Henri Langlois: An art form requires genius. People of genius are always troublemakers, meaning they start from scratch, demolish accepted norms and rebuild a new world. The problem with cinema today is the dearth of troublemakers. There’s not a rabble-rouser in sight…We’re fresh out of “bad students.” You’ll find students masquerading as bad ones, but you won’t find the real article, because a genuine bad student upends everything.
“So long as (man) cannot operate as a savage or less than a savage, and think as a god, or better than god, he will suffer…A man who is full of God is outside of faith…When a man is truly creative he works single-handed and he wants no help. A man acting alone, on faith, can accomplish what trained armies are incapable of doing. To believe in one’s self, in one’s own powers, is apparently the most difficult thing in the world…Whenever an English artist of any value has arisen he has been marked as Public Enemy No. 1.”–THE COSMOLOGICAL EYE, Henry Miller). http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/?p=5651
Matthew 13:24-30 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
24 Another parable put He forth before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blades had sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, ‘Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath come the tares?’ 28 He said unto them, ‘An enemy hath done this.’ The servants said unto him, ‘Wilt thou then have us go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘Nay, lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
21st Century King James Version (KJ21) Copyright © 1994 by Deuel Enterprises, Inc.
The original Greek of this passage uses the word “Zizanion.” Zizanion/tares is a species of darnel which looks so much like wheat in its early stages even a trained eye is hard put to tell the one from the other. Farmers called it “Cheat.” Roman law forbade the sowing of tares in the field of an enemy.
Most contemporary translations of this passage in place of the specific zizanion/tares use the subjective bad seed or weed which not only misses the mark but also loses the deeper meaning in the parable: “The servants of the householder came and said unto him, ‘Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath come the tares?’ 28 He said unto them, ‘An enemy hath done this.’ The servants said unto him, ‘Wilt thou then have us go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘Nay, lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
That deeper meaning is this: the roots of the tares wrap themselves around the roots of the wheat making it impossible to pull out the tares without pulling out the wheat. The farmer’s answer, “Let the two grow together until the harvest,” is the only practical answer. When he adds “bind the tares in bundles to burn them,” he is making good use of something meant to bring confusion and harm. Tares was used for fuel. Thus something meant to cause harm is turned into something used to help. The wheat is used for food. The tares is used for fuel.
The use of weed/bad seed robs us of this deeper underlying meaning. It dulls the sharp edge of the original.
Now we, ourselves, are the garden. In each of us was first sown the wheat. Then one, an adversary, who wanted to cause harm sowed the tares in our soul.
Now the name “Satan” literally means in English “the adversary.” This means that one opposed to the will of the farmer has deliberately done everything in their power to cause that person harm.
There is an added depth to this parable. The fruit of the wheat is the bread of life. The fruit of the tares is a soporific poison. It lulls us to sleep. Then it kills us. The adversary says, “Root out in the evil in your heart.” I say, “Let the seeds in you grow side by side in peace until the harvest.”
This duality of intent is inherent in Judaism and Christianity.
Jesus Is Rejected
22 It was winter, and the Festival of the Dedication of the Temple was being celebrated in Jerusalem. 23 Jesus was walking in Solomon’s Porch in the Temple, 24 when the people gathered around him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? Tell us the plain truth: are you the Messiah?”
25 Jesus answered, “I have already told you, but you would not believe me. The deeds I do by my Father’s authority speak on my behalf; 26 but you will not believe, for you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never die. No one can snatch them away from me. 29 What my Father has given me is greater[b] than everything, and no one can snatch them away from the Father’s care. 30 The Father and I are one.”
31 Then the people again picked up stones to throw at him. 32 Jesus said to them, “I have done many good deeds in your presence which the Father gave me to do; for which one of these do you want to stone me?”
33 They answered, “We do not want to stone you because of any good deeds, but because of your blasphemy! You are only a man, but you are trying to make yourself God!”
34 Jesus answered, “It is written in your own Law that God said, ‘You are gods.’ 35 We know that what the scripture says is true forever; and God called those people gods, the people to whom his message was given. 36 As for me, the Father chose me and sent me into the world. How, then, can you say that I blaspheme because I said that I am the Son of God? 37 Do not believe me, then, if I am not doing the things my Father wants me to do. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, you should at least believe my deeds, in order that you may know once and for all that the Father is in me and that I am in the Father.”
39 Once more they tried to seize Jesus, but he slipped out of their hands.
40 Jesus then went back again across the Jordan River to the place where John had been baptizing, and he stayed there. 41 Many people came to him. “John performed no miracles,” they said, “but everything he said about this man was true.” 42 And many people there believed in him.
Now we read this completely different in our minds from the way that Jesus actually said it.
