Sunday, March 12, 2006

What is the relation of will to judgement?

In verses nine and ten, we are informed of an important law that Jesus was accused of breaking. The command to keep the sabbath holy is interpreted by the Jews of the time to be the command to do no work. The act of the man carrying his bead on the sabbath is thought to be a violation of that command. The Jews did not understand how the act of carrying one's own bed could be in accord with keeping the sabbath holy. The conflict finds itself rooted in a misunderstanding of the relation between will and judgement.

Will and judgement act upon each other, one not having dominance over the other. The will is seen to be the moving agent, that which does. Judgement is seen to be the cognitive agent, that which seeks to understand. The relation to the two becomes a bit tricky when the act of judgement gives us the one best possible course of action. What is willed, is willed only because judgement has given the will. However, we only judge because we willed something at the start. It is as if the will chose before we judged. The outcome was given before we started.

Looking at verse six again, Jesus asks, "wilt though be made whole?" This implies some direction that one must focus the attention on. The wholeness is what is to be sought. The will/judgement duality has an important factor that it is influenced by. That would be the attention, or as verse thirty tells us, justness.

To attend correctly is to attend adaquately and with full appreciation of that which is being attended. Justice is to fully know what is being viewed. Knowing is to see what is. Just-ness is to see the is-sense of something. The is-sense, or es-sense is an act that requires being. Justice is seeing the essense. An essense is complete in itself and needs nothing else. Justice is awareness of Nature.

How can one see something in its entirety? This faculty would seem to be available only to God himself. The message of Christ throughout the new testament has been of union with God, and a realization of the relationship between God and man. One term used is being "wedded" to Christ, the physical incarnation of God. The faculty to see with justice, and the consequent freedom of action through an alighnment of will, is only available to the lame man when Christ speaks in verse eight, "rise, take up thy bed, and walk".