Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

12_December_2015

The  Mind – Introductory Notes:

the Gate for the Good and the Gate for the Evil

The Miracle of Christmas

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12_15_10.  

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The  Mind – Introductory Notes:

the Gate for the Good and the Gate for the Evil

(continuation of the post for November 29, 2015)

 

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}

 

 

…How then, the evil enters the human heart to become the treasure, out of abundance of which the mouth of man speaks {Luke 6:45; Mark 7:21–23} and man acts?

Firstly, what is the evil?

In general, the evil is everything that, at the levels of complexity, at which a human being exists as the wholeness of soul–mind–flesh or energy–information–matter*1*, might be attributed to the consequences of

1/ lack of knowledge of the Absolute Good*2* and therefore lack of the energy that empowers the life of the mind

2/ inability to accept the Absolute Good.

The evil has no body {e.g., in: Ephesians 6:10–18}; it is not an inseparable property of the material things: the matter carries the potential to be arranged into the material things capable to actualize the deeds of the good and the deeds of the evil, both devised by the mind.

For instance, iron might be forged into the plough as well as into the sword, and diamond might be used to create a masterpiece of the art as well as to produce weapons of destruction.

Hence, the one might define the evil as one of two possible states of the human mind, during which a human being cognizes the good and the evil, chooses either the good or the evil, and embodies that what it has chosen into own thoughts, words, and deeds.

Until a human being employs the material things to inflict death and harm unto the others, the evil remains only a possibility – a potency to actualize the destructive potential. Even if the mind has embodied own thoughts into the destructive plans and devices [[e.g., strategy of war and conquest, weapons, destructive systems]] that are intended to inflict death and harm unto the others, the evil remains a possibility/potency, until the mind initiates the operations with the material things intended to bring forth the evil, so suffering and death would become the actuality of the others.

Hence, in the world of the material things, the words and deeds of man

a/ reveal the actual foundation of his life and the nature of his inner treasure –– the good or the evil {Matthew 15:18–20; Mark 7:21–23; Luke 6:45}

b/ disclose the actual essence of his faith and beliefs, by which he lives {Matthew 7:12–27; James 2:14–26}

c/ actualize self–judgment: either the road to God in the Light of Truth and the deeds of the good or the deeds of the evil in the darkness of ignorance and inhumanity and the road into the eternal darkness – death of eternal separation from God {John 3:19–21; also in: Matthew 25:31–46}.

However, within the realm of the human mind, each thought becomes accomplishment/action at the moment of its creation {Matthew 5:27–28}: either the good or the evil; for any evil thought and for each evil word man is judged as he is judged for sin committed by actions/deeds.

Hence, the evil might be envisioned as the spiritual/mental state at which the insufficient mind is capable of spreading insufficiency unto the others and devising deprivation of the others of their life–sustaining reserves and conditions that the others need for accomplishment of their purposes of survival and evolution.

The following symptoms allow identification of the mind that is in the state of the evil

–– insufficiency, loss, deprivation of the energy and its derivatives [[e.g., health as normal operations of mind and body, power of reasoning and right discernment, creative abilities, knowledge that sustains strengths and use of the material reserves]]

–– insufficiency of the reasoning as lack of the mental power to discern the good and the evil, to comprehend, understand, and learn knowledge of truth, which sustains the ability to evaluate the actuality adequately; this insufficiency culminates in the inability of the right discernment*3*

–– the absence of the power

            a/ to obtain that what is absent or insufficient, to replenish that what was depleted, to regain that of which the one has been deprived

            b/ to protect from the further deprivation, insufficiency, losses

            c/ to obtain that what is needed for elimination of the evil

–– inability to survive and to accomplish the purposes of the existence

–– inability to evolve for the next phase of existence: the eternity with God.

From the practical point of view, the evil is a possibility of failure –– “the curse” imposed unto the earth after the original sin of men {Genesis 3:17–20} –– to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which a human being has been created. If actualized, this possibility becomes the special spiritual/mental state – the state of the mind, which the one might describe with the following attributes:

–– the inability of the mind to accept, to hold, and to operate with the power of life – wisdom

–– the state of insufficiency of all operations/functions of the mind; this insufficiency develops because of absence of the energy of life that comes from God {e.g., the withered branch in: John 15:5–6}

–– the abilities to work in sorrow and distress (εν  λυπαις – in sorrow,  grief, distress)

–– the possibilities to fail in all endeavors and spheres of activities/works/plans: to have thorns and thistles (ακανθας και τριβολους; ακανθας also means thorns as the acute perception of failure and τριβολους as derivative of τριβω – devastation, destruction, depletion, the ability to be worn out, to end premature). All these because God said to Adam: επικαταρατος η γη εν τοις  εργοις σου –– cursed is the earth in your labors [[επικαταρατος – cursed derived of επικαταρρεω – to cast down, destabilize, subvert, weaken, downgrade; γη – earth, man; εργοις of εργον – business, labor, work, activities, functions, necessities, accomplishments, establishments, fights, cultivations, possessions, creations, things, profits]]

–– failure to actualize the ultimate purpose*4* – to evolve into the child of God destined for the eternity with God

–– degeneration, perversion, and, then, the ultimate evil – disintegration, death.

The root of the evil [[as well as the first discernible symptom of the evil state of the mind]]  is insufficiency of reasoning as the consequence of absence of the special energy–power –– wisdom*5* –– that sustains life of man at the earth and his evolution for the eternity.

A human being is the wholeness*1* that manifests itself within three dimensions or at three levels of complexity:  

 

energy: spirit–soul

levels of Νους – Intellect/Intelligence/Reason – the “depths of human soul” or the core of human essence (soul–heart–mind),

which was created in image of God and likeness, so, through it,

a human being might be connected with God the Creator and might receive from God the power of life

energy–information:  διανοια the mind

levels of consciousness/thinking/cognition/reasoning/faculty of deliberation γνωμα–φρονημα–λογισμος

where the mind [[identified also as the reasoning or faculty of deliberation]] creates thoughts by working with the energy–information

provided by senses (aισθητηρια oργανα) that discern–perceive–identify–evaluate the parameters of material things/arrangements of the matter

↓        ↑

energy–information–matter:  levels of aισθητηρια oργανα – sensory facility

levels of body–flesh–matter that is the temporarily structured matter arranged for carrying the spirit–soul–mind

within the temporal realm of the structured matter/material things

 

 

At all levels where human life is consummated, a human being operates with the energy that he receives from God and with the derivatives of the energy received from God:

energy

as the power of life that enables a human being to exist – think, breathe, move, speak, act

energy–information

as an embodiment of the energy into thoughts and words

↓    ↑

energy–information–matter

as an embodiment of the energy into the material things

 

The Source of the wisdom/power of life is the Word–God and the Holy Spirit that a human being receives from God, if he has faith in Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, loves Him, and lives by His commandments {Matthew 5:48; 22:36–40; Mark 12:29–34; Luke 10:25–38; John 13:15, 34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17}:

a/ imitation of perfection of God

b/ imitation of mercy and love of God

c/ love to God and love to the creations of God.

If the mind has no access to the Source of the wisdom/power of life, it becomes insufficient – the evil one. Then, the evil accompanies life and activities of a human being at all levels connected with the world of the material things.

Only God can annihilate the evil and heal the one who has no power to heal and to sustain himself. The love of God is revealed to men as the highest energy and the almightiest power – the Absolute Good that creates life and replenishes the lack of energy and power {Luke 6:17–19; 7:11–23; John 19:28–30; Psalm 103(14):30; 106(107)}. The evil as insufficiency is instantly annihilated by the love–power of God and nothing that carries the evil within is able to enter the kingdom of God. That is why the sins and evil of men, which made them incompatible with the eternity in the presence of God, have been annihilated by the Word–God Who was sent by God the Father, Who became Man, and Who placed His Soul for His followers {John 1:1–18, 29; 3:1–21, 35–36; 6:28–69; 10:1–30; 15:1–3; 17; 1 Peter 1; Ephesians; Colossians; Romans; 1 Corinthians; 2 Corinthians; Hebrews} creating a new being – a child of God. This child of God – a Christian – is the likeness of the Word–God that lives by the Holy Spirit and worships God in Spirit and Truth: a firstfruit of new creations destined for the eternity with God {John 1:1–13; 3; 4:23–24; 14; 15; 16:7–15; 17; 1 James 1:17–18; 1 Peter; Ephesians; Colossians}.

Within the world of men, the one who committed evil thoughts → words → deeds has to understand that he has committed evil and then, to turn to God, so he can be forgiven and healed by God Who is Almighty Perfect Love {John 3:16–21; 17; 1 John}. If the one does not turn to God, he cannot be healed and liberated from the evil {Isaiah 6:8–10; Matthew 13:14–15; Mark 4:11–12; Luke 8:10; John 12:37–50}.

In the new world of God, there will be no curse, no memory of the evil and suffering that mankind has inflicted upon itself. Seemingly, the possibility of the mind to enter the state of insufficiency/failure will be annihilated, because it will have the complete knowledge of God, carry the Name of God, and serve His will completely; therefore, it will be the complete likeness of the perfection of God {John 4:34; 6:37–40; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2:1–12; 2 Peter 1:111; 1 John 3:1–3; Revelation 21:4; 22:3–5; Isaiah 65:15–17; Wisdom 2:23; 15:1–3}.

As it will be explained further, the evil might be accepted by the mind during its operations at the levels at which perception, identification, evaluation, and consuming material things are carried out.

The one might comprehend the essence and origin of the evil by reading the Book of Genesis of the Holy Scriptures {Genesis 2; 3}:

 

the evil came into existence

[[was initiated as death/annihilation of the ones incapable to live by the words of God and for accomplishing His will]]

through false belief and entered the world through thought words  actions of human beings

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Eve believed the beast, perceived/imagined the beauty of the fruit of the tree of knowledge, desired it, took it, ate (accepted/consumed) it,

and gave it to eat to Adam who ate it.

Thus, Eve and then, Adam

took into consideration the words of the beasts  rejected the words of God the Creator

for the sake of having something created by God (fruits of the tree that God make grow in the Garden of Delight),

violated the order of God the Creator

{do not eat the fruits of the tree of knowledge of good and evil – Genesis 2:16–17},

attempted to hide themselves from God

{Genesis 3:1–11}

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thus, the original evil/source of all the evils is the set of interconnected failures to live

according to the nature created by God in His image and likeness

{Genesis 1:26–28};

these failures are

human being’s mistrust to God disobedience to the words of God hiding from/rejection of God

the evil is death that inflicts death onto those

who cognized it, accepted the knowledge of it as the truth,

and, with own thoughts, words, and deeds, have woven*6* this knowledge into the fabric of own life

{Genesis 3:23–25; 1 Corinthians 15:21–22}

 

The evil–death has no place in the eternal realm of God {Genesis 3:23–25; Revelation 21:4; 22:3–5}.

The evil is allowed to exist only at the lowest levels of the temporal arrangements [[temporal wholenesses of energy–information–matter that are human beings during the earthly phase of existence]] that come into being for achievement of some purposes and, after their work is done, disintegrate/die releasing the energy {breath of life breathed by God into the face of man – the spirit; in: Genesis 2:7; Psalm 145(146):3–4; Ecclesiastes 12:7} that empowered them to live.

However, a human being was created in image of God and likeness to be immortal and to know God, thus, to be perfectly righteous and to do the works of God throughout the eternity {John 14; 15; 17; Genesis 1:26–28; 2:15; Wisdom 2:23; 9:1–3; 15:1–3}.

Consequently, the one could envision the phase of existence within the temporal world, which accommodates cognition of the evil, as the special phase of preparation for the works of God, because Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, said that He came to fulfill the Law, and the will of God is the only – universal – law for all and everything created by God {cf.: Matthew 5:17; John 3:16–21; 4:34; 17}.

As the St. Peter the Apostle writes explaining the words of God, the redemption [[transformation]] of man by the Word–God is the will of God set before the foundation of the world {1 Peter 1:17–21; also, see Ephesians 3:4–12}. As soon as the number of the human beings prepared for the purposes of God is completed, the day of Judgment, which only God knows, will come {Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32}, the temporal world of the material things will cease to exist, and the new world will be created – the world without the evil–death and its companions, such as failures, grief, suffering, tears {Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43; Mark 13:1–37; Luke 21:5–36; John 14; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2:1–10; 2 Peter 1:1–11; 3:1–15; 1 Corinthians 15:22–58; Revelation 21:1–8; 22:1–4, 14}.

From the practical point of view, the one could assume that

1/ cognition of the evil might be seen as training

2/ use/rejection of the ability to do the evil reveals preparedness a human being either for the purposes of God or for the road into the darkness of eternal separation from God

3/ the encounter with the evil is the test that evaluates the readiness for the works of God {Luke 4:1–13}

4/ cognition of the evil does not mean doing the works of the evil: the omnipotent power or wisdom, which the human mind that exactly/just follows*7* the reasoning of Christ receives from God, is the mightiest weapon – all that a human being needs for discerning, identification and rejection of the evil.

Hence,

1/ cognition of the evil resulting in the doing the works of the evil [[lawlessness, iniquities, crimes, inflicting harm onto the others]] casts a human being into the darkness of the eternal separation from God {in: John 3:16–21, 36}

2/ cognition of the evil followed with rejection of the evil and choice to live according to the law of God –– to observe the commandments/law of God, to love God, to love the creations of God, and to confirm own choice by doing the good to the others {Matthew 7:12–23; 25:31–46; John 5:28–29; 14:15–26; Deuteronomy 30:10–20} –– signify the human ability to evolve for the next phase of existence: the eternity with God.

