Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Ninth of Av



From an interview given to Haaretz.com:
Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, do you still believe a Third Temple will be built?


Certainly. We believe in that. We pray for that three times a day. It says in a Mishnah in the fifth chapter of "Pirkei Avot": "May the temple be rebuilt soon and in our days." That's one thing. The second thing is that all the Prophets spoke about the fact that [the Temple] had been destroyed by fire and would be rebuilt in fire in the future. Of all the prophecies of calamity that took place and everything [the Prophets] said, none of their words fell to the ground. That's also the way to understand their prophesies about consolation.
Why has it not happened to this day, 1,940 years since the destruction of the Second Temple?
That takes us back to the Talmudic tract Yoma 9 that tells us that the First Temple was destroyed because of idol worship, sexual immorality and bloodshed. These are the three most serious sins about which it is said that no matter what happens, these sins must not be committed. Then after 70 years we were forgiven and we had the privilege of getting the Second Temple just as Jeremiah had prophesied. But from the Second Temple that was destroyed - according to the same Yoma tract, because of unwarranted hatred - to this day the Third Temple has not risen, which teaches us that this sin has not yet been forgiven. We have not yet weaned ourselves off this sin. Apparently this sin is still haunting us to this day.

The Ninth of Av ( Heb. Tisha B'Av) has just passed, the anniversary of the destruction of both the First and Second Temples of the LORD. N. T. Wright in his book Jesus and the victory of God essentially agrees with the Rabbi's analysis of its destruction. The Temple had become a "den of thieves" The greek is lestai. A word also used for the nationalist Zealots. According to Wright, by focusing on narrow nationalism and the destruction of its earthly enemies Israel was forfeiting its God given mission to be a "light unto the Gentiles". By overturning the tables of the money changers and thus, however briefly halting the sacrifices, Jesus was demonstrating his royal and divine authority over the temple, that when it did not accomplish His purposes, He will not hesitate to bring it to an end.
Jerusalem, and specifically the Temple loom large in the Christian worldview. The maps of medieval Christendom showed Jerusalem at the center with the continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa branching off from it. It has been called the "navel of the world" and it's Holy status is so great that to this day some are overwhelmed by it (see Jerusalem Syndrome).
Many have also noted that the Temple functioned as a "micro-cosm" of the world, its destruction symbolizing the destruction of the world itself. The Jewish hope so prayed for by Rabbi Lau, is, according to Christian prophecy, a foregone conclusion. The Temple will be rebuilt that it may be occupied, not by the Spirit of God, but by the Antichrist who shall reign over the last days. Preparations for the Temples rebuilding are well advanced, with plans, vessels and vestments all waiting for the laying of the cornerstone.


To those who seek the Signs of the Times, this shall be the final sign. When you see it you will know that the wood is dry and the fire about to be lit. To quote an old Catholic priest I knew:
"Remember what the Good Book says: we're gonna f*ck it up so bad it's gonna take God Himself to come down and save our a*ses"
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Medieval vs. Modern


'In our world a star is a huge ball of flaming gas.' said Eustace 'No,' replied Ramandu 'Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is but only what it is made of.' - C.S. Lewis 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader'
There is a famous essay by Michael Ward, a chaplain at Peterhouse College at Cambridge “C. S. Lewis and the Star of Bethlehem,” .In it Ward explores Lewis's view that something essential was lost when 'Modernity" took over. What was lost was the sense of wonder, the sense of the sacred, the sense that to exist on earth was to inhabit a Cathedral, not to be cast adrift in the meaningless ocean of space.
The knowledge that the world has meaning and life beyond only what we can see was part of Mankind's experience for untold millennia. It is only in a relatively short span that it has been discarded. In its place has been put a practical atheism, a requirement that, in public, at least we must all act as though God, even if he exist, is irrelevant. To do, advocate, or analyze anything from a purely religious perspective, is considered at best illegitimate, at worst a downright dangerous attempt to force your views on others.
The problem is as Chesteron said: "When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing -- they believe in anything". The growing rise of neo-paganism is a slam-dunk testimony to this truth. Christians have railed against these “witches”. Harry Potter and Twilight have been pilloried. The tree-hugging pantheists have been ridiculed as being too deluded to worship the Creator, they worship creation instead.
But is this a bad thing? I contend that these are merely the birth pangs of a people rediscovering the sacred that has been forcibly withheld from them by the cultural elites for the last two centuries. One of the greatest obstacles to evangelization in recent decades has been that most consider the spiritual to be unconnected from their “real” lives. The pagan revival is doing exactly this, reminding them that the spiritual is more real than the world around them.
But they will not find their hearts desire in paganism, for it can only be found in God Himself. That is our opportunity. The day will come when we will hear words like those spoken by an Earl at the court of the pagan Saxon King of Northumbria upon hearing a missionary preach:
"I have long since been sensible that there was nothing in that which we worshiped, because the more diligently I sought after truth in that worship the less I found it. But now I freely confess that such evident, truth appears in this preaching as can confer on us the gifts of life, of salvation, and of eternal happiness"
These people yearn to worship, and the time is coming when we, Like St. Paul will reveal to them the Unknown God, whom they had been worshiping all along, though they knew it not.
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