Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

10_October_2015


The Treasure

The  Freedom of Perfection

The Blessing for the Nation

The Way of the Earth


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Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Treasure

 

the Kingdom of Heaven is compared to treasure hidden in the field,

which finding, man hid;

and from the joy of it he goes, and all whatever he has he sells, and buys that field

{Matthew 13:44}

  

 

Explaining the Kingdom of Heaven to His disciples, Lord Jesus Christ compares His Kingdom

–– to the treasure hidden in the field, which man has found, hid; and from the joy of it, he goes, sells whatever he has, and buys that field {Matthew 13:44}

–– to a man, a merchant seeking excellent pearls, who, finding one very precious pearl and going away, has sold all he has and bought it {Matthew 13:45–46}

–– to a fishing net thrown into the sea and gathering together of every kind; when it was filled, drawing up to the shore, [the ones] descending upon it, collected the good into the vessels, and threw out the corrupted/rotten {Matthew 13:47–48}.

Then, the Lord God says that so it will be at the completion of the age: the angels will go out and separate the evil from the midst of the righteous and throw them [the evil] into the furnace of fire {Matthew 13:49–50; also, in: Revelation 20:11–15}.

The Lord continues His lesson by asking His disciples: Did you understand all this? After they answered “Yes, Lord,” He completes His explanation: Because of this, every scribe schooled into the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man, a master of a house, who casts out of his treasure new and old {Matthew 13:51–52}.

Each example given by the Lord as explanation of the Kingdom of Heaven describes the use of knowledge as the act of identification of the precious value–discernment*1* that is followed with judgment–decision and the consequent actions, with which the knowledge embodied into identification of the value–judgment–decision is materialized into the actuality:

discernment decision  actions

For instance,

–– the one – buyer of a field, in which the treasure is hidden, and a merchant seeking excellent pearls  – must discern the true treasure [[firstly, the one must know what is the meaning of the treasure]], and for the sake of acquiring it, have to forfeit all that is held as valuable things before finding the true treasure

–– those, who descend upon to process the ones collected by the fishing net, have to separate the good from the corrupted/rotten, to fill the vessels with the good, and to throw away the corrupted/rotten [[again, they have to discern what is the good and what is the rotten*2*]].

The summary of choices made, the treasures acquired or disregarded, and the actions confirming the choice by using or throwing away determines the ultimate state of the ones that are given a chance to face the Kingdom

either

the good/righteous ones, who will have the Kingdom of God

or

the evil ones, whose future destiny is to be thrown away

 

Furthermore, the acts of discernment are committed by two sides:

–– by those who had to find and acquire the Kingdom of Heaven*3*

–– by those who determine suitability of the ones for the Kingdom of Heaven and who have to separate the good/righteous from the evil [[for instance, among those of different kind that are collected into the fishing net]].

Hence, the ability of discernment, which is based on a particular knowledge, unifies those who collect, select, judge [[either to accept as the good or to throw away as the evil]] and those who are collected and have to be either selected because they are the good ones or thrown away because they are the evil ones.

This particular knowledge is the knowledge of God and His Word – the Perfect Love of God {John 3:16; 6:37–40; 10:1–30; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John 3:14–24; 4:7–21}, the almighty cohesive power*4* that sustains the wholeness of life and the entire order of the unity of the perfect world – the heavens and the earth created and jointly completed by God {Genesis 1; 2; Και συνετελεσθησαν  ο ουρανος  και  η  γη, και  πας  ο  κοσμος  αυτων – And the heavens and the earth were jointly completed, and this entire world – Genesis 2:1}:

 

by this knowledge the heaven and the earth and their inhabitants live

this knowledge separates the righteousness and the sinners

this knowledge is the everlasting life of the righteous ones and the judgment of the evil ones

this knowledge is the power to carry within one’s heart–mind the Kingdom of Heaven

and therefore, assurance of the everlasting life in the eternity in the presence of God

this knowledge is the power to execute the will of God

{e.g., in: Matthew 10:32–33; Luke 9:26; 12:8–9; 17:20–21;

John 1:1–5, 9–13; 3:16–21; 8:31–47, 51; 12:44–50; 14; 17; 1 John;

Psalm 2:6–12; 32(33); 103(104); 146(147); 148}

 

Consequently, the one could infer that the main theme of the lesson relates to

1/ the Absolute Good*5*: the treasure that excels and exceeds all that the one could ever have, because it is the foundation, upon which the heaven and the earth are established, and because of which they exist and evolve according to the purposes of God the Creator, the Giver of Life

2/ the necessity to have abilities

 

to understand what is the Absolute Good

to accept the Absolute Good and to make it the one’s ultimate – the only one – treasure,

the most valuable possession

to live by the Absolute Good,

even to discard everything that was held as the most valuable things

before the Absolute Good became the ultimate treasure

 

The reference to a scribe completes the Absolute’s lesson [[in the ancient Israel, a scribe – γραμματευς – was a man of education, the learned one; in the contemporary terms, a scribe would be a researcher, scientist, bibliophile, thinker, professional, the one who has acquired substantial knowledge in the sphere of his profession and interests]]: the scribe schooled into the Kingdom of Heaven casts out of his treasure new and old.

The writings of the Apostles sustain one of the possible interpretations of the meaning of scribe’s liberation of new and old. 

St. Paul the Apostles writes concerning cognition of the mystery of God and Father and Christ in Whom all riches of the full confidence of the understanding, of the complete knowledge (επιγνωσιv), and all treasures wisdom and knowledge are hidden. Thus, the one should be aware of danger to be robbed by false knowledge – philosophy*6* and vain deceit according to the traditions of men and elements of the world, yet not according to Christ in Whom all the completeness of Godhead dwells bodily and Who is the Head of all rule and authority {Colossians 2:2–10}.

The one could comprehend the meaning of complete knowledge mentioned by St. Paul the Apostle by reading the Second Epistle of St. Peter the Apostle {2 Peter}. Complete knowledge –– επιγνωσεως*7* in: 2 Peter 1:3 ––  might be explained as the state of complete–abundant–carrying consequences cognition: the state of having been empowered to think, to speak, and to work according to the will of God that is with the knowledge of the Absolute Truth Who is the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ the Redeemer and the Savior {2 Peter 1:2–11; conf. in: John 14; 15; 16; 17}.

Thus, the essence of επιγνωσεως, complete knowledge of God, is manifestation of the Divine Power bestowing upon the one all of life and godliness {2 Peter 1:3–4}, firstly:

 

freedom from the evil and sin {John 8:31–47}

the empowerment for knowledge of the Truth {John 14:6–7; 15:5}

the power to embody the words of Truth into own thoughts, words, and actions,

which are completed with

1/ development of the one’s abilities to do the works of God {John 14:11–12}

and

2/ the one’s becoming the dwelling–temple of God {John 14:21, 23}

 

 

The one who has acquired the greatest treasure – the complete knowledge, of which the Apostles write, enters the reality focused on God:

 

he understands that nothing in the world is worthy of forfeiting the knowledge of God the Creator

his mind operates within the framework of knowledge – Στερεωμα*8* – established upon Λογος, Αγια Σοφια, the Word–God

he thinks*9* that is of God {Matthew 16:21–26; φρονεις τα του Θεου – in: Matthew 16:23}

the life of his mind is in just following*10* the reasoning of Christ {1 Corinthians 2:16}

the meaning of his life is accomplishment of the commandments of God and imitation of the examples given by Lord Jesus Christ

{in: Matthew 5:38–48; Luke 6:35–36; John 4:34;  8:42; 13:15–17; 14; 15:12, 17; 1 John 5:1–5}.

 

Consequently, such mind casts out any framework of knowledge, which is not based on the knowledge consistent with the Word–God: by the definition, Absolute is only one existing reality; hence, all the others must be discarded as fiction, as dream worlds of imagination*11* intently bent upon the evil {Genesis 8:21}, as false knowledge leading to sin*12* and failure to achieve the purposes, for the sake of which the mind lives.

For such mind, philosophy, of which St. Paul the Apostle warned {in: Colossians 2:8}, is not a source of theological knowledge, as it is for instance, for political theology*13*. Philosophy fueled by the illusions is the source of knowledge, which is alien – strange*14* and incompatible with the world living by knowledge of the only One True God {τον μονον*15* αληθινον Θεον – John 17:3}.  Similarly to a scribe referred to by the Lord {Matthew 13:51–52}, the mind focused*16* on God has to cast out of his treasure

the old [[e.g., the framework of ancient heathen philosophy, in which creations of the false knowledge is possible, and which accommodates doctrines of Plato, Aristotle, and other followers of the Orphism*17*]]

and

the new [[e.g., contemporary doctrines derived of the fantasies of the ancient heathens, such as atheism, Darwinism, Freudism, Marxist dialectics, and other isms, which are the pillars of contemporary ethics–free sciences and research*18*]].

 And I think: in the daily life that has collapsed into the reality, in which the precious knowledge of the only One True God has no place,

–– would any reasonable mind expect to survive without finding and acquiring such treasure as wisdom and full understanding with issuing infallible abilities to identify the true essence of everything, to foresee the consequences of words, actions, events, to develop the highest creative potency according to the original human nature?

–– could any reasonable mind find any sense in contemporary chaos of wars, conflicts, self–destructive politics, plagues, crimes, and other daily events, which increase overall misery of already insufficient world deprived of knowledge of God – the world, in which love, forgiveness, mercy, wisdom, conscience, and humanity became archaic definitions of forgotten or rejected treasures?