 

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A/ The phase of evolution, within which the evil is allowed to exist, was initiated by the human choice to reject the words of God the Creator and to accept the lies of the beast/creation as the truth {Genesis 3:1–14}: the special realm {cursed earth for expulsion of men – Genesis 3:18–25} was arranged. Within this realm, the evil/death arose and was given the authority to enslave the mind and to control conditions of life – wealth, health, and actions of men {e.g., in: Luke 4:5–7; Job 1; 2}.

B/ The ones, who have no place for the Word–God within them (that is the ones who are not able to live by God), have to live by the lies of the arch–evil: by such fruits of own intently bent upon evil mind/imagination as the heathenism – false religions, idol–worship*8*.

C/ There are only two ways of life, only two realities, in which life of the mind might be consummated:

–– the reality of the good–life sustained by the Word–God, which is the threshold of the eternity with God

–– the reality of evil–death – the space without Word–God: the singularity of perversion, which is the threshold of the eternal darkness– separation from God.

D/ There is no third way, nothing more, just the good and the evil. To discern the good and the evil is the greatest challenge within the world where surfaces and appearances might cover emptiness of death {Matthew 23:27–38}. Consequently, the most serious practical problem of the many is an inability to discern*3* the good and the evil.

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So, what is the destiny of the one who lives without God: the one who lives by the evil?

As it could be inferred from the Book of Genesis, initially, life–time of men who were flesh {Genesis 6:2–5} was shortened, then, they came to the ultimate perversion of all flesh {Genesis 6:6, 12}, because of which the world, ultimately, was filled with iniquities–violations of the law, and consequently, lost the power to exist. The inability of the world to exist, because all flesh corrupted/destroyed its way upon the earth, was the point of its καιρος: the καιρος *9* of the earth came before God, and God’s judgment was annihilation of the corrupted ones {Genesis 6:14; 2 Peter 3:5–13}.

Observing the behavior of Noah after exit from the ark [[sacrifice of the creatures spared by God, as if death of God’s creation might please God]], God promised that He will not make the earth to answer for the deeds of man, because the man’s mind (διανοια – mind, reasoning, imagination as creation of thoughts), from his youth, is intently bent upon the evil {Genesis 6:6; 9:21}.

However, the spared men brought into the new world not only memory of the evil, which is evident from

1/ the act of Cham the son of Noah and the followed curse of slavery*10* imposed by Noah onto the firstborn son of Cham {Genesis 9:18–27}

2/ construction of the Babel tower that triggered the language confusion followed with

            a/ division of one race of men unified by one language [[therefore, by common patterns of knowledge creation–accumulation– sharing–dissemination and common customs]] into the nations with different languages

            b/ distribution of men upon the earth, so each nation could seek God {Genesis 11:1–9; Acts 17:16–31}.

The meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek the priest of the Most High God and the king of Salem, who blessed Abraham after his victory over enemies and gave him bread and wine {Genesis 14:1–20}, took place before the first covenant: it confirmed that knowledge of Almighty God the Creator never left the earth [[otherwise, it would cease to exist]].

The encounter with Melchizedek the priest*11* of the Most High God was also the revelation of coming of the Word–God – the eternal High Priest in order of Melchizedek {Psalm 109(110); Hebrews 5:5–6, 10; 6:20; 7:1–22} Who would give to His chosen ones the Bread and the Wine of the Eternity and the blessing of the opportunity to become His royal priesthood, His very Own people {Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:17, 19–20; John 6:48–51, 53–58, 63; 1 Peter 2:9–10}.

 

Thus, until the last breath on earth, the mind lives by making the choice – the good or the evil,

and by consuming the results of own choice –

either

the good with God knowledge of truth freedom and wisdom  eternal life with God

or

the evil with the arch–enemy   false knowledge  slavery and insanity eternal death–separation from God

 

Each generation of thinkers, all civilizations – as the patterns of knowledge creation → embodiment*12*, all system – as the means of accomplishment purposes of men, all level of human hierarchies of power*13* – as embodiments of the treasure, which the human mind carries within, have own interpretation, perception, and meaning of the evil.

Hence, any human establishment might be identified as

–– either a training camp for the followers of the good

–– or αγορα  – market for the followers of the evil, at which

a/ men deceive themselves that they could acquire good for the price of evil

b/ corruption follows power and authority

c/ the major part of daily business and private life includes

            1/ prevention and correction of mistakes and crimes

            2/ planning and actualization of the actions, which are intended to ruin business and social establishments or inflict suffering and death onto the others.

Many philosophers and researchers attempted to define the nature of evil and to understand why the evil [[e.g., as insufficiency and the lack of power to commit and protect the good]] is allowed to exist in the world created by Perfect Almighty God.

The ancient pre–Orphic and pre–Plato thinkers asserted that the evil is disharmony and violation of the laws, which govern the cosmos. However, they did not justify their understanding of the root of the evil: why disharmony and violation of the laws are possible?

Seneca (4 BC – AD 65) connected evil and sin with indecisiveness and false knowledge: he asserted that the source of sin is an error, and the proof of evil within mind is the unsteadiness – wavering between virtue and vice [Seneca XCIV 3:25, CXX 3:393].

Consequently, Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677) correlated the concept of evil with the concept of knowledge. According to Spinoza, inadequate knowledge is the knowledge of evil: would the mind have the adequate knowledge, evil would not exist [Spinoza IV:64 211].

Plato [in: Laws 896d; Theaetetus 176a; italic in the original] envisioned evil as the natural component of the all levels of the world–order, starting with the human soul; he asserted that

a/ soul is “the universal cause” of all contraries, including the good and the evil, right and wrong

b/ the evil controls the realm of earthly existence

c/ the evil must always exist as the force “ranged against good”*14*.

From the Christian’s point of view, the Plato’s assertion that the human soul/heart/mind – the inner man created by God into His image and likeness – is the source of the evil is the irrational assertion of the arch–evil’s worshiper.

The Christian Greek theologians consider the evil as          

– the abnormal phenomenon incompatible with the human nature

– the acts incompatible with the knowledge of God

– the deficiency of the soul/heart/mind, which results in false knowledge and ignorance

– the errors of judgment, which result in disordered and ineffective use of energy, information, knowledge, and other resources and inability to accomplish the purposes, for the sake of which a human being has been created.

Hence, the evil is not consistent with the normal human nature – the nature of immortal being created in image of God and likeness: it may exist only at those levels of the material world where errors of judgment are possible.

Then, Aristotle (the Plato’s pupil) eliminated the Absolute Good from the daily life of men*15* and introduced the slavery as the universal order, placing therefore, the evil–death [[as Socrates rightly inferred, slavery is death of the reason*16*]] into the foundation of the universal order.

Plato the Orphic’s fantasies concerning the good and the evil became the door, through which slavery [[death of the human reasoning]] and the logic of death*17* invented by Aristotle the Plato’s pupil crawled into the Western world*18*. With the doctrines of Plato and Aristotle, the “Fathers” of the Western church [[e.g., such as Thomas Aquinas]] adopted their foundation – the Orphism*19*. When the Orphism penetrated the Western theological thought, the logic of death took the place of the normal reasoning: gradually, mythical thinking based upon the logic of death – the logic of simplification – became the foundation of the reasoning and the main tools of creation of knowledge.

Although, by the very definition, the knowledge created with the logic of simplification is not suitable for explanation and cognition of life, it shaped the entire foundation of the Western civilization.

All heathen*20* civilizations operate with the same Orphism–based logic – the same, because the Christian theology holds that there is only

 

either

the Absolute Truth of the only One True God revealed by the Holy Scriptures –

the Books of the Old Testament and the New Testament

or

the lies of the arch–evil, the essence of which is embodied into the Orphic myths and their derivatives –

philosophical doctrines that sustain false religions and cults of death

 

The Orphic myths became the common foundation for all heathen philosophies, religions, and ways of life inconsistent with the Absolute Truth. The entire set of logics, upon which the heathen theological–philosophical–social systems [[e.g., religions, doctrines, civilizations, empires, societies]] are built, has the same theological–philosophical root: the serpentine/arch–evil’s “theology” and “philosophical” doctrine of the Orphics.

The serpentine/arch–evil’s “theology” and “philosophical doctrine” of the Orphics became the framework of knowledge for the ideologies of death based upon the sacrilegious for the Christians belief that God the Creator might be magnified and pleased by death, execution, murder, blowing up, mutilation, humiliation, enslaving, and belittlement of His creation – a human being.

Only the arch–enemy of man that was the murderer of man from the beginning may be pleased by death of the creations of God {Genesis 3:1–6, 15–16; 8:20–21; 9:5–6; John 8:44; Wisdom 2:23–24}.

Hence, these ideologies are the particular versions of the cult of death, which serve the arch–evil by

a/ justifying crimes against humanity, atrocities, genocide, slavery, humiliation of human beings

b/ inspiring to commit crimes against humanity –– atrocities, genocide, enslaving, humiliation, discrimination –– by 1/ elevating the crimes against men at the rank of virtue and 2/ promising the paradise for the violation of the law of the inviolability of human life established by God {Genesis 9:5–6}, that is for crimes against God and against the creations of God

c/ transforming a human being into the human weapon–merciless beast that carries death within and inflicts death and suffering unto the others.

Hence, for a Christian, the summary of law formulated by Lord Jesus Christ {Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 10:27–37} –– love to God and love to the creations of God –– is the fundamental point of judgment, with which any assertion might be identified as based upon either the true religion or the lies of the arch–enemy that was the murderer of man from the beginning {John 8:44}:

 

any assertion that justifies murder of a human being

is based upon the cult of death – cult of the worshipers of the arch–evil

{1 John 3:8–14},

because the will of God concerning inviolability of the human life

{Genesis 9:5–6},

which was revealed to Noah after the Flood when men received another chance to live and to accomplish the purposes,

for the sake of which man was created in image of God and likeness,

 is the universal and absolute law for the Christian

 

A human being might be empowered to perceive God through love, through the Absolute Good that God’s Love opens to His creations*2*. God is the perfect Creator of the perfect world:

the Holy Scriptures reveal impossibility to relate the evil to God

the Christian theology holds that any assertion, which by any means establishes any connection between God and evil, is sacrilegious:

–– God is the Light, and there is no darkness in Him {John 1:1–5; 1 John 1:5}

–– the knowledge of the only One True God and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent is the eternal life {John 17:3}

–– the evil and destruction are not compatible with true knowledge of God {Isaiah 11:9}

–– God did not create death: He created the worlds of life;

death became the companion of men only through intentions and deeds of godless men

{Wisdom 1:12–16; 2:23–24}

– God is the perfect love and He loves His creations –

to save men from death (that is from the consequence of the men’s own deeds) God sent His Son

Who took on Himself the sins of the whole world, conquered death, and offered salvation and eternal life to all who desire to live

{John 1:1–18, 29–34; 3:16–21, 31–36; 6:27–69; 10:1–18, 27–30; 11:25–26; 12:44–50; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John}.

 

The God’s act of creation establishes life; the God’s act of creation does not include, presuppose, expect, or prepare place for the evil.

The evil comes when people willingly, according to their own free will, and within the temporal world given to their dominion, choose to violate the law of God – the law of love, the universal law of perfection.  

If the one accepts the knowledge given in the Holy Scriptures as the absolute truth, as the only way of life, as the Light in the darkness {e.g., in: John 1:1–5, 9; 3:16–21; 8:12; 9:4–5; Matthew 5:15–16; Mark 7:21–23; Luke 6:45; 11:33–36; James 1:17; Deuteronomy 30:9–20; Psalm 17(18):28}, he could infer that

a/ the human soul/mind is the being that, within the temporal world composed of the temporarily arrangements of the structured matter, by its own will – by his own judgment {John 3:19–21}, might become the carrier either of the good–Light or the evil–darkness

b/ the human heart/mind can be either the space*21*, within which the Kingdom of God is, or the space for the singularity of the arch–evil – the realm of darkness and death within which there is no place for the Light of the world, the Word–God, and therefore, for the life everlasting in the presence of God

c/ the carrier/space is not the source.

 

Summary_2

 

A/ For the Christian, any assertion concerning any connection between God and evil is blasphemy, which is invented by the worshipers of the arch–evil in direct contradiction to the Gospels.

For instance, the works of Thomas Aquinas and other Western philosophizing theologians, which became the foundation for the papal laws [[e.g., imprisonment and execution – release to the secular authorities for extermination by death – and execution of the relapsed heretics]] reveal the methods*22* by which the lies of the arch–evil usurp the place of the truth of the Gospels. 

B/ If the mind knows God, it is unable to commit evil; therefore, it has eternal life because it is not the subject to the laws of disintegration: the knowledge of God, His image, and His Word protect from the evil and destruction {John 3:16–21, 36; 6:47–51, 63; 8:12, 51; 14; 17}; perhaps, that is why the Hebrew Prophets exalted wisdom and the knowledge of God – more than earthly life and everything else men have.

C/ The evil is not consistent with the normal human nature: it exists only at those levels of the material world where errors of judgment are possible [[errors of judgment*23* are possible, because either of insufficient knowledge of God and His law or intentional rejection of God and disregard of His Law]] and only for those who have no Word–God within, so they have to live by the lies of the father of lies and the arch–enemy of man from the beginning {John 8:44}.

 

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With the systems terms, the destructive role of the evil might be envisioned as the task to free the space from the insufficient systems incapable of optimization – the arrangements of the temporarily structured matter, which do not comply with the universal law of perfection*24*.

