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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Languages and Spiritual Techniques

Updated on July 16, 2017

The Language of Love Does Not Define The Love

Our world is an amazing place filled with differing spiritual techniques. We use the term spiritual techniques here because we want to be clear we are not talking of differing faiths. There is an ancient language with significant orientation toward spiritualism about 4,000 years old. We now call it Sanskrit and Tamil seems to be another way of saying it. By comparison Aramaic is really a group of languages dating back about 3,000 and it has a major spiritual component which has major influence on Judaism and Christianity.

From the Sanskrit we see the development of the Indian groups of language and from the Aramaic we see the Hebrew groups. Of course most of us understand about the Greek and Latin languages along with Germanic and Romantic. There are at least one or two Native American languages that were not actually written at all until the last 150 years or so. Of course near and dear to my heart is the Vietnamese written language. It is so cool as the way it is written today – and only in the last 100 years or so is by using Western lettering. To my knowledge the only Eastern language group to do so.

Do words like Shanti really translate into peace? And does the term Namaste equal the Latin interpretation in English to “may the peace of the Lord be with you”? Or maybe “from my heart and love to your heart and love”?

Does anyone know the English translation of Om or Aum? That deep meditation vibration “word” that is used in Eastern cultures to begin and end deep calming of the body. I suggest to you it has no meaning. But practice it trying to vibrate and breathe deeply while doing it and it has amazing effects. A word that is not a word that is nothing more than a sound that effects health of the body. (as a side note I really do not need the “O” portion – just a stomach to chest to throat, and back down again “mmm” works well enough)

There is a cool Bible history about what to call God. Clearly people spoke about their God. But the first we hear of a name for God is something akin to “I Am”. Combining many languages and some history we find that there are well over 1,000 ways to say Love. Perhaps different types of love but all stemming from the feeling of Love.

Do the words we use along with their history change who God is? Is man so powerful in his linguistics that by the mere words used he changes what and who God is?

Just a cool song showing different ways of expressing love

Love is a wonderful thing

I have to get the photo uploaded taken at this same spot just days ago. The boy standing on the bench is as tall as me.
I have to get the photo uploaded taken at this same spot just days ago. The boy standing on the bench is as tall as me. | Source

Are The Words Spoken From The Heart?

“Hey You!” “Hey Buddy”, “Friend”, Father, Yahweh, Jehovah, God, Lord, Protector, Alpha & Omega, Omnipotence. Are admittedly all ways that this author let’s my God know I am trying to get in touch with God. Isn’t that just plain silly. Like God needs me to tell him to listen up. While just my young son and I are in the room together and there is no one else to hear and I am staring straight at him with no distractions he will still start a sentence out with “Daddy….” I mean, like who else is he talking to and why does he think he needs to grab my attention?

We use language as a barrier. That just strikes me as so wrong and yet I must accept it for what it is as it just is. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises many nations from that area. Common borders, common traditions, common goals and common cultures to a very large degree. And out of the basic 10 nations not a one share the same language. And we are talking not even close. So of these very Asian diplomatic missions and summits they have one common official language. You guessed it already – English.

I lived in Paris France and worked and attended a college there many years ago. So I watch with interest about the Toubon Laws – mandating use of French and the quasi law that is kind of enforceable banning the use of about 60 pages of words that may harm the French French. I get the idea as the language is reflective of a culture. And they have a right to protect that from the encroachment of English into their culture. But the strange thing is they do not have even 20 pages of banned Arabic words.

I can walk up a nearby hill and see Mexico. Maybe even 50 miles of the border. If you cannot speak Mexican Spanish here you are about 1/3 as likely to get a service industry job. Last election I think I was correct in counting 7 languages that the ballots were written in. For sure every precinct around had a Tagalog, Viet and Spanish speaker on hand to assist. In other parts of our county they had Chaldean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai and Korean staffers. That is just how we roll out California way.

But with all those languages and cultures the exact same candidates and names were on the ballot. How much more so would it be if we looked at all the languages voting for God? Would it be the same candidate just by different languages? I would pretty much presume this to be the case.

This Is One Of Those Songs I Like More Without the Lyrics - The Words Seem To Get In The Way.

The Body Language of Love

Walking Down The Road To Our Favorite Swimming Hole I Think My Daughter Was Saying "vamonos muchachos". We Use a Lot of  Spanglish in My Family.
Walking Down The Road To Our Favorite Swimming Hole I Think My Daughter Was Saying "vamonos muchachos". We Use a Lot of Spanglish in My Family. | Source

100% For Sure You Have God Within You Through Love.

And so many will argue, if not scream that this is blasphemy. Maybe, God has not given me the power to judge in such matters. But the issue of the polytheistic in such a situation does cause one pause. I have a Kachina above my desk. I call him Tawa. Tawa is basically the Sun God of the Hopi Native Americans. Most traditional notions from there consider Tawa to be like the center of creation the life giving sun.

And then we get into the notion that bothers so many Christians; Saints. And in fact some of the Roman Catholic “conquerors” incorporated these traditions from the natives into a kind of half god half saint deal in order to convert and still get along.

So for Christians of all walks and sects and denominations there is great reason to condemn other culture’s God. And there is talk of heresy to believe in any polytheism.

So there are two notions or maybe three that deal with these issues. We learn that God is in each one of us. We learn that we are all Gods in a certain sense. And we most assuredly learn that God is Love. So if each one of us has love in our hearts, is that not the epitome of polytheism? Not a handful or a dozen lesser Gods. But rather billions of lesser Gods. We are lead to believe that the least of these shall be the greatest of these. We learn to approach God as a child, especially a child of God. If we are truly children of God and the kingdom of God is our inheritance doesn’t that tell us we are an offspring of God and therefor a God.

