Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

11_November_2015


Inhumanity and Mercy

The Light of Creation

The Mind: Introductory Notes

The Worth of Man

The Gate for the Good and the Gate for the Evil

 

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Inhumanity and Mercy

 

..love your enemies, and do good, and lend, nothing expecting in return,

…and you will be the sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the unthankful and evil ones.

Therefore, be merciful, even as you Father also is merciful

{Luke 6:35–36}

 

And going out, Jesus saw a great crowd and was filled with pity toward them,

and He healed the weaknesses/ills*1* of them

{Matthew 14:14}

 

mercy exults over judgment

{James 2:13}

 

Through the centuries, the Christians kept the understanding of the unbreakable unity of righteous judgment, mercy, and freedom; for the Christians, this unity is the law that

 

elevates mercy as the attribute of God, Who is the Father of mercies, at the highest place among the virtues*2*

revealed with the Absolute Love and perfection of God

establishes mercy and perfection of God the Father and love and works of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God,

as the examples for imitation and as the way of life

sets them free from sin,

one of the greatest of which is hatred with such consequences as incessant cycle of evil, suffering, and death:

hatred offence/harm to the others/murder violence as retaliation   violence in response  violence as revenge

establishes love to the others as the ultimate justice*3*

establishes the Love of God revealed through Lord Jesus Christ

as the only way of life for the Christians – children of God

{Matthew 5:38–48; 11:28–30; Luke 6:27–49;

John 1:1–18; 3:1–21, 31–36; 5:17–24; 6:27–69; 7:24;  8:31–47; 12:44–50; 13:13–17, 34–35; 14; 15; 16: 17;

2 Corinthians 1:3–4}.

 

St. James the Apostle explains the meaning of this unity – the concise code or the essence of the law, on which all judgment of man should be founded: we must speak and act as those who are to be judged by the law of freedom, for judgment without mercy awaits the unmerciful, and mercy exults over judgment {James 2:12–13}.  

The mercy, of which St. James the Apostle speaks, is the highest criterion of judgment mentioned by our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ: in the last day, every one of us – the living and the dead – will be judged by our deeds of mercy to our brethren – to all the others, because whatever man does to the least of his brothers he does it to God {Matthew 25:31–45}.

Until the last breath at the earth – until the moment of homecoming, mercy signifies the highest degree of freedom obtainable by man: any earthly establishment based on slavery does not recognize mercy, and a slave by the spirit is not able to comprehend the meaning of mercy as well as the meaning of freedom. Yet, the slave does not remain in the house to the age; only the son remains to the age {John 8:34–36}, and the one having mercy reveals himself as the loving child of God living by the law of His Creator and Father Who is the Perfect Love {John 3:16–17; 10:1–30; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John 3; 4}.

The law of freedom is the freedom of mercy and perfection*4* that any child of God might be empowered to hold: it is freedom

 

to love God and to love creations of God

do not be controlled by the evil and sin

to imitate God as a child imitates his father:

to be perfect in thoughts, words, and actions in imitation of God

according to the commandments of Lord Jesus Christ

{Matthew 5:38–48; Luke 6:27–38; John 1:1–18; 13:13–17, 34–35; 14; 15:1–17; 16:7–16; 17;

1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John 3; 4; 5; Ephesians 5}

 

Thus, if the one desires to define the main concepts of the Christian teachings, the first two of them that describe the inner structure of the Kingdom of God at the earth would be

 

God’s grace: perfect all–forgiving love and mercy

human imitation of love and mercy of God,

which, because of the grace of God, may be the reality/daily life of man

 

The Gospels teach many practical lessons of the mercy by describing the actions of Lord Jesus Christ. One of them has a special significance.

God said that among those born by a woman no prophet is greater than John the Baptist. John the Baptist was the messenger in the spirit and power of Eliu –the voice crying in the wilderness and heralding the coming glory of God and salvation; he was sent to prepare the way of God. He witnessed coming of the Light and called all people to repent of their sins and iniquities, so they would be prepared for the meeting with God. He baptized people with the water, into repentance*5*, and promised them the coming baptism with the Fire, the Holy Spirit of God {Isaiah 40:3–5; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:1–12; 17:10–13; Luke 1:13–17; 7:24–28; John 1:6–8, 19–34; concerning Eliu the Prophet – 3 Kings 17:1–24; 18:1–46; 19:1–20; 4 Kings 1–11}, thus, immortality*6*: the life everlasting in the presence of God.

Yet, the ruler of Israel beheaded John the Baptist because of promise to a girl who danced before him and his guests {Matthew 14:3–11}: John the Baptist was murdered for the sake of ruler’s vanity and lust.

After John the Baptist was murdered, Lord Jesus Christ left; He went into the desert place to be alone, yet, the great crowd followed Him. When He saw the people, He had pity on them: He went out and healed their ills {Matthew 14:12–14}.

The Gospels’ texts describe the realities, in which the words of God were said and the actions of God were done: they do not reveal His thoughts. In the case of John the Baptist, the reality was that in the wilderness of the world populated by the living dead, the only one who knew the Lord of the living ones, His forerunner and messenger – the greatest of the prophets born by a woman, was beheaded by the adulterous and corrupted ruler.

In human realities, anyone in a position of power would attempt to fight back, to retaliate, and to punish even the lesser crime.

God is almighty and omnipotent: He created the universe and He can destroy it by one thought. Yet, God does not avenge execution of His servant immediately: what is one criminal ruler – a miserable particle of lifeless dust without the future, if all nations are counted almost as nothing, just as a drop from a bucket, and the evil will be annihilated in the allotted time {Isaiah 40:15; Matthew 24; Acts 12:21–23; 2 Peter 3; Revelation 20:11–15; 21:6–8; 22:11–15}.

Hence, the Lord left and went into the desert place to be alone. However, in the place, which He left, there were the people who followed Him, sought His help, and begged for His mercy. After they found Him, He went out and healed their weaknesses and ills.

Although human mind is not capable of understanding the ways of God, there is the profound lesson behind the brief description of the actions of God. The Gospels teach those who desire to follow God and to imitate Him {Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:35–36}: the true power is not in retaliation; the true power is

in mercy

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in the ability to take into consideration misery and illness of those without the reason and understanding

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in compassion even to those without hope to obtain the reason and understanding

 

Lord God Jesus Christ came to His Own, into the world, which He created and which lives by Him, yet, some of His Own creations did not receive Him; some of the people from the chosen nation wanted to kill Hum because they became the children of arch–evil and He and His words had no place in them: the more mercy He had toward His creations the more some of His creations wanted to kill Him. He was alone among the moving animated dust – the living dead. Yet, by His mercy, some of this dust – those chosen by Him {John 6:44–45; 15:16} – were re–created into His image, received the Light and life–giving Fire, and were born as the children of God into the life everlasting {John 1:1–5, 9–13; 3:3–7; 8:37–59; 10:23–40; 11:25–26, 47–53; 13:18, 21, 37–38; 18:17–27; Matthew 26:31–49, 56; Mark 14:27–42, 50, 60–72; Luke 9:60; 12:49; 1 John 3:1–2; 5}.  

Since, similarly to Lord Jesus Christ, His followers have to pass through the hostile and dark world, similarly to Him, they must be the light of this world, and similarly to Him, they must serve the others {Matthew 5:14–16; John 13:13–17; 1 John}.

Although this world now is left by God to its destiny {Luke 13:35; John 8:21–24; 13:36; 14:18–20, 28; 16:5–28; 17}, because it became a place of corruption and the nest of the evil, still, there is the work to do, and there always is someone who needs help, even if this world is filled with the ruthless ones who have no mercy: with those

 

who despise and reject truth,

who need neither God nor memory of Him

who defy truth, pervert the Christian teachings,

humiliate, persecute, and murder Christians

who are ready to betray friends and to assassinate the different–minded

who have rejected the Wisdom, Light, and Life of the world

who have chosen darkness, ignorance, and death

 

Thus, for the thinking ones, the lesson in mercy is clear: it is not the business of man to judge the others; the business of man is to assist anyone – whoever this anyone would be, good or evil {Matthew 5:38–48; 7; Luke 6:37–38}, and to do any good, which would make existence less miserable and darkness less intimidating.

However, even the apparently merciful people sometimes are silent before the evil that covers itself with the slogans of human justice and lawful revenge for the committed crimes. The reality is that many states and governments by imposing capital punishment onto their subjects violate the law of inviolability of human life – one of the main laws, which God established for the created by Him Universe.

Each word of God conveys His will, thus, it is the absolute law for His creations. Consequently, the meaning and significance of the law of inviolability of the human life might be inferred from the following texts of the Holy Scriptures concerning

1/ creation of man in the image and after likeness of God, for dominion over the earth and other creations of God {Genesis 1:26–28}

2/ the God’s words about the blood of Abel, which was crying to Him from the earth, about the curse, which God imposed on Cain who killed his brother Abel {Genesis 4:8–12}, and God’s explanation that all the people are brothers {Matthew 23:8}

3/ the promise of God: “I will make each man to answer for the blood of his brother. Whoever has shed the blood of man, by man his own blood will be shed: for man was created in the image of God” {Genesis 9:5–6}

4/ the commandment of God – “thou shall not kill” {Exodus 20:13}

5/ how God has shown the way, in which man who has committed the ultimate – mortal – sin by killing another man should be treated {Genesis 4:8–15}: the murderer must be cast away from the society, barred from any possibility to inflict any harm to the others, and let him live until his death, when he will face the Ultimate and the only Judge – God

6/ the God’s reference to the human body as to the temple {John 2:19–21}, which St. Paul the Apostle repeats, when he refers to the human body as the holy temple of God, where the Spirit of God dwells, with the warning that God will destroy those who destroyed the temple of God – a human being {1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 6:19}

7/ the fact that despite all significance, which king David’s wars had for ancient Israel, God rejected David as the builder of the temple because he had shed too much blood on the earth: his son – the man of peace – was chosen to build the temple for worship of the name of God {1 Chronicles 22:8–10}.

The laws given through Moses allowed harsh punishments for crimes against men and against God the Creator [[e.g., execution for idol–worship, sorcery, incest, adultery, perversion, and other acts inconsistent with the human nature]]*7*.

The New Testament makes clear that the laws of Moses were given to σκληρος  ανθρωπος – ruthless malicious men, the hard–hearted and stiff–necked people, because of their ruthlessness [[σκληροτραχηλος derived of σκληρον/ος – ruthlessness, stiffness, cruelty, hard–heartedness, sternness, obstinacy {as it is in: Matthew 19:3–9; Deuteronomy 9; 10:10–22; 11:16–19, 26–28; 29:24–28; 30:11–20}]].   

The ruthless human beasts had to be tamed and civilized, so they would comprehend that God desires mercy, not sacrifice. Then, the inhumanity would cease to exist, and the people would come to understanding that the sinners and criminals are the sick ones who [[although should be separated from the society, so any possibility for them to infliction harm unto the others would not exist]] need healing, not execution.

 God gave the main law – the law of Love, not judgment, to men to observe it, to accept it as the way of their life, and to live by it {Matthew 7:15; 9:13; 12:7; 22:37–40; Mark 2:16–17; 12:29–31; Luke 5:27–32; 6:27–38; 10:27–37; John 13:34–35; 15:1–17; 14:15–24; 17; 1 John; 2 Corinthians 1:3–4; Hosea 6:7; Psalm 84 (85):10–13}. Thus, a human being becomes the righteous one, if the core of his mind is the unity of knowledge of God, love to God, and love to the others.

The way of the earth*8* unfolds as ascent – the rise to the Heavens through cognition, comprehension, and observance of the Law of Love, which initiates human civilization and opens the Way to God {John 3:16–21; 14:6; 17}.

Hence, the referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures convey the uncomplicated, easy for understanding message that, for the people of the New Testament, for whom all human beings are brothers {Matthew 23:8; 25:31–46}, because all human beings are created in image of God and likeness,

 

the one who does not have love within, he has no God in him;

the one who does not love his brother is not of God:

he is of devil – the arch–evil that is murderer and liar and father of lies

the one who hates another is a murderer;

a murderer*9*, as the offspring of the arch–evil,

 has no everlasting life in him:

he is in a darkness, and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he goes,

because the darkness blinds his eyes

the one becomes capable of hatred only if he has no place for God within him,

if he rejected the Light of God and self–condemned himself to  walk in darkness:

he seeks to kill God and he serves his actual father – the arch–evil – by hating and killing the others,

so, “the wrath of God” – the curse of death and vengeance – is on him

{cf. in: John 3:19–21, 31–36; 8:31–47; 12:44–50; 1 John 2:9–11; esp. 3:10, 15 in 3:1–18; 4:7–21; Isaiah 59:1–19}

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hatred and lies are the inseparable feature of the one who is of the arch–evil:

hatred is the root of death –  

physical death as separation of soul from body, and spiritual death as eternal separation of soul from God

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anyone, who intentionally humiliates, harms, murders, executes a human being, commits the crime against God

any – even justified by all the laws of all the people – execution/murder is the violation of the law of Love given by God,

and as such, manifestation of the hatred to God,

the attempt to destroy the image of God, the attempt to interfere with the plans of God,

and the act, through which men usurp the ultimate justice that belongs only to God

murder/execution of a human being –

even justified with all human laws and all wisdom of men – is the crime against God the Creator

 

When one human being destroys another human being–carrier of the image of God and likeness, the assassin–murderer–executioner commits the unnatural act inconsistent with the main law of the Universe. This act creates the singularity/harbor of evil/the rotten core/the code of death, which activates the laws of disintegration of the reality [[state, nation, society, establishment]] where murder is the act of human justice {cf. in: Genesis 9:5–6; Matthew 26:52; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17}.

The history of mankind had proved the basic axiom–law of inviolability of human life: whoever [[a person, group, society, state]] killed a human being had faced own inevitable destruction.

As the one could infer from the history of human establishments, the death penalty was the most convenient tool widely used to rule the societies, states, empires and other establishments by fear and coercion. However, no one establishment, which applied death as the means to resolve its problems, survived long enough to disprove the promise of God that He would hold responsible anyone who shed the blood of man, because He created man in His image {Genesis 9:5–6}.