Two types of destructive processes exist as the consequence of the initial violation [[original sin of Adam and Eve]] of the universal law; the mind identifies two realities as “evil”*25*:

–– one reality includes the thoughts and actions of men – their own creations; it is the realm for the natural end–disintegration (natural for the particular arrangements of the dissipating matter) of all material structures and systems, which have achieved their purposes within the material time–space–complexity–bounded realities and must disintegrate in due course of the evolution: by man, the death came into the world, and in Adam, all the people – entire mankind – died {1 Corinthians 15:21–22}

–– another reality accommodates the manifestation of the law of God – the universal law of perfection, because of which any perverted system (perversion might be seen, for example, as abnormal mutation) becomes unable to receive the divine energy that sustains normal existence of any being; after such a system consumes all available recourses left in its discretion, it disintegrates.

Hence, one might assume that the work of the universal law of perfection is revealed also through annihilation of the imperfect and incapable of development systems with a perverted or distorted nature, which became impediment of the evolution because of their inability to accomplish their purposes.

 St. Maximus the Confessor envisions the law as the shadow of the Gospels. While the Gospels carry the blessings of God, the law “checks the actualization of evil” [First Century on Theology §90 in: The Philokalia 2:133]: according to the law, annihilation of the evil, which endangers existence of the following generations, results in death/disintegration of the beings with the perverted nature.

The work of this law might be discerned, for example, 1/ in inevitable destruction of inhumane empires and 2/ in appearance of new and incurable diseases, which terminate the abnormally mutated beings that became the threat to preservation of the original nature. Similarly, for the sake of prevention of death and suffering, men do not hesitate to destroy the deadly virus if they are enabled to find the proper means.

Such a point of view is consistent with the Moses’ definition of the law as “life and death, good and evil,” “the blessing and the curse” {Deuteronomy 30:15, 19}, uttered when Moses tried to convince his tribesmen to choose life: to live by the law given by God.

 From another angle of consideration, the one might assume that the habit to identify the natural end of the material structures as “evil” has appeared as the result of re–orientation of the mind into the world of matter – the space–realm–settings, within which the universal energy creates the matter, which is restricted by time–space–complexity parameters, and which accommodates

 

creation structuring of the matter

existence –– actualization of cycles of energy transformation

death –– disintegration of the material structures

 

Conclusion   

 

1/ evil and death are not compatible with the Absolute Good: they do not exist at the presence of God the Creator

2/ the human thirst for the knowledge of good and evil is responsible for the reality of human existence, which includes the “natural” end–death as the only way to return home {John 14:2–6; Genesis 3:23–26}. As the result of the choice of cognition of the evil and the good, the mind was re–oriented into the world of the matter: it was destined a/ to undergo the phase of existence as the temporal function of the spirit–intelligence at the level of the energy–information and energy–information–matter, and b/ to learn the meaning of death and destruction as the features of the temporary arranged matter.

Moses wrote about such re–orientation: the Earth was “cursed” [[transformed into the setting for accommodation of the disintegrating systems]] for the human cognition of the evil; consequently, man had to learn the meaning of suffering–disintegration/death, because of transformation*26* of the perfect Earth into the “cursed ground” {Genesis 3:15–25} where he has to labor for his food –– food for mind and food for body, and where his labor could be fruitless and could bring evil fruits   

3/ each mind has the choice between two realities:

––  the reality of good or optimization–evolution, where the universal law/will of God rules in harmony, leads all beings toward perfection–realization of the maximal potency of the good and prepares them for the eternal life

––  the temporal world of the dissipating matter, where the material structures, systems, and realities undergo destruction, annihilation, or transformation, and either become ready for the next cycle of creation or are dissolved up to the level of the universal energy of creation that, during the next cycle of actualization, creates new beings, realities, systems

4/ when the mind identifies itself with the world of the matter, it creates the reality of evil/anti–evolution, because it accommodates decay, degeneration, perversion/corruption, death, and destruction, thus, suffering, pain, and sorrow of those beings whose earthly life and the material things became the only meaning of existence

5/ destruction of the human establishments/systems, which exist only at the levels of the matter, is identified as the evil because of the conviction of men that it is the evil; for instance, destruction of a totalitarian state might become the chance for improvement of human life due to at least some freedoms, which the survivors obtain [[e.g., freedom of religion, freedom of access to information, freedom of travel, protection from unlawful coercion in the matter of education, clothing, customs]]; however, for those who were buttresses of the inhumane regime and fought for its survival, change of conditions of life and impossibility to continue to commit acts of atrocities and to impose own beliefs, by which they live, unto the others are the evil inconsistent with their cult/religion…  

 

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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 of God and likeness. 

The essence of man – the inner man, the soul–heart–mind, carries the image 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.

The Holy Scriptures frequently refer to the inner essence of man simply as to heart and so, unify intellect, intelligence–reasoning, conscience, creation of thoughts, perception, and readiness to bring forth the results of work (fruits: thoughts, words, actions) of human essence – soul–heart–mind into the world {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 30:11–14; Matthew 5:27–28; 15:19; Mark 7:21–23; Luke 6:45; John 14:27}.

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 and 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 and their explanations 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

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

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

 

*2* See The Facets of the Absolute

 

*3* See The Discernment

 

*4* See The Ultimate Purpose and The Works of God

 

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

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

Hence, wisdom of a human being is the state of empowerment, when a human being, who has been receiving the Divine Energy and knowing the Law of God, becomes the co–worker of God and creator of works that actualize the will of God within the world given into the dominion of man {John 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Corinthians 3:9}.

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

At the level of the human mind, wisdom is the power that enables the mind

a/ to comprehend the Law of God that controls existence of the world

b/ to create invincible establishments/systems for achievement of the purposes that actualize the will of God within the human world

c/ to accomplish own evolution, for instance, as development–achievement of the maximal potency of reasoning, comprehension and creation of knowledge.

In brief, wisdom is the power that secures existence, evolution–development of the highest potency, and accomplishment of the purposes for the sake of which the system has been created. Consequently, at each level of complexity, the meaning of wisdom is inseparably linked with the human abilities to complete the life–cycle according to the nature and to evolve himself and to develop own creations

either

for the next phase of existence

[[e.g., a human being evolves into the immortal child of God]]

or

for achievement of purposes at other levels of complexity

[[e.g., the state established with the purpose to secure existence of a small nation evolves into the mighty empire;

a small business enterprise evolves into the multinational corporation]]

 

For instance, for three consecutive levels of complexity –– the human mind a human being human establishment –– the practical meaning of wisdom is preservation of life/existence/process of accomplishment of purposes and evolution/development of potency to accomplish the purposes at another level of complexity:

a/ at the level of human mind, wisdom is the power that enables and sustains survival and evolution of the human mind and makes possible successful accomplishment of purposes, for the sake of which the mind creates systems – societies, kingdoms, states, empires, civilizations

b/ at the level of a human being, wisdom is a component of human nature created in image and after likeness of God, the state/condition of intellect, which reveals itself through the ability to accept the life–sustaining energy and power from God and to embody them into own actuality; for instance, to accept, to absorb/assimilate, to create, and to use knowledge necessary for creating, maintaining, and using systems and establishments, with which a human being sustains life, accomplishes purposes, and evolves for the next phase of existence; in other words, wisdom is an ability to accomplish the will of God and the works, for the sake of which a human being has been created

c/ at the level of human establishment–system, wisdom is the synergy of the forces that maintain the system’s existence and development according to the creator’s design, and secure accomplishment of the purposes for the sake of which the system has been created.

Wisdom has the greatest significance for the one’s life and well–being, because it defines the main factors controlling human existence and leads to accomplishment of the main purpose – obtaining life everlasting in the presence of God:

 

G o d

  

          Faith ←→ Wisdom

         ↓              ↓

          Freedom ←→ Knowledge

   ↓                 ↓

Invincibility ←→ Evolution

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                                        Survival @ the earth       Life everlasting in the presence of God

 

Although the very idea of invincibility within the world of dissipating material realities, systems, and structures seems to be illogical, it will continue to exist, because it reflects the true nature of a free being created in the image and after likeness of free Almighty and Omnipotent God and therefore, capable of receiving the precious gift of God: the gift of wisdom.

See also

–– in Archive_Selections_2015 (or in Folder Archive_2015, Pages 3_March_2015, 5_May_2015, and 7_July_2015): The Mind and The World, Wisdom and the Riches, Invincibility, The Complete Knowledge, The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Acceptance, and The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Understanding

–– The Works of God

–– God the Lord of Knowledge – the Portion of the Living Ones – in Archive_Reprints (or in Folder Archive_2015, Page 1_January_2015)

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

–– The Discernment  

–– Materialism in The World and The War. Part I. Ecumenism. Materialism

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

 

*6* See The Web of Life – in Archive_Reprints (or Folder Archive_2014, Page 3_March_2014)

 

*7* 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}. Traditional translation [in English versions of the Holy Bible] of 1 Corinthians 2:16 ημεις δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν, where νουν is a derivative of νοος – intelligence, reasoning, mind, and εχομεν – interpreted as “have,” is “we have/possess the mind of Christ.”

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.”

 

*8* Concerning imagination and its fruits – idol–worship and heathenism, see Notes *22*, *29* and *43* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

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

Kαιρος is the moment–state–condition of actualization of the Law of God: the completeness either of evolution or destruction, the point at which

a/ the system reaches the maximum either of its potency or of its weakness, which both result in impracticality/inability to exist at the present conditions

b/ when the system achieved all possible results it was capable of achieving within the allotted to it time–space–complexity settings, with the resources it was enabled to access, and through material things it was enabled to create–use–modify–consume–destroy

c/ when, within the present settings, further existence of the system is inconsistent with the purposes of the Creator.

Thus, καιρος defines

1/ the specific time–space point at which a system realizes its potential to create the most significant knowledge, or achieves its purposes

2/ the final phase, or the time of completion, when time–range of existence, which is controlled by the laws of irreversibility of cognition and complexity, is completed because the system

– either has accumulated knowledge, obtained the level of complexity, and developed the optimal potential according to the creator’s design

– or has corrupted and perverted its nature and became incapable of evolution–development (that is incapable of accumulating–absorbing–creating new knowledge, which is necessary for reaching its  optimum according to the design of the system’s creator).

As soon as the καιρος is reached {e.g., Genesis 6:5, 12–14} the system has either to be modified/transformed for the next stage of existence or to be destroyed, because of its inability to achieve the purposes for the sake of which it has been created.

Therefore, καιρος denotes

a/ the ultimate (closing) act of manifestation of the law, which has been embodied into a particular system that was created to accomplish some purposes

b/ the consequent inability of a system to exist at the settings (time–space–complexity), within which it reached its καιρος.

The law manifests itself either through transformation of a system (that has evolved according to its design) for the next phase of existence or through collapse and disintegration of a system (that has perverted its nature and became unable to evolve).

See Note *62* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*10* See

–– The Ignorant and Cursed – in Note *31* to The Discernment (or Folder Archive_2011, Page 6_November_December_2011)

–– The Phoenician Civilization in Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview

–– Concept of Slavery – Supplement_2 to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*11* See Priest – in Note *7* to Archive_Reprints (or Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008)

 

*12* See Concept of Civilization

 

*13* See The Hierarchy – in Note *141* to Archive_Reprints (or Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_6_2008_2009)

 

*14* See Philosophy: Plato in Folder Heathen Philosophy

 

*15* See Note *11* to Introduction to the Systems Logic and Philosophy: Aristotle in Folder Heathen Philosophy

 

*16* See Concept of Slavery – Supplement_2 to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*17* See Logic of Death – in Note *37* to Archive_Selections_2015 (or Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008)

 

*18* In the Augustine’s interpretation, evil does not have substance; it is the loss of good [Augustine The City of God against the Pagans... XI.ix 3:463].

Yet, in order to lose the good, the mind, at first, must substitute own arrangement – the singularity of evil, for the world of perfect God, and to find a new deity for the singularity of the evil: to become the idol–maker/heathen.

The heathenism produced two groups of concepts concerning the origin of evil: those which ascribe creation of evil to the good deity and those which attempt to find another source of origin of evil independent from the good deity’s will.

For instance, to explain existence of evil,

– Plato named human soul “the universal cause” of all contraries, including the good and the evil, right and wrong [Plato Laws 896d]

– Mani introduced the second god – the god of darkness, which exists from the eternity [Baybrook 310].

Aquinas does not have the luxury to introduce openly new gods for confirmation of own assertions: the teaching of Mani already was officially condemned as heresy and the Inquisition pursued the complete extermination of the Manicheans. At the same time, Aquinas needed to efficiently set up the evil for the service of his masters–popes who, nevertheless, had no intention to disconnect themselves from Christianity, because Christianity provides them with the greatest advantages to assert themselves as the teachers of the universal faith, which they envision as the basis for their claims on the absolute power and supremacy over the world.

With the Aristotle’s theological–physical speculations and Plato’s “universal cause,” Aquinas unified both Mani’s gods in “one first common cause.” Such unification became the logical basis for the self–asserted right of the papacy to employ evil, crimes, and capital punishment for decision of its problems. Indeed, if the Aquinas’ god is the source of good and evil, this god’s church naturally becomes the source of the good and the evil for its members whose souls are the “universal causes” of good and evil, so when they receive the evil from their superiors, they receive their own.

With his newly founded universal cause/source of evil, Aquinas follows the Plato’s inconsistency [Plato Phaedo 103c, 105a–e, 107a; Laws 896d] and destroys the ground for the concept of immortality of human soul.

