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They promote less engagement in society and with friends and are in fact egocentric.
They promote less engagement in society and with friends and are in fact egocentric.

Bishop Peter: Don’t Give up on God

Christianity and the church are under attack. In Australia the recent euthanasia debate and the same sex marriage discussions have all put focus on religion itself. We live in a world of secularism where people are increasingly materialistic, and self-centred.

We live in a world where people put a distance between themselves and God. They tend to become narcissistic or self-centred. Since we are created both body and spirit, the absence of the one true God in one’s life, encourages us to become our own God. This is in fact bad, because narcissism is in fact a disorder. What do we think of people who tend to think only of themselves and their own needs? They do not remain our friends very long, do they?

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God loves each and every one of us equally and therefore our respect for one another is a focus which naturally comes from God. In Galatians 3:28 we read, “There is neither Jew or Gentile, neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. When we argue for tolerance, respect for one another, and equality before the law, we are in part using Christian principles.

Christianity is part of our culture. Ukrainian culture is deeply spiritual. I cannot imagine having Ukrainian culture without the religious content.

While the modern means of electronic communication are very useful and can be used to promote good values, they, at the same time, can become very damaging to relationships. They promote less engagement in society and with friends and are in fact egocentric. We do not even concentrate on busy highways in our need to get lost in the digital world.

We do not even concentrate on busy highways in our need to get lost in the digital world.

I believe in the human spirit and in a faith motivated life style which has been traditional for us.

Yes, we are not perfect and are frail and simply sin before God and our fellow humans. We must realize that the self-centred life style we presently propose is in fact detrimental to our community and society in general. It has a potential to be dangerous to us as individuals as well.

The mindset we may presently propose is relatively new in history. But the self-centeredness we now see has been seen in history before. In the past we have seen times of repentance and renewal. I believe and pray that we turn to God again. We are all created in His image and likeness. From Him we all come and will one day return.

Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. AM

This article was published in The Church and Life Newspaper, May 2018

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