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by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

6_June_2015

The Strange Knowledge

The Mirror

The Origin and Nature of Man


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Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Strange Knowledge

 

…Who will comprehend delusions?

Purify me of my hidden ones, and spare Thy slave of the alien [[αλλοτριων]] ones –

if they do not obtain dominion over me, I shall be pure of the great sin.

Then, the sayings of my mouth and meditations of my heart shall be continuously pleasing to Thee,

O Lord, my Helper and my Redeemer.

{Psalm 18(19):12–14}

 

…their land is filled, as in the beginning, with divinations as [the land] of aliens [[αλλοφυλων]],

and many strange [[αλλοφυλα]]  children were born to them…

…the land is filled with abominations, even the works of their hands,

and they have worshiped that their fingers made…

{Isaiah 2:6, 8}

 

the Lord … has looked upon the earth from heaven,

to hear the groaning of the fettered ones, to loosen the sons of the slain.…

{Psalm 101(102):16, 19–20}

 

 

The texts of the Holy Scriptures {Psalm 18(19):12–14 and Isaiah 2:6, 8} speak of something alien, strange [[αλλοτριων and αλλοφυλα – derivatives of αλλ(ο)/αλλος, with the primary meanings of alien, strange, unusual, different, not similar]], that nevertheless, may obtain dominion/power over man.

In Psalm 18(19):12, the key word for understanding of the nature of this alien/strange phenomenon is in the phrase “Παραπτωματα τις συνησει {Psalm 18(19):12} – “who will comprehend delusions?”

The word παρα–πτωμα–τα is a derivative of παρα–πτωμα: delusion, misconception, mistake, deviation, displacement, shift, missing the mark*1*. Such definitions stem from interpretation of παρα–πτωμα as a derivative of παρα–πιπτω – to fall near, to be mistaken, to be apostatized; however παρα–πτωμα is a direct derivative of πτωμα – fall, calamity, defeat, dead body – preceding with a particle παρα–, which supplements πτωμα with the meanings of connection, source, transmission from someone/something to someone/something. As such, the word παραπτωμα indicates something coming from the defeat, calamity, or dead body, and therefore, establishes the link with other texts of the Holy Scriptures, in which the idol–worshipers (the ones living by the false knowledge of “other gods” – idols) are portrayed as similar to their idols – the pieces of the dead matter devoid of perception and reasoning, destined to perish, yet, to which they serve, especially, as opposed to the ones who serve True God {e.g., in: Psalm 113(114):3–11; 134(135):13–18; Jeremiah 10:1–18}.

In summary, delusion is a figment of imagination, fantasy, misconception, superstition, myth, erroneous assumption – all of these compile knowledge inadequate to the actuality: the false knowledge coming from death, which is the basis of the reasoning for those who are not of God {in: John 8:41–47}. Consequently, delusions – the false knowledge defined by the Psalm as strange/alien one – are the great sin before God. So, the prophet beseeches God to purify him from delusions that are hidden in his mind, and to save him from the alien ones that come from outside. If the prophet’s mind/heart is purified and saved from his own and alien delusions – if he is not deluded and deceived – his words and thoughts would be continuously pleasing to God, and he would not commit the great sin {Psalm 18(19):12–14}. 

Isaiah the prophet {in: Isaiah 2:6} mentions divinations – κληδονισμων [[derivative of κληδων that means soothsaying, sorcery, augury, interpretation of omens]], as it was in the beginning, when the Israelites were settled in the Promised Land among the native idol–worshiping nations, which used divination*2* to create their “knowledge” – fantasies concerning “other gods,” and then,

a/ embodied this knowledge into the designs of the mind and works of hands – idols [[materialized their fantasies concerning their imaginable gods into the material things]]

b/ established rituals of idol–worship*3* including rituals of human and animal sacrifices

d/ maintained their societies and establishments according to their beliefs and the purposes of their priests–diviners and rulers who interpreted for them the “will” of their idols.

Isaiah the prophet also tells {in: Isaiah 2:6} of the consequences: τεκνα πολλα αλλοφυλα εγενηθη αυτοις – many strange children were born to them.

Traditional translation of τεκνα πολλα αλλοφυλα εγενηθη αυτοις is “many strange children were born to them.” However, τεκνον (→ τεκνα)also means offspring, issue, fruit, produce, and εγενηθη as a derivative of γιγνομαιγινομαι means to be, become, grow, make, be turned/merge into, be created, come into existence, emerge, take place, and so on. Therefore, the meaning of the Prophet’s words is that many strange/abnormal products emerged or many abnormalities came into being as the result of acceptance of the alien/strange/abnormal knowledge [[that is the result of κληδονισμωνdivination]].

By the definition, any strange/alien phenomenon is not consistent with the original nature: it is abnormal.

Indeed, for the chosen people, the idol–worshipers were aliens – “children of other gods” – any contacts with whom should be avoided {e.g., in: Exodus 34:10–17; Deuteronomy 7:1–6, 25–26; 8:19–20}, and their idols and places of idol–worship had to be destroyed. The prophets referred to acceptance of the idols and idol–worship [[along with the knowledge, on which life and institutions of the idol–worshipers were built]] by the people of the chosen nation as to “go a–whoring” and harlotry; consequently, the apostates are referred to as to adulterers, fornicators, whores, seed of adulterers and the harlot {e.g., in: Exodus 34:14–16; Judges 2:16–17; Isaiah 2:21; 57:3–9; Jeremiah 3:1–3; Ezekiel 6:9; 23:28–30, 43–45; Hosea 4:11–13; 7:4; 9:1}, and so on; in general, without any respect. Thus, translation of τεκνα αλλοφυλα as strange children is in harmony with such terminology, yet the actual meaning is creation of abnormalities [[perversion]] on the basis of strange–false–abnormal knowledge {see also: 1 Peter 4:3–6; 2 Peter 2; Romans 1:18–32; Ephesians 4:17–19}. Both phenomena – knowledge and its results – are strange and abnormal: they are not compatible with the normal–pure–original human nature.

In summary, the one could infer that both texts of the Holy Scriptures speak of the strange knowledge, which is alien or abnormal for the mind of the chosen one who is expected to live by God. This knowledge is delusion, deviation/shift*4* from the true knowledge, fantasy and error, which, nonetheless, might obtain dominion over (subdue and enslave) the mind and cast it into the state that is the great sin before God {αμαρτιας μεγαληςPsalm 18(19):13} and abomination to God {Isaiah 2:8}. 

How then, the strange–alien–abnormal knowledge could transform people into the slaves of sin?

The words of Lord Jesus Christ {John 8:31–47} explain the meaning of slavery and freedom for a Christian.

When the Lord told the people that “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will cognize the truth, and the truth will set you free” {John 8:31–32}, the listeners confronted God: they are the descendents of Abraham, freemen, who never were enslaved to anyone; so how it could be said that they would become free*5*? In response, Lord Jesus Christ discloses the true meaning of freedom and slavery*6*: everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin; only if the Son sets them free, they would become free indeed {John 8:31–36}.

Thus, the meaning of freedom promised by God is the freedom from sin. This freedom can be given to those who

 

1/ μεινητε εν τω Λογω – steadfastly keep/stay in the Word of God

2/ cognized the Truth

{John 8:31–32; 14:6; 17:6–8}

 

Hence, the mind commits the great sin, when it

 

operates with the strange – abnormal and false – knowledge:

the knowledge of the idol–worshipers and those who disregarded the law of God

creates τεκνα αλλοφυλα – thoughts inadequate to the actuality controlled by the law of God

 

The sins of mind include

false assumptions

creation of false knowledge

application of the inadequate criteria of judgment*7*

planning of actions inconsistent with the law of God [[e.g., with which the one would violate The Ten Commandments]]*8*

design of crimes

deceit

design of the institutions, which would corrupt the others and inflict harm and detriment onto the others

planning of deprivation of the others of their possessions [[including health, wealth, and the very life]]

other thoughts, which are evil and which would result in

multiplying of evil

suffering of the others

increase of the overall insufficiency of creations of God and the world given into the dominion of man

 

All these evils can be accomplished only by the mind that is abnormal, because it produces the “strange children,” the abnormal offspring – the thoughts, which are not based on the law of God and which, therefore, are inadequate to the actuality:

 

it absorbs the strange/false knowledge

it creates the strange/false knowledge

it designs abnormal establishments

[[for instance, insufficient and inefficient systems]],

which would be detrimental for well–being of the others, and therefore, which would multiply the evil

it is unable to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which it came into being,

because it lives by the false knowledge inadequate to the actuality

 

In summary, sin is the failure to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which a human being has been created – to create the good, to accomplish development–evolution*9*:

 

own evolution as reaching the maximal potency of creation of the good

development of

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a/ own establishments so they would bring the maximal benefits for well–being of the others

b/ other beings so they would be able of achievement of maximal potency of the good and accomplishment of their purposes

c/ the world given into the human being’s dominion*10*

[[or a piece of it – system, reality, state, society, nation, business enterprise, etc.]]

 

Consequently, the one might envision liberation of the mind as

1. the correction of the present state of the mind: cessation of the shift from the true knowledge [[the knowledge of the Absolute Good of God]] to the strange–abnormal knowledge [[the knowledge of the evil]], because of which [[shift]] the mind

has filled itself with false knowledge committed the great sin  became abomination to God

 

2. establishing of the right focus of the mind:

disregarding

the material world living by the false knowledge – the knowledge of the evil,

which is strange/alien–abnormal knowledge for the mind created for the eternity with God

{Isaiah 44:20; John 8:44}

focusing on

God Whom a human being should love with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his understanding,

because God is everything for His creation,

and because the Perfect Love of God is the Absolute Good, the life and the light for man

{Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:28–30; Luke 10:27;

John 3:16; 12:46–50; 14:6–26; 15; 16; 17; 1 John}

 

3. obtaining the power to live by the words of God, the wisdom to imitate perfection, mercy and love of God, and the power to become the embodiment of the Law of God that is the likeness of the Word–God {Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:35–36; John 13:13–15, 34; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

The foundation of any sin is corrupted imagination*11*, because, before committing sin by physical actions (words and deeds), the mind commits sin by thought {in: Matthew 5:27–28; 15:19–20; Mark 7:21–23; Proverbs 6:14–15}. Before doing the evil things/crimes, the mind creates knowledge of evil, admits its permissibility, and contemplates how to embody it into the actuality of own existence with the resources a human being possesses or is able to obtain. Therefore, the power of sin rests in the inclined to evil imagination: the evil comes into possession by the mind through over–stimulated and corrupted imagination, which admits a possibility of thoughts, knowledge, words, and actions inconsistent with the law of God, that is inconsistent with normal human nature.

Consequently, freedom from sin becomes possible only after liberation from the power of evil. Liberation from the power of evil might be obtained, if the mind sets itself free [[learned to ignore, disregard]] of

 

imagination and its framework, the symbolic–mythical thinking*12* – legacy of the heathen diviners

the unconditional trust into the false and lies propagates by the others

who possess riches*13* and have the access to the power of coercion

the false and deceit spread through propaganda, political theology, ideologies, heathen religions and cult,

perverted education based upon defiance or ignorance of the law of God,

and sciences and doctrines created with Aristotle dialectics and heathen philosophy

 

After revelation of the Christian teachings, the meanings of freedom and slavery*6* are opened at the higher levels: the human mind and the human spirit. Physical freedom does not secure freedom by spirit. Physical slavery and necessity of physical submission to the owners/masters do not deprive the mind of the freedom of thinking, as well as physical death does not deprive of the eternal life {Matthew 10:28}: the temporal parameters [[the matter, time, space, material things, earthly authorities, power of physical coercion etc.]] are irrelevant in the matters of faith, in the realm of the spirit*14*.

Only God the Creator and Father has the power over the human soul, and only God, because of His grace – love and mercy to His creations, transforms the creature of earth/flesh into the child of God living by the Holy Spirit and destined for the eternity with God {John 1:1–18; 3:2–7, 16; 6:35–69; 10:1–30; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

In the Present, even if there is physical freedom [[to travel, to change employers, to move in another place, to buy that what is desired, and to eat that what is seems to be desirable, etc.]], there may not be spiritual freedom. Many live by the imagination, dream worlds, superstitions, neo–heathen religions (e.g., the cults of magicians, witches, vampires, celebrities, supermen, aliens – dwellers of other planets) distributed through all kind of media and mass culture.

The spiritual slavery

begins with delusion – acceptance of the false knowledge as the truth

proceeds and  roots itself into the mind through the symbolic–magic–mythical thinking

that became the common mode of thinking within the societies,

which live not by the knowledge of God and not according to the law of God

is maintained with attachment addiction  subservience to false knowledge,

which is constantly propagated by the contemporary diviners and “opinion–makers,”

and which is constantly spread through all media channels

 

Cultivation of the magic or symbolic thinking*12* begins in the early childhood, with violent games, movies, and books that

 

promote beliefs in magic and magicians, aliens from other planets, supermen, celebrities,

deified heroes and leaders, other idols, etc

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plant false expectations and deceptive beliefs into the power and reality of the dream worlds created by human imagination

[[that in fact, are the beliefs similar to those of idol–worshipers who worshiped products of own imagination]]

shift the child’s mind from the actuality into the dream worlds of imagination

and then, feed child’s mind with abnormalities and perversion, which are propagated as the norm

 

The actual daily reality is that the false–abnormal knowledge takes dominion over the child’s mind through the multitudes of books, movies, video and computer games, media, culture, customs, and other τεκνα αλλοφυλα – abnormal products/creations of social, religious, political and other institutions, which 

 

establish the patterns of violations of The Ten Commandments and the words of God

by transforming murder, thievery, corruption, perversion, vice, and deceit

into the legitimate and even normal components of the dream worlds,

which are spread through entertainment, education, and cultural values

impart permissibility of crimes against God and men, and other creatures of the earth,

because, technically, they are committed in the mind of the participants, in the shared dream worlds,

and at the Present, they – until some moment of time – do not culminate in actual bloodshed or other evil deeds

ultimately, take the place of the actuality

by transforming the mind of a child into the mind of a criminal

 

The ability to commit crimes within own mind transforms a child into the receptacle of the evil and makes a child ready to commit crime(s) within the surrounding world that is to commit crimes against the real people; the misguided mind living by the dream and figments of imagination already has lost the abilities to think adequately, to adequately perceive the surroundings, to judge it adequately: it is not capable of adequate evaluation of own actions and its consequences.

