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** Can you focus on living, not focusing on the faults in your neighbor?
 
** Can you focus on living, not focusing on the faults in your neighbor?
 
** This author reports learning a lot about this by interacting with neighbors on his street over the years.
 
** This author reports learning a lot about this by interacting with neighbors on his street over the years.
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*** Building shared fencelines.  Knocking on doors asking them to tone down the party.  Not litigating.
  
  
 
* Free will is not self assertion
 
* Free will is not self assertion
** I cannot endlessly assert myself.  There always are larger energies that can overpower me.
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** self assertion has limits; I cannot endlessly assert myself.  There always are larger energies that can overpower me.
** My will is free, and is unconstrained.  But it's an inner-life phenomenon.
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** But my will is free, and is unconstrained.  But it's an inner-life phenomenon (assuming you have a proper definition of [[free will vs self-assertion]].
** And personality is not temperament.  Only the 5th ER addresses this.
 
 
** Your inner life is where you're really free and sovereign.  Not even god can touch it.  That's exciting!
 
** Your inner life is where you're really free and sovereign.  Not even god can touch it.  That's exciting!
  
  
* The Bible doesn't say much about the hour of humiliation and the 2nd meeting of the court.  
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* We strive to get above the mere emotion these passages evoke.
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** With a philosophical perspective, you can have the fortitude to read passages like this.
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* The Bible says only a little about the hour of humiliation and the 2nd meeting of the court.  
 
** And it's a confused tale.
 
** And it's a confused tale.
** If all you've ever known is this account all your life, this should be a breath of fresh air.
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** If all you've ever known is the Biblical account all your life, this should be a breath of fresh air.
** This clarified story is appropriate to reflect on.  Without it, you cannot discern the greatest achievement of our Creator Son's existence!
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** This clarified story is appropriate to reflect on.  Without it you cannot discern, within these events, the greatest achievement of our Creator Son's existence!
** Do you see signs people being mocked or spat upon in their trials these days?  Does this story speak to us today?
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** Do you see signs of (metaphorically) people being mocked or spat upon in their trials these days?  Does this story speak to us today?
  
  
* We are creatures who naturally follow example so easily.   
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* We are animal-origin creatures who naturally follow example so easily.   
 
** The servants and guards follows the example of the Sanhedrists here.
 
** The servants and guards follows the example of the Sanhedrists here.
 
** During this hour of humiliation, Jesus could still stand--his body was not severely beaten up so much yet.
 
** During this hour of humiliation, Jesus could still stand--his body was not severely beaten up so much yet.
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** The more unjust, the more unfair the situation, the greater the opportunity to display your true humanity.
 
** The more unjust, the more unfair the situation, the greater the opportunity to display your true humanity.
 
** Could you suffer rank injustice and still be a religionist?  Return good for evil?
 
** Could you suffer rank injustice and still be a religionist?  Return good for evil?
 
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** The list of [[12 properties of a religionist]] are very salient. [101:3.4]
 
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*** [[Be unnatural]].  You can overplay being natural!  [[All good things taken to an extreme become bad]].
* By reflecting in this way--getting above mere emotion--you can have the fortitude to read passages like this.
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*** Sometimes you need to go with the flow, but not all the time.  That's what wisdom is for.
  
  
 
* The 6th of the [[seven adjutant mind-spirits]], the religious impulse, is what can '''lead'' a man to perverse delight.
 
* The 6th of the [[seven adjutant mind-spirits]], the religious impulse, is what can '''lead'' a man to perverse delight.
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** Even though the (non-human) animal kingdom uses only 5 of the 7 adjutant mind spirits, it is still proper to refer to numbers 6 and 7 as essentially animal in their nature.
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*** Insomuch as they are not the Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth, or Thought Adjuster
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*** So let's refer to 5-adjutant animals here as "forest animals" for convenience.
 
