Thursday, February 09, 2012

Solomon and 'inculturation'.



Priest and prophet forage in a land they know not.

Today's first reading at Mass is about how Solomon turned to idols - goddess worship - he built a temple to Astarte.  In fact he built temples to other gods for his foreign wives to offer sacrifice and perform their rituals and devotions to honor their gods.  God was not pleased.

What is so significant about this is that Solomon was a wise and holy man - the wisest of men.  God had actually appeared to him twice.  We know Solomon was a learned, holy man, a mystic, with great power, yet he was duped and turned to idols.  If that can happen to a man as great as Solomon, how easily can we be misled by dubious mystical experience and spiritual novelties.

'They served their idols, which became a snare for them.' - Psalm 106

Delusion doesn't simply affect the pseudo nuns who have fallen for goddess worship, nor the formation directors and retreat masters who employ the Enneagram and such things to discern and train:  Even the 'holy' ones (contemplatives) amongst us can be deceived and led astray by their personal visions and voices.  Others do so with their novel interpretations of theology and efforts at 'inculturation'.  Always in need of 'financial support', they will take your money - and your soul if you let them.  As one writer puts it:  "Stop anointing Folk Heros as alternative magisteria."  Works for me.

"In the last days terrible times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding the form of religion, but denying its power." - 1 Tim. 3:1-5

Art:  Solomon and His Wives.

4 comments:

  1. There you go again, Ter - feeding Shea's Voris fetish...

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  2. This is why obedience is so important.

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  3. He is a little Psalm just for you:

    [12] Deliver me not over to the will of them that trouble me; for unjust witnesses have risen up against me; and iniquity hath lied to itself.

    [13] I believe to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

    [14] Expect the Lord, do manfully, and let thy heart take courage, and wait thou for the Lord.


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    "...and iniquity hath lied to itself..." (think: the arguments in favor of homosexuality).

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  4. Excellent, Terry. Some of us here might remember this propensity to fall for false idols while we're busy making fun of catholycs.

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