Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

8_August_2014

The Facets of the Absolute

[[continuation of 7_July_2014]]


The Ultimate and Perfect Judgment

The Code of Life

The Perfect Law of Freedom

The Completeness

The Absolute Good


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21_207. Sunday, August  3, 2014

The Ultimate and Perfect Judgment

 

…The one hearing My word and believing in Him Who sent Me,

has the life everlasting and does not come into judgment,

but has passed out of death into life…

{John 5:24}

 

 

The essence of human civilization, as well as the meaning of evolution, is the search for the knowledge of good and freedom from sin and death: man the beast must be transformed into man the child of God. The evolution began with preparation of the human heart/mind: it had to perceive the Law and to cognize own true nature. Then, it had to accommodate the Word–God, to be transformed into the dwelling–temple of the Holy Spirit, and to be ready for the eternal kingdom – the new world where God will dwell with His creations. By the Word–God the world was created, exists now, will be ended and created anew. The Word–God comes from God the Father, fulfills the will of God the Father, heals the people and saves them from destructions. God promised to make the new covenant with His creations: to give His laws on their mind, and to write them on their hearts – all of them will know God, and God will not remember their sins. The accomplishment of this covenant is possible only if the Word–God comes into the human mind–heart. The Holy Scriptures are all about the Word–God – Λογος, the life and the light of men. Those who remove themselves from God, those who do not have the Word within, they will not come to life: they will perish {Psalm 72(73):27; 106(107):20; 118(119):11; Isaiah 55:11; 66:22; Jeremiah 38:31–36 (in English translations Jeremiah 31:31–36); John 1:1–18; 4:34; 5:38–40; 6:45; 8:42; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; Ephesians 1; 2; Hebrews 10:16–17; Revelation 21:1–5}.

The teachings of Lord Jesus Christ provide the life–giving knowledge {The Gospels}. God said that the one who hears His Word, who believes in Him Who sent His Word into the world for salvation and for the remission of sins, and who observes His commandments – this one has the life everlasting. Moreover, he does not come into judgment: he has passed out of death into life. With these words, God revealed the main condition of forgiveness and salvation: the knowledge of God should become the essence of human heart and mind. It means that the human mind must perceive and accept the Word of God, accomplish the will of God, and embody the words of God into the actuality of own existence, so the image and likeness of the Word–God would become the nature of man. Only those who carry the Word–God, which revealed God–Creator in the Son of man, only those are able to live forever: by the breath of God man became the living soul, by the Word–God, man enters the eternal world of God {Genesis 2:7; John 5:21, 24; 6:44–47; 10:27–30; 11:25–26; 14:9–10; 17:26; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; 1 Corinthians 15:21–22, 45–49, 57; 2 Corinthians 4:6;Ephesians 1; 2}.

Gospel According to John conveys the words of Lord Jesus Christ said in the beginning and then, in the end, in the last days before the crucifixion, after the glorious entrance in Jerusalem when the people greeted the Lord as the King of Israel and the crowd witnessed resurrection of Lazarus. The Lord almost completed His mission. He revealed Himself to the world, and He gave the knowledge of God to observe, to fulfill, to live: those who believe in Him, who accept Him and observe His commandments, would have the life everlasting. The Lord refers to Himself as to the Resurrection and the Life: the one who believes in Him, he shall live even if he dies, because he has the life everlasting within. The will of God the Father is that nothing that belongs to the Word shall be lost, but everything shall be resurrected in the last day. The people also heard that the Son of God did not come to judge world – He came to save the world. Those who do not accept His teachings, they will be judged by the Word – Λογος {John 5:22–30; 6:39–40, 47; 11:25–26; 12:12–18, 44–50}.

However, other texts of the Holy Scriptures portray the Last Day of the world – the Judgment Day, when all the nations will weep, when those who rejected the evil will inherit the new world, and those who served the evil and carried it in their earthly life will share the destiny of the evil. They also reveal the power of the Word–God – Λογος: His words are envisioned as the sharp sword*1*, with which God may wipe out the nations and smite the earth {Isaiah 11:1–5; Revelation 1:16; 19:11–16; 20:11–15; 21:1–8; 22:14–15}.

So, in the Last Day, the Judgment Day of the world, God will come in His glory and sit on the throne of His glory – the King and Master of the Universe, all the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. One part will be gathered off His right, and another part will take its place off left. Then, the King will say to those who are at the right: Come, the blessed of My Father, to inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was alien (ξενος – alien), and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then, the righteous will ask: O Lord, when did we see You and did all this to You? And answering, the King will say to them: inasmuch as you did it to one of these, the least of My brothers, you did it to Me. Then, the King will say to those at the left: go away from Me, the cursed ones. For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was an alien, and you did not take Me in, I was naked, and you did not clothe Me, I was sick, and you did not visit Me, I was in prison, and you did not come to Me. And they also will ask: O Lord, when did we see You and did not minister to You? Then, answering, Lord God will say them: inasmuch as you did not do it to one of these, the least of My brothers, you did not do it to Me {Matthew 25:31–45}.

The Gospels {Matthew 5:48; 25:31–45; Luke 6:36; John 13:34–35} disclose God’s criteria of judgment: the essence of everything and the key to the eternal life are love and mercy to all – all that the one does to his brothers–neighbors–aliens – he does it to God; they also summarize responsibilities of a human being toward other human beings and toward God:

– love and imitate your God

– be merciful and perfect

as your Heavenly Father is merciful and perfect

– love the others as God loves you.

 

God is the perfect Love without fear and suffering, and His Love, His only begotten Son – the Word–God – by love and mercy saved the world and bestowed life everlasting onto all those who love God and His creations and who follow the commandments of God. These commandments are well known since the beginning of the human civilization (that is from the moment of revelation of The Ten Commandments): they are not hidden from a human being, because they are within the human heart. These commandments convey the nature of a human being created into the image and after likeness of God: Love is the source of the Law and the prophets; the one abiding in love abides in God and God dwells in him {Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:36; John 13:34–35; 14:23; 1 John 4:7–21; 2 John 6; Genesis 1:26–27; Deuteronomy 30:11–14, 19–20}.

In the very beginning of human civilization, Moses warned that the Law, which defines the human nature and which is in the heart of every human being, carries life and death {Deuteronomy 30:11–20}. The Gospels explain the meaning of life: within the world created by God, to live according to the nature created by God is to live in conformity to the Law of God. For those who live according to the nature, life is presence of the Spirit of God; life is the Spirit of God within the human soul–heart–mind.

The meaning of death is violation of the Law of God. By violating the Law of God, a human being becomes incapable to carry the Spirit of God, as a broken or malformed vessel of clay is incapable to carry water. If people do not live according to the Law of God, they do not have life – the Spirit of God – within them; they become the withered branches that have to be gathered and thrown into the fire {John 15:1–6}.

God not only gave the Law; He offered knowledge of Word–God that explains the meaning of each commandment and the Law in its entirety. Since, it is the very own choice of every human being: either to live according to the nature–Law and enter the life everlasting or to become the food of the devouring fire of the Law {the “wrath of God” – Isaiah 5:24–25; 9:18–19}, which purifies the world by annihilating uncleanness of sin and perversion.

The Word–God will judge all in the Last Day, and His judgment is just and righteous. The judgment is defined by the faith and observance of the commandments of God: those who have faith and the Word within will not be judged. They are justified, because they love God and love the others: they are not able to inflict harm and evil on the others. Those who do not have faith and Word in them, are condemned: they have no love; they have no mercy to the others; they are the unbelievers capable of crimes against their brethren. However, even those who lived the life of sin and evil, yet who in their last moments wholeheartedly turn to God with the plea of forgiveness, even they might find salvation {Matthew 4:23–24; 10:8; 18:11–14; Luke 23:33–43; John 3:14–21; 5:21–46; 8:10–12, 15–16; 9:39; 11:21–26; 12:46–50; 1 John 3:4–18; Revelation 1:16; 19:11–16}.

  So, how to reconcile the horrifying visions of the Last Judgment and the words of God that

– the one who has the Word within does not come into judgment, but passed out of death into life

– God does not judge; the Word that He spoke would judge men?

The answer is that the presence of the Word–God within the human heart–mind is the true and last Judgment. The Word – Λογος is the ultimate Law that carries life and annihilates evil and sin. If the essence of mind is evil and the Word–God has no dwelling in it, such a mind already passed into death.

Thus, the inference is that if the one decides to be the follower of Lord God Jesus Christ, he has to accomplish the words–commandments of the Word–God by embodying them into own daily life. Imitation of the mercy and perfection of God the Father, Who is merciful and kind even to the unthankful and evil ones, is the beginning of the road into the eternity. Hence, the Christians love the enemies, bless those who curse them, pray for those who abuse and persecute them, and do well to those who hate them {Matthew 5:43–48; Luke 6:35–36}. Such manner of life

a/ makes understandable irrelevance of the evil, so the one makes the evil irrelevant – he excludes it from the reality of his life – from his thoughts, words, and actions

b/ leads to perfection in thoughts, words, and actions

c/ facilitates perception of the greatest miracle – the all–embracing and all–forgiving love of God Who sent His Son to save the world and to reveal love and mercy of God the Father: through Lord Jesus Christ – the Son of God, the Word–God, the sinners, who, in their past, knew nothing but evil and death, arises from ignorance of sin and ruins of death, becomes the child of God, and receives the knowledge of God – the knowledge that is the life everlasting {John 1:1–18; 6; 10; 14; 15:9–17; 17; 1 John 3:16; 4:7–21; 5:11–12}.

Then, the one will be empowered to perceive the truth:

 

Lord God Jesus Christ did not come to judge the world

He came to save the world: to find the lost, to revive the dead, to heal the sick, to give vision to the blind

salvation is in love and knowledge of God

Moses wrote down the Law, and all the Scriptures are written to give knowledge of the Word–God:

all of man is in God and with God.

 

Until the Last Day of the world, the equal chance to have the sun and the rain – that is all God’s gifts, blessings, and opportunities called “life” – is the inseparable part of everybody’s time–range given to exercise the freedom to become either a child of God or a child of evil {John 1:1–13; 3:3–7; 6; 8:31–47, 51; 10; 1 John 3:1–15; 5:11–13}.

The knowledge, which is needed to understand who is a child of God, is the knowledge that our Lord God and Savor is the Bread of life descending from heaven to give life to the world: His Flesh and Blood feed the human soul as bread and water feed a human body. The Spirit {God is the Spirit – John 4:24} gives life; the words of God are the Spirit and life {John 6:32–58, 63; 6; 10}.

The referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures explain the foundation of Christian teachings: life of the human soul–heart–mind is the Spirit of God. The Word–God, the Wisdom/Law of God, is the essence of a human soul, as flesh and blood is the essence of a human body. And that is why those who have accomplished the commandments of Lord Jesus Christ and became the dwelling–temple of God {John 14; 17} have the life everlasting: God is immortal, and if by His Spirit–Word–Law the human soul–heart–mind lives, it is immortal as its Creator–Father is.  So, the presence or absence of the Word–God in the soul–heart–mind is the ultimate judgment: life or death.

 And I think of the perfect and ultimate judgment: it should be impartial as any perfection is impartial. Only knowledge of God makes the mind impartial and perfect in all its thoughts. The knowledge of God makes possible to discard pain and suffering inflicted by unjust persecution and abuse; probably, the ability to remain impartial is the first sign of the presence of God.

Indeed, if it is not a business of people to judge each other, and if the one rejects any possibility to inflict the evil on the others, what else might be in relations among the people besides impartial and perfect good? Those who judge the others commit the great sin, because when the human mind judges, it evaluates everything by own degree of perfection or corruption. It means that the judging mind does not discern the image of God within the others: it re–makes the others into own image. The special prohibition to judge the others {Matthew 7:1–5} intends to prevent the sin of unrighteous judgment.

Then, who would blame those who follow example of David the king {Psalm 100(101):4–5, 7} and by any means attempt to avoid contacts with, for instance, gossipers full of hatred, those who evaluate the others by degree of their own dishonesty, and those who ascribe their own iniquities to the others? Besides, the company of evildoers is similar to mud on the road: it might stain the good repute.

Furthermore, St. Paul the Apostle advised the Christians, to keep away from the corrupted, although they have to live within the world, and therefore, they have to communicate with the corrupted and disagreeable people in a course of business and in the matters of daily life {1 Corinthians 5:9–13}. 

From another angle of consideration, is it possible to learn to be truly impartial if the progress in this matter – development of the ability to forgive – is not tested {Matthew 18:21–22}?

Than life, indeed, is permanent Armageddon: each moment might be decisive in the never–ending battle with evil; each decision might be the step either into death or into life; each piece of new knowledge might lead either to accomplishment of good or to destruction of evil. The life is only chance

 

either overwhelm the mighty realm of evil, into which all of us are born,

and become the child of God destined to the eternity 

or

succumb to evil, slide down, into darkness of irresponsibility and ignorance,

and degenerate into the beast – the animated dust destined to oblivion.

 

Logically, the summary of all the battles should define the ultimate destiny of man. Yet, by the mercy of our Lord God and Savior, even one last thought of acceptance and faith, one last prayer might free a human being from life–long service to evil as, for instance, it happened with the criminal who was crucified with Lord Jesus Christ – the Son of God and the Son of man {in: Luke 23:32–43}. The unquestionable feature of perfect and ultimate judgment is limitlessness of love and mercy of God: not by measure God gives the Holy Spirit to His children, and there are no limits for love and power of God…    

 

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Notes:

 

*1*  See the posting The Absolute Weapon, file 3_July_2014 for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3

 

 

 

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22_208. Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Code of Life

 

my heart and my flesh have died.

God is my heart and God is my destiny for ever…

{Psalm 72(73):26}

 

 

The Old Testament prophet says:  Εξελιπεν  η  καρδια  μου  και  η  σαρξ  μου, ο Θεος  της  καρδιας μου,  και  η  μερις  μου ο Θεος  εις  τον  αιωνα {Psalm 72(73):26} – my heart and my flesh have died. God is my heart and God is my destiny [[η  μερις  – destiny, lot, portion]] for ever*1*.

These words convey the prophet’s vision of the future world, in which God is the heart [[essence]] of His creation destined for immortality in the presence of God {in: John 14:23–24; 17; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1; Ephesians 1; 2; Revelation 21; 22:1–15}*2*.

Then, already, in the Present, it should be some indicators of this world and abilities to identify them; otherwise, the prophet would not be able to perceive it.

The prophet thinks and speaks according to the human nature created in image and likeness of God and sent to complete its evolution within the temporal world arranged for cognition of the good/life and the evil/death – the earth cursed for the deeds of man {Genesis 3:2–20; 4:1–25}*3*. The prophet knows his future as a being–spirit in the garments of skin–flesh: he has to abandon his temporal possessions {as it is in: Isaiah 38:1–20; and 4 Kings 20:1–11}*4*, so his spirit can go to God Who gave it {Genesis 2:7; 3:20; Psalm 145(146):4; Ecclesiastes 12:7}.

However, the prophet also has knowledge given by God: as St. Peter the Apostle writes, never by the will of men is the prophecy born [[ηνεχθη ποτε προφητεια]]; by the power of the Holy Spirit [[υπο Πνευματος Αγιου φερομενοι]] the prophecy is being borne. The Apostle compares the prophetic word to the lamp shining in darkness until the dawn comes and the morning star rises in the heart {2 Peter 1:19–21; the morning star – φωσφορος in: 2 Peter 2:19, τον αστερα τον πρωινον  in: Revelation 2:28}, that is until the point of complete knowledge, when the children of God enter the presence of the Creator – their new world in the Light of God, in which they will reign forever {Revelation 22:1–5}.

Therefore, the words of the prophet reveal some features of the actuality, completeness of which for a while is hidden; they indicate

1/ perception of the definition/law – Λογος, Code of the eternal life*5*, which the prophet has discerned within the world of the temporal disintegrating matter

2/ correlation/likeness/similarity of the prophet’s mind to the Λογος /Code of the eternal infinite world, or it could be said that the human mind belongs to the reality, which is created and sustained by the Λογος: we are His creations, His nation, and sheep of His pasture – νομης (pasture, portion, possession) – the ones who are loved and guarded and led home {as it is in: Psalm 99(100):3; 102(103):13; Exodus 33:12–19, Deuteronomy 7:6; 8:5; Isaiah 43:19–21; 65:1–16; John 3:16–17; 10; 14; 15; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2; Galatians 3:23–29; 1 Corinthians 12:12–13; Colossians 1:9–23}; otherwise, the mind would neither acknowledge that Λογος exists nor perceive Him

3/ the potency and the ability of the prophet’s mind to “see” beyond the visible tangible perceivable world of the material things

4/ the presence of the power of the Holy Spirit that gives knowledge and wisdom and sustains the prophet’s abilities to discern the infinite eternity, although his mind is immersed into the limited finite world.

The next question that the one could ask in his quest for comprehension of the Code of Life: how this Code transforms the mortal into the immortal, and the temporal into the eternal, and limited into the infinite*2*, or how a human being could explore all these features – immortality, eternity, infiniteness, which are the attributes of the future world destined for the children of God from the beginning, before the times? Or, in other words: what is the essence of life carried by the Code?

There is another prophecy: Mercy and truth have merged, justice/righteousness and peace have befriended. Truth has risen from the earth, and justice/righteousness has poured down from the heaven. For the Lord will give virtue, and our earth shall yield her fruits. Justice/righteousness shall go before Him and shall set His steps on the way {Psalm 84(85):10–13; in Psalm 84(85):10, 11, 13 – δικαιοσυνη – justice, fairness, equality; righteousness; in Revelation 19:11(11–13), it is said concerning the Word of God: εν δικαιοσυνη  κρινει  και πολεμει – in righteousness He judges and wages war}.

This prophecy describes the time of fulfillment – the time of the unity of justice, righteousness, mercy, truth, and peace, when the earth will bring forth her dues – fruits. Yet, until the act of God – giving the virtue {Psalm 84(85):12 ο Κυριος  δωσει  χρηστοτητα;  χρηστοτητα – virtue, decency, morality; worthiness} – becomes the actuality, there are no fruits.

Consequently, the one could infer that the absence of the virtue makes the earth incomplete and infertile. The earth that could bring fruits only if it receives the virtue, unity of mercy, justice, righteousness, truth, and peace is a human being.

Then, mercy and truth, justice, righteousness, peace, and virtue are the components of the excellence of God, of His attribute – the Absolute Good. The revelation of the Absolute Good is given through Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God through Whom all that exists comes into being, Who is the Holy Wisdom, the image of goodness and excellence of God, in Whom is the completeness of all perfection, all authority, all power, and of all that is life of a human child of God, and Who is calling His Own ones – the sheep of His pasture – through His glory and excellence {Luke 10:22; John 1:1–18; 10:30; 14:6–11; 17; 1 John; 1 Peter 1; 2:3–10, 25; 2 Peter 1:2–11, 16–21; Ephesians 1; 2; Colossians 1:9–23; 2:2–23; 3:10–17; Wisdom 7:26}.  

Isaiah the prophet writes {Isaiah 43:20–21}, το γενος Μου το εκλεκτον, λαον Μου ον περιεποιησαμην τας αρετας Μου διηγεισθαι – My offspring chosen, My people existing to be protected and to survive, so through them, My excellence shall be revealed leading/reigning/ruling*6*

Man is earth, γη, and the world, into which he is born to labor, procreate, and die, he calls earth, γη. From the earth man was created, and into the earth he returns, when his spirit departs to God Who gave it. The original sin resulted in separation of man from the Creator, because of mistrust and rejection of the words of God {Genesis 2:7, 16–17; 3; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Isaiah 45:12}. Man lives by fruits of the earth, and whatever he does, creates, destroys, consumes, he uses the components of the world in which he lives; everything that is given by (or obtained from) the earth, and is used by man, has its end–consummation on the earth: only through death – separation from the earth/flesh – human spirit returns to the Creator.

With separation from the Creator, man became unable to see the face of God and to live; the life of the spirit became veiled: darkness has fallen onto the world, which began existence with coming of the light. The world of man became flat, restricted by one set of dimensions – parameters of the matter, and encircled by “darkness” – that is unperceivable beyond the human senses focused on perception of the matter. Moreover, knowledge of the evil/death poisoned the entire world given into dominion of man as the rotten core poisons the fruit – the earth was cursed in the labors of man: it was changed, so it would not give its strength to murderers*3* and would be enabled to accommodate sins of the people, who transgressed the law and abandoned the everlasting covenant, and then, to accept their remnants – worn out garments of skin {Genesis 1:1–5; 3; 4:1–16; Exodus 20:21; 33:20; Psalm 106(107):8–12; Isaiah 24:5–6}.

However, righteousness, virtues, and truth are not compatible with sin: the good and the evil are incompatible realities, and the Absolute Good – the presence of God – annihilates the evil.

Since, a human being has

to begin life within the temporal world of the matter devoid of knowledge (truth) of His Creator

to cognize the good and the evil and to choose the good

to beg for mercy and receive forgiveness of God

to follow good, to create the good, to cognize love to God and love to the others,

and to learn how to accomplish (by actions)

both greatest commandments of God – love to God and love to the others

{Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 10:25–37}

to claim knowledge of truth – knowledge of God, of himself, and of the world

to cognize truth and to discover the Kingdom of God within, therefore,

to comprehend own nature and the Kingdom of God

to obtain entirety of virtue and righteousness,

and complete the road leading into eternity with God

in the temporal world, which he leaves with death of his body

{Psalm 84(85):10–13; 102(103):1–14; Matthew 3:15; John 14:6, 23; 16:8–14; 17}.

 

Since, in all generations that passed after coming of the Redeemer, as well as in the generation that lives today, those who accept the Word–God through the Christian teachings {the Gospels} receive the authority to become the children of God.

The child of God is a being born of God and living by God Who is the Spirit {John 1:1–13; 4:24; 17}. The child of God comes into being through the transformation:

the human clay {Isaiah 64:8} into the dwelling of God {John 14:23}

a mortal creature of earth into the immortal being {James 1:18; 1 Peter 1}

a human beast {Isaiah 56:9–11} into the child of God {John 1:1–13; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:1}.

 

Ultimately, a slave of the evil, the child of wrath, and dweller of the disintegrating temporal world could become the one

 

who is set free by the Son of God, the Word–God

who is created anew by Christ and in Christ ,

who, in righteousness, shell  dwell with God for ever

{John 8:31–37; 2 Peter 3:5–13; Ephesians 2:1–10; Revelation 21:6–7; 22:1–5}.

 

Such transformation is possible only by the power of God

when a human being

acknowledges the excellence of God, focuses the entirety of his life on God

learns how to accomplish the first greatest commandment, and

learns to live virtuously, in righteousness and peace, according to the commandments of God,

by embodying the words of God into the actuality of own existence*8*

learns how to accomplish the second greatest commandments of God – love to the others, and how to love each other as God loves

according to degree of own development–evolution founded on the mercy and love of God,

comprehends such attributes of the Absolute Good of God as mercy, justice, righteousness, peace, and truth

{Exodus 20:1–17; Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 10:25–37; John 13:34–35; 15:12; 1 John 2; 3; 4; 5}.

 

Then, learning and absorption of the knowledge of God and embodying this knowledge into actuality of own existence becomes the way of life and fulfillment of the words of Lord Jesus Christ, our God, Savior, and Teacher: you search the Scriptures, and all of them are about Me; all will be taught by God {John 5:39; 6:45; 14:26}. The one who cognized knowledge of God – the knowledge that is eternal life, lives by the Holy Spirit; it means that even if he has to complete his dwelling in the space and shadow of death, he already has committed breakthrough into the eternity and began the life everlasting {John 6:29–68; 7:37–39; 11:25–26; 17; Isaiah 9:2}.

Through the faith in Lord Jesus Christ and by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the child of God perceives the world beyond the limits of the matter; such a perception – the foundation of the spiritual life – facilitates the victory over the world mentioned by Lord God Jesus Christ and explained by His Apostles {John 7:39; 14:15–18; 16:33; 1 Peter 1; 2; 4:6; 1 John 5:4; Romans 8; 14:17; Ephesians 1; 2; 3; 4; Galatians; and the others}*7*.

Such a victory can be achieved: as St. Peter the Apostle advises, the one needs diligence, perseverance, and consistency, which enhance by correlating–bringing together in faith {σπουδην πασαν παρεισενεγκαντες, επιχορηγησατε εν τη πιστει 2 Peter 1:5} virtue with knowledge, and with knowledge – self–control, and with self–control – patience, with patience – godliness, and then, love to the others. Diligence in faith and in observance of the commandments of God {a human being proves his love to God by observing His words and accomplishing His commandments – John 14;  1 John 5:1–3} protects from failure and opens entrance into the everlasting kingdom of the Lord.

St. Paul the Apostle writes {Colossians 3:1–17; Romans 8} about the spiritual life in Christ [[which is fulfillment of the ancient prophecy – Psalm 72(73):26 – my heart and my flesh have died. God is my heart and God is my destiny for ever]]. The one has died for the world and his life has been hidden with Christ in God – he puts on the new that has been renewed in cognition, according to the image of the Creator, when the peace of God rules in the heart, and everything is done in the name of Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore {in: Ephesians 2:1–22}, the Apostle speaks of destruction of the middle wall of division [[between the heaven and the earth, when the creature of earth is transformed into the immortal being: the temple–dwelling of God the Spirit]], when the creation, who is made alive in Christ, receives access to God the Father – in Christ and by the Holy Spirit, and therefore, obtains the everlasting life in the presence of God {as it is in: John 14; 15; 16; 17}

Then, the one could comprehend the Code of Life – Λογος, the Word–God, as the life–creating completeness and entirety of perfection {e.g., in: Colossians 1:9–23} – the Absolute Good of God, as the actualization of Wisdom and Power of God, as the presence of God. The presence of God is the absolute good for man, because the presence of God bestows the everlasting life.

When the Absolute Good of God creates the absolute good – immortality – of man transforming the creature of the earth into the temple–dwelling of the Living God, the evil becomes irrelevant: it does not exist anymore, even if the body has to die and to disintegrate as all the structured matter has {Matthew 10:28; John 11:25–26}.

The evil does not exist in the presence of God, because the presence of God gives the everlasting life by annihilating any imperfection and supplementing any insufficiency [[the evil is insufficiency and imperfection – the absence of the good]] and by making everything perfect and complete, and therefore, immortal.

Then, the one comprehends the Code of Life – the Creator of perfection and the Giver of immortality – as the wholeness, the entirety of mutually amplifying and enhancing components of the Absolute Good:

            –– mercy; mercy and love of God are inseparable; they are the components of perfection of God, which a human being should imitate if he wants to become a child of God and enter the everlasting life in the presence of God {Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:36; John 13:34–35; 1 John 4:7–8, 17–18}

            –– justice and righteousness; for those who believe in God and accomplish His commandments, the true meaning of the Divine Justice is love and righteousness – the elements of the Code of Life, which is opened for cognition through forgiveness of sins, mercy, virtuous (righteous, decent) life, empowerment by wisdom with coming of the Holy Spirit and comprehension–absorption of the knowledge of God that is the eternal life {John 3:17–18; 5:24; 14; 15:1–17, 24–26; 16; 17; Matthew 7:1–2; Luke 6:37; 1 John 3:14; 4:16–21}. The highest justice of man is do not judge the others, so he would not be judged; besides, coming of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, and His presence in the heart–mind of man is the ultimate justice*9* of God and zenith of righteousness of man  

            –– peace; peace is the only condition that secures continuation of life; peace of the spirit is given by God to those who believe in Him and accomplish His words {John 14:23–27}; peace could be described as the optimal state of the mind focused on God in a process of evolution [[evolution as continuing cognition–learning–absorbing the knowledge of God and embodying this knowledge into own actuality]]

            –– truth; truth is the knowledge of the world, the knowledge of human nature, and the knowledge of the Creator – God is the Truth {John 14:6}*10*; this knowledge given by the Word–God and the Holy Spirit transforms a human being into the friend of God and illuminates the path to God the Father with the Light of creation {John 1:1–14; 14; 15:1–17, 26; 16:13–15; 17; Exodus 33:11–20}

            –– virtue; virtue is the highest level of perfection and the foundation, without which life does not last; when the prophet speaks of the virtue that would make the earth fruitful {Psalm 84(85):12}, he speaks of the Word–God, Λογος, thorough Whom all that exists came into being {John 1:1–4}. The virtue or righteousness is also one of the facets of perfection of God revealed through Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God, Who came to accomplish the will of God the Father and give the life everlasting to those who come to God {Luke 10:22; John 1:1–18; 4:34; 6:37–40; 14:9–10; 17; 1 John 1:1–3; 4:12–13}.

[[In the systems terms, for instance, the virtue could be defined as the complete compliance of a system with its main code (law of creation, design, arrangement, definition of the essence consistent with a particular knowledge framework) and optimal co–relation of arrangement of a system with its

purposes

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methods of accomplishment of the purposes

↓   ↑

the environment–supersystem that accommodates existence of the system.]]

 

According to the Holy Scriptures {John 14:6–26; 17; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 6, 9}, the one proves his love to Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, through faith in Him – the Word–God, acceptance of His words, and accomplishment of His commandments. Through accomplishment of the commandments of God, the one obtains the virtue–righteousness that, firstly, is the unity of thoughts, words, and deeds of a being focused on imitation of perfection of God.

Then, God the Father and His Son – the Word–God come to dwell in the human heart–soul–mind, the one receives the life–giving Spirit of God, and so is empowered to live by God and to dwell in the love of God.

The one in whom God dwells is the true fruit of the harvest of the Lord brought forth by the earth that accepted the virtue–righteousness of the Son of God –Λογος/Αγια Σοφια and became a new creation in Christ and by Christ {Psalm 79(80):14–15; 84(85):12; Isaiah 5:1–7; Mark 12:1–11; John 1:12–13; 14; 15; 17; Colossians 1:3–22; Ephesians 2; 4:20–24}: the being matured in truth, virtue, justice, righteousness, love of God and love of His creations – the child of God empowered by the wisdom*11*.

The presence of God, life for God, and life in God confirm that a human being—creature of earth became a new creation destined for the eternal life with God {Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; John 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1; Ephesians 1; 2; Revelation 21:3–5; 22:4–5}. Then, by passing the threshold of death–exit from the limited world of the matter, the human soul returns into the kingdom of the Creator, as the prodigal son completes his self–inflicted exile and returns home, to Father {Luke 15:11–24}.

The explanations given by the Apostles concerning love of God, children of God, and establishment of the dwelling of God {e.g., 1 Peter 1:11–25; 2 Peter 1:3–12; Ephesians 2:1–22; 1 John}, facilitate understanding of the ancient prophecy and the meaning of life and immortality of which it speaks:

 

by the mercy–love of God, the Truth of God {John 1:1–18; 3:16; 14:6; 1 John 1} entered the earth

the crucifixion of the Highest Virtue,

the blameless innocent Son of God Who took on Himself the sin of the world,

undid the evil of men and satisfied the Divine Justice,

so the fallen and lost creatures of earth, could regain their birth–right

and become the children of God {John 1:1–35; 1 John 4:9},

not His enemies–beasts who reject His will, violate His Law, and murder each other as the beasts of prey:

without God, there is no humaneness and there is no humans

Divine Righteousness–Justice poured down from the heaven and restored the human nature: the image and likeness of God;

the Word–God  – Λογος – has transformed the human soul–heart–mind into the dwelling of God,

and the knowledge of God revealed in Jesus Christ opened the eternal life

{John 11:25–26; 14:23; 17:2–4, 6–8}

the Divine Truth, Mercy, and Virtue entered the earth–man and made it fruitful–ready for acceptance of the Holy Spirit,

because the fruit of the earth is the human child of God prepared for the Kingdom of God

the justice and peace of God dwell within human soul–heart–mind ––

the inner man, the co–worker of God who is ready for the works of God {1 Corinthians 3:9, 16} ––

the precious fruit of the earth created and cherished by God.

 

Each completed thought conveyed by the Holy Scriptures reflects the Code of Life, the Code of creation according to which a human being is created and evolves for the eternity in the presence of God*12*. The ancient prophecies {Psalm 72(73):26; 84(85):10–13} foretold the essence of the Christian teachings, which reveals the Code of Life: God becomes the essence–heart and the destiny of a human being.

The Code of Life is creation of the wholeness: the temporal life and the immortal life are connected as the inseparable parts of the wholeness are connected [[for instance, as spring and summer, space and time in the world of the material things, as the phases of evolution – advancement in cognition of God in the human mind, as the Alpha – Α and the Omega – Ω in the alphabet of life, as the Beginning and the End {Revelation 21:6} in the world to come]]; they compose the completeness of perfection that culminates in readiness for the purposes of God and for the eternity with God.

Indeed, the prophecies written for the past generations still illuminate darkness of the murky world in which the evolving mind has to complete its way to God: as the lamp they shine until the bright Star of morning rises {Psalm 101(102):18–21; Isaiah 9:2; 2 Peter 1:19; Revelation 22:16}.

 

To be continued…

 

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Excerpts from the Archive files are edited.

 

*1* In the Prophet’s expression:  Εξελιπεν η καρδια μου  και η  σαρξ μου, ο Θεος   της  καρδιας μου {my heart and my flesh have died – Psalm 72(73):26}, the word εξελιπεν is a derivative (aor.) of  εκλειπω  – to leave (city, place, life), to abandon, to lose, to stop, to discard, to collapse.

A human being could be seen as the wholeness – the unity of soul (spirit, heart), intelligence (mind), and body (matter, flesh). The essence of man – the inner man – is soul–heart–mind, which carries the image and likeness of God. If a human being within the material world loses his heart and his flesh, he loses the wholeness of the spirit–mind–flesh, or soul–heart–mind–body, which is necessary for continuation of life within the world of the structured matter: he dies. The prophet speaks of the condition that is identified as death: his flesh and his heart have abandoned, left him. However, his life continues, because now God is his heart and his destiny: he lives by God and in God.

See also Theological Foundation in Introduction: Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence and Note *25*, in Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://  systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*2* Concerning immortality of man, see the following excerpt from The Precious Stone – Folder Archive_2013, Page 4_May_2013, and also Note *1* to The Absolute Truth, posting for July 6, 2014, in file 3_July_August_2014  [[References in Note*1*]]. 

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The Precious Stone 

…a Living Stone… elected by God, Precious…

{1 Peter 2:4}

 

…About seven centuries ago, in his theological works, which are devoted to the divine energies of God and which illustrate achievements of the Byzantine theological thought, St. Gregory Palamas (1296–1359) likens dwelling of the Holy Spirit in man to deification, or, in St. Gregory of Nyssa’s definition, to the process resulting in transcendence of human nature:  “the mortal becomes immortal, temporary becomes the eternal.” Similar vision, also referred to by St. Gregory Palamas, belongs to Maximus the Confessor (580?–662) who writes about the “Λογος of the eternal life carrying God” Who is conveyed to those who, by the nature, have beginning and the end, but who, by the Grace of God, become infinite and immortal [St. Gregory Palamas (2010); (1974) §11–§12 121–122; St. Gregory of Nyssa qtd. in: St. Gregory Palamas (1974) §12 122].

Therefore, if to summarize the knowledge given by the Holy Scriptures in secular – for instance, philosophical and systems – terms, the essence of transformation of the temporal into the infinite and the mortal into the immortal (or the intended for disintegration into the indestructible) might be described (by the terms at the different levels of complexity) as evolution, modification, or re–creation of the life–form initiated by the will of its Creator. The evolution (or modification, or re–creation) empowers the life–form for transfer into the realm that accommodates life–forms at other levels of complexity:

 

the temporal matter

{χουν απο της  γης – the pouring dust of the earth – Genesis 2:7}

that was created to carry the life–bearing energy at the lowest levels of complexity

[[in this case, complexity might be seen as an ability to actualize the energy potential at the different levels; for instance, within the temporal

and restricted settings – time–space–physical parameters that control functioning of the matter at the planet earth, and in the limitless spiritual life of man]]

is transformed into the derivative of the Code of the eternity –

the one carrying the image and likeness of Λογος, the Word–God

{a new being created after the likeness of the Word–God – John 1:12–13;

James 1:17–18, 21–25; 1 Peter 1; Ephesians 1; 2; 4:21–24}

is empowered to accept the divine energy of creation that re–creates/modifies the fundamental life–sustaining structures

{is baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire – Luke 3:16; 12:49–50; John 1:26–33}

enabling manifestations of the highest potency and power, which can be revealed even within the limits of the time–space–matter

{e.g., the miracles of faith – Matthew 14:22–32; 17:20; Luke 17:5–10},

and

that makes the derivative – a new form of life – infinite–immortal–indestructible

and capable of existence within other realm

{in the realm of God the Spirit, the Creator of Life – in the Kingdom of God:

John 1:12–13; 3:3–6, 36; 11:25–26; 14:1–3; Revelation 21; 22; Daniel 7:9–10)

is enabled to actualize the increased energy potential

that within the limited time–space–complexity settings [[earth]] is manifested as knowledge and love of God,

imitation of the perfection of God, and, in some cases, even demonstration of the transcendent abilities,

for instance, such as knowledge of the future, clairvoyance, healing, and other “works of God”

{e.g., in: Mark 16:15–18; John 14:12; Acts}.

 

Everyone who claims his road to God comes to a particular – personal – vision and comprehension of God, yet the essence is always the same: God of the Holy Wisdom, the Perfect and Almighty God Who creates all through His Word – Λογος, Αγια Σοφια – Whom we know as Lord God Jesus Christ, and Who reveals Himself to His people as the Perfect Almighty Love with Whom there will be no sorrows, death, and suffering {John 3:16–18; 13:34–35; 14:21–23; 15:9–12; 17:21–26; 1 John; Revelation 21:3–7}.

The personal vision of God might be different, yet it always reflects the Absolute Good and completeness of the Perfect All–forgiving Love as much as the one, at his level of development, is enabled to perceive: the Holy Spirit is One but His gifts (including abilities of cognition and comprehension of God) are different, because their recipients have to accomplish different works and to serve different purposes within the universe, in the present and in the future worlds arranged according to the will of God {our God is the God of Wisdom and knowledge, or as St. Paul the Apostle writes in: 1 Corinthians 14:33, not of ακαταστασιας – disarray, confusion, chaos}.

Indeed, they should be and they are different because the universe created by God is the wholeness of unlimited diversity of life (including the planet Earth), the interconnected living multitudes of creations within different arrangements and dimensions {John 14:2; Daniel 7:9–10}, with different potency, purposes and features (complexity), who in their totality are the manifestation of the Omnipotent Power and Energy issuing from God and carrying out the will of God the Creator.

Furthermore, it should be said that the evolution of a human mind proceeds through cognition of God, and the degree of mind’s development is a part of σημεια των καιρων {the signs of times – Luke 12:54–57}, which reveal closeness to the καιρος of this world

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Concerning mentioned in the excerpt καιρος: Greek word καιρος conveys the meaning of the moment of accomplishment, “decisive moment,” when something either actually happens or is fulfilled.  Kαιρος defines

1/ the specific time–space point at which a system realizes its potential to create the most significant knowledge, or achieves its purposes.

2/ the final phase, or the time of completion, when time–range of existence, which is controlled by the laws of irreversibility of cognition and complexity, is completed because the system

either

has accumulated knowledge, obtained the level of complexity,

and developed the optimal potential according to the creator’s design

or

has corrupted and perverted its nature and became incapable of evolution–development

(that is incapable of accumulating knowledge and reaching its  optimum according to the design of the system’s creator).

 

As soon as the καιρος is reached {e.g., Genesis 6:5, 12–14} the system has either to be modified/transformed for the next stage of existence or to be destroyed because of its inability to achieve the purposes for the sake of which it has been created.

Therefore, καιρος denotes

a/ the ultimate (closing) act of manifestation of the law, which has been embodied into a particular system that was created to accomplish some purposes

b/ the consequent inability of a system to exist at the settings (time–space–complexity), within which it reached its καιρος.

The law manifests itself

either

through transformation of a system (that evolved according to its design) for the next phase of existence

or

through collapse and disintegration of a system (that perverted its nature and became unable to evolve).

 

Hence, the one could infer that when God said–sent His word – Λογος, and the universe with the earth within it came into existence {in: Genesis 1; John 1:1–4, 10–14}, the Λογος as the universal code/law of creation has been read–actualized at the particular levels of complexity, at which the time and the structured matter are enabled to carry the range of parameters and conditions of existence of a specific life form created within a particular space [[see Note *6* to “The Absolute Weapon,” posting for July 20, 2014, in this file]]. In other words, the seed of the mighty tree was planted into the prepared soil {in: Mark 4:26–32}, which could be any world/κοσμος/settings in a range, which could expand

from

a human mind that discovered the law of God as a definition of own nature,

accepted the Word as the soil accepts the seed–carrier of life,

learned to embody the law into own actuality – make it the very own life: thinking, speaking, acting,

and became empowered by the Holy Spirit for growth–evolution initiated by the Holy Wisdom

to

a trans–galactic abyss,

within which the Omnipotent Power of Almighty God unfolds the vortex of energy–power fields

and initiates the core/code of a new galaxy with the settings

[[in our universe, for instance, such settings include time–space–complexity]]

for accommodation of life as a particular reading/actualization of the Universal Code of life –

Λογος, the Word–God

 

The καιρος of the Earth will come when all beings created for the eternity will pass through their way into the Kingdom of God, and the evil completes the allotted for it measure {Revelation 1:5–8; 3:12, 20–21; 6:9–11; 14:13; 2 Peter 3:3–15; Genesis 6:6, 12–14; 15:13–16}, and the purposes of the earth will be accomplished. Only God the Creator knows when it happens, yet, His Son, Lord Jesus Christ gave warning to all His followers that the end is close {Matthew 24:32–42}.

Concerning καιρος, see also the following excerpts from Archive Files:

The Completion, Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_4_2008–2009, and Pattern #5,  9.18.2010, Folder Systems, Page 2

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“The Completion

 

In Greek, the Solomon’s expression is precise: Τοις πασιν ο χρονος, και καιρος τοω παντι πραγματι υπο τον ουρανον {Ecclesiastes 3:1}. He differentiates three settings allotted for the affairs of man:

– there is the time – χρονος

– there is the time of completion, final decision, or act, when all things come into the focus and everything is completed – καιρος

– there is the framework, within which the world was created–structured, or the firmament of the second day of creation – στερεωμα – also called the Heaven – ουρανον {Genesis 1:6–10}. Within this framework, or “under the Heaven,” χρονος and καιρος reign:

– everything is born for a purpose*1* within the measured finite settings (χρονος – governed by the law of irreversibility of cognition)

– everything accomplishes (or fails to accomplish) the purpose of its existence and reaches the time of actualization–fulfillment–completion (καιρος)

– after καιρος, everything either dissipates to free the time–space–complexity settings for the next actors or ascends at the higher level of complexity {continues existence for achievement of other purposes, at another time–space–complexity settings; one of the meanings of evolution is an increase of complexity}.

In general, these three settings define the cyclical nature of our world created according to the specific readings of the universal law – the Law of God.

The framework–firmament–heaven embraces the totality of time–space–complexity entities/networks composed with the energy fields controlling the cycles of energy transformation [[life could be envisioned as a purposeful cycle of energy transformations]]. These settings or specific networks of the energy fields could be seen as the unity of the interconnected worlds, which accommodate the developing totality of the cycles of creation {John 5:17} and sustain life of different kinds of living beings–embodiments of the divine energy accomplished according to the universal law – Λογος – and with the universal power coming from God the Creator. The unity of energy–law–power maintains the Heaven and the world of men. The time – χρονος – makes possible achievement of the purposes, therefore, actualization of the cycles of life. The time of completion – καιρος  –  is the time–setting when three events happen:

1/ the system (the human mind or a human establishment, e.g., empire) achieves the maximal potency, which it has been designed and is capable to achieve during its life–cycle

2/ the system actualizes its maximal potency and embodies the accumulated knowledge into the act of creation or destruction of other systems

3/ the system completes its purposes.