Those who believe that the human reasoning, sanity, and ability to create anything good and beneficial for this world and its inhabitants could ever exist without their natural foundation – love to God, knowledge of God, and love to each other {Matthew 22:36–40; John 13:34–35; 15:9–12, 17} – have no chance of survival as human beings and to evolve for the next phase of existence. The greatest problem is that they have deprived themselves of the ability to understand that…

 

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Notes:

The referred files with Supplements, Reprints, Excerpts, Notes, and References

are offered for download @ my website Systems Logic http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net

The Facets of the Absolute, The Discernment, Archive_Reprints, Archive_Selections_2015 – Page Library_3

The World and The War. Part I. Ecumenism. Materialism. Page Library_2

Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview – Page Library_1

 

 

*1* See The Discernment

 

*2* For instance, within the world of men, many beings consume rotten waste that is left by the others, and for them – within their reality, this rotten waste is good, because it sustains their existence; furthermore, within their reality, they also are good because they accomplish the purposes for the sake of which they came into being. However, for other kinds of living being, the waste is evil thing carrying dangers of diseases, pollution, and so on.

 

*3* See The Kingdom of Heaven – Folder Archive_2011, Page_3_June_July_2011 (reprint in Note *203* to Archive_Selections_2015), and The Kingdom for a Child – Folder Archive_2015, Page 8_August_2015; also included in Text of Archive_Selections_2015

 

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

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

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

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

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

Concerning cohesive power, see Introduction to the Systems Logic

 

*5* See  The Facets of the Absolute

 

*6* In the Epistle to Colossians 2:8 – Βλεπετε μη τις υμας εσται ο συλαγωγων δια της φιλοσοφιας και κενης απατης, κατα την παραδοσιν των ανθρωπων, κατα τα στοιχεια του κοσμου, St. Paul the Apostle warns of a possibility to be robbed; he uses word συλαγωγων, that is a compound word composed with the roots of words:  συλησις – pillage, robbery (especially of temples); αγωγη  – education, upbringing; αγωγιον  – load, contents; αγωγος  – pipe, pipeline, conduit. The alternative translation of the logical block  κενης απατης  might be “vain/empty illusion.”

Therefore, through philosophy and vain/empty illusion, the mind might be robbed of its cargo–possession it received and the education it was given; it might be deprived of the channel–connection through which it received its possession.  

The following text defines the precious source of the mind’s possession: Lord Jesus Christ; it also conveys a warning of the false knowledge that is “not according to Christ”: philosophy (with which men traditionally compose knowledge of elements of the world – στοιχεια του κοσμου – that is the world of the matter) is depriving. The Apostle reminds us of the only source of true knowledge: God. Christ is God; the entirety of the knowledge of God is embodied in Him; the entirety of all powers and authorities is in Him, and in Him, a human being finds own completeness and fulfillment. We must be watchful, so the false knowledge would not rob us of our possession – true knowledge of God, and would not close our connection with God.

In the referred above text, St. Paul the Apostle introduces two domains of knowledge originated by the different sources.

1. The truth and actuality of God in which the mind finds completeness and actualization of own nature; this knowledge belongs to the domain identified as theology. The source of theology is revelations of God. For the human mind, theology is unlimited, completed, unchangeable, and all–inclusive as its Source – God – is: theology provides the universal framework for life of the mind and the foundation on which the mind comes to all intentions, makes all discoveries, composes all creations, and achieves its perfection–readiness for the Kingdom of God.

2. The realm of assumptions created by the mind, which the mind accepts as the knowledge of the elements of the world and imposes onto the κοσμος ––  the entirety of visible and invisible universes, chaotic realms and realities, structured systems, components, elements, etc., perceivable or assumed to exist and to influence purposes and life of men; this domain of knowledge was named philosophy.

Traditionally, philosophy is considered as the pinnacle of human wisdom; the very name φιλοσοφιa signifies love of (or inclination to) wisdom. However, the Apostle’s text leads to the inferences:

a/  if philosophy is originated by traditions – vain deception and empty illusions – of men; then, as any illusion, it is misleading and deceitful; it robs/deprives of true knowledge

b/  traditional knowledge of the elements of the world, which is compiled by the means of philosophy, might be deceitful

c/  philosophy and the issuing knowledge of the world, which are composed according to the tradition of men (vain deception/illusion), contradict the Word–God.

What is behind the Apostle’s warning, and what, in fact, is philosophy –– the pinnacle of human wisdom or the false knowledge of vain deception and empty illusions, which deprive of true knowledge?

The “tradition of men” ––  the set of rules, with which different minds compose the shared world of false assumptions and dreams, was born when Eve, through misleading deception of the shrewd brute {Genesis 3:1–15}, discarded the true knowledge given by God–Creator and incorrectly assumed a possibility that any other truth and any other power might exist besides God. Since, all human beings have the choice between two sources of knowledge, and this choice defines their destiny: either the Law of God that sustains the actuality of the world created by God or the human imagination, which interprets the world according to own desires, purposes, dreams, and passions.

The choice between two sources of knowledge became the choice between life and death indeed, as Moses the Prophet warned {Deuteronomy 11:26–28; 30:11–20}:

1/ knowledge of God (granted through the Old Testament’s prophets and through the Gospels of Lord God Jesus Christ) sustains the human mind destined to become the dwelling of God; this knowledge makes the mind invincible and its creations indestructible. Moreover, the evolution–optimization of the world of men might be accomplished only through the mind that seeks wisdom, which can be granted only by God, obtains the wisdom, and embodies this wisdom into its creations

2/ knowledge originated by “imagination of the heart” – by the dreaming mind of false prophets, priests–diviners, and philosophers who created the imaginary worlds of false religions – the heathenism. This inadequate to the actuality knowledge always is insufficient, therefore, false; moreover, as soon as it deprives the mind of true knowledge, its authors are criminals. Indeed, the false prophets and all those who disseminated figments of imagination as true knowledge have prevented (and continue to prevent) the actualization of the human potentials; they transformed mankind’s history into the list of vanished civilization, destroyed empires, and collapsed states and other establishments.

Man has the unlimited abilities of comprehension of the perceivable world, in which he comes to existence, lives, and dies. However, anything beyond the world given into the dominion of man is closed for comprehension until transformation (physical death) or transfer into another mode of existence {Deuteronomy 29:29; 1 Corinthians 13:9–13; 15:42–43, 50–51, 53}. It means that the mind comprehends the work of the universal Law only at the levels allotted for the mind’s existence. For example, theology or the knowledge of God provides the overall framework for existence of the human reasoning–intelligence. The mind employs philosophy to transform the theological knowledge into the philosophical doctrines, which explain the world and provide the foundation for the methods of inquiry and research, for instance, such as the systems theory and the systems logic. The correlation–link sustaining optimal work of human intelligence is simple:

 

1.Theology  2. Philosophy  3. Logic

 

Knowledge of God results in knowledge of own nature; this knowledge originates philosophical outlook–positioning within the world; then, the mind defines own methods of cognition and actions. The problems appear when these links are broken, or when philosophy, instead of interpreting theology into daily life of man, begins to produce theological knowledge that is to fantasize about God. Fantasizing about God (use of imagination for creation of knowledge of God or divination) is the most dangerous kind of perversion, which sustains the idol–worshiping worlds of heathenism, mysticism, and other sources of false theological knowledge: the entire history of mankind confirms that the false knowledge is the deadliest weapon of destruction.

 

See also

– The Strange Knowledge – Folder Archive_2015, Page 6_June_2015; also included in Archive_Selections_2015

Imagination – Page 2_2008 in Folder Archive_2008_2009; excerpt/reprint in Note *29* to Archive_Selections_2015

Idolatry  – Folder Archive_2010, Page 2_2008; excerpt/reprint in Note *27* to Archive_Selections_2015

Divination – Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010; excerpt/reprint in Note *43* to Archive_Selections_2015, or The Main Fruits of the Ancient Philosophical Thought in Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview

postings in Folder Heathen Philosophy

 

 

*7* See The Complete Knowledge; The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Acceptance of the Absolute and The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Understanding,  – Folder Archive_2015, Page 7_July_2015; also included in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*8* Στερεωμα of the human soul–heart–mind is the Word–God – the knowledge of God: His Law, His will, His commandments, His mercy, His Perfection and His Love – the Absolute Good, that is the everlasting life {John 17:3, 6}. This knowledge makes possible life by the Holy Spirit, because this knowledge became the inner foundation and structure of the new creation of God in Christ and by Christ destined from the beginning of times for the eternity with God.

See Note *58* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*9* See The Ultimate Purpose – Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012; reprint in Note *56* to The Facets of the Absolute

 

*10* In 1 Corinthians 2:6–16, St. Paul the Apostle writes of the Holy Wisdom given by the Holy Spirit, of the power of God, which is the foundation of faith, and of intelligence, reason, mind of those who just/exactly follow the reasoning of Christ {δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν – 1 Corinthians 2:15–16}.

English versions of the Holy Bible [e.g., The Complete Parallel Bible. New York and Oxford, U.K.:  Oxford University Press, 1993] translate text of 1 Corinthians 2:16 –– ημεις δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν –– as “we have/possess the mind of Christ” [[νουν is a derivative of νοος – intelligence, reasoning, mind, and εχομεν – is translated as “have”]].

However, Christ is the Word–God; humans are not capable of having the mind of God. Besides, to ascribe to a human being attributes of God is blasphemy.  Obviously, the translation is inadequate.

Indeed, the word εχομεν should not be interpreted as a derivative of εχω from primary word σχεω  – to hold; εχομεν is a shortened form of εχομενως, which conveys meanings of contiguity, following something, close connection, proximity.

Thus, the strict meaning of ημεις δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν is “we just/exactly the reasoning of Christ follow.”

See also The Mind and the World – Folder Archive_2015, Page 3_March_2015; also included in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*11* See Imagination – Page 2_2008 in Folder Archive_2008_2009; reprint in Note *29* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*12* In Greek, sin is αμαρτια – inability to get something needed or desirable or proper, missing the mark.

