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This Blog is named after an ancient gnoseological riddle which hints hidden, disseminated, omnipresent wisdom.
I invite you to search, listen and observe with me for "the word of tree, whisper of stone, and humming together of the abyss and stars."


Subversive Jesus

Was Jesus subversive? I am convinced he was!
He was tried, condemned and executed in the same way as dangerous rebels against the imperial and religious status quo.
       He was crucified by the Roman Imperial authority with quiet support from the leaders of his own religion. I believe that, in essence, the authorities understood him well and they felt appropriately threatened.

I believe that Jesus intentionally subverted the corrupt, pompous, abusive Temple religion.
I believe that Jesus intentionally subverted the brutal, arrogant and exploitative Roman Empire.
He opposed everything and anything that was unjust, abusive, degrading and untrue.
His primary instruments of this subversion were peaceful, nonviolence, blessing, forgiving, healing, and self-giving in love. But that did not make him any less subversive; actually it made him even more so!
       The authorities recognized it and decided to get rid of him, or at least they thought so. Their intimidating brutality worked for thousands upon thousands of crucifixions, but somehow it did not work this time. This one particular cross jolted the world from its axis. And it happened not by any power, but by weakness. You see, Jesus is subverting even the traditional images of God (Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent, and External to the world)! Jesus’ cross undermines it all. 
        I believe that God is present and active in the world, not through any divine power, but in the divine weakness of self-giving love. For that very reason of the weak divine presence, Holy Friday is so important and meaningful.

Проклятое поле (Cursed Field), 1878 painting by the Russian Historic-Realist Фёдор Андреевич Бронников (Fyodor Andreyevich Bronnikov). This painting captures nature of Roman crucifixions. It was not unique to Jesus, it happened to many subjugated or enslaved. The crucified were not nailed through their palms, though,  but were  left naked to die and rot, as evil food for crows and grim pickings for dogs.

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