Month: July 2012

The Church in the embodiment of the Empire of Heaven on Earth, it is the temples, the home of this empire, build on Earth

The Church in the embodiment of the Empire of Heaven on Earth, it is the temples, the home of this empire, build on Earth

The Church id the embodiment of the Empire of Heaven on Earth, it is the temples, the home of this empire, build on Earth.

The Church is the temple that is build out of people and by people. However, people are not used in favor of the temple, but the force and the image of the temple are used in order to build people. Man is not sacrificed in favor of the temple because, without man, the temple could not be made. And the temple is not abased for the interest or for the helplessness of man, because the temple cannot be built in any way and its meaning is a higher one.

The temple stands not only because of the rocks but most of all, through the junctions, the connections that are established among these rocks. The temple is not only the sum of its rocks.

The temple is a building that, one day, will come to an end. Until then, in order to make the building, each one of the rocks must be overwhelmed by the meaning and the finality of this labor. In order to sit in its place, each element, each rock must have been first touched by the image of the entire temple, with the perfection that will show itself in the end. The conviction, the aspiration towards the meaning of the building can uphold in a creating tension all of the rocks of the temple that is being build.

While the temple is being built, it is not perfect. From an undefined shape, there takes place the carving, from a rough and unwelcoming face, the connection to the other is made. It is not perfection the one that must dominate the image of the temple, because perfection will be the last to come; it is a dimension of transfiguring, the result of the labor of being built. The acceptance of imperfection, the acceptance of the carving, of the shaping, is the only way of continuing the building. However, from all of these, the aspiration, the desire to follow the meaning of the building labor, must not be absent.

The unity of the temple is rendered by the diversity of its rocks, by the multiplicity of its joints. The temple stands precisely because its rocks are not identical. The desire to be like the other means annulling oneself and weakening the structure of the temple, a temple that thus risks becoming something undefined, a big rock. In the temple, not all the rocks are columns and not all the columns are the same. The building of the temple is done by making a harmonious, coherent total out of all its rocks. Each one must be build according to its being, its verticality, its uniqueness. To build someone means putting away all that hides the true self, the „I”, and fixing that one within the joints that match with the others, in the unity of the temple.

Freedom means occupying the place for which you were build, carved, shaped. A column outside the temple is nothing else but a rock cast on the side of the road, in the dust of ignorance, and in this position it is useless. Though it is constrained by no joint, such a rock is not free, because its existence has no meaning outside the temple, outside a „building”. Only when placed within the building does the rock acquire a meaning, and the joints with the others determine its shape, its weight, and its consistency. Therefore, liberty corresponds to a responsible assuming of a place within the building of the temple, by the conjugation of the function of each rock, with the function of the whole. Only in this way, by accepting the bounds, the responsibility of a collocation within a building, can the rock leave the shapeless and undefined condition of the rock cast on the side of the road, the state in which liberty is mistaken for chaos.

In the temple, the rocks are placed in order. Not all of them can make up the angle, not all of them can be columns or pillars. No distinction can be made in the image of the temple, thinking that some rocks might be more important than others. And who could do this? For, as long as the rocks properly fulfill their place and their role in the building, they are equal. In front of the temple, all rocks are equal. The temple is one in and by every rock. However, each one must remember that there exists an order of the building process. It is indicated that, when one enters the temple, one understands each and every rock and joint, as well as the role of each one of them, because the temple is alive and dynamic, not something uniform and lifeless. The jealousy for the place one occupies represents the sentence to death through uniformity. Whereas, getting to know the order in the building means admitting one‘s own identity and value that gains shape only in this manner. To desire another one‘s place means demolishing the temple, but supporting the place of another means contributing to the elevation of the building.

In the temple there exist some rocks that are closer to another, that are the ones one leans on, the one is closely related to. The closeness and the strength of the joints with some rocks is transmitted to the others as well, so that the strength of the joints is again enclosed towards you, thus benefiting of the strength of the whole. By enforcing the joints with those close to you, you enforce the temple. You cannot establish a strong and direct joint with each of the rocks, but this is accomplished within the dimension of the whole, when the close joints are enforced and passed on. You must not desire to stay near the place from the angle if you were placed at the basis or in the wall, or some other place, because the strength of the unity of the temple is greater than the strength of the joint with one rock, though it might be placed at the head of the angle. The one that prefers other joints than the ones that correspond to him by right of „building” is torn apart from the being of the temple, thus deforming its unity. And this break will only lead to the falsity of some relationships that are only formal, cold and deprived of value.