Sin is a violation of the law of God. Sin is failure to achieve the purposes, an inability to accomplish the mission of man, firstly, an inability to create the good that is to fulfill the Law/will of God. Those accustomed to sin are the slaves of sin – the ones who live by the evil, do the works of the evil, and who are controlled by the evil. Sin is ανομια – lawlessness, iniquity, illegality, wickedness: anomaly or perversion – both as inconsistency with the human nature.

Any violation of the Law of God by thought, by words, or by actions is a perversion of the human nature (e.g., idol–worship, assassination, adultery), therefore, the crime against God, own nature, and other human beings. The Law of God is the essence of the human mind–heart; therefore, man’s own mind becomes his judge and executor: violation of the Law of God initiates the disorder or illness (mental or physical), which leads to degeneration, further perversion, impairment and collapse of the immune system, abnormal offspring, premature death.

The mind of a sinner, who violated the Law by the actions/words/thoughts inconsistent with the human nature, triggers off the abnormal mutation, which may result not only in lethal illness of the sinner himself: it may be transferred to his children. This simple link is known since revelation of the Law and Moses’ warning to his tribesmen concerning life–blessing to those who live according to the Law of God and curse–death for those who disregard the Law of God. Only mercy and all–embracing Perfect Love of God annihilates sin/evil and restores heath of the sinner {Exodus 34:6–7; Deuteronomy 30:11–20; also cf. in: John 9:1–41; 1 Peter 2:1–10; 1 John 2; 3; 4; 5}.

The Greek theologians considered sin as a state of the freely chosen death – death of the soul, which rejected God; although the soul is immortal, without God it does not have life, because if it does not live in God, it dwells in death [St. Maximus the Confessor 34 in: The Philokalia 2:244; St. Gregory Palamas §8 in: The Philokalia 4:295; [[The Philokalia: The Complete Text Compiled by St. Nikodimus of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth. Trans. and ed. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware, with the assistance of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline) Constantine Cavarnos, Dana Miller, Basil Osborne, Norman Russel. London:  Faber & Faber, 1979–1995.  4 vols.]].

 

*13* Concerning political theology, see Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page_7, and all Pages in Folder Political Theology

 

*14* See The Strange Knowledge – Folder Archive_2015, Page 6_June_2015; also included in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*15* 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/εις primary 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}.

 

*16* See Folder Archive_2013:  The Focus – Page 2_March_2013 and The Shift – Page 3_April_2013; excerpts are in Note*17* to The Discernment

 

*17* Concerning the heathenism and the Orphism, see Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

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

Materialism in The World & The War. Part I, and The Material Things in Supplement_1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

– Supplement_3_L’Aquila Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, Trial of Science, and Survival of Mankind to Archive_Selections_2015

postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2009: Imagination – Page 2_2008, Logic of Death – Page 3_2008_2009 (excerpts in Notes *29* and *37* to Archive_Selections_2015), and The Secret Things – Page 4_2008–2009; excerpt in Notes *97* to Archive_Reprints

The Virtue and Survival – Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012, excerpt in Note *31* to The Discernment

Focus – Folder Archive_2013, Page 2_March_2013, excerpt in Note *17* to The Discernment

The Desolate HouseFolder Archive_2010, Page 1_January_March_2010; excerpt in Note *17* to Archive_Selections_2015

my book The Invincible Empire, Chapter 8

 

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10_15_2.

For Sunday, October 11, 2015

The  Freedom of Perfection

 

…Love your enemies, bless those cursing you; do well to those hating you,

so that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven.

Because He causes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.

For if you love those loving you, what reward do you have?

Then, you be perfect even as your Father in Heaven is perfect…

{Matthew 5:44–46, 48}

 

…If you love Me, keep My commandments, and I will petition the Father, and He will give you another Comforter,

that He may remain with you forever: the Spirit of Truth… the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My Name,

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

{John 14:15–17, 26}

 

…For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery again to fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption

by Whom we cry Abba, Father! The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God…

{Romans 8:14–16}

 

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

{2 Corinthians 3:17}

 

Then, be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love…

{Ephesians 5:1}

 

 

The Christians are the children of God: the ones born of God the Spirit. This revelation given by Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God, is conveyed by the Gospels {e.g. in: Matthew 5:44–48; John 1:1–13; 3:1–21, 35–36; 4:24}, and explained by the Apostles {e.g., in: James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:14–25; 1 John 3; 4:7–21; Romans 8:14–17}. The inference is that as the children observe the character and the works of their father and learn to imitate him, so they would be similar to their father, in the same way, the children of God should observe the attributes and the works of God and imitate them by embodying His law, His words, His love, His mercy, His righteousness, His perfection into their daily life {Mathew 5; 6; 7; Luke 6:35–36; John 8:38–45; 13:13–15, 34–35; 14; 15; 17; James 1:22–25; Ephesians 5:1}.

The process of creation–birth–establishing of a child of God {e.g., in: John 1:13–14 – receiving the authority to become children of God; John 3:5–7 – to be born of the Spirit, from above; 1 Peter 1:23 – having been born again through the Living Word of God; Romans 8:15 – receiving πνευμα νιοθεσιας – Spirit that is establishing a son; Galatians 3:26–29; Ephesians 1:3–14} begins with

 

observing the commandments of God – His Law*1*

{Exodus 20:1–17; Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 4:1–40; 6:1–7; 30:10–20;

Matthew 5:17, 48; 22:36–40; Luke 10:25–37; John 13:34–35; 15:17}

reading, studying, and comprehension of the Gospels

reflection on the Absolute Good of God and understanding how the Absolute Good of God –

His Perfect Love, mercy, perfection, excellence, righteousness, virtues –

may become the Absolute Good*2* for man and of man

studying the Epistles of the Apostles, which provide the practical guidance

for establishing of the one’s life according to the  Christian teachings

acceptance and understanding of the words of God that are the life–giving Spirit and life

and doing the works*3* of God

{John 6:28–68; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John}

imitation of the learned virtues, righteousness, love, mercy, perfection,

and other facets of the Absolute Good, which are revealed by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God,

with own thoughts, words, and actions

{John 1:18; 10:30; 14; 15; 16; 17; Ephesians 5:1}

 

The initial steps – observance of the words of God and following the examples given by God – lead to cognition of the truth that sets free from the slavery of sin; the overall process is completed with readiness for the everlasting life with God:

 

1. cognition of truth 2. freedom from the slavery of sin 3. evolution–preparation for the next phase of existence: eternity with God

 

The truth is the Word–God {John 14:6}: the knowledge of the Word–God empowers the mind for acceptance–absorbing the complete knowledge of God that is the everlasting life {John 17:3}, or for the state of επιγνωσεως, the complete knowing, to which St. Peter the Apostle refers {2 Peter 1:2–3}.

The mind that has obtained επιγνωσεως*4*, or in other words, entered the state of complete knowledge of God, receives from the Word–God – Λογος/Αγια Σοφια and from the Holy Spirit the special power: wisdom {John 14:1–27; 15:1–17, 26; 16:7–16; 17; Colossians 1; 2; Proverbs 2:3–12; Wisdom 1; 3; 6; 7; 8; 9}.

This wisdom–power*5* sustains new life of the mind – the life in God. This wisdom it is not “wisdom” of this world, such as philosophy of the heathens*6*, by which the people pride themselves and upon which they build their establishments that collapse easily because of any problem, similarly to buildings, which collapse during flood because they are set upon sand or liquefied soil, without the solid stone foundation {in: Matthew 7:21–27; Luke 6:46–49; 1 Corinthians 3:18–23; 2 Corinthians 4; Colossians 2:8–9, 18–23}.

The companions of the wisdom given by God are comprehension of the words of the Creator, understanding of the meaning of virtues, righteousness, nature of man, nature of the world that accommodates life and evolution*7* of men, and ultimately, the ability to comprehend the perfection of God, which the wise one is empowered to accept as the Absolute Good*2* and then, imitate, so it would become his very own manner of life {John; 2 Peter 1:2–3; 1 John; Ephesians 5:1; Wisdom 7}.

In other words, the wise one becomes the dwelling of God, a new being in whom the words of God – the knowledge of Him – establish and maintain

– righteous life of the mind by giving it wisdom to know God and to imitate Him according to His commandments

– virtuous life of the one’s body that lives according to the human nature created by God: by the spirit, not by the lusts of flesh and figments of imagination {Matthew 5; 6; 7; 22:36–40; Luke 6:17–49; 12; 16; 17; 18; John 14; 15; 17; 1 Peter 1:13–25; 2:11–25; 2 Peter 1:2–4; 2; 3; 1 John; Jude 8, 12–13, 16–21; 1 Corinthians 6:9–20; 2 Corinthians 10:3–5; Galatians 4:6–10; 5:13–26; 6:3–10; Ephesians, esp. Ephesians 5:1–21; Colossians 1:10–23; 2:2–23; 3:1–25; 1 Thessalonians 4:1–12; 5:3–24; Wisdom 2:21–24; 3:1–4; 7}.

With knowledge of the perfection and righteousness of God the Creator and the Father comes freedom from sin*8*: a human child of God, through Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God {John 8:34–36}, learns how

to live according to the will of God

to accomplish the purposes, for the sake of which he came into this world

to work the works of God

to evolve and be ready for the next phase of existence – the eternity in the presence of God

to be perfect in his thinking, speaking, acting, and in his plans, creations, endeavors, works

[[that is firstly, how to accomplish the will of God – the purposes, because of which he was born into this world,

in the most efficient, optimal, way]]

then, sin would not have place in his life

[[firstly, a sin as the failure*8* to create the good through accomplishment of the purposes,

with which the one, by own life, has to actualize the will of God]]

 

From the practical point of view, one of the components of perfection might be seen as the abstinence from judgment concerning worthiness [[are they the good/righteous ones or are they the evil ones/sinners]] and “eligibility for assistance” of those who need to be assisted.

