Гол та см шн порно парод я



February 6, By Barry Bercier, A. The family of any murderer is to suffer seven times as many deaths in punishment of the original crime. It is governed by evil and violent men who restrain each other in their evil doing only by terrifying them with greater evils still. He means to be clear on this, and so in the First Commandment, he identifies himself and declares himself sovereign: You shall have no strange gods besides me.

The Israelites covenant themselves to be ruled by the maker of heaven and earth, by the possessor of all the other nations, while they themselves are to be uniquely his own. They are not to be ruled like the other nations, according to the ways of the ancestors or the supposed order of the cosmos, or by the strength of strong гол та см шн порно парод я they are to be ruled by God himself and in this way are set apart from everyone else in the world as the uniquely Chosen People.

Choseness however is not to go to their heads! Immediately after the First Commandment comes the Second: They are not to suppose, however, that because they are the People of the universal Гол та см шн порно парод я, they are therefore themselves to be universal rulers! The Second Commandment forbids just exactly this.

In fact, the whole effort to align human politics with divine sovereignty in Israel proved exceedingly difficult, perhaps impossible. What were the odds, then, that Rome, with roots deep in pagan antiquity, the Rome which persecuted Christians and made war against the Jews and drove them out of Jerusalem…what were the odds that Rome would do a better job than David himself in yielding to the sovereignty of God?

What were the odds that the Rome, which destroyed the Second Temple, гол та см шн порно парод я do better than Solomon, who built the First? Solomon used his famous wisdom to acquire international influence, and so could dream imperial dreams as he forged marriage ties with the surrounding pagan nations. Good things came from Egypt—it saved the Hebrews from famine and provided conditions within which they and their flocks could thrive.

A great reversal of the ancient order of things had been set гол та см шн порно парод я motion. But ambitious men are not satisfied гол та см шн порно парод я limited power. Shared sovereignty is a contradiction in terms. The ambition of Adam, his urge—what the Jews call ha-yetzer ha-rah— гол та см шн порно парод я to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden, get the knowledge he needs to rule on his own, and become the center of all he surveys.

If Christendom claimed legitimacy because it bowed before the image of God in its subjects and because it assumed responsibility for their well-being and defense, it also assumed for itself the authority of God in doing so, saw itself as bearing the image of God, and expected its subjects to bow before it. If Christendom saw the Body of Christ as mediating the Presence of God to the world, it inclined to see itself as that Body, identifying itself with the Church which cannot be identified with any body politic whatever.

The mission of the Church is catholic, addressed to the whole of the world. Christendom was in part seeing itself as actually or properly the whole and ruled on the basis of its claim to knowledge of the whole. Its task then was to order men to their various properly designated places and functions within the whole, thus subordinating them to its idea of the whole and not therefore reverencing them as the living image and likeness of the God beyond the world.

There were two conflicting bases of legitimacy at work here, the one which comes from the self-limitation of government before the image of God revealed in the Anointed One, in Man, and the other from the self-understanding of that government as the sovereign order which in itself represents the ultimate limits of all things and requires therefore undivided loyalty and universal submission.

To the extent that the Church acted on the basis of its own proper authority and served as prophetic check on political claims, the light of revelation shone in the darkness of politics, illuminating and rescuing those dimensions of the human soul not to be hemmed in by nature or the force of men. Those churchmen were allowing themselves and their institutions to be co-opted by the political project.

To the extent that this was so, darkness ruled, the proper dignity of the subjects of Christendom was violated, their rightful freedom denied, and as for the Jews, who stood apart steadfastly rejecting such universal claims, the anti-Semitism of Christendom raged. Thus it came to be that, in the name of a divine authority in men which, precisely because of the Scriptural tradition, was understood and felt to be prior to any political authority, the religious thinkers of the Reformation, and after them the political thinkers of the Enlightenment, could raise powerful religious and moral objections to the claims of Christendom, its kings and its princes.

In the Scriptural understanding, the world achieves its completion and purpose in its submission to man who has dominion over it by virtue of his status as image of God, that is, as recipient of the authoritative self-revelation of the Creator himself to the man. The Church is formed by that authority and bears that authority in the world; the Enlightenment, however, invoked Scriptural authority only to assert its own authority over against Christendom and against the Church.

The classical interpretation of nature, flawed though it was, nevertheless provided salutary limit, direction and goals to the life of man; Scripture rejects the classical understanding and displays rather the authoritative self-revelation of God in the Law given to his People.

Christendom was surely flawed, ambiguous, marked by some deep confusions and illusions. But among its limitations were the limits imposed by a profoundly true sense of the sinfulness of men, of the transcendent loftiness of the human vocation, and of what is at stake in the choices men make. If according to the Scriptures, the cosmos finds its goal and perfection in man raised up to God, and so lapses гол та см шн порно парод я to the floods of chaos when man rebels, then the modern project aiming at unbounded mastery of the physical world undoes the world.

Nature is not the guide to man; it is his subject. It is his victim, therefore, when he is not guided by the authority that stands over him…and it is his own nature, more than that of the rest of things, that is most inundated and torn apart in the process.



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