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by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

10_October_2014

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The Discernment. Part II


The Story of Job

The First Sight

The Stumbling Stone

Development of the Right Discernment: Detachment


 

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30_216. Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Story of Job

 

…He is the Lord our God; His judgments are upon all the earth…

{Psalm 104(105):7}

…The Lord is righteous in all His ways and holy in all His works…

{Psalm 144(145):17}

…God is a righteous Judge…

{Psalm 7:11}

…great are the glory and honor of the Almighty…

…none equal in strength ... Him that judges justly…

{Job 37:22, 23}

 

 

The one who read the Septuagint – the Books of Moses and other prophets of the Old Testament that establish the framework for the Christian teachings {John 5:39–47} – knows the story of Job (Iωβ – Iov, Job). Job was righteous and rich man devoted to God. However, his devotion and faith were rigorously tested: Job was hit hardly by his losses, humiliation, suffering, and disease, which would break the stamina of the many.

Apparently, during all his trials, Job’s faith and his attitude toward God did not change; so, Job became the example for those who struggle with difficulties, stresses, and affliction, and who have to suffer losses and injustice, to pass through diseases, which they did not expect, behind which they do not see any cause, and which they – according to their judgment – do not deserve.

However, there is something else behind the surface.  

Ultimately, three of Job’s friends who came because of Job’s utter affliction, who attempted to find at least some explanation for the Job’s suffering and then at least some comfort for Job, stopped to speak, because Job was righteous before them {Job 31:38–40; 32:1}. Then, Elius the youngest one, who respectfully kept silence while the elder ones spoke, and who was very angry with Job because Job justified himself before God {Job 32:1–17}, began to speak about God.

Elius’ assertions {Job 32; 33; 34; 35; 36; 37} concerning omnipotence, majesty, and excellence of God, in Whose hand the light is held and Who guides man to righteousness, might be summed up with his last statements: the heaven entirely all are lower of His foundation, and His light is on the defenses of the earth*1*. So great are His creations and works that they are beyond human comprehension. So great are the glory and honor of the Almighty that none can be equal to Him. God judges justly; He seals up the man’s hand, so man would know his powerlessness; the one who is wise in heart shall fear Him {Job 37:1–24}. About ten centuries later, David the prophet and king in Jerusalem would extol the glory and mercy and omnipotence of God similarly {Psalm 144(145)}.

Thus, Elius separates two dimensions/settings*2*:

1/ the lowest (material) world of man [[the earth is beneath the heaven, yet even the heavens are the lower of the foundations for God]], in which man lives, creates his thoughts, and attempts to accomplish his purposes

2/ the highest (spiritual) world – the realm of God, from which the judgment of God comes, and which man is unable to comprehend and therefore, is incapable to judge adequately.

This separation makes Job’s pretense on being just and righteous before God pointless, because

1/ the actions of God are beyond man’s understanding

2/ the levels of complexity, at which human life is arranged, are the lowest of the foundations created by God. The mind is not empowered to comprehend the arrangement of anything that exceeds the complexity of its realm – the earth. Only God gives knowledge of some features of the heaven, and because of His mercy and according to His purposes, guides the mind in its development for the next phase existence: in the heavens – kingdom of God {in: John 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John; 1 Corinthians 13:9–12; 2 Corinthians 3:5–18; 4:6–7; 10:3–7; 12:2–5}

3/ according to the Job’s own words {Job 28:12–27},

                a/ God established the way of wisdom and He knows her realm*3*

            b/ there is no place for wisdom in the world of men [[therefore, if not given by God, there cannot be human unbiased and adequate judgment that is founded on true knowledge of the essence of things, as well as it cannot be righteousness of man before God – Job contradicts his own attempts to show himself righteous (that is wise) and therefore to justify himself before God]].

The story of the Job’s suffering is completed with the final trial. God the Creator Whose power is immeasurable speaks to Job through the whirlwind and clouds revealing His power and His deeds, and evaluating Job and Job’s deep conviction in his own righteousness {Job 38; 39; 40; 41}, which, as Job thinks, is able to withstand the judgment of God. God says:

Μη αποποι  Μου το κριμαΟιει δε με  αλλως  σοι  κεχρηματικεναι, η  ινα αναφανης   δικαιος

{Job 40:1-3}

Do not reject My judgment. Nothing was done to you except to reveal your righteousness.

 

Then, Job answers to God. 

What Job could say to God?

To comprehend Job’s disposition and point of view, the one should recall that Job, without any apparent cause (e.g., sin against God and harm to men) was deprived of all that the many would hold as the most valuable, even worthy to live and to die for, things – children, wealth, health, dignity, respect of the others, help to the others and abilities to do the works, which are defined by the inclination of the heart and sustained with the material possessions. Moreover, his entire body was covered with the sore wounds, so, he had to seat on the dirt and dust outside of the city and scrape away discharge of his ulcers. However, in spite of his dreadful affliction and suffering, Job sinned not with his lips against God; for instance, answering bitter complains of his wife, Job said to her that if they received good things of the hand of the Lord, they shall endure evil things {Job 1; 2}.

However, the human perception of justice concatenates suffering, calamities, and other evils with the sins and evils committed by a person or his ancestors, which, sometimes might not be so: a human being is not able to comprehend the plan of God {e.g., in: John 9:1–4; also, Exodus 34:6–7; 1 Peter; Hebrews 11; Revelation 21:5–8}.

Then, the evil is enabled to exist only in the temporal world of the disintegrating matter, in which the mind has to complete the quest for knowledge of the good and the evil and to evolve for the next phase of existence – in the Kingdom of God {Genesis 3; Matthew 13; 18:10–14; 24; 25:31–46; Luke 10:18; John; esc. John 14; 17; James 1:17–26; 1 Peter 1; 2 Peter 1; 3:5–14; 1 John; Ephesians 1:3–14; Revelation 21:1–8; 22:1–5}.

So, Job had been cast down into the deep affliction and suffering of heart/mind and body: the terror came upon him, and that what he feared has befallen upon him; he came to the brink of his life. Speaking before his friends, Job cursed the night into which he was conceived and asserted that it would be better for him to be as an untimely born child who died instantly and never saw the light, yet who sleeps and rests with all the others. He also asked: why the light is given to those in bitterness and life to those in grief, who desire death and obtain it not although they dig for it as for the treasure {Job 3}?

In spite of long conversations with his friends who argue concerning reasons of Job’s suffering, Job did not acknowledge any evil and sin done in his past, which would justify his suffering {Job 27; 29; 30; 31; 32:1}.

However, if Job, in the depth of his heart, attempts to reject the judgment of God, so he might appear righteous {Job 40:1–3; 27:2–9; 29:1–26}, what, then, Job could say to God?

After God spoke to him, Job {Job 42:1–6} says something apparently strange for the one cast into such affliction and despair as Job is.

At first, Job acknowledges the omnipotence of God; Job knows that

 

a/ there is nothing impossible to God

b/ none is able to hide from God his thoughts

c/ he does not know and does not understand the great things that are done by God.

 

Then, Job says that although he has heard by ear about God before, yet now, his eye has seen Him. For that reason [[because he has seen – perceived – God]], Job evaluated himself very low, as vile and fainted, as dust and ashes, so, he asks God to hear him, so he would speak and ask God, so let God do teach him. Thus, perception of God opens the Job’s mind for vision of the difference between the world of man and – as much as it was opened to Job – the realm, from which God spoke to him: at this moment, Job is empowered with the right discernment, and he sees himself – the Old Testament’s man as is: dust and ashes {Genesis 3:20; Job 42:1–6}, in which there is nothing, if without the breath of God {Genesis 2:7; Ecclesiastes 12:7}.  

However, Job’s answer to God reveals also the evolution of the mind, which in the time of the Old Testament has reached the highest level of development and comprehension of the knowledge of God.

Again, initially, Job is the wise, rich, highly esteemed man who does right things before God and before the people, whose deeds of the good and mercy made him the true authority for the many. Job expects to have a good life (well–being, health, peace, prosperity) because he deserves such life for his righteousness and good works. Then, without any apparent reason, Job loses all he has; moreover, the dreadful illness comes over his body. Nothing is left from the previous perception of happiness and meaning of life: Job envies the child who died immediately after birth, so his eyes did not see light and he sleeps with all the others who completed their life at the earth; Job speaks of death as of the treasure for the afflicted ones. Definitely, Job came to the limits of human endurance. In his life, there is nothing in which he could discern any good and any justice toward him; there are no expectations that any good will come, because if Job’s righteousness had not prevented coming of the evil, who ever would help Job in his affliction? Even Job’s friends do not agree with him and have to tell nothing that would comfort Job who now dwells in bitterness and suffering.

Then, Job perceives God, and the result is that Job’s complains cease to exist: in the presence of God, Job comprehends own inner essence as dust and ashes, therefore, as consistent with the Job’s current outer reality. Then, the Job’s true righteousness comes to the light:

 

he does not ask God to stop his suffering, to heal him, and to provide him with things needed for life

he asks God to hear him, so he will ask God:

let God do teach him.

 

So, what happened with Job that he, instead of complains and prayer for deliverance, asks to be heard and to be taught by God?

It seems that the evil, which overcame Job’s life, became irrelevant at the moment when Job perceived God: the evil that was the cause of Job’s suffering has lost any meaning, because the evil does not exists in the presence of God – with perception of God, Job perceived the true essence of life. This moment is the moment of breakthrough:

from the temporal world controlled by death,

which is disintegration of the material things –

temporarily structured matter arranged for particular purposes and destined for disintegration

the human mind ascends to perception of the eternal God

the human suffering and grief loses any meaning

before the Absolute Good, perfection, and Love of God the Creator,

into Whose kingdom the mind is going to come

 

The Job’s story has the happy ending: he was given more than he lost; he died full of days, and it is written that he will rise up again with those whom the Lord raises up {Job 42:12–17}.

So, what is the meaning of the Job’s story, how it could enhance understanding of the righteousness and especially, of the right discernment? What in fact, Job did say to justify his righteousness, and why he is not able to be truly just?

Job’s words conveys the outlook of the generations, for which the memory of the lost Paradise was the actuality and who carried the remnants of knowledge that was in a possession of men before the Flood and remained with them after the Babylon confusion {in: Genesis 6:9–22; 11:1–9}. Through Job’s lamentations, the one could envision the philosophy of those separated from God and exiled ones {Genesis 3} for whom God, still, was everything of man and godliness was seen as the highest wisdom. It conveys the knowledge of those who searched the ends of the earth to find the way back, into the Kingdom of the Creator.

However, as it was said by the friend of Job, shall a mortal be pure before the Lord? Those in the houses of clay are smitten: from the morning to the evening they no longer exist – they have perished, because they cannot help themselves: they have perished for lack of wisdom {Job 4:17–21}. So, Job asks: is not the time–life of man similar to a day of a hireling {Job 7:1–2}? Destruction by death is inevitable, because γη – the earth (ground/dust) is the house allotted to every mortal who was created from the dust {Job 10:8–9; 30:23; Genesis 2:7; 3:20, 22–25}.

Is then, or can it be, any place for wisdom among men destined to die within the world destined for destruction? The human mind cannot see wisdom in destruction and death, although they are the natural end of everything created from the temporarily structured matter [[that is why destruction and death, which are the end established by God for the temporal earth, have heard rumor of wisdom, because it was written for men that by wisdom God creates and accomplishes His purposes Job 28:23; Proverbs 8; 9; John 1:1–4; also, in Job 28:22, 28 – as the consequences of Genesis 3}]].

Job seeks understanding of the foundations, on which the world of man is established. He observes the world where man searches the limits of the darkness and obtains the means of existence. Job did not discover wisdom in the realm, which accommodates physical existence of man; he concludes that wisdom is neither known to the mortal nor discovered among men: there is no wisdom in the depth, in the sea, in the sky; it cannot be acquired for the price of pure gold and precious stones.

So, Job asks: whence has wisdom been discovered, what is the place of knowledge and of what kind is the place of understanding? In other words, is, in reality, anything that the mind could identify as wisdom and knowledge within the world that accommodates its existence?

After bitter complains and before expressing the summary of his ruined expectations {when he waited for the good things, days of evil came the more upon him – Job 30:26}, Job describes seemingly unconnected realms {Job 28:1–28}. There is a place for silver, and a place for the gold where it is refined, they are bound to darkness: a stone darkness, and the shadow of death. Then, there is the earth of the living ones, out of which bread shall come: under it has been turned up as it were fire; its stones are the place of sapphire, and its dust – the gold of man. Then, Job speaks of the Wisdom of God that has no place on the earth, and that has no equivalent to the treasures of the earth: It exceeds all and is above of everything. It is hidden: the mortal has not known the ways of Wisdom; yet, death and destruction have heard rumor about it*4*.

Answering own questions, Job says {Job 5:8–14; 28:1–28}:

1/ God established His Wisdom; He created the ways of Wisdom and He knows Its realm {Job 28:23}. God surveys all that He made; He instructed man: θεοσεβεια εστι σοφια, το δε απεχεσθαι απο κακων, εστιν επιστημη – godliness is wisdom, to abstain from evil is comprehension {Job 28:1–28; επιστημη – knowledge, comprehension, skillfulness; from this word, the term epistemology is derived, which denotes the science of knowledge: the study of theory of the nature, sources, and limits of knowledge}

2/ Lord God the Sovereign of all apprehends the counsel of the crafty ones {καταλαμβανων σοφουσ εν τη φρονησειJob 5:12} whose hands shall not perform the truth and on whom the darkness shall come. 