Normally, discernment*9* always precedes all actions, and usually, it is concluded with forming opinion–judgment concerning the essence of everything that the one encounters: what is the true essence – either the good or the evil.

However, judgment followed with emotional or other involvement into the reality [[reality as the summary of the choices and actions, which defined the ultimate result, the present state, condition, need, danger, e.g., in: John 8:3–12]] of those who are judged might open possibilities of acceptance of inevitability of the evil that might exist within the needy one as well as of transposition of the aversion to sin to a person who has sinned, which both [[acceptance of inevitability of the evil and aversion to a person]] are inappropriate for a Christian.

The one who attempts to imitate the attributes of God according to His commandments {Matthew 5:38–48; Luke 6:27–49; John 4:34;  8:42; 13:15–17; 14; 15:12, 17; 1 John 5:1–5} should also take into consideration that

a/ if he aspires to imitate perfection of the God the Father –– Who gave life to all, causes the sun to shine for all, and sends rain to benefit all – the good and the evil, the just and the unjust –– his doing well for anyone as it is said in Matthew 5:38–48, must not be deterred by the personal and other features of the one who might need help and assistance

b/ if he decides to arrange his life according to the Christian teachings {e.g., in: Matthew 5; 6; 7; 11:28–30; Luke 6:27–49; 12; John 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter; 1 John}, he always should remember

– the words of Lord Jesus Christ: He was sent into the world not to judge the word, but that the world might be saved through Him {John 3:16–17}; thus, a Christian should not judge; the Christian should act by creating the good for all whom he has been empowered to assist

– the actions of Lord Jesus Christ: He knew the inner essence and true worth of everyone, yet, He tolerated presence of the Pharisees and Judas, so the ultimate evil would be exposed and destroyed as it was revealed through the prophets and written in the Scriptures {Matthew 26:31–35, 45–54, 69–75; Mark 14:17–21; Luke 22:31–34, 54–62; John 1:42, 47–51; 2:24–25; 6:65–71; 9:39–41; 13:18–38; 18:12–27}; thus, the Christian should love even those who are his enemies, and assist those in needs whoever they are

c/ assistance to those in need means neither acceptance of the values, by which those in need live, nor a possibility of admission of their influence upon the Christian’s life, reasoning, and decisions {e.g., in: Ephesians 5:1–20; 6:10–18; Galatians 6:1–10; 1 Corinthians 5:9–13; 10:20–33; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18; 10:3–5}.

Indeed, the sun and the rain {in: Matthew 5:44–48} are not affected by the recipients of their life–sustaining power; similarly, the Christians should neither be affected by nor succumb to the alien beliefs, religions, sins, values, customs, manner of live, patterns of thinking and creating knowledge.

In summary,

– the right discernment, as the power to comprehend the essence of anything that the one encounters, should always be the main part of the normal reasoning whatever the subject of consideration is: freedom of perfection is neither in rejection of discernment nor in an ability to close eyes on the presence of the evil; freedom of perfection is in an ability to act according to the words of God in spite of presence of the evil

– judgment should never be actualized through words and actions resulting in decreasing or refusing assistance

– the righteousness and freedom of perfection illustrated by the words and actions of Lord God Jesus Christ, Whom a Christian attempts to imitate, should always be the only standard of behavior and the only criterion of evaluation of own thoughts, words, and actions.

Where the Spirit of God is the freedom is: a Christian – a child of God the Spirit, is the temple–dwelling of God, because he has the Holy Spirit within and imitates the Perfect God; thus as a child of God, a Christian is called to freedom {1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:13–14}, and especially, to freedom, which only perfection gives.

However, the freedom of perfection does not mean blind acceptance of everything and unreserved following everybody. Freedom of perfection, firstly, is the ability to see the essence of anyone and to exercise the power – if given – to create the good for anyone, whatever his essence is…

 

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Notes:

 

The referred files with Supplements, Reprints, Excerpts, Notes, and References

are offered for download @ my website Systems Logic [[http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net]]:

The Facets of the Absolute, The Works of God, The Discernment, Archive_Reprints, Archive_Selections_2015 – Page Library_3

Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview  – Page Library_1


 

*1* See

The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation

Preface: The Law of God in The Discernment, with Supplement_1 The Road to God

The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Acceptance, The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Understanding, and The Inevitability of the Law – in Archive_Selections_2015

Note *15* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*2* See The Facets of the Absolute

 

*3* See The Works of God

 

*4* Επιγνωσεως is the state of complete–abundant–carrying consequences cognition: the state of empowering to act according to the will of God. Επιγνωσεως reveals itself [[or might be identified]] as possession of the mental power to achieve the purposes, for the sake of which the one has been born: to survive, to come to the complete knowledge of the Absolute Good, to evolve for the next phase of existence in the eternity with God.

See

God the Lord of Knowledge – the Portion of the Living Ones in Archive_Reprints

The Complete Knowledge; Acceptance of the Absolute, The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Understanding, The Mind and the World, The Door into the Future, and Wisdom and the Riches –– in Archive_Selections_2015

 

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

In 1 Corinthians 2:6–16, St. Paul the Apostle writes of the Holy Wisdom given by the Holy Spirit, of the power of God, which is the foundation of faith, and of intelligence, reason, mind of those who just/exactly follow the reasoning of Christ {δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν – 1 Corinthians 2:15–16}.

Wisdom might be also defined as comprehension of the Law of God and the subsequent ability/state of being empowered to observe the Law: to live according to the Law of God, to embody the Law of God into daily life – the reality of own existence. As such, wisdom initiates and sustains human evolution, which is the process of transformation into the immortal child of God destined for the eternity in the presence of God.

See Note *13* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*6* Concerning the heathenism and heathen philosophy, see

The Main Fruits of the Ancient Philosophical Thought: Heathenism in Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview

– postings in Folder Heathen Philosophy @ website Sunday’s Thoughts

Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*7* 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.

See Notes *55*, *56*, and *57* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*8* In general, the essence of sin is failure to create or to cognize good. Sin also is making/giving place to/assuming/doing the evil instead of creating and doing the good. Everything and anything that contains the seed of the evil, for instance, false assumption, becomes the evil and leads to evil – makes someone to sin.

Sin is a violation of the law of God. Sin also is failure to achieve the purposes, an inability to accomplish the mission of man, firstly, an inability to create the good that is to fulfill the Law/will of God [[for instance, in Greek, sin is αμαρτια – missing the mark, an inability to get something needed or desirable or proper]].

Sin also might be envisioned as the conditions of life, which make thoughts, words, and actions sinful: committed in unrighteousness, immorality, with evil intentions. For instance, in the terms of immorality, sin signifies intentional disregard of knowledge of the virtues; in the terms of evil intentions, sin is any act leading to detriment, deprivation, and injury of any kind, which could result in depriving of the others of well–being.

Ignorance of the mind makes the one able to sin; insufficient love, insufficient knowledge, deprivation of the truth are the roots of every sin and every evil thought, word, action.

Sin also is an illusion. The thoughts, words, and actions are sinful, if they violate the law of God; then, they are lawlessness. The one who commits sin either has no knowledge of the law or disregards the law; thus he assumes that he would be able to survive, to live in prosperity and abundance, and to accomplish his purposes without observance of the law of God within the universe that was created according to the law/will of God. Such assumption is illusion, dream, figment of imagination. A sinner operates with false knowledge and therefore, fails to achieve the purpose, which determines the meaning of existence. In other words, a sinner escapes into the imaginary world because either of his ignorance or of his unwillingness to accept the responsibilities before God and before His creations.

Sin is a disease of the soul, which wastes soundness of body; only after man acknowledges his sins before God (that is after he comprehended the reasons of his failure and imperfection), he receives forgiveness, and then, he might be cured {Psalm 31(32):3–7; Luke 5:17–26, 30–32}.

Furthermore, the sins of our ancestors, for which forgiveness of God was not sought, as well as our own sins {Genesis 3:1–14; Exodus 34:6–7; Psalm 105(106):6} are the reasons of our misery: we eat the spoiled fruits, grown by all those who lived before us, as well as those, which we ourselves have brought upon the earth.

The Christian theologians St. Maximus the Confessor and St. Gregory Palamas consider sin as a state of the freely chosen death – death of the soul, which has rejected God [Philokalia 2:244; 4:295 (The Philokalia: The Complete Text Compiled by St. Nikodimus of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth. Trans. and ed. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware, with the assistance of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline) Constantine Cavarnos, Dana Miller, Basil Osborne, Norman Russel. London:  Faber & Faber, 1979–1995.  4 vols)]. Although the soul is immortal, without God it does not have life, because if it does not live in God, it dwells in death.

 

*9* See The Discernment

 

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Blessing for the Nation

 

Blessed is the nation of the Lord God

{Psalm 32(33):12}

 

 

The mind inclined to value the practical human achievements would consider the ancient kingdom of Israel as the main legacy of David the king. The kingdom was elevated up at the zenith of its power by David’s son – Solomon. It became the golden standard of all kingdoms because of the great glory, abundant riches, reasonable and discerning [[in human affairs, as Solomon asked {3 Kings 3:9}]] heart given to Solomon the son of David {3 Kings 3:5–14; 4; 9; 10}.

However, if to take into account the entire history of the kingdom established by David, the one could see the inglorious end: collapse and disintegration that was initiated by apostasy of Solomon the son of David and accomplished according to the διαφθορων pattern*1*: the pattern of complete total – moral, religious, political, and social – ruin.

Solomon was a son of the special woman – Bersabee: because of her beauty and the child she conceived from David, David, by the sword of his enemies, killed her previous husband {2 Kings 11; 12}. Punishment for the David’s violations of the law of God {thou shall not kill; thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife – in: Exodus 20:1–17} was severe*2*: the child died, and, in consistency with the warning that God gave to the people who were spared during the Flood {Genesis 9:5–6}, the sword never departed from the house of David {2 Kings 12:10; 13; 18}. Even Solomon began his reign with assassination of Adonias, his brother – son of David from another woman {3 Kings 1:5–53; 2:10–25}.  

