Joseph and Mary married during her pregnancy as the Gospel of Matthew reports

“Τοῦ δὲ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ἡ γένεσις οὕτως ἦν. μνηστευθείσης τῆς μητρὸς αὐτοῦ Μαρίας τῷ Ἰωσήφ, πρὶν ἢ συνελθεῖν αὐτοὺς εὑρέθη ἐν γαστρὶ ἔχουσα ἐκ πνεύματος ἁγίου. Ἰωσὴφ δὲ ὁ ἀνὴρ αὐτῆς, δίκαιος ὢν καὶ μὴ θέλων αὐτὴν δειγματίσαι, ἐβουλήθη λάθρᾳ ἀπολῦσαι αὐτήν.” Matthew 1:18-19 We learn here that Mary was pledged (μνηστευθείσης) to Joseph, butContinue reading “Joseph and Mary married during her pregnancy as the Gospel of Matthew reports”

Jesus as interpreter of the Law

The subject of Christ’s teaching was the word of God. He met questioners with a plain, “It is written,” “What saith the Scripture?” “How readest thou?” At every opportunity when an interest was awakened by either friend or foe, He presented the word. With clearness and power He proclaimed the gospel message. His words shedContinue reading “Jesus as interpreter of the Law”

Immanence and transcendence again (Part 2): The ideas and nature

If God wants to create something, then He can do it, which means that His will is the cause of existence! And according to Grimes, the cause is an idea. This idea makes existence. [Pierre Grimes: Wisdom Literature in the Platonic Tradition. Lecture 20: Grades of Reality. Opening Mind Academy, 1995.] For instance, a manContinue reading “Immanence and transcendence again (Part 2): The ideas and nature”

Immanence and transcendence again (Part 1): The universal God, nature and the philosopher

As Frankfort & Frankfort stated: “The ancient, like the modern savages, saw man always as part of society, and society as imbedded in nature and dependent upon cosmic forces. For them nature and man did not stand in opposition and did not, therefore, have to be apprehended by different modes of cognition.” [Henri Frankfort &Continue reading “Immanence and transcendence again (Part 1): The universal God, nature and the philosopher”

Philosophy is a pious service for God

[A]ncient Egypt was a flourishing ancient kingdom of Northeast Africa, located in the Nile Valley, nowise in ‘Asia Minor’ or in the ‘Near East.’ The Egyptian civilization of the Pharaonic period (3400–343 BC) was intrinsically, that is, in its essential nature, an African civilization, on account of its spirit, character, behavior, culture, thought, and deepContinue reading “Philosophy is a pious service for God”

Mythopoetic literature as key of understanding the world

Spiritual literature doesn’t derive its potency from logic or reason or historical accuracy or scientific veracity. It is powered by personal authenticity.It creates an alchemical blend of fact and fantasy to activate that gnostic engine of Self-remembrance, access deeper levels of our consciousness than we generally see and utilize in a world demanding sharp sensoryContinue reading “Mythopoetic literature as key of understanding the world”

The problem of putting God and the cosmos in contrast

By the way, it is noteworthy to explain why putting God in contrast to the universe is such a big matter for Chinese Christian theology. This goes back to the traditional understanding of the cosmos itself. God, called Shen or Dao in Chinese, cannot be set apart from the cosmos, because God is the sourceContinue reading “The problem of putting God and the cosmos in contrast”

God as dynamic source of everything

God is the source of life and light and joy to the universe. Like rays of light from the sun, like the streams of water bursting from a living spring, blessings flow out from Him to all His creatures. And wherever the life of God is in the hearts of men, it will flow outContinue reading “God as dynamic source of everything”

Unequal religious rights lead to a disconnection

“[F]rom the Shang Dynasty to the beginning of the Zhou Dynasty, the Chinese believed in God. Later, a duke of Zhou who was an important statesman and the person which Confucius most admired, formulated a set of social system, which has been practiced until modern China. That system is […] the religious system, which isContinue reading “Unequal religious rights lead to a disconnection”

Only peaceful means will lead to a true change

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34, KJV What exactly is meant with this passage as it is unlikely that Jesus came to preach love and at the same time foresee a division of society. It is clear that itContinue reading “Only peaceful means will lead to a true change”