Thus, within the temporal realm that has no place for Wisdom from Above, the highest wisdom of man is rejection of the deeds of the evil – that is the same destruction and death that are the natural end of the temporarily structured matter–earth, from which a human body and the surrounding realm of the material things are composed. It means that by the very nature of human reason/intelligence, the mind should come to perception of the eternity, even here, within the temporal world of material things, which all (including a human body) are composed from the temporarily structured matter.

In other words, the one should come to the understanding expressed by Elius who said to Job:

The Divine Spirit formed me, the breath of the Almighty teaches me

{Job 33:4}.

So, although man is formed of clay, God teaches him and leads him to Himself, into the eternity with Him {Job 33:4–30}.

Hence, at the earth – the world of the material things, wisdom and knowledge of God are the immaterial conditions, states of existence, or dimensions, which the mind might or might not enter, and which cannot be accessed with usual means of the material world, for instance, such as money, tools, equipment, establishments, institutions, weapons, and so on. The mind is not able to buy wisdom and knowledge of God, which are given by God the Father – with the Holy Spirit and in the name of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God {Luke 10:22; John 1:1–18; 3:16–18, 34–36; 6:38–40; 10:15–18, 30; 14:15–26; 15:26; 16:7–16; 17}, or to receive it from anyone else, even for the price of all own worldly possession, yet, only with these immaterial things, the mind is able to overcome the power of the material world: only in the Light of God the mind sees the light {Psalm 35(36):9}.

Job already knew that by the light of God he walked through the darkness – {Job 29:2–3}; indeed, his words convey advanced knowledge of the world of the material things. He has the right foundation of reasoning, because – as it was said by God – his friends spoke of God not so justly as Job has; therefore, Job should be right in his vision of the wisdom that the mind is empowered to discern at the earth.

Consequently,

1/ if to be wise and to have knowledge means to reject the evil, the one has

a/ to face the evil

b/ to be able to identify the evil, even under the mask of righteousness

c/ steadfastly keep himself separated from the evil,

so, it would not defile and then, poison the heart–mind and silence the conscience.

 

2/ the purpose of the trial and tests, which inevitably run upon everyone who decides to follow God and to keep His commandments, might be seen as development of the right discernment, so the mind would be able

a/ to identify the evil within everything that the one encounters

b/ to resist “temptations,” that is to keep himself separated from the evil

in spite of advantages, privileges, wealth, and other material things that might be obtained at the service to the evil ones

c/ to accomplish own purposes in spite of hostility of the opponents

and other challenges that the one is empowered to overcome

d/ to keep within, in his heart–mind, the peace of God

in spite all storms, calamities, and trials of the outer world*5*.

The difficulties, which the one encounters during development of the right discernment, indeed can be compared with the process of refining the gold*6*, during which all admixture is burnt out, as for instance, materialism*7* is annihilated from the mind that has perceived the Light of God. Such refinements/trials*8* enhance an ability to discriminate between the good and the evil, increase the power to overcome difficulties, eliminate weaknesses, build up the steadfast will, and ultimately, reveal the true value of man.

In conclusion, the story of Job reveals the pick of human wisdom that man was empowered to obtain before coming of Lord Jesus Christ.

Job accomplished the purpose set before the Old Testament’s man: he understood that the highest wisdom is in adherence to God and observance of His commandments, which all are about the good–life that is not compatible with the evil–death. Consequently, Job inferred that abstaining from the evil is the essence of knowledge: comprehension. Furthermore, Job’s behavior was consistent with his understanding and verbal expression of his beliefs.

However, Job’s other purpose – to find Wisdom from Above – has no chance for success: Job did not find Αγια Σοφια within the temporal disintegrating world, especially in destruction and death {Job 28:12–22}, because there is no place for wisdom in the evil, which kills with lawlessness, deprivation of the knowledge of truth, suffering, corruption, degeneration, collapse, and disintegration {cf.: John 8:31–47}.

Wisdom*9* that Job sought and did not find was revealed by the Word–God: Αγια Σοφια, Λογος, Who was with God from the beginning, through Whom all that exists came into being, Who has the authority over all flesh, and Who can give the eternal life to all that is given to Him {John 1:1–4; 6:37–40; 17:2}. He came into this temporal world controlled by the death to fulfill the will of God the Father – to find, to collect, and to bring home His very Own ones who will follow Him. He left this world to its completion and came back to God the Father Who sent Him {John 1:1–18; 3; 6; 8; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

Then, the wisdom should be envisioned as a manifestation of the Absolute Good*10* – the Law and Power and Love and Perfection – of God. From such a point of view, wisdom unfolds as the unity of law, energy, and power that creates and maintains life, as the harmony of cohesion that evokes the order from the chaos and creates the establishments/systems. Furthermore, within the temporal world of the material structures, evolution*11*, as preparation for the eternity, and wisdom – as the power that transforms the creature of dust into the immortal child of God – are inseparable.

Then, it becomes clear that Job as well as any of the mortals [[the mortals – the people of the Old Testament before coming of Lord Jesus Christ]] could not be empowered to find wisdom, if the very essence of wisdom – as the harmony of the wholeness of law, power, energy, and all that is the absolute good of man – is negation of the mortals’ daily reality of disorder, suffering, degeneration, collapse, and death.

From another angle of consideration, the one could infer that the life of the Old Testament mind was similar to the slow death of thirsty man*12* in the waterless desert: as it could be inferred from the Holy Scriptures, the life of the Old Testament’s mind is the incessant cry to God for mercy and deliverance, the prayer for wisdom–knowledge of God and therefore, redemption–life that, in the allotted time, was given by the Word–God {e.g., in: Exodus 23:13, 18; Hosea 6:1–4; Psalm 62(63):1–8; 68(69); 105(106); 106(107); Luke 10:22; John 1:1–18; 6:44–46; 14:6; 17:3–8; 1 Peter 1; Ephesians 2:1–10}

However, at some level of development, we the mortals sometimes must be beaten into the dust [[as Job was with all his losses, sufferings, disappointments, humiliation, and grief]] so our mind could come to understanding that, as Elius said to Job: The Divine Spirit formed me, the breath of the Almighty teaches me {Job 33:4}. Then, we begin to see that we are something else besides the dust: we can evolve into the children of God destined for the eternity with Him.

Then, we should

 

a/ realize that although we the mortals are the dust,

we have the Light of God in which we see the light

{Psalm 35(36):9}

b/ acknowledge the Absolute Good of God and comprehend that

God is right in all His judgments,

although, for the afflicted mind, acceptance and justification of the judgment of the Lord

could be as difficult as it was for Job

c/ become the compliant clay in the hands of the Creator

ready for His works, so we may be formed into the carrier of the Light

{Job 33:6; Psalm 17(18):28; Isaiah 45:8–12; 64:8–9; Matthew 5:15–16; John 1:5; 1 John 1:1–7; 2; 3; 4; 5; Ephesians 2:10}.

 

In summary, the essence of Job’s story is awakening of true righteousness that underlies the right discernment.

The road of many children of God to true righteousness and the right discernment might be described with the pattern revealed by the story of Job:

 

initial happiness and satisfaction with outer abundance of the good of the material things

loss of the outer abundance of the material good

suffering, despair, and hopelessness –

understanding of futility and limitless of the temporal world of the material things,

in which it cannot be Wisdom from Above, if not given by God

comprehension of own nothingness, if without God

vision/perception of God

desire to be heard by God, to obtain mercy of God, and to be taught by God

obtaining the everlasting life

[[because Job will rise up again with those whom the Lord raises up

 {Job 42:16–17},  

as anyone who has seen/perceived God and was taught by God will rise up

{cf.: John 11:25; 14; 15; 16; 17}]]

 

The truly righteous mind is empowered to perceive God: it has the right discernment.

With the right discernment, the mind is capable

 

a/ to identify the presence of God that is the greatest – Absolute – good for man

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b/ to identify the absence of God that – the absence of God – is the greatest evil for man

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c/ to follow the path of righteousness and obtain life everlasting in the presence of God.

 

 The alphabet of the eternity begins with the right discernment…

 

To be continued…

 

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Notes:


 

*1* In Job 36:32: Επι χειρον εκαλυψε φως – where εκαλυψε is a derivative of καλυπτω: cover up, cover with something, to shield, hold for protection/defense.

 

In Job 37:3: Υποκατω  παντος του  ουρανου  η αρχη  αυτου, και  το φως αυτου  επι  πτερυγων  της  γης  – where αρχη conveys meanings: beginning, authority, foundation, empire, kingdom; πτερυγων – derivative of πτερυγα – means wings, flanges, defenses, blades, aisles.

 

*2* In other words, e.g., in systems terms, it might be said that Elius has learned the arrangement of the material world by complexity levels, and he knows that it is useless to consider (or to attempt to comprehend, to analyze, to judge, to plan) the subject/phenomenon, which belongs to the levels of complexity that are higher than the mind of the observer.

Adequate knowledge of the subject/phenomenon and anything within the world of the structured matter that the mind attempts to comprehend might be created only at the levels of complexity, which correspond to (or are accessible on) the levels of complexity at which the mind of the observer operates. It means that the observer who operates with the logic of simplification is incapable of creation of the adequate/true knowledge of the event, phenomenon, thing, arrangement of the structured matter he attempts to comprehend: according to the law of inadequate complexity, his inadequate (or false) “knowledge” at a particular time–space point would initiate collapse of the systems that the observer attempts to comprehend, design, arrange, or protect.

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

Concerning logic of simplification, see

– Philosophy: Aristotle in Folder Heathen Philosophy

– Logic of Death – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008 (excerpt in Note *29* to 4_September_October_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_3

– the following excerpt concerning the law of inadequate complexity – Note *4* to Philosophy: Aristotle in Folder Heathen Philosophy

Excerpt

“Note *4*

 

The law of inadequate complexity is one of the main laws that control the processes of anti–evolution; it sustains the concept of collapsing systems. The logic of simplification, which, for instance, makes possible modeling, illustrates the law of inadequate complexity. If to correlate knowledge with the preparedness to act, it might be said that the complexity of knowledge denotes the ability to act with the power, organization, and resources which are adequate to the actuality. To the contrary, simplification might be seen as the consequence of inadequate complexity of description resulting in the insufficient knowledge of the reality, therefore, irrelevant projections, inadequate distribution and use of resources, and failure to achieve the purposes. The law of inadequate complexity allows understanding that a simplified analogy cannot convey the reality of observed phenomenon even within the world of the matter, at the lowest levels of complexity.

For example, the mind itself, with the reasoning, logic, and imagination fuelled with the images of the material world, is not able to create true knowledge concerning the nature of God or His attributes.  The axiom of complexity – as the foundation of the world of the matter – makes meaningless any attempt to impose the laws of the matter (the lowest levels of complexity) on the Spirit – God–Creator {Genesis 1:2, 31; John 4:24}. When the mind creates own images of the “things not seen” {Hebrews 11:1} and assigns the place of the faith to the figments of imagination, and especially, when it fantasizes about God, it switches the focus from eternal invisible non–cognizable God to the temporal manifestations of the discernible/perceivable cognizable (and dissipating) matter: the mind begins to use the energy forms – images or figments of imagination, which it creates itself or assimilates from the material world. 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, which mind receives when it observes the Law of God, the mind works with the images created by own imagination; it substitutes the energy of the material world with the lowest levels of complexity for the divine creative energy with the highest level of complexity

–– 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

–– the mind’s self–confinement within the limits of the temporal material world.

Finally, the progressive deterioration of abilities to create culminates in the failure to achieve the purposes of existence: the mind becomes incapable to actualize the evolution.”

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*3* Concerning Σοφια – wisdom, it is written in Job 28:23: Ο Θεος ευ  συνεστησεν  αυτης  την  οδον,  αυτος   δε  οιδε    τον  τοπον  αυτης   – where συνεστησεν  is a derivative of συνε–στη–μι – arrange together, appoint, establish, unify, institute, which has the same root  στη as   συ–στη–μα  – system, establishment, unity, unification,  arrangement; οδον – might be a derivative of οδος   or ουδος  – way; the methods and means; limits; τοπον – place; space; region; sphere – realm.

In summary, God has established the wisdom and He knows her realm.

 

 

*4* Η απωλεια και ο θανατος ειπαν, ακηκοαμεν δε αυτης το κλεος  –   Job 28:22.

 

 

*5* See posting The Great Calm – Folder 2013, Page 4_May_2013. The Excerpt is included in 4_September_October_2014. The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

 

*6* The last book of the Septuagint written by Malachi the prophet conveys the forewarning {Malachi 3:1–3}: the Lord shall suddenly come into His temple. He is coming in as the Fire: He shell melt and purify His servants as gold and silver is melted and purified from the admixture and impurities, so they shall serve Him in righteousness.

Then, the Lord says that He came to cast the Fire into the earth. This Fire is the Holy Spirit issuing from God the Father and coming into those who are purified and sanctified by the Lord Jesus Christ. Man is the earth, the clay – mixture of dust with life–supporting water, which God transforms into a certain firstfruit of a new creation born by the Word of Truth: His child created into the likeness of the Word–God {Luke 12:49; John 1:1–13; 3:5–6; 4:24; 9:1–7; 10:30; 14:6–26; 15:1–3; 17:17–19; Acts 2:1–4; James 1:18; 1 John 3:1–3; Genesis 1:1–2; Deuteronomy 4:24; Isaiah 45:8–12; 64:8–9; Malachi 3:1–3}.

