Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Conversation via text message

A conversation via text message about a Haiku I wrote, enjoy:



This is the ensuing short exchange between myself and a theology major.


(theology major: The study of God?!?

It’s still beyond me how we think we study the Unsearchable)


Haiku for you:
This Morning I found
the audacity to bless
even the Devil.
-Judah 1



Girl: and where does scripture teach that?!


Self: Ha

“Love your enemy...bless those who curse you...”

...Its a radical concept of Jesus


Girl: ha ha. But I think ur using it out on context...not too certain


Self: I think you are missing the point of art

And (excuse me) the scripture is also “art”


Girl: yes my dear friend but if art is not in line with scripture then it is still wrong. Artistic license doesn’t give excuse for bad teaching, right?


self: am I teaching? Not at all.

Love god more then you hate evil (is the base foundation of the haiku)

Why are you trying to extract a literal meaning out of figurative language?

-Sigh- sadly we do this with scripture, too


The point is that people are often found to have (d)evil in them. And even though they curse and come against you, to bless Them. And that is the “audacity” of blessing even the Devil. I was gonna get into how Satan is an Angel and Agent of God (see the Book of Job, Chapter 1) and that he is doing his job. He is no enemy of God, rather merely an Adversary of Man. And as scripture (rather the People called Israel) grow and learn and progress, the role of the Devil changes and grows, as well...he is here to tempt and test us. To in a way, help perfect us with fire (trials). I think of art of the Middle Ages and their depictions of the devil over a cauldron. And while that image of a red horned creature with a pitchfork is far from true, the cauldron is important. Heat is the Element of Change. And is this not what man is always seeking, to change? I believe God answers our prayers and desires with Heat (tests or trials) wrought forth to bring the desired change in us. And we blame the devil for bringing heat that we, ourselves ask God to deliver to our souls.

But what would be the point...she studies God


Knowledge is(a) power.
But translating is Powerful.
-Alchemy 101

4 comments:

  1. I hate when people always have something to say about my statements and theories. But hey, even Jesus gets questioned so why wouldn't us believers get the same treatment.

    Anyways, great first post homie. And again happy birthday. God bless u.

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  2. Happy Birthday Judah!

    I loved that Haiku! Forgot to send you something back in regards to its dopeness.

    She needs to lighten up.

    But, even if literally, I remember as a kid wanting to bless those who were in hell. It seemed to me, that there would be an awful lot of people there and something just didn't seem right about all of them being tormented for eternity. I preferred the idea of hell being a type of purgatory. I wondered why so many people would be so adamant about the necessary suffering of others. I still find myself contemplating these matters on an earthly level.

    Thanks for the brain food.

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  3. This is a very interesting convo. To interject my two cents, I think its very clear how God feels about the Devil, or let me use his name Lucifer. God is love, and I'd venture to say the only thing he hates is sin. That said Im sure God loves Lucifer. Lucifer like us has some degree of free will and has chosen to serve himself. I think we Christians think that God only loves us unconditionally, but cant imagine that God loved Lucifer. Lucifer like us made his choice of who he will serve and just like us, will face the consequences of that decision, all the while God loves us unconditionally. God created Lucifer just like he did us, and I cant fathom that he wouldnt love all things he created.

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