DECEPTIVE … BUT TRUE: BEYOND TRAGEDY
GOD’s TRUTH VS DYSTOPIAN DECEPTION
“FOREVER, O LORD, THY WORD is SETTLED in HEAVEN”
“God is NOT a man, that he should LIE; NEITHER the Son of Man, that he should REPENT: hath he SAID, and shall he NOT DO IT?or hath he SPOKEN, and shall he not MAKE it GOOD? (true). Numbers 23:19 King James Version (KJV)
New International Version
GOD is NOT HUMAN, that he should LIE, NOT a human being, that he should CHANGE HIS MIND.
Does he SPEAK and then NOT ACT? Does he PROMISE and NOT FULFILL?
“DECEIVERS, YET TRUE” (2 Corinthians 6:8)
King James Bible: “By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
New International Version
“through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as IMPOSTERS”
New Living Translation
“WE SERVE GOD whether people HONOR US or DESPISE US, whether they SLANDER US or praise us. WE are HONEST, BUT they CALL us IMPOSTERS.”
Much of “the world” thinks “religion” or “GOD” is a FRAUD or FAIRY TALE.
God is IMAGINARY and MYTHOLOGICAL, a FALSE “OPIATE of the masses”.
God belief is “RIDICULOUS” and “IRRATIONAL”.
Christians specifically are considered DERANGED, DANGEROUS, and even INSANE.
Believers are considered DECEIVERS DERANGED. (from “truth” and “reality”)
GOD’s DECEPTIVE TRUTH – BENEATH and BEYOND …
GOD TELLS the TRUTH. GOD IS THE TRUTH.
The Bible says God is NOT a LIAR. God’s Ways are NOT man’s ways.
On the SURFACE,to the “children of this generation“, religion APPEARS “RIDICULOUS”.
JESUS taught of a REALITY“BEYOND” OUR EARTHLY EXISTENCE.
The Bible teaches “WORLD VIEWS”, PERSPECTIVE that INTERPRET the nature of the universe, life, death, meaning, morality, knowledge and history.
The world view of Christian Theism says JESUS was destined to be the Messianic King of a GOD’s KINGDOM, NOT of THIS WORLD. JESUS called HIMSELF, “The WAY, the TRUTH, the LIGHT”, the CENTER of the religious universe.
God’s “SUPERNATURAL” nature was revealed in the “natural” world.
The RESURRECTION is testimony to that.
The Bible tells us that “DEEP calleth unto DEEP“.
LOOKS are DECEIVING
On the “OUTSIDE”, the Biblical worldview LOOKS “DECEPTIVE” to non-believing “skeptics”.
When one looks “deeper”, “beneath and beyond” a natural, shallow and three-dimensional MATERIALISTIC and humanistic world view, the Biblical world view, according to Reinhold Niebuhr, “makes MORE SENSE out of more FACTS”.
The apostle Paul characterizes God’s ways as “DECEPTIVE YET TRUE”
Many atheist non-believers consider religion a DEVIOUS DECEPTION.
On the other hand, the Bible says humanity possesses a “PERVERSE HEART of DIS-BELIEF”
JESUS was HARSHLY CRITICAL of “Children of THIS GENERATION”. They are “BLIND” to God’s reality BEYOND this earthly existence.
The “Children of DISOBEDIENCE” REFUSE to see “GOD’s ULTIMATE REALITY, which to them looks DECEPTIVE, but describes a “reality” is nonetheless TRUE.
Paul tells us we “SEE THROUGH GLASSES DARKLY“. Our WORLD VIEWS are the “GLASSES” we all look at and influence our perspective on “reality”.
These are TWO WORLD VIEWS at WAR– THISworld and the NEXT.
WHICH “PERCEPTION” (world view) is “PERVERTED“?
WHICH “PERCEPTION” (world view) is “REALITY“?
WE are FACED WITH THREE (3) CHOICES: WAS JESUS a LUNATIC, LIAR or “LORD”?
Human existence is full of “deception”. From “little white lies” to “tell the big lieand people will still believe it“, “TRUTH”is often a SCARCE COMMODITY.
SKEPTICISM and CYNICISM from “DESPISERS” of Christianity are the “NORM”. Pilate was contemptuoustowards the claims of Jesus – “what is the truth”? The German Nietzschedeclared “GOD is DEAD”.
HOW and CAN WE KNOW “the TRUTH”?