Now to be sure, all of the above is of theological interest. It is of interest to our faith. It is a starting point from where we can ask God for answers. But that really is not the main point. We must honor and revere God, of that there is no doubt. But then, no matter the language, culture or tradition we all have God within us through love. And so as we must honor our Father in heaven we must also honor and love the God within each one of us.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Lawrence -- sorry I missed your note until now. Life is good.

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Very informative. "He has placed heaven in their hearts"

      For me, God has placed a witness to himself in every culture on Earth!

      Our task (should we choose to accept it as the movie says) is to find that witness, and let it speak to us.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I am very familiar with situations like yours. A strange notion indeed. Our church friends are mostly from a land of Buddha and ancestor worship. But wow are they devout Christians. Around here we honor all traditions. It is just part of that grand love quotient.

      It took me a few years to fully accept Saints and praying through Mother Mary. Not my gig really but now I respect their notions.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana thank you for coming by. My wife is a bit like that. She just does not do the verbalization deal on things like love and gratitude. But there is absolutely no mistaking her language of love.

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      John Hansen 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Another wonderful lesson here, Eric. So much to ponder, but you express my own thoughts and beliefs in a far better way than I could. In regard to the Kachina above your desk (I have an eagle by the way) when I was a member of a certain church they used to send pastors around to people's homes to bless them and advise on anything you may have had that was "ungodly" and that you should discard from your life. We were told to get rid of books on the paranormal and occult, and a set of collectors plates, very beautiful depictions of the ancient God and goddess of Thailand and their romance. We ere virtually told this was a kin to worshipping false deities and told to smash and bin them, which we reluctantly but obediently did. We are no longer members of that church and I felt that much of what they taught and believe is wrong. As I said, you express my beliefs in this sermon, better than I can. Well done.

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      Dana Tate 4 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Another beautiful and motivating Sermon. Love can be defined in many ways. Sometimes putting love into action can speak louder than words would ever say. I have a good friend and saying the words "I love you" are hard for him, but his actions show it loud and clear.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill at first it kind of irritated me. So I had to ask myself why. There was no good reason. So now I see it as something he does to get his head straight in thought. Maybe it is the same for me.

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      William Kovacic 4 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I like your line, "While just my young son and I are in the room together and there is no one else to hear and I am staring straight at him with no distractions he will still start a sentence out with “Daddy….” I mean, like who else is he talking to and why does he think he needs to grab my attention?" that explains it quite well, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Venkatachari I struggle with the same concept. I have never seen an offense taken about another's belief system that lead to peace and love. If I start with that truth then maybe, just maybe I can truly love.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, I also very much love that passage. How can man even begin to grasp alpha and omega and omnipresence and omnipotence and infinity in both directions? I know it is a worn out word these days but I really like the word "awesome".

      Just for me, I am completely not polytheistic except for the Trinity which I believe in with every fiber of my being.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Dora. I would like to believe that our differences may make us even better friends. I love learning from you. And please do not tell anyone but I don't think I subscribe to all my propositions. I like to go back a few years and read the sermons I actually preached in church. Some I now question.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Nadine. That near cosmic understanding that we are all a piece of the whole and therefor of one is so essential to being well with others. (if a foot can call a hand an other ;-)

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very nice presentation. I appreciate your ponderings upon this subject and fully agree with you. But, I don't understand why all these people think that their God is different from others and spread hate throughout the people's minds. They are not realizing that all these different languages or communications and thoughts lead to the same One God (of Love).

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      Linda Lum 4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, there is such beauty in the words of Exodus 3:14 where God tells Moses what He is to be called. "This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you." At first glance it might seem that this is grammatically incorrect, but what is being conveyed is that God is endless; He always was, He is, and He always will be.

      God's presence in our lives does not make us minor deities, but it does fill us with His love. That is how we were created and it's a beautiful thing.

      Thanks for another wonderful sermon--once again you have given us so much to ponder on.

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      Dora Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, your sermons go in all directions touching many aspects of faith. I do not subscribe to all your propositions, but you do underscore some very basic truths like love and honor for God; love and not condemnation for one another; the many areas in which humans can unite instead of the non-essential differences which we are prone to highlight. I appreciate your honest conviction in your sharing.

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      Nadine May 4 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I love this following sentence: We learn that God is in each one of us. We are all Gods in a certain sense. And we most assuredly learn that God is Love. All of creation, no matter how we call it is within the one supreme, I Am, All that is.

      So that way we are all unified.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And Susan that makes me glad to call you sister.

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      Susan Sullenberger 4 months ago from Lakeland

      I am proud to be a child of God!

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ryan, thank you much. How could I not have been following you? I just took a look and I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      As I am a decade behind you friend, we did the same thing. Our little cabal included our Philosophy professors. The Wittgenstein and Bowsma areas we concentrated on were all about context and not grand answers of life. What the hell is justice anyway.

      And I just got back in from weeding and discussing the importance of bugs with my son. I hope your Sunday will be as loved filled as ours.

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      Ryan Fuller 4 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      I like that use of Spiritual technique. Great way of putting it. Amazing message today. I really enjoy these sermons. Thank you again my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I remember back in college, during the late 60s, there were all these coffee shop late night meetings, and we would sit around an talk about life, problems and solutions, theories and philosophies, and I came away from it all convinced that some people just make life too complicated. Life is love...love is life....I'm done with my coffee now, and it's time to go to the dump. :)