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by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

The following Renunciation of Apostasy is the post @ my former (removed) Blog Cyber Defense and Systems Logic, May 22, 2014, and Page @ websites Sunday’s Thoughts  and Christian's Thoughts.
I supplemented re–print of Apostasy with  Lazarus of Bethany and Judas Iscariot  posted as Current Post one week before the Holy Pascha that, in 2015, was celebrated on April 12.

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Renunciation of Apostasy

For the Christians, apostasy is the greatest crime that a human being can commit against God, against himself, and against those who are under his control and influence: apostasy is disloyalty to God, enmity to God, rejection of God, and rejection of the eternal life in the presence of God. Moreover, an apostate might destroy the entire establishment or system that tolerates his existence and his destructive influence onto the others: apostasy initiates collapse leading to the total ruin.

If the one wishes to remain loyal to God, to preserve purity of the faith, to be safe from the sin of violation of the First Commandment {Exodus 20:1–3; Matthew 22:36–38}, and to maintain spiritual health ––  the only option is rejection of apostasy, separation from the apostate, and rejection of the establishment that recognizes the apostate as the leader and accept him as a member.

Concerning incompatibility of Christianity and papism/Catholicism, concerning ecumenism and apostasy, see the following

1/ analysis of the Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology, which is the official doctrine of the papal church of Rome and the foundation of the papal establishment, in archive files --  Folder Heathen Philosophy and Folder Political Theology @ this website

2/ analysis of ecumenism in The World & The War. Part I. Ecumenism  – 

file for download @ my website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia, Page LIBRARY_2 [[ http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net ]]

3/ analysis of apostasy, historical examples of apostasy, and its consequences in The World & The War. Part II.  Apostasy with  Supplements – file for download @ my website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia, Page LIBRARY_2 [[ http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net ]]

[[concerning the Filioque, see Works of Augustine of Hippo, Folder Heathen Philosophy, or download file @  Systems Logic http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net, Page Library_2]]

 

 

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Renunciation of Apostasy

[[Posted May 22, 2014 ]]

The following came to my attention.

1. Already even before the meeting in Jerusalem May 25, 2014, the Ecumenical Patriarchate website [http:// www. apostolicpilgrimage.org/ ] posted picture of “brotherly embrace” of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Roman Catholic Pope Francis with the images of brotherly embrace of their predecessors and icon of St. Peter and St. Andrew the Apostles of Lord God Jesus Christ as the background.

2. In his “Statement on the Meeting in Jerusalem with Pope Francis,” Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew writes: “With expectant joy and an abiding sense of fraternity, we look forward… to our commemorative encounter with our beloved brother in Christ, His Holiness Pope Francis” [1].

3. According to Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras “was a joyful occasion that swept aside centuries of division.” Consequently, the meeting of their successors (Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Roman Pope Francis) “is expected to be a strong symbolic confirmation” of the previous commitment.

In a Joint Statement, Archbishop Demetrios and Catholic Archbishop Kurtz postulate that the 1964 meeting between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras “born good fruit.” In particular,

a/ 1054 mutual excommunications are erased from the memory of the Churches

b/ national theological dialogue set up in 1965 “has issued thirty agreed statements over the years”

c/ “joy that our Churches have increasingly been able to speak with one voice on the pressing issues that our society faces today.”

The authors of Joint Statement ask their people “to pray for the success of the upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem for the glory of God and the promotion of Christianity in our wounded world” [source: [GOA-NEWS] Joint Statement of Archbishop Demetrios and Catholic Archbishop Kurtz, and goarch mailing: archbishop demetrios, catholic archbishop kurtz celebrate growing closeness between orthodox and catholics ahead of ecumenical patriarch bartolomew, pope francis meeting in jerusalem] [2].

 4. “A Joint Letter on the Meeting of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem” by Metropolitan Methodios of Boston and Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley  [3] proclaims that “As Popes and Patriarchs have affirmed, we have come to see ourselves as ‘sister churches' who are responsible together for affirming the faith of the Apostles.”

5. The special website is set: Apostolic Pilgrimage to Jerusalem [ www. ApostolicPilgrimage. org ], at which the travel of “spiritual leaders” of Catholics and Christians  is named “apostolic,” and which offers answer for the  question “Who were the Apostles Peter and Andrew and what relationship do they have with Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew?”

6. According to information in [4] ecumenical patriarch is named as a “spiritual leader of 250 million Orthodox Christians”; in [5] the number is higher: he is “a spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox faithful worldwide.”

Therefore, the referred above announcements of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and its Boston subdivision portray the papal church as the Christian “sister” church with the apostolic legacy, which is capable of affirming the apostolic faith and is expected to promote Christianity. Then, 250 or 300 million Orthodox Christians led by the “spiritual leader” of Ecumenical Patriarchate are expected (as the Bostonians already did) to erase the memory of previous discord and confrontation with papal “sister” church. The heresies, past atrocities, and crimes against humanity as well as the current disgrace of world–wide scandal with abuse of children are not even mentioned – evidently, they already are cast into the oblivion. The faithful are expected to work together with papal subjects in promoting Christianity worldwide under two embracing each other “brothers in Christ” – spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians and Roman pope (the Prefect of the Inquisition), who both are recognized as the spiritual successors of the Apostles of Lord Jesus Christ – St. Peter (pope) and St. Andrew (patriarch).

In my deep conviction, every human being has the inalienable right of freedom, including freedom of religion and freedom of expression. I respect the decision of any human being whoever he/she is to choose his/her own religion and to accept as brother/sister whoever he/she finds worthy. 

However, respect to the freedom of the others does not mean giving up own freedom and accepting others’ opinions as the very own conviction.

The Christians have criteria of evaluation and commandments given by the Word–God: to judge by the fruits (deeds), to embody the words of God into building of own life, and to love the others as God loves {Matthew 7:15–27; 24:4–12; Luke 6:43–49: John 13:34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17}. The faith is shown by the deeds {in: Matthew 7:21–23; James 2:18, 26}.

