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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)

TITLE: I see Your light come shining
By Eugene Levitzky


As he limped out of the altar, Bishop John Maximovich scowled. Or, at least I thought it was a scowl, or maybe it was just the result of his constant fasting and his habit of sleeping only one hour a day, eating only one meal (an egg) a day. There was a strangeness, a light illuminating his face and I felt a sense of holiness when he approached, smelled a faint odor of flowers (myrrh?). Just as the bishop walked out of the altar that day, I walked out of the Orthodox Church for the last time.

It was not until later that I realized that the light showing forth from the bishop’s face was “uncreated light,” the light that comes directly from God, directly from the Holy Spirit. It is the light that appears in icons and paintings as a “halo” surrounding a saint’s face. It is gold from the coin of God, not the coin of Caesar or man.

As I pondered these things I also sought for other gold – the gold of Scripture. Here I agonizingly went through the King James Bible, not understanding or comprehending this Bible’s power and majesty. I snuck a peak at the NIV and read that Bible through with a feeling of “Aha! So that’s what that verse means, that’s what that story means.”

Struggling, struggling, struggling between the gold of Orthodoxy and the gold of Sola Scriptura I came to the final conclusion that the gold of Scripture was enough to feed me forever, feed the spirit of untold billions to the end of time. So, the Bible, supernaturally, became my new “church.”

I understood that just reading the Bible would not be enough, as God does tell us to gather at least two or three together lest we become cuckoo and ride off like the Lone Ranger, into the sunset and off a cliff. I found some more gold, the gold of a true Christian to talk to about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…and the Bible.

Having gone through various doctrines, teachings, howlings and mewlings from various churches, I came to this conclusion – let no man teach but let the Holy Spirit be your guide. True gold! I laughed out loud, like Howard Roark, like the fighting man in “Under Ben Bulben” and then I opened my Spirit eyes and laughed the laughter that comes only from the peace that passes understanding.
No longer “I” but the Holy Spirit would be my sole guide through life. It was a great relief to understand the truth that the Self must be truly defeated, truly killed in order for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to live within us. This is the only way and the only reason to be a Christian and this is what one must sell all one’s gold for.

Further, in more recent times, through reading George MacDonald, I realized that the Self can be defeated by God working in us and that God has given us two “royalties” or “warriors” to defeat the Self: He has given us Free Will and the Conscience. Both free will (if allied solely with God’s will) and conscience (if it be the conscience of Christ within us) are outside and independent of the Self and can, with God's help and through time, defeat and kill the Self.

All that shines and glitters in the world is worthless. Only that which is of God has any value. And I can tell you, there are Christians out there from every denomination and sect that glitter. Their faces shine with uncreated light, the light of God in Heaven.

Word count = 609

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Jan Ackerson 02/01/08
I love your 4th paragraph--quite powerful!

I was confused by the introduction of a character (the bishop) who was never mentioned again, and this may be a bit too literal of an interpretation of the proverb.

You writing is lovely, and you have a unique voice.
Laury Hubrich 02/01/08
I see you are a good writer. For future reference, it is very important to follow the writing guidelines, whether for challenges or for other contests you might enter. Deb had asked us not to use the phrase in our entries. Don't have your great writing disqualified for something you could easily correct! This is a very good devotional!
Sara Harricharan 02/05/08
Hmmm! You did very well here, usually I have a hard time reading pieces like this, but you kept me interested. I especially like the line with the lone ranger, that was a picture I could see in my head and it did make me laugh out loud! ^_^ Great job! ^_^
Catrina Bradley 02/05/08
This line defines the essence of your article: "the gold of Scripture was enough to feed me forever,"

I love how you just flow right into "..lest we become cuckoo and ride off like the Lone Ranger, into the sunset and off a cliff." Caught me off guard, and was a nice way to lighten the mood without taking away from the serious tone.

I thought the last two paragraphs felt "tacked on", and think you could end right here: "..one must sell all one’s gold for."

Your writing engaged me, and kept me engaged. Very nice job! :) Cat
Marlene Austin02/06/08
Unique aspect of the "gold" being found. Nice job. Not sure I agree with the feeling of teaching oneself being the best way. After all, that's why I'm here, at Faith Writers, to get the influence of others whom I trust. :)