With the reference to the Augustine’s expression “there is no possible source of evil except good” and Aristotle’s assumption that an entirely evil thing or complete evil is self–destructive, Thomas Aquinas declares that although evil has only an “accidental cause,” good is the cause or foundation of evil: evil is caused by good. The unjust law of men is derived from the eternal Law of God; moreover, the evil can exist only in the good “as in its subject.” Evil always is mixed with good: good is always the foundation of evil. As soon as the opposites (“contraries”) exist on a “common ground,” they have one common cause; therefore, evil should be reduced to “some good cause” [Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica I Q.48 a3; Q.49 a1 ro1, a2, a3; Q.103 a7; I–II Q. 93 a3 ro2, a4; Truth Q.3. a4 ad7, ad8; Q.5 a2 r, ad4].

It means that for Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic saint and main papal theologian, the good is the subject of evil, and the Aquinas’ god is the cause/source of two opposites – the good and the evil. Obviously, Aquinas not only adheres to dualism, and accepts heresy of Hermogenes along with the Manichean traditions of Augustine; there is something else.

Although Aquinas usually slavishly follows the heathen philosophers, in this case he discards the Plato’s advice that if a ruler intends to arrange a perfect community, he must not allow voicing of the sacrilegious claim that god might be responsible for “any instance of badness.” Any claim on the connection of god and evil must neither be spoken nor be heard; any word and any work have to comply with the preliminary assumptions that god is good and that god is not responsible for any evil, because it is sacrilege to speak about responsibility of gods for any instance of evil [Plato Republic 380b–c]. It looks like the pagan philosopher has more reverence to God than the main theologian of the papal church of Rome does. Perhaps, Plato understands that what Aquinas cannot comprehend: to make God the source of evil means to destroy the very meaning of humanity and the very foundation for existence of men.

Indeed, centuries later, the Aquinas’ concept of the god–source of the evil combined with Aristotle’s concept of man as a political/social animal, brought forth the von Hartmann’s unconscious death–designer of evolution, which is indifferent to suffering of multitudes of humans and “animal individuals,” because their suffering accelerates development according to the unconscious death’s design. Eduard von Hartmann (1842–1906) also invented some ideas that later were adopted by Nazism: necessity of improvement of the race through sexual selection [[Nazi breeding and sterilization laws]], and eradication of the “inferior races” [von Hartmann 2:11–13, 15].

The von Hartmann’s idea of unconscious death–designer of evolution influenced Nietzsche/Dionysian/Nazi state, for which the Nazi super–race gathered the plentiful harvest: lives of 14 millions of “racial inferiors” and 54.8 millions (estimated) of victims of World War II [in: Trager 893, 894].

Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin considered evil as a by–product: the Universe develops by the means of errors and trials, and “evil of disorder and failure” are necessary in the process of evolution [Teilhard de Chardin ref. and qtd. in: Schwarz 52, 73].  Such assumption also incorporates the evil into the natural order of the Universe and depicts evolution as the purposeless process of accidents (disorders and failures), which accidentally results in development.  

For the Christian, the assertions concerning any connection between God and evil directly contradict the Gospels: they are blasphemy, which is invented by the worshipers of the arch–evil and accepted by the heretics.

 

Concerning Augustine and Manichaeism, see Works of Augustine of Hippo

Concerning concept of evil by Thomas Aquinas, see Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page_7, or The Invincible Empire, Chapters 4, 5, 6

Concerning Nietzsche–Nazi Dionysian state, see Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Fascism, and Nazism in The Invincible Empire, Chapter 8 (excerpt in Note *4* to “Metapsychology” and Other Ideas of Sigmund Freud – Critical Analysis  – Supplement_3 to The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy)

 

 

*19* See The Orphic Doctrine in Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview and Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*20* Concerning the heathenism, see Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*21* See

–– Note *29* to The Facets of the Absolute with reprints:

                                    The Light (or Folder Archive_2013, Page 10_December_2013)

                                    The Light (or Folder Archive_2013, Page_3_April_2013)

–– Galaxy Inside–out and the Light of Creation (Post #1_2014, January 21, 2014) in Blog_Posts

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

 

*22* See Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy, and postings in Folder Political Theology, or my book The Invincible Empire [Savitsky], Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7.

 

*23* For instance, according to St. Maximus the Confessor (580–662), evil is the result of mistaken judgment, which is followed with “irrational movement of the natural energies” toward the end inconsistent with the nature; evil is the ignorance and privation of good; the false knowledge becomes the first sign of impure mind [St. Maximus the Confessor Selected Writings: The Four Hundred... §29, §34 65, 66]. 

Such a point of view seems to be an inference from text in the Holy Scriptures: God is the Lord of knowledge {1 Kings 2:3}. As soon as life is cognition of truth, and God is the Creator of life, ignorance and false knowledge are the evil incompatible with the original nature of God’s creation. The errors of judgment might happen only when the mind operates with the insufficient knowledge, with imaginary worlds instead of the actuality, and only within the realities, which include the matter structured for the particular purposes. In the contemporary terms, such evil is the distorted reading of the universal code when distortion results in the arrangement of imperfect systems, which are unable to accomplish their purposes and achieve the state of optimum, thus, have to disintegrate, or must be terminated/destroyed.

 

*24* The universal law of perfection postulates that any complex/evolving system exists to actualize purposes, which result in optimization–evolution, and any complex/evolving system is created for development into the state of optimum–perfection achievable at the particular level of complexity. See Note *1* to Introduction to the Systems Logic

 

 

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

 

 

*26* See The Different Vision – in Note *153* to Archive_Selections_2015 (or Folder Archive_2012, Page 3_March_2012)

 

 

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References:

 

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Baybrook, Gar.  Heresies of the Christian Church.  Payson, Arizona:  Leaves of Autumn Books, 1998.

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St. Maximus The Confessor. Selected Writings: The Four Hundred Chapters on Love. Chapters on Knowledge. The Church's Mystagogy. Translation and Notes by George C. Berthold. Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1985.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

The  Mind – Introductory Notes:

the Gate for the Good and the Gate for the Evil  

(continuation of the posts for November 29, and December 6, 2015

 

 

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}

 

 

…The evil is not consistent with the normal human nature; it exists only

1/ at those levels of the material world where errors of judgment are possible [[errors of judgment are possible, because either of ignorance – insufficient knowledge of God and His law or intentional rejection of God and disregard of His Law]]

2/ for those who have no Word–God within, so they live by fruits of imagination intently bent upon evil – the lies of the father of lies and the arch–enemy of man from the beginning {John 8:44; Genesis 8:21–22}.

Furthermore,

a/ the evil is one of two spiritual/mental states that define

            1/the focus*1* of the mind – either God or the arch–enemy of man {e.g., in: Matthew 6:24; Like 16:13–15; John 8:42–45; Genesis 3}

            2/ operations of the mind – creation of thoughts, reasoning, comprehension, deliberation

            3/ the results of its operations – the fruits {Matthew 7:17–23} – everything that minds does in accordance with its nature, which

 

if normal, operates in the state of the good, for the sake of survival and evolution

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if abnormal/perverted/corrupted, operates in the state of the evil, for the sake of destruction

 

b/ the evil is one of two “treasures” – the contents of the mind, which the mind is empowered 1/ to accumulate as the result of its incessant operations during life–long processes of thinking, learning, cognition, comprehension, creation and 2/ to arrange–integrate into the foundation, upon which the mind operates–lives and which determines the ultimate results – either survival–evolution or collapse–destruction {in: Matthew 7:21–27}

c/ the mind is empowered to be

either a carrier of the good treasure – the Light of God, the Kingdom of Heaven

{Luke 6:45; 12:49; 17:21}

or a carrier of the evil treasure –

the singularity of the evil, the realm for slavery–degeneration–perversion–disintegration–death –

the realm of the arch–evil, the eternal darkness of eternal death/separation from God

{Matthew 6:21–23; Luke 6:43–45; 11:35; John 3:16–21, 36; 8:44}

 

How then, the evil enters the human heart/mind to become the treasure, out of abundance of which man speaks and acts {in: Luke 6:45; Mark 7:21–23}?

The following chart reflects the concept of the human essence/inner man/soul–heart–mind [[or in my works, when the theological subtleties are not the subject of consideration, simply: the mind]] developed by the Greek theologians. With it, the one could easily identify the points, at which an entry of the evil might be possible, if the mind has insufficient protection.

 

The concept of human essence (soul–heart–mind/inner man):

the Mind

 

 

GOD THE FATHER

  Ο  ΘΕΟΣ

  ↓        

THE WORD–GOD      THE HOLY SPIRIT

                             Ο Λογος, Αγια Σοφια      Ο Παρακλητος, το Πνευμα το Αγιον         

  

                     THE HEAVENS – SPIRITUAL REALM, THE KINGDOM OF GOD   

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

THE HUMAN MIND

(Soul–Heart–Mind)

 

Νους

Intellect

Γνωσις Σοφια

Knowledge        Wisdom

   ↓

Διανοια

Mind

Reason/Intelligence

Γνωμα ––Φρονημα––Λογισμος

Consciousness–Thinking–Reasoning/Faculty of Deliberation

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

↓             ↑

Αισθητηρια  Οργανα

Sensory Facility – sensory perception/parameters of the matter

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

↓             ↑

THE EARTH/MATTER, THE REALM OF MAN:

the world composed by derivatives of the Divine Creative Energy

that enters the universe to create the derivatives

[[e.g., structured matter – water, earth, tree, plant, fish, man; oxygen, iron, gold; atom, proton, quark]]

within the set of the energy fields,

which makes possible and accommodates existence of the temporal arrangements

of the temporary structured matter – carrier of spirit–life [[a human body]]

 

After rejection of the words of God, attempt to hide from God, and subsequent expulsion of men from the Garden of Delight followed with impossibility to perceive God and to live {Genesis 3; Exodus 33:20}, the human mind took its place at the boundary between the eternal spiritual realm – the kingdom of heaven and the temporal realm of the temporary structured matter. In the terms of systems logic, the mind operates as the frontier system*2*.

Plato and his followers considered the mind as the mixture of the elements of the eternal and temporal world unified into the wholeness. However, the eternal cannot be “mixed” with the temporal: their natures are different, thus, the Plato’s assumption is irrational.

The correct identification of the Old Testament’s mind and its connection with the earth is given in

1/ Psalm 118(119):25 –– Εκκολληθη τω εδαφει η ψυχη μου, ζησον με κατα τον Λογον Σου  –– my soul has clung to the ground; make me alive according to Thy Word

2/ Psalm 141(142):7 –– Εξαγαγε εκ φυλακης την ψυχην μου  –– bring my soul out of prison.

The Greek word  εκκολληθη has the root  –κολ–  that carries the meaning to be glued, attached, bounded with another matter or structure. Meanings of εδαφει include ground, dust, earth, soil; all of them are connected with the matter–source of origin of a human body; the range of meanings of φυλακης includes prison, confinement, strict surveillance.

The referred texts convey the sense of despair: a human soul/mind has fallen low – literally or metaphorically, at the very ground cursed for the sin of man {the earth became επικαταρατος – “cursed”/weakened/downgraded because of man’s fault and in all man’s labors – Genesis 3:17–20}. It is clung to the weakened–downgraded–simplified ground and deprived of original freedom of life, which it still remembers (otherwise, it would not have ability to identify the present condition).

Nevertheless, in such imprisonment, the mind relies on God to be delivered and beseeches the Lord to give life (ζησον – give life, make alive) according to His intention, plan, or word – Λογον {1 Peter 1:17–25; Ephesians 1}; it implores God to grant it exodus from its misery.

Therefore, a human being might be seen as the temporal arrangement within the temporal realm, in which, by the will/law of God, the immortal being created (derived of) the Divine Energy of creation is linked–glued–bounded to the derivatives of the same Divine Energy {Genesis 1; 2; 3} arranged at the lower levels of complexity and confined within the space, in which disintegration and re–arrangement of the derivatives with the lowest levels of complexity (temporarily structured matter arranged to accomplish some purposes and to disintegrate) is possible.

Such temporal connection does not change the original nature of the human essence/mind, which was created in image of God and likeness:

 

the immortality of man is not taken away

[[Adam still could take of the tree of life and eat and live forever]],

because God created man to be immortal: He made him to be His Own likeness

{Genesis 2:7; 3:23–25; Wisdom 2:23}

man is just temporarily confined under the strict surveillance of the law to learn the Absolute Good of the will of God

within the space where his abilities and power are restricted,

so the knowledge of the evil, which he desired to learn, and his evil deeds would not exist with him in the eternity,

which he may be empowered to enter,

if he is set free by the Word–God and re-created into a child of God, a new being, a child of the Light,

that is the likeness of the Word–God – a being born of Spirit of God,

empowered to carry the Holy Spirit and to live in the new world,

where the tree of life brings forth fruits for all nations

{Genesis 3:23–25; Revelation 21:1–7, 22–27; 22:1–5, 13–12;

Matthew 5:17–48; Luke 6:35–36; 12:49; John 1:1–18; 3:5–6, 16–21; 6:33–69; 8:31–36; 11:25–26; 13; 14; 15; 17;

James 1:16–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; Ephesians 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; Romans 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 13;

1 Thessalonians 5:4–5; 1 Corinthians 9; 15; Galatians 2; 3; Hebrews 10}

 

In the end of earthly life full of cognized evil and its attributes –– misery, suffering, humiliation, unfulfilled promises, betrayals, loneliness, etc. that are the components of harsh education needed to facilitate transformation of a human–beast into the human–child of God, the meaning of deliverance is to be discovered. When nothing is left, when everything is known or fulfilled, when nothing more is able to ignite wish to go further, to claim higher or to live longer, when the time of harvest comes {Job 5:26}, how desirable the final liberation is: release me from the dust, to which I has clung, and give me life according to Thy Word…

The contemporary mind that received the precious gift of Christianity, that knows Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ – the Word–God, might comprehend the referred above Old Testament’s texts {Psalm 118(119):25; 141(142):7} as a desperate prayer for the Word as for liberation from the connection with the lowest world of evil: the ground–dust is the end of all flesh intended for cognition of evil {Genesis 3:19; 6:3} and the entire world dwells in evil {John 7:7; 14:17, 30; 15:18–23; 1 John 5:19–20}.

