Monday, December 04, 2006

Lazy Sunday in Lairg

Short notes on what I preached yesterday in Lairg

Plato’s allegory of a cave

Plato (c. 427–c. 347 BCE) was an immensely influential ancient Greek philosopher, a student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens where Aristotle studied.

In the allegory, Plato likens people untutored in the Theory of Forms to prisoners chained in a cave, unable to turn their heads. All they can see is the wall of the cave. Behind them burns a fire. Between the fire and the prisoners there is a parapet, along which puppeteers can walk. The puppeteers, who are behind the prisoners, hold up puppets that cast shadows on the wall of the cave. The prisoners are unable to see these puppets, the real objects that pass behind them. What the prisoners see and hear are shadows and echoes cast by objects that they do not see.

Are we still living in the shadows?

Hebrews 8:4-6...It is my summation that we are still living in the shadow of the reality of the Kingdom, that is we are living under a unrealistic covenant that keeps us bound to dependence on the puppeteers who cast there shadows upon the wall of some vast christian wall.

Behind the Christianity lies an all consuming always burning fire(god), yet in front of it is a plethora of christian puppeteers giving the people a false image of the true identity of the fire, yet all the prisoners need do is turn their heads to see the true light. Yet so many want to be spoon fed and refuse to come to the true source of light.

Why do I believe this, well simply because I have turned my head, maybe not fully, and now realise the glory and intensity of that light.

And shadows will now never suffice, if they did then why write this Hebrews 10:1-3.

What if I said that you have all you need right here and right now to be the most blessed of all fellowships in the whole of the UK. For if you do not have all you need then the god we serve is no god at all.

What if someone told you that you were actually not a church at all, what if someone told you that your status as a church was just a collective name for your position as a gathered people. What if someone actually told you who you really are in the grand scheme of things, what if someone revealed to you, right here, right now, that you are in fact a Royal Priesthood?

That is, you are called out and appointed to serve as priests in the temple of God, and you know God no longer dwells in temples built with men’s hands, but in your very own existence is the place you are called to serve in worship, and even more, in this body here, this living body is the place to live and serve the King.

You have been given everything, nothing else to come; this is it, His word and His Spirit, is it enough for you? If not then it could be that somebody has got you chasing shadows.

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