Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
I haven’t seen the movie, “Noah”—yet. But after reading an explanation of its basis, it’s on my “to-see” list. I wasn’t going to give it another thought because I imagined it would be like so many other shallow and literal efforts to tell the stories of the Bible.
I don’t have any illusions that it will be the whole truth, but my ears are now open to seeing what it might offer.
In a tiny nutshell, it appears many of the unusual depictions in the Noah movie come from the Kabbala, writings of the Jewish mystical/gnostic tradition. They might be compared to the Teresa of Avila’s, St. John of the Cross’s, Meister Eckhart’s, and other early Christian church ‘mystics.”
Funny that current day traditionalists don’t turn up their noses and label the Christian mystics as “gnostics.” The label is a derogatory word that attempts to bully people out of considering what others have to say if they don’t comply with the policy manual as interpreted by those who don’t have time to meditate. I’m starting to think that meditation is about growing ears. Those who have no ears will not hear.
The comments of religious traditionalists shown on Jon Stewart’s clip about Noah, displays the childish way in which some Christians hold onto adolescent perceptions they learned in Sunday School into adulthood rather than maturing in their understanding about God and the writings of people seeking truth through the millennia.
When humankind matures in the way it understand God, as more than a “Father Knows Best” figure in the sky who can snap his fingers and create a universe, a heaven and a hell—then the kingdom of the heavens will exist more often and for longer lengths of time than it ever has.
You’ll be able to understand what I mean about that after May 12 when my new ebook comes out—In Living Color: Heaven.
What the heck does this have to do with “let your light shine?”
God was not named “God” in the Old Testament. God wasn’t always the image of Robert Young (Father Knows Best) or Fred MacMurray (My Three Sons) or Hugh Beaumont (Leave It To Beaver). The concept of God is trying to evolve, with great resistance. But the stone is ever so slowly rolling away.
Where did the name “God” come from? Here’s the explanation out of an online Greek lexicon of the word translated as “God.”
Θεός (Theos 2316)
God – A name reclaimed from the heathen, and used in the New Testament for the true God. Various derivations, ancient and modern, have been proposed, but it is nearly certain that its origin is from the East and comes from the Sanscrit root, DIU-S (pronounced dyus), which means (1) masculine, fire, the sun, (2) feminine, a ray of light, day, (3) neuter, the sky, heaven. DIV-S also means (1) as adjective, brilliant, (2) as feminine, substantive, sky or heaven.
[Wherever the Sun shines in the world, he has been or is worshipped as God because he gives light to Heaven and life to earth; and heaven was in turn worshipped as the abode of the Sun, but the object of adoration was Light and Life, or heaven either as the abode of the Sun, or as personified. Then DIAUS was the procreating or generative power dwelling in heaven. The Father of light and life…]. http://greattreasures.org/gnt/main.do explanation of “theos.”
People have been trying since time began to explain and understand the Force that brought all things into being. Some of the ones who meditated got closer than those who didn’t meditate. Only one is said to have actualized this Light in a human form. You can hide a Light under a bushel or try to concretize it in the words of a book or bury it inside a tomb, but you can’t stop it from bursting forth and changing the world.
Meditate. Then let your Light shine. Let the God who is within you shine. Let Christ, the Light of the world, radiate from within you — so your good works (not your human theologies) will glorify the Procreating and Generative power of the heavens. Easter might be a good time to do this.