Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

6_August_2016


The Liberation

The First Standpoint: Establishment of the Absolute

 

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The Liberation

 

 

…Εκκολληθη τω εδαφει η ψυχη μου, ζησον με κατα τον Λογον Σου…

my soul has clung to the ground; make me alive according to Thy Word

{Psalm 118(119):25}

…Εξαγαγε εκ φυλακης την ψυχην μου…

bring my soul out of prison

{Psalm 141(142):7}

 

 

Two Psalms disclose the self–perception and self–positioning of the Old Testament’s mind:

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

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

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

The referred texts convey the sense of despair: a human soul/mind has fallen low – literally or metaphorically, at the very ground cursed for the sin of man {the earth became επικαταρατοςΣ1 – “cursed”/weakened/downgraded because of man’s fault and in all man’s labors – Genesis 3:17–20}. It is clung to the weakened–downgraded–simplified matter/earth and deprived of original freedom of life, which it still remembers (otherwise, it would not have ability to identify the present condition).

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

Therefore, the Old Testament’s mind perceived a human beingΣ2 as a temporal arrangement within the temporal realm. In this temporal realm, by the will/law of God, the immortal being created (derived of) the Divine Energy of creation is linked–glued–bounded to the derivatives of the same Divine Energy {Genesis 1; 2; 3} –– the dust–matter–earth –– arranged at the lower levels of complexity and confined within the space, which has been set to accommodate two co–related phenomena:

death

[[as disintegration into elements, from which the new set of the material reserves as the temporary structured matter will be arranged]]

↓  ↑

birth

[[as conception → growth because of consuming material reserves – temporal arrangements of the temporary structured matter]]

 

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

 

the immortality of man is not taken away

[[Adam still could stretch forth his hand and take of the tree of life and eat and live forever]],

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

{Genesis 2:7; 3:23–25; Wisdom 2:23}

man is just temporarily confined under the strict surveillance of the lawΣ3

to learn the Absolute GoodΣ4 of the will of God

within the space where his abilities and power are restricted,

so the knowledge of the evil, which he desired and therefore, has to learn,

and his evil deeds would not exist with him in the eternity,

which he may be empowered to enter,

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

that is the likeness of the Word–God –

a being born of the Spirit of God and therefore, empowered

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

where the tree of life brings forth fruits for all nations

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

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

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

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

 

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

The contemporary mindΣ5 that received the precious gift of Christianity, that knows Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ – the Word–God, might comprehend the referred above Old Testament’s texts {Psalm 118(119):25; 141(142):7} as a desperate prayer for the Word–God as for liberation from the connection with the lowest world of evil: the ground–dust is the end of all flesh intended for cognition of evil {Genesis 3:19; 6:3} and the entire world dwells in evil {John 7:7; 14:17, 30; 15:18–23; 1 John 5:19–20}.

Because of Lord Jesus Christ and with the Christian teachings, as it was determined by God before the foundation of the world {John 5:36–47; 6:44–46, 65; 10:1–18, 27–30; 12:44–50; 14:6–7, 11–26; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1:13–25; Ephesians 1:3–14; 2}, a human being –– purified, re–created, and illuminated by the Word–God –– has the authority to come to God the Creator: through the Word–God, in the Word–God, and by the Word–God a mortal human becomes a child of God born of God the Spirit and obtains immortality in the eternity with God {John 1; 3; 6:32–69; 10:1–30; 14; 15; 16:13–16; 17; also in: Matthew 18:12–14; Ephesians 1; 2; 4:17–24; Galatians 1:3–5; 3:23–29; 1 Thessalonians 5:4–10; Colossians; Hebrews 12:20–21}.

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

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

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

–– if this life is not deliberate fulfillment of the will –– the law –– of God??

 

 

Post for Sunday, August 7, 2016

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Notes:

 

 

Σ1 In Genesis 3:18–19, God speaks of επικαταρατος η γη – cursed/downgraded/destabilized earth:

 

επικαταρατος η γη εν τοις  εργοις σου, εν  λυπαις   φαγη  αυτην  πασασ τας  ημερας της  ζωης  σου. Ακανθας και τριβολους   ανατελει  σου

cursed is the earth in thy labors, in pain shall thou eat/consume of it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee

 

επικαταρατος – cursed – is derived of επικαταρρεω – to cast down, destabilize, subvert, weaken, downgrade

γη – earth, man

εργοις of εργον – business, labor, work, activities, functions, necessities, accomplishments, establishments, fights, cultivations, possessions, creations, things, profits

εν  λυπαις – in sorrow,  grief, distress

φαγη  – eat, consume: use, utilize

ακανθας also means the acute perception of failure

τριβολους as derivative of τριβω – devastation, destruction, depletion, the ability to be worn out, to end premature.

