We can get together with people of like belief and feel good about ourselves. This is good if our beliefs are valid and evidence supported. Not if it is just us ‘silo-ing’ ourselves in cylinders of conformity to what we want to believe.
We can encourage each other in the truth just as easily as we can huddle inside our collective darkness, comforting ourselves with our oft used fictions and rationalisations that we call ‘our faith.’ This is the scandal of our season. Treating ignorance as wisdom, speaking cliches as if they have weight and spinning answers as if they are not lies.
Authentic knowing is not ‘making stuff up’. Life and wisdom is not believing that something is true because you want it to be. Bearers of truth always possess more than a modicum of emotional and intellectual intelligence. Above all they are true to themselves.
“All authentic knowledge is knowledge according to the nature of that which is known .. Knowledge of anything, whether of God or creation, is primarily an act of submission, an allowing of that-which-we-seek-to-know to dictate for us how we shall know it.” (1)
HEAL THE WORLD
In the sphere of science and technology the pursuit of truth rewards those who pursue it. This is so in all areas of life, especially is it so in the realm of spiritual truth and our ideas about God and ourselves. The truth about ‘being’ is the most important truth to humanity. It’s foundational. So foundational that real progress in respect for women and genuine care for the environment will make no progress until we make this realisation and act on it. Until we realise that until our being is healed by God individually and in entire societies that psychological fragmentation, abuse of people and killing of the Environment is not going to go away.
WAY, TRUTH AND LIFE
Jesus Christ is the Light of the World because He us. The Son of God came among us as Jesus Christ. He told us that if we eat Him, we would live because of Him – which means that all life and truth flows from His person and His message. The message of God is Jesus and the mirror of God and of ourselves is Jesus Christ. Heaven comes to earth when the incarnation is realised as what it is. God expressed in His people. Christ is the healing of life.
Don’t expect a healed society until we stop living Christ as religion and start incarnating Christ as our life.
DROP THE BRANDS
It's important to possess and absorb the doctrine of Jesus and the apostles and not attempt to aggrandize ourselves with some ‘other gospel,’ other christ and other collections of doctrines. Paul defined such prideful accretions as rubbish and dung.
The doctrine of Jesus and the apostles admits us to the Kingdom of God, makes us companions of the trinity, and participants in the life of God. It makes us sons and daughters of God. Variations and distortions of this do not. They enslave and diminish us, often in the name of God. Jesus warned us about this in two parables.
One is the parable of The Sower where Jesus, the seed is sown onto the soil of the human heart. The seed multiplies extravagantly when the seed is embraced by the soil and is un-impeded by the rocks and stones of old ideas and ancient lies. Or simply by the ignoring of the seed in in the smug belief that one cannot be taught by others, so that birds (demons?) fly off with what could have been words of spirit and life. Jesus is both the seed and the soil. He is the vicarious human who lives from union with Father and the son of man who receives all life from our Father on our behalf so that He can live His life in us.
The Sower is sowing sons of God. They grow from the soil of the trinity who are not only their life source but their origin. The sower is sowing Himself as our life and the harvest will be the sons and daughters of the Kingdom. C Baxter Kruger writes,
BEING AND BELONGING
“The Christian God is interested in relationship with us, and not just relationship, but union, and not just union, but such a union that everything He is and has—all glory and fullness, all joy and beauty and unbridled life—is to be shared with us and to become as much ours as it is His. The plan from the beginning, in the Christian vision, is that God would give Himself to us, and nothing less, so that we could be filled to overflowing with the divine life.”
The other story is the parable of the Tares. The crop that looks like wheat but isn’t. The teaching that bears some resemblance to the gospel of the Kingdom but is not.
Tares are gospel that invert the cross. They start with Jesus and end with the law and moralism.
TARES ARE INNOCENT WEEDS
Tares produce sons of the evil one but not sons of God. Are these wicked people? No. Just people who have believed a lie and have become children of the father of lies as a result. Let’s be clear.
FABLES AND REAL
Any system of belief, any culture and community based on a re-invigorated version of the law – with Jesus help - did not come from God. Adhering to such a system we are not reborn and do not participate in our inheritance as sons of the Firstborn from the Dead. As foolish virgins we live outside the inheritance that is hours because we have created what we think is an inheritance and identity in our own cultural rabbit burrow.
What might the story of the Foolish Virgins mean today. The wedding is union with Christ. It’s the lived incarnation of Christ our life. Those who missed the wedding are those who live Christianity as a religion instead of an incarnation.
DEAD BODY/LIVE BODY
There’s nothing like encouraging each other in the truth. Nothing so devious and pernicious as supporting each other in mutually believed illusions. It’s better to be a son of God than a confidante in a fellowship of tares. Richard Rohr writes,
“Jesus comes forth from the infinite life of the Trinity and invites us and includes us back in the Infinitely Receiving Gaze so that now we can have participatory knowledge of the same, because no objectification of God is ever possible. We can only be mirrored, and we can only know and see ourselves fully both in a mirror and through a mirror. It is thus crucial and central to have a well-polished mirror that can see and reflect God in you. Yes, good theology and God-image are important!” (2) 1) “What Is (Authentic) Knowledge?” Encountering Reality: T. F. Torrance on Truth and Human Understanding, by Travis M. Stevick, 1517 Media, Minneapolis, 2016, pp. 1–40. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1c84gbg.4. Accessed 16 Mar. 2021. (2) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 811-816). SPCK. Kindle Edition.