“all things are possible” & “condemn not” – Jesus & the realm of language

Published as a page: 2010/03/13
Republished as a post: 2012/2/28/

Note the following two propositions.

1) All things are possible.

(Sound familiar? Here are some famous statements about the possibility that “all things could be possible.”)

Mark 10:27

“…all things are possible with God.” …

Matthew 19:26

“…with God all things are possible.” …

Mark 14:36

… And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you.” …

Mark 9:23
“All things are possible for one who believes.”

(Note that the above are English translations of the words of a heretical mystic, so some degree of misinterpretation might be among the alleged infinity of things that are possible.)

2) all experience is subjective perception

This assertion fits with the writings of numerous famous authors including Plato, Socrates, Hume, William James, Descartes, and the Islamic/Sufi Mystic Jili, among many others.

“All experience is subjective.” – Gregory Bateson Linguistic Anthropologist whose research and findings were formulated into a field called Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Let’s put these together into a chart:

There: of all possible things, some portion (whether 1% or 10%) could be perceived by a particular process of perceiving. Note also that when we refer to “what is possible,” we are doing so within the realm of language- not that there could not be possibilities beyond the realm of language, but just that we can only use language to reference a thing that is already  within the realm of language, so all of our linguistic references are limited to the realm of language.

Now that we are explicitly referencing the realm of language, we can also reference linguistic formations that propose that certain things are not possible. At that point, we have left what Jesus called the realm of God (the kingdom of heaven).

Note that if we forget that we are in the realm of language, our subjective perceptions or experiencings may be referenced in language as “what is.” (We can call our linguistic labels for reality “the truth,” but labels are still just labels. As Jiddu Krishnamurti said, “Truth is a pathless land,” as in a wordless land. Labels are distinct from the actuality that is labeled with the labels of language. Language is of course an aspect of reality, but quite distinct from all other formations in reality. Language, for instance, is the realm of lies and nonsense, which only exist in

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Note that if among all of what should be, only some of it actually is present (or recognized/perceived), then the rest of reality may logically be “what is not (but should be).” Obviously, anything that should not be and is not is functionally irrelevant. Some of that may even be called “what can’t be” (AKA what’s denied as impossible), which is perhaps the most distinctive variation between the realm of God’s language and the realm of conventional or unconscious language.

By the way, the idolatrous worship of ideals of “what should be” does not precisely replace “the realm of possibility.” Realistically, the realm of possibility is of course more comprehensive than the limited realm of “what should be.” However note that only within conventional or unconscious language (as distinct from the language of God), there is the possibility of “what should not be (but is).”

That is the realm of “problems” or “evil,” that is, things to condemn or hide or fix. Note that for God, there is nothing to condemn or hide or fix:

“As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to…” demonstrate and share a radical new gospel of forgiveness. (John 12:47)

It is the particular language of the devil which would say in condemnation or accusation “that should not be!” It is not the words themselves, but the mode in which they are spoken which distinguish the language of the devil. For instance, in a training context, if one says to another “that should not be like that, but like this” and then shows the correct way to do something- such as to write a capital letter A- that is quite distinct from what Jesus was referencing when he taught “Condemn not.” (Luke 6:37)

Other early Christians taught similarly:

“No matter who you are, if you judge anyone , you have no excuse. When you judge another person, you condemn yourself,

Romans 2:1

“11Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?”

James 4:11 & 12

and once again

“As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to…” demonstrate and share a radical new gospel of forgiveness. (John 12:47)

as well as

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6:42)

“You judge according to appearances: I am judging no one.” (John 8:15)

and now a similar passage from the Old Testament:

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

Finally, back to the fundamental discovering of “what is possible,” here is a relatively “secular” audio recording called “from what should be to what could be:”


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