Thus, as it was determined by God before the foundation of the world {1 Peter 1:13–25; Ephesians 1:3–14}, a human being –– purified, re–created, and illuminated by the Word–God –– has come to God the Creator: through the Word–God, in the Word–God, by the Word–God {John 1; 3; 6:32–69; 10:1–30; 14; 15; 16:13–16; 17; also in: Matthew 18:12–14; Ephesians 1; 2; 4:17–24; Galatians 1:3–5; 3:23–29; 1 Thessalonians 5:4–10; Colossians; Hebrews 12:20–21}.

The Psalm 118(119) also explains the difference between the knowledge of dust and the knowledge of life; the author of Psalm tells God: I perceived the end of all accomplishments, but the way of Thy commandment surpasses all {Psalm 118:96}.

So, if it is possible to see own end, to evaluate the actual results of all thoughts and deeds – accomplishments, and to reach even the outer limits of all opened to the mind that is clung to the dust, – would all the knowledge acquired during the entire earthly life have any worth,

–– if this knowledge is not the knowledge of God – the actualized/embodied into own life knowledge of the Absolute Good*3*

–– if this life is not deliberate fulfillment of the will of God also known as the law*4*?

In accordance with the concept of mind [[see the chart above]], the one might infer that the entire realm of knowledge*5* that accommodates life of the human intellect–intelligence–reasoning consists of three interconnected domains differentiated by the levels of complexity/universality of knowledge*6*:

a/ knowledge of God the Creator

b/ knowledge of the laws upon which the universe of men was created, exists, and will come to its end → knowledge of the laws that define existence–arrangement–destruction of the matter and human interactions with it

c/ knowledge of the earth–matter, with which the world of the material things is arranged.

 

Knowledge from above – the knowledge of God

and His laws:

The Divine Energy that the mind perceives as the knowledge of God:

Theology – the universal knowledge with the highest level of complexity

[[the levels of Νους and Διανοια]]

Knowledge created by the mind,

for instance, knowledge of the world and human place and potency in it;

e.g., the knowledge derived of Theology and shaped into Philosophy and Logic –

the levels of particularities–individual terms–conditions–features

[[e.g., nation accommodated at particular land–climate zone and unified with the particular language and manner of life,

civilization – a particular establishment within the time–space–complexity range,

in which a particular pattern of knowledge creation–accumulation–transfer has to be tested]]

in which a human being needs to survive and evolve for the next phase of existence

[[the levels of Διανοια]]

↓                 ↑

Knowledge inferred from the parameters of the world of the structured matter,

which makes possible physical survival within particular time–space–complexity settings,

e.g., natural and other sciences

[[the levels of  Γνωμα ––Φρονημα––Λογισμος  and Αισθητηρια  Οργανα]]

 

Hence, knowledge of God reveals knowledge of human nature; this knowledge originates philosophical outlook–positioning within the world and determines the methods of cognition and actions with which the mind accomplishes its purposes.

The levels, at which the mind perceives God and receives from Him the energy of life [[Νους, the core structure of the human essence]], cannot be open for the evil; otherwise, the immortality and eternal life of man would be impossible.

For instance, if the one with the evil within –– that was every human being before redemption*7* of man by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God –– would be able to enter the presence of God, he would be instantly annihilated by the power of God, because man was not empowered to perceive (ου δυνηση ιδειν) the presence of God and live {cf. in: Exodus 33:18–22}.   

Hence, the levels of Νους – the intellect, through which a Christian receives the energy of life that he identifies as wisdom and knowledge of God, are not accessible for the evil, because the evil does not exist at the presence of God: as any insufficiency, it is instantly filled by the Divine energy and therefore, ceases to exist {e.g., Luke 6:17–19; 7:11–23}. Thus, the realm of the evil might be arranged only at the lower levels and its existence is possible only at the lower levels; in particular (1 →7),

1. God warned Adam that, at the day he eats of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he would surely die {Genesis 2:15–17}: for a human being, knowledge of the evil is death*8*

2. A human being was created as an immortal likeness of God embodied into the wholeness of energy–information–matter formed of the dust of the earth (χουν απο της γης – the pouring dust of the earth, before the earth was cursed/downgraded because of man) and animated by the breath (πν–οην  of πν-εω → πν-ευμα ––spirit, breath, flow of energy, wind) of life, which God breathed into the face of man making him a living soul {Genesis 2:7}.

3. The evil – as death*8* – is unnatural disintegration of the wholeness: death is knowledge of disintegration and destruction embodied into the actuality of man and resulting in separation of

 

the energy of life/spirit–breath of live/soul, which is given by God and which returns to God

from

its carrier – a body formed of the dust of the earth, which returns into the earth, from which it was taken

{Genesis 2:7; 3:18–20}.

 

Apparently, a human being dies either due to the “natural” causes (death because of age or incurable disease) or because his body is destroyed with the impact of the forces (generated either by the nature or weapon and actions of men), which are capable of destruction through

1/ division–fragmentation–breaking down the structured matter/body

2/ deprivation of the physical reserves that sustain life of a body (air, water, food)

3/ the change of condition–terms–parameters of the matter beyond the limits of human survival (e.g., exposure to elements, deprivation of oxygen, low/high temperature, pressure, and so on).

4. For the mind, there is no possibility to connect each “natural” death of a person with his advancement in knowledge of the evil: everyone dies – the good and the evil, the just and the unjust, the righteous one and the sinner – in Adam, all mankind died {1 Corinthians 15:22; Genesis 3:18–20}.

5. Only God Who created the hearts of all men, teaches, and watches His creations, evaluates the treasure of human heart – what man has accumulated and is carrying within – the good or the evil, and how his treasure might influence the others. The mind has no right to judge the hearts/minds and inner worth of the others as well as to render evil for evil {Deuteronomy 32:35–36; Psalm 16(17):2–5; 32(33):14–22; Matthew 7:1–5; Luke 6:27–49; Romans 2; 12; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 6}, firstly, because it does not have capacity for that and therefore, the judgment will be inadequate – false, and the thoughts–words–actions inadequate. 

6. However, the entire life of the mind is the process of discernment*9* of the good and the evil within everything that the mind encounters and the consequent choice – either acceptance or rejection: by the fruits – words and actions – the mind

 

recognizes the essence of the others’ faith

deciphers meaning and destiny of the establishments,

which the others build, control, or maintain – either survival or collapse

evaluates the others’ potency – either of the good or the evil

consequently either accept the others as the carriers of the good

or rejects them as the carriers of the evil – danger and threat

{Matthew 7:15–27; Luke 6:27–49; 1 James 2:14–26; 1 John 3; 4}

 

7. Thus, the subject of consideration might be the evil in general

a/ as the result of a human beings’ words and actions, which did not result in the good for the others, which have inflicted harm, suffering, caused deprivation of the others of their life–maintaining reserves, and therefore are the deeds of the evil {in: Matthew 7:21–23; 25:31–46}

b/ as a condition (degeneration–collapse–disintegration) of the human establishments created to sustain survival, maintain development, and facilitate advancement of people, societies, states, nations, civilization

c/ as a phenomenon–situation–state of the mind, within which the natural abilities of the mind are impaired and the mind is not empowered to accomplish the purposes of

1/ own survival at the earth

2/ own evolution for the next phase of existence

3/ protection and development of own creations/establishments/systems, with which the mind intends to sustain survival and evolution – own as well as all in the sphere of its influence (for instance, family, society, state, nation, civilization).

This general evil is knowledge that became the contents – treasure – of the mind; for instance,

a/ knowledge created–accumulated–learned–transmitted with the purpose to deceive the others for the sake of enslaving the others and using them for own advantages, to inflict evil [[e.g., suffering, grief, slavery, deprivation of life–sustaining resources, good repute, wealth, health, freedom to live according own beliefs and for achievement of own purposes]] upon the others for the sake of own purposes; the example of such knowledge is propaganda*10*

b/ false knowledge – the knowledge that is not adequate to the actuality of the world of the material things, for instance, the knowledge created by the false – materialistic, atheistic, and ethics–free – sciences*11*

c/ false knowledge – the knowledge of “other gods” – that human mind creates with own imagination, accepts as truth, and lives by it: this is knowledge of idol–worshipers who create idols and worship the matter – arrangements–creations produced by the mind and hands of men; this knowledge is the heathenism*12* – the false knowledge of non–existing deities propagated by false religions, cults of death, and ideologies.

As it was stated above, the mind is not the source of the good and the evil: it is a carrier – a being, vessel [[the lamp of clay envisioned by David, or λακκους – of Jeremiah *13*]], that carries within either the good–light–life or the emptiness of the evil–darkness–death.

Through επιγνωσεως*14* –– the complete knowledge of God –– the mind receives everything needed for life, evolution, and preparedness for the everlasting life {John 14:15–17, 26; 16:13–16; 17; 2 Peter 1:2–11; Ephesians}.

Through false knowledge*15*, the root of which is the lies of the arch–enemy, the father of lies and the murder of man from the beginning –– the mind accepts the lethal poison, the incurable rage of the asp {Deuteronomy 32:16–33} that debilitates it, enslaves it, deprives it of natural power of reasoning, makes it unable to decide even the life–threatening problems {Isaiah 59:1–15}, initiates collapse of human reasoning*16* transforming a human being into the beast living by death and suffering of the others. Such mind causes problems/insufficiencies that instigate degeneration followed with collapse of the life–sustaining establishments and institutions, ignites wars leading to death of the many, and ultimately, casts itself into the eternal darkness – eternal death/separation from God.

According to the concept of the human mind (see the chart above), the one could infer that only the levels of Νους, at which the mind communicates with God and receives the energy of life, are not accessible for the evil. The evil enters at the lowest levels of complexity –– the levels where the mind has to interact with cursed/downgraded earth*17* – the matter, material things. A human body is the structured matter. Thus, the evil might enter only at the levels, which are either the levels of the matter or have to be inseparable from the levels of the matter, so, the wholeness–life would be maintained.

Hence, the evil may enter the mind through false knowledge, at the levels of the Consciousness–Thinking–Reasoning/Faculty of Deliberation [[Γνωμα –– Φρονημα–– Λογισμος]], and through the senses [[Αισθητηρια  Οργανα]], with which a human being, for the sake of survival and accomplishment of own purposes,

a/ perceives–identifies–desires–consumes–operates with the structured matter/material things

b/ positions himself and acts within the world of the material things

c/ correlates himself with other living beings.

Consequently, the evil that entered the human heart to become its treasure, makes a human being able to bring forth the evil for the others [[and therefore, be perceived by many as the source of the evil]], if the mind accepts the false knowledge as true knowledge. This happens, when the mind is not protected by the knowledge of the Absolute Truth*3*, that is when it does not have the Word–God within, so it

1/ cannot tolerate the words of God

2/ degenerates into the one that is not of God, so, this one has to be uprooted, because he does the deeds of the arch–evil and he has no place in the kingdom of God {John 8:34–37, 41–45; also, in: Matthew 13:24–30, 37–42; 15:12–14}.

With the false knowledge, the mind builds the foundation for thoughts, plans, words, and actions, because of which the evil of the one becomes the actuality of the many. If the one lives by inflicting harm and suffering onto the others – by doing the evil to the others, simultaneously, he loses own chance of survival and evolution:

 

none ever was, is, and will be able to evolve into a child of God,

if

a/ he is a carrier of the evil

b/ Lord Jesus Christ did not set him free from the evil and sin

c/ he, therefore, was not empowered to find the only Way to God

{John 1:1–13; 3:5–6, 19–20; 6:44–45, 65; 8:31–37; 12:44–48; 14:6}.

 

The absolute truth for the Christian is that only by the grace – love and mercy of God, the one might be empowered to discern the good and the evil, to identify false knowledge and to reject it, and to be committed unwaveringly to the deeds of the good – love and mercy to the others: there is no other way of survival, no other Source of the power of wisdom*18* and truth: without the authority*9* given by the Word–God {John 1:1–18; 14; 15; 16; 17}, the mind is not able to survive and to evolve for the everlasting life.

Consequently, the one might infer that only presence of Λογος/Αγια Σοφια – the Word/Wisdom of God and the Holy Spirit within the human mind protects a human being from any evil, any false knowledge, and any insufficiency.

Hence, the first line of defense from the evil is the proper reasoning [[in practical sense, the one might identify the proper reasoning as the reasoning adequate to the nature of the world and to the human nature]] sustained with the right discernment.

The proper reasoning of man is imitation of Lord Jesus Christ, Whose words establish the will of God as the Absolute Law and as the purpose for the sake of accomplishment of which man lives {John 4:34; 6:22–69; 12:26–27; 13:15–16; 14:1–31; 17; also, in Matthew 26:39–45; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 21:33; 22:41–46}.

