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Soundings:3.1

3 Day 1

 

A characteristic of life forms in context of its nature is order. Green algae form the basis of Arctic food chain. The March Sun that filters through the Arctic Sea helps their growth and they form the staple diet for the Arctic carp; ring seals survive the extreme Arctic cold by feeding on these carps. Polar bears survive in turn by preying upon the seals. Basis for any food chain is the ability of life forms to anticipate events. It is not merely from observing but also from experience of the past.

This order is an acknowledgement Truth. Life element is the impetus generated from interaction of life form based on this. It is possible only because every life form acknowledges a trade off by which one gives up certain gains in order for the larger issues. Snowy owls limit their brood in times of scarcity.

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Truth of nature, truth of action and truth of experience are incomplete by themselves since inherent truth is delineated by forms that are changeable.

Two atoms of oxygen combine to form water and it acquires form of the vessel it carries. Form is not in itself. Water can be liquid, gas or solid. Truth cannot be changeable.

Humans have fought wars for great many reasons but truth of any can only be shown as constant in the effect it has left. Loss or success in war sets the ground for yet another as we see in the WWII. Truth of experience of wars is inadequate; so is truth of action, which for an example caused over many reasons. Germany in waging a war to address dishonor of the loss in the previous war establishes perceived honor, glory and wants are man made and as such do not meet the criteria of Truth.

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In a quatrain two ideas are set,- each line having 10 syllables and it follows a rhyme sequence. Poetic conventions are like a bowl into which ideas parallel or antithetical are poured. It has internal truth.
For example here we have a well known quatrain of Omar Khayyam:

One Moment in Annihilation’s Waste,
One moment, of the Well of Life to taste-
The stars are setting and the Caravan
Starts for the Dawn of Nothing-Oh, make haste!

Idea of life a journey setting up camp during the harsh day and the idea of breaking it up when coolness of the evening sets in, are all too familiar for the desert dwellers. These two familiar halves are part of human condition but what they recall to mind is the transience of it.

Two ideas complement one another and lead the reader to understand where their juxtaposition is leading to. The quatrain has internal logic or truth. Their familiar circumstances lead us to truth, meaning that the ideas transcend themselves to accept transience of life as true.

Internal truth speaks only for art and literature of man. Now let us discuss this from another literary genre, the world of fairy tales. Remember the gratuitous line almost without exception tacked at the end of a story, ‘and they lived happily ever after’? The heroine in the Frog Prince by kissing the hapless prince under a curse sets him free and they are married. Happily ever after? In reality the prince after decades of married life could prove to be an oaf but then a fairy tale like The Frog Prince is concerned with internal truth and nothing else. Truth of their marriage had Leo Tolstoy treated would be run on similar lines as Anna Karenina.

(This is a companion piece to God of Small sensations)
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Time and space makes no sense to God: his omnipresence and eternal power make time as would have conceived in his mind. Thus the will or intent of God represents the Lord Almighty. “Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God is one (De.6:4)” Creative account of God for example is outward manifestation of the Will in a series of events. Jesus Christ was with God from the beginning (Jn1:3).” He represents fulfilment.Jesus said, “I and my Father are one (Jn.10:30).” Rightly so. God is one but in the narrative the Spirit keeps two narrative accounts of the Will as conceived and as fulfilled by the Father-Son concept.

The Spirit found it necessary to make these two strands as one in which signs, symbols, typology, allegory parables all have their place. One may ask why a veil over the body of narrative: spiritual mysteries are to be understood spiritually. In short the role of the Spirit is that of laser light. By literal interpretation like the scattered light leads a casual reader into many loose ends. This has caused great many controversies.

 

Before the foundation of the world Jesus was designated as a lamb slain (Re.13:6;1 Pe.1:20) So Jesus has a role outside the earth time. How does the Holy Spirit reconcile these two time scales? One speaks of Jesus as messenger of God using the earth time and the second time scale uses Time where he serves as fulfilment of the Will of God. When we read of so many days required for completing Creation Account think of it as Day encrypted as in computer jargon. Day of the Lord for example. It is a kangaroo word carrying sequence of events.