Many forgot or even never knew the simple truth: whoever commits crime in his heart–mind is guilty in the crime {cf.: Matthew 5:27–28; 12:34–37; 15:15–20}. Therefore, creators, sellers, and disseminators (free or commercially–motivated) who

 

a/ create and propagate abnormal beliefs into magic, vampires, aliens, other strange creatures

b/ create, share, and propagate the dream worlds filled with violence

c/ the parents, guardians, and educators who allow children, students, apprentices to consume these products of corrupted imagination

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all of them pollute and corrupt the heart–mind of the children

transform them into the potential criminals

[[those who contemplate and can commit crime]],

which very easily might be made the actual criminals

[[those who arise against their neighbors with violence and hatred and do commit crimes]]

 

The false/abnormal knowledge became the very fabric of the societies and other establishments; it poisons the mind and transforms it into the living dead who are lost within the unreal dream worlds similarly to the dwellers of the Phoenician inferno*15* who wonder helplessly and purposelessly within the dense fog, unable to sense anything and unable to find the road to light.

In general, the one could infer that it is hard to discern presence of the rational thinking within the contemporary societies:

– from one side, the societies establish plenty of institutions for preventing of crimes, catching, judging, and punishing the criminals, and taking care of the victims

– from the other side, the societies themselves nurture the criminals and prepare the ground for the crimes.

So, how to protect children from the destructive influence of the godless society and godless institutions that assumed the right to corrupt and pervert children through education and entertainment and therefore, continuously increase the overall burden of the evil depriving the society, which harbors them, of any hope on the better tomorrow?

The Christians have no right to physically harm even those who harm them: they cannot punish or put out of business those who, under protection of the civil laws, corrupt children through media, education, books, movies, games, and other channels of communication, those who constantly and even violently attempt to intervene with parents’ responsibilities to prepare their children for service to God, so their children would obtain the everlasting life in His kingdom. Does it mean that for the Christians and for all other inhabitants of the world any hope is lost?

Love to God and knowledge of God can protect a child from corruption spread by the perverted servants of the evil, and his mind from enslaving by the strange knowledge that casts him into the inferno of the evil. God sets the mind free with the knowledge of Truth {John 8:31–32; 14:6}; God exposes foolishness and void of diviners and false prophets; God gives to His people wisdom and understanding, and with them, the eternal life {Job 5:8–16; Proverbs 2:6–12; Isaiah 44:24–25; John 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1:2–25;  2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 Corinthians 3:19–20; Ephesians 1:2–14; Galatians 5}.

Thus, the inference is simple: the parents, who want their children to live, must educate their children by giving them the knowledge of God and by making the Holy Scriptures their guide, textbook, and the main source of knowledge of God and the Law of God. Only the words of God impart the righteousness, establish the conscience and moral strength of a child, and therefore, annihilate the seeds of the evil within the mind of a child. Then, the societies created by the ones who are free of the evil shall be free from riots and the violent crimes, because it shall be no evil, injustice, hatred, and other reasons that transform people deprived of the knowledge of God and His law into rebels and criminals. The truth is that

1/ only societies and other establishments founded on the knowledge of God and based on the law of God are empowered to survive and to sustain development of mankind until it completes the purposes for the sake of which God created human beings*16*

2/ the total ruin*17* is the normal end of the slaves of sin who are not of God {John 8:31–47}, who live by delusions – the alien–strange–false knowledge, the father of which is the arch–enemy of men: ανθρωποκτονος [[ανθρωποκτονος – either man–murderer or one composed of the flesh of murdered men]], the man–murder from the beginning {John 8:44; Genesis 3:15–16, 20}.

And I think that the freedom promised to the fettered ones and the children of the slain {Psalm 101(102):19–20}, firstly, is the freedom to choose life and freedom. This choice is given through Christian teachings.

The tragedy of the world is the inability to discern the fetters of sin and evil, which assumed the form of the dream worlds – strange children born by the corrupted imagination intently bent upon the evil {Genesis 8:21} and living by the strange–alien knowledge of the evil, which is abnormal to the human nature…

Only knowledge of the Truth empowers the mind to crush the fetters of death and to come to the Light that leads into the eternity with God {John; 1 John}…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* Some meanings of παραπτωμα are similar to those of αμαρτια or αμαρτημα – sin: missing the mark, mistake, fault, error, defect, weakness, imperfection, ill, transgression, crime. So, the common translations [*] of παραπτωματα are transgressions, errors, faults, and sins, although the precise meaning of sin is conveyed with word αμαρτια(ς), as it is, for instance, in Psalm 50(51):2, and John 8:35.

 

*2* See Divination – Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010, excerpt in Note *43* to Archive_Selections_2015 – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3, or Divination in Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_1

 

*3* See Idolatry Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010; excerpt in Note *27* to Archive_Selections_2015 – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*4* See postings in Folder Archive_2013: The Focus – Page 2_March_2013, and The Shift – Page 3_April_2013 (excerpts in Note*17* to The Discernment  – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3)

 

*5* See Slavery in Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 7_2008_2009; excerpt follows

 Excerpt

Slavery

...but slave does not remain in household to the age: the son remains to the age.

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

{John 8:35–36}

 

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

–– God promises the knowledge of truth, which sets man free, and they respond with pride and anger: they are the seed of Abraham, and to no one they have been enslaved*E*1* – never! So, why He promises them that they would become free?

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/ the difference between freedom and slavery

2/ death behind the slave’s judgment.

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

 

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

2/ sons of Abraham

3/ sons of God

 

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

1/ ignorant slaves of sin

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

because they are not able to perceive the Word–God

3/ sons of devil who was a murderer and liar from the beginning

 

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

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

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

–– they carved from themselves the λακκους  συντετριμμενουςbroken cavities incapable to hold the water.

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

{Greek word λακκοv denotes also underground prison; for instance, when Jeremiah the Prophet was imprisoned for bringing the message about the will of God, he was cast into  λακκον – the underground pit  – Jeremiah 45:7–13.}

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

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

Two inferences due:

1/ the knowledge of God makes freedom of man

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

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

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

The roots of slavery are hidden in the pre–Flood civilization: when Noah cursed his grandson Canaan, he predicted that Canaan would be a slave of his relatives; therefore, Noah definitely knew the meaning of slavery – the part of the burden of the evil, which triggered the annihilation of the pre–Flood Earth along with all corrupted flesh {Genesis 6:6–14; 9:18–27}.

Before receiving the Law, the chosen nation underwent four hundred years of slavery in idol–worshiping Egypt, the land of descendents of Cham who sinned against his father Noah and whose son Canaan was cursed to be the slave to his brethren {Genesis 15:13–16; 9:18–27; Psalm 104(105):23, 27}. So, the people would learn slavery and to be prepared to appreciate freedom.

Later, when the idol–worship spread all over Israel and, instead of peaceful and prosperous life in the Promised Land, the people encounter famine, wars, and slavery, Jeremiah the Prophet explained the reasons for their affliction: those who had abandoned God and enslaved themselves to alien gods in their land would become slaves of the aliens in another land {Jeremiah 5:19; as Moses foretold that in: Deuteronomy 28:47–48, 68}. The prophet disclosed the correlation between two plagues of mankind: idol–worship and slavery are inseparable.

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

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

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

and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

–– humans are slaves of gods

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

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

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

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

–– the community owns its parts–citizens

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

The logic of slave–owner fashions an entire framework for all Aristotle’s speculations; he perceives the world as an embodiment of the universal master←→slave pattern: humans are slaves of gods, thus, slavery must be the natural foundation of any human society and establishment. The vision of the deity as a slave–owner has brought Aristotle to the idea of separation of the good of man from the good of gods, because, in his society, that what is good and natural for the master is not intended and is not accessible for his slave. Such separation resulted in substitution of the practicable material good of the society for the Absolute Good: the good material, discernible, verifiable, and understandable by man took the place of the good of gods and the physical perception became the foundation of ethics. 

The Aristotle’s line of arguments prompts some inferences:

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

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

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

a/ lies and slavery become companions

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

c/ manifestation of beliefs in slogans and false promises of those who strive for the political power

sustains the political rituals similar to rituals of the idol–worshiping societies.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For instance, in the Roman Empire, when Seneca wrote that men are in the power of nothing if death is in their power and that freedom from the fear of death comes with the knowledge of the good and the evil [Epistles XCI 2:447; LXXVIII 2:197–199; CXIV 3:309, 317], he initiated the irreconcilable conflict between the imperial hierarchy of values and the inner hierarchy of man, therefore he planted a seed/possibility of the social instability.

Consequently, Seneca implied that the Fate has no power over those who know how to die.

Consequently, as Socrates in his time, Seneca had to die because of his convictions. Seneca’s pupil, Roman Emperor Nero (AD 54–68) ordered the aged philosopher to commit suicide [[the method of execution reserved for the highest Roman nobility]].

Obviously, even the mention of freedom had dire consequences in the society of slaves*E*2*.

And I think: there is an explanation of the widely spread hatred to the Christian teachings. The reason for this hatred is the fundamental concept of Christianity – freedom. We, the Christians, hold that

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

of the omnipotent and free God

slavery is the evil inconsistent with the human nature

 

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

Now, when the Christianity and even mention of God became “politically incorrect,” where could the people find the power to withstand the evil and slavery of atheism, violence, fear, ignorance, corruption, perversion, and indifference, which have overwhelmed and now are happily digesting the remnants of the Western civilization?

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

 

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*E*1* In fact, the Hebrew tribe – descendents of Abraham – was enslaved by the Egyptians: four hundred years they lived as slaves in Egypt, the land of Cham {Psalm 104(105):23}, humbled and afflicted, because they have to learn slavery, so they would appreciate the freedom. They received the first knowledge of truth – the Law of God – through Moses. However, gradually, the scribes converted the Law into lies: they took the key of understanding, yet entered not and closed entrance to the others.

Therefore, when the opponents of Lord Jesus Christ profess their eternal freedom, they tell lies.

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

 

*E*2* There is an interesting illustration of the potential of the heathen philosophy: two from the greatest criminals in the history of rulers – Alexander of Macedonia and Nero – were the pupils of the philosophers considered to be the greatest in their spheres. Aristotle of Greek heathen “classic” philosophy formed the outlook of Alexander of Macedonia and Seneca of Roman stoicism was the mentor of Nero.”

 

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*6* See Concept of SlaverySupplement_1 to Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*7* See

– The Ultimate and Perfect Judgment in The Facets of the Absolute – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

The Criteria of Judgment – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 5_2009; excerpt follows

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“The Criteria of Judgment

 

…And answering, the King will say to them:

Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of these,

the least of My brothers, you did it to Me…

{Matthew 25:40}

 

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

In this text of The Gospel According to Matthew, our Lord God Jesus Christ summarizes responsibilities of a human being toward other human beings and discloses His Own criteria of judgment: the essence of everything and the key to the eternal life are love and mercy to all – all that we do to our brothers–neighbors–aliens, we do it to our God.

In other texts of the Gospels {Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:36; John 13:34–35}, God summarizes responsibilities of a human being toward God:

 

– love and imitate your God – be merciful and perfect

as your Heavenly Father is merciful and perfect

– love the others as God loves you

 

God’s beloved disciple, St. John the Apostle, wrote: God is the perfect Love without fear and suffering, and His Love, His only begotten Son – the Word–God – by love and mercy saved the world and bestowed life everlasting to all those who love God and His creations and who follow the commandments of God. These commandments are well known since the beginning of the human civilization – that is from the moment of revelation of The Ten Commandments: they are not hidden from a human being, because they are within the human heart. These commandments convey the nature of a human being created into the image and after likeness of God: Love is the source of the Law and the prophets; the one abiding in love abides in God and God dwells in him {Matthew 5:48; 22:37–40; Luke 6:36; John 13:34–35; 14:23; 1 John 4:7–21; 2 John 6; Genesis 1:26–27; Deuteronomy 30:11–14, 19–20}.

And I think of incompatibility of the today’s world with the world of God; I think that the judgment of so many of us became incompatible with God’s very Own criteria of judgment. Who today, in this time of economical and other difficulties, in the world divided by ideologies, false religions, hatred, social and economical inequality, wars, competition and scarcity created by men, who is able to do all or at least some of these deeds, by which we all will be judged?

Nations are in the constant manifest or hidden wars for possession with the scare resources and for the world domination.

Societies became the cages for slaves deprived of freedom of thought, freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and freedom of information and kept under total surveillance. The only permissible or universal religion is idol–worship –– political, religious, social, and simply wealthy and powerful bosses of all ranks, celebrities, and other idols, which usurped the place of God, eat each other in the uninterrupted war for “absolute” power over their subjects and followers.

The highest mission of the public education and sciences is to remove any knowledge of God from the mind of children and adults and keep them within the imaginary worlds of false and evil populated by “supermen,” monsters, diviners, magicians, murderers, criminals, and perverts.

Some churches became the social clubs existing for convenience, socializing, and treachery: the rituals and illusions supplanted the faith; the false and evil took place of the teachings of Christ; love to children degenerated into pedophilia and perversion; corruption, extortion, and fraud are the ordinary deeds – daily life of preachers and “priests.”

The simple mortals – those who still believe that they believe in God, donate things they do not need for themselves, close eyes do not see the wolves under the mask of sheep, reconcile themselves with criminals and thieves who took the place of public servants and sell interests of the countries, which they were elected to serve and protect, to anyone who is willing to pay. Led and stirred up by the politicians striving to get elected to the positions with the access to the power and public resources, they demand to deprive the poor and the illegal aliens from any human assistance. After all of that, they believe that they accomplished God’s commandments of love and forgiveness and fulfilled their responsibilities before those in need!

However, even true charities as religious and social institutions do not take from each of us our main responsibility. By giving money away or sponsoring social programs, medical and other research, we still do not accomplish the main purpose of our existence – imitation of God, and, as a part of it, personal participation in the acts of charity and love.

In addition, do the medical and social researches, which are conducted now, have any right to be called humane, or, in other words, can they be defined as conducted in love to God and in love to His creations? Do the scientists and researchers love us, the simple mortals, for whose benefit they apparently work, and from whom they extract the means of their own living? The only criterion of judgment we have is the results: we have to judge everything by the fruits {Matthew 7:15–20}, as well as we will be judged by the fruits–consequences of our own deeds. So, some of the fruits of the contemporary biomedical and social sciences are

            – mutated viruses, which already began to indicate the face of coming plagues

            – poisonous drugs, which instead of healing, increase suffering by triggering other physical and mental disorders, developing drug addiction, and making death agonizing

            – sophisticated biological and other weapons of mass destruction

            – elaborated methods of enslaving, propaganda and deceit

            – improved techniques of torture and surveillance

            – modification of animals for inhumane experiments

            – perversion of animal and human nature.

