Monday, November 16, 2009
How might a drop of holiness behave on the surface of a lake in God's holy Creation?
Play along now: Jesus's divinity = the "Godness" of God who poured God's self into Creation.
Jesus "loaned" that to the temporarily "holified" Peter, who lost it when he lost it, and he splashed through, but a patina of holiness lingered each time and smaller expressions of Peter bounced on the surface and splashed through, etc., until what was left, which was just Peter, sank.
Why not? ... Just ponderin' just how dim the glass is through which we look.
Check this out, and this ramblin; will make more sense:
"God does not break God's Physical Laws".
"A miracle is something occuring within God's physical Law that we do not yet understand".
"All of God's Physical Laws are discoverable".
If indeed Jesus could walk on water then so can any other person. How? That is yet to be discovered.
Too far fetched?
I think I will exercise my First Amendment right to burn my copy of "The Late Great Planet Earth." Talk aboiut a false prophet. He's just FALSE.
I don't think natural psychokinesis is out of the question.
Or perhaps the Earth shifted its orbit slightly right at that moment, sending Jesus and Peter into freefall that simply looked like they were standing above the water.
Or perhaps Jesus has the ability to manipulate his mass in the same way that a cat, which does not want to be picked up, can make itself 5-6X heavier than normal.
Or he's made of wood and floats like a duck.
Don't be silly. Jesus wasn't a Sufi, he was a Christian. Let's at least try to keep our speculations in the realm of possibility, like my hidden superconducting magnet idea. While I admit the likelihood of the ancient Galileans having discovered high-temperature superconductors is slim, and their ability to distill and store liquid helium seems at least as unlikely as their ability to find a source of electricity to charge the magnet, it still seems like a more reasonable suggestion than one in which Jesus is a Muslim.
Well, unless you are proposing that Jesus was a time-traveller. Then your explanation makes somewhat more sense, and could possibly explain the rather disjointed accounts of his birth and heritage.
After all, with all those robes and cloaks and things that he wore (according to the paintings anyway), it wouldn't take much of an updraft to keep him floating. I'll have to do some calculations to see if I can figure out the terminal velocity of a falling Jesus.
Note: "terminal velocity" is a term of art, and should not be literally applied to our risen Savior.
(This is why I find science superior to theology. Theology can't answer useful questions like this.)
But I found the issue of choice, ameliorating but not curative anomalies, and constant imperfection raising violence to be quite the contemporary Calvinist climate.
I've yet to see all the Harry Potters and years from watching Twilight, which pains me every time my daughter talks about what a great story it is.
Reminds me of the blank stares I get from garden-variety Okies when I point out that from the of the Ascension to now, Jesus hasn't gotten out of our solar system (I don't think; I calculated it once, but can't remember; I think I assume thrust power only, no warp drive. ... Dang, but I did assume a constant speed (velocity?) and I should have accounted for the receding force of gravity and then the lack of it outside the atmosphere.
Harry Potter is a wonderful series. I am rereading it from book one even now. Having read all seven, seeing the parts in far more detail and how they add up to an even greater sum.
They should have stopped with the highway set piece in the second Matrix movie. Let Neo die there and bring piece to the galaxy and come back with Han Solo and his silver skates or whatever.
You're suggesting Jesus doesn't have warp drive?
Jesus was walking out on a shoal, a reef, at low tide with a back wind to shallow the water. Happens all the time. As the 2000 year old joke says, you reckon we should have told Peter were the rock were?
Oh, wait now, Peter---Rock---Rocks--That Jesus was telling Peter... (The Rock (sounds like a wrestler don't it)), was that a joke about him falling off of the rock in the Sea of Galilee? Suyrely the Church of Rome was founded on a... naw, of course not.