cord information for this work. I believe that meditating is where we will get all our answers. I also use the Angel cards which always give people great answers. I have a larger scale workshop planned in a few weeks in the local Hairdressers and have had to ask for some help from my friend a Reiki healer and another who is into Angel cards to assist me. I will be doing a lot of goal setting and getting people to create there future and I will be opening and closing the evening with guided meditations.
Everything in this course I could relate to. I have steered away from Reiki and working with healing energies as I feel it is my path to work with the mind. I do more work with the subconscious mind. I use the meditations, affirmations, positive thinking and creative visualisation. Forgiveness is also something I apply to my work now. I believe we create everything and if we don’t forgive this will fester and becomes an illness.
I must say there was really nothing in this course that I didn’t believe in. I had some knowledge of some of course but it was fabulous to read it through in a different perspective.
I would like to thank ULC for everything they have given me. And I wish you all the love and joy you could wish for.
Rev. Yvette White
We as Christians do share a lot of values that the world does.
I found two good web definitions for the word ETHICS.
• ethical motive: motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
• the philosophical study of moral values and rules
What motivates a person to have ethics and what maintains them even in the worst case scenario?
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is just like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets.”
It was just this morning that I prayed that in the heat of the moment I would do the will of God and love, even at gun point. Under the most brutal circumstances we as Christians have an obligation to lay down our own lives and our own desires and follow the commandment of love.
Put yourself in that scenario. How do you imagine yourself handling it? Whether it be at work compromising your beliefs or dealing with your lifelong friends who are about to take part in questionable activity for a friends bachelor party. As cheesy as it sounds but I must quote it, “What would Jesus do?”
Psalm 101 is an excellent view of integrity when it comes to his personal ethics which he has obtained through belief in God Almighty. To anyone who is reading this essay, write this Psalm out and memorize it. Make it your prayer.
I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.
This Psalmist is saying that even behind closed doors he will keep in mind his values and the fact God is watching him. It is easy to behave yourself when people are watching, but when do you “let your gut hang out?” I am a truck driver. I spend a lot of time alone in a workspace driving around the city I live in driving a really big truck doing deliveries in tight places. Sometimes I get cut off by a car and they hit their brakes and I will vent and have sworn, and for that moment in my heart I let their actions (which by no means depict their overall character) control my emotions and how I view them as a person.
I would like to turn the attention of this essay over to the book of Colossians.
What happens when we lose connection with Christ is we are left to our own devices and ideas.
We come up with strange doctrines and ceremonies which are us trying to make physical manifestations of God when he has all along made Himself known by His word through His Son.
Col 2:23 as being “self made religion; self abasement; severe treatment of the body.”
We are holding others to our un-godly standards of “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (Col 2:21)
Now according to Colossians 2:16 “No one is to act as our judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day.”
I realise I have failed to summarize what I learned entirely throughout the Christian Ethics course but I lack the ability to do so in a short essay. All I can do as a fellow pilgrim tripping over his own feet at time, and I often catch myself sinning against God and man who was made in His likeness I can say who the source of our ethics is and the best advice I can give as a fellow Christian is feed upon the word of God.
Remember that whatever good we do does not from any effort on our part but Christ living in us. If you try to live the Christian life you will become so tired and frustrated that you will give up and be of no use to anyone, but rather be heavenly minded, constantly submitting your thoughts and your time to God. Open your heart daily to God through prayer.
The way we behave is an outward sign of God working in us to the rest of the world. If we participate in the crude joking at work and if we are a part of the gossip; or whatever type of unethical behavior that the world is known by we will not be the light God has called us to be. Some religions are known by the way they dress or do their hair. How about we as Christians are known by our love and devotion to Christ!?
Colin Burgess (email@example.com)
The Journeys of Paul: Paul and Barnabas continue their journey and came to Pisida, here they were invited to speak in the synagogue where Paul preached a good sermon. This was the first recorded sermon of Paul. Acts 13: 16-48 versus when Paul preached to the crowd before him.
Paul sermon was very clear about his will from God and that he sent from him to the human race to give them a good news about God words to his people and saving them from destruction of mankind.
Paul traced the promised through the history of Israel, and he spoke of how God had stood beside them in all their trails and tribulations: God had promised not to forsake them, God had promised to send a savior and God did just what he said he would, if anyone doubted that Jesus was that savior, the resurrection was the proof that his or her doubt was mistaken. The resurrection of Jesus stands at the heart of the gospel. It was something that God did, and doing it God confirmed fulfilled that promise of Salvation.
A people sees God/Goddess in the image of what they know- their culture. Native Americans did not see Spider Woman as Danu for example. The image of Jesus throughout history has changed so many times, yet never really reflecting what he probably actually looked like-Jewish!
Once you get passed your own world, perhaps through meditation, you can make contact with deity different than what you have grown up believing it to be…. which also opens the way towards cultural understanding. They are inexplicably tied together.
I also gained a more detailed understanding of how religions have shaped political agenda since the dawn of time. Some moreso than others of course. Our political landscape in America today is shaped more by religious etiology than not. (My personal opinion- not what the forefathers had in mind!) Not just in this country, but the world over. It has been used and unfortunately misused to bring about control and demonization of people, races, cultures and women for thousands of years. It is quoted and interpreted, misquoted and misinterpreted, re-written to the point of almost creating new text that forward agenda. That saddens me but it is a reality and so very human. There again, with an eye towards an accurate accounting of history, you able to decipher more truths.
What you liked best in this course:
I liked the ability to complete it as I could within the confines of my schedule. I additionally very much enjoyed learning the history of the world through a spiritually based set of glasses. It is a new and eye opening experience. If only people could understand the historical basis of Religion(s), I believe it would open the minds and hearts towards more tolerance. There is way too much of the “I’m right, this is the only way attitude” which precludes individuals from questioning and growing. I believe it comes from a place of fear – fear of being different, fear of change, fear of not being accepted or being condemned. History provides an opening of the door of reality and understanding.
What you liked least about this course.
I thought the information about Wicca could have been more expansive and complete. There were, what I believe to be, some inaccuracies stated. Nothing major, just little things that a Wiccan would notice.
How you think these discourses could be improved.
I would simply include more correct and more information generally about Wicca/ Paganism. Perhaps provide the ability of students to chat online about the course as they study. I did email Rev., Ann once, but not hear anything in return.
Any other comments.
Would you be interested in taking other courses from Rev. Kythera Ann?
Examples of my work:
Essay by Mara Fonseca