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Love and the Whole Armor of God

Concepts that have lasting value tend to multiply across different platforms.

By ‘practical’ I mean the ethos with which we live each moment, each day of life.

Spirituality that is not rooted in some reasoning or evidence prior to transition to faith can be likened to a tree devoid of roots — a simile for what can only be characterized as figment of imagination.

The Whole Armor of God

Without faith the Breastplate of Righteousness does not afford any meaningful protection.

Without faith, there is no Holy Spirit or preparation of the gospel of peace.

Without faith, a head shot continues to be mortal because the Helmet of Salvation does not afford any meaningful protection.

Without faith, there is no Belt of Truth.

Absent faith, there is no power in the Sword of the Spirit

The Conundrum

Imposition of rationality and consistency on the word of God demands the Shield of Faith must have interpretation such that loss of the shield does not automatically imply loss of any other components of the armor.

Candidate Rationalizations

Blessed be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, there is a rationalizing answer

The Shield of Faith is Works of Love, evidence abstract faith we claim to have possesses any practical reality in our lives.

If we have love, we have faith. If we do not have love, no matter how many cars, houses, or riches we claim to have received by faith, the faith we have is not the faith spoken of in the Bible, the Christian Scriptures.

The faith that revolves only around the things of this earth — cars, houses, riches etc. — is a corrupted faith, a perversion of Christian faith.

A Christian who has true faith flourishes in love even as he or she flourishes in the things of this world.

True Christian faith is expressed through love. Love is the only genuine evidence of Christian faith.

Love Never Fails because God is Love. If God is love, the Whole Armor of God cannot be Abstract Faith.

Love is Abstract Faith in Action, meaning God defines Himself not by His Omniscience, or Omnipresence, or His Power, but by Quality of His Actions. Let us demand no less of ourselves.

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Educator and Researcher, Believer in Spirituality, Life is serious business, but we all are pilgrims so I write about important stuff with empathy and ethos

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