I think it is a very pretty name.
It is pronounced like the words “aura” and “lie.”
Perhaps if I ever have a daughter, I’d like to give her that name. And maybe my middle name.
Meh. Shh. It would be damaging if anyone believed I saw children in my future at all. 😛
Paul versus James.
Faith versus actions.
In his epistles, Paul seems to emphasis the idea that faith is all that is necessary, and all that matters to God. As long as you have God in your heart and truly believe in Him, salvation is yours.
James, on the other hand, refutes this notion. He writes something to the effect that faith, without works, is dead. Having faith is all well and good, and also a necessary component to the Christian religion, but faith without action is almost meaningless. One must do good. One must behave righteously and treat others fairly.
I tend to aree more with James. Faith does not save lives, nor does it ease suffering, at least not on this plane of existence.
James’ thought also reminds me of a quote from Batman Begins: “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.”
I cannot say whether we are justified when we judge people by their actions. Some things we may see as wrong may have been committed with good intentions. For example, those who steal to feed their starving families, such as Jean Valjean from Les Miserables. Society labelled him a criminal, though he never intended to harm anyone.
Batman’s vigilante methods frighten people because it seems he sees himself as above the law; however, it is he who keeps the real monsters at bay in the city.
Intent is the culprit. It is the downfall of judging solely based on actions, as intent can neither be determined or predicted, especially when it comes to human beings.
Personal intent is usually at odds with society.
It seems that to be righteous, to be judged a good person, the intent and the action must be in sync. You must intend to do good, and the outcome of the action must be good.
My sinuses are acting up and clouding my thoughts.
I am going to go do something mindless. Ciao.