Recent Reviews for Chrisann A Almeida
Tangential Thoughts on Theology (Article) - 3/12/2007 7:01:16 PM|
Wow! What a meat and potatoes article! Well I will comment because this is excellent and being a cynic, I don't think many people will get to the bottom of it (literally and figuratively). I like how the subject is presented by you, as someone looking at a diamond, turning it around in their hand, observing the different reflections and what they represent. Most people already have an angle and that is what they are selling.
People do not want to think about religion (or much else). This is why the children have the same religion as their parents. It wouldn't be so if people cared, really desired to search out the truth. Even I have never investigated other religions. It is about a comfort zone.
This is why people want to belong to the group, because they need and want this feeling of security.
As for the leaders of theology, it is about power and it will always be about power. No one is out there competing to be the next Mother Theresa, especially at the top. Their wisdom is needed to make sure that everything keeps going around in the same circle until the second coming.
Even professional theologians (as most people) will think first before biting the hand that feeds them. Not many Martin Luther's out there.
I think that I might say it differently as far as your definition of Theologian. There are the people of God who do not think about the greater interworkings of God and man, and there are those who do. The simple man of God sees the problems and needs around him and does his best to do his best. The "theologian" sees the structural problems and the "truths" problems between God and man and spends quite a bit of energy trying to see the solution (or the path to the truth). However, being a pawn on the Chessboard, he is neither effective as a man of God nor, since he has no power and no ability to implement his "truths", as a transformer of the church. These are the people who become disillusioned with the church because they feel they are living a lie. These are also the people who become disillusioned with governments and corporations for the same reasons: They feel they know the solutions but have no power to implement them.
I don't have a solution for the "Theologian". The church does serve a role in society, much of it good. And one person who is right but has no followers will not help the world.
I guess as with all things, get on the inside, hold your tongue and do what is necessary so that you are given more responsibility and power, get to the top and lead the church or other organization in a better direction as Pope John Paul II did.
I am not such a person as I can not keep my tongue tied. For at times I will find that I am even arguing with myself :) So I will try to pass my wisdom on to children who have the ability to grasp it. Let them understand that if the only thing that is accomplished by saying the truth is the hurting of someone's feelings or division, then they will be wise if they don't speak. Let them also understand that David only became king because he lived in Saulís house (ie was known and respected by the powerful people who can make and break kings). That saying the truth when your superior doesnít want to hear it (regardless of what truth) will make you his enemy, or at least not his friend. The goal is to get to the point where you can truly make a difference. Learn, make friends, find those who are compitent and believe as you believe, and wait for your opportunity. That destroying the ship while trying to turn it is probably not what you want to do.
As for daily life, make friends and help adults and children smile. Try to remain humble and try to keep your tongue sheethed if it is sharp. You will be loved for this and maybe one day find that this was more important than any opinion or desire you held. Dennis
Unsent (Article) - 3/8/2007 11:35:42 PM
You sound torn between two realms. Trust in yourself and stand tall.
Unsent (Article) - 3/8/2007 6:56:04 AM
Many emotions within your thoughts here, an unfortunate display of one's true expression from the heart.
You Nevr Knew Me (Poetry) - 7/4/2007 1:42:13 AM
Brief and to the point...very well written and it described precisely what most find when others do not look far enough. You ought to make more time to write poetry such as this...there is much talent there.
For him (Poetry) - 6/21/2007 7:36:19 PM
Regardless of the chocolate this love brings to you...it does remain sweet and beautiful lines like those you have penned will always define it's significance to the heart. Beautiful work, Chrisann...continue with that muse within you for it shall emabark you upon many more years to come of wisdom and tolerance of the heart and soul.
For him (Poetry) - 6/2/2007 1:40:15 PM
To love or not to love, this kinda feels, almost as if under some kinda pressure you've fallen for his master word weaving....
You Nevr Knew Me (Poetry) - 4/12/2007 11:36:20 PM
Sad how we can be with someone we love and yet be strangers.
You Nevr Knew Me (Poetry) - 4/12/2007 4:02:50 PM
People come as a complete package. Half of the pie is only a wish for the whole thing.
You Nevr Knew Me (Poetry) - 4/12/2007 1:48:13 PM
In this ever plastic world, I am intrigued by the soul within.......thanks for sharing.
If I marry (Poetry) - 3/19/2007 9:07:38 AM
oh, I really like this. You not only write well but express your feelings in away that others can relate...Thanks for sharing.
If I marry (Poetry) - 3/18/2007 4:04:24 PM
A very nice expression of one's thoguths on dreams of marriage and all its gifts of love and shared memories...
very nice.....Art Sun...
If I marry (Poetry) - 3/13/2007 3:34:30 PM
Know well that there is so much to love that lingers in the heart of one who dreams and lives. The power of love elevates through passion and emotion within the eyes of an artist who can express it so well and can realize it equally so.
If I marry (Poetry) - 3/12/2007 9:50:52 PM
Wonderful poem Chrisann!
Flowing and fun!
Good question posed by Andy!!
Love and Friendship Suzie :-D
WELCOME TO THE DEN!! :-D
If I marry (Poetry) - 3/12/2007 10:19:45 AM
And if you don't?
If I marry (Poetry) - 3/11/2007 9:14:17 PM
Chrisann ... you have an excellent style, light and crisp like fresh lettuce but with more body. Hurry up an fall in love so we can enjoy your love poems! Dennis