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Intangibility vs. Tangibility

attitude faith insights Joan Winifred leadership Truth

Some of us, Fellow-Humans, place a value (in varying degrees) and/or highly value the tangible: the taste, the touch. Some of us, Fellow-Breathing-Thinking-Life, place a value (along a spectrum) and/or highly value the intangible: the impalpable; the untouchable, the abstract.

An “authentic” life aka authentic/honest and non-hypocritical living…seems, to me, to be a constant/consistent juggle…a balancing act and, at times, a difficult tightrope walk of the intangible and the tangible…or the tangible v. the intangible v. the intangible v. the tangible…ad infinitum?!

It looks like and feels like and sounds like…”some” of our “human” problems may be (?!) attributed to devaluing the intangible over the tangible and vice versa…at inappropriate times! Significant Times, in life, may call for prioritizing the tangible over the intangible and at Other Worthy Times…the intangible over the tangible.

However, i think…an authentic/honest/real life walk in life means not abdicating/abandoning one (tangibility and intangibility) over the other…but simultaneously in tandem…keeping both lights on brightly.

Better is a handful of rest than two handfuls of hard work and chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:6)

{Curious;) to me how the above-mentioned wise-Biblical verse comes to mind…cause I am tired today.}

Perhaps, only a perfect human can actually walk on water. (:)) Sort of an aside: this thought brings me to the Sage of Peace also known to some as the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived: Jesus. He adroitly handled the intangible and tangible with a complete union/unity/an impactful immediacy (and longevity)…aka miracle worker. Is that what a miracle worker does??…perfectly measures, synthesizes, aligns the tangible with the intangible/the intangible with the tangible…in an instant unification…effectuating positive changes. (A superlative Leader, A positive-change agent of real-reality.)

For example, positive changes for women.  How, When, Who, What:  has “really” emancipated or enslaved women?? technology?

Jesus, back in the first century…

Consider, for example, the occasion when Jesus spoke to a woman at a well. “A woman of Samaria came to draw water,” says John’s Gospel account, and “Jesus said to her: ‘Give me a drink.’” Jesus was willing to talk with a Samaritan woman in public, even though most Jews had no dealings with Samaritans. According to The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, for Jews “conversation with a woman in a public place was particularly scandalous.” Jesus, however, treated women with respect and consideration and was neither racially prejudiced nor gender prejudiced. On the contrary, it was to the Samaritan woman that Jesus for the first time plainly identified himself as the Messiah.​—John 4:7-9, 25, 26.

On another occasion Jesus was approached by a woman who for 12 years had been suffering from an embarrassing and debilitating flow of blood. When she touched him, she was instantly healed. “Jesus turned around and, noticing her, said: ‘Take courage, daughter; your faith has made you well.’” (Matthew 9:22) According to the Mosaic Law, a woman in her condition was not supposed to be in a crowd of people, let alone touch others. Yet, Jesus did not berate her. Rather, he compassionately comforted her and addressed her as “daughter.” How that word must have put her heart at ease! And how happy Jesus must have been to cure her!

no tampon–no toxic shock!

Jesus could have appeared first to Peter, John, or one of the other male disciples. Instead, he dignified women by allowing them to be the first eyewitnesses of his resurrection. An angel instructed them to inform Jesus’ male disciples about this astonishing event. Jesus said to the women: “Go, report to my brothers.” (Matthew 28:1, 5-10)Jesus was certainly not affected by the prejudices common to Jews of his day, according to which women could not serve as legal witnesses.

So, far from being biased against women or condoning chauvinistic attitudes toward them in any way, Jesus showed that he respected and appreciated women. Violence against them was completely contrary to what Jesus taught, and his attitude, we can be sure, was a perfect reflection of the way his Father, Jehovah, sees things.

Women Under Divine Care

“Nowhere in the ancient Mediterranean or Near East were women accorded the freedom that they enjoy in modern Western society. The general pattern was one of subordination of women to men, just as slaves were subordinate to the free, and young to old. . . . Male children were more highly esteemed than female, and baby girls were sometimes left to die by exposure.” That is how one Bible dictionary describes the prevailing attitude toward females in ancient times. In many cases, they were almost put on the same level as slaves.

The Bible was written at a time when customs reflected this attitude. Even so, divine law as expressed in the Bible showed a high regard for women, which was in marked contrast with the attitudes of many ancient cultures.

