The Glorious Befitting of the Religion of Christ

Only in Christianity is the whole person and experience of mankind revealed and felt. The mystery of man begetting himself to another generation, father to son, passing down everything that he is—this great mystery is seen in the Father begetting the Son. And yet, the circle of the family is completed, and the sanctity of the sexes fulfilled when the holy mother brings forth new life by the birth of the baby Jesus. But this life is new life, life that can only come from God, showing us that our instinct that this life is not what it should be, nor all that there is—this instinct for a greater type of existence and life is a true instinct for there is new life in and by God.

At the cross we see all our pains, and sicknesses, and sorrows, and sins, and finally our death shown in such a way that only could come from man. Never more clearly are our sufferings realized then by gazing at this bloody cross. And yet, at the very same time, right alongside this great tragedy, we see the obedience, the faithfulness, the heroism that man was made for. The heroism that is shadowed by a soldier dying by obeying orders, or the fireman rushing into the face of certain death to save a burning child, the sacrifice of one for another—this heroism is fulfilled and translated at the cross. By gazing at the passion, our suspicion that man is both a tragedy and a hero is confirmed. Our instinct that makes us homesick even when at home, this instinct that man was made for something else  different from this life of pain is completed.

But yet, just as our sorrows and pains and death are experienced and seen at the cross, even more at the resurrection of the dead do we find our hopes, our desires for peace and long life, our joy—only here do we find our dreams fulfilled. Here our greatest desire is shown to be true and to be something that will be met. Death will be overcome by Life. The Light will extinguish the Darkness. In the end, past all our sorrows, past all our sickness, and even in the midst of our deathbed, Evil will not prevail, but our hope of a life beyond this life of tears will come to pass, a greater existence awaits.

And finally, at the Ascension of the Worthy One, our fears that chaos rules all things, and that we are alone, and that we are merely creatures of dust floating on a dust ball guided only by chance and at anytime our arbitrary existence can come to an end—these fears are shown to be the only truly false instincts we possess. For there is a King above all things. There is a Being of Will who sits on the throne of creation and who guides all things by his Will. And beyond this reality of sovereignty, rising above it like glorious smoke from ashes, is the awesome truth that this Being is Love. So finally our greatest need to be loved is realized, and the only worthy Object of our Love revealed.

None of the religions of history or of today can even begin to hold a candle to how Christianity fulfils the being, existence, and holistic experience of man. Even if all religions were false and there truly were no God. Even if we truly are alone, and our desires and dreams are meaningless. Even if that were the case, still on a qualitative level, none of the other religions can even approach the mountain on whose mountaintop sits the Great Religion of Christ.

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The Problem of the Shifting Scientist

Richard Dawkins is known for consistently repeating one his favorite comments:

Because of the beautiful coherency of natural selection to explain the mechanism by which evolution has occurred, we now  no longer need to believe that a god is necessary for creation and life.

Anyone who has heard him say this can even now hear his smug British accent speaking the words with a satisfied smirk on his face as if there could not possibly be an answer to the comment. The case is closed. Let us quickly forget the 2000 years of Christian history so we can move on finally into the brave new world. The last domino of Christianity has now fallen and now there is absolutely no reason for a god.

I won’t even bother to point out the poor theology which assumes in ignorance that Christians think all God did was create and so once we explain creation there is no reason for God. Nor will I point out that all evolution does is explain how a creation that has already been created may work, but still does nothing to explain how the creation came about in the first place. None of that is important to me for it would simply be answering Dr. Dawkins according to his folly. Continue reading

Poem: Crystal Lake

Of all the posts I have done up to now this is the first that I must admit does not seem to fully fit the theme of the blog. I simply wanted to share this poem that I wrote years ago and so I have placed it here. I hope you enjoy it and are caused to reflect. Thank you for your time.

Crystal Lake 

The wind blew slightly, and the sun shone brightly in the crisp blue sky on that warm spring day.

Whether April or May, I could not say, for I was lost in her eyes, near the Crystal Lake.

Now it could have been me dreaming or it may have been the gleaming of the lake upon her pearly face;

But her countenance began to change, not just in mood, but in shape, changed by the shimmer of the Crystal Lake.

 

The sunshine into my soul was beaming, reflecting off the water streaming down her ruby cheeks.

Water which a story told, more than through her lips of rose, to my heart of stone that message still speaks.

