Two Idioms From the New Testament

Lilies of the Field
Christ said: ‘look at the lilies of the field; they are more beautiful than Solomon’s Robes. They neither sow nor reap; yet your heavenly father takes care of them.’ Lilies of the field as an idiom means, being free from worries. My experience with God is Lilies from the field.

Temple
Christ was discussing with Pharisees and Sadducees about his own resurrection. He said: ‘the temple will be thrown apart and it will be rebuilt after the 3rd day.’ Christ died and rose up the third day. The temple as an idiom means a body of disbelief. My views on Christ as Lord, Messiah and Savior are not a temple.

Fictional Narratives

Cleansing the Temple
This is the only time that Jesus got angry. When he came to the temple, to his consternation he found that the temple was full of marketers and gamblers. He took a whip and with all fury drove them all out and said: ‘my father’s house is a house of prayer but you have made it a den of thieves. Cleansing the temple as an idiom means a body free of vices. In personal life cleansing the temple is not an easy task.


Evening Epiphany

Light broke out into a prose of poems ….scarlet …..orange….pink and purple….there’s an ark there embedded in the clouds, a Noah’s ark….there’s a fire belching monster ….there I see a gargoyle….evening is quiet, tranquil poem…..fairies were nattering in awesome splendor….few were streaking across the sky in magnificent pulchritude ….the flame of the forest with its red flowers shone as a music of color….meaning of beauty lies in the art of nature.

Rain an Epiphany
Zeus roared his motorcycle across the sky…A fetish of pink X-rayed the sky….The clouds were swollen ash ….then it started drizzling….the cold breeze stuck my cheeks as tempting cheese. The falling of rain on the roof resembled the sounds of horses trotting….the rain fizzled out and what remained was a quiet silence ….rain is pathos of nature ….

Fictional Narratives

Quail
The Israelites in their sojourn in the wilderness grumbled to God that they don’t have food to eat. In order to placate them, God rained hordes of Quail meat. Quail as an Idiom means a colossal material blessing from God. I Invite God to send Quail in my life.

Evening Narrative
The clouds are majestic, warm and friendly. Colors dazzle as a jazz opera. The sun is a ball, gleaning crimson. Colors scatter in celestial whispers. Clouds are hazy impressionistic forms and sometimes they take shape as Picasso’s Cubist art. Birds glide in harmony, a fusion of a melodious dance. The passage of nature is an unfurling of a streams consciousness narrative.

Eros
You passionate bed of the night; your lips flavor the poetry of romance; your body is soft as tender dew; let’s embrace in mystic adoration; let’s sing the song of songs by Solomon with our bodies.

Idioms

Iceberg
Well all know the story how Titanic sank when it was hit by an iceberg. Iceberg as an Idiom means an enormous destructive force. The pandemic Corona has become an iceberg.

Tabernacle
Tabernacle in the Old Testament is a tent where worshippers worshipped God and where the presence of God (Shekina) was felt. In the New Testament Tabernacle became the body offered to God without blemish or sin. As an Idiom, tabernacle means being free from sin or wrongdoing. Being the Tabernacle is a difficult task.

Idioms from Judaism

Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai is famous in history as the mountain on which Moses received the Ten Commandments. As an idiom Mount Sinai marks an important historical event all over the world. The Corona pandemic is a Mount Sinai.

Slaughter the Bull at the Altar
Old Testament Jews used to slaughter the bull at the altar for atonement and for worship. Slaughtering the Bull at the altar as an idiom means getting a remission for a wrong doing. Some rich scoundrels belonging to India like Vijay Malllia and Deeraj Modi have got a bull to slaughter.

April 7th 2020

An Idiom
The parable of the Seed is an all familiar parable of Jesus Christ. It tells of the seed planted on good soil ultimately yields good fruit. The Seed planted in good soil yields good fruit as an idiom means hard work and diligence will in the end yield rich dividends.

Evening Epiphany
I watch the evening appear as a painting of impressionism. Nature is a splendid gift of an artist creator, God. The mango tree outside my house is plump with rich fruit. Stray birds are caressing the sky. A butterfly does a symphony waltz. Poems of clouds scatter n the sky singing the epic chorus of Hallelujah.

