The wonderful thing that happens when one becomes cognizant of the fact that everything in the physical world corresponds to something in spiritual world is that he or she will be able to distil spiritual potent concepts from all the objects and resulting ideas formed from the physical realm.
For instance, everything we find in a garden can represent some quality of the human spirit and its psycho-scape. This was the premise for my first book, Sermon From The Compost Pile, which showed how the visible world and its ecology can teach us important lessons about the invisible realities and ecosystem of our spirit.
The story of the Garden of Eden in the Holy Word was written in a way to convey such higher meanings. The creation of the Garden of Eden in Genesis represents the steps by which God re-creates and vivifies our inner lives (epigenesis) Not only can we distill these higher meanings from the stories of Scripture, and from objects and images of the physical world, but also from our most popular “catch-phrases.”
When I was playing high school basketball, a powerful catch-phrase being used at the time to describe an embarrassing situation where you found yourself completely fooled by a clever move of an opponent was, “you got faked out of your jock!” Humans have an instinctive penchant for metaphor.
This clever basketball phrase implies that the individual you were guarding put moves on you that left you out of your proper placement to defend your basket. One’s “jockstrap” represented where that proper place was.
Symbolically, undergarments represent the deepest ideas that clothe our hearts (the closest things to us). Therefore, the spiritual lesson hidden within the phrase “faked out of your jock” is that we should be careful not to be fooled out of our conscience by the clever and deceptive realities of the physical world that we should guard against.
When we succumb to the vanities and allurements of the world, at the expense of living a spiritual life, we are, in a sense, “faked out of our jock.”
Angels are angels because they are not fooled by worldly temptations and deceptions. Furthermore, they understand what a jockstrap or any other undergarment spiritually represents in terms of faith. Undergarments represent an intimate understanding of the deeper meanings and spiritual truths hidden inside the stories of Scripture.
The literal meanings of the words in Scripture simply serve as an outer garment while their more intricate, delicate, and deeper meanings represent the “unmentionables.” These deeper truths are unmentionables because terrestrial humans rarely hear about or become aware of them.
In Scripture, this is the reason why the Roman soldiers removed Jesus’ outer garments and cast lots for them (Matt. 27:35). The soldiers represented how religion, based only on an understanding of the literal sense of Scripture, will divide it up in various ways to form their own interpretation of doctrine. The result is all the different Christian denominations we see today.
A person who evaluates the Holy Word (which contains God’s Infinite Wisdom) only from its literal meaning, is opening himself up to become a more likely candidate for being faked out of one’s jock in the game of life – in this world and in the next!
This blog is dedicated to mentioning the unmentionables.