Then, St. James and St. Peter the Apostles advise the followers of Christ about patience: in various temptations and manifold trials, faith and patience work perfection and bring salvation through Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, foreknown before the foundation of the world and revealed in the ending times {James 1:2–12; 1 Peter 1:3–25}.

St. Paul the Apostle writes of the followers of Christ as of the ones chosen from the beginning to be adopted sons through the Lord Jesus Christ in Whom is completeness and perfection of all and in all. The Apostle re–focuses the suffering ones from the temporal perceivable things (earthly matters, material things) into the unseen, yet eternal realm: he reminds us that everything is done for the sake of man, that suffering in short–term temporal earthly life will bring the eternal glory. The Christians are the co–workers of God {Θεου γαρ εσμεν συνεργοι1 Corinthians 3:9}, the field of God, and the building of God, so everything done and created by man will be tried by the Fire: this Fire will annihilate all that is not built on the only true foundation – Jesus Christ, the Word–God {Ephesians 1:2–23; 2 Corinthians 5:14–18; 1 Corinthians 3:9–15}.

St. John the Apostle {1 John 5:1–12; Revelation 21:6–7} defines the one born of God as the one

 

who believes that Jesus is the Christ

who loves Him

who keeps His commandments.

 

The one who is born of God overcomes the world of the evil and receives the everlasting life; he shall receive the inheritance of the son of God.

Therefore, the Job’s words concerning the stone darkness and the shadow of death, where silver and gold are refined, the place of death and destruction {Job 28:3, 22}, refer to the world living by the evil, the world that has been overcome by Lord Jesus Christ, the setting within which the true followers of Christ are tested and refined by trials and suffering as the silver and gold are refined to reveal their beauty and true value.

 

 

*7* Materialism is the assertion that the matter is the only reality of human existence: even thought, feelings, and will are the functions of the matter and must be explained as the features of the matter and in the terms of the matter.

It means that materialism fixes the human mind/intelligence/reason within the realm of collapsing and disintegrating matter as the only reality of human existence and deprives a human being of the life of the spirit: it does not recognize the human connection to God Who is the Spirit and therefore, deprives a human being of the eternity with God the Creator.

The one who has faith in God, defines materialism as the abnormality, some kind of lethal disease: a peculiar kind of “blindness” and “debilitation” of the mind {as it is in: Isaiah 6:9–11}, which cuts itself out of life by closing for itself the access to the Source of life.

The materialistic mind, which lives only by the material things and values of the matter, is incapable of perceiving the wholeness of the living evolving world that lives by the Spirit of God. Such a mind is caged in darkness of limited temporal setting; it lives its short life locked within the temporal collapsing singularity: limited time–space–complexity–bounded world, which is cut by the reasons of the dust {Job 28:4} from the eternal flow of the divine creative energy.

Transformation of the mind that initially acknowledged existence of God into the materialistic mind might be envisioned as the process of extinguishing the breath of God within a human being {in: Genesis 2:7; Job 27:3–4, 8–22}, so the unrighteous thoughts, evil words and deeds might become the way of life making the evil the only the reality and bringing forth collapse, destruction, ruin, and death {e.g., in: Genesis 6:1–6, 12–13}. 

In fact, materialism is crucifixion of the mind. The Phoenicians crucified human body and lifted the dead flesh up from the earth, to defy the Creator of life. Materialism fixes the mind on the cross of the matter making the dust the only reality of human existence.

The Old Testament mentions those who shall leak the dust as the serpents crawling on the earth and who shall be confounded in their confinement {Micah/Michaias 7:17}, and the ones whose soul has been brought down to the dust and whose belly cleaved to the earth {Psalm 43(44):25}. These descriptions convey the essence of materialism: imitation of the arch–evil – the liar and father of lies and murderer from the beginning destined to eat the earth (the matter, or the dust) and to crawl upon the earth on its breast and belly {John 8:43–44; Genesis 4:15}.

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

 

 

*8* St. Peter the Apostle writes of the “fiery trial” that the Christians encounter for the sake of Christ: although they are reviled in the name of Christ, they are blessed, because the Spirit of God rests upon them {2 Peter 4:12–19}. Christianity was established on the love and obedience of the Son of God Who became the Redeemer of the world {Mark 14:32–36; John 3:16–17; 4:34; 10:17–18; 13:34–35; 18:10–11}; it spread and grew up on the blood of the martyrs for Christ – the human beings who preferred death for God to life without Him. St. John the Apostle {1 John 5:1–12; Revelation 21:6–7} defines the one born of God as the one

 

who believes that Jesus is the Christ

who loves Him

who keeps His commandments.

 

The one who is born of God overcomes the world of the evil and receives the everlasting life; he shall receive the inheritance of the son of God.

Therefore, the Job’s words concerning the stone darkness and the shadow of death, where silver and gold are refined, the place of death and destruction {Job 28:3, 22}, refer to the world living by the evil, the world that has been overcome by Lord Jesus Christ, the setting within which the true followers of Christ are tested and refined by trials and suffering as the silver and gold are refined to reveal their beauty and true value.

Any human being, who decides to follow the Christ, is tested within this world to reveal his true value. The inner essence of a follower of the Lord is evaluated by the steadfast faith, love of God, devotion to the Absolute Good, and abilities to imitate the perfection, mercy, and love of God. Only when a human being encounters difficulties, has to deal with betrayal and evil of the others, has to come through personal losses and suffering, his inner essence reveals itself through his words and deeds. So, for a Christian, could it be logical to keep expectations of things, which are valued by the material world, e.g., such as glory of man, and other commonly desirable things?

The contemporary godless societies do everything that is in their power to separate man from God, to deprive the mind from true knowledge of God (while the very meaning of humanity is in knowledge of God, and while evolution of the mind is possible only because of knowledge of God), to corrupt and pervert the human nature and nature of other living beings, to pollute and contaminate the entire planet. They accomplish their task of comprehensive corruption through deceit and propagation of false knowledge: they

 

have social, political, and religious establishments and institutions

based on the philosophical doctrines of Aristotle and his followers –

the doctrines that reject the Absolute Good as irrelevant to the daily life

foster ethics–free sciences

operate and control human beings as if they are political/social animals,

in the same fashion as the owners control the herd of animals

and slave–masters manipulate the mob of slaves.

 

If so, what then, a human being can expect within the settings, in which there is no humanity?

For instance,

if, starting with kindergarten, people are exposed to bullying and sexual abuse

if they learn how to fornicate before they learn what is the meaning of human and, especially, woman’s virtue

if they are taught how to inform against their counterparts,

and how to betray those who feed them

if they are encouraged to disregard the needs of parents and those who take care of them

if their education how to become a valuable member of the society

begins with the violent games, through which they learn how to kill and hurt living beings,

and is completed with movies and entertainment,

through which they discover how to violate all commandments of God

if they do not have any sacred and pure belief in their heart –

what such creatures can do to the others?

 

From another side, if a child, who has been brought up by a Christian family and learnt the meaning of righteousness, enters the godless society that consists from the people who reject natural human values and disregard virtue as fantasy of old generations, what such a child can expect but abuse, humiliation, betrayal, suffering, and persecution?

Then, what those who made the godless societies and who are their product and part, can expect for themselves but suffering, destruction, and other evils similar to those that they inflict onto the others? Their misery can be complete, if they realize that their expectations are connected with the temporal world of material things and they will vanish with their exit from this world.

 

 

*9* See Introduction: Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence in ApostasyThe World & The War. Part II. – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_2

 

 

*10* See 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

 

 

*11* Concerning evolution, see excerpt from The Precious Stone – Folder Archive_2013, Page 4_May_2013, in Note *1* to 3_July_August_2014. The Facets of the Absolute – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_3

Note *14* and Note *15* to Materialism – in The World & The War. Part I. file for download @ website Systems Logic [http:// systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

 

*12* See The Thirst – Folder Archive_2012, Page 4_April_2012. The excerpt is in Note *5* to 4_September_October_2014. The Discernment, file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

 

 

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31_217. Sunday, October 12, 2014

The First Sight

 

 

…All was delivered to Me by My Father,

and no one knows Who is the Son, except the Father, and Who is the Father, except the Son,

and whoever the Son may desire to reveal…

{Luke 10:22}

…they have kept Your Word…

…the words You gave to Me, I have given to them,

and they received and knew truly that from beside You I came forth,

 and they believed that You sent me…

{John 17:6–7}

 

 

Each road begins with the first step, and each event within the temporal world established with the time–space–complexity settings has the moment of initiation.

The discernment begins with the first sight/view of an event, thing, phenomenon, doctrine, action, establishment, institution, system, and anything that the mind encounters.

In the context of the current observation, the first sight/view is the instant vision of the essence/core {in: John 7:24} of anything that the mind contemplates, not the eyesight as detection of the appearances/surfaces {in: Matthew 23:27–28}.

So, the human mind should to have the acute first sight; in other words, it must be in the state of knowing. The state of knowing means that the mind is empowered to think and to act adequately to the actuality of its existence, because it has knowledge of the interconnected realms, which accommodate human life [[see The Discernment. Part I. Introduction]]:

Knowledge of God given by God

Knowledge of the human nature  

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Knowledge of the world that sustains life of a human being,

the world where a human being has to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which he was born:

to become a child of God and to be prepared for the next phase of life, in the kingdom of God

 

The mind might be empowered to develop flawless discernment only if it is properly positioned within the knowledge framework*1* capable of sustaining adequate comprehension of the object of consideration. With the flawless discernment, the mind can understand the essence, purpose, place, correlations, actual and probable impact on components of the world (systems, realities, establishments, events), and other features of the subject of observation in their entirety; such complete understanding secures survival of the mind and body and evolution of the mind.

For a Christian, there is only one knowledge framework that enables and sustains the right discernment: Christian teachings granted by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God {Matthew; Mark; Luke; John}. The Christian knowledge framework is established by the eternal law/will of God; it accommodates absorption → learning → creation → actualization of knowledge of the Law of God and makes possible the embodiment of the Law of God into the life of man.

The law of God revealed through Moses {The Ten Commandments – Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 6:3–6; Leviticus 19:16–18}, reiterated and completed by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God {Matthew 5:17–20; John}, defines the nature of man; the essence of the Law is love to God and love to other creations of God {Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; esp.  Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:28–34, 38–40; Luke 10:27–37; John 1:1–18; 3:1–21; 6; 7:16–24; 8:3–12; 10; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

The one could identify the purposes of the Old Testament period – Judean civilization, which is the root of the Christian civilization – as

 

a/ learning the law of God

b/ rejection of knowledge of the evil

[[apotheosis of knowledge of the evil developed in the Old Testament time is the heathenism;

the essence of the heathenism is the worship to the arch–evil propagated through the Orphic doctrine

and spread by those who accepted it as the “divine revelation” – Plato, Aristotle,

and the flock of their followers, which among the many includes Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas*2*]]

c/ preparation for cognition of the Truth – the knowledge of God that is the everlasting life

{John 17}.

 

Because of the mercy and love of God {John 3:16–21; 6; 10; 17}, the New Testament time became the time of completion of the knowledge of the Law – the last phase of human evolution at the earth: transformation of man into a child of God, the new creation in Christ and by Christ, as it was decided by God from the beginning {John 1:1–18; 6:44–47; 10; 13:1; 14:27; 15:16; 16:7–15; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; Ephesians 2: 1–10}. The knowledge and guidance given by the Holy Spirit in the Name of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, initiate and accomplish the evolution–transformation of man into a child of God  {John 14:16–17, 26; 15:26; 16:7–15}. This process is initiated within the human mind that has accepted

 

a/ revelation of the grace and Absolute Good of God,

Who is the Perfect Love

and Whose knowledge is the everlasting life

{John 1:1–18; 3:16–17; 6; 10; 17}

b/ commandment to imitate perfection, mercy, and love of God

{Matthew 5:38–48; Luke 6:35–36; John 13:34–35; 15:12–16}

c/ new commandment given by Lord God Jesus Christ:

to love each other as God loves

{John 10:30; 13:13–15; 15:12–17}

 

The New Testament has established love as the absolute law for a human being {John 3:16–21; 13:13–15; 15:12–17; 17} and therefore, abolished revenge {Matthew 5:38–48; 7:12; Deuteronomy 19:21} and other laws of Moses, according to which sinners against God, against the human nature, and against other living beings [[e.g., those who committed incest and adultery, the perverts, sorcerers, witches, diviners, and apostates Exodus 21; 22:18–20; Leviticus 20:2–5, 10–17, 27]] had to be executed by the people. For the Christians, love is the fulfillment of the law {Romans 13:10}, therefore, love is the absolute law, because the absence of love is death {cf. in: Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 6:35–36; John 3:16–21; 13:13–15; 15:12–17; 17; 1 John 3:14; 4:7–21}.

Although the Christians reject sin, they must be merciful and compassionate to the sinners; moreover, they must not interfere with life and well–being [[if any]] of the sinners through aimed at a person articulated adverse personal judgment, discrimination, hatred {everyone hating the brother is murderer – 1 John 3:15}, and persecution.

As the first Christian theologians postulated, to kill a heretic means to unleash the greatest evil upon the earth; by the definition, the same is true concerning extermination of a human being who has sinned against God, against men, and against establishments of men. Many sinners, heretics, and criminals completed their life as the righteous men, and even were recognized as the saints: until the last breath, any human being has a chance to repent and to enter the everlasting life in the presence of God.