In summary, the fruits of contemporary atheistic–materialistic–aristotelian–darwinian biomedical and social sciences increase immensity of suffering of humans and animals and through the animals, humans again, because we, the people, are bonded with those who we slaughter, consume, and make suffer because of the delusion that their death and suffering can bring us healing and happiness and prolong our life.

God created everything good and perfect; and what about men? Is for instance, one of the last innovations – genetically modified monkeys – perfect and good? These poor creatures are made for suffering from human diseases with expectations, that they would be biomedical models, which would allow finding of cure for humans. Yet, do these expectations have any basis, any foundation in the normal nature of human and normal nature of animals, which by no means should be combined or modified? The authors of this and similar experiments with modification of genes of humans, animals, insects, plants, etc. have forgotten one simple truth: creations of God do not need any modification. Only God is Creator of this world, and in this world, nothing which is not created by God, is able to bring any good. All what humans “create,” they do “with the borrowed spirit”; they are not able to create or prolong life: all unnatural experiments with life have the only end – death.

When the researchers modify the living beings into “transgenic animals,” with which they expect to decide their problems, these unnatural creatures lose features and characteristics innate for their original nature, so any drugs developed for the modified creatures would not be beneficial for those with the original features. Besides, such modifications trigger the further perversion, which eventually will cause extermination of mankind.

Last 30 years, the research institutions experimented with modification of rodent and human genes and combining human and rodent genes. Periodically they promulgated their “victories,” for instance, such as development of new powerful remedies for human diseases. Because of the media campaigns, they successfully sold their fruits to investors and consumers, and then, continued to lead humans and animals into the next, expanded circle of inferno.

However, despite all propaganda, as it could be inferred from the current set of human diseases and overall health of mankind, after years of promises and expectations, uncountable resources spent, immeasurable suffering of animals and unsuccessful treatment of humans (for instance, those who were treated with drugs developed for mice), nothing beneficial for man is achieved. Moreover, some of researchers openly recognized that there are some differences between “evolutionary distinct” humans and mice*e1*; in plain language, it means that something suitable for humans is not suitable for mice, and that something suitable for mice is not suitable for humans. Yet, what about all those funds, grants, and other resources spent during all those years in which the scientific geniuses were not able to differentiate humans from rodents?

Now, the focus shifted to primates, in particular, small monkeys, which are considered to be “closer” to humans than rodents. Consistently with the current scientific logic, the genome of jellyfish was incorporated into marmoset embryo, and the new transgenic creature is expected to prove possibility of manipulation with genetic engineering of humans. The goals also are set: to establish population of transgenic monkeys, which mimic human disorders and then, to advance in manipulated reproduction of humans*e1*, presumably, for removing genes responsible for inherited disorders, although the original task seems to be creation of biomedical model for finding remedies for human diseases. Could it be that we have to face a new shift in scientific thought and we must prepare ourselves to the new paradigm, which would identify old–fashioned/normal human reproduction without intervention of biomedical censors as the disease or disorder?

And I think, how many more lies and deceitful promises will be accepted as truth, how many more resources and funds will be wasted by those who continue to push mankind into the unhealthy and dangerous game with the nature? Arising against the Law of God, they alter – in fact, pervert – the nature, yet, all that they already achieved and all that they will have are unfulfilled expectations and acceleration of irreversible processes of destruction, which are the inevitable consequences of any perversion.

The only cure is to return to God, to live in accordance with His Law, and to follow His commandments of love: only the divine Love is able to cure the diseases of mankind. And it cannot be otherwise, because only sins of our ancestors as well as our own {Psalm 105(106):6}*e2* are the reasons of our misery: we eat the fruits, grown by all those who lived before us as well as those we brought upon the earth. Only humans are responsible for human disasters; neither traditional victims of mankind – animals nor those who the contemporary societies sacrifice to their idols ever would be able to alleviate the burden of the Past. 

Yet, if we realize that only in God is our salvation, if we begin to beg God for mercy and forgiveness, if we stop further perversion of human and animal nature, would we still be able to have the normal offspring deserving to be called human beings, not the social animals with flesh made from the mixture of rodents–viruses–swine–monkeys–jellyfish–carrots–and–whatever–else?

Is anything left from human intelligence, does the human mind still carry the image of God, or it has lost it forever?

Is anyone from those who sustain existence of the contemporary “science,” still able to have understanding that only God is the last hope of this perverted world of death and suffering, the world of today, into which we modified the Paradise created by God?

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*e1* Connor, Steve. “Gene Breakthrough Offers Hope of Treatment for ‘Incurable’ Parkinson’s Disease and MS.” The Independent, May 28, 2009. Online edition: http:  //  www.  Independent  .  co .  uk / news / science / ……

 

*e2* The references to the Psalms follow the Septuagint; in English editions of the Bible, the numbers are different, for instance, the Septuagint’s Psalm 105 is Psalm 106 in the King James Version”

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*8* See The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation, and Preface: The Law of God in The Discernment, with Supplement_1 The Road to God – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*9* Evolution is the totality of normal or natural processes called also “life” or “existence” for any of beings created by God.

In general, natural life of each living creature is evolution as development of the maximal potency according to the God’s will/plan; “optimization” is the term describing some aspects of the evolution. The term “evolution” is applicable to all living purposeful systems: a human being, mankind, human society, etc.

In general, evolution is a life–cycle of any being who exists for a purpose and who has an ability to create–absorb–accumulate–transmit knowledge of good and to embody the knowledge of good into the structures and systems of the surrounding world. This knowledge stipulates achievement of the particular purposes – creation of good, maintenance of life and optimization of other systems, actualization of technical and other kinds of progress or the processes intended to facilitate life and development of human beings and their creations/establishments.   

If evolution is the process – development resulting in ability to ascend to the higher level of complexity, then, knowledge is the force driving evolution.

In theological terms, evolution might be defined as gradual comprehension of knowledge of God – the knowledge that is the everlasting life {John 17}. Consequently, the degree of evolution [[advancement]] of man is

1/ evaluated by his ability to embody the words and commandments of God into his daily existence – his thoughts, words, and deeds

2/ manifested through

a/ the deeds of love, mercy, and assistance to the others

b/ the abilities to create the good for the others

c/ mercy and love to the others –

 

– all of them (a, b, c) committed in righteousness and truth, in imitation of God {Matthew 5:21–48; Luke 6:26–49; John 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 2:13–26; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John 3:14–21; Ephesians 8:1–2}.  

For instance, the Old Testament might be seen as the reality, within which the evolution of the mind as cognition of God began, while the mind cannot see God and live; however, the mind has to learn three main lessons:

 

1/ own nature – the Law of God

2/ how to live by each word coming from God: according to own nature that is according to the Law of God

3/ how to love God and the others, because love is the essence of the Law

{Deuteronomy 8:3; 30:8–20; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:36–40}.

 

Then, the New Testament unfolds as the phase of revelation and absorption of the new knowledge for those who learned to live by the Law of God – the knowledge of God given through His Son, the Word–God. This knowledge is the everlasting life and the one who comprehends it enters the new reality – the realm of God the Spirit, in which the mind is empowered to exist in the presence of God through the eternity {John}.

The main lessons of this phase of evolution, which is in the knowledge of God the Spirit given by His Son, the Word–God, include the following {in: Matthew 4:4; 5:48; 11:27–30; 16:21–26; 26:36–46; Luke 6:35–36; John 4:23–24, 31–38; 6:27–69; 13:1–17, 34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2; Deuteronomy 8:3}:

1/ a human soul–heart–mind (the inner man or the essence of man) lives by the Word–God as a human body lives by bread

2/ the eternal life is knowledge of God and the Word–God Whom God the Father has sent to save the world

3/ a human being must become imitation of the Absolute Good of God – His Love, His mercy, His perfection

4/ a human being must become an image (imitation) of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, for Whom the will of God the Father is the Absolute that must be accomplished above all

5/ the eternity with God is opened to the one who became the creation of Christ and in Christ.

Hence, the last phase of the evolution of human mind at the earth might be envisioned as the ultimate choice between the evil imagination of man and the true knowledge of God: the evolution is accomplished when the mind discards all illusions, fantasies, and false assumptions, embraces the only true reality – the reality of the One Perfect – Absolute – God Whose power is the absolute power and Whose mercy is the perfect mercy, and becomes that what it was created to be – the temple–dwelling of the Creator. The first step to the ultimate perfection is understanding that faith, acceptance of the knowledge of God the Father, and observance of the commandments of Lord God Jesus Christ precede coming of the Spirit–Fire Who descends on those who are chosen to became the temple of God and to dwell with God in the eternity of His kingdom {Luke 12:49; John 3:3–6; 7:39; 14:15–17, 23, 24; Revelation 21:27; 22:3–5; Isaiah 64:8}. The knowledge of God should fill the mind and become the absolute truth and the only reality of existence:

 

God is the Absolute, the ultimate perfection, the only truth

the Love of God makes a human being perfect creation ready for the eternity

the knowledge of God is the only valuable possession

there is none and there is nothing besides God.

 

It means also that in the world created by God and given into dominion of man, nothing should take the place of God or pretend on possession by any of the attributes of God. Whatever good men are able to create, they create it only if the power of God acts through them.

Consequently, the observer evaluates degree of system’s evolution by

1/ the development of the optimal potential (capacity, force, efficiency), which the system is intended to achieve according to the system’s design

and

2/ abilities or preparedness to achieve new purposes at new level(s) of complexity – that is the abilities to learn, to absorb, to comprehend the new knowledge and to apply it for making the choice of new purposes and achievement of new purposes.

In general, the end of evolution is the breakthrough, the exit from the completed phase of existence, when the mind that has accomplished absorption of the entirety of knowledge, which sustains a particular reality, ascends at the higher level. Such ascent becomes possible because of the knowledge that transforms the mind into a being capable of existence within another reality, at the different level of complexity.

 

In the terms of systems logic, evolution is the process resulting in increase of complexity, or ascent at the higher level of complexity [[potency of knowledge defines one of the meanings of complexity; concerning complexity, see Introduction to the Systems Logic – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_1]].

 

*10* Concerning the purposes of man and the evolving reality of the world in Genesis 1 & 2, see the following excerpt from Note *1* to The Creation and the Renewal – Folder Archive_2013, Page 3_April_2013

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Note *1*

The world described in the first and second chapters of Genesis was the evolving reality, because all living creatures received the blessing of God to evolve: they had to increase and multiply and fill their sphere {αυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατεGenesis 1:22}. In addition to the blessing to evolve (to increase and multiply and fill the earth), man was given the purposes και κατακυρειυσατε αυτης– to subdue and to dominate the world filled with the all living creatures {Genesis 2:28}.

The traditional translation of Greek textαυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατε – Genesis 1:22, 28 – is “Increase and multiply and fill.”

However, the overall meaning of this logical block is much more complicated: it means to evolve, to accomplish/fulfill, to become complete:

1/ in the word αυξανεσθε ξα (and modified ξη/ξε ) – is the root for words denoting development, growth, and evolution (lit. and fig.) as in αυξανω – to grow, enlarge, increase → εξελιξηevolution

2/ the word πληρωσατε is the derivative of primary verb πλεωto fulfill, to accomplish, to make full, and then, πληρηςcomplete, full.

Therefore, God’s blessing – αυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατεdefines the purposes of man as

 

a/ his own evolution

[[definitely, development as increase may not be only about physical parameters;

multiplication and making all full/complete – that is reaching the higher level of development/complexity

at which the full potency can be exercised]]

within the evolving world

[[whose inhabitants received the same commandment, therefore,

the world itself should be capable of development necessary to sustain evolution of all its inhabitants]]

b/ maintenance of the evolution of the world accommodating his existence

c/ reaching the completion.

 

Consequently, the one can infer that the man of the first two chapters of Genesis had three interconnected purposes:

 

1/ to evolve himself, to become complete within the evolving world

2/ to dominate the evolving world

3/ to maintain evolution of the evolving world.

 

Then, after exile from the Paradise, the creative works of man are accomplished by the mind, by creating thoughts – the energy entities (codes), which, having being embodied into the material structures (books, constructions, establishments, societies, empires, other edifices), maintain human existence within the world, which is collapsing because of cognition of the evil.

The creative abilities of the Old Testament’s mind might be seen as the remnants of rudimental abilities of the creation made in the image and after likeness of the Omnipotent Almighty God. In the New Testament, the creative abilities are the natural abilities of the beings that are born by the Word of truth and are evolving into the likeness of the Word–God and συνεργοι {1 Corinthians 3:9}co–workers of God .

With coming of the Word–God, a human being is re–created and the process of evolution as the imitation of God – the process, which would result in obtaining the eternal life in the presence of God – is initiated. It means that even within the limited temporal and collapsing world the human mind, through faith and knowledge of God as the gifts of the Holy Spirit, might be enabled to create the evolving systems as it was appointed by God from the foundation of the world…”  

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*11* See Imagination – Folder Archive_2008_2009 @ website Sunday’s Thoughts [http://alicealexandrasofia.net], Page 2_2008; excerpt in Note *29* to Archive_Selections_2015 – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*12* See

– Symbolism in Ancient Civilization: Legacy Overview  – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_1

– Imagination and Symbolic Thinking in Introduction to Political theology, Folder Political Theology, Page_1

 

*13* See Wisdom and the Riches, Folder Archive_2015, Page 5_May_2015

 

*14* Christian teachings does not promise the physical freedom; since the beginning, it does not urge the slaves to rebel against their owners: the Apostles mentioned the duty of submission to the civil authorities in the civil matters. However, there is a distinction: a Christian must not become a slave of sin and a slave of men who are false teachers and heretics {1 Peter 2:13–18; 3:1–4; 2 Peter 2:1–22; Jude 3–21; Romans 6:6–23;  1 Corinthians 7:21–24; Ephesians 6:5–8, 12–18; 2 Timothy 2:24–26; Titus 3:1–11}.

Therefore, if the civil authorities and leaders of social and religious establishments intervene with the freedom of conscience, if they attempt to modify the Christian faith and to spread heresy, if they attempt to turn the Christians to idol–worship, then, and only then, the Christians must not obey. Then, the Christians must make the choice between obedience to God and obedience to the enemies of God. There should not be fear of those who can deprive of physical life; only God decides the eternal destiny of man {Matthew 10:28}: for the Christians, God is the only Authority in the matters of conscience and faith.