First, Jesus was dirt poor. Secondly, he was from Galilee. That means that he was from a part of the nation that was in Israel what the maritime provinces are to Ontario. Additionally, he dropped his aitches. Thirdly where we read the word “Father” Jesus used the child’s word for father, Abba, which more correctly is “Papa” which is the true meaning of the word “Pope.” Jesus, as we know from the evidence provided by The Shroud Of Turin (an authorized replica of which I have hanging here that I may meditate on and study it so that it may teach me), Jesus, as we know from the Shroud was five foot eleven which was uncommonly tall, built like a lumberjack (from carrying trees to his carpenter shop) and as strong as an ox.
There are those (and they are many) who say that Jesus never spoke of himself as the literal “Son of God.”
Such are the fruit of the tares. They dull the sharpness of the knife.
Consider “’25 Jesus answered, “I have already told you, but you would not believe me. The deeds I do by Papa’s authority speak on my behalf; 26 but you will not believe, for you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never die. No one can snatch them away from me. 29 What Papa has given me is greater than everything, and no one can snatch them away from Papa’s care. 30 Papa and I are one.’ and “34 Jesus answered, ‘It is written in your own Law that God said, ‘You are gods.’ 35 We know that what the scripture says is true forever; and God called those people gods, the people to whom his message was given. 36 As for me, Papa chose me and sent me into the world. How, then, can you say that I blaspheme because I said that I am the Son of God? 37 Do not believe me, then, if I am not doing the things Papa wants me to do. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, you should at least believe my deeds, in order that you may know once and for all that Papa is in me and that I am in Papa.’”
Now in here among these words we find the fruit of the wheat, the bread of life. Here it is: “It is written in your own Law that God said, ‘You are gods.’”
This, more than the Resurrection was what the lowest of the low in the world of that time, the slaves understood as perhaps no other could understand for they, by faith on this message were raised from slavery to become gods. They were raised higher than those they served.
Too often the Greek for “slave” is translated today as the more emotionally appealing word “servant.” A servant can choose to leave the person s/he serves if treated badly. A slave has no authority over his/her own person. A slave can not leave. A slave is bound as no servant can be. A slave has no say in what is done to their person. They are a no thing. They are nothing.
Ian Wilson, in his book, JESUS: THE EVIDENCE, writes that the Nicene Creed, imposed by Constantine The Great, caused Christianity to lose its way. It did and it did so by God’s will for everything that happens happens for the good to those who trust the LORD. (Romans 8:28King James Version (KJV) “28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A28&version=KJV)
The Nicene Creed
Traditional Version (From the Book of Common Prayer)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds;
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God;
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father,
by Whom all things were made:
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man:
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried:
And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures:
And ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father:
And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead:
Whose Kingdom will have no end:
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,
Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified,
Who spake by the Prophets.
And I believe in One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church,
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
And I look for the Resurrection of the Dead:
And the Life of the world to come. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
Contemporary Version (Prepared by the International Consultation on English Texts)
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, light from light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
By the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered, died and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures;
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father (and the Son)
Who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
Who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Wilson argues that Jesus never called himself God.
Well, Wilson has spent too much time searching for confirmation that THE SHROUD OF TURIN is everything we know it is and not enough time wrestling with God (the name “Israel” means literally “to wrestle with God.”
The Man Watching
By Rainer Maria Rilke
I can tell by the way the trees beat, after
so many dull days, on my worried windowpanes
that a storm is coming,
and I hear the far-off fields say things
I can’t bear without a friend,
I can’t love without a sister.
The storm, the shifter of shapes, drives on
across the woods and across time,
and the world looks as if it had no age:
the landscape, like a line in the psalm book,
is seriousness and weight and eternity.
What we choose to fight is so tiny!
What fights with us is so great.
If only we would let ourselves be dominated
as things do by some immense storm,
we would become strong too, and not need names.
When we win it’s with small things,
and the triumph itself makes us small.
What is extraordinary and eternal
does not want to be bent by us.
I mean the Angel who appeared
to the wrestlers of the Old Testament:
when the wrestlers’ sinews
grew long like metal strings,
he felt them under his fingers
like chords of deep music.
Whoever was beaten by this Angel
(who often simply declined the fight)
went away proud and strengthened
and great from that harsh hand,
that kneaded him as if to change his shape.
Winning does not tempt that man.
This is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively,
by constantly greater beings.
Translated by Robert Bly.
Rumi: THE CORE OF MASCULINITY
The core of masculinity does not derive
from being male,
nor friendliness from those who console.
Your old grandmother says, “Maybe you shouldn’t
go to school. You look a little pale.”
Run when you hear that.
A father’s stern slaps are better.
Your bodily soul wants comforting.
The severe father wants spiritual clarity.
He scolds but eventually
leads you into the open.
Pray for a tough instructor
to hear and act and stay within you.
Translated by Coleman Banks.
“If only we would let ourselves be dominated
as things do by some immense storm,
we would become strong too, and not need names.”–Rilke.
