Thursday, April 28, 2011

Blake's Vision of God

The original post came at Tuesday, February 12, 2008:

Blake's Vision of God

Of all the Christian spiritual leaders of the past 200 years this British poet would be placed near the top by any enlightened Christian. God was the primary theme and motif of his poetry, his pictures, and his life. His poetry and pictures contained his revelations of the reality of life,
ultimate reality, which we call God.

At three he ran screaming to his mother after the sight of a grim punishing God in his window. A few years later a similar vision embraced a roomful of
angels. Brought up in a Swedenburg and/or Moravian climate he escaped the common fallacies that go by the name of Christian orthodoxy. But the first half of his life he occupied wrestling with the Old Testament God.

With The Marriage of Heaven and Hell he inverted the conventional values of good, obedient, unimaginative church goers (more likely to idolize and follow their minister than their God). Blake called them angels, and called those who ask questions, who think independently, who experiment, devils.
With Songs of Innocence and Experience he portrayed first the childlike, who have not met a judging God, and second those who have tasted that fateful experience.

In his prophetic books Blake exhaustively pictured the judging God, the Rulemaker and Enforcer worshipped today by 'fundamentalist' Christians and Muslims.

Through the years Blake gradually got free from the baleful influence of a God of Control, used only by the most powerful to control the rest of us. He came to refer to him as Old Nobodaddy.

In the fullness of time Blake met the God introduced to us by Jesus: the Loving Heavenly Father. The gospel was a matter of forgiveness. Most of us have to forgive (our) God, forgive our parents, our spouses, most of all ourselves. Blake's First Vision of Light is the moment when he came into that glad awareness.

Afterward the old negative ideas of Diety faded away to be replaced by the New Creation characterized by the Gifts of the Spirit.

Image from Songs of Innocence: Jesus and children in LITTLE BLACK BOY. Click on image for enlargement.

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