Ten Commandments: An Interlude-Day Three

   We are an incarnadined people. We are a Necro-Polloi, a many born of the Dead.

   As such we must learn a new civility. We need to learn our Death Manners.

   When an Egyptian of  Ammon-Ra worship died he would be greeted by the god, Thoth, he believed. Thoth had a bird head and  great, sharp beak, all on a human body. Thoth took the penitent's heart out of him and set it on a scale, the balance for which was a single feather. If the heart were not pure, if it moved the feather at all, Thoth scooped up the heart and tossed it into the maw of the crocodile-headed creature that stood by to devour the organ. Thus, the deceased entered the after-life as heartlessly as he had lived in life but denied forever the pleasures and powers of the heart.

   He also, obviously lacked the ability to repent.

   The Pharaoh whose army pursued Israel from Egypt would have been a worshiper of Ammon-Ra. He would have believed himself a god. He would know exactly where and how he would be buried. He would have a vast tombwork prepared for his burial. The cost of his funerary expense alone would virtually bankrupt the Kingdom of the Two Crowns.

   The Death-God whom we follow made no great preparations for a tomb. He would not use his tomb long. He needed no reckoning for His atoning act settled all accounts. He wanted a thoroughfare through death into life, not a comfortable place for rest. Even in death He had much more to do.

   We are in incarnadined people. We are a Necro-polloi, a many of the One Dead, First Born of many brethren.

   Our New Civility, our Death Manners, should then imitate Him. Examine His life.

   He went to many parties. He attended feasts, spoke of banquets and generally got invited in to dinner a lot of time. People felt hospitable toward Him. He told His story wherever He went.

   He reasoned beyond the accepted thinking of His day. His reformation of religious thought struck at the heart of the established order. He committed the two great errors of the thinker; he was right too soon and would not palliate His information. He did not assuage the feelings of His listeners.

   He walked everywhere. He walked rapidly. His only recorded "ride" was symbolic of His eternal position.

   He proved formidable in debate for He had thought through His religion. He would not admit to religion as law-keeping only, though He prescribed the Law. He extended His Law to thoughts, knowing, in those days before the word "psychology" thought turned to act more readily than act to thought.

   Jean Paul Sartre wrote, "Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal."

   Sartre misunderstood our doctrine. An incarnadined people do not claim to be eternal, nor say we are immortal. We are resurrectable in our Death-Brother. Since we are kin to him, life is not bereft of meaning.


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