Empty Days

Friday, June 25, 2004



Inactuelles.

If I were anything of a spiritually-oriented character, I could never be a racist or a hater or an envier - even temporarily.

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Sometimes I think that if somebody was inventive and wise enough to take the Gospels and retranscribe the whole thing by changing all the too-familiar names of actors and places to something entirely different, as well as camouflaging certain archaic pronouncements under a new form - the understanding thus gained would be greatly enhanced.

Removing millenial historical perspective weighing down on a perfectly spiritual message can hardly be a disservice to said message. That, however, would only apply to the four texts - and not the apostolic exegesis.

Just like the Teacher in Gospels was aiming at overcoming the great weight of the ritual law, so the Teacher in B.Gita is talking outside of the scriptural weight of the Vedas. Neither is denying what has been said - simply because tradition is perepheral to their purpose.

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Perhaps the second coming of Christ would be the destruction of Christianity from within - just like the first coming of Messiah was meant as the destruction of Judaism from within. Superseding stale law of scripture is the spiritual renewal par excellence. Sometimes it takes no less than God (re)incarnated to undo the yoke.

Gospels as the Law of Scripture is a great calamity for its purpose.

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It is important to note that Christianity as we know it today is not contained in waning churches and attendant sects, but in the very fabric of our liberal, seemingly unreligious societies. In fact, the true seat of Christianity today is Humanistic Rationalism, which is at the base of all our most secular institutions - political, social, and especially economic. The real face of historical christianity is effectively embodied in the ongoing Socialist-Capitalist Democracies synonymous with the West.

How a second coming of Christ might look in such a context is not possible to predict - how a spiritual teacher may arise in the heart and flesh of a world predicated on materialism?

But then what was Judaism when Christ arrived? Was not the rule of law essentially an early form of the same materialism, which we now experience as entirely a-theistic?

It is perhaps possible to speculate that the second coming would arise in the very midst of materialism and utter rationality - and blow it to pieces in its own language: the language of science.





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