Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

2_February_March_2016

The House of Prayer

The Essence

A Child and the Kingdom

The Way of Judgment

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The House of Prayer

 

My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations…

But you have made it a den of robbers

{Mark 11:17}

 

It happened in His last days at the earth, before the crucifixion. Lord Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem’s temple and drove out the merchants, money traders, and their customers – all those who dared to conduct business affairs in the temple of God: His house is a house of prayer, not a den of robbers*1*.

This event is the only one in the Gospels when the Almighty God acted with the physical force, at the level perceivable and understandable by all human beings: He overturned trading tables and seats and drove away their owners. Then He healed the blind and the lame that came to Him in the temple. The children in the temple praised the Lord, yet, chief priests and scribes sought to destroy Him, because they heard His words, observed His actions, and were afraid of His influence on the people {Matthew 21:12–17; Mark 11:15–18; Luke 19:45–48; Jeremiah 7:9–11}.

When Solomon the son of David built the first temple in Jerusalem, God promised that He would hear the prayers those who come to seek His face and ask for His forgiveness, that He would be merciful to the sinners and that He would heal the earth, which is suffering for the transgressions of men {2 Chronicles 2:3–5; 6:18–42; 7:12–22}. The house of prayer was built as the place where the people would come to pray and worship God and where God would hear the prayers of His creations, heal the sick, and console the afflicted.

Hence, the temple of God became the holiest place of the holy city of Jerusalem: the place where the name of God was called. It was the place of healing and purification of people, the place where the mercy of God to His people was revealed; initially, it was not the place for trade, stealing, and idol–worship {in: Jeremiah 7:9–11}.

However, with spread of “strange” knowledge*2* of the heathens, the temple was transformed into the trading place. This transformation exposed the deepest corruption of the priests and scribes who were expected to observe and protect the holiness of the temple of God and to instruct His people in the matters concerning the Law {Malachi 2}. They denigrated the dignity of the priests by receiving remuneration from the business conducted in the temple. For the complete understanding of the gravity of this event, it should be taken into consideration that the practice of temple trade/merchandising was well known for the idol–worship nations; for instance, the heathen priests collected money paid to the temple prostitutes.

In the New Testament times, after Lord God Jesus Christ re–created a human being into the living temple of the Spirit of God {1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19}; the Christian church became the center of life – the holiest place where the Holy Gospels are read and where the people receive spiritual healing, sanctification, and learn the truth and knowledge of God. Many Christian Orthodox Churches preserved the apostolic traditions of the ancient Christian Church of prophets, martyrs, and devoted men who did not hesitate to give up the very life for the sake of salvation of the others.

During many centuries, the Christian Orthodox monks and priests were the most respected and revered members of the Christian community – the family of the people unified with love to God – Creator and Savior and love to each other. In life and death, in celebration and sorrow, in joy and grief, during the most glorious and most tragic events of the history they shared the destiny of those who they were chosen to instruct and whose earthly burden they facilitated with love and faith, who they attended and assisted in all stages of the journey through the earthly life into the life everlasting. 

The Present is different; its features push to conclusion that for the many, or even for the entire mankind, it might not be left any Future; for instance,  

–– many Christian Churches have been wiped out from the face of the earth and those who built, maintained, and attained them either have been murdered for their faith or scattered among hostile to the Christianity nations; the very meaning of Christian communities and Christian life is forgotten, or even never have been learned by the many

–– instead of faith into the only One True God, faceless “common good” and coined by socialists, Marxists, and others slogans of “democratic” ideals, liberties, loyalty to self–deified religious and political leaders, with references to freedoms that exist only in imagination, cover the emptiness of hearts and minds that live without God

–– “churches” became the places of physical and moral corruption, perversion, spreading heresies, and deceit

–– many bestow name of “Christians” onto the enemies of the Christian faith, which through the ecumenical and other movements seek eradication of Christianity and [[apparently –– for the sake of elimination of basis for religious wars and terrorism; in fact –– for arrangement of the entire mankind into one easily manageable and controllable herd]] attempt to establish one common universal religion*3* with inclusion of deities worshiped by different faiths, which are not compatible with Christianity that is with faith in only One True God and Lord Jesus Christ Whom He sent {John 17:3–26}

– political correctness covers hatred to God and camouflages spiritual harlotry*4* of those who has rejected God and worships idols of the contemporary societies – markets, wealth, celebrities, politicians, political and other leaders, and other idols

–– entire nations proudly proclaim themselves “godless” nations

–– corruption and inhumanity –– especially because wars and terrorism are spreading in all lands and nations –– reached unimaginable in the Past scales*5*

–– the ethics–free and Orphic–based sciences*6* with their rodent–, animal–, insect–based research into the human nature have erased the boundaries among different flesh {Jude 7} – among humans and animals – and triggered mutations, which transformed the diseases of animals into the common plagues for humans and for animals

–– the very birth and existence of normal human beings is under threat because of

                                    a/ birth control through abortions, which are murder of a child and mortal sin of a mother, and which cause mental and physical disorders that woman transfers to the children she decided to deliver, if any

                                      b/ reproduction through artificial insemination

                                    c/ genetic experiments, with which those who “learned” human nature by studying rodents and pigs and creating chimeras from human, rodent, avian, insect, plant cells attempt to “improve” human nature, to design and to breed humans as humans genetically modify plants and animals and breed animals

–– the entire planet Earth –– lands, rivers, lakes, seas, oceans –– has been polluted and covered with slaughterhouses and killing fields and for humans, animals, birds, fishes, bees…

In the Present, when the most terrifying warnings conveyed through the prophets and written in the Holy Scriptures became the daily realities, each moment of time, as St. Peter the Apostle wrote {2 Peter 3} should be seen as the mercy of God to those who still live and therefore still have a chance to turn to God and to be healed from sins, liberated from the power of the arch–evil, and saved for the everlasting life.

There is not much right and helpful guidance coming from the contemporary churches. However, the one still could infer the meaning of human and Christian dignity from the Past and therefore to build his life in compliance with the law of God, the essence of which is love – love to God and love to the creations of God {Matthew 36–40; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 10:27–37}, and observance of which gives the highest rewards: peace of God, clean conscience before God and before creations of God, the ability to perceive love of God, and hope to obtain the everlasting life – the eternity with God {John 14:1–27; 15; 16; 17; 1 John 3:19–24; 4:13–18; 5:1–4}.

The entire history of the Christian Church illustrates the meaning of clean and uncompromising conscience sustained by the Christian faith; it clarifies the general attitude of the Christians toward the worldly affairs, for instance, such as politics, spread of false knowledge, heresies, and ideologies, and membership in the political parties pursuing the purposes, which contradict the Christian teachings. It also reveals the most important role of the Christian Church: the Christian Church is a keeper of the faith, which nurtures the independent thinking {where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom – 2 Corinthians 3:17} and sustains the purity of conscience. This role in fact, defines the difference between the Christian Church and secular establishment, which pretends to be a church.

Knowledge of the Past would be especially helpful now {2 Peter 1:19–21; 1 Corinthians 10:1–15}, when the preachers and priests of many denominations do not hesitate to use the authority of their churches for advancement of the interests of political parties, for money solicitation and personal enrichment, for spreading heresy and corruption, for manipulation by the conscience and brain–washing of their flock.

Hence, the time came to recall that a house of God is a house of prayer: the very meaning of the Christian Church is incompatible with any political struggle, seeking political, commercial or strategic gains. A house of prayer, if it is a temple of God and not a den of robbers, should be free from politics, heresies, propaganda, and such direct contradictions to the Christian teachings as

a/ seeking of the worldly advantage

b/ submission to the heretics, even for the sake of security and preservation of own existence

c/ exaltation of a chosen few [[e.g., deified “universal” shepherds–teachers–fathers–heads of church hierarchies]] over the insignificant many [[e.g., laity–flock–sheep submitted into the unreserved obedience/slavery to the deified “universal” shepherds–teachers–fathers–heads of church hierarchies]].

As always, at any moment of time, the people, states, nations have to make the choice between the good and the evil, between life and death of free reason, and between life and death of a body: every human being as well as the nations, entire mankind –– all of us, live under the constant attacks of the evil and in the state of the uninterrupted war – between the good and the evil – within the own heart–mind and within the realities of daily life. Some of these realities are not different from the Past. For instance, although the names of ideologies and politicians are different, the essence remains the same:

– robbers and thieves come into the temple to transform the holy house of God into the political arena and the place of deceit and profiteering

– heresies, ideologies, propaganda, and lies supplant the teachings of God and turn the freedom into the slavery

– knowledge of the evil becomes the treasure of the mind, from which it pours out into the world poisoning and killing the others*7*.

All these realities begin with denigration of the house of prayer: such denigration reflects apostasy of the heart–mind that has rejected God and became the slave and the prey of the arch–evil.

All these realities culminate in corruption of all imaginable kinds – in politics, social, cultural, and religious life; sin and perversion take place of human dignity and virtues; the worst kind of slavery*8* – inability of free thinking and ignorance resulting in collapse/death of reasoning – overwhelms and becomes the actuality of educational, political, social, and religious institutions.

All these realities have the same root:

rejection of God that is rejection of own life

acceptance of the evil, and with it – acceptance of own death

 

And I think: ultimately, is there any reason to expect any truth, any good, any positive change for today and for tomorrow, if the temples of God became the dens of robbers, and the words of God, which provide the only foundation for human reason and the main criterion of discernment between good and evil, are intentionally misinterpreted, discarded, forgotten, or simply never learned?

 

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Notes:

 

*1* In similar fashion, obsession with the worldly affairs is not appropriate for the Christian who is the living temple of the Spirit of God. When God the Almighty comes to dwell in the soul, He drives away all the petty attachments, which belong to the dream worlds created by the minds without God: there is no possibility to serve two masters (that is to allow something else besides God to become the focus of the mind), and that what is highly praised among men might be an abomination before God {Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13–15}.

 

*2* See Strange Knowledge – in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*3* See The Universal Religion and Purity of Faith – in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*4* The Old Testament prophets refer to the apostasy of the chosen people who rejected God and became idol–worshipers as to harlotry. Hosea the prophet wrote {Hosea 4:7–19} that the people of God became as if they ουκ εχων γνωσιν – have no understanding. So, God promised to reject them as the priests, and to turn their glory (glory of ancient kingdom of Israel) into shame, because they have sinned before God according to their multitudes. In the same way as they went astray in a spirit of whoredom – by believing in signs and sacrificing to idols, in the same way as they mingled themselves with harlots and the polluted ones, similarly, their daughters will go a–whoring and their daughters–in–law will commit adultery: as they have chosen the ways of Canaanites (the Phoenicians), so they shall be ashamed.

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

In another chapter, Isaiah elaborates his vision of the sinful men and their world {Isaiah 59:2–15}; his descriptions allow comprehension of the meaning of sin, its manifestations, and its consequences.

The spiritual harlotry or unfaithfulness, as the sin of wandering disloyal human spirit, transforms a human being into the living dead. Spiritual harlotry is inseparable from physical corruption leading to death, and the prophets {e.g., Isaiah 59:2–15} describe apostate and idol–worshipers as sick men within the sick world awaiting annihilation:

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

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

corruption and harlotry took place of righteousness and justice; they have no truth nor judgment nor understanding nor enlightenment

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

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

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

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

 

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

In summary, the prophets connect the idol–worship as disloyalty to God with death – firstly, death of reason, then, physical annihilation: the inevitable companions of idol–worship, such as immorality, corruption, and insanity, lead to collapse of intelligence/reasoning and issuing inability of sound judgment, therefore, inability of survival.

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

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

See also

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

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

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

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

Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview

Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

 

*5* See  Inhumanity and Mercy – in Archive_Selections_2015

 

 

*6* See

L’Aquila Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, Trial of Science, and Survival of Mankind –   Supplement 3 to Archive_Selections_2015

Materialism in The World & The War. Part I. Introduction. Ecumenism. Materialism.

Logic of Death – in Note *37* to Archive_Selections_2015

Concerning the Orphism, see

Ancient Civilizations: the Legacy Overview

Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*7* The Old Testament prophets envisioned the knowledge of the evil, especially the knowledge of idol–worshipers as the lethal poison that debilitates and annihilates the reasoning/life of the mind that serves the evil {e.g., Isaiah 59:1–15}.

According to the prophets, when the mind discards the law of God, rejects God, and creates for itself other gods/idols before the face of God, it becomes as the waterless land, ashes and dust, it loses the abilities of discerning the good and the evil: it transforms itself into the living dead, because it becomes the likeness to the idols – spiritless pieces of the lifeless matter, which it has created {Psalm 134(135):15–18; Isaiah 44:20}.

Thus, it transforms itself into the carrier of death – own and of the others, into the offspring of vipers that has no good within: it consumes and carries and propagates the lethal poison of the ancient arch–serpent, the incurable rage of asps {θυμος δρακοντων ο οινος αυτων, και θυμος ασπιδων ανιατος – Deuteronomy 32:33; Isaiah 59:1–15; also in: Matthew 12:34–35; 15:12–14; 23:1–35; John 8:43–45; Romans 3:13}, and it, as well as its fruits–creations–deeds, becomes embodiment of death – abomination to God.

See

The Point of No Return –  in Archive_Selections_2015

The Authority to Surviveexcerpt in Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2015

The Bear and the Pigeon and Separation – excerpt  in Note *53* to The Discernment

The Earth without the Foundation; reprint in Note *63* to Archive_Selections_2015

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

 

*8* See Concept of Slavery – Supplement 2 to Archive_Selections_2015


 


 

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Essence   

 

Πνευμα  Θειον  το ποιησαν  με,  πνοη δε  Παντοκρατορος  η διδασκουσα  με…

…the Spirit of God is that Who formed me, the breath of the Almighty is that teaches me…

{Job 33:4}

 

 

Presumably, the Book of Job was written more than 4000 years ago, in the twenty–first or twentieth century BC., about the time of Abraham, at least seven centuries before revelation of the Law given through Moses.

So, what people of the remote Past knew about the nature of man and the nature of knowledge?

The young man – Elius the son of Barachiel kept silence, while Job and his friends spoke, because they were elders. Ultimately, he decided to speak: he had different point of view. So, Elius began with a remark that the long–lived are not wise; neither do the aged know judgment. Then he said remarkable words: it is not time that speaks, although men imagine presence of wisdom in many years*1*; there is a spirit in mortals, and the breath of the Almighty teaches him. And then, again: the Spirit of God is that Who formed me, the breath of the Almighty is that teaches me {Job 32:8; 33:4}. All this with understanding that man is formed out of clay {Job 33:6}, as Isaiah the prophet also wrote thirteen centuries later, in eighths century BC {Isaiah 45:9; 64:8}.

Hence, 4000 years ago, Elius knew the nature of man and the nature of knowledge: both are creations of God the Almighty Whose Spirit formed man and teaches him. Therefore, the Spirit of God, the divine energy of God creates and sustains both facets of life –

 

1/ life of a human body that carries the spirit given by God the Spirit

[[formed by Πνευμα  Θειον  – the Spirit of God

and living by πνοη δε  Παντοκρατορος:  the Divine Energy – breath of God]]

within the world of the material things

and

2/ the reasoning, intelligence, intellect, understanding – all that is called the mind

[[and all that is created→empowered←taught by πνοη δε  Παντοκρατορος  – breath of the Almighty God]]

 

Hence, the one could comprehend the essence as the following

A. The life of mind is the Divine energy of the Almighty God – πνοη δε  Παντοκρατορος  – referred as breath of life {Genesis 2:7; Job 33:4}, and the divine origin defines and sustains the uniqueness, individuality, and dignity of man created in image of God and likeness to dominate, toil, cherish the world given by God to His creation {Genesis 1:26–28; 2}

B. By eating the fruit of tree of knowledge of the good and the evil, humans denigrated themselves from the level of beings whose mind is living by the Spirit of the Almighty God the Creator to the beings whose mind is fed with the creations of God [[fruits of the tree of knowledge made to spring up by God in the midst of the Paradise – Genesis 2:8–9]]. By leaving the knowledge of πνοη δε  Παντοκρατορος given to the mind that is taught by God, they re–focused themselves on knowledge allotted to the world of the created things. Consequently, the first fruits of cognition of the world, for which the tree of knowledge was made to sprung from the earth, were assumption of own “nakedness” (imperfection) before the Creator and fear, while the Perfect Love by Whom they were created does not have fear {1 John 4}. Because of assumption of own “nakedness” (imperfection) and fear, they separated themselves from God attempting to hide from Him among the trees of the garden {Genesis 3:1–15}.