If the state or any political, social, religious establishment assumes the authority over man’s life and death, such state/establishment opposes God, because only God the Creator has the authority over His creation’s life and death. For instance, if the church condemns her children to death*10*, and moreover, rejects imitation of mercy of God, such church contradicts the Law of God; therefore, she already was transformed into an ordinary social or political oppressive structure and ceased to be the Christian Church, because the very essence of the Christian Church is incompatible with murder, punishment, and inflicting of any kind of physical and spiritual suffering.

Human justice is not all–knowing and perfect: many innocent people were executed for the crimes they never committed. If the state’s legal system has any flaw, which makes possible to execute innocent man*11*, the ruling group of the state sooner or later, yet inevitably, employs the death penalty as the political weapon for termination of the opponents, different–minded, or simply unfit persons [[for instance, do legalized – sanctioned by the state – euthanasia for the aged and abortions as the means to control the growth of population differ from the death penalty?]].

It means that within the establishment, which discards mercy as the main virtue and the main component of its foundation, the justice degenerates into injustice and law is transformed into lawlessness. Although separation of the state and the church should never be overturned, all states –– whatever religious–political–social foundation they have –– should make inviolability of human life the main law, thus, accept mercy as their very own foundation.

And I think that now, when the current wars in the lands of Middle East, Africa, and Asia have exposed the outer limits of the inhumanity, the time came to re–think and to re–evaluate the meanings, the means, and the methods of human law and justice as well as their foundation – religions.

For instance, everyone who has the unbiased sound reasoning can detect the cult of death as the true essence of faith–religion–ideology –– whatever name the one may chose for identification of the core beliefs, by which the mind lives –– that justifies brutality and ruthlessness of the deeds*12* that include public executions, mass slaughter of people of other faiths, enslaving, genocide, acts of terrorism, and atrocities committed against men, women, children.

Moreover, presently, the entire world has to deal with the danger of the faith–religion–ideology, which justifies such crimes against humanity as

–– discrimination based on the religious beliefs, ways of life, and other personal features

–– extermination of people of different faiths

–– inhumanity, vice, corruption, ruthlessness, enslaving, atrocities, terrorism and use human beings – men, women, children – as weapon of mass destruction: as suicide–bombers.

The current events at the lands of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia illustrate the depth of the evil carried by the ones who are harvesting death for the arch–evil, which was the murderer of men from the beginning {Genesis 3:1–7, 15–16; John 8:43–44}. They also denote continuation of the same peculiar way of the total ruin that is inevitable for anyone who has rejected the True God and who denigrates and abuses His creation – a human being.

In particular, the long line of forerunners and progenitors, or “spiritual” predecessors, has fashioned the current version of the “masters of the world” that now is busy with

a/ arranging the core lands of the Middle East into the secure and unconquerable basis, from which it intends to jump to the world–wide domination

b/ recruiting novices and like–minded ones within all nations

c/ spreading the tentacles–cells into Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Americas.

This line includes

        1. the Phoenician civilization

      2. the Ottoman Empire, which during centuries humiliated, persecuted, plundered, and murdered Greek Christians and people of other faiths, committed genocide of the Armenians, massacres of the Bulgarians, and massacres of members of the sects (even sects within own religion) and cults considered as heretical

        3. totalitarian regimes based upon Marxism, Bolshevism, Communism, Nazism*13*, and similar ideologies of death.

Apparently, the predecessors have many differences; for instance,

a/ the temporal time–space conditions such as time of origin, time–range of existence, land, region of the world

b/ the array of the idols [[for instance, the past set of idols*14* includes Moloch, deified religious and political leaders, deified establishments, ideas, doctrines, personalities, and other material and imaginable objects of worship]]

c/ different slogans and particularities of beliefs, ideologies, rites of worship, and customs.

However, all the predecessors have similar core features, which unify them with the current version of the “masters of the world” and confirm that they all have sprang from the same root:

a/ hatred to True God and to His creation – a human being; this comprehensive hatred underlies the superiority complex and justifies consequent enslaving, massacres, terrorism, and genocide of the “inferior” ones; this comprehensive hatred reveals itself with

            1/ adherence to the false religions, cults, idol–worship

            2/ denial of value of human life, disrespect to human dignity, denial of human rights, deprivation of freedoms, and liberties

            3/ cruel and sadistic punishments and methods of execution

            4/ use of capital punishment

            5/ oppression of different–minded, frequent massacres, and genocide

b/ superiority complex, which is manifestation of pride that is the inseparable feature of the arch–evil and its servants; the superiority complex reveals itself through

            1/ assumed right to divide the creations of God unto the superior ones – those with the access to the power of coercion and potency to enslave and to kill, and the inferior ones – all the others that may be coerced, enslaved, and killed; this assumed right sustains the habitual practices to intimidate, to coerce, to oppress, to subdue, to enslave, and to murder the “inferior” ones: the different–minded and the people of other faiths and walks of life

            2/ self–ascribed superiority over all the others [[e.g., super–race of Nazis, superiority of the papal faithful over the Jews, superiority of Muslims over Jews, over Christians, and over people of other faiths]], which fuels racial and religious discrimination and reaches completion in enslaving, massacres, terrorism, genocide

            3/ unrestrained envy and greed along with the unrealistic evaluation of own significance and potency: they attempt to impose their religion, laws, and order onto all known to them nations and lands [[e.g., the Phoenicians – on the Mediterranean nations, which they consumed through their settlements, dominance in trade and navigation, deceit, piracy and kidnapping, until the Roman Empire annihilated them; the papal empire, Marxists, Nazi Germany – onto the entire world]] and to assume all possessions and valuables of those who they conquer: they sustain their existence as parasites, by consuming the possessions, reserves, and valuables of the others – they plunder, rob, enslave, deceive, and deprive

c/ slavery as the implicit inner order; slavery

            1/ underlies their families, societies, establishments, laws, policies, and customs

            2/ sustains their outlook and manner of life: the superiority complex and its carriers – “masters of the universe” cannot exist without inferior people over whom the superior masters must have the absolute authority. For instance, a practical illustration: the papal doctrine of the unreserved obedience*15* establishes unreserved slavery of mind and body with assertions that the superior (a member of the papal hierarchy, the head of which is the pope–prefect of the inquisition) holds the place and therefore, authority of God. Therefore, the subjects (as, by the definition, the inferior ones) must forfeit own will and accept the orders of the superior as the will of God. The enslaving proceeds through silencing conscience, restriction of access to the knowledge of God, and depriving of freedom of thinking and other basic liberties

            3/ justifies their crimes and atrocities, because to enslave a human being*16* means to transform him into the human chattel – a property of the owner: to deprive him of any value, of any human dignity, and of the fundamental human rights and freedoms*17*.

The current display of bestial inhumanity during unprecedented by its cruelty unrest and wars in the Middle East has provided one more lesson for the entire world; it should also convince those who think that they have freedom of thinking

a/ to recall that the human nature is humanity – love, mercy, compassion to all the others

b/ to reconsider daily life and the essence of faith, religion, and justice and their place within the society, politics, entire life

c/ to turn to the only One True God and to accept His law of love and mercy as the main law, by which the human societies and establishments should live.

However, nobody has the right to impose own religion, own manner of thinking, and own criteria of judgment onto the others, even if he is convinced that he thinks and lives in accordance with the Absolute Truth, while all the others are wandering in the darkness of ignorance. The main features of the true faith include own freedom to believe and the respect to freedoms of the others: God is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of God is there is freedom {John 3:3–21; 4:23–24; 8:31–36; 2 Corinthians 3:17}. Thus, such re–evaluation does not need declarations, discontent, unrest, coercion of the others, and other manifest actions of a kind. The true war is within each of us – the spiritual war of the good with the evil. Hence, the one needs to think, to achieve the inner comprehension, to make a choice within own heart–mind, and to obtain the subsequent inner readiness

            1/to act and to live according to the chosen values

            2/ to face the consequences of own actions.

Mankind is tested with a very difficult problem: identification of and dealing with the spiritual foundation – the framework of knowledge, upon which the current plague of inhumanity has emerged and rose up.

Even if the physical beings–carriers of the evil can be annihilated, as sick animals spreading deadly plague are annihilated, and their establishment dismantled as, for instance, the Nazi Germany was, the deadly poison of their faith–religion–ideology will continue to brew and to foam within the survivors, followers, admirers, and spiritual descendents. Only with total elimination of the evil core –– the faith–religion–ideology, which sustains inhumanity and all atrocities already inflicted upon the many –– the world will have the future appropriate for humankind.

This problem is especially difficult, because

a/ political correctness has poisoned media, and the people are fed with propaganda and biased opinions of professional opinion–makers that do intend manipulate thinking and behavior, and that do not intend to supply unbiased information needed for the mind that would like to form own opinions and make own decisions

b/ the foundation of social and political practices, policies, and even laws are inhumanity, coercion, deceit, hypocrisy and corruption – all the natural companions of abnormality of rejection of God and His law – the law, which establishes inviolability of human life and dignity of a human being created in image of God and likeness

c/ those who already have denied the truth that all men are created equal and all have the same purposes [[e.g., to live in prosperity, dignity and pursuit of happiness, and to evolve into the children of God ready for the eternity in God’s Kingdom]] have lost the right discernment*18* and righteous judgment.

The optimal decision of this problem –– annihilation of the spiritual foundation, knowledge of the arch–evil, on which the next versions of the ideology of death might appear –– is possible only if it becomes clear for all that

 

a/ humanity and mercy are the features of the human beings created in image of God and likeness,

while inhumanity and ruthlessness are the features of the arch–evil –– death

b/ everyone has to determine who he is now –– human being or the beast in human form,

who he wants to be, and who his children will be

c/ therefore, everyone has to chose

either mercy, love, and human dignity

or hatred, atrocities, slavery, and other features of the arch–evil,

which now are demonstrated by current pretenders on the world–wide domination

 

One of the first steps for those who will decide to live as human beings created in image of God and likeness would be closing of at least one channel, by which death enters the world of men to harvest death: the capital punishment in all states that pretend to be the civilized human establishments should be abolished. Making execution/punishment by death unlawful because murder is inconsistent with the human nature will

 

elevate the governments and states at the rank of humane institutions

increase the governments moral authority and positive influence on their subjects

expose the establishments that continue to carry capital punishment for their subjects

as the perversion inconsistent with the human nature

 

Then, after acknowledgement that any murder even for the sake of the highest ideals/common good/salvation/etc. is perversion incompatible with the human nature, the next step would be discontinuation of wars as the means to resolve conflicts and differences of faiths, religions, opinions, and interests.

So, let the most terrifying after the Phoenician civilization, the papal inquisition, Bolshevism, Communism, Fascism, and Nazism revelation of inhumanity – the plague of the arch–evil, which is raging in the lands of Middle East, Africa, Asia, and is threatening Europe and other parts of the world, become the turning point of the road; let at this point, the new path be perceived and taken; let the new way –– the Only Way {John 14:6; Isaiah 60:1–3} that brings all nations to the one Only True God Who is Love and Life everlasting –– be accepted.   

 

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Notes:

 

*1* In Matthew 14:14 [[και  εθεραπευσε τους  αρρωστους  αυτων]],  the word αρρωστους is derived of α–ρρωστια, which conveys meanings of physical and mental weakness: infirmity, disability, illness, inability, moral corruption, vice.

 

*2* See The Facets of the Absolute and The Works of God

 

*3* See The Ultimate Justice – Folder Archive_2012, Page 2_February_2012; reprint in Note *190* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*4* See 

The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation

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

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

The Freedom of Perfection – for October 11, 2015, in The Completion Files

 

*5* See The Works of God, esp. Preparation and Process; Concerning John the Baptist and his works, see also

The Absolute Mercy in The Facets of the Absolute

The Greatness of Man, and The Repentance – excerpt in Note *65* to The Discernment

The Water – excerpt in Note *41* to The Works of God

 

*6* Concerning immortality, see Note *202* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*7* For example, to pay by “eye for eye,” to  execute idol–worshipers, apostates, false prophets, violators of the laws, adulterers, and those who cursed the name of God, those who committed fornication, incest, sodomy, and those who are disobedient to their priest and parents {Deuteronomy 13:1–16; 17:2–5, 12; 18:20; 19:21; 21:18–21; 22:22–27; Leviticus 20:1–17; 21:9; 24:13–17}.

 

*8* See The Way of the Earth – post for October 25, 2015, in The Completion Files

 

*9* When St. John the Apostle refers to everyone hating the brother as to murderer {in: 1 John 3:15}, he applies the same word ανθρωποκτονος, with which the Lord refers to the arch–evil that was the murderer of man from the beginning {in: John 8:44}; ανθρωποκτονος defines either man–murderer or the one composed of the flesh of murdered men

 

*10* According to Thomas Aquinas, the main theologian and canonized saint of the papal church of Rome,

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

2/ heretics turn back to the Church in order to save their temporal goods (life and property). If they relapse due to their inconsistency in faith, their existence would “infect others,” and the others would feel free to lapse into heresy; therefore, the relapsed heretics must be put to death in order to save the community from heresy [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a4 a]

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

So, in accordance with the guidance provided Thomas Aquinas, the papal saint, the papal Inquisition hunted the heretics with “ferocity unknown in any beast” [Durant 784].

See Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas in Folder Heathen Philosophy,  The Church Militants and The Hierarchical Church in Folder Political Theology; concerning the history of the papal church of Rome, see Notes *21* and *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*11* See Augustine’s wise judge concept in Works of Augustine of Hippo and The Church Militants in Folder Political Theology

 

*12* In Matthew 7:15–20; Luke 6:43–45 – by the fruits–deeds the people are recognized, and in James 2:17–26 – faith without deeds is dead: the deeds reveal the faith.

See also The Way of the Earth – post for October 25, 2015, in The Completion Files

 

 

*13* See Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview, and my book The invincible Empire, Chapter 8

 

*14* See Idolatry and Imagination – reprints in Notes *27* and *29* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*15* Concerning the papal doctrine of unreserved obedience, see The Hierarchical Church and The Church Militants in Folder Political Theology

 

*16* See Concept of Slavery – Supplement_2 to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*17* Normally, the fundamental human rights and freedoms include

                                    a/ the right to live, to think, and to actualize the purposes of own existence according to own will – that is the freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of knowledge and access to information

                                    b/ the right to live according to the human nature and to pursue happiness and actualization of potency to create the good for themselves, for their establishment, for the world

                                    c/ the right to bring up and to educate children.

