The Inwardness of Man

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It is all very easy, is it not? At least that is what it seems. One can get up on a particular day of the week around mid-morning and go to a place of fellowship with like-minded individuals. It is all very easy, is it not to exist in indifference. One could certainly get the impression that the situation is much different because it may be very moving to sit among friends and to sing songs of praise, raise hands in worship, fall in the aisle overcome by the spirit, which all comes to a less dramatic presentation by one trained to tell someone what to think – not how to think it. It is all very easy, is it not? Certainly, in an hour’s time, one can get what is necessary to survive the week just so they can make it to the mid-morning of Sunday.

And does not the mid-morning of Sunday help us to forget the week? And does it not prepare us to forget the upcoming week. Certainly, you may wonder how one can forget a week if indeed they existed in that week participating in what it had to offer. You may wonder how one could possibly ignore the week where something tragic happened to a loved one and those whom you sit with at mid-morning on Sunday where there to help you cope with the trial – they assured you that your loved one was in a better place and that you would at some point reunite with them in glory. It is all very easy is it not, to forget this world for the next?

It is a tragedy that you have ignored the needs of your own subjectivity. It is tragic that the Christ who was resurrected for us is always as near as he is within. Why is it then that you retreat? Why is it then that you leave your week of subjectivity for one day that is external? Why is it that you attempt to make it to Sunday when one could live in pure existence every day within? Did not Christ say he would be with us always? Is this just an abstract concept that was uttered to the disciples as a group? Certainly, you rightly point out the facts of the case to me by asserting that “yes, indeed he was talking to the disciples, not to anyone in particular!” Did Christ also give the Spirit to the whole or the individual? Certainly, now you are inclined to proclaim “the individual!” How wayward and disorganized you are in thought!

Does Christ not say that individual identity is in Him? You might argue “not necessarily, Paul is speaking to the Church!” Yes, I hear your sounds like the crashing of a gong, but I do not see your example. In all of these cases are you not acted subjectively? Are you objectively certain of your interpretation? If you are humble you must admit you are human. Then you must know that you are subjectively approaching scripture? Did God not intend it to be this way – since you do it? Is not scripture the supreme authority for living the life of solitude and spirituality – oneness with the creator? What does any of that have to do with others? If you are so bold as to believe in the intent of scripture then should you not also believe in its subjectivity?

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