Only God the Creator Who is merciful to all – the righteous and the sinful ones, Who gives life and a chance to evolve into His Own child to all human beings {Matthew 5:38–48; Luke 6:27–38; John 1:1–13}, justly takes this chance along with life of His creation, when and if He wills. Humans have no right to hate and to exterminate other humans as, for instance, Cain has done {Genesis 4:2–16}: the one who hates and murders the others has no life in him {1 John 3:11–18}. At the same time, the soldiers, warriors, and other servants of the establishments/states can be righteous men, if they accomplish their obligations, if they act according to the laws and for protection of life and well–being of their people, and if they have God in their heart {Matthew 7:12; 8:5–13; Luke 3:10–14; 11:17–23; Acts 10; 1 Peter 2:13–17}*3*

The physical force in the matters of faith, religion, and conscience – everything that belongs to the life of the human mind and the human spirit – should be never applied. Spiritual life of men must always be separated from the world affairs, which the people usually resolve with the arms, weapons, and other means of the power of coercion.

The history of Compelle Intrare of Augustine of Hippo [[validation of the coercive power of the church*2*]], which became the justification of the Inquisition, and the history of the papal church of Rome, which is made with persecutions, tortures, imprisonment and executions of the heretics, persecutions of the different–minded, forceful conversions, and other crimes against humanity*4*, confirm that the first Christian theologians who argued against persecution of heretics had the right discernment, expressed the right judgment, and foresaw the horrible consequences of the persecution of persons by the church.

However, abstinence from judgment of a person, as well as mercy and benevolence toward a sinner {Matthew 5:43–48; 7:1–5, 12; 18:21–35; Luke 6:27–38; Romans 14:12–13; Colossians 3:12–17}, does not mean permissibility for the Christians to practice perversions, violate the Law of God, and become a heretic or apostate as well as to tolerate practices of perversions, violations of the Law of God, heresy, and apostasy committed by their fellow Christians. The right discernments followed with recognition of the core – violation of the Law of God in words and deeds of the obstinate sinners, heretics, and apostates [[therefore identification of the grave danger for those who might succumb their influence]] and completed with separation from them provides the initial protection [[similar to quarantine traditionally organized for the carriers of deadly contagious diseases with the purpose to contain epidemic]].

The heathens initially practiced perversions of the mind and body as the idol–worshiping rites; with time, that what was the rite of idol–worship became the norm of the daily life.

The Apostles {in: 1 Peter 4; 1 John 5:16–21; Ephesians 4:17–32; Romans 1:18–32; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11, 15–20} reaffirmed the impermissibility of the heathen way of life, actions and behavior that are inconsistent with the nature of man, including idol–worship*5* accompanied with corruption and perversions of the mind (e.g., divination, sorcery) and the body (e.g., fornication, sodomy, incest, homosexuality) {in: Leviticus 18:22–30; 19:29, 31} and warned of consequences – deprivation of the kingdom of God: the heathen “norm of life” is death for a Christian.

From another angle of consideration it might be said that tolerance to and acceptance of the heathen practices as the normal way of life for human beings, who believe that they are creations of God made in image and likeness of God, signify absence of the right discernment. Such absence is a consequence of two failures: inability to comprehend the law of God and inadequate knowledge of the nature of man.

Hence, the Christians have to separate themselves and their families from the heathens and obstinate sinners, from their uncleanness, and from their influence on own life and especially on own judgment: the bad companionships ruin good morals/virtues {1 Corinthians 15:33–34}.

The Christians must protect themselves and their families from sin, from the spiritual evils and physical corruption, which the heathens and obstinate sinners may carry and spread out {in: Luke 21:8; 1 Peter 4; 2 Peter  2; 1 John 2; 3:3–24; 5:16–21;  Ephesians 2:1–5; 4:17–19; 5; 6; Romans 1:18–32; 1 Corinthians 5:1–13; 6:9–11, 15–20; 10:20–22; 15:33–34; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18; Galatians 4:8–10; 5:13–26; 6:7–8; Colossians 2:8–23; 3:5–17; 1 Timothy 4; 6; 2 Timothy 2:14–16, 23; 3:1–7; 4:3–4; Titus 3:9–11; Revelation 21:8; 22:15; as it was said in the beginning, in: Exodus 34:14–17; Leviticus 18:22–30; 20:2–8; Deuteronomy 6:6, 13–15; 7:3–4; 18:10–14; 23:17–18}. Then, according to the promise of God, deliverance of those who accepted the warnings will be completed {e.g., in: Luke 21:8–36; Acts 20:29–30; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18; Ephesians 6:12; Jeremiah 5:26–29}.  

Such protection became literally the choice between life and death now, when the world has entered into the phase of general collapse, during which mankind has to face the unprecedented advancement of the evil:

against human reasoning

[[the swarm of heresies, false religions, and ideologies similar to the lethal poison of the ancient serpents,

because they carry the knowledge of “other gods” that kills the human reason: they are the fruits of

the same deadly vine of Sodom and Gomorrah producing the rage of serpents and incurable rage of asps,

which is mentioned by Moses – Deuteronomy 32:31–33,

and the asp’s eggs carrying the death within, which is mentioned by Isaiah – Isaiah 59:2–15]]

against physical well–being

[[plagues and incurable diseases triggered by the unnatural way of life and resulting from the fruits of ethics–free and false sciences,

such as pollution by Chernobyl and Fukushima reactors – nuclear man–made catastrophes, pesticides, genetically modified crops, deforestation,

overfishing, overhunting, non–balanced development of the resources– and energy–hungry technologies with

excessive dependence on the fossil fuel, especial oil, which – as the basis for the world–wide domination –

is in the heart of the current mayhem in the collapsing Middle East, and so on]]

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against physical existence

[[incessant wars, conflicts, genocides, massacres, which

in the recent past and currently, are committed in the Middle East,

in the near future, might be spread onto entire Asia, Africa, some parts of Europe, and Americas]]

 

In addition, it looks like the very nature is taking on itself the role of exterminator of men [[e.g., through uncontrollable spread of deadly viruses–exterminators of human beings and animals]]*6*, as Moses and other prophets warned {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30; Isaiah}; however, the war for own spiritual health and survival is more challenging than the current plagues and wars raging on among the nations {Matthew 10:28–39; Luke 12:1–12; 21:8–36}.

In such difficult times and in such horrifying environment as we have now, the one, who desires to protect life of his reasoning/intelligence and to enter the everlasting life in the presence of God, should obtain the acute first sight. The one could obtain acute first sight – as an ability to instantly discern the good and the evil within everything that the mind encounters – through reading of the Holy Scriptures, life in compliance with the commandments of God, deeds of mercy and good, faith and love to God, and acceptance of the excellence of God as the Absolute Good. Otherwise, he might not be empowered

a/ to identify the underlying framework of knowledge and therefore to comprehend: what is the core/nature/source of the subject of observation – is it the law of God or is it the heathenism?

b/ to discriminate among things, events, doctrines, which are created on the basis of the Law of God, and those, which carry the lethal poison of asps – the ancient heathen doctrines and cults – that debilitates the mind and transforms it into the slave of sin and the offspring of the arch–evil {Deuteronomy 32:31–33; Isaiah 59:2–15; Matthew 23; John 8:34–47}

c/ to become capable of judgment that secures compliance with the law of God and therefore, survival of the reason/intelligence and continuation of preparation to the everlasting life in the presence of God, even if the such judgment is “politically incorrect” or by any other means inconsistent with the political, social, religious, and other establishments that control daily existence {Matthew 10:28–39; Luke 12:4–12; 21:8–36}.

The power of the acute first sight, which precisely identifies the essence – the good or the evil – of everything, may belong to the one whose mind became the likeness of the Word–God – the new creation of God in Christ and by Christ {James 1:17–25; 1 John 3:1–3; Ephesians 2}, to the one that has the Absolute Good of God as its absolute good*7* and Λογος as its definition. The mind of anyone who desires to come to God and to obtain the everlasting life may develop the right discernment, obtain wisdom, and to be guided into the everlasting life: there are no limits to the mercy and love of God, and there are no limits for cognition of good for the one who is loved by God.

In brief,

if the mind

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a/ has accepted God as the focus of all life, the center of the universe, the meaning of existence,

the Light, the Way, the Truth, and the Life

b/ has found its Absolute Good*7*

c/ has established itself on the knowledge of God as on the solid rock

d/ is building its life as accomplishment of the commandments of God

{Matthew 7:21–27; Luke 6:46–49; John 14; 15; 16; 17},

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such mind might be empowered

a/ to discern the good and the evil within the observed phenomenon, event, thing, person, doctrine, ideology, etc.

b/ to perceive the actual core/essence of anything it observes, encounters, learns, contemplates

c/ to adequately evaluate significance [[neutrality, existing or possible benefits or threats]]

of the subject of observation for own survival, well–being, development, and accomplishment of purposes

d/ to apply knowledge – the fruits of the right discernment for own development

and preparedness for the next phase of existence, in the kingdom of God

 

So, let assume that some mind – an observer*8*, that has received from God the gift of the right discernment, is empowered to perceive the world in its entirety and all connections–links–interrelations of its components at the particular time–space–complexity point, for instance, to take some kind of a momentarily snapshot of the temporal world. Probably, the one could envision such snapshot as a frozen for a moment of time picture that reflects different stages of the cycles of transformation of the divine creative energy into the life of the world and its inhabitants:

a/ evoking of a new energy–information–matter arrangements – events, systems, things – from the chaos of reserves created

 

according to the law/code/Λογος read at the particular level of complexity

by the energy in different stages of transformation

– into the food of the human mind,

e.g., such as information, knowledge,

– into the matter, such as different arrangements of the temporary structured matter,

that provides food to the other living being, e.g., growth of plants,

and other material structures–systems that maintain life of the world and its inhabitants

within a particular time–space–complexity settings that define the parameters of the temporal world

(e.g., such as day, night, spring, winter, temperature, pressure, and other limits,

with which the mind structures the world that accommodates its existence and conditions of survival–development–death)

 

b/ transformations/re–arrangements of the temporal material structures and systems in processes of interactions and accomplishment of the purposes

c/ actual and possible potency of interactions among the temporal arrangements, their disposition, and consequences–results of transformations and correlated actions (that what explains the Past, formed the Present, and defines the Future of the temporal arrangements and systems)

d/ initiation of collapse*9* and different stages of dissipation/disintegration of the material structures that completed their cycle of existence.

Probably, such an observer might also perceive the birth of the human thoughts, when the divine energy that the mind receives from God ignites the work of human intelligence–reasoning, and envision how the human thought – as a new energy form/code of a new system/new knowledge – is formed to be embodied into words and actions of man, and therefore, into the world that accommodates human life:

 

Divine Energy coming from God given by the Holy Spirit in the name of Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God

{John 14:16–18, 26; 15:26; 16:7–15}

Human Thought new knowledge, code of a new system acknowledged/read/created

by a human being, who is a new creation of God in Christ and in Christ

{James 1:17–25; Ephesians 2}

Human World  use of a new knowledge for arrangement of new temporal material structures,

reading/actualization of code of a new system, which are intended to sustain human survival,

facilitate existence as evolvement–process of preparation for the next phase of existence, in the kingdom of God the Creator

{John 14:12; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; Revelation 21:6–8};

 

The divine energy coming from God to feed and to sustain life of the human reason/intelligence empowers the right discernment; the mind that understands that it lives because of the mercy and by the love of God {Psalm 144(145):8–20} has begun the way to God: it has faith, therefore, all that it may ever need.

Then,

if the observer

a/ has abilities to comprehend the essence and understand the nature of the subject of observation

[[for instance, to identify the code of a system he observes, its purposes, reserves needed for accomplishment of the purposes,

and the results of the system’s existence – its significance for other components of the world – in the past, the present, and the future]]

b/ is able to identify the purposes, correlations, and interactions of the object of observation

within the realm that accommodates its existence

c/ is capable of perceiving the cohesive power and the entire range of the forces

that according to the nature control the dynamics of correlated events, systems, and other phenomena

he has identified within the chaos of the reserves from which the world extracts its resources, reserves,

and other things, which sustain its existence and defines its future –

 

he might be empowered

 

a/ to identify καιρος and σημεια των καιρων*10*

b/ to obtain foreknowledge*11* – to foresee the future of the subject of the observation

c/ to convey his knowledge to the others.

 

In a case, when the observer’s mind is granted foreknowledge*11*, he might also obtain understanding of the prophecies and glimpse the work of the mind of the Hebrew Prophets*12* who spoke by the Holy Spirit, conveyed the message of God, and predicted the future {2 Peter 1:19–21}.

The following example illustrates the meaning of collapse*9* as the actuality of those who have no right discernment.

St. Matthew and St. Luke tell the story of two men:

– one man, who hears the words of God and makes them the actuality of his life – observes them, keeps them, and accomplishes everything the Lord said him to accomplish; God compares him to a man who built his house on the stone, so, the house withstood tempest, flood, and winds 

– another man, who hears the words of God yet does not do them, is compared with a foolish man who built his house on the earth (sand) without the foundation {την γην χωρις θεμελιου  – Luke 6:49; χωρις  from  χωριζω – to separate, put asunder: the earth of this story was separated from the original foundation}; so, the house collapsed under the impact of bad weather {Matthew 7:24–27; Luke 6:47–49}.

The house is the entire human life: everything a human being thinks, tells, imagines, creates, and offers to the others – the entire human universe is this house built

 

either

on the stone – indestructible and invincible

or

on the earth without a foundation – collapsing and coming apart under the slightest impact.