Therefore, in my opinion based on my Christian faith,

1. Catholicism is not Christianity: the official doctrine of the papal church of Rome is Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology founded on heathen philosophy, which is rooted in the Orphic doctrine that sustains numerous cults of arch–enemy in image of “absolute divine animal” – arch–serpent/dragon; the papal faith is not compatible with Christianity, as the entire history of papal establishment confirms

2. anyone who accepts Catholicism as Christianity and papal clergy as “brothers in Christ” inevitably has to accept responsibility for the deeds of the papal establishment, which include

– the Crusades

– destruction of Constantinople and establishment of papal empire (short–lived) at the ruins of Christian temples

– atrocities committed and terror unleashed by the Inquisition

– anti–Semitism

– centuries of religious persecutions, forceful conversion, burning people alive at the stakes for rejection of submission to the pope and “heresy,” which often – as it is, for instance, in the case of Bohemian priest Jan Hus – was literal following Christian teachings and consequent rejection of papal heresy, refusal to recognize the pope as the deified representative of God at the earth and as mediator between God and man, refusal to accept deprivation of the laity from the communion according to tradition established by Lord Jesus Christ, condemnation of corruption of the papal officials, and disagreement with fantasies of papal theologians and diviners

– political assassinations, cooperation with Fascism and Nazism, corruption

– abuse and mistreatment of children by papal clergy, esp. such disgrace as Magdalene laundries run by the Catholic nuns who were supposed to be embodiment of love to the underprivileged and sinners, torture and other cruel or degrading treatment and punishment of children (as it is stated in the UN Report), and world–wide net of “priests”–pedophiles

– financial and other scandals

– other shameful deeds

3. assertion of closeness of Christianity to Catholicism is similar to conversion into the papal faith, therefore, to apostasy: the Filioque included in papal creed, deification of the pope who asserts submission to him as the mandatory condition for salvation by God, forgiveness of sins that can be bought with money paid to papal clergy are not compatible with the Christian teachings

4. assertion of closeness of Christianity to Catholicism means acceptance of all “fruits” – heresies – brought forth by the papal theologians, especially by Thomas Aquinas (the main papal one) who justified execution of heretics, asserted that the papal church cannot imitate the mercy of God, and named God as the source of evil

5. it is crime against God: coming to agreement with the Ignatius of Loyola’s training of Catholic clergy, and especially Jesuits (including the current Roman pope),  in blasphemies against Lord Jesus Christ and silencing own conscience, so the vice becomes the virtue, and black becomes white, if the pope and members of papal hierarchy – “superiors” wish so

6. the history of the papal establishment and the deeds of the papacy and papal subjects must not be cast into oblivion and erased from the memory of any Christian, because behind each of them are suffering, disgrace, or even agonizing death of human beings who were born to live according to blessings, love, and mercy of God, yet, were insulted, humiliated, tortured, killed by the beasts who covered their crimes with the name of Lord Jesus Christ 

7. for a Christian, “brotherly embrace” with the Roman pope compared with embrace of the Apostles of Lord Jesus Christ, recognition of the Roman pope – Prefect of the Inquisition as the “brother in Christ,” and bestowing name of Christian church onto the papal establishment indicate acceptance of papal faith and permissibility of crimes committed by the papal subjects; they reveal loss of an ability to distinguish between the good and the evil, between the Christian teachings and heresy: it means conversion into papal faith – that is apostasy.

From my childhood, I was taught to follow teachings of my Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ: He is my Teacher, Leader, and Overseer of my soul, my Peace and Life and Light {Matthew 23:8–10; John 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 2:24–25} – only He, even if all “spiritual leaders of Orthodox Christians” and churches in the entire world accept Catholicism as Christianity, embrace papal subjects  as “brothers,” and recognize Roman pope/prefect of the Inquisition as a successor of the Apostle of Christ, as “spiritual leader,” “universal shepherd,” the earthly deity/idol, whatever.

Therefore, as a Christian,

  1. I renounce the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the churches, which accept authority of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who asserts himself as a “spiritual leader” of 250 or 300 million of the Orthodox Christians and “fervent supplicant for all,” yet who, in his “brotherly unity” with the Roman pope/prefect of the Inquisition, will lead these 250 or 300 million of souls into the pit of apostasy and consequent ultimate ruin
  2. I do not recognize such “spiritual leaders” as Christians and their establishments as Christian churches
  3. I have no part in their apostasy.

 

Alice Alexandra–Sofia Savitsky

May 22, 2014

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References:

[1] http:// www. patriarchate.org /documents/jerusalem-2014-statement

[2] “The Purpose of the Meeting Between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem” @ http:// www. apostolicpilgrimage.org/purpose/-/asset_publisher/Lc68g4FKHfJl/content/the-purpose-of-the-meeting-between-pope-francis-and-ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew-in-jerusalem

[3] “A Joint Letter on the Meeting of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem @ http:// www. apostolicpilgrimage.org/news/-/asset_publisher/G9zKgl6D7kHj/content/a-joint-letter-by-metropolitan-methodios-of-boston-and-cardinal-sean-patrick-o-malley

[4] “Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew - A Passion For Peace” @  http:// www. apostolicpilgrimage.org/ who-is-the-ecumenical-patriarch-

[5] “Ecumenical Patriarchate Announces Official Delegation for Meeting with Pope Francis in Jerusalem May 25, 2014” @  http:// www. apostolicpilgrimage.org/news/-/asset_publisher/G9zKgl6D7kHj/content/ecumenical-patriarchate-announces-official-delegation-for-meeting-with-pope-francis-in-jerusalem-may-25-2014

 

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Lazarus of Bethany and Judas Iscariot

 [[Posted April 5, 2015 ]]

 

Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep,

but I am going that I may awaken him

{John 11:11}

I am the Resurrection and the Life;

the one believing in Me, though he dies, he shall live

{John 11:25}

And the glory of the Lord shall appear,

and all flesh shall see salvation of God, for the Lord has spoken.…

{Isaiah 40:5}

 

 

This year, Christians celebrated Saturday of Lazarus on the fourth of April. Lazarus’ Saturday is the day when the Christians commemorate the special event: resurrection of Lazarus of Bethany {John 11:1–44}; next Sunday, on the twelfth of April, will be Αγιον Πασχα – the Holy Pascha, Orthodox Easter – the Feast of Feasts: celebration of the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ the Son of man – the Incarnated Word–God.

The story of Lazarus unfolds in the last days of the Lord in this world {John 11; 12}.

Lazarus of Bethany, the friend of Lord Jesus Christ, died, was buried, and after four days in the tomb, came back to life, because Lord Jesus Christ called him out of the realm of death. Lazarus’ resurrection marks the time of fulfillment of the ancient prophesy that “all flesh shall see the salvation of God” and the dead ones shall hear the Son of God and come to life {Luke 3:6; John 5:21–28; 11:38–44; Isaiah 40:3–5}. Lazarus was the chosen one: through him, the absolute power and glory of the Word–God were manifested to the people. 

In Bethany, small village not far from Jerusalem, Lazarus and his two sisters dwelt. Lord God Jesus Christ loved Lazarus and his sisters: He visited Lazarus’ house and called Lazarus a friend. Then, Lazarus became sick and his sisters sent to the Lord saying: the one who You love is sick.  Yet, the Lord said: this sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God – the Son of God will be glorified by it. Two days passed, and the Lord told His disciples: Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, and I am going that I may awaken him. The Lord’s disciples did not understand His words, so, He explained: Lazarus died; He is going to wake the dead one up, and He rejoices, because resurrection of Lazarus is a chance for His followers to become the believers {John 11:1–44; 12:1–2} and therefore, to enter the everlasting life {John 14; 17}.

