God—The Creator Of Feng Shui
The other day Rachel and I were discussing the vibe of our house. Does it jive with our desire for our home to feel peaceful, creative, and homey? As we attempted to answer this question I said to Rachel, “You know….God originally created Feng Shui, we just hijacked it as ‘our idea.’”
She laughed and said that this was a brilliant blog topic. So without further a due I give you ‘God—The Creator Of Feng Shui.’
A character named Emeth is a key figure in the final book in The Chronicles of Narnia series. Emeth spent his life worshipping Tash (essentially Narnia's false god) instead of Aslan (Narnia's Christ figure). However, when Emeth meets Aslan, he learns that his devotion to Tash had really been worship of Aslan. As the book says,
[Aslan] answered, Child, all the service thou hast done to Tash, I account as service done to me. Then by reasons of my great desire for wisdom and understanding, I overcame my fear and questioned the Glorious One and said, Lord, is it then true ...that thou and Tash are one? The Lion growled so that the earth shook (but his wrath was not against me) and said, It is false. Not because he and I are one, but because we are opposites, I take to me the services which thou hast done to him. For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. Therefore if any man swear by Tash and keep his oath for the oath’s sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, though he know it not, and it is I who reward him. And if any man does a cruelty in my name, then, though he says the name Aslan, it is Tash whom he serves and by Tash his deed is accepted.
Many of us are taught to think in dualities. That is there are at least two sides to things—maybe more. You pick a side, what they do, say, and believe is good, right, or approved and whatever the other side believes is false misguided rubbish that need not be considered beyond how to argue against its inherent ‘wrongness.’ Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, Baptist, Methodist, Christian, Buddhist, Red Sox’s, Yankees, my school verses that school, our firm against theirs, and the list goes on for miles.
The reality is the universe is a lot more whole than our either/or mentality leads us to believe.
Several years ago I attended a church service where the pastor went on a long rant about the dangers of finding ‘truth’ outside of the Bible. At one point he said, ‘The only place where truth resides is on these pages.’ I think I knew what he was trying to say, he was trying to say the Bible has authority and that it’s filled with truth, but the way it came across was backwards.
I’ve found brilliantly beautiful truth everywhere. I’ve found love in the arms of my wife that is bigger than words on a page could ever attempt to convey, no matter what book(s) they’re found in.
The ever progressive Lewis was on to something brilliant at the end of the Narnia story. There are several ways to interpret what he said, but to me it seems evident that anything that is good, beautiful, and true is of God. Love, peace, joy, contentment, self-sacrifice, advocating for the oppressed, creating brilliant art, even Feng Shui, all are truth that can be found outside of ink on pages bound in leather with gold leaf lettering.
If it's good then it's God. If it's beautiful then Jesus inspired it, ordained it, and embraces it—no matter where we we think it comes from.
Feng Shui is a good thing. It's not our idea, it's an idea that God had from the beginning we just named it, defined it, and claimed it as our own. Truth is not just found in the Bible, but all around us.