In Luke 3:38 Adam is son of God. Adam was created a living soul by the breath of God. Besides the Spirit makes him an antitype of Jesus Christ. There is a time element which runs on earth time. Thus God’s blessings to Abraham runs on earth time. Jesus was with God and nothing God did without him (Jn.1:3) Jesus as the Son of God runs on Time, God’s calendar. In order to make the position of God (the Father-Son concept) Holy Spirit makes it distinct from Jesus (coming to the earth in due time as Son of man). Towards this purpose  typology is used. Thus Adam, Joseph etc;, are antitypes of Jesus. Ro.5:19 makes this clear. Compare this with Jesus who also is qualified as second Adam. First Adam represents children of disobedience and Jesus as the second Adam represent blessedness of children of God in eternity. This is precisely the reason why cherubim with flaming swords turned away Adam and Eve. The tree of life is only for one the Son and whom he shall set up in eternity as signs and wonders.(is.8:18;He.2:13-15).”Behold the man is become one of us(Ge.3:22)” makes sense. Both sons cannot have access to it. In the city of God the same tree of life bearing 12 manner of fruits are for healing of nations. There is no more curse and in that case what healing are we discussing about? Remember the stone cut without hands in the vision of Daniel? It filled the entire earth. In eternity the blessed saints are kings and priests: their ministry is for healing of nations of the earth; they also minister to their sickness by the Word. These are the children of light since no sun is found there, These testify the glory of God.(Rev.22:1-3)

Jesus Christ is the centre of gravity to which all scriptural passages must fall in as many sheaves in the field bowed down to Joseph’s sheaves. Moses thus is second to Jesus. Moses disobeyed God by smiting the rock in the second instance. Jesus died but once. By his disobedience he could not enter the Promised Land He thus is a sign for the nation of Israel whose falling off made the promise to Abraham fulfil. ‘In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed(Ge.12:3).

Finally when the Spirit uses terms as in the beginning or in the end time we need to understand these run of Time and not earth time. Melchizedek is Prince of peace and forerunner of Jesus and his priestly office. As Messiah Jesus draws the believer to the blessedness of eternity. Without getting the time right we cannot fully understand the uniqueness of God document. The Bible unlike any other. Marginalia a concise guide to the Bible covers all these. It is just the primer for any student of the Bible. For those who wish to  know God more the Bible is essential. It is written by inspiration of God. Without inspiration one reads. In order to benefit grace and faith must come into play. Both are free gifts.  Whosoever shall be blessed must accept the Bible as God document. It is the bottom line.

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The desert dweller was brought before the Great Panjandrum of Chaldea for blasphemy. The Holy One said, “The charge says, ‘You founded a new religion simply by living among the sand dunes. How can that be possible?’ ” The accused shrugged his shoulders and said, ‘ life in the extremes where death is around the corner, Great God made me dig deeper in my soul to seek him. ’

GP insisted: “ But your god dosesn’t fit with god we worship?”

‘I would not know that, your Holiness. Certainly the God that my depths showed is still clearly etched in my mind.’

The new religion slowly found its way into the cities of the plains and possessed half the riches of the world. It also had made men giddy with their wealth and worldly goods. Years later the founder now as Grand Lama of Levant had the duty to examine one who was guilty of excessive pleasure and drunkeness. What is more he denied all religions as false except Pleasure.

‘How can you call it a religion?’

The Sybarite said, “ I am surrounded by so much of pleasure and I am loath to ignore it since God has given me a body.”

The Grand Lama winced inwardly. He let him go unpunished. The Grand Council of clerics said, “ How merciful is our Grand Lama! ”

The Venerable Lama knew the truth. His experience with the world made him sell his Truth just as the pleasure seeker could not resist the truth the world held out. Truth that he held up as dogma morphed into something altogether different!

Laws of nature dictate how matter would behave under different conditions. Material nature of body takes its cues from its context as easily as soul of one takes its cues from its unseen world.

Duality of body and the soul hold Truth. How one reconciles both defines his character.