 

If this house falls/collapses, the failure is great, because the entire cosmos that man has built is ruined, often along with its creator.

Both texts speak of two kinds of human beings:

– the one that is invincible, because he established himself on the Stone, on the Word–God, the one that would become the temple of God, who would carry the Spirit of God within {Luke 20:17; John 14:15–17, 23}; he withstands the evil and adversities of the material world referred to as the destructive rain, flood, and winds

– the one that fails, that is susceptible to the evil and hardship, because he is the earth that was set apart from the foundation; within the world of the matter, the earth without foundation is the unstructured fluid mass similar to the amorphous ground liquefied by the destructive forces of earthquake.

In another reference to collapse and ruin, Lord God Jesus Christ tells His disciples about annihilation of Jerusalem: the city that became unable to recognize the time of the visitation is left desolate as the house forsaken by the Master; it will be destroyed: no stone on stone will be left in the city, which kills the prophets and stones messengers sent by God {Matthew 23:37–38; 24:1–2; Mark 13:1–2; Luke 13:34–35; 19:41–44; Isaiah 27:10–11}.

So it happened:

– on September 7, 70, Jerusalem besieged by the army of Titus, son of Vespasian the emperor, fell; the Romans massacred the rebels, plundered, and destroyed the city and the Third Temple

– in 132, Jewish population of Jerusalem rebelled against construction of the shrine to Jupiter on the site of the Temple. The revolt against the heathens lasted two years and was finished in 135: rebels were massacred; survivors dispersed across the Roman Empire; the site of Jerusalem was hidden under new Roman city; Judea was renamed into Syria Palestine, the Jews were barred from the new city built on the Jerusalem’s site, and exiled into the provinces of the Roman Empire.

Almost sixteen centuries passed from the day when the Law was granted (1446 BC) until Jerusalem was erased from the face of the earth (AD 135). All corruption, idol–worship, and injustice predicted by Moses, foretold and diagnosed by the prophets, as well as the consequences of human corruption – dishonor, famine, poverty, plague, wars, cruel and corrupt and incompetent rulers, exile, slavery, etc. {e.g., Deuteronomy 28:15–68; 29:10–29; 30:1–20; Isaiah 3:1–25; Ezekiel 6:1–14; 12:19–20; 14:21}, became the actuality.

The question: what initiated collapse of the ancient state of Israel that was expected to be indestructible eternal establishment?

Isaiah the prophet conveyed the warning: rejection of God the Source of life carries instant degeneration that progresses into perversion and culminates in collapse – death of men and ruin of their establishments {Isaiah 59:3–11}. Death of a sinner and ruin of a godless establishment begin at the moment of rebellion against God, when the law is violated, iniquity and sin are committed. However, the processes of degeneration of a particular mind might be latent, covered with the visible material prosperity, and destruction of the nation of sinners and ruin of their states, institutions, and other establishments might last through centuries until the critical mass of evil is accumulated {e.g., Genesis 15:16}. So, is it possible to identify at least some signs of the inevitable collapse?

As much as it could be inferred from the history, the irreversible collapse began in the time long before the Babylonian exile, because the Book of Jeremiah contains the indications of the advanced destruction {Jeremiah 2:8; 43:1–31}:

1/ the summary of processes, which are possible only if the heathenism takes the place of the knowledge of God: the priests did not speak for God, those held by the law did not know God, the prophets (in fact, diviners) prophesized by the idols

2/ the ruler’s manifest defiance of God and His ordinances. For instance, Jeremiah the prophet sent to Joakim the king of Juda the book with the words of God that warned that the destruction is coming; therefore, the king and his servants should seek forgiveness of God and turn away from their evil. The ungodly king ordered to read the book (roll) by parts, then, he cut the part of the book (roll), which was read, and cast it in the fire until the entire book (roll) was gone in flames. By these actions, the king openly violated the ordinances of the kings given through Moses {Deuteronomy 17:14–20}:

 

the words of the Law had to be written down into the book for the king

who must keep it for all days of his life and learn the commandments of God

the king must be the keeper and executor of the Law of God,

so, his kingdom would be safe and prosperous.

 

So, the ancient glory and prosperity of Israel became the memory of the Past.

The summary of the history of ancient kingdom of Israel is terrifying, yet, the lessons of the history are straightforward*13*:

1/ if the kings/rulers who had to serve God and to execute the will/Law of God, therefore, to rule the kingdom in peace, righteousness, and wisdom, become the enemies of God, they corrupt their subjects and ruin the kingdom bringing suffering, poverty, and death instead of well–being and prosperity

2/ the main condition of survival of the state and nation is loyalty and love to God

3/ the foundation of statecraft is the Law of God

4/ the first sign of the coming collapse of the state and nation is deviation from the Law of God and ungodliness protected, propagated, or allowed by the state or its ruler(s)

5/ the collapse becomes irreversible with total corruption of the majority of the population.

As the one could easily infer by analyzing the current state of world affairs, activities and efficiency of the social, political, and religious establishment, the current situation does not differ much from the classic and well known from the history pattern of διαφθορον: the totality of physical, moral, and religious ruin*14*. Its features can be discerned now, within the chaos of current conflicts, bloodletting, wars, impoverishment, assimilation by enemies {e.g., as it is in: Deuteronomy 28:47–48}, and overall processes of collapsing and disintegration of states, and especially, the establishments intended to protect and to maintain life of the societies and states, including the religious organizations.

As always, the corruption begins with belittlement of faith and corruption of those who should lead the people toward moral perfection – to God.

At the Present, the preachers and priests of many denominations do not hesitate to use the authority of their churches for advancement of the interests of political parties, for money solicitation and personal enrichment, for spreading the heresy, ecumenism, and corruption through manipulation by the conscience and brain–washing of their flock. Consequently, according to the Gospels {in: Matthew 5:17–20; 15:7–9, 13–14; 19:3–12; 22:37–40; 23; Luke 16:13–18; John 14:30–31}, the one could infer that

 

they do not live by the eternal law of God

they are guided by the “prince of this world”

instead of, through unwavering adherence to the Law of God,

leading people up, to moral perfection and wisdom – to God,

they disregard the words of God descend at the level of corrupted societies,

which then, takes control over their behavior,

yet, they still believe that

they wisely embrace the contemporary reality

and that they are capable to control it

with their iniquities, disobedience to God’s law, misinterpretation of the Christian teachings,

“political correctness,” and issuing swarm of heresies,

they corrupt faith of their subjects and lead their flock down,

into the pit of the death of reason.

 

Now those who wish to survive should acknowledge that the time came to recall that a house of God is a house of prayer: the very meaning of the Christian Church is incompatible with any political struggle, seeking political, commercial or strategic gains, adoption of the corrupted morals, and reconciliation with sin. Any temple of God – if, of course, it is a temple of God and not the cave of idol–worshipers and robbers – should be free from politics, heresies, propaganda, and such direct contradictions to the Christian teachings as updating–modification of the eternal law of God according to the actuality of current sinners, seeking of the worldly advantage, submission to the heretics and apostates*15*, reconciliation with worldly corruption, and adoption of the secular practices, for instance, such as exaltation of church’s hierarch who – as he proclaims – “is equal to the none” over the small souls of the flock, the insignificant many.

Within each moment of the Present, as it was many times in the remote and not so remote Past, the people, states, nations again have to make the same choice between good and evil, between life and death of reason, and consequently, between life and death of a body.

Mankind lives in the constant state of the uninterrupted war, and, although the names of ideologies and politicians are different, the general pattern of collapse remains the same:

– robbers and thieves come into the temple to transform the holy house of God into the house of merchandise {John 2:13–16}, into the political arena and the place for enrichment of the few and deceit of the many

– heresies, ideologies, propaganda, and lies supplant the teachings of God and turn the freedom into the slavery

– corruption of all imaginable kinds – in politics, social, cultural, and religious life – usurps place of dignity and virtues; then, the worst kind of slavery – ignorance and inability of free thinking – overwhelms educational, political, social, and religious institutions

– the ones

who violated the first main commandment

{Matthew 22:37–38}

who rejected love to God and knowledge of God

who did not serve God  in gladness and pureness of the heart

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succumb to the heretics, apostates, and heathens

have to serve their worst enemies in grief and affliction

{Deuteronomy 28:47–53}.

 

These enemies penetrate all live–maintaining state, political, social and religious establishments responsible for survival of the current Western civilization and as the deadly virus exterminate the life of reason preparing the stage for total enslaving of the weak ones and massacres of the people of God.

The pattern, which describes the Present, has similarities with many historical events of the Past, for instance, with the road to destruction of the ancient state of Israel*13*, the ruin of the Russian Empire and establishment of Marxist→ Bolshevik→ Leninist→ Stalinist regime in post–1917 Russia, advancement of Nazism in post–WW I Germany and conquered by Nazis countries and the consequent devastation of the Germany defeated in WW II.

The one could also infer that the reason of the spreading devastation is rejection of God, incessant violations of the Law of God, belittlement of faith, misinterpretation of the Christian teachings, and misrepresentation of Christianity.

However, as St. Paul the Apostle writes {2 Timothy 2:19} – the firm foundation of God stands having this seal: The Lord knew those being His, and let everyone naming the Name of Christ depart from iniquity. The inference is simple:

 

iniquity (violation of the law/commandments of God) = death

 

In conclusion, the right discernment begins with the acute first sight: the mind, with the first sight, must determine the core of the subject of its consideration – the good or the evil. Such discernment with the first sight is possible only for the mind that is established on the knowledge of God and lives by God – with faith and love to God observing  the commandments of God and embodying them into own life {John 14:23; 1 John 5:1–4}…

 

To be continued…

 

 

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Notes:

*1* The knowledge framework is the settings that makes possible learning, creation, absorption, and transmitting knowledge, which empowers a particular ways and methods of actions based on a particular vision of the world and a human being within it. The knowledge framework sustains the mind, which in a process of creation of thoughts, operates as the chaos–structuring system. See The Leaven, esp. Note *14*, in  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.

See the systems terms and definitions in  Introduction to the Systems Logic – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_1

 

*2* Augustine of Hippo is a Manichean who converted into neo–Platonism, which he identified as Christianity. Augustine of Hippo invented Filioque and became the Bishop of the Christian Church and then, “the Father of the church” for western theologians; he asserted existence of the coercive power of Church in his doctrine Compelle Intrare. In his concept of the wise judge, Augustine asserted the right of the wise judge to torture and to convict to death an innocent man, if this is necessary for the good of the society. Thomas Aquinas, the main theologian of the papal church of Rome, developed Compelle Intrare and wise judge concept into justification of the Inquisition; the manuals of the inquisitors include quotations from the writings of Augustine.

Concerning Augustine’s Compelle Intrare and his influence on the following generations of Western theologians, in particular, on Thomas Aquinas, see Works of Augustine of Hippo and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Pages 6 and 7.

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

See analysis of doctrines Plato and Aristotle in Folder Heathen Philosophy

 

*3* The actions of the Orthodox Churches in Russia of sixteenth century and Greece of the twentieth century illustrate the meaning of this assertion:

1/ in 1547, Russian Orthodox Church canonized Alexander Nevsky – the prince and warrior, who, in 1240s led and won the battles for protection of his homeland from Catholic invaders – Livonian Brothers and knights of Sweden and Germany. The papal Crusaders, especially German papal militants,  not only ravaged the Middle East, pillaged Constantinople, raped and murdered Greek Christians, plundered and destroyed Christian temples in  Byzantium; many times they attacked Northern and European parts of Russia, slaughtered and burned alive the Russian Christians who refused to convert into the papal religion – Catholicism

2/ in 1939, Chrysanthos the Archbishop of Greece blessed the Greek army to defend Greece from Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, to fight for “freedom and honor” and to prefer the “noble death to the ugly life of servitude. See the following excerpt from my book The Invincible Empire, Chapter 7 (edited).

Excerpt

“…Shortly after beginning of the World War II, Benito Mussolini released in circulation the maps, in which Greece was shown as a part of the “Italian Empire.” When the government of Greece appealed to the Nazi government in Berlin in an attempt to restrain the appetites of Mussolini, Adolf Hitler answered with the order: Greece must submit herself to Italy. Premier Minister of Greece Joannes Metaxas (1871–1941) interpreted the demands of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy precisely: Greece was expected to become a voluntary slave [Bitzes 66–69, 79]. Yet, it was impossible: Greece could not submit herself to Fascist Italy, substitute the idol–worship for Christianity [[Nazism and Fascism are the neo–heathen cults]], and participate in the crimes against humanity committed by the Fascists and Nazis –– there are things more dreadful than physical death. Although it was no chance to win the war against the superior military forces of Italy and Germany, the Greek Christian Orthodox Church encouraged the Greek Christians to follow the greatest ideals of freedom and human dignity. Chrysanthos the Archbishop of Greece, blessed the Greek army to fight for “freedom and honor” and to prefer the “noble death to the ugly life of servitude” [Chrysanthos, the Archbishop of Greece, ref. and qtd. in: Bitzes 78–79].

Thus, in 1939–1944, the Greek Christians made their choice: they passed the same old test, which separates the children of God from the enemies of God, and rose up against the arch–evil, which in the twentieth century was covered with the masks of Fascism and Nazism.

As the result of her loyalty to the Christian Orthodox Faith – the foundation of the main human ideals and virtues of the Christians, Greece suffered invasion of Fascist Italy (1940) and the consequent occupation by Nazi Germany (1941–1944). However, the way of Christian Greece and actions of the Archbishop of Greece – the chief priest of the Greek Christian Orthodox Church – had been determined many centuries ago: God Himself is the strength of those who live by faith, and their faith is the victory that overcomes the world {Zacharias 4:6; Ambakum 2:4; 1 John 5:4–5}.

