From The Bible

I would like to do an exegesis of the temptations of Jesus and the Sermon on the Mountain. The version of the Bible I am taking is the Message, a post modern Bible written in contemporary idioms.

Temptations of Jesus
When Jesus finished fasting in the wilderness for 40 days, the fiendish Lucifer came to test him. He knew that Jesus was hungry and asked him to turn stones into bread. And Jesus quoted the scripture and said: ‘Man should not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. What is the spiritual meaning of this? We should not be self-gratifying beasts, carnal, lecherous and gluttonous. In the Second Temptation, Satan took God atop a mountain and said to him to jump and said that the angels would come down and rescue him. Then Jesus replied: ‘We should not tempt God’. The meaning is we should not be reliant on the satisfaction of our own desires. We should yield our will to the almighty. For the third temptation Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world with fame and splendor and said: ‘if you worship me, all these are yours’ Jesus said not to worship any other but only God. In our narcissistic search for fame, money and prestige we should not lose the sight of God and the banquet he has prepared us for eternity. It is God the maker and his will that should prevail in us.

Sermon on the Mountain
The Sermon on the Mountain is the profound speech of Jesus and is the most vibrant literature, more meaningful than all those who have won the literary accolades. I am taking a New Version of the Bible called the Message.
a) ‘Blessed are you when you are at the end of your rope and then you will have more of God and Less of you’. What is the meaning of this saying? End of the rope is a point in your life when you are feeling frustrated, hopeless and then the writer is advocating you to turn to God.
b) ‘You are blessed when you have lost most dear to you and then you can gain what is most precious for you’. Devotion, Faithfulness, and Hope are the ways in which we signify God. All our possessions on earth are fleeting.
c) ‘Blessed you are when you are contented and then you can buy the things which cannot be bought.’ The grace and peace of God are heavenly and not earthly. They cannot be bought but they have the heavenly splendor of love.
d) ‘Blessed are you when you have worked a good appetite for God and then you can taste the best meal that you have ever had.’ Appetite is spiritual hunger and its satisfaction is God’s words and the miracle of simple life and well –living.
e) ‘You are blessed when you care and at the moment of caring, you will find yourself cared for.’ Jesus is advocating us to compassionate. Jesus also wants to remind is that he is the provident provision of all our monetary needs.
f) ‘You are blessed when you put your inside World—your mind and soul in good order and then you can see the World that is manifest in God.’ God Jesus is advocating a world of spiritual purity. God wants us to edify our hearts and be divine like him.
g) ‘You are blessed when you can show people to cooperate instead of competing and fighting. That’s when you find yourself being a part of God’s Family.’ The choice to be Christian is a personal one and in it there’s no place for hate, envy, maliciousness and covetousness.
h) ‘Blessed are you when you are persecuted for God and then only will you find a place for yourself in God’s kingdom.’ It’s a tough injunction to spread the word of God to the nook and corner of the World. The reward is God’s Heavenly Eternity.

May 13th 2019

I was deeply engrossed in thoughts and I would like to share these sayings with you.
Cinema is the mirror of life. You have a choice to swim upstream or downstream. I am a muse of words—a delicate ornament writing art. Poems chirped in the morning and woke me up. The heart must be a compassionate vessel. Cobweb lies on the wall like a tent. The weapon of nonviolence can win any battle. Lottery winning is a free lunch if you have luck. Morning scattered a symphony of colors. Dusk spread warmth of love. Poems are brewing on the ocean of luck. Thoughts are mind blowing ornaments. Travel makes a global citizen wise. The Messiah is a truth that has to be believed and understood. Ideas are a rare gift of the mind. Oh Dear God Jehovah Jesus, let the footsteps that walk with me sound victory. Character is embedded in a sincere heart. Wisdom is of the heart where knowledge is of the mind. Cloud your mind with virtues. Be patient; what you aspire for will be rewarded to you. A goal is a dream to pursue; nourish it and fertilize it till it becomes a reality. God says: your freedom is not existential condemnation—your freedom is preserved and accepted by God through Grace. The sky whispers when rain is falling. Let the soul overflow with gladness. A friendship epitomizes a season of the heart. The mind can only contemplate; it is the heart that thinks feels and wills. A genuinely repentant soul will be pardoned in Heaven. We did poetry and became an ecstatic symphony. Tackle your fears with gut and they will flee from you. Don’t carry a bag of worries. Let not guilt smear your soul. Let not sin’s master—the devil imprison you. God’s mercy will make a provision for your finances. Life is a bird soaring high on wings of luck. Harmony is rhythm and melody—a music for the heart. My life is a fragrant flower of a becoming. Let destiny open the doors of fortune for you. Etch the desires of your heart and spread them on a canvass of love. Good company like good wine is the essence of the soul. I am drinking from the cup of good fortune. Dear God Jehovah Jesus: let each day of mine be blessed. Oh Lord Jehovah Jesus help me to have an obese bank account. When you are in distress, the angels of God are out to help. Compassion to the weak is a good trait of character. Pornography is filth polluting the soul. My God Jehovah Jesus is God who deserves all honor, praise, glory and worship. Keep a humble heart when God Jehovah Jesus bequeaths you fame and fortune. At the end of the day all I want is a happy heart. Every day glad your heart to a stranger. Kids are the most valuable gift given by God. Though David did wrong, he was repentant and he was a man after God’s heart. God is there for you, lest you stumble in your walk of life.

Continents as a present and Nations as a Gift

I came across a Psalm: Psalm 2:8 which says: ‘Name it’ says the Lord Jehovah Christ: ‘I will give you the continents as a present and the nations as a gift’. I found this verse to be very inspirational and profound. As an idiom it means material blessings of God. When will God give me the Continents as a present and the Nations as a gift’ Lord provide for me for the month of December 2018 and Jan 2019, the continents as a present and the Nations as a Gift.

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.

 

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.