Tuesday, January 3, 2012

HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Two Discussion of verse 8


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Since I get such a kick, still, out of blathering on about this stuff, here's the continuation of the discussion of
HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Two !

Verse 8

8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I may go and worship him.”

from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter Two, New International Version

Verse 8

. .. ...8 and sent them out to find the One, and report back so that he may be adored by all.

from the text of the animation, HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Two

written by R David Foster

Verse 8 Discussion

There you have it - Herod claims he wants to worship the infant One, Jesus. There are many who claim they want to worship similarly to how one may worship, yet there is a vast array of how many people comprehend their faith, our faith. Yet by their fruit you will know them.

The body of Christ, the church, is a compendium of various understandings. What one may see clearly, can vary greatly from what another may understand thoroughly, and the church is made up of these many understandings. They all may be correct, each in their own context, but in an infinite context, each one's understanding comes up short. Combined, all these comprehensions make up humanity's comprehension of God, and may actually be complete, one day. Nevertheless, by their outcomes, one will know which comprehension is of God and which is opposed to God.

As well, there is a parable of Jesus, somewhere, where he illustrates that to uproot the weeds, or understandings opposed to God, would damage the understandings, or crop, that are of God. Better to let them alone, and when the day of judgment comes, the harvest, when all are taken up, let God sort out what is of Him and what is opposed to Him.

In light of this, I would propose, that as the world was created as good, and therefore all is good, there are not any weeds or understandings opposed to God, but rather conflict between differing limited understandings that are all of an unlimited God. There really is no one who willingly opposes God, by definition of God being an infinite unlimited purpose, but limited understandings of an unlimited God. Satan is real, however, and is manifested by one limited understanding trying to obliterate another limited understanding. This pursuit of destruction is where Satan comes into play, rather than anything being worthy of destruction, the act of pursuing destruction throws out the baby with the bath water. This is why one must forgive – to let God sort out what is of Him on the day of judgment, at the harvest, when the time comes to exercise judgment and act on that judgment. The good news is that there is likely no end to God's created world, as he set it into perpetual motion, but the bad news is that this day of judgment can come at any time, to any person, and happens frequently, as necessary.

Herod may have been correct in asserting that he must perpetuate his authority for the good of his people, but when he acted to obliterate what he considered opposition to his authority, he acted as Satan the opposer acts, and opposed another understanding of authority. Jesus himself said his kingdom is not of this world, so he had no intention of opposing or obliterating any state authority, whether Herod or Pontius Pilate, the Jewish state or the Roman Empire, but was rather, establishing an infinite kingdom, not a limited earthly kingdom. His kingdom would guide earthly kingdoms, as it has in all Christendom, rather than oppose and try to obliterate earthly kingdoms. Render unto God what is God's, and unto Caesar what is Caesar's. So Herod was limited, mistaken, in his opposition and attempt to obliterate what he saw as opposing him.

This is all too common, this perception of opposition to our best interests. As Joseph accepted a pregnant bride, one must not leap into action to correct what one's limited understanding perceives to be incorrect. One must endure and suffer the opposition to our existence and not oppose, so that one may see a common ground between one's understanding and the apparently opposing understanding.

So Herod was lying when he said he too wanted to worship the infant One, Jesus, just as the head of the household, in the animation text, claims that they too want to adore the infant One, the balance of whole and part, as witnessed to by the joy the daughters felt in communion. Lying – what is the problem with that ? Well when one lies, the first lie they tell is to themselves, and that lie is that they will get away with it. Lying splits one's mind into two realities – their truth and the impression of truth they present to others. These two realities destroy the integrity of one's mind and consume valuable resources needlessly so as to beleaguer the liar and limit their own existence by limiting their integrity. “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” Destroying your integrity by lying obstructs your comprehension and cuts one off from their lessened limited potential before the infinite. Once one has lied, they have lessened their ability to comprehend the unlimited and thereby cannot reconcile their limited understanding with another's differing limited understanding. They have truly challenged themselves before infinity and generally made things harder for themselves.

The recipient of the lie, however, maintains their integrity as they act truthfully in the world the infinite has presented to them. They continue on their way, oblivious to the falsehood they have accepted, but with their integrity, they are able to conceive that a falsehood has been perpetrated, as circumstances play out. This is apparent when the product of one becomes apparent, when the fruit of one's actions is obvious – by their fruit you will know them. Only the pure in heart, those with integrity of understanding, the solid construction of all they have encountered and experienced forming a grand world of their understanding, can withstand falsehoods perpetuated upon them.

Furthermore, looking to where this all leads, one becomes aware that their suffering by the falsehoods of others is really only a means by which the infinite purpose, God, forges one's character in the furnace of such trial, to purposes we can rarely imagine until the benefits of hindsight come. For example, the three failures of my youth, Povungnituk, electrician's apprentice, and structural drafting, all made me perfect to do electrical drafting and supervision for remote northern communities. I could never have imagined such an opportunity for myself, especially when each of the three failures were raw. And besides, the falsehoods perpetuated by others on one, become as plain as the nose on their lying faces, and never really have any detrimental effect on those living a life of balance of whole and part, following in the path of Jesus, the Christ, the anointed One, whether they be a woman or a man.


Solemn Blessing – New Year

May he give you integrity in the faith, endurance in hope, and perseverance in charity with holy patience to the end. Amen


New Year's Day, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, January 1st, 2012


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