Month: June 2017

THE “GREATER THEN” SAYINGS

Jesus is greater than the Jewish Traditions

As we already know, a large portion of John’s original audience was people from the Jewish culture and religion. For this reason, he makes several statements about Jesus that has the purpose of showing how Jesus is “GREATER THAN” the Jewish traditions and religious beliefs and figures.

I am focusing in the next few sessions on the contrast between Jesus and the Jewish traditions.

Jesus is greater than the Passover

The Passover is an important celebration in the Jewish tradition. As a reminder to you, this is the festival that relates to the nation’s redemption from Egyptian slavery. If you want to read the full version, find it in Exodus. In short, God hears the pleas of the people, and sends Moses and Aaron to free them from slavery. Pharaoh refuses on several occasions to let them go, and each time God hits Egypt with a plague. The last of the ten plagues is the death of all the firstborns in the land. The people of Israel is given clear instructions on how to keep their houses safe (more…)

THE “GREATER THAN” SAYINGS.

Why would John include this in his gospel?

Joh 20:30, 31  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV)

When John started to write his gospel, he had a specific audience and purpose in mind. These two influenced how he wrote his gospel, and what he decided to include. No writer is able to give a clear moment-by-moment eyewitness account of life. This would be impossible to achieve for two reasons. First, it would take up too much space. Secondly, it would be beyond boring. Really, it would.

Therefore, not one of the writers of the gospels ever tell us that Jesus bathed, brushed his teeth, combed his hair or ate dinner. That does not mean he did not do these things, it only means that usually they were not important to the purpose of writing or to the intended audience. On several occasions we do read that Jesus ate, (more…)

The “GREATER THAN” SAYINGS

Why would John include this in his gospel?

Joh 20:30, 31  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:  But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (KJV)

When John started to write his gospel, he had a specific audience and purpose in mind. These two influenced how he wrote his gospel, and what he decided to include. No writer is able to give a clear moment-by-moment eyewitness account of life. This would be impossible to achieve for two reasons. First, it would take up too much space. Secondly, it would be beyond boring. Really, it would.

Therefore, not one of the writers of the gospels ever tell us that Jesus bathed, brushed his teeth, combed his hair or ate dinner. That does not mean he did not do these things, (more…)

The birth of the series.

I am writing a series of stories loosely influenced by the seven seals that the Lamb breaks in the Book of Revelations. Each broken seal causes some kind of natural disaster on earth, and each of the books will deal with how that will affect people. It would be difficult to write about how a disaster would affect the whole world. I think I might need 40 000 books to achieve that. Also, this is not going to be technical books with lots of scientific details, it will be fictional. Fictional writing has more focus on the characters and events than the technical detail.

“Otherness” in a main theme in gothic and apocalyptic literature. I love reading books, watching movies, and writing in this genre. Since I have never really fit in anywhere myself, I feel as if this genre, more than any other, touches the deep parts of my humanity. Therefore, I wanted to have main characters that felt the same; as if they did not fit in. As I started planning this series, I was pondering the concept of outsiders, or people who were not like mainstream society. The idea came to me that in each society there are people who do not belong. They are pushed out to the edges of society, and never feel part of a group because they are “other”. In Biblical times, these are the people who lived outside the city gates because they were considered crazy, ill, or demon possessed. So, each of the novels I write would have an outsider as the main character.

Who are the kind of people rejected by mainstream society? I asked this question in order to identify who my main character should be. After about an hour’s pondering, I had a list of such people. I then started to think of where I could place each character, so I sat down with a world map and tried to match each main character with a specific disaster and the best country to feature those two together. So, this is the short list of the series:

  Main character Disaster Country
Book 1 Teenage girl Plague of open sores Born in Congo, moves through South Sudan and Ethiopia
Book 2 Foreigner Red Sea: Death of all sea creatures Born in Europe, moves to Russia
Book 3 Prophet Rivers and springs turn to blood Egypt
Book 4 Crazy person Scorching of the earth America
Book 5 Disfigured person Darkness Greece
Book 6 Handicapped person Large rivers dry up Japan/ China
Book 7 All of the above Lightning and thunder Jerusalem

 

Up to here, the planning all went really easy. And it looked rather cool. So, I sat down to start writing, and I realized that I am far from ready to put words on paper, or to plan any of the individual books. Because this is a nice idea, but it needs some more work, which I am not going to tell you, since it is extremely boring. But things that were explored was villains, local myths and folklore, local religions, and last but not least is customs and traditions.

I will finish this post by saying that somewhere in the middle of the planning, I was reminded of how often God uses unlikely people to speak on his behalf. Moses was a murderer who fled into the desert and lived among foreign people. Most of the prophets where ordinary people and not learned men, or people working at the temple. Jesus selected the disciples not from the leadership of the religious sector, but from the shores of the Sea of Galilee and the streets of Jerusalem. So, I figured that my series could be closely tied in with God revealing himself to specific individuals, and their journeys as they travel to Jerusalem.

As I plan and research my novels, I will post interesting things I learn on this blog for those who want to follow. And who knows… maybe even a chapter or two as I go along.

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