Robert Belanger (12 Aug 2011)
"Re: Susan on Seemingly Contradictory Suggestions"

Dear Susan,

I have enjoyed reading your letters, but the latest one, 147, presents me with something I do not understand and would like some help. Please take this question in the spirit that sparked it in me, that is a simple request for clarification, not in any way critical of your work. I just can't see how two totally different suggestions can be complimentary.

In your text of Letter 147 you report that Christ wants us to "Lead a life of bliss and beauty."

This suggestion seems to be at variance with the commands of Christ in the Gospels. There, believers are told to take up their cross and follow Him. Could you explain this variance so that I can understand his meaning better? What do you think he meant exactly in Letter 147 when suggesting we live a life of bliss and beauty?

Here are some of Christ's suggestions in the Gospels for how we should live our lives so as to be worthy of Him and be His disciples. It seems to me that taking up one's cross is totally different from leading a life of bliss.

Thanks for your help.

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Luke 9::23 "if any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."

Luke 14:27 "whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple."

Mark 10:21 "..sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me."

Matt. 10:38 "..he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me."

See also, Mark 8:34, and Matt. 16:24.

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YBIC,

Robert