 

See also The World & The War. Part I. Introduction. Ecumenism. Materialism. file for download @ website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

 

*15* The Phoenicians imagined that after death of a body, the soul enters the realm of blinding fog ruled by the cruel goddess indifferent to the prayers of the doomed. In the infernal fog, the soul has to wander alone, without purpose and without expectation of mercy, helpless and unable of finding the path into the world of light.

 

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

 

*16* See Invincibility – Folder Archive_2015, Page 5_May_2015, also included in Archive_Selections_2015 – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

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

 

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References:

 

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The Septuagint with Apocrypha: Greek and English. English translation by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee Brenton. Great Britain, London: Samuel Bagster & Sons, Ltd., 1851.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Mirror

 

…Having purposed, He brought us forth by the Word of Truth,

for us to be a certain firstfruit of His creatures…

{James 1:18}

 

…if anyone is a hearer of the Word, and not a doer,

this one is like a man perceiving the face of his birth in a mirror:

he perceived himself and has gone away,

and immediately forgot of what kind he was

{James 1:23–24}

 

For those who seek wisdom and salvation, St. James the Apostle wrote {James} that God created us for a purpose, by the Word of Truth, to be the first of some special kind of His creations {James 1:17–18}.

St. James devoted his Epistle to the challenges of the Christian’s life, which everyone has to face during the life–journey; for instance such as

–– testing by temptations [[the one’s very own επιθυμιας – lusts, passions]], which expose a possibilities or readiness to commit sin, which – if fully accomplished – gives birth to/brings forth death {James 1:13–15}

–– impermissibility of common criteria of judgment by appearances*1*, with partiality to person, for instance, when the gold–fingered one in splendid clothing is preferred [[given the better place]] to the one in shabby clothing {James 2:1–9}

–– the meaning of true wisdom of man, and how to obtain it, and of the true religion, and how to confess it {James 1:5–8, 27; 4; 5}

–– danger of the uncontrolled tongue that might be the evil that cannot be restrained, which is full of the death–carrying poison {James 3:1–18}

–– inappropriateness of animosity, vanities, overconfidence {James 2; 3; 4; 5}.

One of the main lessons is that the faith of man must be substantiated and proved by his deeds: as a body without the spirit is dead, so the faith without works is dead {James 2:14–26}; thus, the deeds of man reveal the essence of his faith. 

The Apostle points to a distinction between hearing and fulfilling the Word {James 1:21–25}:

–– to hear the Word means to perceive the presence of God and to obtain the knowledge of Him; this knowledge that is given by the Holy Spirit Who proceeds from God the Father and Who, in the Name of Lord Jesus Christ – because of the Word–God – comes to those who believe in Lord Jesus Christ and who love Him by observing His commandments {John 14:15–18, 26; 15:26; 16:13–16}

–– to fulfill the Word means

 

to comprehend the knowledge of God and His Law as the foundation of life

to absorb the knowledge of the Word–God and His commandments – the Law*2*:

to learn it by heart, to evaluate the entire life according to it,

and to make it the foundation, on which the one would build his life and accomplish his purposes –

that is to live by the Law–Truth of God as a body lives by bread

to embody the knowledge of God into own life and the life of the world,

which is in his dominion or in the sphere of his influence  

to exercise the greatest power that the human mind might possess within the world of the evil:

with the knowledge of God

a/ to accept the love of God that leads into the life everlasting

b/ to annihilate the evil and to uproot its seeds out of the mind

c/ to establish own mind as the living temple–dwelling–carrier of God Who is the Spirit

{John 4:31–34; 6:33–68; 14; 15; 16; 17}

 

The Apostle explains that if a man hears and perceives, yet does not fulfill the Word, he might be compared with the one who

 

looked into a mirror and perceived the face of his birth –

that is his natural image, which he carries from birth

went away

immediately forgot of what kind he is

 

To the contrary, the one who continuously looked into the perfect law of freedom and fulfilled the Word being the doer of the work, not a forgetful hearer, this one is blessed in his accomplishments {James 1:23–25}.

As soon as the mind received the knowledge of God, fulfillment of the Word, or life as accomplishment of the will of God {John 4:34} , becomes the natural way of mind’s living similar to breathing the air, drinking water, and eating bread for a human body {John 4:34; 6:27–68; 17}. The Apostle’s instructions are given to the newcomers, who just began their way into the Kingdom of God and who are set to start their quest, similarly to the participants of the dangerous and challenging marathon who receive the last instructions of those who already claimed their victory {τον δρομον τετελεκα – 2 Timothy 4:6–8}, and who benevolently attempt to assist the following ones in achievement of their purposes*3*.

Thus, the one who seeks God, should leave uncleanness, malice, sin, vice, iniquity, and any evil; then, he might be empowered to comprehend the knowledge of God – the knowledge of the eternity, therefore, to fulfill the will of God Who desires that everyone would obtain the everlasting life {John 6:38–40}. Then, he would fit the Apostle’s description: he will hear the Word and act according to the Word, so he will be the one who acts and does the works of God, lives by the Spirit of Truth, absorbs Love and knowledge of God that is the everlasting life {John 14:12–26; 15:1–5; 15:26; 16:13–15; 17}, not a neglectful hearer who deceives himself {James 1:21–22}.

In summary, in his Epistle {James}, St. James writes of the essence of Christian teachings {John}:

 

every deed of love and every gift of completion comes from above, from God the Father of lights:

God created man into His image and after His likeness,

and in God is the entirety of man, the entirety of humaneness and humanity

because of the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ, a human being is granted the authority to become a child of God

who is born of God the Spirit for the life everlasting in the presence of God

in the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ, a human being sees own natural birth–face,

discerns own features, and actualizes the birthright

a human being is born to become the first of some special kind of creations of God,

designed to accomplish some purposes of God

in the Word–God, a human being is given love and the knowledge of the law–will of God

and how to fulfill them: how to make them the actuality of own existence

during the time at the earth, the purposes of a human being are

a/ to hearperceivecomprehend the Word–God, to cognize the perfect law of freedom, that is the will of God,

and to fully comprehend the law–will of God – the perfect law of freedom

b/ to learn how to accomplish–embody the law–will of God

into own thoughts, words, and deeds

c/ to become ready for the next phase of existence –

the life everlasting with God

 

Those who will read the St. James’ Epistle in its entirety {James, chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5}, would discover

– the opportunities of true enlightenment, which comes only through knowledge and fulfillment of the commandments of God

– the way of becoming the blessed ones who live by God and for the sake of accomplishment of the will of God:

 

the first step is to ask God for wisdom, because He gives to all freely, without reproach

{James 1:57}.

then, the one needs to be patient, steadfast in his faith and expectations:

the tolerant one, inclined to listen, yet slow to speak and slow to become angry;

by such way, he would be able to avoid evil of wrong judgment and he would start to grow in wisdom and understanding

{James 1:2–8, 12; 3:13–18; 4:1–12}.

then, the one needs to learn: what is the mercy, which the Apostle elevates over judgment

{James 2:13}.

the one’s ultimate purpose is to embody own faith, as love to God and love to the others,

into own deeds, because faith has to be shown manifestly, by acts:

the one should express his faith by good behavior in wise humility, as fulfillment of his responsibilities before the others,

in works of charity and mercy, as well as in his daily life

{James 2:14–20; 3:13–18}.

 

The Apostle forewarns of the danger, which uncontrolled words [[tongue]] could bring, and especially through the unworthy ones who pretend to be teachers and leaders, yet themselves are adulterers and adulteresses, the malicious sinners devoid of wisdom. St. James compares a human tongue with the small fire, which kindles a large forest, yet it is not only the fire–starter igniting malice, hatred, and willingness to murder within the others’ heart: the uncontrollable tongue conveys the unrestrained evil full of death–producing poison {James 3:1–12; 4:1–12}; it reveals the inner world of iniquity.

This part of the Apostle’s message reiterates the words of Lord God Jesus Christ that from the man’s heart comes forth either the good or the evil {Matthew 12:34–37; 15:18–20}. Normal man carries the Kingdom of God within {Luke 11:23, 35; 17:20–21}; another one, who has opened his heart for the evil and transformed himself into the offspring of the arch–evil, becomes the one that is not of God – the doomed world destined to be uprooted and to be cast into everlasting fire {Matthew 13:1–42; 15:13–14; John 8:43–47; 15:1–6; Revelation 20:12–15}.  

Thus, the evil/abnormal human heart might be envisioned as the place–reality–world – cosmos, in which the evil obtains the form [[thought, design, plan, doctrine, theory, code of a system]], which then, the evil tongue conveys to the others, so the evil might be materialized; for instance, by inflicting harm onto the others [[e.g., gossips, malicious slander; propaganda]] and by teaching the others [[false sciences, false religions, perverted education]] how to arrange and to make operational the establishments/systems, which would accomplish the evil purposes of men – deceit, enslaving, coercion, slaughter…

However, the one should always remember that the actual power is not in human speeches, armies, weapons, and worldly authorities. The only real power belongs to God {Daniel 6:26–27; 7:9–10; Zacharias 4:6; Matthew 10:26–30}. God decides the destiny of each living creature: it lives by the mercy of God until any good is left in it, and everything will meet the end when all the measures of evil are filled. Only according to the will and by the power of the Almighty God the Spirit, everything comes to life, exists, passes away, and is created anew {Genesis 1:1–31; 2:1–7; Psalm 101(102):25–28; Revelation 21:1, 5–6}.

Thus, for each one who lives by the Word–God [[that is the one who is focused on the Absolute: lives by the only One True God {John 17:3}*4*]], the actual reality of the present and the future is not the temporal disintegrating world of the material things, which is controlled by the evil; his only true reality is the Kingdom of God – now, in the presence, within his heart–mind, in the Future – in the eternity with God.

There are many pearls of wisdom in the Holy Bible, the Book of Life: the wisdom which is forgotten by many, yet, can be re–discovered, if

 

the one looks into the precious mirror created by the words and acts/works of Lord Jesus Christ:

the Word–God, Redeemer, and Savior

the one recalls his true nature: the image and likeness of God,

Whose attribute – the Absolute Good*5* – is given to men as the example for imitation of

perfection, mercy, and love of God, Creator, Father, Savior

{Matthew 5:43–48; Luke 6:35–36; John 10:30; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17}

the desire of the knowledge of God infuses the mind with steadfast unwavering faith*6*

and focuses its entire life on cognition of God

the knowledge of God becomes the most wanted and most precious treasure,

which the mind seeks after with all its abilities, by all its means, and with all its strengths

 

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See Wisdom and the Riches – Folder Archive_2015, Page 5_May_2015 – also included in Archive_Selections_2015 – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*2* See The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation, and Preface: The Law of God in The Discernment, with Supplement_1 The Road to God – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*3* 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

 

*4* In the phrase τον μονον αληθινον Θεον {John 17:3},  the Greek word μονον usually is translated as “only”: “the only true God.”

However, μονον is also a derivative of two roots:

1/ μονο–  one, alone, and no–one else, only

2/ εν/ειςprimary word for numeral one, only.

Therefore, the complete meaning of τον μονον αληθινον Θεον  is “the only One True God.” Such translation is confirmed by the words of Lord God Jesus Christ: Εγω και ο Πατηρ εν εσμεν  – I and the Father One are {in: John 10:30; 14:6–10; 17:21, 23–26}

St. John the Apostle writes {1 John 5:7} that ο Πατηρ, ο Λογος, και το Αγιον Πνευμα: και ουτοι οι τρεις Εν εισι  – the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and These Three One is.

Therefore, translation of τον μονον αληθινον Θεον {John 17:3} as “the only One True God” conveys the essence of the monotheistic theology – the Christianity that is the ultimate knowledge of God the Father given and explained by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, Whom He has sent for salvation of the world {John 1:1–18; 3:16–18; 6:39–40; 10:17–18, 30; 12:44–50; 14:6–11; 17}.

 

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

 

*6* St. Paul the Apostle defines faith as the substance of all expectations and the evidence of the unseen {Hebrews 11:1}; those who have faith see the unseen and eternal {2 Corinthians 4:13–18}.

Faith is the optimal state of reason; otherwise Lord God would not seek it in His creations. The Holy Scriptures provide the comprehensive definition of faith: all knowledge, all treasures of wisdom, all fullness of life, all power, and all authority are in Lord God Jesus Christ – He is  της πιστεως Αρχηγον και Tελειωτην – the Author/Chief of faith and the One Who completes, makes perfect, consummates faith {Matthew 8:5–13; 9:20–22; 14:29–31,36; 17:20; 21:22; Mark 9:23; 11:24–26; Luke 5:20; 8:49–50; 17:6; John 3:16, 36; 14:12; 15:4–7;  1 John 2:20–21, 27; 5:12; 1 Corinthians 13:2, 9–13; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:1, 32–34; 12:2; Romans 14:23}.

Through faith, the mind learns knowledge of God – the knowledge that is the eternal life {John 17:3}.

According to the Christian teachings, faith is life: the life–bearing knowledge of God and the unity of the acquired knowledge with the manner of life; the just one lives by faith {Habakkuk 2:4; Luke 7:50; 1 Peter 1:9; James 2:14–26}.

In other words, faith is the state of cognizance/knowing God, love to God, living by God, and unity with God. Faith gives comprehension of the essence of all events that compose life of the soul–heart–mind. The Holy Scriptures provide the simple and detail instructions for all who have faith in God. It might be also said that faith defines process of human evolution, because faith allows obtaining completeness of knowledge of the Word–God and prepares for the eternity with God {in: John 6:27–29, 44–48; 8:31–32,34–36; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

 

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

 

 

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Sunday, June 21, 2015 

The  Origin and Nature of Man

 

 

As much as they received Him,

to them He gave authority of becoming the children of God

to the ones believing into His name,

who not of bloods, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of man,

but of God were born

{John 1:12–13}

 

 

The Gospel According to John conveys the main doctrine of Christianity {John}: a human being is born of God and he is a child of God; only the one who is born from above is capable of perceiving the idea of Kingdom of God and exercising his birthright: the eternity with God. Those who are born by flesh are the flesh; those who are born by the Spirit are the children of God Who is the Spirit. As much as a human being receives the Word–God, he receives the power to become a child of God; with this power, the human soul–heart–mind recognizes own nature, discovers the Kingdom of God within, and finds the Way to God the Father and Creator. Through the Word–God, God the Creator revealed and explained Himself to His creations, and His love, mercy, perfection – all that is defined as the grace of God – came {John 1:1–18; 3:4–7; 4:23–24; 6:37–40; 10:1–30; 12:44–50; 14; 15; 16; 17; Ephesians 2:4–10}.

