It is interesting to see how individual humans can stand up and fight for what they believe as “the only right” thing to do in a concrete situation. Christians can cite Holy Scriptures and furiously yell against their fellow Christians who refer to the same scriptures and come to the exactly opposite conclusion.
This kind of behaviour isn’t limited to Christians. We see it in politics as well. The main purpose of political parties in democratic countries is to develop and promote certain sets of answers to certain questions. For example the words “equality” and “liberty” are considered basic democratic values, but they actually exclude each other. Liberty means that the political power won’t hinder the stronger and successful humans from exploiting the weaker ones. This is quite opposite to saying that the political power fosters equality. “Democratic values support the belief that an orderly society can exist in which freedom is preserved. But order and freedom must be balanced.” (ushistory.org)
Let’s call it eagerness.
The digital era enables us more clearly than ever to observe eager and endless fights between opposing views:
Traditionalists against progressiivists
“pro life” against “pro choice”
God against the Mammon
the Law of Mercy against the Law of the Strongest
the believers against the evildoers
capitalism against communism
Giving definitive and clear names to the two opponents is often doomed to fail because the situations are complex and because human spirit is limited. It can happen that somebody belonging to a given group fights for some concrete cause into the opposite direction of what the other group members consider the “right” direction, and that the fighter gets shamed as a traitor.
Jesus referred to this kind of “wars” when he said:
“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! (…) Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.” (Lk 12:49.51)
“Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death” (Mt 10:21)
The name of God¶
Christians say that the name of God should be hallowed. God is so unreachably holy for our spirit that even his name is holy to us.
The name of a being or an object is something that humans decide to use for referring to it. Giving a name implies that we know what we are talking about.
Which in turn means that we must not kill each other in that name of God. This is what the first commandment tells us when it states “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image” or when Jesus instructs us to pray “Hallowed be your name”.
Idolatry, in that context, is not the creative act of trying to paint or grave a picture of God, but the spiritual attitude of believing that you know God.
Eagerness is not a war between clearly defined groups of humans. It is rather a division and fundamental choice to be made by individual humans within existing groups of any size, starting with families and ending in the big economic, political and religious cultures on our planet.
Christians can have very opposing answers to a concrete question and still respect each other. Because they believe that the name of God is holy.
This is a good example of a yin and yang duality.