Wednesday, July 1, 2009

post 106. Holy Spirit.

Since reading Sir Laurence Gardner's
" Genesis of the Grail Kings ", see genealogical tables at pages 346, 347, where he claims Moses to have really been the son of Pharao Amenhotep III or Nubmaatre ( ca. 1405-1367 BC ) and of a half jewish mother, Tiye,
( herself half Egyptian and of the egyptian priestly caste, her father having been the scriptural Potifarre, the Priest of Ra' ), daughter of Joseph
( one of the sons of Jacob ) the Grand-Vizier of Upper and Lower Egypt ( i.e., Vice-Pharao), I have been meditating on the Holy Spirit of my Trinitarian Invocation which somehow, graphically if not theologically ( as the three persons of the Holy Trinity are to an educated Roman Catholic equal in power and distinct beings)
subordinates a person of the Trinity to the preceding one, in the Invocation.
The invocation I am referring to is-: " In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, so be it. ", which is in itself a prayer or declaration of belief/faith.
If Moses was Amenhotep IV, also known as Akhhenaten
( ca. 1367-1361 BC ), a Pharao of the 18th dynasty, in virtue of having married his fully royal half sister Nefertiti, as the matriarchal line of the Royal Succession required, then Moses must have been
the same person who chose ATEN the hidden, imageless God of the Egyptians' monolatrial, divine pantheon, attempting to transform the egyptian monolatry into a monotheism like the one followed by the later Hebrew/Israelites of the post-Prophetic age, after the return from the Babylonian captivity ( say, ca. 538 BC).
As this attempt was far too early for the age in which Akhhenaten lived ( even the Hebrews and Israelites were still monolatrous ), he was forced into exhile by the egyptian leaders/priesthood, his cousin Aaaron ( the grand-son of Joseph born from an israelite woman of the priestly tribe of Levi ), becoming Pharao for a short period as Smenkhkare, when Tutankhamoun the son of Moses became Pharao, halas dying when still a young man, a relative through marriage taking over as Horemheb. Horemheb died without a heir, opening the succession to the Ramessides dynasty. Horemheb tried to become popular by denying the power of ATEN and erasing traces of the predecessors in the previous dynasty, even the name of Tutankhaten (Tutankhamoun ) himself, whose tomb was discovered accidentally. The tomb of queen Nefertiti is still being looked for. That of Amenhotep III has been located but no mummy could be found since, if he was indeed Moses, the latter's mummy is somewhere in the Negev desert ( and Myriam's too etc.).
Moses was unable to have even his Israelites keep faith to a monotheistic belief in ATEN and the hebraic monolatry that tended to cristallise the supreme deity in the creator-of-all Yahweh ( Jehovah ), predominated after the death of Myriam, who valiantly struggled for ATEN.
Myriam, was a half-Mitanni
( of the indo-european language ) princess, also called Kija, or Mery-khiba or Mery-amon, daughter of Gilukhipa, the Mitanni wife of Amenhotep III. As the name Mery-amon shows she had become a devotee of Amen or Aten ( i.e., the hidden, imageless God ).
Incidentally, our use in the liturgy of 'Amen ' is wrong as it does not mean 'so be it ' but ' hidden one ', ' Haem ' being the right egyptian word for the former expression.
Myriam had in fact objected to Moses' marriage to Zipporah, the daughter of the Lord Jethro of Midian, whose belief was in the hebraic, all exclusive, inflexible, archaic and utterly primordial and unbalanced Yahweh, which was probably a semi-divine Agent of the Holy Spirit, ATEN. Since then, as the result of Hebraic, Judaic, Arian, Subordinationist, Islamic ( the latter with a different mechanism from the previous ones altough with the same misguided motivations ), the Holy Spirit has been considered as an intrinsic possession of Yahweh, Allah, the Father/Creator and the Son, although Roman Catholicism has the right intuition, halas vitiated by the inevitable, graphic, wrongly implied subordination to the Father and the Son in the Liturgy, the Spirit being seen as a power emanating from the two. My claim is that the two have life and purpose from the Holy Spirit. Paradoxically enough the Islamic Allah is more acceptable as ATEN than is Yahweh, however the Spirit acts through Executives in Creation and Allah on ITS own is incomplete in the creation scenario. Therefore
Mohammed and Islamism have either to go back to school and revise the Q'uran or clearly and unambiguously adopt the Catholic/Orthodox invocation as a point of departure of their theology.
I have great respect for the Jehovah Witnesses' good intentions and for their literal translation of the Scriptures which claims greater understanding, however, following these recent speculations/insights my re-reading of Genesis 1:1, 2 shows that one cannot translate the word "spirit" into " active force " and claim to remain literally true.
The New World Bible Translation-(revised 1984)-:
Genesis 1:1
In [ the] beginnings God created the heavens and the earth.
2.
