Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

6_June_2014

 

The Unity and Division

The Liberty and the Law

The Lilies of the Field

The Departed Thoughts

Learning the Truth


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12_198. Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Unity and Division

 

…the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My name,

He shall teach you all things

and shall remind you of all things that I said to you …

{John 14:26}

 

Four Gospels depict the earthly life of God and convey His teachings. Four different men – the Apostles – wrote them. The Gospels and the consequent Epistles do not disclose the circumstances of life and death of those who have written down the words of God: they completed their mission and left. All Gospels are unified with the same Omnipotent Authority: they are written by men who are enlightened and instructed by the Spirit of God {John 14:25–26; 15:1–5, 26–27; 16:4–15; Acts 1:1–5; 2:1–21}.

The first Gospel – Gospel According To Matthew – is written by the learned man who (before God called him), presumably, was a tax collector.  From a certain point of view, a tax collector in the Roman Empire might be seen as a prototype of accountant: detail–oriented businessman with keen eye, skilled in arithmetic and writings, someone who knows the value of everything in a possession of men. St. Matthew traces the line of the ancestors of the earthly family, which accommodated the earthly life of God, through all generations starting with Abraham. He provides the detailed description of words and deeds of God, and completes his work with the last commandment: to make disciples from all nations. In general, the Gospel According To Matthew is the detailed chronicle of revelation of the New Testament, the most comprehensive report concerning earthly life of the Son of God.

St. Luke wrote the Gospel and the Acts Of The Apostles {Luke 1:1–4; Acts 1}. He was a physician and artist (painter). He describes the miracles of healing, time of healings, actions of the Divine Physician {Luke 5:31–32; 6:18–19} and their influence on those who were cured and those who observed the acts of healing, and acts of the Apostles with the words, which disclose the professional perception and compassion of man who has seen physical suffering and death of the many. 

St. Mark is one of the first from the multitude of those who would believe in God although they never saw Him {contrary to Thomas who believes because he has seen the wounds of God – John 20:24–29}. Some sources identify St. Mark with the man to whom St. Peter the Apostle refers to as to his son {1 Peter 5:13}. He describes mental disorders and insanity, which in his time were attributed to possession by unclean spirits and consequences of sin – own or ancestors. He tries to find the roots of the power, which unfolds in miracles, and why it was revealed: the fig tree withered because it did not bring its fruits, the ability of moving the mountains by faith, consequences of faith and prayer, and healing by touch, word, and thought {e.g., in: Mark 1:23–42; 2:5–12; 3:11–15; 5:1–20; 6:7–13; 7:25–30; 8:22–25; 9:17–29; 10:46–52; 11:12–14, 20–24; 16:17–18}.

The Gospels reveal the zenith of human wisdom ignited by God the Creator and the completeness of knowledge sought after by many generations {Luke 10:24; 12:49}.

Thousands of years have been spent; countless multitudes of lives were wasted in the Inferno of the shadows of death, into which man transformed the perfect world created by God; the perfect world of goodness and abundant life that through the actions of man became the place for cruelty, suffering, insufficiency, and hopelessness ended with death. Ultimately, there was no spark of intelligence and humanity left in the heathen past: slaves by flesh who served other slaves and slaves by spirit who served figments of imagination as well as their embodiments, idols – all of them were imprisoned within fear, ignorance and darkness of death.

Then, the prophets sent by God promised coming of Light, revelation of Love, freedom, and life everlasting without fear and suffering – the most precious treasure, which would be given free by the Word sent to accomplish the will of God.

All Gospels either mention God’s reference to Isaiah the Prophet – the greatest of all the Old Testaments Prophets who came after Moses, or recall his prophesies in the context of fulfillment by Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel According To John is most closely co–related with the Book of Isaiah; it describes the ultimate embodiment of the Isaiah’s prophecies: words and actions of the Son of God and the Son of man Who, by His free will, gave up His life for salvation of the world and placed His soul for eternal life of His creations. The Isaiah’s visions – the vineyard of the Lord, the nation in pain and suffering of expectation of salvation, which he likens to woman in the pain of childbirth, the Son born to the people, the One on Whom the Spirit of God and Holy Wisdom rest, the Holy Sword of God Who destroys the crooked serpent, the dragon, the ancient arch–evil, the good shepherd, the precious corner stone, the living water – the Spirit of God, the Glory of God that fills His house and the whole earth, the resurrected dead and the blind led through the unknown by God Who opens their eyes, sets them free, and transforms their darkness into the light, and the others became the reality of the disciples of Lord Jesus Christ and those chosen by God for revelation of His Glory {e.g., in: Isaiah 5:1–7; 6:1–3; 9:2–7; 11:1–5; 26:17–19; 27:1–6; 28:16; 40:10–11; 42:6–7, 16; 44:1–4; 53:1–12;  55:1–11; 60:1–3; 61:1; Matthew 15:7–9; 21:42; Mark 7:6–9; 16:15–18; Luke 3:2–6; 4:17–21; 10:19–24; 20:9–18; John 1; 4:13–14; 5:21; 7:37–39; 9; 10:1–18; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18:11, 33–40; 19; Revelation 19:11–16; 20}.

Although Gospels are unified with the same Omnipotent Authority – the Spirit of God, they are written by four different men, and each Gospel reflects uniqueness of the writer’s perception.

For instance, St. Matthew and St. Luke convey the message that Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God came to bring division onto the earth, not peace. St. Matthew associates this division with the sword. St. Paul the Apostle follows with likening of the Word of God to the sword of the Spirit piercing as far as to the very essence of man, unto division of man’s soul and spirit {Matthew 10:34–36; Luke 12:51–53; Ephesians 6:17 – also in Revelation 19:11–16; Hebrew 4:12}. The Gospel According To John does not contain similar reference to the dividing sword: his message is about the wholeness and perfection of those who are dwelling in the Perfect Love. Lord Jesus Christ gives His peace to His disciples, so their heart would not be agitated are fearful; He completed His works with His disciples with the prayer of the unity of completion and the unity in God {John 14; 15; 16; 17}. Only later, in the Book of Revelation, St. John mentions the sword coming from the Word of God, when the evil has to be destroyed {Revelation 19:11–21}. However, this event – revelation of the power of the Word–God that annihilates the evil – is in the world that does not know the peace, in which dwells the mind that is purified from the evil, healed, forgiven, illuminated, and loved by God.

The three Gospels – According To Matthew, Mark, and Luke – establish the earthly reality in which God directly communicates with His creations; they emphasize the humanity of the Divine Physician, and portray the mental and physical diseases as the consequence of sin, which might be healed through faith in God and by mercy of God. These Gospels are inspired by the Holy Spirit and written by men who received the knowledge promised by God {John 14:26; 16:13–15}: they convey the teachings of God in simple words of the divine truth written for all and understandable by everyone who seeks Wisdom that comes from God: their words create the frame of the precious jewel, the treasure, so valuable that man acquires it by the price of all his possessions {Matthew 13:44–46}. Through the eyes of different earthly men, we see the greatest miracle of all times – coming of God, which occurs within the actuality and limits of the daily life, yet, which opens the road to the eternal infinite Kingdom of Heaven. 

The Gospel According To John stays apart, and not only because it is written by the eyewitness and by the favorite disciple who is one of the first called by God and who stayed with Him until the very end. The Gospel According To John imparts the completeness–perfection of knowledge received only through the love, which became the fulfillment (and the blessing) of the greatest commandment {you shall love your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your understanding, and all your might – Mark 12:33; Luke 10:27; Deuteronomy 30:6, 19–20}. It reveals the human mind at another level of perception and knowledge, therefore, development–evolution. This is the mind, which not only loves and cognized God; this mind also is loved by God {John 21:20–24; 1 John 4:16–17}. This mind has achieved the fullness of completion: God desires him to remain until He comes {John 21:20–23 – θελο μενειν εως ερχομαι – remain/wait for/stay without change until the end–accomplishment}. Through this mind, God granted two last revelations, which crown all knowledge and all teachings {1 John 4:16–18; Revelation 21:1–7}:

 – God is the Perfect Love without fear and suffering

 – the new world to come is the world of post–accomplishment, when God dwells with His creations, and where is no death, nor pain, nor Past, nor time.

The Gospel According To John is penetrated by the Light unbearable for the mind chained to the limited world of the matter. Everything that was seen as impossible becomes the actuality; everything what was inconceivable becomes the evident accomplishment; everything that was promised is fulfilled. While the others see God through the eyes and connections of men, St. John unfolds another realm – he begins from above: he writes about eternal God Who came down from the Heaven into the world created to accomplish the will of the Creator. In all and in everything he sees his beloved God–Redeemer Who sets His creations free from the power of death and darkness of ignorance, Who sanctifies them by the truth, and then, elevates the saved and sanctified ones to the unity with God and in God {John}.

The Gospels According To Matthew, Mark, and Luke portray attempts of the mind to comprehend presence of God and to accommodate Him within the actuality of daily life: it is the slow ascent from the poverty, hunger, and nothingness of utter deprivation to the richness and satiety–perfection {John 4:10–14; 6; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17; Mark 8; Isaiah 41:3–20; 42:16; 43:1–4} of the knowledge of God. Through apparent simplicity of parables, miracles of healing, multiplying of food to satisfy hunger of body, and awakening of mercy to the others, through listening to the Word–God, the Son of man Whom people initially perceive as a prophet, with the beginning of faith ignited by the Almighty Fire, the ignorant disconsolate mind receives comfort and hope; then, it takes first steps into the new universe, probably, in the same fashion as the blind man {Mark 8:22–25} first time sees the light and the new world afar and climbs the road leading to it.

St. John opens the different way. His words portray the truth, which can be recognized only by those who are God’s Own: from the unlimited Eternity, where neither time nor Universe (as man perceives them) exists, God came to claim His Own possession, to awake His creation lost in the darkness of sin and dream of death, to give it the authority of a child of God, and to embrace it with the all–forgiving love of the Father {John 6; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17}. 

