During the course of recent posts and comments it has become obvious to me that our greatest obstacle to moving closer to God is our own Ego!
Our Ego incorporates what we think of as being what we ‘are’. In that sense it is ‘selfish’ – it is ALL about ‘us’.
It is our personal God – the source of everything we think of and create about ourselves (as opposed to what God might create).
It is this we follow when we commit what Catholics describe as ‘sin’. Doing that which our ego’s justify over that what God is generally believed to ‘want’ us to do – which is to do unto others as we would REALLY want others to do unto us. – the Golden Rule – the Second Commandment of Jesus (not Moses) – To Truly Love thy fellow man as yourself.
Some of us believe in the Death penalty – how many of us would truly want someone else to Kill us, even a government employee doing his job – no matter what we had done or why?
Some of us hate Muslim fundamantalists with a fervent passion – for hating us with a fervent passion! (or so we would believe).
Loving thy fellow man does not come with a caveat that they must love us First. Jesus commands us to love everyone as our self.
Our ego has a huge problem with this.
Only by overcoming our own individual ego’s can we ever follow God.
The problem is the Ego is far quicker to react and much trickier than is our conscience. it will do anything to maintain it’s ‘rightful’ (in it’s opinion) place as our own personal God – even by convincing us that it has capitualted (so we eventually let our guard down) and is being and doing ‘good’, all the while plotting it’s own ‘resurrection’.
Defeating our ego to truly follow God is a lifelong struggle which is rarely if ever successful.
The best most of us can hope for is to diminish the number of errors our ego’s trick us into performing – especially those in God’s name.
One example is in taking pride that we have so humbled ourselves that we are more ‘perfect’ in God’s sight by defeating our own sense of pride!!!
Very Tricky thing that Ego! 🙂