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by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

9_September_2014. THE DISCERNMENT

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Introduction

The Foundation

Explication

Conclusion

 

 

 Notes

 

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…And they all shall be taught of God…

{John 6:45}

…He enlightens every man coming into the world…

…While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world…

…I and the Father are One…

{John 1:9; 9:5; 10:30}

 

 

 

Introduction

 

After the one has begun to desire knowledge of God and focused his heart–mind on obtaining knowledge of God and His Word that is the everlasting life {John 17:3, 6–8}, he might wish to consider some practical difficulties he could encounter during his earthly battle for his eternity in the kingdom of God.

An ability of discernment denotes readiness to achieve the purposes of the one’s life, including the ultimate one: everlasting life in the presence of God. As everything in the life of human soul–heart–mind or spirit–intelligence, which is on its way to God, a degree of development of discernment indicates a degree of evolution–advancement of reasoning/intelligence. The power of unmistakable/right discernment given by God elevates the mind far above the daily routine {John 3:18–21; 10:34–35; 15:14–16}, because such discernment, in fact, might be defined as

a/ the ability to recognize the Word–God within His creations

b/ identification of the will of God as the cause of everything that comes up

c/ comprehension of the actual essence of everything that the one encounters.

The one who sees the actual essence of things and events could be capable of many things, for instance, such as discernment of the signs of time – σημεια των καιρων {Matthew 16:1–3} that is identification of καιρος and foreknowledge of the future*1*, which might be closed for the mind that has no power of discernment.

The individual perception that underlies discernment is different, because it correlates with

1/ a personal vision of God

2/ the already achieved advancement–evolution, because of already learned knowledge of God

3/ an individual degree of preparedness for complete cognition of knowledge of God, which is allotted to the person:

 

Personal vision*2* of God ←→Personal knowledge*3* of God

↓                           ↑

Personal preparedness for complete cognition of God

Discernment

 

However, for some, an inadequate degree of discernment could be the first problem on the thorny way of cognition.

The summary of many factors affects initial discernment of a person; such factors, for instance, could include life–experience that formed outlook, basis for judgment, methods of creation and justification of opinions, understanding of insufficiency of acquired knowledge, thirst for truth, desire of complete comprehension, meekness and humbleness before God, and openness for new knowledge.

The ultimate, universal or Absolute Truth*4* – knowledge of the Word–God – sustains the ultimate discernment, which the person develops/forms as the result of cognition of God; it allows identification of the true meaning or the core–essence of all and in everything that a person encounters.

In other words, the ultimate discernment is the synergy of

 

                                                               Ability to discriminate between the good and the evil ←↓→ Ability to learn the Absolute Good

 ↓

the mental power

to apply knowledge of God for construction of own life

↓                        ↓                     ↑

knowledge of the good and the evil  ←→  knowledge of the Absolute Good

           for own survival                                      for own evolution–advancement

                                                                          on the way to God.

 

If the one assumes that possession of the ideal discernment based on knowledge of the good and the evil was the motive of the original sin {Genesis 3}, he might infer that nothing good can be obtained and no beneficial and real/true knowledge can be learned, if the price is disobedience to God and disbelief in the words of God. Any disbelief and any disobedience to the commandments/words of God initiates separation from God {Genesis 2:15–17; 3; Isaiah 59:1–15}; such separation brings forth the death of reason: expectation of the good without God became the first failure – sin – of the human reasoning.

Since, for the righteous mind, which seeks the power of discernment, the thirst for the Truth has become the unquenchable want that only God can satisfy {Isaiah 44:1–7; 54:5–17; 55; John 4:10–14; 7:38–39; Revelation 21:6; 22:1}*5*.

Since, mankind has been paying the horrible price for initial disobedience, which opened the way of cognition of the evil:

 

susceptibility to deceit and consequent inabilities

a/ to discern truth

b/ to discriminate between true and false knowledge

all kinds of idol–worship and swarm of false religions and heresies,

feeding ground of which is the mind that has no right  discernment:

the mind that is incapable of

a/ learning knowledge of truth

b/ learning knowledge of the Absolute Good

c/ acceptance of perfection, omnipotence, love, and mercy of God

inabilities to achieve goals and to evolve by developing full potency of reasoning, completeness and perfection,

which accompany knowledge of the Absolute Good*6* and sustain abilities of discernment

disorders and illnesses of the mind and body

all kinds of insufficiencies, suffering, grief, hostility, enmity, hatred, lack or full absence of well–being and happiness,

and other grim properties of daily life within the heathen and godless societies and establishments

ultimately, death of a body.

 

However, because of the grace and mercy of God, His Son – Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, has brought into the world the precious life–giving knowledge of Truth – the Absolute Good, which opens for a human being the eternity with God {John 1:1–18; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18:37}. The first practical result of knowledge of the Absolute Good*6* is the right discernment, which protects the mind from deadly susceptibility to deceit and consequent acceptance of false and lies instead of truth.

The right discernment signifies readiness to accomplish the main purposes of life:

 

1/ victory over the temporal world where the spiritual evils rage on the incessant war

against those who aspire to be the children of God

2/ becoming the child of God

3/ obtaining the everlasting life in the presence of God

{in: John 1:1–13; 16:33; 17; 1 Peter; 1 John 3; 4; 5:4–21; Ephesians 1; 2; 4; 6:12–18; Revelation 21:7}

 

The source of discernment is the Word–God that forms and sustains the framework – the στερεωμα*7* that accommodates life of human reasoning, fashions human perception, and empowers to learn, to comprehend, to hold and to employ the most potent power from all those available to the mind: wisdom*8*. The gift of wisdom is bestowed on the mind by the Holy Spirit in the name of the Word–God – Λογος, Αγια Σοφια, and because of the grace, abundant mercy, and perfect all–forgiving love of God the Father {John 1:1–18; 3:16–18, 34–36; 6:38–40; 10:15–18, 30; 14; 15; 16; 17}. Wisdom received from God empowers the right discernment.

In summary, the following pillars sustain the right discernment

a/ knowledge of the Absolute Good of God

b/ the power to comprehend knowledge of the Absolute Good of God

c/ wisdom as the power to embody knowledge of God into own life.

Faith*9*, knowledge and wisdom originate the right discernment:

– knowledge of the Absolute Good of God comes to the one who has faith in Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, loves Him, and observes His commandments

– wisdom given by the Holy Spirit in the name of Lord Jesus Christ enables the mind to comprehend the Absolute Good*6*, to hold the power of wisdom*8*, and to live according to acquired knowledge {John 14; 15; 16; 17}.

In other words, the one could envision discernment as the synergy of three correlated domains of knowledge: knowledge of God, knowledge of human nature created by God, and knowledge of the world created by God for accommodation of life of human being – the world that is tuned to the human nature

 

Knowledge of God

Knowledge of the human nature  

 ↓              ↑

Knowledge of the world that sustains life of a human being

 

Only the mind that has adequate – true – knowledge of three correlated realms [[the knowledge of God, the knowledge of human nature created by God, and the knowledge of the world created by God for accommodation of human life]] could be empowered to have the right discernment.

