The Setting

The second factor that constitutes the story of the gospel is the setting. Since the setting means the space of the story, more directly it must relate to the spectrum plane in their characteristic identification.
For the sake of describing aspects of the fields in spirit, the gospel takes advantage of various places such as a mountain, a hill, a river, a lake, a village, a town, and so on. By becoming metaphorical symbols, these places respectively express specific areas of the spirit. For example, to climb a high mountain means to go to the depth of the unconscious as in Matthew chapter 17, Mark chapter 9, Luke chapter 9. The surface of the lake means, on the contrary, the border between the conscious and the unconscious as in Matthew chapter14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52. In episodes of the story, these places indicate various fields of the spirit, and provide us with partial understandings of our inner world through their analogies.

qHowever, what we are concerned with is not partial interpretations but a structural one. We must then look at the gospel as a whole.
The setting of the gospel is the first century of Israel. We now examine the possibility that the land of Israel represents an analogy of the field of human spirit. Therefore we overlap the map of Israel with the spectrum plane.
Here, we take notice three particular town areas and one river. They are the towns of Galilee, Tyre and Sidon, Jerusalem, and the river Jordan.
In the map, Galilee is in the upper right. Tyre and Sidon are in the upper left, and Jerusalem is in the lower left. We see that the towns correspond to the three major archetypes of being: pride, pleasure, morality (innocence), and the river Jordan which runs vertically in the land of Israel corresponds to a major polarity of being: good and evil, or life and death.

Few sections in the gospel refer to the characters of the towns in relation to archetypal characteristics of the spirit. However, there is one section that clearly depicts the characters of the towns that correspond to the archetypes of the spirit. It is in chapter 11 of Matthew as follows;20Then he began to upbraid the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. 21"Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22But I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would had remained until this day. 24But I tell you that it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.
In the towns of Galilee, appealing to the intellectual part of the spirit, he tries to persuade people towards humbleness. But they refuse to repent. It indicates strength of pride in spirit. This then coordinates to the upper right of the spectrum plane. Using a deliberate rhetorical repetition, Tyre and Sidon are identified with Sodom, the town of pleasure in the Creation chapter18,19. This context also coordinates with the characteristics of the upper left, or pleasure of the spectrum plane.
Jerusalem, located in the bottom left in Israel, is a city of God, where Jesus was crucified and died for the sin of mankind. By his death, our sins are atoned and we can become innocent. Therefore, Jerusalem also corresponds to the characteristics of the lower left or innocence. Hence three areas; Galilee, Tyre and Sidon, and Jerusalem respectively represent pride, pleasure, and innocence on the spectrum plane.
The river Jordan flows vertically in Israel. Here, John the Baptist gives people the baptism for repentance. This is the symbolic ceremony to sink our spirit from the conscious to the unconscious, or from death to eternal life. The river Jordan as such, is a symbol of the path between the conscious and the unconscious corresponding to the spectrum plane. In other words, to maintain a consistency in the story as an analogy of the spirit, John the Baptist must necessarily give the baptism at the river Jordan.
From the above examinations, the frame of Israel coincides with the frame of the spectrum plane.

 




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