But through those pedals also came a tune, born from her “ivory lute”, revealing what her pure mind still thinks.

Causing my rough hands to tremble, hands of a starsturck rebel, which could only brush the streams from off her ruby cheeks.

 

And as the wind blew her hair of gold, she—just like the goddesses of old told to mortal hearts the words of the wise—-

So to me did she then teach, not through elegancy of speech, but through the glisten of her emerald eyes.

She taught of my true nature, of the eternal value of my wager,

and how I had lost her through my alibis.

This all told so very gently, by a whisper given slightly,

through the green sparkling from her emerald eyes.

 

Now one memory fills my thinking, one place my spirit is forever drinking—given away by my stone stare.

The Fallacy of Assumed Progress

It is often heard in this advanced technological era the phrase: “Back then people actually believed…” This is said in a way that tries to demean our ancestors as if they were so much more ignorant than us about life because they didn’t have the scientific and technological advancements that we have. Now it may be true that they did not know as much about certain things then we do today. But people seem to mix up wisdom about life with discoveries that advance knowledge about certain things. Continue reading

Poem: What is a Man!

What is a man!

O, how wondrous is a man, a vessel of so many experiences, beliefs, and decisions!

Eyes which have looked upon the world with awe and amazement, and which have shed tears of sorrow at the tragedy beheld.

Ears which have heard sounds for the first time, and which have been closed at the most important times.

Hands that have conquered the large world of one’s own backyard, and then have taken from the forbidden tree to eat its fruit thereof.

Fingers that have wiped away the tears of many eyes, and have brought tears to many more.

A spirit so heroic it would charge to certain death upon command, so wicked it can not give itself for the sake of another.

A mind so creative it can build a world, and so deprived it can forget it.

A will so strong it can never be conquered, and so weak it can never conquer itself.

His laughter echoes through the hall of ages, and his cries water the desert.

His thoughts tower far above the earth, sinking him beneath it.

He realizes beauty for the first time through the smile of a girl, and ugliness through her lies.

He remembers the beginning of time, and so quickly disregards the end.

He spends his youth longing for older age, and his old age longing for youth.

Oh how wondrous is a dead man—a broken pot from which spills so many experiences, beliefs, and decisions!

Is he a tragedy, or a comedy? A love story or a murder mystery?

Perhaps there is no genre that can define him, for he is a man. A mixture of predator and prey—both angel and beast; the only one who can decide to rise above, and the only one who chooses to fall beneath.

 

Praeter unum, qui superat, et resurrexit, et ascendit

 

Christian Marriage, Part 4- Condemnation of Certain Acts Associated with Marriage

This is the final part of a four-part series on Christian Marriage. As I have said in each of the posts, please go back and read the other posts, because the posts only make sense if they are read together. This is especially true of this post, because if read on its own it would seem to simply be  a condemnation of certain sexual acts that most Christians would already agree are wrong.

But the purpose for this post is to tie up the loose ends of the prior posts. The prior posts were dealing with other Christian Dogmas that influence the Christian understanding of Marriage, and so I tried not to digress outside of the realm of the Dogmas and the truth they provide. As such, I wasn’t able to address more directly certain sexual acts that are connected with Marriage, and so this final post deals with those acts in light of the truths spoken of in the other posts.

The first two sections of the post are about particular sexual sins. The last part of the post is an aside concerning a qualification about the condemnation of divorce that was mentioned in the first post. This section deals with the so-called “exception clause” of Matthew 19 and how this phrase of Jesus’ is to be understood in light of the prior dogmas mentioned in the other posts.

These issues then wrap up the Christian understanding of Marriage which is based not upon reason, or science, or emotions, but rather on Christian truth by which we understand God’s reality and all issues that are relevant to our pilgrimage here on earth as those who desire to live according to God’s design and wisdom. Thank you for reading this series and I hope that it helps in your future relationships with your spouse and other people.  Continue reading

Christian Marriage, Part 3- The Incarnation as the New Communion

This is the third part in a four-part series on the Doctrine of Christian Marriage. The first part spoke to Christian Marriage as being an Icon of the Trinity; the second part spoke to Christian Marriage being an icon of the Church’s communion with Christ. In this part, I will speak about the Dogma of the Incarnation and how it has changed the nature of communion with God so as to bring in a new type of marital like relationship.

If you have not read the other two parts I would suggest that you do read them along with this third part because none of the parts stand on their own or would give a full picture without the other parts.  Continue reading