The human mind cannot change χρονος, yet, it has a freedom to choose or to create the path toward own καιρος.  This path (the human life, existence of an empire, civilization, nation, corporation, or of any other human establishment) differs, mostly, by the initial complexity*2* and the settings within which the system is destined to fulfill the purposes. In general, this path might be seen as a summary of derivatives

a/ the Past, which the mind, for instance, carries as the genetic composition of the body it controls, and which, in particular, defines the present manageability of the matter {Wisdom 8:19–20 }, mostly through physical individual abilities and potency to perceive, access, and utilize the resources needed for achievement of the purposes

b/ the vision of truth {or the remnants of this vision, e.g., in: Isaiah 6:10}, which define the abilities to discern the Law behind the totality of events and settings, to evaluate own compliance with the Law, and to act according (or contrary)  to the Law (that is according/contrary to own nature, which is defined by the Law) therefore, to cognize the knowledge, which would allow accomplishment the purposes of evolution (the knowledge of good) or anti–evolution (the knowledge of evil)

c/ the accumulated potency of created–learned knowledge of good and evil.

In a particular sense, the world might be seen as the training ground where the human mind tests own abilities and actualizes own nature within different times, religions, races, nations, empires, establishments, and other settings. In general, the accumulated knowledge of good and evil and the choices intended to embody this knowledge into the life of the world define preparedness (or unpreparedness) for the next world and the next phase of existence in the Kingdom of God {John 14:2}.

Other Solomon’s texts compliment his vision of the foundations of the world and allow comprehension of his sadness as the prophet, philosopher, and king. After Solomon accomplished everything that man, king, and genius who received the knowledge of foundations of the world and mysteries of creation could accomplish, and after he researched everything under the Heaven with the wisdom granted by God {Ecclesiastes 1:12–18; 2:1–24; 1 Kings 3:11–13; 2 Chronicles 1:11–12}, he makes he makes the inferences:

1/ without God, man is able of nothing: all and everything – wisdom, knowledge, power, wealth, happiness, life, and death as the perfect completion of the perfect life – comes by the will of God and in the time allotted by God

2/ the only path of dignity and wisdom opened to man is to cling to God and to observe His commandments {Ecclesiastes 11:13}.

The author of the Book of Wisdom explains that everything that makes life meaningful and desirable is in the knowledge of God: to know God is the complete righteousness and acceptance of His dominion is the root of immortality {Wisdom 15:3}.

The inference is that this world is centered or focused on the Absolute Good, and only those who choose to seek this Absolute Good are able to actualize own nature and have their καιρος  as accomplishment of the purposes they have been created to accomplish…

…some systems are not capable to reach their καιρος. Despite an ability to develop the greatest potency and availability of the resources, the system may never have καιρος, because of their incompatibility with the environment, insufficient complexity/development of its counterparts, or simply because of the unprepared environment.

The myth about Cassandra reflects the tragedy of those unable to reach καιρος.  Apollo punished Cassandra (daughter of the king of Troy) because of her independent spirit and unwillingness to serve his desire. She received an ability to foresee the Future; however, those whom she predicted the Future had been deprived of an ability to understand her. All Cassandra’s predictions became reality, yet, her contemporaries were not ready to comprehend the consequences of current events and own actions, therefore, she was not able to accomplish her purposes: she had no καιρος.

…even if the mind of observer is capable of discerning the patterns of completion in the Past, and has an ability to determine the actual meaning of knowledge, events and choices, as well as to comprehend the summary of actions leading to the particular pattern of καιρος, could such a mind actually assist in the design of the Future if every system has own vision of the Future and this Future might not be reconcilable with the projections of other systems?

Probably, the understanding of the irreconcilable differences led the wise king to the conclusion: everything is in the knowledge of God and in observance of His commandments. Only for those unified with the mutual knowledge of the Absolute Good – that is of our Lord God and Savior, and for those who build on the only indestructible precious corner stone {Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 7:24–27; Luke 20:17} life becomes the path of accomplishment, achievement of the highest power of creation of good, therefore, actualization of own nature, which prepares the human mind for the Kingdom of God.

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E*1* In general, the meaning of any purpose sought by the mind might be described as finding of a particular pattern of knowledge creation and embodiment of this pattern into the life of the surrounding world.

 

E*2* The initial complexity of parameters is defined by potency of the mind–creator. The meaning of mind’s potency (or the power to create) includes the vast scale of the features, which make the mind capable to accomplish the purposes of creation; for instance, such as accumulated created–learned knowledge, an ability to employ this knowledge for achievement of the purposes within the different settings, the available or possible to access resources, and knowledge of the establishments within which the particular mind would have to achieve its purposes.”  

The Completion, Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_4_2008–2009,

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…as Solomon noticed, there is no new thing under the sun. He also knew that all things have their χρονος (the time–range) and everything has its own καιρος (the time–point of fulfillment or completion, impossibility to continue or a necessity to begin). There is

 

a time to seek and a time to lose

καιρος του φιλησαι και καιρος του μισησαι

a time of war and a time of peace…

 

Everything has its own time–range to exist and to struggle for fulfillment of the purposes of existence, and everything comes to the moment–point of completion, when the purposes are accomplished or when it becomes clear that they never will be achieved. Everything has the very own starry moment of the end, would it be victory or defeat, time to live or time to die…

Interesting connection: there is nothing new, and everything has its own καιρος. Who needs the forecast theory then? Just study the history as the totality of evolving⇐⇒ degenerating⇒ disintegrating interactive  systems, and after that

 

discover the main patterns

define the laws,

which are behind the actions–events–phenomena

that compose the patterns and define the systems’ past, present, future

identify manifestations of the laws:

analyze the current conditions–properties of the systems–settings

that are the subjects of interest

find the proper patterns

compare intents–actions–conditions of the subjects of interests with the patterns

determine the stage of development–degradation–disintegration

write down the Future scenario

all is done: relax and watch the show…

 

Would it be so simple, some research institutions and intelligence services could become the stuff of old curiosity shops. So, there is something else needed, if someone wants knowledge of the Future, or something that rules out knowledge of the Future for majority of those who seek it, or something elusive, powerful enough do not be found or overridden. What is it? Could it be

–– the lack of brain–power

–– the wrong or inadequate foundation on which theories and analyses are developed

–– the rules of the game called “life within the world of the matter”

–– insufficient or inadequate development and resulting ignorance

–– arrogance of those who possess the coercive power and control thinking of researchers

–– the special temporal blindness of those destined to come through the same cycles of cognition of evil and good, to learn/fail to learn the same lessons, to pass/fail to pass the same tests as their ancestors had?

Ultimately, impossibility to see the Future in its entirety and in its definiteness is a blessing for those who have no Future, and the vision of the Future is not interesting for those who have come further, to the Knowledge behind which the time does not exist, to Λογος – the Word–God…”

Pattern #5,  9.18.2010, Folder Systems, Page 2

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Concerning purpose, complexity and other systems definitions, see Introduction to the Systems Logic – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://  systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_1.

 

Concerning  σημεια των καιρων – the signs of times, see the following excerpt from Pattern #10, 5.17.2011, Folder Systems, Page 2

 

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“…we are expected to discern the signs of the times – σημεια των καιρων {Matthew 16:1–3}, not only weather.

In general, with the systems theory, to discern the signs of time (that is to find out the system’s καιρoς, the points at which the system reaches the highest potency and comes to the completion, after which the processes of collapse–disintegration start) is a relatively simple task. To determine χρονος – the exact time–range and space–complexity points of failure–collapse–death and through who it will be executed is much more complicated thing, because the mind cannot measure the precise influx/outflow of energy coming from/taken by other systems –

– the environment, or the super–system that accommodates life–cycle of the system, which I observe

– the adjacent and correlated systems and realities.

This energy might be in a form of information, knowledge, material resources, people with different abilities and skills, and so on… There are many carriers–transmitters–transformers of the energy that might either prolong existence or accelerate disintegration. Although some of them might be determined by analyzing the remnants of the system’s potentials, resources, and other properties, still, there are the unknown quantities, the variables that, at some level of generalization, compose the specific patterns describing the stages of collapse of one system and the stages of expansion–growth of another system(s).

 However, if we have a complicated task to determine precisely on which stage of collapse is the world that accommodates existence of mankind – what are the signs of times that we should know? There is no doubt that these signs are within us as any other knowledge of the world is; otherwise, God would not name “hypocrites” those who can predict weather yet cannot discern σημεια των καιρων – the signs of times {Matthew 16:3}.

Those who discern the signs of time know the system’s καιρoς

From the other side, if someone never had a chance to recall this knowledge of the times or even to know that it exists, if even the time and circumstances of own death are mercifully hidden – from where the knowledge of the sings of time could come?

So, the unknown systems would remain the formidable reality until the methods to identify/decipher/foresee them and to determine καιρoς are the part of public education…

In the beginning, it was very interesting task to find out how to determine the signs of something unknown coming. When I began my travel into the realm of the unknown, I came to the idea on which the unknown systems concept was developed. However, I have chosen not the best name – the actually unknown systems exist only at the levels that exceed complexity of the human mind. Within the dominion of men – societies, states, establishments of all kinds – such systems do not exist. Surprises, for instance, unexpected attack or unforeseen defeat or loss of competitive advantage, stem from the inadequate complexity of consideration and insufficient knowledge; they are not the overlooked σημεια των καιρων of the observed system, they are the consequences of insufficient knowledge of the observers.

From the other side, insufficient knowledge foretells the problems or even the end of those who compose it as well as of those who rely on it; so, at least one sign of times is clear…”

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*3* See posting The Origin of Illness in 1_March_May_2024file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3

 

*4* See posting The Web of Life in 1_March_May_2024file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3

 

*5* Concerning  Λογος as the definition – St. Paul the Apostle says τον  λογον  του  Θεου – definition (λογον) of (given by) God {2 Corinthians 4:2}; also see Note *7* to The Absolute Weapon, posting for July 20, 2014, file 3_July_August_2014.

In general, a law might be seen as a definition of the vital conditions, parameters, features, characteristics of a system (human being, state, empire, Earth), which compose the meaning of the nature. Three purposes of the law make it the guardian of nature, therefore, the protector of life:

1/ the law stipulates the functions, actions, transformations, input/output, and all other parameters, features, qualities, which constitute the system’s nature

2/ the law controls the range of allowable deviations from the norm, behind which the processes of perversion–degeneration begin and the system–violator has to be destroyed [[an oversimplified example: in a food–processing plant, the technical failure resulted in abnormal temperature regime and consequent uncontrolled development of microorganisms: the food, intended to sustain existence of people, became the poison, which is incompatible with a/ the original design or the nature of food and b/ the human nature, because instead of providing life–sustaining resources the food became the source of life–threatening infection. Therefore, abnormal actions of one subsystem triggered abnormalities (perversion) of the entire live–cycle of the plant as well as disease of the consumers of its output. As soon as the perversion becomes manifest, the controlling system would correct the manufacturing regime and destroy the source of threat – contaminated food.]]

3/ the law stipulates the processes, which culminate in destruction/ruin/annihilation of the degenerated/perverted system

 

*6* See the following excerpt from posting The Excellence, Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012 

Excerpt

“The Excellence

 

…The literal translation of the Isaiah’s message {Isaiah 43:20–21: το γενος Μου το εκλεκτον, λαον Μου ον περιεποιησαμην τας αρετας Μου διηγεισθαι} differs from the published translations. In particular, according to The Complete Parallel Bible, which contains copyrighted texts of The New Revised Standard Version Bible, The Revised English Bible, New American Bible, and The New Jerusalem Bible, Isaiah wrote: “My chosen people, the people whom I formed (shaped) for Myself that they might declare (announce/broadcast) My praise(s)” {Isaiah 43:20–21}.  

Does God need praises of men? Did God ever ask human opinion or seek approval of His acts? It is the human mind who needs to praise God, so it would acknowledge that the absolute good is the attribute of God, and this absolute good is the main law to which the mind has to follow and the main ideal which the mind has to imitate, if it wants to live. The human mind’s comprehension and imitation of the attributes of God and consequent coming to God manifest the excellence of God.

So, the actual meaning of the prophet’s words should be different from the “broadcasting/announcing/declaration of praises” offered by the common translations*2*.

Indeed, the Prophet employs words with rich content:

γενος  – offspring; derivative of  γινομαι, from the primary root  γεν–  to generate, to cause to be

ον – from οντος – existing, in a state of being; a creation; a being

περιεποιησαμην – compound word with the overall meaning: created to survive and to be protected until the end/limits; this compound word contains roots of words: 1/ περιειμι, to survive, to be saved 2/ ποιησις – creation 3/ αμυνα – protection, defense, and 4/ αμην – truly, indeed; until the end/limit

αρετας – from αρετη – virtue, excellence – state of praises, glory

διηγεισθαι – from δια – the channel (way/system/means through/with which an act is accomplished), and αγω – to lead, to drive, bring (forth), which is primary verb for the cluster of words related to ηγεμον – leader, rule, authority.

In summary, the prophet refers to the people who are the offspring/creation of God, who exist, and who are to survive under protection of God, so through them the excellence of God shall be revealed as reigning and leading.

The key word for complete comprehension is αρετας, with the root αιρ||αρ which unifies the cluster of derivatives with the overall meaning of the excellence as the power of taking away the burden and the power of elevation:

αιρω – the primary verb that originates cluster of words with the meanings to lift, to take away, to expiate, to carry, to remove

αρρην – strongman for lifting

αρην – a lamb, the sacrifice given for lifting the burden of sin

αρα – the prayer lifting to Heaven

αρετη – manliness, valor, virtue. When in the Holy Scriptures the mentioning of praise is intended, another word is used: the praise is specified by its own definition. For instance, to specify praise, usually the derivatives of word αινος  (from αινεω – to praise) are used; for instance, αινεσινpraises {in: Isaiah 42:21}, and  θυσιαν αινεσεως – the sacrifice of praise {in: Psalm 106(107):22}. Another word conveys meaning of glory – δοξα {in: Isaiah 42:8}. The Russian Bible translates the same word αρετας  as слава (that is English – glory and Greek – δοξα, in Isaiah 43:21, and as хвала (English – praise), in Isaiah 42:8.

Another text facilitates comprehension of αρετας as a state of empowerment or possession of the special power: the prophet {Isaiah 42:8} conveys the words of God that He does not give His glory (την δοξαν) to the others nor His excellence (τας αρετας) to statues/graven images/idols (τοις γλυπτοις – from γλυψω – to make/carve/model a statue, image, idol).

Idols/statues/graven images are inanimate objects, images of material things; they have no power – they are nothing {Isaiah 40:19–20; 41:23–24, 28–29; 44:9–20}, and their influence on human life stretches as far as the mind allows it to stretch; in fact, this influence is possible only because deceit and corrupted imagination enslaves the human mind and makes it susceptible to deception and acceptance of false beliefs. Therefore, the reference to excellence should denote possession of the power to excel.

The summary leads to comprehension of a special attribute – the excellence of God, as a component of the Absolute Good – the perfection of God that according to words of Lord God Jesus Christ, man must imitate {cf.: Matthew 5:48}. As such, the excellence of God is perceived by the human mind as the special power of virtue of God, which lifts the burden of man, as the mercy that overcomes human limits and the burden of the earth, as the righteousness that in its complete impartiality {cf.: Matthew 5:43–48; Luke 6:27–38} bestows life and the good onto all creations, so everyone has the chance to find the road to God, and everyone receives the full measure of everything he is able to accept and to give to the others…

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E*2* In general, it could be said that translations of the compound derivatives illustrate the difference between the contemporary simplified language and the old Greek – the direct derivative of the primary language of the earth, when the people unified by mutual means of communication aspired to reach the Heaven and could accomplish their purposes without failure {Genesis 11:1–9}. This derivative became the language of the Minoan civilization, and then, the source of hieroglyphs, which Egyptian and Phoenician civilizations adopted from the Minoans (see The Minoan Legacy, in Philosophy: the Beginning, Folder Philosophy, Page_1, or file Ancient Civilizations:  Legacy Overview for download @ my website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia [ http: // systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_1.

In the contemporary terms, it might be said that this archaic language was the language of the logical realities, from which, for instance, many attributes/faces/angles of consideration of the wholeness emerge and define the processes of creating and maintaining the wholeness (concerning logical reality and other systems terms, see Introduction to the Systems Logic, for download @ my website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia [ http: // systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_1).

The contemporary language is the product of the mind for which Pythagorean numerology – obsession with numbers (that underlies the contemporary assumption of “universality” of mathematical sciences) – and Aristotle’s dialectics shaped the language of theology and then, sciences.

For instance, Nicolaus of Cusa (1401–1464), following Anicius Manlius Boethius (A.D. 475–525), postulated that according to Pythagoras and “the ancients,” knowledge of divine things might be obtained only through mathematical symbols because “numbers and magnitude” contain all truth [Nicolaus of Cusa 5, 22, 23]. This statement reveals the completed substitution: the simplified logic of the temporal matter took the place of the logic of wholeness – the logic that leads to comprehension of the infinity and the eternity.

“Quantum theology” of Diarmuid O’Murchu (a Catholic priest) with its “quantum morality” intended “to overgrow all dualism, especially that of good vs. evil” [O’Murchu 11, 143, 197, 198] illustrates the contemporary consequences of this numerological–theological “enlightenment” extended (in imitation of Aristotle with his mathematical–geometrical–physical “theology” and “philosophy”) into the field of physics.

In general, complexity of language reflects the degree of mind’s development and therefore, ability to identify and to accomplish the purposes securing survival and evolution – growth toward the optimal potency. So, it could be inferred that the problems of the contemporary establishments are the consequences of simplification, which Aristotle,  following the way of thought of his predecessors (starting with assumptions of two Orphic philosophers – Pythagoras and Plato), embodied in his dialectics – the logic of death – the actual basis of contemporary philosophy and science.

 

Concerning Pythagoras’ inheritance, Aristotelian dialectics, logic of simplification and the consequences, e.g., such as modeling and model WORLD 2, see:

– The Invisible Empire, esp., subchapters Epistemology and Symbolism (Chapter 1), Introductory Note (to Chapter 4), Sciences, New Image of Man, and the Vision of the Future (Chapter 8)

Archive Files @ website Sunday’s Thoughts  [http://alicealexandrasofia.net ]:

1/ Philosophy: the Beginning, Philosophy: Plato, and Philosophy: Aristotle (esp. Note 8), in Folder Heathen Philosophy, Pages 1–3,

2/ postings in Folder Archive_2008–2009Logic of Death, Page_2_2008, and The Nations Page_8_2009.

 

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 References:

 

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

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

Nicolaus of Cusa (Cusanus). "On Learned Ignorance." Renaissance Philosophy. Vol. II: The Transalpine Thinkers. Ed., trans., and introduced by Herman Shapiro and Arturo B. Fallico. New York:  Random House, 1969.  3–24.

O'Murchu, Diarmuid. Quantum Theology. New York: Crossroad, 1997.

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

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*7* St. Peter the Apostle and St. Paul the Apostle write {e.g., in: 1 Peter; 2 Peter; Romans, esp.: 4; 8; Ephesians, esp. 2:1–22; 4:17–24; Galatians; 1 Corinthians; 2 Corinthians; Colossians, esp. 1:9–23; 2} of life not by flesh; those who live by flesh, die. However, those who live by the spirit and who are guided by the Spirit of God are the children of God, whom the Love of God has designed, chose, called, justified, tried as in fire, and keeps for the future resurrection for the eternity with God. God the Creator of the heavens and the earth eliminates the barrier–separation between the heavens and the earth: the Word–God unifies both worlds in Himself reconciling us to God and leading to God the Father.

 

*8*   See The Road to God and The One Coming to Christ – Folder Foundation, Pages 5 and 6. Excerpt from The One Coming to Christ follows.

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“The One Coming to Christ

 

…come to Me, all those laboring and being burdened,

and I will give you rest…

{Matthew 11:28}

 

The one who set his mind on comprehension of knowledge of God with the purpose to become a Christian – follower of Lord God Jesus Christ – begins with a simple preparation: the silent prayer to God – within own mind, unnoticed and unknown to those who might be a part of daily life, who might be apparently connected to the one as family members, friends, co–workers, and yet, who, at the same time, because of different convictions, beliefs, and ways of life might be as far from the one as the East is far from the West {Psalm 102(103):12; Matthew 6:16–18; 10:16–39; 15:8–9; Luke 12:51–53; 21:16–19; Ephesians 6:18}.

To begin the road to God, the one does not need to obtain a particular social status or wealth, to belong to a particular race or nation, to go into particular places of worship, to wear special clothing, to seek court’s approval, incite unrest, to follow special rituals and innovations of men. God is the Spirit and He seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth: God sees and judges the inner man – his soul–heart–mind {1 Kings 16:7; Psalm 43(44):21; Matthew 6:16–18; John 4:19–24; Romans 10:12–13; 1 Corinthians 6:1–8; Colossians 2:2–23; Isaiah 58:2–14; Zacharias 7:4–10}.

The soul–heart–mind of man might become either the temple of the Living God or the nest of the evil and den of the robbers: the outcome is the result of the one’s own choice, thoughts, words, and actions. The road to God begins in the one’s own spirit, in the depth of own soul–heart–mind, and through Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Life and the Light and the Truth of a human child of God {cf.: Matthew 15:19–20; 21:12–13; Mark 7:6–9, 21–23; John 1:1–5, 9–13; 2:19; 8:12; 14:6; 1 Corinthians 6:12; 7:17–23; 12:13; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 6:18}.

The one can arrange the initial phase of preparation as three–fold daily activity:

a/ to begin with The Jesus Prayer*1*, which should be read in the beginning and in the end of everything – the new day, when the one awakes, and in the evening, when the one goes to sleep, before starting and in the ending of the work, studies, and so on… Whatever fills the days of life, whatever has the beginning and the end, should begin and end with prayer to the Word–God Who is the Beginning and the End, Who is the Holy Wisdom of God and Head of all powers and all authorities over the human soul–heart–mind as well as over the entire universe, Who is the precious corner–stone, on which the Εκκλησια*2*– Church of God – is built, and without Whom man is enabled of nothing  {Matthew 18:20; John 15:4–6; 1 Peter 2:4–6; Ephesians 1:17–23; 2:1–22}

b/ to continue with The Lord Prayer*3* and The Prayer of giving the Holy Spirit*4*. If the one seeks God with all heart and mind*5*, with faith, the Holy Spirit, Who is sent by God the Father in the Name of the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ, will teach and guide and lead into the eternity with God {Proverbs 2:3–11; 3:5–35; Joel 2:28–29; Matthew 7:7–11; 21:21–22; Luke 11:2–13; John 14:15–26; 16:7–15, 24, 26; Hebrews 11:1–40}

c/ to devote the time left after the daily necessities (job, family duties, household chores, and so on) to reading the Holy Bible:

1/ start with the Gospels; first, The Gospel According to John, then the others – According to Matthew, Mark, Luke – they all convey the words of the One Shepherd*6*

2/ continue with the Psalms and the Books of the Old Testament – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and all the following (especially, the Books of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Malachi), which explain many events from the Past, the Present, and the Future

3/ finish with the Acts and Epistles of the Apostles (firstly, 1 John, 1 & 2 Peter, James, Jude, Romans, Ephesians), then, Revelation.

The Jesus Prayer opens the mind to the Word–God Whose grace {John 1:17} will instantly {Joel 2:32}, although might be unnoticeable in the very beginning, start to work and to transform the heart–mind of the one who with faith and hope seeks God. The Name of Jesus Christ is the seed of the Kingdom of God that having being planted into the heart–mind grows into the mighty tree – the invincible empire of free human spirit that is loved and led and taught by God Himself {Psalm 31(32):7–8; 118(119); 138(139):1–18; Matthew 13:2–23; Mark 4:1–32; John 14:26; 17:1–26; James 1:17–25}.

Only through Lord Jesus Christ a human being comes to his Creator {John 14:6}: the starting point and the ending point of everything is the prayer to Jesus Christ Who will come and heal and forgive and illuminate and lead into His marvelous Light – the eternity with God – the one who opens his heart–mind to the Son of God, the Good Shepherd and Savior.

The Lord’s Prayer – to God the Father – and the prayer of giving the Holy Spirit should be read in the beginning and in the end of day, before the meal, at any time when the one needs guidance and help in the daily needs and troubles, or when the ones perceives the presence of God.

The Holy Bible is the greatest treasure: it conveys the words of God leading into the eternity. Even if, at the beginning, something is not perfectly clear, the one should continue reading: as it was with all preceding generations, God will answer, open the mind for understanding that His law defines the greatest good of man, and give the knowledge to everyone who seeks Him with faith and hope {Deuteronomy 6:4–8; 30:9–14; Proverbs 2:3–11; John 14:15–26; 16:13, 24–27}.

As soon as the heart–mind advances in learning and understanding the words of God, the one should begin to observe them, especially, The Ten Commandments and the words of Jesus Christ conveyed by the Gospels {esp.: Exodus 20:1–17; Matthew 5:1–48; Luke 6:20–49; 10:25–37; John}, and to embody them into own words and actions*7*. At this stage, the Epistles of the Apostles should be studied as the practical guide, because they will teach how to establish life appropriate for a Christian and to develop the Christian virtues, which, in the Present, the many either forgot or never learnt.

When the one feels ready, he should find the Christian Orthodox Church, in which he might complete his preparation for becoming full–fledged member of the Church of God at the earth – to be baptized, to partake in the Holy Communion {Matthew 26:26–28; 28:18–20; Mark 16:15–16; Luke 3:16–17; 12:49; 22:19–20; John 1:33–34; Acts 19:1–5; 8:26–39}.

At this stage (the choice of the church – for instance, in the US: American, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, or any of other Orthodox Churches – and the particular place of worship), the one should be careful, because in the current time and within the godless societies, some churches have been transformed into the establishments, which operate more as social/political clubs than the temples of God. Furthermore, in contradiction to the words of God {e.g., Malachi 2:7–9}, some priests became more concerned with material possessions, political advantages, and fulfilling of own immoral desires more than with the true value of human soul seeking God. Such priests*8* 

– cover their earthly ambitions with lofty words

– confirm their “sainthood” and pretenses on top hierarchical positions with academic degrees in theology and philosophy earned in the papal educational institutions

– propagate ecumenism (sacrilegious idea of unification with the papal establishment)*9* as “the will of God Who desires the unity of all”

– spread heresies, especially, by calling for compromises in the questions of faith, by forgetting the reasons of the Great Schism and the history of Christianity, by discarding the crimes against God and against Christians committed by the papacy and the papal subjects*10*, by justifying the idea of modernization/adjustment to the current times (that is descent at the level of the godless and corrupted societies, acceptance the sin as the norm, the black as the white, and the will of men as the will of God)

– in contradiction to the instructions of St. Paul the Apostle, propagate acceptance of all and total unification {even with those who do not wish change their manner of life founded on heresy, sin, and disgrace – e.g., in: 2 Peter 2:12–22; Romans 1:21–32; 1 Corinthians 5:9–13; 6:1–20; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18; Galatians 5:14–26}

– corrupt and deceive many.

The litmus (or acid) test is the position of a particular church and its priests toward unification with the papal establishment (therefore the ability or inability to decipher the Orphism – ancient cult of snake–worshipers, on which Plato–Aristotle’s philosophy is built*11* – behind the Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology that is the official doctrine of the papal church of Rome – Vatican*12*) and acceptance of idol–worshipers (although they might be deceived and earnestly believe that they worship true God) as the fellow Christians, before their ignorance is healed and before they are baptized as Christians.

Nevertheless, whatever the one might encounter, he should never accept ignorance, vice, deceit, and imperfection of men as the obstacle to his own coming to God. Christianity is the peace in God {John 14:27}, yet, in the same time, it is the never–ending battle {Ephesians 6:10–18} with the evil, corruption, and ignorance, which are carried by those who have rejected God and chose to follow heresies and false teachings of men. From the beginning of Christianity, for everyone who seeks true knowledge and wisdom, the evil is always the part of the universal test {in: Luke 4:1–12}, and heretics, false teachers, and sinners are the part of trial {Matthew 7:15–24; 24:5, 11, 24; John 8:31–47}:

– the spirit of anti–Christ was already unleashed in the time when St. John the Apostle still lived {1 John 2:18–19; 4:3; 2 John 7}

– St. Peter the Apostle warned against false prophets and false teachers who introduce deadly heresies {2 Peter 2:1–22}

– St. Paul the Apostle warned against the grieving wolves who would not spare the flock after his departure {Acts 20:29–30}

– St. Jude the Apostle wrote of dreamers who live by their lusts, pollute the flesh, and have no Spirit of God within them as of the waterless clouds, fruitless autumn trees, and animal–like ones {Jude 7–19}.

Then, one more thing to remember: wherever the Spirit of God is, there is freedom and peace {John 8:31–36; 14:15–26; James 1:25; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; Galatians 5:13–26}. In Christian Church, there cannot be coercion in the religious matters, forceful conversion, hypocrisy*13*, and assertion of unreserved submission to men who pretend on superiority and especial status in the church {e.g., Matthew 15:7–9, 14; 23:2–35; Mark 9:33–35; self–deified men who sacrilegiously pretend on the place of God – 2 Thessalonians 2:3–12, and, in contradiction to the Holy Scriptures, present themselves as mediators between God and men, while there is only One Mediator between God and man – Lord Jesus Christ – in: John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5–6}.

Such coercion and false pretences are sacrilege and crime before God, because they

1/ are the attempts to interfere with the will of God Who is the only Leader {Καθηγητης – Matthew 23:10} of every one of His creations

2/ take away the precious gift of freedom, which the Creator bestows onto every one of His creations

3/ deceive God’s creations and masquerade the earthly ambitions of those to whom St. Paul the Apostle refers to as to the sons of perdition and ravenous wolves not sparing the flock {Acts 20:29–30; 2 Thessalonians 2:3–4}.

A Christian lives in the peace of Lord Jesus Christ, by the perfect law of freedom explained by Lord Jesus Christ and given by the Holy Spirit, and in the Church that is the God’s Own. Therefore, the one should never give up independent unbiased reasoning, which only knowledge of God sustains: meekness and humility before God does not mean transformation into the unreserved slave of men who make enslaving and preying on the others the source of own earthly wealth and earthly advancement. Trust in God does not include unreserved trust in men and spiritual self–enslaving to men*14*, whoever they are, whichever sainthood they ascribe to themselves, whichever power of coercion they possess, and even whichever miracles they create {e.g., Matthew 24:4–5, 11, 24; 1 Corinthians 7:23; 2 Corinthians 3:17}.

Therefore, if the one desires to accomplish the ultimate purpose of man*15* – to save his soul and enter the eternity with God, the one’s mind should be tuned to the words of God, not to human fantasies born by corrupted imagination and earthly ambitions. The one should set the words of God as unassailable core of own thinking, reasoning, and judgment; he always should compare all the sermons, “apostolic/pastoral” encyclicals of the “fervent supplicants for all before God,” uttering, and especially, actions of clergy and the people, which he might encounter when he becomes a member of a particular religious establishment, with the words and commandments of God {e.g., in: Matthew 7:21–23; Luke 10:25–37; John 13:34–35}.

The Word–God granted the universal criteria of judgment and evaluation of all world’s affairs, events, people, and their words and deeds: the Christians have

1/ the universal criterion of judgment given by Lord Jesus Christ – evaluation by the fruits, that is by the good for all and every human being as the ultimate result {Matthew 7:12–20; 15:7–9}*16*

2/ the universal criterion of evaluation of actions and words by which they recognize the essence – love to each other {John 13:34–35; Matthew 7:12}.

If the words and actions of man lead to the good of each person (not to the abstract common good, with which politicians of all times and all establishments staring with Aristotelian Polis sacrifice many for the sake of the privileged few) and reveal love to the others, they are accomplished in Christ.

For instance {Mark 7:20–23; Luke 6:45; 1 Corinthians 12:3}, the Christian’s heart does not originate evil and does not train itself in blasphemies*17* against Lord Jesus Christ. The Christians do not accept the heretical assertion that the church cannot imitate the mercy of God to the relapsed sinners. The Christians do not justify executions and betrayal of the heretics and different minded as, for instance, the main theologian of the papal establishment has done*18*

In summary, although the Christian has no right to cut the corrupted tree or to uproot the poisonous weed {Matthew 13:24–30, 36–41}, for instance, to kill heretics and to destroy the heretical establishments masquerading under the name of Christ, he has freedom to reject the evil fruits (heresies and false teachings, and corrupted “priests”), so they would not poison his mind and conscience, and they would not corrupt his body.

All those who are coming to God know that the inner peace, freedom, love of God, wisdom, and the eternity await the one who decides to begin the road to God, follows the Light, lives by the Truth, and accomplishes his journey victoriously, according to the commandments of God {John 1:1–18; 14:6; 1 John 5:1–5; Revelation 21:6–7}.

Let the road of everyone of us be completed in truth and love to God and to the others…

 

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Notes:

 

E*1* See Folder Foundation:  The Foundation, Page 3, and Folder 2013: The Starting Point, Page 1_January_2013, and The First Word of Human Wisdom, Page 2_February_2013

 

E *2* See Εκκλησια – the Meaning, Folder Archive_2011, Page 5_September_October_2011

 

E *3* See The Lord’s Prayer, Folder Foundation  

 

E *4* The promise of the Holy Spirit in: Joel 2:28–29; Matthew 28:18–20; Luke 11:1–13, and John 14:15–26; 16:7–15, 24–27.

Also, The Prayer of giving the Holy Spirit until baptized: 

Lord God Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner, and lead me into Your Church, so, in Your Name, and by the great mercy and love of God the Father, I will receive the greatest treasure – the gift of the Holy Spirit and the life everlasting in Your Kingdom.

 

E *5* See The Nature of Knowledge, Folder 2013, Page 1_January_2013.

Concerning the heart and the mind, see:  The Human Heart, Folder Archive_2010, Page 7_December_2010, and Notes *3* and *6* to posting The Starting Point, Folder 2013, Page 1_January_2013, and Note *1* to the main text of this posting

 

E *6* See The Good Shepherd and The Unity and Division, file 1_March_May_2014 – for download @ website Systems Logic [http://  systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3

 

E *7* See The Nature of Knowledge and The Methods of Learning, Folder 2013, Page 1_January_2013

 

E *8* See Folder Archive_2008_2009: The Priest, and Heresy – Page_2_2008, The Hierarchy  – Page_6_2008_2009, and The Defense in Folder Archive_2011, Page 4_August_2011

 

E *9* See Introduction. Ecumenism. in The World & War. Part I. – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://  systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

E *10* The infamous acts of the papal establishment, which might be referred as the crimes against God and against humanity, include (but are not limited to) the crusades, the inquisition, forceful conversion, religious wars, persecutions of the different–minded, tortures and executions (burning alive at stakes) of the heretics and those Christians who rejected the pope as the substitute of God, cooperation with fascism and Nazism, the physical and moral corruption of the members of the papal hierarchy who corrupt and destroy faith and life of those who are under their authority; for instance, current world–wide scandals with child abuse, abuse of children in catholic educational and charitable institutions; the latest one is recent revelation of the Magdalene laundries in Ireland – because of the report from the UN committee against torture in June 2011 – which were run by Catholic nuns under protection of the state as late as in 1996 – http: //www. guardian.co.uk/ world/ 2013/feb/05 /magdalene-laundries-ireland-state-guilt).

Concerning the Great Schism, Crusades, and the Inquisition, see also

a/ the history of the papacy; for instance, in:

Encyclopedia of the Vatican and Papacy. Ed. Frank J. Coppa. Westport, ConnecticutGreenwood Press, 1999.

New Catholic Encyclopedia. Washington, DC:  The Catholic University of America, 1967. 17 vols. (recommended edition of 1967, because the following edition offers the modified history of the Inquisition and other historical events)

Lea, Henry Charles. The Inquisition of the Middle Ages. New York:  Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, 1887. 3 vols.

Lacouture, Jean. Jesuits:  A Multibiography.  Trans. Jeremy Leggatt. Washington, D.C.:  Counterpoint, 1995

La Due, William J.  The Chair of Saint Peter:  A History of the Papacy.   Maryknoll,   New York:   Orbis  Books,  1999

Lewy, Guenter. The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany. 1964. Boulder, Colorado:  Da Capo Press, 2000

Maycock, Alan L. The Inquisition from Its Establishment to the Great Schism: An Introductory Study.  With an Introduction by Ronald Knox. New York and Evanston: Harper & Row, 1969.

Rule, William H. The Brand of Dominic, or Inquisition at Rome “Supreme and Universal.”  New York:  Carlton & Phillips, 1853.

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

Sherrard, Philip. Church, Papacy, and Schism:  A Theological Enquiry. London:  SPCK, 1978

Sherrard, Philip. The Greek East and Latin West: A Study in the Christian Tradition. LondonOxford University Press, 1959

Vacandard, Elphege. The Inquisition: A Critical and Historical Study of the Coercive Power of the Church. 1915.  Trans. from the 2nd edition Bertrand L. Conway. Merrick, New York:  Richwood Publishing, 1977

b/ postings @ website Sunday’s Thoughts  [http://alicealexandrasofia.net ]:

Folder Archive_2008_2009: Heresy, Page 2_2008, The Evolution of Fear, Page_5_2009; The Nations – Page 8_2009, Note 1 to The Potential of the Mind, Page_4_2008–2009

Folder Archive_2010: The Fruits – Page 2_April_June_2010; Absolute Power – Page 4_September_2010

Folder Political Theology – Introduction, The Hierarchical Church, and The Church Militants.

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


E *11* Concerning the Orphism, see Folder Heathen Philosophy, Philosophy: the Beginning and Philosophy: Plato

Folder Archive_2011: The Earth without the Foundation – Page 2_April_May_2011, The Authority to Survive, and The Great Chasm, Page 3_June_July_2011

Folder 2012: The Emptiness – Page 1_January_2012

or download file Ancient Civilizations:  Legacy Overview  @ this website, page LIBRARY_1

 

E *12* Currently, the papal establishment – the Vatican, or the papal church of Rome, exists as the hierarchical establishment, in which

1/ the words of man are accepted as the words of God

2/ laws of men took the place of the Law of God

3/ the man assumed the right to change the meaning of vice and the meaning of virtue for his subjects

4/ man claims the right of infallibility and demands unreserved obedience, because he inserts himself between God and His creations with the pretense to be the earthly substitute of God having “share of dignity of God” and standing at the place of God. He instructs his subjects: “without the pope, spiritual life of the Christians leads to the “deplorable ruin,” and the eternal salvation cannot be found [Mystici Corporis Christi. Encyclical of pope Pius XII On the Mystical Body of Christ. 1943. http:// www. vatican. va/ holy_father/pius_xii/ encyclicals/documents/hf_p–xii_enc_29061943_ mystici–corporis–christi_ en. html; §65, 87]

This particular papal assertion reveals the attempt to put the pope at the place of the Holy Spirit, because according to the words of God {John} (and consequently, the Christian Orthodox dogma), salvation and eternal life of man are obtained only through the Holy Spirit sent by God the Father in the Name of Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, the pope ascribes to himself the power of the Holy Spirit, as well as the authority of God the Father and the grace of Lord Jesus Christ: the papal assertion is blasphemy against God and self–deification.

5/ the mortal man pretending to be “the vicar of God on earth” asserts that it is the dangerous error to believe that it is possible to accept Christ “as the Head of the Church, while not adhering loyally to His Vicar on Earth.” Those who take away the visible head (that is the pope) can neither see the eternal salvation nor find it [Mystici Corporis Christi. Encyclical of pope Pius XII On the Mystical Body of Christ. 1943. http:// www. vatican. va/ holy_father/pius_xii/ encyclicals/documents/hf_p–xii_enc_29061943_ mystici–corporis–christi_ en. html; §40–41]; also [ref. and qtd. in: Church, Papacy, and Schism: A Theological Enquiry by Philip Sherrard. London: SPCK, 1978. 60].

This papal assertion contradicts the words of God that only by the will of God the Father, through Lord Jesus Christ, man comes to God the Father, therefore, obtains the life everlasting {John 6:44; 14:6; 17:1–26}: again, the pope ascribes to himself the authority of God the Father and the power of the Word–God – the papal assertion is blasphemy against God and self–deification.

The meaning of “unreserved obedience” might be inferred from the writings of Ignatius of Loyola who asserts that “the Church militants” (the papal subjects) must put aside their own judgments and see the white as the black if “the hierarchical Church so stipulates” [Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Exercises §352–365; Personal Writings 356–358].

For instance, Ignatius of Loyola instructed his followers – the Jesuits: obedience is the distinctive feature of the Jesuits; it must be prompt and complete even when the superior’s orders the things “difficult and repugnant to sensitive nature.” Any Jesuit has to achieve complete abnegation of own will and judgments; he must obey “blindly, without inquiry of any kind” to the superior who holds the place of God or the place of Jesus Christ, has “His authority,” and is “obeyed in the place of Christ.” The subjects must realize the will of superior as the will of God, and the superior’s wish must become own wish of the subject: when the superior gives orders, his voice must be recognized as the voice of God or as the voice of Christ. For any Jesuit, to “maintain a right mind in all things” means to put aside all own judgments. Such obedience is justified with “the whole natural order, the hierarchies of angels, and well–ordered human institutions” [Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Exercises §365; To Rector and Students of the College in Coimbra, 1548, §3–4,7; To Fathers and Brothers in Portugal, 1553, §2–3; On Prophecies and Revelations, 1549, §35, 47; The Final Word on Obedience §2 in: Personal Writings 358; 200, 202; 222, 226, 252; On Perfect Obedience in: Counsels for Jesuits 76, 78, 81; The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus and Their Complementary Norms III.284; IX.765 §20 123, 365].

Consequently, the follower of Ignatius of Loyola Jesuit prelate Cardinal Bellarmine proclaims that the papal church must “blindly renounce all judgment of her own” even if the pope errs, and “consider sins good and virtues evil” if the pope so commands [Bellarmine ref. and qtd. in: Baybrook 277].

Ignatius of Loyola’s instructions illustrate the application of the ancient practice of conscience re–programming; the proclamation of Jesuit prelate Cardinal Bellarmine illustrates the results of Loyola’s training.

See analysis of the Aristotle–Aquinas’ doctrine and the official dogma of the papal church of Rome (with the references) in the following postings:

 

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Priest, and Heresy – Page_2_2008

The Hierarchy  – Page_6_2008_2009

Folder Philosophy:  Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas

Folder Political Theology: The Hierarchical Church and The Church Militants,

Folder The World & War: Introduction to Ecumenism.

 

E *13* See Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

E *14* The Trust, Folder Archive_2012, Page 4_April_2012.

 

E *15* The Ultimate Purpose, Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012.

 

E *16* The FruitsFolder Archive_2008_2010, Page 2_April_June_2010

 

E *17* See Loyola’s training (the first week of Loyola’s Exercises­), which transforms man into the enemy of God, in posting The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology.

