The Prophetic Affirmation

Francis Bacon

For Christianity subjected the form, or rather the Figure, to a fundamental deformation. Insofar as God was incarnated, crucified, ascended to heaven, and so on, the form or the Figure was no longer rigorously linked to essence, but to what, in principle, is its opposite: the event, or even the changeable, the accident.

—Gilles Deleuze

The prophetic imagination make war on the nefarious priesthood who deceptively nurture the instinct of human consciousness which disguises unknowing as a state of individual freedom to act as first cause. These cloaked imposters are poisoners of life whose main objective is to mutilate our desires to lord it over us. In the words of Nietzsche: Truth has already been stood on its head when the obvious attorneys of mere emptiness are mistaken for its representatives. The theological illusion blatantly advocated by these self-appointed rulers is a deus ex machina that functions as a means of totalitarian control. In truth, the territorializing God declared from their pulpits is made known solely by their own utterances of decrees, accusations, judgments… Belonging is thus defined by obedience alone, although they commonly refer to it in terms of morality and virtue.

For much of history, theology and philosophy has worked as intellectual disciplines meant to complete perception by conception to create a unified, systematic image of the world. However, as Bergson explains, the insufficiency of natural perception leaves us with only phantoms of the mobility of the real rather than the real itself. And if the real or the whole is duration, and duration, as Deleuze writes, is a spiritual reality that constantly changes according to its own relations, then the representational logic that historically has motivated most theological and philosophical discourses is severely misleading, although effective from a despotic point of view.

The proclamation of the crucified God is a prophetic affirmation of possible worlds deemed impossible by the high priests. Hence it protests the powers that be, while it refuses to be governed by the binary, representational logic it opposes. Rather than merely react against what it resists, the prophetic gesture functions in the service of its differential affirmation and therefore avoids excluding qualitative differences in the name of a higher unity. Contrary to the priests who crucifies the world to create God in their own image, the prophet thus affirms both the becoming of the world, and the world of becoming.

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