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"Nothing is hidden that will not be made known, or secret that will not come to light.
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light.  And what you hear as a whisper proclaim from the housetops."  -- Q1

Like everything in Q1, these three sentences are simple, seemingly not complex and straightforward.  The only problem is that, at least in English translation, any two of them make more sense in the absence of the third.  Luke (12:3) alters the second sentence to make the whole quote sound like a warning against hypocrisy  or selective lying to different audiences.  The Gospel of Thomas can be read the same way or as gnostic statement, which is more likely: "For there us nothing hidden that can't be made clear, and nothing secret that can't become obvious."  Matthew (10:26-27) has wording very close to Q! (in this case) and uses the saying to encourage his disciples as they prepare to go out on their own.  In other words, the message of the kingdom of god is the truth; that truth will manifest itself in time, so don't worry about how you are received.

Stephen Mitchell focuses on the word "light" and its significance in a spiritual context.  What comes to us as hidden, as secret, in the dark, as a whisper is the wisdom given to us through meditation, the knowledge of no-knowledge.  The light is an "inner" light, but if we have it, it will shine out from us.  So what is being "proclaimed from the housetops" is not words at all, but the result of living as though we were already awake, as though the kingdom of god really were in us and among us, as though we were men and women of Tao.

Furthermore, it is clear, if you accept the liberal views of the members of the Jesus Seminar, that the emphasis should always be on the message rather than the messenger.  The words of  Jesus are not true because they are the words of Jesus, but because they do show the way to the kingdom of god and the appropriate behavior for those who want to live in that kingdom (although it would seem to more a democracy or an anarchy than an actual kingdom).

There seems to be an implicit but unnecessary elitism in much Taoist teaching.  This elitism is often subtlely (and not so subtlely) carried on to Buddhism and Christianity.  It is true that not everyone is going to get the same message at the same time in the same way.  But there is one message, and whether in its aboriginal or Taoist or Buddhist, or Jesusite, or Sufi form, it is a message that anybody can get and that we all need to get if the goals of this manifold message are to be made manifest in the world.

Unless i can behave the way i want other people to behave,
and unless i can do this without judging the behavior of others,
(without becoming attached to the behavior of others),
Unless i can take that second blow to my "other cheek,"
Unless i can walk that "extra mile."
Unless i can accept being what others call "a victim,"
I may not see the kingdom of god in the next world,
or in this

My shout from the housetop?
hhuuusssshhhhh.  Listen to your heart,
to the Tao,
to the Holy Spirit,
to the mystics, and
To the silence,

All are saying (or not saying)  the same thing (or non-thing)

Love the world as though its existence depended on your love--
But don't take yourself seriously.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 31st, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
You are a poet. Did you know that? Am I stating the obvious? Well, if you are consciously a poet, anyway, maybe it's valuable to say that you are a truly gifted poet.

Question on Q: is this an actual found document? Or is it reconstructed from common traditions stated in different known sources?
Jul. 31st, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
no Q document
No, there has been no physical evidence of Q1 (or Q2 or Q3). In the 19th century, i think around 1830 a German New Testament Scholar came up with the "two document hypothesis" that when Luke, and later Matthew sat down to compose their gospels they each had in front of them a copy of the Gospel According to St. Mark and some other document consisting of "sayings." Over the next 150 years, the Q hypotheses emerged so that some liberal scholars (like Marcus Borg) feel confident that they pretty much know what must have been in Q. Of course, imppo,
if there was material in Q which neither Luke nor Matthew chose to use, then we have probably lost that forever unless, by some miracle, an actual text is someday discovered. That would be such a thrill!

Edited at 2010-07-31 07:19 pm (UTC)
Jul. 31st, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
The last two lines of this entry spoke to me powerfully. Thanks!
Jul. 31st, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
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