History Of The World In 2 Objects

Posted: 29 February 2016 in Understanding Others
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Two objects. A stone. An apple.  That’s it.Jesus and The Woman 1b

Religious people know that the ethical and spiritual choices we make are stark.  Greed – Need.  Lust – Love.  Hate – Mate.  *igger – Neighbour.  Me!Me! – You Two~You Too. Superman – Jesus.  Hell – Heaven. Void– God. Stark choices they are – in terms of end result or destination.

But the getting there. Ah… we often miss out the little steps.  And that nothing is inevitable.

Take a stone.  See, two are on the ground. Ready to be hurled at the woman caught in a (then illegal) act of adultery.  (The guy must have been quicker out of the window).  It was a set up case to corner Jesus.  We know Jesus’ response “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (John 8 v7).  We then he is silent.  We await the stones to fly.  See Jan Brueghel’s version of his famous father’s painting, which is easier to reproduce on the web.  Look at the picture – two stones are on the floor, in reaching distance.  It only takes one person to start.  Just one.  See. The elder stares at Jesus.  His hands are empty.  And his hands remain empty.  “When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman” (John 8 v9).

The elder was probably looking for trouble.  The man stared Justice-with-Death in the face and yet chose Justice-with-Mercy.  He went away a better man.  He had to think again about Jesus.  We can find ourselves in a real pickle.  But halt.  It is not too late.  Don’t condemn yourself as well as that woman. – – – – – – – – – – And he didn’t – – – – – – – – – –

Adam and Eve 1bTake an apple.  Oh Adam. Do a Risk Assessment. It is not too late. Don’t bite the wretched thing. Tell her to bin it. But he’s clueless, and Lucas Cranach (490 years ago) captures his idiotic perplexity. His abdication of definitive action. We too can find ourselves in foolish situations. But the deed is not done, until it is done.

We too can find ourselves in foolish situations. Don’t panic, but consider.  The deed is not done, —- until it is done —–

One way or the other

Bill

Pictures from The Courtauld Institute, London.
Remember also: today is Day 25, till Zero Day.

 

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