 

 

*18* See The Discernment

 

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References:

 

Durant, Will.  The Story of Civilization. The Age of Faith. (A.D. 325–1300).  New York:  Simon and Schuster, 1950.

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

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

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

 

 

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11_15_6.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Light of Creation   

 

And God said: Let there be light, and it was light

{Genesis 1:3}

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

All came into being through Him…

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

and the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overtake it…

{John 1:1–5}

…I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in one…

The love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them…

{John 17:23, 26}

 

 

When a human being is born, the unique three–level κοσμος (world) comes into being with him:

 

his vision of the universe, within which the planet Earth is accommodated

his vision of the world – earth,

into which he is born to survive and to evolve for the next phase of existence

he himself – his inner essence, the soul–heart–mind: the seed of the eternal kingdom that has been cast into the earth

to receive the Light of life,

to grow,  

to die–complete his life–cycle within the temporal arrangement of the temporarily structured matter/earth,

and, through the threshold of physical death, to enter the eternal home – Kingdom of God

 

Furthermore, if a human being is born to the temporal world with the purpose to evolve for the next phase – immortality, he needs to accomplish something, so his essence – soul–heart–mind, the inner man*1* – would be empowered to “be born from above” and therefore, prepared to enter the eternity with God the Spirit.

In other words, he has to exercise the authority to become a child of God who is born of God – to be created for the Kingdom of God {John 1:1–14; 3:3–7}:

 

he participates in this creation of him by becoming the co–worker of God

for Whom he is also a building site, the field [[working space]], and the construction

{1 Corinthians 3:9}

by doing the works of God, he is growing/evolving into a firstfruit of new creations of God

{John 6:28–69; 14:10–24; James 1:17–18}

with the reasoning that just/exactly follows*2* the reasoning of Christ

{1 Corinthians 2:15–16}

he comes to a new life as a new being created in Christ for the good works prepared by God

that in them he should live and become holy in all conduct

{1 Peter 1:13–25; Ephesians 2:10}

 

The pattern of creation of a child of God may be similar to the patterns, according to which creation of the world and other works of God have been done. Moreover, as Lord Jesus Christ said, His disciples might be empowered to do works of God {John 14:11–12}.

To do a work means to perceive its place within the one’s world, to contemplate the purposes for achievement of which the work must be done, and to do whatever is needed for achievement of the purposes. Any work of God is done because God wills so. Only by the grace of God and because of promise of God, the mind might be empowered to comprehend the will of God and to accomplish it by own thoughts, words, and deeds {John 1:17–18; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

Creation of the universe and the earth within it began with coming of the Light; then, the perceivable visible earth was made within the space*3* arranged by God for His works {Genesis 1; 2}.

The Gospel According to John speaks of God Who was the Word {και  Θεος  ην  Ο Λογος  – and God was the Word – John 1:1}, through Whom all that exists came into being, in Whom was the Light that was the life of man, Who enlightens each man coming into the world, Who gave to the ones receiving Him and believing in Him the authority to become the children of God born of God {John 1:1–14; 10:30; 12:44–50; 17}.

Thus, the one could comprehend the act of creation of life –– temporal as well as eternal –– as coming of the Word–God in Whom is the Light of life*4*:

 

God creates by His Word sending the Light into the darkness, so His will is to be accomplished

the darkness is transformed into the space prepared for the works of the Light,

and the will of God is accomplished

the dwellers of the darkness receive the Light to live by it,

similarly to as the earth receives rain and melting snow to drink, so,

it would bring forth seeds for those who sow and bread for those who eat,

and as a body receives bread to eat and water to drink, so it would live because of them*5*

{Genesis 1; 2; Psalm 17(18):28; 103(104):1–4, 30; 106(107); 146(147):4, 7–8; Isaiah 9:2; 42:5–7, 16; 55:10–11; Hosea 6:4;

John 1:1–14; 3:1–21; 4:13–14; 6:32–58; 7:37–39; 8:12; 9:4–5; 12:44–50; 14; 15; 16:27–28, 30; 17; 1 Peter 2:9–10; 1 John 5:6–8}

 

The one could also infer that the Light of creation is manifested differently during the different works of God, within different “spaces”––realities/worlds, or at the different levels of complexity, although the Source and the Power are the same: the Almighty Omnipotent God and the Power of the Almighty Omnipotent God {Psalm 103(104); 135(136); 148; John 1:1–5, 9; 3:16–21; 5:17, 19–24; 10:30; 12:44–50; 16:5, 27–28; 17; 1 Peter 1:3–5; 2 Peter 1:2–12; 1 John 5:6–11}.

All creative works of God, which the mind is empowered to perceive, are done with the same Power that has the potency and accomplishments that exceed the abilities of comprehension, which the mind has {e.g., Job 36:22–32; 42:1–6; Psalm 17(18):27–28; 35(36):9; 65(66):1–5; 89(90); 96(97):1–6; 102(103); 106(107); 107(108):1–6; 137(138); 146(147); Isaiah 40:6–31; 55; 1 Corinthians 3:18–20; Colossians 1:10–29; Ephesians; Hebrews}. This Omnipotent Power

 

in the tiniest fraction of a second, has brought into life the immeasurably vast space of the universe,

within which the planet Earth is just a particle

lightened up the Sun to give light to the Earth:

to supply the Earth with the energy needed for its existence

breathed the breath of life upon the face of a human being – the creature formed out of dust,

yet made in image of God and likeness

gave the knowledge of the Law,

which initiated the human civilization by teaching the ruthless nomads*6* to live according to the Law*7*

and then, by transforming them into the priests of the Most High

and into the people called out of the darkness into the wonderful Light of God:

 the people of Almighty Omnipotent God Who is Love

{Exodus; Deuteronomy; Matthew 15:17–18; 22:37–40; 1 Peter 1; 2:9–10; 1 John 3:23–24; 4:7–16; 5:1–3}

became the Son of man, the Teacher and the Lord, Who conveys to those

who perceive Him as God (θεωρων τον Υιον*8*) and believe in Him

the teachings of Love and mercy –– the Christian teachings, by which the mind

comes to the Light → is empowered to become a child of God → enters the everlasting Kingdom of God

{Luke 1:26–35; John; 1 John}

 

Then, following Peter the fisherman, who became a disciple and then, the Apostle of Lord Jesus Christ, the one could understand that each word of God conveys the life–giving Spirit, and all material riches and powers of men are emptiness*9* and nothingness in comparison with this word {Matthew 4:18–20; 10:38–40; 16:24–26; Mark 8:31–37; Luke 9:23–26; John 5:37–40; 6:63–70; 8:51; 12:24–26}.

Indeed, as the Lord tells in the parable of a merchant seeking precious pearls {Matthew 13:45–46}, the one who finds the most precious pearl, the true treasure*10* that the Word–God offers –– the Kingdom of God, acquires this most precious pearl even for the price of everything he has.

Thus, the one might come to understanding of three interconnected pillars, on which the world of a Christian is established

1/ knowledge of a place of the Christian within the reality–world–universe created by God

2/ knowledge of the meaning of Christian life

3/ knowledge of the purposes of the Christian’s mind.

The mind lives by knowledge of God as all created by God lives by the power/energy of God:

 

the mind absorbs–learns knowledge of God as a body absorbs oxygen, water, and bread

the knowledge of God carries life of the mind as the blood carries life of a body

with the knowledge of God, the mind creates knowledge of the world

as the earth brings forth a seed–bearing tree after it received the life–bearing rain

the mind conveys knowledge to the others

as a laborer harvests the fruits of the tree for those who would consume them

 

Thus, when the one opens the Gospels with the desire to find God and to obtain knowledge of God, he comes into contact with the Almighty life–creating Power that enlightens him by entering his mind as the knowledge of the law and the Absolute Good of God and then, leads him to επιγνωσεως*11* – the complete knowledge of God. The mind that has obtained the 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; 2 Peter 1:2–11; Colossians 1; 2; Proverbs 2:3–12; Wisdom 1; 3; 6; 7; 8; 9}. This wisdom empowers the mind

 

to understand the Love of God

and to live by love to God and love to the others

to rely on the mercy of the Almighty Omnipotent God

to accept, to hold, and to actualize the power to comprehend and then, to imitate the perfection, mercy, and love of God,

so the examples provided by God would fashion thinking, working, and manner of life*12*

{Mathew 5:44–48; Luke 6:35–36; John; 1 Peter 1; 2 Peter 1:2–3; 1 John; Ephesians 5:1; Wisdom 7}

to achieve the purposes of own existence: to accomplish the will of God and to evolve for the eternity with God

 

This power/wisdom is the power of the Light that shines in the darkness transforming the chaos of the not–organized purposeless matter [[that is the one without knowledge of God]] into the spiritual jewels reflecting the Light of creation [[that is the one who lives by knowledge of God]].

These living jewels are unified jointly into the harmony of the wholeness in Jesus Christ growing into the dwelling place of God the Spirit Who is the Father of lights {John 14; 15; 17; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 2:4–10; Ephesians 2:10–22}.

All begins with coming of the Light…

 

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Notes:

 

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

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

The essence of man – the inner man, the soul–heart–mind, carries the image and likeness of God, lives by the Word–God and the Holy Spirit [[by the Unity of Law–Power–Energy of God]] as a human body lives by bread and water. God ignites His Light within the inner man and God watches over him more than a father watches over a child {Deuteronomy 4; 8:5–12; 1 Kings 16:7; Psalm 15(16):5–11; 17(18); 26(27):10–11; 31(32):7–8; 32(33):12–22; 33(34); 102(103); 120(121); 138(139); Malachi 3:17; Matthew 10:29–30; Luke 11:9–13; John 3:16; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2; 3:3–4; 2 Peter; 1 John; Romans 8:14–39; Galatians 3:26–29; Ephesians; Colossians}.

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

The Greek theologians discerned three parts/components [[subsystems]] of the human essence, or it might be said that they assumed that the soul–heart–mind operates at three levels of complexity [[that is with different derivatives of the Divine energy: wisdom, knowledge, information]]: intellect – νους, reason/intelligence – διανοια, and the reasoning, or the faculty of deliberation –  γνωμα–φρονημα–λογισμος.

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

See concepts of man, the mind, and reason/intelligence in

Preliminary Notes, Introduction: Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence (esp. Theological Foundation), and Note *25* in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

Creation of Man: Process in The Works of God

The Mind and the World in Archive_Selections_2015

Concerning complexity and other systems terms and definitions, see Introduction to Systems Logic

 

 

*2* 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 [3] 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 – in Archive_Selections_2015

 

 

*3* See

–– The Light and Darkness – Folder Archive 2008_2009, Page 8_2009; reprint in Note *71* to Archive_Selections_2015

–– The Lamp and The Fire – Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012; reprint in Note *137* to Archive_Selections_2015

–– The LightFolder Archive_2013, Page 10_December_2013

–– Pattern #11, Page Patterns & Questions @ website Sunday’s Thoughts

–– the following reprint [[references are updated]] of Galaxy Inside–out and the Light of Creation in Blog_Posts 

 

Reprints

“Galaxy Inside–out and the Light of Creation (January 21, 2014)

 

In the end of December 2013, @ my website Sunday’s Thoughts by Alice–Alexandra–Sofia [http://alicealexandrasofia.net], I posted The Light*E*1*.

In The Light, I argued that the commonly accepted translation of the Septuagint text και διεχωρισεν ο Θεος ανα μεσον του φωτος, και ανα μεσον του σκοτους {Genesis 1:4} as “and God separated (or divided) the light from darkness” in: [1], [2], [3], [4] does not take into consideration the meanings of all words. Therefore, another translation might be accepted:  “and God established the space in the depth of the midst of the light and in the depth of the midst of the darkness.”

It means that the Septuagint conveys the history of creation of the totality – Κοσμος or the universe, beginning with coming of the light and establishment of the space within the light within which the Earth was created {Genesis 1}.

Yesterday, I read the article Milky Way Galaxy Formed From the Inside Out? By Kimberly Ruble, January 20, 2014 [5]. Then I have found publication of The Register [6] with the link to the source [7], and other communications [e.g., 8] devoted to the same event.

The one might assume that to be formed “inside out” and “expanding out of the center” [5], [6], [7], [8], means that it should be some working space established for the formatting work, probably, similarly to preparation of the soil, into which the seed of a tree – in this case, the core/code of a new galaxy – have to be planted, so it would grow and accommodate and sustain life of other forms of life

As other research show, the Κοσμος/space still contains the remnants of the primeval light as well as the dark matter [[of which the Septuagint {Genesis 1:2} says: Η δε γη ην αορατος και ακατασκευαστος – unseen, imperceptible, and unprepared matter/earth]], the raw supply for creation of the many worlds within a space; one of such worlds is our planet Earth.

Of course, it is quite difficult to comprehend the laws of creation, nature, and other parameters of the immeasurable and inaccessible for human senses galactic spaces: the human intelligence/reason is in its best, when it is dealing with the limited time–space–complexity settings accommodating existence, survival, values, etc., in which our life begins and comes to the end.

However, in this starry finding of the researchers handling the European Space Agency's Gaia-ESO project, I see one more of σημεια των καιρων {Luke 12:54–57} – the signs of the times: the time came for liberation of the human reason.

The human reason should free itself from the slavery: it should demolish cages set by three kinds of limits, which keep the mind within the range of allowable censored (or self–censored) thoughts and studies, and because of which misery of daily existence in poverty, hunger, ignorance, and hopelessness are the unavoidable actuality of the majority of earth population.

These limits are consequences of false knowledge and fear of persecution and agonizing death, which historically were the destiny of those who attempted to think freely; they are inheritance of the heathen civilizations; they have been absorbed with the heathen philosophy based on the Orphic doctrine*E*2*, and they were created by those who attempted to free the sciences from the Inquisition’s control, as well as from the figments of imagination of philosophizing diviners: the religious, philosophical, and political utopias, which are fantasies and lies presented as truth.

