The prodigality that bequeathed from the forbidden fruit has been our mate so far and will be within us as long as we are wrapped up within the framework of flesh and blood. It has been proved that prodigality is the product of selfishness that proved right at the instant of tasting the unlawful fruit. Adam transferred the responsibility to Eve with the excuse that she had been the reason for his downfall, so also Eve by the serpent, despite the fact that they themselves were their own guards who had the responsibility in protecting themselves by cladding with the first commandment. The commandment was given to Adam, not to Eve or to the serpent in an explicit way. Accusation against one another has been the cradle of our life that started after the fall in Paradise. The spiritual death that they acquired by their own misdoings invited the physical death to their son Abel for offering a right sacrifice to the Lord. Adamís spiritual death that brought physical death to him and unaccountable billions of his children has been our partner all along the course of history. The first spiritual slaughter, not death, that took place at the proximity of the first altar where both brothers, Cain and Abel, offered a sacrifice to the Lord of all creations has become a model of our religious life that has supplied us with 2300 denominations and multiple number of cult worships. Instead of finding fault with each other, if our first parents had confessed their guilt, that would have absolved them from their sins, then the fate of mankind would have been shifted to a different plane of different mould. In spite of them trying to bail out from their guilt, God didnít curse His creations, where as He cursed the serpent that deceived them. Despite they concealed their sin of nakedness that forced them to hide themselves from the vicinity of God, He so loved the world that He gave His only Son for our eternal life. This inexplicable love of the Father who moulded our body and breathed His Spirit into us is waiting for receiving His lost ones who are needed to fill the vacuum that have been existing in timelessness.
The parable of the Prodigal son (Lk.15: 11-32) is to be looked in this perspective. The father divided his property between his 2 sons as demanded by his younger son. In accordance with the Jewish tradition, dividing the family property while the father is alive is as equivalent of murdering the father. Eating the forbidden fruit while the fruit from the tree of life was abundantly available, Adam invited death to God, the inevitability that forced God sending down His Son to receive the mortality earned by Adam in this earth. Despite the father divided the living means between the two sons at the request of the younger one, he never was told by the prodigal one that the intention was to sell his share that would provide him enough money to go away to a far off place and living a lavish life. The loose freedom that he got to squander his money for the passion of his flesh emptied everything that he bequeathed from the father. The father who was eagerly waiting for him from the time of his disappearance saw him at a distance. His exhilaration was immense and inexplicable. His repentance of sinning against Heaven and his father brought him to reconciliation with the seen and unseen fathers. The feast that the father arranged and the best cloths are reminiscences of the bridal chamber where each returned/lost son gets the white garment of incorruption.
Every person has a duty to have a double life of serving the earthly household that in turn is a service of the celestial one. It is a fact that the prodigal one deceived and bereaved the father but his coming back is a joy to his family and the Heavenly household. We cannot rule out the truth that the elder son had been serving the ailing father who was agonizingly waiting upstairs looking for his sonís return. It was a crisis point for the elder one in looking after his father and everything in and around the house. We know that he was away in the field toiling and moiling under the scorching sun while his brother returned. For him, the younger one was a worry because he had to live on the income of his share, and also that that there was no guarantee that he was a converted person. He might do more havoc than before in boiling up the problems further. We have no proof that the elder one came into the house to share their happiness. The father humbled down to come out of the house to take his estranged elder son also in, just as he did to the other one. We have to assume that he didnít go in because the fatted calf, golden ring and all that was spent for the festivity all automatically belonged to him after the fatherís death. Everything and every relationship spins around money, the author of it is Mammon. Besides, organizing a feast that allowed the lost one to spend his time in merriment with his friends did not recognize the elder oneís obedient service for all those years.
Peer group Association:
Modern Pharisees, Sadducees, Herodians and Zealots:
While one group claims that they have the key to the gate of Heaven, the other group emphasizes that the key they claim to be holding only can open the Hades where they all will be locked up forever one day. The opposite group clamours that they donít have to even go to the gate of Heaven because they are saved right now at the point of this moment. They segregate themselves from all the festivities of opposite churches, nor do they go to the funeral of their own relatives of different denominations. They treat others as the philistines of old. They donít even offer any charitable work to any one apart from the members of their own group. There is no indication anywhere that the prodigal one wanted to find out his elder brother before taking part in the mirth and merriment arranged by the father. His main intention was seemingly to please his father who holds the key to the wealth of his brother.
A minority section, representing the father of the parable, confesses that its members are sinners who are like tax collectors and outcasts like Mary Magdalene and the leper. There was only one church in the beginning like the father of the two, and the other two are the products of the original one. Our aim to predate upon others, like Cain, is the root cause of all our failures and destruction. While living in the N.T.Period we live like the O.T. Israelites who defied the Holy Oneís commandments and treated oneís brother as a prey of oneís destructive passions. We venerate the kindling love of the Redeemer while living as animals that predate upon one another. The haunting of the Beast that comes from the bottom, Rev.13, to haunt on the Antichrist takes place only when the vast majority of the world inhabitants are converted to brutal animals that welcoming the infernal predator. The love that kindles everything into beauty, the ligua-fraca of communication medium, disappeared altogether between individual-to-individual, parish-to-parish, church-to-church or religion-to-religion. No human value can flourish where the marketing economy of greed and the teeth of consumerism dominate upon everything. ď Need make the naked man runĒ. The humane and moral values and concepts that prevailed in a natural economy is an anathema to the modern human species of apes.
