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The Blind Men and the Elephant, p. 3

Faith or idolatry? Fact or fantasy? Maybe it –everything– depends upon who you ask.

…and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, “Whom do men say that I am?”
And they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.”

And he saith unto them, “But whom say ye that I am?”
And Peter answereth and saith unto him, “Thou art the Christ.”

And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

Personally, I like the idea of “the master of the universe” being this homely tired little guy with a misshapen face and bad hair. The dude who said, “Consider the lillies…” Looking at the two halves of the painting I see someone who has lived a conflicted life, double-minded, almost…
For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways“, wrote James.

Yeah, a god who doesn’t expect anything from Himself, nobody expects that.

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The Blind Men and the Elephant, p. 2


This is one man’s depiction of his religious beliefs. It is the oldest known version of “Christ Pantocrator”, painted five or six hundred years after its subject had left this earth. This is my favorite Christian icon, surviving as it did some other blind men, those iconoclasts who viewed such depictions of the divine as equivalent to a graven image.
Looking at that conflict between different factions of the same religion from the vantage point of thirteen more centuries of smashing things and name-calling, I try to be as accommodating as can be of other people’s iconography, and as demure as can be with my own.

We might transliterate Pantocrator today as Master of the Universe; quite in contrast with this depiction…

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