St. John observes the Almighty God Whose power creates eyes of the blind, resurrects Lazarus – their friend who died and spent four days in the tomb. Yet, God came also as the Son of man Who has to undergo death as the ultimate submission to the will of the Father: there is no other way to save those created by the Divine Law, but to fulfill the Law; there is no possibility to abolish death, but to annihilate it by the Divine Love offered for redemption of the world, which is loved by God. He leads the inquiring mind to the ultimate comprehension of the divine mystery of salvation: the Word became flesh and dwelled with men for the purpose to take away the sin of the world, because God the Father and Creator desires to save the world and to recover His very Own children who were lost {John 1; 10; 11; 12:23–50; 14:9, 11}, so they are created anew after the Word–God in Whom the two worlds – the world of God and the world of man – are one {Ephesians 2:13–22}. The ultimate meaning of the act of salvation evolves as

1/ the restoration of the human nature {transformation/re–creation seems also to be a proper definition, because the Divine Love creates by the very existence: the mind that began to seek and then, finds God, undergoes transformation and becomes the new creation – James 1:16–18; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 Corinthians 15:22, 45–57; Ephesians 1; 2}

2/ consequent annihilation of sin–cause of death and death–outcome of sin

3/ gift of immortality, which is possible only if God dwells in the soul–heart–mind.

The salvation of men is accomplished

– by passing of the Son of God and Son of Man

through physical death of a human body,

during which the power of God annihilated the evil and death,

because death is an inseparable companion of evil and sin

– through incarnation of the Spirit of God by human nature

that became possible, because Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Word–God, placed His Soul for salvation of the world

– through revelation of new knowledge of God,

which re–creates the human nature and the world of men

– by opening the new eternal and perfect world,

in which man dwells with God

{John 6:29–58; 8:31–36; 10; 12:23–32; 14; 15; 16; 17; Revelation 21:1–6; 22:1–5}.

 

If comprehended, St. John’s message smites all earthly hierarchies and attachments; it burns out human futile constructions built from withered straw and dead branches of ignorance and disbelief; it annihilates the ephemeral dream worlds of false knowledge and false gods.

Hence, the apparent difference among visions of four writers of the Gospels of Christ might be seen as an initial phase of personal perception: it is reflection of the individual levels/phases of development/evolution. Although everyone who seeks God has own personal way according to his personality, circumstances of life, burden of the cognized evil and sin against God and His creations, everyone has the same Creator, God, Teacher, and Loving Father Who sees the inner essence of everyone and leads His child through the darkness to His marvelous Light {Psalm 32(33):13–22; 118(119); 144(145):14–21; Matthew 23:8–12; Luke 7:39–48; 21:1–4; John 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2:1–9; 1 John 1:1–5; 2; 3; 4; 5}. Ultimately, the purpose of everyone is the same: obtaining of the everlasting life in the presence of God – the greatest gift that God gives to those who believe in Him and makes His words the reality of own life. The way into this reality also is the same for all {John 13:12–18, 31–35; 14:6–27; 15; 16:13–28, 33; 17}: the mind, which decided to follow God, firstly, has to separate itself from the evil and to establish itself on the universal foundation – the teachings of God. Then, after sanctification by the Word of God, it becomes the temple–dwelling of the Spirit of God. Then, all the differences of the temporal dissipating world have no meaning and have no influence on those who live by God and in the inner peace given by God {John 10; 14; 15; 16; 17}, who reached their completion within the temporal world, and who are ready for the next phase of existence. 

And I think of the inner harmony and universality of the Christian teachings: initially, the words of God are open for everyone according to personal degree of understanding; then, by the power of the Almighty Holy Spirit given through faith in Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Wisdom and the Perfect Love reconciles with God, cures diseases of the mind, gives completion of knowledge and comprehension, transforms into the immortal child of God created after Λογος, the Universal Law, the Holy Wisdom – the Word–God, and leads into the kingdom of God, the world created for all of us by the Perfect Love without fear and suffering…


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13_199. Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Liberty and the Law

…And I shall walk at liberty, for I sought out Thy commandments…

{Psalm 118(119):45}

 

Different people have different understanding of liberty. Often, the meaning of liberty seems to be incompatible with the fulfillment of the law: since the beginning, the many envision the law as a restriction of someone’s freedom to do whatever he/she wants. However, the Psalm’s text introduces the direct connection between liberty of man and the Law of God: Και επορευομην εν πλατυσμω, οτι τας εντολας Σου εξεζητησα [[literal translation: and I shall move/follow my own life–style/leave for another place, in liberty/spaciously/without restrictions/freely, because I have aimed at fulfillment of Thy commandments/orders]]. It means that fulfillment of the commandments of God results in freedom to exist without restrictions.

Many generations, which learned by heart and kept in memory the Holy Scriptures, passed  away before the moment when the mind was enabled to comprehend the meaning of the Psalm’s verse that links the Law and liberty.

Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, said: “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will cognize the truth, and the truth will set you free” {John: 8:31–32}. Yet, the listeners confronted God: they are descendents of Abraham, freemen, and never were enslaved to anyone; so how it could be said that they would become free? In response, Lord Jesus Christ discloses the true meaning of freedom: everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. Only if the Son sets them free, they would be free indeed {John 8:31–36}.

Therefore, the expiation of the sins by the Son of God and the Son of man, love of God revealed by His Son sent to save the world, knowledge given by the Word–God, and fulfillment of the commandments of God lead to comprehension of the truth. Those who comprehend the truth become able to claim the freedom from sin – the freedom granted by the Son of God Who also told {John 10:30; 14:6–7; 17:21, 23} that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and only through Him, the one comes to God the Father with Who He is the One. So, what is the Truth {John 18:37–38}, which originates the liberty to be free and leads a human being to God?

God is the Truth, and in knowledge of God – the knowledge of Truth – is the everlasting life {John 1:1–18; 10:30; 14:6–23; 17:3, 21, 23}. Then, the law might be seen as the guidance for those who have to pass the way of development–evolution and to reach perfection according to the will of God: the law elaborates the Truth into the standards and instructions that define thinking, actions, manner of existence, purposes, methods and means allowable for achievement of the purposes, and criteria of evaluation of all activities.

It was told from the beginning: violation of the law (ανομια) burns as fire: people would be as those burnt by fire, and the earth would be set on fire because of transgressions of men. The coming of the Messiah was the fulfillment of the Law: Lord God Jesus Christ came to bring the fire on the earth, which would consume all iniquities and sins of those who are chosen to become the part of the new world of God {Isaiah 9:18–19; Malachi 3:1–3; 4:1–4; Matthew 5:17–19; Luke 12:49; Revelation 21; 22}.

In the beginning, the Law was revealed to the people for the sake of their own salvation, because the Law of God defines the foundations of the Earth and life of all living creatures: it stipulates the nature, controls the conditions of existence of all, and annihilates those who do not comply with the Law. In the end, the children of God become the embodiment of the Law, which is conveyed in the worlds of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, because they are the new creation in Christ and by Christ Who came to fulfill the eternal Law – the will of God the Father, and Who is the Beginning and the Ending {Matthew 5:17–19; Luke 21:33; John 1:1–14; 3:16; 4:31–34; 6:38–40; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; Ephesians 1; 2; Revelation 21:5–7; 22:1–5}.

Therefore, knowledge of the Law – knowledge of the meaning of the law, knowledge how to accomplish it, and knowledge how do not violate it – should be the core of all knowledge that sustains a civilization*1*, which is intended to accommodate development–evolution.

Those who commit actions inconsistent with the nature defined by the Law of God [[that is those who are the lawless ones, who are not with God]] are compared with a bad tree without good fruits, with darnel, with dry grass and withered branches – all of them are food for the devastating fire {e.g., Isaiah 9:18–19; Matthew 7:15–20; 13:24–30, 37–42; John 15:4–6}. Any act inconsistent with the nature triggers corruption, then, degeneration, and culminates in perversion (own as well as offspring) that makes a living being incompatible with the Word–God. Consequently, a perverted being becomes unable to perceive the divine energy, which creates and sustains life: the Source of life can be reached only through the Word–God. The comparison of the Holy Spirit with the life–giving water {John 4:10–14; 7:37–39} discloses the meaning of Isaiah’s reference to “dry grass.” Then, references to darnel with its poisonous seeds and to withered branches define those who have no place for the Word–God in their heart, who are not of God {John 8:42–47; 15:5–6; Matthew 13:24–30, 36–42}.

The referred above and other similar texts from the Holy Scriptures convey the same message: the violation of the Law of God is the act incompatible with the nature created by God; therefore, it is perversion leading to death. Consequently, the one who wants to live shall learn to observe the Law of God, which stipulates the human nature and the nature of the world: The Ten Commandments and the Christian teachings. This Law is universal and unavoidable: in no way shall iota or one point pass away from the Law until the Law is fulfilled {Matthew 5:17–19; Luke 21:33}. Consequently, the development–evolution of the human mind within the world, which is created according to the Law of God, begins with arrangement of the mind’s life: focusing of all mind’s cognitive activities on the Law. The one must learn how to organize his entire life in compliance with the Law, if he desires

 

a/ to survive within the world of the structured matter until the purposes of his existence are completed

b/ to obtain the eternal life.

 

From another angle of consideration, the one who follows the Word of God {that is the one who lives in accordance with the own nature defined by the Law and created by the Word of God, and who becomes the child and the temple of the Living God –– John 1:1–5, 9–13; 14:23; 1 Corinthians 3:16}, is free to pursue all purposes resulting in creation of good, to achieve and to actualize the maximal potential of a human child of God, which for the others might be seen as the supernatural events and even as miracles. All is revealed, cognized, and accomplished; all is tested by the Fire cast upon the earth by the Word–God, and all is possible for those who are set free by God {John 8:31–32, 36; 14:12–23; 1 Corinthians 3:11–17; 10:23–24} and who, therefore, have the liberty to live as the children of God should.

The Gospel According to Matthew discloses the conditions of this liberty: the one must love his enemies, bless those cursing him, do good to those hating him, and pray for those abusing and persecuting him, so, he may be the son of the Heavenly Father Who causes the sun to shine on the evil and on the good ones and Who sends the rain on the just and on the unjust ones. Thus, the one must be perfect and merciful as his Father in Heaven perfect and merciful is {Matthew 5:38–48; Luke 6:27–49}.

Consequently, it might be said that such liberty might be envisioned as the complete independence from fear as well as from the temporal finite world controlled by the death {Matthew 10:16–30; Luke 12:4–7; John 14:23–27; 16:33; 1 John 4:7–21; 5}. Such independence has the foundation: freedom from sin and evil. Along with the Ideal – God the Father explained by Lord Jesus Christ – Who all Christians must follow {Matthew 5; 11:25–30; Luke 6:27–49; John 1:1–18; 10:30; 13:13–17; 14:6–23; 17}, the words of God reveal another dimension of freedom: the freedom from external conditions of life – the inner freedom of a child of the Perfect God. The meaning of this inner freedom is love to God and love to the others: this love

 

does not judge imperfections and transgressions of the others

exists in the world created by the Perfect God

reflects omnipotence of the good,

which is not susceptible to the evil

accomplishes its mission despite all obstacles, outer terms,

and manners of existence of those who need assistance and mercy

 

In the New Testament, God speaks of the two greatest commandments {Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:27–28} – love to God and love to the others: on them, the Law and the revelations given through the Prophets hang; therefore, they are the universal foundation of the eternal world created by God and opened to the followers of God even here, within the temporal world of the material things with their unavoidable end – collapse, death, disintegration.