Now the earth proved to be formless and waste and there was darkness upon the surface of [the] watery deep;
and God's active force was moving to and fro over the surface of waters.
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The Hebrew word translated as God's active force is
ruah elohim
that is, literally, god's breath.
It seems to me
from my extended knowledge from modern physics which is itself also from God's circle of knowledge ( see Karl Rahner ) and therefore of/from God, that we are now able to make a use of a distinction between the concepts of force, work, power, time and entropy in the similar way to what J.L. Segundo does in his theological works.
A force can only be an effect or a secondary cause not a primary cause, the latter implying the existence of a prime mover or engine/executor and an engine requires fuel and fuel requires a self-renewing, self-sustaining source of energy which, in time, is called power.
I cannot make this too long, but intuitively, from our experiences with fuels which tell us of biologically-related fossil or renewable fuels, of similarly related radioactive, nuclear fuels to which even the sidereal nuclear events are related of transformations from mass into energy and vice-versa ( see Einstein ) and of entropic degenerations and degradations of energy, all of these in turn related to the mystery of LIFE and EVOLUTION, etc., I tend to conclude that the Absolute Ultimate must be LIFE and its living power which points to SPIRIT, the Holy Spirit, to ATEN.
Segundo ( Teilhard de Chardin and confusely Gardner) speaks of NEGENTROPY and of a parallel dimension in which we already exist as negentropy ( the glorious body of St.Paul ) but this suffices for now.
So my invocation may be-:
In the name of ATEN,
LIFE ETERNAL, LIVING POWER,
SOURCE OF ALL POWER-FORMS,
Yahweh CREATOR,
Jesus Christ WORD and MEDIATOR.
So it is.
I believe Islam and Jews if good-willing, could easily accept this invocation.
Else may they all go to fuel next sidereal, solar processes as pure manure.
My synthesis of the above information is meant to be held as a flowing and plastic one and not cristallised into new Credos, causing us to jettison all previous elaborations, by well-meaning thinkers who did not have our informations from and technological views of the modern world, also benefiting
as we are from our observation of the dismal failures of religions/ideologies such as Islam ( Islam can be accepted only if it separates itself from its ideological distortions of truth and justice ).
The following elaboration from J.L.Segundo can also apply to Islam in so far as the distortion of justice and infra-human relations resulting from religious ideologies are concerned.
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The overt importance given to external ritual and signs by Roman Catholicism and other Religions can be compared to the overt reliance of the Pharisees on the outward observance of the Law. See Juan Luis Segundo S.J.’s volume III, ‘The Humanist Christology of Paul ” of the five volumes series “ Jesus of Nazareth Yesterday and Today ”.
Let me quote briefly from pages 26,27-:
................................As a synonym for the creaturely condition, therefore, the term ‘flesh’ [i.e., the human being’s awareness of its creaturely condition] could have either a negative or positive meaning. It was negative when it turned into an element of secularisation, positive when it became an element of religiosity.
When we look at the term in the letters to the Galatians and Corinthians, however, we are surprised to find that it seems to refer to an excess of religiosity. We are forced to conclude that the human being’s deep awareness of its creaturely condition leads it to place religion above itself, to use the religious realm as an intermediary between the intangible transcendenton the one hand and the insecurity of its condition as a creature on the other. The creature tries to lay hold of the transcendent and use it for human purposes. For Paul, then, the term ‘Flesh’ means just the opposite of a tendency to secularisation.
It was Jesus’ criticism of the religion of the Pharisees that enabled Paul, an ex-Pharisee, to effect this revolution in the terminology of the Old Testament. Flesh now signifies that the creature is afraid to confront God with criteria ( ontological and epistemological premises )deriving from the human being.
Thus it is opposed to an authentically religious faith, seeking to use the religious realm ideologically and placing that realm under the enslavement ( and the mechnisms ) of Sin [ a compromise with injustice with a deterioration of human relations ].
It is important that we discover what this mechanism concertely comprises for human existence. Otherwise its anthropological antidote, Faith, as used in Paul’s text, will come across to us as a merely magical element [the ancient dictum of Martin Luther: sola fides ] with supernatural efficacy and without any connection to a transformation of the whole human being.
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Unquote from Juan Luis Segundo S.J.]
FINIS.

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