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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Penis Envy and the Hope for Decisive Spiritual Affirmation

The Dynamic Call of Saul

. 3 As he [Saul, later known as Paul] neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.  (ACTS 9:3-19 NIV)


The Well-Endowed Must Be Proud (Click link below--clip from Evan Almighty):

What is the movie Evan Almighty about?

Newscaster Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) leaves Buffalo behind when he wins a seat in Congress. Moving his wife (Lauren Graham) and family to northern Virginia, he seems to have it made, then God (Morgan Freeman) throws a crisis of biblical proportions at his feet: The Lord wants him to build an ark and line up all the animals two-by-two in preparation for a flood. (Evan Almighty/Film synopsis (returned on initial page following primary search) 

Click link below for selected clips from Evan Almighty movie:

Throughout the years I have known Christians and others with a spiritual bent (including me) to have felt a virtual penis envy of the heart upon regarding St. Paul and his dramatic transcendent encounter on the road to Damascus. Many of us are only too well acquainted with the yeoman sweat involved in our being earnest servants and believers of the Way accompanied too often at times by the nagging sense of tiresome routine and of endless sloughs of the innervating and unremarkable.  But sometimes like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof who yearns for a deeper love than may be suggested by an arranged marriage to Golde (his wife of 25 years), we yearn for what can only be called an endearing personal affirmation so absolute, so striking, and so memorable as to weather any of life’s relentless storms.

Over two decades (1980-1999), like Evan Baxter of the movie, my world was shaken to the core and upon these disconcerting disruptions was tempered an irrevocable faith in which skepticism and doubt came to be silly and absurd and totally beyond belief.  When occasionally emotionally flipped-out by a host of omnipresent matrices, God would say to me (as he did Evan): Let it out son, for this is the beginning of wisdom (see movie clips link above).  And the path to belief did indeed seem to entail recurring algorithms.

For a narrative of my experience click link below: My Bouts with Battiness:

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