The middle stream Christians who kept the lamp of the Christian mysticism burning cannot exist in a society where the leftist and rightist churches, the Pharisees and the Sadducees or the elder and the younger brothers, predate upon one another. Man and the universe runs on certain delicate formula of laws and rules. Our faith and worship also reciprocates around this principle of relativity. Twisting any sacrosanct principles on the basis of biblical verses and social norms is the intrinsic beauty of Godís word by that either man selects his own gutter spirituality or attains spiritual maturity. Most of the simple sentences in the Bible have multifarious meanings that focus on mystical many-sidedness. Making generalizations for serious mystical judgements ends up in confusion that derails our thinking and personality.
We have many celebrations and sacramental observances that adore the greatness and glory of God. As we are only a puff of the wind, we donít have any right to celebrate any of our ephemeral greatness. Anything other than worshipping God is deity worship. The first 4 Mosaic commandments pulverize the statutes and covenants given to the Israelites. Many of them who became the prey of the wrath of God couldnít grasp the underlying principles involved in them because they were only the shades of mysteries that are to be accomplished by the sacrifice of the Lamb. We cannot blame the Jews because they were living in the shadows, but we canít be exonerated by whatever excuses we present now. The church for 20 centuries havenít got involved in any deity worship, despite we have accepted some local customs, for example, like Ďminnukettuí.g
One should realize that we havenít done any celebrations that involve deity worship for all these years; inviting such things into the Body Of Christ is idol worship, the god of which is the prosperity gospel of real estate and corporate commercial spirituality of today. Any one in this global democratic set up can enjoy or do whatever one wants, but the church that caters spiritual food for all members canít bring any form of profligacy into the parish or church life. The present Church is the likely product of the Pharisee and Sadducee religion that like marble covers a multitude of infirmities. These developments are the product of the association with other religions and faith, affluence, boom and the interdenominational matrimony, the root cause of the demise of virgin faith. Apart from the adverse influence of heretical churches of right and left, there are influence from other ingredients of observances and rituals.
So many such things run the churches of today; I donít have room to explain all these. While cherishing a life of leavened bread, such people attribute their yeast on others nicknaming others as of Pharisees and Sadducees mould. Even gluttony is a sin, or loving oneís spouse and children without giving the highest glory to God is a sin. Then what to speak of deifying our ego that edifies our multiple personalities greatly by accepting the celebrations of other faiths. We have only excuses, not deliberations in correcting ourselves. We all filter the mosquito while swallowing the elephant. At least try to stick on to the externals, so that they might open up our inner senses that lead us to the unending ocean of realties one day.
But we have gone too far, believers. The mainstream churches that kept the statutes and covenants have become mere fossils in the fossil energy that magnetize the modern Christianity. The father representing the middle stream Christianity is only a fossil because the rightist and leftist Christianity, the two sons of the father, has swerved away from the fatherís wish. The custodians of the apostolic Christianity doomed to perish on account of its traffic with the mundane celebrations and ephemeral glamour, whetted by the dimensions of the lust of the flesh.
The charismatic Christianity that has sold the shares of the apostolic faith is brimmed with the emotional outbursts and hysterical maladies of the sub-cultural ailments. Both sons, the rightist and leftist denominations, of the father, the ailing virgin faith of the early church, are fit to be written off by the Heavenly Father, yet there is a glow of the spirit due to the repentance of the prodigal one that has been brought in for an expensive festival. Who knows whether the elder one has gone in for merriment after the mediation of the father? The prodigal one despite lost everything, repented, but we wait for the elder one to be remorseful and considerate of the other for sharing his wealth with the prodigal one who squandered everything for consuming his bodily passions. The elder one was mending fences of his fields, but stayed outside the home, knowing that his brother is inside. ď Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the moreĒ ĖLk.12: 48. Both sons will have to be repented for their transgressions, the elder for his hard-heartedness, the younger for his tactful avoidance of the elder one and cultivating a lustful life of the flesh. Looking closely at the mirror of the parable of the Prodigal son, one can see his ironclad outer image of elder son, covering-up his transparent inner image of Prodigal son.
The Christianity of today should avoid this bottleneck that can disallow us to own our Heavenly Fatherís inheritance. The prodigality that so far keeping us away from the Fatherís bliss is a real hindrance to our unity and concordance. This prodigality that budded in the Garden of Eden has been preying upon us all along the course of our biting relationship that is an apple of discord still widening the gulf. If repented and forgiven each other, both sons will have a share in the Eternal Home of the Father in Heaven.ď Fear not, little flock, for it is your fatherís good pleasure to give you the kingdomĒ- Lk.12: 32.
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