The Holy Scriptures explain the nature of man to those who seek knowledge of God and therefore, knowledge of themselves as of creations of God:

1. man is created in image and after likeness of God according to the Word, through Whom everything that exists came into being {Genesis 1:26–27; John 1:1–3}

2. man lives at the earth and evolves for the next phase of existence (the eternity with God) through studying, comprehension, and imitation of perfection, mercy, and love of God in Whose image he was created and Whose perfection is revealed to man as the Absolute Good*1*. The Absolute Good is embodied into life of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of man, and conveyed by the words of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God, into Whose likeness man should evolve, if he desires to obtain the life everlasting {Matthew 5:21–48; Luke 6:26–49; John 1:1–3, 14, 16–18; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John 1:1–3; 3}

3. the actual life of man is the life in spirit: by the Holy Spirit {John 14:15–17, 26; 16:13–15; Wisdom 9:17} and by the Truth, by the Word–God {John 6:26–58; 12:44–50; 14:6; 16:15; 17}, because God is the Spirit, and He seeks those who worship Him in Spirit and Truth {John 4:23–24}. To enter the eternity with God, man must be born from above: to become the one born of the Spirit of God and living by God Who is the Spirit {John 1:1–13; 3:3–8; 4:23–24; 14; 15; 16; 17; Romans 8; 14:17}

4. man comprehends himself as the creation made in the image and likeness of God, as the one who carries the Kingdom of God the Creator within {Luke 17:20–21}*2*, through perceivinglearningunderstanding the words of God and by accomplishing the law of God: the law*3* defines the human nature, and defines the actions {Deuteronomy 10:12–14; 11:8–17, 26–28; 29:22–28;  30:11–20; Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; James; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John; Ephesians; Galatians; Romans; 1 Thessalonians 1 Timothy; 2 Timothy; Titus}, through which man should

a/ arrange his own life in righteousness and virtue*4*

b/ properly influence the world that accommodates human existence {Matthew 5:13–16}

5. man has the purpose: to actualize his nature by embodying the law–commandments–words of Lord God Jesus Christ into his thoughts, words, and deeds. With his thoughts, words, and deeds, man shapes the world, in which he exists, and which he, according to the original purposes*5* {to keep, to develop, and to dominate the perfect world created by God – Genesis 1; 2:7–15}, had to sustain in its natural state – the perfection, as everything created by God is perfect. This purpose might be accomplished successfully only if thoughts–words–actions of man are the works in God {John 6:29; 12:26; 14:11–12; 15; 17}

6. righteousness and virtues are the way of life according to the nature of man created in image and after likeness of God. The excellence of the Word–God and His love is the source of the virtues, and the earthly life of Lord Jesus Christ is the complete manifestation of all human virtues: the full knowledge of the Word–God, acknowledgement of His excellence and perfection*6*, acceptance of His love, and observance of His words–commandments – the law of love – originate the virtues of man. Love of God transforms slaves living by fear into the friends of God who are free, because love of God elevates them to the completeness of perfection and invincibility of the eternal freedom {Matthew 22:36–40; John 8:31–36; 13:34–35; 15:12–15; 17; 1 Peter; 2 Peter 1:1–11; 1 John; Romans 8:11–39; 13:9–10; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Ephesians; Galatians}. Righteous and virtuous life is the main condition for obtaining the Holy Wisdom {Wisdom 7:27} and for life by the Holy Spirit Who creates servant friend child of God {John 14:15–26; 15:1–16; Wisdom 1; 6; 7; 8} prepared for the eternity

7. the Word–God is the Source of the perfect law of freedom that defines the nature of man. Therefore, when God gives to man knowledge of the human nature, He sets man free from slavery of sin and submission to the evil {John 8:31–51; James 1:25}: man who knows his divine nature does not sin before God {1 John 3}, because he has knowledge of the Word–God – that is the knowledge of perfection and the main criterion of judgment. With this knowledge/criterion of judgment, he is enabled to comprehend the essence –– that is to discern*7* the good and the evil within ––  of everything that he encounters

8. slavery of sin, submission to the evil, and accomplishment of the works of the evil*8* are possible only for the one who neither knows nor desires to know and understand his Creator’s words {John 8:31–36}. The one without knowledge of the words of God does not have knowledge of the Absolute Good of God, as well as his own nature. Without knowledge of the Absolute Good of God, the one is unable to have any good within his heart–mind, because the Absolute Good of God defines the good of man

Absolute Good of God

absolute good for man

absolute good of man:

nature way of life development/evolution*9*

 

9/ man lives his short temporal life at the earth as the wholeness of spirit–flesh*10* for the sake of preparation for the eternity in the presence of God Who is the Spirit; therefore, the daily life at the earth should be focused on 1/ abstinence from sin {James; 1 Peter 2, 4; 2 Peter; 1 John; Romans; 1 & Corinthians, and the others} and 2/ development of the spiritual qualities:

 

virtues through the observance of The Ten Commandments,

essence of which is love to God and love to the creations of God

right discernment*7*

wisdom*11*

 

Possession of these qualities opens the spiritual – unlimited – freedom, which is the distinctive feature of man who is set free by God; they prepare a human being for becoming the likeness of the Word–God, the child of God who is enabled to enter the eternity in the presence of God {Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–5, 14}.

The Books of the New Testament elaborate the words of God concerning the divine nature of man. A human being is born for the purposes of God, by the Word of Truth, to become the firstfruit of some special kind of God’s creations. The words of God are compared with the mirror*12*, in which a human being could see own natural face. If these words are perceived and fulfilled, if the mind in meekness and righteousness seeks God, it finds the Way and discovers within itself τον εμφυτον Λογον – the inborn [[or implanted, instilled, innate]] Word, because of Whom the mind might receive the life–giving power bestowed by the Holy Spirit. When the one accepts the Word–God, in the name of the Word–God, the Holy Spirit comes: the human child of God is born and the human soul is saved.

The one could comprehend the meaning of salvation as the re–creation of the fallen nature of man: the Divine Fire ignites life*13* within a human being*10*, to whom the Holy Scriptures refer to as to clay in the hands of the Potter, which might be fashioned into the lamp carrying the light {Psalm 17(18):28; Job 10:8–13; Isaiah 45:8–12; 64:8–9; Matthew 5:14–16}.

Hence, a human being is saved, when the power bestowed by the Holy Spirit enables him

 

to understand and to accept own divine nature

to discover the Kingdom of God within

to comprehend life at the earth as the preparation for the eternity with God

to fulfill responsibilities before God and before the others

 

 

In summary, the potency of imitation of the Absolute Good of God {Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:36; John 13:15–16, 34} and the potency to be empowered for eternal existence in the presence of God define the nature of man, for God created man to be immortal and made him to be an image of His Own special grace {Wisdom 2:23 –  Οτι ο Θεος  εκτισε  τον  ανθρωπον επ  αφθαρσια, και  εικονα  της  ιδιας  ιδιοτητος  εποιησεν  αυτον}.

Fulfillment of the commandments of God – love to God and love to the others – opens the way to salvation as a key opens the lock, or as a password opens the access to the system. Love to God and love to the others substantiate the divine nature and origin of man: they disclose the true human identity, because they are the inborn genuine features of a child of God Who is the All–forgiving Perfect Almighty Love. Those who cognized love and who live by love dwell in God and God dwells in them; the ones who do not have love dwell in death {John 1:1–18; 14:6–23; 17; James 1:17–18, 21–25; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John; Revelation 21:2–4}. 

During thousands of years, the truth concerning the divine nature and origin of man was buried under the lies and false assumptions produced by the evil imagination, which sought all possible advantages and profit from labor and death of other beings. If to judge the mankind’s history by the deeds, the poisonous core of slavery*14*, which justifies forceful submission and exploitation of the others, might be found in any institution of men starting with the political and finishing with religious establishments. Countless multitudes of humans have been brainwashed, mislead, and enslaved with the Plato–Aristotelian utopia*15* based upon the “universal” order of slavery and the phantom of the “absolute power”*16* of one/chosen few over the many/all the others.

Through the efforts of generations of rulers of all ranks and scales and their instructors/advisers/servants – magi, astrologers, sorcerers, philosophers, priests–diviners*17*, and – starting in the recent Past – scientists*18*, the true knowledge of God and true knowledge of human nature became forbidden, equated with heresy, treason, or even with the mental disease. The perverted corrupted imagination*19* intently bent upon the evil produced plenty of heathen*20* doctrines. However, all of them are similar, because all of them

spring up from the same poisonous root

{Deuteronomy 29:16–19}

contain the same lethal poison of the ancient arch–serpent: hatred to man and hatred to God the Creator,

the fruit of vine of Sodom and Gomorrah, which Moses likened to the incurable rage of asps

{θυμος δρακοντων ο οινος αυτων, και θυμος ασπιδων ανιατος – Deuteronomy 32:33}:

have the same core – the Orphism*20* with its main deity –

the arch–serpent stuffed with multitudes of forms of the living creatures,

among of which man is not the first, nor the best, nor the ruler, nor different from the animals–birds–beasts–etc.:

man has no part in dominion over the world ruled by the deified beasts and other idols

made after likeness of the arch–serpent/”the divine absolute animal” – the arch–evil

were produced by the corrupted and evil imagination in attempts to prove that

a human being is a beast of pray, just one of many animals, a piece of the soulless matter – creature of flesh,

an imperfect inferior beast, which exists for the sake of reproduction of own kind and consuming of other kinds of beasts and animals,

and which therefore, must be formed into the easily programmable and manageable herd

and kept in strict obedience under total surveillance and control

have the same feature  – disparagement of man, so he might be sacrificed to the deified beasts,

enslaved, beaten, mutilated, tortured, executed, slaughtered

carry the same end – death preceding with insufficiencies of all kinds, humiliation and belittlement of man,

perversion, and issuing suffering, mental and physical diseases

 

In the recent Past, some of the ancient heathen doctrines or their contemporary versions [[atheism, political theology, Marxism, Darwinism, Freudism, communism, Nazism, socialism, etc.]] were embodied into the enormous by their scale systems [[e.g., totalitarian states and religious establishments seeking world–wide domination]], which triggered wars of the twentieth century, nurtured the utter corruption of mind and body, justified any vice, sin, and abnormality, promoted ethics–free false sciences, and other evils, with which the blind rulers could lead their blinded by deceit and propaganda subjects into the pit of destruction and death.

As the result, the earth was re–arranged into the net of the killing fields, which are differentiated by the methods of deceit and slaughter of humans, yet, in all of them, the arch–evil, ανθρωποκτονος – the man–murder from the beginning, keeps incessant harvesting of its food – death {Genesis 3:15–16; John 8:44}.

Through the entire history of mankind, those who carry the true knowledge of God and true knowledge of the human nature were suppressed, silenced, and exterminated by all means.

The papal church of Rome still applies the word Christianity for the cover–up of its activities, although the deeds of the papal establishment {the deeds or the acts, which reveal the actual faith – James 2:14–26} expose irreconcilable incompatibility*21* of

 

the official doctrine of the papal church of Rome/Vatican [[Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology]]

with the Christian teachings

the deeds of the papacy and its subjects

with the Christian faith

 

The greatest of all evils, which the papal establishment has brought forth by a/ pretenses to speak on behalf of the Christendom and b/ incompatibility of the words referencing to God with the deeds of God’s arch–enemy, is the current impossibility for the many to embrace Christianity, to turn to the only One True God {τον μονον αληθινον Θεον John 17:3}, and to perceive His Word*22*, so they would be healed, and saved, and prepared for the life everlasting.

Such impossibility pushes the many into the pool of the minds, from which the false religions and ideologies of hatred and death recruit their followers.

Such end also is the fulfillment of the law that defines the human nature, because man is not able to live without the only One True God: man either lives by the only One True God {John 17:3} or dies without the only One True God {cf.: in: Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30; John 3:16–21}. If the knowledge of the only One True God is either rejected or not known, the mind invents “other gods”: as a prodigal son {Luke 15:11–32}, it has left the house of the Father, in which even servants have abundance of bread, and, in the distant country stricken by severe famine, in the utter misery of deprivation, desires to feed itself with the food of swine {Luke 15:13–17}.

So, because of lack of the true knowledge of God and resulting emptiness, the human mind, which has rejected God and the knowledge of Him*23*, begins to seek other knowledge and other meanings of existence. As soon as only two kinds of knowledge exist (true knowledge of God and the false knowledge produced by the evil imagination of man), the mind without access to the true knowledge of God fills itself with the false knowledge – dreams, idols, inhuman religions, cults of death, and other perversions.

Consequently, the way of the world became the descending spiral, the accelerated anti–evolution*24*, without any chance to stop the progressing degeneration, because without God, mankind slides into the man–made Inferno:

 

ignorance, neo–heathenism, atheism

utter cynicism and lawlessness

moral and physical corruption

loss of wisdom

lack of sound judgment

death of human reason

hatred to God, to the Christian teachings,

and to those who call themselves Christians

impoverishment and insufficiency of all life–sustaining resources,

epidemic mental and physical disorders, crimes, civil and political unrest

death

 

Now, the war between the good and the evil, human and beast, became global: with each day, the terror and crimes increase and multiply worldwide; it seems that evil has no limits and no boundaries.

Love became the unreal thing; for many, it never existed, because all that they see around, perceive, know, feel, receive from the others, and inflict on the others are violence, suffering, and death.

Life of the mind shifted; now it is lost in the imaginary worlds – the dreams of death and destruction.

In some sense, the end of the human world already came:

–– when love is no more, humaneness becomes an empty word

–– when human beings reject God, they

forget own true origin

pervert own – divine – nature

re–make themselves into the image of death and after likeness of the beast – the main deity of the ancient Orphics

that is the arch–evil – ανθρωποκτονος – the man–murder from the beginning

[[ανθρωποκτονος – either man–murderer or one composed of the flesh of murdered men]]

{John 8:39–45; 1 John 3:4–10; Genesis 3:15–16, 20}

 

Yet, a human being and the beast have nothing in common and nothing to share; it is no co–existence, as well as it is no unity, between darkness and light, between life and death: the world might be either the world of men or the world of beasts.

