Myth

There are many people out there who will say that only true-to-life stories are helpful to people. These people ignore Jesus’ parables (read “fables”), but that is another story. I beg to differ with these narrow-minded people. Myth is a category that helps us to see our world through other eyes. Rather than making us blind to our own world, myth helps us to see our world better. I am thinking here primarily of the work of Tolkien and Lewis. Their world is Christian. I wish more writers would attempt their kind of project. Tad Williams has come close, but he is not Christian as far as I can tell. He is good reading, nevertheless. I do NOT think that Harry Potter is in the same league with Tolkien and Lewis. I am going to try my own hand (a very unoriginal hand, I’m afraid) at contributing to this wonderful world of Christian myth by writing an opera on Tolkien’s story “Beren and Luthien.” So far, the libretto is well under way, and I have some musical ideas, as well. Who knows whether it will ever get done. But it is worth a try.

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Two interesting ideas

Hey, folks, time for a little Biblical Theology. Two passages: John 20:12 and Genesis 3:22 (these are not related). In John 20:12, Mary sees two angels, one at the foot, and the other at the head. This is the antitype for which the two cherubim overshadowing the ark in the Most Holy Place is the type. What was between those two cherubim was the tablets of the covenant (the Ten Commandments). Therefore, Jesus is the New Word of God.
The other passage is a translation issue: it should be translated: “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man had been like one of us in knowing good and evil.’ ” Interesting thoughts flow from this understanding of Genesis: Satan is a liar when he says, “You will be like God” (they were already like God). The other way this makes so much sense is that this verse as normally interpreted portrays God as some kind of selfish paranoid God who can’t stand to have mankind come up too close to Him. Rather, God wants mankind to be as close to Him as they are capable of being. All of a sudden, my proposed translation makes the whole paragraph a statement of grace: “It would be terrible for mankind to live in this awful state forever.” I cannot take credit for either idea, but they deserve a wider circulation.

Two interesting ideas

Hey, folks, time for a little Biblical Theology. Two passages: John 20:12 and Genesis 3:22 (these are not related). In John 20:12, Mary sees two angels, one at the foot, and the other at the head. This is the antitype for which the two cherubim overshadowing the ark in the Most Holy Place is the type. What was between those two cherubim was the tablets of the covenant (the Ten Commandments). Therefore, Jesus is the New Word of God.
The other passage is a translation issue: it should be translated: “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man had been like one of us in knowing good and evil.’ ” Interesting thoughts flow from this understanding of Genesis: Satan is a liar when he says, “You will be like God” (they were already like God). The other way this makes so much sense is that this verse as normally interpreted portrays God as some kind of selfish paranoid God who can’t stand to have mankind come up too close to Him. Rather, God wants mankind to be as close to Him as they are capable of being. All of a sudden, my proposed translation makes the whole paragraph a statement of grace: “It would be terrible for mankind to live in this awful state forever.” I cannot take credit for either idea, but they deserve a wider circulation.

The Title

Hello, all. You might all wonder why I chose this title for my blog. Those who know me well (such as Big Red) already know. Green has to do with Green Glove, which is what Franz Liszt always threw to the admiring ladies after his performances. I threw a green glove (planted on the piano (during my senior recital at which I played Liszt) by some mischievous friends) to my girlfriend-now-wife Sarah. Pardon the parentheses. The second part of the title has to do with Big Red’s nickname given to me in his ever-increasing field of codenames for his friends. The reference is to Bilbo, not to Frodo (though sometimes I feel like one, sometimes like the other; but Bilbo probably fits me best). I will post more later. I intend to say more about life than just theology (though that might be heavily weighted on my blog). Music is very important to me as well. That’s all for now.