Sunday, September 20, 2009

Discussion of HESUS JOY CHRIST – Matthew’s 2 4

Section G

“ Golden mean visits if mental patience.“

Original text from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, verse 30-31

New International Version - Matthew 24 : 30-31

30 “At that time the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the world will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. “

First paraphrasing draft: October 21 – 27, 2008

· Symbols of witness of Christ will be your focus and civil authority will acknowledge your loss.

· Civil authority will acknowledge your focus as creditable, your witness has been encountered .

· Witnesses to your end of the world will gather your support system about you .

Second paraphrasing draft: October 21 – 27, 2008

· Christ appears; temporal mourning; elect collected .

Third paraphrasing draft: November 1 – 7, 2008

· I will appear ghostly and nebulous coming toward you like a wind you can see in the same way you can see power and glory – by the effect only and not directly visible . Mortal spiritual servants will make a grand entrance, appearing as such to gather those you know suffer for my sake such as pastor Sharon, Maisie and Victoria, and father, in orderly procession amidst the chaos of others’ panic .

· Christ’s power and glory – marginal dominance manifests through visitation’s mental patience .

Final paraphrasing draft:

November 22, 2008

* Golden mean visits if mental patience .

September 20, 2009

Surely everyone must get the in joke of this one now .

First came Socrates, whose student was Plato, and then came Aristotle whose pronouncements of the natural world were adopted by the church, for better or worse ( Galileo ) .

Socrates went around asking questions and not giving answers – ever . Plato wrote down examples of how Socrates would ask further questions when someone gave him an answer. Socrates was employing a method of illumination, very perplexing and koanlike, and disquieting and disturbing. Socrates was sentenced to death for disrupting the peace by disturbing the common understanding that even today we all know is flawed.

Plato wrote down examples of a living experience. The written work of Plato is not in itself a living experience. It is objectified. The Gospels and the Bible are a living experience .

Aristotle sought to eliminate the ugknown of the experience of Socrates as related in Plato’s writings. Aristotle was nothing but answers, and very dead . That’s the risk a writer takes when he writes . In grade twelve, to eliminate this paralyzing awareness of how one’s words can be misconstrued, I wrote a sign and placed it in full view of my desk, that said : “ I, David Foster, do not believe, promote or in anyway justify anything I write.” This allowed me to finish an essay on The Great Gatsby so I could pass grade twelve English.

A friend’s friend said that my diagnosis was not valid . So are they implying I was lying or are they saying I was falsely diagnosed . Words can have many meanings. For the past year I have tried to keep every meaning of my words valid. This is what is happening as I paraphrase this chapter of the Gospel of Matthew into a 50 second commercial for God .

Anyways . . . . Aristotle pronounced the Golden Mean . This is the statement that the middle road is always the correct or best choice. The extreme choices are to be avoided. This is valid until it is taken to extremes. If one always chooses the middle road they are being extremely middle of the road ! To not always take the middle road, sometimes taking the right or left road would be less extreme than always taking the middle road. At least there is life in that . Aristotle does not go so far .

Christ is both middle road and extreme at the same time . He is all creation. All God and all man. Purely God and purely man . He is everything from the extreme end of being all God to the other extreme of being all man. The Son of God is the Son of Man – there’s a koan for you ! Christ is the Golden Mean . He did an extreme thing as God and an extreme thing as Man by dying on the cross for the love of man . So in this paraphrasing, Christ will appear if you are patient in your mind . If you are not patiently waiting you will be distracted and not see him appear .

When I was in turmoil I saw Maisie and Sharon and Victoria and my father in a very new light – I saw them anew, as I did the rest of the world . We all die a little each day and in the same way we are reborn each day . Those who love their life will lose it – death, and those who lay down their life for Christ’s sake will have eternal life . Socrates asked if we are the same person as when we were a child. Physically our body’s molecules have been exchanged for new material, and we continually look different from before. Yet something is the same ! Life is spirit and our spirit or soul is eternal . If you die to your self you will have eternal life, and eternal death to keep it going . Go forth and make many mistakes so you will have many deaths and much life and learning from your mistakes . Billy Joel says mistakes are all you can truly call your own. And don’t forget your second wind . Christ is coming ! Christ is coming !

“ The sky is falling ! “- Chicken Little .



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Anonymous said...

So what is going on with you recently Dave?

mike said...


R David Foster said...

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