Love to God and love to the brothers are inseparable, because a human being is created in image and after likeness of God: the Word–God defines the universal essence of man and the main purpose of human life; all carry the Word–God within; all live by the Holy Spirit given them because of their faith in Lord Jesus Christ and observance of His words; all are included into the wholeness of the world created and sustained by the Divine Love:

–– man is the wholeness*2*, the unity of heart–soul–mind and strength*3*; the core of this wholeness is the Word–God; its focus is the Perfect Love of God that empowers to love the others as God loves {John 13:34–35; 1 John}

–– observance of the Law must be the manner and meaning of life and the pledge of the Future

–– love to God must be embodied into thoughts, words, and actions of man.

Consequently, the one who loves God, by the definition, by the nature, should love the others who also carry within the same image and likeness of God. Otherwise, there is no wholeness, and, if there is no wholeness, there is no life.  When St. John the Apostle writes about love to God, he asks: how the one could love God Whom he has not seen, if he does not love the brother whom he has seen {1 John 4:20}? However, the world includes not only the brothers.

For a human being, to love God is as natural as to breathe, although there is no chance to see Him and to live {Exodus 33:20}: He is love and life, light and hope, illumination of reason, revelation of the Wisdom, peace and knowledge, deliverance, refuge from distress, comfort in suffering, power in weakness, freedom, salvation, wisdom of complete perfection, and everything good of the heart–soul–mind.

However, from the practical point of view, the second greatest commandment is the most difficult from all that must be done in this life, and particularly difficult, because those, who should be loved, have been seen and evaluated. For the some, the summary of evaluation might be expressed as a question: is anyone left who deserves and needs love of the others?

For instance, who could understand, believe in existence, or accept love of God in the society that became the divided collapsing house and with each day sinks deeper and deeper into the pit of atheism and corruption – the society, in which

–– the very meaning of love is forgotten: disgrace, porno, gushing dirt, perversion, and hypocrisy took the place of human dignity, honor, and modesty

–– lies, deceit, and hatred became the common language

–– crimes, abuse, bullying and vice took the place of justice, benevolence, and virtue

–– heathen myths, demonic fantasies, cults of death, idol–worship, magic, sorcery, and other false beliefs took the place of Christian faith

–– children learn how to murder, how to abuse, and how to fornicate (to have sex without marriage) before they learn the Law of God (starting with The Ten Commandments) and consequently, before they comprehend the meaning of virtues, morality, morals, love and respect to the others

–– the propaganda, which is poured through the “politically correct” media, took the place of unbiased information

–– poisonous alien ideologies penetrate the very fabric of life, eat out freedoms, and destroy traditional values on which the society has been founded

–– neighbors and those who the one must love as he loves himself – relatives, husbands, wives, friends, neighbors, co–workers, fellow students, and all others – become enemies living by malice, hatred, adultery, malicious gossips, slander, and other kinds of betrayal…

Is it possible to love the others in whom there is nothing human left, and Love has nowhere to lay the head and no place to call “home” {Luke 9:58; John 14:23}?

However, the next inference from the referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures is that the words of Lord Jesus Christ {e.g., in: Matthew 5; 6; 7; Luke 6; John 8} disclose the temporal nature of evil that exists only within the world corrupted by men. God is merciful even to the evil ones and those who are not of His flock {e.g., in: Matthew 5:43–48; Mark 5:1–13; 7:24–30}. Besides, spiritual weaknesses, susceptibility to the evil, and sins might be the temporary disease, the suffering that could be alleviated and helped by those who have Christian love.

The people judge by flesh [[appearances]]; they operate with limited knowledge restricted by personal abilities, by degree of own comprehension, and by degree of own corruption; they issue their biased [[therefore, false]] sentences and opinions before the time of the true judgment, which belongs to God. Human judgment has no chance to be unbiased and true, because the completeness of the Past, Present, and Future as well as the potency of the good and the degree of corruption by the evil is seen only by God: many sinners evolved into the saints, and many saints finished as apostates and enemies of God.

Hence, the optimal behavior for a Christian is strict observance of the words of God: do not judge {Matthew 7:1–6; John 8:15}.

Consequently, in all circumstances, any evil should be seen as the temporary condition, which is irrelevant to the spiritual life, to the well–being of the inner man; for instance, as the difficulties of the road, which the one has to pass, as temporary impediments, which the one has to overcome, as the marathon race that the one has to finish if the one desires to be a winner {e.g., in: James; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John; Romans; Galatians; Ephesians, esp. 6:10–18; Philippians; Colossians; 1 Timothy; 2 Timothy; 1 Corinthians; 2 Corinthians; Revelation 21:7–8}.

For instance, if someone needs to find his home and has to claim the mountain covered with ice and snow, he should not be afraid of stormy weather: essentially, the evil of those who are the slaves of sin is not different from bad weather. The wind blows sand into the face of traveler in the desert, pushes the sharp branches into the body of man who during the storm has to pass through the forest, and demolishes house in the prairies – it harms, destroys, and even kills by its destructive nature. Yet, the wind is not able to change the heart of the traveler, and those who lost the house because of the storm, would build their new dwelling. In the same manner, the loving nature of the one whose soul–heart–mind is focused on God makes him invincible, non–susceptible to evil, and free from sin [[sin is the failure to create good, and sin is the failure to fulfill personal mission: each human being comes into existence to accomplish the will of God – to create good for the world and for other living beings]]: through faith in God, love to God, and fulfillment of the commandments of God, the one obtains the power to love the others.

Then, the one should always remember the difference between the child of God and the child of the evil {in: John 8:34–47; 1 John 3}:

a sinner deceives, deprives the others of their possession,

takes advantages of the weak and underprivileged ones,

kills the others, and destroys creations of the others

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the child of God facilitates life of the others,

shares his creations and possession with the others,

and assists them in their needs, whoever they are.

The sinner is able to kill the child of God as Cain killed his brother Abel, yet, he is not able to enter the perfect world in which his victim dwells and to make this world his own abode. Cain’s work was not fulfilled rightly, as it is defined by God: Cain was not able to rule over his sin; he failed to accomplish the purpose. Although in his envy and desperate desire of self–exaltation Cain*4* assassinated his brother {Genesis 4:1–8} whose work was pleasing to God, all that he himself was able to receive was alienation from God, fear, misery of perversion and dying because of own sin.

The story of Cain discloses the meaning of perversion of the human nature as inability to maintain the natural connection with the world: the “curse” of the nature falls at the perverted being who is

separated from the presence of God

unable to receive “strength” from the nature

doomed to spend life in “groaning and trembling”

{Genesis 4:8–16},

that is in fear, sickness, and misery.

 

Furthermore, as St. John the Apostle writes {1 John 3:14–15}, the one not loving his brother lingers in death, and the one who has hatred to his brother is a murderer in whom the everlasting life does not abide.

Only love to God and to the others sets a human being free from sin, fear, and all the evil, because love, which also is the fulfillment of the Law, annihilates the evil – firstly, in the mind, then, in the world that the mind dominates or influences, and transforms a human being into the temple–dwelling of God. Then, the perfect law of freedom becomes the daily reality {John 14; 17; James 1:25; 1 John 4:7–17; Romans 8:28–39; 13:8–10; 1 Corinthians 13}, in which the evil is defeated and made irrelevant.

The meaning or essence of the inner connection between the Law of God and the liberty–freedom of a human being might be envisioned if to look at the fishes in the stream: they move freely and make their way in any direction, because they are in their own universe; the liberty to move is the part and the manner of their existence, the inseparable property–blessing of their nature created by God…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* In general, civilization is a set of patterns of knowledge creation, accumulation, consuming–learning, transfer, and embodiment into

a/ knowledge at different levels of complexity, which sustains life of the entire civilization as the wholeness of its (sub)systems: social, political, religious, and other establishments

b/ interconnections among people, among people and their establishments, and among the people’s establishments

c/ manipulating the world of the matter [[for example, manufacturing, construction, and other fruits of the technical progress as abilities to organize and facilitate labor, to modify environment and conditions of existence, and to advance in manipulation of knowledge: its creation, dissemination/intra–system circulation, learning, accumulation, preservation, and transmitting]]

As soon as the mind is capable of creating two kinds of knowledge – true and false, civilization might accommodate two processes:

1/ development–evolution of human societies and other establishments

2/ perversion–degeneration–collapse of human societies and other establishments.

Concerning civilization, see file for download Concept of Civilization @ my website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net ], Page LIBRARY_1

 

*2*  Concerning different aspects of the meaning of wholeness that is a human being, the soul–heart–mind, the mind, or the essence of man, or the inner man [[of whom St. Peter the Apostle and St. Paul the Apostle write: ο κρυπτος της καρδιας ανθρωπος – the hidden heart of man {in: 1 Peter 3:4}, and the inner man who is being renewed – ο εσωθεν ανακαινουται  – day by day, while the outer man (body of flesh) is being decayed {in: 2 Corinthians 4:16}]], or briefly, the mind, see Note *25* to Apostasy – file for download @ my website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*3* In the Septuagint, it is δυναμεως – physical power to accomplish actions, the property of a human body within the material world; in the New Testament, the physical power becomes ισχυος –– strength, because the human mind is prepared to see beyond limits of the world of the matter. Although meaning of strength includes the ability to contemplate the use of power and to use it wisely, strength defines also the power of human spirit.

 

*4* See posting The Curse of Cain, Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 5_2009.

 


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14_200. Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Lilies of the Field

…Learn from the lilies of the field how they grow…

…yet…even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these…

{Matthew 6:28–29}

 

It was the time when the great multitudes gathered to hear the Lord’s teachings; some of the listeners were poor and illiterate people in worn out clothing who had to work hard for daily necessity; and some of them were rich and educated who wore embellished garments and had more than they needed. Yet, the same message is addressed to all of them: learn from the lilies of the field – καταμαθετε  τα  κρινα  του  αγρου*1*.

So, what the field flower does, and why it has such significance that a human being should learn from it – from the grass that lives its short life, for instance, either to sustain life of other creatures that eat it or to be burnt in oven?