Coming to the village, they have found that Lazarus died and was buried in the cave according to the Jewish tradition; it was the fourth day after the burial: four days Lazarus’ body was in the tomb. Martha, Lazarus’ sister, said to the Lord that, if He had been here, her brother would not be dead. The Lord answered to her that her brother would rise. Yes, Martha knew that Lazarus would rise – in the Last Day. God answered Martha’s grief and despair: “I am the Resurrection and the Life; the one believing into Me, though he dies, he shall live. And everyone living and believing into Me he shall not die forever.” Then, Lord God Jesus Christ came to the Lazarus’ tomb and called the dead man out: Λαζαρε, δευρο εξω – Lazarus, here, outside {John 11:43}. In response to God’s call, Lazarus came out of the tomb, back into this world {John 11:1–44}.

Resurrection of Lazarus revealed the glory and omnipotent power over life and death that only God holds; it gave the disciples of Lord Jesus Christ the evidence intended to sustain their faith and to encourage them during the coming trial of the Son of man; also, the omnipotence and mercy of God were manifested to the people so they could foresee their own destiny to be resurrected to the eternal life by the Word–God {John 11:25–44; 12:9–11; 17}.

There is another aspect of Lazarus’ story. When the Lord refers to the Lazarus’ condition, which men named death, God does not use the word death: He speaks of falling asleep {John 11:11–14}. God refers to the physical death as to the slumber: for Him, there is no death, because our God is the God of the living {Luke 20:27–38; Matthew 22:31–32}, and death of the flesh is not the end of existence.

So, in the eyes of God, the physical death of a human being does not discontinue human existence: a human being falls asleep in the earth to be woken up  (resurrected) in the house/kingdom of God, where he – purified and healed by the Word–God – shall not have sorrow, grief, insufficiency of any kind {John 5:21, 24–29, 39–40; 9:5, 39; 10:9–18, 27–30; 12:44–50; 14; 17; Revelation 21:1–5; 22:1–5}.

Thus, human beings come into this world, in the garments of flesh {Genesis 3:21–25; 4:1}, to do some works*1*:

–– within the world set for actualization of the man’s choice to know the good and the evil, they have to find the light and the road, which would lead them to God

–– they have to learn to live by faith

–– they have to learn to love God and to love the others

–– they have to learn to follow the commandments and to accomplish the will of God the Creator and Father

–– they have to learn to imitate perfection and mercy and love of God.

Then, after completion of their works at the earth, within the temporal realm of the structured matter, they have to pass through the threshold separating the phases of life. At this threshold, they leave the temporal clothing–body and all earthly possessions, yet, the essence–soul–heart–mind–spirit created in the image and after likeness of perfect immortal and omnipotent God continues the eternal journey {Genesis 1:2, 26–27; 2:7; Psalms 8; 65(66); 75(76); 118(119); 143(144); 145(146); 147; 148; 150; and others; Matthew 5:17–18, 48; John 3:3–21; 4:24; 14; 16:26–28; 17; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1; 1 John; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 6:19–20; 15:22; Ephesians 1:3–23; 2:4–10, 13–22; 4:22–24; Colossians 1:9–23}. To accomplish the purposes for the sake of which they came into being, they have

 

to hear the voice of God

to comprehend–absorb the knowledge*2* of God

to realize that life is the breath of the living God and life is only in God and with God

to comprehend death as the absence of knowledge of God.

 

For instance, when the Lord sent His disciples to preach saying that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, He instructed them to raise the dead {Mathew 10:1, 7–8}. It means also that the human mind is dead without knowledge of God: the knowledge of God wakes up those who still live as physical beings, yet whose minds have fallen asleep without God. Furthermore, if the knowledge of God differentiates the living from the dead, there is no difference between the dreaming mind, which is imprisoned within the imaginary world*3* of false and evil, and the dead mind incapable of actualizing own creative potential.

The resurrection was not the end of the story of Lazarus; through him, the ultimate evil of those who rejected God had to be revealed.

Resurrection of Lazarus triggered the decision of the chief–priests and the Pharisees to assassinate Lord Jesus Christ along with Lazarus whom He resurrected: because of Lazarus, many people left them and believed in Lord Jesus Christ. The decision to assassinate both – the Creator and His creation – exposes degeneration and corruption of those who, as the leaders of the chosen people, were expected to teach the law of God and to lead the chosen people to God, yet, who

 

became the hypocrites that spoiled the Vineyard*4* of the Lord

transformed themselves into the idol–worshipers through acceptance of the “teachings of men” –

philosophy and doctrines of the idol–worshipers, starting with the Orphism*5*,

the cult of the arch–evil in image of arch–serpent the dragon

[[that is why in the Gospel {Matthew 3:7; 23:29–33}, they are referred to as serpents and as the offspring of vipers]]

lost the ability of right judgment

substituted rules of men for the law of God

sought to kill the righteous Man – Lord Jesus Christ – Who taught the Law/will of God,

and Lazarus, whom He resurrected and who became the living evidence of the miracle created by Lord Jesus Christ,

so, as they assume, after assassination of Lazarus, the people would not have proof that the Lord’s power is the power of God

likened the people to the “ignorant in the law and cursed,” while themselves have led them to corruption and ruin

rebuffed the glory of God for the sake of the convenience of men and rejected the power of God

for the sake of the power of the mortal ruler completing therefore the process of separation from God –

the separation that was initiated, when the chosen people decided to be as all other nations governed by the mortal rulers*6*

{Matthew 23:1–38; John 7:16–49; 10:23–42; 11:1–57; 12:1–43; 19:4–16; 1 Kings 8:6–8}

 

Then, the special event took place in Lazarus’ house {John 12:1–8} – event, through which the one could have a glimpse of the inner world of Judas Iscariot who betrayed Lord Jesus Christ into the hands of chief–priests {Luke 6:16; John 6:70–71; 13:2, 21–30}.

Six days before the Passover, Lord Jesus Christ came to Bethany: He with His disciples had supper in the house of Lazarus whom He raised from the dead. Next day, it would be the glorious entry into Jerusalem (commemorated as the Palm Sunday, a week before the Sunday of Resurrection of the Lord) with the cheering crowd of those who blessed Him and named Him the King of Israel. A few days later, the crowd stirred by the chief–priests would demand His crucifixion, and the chiefs–priests would testify that they have no king but Caesar {John 12:1–18; 18:28–40; 19:1–17}.

Seemingly, there was still quiet moment of the last meeting of the Lord with the family of Lazarus that loves and cherishes Him. Lazarus, whom the Lord loved and resurrected from the dead, had supper with Him. Lazarus’ sister – Martha – served. Maria, another sister of Lazarus, took the pure and costly aromatic ointment, anointed the feet of the Lord, and wiped off His feet with her hairs.

Yet, the time runs into the end, and the arch–evil is ready to rise against the Son of man; it began through Judas Iscariot, one of the disciples {John 6:70–71}, who voiced his concerns for the precious oil spent to anoint the feet of Jesus Christ: why this ointment was not sold for the high price, so money could be given to the poor? However, the true concerns are not for the poor: although Judas is a keeper of the box, in which the disciples keep money to buy food and to give alms to the others, Judas is thief {John 6:70–71; 13:29; 17:12}.

