Posts Tagged ‘Pharisee’

song video: “a sinner’s prayer”

July 4, 2012
The Tax Collector

The Tax Collector (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I sang a song to the God of words                         saying “please give me all that I ask for
a brand new life with only what I like                 missing all the things that shouldn’t be in mine.”

There must be some kind of mistake here, right?
I mean, whose life is this supposed to be anyway?
Who you are trying to fool with all these messy details?
God, you really should be ashamed of yourself- I really don’t know what the hell you were thinking….

I said my prayers asking forgiveness                of whatever I did to deserve all this
I apologize for all of my crimes                         Now, if I just plead guilty, won’t you let me go free?

I sang a song to the magic God                       saying “grant me more wishes, Santa Claus
The genie said, “Look, that’s just a myth          a fairy tale that we tell to kids.”
 

Lord, I just thank you that I am not like those other people
arrogant, aloof, foolish and evil
I pay my taxes on time and I eat kosher
plus I report all of my bribery to the local warlord of the lobbyist club

Then Jesus said, “Now that is what I call a punk.

He may be sincere, as in ignorantly innocent,
but sincerity is not accuracy or potency.
He may repeat the words of faith like an infant babbling or a parrot
but speaking some words is distinct from direct comprehension
like just saying the word carrot is distinct from eating a carrot

Luke 18:9-14

9And he told this parable against those men who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and they held contempt for everyone: 10“Two men went up to The Temple to pray: one a Pharisee and the other a Tax Collector.” 11The Pharisee was standing alone by himself and he was praying these things: “God, I thank you that I am not like other men: extortioners, oppressors, adulterers, and not like this Tax Collector.” 12“But I fast twice in a week and I tithe everything that I possess.” 13“But that Tax Collector was standing from a distance and he would not even lift his eyes up to Heaven, but he was smiting on his chest and he said, ‘God, have pity on me, a sinner.’ “ 14“I say to you that this one went down to his house justified rather than that Pharisee, for every man who exalts himself shall be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself shall be exalted.”

heaven is here- as a pattern in language

April 20, 2012

heaven is here- as a pattern in language

Jesus ascending to heaven

Jesus ascending to heaven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Discovery and Exploration of Heaven

I do not mean spaceships, folks. Heaven is discovery and exploration. Hell is shame, and condemnation, and struggle.

Odd as it may seem, even the discovery and exploration of Hell is also Heaven. This reminds me of the saying that one’s fundamental nature can be found anywhere, even in the so-called lower realms of shame, condemnation, and struggle.

So, if one is discovering and exploring something- anything- that’s Heaven. That’s quite accessible, huh?

But maybe it’s just too simple. What about rigidly adhering to religious traditions like the ten amendments or tithing?

Perhaps it would be of some interest to review an ancient teaching on just that subject. I’ll identify the specific source at the end.

10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

15People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

That is from the New Testament of the Christian Bible, from the book of Luke, Chapter 18, verses 10-17. For more on the subject of rigid or dogmatic adherence to religious traditions, I invite you to discover and explore Mark 7:7, in which Jesus quotes Isaiah.

However, the basic idea is that discovery and exploration is the natural state of children and perhaps even all creatures of any age. Children are innocent and humble not because they never cause any damage or harm. Any parent can tell you that little kids are quite capable of breaking and destroying things, aren’t they?

Christmas: a holiday recognizing children’s universal love of tearing paper to shreds

For instance, my mom told me that when I was little she often found me surrounded by a pile of little pieces of something I had shredded which she had left accessible to me. I did not seem to especially discriminate between valuable legal documents or expensive artwork or blank pieces of paper. I just had some kind of ripping fetish. So, if you show me a three year-old then I will show you someone who is willing to improve a treasured work of fine art with a few extra layers of crayon markings.

By the way, even more alarming for my mom was when she found me with half a caterpillar in my hand. Apparently, I had eaten the other half.

It’s not that children are innocent of causing any trouble. Their innocence is that they do not blame anyone or themselves. That is, they have no shame or condemnation, no ill will against others or themselves, no hatred of any of life and thus no struggle against God.

As to the distinction of innocence in contrast to shaming, I could reference the famous story of the Garden of Eden or the many references to forgiveness in various ancient and modern revered teachings. For now, I’ll just repeat these two short comments of Jesus: “I did not come to judge the world” and “Condemn not.”

I’m not even going to share a lot about how we make life hell with our language and our linguistic beliefs or dogmas. You can discover and explore that yourself.

I’ll give one personal example though. Would you like that?

Alright then, but before I give it to you, it is important to me that you are clear why I am giving you this example. I am giving you this example because you should be more like me.

No, seriously, however you are is a problem for me. I need you to change immediately, and if you refuse, then I will punish you… like eternally. Further, if you do change in the way that I dictate you should, then, I will reward you with eternal bliss, but not yet.

After you die, only then would that eternity begin. What? You didn’t expect eternity to be around forever, did you?

Anyway, as I was saying, I forbid you to be how you are. Stop that. Hey, I mean right now. Look, are you going to make me come over there and… listen, what exactly is your problem, anyway?

Actually, nevermind, I’m not going to give a personal exmaple to someone like you. You just don’t deserve it.

By the way, I’m only withholding from you because I love you. Yeah, the reason you are so disappointing to me is that I love you so much. Wow: and this is how you reward me? Amazing!

Until now, I simply did not really realize how much you have ruined my life. In fact, you have made life hell not just for me, but for everyone and yes I do I mean eternally.

Like, even the part of my life that already happened before I met you, you ruined that part too by not properly respecting it. You definitely should be more proud of me, obviously! You really should have devoted more of your time to glorifying me personally. I’m a victim of your lack of worship of my ego.