Greece had paid dearly for her devotion to Christianity and love for independence and freedom. The Hitler’s headquarters appointed special groups for appropriation and transportation of the plundered resources of the occupied territories into Germany; the special directive determined distribution of these resources among Germany and its allies. After invasion, Nazi Germany began planned destruction of Greece: the Greek Christian Orthodox Church and her schools and academies became the first target of the aggressors. The “especially valuable” material resources of the country were taken by Germany, and the remainder was given to Italy and Bulgaria [e.g., in: Fuehrer Directives… Nr. 37/39 VI.II.b, 44545/41 §7 1:22, 1:171]. As the result, in January 1942, Greece suffered the worst famine in her history [[similarly to Ukraine in 1930s, when Stalin organized the worst famine in the history of Ukraine with the purpose to terminate the population that opposed to Communism [Trager 817]]]. During the Nazi occupation, Greece lost almost 1/5 of her population; 85% of survived children became infected with tuberculosis; more than 50% of national wealth vanished; the infrastructure was completely destroyed [Bitzes 165; Greece: A Summary 1, 2].

However, some Greeks still commemorate the “Oxi Day” – October 28, 1940, the day, when Greece rejected Fascism and Nazism as ideologies incompatible with Christianity…

…To the contrary, the papal church acted differently. Despite the definite suggestions of the US and British governments, the pope Pius XII refused to condemn Nazi Germany: the Vatican already had the positive experience of cooperation with Fascism, and the papal church of Rome became “a buttress” of the Fascism in Italy. In particular, through the Concordat of 1929 with Fascist Italy under Mussolini’s control, the papacy gained at least some of its previous secular power (the papacy was deprived of the secular power in 1870). By the authority of the Fascist state of Italy, the Vatican had been granted the status of the independent state, access to control of education, and a possibility to expand the Catholic Action [Encyclopedia of the Vatican and Papacy 292–293].

In addition, Guenter Lewy asserts that the declaration of the German Catholic Bishops, which allowed the Catholics to take the oath of unreserved and unrestricted obedience to Hitler (because of sophisticated subterfuge with the theological definition of the oath), “paved the way” to blind obedience that made possible the Nazi crimes against humanity [Lewy 240]. 

Consequently, some subjects of the papal church of Rome obediently followed their superiors; they considered

– Nazism as the recovery of “primeval powers” of “German blood and Christianity” (Catholic theologian Karl Adam)

– “the united forces of the National Socialist state and Catholic Christianity” as the foundation of the Hitler’s Reich (Catholic periodical “Reich und Kirche”)

– faith in the Hitler’s Reich – as “the German form of Christianity” (Catholic theologian Walter Grundman) [ref. and qtd. in: Chidester 499–500].

However, not all members of the papal hierarchy practiced the unreserved obedience in the Aquinas’ style and discarded their conscience. God Who lives in each human soul protected many Catholics from cooperation with Fascism and Nazism. The history cherishes memory of the Catholic martyrs who ended their lives in Nazi concentration camps and prisons for their resistance to the Nazi ideology and assistance to those persecuted by the Nazi state. 

The Nazi leaders Adolf Hitler and Martin Bormann also recognized incompatibility of Nazism and Christianity, although they identified Catholicism with Christianity. While, as Catholic, Adolf Hitler paid “the compulsory church taxes” and occasionally attended the service at the Catholic Church, in private conversations he referred to the papacy as to the “hypocritical priests” concerned only with “ranking in the money” and revealed the intention of “stamping out Christianity.” Although Hitler was a Mussolini’s ally, he intended to get rid of any political authority, which the Vatican would seek in Germany and in the states conquered by the Nazis. Adolf Hitler asserted that “one is either a Christian or a German,” and cannot be both, or according to Martin Bormann’s interpretation, “National socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable” [Adolf Hitler ref. and qtd. in: Encyclopedia of the Vatican and Papacy 199–201; Adolf Hitler and Martin Bormann ref. and qtd. in: Chidester 496]]]. 

…After the Allies defeated the Nazi Germany and the Greeks cleansed their land from the Fascist–Nazi murderers and thieves, Greece took the stand against Communism.

Analyzing the reasons, why Greece after World War II did not accept Communism, John G. Bitzes noticed that the Greeks have love of freedom, individualistic thinking, and the Christian Orthodox Church – all three “incompatible with Communism” [Bitzes 166]. All the mentioned Greek treasures had the mutual foundation: many centuries the Christian Orthodox Faith protected the Greek Christians from submission to the papacy, as well as in the recent Past shielded them from the plagues of Fascism, Nazism, Communism, and other deaths of free reasoning.

The referred above events from the history of the Christian Orthodox Churches illustrate the implication (and the results) of the uncompromising conscience sustained by the Christian faith; they clarify

–  the general attitude of the Christians toward the invaders and ideologies pursuing the purposes, which contradict the Christian teachings

– one of the indispensable roles of the Christian Orthodox Church; this role in fact, defines the difference between the Christian Orthodox Church and secular establishment, which pretends to be a church: the Christian Orthodox Church is a keeper of the faith, which nurtures the independent thinking and sustains the purity of conscience…”

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*4* Concerning the Inquisition, see The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology, Page_3. Concerning the history of papal Church of Rome, see Ecumenism and the referred books and information on the websites [References] – in The World & War. Part I. – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://  systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net/ ], Page LIBRARY_2

 

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

 

*6* The very nature is taking on itself the role of exterminator of men: the people of the Old Testament knew that the negative impact of climate (the hail, fire, drought, famine), other land’s plagues, diseases, defeat by the enemies, and other calamities are the symptoms of “wrath” and the terrifying εκδικησεις – acts of the adverse judgment or “vengeance” of God for men’s disobedience and violation of the Law, that is for men’s sins against own nature, the fellow men, and other living creatures of the world {in: Deuteronomy 28:22–68 –– Exodus 9:18–25; Deuteronomy 29:22–27; 1 Chronicles 21:8–13; Psalm 57(58); Isaiah 5:20–24; 9:18–19; 28:2; 51:17–19; Jeremiah 8; Ezekiel 5:15–17; 14:21; Amos 9:5}. Consequently, for those who violated the Law of God and disobeyed His commandments {e.g., Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30; Isaiah; Jeremiah 5:20–30; 6; 7; 8} – for all the creatures with the perverted nature, the very environment–nature, which is intended to sustain their existence, becomes the means of their extermination.

 

*7* See 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, and Foundation – in Part I of 4_September_October_2014. The Discernment. – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_3

 

*8* See concept of the observer and other systems terms in Introduction to the Systems Logic – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_1

 

*9* Concerning collapse of human reasoning/intelligence, see the postings in Folder Archive_2011: The Bear and the Pigeon – Page 3_June_July_2011, Separation and The Unknown Time – Page 1_January_March_2011. The Excerpts are included in 4_September_October_2014. The Discernment – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

Concerning the collapse proceeding in accordance with the διαφθορον pattern, see ApostasyThe World & The War. Part II. – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*10* 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

 

*11* See  The Foreknowledge – Folder Archive_2012, Page 2_February_2012. The Excerpt is included in 4_September_October_2014. The Discernment – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/], Page Library_3

 

*12* See my book The Invincible Empire, Chapter 3. The Prophets and the Sources of Knowledge, and the following Excerpt  from posting The Hebrew Prophets – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 1_2008 

Excerpt

“The Hebrew Prophets

 

“…I will raise up to them a prophet among them…

And I will put My words in his mouth,

and he shall speak to them as I shall command him…”

{Deuteronomy 18:15–18}

 

Who were the people chosen to convey the will of God to their brethren? The Prophets were the actual rulers of pre–king Israel. They are the most extraordinary people who ever existed:

– they manifested abilities inaccessible by the others

– none of hierarchies, authorities, other social and political factors had any power over their mind.

The phenomenon of the Hebrew Prophets remains the unexplained mystery and unsolvable problem for the contemporary sciences, which have no choice but to denounce the Holy Scriptures as a collection of myths and allegories.

The mind, which accepts the Holy Scriptures as the truth, knows that the Prophet speaks and acts by the Spirit of God, and the impossible does not exist for him {e.g., in: Joshua 10:12–14; 3 Kings 17:19–24; 18:41–45; 4 Kings 1:9–15; 2:8, 19–22; 4:1–7, 32–35, 39–44; 5:8–15, 20–27; 20:9–11; Zechariah 4:6; 2 Peter 1:19–21}:

  – Joshua the son of Nun cried to God, and as he asked, the Sun and the Moon stood still until the people finished the battle

  – Isaiah the Prophet asked God to confirm his prophecy to the king by sending backward the shadow of the Sun on the sundial, and it was done

  – Eliu the Prophet revived the dead, called rain and fire from the heaven, parted water when he needed to cross the river

  – Elisaie the Prophet purified the poisonous water and destroyed the poison, multiplied oil in a house of the poor widow and the food for people, revived the dead, healed and sent leprosy

  – the Prophets predicted the Future, and their predictions became the actuality. 

When the Prophets act on behalf of God, they have the complete control over the forces, which maintain existence of the material world. The texts of the Holy Scriptures reveal that the Hebrew Prophets

  – changed nuclear structures and transformed the existing matter into another substance (destruction of the poison, purification of the water)

  – created the perceivable matter directly from the unperceivable universal energy–source of creation of the matter (multiplied food and oil)

  – controlled destruction of the matter (survival within burning flame, healing of the sick, sending disease and death)

  – restored the set of the energy fields, which accommodates existence of a living human being at the specified time–space point of the Universe (reanimation of the dead)

  – controlled the forces of the Nature (movement of the planets, rain and fire from the sky)

  – controlled the energy fields, which create and direct the force of gravity (e.g., water was parted to let the Prophet cross the river)

  – ascended to the level where the time–space–complexity limitations do not exist (the ability to see the Future).

The Gospels allow understanding of the prophetic phenomenon. Before the Apostles of Lord Jesus Christ began their mission, they received the same abilities, which the Hebrew Prophets manifested: they became able to heal the sick, resurrect the dead, and accomplish many other things, which the people name “miracles.” Behind the two phenomena – the Hebrew Prophets and the Apostles – is the same Power: the Spirit of Almighty God.

A human being was created to be the temple–dwelling of God, and when the Spirit of God descends unto the mind, it comes to Own house. It means that each of us might become the member of God’s household, receive our divine inheritance, and the innate abilities manifested by the Hebrew Prophets, Apostles, and other servants of God.

And I think that

  – there are no limits for a human being created in the image and likeness of God

  – we, the ordinary people, have distanced ourselves from our Father and Creator in such a long way that our own normal abilities became unbelievable phenomenon; we even the special term invented – “supernatural abilities…”

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*13* 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

 

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

 

*15*  See Renunciation of Apostasy – in Blog_Posts – file for download @ website Systems Logic [ http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net/  ],  Page LIBRARY_1, and Apostasy in The World & The War. Part II. – file for download @ website Systems Logic, Page LIBRARY_2

 

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References:

 

Bitzes, John G. Greece in World War II to April 1941. 1982. Manhattan, Kansas: Sunflower UP, 1989.

 

Chidester, David. Christianity: A Global History. New York: HarperCollins, 2000.

 

Encyclopedia of the Vatican and Papacy. Ed. Frank J. Coppa. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999.

 

Fuehrer Directives, and Other Top–Level Directives of the German Armed Forces. Washington, D.C., 1948. 2 vols.

 

Greece: A Summary of Background Information. Prepared by the Office of Public Affairs U.S. Department of State. March, 1947.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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32_218. Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Stumbling Stone

 

…Sanctify the Lord Himself…

…if thou shall trust in Him, He shall be to thee for the sanctuary…

You shall not come against Him as against the stumbling–stone,

neither as against the falling of a rock…

{Isaiah 8:13–14}

…the one falling on this Stone will be crushed;

on whomever it falls, it pulverize him…

{Matthew 21:44}

 

Lord Jesus Christ told the parable of the Housemaster {Matthew 21:33–39; Mark 12:1–8} who planted the vineyard and provided it with everything it could ever need to bear the fruits. The Housemaster rented his vineyard to vinedressers and left the country. When the time came, he sent his slaves to receive the fruits, yet the vinedressers have beaten one, killed another, and stoned the next one. When the Housemaster sent more slaves for the fruits, which were due to him, the vinedressers did the same to them. Then, the Housemaster sent his own beloved son saying that they would respect his son. But seeing the son, the vinedressers conspired against him to kill him and to apprehend his inheritance. So, they took the son, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.

Hence, the Lord asked His listeners {Matthew 21:40–41; Mark 12:9}: when the Lord of the vineyard comes, what He will do to these vinedressers? The listeners told Him: He will utterly destroy them and He will rent His vineyard to the others who would bring Him the fruits.

Then, the Lord said to them {Matthew 21:42–45}: did you ever read in the Scriptures concerning “The Stone, which the builders rejected, is the One that has become the Head of the corner? This was from the Lord, and this is wonder in our eyes”? Because of this, the Kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to the nation producing the fruits of it. The one falling on this Stone will be crushed; on whomever it falls, it will pulverize him. Hearing this parable, the chief priests and the Pharisees {Matthew 21:45–46; Mark 12:12} knew that He was speaking about them, and they wanted to cease Him, yet in that time, they were afraid of the crowds that surrounded Him listening His words.