For instance,

1/ The mind focused on the visible perceivable world of the structured matter – the world of the material things, has no power to comprehend the knowledge of God the Creator and the human nature created by God. If such a mind rejects knowledge of God the Creator and the Source of everything that comes into being, it operates within the world assembled with pieces of the structured matter without true knowledge from what and how and why the pieces of the structured matter have appeared. Consequently, such a mind has no abilities to comprehend the actual laws according to which the structured matter comes into existence, exists, functions, and collapses

2/ The history of creation of the world and its features, operations, limits in the past and present, as well as its future {Genesis; Isaiah; Matthew 24:29–42; 2 Peter 3:3–14; Revelation} could lead the one to conclusion that creation of the world, maintenance of its existence, and initiation of its collapse are accomplished through creation and arrangement of the energy fields/spaces/vortexes, which accommodate transformations of the divine energy of creation according to the purposes/will of God, and through operations with them. One of results of such transformations is the mater structured at different levels of complexity. From such structured at different level of complexity matter, a human body, multitudes of living beings–inhabitants of the world, and the world that sustains their life have been created

3/ The will of God is accomplished through creation of the energy fields, energy vortexes and singularities, with the power and forces, which are above and beyond human perception and which a human body formed with temporary structured matter is not able to withstand without protection by God {Exodus 19:9–25; 20:1–21; 24:9–18; 33:18–23}

4/ Within the apparent stability of temporal things and events arranged at the time–space–complexity settings [[e.g., sunrise and sunset, land, sea, ocean, river, mountains, stars in the sky, day, night, summer, spring]] the mind should learn to perceive the eternal infinite realm of the universal energy arranged and kept according to the will of Almighty God the Creator, by the Law/Word of Almighty God the Creator, and with the Omnipotent Power of Almighty God the Creator. Within this realm, within one of the vortexes of the energy fields – one of the nodes within the immeasurable [[for the human mind]] nets of live–creating Light, which the mind identifies as the Κοσμος/Universe with countless galaxies and infinite multitudes of the stars, suns, planets, worlds, the life of human reasoning/intelligence was ignited, fashioned in image of the Word–God – Λογος, and is growing into the likeness of the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Ultimately, this life – a new being created in Christ and by Christ: the one living by the righteousness, mercy, Perfect Love and Holy Spirit of God the Creator – will be prepared to serve the purposes of God through the eternity {Genesis 1; 2; Psalm 106(107):20; 147; Isaiah 55:8–11; Matthew 5:17–48; Luke 6:27–49; John 1:1–18; 3:16–21; 4:34; 6:28–69; 10; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2; 4; 5; Romans 6; 8; 11:36; Galatians 2:20; 3:26–29}

5/ A human being operates with the material things – pieces/arrangements of the structured matter. However, the human mind, as a frontier system*10* between two realms – the realm of the structured matter/earth and the realm energy/spirit the source of the matter that is the realm of God the Creator, which was revealed to the mind as the Kingdom of God, has the responsibility to perceive and to comprehend both of them – the realm of the matter and the realm of the spirit – as much as it is allotted to it by God the Creator.

Only the mind that is tuned to both of these reams and focused*11* on the realm of God the Spirit has opportunities to develop the right discernment, to exercise the right and righteous judgment, and therefore, to imitate the Absolute Good of the Perfect God Who bestows wisdom on His creation. This wisdom also manifests itself as the power to embody knowledge of God into two realities, which compose life of a human being

 

the world of the human mind – the spiritual/inner man*12*

who lives by the Word of God, because of the will of God, and for the love of God,

who builds own life on the Word–God and does the works of God

{John; 1 Peter; 1 John; Ephesians; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16}

the world of the material things,

within which the mind has to learn to worship God the Spirit in spirit and truth

so it would be empowered to ascend to the eternal world of God the Spirit

{Luke 12:49–51; John 4:23–24; 8:31–56, 58; 14; 15; 16; 17; Revelation 21; 22}.

 

 

Foundation

 

The synergy of knowledge of the Absolute Good of God, the power to comprehend knowledge of the Absolute Good, which is given by God, and wisdom as the power to embody knowledge of God into own life originates the foundation of the right discernment:

 

Absolute Good of God

Wisdom

as the Power to Learn Absorb Embody Knowledge of God

into the daily life

↓                 ↓

Knowledge of the Absolute Good

Discernment

 

There cannot be discernment without knowledge of the Absolute Good of God, without power to comprehend/absorb knowledge of the Absolute Good, and without wisdom, which is the power to apply knowledge of the Absolute Good for achievement of own purposes, especially, the ultimate one: obtaining the everlasting life in the presence of God.

Furthermore, the right discernment becomes the inalienable feature of the mind only if some conditions are met {Matthew 5:17–48; 6; 7; 11:27; 25:29; Mark 8:34–38; Luke 6:35–49; 8:15–21; 18:9–14; John 1:1–13, 16–18; 6:28–29; 9:35–39; 11:25–26; 14:15–27; 15:4–12; 16:7–15; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John 3; 4; 5; Ephesians; Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16–23; Psalm 118(119); 144(145)}:

1/ the one has faith*9* and love to God and to His Son – Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God

2/ the mind/inner man*12*,

in whom faith and love to God have been ignited

learned to live in compliance with the law of God

and to imitate love and mercy and perfection of God

was re–created in the likeness of the Word–God – a new creation in Christ and by Christ

learned to do the works of God

began to live by the love of God and in the love of God

 

3/ the Absolute Good of God became the absolute good for man and the absolute good of man*6*.

In other words, the right discernment signifies that the mind has discovered, comprehended, absorbed, and embodied into the actuality of own existence the knowledge of the Absolute Good: the knowledge given by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God. Such mind

 

is established on the Word–God Who is the mind’s Absolute

has the Word–God as Στερεωμα*7*, as the foundation,

and as the definition [[foundation–framework–pattern]] of reasoning/thinking/intellect

is unwaveringly focused*11* on the Absolute – the Word–God

operates according to the law/commandments of God

thinks things of God {φρονεις τα του ΘεουMatthew 16:23}*13* and because of God

lives by God and in the love of God

{John 17; 1 John 3; 4:7–21; 5}.

 

St. Paul the Apostle writes {Romans 11:33–36} of such state of the mind: all because of Him, through Him, and to Him. Such state of the mind is natural; it is determined by the nature of man created in image and after likeness of God and defined by the Law of God: the first main commandment {Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–30; Luke 10:27–28}*14*.

Within the politically–correct atheistic and hostile to God, to Christianity, and to the Christians daily reality, in which wisdom is forgotten word, it is almost impossible to imagine that any mind could have the right discernment.

