Wednesday, August 29, 2012

HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold Discussion of Verse Sixteen


There's the website with all of the HESUS JOY CHRIST stuff !!
Just search "hesus joy christ", make sure that is what was searched for, and not an alternate such as "jesus joy christ" on and in a couple of months it may appear instead of the old links that appear now.
On this site there are all the HESUS JOY CHRIST blog posts to date, in an easily accessible non-linear format, as well as all the HJC animation dating back to 2009.

There's the website with all the other artwork!!

Just search vid932008 on to see it come up first in the list.
On this site there are almost all the artwork blog posts in an easily accessible non-linear format, as well as all the other artwork and poetry.


There's a blast of WATERCOLOUR !!

Since I get such a kick, still, out of blathering on about this stuff, I'm continuing on with the discussion of HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold !!


 Verse 16    16 “. . .the people living in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the  shadow  of death
a light has dawned.” e

-e-  16 Isaiah 9:1,2

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

 Verse 16    16 “In the past she humbled the land of Zebulun and the land  of Naphtali,
but in the future he will honour . .. “ d

-d-  16 Isaiah 9:1

from the text of the animation HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold
written by R David Foster

 Verse 16 Discussion          
In the past she humbled . .. ...

 I have taken another liberty in referring to God with a feminine pronoun. This could be taken as Wisdom, referred to in the feminine, if not God, referred to in the feminine.  Nevertheless, the gift of self discussed in  Theology of the Body  is implied to be a gift to God as the church, the Body of Christ, is given to God, and the analogy that this gift is like a marriage, where God gives themself freely to each of us, as we give ourself freely to God, as discussed by St. John of the Cross.  Can the analogy be taken as far as marriage, where the spouse is God incarnate to the other spouse ?  I'll continue reading   Theology of the Body   and let you know how it turns out.

So whether it is Wisdom or the female spouse, she humbles the land where the sacred One relationship resides, but in the future he will honour it.  The trials continue for the sacred One relationship, as Christ is continually assaulted, yet both will triumph.

 In Eusebius' Church History, the trials prevailed upon the christians for three hundred years, until Constantine condoned christianity in the early three hundreds.  Even then, he had to subdue his brother in law for persecuting the christians when his brother in law ruled the eastern empire.  Constantine pressured the church to agree amongst itself by forcing the Council of Nicea, which produced the Nicene Creed. This made it clear who was the church and who wasn't the church, so that benefits could be bestowed by the emperor onto the church.  These benefits included the return of church assets, including buildings, to the church, as well as monetary gifts from the state to the church, and the exemption of the church and its clergy from taxes.  But the majority of Eusebius' Church History, the majority of the three hundred years after Christ, is a litany of persecution.

 Why would one dare to be a christian and suffer such abuse ?  It is because the christian has encountered something that he or she will not deny, even under duress, to put it mildly, that consisted of severe torture, mutilation and other suffering worse than death.  Many did deny under persecution, but enough did not deny, and were faithful to the end, however slowly it may have come, to inspire the remainder, the meek, to carry on in the faith.  I too, would rather die and be done with this false life, than deny the faith I have found.  And this faith includes the divine role of marriage.  Yet I remain, so I proclaim, as best I can, that the applied christian faith points to marriage and beyond.  If there is any honour, let it be for Christ, and christianity applied – marriage.

 Today's readings begin with Joshua 24, verses 1-2, 15-17, 18, where Joshua declares he and his family will serve the Lord, and the people proclaim they will serve the Lord as well.  The second reading is the notorious bit from Ephesians, chapter four verse 32 to chapter five verse 2, and chapter five verses 21-32.  Paul calls the faithful to imitate God and live in love, and then goes on to call wives to be subject to their husbands as the church is subject to Christ, and calls husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church, giving up his life for her, and also calls husbands to love their wives as they love their own body. Paul goes on to say that a husband and wife will become one flesh, and that this is a great mystery, that he applies to Christ and the church.

 So much of the christian culture is illustrated with the analogy of marriage that it is but a small step to see marriage as the focus of christian culture.  This step is not uncommon.  If all of created life can be seen as a relationship, than perhaps the relationship is more fundamental than all of created life, and more real than all of created life, existing before, after and beyond created life.

 This type of step, if not a leap, can be found in a resolution of evolution versus creation.  If religion deals with existence before infinity, as Genesis One, verse 1, which states that “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.”, then the awareness of evolution is a gift from God, bringing awareness into creation and remaining fundamental to all awareness, including awareness of evolution.  If one is unaware, God brings awareness to them.  It is God's creation that awareness is practised by God's creation, including awareness of evolution.  This encounter with existence begins and ends with God.

. .. ... but in the future he will honour.

 It is all very simple, if not extremely profound, and so simple that words fail to adequately express it.  It must be encountered and experienced first hand before another can point to it and communication of it can begin.  This “it” is an infinite awareness of infinity leading to an awareness of the infinite person.  It may be anthropomorphising existence, but then again, why not ?  Why are we the way we are, and not any other way?  It is so simple it is almost impossible to communicate.

 This may or may not honour, but it is sincere and honest.  The argument may be made that the  HESUS JOY CHRIST  animation is not true, and this would be true, in a literal sense, but once again, the truth that is there is what is being communicated, and if anything is false, discard it and continue to search for what is true, and one will find the truth that is there to be found.

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

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