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

Sunday, July 04, 2010

The Poisoned Arrow

The Parable of the Poisoned Arrow

One day, a new follower of the Buddha approached him with a series of questions.

He asked, "Master, do we have a soul? And does the soul survive our death?"

The Buddha responded, "Why do you wish to know these things?"

"Because," the man replied, "without these answers what is the point of following you?"

The Buddha responded:
"This is what your are like. You are like a man who has been struck by a poisoned arrow. Your friends take you to the healer so that the arrow can be removed and an antidote given for the poison. But you refuse to allow the healer to remove the arrow until he first answers all your questions. Who shot the arrow at you? What was his motive? What kind of arrow is it? What kind of poison did he use? On and on you ask your questions as the arrow remains in your body with the poison seeping into your blood. And so you die before your questions are answered.

You want my teaching to answer your questions.

My teaching only removes the arrow."

A very poignant parable touching on our incessant need to understand. In this life there exists old age, death, grief, suffering, sorrow and despair - and these can not be destroyed in this life. We wish to have explained the nature of suffering, the cause of suffering, the reason for suffering and the path to the destruction of suffering. Romans 8: 20,24, "... the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;... For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one hope for what he sees." We cannot get out from under the curse of life, the innate inability to thwart the limits and boundaries of this sin-riddled world. This life must be lived in its context.

We are not without recourse however, Jesus said "I have come that you may have life, and that abundantly." "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." 

2 Corinthians 5:7, "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

We fear what we cannot see, anxiety is caused by uncertainty, the unknown shakes our confidence. Life is without guarantees, without any assurances, the future is ambiguous, undefined, doubtful. This is life in plain sight, what is revealed daily, what we see and experience.

Faith provides a vision from our present state to a place of sight. A place where we will be present and dwell, the evidence of our faith manifest, for that will be our life, then. Faith believes that, as fact, an indisputable reality yet to be experienced, yet real. Here we have the testimony of God, and believe in the reality, because faith does not doubt His word. 

Faith is both the poison and the antidote.

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