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The Parable of the little dog.

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Post by Hairyloon on 28th August 2010, 6:18 pm

This is not my own work, but I believe it contains some wisdom, so I thought I would share it.
A wise man wrote: There once was a young dog who had a kind and wise master. Being a dog he didn't know how to relate to a human so he did the best he could and thought of his master as a very special dog; the leader of his 'pack'.
He loved his master and desperately wanted to please him.
One day he found a gap in the fence and found himself on a piece of waste land. He was enjoying exploring it when suddenly he came face to face with a rat. It was quite a big rat, and he wasn't a very big dog, but he thought of his master and bravely went for it.
He fought and killed the rat but not before it had ripped his ear and taken a bite out of his leg. With difficulty he carried his prize home to his master's house. He found his master watching his favourite TV program. He proudly placed his gift on the carpet in front of
his master and wagged his tail..

His master never saw the rest of his favourite program. He abandoned it in order to dispose of the chewed corpse of the rat, to clean the bloodstains and mud from
the carpet and attend to the dogs wounds.

Nevertheless being a wise man he knew how much his little dog loved him.

The meaning of the parable.

The dog didn't understand his master - how could he, he is only a dog?
We cannot understand God - how can we, we are only human.

Our understanding of God must be so imperfect that it would be prudent to assume that it is mainly wrong yet so much of the unhappiness in the world is caused by people who are
certain that they know the right, the only correct way to worship God.
Perhaps they think they can understand the mind of God.
They are mistaken.
Our relationship with God depends upon his understanding us, not on us understanding him.

You only have to look about you at the many and varied people who say that God has come into their lives. All believe different things. All worship in different ways. God has come into their lives despite what they believe - not because of it.
Despite the way they worship - not because of it.
Perhaps it is simply a case of letting him.

I am a fan of Jesus of Nazareth.
The most remarkable story he told was the story of the good Samaritan. The hero of
the story is someone who, in terms of Jesus and his fellow Jews, believed the 'wrong' things and worshipped in the 'wrong' way.
Jesus was saying that what you believe and the way you worship are not important. What is important is the way you treat other people.

Like the puppy we are only mentally equipped to relate to members of our own species. He saw his master as a very special dog; we imagine God as a very special man.
It is the best we can do.
Jesus taught that that is OK.
He taught us what sort of "very special man" we should have in mind.
We should think of God as our heavenly father.

I have no doubt that other holy men, tuned in to God's wishes have taught similar things in other faiths and I accept it is by chance that I have got God's message through Jesus. I
humbly believe there are far better men and women than me in every part of the world and of many different faiths.
It is inconceivable that a just and loving God would ignore them and favour me simply because some unholy roll of the dice meant that I ended up believing the 'right things'.

Man is a passionate and uncritical supporter – of his country, his chosen football team, his favourite rock group, his chosen religion.
God is God of all.

The Prime Directive

Jesus gave each of us what might be termed a 'prime directive':

To love God as our heavenly father and to love our neighbour as we do ourselves.

Everything else hangs upon the prime directive.
To sin is to go contrary to the prime directive.
Sin is misusing our fellow man and not respecting God's creation.
That surely is a far better way of defining sin than trawling through a chosen 'scripture' to find phrases which can be interpreted in such a way as to reinforce one's own prejudice and so to condemn the actions of others.

Jesus taught that we should look for faults in ourselves.

We may feel a strong bond of loyalty to our chosen religion, to our chosen church.
Our beliefs may be important to us but remember the little dog and know that our relationship with God depends on his understanding of us and thank God that it be so.
If it were to depends on us "getting it right" we have no chance.
We must reach out to those of other denominations, other faiths. God needs all good people, no matter their country or creed to pull together.
Doesn't make me any less Agnostic, but I reckon that if god does exist, then that is probably a fairly good interpretation.

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Post by polgara on 28th August 2010, 10:50 pm

Excellant, makes sense to me. great

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