 

E *18* According to Thomas Aquinas [Thomas Aquinas (Saint). Summa Theologica. First Complete American Edition in 3 volumes literally translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province. New York, Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, San Francisco: Benziger Brothers, 1947. 3 vols.],

1/ the Church cannot imitate God in His mercy to the relapsed sinners [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a4 ro2]

2/ heretics ought to be separated from the Church and handed over to the secular authorities for extermination “from the world by death” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a3]

3/ to maim a human being is consistent “with natural reason in relation to the common good” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.65 a1 ro1]

4/ the business and “a grave responsibility” of prelates is “to correct by means of punishment” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.33 a3]

However, God neither authorized the papacy to punish the sinners nor commissioned the self–appointed “vicars” to bear the “grave responsibility” to burn His sheep at the stakes. These assertions confirm that Aquinas’ doctrine has nothing in common with Christian teachings of love and mercy

5/ the good consists from two parts: the main part of charity, that is the spiritual good or the health of a soul, and the secondary good, that is the temporal good – life, property, good repute, etc. The believers should wish their neighbors the spiritual good; however, charity does not bound the believers to wish their neighbors the secondary good, except when such good would be helpful for the neighbor’s soul [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a4 a].

This assertion directly contradicts to the Law of God – the Ten Commandments, the good of the neighbor {Exodus 20:13–17; Leviticus 19:11–18} includes all the temporal goods, which – according to Aquinas – the believers have no duty to wish their neighbors:

–– do not kill – that is about the neighbor’s life

–– do not bear false witness against the neighbor – that is about the neighbor’s good repute

–– do not steal and do not covet anything that belongs to the neighbor – that is about the neighbor’s property.

These assertions justify Crusades, religious wars, robbery of those who were labeled as heretics, and other crimes against humanity committed by the papal subjects.

Then, Aquinas asserts that if one member of a community possesses some secondary good and the possession might become the obstacle for the eternal salvation of other members of the community, the good of many must be preferred the good of one, and the members of community are not bound by charity to wish their neighbor the secondary good, which could obstruct their eternal salvation [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a4 a].

Aquinas correlates the salvation of the papal subject’s soul with deprivation of a neighbor of his temporal goods that is another contradiction of the Scriptures. In fact, with such assertion, Aquinas abolishes the commandments of God (love to the neighbor) and introduces his own market–driven classification of good.

Besides, the eternal salvation of man does not depend on deprivation of man’s neighbor of his material possessions; with these assertions, the main papal theologian

a/ directly injects Aristotle’s materialism into the article of papal faith

b/ substitutes heathenism for the Christian teachings

c/ justifies inhumanity and corruption as the norm of life for the papal subjects.

All these inconsistent with the Christian teachings assertions of Thomas Aquinas have the practical purpose: to justify death penalty for the heretics and disobedient papal subjects and to mold the conscience of the papal subjects, so, they would without any hesitation inform against their neighbors and betray them into the hands of the Inquisition.

 

See analysis of Thomas Aquinas’ assertions in posting Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy…”

 

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*9* See posting The Ultimate and Perfect Judgment, August 3, 2014, file 3_July_August_2014

 

*10* See posting The Absolute Truth, July 6, 2014, file 3_July_August_2014

 

*11* Human wisdom is existence of a being connected with God and absorbing the power/energy, or the state of being empowered with the Divine Energy {as it is said in: Psalm 17(18):2Κυριε ισχυς μου the Lord my strength/power/might}, which is coming from God and which initiates and enables the human reasoning: to be wise means to love God and to be loved by God {John 14:23; 17}. Wisdom is a component of human nature created in image and after likeness of God, the state/condition of intellect, which reveals itself through the ability to accept the life–sustaining energy and power from God and to embody them into own actuality; for instance, to accept, to absorb/assimilate, to create, and to use knowledge necessary for creating, maintaining, and using systems and establishments, with which a human being sustains life, accomplishes purposes, and evolves for the next phase of existence. In other words, wisdom is an ability to accomplish the works of God, for the sake of which a human being has been created, and therefore, to be prepared for the everlasting life.

 

See Introduction: Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence, in Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://  systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*12* See the following excerpt from The Accomplishment, Folder Archive_2011, Page _December_2011

 

Excerpt

“The Accomplishment

…He sent His Word, and healed them,

and delivered them out of their ruin.…

{Psalm 106(107):20}

 

…each completed sentence from the Book of Life conveys the entire reality (or the essence) of the world of men – the Past–Present–Future, or seed–tree–fruits, or code–embodiment–execution/accomplishment [[or complete cycle of the energy transformations accomplished according to the specific law and within the specific energy field(s)]]. Such is the vision of the Old Testament’s  prophets, who were granted knowledge of the entirety – the Past, the Present, and the Future, and who have seen the Redeemer before His coming {e.g., Isaiah 6:1–7; 7:14; 9:2–7; 40:3–5; Daniel 7:9–27; Zachariah 12:10}.

The beginning and the end are definitions of the reality that consists of coming into being, existence, and completion/end according to the specific law – the Law of God. The Law of God is the manifestation of the Word–God: everything in the Holy Scriptures is about the Word–God {John 5:39} – He is the Beginning and the End {Revelation 1:8; 21:6}, the absolute–entirety–wholeness of man {Ecclesiastes 12:13}, and He came to accomplish (πληρωσαι  – to make complete) the Law, which was revealed through the prophets {Matthew 5:17}.

The prophets described the entire realm, which is set within the dimension of time for a particular purpose. For instance, the Old Testament’s people lived by hope and expectations of the known (foreseen) Future, and the Old Testament’s  man had the purpose to evolve into the being capable of meeting and acceptance of the Messiah Who would take man to the next stage of existence (the eternity).

The Holy Bible defines the next phase of existence very briefly: the language of the temporal setting, of the world of the matter, is not sufficient for the unknown realm that we call the Heaven or the Kingdom of God. The only knowledge given us is the practical knowledge, which the human mind is able to accommodate. For instance, those who believe in Lord God Jesus Christ – the Word–God, have {John 3:16, 36; 5:39; 6:68; 13:34–35; 14:1–27; 15:1–26; 16:7–16, 27–28, 33; 17:1–26; 1 John; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Revelation 22:5}:

 

to cognize God Who revealed Himself in Lord Jesus Christ,

to observe the commandments of God Who has the words of eternal life

to walk by faith

to overcome the powers of the evil

to become the dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God Who would teach us everything needed

for accomplishment of our work here, in the world of death,

and for preparation for the Future – for the existence in the presence of God.

 

The transitional phase is disclosed as the transformation. St. Paul the Apostle writes {1 Corinthians 3:9–15; 15:51–56} that man will be transformed; his works will be revealed and proved by the Fire.

From the Apostle’s words, it might be inferred that the Fire will consume the works, which are not built on the foundation – Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God. Evidently, annihilation awaits the works, which would contain remnants of evil, iniquities, and other properties of the finite world of the matter controlled by the laws of διαφθορον  – collapse/disintegration, so then, the mortal shall put on the immortality.

There are also some hints concerning this trial.

Lord God Jesus Christ told that He came to cast the Fire upon the earth and to give the earth not peace, but rather division {Luke 12:49, 51}.

God explains Nicodemus that man must be born of the Spirit of God to become able to enter the Kingdom of God {John 3:1–6}.

Therefore, the division mentioned by God should be division between the one who believe in Him and has love of God within  and the one who does not believe in Him and does not love God {e.g., John 12:48; 1 John 3:6, 10; 4:7–8, 20–21; 5:12; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18}.

The Holy Scriptures reveal God as the Almighty Omnipotent Love, the consuming Fire, and the Holy Spirit – the Paraclete and Teacher Who comes to claim His Own and to dwell in the soul of His creation, which is made after the image and likeness of God {Genesis 1:2, 26–27; Exodus 3:1–6; 13:21–22; 14:24; 19:18–20; 24:16–18; 33:13–22; 34:1–10; Deuteronomy 4:11–13, 24, 36, 39; 9:3, 15; Daniel 7:9–10; Malachi 3:2–3; John 3:13–21; 4:24; 6:63; 14:1–27; 16:7–15; Acts 1:4–5; 2:1–4; 2 Peter 3:7, 10–13; Hebrew 12:18–29; Revelation 20:14; 21:1–8; 22:3–5}:

 

God speaks to Moses from the midst of the Fire that embraces the bush,

yet, the plant is not consumed by the Fire

God protects His people by His power that is revealed in the form perceivable by men –

στυλος του πυρος – the pillar of fire

God speaks to Moses from within the fire and lets Moses to enter His presence,

from which the others are separated by the darkness, cloud, and fearsome fire

while the Glory of God passes by near Moses who beseeched God to manifest Himself

{so, he – Moses – would comprehend*13* and would cognize God – Exodus 33:13},

God protects His creation, which is incapable to see Him and to live,

because the temporal matter is not able to withstand the Omnipotence of Eternal God

God becomes the Son of man to re–create the human nature according to the Law of God

the presence of the Word–God enables the human nature to accommodate the Spirit of God,

and as a result, to accomplish the Law/will of God:

to become the temple of the Living God.

 

The power of God is absolute, and nothing impossible for Him exists, because with Him the power/words of life is – knowledge of God is the life everlasting {Matthew 8:23–27; 10:1, 19–20; 14:14, 23–36; Mark 6:45–51, 56; John 1:1–4, 14; 3:16, 36; 5:39; 6:68; 10:9–30; 11:21–26, 40–44; 12:50; 17:3}:

 

God becomes the Son of man and lays down His soul for salvation of man:

He has the authority to lay it down and to take it again

God heals the sick and resurrects the dead

God calms the storm and the wind obeys Him

God resurrects Lazarus who was dead four days

God teaches His disciples and gives them the knowledge of God that is the life everlasting

God gives His disciples the power to resurrect the dead and to heal the sick.

 

The power of God transforms mortal man–earth into the immortal being capable of withstanding the presence of God. Therefore, the trial by the Fire might be the very process of transformation of human essence (soul) into the new being destined for the eternity. The ability of man to survive this trial depends on the presence of the Word–God (compliance with the Law and observance of the commandments of God): only those who have the Word–God within shall live {John 1:9–14; 3:3–7, 17–18, 36; 11:25; 12:26; 1 John 5:12; 2 Corinthians 4:10; Hebrews 12:26–27}.

Many people seek knowledge: what is after physical death? Yet, the answer is already given by God Himself: life; those who believe in Lord God Jesus Christ and accomplish His words shall not die.

The Word–God, the Code of the eternal life, enables the temporal (limited, finite) earth/man to accept the Divine Energy of the Spirit of God, and by the power of the Almighty God to come to being as a new creation capable of eternal existence in the presence of God. The knowledge of God granted through Lord Jesus Christ {cf. in: John 1:1–18; 4:24; 5:17, 30, 39; 6:44–47, 68–69; 8:23–25, 51–58; 9:3–5; 10:25–30; 11:25–26, 40; 17:1–10, 21–26; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:2–5, 23; 1 John 1:1–2; 2:23–24; 3:1; 4:12–21; 5:7, 11–12} includes revelation of the Holy Trinity – the unity of

God the Father

the Divine Love – the Almighty Omnipotent Power

 

God the Son

the Divine Law/Wisdom of God, the Word–God, the Universal Code of creation

 

God the Holy Spirit

the Divine Energy of Almighty Omnipotent God

 

The Holy Trinity – the One Almighty Omnipotent God – is manifested in God’s creation: man–child of God is the accomplishment of the Love of God. A human child of God comes to life by the Spirit of God, according to the Law/Word of God, and enters the eternity because of the Will/Power of God.

For the believers in Christ, God is the absolute–entirety–wholeness of man {Ecclesiastes 12:13}, and physical death is the beginning of life everlasting; this life starts with transformation into a child of God – the child of the Eternal Almighty Fire Who ignites the divine sparkle of life within the earth–man, and gives the new creation the eternity with Him…”

 

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 *13* Concerning Moses’ prayer of the cognition of God, see The Desirable Knowledge in Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://  systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

 

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 23_209. Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Perfect Law of Freedom

 

…you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free…

…if then, the Son sets you free, you are free indeed…

{John 8:32, 36}

…for you are called to freedom…

{Galatians 5:13}

…the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom

{2 Corinthians 3:17}

…the one looking into the perfect law of freedom and continuing in it…

{James 1:25}

 

 

Observing the facets of the Absolute, the one could assume that the complete or absolute freedom is the most precious revelation to the mind living within the world, which accommodates all kinds of slavery – physical, mental, spiritual: slavery of a body, of the mind, of the conscience.

Through accomplishment of the words–commandments of God, after the mind has proved its love to God and began to dwell in God {John 8:31–36; 14:23–25; 16:7–15, 27; 17}, a human being learns the perfect law of freedom – the freedom, which accompanies the presence of the Holy Spirit {Galatians 5:13–14; 2 Corinthians 3:17}.

Among the first lessons given by God is comprehension of the complete meaning of freedom: freedom from sin, the evil, and from the “wrath of God” – the curse of slavery to evil and sin and fear of death enslaving a body and the mind. Two examples illustrate the meaning of the curse of slavery to sin and evil:

1/ the history of the Phoenicians, the cursed ones, and their spiritual counterparts – the heathens who had to be removed from the Promised Land

2/ the history of “the spoiled vineyard”*1*.

Among the first gifts of the Holy Spirit is the authority to be free: to obtain freedom promised by Lord God Jesus Christ {John 8:32, 36} and to continue in the perfect law of freedom {James 1:25} according to which the Christian should live. Comprehension of this law begins with

 

understanding of the true meaning of slavery and freedom

comprehension of irrelevance of the evil.

 

The previous posts contain definitions of physical and spiritual slavery*2*.  As a general inference, it should be noticed that, in the current world, complete freedom as the unlimited possibility to follow the one’s inner inclinations and to pursue own purposes according own convictions does not exist. The world could be described as the net of hierarchical prisons with different degrees of limitations and restrictions of freedoms and liberties; for instance, such as freedoms of conscience, religion, access to knowledge, information, travel. In general, freedoms and liberties, which define freeman within free world, have lost their genuine meaning.

The one might infer that the current civilizations embody (although in deferent degrees) the Aristotelian “divine”/universal master←→ slave order, in accordance with which a human being is considered and treated as the human chattel*3* with strictly determined ranges of physical movement/behavior established and controlled by the masters/slave–owners. These ranges of movement/behavior usually are defined by the purposes for the sake of which a slave is kept alive and used by other humans and by human establishments: household, society, state, empire, social, political, religious, and the others.

The heathen philosophy based on the Orphic doctrine sustains the framework of knowledge, which justifies human slavery and makes it the only arrangement acceptable for the current political, religious and other establishments of all current civilizations, which explicitly [[through the “ideals of democracy” openly based on or derived from the Aristotelian concepts, which the Westerns learned from the works of Avicenna (980–1037, “the Commentator” in the Western references) supplied by the Crusaders. Through Aristotelian notions, the Orphic doctrine penetrated the works of the Western theologians, starting with Thomas Aquinas, and shaped the religious–philosophical–political framework of the Western civilization]] or implicitly [[through acceptance of the legacy of Avicenna (980–1037) as consistent with any of monotheistic theologies]] employed Aristotle’s political, religious, and social doctrines.

In general, the current slavery–sustaining religious–social–political framework still sustains all current civilizations, although in different degrees*4*. This common framework is based on Aristotle’s notion of slavery as a “divine” or universal order; it includes the following assertions borrowed from the Plato–Aristotle’s religious–social–political utopia:

a/ a human being is a part/property/slave of state/community/other establishments

b/ slaves, women, and animals are equal in deprivation of the right on a share in creation of common good and privileges of freemen

c/ woman might be considered as a property of man (father, male relative, husband), or even as the common property.

If so, is there anything left that a human being can adequately identify as freedom?

In general, freedom is not the lesser or even minimal limitation of the right to make a choice. The freedom is the unrestricted right to make a choice. This freedom should be based on the law of God – the law of love to God and love to each other, the law of life and dignity, which the current societies are not able to give their members as the way of life, so they force on their subjects the “laws,” norms, customs, and other regulations of the behavior of a body, which are presented as the “morals,” “virtues,” and even as the “articles of faith,” therefore, as the spiritual values. In this case, as well as in plenty of other facets of the contemporary societies, the matter, for instance, as control over life and behavior of a human body, has usurped the place of the spirit, especially, in such spheres as development of spiritual virtues, dignity, and righteousness, which could make a human being the child of God the Creator of life and could define the human behavior as fulfillment of the highest law – the law of love to God and to His creations: hypocrisy took the place of righteousness, and hatred usurped the throne of love.

Lord Jesus Christ said: whatever you desire that men should do to you, so you should to them – for this is the Law and the prophets {Matthew 5:48; 7:12}. The Christians should imitate mercy and perfection of God the Father and love each other as God loves; they prove their love to God by keeping His words: love is the fulfillment of the law; accomplishment of the commandments of God proves love to God {Matthew 5:48; 7:12; Luke 6:27–49; John 13:15, 34–35; 14:23–24; 15:16–17; 1 John 3; 4; 5:1–3; Romans 13:8–10}. 

However, the current world became the network of arenas for wars and military confrontations, spiritual prisons, and slaughterhouses built by the arch–evil for extermination of the people and for transformation of free creations of God into the spiritless matter/dust prepared for consuming {in: Genesis 3:15–16}; for instance,

– in the Islamic countries, the Christians are crucified, beheaded, exiled, and persecuted for their teachings of love and freedom and unwillingness of conversion into the alien for them religion; in the advanced (that with some degree of religious tolerance) Islamic countries – the Christians, as well as followers of other religions, are treated as the second class citizens/underprivileged minority

– in Western countries, especially in those which the majority of population identifies as “godless nation,” and countries under totalitarian regimes, the war against Christianity rages on, mostly, because

1/ the misguided majority still equates Christianity – the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, with Catholicism – the Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology - in spite of its past and present crimes against humanity*5* 

2/ if Christianity is honored as the teachings of God, there is no justification for propagation and pursuit of perversion, corruption, immorality, papal absolute power over human beings [[as comprehensive control over body and mind – see Aquinas’ doctrine of the unreserved obedience of the papal subjects to the pope and papal interpretation of the pope’s role in spiritual life and salvation of the papal subjects*6*]], and issuing hatred – to God, to neighbors, to other races, religions, nations, political opponents, to themselves – that became the basis for epidemic crimes, incessant wars, genocide, religious persecutions and other daily realities.

What then, is the freedom of Christians who live within the same societies as the non–Christians do, and which have to observe the same civil laws [[until they contradict the law of God – The Ten Commandments]] as all the others do, and to be in loyal submission to the civil authorities {e.g., in: 1 Peter 2:11–25; 2; 3; 4}?

Christian freedom might be envisioned as the inner freedom to follow the Absolute Good of God, to live and to love according to the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, to choose and to accept wisdom bestowed by God, and to accomplish the works of God – faith, mercy, creation of the good*7*: Christian freedom is the freedom to live by the values established by God – by His Absolute Good. The one who lives by God has freedom to create the good and to reject the evil even within the world controlled by the ultimate evil – death: in the world where the good choice is defined as the choice of the lesser evil, and the valuables of man – political and business career, prosperity, wealth, abundance of earthly possessions, access to the power over the others – are bought by the price of the evil, which the one has to commit in a fight for his share of the coveted things.

The one who exercises the freedom from the evil and who lives by the Absolute Good of God is labeled as the one–not–of–this–world; habitually, this world provides him with multiple opportunities to face difficulties and obstacles and to taste hatred, which the evil ones pour over the one who dares to be different – that is who rejects the evil–master of this world and follows Lord Jesus Christ {John 15:18–25; 1 John 2:15–17}. 

The hatred of the world, of which Lord Jesus Christ spoke {John 7:7; 15:18–25; 17:6–16}, has a simple, yet all–inclusive explanation: this hatred is the hatred of the evil to the good, which is originated by incompatibility of deceit and truth, an inability of the death to tolerate the life, inability of darkness to exist in the presence of the Light, inability of the bounded temporal structured matter to comprehend the unlimited infinite eternity, and ultimately, the inability of sin, corruption, and death to exist in the presence of God.

Hence, for the Christians,

a/ only one kind of slavery exists: the submission to the evil and sin – this is the spiritual slavery, in which every sinner lives

b/ the outer – physical slavery, slavery of a body, does not mean spiritual slavery of the mind and silence of the conscience: slavery of mind and debilitated conscience are the consequences of submission to the figments of imagination/“other gods”/idols invented and worshiped by the others

c/ the knowledge of the Word–God annihilates slavery to the evil and sin: all spiritual limits, boundaries, cages, prisons, and divisions invented by men serving the arch–evil for deceit and enslaving of other men are irrelevant to those who live according to the commandments of God, by the Spirit of Truth {e.g., in: John 8:31–47; 1 Peter; 1 Corinthians 7:20–24; 9:19; Romans 10:12}.

Many of the Christians (especially, in I–IV centuries, when Christianity began to spread throughout the provinces of the Roman Empire and then, over the world) were slaves by body, yet, they made the choice that confirmed their inner freedom {e.g., 1 Peter 4:2–7; 2 Peter 2; Romans}:

 

they rejected the idol–worship and corruption of the heathens among which they lived

they disregarded the perceivable material idols created by men and rejected worship of the deified men – emperors and kings,

and of material things and fantasies invented by corrupted imagination of those who consider the fellow men

as the source of own enrichment and as the ground for own ascent to the power of coercion and human glory

they began to worship the Invisible God the Spirit in spirit and truth –

through the Word–God and by the Holy Spirit

{Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; esp. John 6; 8; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

 

During the centuries that have passed since coming of Lord Jesus Christ the Redeemer, the true Christians lived in peace of God: they did not wage wars and start revolutions, they did not initiate Crusades and witch–hunts, they did not burn human beings alive for different visions of truth and different beliefs, they did not seek earthly power, especially, the spiritual leadership and absolute/supreme authority over the mind and bodies: they did not enslave the others. They lived in submission to the authorities; they quietly and peacefully performed their works for God and for the others. Christianity indeed, provides a perfect opportunity of social stability and order {cf. in: Mark 10:42–45; John 13:12–17; James, esp. 1:27; 1 Peter, esp. 2:13–25; 1 John, esp. 3:9–18; 5:1–5; Ephesians, esp. 6:1–18}.

Probably, that is the reason why the Christians – if do not take into consideration their works for charity and well–being of the others – pass through the earth almost unnoticeable, with the only exception, when, during recurrent persecutions of Christians, they have to prove their loyal and steadfast faith in God by their suffering and death, when they prefer physical death to the spiritual slavery {e.g., in: 1 Peter, esp., 4:12–19; 1 Corinthians 4:9–13; Hebrews 11:33–38; Psalm 43(44):22}.

That, for instance, happened when the heathens crucified them on the arenas and fed them to the predators for the entertainment of the mob, when the papal subjects burned them alive, as they burned Ian Hus the priest*8* for following the true teachings of Christ and rejection of the self–deified pope and papal heresy, when, in bolshevist Russia, they rejected bolshevism and communism and chose to die for their faith. It still happens now, in the countries with totalitarian oppressive regimes. Today, in the Islamic countries, Christians still are crucified, beheaded, imprisoned, persecuted for their faith and proclaiming the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ for the sake of salvation of the many {in: Mark 16:15–16}; their churches are burnt, and they are the first victims of political and religious unrest. 

How then, any mind living by the values of the material world could ever comprehend the meaning of Christian freedom, if a Christian prefers to live as a slave and to die keeping his faith, although he has the chance to pronounce some words, to display some visible signs (make appearance) of acceptance other beliefs and then to live, to have a successful career, to establish own family, own business, etc.?

The meaning of Christian freedom opens to the one who has found answers {e.g., in: Jude; Romans 1:16–32; 3:9–31; 8:1–39; 1 Corinthians 3:11–23; 13; 2 Corinthians 4:2–18; Galatians 5:19–26; 6:8–10; Ephesians 2:1–22} to the following questions:

 

Why the choice of freedom to live according own faith and own convictions

immediately initiates the attack on the one who dares to follow his own beliefs?

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Why the one chooses to live by faith and spirit,

and the others choose to live by material values and by needs of a body only?

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Why the priorities of the spirit–heart–mind and the priorities of a body became irreconcilable,

if spirit, heart, mind, body are the components of the same living wholeness – a human being*9*?

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Why life in harmony of the mind and the body, by the spirit and by the material values

[[which was a dream of the ancient pre–Orphic philosophers and thinkers after God reduced the time–range of life

of those pre–Flood men who where the flesh to one hundred and twenty years {Genesis 6:4}]]

became impossible?

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Why the deeds of human flesh and the fruits of the human spirit are so different,

and why this difference can be perceived only after illumination by the Light of God –

by the knowledge of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, that is the knowledge,

which differentiates the invisible and eternal from the visible and temporal?

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Why the eternal life of a human child of God has to begin with death of a human body

{John 12:24–26}?

 

The one who searches the complete understanding has to acknowledge the ultimate and final confrontation of two realms – the eternal realm of God the Spirit and the temporal realm of the material things*10*. Both realities are opened for everyone’s choice:

 

either

the focus on the realm of God → life by the Spirit of God → ultimate – spiritual – freedom

or

the focus on the temporal world of the matter → life by the idols made of the matter → ultimate  – spiritual and physical – slavery

[[physical slavery also, because, in fact, the flesh always is in submission to the mind,

especially, if the mind is focused on the world of the material things; the difference is only mental perception evaluation]].

 

Worship of God in spirit and truth and materialism are irreconcilable and incompatible. The incompatibility of life by the Spirit of God and by the matter, of the eternal and the temporal, of the infinite and the limited, of the wisdom granted by God and of “wisdom of this world”, of spiritual freedom and spiritual slavery explains the impossibility to “serve two masters”: to live simultaneously by the priorities of the spirit and by the priorities of the flesh {Matthew 6:24–34; Mark 8:31–38; Luke 11:23; John 17:14–17; James 4:1–10; 5:4–11; 1 Corinthians 3:19–20; 4:10–13; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 4:17–32; Job 5:6–16}.

This incompatibility explains the exceptional human ability of focusing only on one realm; this ability sustains the concept of the Absolute:

 

either the Kingdom of God and then, eternal life in the presence of God

or

the realm of the temporal material structures controlled by the law of death and then, eternal separation from God.

 

In general, each human being that comes to Lord Jesus Christ follows the common path of human evolution. The Holy Scriptures {Books of the Old Testament} describe this path as the way, which was offered to the ancient chosen nation:

 

liberation from physical slavery ⇒ acceptance of the law of God ⇒ becoming the embodiment of the law of God.

 

Although the visible – outer – circumstances, conditions, and other terms of life might be different and even incompatible, in the personal spiritual plan, in mind–reasoning–way of thinking, all those who search God with all their soul–heart–mind–strength–power have their own exodus from slavery and bondage, own travel through (and tests and trials in) the desert [[e.g., as a separation from the values and realities of the temporal world]], their own vision of the Promised Land as coming to the Word–God, revelation of God, and their ultimate choice, with which choose their destiny:

 

either

the service to God and freedom

or

the service to the arch–evil and slavery.

 

The one who accomplishes his personal journey to the Word–God comes to the understanding of freedom, of which Lord Jesus Christ told to “the sons of Abraham” {John 8:31–44}. Also, he learns to discriminate between the appearance of righteousness – hypocrisy and observance of rituals set by people for their own glorification*11* and true righteousness of a human being who lives for God and by God. He understands that his true essence  – the soul–heart–mind – is seen by God { Matthew 6:16–18; 15; 16; 23; Luke 11:39–52; 12; John 4:19–24; Acts 10:9–48; 1 Peter 3:4; 1 Corinthians 6; 1 Kings 16:7; Psalm 43(44):21; 138(139):1–18; Isaiah 58:2–14; Zacharias 7:4–10} and learns to perceive the presence of God.

The Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, speaks of the freedom from sin*12* and of God Who is the Spirit and Who seeks those who worship Him in Spirit and Truth:

 

He, the Word–God, is the Sanctifying Truth

the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Truth – comes from God the Father because of Him,

Who is the Son of God – the Word of God sent to accomplish the will of God,

and the One with the Father.

 

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and freedom Who empowers understanding of the knowledge of God that is the eternal life and leads to the complete freedom – the freedom from sin, when the mind liberated by the Word–God comprehends the irrelevance of the evil, and then, the evil [[insufficiencies, losses, deceit, deprivation of earthly possessions and valuables, corruption, suffering, and death]] takes its actual place: the temporal tests, trials, and training for development–evolution during the earthly journey to home, in the kingdom of God {John 1; 3:3–8; 4:23–24; 8:31–47; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17; Revelation 21; also in: Luke 4:1–13; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 Corinthians 3:13–15; 2 Corinthians 5:1–10, 17–21; 10:3–4}.

St. Paul the Apostle elaborates the meaning of Christian’s freedom:

 

life in Jesus Christ sets the one free from sin and death

the one, who lives by the Spirit of God

{since the Spirit of God dwells in him – Romans 8:9},

has the peace and the life:

he receives the Spirit of adoption by which he calls God the Father,

not spirit of slavery to live in fear

since the Spirit of God dwells in him and leads him, he is a child of God,

because all those led by the Holy Spirit are the children of God

{Romans 8:9–16}

 

The comprehension of the Word–God by His creation – a human being – is fulfillment of the will of God the Spirit Who seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth; it also is fulfillment of the eternal law of God – the law of perfect freedom, which bestows on the creations of God the freedom of choice of the good and defines and sustains the preparation for the eternity with God {Matthew 5:17–18; Psalm 101(102):26–28; 118(119):11, 55–56, 105, 142; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; Ephesians 1; 2; Colossians 1; 2; 3}:

liberation from evil, corruption, sin, and death

freedom to live by the Word–God, by the Absolute Good of God

freedom to pursue the absolute good by becoming the likeness of the Word–God

freedom to live eternally in the Kingdom of God.

 

St. Paul’s words: the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom {2 Corinthians 3:17} convey the Christian doctrine of freedom: the ultimate or absolute freedom of a human being is the presence of the Holy Spirit in the heart–mind.

Hence, the one can infer that the perfect law of freedom is the Word–God, the Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ, because through Him, a human being

 

is set free from slavery to evil and death

{John 8:31–36; 10:27–30; 11:25–26}

is empowered to observe the commandments of God,

to become the likeness of the Word–God,

and to live by the Law of God

{John 6:44–45; 14:6}

is given the complete knowledge and wisdom through the Word–God,

Who is the Holy Wisdom of God,

and by the Holy Spirit – the Teacher

{John 1:1–3; 14:15–17, 26; 15:26; 16:7–16, 22; 2 Corinthians 4:6;

Proverbs 8:22–31; 9:1–6; Wisdom 1:6–7; 7:22–30}

becomes the dwelling of God

{John 14:15–17, 23; 17}

obtains the ultimate freedom given by the Holy Spirit,

when He dwells in His living temple – a human child of God

{John 2:17–22; 14:23, 26; Romans 8:14–16; 2 Corinthians 3:17}.

 

This freedom begins with the spiritual perception of the Absolute Good of God, His Perfect Love without fear and suffering {1 John 4:12–18} that embraces a human being and transforms him into the immortal child of God – the likeness and image of Almighty God, a being that lives by the perfect love of God and in the perfect love of God {John 17; James 1:16–25}: a free human being who exercises freedom to do the good in the world of the evil, and who embodies his spiritual – absolute – freedom into the works of God allotted to Him by the Creator {in: John 14; 15}.

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See postings: Folder Archive_2013The Creation and the Renewal, Page 3_April_2013; Folder Archive_2010 The Heathenism, Page 5_October_2010;

Folder Archive_2008_2009 Wisdom, Page_1_2008, and The Curse of Cain, Page_5_2009

Ancient Civilizations:  Legacy Overviewfile for download @ website Systems Logic [ http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_1

Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons The World & The War, Part II. Apostasy file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*2* Concerning different aspects of slavery and freedom, see

Slavery and Freedom in Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons The World & The War, Part II. Apostasy file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

– the following Excerpts from the previous postings, which are unified into the Concept of Slavery

 

Excerpts

“Concept of Slavery

 

From all fantasies of the corrupted and evil imagination and all evil devices of the mind, slavery is the worst and the most incompatible with the human nature invention: the root of slavery is hatred to God the Creator and hatred to creations of God – man and woman.  

Slavery exists because of the assumption that a human being created in the image and after likeness of Almighty God may be treated in the same way as humans treat domestic animals; for instance, a human being a slave might be a property of another human being a slave–owner who has the right to determine conditions of life and death, to restrain, maim, slaughter, to allow or do not allow procreation, to train/educate or do not train/educate his slave, and to use his slave or derive advantages from his use by any other means. In brief, the slave–owner determines life, death, suffering, and all other components of slave’s existence, because the slave–owner is assigned the right to use the slave for slave–owner’s advantages and according slave–owner’s needs, convenience, desires, or whim.

At least four co–related fundamental assumptions sustain the framework of knowledge behind justification of human institutions and arrangement of human establishments, which accommodate existence of slavery:

 

denigration of the image of God, which any human being carries as a creation of God,

therefore, either rejection or belittlement of God the Creator

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revolt against the God’s commandment: you shall love your neighbor as you love yourself

{Leviticus 19:18; or the second greatest commandment in: Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:29–34; Luke 10:27–37}

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permissibility to deprive a human being of his natural rights on freedom, life, happiness, procreation,

education according to his choice and natural inclinations,

of freedom of development/evolution, as well as of his right to live according own will –

and all these

for the sake of another human being who has access to the physical power of coercion

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permissibility of one human being to transform another human being into the human dust.

 

Theological foundation of slavery might be only the heathenism – the cult of the enemy of God and issuing doctrines, which are based on rejection and denigration of God the Creator and the consequent belittlement of a human being created in image and after likeness of God. One of such cults, for instance, might be the doctrine of Orphics who envisioned their main deity in image of the arch–serpent/dragon – “the absolute animal” – stuffed with forms of the living beings, among which a human form was just one of the multitude, and issuing assumption of permissibility to sacrifice human beings to the deified animals, beasts, and other creatures contained within the arch–beast. So, a human being created to dominate and to possess the earth and to subdue the fishes, reptiles, beasts, and birds of the sea, land, and air {Genesis 1} was degraded at the level of miserable creatures who worship the reptiles and other beasts and who are sacrificed for glorification of the swarm of their bestial “deities” gushing out of the arch–serpent/dragon – crooked serpent, the arch–evil {Isaiah 27:1; Revelation 20:2}.

Generally, slavery could be defined as the composite of the following factors:

a/ physical and mental intimidation, oppression, and subjugation resulting in a complete submission of one human being (slave) to the will and control of another human being or human establishment (slave–owner, master), which is based on deceit, the power of coercion, duress, fear of suffering and death

b/ an attempt to substitute the will of man/men’s establishment – slave–owner – for the will of God the Creator, and as such, the revolt against God, His Law, and His will

c/ denigration of a human nature created in image and likeness of the free Omnipotent Almighty God

d/ substitution of the arch–evil for God, because each act of revolt against God and His Law has the only source: the corrupted human heart/mind that became the servant of the arch–evil and pursues the purposes of death and destruction.

For the slave–owner and within the slave–owning establishments, slave is not a person, individual, personality. A slave is an article of property, the human chattel, a moving animated part of the master’s estate that exists for the sake of bodily service to his master. A slave is different from cattle and other living beings, which are also the property of the master, because he possesses the faculty of speech (yet, slave has no right to speak in the presence of his master until the master orders him to speak), has hands for work, and can be trained to serve different needs of his master. A master is empowered to utilize body of a slave for own purposes. The master has rights to coerce slave to do all that the slave–owner desires [[including slaughter of other slaves and living beings]], inflict on a slave pain and suffering, and to put a slave to death for disobedience, attempt to escape, and for any other reason.

For maintenance of the institute of slavery and own protection, slave–owners utilize political, military, religious, and social structures/establishments, which are capable of exercising the power of coercion to guarantee obedience of the slaves. The slavery exists only because of deceit, power of coercion, and authority based on military force, arms, weapons, special establishments – army, secret police, inquisition, total surveillance, and other inventions of the slave–owners [[recall for instance, the history of the Roman heathen Empire, the papal empire, Nazi Germany, Bolshevist–Communist Russia, and consider the current oppressive regimes, for example, such as in North Korea, Islamist states]], insufficiency (e.g., poverty, ignorance), laws, customs: the lies, whose father is the arch–evil {John 8:44}, and power to inflict death and suffering sustain the domination of slave–owners over slaves.

There are two kinds of slavery: physical and spiritual.

A slave by body is restrained by the power of physical coercion, although sometimes, such a slave can obtain physical freedom (to flee the master, to buy own freedom, to receive freedom as a gift from a kind master, etc.).

A slave by mind has no freedom of thinking because of deceit and false knowledge; he lives to accomplish the will of the others who are his spiritual leaders, masters/guides, etc., – in fact, owners. To become free, a slave by mind needs

a/ the access to new knowledge and an ability to comprehend it

b/ an ability to form own convictions and opinions – to have own judgment

c/ an ability to think according to  own convictions and to act according to own will

d/ the mental power to discard the will and orders of those who keep him under control.

A slave by body can be a freeman by his mind and manner of thinking, although he might not have freedom to act according to his own will [[with one exception: the ultimate decision to choose suffering and death because of his faith to submission to the laws that contradict the Law of God]].

A slave by mind can be apparently free and independent, yet, he thinks and acts according to the will of the others who control his mind and conscience and who dictate him how to think, act, live, believe, worship, procreate, etc.  

The most frequently employed methods and practices of enslavement are false religions and false knowledge. From all evils invented by those who need to enslave the others for the sake of own advantages and for accomplishment of own purposes, false religion is the worst and the most effective weapon of enslaving.

Slavery entered the post–Flood world with the curse of one man (Noah) imposed onto another man (Noah’s grandson – Chanaan, the son of Cham) for evil and treachery: slavery came from the world annihilated for corruption, iniquity, and perversion of the nature, which made it the abomination to God. The descendents of Chanaan – Canaanites, the cursed nations of slaves, include Sidonians (Phoenicians)*E*1*, Amorites, inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the others, which the Holy Scriptures mention as the corrupted idol–worshipers who became abomination to God, as those who the chosen nation must avoid, and as those who are destined for extermination {Genesis 6:6–14; 9:18–27; 10:6, 15–20; Exodus 34:11–16; Leviticus 18:21–30; Deuteronomy 7:1–6, 16–26}.

These nations were prosperous and successful in wars, trade, agriculture; they possessed lands, riches, slaves, and other property; some of them dominated other nations and headed political and commercial unions, yet, all of them carried the curse of slavery.

In the current world, continuation of existence of slavery is the logical/natural consequence of false assumptions, evil thoughts, corrupted imagination, and heresies*E*2*, which take the place of true knowledge of God.

For instance, development and implementation of Aquinas’ political theology (devised by Thomas Aquinas with the concepts of Aristotle), which is the official doctrine of the papal church of Rome, and especially Aquinas’ doctrine of “holy obedience,” by the papal establishment reveal how slavery of the mind takes the place of the teachings of freedom and how slavery becomes the actuality of the people who were called to the perfect law of freedom: the road to the comprehensive slavery of mind begins with heresy – the false assumptions concerning God, application of the heathen philosophy for explication of the Gospels, and following misinterpretations of the words of God.  Aquinas’ definition of disobedience to the pope as “mortal sin,” even the more grievous sin than disobedience to God, reminds customs of slave–owning societies, which condemned disobedient slaves to death, especially, because Aquinas equates disobedience with heresy. The papal establishment/”empire” considered heresy as the state treason (according to Vergentis In Senium, 1199, pope Innocent III) and similarly to the Roman heathen empire, punished it by death. Aquinas postulated that heretics must be separated from the papal church and delivered “to the secular tribunal to be exterminated thereby from the world by death” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a3].

Aquinas attempted to devise the comprehensive doctrine of obedience and so, to establish submission of the mind and body of the papal subjects to the pope as the unquestionable foundation of his religion. In particular, Aquinas asserts that the religious people have three degrees of obedience: in the regular mode of life, that is sufficient for salvation, then “perfect obedience” in all lawful matters, and the third – “indiscreet obedience” in the unlawful matters [Summa Theologica II–II Q.104 a5, a6]. The believers can reach the state of “perfection of divine love” through “the abnegation of self–will” and submission of own life, will, and conscience to the complete control and government by the superiors [Summa Theologica; The Religious State].

Aquinas’ doctrine of “holy obedience” came to completion in works of Ignatius of Loyola [Spiritual Exercises and the others]. According to Loyola’s rules for the members of the Jesuit society (who became the pope’s most advanced militants, who now are the pool of human reserves, from which the papal hierarchy takes its leaders and most advanced members, and who maintain the current papal institutions), should see the white as the black if “the hierarchical Church so stipulates,” to consider the will of the superior as the will of God and, consequently, to execute any order of the superior, even those “difficult and repugnant to sensitive nature.” For instance, as the history demonstrates, among the Jesuits were spies, conspirators against kings, the inquisitors – these vocations demand abilities to commit deeds “repugnant to sensitive nature”: to betray, deceive, torture, murder human beings; all these deeds are violations of the commandments of God.

Any Jesuit has to achieve complete abnegation of own will and judgments; he must obey “blindly, without inquiry of any kind” to the superior who – for Loyola and his followers – holds the place of God or the place of Jesus Christ, has “His authority,” and is “obeyed in the place of Christ.” The subjects must realize the will of superior as the will of God, and the superior’s wish must become own wish of the subject: when the superior gives orders, his voice must be recognized as the voice of God or as the voice of Christ. For any Jesuit, to “maintain a right mind in all things” means to put aside all own judgments. Such obedience is justified with “the whole natural order, the hierarchies of angels, and well–ordered human institutions” [Ignatius of Loyola: Spiritual Exercises §365; To Rector and Students of the College in Coimbra, 1548, §3–4,7; To Fathers and Brothers in Portugal, 1553, §2–3; On Prophecies and Revelations, 1549, §35, 47; The Final Word on Obedience §2 in: Personal Writings 358; 200, 202; 222, 226, 252; On Perfect Obedience in: Counsels for Jesuits 76, 78, 81; The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus and Their Complementary Norms III.284; IX.765 §20 123, 365].

Does not Loyola’s “the whole natural order, the hierarchies of angels, and well–ordered human institutions” have similarity with the Aristotle’s ““divine”/universal master←→ slave order, or the universal master–slave pattern?

For a Christian, Aquinas’ “holy obedience” to the mortal man–pope/prefect of the Inquisition is institutionalization of slavery and idol–worship, which are abomination to God, as any slavery and any idol–worship are.

Another illustration of the meaning of comprehensive slavery (of the mind and of the body) could be found in history of the Phoenician civilization:

1/ the people enslaved by the false religion sacrificed own children to idols and sent own daughters to serve as the temple prostitutes

2/ the practice of human sacrifices was maintained “by the decree of people”

3/ the slaves by body were obtained through wars and piracy (kidnapping)

4/ the slaves by mind embodied their religion and philosophy into execution by crucifixion – agonizing death of a human being whose body is fixed on the wooden cross without any possibility to move, to free himself, to avoid excruciating pain even by accelerating own death, and without any hope of salvation.

So, if to consider freedom and slavery in the reality of Christian faith, what makes the difference between the free mind and the enslaved mind? Why one mind accepts false knowledge and becomes a slave of the others, and another mind rejects false knowledge and guards own freedom as the most precious possession? What does freedom mean for a Christian?

Only knowledge of God makes difference between slavery and freedom:

 

the free mind lives by Truth {John 14:6} – by the Word–God,

 because of Whom the Holy Spirit comes {John 15:26; 16:7–16}

and empowers to possess wisdom to comprehend the actuality and to complete the road to God

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the enslaved mind lives by lies and false assumptions, which are rooted in imagination fueled by the evil

{John 8:31–47}.

 

False knowledge sustains slavery of the mind, and false knowledge of God is the main component of the ultimate weapon of enslaving. 