The world επικαταρατος translated as curse, conveys also meanings of downgrading–degeneration–descent to the lower level of complexity, abilities to be unsuccessful in all endeavors.

See

The Way of Judgment: The Curses, and The Mind: the Gate for the Good and the Gate for the Evil – in THE MIND

Notes 93 and 46 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016

 

Σ2 During the earthly phase of existence, a human being is a temporal life–carrying unity of spirit––flesh, or soul–heart–mind––body, or energy––matter, accommodated within the realm composed of the units of the structured matter, which are the energy derivatives created/arranged at different levels of complexity.

The essence of man – the inner man, 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.  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 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.

The Greek theologians discerned three parts/components of the human essence, or it might be said that they assumed that the soul–heart–mind operates at three levels: intellect – νους, reason/intelligence – διανοια, and the reasoning, or the faculty of deliberation –  γνωμα–φρονημα–λογισμος [[see Chart 1. The Mind, in Note 48 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016]]

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  THE MIND and Creation of Man: Process in THE WORKS OF GOD.

Concerning complexity: in general sense, complexity is the universality of knowledge, which is embodied/actualized into the entirety of processes defining life of the world. See Notes 46 and 92 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016, and INTRODUCTION TO THE SYSTEMS LOGIC

 

 

Σ3 See Note 7 and  The Law of God: The Ten Commandments. The Road to God – Supplement 1 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016

 

Σ4 See THE FACETS OF THE ABSOLUTE

 

Σ5 See THE MIND

 

 

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16_08_31–33.

Sunday, August 14 – 28, 2016

The First Standpoint: Establishment of the Absolute

 

 

 

…He numbers the multitudes of stars and all them cast off named.

Great is our Lord, and immeasurable is His strength, and His comprehension is infinite…

{Psalm 146(147):4–5}

 

…Before the mountain existed, and before the earth and the world were formed,

even from age to age, Thou are…

{Psalm 89(90):2}

 

…In the beginning, Thou, o Lord, did lay the foundation of the earth,

and the heavens are the works of Thy hands.

They shall perish, but Thou remain the same:

and they all shall become decrepit as a garment,

and as a vesture shall Thou twist them, and they shall be changed.

But Thou are the same, and Thy years shall not fail…

{Psalm 101(102):25–27}

 

…our God has done in the heavens and on the earth whatsoever He has pleased…

{Psalm 113(115):3}

 

…Do comprehend that the Lord He is God;

He made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture…

{Psalm 99(100):3}

 

For with Thee is the fountain of life:

In Thy Light we shall have seen the light

{Psalm 35(36):9}

 

…Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised…

…this is our God for life and eternity. He is our Shepherd forever…

{Psalm 47(48):1}

 

…God is abundantly good to the ones abiding in Him,

 and His mercies are on all His works…

{Psalm 144(145):9}

 

…blessed is the people of the Lord God…

{Psalm 143(144):15}

 

 

The Ten Commandments – the lawΣ1–will of God – begin with establishment of the Absolute: the only One True God {Exodus 20:1–3}.

Similarly, the first standpoint, which the Psalms give, is based upon revelation and explanation of the AbsoluteΣ2 – the Eternal God Who is

 

the Omnipotent God the Creator, Almighty and Benevolent Lord, and Supreme Master

 

a/ of the Universe – the multitudes of stars that are cast off named

[[in Psalm 146(147):4 – και πασιν αυτοις ονοματα καλων; ονοματα – named (determined/designated/appointed for some purposes),

and cast off as the ship is καλων – released from the ropes to be sent into her journey]]

 

b/ of the heavens and the earth, with which He does whatever He is pleased to do,

which shall be as a garment that has served its purpose and is worn out and has to be cast out,

so the new one will take its place

yet, He remains the Same God, the Lord with the Absolute Power over all His creations

 

c/ of the human beings

who are His people and who are in His power as the sheep are in the power of their Shepherd

{Genesis 1; 2; John; esp., John 1:1–18; 3; 6:28–69; 10:1–5, 7–18, 27–30; 14; 15; 16; 17; Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–5}

 

Thus, the mind is clearly positioned within the world, within which it came into being: the three–dimensional κοσμος –– God man ←→ world. Within this κοσμος, the mind has

 

to grow and to survive – at the Earth

to mature–reach the full potency of perfection achievable within the time–space–complexity settingsΣ3 – at the Earth

to evolve for the next phase of existence – the eternity in the presence of God, in His eternal kingdom

 

 

Therefore, the actual–true knowledge of the three–dimensional κοσμος –– God man ←→ world –– should be the main purpose of the mind, because without knowledge of the higher and lower levels–dimensions–realms, a human being is neither able to survive nor accomplish the purposes for the sake of which he has been created.

