It's a premise harkening back to the bible's sixth chapter of Jeremiah, in which the prophet declares that his era's pseudo-holy men "have no shame at all; nor can they blush."
It's an interesting observation because when the observer—a B&D enthusiast* from childhood—is himself forgiven by God, he is able to blush where previously unable.
* described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a perfectly healthy pastime.)Sorry to disappoint detractors trying to paint the observer as a failed Holy Man, but frankly, he is a filthy human with wanton desires just like many men, albeit he is the recipient of God's FORGIVNESS, which cancels out everything that stands between He and us.
Dick’s thesis has some merit up to a point but is not all-inclusive, since those who have given-up on God—have blasphemed Him—can't seem to blush at all.
Being able to blush can be a quite telling sign of forgiveness, as when the observer recalls days in Hollywood when no one could blush and all were proud of it.
Yet upon hearing that one big film star had blushed in front of some lady friends, he realized that the star had obviously received God's forgiveness in order to have done so. Good on him, for blushing seems the antithesis of smirking, which is an obvious sign of blasphemy, as smirks are redolent of both a person's smarmy rejection of another's essence, and a cock-surety of their own superiority.
So by one-upping Phil Dick's analysis, is the observation that, if one cares to notice, Godly people can't smirk, and do blush.
Where the Son-of-God speaks in the bible's tenth chapter of Mark about his people having childlike faith, the observer finds he and his wife to be cases in point.
Unable to smirk due to God's enduring forgiveness, and with all their sins forgiven and erased, the couple appear even into their 60’s as if completely guileless and lacking of worldly experience—as if carefree and stupid—with the heavily-burdened smirkingly mistaking them for blank slates upon which they can write darkest fantasies.
Having noted elsewhere that the word "Sin" simply means, "Without," and that original SIN was the act of refusing God's conscience for one's own, the observer finds that all continuing SIN, e.g., the vanities that stumble us in this life, results from reliance on world systems rather than partnering with God to supply needs.
Therefore, those of us who receive God's forgiveness are indeed happily sinless and burden free from our partnering with God, as opposed to the rest who lug life's spiritual burdens around—their old sins—from reliance on formulae that can't unburden them.
Following is a tale of God's forgiveness that the observer never tires of telling—
"A middle-ages man-of-God was traveling through the countryside where, in a hut, a sick fellow was besieged by evil spirits.Yes, once genuinely forgiven, you sure feel freer and lighter, as those old sins disappear to bother you no more; as they no longer hindered the traveling deliverer.
"Each time a priest or monk had come to heal the man, spirits speaking through the bedridden fellow would reveal their innermost dirty dark secrets; things such as, "You're a thief", or, "You're cuckolding the deacon” -- stuff like that.
"But when this particular man-of-God was pressed into confronting the spirits, as the story goes, they remained silent. And when he asked if they had anything against him, they demurred. Then he simply bade them leave, and they did.
"This of course confounded villagers hoping to hear the traveling man's scandals, and when inevitably asked of just how the spirits remained silent before him, the Man-of-God replied that he practices forgiveness, further explaining that when one is forgiven by God, one's bad past—anything that God holds against you—melts away as if it never happened (which releases you from the demon's grasp)."
It seems so simple, doesn't it? -yet the observer had wondered for years about the traveler’s "practicing of forgiveness." The church doesn't detail it at all, except to expect adherents to confess to them and give them money.
Therefore the observer learned on his own that, by treating The Church's God as if He were a statue on a pedestal, and its Jesus character as the perennial Jew-on-a-stick, neither action regards either as actual loving, trusting entities, but as if icons of some nebulous philosophy that prevents us from God’s cleansing forgiveness.God is our perfect parent and we are His children; and even as fallible as we are, He wants actual partnership from us and not some arms-length cognizance held together with holy utterances.
So when we finally learn to value a one-on-one relationship with God, he happily forgives all earthly indiscretion whatever it is, so that when we ask for more forgiveness—by virtue of being best-friends of the Son-of-God—God's forgiveness wipes the slate so cleanly, that even plaguing evil spirits and devils are basically rendered helpless against us.
The observer has long anthologized God’s act of forgiveness as His removing the handle that the devils hold when kicking us in the butt. But the observer is not the only one who’s discovered this.
A great modern rendition of "having never sinned" is told in the popular 1969 song, "Spirit in the Sky," where it accounts deliverance from earthly sins to it becoming as if you've never sinned. Though most consider the song’s wording as fantasy or poor theology, its lyrics are spot-on.
Back when the observer’s residence was threatened by a massive overnight wildfire, with embers raining down and Police calling for evacuation, he ran out wondering how Elisha would handle it.
In his own words—
"I immediately knew to ask God's forgiveness, to once more become burden-free, then ask God in confidence to diminish those high flames. Myself not knowing how—I mean l didn't dictate to him but I didn't go for the wishey-washy, "please guide the hands of the gallant firemen" stuff either—I just instinctively knew God would partner with me to handle it, and I asked Him to save us.The miracle of that fire break was from knowing that God continually forgives, and that he gives we his children an immediate response to our direst needs.
"Within moments I saw the high flames fold in from one side to the other as if angelic wings beat them into submission, until becoming small and manageable until daylight, when they were finished-up by fire crews.
"Meteorologists claimed of course that winds blew through a mountain pass from 15 miles away to put the fire out, but in all reality those winds were spreading the fires toward us, and the officials had to claim something or lose their jobs.
"But whatever the alibis, although the fire had another reason to be there, I wasn't going to allow it, with God's assistance, to be sweeping over us."
Our forgiveness, though, comes on the heels of our Lord reporting that we must in turn forgive others, "seventy-times-seven" [countless times] as well, because God does the same to those who have heart for its receipt.
So as it's been learned—
- Do forgive those who offend you, but only AS God has forgiven you. That is, up to a point. Don't be naive. Forgiving someone breaks any spiritual hold they have over you. God knows when someone is untrue, and He wants us to also know when we are being lied to.
- Do not ... once having forgiven someone; allow them to hold you hostage to their intransigence, to bounce misdeeds off you again and again. No, don't be kept stumbled and confused by their BS, faulty church teachings or anything that wants you to comply with their fantasies of Godliness. Be prudent.
Joshua was aware that vanities keep most people from truth and fact … vanities reveling them in worldly affairs deterring all consideration of returning to heaven. So his message was for the few who were primed to receive it. Pretty much as this writing is today.
So when you forgive others and back off to verify results—as Ronald Reagan advised—just expect to be hated by those who want you kissing their ass -- people distinguishable by not just their inability to blush, but by smirks and heavily-burdened lifestyles they think validates them, which they carry almost as signs of honor.
Trust that it's no honor to carry the baggage of your life's burdens—your earthly sins—around. It's cumbersome; it drags you down, wears you out, turns you hateful and wrinkles your face. Then it pulls you under in awful agony while your enemies cheer on.
Give your burdens to God instead.