Nietzsche's famous test from the Gay Science titled Madman proclaims the death of God. I am trying to give a Christian reading to it, making a few changes in the text. Changes made to the text by me are given in red. Before starting the essay, I accept that it is a perverse reading of Nietzsche, but it can be fruitful.
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Jesus gave the summary of the entire commandments when he said to love God and to love thy neighbor. We can say Christianity is a religion of love. What is the meaning of Christian love?
Two words that can help us to understand it are “welcome” and “hospitality.”
If I look through a yellow glass, everything looks yellow; we can also look at the entire Bible through the lens of hospitality and welcome and derive a lot of insights.
Instead of doing that, let’s see some passages where welcome/ hospitality is explicitly present. …
In a beautiful gospel passage (Luke 21, 1–4), Jesus watches people making their offerings in the temple. Many rich gave out of their surplus (abundance); a poor widow puts money out of her misery (poverty). There is no prize to guess which one Jesus appreciates.
Out of the surplus means, I have enough to manage. I am self-sufficient. Whereas misery is already a dangerous situation. Giving away anything will only complicate the situation further. In one case, I get a good name. On the other, I am stepping further into danger.
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To introduce myself, I am Arun, a Jesuit scholastic (preparing to be a priest) doing my studies in theology. I am interested in philosophy, spirituality, politics, theology and to write about their intersections.
It is not an easy task to divide the articles into a few subheadings. Still, I have attempted to do so; some may appear under more than one heading.
Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2, 17)
When we are sick, we call a doctor. When we are healthy, we might not explicitly need a doctor; we may take their guidance for the prevention of diseases or for having a healthy body and mind.
Now Jesus’ says he has come to call the sinners and not the righteous. One way of interpreting this is by stating that righteous means “self-righteous”, who think they are in a good state…
It's strange that my first piece of 2021 is on a movie — more strange when I am not a movie buff and when the movie is not extremely new. I happened to watch the movie Thappad yesterday; brilliant script and brilliant acting by many, especially Tapsee Pannu and others. If you still haven’t watched it, I would any time recommend it.
The life of a couple is shown (no kids yet) where the husband’s dreams become the dream of the family. And one slap making a radical transformation in that family. An oft-repeated question; was she making too much…
Think about these 4 characters in the Bible: Abel, Cain, Elizabeth, and Mary. Two are from the first testament and the others from the second testament. They form two pairs; the first pair is seen in the book of Genesis; the second in the Gospel of Luke. Do the similarities/differences end there? Probably you can say the first pair is not referring to historical characters, whereas the second pair has historical figures.
All of them received something from God. We can call it blessings or grace. Definitely, everybody receives blessings from God, and what is unique there?
Cain and Abel…
The parable of talents is an interesting parable in the Gospel of Mathew and Luke. There are minor variations in both the gospels. But the overall message is the same. The persons who got 5 talents (talent is a huge sum of money) and 2 talents (Gospel of Mathew) doubled it, whereas the one who got one talent just hide it and he returned the same. The master appreciates two servants and punishes the third one. In both the gospels, this parable appears towards the end of the gospel, very close to the passion of Jesus. …
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