The lily of the field lives and grows according to its nature: it does not embellish and does not empower itself through consuming other beings, additional resources/material things; it comes out from the dust, which provides it with essentials needed for life and growth, lives by rain, blooms, withers, and might be cast into the oven tomorrow. Yet, it has everything it needs: it is a perfect creation, which has been arrayed/clothed/organized for accomplishment of some purposes, and which serves the purposes for the sake of which it came into existence.

So, the lily of the field grows from the Earth by the will of God, and by the mercy of God, Solomon became the greatest king in all the history of Israel: his glory and riches none of the kings ever surpassed. How it could be then, that the arrangement of the grass of the field (even if it has beautiful blooms) surpasses appearance of the powerful king enrobed in white, gold, and purple garments, which are scattered with multicolored jewels and precious stones, and surrounded with gold and other attributes of wealth and power?

Definitely, when Lord God Jesus Christ speaks of the lilies of the field arrayed in such a manner that Solomon the king in all his glory/zenith of earthly authority did not have, He applies other criteria of evaluation, not of the manifest and common kind.

The words of God that the lilies of the field are arrayed it in such a fashion, which even Solomon in all his glory did not have, introduce the meaning of glory as an ability to accomplish the purposes of God {cf.: John 17:4–5} for the sake of which a creation of God exists.

Therefore,

the listeners must learn from the grass of the field that lives according to its nature:

by the law of God – that is by the law that controls the level of complexity or time–space–matter settings,

at which the grass comes into being and serves the purposes for the sake of which it was created

so, the listeners they would have sufficient faith/knowledge and be able to live according to their nature: 

by the law of God – that is by the law, which

a/ controls existence of a human being

b/ controls the world, which accommodates existence of a human being

c/ controls conditions (e.g., daily necessities – bread, clothing – added to those who have to do their works)

that make possible the works for the sake of which a human being has been created.

 

Then, all three words, with which God refers to the lilies and to Solomon {Matthew 6:28–30}, are interpreted as connected with clothing or process of carrying/putting on clothing. However, they may have also the deeper meaning (not only concerning outer clothing – αμφιεση).

Eνσυματος – interpreted as clothing, περιεβαλετο – interpreted as was clothed, and in “ο Θεος ουτως αμφιεννυσιν,” –  interpreted as “God thus enrobes,” also signify a condition/state to be clothed with double movement around (αμφιεννυσιν), to have something build around and to be given/built (περιεβαλετο; one of the derivatives is περιβολι – enclosed garden), to be immersed deeply (even up to the bottom) and to have something carried/put on (ενσυματος).

Consequently, the words of God lead to envisioning the earth and conditions of life in it as the perfect/sufficient accommodation of all creations serving the God’s purposes, providing them with all that they may need for accomplishment of their works according to the will of the Creator {cf.: Isaiah 5:1–4; Matthew 21:33–44}. It means that God’s followers should have faith and their mind should be focused on God and accomplishment of His will. Then they will learn to live and to work in righteousness and truth, not to be concerned with the material things, which God provides to everyone according to his needs and deeds and purposes, so the will of God be done in the earth as it is in the heavens {e.g., in: Psalm 22(23); 32(33):13–22}; 54:23; Matthew 6:24–34; Luke 11:2–13; 12:22–40; 1 Peter 2:25; 5:6–7}.

The summary of the lesson given by the Word–God is the commandment: seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness – with them, everything needed will be added {Matthew 6:28–29; 8:1; Genesis 1:11–12; 2 Chronicles 1:8–13; 9:1–22}.

The words of God lead the mind to knowledge of the core/inner essence and actual needs of men, which are always before the Creator {in: Psalm 22(23); 32(33):13–22; 1 Kings 16:7}. While the mind of the many perceives the outer – material – things and judges by appearances, God reminds His listeners of the true values of man, of the world, and of the creations that compose the world of men.

There are some logical links, which would facilitate understanding of the message.

1. The grass of the field and Solomon the king both are creations of God intended to live awhile, and to complete their earthly existence in the manner consistent with their nature. The notion of some similarity of the life–cycle of man and entire nation with plants, which bring fruits of the harvest, and vineyard might be found in many texts of the Holy Scriptures {e.g., Jonas 4:10–11; Job 5:25–26; 8:11–19; Isaiah 5:1–7; 40:6–8; Jeremiah 17:5–8; Joel 1:10–12; Matthew 9:36–38; John 4:35–38; 15:1–8; Revelation 14:15–19}: each creation of God comes into being for accomplishment of a purpose – bringing a fruit. Some have the purposes to serve, some must accomplish the works, some have to keep, to maintain, and to dominate – lead to the development–evolution–perfection – the parts/subsystems of the world, and so on.

2. The lily/grass of the field is a part of the nature, and from the nature it receives everything needed for its existence – the light–energy of the sun, water, and the elements of the soil/dust; it has the natural perfection, because it lives according to its nature and, therefore, it is sufficient – God provides it with all that it needs according to its nature*2*.

3. Man is the master of the world given into his dominion, and the nature–elements of the world sustain life of his body. Yet, man, because of his own will and actions, could be insufficient–incapable of the works for the sake of which he came into being; otherwise, the Lord’s words wouldn’t lead to the conclusion that the grass of the fields is arrayed differently – obviously, better, than the earthly king [[who, in his future, is an apostate*3*]] at the moment of his greatest glory.

4. Obviously, man has lost something that the grass of the field has, and this loss makes him imperfect in the eyes of his Creator, even in the moment, which other men consider to be the moment of the greatest glory, if to judge by the appearance and evaluate by the outer beauty of gold, precious garments, and other attributes of the power of Solomon the king. Could this loss manifest itself as an inability to recognize the presence of God as well as to comprehend own inner unbreakable connection with Him, so consequently, the mind becomes unable to perceive the actual essence of things and therefore, to accomplish the purposes, which man was created to accomplish? In the Holy Scriptures, such unnatural condition is referred to as the “gross heart” or “heart of stone,” intentional blindness, and “heaviness/dullness” of hearing, so the one does not (or does not want to) understand, and although he sees by his eyes and hears by his ears, yet, he does not perceive {Isaiah 6:9–10; Matthew 13:13–15}; such condition might culminate in abilities to violate the Law of God and even in apostasy.

5. The mind should judge neither by the appearance nor by own conceit; it must not call evil “good” and good “evil.” If evaluation/judgment is needed, the mind has to evaluate things and events it encounters by the inner righteousness. The judgment by the inner essence differs from the judgment by the outer appearances in a same fashion, for instance, as the light differs from the darkness and the good differs from the evil. The judgment by the inner essence is possible for the mind, which has within the only true Light of this world – Λογος, the Word–God {John 7:24; 8:12; 9:5, 39–41; 14; 15; 17; Isaiah 5:20–21; Zacharias 7:16–17}.

6. The actual history of Solomon the king has the dramatic end apparently inconsistent with the glorious beginning: the Solomon’s apostasy initiated division and decline that culminated in the ultimate collapse of the kingdom*3*.

Obviously Solomon’s mind was not “clothed” sufficiently, enough to withstand temptations of the power and wealth, probably, because he asked – and was granted – a heart (the abilities) to hear and to judge justly the people and to discern between good and evil {3 Kings 3:9–14; 28}, not the wisdom to seek God and to find knowledge of God. Solomon did not ask the only valuable thing that makes the man’s cosmos complete: he did not beg for revelation of the Absolute Truth that makes the human mind–reasoning perfect and invincible (non–susceptible to the evil), prepares the mind for the purposes of God, and transforms a human beast into a child and friend of God {Exodus 33:11–23; 34:1–16; John 1:1–13; 15:15}. Solomon the son of David began his reign with violation of the rules for the king established through Moses {Deuteronomy 17:14–20}; therefore, his inability to determine the actual root of wisdom – knowledge of God – and to beseech God to grant it might be the consequence of Solomon’s initial inner insufficiency [[could it be the result of the sin of his father*4*?]].

So, the greatest glory of men was in a possession of Solomon the king who had no equals in earthly glory, riches, etc. Yet, God spoke about the grass of the field more favorably than about the king at the zenith of his earthly glory. Why Solomon is evaluated as the inferior one in comparison with the grass of the field, if Solomon received the abilities he asked – to judge men justly, and with them, all essentials needed for dealing with men: power, wealth, glory; even the longevity was promised under the condition of loyalty to God similar to loyalty of his father, David {3 Kings 3:5–14}?

The Gospel story {Matthew 6:28–34} leads to the conclusion: the Christian’s mind must be focused on love to God {Matthew 22:37–38; Mark 12:29–30; Luke 10:27–28} according to the nature, which was created in image and after likeness of God, so, love and knowledge of God are the part of its foundation – στερεωμα*5*. As the grass of the field receives everything it needs from the heavens, the sun, and the earth, in the similar fashion, the soul–heart–mind of man is nourished by the Word–God {John 6:32–58}, and by Love of God it exists {John 3:16–17; 6:39; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John 4:7–19}. With God, it overcomes the darkness of ignorance and comes to the greatest Wisdom obtainable by men. This Wisdom does not reside in the riches and power of kings/leaders. This Wisdom abides in the humble and pure heart that lives by God, carries the kingdom of God within, and dwells in God {Luke 17:20–21; John 14:6–23; 17} as the lilies of the fields live by the sun and by the rain, carry the seed of the next life, and dwell in the world created by God. With this Wisdom, which is innate to the human nature redeemed and re–created through Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, and empowered to live by the Holy Spirit {John 1:1–13; 3:16–21; 4:13–14; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; Ephesians 1; 2}, everything needed comes. Without this Wisdom, the mind, which lives in the world arrayed by other men – within the intertwined webs of the social, cultural, political, religious, and other establishments–relations–communications–criteria–values–etc. – and might have even more power, wealth, and glory of men that Solomon had, will never

a/ be sufficient

b/ come to the righteous judgment

c/ see the inner essence of all it encounters: glory, fame, happiness, joy, victories, defeats, disasters, shame, suffering, humiliation, and all other trials that compose life.

And I think that the greatest wisdom of man is not in the judgment of the others, control or arrangement of the others’ life; the greatest wisdom accessible by the human mind is within the mind itself as the natural love to God and natural abilities to seek and to find Him, to adhere to Him, and to accomplish His will. This wisdom is a part of the unspoiled human nature, and it might be seen as the greatest blessing, because it makes the mind capable of

 

recognizing own innate abilities to love God, to adhere to God,

to seek the knowledge and presence of God, to imitate His perfection, and to live by God

discovering the kingdom of God within own mind–heart–soul

living sufficiently and happy with all that it has

{Psalm 22(23)},

therefore, becoming omnipotent within its domain–world,

which it was created to control and to cherish in love and perfection

actualization of own nature – the image and likeness of God –

through imitation of God and embodiment of the words of God into own daily life

{Matthew 5; Mark 12:29–30; Luke 6:27–49; 17:20–21; John 1:1–13, 18; 13:34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17;

James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2; Genesis 9:6; Deuteronomy 29:29; 30:10–20}.

