This is a line and wash drawing in a notebook. Done on 22nd August, 2013.
The notion of recreating a dream in image form – a painting – is simply to externalise the ideas in the dream so that they can be viewed by others and discussed. As far as I am aware, this is a unique way of sharing dream/vision imagery with the wider church. However, there is a record that St John of the Cross drew a vision. It was the unusual angle that caught people’s attention. It had been viewed in the vision from above. Early Hebrew writers did not differentiate between the two forms of imagery.
The colour in dream was overwhelmingly livid green/brown. Antique unclean stone. Old, tarnished.
I was with a man I respected (seen on the left). I knocked on an ornate old door in order to introduce the man to the religious community there. (!). An elderly ? priest opened the door. (He might have opened the secure grille on the front of the door, only it looked as if it might not open as it could be rusted in place. Ie eons of lack of communication.
The priest did not want to converse with the man, thus the ‘talk to the hand’ gesture. I was astonished, thus my open-hands gesture and, “do you KNOW who He is you are turning away?”
Initial Interpretation Partial
The man on the left side of the sketch is the famous theologian/Master… Jesus. The priest represents many self-satisfied religious communities with ‘religiosity’ at the heart of their thinking.
Cannot escape, ‘behold, I stand at the door and knock…’
Question 1. Are we overlooking those held in bondage by the soulishness of religiosity?
Question 2. Context? Fremantle? Global?
Question 3. Microcosm of other religious communities. Jewish ultra orthodox; kabbalistic?
Second, further interpretation.
I am going to consider this using the Quadrilateral of the Methodists:
[13-01-20.Walkin’ Like a Methodist-2] Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Dr. Jim Tuttle
“By the Book” the Quadrilateral
1. Reason. – careful, thoughtful analysis. Without that, people have gotten into deep trouble. Some Christians will say to you, “Well, we believe only the Bible.” But friends: the Bible has been used by some during our Civil War days to justify slavery. It’s been used to subjugate women. It has ended up splitting denominations and separating families. In the name of biblical faith, terrible atrocities have been committed.
We Wesleyans believe that faith and reason go hand-in-hand in interpreting the Bible. John Wesley said, “There are many…that utterly decry the use of reason in religion…that condemn all reasoning concerning the things of God as utterly destructive of true religion.” “It is a fundamental principle with us that to renounce reason is to renounce religion. Religion and reason go hand-in-hand.”
2. The second guideline for understanding Scripture and for developing our theology is experience – our own personal experience of God’s love and grace…the witness of the Holy Spirit deep on the inside. Wesleyan theology has always been highly experiential. We place a great emphasis has been placed on an individual’s personal experience of salvation and his/her daily walk with Jesus.
3. The third guideline is Tradition. Tradition has nothing to do with the local traditions that every congregation has. This is the Great Tradition of the Christian Church that has been handed down generation to generation. It is the understanding of The Faith that’s developed during the early centuries of Christianity. During the Protestant Reformation, sadly the later, more radical reformers threw out much Tradition. Their banner cry was scripture alone (sola scriptura); and they were skeptical of anything that wasn’t explicit in Holy Writ.”
In my own terms, I consider this guideline to include the tradition of the church to include the opinions and advice of trusted friends, especially the church leadership. Writings too viz Rees Howells.
4. Consistent with scriptures?