Separation, Union and Transformation
I have listened to the Woman episode of The Liturgists podcast. I was wondering if there could be a part 2. Or there should be a Child episode.
Woman (Episode 40)
In this episode, we explore the sexism in the context of culture and the church. Featuring Austin Channing Brown…
As a followup to Woman , this episode explores masculinity and male identity in a culture striving for equality.
I’ve been reading the Bible for a long time. As a graphic designer, I tend to be obsessed about language, metaphors, symbols, signs, patterns and logos.
I have had a lot of questions that seem to point to the concept of the divine feminine. These questions also have some bearing on a trend I have observed in the integration of art, science and economics: user experience design.
When Paul talks about the body, what does he mean by one new humanity?
“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.”
The wall has been destroyed. There are no divisions.
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Are we one heavenly body, floating through space? A holy womb? The seed of the woman, the Spirit of God? Is the third day the last trimester in a gestation process? Why does the Genesis poem have a parallel structure? Are the first three days a gestation process for vegetative life: light (the first day), water (the second day), land (the third day)? Are the second three days a gestation process for sentient and self-conscious life: light (the first day), water (the second day), land (the third day)? Why did Abraham take a three-day journey? Why did Moses take a three-day journey? Why did Jonathan surrender his throne to David in a story involving three days, three arrows and bowing three times.
- Why did God tell Abraham, “I will make you into a great nation?” Why was that nation called a light to the nations?
- Why was Moses drawn out of the water? Why did Moses lead the children of Israel through the water?
- Why was David able to secure the kingdom and the land God had promised to Israel?
Why did the rise of these three characters represent the dawn of an age of blessing after a long dark night of violence and oppression?
Why are there three patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Why are there 12 tribes? Where does the concept of trinity come from? Why are there 12 disciples? What are the times of the Gentiles? What came before? The chronicles of Israel?
If there is a Father and a Son, where is the Mother?
Why did Jesus make such a big deal of the third day? Why did Jesus declare, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it in three days?” Why is the only sign that he would give about Jonah and his three days in a fish? Why did Jesus rise on the third day?
Why is the first chapter of Genesis about separation? Why is the second chapter about union? Why is the last day a day of rest?
Why does the history of Israel climax in the birth of a Saviour? Why does the pronouncements about the church climax in a new form of life, a new creation?
When Paul talks about the Spirit of God, does he not use the metaphor of motherhood and childbirth?
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.”
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit herself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for Godʼs people in accordance with the will of God.”
What if the mysterious union is the joining of the father Abraham, representing physical man, with the bride of Christ, representing the spiritual woman? Could this union of earth with heaven be a rebirth of Christ in the restoration of all things, the ultimate expression of faith, hope and love, the only three things that will remain?
The Human Experience
As UX designers, we are thinking about how to design the human experience.
- perception (senses: stimuli — life)
- cognition (mind: thoughts — faith)
- emotion (heart: feelings — hope)
- action (body: behaviour — love)
And the greatest of these is love.
The physical is a metaphor for the metaphysical
x + y + z = width + height + depth = space
past + present + future = time
father + spirit + son = love
time + energy + matter = gravity
male + female + child = family
art + science + faith = the work of the people (liturgy)