 

Only with this wisdom, the mind might become as beautiful as the lilies of the field are and as abundant as the fruits of the harvest are in the vineyard planted and cherished by God {John 15:1–6}

 

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Notes:

 

*1In some English and Russian translations of the Bible – with exception of New American Bible (published in 1993)* – the Greek compound word  καταμαθετε – is interpreted as “consider” or “behold” or “look at.” However, the exact meaning should be “learn from” [[as it is in New American Bible]] or “become the apprentices/pupils of.” In particular, καταμαθετε  includes roots of two clusters of words (κατα–; μα); one of the meanings of  κατα  indicates model to follow, or norm to adopt {e.g., as it was at the moment of creation – in Genesis 1:26; 2:18}, μαθετρια – means  “learning”; μαθετεια is apprenticeship; another derivative  μαθημα  literally means “lesson,” something that should be learnt.

This meaning – “learn from” / “become the apprentices of” – is confirmed also by the essence of the text:

– Lord God provides an example (the lilies of the fields)

– then, God rebukes His listeners that they are ολιγοπιστοι – (literally, “littlefaiths”) that might be translated as “those who have little faith” (therefore, the insufficient knowledge, because faith is the optimal state of the human reasoning/intelligence), so they do not understand the inner essence of things. Therefore, they make themselves similar to τα εθνη – “the nations” {Matthew 6:28–32} that was a definition of the Gentiles who were not given the knowledge of the Law [[in the time before the New Testament, the nations–Gentiles are ignorant: the most important distinction between the holy nation of priests and all the others is knowledge of the Law granted by God]].

 

*2* Yet, it is sufficient only until any being lives according to its nature, serves its purposes, so, the being’s environment is natural and sustains being’s existence in accordance with its nature. The hail, fire, drought, famine, and other land’s plagues are the symptoms of “wrath” and the terrifying εκδικησεις – acts of the adverse judgment or “vengeance” of God for men’s disobedience and violation of the Law, that is for men’s sins against own nature, the fellow men, and other living creatures of the world {Deuteronomy 28:22–25, 43–53, 58–61 –– Exodus 9:18–25; Deuteronomy 29:22–27; 1 Chronicles 21:8–13; Isaiah 5:20–24; 9:18–19; 28:2; 51:17–19; Ezekiel 5:15–17; 14:21; Amos 9:5}. Consequently, for those who violated the Law of God and disobeyed His commandments – for all the creatures with the perverted nature, the very environment and forces of nature, which, normally, are intended to sustain their existence, become the means of their extermination.

 

*3* Solomon the king possessed the multitudes of women from the idol–worshiping nations, which were forbidden for the Israelites; these women turned the heart of aging king toward their idols. Eventually, he built the places where his wives worshiped to the idols of Moab and Sidonians [[the Moabites and the Sidonians/Phoenicians sacrificed their children and animals to male idol and sent their daughters into the temples to practice the “sacred” prostitution as the ritual of worship to the female idol; see Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview – file for download @website Systems Logic (http: // systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/),  Page LIBRARY_1]], and he turned his heart away from the Lord God of Israel. His violation of the Law and commandments of God given through Moses and his consequent betrayal of God triggered the promise of God to rend the kingdom and to give the greatest part of it to the Solomon’s servant – son of a whore, leaving just one tribe to the descendents of David. Moreover, the plague of idol–worship came to dwell in the Promised Land, led it to the ruin, and then, continued to spread over the Earth to bring upon it the curse of the ultimate destruction {Exodus 34:14–16; Deuteronomy 17:14–17; 3 Kings 11:1–36; 12:26–31; 14; 15; Isaiah 24:1–20; 2 Peter 3:1–10}.

The implications of the story of Solomon the king become clear, if to recall that Moses forewarned the kings of the Future of the danger of Egypt and multiplying horses and women {Deuteronomy 17:14–20}. Solomon discarded the warning of Moses in all three parts of the prophecy {3 Kings 3; 10:23–29; 11:1–13; 2 Chronicles 9:25–28} and, with all his glory, with all his “wise and discerning” heart/abilities of judgment, ultimately, turned from God to idols of his idol–worshiping women:  he betrayed God and became an apostate.  See The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy and Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons – download @ website Systems Logic, Page LIBRARY_2.

 

*4* See posting The Statecraft – Folder Archive_2011, Page 3_June_July_2011.

 

*5*  Στερεωμα of the Christian’s soul–heart–mind is the Word–God – the knowledge of God (His Law, His will, His commandments, His mercy, His Perfection and His Love – the Absolute Good) that is the everlasting life {John 17:3, 6}: this knowledge makes possible life by the Holy Spirit. See also posting The Abundant Good – Folder Archive_2013, Page  2_March 2013.

Στερεωμα is the firmament: the framework, which was created by God and within which the evolving world came into being under the Heaven {Genesis 1}. The same pattern might be discerned in creation of the immortal human child of God.

When the one accepts the Word–God, the knowledge that He gives – the knowledge of God (knowledge of the law of God, His will, His commandments, His mercy, His Perfection and His Love – the Absolute Good), becomes the Firmament {Κυριος Στερεωμα μου – The Lord is my Firmament – Psalm 17(18):2} – the foundation–framework–space, in which a human being

evolves into the dwelling of God

is enabled to accept the Holy Spirit of God – the Divine Fire Who ignites the eternal life within the creature of dust

is enabled to enter the eternity in the presence of God.

 

By Christ and in Christ – by the Word–God and in the Word–God – an immortal human child of God comes into being and will be resurrected for the eternity with God {John 1:12–13; 3:16–17; 11:25–26; 17; 1 Peter 1; 1 John 3:1–3; Ephesians 2:10, 13–22}.

 

 

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References:

 

* In:

The Complete Parallel Bible. New York and Oxford, U.K.:  Oxford University Press, 1993.

The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew–Greek–English. Second edition by Jay P. Green, Sr. Lafayette, IN: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1986.

The Bible: Books of the Holy Scriptures – Old and New Testament. Canonical. Published by the Holy Synod, Moscow, 1914. (Russian)

 

 

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15_201. Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Departed Thoughts

 

…Have no belief in the ruler nor in the offspring of men, in whom there is no salvation.

His breath shall go forth, and he shall return into his earth;

in that day all his thoughts shall depart…

{Psalm 145(146):3–4}

 

 

Psalm 145 (145 in the Septuagint, 146 in English translations of the Bible) magnifies the omnipotence and constant mercy of the Lord God, Creator of the universe, Eternal Keeper of Truth, and Righteous Judge. God restores the ruined ones, protects the strangers, gives freedom to those in fetters, and grants wisdom to those with the blinded mind. The reign of God endures forever. The way of sinners leads to ruin. 

The Psalm not only reminds of the endless distance between the reign of God and the earthly establishments of men; it conveys the warning: have no belief in the ruler and in the offspring of men (or the young of men – that is, according to the Psalm’s context, those without the mature mind), because there is no salvation in them. In the day of death, any ruler shall go into the dust from which he arose, and all his thoughts shall depart (or perish – in English translation).

Many empires vanished from the face of the Earth before and after God made Himself known to His chosen people and granted them the Law. Each empire – a creation of a particular mind – vanished with its creator. In the day of death, each emperor, ruler, king, as well as any man in a position of authority – αρχοντας, took with him all his intentions, plans, reflections, and his vision of the world – his κοσμος: the web that he has woven within the time–space–settings allotted for his works*1*. At the moment of death, thought–reflection–deliberation–intention–opinion – everything, which is conveyed with the compound word διαλογισμοι  and is sustained by the unique logic of reasoning of the deceased one, is closed for the others: it departs along with its creator and host – the mind. Whatever is left from the original creation/empire – everything would be transformed according to the successor’s διαλογισμοι, even if the law and order apparently remain unchanged, and the offspring of men, which faithfully served the deceased ruler, switches to worship a new one (“the king is dead; let live the king”).

However, there is an interesting phenomenon: all establishments have something in common; in all of them, the one might identify repetition of the same pattern, which, logically, should be gone along with those who created their thoughts–knowledge–plans–devices–systems in consistency with this common pattern and departed along with their creations. So, what is this common and repetitive/cyclic pattern?

The current – Aristotelian – civilization*2* began with conquests of Alexander of Macedonia. Alexander was a pupil of Aristotle; he embodied Aristotelian political speculations and assumptions into the establishment erected on the ruins of conquered and plundered nations*3*.

Although Alexander’s establishment dissipated shortly after his death, Alexander’s vision of the multinational empire became the ideal: many followers studied his life, experience, and war tactics; many attempted to repeat his achievements. The doctrine and thoughts of Aristotle, which inspired Alexander, served as the universal manual during many centuries, at least until Machiavellianism came into existence. Aristotelian democracy still is the political reality.

After Alexander, many empires sprang from the dust and turned into the dust: Rome, China, Mongol, Byzantium, Ottoman, “holy” Roman (papal empire), British, Russian, Habsburg, French and other empires compose the gigantic chain of political–religious–social establishments, which came into existence and vanished in IV century BC – AD XIX century, and their reincarnations in AD XX and XXI centuries.

In the XX century, the title “empire” became implicit; the adjective “great” was apprehended also by states and nations – for instance, great Fascist Italy, great Nazi Germany, great Soviet Union, etc.

Now, the title of empire is bestowed on the world–wide establishments (including business and other enterprises) that promote particular religious beliefs, implement particular social–political–economical orders, or exercise total control over media, culture, social and economical systems: the meaning of “empire” has overgrown the boundaries of territories and conglomerates of the nations conquered with military force. However, the imperial essence remains the same:

a/ access to the power over the others, which is as much close to the relevant “absolute power”*4* as it can be close under the existing conditions

b/ superiority over the others, mainly,

1/ because of possession with

 

a) the reserves accumulated from the subjugated/assimilated nations/states/systems

(especially, technical knowledge, databases, natural resources, infrastructures, etc.)