This event revealed the Judas’ inner preference of the material things to God, which was concluded with the Judas’ acceptance of the thirty pieces of silver from the chief–priests as the payment for betrayal of the Son of man {in: Matthew 26:14–16, 21–25, 45–50; Mark 14:10–11}: preference for money is completed with the consequent betrayal of God for the sake of money.

Furthermore, Judas speaks out of abundance of his heart {Matthew 12:34–37}: because of his greed and his hatred to the Son of God, he has arrogance to voice the reprimand to the woman who expressed her gratitude, reverence, and love to the Lord Whom the Lazarus’ family recognized as the Son of God and as the Teacher {John 11:21–29}.

Judas’ words reveal that

he does not have love and reverence to the Lord and Teacher,

 which are necessary even if he perceives Him as only the Son of man

he does not have love and reverence to Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Word–God,

Who by the power of God resurrected the dead

he has no complete understanding of the true essence of the events,

which many people had witnessed, – the miracles that could be done only by the power of God

{John 3:1–2; 12:9–11}

he has no faith in God: he is not able to believe in Lord Jesus Christ,

and therefore, his way is into the darkness

{John 3:16–21}

 

At the next supper mentioned by St. John the Apostle, the arch–evil would take the full possession of the disciple {John 13:2, 21–30; also in: Luke 22:3–6} whose very name became a symbol of betrayal and a definition of the most despicable crime:

 

rejection of God made him the empty house ready to be taken by the arch–enemy

that was the murderer of man from the beginning

{Matthew 12:43–45; John 8:37–44}

hatred, envy, and greed culminated in betrayal of Lord Jesus Christ, his Teacher and Master

{Matthew 26:14–16; John 12:1–8; 18:1–5}

betrayal of God led him to his own death (suicide)

{Matthew 27:1–10; Acts 1:15–20}

 

With the story of Judas Iscariot {Matthew 26:14–25, 47–50; Mark 14:10–11; 43–49; Luke 22:1–6, 47–53; John 6:70–71; 13:2, 21–30; 17:12}, all the components of the deepest and deadliest core of the inferno created by men for themselves are assembled together. This inferno is the ultimate fruit of cognition of the evil:

 

rejection, betrayal, and crucifixion*7* of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man,

the Teacher and the Savior Who fed and healed the multitudes,

Whose acts reveal the power of God,

and Who tolerated presence and shared His bread with the one who would betray Him

suicide of man who emptied himself from God (therefore, of the very life),

who became the possession of the arch–evil and therefore, the food of death:

the son of perdition incapable of life

{John 17:12; Genesis 3:15}.

 

The Gospel According to John describes the ultimate expressions of the good and the evil, which are manifested by Lazarus and by Judas Iscariot:

– Lazarus loved God, therefore, followed the good; although he died because of nature of the world set for the cognition of the evil, he was resurrected by God because of God’s decision to reveal His power and glory through resurrection of Lazarus whom He loved and to give His followers the expectation of their own resurrection

– Judas Iscariot loved money; he became the son of perdition – possession of the arch–evil; he betrayed God, and then, he committed suicide – he perished {Matthew 26:14–16, 21–25, 46–49; 27:3–5; Mark 14:10–11, 18–21, 41–46; John 17:12; Acts 1:15–20}.

The story of Lazarus of Bethany who loved God and Judas Iscariot who betrayed God teaches many things; among them,

1/ the main truth is simple and unambiguous: God is life of man

2/ betrayal as a free choice may be possible only if the one does not have faith and love to God

3/ freedom to choose the good, which is given to everyone to accomplish his own way of cognition the good and the evil, is the heavy burden unbearable for those who do not have unconditional faith and love to God and for those who seek the material advantages and glory of this world. Only faith*8* gives the strength and the power to withstand the evil and to conquer the world of the evil {1 John 5:1–5; Ephesians 6:10–18}, even by the price of own death if needed.

Everyone is free to be either as Lazarus who loved God or as Judas Iscariot who betrayed God.

Other disciples of God were free to follow God {e.g., in: John 6:65–71; 11:1–16} and ultimately, they exercised their freedom to be loyal to God until death, even for the price of own well–being and the very life, and to remain with Him forever – they became the Apostles of the Word–God.

Judas is free either to remain loyal to his Teacher or to betray Him; he exercises his freedom and commits the ultimate evil – betrayal of God.

By the act of betrayal, Judas closed for himself the road to God; however, man is not able to live by the arch–evil: the inability to repent, impossibility to seek forgiveness of God, and death are the inseparable companions of hatred and denial of God.

Everyone inevitably faces the ultimate choice either to accept the good and to live or to accept the arch–evil and to die.

Everyone is free

either

to love God and to confirm love and faith by own deeds,

by following His law, observing His words, and accomplishing His will

{John 14:23; 1 John 5:1–4}

or

to deny God and to betray Him by accomplishing the deeds of the evil

by serving the arch–evil that is murderer of man from the beginning

{John 8:39–45; 1 John 3:4–10}

 

If there is no faith and love to God, betrayal becomes the way of life: Judas’ pattern is common for those who serve not God {Matthew 6:24; 12:30; Luke 16:13}.

Although betrayal and crucifixion of Lord Jesus Christ happened almost two thousand years ago, each time, when a human being chooses to serve the evil, he replicates betrayal of God committed by Judas Iscariot. This act of betrayal might look as

– decisions in a course of daily personal, business, political life; for instance, a decision to put the aged parents into the nursing house or charitable institution because of own inconvenience, even if there is a possibility to take care of them at home; adultery; rejection of a friend for material reasons; lack of desire to help those who are in need; breach of the trust by employee; politicians’ decisions and actions incompatible with interests of the nation, which they are expected to serve

– betrayal of the interests of the country (e.g., treason) for the sake of money or other advantages

– compromises in the matters of faith, religion, and ethics carried out for the sake of political and other advantages and because of

a/ expectations of physical security, protection, material gains in exchange for compromises or betrayal

b/ weakness as inability to carry the burden of responsibilities

c/ the reasons disclosed by the Old Testament’s prophets; for instance, such as insufficient knowledge of God, rejection of God, and apostasy {in the Books of the Old Testament, apostasy and idol–worship usually are referred to as adultery or fornication; for instance, in Hosea 5:4 – οτι πνευμα πορνειας εν αυτοις εστι, τον δε Κυριον ουκ  επεγνωσαν –  for the spirit of fornication is in them, they have not cognized God}.

Usually, compromises in the matters of faith, religion, and ethics are the consequences of the chain of correlated failures:

 

a/ lack of faith and absence of love to God

b/ inability to comprehend knowledge of God

c/ the inability to exercise the right judgment

similarly to the ancient chief–priests who competed their degeneration with rejection of God

Whom they were expected to love with all their soul, all heart, all understanding, and all strength

 {in: Mark 12:29–34; Malachi 2:4–9, 11–12}

 

The burden of the freedom of choice might become unbearable for the weak ones, for those who have no true faith in God and put their trust in men*9* that claimed the thrones of leaders. They have to deal with the harsh reality of the world that had rejected God, violated His law, and now faces inevitable collapse as the consequence of rejection of God and violation of His law, while they are not able to find solutions even for the most pressing problems.

