correct interpretation of “to the pure, all things are pure” (Titus 1:15)
Below is an old video in which I begin by reading a script and then my ex-girlfriend starts joking around with me and we end up having a lot of fun. You will too. I tell some silly stories about grief and anyone who speaks English pretty well should be able to understand it pretty well.
Further, by special request, someone who does not speak English very well has asked for me to share this video, so I am adding instructions for how to read the auto-captions on a youtube video. The simplest thing about reading captions is that you can ask me later to specify what is said at a particular exact time in the video. Also, if you want me to clarify any points, you can tell me exact times in the video that you want to understand better what I was saying.
Last, if the auto-captioning by Youtube is correct (which is not very reliable), then you can also “copy and paste” words or phrases to get definitions of those words (or translations). Or just ask me.
Note the colored box below (yellow and pink) that show where to display the auto-caption.
Next is the video (which you can open in to a new window for reading along with the auto-captions by clicking the word PURE). You can also see related videos (listed on the right of the Youtube page).
If you scroll below the video below, you can see the scripted portion of the talk (with pictures!!!). Note that my references to Christian scriptures and stories are because I know those stores and many others do too. I use references that are convenient.
To those with correct perception, all perceptions are correct.To those with proper perception, all perceptions are proper.
However, to those who are grieving, nothing is correct; nothing is proper. In fact, their thinking and their perceiving is full of condemnation and blame.
Those who are grieving will identify grievances wherever they look. They will say “life should not be how it is.”
For the one with a raging spirit, they will identify outrages everywhere. They will say “life should be how it is not.”
For the one with a spirit of vilification, they will identify villains everywhere. They will say “those people should not be how they are.”
For the one who is ashamed, they will identify shames wherever they look. They will say “those people should be how they are not. It is just such a shame!”
For those with a hateful spirit, they will identify things to hate everywhere. They may not actually say “my life is ruining my life,” but they will create ways to call for your attention and your blessing.
For some, grieving is an outrage or shame to be attacked. Is grief really so terrifying, though?
For the one who is afraid of their own grief- which may be very fitting for them in that moment- anyone else’s grieving may be interpreted as a threat, as a shame, as an outrage. Other people’s grieving can be contagious- very literally- and so one who is afraid of grieving- ashamed of it- may reflexively suppress the grieving of others.
For those afraid of grieving, grieving will be personified as the great Evil, the great Eve, the great Devil, the great Satan. That is the beginning of agonizing- for then there must be a constant war against grieving, a constant vigilance against vulnerability, a constant exhaustion of one’s own energy so as to avoid even a single moment of grief- at least any form of grief that is not rationalized or justified as acceptable by the one who is terrified or traumatized or in shock. It is the beginning of the spirit of perfectionism or “anti-negativity,” as in the condemnation of all things condemned as “negativity,” which is the apex of hypocrisy, though of course that may have been very fitting for someone in a particular moment… or else “God would not have produced that development.”
For those with a spirit of innocence, they will identify innocence everywhere. They may not actually say “they know not what they do,” but they will create ways for other people to recognize what they have been doing with their own words, how they have been relating to their own perceptions, how they have been identifying themselves when they label their own conclusions.
For those with a spirit of purity, they will identify purity everywhere. They may not actually say “life is simply however life is,” but their spirit of purity and grace and simplicity will be evident. When others are grieving and mourning, those with a spirit of holiness will bless their grieving and their mourning.
It may only be a few that will say this: “I challenge you to bring me even your spirit of divisiveness and contempt, if you can bear to approach me with it.” Are you willing to be one with so much faith? Are you willing to be emptied out and filled anew with theHoly Spirit?
Titus 1:15 Hebrew Bible
הן הכל טהור לטהורים אבל לנטמאים ולאינם מאמינים אין דבר טהור כי נטמאה גם דעתם גם רוחם׃
Titus 1:15 Aramaic NT: Peshitta
ܟܠܡܕܡ ܓܝܪ ܕܟܐ ܗܘ ܠܕܟܝܐ ܠܐܝܠܝܢ ܕܝܢ ܕܡܤܝܒܝܢ ܘܠܐ ܡܗܝܡܢܝܢ ܡܕܡ ܕܕܟܐ ܠܝܬ ܠܗܘܢ ܐܠܐ ܡܤܝܒ ܗܘ ܪܥܝܢܗܘܢ ܘܬܐܪܬܗܘܢ ܀
ΠΡΟΣ ΤΙΤΟΝ 1:15 Greek NT: Stephanus Textus Receptus (1550, with accents)
πάντα μὲν καθαρὰ τοῖς καθαροῖς· τοῖς δὲ μεμιασμένοις καὶ ἀπίστοις οὐδὲν καθαρόν ἀλλὰ μεμίανται αὐτῶν καὶ ὁ νοῦς καὶ ἡ συνείδησις