Therefore, as the “imperfect” ones who attempt to use material things for hiding from God, as the ones who cognized the meaning of separation and fear, and who consequently, separated themselves from God, human beings had either to live eternally with their newly acquired knowledge of imperfection, disobedience, separation from God, and fear – the evil or to be cast out, into the reality of downgraded “cursed’ earth {Genesis 3:23–25}, in which

 

the descent/degeneration simplification division mistaken judgment failure of reasoning collapse–disintegration–ruin death  

are possible

the natural end of everything is cognition of the ultimate evil–death

 

Since, the descent to culmination of the evil death has the common pattern*2* initiated by the original sin*3* – the wrong choice:

 

to disobey the will of God    to reject the warning–Truth of God  

to accept the lies*4* of the crafty brute as the truth   to cognize death: to die

 

Since, mankind began to dream and to pray of homecoming, of the ascent back, to God the Father, to the original nature and perfection of man, who was created in image of God and likeness to live in the presence of God and to work for Him. Coming of Lord Jesus Christ sent by God to redeem His creations is the answer of God to the prayer of those fettered in darkness and the shadow of death – the prison they themselves have chosen {Psalm 106(107):8–22; Isaiah 64:8–9; John 1:1–13; 3:16–21; 14; 15; 16; 17; Revelation 21; 22:1–5, 10–17}

C. The redemption*5* of man accomplished by Lord God Jesus Christ, the Word–God Who placed His Soul for salvation of man {John 10:14–18} is the act of re–creation of the mind into the image of the Word–God, when the dead one –– a mortal human being living within the world of material things and by the world of the material things –– is transformed into the being that might be empowered to live by the Spirit of God and therefore, to enter life everlasting in the presence of God. Although all mortals – the Earth dwellers – have to die, the Christians, who live in Christ and by Christ and who carry the Divine Fire – the Holy Spirit of God within their soul–heart–mind*6*, already passed from judgment into the eternity with God {Luke 9:51–56; 12; John 1:1–13; 3:5–9; 6; 10:1–18, 25–30; 11:25–26; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:16–26; 1 Peter 1; 2 Peter; 1 John 3:14; 4; 5; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; 5; 6; Romans 14:17–19; Colossians; Ephesians}.

So, as St. Peter the Apostle explains {1 Peter 4:6–8}, for this end [[resurrection into the eternity]], the Gospel was preached to the dead ones that they may be judged in human flesh that is to die by flesh/earth, which has to return to the earth {Genesis 3:18–20}, yet to be resurrected –– to be born of the Spirit and to live according to the words–commandments of the Word–God, in God the Spirit {John 1:1–18; 3:16–21, 35–36; 4:23–24; 6:28–69; 10:1–18, 25–30; 11:25–26; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

 Hence, after separation from the temporarily arranged matter/body/flesh, when the spirit is released*7* from its material carrier {Psalm 118(119):25; 145:4; Ecclesiastes 12:7}

–– those who during life on the earth were focused on the evil and did the works of the evil will share the destiny of the arch–evil {Revelation 20:12–15; 21:6–8; 22:12–15}

–– those who during life on the earth have found the only Way and Truth leading to God, and who live by the Holy Spirit {John 14; 15; 16; 17} will enter into the realm of God the Spirit to live the eternity in the presence of God {Revelation 21:6–7; 22:1–5}.

D. God guided to Himself those who want to live since the very moment of expulsion from the Paradise: the people began to call upon the Name of God starting with Adam’s grandson – Enos {Genesis 4:26}.

In the times of Job, the wise ones knew that the Spirit of God is that Who formed man, the breath of the Almighty is that teaches man; then, revelation of Melchizedek*8* the priest of the Most High God the Creator preceded revelation of the law given through Moses {Genesis 14:18–20; Job 32:8; 33:4}.

Hence, the story of Job reveals that before beginning of human civilization initiated by revelation of the Law – The Ten Commandment, the human mind was empowered to understand that the essence of human life is the Spirit of God, and – as soon as man is taught by God – the essence of Truth and human knowledge of Truth is knowledge of God.

After Job and Moses, generations of men formed by the Spirit of God and lived by the breath of God – knowledge of the unlimited mercy and perfect love of God, passed to their offspring the precious legacy: the purpose of preparation for the meeting with the Messiah. This purpose was accomplished when the chosen ones accepted revelation of the Word–God Who gave human beings the knowledge that is the everlasting life and courage to know that they are the sons of Light who live by the Spirit of God Who they are empowered to call Father and that their destiny is to form the elect race of the people of God: the sons–servants–slaves–priests of the Almighty God {John 10:1–18, 25–30; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 2:9–10; 1 John; Ephesians, Colossians; Galatians; 1 Thessalonians 5:4–11; Revelation 22:1–5}.

Hence, the Christians perceive Lord Jesus Christ as the completeness of perfection – the Holy Wisdom and the Perfect Love of God the Father, and by the grace, mercy and Omnipotent Love of God, they are sanctified by Truth – by the Word–God Who empowers them to live by the Holy Spirit and to be taught by God {John 14; 15; 16; 17}. As St. Peter the Apostle explains {2 Peter 1:2–11}, through the complete*9* knowledge of God, a human being receives everything needed for life, godliness, and evolution–preparation for the eternity {in: John 17}.

 Job accomplished the purpose set before the Old Testament’s man: he understood that the highest wisdom is in adherence to God and observance of His commandments, which all are about the good–life that is not compatible with the evil–death. Consequently, Job inferred that abstaining from the evil is the essence of human comprehension. Furthermore, Job’s behavior was consistent with his understanding and verbal expression of his beliefs. God rewarded him for the steadfast faith, adherence to God, and keeping sanity during the worst time of his trials. It is written that Job will rise again with those whom the Lord raises up {Job 42:7–17}.

The destiny of the people of the New Testament is easier that the destiny of the people of the Old Testament: God made the straightway for them leading them to His kingdom – their city of habitation, the House of God {Psalm 106(107):7; Isaiah 42:16; John 10:1–18; 14:1–3; 17:24–26}. God turned darkness into the light, because the Light of God came revealing the mercy and grace of God and we have met and recognized our Savior and Redeemer – Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word of the Almighty God the Father. Now the purpose of a Christian is to live according to His words–commandments, so the mind would obtain the highest wisdom that those who live on the earth may be empowered to obtain: to accept the Love of God and the live–giving Truth – the Son of God, the Word–God, to evolve into the likeness of the Word–God by observing His commandments, to become the carrier of the Holy Spirit – the temple of the Living God, the firstfruit of new creations whom God created for the eternity in His kingdom {Matthew 5; 6; 7; 22:36–40; 25:31–46; Mark 4; 12:28–34; Luke 6:17–49; John; James 1:16–18; 1 Peter 1; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John; Colossians; Ephesians; Revelation 22:1–5}.

And I think how far from own nature should fall the mind, so it became unable to comprehend the essence of own nature and own reasoning–intelligence–intellect–mind, so it is capable of rejecting the law of God not knowing that with the law of God, it rejects own life*10*

 

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*1* In Septuagint {Job 32:7–8}, Elius speaks of χρονος πολλοις – many years (as longevity), not about καιρος as coming to complete potency or completion of life–cycle. Concerning χρονος and καιρος, see Completion – in Note *62* to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*2* The common pattern of culmination of the evil death is known as διαφθορων – total–complete ruin of man and collapse–ruin–disintegrating of his creations–establishments, with which he expected to sustain life, to secure survival, and to evolve.

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

 

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

religious, social, political, educational, and other establishments

created to maintain and to protect the system

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

c/ false prophets and false teachers, clouds driven by tempest, for whom the eternal darkness is kept {2 Peter 2:1–22}

d/ the dreaming ones defiling flesh, fruitless, uprooted, not having the Spirit {Jude}.

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

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

 

Concerning διαφθορων and total ruin described by the  διαφθορων pattern (for instance, destiny of Solomon’s kingdom), see

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

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

The Total Ruin – in Archive_Reprints   

The Future – reprint in Note *127* to Archive_Reprints

 

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

See Note *14* to The Mind

 

 

*4* The lies of the crafty brute of Genesis, which the humans accepted as the truth initiating therefore, existence of the root of all evils –– the false knowledge, expose the reality of perverted logic.

The one could assume that Eve accepted lies/false assertions as the true, because they were sustained by the beauty of creation of God: the tree appeared as pleasant for eyes to see and its fruits as ωραιον  εστι του  κατανοησαι – ripe/suitable/mature for contemplation {Genesis 3:7}. It was situated within the perfect world given into the dominion of man, and Eve desired to know it. Consequently, in St. James the Apostle’s words, she conceived the desire/lust, the conceived lust brought forth sin, and sin being fully formed brought forth death {James 1:14–15}.

Hence, in the theological terms, the original sin initiated/brought forth the realm of death, in which

 

the words/truth of God the Creator might be disregarded

[[Eve disobeyed words of God and accepted as truth the words of the crafty brute]]

the lies might take the place of the truth

the actual absolute authority of God the Creator might be supplanted by the imagined authority of false gods/idols

[[humans disregarded the warning of God and accepted lies of the crafty brute;

furthermore, they attempted to hide themselves from God the Creator

revealing the instant collapse of reasoning/mind disconnected from God and unable to receive

πνοη δε  Παντοκρατορος,  the Divine Energy – breath of God that teaches the mind]]

instead of the worship of True God the Spirit, people can choose the worship of “other gods” – idols,

which are figments of human imagination that often are embodied into the material objects

[[e.g., disobedience to God and following attempt to hide from God opened the path for the lawless “son of perdition,”

through whom “the mystery of lawlessness” works, who makes god from himself and takes his sit at the temple of God

{2 Thessalonians 2:3–12}]]

 

In the contemporary terms, the one could infer that the original sin might be understood as the core/code of special realm/reality/system, in which

 

1/ difference among the levels of complexity has been disregarded

[[the root: assumption that the immortal man created by the Spirit of God and living/taught by the Divine energy – breath of the Almighty assumed that

the ascension to the highest levels of authority and power (becoming “as gods”) can be accomplished

through learning the knowledge of evil already associated with death that is disintegration–dissolution of the wholeness of life]]

3/ the reasoning/mind operates upon assumption that it might create adequate knowledge

upon false knowledge and without observing the laws

[[the root: rejection of the words of the Creator, and acceptance of the assertion of the creation as the truth]]

2/ the mind operates upon the assumption that a system/event/thing at the lower level of complexity

[[an object within the world given into dominion of man – e.g., the tree of learning of the knowledge of good and evil]]

could have potency to initiate and actualize evolution of man

 [[who was created in image of God and likeness to dominate the world and lead it to evolution;

therefore the human mind has the highest complexity within the world given into the dominion of man]]

and can empower man making him capable of ascending at the higher levels of knowledge

[[at the level defined by the crafty brute “as gods knowing the good and the evil”]];

this assumption, which might be referred as simplification

became the foundation for creating knowledge, making decisions, and pursuing purposes,

even those of survival, development, and evolution

[[e.g., conviction, upon which the contemporary natural, biological, and medical sciences operate:

by studying nature of rodents the one can obtain knowledge of human nature, and develop remedies that would cure human diseases]]

 

In summary, the original sin

a/ opened the reality, in which the actual absolute authority of God the Creator might be supplanted by the imagined authority of false gods/idols [[and therefore, the true religion of only One True God might be supplanted by the worship of figments of human imagination intently brooding over the evil: by the heathenism, the essence of which is worship of the arch–evil that either takes images of different idols/false gods or is worshiped directly]]

b/ initiated realm within which the mind might operate with the logic of simplification disregarding the law of the adequate complexity

c/ initiated the reality of death, in which the adequacy of levels of complexity is not observed, inadequate knowledge/lies might be accepted as truth, and false knowledge might be created–accepted–actualized.

The logic of simplification is the logic of death because it operates with false knowledge contradicting the Truth of God. It initiated the work of imagination–creator of assumptions in those who were flesh and who made all flesh of the pre–Flood world to pervert its ways upon the earth. Starting with original sin, imagination of man was set to be intently brooding over the evil since youth {Genesis 3:7; 6:2–14; 8:20–22}, thus, to accompany the mind focused on the evil until the end of the world.

For instance, this logic set the initial trap masked with a natural desire of ascension to the highest level of perfection – man was created to evolve and to dominate the evolving world. The lies alleged a possibility, through cognition of knowledge of the good and the evil, to become “as gods.”

In fact, human beings already were “as gods” by the very creation: they were immortal beings created in image of God and likeness – they were formed by God the Spirit and they lived by the breath–energy–Spirit of the Almighty Immortal God the Spirit {Genesis 1:2, 26–27; 2:7; Job 32:8; 33:4; John 4:24; 10:34; Wisdom 2:23}.

Thus, the initial task of the perverted logic was to undermine knowledge of the divine nature of man and to denigrate him at the level of material arrangements that live not by the Spirit of God, but by the derivatives – fruits, therefore, not by πνοη δε  Παντοκρατορος – the Divine Energy/breath of God that teaches the mind, but by the energy transformed for sustaining the lower levels of complexity.

After expulsion from the Paradise, and on the post–Flood earth, this task is accomplished by

–– the heathenism – false religions according to which human beings were sacrificed to demons, deified beasts, and other idols, and which sustain themselves with the laws that demand corporal punishment, mutilation, beheading, capital punishment of men created by God and that justify slavery, forceful conversion, discrimination, persecution and extermination of people of other religions and walks of life

–– the atheist–marxist–darwinist ethics–free sciences, which denigrated man at the level of animals and study the human nature through rodent–animals–insect–plant studies

–– social and political doctrines based upon Plato–Aristotle’s philosophical–political–religious utopias derived from the Orphic mythical serpentine theology and Orphic philosophical doctrine.

To protect the mind from contamination with the false knowledge, the Christian should remember that any concept, assertion, doctrine, religion is build upon a general core – the attitude toward God and attitude toward man, which provides the key for understanding of the framework of knowledge, the source–root, and the destructive potential. Hence, to discern the first signs of the lethal poison of the arch–evil behind any religion, any article of faith, any philosophical, political, social, religious doctrine is to comprehend the core/main message: the attitude toward God and the attitude toward man.

In particular,

1/ any contradiction to the words of God signifies lies of the arch–evil

2/ any shadow of hostility to a human being, any disrespect to freedom of thinking, freedom of the conscience, and dignity of a human being, selective justice, acceptance of the possibility of coercion in the matters of conscience, religion, and morality, assertion of own right to sacrifice another man’s life, freedom, and well–being for the sake of any figment of imagination/idol, belittlement of one human being for the sake of another man, group, or establishment, justification any form of discrimination, any coercion in the matters of religion, conscience, political and other convictions – reveals that the root is the hatred of the arch–evil that was murderer of man from the beginning and father of lies {Genesis 3:15–16; John 8:42–44}.

Consequently, any concept, doctrine, religion, etc. that conveys negative attitude–hostility–animosity–disrespect to the only One True God the Creator and to His creation – a human being should be rejected as the false and dangerous misconception, because it is leading to collapse of human reasoning, to which death of people and ruin of their establishments are the inseparable companions {e.g., in: Isaiah 59:1–15; Wisdom 1; 2:21–23}.

 

See

–– Notes *22*, *27*, and *29* to Archive_Selections_2015

–– Logic of Death – in Note *37* to Archive_Selections_2015

––  Strange Knowledge – in Archive_Selections_2015

–– L’Aquila Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, Trial of Science, and Survival of Mankind – Supplement 2 to Archive_Selections_2015

–– Introduction to the Systems Logic

 

 

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

 

 

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

shed His Blood instead of the blood of man

placed His Soul for the soul of man re–creating him and preparing him for resurrection into the eternity

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

the essence of sinful man is melted by the Divine Fire of the Omnipotent Perfect and All–forgiving Love of God

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

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

a man may be resurrected into the eternity with God

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

The highest level or “the depths of soul” or 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 (or heart–mind) 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.

See

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

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

Concerning complexity: in general sense, complexity is the universality of knowledge, which sustains the entirety of processes defining life of the world. See Introduction to the Systems Logic

 

 

*7* It was written “my soul has clung to dust, give me life according to Thy Word” {Psalm 118(119):25}: the one is praying of freedom, so his immortal soul would be set free from the dust into which it was cast out {in: Genesis 3}.