The history of mankind might be envisioned as two spirals – upward and downward; both of them issue from one point (the point at which the choice is made) and consist of the repetitive cycles–actualizations of the same patterns. Although these cycles might be accomplished by the different generations, at the different levels of complexity, in different times, and in different places, their core/essence always is the same:

 

either the loyalty to God or betrayal of God

the choice – either the good or the evil

actualization either of the good or the evil

either development–evolution or degeneration–collapse.

 

The one could also say that the history looks like the chain of the repetitive tests, through which people of each generation have to make a choice: with God or without God.

For instance, many centuries ago, the Byzantine Empire already devastated by the Catholic Crusaders (who destroyed and plundered Constantinople, desecrated the Christian temples, raped, plundered and killed the Christians because of their rejection of the primacy and authority of the pope*10*) encountered deadly threat of the rising Islamic Caliphate. In despair, one of the last Byzantine emperors decided to seek the unity with Rome: he assumed that, with the help of the papacy, he would be able to withstand the enemies. He did not realize that the power of enemies was directed by God and intended to demolish his empire, in which the Christian Church was subdued to the will of men (emperors). Some of his advisers warned the emperor that it is better to live under the yoke of the Islamic conquerors and to follow the teachings of Christ than to accept the unity with the papacy along with the papal faith – Catholicism – and to fall into the deadly heresy, which already triggered the Great Schism*11*.

As the history shows, the emperor’s expectations were pointless: he did not obtain any help from the papal establishment.

So, Byzantium was ruined and the glory of the mighty empire vanished, yet, the Christianity survived – in spite of persecutions, commercial, political and other disadvantages, and discrimination of Christians. By the will of God, Christianity lived even under the rule of those who still crucify men and therefore, carry the infamous legacy of the most inhumane Phoenician civilization*12* that ever existed in the heathen world, which does not know true God.

In the Present, when the world is devastated by financial, political, environmental, social, and religious crises, spread of radical Islam and terrorism, when the certain groups of people in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia are facing extermination because of their religious beliefs, the head of the ecumenical patriarchate in Istanbul (located at the place where Constantinople – the capital of Byzantine empire – was) seeks the unification with Rome

a/ recognizing primacy of the pope

b/ referring to the pope and his subjects as to “the Christians,”

c/ preparing “Christian unity”*13* with the papal establishment – the Vatican

d/ disregarding the actuality – that the papal establishment is incompatible*14* with the Christian Church.

Some of the implicit reasons behind justification of such sacrilegious union include the necessity to curtail terrorism, which is fueled with the ideologies of death, and to stop advancement of Islam to the status of the dominant world–wide religion. However, the true reasons behind the ecumenical movement are the crusade of the arch–evil against Christianity and never–ending struggle of the papacy for the world–wide domination. Therefore, none of the implied and declared purposes of this sacrilegious union – Christianity with Catholicism – would be achieved.

Ultimately, it should be acknowledged that the current state of the world affairs is the fruit of

 

a/ papal Crusades in the Middle East

b/ centuries of terror unleashed by the inquisition

c/ institutionalized substitution of the heretical doctrines and teachings of men for the Law of God,

which – the substitution of doctrines of men for the Law of God – is the actual core of the papal establishment

 

The mind that has the right discernment*15* and therefore unbiased perception of the history, could

1. infer that the current terrorism is the fruit of the doctrines, politics, and deeds of the European civilization, which was shaped by

1/ the medieval papal empire based upon idol–worship – cult of the deified pope

2/ by religious wars and persecutions unleashed by the papal empire

3/ by the Reformation and other wars unleashed by the nations against the papal empire

4/ violations of the Law of God; for instance, such as asserted

–          by Augustine of Hippo in his “wise judge” concept [[concerning permissibility to torture a man to prove his guilt or innocence, and justification of the judge’s action (even the man was innocent and died because of tortures) by the “binding claim of society,” which needs judge’s service, therefore, justifies his ignorance – The City of God XIX.vi VI:145–147]]] and in the statements that a/ some groups of people with the beliefs, which are different from the officially recognized by the state/structures of power, can be deprived of justice, and b/ the Christians can punish “evil men” with “profit and improvement to themselves.” Even if the evil men’s life and health should remain untouched, the “means of sustaining” their life might be taken away, if it be the God’s will [Augustine Epistle XCI.9 in: Select Letters 167–169]*16*

–          by Thomas Aquinas in his dictum that “unbelievers possess their goods unjustly”; consequently, the public authority may violently take the goods from the unbelievers [Summa Theologica  II–II Q.66 a8 ro2] *17*.

These assertions contradict the Law of God – the Sixth–Tenth of The Ten Commandments {Exodus 20:1–17; Leviticus 19:16–19; Deuteronomy 5:17–21; 6:4–7}: they violate the Second Greatest Commandment – love to the others {Matthew 22:37–40; Luke 10:25–37}*18*. In fact, the Augustine and Aquinas’ assertions re–iterate the outlook of the ancient heathens: war is “a natural mode of acquisition” of slaves and resources (as hunting is) that must be practiced by the heads of households and statesmen [Aristotle Oeconomica I; Politics I]*19*. The difference is only in definition (nation, personal traits, religion) of those included in the “natural” pool of the resources intended for plundering:

–          Aristotle is convinced that a/ some nations are naturally fit for slavery, b/ slavery is the divine order, c/ man is an animal (embodiment one of the forms of living beings – animals, reptiles, birds, spirits, men, etc., with which the Orphic deity – arch–dragon*5* – is stuffed) and therefore, object of hunting

–          Augustine of Hippo is after the evil men

–          for Thomas Aquinas, the target is unbelievers.

Nevertheless, these assertions that contradict the Law of God have been elevated to the rank of the papal articles of faith, which made permissible discrimination and predatory practices and policies [[e.g., such as forceful conversion of the Jews*20* under the threat of confiscation of their property]] adopted also by the civil authorities of the states and the empires

2. perceive the current state of the world affair as descriptions provided by the ancient prophecies concerning the consequences of the violation of the Law of God and idol–worship {Deuteronomy 28; 30; Isaiah}; apparently, these prophecies are in a process of actualization at the world–wide scale

3. conclude that the war with the radical Islam, political ideologies, false religions and cults of death, firstly, is the war for the souls and minds of men. Among other means, this war proceeds through evaluation of the deeds of each side: each reasonable mind that faces the choice, in fact, judges

a/ by the criteria derived from its own perception of the good and the evil

b/ through assessment (according to own perception of the good and the evil) of the spoken words and accomplished deeds

3. infer that the core of the victory or the failure in this war is in the inner conviction of a person: what is the good and what is the evil. Thus, until the true knowledge of the good and the evil becomes the inner conviction of man, nothing can turn him to the good and nothing can prevent him from actualization of the evil, if he carries the evil within his heart–mind deprived of the knowledge of the good.

