‘Darkness means the birth of illusions: false ideas about God, the world, and ourselves’.
The adventure of life is to walk progressively into the light – unless we are too lazy or too contained in a self-induced coma brought on by the addiction to our own ideas.
IN THE MIND
I read today of politicians who sound off against wind-turbines as ‘ugly’ yet they are very much ok with vast open-cut mines in the Hunter Valley that are, dirty, dusty and a blot on the environment. Why is a relatively benign and semi-elegant array of wind-turbines labelled ugly when the objectively ugly gets the tick of approval? In the un-hinged mind beauty and ugliness are what you want them to be. It’s all in the mind.
If new is bad and old is good because that’s where your security and sense of self is contained – in the old and comfortable and established status quo – then anything that dislodges this coma may be deemed ‘ugly.’ So let the nightly weather forecast on the tv be your one dose of current affairs and ignore everything that does not accord with your own selfishness and spiral down into your self-induced confusion. Even school kids who strike for climate change awareness are more awake than you – and possibly more holy. Or repent and seek the light.
HEAL THE EARTH
When Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’ he wasn’t just talking about charities, care for the poor, healing eyes and limbs and filling churches. He meant healing the earth.
Jesus came as life and offered Himself as life for all to the full. But people object to unlimited life, especially when it limits theirs, limits their interests, prerogatives and sense of entitlement. It’s easier to whack the sexually immoral than bang yourself on the head over you class selfishness and vandalism of the earth.
In the realm of ideas, of truth and the way to life without limit, we will either stick with our own ideas or embrace the ideas of God that come to us through Jesus Christ.
THE NOISOME BIGOT
I’m familiar with people who talk because they can. They have stopped listening, which means that they have stopped learning. Their ideas became fixed in their teens and they have continued in this state of arrested development – a dead tree- for the rest of their lives. Some are bigots. Some are passive resistors of life and light. Some if, they could would persuade Christ to embrace their darkness rather than give up their own darkness for His light.
Christ came for all but is received as He is and for our inheritance in Him by the open-minded and believing. Christ came as our life in entirety. This is the truth, yet many make their own christs, develop their unique ways of getting to Christ and make a whole religion out of making themselves worthy of being received by Christ - when the truth is that we have already been received into His life. This is the light that is the gospel of the Kingdom. You can walk in this our spend your entire life pumping for warped gospels and deluded assumptions that came not from the revelation of God but from cunningly devised fables that are a variation of the lies that led to the fall.
“The imagery of light and darkness is used throughout the teachings of Jesus, clearest perhaps in the Gospel of John. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” The incarnation of Jesus Christ is presented here as an act of light shining in the darkness. Sin is by nature darkness, and it is therefore an illusion-creating agent. In darkness we live unaware of that which is real and true. Darkness creates mythology. Darkness means the birth of illusions: false ideas about God, the world, and ourselves.” (1)
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (pp. 42-43). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.