See The Resurrection and  The Salvation of All Flesh – in Archive_Reprints

 

*8* Concerning Melchizedek, see the following excerpt from The Priest [[the complete post in Note *7* to Archive_Reprints]]

 

Excerpt

Priest

 

Because the lips of a priest guard knowledge,

they will seek instructions of his mouth,

for he is a messenger of the Lord Almighty

{Malachi 2:7}

 

 

The first reference to a priest in the Bible points to Melchizedek the king of Salem, the priest of the Most High God – Creator of heaven and earth. It is not disclosed, whose son Melchizedek is, and what happened with him after meeting with Abraham. All that is known: the Melchizedek’s order of priesthood has divine origin, and it is eternal, therefore, superior to the order of priests established for the chosen nation later. The mystery of Melchizedek and the meaning of his order of priesthood come to the ultimate disclosure in the New Testament: he is a presage, fore–sign or forerunner of the Highest Priest of the Almighty God Who in the New Testament revealed Himself as the Word and Son of God, the Beginning and the End, the eternal Almighty God {Genesis 14:18–18; Psalm 109(110):4; Zechariah 6:12–13; Hebrews 5:5–6; 7:1–7, 15–28; 8:1–2; Revelation 1:10, 17–18; 19:13; 21:22–23}.

The priests have particular responsibilities; the meaning of priesthood is the service to God by those chosen by God: the ancient Israel had to become the royal priesthood and the holy nation. The other responsibilities include instruction and guidance in the matter pertaining to the Law of God. At the moment when God permitted Aaron to ascend the mountain along with Moses to meet the Lord, all priests of the future times, similarly to the Prophets, were set apart from the general population: God Himself defined their ordinance forever. The priests were given the gift of discernment between the unholy and the holy as well as between the uncleanness and the purity; they had to make atonement for the sins of men, to observe the special manner of life, to keep the clean heart and clean hands, so they would not defile the temple with mental and physical uncleanness and corruption. Their offerings to God on behalf of the people, their conduct, garments, customs, food, their lot among the tribes of Israel, communications with the relatives and other people were strictly defined. On their shoulder the greatest burden fell: they have to educate and to judge people, to discern diseases of body and soul, and to control observance of the laws of Moses. Later, they anointed the kings and blessed them for their battles; they restored the temple of God in Jerusalem after Babylonian exile. Some of them also possessed the prophetic abilities {Exodus 19:24; 28:1–43; 40:1–15; Leviticus; esp. Leviticus 21:1–24; 22:1–32; Joshua 18:1–2, 6–7; 21:1–8, 41; 1 Kingdoms 3:1, 19–21; 7:15–17; 1 Ezra 5:54–55; Malachi 2:7; Luke 1:67–68; Hebrews 5:1–4}.

In summary, the priests were chosen to be the guardians of the ark of God, the mediators for the sins of men, keepers and interpreters of the Law, the guardians of faith, mentors and counselors of kings and men; they have to be the highest moral authority – the core and the role model of the chosen nation…”

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*9* The complete knowledge – επιγνωσεως {in: 2 Peter 1:3} –  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 by reading the Second Epistle of St. Peter the Apostle {2 Peter; also mentioned by St. Paul the Apostle in: Colossians 1:10}: complete knowledge is 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; esp. in: John 14; 15; 16; 17}.

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

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

 

to survive, that is to preserve life of reasoning–intelligence–mind

by protecting it from the false knowledge, deceit, and enslaving with false religions

to come to the complete knowledge of the Absolute Good

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

 

See

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

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

 

*10* See

The Ten Commandments – Folder Foundation

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/ law→code

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

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

 

  LAW

  ⇓

   ENERGY POWER

 

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

In general, the law has three main functions:

1/ creation of a purposeful wholeness

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Child and the Kingdom

 

…Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a child,

in no way may enter into it

{Mark 10:15}

 

 

It is in the Gospel According to Mark {Mark 10:13–16}: the people brought children to Lord Jesus Christ, that He might touch them {because the power went out from Him and healed all – Luke 6:19}. The disciples rebuked the people who carried children. The Lord God said to them: allow the children to come to Me, and not forbid them, because the Kingdom of God is theirs. Then, the Lord God said: if the one does not receive the Kingdom as a child, in no way may enter into it.

Since revelation of the Christian teachings, many adults became Christians and obtained the Kingdom of God, while during their childhood and youth they lived as the heathens {e.g., in: 1 Peter 4:3–6;  Galatians 5:13–26; Ephesians 2:1–22; 4:17–32}.

As the one could infer from history, the age of a child is not a true indicator of innocence and goodness customarily associated with childhood: many children were corrupted before the age of maturity. The destructive potency of educators might be inferred from the facts that

– terrorists train children to be suicide–bombers, executors, and spies – even on to own parents

– the sons of the arch–evil groom children for the lust of pedophiles.

From another angle of view, number of years the one lived, does not guarantee that the one has obtained wisdom. As Elius the son of Barachiel said to his aged interlocutors, the long–lived are not wise; neither do the aged know judgment: it is not time that speaks, although men imagine presence of wisdom in many years*1*; there is a spirit in mortals, and the breath of the Almighty teaches him  {Job 32:8}.

Hence, the years – the one’s age – indicate neither state of childhood nor state of maturity, adulthood.

What then, is the meaning of child of whom Lord Jesus Christ spoke? What is the difference between a child and the one who is adult – the difference that 1) enables the child to receive the kingdom of God and to enter it and 2) defines the meaning of rejection of the one who is not a child?

In general, the one might perceive the common meaning of childhood is an ability to be formed–fashioned–prepared for life within a particular reality. In other words, childhood is openness for education: for absorbing–learning of knowledge, which transforms a child into the mature being suitable for the purposes of a particular reality–realm–system–establishment: family, society, state, or else.

From the Books of the New Testament, the one could infer that a human being becomes a child of God if

 

he receives the Word–God Who, by the words of Spirit and Life and Truth, re–creates him in His Own likeness

as the likeness of the Word–God, he is empowered to receive the Holy Spirit

the Holy Spirit ignites within him the everlasting life

by imparting to him the knowledge of God and Lord Jesus Christ Whom He sent

and giving the wisdom to actualize this knowledge through his thoughts, words, and deeds

{John 1:1–18; 6:63; 14:6–28; 15; 16:7–15; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John 2:1–7; 4; 5; Colossians; Ephesians}

 

 

The people of the Old Testament knew: the Spirit of God is that Who formed a human being, the breath of the Almighty is that teaches him {Job 33:4}.

A Christian knows that he is given the authority to become a child of God born of the Spirit of God; thus the Christian

–– exercises the authority to become a child of God that the Lord gives to those who believe in Jesus Christ and love Him by learning and observing His law–words–commandments {John 1:1–13, 17; 3:35–36; 14; 17}

–– obtains the eternity in the kingdom of God by the Holy Spirit Who comes because of the Word–God {John 14:15–21, 23–26; 15:26; 16:7–15}

–– holds as the absolute truth that the Holy Spirit

illuminates him

teaches him

empowers his mind for understanding and absorbing the knowledge that is the everlasting life

gives him the wisdom to live by the law–commandments–words of God and to do the works of God

 

Hence, the Christian is the one who,

 

by the Word–God, is formed into the child of God – into the living temple of the Living God

as the clay is formed into the lamp that has to carry the fire*2*

by the Spirit of God, Who ignites within him the Divine Fire that gives the immortality in the presence of God,

is brought to life as the child of God whose destiny is the eternity in the Kingdom of God

{Luke 12:49; John 1:1–18; 3:3–21, 31–36; 4:23–24; 6:63; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1:13–25; 2:1–10; 1 John 2:1–7; 3; 4; 5;

1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 4:7; 6:16–18; Ephesians; Colossians; Hebrews 12:29; Revelation 22:1–5; Psalm 17(18):28; Isaiah 45:9; 64:8}

 

To the contrary, the another one, who rejected the knowledge of God and follows the “wisdom” of this world living by the evil, has no place for the Word–God within his mind: he lives and dies as a slave of sin*3*, because he has no protection from knowledge of evil – the poison that debilitates his reasoning–mind and transforms him into the offspring of the arch–evil that does the works of evil {in: Deuteronomy 32:31–33; Isaiah 59:1–15; John 8:31–47; 2 Peter 2; Romans 1:18–32; 2:17–23; 3:9–18}.

 

Summary

 

For the one who desires to become a child of God and to enter God’s kingdom, the only one Way exists {John 6:43–51, 53–58, 63–65, 68–69; 14:6–27}: absorption––learning–-comprehension––embodiment into own thoughts, words, and deeds the knowledge of the law–words–commandments of God that

 

forms–fashions his mind

empowers it to receive the Holy Spirit

empowers for the state of επιγνωσεως*4* – the complete knowledge of God,

through which the one receives all needed for life and godliness and freely enters the everlasting life

 

This Way is opened to everyone who reads the Gospels with the desire to comprehend the knowledge of God, so the Kingdom of God would become the treasure of his mind*5* and the eternity with God would become his lot*6*.  

Hence, the newcomer to Christianity who begins to learn–absorb–comprehend the words of God is seen as a newborn child who is nourished with the spiritual milk – the words of God {1 Peter 2:1–3}. This spiritual food – the words of God –

 

empowers him to grow mature evolve into the child of God

 

Thus, a child of God is a new being – the one who

–– Is likeness of the Word–God: the firstfruit of new creations created in Christ and by Christ, by the grace of God {John 1:17; 3:16–17; 1 John 4:7–21}

–– lives by the Bread of the eternity – by the Word–God

–– strictly/just follows*7* the reasoning of Christ

–– is taught by the breath of God – by the Holy Wisdom – the Holy Spirit of God {John 14:15–17, 25–26; 16:13–15; Wisdom 7; 8:1–18; 9:9–10}.

–– learns to withstand difficulties and tests of daily earthly life and evolves/matures [[as a child matures into the adult with full potency of wisdom, power, strength, and perfection]] into the priest–servant–slave–son of the Almighty prepared to serve Him and to reign in His presence through the eternity {John 6:28–69; 10:1–17, 27–30; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2:1–10; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John; 1 Corinthians 2:6–16; Ephesians 1:2–23; 2:1–22; 3; 4; 5; 6; Colossians; Revelation 21:7; 22:1–5; Wisdom 7}.

And I think that if

 

            to accept the truth that

 

the mind is formed by God the Spirit in His image and likeness,

and lives by the breath–power of God the Spirit, Who is the Source of the eternal life

and Giver of the eternity – the Almighty Divine Fire

{Genesis 1:2, 26–28; 2:7; 9:6; Job 32:8; 33:4; Wisdom 2:23; Luke 12:49; John 4:23–24; 6:28–69; 14; 15; 16; 17;

Hebrew 12:29; Deuteronomy 4:24}

therefore, the mind, by its very nature, is opened for knowledge

that exceeds parameters of its temporal accommodation within the world of the material things

 

            and then,

 

a/ if to comprehend the meaning of Genesis concerning reducing time–range of those who were the flesh

{Genesis 6:4}

and καιρος as the point of completed corruption of the world,

in which all flesh perverted its natural way and, therefore, lost power to exist and to evolve,

and as such had to be exterminated

{Genesis 6:6–14; 2 Peter 3:1–13}

b/ if to accept the words of Lord Jesus Christ concerning the Spirit of God as the absolute truth

{John 3:3–8; 4:23–24; 14:15–17, 25–26; 15:26; 16:7–15},

and explanations of St. Peter and St. Paul the Apostles as the guidance to actions

{2 Peter 3:8; Galatians 4:8–10; Colossians 2:1–10; also: Psalm 89(90):4–5; 101(102):24–27; Job 36:26–28}

c/ if to envision the process of transformation a human being/earth/flesh

into the immortal spiritual being – the child of God

as the process of obtaining the wisdom leading into the eternity

{John 1:1–18; 3; 4:23–24; 6:35–51, 53–69; 7:37–39; 10:1–17, 27–30; 12:44–50; 14; 15; 16; 17}

           

            the one can infer that

 

1. The earthly meanings of time, years (χρονος*8*) – age, periods, cycles, history of the nations and their establishments, and other temporal settings become irrelevant for the understanding and obtaining the eternity

2. The meaning/concept of time*9* that sustains the work of human mind within the temporal world arranged with time–space–complexity settings, takes its place as the feature of the temporal world arranged for temporal structurization of the matter*10* created by the Word–God for the purposes of God {e.g., Job 36:26–32; Isaiah 40:10–31; 41; 42; 45:18–26; 2 Peter 3; Colossians 1:3–14; Ephesians 1:3–14; 3:9–12; Revelation 21:1–8}

3. Time exists neither within the eternity nor for the mind that is in a process of accomplishing the purpose to enter the kingdom of God and therefore, that has overstepped [[passed over]] the temporal world during the ascent to God

4. For the mind that desires to comprehend the nature, the Past, the Present, and the Future of the world where it has to evolve for the eternity, the history of mankind cannot be measured by years, centuries, thousands of years, which are invented by men for arrangement of own orders and establishments {Galatians 4:9–10; Colossians 2:20; Ephesians 4:20–24;}

 5. For the mind that desires to comprehend the nature, the Past, the Present, and the Future of the world where it has to evolve for the eternity {in: Wisdom 7:7–21}, the human history should be arranged by the points of καιρος*8* – time–space–complexity points at which the observed event/phenomenon/establishment achieves the complete potency of the good/evil as completion of life–cycle sustained by a particular pattern of knowledge. This pattern defines the entirety of the processes of knowledge creation–learning–transmitting [[for instance, a civilization*11*]], and gives understanding of the essence of a particular cycle–period that came to its καιρος.

Subsequently, the closeness of a system/reality/establishment (e.g., state, empire) to the καιρος should be evaluated not with years of existence.

In particular, if the observer*12* attempts to define the future of a system/reality/establishment, he should decipher, for instance, the degree of advancement of processes either of evolution or anti–evolution, which might be “measured”/evaluated by completeness of embodiment of either the Absolute Good or the absolute evil into customs, beliefs, arrangements of life–sustaining establishments of the societies, states, empires.

It means that the observer should know limits of potency of the good and the evil, with which a creator has endowed the system/reality, the καιρος of which the observer attempts to determine.

For instance,

–– no one is able to know the physical time – της ημερας και της ωρας, day and hour – when the Earth’s καιρος is to come and the heavens and earth will pass away: only God the Creator knows {Matthew 24:34–35; 2 Peter 3:8–13}. The living ones are given the warning that this time is close so they will be prepared to meet the Judgment Day {Matthew 24; Peter 3}

 –– also, consider destiny (total annihilation) of Amorites – the natives of the Promised Land: their καιρος – the time life–cycle of the reality, in which they lived and accomplished their sins – works of evil, came to completion, after the measures of the evil were filled*13*.

God revealed to Abram the time – four hundred years – in which the life–cycle of a sinful nation would be completed and then, the time of extermination would come {e.g., in Genesis 15:13–16}

 

6. There are only two general patterns of knowledge, with which the mind

 

either ascends to preparedness for the next phase of existence –– the eternity with God: the evolution

This evolution is empowered by the Absolute Good*14* – Life, the attributes of Λογος – the Word–God, the Word of God the Creator. Life and death of the Simon the fisherman and Saul the Pharisee, who became the disciples of Lord Jesus Christ and are known as St. Peter the Apostle and St. Paul the Apostle, illustrate such evolution. Its culmination point or καιρος, when the preparation for the eternity is accomplished, is the state of επιγνωσεως*4* – the complete knowledge of God – that has prepared the one for the Kingdom of God and the entry into his new phase of existence is opened {2 Peter 1:2–11}

 

or descends to simplification–degeneration–collapse of reasoning –– eternal separation from God: the anti–evolution

This anti–evolution is actualized through deprivation of the Divine life–creating and life–sustaining energy, when the mind is transformed into self–exterminator that lives by figments of own imagination and consumes false knowledge/lies as the mentally sick – insane – people consume own excrements. Philosophical doctrines of Plato and Aristotle the Orphics on which their political–social utopias are based, Dionysian “philosophy” of Friedrich Nietzsche, and “Metapsychology” of Sigmund Freud*15* describe the framework of knowledge that sustains the anti–evolution*16*

7. The one who has set his mind on obtaining the eternity with God, who desires to live by the words of Lord Jesus Christ the Word–God –– by the Divine Bread from the Heaven, by the words that carry the Divine Fire of the Eternity {Luke 12:49; John 1:1–18; 3:3–21, 31–36; 4:23–24; 6:63; 14; 15; 16; 17; 17; Hebrews 12:29; Deuteronomy 4:24}, should open his mind for the words of God as a child’s mind is opened for the words of his beloved father {Galatians 4:3–7}.