Such incompatibility could explain the ancient prophecies {Daniel 7:7, 19–25; Isaiah 9:18–20; Mark 13:2–30; Luke 17:26–37; 21:9–36; Revelation 13:3–8; 17:3–6; 20:4} that before the end,

the Law and knowledge of God will be forbidden

Christians will be persecuted, suppressed, murdered, and in some places, wiped out from the face of the earth

the heathenism–swarm of false religions (portrayed as the beasts of the Apocalypse) will temporarily prevail

 

And I think, could it be that in the course of incessant war against the children of God – the Christians*25*, the world is losing the net of life–sustaining centers–distributors of the divine energy  –– the life–preserving energy, which descends from God, protects from destruction, and makes humans into the friends of God: the healers, visionaries, creators, and stewards of the world of the living, the carriers of the Light and knowledge of God {Matthew 5:14–16; Mark 16:15–18; Luke 6:19; 10:3, 9, 19; John 14:1–29; 15:4–27; Genesis 18:20–32}?

In general, the current misery of the world suggests the inference that the human reasoning–intelligence has been crucified at the tree of death – the false knowledge of “other gods”, and now it is going through the agonizing death similarly to those who died being crucified by the Phoenicians, Romans, and their spiritual descendents.

Essentially, the pattern of end is the same:

 

a crucified human being suffers the agonizing death,

while the life–sustaining energy and powers are leaving

and the life–maintaining systems of a body are shutting down

before the final destruction–separation of the soul–spirit from the body–flesh

the human mind poisoned with the false knowledge loses

the power of wisdom the power to comprehend the actuality the power to evolve the power to survive

in the similar way, any system–world–-embodiment of the energy dies,

when the receptors are shut down and the life–sustaining energy has no way to enter

 

 

 

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Notes:

 

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

 

*2* See The Greatest GiftsFolder Archive_2015, Page 5_May_2015; also included in Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*3* See The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation, and Preface: The Law of God in The Discernment, with Supplement_1 The Road to God – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

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

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

 

purposes

↓      ↑

methods of accomplishment of the purposes

↓                    ↑

the environment–supersystem that accommodates existence of the system

 

 

*5* Concerning the purposes of man and the evolving reality of the world in Genesis 1 & 2, see the following excerpt from Note *1* to The Creation and the Renewal – Folder Archive_2013, Page 3_April_2013

Excerpt

Note *1*

The world described in the first and second chapters of Genesis was the evolving reality, because all living creatures received the blessing of God to evolve: they had to increase and multiply and fill their sphere {αυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατεGenesis 1:22}. In addition to the blessing to evolve (to increase and multiply and fill the earth), man was given the purposes και κατακυρειυσατε αυτης – to subdue and to dominate the world filled with the all living creatures {Genesis 2:28}.

The traditional translation of Greek textαυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατε – Genesis 1:22, 28 – is “Increase and multiply and fill.”

However, the overall meaning of this logical block is much more complicated: it means to evolve, to accomplish/fulfill, to become complete:

1/ in the word αυξανεσθε ξα (and modified ξη/ξε ) – is the root for words denoting development, growth, and evolution (lit. and fig.) as in αυξανω – to grow, enlarge, increase → εξελιξηevolution

2/ the word πληρωσατε is the derivative of primary verb πλεωto fulfill, to accomplish, to make full, and then, πληρηςcomplete, full.

Therefore, God’s blessing – αυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατεdefines the purposes of man as

 

a/ his own evolution

[[definitely, development as increase may not be only about physical parameters;

multiplication and making all full/complete – that is reaching the higher level of development/complexity

at which the full potency can be exercised]]

within the evolving world

[[whose inhabitants received the same commandment, therefore,

the world itself should be capable of development necessary to sustain evolution of all its inhabitants]]

b/ maintenance of the evolution of the world accommodating his existence

c/ reaching the completion.

 

Consequently, the one can infer that the man of the first two chapters of Genesis had three interconnected purposes:

 

1/ to evolve himself, to become complete within the evolving world

2/ to dominate the evolving world

3/ to maintain evolution of the evolving world.

 

Then, after exile from the Paradise, the creative works of man are accomplished by the mind, by creating thoughts – the energy entities (codes), which, having being embodied into the material structures (books, constructions, establishments, societies, empires, other edifices), maintain human existence within the world, which is collapsing because of cognition of the evil.

The creative abilities of the Old Testament’s mind might be seen as the remnants of rudimental abilities of the creation made in the image and after likeness of the Omnipotent Almighty God.

In the New Testament, the creative abilities are the natural abilities of the beings who are born by the Word of Truth and who are evolving into the likeness of the Word–God and συνεργοι {1 Corinthians 3:9}co–workers of God .

With coming of the Word–God, a human being is re–created and the process of evolution as the imitation of God – the process, which would result in obtaining the eternal life in the presence of God – is initiated. It means that even within the limited temporal and collapsing world, through faith and knowledge of God as the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the human mind might be enabled to create the evolving systems as it was appointed by God from the foundation of the world…”  

 

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*6* See

–– The Excellence  – Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012. The Excerpt is included in Note *17* to The Facets of the Absolute – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

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

 

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

 

*8* See

–– The Strange Knowledge  – Folder Archive_2015, Page 6_June_2015; also included in Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

–– Concept of the evil in Logic of Death – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008; excerpt in Note *37* to Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*9* Evolution is the totality of normal or natural processes called also “life” or “existence” of any of beings created by God.

In general, natural life of each living creature is evolution as development of the maximal potency according to the God’s will/plan; “optimization” is the term describing some aspects of the evolution. The term “evolution” is applicable to all living purposeful systems: a human being, mankind, human society, etc.

In general, evolution is a life–cycle of any being who exists for a purpose and who has an ability to create–absorb–accumulate–transmit knowledge of the good and to embody the knowledge of the good into the structures and systems of the surrounding world. This knowledge stipulates achievement of the particular purposes – creation of the good, maintenance of life and optimization of other systems, actualization of technical and other kinds of progress or the processes intended to facilitate life and development of human beings and their creations/establishments.   

In brief, evolution is the process – development resulting in ability to ascend to the higher level of complexity. Knowledge is the force driving evolution.

In theological terms, evolution might be defined as gradual comprehension of knowledge of God – the knowledge that is the everlasting life {John 17}. Consequently, the degree of evolution of man is evaluated by his ability to embody the words and commandments of God into his daily existence – his thoughts, words, and deeds; as such, the degree of evolution/advancement in cognition of God is manifested through the abilities to create the good for the others and the deeds of love, mercy, and assistance to the others – all of them committed in righteousness and truth, in imitation of God {Matthew 5:21–48; Luke 6:26–49; John 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 2:13–26; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John 3:14–21; Ephesians 8:1–2}.

For instance, the Old Testament might be seen as the reality, within which the evolution of the mind as cognition of God began, while the mind cannot see God and live; however, the mind has to learn three main lessons:

1/ own nature – the Law of God

2/ how to live by each word coming from God: according to own nature that is according to the Law of God

3/ how to love God and the others, because love is the essence of the Law

{Deuteronomy 8:3; 30:8–20; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:36–40}.

 

Then, the New Testament unfolds as the phase of revelation and absorption of the new knowledge for those who learned to live by the Law of God – the knowledge of God given through His Son, the Word–God. This knowledge is the everlasting life and the one who comprehends it enters the new reality – the realm of God the Spirit, in which the mind is empowered to exist in the presence of God through the eternity {John}.

The main lessons of this phase of evolution, which is in the knowledge of God the Spirit given by His Son, the Word–God, include the following {in: Matthew 4:4; 5:48; 11:27–30; 16:21–26; 26:36–46; Luke 6:35–36; John 4:23–24, 31–38; 6:27–69; 13:1–17, 34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2; Deuteronomy 8:3}:

1/ a human soul–heart–mind (the inner man or the essence of man) lives by the Word–God as a human body lives by bread

2/ the eternal life is knowledge of God and the Word–God Whom God the Father has sent to save the world

3/ a human being must imitate of the Absolute Good of God – His Love, His mercy, His perfection

4/ a human being must become an image (imitation) of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, for Whom the will of God the Father is the Absolute that must be accomplished above all

5/ the eternity with God is opened to the one who became the creation of Christ and in Christ.

Hence, the last phase of the evolution of human mind at the earth might be envisioned as the ultimate choice between the evil imagination of man and the true knowledge of God: the evolution is accomplished when the mind discards all illusions, fantasies, and false assumptions, embraces the only true reality – the reality of the One Perfect – Absolute – God Whose power is the absolute power and Whose mercy is the perfect mercy, and becomes that what it was created to be – the temple–dwelling of the Creator. The first step to the ultimate perfection is understanding that faith, acceptance of the knowledge of God the Father, and observance of the commandments of Lord God Jesus Christ precede coming of the Spirit–Fire Who descends on those who are chosen to became the temple of God and to dwell with God in the eternity of His kingdom {Luke 12:49; John 3:3–6; 7:39; 14:15–17, 23, 24; Revelation 21:27; 22:3–5; Isaiah 64:8}. The knowledge of God should fill the mind and become the absolute truth and the only reality of existence:

 

God is the Absolute, the ultimate perfection, the only truth

with the Love of God a human being evolves into the perfect creation prepared for the eternity

the knowledge of God is the only valuable possession

there is none and there is nothing besides God

 

It means also that in the world created by God and given into dominion of man, nothing should take the place of God or pretend on possession by any of the attributes of God. Whatever good men are able to create, they create it only if the power of God acts through them.

In the terms of systems logic, evolution is the process resulting in increase of complexity, or ascent at the higher level of complexity [[potency of knowledge defines one of the meanings of complexity; concerning complexity, see Introduction to the Systems Logicfile for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_1]].

 Consequently, the observer evaluates degree of system’s evolution by

1/ the development of the optimal potential (capacity, force, efficiency), which the system is intended to achieve according to the system’s design

and

2/ abilities or preparedness to achieve new purposes at new level(s) of complexity.

In general, the end of evolution is the breakthrough, the exit from the completed phase of existence, when the mind that has accomplished absorption of the entirety of knowledge, which sustains a particular reality, ascends at the higher level. Such ascent becomes possible because of the knowledge that transforms the mind into a being capable of existence within another reality, at the different level of complexity.

In the terms of systems theory, evolution is the process of increasing the level/degree of complexity.

 

*10* During the earthly phase of existence, a human being is a temporal life–carrying unity of spirit–flesh, or soul–heart–mind–body, or energy–matter, accommodated within the realm composed of the units of the structured matter, which are the energy derivatives created/arranged at different levels of complexity.

The essence of man – the inner man, of whom St. Peter the Apostle and St. Paul the Apostle write: ο κρυπτος της καρδιας ανθρωπος – the hidden heart of man {in: 1 Peter 3:4}, and the inner man who is being renewed – ο εσωθεν ανακαινουται  – day by day, while the outer man (body of flesh) is being decayed {in: 2 Corinthians 4:16}, is the soul–heart–mind, which carries the image and likeness of God. 

St. Paul the Apostle refers to such a new [[renewed]] creation of Christ and in Christ as to the one who is enabled to act as the co–worker of God {Θεου γαρ εσμεν συνεργοι1 Corinthians 3:9}, who is the God’s field and God’s building/construction {Θεου γεωργιον, Θεου οικοδομη  – 1 Corinthians 3:9} – the space prepared for the works of God.

The Greek theologians discerned three parts/components of the human essence, or it might be said that they assumed that the soul–heart–mind operates at three levels: intellect – νους, reason/intelligence – διανοια, and the reasoning, or the faculty of deliberation –  γνωμαφρονημαλογισμος.

When the theological subtleties are not a subject of consideration, I use a brief contemporary and all–including (because a human being is the wholeness) definition – the mind.

See Preliminary Notes, Introduction: Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence (esp. Theological Foundation), and Note *25* in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

 

*11* See Wisdom and the Riches – Folder Archive_2015, Page 5_May_2015; also included in Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*12* See The Mirror – Folder Archive_2015, Page 6_June_2015; also included in Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*13* See

The Fire for a Child – Folder Archive_2014, Page 4_April_2014; excerpt in Note *108* to Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

The Lamp and The Fire – Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012; re–print follows

 

Re–print

 “The Lamp and The Fire 

For Thou, O Lord, will ignite my lamp;

my God will lighten my darkness.…

{Psalm 17(18):28}

 

It was the prophet’s hope of receiving the Light: God would ignite his lamp and lighten his darkness – Οτι Συ φωτιεις λυχνον μου Κυριε, ο Θεος μου φωτιεις το σκοτος μου {Psalm 17(18):28}.

A lamp is λυχνον – a vessel made from clay (usually, for the ordinary people; palaces and temples had also brazen or metallic lamps), in which oil was burning and thus, lightening darkness of the night. The oil within the lamp had to be ignited with fire, and while the oil was burning, it radiated light.

Why man expects that God will ignite his lamp, what is the prophet’s actual expectation? The answer is in the Holy Scriptures, which frequently speak of the light and fire in connection to God.

In particular,

Our God is the Consuming Fire

{Πυρ Kαταναλισκον – Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29}

God is the Light of man of man

{Psalm 26(27):1 – Φωτισμοςlight, illumination}

The Light over Jerusalem is come, and the glory of God is risen.

While darkness shall cover the earth, the glory of Lord shall appear upon Jerusalem,

and the kings shall walk in His light, and nations in His radiance

[[λαμποτητι – radiance, brilliance, magnificence, brightness]].

The Light of Israel is for the Fire, and He shall sanctify with the Fire that consumes both – the soul and the body

{Isaiah 10:17–18; 60:1–2}

The Lord shall suddenly come into His temple,

and He is coming as the Fire melting, purifying, and refining [[Πυρ χωνευτηριου]]:

the Lord shall purify the sons of Levi (His priests) as the gold and silver is purified,

so they shall serve Him in righteousness

{Malachi 3:1–3}

In the beginning was ο Λογος Θεος ην ο Λογος

the Word–God, through Whom everything came into being,

Who from the beginning is with God the Father,

the true Light that is life of man, and Who enlightens every man coming into the world

{John 1:1–5, 9}

The Word–God came to declare God the Father,

to reveal the everlasting Life: to give knowledge of the only true God and Jesus Christ Who He sent;

this knowledge is the life everlasting

 {John 1:18; 14:6–7; 17:1–3; 1 John 1:1–5} 

Lord God Jesus Christ defined His mission: He came to cast the Fire upon the earth

{Luke 12:49},

and He speaks of His people as of the lamp {λυχνονas in Psalm 17(18):28},

which is set to shine for all in the house

{Matthew 5:14–16}

The Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ,

came to baptize His people εν Πνευματι Αγιω και Πυρι – in the Spirit Holy and Fire,

the Unquenchable Fire {Πυρι ασβεστω – Luke 3:17} that annihilates the evil

{Luke 3:16–17; Corinthians 3:11–15}

The disciples of Lord God Jesus Christ received the promise to be baptized by the Holy Spirit,

when the Divine Fire is cast upon the earth according to the will of God.