These limits are

1/ Aristotelian logic of simplification, derivatives of which – materialistic/Marxist dialectics and modeling*E*3* – still are used as the main tools of the contemporary sciences

2/ institutionalized control of human thought initiated through the papal Inquisition*E*4*, which ultimately triggered separation of the sciences from their foundation – philosophy, and philosophy from its foundation – theology, simultaneously setting free: the sciences – from logic and from focusing on the primary purposes – the good of men, and the researchers who make these sciences – from wisdom, rational reasoning, and human values

3/ self–imposed limits invented by the researchers in the search of freedom from any limits. That happened when the researchers following Francis Bacon*E*5* and other “free thinkers” decided to banish Christian theology, which was misinterpreted and ultimately, hijacked by the papal inquisitors – “guardians of the small undeveloped souls” of the sheep who must follow only one “universal shepherd and leader” – the Prefect of the Inquisition. Prefect of the Inquisition (that still exists under another name as a department of the papal office) is the pope with his magisterium/producer and censor of knowledge that the scientists are encouraged to explore.

This (third) group of limits was established in memory of many brilliant scientists and thinkers, including Giordano Bruno. Giordano Bruno came to the discovery of other worlds (while following Aristotle, the article of papal faith holds that only one world – earth was created as the center of cosmos) and was burned alive at stake (as many others) because of the accusations that were reserved for all free thinkers: heresy and witchcraft, which automatically triggered capital punishment*E*6*.

The time came to discards all these limits, especially, the third group, and to re–read the Septuagint and the Books of the New Testament, so comprehension of the law of God and the simple words of the Divine Truth

a/ return us to the senses, to the traditional human values

b/ restore the ability to discern the good and the evil

c/ give understanding that a human being is the greatest value of the world.

Then, the research and studies should be re–oriented from the sciences of death to the sciences of life and survival even within our collapsing world; they should pursue the good of a person: they should be focused on human needs, on establishment of the peace on the entire planet, on prosperity of all people and all societies, on the greatest good of each one of us and all the others…

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Notes:

 

*E*1* See posting The Light, Folder Archive_2013, Page 10_December_2013

 

*E*2* Concerning the Orphic doctrine, see Ancient Civilizations: Legacy overview

 

*E*3* See Philosophy: Aristotle, Folder Heathen Philosophy, and my book The Invincible Empire, Chapter 4

 

*E*4* See The Church Militants – Folder Political Theology, and my book The Invincible Empire, Chapter 7

 

*E*5* See L’Aquila Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, Trial of Science, and Survival of Mankind, with Notes 2, 5, and  References in Blog_Posts, or as Supplement_3 to Archive_Selections_2015 [[offered for download @ websites Systems Logic and Christian Mind & the World, Library Pages]]

 

*E*6* The story of Giordano Bruno illustrates the meaning of the limits that were imposed on the researchers by the ignorance of the Inquisitors.

In 1600, Giordano Bruno was condemned by the Inquisition as a heretic and burned at the stake because he acknowledged the Copernicus model of the Solar System. The additional “crimes” of Giordano Bruno included suggestion of the possibility of existence of multiple worlds [in: Trager 211], which the Inquisition interpreted as the belief in existence of multiple deities, because Plato asserted that God created only one Universe, and Aristotle declared that “the prime motor” maintains uniformity of “continuous relation” toward things it moves; consequently, it should be one governing principle, therefore, one ruler [Plato Timaeus 31a–b; Aristotle Physics VIII.x.267b; Metaphysics XII.x].

The Aristotle’s apparent acknowledgment of existence of one deity – one “prime motor” – provided Thomas Aquinas (the main papal theologian whose doctrine – political theology – is the official theological doctrine of the papal church of Rome) with the fundamental reason for legalization of Aristotle’s physical philosophy as the means to re–interpret the Christian teachings. With the references to Aristotle and Plato, Aquinas made the conclusion that existence of another earth and many other worlds is not possible because there is the unity of order in all things and unity of world, as well as the unity of God Who governs all things [Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica I Q.47 a3]. The Aquinas’ affirmation of impossibility of existence of many worlds became the teaching of the papacy and the article of the Catholic faith; any assertion concerning existence of multiple worlds endangered the legitimacy of the Aquinas’ physical–theological constructions, which formed the foundation of political theology, and automatically made Giordano Bruno guilty in heresy.

Yet, Thomas Aquinas overlooked or intentionally discarded the text, in which Aristotle mentions a prime mover “whether singular or plural” and “all unmoved movers.” In particular, Aristotle asserts that the “prime motor”– the source of the everlasting movement within the Universe – is whether singular or plural, in a uniform and constant relation to all things which are in motion, while itself is not divisible, without parts, and not dimensional [Aristotle Physics VIII.vi. 258b; VIII.x.267b].

Although Aquinas and other theologians applied the primitive language of Aristotle’s physics toward apparently monotheistic theological studies, the words “plural” and “unmoved movers” evidently describe a multi–deity arrangement. This polytheistic statement makes all physical–theological speculations based on exclusive status of only one “prime mover” pointless and eliminates any reason to admit the Aristotle’s doctrine as applicable for any philosophical speculations dealing with monotheistic theology.  

Furthermore, the initial argument contains a definition of the “prime motor” as “whether singular or plural” [Aristotle Physics VIII.vi. 258b] that immediately points out the inconsistency of the whole construction. For example, if each “prime motor” is not dimensional and if this prime motor is in a uniform and constant relation to all things, how Aristotle could determine, is it one motor or many? If there is many “prime motors,” there is no uniform and constant relation to all things, because, if there are many prime motors, each motor should have its own meaning of uniform and constant relation, which originates the own world inaccessible or indiscernible with the things, which have another type of uniform and constant relation. Besides, if the “prime motor” keeps a uniform and constant relation to all moving things, there is no any discernible change within such Universe, and movement itself does not have any sense or meaning.

In general, Aristotle’s categories of things in the constant rest and in neither in motion nor in rest within the constantly moving and changing Universe are the irrational constructions, and the Aristotelian notion of the “prime motor” illustrates absurdity of application of physics for explanation and elaboration of philosophical concepts. Obviously, the Aristotle’s speculations are intended to re–iterate the Plato’s assertion that “the Maker” made only one Universe [Plato Timaeus 31 a–b] with the only comprehensible for Aristotle language – the language of natural science (in this particular case – physics). Probably, Aristotle searched for some kind of material proof of his philosophy: according to his own assertion, none of theoretical speculations should be accepted without material proof by senses. Yet, his speculations disclose incompatibility of the levels of consideration, therefore, irrationality of inconsistent reasoning.

When Aristotle became the recognized co–author of the papal official doctrine –  Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology (referred also as “neo–Aristotelian system” [Holmes 7], “Christian Aristotelianism” [McKeon 149], and the bold renewal of the Catholicism by “wonderful expression” of the Catholic faith with the categories of Aristotle [Léger 23]), the assumption “whether singular or plural” was intentionally disregarded, and Giordano Bruno paid with his life for his assertion of existence of many worlds, which probably could be controlled by many deities as the Aristotle’s physical “theology” suggests.

In summary,

a/ with the language of physics Aristotle reiterated the Plato’s statement that God created only one Universe, yet inserted in it prime mover “whether singular or plural” and “all unmoved movers”  (the fourth century B.C.)

b/ disregarding Aristotle’s idea of existence of many deities – “prime motors,” Thomas Aquinas made Aristotle’s physical–theological speculation the article of the Catholic faith (the thirteenth century)

c/ the Inquisition sentenced the Giordano Bruno’s ideas (the seventeenth century), which contradicted the physical construction of Plato [e.g., Plato Timaeus 31a–b] and Aristotle accepted as articles of the Catholic faith, to be the heresy inconsistent with the Scriptures.

In 1601, after execution of Giordano Bruno, Pierre Charron (1541–1603) reminded: many ancient philosophers believed in existence of many worlds, because would God made only this visible Universe, His power would be limited [Charron 234].

Indeed, nobody can prove that Omnipotent Almighty God the Creator of the discernible by the human mind Universe is not able to create and has not created multitudes of other universes governed by other laws; consequently, any theologian with the reasonable mind would not accept the image of the powerless or restricted by one world god, which was created by narrow–mindedness of the ancient heathen physicist and materialist and elaborated by his followers. The essence of the world of mankind is one – universal for this world – law of transformation of energy (the law, which manifests itself through “the unity of order” or uniformity of “continuous relation”). The human mind and human senses are designed to exist within the world governed with this law: they, along with their instruments and methods of research, are not able to discern, perceive, and describe directly anything created and functioning according to another law, which controls another form of life.

However, a human being has been created after the likeness of Omnipotent Almighty God and does not have limits of cognition. It means that although at the present stage of development of natural sciences, the mind still is not able to overstep the terms of own existence, to cognize other laws, and to discern their derivatives – other universes, nobody can prove that the human mind either would not be able to do it tomorrow or does not invent the means to discern the worlds, which it cannot perceive today.

 At the time of Giordano Bruno, it was almost impossible to free the mind from the very fabric of the contradictory methods of reasoning based on the Plato–Aristotle’s fantasies. The primitive physical–astronomical constructions and logic of Aristotle the heathen provided the only acceptable framework for the medieval speculations, which were presented as “Christian theology.” This – Aristotelian – framework intertwined the nature of God and the order of the discernible by human senses Universe into the whole, thus, restricted the possibilities of God by the matter and human imagination. The very application of the Aristotelian framework toward theological studies and assertion of limitation of the power of God were the actual heresies, while the Inquisition exterminated as the heretics those who opposed the heathen misconceptions elevated to the rank of papal faith.

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End of Note *3*

 

*4* See The Lightin Folder Archive_2013, Page_3_April_2013

 

*5* See The Water for the Arid Earth – Folder Archive_2011, Page 3_June_July_2011; reprint in Note *87* to Archive_Selections_2015, and The Thirst – Folder Archive_2012, Page 4_April_2012; reprint in Note *13* to The Discernment

 

*6* The New Testament makes clear that the laws of Moses were given to σκληρος  ανθρωπος – ruthless malicious men, the hard–hearted and stiff–necked people, because of their ruthlessness [[e.g., stiff–necked – σκληροτραχηλος derived of σκληρον/ος – ruthlessness, stiffness, cruelty, hard–heartedness, sternness, obstinacy {as it is in: Matthew 19:3–9; Deuteronomy 9; 10:10–22; 11:16–19, 26–28; 29:24–28; 30:11–20}]].  

See Inhumanity and Mercy – post for November 1, 2015 – in The Completion Files

 

*7* See

The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation

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

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

The Freedom of Perfection – for October 11, 2015, in The Completion Files

 

*8* 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.”

 

*9* Concerning emptiness: in Psalm 38(39):5, after acknowledgement that his days are established ancient/old [[παλαιας   εθου  τας  ημερας μου;  εθου  is a derivative of τιθημι – the verb with multitude of meanings of establishment, institution, transformation, placement]], David says: και  υποστασις   μου  ωσει  ουθεν  ενωπιον  Σου – and my reality as emptiness before You.

Υποστασις  has meanings of foundation, scheme, plan, reality, actuality, essence, confidence; personality; however this word was translated as

– lifetime, life/whole life, life–span – in English versions of the Bible  [3]

– existence – in the Septuagint [1]

Furthermore, ουθεν means not only “nothing” as it is interpreted in the Septuagint; other meanings of this word include void, emptiness, empty space, zero.

The text of Psalm 38(39):5 is completed with the sad observation: πλην τα   συμπαντα   ματαιοτης   πας  ανθρωπος  ζων – the entire human living (way of life, means of existence, meaning of life) altogether, without exception, is vanity (ματαιοτης – futility, worthlessness, vanity, from ματαω – to be empty, without sense/reason, vain; to do nothing).

Existence/life of man, whom God created according to His image and likeness, cannot be “nothing” before God Who has sent His only–begotten Son to save him from death and to give him the life everlasting {John 3:14–18; 6:29–69; 10:1–30; 12:20–50; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

Yet, the state of the mind, which the mind sees as its life and as its priority, can be the emptiness, because of

a/ the inconsistency with the main purposes of man [[one of them is to evolve for the next phase of existence – the eternity with God]]

b/ destructive self–feeding by the figments of imagination

c/ the inability to think that what is of God {in: Matthew 16:21–26}.

Thus, the literal meaning of the Psalm 38(39):5 is the acknowledgment that

1/ the David’s days are established as ancient [[probably as similar to the days of the past – days of previous generations of the “not pitied ones” {1 Peter 2:10} who lived and died without reconciliation with God and without obtaining the complete knowledge of God, when the Door into the Future was not opened yet]]

2/ his reality – the meaning of his existence (that by which and for the sake of which he lives) is emptiness before God

3/ moreover, the entire human living is worthlessness/vanity.

Similar thought is in Ecclesiastes: Ματαιοτης  ματαιοτητων… τα  παντα ματαιοτης – vanity of vanities … all is vanity {Ecclesiastes 12:8}.

The mentioned above text of Psalm 38(39):5 refers to the features of the time of the arid earth {Psalm 62(63)}, when darkness – and with it sadness and despair – reigned, when the mind of man of the Old Testament was not illuminated by the Light of the world yet. The emptiness of mind, of which the prophet says, is similar to unperceivable darkness that was before coming of the Light {Genesis 1:2}. Only with coming of the Word–God, the Light of the world, the mind of man becomes the complete perfect world prepared for the works of God.

See also

The Water for the Arid Earth – Folder Archive_2011, Page 3_June_July_2011; excerpt in Note *6* to Archive_Reprints 

Imagination – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008; excerpt in Note *26* to The Discernment 

The Lamp in the Darkness – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 3_2008_2009; excerpt in Note *68* to The Discernment

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

Creation of Man: Process and Note *13* in The Works of God

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

The Door into the Future – Folder Archive_2015, Page 5_May_2015; also included in Archive_Selections_2015

 

 

*10* See The Treasure – posting for October 4, 2015 – in The Completion Files

 

*11* The one could comprehend the meaning of complete knowledge {also mentioned by St. Paul the Apostle in: Colossians 1:10} 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; Colossians 1:10–23}.

 

 

 *12* See The Freedom of Perfection – posting for October 11, 2015  – in The Completion Files

 

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References:

 

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

 

[2] The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew–Greek–English. Second edition by Jay P. Green, Sr. Lafayette, IN: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1986.