A slave and a freeman differ by 

a/ responsibility for own actions, words, and thoughts:

– slave has no own will; he executes orders of a master, serves purposes of the master, and accts according to the master’s instructions; he is not responsible for own actions and their results (if he acts according to the will of his master)

– freeman acts according own will, interests, knowledge of the actuality, and pursues own purposes – he is responsible for his thoughts, words, actions, and their results

b/ limitations:

– slave lives in physical and mental confinement; first knowledge that slave receives from those who control him is definition of limits – firstly, space, knowledge (especially, through denial of free access to information), reserves: where he cannot go, what he has no right to read (e.g., Index of the Prohibited Books published by the papal office lists the books that are forbidden for Catholics; one of the first books prohibited by the Inquisition for laity’s reading was the Holy Bible, in 1229), what he cannot possess (e.g., private capital/property was forbidden for the subjects of communist states of the twentieth century), and so on

– freeman’s mind is free to pursue any knowledge he is able to perceive and to comprehend, and he can move freely within his life–space.

If abilities, and consequently, ultimate potential of a slave are defined by the slave–owners, free man’s ultimate development and potential are defined by his own abilities and parameters of the world in which he lives (time–space–complexity). Even in the heathen Antiquity it was known that the mind of a slave is unable of creation of knowledge of the actuality (that is to perform the work for which it was created)*E*3*: it is devoid of reason and unable to function according to its nature. In the contemporary terms, it could be said that the mind of a slave is the closed, therefore, insufficient degenerating system (while the mind of a freeman is evolving system).

For instance, Isaiah the prophet describes the idol–worshipers {Isaiah 42:17–22} as the plundered people*E*4*. Definitely, not all of them are slaves by body; they are slaves by mind, because they trust in the graven images – idols, which became their snare. Their freedom to cognize, to evolve, and to reach the full potency of wisdom is taken away; they are kept in captivity by lies, deceit, an inability to comprehend the truth and consequently, an inability to obtain freedom. The reality of the plundered people – the slaves by mind, those who accepted false knowledge, who live by dreams and figments of imagination – idols, and are fed by heresies, propaganda, and lies – might be inferred from another Isaiah’s description {in: Isaiah 59:4–11}.

In general, freedom of the mind is the freedom to evolve and to reach optimal potency it was created to obtain – unlimited abilities of

a/ cognition

b/ creation of knowledge of the world given into dominion of man

c/ finding the road to God.

If so, what, then, is freedom of Christianity?

Firstly, it might not be physical freedom. Originally, Christian teachings has found the majority of followers among slaves by body who, nevertheless, discerned and obtained the actual freedom promised by the Gospels {John 8:31–36}.

Again the answer is in the Holy Scriptures.

For instance,

– St. Peter the Apostle {1 Peter 2:13–18} instructs the Christians (who as he writes, are “the royal priesthood” and “holy nation”) to be obedient to the civil authorities as free (ως ελευθεροι) and not having freedom as cover for evil, but as slaves of God (ως δουλοι Θεου)

– St. Paul the Apostle {1 Corinthians 7:20–24} advises the slaves who became the Christians that although it is better to become a free man, this freedom [[freedom of a body]] does not matter

– St. Paul the Apostle warns Christians do not become the slaves of men {1 Corinthians 7:23}, because the Christians are bought by the treasured price [[by the precious Blood of Lord Jesus Christ]].

What then, are the true meanings of freedom and slavery, and how an ordinary human being can be free, if he is born into, spends the entire life and dies within the human hierarchies under the authorities, rules, control, and surveillance of all types and scales, and, if he must be obedient to civil authorities and live according to the laws of the state, which might be hostile to Christianity?

The references to slavery in the Holy Scriptures imply more than physical submission of one human being–slave to another human being – slave–owner. For instance, the conversation of Lord God Jesus Christ with “the Jews who had believed in Him” {John 8:31–59}:

–– God promises the knowledge of truth, which sets man free, and they respond with pride and anger: they are the seed of Abraham, and to no one they have been enslaved*E*5* – never! So, why He promises them that they would become free?

–– God explains that anyone who practices sin is the slave of sin; He knows that they are descendents (seed) of Abraham, yet, they seek to kill Him because His Word–Λογος has no place in them

–– again, they insist that they are the sons of Abraham

–– God tells that they are not the sons of Abraham because they do not act as Abraham did: they seek to kill Him – the Man Who speaks the words of God, because they commit the deeds of their father

–– after their statement that they have not been born by fornication – they have God as their Father, the Lord degrades them into the sons of devil who was a murderer from the beginning and has no truth in him, and He explains why:  they seek to kill Him Who speaks them the truth and accomplishes the deeds of God

–– then, they decide to stone Him, yet, He hides Himself from their sight, passes among them, and leaves; so they stay with their stones.  

The arguments of opponents of Lord Jesus Christ, the answers of God, and the overall dynamic of conversation written with the precision of beholder reveal how the confined and insufficient logic of ignorant, yet, proud [[therefore, impotent – deprived of the power of wisdom that comes only from God]] human mind encounters the judgment of Almighty God–Creator. The Gospel makes visible

1/ the difference between freedom and slavery

2/ death behind the slave’s judgment.

Similarly to the lightning strike by the double–edged sword, the words of God destroy the edifice of human pride and trigger off the actions, which disclose the true intentions of those who “believed in Him.” The ignorant human mind in an attempt to save own dream world of pride and self–exaltation makes higher and higher claims:

 

1/ the seed of Abraham who never were enslaved*E*5*

2/ sons of Abraham

3/ sons of God.

 

Yet, God casts the human clay into its actual miserable place:

1/ ignorant slaves of sin

2/ slaves who desire to murder the messenger of God,

because they are not able to perceive the Word–God

3/ sons of devil [[the arch–evil]] who was a murderer and liar from the beginning.

 

The Gospel discloses the irreconcilable conflict between the human self–exaltation sustained by imagination and pride and reality: “the sons of Abraham” who claim to have God as their Father, pretend that they have reached the Heaven and they are free. In fact, the abyss separates them from the actuality – because of the committed sin, they lost the ability to understand and to hold the words of God; therefore, they lost their true Father and enslaved themselves to the arch–evil – source of lies and death.

The Gospel’s text where God tell that the people became incapable to comprehend His words relates with writings of Jeremiah the Prophet who wrote that the nation of God committed two evils:

–– they left God – the spring of the living water

–– they carved from themselves the λακκους  συντετριμμενους broken cavities incapable to hold the water (Greek word  λακκοv denotes also underground prison; for instance, when Jeremiah the Prophet was imprisoned for bringing the message about the will of God, he was cast into  λακκον – the underground pit  {Jeremiah 45:7–13}).

These two evils are abandonment of God and enslavement to idol–worship. Eventually, they became slaves and the subjects of mockery imprisoned in a quarry of beasts of prey {Jeremiah 2:13–20}.

There is also another logic line in this conversation: the meaning of slavery extends; it begins from the physical slavery in the material world and envelops the realm of the mind.

The puzzle of slavery comes to its resolution during the Last Supper: Lord Jesus Christ tells His disciples that He no longer calls them slaves (δουλους); He calls them friends (φιλους), because slave does not know the works of his master, yet He made known to them everything He heard from God the Father. These words of God follow His explanation of the meaning of the greatest love and friendship: the friend should lay down his soul for his friends. Then, the ultimate revelation – God tells His disciples: “you are My friends if you do whatever I command you” {John 15:12–15}. Two inferences due:

1/ the knowledge of God is the freedom of man

2/ ultimately, God bestowed on the human mind the ability to ascend to the power, desire of which became the trigger of the original sin: the power to know God and His works; this power is seen as abilities of becoming His child and His friend and doing the works He does {conf. in: John 1:12–13; 14:12–14; 15:12–15; 1 John 4:16–17, 21; 5:13–15; Wisdom 7:27; Isaiah 41:8}.

Since, with acceptance of the Word–God, with love to God, through observance of His commandments and accomplishment of His will, a human being–child of God finds the way home and enters the house of God the Father {John 1:1–5, 9–14; 14:2, 6, 12, 26}. Only love annihilates slavery of the mind–reason; neither disobedience nor deceit facilitates fulfillment of aspirations and purposes.

The historical background, on which this conversation unfolds, underscores the significance of the freedom promised by God.

The roots of slavery are hidden in the pre–Flood civilization: when Noah cursed his grandson Canaan, he predicted that Canaan would be a slave of his relatives; therefore, Noah definitely knew the meaning of slavery – the part of the burden of evil, which triggered the annihilation of the pre–Flood Earth along with all corrupted flesh {Genesis 6; 7; 8; 9:18–27}.

Before receiving the Law, the chosen nation underwent four hundred years of slavery in idol–worshiping Egypt, the land of descendents of Cham who sinned against his father Noah and whose son Canaan was cursed to be the slave to his brethren {Genesis 9:18–27; 10; 15:13–14; Psalm 104(105):23, 27; 105(106)}. So, the people would learn slavery and to be prepared to appreciate freedom.

Later, when the idol–worship spread all over Israel and, instead of peaceful and prosperous life in the Promised Land, the people had to encounter famine, wars, and ultimately, slavery, Jeremiah the Prophet explained the reasons for their affliction: those who have abandoned God and enslaved themselves to alien gods in their land would become slaves of the aliens in another land {Jeremiah 5:19}. The prophet disclosed the correlation between two plagues of mankind: idol–worship and slavery are inseparable.

At the time of establishment of Christianity, the Promised Land was conquered by the Roman Empire; its population knew slavery well: it became the daily manner of existence. Nevertheless, the true meaning of slavery shifted and for many began to denote only physical submission, although the master ←→ slave  pattern describes all dimension and levels of life within the heathen establishments.

For instance, the Roman social hierarchy was maintained exclusively with master ←→ slave  relations –

  –– starting from the Roman soldier who during the military campaigns grabbed his portions of loot, enslaved the survivals of conquered cities, and retired to become a farmer living by the labor of slaves who had to toil at the fields and provide all bodily services to their master

                                                and

  –– finishing with the “divine emperor” who treated senators, patricians, and other citizens of Rome in the same way as his subordinates – senators and other citizens – treated their slaves.

In general, the fabric of the Roman slavery–based society was woven with the Greek theology, philosophy, and logic, especially, with the Stoicism.

Stoicism is the offspring of doctrines left by the Greeks – Heraclitus, Socrates, Diogenes of Sinope, and Zeno of Citium, modified by the Romans (Cicero), and supplemented with deities, ideas, and customs borrowed by the Romans from the conquered Mediterranean and Asian nations. Today, the ancient – heathen – Greek philosophy still is considered as the pinnacle of human reasoning. So, what the human reasoning devoid of true knowledge of God could invent, for instance, in such sphere as slavery and freedom?

The ancient Greek philosophers left two different concepts of slavery, which differentiated the general and personal outlook of the people within the social groups–layers of the Roman Empire. One of them belongs to Socrates, another – to Aristotle.

Socrates defines slavery as the death of reason: slavery “prohibits growth, integrity, and freedom” and produces dead minds, which are not able to create “a single wholesome thought” [Plato Theaetetus173a–b]. If Socrates believes that thinking is life, he should perceive the slave–owning society as the society of murderers – the living dead who destroy the life of reason. He was right in his assessment, because the democratic slaves–owning Athenian society condemned him to death [Plato Euthyphro; Phaedo]. So, the philosophy of Socrates obviously did not fit the democratic environment.

About thirty years separate the year of Socrates’ execution (399 B.C.) from the year when Aristotle the Macedonian entered the Plato’s Academy. The Athenian society had not changed: the historical settings in relation to slavery at Socrates’ Athens and in Aristotle’s Athens are almost identical. However, if for Socrates, slavery is the death of reason, for Aristotle, slavery is a natural law – “divine” order, and the natural foundation of social order: he postulates that for a man, it is proper to observe “the ruling factor” in all matters, as for a slave to live “with reference to the rule of master.” Moreover, Aristotle believes that the “natural merit” of master ←→  slave  pattern is beneficial and just [Eudemian Ethics VIII.iii.14–15; Politics I.5.1254b; I.6.1255b].

For instance, when Aristotle describes the household–part of a nation, and the polis (the Greek city–state) – the political association, which is established by the men–heads of households for their own protection and survival, he applies his universal pattern of slavery to every level of the establishment. He asserts that the human chattel (slaves) is the most indispensable part of the property. Then, he made the following statements:

–– humans are slaves of gods

–– a free citizen–master owns his parts–slaves

–– the city is a single whole, formed by a certain quantity of different parts–compounds–citizens

–– a part “belongs entirely” to the whole similarly to an article of property: the slave “belongs entirely” to his master as “an article of property,” and an instrument for purposeful actions

–– a citizen, as a part of the city, belongs to the city, not just to himself

–– the community owns its parts–citizens

–– the Polis/state has the natural right to subjugate the barbarian nations, because they are slaves by their nature [Oeconomica I.i.2; I.v.1; Politics I.4.1253b–1254a; I.6.1255b; III.1.1274b; VII.14:1333b; VIII.1.1337a].

The logic of slave–owner fashions an entire framework for all Aristotle’s speculations; he perceives the entire world, his cosmos–universe, as an embodiment of the universal master ←→  slave  pattern: humans are slaves of gods, thus, slavery must be the natural foundation of any human society and establishment.

The vision of the deity as a slave–owner has brought Aristotle to the idea of separation of the good of man from the good of gods, because, in his society, that what is good and natural for the master is not intended and is not accessible for his slave. Such separation resulted in substitution of the practicable material good of the society for the Absolute Good: the good material, discernible, verifiable, and understandable by man took the place of the good of gods and the physical perception became the foundation of ethics. 

The Aristotle’s line of arguments prompts some inferences:

1/ the citizens are the slaves of the city, instruments of the city, or the city’s chattel/animated articles (that is the property without faculty of deliberation); therefore, as all slaves, they do not have freedom to live as they like to

2/ the proclamations of the unity of interests of the city and its property with comparisons with the body, soul, benefits of friendship, appeals to the nature, etc. have the purpose to facilitate persuasion of the citizens to accept interests of the city as their own     

3/ the speculations concerning justice, wisdom, happiness, free way of life for the citizens–parts–property of the city, and other lofty words have one down–to–earth practicable end. Aristotle attempts to deceive the enslaved population with the imagined freedom, because he needs to facilitate management of the citizens and to make the sacrifice of citizens–property of the Polis to the interest of their master–Polis/state to look as the free, purposeful, and virtuous choice. Consequently, in the Aristotelian model of a political establishment,

a/ lies and slavery become companions

b/ proclamation of freedom of democracy disguises slave–owning hierarchy

c/ manifestation of beliefs in slogans and false promises of those who strive for the political power sustains the political rituals similar to rituals of the idol–worshiping societies.

The Aristotle’s doctrine nurtured countless generations of rulers and philosophers of all scales; his concept of slave as the means to provide for the bodily needs of the master received the ultimate completion in the nineteenth century when Nietzsche declared that the vast majority of the population is entitled to exist only because they are used for “service and general utility” [Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil  §61 43].

Then, Adolf Hitler adopted the Aristotle’s habit of self–assertion as the judge of other nations and portrayed the future of the German super–race as the master of all other nations [Hitler 4–5].

The basic concepts of the Nazi ideology – deification of the state, cult of the dictator–Fuhrer as an embodiment of the deified state, racial superiority of the Germans and their right to use other nations as the slaves – all of them have their roots in Aristotelian concepts:

a) a man is the part–property–slave of the community/state

b) the human chattel–slave is the property designated to serve the needs of the master–state

c) one nation might possess special superiority over all the others.

The same logic of slavery might be discerned in the ideologies based on Marxism, e.g., bolshevism and communism. In fact, all totalitarian states of the twentieth century employed the same Aristotle’s method – they promulgated absolute freedom of their subjects, while, in fact, transformed their countries into the most inhumane slave–houses ever existed.

Historically, each oppressive establishment had slavery as its foundation, and not only physical slavery provides the necessary ground. The main foothold is the particular attitude of mind, which impels citizens–subjects to accept any command, wish, desire, policy of their leader as the divine will –– unconditionally, in spite of negative consequences this policy, command, wish, or desire would cause.

Such establishments manufacture similarly–minded standard parts–subjects with the qualities [[through public education, media control, controlled access to the information and knowledge]] and in the quantities [[controlled reproduction]] needed to sustain existence and expansion; any subject’s contradiction [[usually detected through total surveillance including the institute of the informers]] leads to extermination or imprisonment with the purpose to stop dissemination of ideas inconsistent with the official ideology.

For instance, in the Roman Empire, Seneca initiated the irreconcilable conflict between the imperial hierarchy of values and the inner hierarchy of man (therefore possibility of social instability) when he wrote that men are in the power of nothing if death is in their power and that freedom from the fear of death comes with the knowledge of the good and the evil [Epistles XCI 2:447; LXXVIII 2:197–199; CXIV 3:309, 317]. Consequently, the Fate has no power over those who know how to die. Consequently, as Socrates in his time, Seneca had to die because of his convictions. Seneca’s pupil, Roman Emperor Nero (AD 54–68) ordered the aged philosopher to commit suicide (the method of execution reserved for the highest Roman nobility). Obviously, even the mention of freedom had dire consequences in the society of slaves*E*6*.

The necessity of continuation of slavery, which is the foundation of the current civilizations [[as well as of any establishment created within the framework of knowledge based on the Orphic → Plato → Aristotle doctrines]] could be one of explanations of the widely spread hatred to the Christian teachings. The reason for this hatred is the fundamental concept of Christianity: freedom given by God {John 8:31–36}.

The Christians hold that slavery is the evil inconsistent with the human nature:

 

man was created free and for freedom – in the image and likeness

of the omnipotent and free God

therefore, to ridicule, to deceive, to enslave, to deprive of any possession, to murder, to maim, to mutilate, to torture,

and by any other means to denigrate the dignity and well–being of a human being created by God in His image and after His likeness,

is abomination to God

because through such acts – by inflicting suffering–hurting–mutilating–assassinating the human–carrier of the image of God –

the evil one rises up against God the Creator

 

Only with acceptance of the Christian teachings, the societies could be empowered to pursue the human ideals and to arrange life of their members according to the human nature. After revelation of the true knowledge of God and its carrier – Christianity, it became clear that all religions, which justify victimizing, enslaving, torturing, murder of some for the sake of the good of the others, are spreading false and lies of the arch–evil.

Why then, the contemporary mind still is not able to understand that without God there is no freedom?

There is only one answer for all questions concerning freedom: where the Spirit of God is there is freedom {2 Corinthians 3:17}. In the presence of God, the evil does not exist; therefore, the ultimate freedom for man within the world of the matter is the freedom from the evil and sin: freedom from the deeds of evil committed against God and against men.

What, then the Holy Spirit gives, what does He make with the creature of dust and slave of all imaginable and unimaginable hierarchies, laws, customs, limits of the matter (time–space–complexity), who is born, lives, and dies under the authority of death enabled to end his temporal (physical) existence (life of a body) at any moment of time, without warning, without mercy, without any consideration of unfinished works and unfulfilled purposes?

The Holy Spirit gives the life everlasting; moreover, He gives the ability to know that this life already has been ignited within a mortal body as the ability to comprehend own nature – the image and likeness of God, and the ability to foresee the future – homecoming to the presence of God, in His kingdom. These precious gifts set man free from the power of the matter – the curse of slavery and death: they make irrelevant the temporal restrictions, insufficiencies, and other parameters and features of life within the limited world of the matter.

Then, understanding of freedom comes, because only true knowledge of God sets the mind free from evil and sin, from chains and matrixes imposed by lies and deceit of the others:

free mind is creation of the Eternal Truth, of the Word–God, and slavery has no power over it

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free mind lives by the Holy Spirit

Who is the only One Teacher of the truth,

Who is the Omnipotent Power that destroys human prisons of lies,

and Who bestows on His human child the authority of eternal freedom.

 

Then, it becomes understandable that Christian freedom is not the freedom to violate civil and other laws of human societies: following God Who came to fulfill His law {Matthew 5:17–18} and the order of God to render to the Caesar the things of Caesar {Matthew 22:21}, a Christian

a/ observes each word of Lord God Jesus Christ

b/ lives according to the commandments of God

c/ lives in compliance with the laws of his country, in submission to the civil authorities [[until they contradict the commandments of God and force a human being to commit crimes against God and against the people]], in peace given by God {John 14:27}, and in dignity and love that are the inseparable properties of the Christian faith {e.g., James; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John 3:16–17; 4:7–21; 5:1–21; 1 Corinthians 13:1–8}.

Otherwise, he is not a Christian, and freedom and truth have no place in him.

The Christian freedom is the embodiment of the perfect law, the law of freedom of which St. James the Apostle writes {James 1:21–25}: freedom to create the good, to fulfill the law of God, to seek and to find God, to cognize the Truth, and to prepare himself for the Kingdom of God.

Now, when the Christianity and even mention of God became “politically incorrect,” when the Christians are exterminated, when the “free” world tolerates barbaric executions of human beings for their religious beliefs, where the people could find the power to withstand the evil and slavery of heathenism issuing from the arch–evil, violence, fear, ignorance, corruption, perversion, and indifference, which have overwhelmed and now are happily digesting the remnants of the Western civilization?

Will the cry of the ancient Prophet – “Who is going to help you as you are being ruined?” {Hosea 13:9} – become the reality of all countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Americas, and the current civilizations vanish similarly, for instance, to the Byzantine Empire, which came into oblivion in spite of all her might and grandeur?

 

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E*1* Concerning the Phoenicians, see postings

a/ Folder Archive_2008_2009: Wisdom – Page_1_2008, and The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

Folder Archive_2010:The Heathenism – October_2010

b/ Philosophy: the Beginning, folder Heathen Philosophy, Page_1

c/ Ancient Civilizations:  Legacy Overviewfile for download @ website Systems Logic [ http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_1

 

E*2* For instance, in the fourth century, Augustine of Hippo invented the idea of the coercive power of the church: the Compele Intrare doctrine. Augustine’s Compele Intrare – the infamous doctrine, which is incompatible with the Christian teachings and which could be devised only by the mind nurtured by the Manichean heresy, laid the theoretical foundation of the papal Inquisition, and Augustine’s writings concerning authority and coercive power of the church became mandatory reading for the inquisitors. In particular, the inquisitor’s handbooks included the relevant citations from the writings of Aquinas and other papal theologians [Peters 62], such as Compelle Intrare, wise judge concept, justification of torture and death penalty for heretics, along with description of experience of local inquisitors concerning finding, methods of torture, and extermination of heretics.

Then, following the Augustine’s speculations, Thomas Aquinas the main papal theologian introduced the doctrine of “holy” (absolute or perfect) obedience – freely accepted slavery and submission to the all–inclusive spiritual and secular authority of the pope referred by Aquinas as “divinely appointed functionary.” Aquinas justified his doctrine with misinterpretation of the Christian teachings and the Holy Scriptures. In fact, the Aquinas’ doctrine of obedience was inferred from Aristotle’s depiction of slavery as divine order of the universe.

For instance, the Aquinas’ interpretation of the Great Schism and issuing concept of schism reveal implications of Aquinas’ doctrine of obedience.

The Great Schism began in the ninth century as the discord of the Roman Bishop/Pope (the West Roman Church) with the Patriarchs (the Catholic – Apostolic or Orthodox – Churches). The Great Schism marks the beginning of separate existence of two irreconcilable theological systems:

1/ Christianity – the original teachings of Lord God Jesus Christ preserved and professed by the Catholic Apostolic (Orthodox) Church

2/ the Roman Catholicism, or Catholicism, professed by the papal church of Rome. The papal church of Rome accepted Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology [[based on the heathen philosophy produced by Orphism]] as the official doctrine, canonized Thomas Aquinas, and accepted him as the main theologian, “the most brilliant light” of the papal church and “angelic interpreter of divine will” without any error in his work [the “light” reference came from pope Pius V; “angelic interpreter” without any error – from pope Clement VII; both qtd. and ref. in: New Catholic Encyclopedia 14:109–110].

In general, a schismatic (e.g., an Orthodox Christian) is the one who refuses to accept the pope as the earthly substitute of God. Consequently, a schismatic

a/ does not recognize the pope as the “vicar of Christ”

b/ does not accept papal blasphemous claims on pope’s ability to stand on the place of God and to have the share of dignity of God

c/ does not believe that submission to the pope is the mandatory condition of salvation and eternal life.

For Aquinas, a schismatic is a person who refuses to submit his mind and conscience to the control and surveillance of pope and other superiors – members of the papal hierarchy, who does not worship the pope, and who does not accept the papal speculations as the words of God. Aquinas writes that schismatics “are unwilling to be controlled by the Church’s spiritual power,” while justice demands man to subject his mind “entirely to God” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.57 a1 a, ro3]. Consequently, Aquinas considers schism as the mortal sin punishable by death, because for Aquinas, the rebellion against the pope is equal to denial of God.

To justify his assertions that schism is mortal sin and that schismatic must be either converted into the papal faith or executed, Aquinas asserts that the spiritual power is twofold and consists from the sacramental power, which a schismatic retains, and from the power of jurisdiction (papal religious and secular authority), which a schismatic violates [Summa Theologica II–II Q.39 a3].

However, if Aquinas asserts that a schismatic retains the sacramental power [[the sacramental power connects man with God and signifies that man belongs to God and works for His purposes]], yet, in the same time commits mortal sin [[mortal sin is any thought, word, deed that intentionally defies the power of God and deliberately contradicts the will of God, for instance, violates commandments of God, such as do not have other gods, do not kill]], it means that either Aquinas makes irrational statement or, for Aquinas, the meaning of mortal sin is rejection of papal jurisdiction.

However, rational judgment is a prerogative of the mind that established itself on the Word–God [[as St. Paul the Apostle writes {in: 1 Corinthians 2:16}, we (the Christians) have the mind of Christ: ημεις δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν (where νουν is a derivative of νοοςintelligence, reason, mind). See also The Absolute Weapon, July 20, 2014, in 3_July_August_2014 – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3]]

Aquinas thinks in the terms of the heathen philosophy.

Therefore, the one could conclude that

a/ for Aquinas, authority of the pope is higher than authority of God

b/ for Aquinas, schism becomes the mortal sin only because it is rejection of the papal power of jurisdiction – the papal authority, and as such, it deprives the papal hierarchy of unreservedly obedient subjects; at the same time, the violation of God’s commandments is not a mortal sin [[by the way, papal “forgiveness of sin” could be purchased – the infamous indulgencies – from the papal servants who sell entrance into God’s kingdom for money]].

For the Christians, Aquinas’ doctrine of obedience is blasphemy, because it elevates mortal man at the level of deity whose authority exceeds the authority of God, and, therefore, establishes and propagates idol–worship: Aquinas’ “god” is the pope – mortal man, the creature of dust as all the others, yet, whom the main papal theologian positions higher than true God.

Blasphemy is sin, which could lead to spiritual death – eternal separation from God. Many religious establishments still excommunicate or persecute their subjects for the sin of blasphemy; the set of penalties often includes the capital punishment – death.

According to Thomas Aquinas, blasphemy is a sin committed directly against God. Blasphemy is more grievous sin than murder: it denotes the disparagement of the goodness of God when somebody suggests something inappropriate or incompatible with God, e.g., ascribes the properties of God to His creations or makes false statements about God [Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica  II–II Q.13 a1, a2, a3]. 

Therefore, if to apply Aquinas’ definition of blasphemy for analysis of papal theologians’ writings, it could be inferred that the sin of blasphemy is committed when

a/ the attributes of God are ascribed to mortal men (for instance, when Aquinas ascribes to the pope the ability to “stand on the place of God,” to be the substitute of God at the earth, to be “vicar of God,” etc.)

b/ false statements about God are made (for instance, when the criminal code of the Inquisition and the human law that heretics must be burned alive are ascribed to God)

c/ any connection between God and the evil are asserted or implied; for instance, see analysis of Aquinas’ assertions concerning the source of evil, the opposites, etc., in posting Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page_7.

The Christian tradition considers blasphemy as “a frightful passion” originated by the unclean spirit; the Christians are advised to guard the senses and the mind and – with the prayer and praise to God – discard any improper thought [e.g., Nikitas Stithatos (11th century) §59 in: The Philokalia 4:94]. Those who present themselves as Christians, while intentionally commit blasphemy because of their disagreements with the Christian teachings, are excommunicated.

Ultimate version of Aquinas’ doctrine of obedience, with addition of Ignatius of Loyola’s rules for the “Church militants,” lifts up obedience to the superior (starting with the pope–prefect of the Inquisition, or the “Universal Inquisitor”) to the rank of divinely established order, the good and “special” moral virtue, and “the regular mode of life” for “religious people.” This doctrine sustains the papal hierarchy and implies that the pope has the unreserved power over his subjects. In general, this doctrine works only because

a/ the mind of papal subject accepts it as the unchallengeable truth and makes it the actuality of own existence

b/ heresies and misinterpretations of the Holy Scriptures took the place of the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ; for instance, Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology, which is the official doctrine of the papal church of Rome, justifies execution of heretics and provides theoretical foundation for atrocities of the inquisition, religious persecutions and wars: the pope is the Prefect of the inquisition; the papal theologians portray God as “the author of the criminal code of the Inquisition”; papal theologians Henry of Susa (1271) and Jean d’Andre (1348) both asserted that the execution by burning at stake is sanctioned by “the law of Christ” [Vacandard 128]. Assertions of the papal theologians reveal incompatibility of their “theology” with Christianity: to claim any positive connection of Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology with the teachings of Christ is blasphemy against the Word–God, God the Father Who sent Him to redeem mankind, and the Holy Spirit by Whom revelations of God are given

c/ the people are deprived of the access to the true knowledge. For instance, in 1229, the Inquisition in Toulouse made the Bible prohibited book for the papal subjects; for the laity, the right to read the words of God has to be given by the special permission of the superiors. During many centuries, the knowledge of the original word of God was forbidden for the vast majority of the Catholics who had to be fed with the images produced by the papal theologians – “guardians” of their souls, and to accept as the “divine truth” any assertion, which the papal hierarchy considered beneficial for its own purposes. The Inquisition’s decision was supported with the drastic measures; for example, in 1536, William Tyndale was burned at the stake for translation of the Bible into English (published in 1526) [in: The Bible. “Preface.” Iii;  Trager 174, 179; Baybrook 603].

Even today, those, who undergo Ignatius of Loyola “spiritual training”/exercises should “hear”/imagine blasphemies against Lord Jesus Christ – the Word God, and must not read the Holy Bible. In particular, the published in 1983 book of Jesuit David L. Fleming contains recommendations that those who undergo the modern version of the Loyola’s training, have to perform the same “satisfaction for past sins” or self–inflicted “punishment” in accordance with the advice of “director” – the modern term for “the superior,” as it was in the Loyola’s time [Fleming 40–43; 101]; therefore, they definitely should “hear”/imagine blasphemies against Lord Jesus Christ – the Word God, and must not read the Holy Bible. Otherwise, they would not have “being stirred by various spirits” as the result of the Exercises and, as Loyola demanded for those who had “not being stirred by various spirits” as the result of the Exercises, should be investigated concerning time and completeness of all procedures, because the Exercises must be “carefully followed” [Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Exercises §§6, 20, 82–85 in: Personal Writings 284, 286, 299, 301; On Dealing with Others in: Counsels for Jesuits 11].  

The question is: of which “various spirits” Ignatius of Loyola writes? According to the Holy Scriptures {e.g., in: Genesis 2:7; Psalm 150:5; Job 32:8; Mark 7:20–23; Luke 4:4; 6:45; John 8:40–47; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Corinthians 12:1–3; Revelation 13:1–15}, the breath of God is the living soul of man, each being that breathes naturally praises God, and those who are of God carry His Word within and live by the words of God. All evil thoughts, murders, deceit, and evils, including blasphemy, come out of the human heart, from the inner man. As St. Paul the Apostle explains, no one, who speaks by the Spirit of God, ever curses Lord Jesus Christ. However, the breath of existence might be given to the beast to utter blasphemies against God and even to the images of the beast to test, deceive, and ruin men: any ill word toward God comes only from the arch–evil, which controls its offspring and slaves [[curse – αναθεμα – in: 1 Corinthians 12:1–3; ill–speaking, reviling, blasphemy –  βλασφημια  – in: Mark 7:20–23; Revelation 13]].

The referred above Aquinas’ speculations reveal not only Aquinas’ renunciation of the Christianity and perversion of the Christian teachings. They illustrate the process of establishing of the heathenism – the process of enslaving of human mind, because under the wordings from the Holy Scriptures they conceal the lethal poison of the Orphism that through the philosophical doctrines of Plato and Aristotle penetrated works of Philo, Augustine, and Aquinas and became the foundation of the Western theology and philosophy, and to which many so–called “heretics,” schismatics, and different–minded were sacrificed [[burned at the stake by the papal Inquisition for the sake of purification of papal perfect communities from the heretics and preservation of the papal faithful from corruption. By the way, does not such practice of the papal inquisitors make them similar to the Phoenician priests who burned their human sacrifices to Moloch for purification of their land and their people? Probably not, because the Phoenician practice demonstrates at least some mercy to their victims: usually, the priest–sacrificer cut the victim’s throat to pour blood on the ground, so, the time of physical suffering was short; the inquisitors burned the condemned alive]].

Just one historical event could confirm this statement.

When the papal hierarchy revived the old Manichean heresy (communion with bread only) reinstated by the papal hierarchy because Aquinas modified the doctrine of transubstantiation with the Aristotle’s concept of accidents, it triggered off the revolt of the faithful Christians in Bohemia under the leadership of Jun (John) Hus the priest. Jun Hus demanded the Cup of Eucharist for the laity, because Lord God Jesus Christ gave it to all His followers {cf.: Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:17–20}. The papacy denounced those who believed in the supreme authority of the Gospels and refused to accept new practice of communion as disobedient to the Roman Church schismatics and heretics, who “rashly dared to assert that the Christian people ought to receive the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist under the form of both bread and vine” [Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils 418]. The papal Council of Constance condemned Jun Hus the priest as the heretic, and Jun Hus was burned at stake, in 1415: according to the papacy, for heresy; in fact, for his conviction to follow the words of Lord God Jesus Christ and to observe the most sacred tradition of the Christianity.

Therefore, for the papal church, following the Gospels and observance of the Christian tradition established by Lord God Jesus Christ are schism and heresy punishable by death.

 

Concerning physical and spiritual slavery see:

a/ works of Aristotle: Oeconomica, Eudemian Ethics, Magna Moralia, and Politics

b/ postings in Folder Heathen PhilosophyPhilosophy: Aristotle, Page_3, Works of Augustine of Hippo, Page_6, and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Page_7; Folder Political Theology, Pages 1, 2, 3.

 

Concerning Augustine’s Compelle Intrare and influence of his works on the following generations of Western theologians, including Thomas Aquinas, see Works of Augustine of Hippo and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Pages 6 and 7; concerning the Inquisition and the Loyola’s spiritual training, see The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology, Page_3.

 

Concerning the Great Schism (separation of Roman and Byzantine Churches) and its consequences, see The Hierarchical Church, Folder Political Theology, Page_2, and The Invincible Empire, Chapters 1 and 7.

 

See analysis of Aquinas’ concepts of faith and heresy in The Invincible Empire, Chapter 6, and postings: Folder Heathen Philosophy: Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Page_7; Folder Political Theology: The introduction to Political Theology and The Hierarchical Church, Pages 1 & 2.

 

Concerning Orphism and its impact, see postings: 

The Heathenism, Folder Archive_2010, Page 5_October_2010, The Authority to Survive, Folder Archive_2011, Page 3_June_July_2011

The Vineyard and The lessons of the Vineyard, Folder Archive_2012, Page _May_June_2012

Folder Heathen Philosophy: Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Page_7

Folder Political Theology – all posts

Folder Heathen Philosophy: Philosophy: the Beginning (Subchapters: The Minoan Legacy, Egyptian Civilization, and The Orphic Doctrine) – Page 1, Philosophy: Plato – Page 2

or download the file Ancient Civilizations:  Legacy Overview @ my website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia [ http: // systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_1

 

Concerning doctrine and practices of Ignatius of Loyola, see The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology, Page_3, and The Invincible Empire, Chapter 5 (Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola).

 

Concerning deprivation of the papal laity of the Communion with both elements, revival of the Manichean heresy, and destiny of Jun Hus the priest, see postings Priest and Heresy, Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_2_2008, and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page_7.

 

Concerning the meaning of heresy and blasphemy and the place of heresy and blasphemy in the papal church, see also The Invincible Empire, Chapters 5, 6, 7; and postings: The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology, Page_3, Works of Augustine of Hippo and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Pages 6 and 7.

           

 

E*3* For instance, see the following Socrates’ remarks concerning slavery [Plato Theaetetus 172b–173e]:

– slavery “makes devious deeds inevitable,” and deprives mind of “a single wholesome thought” (as soon as Socrates referred to a speaker before the Athenian lawcourt as to a slave, it is obvious that Socrates assumes that the speaker does not possesses honesty, truthfulness, and ability to think)

– the consummate philosopher (mentioned as the opposite to a slave) is concerned only with the search for truth; in his thought he has the complete freedom, he is not involved in the agora discussions, lawcourts, and political clubs

– before a lawcourt, the philosopher looks like a fool because the philosopher’s truth is not compatible with the something that the society holds to be the truth.

 

E*4* See  The Plundered People, Folder Archive_2012, Page 2_February_2012.

 

E*5* In fact, the Hebrew tribe – descendents of Abraham – was enslaved by the Egyptians: four hundred years they lived as slaves in Egypt, the land of Cham {Psalm 104(105):23}, humbled and afflicted, because they have to learn slavery, so they would appreciate the freedom. They received the first knowledge of truth – the Law of God – through Moses. However, gradually, the scribes converted the Law into lies: they took the key of understanding, yet entered not and closed entrance to the others. Therefore, when the opponents of Lord Jesus Christ profess their eternal freedom, they tell untruth.

Next, when they took up the stones to throw them on Lord Jesus Christ, they revealed their lawlessness (only their courts after some judicial procedures had the authority to send man to death) and inclination to murder {Genesis 15:13–16; John 7:19–20; 8:31–33, 59; Matthew 23:1–2; Luke 11:52; Jeremiah 8:8–10; Romans 1:25}. Their problem is that they lost ability of reasoning, because they had lost understanding of the Law: they are not able to see that their actions (lies, lawlessness, intention to kill) precisely confirm the evaluation they received from God.

 

E*6* An interesting illustration of the potential of the heathen philosophy: two of those who became the greatest criminals in the history of rulers – Alexander of Macedonia and Nero the Roman emperor – were the pupils of the philosophers considered to be the greatest in their times and spheres. Aristotle (384–322 B.C.; Greek heathen “classic” philosophy) formed the outlook of Alexander of Macedonia, and Seneca (4? B.C. – A.D. 65; Roman stoicism) was the mentor of Nero.

 

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References:

 

The Bible. New York:  American Bible Society, 1970. Preface.

 

Aristotle. "The Eudemian Ethics."  The Athenian Constitution. The Eudemian Ethics. On Virtues and Vices. v. 20. With an English Translation by H. Rackham. Cambridge, Massachusetts:  Harvard UP; London:  William Heinemann, 1971. 23 vols.

Aristotle. "The Magna Moralia." The Metaphysics. v.2. With an English Translation by G. Cyril Armstrong. Cambridge, Massachusetts:  Harvard UP; London:  William Heinemann, 1935. 425–685. 2 vols.

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

Aristotle. Politics. Trans. Ernest Baker. Revised with an Introduction and Notes by R.F. Stalley. Oxford, England:   Oxford UP, 1995.

Baybrook, Gar.  Heresies of the Christian Church.  Payson, Arizona:  Leaves of Autumn Books, 1998.

The Constitutions of The Society of Jesus and Their Complementary Norms:  A Complete English Translation of the Official Latin Text. Saint Louis, Montana:  The Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1996.

Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils. Ed. Norman P. Tanner. London and Washington, DC:  Sheed & Ward, Georgetown UP, 1990.

Fleming, David L. Modern Spiritual Exercises:  A Contemporary Reading of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Garden City, New York:  Image Books, 1983.

Hitler, Adolf. My World of Tomorrow. New York: Polish Information Center, 1940.

Ignatius of Loyola, Saint. Counsels for Jesuits:  Selected Letters and Instructions of Saint Ignatius Loyola. Ed. Joseph N. Tylenda. Chicago, Illinois:  Loyola UP, 1985.

Ignatius of Loyola, Saint. Personal Writings:  Reminiscences, Spiritual Diary, Select Letters, including text of The Spiritual Exercises. Trans. with Introduction and Notes by Joseph A. Muniti and Philip Endean. London:  Penguin Books, 1996.

New Catholic Encyclopedia. Washington, DC:  The Catholic University of America, 1967.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future. Trans. Helen Zimmern. Edinburgh & London: T.N. Foulis, 1909–1913. Dover Thrift Editions. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover, 1997. 

Peters, Edward.  Inquisition.  New York:  Free Press, 1988.

The Philokalia: The Complete Text Compiled by St. Nikodimus of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth. Trans. and ed. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware, with the assistance of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline) Constantine Cavarnos, Dana Miller, Basil Osborne, Norman Russel. London:  Faber & Faber, 1979–1995.  4 vols.

Plato. Complete Works. Edited with Introduction and Notes by John M. Cooper. Associated Editor D.S. Hutchinson. Indianapolis, Indiana: Hackett Publishing, 1997.

Plato. Theaetetus. Trans. with an Essay by Robin A. H. Waterfield. London:  Penguin Books, 1987.

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

Seneca. Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales. With an English translation by Richard M. Gummere. v. 2, 3. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard UP; London: William Heinemann, 1967. 3 vols.”

Thomas Aquinas (Saint). The Religious State:  The Episcopate and the Priestly Office. Ed. with Prefatory Notice by John Procter. Westminster, Maryland:  Newman Press, 1950.

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

Trager, James. The People’s Chronology:  A Year–by–Year Record of Human Events from Prehistory to the Present. Rev. ed. A Henry Holt Reference Book. New York:  Henry Holt, 1992.

Vacandard, Elphege. The Inquisition: A Critical and Historical Study of the Coercive Power of the Church. 1915.  Trans. from the 2nd edition Bertrand L. Conway. Merrick, New York:  Richwood Publishing, 1977.”

 

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*3* Human chattel” is a G. Cyril Armstrong’s translation of Aristotle’s definition of home slaves – the indispensable and most valuable property in Housecraft [Oeconomica, I.v.].

Definition of “human chattel” – slave – as an animate “article of property” with the recommendations how to deal with it might be found in: Oeconomica I.v. 3, 5, 6; Politics I.2. 1252b, I.4. 1253b, I.5. 1254b; I.6.1255b; I.8. 1256b; I.13.1260a.

 

[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.

Aristotle. Politics. Trans. Ernest Baker. Revised with an Introduction and Notes by R.F. Stalley. Oxford, England:   Oxford UP, 1995.]

 

 See also Philosophy: Aristotle, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page_3.

 

*4*  For instance, In addition to overall restrictions, woman’s freedom as such, even freedom to regulate life of own body, does not exist in the countries with traditions of arranged/forced marriage, honor killing, special clothing, restrictions of education and employment, and other limitations, which transform a free human being into the human chattel for household chores and delivery of the next generation of slaves, as well as in the countries that assume any right to control reproduction and make a choice on behalf of woman.