The greatness and the beauty of the temple do not reside in its dimensions, but in the power of harmonizing its elements, in the way it establishes the joints and their functionality. This harmony is the result of self- giving of each one, to the other, by understanding that this is the only way to live, that this is the only way to have a meaning. Within the unity of the temple, the rock has all that the whole has. By the joints, each rock benefits from the strength and the beauty of the temple, by the treasures that lie here, without any preferences. Thus, each one has access to the diversity of the ones that make up the temple, without being like the others, without desiring the place of another. Only by understanding and giving value to the other, to the relation with the fellow man, can the characteristic satisfaction in the unity of the temple be reached. The other joints must not influence you, because if the characteristic ones are string, then they can reach at the week ones and thus help fortify them.

The temple is inhabited by God. Its harmony and vitality are rendered by this presence that fills the entire building. The grace of God is placed in and over the temple. The temple and all that lies in it, is sacred; it is here where mysteries take place. The grace of the temple is the grace of God, of God‘s living there. The temple is a reflection of the face and the likeness of God: more rocks and one temple in everything and in all; the temple can be found in each rock, without the rocks being the same. All of them have been made so as to embody God in them. The life of the temple is given by the connection between the elements and their participation in the being of God.

The temple is an image for the world; it represents an attraction and a challenge point for the world and even for the foe. A temple cannot go on unnoticed, and its presence cannot be meaningless. The temple calls man in order to transform his life. The one that enters the temple, enters the presence of God, the world of mysteries, the mystery of the being. Here, by means of the force of communication and through the vitality of the temple, the senses of man are awakened and the calling towards God is being made. Because the grace of God from the temple is eloquent…

Dănuţ Jemna

Iassy, 30 November 1998

Conferinţa 24+, ediţia a II-a, Iaşi – 26 mai 2012

Conferinţa 24+, ediţia a II-a, Iaşi – 26 mai 2012

Afis Conferinta 24+ 2012Vă invităm să participaţi la cea de-a doua ediţie a Conferinţei 24plus, care se adresează celibatarilor de peste 24 ani. Sunt invitate să participe persoane din bisericile evanghelice din Iaşi şi din ţară, precum şi persoane de altă confesiune care doresc să afle răspunsuri la o serie de întrebări pe care le ridică tema conferinţei!

Prelegerile şi discuţiile de tip seminar vor propune o abordare teologică, antropologică şi sociologică a distincţiei de gen şi a sexualităţii în context actual, sub impactul economicului, al tehnologiei şi al globalizării.

Dorim ca această conferinţă să îi inspire pe participanţi, astfel încât aceştia să primească răspunsuri la frământările lor legate de asumarea darului celibatului sau al căsătoriei, de găsirea partenerului de viaţă şi de asumarea unei vocaţii speciale de a-L sluji pe Dumnezeu în lume.

TITLU CONFERINŢĂ: Economie, Căsătorie, Sexualitate

Sesiunea I
Conferinţă: Distincţia de gen din perspectivă creştină
Seminar: Clişee şi mituri despre bărbat şi femeie

Sesiunea a II-a
Conferinţă: Economie şi sexualitate
Seminar: Căsătorii târzii versus căsătorii timpurii

Organizator: Biserica Penticostală Străjerul, Iaşi
Vorbitori: Dănuţ Jemna, Dănuţ Mănăstireanu, Versavia Curelaru, Liviu Ciortuz

Dată şi interval orar: Sâmbătă, 26 mai 2012, 9:00 – 17:00
Locaţie: Amfiteatrul Fundaţiei Filocalia, Strada Smîrdan 13, Iaşi (intersecţia Bucşinescu)

Cost: 25 RON (plata se face în momentul înregistrării participanţilor, în ziua conferinţei)

Sunteţi rugaţi să vă confirmaţi participarea până la data de 23 mai 2011 la următoarele date de contact: E-mail conferinta24plus@yahoo.comTelefon: 0746-402.784

De asemenea, puteţi folosi formularul de înscriere on-line accesibil aici

Orarul Conferinţei 24+
9:00 – 10:00 Înregistrare participanţi
10:00 – 11:30 Conferinţa 1
11:30 – 11:45 Pauză de snack şi cafea
11:45 – 13:00 Seminar 1 
13:00 – 14:00 Pauză de masă 

14:00 – 15:15 Conferinţa 2
15:15 – 15:30 Pauză de snack şi cafea
15:30 – 16:45 Seminar 2 
16:45 – 17:00 Concluzii şi încheiere

Vă aşteptăm!