Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Tyranical Father

'Father-God' is a term used by a friend when he addresses God at the beginning of prayer. It is a term of familiarity which disturbs me somewhat. I relate much better to the term 'Heavenly Father' as it denotes reverence, formality, and for myself personally, creates distance. 'Father-God' places God in the context of one Who is not an impersonal deity, but one Who has an intimate relationship with me. This is both the comforting aspect of God's love in relationship and is also the discomforting aspect of God's love in relationship.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Atypical Father

"What accounts for the father's absence? What of the quality of his presence ---the anger, that hatred? Why is Father such an abusive, brutal family destroyer? What is his rage?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thought-Provoking Quotes # 3

Introduction of Karl Marx's 1843 book on Hegel's philosophy:

Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man—state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d'honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion. Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. [The more famous expression of this quote is; 'Religion is the opiate of the masses'.] The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Borrowed Thoughts #4

... a new spin on "organized" religion.