HUMANITY has INVENTED ITS OWN MYTHOLOGY
At the root of progressive ideology and “liberal religion” is DYSTOPIA, based on NARCISSISTIC NONSENSE, NIHILISTIC NOTHINGNESS, leading us NOWHERE
The Utopian world view LOOKS and SOUNDS GOOD BUT is deep-down a DELUSIONAL DENIALof GOD – a REJECTION of “DIVINE” REALITY. It is BLIND FAITH
It APPEARS “TRUE” BUT is DECEPTIVE, NOT an “ACCURATE” portrayal of GOD’s ULTIMATE “REALITY”
Dystopians often IMAGINE and IGNORE the “FACTS of life”, based on “FEELINGS”and “WISHFUL THINKING“. We are FOOLED … AGAIN … and AGAIN … and AGAIN …
DELUSIONAL DISBELIEF (Dystopian Towers of Babel)
REINHOLD NIEBUHR from his book “Beyond Tragedy”: “The reason for this simple REJECTION of the Christian drama of salvation lies in the modern conception of human nature, rather than in any rejection of the theological absurdities attached to the idea of Christ’s atoning death.
Modern man DOES NOT REGARD LIFE as TRAGIC. He thinks that history is the record of the “PROGRESSIVE” TRIUMPH of GOOD OVER EVIL. (or their version of it)
He DOES NOT RECOGNIZE the SIMPLE BUT PROFOUND TRUTH that man’s life remains SELF-CONTRADICTORY in its SIN, no matter HOW “HIGH” human culture RISES; that the highest expression of human spirituality, therefore, contains also the subtlest form of human sin.
Niebuhr: “The failure to recognise this fact gives modern culture a non-tragic conception of human history. To recognise this FACT, and nothing more, is to REDUCE human history to SIMPLE tragedy”
The basic message of Christian faith is a message of HOPE in TRAGEDY.
The Bible declared that when the Christ, by whom the world was made, enters the world, the world will NOT receive him. – “He came unto his own and his own received him not.”
Human existence DENIES its OWN DEEPEST and MOST ESSENTIAL NATURE – that is TRAGIC.
But when that fact is understood, when MEN cease to MAKE the STANDARDS of a SINFUL EXISTENCE the NORMS of LIFE but ACCEPT its TRUE NORM, even though they fail to obey it, their very contrition opens the eyes of faith. This is the Godly sorrow that worketh REPENTANCE.
OUT of this DESPAIR “TRUE” HOPE is BORN
The dialectic of the Biblical view of life can be seen in the NECESSARY “DECEPTION” involved in every Christian myth including creation, the fall, the incarnation, revelation, redemption and judgment
The myth of a jealous God expresses the valid sense of GUILT in ALL human endeavors, and EXPOSES the SPIRITUAL DELUSION that MORTAL MAN can CREATE a state, a civilization, a science or even a church that TRANSCENDS GOD (Towers of Babel – utopian “heaven” of earth)
Thus HUMANITY BUILDS TOWERS of the SPIRIT from which he may SURVEY LARGER HORIZONS than those of his class, race and nation. This is a necessary human enterprise. Without it man could not come to his full estate.
But it is also INEVITABLE that these towers should be TOWERS of BABEL, that they should PRETEND to REACH HIGHER than their REAL height; and should CLAIM a FINALITY which they cannot possess.
The TRUTH MAN FINDS and speaks is, for all of his efforts to transcend himself, still HIS TRUTH. The “good” which he discovers is, for all of his efforts to disassociate it from his own interest and interests, still HIS “GOOD.”
The HIGHER the tower is built to ESCAPE unnecessary LIMITATIONS of the human IMAGINATION, the more certain it will be to DEFY necessary and INEVITABLE LIMITATIONS. SIN CORRUPTS the HIGHEST as well as the lowest achievements of human life.
HUMAN PRIDE is greatest when it is based upon solid achievements; but the achievements are NEVER GREAT ENOUGH to justify its PRETENSIONS
“Why do the heathen RAGE and the people IMAGINEa VAIN THING? God will laugh … and hold them in DERISION“ – Psalm 2
This PRIDE is at least one aspect of what Christian orthodoxy means by “ORIGINAL SIN.”
