SCENE 9. CHRISTIANITY AND THIS WORK

The Greek word agape, meaning ‘selfless love,’ is used in Christian theology for Christian love, as expressed in Mandatum Novum [New Commandment].  That is the title given to Jesus’ message as recounted in John 13.34 of the New Testament: “A new commandment I give unto you.  That ye love one another;  As I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” 

This Work promotes Love by combatting Hate. 

When I was lost in a snowstorm way up on Valsfjell in Norway in 1988 (I was rescued), I ‘discovered’ the essential merger of that Mandatum with the message of John 8.32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  The result was Mandatum Novum II, which I told my companion Eva and wrote down when I returned to the lodge:

But verily I say unto you that it is not enough that ye love one another, for still many there will be who hate.  Therefore, a second commandment I give unto you.  That ye fight hate and hateful thought, and slash its falsehoods with the swords of truth.  Hence, ye must also know falsehood, and that truth shall make you free.

Accordingly, this Work exposes the falsehoods of Hate.

At root of this Work is John 1.1: “In the beginning was the Word.” In the original Greek ‘Word’ was ‘Logos,’ meaning Idea or the manifestation of Idea, thereby extending into the Cosmos the ancients’ recognition of the importance of Idea in human affairs.

Accordingly, this Work focuses on Idea in the form of Ideologies.

And finally, “Think not that I am come to bring peace.  I am come not to bring peace but a Sword.”  — Jesus.  This Work uses the same Sword: ideological challenge, attack, discord.

The primary drive for embarking on such Work was History: the failure to accomplish Peace, the growing magnitude of War, and especially the World War II Era — together with my perception that the Determinant of that Era was Ideology, in particular Marxism-Leninism, Fascism, Nazism and Shinto-Tanakaism (my term).

Those concerns led to my search for the meaning of the concept of Original Sin having been partaking of the Fruit of Knowledge.  That was resolved in my conversation and letters with one of America’s greatest theologians, Reinhold Niebuhr.  Excerpts are provided at melos.us, Scene 1. 

The Valsfjel episode, the World War II Era, the meaning of the Original Sin legend,  together with another episode became drivers of a subsequent work and magnum opus: the PRINCIPIA.  The other driver was the Convocation that followed The Second Vatican Council, which was invoked by Pope John XXIII via his Encyclical Pacem In Terris [Peace On Earth], and ran from 1961 to 1965.  Its motto was simply the word aggiornamento, updating. 

In 1965, in the Council’s spirit and in furtherance of its aggiornamento, an International Convocation On Pacem In Terris was convened in New York City, and opened at the United Nations General Assembly, following which it repaired to The New York Hilton for several days.  In view of my various speeches and writings, especially Defenses of Peace, I had the great good fortune of being invited, and attended.  It turned out to have been internationally momentous, and two more were held in subsequent years, in Washington DC and Geneva.  My conversations and notes became an enormous resource.

The foregoing episodes and concern led to my writing PRINCIPIA IDEOLOGICA: A Treatise On Combatting Human Malignance,  which  was accomlished with the great help of the resources of Princeton University, made available to me as Guest Scholar from 1993 to 1999.  Princeton holds copies of the PRINCIPIA in six of its Libraries.

Soon after its publication I received a note from The Vatican from Paul Cardinal Poupard stating that “Your impressive tome, PRINCIPIA IDEOLOGICA: A Treatise On Combatting Human Malignance, has found a home in the Library of the Pontifical Council for Culture.”  That Council was established in 1982 to implement the objectives proposed by The Second Vatican Council.

In the PROLOGUE which concludes the PRINCIPIA, Mandatum Novum II is quoted and its significance made more explicit:

Unless Mandatum Novum II is sufficiently implemented planetwide in accordance with the principles and methods set forth herein and yet to be developed from them, Mankind will destroy himself and his habitat, leaving Earth to spin silently in orbit as do other planets, until that time when the Sun will collapse and burn all in a final fireball.

 In deference to our Jewish friends we should note that Christianity is really a Jewish sect that grew to be far bigger than its parent, Judaism. For, ‘Jesus’ is the translation into English of his Hebrew name Yeshua, and ‘Christ’ is the translation of the Hebrew word mashiah, meaning anointed or messiah.  Furthermore, eleven of Yeshua’s twelve disciples were Jewish. (Luke was an evangelist follower of Paul.)  And of the four New Testament Gospel authors, three were Jewish, again only Luke was not.  Furthermore, Yeshua himself continues the Jewish tradition of slaughtering a lamb as an offering to God.  The Last Supper is considered by many to have been a Passover dinner, although the formalities of a ‘seder’ were not developed until the 9th Century.  In that context Yeshua was called ‘the Lamb of God,’ and the ‘Paschal Lamb,’ where Paschal means Passover, and was accordingly slaughtered on the Cross as an offering to God.  This is the most profound bridge between Judaism and its new sect, later to be called what translates to ‘Christianity’ by Paul.

Remarkably, this Work progressed to call for and develop an aggiornamento, a Reformation, of Christianity far deeper than did the Second Vatican.  In the course of writing the PRINCIPIA during 1997, I spoke with Dr Bruce Manning Metzger, Professor Emeritus of Princeton Theological Seminary.  Professor Metzger had been Chairman of the Standard Bible Translation Committee, which is affiliated with the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, and which had developed the New Revised Standard Version.  During our conversation I remarked that in developing Principia Ideologica I had found it necessary to assume the burden of attacking the savagery of Western Civilization at what I perceived to be its roots in the savage Bronze Age literature of Judaeo-Christian mythology and ethos as expressed in the Bible, and asked if that would offend him.  “Oh, no…no..not at all,” he replied.

 

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