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b) the means of coercion

(e.g., weapons of mass destruction, organizations, social, political, or religious hierarchies and values

and potency to impose them onto the subjects)

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c) potency of survival

(e.g., abilities, skills, and reserves,

which are necessary for creation (sub)systems that sustain existence of the complex reality–empire,

and for establishment of a particular order–pattern(s) of creation–accumulation–absorption–transfer of knowledge,

or the cohesive power*5*

which unifies the empire’s subdivisions/subsystems into the wholeness focused on

accomplishment of particular purposes

through actualizing particular pattern(s) of knowledge creation–accumulation–absorption–transfer)

 

2/ on condition that

all of the resources, means of coercion, and overall potency

 are at least temporarily inaccessible for the potential conquerors/competitors

 

c/ the particular symbolic universe –– religious–philosophical–political–legal–cultural–etc. – set of beliefs, assumptions, and issuing morals, rules, norms, laws, practices, customs – the foundation,  which embodies particular interpretations of the good and the evil, and which is intended to sustain existence, to secure survival, and to facilitate development and further expansion.

Although each of the empires that lived and perished in different times (or exists/is disintegrating now, or will live and will be ruined in the next time–cycle), applied different weapons, had different religions, rules of worship, laws, cultures, morals, and different scales (e.g., territories, time–range of development and collapse, strategies of war and expansion, quantities of subjects, quantities of human lives destroyed and human beings enslaved), all of them carried the same pattern that can be implemented only in the conditions of presence (or a possibility to introduce) of the heathenism. If the heathenism already is the actuality of daily existence, or if it is making its way into the official religion(s) {the way of the serpent at the rock and the way of the adulteressProverbs 30:18–20} through heresies and misinterpretation of the words of God, ultimately, the deified ruler takes the place of God and applies the power of coercion and deceit to subdue and to enslave the others.

None of the empires of the Past and the Present, which were established according to the patterns conveyed by Plato and Aristotle philosophical–political–religious–social utopias/fantasies based on the Orphic mythical theology, has brought happiness, freedom, prosperity, and completeness of optimal potency of the mind to its subjects. Only the degrees of apparent enslavement, rituals of worship, and scales of human sacrifices differentiate, for instance, the Plato’s republic, Aristotelian polis, the heathen Roman Empire, and the totalitarian states of the twentieth century.

In the course of history, the resources used, the means applied, and the stage on which empires appear, accomplish their purposes, and face destruction, remain the same: the four continents, the four races of men, almost the same set of nations, and the same set of prizes, which the winner acquires with force, coercion, and deceit. Again and again almost the similar sets of players–reserves–patters–orders based upon the same knowledge framework begin their performance and leave the arena after their time ends and they have to fall in sleep of shame or oblivion. Then, their offspring initiates accumulation of the reserves (or takes hold on existing pools) needed to enter the next cycle of growth–collapse.

Some of the empires such as, for instance, the Byzantine Empire, have gone forever; the others such as, for instance, China, England, France, Germany, Russia, again and again bounce to the peak of power, wage wars, then, pass through the time of decline, suffer devastating defeat or revolution, collapse, and then, rise again to begin a new round of the fight for the world–wide domination.

In general, history complies with the Orphic doctrine*6*, which identifies cycles of life with “coils of the serpent,” and which the philosophizing diviners transformed into the notion known as the “spiral evolution.” In other words, the history might be described as the state of being confined to the temporal loop, within which the same διαφθορον pattern – the pattern of total ruin*7* – is initiated and accomplished at different settings and different levels of complexity.

So, what are the common reasons of constantly repeated failure; what keeps the mind within the unbreakable temporal loop without any chance of breakthrough and without any possibility to evolve and to reach the optimal potency according to unlimited nature of the human mind created in image and after likeness of the Almighty God? What sustains the Solomon’s dictum that there is nothing new under the sun, while the thoughts of deceased ones disappear along with their breath, therefore, in theory, a new generation could begin with discovery of new ways of life, new methods of gaining prosperity, securing survival, and creating the optimal conditions for development of the mind’s optimal potency?  What keeps mankind within the same temporal loop, within which the pattern of corruption → degeneration → mass slaughter →  ultimate collapse/total ruin is repeated again and again and again?

The answer can be found if to consider the common features and conditions inseparable from the repetitive cycles – “coils of the serpent,” which describe the human history.

1. The pattern accepted by all who followed Alexander of Macedonia in his quest of the world–wide domination includes deification of a ruler: the common feature, which might be easily found in all empires – political and religious – of the Past and the Present, is deification/idolization of its leader. A ruler/leader/idol might be a human being–center of a group of faithful followers and servants, the elite (e.g., aristocracy, technocracy, military personnel), a political party and opinion–makers (in a case, for instance, when the empire is covered with name of “democracy”), or creations of human mind: ideology, cult, philosophical concept, scientific “truth,” and any other set of beliefs. Whatever kind of idol would be – human being(s) or human creation(s) – the idol takes the place of God and becomes the highest law–creating/inspiring authority and object of worship for the others.

2. Historically, deification of the ruler is implemented

–– firstly, through establishment of a new religion (including such religion’s derivatives as meaning of virtues and vice, laws, social order, morals, hierarchies of knowledge and authority), which embodies ruler’s vision of good and evil and establishes the meaning of the imperial bliss – the dream world, which describes the highest religious–social–political priorities for the empire’s subdivision (sub)systems, groups, layers, levels of the hierarchy, and subjects

–– then, with establishment of specific systems for the purpose of wide propagation of the imperial bliss (for instance, the guardian elite, the Inquisition, secret police, and other institutions endowed with the right to monitor words and deeds of all subjects, and then, to punish for deviations, for instance, to imprison, torture and assassinate the different–minded). 

The overall meaning of the bliss is constant for all empires; in general, it contains

1/ happiness and pleasure to define the way of life and death of the subjects, to wage war, to possess wealth and leisure, and to have advantages, such for instance, as access to knowledge forbidden for the subjects; this bliss belongs to the ruler and the ruling elite – those with access to the power of coercion

2/ happiness and pleasure to serve the deified ruler and to be sacrificed for the sake of good of the ruler and his establishment; this bliss belongs to the majority: ordinary subjects–servants–slaves–citizens–members–worshipers–believers–etc.

3. From another angle of consideration, there is no lack of men who run after the rulers–to–be, believe their promises, elevate them at the rank of the highest authority over themselves, fight their wars, faithfully worship them, and obediently accept “the highest duty and honor” to be sacrificed/killed/enslaved for the sake of their rulers–idols. It means that establishment of the empires may be initiated and proceed only at the prepared ground – the experience of the predecessors, which are implemented as traditional values and ways of life, and the similar conditions of existence (for instance, mass impoverishment and national humiliation as the unavoidable terms for the regeneration of different forms of national socialism, especially, such as Fascism, and Nazism)

4. In spite of similarity of all empires, each ruler has its own history of ascent to the power and own means of self–deification: everyone elaborates the general pattern according to

a/ his level of development defined with knowledge learned or available for learning (complexity)

b/ time–space settings – the accessible resources, accumulated reserves

c/ conditions–terms of existence.

Anyway, as soon as a ruler is deified, the actual history becomes forbidden: no one discloses truth – what he had done to the others while he was struggling for the power and working on own deification, and for which price he obtained the desirable authority to control his subjects.

5. Probably, that is why the history of kings, celebrities, and other idols attracts so many curios minds, which are interested in details: although the general pattern of evil is widely known and available, everyone makes own choice between good and evil in his very own reality, at each step and each moment of life – that is according to the individual parameters of time–space–settings allotted for existence of a particular candidate for a particular idol.

6. Probably, that is why the thoughts have to depart at the time of death. Man was created alone; since, in spite of all illusions – friends, relatives, lovers, followers, disciples, colleagues, comrades, etc. – he lives and dies alone: no one is able to feel the other’s pain, suffering, happiness, to repeat the other’s achievements and mistakes, or to go through the other’s cycles of growth–perversion–death. Everyone has own destiny–portion: the full set of beliefs and illusions, truths and misconceptions, achievements and failures, good and evil – all things that compose life, the way of cognition, and death.

What, then, is similar in all referred above cases? What keeps the temporal loop unbreakable and what initiates the same deadly διαφθορον  pattern*7*:

corruption → degeneration → mass slaughter →  ultimate collapse/total ruin?

The common foundation is the same knowledge framework based on the heathenism (the Orphic doctrine*6*) and its penetration into theologies, religions and through theologies and religions, into the philosophies and their derivatives – sets of beliefs, articles of faith, definitions of “good” and “evil,” vice and virtue,  “common sense,” wisdom, laws, morals, norms, which define religious, political, cultural, social domains of human life within the realities and systems the people build: empires, states, and other establishments – all of them created, initiated, and destroyed within the same temporal loop. This knowledge framework based on the figments of human imagination, therefore upon the fictional reality – the world of delusion – fosters creation of the false knowledge. Creation, assimilation, and propagation of the false knowledge initiate degeneration–perversion of the human mind. Degeneration–perversion manifests itself through mental and physical disorders and diseases, the mind devoid of reason, inability of unbiased and righteous judgment, and corruption. If started, corruption is constantly enhanced with new portions of the false knowledge.

In summary, false knowledge of God – heathenism, which makes possible rejection of truth and establishment of idol–worship, penetration of false knowledge in all spheres/domain of the mind’s life, and its inseparable companions – susceptibility to false knowledge and inability to comprehend truth are the initial conditions, in which violations of the Law of God may become the daily life of men; they sustain the temporal loop:

False knowledge – heathenism

Inability to comprehend truth and rejection of the law of God and knowledge of God the Creator

Penetration of false knowledge and destruction of all life–sustaining centers, firstly, the core values,

which sustain the ability to differentiate between the good and the evil, silencing of the conscience,

shift from the true priorities into the fruitless imaginary worlds of false values and expectations

Degeneration–perversion of the mind, firstly as inability to discern the good and the evil,

truth and lies, true and false statements,

God and idol, the actuality and the dream world, and so on

Corruption of men, epidemic crimes, plagues of mental and physical disorders, suicides,

and other means of self–extermination –

all sustained with inabilities to actualize own nature and to accomplish development–evolution

as the ascent to perfection based on knowledge of true God and human nature

Disintegration of families, societies, states, nations

Ultimate collapse/ruin – defeat or destruction of the empire/establishment

Initiation of the next cycle of death/”coil of the serpent”/Orphic “evolution.”

 

Still there is something that everyone is able to do for the others, even within the Aristotelian disintegrating and killing establishments.