Rilke understood this as few do. His mother wanted not a son but a daughter. She dressed the boy as a girl. She grew his hair in long golden curls. When he knocked on the door to his mother’s room she said, “Is that my naughty Ranier or my lovely Charlotte.”
The son replied, “It is your lovely Charlotte mother.”
That mothers do this consciously or unconsciously to their sons is a matter of historical record.
“Are you a good boy or a bad boy?”
I am a bad boy and am proud of it.
Rilke understood as few do that instead of allowing ourselves to be defined we must define out self.
This is why the name of God (Jehovah/Yahweh) means literally “I am that I am becoming,” or, even more powerfully, “I will be what I will be.”
I will define myself.
Rumi writes: “our old grandmother says, ‘Maybe you shouldn’t go to school. You look a little pale.’ Run when you hear that. A father’s stern slaps are better. Your bodily soul wants comforting. The severe father wants spiritual clarity.”
John 1 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him.
8 He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light.
9 That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13 Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Wilson is right. THE NICENE code does misdirect. It misdirects not in declaring Jesus to be the begotten Son of God but in stating that Jesus is the ONLY begotten child of God.
Through faith on Christ I AM, YOU ARE, WE ARE become the begotten children of God (12 But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name. 13 Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.)
Slaves understood this as so called Free Men never can. This was why Christianity spread like wild fire throughout the empire.
That so few understand it now is not my problem.
I do understand it. That is a problem for the world.
Said Jean Cocteau, “Whatever the world condemns you for make it your own. It is yourself.”
There is enormous strength in that.
By choosing to align Himself with Spartacus The Living God who is eternal declared for once time and for all time clearly where HE stands.
I and Papa are one.–Reg Hartt.
Let the two grow together until the harvest:
34 I say to you: in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together: the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left: two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
If you look at these links you will the author of the most important book on cities of our time, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES, Jane Jacobs, saying much that Jesus said. Her last book, DARK AGE AHEAD, is a warning being ignored as the warning The Christ gave is being ignored. People who look for the truth look for it in one place. Those of us who have found it see it shining in all places.
We are mislead by universities:
Incompetent By The Time We Are Prepared:
The Economy Of Cities:
The Death And Life Of Great American Cities:
Speak About What You Want:
Cities And The Wealth Of Nations:
Matthew 15:13Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
13 But he answering them, said: Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
In Eden Cain slew his brother, Abel. God is neither a liar nor a murderer. God is the father of Adam and from Adam eve. The seed not planted by the father is the line of Cain who replied to the question, “Where is your brother, Abel?” with the answer, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
This duality goes back to Creation. I found it referenced in THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE BIBLE. Each of us has the seed of the adversary in us. How to recognize it in our self? It is that part of us which finds fault with others. It is the accuser. The name “Cain” means “from the evil one:” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cain_and_Abel .
St. Paul wrote, “Three things are important: Faith, hope and Love and of these the greatest is love.” Love is also that I have found least among those who proclaim Faith. Imagine being in Heaven with Jimmy Swaggert, the TV preacher who got caught looking at but not touching prostitutes in Hotel rooms, while downstairs where we can’t go, in the Hellfire Club, Swaggert’s cousin Jerry Lee Lewis is belting out GREAT BALLS OF FIRE on the piano. I’ll take Hell over Heaven. All the really interesting people are, I am told, will be there.
This has been postered around the city for years. On the whole if the people who are sure of Heaven on this world are the ones to be found in Heaven I am sure God, surrounded by their company, would prefer Hell.
One extremely cold night when I was posting flyers at around 3am on a construction site at Yonge and College a voice boomed out, “REG HARTT! DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU WILL BE WHEN YOU DIE?” I replied, “I certainly hope it is someplace warm.” “YOU CAN’T TALK TO YOU!” the man screamed. Of course, you can talk TO me. I just won’t tolerate people talking AT me. These people who see you and I as damned are the true damned.
tt, 12, 27, 2015.
Most people refused and many today refuse to listen to Jesus. Not once in the gospels does HE say to a person, “GOD HATES QUEERS.” He does say as soon as HE sees a priest, “You walking piece of filth.” Not only does a black and white negative show the image on the Shroud as a positive, it also possesses 3D characteristics which is impossible.
On THE SHROUD OF TURIN, written by no human hand, we find the Passion And The Victory of The Stone The Builders rejected. They rejected him then. They reject him now. They will always reject him. He was built like a lumberjack. He was strong as an ox. When he spoke he dropped his aitches. The learned said, “How came this man to know letters having never studied?” Little did they know that before them stood the author of all they claimed to believe in. He was dirt poor. The church says what Jesus did only Jesus could do. Jesus, on the other hand, said, “What I have done you can do and more.” Those he despised yesterday he despises today. Who are they? They are the ones who say that you and I are going to burn in Hell unless we obey their rules. Jesus was, is and always will be the ultimate anarchist. A true anarchist is one who does not need governing because s/he governs them self.