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Notes:

 

*1* See The Essence – in Archive_Selections_2016

 

*2* See The Fire for a Child excerpt in Note *24* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*3* 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 *27* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*4* Concerning επιγνωσεως – complete knowledge of God {in: 2 Peter 1:3}, see Note *20* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*5* See The Point of Entry – in the Text of Archive_Selections_2016, and The Mind

 

*6* See The Kingdom of Heavenexcerpts in Note *34* to Archive_Selections_2016, and Kingdom for a Child – in Archive_Selections_2015

 

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

Traditional translation 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.”

 

*8* Concerning time, years (χρονος), and time–period of completion – καιρος, see Note *57* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*9* See The Concept of Time in my book The Invincible Empire, Chapter 2; excerpt in Note *20* to Introduction to the Systems Logic

 

*10* See Note *23* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*11* See Concept of Civilization

 

*12* See Concept of the Observer in Introduction to the Systems Logic

 

*13* In Genesis 15:16 ––   ουπω γαρ  αναπεπληρωνται  αι  αμαρτιαι  των  Αμορραιων  εως του νυν – for the measures of the sin of Amorites are not filled yet, even until now –– compound word ανα–πεπλη–ρωνται - contains ανα– – particle with meaning of moving up, empowerment; πεπλη– derived of πεπληθα – to make filled up, to be full/complete; ρω  – root of the cluster with meanings of force, power, physical and spiritual strengths; thus, the closest interpretation could be some kind of measure or capacity to be filled/completed, which was not accomplished yet, when God spoke to Abram.

See also The Futurereprint in Note *66* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*14* See The Facets of the Absolute

 

*15* See

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

Metapsychology” and Other Ideas of Sigmund Freud – Critical Analysis – Supplement 3 to The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page_8, or summary in Note *4* to Metapsychology” and Other Ideas of Sigmund Freud – Critical Analysis – Supplement 3 to The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

 

 *16* Two general frameworks exist, which sustain work of two types of human mind and define created knowledge and its consequences – thoughts, words, and actions of man: one of them is based on the knowledge of God, another – on the heathenism.

Consequently, the mind has the choice between two realities: the reality of the evolution (life as the ascent to the eternity with God) based on the knowledge of God,  and the reality of anti–evolution (death as eternal separation from God) based on the knowledge of the  evil – the heathenism.

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

Hence, the reality based on the knowledge of God accommodates evolution as the process of development of the maximal potency of good.

Concerning anti–evolution: anti–evolution is death of human reason, degeneration of the human nature, and utter destruction of the world resulting from systematic and constant rejection of God and violation of His Law.

The reality of anti–evolution accommodates degeneration of the human mind. Deprivation of the true knowledge of God leads to insufficiency of a particular, vital, knowledge – the knowledge of own nature and of the world in which the mind has to survive and accomplish its mission. In this case, mind is barred from access to the divine energy of creation (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}.

The anti–evolution culminates in inability to contain the knowledge of truth, therefore, life; only knowledge of evil and death can be learnt. Everyone understands that without food, human being starves to death, yet, not all realize that without Love and Word of God (the Love of God is the omnipotent divine power – the source of life, the energy, which creates and sustains existence of every living being of the Universe) the mind is able of nothing. The mind’s self–deprivation of God produced heathenism of the Past and now sustains the contemporary heathenism, which, for instance, underlies atheism, cults, and ideologies, which lead to deification of leaders of all kinds of human establishments and demand enslaving and denigration of ordinary people encaged within such establishments.  In the desperate hunt of knowledge, the contemporary sciences have overthrown all limits of humanity and humanness; however, they gained nothing besides additional details of the same portrait of the same arch evil – death. And it could not be otherwise, because the world is set by the wisdom of God and only God grants wisdom and knowledge {Jeremiah 10:12–14; Wisdom 6:12–20; 7:7–30; 8:1–4, 21; 9:1–18}.

The logical reality of anti–evolution founded upon atheism and other heathen doctrines, which do not recognize true knowledge of God, accommodates the processes of dehumanization of man, transformation of man into the beast without any remnants of humanity, and consequent annihilation of humans.

Concerning frameworks of knowledge, see Imagination – excerpt in Note *38* to Archive_Selections_2016; concerning the heathenism, see Note *22 to Archive_Selections_2016

 


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Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Way of Judgment

 

I will judge thee, says the Lord, according to thy ways, and according to thy devices

{Ezekiel 24:14}

 

 

Ezekiel the prophet {Ezekiel 22; 23; 24} conveys the message of God to the rebellious house of Israel: the king of Babylon is set against Jerusalem, and the city is doomed to destruction*1* because the people have sinned*2* against God:

– their ways of life are iniquities, uncleanness, corruption, idol–worship

– their rulers are the corrupted ones that shed blood and take bribes

– their priests set the Law*3* of God as naught and profaned the holy things of God

– their prophets see the vanities and prophesy falsehood

– there are injustice and oppression among the people; the poor and the needy ones are robbed and oppressed, and the strangers in their land are dealt with injustice.

Hence, there will be no mercy to those who shed blood and violate the law of God: the Lord promises that He will judge the corrupted ones according to their ways and κατα τα  ενθυμηματα {Ezekiel 24:14} – according to their devices–plans [[the word ενθυμημα conveys meanings of completed thought, intention, plan, stratagem, project, scheme, consideration–plan that may be actualized–embodied into the words and actions]].

The prophets advised people against the evil thoughts, the thoughts of murder [[the thoughts that carry a possibility of murder of both – the one for whom the mind contemplates the evil and the mind, which is contemplating/intently bent upon the evil {Genesis 8:21}]]. God created human beings, He knows all of them, and foreknows*4* their thoughts, inclinations, and ways {Psalm 32(33):6, 13–22; 138(139):1–3}. Besides, as the Apostles explained {James 1:12–15; 1 Peter 1:3–11; 1 Thessalonians 2:3–4; 5:14–22}, everyone is tested*5* and has to overcome own weaknesses and imperfections. In general, the entire human life might be seen as the repetition of the same pattern at different time–space points and at different stages of development or degeneration:

 

       offer →→ choice

                             ↓    

                              rejection or acceptance

 

It means that evil thoughts, images, perceptions are constantly knocking into the door of the mind*5*, and if the one’s abilities of right discernment*8* are impaired, and if he, for any reason, does not identify the evil under the mask of the good and the wolf under sheep clothing, he makes the wrong choice and allows evil thought to root and to reach completion. Then, the evil thoughts and  διαλογισμοι  απο  φονων – the thoughts of murder through words and deeds become materialized iniquities–violations of the Law of God, which initiate separation from God and adversely influence the others’ life {Isaiah 59:1–15}. 

Hence, the harsh judgment expects those who have committed iniquities, e.g., such as bloodshed – murder and other crimes forbidden by The Ten Commandments*3*, as well as those who contemplated crimes against God and against His creations by making devices/plans, which would result in violation of the law of God.

In the New Testament, the Lord explains that the sinful thought already is iniquity:

–– the one who looks at woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart {Matthew 5:27–28}

–– from within, out of the one’s heart, the evils pass out becoming the words and deeds and defile the one; these evils include the evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, greedy desires, iniquities, deceit, lustful desires, a wicked eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness {Matthew 15:18–19; Mark 7:21–23}.

Consequently, the one could infer that if the point of entry*6* of the evil into the world of men is the human mind, the destruction of the sinner who brings the evil to the others should begin with judgment of the mind: the mind is judged according to its own devices–thoughts–plans; thus, the judgment of God is actualized through the mind.

For instance, God warned that if the one shed blood of men, his own blood would be shed {Genesis 9:5–6}; these words of God define the law of inviolability of human life, which also is re–iterated in The Ten Commandments – thou shall not kill {Exodus 20:15}. The one violates this law, if he, by any means [[by own hands, because of own words, or because his ενθυμημα – project–plan–scheme–strategy has been implemented by the others]], takes life of another human being. Then, 1/ his mind is judged as a murderer, and 2/ his death may be initiated through his mind.

So, if the one would like to understand the way of judgment – how the one is judged and how the destructive power of the Law {Deuteronomy 28; 30:15–20; Matthew 5:17–19} works, he should answer the following questions:

 

1. What is the judgment?

2. What makes the mind capable of self–destruction, if a human being has been judged and,

as the murderer who has no eternal life abiding in him {1 John 3:15},

is destined to annihilation from the world of the living ones?

3. How the mind executes judgment – own destruction?

 

1. The meaning of judgment might be inferred from the words of the Lord God Jesus Christ, which He said

a/ to Nicodemus the Pharisee {in: John 3:1–21}: the Son of God, the Word–God, was not sent to judge the world; He was given to the world that the one believing in Him should not perish but have everlasting life; the one not believing in Him has already been judged. This judgment is own self–evaluation and self–disposition of man: the Light has come into the world, but the one whose works are evil, goes into the darkness, so his works of the evil may not be exposed {John 3:16–21}. Hence, as St. John the Baptist explains to his disciples {John 3:36}, the wrath*8* of God [[death – Genesis 2:15–17; 3]] remains on the one who disobeys the Son of God  

b/ to the slaves of sin*9* who identified themselves as children of Abraham and freemen {in: John 8:37–47}, yet who sought to kill the Son of God, because His words have no place within them {John 8:37}: the one who has the heart defiled by the evil and who is not of God, has no place for the Word of God and no peace within {cf. in: John 8:37–47; 1 John 3:8–24}    

c/ to the Jews who did not believe Him {John 6:24–70}: only by the will of God the one comes to Him {John 6:28–46}

d/ to His disciples: only from Him the one receives the words of God that are the Spirit and life {John 6:63; 14:15–27; 15:26; 16:13–15; 17:1–8, 12–26}, and only through Him – Who is the Way and the Truth and the Life, the one comes to God the Father {John 14:6–13; 17}

 

Summary

 

The meaning of judgment {in: John 3:16–21} is death; this death is absence of the Word–God within the mind.

The absence of the Word–God within the mind is the absence of the Way to the eternity. If the one has no protection of the Word–God, he has to take the way to the evil, with such a companion as the eternal death, and to be judged by his way – by the way to the evil that he has chosen {Ezekiel 24:14; Wisdom 1:12–15}.

For those to whom Lord Jesus Christ spoke when He was on the earth {John 6:28–71; 8:21–59; 9:39–41; 10; 12}, and for those to whom the Lord speaks now, in the depth of their heart–mind, through their conscience, the judgment comes because the one has no will/desire → power/authority to perceive the words of Spirit and life, to see the Light and to follow Him into the eternity {John 1:1–17; 3:16–21, 36; 8:12; 10; 12:44–50; 14:6–28}. The unwillingness to perceive the Light and the subsequent necessity to reject the Light initiate the judgment of death, which opens for the one the way into the darkness*10* of the eternal death–separation from God.

Hence, the one could envision the judgment of death as the absence of the Word–God without Whom there is no protection from death: the mind that has not become the dwelling of God is the desolate house*11* left by the Owner to the enemies for plunder and destruction {Luke 13:35; Jeremiah 12:7}. Such the mind is cast out of the house of the Creator because it has no virtue*12* and therefore, it lost its worthiness, and is not capable of survival*13*

a/ it lost abilities to operate according to its nature and it cannot be maintained by the Divine life–creating and life–maintaining energy of God – it is empowered of nothing: it became as withered branch {John 15:5–6} – infertile and lifeless

b/ it became unable of doing the works of good for the others

c/ it is not able to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which it has been created: to evolve into the child of God destined for the eternity with God

The destiny of the one, who will not be judged, because he will be released from judgment by the presence of the Word–God within his mind [[thus, because the wrath–death will have no power over him]], is accomplished through his own decision:

 

to accept faith into Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God

to observe commandments and to live by words of the Word–God

by the grace – love and mercy of God,

to receive the everlasting life that is knowledge of God and Jesus Christ Whom He sent

{John 1:1–17; 14; 15; 16; 17}

 

To be continued…

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Notes:

 

 *1* See The Search of the One, excerpt in Note *70* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*2* 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.

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

Any violation of the law of God by thought, by words, or by actions is a perversion of the human nature [[e.g., idol–worship, assassination, adultery]], therefore, the crime against God, against own nature, and against other beings. The law of God is the essence of the human mind–heart; thus, sin as ανομια – lawlessness, iniquity, illegality, wickedness – is anomaly or perversion inconsistent with the human nature.

Consequently, the sinner’s own mind becomes his judge and executor: violation of the Law of God initiates the disorder or illness (mental or physical), which leads to degeneration, further perversion, impairment and collapse of the immune system, abnormal offspring, premature death. The mind of a sinner, who violated the Law by the actions/words/thoughts inconsistent with the human nature, triggers off the abnormal mutation, which may result not only in lethal illness of the sinner himself: it may be transferred to his children. This simple link is known since revelation of the law  – The Ten Commandments accompanied with Moses’ warning to his tribesmen concerning life–blessing to those who live according to the law of God and curse–death for those who disregard the law of God. Only mercy and all–embracing Perfect Love of God annihilates sin/evil and restores heath of the sinner {Exodus 34:6–7; Deuteronomy 30:11–20; also cf. in: John 9:1–41; 1 Peter 2:1–10; 1 John 2; 3; 4; 5}, if he comes to understanding the he has committed sin, repents, and turns to God asking for forgiveness and healing. If unacknowledged, forgiven not, and unhealed, sin multiplies and the measures of the evil are filled by each consequent generation until the καιρος of the reality, in which the sinner lives, or which he has created and filled with his sin, comes before God {e.g., see: Isaiah 6:8–13; Matthew 13:10–16; 24; Mark 4:11–12; John 12:37–43; Genesis 6:12–14; 15:13–16}.

See Note *27* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*3* See The Law of God: The Ten Commandments. The Road to God – Supplement 1 to Archive_Selections_2016

 

 

*4* See The Foreknowledge excerpt in Note *71* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

 

*5* See The Test excerpt in Note *72* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*6* See The Mind

 

*7* See The Discernment

 

*8* “The wrath” of God of which the Old Testament prophets warned starting with Moses {e.g., in: Deuteronomy; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Hosea; Malachi} is collapse initiated by violations of the law–commandments–words of God: by the very own thoughts, words, and actions, which they accomplished within the world given into their dominion, human beings destroy the world that has been given to them for life and evolution–ascent to God.

The Prophets described the “wrath of God” as fire. This fire is the self–destruction ensuing from violations of the Law of God: it is the fire of death ignited by human iniquities, passions, perversion fueled by imagination of the mind devoid of understanding of own essence.

The Holy Scriptures lead to conclusions that

a/ the Law of God is the essence of the mind–heart–soul of man

b/ observance of the Law of God is life consistent with the human nature: those who observe the Law of God fulfill the destiny of man, because human beings were created in image of God and likeness to be the temple and dwelling of God – the immortal sons of the Eternal Light serving the special purposes of God {Genesis 1:26–27; 9:6; Deuteronomy 30:11–15; Psalm 36(37):31; 39(40):8;  John 14:15–19, 23–27; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1; 2:9–10; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 3:13; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:4–5; Revelations 21:1–8; 22:1–5; Isaiah 66:22; Wisdom 2:23}

c/ violation of the law of God – as corruption and perversion of the nature and the subsequent inability to accomplish the purposes for accomplishment of which it was created – initiates extermination of the corrupted and perverted beings.

See

The Choice – in Note *32* to Archive_Selections_2016

The Wrath – in Note *41* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*9* See Concept of Slavery – Supplement 2 to Archive_Selections_2015, and Slavery (2008) –  excerpt in Note *26* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*10*  See The Light and Darknessexcerpt in Note *74* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*11* See The Desolate Houseexcerpt in Note *75* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*12* Virtue is the way of life according to the nature of man created in image and after likeness of God. For the Christians, the Word–God is the source of the virtues, and the earthly life of Lord Jesus Christ is the complete manifestation of all human virtues: the full knowledge of the Word–God, acknowledgement of His excellence, and observance of His commandments originate virtues of man {2 Peter 1:1–11; 1 John 3:2–12; 5:1–3}.

See The Virtue and Survival excerpt in Note *76* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*13* See The Survival (2011), and The Survival (2012), reprints in Note *77* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

 

 

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Way of Judgment

[[In continuation of the previous post for February 28, 2016]]

 

 

I will judge thee, says the Lord, according to thy ways, and according to thy devices

{Ezekiel 24:14}

 

…What makes the mind capable of self–destruction, if a human being has been judged and, as the murderer who has no eternal life abiding in him {1 John 3:14–15}, is destined to annihilation from the world of the living ones?   

The answer could be found if the one

knows the law of God

understands the nature of the mind

understands impact of violations of the law*1* unto life of the mind

and unto all establishments–realms–systems*2*,

which are linked to the  mind*3* or may be influenced by it

can identify the points of vulnerability*4*,

through which the mind might initiate own destruction or to be destroyed by the others,

because it has violated the law of God

 

 

Moses the prophet, through whom God conveyed the law that initiated human civilization*5*, refers to two sides of the law: blessings–life for those who live by the law and curses–death for those who disregard and violate the law {Deuteronomy 30:11–20}. Moses’ description of the “blessings” and “curses” facilitates understanding of the human nature and the features of the law {Matthew 5; 6; 7; 22:36–40; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 10:25–28; John 5:24, 28, 37–47; 8:42–47; 14; 15; 16; 17; Revelation 21:1–8; 22:1–5, 11–15}, which a human being

 

either

accepts––observes––lives by

evolves for the next phase of existence – eternity with God

or

rejects––violates––degenerates

dies

 

If the one analyzes the writings of the prophets {e.g., Deuteronomy; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Sophonias}, he may understand the meaning of

 

the blessings for those living by the law –

that is according to the human nature

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the curses for those who have rejected the law and committed iniquities–violations of the law –

that is perverted the human nature and the nature of the beings in the sphere of their influence

 

Both groups of the consequences of the attitude toward the law–definition of the human nature [[blessings and curses]] influence the mind and body of human beings, their families, offspring, and the establishments that they create to sustain their life and to accomplish their purposes.

In general, all the consequences of either observance or violations of the law, which are actualized with thoughts, words, and actions of men, might be identified as operations with knowledge*6* –– either knowledge of the good or knowledge of the evil: creation, learning, comprehension/inability to comprehend, absorbing–consuming/rejection, accumulation, dissemination/concealing, and so on. The contents of knowledge and its influence onto the mind and onto the realms–systems correlated with the mind should be analyzed at the levels of

 

the mind a  body

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creations of the mind      works of a body

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thoughts words actions

of a human being

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human establishments, with which the mind sustains life of a body

and intends to secure own existence within the world of the material things

↓ ↑         ↓ ↑          ↓ ↑

family society nation 

↓ ↑           ↓ ↑         ↓ ↑

social–political–religious–educational–research–manufacturing–other

establishments–systems–realities

 

Then, the Moses’ blessings {Deuteronomy 28:1–14; 30:9–10}, which are promised to those who would live by the law of God, reject idols, and do not serve “other gods,” could be identified as the features of the realm arranged for the mind that operates within the optimal conditions of life and with the optimal potency of creative works.

 

The Blessings

{Deuteronomy 28:1–14; 30:9–10}

 

By the mercy of God, the people are accommodated within the realm of abundant life sustained by rain in its season that is with favorable climate and other natural conditions: land, people, cattle are healthy, fertile, and multiplying; barns and storehouses are full; establishments (cities) are rich and successful. The entire nation is evolving: God raises it up for Himself to be His holy nation and to carry His Holy Name. The nation is elevated over all the others, rules over many nations*7*, lends and provides the good to the many. Enemies are broken and flee, while the people under protection of God are successful in every work of their hand and in all that is their life.

The nation is protected by God and therefore, successful in all its endeavors and all its purposes, because people live and work in compliance with the law, that is with knowledge of the nature of man, nature of the world, nature of things that compose the world and sustain existence of men.

Hence, the optimal–perfect arrangement defines all levels –– land←→nation←→people←→people’s possessions/creations/establishments:

 

the nation is evolving for the purposes of God

the nation is set for dominion over the other nations

power of the nation inaccessible by enemies is based upon the optimal material foundation,

which Moses defines as

a/ abundant and fertile land that receives rain in due season and sustains prosperous economics

b/ health, fertility, and abundance of cattle

c/ healthy people accustomed to prosperity and overall well–being

 

Such perfect arrangement of the nation that carries the Name of God and is evolving for His purposes may exist only by the will of God and upon the firm steadfast foundation – Στερεωμα*8* that the Christians know as Λογος – the Word–God, and the people of the Old Testament knew as the Holy Wisdom of God. To be empowered to operate – think, create – upon this foundation, the mind should have   

–– knowledge of the law given by Λογος, Αγια Σοφια, the Word–God – Holy Wisdom, by Whom God created the earth and sustains its existence

–– power of reasoning–understanding and wisdom*9* that only God gives, that the Christians receive with the Holy Spirit Who comes because of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God {Genesis 1: 2; 1 Kings 2:1–3; Psalm 147:15; Proverbs 2:3–12; 3:15–26; John 1:1–3; 5:17; 8:31–36; 9:4–5; 14:2–27; 15; 16:7–16, 17; Wisdom 6:12–20; 7:7–28; 8:1, 9–11; 9:1–17}.   

The contents of knowledge of the wise ones might be inferred from the Apocryphal Book of Wisdom*10* that describes knowledge of the one who beseeched God of wisdom {Wisdom 7:7–22} and who came to conclusion that to be firmly established in God is the entire righteousness, and to contemplate His power is the root of immortality {Wisdom 15:3}. This knowledge includes

a/ understanding that the world is set by the wisdom of God and only God grants wisdom and knowledge {Jeremiah 10:12–14; Wisdom 6:12–20; 7:7–30; 8:1–4, 21; 9:1–18}

b/ the power to successfully accomplish the original purpose of man: to keep and to lead the evolving systems/realms to the highest levels of evolution–perfection [[in the beginning, it was the world of Genesis*11* {Genesis 1:26–28; 2:7–15}; at the time of Moses, at least a likeness of it that, according to the blessing of God, might be given into authority of the one who possesses the knowledge of the law and wisdom given by God {Deuteronomy 30:9–10}]]

c/ the ability to set the people in order and to subdue the nations {Wisdom 8:14}.

As the one could infer from observation of the history of mankind, none of establishments – states, empires, civilizations – had the perfect arrangement that would actualize all blessings, of which Moses wrote.

By the definition, establishments of the heathens have to be excluded from consideration, because they operated upon another knowledge framework – the false knowledge of idol–worshipers*12*. Anyway, none of the even most powerful heathen civilizations and empires survived to disprove the inseparability of connection between false knowledge, with which the mind operates and collapse of the establishments, which embody the false knowledge of the mind–creator.

In the Old Testament times, the ancient kingdom of Israel, which Solomon inherited from David the shepherd, the prophet, and the king, could be considered as the establishment that has accommodated some of the blessings mentioned by Moses, including abundance of fruits of the land, wealth, and long lasting peace, although Israel was surrounded by the heathen nations. However, Solomon’s apostasy*13* led to division of the kingdom that he has built and triggered processes of collapse, which eventually, as all processes described by the διαφθορων pattern*14*, were completed with the total ruin and complete destruction of the ancient kingdom*15*.

In summary, the blessings for those who would live by the law of God {Deuteronomy 28:1–14; 30:9–10} are the features of the abundant fertile evolving world that is as close to the original earth created and blessed by God {Genesis 1; 2} as it could be within the temporal realm, in which death*16* has been initiated because of man’s disobedience to God {Genesis 3}, yet within which the mind, with the knowledge of the law, has to evolve into the new creation suitable for the purposes of God.

 

The Curses

{Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30:1, 10–20; 32:8–42}

 

The prophets and thinkers who understood the work of the law identified violation of the law–commandments of God as death, as the greatest danger and the greatest threat to the existence of man and to the world that accommodates existence of mankind. They have one message to their readers and descendents: fear God!

Fear of God {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 6:1–2; Isaiah 8:13; Ecclesiastes 12:13}, the fear to violate the law of God, is the only fear appropriate for a free human being created in the image of the Almighty, Perfect, and merciful God–Creator and Father of man. The world exists according to the law, which God Himself came to fulfill {Matthew 5:17–18; John 10:30; 14:6–10; 17}, and the Holy Scriptures provide the glimpse of the absolute power of this law when they refer to it as to the sword and the all–consuming fire {e.g., in: Isaiah 5:24; 10:17; Matthew 10:34; Revelation 1:16; Deuteronomy 32:41}. If a human being violates the law of God, he perverts own nature, therefore, either triggers self–annihilation or he is to be destroyed, because in the world created, sustained, and controlled by the law {Matthew 5:18; Luke 16:17}, nothing is able to exist contrary to the law.

However, God is Love – the Perfect Almighty Love, and those who love dwell in God and God dwells in them: the perfect love has no fear {1 John 4:7–20}. Thus, the fear of God is, in fact, the fear

to violate the law of God by own thoughts, words, and deeds

to became unable to live in the world of Love, Life, and Light

to take the path into the eternal darkness of separation from God – into the realm of eternal death

{Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30:10–20; 32:8–42; Isaiah 59:2; Matthew 25:31–46; John 3:16–21, 36; Revelation 22:14–15}.

 

It means also that a human being should always be very discreet and cautious in his thoughts, words, and deeds, especially concerning the others. Attentiveness to the voice of conscience and issuing feeling of responsibility for own thoughts, words, and deeds might facilitate development of the ability to foresee the consequences of own words and actions, and therefore, to prevent sin–iniquities–violations of the law of God.

As soon as law impacts the life through creation and actualization of knowledge, the consequences – either “curses” or “blessings” – also are accomplished by creation of knowledge and through embodiment of the created knowledge into words actions material things and their arrangements: systems and realities, which in their totality of relations–interconnections compose the world that accommodates existence and either evolution or anti–evolution/degeneration of human beings.

Hence, the next step would be obtaining of understanding of “curses”: why the prophets and the wise ones spoke of the fear and death, when they advised to live in compliance with the law of God…

 

To be continued…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See

 – The Law of God: The Ten Commandments. The Road to God – Supplement 1 to Archive_Selections_2016

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

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

 

*2* Concerning systems, realities, and other systems terms, see Introduction to the Systems Logic

 

*3* See The Mind and the World – in Text of Archive_Selections_2015

 

*4* See The Point of Entry in Archive_Selections_2016

 

*5* The essence of civilization is the set of patterns according to which the mind creates–learns–absorbs–accumulates–dissiminates–conceals–transmit–accepts knowledge.

By giving knowledge of the law, God initiated development of human civilization – the derivative of the mind that lives by knowledge of only One True God and His law and that creates knowledge how to embody–materialize the knowledge of the law of God into thoughts, words, actions, and arrangement of establishments, with which this mind sustains own existence, accomplishes own purposes, and evolves for the eternity with God.

See Concept of Civilization

 

 

*6* 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 Note *39* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*7* Since nations were spread all over the face of the earth to seek God {Genesis 11:1–9; Acts 17:16–31}, the significance of nations and power and glory of their rulers are defined by their knowledge of God, and their destiny is determined by their compliance with the law of God {in: Isaiah 34:1–2; Wisdom 6:1–8}.

In the time of The Old Testament, only one nation was chosen to become the manifest carrier of the knowledge of the law and the Name of God. However,

–– the prophets wrote of the time when all nations would receive the blessing and the Light of God {Genesis 12:1–3; Isaiah 60:1–3; 62:1–3, 10–12; 66:20–23}

–– the Lord spoke of a nation as of the establishment that produces the fruits for the Kingdom of God {Matthew 21:42–45; also, see: Isaiah 65}

–– the Greeks came in Jerusalem in search of the Lord before His glorification {John 12:20–28}

–– the Books of the New Testament were written in Koine – common Greek that was the universal language of Middle East, North Africa, and part of Asia [[the lands and nations conquered by Alexander of Macedonia and included into his empire, which after his death was divided among his subordinates; these segments of the Macedonian’s empire existed long enough for the language and philosophical doctrines, cults, and customs to root in and to influence the native culture, religions, customs, and even entire social–political–religious foundations]].

For the Christians, the traditional human distinctions and divisions have lost their significance.

Apparently, the Christians live

a/ according to the values, norms, and traditions of Christian communities established by the Apostles {e.g., in: James; 1 Peter; 1 John; Romans; Ephesians; Colossians; Galatians; Philippians; 1 Thessalonians; 1 Timothy; 2 Timothy; Titus; 1 Corinthians; 2 Corinthians} on the basis of the commandment of Lord Jesus Christ: love each other as I loved you {John 13: ; 15 }

b/ in compliance with civil laws [[until they do not contradict the law of God, firstly, The Ten Commandments and words–commandments of Lord Jesus Christ {e.g., in: Matthew 5; 6; 7; Luke 6:17–49; John 13:34–35; 15}]]

c/ in submission to the civil authorities, as St. Peter the Apostle instructs {1 Peter 2:11–25; 3; 4}.

From this point of view, it should be said that the Christian teachings sustains the most stable and secure social and political order without upheaval, crimes against people and their establishments, and any possibility of revolt, war, and revolution. Christians live by other world – by the world of the Word–God {e.g., John 14:25–31; 17:1–26; 1 John 2:15–16; 5:4, 21; 3 John 7; Romans 8:28–39; 12}; they are not the people of this world that in pursuit of political and other advantages or retribution use force of physical and spiritual coercion, deceit, racial and other divisions according to the human traditions, which sustain incessant flow of social, political, religious, and other conflicts.

However, in the spiritual dimension of human existence, there is a difference. Although Christians do not wage wars against their physical opponents, they are, in their heart–mind, in the constant state of the spiritual war against the evil {1 John 1; 2; 3; 4; 5:1–21; Ephesians 6:10–18;  Philippians 4:11–13; Romans 8:28–39; 12:17–21} that might enter the mind and turn it into the tool of the arch–evil: into the core of destruction that initiates iniquities–violations of the law of God [[especially, such as do not steal, do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not bring false witness against thy neighbor, do not covet anything that belongs to thy neighbor]] and subsequently, trigger conflicts, wars, collapse and ruin of human societies, states, and other establishments. By their life according to the law–commandments–words given by God, they became a new nation – the people of God who are set free because they live by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Almighty Omnipotent God the Creator, and where the Spirit of God is there is freedom {John 14:1–27; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 2:9–10, 25; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; 6:14–18}.

Hence, at the spiritual level, traditional divisions and criteria of discrimination among people [[including the meaning of nation as a particular part of mankind distinguished and separated by language, land, borders, laws, customs, social–political–religious order, race, etc.]] become irrelevant, because all Christians are one in Christ Jesus – the one flock of the One Good Shepherd: there is no more Jews, Greeks, and the others, there is no more slaves and freemen, no male or female: all are created anew in Christ and by Christ, all live by the Holy Spirit, and all are the firstfruit of new creations –– the children of only One True God {John 1:12–13; 10:15–16; 17; Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 16:15; Acts 3:25–26; 10; James 1:17–18, 21–25; 1 Peter 1; 2:9–10, 25; Romans 8:14–17; 10:11–13; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:13–16, 26–29; Ephesians 1:3–23; 2; 4; Colossians 3:10–25; Revelation 21:1–8, 14, 22–27; 22:1–5, 10–15}.

However, the world lives by other “gods” and other values and makes evaluations and decisions by other criteria.

See also The Blessing for the Nation – in Text of Archive_Selections_2015, and The Nationsexcerpt in Note *2* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

 

*8* Στερεωμα of the human soul–heart–mind is the Word–God – the knowledge of God: His Law, His will, His commandments, His mercy, His Perfection and His Love – the Absolute Good, that is the everlasting life {John 17:3, 6} – this knowledge makes possible life by the Holy Spirit, because this knowledge became the inner foundation and structure of the new creation of God in Christ and by Christ destined from the beginning of times for the eternity with God. 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. If the one creates his life–reality–world on this foundation – on the words of the Word–God, his world survives difficulties, threats, and dangers as the house built upon a rock withstands rain, flood, winds {Matthew 7:21–27}.

See Note *18* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*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}.

See Note *9* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

 

*10* The Book of Wisdom – apocryphal book of the Septuagint – is not included in official versions of the Bible. Probably, the reasoning behind is that many texts have parallels and similarities to those included in The Old Testament and The New Testament. The texts with analogous meanings made some “Fathers of the Church,” who assumed the authority to choose sources of knowledge for their flock, to decide that the Book of Wisdom has secondary origin, as compilation of the texts already written in other Books of the Holy Scriptures.

However, the Book of Wisdom carries the same convincing authority that other – “official” – books of the Holy Scriptures have; besides, in the time when it was written, the Gospels were not revealed yet; so the assumption of compilation does not work. Moreover, if the one compares the descriptions of the actualities of the wise and the lawless ones, he would conclude that these descriptions reflect the contemporary actualities of the Present; the precision of definitions is striking as it is always with the phenomenon of prophecy.

In ancient Greek, the Book has name Σοφια Σαλωμων – Wisdom of Solomon, and some ancient theologians and authors ascribed the authorship to Solomon the king in Jerusalem. However,

1/ the Book of Wisdom conveys the knowledge, which could not be available for the mind that carried the seed of apostasy: the mind of Solomon the king in Jerusalem who began his reign with violations of the ordinances and rules set by Moses for kings as well as for all his tribesmen [[concerning Solomon, his apostasy and its consequences, see The World and the War. II. Apostasy, and Note *83* to Archive_Selections_2016]]

2/ the original language of the Book of Wisdom is almost the same as language of the Septuagint: the Alexandrian dialect with the roots in Minoan–Ionian language; Minoan–Ionian language is the language with which the works of Homer were written down, in VIII century B.C., approximately.

 The Alexandrian dialect evolved about four centuries later, in IV century B.C., as the result of Alexander of Macedonia’s conquests with inclusion of many nations of Asia Minor and Asia into his empire, the assumed capital of which was Alexandria, in Egypt. Alexandria was founded and named in honor of the conqueror, and became the center of cultural and political life of the Alexander’s empire.

Solomon’s death (and consequent division of his kingdom) is attributed to 930s – X century B.C., about six centuries before the Alexandrian dialect was formed.

Some authors have opinion [[based on interpretation of some texts as the implied references to historical events]] that the author of the Book of Wisdom lived in III century B.C.  

 

*11* The world described in the first and second chapters of Genesis was the evolving reality, because all living creatures received the blessing of God to evolve: they had to increase and multiply and fill their sphere {αυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατε – Genesis 1:22}.

In addition to the blessing to evolve (to increase and multiply and fill the earth), man was given the purposes και κατακυρειυσατε αυτης– to subdue and to dominate the world filled with the all living creatures {Genesis 2:28}.

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

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

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

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

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

 

a/ his own evolution within the evolving world (whose inhabitants received the same commandment,

therefore, the world itself should be capable of development necessary to sustain evolution of all its inhabitants)

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

c/ reaching the completion

 

Definitely, development as increase may not be only about apparent, physical parameters. Multiplication and coming to full completeness – that is reaching the higher level of development/complexity at which the full potency can be exercised – is the main meaning of evolving reality.

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

 

to evolve himself, to become complete within the evolving world

to dominate the evolving world

to maintain evolution of the evolving world

 

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

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

The similar pattern of domination with the purpose of initiating evolution might be identified in the nation that is blessed by God to dominate the other nations and to be the head {Deuteronomy 28:12–13}, not the tail – that is the leading part, not the following one.

 

*12*  Two general frameworks exist, which sustain work of two types of human mind and define created knowledge and its consequences – thoughts, words, and actions of man: one of them is based on the knowledge of God, another – on the heathenism. The main differences between them:

 

1/ contents of knowledge:

knowledge of God is the Truth that initiates evolution of the mind and leads it into the eternity with God

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knowledge of “other gods” is false – lies, fruits of perverted imagination intently bent upon evil

that separate the mind from the only One True God and lead it into the eternal darkness/death

 

 

2/ the attitude toward God and toward His creation – a human being:

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

that operates upon the true knowledge

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hatred to God and to the creations of God is the actual essence of the creations of the mind

that operates within the heathen knowledge framework

 

As soon as any concept, assertion, doctrine, religion is build upon a general core – the attitude toward God and attitude toward man, identification of the actual attitude behind slogans, philosophical doctrines, theories, assumptions, assertions, speeches, etc. provides the key for understanding of the framework of knowledge – its source–root, the potential of the good or the evil it carries, and the future of those who would accept concept, assertion, doctrine, religion as the truth

3/ results:

the mind that operates with true knowledge is empowered to survive

and to evolve for the next phase of existence – eternity with God

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the mind that operates with false knowledge is not empowered to survive

and, along with own annihilation, it initiates collapse and ruin of all its creations/establishments

that are in the sphere of its influence

 

 

Concerning the framework of knowledge of idol–worshipers and idolatry, see

Imaginationexcerpt in Note *38* to Archive_Selections_2016

The Logic of Death and The Defense  – excerpts in Note *28* to Archive_Selections_2016

The Foreknowledge excerpt in Note *71* to Archive_Selections_2016

The Test excerpt in Note *72* to Archive_Selections_2016

Notes *22* and *69* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

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

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

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

Because of Solomon’s apostasy or harlotry [[see Note *54* to Archive_Selections_2016]], God divided the Solomon’s kingdom and rendered to Solomon’s slave Jeroboam –– Jeroboam the son of woman whose name was Sarira the harlot {3 Kings 12:24 – δουλος τω Σαλωμων, …Ιεροβοαμ, και ονομα της μητρος αυτου Σαριρα, γυνη πορνη} –– the most part of it, with ten tribes of Israel, leaving to Solomon’s son authority only over Jerusalem. However, in spite of the warning given to him by Achia the prophet, Jeroboam led the people into the great sin: he made two golden heifers, told his subjects that the heifers are their gods, which led them out of Egypt, appointed new priests not from the tribe of Levi, set new feast day, and made sacrifices to the idols {3 Kings 11:29–38; 12:24–33; 13}.

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

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

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

In another chapter, Isaiah elaborates his vision of the sinful men and their world {Isaiah 59:2–15}; his descriptions allow comprehension of the meaning of sin, its manifestations, and its consequences.

The prophets connect the idol–worship as disloyalty to God with death – firstly, death of reason, then, physical annihilation: the inevitable companions of idol–worship, immorality, corruption, and insanity lead to collapse of intelligence/reasoning and issuing inability of sound judgment, therefore, inability of survival.

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

 

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

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

corruption and harlotry took place of righteousness and justice; they have no truth nor judgment nor understanding nor enlightenment

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

See also

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

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

The Strange Knowledge and The Sinful Heart, the Desolate House, the Wasted Land  in Archive_Selections_2015

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

Ancient Kingsreprint in Note *6* to Supplement 1 – The Vineyard and Its Lessons

Rejection in The Lessons of the Vineyard Supplement 1 – to The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy

Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview

Note *22* to Archive_Selections_2016 

 

*14* The common pattern of culmination of the evil death is known as διαφθορων pattern – total–complete ruin of man and collapse–ruin–disintegrating of his creations–establishments, with which he expected to sustain life, to secure survival, and to evolve.

See Note *3* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

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

 

*16* See  Note *28* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

 


 

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Sunday, March 13-20, 2016

The Way of Judgment

[[In continuation of the previous posts for February 28, – March 6, 2016]]

 

 

I will judge thee, says the Lord, according to thy ways, and according to thy devices

{Ezekiel 24:14}

 

The Curses

{Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30:1, 10–20; 32:8–42}

 

The prophets and thinkers who understood the work of the law–commandments of God identified violation of the law*1* of God as death, as the greatest danger and the greatest threat to the existence of man and to the world that accommodates existence of mankind. They have one message to their readers and descendents: fear God!

For the Christian, fear of God {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 6:1–2; Isaiah 8:13; Ecclesiastes 12:13}, firstly, is the fear to violate the law of God. The fear to violate the law of God is the only fear appropriate for a free human being*2* created in the image of the Almighty, Perfect, and merciful God–Creator and Father of man. The world exists according to the law, which God Himself came to fulfill {Matthew 5:17–18; John 10:30; 14:6–10; 17}, and the Holy Scriptures provide the glimpse of the absolute power of this law when they refer to it as to the sword and to lawlessness as the all–consuming fire {e.g., in: Isaiah 5:24; 9:18–19; 10:17; Matthew 10:34; Revelation 1:16; Deuteronomy 32:41}. If a human being violates the law of God, he perverts own nature, therefore, either triggers self–annihilation or he is to be destroyed, because in the world created, sustained, and controlled by the law of God the Creator {Matthew 5:18; Luke 16:17}, nothing is able to exist contrary to the law of God the Creator.

However, God is Love – the Perfect Almighty Love {John 3:16; 6:32–69; 10:11; 15:9–17; 17; 1 John 4:9–21} that bestows life and other gifts of the Absolute Good*3* on His creations and those who love dwell in God and God dwells in them: the perfect love has no fear {1 John 4:7–20}.

Thus, the fear of God is, in fact, the fear

 

to violate the law of God by own thoughts, words, and deeds

to became unable to live in the free world of Love, Wisdom, and Light

to take the path into the eternal darkness of separation from God – into the realm of eternal death

{Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30:10–20; 32:8–42; Isaiah 59:2; Matthew 25:31–46; John 3:16–21, 36; Revelation 22:14–15}

 

The Christian (Greek/Eastern Orthodox) tradition explains the fear of God as understanding that

 

God is the essence of life

by the very nature, a human being is centered on God

the only fear the human being should have is the fear to violate the God’s law:

to sin against God and against own nature

 

Such fear, in fact, is the means of self–preservation, because any violation of the Law of God is the distortion/perversion of the human nature.

The perverted human nature

 

pollutes the earth

poisons all creations connected to men

activates the laws of disintegration

has to be wiped out from the face of the earth

 

 Only through the Savior Who by His Blood washed out the sins of the world, man still exists, and still has a chance of survival. The human free will, reverence to God, knowledge, and love to God are the irreplaceable conditions of understanding, observance, and adherence to the Law of God.

As the history illustrates, substitution of fear of God [[Who was portrayed by some heretics as a punishing dreadful Superbeing]] for fear to violate the law of God became the root from which the worst heresies sprung*4*. One of them is the infamous doctrine Compelle Intrare devised by Augustine the former Manichaean*5* who became the bishop of Hippo and one of the “fathers” of the Western theology. Augustine’s Compelle Intrare contributed into the foundation, upon which the special institution – the papal Inquisition*6* was created. The papal Inquisition [[the pope is the Prefect of the Inquisition]] unleashed unspeakable evil upon the earth because of terror by persecutions, tortures, and executions of the heretics, the different–minded, and the Christians [[e.g., such as Ian Hus the priest*7*]] who rejected the heresies of papal theologians, did not recognize the papal faith as Christian teachings, and did not accept the pope as vicar/substitute of God at the earth*8*.

The one who is afraid to violate the law of God should always be very discreet and cautious in his thoughts, words, and deeds, especially concerning the others. Attentiveness to the voice of conscience and issuing feeling of responsibility for own thoughts, words, and deeds might facilitate development of the ability to foresee the consequences of own words and actions, and therefore, to prevent sin–iniquities–violations of the law of God.

As soon as the law impacts life through creation and actualization of knowledge*9*, the consequences – either “curses” or “blessings” – also are accomplished

a/ by creation of knowledge

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b/ through embodiment of the created knowledge into words actions material things and their arrangements: systems and realities, which in their totality of relations–interconnections compose the world that accommodates existence and either evolution or anti–evolution/degeneration of human beings.

Hence, the next step would be obtaining of understanding of “curses”: why the prophets and the wise ones spoke of fear and death, when they advised to live in compliance with the law of God.

The blessings to those who live according to the nature created by God – that is in compliance with the law of God – reflect the Absolute Good*3* that God the Creator bestows upon His creations, and which begins with the gift of life.

The curses described by Moses reflect the features of the realm of death*10*, into which the mind descends, if it perverts own nature and, through the thoughts–plans–devices of evil, takes death as its companion {Wisdom 1:12–16}.

In other words, the curses describe the process of annihilation: annihilation is the purpose of a special system–reality – the realm of death – that the perverted mind arranges for self–destruction, for ruin–destruction of own creations–establishments and ruin–exterminations of all that comes into the sphere of its influence: the nature – environment, the land, the beings that live to sustain existence of men, own family, the society, the nation, the state, and so on, at all levels, which it has power to influence/control impact destroy.

The explanation of the nature of the reality of annihilation might be facilitated with knowledge of the reality, which accommodated initiation of human civilization–evolution for the next phase of existence: eternity with God.

When God allotted the special land – the Promised Land – for life of the people that have been chosen to become the holy nation of the keepers of the law, the new reality came into being. The components of this reality included the religion – knowledge of God the Creator conveyed through His law and the messages given to prophets, the land, and the prophets*11* – messengers and executors of the will of God; this reality accommodated transformation of a “wandering Aramean” into a great and mighty nation {Deuteronomy 26:1–11}.

 

GOD

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Prophets

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   The Law  ←→ The  Land

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                          One Man →→→  Great and Mighty Nation

 

The most important purpose of this reality was development of an ability to rise/ascend from the visible matter to the invisible Spirit that creates and maintains the matter. The people learned the power of God through manifestations of the tangible–perceivable–discernible–touchable matter (the land, vineyards, harvest, rain, drought, abundance of wealth, insufficiency of material things, hunger, poverty, diseases, etc.), thus, their mind should understand that man lives by every word coming from God {Deuteronomy 8:1–3; 29:4–6; Luke 4:4; John 6:31–33, 35}. From slaves, bearers of straw, and brick–makers for the pharaoh’s buildings they had to be transformed into the free nation of keepers and disseminators of the laws and knowledge of God, the builders and the priests of the new everlasting temple. They had to prepare their hearts as the holy ground, where the Word–God would be placed, so they would grow into the eternal invincible kingdom as a small seed grows up into the greatest and mightiest tree {in: Mark 4:30–32; Luke 8:5–8, 11–15; 13:18–19; James 1:21}. In the contemporary terms, they had to begin the path to the complete knowledge*12* that would be given by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God

– to learn how to discern the life–giving eternal Spirit behind the temporarily structured–arranged matter–carrier of the Spirit {Genesis 2:7; Luke 12:49; John 14:15–17; 15; 16; 17; 2 Peter 1:2–11; Romans 8:9–39; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:3–18; 4:5–18; 6:14–18; Galatians 3:26–27; Ephesians 1; 2; 3;  Hebrews 12:29}

– to recognize the universal law behind the dissipating material structures and hierarchies of complexity and to utilize this knowledge for development–evolution of the realm [[nation, state, then, world]] given in their dominion

– to learn how to seek and to perceive God and to know His will.

Hence, the Promised Land, given to Israel by God, was the most desirable place for any Jew at any time: it was more than land – it was the Universe within the Universe set for the purposes of God: the wholeness of law–land–people that had to accommodate transformation of the small tribe of desert nomads into the holy nation and kingdom of priests*13*. Belonging to this wholeness distinguished the ancient Israel from all other nations and ways of living; exclusion from this wholeness–universe was the worst curse from all named by Moses: the apostates, who had abandoned God and served other gods in the Promised Land, would be cast out, into the land of slavery, and, as slaves, serve strangers {in: Deuteronomy 28:45–48, 67–68; Jeremiah 5:19}.

In particular, if men had rejected God, did the works of the evil – sin and slavery, and elevated their creations higher than the law of God, they are cast out from the reality of the Absolute Good: they have to plunge into the realm of the evil where they can follow their own path into the darkness, taste the consequences of their own deeds, and serve as slaves (in shame, humiliation, and need) those who have the power of coercion – the power to inflict suffering and pain and to kill a body.

The one who reads the description of the curses and consequences of violations of the law {e.g., in: Deuteronomy; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Micah; Sophonias }, might conclude that they describe the features of disintegrating perishing world and reflect the correlated processes of ruin at three levels:

 

the world that accommodates existence of humans and sustains their life:

nature –– environment –– land –– fruits of the land –– cattle

↓          ↑

human beings:

health of body, sanity of mind, virtue and corruption of men, abilities of survival

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human establishments:

family, society, nation ––

beginning with corruption of the rulers (kings, princes, elders), priests, and prophets

 

The processes of collapse at each of these three levels begin with devices of the mind*14* – thoughts, plans, strategies, which would be embodied into the actions of men and men’s establishments. Many centuries ago, Ezra the prophet wrote that the earth is in danger from the wicked human thoughts/devices {2 Esdras 9:20}. The words of the ancient prophet are the actuality of today.

For instance,

–– polluted environment as the result of such man–made catastrophe as destruction of Fukushima nuclear plant, because due to obvious failure of reasoning, against of the reasonable judgment, and in spite of the warning of the experts, it was built in the area with high risk of major earthquakes and even without reliable protection from tsunamis triggered by the earthquakes *15*

–– dying fish and sea animals in the poisoned by the nuclear waste from Fukushima and other pollutants oceans and rivers

–– dying out birds, animals, because of sea pollution, deforestation, air pollution and other environmental factors

–– pollution, in fact, poisoning of the environments and the following multitudes of deaths not only are destroying the human habitat – the Earth, they initiate diseases that exterminate living beings, including humans, and initiate adverse mutations of beings at all levels of the living universe.

When Moses speaks of curses {Deuteronomy 28:16}, he uses the same word, which the Lord said in Genesis 3:18 concerning the earth that was cursed for the sin of man: επικαταρατος [[the world επικαταρατος translated as curse, conveys also meanings of downgrading–degeneration–descent to the lower level of complexity*16*, abilities to be unsuccessful in all endeavors]].

Now, after revelation of the law that initiates the processes that would bring man back to God, the curse of degeneration awaits the one who would reject God and violate His law. With the cursed ones, the entire world that accommodates their existence also has to perish: because of the false knowledge that only cursed degenerated mind is capable to accept as the true/adequate to the actuality, the entire world, which is built/arranged, undergoes

perversion → degeneration → collapse → disintegration

In general, the curses listed by Moses and by other prophets who elaborated Moses’ warning with observation of the actualization of the predicted disasters and supplemented it with forewarning of more to come as well as with references to the destiny of the heathens who worship idols by not knowing only One True God {e.g., Deuteronomy 28:15–68; Isaiah, esp. 1; 5; 59:1–15; Jeremiah; Lamentations; Ezekiel, esp. 5:5–17; 7; 22; 26; 33; Hosea 4; 5; 6; Micah 6; Sophonias 3:1–4; Haggai 1:6; Wisdom 3:10–13, 16–19; 11:15–16; 14:21–30}, portray three co–related sets of destroyers unleashed to actualize the complete total ruin*17*:

1. for the earth and environment – weather, insects, and beasts; depopulation because of death of people and desolation of the land because of adverse climate and other environmental factors

–– a sky of brass and the earth of iron, followed with famine and high cost of everything, which the hands of the cursed ones touch, until utter destruction of the people with evil customs and ways of life

–– dust from the sky that would push the one off until it buries/consumes and destroys him

–– locusts and worms that would consume and destroy plants, fields, vineyards

–– wild beasts that accompany wars and famine, carry plagues, and devour people

2. for human beings – diseases of a body and incapacitated mind

–– diseases of a body: pestilence, fever, cold, inflammation and blighting, paleness, incurables sores of the entire body, malignant scab and itch, and other evil and abiding diseases even not known – all these until extermination [[in generals, the listed diseases are possible only because of failure of the immune system of a being deprived of vitality, the life–sustaining power, or in other words – deprived of ability to survive]]

–– the mind smitten with insanity, blindness, distress, and astonishment, so the one would be as a blind man groping in darkness, and he shall not prosper in his ways, and be unjustly treated, and plundered continually, and there shall be no one to help; he shall live in all needs and wants, in fear, and in uncertainty of survival; fathers devouring their children and children devouring their fathers

3. for establishments – enemies and strangers in the land: the destroyers that shall accomplish destruction of family, social and political life, cities, “coming in and coming out” – the ways of life

– wars; the people would be given to enemies for slaughter, and their dead bodies would be consumed by birds and beasts

– chaos; princes/rulers are adulterers and corrupted ones who take bribes and have neither justice nor compassion to people; princes/rulers, wives, children shall be given to other nations into captivity [[physical and spiritual, so they would become enemies of their faith, their own parents, families, friends, societies {in: Micah 7:1–6; Matthew 10:33–36}]] and never found

– robbery, plunder, and loss for other reasons; houses, cattle, vineyards, fruits of the harvest would be consumed by strangers

– failure of protective structures and establishments followed with assimilation by the enemies; princes/rulers are adulterers and corrupted ones who take bribes and have neither justice nor compassion to people; judges speak flattering words; priests are corrupted ones who profane the law and the holy things of God; prophets are dreamers and liars who divine for money; the learned ones – scribes/lawyers turn the law into lies; hence, the strangers and aliens would increase, prosper and ascend up and up, so they would lend and they shall be a head, while the corrupted/cursed ones would descend lower and lower, so they would borrow and they shall be tail

4. in summary, errors and failures in all spheres of personal, social, and political life, defeat by external enemies, heathens, and strangers/aliens living among them, humiliation, uncertainty, ineffectiveness, insufficiency, and other consequences of collapse of human reasoning and inabilities of physical survival, so the corrupted ones seek death in errors of their life {Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30; Wisdom 1:4, 8–16; 2; 3:11–16; 4:3–7, 14; 16:29; 17:}.

Hence, with the simple languages understandable to all, even yesterday’s slaves of the heathen Egypt, Moses and the prophets who came after him describe the total ruin of the wholeness: land←→people←→people’s creations and at all levels: mind, body, life of a person, society, nation.

The people’s life and creations (e.g., society, state, nation) are ruined because of the confused mind even smitten with insanity and therefore, unable

 

a/ to operate according to its nature

b/ to comprehend true knowledge of the actuality

c/ to make the optimal decisions

 

The inability of the mind to operate according to its nature and the issuing inabilities to create the adequate/true knowledge and to embody the adequate/true knowledge into the optimal decisions, which would secure survival and development, are followed with

 

uncertainty and confusion

inability to foresee risks, dangers, problems and complications

insufficiency, ineffectiveness, and degradation of all establishments

ultimate collapse, complete disintegration, and chaos of lawlessness and insanity

 

All these curses persist until complete devastation of the land, ruin of the establishments, and extermination of people – the idol–worshipers and those who have rejected God, disregarded His law {Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30; Matthew 15:3–9; 23; Mark 7:24–30; Luke 11:23; John 3:36}, and therefore deprived themselves of the only knowledge upon which normal life and prosperity of their families, societies, states, other institutions can be established.

The history of collapse of the ancient kingdom Israel*18* described by the Holy Scriptures leads to understanding how the co–related set of the destroyers works even now, in our daily reality (1 through 5).

1. The law*1* that God revealed through Moses became the core of a new wholeness–system arranged for the purpose: to accommodate development of the chosen nation that would ultimately evolve into the firstfruit of new creations – the people, servants, priests, and children of God who will live in His presence, in the eternity

2. The knowledge derived from the law given by God –– the universal law, Λογος –– underlies knowledge of the human nature created in image of God and likeness, knowledge of nature of the earth–land, and knowledge of nature of living beings and things, with which the mind would create/arrange the world of the material things. The special power given by God –– wisdom that the mind of the Hebrew prophets received in the time of the Old Testament and the ones chosen by God receive in the Time of the New Testament from the Holy Spirit –– makes possible embodiment of the law into thoughts, words, and actions of men {John 6:44–45, 63; 14:15–27; 15:26; 16:7–15; 17; 1 Kings 2:1–10; Psalm 50(51):10–12; Psalm 118(119); Proverbs 2:1–16; Isaiah 54:13–15; Jeremiah 38(31):31–36; Wisdom 7:7–15; 9:1–18}.

Hence, the realm/reality – the Promised Land – set by God for development of the holy nation is an example of the perfect system/reality that is sustained by knowledge [[therefore, power and energy]] given by God, in which the mind may accomplish the purposes for the sake of which it was created, and firstly, reach the optimum: complete development–evolution for the next phase of existence, the eternity with God

 

GOD

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LAW

ENERGY ←→ POWER

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Prophets

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Law & KnowledgePromised Land

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People

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                        Land ←→ People’s Creations

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The Realm/Reality for Development of the Holy Nation

 

 

3. The lessons, which the mind learned through positive [[when the people lived in compliance with the law]] and adverse [[when the people violated the law]] changes in the land, weather, harvest, health of people and cattle, and overall conditions of the society and nation, make some minds [[the righteous ones]] to infer the inseparable connections between

 

–– the compliance with the law and the good and prosperous life full of abundance of everything

–– violation of the law [[sins*19* and iniquities]] and evil – insufficiencies, suffering, diseases –

in all spheres of life and activities of

1/ those who have committed sins

and

2/ the offspring of sinners*20*

 

4. In the Old Testament, the process of degeneration of those who cast themselves out from the reality that God arranged for creation of the holy nation – the vineyard of the Lord {Isaiah 5:7} is likened to withering of the branches that are to be devoured by fire {Ezekiel 19:10–14}.

In the New Testament, the meaning of withering is explained: those who neither have the Word–God within nor dwell in Him, are the branches cut off from the vine; thus, they wither to be gathered and thrown into fire {in: John 8:31–47; 15:1–6}.

So, if the mind does not have the access to the Divine life–maintaining energy that God gives through the Holy Spirit and because of the Word–God to those who believe in Him and love Him by observing His commandments {John 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John; Psalm 103(104):24–32; 106(107):19–20}, it becomes  incapacitated: it is not able to live and operate with true knowledge, that is according to its nature. Such a mind cannot create/arrange invincible*21*, or at least capable of survival, establishments/systems. As soon as the mind does not have knowledge of the law of God and knowledge of God the Creator, it has no foundation for

 

perception–acceptance–learning knowledge of the world created by God,

starting with itself

abilities to arrange viable systems for maintenance of own life and survival

within the world created by God

[[the viable or capable of survival system should be designed and arranged

with optimal interconnections and efficiency of all components – subsystems, including

center of creation–distribution–analysis of knowledge that sustains operations of the systems,

identifies its weakness and probabilities of failure, and prevents adverse impact of the outsiders,

cohesive power – flow of information–knowledge, balance of powers, and all other components

that create and maintain wholeness and keep focusing on purposes,

for the sake of which the system/establishment has to be arranged]]

survival

 

5. Those who are incapable to understand that the law of God is unavoidable and inevitable for the one who desires to live*22*, do not have the foundation for survival and achievement of the purposes, for the sake of which they were born*23*, firstly, for preparation for the next phase of existence – the eternity with God. Therefore, they cast themselves out from the reality*18*, which God made for the chosen ones who have to evolve into the holy nation of priests and become the firstfruit of new creations in Christ and by Christ, the Word–God; and so, the curse of death remains with them {John 3:35–36; 5:34–47; 14:44–50; 14:6; James 1:16–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2; Colossians 1; 2}.

The people of the Old Testament accomplished self–annihilation and ruin of their establishments (society, state–nation) through thoughts–plans–devices–strategies created by their own mind that

 

accepted the strange knowledge of the idol–worshipers*24*, which poisoned and incapacitated it

was impacted/downgraded by the curses predicted by Moses

was transformed into the “offspring of vipers”

became unable to perceive–accept–learn–accumulate–create the true knowledge –

the knowledge adequate to the actuality

was cast out of the reality, in which God created for Himself His very Own people –

His slaves, servants, priests, friends, and children

perished

 

 

God judges the one according to the one’s ways, and according to one’s devices: wherewithal man sinned, by the same he shall be punished {Ezekiel 24:14; Wisdom 3:10; 11:15–16}.

 

In Conclusion,

 

As the one could infer from the Holy Scriptures, the processes of degeneration may have fixed time–frame {e.g., four hundred years allotted to Amorites the heathens whose sins were not filled up at the time of Abraham – in: Genesis 15:13–21; Wisdom 12:3–11}, some measure*25*; then, the time of annihilation comes, and nothing can avert or stop the judgment. By the will of God, Abraham was given knowledge of time–frame that should pass until the καιρος*26* of the heathen nations that dwelled in the land allotted for creation of the people–servants–slaves–priests–children of God. However, only God the Creator knows the moment of the earth’s καιρος – the Day of Last Judgment, and, because of mercy of God, this knowledge is not accessible for the living ones {Matthew 24; 2 Peter 3}.

The one who desires to understand how the mind accomplishes self–annihilation and destruction of a body, might find the hint in Psalms and in the Book of Jeremiah {Psalm 113(114):4–8; 134(135):15–18; Jeremiah 10:2–18}. The apostates and idol–worshipers become as their idols: no seeing, no hearing, and no understanding; similarly to the wooden/stone idols made by their hands or phantasms created by their imagination, they are lifeless,

Only from God the Creator, a human being receives the live–giving Holy Spirit, Who bestows the energy of life and the power to live – to use the energy for life–actualization of own nature: to think, to create, to do the works of men.

Thus, the idol–worshipers, who either rejected God and His law or do not have knowledge of True God and His law, have no energy–power of the mind and the energy–power that sustains normal operations of the mind and body at all levels – from intellect/deep structures of the soul through senses, and then, through nervous system that defines normal flow of energy–bio–information within the human body [[see the Chart 1. The Mind, in The Mind]]:

 

they who live by το πνευμα  δεδανεισμενος  – the borrowed spirit

{Wisdom 15:15}:

by the spirit given by God that returns to God at the time of physical death of a body

{Psalm 145(146):3–4; Ecclesiastes 12:7},

are not able to create living things, starting with their inabilities

to make their idols, which they imagined–designed–molded, living creatures

and to live by figments of their imagination as by truth

they have lost the Spirit – the life–giving breath of God that makes a human being the living soul,

so, they choose darkness of eternal separation from God and perish within it bound with chain of darkness

{Genesis 2:7; John 1:11; 3:5–20, 36; Wisdom 15:3–17; 17:11–17}

they live on the void and by emptiness, by the logic of death – simplification*16*,

by images and fantasies – by the false knowledge,

because they neither have nor able to obtain–learn the true knowledge of the nature of things

they are abomination to God that shall be destroyed along with their devices and works

{Wisdom 14:8–31; 15:6–19;

 

This process begins from deprivation of the Divine energy – at the level of the soul, proceeds through incapacitation of the mind and runs down into each cell: all plagues and diseases, of which Moses warned [[and the essence of which is loss of the energy of life]], are initiated at the levels of the mind, from which they ruin a body.

As it could be inferred from the words that God said through Ezekiel the prophet {Ezekiel 24:14} the judgment begins, thus, the deprivation of the Divine energy of life becomes apparent or might be identified at the level of the mind: by the thoughts–plans–devices and other creations of the mind. At the level of the thought – the thoughts of murder, the sins of men are materialized {cf.: Matthew 5:17–18, 20, 27; Mark 7:20–23; John 3:19–20, 36}: at this level, the evil is designed into visible, perceivable, identifiable form and then, is materialized within the world of material things as strategies of deceit and murder, injustice, violence, crimes, use of weapons, wars, destruction of the earth, lands, nations, societies. That is how the mind initiates annihilation of the world – the reality of its existence and of itself, and that is why Ezekiel the prophet warns that a human being will be judged by his own thoughts/devices…


 

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Notes:

 

*1* See

 – The Law of God: The Ten Commandments. The Road to God – Supplement 1 to this file, Archive_Selections_2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/ law→code

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

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

 

  LAW

  ⇓

   ENERGY POWER

 

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

In general, the law has three main functions:

1/ creation of a purposeful wholeness

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

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

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

 

existence → evolution/development of optimal potency

and

degeneration annihilation

 

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

Consequently, the meaning of universality and perfection is compliance with the commandments–words of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God Who is the only Truth, the only Law, and the only Way of reasoning and fulfilling the law for the human mind that aspires to enter the eternity in the presence of God {2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2; Colossians 1; 2; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Revelation 22:1–5}.

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

 

*2* In John 8: the Lord says: the Truth will set you free. The Truth is knowledge of God that is granted by the Holy Spirit to those who love God and who prove their love by observing the law–commandments–words of God – that is to those who do not commit iniquities – sins–violations of the Law of God {in: John 8:31–32, 34–36; 14:23–26; 15:10; 16:7–11; 17; 1 John 2; 3; 4; 5}. Those who have no knowledge of God – who have not been set free by the Word–God, are the slaves of sin, because they do not live by the Word–God: they commit sins–iniquities–works of the arch–evil {John 8:31–47}.

Concerning sin, see Note *27* to Archive_Selections_2016.

Concerning slavery, see Concept of Slavery – Supplement 2 to Archive_Selections_2015

 

*3* See The Facets of the Absolute, The Excellence – excerpt in Note *1* to Archive_Selections_2016, and The Works of God

 

*4* See The Works of Origen – in Folder Heathen Philosophy, The Image of Aquinas’ God in Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas – in Folder Heathen Philosophy, Notes to Focusexcerpt  in Note *2* to Archive_Selections_2016, The Ultimate Purpose  – excerpt  in Note *14* to Archive_Selections_2016, The Evolution of Fearexcerpt  – in Note *86* to Archive_Selections_2016, and postings in Folder Political Theology

 

*5* See Works of Augustine of Hippo, esp., Note *1*, and also Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas – Folder Heathen Philosophy,

 

*6* See The Church Militants in Folder Heathen Philosophy

 

*7* Concerning destiny of Jan Hus, see Priest and Heresyexcerpts in Note *4* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*8* See Ecumenism in The World and The War. Part I. Ecumenism. Materialism, and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas – in Folder Heathen Philosophy

 

*9* 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 – in the Text of Archive_Selections_2016

The Essence of Knowledgereprint in Note *39* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

 

*10* See Concept of death – in Note *28* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*11* Through the Hebrew Prophets, God granted the knowledge, which sustains life and death of men, controls existence or disintegration of their establishments, and established the foundation for evolution of a human being as optimization–perfection–development of the highest potential according to the original design (in 1500–1000 B.C. – fifth century B.C.). The Hebrew Prophets prepared the foundation for the teachings of Lord God Jesus Christ.

Concerning Hebrew Prophets, see The Works of God, esp. Notes *1* and *13*

 

*12* See

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

–– in Archive_Reprints: God the Lord of Knowledgethe Portion of the Living Ones 

 

*13* See my book The Invincible Empire: The Universe and Survival of Man in Chapter 2: The Preliminary Concepts. Excerpt in Note *92* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*14* See The Point of Entry in Archive_Selections_2016

 

*15* See L’Aquila Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, Trial of Science, and Survival of Mankind – Supplement 3 to Archive_Selections_2015   

 

*16* See the following excerpts in Notes to Archive_Selections_2016:

The Logic of Death Note *28*

The Curse of Cain –  Note *45*

The Survival (2011), The Survival (2012), and The Ignorant and Cursed Note *77*

 

*17* The total or complete ruin in Greek is διαφθορων {as in: Psalm 106(107):20}.

Greek compound word διαφθορων, which usually is interpreted as corruption, perversion, complete moral collapse/ruin, also denotes the totality of physical, moral, and religious ruin: the evil that culminates in death through total–complete ruin of man and collapse–ruin–disintegrating of his creations–establishments, with which he expected to sustain life, to secure survival, and to evolve.

See Note *3* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

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

 

*19* 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.

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

Any violation of the law of God by thought, by words, or by actions is a perversion of the human nature [[e.g., idol–worship, assassination, adultery]], therefore, the crime against God, own nature, and other human beings. The law of God is the essence of the human mind–heart; thus, sin as ανομια – lawlessness, iniquity, illegality, wickedness – is anomaly or perversion inconsistent with the human nature.

Consequently, the sinner’s own mind becomes his judge and executor: violation of the Law of God initiates the disorder or illness (mental or physical), which leads to degeneration, further perversion, impairment and collapse of the immune system, abnormal offspring, premature death. The mind of a sinner, who violated the Law by the actions/words/thoughts inconsistent with the human nature, triggers off the abnormal mutation, which may result not only in lethal illness of the sinner himself: it may be transferred to his children. This simple link is known since revelation of the law [[The Ten Commandments]] accompanied with Moses’ warning to his tribesmen concerning life–blessing to those who live according to the law of God and curse–death for those who disregard the law of God. Only mercy and all–embracing Perfect Love of God annihilates sin/evil and restores heath of the sinner {Exodus 34:6–7; Deuteronomy 30:11–20; also cf. in: John 9:1–41; 1 Peter 2:1–10; 1 John 2; 3; 4; 5}, if he comes to understanding the he has committed sin, repents, and turns to God asking for forgiveness and healing. If unacknowledged, forgiven not, and unhealed, sin multiplies and the measures of the evil are filled by each consequent generation until the καιρος of the reality, in which the sinner lives, or which he has created and filled with his sin, comes before God {e.g., see: Isaiah 6:8–13; Matthew 13:10–16; 24; Mark 4:11–12; John 12:37–43; Genesis 6:12–14; 15:13–16}.

Sin also might be envisioned as the conditions of life, which make thoughts, words, and actions sinful [[or, from another angle of consideration, insufficient – giving no chance to achieve perfection, which is achievable only if a human being evolves according to the human nature: by accomplishing the law of God]] that is committed in unrighteousness, immorality, with evil intentions.

For instance, in the terms of immorality, sin signifies intentional disregard of knowledge of the virtues [[e.g., for media spreading corruption, perversion, and violence, which are inconsistent with the law of God]]; in the terms of evil intentions, sin is any act –– whichever justification their originators assert and in the name of whichever deity they commit it –– leading to detriment, deprivation, and injury of any kind, which could result in depriving of the others of well–being, possessions, good repute, life.

Everything and anything that contains the seed of the evil, for instance, false assumption, becomes the evil and leads to the evil by making someone to sin.

Sin also might be identified as an illusion of own righteousness, self–identification as the one above the laws of men, indifference to the others and disregard of their needs and misery – physical or spiritual, and self–ascribing possession of abilities to achieve the purposes when there are none.

The thoughts, words, and actions are sinful, if they are not originated by love to God, because of love to the others, and upon knowledge of God; then, they are lawlessness, and the one who creates–does them either has no knowledge of the law or disregards the law. Hence, the one who has such illusions is a dreamer [[e.g. as dreamers in Jude 8:  ενυπνιαζομενοι – the ones giving the power of life to the dream/sprit of night]], the one with the dreaming mind that creates phantasm and fantasies – figments of imagination, and lives by them.

For instance, the dreamer assumes that he is rich and powerful while he is poor and weak {e.g., in: Revelation 3:14–21}; he assumes that he would be able to survive, to live in prosperity and abundance, and to accomplish his purposes without observance of the law of God within the universe that was created according to the law/will of God.

Such assumptions are illusion, dreams, figments of imagination. Their creator and their consumers are sinners who operate with false knowledge, live by non–existing artificial worlds, and therefore, fail to achieve the purposes, which determine the meaning of human existence. In other words, a sinner escapes into the imaginary world because either of his ignorance or of his unwillingness to accept the responsibilities before God and before His creations.

Ignorance of the mind makes the one insufficient that is capable of sin: insufficient knowledge, deprivation of the truth and insufficient love [[as well as open hatred]] to the others are the roots of sin [[sin is any evil thought, word, action]].

Lord God Jesus Christ equated sinners to slaves {John 8:31–36}:

 

everyone doing sin is a slave of sin

{John 8:34}

 

Hence, according to the words of God, those accustomed to sin are the slaves of sin: the ones who live by the evil, who do the works of the evil, and who are controlled by the evil, because, within their mind, they do not have place for the words of God {in: John 8:31–47}.

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

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

The Greek theologians considered sin as a state of the freely chosen death – death of the soul, which rejected God: although the soul is immortal, without God it does not have life, because if it does not live in God, it dwells in death [St. Maximus the Confessor 34 in: The Philokalia 2:244; St. Gregory Palamas §8 in: The Philokalia 4:295].

In general, the one might comprehend the essence of sin as the failure to create or to cognize good. Sin also is

 

making––giving place to––assuming––doing the evil

instead of

creating––doing the good

 

Everything and anything that contains the seed of the evil, for instance, false assumption, becomes the evil and leads to evil – makes someone to sin.

See also The Remission of Sin and Richness of Illusionreprints in Note *27* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

 

*20* Any thought and act inconsistent with the human nature defined by the law of God [[that is sin, iniquity, violation of the law]] damages the protective subsystems/structures that are responsible for survival of a human being – the mind and a body. The damage is fixed in the DNA code that is passed to children. If children continue to live in sin and iniquities, similarly to their parents, the adverse mutation continues and passes to the next generation. This process continues up to the fourth generation of unrepentant sinners {Exodus 34:7}.

Hence, children of sinful children of sinful parents inherit irreversible mutation that might be accompanied with manifest imperfection, blighting, and diseases of a body and mind. Such irreversible mutation makes impossible either survival of a carrier of mutated genes himself or normal reproduction: natural conception and birth of normal offspring. Even if the sinners have children, the multiplying brood of the ungodly ones is a waste: they shall have neither root nor abilities to establish secure foundation for healthy life.

The most significant consequence of the first cycle of mutation [[parent]] is impossibility of normal development–evolution; the next cycle [[child]] makes degeneration irreversible; during the third cycle [[grand–child]] the processes of annihilation (such as incurable inherited diseases of the mind or body) are initiated, because the degenerated immune system does not sustain survival. If there is the fourth cycle, a human being is transformed into the carrier of death:  

 

the unrighteous ones/sinners will not be given wisdom and understanding

they will be imperfect, unprofitable, suitable for nothing

they shall be punished according to their own devices/imagination

the children of adulterers shall not come to their perfection

the seed of an unrighteous bed shall be rooted out

the end of the adulterous generation is terrifying

{cf. Exodus 34:7; Deuteronomy 28: ; Ezekiel 24:14; Wisdom 1:4, 12–15; 3:10–19; 4:1–5}

 

With time, the land eventually is depopulated: it is cleared out from

–– the chosen ones who became sinners and apostates, because they were not able to comprehend the simple truth that the people created by God shall either live according to the law or die because of violation of the law {

–– the heathens who never came to the knowledge of only One True God and wasted their life by serving the idols and doing the works of evil {Genesis ; Deuteronomy }.

Then, newcomers begin their cycle of

either cognition → evolution

or ignorance → degeneration → annihilation

 

In the terms of systems theory, the one could say that in a case of adverse mutation due to incompliance with the main code/law, the core structures of the subsystem responsible for the protection and maintenance of the original design are hit first. Then, there is no hope for recovery, because the code/knowledge of the original design/perfection is lost: the further degeneration becomes the only reality.

 

*21* See Invincibility in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*22* See The Inevitability of the Law and Invincibility – in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*23* See The Works of God, and The Ultimate Purposereprint in Note *14* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

*24* See Idolatry and The Defense – in Note *29* to Archive_Selections_2016, and Strange Knowledge – in Archive_Selections_2015

 

*25* See the following excerpt from The Future (2010)

Excerpt

“The Future

 

“…So, what have happened, for instance, between two points of reference: the time of Abraham when the words of God contain the conditional “if,” and the time when Lord Jesus Christ warns His disciples that the inevitable end is close?

There are three hints pointing to the answer.

1) The ancient Israelites entered the Promised Land only after the wickedness, corruption, and perversion of the native nations made impossible their further existence, because the measure of their wickedness–sins–evil was filled up. Moses especially warned his fellow tribesmen:

–– they are stiff–necked and disobedient people who tempted God many times

–– it is not for their righteousness that God – the consuming Fire – comes before them to annihilate other nations

–– the nations living in the land, which God promised to Abraham, have to be destroyed because of their wickedness and abominable deeds, including divination – source of the false knowledge*e2*.  The native nations cognized the ultimate evil (e.g., they sacrificed their first–born to the idols – figments of their imagination and “went after another flesh”); they became abomination to God, thus, they have to be destroyed along with their idols, false knowledge, and manner of life. The same pattern describes the destiny of the following generations: as soon as those who have knowledge of God reject it and imitate the alien ways of life and iniquities of the others, they share the destiny of the others – degradation and annihilation {Genesis15:1–21; Deuteronomy 7:17–26; 9:3–6; 12:29–31; 18:9–14; Psalm 105(106):34–42; Romans 1:21–32; Ephesians 4:17–24}.

2) There are repeated mentions of the filled “measure” and “fulfillment” of the time; for instance,

–– before the Flood, God tells Noah that the time of fulfillment – καιρος – came: the Earth is filled with iniquities of men and all flesh had corrupted its way upon the Earth; men and Earth are to be destroyed {Genesis 6:12–14}

–– the Balthazar’s kingdom is measured and found to be filled, it is weighed and found to be insufficient, and then, it is destroyed – divided between two nations, because Balthazar exalted himself against God {Daniel 5:1–28, 31}

– Ezekiel the Prophet has a vision of measurement of the land, the temple, and the altar; the context connects these measures with righteousness, observation, and fulfillment of the ordinances and commandments of God {Ezekiel 40:3–49; 41:1–26; 42:1–20; 43:1–12}

3) To obtain life and salvation, the mind has to pass from knowledge of the ultimate evil – heathenism, which grows up on ignorance and which is sustained by the corrupted imagination, to knowledge of the ultimate or absolute good, firstly, the Law of God {Deuteronomy 4:5–29; 8:5–6; 11:1; 29:29; Proverbs 2:3–15}…

 

Original post in Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010

 

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Notes:

 

*e2* These nations, obviously, cultivated the knowledge, which they inherited from the pre–Flood Earth and carried through the Babylon language confusion. Noah the Righteous and his family were quite mature people who lived among the people pre–Flood civilization; however, to be righteous does not mean to be ignorant of the manner of live, values, traditions, and sins of the society; in addition, sons of the righteous father have their freedom to choose good or evil, and life or death {e.g., Luke 15:11–31}.

For instance, the descendents of Canaan (the cursed grandson of Noah) developed into the nations of the Amorites, Canaanites, Sidonians {or the Phoenicians} and other nations, which worshiped idols by burning their sons and daughters, and which were later either exterminated entirely or gradually came to the oblivion. In the beginning, when the Earth was scarcely populated after the Flood and all men – descendants of Noah – had one language, they decided to build the city and the tower reaching the heaven, and to fashion for themselves “the name” before they would scatter over the Earth. Evidently, the structure itself could not trigger off the Babylon language confusion – the knowledge behind could. Although the Scriptures provide very short description of this event, the text allows assumption that for some reason God did not approve the similarity of all minds and their mutual consent and understanding: such unity would result in some undesirable endeavors {Genesis 11:1–9}.

Any endeavor is the result of particular knowledge; thus, the main reason of the language confusion is the knowledge, which should not be shared and embodied into the deeds of men.

As soon as before the Babylon confusion the human mind did not have the knowledge of the Law and hence, own nature, the only knowledge they possessed would be the remnants of knowledge for which the first Earth was destroyed plus the knowledge they created themselves. The fact that the knowledge of the first Earth survived in the memory of spared people might be inferred from the curse casted by Noah on Canaan who was the son of Cham. Noah cursed Canaan for the evil, which his father Cham had done against Noah. The evil committed by Cham indicates humiliation and mockery of father by his son, therefore, reveals the immorality of the pre–Flood society, firstly, as absence of the respect to the father–head of the family, that is the foundation on which any life–oriented society would survive. Cham, the son of Noah, was blessed by God along with other Noah’s sons. Although the blessing of God protected Cham from the wrath of his father, his son paid for his sin. Cham’s son – Canaan, who was cursed by Noah, became the father of “the cursed nations,” which possessed the land in which Sodom and Gomorrah were situated, and which came to the ultimate evil; for instance, such as the Sidonians/Phoenicians who invented death penalty through crucifixion and worshiped their idols by burning their children (especially, first–born sons) and prostituting their daughters. The descendents of Canaan formed the nations, which later were exterminated to free the land for the descendents of Abraham. Abraham’s ancestor was Sem the son of Noah who received blessing of Noah; Sem was a brother of Cham {Genesis 6:5–7; 9:1,18–27; 10:6–20; 11:10–31}.

 

See also Note *41* to Archive_Selections_2016

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*26* Kαιρος is the time of completion, final decision, or act, when all things come into the focus and everything is completed, the moment–state–condition of actualization of the Law of God: the completeness either of evolution or destruction,

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

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

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

Thus, καιρος defines

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

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

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

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

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

Therefore, καιρος denotes

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

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

 

Concerning καιρος, see Note *57* to Archive_Selections_2016

 

 


 

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