If I say Buddha said, you may stop listening
If I say Mohammad said, you may stop listening.
If I say Jesus said, you may stop listening.
Isn’t the world’s collective wisdom the world’s collective wisdom?
- Is wisdom any less wisdom because Jesus said it?
- Is wisdom any less wisdom because Mohammad said it?
- Is wisdom any less wisdom because Buddha said it?
Who said this about anger?
He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me of my property.
Whosoever harbors such thoughts will never be able to still their enmity.
Buddha found in the Dhammapada
- The strong is not the person who overcomes the people by his strength
- But the strong is the one who controls him while in anger.
- Mohammad quoted by Abu Huraira
You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, You fool! will be in danger of the fire of hell. Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. Jesus Bible: Matthew 5: 21-24
- Bad anger ruins you.
- Good anger produces wisdom.
- Good anger fights for a cause and against evil.
Make anger work for you and not against you.
Here’s what I’ve done : I’ve tended to judge the value of a quotation by whether I think the person being quoted is credible or not. If I thought the person was not credible I stopped listening. If I thought the person was credible I kept listening.
In many instances the result of my behavior is that I missed out on wisdom I didn’t need to miss out on. I began listening to each person and tried to understand where they were coming from. Naturally, this doesn’t mean I always agreed with what they said. But it did mean I tried to be courteous and hear what they had to say.
I believe, now, that God uses credible people as well as non-credible people to impart wisdom. Why do I think this?
Because I’ve read the story of Balaam. About the angel of the Lord using a jackass to impart wisdom to Balaam. (Numbers 22-24). I read about King Balak’s anger because Balaam wouldn’t curse people he felt were his enemies.
Bad anger ruins a person. Good anger fights for what is truth and against what is evil. I’m trying to make sure my anger works for me rather than against me.
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Matt Maher Lord I Need You