Never shall the body and soul settle the matter by itself since life force is what each individual supplies. It has to look to the world without. Given changed circumstances this force makes the unstable relationship define itself. Body given its appetites can only get the upper hand at the expense of the other. Then a man easily given to his weaknesses shows in time certain coarseness in character. From truth to false is but a step away; a man may not be aware of such slight deviations and when given time his character developes into something else. Where we once considered thrift and moderation as a virtue in the consumer society is frowned upon as old fashioned. You and I contributed to it didn’t we?

Such exchange works both ways.

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If one cancer cell is let it can affect the entire body. Similarly a little yeast leavens the entire dough. For instance one without any solid proof declares from the pulpit so and so committed blasphemy we see the whole assembly thrown into an uproar. We saw it happen when Jesus was brought before Pilate. The rabble was out to crucify him not because they had clear proof but by hearsay. They were ready to do the hatchet job for their elders. One man’s lie triggered an avalanche.

There are two basic elements to an avalanche: a steep, snow-covered slope and a trigger that causes a weak layer within the snow pack to collapse. Rabble is like the weak layer. The shape of the ice crystals of snowflakes within a snow pack is also a critical factor. How well the crystals bond together determines how strong a snow layer is and therefore how stable the snow pack is. When Truth is not bonded properly an avalanche is set off.

It is essential every individual hold his truth as inalienable. When it is joined with others it is conditional only for the betterment of all and not for this and that person. We have seen religions falling into error: where it is mob rule Truth is dragged through mud. Religion of peace is made out in effect as religion of hate.

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Why should man be afraid of an idea? He is given to abstract thinking and Truth is an idea and he conceived it. But try sell it to another. Man who hears Truth from you shall have his own wordbook of experience to make it clear unto him. He who has lived through dog-eat-dog and survived by all his wiles at his disposal has a meaning to it. If you tell him ‘Love they neighbour as thyself’ watch out if he does spit on your face. Truth means many things to all men.

Even so truth is such common thread on which every great or small animate or inanimate matter, simple or compound is strung upon. Laws of nature gives its validity and it has you involved. You may give it names, deny it, wave it as a standard and still how you live it is a matter only you can do. It is your responsibility.

Let us see how truth makes its way among wise men. I shall cite the names of two wise men whose credentials need no further proof than their names. It was rather the bad luck that Gottfried Wilhem Liebniz lived in the time of Voltaire. In 1710 the German polymath in a work concluded the earth was best of all possible worlds. As a philosopher he was grappling with the problem of evil. Was he a woolly-headed thinker to discount what was happening about him and escape into a virtual reality? No he had sterling credentials as a mathematician to be clear cut in his thinking. In explaining away his ideas on Theodicy he stated that God was good in his power and wisdom. In short He proceeded using God as the Cause. Voltaire on the other hand also had thought on this and for him the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 was a shock. In this natural calamity some 60,000 to 100,000 perished, evil and innocents alike. Unlike Liebniz he reviewed his concept of God from the Effect.

I respect life that is in me to understand this intimate article of Truth. What is it? In coming to grips with my world and live it inasmuch possible I need have a good grasp of it. It is too precious to leave with Liebniz or Voltaire however great they are in world’s estimation.

Perhaps some theologians by consensus have drawn up dogma and the Pope sets his seal as gospel truth. My truth is too precious for others to determine. As a Christian when I stand before God, I cannot use any other for my failure to live by truth.

Truth is such when a clutch of men sit together and give us an idea as truth we need understand that there is a great gap in the Idea and the thing they sell to us. Earlier the Church of Rome sold the faithfuls as to Papal Infallibility(2.). Now the idea has been let by the wayside. Truth as an idea and as dogma is as different as a mule and a thoroughbred.