This promise of God was fulfilled when the disciples received the Holy Spirit coming upon them

as the tongues of Fire appeared being distributed and sat on each of them

{Luke 12:49; 24:44–49; Acts 1:1–8; 2:1–4}

Through the power of the God the Spirit, the Omnipotent Consuming Fire

{John 4:24; Luke 3:16–17; Deuteronomy 4:24}

 that annihilates the evil,

a human being’s true essence tried by the Fire shall be revealed –

purified of sins, insufficiency and impotency of the matter (flesh and blood),

and freed from the slavery of death

{1 Corinthians 3:13–15; 15:50–58}

God the Father, the Almighty Omnipotent God the Spirit, is the Father of lights

{Πατρος των φωτων – James 1:17},

Who brought up His children by the Word of Truth to be the certain firstfruit of His creations

{James 1:17–18}:

the Word–God is the Truth; through Him a human being may exercise the authority to become a child of God

the one created in Christ and by Christ

{John 1:1–13; 14:6; Ephesians 2:4–10}

 

Therefore, the prophet expects the revelation of the true nature of man – the creation of God that comes to life by the Word–God, carries the Word–God – the Light of God – within, knows God the Father and Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God sent by the Father, and lives by the Divine Fire – by the Holy Spirit of God.

The mind, which seeks God and thirsts for the knowledge of God, would make many inferences from the chain of the mentioned above texts of the Holy Scriptures; as always, the purpose defines the choice.

And I think that the prophet’s message conveys the concise code, in fact, the logical building block/system that as every system within a logical reality carries the main code defining the entire logical reality; in this case, the logical reality/universe, which accommodates the world of man. This code contains the formula of creation and evolution of man.

In the terms of the referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures, the evolution might be envisioned as coming of the Divine Fire into the darkness of the human clay, after which it becomes the ignited lamp shining for all those in the house. Both – the human soul and the human body – are consumed––purified––inhabited by the Divine Fire, and, as a result,

a human beast evolves into a child of God

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a human vessel of clay accommodates the Light ignited by the Divine Fire

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a human being becomes the living temple of the Living God

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the temporal world

{the earth that is the source of clay, from which the vessels of clay are made – Isaiah 45:8–12; 64:8–9; Genesis 2:7←→John 9:4–7}

that finds its completion in disintegration of the matter (e.g., death of a body that carries human essence – soul– heart–mind),

becomes the settings–working ground, in which the Word–God, by entering the human soul–heart–mind, creates a new being:

His likeness – the temple of God, empowered to receive the Holy Spirit and to enter the eternity with God

{John 1:1–5, 9, 12–13; 2:19–21; 1 John 3:1–2; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 2:4–10, 13–22; Revelation 21:3–4; 22:3–5}

 

So, when the prophet expects to receive the Light from God, he foresees creation of a new being capable of accommodating the Divine Fire. This being – a child of God – comes into cosmos as the vessel of clay, is re–created by the Word–God, is empowered to accommodate light/life through cognition of God, accomplishes the first phase of development by accepting the Divine Fire – the Holy Spirit, and begins another phase of existence, in which darkness is no more…”

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*14* Concerning physical and spiritual slavery see:

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

b/ Socrates’ remarks concerning slavery [Plato Theaetetus 172b–173e]

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

d/ Concept of Slavery in Supplement_1 to Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*15* See

Philosophy: Plato, and Philosophy: Aristotle, Pages 2 & 3 in Folder Heathen Philosophy

my book The Invincible Empire, Chapter 4.

 

*16* An idea of the absolute power of one man over other men [[absolute power over man is the power over body, mind, and soul, that is over physical and spiritual life, over life in this world (life of body and mind) and after–life (destiny of spirit–soul); the Holder of this power is God the Creator]] belongs to the set of phantoms created for deception and enslaving of the people. If the one accepts as truth the assertion that social, political, or religious leader is able to possess the absolute power over his subjects, he becomes a slave of such a leader: he is controlled by fear for his destiny in this world and in the after–life, and therefore, elevates such a leader at the rank of gods. The examples of the leaders who pretend on the absolute power over soul and mind and body of their subjects include pharaohs of the ancient Egypt, practitioners of the black magic, and Roman popes.

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

It means that eternal salvation of men had been separated from the acceptance of Lord Jesus Christ as the Savior and God, from fulfillment of the God’s commandments, and from the mercy of God. The popes asserted themselves as the unavoidable supplements to God, as a new deity, perhaps even more authoritative than God Himself, because faith and loyalty to God are sufficient no more: the absolute submission and “loyalty” to the pope became the conditions of eternal life.

Furthermore, the pope Pius XII declared that it cannot be “real opposition or conflict between the invisible mission of the Holy Spirit and the juridical commission of Ruler and Teacher received from Christ,” and that ascribing “the whole spiritual life of Christians and their progress in virtue exclusively to the action of the Divine Spirit,” without the collaboration of the pope, leads to “deplorable ruin” [Mystici Corporis Christi. Encyclical of pope Pius XII On the Mystical Body of Christ. 1943. http:// www. vatican. va/ holy_father/pius_xii/ encyclicals/documents/hf_p–xii_enc_29061943_ mystici–corporis–christi_ en. html, §65, 87].

Plainly speaking, Pius XII says that, without the pope, the “Divine Spirit” – that should be reference to the Holy Spirit, because the papal church represents itself as the Christian Church, and there is no other “Divine Spirit” in the Christian Church – does not work.

Does then, the pope assert that, without collaboration of the pope, who has “juridical commission… received from Christ,” the Holy Spirit does not work?

With such blasphemous assertion of the pope as unavoidable supplement to the Word–God, without which [[that it without the pope with his “juridical commission”]] even the Holy Spirit does not work, dethronement of God and idolization of the pope is logically complete.

In addition to purchases of indulgencies [[papal forgiveness of sins, which is purchased with money paid to the papal clergy]], the papal subjects’ point of view concerning the absolute power of their leader might be inferred from proclamation of the Catholic saint Birgitta. Birgitta declared that she received the “divine” revelation that if the pope is not a heretic, he has the absolute power to bind and loose souls. Even if the pope is sinful, vicious, and so wicked that after his death he would be condemned to hell, God confirms his “lawful acts on earth” [Birgitta ref. and qtd. in: Lea 3:641 – Lea, Henry Charles. The Inquisition of the Middle Ages. New York:  Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, 1887. 3 vols.].

However, sinful, vicious, and wicked man is not able to act with the power of God: evil does not exist in the presence of God; thus, the “condemned to hell” sinner is incapable of the acts consistent with the Absolute Good, and the assertion is irrational from the beginning as is irrational any figment of imagination presented as the knowledge of God. Just decipher what the Birgitta’s “revelation” actually means: she attempts to convince the others that sinful and vicious man has such a power that even God has no choice and, as the earthly papal subjects, has to consider the pope’s decisions as the His Own will – the will of God.

In fact, such misconception concerning the power of man does not differ from the heathen myths, in which deities were bound with special magical rituals and had to obey the will of the mortals: the Birgitta’s blasphemous assertions disclose the depth of separation of the papal “hierarchical church” from Christianity.

 

*17* See  

–– Divination – Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010, excerpt in Note *43* to Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

or

–– The Main Fruits of the Ancient Philosophical Thought: Divination in Ancient Civilization: Legacy Overview – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_1

 

*18* Concerning ethics–free, atheistic and commercialized sciences and some of their results/fruits, see

– my book The Invincible Empire, Chapter 8,

– Supplement_2_L’Aquila Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, Trial of Science, and Survival of Mankind to this file – Archive_Selections_2015 postings:

– Folder Archive_2008_2009: Wisdom – Page 1_2008, Imagination – Page 2_2008, Logic of Death – Page 3_2008–2009 (re–prints in Archive_Selections_2015), The Secret Things – Page 4_2008_2009

– The Virtue and Survival – Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012

– Focus – Folder Archive_2013, Page 2_March_2013

– The Desolate HouseFolder Archive_2010, Page 1_January_March_2010

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

 

*19* See Imagination – Folder Archive_2008_2009 @ website Sunday’s Thoughts [http://alicealexandrasofia.net], Page 2_2008, excerpt in Note *29* to Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*20* Concerning the heathenism:

1/ the core of the heathenism is death – idolatry; the essence of idolatry is worship to the arch–evil in the image of the serpent; however it might be covered with different images: different idols

2/ the most distinctively formed doctrine that unambiguously conveys the essence of the heathenism is the Orphism, which sustains theological–philosophical–political doctrines of Plato, Aristotle, and their followers.

The Orphism became the root of many heathen religions and cults, especially, the cults of serpents/reptiles – the cults of death, in which the attributes of deities include horns, paws with claws, tails, snakes, and horned animals (e.g., the ancient Minoan goddess coiled with snakes and holding snakes).

The Orphism, firstly, is mythical serpentine theology; that is why, in the Gospels, the followers of Orphism and its derivatives (cults of different idols of the Israel’s neighbors – idol–worshiping nations) are referred to as “offspring of vipers,” as the sons of the arch–evil [[the ancient serpent of Genesis]], as the ones who, within them, do not have place for the Word of God {Matthew 3:7–12; 15:1–20; 23:1–35; Mark 7:5–13; Luke 7:29–35; 16:13–17; John 8:37–47; Genesis 3:1–6, 14–16}.

 

Concerning the heathenism and its core – the Orphism, see

The Main Fruits of the Ancient Philosophical Thought: Heathenism and the Orphic Doctrine in Ancient Civilization: Legacy Overview  – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_1

The War & The World. Part II. Apostasy, with 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 postings, excerpts from which are included in Notes to Archive_Selections_2015: Logic of Death and Imagination – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008 [[Notes *37* and *29*]]Idolatry [[Note *27*]] and Divination – Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010 [[Note *43*]], or Divination in Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_1

Note *8* to God the Lord of Knowledge – the Portion of the Living Ones: Introductory Notes (A, B, C) – Folder Archive_2015, Page_1, January_2015;  re–print included in to Archive_Selections_2015, Note *22*

The True Vine, Folder Archive_2008_2008, Page 1_2008; excerpt included in Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

The Authority to Survive, Folder Archive_2011, Page 3_June_July_2011; excerpt included in Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015, which is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*21* The papal establishment – papal church of Rome/Vatican – is incompatible with the Christian Church for the following reasons:

1. In 1014, in violation of the decisions of the Ecumenical Councils (431–870), which established The Nicean Creed as the unchangeable dogma of the Christian Church, the Roman pope Benedict VII included the Augustine’s addition that the Holy Spirit proceeds “and from the Son” (“Filioque,” which is the heresy directed against God the Father) in The Creed of the Roman Catholic Church, alienating the papal church from the Christendom [[the Great Schism]], because of papal acceptance of the heresy incompatible with the Christian faith

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

3. it has disregarded the most holy tradition of the Christians of the Holy Communion with the bread and fruit of the vine as it was established by Lord Jesus Christ Himself {Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:17–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26} and revived the Manichaean heresy [[the communion in one element (by bread only) is the practice of the Manicheans: in imitation of the ancient rite of the Zoroastrians, the Manicheans replaced the Eucharist with breaking of bread; concerning Mani and his doctrine, see Note *1* to Works of Augustine of Hippo – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2]], depriving the Catholic laity of the Christian Chalice of Salvation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only because of ignorance of the Christian teachings some people continue the blasphemous practice to identify the papal establishment as the Christian church and the papal subjects as Christians.

 

Concerning the papal church of Rome, see

–– analysis of works of Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology, and arrangement of the papal establishment in Folder Heathen Philosophy  Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, in Folder Political TheologyThe Church Militants, Political Theology, and Hierarchical Church, and in my book The Invincible Empire [Savitsky, Alice A. The Invincible Empire. Washington, DC: The AEHESIA® Services, 2003]

–– The Hierarchy  – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_6_2008_2009

–– Priest and Heresy – Folder Archive_2008–2010, Page 2_2008 [[reprints are included in Archive_Selections_2014, Note *7*file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3]]

–– The Fruits – Folder Archive_2010, Page 2_April_June 2010

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

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

–– Lazarus of Bethany and Judas Iscariot – Folder Archive_2015, Page 4_April_2015; also included in Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

–– Books referred to in Note *21* to Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

Concerning scandals (world–wide children abuse and the others), corruption, and inhumanity that plagued the papal establishment – Vatican and catholic churches world–wide, see

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

*22* In the phrase τον μονον αληθινον Θεον {John 17:3}, the Greek word μονον usually is translated as “only”: “the only true God.”

However, μονον is also a derivative of two roots:

1/ μονο–  one, alone, and no–one else, only

2/ εν/ειςprimary word for numeral one, only.

Therefore, the complete meaning of τον μονον αληθινον Θεον  is “the only One True God.” Such translation is confirmed by the words of Lord God Jesus Christ: Εγω και ο Πατηρ εν εσμεν  – I and the Father One are {in: John 10:30; 14:6–10; 17:21, 23–26}

St. John the Apostle writes {1 John 5:7} that ο Πατηρ, ο Λογος, και το Αγιον Πνευμα: και ουτοι οι τρεις Εν εισι  – the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and These Three One is.

Therefore, translation of τον μονον αληθινον Θεον {John 17:3} as “the only One True God” conveys the essence of the monotheistic theology – the Christianity that is the ultimate knowledge of God the Father given and explained by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, Whom He has sent for salvation of the world {John 1:1–18; 3:16–18; 6:39–40; 10:17–18, 30; 12:44–50; 14:6–11; 17}.

 

*23* See

–– The Rejected Knowledge – Folder Archive_2011, Page 2_April_May_2011; re–print follows

–– The Plundered People – Folder Archive_2012, Page 2_February_2012; excerpt in Note *19* to Archive_Selections_2014 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

–– the following posts (which are also included in Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3): The Sinful Heart, the Desolate House, the Wasted LandFolder Archive_2015, Page 2_February_2015, and Lazarus of Bethany and Judas Iscariot – Folder Archive_2015, Page 4_April_2015

 

Re–print

The Rejected Knowledge

 

because thou has rejected the knowledge, I will also reject thee

{Hosea 4:6}

 

It happened in the day the Lord God Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem. Seeing the beautiful city from afar, He felt sorry for her: the days will come and the enemies will rise up a rampant to you, and surround you, and tear you down and your children in you, and they will not leave in you a stone on stone, because you have not known the time of your visitation {Luke 19:41–44}.