Three lines in this brief conversation provide the insight into the right discernment – its foundation and its meaning.

1. The chief–priests and the Pharisees are the wicked vinedressers {Matthew 21:33–41; Mark 12:1–9}: the ones who had to take care of the vineyard of the Lord – His people {Isaiah 5:1–30}, so, it would bring forth the fruits: the people who have learned the law of God, embodied it into their life, and are prepared for the Messiah to be purified by and sanctified in the Word of Truth {John 15:1–6; 17:17}.

However, the chief priests and the learned elite, the Pharisees, did not accomplish the purposes for the sake of which they existed, because they rejected the law of God and disregarded the Word of the Holy One of Israel. Moreover, they refer to the people, to whom they had to convey the knowledge of the law, as to the cursed ones because they do not know the law {John 7:49}, while they themselves, as the ancient prophets knew, turned away from God and His law and mistreated His people trusted to their care. Although Moses conveyed the message of God that all contacts with the surrounding heathen nations are forbidden {e.g., in: Exodus 23:32–33; 34:11–17; Deuteronomy 7; 9:1–6; 10:12–13; 11:16–17; 12:2–4}, the rulers, for instance, Solomon {3 Kings 9:9; 11:2–6} and other kings of Israel*1*, the elders, and the people disregarded the Moses’ warning concerning danger of contacts with the idol–worshipers. Ultimately, they absorbed the manner of life, customs, practices and idol–worshiping rites of the heathens*2*. The process of slow poisoning of the chosen ones’ mind with knowledge of “other gods” – the knowledge referred in the Holy Scriptures as the lethal poison of asp and viper {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 32:31–33; Psalm 90(91):13; 139(140):1–3}, the Orphism*3*, resulted in transformation into apostates and idol–worshipers who made the covenant with death, committed themselves to falsehood and expected [[in vain]] that falsehood would be their protection. They substituted doctrines of men*4* for the commandments of God; subsequently, they became the offspring of the vipers and the children of the arch–evil {Isaiah 2:6–8; 9:13–19; 24:5–6; 28:14–15; 29:13–15; 30:9–14; 59:2–10; Jeremiah 16:11–18; 23:1–2, 10–11, 14; 51(44):7–23; Ezekiel 8; 34; Zacharias 7:9–13; Malachi 2:5–9; Matthew 15:1–20; Mark 7:5–13; John 7:45–49; 8:37–44, 47; 1 John 3:8–10}.

Thus, as the Lord warned His people {e.g., through Moses in the time of law–giving – Deuteronomy 30, Solomon – in the time of construction of the first temple– 3 Kings 9:1–9, through the prophets – e.g., Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel}, and as the history has confirmed*2*, the enemies brought destruction, slavery, and death over those who became the enemies of God {e.g., in: John 8:37–47}.

Firstly, pollution and corruption with the customs, habits, the manner of life, and knowledge of the heathens resulted in the loss of the right discernment – misconception*5*: the people became unable to discriminate between the good and the evil, between the truth and the lies, between the true knowledge and the false knowledge {as it is said in the Holy Scriptures –– Isaiah 6:8–10; Matthew 13:14–15; Mark 4:11–12; John 12:4041 –– the people hear, yet they do not understand, they see, yet they do not perceive; their heart became gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed}.

In summary, the loss of the right discernment has led, firstly, to rejection of the law of God, then, to acceptance of false knowledge with expectations that the false knowledge would secure protection and survival*6*, ultimately, to complete conversion into the heathenism – apostasy*7* following with development of an inability to be prepared for the knowledge of the eternal God – the knowledge that is the everlasting life. The end was διαφθορον – the totality of physical, moral, and religious ruin*8*: slavery and death of human beings, collapse and destruction of their establishments.

 

Corruption with the heathen customs, morals, manner of life, and knowledge

loss of the ability to discriminate between the good and the evil

loss of the discernment

rejection of the law of God

acceptance of heathenism – the false knowledge

apostasy

transformation into the offspring of the arch–evil

total collapse and ruin.

 

2. The fulfillment of the promise of the Lord to establish His indestructible Kingdom on the earth, in man {Luke 12:49; 17:20–21}: by the will of the Lord, the Stone that was rejected by the builders became the Head of the corner {Isaiah 28:16}: the foundation, on which the entire building is set. This building is the kingdom of God the Spirit, which is prepared for the children of God {Luke 20:34–38; John 1:1–13; 3:3–8; 4:23–24; 17; 1 Peter 1:3–5; 2:9–10, 25; Ephesians}. The Corner Stone, the foundation of the kingdom, is the Word–God Who is the One with the Father, Who explained God the Father and gave knowledge that is the everlasting life {John 1:1–18; 10:30; 14:6–11; 17:3, 21–23}.

The builders are the ones who are the very Own of God, who are collected, saved, and illuminated by Lord Jesus Christ the Savior, who have established their mind, reasoning, actions, daily life – their entire universe – upon this Corner Stone. With the knowledge and power given by God, they are building themselves into the living temple of the Living God. During this process, the right discernment protects them from leaving the path of righteousness {John 14:6} and facilitates accomplishment of their purposes. Those who disobey God’s commandments, are left to stumble at the Stone, being unable to comprehend the knowledge of God {in: Matthew 5; 10:38–39; 16:24–27; Mark 12:10–11; Luke 6:27–38, 46–49; 9:60–62; John 1: 1–18; 3:1–21, 31–36; 4:23–24; 10; 13:34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2:4–10, 25;  1 John 3; 4; 5; Ephesians; Isaiah 28:16–17; 42:16}.

3. Two Old Testament prophecies facilitate comprehension of the meaning of destruction that, as the Lord says, awaits those who will stumble upon the Stone and on whomever it falls {Matthew 21:44}:

–– the annihilation of the great image/idol (εικων – image, icon, idol, likeness) with tremendous appearance and of terrifying vision, which was composed of the materials that symbolize different kingdoms/establishments of men, was revealed in the dream sent to the Babylonian king. In the king’s dream, which the enchanters (wizards), magi, sorcerers (diviners), and the Chaldeans*9* could not know and explain, the idol [[the entirety of all establishments built by men]] was destroyed by the Stone [[the kingdom of God]] that pulverized the idol into the dust, which was carried out by the violence of the wind. Then, the Stone filled the entire earth {Daniel 2:1–45}.

One of the meanings of this prophecy could be anticipation of the time, when ultimately, the knowledge of the Word–God, the Glory of God, will annihilate the false knowledge and fill the entire earth [[man]]; then, the children of God will be with God forever {in: Exodus 33:19, 22; Habakkuk 2:14; John 17:3, 5, 22–24; Revelation 19:11–21; 21:1–7; 22:1–5}.

Knowledge of God destroys the futile assumptions of men, establishes God as the Absolute, as the focus of human universe [[soul–heart–mind]], opens the mind for comprehension that the law is the Perfect Love of God, the Absolute Good, and gives the everlasting life to those who accept it. This knowledge also is the dividing sword between two realms allotted to comprehension of man, so, who would be able to make his choice: life or death

 

that is born of flesh is flesh, and that is born of Spirit is spirit

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the thoughts of flesh lead to death; the thoughts of the Spirit lead to life and peace

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the wisdom of this world is insanity before God; the knowledge of the Spirit is life

those who learned knowledge of the Word–God should disregard the earthly “wisdom”

[[that is, firstly, to avoid sin, pollution and corruption with idols – figments of human imagination inclined to the evil]]

because their power is in the knowledge of God given by the Holy Spirit and because of the Word–God

{John 3:6; 6:63; 14:15–17, 23–26; 15:26; 16:13–15; 1 John;

Romans 8:5–17; Galatians 5:19–26; 6:8; Philippians 3:18–21; Colossians 2:6–9, 18–23; 1 Corinthians 2:5–7; 3:19–20}

 

If the knowledge of God fills the entire heart–mind, as the dream of the ancient Babylonian king the Stone fills the entire earth, this knowledge, which has the beginning and end in the Word–God, 

a/ establishes the Absolute Good of God, Who is everything of His creation – Α και Ω, the Beginning and the End, as the absolute good for man and of man*10*

b/ destroys the matrixes that the establishments of men build and impose onto the mind with the intention to enslave human beings through control of thinking and silencing the conscience

c/ opens the boundless freedom of cognition, which begins with the right discernment established upon the Word–God and culminates in the knowledge that is the everlasting life obtained through the Word–God and given by the Holy Spirit

d/ accomplishes destruction of the covenant with death – redemption and deliverance from the slavery of sin and shadow of death {Psalm 106(107):10–11, 13–20; Isaiah 28:17–18} and then, completes the destruction, which is set for the earth [[man without God is the earth – χουν απο της  γης – the pouring dust of the earth {Genesis 2:7}]], that is those who according to own self–judgment, come into the darkness, and will face the eternal separation from God {John 3:18–21; Matthew 8:11–12}.

Again, this destruction is accomplished by the knowledge – by the absolute weapon*11* of the Word of God {Revelation 1:16; 19:21; Ephesians 6:17} that annihilates the enemies of God {Psalm 67(68):1–2}.

Therefore, the right discernment*12* empowered by God enables the mind to reject instantly the knowledge of the evil, by which the enemies of God live, therefore, to survive…

 

 

To be continued…

 

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Notes:

 

 

*1* See The Ancient Kings – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_8_2009. The excerpt is in Note *6* to The Vineyard and Its LessonsSupplement 1 to The War & The World. Part II. Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

 

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

 

*3* The Orphism is the root of many heathen religions and cults, especially, the cults of death. The Orphism is mythical serpentine theology; that is why, in the Gospels, the followers of Orphism and its derivatives are referred to as “offspring of vipers,” as the sons of the arch–evil – the ancient serpent of Genesis, as the ones who, within them, do not have place for the Word of God {Matthew 3:7–12; 15:1–20; 23:1–35; Mark 7:5–13; Luke 7:29–35; 16:13–17; John 8:37–47; Genesis 3:1–6, 14–16}.

The Orphism is the most distinctively formed core of the heathenism. Analysis of the different philosophical, religious, and political doctrines rooted in Orphism

a/ facilitates understanding of formation and development of different versions of the same arch–lie {Genesis 3:1–6}, from which the multitude of different false religions, cults, and ideologies sprung

b/ leads to the conclusion that all of them have the same the essence: rejection of true God and acceptance of idol–worship – assertion of existence of “other truth” and “other gods.”

Concerning the heathenism and its core – the Orphism (that also sustains theological–philosophical–political doctrines of Plato, Aristotle, and their followers), 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

Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons and Supplement 2_Philo of Alexandria to Apostasy –– files 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 The Facets of the Absolute – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3, and in Note *27* to the main text of The Discernment

The True Vine, Folder Archive_2008_2008, Page 1_2008; the excerpt is in Note *24* to The Discernment

Logic of Death Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008; the excerpt is in Note *29* to The Discernment

Imagination Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_ 2008; the excerpt is in Note *35* to The Discernment

Idolatry and Divination – both in Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010; the excerpt from Idolatry is in Note *31* to The Discernment

Philosophy: Aristotle and Philosophy: Plato in Folder Heathen Philosophy

 

*4* See The Shift in Folder Archive_2013, Page 3_April_2013. Excerpt in Note *11* to The Discernment, and The Unassailable Purity – Folder Archive_2011, Page 4_August_2011, – the Excerpt is included in The Discernment – offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*5* See The Misconception – Folder Archive_2011, Page 5_September_October_2011. The Excerpt is included in The Discernment – offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

 *6*  See The Search of the One – Folder Archive_2011, Page 5_September_October_2011. The Excerpt is included in The Discernment – offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

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

 

*8* Concerning the διαφθορον pattern, see The Search for Wisdom in Apostasy, The War & The World. Part II.  – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page LIBRARY_2

 

*9*  Concerning Chaldeans, see Folder Archive_2008–2009: Heresy – Page 2_2008, and Mysteries – Page 7_2008_2009. The Excerpt from Mysteries is included in The Discernment – offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

Excerpt

“Heresy

…The Chaldeans created the most elaborated system of social and political protection – the universal model, which determined the longevity of the Chaldean–Babylonian civilization (3000~539 B.C.).  The traces of this model can be detected in Egyptian, Minoan, Greek, and then, Roman structures of the power. In particular, the law issued by the king was the absolute law even in the religious matter; the king himself has no authority to change his own law after it was enacted {Daniel 6:8, 12, 15}.

Following the universal model, the heathen societies of the Past held the religious beliefs to be the most significant element of the cohesive power (although the doctrines and the deities might be different), which sustains the establishment and defines its strength in the time of peace and prosperity as well as in the time of war and troubles, In fact, even today, all kinds of establishments (without exceptions, tyrannies as well as democracies) follow the ancient Egyptian dogma: the absolute authority to define the beliefs of the subjects and define the meaning of truth (as well as the meaning of good and evil, virtue and sin) belongs to of the head of the hierarchy – pharaoh–king–ruler–pope–leader; anyone who challenges this authority must be exterminated, exiled, expelled, proclaimed to be insane, that is by any means must be removed from any position of influence on the others…” 

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

 

*11* See The Absolute Weapon in The Facets of the Absolute – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*12* See The Discernment. Part I.


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33_219. Sunday, October 26, 2014

Development of the Right Discernment

 

…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}

 

 

Detachment

 

As it was mentioned in Introduction, the Absolute Truth*1* – knowledge of the Word–God – forms the foundation of the right or ultimate discernment*2*. The right discernment is the fruit of the knowledge of God revealed by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God: the Absolute Good, the knowledge of which is the eternal life {John 17}. Or it could be said that the first practical result of knowledge of the Absolute Good*3* is the right discernment, which protects the mind from deadly susceptibility to deceit and consequent acceptance of false and lies instead of truth.