Still, for the sake of David who was the devoted servant of God, God in His mercy granted to Solomon his wish plus everything whatever the earthly ruler could dream of, yet, all this along with the warning that if Solomon and his children revolt against God and do not keep His commandments and ordinances given through Moses, if they attach themselves to strange gods and worship them – go a–whoring after “other gods”*3*, then God will cut off Israel from the land, cast out of His sight the temple built by Solomon, and make Israel a desolation and idle talk (εις  αφανισμον  και  εις  λαλημα) for all nations  {3 Kings 3:5–14; 9:1–9}.

In brief, God gave to Solomon the chance to reach perfection, because with God everything possible and everyone is given freedom, firstly, the freedom of choice – either to observe the law of God or to reject the law, thus either to be with God or without God, thus either to live or to die. Even the worst sinner might transform himself into the righteous one, if he has come to understanding of the evil by which he lived, rejected the evil, and then

a/ made his choice – to live by the law of God

b/ has the will to overcome own weaknesses, which direct him to sin

c/ steadfastly follows the words of God and lives by His law.

Thus, how Solomon answered the mercy of God, what he has done, and how he finished his life {3 Kings 9; 10; 11; 2 Chronicles 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9} – all what became his reality is the consequence of Solomon’s own choice*4*.

As the one could infer, ruin of Solomon the king came through violation of the law of God: evidently, the iniquity of a father became a son’s ability to violate the law of God [[as God warned when He manifested His Glory before Moses {Exodus 34:6–7}]] and ultimately, the potency of sin overpowered the Solomon’s discerning heart and perverted his judgment.

As it could be inferred from the history written down in the Holy Scriptures, the ruin of David’s earthly legacy – ancient kingdom of Israel – by his son was initiated

–– because Solomon violated the words of God: God forbade any contacts and marriages of Israelites with the heathens {Exodus 34:10–17; Deuteronomy 7:1–5, 11}, yet Solomon took daughter of pharaoh as his wife and possessed the crowd of idol–worshiping women, which eventually inclined him to such an excessive  tolerance that he builds for them places to worship their idols, participated in their rituals, and then became the apostate who even attempted to intervene with the will of God and to slay Jeroboam the son of harlot who, according to the will of God, has to become the ruler of the most part of Solomon’s kingdom {3 Kings 3; 9; 11}.

–– because Solomon disregarded the ordinances that Moses left for the kings {Deuteronomy 17:14–20}.

In summary, the ancient kingdom of Israel was established by David in 1050 BC, lifted up to its zenith by Solomon the son of David during forty years of his reign, and then, divided because of Solomon’s apostasy, in the tenth century BC. Then, the history of the chosen nation became the list of uninterrupted wars, conflicts, droughts, famines, and conquests by enemies, through which the initially mighty and glorious kingdom was reduced to the province of the Roman Empire and then, in AD 70, perished: Jerusalem was destroyed, the Jews were barred from entry into the Roman city built on the ruins of Jerusalem and exiled in provinces and lands of the vast Roman Empire. This is how, according to the warning given to Solomon, God removed the kingdom of Israel from the land, and how the processes of division and collapse initiated by apostasy of Solomon came to their completion.

The sad story of the ancient kings and their kingdom illustrates how the words of God define the actuality of men: even one act of violation of the law of God becomes the root of disasters that might ruin the entire world/reality, which the violator of the law of God creates, dominates, or has potency to influence. Indeed, the seed – ability to sin, which was sown by a father [[David]], has found the suitable soil in his offspring [[Solomon, son of David]], then, spread unto the entire line of kings–apostates, and ultimately ruined the entire establishment*4*.

Two particular observations written by St. Paul the Apostle for the prudent ones seem to be completely relevant to the story of Solomon and his kingdom, and especially to the contemporary life, in which political correctness deprives the people of right judgment and therefore, disables their inner defense making them easy prey for the false knowledge, false religions, deceit and lies spread by the servants of the arch–evil:

1/ don’t be led astray: bad companionships will corrupt/ruin good habits {1 Corinthians 15:33}

2/ the past of the chosen nation is example for us, it is written for the warning of us, to whom the end of ages has arrived {1 Corinthians 10:1–15}.

The mutual problem of all human establishments, which made the history of men, is that the one who sinned before God by violating His commandments not only ruins his own life and annihilates his legacy; he initiates collapse of the entire world that he created by his thoughts, words, and deeds. Any violation of the law of God generates the seed of the evil. Then, particular features of collapse of a particular establishment [[e.g., individual patterns, time–range and intensity of human suffering]] depend upon the power and potency of the sinner that became the weapon of the arch–evil and the means of destruction. These features include, firstly, the access to the powers of coercion and persuasion [[e.g., kings, leaders, law–makers, opinion–makers (e.g., media), educators, researchers]]: the higher position the sinner holds within the human hierarchies the more terrifying and devastating the collapse, which he initiates, is.

Thus, the main legacy of David is not his accomplishments and achievements done through leadership in the earthly affairs. His main achievement is his knowledge of God and the patterns of thinking – codes of life*5* [[or axioms of the realm of knowledge that is the Christianity]] – conveyed in Psalms. Psalms are the part of the Holy Scriptures, daily reading, and prayers of the Christians; they prepare the mind for seeking, understanding, and acceptance of the complete knowledge of God.

One of the main axioms postulated by David is the statement: Blessed is the nation (εθνος) of the Lord God {Psalm 32(33):12}, which also is reiterated as “Blessed is the people (λαος) of the Lord God” {Psalm 143(144):15}.

What then, is the meaning of the blessing, of which David the prophet, who was a shepherd, poet, and warrior in his youth, warrior, prophet, and king in his adulthood and old age [[that is the one who has seen many facets of human life and death]], wrote?

In general, the David’s description of the blessing of the nation and the people of the Lord God, is similar to the blessings of which Moses told his tribesmen in the time of the law–giving: life under protection of God in peace and prosperity, abundance of the fruits of the land, observance of the law and absence of crimes, justice and order in human affairs {Deuteronomy 6:4–25; 7:11–16; 28:1–14; 30:10–20; Psalm 32(33); 143(144)}.

Yet, there is something else: all these conditions, of which the prophets wrote, are necessary for inner evolution of a human being whose thirst for God – the desire of knowledge and presence of God – is much more than the thirst of the arid athirst earth for life–giving rain*6*. The path of this evolution

 

begins with observance of the law of God

{Matthew 5:17–18; 22:36–40; John 14; 17}

proceeds through increase in cognition of God and achievement of επιγνωσεως*7* – complete knowledge of God,

through which all pertaining to life and godliness is bestowed upon a human being

{2 Peter 1:2–3}

leads to embodiment of the law of God into own life,

to consequent achievement of the full potency of creation of the good,

and creation of the good that is accomplishment of the will of God

is completed with preparedness for the next phase of existence –

the everlasting life in the presence of God

{John 11:25–26; 14; 15; 16; 17; Revelation 21; 22}

 

The nation is the vineyard of the Lord, in which the people–fruits of the True Vine grow up and become the perfect harvest for their Creator: his children–friends–servants–slaves destined to reign in the eternity {John 15; Isaiah 5:1–7; Malachi 3:17–18; Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–5, 13–14}.

The problem is that if nation leaves God [[goes a–whoring by rejecting God and serving idols*3*]], it initiates own total ruin*1*.

The entire history of men and their establishments – civilizations, empires, states, societies – is one consistent and logical confirmation of the simple truth of which Moses told in the time of revelation of the eternal law, which Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God came to fulfill, and which none is able to annul {in: Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30; Psalm 118(119); Matthew 5:17–18}. Life and death, the blessing and the curse, prosperity and poverty, health and plagues, happiness and misery – all that is the contemporary daily life, the past, and the future are the consequences of the one’s inevitable choice {John 3:16–21; 6:28–69; 8:31–47; 12:44–50; 13; 14; 15; 17; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John; Jude; Romans 1; 8; Revelation 20:14–15; 21:1–7; 22:1–5, 13–15}

 

either the only One True God

or the idols

↓         ↓

either observance of the law of God

or rejection of the law of God

↓                   ↓

either carrier of the Light

or carrier of the eternal darkness

↓                   ↓

either decent life in prosperity, abundance of all things

or miserable existence of a sick perverted animal

↓                   ↓

either a son–temple–dwelling of God

or the offspring–slave of the arch–enemy

↓                   ↓

either everlasting life in the presence of God

or eternal separation from God

 

And I think: in the current time of unspeakable terror and suffering unleashed upon millions of human beings –– people who has to live and to die in fear, misery, and suffering, while they have been born to live decent human life and to evolve into the children of God –– what else could be more significant than coming to the understanding of the simple truth that only in God is hope and salvation?

Just imagine what would be life on the earth, if each nation would be blessed to serve τον μονον αληθινον Θεον {John 17:3} –– the only*8* One True God and to live under the law of love: love to God and love to the others {Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 10:25–37}, with such simplest interpretation of this law for the human affairs {Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31} as

 

do unto the others what you want to be done to you –– treat the others in the same way as you want to be treated

 

Then, the nations would live under protection and grace – love and mercy – of God Who is the Perfect Love {John; 1 John}: it would be no ignorance, no wars, no injustice, no poverty, no inhumane laws and punishments, no crimes, no hunger, no suffering...

And all these could begin with just one thought –– one prayer:

 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner

 

 

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*1* See Greek compound word διαφθορων, which usually is interpreted as corruption, perversion, or complete moral collapse/ruin, also denotes the totality of physical, moral, and religious ruin.

