Plain in the city

A plain Quaker folk singer with a Juris Doctorate in his back pocket, salt in his blood, and a set of currach oars in the closet, Ulleann Pipes under his arm, guitar on his back, Anglo Irish baggage, wandering through New York City ... in constant amaze. Statement of Faithfulness. As a member of the Quaker Bloggers Ad Hoc Committee I affirm that I will be faithful to the Book of Discipline of my Meeting 15th Street Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Taking Yeshua off the cross

I received a dear letter from a fFriend about the post below... So much to say. In the Hebrew Scriptures the need to atone is linked to the need to sin. In life we constantly take to live, take as we must, and deprive another, and the resulting separation is sin. So, we must atone to walk with righteousness before our God.

Some of ye takes Yeshua from us to make Jesus. For thy faith ye must. Should ye atone to those who are harmed? Must ye understand the harm? That's thy concern. In taking some of Yeshua back to me, I have hurt some of ye, and yes, I must atone. I must in humility ask thy forgiveness, for necessity to hurt thee. I must sin against my landsman, Yeshua, and all the Jews killed in the Christian holocaust, in Jesus' name, or sin against ye.

So, how do we atone. We ask each other for the water of life. Yeshua, or Jesus, did not need to work out all the past harms between the Samaritans and Judeans to ask the woman at the well for water. And she did not need the same of him. And yet, he also did not ask her to stop being who she was and become Judean. So, he continued to be Judean, and she Samaritan, and they drank together of the water of atonement and forgiveness.

So, we speak and seek and grow and in that sin against each other. The answer is not, not to speak and seek and grow, but to forgive as we listen, and try to understand each other.

Today, I saw the film Munich. Munich is about revenge rather than sin and atonement. One of the characters actually states this. Some fFriends are like the Israeli state that needed to define its boundaries with actions against, rather than atonement and forgiveness. In the film we see that both sides cannot atone or forgive, so they kill, the ultimate banishment. They kill the first objects of their fear and anger, then when that person is replaced they kill the next. It never ends, no boundaries result, only the four corners of the grave.

All these walls we build, all these boundaries we throw up, don't do anything but keep us from walking with righteousness before our God. We carve out the boundaries of our faith, of our nation, of our meeting, of our faction we build wall after wall after wall, and we build a wall around the well of the water of life and we are not saved.


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