From a particular point of view, empires and other settings, through which the chosen ones have to pass before the eternity, are nothing more than facilities for training and testing of their love and knowledge of God, abilities to accomplish His will and to observe His law in spite of all difficulties and temptations: they prepare for the ultimate freedom, for the Eternity. If to overstep the boundaries and walls, which are built to keep human chattel [Aristotle Oeconomica  I.v.] under control, the understanding comes: all those who control apparent behavior of a body are not able to interfere with life of the mind that carries the image and likeness of free and omnipotent God – Father and Creator. Whichever establishment defines the manner of life and death, whatever the conditions of life are, everyone has something to share and to give – bread, water, knowledge of things, compassion, the very life {John 15:12–13; 1 John 3:16–18}. For those who see the inner essence of things, nothing overcomes the inner freedom. Such people are able to give up the very life for the sake of the others as Lord Jesus Christ our God and Savior did. Then, even in the Dante’s Inferno, which in fact, portrays the human reality – the world build by the heathens, a human being is able to be the child of God and to literally follow the words of God.

And I think: at least one blessing is inseparable from life: the thoughts of dead rulers vanish along with their authors – anyway, there is no salvation in them. All of them acted in presumption of own greatness and believed that they are exalted over the others because of their talents and virtues or because of their vice and crimes – they know. All of them believed in own exceptional superiority and assumed the right to teach, to coerce, and to send to death the others less fortunate in their attempts to gain the power of coercion. Yet, the truth is that the only features, which in fact distinguish the rulers from his subjects, are the unquenchable lust for self–exaltation, insatiable lust for power over the others, and the ability to prefer the values of the material world to the righteousness and virtue.

Would then, the mind learn any new knowledge, would the mind find any help or hope, if it is possible to decipher the departed thoughts of the vanished rulers and to determine the logic behind their plans and visions, which they embodied into the empires that as they believed would last, and which became the others’ reality only because of existence of false knowledge framework?

The tragedy of creation––growth––destruction of empires is repeated again and again, each time with more human suffering. With each new empire–embodiment of the Aristotelian pattern, mankind slides down, close to utter degeneration: life of many with each day becomes more and more similar to the Inferno, not to the settings identified as “civilization.”

However, at least one hope left, the one, which was given before commencement of the first Aristotelian empire. The ruler of the mightiest in its time Babylonian kingdom had a dream, which Daniel the prophet interpreted. The dream foretold the Future: the kingdom of God will destroy the great idol composed from establishments of men; they all are destined to vanish and no place would be found for them {Daniel 2:1–44}. Anyway, there is no salvation in them; there is no salvation in their worshipers – the offspring of heathenism…

 

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 Notes:

 

            *1* See posting The Web of Life – file 1_March_May_2014 for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3

 

            *2* Concerning civilization – files for download @ website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia http: // systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ , Page LIBRARY_1:

Concept of Civilization and Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview – Page LIBRARY_1

 

            *3* Concerning Aristotle and Alexander of Macedonia – in: Philosophy: Aristotle – Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page 3

 

            *4* See posting The Absolute Power, folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010

 

            *5* The cohesive power is the main system–maintaining force:

– it realizes, directs, and maintains circulation of the intra–system energy–information flow and the information exchange with the environment

– it unifies all system’s components into the purposeful wholeness.

– it regulates creation of new knowledge and circulation of accumulated knowledge.

The cohesive power is manifested through the flow of data–information–knowledge, which circulates within the system and supplies the system’s components with data–information–knowledge that controls their existence.

Concerning cohesive power, see Introduction to the Systems Logic – file for download @ website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia http: // systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ , Page LIBRARY_1

 

           *6* Concerning the Orphism – file Ancient Civilization: the Legacy Overview – file for download @ http: // systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net, page LIBRARY_1

 

            *7* Concerning διαφθορον pattern, see

The Total Ruin – in file 1_March_May_2014 for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3

File The World & War. Part II. Apostasy with Supplements for download @ my website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia [[ http: // systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/ ]], Page LIBRARY_2

 

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 References:

 

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

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16_202. Sunday, June 29, 2014

Learning the Truth

…For of these are those…having being heaped with sins,

being led away by various lusts,

always learning, but never being able to come

to a full knowledge of truth…

{2 Timothy 3:6–7}

 

 

St. Paul the Apostle describes the people of the last days: although the people might have appearance of godliness, they are the puffed up reprobates in faith, the haters of good without natural feeling and with corrupted mind. Among all the definitions of various features of the people who are destined to live in the world prepared to annihilation, the Apostle names the worst consequence of death of reason: they always learn, yet, they are not able to come to the complete knowledge of truth {2 Timothy 3:1–9}.

If to set aside the personal traits of a sinful person {well, the Christians do not have permission to judge a person – Matthew 7:1–5: a person’s sins are the person’s own business until those sins – e.g., such as attempt of assassination, forceful conversion, intentional deceit – intervene with life and well–being of other persons}, one definition fits perfectly many contemporary establishments, for instance, atheist–materialist–darwinist scientific and research institutions. In theory, they are created for the good purposes – health of the population, technical progress, development of the society or a particular (usually underprivileged) group of the society, etc., yet ultimately, they never receive the good results and they do not achieve their purposes, probably, because they do not come to the complete knowledge of truth and therefore, do not have knowledge of the actuality and especially, knowledge of the laws that control the actuality.

So, what is the complete knowledge of truth and why the ethics–free sciences, which work within the framework of atheism–materialism–darwinism and on the basis of Aristotelian logic, are not able to learn it?

For instance, if someone who is the reprobate in faith strives to understand the laws, which control existence of the earth and to comprehend the past, present and future of the world, how and why atheism–darwinism–marxist dialectics based upon Aristotelian logic rooted in the Orphic doctrine – the logic of death, makes the process of cognition incomplete, therefore, pointless?

The Holy Scriptures provide the clues for understanding the meaning of the state of empowering for learning/comprehension of knowledge and cognition of truth and of the co–relation of this state with freedom mentioned by Lord God Jesus Christ: freedom is the presence of the Spirit of God Who comes in the name of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God/Holy Wisdom – Λογος/Αγια Σοφια, and Who illuminates and teaches a human being giving him complete understanding and wisdom {Luke 10:22; John 4:24; 8:31–36; 14; 15; 16:7–15; 17; 2 Timothy 3:1–9; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; 4:3–6}.

The virtue (life without sin, or sinless righteousness), wisdom, the issuing ability to learn the life–sustaining truth that sets man free and gives him the eternal life in the presence of God, and other gifts accompany the presence of the Holy Spirit. The correlation of truth, virtue, ability of cognition, freedom, love of God and the eternal life  is straightforward {John 4:23–24; 8:31–36; 10; 14:6–26; 15:1–6, 26; 16:5–15; 17}:

 

those who worship God, worship Him in spirit and truth

knowledge of truth is freedom

freedom exists only in the presence of God

sin and slavery do not exist in the presence of God

sinners are slaves of sin and idol–worshipers*1*, because

they live by false assumptions, beliefs, and misconceptions,

and they neither know nor seek the truth

sin and idolatry [[that is slavery]] deprive the mind of the faculty of deliberation

and make the mind incapable of cognition of truth

sin and idolatry

{e.g., service to Mammon – in Mathew 6:24 and Luke 16:13–17;

or “god of this age” – in 2 Corinthians 4:4; also in: Ephesians 5:5}

are the inalienable features of those who have separated themselves from God.

 

If mind is free from idolatry and sin, it might be empowered to achieve the completeness of cognition and by learning the truth, which opens the door to eternity with God–Creator and Father {John 10:9, 30; 14:6–26; 16:7–15; 17}. The first truth the one seeking complete knowledge and wisdom*1* should learn is the Law of God. The value of any knowledge is determined by its adequacy to the Law of God, because the Law of God defines the foundation of life and controls everything.

Consequently,

1/ there cannot be truth in any theory, concepts, sciences and based upon them culture, civilization, social, political, and other establishments, which are not founded upon (or not derived from) knowledge of the Law of God. Without knowledge of the Law of God, there is neither true/adequate knowledge of man nor true/adequate knowledge of the world; godless “knowledge” is the sum of false assumptions, which – if accepted as the foundation of reasoning and embodied into creations of men – ultimately lead to collapse and total ruin

2/ false knowledge, which has been accepted as truth, obstructs the work of reasoning. For instance,

 

a/ the malicious and sinful mind is not able to obtain wisdom

b/ the meaning of the Gospels is veiled for the unjust and the unbelievers

c/ there are people who see with their eyes,

yet, they do not perceive the actual meaning and consequences

of the observed event, reality, system,

so, they are incapable of understanding: they would not turn to the Lord God

and they would not be healed

 

3/ understanding, knowledge, comprehension of truth, and the special ability/power to implement the knowledge into the actuality – all that is associated with wisdom*1* – come only to those who seek reconciliation with God, observe His commandments, and call upon God with humble and contrite heart {Wisdom 1:4–5;  7:7, 16; 8:21; 9:1–6; Isaiah 6:9–10; Matthew 13:14–15; Mark 4:9–12; Luke 10:22–23; 2 Corinthians 4:3–4; 5:18–21; 10:4–5}.

The value of any knowledge is determined by its adequacy to the Law of God, because the Law of God defines the foundation of life and controls everything. It means that the contemporary agnostic–materialistic/ethics–free sciences and the public education, which are deprived of the very idea of God–Creator, do not lead to cognition of the only truth that sustains life – the Law of God: they became incapable of finding anything beneficial for human beings and human societies, because they abandoned God and rejected knowledge of His Law.

Consequently, the knowledge produced by such sciences and conveyed by such education has as much truth as stillborn child has life.

Consequently, the people within the societies, which accommodate such sciences and force their members to undergo such education, are deprived of knowledge of the basic truths that determine the meaning of life and values of mankind. Among these basic truths are, for instance, the following 

 

1) there is no freedom without God

2) those who have no freedom are slaves

3) slavery is the death of human intelligence/reason

4) men without intelligence/reason are the living dead – the beasts

deprived of wisdom, humaneness, mercy, love, and virtue

5) any society based upon slavery does not differ from the slaughterhouse;

such a society is doomed to inevitable ruin.

 

If people learn these truths in childhood, they know that

 

a) life without freedom, love, mercy, and virtue is not appropriate

for a human being created into the image and after likeness of God

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b) life without freedom, love, mercy, and virtue

is perversion of the human nature defined by The Ten Commandments

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c) any perversion of the nature culminates in the total ruin.