It is not so much an inherited corruption as an INEVITABLE TAINT upon the SPIRITUALITY of a FINITE creature, always ENSLAVED to TIME and PLACE, never completely enslaved and always under the ILLUSION that the measure of his emancipation is GREATER than it REALLY IS.
Lest the casual observer should be tempted to regard this DEFECTin human spirituality as a harmless vagary, as an UNAVOIDABLE FAILURE of a LIMITED REASON FULLY to UNDERSTAND its LIMITS, it becomes necessary to point out that the TRAGIC SELF-DESTRUCTION of civilizations and cultures, records of which abound in the annals of human history, are partially caused by this very defect.
The very character of a Tower of Babel, and the primary cause of its ALWAYS TRAGIC history is that its LIMITATIONS, and its PRETENTIOUS DISREGARD of THOSE LIMITATIONS, are NOT SEEN from the inside,
“BEYOND TRAGEDY” – God’s “Truth”
“Slavic Socrates” uses WORLD VIEWS, the conflict between “UTOPIANS”and “The TRAGIC” to help understand our historical existence and give insight to “reality”.
HistoryXtreme.com starts this “narrative”. GOD ISthe ultimate “BENEATH and BEYOND”.
Anastasios-USA.com carries it further.
God is a “FACT”of history, evidenced by God’s control of the earthly history of ISRAEL and its future king, the RESURRECTED JESUS of Nazareth, the culmination of God’s redemptive plan of HIStory, created before “the foundations” of this world was born.
“The Tragic” recognize on some level the “SINFULNESS”of human existence. The Greek word for “sin” is “hamartia” – simply “FALLING SHORT”. The Tragic recognized the inherent LIMITATIONS and PROBLEMS of earthly existence. “Utopia” is NOWHERE. Humanity is incapable of “SOLVING” its own problems. Niebuhr states, “Man is his own most VEXING PROBLEM.” Utopians have “simple solutions” to life which fail to recognized the REALITY of SIN, which backfire in wishful thinking and deceptive delusion.
Christians see REDEMPTION as human need for REPENTANCE and RESCUE from our current state of “tragic SIN”. We are capable of seeing the “good side” of life because we are created in “God’s image”. We are all “utopians” on some level. The Tragic are criticized for being too “negative” regarding human nature and existence. God enters into HIStory to “fix” it. The Tragic recognize that GOD has “ANSWERS” and a “CURE” that is BEYOND TRAGEDY. That is the“GOOD NEWS” of “the GOSPEL”. It takes GOD to OVERCOME OUR TRAGIC EXISTENCE, brought about by ourselves through “tragic choice” of rejection and rebellion against God.
GOD has a HAPPY ENDING to a TRAGIC STORY !
Reinhold Niebuhr sounds a recurring chord in his work, that the Christian view of history passes through the sense of the TRAGIC CAUSED by HUMAN SINFULNESS to a HOPE which is “BEYOND TRAGEDY” due to the POWER of GOD to OVERCOME.
THAT is “GOOD NEWS” ! (NOT “FAKE” NEWS)
“REPENTANCE and “REDEMPTION”
NIEBUHR: “The basic message of Christian faith is a message of HOPE in TRAGEDY. It declares that when the CHRIST, by whom the world was made, enters the world, the world will NOT receive him. “He came unto his own and his own received him NOT.”
Human existence DENIES its OWN DEEPEST and MOST ESSENTIAL NATURE. That is TRAGIC. But when that fact is understood, when MEN cease to MAKE the STANDARDS of a SINFUL EXISTENCE the NORMS of LIFE but accept its true norm, even though they fail to obey it, their very contrition opens the eyes of faith. This is the Godly sorrowthat worketh repentance. OUT of this DESPAIR HOPE is BORN.
The HOPE is simply this: that the CONTRADICTIONS of HUMAN EXISTENCE, which MAN CANNOT SURMOUNT, are SWALLOWED UP in the life of GOD HIMSELF.
The God of Christian faith is NOT ONLY CREATOR BUT REDEEMER.
GOD does NOT allow human existence to END tragically.
He snatches VICTORY from DEFEAT.
CHRIST is HIMSELF DEFEATED in history but He is also VICTORIOUS in that DEFEAT.
GOD is the ULTIMATE “BENEATH and BEYOND”, the CURE to LIFE’s PROBLEMS, the ANSWER to the QUESTIONS of EXISTENCE.
GOD’s “TRUTH” and SALVATION are BEYOND TRAGEDY!