Apostasy as rejection of faith in God and intentional disregard and violations of the Law of God initiate processes of collapse according to the διαφθορων pattern.

In general, the διαφθορων pattern describes the utter collapse–ruin of any system, in which alien knowledge has taken the place of the original meanings of truth that initially, in the time of the system’s creation/construction, was embodied into

religious, social, political, moral, and other laws, norms, and values

religious, social, political, educational, and other establishments

created to maintain and to protect the system

behavior, interrelations, and other aspects of the daily life of the people

whose existence, prosperity, development, and survival the system is intended to sustain and to secure

 

The διαφθορων pattern can be always discerned within the chaotic totality of the events identified as revolution, war, defeat, impoverishment, assimilation by enemies {e.g., as it is in: Deuteronomy 28:47–48}, and overall processes of disintegration of empires, states, nations, and other establishments/systems.

Personal διαφθορων reveals itself through completed – total – corruption, apostasy, or crimes against God and His creations, when a human being is not able to achieve any of good purposes, is unsuccessful in his endeavors aimed to prosperity and increase of overall quality of life, lives in ignorance, bewilderment, injustice, unrighteousness, hardship, and dissatisfaction with the fruits of his labor, even if he possesses riches, fame, and has access to the power of coercion.

The Old Testament prophets described conditions of spiritual and material neediness, which are the consequences of the collapse according to the διαφθορων pattern {e.g. in: Isaiah 59:1–15; Micah 6:11–15; Habakkuk 1:1–17; 2:15–17; Haggai 1:6}.

In the New Testament, such self–ruined people of incurable devastation are referred to as to

a/ the ones who already have been judged {ηδη κεκριται – John 3:18–20}, because they love darkness more than the Light, their works were evil, and they go into the darkness, so their works may not be exposed

b/ the ones who are not of God, who are children of the arch–evil {in: John 8:42–47; 1 John 3:4, 8–10, 15}

c/ false prophets and false teachers whom St. Peter the Apostle compares to clouds driven by tempest, for whom the eternal darkness is kept {2 Peter 2:1–22} and St. Jude the Apostle describes as the dreaming ones defiling flesh, fruitless, uprooted, not having the Spirit {Jude}..

The Books of the Prophets – Amos {e.g., Amos 7:8–17; 8:1–14; 9:1–10}, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Haggai, Malachi – convey the images of the nation in different stages of διαφθορων.

The one could identify similar processes of annihilation through analysis of problems and threats, which the contemporary states and nations encounter.

See

– Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons to The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

– The Total Ruin – in Archive_Reprints

The Search for Wisdom, Danger of Apostasy, and The Lessons of Solomon in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy  

The Future – reprint in Note *127* to Archive_Reprints

 

*2* See The Statecraft – reprint in Note *53* to Archive_Reprints

 

*3* For the chosen people, the idol–worshipers were strange people, 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.

“Harlot(ry)” and “a–whoring” are the words, with which the prophets referred to idol–worshipers and apostates, who broke the covenant with God, forgot His law, turned to “other gods” – idols, and accepted false/strange knowledge, on which life and institutions of the idol–worshipers were built.

For instance,

–– in Exodus 34:15 – εκπορνευσωσιν οπισω των θεον αυτων; in: Deuteronomy 31:16 – εκπορνευσει οπισω θεων αλλοτριων – go a whoring after strange gods of the land into which they are entering, forsaking true God and breaking the covenant

–– in Isaiah 1:21 – the faithful city Zion became harlot – πορνη

–– in: Isaiah 57:3–5 – the people of Israel – “lawless children” who rioted against God and call upon idols slaying their children – are named the seed of adulterer and a whore (μοιχων και  πορνης)

–– in the Book of Jeremiah – the people of Israel, their kings, princes, priests, and their prophets had as much gods as they had cities, and sacrificed to the idol according to number of the streets in Jerusalem {Jeremiah 2:23–28}; thus, Israel has gone a–whoring – εξεπορνευσας {Jeremiah 3:1}, and so on, in general, without any respect.

Similar references may be found in other Books of The Old Testament {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; Nahum},

Consequently, the Lord refers to the scribes, to the Pharisees, and to Sadducees as to the evil and adulterous generation {in: Matthew 12:38–39; 16:1–4}.

See also The Strange Knowledge in Archive_Selections_2015, and Idolatry – reprint in Note *59* to Archive_Reprints

 

*4* Solomon the king possessed the multitudes of women from the idol–worshiping nations, which were forbidden for the Israelites; these women turned the heart of aging king toward their idols. Eventually, he built the places where his wives worshiped to the idols of Moab and Sidonians [[the Moabites and the Sidonians/Phoenicians sacrificed their children and animals to male idol and sent their daughters into the temples to practice the “sacred” prostitution as the ritual of worship to the female idol; see Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview]], and he turned his heart away from the Lord God of Israel.

The significance of the story of Solomon the king becomes clear, if to recall that Moses forewarned the kings of the Future of the danger of Egypt and multiplying horses and women {Deuteronomy 17:14–20}. Solomon discarded the warnings in all three parts of the Moses’ prophecy {3 Kings 3; 10:23–29; 11:1–13; 2 Chronicles 9:25–28} and, with all his glory, with all his “wise and discerning” heart/abilities of judgment, ultimately, turned from God to idols of his idol–worshiping women:  he betrayed God and became an apostate. 

Furthermore, although every pious man knows that Almighty God is Omnipotent, Solomon attempted to contradict God’s will: he wanted to assassinate Jeroboam (his servant, son of the harlot) to whom the prophet predicted that he would become the king of the biggest part of the divided kingdom. So, Jeroboam fled and lived safely in Egypt until Solomon died, and then, returned in Judea and became a king over the most part of that what was the Solomon’s kingdom {3 Kings 11; 12}.

Because of Solomon’s apostasy [[or harlotry, see Note *3* above]], God divided the kingdom built by Solomon and rendered to Jeroboam the son of Sarira the harlot (γυνη πορνη) and slave of Solomon {3 Kings 12:24 – δουλος τω Σαλωμων, …Ιεροβοαμ, και ονομα της μητρος αυτου Σαριρα, γυνη πορνη} the most part of it with ten tribes of Israel, leaving to Solomon’s son authority only over Jerusalem. However, in spite of the warning that Achia the prophet gave to Jeroboam when he conveyed the promise of God to make him a king over the most part of Israel {3 Kings 11:29–38}, Jeroboam led the people into the great sin: he made two golden heifers, told his subjects that the heifers are their gods, which led them out of Egypt, appointed new priests not from the tribe of Levi, set new feast day, and made sacrifices to the idols {3 Kings 12:26–33; 13}.

After Jeroboam’s death, the plague of kings–apostates took over the Promised Land {3 Kings 11; 4 Kings}; only the small number of the rulers from the long line of kings recognized God of Israel and followed His law. The tribes of Israel have broken their covenant with God the Creator of heaven and earth: the people sacrificed their children to idols, waged fratricidal wars, used divination, committed iniquities, and adopted abominable customs of the surrounding idol–worshiping nations and worshiped their idols, although the most part of them was removed from the Promised Land when it was given to Israel as the Lord promised {Joshua 21:41–43}.

As Hosea the prophet wrote {Hosea 4:7–19}, the people of God became as if they ουκ εχων γνωσιν – have no understanding. So, God promised to reject them as the priests, and to turn their glory (glory of ancient kingdom of Israel) 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: as they have chosen the ways of Canaanites (the Phoenicians), so they shall be ashamed.

The Book of Isaiah begins with description of the people who became loathsome to God – a people full of sin, lawless rebels. They do not know God: they rebelled against Him and disregarded His law. Their hands are full of blood; they are murderers, thieves, rebels, and transgressors; there is no soundness in them. Their princes are rebellious, companions of thieves, loving bribes, seeking after rewards, and not doing justice. Their silver is worthless; their merchants are deceitful; their cities are burned with the fire, and their land became desolate – the strangers devour it at their presence. Their main city once full of judgment became a harlot; they shall become powerless, and their destiny is ruin and annihilation {Isaiah 1:2–31}.

In another chapter, Isaiah elaborates his vision of the sinful men and their world {Isaiah 59:2–15}; his descriptions allow comprehension of the meaning of sin, its manifestations, and its consequences. The prophets connect the idol–worship as disloyalty to God with death – firstly, death of reason, then, physical annihilation: the inevitable companions of idol–worship, immorality, corruption, and insanity leads to collapse of intelligence/reasoning and issuing inability of sound judgment, therefore, inability of survival.

The spiritual harlotry or unfaithfulness, as the sin of wandering disloyal human spirit, transforms a human being into the living dead; thus, the summary of the referred above texts is straightforward: spiritual harlotry is inseparable from physical corruption leading to death, and the prophets describe apostate and idol–worshipers as sick men within the sick world awaiting annihilation:

the people are degenerates incapable of normal and creative life and unable to protect themselves and their land

their world is poisoned with the evil; their works are as spider webs unfit to be the garment; misery and ruin are completion of their ways

corruption and harlotry took place of righteousness and justice; they have nor truth nor judgment nor understanding nor enlightenment

their economics (“silver”) lost values and, therefore, became useless

their land is devastated; they do not have peace, their endeavors are unrighteous and unsuccessful

the strangers (forerunners of the conquerors) already devour their land at their presence

their imminent destruction (war, slavery, death) is coming

 

Indeed, the Lord began to remove the apostates from the Promised Land {e.g., in: 4 Kings; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Lamentations}. In addition to constant internecine conflicts, the kings of Syria, Assyria, and Babylon continuously waged wars, besieged the cities, carried the people of Israel out of the Promised Land, and settled other nations at the place of Israelites {for instance, four nations from Babylon, as it is written in: 4 Kings 17:20–24}. Thus, the Promised Land, as well as the adjacent countries of the Middle East, Asia, and North Africa, was cast into the fire of uninterrupted wars.