 

The mind that never learned these basic truths wanders in the infernal fog of the dream worlds based on irrational assumptions and false. Such a mind is unable to realize that mankind has entered the phase of accelerated self–annihilation and that the foundation on which the tragedy of self–annihilation unfolds, includes

 

false religions, cults, and propaganda,

which usurped the place of the Christian teachings

and devalued the human nature, morality, and virtue

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false sciences,

for example, the “sciences” founded upon Darwinism, Marxism, atheism, and other ideologies,

and their fruits,

for example, such as

– simplified mathematical models and figments of imagination,

which supplant the reasoning and common sense in all spheres of human thought

– perverted social, economical, and political concepts fabricated by likening human beings

to rodents, apes, bees, and other animals and insects,

with such instantaneous consequences as

de–humanization of the societies and commercialized ethics–free biological and medical sciences

with such fruits, for example, as human organ harvesting, human embryo stem cells harvesting, IVF,

euthanasia of the elderly and terminally ill, assisted suicides, poisonous drugs

↓ 

utter moral and physical corruption, cynicism, and inhumanity.

 

Such misery of those always learning has an explanation: the underlying inability/powerlessness of complete cognition because of inabilities to discriminate between the good and the evil and to identify the essence – the good or the evil – of all that the mind encounters: events, things, establishments, systems, realities of the past, present, and future.

St. Paul the Apostle {in: 2 Timothy 3:1–9} provides the first indicator, which facilitates identification of impossibility of complete cognition: absence of natural feeling. Feelings are the means to comprehend the material world that accommodates existence of man.

Naturally, by all feelings, comprehension, and understanding, the mind must love God {Matthew 22:36–38; Luke 10:27}: love of God is the meaning of human life and love of God sustains the life of human reason. For such a mind, for instance, the process defined as “evolution”*2* is cognition of love of God following with development of the ability to transform the love and knowledge of God into the thoughts and deeds of man: by the love of God a human being exists, by the love of God the human mind lives, and the love of God is the essence of the world given into dominion of man. 

In a practical sense, for the mind living by faith and by love to God, the evolution is the process of coming to the ultimate point of the natural chain of transformations through which the divine creative energy –– love of God –– becomes the thoughts and knowledge, which man embodies into own creations – the systems and realities of the material world:

 

God

Divine Creative Energy



Human Mind
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    Thoughts Knowledge
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Evolution

 

The evolution also might be interpreted as the constant ascent to the higher degrees of complexity – perfection that is the constant increase of righteousness and goodness of man and the constant increase of goodness and prosperity of the world. The increase of goodness and prosperity of the world–dominion of man is achievable only naturally, through the increasing ability of the mind to access the divine energy – love of God–Creator – and to transform it into thoughts, words, and deeds. The fruits of evolution are perfection, actualization of the maximal creative potency, and completion of the purposes for which God has created a human being.

In summary, four inseparable processes compose the essence of evolution of the human mind: cognition of God, acceptance of love – divine creative energy of God, coming to the complete knowledge, and transfer of the complete knowledge into creations of man – the systems and realities of the material world.

For the mind of the reprobates in faith and the puffed up haters of good [[any hater of good, firstly, is the hater of God]], the very meanings of truth and knowledge differ from those, which exist in mind that loves God.

The mind of the reprobates in faith operates within the void of evil, which it creates by rejection of God and violating His commandments, and which it fills with figments of imagination created to take the place of God (idols), to explain the world (scientific “discoveries”), and to sustain own survival (economics, politics, strategies of war, and so on).

The hater of good violates the main law of Love, firstly, because he has hatred, yet, hatred is the state of death {cf.: 1 John 3:14–15}. Consequently, those abiding in death are not able to cognize life. However, there is no complete knowledge without knowledge of life; the logic of reasoning and the assumptions, which are accepted as “knowledge,” also differ.

It means that without knowledge of good there is no true knowledge of life: any science based on the ethics–free or values–free foundation, that is primarily, on the Aristotelian logic, is not relevant to the actuality of life, because it produces only false knowledge of life and advances in knowledge of death and destruction.

In particular, atheistic philosophy put the concept of eternal indestructible matter in the place of God and a chance in the place of God’s Law. The main assumptions are that

a/ the matter itself does not have intelligence, but, by chance, has created the intelligence, the mind, and the wholeness of the Universe

b/ the Universe developed into the wholeness by chance: only by the blind chance it became the wholeness of the infinite multitudes of purposeful intelligent beings that perfectly fit to the wholeness and support existence of one another through the continuous evolution of the wholeness (that is all beings at all levels of complexity), which the misery of the mind deprived of its foundation –– knowledge of God –– interpreted as survival of the fittest

c/ consequently, the evolution is portrayed as the process of blind selection of the species that fit their environment – not the best, just fitting, therefore able to survive and to produce offspring within the existing environment.

If to apply the simplest logic of reasoning, or the common sense, toward the referred above assumptions based on atheistic philosophy, it becomes evident that for the atheist–materialist–darwinist sciences, evolution ceases to be the process of development and optimization: their “evolution” identifies an ability to survive – maintain physical existence within the given, determined, already existing environment.

For instance, the concept of survival of the fittest leads to a conclusion that only slaves are the best fitting species within the totalitarian state: they live as unreservedly obedient slaves – the silent and solid buttress of the regime – and produce slaves. Slavery – as Socrates convincingly explained and proved by his own life and death – is death of reason, thus, the society of slaves is the society of animated corpses incapable of development. Yet, without development there is no evolution, there is degeneration and collapse, as it has been confirmed by the history of totalitarian regimes. 

So, the evolution according to the atheist–materialist–darwinist sciences turns in degeneration: the term “evolution” applied by the contemporary atheistic sciences covers the process of degeneration and decay culminating in collapse and death.  In the world controlled by “knowledge” produced by such sciences, the mission of man to actualize the evolution of the world, which he receives from God to dominate and cherish, fails. This failure (or sin) triggers

a/ further degeneration and death of the beings, which are incapable {not empowered – in John 15:4–6} accomplish the mission–purpose of existence

b/ disintegration of the establishments created by the sinners.

Accordingly, mankind has accumulated the vast arsenal of methods of annihilation:

– war, terrorism, tyranny

– genocide and persecutions based on religious, racial, national, political differences

– totalitarian states and establishments embodying ideologies of slavery and hate

– extermination of unwanted children (abortions) and the aged (euthanasia)

– use of chemical and other barbarous weapons,

which inflict immense suffering, disfigure, and disable human beings created in image and after likeness of God

– extermination of the living creatures of the ocean, land, and air

– pollution and devastation of the environment

– predatory exploitation of all kinds of natural resources

– genetic modification of plants, insects, animals, humans

– use of poisonous drugs developed on animals

– intervention in the life of the nature,

although neither nature of man nor nature of other living beings is comprehended…

If to evaluate by the results – fruits, it becomes evident that “evolution” as progress and development does not exist: the proper words for definition of the current results of man’s dominion over the earth would be “degeneration” and “regress.” The earth indeed begins to look as the cursed and dying earth of the ancient prophecies {Isaiah 9:18–20; 24:5–6, 19–20; 34:1–3; Hosea 4:1–3, 10}:

–  many species disappeared from the face of the earth deforested and polluted by men

–  fishes of the seas are dying

–  poisonous drugs developed on rodent and other animals, genetically modified viruses, and transgenic experiments  trigger abnormal mutations of nature

–  mental and physical disorders and illnesses have reached unprecedented scale

–  devastating changes of the climate increase suffering and advance impoverishment of people in the affected by wildfires, volcanoes, tornados, and hurricanes regions

– uninterrupted bloodshed, wars, conflicts, social and political unrest cover the face of the earth and undermine any ground for pretense of the current civilizations to be identified as “human civilizations.”

 If to accept the increase of human well–being as a general definition of the overall results of the technical, economical, and social development, it might be concluded that there is no significant progress (if any at all). Many nations are facing dire economics, impoverishment, inability to protect own health, wealth, and possession, necessity of the enormous investments into weapons and inhumane research, fraud in all spheres of life, de–humanization of political, educational, research, religious and social institutions, utter corruption of political, social and religious leaders of all scales and all kinds as well as many of their followers, servants, and constituents. Frankly speaking, the ills of contemporary men fit the descriptions given by Isaiah the Prophet to his tribesmen {Isaiah 1:3–7; 59:1–15}; they do not fit a portrayal of happy people who joyfully consume the fruits of evolution and technical progress.

In general,

a/ the overall picture of the societies includes everything related to death and destruction and almost nothing of reason and humaneness, or according to Jeremiah the prophet’s evaluation, εματαιωθη  πας  ανθρωπος  απο  γνωσεως  {every man has failed in reasoning, or vainly every man attempts to keep sanity – Jeremiah 28(51):17}

b/ all gifts, which men received from the Creator and which are intended to sustain prosperous and happy life in dignity and abundance, –– everything has been transformed into the means of death and destruction

c/ it might be inferred that mankind entered the advanced stage of self–annihilation.

If so, which kind of technical or any other progress might ever facilitate existence of the people, or which kind of positive changes might be expected by those who are not able to comprehend the basic truths defining meaning and value of human life –  especially, the truth of the Law of God the Creator?

And I think of tragedy of the mind that did not come to cognition of truth, yet, attempts to stop the processes of collapse, which it perceives as the common problems. Such a mind does not realize that  ––  with exception of the means and methods of destruction and death, such as WMD, biomedical poisons developed as healing drugs, etc. ––  the entire knowledge–making edifice is worthless, because it does not secure cognition of the truth, comprehension of the human nature, understanding actuality of human existence, optimization, and development. In fact, any level of political and social hierarchies became incapable of decision of its part of the problems, which threaten the very existence of the societies and their establishments.

For instance, if to consider effectiveness of the desperate efforts to find solutions for the problems, which routinely threaten well–being and the very life of many people, it might be concluded that with all enormous expenses, the states, nations, research institutions, commercial and other establishments are not able to accomplish the simplest life–maintaining tasks, for instance, such as protection of own interests and possessions – money, natural and other resources, trade and other secrets, data, information, borders…

The main truth is that God–Creator is everything for His creations – without God, the mind has no life: insanity takes the place of wisdom. Only in God the human mind lives, and only with God the human mind finds wisdom, truth, freedom, happiness, dignity, and virtue without which the words humaneness, humanity, and mankind have no meaning…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence – in Apostasy, file for download @ website Systems Logic, Page LIBRARY_2

 

*2* Concerning evolution – see Note *3* in Notes to Apostasy, file for download @ website Systems Logic, Page LIBRARY_2

 

*3* Concerning idol–worship, see Note *1* in Notes to Apostasy, file for download @ website Systems Logic, Page LIBRARY_2



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