THE PRINCIPLE OF LIFE - THE HEART OF A FATHER
THE PRINCIPLE OF LIFE
There is a principle of life that is written in the BOOK OF LIFE that we all write together: LIVE, that is 1st give life and/or 2nd take life and/or 3rd share life. And all three of them we do with every breath of life and beyond. And there is another principle of human life:
The Family - reflecting something (a priciple) or better a person/s who has been the creator of life. As everybody knows at least a rudimentary or surrogate family and many of us the blessings of more or less intact family life in all shades of life we will combine those principles into one: FAMILY-LIFE.
It beginns with one person searching for another person, one whom he would like to share his life.
The two decide to come together and become a pair (regretfully sometimes in dispair). New life comes into existence hidden in the belly of the future mother. In the oviduct, also called Fallopian tube, as it is a sort of narrow tunnel connecting the ovary with the uterus, the genetic wonder of fertilazation happens. After wandering into the uterus, the growing new child searches for a place to rest and grow. In darkness, but near to the heart of the baby´s mother. It feals the heartbeat of her and hears her voice and the other sounds from outside. The growing baby cannot see and cannot speak as it is "drowned" in the womb of the mother. But there are already many interactions between both of them and also the father who is watching with great expectation from outside for the next beginning.
Both mother and baby decide together, when it is time to say goodbye to pregnancy. This happens through hormonal interactions between them. Finally, throes of the mother, also called labor, deliver the baby into the light and today many husbands share the birth of their children. It is the most anticipated first cry of the newborn that is the signal of its health. The baby that had been close to the mother inside her womb is now outside and also the father can take it on his arms (although it will be taken care of by the nurses and doctors at hand)
Now a new life span of the baby begins. It starts the next steps of its learning process. That is also shown to us by the mammal animals, those who nurture their newborns with their milk, like we do. A bond has already been created during pregnancy and it is enlarged now. It is called mother instict, both for mammals and women. And also the bond to the rest of the family through interactions of all. A bond that we call LOVE.
SCHOOL OF LIFE
The child and both parents and the growing circles of life are the place for all of us to learn. In the beginning, the child communicates by crying or whimpering, but even death women can hear or better feel when her baby needs her milk. At some point of time the baby will begin making sounds. And later it will pronounce sylables like ma that later becomes MAMA and other combinations, like ta for PAPA.
The family is the heart of our life, and if the family is not intact, sufferings and sorrow grow. The heart is something not easily understood. The reasons are manifold. There are two kinds of heart, first our beating heart in our bodies, and if it stops beating, a man will dy. But a heart can beat outside of a human body and survive for some time with the help of humans. That is the principle of heart-transplantation. But it is not the principle of the other heart, that a loving heart-specialist, our creator has given us: A heart never seen by anyone, but still alive and within each of us. We can see with the heart, hear with the heart, call with the heart, weap with the heart, we can even die from a broken heart.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. (The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
This is a reflection of the heart of our creator, a reflection of a father´s and a mother´s heart (The mother is usually called the heart of the family). This "unknown" heart was gifted to all of us, even if we cannot see or feel it, because it is obscured because of evil deads. It is at work from the very beginning of everybody´s life. It is the source of our feelings, and of 1st our love, 2nd our hope and 3rd our believe.
THE HEART OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
If you do not believe in a God (a higher person outside our world), but in a power, a divine principle or something else, or if you call yourself an Atheist, you should read on nonetheless. Because it is not necessary to believe in anything in order to live for ever - and this I will explain below. You can just live, like a newborn mass of cells on the way into the womb, as it takes some day to reach there from the ovary via the Fallopian-tube. But the fact of your life already reflects the principle of the heart of a father (for simplicity we leave it with that).
But how can such a caring heart (or a good Father) allow all the sufferings and need and cruelity we see in our world? It comes from the fact that a caring heart is at the same time an allowing heart. Also in human life, parents have to allow their children to experience all shades of possibilities of life, including sufferings. Allowance has a sister, freedom, and both are children of one principle, that of love.
I want to introduce you to a picture of suffering:
A NEW BIG BANG THEORY
The Big Bang was the moment, the heart of our creator broke. The echoes of this sound may explain the echoes science has attributed to the beginning of our universe: THE BIG BANG (Urknall).The result is the burst of a vessel of glass. It has been shattered into pieces, so to speak, many splitter or glass-fragments. All of us sit, to use the picture of Hiob, on some place of the shambles (Scherbenhaufen) of the broken heart of the heavenly father and get hurt automatically by the sharp edges of glass.
THE LOST SONS OF THE BIBLE
The parable of the lost son in Luke 15, or more precise the parable of the two lost sons, belongs to world literature:
“There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, `Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.´ And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to herd his swine. And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, `How many of my father´s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, `Father I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.´And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him; `Father I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to the servants, `Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.`…” Luke 15: 11-32
A lost son is at the same time a lost brother. Ismail /Ishmael is regarded by Christian and Jewish tradition as a son of Abraham who has no claim to the inheritance of his father. He and his children seem to be forgotten brothers and sisters. No children´s Bible contains the story of Abraham sending away his son Ismail into the desert, together with his mother and some bread and water. But Ismail, in the eye of the author, proved to be a true son of the father of all believers, Abraham. He proved it through his life, by his desert life. He and his children continued the nomadic life of their father Abraham as herders of their animals. They preserved it nearly unchanged for thousands of years in a society largely based on solidarity lasting until the days of the beginning 20th century, a living mirror of the Biblical world of past days.
The book Genesis tells us, that it took only a short time until the paths of the descendents of the two lines of Abraham, Isaac and Ismail, crossed each other for the first time. Joseph, son of Abraham´s grandson Jacob, was sent out by his father to see after his brothers. But his brothers planned evil for him. First they intended to kill him. But when some Ishmaelites came along, they sold their brother to them. They lied to their father Jacob pretending Joseph had died. But thanks to the Ishmaelites, Joseph survived. He rose from a slave to the second man in Egypt, allowed to ride in the second chariot of the Pharaoh (Genesis 41: 43). His role, how he saved his people and the whole of Egypt in the seven years of famine, is considered as a prototype of the Messiah. Since that incidence, the two lines of Abraham did have a long history of relations, since World War II in the very focus of world politics.
The hope for the coming Messiah is a vital part of our present days. Many believers around the world, from many backgrounds and nations, look forward to his day. This was even expressed at the United Nations by President Ahmadineschad of Iran in September 2005, who spoke of the mahdi, the correspondent Schiitic tradition. The New Testament describes the Messiah as a rider on a white horse. And behold, this rider will come in the tradition of the desert, as a son of Ismail, in a spiritual likeness of Ismail. Sent by the father to all his brothers.
The “return of the lost son” to the house of the father, admittedly in a somewhat different story to the parable of Jesus in Luke 15, will result in the reconciliation of mankind. The house of the father encompasses all who live in the one house under the one black tent of stars. Today no one can imagine how this reconciliation will happen. But it will happen, like the reconciliation of another pair of brothers in the book Genesis: Esau and Jacob. Both became lost sons when Jacob stole the father´s blessing for the firstborn by deceit. Jacob had to flee from the tent of his father because his brother wanted to kill him. But God was with both of them (although many readers only focus on Jacob) and changed their hearts. Jacob became Israel and was ready to face his brother after having crossed the river Jabbok. The approach of both brothers is worth reading. Their reconciliation is described with nearly identical words to the parable of Jesus from Luke 15: 20:
And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids. And he put the maids with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. He himself went on before them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
Genesis 33: 1-4
Our heavenly father will send his firstborn son a second time. And the result will be the reconsciliation of mankind with each other and with its creator.