A BRIEF BIBLE-STUDY

This morning, before going to sleep, I thought of a statement Jesus makes.  I don’t know why I thought of it, but this is quite normal for me–I constantly think of things, having no idea what triggered the thoughts.  Jesus says the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.

This had always puzzled me–ever since I learned it, at the Christian school I attended for nine years.  Because what was previously first is now last, and what was previously last is now first.  So now what was previously last becomes last again, and what was previously first becomes first again!  

Then it hit me–that’s exactly right!  Although Jesus doesn’t mention it, this is an infinite cycle!  The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.  Then the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.  Then the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.  Then the first shall be last, and the last shall be first…

And I was reminded of the yin-yang symbol (what I consider to be the closest thing to a picture of God).  The caption on my poster of it reads, “…The yang force [is] the light, active, generative essence.  The yin force [is] the dark, passive, receptive essence.  From their interaction all things come into existence and are dissolved.”

On my poster, as well as a bookmark of mine, yang is on top.  But I’ve seen other depictions in which yin is on top.  I think both are accurate.  There’s a parallel here.  The first (yang) shall be last, and the last (yin) shall be first.  Then the yin shall be last, and the yang shall be first.  Then the yin shall be first, and the yang shall be last.  Then the yang shall be first, and the yin shall be last…

Yin and yang are not stationary–because they could not interact if they were.  The yin-yang symbol is constantly revolving, so that yang is on top (first), then yin is on top, then yang is on top, then yin is on top…

I find such parallels constantly.  And they convince me that the different religions and philosophies of the world have far more in common than we realize.

4 Responses to “A BRIEF BIBLE-STUDY”


  1. 1 Mistress B February 27, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Absolutely. They all have much in common, the more contact I have with other belief systems the more I see it.

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  2. 3 Jane Doe March 16, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Religions all have so much more in common than most people realize or are willing to admit. So often, especially in Christianity, people get caught up in ‘I’m right, you’re wrong. I’m saved, you’re not.’ They don’t even know the history of their own religion, they just assume that it’s all unique and has nothing whatsoever to do with religions that came before them. I think that this attitude does a disservice to everyone. If people were more willing to admit the many similarities, maybe we could find some semblance of tolerance and peace on earth.


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