The spiritual harlotry is disseminated through knowledge of “other gods” and assertion of permissibility of any kind of corruption and perversion, especially, as the rites of idol–worship; the examples are the Orphism and other doctrines, which sustained the cults of the heathen nations surrounding Israel {the knowledge referred in the Holy Scriptures as lethal poison of asp and viper – e.g., Psalm 90(91):13; 139(140):3; Isaiah 59:2–5} and later, through the philosophical doctrines, social and political utopias of Plato, Aristotle, and their followers penetrated the Western civilization. If the one desires to survive and enter the everlasting life in the presence of God, he should consider “knowledge” of the idol–worshipers as the lethal poison that debilitates the heart–mind and makes it incapable of perceiving God and being in the presence of God.

In the New Testament, the meaning of apostasy as spiritual sin is deepened, because the human evolution advanced to the last stage at the earth: a possibility of transformation of the human essence – soul, spirit, or soul–heart–mind – into the being prepared for the eternity with God the Spirit.

For instance, Lord Jesus Christ forgave the woman taken in adultery and the woman who was “a sinner in the city” and who kissed His feet, washed them with her tears, wiped with the hairs of her head, and anointed them with the precious oil {John 8:3–11; Luke 7:36–50}. Yet, He said to the learned scribes and Pharisees {Matthew 21:31–32; 12:34; 23:13–38; Mark 7:1–9} that they maintain the appearance of righteousness and are as whitened graves, which appear as beautiful outwardly while inside they are full of dead bones and uncleanness: they are the hypocrites, “serpents, offspring of viper” who murder and crucify and persecute the messengers of God and prophets; they worship in vain teaching the doctrines of men, and the harlots (αι πορναι – sinners by body) go before them into the Kingdom of God.

See also

The Plundered People  – reprint in Note *19* to Archive_Reprints

The Rejected Knowledge – reprint in Note *141* to Archive_Selections_2015

The Sinful Heart, the Desolate House, the Wasted Land  in Archive_Selections_2015

The Lessons of Solomon in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

Ancient Kings – reprint in Note *6* to Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons

Rejection in The Lessons of the Vineyard Supplement_1 to The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

– Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons to The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

– Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview

Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

 

*5* For instance, see The Breath of Life in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*6* See The Thirst – reprint in Note *13* to The Discernment, and The Water for the Arid Earth – reprint in Note *69* to Archive_Reprints

 

*7* See The Complete Knowledge in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*8* In the phrase τον μονον αληθινον Θεον {John 17:3}, the Greek word μονον usually is translated as “only”: “the only true God”; thus, the entire logic block is interpreted as “the only true God.”

However, μονον is also a derivative of two roots: 1/ μονο–  one, alone, and no–one else, only, and 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}

Then, St. John the Apostle writes {1 John 5:7}

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}


 

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Way of the Earth

 

 

Establish me in the law, O Lord, in Thy Way, and guide me in a primed path…

{Psalm 26(27):11}

 

I am the Way and the Truth and the Life

{John 14:6}

 

Do not think that I came to annul the Law or the prophets: I did not come to annul, but to fulfill…

…Until the heavens and the earth pass away,

in no way shall one iota or one jot pass away from the law until all occur

{Matthew 5:17–18}

 

 

 

David, who is to become a king, beseeches the Lord to establish him in the law in the way of God, and to guide him in a primed way {Νομοθετησον με*1*, Κυριε, εν  τη  οδω  Σου,  και  οδηγησον  με  εν  τριβω   ευθεια   –– Psalm 26(27):11}.

Similar prayer is in Psalm 118(119):25, 33–37: the one asks God

 

to establish him in the law, in the way of the ordinances of God

{Νομοθετησον με Κυριε την οδον των δικαιωματων Σου – Psalm 118(119):33}

to guide him in the primed way of God’s commandments

{Οδηγησον  με  εν  τη τριβω  των εντολων Σου – Psalm 118(119):35}

to make him alive (to give him life) in God’s way

{εν τη οδω Σου  ζησον  με – Psalm 118(119):37; ζησον  με – give me life/make me alive}.

 

 

In the previous verse, it was also said:  “give me life according to Thy Word {ζησον  με κατα  τον  Λογον  Σου – Psalm 118(119):25}. Evidently, the one has physical life – he speaks, writes, even prays to God. What, then, is the life that he asks from God to give him in God’s way?

Moses {Deuteronomy 30:10–20} warned his tribesmen, and through them all the living ones, that everyone has to choose

 

either

life/blessing that come because of love to God and observance of His law

or

death/curse because of the rejection of God and His law and, consequently, idol–worship

 

In the Old Testament, establishing the one in the law in the way of God is linked to giving life in God’s way, according to the Word of God: the act of establishing the one in the law of God is the act of giving him life/making him alive.

The meaning of God’s way, or the Way of God, is revealed in the New Testament, when Lord Jesus Christ, Λογος, the Word–God {John 1:1–4, 14, 18}, tells:

 

Do not think that I came to annul the Law or the prophets: I did not come to annul, but to fulfill…

…Until the heavens and the earth pass away,

in no way shall one iota or one jot pass away from the law until all occur

{Matthew 5:17–18}

I am the Way and the Truth and the Life

{Εγω  ειμι  η Οδος  και  η  Αληθεια και  η  Ζωη – John 14:6}.

 

The Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, also says that

 

He has descended from the Heaven to accomplish the will of the Father Who sent Him,

and this will is that everyone perceiving the Son as God (θεωρων τον Υιον*2*) and believing in Him

should have life everlasting and He will raise him up at the last day

{John 6:38, 40}

He came to cast the Fire into the earth

{Luke 12:49}

 

Our God is the consuming Fire {Deuteronomy 4:22; Hebrews 12:29} Whose will is to give life to those that live by His law.

Thus, because of the Word–God Who has fulfilled the will of God {John 3:1–21; 4:34; 6:39–40; 17; Psalm 106(107):20; 147:19}, the Holy Fire – the Holy Spirit, God Who is the Spirit, the Giver of the everlasting Life – comes into the one who is prepared to be the temple–dwelling of God and creates him into a child of God renewing the face of the earth {John 1:1–18; 4:24; 10:30; 12:44–50; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter; 1 John; Psalm 103(104):30; Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–5}: the one

 

who has learned to observe the law of God

who lives by the words of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God Who is the One with the Father

whose destiny, therefore, is the eternity with God

 

Hence, the one can infer that the Word–God, through Whom all that exists came into being {John 1:1–3; Genesis 1; 2}, is the Absolute Law – the law that establishes–originates and controls life, and all that lives is empowered to exist only if it lives according to the Absolute Law of God.

However, there are many who live [[breathe, move, consume, propagate]], although they have rejected the law of God:

–– they serve the arch–evil in image of idols made by their hands and by their minds

–– they follow false religions and sacrifice living beings to the idols invented by their imagination

–– their life is consummated through hatred, deceit, deprivation of the others of their possessions, including life and dignity, freedom, and even basic human rights

–– for them, life and happiness of the others have no value

–– their laws embody their hatred to God through disrespect of dignity of a being created in image of God and likeness [[e.g., they mutilate human bodies, apply sadistic and cruel corporal punishments, behead, crucify, burn alive, enslave – all these in the name of their “merciful” deity]]

–– they assert themselves as the only carriers of law, justice, and order, while they spread lawlessness, corruption, and vice [[e.g., such as enslaving of women of other faiths and committing atrocities and sexual crimes as service to their deity]]

–– they assumed the right to spread their beliefs by coercion, deceit, and deprivation of others of access to knowledge and of the basic human rights and freedoms

–– they torture and murder those who refuse to convert into their cults

–– they persecute and kill the Jews – followers of the Old Testament and the Christians – the people of the New Testament.

Does not their life reveal the gloom of humanity and insanity of the self–condemned ones, through which they enter the eternal darkness of separation from God, because they do not have eternal life within them  {John 3:16–21; 1 John 2:9–11; 3:7–15}?

Consequently, the one could infer that the life, of which the Psalms speak, is not physical existence – life of a body; it is another kind of life – the real life that only God gives in His way.

What then, is the way of God according to which God gives life?

In the Old Testament, Moses said that God is the Consuming Fire {Deuteronomy 4:22}. In the New Testament, Lord Jesus Christ says that God is the Spirit Whose worshipers must worship Him in spirit and truth {John 4:23–24}.

Then, the Lord promises that because of Him – in His Name, God the Father will send the Holy Spirit, the life–giving Spirit of Truth, Who comes from God the Father, Who will abide in those who believe in Him and observe His commandments. He will remind them all that the Lord told and guide them. Finally, the Lord says that the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ Whom He sent is the everlasting life, and those who are the God’s Own will abide in God and God will be in them {John 14:15–28; 15; 16:7–16; 17}.

Thus, the meaning of real life is the presence of God the Spirit within the one: the one in whom the Spirit of God dwells enters the everlasting life. The life by the Holy Spirit is the life in God’s Way – the life in God {John 14:6–27; 17}, and this is the precious treasure, which the prophets of the Old Testament foresaw and of which they implored God.

As St. Peter the Apostles writes {1 Peter 1:10–25} explaining the Gospels {e.g., Matthew 13:17; Luke 1; 2:9–14; 24:44–49; John 1:1–18; 3; 4:23–26, 31–38; 5:17–47; 6:29–69; 8:23–27, 56–58; 12:34–50; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18:37; 19:28–30}, the prophets sought out and searched out and prophesied concerning the grace ministered to those who would come later: to the believers having faith in Christ, to the saved ones to whom the Gospels have been preached in the Holy Spirit sent from the Heaven, who are redeemed from the previous worthless way of life by the Precious Blood of Christ and who worship God in Spirit and Truth. This redemption have been foreknown before the foundation of the world, yet was revealed in the last times to the ones who were born again, not by the flesh, but through the living Word that remains forever and that is preached to the believers and followers of Christ.