A human being obtains proper reasoning, if

a/ the Word–God becomes the στερεωμα*19* of the mind – the foundation, on which a mortal human being

 

learns to believe in God, to love God and to love the others

lives by love to God

proves his love to God by observance of the law of God – the law of love and therefore,

by doing the deeds of the good, the deeds that facilitate life, alleviate suffering,

assist the others in their quest for survival here, at the earth, and for obtaining the life everlasting

through doing the deeds of the good, obtains the strength, power, steadfastness –

all that he needs for transformation into the child and imitation of God Who is  the Perfect Almighty Love

and then, for obtaining the everlasting life in the presence of God

 

b/ the mind, as St. Paul the Apostle writes {1 Corinthians 2:15–16}, strictly follows*20* the reasoning of Christ

 

c/ the mind is unwaveringly focused

            on God as on the Source of the very life of man

            on accomplishment of the commandments of God as the only way to survive at the earth and to obtain the everlasting life afterward… 

 

To be continued…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See The Focus and The Shift – in Note *17* to The Discernment (or in Folder Archive_2013, Page 2_March 2013, and Page 3_April_2013)

 

*2* See concept of the frontiers systems in Introduction to the Systems Logic

 

*3* See The Facets of the Absolute

 

*4* See

The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation

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

– in Archive_Selections_2015: The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Acceptance and The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Understanding, The Inevitability of the Law, and The Law of Love and the Ultimate Justice (or in Folder Archive_2015, Page 7_July_2015 and Page 8_August_2015)

In the contemporary terms, law might be defined as the main code for creation, maintenance, control, and annihilation of purposeful developing entities–systems–living beings.

The Universe is an embodiment of the creative energy of God. At the levels accessible for the human mind, the divine creative energy is the source of the universal energy: the energy that is available for creation and maintenance of existence of realities and systems within the world perceivable by human senses.

The universal/main pattern–code of energy transformations – the law – defines the nature, time–range of existence, way of disintegration, and other parameters of the universe composed of the energy and its derivative – the matter structured at the different levels of complexity.

The law might be envisioned as the main code according to which, within the chaos/pool of reserves, the purposeful system–reality–universe is arranged/comes into being. The chaos/pool of reserves consists of the derivatives of universal energy: the energy forms, reversible units energy←→matter, reversible and irreversible structured matter – elements, force fields, and other components necessary for creation and sustaining of life.

Life is the purposeful cycles of transformation of the divine energy of creation/universal energy at the different levels of complexity; these cycles of energy transformation are completed with creation of purposeful developing wholenesses/living beings accommodated within time–space–complexity settings.

The unity of three inseparable correlated components is needed for any act of creation [[creation is actualization of the law–code]], including creations of a living being:

1/ law→code

2/ energy→source of all forms of the energy and its derivatives, such as energy fields and energy–information–matter, from which the perceivable visible universe/world consists

3/ power→force→will→ability to apply/transform/use energy according to the law/code:

 

  LAW

   ⇓

   ENERGY POWER

 

The law controls the nature of each wholeness/system/reality/living being that exists for a purpose; a purpose is to actualize the set of transformations of the universal energy at particular level(s) of complexity. The essence and meaning of purposes, conditions, and results of energy transformations define the system’s nature.

In general, the law has three main functions:

1/ creation of a purposeful wholeness

2/ maintenance of the compliance–harmony–compatibility of all components of a system reality ←→ universe wholeness to the conditions, which sustain life and make possible development evolution of the system reality ←→ universe wholeness

3/ annihilation of the system reality ←→ universe wholeness, which deviated from the law and became incompatible with the (super)system ←→ (super)reality ←→ (super)universe that has accommodated its creation and within which it was intended to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which it was created.

When a being/system deviates from the main pattern/code/law that describes the meaning, conditions, and results of its existence, it perverts own nature and becomes unable to access the energy that otherwise would sustain its existence. Hence, the main pattern/code/law stipulates not only the life–sustaining processes; it carries the program of annihilation, which is activated when the being/system perverts own nature and becomes incompatible with the supersystem that accommodates its existence. Therefore, the universal law defines life and death: existence → evolution/development of optimal potency and degeneration annihilation of each being/system.

The universal law also is referred to as the universal law of perfection, because it defines the optimum – e.g., the highest potency of creation of the highest good – of each system/being and directs each system/being toward the optimum; it provides one universal standard – the pattern of perfection as a derivative of the Absolute Good for each level of complexity {for instance, for a human being: to be perfect, as heavenly God the Father is perfect – Matthew 5:48} defined by the Word–God, Λογος/Αγια Σοφια {Matthew 5:17–19; 22:37–40; John 14; 15; 16; 17}.

Consequently, the meaning of universality and perfection is compliance with the Word–God Who is the only Truth, the only Law, and the only Way to fulfill the law for the human mind that aspires to enter the eternity in the presence of God {Revelation 22:1–5}.

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

 

*5* Knowledge is the power to think, to speak, to act. Only if the mind comprehends the law that defines and controls the nature (the nature of man, the nature of the world that accommodates existence of man, and the nature of events and things that might be a subject of interest), the mind obtains the actual power to act and to achieve its purposes. Human knowledge is true, if it gives the actual power to act purposefully, efficiently, and successfully. Similarly, a human being obtains everlasting life, if he has true knowledge of God {John 17:3}.

See

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

The Essence of Knowledge in Note *162* to Archive_Selections_2015 (or Folder Archive_2010, Page 1_January_March_2010)

Introduction: Concept of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Reason/Intelligence in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

The Complete Knowledge, The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Acceptance, and The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Understanding in Archive_Selections_2015 (or Folder Archieve_2015, Page 7_July_2015)

 

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


*7* Redemption as the act of salvation of the world, liberation from the power of the arch–evil {undoing the disobedience and distrust of man: the original sin – Genesis 3} as the planting of the seed of the eternal life, was done at the cross, when the crucified Son of Man

 

fulfilled the Divine Law and accomplished the Divine Justice by taking on Himself the sins of man

shed His Blood instead of the blood of man

placed His Soul for the soul of man re–creating him into the child of God

and preparing him for resurrection into the eternity

 

At the moment of death of the Son of Man, by the Son of God – the Word–God – the Almighty Omnipotent Love of God was consummated: the Word–God became the firmament, foundation, essence {στερεωμα – Genesis 1:6–8; Psalm 17(18):1–2} of human soul–heart–mind, and a new creation, who is granted the authority to become a child of God born of God, came into being {Mark 10:45; Luke 12:49; John 1:12–13; 4:23–24; 6:33–58; 7:37–39; 11:25–26; 12:23–28; 14; 15; 16; 17; 19:28–30, 33–37; James 1:18; 1 Peter; 1 John 3:5; 4:9–19; 5:1–8; Ephesians 2:1–10, 13–22; Revelation 22:1; Isaiah 51:4–7; 53:3–12}.

The one might envision the essence of redemption as the following:

 

The Word–God by becoming a Son of man takes on Himself the nature of man

the essence of sinful man and his evil are annihilated

by the Divine Fire of the Omnipotent Perfect and All–forgiving Love of God

the evil–insufficiency–ability to sin as the lot of man within the temporal world of man is annihilated,

 and after physical death–disintegration of the bond with the “cursed” matter,

a man may be resurrected into the eternity with God

a new–born creation of God – a Christian, a child of God created in likeness of the Word–God, comes to life:

the firstfruit of new creations made in likeness of the Word–God

Who placed His soul for His followers, the children of God, Who is the Spirit and the Fire,

so they would live by the Holy Spirit and in the presence of God forever

 

This future of man was foreseen by the Old Testament Prophets and became the actuality of human existence after Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, the Son of God and the Son of man, committed His Soul for the salvation of man {Isaiah 59:12–21; Daniel 12:10; Malachi 3:1–3; John 10:11; 15:13; 19:28–30; 1 John 5:1–5}.

Since, a true Christian – true follower of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God, loves Him as his own soul and fulfill His commandments as his own will.

 

*8* See the following excerpt from the Concept of Death:

Excerpt

“Concept of Death

 

…Within the world of the matter enabled to carry life,

a/ life is a cycle of energy transformations accomplished according to the universal law, which defines the nature of a living being, and by the universal power that enables manifestation of the law; life is completed and finalized with disintegration of the wholeness/unity of soul/spirit–mind/reason–body/flesh/matter at the point when a living being

– either evolves to the point of optimum–development of the highest complexity determined by the parameters of its existence (time–space–complexity)

– or completes irreversible degeneration with inability to live – maintain life as the wholeness of spirit–mind–body (irreversible degeneration is triggered with inability to live according to the nature defined by the Law of God; the first signs of irreversible degeneration include mental and physical disorders, birth of abnormal and malformed offspring, and inability of normal reproduction [[see also posting The Shift – Folder Archive_2013, Page 3_April_2013; excerpt in Note*17* to The Discernment]]

b/ human life is the actualization of the unity of the law, power, and energy, which are manifested as the wholeness of soul/spirit–mind/reason–body/flesh/matter actualized at the particular time–space–complexity settings – set of the energy fields whose operations are detected as temperature, pressure, force of gravity, other physical parameters, magnetic and other forces and fields, which make possible life as a particular cycle of energy transformations completed with particular changes in complexity, energy, and material structures carry a particular living entity

c/ death begins with disintegration of the unity/wholeness

through release of energy (soul/spirit),

 because the life–cycle is completed

either with the evolution–development of the highest complexity and consequent ability to be transferred

into another realm with other definitions of life

or with degeneration–inability to sustain life–sustaining transformations of the energy

according to the nature defined by the current parameters (the material world)

discontinuation of the cohesive power

 [[the cohesive power might be envisioned as the flow of the energy derivatives –

information/knowledge perceived/absorbed–created–processed–transferred by the mind]],

because of release of the energy

[[separation of the soul/spirit/energy and body/matter/flesh]]

disintegration of the material structures (body/flesh),

which, with the release of energy and discontinuation of the cohesive power, have to disintegrate

according to the law that defines the nature of the temporal world of the matter

 

Death is completed with release of the material elements, which were the body – set of the material structures sustaining wholeness/living being as the manifestation of the unity of the law–energy–power, and which will sustain life of the next generations of the living beings.

The human life is possible only within the special time–space–complexity settings, or the set of the energy fields, which are capable of sustaining existence of the unity/wholeness – living being.

With death of a particular human being, the entire world is changed because it loses energy and power, which were a particular human soul/spirit–mind/reason – the energy entity that, in accordance with the law defining the nature, was enabled to actualize some power at some levels of complexity according to the parameters of the temporal time–space–complexity setting, which sustained its existence.

With death of a human being, the entire world of the matter loses some of the vital reserves (including a point of the energy–transforming–transferring net hat sustains existence of the world) and its time–range of existence is shortened. Birth of a new human being also brings a world closer to fulfilling of its καιρος {Revelation 6:9–11; 22:10–14}; it does not compensate death of the departed one:

 

with each completed life–cycle,

the law is fulfilled

the energy left

while, within the world of the matter controlled by the law of complexity,

the reduction of life [[simplification]] toward

manifestation of the power without law and without energy is not possible

 

 

In summary, the eternity does not exist for the limited temporal world, in which time, irreversibility, complexity, and collapse (disintegration/death) are enabled for separation of cycles of transformations of the universal energy…”

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See also posting Logic of Death – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_2_2008_2009; excerpt in Note *37* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

 

*9* See The Discernment and The Authority to Survive – in Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015 (or Folder Archive_2011, Page 3_June_July_2011)

 

*10* Adolf Hitler determined the primary tasks of propaganda as manipulation by the masses: re–programming and fashioning of the mass conscience and enforcement of the specific patterns of thinking, acting, and social behavior. He also intended to substitute propaganda for religion, morals, and traditions, elevate ignorance and superstition to the rank of knowledge, evoke fear, hatred, cruelty, envy, and greed, and to focus them on the chosen groups or establishments, which might be a threat to his aspirations or would hinder his way to the absolute world power.

Two historical facts – the destruction of the Russian Empire (1900–1917) and the rise and destruction of Nazi Germany (1930s–1945) – confirm that propaganda is the deadliest weapon of destruction and the most effective weapon of the national/state self–annihilation. This double–sided weapon works especially effectively through the groups that struggle for the power within the unstable or already collapsing societies with economical, social, and political problems.

Propaganda might be successful if three groups of conditions exist:

1/ moral degradation, ignorance, illiteracy, and superstitions/false beliefs that make truth undesirable or non–acceptable, therefore, facilitate re–programming of conscience; these conditions prepare the ground on which propaganda might be planted and used in its full destructive potential

2/ economical, political, social, racial, or religious conflicts, which result in social and political instability and the consequent acceptance of the force of coercion as the only effective means for social, economical, and political conciliation; these conditions divide the society into three groups, which would provide the players for the roles of

– victims

– executioners

– the privileged minority–elite that would devise, organize, and control propaganda and use the results obtained with propaganda

3/ a person, group, or establishment capable to transform the existing state and social structures into the system for achievement of own purposes, which usually include access to the power of coercion, enrichment, self–deification, etc.

 

*11* See L’Aquila Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, Trial of Science, and Survival of Mankind – Supplement_2 to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*12* See

Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

Imagination, Idolatry, Divination – in Notes *22,* *27*, *29*, *43* to Archive_Selections_2015

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

 

*13* Psalm 17(16):29 –– οτι συ φωτιεις λυχνον μου Κυριε, ο Θεος μου φοτιεις το σκοτος μου/for Thou, O Lord, will light my lamp: my God, Thou will lighten my darkness –– conveys the vision of man as of a clay lampion made to carry the light: man carries the Light of God within the body of flesh, into the darkness of the world of matter. This Light withstands the adversary or the hostile force – σκοτος – darkness, which precludes man from fulfillment of his destiny. The Light annihilates evil [[in this particular case, evil is hidden under the collective name “darkness” denoting ignorance, brutality, adversary forces of disintegration, death]] and enables man to fulfill his designation: to carry the Light of God within the world so he would 1/ embody this Light into own being and into own daily reality and 2/ illuminate life of the others {Matthew 5:14–16; John 1: 1–5, 9; 12:46–50; 1 John 1}.

