Friday, March 27, 2015

And the darkness comprehended it not.

From the Red Book:

Ammonius: "Guard against being a slave to words. Here is the gospel:
read from that passage where it says: In him was the life. "What
does John say there?"
I [Jung]: "'And life was the light of men and the light shines in the
darkness and the darkness has not understood it. But it became
a person sent from God, by the name of John, who came as a
witness and to be a witness of the light. The genuine light, which
illuminates each person, came into the world: He was in the
world, and the world became through him, and the world did not
recognize him.' -That is what I read here. But what do you make
of this?"
A: "I ask you, was this ΛΟΓΟΣ [Logos] a concept, a word? It
was a light, indeed a man, and lived among men. You see, Philo
only lent John the word so that John would have at his disposal
the word ΛΟΓΟΣ' alongside the word 'light' to describe the son
of man. John gave to living men the meaning of the ΛΟΓΟΣ, but
Philo gave ΛΟΓΟΣ as the dead concept that usurped life, even the
divine life. Through this the dead does not gain life, and the
living is killed. And this was also my atrocious error."
Guard against being a slave to words. All you people of the book, you have been warned. Words are arbitrary, their meanings slippery and changeable (look at what's happening to 'literally').

Life is the light of human kind, life and light. Our patron John the Baptist calls the Pharisees, those legalistic and nitpicky religious leaders of his era, a 'brood of vipers'. The brood of vipers never goes away. It is those who follow the letter of the law, and do not understand its meaning, do not grasp its spirit. Those who use the law to oppress the light, to change the words from salvation to damnation.

The law, the logos, the word is also the Light, but it shineth in the darkness, and in our ignorance it is not comprehended. REPENT!

Turn from your books, and look at the light that shines out of each face of the suffering, the marginalized, the poor, the downtrodden, those who are excluded, those who's path is different than yours. As you do unto the least of these, you do unto the ΛΟΓΟΣ. REPENT!

John the Baptist says: "And the ΛΟΓΟΣ was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." The Word is made flesh. God becomes human, so that humans might become Gods. REPENT!
In him[the ΛΟΓΟΣ] was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
You are the darkness. The light shines within you, but you do not comprehend it. I am the darkness. The light shines in me, but I do not comprehend it. But there is one, upon whom the Spirit of the Lord rests, who is the light that shines. It is through Him, the way, the truth, and the light, that our ignorance can be dispelled, our darkness filled with light.


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