However, the one can infer a possibility of existence of the right discernment. For instance, St Paul the Apostle writes that the Word–God toward us is Λογοςπρος ον ημιν ο Λογος, the definition of reasoning/thinking/intellect {in: Hebrew 4:13}; it means that the mind might be empowered with wisdom founded on the right discernment.

So, what, then, is the discernment?

If to analyze the life of the mind from the practical point of view, the one could envision the work/operation of the human reasoning/intelligence*12* as the unity of the linked, mutually defining, and correlated states and operations conducted within two realms that accommodate existence of man

1/ in relation to the spiritual realm – the realm of God the Creator:

a/ faith*9*; faith might also be envisioned as the channel, through which the mind receives the life–maintaining energy, knowledge, the power to learn knowledge given by God, and wisdom*8* as the power to comprehend knowledge of God and to apply it for own survival development/evolution obtaining the everlasting life in the presence of God

b/ presence of the Word–God as the state of being/dwelling/remaining in the Word–God {John 15:4–10; 17:23–26} that is the state of knowing – having been unmoved (sustained) in – the Truth that is present {ειδοτας, και εστηριγμενους εν τη παρουση αληθεια – 2 Peter 1:12} and that is The One with the Father: the Father of this Truth is Almighty God the Creator {John 10:30; 14:6–26; 16:7–15}. Indeed, since the ancient Past, the righteous mind has been calling upon God the Defender: O Lord God of Truth {Psalm 30(31):4, 5 ο υπερασπιστης  μου,  ΚυριεΚυριε ο Θεος της αληθειας  – O Lord my Defender … O Lord God of the Truth; also, compare Luke 23:46 and Psalm 30(31):5}

c/ state of holding/possession of the power – wisdom – given by the Holy Spirit, because of presence of the Word–God {John 14:15–26; 15:26; 16:7–16; 17}; the highest power of man is the wisdom/power to comprehend the knowledge of God, which is the everlasting life, and to embody this knowledge into life devoted to accomplishment of the words/commandments of God:

 

Faith in the Word–God Truth that is presence of the Word–God Wisdom given by the Holy Spirit

   ↓                                             ↓                                                ↓

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Life of human reason/intelligence/mind –

Perception Discernment Judgment:

Creation of thoughts

 

 

2/ In relation to the world of the material things/structured matter:

a/ Perception of the environment/world, the events, things, and anything that sustains life, threatens survival, facilitates evolution as development of the highest potency of thinking and well–being, and by any means could influence existence

b/ Discernment – identification of the core–essence of the things, events, and anything perceived by the mind as something that has beneficial or threatening potential and therefore, as something capable to influence achievement of the purposes of survival and evolution

c/ Creation of opinion as identification of the benefits for survival and evolution that must be taken or employed, and threats that must be avoided or eliminated – of all that have been discerned as something having any possibility of impact on life, survival, and achievement of the purposes that are the meaning of life

d/ Judgment – final evaluation of the perceived and discerned something that has a potency to influence life, survival, achievement of the purposes or otherwise to intervene with well–being and the very existence; the compliance with the law of God – that is with the Truth – should be the only criterion of worth and validity of anything that the mind evaluates

e/ Creation of the program of action – definition of behavior/words and deeds, with which the mind intends to embody own judgment and opinion into actions–operations within the environment and, as a result, to influence/change the surrounding world for the sake of own survival, well–being, evolution, and achievement of the main purposes

   Perception Discernment

Creation of Opinion Judgment

                                     ↓

                                Definition/Program of Behavior (words and deeds)

 

Therefore, the right discernment is the consequence of presence of the Word–God: the state of knowing the Truth and the ability to identify the presence (or detect the absence) of the Truth in everything that the mind perceives, accepts for consideration, analyzes, evaluates, determines, creates – thinks.

In other words, the right discernment follows the acceptance of the Word–God as the Absolute. The one obtains the right discernment after

 

the mind learned to love the Word–God, to observe His words, and to live according to His commandments

the entire life is focused on God and on accomplishment of His will

the inner darkness dissipates under the Light and the mind follows the Word–God,

Who is the Light and the Way and the Truth and the Life of His creation

the one is enabled to imitate the works of God

taking his own cross and following Christ,

the one can say of himself that his food is to accomplish the will of God

the Eternal Word becomes the Corner Stone

on Whom a living being is established as the living temple of the living God

{in: Matthew 5:48; 10:38–39; 16:24–25; 21:42; Mark 12:10–11; Luke 6:36, 46–49; 9:60–62;

John 1: 1–18; 3:1–21, 31–36; 4:23–24; 9; 13:34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17;

1 Peter 1; 2;  1 John 3:1–18; 4; 5; Ephesians 1; 2; 5:1; Isaiah 28:16–17; 42:16}

 

In summary, discernment could be described as

1/ the result/fruit of an embodiment of the first main commandment {Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–30; Luke 10:27–28} into the work of mind that

 

learned to live by faith in God and by love to God

and established itself on the Word–God

Who is της πιστεως Αρχηγον και Tελειωτηνthe Author/Chief of faith

and the One Who completes, makes perfect, consummates faith

follows Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Word–God, Who is the True Shepherd and Overseer of souls

received from God revelation of the Truth and wisdom to comprehend it and to embody it into own life

was given the power to identify presence (or absence) of the Truth in everything that he encounters

worships God in Spirit and Truth

{Luke 10:22; John 4:23–24; 6:44–69; 10; 14; 15; 16:13–16; 17; 1 John; Hebrews 12:2}

 

2/ indicator of the freedom that is given by knowledge of the Truth, of which Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, said {in: John 8:31–59}*15*. As such, the right discernment signifies that the mind (or the heart–mind*12*)

 

has been established on the Truth – the Word–God

has been set free from slavery to sin, susceptibility to lies and deceit,

so it is enabled to avoid the evil and do not sin

{John 8:31–36}

learned to discriminate between the good and the evil,

between the essence and appearance, between the inner and the outer,

so it is enabled to judge by the right judgment

{John 7:24}.

 

The right discernment sustains the work of the conscience*16* – the inner judge that each mind carries within. St. John the Apostle advises that the one who follows Christ has to purify himself from sin, lawlessness, and hatred, and to love God by his deeds in Truth. Then, if his heart does not accuse him, he knows that he is just before God. If the one observes the commandments of God, he dwells in God and God dwells in him: by the spirit given by God, the one acknowledges the presence of God {1 John 3:18–24; Romans 8:16}.

Therefore, the right discernment is the feature of the one who is born of God and has the Spirit of Truth – the Holy Spirit – within {John 1:1–13; 4:23–24; 14:15–17; 16:7–15}: it is the feature of the clean heart, of which the ancient prophet beseeched God, because the one with the clean heart*17* shall see God {Psalm 50(51):10–12; Matthew 5:8}.