 

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

 

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

 

Web:

 

[5] Milky Way Galaxy Formed From the Inside Out? By Kimberly Ruble

http: // guardianlv.com /2014/01/ milky-way-galaxy-formed-from-the-inside-out/

 

[6] The Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. We KNEW it, mutter astroboffins. By Brid-Aine Parnell,

http:// www. theregister.co.uk /2014/01/21/ milky_way_inside_out/

 

[7] The Gaia-ESO Survey: radial metallicity gradients and age-metallicity relation of stars in the Milky Way disk. M. Bergemann et al.

http:// arxiv.org/abs/ 1401.4437

 

[8] Astronomers find evidence Milky Way grew 'inside out'. Credit: University of Cambridge.

http:// www. upi.com/Science_News/ 2014/01/20/Astronomers-find-evidence-Milky-Way-grew-inside-out/ UPI-20551390262227/

 

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Books:

 

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

Aristotle. The Physics. With an English translation by Philip H. Wicksteed and Francis M. Cornford. Cambridge, Massachusetts:  Harvard UP; London:  William Heinemann, 1968. 2 vols.

Charron, Pierre.  "Concerning Wisdom."  Renaissance Philosophy. Volume II: The Transalpine Thinkers.  Ed., trans., and  introduced by  Herman Shapiro  and  Arturo B. Fallico.  New York:  Random House,  1969.  214–248.

Holmes, Arthur F. Christianity and Philosophy. Chicago:  Inter–Varsity Press, 1963.

Léger, Paul–Émile (Cardinal Léger). "Introduction." Renewal of Religious Thought:  Proceedings of the Congress in the Theology of the Renewal of the Church. Centenary of Canada, 1867–1967. v. 1. Ed. L.K. Shook. Introduction by Paul–Émile Cardinal Léger. 2 vols. Montreal:  Palm Publishers, 1968. 19–33.

McKeon, Richard. "Introductory Notes." Selections from Medieval Philosophers. Part II:  Roger Bacon to William of Ockham. Ed. and trans. Richard McKeon. New York, Chicago, Boston:  Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1930. IX–XVIII, 3–6, 111–117, 149–158, 235–239, 303–312, 351–359.

Plato. Timaeus and Critias. Trans. with an Introduction and an Appendix on Atlantis by Desmond Lee. New York:  Penguin Books, 1977.

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Mind:

Introductory Note

 

I will appear to delivering you from the people and the nations,

to whom now I send you, to open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light,

and from authority of satan to God,

to receive them forgiveness of sins and a lot among those sanctified by faith in Me

{Acts 26:17–18}

 

 

The history of Christianity contains many miracles of enlightenment. Seemingly, when the mind receives the Light of God, the Light of creation*1* – the Word–God, it loses the boundaries of impossibilities as the slave loses chains and fetters that have kept him in prison. Then, the mind overcomes all limits imposed by hierarchical structures, race, origin, land, nation, society, walks of life, social laws, political and other establishments, customs, previous beliefs –– all that could make it the easy prey for the deceivers and the helpless victim of poisonous knowledge that debilitated*2* it by depriving of the adequate reasoning, right discernment*3*, righteous judgment, and normal life according to the human nature – according to the law*4* revealed through the prophets*5* who conveyed the knowledge of God and the will of God.

One of such miracles marks the beginning of world–wide dissemination of the Christian teachings.

The story of Saul the Pharisee who became St. Paul the Apostle, the servant and the witness of Jesus Christ – the Word–God {Acts 7:55–60; 8:1–3; 9:1–30; 21:39; 22:3–21; 23:6; 26:4–5}, the description of his life {Acts}, and contents of his work {St. Paul’s Epistles to Ephesians, Colossians, Romans, Hebrews, Corinthians, and the others} are the convincing example of the extraordinary potency*6*, which the human mind obtains when God empowers it to carry the Light of God within the darkness of the material world for accomplishment of the will of God.

So, Saul the Pharisee

began with condemnation, persecution, and voting for death of the followers of Lord Jesus Christ

in attempt to eradicate the Christian teachings

through intimidation and execution of those who have accepted it and strived to live according to it

came through transformation into the servant, witness, and apostle of Christ

completed his life with death for his faith in Christ

 

This pattern of transformation –– enemy in the darkness human clay–recipient of the Light servant and carrier of the Light –– is typical for the many that had followed the example of St. Paul. Conversion and transformation of many heathens, atheists, sinners, apostates and rebels against the law of God, who, after their transformation have received the lot of the children of God born of God, have many similarities with the evolution of Saul the Pharisee into St. Paul the Apostle. Because of their faith and love to Lord Jesus Christ, which no fear, nor persecutions, nor suffering, nor death were ever capable to overcome, they passed the same way

 

from the darkness into the Light,

from the authority of satan/arch–evil to God

from the enemy of Christ  into a loyal servant–follower–child of the only One True God

 

And I think: what the human mind is? What makes it so versatile entity that is may be capable

 

either

to live in the state of spiritual slumber, as a dreamer immersed into the artificial dream worlds created by imagination,

within which there is no place for true knowledge and for the only One True God,

as well as there is no possibility to develop and to exercise the optimal potency of the human reasoning

to plunge into the deepest darkness of hatred, evil and sin becoming the fully developed offspring of the arch–evil

that brings forth only corruption, suffering, ruin, collapse, death

 

or

to ascend to the zenith of love, righteousness, holiness, and the unlimited potency to create good,

in imitation of God and observing His commandments,

which are the main conditions for doing the works of God and accomplishing the will of God?

 

In other words,

 

1 what is the nature and potency of the human mind?

 

2 what are the purposes of the mind’s existence?

 

3 what the mind might be empowered to do: what are the limits, if any, of its abilities to create and to destroy the world given into its dominion, including itself

 

4 how the mind chooses one of the only two possible ways of life ––

either

service to God and life for God, with love to God and to His creations,

as the complete actualization of own nature – the nature of a being created in image of God and likeness

 

or

as service to the arch–evil and doing the works of evil inflicting harm, suffering, and death onto the creations of God, starting with itself,

as the failure to actualize own nature because of perversion/degeneration completed with the total ruin?

 

5 how the mind can obtain the power that ignites the abilities to choose the right way and to pass it?

 

6 what are the features of the mind that operates according to its nature, and what initiates the perversion–degeneration of the mind, during which it initiates the process of collapse within its creations, for instance, such as societies, states, political, social, religious establishments?

 

7 how the creations and works of the mind define the destiny of the mind, and what this destiny could be?

 

 

To be continued…

 

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Notes:

 

 

*1* See The Light of Creation – Folder Archive_2015, Page 11_November_2015; also included in The Completion Files

 

 

*2* The ancient heathen philosophers invented a special deity: the inexorable Fate, the embodiment of the power that keeps everyone in his very own inferno of fixed destiny as a slave is kept in fetters by his ruthless owner. Although they imagined their world as the flux – the stream of changes that creates life, yet, their reality was stagnation, the dark cage of prisoners without true knowledge of the world and, firstly, without knowledge of freedom.

In the heathen world, the destiny is inexorable indeed, because if there is no knowledge of the Law of God – the main Law that defines the human nature, each thought and each action might violate the Law. The violations of the Law lead to the perversion of the nature, that is to suffering, mental and physical illness, disorders of all kinds, and premature death. The way of the evil is the same for everyone and it has the same stages and the same end: nothing can be changed, because the main pattern of the evil always is unvarying:

 

degeneration disorder collapse death disintegration

 

After revelation of the Law given through Moses, the Prophets not only diagnosed the symptoms and omens of the coming disasters, wars, plagues, and other calamities; they told the reason, why the grief and suffering would come {e.g., The Book of Jeremiah}.

For instance, Isaiah the Prophet left the concise description of the sinful men and their world – the Past, Present, and the Future of the earth, which will be ruined for the sins of her inhabitants, because they broke the everlasting covenant and served the evil instead of God. The Prophet also mentions the same two patterns that are the essence of the world and that are completed in two different ways: one that is concluded with ruin, destruction, and collapse and another leading to salvation {Isaiah 24:1–21; 26:1–15; 59:2–15}. The summary of Isaiah’s vision is straightforward: 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 (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

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

 

 

Any human mind that is born into the world without God, in fact, has no choice: all that it can learn, contemplate, invent, comprehend, create – everything is either evil or serves the evil; there is no exit from the realm of the evil, and there is no knowledge that other realm exists. Moreover, there is no a possibility to imagine existence of life devoted to the good, because there is no knowledge of the good, while ignorance does not protect from consequences of deeds committed in ignorance: from the consequences of sin and perversion – misery and suffering.

So, how the heathens, who have no knowledge of the only One True God, think: how their mind works?

The essence of the heathen world and the meaning of life within such a world might be inferred from Isaiah the Prophet’s writings concerning those who commit iniquities (e.g., idol–worshipers, heathens, apostates): they live in ignorance, and they are unable to understand why and from where all disasters come: they are as the blind who feel the wall, who feel at noon as at midnight. While they expect enlightenment, they walk in perplexity; their ways are destruction and misery. They are misled, so they may be devoured {Isaiah 9:12–16; 59:4–10}.

Indeed, cognition of the evil, violations of the Law of God, the inevitable consequences (suffering and death of men, destruction and collapse of their establishments), and the most alarming of all of them calamity – inability to uproot the reasons, to overcome and to prevent disasters and suffering – are the most frequently observed events of the daily reality of the nations that either identify themselves as “godless nations” or profess false religions.

Probably, the most tragic part of the history of mankind is the inability to connect the cause with the consequences. People understand, for instance, that the current vehicles (car, train) do not run without energy (oil, electricity). In the same time, they are unable to see that the world cannot exist without the divine energy of God, while this energy comes only to those who live according to the Law/will of God.

 

See postings:

Folder Archive_2010: The Future – Page 4_September_2010 (re–print in Note *169* to Archive_Selections_2015), The Destiny of Man (excerpt in Note *90* to Archive_Reprints), and Deprivation of Knowledge – Page 5_October_2010 (reprint in Note *195* to Archive_Selections_2015)

Folder Archive_2011: Separation – Page 1_January_March_2011 (excerpt in Note *53* to The Discernment), The Earth without the Foundation – Page 2_April_May_2011 (re–print in Note *172* to Archive_Selections_2015), The Bear and the Pigeon and The Authority to Survive – Page 3_June_July_2011 (excerpts in Notes *32* and *53* to The Discernment)

Folder Archive_2012: Plundered People – Page 2_February_2012 (excerpt in Note *19* to Archive_Reprints)

 

 

*3* See The Discernment

 

*4* See

The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation

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

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

The Freedom of Perfection – for October 11, 2015, in The Completion Files

 

*5* See

Hebrew Prophets – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 1_2008; excerpt in Note *96* to Archive_Reprints

Creation of Man: Process and Note *13*in The Works of God

– my book The Invincible Empire, Chapter 3

 

*6* See The Potential of the Mind – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_4_2008–2009; reprint in Note *76* to Archive_Reprints

 

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References:

 

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

 

 

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Mind

Introductory Notes: the Worth of Man

 

 

Lord, what is man that Thou have cognized him?

Or the son of man that Thou take him into consideration?

{Psalm 143(144):3}

And God said,

Let us make man according to Our image and likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,

and over flying creatures of heaven, and over the cattle and all the earth, and over all the reptiles that creep on the earth.

And God made man, according to the image of God He made him, male and female He made them.

And God blessed them, saying,

Increase and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the seas

and flying creatures of heaven, and all the cattle and all the earth, and all the reptiles that creep on the earth

{Genesis 1:26–28}

And God formed the man of dust of the earth, and breathed upon his face the breath of life,

and the man became a living soul

{Genesis 2:7}

For your blood of your lives will I require at the hand of all wild beasts, and I will require the life of man at the hand of his brother man.

He that sheds man’s blood, instead of that blood shall his own be shed, for in the image of God I made man

{Genesis 9:5–6}

Out of the heaven, with the intention, the Lord beholds the sons of men.

Out of His readiness of taking as dwelling, He beholds all the earth for becoming the dwelling:

He alone formed their hearts and comprehends all their works

{Psalm 32(33):13–15}

Earth, earth, hear the Word of God

{Jeremiah 22:29}

…I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life…

{John 14:6, 15–17}

If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him,

and We will come and make the dwelling with him

{John 14:23}

 

 

After rendering blessing and praise and thanksgiving to God Who taught David to wage war and Who delivered and protected him [[God saved David and made him victorious in the fight with Goliath – 1 Kings 17:1–51]], David the prophet asks God {Psalm 143(144):3}: Lord, what is man that Thou have cognized him? Or the son of man that Thou take him into consideration?

Then, David tells: Man is similar to worthlessness (ματαιοτητι – vanity; futility; senselessness; worthlessness; uselessness); his days like shadow pass by*1*. However, David continues with the prayer to deliver him from the hand of strangers (υιων αλλοτριων) whose mouth spoken senselessness (ματαιοτητα) and whose right hand is the hand of iniquity (αδικιας – injustice, iniquity, crime, violence, harm, offense) {Psalm 143(144):7–8, 11}.

Definitely, David intensely perceives a fragility of a human being after encounter with the power of the Almighty God Who delivered him from the formidable enemy – Goliath. Goliath the warrior and champion of Philistines decided to defeat and to enslave the Israelites and therefore, defied the army of the Living God. The warriors and the people of Israel were terrified with the enemy’s apparent strength, yet, David, who still lived as a shepherd boy, although Samuel the prophet anointed him to be a king {1 Kings 16:1–13}, decided to challenge Goliath. David rejected the protective armor and weapon, which Saul the king gave him. Along with his trust in God, David took with him only his staff of a shepherd, a sling in his hand, and, in a small shepherd’s purse, five smooth stones out of the brook. The stone cast by sling in David’s hand penetrated Goliath’s helmet and struck his forehead incapacitating him; then, David killed the debilitated giant by his own sword {1 Kings 17:1–51}.

If the one evaluates David and Goliath by such criteria as physical power, height and strength of a body, military experience and weapon, the David’s victory indeed, is the miracle: God the Almighty by the stone*2* in the hand of a shepherd boy delivered His people from defeat by the heavy armored heathen giant and from slavery to idol–worshipers.

However, the mortal war is not over with physical extermination of the enemy: David implores God about safety from the strangers who speak uselessness/vanity and commit iniquities {Psalm 143(144):5–8, 11}.

The history of the kingdom, which David took after death of Saul, confirms that David was right in his perception of the main danger to his kingdom [[at the time of battle with Goliath, David was already anointed to be the king instead of Saul {1 Kings 16:1–13; Psalm 143(144):2}]].