In particular, concerning the right to decide the usage, destiny, and well–being of woman’s body:

– in Islamic countries, women can be forced to undergo female genital mutilation, so, they will not have sensual desires and satisfaction, therefore, their physical loyalty to their husbands is presumed to be guaranteed, while they still have to experience pain of childbirth, to carry household works, to be in slavish submission to husbands. Furthermore, physical mutilation is not the only consequence: with ruthless, painful, and senseless act of hatred and hostility to the woman’s nature and violence committed on her body, woman receives deep psychological trauma; she has to live in fear before brutality of men, with permanent inferiority complex, and with deeply rooted  hatred to those who violated and enslaved her body and covered such brutality with the references to “faith,” with which she must endure her suffering

– in the Western countries and countries under totalitarian regimes, women can be either deprived of the right of choice [[the choice to have children or do not have children – by using contraceptives and making abortion]] or forced/forbidden to make abortions for the sake of population control

– in some Islamic countries, women can be deprived of right to drive cars, to work, to choose desirable education, to travel, or even to leave house without permission of their husband or male relatives

– in the Western countries and countries under totalitarian regimes, women still could receive lesser pay for their labor and still could be the last choice for job positions traditionally reserved for men because of high salaries, prestige, and social/political/religious prejudices.

However, enslaving and hatred toward woman pays back and with full measure to the societies and establishments, in which woman is treated as a slave and as a domestic animal, and especially, in which, in contradiction to God Who created woman body, men ascribed to themselves the right to “correct” the work of God the Creator. When woman conceives a child, she makes for him not only “garments of skin” within own body {Genesis 3:22}; she transfers to the child her mental and spiritual imprint as well as psychological traumas and disabilities. An enslaved and physically and spiritually humiliated, violated, and disfigured being delivers not only inferior offspring, which carries punishment for the act rooted in the primeval animosity toward woman {Genesis 3:15–17} – sin committed by his predecessors for the sake of whose “convenience” the woman was mutilated. Such a woman delivers a genetically modified {because of sin committed against woman and against her Creator by the present and past generations – Genesis 1:27; Exodus 34:5–7} being prepared for the next circle of slavery, brutality, and violence. A child that was conceived and delivered by enslaved, humiliated, and traumatized woman is capable of hatred and violence toward anyone: he is the offspring of slave and he is ready to be enslaved, manipulated by the others, and turned into a human weapon, especially if he has been convinced that he would have revenge for brutality of the others. Is not the history of countries, in which mutilation and enslaving of woman is the “article of faith,” a convincing illustration of the consequences of brutality against a creation of God and sin against God the Creator?

 

*5* For instance, atrocities of Crusades and the Inquisition, moral, physical and sexual abuse of children in Catholic churches and charitable institutions, corruption, financial scandals, ecumenism/current papal crusade against Orthodox Christianity. For illustration, see the daily media concerning the Vatican’s affairs and Catholicism worldwide, and the following

Concluding Observations on the Second Periodic Report of the Holy See. The UN. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Committee on the Rights of the Child. Report distributed January 31, 2014. CRC_C_VAT_CO_2_16302_E.pdf

The link to the UN Report was available through U.N. Slams Vatican Over Child Abuse Cover-Up @ World Time website @  http: // world.time.com /2014/02/05/u-n-slams-vatican-over-child-abuse-cover-up/

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

Ireland apologises for 'slave labour' at Magdalene Laundries http:// www. guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/19/ireland-apologises-slave-labour-magdalene-laundries

The Irish government has apologised but failed to offer compensation to 10,000 women who were locked up and forced to work without pay in Roman Catholic Church workhouses known as Magdalene laundries By Bruno Waterfield http:// www. telegraph.co.uk/ news/worldnews/europe/ireland/9850681/Ireland-apologises-for-Magdalene-laundries.html

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

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

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

Catholic Church tossed 800 Irish orphans into septic tank grave By Jennifer Pompi. The Washington Times – http:// www. washingtontimes.com/ news/2014/jun/3/mass-grave-800-children-found-near-irish-home-unwe/

Galway historian reveals truth behind 800 orphans in mass grave by Cahir O'Doherty http:// www. irishcentral.com/ opinion/cahirodoherty/Galway-historian-reveals-truth-behind-800-orphans-in-mass-grave.html

Vatican investigates Legion priests for abuse http:// english.alarabiya. net/ articles/2012/05/11/213434.html

Church pedophilia scandal grows in Latin America http:// news.yahoo. com/s/ap/ 20100420/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_brazil_church_sex_scandal

Vatican mulls how to protect impaired adults from sex abuse by priests http:// www. foxnews.com /world/2010/07/07/proposals-vaticans-new-sex-norms-include-abuse-impaired-adults/

Future pope refused defrocking of convicted priest By Matt Sedensky,  http:// news.yahoo. com/s/ap/rel_pope_church_abuse

Report: More Church Abuse Allegations in Pope Benedict's Native Country. Children were allegedly "sadisitically tormented and also sexually abused" in Pope Benedict's native Bavaria, according to Reuters http:// www. foxnews.com/ world/2010/04/12/report-church-abuse-allegations-pope-benedicts-native-country/

New pope to inherit demystified office By Anthony Faiola http:// www. washingtonpost.com/ world/europe/new-pope-to-inherit-demystified-office/ 2013/03/11/31469288-89cd-11e2-a88e-461ffa2e34e4_story.html

Pope Hints at Changes to Scandal-Ridden Vatican Bank http:// www. dailyfinance. com/2013/04/25/pope-hints-changes-vatican-bank-scandal/

God’s Racket: Why It’s High Time to Shut Down the Vatican Bank. Think of it as HSBC with God’s imprimatur. AlterNet / By Lynn Stuart Parramore http:// worldpress.org /link.cfm?http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~ /38521511/0/ alternet~ God%e2%80%99s-Racket-Why-It%e2%80%99s-High-Time-to-Shut-Down-the-Vatican-Bank

Ecumenism in The World & The War. Part I. file for download @ website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia [http: // systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*6* The pope instructs his subjects: “without the pope, spiritual life of the Christians leads to the “deplorable ruin,” and the eternal salvation cannot be found [Mystici Corporis Christi. Encyclical of pope Pius XII On the Mystical Body of Christ. 1943. http:// www. vatican. va/ holy_father/pius_xii/ encyclicals/documents/hf_p–xii_enc_29061943_ mystici–corporis–christi_ en. html; §65, 87]

This particular papal assertion reveals the attempt to put the pope at the place of the Holy Spirit, because according to the words of God {John 1; 3; 6:44–45; 14:6–28; 15; 16; 17} and consequently, according to the Christian teachings, salvation and eternal life of man are obtained only through the Holy Spirit sent by God the Father in the Name of Lord Jesus Christ. Mortal man is not able either to lead to God as Lord Jesus Christ does or to give salvation to his fellow mortal man as God does. Therefore, the pope ascribes to himself the power of the Holy Spirit, as well as the authority of God the Father and the grace of Lord Jesus Christ: the papal assertion is blasphemy against God and self–deification.

Then, the pope, a mortal man pretending to be “the vicar of God on earth,” asserts that it is the dangerous error to believe that it is possible to accept Christ “as the Head of the Church, while not adhering loyally to His Vicar on Earth.” Those who take away the visible head (that is the pope) can neither see the eternal salvation nor find it [Mystici Corporis Christi. Encyclical of pope Pius XII On the Mystical Body of Christ. 1943. http:// www. vatican. va/ holy_father/pius_xii/ encyclicals/documents/hf_p–xii_enc_29061943_ mystici–corporis–christi_ en. html; §40–41]; also [ref. and qtd. in: Church, Papacy, and Schism: A Theological Enquiry 60].

This papal assertion contradicts the words of God that only by the will of God the Father, through Lord Jesus Christ, man comes to God the Father, therefore, obtains the life everlasting {John 6:44; 14:6; 17:1–26}. Again, the pope ascribes to himself the authority of God the Father and the power of the Word–God: the papal assertion is blasphemy against God and self–deification.

See also Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas – Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page_7, postings in Folder Political Theology, and Ecumenism in The World & The War. Part I. file for download @ website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia [http: // systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*7* See The Works of God: Faith, Mercy, Creation  – Folder 2013, Page  6_July_2013

 

*8* Concerning destiny of Ian Hus the priest, see Priest and Heresy, Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008

 

*9* During the earthly phase of existence, a human being is a temporal life–carrying unity of spirit–flesh, or soul–heart–mind–body, or energy–matter, accommodated within the realm composed of the units of the structured matter, which are the energy derivatives created/arranged at different levels of complexity. The essence of man – the inner man – is the soul–heart–mind, which carries the image and likeness of God.

See also Theological Foundation in Introduction: Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence and Note *25*, in Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://  systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*10* See

The Material Things – in Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons The World & The War, Part II. Apostasy file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

Materialism – in The World & The War. Part I. file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*11* See The Leaven – in Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons The World & The War, Part II. Apostasy file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*12* Sin could be envisioned as the failure to accomplish purposes of own existence – to become the embodiment of the law of God – the likeness of the Word–God, to evolve into the child of God, and to obtain the everlasting life in the presence of God; such failure – the sin is the consequence of focusing on the “other gods” – idols and values of the temporal world of the material things.

See The Ultimate Purpose – Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012



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24_210. Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Completeness

 

 

…In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word.

This One was in the beginning with God.

Through Him, the all came into being, and without Him, not even one came into being that came into being.

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men…

{John 1:1–4}

And out of completeness/fullness of Him we all received…

{John 1:16}

 

 

The Gospels, and especially, Gospel According to John, The First Epistle of John, and The Book of Revelation {John; esp.: 1:1–18; 29–36; 3:1–21, 31–33; 6; 10:30; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John; Revelation; esp. Revelation 1; 21; 22} are all about the Absolute – the Word of God, Who is with God and Who is God, Who is the Son of God and Who is One with the Father, Who is the Beginning and the End of the all, Who is the Creator, the Glory, and the Light of the new world, in which even memory of evil, suffering, and death do not exist. He is Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God,

Who after the Law, which was given to men and through man,

brought into the world the Perfect Love, the Divine Grace

that makes a human being complete and perfect and immortal*1*

Who revealed the love of God as the victory over the world of death, as annihilation of the ultimate evil/death

[[this ultimate evil/death is separation from the Creator after the original sin and expulsion from the Paradise Genesis 3]]

Who reconciled man with God

and transformed the mortal creatures of dust into the children of the Eternal Light

who come to life by the Holy Spirit – the Almighty Spirit of Truth, Wisdom, and Love

Who, according to the will of God the Father Who sent Him,

completed creation of a new being – the immortal child of God

 

After Lord Jesus Christ left the world and returned to the Father Who sent Him, the ones who are chosen to become the Christians*2* begin their way to God by perceiving Him through the words of His disciples – the Gospels and the Epistles written by the Apostles {the Books of The New Testament}. If they learn to observe His words and to accomplish His commandments, He comes as He promised and leads them to the Father as He promised. Since, the world, which before coming  of Lord Jesus Christ lived in the shadow of death and under control of the arch–evil, has been operating as the starting site at which the immortal life is ignited, the net of the living lights – the immortal children of God the Father of lights {Πατρος των φωτωνJames 1:17} – is expanded, and the journey into the eternity is initiated {in: John 1:1–18; 3:1–21, 31–36; 6:27–58; 8:21–47; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; Ephesians}.

Coming to God is possible only if the inner man – the soul–heart–mind*3* – becomes the likeness of the Word–God through Whom and by Whom all that exists was created and came into existence.

For instance, any system designer knows that a system, which is intended to serve as a member of the set/subsystem of a reality, should carry the same code, otherwise, it cannot be recognized, accepted, and allowed to be accommodated within the reality.

Still, some people mistakenly assume that they could enter the God’s kingdom*4* without becoming His Very Own – that is without knowing the words of God, observing His words, accomplishing His commandments, and carrying His likeness, which manifest itself, firstly, as an ability to act according to His commandments that is to accomplish His will.

However, nothing is possible without God; only because of power, knowledge, wisdom and guidance received from the Holy Spirit, a human being could become the likeness of the Λογος, the Word–God, and to do the works of God, which transform him into the temple–dwelling of God and prepare him for the eternity with God.

There is only one Way to God – His Word, Lord Jesus Christ {John 6:65; 14:6}, through Whose completeness/fullness and perfection a human being is created, exists, and led through the path of cognition of the Absolute Good of God and consequent development of the highest potency of the good.

As the one could infer from the writings of the Apostles {Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; 1 James; 1 Peter; 1 John; Ephesians; Galatians; 1 Corinthians; Romans, and the others}, creation of an immortal child of God unfolds as three–level learning  [[1, 2, 3]].

1. Establishing of the Absolute within the mind: revelation of the Highest Standard of perfection, which the one should learn, comprehend, and follow by making it the focus of own entire existence – the way of thinking and acting, by embodying it into own daily life – the reality of own existence.

From this Standard of the Highest – Absolute – Good, the righteousness of man should be derived. A righteous human being is the one

who has the mind enclosed in God and a virtuous body

who is living healthy, according to the nature defined by the Law of God – The Ten Commandments*5*,

the essence of which is love: love to God and love to the others

who imitates the perfection and mercy and love of God  

2. Comprehension of the reality, in which a human being is empowered to accomplish the main purpose*6*: obtaining immortality and everlasting life in the presence of God.

The New Testament {Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; Epistles of the Apostles, esp. 1 Peter; 1 John; Ephesians; Galatians; Colossians; Revelation} speaks of the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, as of the Absolute, the Wholeness and Completeness of Perfection, in Whom

dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily

all riches of the full assurance of the understanding are, for full knowledge of the mystery of God, and of Father, and of Christ

all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden

His creations in Him are having been filled

the fullness of Godhead is revealed to His creations

His creations are empowered to accept the full knowledge of God

and to become the completeness and fullness

as the all created by the Word–God and living in the Word–God are complete into the entirety.

 

This entirety is the eternal kingdom of the everlasting life, in which

 

the all for the Word–God and through Him have been created

He is before the all, and the all in Him is consisted

He is pre–eminent in the all, because in Him, all fullness was pleased to dwell

He is the Cause of everything – for Him the all have been created

He is the Source of everything – through Him, the all have been created

He is the Omnipotent Power creating completeness–wholeness that is life –

in Him the all have been created, the all are held, established, arranged,

and the all are living – are kept and sustained in wholeness and completeness

He is the Perfect Love without fear and suffering Who creates and sustains life by the very Own presence

He is the Highest Authority bestowing onto His creations the authority to evolve into the children of God

He is revealed through His attribute –

the Absolute – complete and comprehensive and perfect – Good of God

bestowing the power of wisdom and therefore, completeness of perfection

He is the Revelation of God the Spirit to His creations that are born into the temporal world of the structured matter

to evolve into the children of God the Spirit, so they would dwell with Him through the eternity

He is the Almighty God Who gives His creations the everlasting life by revealing knowledge of Himself and His Word –

Lord Jesus Christ Who was sent to accomplish the will of the Father

and to bring into being a new creation in Christ and by Christ –

the likeness of the Word–God empowered to accept the Holy Spirit and to live by the Holy Spirit,

and therefore, to become the immortal being destined for the eternity with the Creator.

 

St. Paul the Apostle writes about the mystery of completion {Ephesians 4}: with the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, the completed man to the measure of the stature of completeness/fullness of Christ {Ephesians 4:13}. Then, he mentions {Galatians 3:27} the one, who is baptized in Christ and taken in-encompassed–enrobed in Christ*7*.

3. Explanation of the meaning of human life as creation of the immortal child of God: because of daily existence by the values and according to the criteria of the Absolute Good, a human being undergoes evolution–development of the highest potency to create the good according to the commandments of God, which prepares him for the purposes of God in the everlasting Kingdom.

Creation of the immortal child of God could be seen as completion – coming to fullness/perfection, which has to be accomplished during the earthly life, within the temporal dissipating world of the structured matter. This process is similar to the growth of a tree from the soil [[a human being]], when the life–giving water [[the power of the Holy Spirit]] rains from the heavens [[the Kingdom of God*4*]] and initiates development of a seed, which carries the Code of life [[Λογος, the knowledge of the Word–God within the human soul–heart–mind]] {in: Matthew 13:1–32, 37–43; Mark 4:26–29; John 1:1–18, 51; 3:3–7, 31; 4:13–14; 6:62–63; 7:37–39; 8:23–24; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

Acceptance of the Code of life*8*Λογος, the Word–God, and the consequent transformation into the likeness of the Word–God begins with receiving knowledge of Him. By the grace of God, with the knowledge of God Who is the Light and the Way and the Life, 

a human being obtains the completeness that is the inner perfection given

because of the grace of God, the Perfect Love of God

completeness transforms a human being into the likeness of the Word–God

and prepares for the power–wisdom bestowed by the Holy Spirit

the Holy Spirit – the Eternal Almighty Fire

ignites the immortal life within the vessel of clay

the immortal  inner man*3* comes into being – the one destined for the eternity in the presence of God

 

The one could infer that the meaning of completeness, of which the Holy Scriptures speak {the Word–God gives completenessout of completeness/fullness/ of Him we all received – John 1:16}, is the unity of

faith and persistence in works according to the words of God

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knowledge of the Word–God

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becoming His likeness

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having the power to imitate God – his mercy, love, and perfection –

according to the commandments given by the Word–God

{Matthew 5:37–48; Luke 6:27–38; John 13:15, 34–35; 14:6–12; 15:17}.

 

Without completeness, a human being has no power to enter the presence of God, and this completeness, as well as the power–wisdom to obtain it, is given only

to those with faith and love to Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior

by the grace of God

because of His Perfect Love revealed through Lord Jesus Christ, His Son...

To be continued…

 

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Notes:

 

*1*  In John 1:16, it is written: Και εκ του πληρωματος Αυτου ημεις παντες ελαβομεν, και χαριν αντι χαριτος. Οτι ο νομος δια Μωσεως εδοθη, η χαρις και η αληθεια δια Ιησου Χριστου εγενετο.  

In  χαριν αντι χαριτος,  

– the word χαριν denotes for the benefit of, thanks to, for the sake of, in the interests of

- αντι means because of, in relation to, besides, in the place of, in the cause of, as, for

- χαριτος (or χαρις) conveys cluster of meanings unified with word grace as giving of the good by the divine power – the power of God [[in theology, grace means the love of God toward undeserving mankind, the divine influence acting within a person because of mercy of God, the gift of virtue and help given by God because of His infinite mercy]].

The literal translation: And out of completeness/fullness of Him we all received, and thanks to the cause of the grace. Because through Moses the law was given; the grace and truth through Jesus Christ came into being.

In summary, the translation consistent with the meanings of the words χαριν αντι χαριτος employed by St. John the Apostle should be because of the grace, and not “grace on the top of grace,” “grace upon grace” [NRSV], “grace in place of grace” [NAB], “on gift replacing another” [NJB] or “grace on grace” [[in the Russian Bible:благодать на благодать” – “grace on grace”]] as it is given by the existing versions of the Bible*R*.

Indeed, St. John the Apostle tells that the law was given through Moses, and the grace and the truth came into being through Jesus Christ. It means that it cannot be grace/gift on top of which the grace from God came, as it is stated in the existing translations: only with coming of Lord Jesus Christ the grace εγενετο – came into existence in the world of men [[εγενετο – as a derivative (aor.) of  γιγνομαι – was born, has appeared, came into being, has been established]].

Hence, the one could infer that, before coming of the Word–God, human beings exiled into the world cursed for the original sin {distrust to God and violation of God’s commandment – Genesis 3} were unable to have completeness: they did not have the grace and truth of God. Only with coming Lord Jesus Christ the grace and truth appeared within the world of men {the Word–God is sent to redeem the world because of love of God the Father – John 3:16–17} and human beings were granted the power to obtain the completeness {the authority to become the children of God born of God – John 1:12–13}.

Therefore, the offered translation “And out of completeness/fullness of Him we all received, and thanks to the cause of the grace. Because through Moses the law was given; the grace and truth through Jesus Christ came into being” not only takes into consideration the actual meaning of Greek words; it is consistent with other texts of the Gospel According to John and The First Epistle of St. John the Apostle.

 

*2*  The chosen ones are those who have chosen to accept the Word–God and to become the children of God, who live by God and in God {John 1:1–5, 9–13; 14:23; 15:4–7; 17:1–26}: the chosen ones are those who live according to the human nature – by love to God and by love to the others, observing the Law of God and accomplishing the will of God. By observing the Law and fulfilling the will of God, the chosen ones multiply the riches of Kingdom: not only they prepare themselves for God’s purposes; they influence the others to follow their path.

How to become the chosen one?

The first step is liberation from the slavery of evil – from sin, lawlessness, and hatred.    

Preparation to the ultimate freedom begins with assuming of the responsibility for own thoughts, words, and deeds: the freedom of the child of God and responsibility of the child of God are inseparable.

Then, the learning–absorption of knowledge of God begins: there is no power over life and death without understanding what death is and what is life, what results in death, and what gives life.

If a mortal human being wants to become the immortal child of God, he has

– to learn that something that differentiates the living from the dead

– to comprehend the difference between the good and the evil, love and hatred, righteousness and vice

– to choose life and to live in righteousness and peace, by observing the commandments of God

– to accomplish the deeds of love, mercy and truth.

This knowledge, this understanding, and these accomplishments are not possible to buy, to receive in exchange, to delegate to the others, and to learn through the others’ experience. Only by the grace of God – because of love and mercy of God, through the Word–God, and by the Holy Spirit of God a human being learns truth, accomplishes the will of God, cognizes love, becomes the chosen one, and enters the life everlasting.

 

See also the following excerpt from The Chosen Ones – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 8_2009

 

Excerpt

“The Chosen Ones

…And the sun sinking, all who had the sick ones with various diseases,

brought them to Him. And laying hands on each one of them, He healed them…

{Luke 4:40}

 

Lord God Jesus Christ laid His hands on the sick one, and the sick one was healed. The actions of God described by St. Luke the Apostle and the physician {Luke 4:40} illustrate the ancient art of healing by touch known from the beginning of the world. Any disease is a result of insufficiency; pain and other symptoms of disease indicate insufficient vital energy, which prevents normal functioning of a body. The matter, for instance such as body–flesh, is the creation or derivative of the life–creating energy (the precise definition would be embodiment).

By touching, the special people (for instance, the Hebrew Prophets) who possess the gift of healing transfer the vital energy, which replenishes insufficiency. The energy received from the healer restores the energy balance of the sick: the previously sick body–flesh becomes “healthy” that is capable to function in accordance with its nature and purpose.

In another text, St. Luke re–iterates the transmission of the healing energy: “And all the crowd sought to touch Him, because power went out from Him and healed all” {Luke 6:19}.  

Healing by touch was the attribute of daily life of the chosen nation: the acts of healing confirmed that the healer is the messenger of God. So, many contemporaries believed that Lord Jesus Christ is the great prophet sent by God {Luke 7:16}, similar to other holy men who have been sent to the ancient Israel.

However, in another text, St. Luke the Apostle tells the story of a Roman centurion. The elders of the Jews came to the Lord and asked Him to come to the centurion’s house and to heal his slave, because the centurion loves them and built the synagogue for them. So, the Lord went with them, yet, the strange thing happened. When the centurion was told that the Lord is coming, he sent to Him his friends with the message: the centurion is neither worthy himself to come to the Lord nor to ask Him to enter under his roof. Let the Lord tell the word (λογω) and let the slave be healed, for the centurion himself is the man under the authority, yet, he says his soldier “Go!” and the soldier goes, and he tells his slave “do this” and the slave does.

Lord Jesus Christ told the crowd: “I did not find such faith in Israel”; so, the slave was healed. When the messengers returned to the centurion’s house, they found that the slave was well {Luke 7:2–10}.

This story elaborates the Book of Genesis and ancient Psalms in which the principles of creation and operation of the world are explained:

 

God said, Let there be light, and there was light

{Genesis 1:3}

He sent His Word and healed them, and rescued them

{Psalm 106(107):20}

He sends His ordinance on the earth; His Word (Λογος) runs swiftly

{Psalm 147:4}.

 

Thus, God “speaks” – sends His Word – to accomplish His will, and His will is done.

 So, how it happened that the chosen people did not recognize their God, yet the Roman centurion, the man of war and under the authority of pagan empire recognized the Lord of the Universe in Jesus Christ {John 10:30} and comprehended the mission of the Word–God (Λογος) {Psalm 32:9; 106:20; John 1:1–4, 10–11}? 

It looks like the Roman centurion is truly the chosen one who knows God better than all the crowd surrounding Him.

And I think, what does it mean to be “the chosen one”?

Since the beginning, the chosen people were distinguished with knowledge granted by God:

– one man was chosen to be saved from the Flood; he was granted knowledge of the ark and survival in the ark

– one man was chosen to become the father of nations; he was granted knowledge of the Future

– one man was chosen to lead the people to freedom; he was granted knowledge of the Law – The Ten Commandments…

All of those who received the knowledge of God conveyed to the others their part: they worked as the “distribution centers” similar to the healers who transfer the healing energy to the sick and make them well. Yet, some of those who received this knowledge became unable to implement it into their own life.

For instance,  many initially good and righteous men of the chosen nation finished with betrayal of God: Saul the king, Solomon the king, and other kings and people of ancient Israel became disobedient, re–established or allowed idol–worship, went after “other gods,” and so on. From the other side, many came out of other nations to accept the Word of God and to follow the commandments of God.

Therefore, to be the chosen one, does not mean nationality, race, membership, or participation in the establishment of men; in the same way, loud sermons with frequent mentioning of God, the apparently righteous manner of life, the special garments, rituals, etc. do not indicate true believers {e.g., Matthew 23:1–38}.

Two features belong to those who have the undivided and pure heart and who are able to hear, to see, and to understand justice, mercy, and faith, therefore, to comprehend the essence of things and to worship God in spirit and truth {Psalm 50:12; Matthew 13:11–15; John 4:23–24; 14:6, 23, 26; 16:13}:

– the inner disposition or the ability of perception and comprehension of knowledge and love of God

– the consequent embodiment of knowledge and love of God into own thoughts, words, and actions.

How to become the chosen one?

The very desire to come to God already indicates the choice of God and sustains expectations of the miracle of acceptance: God does not reject those who come to Him. Then, the Holy Scriptures, which convey the knowledge of the Word–God, and the Holy Spirit of God teach and illuminate the newcomer. Thoughts, words and actions, which embody knowledge and love of God, make a disciple and the child of God {Psalm 118:1–176; John 1:9–13, 16–17; 3:3–7; 6:37–44; 1 John 5:20; 2 John 6; James 2:12–26}.

Now, when ecumenism – as the sacrilegious union with heretics who substituted the heathenism and heathen philosophy for the Christian teachings – is devouring the remnants of the Christian churches, who of those identifying themselves as “Christians” today will be able tomorrow to carry the Word in the purity and righteousness of true knowledge and incorruptible faith?

Again the hope comes from knowledge of the Past conveyed by the Bible. It was the time when Ahab the king married Jezebel, daughter of the Sidonian king. Ahab built an altar for Baal and the people began to worship “the abomination of the Sidonians”…

…Jezebel killed the prophets of God, and attempted to murder Elijah the Prophet. So, Elijah fled into the desert, came before God, and asked to grant him death, because the people have forsaken their covenant with God, destroyed the altars of God, and slain the prophets with sword; he is the only one who left. Yet, God answered that He left for Himself seven thousand of those who did not bow their knee before the idol and did not worship the idol with their mouth {3 Kings 16:29–33; 18:4–13; 19:1–18}.

Indeed, after Elijah the Prophet, many other messengers of God came to serve and to lead the people. So, even if the multitudes of “the chosen ones” bow their knees to worship idols, there always are or will be the hidden ones, the salt of the earth, who keep the words of God and worship true God in spirit and truth. The hands, armies, and authorities of men are powerless before God: the Word sent by God creates His Universe…

…the story of the Roman centurion is given as the reminder that if even those who believe that they are the chosen ones are not able to comprehend the truth, God always finds His possession {Malachi 3:17}: true believers, faithful and loyal servants…”

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Concerning Sidonians, see The Curse of Cain  – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_5_2009, and Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http: // systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ],  Page LIBRARY_1

 

*3* During the earthly phase of existence, a human being is a temporal life–carrying unity of spirit–flesh, or soul–heart–mind–body, or energy–matter, accommodated within the realm composed of the units of the structured matter, which are the energy derivatives created/arranged at different levels of complexity. The essence of man – the inner man – mentioned by St. Peter the Apostle {hidden heart of man – 1 Peter 3:4} is the soul–heart–mind, which carries the image and likeness of God. St. Paul the Apostle describes such a new creation of Christ and in Christ as the one enabled to act as the co–worker of God {Θεου γαρ εσμεν συνεργοι1 Corinthians 3:9}, who is the God’s field and God’s building/construction {Θεου γεωργιον, Θεου οικοδομη  – 1 Corinthians 3:9} – the space prepared for the works of God, and who has the mind of Christ” – δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν, where νουν is a derivative of νοος – intelligence, reason, mind {in: 1 Corinthians 2:16}

 

See Theological Foundation in Introduction: Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence and Note *25*, in Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic – http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_2

  

*4* See the following excerpt from The Kingdom of Heaven – Folder Archive_2011, Page 3_June_July_2011

 

Excerpt

“The Kingdom of Heaven

 

…the Kingdom of Heaven is like man, a merchant seeking excellent pearls,

who finding one very precious pearl, going away has sold all things that he had, and bought it.…

{Matthew 13:45}

 

When Lord God Jesus Christ explains His disciples what is the Kingdom of Heaven, He mentions the treasure hidden in the field, the precious excellent pearl, and the drag net, with which fishermen gather the creatures of the sea: the good shall be put into the vessels; the rotten shall be thrown away {Matthew 13:44–48}.

The Kingdom of Heaven also is similar to the smallest seed that man has planted in his garden: it became greater than all plants and filled the entire garden, so the birds of Heaven came to roost in its branches. The Kingdom is also as the leaven that women hid into three measure of the meal until the whole was leavened {Matthew 13:31–33; Mark 4:26–32; Luke 13:18–21}.

Furthermore, the Kingdom of Heaven is compared to the King who made the wedding feast for his Son and sent his slaves to those who are invited. Yet, they did not come – they were busy with their businesses and other worldly matters; moreover, some of the invited killed the King’s messengers. The King sent his armies to destroy the murderers, and he also sent his servants to gather the others from the exits of the ways (who have nowhere to go). The invited came, yet only the ones who were prepared were left; the unprepared were thrown away: there are many invited, yet, a few are the chosen ones {Matthew 22:1–14}.

The servants of the Kingdom are expected to labor for the Master and to multiply His riches, do not hide them into the earth, in which they will not grow {Matthew 25:14–30}. If the Kingdom is within the soul–heart–mind of man, everything good comes naturally and free (for instance, as man comes into his own home). If there is no Kingdom within the soul–heart–mind of man, everything is taken away: nothing is left, because there is no ability to perceive and to comprehend {Matthew 13:10–15}, that is to accept; consequently, nothing can be given.

There is no difference between the one who came to serve the Housemaster in the very beginning and the one who came in the end [[as the infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, the Kingdom has no time]]: all servants have the equal reward, yet a few are the chosen ones are {Matthew 20:1–16}.

The Kingdom of Heaven is compared to the just and merciful King who forgives debts of his subjects – sins against him, yet, who does not forgive ruthlessness and injustice of his subjects who, being forgiven by God, are unmerciful to their brethren {Matthew 18:21–35}.

From the words of God, we can infer that

– the Kingdom is the active transforming element {the leaven – Matthew 13:33}, the carrier of the pattern of the entirety

– the Kingdom carries the completeness of the perfection: it supplements insufficiencies of men (forgiveness of sins, therefore, healing of the corrupted nature)

– the Kingdom is infinite in variations of the same (for instance, there is a multitude of varieties of bread – the baked dough), yet unwavering in its essence (all varieties of baked bread are made from the main component – the seed/grain): all the living are invited in, because they all are created after the same Pattern/Code {the image and likeness of God – Genesis 1:26–27}, but a few are chosen.  The chosen ones are those who have chosen to accept the Word–God and to become the children of God, who live by God and in God {John 1:1–5, 9–13; 14:23; 15:4–7; 17:1–26}: the chosen ones are those who live according to the human nature – by love to God and by love to the others, observing the Law of God and accomplishing the will of God. By observing the Law and fulfilling the will of God, the chosen ones multiply the riches of Kingdom: not only they prepare themselves for God’s purposes; they influence the others to follow their path

– man is the natural carrier of the Kingdom and the Kingdom is the inner essence of man {man is the earth – γη.  If to see a man as the soil of the garden, the Kingdom is the seed of the mighty tree that fills the entire garden; if to compare man with the soil of the field, the Kingdom is the harvest, which grows from the seed – the Word of God – sown into the soil, and brings fruits to the Owner – Matthew 13:1–8, 19–23}

– the Kingdom defines the human nature {man is the earth created for the seed, man is the natural lodging for the seed, in which it could grow and become the plentiful harvest – Mark 4:26–29}, therefore, it is everything for man – the most precious treasure and the all that is desired and needed. The one who found it {that is the one who had comprehended own nature, embraced it, and became able of seeing himself and the others as the creations of the Perfect God – Matthew 5:43–48}, gives everything he has to obtain it into own possession: that is to evolve into the optimum – the perfect being according to the design of God, to accomplish the purposes which he has been created to accomplish, to reach own καιρος – readiness for the homecoming 

– the Kingdom itself is compared to the drug net, because it collects all living creatures and brings them for evaluation: the good ones shall be separated from the corrupted ones and kept for the purposes of the Owner, yet the corrupted ones shall be thrown away.

Therefore, the Kingdom is the dominion/realm, in which all features and abilities of human nature have the highest potential: all are invited in, it is all of man, it takes all of man, and nothing more is needed to the one who is chosen to enter. 

The summary of all examples given by God portrays the Kingdom as the absolute, universal, all–encompassing, all–filling, and all–fulfilling reality: the Kingdom of Heaven is the Kingdom of God Whom we call Our Father Who are in Heaven, and the Kingdom of God is within us, human beings – η βασιλεια του Θεου εντος υμων εστιν   {Matthew 6:9; Luke 17:20–21}.

The Kingdom of God is the perfect system, in which the human nature – the likeness and image of God – is the necessary and cherished component of the perfect world of the Master Who is just and gives His creation and servant all treasures – life, good, and everything needed to become the perfect element, the building block of the perfect world, the carrier of the seed, through which this perfect world multiplies and expands.

However, the pinnacle of human wisdom (amassed/imagined by idol–worshipers and those who rejected and violated the Law of God) is the abomination before God {Luke 16:15–16}, because such human “wisdom” is knowledge of the evil resulting in death and destruction.

With the coming of the Word–God, the preparation of the chosen ones is complete: it has been accomplished through the Law and the prophets. Now, in the last days, Lord God Jesus Christ gives the knowledge of the Kingdom of Heaven, because it is knowledge of the coming Kingdom of God.

So, the Kingdom of God is revealed, made known, preached, and everyone is pressed into it {Luke 16:16}: the time of ultimate choice came, and everyone has to decide his own destiny – with God or without God, the living or the dead…

…if to evaluate the contemporary world of men and its products – members of the contemporary societies – by the humans’ adequacy, by humans’ suitability for the Kingdom of Heaven, what is the true value of all human possessions sustaining the current civilization in which there is no place for God?

All comes to nothing.

For instance, human knowledge: who now educates human beings and prepares them for the Kingdom of God besides the Holy Bible? The true – Orthodox – Christian Churches that are steadfast in worship of the Holy Trinity, carry the Word–God, keep the apostolic traditions, and literally follow the commandments of God – became the rare and almost extinct phenomenon.  Yet, only through them the knowledge of life can be transmitted, and how much this knowledge differ from everything else, by which the contemporary world lives!

Philosophy, sciences, commerce, politics, sociology, arts, and other branches of the amassed “knowledge” – what is their true value, do they carry knowledge of the good, of the true human nature, and of the Kingdom of Heaven; therefore, do they prepare a human being for the everlasting life with God?

The general summary of contemporary philosophy, social, political, and other sciences comes to the enslaving of a free human being and transformation into a replaceable part of the establishments, which literally and figuratively mold creations of God into the beasts: all serve deprivation of good, corruption, deceit, impoverishment, and injustice; all finish with conflicts, bloodshed, murders, iniquity.

For instance, the contemporary medicine, which is focused on the research of rodents and applies to the human beings the “discoveries” and drugs made on the rodents and other laboratory animals, provides the example of perverted perception and false knowledge of human nature; it also demonstrates the results of misconceptions. This science is not able to eliminate any of the plagues of mankind – those centuries of years old as well as the new ones. If to read the descriptions of the consequences – the side effects of drugs, results of mistaken treatments, medical procedures and recommendation based on misconception of human nature, it becomes evident that thousands of years of following the ancient pagans (who worshiped the beasts and likened humans to the beasts) have indeed, hatched the asps’ eggs with the death within {Isaiah 59:2–11}*E*1*. Yet, now all must pay for the poisons sold as remedies and for mistreatment named “health care” as for the life–saving cure – and this mandatory consumption is to become the law, the mandatory acceptance of false misguided science, which carries suffering and death. What kind of reasoning and vision have those who perceive humans as rodents and rodents as humans, who believe that knowledge of rodents gives knowledge of humans, and who impose the figments of sick imagination of some onto all the others? Is not such reasoning and vision abomination before God?

From the other side, does anyone who has found the knowledge of the Kingdom of Heaven need anything else, if the Kingdom of Heaven is the precious pearl and the hidden treasure valued above the entire sum of all earthly riches because it opens the eternal life? What, for instance, philosophy founded on the Plato–Aristotle’s utopia (that is on the Orphism) is able to offer for enlightenment of human mind? Nothing but corruption and death of reason, yet, on the Plato–Aristotle’s doctrine all contemporary civilizations are built.

The greatest problem of the world today is two–fold:

– the absence of the universal, absolute criterion of evaluation, the true measure of things that would allow discernment of the actual essence of things, what do they carry – the good or the evil, life or death, and therefore,  what they are – treasure or waste

– inability to search for and to perceive the truth and wisdom, because truth and wisdom can be perceived only if their Source – God – is within the soul–heart–mind of man.

How this absolute criterion, the wisdom that comes only from God, can be found if its source – the Word–God – is rejected? Then, where are those who still could apply it, if the entire countries define themselves as “the godless nations,” and euthanasia becomes the desirable end because of ruthless treatment of the aged and feeble people who are destined to die from neglect, malnourishment, and dehydration in the nursing houses of the most advanced countries?

The ancestors measured health of the society by the treatment of the young and the old, so, what is going on now?

The contemporary societies became the hunting fields for the child–predators; the means of mass information educate children in corruption, violence, and inhumanity; even the most advanced countries are plagued with child sex trafficking and pornography.

The aged ones have to taste the fruits of their own making: the societies and establishment they built or sustained during their lives pay them back with the cup overfilled with ruthlessness and death…

So, those who are invited as everyone is invited, those who could become the members of God’s household –  the immortal children of God, yet who do not want to come in, all those deprived of love, compassion, understanding, and knowledge of truth, enslaved and fashioned to serve idols and false gods, all of them

 

instead of the pearls, hunt for dirt

instead of the treasures of the sea, gather the rotten debris of tsunami

instead of life, run for death…

 

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*E*1* See The Earth without the Foundation, Folder Archive_2011, Page 2_April_May, and Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http: // systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ],  Page LIBRARY_1

 

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*5* See The Ten Commandments and The Road to God – Folder Foundation, Pages 1, 5

 

*6* The ultimate or the main purpose of a human being is salvation of own soul: obtaining immortality and the everlasting life in the presence of God.

See The Ultimate Purpose – Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012; short excerpt follows

 

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“The Ultimate Purpose

 

…For what will man be benefited if he should gain the whole word, but his soul?

Or what will man give as an exchange for his soul?

{Matthew 16:26}

 

After Lord God Jesus Christ told His disciples {Matthew 16:21–26} that it is necessary for Him to go into Jerusalem, and to suffer many things from the elders, chief–priests, and scribes, and to be killed and to be raised in the third day, Peter attempted to convince Him to be gracious and merciful to Himself, so this would never happen to Him. The Lord turned to Peter and referring to him as to “Satan” (the arch–evil) ordered him to go behind, because he is an offense (σκανδαλον) to God: he thinks the things of men, not things of God. Then, the Lord told His disciples that if the one desires come after Him, let him deny himself, bear his cross, and follow Him. As an explanation, God asked His listeners two questions:

1/ for what will man be benefited if he should gain the entire world, but his soul?

2/ or what will man give as an exchange for his soul?

The words of God make clear the actual meaning of absolutism as manifestation of the absolute power of God and man’s recognition of the exceptional power of only One God Who is Θεος ζηλωτης – jealous God*E*1*, and Whose worshipers worship Him

 

in spirit, by their entire essence (soul–heart–mind)

prepared for the Holy Spirit

in truth, by acceptance of the Word–God Who is the Absolute Truth of man

by accomplishing the will of God the Father in Heaven

through embodiment of the commandments and words of the Word–God

into the reality of own existence: thoughts, words, and actions

{Exodus 20:1–6; 34:14; Matthew 7:21; John 4:24; 14:6–23}.

 

As always, the mind has the only choice: either God or His enemy {cf.: Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13; John 8:31–47}, because all, that is not of God, serves and belongs to the arch–evil.

From the referred above words of God {Matthew 16: 21–26; also in Mark 8:31–38 and Luke 9:21–26}, a Christian can infer the model of life starting with the definition of the ultimate purpose of man: to save his soul – that is to inherit the life everlasting {Luke 10:25–28}. The entire world is not worthy of human soul, and man possesses nothing to give as an exchange for his soul.

Furthermore, salvation of the soul depends upon φρονεις τα του Θεου {Matthew 16:23}, which is translated as thinking of things of God. As usual, the actual meaning is much deeper than the translation. The words of God φρονεις τα του Θεου*E*2* delineate the cosmos focused on God – a human being

a/ who regards–comprehends–interests himself/sets his affections only on this something that is of God

b/ who is discreet–cautious–thoughtful of what is of God, seeking truth, and denying knowledge not founded on the Word–God

c/ who is similar to this what is of God, imitating and following God {Matthew 5:37–48; Luke 6:27–38; John 13:13–17} in his thoughts, words, and actions – looking into the Word–God as into the mirror {James 1:21–25} by keeping the words of God as the foundation and the only criterion of evaluation for his reasoning, ethics, and dealing with the others.

As St. James the Apostle writes {James 1:21}, those who follow Christ should in meekness receive the implanted Word being empowered to save the soul*E*3*, and as St. John the Apostle explains, God granted us the eternal life, and this life is in His Son: the one who has the Son of God has life {1 John 5:11–12}.

Looking into the Word–God, observing His words, imitating the perfection and mercy of God, the one becomes the temple–dwelling of God and prepares himself for the life everlasting with God, because only the one who is the likeness of God and carrier of the Holy Spirit is enabled to withstand the presence of God through the eternity {cf.: John 14:15–26; 17:3, 21–26; James 1:18–25; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2:1–10; 1 John 3:1–18; 5:11–12; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–5}.

The main inference, which the one seeking immortality should make, is that when the Holy Scriptures mention salvation of the soul, they speak of the eternal life and how to obtain it. To those who ask how to obtain the eternal life, Lord Jesus Christ replies: “If you want to enter the life everlasting, keep the commandments” – do not commit murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honor your father and your mother, and “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” {Matthew 19:16–19}.

These commandments are The Ten Commandments given through Moses; their essence is αγαπη – love to God and love to the others {Matthew 22:37–40; Luke 10:25–28}.

The ultimate commandment of love is given by the Word–God: “αγαπατε αλληλους, καθως ηγαπησα υμας” – love one another as I have loved you {John 13:34; 15:20}. This commandment demands ascension to the perfection of love imitating All–forgiving Perfect Love of God {1 John 3:16–18; 4:7–21; 1 Corinthians 13:1–8}.

