Posts Tagged ‘symbols’

Butterfly effect is derived from chaos theory but God is not the author of confusion so the effect here has different significance.

The Scripture has two narrative streams indicative of divine Will and its fulfilment. When the Holy Spirit treats creation of the heaven and the earth as one entity, it operates on God’s Time. Consider this verse:   “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life (Jn.3:16).” Man whose lifespan is measured in terms of earth time cannot grasp ‘everlasting’ aspect, which is God’s Time. The advent of Jesus Christ in fullness of time holds a different timescale than the birth of Jesus mentioned in the gospels. Therefore the Spirit speaks thus: “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod….(Mt.2:1)’ he is setting the narrative in a historical context according to the earth time.

How does one explain the butterfly effect from man’s point of view? We accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour at a point of time and place. Conversion of St Paul occurred on his way to Damascus. Thus for each us mark a point of time and also place so our salvation has effect on our position and time as well. We have been translated for heavenly places and set down in God’s Time.

The Spirit’s narrative mode from the beginning to the end shall be to reconcile these two time scales of God and man. Symbolism of the scripture on this account cannot be seen as different. Points of view of the Lord God and of the Son are reorganized to instruct man in righteousness. While we study Genesis we shall see Adam and Eve are representational characters and the garden as a microcosm for the antediluvian world. Considering Adam foreshadows Christ and Eve the Church, the narrative mode is sustained throughout. The risen Christ is qualified as last Adam. In the end times Christ as the Type for Adam does not end. The writer to the Hebrews in quoting the verse from the Book of Isaiah makes the purpose of the Spirit clear. “Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion (Is.8:18;He.2:13)”. In eternity New Jerusalem descending as a bride (Re.21:2) rounds off the narrative in which there are no loose ends but the Core Will of God fulfilled by the Son.


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A Cheshire Grin…

(…The grin is a shorthand of reality of the cat.)

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order”. Carl Jung
So true; I call it anomaly of matter. Laws of Nature in our cosmos allow light as a wave and as particle. In Newtonian model while studying dynamics of a ball we have the precise equation to study its velocity and position at any given time. But in quantum mechanics it is not possible. The more accurate velocity is, its position can only be guessed. Vice versa. There is an uncertainty. All these contradictions or anomalies are smoothed out while we think of cosmos as a whole.
In Alice in Wonderland there is the Cheshire cat disappearing except for its grin. The grin must explain anomaly of matter. Its body must be elsewhere thereby validating its being. It is not dead because it can grin. Merely because Alice can’t see its body doesn’t mean it is non-existent. It is Alice’s problem.
Death of a friend or a member of the family is a fact. Reality of death is our problem. Coming to grips with it is only valid for our body. Memory has no problem, neither dream has a problem. We hold the dead in memory as well as in dreams.
In our wakeful state we are conscious; and we see dreams while asleep. There is a kind of consciousness that must explain the REM phase. Language of that consciousness has different grammar. Would it be wrong then to assume universal consciousness shall have a language and rules different from what we are used to?
The dead and alive are realities in such a universal consciousness, which however is not what we can crack with our intellect. It is our problem just as Alice had with the grin of the cat.
Tail piece: how big is our consciousness? Are we connected to Universal Consciousness say of God? I think so.


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Soul is the essence of an individual straddling the Hereafter and Now. St. John the Divine exiled to the isle of Patmos witnessed a series of visions. These visions were entirely of a different kind than that of Nostradamus. Secular or religious visions spring from an individual and what sets them off is soul. What would that mean? Even the most sublime visions that a man ever gets to see is set on this side of heaven and it is meant only for man and is clothed in the human language. Naturally the symbols used are common to mankind for pagan and godly alike. Since the soul is the magic lantern and and it touches Hereafter and Now there shall be elements that are discerned spiritually. As a result how the Soul  flashes the images is not straight forward. Prophesies of Nostradamus has been stretched to include as diverse personages as Kennedy, Hitler etc., The number 666 of the Antichrist similarly is made to fit Nero, Napoleon or some other.In short images flashed by the soul hold significance that you may interpret as you will. If you use them for good you have done well or if you have distorted them for selfish gains you do so at your peril.
Soul of man connects
The writing on the wall judged King Belzhassar but its meaning escaped the king for whom it was intended. But Daniel could interpret its meaning. Earlier the seer had explained the significance of the dream which Nebuchadnezzar his father had seen.
From these we can understand the Soul is source of visions that speaks Truth in a special language. Infirmity of man is such that Truth cannot be handled by all. ‘What is Truth?’ Pontius Pilate asked and remained as ignorant as he was before.  Like the Ethiopian eunuch who asked Philip one might ask,’How can I except some man should guide me?’  The Scriptures is one source where Truth that one seeks will be found.  The soul of Stephen came to the aid of the Ethiopian official and  Daniel was on hand to help the king.
From the Emmaus experience it is clear where soul opens our understanding we shall see Truth as it is. But do you possess it? You may be set by such an experience into the ways of righteousness but possessing it is a matter that will be settled hereafter.

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What is a symbol? A symbol places an abstract idea in concrete terms. Considering that we are physical beings we use aspects of our spiritual world in terms of persons and objects: bride of Christ and being built on the foundation of Christ etc., Such similitude of one world in terms of another is necessary owing to our imperfect state.  As spiritual beings whatever devices we employ here and now, be it symbols or parables shall be made unnecessary. It is thus hereafter.
In Bible we read of  the matter of baptism. ‘As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.’ (Gal3:27) Controversy of this has divided the Church into so many sects. Man, how can you say adult baptism is the correct way by citing a few verses from here and there? Cannot parents of a baby stand guarantor for bringing up the baby in every manner that is pleasing in the eyes of God and man? Or do you think a man who has indulged in every kind of vice by an act of baptism (which in all probability may be the result of ‘a momentary madness’ such as one we often find during revival meetings at the time of altar call) will not backslide?  In whatever state one ‘puts on Christ’ can never run the course without His grace. This being the case those who cause unnecessary controversy (on matters that are open to dispute,) have put on Christ but it doesn’t fit them.

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