The “strangers” and enemies were the Philistines – the heathens who lived by the “strange knowledge” of the idol–worshipers created by imagination, with the divining mind*3*. The “strange knowledge” of “other gods,” not physical force of the strangers and their weapons, is the main deadly threat, because – as any false religion and any knowledge of idol–worshipers – it is abomination before God and lethal poison for the human soul–heart–mind {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 32:16–33; Isaiah 2:6–9; 8:15–16; 59:1–15}. For rejection of God and acceptance of the heathen knowledge, the ancient Israel ultimately has met the infamous end*4*

The story of the battle of the young king with the mighty enemy tells also about two ways opened before the mind: one by which David came to victory, and another, by which David’s enemy came to death.

1. One of them is the way with God: the way leading to the victory and consequent life with God {e.g., as it is said in: Revelation 21:6–7}

2. Another way is without God: the way of false knowledge, defeat, and death.

Hence, finding God, following Him, and living by the Truth – by the knowledge of Him {John 14:16–23; 15:13–15; 17} – makes the difference between life and death of the human mind and the entire human being*5*.

What then, is the human mind if, as David said, God considers it, takes care of it, delivers it from the enemies, and illuminates it with His Light {Psalm 17(18):28–29; 143(144):3} creating*6* the child of the Light {James 1:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:5} – the indestructible living jewel, which will be accepted into God’s kingdom?

If to set aside David’s thoughts of human vanity [[so diligently elaborated by David’s son Solomon the king in Jerusalem*7* {Ecclesiastes}]] and his completely understandable humility, and if to try to comprehend the true value of a human being, the first step would be an attempt to learn the meaning of significance of a creation of God for God the Creator. Such significance may be construed only with the knowledge revealed by God Himself through His prophets, His actions and His words.

A human being was created in image of God and likeness to have dominion over all the earth and the fishes of the sea, flying creatures of heaven, and creatures of the earth. God formed man from the dust, breathed into his face the breath of life, and settled him in the Garden of Delight to cultivate and to keep it {Genesis 1; 2}. Even after the Flood, with which all perverted flesh was annihilated, God confirmed the exceptional significance of man and inviolability of human life with the warning that man is created in image of God, that God will make answer any creature for the blood of human life, and that for the blood of man shed by the one, the one’s own blood will be shed {in: Genesis 6:6–14; 7:10–12, 17–24; 9:5–6}. 

David reveals the special significance of man, when he writes that blessed is the nation whose Lord is God, the people whom He has chosen for His Own inheritance. The Lord, out of the heaven, with the intention (intending/having the purpose), beholds the sons of men. Out of His readiness of taking as dwelling*8*, He beholds all the earth for becoming the dwelling {Psalm 32(33):12–15}.

Thus, a human being – his essence, the inner man: soul–heart–mind*5* – has the special place and the special purpose within the living wholeness/universe created by God for His purposes: man–earth assigned to dominate the temporal material world must evolve into the immortal carrier of the Name of God through becoming the likeness of the Word–God – Λογος/Αγια Σοφια and the carrier–temple–dwelling of the Holy Spirit. Then, as the son–servant–slave–co–worker of God and the priest of God, man will be empowered to do the works of God, to accomplish the will of God, to live in the presence of God, and to reign forever and ever {e.g., in: John 1:13–14; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2:9–10; 1 John 3; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Revelation 22:3–5}.

Furthermore, the power of the all–forgiving love that God has to His creations*9* is revealed by

–– giving of the law of God – the law*10* of life and love that defines the human nature within the world of the material things and leads to evolution for the next phase of existence – in the spiritual realm: in the kingdom of God the Spirit

–– the revelations of the prophets sent by God to convince His people to follow the law of God, so they will have life

–– the entire history of the ancient Israel composed of the miracles of forgiveness, salvation, and deliverance from the enemies

–– the entire process of evolution of the nomad tribe – the Hebrews, which was enslaved by the heathen Egypt, into the holy nation and royal priesthood of God the Almighty with Whom is freedom

–– the transformation of the human beasts into the children of God destined for the eternity with God, for the sake of which God has sent His the only begotten Son, Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God {John 3:16–21; 1 John}.

A human being is acquired by the most precious price – by the Precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ Whose resurrection signifies

 

liberation of man from slavery to the arch–evil and sin*11*

redemption of man and his resurrection for the kingdom of God

birth of the child and the people of God chosen for the eternity with God

creation of a new being in Christ and by Christ – the one who lives by love of God and in whom God dwells:

the living temple of the Living God

{John; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2:9–10, 21–25; 2 Peter 1:1–11; 1 John;

Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 7:23; 15:20–26, 37–58; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; 6:16–18;

Galatians 3:26–29; 5; Ephesians; Colossians 1; 2; 3; Revelation 1:5–6}

 

Upon the indestructible foundation – Στερεωμα*12*: the Word–God, a new creation comes into being – the immortal one for whom the Soul of the Son of God is placed and who is living by the Blood and Flesh of the Son of God: by the love of God and by the knowledge of God that is the everlasting life {John 6:27–64; 10:10–18; 17}.

Hence, the will of God established before creation of the world – προ καταβολης κοσμου, of which St. Peter the Apostle writes {1 Peter 1:17–21}, is revealed through foundation of the new earth: a new being

created in likeness of the Word–God

living, as a body lives by bread and water, by the Word–God and by the Holy Spirit

that comes to abide in those who keep the commandments–words of the Word–God

and transforms them into the priests–servants–slaves–sons – the very Own people, children and possession of God

{John 6:27–64; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2:1–10; 1 John 3; Colossians 3:1–17; Revelation 1:5–6; 21:1–7; 22:1–5, 13–14}

 

Thus, the worth of the human mind is in the readiness for the purposes of God: all riches and treasures and glory and kingdoms coveted by men are nothing in comparison with service to God {Luke 4:5–8}, and nothing in the world is worthy of the mind living by God and chosen by God to be His Own possession {John 6:44–69; 14:6; 17}.

The David’s prayer of deliverance after the battle with Goliath reveals the main reason of any victory and any defeat: the state of the human mind; this state is defined by faith and knowledge, by which the mind lives.

Hence, physical extermination of the enemies is not the main condition of winning the war and secure happy life thereafter. The main condition of survival is possession of the knowledge of Truth, the knowledge that only God gives to His followers who live by His law – the law of love: love to God and love to the creations of God. If the mind does not have this knowledge, it becomes the easy prey of the arch–enemy: the slave of death carrying death and destruction within and doomed to the eternal death – eternal separation from God.

For instance, although Nazi Germany was destroyed – dismantled and divided among the allies, and the Nazi military elite commanders have met at least some human justice [[e.g., convicted as war criminals in the Nuremberg trial and executed or imprisoned or put into the labor camps to rebuild the destroyed buildings, infrastructure, etc.]], the Nazism became the part of the present actuality in many countries worldwide.

Nazism has emerged as the ideology of choice again because Nazism [[and similar ideologies]] effortlessly finds its nesting place within each mind corrupted with belief in possibility of any superiority – racial, religious, political, etc. Only the mind incapable of realizing the inborn potentials of the child of God – that is the dreaming mind with mythical thinking – is capable of self–deceit with conviction in own superiority over all the others, and especially, superiority because of factors, which are not in own discretion [[for instance, such as race, religion of the family, the place of birth, citizenship, social–political status and wealth because of parents who secure access to education and privileges not possible for the others]]. Thus, the proliferation of false beliefs, atheism, materialism, moral and physical corruption and pride of being the “godless” nations have prepared the fertilized ground for the revival of Nazi ideology.

From the other side, the same preconditions are needed for proliferation of the contemporary versions of such ideologies as Bolshevism and Marxism, which might be easily identified, for instance, behind

1. the “color revolutions,” “occupy” movements, “open democracy,” conviction that “democracy” or any social order might be enforced, and other means of inciting political and social discord

2. propaganda campaigns, which are based on existing racial and economical inequality, which divide the nation into the hostile groups fighting each others for the sake of political and economical perks, and which, in fact, are intended to initiate the collapse and disintegration of the wholeness of the state {Matthew 12:25–26, 29}.

Such collapse is concluded with assimilation of the remnants of the state and enslaving of the nation by the enemies: the assimilation and enslaving of the initially independent nation is the actual purpose of political–economical–social-religious divisions whatever the covering slogans and lies are applied for brainwashing

3. propaganda campaigns against surveillance and other traditional techniques of control and prevention of terrorism and advancement of enemies, which are applied since foundation of the state, starting with the ancient civilizations [[e.g., the priests of the Egyptian pharaohs developed the efficient techniques of espionage and surveillance, which the contemporary intelligence services still employ; these methods and techniques of the ancient rulers were adopted for control and molding of the population by the social and political utopias of Plato and Aristotle*13* and became the basic operations of the City–Polis–Republic–state–empire–any establishment founded upon the democratic ideals of the heathen slave–owners]].

Usually, such propaganda campaigns are organized by foreign intelligence services and accomplished through the underground nets of establishments [[systems of destruction]] founded and maintained by the enemies of state; they are covered with the slogans of liberty, protection of human rights, freedom of citizens, protection of privacy, while even the completely brainless individual might infer that, by the very nature of the mass communications carried by the commercial entities, there cannot be any privacy

4. political correctness, hypocrisy, exceptional corruption and lies of the politicians who are yelling that “they fight for people” and magnify their “integrity,” while they already have sold themselves and their country and betrayed the interests of the state and the people.

Today, methods and techniques of Nazi, Bolshevist and Marxist propaganda are re–invented by many ideologies, including those based on religions, yet all of them are sustained with the lies covered with religious–democratic–libertarian–conservative–other slogans modified according to the local religions, customs, social order and political regime. Yet, all of them carry the same lethal poison debilitating the human reasoning – lies and false knowledge of the heathenism*14*, and all of them are intended to initiate collapse of the life–maintaining systems of the targeted states and nations.

Although there are apparent differences among ideologies, all of them have similar techniques*15* and all of them advance by enslaving and corrupting the minds that do not possess the true knowledge of the only One True God and that therefore, have deprived themselves of the power of the right discernment*16*.

Hence, similarly to David the king who lived thirty centuries ago, the one should acknowledge that the main condition of winning the war is protection from the spiritual foundation of the enemies – the religious–social–political basis

on which they stand

because of which they assassinate, torture, enslave, and humiliate the others

because of which they can be molded into the human weapon (e.g., suicide–bombers)

who are willing to kill the innocent ones for the sake of revenge for own misery

and to sacrifice own life for the sake of lies covering the dreams of death

on which they produce the lethal poison of “strange knowledge” – the ideology of death

that they force unto the others by deceit, intimidation, coercion, and under the threat of death and slavery

 

This strange knowledge/ideology of death – the lethal poison debilitating human reasoning {in: Deuteronomy 32:16–33; Isaiah 2:6–9; 8:14–16; 59:1–15}, having being imposed unto the mind of the others,

transforms the others into the easy prey of the conquerors

enslaves the others into the same spiritual prison of false knowledge, false religion/ideology of death

where the patterns of beliefs, behavior, and customs of their conquerors have been molded

produces new recruits for the army of the arch–evil, which harvests the food of death

{John 8: 42–47; Genesis 3:2–6, 15–16}

 

Hence, following David the shepherd boy–prophet–king, the one could infer that physical annihilation of the enemies is not the end: it is only preparation for the decisive battle.

The physical war against armies sustained by the ideology [[especially influential if it is based upon religion, even if the religion is false]] does not differ much from the surgical operation intended to remove the malignant tumor. Then, the entire body, starting with the mind, must be purified and healed, so the new metastases would not find place to root into.

It means, for instance, that after physical extermination of the fighting enemies and removal of their main centers/bases in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa and active cells in countries of Europe, Asia, and Americas, the defeaters should take care of eliminating the reasons, because of which the ideologies of hatred and death are spreading and terrorism and war continue to consume life of the many.

The main reasons of spreading of the ideologies of hatred and death, which aim to conquer the entire Earth, are human desperation, hopelessness, and misery originated by the cycle of the interconnected scourges, such as

 

artificially cultivated during centuries ignorance and deprivation of the knowledge of truth

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deprivation of the elementary human rights and freedoms,

starting with freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, freedom of access to information and knowledge

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inappropriate for a human being life in slavery, poverty, hunger, ignorance, suffering, and humiliation

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the inability to actualize the natural potentials of a human being,

because of lack of food, shelter, and education, absence of respect to human dignity,

and inaccessibility of knowledge of the truth

 

The referred above scourges produce the monstrous offspring –

 

hatred and envy to more fortunate peoples, nations, and states

rejection of the actuality, in which the one is either unwanted outcast or humiliated slave

shift into the imaginary mythical worlds:

life by dreams of revenge and enslaving the others, even the entire earth

life by dreams of own enrichment by taking the place, property, freedom, and life of the others

readiness, for the sake of dreams

[[including the dream of the world–wide domination and the belief that God the Creator and the Father of mercies

might be pleased and magnified by terrorizing–intimidating–assassinating–mutilating–humiliating–enslaving His creations]],

to blow up, assassinate, torture, plunder, enslave, suppress all the others:

1/ those who are not in the same mud of poverty, humiliation, and misery

2/ those who reject dreams of death and false religion, by which the ones poisoned by ideologies of death live,

and because of which they live and die as the human weapon derived of reasoning and humanity –

as the beasts–offspring of the arch–evil

 

Perhaps, many ways of decision of the current crisis of inhumanity*17* will be suggested.

The Christians know the only One Way for the ultimate decision of the problems of the world, the only Way that is appropriate for a human being – creation and a child of the Almighty God Who is the Perfect Love and Father of the mercies and of all the comfort: love and mercy.

It means that, from a Christian’s point of view, for extermination of the main enemy –– ideologies of death –– the root of the evil should be taken out; this root is ignorance and spiritual and material insufficiency*18*, from which any evil – evil of the mind and evil of the corrupted body – comes forth. The people of all lands and nations should have the conditions of life appropriate for the human beings–creations of God; then, the ground for development and penetration of ideologies of death would not exist.

