“23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” RSV
I think about this passage more than might be supposed, often garbled in my mind as it is. I had to look it up to get the right phrasing. I grew up in a congregation of believers and, without sentimentalizing it, I have not forgotten the benefits that this closeness offers.
I contemplate Steiner in the light of this passage: a fierce individual alone, alone with God, and seeking constantly to make the connections necessary for the future.
For me I think it is the fact that I have some basic character flaws, probably not uncommon but isolating none the less, contrasted with a disdain for the inauthentic which basically makes me a hypocrite at some level. To accept the fallen nature of humanity and the fallen in myself: I am constantly at war with this. What makes us free also makes us susceptible to corruption, so much so that we are born along to either reject freedom or accept corruption in our midst.
I have noticed a great increase in visibility of Anthroposophical art on the internet since I first started looking, while taking note of the debate over what this means. I am a part of this, but I am a flawed part. Then there is also the question that has to be posited: “Is the platform itself not flawed. Still, we are in the realm of freedom?” Freedom implies the possibility of failure. Of course it also embraces the possibility and the fierce conviction that we will overcome. The first obstacle is ourselves. Then there are the temptors and they are everywhere.
I invite the possibility of rejection taking the chance that I might make some essential connection, and make up somehow for the sin that cannot be forgiven after we have encountered the truth.
“26 For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
27 but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries. “