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And we thought it had to do with money?!…


this is what i have to say - and we thought it was all about the money

“‘Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.’ They brought the coin, and he asked them, ‘Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?’ ‘Caesar’s,’ they replied. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s'” (Mark 12:15-17).

What are “the things that are God’s”? Presumably, whatever bears the image of God. Jesus then was saying, “Give your money to Caesar; it has his image on it, and thus belongs to him. But give yourselves to God. You bear his image, and you belong to him.

(extract from Erickson’s “Christian Theology Second Edition”).

my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say

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Is what you believe a means to an end…


… rather than an answer to why?

thisiswhatihavetosay : why - do you have the answer to the question of life

In the movie the Matrix Reloaded, the main characters meet the Merovingian (a trafficker of information) and the following discourse takes place:

Morpheus: You know why we are here.
Merovingian: … The question is, do you know why you are here?
Morpheus: We are looking for the Keymaker.
Merovingian: Oh yes, it is true. The Keymaker, of course. But this is not a reason, this is not a why; the Keymaker himself, his very nature, is a means, not an end, and so to look for him is to be looking for a means to do…what?

It is interesting how closely this is related to the question of our humanity. Here are the different explanations given as to why we exist (1):

  • We are a machine – we are valued for what we do or can do (achieve)
  • We are an animal – human nature is defined almost exclusively in terms of stimulus & response (instinctive)
  • We are sexual beings – where it is believed that all human behaviour is derived from sexual motivation (Freud)
  • We are economic beings – our behaviour is believed to be derived from self-interest (materialism)
  • We are a pawn of the universe – humans are locked in a cosmic struggle between forces more powerful than ourselves (not aliens)
  • We are free beings – where free will is seen as the essence of human personality and self-determination seen as THE great virtue
  • We are social beings – the prime significance of human beings lies in their position and function in a web of social relationships; our human nature is therefore not distinctly defined but relative to our relationships with others

But if you look carefully at them – and as the Merovingian rightly pointed out above – these views simply point to only a part of the reality of our existence, not the why we exist. We could paraphrase the discourse above as follows:

Morpheus: You know why we are here.
Merovingian: … The question is, do you know why you are here?
Morpheus: We are looking for ….

  • recognition (machine)
  • physical / sexual gratification (animal / sexual being)
  • wealth / possessions (ecomic being)
  • freedom to do as we please (pawn / free being)
  • significance (social being)

Merovingian: Oh yes, it is true. The (insert reason here), of course. But this is not a reason, this is not a why; [recognition, physical / sexual gratification, wealth / possessions, freedom to do as we please, significance] themselves , are by their very natures, a means, not an end, and so to look for them is to be looking for a means to do…what?

To glorify God and to enjoy him forever.(2)

my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say

Notes:
(1) – via Martin Pohlmann’s notes on Systematic Theology, BTC Randburg, South Africa
(2) – Westminster Cathecism, via via Martin Pohlmann’s notes on Systematic Theology, BTC Randburg, South Africa

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