On Sunday the Borderland’s class was unusually instructive and a bit confusing. With humor, fact and illustrations, a retired psychology professor lectured on the “nomonology network”.
By using power point, the professor displayed a screen on which he had drawn two lines. He called our attention first to the horizontal line on the top of the screen. He called a it “C” plane, or a (C)oncept plane. As I understand, God is a concept that may be put on this plane for theologians, philosophers, and poets to share their immeasurable ideas.
Next, the professor called our attention to the bottom of the screen where he had drawn a second line which he called the “P” plane for (P)erceptions. He said that scientists prefer this plane where they use their senses to measure scientific findings. (The Old Fool is not a scientist and he begs the professor’s forgiveness if he misunderstood. Remember that I am an 88 year-old unschooled preacher who is learning to doubt.) Nevertheless, the Old Fool will invite you to try to think your way to lent.
Here are my thoughts: It seems that in the beginning, people made graven images of imagined gods, dumb idols that could not see, feel or eat.
In an environment like the above, the Hebrews were introduced to the One God concept. This one God created and sustained life. The Hebrew people were commanded to preserve the one God as a concept and not to make a perishable idol as an image of a god that can be measured on the P plane of perception.
Moving on toward lent, I ponder the teaching of the Christian New Testament that the one God so loved the world that he sent his only Son to save it. I understand the writer of the Ist. Epistle of John to say that the Word heard from God is a word the disciples now saw with their eyes, and touched with their hands. They had actually handled the eternal Word of Life. From such close encounters with Jesus the disciples learned and testified to what God is like.
I propose that during lent we ought not be satisfied by sacrificing some little thing like not watching TV for forty days. Ponder the possibility of sacrificing something substantial like one’s self. Here is one thing Jesus is supposed to have said:
I tell you the solemn truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces much grain.
What will come to pass if, no matter what, we deny ourselves daily for life, take up the cross daily for life, and follow Jesus as he sets his face toward Jerusalem. For that is the only road to the resurrection.