Hence, the mind must know

a/ God–Creator Whose will–law controls human life as well as the world accommodating human existence

b/ the world, which accommodates human existence

c/ own nature – firstly, the terms and conditions of own survival in relation to the will–law of God the Creator and in accordance with the laws controlling the world of the matter, or operations of “the elements of the world” as the Apostle said.

Consequently, the essence of the mind capable of survival might be envisioned as the true knowledge of the three–level reality:

 

knowledge of God

knowledge of own nature

knowledge of the nature of world created to accommodate life and evolution of man

 

This knowledge secures life of a human being at the earth and sustains his evolution as a preparation for the next phase existence – the eternity with God.

Within the universe created by God any true knowledge of life might be achieved only through cognition of God with Whom is the fountain of life: in the Light of God {John 14:6} the mind sees the light, is empowered to differentiate the light from darkness, and begins its way toward the Source of Light and Life – God {John 3:16–21; 12:46; 14:6–27; 17:1–3, 4–26}.

The meaning of being–life of the mind is perception–learning–comprehension of the completeΣ4 knowledge of God, with which the mind would be empowered to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which it has been created: to actualize the will of God the Creator. The mind has to achieve this purpose

 

by seeking knowledge and understanding of its God and Creator

through comprehension of His law–will

with accomplishment of His commandments–words

by embodying–materializing them into own thoughts, words, and actions

and therefore, by evolving into a new being prepared for the eternity with God

 

Hence, the first standpoint of the one who seeks the eternal life–immortalityΣ5 with God is acknowledgement and acceptance of God the Creator as the Absolute. Then, the one should focusΣ6 on God his entire being: soul–heart–mind.

Through acceptance of this first standpoint and with the consequent focusing of own entire being [[starting with the mind–intelligence–reasoningΣ7]] upon cognition of God and His law–will, the one might be empowered to accomplish the first and the second of The Ten Commandments – the eternal law, the essence of which is unconditional love to God the Creator {Exodus 20:1–3; Matthew 5:17–19; 19:16–26; 22:36–40; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 10:27–37; John 14:6–27; 15:1–17; 17} that opens the eternity. 

The first practical consequence of establishment of the Absolute –– the law–will–power of God as the only meaning of life and God Himself as the only Center, Source of life and wisdom, the Head of all authority, the only Righteous Judge, and the Absolute Omnipotent power –– is that the benevolently accepted and then comprehended and embodied into own daily reality–life knowledge of the law–commandments–words of God {in: Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Leviticus 19:18; The Gospels, esp.: Matthew 5; 6; 7; 8; 22:37–40; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 6:17–49; 10:25–37; John 13:34–35; 14; 15:12; 16; 17} takes away the basis on which the core of sin might evolve.

The knowledge of the law of God not only exposes the roots of the original sin and every sinΣ8; it purifies and heals the mind from sin, which for the normal human nature is perversion/disease, and then, makes sin impossible for those who seek the road to immortality–eternity with God. Furthermore, the very sincere desire to live according to the law–commandments–words of God initiates the process of purification: the words of God accepted as the Absolute Truth and the source of life and the light {Psalm 35(36):9} purify the mind and heal mind and body and open the eyes of man–creation of God {John 9:4–5, 39–41; 12:46–50; 14:6–27}. Speaking of Himself as of the True Vine and about God the Father as of the Vinedresser {John 15:1–3}, the Lord tells His disciples that they are clean (καθαροι εστι) because of His word, which He spoken to them.

Consequently, St. Peter, St. John, and St. Paul the Apostle write {e.g., in: 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John 3:2–24; Ephesians 4:17–32; 5; 6; Colossians; Galatians; 1 Thessalonians; Romans} of necessity to give up the life of sin and therefore, to be purified and clean, and recreated into a new being in Christ. Following the Apostles, the Christian theologians [St. Maximus the Confessor 34 in: The Philokalia 2:244; St. Gregory Palamas §8 in: The Philokalia 4:295] assert that sin is a state of the freely chosen death – death of the soul, which rejected God.