In summary, the one could define the right discernment as

the power to discriminate between the good and the evil

an ability to identify the presence (or the absence) of the Truth, the Word–God,

in everything that the one encounters

comprehension of the meaning of sin, lawlessness, uncleanness

the strength*18* to avoid sin, lawlessness, uncleanness, and other deeds of the evil.

 

The right discernment is founded on the Word–God; it is the attribute of the mind that dwells/remains in God as the branch remains/lives on the vine: its essence is the presence of the Truth, the Word–God, in the heart–mind. 

 

 

 

Explication

 

 

Discernment means identification of the core–essence of the things, events, and anything perceived by the mind as something that may have beneficial or threatening potential, and therefore, as something capable to influence achievement of the purposes of survival and evolution.

In Greek, discernment (ξεχωρισμα) is a derivative of the root –ρι–, which originates the cluster of words that convey different aspects of comprehension as placement within time–space–complexity settings, for instance, such as identification of presence–connection–place–root–source [[ρι ω/οα–ρι–ζ/σ χωρη χωριον – space, place, period (of time), position, placement; χοριζω – separate, discriminate, be different, differentiate;  ωριζω/οαριζω  – make link, connection, relation;  οριζω  – by definite way, definitely;  ριζα – root, beginning, foundation; ριζοω – to plant, to root in, to connect, to strengthen; ξεχωριζωput aside, differentiate, discriminate, discern, perceive, prefer;  αναγνωριζω  – to identify, recognize, become acquainted; and so on]].

Thus, relatively to the current consideration, discernment might be defined as a practical application of the knowledge of the Truth – the Word–God – toward the reality of daily life, for identification of the essence, connections, and consequences of things, events, and everything that the mind encounters.

The knowledge of the Word–God – the Christian teachings given by Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – sustains the set of correlated abilities, which in their entirety protect the mind from deceit, misunderstanding, confusion, and false knowledge, and therefore, secure the mind’s survival and development. The power of discernment comprises the following abilities

 

to discriminate between the good and the evil

to identify the good and the evil under different surfaces and behind different appearances

to identify the life–bearing truth (or its absence) within anything that the mind perceives

to comprehend connections: 

the core   ← →  the root     ← →    the cause   ← →  the essence

                                                                                                               ↓                    ↓                            ↓                           ↓

surface ←→ appearances ←→ consequences ←→ perception

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to determine potential threats to survival, achievement of the purposes, and development–evolution.

 

In other words, the one could define discernment as manifestation of wisdom*8* that became a feature of a human being who is in a process of evolution–preparation for the next phase of existence in the kingdom of God, and who

a/ lives by faith in God and by love to God

b/ because of his love to God, which is confirmed with accomplishment of commandments of God and observing the words of God, receives the gift of the Holy Spirit

c/ is 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 the human reasoning and enables the mind to operate according to its nature.

Only the mind that has cognized true knowledge of God has the right discernment. Consequently, discernment might be referred as the right discernment, if it is sustained with true knowledge of three domains/realities that accommodate life of a human being:

 

1. Knowledge of God

2. Knowledge of the human nature  

 ↓              ↑

3. Knowledge of the world that sustains life of a human being

 

For the Christians, only the Holy Scriptures reveal true knowledge of God the Creator. Therefore, reading, studying, comprehension, and absorption of the knowledge conveyed by the Holy Scriptures {the Books of The Old Testament and The New Testament} is the first and the most important work for the one who desires to obtain Christian’s discernment. Daily reading of the words of God opens new knowledge daily even for the one who has learned everything and knows the Bible by heart: the love, patience, and mercy of God to His children whom He teaches the alphabet of the eternity are infinite and limitless, and the knowledge of God is infinite and limitless {Luke 10:21–22; John 1:1–18; 6:44–68; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

The mind blessed with the right discernment avoids contamination and pollution with the false knowledge and with the figments of corrupted imagination*19* of the others: only knowledge of God purifies and sanctifies the mind preparing it for the works of God {John 15:1–3}.

For instance, if the one follows Lord Jesus Christ and desires understanding of the simple words of the Eternal Truth {for instance, in: Matthew 5; 6; 7; 22:36–40; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 6; 10:25–42; 11:1–13; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; John} and how to make them the actuality of own life, he needs to read the words of God {the Gospels} with sincere desire of comprehension of the Truth and therefore obtaining the everlasting life. God Himself teaches and leads His children to His home {John 6:44–46; 14; 15; 16; 17}. Thus the Christian does not need:

1/ sermons of the philosophizing theologians*20* and doctors with degrees in heathen philosophy and theology who bestow their “wisdom” and created by their imagination images onto “the small and undeveloped souls” of the ordinary people transforming them into unreservedly obedient slaves of men

2/ the “universal shepherds” who pretend on the place of God, attempt to present themselves as the inevitable attachment to God, cover their lust for the earthly power with the name of God, and ascribe their evil to God; they deal with their subjects like grievous wolves not sparing the flock, and speak perverted things in order to draw away the disciples of God after themselves {in: Acts 20:29–30}

3/ the false teachers and the philosophizing opinion–makers

4/ the politically–correct opinion–makers, propagandists, radicals, revolutionaries, fanatics, and all the others who

 

a/ corrupt and pervert thinking – the mind, and propagate corruption and perversion of a body

b/ disseminate heresies and false religions

c/ propagate alien ideologies and inhumane laws, customs, and practices

based on cults of death and cruelty of the beasts.

 

All the listed above categories of the disseminators of false “knowledge” {Matthew 7:15–23; 23; 24:3–51; Mark 13:5–37; Luke 21:8–36; Acts 20:29–30; 2 Peter 2:1–22; Jude; Colossians 2:6–23} should be avoided*21*, if the one desires to keep his mind clean and not polluted by human imagination, which is diligent toward the evil {Genesis 8:21}: in fact, all of them propagate the knowledge of idol–worshipers [[if the one does not worship true God, he is idol–worshiper – the follower of false gods, even if he thinks of himself as of a pious believer or an atheist: atheism is also a heathen religion*22*, and the inquisitors*23* believe that they serve God]].

Besides, the Apostles have provided all explanations the one might ever need to organize own life and life of his family in compliance with the commandments of God and in accordance with the Christian values {The Epistles of the Apostles, The New Testament}.

The warning of Moses who spoke of those who do not worship true God as of the ones whose vine (that is their national root) is the vine of Sodom producing the wine that carries the rage of serpents and incurable rage of asps {θυμος δρακοντων ο οινος αυτων, και θυμος ασπιδων ανιατος – Deuteronomy 32:16–33} remains in power as it was thousands of years ago; it still works for all who desires to survive and to achieve the ultimate purpose. Also, Isaiah the prophet left the description of those incapacitated by the false knowledge {Isaiah 59:3–11}. Then, St. Paul the Apostle writes of those who do not seek God, who turned away from God and became worthless, that their throat is the open grave, they use their tongue for deceit, and poison of asps is under their lips {Romans 11:13}.