** Forest animals may brutal to outsiders in the group, but they don't derive pleasure from such behavior.
 
** Forest animals may brutal to outsiders in the group, but they don't derive pleasure from such behavior.
 
** A forest animal cannot be zealous.
 
** A forest animal cannot be zealous.
 
** A forest animal is not evil with only 5 adjutants.  They have no real relation to spirit.
 
** A forest animal is not evil with only 5 adjutants.  They have no real relation to spirit.
** Today many people see abuse of the 6th adjutant (religious zeal), and propose dialing it back and only using 5.
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** Today many people observe in society the abuse of the 6th adjutant (vis a vis religious zeal)
*** Nothing but plants on earth would indeed be peace, but not a very meaningful one.
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*** their solution?  Dial it back and only use 5 adjutants. Or even fewer!
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*** Sure!  Nothing but plants on earth would indeed be peace.  But not a very meaningful one.
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*** Our challenge is to have all 7 adjutants, and still find peace.  Peace that passes all understanding, because it comes from influences above the adjutant mind-spirits.
  
  
 
* Section 4 ends with the Midwayers stepping far above the brutal events, showing us how this reveals capacity all humans have inside them, by reflecting on what is happening to Jesus.
 
* Section 4 ends with the Midwayers stepping far above the brutal events, showing us how this reveals capacity all humans have inside them, by reflecting on what is happening to Jesus.
** Jesus has achieved happiness in this hour of humiliation.  That reminds us [[fancy-animal dictionary|happiness is a high word]].
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** Jesus has achieved happiness in this hour of humiliation.  Indeed, [[fancy-animal dictionary|happiness is a high word]].
** "Behold the man!"  You cannot make a man like this on Havona, where there are no cruel guards spitting on prisoner.
 
 
** This moment is the full vertical extent of God's reach down to man.
 
** This moment is the full vertical extent of God's reach down to man.
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*** "Behold the man!"  You cannot make a man like this on Havona, where there are no cruel guards spitting on prisoner.
 
*** (Shortly, Jesus will be scourged so badly he falls below the level of fully human--so this is the apex of the journey)
 
*** (Shortly, Jesus will be scourged so badly he falls below the level of fully human--so this is the apex of the journey)
** This is a demonstration of triumph over all fears.
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*** This is a demonstration of triumph over all fears.
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** Notice the pattern in here: Fact and truth, supreme and supernal; facts of time, truths of eternity.
 
** The paragraph ends with the 6th [[level of meaning]], the "God-knowing believer."
 
** The paragraph ends with the 6th [[level of meaning]], the "God-knowing believer."
** fact and truth, supreme and supernal; facts of time, truths of eternity.
 
 
*** It written in truth, not in literal fact.  You're not eternally perfected at this point, but in truth it's as if you are.
 
*** It written in truth, not in literal fact.  You're not eternally perfected at this point, but in truth it's as if you are.
  
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* Jesus does not face the Sanhedrin when they present the indictment.
 
* Jesus does not face the Sanhedrin when they present the indictment.
 
** They can't stand to face him again.  They know how shameful this all is.
 
** They can't stand to face him again.  They know how shameful this all is.
** The Book of Luke attempts to describe this second meeting of the Sanhedrin court, but confused many details.
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** The Book of Luke attempts to describe this second meeting of the Sanhedrin court, but got many details confused.
 
 
 
 
* The list of 12 properties of a religionist are very salient. [101:3.4]
 
** [[Be unnatural]].  You can overplay being natural!  [[All good things taken to an extreme become bad]].
 
** Sometimes you need to go with the flow, but not all the time.  That's what wisdom is for.
 
  
  

Revision as of 04:55, 5 February 2020

February 4, 2020 [Paper 184:4-5, p. 1984]

Alone with Jesus in the audience chamber of Caiaphas' palace, the servants and the temple guards mocked him, spit upon him, and cruelly buffeted him. They went on for one full hour, reviling and mistreating this unresisting man of Galilee. These are the moments of the Master's greatest victories in all his long and eventful career as maker, upholder, and savior of a vast and far-flung universe.