So, the one could ask two questions:

1/ what the referred above texts reveal to the one who desires to comprehend the way of the earth, the way leading into the eternity with God, the Way of God?

2/ how to recognize the false religion under the cover of slogans of peace, mercy, and propagandist campaigns?

For the one, who desires to obtain the everlasting life, the main and the most important lesson is the inevitability of the law*3*. The essence of this law, which determines the destiny of everyone [[either eternal life in the presence of God or the eternal darkness of separation from God – the eternal death]], is simple – Love:

 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

This is the first and the greatest commandment.

And the second one is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

On these two commandments, all the law and the Prophets hang

{Matthew 22:37–40}

I give a new commandment to you that you love one another; as I loved you, you should also love one another.

By this all shall know that you are My disciples, if you have love among one another.

This is My commandment that you love one another as I loved you

{John 13:34–35; 15:12}

 

 

As St. John the Apostle writes {1 John 4:8–16} explaining the summary of the Gospels {Matthew; Mark; Luke; John}, God is Love, and the one remaining in love abides in God and God dwells in him.

Thus, as St. Paul the Apostle infers {Romans 13:8–10}, the one loving the others has fulfilled the law: love does not work evil to the neighbor, thus, love is fulfillment of the law.

Concerning second question:

There are only two faiths in the world:

1/ faith in the only One True God

2/ faith in the arch–enemy and murderer of man from the beginning.

There is no third way, no independent thinking, and no slightest possibility to live without God: by the very nature, the focus and the center of human reasoning–intelligence–mind is God, even if the emptiness of the arch–evil takes His place: atheism also is religion.

In general, all faithful followers of all religions recognize and propagate their faith and their religion as the only one truth: piety as devotion and loyalty to God is the natural and inseparable feature of human nature. The natural center and focus of the mind is God; thus, the main problem of men is their choice: who is the focus and life of their mind – True God or else.

Perversion and collapse of the human reasoning is initiated by the substitution of worship of the arch–evil for worship of God, when

 

hatred, evil, and death multiply under the cover of the name of God

↓              ↑

many come in the Name of Christ and the false prophets are raised up to cause the others to err, to lead them astray,

so the others follow the false prophets and the blind leaders who deceive them and lead them astray:

 away from God, away from His law, and into the pit of destruction and death

↓              ↑

the arch–evil, or its offspring – multitude of idols, usurps the place of God in His temple: the human heart–mind

{e.g., Matthew 24:4–5, 11, 24; Mark 13:5–6, 21–23; Luke 21:8;

Acts 20:29–30; 2 Peter 2:1–3; 1 John 2:4, 8–11, 20–23; 3:10–15; 4:3; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:3–12; Revelation 12:4–10}.

 

However, the one always can discern the truth and the lies

1/ by the actuality – the fruits {Matthew 7:15–20; Luke 6:43–45}, the deeds and actions of those who attempt to convince the others that their religion serves the True God 

2/ by two features, which are inseparable from false religions that serve the arch–evil:

––  hatred to God covered with belittlement and vilification of man, who is created after image of God and likeness, and denigration of the human nature

–– superiority complex [[the derivative of pride, which is the first sign of the arch–evil]], which expresses itself through the self–ascribed right and even obligation before deity to forcefully impose own beliefs onto all the others and to obtain the world––wide domination by making own faith and own way of life the mandatory life–sentence for all the others. During the entire history of mankind, the superiority complex, or the seal of arch–evil, is revealing itself through forceful conversions, persecutions, expulsion, and executions of the followers of other religions and different–minded.

While some researchers point out the tolerance of the ancient heathens, it should not be forgotten that the religious tolerance of the ancient heathens worked until the political goals of expansion/conquest were achieved and under condition that followers of other cults would expand their pantheon of deities by inclusion the main deities of the conquerors. Moreover,

–– the Plato’s Nocturnal Council, which became the pre–cursor of the papal inquisition, was devised to exterminate the atheists [[whom the ancient heathens imprisoned, exterminated, and even deprived of the proper burial, because they believed that the presence of the atheists triggers wrath of their deities whom the atheists deprive of worship and sacrifices [Plato Laws 908a–e, 909a–910d, 951c–e, 961a–b]]]

–– the Socrates’ judges sentenced him to death (in 399 B.C.) as the destroyer of Athens, because, as the religious non–conformist, he invented new deities [[Socrates’ invention of new deities (in fact, dissemination of the particular version of the Orphism) interfered with politics of the state, which has usurped the right to control beliefs of its subjects]], and as philosopher and educator, he corrupted the Athenian youths by imposing onto them his philosophy [Plato Laws 631b; Crito; Phaedo; Euthyphro 3b–d; Xenophon 68, 194, 195; Xenophon Memoirs of Socrates I.i.1, IV.4.1–5].

Furthermore, the piety and apparent righteousness of the believers [[for instance, as righteousness of the Pharisees to whom the Lord referred as to the blind leaders, the ones full of robbery and evil, hypocrites, offspring of the vipers, whitewashed graves beautiful outwardly, yet full of dead bones and uncleanness within, and murderers of the messengers of God {Matthew 15:12–14; 23:13–36; Luke 11:39–44}*4*]] do not indicate the true faith and the right religion.

For instance, the Phoenician civilization and its foundation – idol–worshiping religion reached such depth of the evil that the entire civilization was wiped out from the face of the earth*5*; however, during their life, the Phoenicians demonstrated exceptional piety and devotion to their idols. In particular, when the Greek army threatened Carthage, the “noble” families [[of those at the top of ruling political and religious hierarchies]] decided to sacrifice own children for survival of the city: they ascribed the siege of their city to the wrath of their deity, because previously, instead of their own children, they sacrificed children purchased from the poor families. Consequently, in 306 B.C., two hundred children, and in 310 B.C., five hundred children of the “nobility” were burned as offering to the Phoenician idol [Servadio 97; Markoe 66; Diodorus; also ref. in: Markoe 133].

In conclusion, the way of earth–man {man is earth – Genesis 3:20} leads through acceptance and fulfillment of the law of God – the Absolute Law, the law of Love, with which the heavens and the earth are created, the way in Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God {John 1:1–3; 14; 15; 16:7–16; 17; Revelation 1:1–3, 8, 11–18; 21:1–8; 22:1–5, 12–15}: 

the one has real life at the earth and obtains the everlasting life in the presence of God,

only if he lives according to the commandments of God – the Law of Love

And I think:

–– it is a pity that the many have chosen the life in lawlessness: their hatred to each other and all the others has no rational explanation nor justified cause nor borders nor appreciation of love and virtues nor dignity nor freedom

–– if to envision the Christians who carry the Fire of God within as the burning lamps set to shine for everyone in a house {Matthew 5:14–16}, the Christians may be seen as the points of the light–bearing net –– the children of God the Father of lights {James 1:17–18} who are cast into the darkness of the earth to show all the others that there is the way to Lord Jesus Christ, the Hope and Salvation of the world, the Light and the Life of the living ones, Who is calling all to Him through His love, His mercy, His virtue, excellence, and perfection {Matthew 5:43–48; 11:28–30; Luke 6:17–49; John; 1 Peter 1; 2; 2 Peter 1:2–3; 1 John}

–– with each murdered Christian, the net of human lights carrying the Light of God {John 1:1–13; 9:5; 12:44–46; 14:16–28; 17; Matthew 5:14–16} becomes lesser, and spiritual darkness spreads out its wings of death further

–– when the Light leaves the world, how all the others will live, and to where all the others will go?    

 

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Notes:

 

*1* In Psalm 26(27):11 –– Νομοθετησον με, Κυριε, εν  τη οδω Σου,  και  οδηγησον  με  εν  τριβω  ευθεια, the compound word νομο–θετη–σον is a derivative of νομο–θετεω – to make–establish–give law; it contains roots of two word: νομ–ος – the law, and θετη– from τιθημι – to establish, to place, to appoint. Τιθημι is the same word, with which Lord Jesus Christ, Λογος, the Word–God {John 1:1–4, 14, 18}, explains salvation of man telling that He has the authority to place His soul that He may  take it again, and He, the Good Shepherd,  places His soul {Εγω  τιθημι  την  ψυχην  Μου  – John 10:17} for the sheep – for the salvation of His people, according to the commandment of His Father {John 10:11–18}.

Thus, David asks God to establish him in the law in the Way of God.

 

*2* In John 6:40 –– θεωρων τον Υιον, θε–ωρ–ων is a derivative of

θε– the root of words identifying God

ωρ– derived of ← ωρχ–/αρχ– (ionian–dorian) that is the root of words conveying meanings of the highest authority, the first cause, origin, the beginning–foundation; for instance, ωρχων/αρχων – lord, sovereign, ruler, leader, αρχη/αρχα – beginning, origin, authority, foundation. 

Hence, the exact meaning of “θεωρων τον Υιον”  is  “perceiving the Son as the Lord God.”

 

*3* See The Inevitability of the Law and The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Understanding in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*4* See The Vineyard and Its LessonsSupplement 1 to The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy,

 

*5* See Phoenician Civilization in Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview

 

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References:

 

Marcoe, Glenn E. Phoenicians. Berkeley and Los Angeles, California: University of California Press, 2000.

Plato. The Collected Dialogues. Letters. Eds. Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns. Bollingen Series LXXI. Princeton, New Jersey:  Princeton University Press, 1989.

Servadio, Gaia. Motya: Unearthing a Lost Civilization. London: Phoenix, 2000.

Xenophon. Conversations of Socrates. Trans. Hugh Tredennick and Robin Waterfield. Ed. Robin Waterfield. London:  Penguin, 1990.

 

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