For instance,

– the jihadist recruiters name “Western immorality” and “hypocrisy” as the main reasons for conversion into their religion and assert revenge for the historical and current mistreatment of some Middle Eastern, Asian and African nations as the justification for violence and hatred; they convince those who seek justice and retribution for the past and present crimes committed against their ancestors and their nations, yet, who have neither knowledge of Christian Truth nor actual history of Christianity

– for the Christians, the faith of man is revealed by the deeds of man {James 2:14–26}; the essence of the religions, beliefs, political parties, etc., is evaluated by “the fruits” {Matthew 7:20–27; Luke 6:43–49}: what the pretenders on religious or other kind of superiority, in fact, give to those who follow them – the good or the evil, life or death, prosperity and abundance or poverty and insufficiency of all kinds.

Indeed, people may call themselves whatever name they choose: the prefect of the inquisition becomes “his holiness,” the inquisitors are canonized as papal “saints,” the corrupts and pedophiles in the state of mortal sin are called “the priests,” heathen political theology blasphemously covers itself with the references to Gospels, and the some burn alive, enslave, torture, and execute the others “in the name of Christ” or in the name of the “Merciful God.”

Nevertheless, whatever the people tell of themselves, whichever lies propaganda is spreading, the Christians in a possession of the right discernment evaluate the true essence of the others according to the words of Lord Jesus Christ {Matthew 7:15–27}, especially concerning identification of the “false prophets“: αραγε απο των καρπων αυτων επιγνωσεσθε αυτους  – surely, by their fruits you shall cognize them {Matthew 7:20}.

The current war for the souls and minds of the many is the most deadly of all wars (including wars against Marxism–Bolshevism and Nazism); it cannot be won by the army of spiritual descendents of the crusaders and inquisitors, corrupts, and pedophiles united with the apostates who desecrated the purity of Christian faith and betrayed Christianity.

In conclusion, the one could infer that the current state of world affairs makes especially visible the power of knowledge given by Lord God Jesus Christ and His apostles when they warned the Christians

1/ of the enemies who would come and disguise their true essence with the name of Lord Jesus Christ: false prophets, false teachers, apostates and heretics

2/ that communion/union/etc. with the heretics, apostates, the corrupted and spiritually unclean ones are forbidden for the Christians whose God is the Consuming Fire {Matthew 24:4–5, 23–24; Mark 13:5–6; Luke 21:8–19; Acts 20:29–30; 2 Peter  2:1–22; 1 John 2:18–21, 27; 3:7–10; 5:21; 1 Corinthians 5:9–13; 6:9–11, 19–20; 10:7–14; Ephesians 5:5–11; Hebrews 12:12–29; Deuteronomy 4:24}.

The immensity of the war that is raging in the lands of Middle East, Africa, and Asia is not comparable with the immensity of the spiritual war for the souls and mind, because of incomparability of the results:

1/ physical death is the natural end of every living being anyway; the difference is temporal settings, such as time, circumstances, methods, intensity of suffering

2/ the spiritual death as separation from God because of ignorance, heresy, atrocities and inhumanity committed against the others is the unnatural end, which any reasonable being should avoid by any means, even for the price of physical death {Matthew 10:28–39; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John}.

Violence, hatred, malice, desire for revenge, self–assumed right to enslave and kill the others in the name of God – all uncleanness and the evil that fuels the terrorism and current wars comes from within of the heart–mind {Matthew 15:19}. Unless the people obtain the power to forgive their enemies and to desire peace, this war can never be won: each place freed with death of one terrorist would be taken by the others; each destroyed weapon will be replaced by more deadly ones; each jailed or executed criminal would become an inspiration for new recruits, and so on, without end.

From such a point of view, the event, which took place in the Lazarus’ house, when Judas attempted to cover his preference for the interests of this world and disregard of reverence and love to God with concerns for the poor ones, should be remembered always. This event precedes the Judas’ betrayal of Lord Jesus Christ; it also carries the warning that the search of worldly advantages can be easily completed with the service to the ultimate evil.  

And I think of the Judas Iscariot’s phenomenon:

– the Lord chose Judas to be His disciple although He knew that he is a devil that would betray Him {John 6:70–71}; the Lord tolerated his presence; moreover, God let him exist in His presence until he completes the work of the arch–evil, which God came to annihilate {John 17:12}

– Judas witnessed the miracles created by the Lord – the deeds that manifested the power of God; he should know that he is witnessing God, yet ultimately, he betrayed Him. The knowledge is not enough: it does not prevent betrayal; love does. The absence of love to God made Judas incapable of loyalty to God and capable of betrayal.

So, how the ordinary mind that does not have the gift of prophecy could foresee betrayal? How to recognize the pattern of betrayal behind the high words and propaganda that cover the actual purposes of men?

The time remaining until the day of celebration of Αγιον Πασχα – the Holy Pascha is also the time to recall that strong and steadfast faith*8* is the blessing of God and therefore the greatest treasure of a Christian: it sustains the right discernment*15* and encourages to pray God for forgiveness, mercy, and protection from the evil, so the one, by the mercy of God, could be empowered to win the war with the evil and obtain the eternity with God {John 12:44–50; 14; 15; 16; 17; Revelation 21:6–7}… 

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See The Works of God – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net], page Library_3

 

*2* See God of Knowledge – the Portion of the Living Ones. Introductory Notes – Folder Archive_2015, Page 1_January_2015

 

*3* See Imagination – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008; excerpt/re–print in Note *26* to The Discernment – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*4* See Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons to The War & The World. Part II. Apostasy – files for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

 

 *5* Orphism sustains theological–philosophical–political doctrines of Plato, Aristotle, and their followers.

With time, the Orphics developed myths into the doctrine that conveys the essence of the heathenism, the core of which is death – idolatry as worship to the arch–evil in the image of the serpent. The Orphism became the root of many heathen religions and cults, especially, the cults of serpents/reptiles – the cults of death with worship of snakes and horned animals. The Orphism is mythical serpentine theology; that is why, in the Gospels, the followers of Orphism and its derivatives are referred to as “offspring of vipers,” as the sons of the arch–evil – the ancient serpent of Genesis, as the ones who, within them, do not have place for the Word of God {Matthew 3:7–12; 15:1–20; 23:1–35; Mark 7:5–13; Luke 7:29–35; 16:13–17; John 8:37–47; Genesis 3:1–6, 14–16}.

