Good or Evil?
(the following is a spinoff from a previous article,
Is Chivalry Innate? Is is taken
from a discussion topic from the Open
we infer that the root principles of chivalry are innate in
men, how does that coincide with the religious belief that human
beings are inherently evil?
word "sin" can be translated as "missing
the mark." In other words, not being what you should
be, or not performing as intended, failing to be who you really
are. This makes sense of we fail to live up to something already
there or expected of us.
a religious perspective, did God create us to be evil? Or did our
own behavior make us stray from the path? Is the echo of goodness
still there, and something we can resurrect, or tap into? Is it
our approved, original nature, so well exemplified by the Anointed
One he who was approved by God?
this is so, if something of our original nature still exists in
us, waiting to be found, then there is good reason for us to be
"saved," and not just abandoned.
trouble starts when being "saved" requires nothing from
us other than passive grace, or a formula of faith that requires
no inner change. If our original nature does not respond by actually
being "reborn," by taking control and expressing who we
are, aren't we still missing the mark? What good are all the moral
teachings of Jesus if just by mouthing the words of faith we can
ignore his moral tenets?
you are a believer or nonbeliever, the challenge is the same. The
Code of Chivalry implies new life, new standards that are in line
with our deeper conscience. Becoming a true knight means stepping
forward and embracing what is good. It means accepting responsibility
for who you are, taking control over your life which means
really being alive. What could be more manly? For the religious,
what could be more pleasing to God? More supportive of a divine
this discussion, I ask that you think about this topic for a moment,
and not just parrot what preachers tell you. When you answer for
your life, it will be your efforts and decisions that will be judged.
Blaming some preacher won't help any more than it helped Adam to
blame Eve, who then blamed the serpant.
say that the wages of sin is death. Until that final bill is paid,
let us concern ourselves with the wages of life, for that is our
does not neglect the here and now. It is not enough to hide behind
a few chosen lines of scripture, and throw out the requirements
of conscience, for we know in our hearts that more is required of
us. When we discard these requirements, we dispose of the best of
who we are, and who we can be. Should that, in any way, be pleasing
to God? Are we morally free to satiate our greed and will to power
over others as long as we condemn certain scapegoats of the preacher's
wants more from each and every one of us. And so do we. That's why
chivalry attracts us so. That is the nagging shadow in our hearts,
the pang of conscience that tells us to be more. Here we find the
incomplete man crying out for fulfillment.