...in my boxers...
Damn. There's a worldveiw if I ever saw one. I can't say that I've read a better poetic display of what one feels in relationship to faith.
Was this inspired by "Beyond Good and Evil"?
"Decide that You had never been
That faith in You is broken"
These two lines really stood out to me. They seem to be the summation of your argument/article here.
"my Lamb and Serpent true"
Do you include the symbolic images of good and evil here, further impressing upon us you see neither as ultimately true?
"Disgusting, how Your judgement rings
Of justice drawn to shameless things"
I wasn't sure what you meant by the last line.... his judgement disgusting, because it's drawn to shameless thing... what are to you the shameless things?
"Composed beneath Your eye"
Are you referring to judging us for doing the things which do not shame us?
"That You could dare to grant us wings
And damn us, should we fly"
These two lines are beautiful (read very beautiful), but I'm not sure, theologically what you are saying. Here, are you referring to our imaginations, impulses, our mind, which can naturally does that which is judged wrong by God?
This is inferring that it was His choice for those impulses to be there, right? The Christian reply would be that it wasn't his will that sin come into/onto us, hence the Crucifiction/Ressurection/Salvation aspect of Christianity, correct? Or would you see it differently?
"The truth shall come, by our device
And not by that of You."
GREAT lines here. In this, you are saying that we/you find the truth by/in/for ourselves, and do not need a "absolute standard", such as the holy text (i.e. the Bible, Torrah, etc), as other religions seem to feel?
While I don't agree with what you've come to see as truth (for myself), I respect that you've seen it as truth for yourself, and have an opinion for yourself, and hence that your language isn't "bahhhh."
Great poem, by the way. Oh dear, 666 in my post count.... we should worry.
Es ist gut, daß das Leben die Toten studieren sollte.
[This message has been edited by PoetryIsLife (02-10-2003 07:16 PM).]