The resources for building of such conditions already exist – they are accumulated by

1/ those countries of Middle East and Asia –– the governing systems–nests, in which the head of the serpent {Genesis 3:2–6, 15–16} still is producing its lethal poison for debilitating the reasoning and enslaving the population of the world, and which

–– live by the dream to assume the leadership of the world and to control the world through the acts of terror, wars with “the infidels,” fratricidal wars with other sects of their religion, crimes against humanity, lies, intimidation, and coercion

–– provide the funds for spreading the ideology of death and terrorism

2/ by those countries of the world that during the centuries took advantage of the resources of the countries of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia they colonized and exploited.

Hence,

1/ the lands devastated by wars, religious, social, and political unrest should be developed into the sufficient for human beings places of habitation

2/ the developed nations should invest into re–building and establishing of infrastructure, manufacturing, educational, and other institutions that would maintain self–determination of the nations and secure self–sufficiency of the migrants returning into their native countries by providing opportunities to earn their living and satisfy the needs of their families through their own efforts

3/ the global investment and trade markets, which would accommodate investments into the developing countries and freely assume the goods manufactured within the developing countries, should be established

4/ the basic human rights and freedoms [[freedoms of religion, conscience, access to knowledge and information]], the freedom of travel, cultural exchange, and trade should be made the main law of all nations

5/ the people should be taught that they are created in image of God and likeness to be the masters and toilers of the beautiful world given into their dominion, so instead of enslaving and abuse of the fellow humans [[as all the idol–worshipers and followers of heathen cults and religions do]], they should direct their efforts toward cultivation and development of the earth given into their dominion

6/ the capital and physical punishments, mutilation of human bodies and disrespect to personal dignity should be banned and the memory of them should be kept as the memory of the most inhumane crimes committed by the servants of the arch–evil

7/ the people should realize that the essence of any religion is recognized by its evaluation and treatment of man, as well as the essence of any faith is recognized by the deeds of those who confess this faith

8/ children and pupils of all educational institutions should be taught that only heathenism*14*, which is the religion of the arch–evil that is the murderer of man from the beginning and the father of lies {John 8:44},

considers a human being as an animal and as human chattel–property–slave

treats a human being as an animal/slave by flogging, mutilating, beheading, humiliating, raping human body

establishes slavery as the universal order – foundation of the family, society, state

transforms the faith/religion into the eternal prison by executing converts into other faiths/religions

practices deceit, forceful conversion, imposition of beliefs instituted by political and religious hierarchies

for the sake of political advancements and world–wide domination

justifies discrimination, intimidation, and coercion of people of other faiths and walks of life

as the means to sustain loyalty of own subjects and therefore,

to secure social, political, and religious stability of the country/nation they control

 

9/ the media should sustain the global process of education by broadcasting the actual history of mankind, without political correctness and bias, through which, for instance,

–– because of the accumulated wealth and for the sake of oil reserves, the apparently civilized “democratic” governments cooperate with the most brutal and inhumane regimes, which publicly flog people near the places of worship, mutilate and behead criminals in the markets/public squares, execute converts into Christianity, and sustain penetration of ideology of death and proliferation of terrorism world–wide

–– the genocide, extermination, persecutions, and discrimination of the Christians in the Islamic countries is either forgotten or forbidden to mention, while the fratricidal wars of the Muslims of different sects are portrayed as the crime of “the corrupted West” that conquers by dividing

–– the Christian Churches are burnt and destroyed, while the mosques in almost all countries worldwide – as the places of worship of the new “masters of the world” – have the preferential treatment, although some of them are build to be the centers of destruction of the countries targeted for penetration by the cells and nets of terrorists.

There would be no place left for the hatred and envy, if the minds of the many wake up from the dreams of death and understand that life in dignity and abundance according to the human nature created by God is possible only if

a/ everyone knows that

1/ he is free to believe into what he holds to be the truth, yet he has no right to enforce his beliefs unto all the others,

including the members of his own family

2/ he must live according to the universal laws guarding the human life, dignity, and freedom –

the laws derived of The Ten Commandments, the essence of which is love to God and love to the creations of God

{Exodus 20:1–17; Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:27–37}

3/ he can rely on his own abilities knowing that the quality of his life depends on his own efforts

 

b/ the basic human needs are satisfied

c/ hunger, discrimination, ignorance, and slavery are no more.

Besides, none of the ideologies of death has ever entered the free mind living by love to God and by love to the others {Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:29–34; Luke 10:27–37; John 13:13–18, 34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17}…

 

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Notes:

 

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

are offered for download @ Library Pages of my websites

Systems Logic – http:// systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net

Christian’s Mind & the World – http:// alicealexandrasofia.info

The files pointed to Archive Folders can be read and copied @ website Sunday’s Thoughts – http:// alicealexandrasofia.net

File The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy with Supplements can be downloaded @ Page Library_2 of Systems Logic

 

 

*1* Similar thought is in Psalm 38(39):5: my reality as emptiness before Thee… entire man living is all vanity/worthlessness.

See The Reality of the Emptiness – in Archive_Selections_2015 (or in Folder Archive_2015, Page 9_September_2015)

 

*2* Moses mentions the foundation of stone, when he describes descent of God onto the Holy mountain, and in the time of the law–giving, when the commandments of God were inscribed in the tablets of stone {Exodus 24:10, 12; 32:15–16}. Later, the special meaning of the stone is

1/ elaborated in the prophecies {Psalm 117(118):19–24; Isaiah 8:14–16; Daniel 2:31–35, 44–45}

2/ re–iterated by Lord Jesus Christ, Who said of Himself that He is the Good Shepherd Who places His Soul for the sheep, in His warning concerning the stumbling stone to Pharisees, and His commandment to build life upon His words as the prudent man builds his house on the stone foundation so it withstands flood and destruction {Matthew 7:21–27; 21:42–45; John 10:1–30}

3/ described by the Apostles as the model of behavior and imitation of God by His followers who should, as living stones, be the foundation upon which the living temple of God is built {1 Peter 2:4–10; Ephesians 2}.

Finally, the new City of God coming from the heaven is adorned with the precious stones {Revelation 21:19}.

Thus, the Holy Scriptures’ versatile meaning of the indestructible and precious stone that might be the weapon, the foundation for secure life, the image of the steadfastness of the follower of God, the foundation on which a fragile human being becomes the indestructible living and eternal temple of God, and the construction material, upon which the House of God stays, directs the mind that exists within the dissipating and temporal world to understanding of the indestructible and eternal realm of God.

 

*3* See

–– Strange Knowledge – in Archive_Selections_2015 (or in Folder Archive_2015, Page 6_June_2015)

–– Imagination – in Note *29* to Archive_Selections_2015 (or in Folder Archive_2008_2009 @ website Sunday’s Thoughts [http://alicealexandrasofia.net])

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

–– Idolatry  in Note *27* to Archive_Selections_2015 (or in Folder Archive_2010, Page 2_2008)

–– The Universal Religion and the Purity of Faith – in Archive_Selections_2015 (or in Folder Archive_2015, Page 3_March_2015)

 

*4* See The Vineyard and Its Lessons – Supplement_1 to The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

 

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

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

The essence of man – the inner man, the soul–heart–mind, carries the image and likeness of God, lives by the Word–God and the Holy Spirit [[by the Unity of Law–Power–Energy of God]] as a human body lives by bread and water. God ignites His Light within the inner man and God watches over him more than a father watches over a child {Deuteronomy 4; 8:5–12; 1 Kings 16:7; Psalm 15(16):5–11; 17(18); 26(27):10–11; 31(32):7–8; 32(33):12–22; 33(34); 102(103); 120(121); 138(139); Malachi 3:17; Matthew 10:29–30; Luke 11:9–13; John 3:16; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2; 3:3–4; 2 Peter; 1 John; Romans 8:14–39; Galatians 3:26–29; Ephesians; Colossians}.

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

The Greek theologians discerned three parts/components [[subsystems]] of the human essence, or it might be said that they assumed that the soul–heart–mind operates at three levels of complexity [[that is with different derivatives of the Divine energy: wisdom, knowledge, information]]: intellect – νους, reason/intelligence – διανοια, and the reasoning, or the faculty of deliberation –  γνωμα–φρονημα–λογισμος.

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

See concepts of man, the mind, and reason/intelligence in

–– Preliminary Notes, Introduction: Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence (esp. Theological Foundation), and Note *25* in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

–– Creation of Man: Process in The Works of God

–– The Mind and the World in Archive_Selections_2015

Concerning complexity and other systems terms and definitions, see Introduction to Systems Logic

 

*6* See The Light of Creation – in The Completion File (or in Folder Archive_2015, Page 11_November_2015)

 

*7* Concerning Solomon, see The Blessing for the Nation in The Completion File (or in Folder Archive_2015, Page 10_October_2015)

 

*8* Psalm 32(33):13–14: Εξ ουρανου επεβλεψεν ο Κυριος, ειδε παντας τους υιους των ανθρωπων. Εξ ετοιμου κατοικητηριου αυτου επεβλεψεν επι παντας τους κατοικουντας την γην – is interpreted in English versions of the Bible as

–– The Lord looks out of heaven; He beholds all the sons of men. He looks from His prepared habitation on all the dwellers on the earth [the Septuagint]

–– The Lord looks out from heaven; He sees [observes] all humankind [whole race of mortals/whole human race/all children of Adam], from where He sits enthroned [from His dwelling place/the place where He sits] He watches all the inhabitants of the earth [The Complete Parallel Bible: NRSV, REB, NAB, NJB].

However, in the Greek text,

- επεβλεψεν – interpreted as looks out derived of primary verb βλεπω (to look, beware, perceive, watch) – is a derivative of βλεψη (ις/εως) – intentions, purposes, aspiration; prospects of or views for (for instance, views for the future)

– ετοιμου  interpreted as prepared, means readiness, resoluteness, determination

– κατοικητηριου interpreted as habitation [dwelling place/where He sits enthroned] is the archaic form of κατοικησις (of κατοικια and as a derivative of κατοικια should be interpreted as settling, populating, making the dwelling place 

– κατοικουντας την γην interpreted as inhabitants of the earth has another meaning, because κατ–οικ–ουντας  is a compound word, which contains derivatives of 

1/ κατ–οικεω  that means to populate, to be placed, to be manageable/controlled

2/ οικισα/οικιζω  – to establish, to build, to populate, to colonize, to settle

3/ ουντας either as  ουν←εν  – inside, into, within, or as modified ο–ον (with οντα as plural of ον – actual reality, true being, or as οντας derivative of  ειμι – to be, to exist.

In summary, κατοικουντας την γην should be interpreted as populating the earth, making the earth into the existing place of dwelling.

Hence, the Greek text conveys the intention of the Lord to make the earth–sons of men the place of His dwelling: He is ready to take them as His dwelling, and He beholds them – if they can be taken, because He made their heart and He comprehends (knows and evaluates) all their works.

Then, the text of Psalm 32(33):13–14 should be interpreted, for instance, as

 

Out of the heaven, with the intention (intending/having the purpose), the Lord beholds the sons of men.

Out of His readiness of taking as dwelling, He beholds all the earth for becoming the dwelling

 

If to take into consideration that our God is the Consuming Fire, the Spirit {Deuteronomy 4:24; John 4:24; Hebrews 12:29}, and man–ανθρωπος is the earth–γη, such interpretation might be confirmed with the texts of the Holy Scriptures:

 

–– I came to cast the Fire into the earth

{Luke 6:49}

–– If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word {commandments – John 14:15},

and My Father will love him, and We will come and make the dwelling with him

{John 14:23}

–– Having purposed, He brought us forth by the word of Truth

{James 1:18}.

 

Thus, the referred above texts reveal the intention of God to make the earth–man His dwelling, the temple of God the Spirit Who is the Consuming Fire. Hence, the text of Psalm 32(33):14–15 is the Old Testament’s prophecy of accomplishment of the purpose of God to make His creation –– the earth–man –– His Own child and dwelling place–temple, and therefore, to give to man the place within the eternity with Him Who is Almighty God the Spirit, the Creator and the Father of man {cf.: John 1:1–14; 2:18–22; 3:16, 36; 6:37–40; 12:44–50; 14; 17; 1 Peter 1; Revelation 1:5–6; 22:3–5; Malachi 3:17}.

 

*9* See

–– The Facets of the Absolute

–– The Works of God

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

–– The Complete Knowledge; The Steps to 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

 

*10* See

–– The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation

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

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

–– The Freedom of Perfection in The Completion Files (or in Folder Archive_2015, Page 10_October_2015)

–– Note *19* to The Completion File

 

*11* Sin is a violation of the law of God: the failure to achieve the purposes, an inability to create the good that is to fulfill the Law/will of God; thus, sin is an inability to accomplish the mission of man.

See Note *12* to The Completion File

 

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

In general, στερεωμα is the framework or foundation for the set of energy fields made for transformations of the divine energy into a particular structured matter (e.g., water of the sea, dust of the land): the components of the world accommodating existence of mankind. Within the στερεωμα {also called the Heaven – ουρανον in: Genesis 1:6–10}, the evolving world came into being {Genesis 1}.

So, στερεωμα might be envisioned as the framework–firmament–heaven, which embraces the totality of time–space–complexity entities/networks composed with the energy fields controlling the cycles of energy transformation: life is a purposeful cycle of energy transformations. These settings or specific networks of the energy fields might be seen also as the unity of the interconnected worlds, which accommodate the developing totality of the cycles of creation {John 5:17} and sustain life of different kinds of living beings–embodiments of the divine energy accomplished according to the universal law and with the universal power. The unity of energy–law–power maintains the Heaven and the world of men.

From another angle of consideration, the one could envision the στερεωμα of this world as a particular manifestation of the universal order/arrangement, or the reading of the Universal Code of creation – Λογος on the particular levels of complexity. This reading of the Universal Code defines, creates, and sustains the arrangement of the energy fields allotted for the cycles of energy transformations creating the perceivable structures of the matter at different levels of complexity. Life of particular beings – inhabitants of the world created because the Word was spoken by God – is accommodated under the Heaven: within the στερεωμα – fixed arrangement of the energy fields with the limits, which humans could measure, for instance, with such parameters as pressure, temperature, light, darkness, radiation, and so on.

The similar pattern might be discerned in creation of the immortal human child of God.

