Presence of the Holy Spirit

After brief period of Atheism I have come back to Christ. My yoke with him is being strengthened by daily reading of the scripture. While travelling or relaxing, I have intimate conversations with my dear most beloved Christ. I have felt his holy presence. I can’t quite well explain the feeling in words but let me try. My whole body feels as though electricity is passing, and I get a tingling sensation. I am filled with satiety of intense peace. This feeling remains for some time and then goes out of the body. God, Christ, the messiah also speaks to me in dreams. One night he said: ‘read the Message’. I was confused as to what it was. Then in the morning as I was browsing my mother’s desk: I found that the Message was a Bible. The Bible written by Peterson is written in contemporary American English and is tinged with lexicon of idiomatic meaning making the mind cathartic.

 

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David’s Sling and Stone

We all know the Biblical incident when the puny David with a sling and stone slayed the mighty Philistine Goliath. For God David was a chosen one and he empowered David to do the mighty deed. As an idiom it means doing the best with meager availability of resources.

Example: I wish I could use David’s sling and stone in all trying circumstances.

Many writers accomplish their works by adopting David’s sling and stone.

Confessions of a Literary Philosophical and Christian Self

I was reading into the institution of marriage which started from ancient Egypt, though the etymological derivation of marriage is Latin which is Latin (maritare), meaning to provide with a husband or wife. Today’s postmodern societies have come to encompass marriage of the identical gender as being perfectly normative. This goes against the Biblical concept that prurience of the same sex is sin and transgression. But again in the Bible it is clear that ‘Judge ye not the speck in another’s eye when you have a speck in your own eyes.’ The wrath of God is clear on the retribution of Sodom and Gomorrah. Yes sodomy has ironically its etymology from there. There are also other marriages like polygamy which again is bifurcated into polygyny (keeping more than one wife which is common in Muslim cultures) and polyandry (a wife having more than one husband), a phenomenon rarely to be seen. Thus marriage is an institutional process guaranteed by the sanction and consent of the society.

When there is the institution of marriage, there is also violation of the moral code and that is adultery and fornication. Though it occurs in most societies adultery is a serious crime in Muslim cultures and the penalty is death by stoning. Western democracies have adopted a lenient and permissive view to adultery. However the Christian condemnation of adultery is sin and violation of the moral law. It is ironic that heterosexuality is blatantly permissive in Western democracies while the same society looks with sinister sarcasm and limited acceptance of sexuality of the same gender. The Western media is awesome with the sleaze of sensationalism when celebrities commit adultery and get discovered. This is virulently true of Clinton and Monica. I admit that Hillary has been a gem in acceptance, reconciliation and forgiveness.

Next, I would like to offer a commentary on gay and lesbian prurience. The earliest known records are from Greece and Rome. We have lesbian poems written by the poetess Sappho celebrating lesbian promiscuity. There are also many artistic illustrations showing the same in blatant display. In postmodern societies they have become openly expressive and symbolic with obsessive compulsion of being an obsession as gay culture. Some gay writers go to the malfeasant extent of questioning the very idea of gender being determined by biology. For them gender is a conception produced by History. Yeah my cute lesbians: it’s not a culture shock to be butch or for that matter to role play as the femme. At least from the reproductive point of view there has to be biology for gender. But again in today’s advanced medical and technological society one can opt for sex change. Then again comes the question of trans-gender who forms miniscule of the population. The Biblical view is that it is violation for it is said: they gave up their own bodies to their lust: men with men and women with women. And God gave them up to their reprobate minds. But seeing God in a more democratic way: God loves the sinner and not the sin and grace is acceptance of the divine and forgiveness of carnality. I am not sure whether one can be a gay Christian or for that matter a Christian heterosexual. Yes, one can repent and seek forgiveness. Christ was poignant in his love for Mary Magdalene. All he said was: ‘woman sin no more’.

I was also searching for literature on lesbian voyeurism in  men. The lust of the eye is a term used by St. Paul. To my surprise there exists very scant literature on the topic. I would like to use Laura Mulvey’s scopophila (meaning pleasure of the erotic gaze. Freud becomes a stumbling block because this term neither encompasses the Oedipus nor the Electra complex. It is an emotional, intellectual, and psychological complex born with appetite for a sensual catharsis. Her love is poetry of Eros, passionate, erotic, sublime forcing the tempter into a kind of narcissistic psycho-sexual pleasure. She makes passionate poems and lyric verse out of her.  I seek solace that I will become a vessel yielded to grace and succumb my flesh to the design of the divine. May God grant me reprieve. Amen!

 

How I happened to Read the Bible

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I was fed up with all versions of the Bible as I found the English too Orthodox and dull to stir the adrenaline. Then one day I had a dream and I was told: Read: The Message. I had no clue as to what it meant. Light dawned on me in the morning when I saw at my mother’s table a Bible called the Message. Actually the Bible was gifted by my uncle a strange coincidence. The writer is a Hebrew and Greek Professor emeritus who taught it in a theological seminary and later became a pastor. His diligent and passionate working of the Bible in readable contemporary English fascinated me from the start. I became an avid fan of it. I must thank him for helping me be nourished with God’s word. I must thank Rev. Doctor Eugenie H Peterson. Sir you are a celebrity for me. It is a great honor to read your word. In fact he wrote the Bible for those who are deadened, fossilized or for those-who-don’t care. I love the Americanized English written with unusual startling words that I have never heard before.

Some Types of Faith from the Bible

First of all I would like to explain the types of faith that I obtained from my simple reading of the Bible. One is loyal faith. We find it in abundance in the Biblical Patriarch Abraham and also in Joseph and Daniel and David. Abraham had to wait a hundred years before Sarah conceived and she was ninety. The whole History of the Jewish Nation can be traced to this Father. Abraham did not question why and what and how? Similarly when Daniel was asked to worship pagan idols he bowed his head only to the one and only one God Jehovah. Daniel was cast in the den of lions, in fire but God miraculously released from all his tribulations. Daniel’s faith can also be called as a faith of test. So was Joseph betrayed by his brothers, treacherously put in prison by Pothphar’s who wanted to bed with him and his faith was tested and he was showed that he was uncompromising. So is the case with Job whose faith was tested with mental, physical and emotional massacre. Next let’s examine the faith of the disciples when they were journeying by boat and encountered turbulent waters and the storm. They became afraid and woke Jesus up. Jesus told them that in spite of being close to him their faith were weak and sickly. Next let’s examine the faith of the woman who was hemorrhaging. She merely touched the garb of Jesus and was healed. This is the faith of belief and conviction. Let’s examine the faith of the Centurion whose servant was dying. He did not even want Jesus to come to his house as he felt it unbecoming of him to invite the master. Here also the working of faith is one of belief and conviction. The Bible defines faith as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

Sayings of a Beatnik Rabbi

My mind wavers between the depths of pessimism and the heights of optimism.

 

Libido! I need to be gratified in excess.

Consciousness is mechanical, physical and more important ontological.

I can celebrate failures on the rocks.

 

Fornication and adultery are virtues.

Thank God all of the Indian flag is not Saffron. BJP are you listening?

I hate all astrologers, clairvoyants and psychics; they bring out the worst in you.

 

Conscience is death of the body.

Kill Freud and celebrate Derrida.

Conscience is death of the body

 

The British would have never left India if they did not become fed up of it.
Economy, you have opened the doors of the libido.

Shamanism is a dick with blisters.

Conniving charm do not manipulate my body.

I am fed of life. I don’t suicide but read Philosophy.

Time cannot coerce an orgasm.