Do we reap what we sow? Do we get what we deserve when we die?Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism, India’s contribution to the world, teach that our thoughts and actions have consequences, namely rewards or punishments. Goodness leads to rewards and bad thoughts and actions lead to pain and suffering. This, in a nutshell, is Karma.
And here’s the thing. There’s no forgiveness, no mercy, no forgetting. Just a relentless drive to judge and denounce.
It is what we worship which really governs the trajectory of our lives, not our well intentioned resolutions.. Mere aspirations prove to be powerless in the face of the power of worship, because finally our behaviour will always default to being an expression of what we value most
Andy Bannister recently appeared on Cameron Stout's radio show, to talk about music, life, faith and meaning. Enjoy the show!
Jeremy Suisted saved Christmas, Father Christmas to be exact. But why was Santa breaking into a car, and what has that got to do with real life?
These adverts showcase the aspirations and values of our nation, writes SARAH ALLEN. They are a picture of the yearnings that we all share.
By ANDREW ROYCROFT - This is the new way to apologise – be outrageous, speak malignantly and abusively, push the edges of gratuitousness, and then as the verbal bomb detonates deny that you really meant to plant it in the first place.
BY SARAH ALLEN - Harari’s rejection of meaning offers no hope for this chaos, but unintentionally points us in the right direction. We humans desperately need meaning because we are cooperating and communicating persons made in the image of the personal three-in-one God. We need to know that our values of love and justice and our feelings of pain and compassion are not part of a lifeless algorithm, or a convenient myth, but have significance beyond our brain chemistry
The only way the Reformation could possibly not still matter, says MICHAEL REEVES, would be if beauty, goodness, truth, joy and human flourishing no longer mattered. Some 120 years after the Reformation got going, some 120 scholars assembled in Westminster to write the necessary documents for a reformed church in England. The first question and …
Removing religious education from schools condemns our children to ignorance about a key dimension of human life. By JOHN DICKSON IF a devout group of naysayers get their way there will come a time, soon, when there won’t be any sympathetic religious instruction in our schools. It’s time for those who know the positive benefits …