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:

 

the Word–God is the framework, within which a human reasoning is ignited,

the Word–God is the foundation, on which a human child of God evolves

{John 1:1–5, 9–13; 15:1–6}

the Word–God is the example of completion–perfection

that declares and explains God the Father and gives the knowledge that is the eternal life

{John 1:18; 10:30; 13:15; 17:1–26; 1 John 1:1–2; 3:1–7}

the Word–God is the Beginning and the End, the Alfa and the Omega

{Revelation 21:5–6; John 19:30; 4:13–14; 7:37–39}:

the everything of man who is ascending to God.

 

The Word–God creates the foundation – στερεωμα {as the firmament of the new world – Genesis 1:6; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23–25; Ephesians 2:10} within the human essence and gives the knowledge of God that is the everlasting life: on the στερεωμα, by the Holy Spirit, the immortal child of God is created–built–established with knowledge of God, by the Power of God, and with the Energy issuing from God {in: Psalm 103(104):30 – Εξαποστελεις το Πνευμα Σου και κτισθησονται – Thou shall send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created( established/made); Psalm 17(18):1–2: Αγαπησω Σε, Κυριε ισχυς μου. Κυριος στερεωμα μου – I love Thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my firmament; John 1:1–4, 12–13; 3:5–6; 7:37–39; 16:13–15; Ephesians 2:1–22}.

When the one accepts the Word–God, the knowledge that He gives – the knowledge of God (knowledge of the law of God, His will, His commandments, His mercy, His Perfection and His Love – the Absolute Good), becomes the Firmament {Κυριος Στερεωμα μουThe Lord is my Firmament – Psalm 17(18):2} – the foundation of the one’s intelligence/reasoning and the framework–space, in which a human being

 

evolves into the dwelling of God

is enabled to accept the Holy Spirit of God –the Divine Fire

Who ignites the eternal life within the creature of dust

is prepared for the eternity in the presence of God.

 

 

By Christ and in Christ – by the Word–God and in the Word–God – an immortal human child of God comes into being and will be resurrected/transformed for the eternity with God {John 1:12–13; 3:16–17; 11:25–26; 17; 1 Peter 1; 1 John 3:1–3; Ephesians 2; 1 Corinthians 15; Galatians 3:26–29; 4:6–7; Colossians 1; 2; 3}.

The eternal life in the realm/kingdom of God Who is the Spirit {John 4:24} is possible only if the Word–God becomes the στερεωμα, within which, by the power of God and because of the will of God, a human being is transformed/re–created into the immortal child of God: the certain firstfruit of creations made in likeness of the Word–God – the Word of Truth {James 1:18; 1 John 3:1–2; Romans 8:28–30; Colossians 1:9–22; 3:10–11}, the one who lives by the Holy Spirit and who is enabled to withstand the eternity in the presence of God the Spirit {while the Old Testament’s human being is not able to see God and live – Exodus 33:18–20}.

 Therefore, when the Old Testament’s texts tell that God is the prophet’s στερεωμα {Αγαπησω Σε, Κυριε ισχυς μου. Κυριος στερεωμα μου, και καταφυγη μου, και Ρυστης μου – I love Thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my firmament, and my refuge, and my Deliverer – Psalm 17(18):1–2} and the human heart is firmly established (εστερεωθη) in the Lord {1 Kings 2:1}, they convey knowledge revealed by the Holy Spirit {John 5:39; 2 Peter 1:19–21}: man shall live by God, because of God, and in God {John 5:39–47; 6:45–58; 10:11–18, 27–30; 17:21–26}.

 

*13* Concerning political–religious–social utopias invented by Plato and Aristotle, see

––  Republic and Laws by Plato

––  Politics, The Oeconomica, The Eudemian Ethics, and The Magna Moralia by Aristotle

––  Idolatry in Note *27* to Archive Selections_2015 (or Folder Archive_2010, Page 2_2008)

––  Logic of Death – in Note *37* to Archive Selections_2015 (or Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008)

––  Philosophy: the Beginning,  Philosophy: Plato,  and  Philosophy: Aristotle in Folder Heathen Philosophy, Pages 1–3

––  The Invincible Empire [Savitsky (2003)], Chapter 4

 

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

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

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

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

Concerning the heathenism and its core – the Orphism, see

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

––  The War & The World. Part II. Apostasy, with Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons and Supplement 2_Philo of Alexandria

––  Idolatry, Imagination, and Logic of Death excerpts are included in Notes to Archive_Selections_2015: *27*, *29*, and *37*

––  Divination Note *43* to Archive_Selections_2015, or Divination in Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview

––  The Strange Knowledge – in Archive_Selections_2015

––  The True Vine, Folder Archive_2008_2008, Page 1_2008, and The Authority to Survive – Folder Archive_2011, Page 3_June_July_2011, or reprints in Note *22* to The Completion File

 

 

*15* For instance, the strategy of current organizers of revolutions and destroyers of the states is similar to the strategy applied for destruction of the Tsarist Russia by Bolshevist–Marxist cells developed and propagated because of foreign donations and moneys obtained through terrorism and crimes.

Today, they proceed by

1/ making donations to establishments/foundations and the nets of lobbies, think–tanks, media and research institutions, which are developing into the “shadow governments”

2/ supporting illegal and state–destroying activities under the “politically correct” slogans of liberalism, “social justice,” and even “the interests of the nation”

3/ bribing and buying politicians.  

These underground/shadow governments cover the political goals [[collapse of the existing state system and establishment of the another regime according to the interests of the ones that give them funds and whom they serve]] with pretence of assistance to victims of different calamities, disseminating liberties and freedoms, improvement of education, investments, providing grants for education and opportunities of better life, etc., etc., etc.

The “shadow governments” are easily spread and they are successful in its destructive activities because of those who either forgot or never knew that Bolshevism and Marxism acted with deceitful slogans of liberty, brotherhood, and equality, yet, have brought forth the unspeakable evil of slavery, massacres, and prison camps. They

 

influence – that is corrupt and brainwash many people in many countries worldwide,

starting with social, religious and political leaders

create division and animosity among population and within all strata of societies

incite violence, racial, religious, social and political unrest, and thus,

initiate social and political collapse and disintegration of states and nations

assimilate the remnants of the collapsed state

establish own order – slavery, corruption, and inhumanity based on false religions and ideologies of death

 

However, propaganda, with which the ideologies of death are spread, is just one of the assimilation techniques [Savitsky (1997), 64–66], with which destruction of the states and nations is accomplished. The advancement/degree of assimilation can be easily identified through problems that the nations and states currently encounter:

1/ the life–maintaining systems are not able to protect the states/nations from penetration of the enemies even to the highest levels of social and political hierarchies

2/ the national interests are disregarded

3/ the societies became the arenas on which different enemies through different establishments and propaganda campaigns fight each other for the sake of domination over the entire nation/state

4/ the population is in advanced stage of transformation into the herd managed by fear and propaganda, which the enemies already began to control, to enslave, and to slaughter

5/ the minds, which in some point of time rejected God and His law, became the raw material in hands of the worst enemies that now are molding them into the slavery–ready monsters, which will accept and continue spreading ideologies of death over the world

6/ the population already is used for the purposes of the enemies and accelerated spreading of the ideologies of death: unimaginable before crimes, sex slavery, domestic abuse and slavery, corruption came into the cities and societies, which rejected the law of God and chose do not serve God in love, gladness of the heart and abundance of life. Now, as Moses warned his tribesmen in the time of the law–giving {Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30}, they have to serve their worst enemies {Deuteronomy 28:47–48}, which rape their daughters, sisters, and wives, plunder their wealth, consume their resources, take their houses, populate their lands, enslave them, and treat them as senseless animals, which even have no reason to understand that they are already defeated and, as the “free people,” already came to the end of their existence

7/ the societies became feeding grounds

into which the alien religion, customs, and laws are planted

in which, at all levels of all life–maintaining systems, the “strange”/alien knowledge supplants the knowledge of survival and development

in which the alien interests gradually

[[depending of degrees of assimilation/digestion of the state/nation by its mortal enemies]]

usurp place of the national interests and substitute the purposes of the new “masters/rulers”

for the purposes of survival and development of the people

 

 

*16* See The Discernment

 

*17* See Inhumanity and Mercy in The Completion File (or in Folder Archive_2015, Page 11_November_2015)

 

*18* See the concept of evil in Note *2* to Introduction to the Systems Logic

 

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References:

 

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

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


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Savitsky, Alice A. Business Survival: The  Metamanagement Concepts. SPR Consulting Press. Boston, Massachusetts, 1997.

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

 

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

The  Mind – Introductory Notes:

the Gate for the Good and the Gate for the Evil

 

 

from within, out of the heart of men, pass out the evil thoughts,

adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, greedy desires, iniquities, deceit,

lustful desires, a wicked eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness –

all these evils pass from within and defile the man

{Mark 7:21–23}

The good man brings forth good out of the good treasure of his heart.

And the evil man brings forth evil out of the evil treasure of his heart,

for his mouth speaks out of the abundance of his heart…

{Luke 6:45}

 

 

Lord Jesus Christ explains how the evil enters the world of man: from within, out of the heart of men, pass out the evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, greedy desires, iniquities, deceit, lustful desires, a wicked eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness – all these evils pass from within and defile the man. The good man brings forth good out of the good treasure of his heart; the evil man brings forth the evil out of the evil treasure of his heart; for man’s mouth speaks out of the abundance of his heart {Mark 7:21–23; Luke 6:45}.

The words of God define

1/ the source of the good and the evil within the world of men: the source of the good and the evil is the treasure of human heart; from this treasure a human being brings forth into the world either good, if the treasure is good, or evil, if the treasure is evil

2/the gate, through which the evil and the good enter the world of men: this gate is the human heart.

Then, the Lord God says {Matthew 6:19–21; Luke 12:33–36} that man should not amass (θησαυριζετε – treasure up, collect/accept/make/hold as the treasure) his treasure in the world where it can be spoiled, wasted, and plundered; the one should accumulate his treasure in the heaven, where it cannot be destroyed or plundered; furthermore, the human heart will be where its treasure is.

When the Lord God speaks of His kingdom, He likens it to the treasure hidden in the field and to the precious pearl sought after by the merchant. For the sake of acquiring the field, in which the treasure is hidden, as well as for the sake of the most precious pearl, man goes out and sells all his possession to buy just this one field or just this one precious pearl {in: Matthew 13:44–46}: the kingdom of God is the greatest and the most precious treasure of a human being. The Lord God also said to His listeners: the kingdom of God is within you {Luke 17:20–21}.

Hence, the good treasure*1* of man {in: Luke 6:45} is the kingdom of God; moreover, the kingdom–treasure is connected with the earth through the heart of man: the heart of man*2* is the gate, through which the good of the eternity enters the temporal world–earth and becomes the good of the earth.

During life at the earth, the human heart obtains the treasure of the kingdom of God [[or discovers the kingdom of God within his own heart {Luke 17:21}]] through cognition of the Truth and knowledge of God that is the everlasting life {John 14:6–7; 17:3}.

The complete knowledge of God – επιγνωσεως*3* – sustains abundance of the heart, from which the mouth of man speaks sharing the good treasure of his heart with the others and telling them about the Way to the life everlasting and the eternity with God {John 14:6; 17:3; Mark 16:15–16; Isaiah 52:10–12}.

This complete knowledge is the ultimate power and the greatest treasure of the mind, because it is the knowledge of the only One True God and Jesus Christ – the Word–God, our Lord God and Savior, Who is the Truth and the Life {John 10:30; 14:6–7; 17:3}; the Lord refers to this knowledge as to the everlasting life {John 17:3}.

Indeed, what else, besides the kingdom of God and Truth giving the everlasting life, a human being should ever desire and seek {Matthew 6:33}, if the everlasting life is the absolute good for a human being and therefore, his ultimate purpose*4*?

Through the thoughts, words and actions, with which a human being brings forth the good treasure out of his heart, the complete knowledge of God becomes the consummated knowledge of the Absolute Good*5*: the power that has been materialized into the words and deeds––actualized––put into the action/practice––embodied into the daily life {as in: John 14:15–24}.

Hence, the good treasure of human heart is the kingdom of God: the knowledge that a human being brings forth, so it would become the treasure of the others, the treasure of the entire earth {Mark 16:15–16; Acts 13:47–48; 26:16–18} – the world that God gives into the dominion of the mind: to dominate, to toil, to cherish, and to lead to development–evolution*6*. Through the human mind, the earth – the dominion of man – is connected with the kingdom of God into the wholeness of life…

 

To be continued…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See The Treasure – in The Completion Files (or Folder Archive_2015, Page 10_October_2015)

 

*2* The Christian theologians define the human heart as the spiritual center, the essence of a human being, the singularity in which the union between the divine and the human is consummated, or in which the divine becomes thoughts, words, and deeds of man. When the theological subtleties are not a subject of consideration, I use a brief contemporary and all–including (because a human being is the wholeness) definition – the mind.

See concepts of man, the mind, and reason/intelligence in

Preliminary Notes, Introduction: Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence (esp. Theological Foundation), and Note *25* in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

Creation of Man: Process in The Works of God

The Mind and the World in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*3* Επιγνωσεως is the state of complete–abundant–carrying consequences cognition: the state of empowering to act according to the will of God.

The one could comprehend the meaning of complete knowledge {also mentioned by St. Paul the Apostle in: Colossians 1:10} by reading the Second Epistle of St. Peter the Apostle {2 Peter}. Complete knowledge –– επιγνωσεως 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; Colossians 1:10–23}.

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 preserve life of reasoning–intelligence–mind by protecting it from the false knowledge, deceit, and enslaving with false religions]]

to come to the complete knowledge of the Absolute Good

to evolve for the next phase of existence in the eternity with God

 

See

The Complete Knowledge; The Steps to 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

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

 

*4* See

The Works of God

The Ultimate Purpose – in Note *56* to The Facets of the Absolute (or in Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012)

 

*5* See The Facets of the Absolute

 

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

Excerpt

“Note *1*

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

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

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

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

2/ the word πληρωσατε is the derivative of primary verb πλεω – to fulfill, to accomplish, to make full, and then, πληρης – complete, full.

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

 

a/ his own evolution

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

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

at which the full potency can be exercised]]

within the evolving world

[[whose inhabitants received the same commandment, therefore,

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

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

c/ reaching the completion

 

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

 

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

2/ to dominate the evolving world

3/ to maintain evolution of the evolving world

 

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

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

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

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

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