Concerning the Orphic doctrine, see Ancient Civilization: Legacy Overview  – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_1

 

*6* See The Hierarchy – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 6_2008_2009; excerpt in Note *18* to Supplement 2_Philo of Alexandria to The War & The World. Part II. Apostasy – files for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

 

*7* See

– The Ultimate Choice – in Folder Archive_2010, Page 1_January_March_2010 (excerpt in Note*9* to The Works of God  – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

– Folder Archive_2013: The Shift – Page 3_April_2013, The Focus – Page 2_March_2013, and Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons to The War & The World. Part II. Apostasy – files for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

 

*8* Faith is the optimal state of reason. The Holy Scriptures provide the comprehensive definition of faith: all knowledge, all treasures of wisdom, all fullness of life, all power, and all authority are in Lord God Jesus Christ {Matthew 8:5–13; 9:20–22; 14:29–31,36; 17:20; 21:22; Mark 9:23; 11:24–26; Luke 5:20; 8:49–50; 17:6; John 3:16, 36; 14:12; 15:4–7;  1 John 2:20–21, 27; 5:12; 1 Corinthians 13:2, 9–13; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:1, 32–34; Romans 14:23}. Through faith, the mind learns knowledge of God – the knowledge that is the eternal life {John 17:3}. According to the Christian teachings, faith is life: the life–bearing knowledge of God and the unity of the acquired knowledge with the manner of life; the just one lives by faith {Habakkuk 2:4; Luke 7:50; 1 Peter 1:9; James 2:14–26}. In other words, faith is the state of cognizance/knowing God, love to God, living by God, and unity with God.

See concept of faith in Introduction to Christianity, part 3, Folder The Foundation, and The Faith in The Works of God – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net], page Library_3

 

*9* See postings:

Folder Archive_2012 The Trust, Page 5_May_June_2012

– Ecumenism in The World and The War. Part I. Introduction. Ecumenism. Materialism – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

 

*10* It should never be forgotten (because the seeds of the Future are in the Past) that

– the papal church of Rome unleashed the Crusades and terror of the Inquisition

– that the papal subjects–Catholics during the Crusade in 1204, sacked and destroyed the Christian temples of Constantinople, killed, raped, robbed the Greek Christians for their rejection of the authority of the pope, and established the Latin Empire (short–lived) on the ruins of the Christian temples

– that the Roman pope Innocent III experienced such a joy because of death of the Greek Christians and expansion of his earthly possessions, that he named the capture of Constantinople “magnifica miracula” [Innocent III’s letter qtd. in: Runciman, 151].

– that the Catholic Crusaders ruined Constantinople in such a degree that the Byzantine Empire was never able to recover completely; in the fifteenth century, it was easily conquered by the Muslims, and Constantinople became Istanbul – the capital of the Ottoman Empire: the papal Crusades made possible establishment of the Islamic Caliphate on the ruins of Byzantium. From the fall of the Byzantine Empire the model of global Islamic domination was born; now it is near to its completion

– that Thomas Aquinas, the main papal theologian whose political theology is the official doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, portrays the pope as the “divine person” who has “a share of the dignity of God” and an ability to stand “in God’s place” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.63 a3; III Q. 3 a7 ro2, ro3] – that is deification of the mortal man, therefore, establishment of idol–worship

– that the pope pretends to be the earthly substitute of God and the universal father–shepherd–teacher of all Christians, yet, the Aquinas’ political theology, which is the official doctrine of the papal church of Rome, has nothing in common with Christian teachings.

Now this – papal – establishment is desperately accelerating the next Crusade: ecumenism, which (although covered with the slogans of “Christian unity”) in fact, is continuation of thousand–year old papal struggle for the absolute power of one man over the souls, minds, and bodies of the entire world population and for submission of the entire Christendom to the absolute authority of one man – the pope–prefect of the Inquisition. 

However, for the Christians, if the church is the Christian Church, she recognizes the only God, the only Absolute Authority, and the only Universal Teacher and Father – Lord God Jesus Christ {Matthew 23:8–12; 1 Corinthians 8:5–6}; otherwise, such an establishment is not the Christian Church.

See

– Ecumenism in The World and The War. Part I. Introduction. Ecumenism. Materialism – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

– Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas – Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page 7

– Renunciation of Apostasy – Page @ websites Sunday’s Thoughts and Christian’s Thought

 

*11* Soon after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, the process of corruption of faith and substitution of the dreams of the heathen philosophy for the words of God was initiated; eventually, it triggered off the Great Schism.

The Great Schism began in the sixth century with that what initially was comprehended as the discontent of the Patriarchs of Constantinople with the Bishops/popes of Rome who initiated their quest for the absolute power and authority over all Christendom. In 590, the 64th Roman pope Gregory I (590–604) openly asserted the claim on papal absolutism.

For a Christian, the following events, heretical assertions, and deeds incompatible with the Christian teachings make the Great Schism irreversible:

1/ acceptance of the Filioque – heresy directed against God the Father, which was invented by the Manichaean convert [[see Works of Augustine of Hippo – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2]], and through which the papacy connects its authority with the authority of God the Father and pretends to speak on behalf of the Holy Trinity

2/ the sack of Constantinople, in 1204, accompanied with destruction of the Christian Churches and mass slaughter of the Greek Christians by the papal Crusaders

3/ acceptance of Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology [[based on the heathen philosophy rooted in the Orphism – mythical serpentine theology that sustains numerous cults of arch–evil practiced by snake–worshipers]] as the official doctrine of the papal church

4/ revival of the Manichaean heresy, because of which the papal laity is deprived of the Communion with two elements – bread and vine as it is established by Lord Jesus Christ

5/ terror and atrocities of the Crusades and the inquisition committed by the papacy and its subjects

6/ doctrines of the “special grace of the papal office,” “priests” in the state of the mortal sin that nevertheless act by “the power of the Holy Spirit,” papal claims on the absolute authority and infallibility in the matters of Christian faith, and other inventions that contradict the words of God.

 

Concerning the Great Schism, see

postings:

The Hierarchical Church, Folder Political Theology, Page_2

The Hierarchy  – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_6_2008_2009

The Fruits – Folder Archive_2010, Page 2_April_June 2010

ApostasyThe War & The World. Part II.  – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

 

book:

The Invincible Empire, Chapters 1 and 7

 

*12* Concerning the Phoenician civilization, see Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http: // systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net],  Page Library_1

 

*13* See

the press releases at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul’s website (http:// www. patriarchate.org/ news/releases/)  and in Orthodox Observer (also at the website www. observer. goarch. org):

“His All–Holiness meets privately with Pope Francis and represents religious communities at papal reception”

“The Extraordinary Historical Significance of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's Presence at Pope Francis' Installation as Bishop of Rome”

“Address of His All–Holiness to His Holiness Pope Francis of Rome”

“His All–Holiness congratulates newly–elected Pope Francis” – “immediately following the election of Pope Francis on the evening of March 13” from “his Holiness’ beloved brother in Christ,” and others of a kind

– Renunciation of Apostasy – Page @ this website

– Ecumenism in The World and The War. Part I. Introduction. Ecumenism. Materialism – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

 

*14* The papal establishment is incompatible with the Christian Church for the following reasons:

1. it has as its official doctrine Aristotle–Aquinas political theology founded on the heathen philosophy derived from the Orphic doctrine

2. it disregarded the most holy tradition of the Christians and revived the Manichaean heresy by depriving the Catholic laity of the Holy Communion with the bread and fruit of the vine as it was established by Lord Jesus Christ Himself {Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:17–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26}