How did the Papal idea of Truth turned out in practice? It became a ruse to assert his spiritual authority. Truth as we know is as noble as a noble steed excellent in speed and in form. But what comes out after many sittings and compromises is an animal mangy and as headstrong as a mule. So much for papal infallibility as truth. His Holiness himself must account before his Maker. So Truth is my problem and only way I can cure it is to live it as best as possible. (to be concluded)

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In 1075 Pope Gregory VII in his Dictatus Papae (The Pope’s Memorandum) put it more bluntly. He set out 27 propositions about the powers of the office of Bishop of Rome. These included the statement that the papacy “never will err to all eternity according to the testimony of Holy Scripture”.

The word infallibility, however, was not used. It was believed that only God was infallible and it was acknowledged that various popes down the ages had brought disgrace on the office by their behaviour and judgements. Having been dethroned as ruler of the Papal States by the movement for Italian Reunification that finally triumphed in 1870, Pope Pius IX called the First Vatican Council where he was determined to buttress his own spiritual authority. Though many cardinals believed it dangerous to try to define quite how and when the Pope might speak infallibly, a compromise agreement was finally reached.

It stated that Pope “when he speaks ex cathedra, that is when exercising the office of pastor and teacher of all Christians” is “possessed of infallibility” when “he defines… a doctrine concerning faith and morals to be held by the whole Church, through the divine assistance promised to him by St Peter“.

Once the Pope has spoken, the First Vatican Council agreed, his definitions “are irreformable of themselves”.

Voting on this form of words took place during a thunderstorm. A majority gave their assent but God, some said, was angry.

Routine papal teaching is not therefore infallible and it was not until 1950 that a pope exercised his “infallible magisterium” to declare that the Virgin Mary had been assumed body and soul into heaven. The belief is however unsupported in scripture. (ack:bbc.co.uk/religions)

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Only consistent thing about our world is that it changes. What are the fads we all sported and now are discarded for something of the moment? Pokemon Go! seems to have taken the world by storm as Elvis Presley hair cut and drainpipes were the thing in my youth. Fads in their very sillines carry some profound truth. The world changes and along with it man also changes.

If everything were to keep changing, how do we keep our balance? There is no up or down in space but still we take a bearing on celestial objects these are also not keeping still. Yet in our context these give us a bearing as ancient mariners relied on pole star during their voyages(1). We are on a planet that is revolving on the sun that itself is revolving through the Milky Way. But on the earth what is certain is the gravity that works. What does it tell us? If you throw a ball up, it shall sure come down. Such is the truth for which we kill and defend with tooth and nail.

We say God is Truth. But how well we understand or follow it?

God with his mighty arm delivered the Israelites from Egypt. He called Moses and Aaron his brother and elders before him. With such up and close encounter with God we may assume that he has had greater understanding of Truth than others. Yet within a space of 40 days Aaron was guilty of making a golden calf for the tumultuous crowd who wanted a god to lead them. When man is not fully engaged his heart and soul, the first casuality is truth. Aaron simply wanted to give the people what they wanted. He heard God but he heard it through the grapevine of populism, I suspect.

When I see the mob howling, ‘blasphemy’ on some perceived slight to the Quran, I know the feeling. The man lost his horse and he could not go anywhere because the whole household was arguing over the ways the noble steed could have bolted. After rewriting the Prophet, in scholarly ways of course, the theologians (they have several schools all well funded too,) have made him look a liar and his ideas dragged through mud and have made the world a slaughterhouse. O Truth! How Compassionate! How Beneficent! How Merciful!

Notes:1.

1.By the dawn of the sixteenth century, the ancient art of navigation had begun to develop rapidly in response to oceanic explorers who needed to find their positions without landmarks, to determine the locations of their discoveries, and to establish routes between the new-found lands and home. Although the relationship of certain heavenly bodies to time of day and terrestrial directions had been known since ancient times, the first two decades of the sixteenth century saw the rigorous application of astronomy and mathematics to navigation. The new learning met the New World. Before longitude was invented  sixteenth-century navigators relied on dead reckoning. Beginning at a known or assumed position, the navigator measured, as best he could, the heading and speed of the ship, the speeds of the ocean currents and the leeward (downwind) drift of the ship, and the time spent on each heading. From this information he could compute the course he had made and the distance he had covered. Dead reckoning, through educated guesswork, is often very accurate.(ack: nps.gov)

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