Therefore, love is the greatest good of man, because God is love – Perfect All–forgiving Omnipotent Love Who originates and sustains life, saves those who want to be saved, and accepts them as His own children. In summary, the one who loves dwells in God and God dwells in him {John 3:16–18; 13:34–35; 14:23; 15:9–13; 17:23–26; 1 John 3:1–2, 14–18; 4:7–21}. 

The words of the Lord concerning the soul of man teach His followers how the one should interpret the first main commandment of God: you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength {Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 10:25–27; Exodus 20:1–6; Deuteronomy 6:4–5}. Love to God makes a human being capable of eternal life, because if the one loves God, he dwells in God and God dwells in him. Presence of God in a human soul is the eternal life, because only presence of the Immortal Eternal God makes His creation immortal that is inaccessible for the ultimate evil – death.

Hence, the purpose of a human being, who wants to save his soul by obtaining the everlasting life, is to become the dwelling of God; it is possible only for the one who has faith. Then, there are three imperative prerequisites for becoming the dwelling of God: the one must comply with three obligatory unavoidable conditions; without complying with them, the one is not enabled to achieve his purposes. These three mandatory conditions are

a/ the one must comply with the law of God: to love God and to love the others {Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 10:25–37; John 13:34–35; 15:12–13}

b/ the one must prove his faith by observing the commandments of God, by embodying the words of God into the reality of own existence. For him the words of God must be the actual foundation, on which he builds his life, the only path he follows, and the absolute weapon with which he protects his soul from the evil. God is everything, the entire universe of man: only by God man lives, and only by doing the works of God – works of the good, love, mercy, charity – man proves his faith, therefore, comes from death to life {cf.: Matthew 7:21–27; 23:8–12; Mark 6:1–6; Luke 6:46–49; John 5:24–25; 14:6, 15–17, 23–24; James 2:17–26; Ephesians 6:10–18; Psalm 15(16):5; 17(18):28–35; 138(139):1–18; Proverbs 3:5–8; Ecclesiastes 12:13}.

c/ the one must be born from the above: he has to be transformed into the child of God. A Christian – a human child of God – is born of God, if he is baptized into the Name of God – of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit for the remission of sin, lives by the Word–God, and receives the gift of the Holy Spirit {Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:15–16; John 1:1–4, 9–13; 3:3–7; 14:16–17, 23–26; 15:26; 16:13–15; Acts 2:38}.

In summary, all three vital prerequisites of the eternity are in one action – unity of faith, love, and submission to the Word–God, and through Him, to God the Father in Heaven – by God man lives, and God is the entire world of man:

 

there is only one road into the eternity with God – Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Word–God

{John 1:1–4, 9–14, 17–18; 14:1–7}

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there is only one way to find God, to become the dwelling of God, and to obtain the eternity:

to observe commandments of God by making the words of God the actuality of own existence

{John 14:15–17, 23–24}

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there is only one way to prove that the words of God indeed have become the daily life:

to love the others and to do the good to the others

{John 14:23–24; 15:10–13; 1 John 3:14–18; 4:7–21; 5:1–13}.

 

Love can be proved only by doing the good to the others. Then, those who during their earthly life did works of the good will come into resurrection of life; those who during their earthly life did works of the evil will come into resurrection of judgment {John 5:26–29; 1 John 3:16–18; Revelation 20:11–15; 22:12–15}.

Then, what is the practical meaning of the good: what does it mean to do the good to the others?

The Absolute Good is the attribute of God: the deeds of the Word–God reveal the good, which creations of God receive because of perfection and mercy of God. If the one identifies himself as Christian, he must imitate perfection and mercy of God and to love the others as God loves them {Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:36; John 15:12}.

So, how the human mind can learn the meaning of the Absolute Good through the actions of Lord God Jesus Christ?

After Lord God Jesus Christ resurrected one who died – the only son of a widow of Nain, St. John the Baptist sent his disciples to ask Lord Jesus Christ is He the One coming, or they should expect another. Answering, the Lord said:  go and “report to John what you saw and heard: blind ones see again, lame ones walk, lepers are being cleansed, deaf ones hear, dead ones are raised, poor ones are given the gospel, and blessed is the one who is not offended (σκανδαλισθη) in Me” {Luke 7:11–23; also, Matthew 11:2–6}.

The ultimate result of the actions of God is restoration/completion of perfection*E*4* by eradicating insufficiency, firstly, insufficiency of the energy that sustains life and enables a human being to function without any impediment, according to the human nature: to see, to hear, to move, to learn new knowledge – the knowledge of God Creator {ευαγγελιζονται Luke 7:23, to be evangelized – illuminated by the new knowledge}. By telling John’s disciples of His deeds, Lord Jesus Christ reveals that He is God Who has the absolute power over His creations and Who pities them by doing to them the ultimate good – restoring their natural abilities and powers and transforming them into His Own dwelling/temple. Only God can do that, and the one who recognizes God through His deeds who is not offended in Him {σκανδαλισθη – Luke 7:23} is blessed. One of the meanings of the blessing is that for the blessed one, the Word–God is not Πετρα σκανδαλου – the Rock of offense {1 Peter 2:8}, therefore, he will not be ashamed: God pitied him and called him out of darkness into His marvelous Light {1 Peter 2:8–10}.

What does it mean to be offended (scandalized) in God {as, for instance, the villagers of Mark 6:1–6 were}, why the one for whom the Word–God is not “the Rock of offense” is blessed, and why St. Peter the Apostle connects coming out of darkness with the blessing do not be offended in the Word–God?

As it could be seen in the Holy Scriptures, the Pharisees and the scribes accepted the words of God and the Word–God Himself as offense and subject of mockery, because God and His words are incompatible with their manner of life and thinking. They lived by the material things, not by things of God: they served the arch–evil, and their heart–mind has been incapacitated by the evil. Therefore, even words of wisdom, resurrection of the dead, and other miracles were not enough for them to recognize God. Their true reality was the temporal world controlled by death, and the appearance of the righteousness and purity was their actual purpose, not the true righteousness of heart. They were hypocrites with ruthless heart who deceived the others by their appearances of righteousness, compliance with the common customs and rituals, which they presented as true worship of God, while their heart was far from God, and they substituted own fantasies for the commandments of God. The Gospels convey the references of God to them as to the hypocrites and whitewashed tombs appearing outwardly beautiful, yet filled with dead bones and uncleanness {Matthew 15:1–9, 12–20; 16:1–12; 23:27–28; Mark 3:1–6; 7:1–23; 12:38–40; Luke 4:23–30; 11:37–54; 12:1; 16:13–15; 23:33–35}: they were the living dead – walking–talking–eating–acting–etc. bodies/pieces of the matter/flesh without life everlasting within.

The Lord forgave and healed and taught the people {Matthew 18:10–14; 21:28–32; Mark 1:40–45; 2:14–17; 3:1–6; Luke 5:17–32; 7:36–50; 18:9–14; 19:1–10; John 8:1–11} to whom the Pharisees referred as to “sinners” and with who they did not want to socialize, because the sinners’ life was not a hypocritical show of exceptional “righteousness” confirmed by public prayers on the street corners and special clothing covered with the words from the books of Moses. The sinners also did not pretend on the right to teach and to despise everyone who had different opinions or manners of life.

The sinners mentioned in the Gospels have three things, which their outwardly righteous accusers are unable to have:

a/ the ability to see themselves as they are – the violators of the commandments of God, therefore, as the sick and afflicted ones who need God and His love

b/ faith that God can forgive, heal, strengthen, and save them

c/ wisdom to ask God for forgiveness, and they have been forgiven, because for the sake of sinners – the sick and rejected and hopeless ones, God came into the world: to collect them, to heal and illuminate them, and to take them from the darkness of death into His marvelous Light of the everlasting life. Since {Matthew 21:31–32}, the sinners who repented and are forgiven and healed by God come into His kingdom before those who evaluate themselves as righteous while in fact, they are the living dead filled with dead bones (obsessed with the material things – the dissipating matter) and uncleanness (pride, hypocrisy, and ignorance of the words of God).

So, in general, what makes the difference between the one who is convinced in own righteousness and the one who understands that he is not perfect, yet who wants to obtain perfection {e.g., the Pharisee of Matthew 23:1–35} and the sinner {e.g., the harlot – of Matthew 21:31 and Luke 7:36–50}? This difference is faith*E*5* with the issuing ability of comprehension the truth (e.g., if the one violated the Law of God, he became the imperfect and evil one who deserves death), an ability to repent (to see the reasons of own failure and to seek forgiveness – eradication of the committed evil and restoration of the power to serve the good), and an ability to ask healing and forgiveness of God (to find the only true remedy that saves the soul).

In practical terms,

a/ the difference between the happy hypocrite (e.g., the Pharisee) and the afflicted repentant sinner is the difference between

 

the closed, therefore stagnate and degenerating, system in the state of irreversible collapse,

the system that has reached the stage at which it became incapable of acceptance new knowledge leading to survival

(the hypocrite who is convinced in own perfection, therefore who rejects the very idea of development/evolution,

through acceptance of the words of God – the new knowledge, knowledge of life, while he is the embodiment of death)

and

the evolving system that proceeds to perfection/development of the optimal potency

by acceptance and assimilation of new knowledge

(that is the repentant sinner/former evil–doer who desires to become the creator of the good,

therefore opens himself for the new knowledge – the words of God – in a search of righteousness,

that is in a search of development/evolution leading to immortality – eternal existence).

 

Consequently, the one could infer the meaning of the words of God in which He speaks of the one who is blessed because he is not scandalized with the words of God. Only those, who know that God is the source of life and the only truth, cannot be scandalized/offended by the words of God, which reveal incompatibility of

 

“wisdom” and traditions of men

{cf.: 1 Corinthians 3:19–20}

[[e.g., to sacrifice the new–born to the idols,

to confirm own piety by offering the money needed to sustain life of the parents to the temple,

 to reject the people who made their leaving by working for the state]]

with

the Law of God, therefore, true nature of the world.

 

Therefore, the one who is not offended by the words of the Word–God, especially by those referring to sinfulness and needs of men and human failure to accomplish the works/will of God, is blessed, because

 

his thinking – the world he creates by his thoughts – is focused on God

he became the cosmos, the center of which is the absolute power and omnipotent love of God*E*6*

he is on his way into the eternity with God.

 

In summary, the one saves his soul, only if he is devoted to God, thinks the things of God, and does the good – the works of God:

a/ loves God and loves the others

b/ focuses his mind and his entire life on God

c/ follows God in everything, even to death on the cross, by observing His commandments and accomplishing His will.

In the same time, if the one, even with the good intentions, does not have the will of God as the highest priority (therefore, if he does not live by this that is of God), this one is the carrier of the arch–evil.

So,

a/ in theory, if the ultimate purpose is to save the soul by entering the life everlasting, each human being should pursue this purpose by following the commandments of God and accomplishing the words of God

b/ in practice, it means that before each action, the mind should contemplate and comprehend completely the meaning, means, and consequences of actions; then, the evil should disappear from the world, because no one would do to the others anything, which might inflict any physical and spiritual harm/detriment on them and, therefore, harm his own soul

c/ in fact – if to judge by the state of the current world affairs, which include wars, political assassinations, inciting unrest,  provocations, deceit and deprivation of the others as the means of physical survival of the states, establishments, and people, unceasing conflicts, crimes, poverty, and crises in all spheres of political, social, religious, cultural life – not many human beings desire to pursue the good, have knowledge how to do the good, and use their natural faculty of deliberation before they act.

Furthermore, although the entire human life is in the search of knowledge that empowers man to reach the purpose for achievement of which he was born into this world*E*7*, the knowledge of the good and its Source – God – is neither the first priority nor the most precious possession of the contemporary mind focused on the “reality” – the perceivable world of the material things.

What then, about salvation of the soul – the ultimate purpose of man who was born into this world to find the road back, into the kingdom of God the Almighty Omnipotent Spirit, the Creator, the only True Ruler, and the only True Master of the universe?

 How it can be done, if many people live only by the values of the material things, because their mind is caged within the primitive logic of ancient materialist and idol–worshiper*E*8*, and if they, consequently, do not believe in existence of something unperceivable through the senses?

Indeed, no one ever was able to see by his eyes and to touch by his hands the soul of another man. However, during the entire human history, liars and criminals of all scales (rulers of empires, self–deified “priests” who blasphemously pretend to stand on the place of God, self–deified leaders of political parties, etc.) fought for the absolute power over soul of man. Many of them murdered and sacrificed to idols (including themselves) those under their authority, yet, the souls of their victims were out of their reach {Matthew 10:28}, and in the due time, their empires and establishments collapsed as a house of sand collapses under the ocean wave.

Those who desire to obtain the ultimate knowledge leading into the everlasting life {John 17:3} and therefore, to achieve the ultimate purpose – salvation of the soul that is the everlasting life – should find their own answers on many questions concerning life and death.

If the one desires to achieve the ultimate purpose – to save his soul that is to enter the life everlasting, the first questions to ask, should be

a/ what is the human soul?

b/ what is the evil and how it afflicts the soul of man?

c/ how the soul can be empowered to pursue the good or the evil within the world of the material things, if none of the material things is able to confirm the very existence of the soul?

To answer these questions, the one should begin with clarification of the meanings of the good and the evil.

A human being is the unity of soul/spirit–mind/reason–body/flesh*E*9* or energy–information–matter. Consequently, the good and the evil have three points of impact on man: spiritual/energy sustaining life of the soul, intellectual/mind, and physical/body.

Men–carriers of the evil are enabled to influence intellectual life (through unreliable and intentionally distorted information, false knowledge, deceit, fraud) and physical life (through inflicting pain, imprisonment, and execution/murder) of other human beings.

However, they are incapable of accessing the soul {Matthew 10:28}, which is under the authority of Almighty Omnipotent God and is protected by Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God: the faith in Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God, is victory over the world of the evil. The Apostles envision the Word–God as the Absolute Armor – the sword of the Spirit, because the Holy Spirit gives to the one, who believes in Christ, the spiritual power to withstand all trials, tribulations, and calamities of the earthly life, and leads the victor into the Kingdom of God {cf.: 1 John 5:4–5; Ephesians 6:10–18; Revelation 19:11–16; 21:7–8}.

Many have been murdered for the Word–God during the entire history of Christianity, and many will face death for their beliefs in Jesus Christ – Christianity is founded on the Holy Blood, which is shed for the salvation of many {Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24}, and the slaves should not expect the better end than their Master had {cf.: Luke 21:12–19; John 13:16; 15:20}. Among those are

– the countless martyrs, starting with St. Stephan, the first Christian martyr murdered by the Jews {Acts 6:8–15; 7:1–60}, Christians in the pagan Roman Empire, and Christians in the Islamic countries (of the past and the present) exterminated because of their faith in Lord God Jesus Christ

– the Christians exterminated by the totalitarian (communist and Nazi) states of the twentieth century

– the Byzantine Christians murdered by the papal Crusaders who pillaged Constantinople, in 1204*E*10*

– the Orthodox Christians of medieval European and especially, Slavonic countries, into which the papal militants attempted to plant Catholicism by sword and fire, torturing and killing those who remain faithful to the Christian Orthodox faith – the faith in One True God as it is given by Lord Jesus Christ Himself

– the others, such as Bohemian priest Jun Hus who was burned alive, in 1414, for rebellion against deification of the pope and deprivation of the Catholic laity of the Chalice of Salvation *E*11*

– the others tortured by the Inquisition and burned alive as “heretics” for rejection of the pope as the earthly substitute of God, for teaching the Gospels, and reading and translating the Holy Bible (the Inquisition made the Bible forbidden book for the Catholic laity, in 1229) as William Tyndale was (in 1536*E*12*)

– and those in the Future to come.

However, their life is not over: they are with God – according to His promise, with Him, in His Kingdom {Luke 23:42–43; John 14:1–3; 17:14–16, 24; Revelation 6:9–11; 7:9–17; 20:12–14; 21:1–7; 22:3–5}.

Only a human being is able to harm his own soul and deprive himself of the eternity with God by committing sin; for instance

1/ by doing the works of evil (inflicting detriment and harm onto the others, depriving the others of life and possessions – intentionally or because of ignorance), which are forbidden by The Ten Commandments

2/ by worshiping idols created by human imagination – own or of the others, for instance, by believing to the others who pretend to stand on the place of God, and accepting heresies – the cults and religions, which misinterpret the Holy Scriptures or tamper with the words of God

3/ by association with the multitude for the sake of evil, injustice, biased and perverted judgment, persecution of the innocent and justification of the wicked {cf.: Exodus 23:1–8}.

By doing the works of the evil, the one becomes a sinner – the servant of the arch–evil {cf.: John 8:43–47; 1 John 3:8–15}.

The greatest – deadly – sins are hatred to the others and murder: hatred and assassination of the others transform the one into murderer – the living dead, who has no everlasting life in him {cf.: 1 John 3:14–15}.

So, what is the essence of the evil?

The essence of the evil*E*13* is insufficiency of all kinds (physical – body, mental – the mind, spiritual – the soul) and degrees (physical and mental disorders and diseases, sins), which culminates in the ultimate evil – death.

If to analyze The Ten Commandments {Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 5:1–21; 6:1–9; Matthew 22:37–40; Luke 10:27}, the one can see that their essence is protection and preservation of the abilities, powers and reserves (possessions), which any human being needs to accomplish own life–mission – worship to God in spirit and truth, by creating the good: thinking the things of God and doing the works of God. The Christians comprehend love of Lord Jesus Christ because He fed, healed, taught, and saved the sick, poor, and afflicted ones, and committed His soul {την ψυχην αυτου τιθησιν – John 10:11; τιθησιν from τιθημι (also θη–  John 15:13) – put, place, offer, commit; the primary word is either ancient θεω – to run or θεο – complete, as the root of words defining Θεος – God} and shed His blood for salvation of the world {Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 9:52–56; 22:17–20; John 3:16; 6:35–40; 10:1–30; 15:9–13; 1 John 4:9–21}.

Imitation of God by providing for the needs of the others, by committing own soul for the sake of the friends {Matthew 5:38–48; John 15:12–13}, composes the true meaning of love to the others: as Lord God Jesus Christ told – “αγαπατε αλληλους, καθως ηγαπησα υμας” – love one another as I have loved you {John 13:34; 15:12}. 

Starting with recognition of the excellence*E*14*, mercy, and perfection – the Absolute Good – of God, maintaining the connection with God (that any human soul, which worships God and obeys His will, has), and finishing with maintaining good relations and other factors defining well–being of the neighbors, all actions of a human being should aim the highest good. Actions – focusing on God, acceptance of God as the meaning and essence of human existence, compliance with His law, imitation of God’s love and mercy, and embodiment of His words into own life for the sake of accomplishment the will of God – confirm true love to God and to His creations within the world of the material things {cf.: John 14:23; 1 John 5:1–3}…

… The Holy Scriptures are the only source of knowledge of human soul for a Christian, and this knowledge is complete:

 

God made man according to the image of God and after likeness of God

{Genesis 1:26–27}

God formed man of dust from the earth,

and breathed upon man’s face the breath of life

(ενεφυσησεν εις το προσωπον αυτου πνοην ζωης),

and man became a living soul

(εγενετο ο ανθρωπος εις ψυχην ζωσαν)

{Genesis 2:7}

therefore, the human soul lives by the breath of life breathed by God

{Genesis 2:7}

the human soul is inaccessible to any of human authorities, which can kill body

{Matthew 10:28}

the gain of the entire world will not benefit the one who forfeits his soul:

value of the human soul is not comparable with the value of the whole world

{cf.: Matthew 16:26},

because the human soul lives by the breath of life, which God breathed into the face of man of dust

{Genesis 2:7}

the human soul is saved and enters the everlasting life,

because Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God,

committed His soul for salvation of the world according to the commandment of His Father

{John 3:16; 10:11, 15, 17–18}.

 

What else man needs to know about his own soul, so he might live according to the commandments of God, in love and peace?

There is a remarkable prophecy in the Old Testament. Before the Babylonian exile, Jeremiah the prophet cried to God Who is his strength and refuge in the days of evil. In spite of the coming destruction, still Jeremiah had vision of the future, when the Gentiles shall come from the end of the earth and shall say: how vain are the idols that their fathers procured for themselves, and there is no help in them {Jeremiah 16:19}.

And I think how much more suffering has mankind to endure before the vanity and false of idols – venomous fruits of the corrupted and wicked imagination, with which men enslave themselves to the evil, become clear for every mind, and before men realize that salvation of the soul – the life everlasting – is not in the earthly hierarchies and traditions of men, and that it cannot be obtained by defrauding and enslaving the others?

 

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Notes:

 

*E*1* Concerning the complete meaning of Θεος ζηλωτης – jealous God {Exodus 20:5; 34:14}, see posting The Absolute Power, Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010.

 

*E*2* φρονεις τα του Θεου, where  φρονεις  is a part of the cluster of meanings stemming from φραω

 

φραω

(to rein, to block)

φρονεις

(to be mentally disposed, to exercise the mind, set the one’s affection upon)

φρονεω

(mental inclination/purpose)

φρονημα

(mind as inclination or purpose)

φρονησις

(insight, wisdom, prudence)

 

Therefore, φρονεις  defines the state of focusing on something that is the purpose/inclination; in the contemporary terms, the mind is blocked on that what is of God.

 

*E*3* See also postings:

Folder Archive_2008–2009: The Seal, Page_1_2008, The Gold Proved Through Fire – Page_4_2008–2009

Archive_2010: Note to The Deliverance  – Page 1_January_March_2010

Folder Archive_2011: The Mirror – Page 1_January_March_2011, The Earth Without the Foundation – Page 2_April_May_2011, The Possession of Life and The Unknown Path  – Page 5_September_October_2011

The Similarity and The Great ExpectationPage 6_November_December_2011

Folder Archive_2012: The Water Page 1_January_2012, The ThirstPage 4_April_2012, The Nature of Man  – Page 6_July_2012

 

*E*4* See The Ultimate Mercy, Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012

 

*E*5* The faith as the optimal state of reason; see concept of faith in  Introduction to Christianity,  Part 3, Folder The Foundation.

 

*E*6* See The Virtue and Survival  – Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012, and The

 

*E*7* The ancient (pre–Orphic) thinkers, the elder sons who in the beginning of human history were with God, defined the ultimate purpose of men as cognition of the Lord Most High God {Genesis 14:18–20, 22}, the Almighty and Omnipotent God knowledge of Whom never left the earth {cf.: Genesis 4:26; 5:29; 14:18–20, 22; Isaiah 40:21–31; Matthew 21:28–31; Luke 15:11–32; Acts 17:15–31; Romans 1:14–32}. In the beginning, they tried to achieve this purpose by their own efforts, through physical and spiritual “purification,” developing knowledge of the good and the evil, and “correction” of the human nature in the attempts to obtain the Absolute Good and the knowledge as the key to the door, which leads into the eternity. If to judge by the history (e.g., the heathenism with such consequences as the Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, and other catastrophes and calamities), they failed: only by the grace of God the completeness of knowledge and therefore, salvation of man – as preparedness for the eternity with God – is given.

 

*E*8* See Philosophy: Aristotle, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page_3.

 

*E*9* Four theologians summarized the Christian concept of man in relation to God – St. Maximus the Confessor, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Basil the Great, and St. Gregory Palamas. See the concept of man in

Folder Archive_2010, postings The Place of Rest –  1_January–March_2010

The Invincible Empire, Chapter 2

The Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence: Theological Foundation and Note *25* in The World & The War. Apostasy file for download @ my website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net ], Page LIBRARY_2,

 

*E*10* Concerning destruction of Constantinople by the papal Crusaders, see The Hierarchical Church, in Folder Political Theology, Page_3, and The Eastern Schism:  A Study of the Papacy and the Eastern Churches During the XIth and XIIth Centuries by Steven Runciman.

 

*E*11* Concerning Jun Has, see Priest, and Heresy, Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_2_2008, Note 4 to The Evolution of Fear, Page_5_2009; Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page 7

also “The Sentence of Degradation against Jun Hus” and “Condemned Articles of J. Hus” [Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils 418–431],

 and “Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas: Faith and Heresy” [The Invincible Empire 271–275].

 

*E*12* William Tyndale was burned at stake in 1536, for translation of the Holy Scriptures in English (from originals in Hebrew and Greek) [Preface to The Revised Standard Version of the Bible published by American Bible Society, New York, 1986].   See also [Trager 174, 179; Baybrook 603].

In direct contradiction to the commandment of God to teach the Gospels to all nations, to all the creations {Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 16:15}, in 1229, the Inquisition made the Holy Bible forbidden book for the Catholic laity [Grun 168; Trager 108]; translation of the Holy Bible into the native languages was forbidden almost until the sixteenth century [cf.: Baybrook 603].

 

*E*13* Concerning the concept of evil, see Logic of Death, Folder Arhive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008–2009.

 

*E*14* See The Excellence, Folder 2012, Page 6_June_July_2012…

 

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References:

Preface. The Bible. New York:  American Bible Society, 1970.

Baybrook, Gar.  Heresies of the Christian Church.  Payson, Arizona:  Leaves of Autumn Books, 1998.

Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils. Ed. Norman P. Tanner. London and Washington, DC:  Sheed & Ward, Georgetown University Press, 1990.

Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History:  a Horizontal Linkage of Peoples and Events. Based on Werner Stein's KULTURFAHRPLAN. 3rd revised ed. New York:  Simon & Schuster and Touchstone, 1991.

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

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

Trager, James. The People’s Chronology:  A Year–by–Year Record of Human Events from Prehistory to the Present. Rev. ed. A Henry Holt Reference Book. New York:  Henry Holt, 1992…”

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*7* In Galatians 3:27: εις Χριστον εβαπτισθητε, Χριστον ενεδυσασθε;  εβαπτισθητε – baptized; ενεδυσασθε – is translated as put on, enrobed.

As a derivative of δυω – to immerse, to engulf, to sink down; to encompass; to enter; to hide; to put on, to close oneself in –  ενεδυσασθε could be interpreted as engulfed, encompassed, included into; that is as the state of being in Christ, the state of completeness in the Word–God; the state of being included into the reality of the Word–God, as Lord Jesus Christ says in John 15:5: the state of a branch of the Vine, the state of the one who is μενων εν  Εμοι, Καγω εν  αυτω – unwaveringly stays in Him, and He is in him.  

 

 

*8* See The Code of Life posting for August 10, 2014, – in 3_July_August_2014, file for download @ website Systems Logic [http: // systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ],  Page LIBRARY_3

 

 

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References:

 

*R* In:

 

The Septuagint with Apocrypha: Greek and English. English translation by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee Brenton. Great Britain, London: Samuel Bagster & Sons, Ltd., 1851.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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25_211. Sunday, August 31, 2014

The  Absolute Good

 

…Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised…

…this is our God for life and eternity. He is our Shepherd forever…

{Psalm 47(48):1}

…God is abundantly good to the ones abiding in Him,

 and His mercies are on all His works…

{Psalm 144(145):9}

…be perfect, even as your Father in the Heavens is perfect…

{Matthew 5:48}

…I am the Good Shepherd… I and the Father are One…

{John 10:11, 30}

...concerning them…those whom You gave to Me…those who shall believe…into Me…

…I made known to them Your Name, and will make known,

 that the love which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them…

{John 17:9, 20, 21, 23, 26}

 

 

The Absolute Good is the attribute of God – the reflection of His omnipotence, glory, and excellence*1*, which a human being – a creation in image and after likeness of God – is empowered to comprehend*2* within the temporal world of the dissipating material structures – the world where suffering, insufficiency, evil, and death are the daily reality of all its inhabitants. Indeed, for accomplishment of the commandments of Lord Jesus Christ to be perfect even as God the Father is perfect {Matthew 5:33–48; Luke 6:35–38} and to love each other as He loves {John 13:34; 15:12}, a human being should be empowered to comprehend the perfection of God and love of God {e.g., in: 2 Corinthians 4:6}. This perfection – the Absolute Good of God must be discovered and learned, so it becomes the absolute good for man, and must be imitated/embodied into own existence – so it becomes the absolute good of man.

Only the one who has the natural ability of learning, the place for the words of God within own heart–mind, and faith*3* in God could be empowered to comprehend knowledge of God and then, to perceive His presence {in: John 6:44–47, 68–69; 8:31–47; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

The Gospels convey the meaning of the Absolute Good of God when Lord God Jesus Christ – the Word–God through Whom everything living came into being, in Whom is life that is the light of man, Who is given the authority over all things, and Who delivers a sinner from the wrath of God {cf. in: Matthew 28:18; John 1:1–4; 3:34–36} – speaks about

the Love of God Who gave His the only begotten Son – the Word–God –

so that everyone believing in Him may not perish but have the everlasting life

{John 3:16; 5:24}

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Himself, the Son of God, Who is the One with God the Father,

Who went forth and had come from God,

 Who lives by God the Father,

and Who came to accomplish the will of God the Father

{John 5:17, 19–30; 6:38–40, 57; 8:23–27, 42; 9:4–5; 10:30; 12:44, 49–50; 16:28; 17:21–23}

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Himself – the Word–God Who has life in Himself as God the Father has,

and Who gives life to whom He wills, as God the Father gives life

{John 5:21, 26}

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Himself – as of the Living Bread of Life coming from the Heavens, by Whom man lives,

Whose Flesh and Blood give the eternal life to the human soul,

so the one partaking in Him shall live because of Him

{John 6:51–58; 11:25–26; 17:21–24}

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Himself as the Light and the Way and the Truth and the Life

{John 9:4–5; 12:46; 14:6}

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Himself as the Righteous Judge – the Light that exposes the inner essence of man

and that is the True and Ultimate Judgment,

because of the instant identification of

the believers–carriers of Light, slaves and children of God,

who will be with God through the eternity

and

the unbelievers–carriers of darkness, slaves and offspring of the arch–evil,

those who, if do not turn to the Light, will face the eternal separation from God

{John 3:18–21; 5:22–30; 8:12, 16; 42–47; 9:5; 12:26, 44–50; 14:1–3; 17}

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Himself, Who has the authority to place His Soul for the salvation of the many and to take It again

{John 10:17–18}

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Himself Who gives His peace to His Own ones –

the peace that carries also freedom from agitation and fear

{John 14:27–28}

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Himself Who gives His followers the complete joy

of receiving the gifts of God the Father, which are asked in His Name*4*

{John 16:23–24}

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knowledge of God the Father and Himself – Jesus Christ, the Word–God,

 that is the eternal life of His creations

{John 17:3}

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the unity in God and with God – His presence within His creations,

and completeness of perfection in the Love of God that He bestows on His children

{John 17:21–26}.

 

Therefore, the Absolute Good of God is explained as the manifestation of the Life–creating Omnipotent Almighty Power–Will/Θελημα of God the Father that

 

creates by the Word–God/Λογος,

illuminates by the Light/Φως of God – the Word–God Who is the Life of man,

exposes the inner essence of all creations through the Word–God, Αγια Σοφια,

perfects by Love/Αγαπη of God revealed through Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God, Λογος,

because of the presence of the Word–God within a human being,

who is empowered to live according to the commandments of the Word–God,

bestows on the human being the gifts of the Holy Spirit/Ο Παρακλητος, το Πνευμα το Αγιον,

including wisdom and eternal life.

 

Consequently, the absolute good for man is to live by the Word–God and in the love of the Word–God Who is One with God the Father.

In general, during the process of human evolution based on comprehension of the knowledge of God that is the everlasting life {John 17:3, 6–8, 17, 21–26}, the Absolute Good of God might be envisioned as the precious luminous, gleaming, and sparkling Stone {in: 1 Peter 2:4–6} every facet of which emits light of a particular beauty. The beams of the Light {John 1:1–5}*5* that come out of this Stone carry eternal life, beauty, love, benevolence, happiness, peace, knowledge and understanding, wisdom, completeness, power, majesty, righteousness, justice, mercy, steadfastness and reliability, universality and harmony of the law and order, glory, and other phenomena, which in their inter–enhancing synergy convey the wholeness and unsurpassed splendor of perfection. On this Stone, the temple of God is built within man, and His Light will shine over the Kingdom of God through the eternity {1 Peter 2:4–10; Revelation 21:10–11, 22–27}.

Each mind begins with own partial vision of the absolute good – the starting point from which the individual ascent to the eternity with God could be initiated: for one mind, it is the omnipotent wisdom, for another, it is the eternal life, for the others, it might be the almighty power, the ultimate mercy*6* that heals any illness of body and mind and satisfies any need of soul, mind, and body {e.g., Mark 6:34–52; John 9:1–7}, all–forgiving love, the righteous and just, yet merciful judgment, and so on.

Then, creation of man*7* might be seen as continuous consistent development of the abilities to embody/actualize into own life the different aspects of the perfection, for which the different gifts of the Holy Spirit are given {1 Corinthians 12:4–31}, and ultimately, development (evolvement) into the reflection of perfection of God {Matthew 5:33–48; Luke 6:35–38}:

in the beginning,

as much as a particular being is able to accept

in the end,

as much as it is allotted by God for the nature of the firstfruit of His new creations in Christ and by Christ –

immortal children of God who are completed in perfection by the Love of God,

and who therefore, are destined for the eternity with God

{Matthew 5:48; 11:27; 25:29; Mark 4:33; Luke 6:35–36; 8:15–18; 19:12–27; John 1:12–13; 16:12–15; 17:3, 6–9, 14, 23–26;

James 1:17–18, 25; 1 Peter 1:15–25; 1 John 3:1–2, 23–24; 4:7–21; Ephesians; Romans 8:1–39}.

 

The desire to imitate the Absolute Good–perfection of God indicates the first step in a process of transformation of a mortal human being into the immortal human child of God.

The Christians are συνεργοι – co–workers – of God {Θεου γαρ εσμεν συνεργοι1 Corinthians 3:9}, the workers of righteousness, firstly, in a process of own creation and in organization of own daily life {cf. in: Deuteronomy 10:12–15; Malachi 3:2–3; John 14:15–23; 15:4–10; 16:7}: evolution is the hard work*8* – the process, during which

 

faith, reason/thinking, love, and hope,

force and strength and steadfastness in tests and trials,

efforts and hard labor

{in: Malachi 3:2–3; Matthew 11:12; John 2:13–21; 1 John; Ephesians 6:10–18; Revelation 21:7–8}

build abilities of a human being:

the ability to perceive God,

and then,

the abilities to grow in imitation of perfection of God,

and so, ultimately, to be empowered to accept the Holy Spirit.

 

The purposes, the path, and the methods of this evolution are established by the commandments of the Word–God: the one who desires to become a Christian has to

a/ accept teachings of Lord Jesus Christ {Gospels; esp. in: Matthew 5; 6; 7; Mark 3:1–6; 7; 10; Luke 6:20–49; 12; John 13; 14; 15; 16; 17}

b/ learn from Lord Jesus Christ and follow His example {Matthew 11:27–30; 20:25–28; John 13:13–17}

c/ imitate perfection and mercy of God the Father and love to the others, which are revealed by Lord Jesus Christ {Matthew 5:48; 11:27–30; Luke 6:36; John 13:15, 34–35; 14:6–24}.

The Apostles of Lord Jesus Christ elaborated the practical aspects of Christian life {e.g., in: James; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2:1–25; 3:1–22; 2 Peter 1:1–11; 3:1–18; 1 John; Ephesians 3:14–21; 4; 5; 6; 1 Corinthians 13; 2 Corinthians 1:5; 10; Galatians 2:20; 5:13–26; 6:2–10, and other Epistles}, yet, comprehension of the Absolute Good of God is given by God Himself {Matthew 23:8–11; John 6:44–47; 14:6–17, 26; 15:26; 16:7–15; Deuteronomy 8:5–6; Psalm 31(32):7–8; 118(119); 138(139):1–18}: God teaches His creation the alphabet of the eternity. After a human being accepted faith in Lord Jesus Christ and learned to love Him (to love by observing His words, accomplishing His words,  following His example, and creating His works), the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Truth, Teacher, Comforter, and the Treasure of life – enlightens the soul–heart–mind with perception of the excellence, omnipotence, peace, and all–forgiving love of God; He teaches the human heart–mind to comprehend and to imitate the perfection of God revealed for the sake of salvation of men and explained by Lord Jesus Christ {Matthew 5:48; John 6:44–47; 13:13–17; 14:6–26; 15:26; 16:13–28; 17:1–26}.

Hence, the earthly phase of creation of a human child of God is completed by the Holy Spirit {Psalm 103(104):30}, when a human soul–heart–mind becomes the likeness of the Word–God, Who is Στερεωμα*9*, the inner foundation and structure of the new creation of God born of God for the eternity with God. With coming of the Holy Spirit, transformation of a human being into the immortal child of God is initiated through comprehension of new knowledge, which Lord Jesus Christ gives His followers: this knowledge is the eternal life {John 1:12–13; 3:3–8; 6:44–47; 14:15–17, 26; 15:16; 17}.

From the practical point of view, the path to eternal life begins with understanding of impossibility to serve two masters: a human being is capable either to live by God and to obtain the eternity with God or to live without God – to serve the evil. After the Last Judgment, the servants of the evil will be eternally separated from God: they have to share the destiny of the evil one, which they served during their life at the earth {Matthew 6:24; 13:37–42; Luke 16:13; Revelation 19:19–20; 20:11–15}.

The Absolute Good is the attribute of the One God, and the very meaning of absolute is irrelevance of everything else {e.g., in: Mark 10:17–30; Luke 9:57–62; 11:23}: any other criterion of judgment, source of the authority, knowledge, and all other things, by which the human reasoning/mind focused on the material world lives*10*. The exact definitions of the Absolute are given in Deuteronomy and in Revelation:

 

Κυριος ο Θεος ημων, Κυριως εις εστι

the Lord our God is One Lord.

Και αγαπησεις Κυριον τον Θεον σου εξ ολης τυς διανοιας σου,

και εξ ολυς της ψυχης σου, και εξ ολης τυς δυναμεως σου

And thou shell love the Lord thy God with all thy mind, and all thy soul, and all thy power

{Deuteronomy 6:4–5}

Εγω ειμι το Α και Ω, η Αρχη και Τελος*11*

God is the Alfa and Omega, the Beginning and the End

{Revelation 21:6}.

 

When the human heart–mind learns to begin each thought–intention–purpose–desire–everything with God, to think and to act in accordance with the commandments of God, to judge everything by perfection of God, and to perceive God as the only reality of own existence and the only purpose and justification of life – then, the establishment of the Absolute is completed, and the construction site for building of the temple of God is ready. 

If such understating is reached, and the mind accepts God as the beginning and the completion of everything, as the Absolute of everything good – the all of man, such mind comprehends the absolute good as the attribute of Almighty Omnipotent God the Spirit, the Perfect Love and Giver of the eternal life, Who is revealed to His creations by His Son, the Word–God.

In summary, the path into the eternity leads through

acknowledgment of the Absolute Good of God

comprehension of the Absolute Good of God

adherence to the Absolute Good of God

unwavering focus on the Absolute Good of God.

 

From the practical point of view, the first step into the eternity – the establishment of the Absolute Good of God as the meaning of life and the focus of entire life of a human being – is the precise actualization of the first main commandment of God: the one should love the Lord God with all his soul, with all his heart, with all his mind, with all his understanding, with all his strengths, and with all his powers {Mark 12:28–30; Luke 10:25–28; Deuteronomy 6:4–7, 13}.

The Absolute Good of God as the focus of a human being at the earth*12* is established with comprehension of

 

knowledge of God revealed and explained by Lord Jesus Christ

{John 1:1–18; 6:44–47; 14:6–11}

the purposes and nature of human life

the purposes and nature of the world, in which, within a mortal human body,

the seed of the eternity – the word of God {Matthew 13:1–23; Mark 4:14–32; Luke 8:4–15} –

grows into the mighty tree of the Kingdom of God,

and an immortal human child of God created after the image of the Word–God comes into being.

 

Comprehension of the absolute good might be seen as the way toward the pick of the mountain, as the rise/evolvement from the lowest level of complexity to the highest one. God Himself guides and teaches His creation at all stages of the way leading into the eternity {John 6:45–46; 14; 15; 16; 17}. To become suitable for the purposes of God, man must be the “good earth” {Mark 4:20–32; Luke 8:5–15} that can be cultivated: a human being is not only co–worker (συνεργοι) of God; he is a field (γεωργιον – earth of work) for the works of God and a building (οικοδομη) constructed by God {1 Corinthians 3:9}. So, within him, the words of God would find the place–ground–basis upon which the Kingdom of God can be established. As the good earth produces the mighty tree from the small seed {Matthew 13:3–23; Mark 4:1–32; Luke 8:4–15}, in a similar manner, the human heart–mind has to bring its fruit: comprehension of knowledge given by God and its embodiment into own life {John 14:6-26; 15:1–17, 26; 16:7–15; 17; James; 1 Peter; 1 John}.

Advancement in comprehension of the Absolute Good of God the Creator explained by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, and in accomplishment of the commandments of God {James 2:14–26; 1 Peter 1; 2; 3; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John 3:23–24; 5:3–12} sustains

 

transformation of the human heart–mind into the reflection of the Absolute Good –

likeness of the Word–God, new creation in Christ

{James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1:15–16; 1 John 3:1–3; Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 5:17–19}

preparation for becoming of the dwelling of God as it is promised by Lord Jesus Christ

{John 14:15–26; Ephesians 2:13–22}.

 

St. James the Apostle writes of this process as of acceptance of the planted Word saving soul and as looking into the perfect law of freedom and continuing in it {James 1:18–25}.

St. Peter and St. Paul the Apostles envision it as a process of building of the temple upon the Precious Stone, a Corner–Foundation, the Word-God {1 Peter 2; Ephesians 2; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 11–16}.

St. John the Apostle {1 John} explains this process as the revelation of the Word of the everlasting Life that is with God from the beginning, as comprehension of God, redemption and purification from sin for the sake of becoming the likeness of Lord Jesus Christ, which will make possible to see Him as He is: the Son of God. He writes of

– the works of love to the others

– love to God as fulfillment of His commandments

– perfection by the love of God and completeness in the perfect love without suffering and fear

– faith as victory over the world

– having the Son of God as having the eternal life

– warning against idols: the one must guard himself from the idols*13*.

 

The Apostles explain different aspects of the Absolute Good of God and illustrate how righteousness and virtues, which are the essentials of the absolute good, become the daily life of man: the absolute good of man is preparedness for the eternal life in God and with God, which comes through imitation of perfection of God, observance of His commandments and accomplishment of His works {cf. in: John 1; 3; 5; 6; 8; 10; 11; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; James; 1 Peter; 1 John; Ephesians}.

In summary, during the earthly phase of existence, the ones who receive knowledge from God – those who are known by God {Galatians 4:9} – might be empowered to comprehend the ultimate meaning of the absolute good as the eternal life in the presence of God and as the state described with the following eternal permanent and unchangeable – sealed by the Name of God – features:

 

existence without any kind of insufficiency/evil

↓     ↑

illumination by the Light of God that is enlightenment with the Holy Wisdom of God

↓     ↑

work for God, which St. John the Apostle identifies as service to God and reign forever

{Revelation 21; 22}.

 

While a human being still is within the temporal world of the material structures, his knowledge of the absolute good*14* is manifested through some qualities, which distinguish the child of God from the child of the evil; among them, are the inner freedom from sin, irrelevance of the evil, an ability to live in accordance with the perfect law of freedom, and perfection in love to God and in love to the others.