So, the surfaces and appearances of the current civilization with all its technical gadgets and technical progress should not cloud perception of the root of things: the foundation of the current societies – the knowledge framework – remains the same as it was in the times of Moses, Isaiah, and the Apostles who brought the Gospels into the hostile world living by the cult of the arch–evil:

it was founded on the heathen Greek philosophy developed upon the Orphic doctrine*24*

it is sustained with the political, social, and religious doctrines of Plato and Aristotle

[[heathens and slave–owners]],

which are based on “ideals” of the Orphics presented as the highest achievements of human thought,

 and which still fuel the “ideals” and define values of the contemporary societies.

During all readings, studies, research, mental observations, and attempts to comprehend the meaning of the others’ assertions, the one should always keep in mind the warning of Lord God Jesus Christ: beware of the false prophets, who come in sheep’s clothing, yet inside are the plundering wolves. Along with the warning, God gives help: the criterion of judgment. He provides a simple example – the very well known property of the nature: a tree, which brings fruits. A good tree brings only good fruits, a bad tree produces only evil fruits: a good tree cannot produce evil fruits, so a corrupt tree cannot produce good fruits – then, surely from their fruits you shall know them {Matthew 7:15–23; Luke 6:43–45}.

Some of such fruits are well known from the history of the Past, some of them are ripening now*25*.  Still, the unbiased mind could infer the actual essence of the philosophical–social–political–religious framework of the current civilizations*26* by analyzing the daily reality: incessant wars, conflicts, genocides, massacres, discrimination, slavery, human and drag trafficking, forced marriages and prostitution, neglect of children and the aged, famines, pollution of the air, oceans, sees, rivers, and lands, overfishing, overhunting, deforestation, famines, plagues, all ever imagined crimes against humanity, and especially, treatment humans beings as cattle [[mutilation, maiming, corporal punishment]], institutionalized deceit and corruption in all spheres of personal, social, religious, political life with the issuing incompetence and inability to accomplish anything that would alleviate the burden of the evil and disperse the darkness of the reasoning/intelligence, which the current generation inherited from the ancestors and in which it dwells.

The most revealing fact is that the criminals and murderers continue to cover their crimes against humanity with the name of their deities and publicize their crimes as religious zealousness. However, from the beginning of the times it is known that the arch–evil is behind each act of murder and each deed of evil {cf.: John 8:42–47; Matthew 23:31–35}. The arch–evil is the source of the cults and religions that demands human sacrifices, justify genocide, forceful conversion, and discrimination of the different–minded, and fuel spread of corruption, ignorance, insanity, and madness, without which a human being cannot be turned into the beast – the human dust ready for consuming/extermination by the arch–evil {Genesis 3:15–16}*27*.

A human being becomes the slave, offspring, weapon, and food of the arch–evil {Genesis 3:15–16; Matthew 23:33; John 8:31–47} only if he has been transformed into the beast. Transformation of a human being into the beast is possible only if a human being either willingly becomes a heretic or apostate*28* and rejects himself knowledge of true God the Creator {Luke 11:23–26, 35} or by deceit is deprived of knowledge of true God the Creator.

Deprivation of the true knowledge of God the Creator is possible only if

a/ the mind accepts the logic of death*29*

b/ the mind became incapacitated with the logic of death,

loses the ability to discriminate between the good and the evil [[loses the right discernment]],

and accepts false knowledge as the true knowledge

c/ the heathenism*30* takes the place of true religion,

 idols are recognized as deities,

and idol–worship*31* becomes the foundation of the life of societies and other establishments

 

Only the heathenism equates a human being with animals and transforms man into the beast: the main feature of the heathen/idol–worshipping society is the loss of humaneness and dignity in such a degree that humans become substitutes for animals, animals are substitutes for humans, and a human being can be treated and slaughtered as an animal.

The heathenism deprives man of a dignity of a being created in image and after likeness of God; the heathenism justifies, moreover, demands human sacrifices for the sake of idols, whoever these idols might be – religious and political leaders, prophets, states, common good, ideas, doctrines, ideologies, sciences, and so on.

Therefore, the heathenism might be identified as the core of any idea, thoughts, doctrine, ideology, theory, religion, law, norm, policy, custom, which by any means and in any degree

1/ discriminates human beings because of race, sex, nation, beliefs, manner of life

2/ allows, propagates, demands, or justifies any possibility to inflict any harm, any evil, any detriment to a human being – his physical and mental well–being and his life

3/ justifies persecution and extermination of the followers of other religions and the different–minded because of their beliefs.

The heathenism exists only because of human ignorance and evil imagination; it is sustained by human blood and suffering.

The root of the heathenism is in the original sin – the initial act of distrust to God and rejection of the words of God {Genesis 3}. With time, the common core, from which all heathen cults and false religions gush, was shaped into the Orphic doctrine/serpentine theology*24* with its main deity:

– in image, as the arch–serpent – “absolute animal,” “crooked dragon”

– in essence, the arch–evil.

Some researchers separate the heathenism and idol–worship; they consider

– the heathenism – as “natural” theology, which deifies the Nature

– idol–worship – as the perverted reflection of the Nature and deification of creations of human thought and hands.

However, the heathenism and idol–worship both have the same roots, the same essence, and the same destructive consequences. Would it be the products from wood or stone, celestial bodies, the concept of the deified matter, the forces of the Nature, the Universe, or establishments of men (e.g., the empire, the state, the infallible deified papacy) – the essence is the same: the heathenism and idol–worship both substitute the figments of imagination for God; they both accommodate the service to “other gods”; thus, in fact, they are identical.

The broad term “heathenism” embraces the beliefs, which force men to worship “other gods” or to substitute the shared dream worlds–products of human imagination for the reality of God–Creator. The definition of the heathenism as idol–worship points out two features:

1/ the work of imagination –– creation of images of objects of the nature (sensible things) and acceptance of these images as reflections/representatives of deities or deities themselves

2/  the work of mind and hands –– materialization of the figments of imagination into discernible material establishments or systems.

The heathenism is the main producer of the false knowledge in spheres of theology, philosophy, logic, and sciences, and the connection between the false knowledge and death is straightforward:

 

the arch–evil as the “father of lies” {John 8:44} and the source of false knowledge

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false religion – knowledge that is intended to reject, defy, or denigrate God the Creator

false knowledge of human nature – knowledge that denigrates human nature

and downgrades a human being at the level of animals–beasts and other creatures

originally subjected to man and given into dominion of man {Genesis 1; 2}

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false knowledge of the world – false sciences based on rejection of God the Creator and on atheism, which

spread ignorance, “comprehend” human nature through studies of rodent, insects, animals, etc.,

admit Freudism*32* and other false doctrines as explanation of human psychology,

establish corruption, perversions, mental and physical disorders as the norm of daily life,

promote life in sin, corruption, and lawlessness as the norm,

foster violations of the commandments of God as the life consistent with the human nature

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insufficiencies–evils of all kinds, suffering, mental and physical illnesses and disorders, and premature death of men,

collapse and disintegration of human establishments.

