In reference to the article: Interactional Synchrony, A Priceless Treasure
Thank you for the in-depth reply.
We agree with you about the church. We struggled with the hierarchy for many years over this matter, and while they seemed to agree, they always put limitations on it, which I refused to do.
The one area that became very evident to me in both seminary and in church settings, was the way they completely skirted the animal issue and the members feelings who cared about animals and wouldn't eat them. It was very political, and most likely came from the fact that they wanted their 'pound of flesh' and weren't going to give it up or change their lifestyles. To us, this limiting of love and compassion spread to other areas of ministry.
In our opinion, this also led to all of the church problems that you mentioned throughout the ages.
Thus, we mature spiritually, and in love and compassion despite the church. It comes directly from the Lord, if we are willing to listen.
The Bible does tell us the truth, including the passage that you partially quoted, but we need to separate these things from the ways that most people live in this corrupted world. Think about the nurturing way that Jesus spoke to the woman at the well in Samaria.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary