Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

1_January_2016


 The New Year, the New Beginning

The Place of Learning

The Guardian

The Point of Entry


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Sunday, January 10, 2016

The New Year, the New Beginning

 

…For there shall be a new heaven and a new earth.…

{Isaiah 65:17}

…I create completely new…

…I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the Ending…

{Revelation 21:5, 6}

ask and you will be given, so your joy will be complete

{John 16:24}

 

 

When the people celebrate coming of a new year, they anticipate coming of something new – the Future, which would be better than the Past and the Present.

With coming New Year, what do the people usually wish for themselves, for their relatives and friends, for those who they love, and for the entire world?

Peace, health, happiness, prosperity, old friends who will neither betray them nor leave them, new friends who will come to brighten up their days, accomplishment of purposes, new achievements, and so on – the wish list may be endless as endless are the differences among all the living. The list of those who might affect our Future also can be endless, and the majority of them we might never know: that makes our Future almost unpredictable and the world, within which we live, similar to the stormy ocean in the darkness full of life–threatening waves, predators, and other dangers.

Consequently, the peace of mind as confidence that everything in the Future will be completed with the greatest good for us and for those who we love or care for becomes the most desirable attribute of daily life.

For those who believe in Lord God Jesus Christ and follow His commands – for the Christians who are brought forth by the Word of Truth, the Word–God, to be the temple–dwelling of the Living God and to do the works of good according to the will of God, the Future has been determined as the immortality with God {John 5:21–30; 14:23–27; 17:1–6, 24–26; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1:23–35; 2; 5:10–11; 2 Peter 1:10; 3:10–15; Ephesians 2:4–10, 13–22; 4:22–24; Colossians 1; 3; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19–20; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:9, 23; Romans 8:28–39}; this Future has formed for them the actuality of the Present. 

The Christians are chosen to be the royal priesthood, a holy nation, “a people for possession,” so they may openly speak of the excellence, the Absolute Good*1* of the beloved God Who has called them out of the darkness into His marvelous light. They are the people of God, because He took mercy on them and became the Shepherd and the Overseer of their souls. Hence, for the Christians, the beginning of a new year marks the new step on their road to home, into the Kingdom of God the Father: they are led by the Light, although the darkness of the evil overwhelms the world, and they follow the Absolute Good, although the many serve the evil {Matthew 19:16–19; John 1:1–5, 9; 3:16–21; 8:12; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 2:9, 25; 2 Peter 2; 1 John 1:1–7;  2 Corinthians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:1– 23; Isaiah 42:16; 60:1–2}.

But what about all the others – is it proper for the Christians to follow the Light leaving the others behind, in darkness of ignorance and in suffering caused by spiritual hunger and thirst?

Then, for some, the New Year, as a new step toward the eternity, might begin with sharing their treasure of knowledge and love of God with the others who are willing to accept it, similarly to the festive food that the one shares with those who accepted his invitation to come to dine with him on the New Year eve. For a Christian, such treasure of the knowledge of God is embodied into the ability/power to do the deeds of kindness, love, mercy by sharing own resources and possessions, and other works of the good according to the commands of Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God {Matthew 5:38–48; 6; 7; Luke 6:27–38; 10:27–37; 14:12–23; John 13; 14; 15}.  In other words, the actions of a Christian should be accomplishment of the second greatest commandment of God – to love the others as the one loves himself {Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:27}: it

 

begins with the ability to envision himself “in the shoes”/at the place/in circumstances of the needy one

proceeds through comprehension of suffering of the needy one,

which results in compassion and subsequent desire

to lessen suffering and to assist in finding the way out of the slavery of the evil

is completed with deeds of mercy and kindness – by doing whatever the one is able/empowered to do

for elimination of insufficiencies, lessening the suffering, liberation from ignorance,

and facilitating life of the needy one through the available means and reserves

 

However, the physical necessities are not the only needs: insufficiency of the good – the spiritual hunger – of the human soul–heart–mind is the root of all problems and disasters.

How then, the one who desires to assist the others could identify the hungry souls, even within the seemingly privileged or fortunate ones?

The typical features of those with the hungry soul include

 

deprivation of good expressed as absence of the spiritual values,

immorality, corruption, disrespect to the others, weakness, and ignorance

absence of mercy and love to other creations of God, lack of sincere willingness to assist the others

absence of wisdom, firstly, as the inability to accomplish the purposes of survival, development, and avoidance of evil

inability to create things, which would sustain life and development of the others

 

Those who live by the words of God must create the good even within the world of the evil – the world of insufficiency, suffering, desperation, and despair: they should feed the hungry ones, assist the needy, sick, and deprived of hope ones, and especially, the ones whose souls are hungry and thirsty for the life–giving knowledge of God. Then, because of their deeds, the Light of God will shine upon them and through their deeds will be seen to the others, so they will be empowered by God to help the others to find the Way to love and mercy of God within the poor, bleak, and miserable world that serves the evil {Matthew 5:38–48; Luke 6:27–36; 14:15–23; John 7:7; 12:46; 13:34–35; 15:12; James 1:17–27; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Galatians 5:13–26; Ephesians; Colossians; 1 Thessalonians 5:4–23; Romans 8:12–39; Psalm 17(18):28}.

It means also that the Christian mind should be unwaveringly focused*2* on cognition of God and Lord Jesus Christ, His Son, completed with observance of His words and accomplishment of His will {John 14; 15; 16; 17; 2 Peter 1:2–11}. If the one desires to be a Christian, he has to discard the phantoms and fantasies of the inclined to evil and idol–creating imagination, obsessions, and values by which this world – the world that does not contemplate nor know the Spirit of Truth – lives {Matthew 6:24–34; Luke 12; 16:13–15; John 7:7; 14:30; 15:18–25; 17:14, 16; 1 John 3:1–24; 4:1–5; 5:1–5, 16–21; James}.

Hence, the material worldly considerations should not obscure the Christian’s inner vision of truth: they must not be allowed to interfere with observance of the Law of God, the essence of which is love to God and love to the others.

With time, through accomplishment of the commandments of God, and because of the grace and mercy of God, the mind that follows Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, becomes the completed living wholeness focused*2* on God and living by the love to God {Matthew 22:37–38; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:27; John 1:1–18; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John 3; 4; 5}:

 

it is not capable of hypocrisy and deceit similar to those by which the Pharisees

{Matthew 23; Luke 11:39–52}

lived and led the people to the complete ruin*3*

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it cannot be divided within itself –

{Matthew 12:25; Luke 11:17–20, 23} –

that is to pursue the opposite purposes

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it cannot develop inner inclination for the evil, and it cannot assume deceitful appearances

{Matthew 15:7–9; 23}

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it does not commit nor justify the evil nor serve the evil nor co–operate with the servants of the evil;

it is the temple–dwelling of the Living God separated from idols, unrighteousness, and uncleanness

{Matthew 4:8–10; 6:24; Luke 11:23; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18}

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it cannot deprive the others of the entry to the Kingdom of God by giving them false knowledge,

by adulterating*4* the  words of God, and therefore robbing them of the Truth of God

{Matthew 23:13, 15; Luke 11:52; 2 Corinthians 2:17; Colossians 2:810}

 

Hence, the following attributes of Λογος – the Word–God {Matthew 5:17; Luke 12:49; John 1:1–5, 14–18; 5:39–46; 10:30; 16:13–16; 17} establish the reality of the Christian’s mind – the space*5*, within which the mind is empowered to live by God, to embody the Divine Energy given by God into own thoughts, which it creates for accomplishment of the will of God, if it exactly follows*6* the reasoning of Christ {John 15:1–16; 1 Corinthians 2:15–16}:

 

  LAW

  ↓

WISDOM ←→ POWER

 

In particular,

1/ knowledge of the Law*7* of God sustains the right discernment*8*

2/ the righteous judgment (also known as wisdom*9*) is the state of being empowered/having the power granted by the Holy Spirit {John 14:15–21, 23–27; 15; 16:7–15} for accomplishment of the will of God

3/ the spiritual power*10* given through the Holy Spirit and because of the Word–God {John 14:15–17; 15:26} is incomparable with the material forces that sustain physical coercion – weapons, armies, repressive institutions, etc.: it exceeds all powers and strengths of kings, rulers, and their establishments, because it is the ability to perceive the presence of Almighty God Who comes to the one that loves Him, observes His commands, and accomplishes His will {John 14:15–21, 23; 16:25–28; Zacharias 4:6; Psalm 32(33):12–22}.

Celebration of New Year also reminds some simple truths:  

 

life is the chain of incessant cycles of creation

all that the one thinks/creates/speaks/does will accompany him until the end of the earthly life

and determine his stand before God the Creator and Judge of His creations

{Matthew 25:31–46; Luke 13:24–28; John 3:16–21; 1 Corinthians 3:11–15}

each day, each moment of time provides a chance to begin the works of love, charity, and mercy,

and therefore, opens possibilities of the further advancement on the way of cognition of the Eternal Truth

{Matthew 11:25–30; John 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 2:1–3; 2 Peter 1:2–11; Colossians 3:10–11}.

 

Learning–absorbing–comprehension of knowledge of God –– the knowledge by which the heart–mind lives and with which it evolves into a new creation, an immortal child of God created by the Word of Truth, after the likeness of the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ {John 1:1–13; 3:1–21, 31–36; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John 3:1–3; 5; Ephesians 2:1–10, 13–22; 4:17–24; Galatians 5:13–14; Romans 8:14–39; Colossians 1; 2:2–10; 1 Corinthians 1:3–9; 2:10–16; 2 Corinthians 3:5–18; 4:6; 5:17–19} –– has exceptional value and special significance because

 

the knowledge of God sustains life of the human mind–reasoning–intelligence

the knowledge of God determines the entire life of a human being*11*

the one’s knowledge of God may influence life of the others who are connected, or related, or otherwise placed into the sphere of his influence

 

The Christians –as the children of God Who is the Lord of Knowledge and the Source of Wisdom*12* carry the most significant responsibilities:

 

to spread the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ

{Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:15–16; John 17:6–21}:

to carry the Light of God and His Truth, to live by His words,

so through their words, deeds, and manner of life, the words of God would shine to all the others

{Matthew 5:14–20; Luke 12:42–46; James 2:12–26; 1 Peter 2; 3; 4; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 Corinthians 13}

to convey the precious knowledge of God through their deeds of love and good,

so the others could discover their road to God and obtain the everlasting life

{1 John 3:16–18}

 

If the one who is illuminated by the Light of God carries out these responsibilities appropriately, he could assist the ones who have been called by God and determined to obtain the Bread of Life and the everlasting life, so they begin to seek the guidance how to find the road*13* to God {Matthew 5; 6; 7; 11:25–30; 22:36–40; 23:8–12; Luke 10:27–37; 12:15–40; John 6:43–69; 8:31–47; 10; 12:44–50; 13:34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John; Romans 5; 8:28–39; 12; 2 Corinthians 4; Ephesians; Colossians 1:10–23; 2:2–23; 3; Philippians 3:14; 2 Timothy 2:19; Psalm 7:11–16; 15(16):7–11; 17(18); 33(34):11–22; 35(36); 84(85):9–13; 85(86); 93(94):10, 12–13; 110(111); 111(112); 118(119); Proverbs 2:3–16; 3:5–8; Isaiah 42:16; 43:1–21; 54:13–16; Hosea 6:1–4; Malachi 3:16–18}.

For the many, the road to God begins with reading the Holy Scriptures, in which the seeker could find the desirable knowledge of God, and includes the following steps:

1. observance of the Law of God – The Ten Commandments; firstly, by discontinuing violations of the Ten Commandments; such violations include iniquities, hatred, and sins, which are the works of the arch–evil, and which inevitably are followed with destruction and total ruin { in: Matthew 5:17–20; John 8:31–47; 1 John; 2 Timothy 2:19}

2. life in compliance with the Law of God – that is in conformity to The Ten Commandments – and then, understanding how to accomplish the commands of Lord Jesus Christ:  to imitate perfection and mercy of God and to love the others as God loves {Matthew 5; 6; 7; 22:36–40; Luke 10:27; 12:33–34; John 13:34–35; 1 John 4:7–21}

3. perception and comprehension of the all–forgiving perfect Love of God and the life–giving knowledge and wisdom bestowed by the Holy Spirit onto those who have chosen to follow God and who therefore, are predetermined to become the fulfillment of the prophecy that all shall be taught of God

 

For the one who seeks the road to God, the ultimate purpose*14* of all these steps is salvation of the soul: obtaining immortality and the everlasting life in the presence of God. The one obtains salvation only if he is known and loved by God Who, according to promise*15* of Lord Jesus Christ {John 14:23} comes to make His dwelling place with those who believe in His Son – the Word–God, love Him, and observe His words. Then, God Himself will illuminate, teach, guide, and lead His Very Own ones – those who He has known and predetermined for the eternity with Him {John 6:29, 44–46; 14; 15; 16:7–16, 27; 17; Romans 5; 8:28–39; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Timothy 2:19; Isaiah 42:5–12, 16; 43:1–7}.

And I think how extraordinary the destiny of man is: 

 

to obtain knowledge of the eternal and indestructible spirit within the temporal world of dissipating matter

to ascend to spiritual completeness of own soul–heart–mind,

even through help by sharing the material things and by assisting to the underprivileged ones in their material necessities

to obtain immortality while still living in the world of death…

 

So, which well–wishes–greetings the one could have for the others in the beginning of a new year within the temporal world where the human mind has to come to the fullness of the knowledge of God and prepare itself for the eternity in the presence of God {John 17; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 John; Ephesians 3:14–21; 4:20–24; Colossians 3:10–11}?

The best that a Christian could wish to the others is to find their Way to God, to accomplish His will, and to receive from Him the Daily Bread of the immortality that fills the hungry soul and gives it the life everlasting in the presence of God {John 6:35–51, 53–69; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John; Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–14}

 

Let everyone who desires to follow Lord Jesus Christ

find his very own way to God and receive from Him the Daily Bread of the immortality

that fills the hungry soul and gives it the everlasting life in the presence of God!

 

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See The Facets of the Absolute, esp., The Excellence in Note *17* to The Facets of the Absolute 

 

*2* See The Focus and The Shift in Note *17* to The Discernment  

 

*3* Concerning the total ruin – collapse according to the διαφθορων pattern, see Note *4* to The Discernment  

 

*4* In 2 Corinthians 2:17, St. Paul the Apostle says: “we are not as many adulterating the word of God (εσμεν ως οι πολλοι, καπηλευοντες τον λογον του Θεου) but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God, in Christ, we speak.”

Greek word καπηλευοντες is a derivative of καπηλευω – to be engaged in petty cunning trade, to adulterate, to corrupt, to cheat, to swindle; to distort, to pervert, to misrepresent.

Similar thought is in 2 Corinthians 4:2: “we have renounced hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor adulterating the word of God, but by the revelation of truth…”

Deceit, perversion, misrepresentation and other kinds of adulteration of truth – lies – are the deeds of the arch–evil that is a liar and the father of it {John 8:44}.

If the soul became the temple of God, it had rejected the arch–evil, it became incompatible with the evil, and it is unable to spread lies.

Indeed, for any Christian who loves God as it is stated by the first greatest commandment, who accepted God as the Highest Holiness, Light, and Life of own soul that is the temple–dwelling of God, any adulterating, modification, misrepresentation, perversion of the words of God is impossible, and not only because it is the blasphemy and unforgivable sin: words of God are revelation of the will of God the Father carried out by the Word–God and by the Holy Spirit Who proceeds from God the Father. Then, sin against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable {cf. In: John 3:31–36; 5:63, 68; 14:26; 16:13–15; Matthew 12:30–36; 1 John 5:16}.

 

See The Unassailable Purity – in the Text of Archive_Reprints, and Priest and Heresy – in Note *7* to Archive_Reprints

 

*5* See The Mind: Introductory Notes; currently in Folder Archive_2015, Pages 11_November_2015 and 12_December_2015 @ website Sunday’s Thoughts [http://alicealexandrasofia.net]

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

 

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

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 (to have) from primary verb σχεω  – to hold; εχομεν is a shortened form of εχομενως – which conveys meanings of contiguity, following something, close connection, proximity. Strict meaning of ημεις δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν is “we just/exactly the reasoning of Christ follow.”

 

*7* See

 – The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation

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

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

The Freedom of Perfection and Note *151* in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*8* See The Discernment  

 

*9* 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 to observe the Law: to live according to the Law of God, to embody the Law of God into daily life – the reality of own existence. As such, wisdom initiates and sustains human evolution, which is the process of transformation into the immortal child of God destined for the eternity in the presence of God.

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.

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

 

*10* See The Fire and The Light in The Discernment, and the following excerpt from The Ultimate Power (original post in Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012)

Excerpt

The Ultimate Power

 

…Not by mighty power, nor by strength, but by My Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.…

{Zacharias 4:6}

 

In the vision sent to the prophet, the Lord Almighty reveals the Ultimate Power – the Holy Spirit of God {Zaharias 4:6} by Whom the temple of God is built and the universe was created, exists, and comes to its completion. The presence of this Power melts the hills*e*1*, evaporates the armies of sinners with all their weapons and devices for murder and contradiction, and reveals the actual essence of the establishments and knowledge of men as null and human wisdom as madness. Into the world of man, this Ultimate and the Almighty Power comes through the Word–God and creates the new world in which the new creations – human children of God – are enabled to withstand His presence and to dwell with Him in His eternity, because they are baptized in the Fire, became the dwelling of the Holy Spirit, and received  υδατος  ζωντος  – the water of living, the life everlasting {Genesis 1:1–31; 2:1–7; Psalms 96(97):5; 101(102):25–28; Daniel 2:1–45; Luke 12:49–50; John 1:1–34; 4:24; 7:37–39; 10:30; 14:15–26; 17:21–26; James 1:18; 1 Corinthians 3:19–23; Revelation 19:11–21; 21:1–6; 22:1–5}.

And I think that the entire history of human thought can be described by the search for the ultimate knowledge – the greatest force that, if obtained, would evaporate the fog of ignorance, enable the mind to comprehend the nature of things, therefore, dissolve “the spiritual blindness” by making impossible misconceptions, misinterpretations, and overall insufficiency of reasoning.

However, this search might be likened to intentional crawling in the darkness, while the entry into the light is already given, because the ultimate knowledge and ultimate power of man is the knowledge of God granted by the Holy Spirit; nothing else is needed, and nothing else should be ever sought {cf.: Matthew 6:33; John 8:12; 14:6–26; 15:1–6, 26}…

 

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Notes:

 

*e*1* See The Force – in Note *69* to The Discernment

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

The essence of man – the inner man – mentioned by St. Peter the Apostle {hidden heart of man – 1 Peter 3:4} is the soul–heart–mind, which carries the image and likeness of God. St. Paul the Apostle refers to a new 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 Greek theologians discerned three parts/components of the human essence, or it might be said that they assumed that the soul–heart–mind operates at three levels: intellect – νους, reason/intelligence – διανοια, and the reasoning, or the faculty of deliberation –  γνωμα–φρονημα–λογισμος.

 

*12* See

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

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

 

 

*13* See

The Road to God –  Supplement 1 to The Discernment

The One Coming to Christ – Folder Foundation, Page 6, or as Supplement 1 to Archive_Reprints and God the Lord of Knowledgethe Portion of the Living Ones  –– in Archive_Reprints

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

 

 

*14* The ultimate or the main purpose of a human being is salvation of own soul: obtaining immortality and the everlasting life in the presence of God.

See The Ultimate Purpose – in Note *56* to The Facets of the Absolute 

 

*15* Also, see Promise to Come Back – in Note *16* to Archive_Reprints

 

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Place of Learning

 

out of the night my spirit arises to Thee, o God,

for Thy commandments are the light on the earth

{Isaiah 26:9}

 

 

Isaiah the prophet writes {Isaiah 26:7–10} that the path of the godly (righteous) ones has been straightened; their way is prepared, for the way of the Lord is judgment. The prophet writes of the one who trusts in the name of God and longs for His remembrance: his spirit arises out of the night to God, because the God’s commandments are the light on the earth. Then, the one who dwells on the earth should learn righteousness: no one who will not learn righteousness on the earth ––  αληθειαν  ου  μη  ποιησει –– shall be empowered to recognize–accept–acquire–accomplish–do–establish–cause truth [[ποιησει is a derivative of ποιεω – the word that conveys plenty of meanings concerning identifying–establishing–creating–doing–causing something; in the referred text {Isaiah 26:10}, the word ποιησει  conveys the meaning of all–embracing handling the truth: from the ability to recognize it through the power to create → to cause the others to create according to the Truth]].

Daniel the prophet is told*1* that the lawless ones shall stay lawless, and none of the lawless ones shall understand, but the wise shall understand {Daniel 12:10}. Thus, observance of the law*2* of God is inseparably connected with the understanding, which is the property of the wise ones*3*

To the contrary, the reasoning of the lawless ones is in the state of collapse: the lawless ones

–– as Moses {in: Deuteronomy 28} warned*4*, might be smitten with insanity, blindness, and displacement [[displacement of the mind is dislodgment from the foundation for the reasoning; this foundation – στερεωμα*5* for the Christians –– accommodates creation of the right opinion–judgment, making and implementation of optimal decisions]] or bewilderment–confusion of the mind {εκστασει διανοιας – Deuteronomy 28:28} as the state of exit/being cut off from the foundation for the reasoning

–– as Isaiah described {Isaiah 59:1–15}, have distorted perception: the truth has been taken away from them, and their mind is turned away from understanding; thus, their thoughts are thoughts of murder → they run to wickedness and bloodshed → they do not know the way of peace → destruction and misery are their ways, and salvation is gone far from them*6*.  

One of the meanings of righteousness is justice as knowledge of the law of God and as life by the law of God. Hence, the one could infer that the highest wisdom of a human being is observance of the commandments of God: the righteousness. Compliance with the law of God is the highest and most fruitful virtue, because it leads to wisdom that empowers the one to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which he was born: evolution for the next phase of existence – the eternity in the presence of God.

Furthermore, according to promise of Lord Jesus Christ {John 14:15–17}, the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Truth – comes to the one who observes the commandments of God [[the essence of which is love to God and love to the creations of God {Matthew 22:36–40; Luke 10:25–37; John 13:34–35; 15:12; 16:13; 17; 1 John}]], the one who proves his love to God by observing the words/commandments of God. Subsequently, he might be enabled to do the works of God: the work of Truth – the works given by Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Way and the Truth and the Life {John 14:6, 12}.

The one, who is chosen to be born of God and who has the authority to be a child of God, perceives the Light and comes to Him. Already here, at the earth he learns the righteousness and evolves into co–worker, working space, and the work of God – the firstfruit of new creations in likeness of the Word–God created by God in Christ, by the Word of Truth {John 1:1–13; 3:16–21; 12:46–48; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 1 John 3; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians; Colossians}. Thus, the creation of the new world, in which a human being is the immortal perfect child of the Almighty Perfect God, begins within the temporal world: the dwellers of the earth

 

learn righteousness

go to the Light of the earth

are enabled to do the truth

choose and pass the prepared for them straight path – the way into the eternity with God

{Isaiah 26:7–9; John 1:1–13; 3:21; 10:7–18, 27–30; 11:25–26; 12:46; 14; 15; 16; 17; Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–5, 13–12}.

 

Hence, the earth is the place to learn the righteousness: to comprehend the commandments of God, which are the light on the earth {Isaiah 26:9}, and to embody them into own thoughts, words, deeds.

The Christians perceive the law of God as revelation of the Perfect Love of God the Creator –– all the law and revelations of the prophets are hang on two greatest commandments: love to God and love to the creations of God {Matthew 22:36–40}. Love is fulfillment of the law {Romans 13:8–10}, because love does not inflict any harm, any insufficiency, any other evil upon the others: love is the righteousness, and the one who is doing righteousness is of God –– he is guided by the Spirit of Truth, he does the works of God in truth, and he is of Truth. The one who proves his love by fulfillment the commandments of God abides in God, and God abides in him: God is Love, and the one abiding in love abides in God, and God abides in him {John 14; 15; 16:13–15; 17; 1 John 3; 4:16}.

Hence, the Christian comprehends the multifaceted reality of the human mind as the unity of righteousness law wisdom –– as the place/realm for interconnected manifestations of the love of God Who is the Perfect Almighty Love without fear and suffering, the Father of lights, mercies, and all comfort:

 

Love of God is the life–creating power,

by which the world exists as the living evolving wholeness created by the Perfect Almighty God

Love of God has created and maintains the realm of life – the realm of actualization of the Absolute Good of God

Love of God is the foundation of the world created by the Perfect Almighty God

and the essence of life for the creations of God

Love is the highest wisdom of a human being, because the one, who dwells in love, dwells in God

Love is the natural foundation of the human mind,

upon which the mind might be enabled to accomplish the works of God – doing the truth

{John 1:1–18; 3:16–21; 14; 15; 16; 17; Matthew 5:43–48; 6; 7; Luke 6:17–49; 10:25–37; 1 John; Isaiah 26:7–10}

 

Furthermore, the adequate reasoning, understanding, right discernment, infallible judgment, and other components of the power known as wisdom, the unity of which creates and maintains the optimal potency of the human mind, are the consequences of knowledge of the Truth.

This Truth is Λογος/Αγια Σοφια – the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ: through the complete knowledge*7* of the Word–God a human being receives all needed for life and evolution for the next phase of existence – eternity in the presence of God. Therefore, life of a being created in image of God and likeness is the power to recognize–accept–acquire–accomplish–do–establish–cause the truth. Hence, the entire edifice of human creations should be the consequences of knowledge of the Truth.

From the other side, all human misery, insufficiencies, suffering, and entire realm of anti–evolution – the singularity for degeneration, collapse, destruction, disintegration, and death, are the consequences of the inadequate reasoning – the failure of the mind to operate according to its perfect nature created after image of the Perfect Almighty God {Genesis 1:26–27}.

The collapse of the human reasoning might become irreversible, when the mind accepts lies and deceit as truth and consumes false knowledge, for instance, such as

a/ false predictions and deceit of the diviners*8*

b/ false knowledge of the human nature amassed by the materialistic sciences from studies of the nature of rodents, other animals, insects, etc.

c/ ideologies, cults of death, and false religions based on the religious and philosophical doctrines derived of the Orphic serpentine theology*9*.

Although the initial contact with the false knowledge might be perceived as enlightenment, excitement, or anxiety because of some mysterious revelations of secret knowledge hidden from the many, sooner or later, yet inevitably, the false knowledge, the source of which is the arch–evil – the father of lies {John 8:43–44},

 

debilitates the reasoning

initiates mental disorders

leads to the collapse of human reasoning

initiates violence, crimes, unrest, and wars

culminates in

collapse and disintegration of human establishments

{Isaiah 59:2–11; Deuteronomy 28; 32:16–33}

 

Such failure of the human reasoning always is based on inadequate knowledge of the Truth: on ignorance concerning

 

the law and knowledge of God

the nature of the world that accommodates existence of mankind

the nature of a human being – creation of God accommodated within the temporal world,

in which the mind has to learn righteousness: to acquire the knowledge of the eternal law of God,

and to learn how to live in full compliance with the law of God and by the knowledge of God

 

Then, the mind of the one who is seeking the Truth of God indeed arises from the night {εκ  νυκτος  ορθριζει το  πνευμα  μου  προς Σε ο Θεος  – Isaiah 26:9}, from the darkness of human misery and powerlessness of ignorance and death to the Light of God – the Almighty Light of creation*10* that illuminates the darkness and creates His children even from the blind chaotic senselessness of the human dust that does not know the Truth, and leads them by the prepared straight path into His Kingdom {Isaiah 42:16; John 10:7–17, 27–30; 12:46; 14; 15; 16:8–15; 17}.

What, then, is the Truth?

For the Christians, the Truth is the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ Who redeemed them from the power of the arch–evil and sin, made them the chosen ones who might inherit the Kingdom of God, and gave them knowledge of God – the knowledge that is the everlasting life {e.g., in: John; esp., John 17; James; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John; Ephesians; Colossians}.

At the level of personal perception, the Truth is also the power to comprehend own responsibility for own thoughts, words, and actions, for life according to the law of God devoted to creation of the good for the others, for acceptance of the greatest gift of God – the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth Who comes because of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, to those who live by the commandments/words of God, and Who brings with Him wisdom and freedom of perfection*11* by transforming the one into a child of the Almighty Perfect God. All this and much more…

And I think, what would be the world today, if the peoples, families, societies, nations live by the law of God: love your neighbors as you love yourself?

Definitely, if the Second Greatest Commandment {Matthew 22:36–40; Luke 10:25–37} would be the way of life for the earth,

––– wars, conflicts, genocide, religious intolerance followed with violence and crimes against humanity, and other results of the hatred to God and to His creation – a human being would never be known*12*

––– there will be no the flow of the migrants from the Islamic countries that now devastates the Europe with their way of life, their misery, and their crimes, and which carries at least three categories of the people

a/ those who are fleeing from

–– slavery, because of which human beings can be mutilated, maimed, beheaded, crucified, flogged, stoned, used as human weapon (suicide–bomber), and otherwise treated as the cattle allotted for slaughter

–– poverty, and disorder of the countries, which their leaders cast into the unceasing bloodshed of fratricidal wars and religious persecutions

–– crimes against humanity [[e.g., the barbaric executions, acts of terror and use of WMD for murder people at markets, schools, hospitals, places of worship, genocide of people of other faith, such means of persuasion as public corporal punishment, starvation, enslaving, and so on – just read the daily news from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia]]

b/ those who bring with them their hatred to the people of other faiths and walks of life, envy, and false pride of imagined “superiority” of their religion and their laws, which already have inflicted slavery, persecution, death upon many different–minded, yet which they carry with them as the standard of their life that must become the inevitable way of life for those who accept them into their countries

c/ the militants who –– by their brutality, terrorist acts, crimes (especially, against children and women), deceit, and propaganda of “peace” and “superiority” of their religion, with which they cover their war for world–wide domination –– attempt to subdue the world and, through intimidation, deceit, and terror to enslave it to their religion and their way of life, which for the civilized people is equal to slavery and death…

The reality is that this flow of human desperation comes into the lands of the “godless nations” – the nations that have taken their pride in the rejection of God and liberation from the righteousness and virtues, especially with liberation from woman modesty and traditional family values, which are the foundation of any life–oriented society enabled to survive and to accommodate evolution of its members. The one might comprehend the gravity of the problems that the European nations are facing now by reading the Moses’ warning to those who reject the law of God {Deuteronomy 28} and comparing the ancient warning with the news, which permeate the barriers of “political correctness” and are spread through the social media, and even through some official media channels.

Because of their rejection of God and His laws, these nations deprived themselves from the right judgment and the power of understanding; they became incapable of the power of reasoning that sustains survival. Therefore, as the current state of affairs illustrates, they are not up to the current main task: to accommodate those who seek liberation and to neutralize those who came to conquer and to destroy –– they have no power and no means to discern these two categories…

Presently, it would be difficult even to envision the world – the earth, where each child begins his life with learning the law of God, where each child is schooled in the way of life consistent with the Second Greatest Commandment – love your neighbors as you love yourself…

Would not such earth be the Paradise where the people live in harmony, abundance of the good and peace, learn the righteousness, and evolve for the next phase of life – the eternity in the presence of God?

 

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Notes:

 

 

*1* See The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Understanding in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*2* See

The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation

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

The Inevitability of the Law, The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Acceptance, The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Understanding, The Law of Love and the Ultimate Justice, and The Freedom of Perfection n this file,  Archive_Selections_2015

 

*3* See Note *165* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*4* See The Understanding – Folder Archive_2013, Page 5_June_2013; excerpt in Note *166* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*5* 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. When the one accepts the Word–God, the knowledge that He gives – the knowledge of God (knowledge of the law of God, His will, His commandments, His mercy, His Perfection and His Love – the Absolute Good), becomes the Firmament: the foundation of the one’s intelligence/reasoning.

See Note *58* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*6* Concerning collapse of human reasoning, see Note *53* to The Discernment

 

*7* See

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

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

 

*8* See Divination in Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview, and Vanga’s Phenomenon. Comment on Predictions in Folder Comments @ website Uncommon Thought

 

*9* Concerning the Orphism and its derivatives, see

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

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

Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015, and Note *8* to Archive_Reprints

 

*10* See Note *145* to  Archive_Selections_2015

 

*11* See The Fire for a Child – Folder Archive_2014, Page 4_April_2014; excerpt in Note *108* to Archive_Selections_2015, and The Freedom of Perfection in Text of Archive_Selections_2015

 

*12* See Inhumanity and Mercy in Text of Archive_Selections_2015

 

*13* Especially, slavery as deprivation of the human dignity, fundamental human rights and liberties that start with the freedom of religion, freedom of thinking, freedom of access to information and knowledge, and adherence to the law of inviolability of human life established by God the Creator {Genesis 9:5–6}.

See also Concept of Slavery – Supplement 2 to Archive_Selections_2015

 

 

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Guardian

 

...Children, guard yourself from idols.

{1 John 5:18–21}

 

 

St. John the Apostle completes his Epistle {1 John 5:21} with the warning to children: to guard themselves from ειδωλων interpreted as idols. The children are τεκνια  Θεου – the children of God, as Lord Jesus Christ addressed to His disciples during the Last Supper, before giving them a new commandment to love each other as He loved them {John 13:33–35}. By addressing to the readers of his Epistle as to children, St. John the Apostle reminds them the promise of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God: through observing His commandments and by loving each other as He loved them, His followers become the true children of God and even friends chosen by God Himself {John 1:1–14; 13:33–35; 14; 15:10–16; 1 John 1:1–7; 2; 3; 4; 5}.

There are some interesting nuances of the last verses of The First Epistle of John [[Greek words (in brackets, from 1/ through 4/) precede translations; sign “|” separates the different versions of the Bible]].  

According to English translations of the Bible [R], St. John the Apostle writes {1 John 5:18–21}: “We know that everyone having been born of God does not sin, but the one born of God guards himself, and the evil one (ουχ απτεται – 1/) does not touch|has no hold over| him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world (εν τω πονηρω κειται – 2/) lies in evil|is under the power of the evil one|. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given to us (διανοιαν – 3/) an understanding|discernment| that we might know the True One, and we are in the True One, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the True God and the life everlasting. Children, guard|keep| yourselves from (ειδωλων – 4/) idols|false gods|.”

If the one takes into consideration the actual meaning of the Greek words, he might deepen his understanding of the harmony and coherence of the texts of the Holy Scriptures. For instance,

1/ απτεται translated as touches, has also another meaning: consumes, as it is, for instance, in Thucydides’ description of οσα  τετραποδα  ανθρωπων  απτεται: tetrapods (or quadruples – animals with four limbs) – “human flesh consuming.” The translation as consumes correlates the text of the Epistle with a definition of the arch–evil given by Lord Jesus Christ {in: John 8:44} – ανθρωποκτονος, which is translated as murderer, yet also has a meaning of something composed of the flesh of murdered men. When St. John the Apostle refers to everyone hating the brother as to murderer {in: 1 John 3:15}, he applies the same word ανθρωποκτονος. To become ανθρωποκτονος – murderer/the one composed of the flesh of murdered men – the one has to murder a human being and to consume–utilize–use the murdered human being.

This definition

1/ is a reminder of the punishment of the cunning brute of Genesis, which became the arch–evil {Luke 10:18–20; Revelation 20:2}: it was told that it γην φαγη – shall eat/consume/devour the earth all days of its life {Genesis 3:15}. Man is γη – the earth {Genesis 3:20}; thus the arch–evil exists by eating–consuming–devouring human beings –

at the spiritual level –

by enslaving and consuming the human mind

and transforming it into the living dead – the one who has no Truth within:

the creator of the thoughts of murder and iniquities, the destroyer deprived of understanding,

the slave of the evil that commits sin*1* against God,

violates the law of God, and carries out crimes against God and against creations of God

{e.g., in: Isaiah 59:1–15; John 8:31–47}

at the level of the structured matter – the level of the material things,

by causing harm, insufficiencies, detriment, suffering and death of living beings

and destruction of human establishments

 

2/ discloses the process that lead the one into the eternal death: the arch–evil murders the one’s mind by poisoning with false knowledge and transforming it into own slave; then, the enslaved mind is used for producing evil thought–words–deeds until all inner reserves, strengths, abilities are utilized for the works of the arch–evil and consumed by it.

As it is written in the Book of Wisdom, the ungodly ones, with their words and works, invited death to be their companion, and they are consumed to nought/decomposed; they make covenant with death*2*, and became the part of it {Wisdom 1:16}

2/ κειται – a typical inscription on gravestone is ενθαδε κειται – here lies; the Apostle refers to the whole world, which εν τω πονηρω κειται – lies in the evil, as to the dead one that lies buried in his grave; the evil is the grave of the whole world

3/ διανοιαν translated as an understanding has more complicated meanings, including the mind, the reasoning, the way of thinking, the spiritual cast/template/pattern, judgment. Hence, St. John the Apostle speaks of the mind as of the way/pattern of reasoning/judgment. This interpretation is consistent with the text from 1 Corinthians 2:15–16, in which St. Paul the Apostle writes of the mind of those who δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν  – just/exactly follow*3* the reasoning of Christ.

4/ ειδωλων translated as idols is a derivative of the verb ειδω, which defines the functions of the mind→consciousness→senses, such as to see (to comprehend), to contemplate, to see (by eyes), to seek (an answer), to understand, to cognize, to imagine, to simulate, to liken, to feel. Consequently, ειδωλον conveys the meanings of vision, ghost/phantasm, likeness, similarity, reflection, dream, figment of imagination, ειδωλα των νοουμενων – image/dream made by the mental power–reasoning–imagination, and the last of them is idol, which might be correlated also with the materialization of the image created by the mind, e.g., such as statue or any other material thing*4*. However, each idol as a material thing/arrangement of the structured matter (e.g., clay, wood, likening of mortal man to deity, state as the arrangement of the reserves of the nation) is materialization of the image created by the mind*5*.

If to recall the meaning of other texts of the Holy Scriptures, the one could make the following observation.

Concerning 1 John 3:13: hatred – the feeling, the way of thinking concerning the others, is equated to an action within the world of the material things – murder, while each murderer has no everlasting life abiding in him. Thus, St. John the Apostle re–iterates the explanations given by Lord Jesus Christ {in: Matthew 5:27–30; 15:19–20; Mark 7:15–23}, concerning the human heart/mind, from which the evil thoughts pour out into the world to be materialized through the actions of men, such as murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, blasphemies, iniquities, deceit, greedy desires, lust. All these coming out from within [[from the heart–mind]] defile man, while actions with material things {Matthew 15:1–20} do not defile man. The evil*6* that man harbors in his mind pollutes and degrade him.

Concerning John 3:18–21, 36: self–judgment is either acceptance/belief in the Son of God or rejection of the Son of God. Self–judgment as the understanding of own nature, values, purposes and acceptable means to actualize them determines the way of thinking that subsequently is materialized into

 

a/ the one’s works:

either the works that have been worked in God (and the way of the Light)

or the works of the evil (and the way into the darkness)

b/ the one’s ultimate end:

either the life everlasting in the presence of God

or the eternal darkness–death of separation from God

 

Again, the problem of right choice*7* – the choice based on the true nature of a human being – is re–iterated: to follow the normal human nature is to choose freedom to create the good that leads into the life everlasting. By choosing the good, the one takes the straight path prepared by God {Isaiah 42:16; John 14:6; 12:46} and leading to the Light, and with the Light – into the next phase of existence, the eternity in the Kingdom of God; by choosing the evil, the one casts himself into the eternal death/separation from God:

–– God created man to be immortal*8* image of His Own grace; God did not create death – the foundations of the world were healthy, there was no poison of destruction in them, and there was no kingdom of death upon the earth

–– the ungodly ones invited death*9* to be their companion – they mulled over to befriend it, and it consumed them; death entered the world through the envy of the arch–evil and those seduced ones that are of its side have it as their lot {Wisdom 1:12–16; 2:23–24}.

Ultimately, only one factor determines the choice of the mind – the ability to hear–recognize–perceive the voice of Lord Jesus Christ – the Truth of God:

–– the ones, who perceive His voice, recognize the Truth, obtain faith and love to God, follow Him, and observe His commandments, find the Door into His kingdom and enter the eternity {John 10: 1–18, 25–30; 14; 15; 16; 17}

–– the others, who made the ears of their mind deaf and lost the ability to hear–perceive–recognize the Truth, because they have no place for the Word–God within, cast themselves into slavery to the evil, commit iniquities, slide into degeneration and perversion, and condemn themselves to sharing the destiny of their master – eternal death {Isaiah 6:9–10; Mark 4:11–12; John 8:31–47; Revelation 20:10–15}.

Thus, the texts of the Holy Scriptures reveal the nature and purposes of the human mind*5* and lead the one to the ultimate conclusion:

 

1/ the human mind is the realm,

which might be empowered to accommodate the kingdom of God

{Luke 17:20–21}

 

2/ the human mind is the realm,

within which the arch–evil might subduemurderconsume a human being

and obtain the force to enter the world of the material things,

where it causes insufficiencies, suffering, diseases, and death of living beings

and destruction of the human establishments

the human mind is the gate*10*, through which the evil enters the world of the material things –

the world that accommodates existence of mankind and that should be a place for learning the Truth

and consequent evolution–preparedness for the next phase of existence –

immortality and everlasting life in the presence of God,

yet, which has become the collapsing realm of degeneration, disintegration, destruction, and death,

the disintegrating system that might be analyzed, comprehended, and evaluated

according to the classical διαφθορων pattern*11* –  the pattern of the total collapse–ruin–disintegration

 

 

In the end, only the one himself is responsible for own thoughts, judgments, and opinions, which he has materialized into his words and actions.

Ultimately, for the one who is focused on the eternity with God, all divisions observed by the people, such as race, sex, nationality, wealth, social status, place at the political, social, and religious hierarchies, etc., are irrelevant as any manifestation of human vanity and frailty is, because, in fact, there are only two categories of human beings {Malachi 3:18; Matthew 22:29–32; 25:31–46; John 17:32–26; 2 Peter 2; 3:3–15, 18; Galatians 3:26–29; 6:5–10; Romans 10:11–13; 1 Corinthians 5:9–13; 6:9–12; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18; Revelation 21:6–8, 24–27; 22:1–5, 14–15}:

 

1/ the doers of the good at the earth,

who, as the servants, children, slaves, and blessed ones of God,

will inherit the kingdom*12* prepared for them from the foundation of the world

{Matthew 25:31–40}

and

2/ the ones who have not done the good to the others,

who have consummated their time–range/life at the earth

as the doers of the evil and builders of the realm of death,

and, who, as the cursed ones, will share the destiny of the arch–evil and its servants

{Matthew 25:31–33, 41–46}

 

Whatever the one chooses – is the ultimate responsibility of the one: it will be the web of his life*13*, his own creation, his fruit, which he will bring to his Creator.

Then, the final warning given by St. John the Apostle to guard ourselves from the visions–dreams–figments of imagination–idols {1 John 5:21} might be perceived as the practical instruction: to identify each root of each evil thought and to root it out

 

by praying and imploring God to give the power to survive*14*,

to illuminate by the Light of God, and to grant the greatest gift*15*:

the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Truth that protects, illuminates, teaches,

and leads the one into eternity with God

{Mark 11:23–26; Luke 11:9–13; John 14:13–17, 26; 15:26; 16:7–15; 17}

by strict following the reasoning of Christ,

the main pattern of which is the unwavering focusing*16* on accomplishment of the will of God

{John 4:34; 17:4, 17–19, 24–26}

by exercising the right discernment*17*

by discarding each attempt to feed the mind by the poison of false knowledge

that comes under the cover of “predictions” of the diviners*18*, propaganda, ideologies of death, false religions,

books, movies, games, other means of education and entertainment spreading vice and corruption,

and other creations of the unclean human imagination*19* {that from the youth is intently bent upon the evil – Genesis 8:21},

which, having been materialized/embodied into words and actions, actualize the realm of death at the earth

{e.g., in: Isaiah 8:19–20; 2 Peter 2; 3; Jude; Wisdom 1:12–16; 2:22–24, 10–13, 16–19}

 

 

For the Christian, knowledge of the will of God is knowledge of the commandments–law of God and their embodiment into own life whatever it takes {in: Matthew 5; 6; 7; 10:16–42; 11:27–30; 22:36–40; 26:38–42; Mark 12:29–34; Luke 6:17–49;  John 4:34; 13:13–16; 14; 15; 16; 17; Romans 8:35–39}.

By observing commandments of God accomplished because of faith and love to Lord Jesus Christ {John 14:1–27; 15:9–16; 1 John 5:1–3}, the Christian comes to the complete knowledge of God through which he receives everything needed for life and godliness*20* and everlasting life in the kingdom of God. By the grace of God – love and mercy revealed through Lord Jesus Christ, the mind is sanctified in Truth and transformed into the temple of the Living God, one of the living stones, from which the infinite everlasting Kingdom of God is built {John 1:1–17; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 2:1–10; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19–20; Ephesians 2:13–22}.

For the Christian, only Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, is the Redeemer, Guardian, Shepherd, Overseer, Teacher, and Leader – the entire universe of the human mind: through Him, the mind obtains the fullness of completion and becomes the new world created by God for His works in His eternity {John 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; Ephesians; Colossians; 1 Thessalonians 4; 5; Isaiah 41:9–10; 42:16–17; 43:2–8, 18–21; 59:21; 60:1–3; 61; 65; 66; Malachi 3:17; Revelation 22:1–5}. 

 

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Notes:

 

*1* Sin is a violation of the law of God: the failure to achieve the purposes, an inability to create the good that is to fulfill the Law/will of God; thus, sin is an inability to accomplish the mission of man. See Note *151* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*2* See The Logic of Death – in Note *37* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*3* 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 [R]] 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.”

 

*4* See Idolatry – in Note *27* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*5* See The Mind

 

*6* See

The  Mind – the Gate for the Good and the Gate for the Evil – in The Mind

– Concept of evil – in Note *21* to The Mind

 

*7* See

The Choice – in Note *103* to Archive_Selections_2015

The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Understanding – in Text of Archive_Selections_2015

 

*8* Immortality –– the everlasting (or eternal) life in the kingdom of God Who is the Spirit {John 4:24} –– is presence of God the Spirit within His creation.

See Note *202* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*9* See Concept of Death – in Note *35* to The Mind

 

*10* See The  Mind – the Gate for the Good and the Gate for the Evil – in The Mind

 

*11* Greek word διαφθορων denotes the totality of physical, moral, and religious ruin {as in: Psalm 106(107):20}.

The διαφθορων pattern describes also the utter collapse–ruin of any system, in which alien knowledge takes the place of the original meanings of truth.

See Note *5* to Archive_Selections_2015                                             

 

*12* See

Kingdom of Heaven (2008 and 2011) – in Notes *100* and *203* to Archive_Selections_2015

Kingdom for a Child – in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*13* See Web of Life – in Text of Archive_Reprints

 

*14* See The Authority to Survive – in Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*15* See The Fire for a Child – in Note *108* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*16* See The Focus and The Shift – in Note *17* to The Discernment

 

*17* See The Discernment

 

*18* See

Divination in Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview

Vanga’s Phenomenon. Comment on Predictions – in Comments @ The Net

 

*19* See Imagination – in Note *29* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*20* See

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

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

 

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References:

 

[R]

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Point of Entry

 

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}

 

 

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

The words of God define

1/ the source of the good and the evil within the world of men: the source of the good is the good treasure of human heart; the source of the evil is the evil treasure of human heart; from the treasure of his heart, a human being brings forth into his reality –– his family, business, society, state, nation, world, universe –– either good, if the treasure is good, or evil, if the treasure is evil

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

The heart is the term, with which the Holy Scriptures refer to the essence of a human being – the inner man, the soul–heart–mind, or in the contemporary terms, the mind*1*.

Thus, the practical questions are:

1/ what is the treasure of human heart

2/ how the evil enters the one’s heart to become the treasure, out of abundance of which the one’s mouth speaks {Luke 6:45; Mark 7:21–23} and the one acts?

As it could be inferred from the Holy Scriptures {e.g., in: John 17:3–8; 2 Peter 1:2–11}, the good treasure of the human heart is the knowledge of God: through επιγνωσεως*2* –  the complete knowledge of God – the mind receives all necessary for

a/ life in the earth, godliness, and life everlasting in the kingdom of God

b/ creation of the good within its current reality

c/ accomplishment of the purposes it was set to accomplish.

The initial steps, with which the one begins to assemble his good treasure, are simple:

 

1/ learning the law/commandments/words of God

2/ observing the law/commandments/words of God

3/ embodying the law/commandments/words of God into own daily reality,

or in other words, life by the words of God

{Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; John 14:6–27; Deuteronomy 8:3}

 

If the one observes the law–commandments of God and arranges his life in accordance with the words of God, he could be empowered to receive the Holy Spirit Who, as Lord Jesus Christ promised, might come to those who love God and live by His commandments. Then, God Himself teaches, illuminates, sanctifies the one in Truth, and guides him in the Way to the everlasting life in His kingdom {John 14:11–18, 23–26; 15:7–15; 16:26–28; 17}.

If the mind obtains the complete knowledge of God, or in other words, if the complete knowledge of God becomes the foundation, upon which the mind lives–operates, creates knowledge–thoughts, judgments, opinions, devises actions, accepts purposes and chooses means and reserves for achievement of purposes, the mind ascends to zenith of its creative power.

The first advantage of knowledge of the law–commandments–words of God is the knowledge of the consequences for those who live by the law*3* and for those who violate the law – commit iniquities. Even today, this knowledge might be obtained by reading the Books of the Old Testament prophets starting with the Books of Moses {esp.: Deuteronomy; Matthew 5:17–18}.

Moses conveys the forewarning: the law carries life and death {Deuteronomy 28; 30:9–20}.

The Holy Scriptures define the meaning of life: by the Word of God the heavens are established and by the breath of His mouth (πνευματι of πν-ευμα ––spirit, breath, flow of energy) all their powers are sustained; by the breath – Spirit – of God, the universe exists and human being becomes the living soul. Life is presence of the Spirit of God; human life is the Spirit of God within human soul–heart–mind {Genesis 2:7; 6:3; Psalm 32(33):4–9; 103(104); 145(146):4; 146(147); John 6:63}.

To live in conformity to the law of God, the essence of which is love – love to God and love to the creations of God {in: Matthew 22:36–40}, is to live according to the nature created by God. Violation of the law of God is perversion leading to death. If people do not live according to the law of God that is according to the normal human nature, they do not have life – the Spirit of God – within them. At the very moment when a human being violates the law of God, he perverts own nature, and his mind looses access to the divine life–creating and life–sustaining energy.

The mind that has violated the law of God deprives itself of the food – divine energy coming from God, which sustains existence; ultimately, it becomes unable to live according to its nature, that is, firstly, to create the good. By rejecting God and violating His law, the mind transforms itself into the one that is not of God and that must be rooted up {Matthew 15:13} out from the world created by God. Such mind becomes the evil unable to live by God and to dwell in God; it has no place for the words of God within, because it has filled itself with false knowledge and lies and is unable to bring fruits [[good thoughts, words, and deeds]] to God. Yet, nothing evil is able to exist in the presence of God.

Hence, by rejecting God and violating the law, the mind initiates self–extermination – withering: death from hunger and thirst. Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, likened those who do not dwell in Him to withered infertile branches and bad trees not producing the good fruits; in due time, they will be thrown into the fire {Genesis 2:7; Deuteronomy 8; 32:22; Isaiah 9:18–20; 13:9–11; 30:9–14; Ezekiel 19:10–14; Matthew 7:19;  John 6:31–69; 8:37–47; 15:1–6; 2 Peter 3:10–13}.

In summary, without God, man is nothing, only dissipating dust – decomposing temporal arrangement of the material structures made of the earth/matter, which have to return into the earth/matter after completion of life–cycle at the particular time–space–complexity points [[during some time–range, at the some land(s), with possession of some knowledge]]:

 

only by the breath of God, man became the living soul

only through Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, and by the Holy Spirit of God,

man becomes a child of God and enters the eternal kingdom of God

{Genesis 2:7; John 1:1–18, 26–34; 3:3–7; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

 

The mind that has rejected God and has no place within itself for the Word–God – for the Truth and eternal life, amasses its treasure from the knowledge of the decomposing dust/matter – the knowledge of the evil, and subsequently, slides to the lowest point of degradation followed with perversion–corruption and destruction. Such mind

– becomes the rotten core, from which the poison of destruction [[or the codes of decomposition/disintegration]] gushes to penetrate all that the mind is empowered to influence–control

– initiates collapse and ruins everything that it is enabled to reach, starting with itself.

The mind lives–operates by knowledge*4*, and its road to completion of the earthly phase of existence is made with knowledge, which it has

 

identified––comprehended––cognized––accepted/rejected––created/destroyed––conveyed to/made unavailable to the others––absorbed/exuded

 

Hence, the entire world–realm that accommodates existence of mankind might be envisioned as the edifice of knowledge: knowledge is behind each spiritual and material event that the mind encounters – feeling, thought, meeting, possession, material things, social–political–religious establishments, and other systems and realities, everything. The mind lives by knowledge and everything in the world of man comes to some knowledge: an assumption, judgment, opinion, article of faith, philosophical concept, doctrine, theory, code of a system, and so on.

The problem is how to identify, which kind of knowledge a particular mind*5* does offer to the others – true knowledge or false knowledge*6*, what then, is its treasure: the good or the evil?

So, the one who cares of own survival is facing the three–facet problem:

 

1/ how to discern*7* the true essence [[the good or the evil]] of everything that the one encounters?

2/ how to separate himself from those who are the carriers of destruction with the evil/rotten core within

and how to neutralize their evil influence?

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3/ how to protect his own mind from the knowledge of the evil, which carries poison of death?

 

So, the first practical question: how the evil might enter the human mind to become its treasure, so, it will be ready to be poured out into the world of the material things?

When God the Creator decided the punishment for the cunning brute that became the arch–evil {Genesis 3:15–16; Revelation 20:2}, He said:

 

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed;

he shall watch against thy head, and thou shall watch against his heel/wings

{Genesis 3:16}

 

In the Septuagint {Genesis 3:16}, it is written: αυτος σου τηρησει κεφαλην, και συ τηρησεις αυτου πτερναν –– he shall watch against thy head, and thou shall watch against his heel/wings.

The Greek word τηρησει(ς) stands for to keep guard over, to watch over, as a derivative from τερος – to watch by keeping eye on, or τηρεω – to guard, to keep, to observe.

In the English versions of the Bible [R], the word πτερναν  is translated as heel – believed to be a derivative of φτερνα as in Αχιλλεια φτερνα – Achilles' heel of the Greek myths. However, its origin is uncertain, therefore, translation might be complicated.

Πτε–ρ–ν–αν is a compound word with the roots of the words with the following meanings:

Πτ|ε– the root of words defining flying birds, wings, as it is for instance, in πτερον – wing (of a flying creature, bird); in πτερυγας – wing, protection – in the reference to God in Psalm 90(91):4; πτερωνο – to grow/acquire wings; πτερινος – wing–empowered, and in πτερνις (πτερν|ις/πτερν|ης) – the bird of prey mentioned by Aristotle

Ρ|ο|ω–, where Ρ is the Minoan root of the cluster of words denoting power, force; for instance, as in ρωννομι  – to fortify, make powerful, or in ρωμη – power, force, strength, spiritual power

V – the Minoan root of the cluster of words denoting law, mind, reasoning, life elements.

Thus, the word heel is not the only possible translation; πτερναν also might denote wings–empowered, or having something similar, which is needed to carry up, to lift up, to soar, to be winged: to have the power of flying.

Indeed, πτερναν should denote not only heel as the part of the foot, the base of the body, on which man stands. According to the text of Genesis {Genesis 3:15}, the serpent’s punishment for the original sin of man is to γην φαγη – to eat earth/dust in all days of its life; however, the serpents and snakes do not literally eat earth/soil/dust/unanimated matter, these creatures consume living beings*8*. Furthermore, the arch–evil does not manifestly [[openly, as a material object in image of the serpent–dragon, for instance, such as referred to in: Revelation 20:2, and in: Psalm 90(91):13}]] devours its victims in the contemporary societies, which have discontinued human sacrifices to gigantic reptiles.

Consequently, the one could assume that the word πτερναν should also refer to the intellectual and even spiritual power of man: the imaginary faculty of the mind defined as “the wings of reason,” or the wings of mind, with which man might lift himself up to

 

assumption that through senses, feelings, interpretation of images of the material things by imagination

the mind could obtain complete understanding of the spiritual things,

for instance, such as thoughts of deities*9*,

communicate with the immaterial/spiritual/deceased/out–of–the–earth beings*10*,

and even create the theological knowledge*11*

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love for self–exaltation, pride, self–deification of the political and religious leaders

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the ability to soar with imagination into the different real and imaginary realms, e.g.,

to “see” the Future, to “communicate” with the deceased and the aliens, to “travel” to other planets and universes

↓         ↑

the desire of superiority and exaltation, firstly, the desire to be exalted because of self–ascribed wisdom and superiority

[[therefore, to lose caution, which is necessary for discernment the truth and the false, and to fall into the trap*12*,

which is set up for the ones blinded with pride and self–exaltation and incapable to discriminate between truth and lies,

deliverance from which is promised only to the one who dwells under the protection of God {Psalm 90(91)}]]

 

Then, the interaction between

 

the arch–evil, ανθρωποκτονος, the murderer of man from the beginning, the liar, and the father of lies

{John 8:44},

which seeks to consume its “food” dust/earth

[[man is earth {Genesis 3:20} formed of χουν απο της γης – dust of the earth {Genesis 2:7}]]

and

man/earth that has to avoid death

 

may be initiated at any time–space–complexity point*13*, at which the sensory perception→imagination→faculty of deliberation –– the heel/wings of man –– faces the lies/false knowledge pouring out of “the head of the serpent” (poison–producing glands of the serpents are situated within head).

 

The head of the serpent as the container for making lies – the false knowledge, the deadly poison*14*

that debilitates the mind and subdues it under the control of the arch–evil

rises against

the heel/wing of the mind that is the border–point/part of the basis,

on which the lowest levels of the mind*15* are working, esp., such as imagination

as a component of the faculty of deliberation that is

a/ fed by senses

b/ works with observation–handling–creation of the material things

c/ derives its conclusions by observation–contemplation–comprehension of the arrangements of the material things

and infers the knowledge behind these arrangements and their interactions

d/ arranges basis for acceptance/creation/absorption of knowledge of the material world

and infer/deciphers/comprehends its invisible/immaterial foundation

[[if the mind accepts existence of the spiritual realm as the source of creation–sustaining life of the material world]]

 

Hence,

1/ the point of entry of the evil is διανοια: imaginationfaculty of deliberationmind, which, as the Lord God said {Genesis 8:21}, from the youth of man is intently bent upon the evil things

2/ the evil treasure and death of the human mind is the false knowledge

3/ the next practical question is how to discern the false knowledge/lies/lethal poison within things, events, communications, and other phenomena that the mind is facing, so the lethal poison of false knowledge would be rejected?

The daily reality is not arranged as a school class for kids, in which a teacher tells stories, shows pictures and explains their true meaning and essence. The mind is immersed into the flow of thoughts, feelings, information, events, discoveries, encounters, within which, in every moment of its existence, at every time–space–complexity point, it faces the choice between the good and the evil. The mind itself has to determine what is good and what is bad, to discern the true essence of everything it has to face, and to determine the nature of knowledge that is offered as truth. The mind itself builds the reality of its life by making choices, by accepting one thought and rejecting another, by accepting some data–information–facts–knowledge as adequate to the actuality – that is as truth, and rejecting the others as false/lies/deceit.

Hence, the point of entry for the evil might also be defined as inability of the mind to discern*7* the true essence of the knowledge: to determine the foundation of everything that it encounters, and consequently, as inability to make the right choice by choosing the good and by rejecting the evil.

The one who reads the Holy Scriptures with the purposes to survive, to find the road to the Truth, and to obtain the life everlasting {John 14:6–7; 17:3}, might be empowered to infer the difference between

knowledge, by which those who believe in the only One True God live

and

knowledge, by which the heathens or idol–worshipers*16* live

knowledge of the good and truth and knowledge of the evil and lies

the consequences of the knowledge of the good and the consequences of the knowledge of the evil

 

As Moses the prophet in the time of law–giving warned his tribesmen {Deuteronomy 30:15–20}, this difference indeed is the difference between life and death.

During thousands of years the generations passed through the earth, many civilizations have arisen from the dust to become dust. All and each of them has own way of life based upon some knowledge. Although, seemingly, there are the countless differences among life styles, cultures, values, religions, social and political orders, laws, contents of sciences, philosophical and political doctrines, and all other facets of the complex phenomenon called civilization*17*, all of them had the same problem and the same reason of collapse and disintegration, which marked the change of epochs, civilizations, world orders: false knowledge, lies, misconceptions.

The evil came into being at the moment of the human choice to ignore the truth–words of God the Creator and to accept the lies of the creature {Genesis 3:5–7}. Since, existence of the evil is based on three pillars:

1. settings [[in Genesis 3:18: επικαταρατος η γη – cursed/downgraded/destabilized earth]], in which false knowledge might be produced and offered as the truth

2. the possibility of acceptance of false knowledge/lies as truth by the mind, and circulation of the false knowledge/lies among men

3. settings in which those debilitated by false knowledge might pass through the cycle of extermination:

 

acceptance of false knowledge  collapse of reasoning  perversion  degeneration  death

 

As the one could infer from the Holy Scriptures {Genesis 3:15–25}, such arrangement for existence of the evil, was created with the curse imposed onto the initially perfect earth, which was therefore downgraded for accommodation of insufficiencies, imperfection, and other consequences of false knowledge. When Adam and Eve rejected the truth of God and accepted lies of the creature, they died, and not only Adam and Eve who sinned before God: they passed death to all descendents and all creations of the earth: all mankind and all creations of earth have been entrapped within the realm, in which false, lies, degeneration*18*, perversion, diseases, disorders, suffering, and death are the realities of daily life.

This pattern false knowledge/lies → death became the inseparable part of human life, and inability to differentiate between the truth and the lies continues to initiate collapse of the human reasoning and subsequent destruction of human establishments.

The one might understand the gravity of this situation, if he takes into consideration the incessant failures to improve life, health, and well–being of nations divided by never–ending wars, religions, laws, customs, and the past full of atrocities and crimes against humanity. One of the main reasons of such failures, seemingly, is an inability to correlate

the cause

[[violation of the law–commandments and rejection of the words of God]]

the consequences

[[insufficiencies, suffering, crimes, death of men and total ruin of human establishments]].

 

And I think of the Moses’ warning to the people concerning unbreakable connection

 

between observance of the law and life of abundance and prosperity

and

between iniquity–violation of the law and death

{Deuteronomy 28; 30:15–20}

 

Is there any example from the current daily reality, which the one could analyze, so he himself would identify and comprehend the correlation between false knowledge and death?

In other words, how the death works its way through the human heart–mind into the human world of material things?

 

To be continued…

 

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Notes:

 

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

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

The core of the heart is intellect – νους, through which the mind knows God – Λογος – and receives from the Creator the spiritual knowledge – γνωσις  – and wisdom – σοφια. Γνωσις and σοφια  both are the gifts of God: the spiritual knowledge is silent contemplation of God and the special state. During this state, the mind accesses the divine energy of creation, which sustains the mind’s life, while wisdom empowers the reason and makes possible cognition of God’s creations.

Hence,

1/ the heart is a definition for the spiritual center, the essence of a human being, the singularity in which the union between the divine and the human is consummated, or in which the divine becomes thoughts, words, and deeds of man

2/ cognition is the state in which the divine energy of creation is transformed into the thoughts and knowledge.

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.

 

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

The one could comprehend the meaning of complete knowledge {also mentioned by St. Paul the Apostle in: Colossians 1:10} by reading the Second Epistle of St. Peter the Apostle {2 Peter}. Complete knowledge –– επιγνωσεως in: 2 Peter 1:3 –– might be explained as the state of complete–abundant–carrying consequences cognition: the state of having been empowered to think, to speak, and to work according to the will of God that is with the knowledge of the Absolute Truth Who is the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ the Redeemer and the Savior {2 Peter 1:2–11; conf. in: John 14; 15; 16; 17}.

Thus, the essence of επιγνωσεως, complete knowledge of God, is manifestation of the Divine Power bestowing upon the one all of life and godliness {2 Peter 1:3–4; Colossians 1:10–23}.

Επιγνωσεως reveals itself [[or might be identified]] as possession of the mental power to achieve the purposes, for the sake of which the one has been born: 

1/ to survive that is to preserve life of reasoning–intelligence–mind by protecting it from the false knowledge, deceit, and enslaving with false religions

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2/ to come to the complete knowledge of the Absolute Good

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

See

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

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

 

 

*3* See

The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation

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

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

Note *4* to The Mind

 

*4* 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 – adequate to the reality of human existence, if it gives the actual power to act purposefully, efficiently, and successfully. A human being obtains everlasting life only 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  

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

The Essence of Knowledgereprint in Note *32 to The Mind

 

*5* See The Mind

 

*6* False knowledge is assumption–assertion–thought–opinion–judgment that is not adequate to the actuality of human existence. 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]], Aristotelian logic of simplification, upon which the contemporary ethics–free materialistic sciences operate, propaganda with which the enemies destroy the nation/state/empire.

The ability to accept the false knowledge as truth 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 of miserable hovels of clay built on sand  {Matthew 7:21–27; John 3:16–21, 36; 15:4–6}

See

The Wrath reprint in Note *39* to The Mind

Logic of Death in Note *37* to Archive_Selections_2015

Archive_Selections_2015: The Strange Knowledge, and The Point of No Return

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  

Divination – in Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview

 

 

*7* See The Discernment

 

*8* See The Guardian – post for January 24, 2016, in: Archive_2016, Page 1_January_2016, @ website Sunday’s Thoughts

 

*9* For instance, Plato’s consummated “divine philosopher” penetrates the thoughts of gods: he is “possessed by gods,” and his nature is as much “divine” as it can be [Parmenides 134b–e; Phaedrus 249d; Republic 500b–d]; see Philosophy: Plato in Folder Heathen Philosophy, or Chapter 4 in my book The Invincible Empire

 

*10* See Vanga’s Phenomenon. Comment on Predictions in Comments @ The Net

 

*11* For instance, Manichaean–based imagination of Augustine of Hippo invented Filioque, which has triggered the Great Schism. The Great Schism marked the beginning of separate existence of two irreconcilable theological systems:

1/ Christianity – the original teachings of Lord God Jesus Christ preserved and professed by the Catholic Apostolic (Orthodox) Church (Eastern/Greek Orthodox Churches)

2/ the Roman Catholicism (or Catholicism) professed by the papal Church of Rome, which accepted Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology as the official doctrine (foundation of Catholicism), canonized Thomas Aquinas, and elevated him at the rank of the main theologian.

Concerning Filioque and the Great Schism, see Augustine of Hippo, and Note *21* to Archive_Selections_2015.

Concerning Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology and its consequences, see Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page_7, all Pages in Folder Political Theology, Ecumenism in The World and The War. Part I. Ecumenism. Materialism., and Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*12* See

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

Timeexcerpt in Note *182* to Archive_Selections_2015

The Perception excerpt in Note *23* to The Discernment

 

*13* See Introduction to the Systems Logic

 

*14* See The Authority to Survive – reprint in Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*15* See the chart The concept of human essence (soul–heart–mind/inner man):  the Mind in The Mind: the Gates for the Good and the Gate for the Evil in The Mind

 

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

 

*17* See Concept of Civilization 

 

*18* In general, the meaning of degeneration of the human nature includes an inability to perceive the true meaning of everything, an inability to seek God, and an inability to find God in each of His creations; all these inabilities are the consequences of

1/ deprivation of knowledge of God followed with violations of the Law of God – The Ten Commandments

2/ evil inflicted upon the others.

Deprivation of the true knowledge of God leads to insufficiency of a particular, vital, knowledge – the knowledge of own nature and of the world, in which the mind has to survive and to accomplish its mission. In this case, mind is barred from access to the divine energy of creation (which is accessible through the faith). Consequently, the mind has no choice but to revert into the regime of insufficiency: it feeds itself with the surrogate – images of the matter/flesh, which are perceived/processed by the matter/flesh – and creates insufficient thoughts inadequate to the complexity of the considered subject (e.g., the drugs developed through the experiments on animals and then, applied to human beings trigger off the disorders, which are much worse than the diseases they claim to cure).

 Ultimately, the mind becomes unable to ascent to the levels of complexity appropriate to its nature: it becomes insufficient/sick and then, it is transformed into the living dead trapped within the evil time – the reality of death. Lord God refers to such minds as to those who see and hear, yet, do not perceive/comprehend, so, they do not turn to God that He would heal them {Matthew 13:10–15; John 12:38–41; Isaiah 6:9–10}.

Degeneration has many ugly faces, and although it might be accomplished through different processes, there are some general or common stages; for instance, 

–– a being begins to experience insufficiency; e.g., lack of proper judgment, inabilities to choose adequate purposes, to act adequately to the purposes, to identify problems and to make the right decisions

–– insufficiency, which develops because of incompliance with the Law, triggers incompatibility with the nature of the surrounding world; this incompatibility is referred to as perversion or degeneration

–– the being with the perverted–degenerated nature becomes either an instant threat to the surrounding (environment, other peoples and their establishments) or a core of latent destructive processes, which might spread over all connected systems

––  poor health: mental and physical disorders, illness

–– the next step is either annihilation through activation of own program of self–destruction (e.g., suicide) or termination by the others, because all systems (e.g., the Earth, the world, empire, state, religion, society) have the common property: they do not sustain existence of any being, which is not consistent with their nature and which by own degeneration threatens their existence or well–being.

A perverted being, which became inadequate to the conditions of continuing existence, has no alternative but to die. However, physical death is not the only consequence of perversion; besides, such a death never is instant and merciful. Spiritual and physical slavery (e.g., inability to sustain own freedom of choice and freedom of thinking), bestialization, loss of clarity of perception and weakening of the power of reasoning, incurable debilitating diseases and prolonged suffering are just some of the symptoms of degeneration triggered by the perversion–insufficiency resulting from the violations of the Law.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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