Was King David heartless?

Scripture informs us that King David found favor with God. Yet, the Holy Word also informs us that David particularly hated the blind and the lame!

On that day, David said, “Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies.” That is why they say, “The ‘blind and lame’ will not enter the palace.” (2 Samuel 5:8)

How can this be? Is this not the opposite position taken during Jesus’ ministry?

Biblical quotes like this are the nurseries for atheism. Atheists are quite right to believe that such passages only show that religion promotes hatred and utter nonsense. But their “enlightened” view, while it correctly challenges blind faith, lacks the necessary enlightenment to grasp why the biblical passage quoted above represents Divine Wisdom.

What traditional believers and atheists have in common is a corporeal and worldly grasp of the Sacred Scriptures. However, the true authority and inerrancy of the Lord God’s Holy Word lies within its deeper, psycho-spiritual meanings.

The Holy Word employs a multi-dimensional language by which the literal meanings of its words actually symbolize spiritual qualities. In other words, a more enlightened interpretation of Scripture can be obtained by translating literal words into their psycho-spiritual equivalent (correspondence).

Therefore, the “blind” and “lame” actually refer to those individuals who refuse to see God’s truth (spiritual blindness) or act according to Divine precepts (spiritual lameness). What else would David fight against if he were promoting God’s will on earth? The Jebusites signified all those whose worldviews opposed Divine Truth.

Furthermore, in a previous post I showed how water corresponds to truth (for water cleanses the body just as truth cleanses the spirit). That is why to both reach and conquer the “Jebusites” one had to use the “water shaft” – which means that one must follow the direction God’s Truth takes in order to properly change (conquer) human hearts and minds.

The post-modern world needs access to this deeper understanding of Scripture, or they will be hard pressed to see its relevance in their lives (and see God’s true glory). So, while many passages of Scripture are an insult to the cognitive abilities of “enlightened” secular humanists, ironically, its deeper wisdom resides well above their present cognitive abilities as well.

Just as unflattering, a churchgoer can also come under the category of “blind and lame.”

Sorry to rain on so many parades.



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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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