Monday, December 20, 2004

MUCH IS MADE OF THE IGNORANCE OF MAN

But when we witness that inescapable breath of wisdom, will we feel it?

Perception Of Christianity

Editor, Times-Union:

All of my life, just like so many others, I have tried to learn something new every day, or every second, if one wants to be technical. In this way, life is always a new beginning. Learning, gaining knowledge or understanding is a complicated thing if one is afraid to open new doors of perception. Why fear, they are all clearly marked to suit everyone's interest, knock and it shall be opened to you ...

My perception of Christianity differs from most. I see the prince of peace as a teacher who wanted emulation not adulation. His own words make that clear: "Don't glorify me, glorify God." This teacher taught me that we are all sons and daughters of God, and as divine beings we have well defined responsibilities, not only to the Creator and Mother Nature, but to one another as well. From an individual viewpoint, perception needs to be panoramic, not myopic. Shortsightedness gets one nowhere. Teachers teach, preachers preach and greed will always overreach. To strain at a gnat and swallow a camel is obviously not a good thing.

When a student is properly taught, they become a teacher in their own right, especially in matters of the spirit. The patriarchy is only half of the story, the other half is matriarchal. Woman's divinity is as equally important as man's divinity. After all, woman is the mother of all men. The goddess is as full of wisdom, beauty and truth as God is. Actually, these are the two aspects of the one God. We are all invited to witness and observe the two becoming one at the wedding. But only if we are dressed properly ... those who attempt to bring their pride and vanity along will be cast into the outer darkness. Those who are dressed properly become one with everything and are allowed to become an observer of the realm of the unmanifest. This is called being born into the spirit. This is an experience that is available to one and all. ... As I near the end of my 500 words I become aware of the difficulty of explaining ineffable understanding. It's almost impossible, however, I'm convinced that I will never stop trying. ...
In conclusion, I want to thank all of those who responded to "Limited Consciousness." Thank you so much for your kind words.

Gene May
Mastodon City

12 comments:

King Koopa said...

I think Mr. May's breath of wisdom needs a tic tac.

As long as speaking in tongues isn't considered a prerequisite for being born in the spirit (which it oftentimes is), then I'm feelin' this guy. I had a roommate in college who told me I had to be 'baptised in the spirit', which was a flowery term for trying to get me to speak in tongues (which I feel is a bunch of hooey, without getting all theologistic on everybody.). I'd also be curious what he means by "dressing properly". What, a pair of freshly ironed khakis and a collared shirt are not good enough for this guy? Geesh.

Mr. May is quite the wordsmith for a Mastodon City Letter To the Editor writer, though. I'll give him that.

Anonymous said...

One the two biggest problems with christianity is that people have taken words which were meant as metaphor and taken them literally. The other is mhat Mr. May is discussing with the Feminine side of divinity. I think both of these problems are stemmed from the two thousand years of translation from the original texts to the what we read today. And who is to say that the original writer wasn't misunderstanding the word of God/Jesus. It comes down to the very flaw of the divine word is that it was spoken through humans, and human's as you all know are flawed. If I had the divine word and tried to express it, I'm sure I would get it wrong. I am unsatisfied by my present explaination. Faith in God is tough, but faith and the man/woman next to you is close to impossible. Believe me, I know. When I learned of the possible femine side of christianity which has been supressed for two thousands years, it spoke to my heart, and say what you want about "The Davinci Code", the fundamental ideas answered questions for me that I didn't know I was asking. The history and fact may be sketchy, but I know the truth in my soul. Mr. May may be on the right track, butgetting a detail wrong who will ever "know". All you can do is believe.

King Koopa said...

General Question For Anybody: Are there specific parts of the Bible that are more questionable as far as authenticity ("authentic" being the Word of God, no out of place editorializing from Apostle Paul) than other parts and what makes these parts more suspect than others? If there are no specific parts where the authenticity is more questionable than others, how can any of the Bible be trusted? I ask this because I have an old roommate (different from the previous post) who says he believes parts of the Bible but seems to have a blanket doubt over unnamed, unspecific parts. I don't mean to offend anybody who believes like he does, but that just comes off to me as the postmodernist's easy way out: "I’ll pick the parts of the Bible that I want to believe". I guess what I'm getting to is that my point is that postmodernism is just as much of a problem in fostering faith in Christianity.

Mathis said...

Ps.92:12: "The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree."

Isa.57:1: "The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart."
Also, there is the matter of Deuteronomy: 11 You can eat any clean bird. 12 But don’t eat the meat of any of the following birds: eagles, vultures, falcons, kites, ravens, ostriches, owls, sea gulls, hawks, pelicans, ospreys, cormorants, storks, herons, and hoopoes. You must not eat bats. 19 Swarming insects are unclean, so don’t eat them. 20 However, you are allowed to eat certain kinds of winged insects.

What sacrilige does one commit when one pauses to consider why God thought a bat was a bird?

And with that, I must ask that none of you ever speak about the Bible in a serious way again.

King Koopa said...

I was hoping for a New Testament reference since Christ replaced the law from the Old Testament, but I can't talk about that anymore unless I can somehow craft a joke around it.

So, Christ and the 2 testaments walk into a bar...

Anonymous said...

you can have her. I broke up with her. She can freak out hide in your closet when she getting ready for paries. enjoy.

Mathis said...

Anonymous--

First of all, thanks for giving me a woman. I haven't had one in awhile, and I was starting to miss the delicate touch of the softer sex. You're the best.

Secondly, I must ask -- what the hell are you talking about? Not that I want or need specifics, but it seems as though perhaps you've stumbled, drunkenly it appears, onto the wrong website. Perhaps you were looking for the comments page for the heavy-metal band Mastodon?

Regardless, I am sorry that your woman "freak out hide in your closet when she getting ready for paries". And although I appreciate your desire to gift her to me, I must regretfully decline, as I don't know who the hell you're talking about or why, if she really does "freak out hide in your closet when she getting ready for paries", why I'd want her.

Anonymous said...

Hey dude Im back. I know Youknow what Im' talking about. Take her. Shes a gift of valubles and a flower of beuty.

Anonymous said...

You guys are hilarious. With your fake postings and your witty comments, you can really kick a guy when he's down. Well Mastedon, You took a girl out on a date a month and a half ago to the barney's beanery and kissed her. Then you went on a second date with her at a lunch where she then proceeded to come home to me and tell me about it since I was in a relationship with her for 3 1/2 years and living with her. Well, I loved her so we tried to work things out but she is vehemently immature and cheated again. I broke up with her, so if you wanna date a unstable girl with large boobs, she's available.
Enjoy.
I was trying to not embarass her by not being specific but since you like to make fun of a guy and not shut up I told you the whole truth. :O)
by the way, I was also the anonymous guy who wrote a comment on you missing iraqi soldier story and the feminine role in christianity. Just so you don't think I'm completely ignorant.

Mathis said...

Oh, c'mon. Was that really necessary?

Analogcabin said...

It's good to know that the AM is getting some action, especially from a slutty girl with big tits.

Also, sorry about your relationship, Anonymous. Maybe she was looking for someone who could spell.

And if you want to fight somebody, fight me. I'll meet you at McDonald's -- the north one.

Isabella said...

oh, Gawd, did you not make those anonymous comments up?

i can't stop laughing.

oh, wait, where am i? i only came here to read about creationism . .