When Jeremiah the Prophet wrote {Jeremiah 2:13–20; 45:7–13} concerning abandonment of God and enslavement to idol–worship, he pointed out that the nation of God committed two evils:

–– they left God – with Whom is the spring of the living water {in: John 4:13–14; 7:38–39; Revelation 21:5–7; 22:1}

–– they carved from themselves the λακκους  συντετριμμενουςcavities broken, incapable to hold the water.

Hence, the chosen people became slaves and the subjects of mockery imprisoned in a quarry of beasts of prey, that also might be hint to a human body that can be enslaved to the evil – corruption, sin, violence and therefore can be confined/imprisoned by the arch–evil, which was the murderer of man from the beginning and which feeds itself with dust {Genesis 3:15–16}. The Lord refers to the arch–evil as to ανθρωποκτονος {John 8:44}. The Greek word ανθρωποκτονος means man–murderer and something composed of the flesh of murdered men.

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

The perception of man as the likeness of a vessel of clay is frequent in the Old Testament’s texts; this idea comes to completion at the moment when Lord God Jesus Christ makes clay and creates eyes of the man who was born blind: clay of man and Light of God are bound together by the miracle of creation; the mercy of Creator defines the destiny of the created, and the presence of the Light reveals the temple and dwelling of God {Genesis 2:7; Job 33:6; Isaiah 45:9; 64:8; Matthew 5:14–16; John 1:1–5, 9; 3:16–21; 9:5–6; 12:44–50; 14; 17; Romans 9:15–29; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:14–16}.

See also The Emptiness – in Note *211* to Archive_Selections_2015 (or in Folder Archive_2012, Page 1_January_2012)    

 

*14*  Concerning επιγνωσεως, see Complete Knowledge in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*15* Creation/acceptance of the false or inadequate knowledge indicates degeneration of the mind. Only the perverted reasoning, which has rejected or forgot own Creator, becomes able to accept the false as the truth and then, to create false knowledge for the others. The examples of false knowledge include the heathenism, acceptance of which indicates the stage of irreversible destruction of human establishments [[e.g., civilization, empire, state, society]] and Aristotelian logic of simplification, upon which the contemporary ethics–free materialistic sciences operate.

The ability to accept the false knowledge is the consequence of the “wrath of God” – the state of human soul that has rejected the Light, took the way into the eternal darkness, and in all its endeavors is limited to creations only of miserable hovels of clay built on sand  {Matthew 7:21–27; John 3:16–21, 36; 15:4–6}

See

The Wrath in Folder Archive_2010, Page 1_January_March_2010)

Logic of Death in Note *37* to Archive_Selections_2015 (or Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_2_2008_2009)

Archive_Selections_2015: The Strange Knowledge, and The Point of No Return, (or Folder Archive_2015, Pages 6_June_2015 and  2_February_2015)

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

Philosophy: Plato and Philosophy: AristotleFolder Heathen Philosophy

Imagination in Note *29* to Archive_Selections_2015  (or Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008)

Divination in Note *43* to Archive_Selections_2015  (or Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010

 

*16* See

The Authority to Survive – in Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015 (or Folder Archive_2011, Page 3_June_July_2011)

The Bear and the Pigeon, Separation, and The Unknown Time – in Note *53* to The Discernment (or in Folder Archive_2011, Pages 1_January_March_2011 and 3_June_July_2011)

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

 

*17* After God said to Adam: επικαταρατος η γη εν τοις  εργοις σου –– cursed is the earth in your labors {Genesis 3:17–20} [[επικαταρατος – cursed derived of επικαταρρεω – to cast down, destabilize, subvert, weaken, downgrade; γη – earth, man; εργοις of εργον – business, labor, work, activities, functions, necessities, accomplishments, establishments, fights, cultivations, possessions, creations, things, profits]] possibilities to fail in all endeavors and spheres of activities, works, plans, insufficient skills needed for the optimal arrangement/manufacturing of material things, low quality of any work, and insufficiency of all operations/functions of the mind define the daily life of the many.

The mind learns the practical side of the evil through mistakes of judgment implemented into wrong words and actions, malfunctions of its creations with which the mind intends to sustain life, failures to achieve the purposes.

See also The Mind and the World – in Archive_Selections_2015

 

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

The Book of Wisdom defines wisdom as the breath of the power of God, the brightness of the light, the essence of everything – the almighty creative power that sustains and makes everything anew, mightily reaches all to the ends, and governs everything benevolently; as the flow of the absolute Glory of the Almighty; as the image of the Absolute Good of God; as the pure mirror of the energy of God {Wisdom 7:25–27}. 

See Perception of Wisdom in Archive_Selections_2015 (or Folder Archive_2015, Page 8_August_2015), and Note *13* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*19* 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}.

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

See Note *58* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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12_15_12.

Sunday, December  20, 2015

The Miracle of Christmas  

 

 

…the good news to you, a great joy, which will be to all the people,

because today the Savior, Who is Christ the Lord,

was born to you in the city of David

{Luke 2:10–11}

Be luminous, be radiant, o Jerusalem, for thy Light is come,

and the Glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gloom on the nations;

but the Lord shall appear upon thee, and His Glory shall be seen upon thee…
{Isaiah 60:1–2} 

…Αγιος αγιος αγιος Κυριος Σαβαωθ, πληρης πασα η γη της δοξης Aυτου…

…Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the entire earth is full of His glory…

{Isaiah 6:3}

For God so loved the world that He gave His only–begotten Son,

that everyone believing in Him may not perish but have everlasting life..

{John 3:16}

…Glory in the highest to God, and peace on earth, good will in men…

{Luke 2:14}

Let each breath glorify the Lord

{Psalm 150:5} 

 

 

Each year, the celebration of Christmas reminds us of the fulfillment of God’s promise given to Abraham the chosen one who is the father of many nations: in thee shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed {Genesis 12:3}.

Among all the descendants of Abraham, one tribe was chosen to receive the Law and become the holy nation; then, one virgin of the holy nation was chosen to bring into the world the Savior, the Son of the Most High, the Word of God, and the Master of the Eternal kingdom.

Through this one Blessed Virgin Mary, salvation of man is accomplished: by her Son – the Incarnate Word–God, we –– the Christians who believe*1* in Lord Jesus Christ, love Him, and prove our love by observing His commandments  ––

are called to freedom

are given the chance to cognize the Truth, to find the Way, and to achieve the freedom of perfection

are reconciled with our God – Creator and Father

have received the authority to become the children of God

are empowered to receive the Bread of life, to see the Light,

to become the wise and righteous ones, and to obtain the Life everlasting

{John 1:1–13, 16–18; 6:35–69; 8:31–32, 34–36; 9:5; 11:25–26; 14; 15; 16:7–16; 17}

 

The day of the blessed feast of Christmas is also a time to recall the beginning – how the way to salvation began.

When Eve, the mother of all the living, delivered her first–born son, Cain, she –– in her despair of a being who wanted be “as God,” yet, who was exiled from the Paradise, condemned to submission to man, punished with the great pains of child–labor –– said: I brought into the being a man through/of God {εκτησαμην ανθρωπον δια του Θεου –– Genesis 3:1–7, 16–25; 4:1}.

Yet, Eve did not bring into the world the man through/of God; she brought forth the death conceived into the moment when she chose to disregard and discard the words of God and to believe the words of the beast. The first–born man, Cain, became also the first murderer: he killed his brother Abel. For murder, Cain was cursed from the very earth, from which his father, Adam, was taken and which received the blood of his brother: he was cut off the primeval connection of man and the earth, he became unable to receive the strength, he was doomed to be groaning and trembling on the Earth; furthermore, he went forth from the presence of God {Genesis 4:1–16}. Death, illness, and perversion entered the world through the first–born man – Cain the son of Adam.

Then, after men of flesh proved to be unable through own efforts to seek and to find the way back, to God the Creator {Genesis 6; 7}, God promised His blessing to man who would be made the father of the multitude of nations {Genesis 12:1–3; 15:1–6; 17:4–7; Romans 4:16–18}. Since, the hope of salvation illuminated and sustained the mind of many generations.

In the fifteenth century BC, God initiated the human civilization by revelation of His law – The Ten Commandments. At that time, Moses, who wanted to see and to know God, was covered over by the hand of God while His glory was passing by: man was not able to see the face of God and live {Exodus 33:18–22}.

Men – the creatures of flesh – had the long road before them until

– they would be able to understand and observe the Law and to comprehend that man lives not by bread alone, but on every word of God

– they would understand that God is the Light and salvation of man, and His mercy is better than life

– they would understand that love and knowledge of God and observance of His commandments are needed for a human being to complete his mission at the earth and to evolve for the next phase of existence – eternity with God

– the Law of God would prepare their heart/mind for acceptance of the Word–God and for comprehension of the kingdom of God similar to as the gardener prepares the soil for the seed of the mighty tree and the vinedresser prunes the vine {Deuteronomy 6:4–7, 13; 8:1–3; 10:12–21; 11:1; 30:19–20; Psalm 26(27):1; 62(63):3; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Matthew 5; 6; 7; 13; Luke 4:4; John 3:3, 12–13; 31–35; 15}.

Ultimately, in our temporal world, the process of creation never ends {John 5:17}.

In the eight century BC, Isaiah had a vision of the Holy God the Lord of hosts sitting on the high and exalted throne: the dwelling was full of His glory. His servants stood round about Him, and they said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the entire/complete earth is full of His glory” {Αγιος αγιος αγιος Κυριος Σαβαωθ, πληρης*2*  πασα η γη της δοξης Aυτου – Isaiah 6:1–3}.

Then, it was promised that the glory of the Lord shall appear and all flesh shall see the salvation of God {Isaiah 40:5}.

These revelations were as the ignited lamp within the darkness of those who lived in the shadow of death, yet knew that everything would come to its completion and the earth would receive the Glory of God.

Ultimately, the Glory of God appeared: the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, claimed His Own possession, and made His dwelling with His creation – with a human being

–– purified and sustained with His Blood and Flesh –

by the Divine Energy and knowledge of God that is the everlasting life

–– resurrected by His death on the cross, when God undid the failures and sins of men

–– re–created into His image

–– illuminated by the knowledge of God

–– perfected by the love of God

–– born from above – as a child of God the Holy Spirit – for the life everlasting

{John 1:1–4, 12–13; 3:3–7; 6:32–58; 11:25–26; 14; 15; 16:7–16; 17; 1 John}.

 

In the day when Christ was born, the promise of salvation became the actuality of mankind: the Child is born to us, and the Son is given to us; His kingdom is everlasting, and His peace shall have no end. The earthly shepherds were the first ones to receive the good tidings that the Good Shepherd has come to claim His very own possession {Isaiah 9:6–7; Luke 1:28–35; 38, 46–55; 2:1–20; John 3:16; 10:1–30; 17}.

So, the time of mercy came {1 Peter 2:9–10}: the Son of God was born to the earthly woman to expiate all evil done by men and to fulfill the promise of salvation {Luke 2:1–14}. Through Eve, men received death and suffering {Genesis 3}; through Blessed Virgin Mary {Luke 1:26–55}, men received the Redeemer and Savior and Way to home – in the eternal Kingdom of God.

So, it had been done: the earth–man*3*, the creature of flesh {Genesis 3:20; 6:4}, was re–created by the Divine Fire and filled with the Glory of God: because of and through Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who is the Word, the Holy Wisdom, and the Glory of God, God forgave the sin of men making them His Own children and opened for them His everlasting kingdom {Luke 2:1–14; 12:49; John 1:1–18; 3:1–21, 31–36; 4:23–24; 6:22–69; 10:1–30; 11:25–27; 12:44–50; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2:1–12; 1 John; Ephesians; Colossians; Hebrews 12:29; Deuteronomy 4:24}.

Hence, the feast of Christmas glorifies the immeasurable mercy of God, Who in spite of all evil cognized and committed by mankind, still, fulfilled the dream of the exiled, submitted to man and condemned to pain and suffering Eve: her descendant, the Holy Virgin Mary, delivered the Son of God Who brought redemption*4*, knowledge, life, freedom, and salvation to those who have none…

Probably, this pattern of initial despair and then, fulfillment of mercy has to be discovered by all of us who had sinned, suffered, became lost, were enslaved by sin and evil, and then, found a possibility to believe and to be forgiven, to be set free, to obtain salvation, and to enter life with our God – Creator and Father.

When we, the Christians, celebrate the greatest feast of Christmas – the day when God entered the world of men, we also remember those who came before the expectations of salvation were fulfilled: the prophets, messengers and servants of God who sow and labored, yet, who were not destined to reap the fruits {John 4:36–38}. Although it was unbearably difficult to live in the darkness and shadow of death, to be under the oppression of evil idolatrous rulers, to be rejected, persecuted, and murdered for the loyalty to God, for reminding the unrighteous of the Law, they knew that one day the road to home would be found, and the Father would welcome*5* His children in His house {Luke 15:11–24}.

The path of salvation, the road home – in the Kingdom of God, opened in the night, when the Divine Child was born: when the Creator and Master of the Universe illuminated the darkness of men with His Light and took them from the shadow of death into the Life {Luke 1:30–33; 2:7–16; John 1:1–18; 1 John 1; Psalm 106(107)}.

At that crucial point of the human history that happened more than 2000 years ago, in the night of Christmas, God entered the world to become the Redeemer, the only Mediator between God and man, the Savior Who would bestow onto man forgiveness, blessing, and peace of God {John; 1 Peter 1; 1 John 1; 3:1–2;  1 Corinthians 15:22–23, 45–57; 2 Corinthians 5:17–19; Ephesians; Colossians 1:12–22; 1 Timothy 2:5–6; Hebrews 12:24}.