In His last moments with His disciples, the Lord speaks about the love of God and the state of being in Love of God – the state, which also may be referred as the absolute good of a creation of God, because it is the state of knowing God and the state of a being who has been empowered for everlasting life:

 

life by God: by His words and for His works

↓     ↑

the state of being in Christ – the completeness in the Word–God

↓     ↑

the state of being who has been included into the reality of the Word–God –

as Lord Jesus Christ says {in:  John 15:5},

the state of a branch of the Vine:

the state of the one who is μενων εν  Εμοι, Καγω εν  αυτω – unwaveringly stays in Him,

and He is in him – that is the state of being who has been included into,

or who dwells in, the reality/Kingdom of the Word–God

↓     ↑

the state of a being who dwells in the love of God as Lord Jesus Christ says in {in: John 17:14–26}

↓     ↑

or as St. Paul the Apostle writes {in: Galatians 3:27}:

εις Χριστον εβαπτισθητε, Χριστον ενεδυσασθε,  

where εβαπτισθητε – baptized; ενεδυσασθε – the state of being baptized in Christ

and immersed in*15*, engulfed, encompassed by the Word–God

↓     ↑

that is the state of completeness in the Word–God,

which also is defined as the eternal life in the presence of God:

life of completeness and perfection, without suffering, all evils, and death

{John 17; Revelation 21; 22}.

 

So, how the one could comprehend the meaning of the absolute good of God and embody comprehension into own life?

The prophet says that God is his heart and his destiny*16*, and the Apostles write of transformation pre–destined by God for His creations before the beginning of times {Psalm 72(73):26; 1 Peter 1; Ephesians 1:3–14, 17–23; 2:1–10, 13–22}; therefore, the mind that chose to follow God and to be focused on God and accomplishment of His commandments could be empowered to perceive the absolute good of God and to imitate it, so the absolute good of God would bring forth the absolute good of man.

 

Conclusion: the one could infer that the absolute good is the attribute of God, which God reveals to those who seek Him with faith and love. The essence of the absolute good is Love of God and eternal life in Him and with Him. The absolute good of a human being created by God for the eternity is in God and with God.

The absolute good is inseparably connected with the immortality – the eternal life, into which God leads His very Own ones {John 10:1–30}:

 

knowledge of the absolute good of God guides to understanding of necessity to imitate the perfection, mercy, and love of God

then, the absolute good of God the Creator becomes the absolute good of His creation

the creation of God, through faith, acceptance, and imitation of God,

becomes the likeness of the Word–God

and may be empowered to endure the eternity in the presence of God.

 

There is no other way into the eternity with God: only through faith in Lord Jesus Christ, through fulfillment of His commandments, because of love to God, by imitation of God, and by the mercy and grace of the Word–God, a human being

 

is healed→purified→ perfected→completed→sanctified by the Word–God

and becomes a likeness of the Word–God –

a new creation in Christ and by Christ

is empowered to accept the Holy Spirit

begins the eternal life in God and by God

{John 1:1–18; 3:1–21, 33–36; 6; 10; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17;

James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2}

 

The first step is coming to understanding of perfection of God, which the Christians should imitate {Matthew 5:38–48}.

In general, the mind associates perfection with the absolute good*14*: with the maximal potency of creation, wisdom, power, will, and excellence of the wholeness and of all mutually correlated intensifying and enhancing components of it.

Some thinkers study the components of the absolute good each by each. However, comprehension of the wholeness demands much more than advanced analytic abilities of the mind, which make possible analysis and complete comprehension of people, events, phenomena, objects, for instance, such as the abilities of the mind, which Solomon received after he asked God to give him a heart to hear the people of God and to divide–for–understanding (discern–determine–comprehend justly), and to understand (recognize) in depth of the good and the evil {3 Kings 3:9}, yet which were not enough for protection from apostasy*17*.

Comprehension of the Absolute Good as the attribute of God is comprehension of the living omnipotent wholeness sustained by the unity of the Will/Law, Power/Wisdom and Energy of God. This unity is manifested as the synergy of mutually correlated and mutually intensifying components – the facets of the Life creating and maintaining life. Moses asked this comprehension {in: Exodus 33:13, 18}, which is the highest gift and the greatest mercy of God: such comprehension is the most desirable knowledge*18*, the state of empowerment by the Αγια Σοφια given by the Holy Spirit {John 14:26; 16:13–15}. God enabled Moses to survive when His Glory – the Word–God – passed by, and to write about Him, yet, even Moses did not have the complete knowledge [[which become accessible to human beings only after coming of Lord Jesus Christ and completion of His mission {in: Matthew 5:17–20; Luke 12:49; John 3:17–21; 6:45–69; 7:37–39; 17:1–8; 19:28–30}]], otherwise, he would not disobey God {Exodus 33:11, 13–23; 34:5–9; Deuteronomy 32:48–52; John 5:46}*19*.

The power of wisdom that completes a human being making him the child of God comes with the Holy Spirit – the Divine Fire {in: Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29 – our God is the Consuming Fire} that Lord Jesus Christ came to cast into the earth {The Fire came I cast into the earthLuke 12:49}.

Now, since the beginning of the New Testament {Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:24} this power – the state of empowerment by the Αγια Σοφια given by the Holy Spirit – can be obtained by any Christian who

lives by faith in Lord Jesus Christ, loves God, and observes the commandments of God

by the grace of God, because of Lord Jesus Christ – the Son of God,

is empowered to accept the Holy Spirit and to live by God and in God 

{John 1:1–18; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

 

The spiritual power bestowed on a human being by the Holy Spirit in the name of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, and because of grace of God the Father {John 14:15–26; 15:26; 16:7–16}, is the essence of Christianity: it is given by God, and, as everything given by God, it cannot be bought, transferred, sold, and taken away by the others. Moreover, the one who has it cannot be deprived of it, even if all the earthly forces of the arch–evil stand against him and deprive him of earthly life – life of a body. Each human being is born to seek God the Giver of this power and to receive it as the most precious treasure, because it gives knowledge of God the Creator and Father and leads to the everlasting life in the presence of God.

Until the most precious treasure of the chosen ones – the knowledge of God is found learnt absorbed embodied into own life, the one who decided to begin his way into the eternity with God could contemplate such components of the wholeness and unsurpassed splendor of perfection of the Absolute Good of God as abundance*20* of benevolence and mercy*21*, because of which a human being could obtain the unlimited spiritual potency, the power of survival, abilities to evolve/develop achieve the maximal potency of creation of the good, abilities to aim the purposes and to accomplish them in the most efficient and effective way. All these qualities, which are the virtues and strengths highly esteemed and sought after by any reasonable mind focused on survival, could be referred to as a reflection of the Absolute Good of God – the reflection that conditionally could be compared to the reflection of the sun light by the tiny drop of water.

The omnipotence of God is learned {the Books of the Old and the New Testament} through

a/ revelation of the creation of the universe and the earth within it, which both came into existence because God said so {Genesis 1}*5*

b/ manifestation of the absolute power over the world accommodating existence of man {Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Job}

c/ through understanding of God’s absolute control over life and death of man {Genesis, Joshua, Kings, Job} and over creation–existence–collapse–destruction of man’s establishments and material things that compose the mankind’s world {Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel} – from the mightiest empires through the mightiest animals {Daniel; Isaiah}, and even through the story of a weak plant that sheltered the poor prophet who was allowed to be seen as a disobedient one, yet through whom the love and mercy of God were revealed to his contemporaries {Jonas}.

There are no limits for the power of God, and – if God decides to make Himself known to His creation – there are no limits of cognition of the power of God within the world that accommodates a/ existence of a human being during his quest for knowledge of the good and the evil and b/ the human being’s  preparation for the eternity with God {e.g., in: Exodus 19:2–6, 17–25; 20:18–25; 24:9–18; 33:7–23; 34:1–17, 27–35; Deuteronomy 4:1–40; 5:22–33; 6; 7; 8; 26:17–19; 29; 30; Ecclesiastes 12:13–14; Isaiah 6; 25:9; 26:2–21; 27; 34; 40:10–31; 42:16–17; 43:1–21; 45:18–26; 46; 48:4–19; 51; 55:6–11; 57:15; 59; 63:8–19; 65:1–17;  Luke 10:22; John 6; 10; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17}:

God is all of man

all of man is in God

man lives by each word coming out of the mouth of God.

 

The easiest way to comprehend the Absolute Good of God is through appreciation of His mercy. A human being who learned to fear the awesome terrifying and unlimited omnipotence of God – the Creator and Law–Giver, has to discover that the Omnipotent God the Father is Love: the Perfect Almighty and all–forgiving Love without fear and suffering {John 3:16; 17; 1 John}. This Love does not have limits and restrictions with which men arrange their limited temporal world by dividing their life–sustaining reserves and depriving the others – the weakest and deceived ones – of their scarce portions of the good and of life. Because of this Love, even the greatest treasure – the life–giving and wisdom–bestowing Holy Spirit – is granted by God without measure {John 3:34}, as much as a creation of God is able to accept.

If appreciation of God’s mercy kindles love to God, the human mind discovers God’s unlimited perfection – the abundance of good*20* brought forth by the Perfect Love without fear and suffering: the reliability, completeness, and optimum of all, from the beginning through the end, the omnipotent life–giving creative unity of law–wisdom–power–energy–force, the harmony of the unity of the heavens and the earth revealed by the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man, Who was sent to accomplish re–creation of a human being into a new creation in Christ and by Christ.     

 By the very nature, a human being created in image and after likeness of God is focused on the absolute good –

 

comprehension

embodiment into own life.

 

Because of the very nature (as a being created in image and after likeness of God), the mind has to test limits of daily reality and – if it perceives the infinite realm of the absolute good behind the limited collapsing world of the temporal material things – learns to discard them, probably similarly to the constructor/builder who demolishes futile structure of mud and clay before building a new palace. After the mind established itself on the absolute good, knowledge of God becomes the foundation of thinking and  reason for the actions. Then, the mind that has built its world on the words of God {Matthew 7:21–27; Luke 6:46–49} acquires the abilities to discern the true essence of things [[for instance, as the history of the Old Testament prophets illustrates, the mind could be empowered to discriminate between the good and the evil, to identify the essence of each significant event (e.g., the core/code of each system), to evaluate its potential – what it carries for the others (good, truth, and life, or evil, lies, and death), and to determine the range of the possible futures, which it could initiate]] and to complete its road to God.

However, each heart–mind lives in the world that is in the state of incessant war of the good against the evil, and the heart–mind of every living one is the battlefield: we all have our own Armageddon within, and it is not in our power to escape it until we die either victorious or defeated in the war against the spiritual evils {Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 21:7} – the war that is the meaning of our life at the Earth. This war has no end until the very last breath. Even those who today are seen as the lost ones – the human beasts*23*, the slaves of the evil conquered by the arch–evil {John 8:31–59; 3:16–36}, tomorrow may be set free by the mercy of God. Those who follow the Truth today, may fail*24* tomorrow, because of temptations, fear, suffering, intimidation, injustice, and other tests, which are intended either to strengthen the heart–mind and to fashion it into the precious stone more valuable than the purified gold {in: John 8:23–47; 10; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2; Malachi 3:1–3} or to send away those who do not comply with the law of God and who, therefore are unfit for the kingdom of God.

One of such tests is the test with the false knowledge, especially, with the doctrines, which in theory, should be focused the concept of the absolute good and its significance for creation and maintenance of human creations [[for instance, states, empires, and their life–maintaining subsystems – political, religious, social, educational, and research establishments]].

To be continued…

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Notes:

 

 

*1* See The Excellence – Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012; excerpt from The Excellence in Note *6* to The Code of Life, August 10, 2014, in 3_July_August_2014 – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3

 

*2* See The Nature of Knowledge, Folder Archive_2013, Page 1_January_2013 

 

*3* Faith is the optimal state of reason. See concept of faith in Introduction to Christianity, part 3, Folder The Foundation; excerpt follows

 

Excerpt

Faith – from Introduction to Christianity

 

…The Holy Scriptures provide the comprehensive definition of faith – all knowledge, all treasures of wisdom, all fullness of life, all power, and all authority are in Lord God Jesus Christ {Matthew 8:5–13; 9:20–22; 14:29–31,36; 17:20; 21:22; Mark 9:23; 11:24–26; Luke 5:20; 8:49–50; 17:6; John 3:16, 36; 14:12; 15:4–7;  1 John 2:20–21, 27; 5:12; 1 Corinthians 13:2, 9–13; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:1, 32–34; Romans 14:23}: through faith, the mind learns knowledge of God.

The Christian faith is

–  the condition of forgiveness of sins

–  the condition of eternal life

–  the condition of receiving everything asked from God

–  the condition of manifestation of the transcendent abilities

–  the precursor of true knowledge and the assurance of expectations

–  the means for orientation in the earthly life, which is filled with false and evil – figments of imagination, delusion, and misconceptions

–  the criterion for distinction the good and the evil; for instance, any action, which is not originated by faith, is sin*E*3*

–  the omnipotence within the world given into dominion of man – everything is possible to the believer.

Only through faith, a human being comprehends own nature, as well as own duties and responsibilities before God and before the world created by God. If there is no faith, there is no knowledge of the meaning–purposes of own existence, yet, each non–purposeful action is sin*E*3*.

The word of God discloses the direct connection between faith and life: faith saves life and the righteous live by faith. Those who have faith look to the unseen eternal things, not to the things that are seen: they worship God in spirit and truth, and God seeks faith in men to fulfill His purposes on the earth {Luke 7:50; 18:8; John 4:23–24; Ambacum 2:4; 2 Corinthians 4:13, 18}.

St. Maximus the Confessor writes that faith is “true knowledge from undemonstrated principles” – “the substance of realities.” Simultaneously, he considers all beings as “the objects of knowledge,” and defines the reason as “interpreter” of God’s virtues. If to recall his definition of knowledge as the act of movement, a mind as “wisdom in potency,” and a thought as “the act and manifestation of the mind” [Selected Writings 130–131, 195], we can infer that he envisions faith as the true knowledge of God and as the state of optimum for the mind/intellect.

Faith is the life of human mind–intellect–reasoning, the natural property of the human nature and the necessary condition of normal life of a normal human being; faith is the state of optimum – the perfection, which God seeks in each human being. Faith sustains the mind’s ability to focus itself on God, therefore, it is the normal state, in which the human nature realizes own maximal potential and serves the purposes of God. Faith maintains life of the mind and illuminates the way from limitedness of the temporal material world to freedom of the eternity. The reasoning–intellect maintains existence of a human being with the knowledge obtained through faith {“Your faith has saved you” – Luke 7:50}, and faith of man might be determined through the actions of man, because faith reveals the essence.

Consequently, for the mind, which loves and knows God, the meaning of existence might be envisioned as transformation–embodiment of the knowledge and love of God into life and evolution of the world. Faith provides the mind with the knowledge of God, enables it to comprehend love of God, and sustains the ability to actualize–embody love and knowledge of God into the systems and realities of the material Universe; therefore, faith is the state of optimum for the mind. Through faith in God, the mind comes to understanding of own nature – the image and likeness of God, comprehends love of God, and learns to discern the image of God in other human beings: faith opens blind eyes of a sinful beast–child of Cain and enables him to see the Light, which transforms the beast – living dead – into the immortal child of God.  The evolution of man began with The Ten Commandments, which initiated the process of cognition of God and transformation of love of God into the life of man; the evolution of man and of the world is accomplished through faith.

In summary, according to the Christian teachings, faith is life; it is the life–bearing knowledge of God and the unity of the acquired knowledge with the manner of life: the just one lives by faith {Ambacum 2:4; Luke 7:50; 1 Peter 1:9; James 2:14–26}. In other words, faith is the state of cognizance/knowing God, love to God, living by God, and unity with God.

The concept of faith discloses the meaning of knowledge of God as the main condition of existence of man and of the world given into the man’s dominion.

In the contemporary and very limited terms*E*4*, the term “knowledge” identifies the force, which sustains the wholeness, therefore life, of a system within the set of energy fields accommodating the system’s creation, existence, and dissolution. Consequently, the mind (whose essence is creation of knowledge) might be seen as the link (or as a frontier system) between the realm of God and the material world. The mind cannot be optimal without the incessant contact with the realm of God–Creator, from which the mind receives the divine energy of creation – the source of own existence and the power to accomplish the purposes it has been created to accomplish. Faith is the name for the dimension that sustains functioning of the mind. Within this dimension, the mind

– exists

– receives the knowledge of God and interprets it into the knowledge of life and evolution

– has the optimal conditions for cognition of the knowledge of God, thus for realization of own nature – ability to create

– creates energy formations – thoughts, and embodies them into the formations of the matter – the structures/systems/realities, which compose the material world. The surrounding systems interpret this kind of mind’s creative activities according to the degree of own complexity: as the natural or normal activities and events, or as the transcendent activities and events (the transcendent activities and events are those with the unknown before potential, levels of complexity, and consequences, which are not similar to those assumed to be the natural or existed before).

To maintain existence of any system means to maintain the system’s compliance with the main/universal standard/code, which embodies the main law (law is a pattern of energy transformations, which define the meaning of existence–life) of the particular reality. Likewise, the mind is normal until it complies with its original design – the image of God, and until it conducts its activities in accordance with the Law of God. Such compliance enables the mind to receive the divine energy: faith opens the channel through which the human mind receives the life–maintaining energy from God and through which a human being, ultimately, obtains immortality {John 4:34; 5:17; 6:48–58; 11:25–26}.

Faith sustains life of a human being, because it preserves the image of God–Creator within the soul {that is Λογος through Him all things were created and exist now –– John 1:1-3; 4:34; 5:17}. With knowledge of faith, the earthly mission of Lord God Jesus Christ might be understood: He restored adequacy of the human soul /mind to its original design nature – that is to Λογος  and re–created it into the wholeness perfected by His love. Thus, He freed it from the “indignation” of God {John 3:36; 1 John 4:9-10; 5:10–13} that is from annihilation–death awaiting the perverted creature.

When the mind discards faith, it distorts own nature and activates self–annihilation – generally speaking, without faith, the mind starves to death.

Faith has own parameters or inalienable properties, for instance, the inner knowledge of God. This knowledge has the levels of complexity, to which the creations of God must comply in order to be able to receive their life–sustaining “food,” or the divine energy, which God defined as the Heavenly Bread, the Flesh and Blood of the Son of Man and the Son of God – the Word–God {John 6:32–35, 47–58, 65}.

If the mind is barred of true knowledge of God, therefore, has no faith, the processes of degeneration and perversion start. For instance, the mind slips into the dream worlds created by imagination. When the mind creates own images of the “things not seen” {Hebrews 11:1} and accepts figments of own imagination (own or of the others), and especially, when it fantasizes about God, it switches the focus from eternal invisible non–cognizable God to the temporal manifestations of the discernible cognizable and dissipating matter. In such a case, the mind begins to use the inadequate and insufficient energy forms – images or figments of imagination it creates itself or assimilates from the material world, instead of the divine energy of creation accessible through faith, which enables the mind to comprehend the instructions–Word of God. This substitution results in

– perversion of the life–supporting cycles of energy transformation: instead of the divine creative energy with the highest level of complexity, the mind consumes the energy of the material world with the lowest levels of complexity and becomes unable to function properly (for instance, the simplest analogy: the contemporary design of car’s engine makes it unable to run on the water – it needs gas to run and to work in accordance with intentions of its makers)

– the degradation or degeneration of the mind: the mind loses an ability to accept and assimilate the energy forms with the previous levels of complexity, which the mind accessed when it received knowledge  – the Word of God – through faith

– the mind’s self–confinement within the limits of the temporal material world

– unsuitability for the creative activities through which the mind has to actualize evolution; such unsuitability culminates in the failure of the main mission of man (such a failure is sin*E*3*). 

Religions present the concept of faith differently. For instance, the Western theologians developed concept of faith, which is incompatible with the Christian teachings, although their writings contain references to the Gospels and use the Christians terminology. For them, “faith is above reason”*E*5*; their faith is obscure due to “the natural defect” of human intellect*E*6*; cognition of the truth of their faith is above the human intellect, and the truth of their faith is contained in the Scriptures “diffusely, under various modes of expression, and sometimes obscurely” or( “in a certain obscurity”*E*5*). Thus, to collect their “truth of faith” from the Scriptures, long study and practice is needed, which might be unavailable for some (obviously, ordinary papal subjects) faithful*E*6*. In other words, the ordinary faithful must be fed with the “spiritual milk” of images created for them by their “guardians” – doctors of the church; they must be kept in ignorance and fear, and knowledge of the all–forgiving and omnipotent Love of God must not be given to them*E*7*.

 

…the Christians, hold that

  – faith is the optimal state, or the light, of human reason; otherwise Lord God would not seek it in His creations: Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God, seeks faith on the earth {Luke 18:8; John 9:35–39; 11:25–26}, because He is της πιστεως Αρχηγον και Tελειωτην – the Author/Chief of faith and the One Who completes, makes perfect, consummates faith {Hebrews 12:2}; it means that by seeking faith on the earth {man is earth – Genesis 3:20}, the Lord seeks His very Own possession – human beings – that are His from the beginning and that He wants to collect, to heal, to redeem, and to bring home {in: Luke 15:1–10; John 10:1–30; 15:27; 17:6, 16; 1 Peter 1:17–25; Ephesians 1:3–23}

  – a human nature is good, and it does not have any “natural defect,” because a human being was created in image and after likeness of perfect God {Genesis 1:26–27, 31; 5:1–2; 9:6; Matthew 5:48}

  – the Holy Scriptures contain the simple and detail instructions for all who have faith in God.

For instance, what is “obscure” [[*E*5*]] in God’s commandments, which reflect the morality (morality is the description of nature/essence – humaneness): we must love God and love our neighbors, we must not have other gods, and we must not kill {Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 5:6-21; 30:19–20; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–34; Luke 10:25–28}? With the Gospels, we received the complete instructions and the universal criteria for evaluation of everything we encounter during our life–time: we must seek perfection of God, we must keep the Word and accomplish the words–commandments of God, and we must confirm our faith with our deeds {Matthew 5:48; 7:20–27; John 8:51; 14:15, 23–24; 15:7–13; James 2:17–20, 26}. That is why for us, the Christians, faith is life and light of the mind, which differentiates a human being from a human–beast:

  – a human being loves other human beings and if it is needed, gives up the very life for the sake of this love

  – a human–beast, for instance, burns people at the stake, disposes humans in the concentration camps, sends suicide–bombers in the crowded market place to kill as many men, women, and children as possible, alters genetic codes of man and animals in a search of commercial advantages and profits, makes human–animal embryos for inhumane experiments, including IVF (thus, activates the abnormal mutation, which will trigger off annihilation of mankind and the world accommodating its existence), and for the sake of profit and commercial advancement, treats the sick with the poisonous drugs, which are developed on animals and in haste, which are not properly tested and studies, and which kill or trigger other diseases, sometimes worst than the initial disorders…

The one who has faith and who proves it by his thoughts, words, and deeds, this one has accepted the Word–God – Λογος, Αγια Σοφια: the Word–God has become the στερεωμα – the firmament, the inner structure of his soul–heart–mind {Psalm 17(18):1–2: Αγαπησω Σε, Κυριε ισχυς μου. Κυριος στερεωμα μου, και καταφυγη μου, και Ρυστης μου} and the foundation – framework of knowledge – by which he lives.

Our faith is very simple in the end as it was in the beginning, yet, this simplicity embraces the infinite Eternity…”

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*E*3* The Christian theologians envision sin (αμαρτια) as an illusion and the failure to achieve the purpose, which determines the meaning of existence [e.g., in: The Philokalia v.1:364–365], that is an escape into the imaginary world because of unwillingness to accept the responsibilities before God and His creations. They comprehend existence of a human being as fulfillment of God’s commandments, in accordance with the words of Lord God Jesus Christ: He reminds men that they are “unworthy servants,” and when they accomplish the commandments of God, they only do their duties {Luke 17:10}. Many preachers flatter their listeners with the references to God as to “brother” and to them as to “gods” because they receive the Word of God. At the same time, the preachers forget to mention that each human being is a servant created to perform the definite job, so the Word of God would be embodied into the life and deeds of men {Matthew 7:24–27; 20:1–16; 21:28–41; John 10:34–35}. 

 

*E*4* Each generation has own simplified language – the language of parables, now, for instance, such as the systems theory, although it is labeled “the metascience,” the metaparadigm,” and the “metalanguage” or the universal language of description. For any system, the term knowledge specifies the set/floating system/reality of energy formations or codes. This set/reality of codes

– maintains the system’s compliance with the original design, thus, sustains an ability to accomplish the purposes, which the system has been created to accomplish

– sustains the cohesive or life–maintaining power

– links the system with its environment and supersystem

– determines the parameters of existence and optimization

– might be embodied into new systems or applied for the optimization/destruction of existing systems.

 

*E*5* The definitions of the First Vatican Council (1869–1870) [in: Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils 808]; see also: writings of Thomas Aquinas – reference below

 

*E*6*  Thomas Aquinas [in: Summa Theologica  II–II Q.1 a9 ro1; Q4 a8 r; Q.7, a2. ro3; The Trinity  Q.3 a3.4.5; Summa Contra Gentiles book 4, §11 39].

 

*E*7* If to accept that the works of Origen have not been intentionally distorted to cover the purposes of the following generations of theologians seeking to justify struggle of their leaders for the earthly power over men and kings, Origen might be considered as one of the most influential heretics from those who destroyed the original foundation of western Christianity.  For instance, Origen introduced division into the Christian communities – the elite/guardians and the others. The others comprise the flock of “small and undeveloped” souls, which should live under supervision of the guardians – “doctors of the church or angels,” because their soul is “small and undeveloped soul.” Moreover, “small and undeveloped” souls should not be nourished with the Word of God: they must be kept in fear as children; the mystery of all–forgiving love of God should remain hidden, and they must be “fed on images” – the “spiritual milk” of images created for them by their guardians – theologians and “doctors of the church.” Such feeding makes the soul acquainted with “a taste of greater things” because anyway, the soul cannot desire something it does not know [Origen God IV.953–958 342–343; Spirit III.638 240]. Consequently, if all–forgiving perfect love of God must remain mystery, the small souls should be kept in obedience through fear and firstly, the fear of punishment.

 

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References:

 

Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils. Ed. Norman P. Tanner. London and Washington, DC: Sheed & Ward, Georgetown University Press, 1990.

St. Maximus The Confessor. Selected Writings (The Four Hundred Chapters on Love. Chapters on Knowledge. The Church's Mystagogy). Translation and Notes by George C. Berthold. Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1985.

Origen. Origen, Spirit and Fire. A Thematic Anthology of his Writings by Hans Urs von Balthasar. Trans. Rober J. Daly, S.J. Washington, D.C.:  Catholic University  of America Press, 1984.

The Philokalia: The Complete Text Compiled by St. Nikodimus of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth. Trans. and ed. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware, with the assistance of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline) Constantine Cavarnos, Dana Miller, Basil Osborne, Norman Russel. London: Faber & Faber, 1979–1995. 4 vols.

Thomas Aquinas (Saint). Summa Theologica I–I, I–II. Summa Contra Gentiles. Basic Writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Ed. Anton C. Pegis. New York: Random House, 1945. 2 vols.

Thomas Aquinas (Saint). Summa Theologica. v. 2: Parts II–II, III. First Complete American Edition in 3 volumes literally translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province. New York, Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, San Francisco: Benziger Brothers, 1947. 3 vols.

Thomas Aquinas (Saint). The Trinity and The Unicity of The Intellect. Trans. Rose Emmanuella Brennan. London: B. Herder, 1946…”

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*4* See the following excerpt from The Greatest Gift  – Folder Archive_2011, Page _October_2011

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“The Greatest Gift

 

…Ask, and it will be given to you.…

…Then, if you being evil know to give good gifts to your children,

how much more the Father of Heaven will give the Holy Spirit

to those asking Him…

{Luke 11:9, 13}

 

St. Luke the Evangelist conveys the instructions of God: Ask and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone asking receives, And the one seeking finds, And to the one knocking it will be opened {Luke 11:9–10}.

Although these words of God, seemingly, carry the promise of giving and fulfillment of the desirable, how many Christians who wanted to live in peace and prosperity were murdered for their faith, how many hungry and thirsty ones died without receiving any assistance, how many people knock daily in closed doors in search of job, bread, shelter, or other assistance, and no one opens, no one helps, no one saves, no one lets in. Have not all of them asked God for deliverance and help in their bodily needs?

So, what then, is the subject of the promised something that the people would ask and seek with expectations to receive and to find, and where is the door in which they would knock and it will be opened for them?

The answer is in the Holy Scriptures {Luke 11:11–13}, in the words of God: And what father of you, if the son asks for bread, will he give him a stone? And if a fish, will he give him a snake instead of fish? And if he should ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion? Then, if you being evil know to give good gifts to your children, how much more the Father of Heaven will give the Holy Spirit to those asking Him?    

The referred above words of God, again, reminds us that we live in two realities – the reality of the visible world of the matter, the world of body/flesh and physical needs, and the reality of the invisible spirit, the eternal indestructible energy that creates, sustains, and destroys the matter. Every newborn enters naked into the world of the matter, and every one leaving the world of the matter takes nothing out of it when he dies. Whatever earthly possessions, riches, needs, joys, pleasures, pains, and all other attributes of daily existence were accumulated, lost, accessible, needed, experienced, suffered, or discarded – nothing is taken out. Only the invisible essence of man – the human soul/spirit – leaves this world and returns to God Who gave it.

So, what then, among all possessions of this world is worthy of asking, if eventually, everything will be left by its temporary owner? From another side, what are the properties of the human spirit, which might be left unrecognized and unfulfilled in the world that was created, exists, and will be destroyed as the matter? What is this treasure that man should collect in the Heaven, with which his heart will be?

God tells that all the nations of the world seek the things that fulfill the bodily needs. Yet, His followers should seek the kingdom of God; then, whatever is needed to accomplish the earthly tasks will be given. The treasure of man should be collected in heaven, for where the treasure is, there the heart will be. This treasure is not the earthly riches: these possessions should be sold and the alms (the deeds of charity and compassion) given. Those who follow God and know Him as the Father, should stop being afraid, for the Father was pleased to give them the kingdom {Luke 12:29–34}.

 So, what is the treasure that should be sought after by all means, even for the price of all earthly possessions: what is the treasure that defines the eternal destiny of a human being?

Our God is the Spirit – the Holy, Almighty, Omnipotent, Absolute Good, Who created the world in which His human children have to find Him, to recognize His presence in them, to identify His Law/will behind everything that happens with them, and to learn how to accomplish His will. The Holy Spirit of God is the greatest treasure of man, and the greatest gift – the gift of life, freedom, and spiritual omnipotence, which a human child of God receives from the Father. The Holy Spirit of God comes to the followers of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, according to His promise, and because of faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God and observance of His commandments. His first gifts mentioned by Lord God Jesus Christ are His eternal presence within man (who by receiving the Holy Spirit of God becomes the immortal one) and wisdom, because He teaches the knowledge of God and enables a human being to comprehend the words of God: this knowledge is the eternal life {John 4:24; 14:15–18, 26; 17:3, 6–8, 25–26}.

Therefore, the greatest gift of God, which the child of God receives from God the Father, is the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete; with Him, wisdom and eternal life come: He prepares for the eternity with God the Father.

Lord God Jesus Christ defined the condition of obtaining the greatest treasure of man, the condition, which enables man to accept the greatest gift of God the Father to His human children, the condition of coming and presence of the Holy Spirit of God. This condition is love to God, which is proved by keeping the Word and observing the commandments of God: to love God and to love each other as God loves {John 13:34–35; 14:15–18, 23–26; 1 John 3:14–17; 4:7–21}.

 And I think how intertwined are the two seemingly incompatible realities of human existence – the reality of temporal dissipating matter, and the eternal kingdom of God, the realm of the Holy Spirit, if by the deeds of flesh {e.g., James 2:14–26; 1 John 2:3–6; 3:10–17; 1 Corinthians 3:11–17} human beings enter the spiritual immortality…

Who then, are we, human beings – the vessels of the Holy Spirit and the temples of the Living God – so fragile as the creatures of flesh and so invincible as the children of God?

Thousands of years ago, David the King asked this question {Psalm 143(144):3–4}, yet, the answer is only in the Future {1 John 3:1–2}, after departure from this world and returning home, to our Father {John 14:1–3}.

Until then, the only Way is known {John 14:6} – faith and fulfillment of the commandments of God, so the Greatest Gift of God shall come…”

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*5* See Galaxy Inside–out and the Light of Creation Post #1, January 2014, @ my Blog file Blog_Posts, Group I. The Foundation, for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_1, and the following excerpts from The LightFolder Archive_2013, Page 3_April_2013, and The Light, December 29, 2013, Folder Archive_2013, Page 10_December_2013:

 

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“The Light 

 

…I am the Light of the world…

{John 9:5}

…Thou, O Lord, will light my lamp;

my God, Thou will lighten my darkness…

{Psalm 17(18):29}

 

Creation of the world began with coming of the light {Genesis 1:1–5}.

The time spent by the chosen people in the heathen Egypt was the time of slavery, darkness, and the shadow of death, because the people were disobedient to God and did not accomplish His will {Psalm 106:10–14}. Definitely, the word darkness refers to the inner condition of human mind, not physical deprivation of light: Egypt was the land under the blazing sun; the darkness was in the heart–mind, which did not comply with the will of God.

David the prophet writes that God lights his lamp and lightens his darkness {Psalm 17(18):29}. David was one of the most loyal and loving servants of God among the kings of the ancient Israel; therefore, the darkness of which he mentions, could be the consequence of the original sin: insufficient knowledge of God. Although the Old Testament prophets spoke by the Holy Spirit, still, the completeness of knowledge of God – that is the eternal life of man – was opened only with coming of the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ {John 17:3, 4, 6–8; 14:15–17, 26; 16:13–15}.

David the prophet also perceives God as the Lord of the hosts and as the Giver of grace and glory {Psalm 83(84)}.

In the Psalm, which is the plea for the life and especially, for the life of reason, the one implores God to illuminate him with the light of His presence and to teach him His ordinances; he compares the law of God to the lamp and to the light to his paths  {Psalm 118(119):105, 135}.  Solomon the son of David and king in Jerusalem also compares the commandment with the lamp, and teachings of God with the light and way to life {Proverbs 6:23}.

Isaiah the prophet {Isaiah 9:2; 42:16; 60:1–3} foresees that

– the people, who walk in the darkness and live in the shadow of death, shall see the Great Light

– while all the nations stay in the darkness, the Light shines over Jerusalem

– all the nations come to the Light shining over the Holy Land

– God will transform the darkness of the blind ones into the light and He will lead them by the unknown straight paths.

Lord God Jesus Christ teaches that the one who does not believe in God avoids the light: his deeds are the deeds of the evil, and he goes into the darkness {John 3:19–21; 1 John 1:5–7}. Therefore, the good, righteousness and the light are the features of the same reality; lawlessness is the way of darkness on which the evil–doers are not able to foresee how they stumble {in: Proverbs 4:18–19}.

Before creation of the eyes of man who was born blind, Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, speaks of Himself as of the Light of the world, and of His followers as of those who have the light of life – they will not walk in the darkness.  God is the Light of the world, and there is no darkness in Him: the presence of God is the day when it is possible to work – He is the Light of the world; in the night/darkness, without God, it is not possible to create {John 8:12; 9:4–7; 15:4–6; 1 John 1:5}.

St. John the Apostle writes of Lord God Jesus Christ as of the Light in Whom is the life of men. Creation of a new human being – the child of God born of the Spirit of God – began with acceptance of the Word–God, the Light, Who is the Life of man, Who illuminates each man coming into the world, and Who ignites the Light of the Kingdom of God within man {Matthew 5:14–16; Luke 12:49; 17:20–21; John 1:1–5, 9}.

St. James the Apostle writes of God as of the Father of lights {James 1:17}.

St. Peter the Apostle {1 Peter 2:3–10} tells of the people of God called out of the darkness into the marvelous light of God to speak of the excellence and perfections of God; they are the people pitied by God, on whom the mercy and love of God are accomplished, who are taken into the possession of God.

The Holy Scriptures refer to the Word–God, Who is the Glory and Wisdom of God the Father, as to the Light of the world, the Beginning and the End, and The One Who creates all anew. The New City of God does not need the sun and the moon, because God is the Light and the Glory of this new world, in which man shall live in the presence of God {in: John 1:1–3; 10:30; 17:1–5; Revelation 1:8–18; 21:1–6, 22–23; Exodus 33:18–22; Isaiah 6:1–3; Proverbs 3:13–20; 8:12–36; Wisdom}.

In summary, the Holy Scriptures are all about the Light. When the messengers of God – the prophets and the apostles – convey knowledge granted by God to the people, they

– implore God to send the Light to deliver from the darkness and shadow of death those who rely on God

– envision way to God, Who is the Source of the Light, as the increase of the powers (evolution)

– describe the presence of the Light as illumination and life of man, while inability to perceive the reality because of idol–worship and hypocrisy are linked with the darkness {e.g., the Pharisees – the offspring of the vipers – are the fools and blind leaders of the blind who lead the blind ones into the pit – Matthew 15:14; 23:13–37}

– refer to the Word–God as to the Light that is the life of man {John 1:1–4}.

What, then, is the light? Why the light is the beginning? Why the one should always implore God to illuminate him with the Light of His presence?

The light and the life are inseparable: they are the features of the perfect wholeness created by God. The referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures reveal particular features of the Light, and each of them can be read at the different levels of complexity, such as man, the human mind, the cosmos, the earth, the creations (establishments of men).

In particular, in the contemporary terms, David’s perception of God {Psalm 17; 83} describes

1/ evolution as the increase of power up to the optimal according to the human nature: those who rely on God evolve and reach the zenith, the culmination of their nature: coming into the presence of God

2/ connection between the light and the power

3/ unity of the power, light, and protection of God with the conditions defined as grace and glory {Psalm 83:11; also in: John 1:16–17}, which, in application to human nature, direct to comprehension of the optimal state of the soul–heart–mind. The mind receives these attributes of the wholeness/life only from the Creator; they are given only to those creations that accomplish the will of God and comply with the law of God – those who are alive, because they live in the Light of God. In the Light of God {in the Word–God – John 1:4; 9:5}, they evolve according to their nature created in image and after likeness of God and achieve the optimum that they are enabled to achieve within the world set for cognition of the good and the evil: they prepare themselves for the next phase of existence – life in the kingdom of God, in presence of God, in the eternity with God. 

Therefore, the one can infer that the light is the framework set by God the Creator for accomplishment of His works, for coming into being and increase–development–evolution of His creations, and for actualization of His will, which the human mind perceives as the Love and as the Absolute Good and discerns at the different levels, which the mind is empowered to perceive and to comprehend.

For instance, when the Light comes into the human soul–heart–mind and man becomes the ignited lamp that shines for all in the house {in: Matthew 5:14–16; Psalm 17(18):29}, the darkness disappears. In the ancient past, when the keeper of household ignited oil lamp within the dark room, at first, the light shined on the objects near the lamp, then, the light became more intense and filled the entire space. The process of illumination of man might be seen similarly: darkness as ignorance, obscurity of reasoning and lawlessness dissipates as soon as the Light of God illuminates the heart–mind giving understanding and comprehension in all spheres of life and purifying the entire human being.

Furthermore, at each level of complexity, in all spheres of human activities, within the entire human universe, the Light of God creates the foundation of existences, the order, and the harmony, which are the inseparable features of the reality of the good – the reality where life unfolds as the process of incessant development and achievement of the optimum:

–  in application to the earth, the Light might be seen as the framework of the energy fields within which the particular forms of life can be created, can evolve, and can reach the optimum needed for the next phases stages of existence worlds circles of the cosmic spiral of evolution, and so on

– for a human being, the Light is the reality, in which physical survival, perception, and work of intelligence/reasoning can be accomplished

– for the human soul, the Light is the Word–God in Whom it lives and through Whom it enters into the eternity in the presence of God Who is the Almighty Omnipotent Spirit

– for the human heart, the Light is the power that enables the conscience to discern between the good and the evil, to choose the good, and to enter the peace of God

– for the human mind, the Light is the power to perceive and to comprehend reality of the world opened by God for cognition of man: the reality in which the knowledge of God sustains life of the reason as bread sustains life of a body

– for the human establishments, the Light is the framework of knowledge that empowers the systems–establishments to operate according to the purposes of the creators set for achievement of the good

– for the one, the road to light and the life itself, therefore everything – the wholeness of the eternity, begins with the faith in Lord Jesus Christ {John 1:12–14; 6:44–47; 14:6}. The Word–God, the Light of the world, illuminates the soul–heart–mind, and transforms the disordered chaos that is man without God {and that was before the light, when the earth was invisible and unstable–disordered–unfurnished – H δε γη ην αορατος και ακατασκευαστος – and darkness was over the depth, in: Genesis 1:2}  into the shining world of beauty, harmony, order and perfection of the good: into the new world of a human child of God living by God.

And I think that the one can conclude that

a/ in the theological terms, the Light might be seen as the actualization of the creative power of God and as the manifestation of the universal law according to which the earth came into existence and life is ignited and is enabled to evolve

b/ the Light might be seen as the manifestation of the Absolute Good (the Absolute Good is the attribute of God, the source of wisdom of man, the framework within which the human mind evolves through cognition of knowledge of God). As such, the Light of God creates life of the human reasoning/intelligence

 

by empowering the ability of perception and faculty of deliberation

by separation of the good from the evil

(for instance, by defining the essence of things, such as light and darkness

and evolution and degeneration)

by sustaining the ability of comprehension

by sustaining the ability to create new knowledge, therefore, to increase

in comprehension of the world created by God

and to evolve reaching the next phase of development

 

c/ in the terms of systems science, the Light might be envisioned as the reality*E*3* or vortex of the energy fields sustained by the powers and the law defining the complexity, potency, and cycles of energy transformation. Within the reality of the Light, the human life comes into being, increases*E*4*, multiplies, evolves, and begins the ascent through the spiral of evolution: up, and up, and up – to the Creator, in His presence, in His reality – in the Kingdom of God {Revelation 21:1–6; 22:3–5}

d/ a designer of the evolving systems would interpret the light as the framework in which flow of energy–power–knowledge that organizes chaos into the evolving system(s) can be initiated

and so on.

St. John the Apostle summarized all past, present, and future attempts to comprehend and to define the Light: God is the Light, the Love, and the Life of man {John 1:1–18; 1 John 1:1–4; 4:7–21; 5:11}…

 

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Notes:

 

*E*3* See Introduction to the Systems Logic – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_1.

 

*E*4* See Folder Archive_2013: The Creation and the Renewal – Page 3_April_2013, and The Nature of Knowledge – Page 1_January_February_2013.

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Excerpt from posting The Light, December 29, 2013, @ website Sunday’s Thoughts, http://alicealexandrasofia.net/, Folder Archive_2013, Page 10_December_2013:

The Light 

 

…And God said: Let there be light, and there was light.

And God saw the light that it was good,

and God established the space in the depth of the midst of the light

and in the depth of the midst of the darkness…

{Genesis 1:3–4}

 

In the Holy Scriptures, it is said: και διεχωρισεν ο Θεος ανα μεσον του φωτος, και ανα μεσον του σκοτους {Genesis 1:4}. Traditional translations are “and God divided between the light and the darkness” (the Septuagint in English translation), and “God separated (or divided) the light from darkness” (English translations of the Bible – NRSV, NAB, NJB, REB, and Russian Canonical Edition). 

However, another translation*E*1* might be accepted, because, in the Greek text, there is no mentioning of division between the light (φωτος) and the darkness (σκοτους): the same words ανα μεσον του – in the depth of the midst of / up to the middle of – are used to describe God’s action (διεχωρισεν) with the light and then, with the darkness. Therefore, interpretation of the referred action as division between does not take into consideration that the words ανα μεσον του are used twice: they relate to both – to the light (φωτος) as well as to the darkness (σκοτους) {Genesis 1:4}.

