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“You be perfect, as your Father in Heaven is perfect” -Jesus The Christ April 29, 2010

Posted by dennisgnosis in Perspective.
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Greetings My Gentle Readers!

I hope you enjoyed my last post and that it moved you to see things from a different perspective- like the Apollo 8 crew saw the earth from a different perspective and it changed them-forever.

Because that is what this blog is really all about, perspective- seeing things from a different point of view. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

THE title of this blog is a quote from scripture that used to really send me into a tailspin. You see, I used to be a very good, religious human.

And so, I could not understand why this quote seemed to be saying what it was saying, because, if it did, then, logically speaking,  it went against the theology that I was taught was the truth. A theology that could be summed up in the axiomatic conclusion I heard quite often from the pulpit:

“We sin every day!”  

So, how can He be saying to me that I am to be perfect- just as The Father is perfect?

It was quite unsettling. Just as it should have been, I was later to find out.

But, the answer was not to be found in the theology I was taught. In fact, I soon learned, from the answers I received, when I brought questions about this quote to those who taught and who, I perceived, were deft with scripture,  not to ever ask about these words of Jesus’!

They were words, I was told, that were meant for the Jews.

And so these words haunted me for a long time. What could He mean except that it was possible for me to be perfect, just as the Father is perfect?

According to correct theology, that just didn’t make any logical sense!

THEN, one day, I met Jesus.

 I didn’t meet Him after I walked the aisle for being scared shitless by a sermon on hell. And I didn’t meet Him after I got to repeat a prayer and fill out a card and shake the deacon’s hand and hear him say, “Congratulations! You’re saved!”

I felt relieved, sure. And why shouldn’t I? According to correct theology, I wasn’t going to go to hell anymore! I was saved.

But, no, I didn’t meet Him then. Nor any of the many other times after that experience, when I walked the aisle, feeling wracked with guilt because of my sins, as well as for the words I heard from the pulpit,  to re-dedicate my life to Him.

Because I still continued to sin, every day, just like I was taught.

Until that day I met Jesus. And that is how I know that I didn’t meet Jesus all those other times.

Because on the day I met Jesus, He ‘made love’ to me. And it was unforgettable.

That’s a weird thing to say, isn’t it?  Sounds almost… blasphemous!

But, I’ll speak more of that in my next post.

THIS signature line appears under all my posts on  The Marriage Bed (I am Eleutheros):

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”-Winston Churchill

“Therefore, you be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.”-Jesus Christ

Here then, after my re-siring and after not a few years of  changes upon changes toward maturity, is my new perspective on this formerly haunting quote of Jesus’.

The Greek word Jesus uses here that is translated ‘perfect’, telios,  better means ‘to be completed’, ‘lacking nothing needed’, ‘to be finished’.

Hence, to ‘be perfect’. (Do you think something might have gotten lost in translation?)

Like a carpenter will work on a new creation of his till his creation reaches a point where there is nothing more that needs to be done. The new creation is then, telios. And of course, the carpenter, at that point, would step back, feeling pride in his work and say, beaming with admiration and love, “It is perfect!”

 All metaphors are intended.

And so, just like the good, carefully selected wood the carpenter is using in this new creation undergoes radical transformation, undergoes change after change, to become what it will be, good and complete, while still keeping the qualities that make it a good wood, so will those who have been re-sired of Jehovah undergo change. And often. And permanently, as He works the good, living ‘wood’ of a human’s blood-soul/personality-spirit towards something that is simultaneously a work of art and functional.

Re-sired of Jehovah.

 Like Father, like son (or daughter). Think about it.

And please come back again, if I’ve sparked your curiosity, because  I’ll be writing more on that subject in my next post as I share with you more and more of what I mean when I say:

Be good!

Just as you were created to be!

Apollo 8 April 16, 2010

Posted by dennisgnosis in Space Exploration.
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You are God. 

You watch as Men and Women, united by purpose, have sent a spacecraft to orbit the moon. For four days the three men in the cramped spacecraft have been watching the moon growing larger through it’s tiny window with every minute that passes. At last, they reach the critical point where they fire the engine retroactively, slowing them down just enough to glide effortlessly into a  precise equitorial orbit.

The math worked.

And the spacecraft.

They’re, now, the first humans to see the moon up close and soon the whole world will be  listening intently to what they have to say. 

It’s December 24th, 1968 A.D., Christmas Eve. The day when almost all of Mankind stops, for just  a minute, to think on the birth of Your Son;  The Gift of Salvation to a world where most are usually too caught up in themselves to be bothered with what their Creator and Father is thinking. 

You know the names and the hearts of these brave men, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders. And so You know that they have hatched a secret plan to read, back to the Earth, from Your Words, during a black&white television message that they don’t know You intend to use to reestablish the hearts of those Many who cried out to you in prayer about the horrific year of turmoil that 1968 A.D. was for the nation that built this spacecraft and sent it here, with men aboard.

Right now, though, for entering orbit, they are very busy taking pictures of the unknown far side of the moon, in preperation for those who would soon follow this newly blazed celestial path all the way to it’s surface. You smile, watching them, because  You have prepared a special gift for them and them alone- A gift of love prepared just for them that they might know You a little better, as only they could, for being here.  A gift that they will, nonetheless, be able to share with the world. 

They come around from the far side of the moon filled with fascination for the magnificent desolation they see below them. And at that moment, when their orbit carries them around to the edge of the known face of the moon, Jim Lovell looks out the tiny window and calls to You. 

“Oh, my God! Will you look at that!” 

They see The Earth, the beautiful Earth that you love so much, for it is the home of Your children, hanging there in Black Nothingness, blue and beautiful, beautiful- Beautiful beyond words to express. These men are now privileged to have, installed into their minds, an image of the Earth that, before they came here, only You could see. 

William Anders and Frank Borman turn to see this sight… and they gasp, stopped dead in what they were doing. Then, being the well trained men that they are, they react just in time and the cameras swing around and click and whirr taking as many photographs as possible before this image, forever burned in to their minds, passes out of view for  being seen only through the tiny window of opportunity that they have to view this panorama of soul inspiring beauty. 

“Serendipity” They began to call it back home, when the photograph’s were developed and this one emerged from the processor, drawing the breath short in all who first saw it. Serendipity. 

But You smile, knowing better. It was William Anders, on his first and only space voyage, who was to be the holy one to capture these unique colour images that will inspire humans all over the world as he paused long enough to get it just right before he snapped the shutter. Inspiration for all who see it and contemplate it, to stop and consider, even if just for a moment, that You created all of this just for your children and that, perhaps, we are being petty children after all. 

And then, after this moment of Serendipity has passed, with the television link established back to the very Earth that they just saw through the eyes of God, on Christmas Eve night 1968 A.D., the world listens as, a little later, William Anders clears his throat and begins reading, from Your Words, words that take on a meaning they could have never had before:

“For all the people on Earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send you”.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…”