Two of the worst offences against the religion of Jesus in Blake's opinion were war
and chastity. War in Eternity is an intellectual activity. Jerusalem, Plate 33 , (E 180) "...Our wars are wars of life, & wounds of love, With intellectual spears, & long winged arrows of thought: Mutual in one anothers love and wrath all renewing We live as One Man;" War on earth comes from jealousy, vengeance and the desire to control and dominate.
The religion of chastity has its roots in the same emotions.Enforced chastity is a tool of oppression growing out of revenge, hate, deceit and
fear as Blake intimates.
Jerusalem, Plate 69,(E 223) "And now the Spectres of the Dead awake in Beulah: all The Jealousies become Murderous: uniting together in Rahab A Religion of Chastity, forming a Commerce to sell Loves With Moral Law, an Equal Balance, not going down with decision Therefore the Male severe & cruel filld with stern Revenge: Mutual Hate returns & mutual Deceit & mutual Fear."
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The Everlasting Gospel, (E 521) "Was Jesus Chaste or did he Give any Lessons of Chastity The morning blushd fiery red Mary was found in Adulterous bed Earth groand beneath & Heaven above Trembled at discovery of Love Jesus was sitting in Moses Chair They brought the trembling Woman There Moses commands she be stoned to Death What was the sound of Jesus breath He laid his hand on Moses Law The Ancient Heavens in Silent Awe Writ with Curses from Pole to Pole All away began to roll The Earth trembling & Naked lay In secret bed of Mortal Clay On Sinai felt the hand Divine Putting back the bloody shrine And she heard the breath of God As she heard by Edens flood Good & Evil are no more Sinais trumpets cease to roar Cease finger of God to Write The Heavens are not clean in thy Sight Thou art Good & thou Alone Nor may the sinner cast one stone To be Good only is to be A Devil or else a Pharisee Thou Angel of the Presence Divine That didst create this Body of Mine Wherefore has[t] thou writ these Laws And Created Hells dark jaws My Presence I will take from thee A Cold Leper thou shalt be Tho thou wast so pure & bright That Heaven was Impure in thy Sight Tho thy Oath turnd Heaven Pale Tho thy Covenant built Hells Jail Tho thou didst all to Chaos roll With the Serpent for its soul Still the breath Divine does move And the breath Divine is Love Mary Fear Not Let me see The Seven Devils that torment thee Hide not from my Sight thy Sin That forgiveness thou maist win Has no Man Condemned thee No Man Lord! then what is he Who shall Accuse thee. Come Ye forth Fallen Fiends of Heavnly birth That have forgot your Ancient love And driven away my trembling Dove You shall bow before her feet You shall lick the dust for Meat And tho you cannot Love but Hate Shall be beggars at Loves Gate What was thy love Let me see it Was it love or Dark Deceit Love too long from Me has fled. Twas dark deceit to Earn my bread Twas Covet or twas Custom or Some trifle not worth caring for That they may call a shame & Sin Loves Temple that God dwelleth in And hide in secret hidden Shrine The Naked Human form divine .And render that a Lawless thing On which the Soul Expands its wing But this O Lord this was my Sin When first I let these Devils in In dark pretence to Chastity Blaspheming Love blaspheming thee Thence Rose Secret Adulteries And thence did Covet also rise My Sin thou hast forgiven me Canst thou forgive my Blasphemy Canst thou return to this dark Hell And in my burning bosom dwell And canst thou Die that I may live And canst thou Pity & forgive" Love and forgiveness restore the balance between male and female.
The heart is opened to the indwelling spirit. Jerusalem, Plate 97, (E 256) "And the Bow is a Male & Female & the Quiver of the Arrows of Love, Are the Children of this Bow: a Bow of Mercy & Loving-kindness: laying Open the hidden Heart in Wars of mutual Benevolence Wars of Love And the Hand of Man grasps firm between the Male & Female Loves And he Clothed himself in Bow & Arrows in awful state Fourfold"