Second Thoughts ~ Ship of Theseus

In my love of ships, I find the love for renewing them as strong as my love for what they do.

Greetings Dear Reader,

Theseus, the ancient Greek hero brings to mind exploits that serve as fodder for fiction writing to this day. He is regarded as an explorer, adventurer, and founder of Athens. His ship, the one used to return from Crete, had thirty oars. It was carefully preserved by the Athenians. They would replace the old planks with new ones when needed. It was cleaned, cared for, and upgraded for many years. It gave rise to an ancient philosophical question that is still used along with the ship today.

“In the metaphysics of identity, the Ship of Theseus is a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The concept is one of the oldest in Western philosophy, having been discussed by the likes of Heraclitus and Plato circa 500–400 BC.”

If you are still with me after the history and philosophy lesson, I would ponder something further with you. Are we not all meant as Christ-followers to become a Ship of Theseus? We are told that our encounter with Christ changes us into new creations. In the process of our re-creation, the Father replaces the things in our minds and hearts that are rotting with things that are new and sound.

I must work at thinking through the things in me that are rotten. I must allow the Father to uproot and replace them. Eventually, we are all meant to be new creations in every sense. We talk about eternal souls as if they will always be the same. In truth, we are all meant to become a Ship of Theseus. We are all designed to be remade bit by bit until the Father returns everything, including us to good.

The entire world is a Ship of Theseus. We are supposed to renew it and care for it. The Good Ship Earth will carry us until the journey ends. We are to care for it in return. We are to put things right whenever we can. Caring for each other and the world means taking out the things that are no longer good. It means restoring things that are good and holding them in high regard. We have far to go, Dear Reader. We must care for our ship and for each other. The seas will get rougher and we must be ready.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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Every human story is part of the great story that leads to the Father getting everything back to Good.

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In my love of ships, I find the love for renewing them as strong as my love for what they do.



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