May 26th, 2015

the hierophany of the visible heavens

It is in the flow 8:40 AM Tuesday morning. It is a cold gray morning here in West Michigan. We are suppose to have thunder storms today. I am sure out by the Lake it is cold and foggy. It is not a good day to be sailing on Lake Michigan.

My wife and I got up this morning around 6:30 AM. My wife made coffee and I made oatmeal. After eating my oatmeal I messed with our main computer and then wrote in my paper diary. After writing in my diary I have been wandering the house. I am tired and have been thinking of going back to bed. I feel like a ton of cow dung this morning.

Last night I basically sat feeling wasted and finally around 9 o’clock PM I went to bed.

Yesterday when not feeling wasted I read “The Lord of History” by Jean Danielou.

Caleb, Emily, and Josie did come over from Grand Rapids yesterday afternoon. I got out our small little grill and grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch. After lunch we sat around the house. Little Josie Joy is growing up so quickly! Caleb, Emily, and Josie left around 6 o'clock for Grand Rapids. We will see them next Sunday when we come into Grand Rapids. Caleb and I next Sunday are seeing in concert the band Built to Spill downtown Grand Rapids. More could be written but I am running on empty.

Carol goes back to work tonight, so she will go back to bed this afternoon. Existence will keep flowing no matter what. I will close to feel wasted.

Papa & Josie Joy
Papa & Josie Joy
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I am nothing

It is 2:29 PM Tuesday afternoon in the flow. My day has gone by normal thus far. There is nothing to write so this is going to be a chore. But to be perfectly honest I never have anything to write about. I mainly write about my life which is nothing. I am nothing and I have nothing to write about. I enjoy the act of nothing. In the state of nothing is constant activity. There is really Nothing in Everything. I am constantly seeking to read Nothing and attach symbols to energy or ongoing Reality. I seek to interpret Reality or Nothing biblically. Outside of reality is nothing. How can there be anything outside of Reality? What do all these words mean in the End? What will matter in the End is being in Christ Jesus. Outside of Christ Jesus is nothing. "And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righeous into eternal life" Matthew 25:46.

So what have I been doing today? I wrote in my paper diary, read, listened to music and wandered the house. I did visit a nearby thrift store to look at their used books, but saw nothing to bring home.

What have I been reading today mainly? I have been reading a super exciting volume titled, "Galatians And Christian Theology: Justification, the Gospel, and Ethics in Paul's Letter" Edited By Mark W. Elliott, Scott J. Hafemann, N.T. Wright & John Frederick. I have been studying for many years the apostle Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. I often tell my wife I want these verses read when I place in the ground, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" Galatians 2:19.

Carol is sleeping because she goes back to work tonight.

Well I suppose I will close to drift. I will write in my paper diary and read my books. I doubt if there is anything on TV worth watching tonight. I should sit in silence this evening.

"For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself" Galatians 6:3
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entering into personal contact with the godhead

“Cosmic symbolism, myths and rites, have brought before us the collective structure of the nonbiblical religions. But side by side with these forms of communal religious life, there is the realm of individual religious experience, the personal relationship of the soul with God. This is a territory on the fringes of cosmic religion, often confused with it. No longer is it a question of ensuring the protection of the godhead for the preservation of nature and the race, but of entering into personal contact with the godhead, beyond nature and the race altogether. Within the scheme that is available to historical inquiry, these aspirations appear in the schools of nabi or bhiksu, where the practices of asceticism and mysticism are taught. We encounter these in Japanese Buddhism, in Greek Orphism, in Semitic Shamanism.

The most general form of this personal relation with the godhead is bhaki, the eusebeia of the Greeks, the pietas of the Latins. It appears wherever the godhead is conceived not merely as a power from which benefits are sought, and whose anger is feared, but where God becomes an object of love. The religious literature of the pagans provides admirable examples of this type of devotion. The form in which piety is expressed is that of prayer. This is one of the fundamental structures of religion. Prayer takes many forms-praise, acts of grace, supplication. It is the essential activity of personal religion, in that it implies recognition of a godhead with whom the soul can enter into communication and communion, and whose preeminent value it accepts.

Piety is evidently common to pagan and biblical religion. But here again it is important to present the problem correctly. The existence of religious instincts is a universal human fact. There are great religious geniuses outside Christendom. But just the same, as we have said, it is not religious feeling that counts, for in itself this does not save. The unique property of the Bible is the revelation of the coming of salvation. From that time forward, the essential activity of religion becomes that of faith. Does this mean, however, that religious feeling is a pagan contamination of Christianity, as many Protestants suppose? Here again we must return to the general law of the relationship between Christian revelation and cosmic religion. By revealing the new birth of faith, biblical religion does not destroy the riches of the religious soul, but rather takes them over. Whereas pagan prayer often goes astray in its search for an object and incarnates it in an illusory god, Christian piety is directed to the Father of Jesus Christ, to God, the Three in One. But it is the full range of the religious instinct that, once directed toward its true goal, find there its fulfillment.” pg. 29-31 “God And Ways of Knowing” by Jean Danielou
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Benjamin Smythe Radio Interview (pagan religion)

biblical religion
"[1] For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
[2] That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
[3] In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
[4] And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
[5] For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
[6] As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
[7] Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
[8] Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
[9] For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
[10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power" Colossians 2:1-10
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