Jehovah’s concern for the welfare of women is evident from the several instances in which he acted in behalf of his female worshippers. Twice he intervened to protect Abraham’s beautiful wife, Sarah, from being violated. (Genesis 12:14-20; 20:1-7) God showed favor to Jacob’s less-loved wife, Leah, by ‘opening her womb,’ so that she bore a son. (Genesis 29:31, 32) When two God-fearing Israelite midwives risked their lives to preserve Hebrew male children from infanticide in Egypt, Jehovah appreciatively “presented them with families.” (Exodus 1:17, 20, 21) He also answered Hannah’s fervent prayer. (1 Samuel 1:10, 20) And when the widow of a prophet faced a creditor who was about to take her children as slaves to pay off her debt, Jehovah did not leave her in the lurch. Lovingly, God enabled the prophet Elisha to multiply her supply of oil so that she could pay the debt and still have sufficient oil for her family. She thus preserved her family and her dignity.​—Exodus 22:22, 23; 2 Kings 4:1-7.

The prophets repeatedly condemned the exploitation of women or the use of violence against them. The prophet Jeremiah told the Israelites in Jehovah’s name: “Render justice and righteousness, and deliver the one that is being robbed out of the hand of the defrauder; and do not maltreat any alien resident, fatherless boy or widow. Do them no violence. And do not shed any innocent blood in this place.” (Jeremiah 22:2, 3) Later, the rich and powerful in Israel were condemned because they had evicted women from their homes and mistreated their children. (Micah 2:9) The God of justice sees and condemns as evil such suffering caused to women and their children.

The “Capable Wife”

An appropriate view of a capable wife is presented by the ancient writer of the Proverbs. Since this beautiful description of the role and the status of a wife was included in Jehovah’s Word, we can be sure that he approves of it. Far from being oppressed or being viewed as inferior, such a woman is appreciated, respected, and trusted.

The “capable wife” of Proverbs chapter 31 is a vigorous and industrious worker. She works hard at what is “the delight of her hands” and engages in trade and even real estate transactions. She sees a field and proceeds to buy it. She makes undergarments and sells them. She gives belts to the tradesmen. She is vigorous in her strength and activity. Moreover, her words of wisdom and her loving-kindness are greatly appreciated. As a result, she is highly esteemed by her husband, by her sons and, most important, by Jehovah.

Women are not to be the oppressed victims of men who take advantage of them, mistreat them, or subject them to abuse of any kind. Instead, the married woman is to be the happy and accomplished “complement” of her husband.​—Genesis 2:18.

Assigning Honor:

When writing to Christian husbands about how they should treat their wives, the inspired writer Peter urged husbands to imitate the attitudes of Jehovah and Jesus Christ. “You husbands, continue . . . assigning them honor,” he wrote. (1 Peter 3:7) Assigning honor to a person implies that one values and respects such a one highly. Thus, the man who honors his wife does not humiliate her, downgrade her, or treat her violently. Rather, he demonstrates by his words and his deeds​—in public and in private—​that he cherishes and loves her. [excerpted reading reference: How Do God and Christ View Women? Awake! 2008]

{From my own personal study of the scriptures/including various research on commentary (not specifically included in this post)…

i’ve found Jesus to be–Genuinely-Compassionate, Beyond-Genius; an Authentic-Leader way ahead of 1st century and 21st century culture(s)…i.e., in his just treatment of male and female humans as valuable individuals…and in the miraculous manner of care (spiritual/physical) given.}

Aside aside…

Is it a water (adroitly balancing/adeptly working the intangible and tangible in tandem unison) walk where You see less fuzzy and more clearly?? and are able to avoid the here and now obstacles and/or any future obstacles in your immediate step and in your pathway…now and in the future?

Seems so.

When we hit the switch…up or down…we turn on either the tangible lights and off the lights of our perceptions, (faith?) etc.

It takes a grand measure of wisdom, discernment, patience and smarts, incredible abilities, along with cumulative positive traits to distinguish those important/significant times where we need to synthesize discreetly and to act appropriately and in a self-disciplined manner.

Perhaps, some highly-educated spiritual-self-helpers among us/the non-instant gratification seekers…see the wisdom in elevating the intangible over the tangible as a necessary and as being very prudent and very smart in most situations.

μὴnot σκοπούντωνlooking at ἡμῶνof us τὰthe (things) βλεπόμεναbeing seen ἀλλὰbut τὰthe (things) μὴnot βλεπόμενα,being seen, τὰthe (things) γὰρfor βλεπόμεναbeing seen πρόσκαιρα,temporary, τὰthe (things) δὲbut μὴnot βλεπόμεναbeing seen αἰώνια.everlasting.  2 Corinthians 4:18 –The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures

while we keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen. For the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting. 2 Corinthians 4:18–New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (Study Edition)

We need our intangible (aka a “convinced” faith) to be a solid, trustworthy, TRUTHFUL/ACCURATE foundation (of mind and heart)…we cannot walk on “rotten planks”…an inferior position.

A convinced faith and mere fantasy are not the same thing! DUH!;)


11/07/18 @ 3:02 p.m.

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