 

Consequently, the one should not be mistaken in his discernment: the heathenism is the war of the arch–evil against God, and this war is waged by denigration and extermination of human beings created in image and likeness of God, with substitution of the false knowledge for the truth in all spheres of human thought [[the knowledge of God, the knowledge of human nature created by God, and the knowledge of the world created by God for accommodation of human life]], which are expected to secure survival and development–evolution of human beings, their establishments, and the world given into the dominion of men.

In summary, the right discernment allows understanding

a/ from which tree (good or bad) the fruit [[thing, events, doctrine, idea, thought]] came

b/ what the fruit carries for the consumer [[the life–sustaining food – advancement on the way of cognition of God and created by Him world or the lethal poison – death of the reason/intelligence]]

c/ which consequences [[survival and development or degeneration and collapse/disintegration]] await the one who would handle this fruit for his purposes.

In other words [[related to the second and third domains of human knowledge – the human nature and the world that accommodates life of mankind, at the level of the establishments–systems*33*]], the one might describe discernment as the three–level activity of the mind that has been empowered to recognize the Absolute Good of God {in: John 6:65–69; 14; 15; 16; 17}, learned the absolute good of man*6*, and is capable of identification in everything that it encounters

 

the presence (or absence) of the Truth–Code/Source–Law of Life

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the potential (or inability) to accommodate the Truth–Code/Source–Law of Life

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the possibility (or impossibility) of rearrangement for accommodation of the Truth–Code/Source–Law of Life.

 

As such, discernment might be seen as an identification of the essence, inner structure, and potency of the observed systems*33* for the purposes of survival and evolution.

 

 

Conclusion

 

In Proverbs, Chapter 30, the author writes about the wise man who acknowledges insufficiency of his knowledge. Among things, which are unavailable for his understanding, are the traces of a flying eagle and the way of the serpent on the rock {ιχνη αετου πετομενου και οδους οφεως επι πετραςProverbs 30:19}.

Since, mankind has achieved some understanding of the material world. In particular, concerning energy–matter dimensions, both – the traces of a flying eagle and the way of the serpent on the rock – could be identified/discerned/traced through changes that their living–moving–constantly–changing bodies [[constantly–changing – because life of a body is the set of the energy cycles completed with incessant creation–transformation–disintegration of the structured matter from which a living body is created]] leave in the electromagnetic fields. The directions of their movement can be explained with the discovery of the scientists concerning the migrating birds that find their way to the places of nesting and rest [[that are the optimal places for their existence and well–being]] by “reading”/scanning the electromagnetic fields, which define the climate, geographic, and other differences among lands, seas, rivers, and other surfaces and substances of the Earth. The creatures of the air, the land, and the sea “read”/discern the “map” of the electromagnetic fields; they perceive the parameters of their habitat not as most human beings do: their ways, manner, and subjects of perception differ from those of men.

However, there is another dimension of the referred text {Proverbs 30:19}, which comes to the light, if to identify

a/ the serpent as a reference to the arch–evil {Genesis 3:1–16}

b/ the rock – as the knowledge on which the mind should establish itself {Matthew 7:21–27; John 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John, esp. 5:1–4; Colossians 2; 3}, if it desires to obtain the everlasting life

c/ the way of the serpent on the rock as the way through which the false knowledge penetrates the mind {cf. in: Matthew 3:7–12; 16:13–19; 23:27–35; Mark 6:14–29; Luke 10:1–20; John 1:32–42; 6:65–69; Colossians 2:8; Genesis 8:21; Deuteronomy 32:16–33; Isaiah 2:6–8; 59:1–16; Ezekiel 8:4–18; Hosea 4:1–18; 8:1–14; 9:1–4; 10:1–3}.

The history of the vineyard*34* of the Lord illustrates the consequences–results of the way of the serpent on the rock: ultimately, the cults of the idol–worshipers took the place of worship to true God and heathen philosophical doctrines supplanted knowledge of true God. It means that at some time–space point the mind of a priest, learned scribe, or another man in charge of maintenance of the social and religious life, and in particular, compliance with the law of God,

 

lost focus*11* on the law and knowledge of God

became unable to discern the evil and death behind surface and appearance

of some event, doctrine, custom, way of life

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accepted false knowledge and figments of someone’s imagination*35* as true knowledge

became incapable of survival*27* and transformed itself into the carrier of false knowledge –

the knowledge of heathens – idol–worshipers*30*,*31*:

the lethal poison of asps that kills the human reason/intelligence.

 

If the one defines life as the constant encounter with necessities, possibilities, opportunities, problems concerning

 

a/ survival

b/ achievement of the purposes,

c/ obtaining wisdom and power of reasoning

d/ development–evolution, –

 

then, the one envisions problem with absence of the right discernment – as

 

a/ insufficient potency/ability/power to identify the essence/core of everything that the mind encounters, contemplates, creates, thinks

b/ the main root/cause of all the life–threatening problems, life–challenging possibilities, and life–facilitating opportunities, events,

and other phenomena, which the mind faces, employs, and devises during its life

c/ the cause of death of human reasoning/intelligence.

 

Consequently, the one who acknowledges that his ultimate purpose*36* is survival and development into the child of God through becoming the likeness of the Word–God and receiving the Holy Spirit: that is resurrection of the living dead [[dead because of crimes against God and living according to the will of the arch–evil, as the child by nature of wrath {Ephesians 2:1–3}]] and becoming the creation in Christ and by Christ destined for the everlasting life in the presence of God {Matthew 10:8; John 8:31–47; Ephesians 2:1–10; Revelations 21:6–7; 22:1–5}

 

a/ should infer that his life, well–being, and achievement of his purposes depend on the right discernment

b/ should obtain the right discernment

c/ should arrange the life of his mind with the power of the right discernment –

the discernment–perception–vision based on the knowledge given by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God.

 

In brief,

1/ the one who has the right discernment has the power to identify the evil, therefore, to make it irrelevant, therefore, to survive and to accomplish the ultimate purposes of his life

2/ the one without the right discernment does not have the power to identify and to reject the evil; therefore, he accepts the lies as the truth. Then, he,

 

instead of coming to the Light, falls into the darkness {John 3:17–21}

instead of well–being and development, undergoes degeneration

instead of prosperity, confronts collapse and ruin

instead of wisdom and life, obtains imprudence and death.