In the Greek text –– ανθ ων ουκ εγνως τον καιρον τυς επισκοπης σου {because you have not known the time of your visitation – Luke 19:44}, two Greek words convey the warning of God with the definiteness, for which in English translations many words are required:  εγνως  defines comprehension/cognition leading to the state of knowing and καιρον defines the system’s preparedness, or time–space–complexity point–settings, at which the system reaches the highest potency, completeness (or the planned state of affairs), and comes to the condition when it has and it is able to accomplish the main purpose for which it has been created, instituted, or came into being. This particular text discloses the meaning of καιρoς*E*1*  for the ancient Jerusalem: it is the preparedness for the visitation – coming of the Messiah, the Son of God, Redeemer and Deliverer.

According to the God’s words, Jerusalem has to be destroyed with her inhabitants, because they did not reach the state of knowing, which is necessary to receive God and, therefore to accomplish the purpose for which the chosen nation has been instituted. Everything was given them – the Law to keep, the land to live in righteousness, freedom, and prosperity, the prophets to guide, the wisdom to aspire, and the knowledge, which was hidden from all idol–worshipers, and which would make them the holy nation, the kingdom of priests, the members of God’s household. They rejected this knowledge and went “after other gods” that are nothing more than figments of imagination made to deceive, to corrupt, to enslave, and to ruin. Now, the time of destruction came as it comes for

– any system that has perverted own nature and became unable to accomplish the purposes for which it has been created

– any being that is worthless for the purposes of God

– anyone who rejected God and who is rejected by God

– anyone who rejected life–sustaining knowledge of the actuality and who lives by false assumptions and by figments of imagination, which deprive the mind of an ability to foresee danger and to avoid it (that makes survival impossible).

The history preserved the sad history of Jerusalem – everything told by God has been fulfilled:

 

starting in AD 70, September 7, with destruction of the city by the Romans

then, in 135, when Judea was renamed into Syria Palestine, on the site of Jerusalem a new Roman city was built,

the Jews were barred from Jerusalem and dispersed across the Roman Empire

through the consequent centuries –

not only destruction of the city, which has not recognized her Master, was complete,

the entire nation has been rooted out from the Holy Land and dispersed among hostile nations and enemies

to learn slavery, humiliation, and misery of the outcasts

 

In the seventh century BC, long before the moment described by St. Luke the Apostle, the people received the warning through Hosea the prophet: “because thou have rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee that thou shall not serve as priest to Me. As thou have forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children” {Hosea 4:6}.

Hosea foretold the tragedy of those who are not able to preserve the loyalty to God and therefore, deprive themselves of virtue, reasoning, wisdom – of everything associated with righteousness, and, ultimately, of the very life: 

The people of God became as if they ουκ εχων γνωσιν – have no understanding. So, God would reject them as the priests*E*2*, and the glory of the chosen people would be turn into shame, because they have sinned before God according to their multitudes. In the same way as they went astray in a spirit of whoredom – by believing in signs and sacrificing to idols, in the same way as they mingled themselves with harlots and the polluted ones, their daughters will go a–whoring and their daughters–in–law will commit adultery. They have chosen the ways of Canaanites (the Phoenicians*E*3*), so they shall be ashamed {Hosea 4:7–19}*E*4*.

The prophet’s text connects the idol–worship – disloyalty to God and apostasy – with death; firstly, death of reason, then, physical annihilation:

 

two main inseparable attributes of heathenism –

1/ the idol–worship

(which is referred to as prostitution or a–whoring)

and

2/ madness that manifests itself

through immorality and corruption, which are the consequences

of collapsed intelligence and issuing inability of comprehension

ruin and death

 

The chosen nation became the model of entire mankind: they have received the Law of God to preserve it and to make it understandable and available for other nations; their destiny encompasses all patterns of life and death, wisdom and folly, perfection and collapse; their history is the living lesson and warning that

 

without God, the people live in corruption and ruin everything starting with own offspring

the people’s establishments, which are not founded on the law and knowledge of God,

serve the evil, promote corruption, culminate in collapse,

and finish with annihilation – their own and their creators

 

From a particular point of view, the history of mankind might be seen as a repetition of the same lessons or patterns; the most frequent of them is the pattern of rejected knowledge.

The ancient idea of the evolutionary spiral proved itself to be true concerning the spiral anti–evolution [[see Note*24* to the main text]]: with each new generation, in different times and countries, the pattern of the rejected knowledge (as the lesson that the pupils do not comprehend), is repeated in increased scale and with increased persuasiveness (that is with increased insufficiency and suffering). Yet, again and again, some minds reject knowledge of God, choose the false assumptions as the actuality, pursue corruption, and finish with ruin and death.

What is the reason of the constantly repeated and deadly mistake? Why some minds choose to know and to live and why other minds choose to reject knowledge and to follow the path of self–annihilation?

The world of men will meet its end when the heaven, the elements, and the earth will be dissolved in the consuming fire {Deuteronomy 32:22; 2 Peter 3:7, 10, 12}.

However, Apocalypse is the general model for the entire world. The world consists from persons: each one has personal Apocalypse – victory or defeat in the very own war against the evil or in the very own war with the evil against the good.

The war among men is simple and finite, because physical death is visible.

The war with the evil is hidden within the human heart–mind; at the earth, it began within the first son of Adam {Genesis 4:1–8} and it will not stop until human beings live, although already there are many “living dead” in the world that serves the evil.

In this hidden war, everything within the heart–mind that makes possible acceptance of the evil must be dissolved and annihilated with the Consuming Fire – by the Holy Spirit of God, the Spirit of Truth, Who comes in the name of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, and by Whom the human heart–soul–mind lives, overcomes the world of the evil, and enters the kingdom of God {Deuteronomy 4:24; Luke 12:49; John 14:15–17, 26; 1 John 5:4; Revelation 3:20–21; 21:7}.

The living dead {Matthew 10:5–8; 2 Peter 2:1–22; Jude 3–16} are those

1/ who were not given a chance to learn the true knowledge of God {Matthew 10:7–8}

2/ who were offered, yet, rejected the true knowledge of God {Jude 12; 2 Peter 2:1–2, 20–21}.

Such beings carry death within them, because they live by spreading evil. Willingly (because of corruption) or not–willingly (because of ignorance), they deceive, enslave, corrupt, and murder (spiritually or physically) the living ones.

Although the evil has many purposes and the arsenal of the evil contains many things, the main target of the living dead is the human mind–reason and the main weapon is deprivation of truth: the actual end and death are in deprivation of knowledge of God, because without God, human intelligence and the very humaneness do not exist*E*5*.

Hence, there is a possibility to recognize (therefore, to overcome) the living dead by the knowledge they convey or reject and by that what their ideas, words, actions, and establishments bring to the others: prosperity and good or poverty and suffering…

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Notes:

 

*E*1* The Greek word καιρος conveys the meaning of the moment of accomplishment, “decisive moment,” when something either actually happens or is fulfilled. 

See Note *62* to Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

*E*2* A priest is the messenger of the Lord Almighty. The mission and purposes of the Old Testament’s priests – the sons and descendents of Levi – included, for instance, such things as to serve God, to keep and to convey the law and knowledge of God, to walk before God in peace, to keep the covenant of the Lord, and to turn people from unrighteousness {Deuteronomy 10:8–9; 33:8–10; Malachi 2:1–7}.

 

*E*3* Concerning the Phoenicians, see

Ancient Civilizations:  Legacy Overview – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

postings @ website Sunday’s Thoughts by Alice–Alexandra–Sofia  [http : // alicealexandrasofia.net]:

Folder Archive_2013: The Tablet of the Heart – Page 2_March_2013, The Shift, and The Creation and the Renewal – Page 3_April_2013

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

Folder Archive_2010: The Heathenism – Page 5_October_2010

Philosophy: the Beginning, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page_1

 

*E*4* Hosea the prophet, obviously is not concerned with the offense, which could be taken because of his expressions, for example, such asΔιοτι ως δαμαλις παροιστρωσα παροιστρησεν Ισραηλinterpreted in English as “The Israel was maddened as mad heifer {Hosea 4:16}. For the prophet, behavior of his contemporaries, who rejected the knowledge of God and went to sacrifice the idols, looks similar to frenzy of an animal.

 

*E*5* See also posting The Potential of the Mind, folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_4_2008–2009

 

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*24* The human mind has the choice between two realities: the reality of the evolution (life as the ascent to the eternity with God) and the reality of anti–evolution (death as eternal separation from God).

The reality of evolution accommodates development–evolution of the human mind that is cognition of new knowledge and creation of new thoughts, which lead to a/ unfolding of own unlimited potency of creation of the good, and b/ actualization of the maximal creative potency through the thoughts, words, and deeds with which the mind materializes own dominion over the world of the matter given into its possession.

The reality of anti–evolution accommodates degeneration of the human mind. Deprivation of the true knowledge of God leads to insufficiency of a particular, vital, knowledge – the knowledge of own nature and of the world, in which the mind has to survive and to accomplish its mission. In this case, mind is barred from access to the divine energy of creation [[which the normal mind accesses through the faith in the Word–God if it lives according to the law of God]].

Consequently, the mind has no choice but to revert into the regime of insufficiency: it loses the right discernment and became incapable of normal perception of the actuality. Lord God Jesus Christ refers to such minds as to those who see and hear, yet, do not perceive/comprehend, so, they do not turn to God that He would heal them {Matthew 13:10–15}.

Such a mind feeds itself with the surrogate – images of the matter/flesh, which are perceived/processed by the matter/flesh – and creates insufficient thoughts inadequate to the complexity of the considered subject (e.g., the drugs developed through the experiments on animals and then, applied to human beings trigger off the disorders, which are much worse than the diseases they claim to cure). Ultimately, the mind becomes unable to ascend to the levels of complexity appropriate to its nature: it becomes insufficient––sick and then, it is transformed into the living dead trapped within the evil time – the reality of death, similarly to fishes that are taken into the evil net {Ecclesiastes 9:12} [[see The Time in Archive_Selections_2014 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3]].

The anti–evolution culminates in the inability to contain the knowledge of truth, therefore, life; only knowledge of evil and death can be learnt: outcome of the anti–evolution is cognition of the ultimate evil, perversion–degeneration, and transformation into the offspring–embodiment of the ultimate evil – death {cf. in: John 8:37–47}.

Everyone understands that without food, human being starves to death, yet, not all realize that, without the Love of God that is the omnipotent divine power – the source of life, the energy, which creates and sustains existence of every living being of the Universe, and which is carried by the Word–God {John 3:16–21; 6:37–40; 15:1–6; 17; 1 John 4:7–21}, the mind is able of nothing. The mind’s self–deprivation of God produced heathenism of the Past; in the Present, it sustains the contemporary heathenism, which, for instance, underlies atheism, cults, and ideologies, which lead to deification of leaders of all kinds of human establishments and demand enslaving and denigration of ordinary people encaged within such establishments.  In the desperate hunt for knowledge, the contemporary sciences have overthrown all limits of humanity and humanness; however, they gained nothing besides additional details of the same portrait of the same arch evil – death. And it could not be otherwise, because the world is set by the wisdom of God and only God grants wisdom and knowledge {Jeremiah 10:12–14; Wisdom 6:12–20; 7:7–30; 8:1–4, 21; 9:1–18}, yet, who acknowledges God now, who observes His Law, and who seeks wisdom today –– idol–worshipers and ethics–free atheistic sciences?

In general, the anti–evolution might be envisioned as spiral unfolding as the sequence of cycles of repetitive failures, which would end only with the end of the entire establishment–settings. Each cycle is a slightly altered version (new king, new enemies, new generation of people, new set of the means of annihilation – e.g., either famine or war) of the general pattern of collapse/total ruin [[διαφθορον pattern – see Note *5* to Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3]] triggered by rejection of the knowledge.

Similarly to the dwellers of the Dante’s Inferno, the relapsed into idol–worship mind has no possibility to leave the downward spiral of anti–evolution, to break the loop, to return into the original settings and conditions: it has been debilitated, and it plunged to the reality of the anti–evolution, which accommodates death of human reason, degeneration of the human nature, and utter destruction of the world resulting from systematic and constant rejection of God and violation of His Law. The anti–evolution is the totality of processes of degeneration, decay, perversion, and corruption – all of them completed with the annihilation. 

The anti–evolution is different from the natural process of disintegration–death that is the natural end of all systems arranged from the structured matter within the world of the structured matter. The anti–evolution defines unnatural degeneration/decay of the systems created for evolution–development.

In the terms of systems theory, the anti–evolution is the decrease of the level/degree of complexity; for instance, as degeneration and fading away of plants grown from the seeds sown in the unsuitable places, which had no means of proper development {Matthew 13:1–7, 18–22}.

Such decrease of complexity is inevitable, because the anti–evolution is driven by insufficient/false knowledge – the knowledge of the evil. Consequently, the human anti–evolution is a process of degeneration and corruption

 

actualized through learning/absorbing the knowledge of the evil,

which is embodied into own life and the life of those who compose the sphere of influence

completed with the ultimate total ruin

{διαφθορον in: Psalm 106(107):20}

that is with degeneration, collapse and destruction – physical, moral, and religious

 

The knowledge of the evil like the ancient leprosy [[the deadly disease mentioned in the Holy Scriptures, which destroyed the nervous system transforming a living human body into disintegrating flesh incapable of normal perception]] debilitates–paralyzes–destroys a human mind:

 

the knowledge of the evil

makes the mind incapable of the right discernment

↓                    ↑

makes possible deprivation of life–giving knowledge of God

elevates immorality and other abnormalities at the rank of norm

 

It looks like researchers, scientists, educated part of the population, and those who have responsibilities to sustain life and progress of the society, to educate and entertain the population, already have forgotten the lessons of the history –– there is an unbreakable pattern: immorality is followed with extermination, because immorality triggers self–destruction, which awaits any mind that violates the law of God or attempts to live without knowledge of God.

 

See

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

–– Concept of the evil in Logic of Death – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008; excerpt in Note *37* to Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

 

*25* See The War against Christianity – Folder Archive_2011, Page 1_January_March_2011; excerpt included in Note *118* to Archive_Selections_2015 – file is offered for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

 

 

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