Sunday, March 22, 2009

Today, while the promise still stands … choose life … be a doer

When the sons of God mature sufficiently that they are no longer interested in playing pretend with the Lord but are interested in actually understanding the mysteries of God, then these sons of God begin to peel back the deception of the Adversary (who has deceived the whole world — Rev 12:9) and reveal previously unknown levels of linguistic precision in Scripture. But this can only occur because meaning is assigned to linguistic icons (i.e., words). Thus as the person matures and is no longer an infant or small child, the meanings that the son of God is able to assign to already familiar words change and become more complex … if words had hard-linked meanings, then the first time a passage is read all of the meaning contained in the passage would be grasped. There would never be the need to reread a passage for there would be nothing further to be gained by rereading the words. But as any Bible student knows, this is simply not true concerning Scripture (or any other literary text): every time a passage is read, more is taken from the passage for the person doing the reading is not then the same person mentally as the one who read the passage before. The person will have grown in some way—unless of course, the person continues to play pretend with the Lord and is too young to actually read the words on the page but must rely upon someone else to tell this small child what the passage says.
    Age old questions resurface when one reads more than the panel of the cereal box on the kitchen table or the "only approved" literature list from one's current affiliation. As the Apostle Paul noted in Romans 7, verses 15-21 … “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.” (ESV)
    «The(se) paradoxes are present in Hamlet, where they have been raised to the power of so many tragic truths: tragic because they point directly to as many appalling contradictions in the nature of things. Appearance contradicts reality, words contradict deeds, behavior contradicts purpose; nothing is what it appears to be, and nothing endures, least of all the high dedication of a passionate moment.
What to ourselves in passion we purpose,
The passion ending, doth the purpose lose. (III.ii.206-7)

… Ironically enough, it is the other King, the one of shreds and patches, who has the final comment on this matter, which involves nothing less than the need so urgently felt by the tragic protagonist throughout the play, for suiting the action to the word, the word to the action.
That we would do,
We should do when we would, for this "would" changes,
And hath abatements and delays as many
As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents;
And then this "should" is like a spendthrift sigh,
That hurts by easing. (IV.vii.118-123)»

Hamlet, William Shakespeare, ed. Cyrus Hoy. W. W. Norton, New York, 1963, xi.