… in pursuit of all facts
During second Covid-19 shut down in France 2020, we watch on ARTE.tv a three part documentary of the history of writing. It begins in Egypt with pictograms, which became intelligible with phonetic recomposition. To prove the point, a small contemporary book is quoted, which in similar fashion describes the life of a modern office with pictograms, which need no further explanation. Even the cup of coffee at work and the umbrella, today a mandatory accessory, appear.
The presentation continues up to the first discovery of a single letter in Serabit el-Khadim. According to scientists, this letter belonged to an alphabet, which in near endless mutations gave rise to the alphabet of all modern languages. The use of single letters for the purpose of forming words is attributed to Canaanite foreign workers who, in the 17th century B.C. in service of the Egyptians, worked in the turquoise mines of Serabit el-Khadim. I have been wondering in which language, script and letters the Ten Commandments were written, which Moses (the Canaanite Jew who was introduced to Egyptian knowledge (and certainly also to its writings) by circumstances known to us from the Old Testament), received from God’s hands in the 16th century B.C., on Mount Sinai, not far from Serabit el-Khadim.
The tablets of the law, which Moses received from God’s hand on Mount Sinai, were they the first written record of God’s hithero only spoken word? Written in the new alphabet? And, which script did Moses use for his seven books, of which only five have come down to us. Were they composed in the new manner to form written words from individual letters and not composed of pictograms? The Indian Vedas, much older that the books of Moses, which rather offer lessons in physics. In which script were they written originally and how have they been handed down all the way to our time? What about the Iranian prophet Zarathustra, who understood the universe as divided into good and evil without any concept of merci? And what about the founder of Islam, Mohamed, who honoured Jesus Christ as a prophet, but not as God. What about all other holy scriptures, which I cannot name because I do not know them.
Judaic and Christian holy scripture for many remain a closed book. Those who open their heart to the Lord, do understand. They find comfort and hope and are satisfied. And yet, sometimes even they may not understand. The Word of God is full of spiritual equivalents, of hidden meaning. The words, which Jakob Lorber penned down 1840 to 1868, while Jesus dictated, are not as such. Through Lorber He speaks clearly. For the continuation of His word he chose a decisive moment in world history. The dominion of monarchies began to give way to democracies. Capitalism and industrialism, chemistry and technology began to unite in a unique square of horror, which has characterised man’s action ever since. He addresses humanity in the German tongue. In Lorber some see the ancient pre-flood Vedas texts written forth. In other words, more is revealed. He speaks to man’s heart, expressing himself on all aspects of life on Earth and in eternity. He addresses all anyone may need and want to know.
Sacred Scripture is for personal communication. It is not suited for discussion, argument and dispute. Yes, the letter kills, his spirit alone gives life. And the almighty and humble Lord alone knows how to speak to the heart of man. Perhaps for this reason he suggests better not to read Holy Scripture at all, than read it half-heartedly.
Without free will love there can be no love. But without humility, love also is unthinkable. A facts well portrayed in the Billy Wilder film “Sabrina” from 1954, broadcast by ARTE not long ago, which features Humphrey Bogard, as inventor, manufacturer and owner of a company favourably traded on the stock exchange, and Audrey Hepburn, as his chauffeur’s daughter. Neither the exercise of power nor submission have a place in love. Love is like a soft breeze that melts the heart.
God humble, who would have thought so? Humans today are poised for strength, for asserting oneself, for fighting and winning. So much so that they hardly notice him, nor his gentleness. Love God the Father with all your strength and above all and love your neighbour as yourself (…funny the program I use did not succeed in translating this sentence). This command summarises all commandment. But, does any one care?
Today, in face of countless transgressions, this sentence may sound like an absurd suggestion. Is it possible? To love the other, who may be beating you, … at least does not understand you at all. Who revolves only around himself. And his work. Or loves another he or she? How and why love God, who allows all this? How restore love when it is gone? How love, when there is no love present in oneself?
Here it may help to consider the consequences of giving up and turning away from love. Love may turn into hatred, … at least into contempt. Gentleness may be replaced by violence. Physically and/or mentally. And soon enough both mind and body may be filled with the very opposite of God. To avoid such, what can be done? There is a simple answer: Forgive.
What, … me — forgive? Don’t you know what he/she has done to me…. (we better not go into details here). Yes, forgive! How…? …given the likely present emotional state? It is a decision that we can make with his help alone. It allows us to exercise a right that actually only God can exercise: To consign the past to oblivion. Case closed. File done. And start a new life with Him!