An Epiphany
The sky is a stained, grey glass, moody like a romantic heroine. Dolphins of design floated in the sky. Rain is pouring now as streams of consciousness of a decadent hymn. Raining is striking on the roof, pitter patter, an impromptu harmony of a blues serenade. Feathers of the tree floated in the gentle rhythm of a musical breeze.

Analysis of Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments

Kierkegaard was one of the foremost Christian Philosophers and he is hailed as the forerunner to modern existential philosophy. Here I am analyzing his magnum opus: Philosophical Fragments.

His work is one of a literature within a literature and his tapestry of words is poetic form of prose. In this work he constructs a poetic dialogue between Christian thought and early Greek Philosophy. He dwells on the subjective realms of the Spirit. His writing is an aphoristic style called as Diapsalmata in Greek.

Greek Philosophers like Socrates have asked the question: ‘is truth knowable’? The method of Socrates was asked to ask questions and indulge in a dialogic rhetoric. Kierkegaard points out to the truth, that it, in a Christian sense was knowable and lies in the incarnated Messiah who came to earth as Christ and who rose up to save the entire world from their sins. The Socrates modes operandi of truth was a dialogic one which finally created an uncertainty of truth.

The teacher of truth is God himself—the Rabbi—the Messiah—the Christ who has laid the foundations of truth in the human consciousness of the individual.
The individual is given the choice to accept truth as a part of free will as God did not create a robot that he could manipulate. The knower of truth starts from a state of disbelief to a state of knowing.

The love of God or in Greek known as AGAPE is a love without any motives. The relationship of God and man is one that of a tutor and a learner.
Knowing oneself is a paradox in Greek Philosophy. The art of Knowing in Christianity is an empathic relationship with God the tutor and man the learner.
From the Christian point of view: faith is a compassionate surrender to the will of God. A genuine wisdom is one that of deciphering what God has bequeathed as consciousness in the spirit of man. As it is said in the Hebrews: ‘faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen’.

The archeology of Christian thought is, Adam and Eve created the primeval sin and then God incarnated as the Son to redeem all humanity from Sin.
Freedom is a paradox—God has given free will to choose God or to depart from him. Yes, God does not like luke-warmers; he avowed to spit them out.
He further expostulates that truth is hidden in the Eternal, the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God. There should be a merger of self consciousness with the presence of God-consciousness.
The teacher who gives the truth is the Savior—the Messiah who incarnated as Christ. When truth is forgotten, the individual relapses back into solipsism.
The transition of truth refers to a process from a state of non-being to state of being. Here Kierkegaard lays the foundation for modern, existential philosophy.

God tended to reveal himself to humanity as love and that’s why he sent his son to earth to claim redemption for all.
The teacher—the Rabbi, has bestowed on the student a peace and joy that surpasses all understanding.
Divine Love—Agape is eternal and is the soul of God which he gave freely to the humans for partaking. Divine love surpasses the symbolism of the occult and other religions.

The character of truth in Greek Philosophy was always one of doubting but in Christianity it is one being with Christ the God and the King. And Christ as rightly said: ‘I am the way the truth and the life and whosoever believes in me will have eternal life.’
The meaning of a Christian God is a concept of reason and also a passion of emotion.

The author differentiates between the love of God and that of Self love. Love of God is immaculate, transcendental and forgiving where as self love is based on desires and passion. Can we balance self love and the love of God and attain equilibrium?

The coming incarnation as the Messiah, Christ was historical and the resurrection is trans-historical.

An Idiom from Judaism

This idiom made a frame in my mind as I was reading the captivity of the Jews in Egypt. In the contemporary world the Jews became enslaved and made captive by the mad Hitler. The Jews are races who are travelers in the Wilderness. Traveler in the Wilderness as an Idiom means someone who is plagued by earthly troubles and sorrows. Oh God Jehovah Jesus make my victory while I am a traveler in the Wilderness.

An Idiom from the Bible

When Moses and the Israelites were fleeing from the Pharaoh after the Pharaoh letting them go, the pharaoh became hardhearted and sent his army after them. Then people of Israel grumbled: it would have been better for us to be slaves in Egypt rather than Corpses in the Wilderness. Slaves in Egypt and Corpses in the Wilderness are an idiom meaning choosing an alternative that is difficult and tiresome but something which will read rich dividends in the end.