Christ is Risen!
This thread made me think before the first cup of coffee so please forgive if I end up being all over the place and making no sense. although the OP has abandoned his position on the matter, still the idea seems worth looking into.
Even though one was to forget the glorious sun rise, and its setting, the sublime waterfalls and the gentle spring and the majestic mountains, the magnificent forests, the awesome desert and the resplendent beauty of the green and the golden fields, the laughter of Children, the song of the birds, the terrifying majesty of the four winds, or the look, smell and texture of the newly ploughed earth, the mystery of the ocean, the roar of the thunder, the welcoming bark of your dog or the purr and that gentle rub of your adoring cat
, the magic of birth or the change of the seasons, the feeling of coming home after the battle of each day…
Or the pain of loss and suffering, war, famine, starvation, disease, cruelty, death, betrayal, anger, malice , greed, depression, the jaded young, the immature old, hopeless children, etc… are all these merely entertainment for a mind boxed in some imaginary wall and otherwise meaningless? Are those who are suffering being entertained also?
Perhaps one might need to ask what would happen if that mind was not entertained?
What would happen to it in that utter stillness?
Why would the mind seek a way out in the first place? If such seeking out is a common trait to all minds then can it be that itself is the purpose and meaning of that mind? If that is the case then its existence ceases to be meaningless will it not? Now that the mind is doing what it was meant to do that is seek out. Perhaps then the need of that entertainment itself belies the claim that its struggle is aimless and meaningless. If the interaction with time is only to stay occupied, the need to stay occupied speaks of a lack that leads to experience in response to and as a result of that lack of something. A life that is constantly trying to feed a lack, even though knowing it will never be satiated fully yet settles for the chase anyway until the indifferent time interferes and one is kicked out of the race. If such was life indeed it would have been ruled by death and everything the rule of death entails. Indeed under the rule of death, fear is the motivating factor for all actions or inactions. If one has only death to look forward to then the need to avoid it would create all manner of corruption and distortion of truth. That in turn will lead to a man that is no longer human. C.S. Lewis would say it’s the abolition of man. For that creature the truth and worth of everything is defined by whether or not he is entertained by it.
For the Christian, life does not manifest itself out of lack, life comes out of the fullness of Love : God’s Love. Love Created the universe, God created man knowing full well He will be rejected, love followed the exiled chained and mortally wounded man into the place of his exile into hostile territories, cared for him with wisdom power gave him hope that he will be healed and through him the world that got infected by death as her king got infected by it.as the battle raged on for the destiny of man in the fullness of time God entered history in the ultimate act of love, the Son of God, the Word, the Power and the Wisdom of the Father, descended towards us and took on the form of a Slave! And we showed him no mercy, as he healed us, we cursed him , as he loved us , we hated him, as he unchained us, we chained him, as he put oil to our wounds we flogged him to the bones and spat upon him, as he lifted our shamefully casted down heads and crowned us with Life everlasting , we battered his head with our sticks and crowned him with thorns, as he vested us with the vestments of Glory, we stripped him naked and shamed him, as he silenced the mocking laughter of demons for us, we mockingly laughed at his suffering and blasphemed him, still the Father’s love for the world was steadfast, He willed His beloved Son to die the shameful death on the Cross, the Love of the Son was steadfast towards us that hated him and saying here I am, willingly laid his life for us and we killed him. From the cross the Good shepherd gathered all to himself, the Healer healed all and cried out in victory ‘ It is Perfected!’ for all have been made new in Christ the Victorious! The New Adam has loved perfectly being obedient even unto death! Through him we became Children of the Father, and dwelling temples of the Holy Spirit. Through him the fallen world is healed and transfigured and ascended into heights indescribable. Through him in his resurrection, a New Life in a New Day began: a day of rejoicing and gladness; a day without a night. For this reason st Paul says in Romans 14 :7-9 “ 7For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself. 8For whether we live, we live to the Lord; and whether we die, we die to the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. 9For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living
.” And again he boldly says in Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Death trampled down by death, life everlasting proclaimed. The fear of death taken away time and timelessness both are capable of manifesting the Divine. Because of this, because of Christ time is meaningful, purposeful and sacred with all its pain and suffering, its joy and gladness. We are meant to do all things in it with Love and offer it back to God that gives us this time. Yes there are rules, rather there is only one rule , and that is LOVE. In the Second Advent we will not be asked whether or not we have studied the scriptures, the church canons, fasted, preached, etc.. Rather we will be asked if we have loved our neighbor, how much? As Christ loved us! This much! John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
Especially In his first epistle St. John reminds us about this new commandment again and again because of its importance. In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 25 we see the terrifying reality of it. St. Paul in his first epistle to the Corinthians chapter 13 tells us the worth of Love or rather the worthlessness of all the actions of piety with out love.And this is the testimony, that God hath given to us eternal life. And this life is in his Son. 1 John 5:11