Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"My People" Hosea 4:6

The literal account of the worlds many sacred writings is almost impossible to appreciate without assistance. Thousands of commentaries exist, and as we might imagine, many offer interpertations that contradict others. No one seems to agree that there is a definitively "correct" way to read these works. For example the Torah is said by oral tradition to have at least 600,000 different interpretations, representing the number of those who recived the Torah through Moses at Mt. Sinai. As in all religions this is what makes the study of the Divine so interesting. If we simply accept the literal meaning of what is written, then what we digest is little more than a collection of many unusal stories. However if we engage it and work with them by using a variety of investigation. A study like this, is a continuous give and take, it becomes a mystical relationship between the text, and the person studying it. To the student who becomes intimate with a set of words, commentaries, commentaries on commentaries, a brand new world opens. And a never ending quest begins.

I was going to put this on a post for tomorrow, but is it my prerogative to put the Great Mystery of all creation on hold? Noooo! He has no need to be religious, but He understands all the needs of the weaker spirits of men, and is free to work around all religions to deal with hearts of us all.

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"O Lord, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, "Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail!" (Jeremiah 16.19)

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