3. it unleashed the unspeakable evil of the Crusades in the Middle East and Europe, including 1/ the Crusade during which the Christian Byzantium was destroyed, Christians temples desecrated and plundered, Christians of Constantinople robbed, raped, and killed, and 2/ the Crusade against the Christians of Bohemia who after treacherous execution of Jun Hus the priest rebelled against the papal heresy and demanded the Chalice of Holy Communion for all

4. it established the Inquisition, which during twelfth–seventeenth centuries waged terror of religious persecutions: tortured, burned alive, executed and imprisoned heretics and different–minded – for their beliefs and opinions inconsistent with the papal faith, and schismatics – the Christians for following the Christian teachings, loyalty to God, and rejection of the papal faith and authority of the deified pope who pretends to stand at the place of God and to have a share of dignity of God

5. it is headed by the Prefect of the Inquisition and run by Jesuits trained to hear the blasphemies against Lord Jesus Christ, therefore, to deprive themselves of the Spirit of God {1 Corinthians 12:3}, to accept the will of their leaders as the will of God renouncing own judgment and silencing own conscience even if they are ordered to assassinate the kings (who rejects the will of the pope), to imitate the arch–evil if it is needed for achievement of their purposes, and to perceive behavior of women as resemblance of “the enemy of the human nature”

6. during the centuries, it covered own heresy, crimes against humanity, and corruption with the name of Christ, even referring to their habit to burn people alive as to “the law of Christ,” and accepting Aquinas’ dictum that his church cannot imitate the mercy of God. As the result, the pretense of the papacy and papal subjects to speak and to act on behalf of the Christians

a/ made the Catholicism unacceptable for those who evaluate faith by “the fruits” – deeds and words of the believers {Matthew 7:15–23; 24:4–14; James 2:7–26; 3:18}

b/ made Christianity unacceptable for those who have neither possibility nor desire to learn the Christian teachings, yet who accept as truth the papal pretenses to speak on behalf of Christianity and the deeds of Catholics as true embodiment of the Christian faith

7. through the centuries, it is plagued by corruption, pedophilia, and perversion

8. cult of the pope – that is idol–worship; recognition of the pope infallibility stemming from the papal pretense to speak on behalf of the Holy Trinity; pope’s self–positioning above the Law of God and papal pretence on the right to override any law – divine and human; acceptance of the pope as the mediator between God and man, while there is only One Mediator – the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ; acceptance of the doctrine of unreserved obedience to the pope and members of the papal hierarchy until such a degree that the church must recognize black as white and vice as virtue if the pope says so; practice of indulgencies – purchase of remission of sins for money paid to the papal clergy; other articles of the papal faith and practices of the papal church, which contradict the words of God and reject the Law of God.

 

See the postings:

Heresy and Priest – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_2_2008

The Fruits – Folder Archive_2010, Page 2_April_June 2010

Works of Augustine of Hippo – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy

Introduction to Political Theology, The “Hierarchical Church,” The Church Militants Folder Political Theology

 

Concerning scandals, corruption, and inhumanity that plagued the papal establishment – Vatican and catholic churches world–wide, see

media coverage, esp. databases of Google, BBC, France–Presse, The Guardian, Reuters, Telegraph, The National Catholic Reporter, Al Jazeera, The Australian, Vatican Official Press Releases

– Concluding Observations on the Second Periodic Report of the Holy See. The UN. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Committee on the Rights of the Child. Report distributed January 31, 2014. CRC_C_VAT_CO_2_16302_E.pdf [[the link to the UN Report was available through U.N. Slams Vatican Over Child Abuse Cover-Up @ World Time website @  http: // world.time.com /2014/02/05/u-n-slams-vatican-over-child-abuse-cover-up/ ]]

– Magdalene laundries: Ireland accepts state guilt in scandal – http: // www. guardian.co.uk/ world/2013/feb/05/magdalene-laundries-ireland-state-guilt

– Scathing UN report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse – http: // www. euronews.com/ 2014/02/05/scathing-un-report-demands-vatican-act-against-child-sex-abuse/

– Scathing U.N. report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse – http: // www. reuters.com/article/ 2014/02/05/ us-vatican-abuse-un-id USBREA140K620140205

– The U.N. Confronts the Vatican –  http: // www. nytimes.com/2014/02/06/opinion/the-un-confronts-the-vatican.html?src=recg

The Report from the UN Committee against torture in June 2011 and The UN Report of January 31, 2014, which also mentions the Magdalene laundries of Ireland run by the papal establishment [[they were run by Catholic nuns under protection of the state as late as in 1996 – http: //www. guardian.co.uk/ world/ 2013/feb/05 /magdalene-laundries-ireland-state-guilt)]] under the heading Torture and other cruel or degrading treatment or punishment, in Part D. Violence against Children

the Vatican’s response to The UN Report concerning world–wide abuse of children in the papal establishments as the complain that “it interfered with church teaching and religious freedom” [in: The U.N. Confronts the Vatican –  http: // www. nytimes.com/2014/02/06/opinion/the-un-confronts-the-vatican.html?src=recg]

 

*15* See The Discernment – the file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic –[http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*16* See Works of Augustine of Hippo in Folder Heathen Philosophy; file also is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

 

*17* See Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy

 

*18* See Preface. The Law of God   in  The Discernment, and The Road to God – Folder Foundation, or re–print as Supplement_1 to The Discernment – the file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic –[http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

19* See Philosophy: Aristotle – Folder Heathen Philosophy

 

*20* For instance, in the end of fifteenth century about 1/3 of Spanish Jewry (half a million) were “conversos” [in: Beinart 211]. “Conversos” are the Jews who converted into Catholicism under the threat of confiscation of property and expulsion from country.

 

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Aristotle. "The Oeconomica." The Metaphysics. v.2. With an English Translation by G. Cyril Armstrong. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard UP; London: William Heinemann, 1935. 321–424. 2 vols.

Aristotle. "Politics." Aristotle’s Politics and Poetics. Trans. Benjamin Jowett and Thomas Twining with an Introduction by Lincoln Diamant. New York:  Viking Press, 1957.

Augustine (Augustinus, Aurelius, Bishop of Hippo, Saint). The City of God. Trans. Marcus Dods. A Select Library of the Nicene and Past–Nicene Fathers. v.2.  Buffalo:  Christian Literature, 1887.  1–511. 14 vols.

Augustine (Augustinus, Aurelius, Bishop of Hippo, Saint). Select Letters. With an English translation by James Houston Baxter. London:  William Heinemann; New York:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1930.

Beinart, Haim. "The Records of the Inquisition – A Source of Jewish and Converso History." Proceeds of The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. v.2, № 11. Jerusalem:  The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 1968.  211–227.

Runciman, Steven. The Eastern Schism: A Study of the Papacy and the Eastern Churches During the XIth and XIIth Centuries. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1955. New York: AMS, 1983 (reprint), 151

Savitsky, Alice A. The Invincible Empire. Washington, DC: The AEHESIA® Services, 2003

Thomas Aquinas (Saint). Summa Theologica. First Complete American Edition in 3 volumes literally translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province. New York, Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, San Francisco: Benziger Brothers, 1947. 3 vols.

 

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