Thursday, February 16, 2012
One’s whole experience of the world is expressed in one’s imagination – intellect, memory and creative will. One imagines bodily – one’s imagination contains all one has experienced in life, all one knows. Given that the world includes other than oneself, one can neither know nor even imagine all that is now, or has been, or will be beyond now.
Conscience considers all one consciously imagines (sub-consciousness is a matter for question). Imagination is the nexus between the real and the ideal. The content of imagination is the ideal against which one measures the real; one imagines some ideal world. The real is that which is true apart from how one imagines the world to be, one’s ideal world.
There is, however, much that is true but which remains unknown – much that is beyond knowing. The question whether there is the perfect Ideal haunts human imagination. Is Truth the perfect Ideal toward which one’s imagination strives to know? Perhaps. In any case, one must imagine what is True in order to know the Truth.
As one's imagination is grounded in reality, one’s own ideal is more possibly real. The mature human being is able to distinguish the real from one’s own ideal. The faithful imagination hopes any act one chooses to really do is congruent with that perfect Ideal – such congruency is love.
The act reveals the faithfulness of one’s imagination. All action is subject to judgment – good being that which is to be done (ought to be done). Thus the prayer of repentance: “Forgive us for what we have done and left undone.”
Monday, January 23, 2012
Saturday, May 21, 2011
he was lifted up while they were watching,
and a cloud hid him from their sight.
They were still staring into the sky while he was going,
when suddenly two men in white clothing stood near them
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Consider the question: what is the greatest commandment. What do you think yourself concerning this question? Does your answer have some other reference other than your own thoughts? What is your primary reference for thinking about this question? If Scripture, why? Where does Scripture support what you think about the greatest commandment?
One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, "Which is the first of all the commandments?"
Jesus replied, "The first is this: 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, 'He is One and there is no other than he.' And 'to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself' is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
And when Jesus saw that (he) answered with understanding, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Why do you believe what you believe? To what cultural community does your conception of life conform? Might there be some need for transformation so that such conception can be renewed so to give priority to what God considers to be good? Read Romans 12 (consider this chapter within the context of the whole book, especially verses 16-21 of chapter 1, verses 13-25 of chapter 7, verses 24-28 of chapter 8, and verses 8-10 of chapter 13).