In brief, the right discernment, as an ability of the instant identification of the true meaning –– the core–essence: the good or the evil –– of all and everything that a person encounters, is the synergy of

 

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

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                  the mental power

          to apply knowledge of God for construction of own life

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

           for own survival                                      for own evolution–advancement

                                                                          on the way to God.

 

From the practical point of view, the one could define the right discernment as the synergy of three correlated domains of knowledge: knowledge of God, knowledge of the human nature created by God, and knowledge of the world created by God for accommodation of life of human beings – the world that is tuned to the human nature:

Knowledge of God

Knowledge of the human nature  

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Knowledge of the world that sustains life of a human being

 

Only the mind that has the 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.

Thus, the one could envision the right discernment as the ability of unbiased and free mind, which operates–thinks [[creates thoughts, opinions, judgments, inferences, and plans of actions]] on the knowledge of the Absolute Truth*1*. Knowledge of the Absolute Truth excludes attachments to material things, particular doctrines, emotional or other kind of involvement, and especially, any kind of mental association with the considered objects: other living beings, material things, events, creations and establishments of men.

Therefore, the first practical goal of the one who desires to develop the right discernment should be mental detachment from the object of observation; such detachment should follow focusing on contemplation of the Absolute Good, which the one should make the center of his world. The one could envision such detachment as the ability of unbiased consideration/analysis sustained by the ability/power to set aside personal preferences, prejudices, predispositions, matrixes of thinking based on emotional and other bias, seeking advantages, and any other considerations, which code make the mind inclined to biased judgment, and thus incapable of the right discernment.

In the beginning of human civilization, the people had to learn the meaning of detachment through observance of the fourth commandment {to keep the seventh day holy as the Sabbath of the Lord God – Exodus 20:8–11}. At the physical–practical–material level, they had to cease all routine daily works, as God ceased all His works (creation of the world) {in: Genesis 2:2–3}. Eventually, they were to acquire understanding of the spiritual meaning of the “rest”*4* blessed and hollowed by God.

In our time, such detachment is possible only if the one has learned to accomplish the first main commandment {Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–30; Luke 10:27–28} and therefore, accepted God as the Absolute – the Absolute Good for a human being and of human being.

Two examples could illustrates the meaning of such detachment at the level of daily realities

1/ the outlook of an observer*5* who does not identify himself with a subject of his observation, and who does not associate himself with a subject of his observation

2/ the attitude of a traveler who, during his journey to home has to come through different places and to encounter many events, to which he does not attribute any power to influence accomplishment of his purposes.

As the ancient prophet said, I am a stranger in the earth: hide not Thy commandments from me {Psalm 118(119):19}.

The Holy Scriptures frequently mention a stranger and journey. The images of a road, strangers, and journey are too significant to be ignored:

–– the journey of the Hebrews from Egypt, through the desert, and to the Mount Sinai where the Law was granted

–– long and dangerous roads of David who fled fury and frenzy of Saul, and who eventually, became a king

–– the journey of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through the lands of Galilee, Samaria, Judea, and to Jerusalem, where His mission on the Earth was completed

–– the journeys of St. Paul the Apostle*6* to Greece, Europe, the Middle East, and to Rome where he eventually, was executed for propagation of the Christian teachings…    

All these journeys came to their completion for those who were concentrated on the will of God, and therefore, had God as the Life and the Light in the darkness and His will as the food of their soul–heart–mind {Psalm 17:28; Isaiah 42:16; 43:1–3; John 1:1–4; 3:19–21; 4:34; 14:6; 17}. The people who made the mentioned journeys received the precious knowledge of God and the Law, which defines the human nature and controls existence of the Universe.

The obtained as the result of these journeys knowledge allowed the human mind to ascend to the higher level of development and to become ready for the greater purposes; for instance,

–– the savage rebellious and stiff–necked people [[who demanded meat –– dead flesh –– in the middle of the desert and complained of the loss of pots with meat, which they ate when they were slaves of the Egyptians Exodus 16:1–3]] learned that not by bread alone but by every word of God a human being lives; they received the Law of God – to learn it, to live by it, and to evolve because of it: to become prepared for the knowledge of the everlasting life

–– the shepherd boy cognized the nature, kindness, and wickedness of men – his enemies and his fellow tribespeople who according to the will of God had to be the keepers of the Law until mankind would be given the New Testament; he left the invaluable legacy – Psalms, which conveys his knowledge of God and his vision of the world to the descendents

–– the Word–God, Who came from the above onto the earth, granted the Gospels – the good news of the Perfect Love of God, forgiveness, and salvation, and the knowledge of God that is the everlasting life {John 1:1–5, 9–13; 3:16–17, 31–36; 8:23–24; 17}.

In general, all people are strangers – all are born to pass through the world: from the first to the last breath everyone incessantly travels – by feet, by cars, by airplanes, by mind. With help of the others, because of the others, and by own free will, the mind moves from one destination to another, from one thought to another concept, from impotent ignorance to the powerful knowledge as the ability to act and to accomplish the purposes of our existence, from dissipating matter/body/flesh to eternal invincible spirit, from death into the life {John 5:24}. Yet all journeys of the mind begin with the same one thought–recognition of some insufficiency, want, thirst – would it be either some material things or some new knowledge: when the mind seeks God and with Him, the everlasting life, the journey home – into the kingdom of God – begins.

So, what is this force, which

first, ignites the comprehension of own insufficiency

then, makes the mind willing to travel in the search of the greater knowledge

eventually, transforms a human being who might be well and comfortably situated within own world

[[e.g., at the accepted as the very own part of daily existence home–job–place with a definite social status

at the social–political–another hierarchy religious–philosophical–political foundation...]]

into the stranger and traveler into other lands and realms of knowledge?

 

All the journeys, roads, and discoveries are possible only because at some moment, before even the idea of a possibility of journey is conceived,

–– the Light of God enters into the darkness of the world of the matter {Isaiah 42:16; John 1:1–13; 8:12; 9}

–– the mind of a stranger–to–be acknowledges that there is something else that exceed all that he encountered or acquired, detaches itself from the known manner and terms of existence, and realizes that something else is wanted or needed

–– the mind is empowered to receive the precious gift of the knowledge of God – the knowledge, with which the mind overcomes the limits of perceivable, visible, accessible world, and becomes able of discerning the far horizons and reaching them.

The detachment becomes the actuality when the mind asks the simple question: what can be desirable and apposite for those who want to live according to the free human nature created into the image and after likeness of the Omnipotent Almighty God? It receives the answer {Matthew; Mark; Luke; John}:

 

the blessing of detachment

the ability to admit that something unknown and unimaginable exists

the ability to see behind the cozy––well–known––comfortable cave,

in which the one dwells

the desire to learn the impossible, to comprehend the knowledge of outer limits,

and to cognize the ultimate power, which may be granted to the human mind

the abilities to create the good within the world of evil,

to find the only perfect Way,

and to accomplish the commandments ignited*7* by the Divine Fire

{Exodus 24:12, 16–17; 32:15–16; Deuteronomy 4:12, 24; Psalm 17(18):30*7*; Isaiah 10:17; John 1:1–5; 9:5; 14:6–26; 15:26; 16:13–17; Hebrews 12:29}

the proper completion of own journey –– homecoming

and the everlasting life in the presence of God

{John 17; Revelation 22:1–5}

 

If the one begins to perceive the incomparability and incompatibility of the actuality, in which he exists, with the excellence, majesty, and power of God, the Light comes, and the futile constructions of his own making become seen as is, as that what they are in the reality: miserable hovels of clay built on sand {Matthew 7:26–27; Luke 6:49}.

Then, the one perceives the breath of God – own living soul – within, and detaches himself from the misery of the dust of death {Genesis 3:14–15; John 14:30–31; 16:11, 33}.

Then, the darkness of the road to the unknown vanishes, and the one takes his journey to the morning Star {2 Peter 1:16–21; Revelation 2:28}.

 

To be continued…


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Notes:

 

*1* See The Absolute Truth in The Facets of the Absolute – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*2* See Introduction to The Discernment – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*3* See The Absolute Good and other postings concerning the facets of the Absolute Good in The Facets of the Absolute, file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*4* As St. Maximus the Confessor assumes [First Century on Theology §37; §47, §§51–55], the rest and detachment of all things and businesses in the seventh day would prepare to the rest in God, when, after completion of all that a human being has been born to complete, the “flow of temporal existence” would be ended, a human being would return to the Creator and regain the original nature.

Contemplating the theological meaning of the Sabbath, St. Maximus the Confessor, writes of the “dispassion” [[detachment]] of the “deiform” soul [[“deiform” or divine soul is the human soul that lives by God and in God]] that cast off sin, and has closed itself entirely in God, achieving “the complete reversion” of itself to God.

Furthermore, St. Maximus asserts that such a soul begins to live by the divine energy coming from God. This assertion is derived from the text of the Gospel According to John concerning a human being who loves God by observing His commandments, with whom God makes His dwelling place, and who – illuminated and taught by the Holy Spirit and saved by the Perfect Love of God – accepts the knowledge of God and His Word: the knowledge that is the everlasting life {John 1; 3:16; 14; 15:26; 16:13–15, 25–28; 17}.  

 

*5* See the concept of the observer and other systems terms in Introduction to the Systems Logic – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_1

 

*6* See The Potential of the Mind – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 4_2008_2009 . The Excerpt is included in The Discernment – offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*7* In the Septuagint:

Ο Θεος μου, αμωμος η οδος Αυτου, τα λογια Κυριου πεπυρωμενα, υπερασπιστης εστι παντων των ελπιζοντων επ Αυτον

{Psalm 17(18):30}

The word πεπυρωμενα, is a compound word composed by derivatives:

πε περ – a particle signifying abundance (thoroughness), with emphasis on very, much, ever

πυρ – fire

and then,

either ωμεν – praes. conjct. to ειμι – to be; to exist

or ω+μεν, where ω – derivative of ειμι – to be; to exist, and μεν – a particle or emphatic confirmation.

In existing Septuagint[*] translation of τα λογια Κυριου πεπυρωμενα “the oracles of the Lord are tried in the fire,” in πεπυρωμενα, πε - is considered as derivative of περαν (to pierce, through; beyond) of πειρα – a test, attempt, trial; assaying. Such translation seems to be not logical: why the fire should try the commandments of God Himself, whoever or whatever could ever try anything said or done by God?

So, the most close translation of πεπυρωμενα  could be

in English – something that consists of very much of very fire, that is of fire, carried out by fire

in Russian – as из огня несомого огнем – of fire carried out by fire.

The word  υπερασπιστης  is a derivative of υπερασπιζω  – to close with the shield, to defend in battle

The word ελπιζοντων  is a derivative of ελπιζω  – to anticipate; to hope; to expect

So, the literal translation would be:

O my God, perfect is Thy Way, commandments of the Lord are of fire carried out by fire, protections are to all who hope in Him.

Some versions of the Bible [NRSV, REB, NAB, Russian**] miss mention of the commandments of the Fire in Psalm 17(18):30(31). New Jerusalem Bible interprets verse 17(18):30 as “the word of Yahweh is refined in the furnace.” The Russian Canonical text: “God! – His way is irreproachable, the word of the Lord is pure; He is the shield for all who hope on Him” {Psalm 17:31} has other verse numbers than those in the Septuagint text.

[[Numbers of the Psalms are different in the Septuagint and English translations: in the English versions, Psalm 9 is divided on two – number 9 (The Septuagint’s verses 1–20, Russian translation – 1–21) and number 10; different numbers of Psalms and verses in different versions of the Bible are the consequences of split or missed text, and unification of two verses in one]].

The translation of the Septuagint text Ο Θεος μου, αμωμος η οδος Αυτου, τα λογια Κυριου πεπυρωμενα, υπερασπιστης εστι παντων των ελπιζοντων επ Αυτον  {Psalm 17(18):30} as “O my God, perfect is Thy Way, commandments of the Lord are of fire carried out by fire, protections are to all who hope in Him” is a prophecy of the perfection of the Way of God – the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Glory of God and the Light of the world {John 1:1–5; 9:5; 12:39–41; 14:6–10; 17:1, 5 ; Acts 7:2; 1 Peter 4:14; Revelation 21:22–23}, and is consistent with the texts in the Old and New Testament Books:

the commandments of God written by God are of Fire carried out by the Fire our God is the Consuming Fire, the Spirit,

Whom Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, came to cast into the earth (man)

all that we have done on the earth will be

εν πυρι  αποκαλυπτεται  …  το πυρ  δοκιμασει  

– revealed and tested by the fire

[[revealed and tested (evaluated) according to the commandments/law of God]]

{Exodus 24:12, 16–17; 32:15–16; Deuteronomy 4:24; Psalm 65:10, 12; Isaiah 1:25; 10:17; Malachi 3:1–3;

Luke 12:49; John 1:1–5, 9–13; 3:5–6; 4:23–24; 10:30; 14:23, 26; 16:13–15; 1 Peter 1:3–9; Hebrews 12:29; 1 Corinthians 3:11–16}.

 

 

 

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References:

 

St. Maximus the Confessor. “Two Hundred Texts on Theology.”  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. Vol. 2.  First Century, §37; §47, §§51–55; 123–125.

 

 

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