Hans Arp Chance &Unity in the Body of Christ Dhaval Rawal

So that we may no longer be children, tossed to & fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes-(Ephesians 4:14)
Some of Hans Arp Collages

You must be wondering about random squares and rectangles put above. Well, those are not mere pieces of paper, they are very famous art pieces created by Dada artist Jean Arp (Hans Arp).

Dada was an art movement started by artists in Zurich during World War I as an antidote to the effects of war and to show oppose to war through artworks, collages, poetry, installations and writings. The movement then spread to Paris and New York. Artists who joined Dada made art which was nonsensical, irrational and anti-bourgeois during that time. They basically rejected logic and reason. They believed in randomness and chance.

Hans Arp was French artist who belonged to Dada culture. He broke the rule of causality and gave much emphasis on randomness. According to him, chance is one powerful force regulating the universe. He expressed this randomness in his collages.

Hans Arp used to paint pieces of paper and drop them on the surface from a proper height. He was intrigued in the random patterns formed by chance.
So, in that sense, whatever we do & whatever situation we face; falls into our lot just by chance and random allotment.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11,12)

The Bible tells us very profound story of Saul who persecuted first century Christians. But, while on the road to Damascus, he received revelation of Jesus Christ. He then, on reaching Damascus, got baptised and became Paul the apostle. It's due to him, Christianity has spread across the world.

Apostle Paul had a personal calling from Jesus to spread the good news around the world. Bible compiles his twelve epistles widely known as The Letters of Paul. These letters were written to Romans, Ephesians, Corinthians and many others. It included the rules for church and how to abide to the words of Jesus. Due to him, the foundation of Christianity was laid strong for centuries to come. It is due to Apostle Paul, we have been able to know Jesus so intimately.

All these cannot happen merely by a random falling of paper. This cannot be credited to chance. This was bound to happen. It was the purpose of God. Christianity which we see now, is the world's largest religion, not by mere randomness but carefully crafted by God

In his letter to Ephesians (4:11-16), Paul talks about unity of the body of Christ. He tells them, how can apostles, evangelists, prophets, teachers and shepherds work accordingly to spread the good news. It's with them together, the body of Christ becomes whole. All of them are assigned with specific talents by God and all of them can contribute according to their capabilities to help become one whole body of Christ. All are given with important tasks and even if the smallest of them stops functioning, the body would collapse.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling

Jesus has given us one specific talent. With this talent we could contribute to the body of Christ according to our capability. Each one of us has its own importance. Each one is personally called by Him. God has not created us merely by chance. We are alloted with a specific purpose. And with this purpose we should glorify Him and should make the body of Christ whole and complete.

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Hans Arp Collages

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