Examining Sacred Texts Bette U. Kiernan, MFT. MIT 6 Media in Transition International Conference Massachusetts Institute of Technology Stone and Papyrus Storage and Transmission April 24-26, 2009. EXAMINING SACRED TEXTS Bette U. Kiernan.
Examining Sacred TextsBette U. Kiernan, MFT
Media in Transition International Conference
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stone and Papyrus
Storage and Transmission
April 24-26, 2009
*If God’s actions portrayed through contemporary psychological lens—disordered being portrayed
*Characteristics of DSM IV Narcissistic Personality Disorder:
-grandiose, requires excessive admiration, lacks empathy, envious, raging, arrogant, haughty, interpersonally exploitive
*Patterns in ancient texts mirror disturbed families and nations
*Biblical and Koranic images of God and Allah may originate from “compromised” projections
*God introduced pain in creation when he abandoned Adam and Eve; Their wound went through the families that followed
*Formed pattern for the development of violent civilizations
In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. He separated light from darkness and made day and night. The land he split from seas. Plants and trees grew seeds, flowers and fruits. He positioned the sun, moon and stars in the heavens. Next he generated sea creatures, birds and animals. But he created Man and Woman in his own image. After his creation, God rested and blessed and hallowed that day.
The first man he named Adam, and his wife called Eve. God made them good and commanded them to obey his rules and let them live in the Garden of Eden.
But Adam and Eve broke God’s commandment and ate forbidden fruit. God shamed then and cast them out of the Garden.
Adam and Eve’s tears carried to their children and to their children’s children. When God separated their actions into good and bad, he created a problem. Men and women have light and dark sides, so they were not able to live up to God’s expectations.
Thus their families carried the wound that that came from God’s rejection of Adam and Eve. Rage and sadness followed Cain, Abel, Jacob, Esau, Sarah, Abraham, Hagar, Joseph, Ishmael, Mohammed, Jesus and others across ages.
The Islamic peoples began when Abraham rejected Hagar, the mother of his first son, Ishmael, and sent her away. Just as when God banished Adam and Eve, she grieved in the wilderness until Angel Gabriel comforted her.
Abraham lasts. We carry Abraham, Isaac and Jacob within us.
Mohammed went to heaven with Moses and Abraham and received the Koran, the word of Allah, from Angel Gabriel. Gabriel was always with the peoples of God and Allah and brought them the important messages. The great angel helped Daniel interpret dreams. Mohammed learned that Allah, like God, gave severe punishments.
Rage and hurt are in the peoples of Abraham. Across eons, into our times, wounds from the beginning in the Garden of Eden, erupted into into discord and wars and climaxed in The Holocaust. Germans murdered millions of Jews and others who did not match their expectations.
Now peoples of Israel and Palestine direct their ancient pain against each other. Like the Biblical siblings who fought over blessings and birthrights, they fight over lands. As they do, their violence adds new scars to those who dwell in troubled regions and it spreads across the world.
Gabriel, the mediator between heaven and earth, is bringing new messages that it is time to reconcile. He is whispering into the ears of Israelis, Palestinians and others to make music together in orchestras, play together in camps, and meet to discuss visions for peace.
Gabriel points that apparent differences between the peoples of Abraham, upon a closer look, reveals their likeness. All revere teachings of Moses, David, Joseph and other prophets. They realize that just as Joseph fostered healing in his family, his story still teaches us a pathway to compassionate relationship. Discordant relationships can realign.
Their holidays of Christmas, Chanukah, and Islamic New Year are in the month of December.
They show reverence for God and Allah by keeping their heads covered.
Now our ways of life are changing. Angel Gabriel enfolds all peoples in the warmth and comfort of giant wings to comfort them.
He warns that the world is threatened, and that the families must join together. Through mutual compassion for their shared wounds, the time is here to create a newer, gentler world.
Gabriel announces, “Collect the kindest words of God and Allah and focus upon the peace bearer’s actions. Combine them into a book that guides and heals.”