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Keywords: Urantia, Jesus, Hour of Humiliation, Formal Indictment, Capital Charges



Notes by Brad

  • A well-functioning judicial system is not about nitpicking the faults in your neighbor.
    • But with zeal in play, it's easy to get carried away.
    • Can you focus on living, not focusing on the faults in your neighbor?
    • This author reports learning a lot about this by interacting with neighbors on his street over the years.
      • Building shared fencelines. Knocking on doors asking them to tone down the party. Not litigating.


  • Free will is not self assertion
    • self assertion has limits; I cannot endlessly assert myself. There always are larger energies that can overpower me.
    • But my will is free, and is unconstrained. But it's an inner-life phenomenon (assuming you have a proper definition of free will vs self-assertion.
    • Your inner life is where you're really free and sovereign. Not even god can touch it. That's exciting!


  • We strive to get above the mere emotion these passages evoke.
    • With a philosophical perspective, you can have the fortitude to read passages like this.


  • The Bible says only a little about the hour of humiliation and the 2nd meeting of the court.
    • And it's a confused tale.
    • If all you've ever known is the Biblical account all your life, this should be a breath of fresh air.
    • This clarified story is appropriate to reflect on. Without it you cannot discern, within these events, the greatest achievement of our Creator Son's existence!
    • Do you see signs of (metaphorically) people being mocked or spat upon in their trials these days? Does this story speak to us today?


  • We are animal-origin creatures who naturally follow example so easily.
    • The servants and guards follows the example of the Sanhedrists here.
    • During this hour of humiliation, Jesus could still stand--his body was not severely beaten up so much yet.
      • Standing majestically on his own two feet shows the integrity within.
    • He shows us here what internal integrity, free will, can do when projected into the outer life.
    • The more unjust, the more unfair the situation, the greater the opportunity to display your true humanity.
    • Could you suffer rank injustice and still be a religionist? Return good for evil?
    • The list of 12 properties of a religionist are very salient. [101:3.4]


  • The 6th of the seven adjutant mind-spirits, the religious impulse, is what can 'lead a man to perverse delight.
    • Even though the (non-human) animal kingdom uses only 5 of the 7 adjutant mind spirits, it is still proper to refer to numbers 6 and 7 as essentially animal in their nature.
      • Insomuch as they are not the Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth, or Thought Adjuster
      • So let's refer to 5-adjutant animals here as "forest animals" for convenience.
    • Forest animals may brutal to outsiders in the group, but they don't derive pleasure from such behavior.
    • A forest animal cannot be zealous.
    • A forest animal is not evil with only 5 adjutants. They have no real relation to spirit.
    • Today many people observe in society the abuse of the 6th adjutant (vis a vis religious zeal)
      • their solution? Dial it back and only use 5 adjutants. Or even fewer!
      • Sure! Nothing but plants on earth would indeed be peace. But not a very meaningful one.
      • Our challenge is to have all 7 adjutants, and still find peace. Peace that passes all understanding, because it comes from influences above the adjutant mind-spirits.


  • Section 4 ends with the Midwayers stepping far above the brutal events, showing us how this reveals capacity all humans have inside them, by reflecting on what is happening to Jesus.
    • Jesus has achieved happiness in this hour of humiliation. Indeed, happiness is a high word.
    • This moment is the full vertical extent of God's reach down to man.
      • "Behold the man!" You cannot make a man like this on Havona, where there are no cruel guards spitting on prisoner.
      • (Shortly, Jesus will be scourged so badly he falls below the level of fully human--so this is the apex of the journey)
      • This is a demonstration of triumph over all fears.
    • Notice the pattern in here: Fact and truth, supreme and supernal; facts of time, truths of eternity.
    • The paragraph ends with the 6th level of meaning, the "God-knowing believer."
      • It written in truth, not in literal fact. You're not eternally perfected at this point, but in truth it's as if you are.


  • Jesus does not face the Sanhedrin when they present the indictment.
    • They can't stand to face him again. They know how shameful this all is.
    • The Book of Luke attempts to describe this second meeting of the Sanhedrin court, but got many details confused.


  • This author reports that our study this week helped him with some ideas he formed in his early 20s about the emotional content of this part of the story.