In the night of Christmas, the new era of mankind began, and the inerasable border separated two phases of human history: time without Christ, and the eternity with God –– Lord God Jesus Christ gave each human being the chance to live forever {John 8:51; 11:25–26; 17; Ephesians 1:3–14; 2:1–22}.

Still, presently, atheism, heresies, and false religions spread and multiply daily: the ancient evil has intensified its war against those who belong to God {Genesis 3:15–16}. Consequently, corruption, poverty, perversion, and failures in all human affairs clouded for some or even made unavailable the adequate perception of the true meaning of Christmas: the world entered the times

 

–– when the prophecies of the final oppression would become daily life

–– when the incessant war against Christianity is raging with fury unseen before

and Christians are slaughtered, exiled, persecuted for their faith in Lord God Jesus Christ

–– when celebration of Christmas is “politically incorrect” even in countries that have been established as Christian nations

–– when celebration of Christmas is forbidden by the enemies of Christian faith and servants of arch–evil

who are preparing for the final battle for global dominion, so the veil of darkness would cover the entire world

–– when the traditional values, cherished before liberties, prosperity, happiness,

and memories of the glorious past become the dust under feet of enemies

–– when vice, corruption, and frenzy are taking the place of virtue, reasoning, and right judgment

–– when we realize that the time of departure is at hand

 

However, even in this difficult Present and in expectation of the coming ruin, the more darkness and evil we encounter the brighter is the light of the ancient star of Christmas, which shines in each heart that loves God and lives by God.

Hence, we should always remember that celebration of Christmas is all about God:

 

God – the Almighty Omnipotent Spirit, the Consuming Fire, Whose presence a human being is not able to see and to live,

the glimpse of Whose tremendous horrifying and incomprehensible power the people perceived

as the pillar of fire that protected them from their enemies

and as the smoking frightening fire, from within of which the Law was given

{Exodus  13:21–22; 14:24; 19:18; 20:18–19; Deuteronomy 4:1–14, 24, 40; 5:4;

Luke 12:49; John 4:24; 15:16; Hebrews 12:29}

God – the Ancient of days – Who rules the universe,

Whose throne the prophet perceived as the Fire and Whose power – as the River of Fire

{Daniel 7:9–10}

God the Holy Spirit, the Most High God,

Whose power overshadowed the earth – a body of Blessed Virgin Mary,

who became the Holy Mother of the Son of God

{Luke 1:26–38; 2:8–14}

God – the merciful all–forgiving and loving Father Who gave us His Son*1*,

the Word–God, Redeemer*4*, and Savior,

Who bestowed on those who believe in Him the authority to become the children of God

and to live forever

{Matthew 16:16–17; Luke 9:35; John 1:1–18; 3; 6:28–69; 10:1–30; 12:44–50; 14; 15; 16; 17}

 

Through Christmas, the tremendous incomprehensible power of God is revealed as Almighty Perfect Love of God the Father: by the mercy of God, His people are given perception of Christmas as the most peaceful moment of happiness and joy without fear and suffering {John 3:16, 35–36; 1 John 4:9–18; Hebrews 12:18–24}, as the moment when the earth becomes full or completed*2* because it meets its destiny: to perceive, accept, and accommodate the Glory, Light and Fire {Isaiah 60:1–3; Luke 12:49; John 14; 15; 16; 17}.

Without God, there is nothing completed, beautiful, harmonious, wise, or perfect; thus, the moment when a human being is unified with the Creator {John 14:15–17; 15:4–17; 17}, is the moment of completion, coming to perfection, and fulfillment of everything needed and wanted. Christmas indicates the new beginning,

–– when the grace, perfection, mercy, and love – the Absolute Good*6* of God is revealed to man

–– when the Glory of God takes over all created things

–– when the earth–dust–man receives the Fire and the Light and is transformed*7* into the precious jewel, upon which the Kingdom of God arises {Luke 12:49; Deuteronomy 4:24; John 1:1–18; 8:12; 9:4–5; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2; Ephesians 2}.

And I think of the words of the Gospel According to Luke {Luke 2:13–14}, about the moment when the multitude of heavenly forces*8* was revealed praising God and saying: Glory in the highest to God, and peace on earth, good will in men.

Indeed, the Christians have the blessing of the inner peace given by the Lord and the good will that is the consequence of the knowledge of the Absolute Good – the Perfect Almighty Love of God, the knowledge that is the everlasting life {John 14:27; 17:3; 1 Peter 1; 2 Peter 1:1–11; 1 John}.

Would these words ever describe the actual literal daily reality of the entire world, in which we have to prepare ourselves for the eternity? Would the peace on earth and good will in men –– when there will be no war, no murders, no suffering, when all will love each other –– ever come? 

In theory, it is possible, because God did not create death and He has no pleasure in destruction of the living. God created everything for life: the primary sources of the world are salutary, and there is no poison of destruction in them. Besides, there is no kingdom of death upon the earth: ungodly men themselves, by their words and deeds, pursue death in wavering inconsistencies/errors*9* of their life; they invited death to be their companion and made the covenant with it, so, by it, they are consumed to naught {Wisdom 1:12–16; Isaiah 28:13–15}.

So, could men ever change and become the doers of good, so peace and good will with their inseparable companions – prosperity, abundance of all needed for life in dignity and happiness, would became the daily reality for all?

Let in our daily reality, which is darkened with hatred of the others to us, the Christians, and with hatred of the others to each other, the Christmas miracle happen: let love as the bright star of the Christmas begin to shine in all hearts, so each of the living ones shall perceive the Almighty Perfect Love of God, find forgiveness and healing of the wounds inflicted by the evil – own and of the others, and then, with all and complete and clean heart, praise God for the miracle of Christmas, for peace on the earth and good will in men…

 

Glory in the highest to God!

Peace to the earth, good will to men!

Merry Christmas!

 

 

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Notes:

 

*1* The essence of the Christian Faith is in The Creed (page Foundation, the Folder Foundation); reprint follows.

Reprint

“The Creed:

I believe in one God, the Father, Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of light, true God of true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made. For us and for our salvation, He came down from heaven and was incarnated by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. Crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and He suffered and was buried, and on the third day He rose according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.

In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.

I expect the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the age to come, Amen.”

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The Creed or The Nicean Creed was composed in 325, by The First Ecumenical Council of Nicea. According to decision of the Council in Chalcedon (in 451), The Nicean Creed is acknowledged as sufficient for “a perfect understanding and establishment of religion”: the teachings about the Holy Trinity is compete because the Fathers of Church made the clarification about the Holy Spirit with the Scriptures; therefore, The Creed must “remain inviolate.”  

Hence,

1/ Council of Ephesus (431), Chalcedon (451) and the Fourth Council of Constantinople (the Eighth Ecumenical Council; 869–870) established The Nicean Creed as the main universal and constant symbol of the Christian Faith and condemned as the heretics those who compose, promulgate, teach another creed, or make either any addition to or any subtraction from The Nicean Creed

2/ the Second Council of Nicea (787) ordered that for those with the “priestly dignity” the regulations of the sacred canons of the Ecumenical Synods (that is Ecumenical Councils) must “remain unshakeable and immoveable,” because they are enlightened by the Spirit of God [see Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils. Ed. Norman P. Tanner. London and Washington, DC:  Sheed & Ward, Georgetown University Press, 1990. 24, 65, 83, 84, 87, and further].

Hence, The Nicean Creed was accepted by the Christian Church as the permanent unchangeable confession of the Christian Faith, which cannot be altered until the Christian Church exists: The Nicean Creed cannot be changed – not by Church’s authority, nor by any cleric, nor by any layman, nor by anyone who identifies himself as a Christian. For an attempt to compose, write, or produce another creed – that is for any change, addition, or discarding any word of The Nicean Creed, bishops and clerics should be deposed and monks and laymen should be anathematized [[“anathematized” means excluded from the Christian church and from community of the Christians]]: they are heretics – the ones who do not confess the true essence of the Christian Faith and who, therefore, are not Christians.

Consequently, according to the decisions of the Ecumenical Councils, which have established the foundation of the Christian Church as the universal system within the world of men,

a/ Augustine of Hippo, who invented the Filioque that modified The Creed, is a heretic

b/ the action of the Roman pope Benedict VII who, in 1014, accepted the Filioque as the foundation of his establishment, made the Great Schism irreconcilable until the Christian Church professes The Nicean Creed as the essence of the Christian Faith and until the Roman papal church holds its own creed with the Filioque as the symbol of the papal faith

c/ the papal church of Rome, which accepted Augustine’s Filioque in 1014 and authorized it as ‘The Creed of the Roman Catholic Church’ (by the Fourth Lateran Council) in 1215, is not the Christian Church.

In other terms, the one could say that these two churches –– the Christian Church and the papal church of Rome –– are irreconcilable, because they are different systems founded on different definitions of their main – absolute for them – truth: each system that changes definition of its original absolute truth upon which it was created/established (in other terms, commits apostasy) becomes another system inconsistent with its original version.

Indeed, as the history of the papal church illustrates, the deeds of the papacy and its subjects after acceptance of the Filioque and after the Great Schism [[e.g., deification of the pope, the Crusades (including the Crusade of 1204, during which Constantinople was destroyed, the Christians were massacred, and the Christian temples were desecrated and plundered), the Inquisition, religious persecution, forceful conversion and plunder of the Jews, torture, imprisonment, and death penalty (burning @ the stakes) for the heretics, religious wars, incessant struggle for the world–wide domination, involvement into secular (political) affairs even up to political assassinations (France) and attempts to overthrow the secular leaders/kings (England), cooperation with Fascism and Nazism, etc.]] violate the law of God and are not compatible with the Christian teachings granted by Lord God Jesus Christ. Ultimately, Catholicism developed into another religion – Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology, that is the derivative of the heathen philosophy irreconcilable with Christianity, and the papal church of Rome ceased to be the Christian Church.

See

Augustine of Hippo and Apostasy in The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy (download through Library Pages @ websites Systems Logic and Christian’s Mind & the World)

Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas in Folder Heathen Philosophy and postings in Folder Political Theology @ website Sunday’s Thoughts

Notes *20*  and *21*  to Archive_Selections_2015

 

 

*2*  The Greek word  πληρης conveys the meaning of fullness and completion. It denotes coming to fullness, conclusion, the highest stage/state accessible.

 

*3*  Man is earth – γη  {Genesis 3:20}, on which the Word–God cast the Fire – the Holy Spirit {Luke 12:49; John 14:15–17, 26; Deuteronomy 4:24;  Hebrews 12:29}, and which, consequently, became the temple of God {John 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Corinthians 3:16}.

 

*4* Redemption as the act of salvation of the world, liberation from the power of the arch–evil {undoing the disobedience and distrust of man: the original sin – Genesis 3} as the planting of the seed of the eternal life, was done at the cross, when the crucified Son of Man

 

fulfilled the Divine Law and accomplished the Divine Justice by taking on Himself the sins of man

shed His Blood instead of the blood of man

placed His Soul for the soul of man re–creating him into the child of God

and preparing him for resurrection into the eternity

 

At the moment of death of the Son of Man, by the Son of God – the Word–God – the Almighty Omnipotent Love of God was consummated: the Word–God became the firmament, foundation, essence {στερεωμα – Genesis 1:6–8; Psalm 17(18):1–2} of human soul–heart–mind, and a new creation, who is granted the authority to become a child of God born of God, came into being {Mark 10:45; Luke 12:49; John 1:12–13; 4:23–24; 6:33–58; 7:37–39; 11:25–26; 12:23–28; 14; 15; 16; 17; 19:28–30, 33–37; James 1:18; 1 Peter; 1 John 3:5; 4:9–19; 5:1–8; Ephesians 2:1–10, 13–22; Revelation 22:1; Isaiah 51:4–7; 53:3–12}.

The one might envision the essence of redemption as the following:

 

The Word–God by becoming a Son of man takes on Himself the nature of man

the essence of sinful man and his evil are annihilated

by the Divine Fire of the Omnipotent Perfect and All–forgiving Love of God

the evil–insufficiency–ability to sin as the lot of man within the temporal world of man is annihilated,

 and after physical death–disintegration of the bond with the “cursed” matter,

a man may be resurrected into the eternity with God

a new–born creation of God – a Christian, a child of God created in likeness of the Word–God, comes to life:

the firstfruit of new creations made in likeness of the Word–God

Who placed His soul for His followers, the children of God, Who is the Spirit and the Fire,

so they would live by the Holy Spirit and in the presence of God forever

 

This future of man was foreseen by the Old Testament Prophets and became the actuality of human existence after Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, the Son of God and the Son of man, committed His Soul for the salvation of man {Isaiah 59:12–21; Daniel 12:10; Malachi 3:1–3; John 10:11; 15:13; 19:28–30; 1 John 5:1–5}.

Since, a true Christian – true follower of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God, loves Him as his own soul and fulfill His commandments as his own will.

 

*5* See The Prodigal Son and Judgment of Man – in Note *23* to Archive_Reprints (or in Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_3_2008–2009)

 

*6* See The Facets of the Absolute

 

*7* See The Works of God  

 

*8* In Luke 2:13 – πληθος  στρατιας  ουρανιου:  πληθος – a multitude of ουρανιου – heavenly στρατιας – army, force(s).

 

*9* In Wisdom 1:12 – εν πλανη ζωης: εν – in;  πλανη – wandering, deviation, fallacy, error, indecisiveness, weakness of mind, deceit, delusion of seduction;  ζωης – of life.

 

 

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