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leonard oprea FEAST of CONVERSION – SAINT PAUL, Apostle of Gentiles – Martyr of Love – Philosopher of Faith (Walking through the Darkness of Being or, the HUMAN CONDITION)


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January 25

FEAST of CONVERSION – SAINT PAUL, Apostle of Gentiles – Martyr of Love – Philosopher of Faith

Biblical Testimony/ History Facts/ Commentary

Biblical Testimony:

Acts of Apostles 26/ 12-18

“In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me. And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”

History Facts:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_the_Apostle / http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavel_(apostol)

Paul the Apostle – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sources|Names|Prior to conversion|Conversion and missionPaul the Apostle (c. AD 5 – c. AD 67; variously referred to as the ” Apostle Paul” or ” Saint Paul„), also known as Saul of Tarsus, is described in the Christian New …

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Paul – Cached.

Paul the Apostle (c. AD 5 – c. AD 67; variously referred to as the „Apostle Paul” or „Saint Paul”),  also known as Saul of Tarsus, is described in the Christian New Testament as one of the most influential early Christian missionaries, with the writings ascribed to him by the church forming a considerable portion of the New Testament. The influence on Christian thinking of the epistles ascribed to him has been significant,due in part to his association as a prominent apostle of Christianity during the spreading of the Gospel through early Christian communities across the Roman Empire. According to the writings in the New Testament, Paul was known as Saul prior to his conversion, and was dedicated to the persecution of the early disciples of Jesus in the area of Jerusalem. It is general scholarly opinion that Paul retained his name Saul even after his conversion; however Saul (probably somewhat reluctantly) went by the Greek name Paulos in order to effectively relate with the gentiles. While traveling from Jerusalem to Damascus on a mission to „bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem”, the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light. Saul was struck blind, but after three days his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus, and Paul began to preach that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God.

Along with Simon Peter and James the Just he was one of the most prominent early Christian leaders.He was also a Roman citizen—a fact that afforded him a privileged legal status with respect to laws, property, and governance.

Commnetary:

Walking through the Darkness of Being. . . or,  the HUMAN CONDITION

Kierkegaard said that the man, in his way to God, passes three stages of his existence:

·“the esthetic man”—the one that lives the moment

·“the ethical man”—the one that lives worried for the future

·“the religious man”—the one that feels the eternity.

These from the above are even the convert stages into the Lord Jesus Christ Faith.

Excepting Jesus, who—since His birth as man—was beyond the human experience

(as the human knowledge achieved through the whole life step by step) all the wise men of this world, like Moses, Buddha, Pythagoras (and, now I only name these), everyone of them passed these stages, integrally and conscientiously consuming/burning each stage (following from the above order).

As for the immense majority of manhood, the ordinary people or, briefly, the sinners, Jesus Christ explained to his Apostles: “I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”(St. Luke 5/32; St. Matthew 9/12; 13)

Therefore, all beyond any other argument, I wonder if the real nature of the human existence is something else but the sphere of the three stages definite by Kierkegaard?

Of course, a man can consume/burn his existence only in the first stage. Or, in the second stage. Or, in an undefined mixture of the first two stages.

Yet, “the religious man” continuously exists in every one of us, even if the recognition and consciousness of this alter-ego (sinequa non of the being; because, in fact it is the first and the true “I”, the archetypal “I”) would not appear during our whole life, but—only in that infinitesimal moment of the last breath of our earthly existence.

And then, in a way or another, you will surely know that:

“. . . I am in my father, and you in Me and I in you. “(John 14/20),

meaning that then you will come to know Jesus Christ.

Like Himself enlightened his disciples.

His Light is burning eternally.

Still—we are walking through the darkness of our being. Daily.

“. . . the first star twinkles/

in the cloudy night. . . silently/

two wolfs cross my road. . . ”

from: Theophil Magus living in Boston – Anna-Maria 101 breathings (“Xlibris”/Random House Ventures, 2011, USA /Library of Congress Control Number: 2011910709/ ISBN: Hardcover 1-4628-9476-3 & 978-1-4628-9476-5/Softcover 1-4628-9475-5 & 978-1-4628-9475-8/ebook 1-4628-9477-1 & 978-1-4628-9476-5) (In Theophil Magus living in Boston – Anna-Maria 101 breathings, „Leonard Oprea’s dominant perspective is one of a cold objectivity, too little disposed to easy emotions, other than those hidden, profound feelings and questions. Themes are the life purpose, the ultimate springs of human actions… Intelligence, laconic sarcasm, humor, right targeting. How could we not be indebted to the author? He put his talent of storytelling to serve an exhortation which is nothing else than the health response in the presence of the morbid, the simplicity in the face of artificial, the man-loving of light against darkness and evil./Nicolae Steinhardt – European philosopher, essayist and author); “A novelist and essayist of Leonard Oprea’s literary value does not need any introduction. From no one.” /Valeriu Gherghel – European philosopher, essayist, literary critic and author)

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