Furthermore, the light and the darkness already are separate and different – otherwise it would not be said that God saw the light that it was good {Genesis 1:4}, while initially the γη – matter/earth – was unseen, imperceptible, and unprepared and the darkness was over the abyss/the inconceivable something/void {Η δε γη ην αορατος και ακατασκευαστος, καi σκοτος επανω της αβυσσονGenesis 1:2}*E*2*. The coming of the light already was the division among the unperceivable γη, the darkness over the void, and the new space filled with the light; therefore, traditional translation is constructed on the derivatives, which might not convey the actual meaning*E*1*.

Hence, the text in Genesis 1:4–10, indicates that God established something (διεχωρισεν) – the settings–enclosures–spaces–frameworks? – in the depth of the midst of the light; the same was done in the depth of the midst of the darkness, and then, in the depth of the midst of each one of two kinds of water {Genesis 1:7}. It was the division between the waters {εστω διαχωριζον ανα μεσον υδατος – Genesis 1:6}: one kind of water was above the firmament, another was under the firmament. By the water, the pre–Flood world was held, and by the water, when “the fountains of the abyss” were broken up and “the flood–gates of the Heaven” were opened (that is when the settings that sustained the life–space were destroyed), it perished during the Flood {Genesis 1; 6:18; 7:10–12, 17–24; 2 Peter 3:5–6}.

In summary, as the one could infer from the existing order of the world “under the Heaven” – the Earth {in: Genesis 1:9–10}, διεχωρισεν might indicate establishment of the place/singularity/settings/space, in which a work of God is accomplished; for instance, the living evolving world comes into the being.

In the post–Flood world, God became the στερεωμα*E*3* of man {Psalm 17(18):1–2} and the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world – came to bring life that is the light of man. The Word–God became the Light and the Life of His new creations*E*4*: a certain firstfruit of creations of God created through Lord Jesus Christ began to evolve into the likeness of the Word–God – the immortal children of God who will serve God and will reign forever {Revelation 22:1–5}. Since, those who are the God’s Own, discern the Light and follow Him into the eternity; those who are not God’s Own, take the road into the darkness: the one’s reaction to the Light is the act of the ultimate judgment {John 3:16–21}.

So, within our world, the acts of creation are initiated by the Light – the Word–God; they begin with transformation and structurization of the matter, which from the unperceivable unprepared substance without order (structure) {in: Genesis 1:2} becomes the carrier of life (for instance, such as a body, the perceivable material object that carries the spirit within the world of the material things), and they proceed through transformation of the human spirit–heart–mind, which enables it to enter the eternity.

Then, the one might infer that in a process of creation of man – immortal child of God – within the creature of dust, the same pattern of creation {Genesis 1} can be discerned:

 

within the darkness that is the essence of the mind that has no knowledge and love of God,

the Divine Light begins to shine

(that is when, by the mercy of God, the one begins to hear – is enabled to perceive – the words of Lord Jesus Christ,

when the one begins to think of God and desires to learn and to comprehend knowledge of God and created by Him world)

the space of the Light for the work of God is created within the darkness of mind,

which initially, was deprived of God

(that is when, within the one, the faith is ignited,

and the one begins his way to love to God and to accomplishment of His commandments)

through the Light, the mind receives the Divine Energy of Life,

and within the darkness of the temporal collapsing singularity – the world controlled by death,

a new thinking–intelligent being,

who is created (organized–structured) by the Word–God

and made alive and living by the Holy Spirit,

comes into being:

the disintegrating dust is transformed into the precious stone upon which the temple of God is built

the immortal child of God is born…”

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Notes:

 

*E*1* In the logical block διεχωρισεν ο Θεος ανα μεσον του φωτος, και ανα μεσον του σκοτους,”

ανα  – conveys meanings: in; in depth; through, through all stretch; on, upon

μεσον – as a derivative of μετα – conveys meanings: in the midst, in between, in center, within.

In English translations of the Bible, διεχωρισεν is interpreted as a derivative of διεχω  – divide, pull/draw apart – which is a derivative of

 

διχαζω as separate on two parts; divide in half

διχηρης – dividing on half.

 

This interpretation might be responsible for establishment of dualism – belief in equality of the forces of the good and the evil, which contradicts the Christian teachings, yet which was accepted by many philosophers and theologians.

However, διεχωρισεν in Genesis 1:4 might be a compound word, which is derived not of χωριςχωρισμος – division, separation, setting apart, departure as it is assumed in traditional interpretation of διεχωρισεν.

Διεχωρισεν  should be interpreted as a derivative

either of

δις – that becomes δι– in compound words and conveys the meaning of twice, double

εχω – to hold, carry, have within, possess, contain, sustain – derived of χωρα (χωρη) – space, place, position, settings, region, distance, country, land – and then, of  χωριζω  –  to place, to establish

or of

δια – through, throughout, over, upon, with, between, amongst

εχω –– χωρα –– χωριζω  – referred above.

In both cases, there is an indication of some holding–enclave–space–settings

either double or made twice (pertaining to the act of creation of the Earth, probably, as an emphatic expression confirmed with the words ανα μεσον του φωτος, και ανα μεσον του σκοτους – in both, in the light, and in the darkness)

or stretching through the depth in the midst of the light and the darkness.

So, according to the Genesis 1:4, there should be set some formation/breakdown/place/space/settings––container/holding space amongst (or established in) the depths (through all stretch of): in the midst of the light and in the midst of the darkness.

In the following text, Genesis 1:6–7, use of words διαχωριζον ανα μεσον υδατος – the division/space/formation that comes through all extent within water – illustrates and confirms the difference between the traditional translation of διεχωρισεν in Genesis 1:4 as division “between the light and the darkness,” and the interpretation of διεχωρισεν as establishment of this something, in which then {in: Genesis 1:7–10}, as in the formation/space/settings under “the heaven,” the dry land appeared, and the living creatures of earth, water, and air came into the being.

In the contemporary terms, this something could be envisioned as the set of energy fields, which is formed for modification of the primary/dark matter (δε γη ην αορατος και ακατασκευαστος) and which sustains transformations of the creative energy of God into the certain forms of life: the living beings, creatures of the “earth” and the “water” within the settings – also derivatives of the creative energy of God – the planet Earth, which accommodates their existence.

 

*E*2* In Η δε γη ην αορατος και ακατασκευαστος, καi σκοτος επανω της αβυσσονGenesis 1:2:

αορατος – invisible, imperceptible, unseen, not known

ακατασκευαστος  – unprepared, without order; in the compound word  ακατασκευαστος, α– is a particle, the meanings of which include not– as negation, absence (e.g., of action),  κατα– is a particle that denotes completion, movement toward, σκευαστος is a derivative of σκευαζω – to make, to prepare, to establish, to put in order, to beautify; in the contemporary terms, ακατασκευαστος might convey the meaning of chaotic condition of the primary matter

επανω  –  to be above, higher, before; before than

αβυσσον                – something unmeasured, inconceivable, incomprehensible; the abyss, depth, void

 

*E*3* In general, στερεωμα is the framework or foundation for the set of energy fields made for transformations of the divine energy into a particular structured matter (e.g., water of the sea, dust of the land), the components of the world accommodating existence of mankind. Στερεωμα – also is called the Heaven – ουρανον {Genesis 1:6–10}.

Στερεωμα could be defined as the framework or foundation for the set of energy fields made for transformations of the divine energy into a particular structured matter (e.g., water of the sea, dust of the land), the components of the world of the structured matter, which accommodates existence of mankind. Στερεωμα of this world is a particular manifestation of the universal order/arrangement, or the reading of the Universal Code of creation – Λογος on the particular levels of complexity. This reading of the Universal Code defines, creates, and sustains divisions among the energy fields allotted for the cycles of energy transformations creating the perceivable structures of the matter at different levels of complexity. Life of the particular beings – inhabitants of the world created because the Word was spoken by God – is possible only under the Heaven: within the στερεωμαfixed arrangement of the energy fields with the limits, which humans measure with such parameters, for instance, as pressure, temperature, light, darkness, radiation, and so on.

Στερεωμα – the framework–firmament–heaven – embraces the totality of time–space–complexity entities/networks composed with the energy fields controlling the cycles of energy transformation: life is a purposeful cycle of energy transformations. These settings or specific networks of the energy fields might be seen also as the unity of the interconnected worlds, which accommodate the developing totality of the cycles of creation {John 5:17} and sustain life of different kinds of living beings–embodiments of the divine energy accomplished according to the universal law and with the universal power. The unity of energy–law–power maintains the Heaven and the world of men.

Στερεωμα of the human 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.

Concerning στερεωμα, or the firmament, see

– Psalm 17(18):1–2: Αγαπησω Σε, Κυριε ισχυς μου. Κυριος Στερεωμα μου, και καταφυγη μου, και Ρυστης μου {I love Thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my Firmament, and my refuge, and my Deliverer – Psalm 17(18):1–2}

– Folder Archive_2012: The Foreknowledge and The Plundered People – Page 2_February_2012, The Future – Page 3_March_2012, The Perception and The Trust – Page 4_April 2012

 

*E*4* See Creation of Man – Folder Archive_2013, Page 8_September_October_2013.”

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*6* See posting The Ultimate Mercy – Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August _September_2012

 

*7* See posting Creation of Man – Folder 2013, Page 8_September_October_2013

 

*8* See postings in Folder Archive_2013: The Nature of Knowledge, The Starting Point, The Methods of Learning, and The First Word of Human Wisdom Page 1_January_February_2013, The Precious Stone – Page 4_May, 2013, and The Works of God – Page 6_July_2013.

 

*9* Concerning στερεωμα, or the firmament, see Note *E*3* in Excerpt from The Light, Archive for December 2013 (the preceding Note *5* to this posting)

 

*10* See postings in Folder Archive_2013: The Focus – Page 2_March 2013, The Shift – Page 3_April_2013, The Choice – Page 5_June_2013, The Clarity – Page 7_August_2013, The Ultimate Purpose Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012, The Absolute Power, Folder Archive_2008–2010, Page 4_September_2010.

 

*11* Greek word τελος conveys the meaning of ultimate – full – completion, fulfillment, zenith, the highest point, optimum, authority, ultimate right of the law, ultimate purpose, ending, end.

 

*12* During the earthly phase of existence, a human being is a temporal life–carrying unity of spirit–flesh, soul–heart–mind–body, energy–matter accommodated within the realm composed of the units of the structured matter – energy derivatives at different levels of complexity.

See Note *1* to The Code of Life, August 10, 2014, in 3_July_August_2014file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3

 

*13* Concerning different aspects of idolatry, see postings in

Folder Archive_2013: The Nature of Knowledge – Page 1_January_February_2013, The FocusPage 2_March 2013, The Shift – Page 3_April_2013

Folder Archive_2010: The Wrath Page 1_January_March_2010, Divination and Idolatry Page 4_September_2010, The Heathenism – 5_October_2010

Folder Archive_2008_2009: The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons to Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/], Page LIBRARY_2

Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview – file for download @website Systems Logic [http: // systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ],  Page LIBRARY_1

 

*14* Concerning different aspects of the absolute good, see

The Facets of the Absolute3_July_August_2014 – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ],  Page LIBRARY_3

– the Archive postings @ website Sunday’s Thoughts [http//alicealexandrasofia.net]:

Folder Archive_2013: The Nature of Knowledge and The Methods of Learning – Page 1_January_February_2013, The Abundant Good and The Focus – Page 2_March 2013, The Shift, The Creation and Renewal, and The Light – Page 3_April_2013, The Precious Stone – Page 4_May_2013, The Door – Page 5_June_2013, The Works of God – Page 6_July_2013, The Search for God Who is the Truth – Page 7_August_2013

Folder Archvive_2012: The Most Needed Things: Mercy – Page 1_January_2012, The Different Vision – Page 3_March_2012, The Perception and The Thirst – Page 4_April_2012, The Excellence and The Virtue and Survival – Page 6_July_2012, The Ultimate Knowledge and The Ultimate Purpose – Page 7_August_September_2012, The Law and the Future and The Repentance – Page 8_October_2012, The Gift of Completion, The Time of Destruction, and The Fullness – Page 9_November_December_2012

Folder Archvive_2011: The Name of God – Page 2_April_May_2011, The Authority to Survive – Page 3_June_July_2011, The Defense – Page 4_August_2011, The Last Warning and The Greatest Gift – Page 5_September_October_2011

Folder Archvive_2010: The Place of Rest and The Breath of Life – Page 1_January_March_2010, The Absolute Power – Page 4_September_2010

Folder Archive_2008_2009: Wisdom, esp. Notes *1* and *4* – Page 1_2008, The Fire and The Completion – Page 4_2008–2009, The Evolution of Fear – Page 5_2009

 

*15* See Note *7* to The Completeness, for August 24, 2014, in 3_July_August_2014 – download file @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3

 

*16* See posting The Code of Life, August 10, 2014, in 3_July_August_2014 – file for download @ website Systems Logic, http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_3

 

*17* See The Lessons of Solomon in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic, http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_2

 

*18* See Desirable Knowledge and Conclusion in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic, http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_2

 

*19* See The Lost Worlds in 1_March_May_2014 – file for download @ website Systems Logic, http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_3

 

*20* See the following excerpt from The Abundant Good, Folder Archive_2013, Page 2_March_2013

Excerpt

“The Abundant Good

 

…God is abundantly good to the ones abiding in Him,

 and His mercies are on all His works…

{Psalm 144(145):9}

 

To the people of the Old Testament, it was said: Χρηστος Κυριος τοις υπομενουσι, και οι οικτιρμοι αυτου επι παντα τα εργα αυτου – God is abundantly good*E*1* to the ones abiding in Him, and His mercies are on all His works {Psalm 144(145):9}. 

The author of Psalm {Psalm 144(145)}, David the prophet and the king explains the meaning of abundant good and mercies of God, firstly, through portraying the attributes of God as the highest ideals of righteousness and holiness in everything, and as maintenance of life and well–being of His creations abiding in Him:

 

David speaks of the glory, dominion, and glorious majesty of God’s everlasting Kingdom,

and so explains the meaning of completeness, fullness, and perfection of the power issuing from God

David refers to the deeds of God, which He revealed to men,

as to faithfulness, holiness, support of the falling, setting up the broken down,

giving the food and filing every living thing with joy,

righteousness in all ways, and holiness in all works,

and so explains the Absolute Good of God by describing the completeness of the good,

which God bestows on His creations

 

All listed above definitions are the features of perfection – the Absolute Good as the attribute of God, which He reveals to His creations abiding in Him. The one could comprehend the meaning of abiding in God as observance of the first, second, and third commandments {Exodus 20:1–7}, the essence of which is love to God. The one abiding in God observes the commandments*E*2*: he loves God with all his soul–heart–mind, with all his understanding, with all his strength, and with all his powers {Mark 12:29–30; Luke 10:27}.

The glorious majesty of the Kingdom of God is met with love and adoration by the one abiding in God – the one who

 

loves God with all soul–heart–mind, understanding, strength, and powers

trusts only in God

observes the law of God

accomplishes the will of God by doing the works, which embody the good given by God,

into the world he dominates or influences or creates or sustains.

 

In brief, the Psalm unfolds the majesty of the world, which belongs to God and His creation – man.

In this world created and kept by God, God’s creations

live by love and mercies of God

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are loved and cherished by God Who gives them everything

 for life and for growth and

 for development of the maximal potency of power, reasoning,

and other abilities that constitute their nature

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love each other as they love themselves and as they are loved by God

{Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; John 13:34–35; 1 John 4:7–21}.

 

This world is creation of the Perfect God; its focus is the Absolute Good of God; its inhabitants are the laborers of the Absolute Good of God. The Perfect Almighty Love is the cohesive power that sustains the wholeness, and therefore life and development–evolution.

Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, in His commandments to His followers, gives the examples–models of behavior*E*3*, which facilitate comprehension of the perfect love of God and imitation of the perfection of God {e.g., Matthew 5:1–48; Luke 6:20–49; John 13:13–17, 34–35}.

The Gospels describe the earthly life of the Word–God as manifestations of the Almighty Omnipotent Love that created the life, has compassion to all the living, and sustains all creations, as the abundance of good revealed through eliminating any insufficiency of a body and the heart–mind: healing of the sick, feeding of the hungry, illuminating of the ignorant, collecting and guiding of the lost, saving the hopeless, setting free the enslaved, resurrection of the dead ones, giving the Gospel to the poor ones, the garment of glory to the spirit of selflessness, and the living water of the eternity to the mortal ones {Matthew 10:38–39; 18:11–14; Luke 7:20–23; John 4:10–14; 7:37–39; 8:34–36; 9; 10; 11; 12:25; Isaiah 29:18–19; 35:3–6; 42:8–9; 61:1–3; Revelation 21:6; 22:1; στολην  δοξης αντι  πνευματος  ακηδιας  – Isaiah 61:3}.

The New Testament reveals the image of God as All–forgiving Almighty and Perfect Love that feeds, sustains, teaches, and guides each of His creations to Himself, to the next phase of existence, into the Kingdom of God the Spirit, the realm of everlasting life.

Many centuries those who were thirsty for God and sought God with all the heart–mind*E*4* read the Holy Scriptures, including descriptions of the Judgment Day preceded with wars, disasters, and calamities of all kind, which the fallen evil creatures – the sons of arch–evil – will have to experience at the last stage of the world’s existence {e.g., in: Isaiah; Revelation}.

Many preachers portrayed these disasters as the retribution for the committed crimes against God and His creations.

In fact, all of them describe the nature of the evil: they identify processes of the irreversible collapse that defines the essence of the singularity of the evil, in which the eternal life is not possible. All these disasters and calamities are inherent processes of disintegration of the temporal structures arranged by the evil mind incapable of creation of the good; they signify that these imperfect structures have reached their καιρος*E*5* as impossibility of continuation of existence {e.g., Genesis 6:12–14}, and therefore, their annihilation either on the way or already has began. 

However, again, the third and last revelation of God is love – the life–creative Almighty Omnipotent Power, the Perfect Love that the believing ones know as their God and worship with love and adoration, in spirit and truth {John 3:16; 4:24; 14:23; 15:9–12; 17:21–26}. The Future of creations of God unfolds as the everlasting life without insufficiencies, sorrows, sufferings, and death, which all are the features of the temporal world of the temporal, and therefore disintegrating since the moment of creation, structures of the matter. In this Future, the dissipating world of cognition of the evil is no more {Revelation 21:4–5}.

Three acts of creation or three consecutive worlds/phases of life are revealed to the mind that seeks God:

 

1/ the perfect world of the past, from which man was transferred into the temporal world,

 in which cognition of the evil, therefore, death as annihilation of the temporal material things –

structures, bodies, arrangements, establishments, and their wholeness (the entire world of man) could be accomplished

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2/ the world of the present – the temporal world, which accommodates death,

and in which cognition of the evil leads

either to the choice of the good, therefore, into the everlasting life in the presence of God

or to the choice of the evil, therefore, into the eternal darkness of separation from God

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3/ the new world – new creation of God,

 in which death and suffering are no more,

and the creations of God live in His presence forever.

 

In His abundant good, God provides those who seek the road to Him with guidance and power to accomplish their journey and to achieve their purposes, firstly, to learn absorb embody into own life knowledge of the Creator, His Word – the knowledge that is the everlasting life.

The Holy Scriptures describe the abundant good precisely: to imitate this good, man does not need to possess the power of armies, weapons of mass destruction, and other attributes of the power over the material things. The entire universe is in the heart–mind of man, from which either the good or the evil comes {e.g., Matthew 12:35; 15:18–19}.

Every living one has something good to share with the others, and even the dying man who is ready to return to the Creator can strengthen and to encourage the others: Christianity began with death of the Son of God, when the death of the One initiated the world of life waiting the many; since, for the Christians, physical death is just a threshold behind which the home awaits.

The Holy Scriptures define the human history as the road to God. Three deeds of God, three manifestations of the Word–God, three writings of God, arrange existence of the mind into the ascent to God:

 

1/ the stone tablets of testimony with the Law, which was written by God,

and which initiated the human civilization and evolution of the mind that had to find God

{Exodus 31:18; 32:15–16}

2/ the writings of Christ’s letter – the image of the Word–God

written upon the tablet*E*6* of the human heart

{2 Corinthians 3:3}

3/ the Name of God on His creations

who will enter the new world of the everlasting life in the presence of God

 {Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–5}.

 

And I think: how the mind could ever comprehend the absolute good within the world of suffering and death? From another side, what is the meaning of the human evolution, if not cognition of the absolute good revealed in the perfection of God, which the creations of God must imitate if they desire to enter His Kingdom?

How then, the mind can obtain the knowledge of the absolute good – the wisdom, without which there is no the eternal life? The only one way is known: to open the heart–mind for the writings of God, so His Word engraved into the heart–mind would transform…the fleshy tablet of the heart into the precious stone from which the temple of God is built {James 1:21; 1 Peter 2:4–10}…

 

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Notes:

 

E*1* Χρηστος Κυριος τοις υπομενουσι, και οι οικτιρμοι αυτου επι παντα τα εργα αυτου – Psalm 144(145):9, where Χρηστος  – the abundance of the good, the power or perfection, the complete meaning of which could be inferred from the cluster of derivatives of χειρ – hand, and – figurative – power:

 

χειρ – power, hand

χραομαι  to provide what is needed: to give an oracle; to act toward

χραωto lend, to supply

χρημαuseful; riches

χρηματισμοςanswer of God, divine revelation

χηρηστοςgracious, kind, supplying power – the life–sustaining good.

 

The word υπομενουσι is a derivative of υπομενω (υποunder, of inferior position, and μενωto stay, dwell, endure, continue) – to abide, to endure, to last, to persist, to carry on. With this word, the prophet defines an ability to endure the presence of God; only the one who loves God by his entire soul–heart–mind might be spared by God and enabled to endure the presence of God; that is why the prophet speaks of οικτιρμοι – mercies, compassions of God.

 

E*2* See The Ten Commandments, and The Road to GodFolder Foundation, Pages 1 and 5

 

E*3* See

– The Excellence – Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012; excerpt in Note *6* to The Code of Life, August 10, 2014, – 3_July_August, 2014 – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/], Page LIBRARY_3

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

 

E*4* See posting The Thirst, Folder Archive_2012, Page 4_April_2012

 

E*5* Greek word καιρος identifies

1/ the specific time–space point at which a system realizes its potential, creates the most significant knowledge, or achieves its purposes.

2/ the final phase, or the time of completion, when time–range of existence, which is controlled by the laws of irreversibility of cognition and complexity, is completed, because the system

 

either accumulated knowledge, obtained the level of complexity, and developed the optimal potential according to the creator’s design

or

corrupted and perverted its nature and became incapable of evolution–development

(that is incapable of accumulating knowledge and reaching its optimum according to the design of the system’s creator).

 

As soon as the καιρος is reached {e.g., Genesis 6:5, 12–14}, the system has either to be modified/transformed for the next stage of existence or to be destroyed because of its inability to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which it has been created.

 In other words, καιρος might be seen as the moment–state–condition of actualization of the Law of God – the completeness either of evolution or destruction, as the point at which

a/ the system reaches the maximum either of its potency or of its weakness, which both result in inability to exist at the present conditions

b/ when the system achieved all possible results it was capable of achieving within the time–space–complexity settings, with the resources it was enabled to access, and through material things it was enabled to create–use–modify–consume–destroy

c/ when, within the present settings, further existence of the system is inconsistent with the purposes of the Creator.

Concerning καιρος, see also The Completion, Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_4_2008–2009, Pattern #5,  9.18.2010 and Pattern #10, 5.17.2011, Folder Systems, Page 2, and The Length of Days – Folder Archive_2014, Page 3_March_2014

 

 

E*6* See The Tablet of the Heart, Folder 2013, Page 2_March_2013; excerpt follows

Excerpt

The Tablet of the Heart

 

…Thus says the Lord: The sin of Judah is being written with an iron stylus,

with clawed adamantine being carved upon the tablet of their heart…

{Jeremiah 17:1}

 

When Moses conveyed the law of God to his tribesmen, he said {Deuteronomy 30:11–14} that this law is in their heart to live by it – to execute it.

After Moses’ death*E*1*, the chosen nation took into her possession the land promised by God, and the setting for accommodation of the human evolution was complete: the nation was

a/ delivered from the physical slavery in Egypt (although they still kept slaves in their households)

b/ delivered from spiritual slavery – the heathenism, because they were given knowledge of the Almighty God the Creator and His law

c/ planted into the fertile and beautiful land mostly cleared from the heathen nations, which practiced both kind of slavery (physical slavery and idol–worship – slavery of the mind and the spirit)*E*2*.

Everything was given according to the words of God {Joshua 21:41–43}, and the process of evolution identified as civilization was initiated*E*3*.

However, not all the chosen ones were capable of acceptance of the law and consequent development. Almost instantly, idolatry (as the relapse into heathenism and voluntary return to the slavery of the mind and the spirit*E*4*) has entered the daily reality. Strangely enough, those at the top of social and other hierarchies (kings, princes, and some priests and scribes) who were given more resources for spiritual and physical development (knowledge, privileges, material things) than the others, were the most vulnerable to the plague of heathenism: they left true God and worshiped things made by men. The core of corruption, for which, ultimately, the chosen people were rooted out of the Promised Land, began to develop within palaces and temples {the Books of Kings and Chronicles; Ezekiel}: iniquities and lawlessness started to creep from the highest levels of human hierarchies*E*5*.

About nine centuries after giving of the law, on the eve of destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian Empire, according to the prophets, there was no one righteous man for the sake of whom the city/land would be spared. The majority of the chosen people degenerated into the heathens who

– have violated the law of God and broken the covenant with God

– filled the Promised Land with iniquities, abominations, perversion, bloodshed, and injustice

– followed diviners instead of prophets, silenced and killed the true messengers of God

– had secret apostates as the priests, and criminals as princes and kings {e.g., 3 Kings 18:3–29; 19:14; 20:2–26; Isaiah 1:1–23; 2:6–9; Jeremiah 5:1; 16:17–18; Ezekiel 22:1–31; Hosea 4:1–19; Matthew 23:38; Genesis 18:20, 23–32}.

So, according to the Moses’ forewarning, those who survived destruction of Jerusalem and the first temple had to serve their worldly masters in the Babylon exile, as slaves, in needs, repression, and disgrace, because they did not want to serve God in the Promised Land, in gladness and love. They had to taste the wrath of God  – the consequences of their own perversion and corruption, of which the prophets told {e.g., Deuteronomy 28:47–48; 29:22–28; 31:15–18; Isaiah 5:20–30; 9:18–19; Jeremiah 3:6–10; 5:1–31; 9:13–24; 16:1–18; 18:1–17; 19:3–15; 23:11–21; Lamentations; Ezekiel 8:4–18; 22:1–31; Hosea 4:1–18; 5:1–7}, when the people’s own iniquity burns them as fire, and their own manner of life, the very environment–nature intended to sustain their existence, their neighbors, and other nations become the means of their extermination*E*6*.

When Jeremiah the prophet {Jeremiah 17:1} describes the misery of those who left God and began to serve idols, who discarded the law and accepted manner and ways of life of heathens and idol–worshipers, he conveys his perception of the fallen ones with an image of “the tablet of their heart,” on which the sin is written with an iron stylus and clawed adamantine – the tools made of hardened steel (the ancient craftsmen used them to carve and fashion wood and stones according to a particular design).

The image comes from the memory of the tablets, on which the law was written by God {Exodus 24:12; 32:15–19}, and then, the stone tablets on which Moses wrote down the letters of the law {Exodus 34:1–2, 29}.

So, Jeremiah sees the human heart as the tablet on which, instead of the letters of the law, the letters of sin have been carved.

Another Old Testament’s image is the seal of Love engraved upon the heart – the seal, which is likened to the precious ring on the hand {Song 8:6}.

In the New Testament, Lord Jesus Christ speaks of Himself as of the One sealed by the Father {John 6:27}.

Then, St. Paul the Apostle writes to the faithful ones that they are the Christ’s letter not having been inscribed by ink but by the Spirit of Living God, and not in tablets of stone but in fleshy tablets of the heart {2 Corinthians 3:3}. Likewise, St. James the Apostle writes of the Word implanted/engraved into the heart and saving the soul {James 1:21}

…the Holy Scriptures portray the human heart as the tablet on which either the law/Word of God is written/imprinted or sin is carved.

The heart that contains the Word of God is enabled to evolve into a human child of God destined for the eternity in the presence of God {John 1:12–13; 12:26; 14:1–3, 23; 17:1–26}.

The heart, on which the sin is carved, is separated from God; moreover, such a heart has no power to comprehend own insufficiency and to turn to God for healing and forgiveness {Isaiah 6:8–10; 59:1–2; John 12:37–43}.

And I think that the image of the tablet of human heart on which the sin is carved reminds the Phoenician jewelry – small figurines of the idols cut from the precious stones. The Phoenicians*E*8* endowed their creations with ugly disfigured bodies and faces, which convey the essence of their religion: the evil. Although their works were highly valuable masterpieces of art because of the craftsmanship – techniques, precise expression of the inner essence, and material (precious stones), the precious stones, which naturally are associated with the highest clarity and light and beauty innate to the manifestations of the Absolute Good {e.g., in: Exodus 24:10; 1 Peter 2:4–6; Revelation 21:19–21}, were transformed into the glorification of the evil and darkness.

So, sin disfigures the human heart and makes it unsuitable for the writings of God.

From a particular point of view, it could be said that a sinner, within his own heart, carries the darkness {Luke 11:35; John 11:10} of his own Sodom and Gomorrah awaiting annihilation. The difference is that by the mercy of God the heart of man/earth might be spared from the consuming flame of his own iniquity resulting in devastation similar to the destiny of the ancient land {in: Genesis 18:20, 24–25, 28; Isaiah 9:18–19}. Such salvation begins with repentance and might be crowned with the remission of sin*E*9*. Only if the heart is healed and purified, so the carvings of sin are melted away by the Almighty Fire {Luke 12:49; John 1:33; 14:16–17; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 3:11–15}, a human being can be prepared for the eternity in the presence of God…

 

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Notes:

 

*E*1* See The Lost Worlds in 1_March_May_2014, file for download  @ website Systems Logic, http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_3

 

*E*2* See Concept of Slavery in Note *2* to The Perfect Law of Freedom, in 3_July_August_2014 – file for download @ website Systems Logic, http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_3

and the postings: 

Folder Archive_2008_2009: Slavery – Page_7_2008–2009,

Folder Archive_2010: The Mirror –  Page 2_April_June_2010, The Future – 5_September_October_2010

Folder Archive_2011: The Survival  – Page 1_January_March_2011

 

*E*3* If to summarize the knowledge given by the Holy Scriptures in secular – for instance, philosophical and systems – terms, the essence of transformation of the temporal into the infinite and the mortal into the immortal (or the intended for disintegration into the indestructible) might be described (by the terms at the different levels of complexity) as evolution, modification, or re–creation of the life–form initiated by the will of its Creator; in summary, as an increase of the level of complexity.

The human mind evolves by continuing cognition–learning–absorbing the knowledge of God and embodying this knowledge into own actuality.

The evolution (or modification, or re–creation) empowers a life–form for transfer into the realm that accommodates life–forms at other levels of complexity. The evolution of a human mind proceeds through cognition of God, and the degree of mind’s development is a part of σημεια των καιρων {the signs of times – Luke 12:54–57}, which reveal closeness to καιρος of this world.

See Note *3* to Apostasy, in The World & The War. Part II. – file for download @ website Systems Logic, http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_2

 

*E*4* See Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons to Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*E5* See the postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2009: The  Hierarchy – Page 6_2008_2009

Folder Archive_2010: The Point of No Return – Page 2_April_June_2010, The Knowledge and the Vision – Page 5_October_2010

and Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons to Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

Concerning the heathenism and idolatry, see postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2009: The Curse of Cain Page_5_2009

Folder Archive_2010: The Wrath – Page 1_January_March_2010, Divination and Idolatry – Page 4_September_2010, The Heathenism – 5_October_2010

and Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview – file for download @website Systems Logic [http: // systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ],  Page LIBRARY_1

 

*E*6* See The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy  – file for download @ website Systems Logic, http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_2, and postings in Folder Archive_2012: The Plundered People – Page 2_February_2012, The Perception – Page 4_April_2012, The Time of Destruction – Page 9_November_December_2012

 

*E*8* Concerning Phoenicians, see Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview – file for download @website Systems Logic [http: // systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ],  Page LIBRARY_1

 

*E*9* See postings:

Folder Archive_2011: Purification of Heart – Page 1_January_March_2011, and The Greatness of Man – Page 4_August_2011

Folder Archive_2012: The Transformation – Page 1_January_2012

and Note *29* to Supplement 1_The_Vineyard_and_Its_Lessons to The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy  – file for download @ website Systems Logic, http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_2

 

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*21* See The Absolute Mercy in 3_July_August_2014 – file for download @ website Systems Logic, http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_3

 

*22* See The World and The War. Part I.  – file for download @ website Systems Logic, http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_2

 

*23* See the following excerpt from posting The Beasts of the Fields and of the Forest, Folder Archive_2011, Page 1_January_March_2011

The One Coming to Christ – Folder Foundation @ website Sundays Thoughts [http://alicealexandrasofia.net/] [[excerpt from The One Coming to Christ in Note *8* to  The Code of Life – in 3_July_August_2014 – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3]]

 

Excerpt

“The Beasts of the Fields and of the Forest

 

…All you, beasts of the field, come, eat, all you, beasts of the forest…

{Isaiah 56:9}

 

There is no humaneness and there is no human being without God: any godless being is just a beast, the creature of the earth, the powerless matter, which rises from the earth, exists for the sake of consuming and reproduction, and, in its time, is killed/consumed by other beasts or returns into the earth from which it was taken. Only knowledge of God transforms a creature of the earth into a human being.

Four texts of the Holy Scriptures reveal the unbreakable link of the very meaning of humaneness with God and elaborate the true foundation on which the human nature exists and ascends to its original perfection: the connection with God–Creator Who is the Source of wisdom – the highest form of life–sustaining knowledge reachable by the human mind.

1. The Prophet complains that his attempts to understand destinies of the sinners and applications of evil are unsuccessful until he is attracted to the sanctity of God, so he comprehends the ultimate end; he acknowledges that he was vile and bestial (κτηνωδης) before God: he knew not. However, God led him and guided him with His counsel and accepted him in glory. So, he has nothing to seek and desire, because in the earth and in the heaven only God is everything; all have failed, yet, God of his heart is his portion (μερις) for ever {Psalm 72(73):13–26}.

The essence of the message conveyed by Psalm:

 

God is everything of man

wisdom and understanding signify presence of God

wisdom reveals the ultimate end–completion of everything

knowledge of God and love differentiate man from the vile beast.

 

 

2. The one who wrote down The Book of Wisdom speaks of the mysterious wisdom: in the beginning, God created the wisdom for His works, before the foundations of the world were made. Since, the wisdom is God’s companion. Wisdom is the most precious gift, which God bestows on man: the wisest of men seek wisdom by all means as the greatest treasure, because wisdom is the state of knowing and loving God; in this state,

a/ the “eyes of heart” are open, so the mind becomes capable of the perfect knowledge of the world of the matter: there is no mysteries and unknown uncognizable things for man who has wisdom granted by God {Wisdom 7:17–21}

b/ man naturally achieves prosperity, lives complete, happy, and fruitful life on the earth

c/ a human being passes the road to the eternal life.

Similar references to Wisdom might be found in the Books of Proverbs attributed to Solomon the king in Jerusalem, who wrote that wisdom seeks those who turn to God in a quest of knowledge and understanding: wisdom prepared the feast and invites all who are foolish and without understanding to come to eat and to drink {Proverbs 2:3–12; 4:5–9; 8:1–36; 9:1–5}.

However, If to take into consideration the Solomon’s end {he turned away his heart from God and began worship the idols of his women –- 3 Kings 11:1–10}, the only actual wisdom that can be traced in his works is recognition of the wisdom of God, in which the mind of Old Testament’s king identified some of the attributes of God that would be revealed only with coming of the Word–God {John 1:1–5, 9–10}. The invitation of the Old Testament’s wisdom to come to the feast and likening of the gifts of wisdom to food and drink introduced the reality of the Future {John 6:32–58; 4:13–14}, when

 

God Himself would teach His people

wisdom–knowledge of God would become the true sustenance of man

the human soul would live by the Word–God

as a human body lives by daily bread and life–giving water.

 

3. Isaiah the Prophets speaks of the promise of God: God shall accept the strangers who worship and love the Lord; He will bring them to His holy mountain and gladden them in His house of prayer; He will accept their worship, because a house of Lord shall be called the House of prayer for all nations. Then, seemingly unexpectedly, Isaiah mentions the beasts (θηρια) of the fields and of the forest {Isaiah 56:3–11}: they all are called to eat, because

–– they are all blinded and ignorant (who have not cognized – ουκ εγνωσαν)

–– they are beasts with the soul that is hungry and does not know what it means to be filled

–– they are κυνες ενεοι ου δυνησονται υλακτειν, ενυπνιαζομενοι κοιτην, φιλοντες νυσταξαι  – beasts speechless, powerless beings of the matter*E*1*, bed–dreamers, addicted to slumber 

–– they all – every one of them – became estranged, each according to his own way.

Who are these wild beings with the hungry soul that never was replete, and why they are called to eat, although they are self–estranged, blind, ignorant, and powerless dreamers?

What besides love and compassion would make anyone to care for the hungry and sick beasts of the fields and the forest?

The next text of the Holy Scriptures answers these two questions.

4. The Lord came to the borders of Tyre and Sidon (land of Canaan populated by the people who created the Phoenician civilization*E*2*). A heathen woman, who was a Syrophoenician (Cananean) by ancestry, felt to His feet and implores Him to cast out demon from her daughter. God does not answer; only after His disciples intervene, He tells that He came to save the people of Israel: first, the children should be satisfied, because it is not good to take bread from children and to cast to the beasts (κυναριοις*E*3*). Yet, women answered: yes, Lord, even the beasts under the table eat from the crumbs of the children. And Lord God tells her that for her words, her daughter is healed {Matthew 15:22–28; Mark 7:24–30}.

Why the Lord mentioned words of the heathen woman and why He eventually answered her prayer? Could it be because

– she knew that only love would make children to feed beast under the table

– her answer revealed that she knows that beasts also live by the mercy and love of God {Matthew 5:43–48}, although they receive only the crumbs from the table of those who are the children and have everything

– when she felt to the feet of God, she – an ignorant beast – was lifted up, at the level of those who know, and therefore herself became a child of God who is able to see God and to accept His mercy?

This text of the Holy Scriptures reveals the harsh actuality of our life – the inner division among all humans who apparently are similar, because all live in the same world under the same Sun, who have the same nature, therefore, the same vital necessities, the same feelings, emotions, abilities, potentials, similar understanding of happiness and peace, who die from the same apparent causes, violence, and diseases: 

 

those who have love and knowledge of God are the children of God

the heathens, who neither know nor love God, are the beasts.

 

In summary, the referred above Holy Scriptures’ texts provide the most significant definitions of the human nature:

 

1. God is everything of man

2. Wisdom is the most precious and desirable gift of God to man,

because wisdom

(wisdom is the state of knowing and loving God and the ability to actualize

this knowledge and love within the world created by God)

is true sustenance of human soul similar to food and drink,

without which a human body has no life–sustaining nourishment

3. Man without God is a powerless speechless matter without reason

(in the Prophet’s vision, speech is the feature that confirms possession with intellect)

living by dreams, incapable of perfect knowledge and comprehension of the reality

4. Knowledge and love of God transform the beast into a human being;

the difference between the mind that knows and loves God

and the mind that serves “other gods”

is similar to the difference between a child and a beast.

 

Many centuries have gone and multitudes human beings passed through the earth since Isaiah the Prophet conveyed the invitation of wisdom. The highest Wisdom, Λογος –– Lord God Jesus Christ, the Word–God through Him the world came to be and by Him it exists –– came and left, leaving the precious knowledge and love, the Daily Bread by which a human soul lives.

Yet still, the world is full of hungry empty souls that do not know what it means to be filled and satisfied.

The powerless beings, the dreamers addicted to slumber –– the dream worlds of false knowledge and false religions –– come and pass away, generation after generation, without being fed with the Bread of life…

Moreover, when the children want to feed them and to share with them their Bread, the beasts rise, bite, devour, and kill, only do not be disturbed in their misery of deprivation and evil, so they would not wake up and see the Light, fill hunger, seek and find love, knowledge, and understanding, eat the Bread, and become humans…

And I think that ignorance of the knowledge of God and inability to love Him and all His creations might be likened to the lethal disease, which enfeebles and incapacitates until such a degree that only in the dream the dying one can find comfort...

 

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Notes:

 

*E*1ου δυνησονται υλακτειν – in the English version of the Holy Bible is translated as “will not bark,” as derivative of  υλακτω – to bark; however, such translation

a/ is not consistent with the overall meaning of the Prophet’s message – Isaiah already defined  κυνες as speechless: there is no place for verbosity in the Book of Life

b/ does not take into consideration the complexity of the ancient Greek that is one of the most elaborated languages with utter flexibility, connectivity and freedom of word–creation: sometimes, one compound word conveys the meaning, for exact translation of which in other languages dozens of words and sentences would not suffice.

For instance, in this particular case, ου δυνησονται υλακτειν  conveys the meaning of powerless being of the matter (earth), because

ου – means no, or not

– the compound word  δυνησονται includes the roots

δυν|η – part of compound words with the meanings of power, strength, potential, be able to, can, stand

οντ  – being

– the compound word  υλακτειν includes the roots of words

υλ||η – matter, substance (philosophical term)

ακτε – part of the words indicating land, soil, sea shore,

κτ||η – the root of ancient word  κτηνεσι – the creatures of the earth, which received their names from Adam {Genesis 2:20}.

 

*E*2* Concerning the Phoenicians and their religion see posting The Curse of Cain – August 2, 2009; Archive_Page_5_2009.

 

*E*3* Although many interpreters translate κυναριοις {Mark 7:27} as “dogs,” the precise meaning is “domesticated beasts.” In the Antiquity, the wild beasts of the fields (cheetahs, tigers, lions, and other animals) were tamed and kept at the courts of rulers as the symbol of the power over the realm of beasts as well as over men; some of them (e.g., cheetahs) were also used in hunting. The compound word  κυναριοις  contains the roots of words for identification of two kinds of beasts – subdued to man or domesticated (κτ, κυν  or  κυ and wild (ρι–; for instance, 

ρι– as in θερια {Genesis 2:19}, θηριαλωτον – referred to by Jacob {Genesis 31:39}, and θεριων {Daniel 4:12}, which denote wild beast of the fields

κυν– as in κυνων of nomads {Job 30:1}, and –κυ–  as in σκυλος, that is "dog.” 

In summary, κυναριοις is derivative of words used in the Septuagint for definition of living creatures–beasts: κτηνεσι – the animals, which received their names from Adam {Genesis 2:20} or  κτηνους referred to by Moses {Exodus 11:7}, that is as contemporary  κτηνος “beast” or “brute”, and  θερια or  θηριαλωτον  {Genesis 2:19; 31:39}. The contemporary κυναιλουρος (cheetah) is also a derivative close to κυναριοις.

The overall meaning of this text discloses the difference between

–  the chosen people – the holy nation of priests who are entitled to receive the Messiah – the daily Bread and the knowledge, which sets man free

– all the others who do not possess the knowledge of God and to whom God refers to as to κυναριοις – the beasts…”

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*24* See The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic, http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_2

 


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