Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter in the Boatyard

Easter came a little early for me this year, in mid-March, to be imprecise, in another car ride with brother Pete…
We had just finished our thread on childhood obesity and victim mentality—and were moving into the ‘blame game’—the “It’s not my fault!” regarding anything  and everything, even eating habits. 
“Bloomberg can’t get his soda restriction through in New York—people want the right to kill themselves with soda!” 
“Just like the spiritual life.  People want to do whatever they want to do and say they can’t be responsible—they were born that way; Adam sinned—it’s his fault!” 
“Never heard that one before!” Peter commented.
“Yep,” I replied, dismissing it.  “It’s a paper argument.  The second Adam dealt with the first Adam’s fault.”     
“The second Adam?” says Pete, moving into the passing lane.
“Yep,” I repeated, and dug out my iphone to pull up the passage on Glo-Bible. 
“Wow - never heard that before either!  We’re back to, ‘Read the label’!” 
 LOL…and back to vegan eating…
“Imagine if the Last Supper was vegan… when the disciples ask, 'What is it?' Jesus would respond, 'It’s plant-based!'”
“I think we need a cartoon series…”
“He did have a lamb though…He was the Passover Lamb…hmmm….”
Like I said, we jump around the planet…

Somehow we got from there into themes of seeds and immaterialism, the teachings and philosophy of George Berkeley, who Peter is researching for his next book.
“Right after the second Adam bit, Paul writes about our bodies as seeds,” I mused.  Back to the bible app…this time to read about the perishable and the imperishable…
Peter pulled over into the scenic overlook for Mystic Seaport.  “That’s so beautiful,” he said softly.  “Don’t you think that’s beautiful?”  Yep…and we had an Easter moment…
"The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;
it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory;
it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
it is sown a natural body, it is raised a natural body.
"If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body...
the first man Adam became a living being;
the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.
the spiritual did not come first, but the natural,
and after that the spiritual.

"The first man was of the dust of the earth,
the second man from heaven.
As was the earthly man,
so are those who are of the earth;
and as is the man from heaven,
so also are those who are of heaven...

"flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God,
nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable...
the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable,
and the mortal with immortality.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable,
and the mortal with immortality,
then the saying...will come true:
'Death has been swallowed up in victory.'

'Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?'

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God!
He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

1 Cor. 15:21, 42-57

Happy Easter from the Boatyard!

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