 

In summary,

1/ the mind that has the right discernment as the foundation of thinking, judgment, and creation of opinions, goes forward to the eternal life in the presence of God, because it is evolving into the God’s Own child and possession

2/ the mind that does not have the right discernment moves forward into the darkness of the eternal separation from God, because it is transforming itself into the offspring of the arch–evil.

Hence, the right discernment defines the difference between the life and the death of the human reasoning/intelligence.

 

 

 

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Notes


 

*1* Concerning καιρος and σημεια των καιρων – see Note *24* in Notes to ApostasyThe World & The War. Part II. – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*2* See The Precious Stone – Folder Archive_2013, Page 4_May_2013. The Excerpt is included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*3* See Desirable Knowledge in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*4* See The Absolute Truth in 3_July_August_2014. The Facets of the Absolute – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_3

 

*5* See The Thirst – Folder Archive_2012, Page 4_April_2012. The Excerpt is included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*6* See The Absolute Good and other postings concerning the facets of the Absolute Good in 3_July_August_2014. The Facets of the Absolute, file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_3

 

*7*  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, because this knowledge became the inner foundation and structure of the new creation of God in Christ and by Christ destined from the beginning of times for the eternity with God.  

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 accommodated under the Heaven: within the στερεωμα – fixed 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.

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

Note *4* to The Absolute Truth in 3_July_August_2014. The Facets of the Absolute – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page LIBRARY_3

Note *12* and Note *25*, to The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy –  file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page LIBRARY_2

Note *3* and Excerpts “The Light” in Note *6* to The Absolute Weapon in 3_July_August_2014. The Facets of the Absolute – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_3

 

*8* In brief, wisdom is the power of reason/intelligence, with which a human being survives and evolves into the child of God. This power is given by the Holy Spirit Who comes because of the Word–God, the Holy Wisdom of God  – Λογος, Αγια Σοφια – to the one who has faith in Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, who loves God, who accepted the knowledge of God, and who proved his love to God with observance of His commandments and with the deeds of good {John 14:14–26; 15:10–17; 17; 1 John 3; 4}.

St. Paul the Apostle writes {in: 1 Corinthians 2:6–16} of the Holy Wisdom given by the Holy Spirit, of the power of God, which is the foundation of faith, and of intelligence, reason, mind.

See also Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_2

 

*9* Faith is the optimal state of human reason/intelligence; 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}. By identifying faith on the earth {man is earth – Genesis 3:20}, the Lord identifies His very Own possession – a human being – that is 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; Romans 8:28–30; Ephesians 1:3–23; Isaiah 42:16; 43:1–4}.

See Concept of Faith in Introduction to Christianity, part 3, Folder The Foundation, or excerpt in Note*3* to The Absolute Good  in 3_July_August_2014. The Facets of the Absolute – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page LIBRARY_3

 

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

 

*11* See postings in Folder Archive_2013: The Focus – Page 2_March 2013, and The Shift  –  Page 3_April_2013. The Excerpts are included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*12* 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 συνεργοι 1 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.

 

Concerning concept of man, the mind, and reason/intelligence, see Preliminary Notes, Introduction: Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence, and Note *25*, in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic – http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/, Page LIBRARY_2, and my book The Invincible Empire [The Invincible Empire  by Alice A. Savitsky. Washington, DC: The AEHESIA® Services, 2003]

           

*13* In 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.

See also excerpt from The Ultimate Purpose in Note *6* to The Completeness in 3_July_August_2014. The Facets of the Absolute – file for download @ website Systems Logic [ http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3, or the entire post The Ultimate Purpose in Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012 @ website Sunday’s Thoughts

 

 *14* See The Road to God. The First Stage in Folder Foundation, Page_5. The Excerpt is included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*15* See The Perfect Law of Freedom – in 3_July_August_2014. The Facets of the Absolute – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page LIBRARY_3

 

*16* Conscience is the natural attribute of the soul–heart–mind: the sense–perception of the good/right and the evil/wrong. See The Perception – Folder Archive_2012, Page 4_April_2012, and The Depth, Folder Archive_2011, Page 1_January_March_2011. The Excerpts are included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*17* Lord Jesus Christ explained His disciples that  out of the heart come forth the evil things that defile man: evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, blasphemies, greedy desires, iniquities, deceit, lustful desires, a wicked eye, pride, foolishness {Matthew 15:12–20; Mark 7:20–23}. All the deeds mentioned by the Lord are violations of the Ten Commandments, the essence of which is love to God – the first greatest commandment, and love to the neighbor – the second greatest commandment {Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:29–31}.

For instance, blasphemy is violation of the first greatest commandment; murder, adultery, thefts, greed, and other evil deeds are violations of the second greatest commandment.

Therefore, the clean heart is the heart–mind

which lives by the law of God

in which there is no place for the evil

which does not contemplate, imagine, arrange, and do evil

 

See Purification of Heart – Folder Archive_2011, Page 1_January_March_2011, and The Broken and Humbled Heart – Folder Archive_2010, Page 1_January_March_2010. The Excerpts are included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*18*  A human being is the wholeness, the unity of heart–soul–mind and the core strength – ισχυος – of this wholeness is love to God. A human being lives by the Holy Spirit of God, by each word from the mouth of God–Creator and Redeemer.

The meaning of strength (ισχυος) includes not only an ability to contemplate the use of physical power (or the power of coercion) and to use it wisely; strength refers to the power of human spirit. In fact, the only actual power that a human body – the fragile piece of the temporary structured matter – has is the power of the spirit, which the body carries through the world of the material things.

God Himself is the strength of the Christians, the refuge, hope, and salvation, the Christian faith is the victory over the world, and the Christian strength is not in the power of weapon or armies, but in the Spirit of Almighty God. Only in God are salvation and healing and the hope for the better Future: by the Holy Spirit of the Almighty God life and salvation, wisdom and victory come {Psalm 110(111):10; Proverbs 2:6–12; 1 Kings 2:3–9; Zacharias 4:6}.

God is the protector, and wisdom, and light, and life everlasting; before Him, all empires and powers of the world are as dust dissipating under the wind; at the same time, the weakest and the humblest ones are omnipotent if the Holy Spirit of God dwells in them and if, for His purposes, God protects them until they accomplish His will {Psalm 26:1–3, 14; 30:25; Zacharias 4:1; Daniel 2:31–45; Habakkuk 3:18–19; 1 John 5:4–5; Ephesians 6:10–17}.

The history of collapsed civilizations and ruined empires, which in their times, were the mightiest establishments/systems in a possession of all the resources they needed to survive and prosper, conveys the simple lesson: all the human power is nothing if it is not sustained by God.