So, what are you going to do about this? Did I just hear you say that you’re going to forgive me? Forgive me for what? Oh my freaking God: where the hell do you get that crap? I’m not talking to you ever again.

Did you hear me? Answer me, you idiot! I said I’m never talking to you again. Hello???

Okay, fine, I’ll give you a personal example if you just sincerely apologize for being so much like how you are. Oh, come on, Jesus flipping Christ, don’t go back to your old act that you don’t know what I mean! In that case, just forget it. Now, I don’t even remember the god damning story I used to believe in.

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audio: “one too free 4 me” (rejected by a Pharisee)

April 20, 2012

lyrics: “1 2 free 4 me” (rejected by a Pharisee)

April 19, 2012

I was a pharisee

The Meal at the House of Simon the Pharisee

The Meal at the House of Simon the Pharisee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With an attitude
I knew the right way
And I would tell you
I had an answer
For every question
And some evidence
To back it up
Justification

Rationalization
Argumentation
Documentation

The Pharisees Turn Away from Christ - medieval...

The Pharisees Turn Away from Christ - medieval stained glass detail, Canterbury Cathedral (Photo credit: chrisjohnbeckett)

I won every debate
That I had with a wall
Well, according to me
Cause I was beyond flaw
Other perfectionists
Pretend to act like me
They were just wanna-bes
I was the real thing
the Queen
Of the drama
And of the tragedy
I was the expert
On anything.Then I met Josh
The one too free for me

He was a poor man
Born in the shade of a barn
From the poorest parts
Of a land of poverty and war.

He didn’t talk right
He didn’t think right
He didn’t act right
He sure didn’t shame right
He didn’t wash his hands
He broke the holy rules
He ate with pimps and whores
lawyers and thugs and fools
He was too patient
He was far too strange
He gave people relief
and taught them to be sane

So the obvious problem
Was how do we silence him

The Pharisee and the Publican by John Everett ...

The Pharisee and the Publican by John Everett Millais, published 1864, from "Illustrations to 'The parables of our Lord'", (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He was 1 2 free 4 me
Way 2 free to be
walking on the same streets
As a holy pharisee

He was one too free for me

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

The Boy Jesus in the Temple (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

he was a lunatic

and a heretic
he was arrogant, insulting
and offensive
he’s not a prophet
He’s not a Moses
Who does he think he is
this young punk they call Jesus?

His stupid parables
are so confusing
what does he even mean by
“for those who have the eyes to see?”

and then he claimed to be
older than Abraham
I say he’s trying to overthrow

our revolution

Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition, painting...

Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition, painting by Cristiano Banti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dispute of Jesus and the Pharisees over tribut...

Dispute of Jesus and the Pharisees over tribute money (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I mean next thing you know
he’ll probably claim that the earth
goes around the sun
of god



Again the basic problem
Was how do we silence him

He was 1 2 free 4 me
Way 2 free to be
walking on the same streets
As a holy pharisee

Muhammad leads Abraham, Moses, Jesus and other...

Muhammad leads Abraham, Moses, Jesus and others in prayer. Persian miniature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


He was one too free for me

He was a major threat
to my vanity
my animosity
my suffering
my hypocrisy
my idolatry
my shame and my hate and my identity
Pharisee and Publican - Tewkesbury Abbey

Pharisee and Publican - Tewkesbury Abbey (Photo credit: Walwyn)

This new song is something of a variation on the theme of “the one too free for you” from March 2011:

Acts 5:34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who 

But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the
people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a 
//bible.cc/acts/5-34.htm – 17k

Luke 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee 

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 
One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 
//bible.cc/luke/18-10.htm – 16k

Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I 

The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not
like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector 
//bible.cc/luke/18-11.htm – 17k

Luke 7:39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said 

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man
were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is 
//bible.cc/luke/7-39.htm – 18k

Matthew 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup 

….. Blind Pharisee! First  You blind Pharisee! First 
//bible.cc/matthew/23-26.htm – 16k

Luke 7:37 When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town 

When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating
at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume 
//bible.cc/luke/7-37.htm – 17k

Luke 11:38 But the Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not first 

But the Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not first wash before the meal, was surprised. 
//bible.cc/luke/11-38.htm – 16k

Luke 11:37 When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited 

When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat
with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. 
//bible.cc/luke/11-37.htm – 16k

Luke 7:36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner 

Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he
went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 
//bible.cc/luke/7-36.htm – 16k

Luke 14:1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a 

One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent
Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 
//bible.cc/luke/14-1.htm – 16k

Acts 23:6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and 

Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called
out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee 
//bible.cc/acts/23-6.htm – 18k

Philippians 3:5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of 

circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin,
a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee 
//bible.cc/philippians/3-5.htm – 17k

Acts 26:5 They have known me for a long time and can testify, if 

They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that according
to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee
//bible.cc/acts/26-5.htm – 17k

John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a 

A 19th century depiction of Galileo before the...

A 19th century depiction of Galileo before the Holy Office, by Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee
Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish council. 
//bible.cc/john/3-1.htm – 15k

Luke 18:14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went 

 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. 
//bible.cc/luke/18-14.htm – 17k

Mark 2:16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him 

 But when the Scribes of the Pharisee sect saw Him eating with the sinners and the
tax-gatherers, they said to His disciples, “He is eating and drinking with 
//bible.cc/mark/2-16.htm – 17k

John 7:48 “Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in 

 Has any ruler or any Pharisee believed in him? 
//bible.cc/john/7-48.htm – 15k

Luke 7:40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you 

 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have
something to say to you.” “Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied. 
//bible.cc/luke/7-40.htm – 16k

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