 

See also The Strength, Folder Archive_2011, Page 6_November_December_2011. The Excerpt is included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*19* See postings Imagination – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008, and Divination – Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010

 

*20* Concerning the philosophizing technique and the philosophizing theologians, see

The Main Fruits of the Ancient Philosophical Thought: Philosophizing in Ancient Civilization: Legacy Overview  – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_1, Mercy and Judgment of Men – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 5_2009

Supplement 2_Philo of Alexandria in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy  – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page LIBRARY_2

Works of Origen, Works of Augustine of Hippo, and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas in Folder Heathen Philosophy, postings in Folder Political Theology, @ website Sunday’s Thoughts

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

 

*21* See postings:

– Folder Archive_2008_2009: The Priest – Page 2_2008, Mercy and Judgment of Men – Page 5_2009

– Folder Archive_2010: The Fruits – Page 2_April_June_2010

– Folder Archive_2011: The Last Warning – Page 5_September_October_2011

Works of Origen, Works of Augustine of Hippo, and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas in Folder Heathen Philosophy, postings in Folder Political Theology, @ website Sunday’s Thoughts

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

See also The True Identity – Folder Archive_2013, Page 5_June_2013. The Excerpt is included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*22* Some researchers believe that atheism as denial of God and the heathenism as the set of cults of multitudes of deities apparently are incompatible: the pagans treated atheists as the criminals who should be punished by death or incarceration and even do not deserve the proper burial.

For instance, Plato invented a special oppressive structure – the Nocturnal Council – to exterminate atheism from the life of the perfect communities [Laws 908a–909c; in: Complete Works by Plato. Edited with Introduction and Notes by John M. Cooper. Associated Editor D.S. Hutchinson. Indianapolis, Indiana: Hackett Publishing, 1997].

Yet, in fact, atheism is a collective name for the kind of heathen religions, in which the irrational systems of beliefs (essentially identical with the concepts, symbols, and idols of ancient pagans) take place of traditional deities. Clement of Alexandria (AD 150–225) defines atheism as the substitution of the names of non–existing gods for God. The link, which Clement of Alexandria established between two apparently incompatible systems, concatenates the heathenism and atheism as a parent and a child. Some of the contemporary authors accepted the similar vision of atheism, e.g., Jaroslav Pelican writes that atheism and polytheism are synonyms [Pelican 11; in: Pelican, Jaroslav. "Introduction." Selected Writings by Maximus the Confessor. Trans. George C. Berthold. Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1985. 1–13.].

Indeed, modern atheistic philosophy sustains the ideologies, which deify rulers, leaders of the leading party, or the state itself (e.g., Communism based on Marxism).

So, the reason for the Plato’s distaste for atheism could be found in unwillingness of the atheists to accept the rules of the majority; such unwillingness made them the threat to state/social stability of the Polis and other “perfect” communities [[Plato and Aristotle’s “community” was “perfect,” if it was established on the principles of comprehensive control, unification, and “harmonized” stability of the structured society (likened to chorus, in which all sing with the same voice) that consists from groups of similar replaceable and incapable of deviation–revolt social animals–men, whose beliefs, thinking, and behavior are designed and controlled by “gods,” usually, by the deified political elite, or by the “divine” hierarchy headed by a deified ruler]].

The ultimate goals of atheism and all doctrines, which have atheism as the apparent or implied core, include complete elimination of God from the life of men:

–– atheism attempts to erase the image of God from the conscience and mind, therefore, to downgrade man at the level of beast

–– atheism

a/ substitutes the beliefs in some abstract good – the faceless, ill–defined, and senseless deity/doctrine –

for the faith in God

b/ substitutes humanism

 [[as the secular and materialistic doctrine, the core of which is assumption that

the ideals of humanity, ethics, and self–fulfillment are possible without God]]

for humanity

[[as love, kindness, perfection, and other attributes of the absolute good of man – the virtues

inseparable from the human nature created in image and the likeness of God

and described by The Ten Commandments, the essence of which is love:

love to God and love to the creations of God]]

c/ substitutes the good of establishment [[society, political party, state]] – so–called common good

for the good of a person

–– atheism is the cause of the immorality, slavery, and perversion.

The societies and establishments founded upon atheism and other heathen doctrines, which do not recognize true knowledge of God, accommodate the processes of dehumanization of man, transformation of man into the beast without any remnants of humanity, and consequent annihilation of humans.

The history of post–1917 Russia under the authority of Marxists–Bolsheviks–Communists illustrates the general potential of atheism.

 

*23* See The Church Militants – Folder Political Theology

 

*24* Concerning the Orphics, see

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

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

The Authority to Survive – Folder Archive_2011, Page 3_June_July_2011; excerpts in Note *4* to The Ultimate War, in 3_July_August_2014. The Facets of the Absolute – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_3, and in following Note *27* to the main text

The True Vine, Folder Archive_2008_2008, Page 1_2008. The Excerpt is included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

 

*25* See

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

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

The Authority to Survive – posting in Folder Archive_2011, 3_June_July_2011 @ website Sunday’s Thoughts, or excerpt in Note 4 to The Ultimate War in 3_July_August_2014 – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page LIBRARY_3, and in the following Note *27* to the main text

The Ignorant and Cursed – Folder Archive_2011, Page 6_November_December_2011, and The Virtue and Survival – Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012. The Excerpts are included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*26* See Concept of Civilization – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page LIBRARY_1

 

*27* See The Authority to Survive – Folder Archive_2011, Page 3_June_July_2011 @ website Sunday’s Thoughts. The Excerpt is included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*28* See

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

– postings: Heresy – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008; Deprivation of Knowledge – Folder Archive_2010, Page 5_October_2010; The Bear and the Pigeon – Folder Archive_2011, Page 3_June_July_2011; The Nature of Knowledge – Folder Archive_2013, Page 1_January_February_2013; The Understanding – Folder Archive_2013, Page 5_June_2013

The Clarity – Folder Archive_2013, Page 7_August_2013. The Excerpt is included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*29* See Logic of Death Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008. The Excerpt is included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*30* Concerning heathenism, see The Main Fruits of the Ancient Philosophical Thought: Heathenism in Ancient Civilization: Legacy Overview  – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page LIBRARY_1.

 

*31* See postings: Idolatry – Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010. The excerpt from Idolatry is included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*32* Concerning Freudism, see Supplement 3_“Metapsychology” and Other Ideas of Sigmund Freud – Critical Analysis in: The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy  – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*33* Concerning systems and the systems definitions, see Introduction to the Systems Logic – file for download @ website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/ ], page LIBRARY_1

 

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

Concerning the Orphism (mythical serpentine theology that sustains theological–philosophical–political doctrines of Plato, Aristotle, and their followers) and some of its consequences see Note *24* to the main text

 

 

*35* See Imagination – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008. The Excerpt is included in file 4_September_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

 

*36* See excerpt from The Ultimate Purpose in Note *6* to The Completeness in 3_July_August_2014. The Facets of the Absolute – file for download @ website Systems Logic [ http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_3, or the entire post The Ultimate Purpose in Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012 @ website Sunday’s Thoughts [ http://alicealexandrasofia.net/  ]

 

 

 

 

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