Purification from sins and from desire to sin helps the one to arrange his daily life in accordance with knowledge of virtue and righteousness of God Who calls His people through His virtue and glory revealed in complete perfection, love, and mercy of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the Word–God, by Whom all that exists came into being and through Whom the one obtains the Holy Spirit and with Him, the eternal life in presence of God the Creator {John 1:1–18, 29–34; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2; Colossians; Galatians, and other Epistles}. 

Knowledge of the law facilitates understanding that sin – as inability to accomplish the will of God and inability to achieve the purposes of creation of the good – is slaveryΣ9, from which only Word–God redeems and sets free {John 8:34–36}. This knowledge also facilitates understanding of the original sin, through which evil and death entered the perfect world created by God and given to man to love, to cherish, to toil, and to lead to evolutionΣ10.

If the one does not accomplish the will of God, he commits sin: he serves the enemy –– the arch–evil, because the one can have only one master {Matthew 6:24; Luke 4:5–8; 16:13–15; John 14:30; 17:14–16}: the one who sins also enthrones the arch–evil as his god and puts the knowledge of the evil at the place of the knowledge of the law of the only One True God.

If to define sin as violation of the law of God, or as rejection of the words–commandments of God and the following inability to accomplish the will of God, the essence of the original sin might be envisioned as the chain of substitutions:

 

substitution of the imagined authority of the pretender/liar

for the true authority of true God

substitution of the false/lies

for the truth

substitution of death

for life

 

In practical sense, the original sin is the two–fold action of the first men, because of which death became the actuality {Genesis 3}: Eve and Adam

1/ disregarded–rejected the truth – words of God

2/ accepted the lies – words of the crafty brute–serpent as the truth

3/ faced the consequences – death instead of immortality, for which they have been created {Wisdom 2:23–24}, because, by committing sin against God, they cut themselves from the Divine energy – the Source of life. Subsequently, in their new condition [[being in sin that is in the state of fear of God and attempt to go into hiding {Genesis 3:9–11; John 3:20–21}]], they became unable to withstand the Light – God, therefore, to accept and to carry the Holy Spirit of God.

Through the original sin, the pattern of death came into being:

 

rejection of God as the only Source of Truth and authority

[[without understanding that with rejection of God, Who is the Source of Life,

the one rejects the very own life]]

acceptance of the false of the liar,

because of apparent/material attraction and desire to possess it

[[without understanding that appearance–surface might differ from the true essence–core]]

disobedience and distrust to God

[[without understanding that, because of distrust to God followed with dismissal of the Absolute authority of God,

the one has to serve another deity – imaginable/false, because there are no other gods]]

followed with

↓                 ↓

 rejection of truth → acceptance of lies

death

 

 

The essence of the pattern of deathΣ11:

 

separation from the Source of life inability to accept–contain–utilize the energy of life degeneration–perversion collapse–disintegration death

 

In the theological terms, the original sin is the first act of idol–worship – apostasyΣ12, which initiated/brought forth the realm of death. Within this realm of death,

 

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 liars, 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 breath of Almighty God, the Divine Energy, that sustains life of reasoning/mindΣ13]]

instead of the worship of True God the Spirit,

people can choose the worship of “other gods” – idols, which are figments of human imaginationΣ14

that often are embodied into the material objects or can impact life of men through the material objects and power of coercion

[[e.g., disobedience to God and following attempt to hide themselves from God

opened the path for the lawless “son of perdition,” through whom “the mystery of lawlessness” works,

who makes god from himself, takes his sit at the temple of God

{2 Thessalonians 2:3–12},

and falsely asserts himself as the highest authority in the matter of life and death – here at the earth and in the after–life]]

 

In the contemporary terms, the one could infer that the original sin became 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

can accomplish ascent to the highest levels of authority and power (becoming “as gods”) by circumventing  the will of God

(God forbade cognition of the evil)

through learning the knowledge of evil, which the warning of God already associated with death

(death is disintegration–dissolution of the wholeness of life)]]

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 already had 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]]

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

upon false knowledge and without observing the law of God

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

 

The lies of the crafty brute of Genesis, which the humans accepted as the truth initiating therefore, coming into being the root of all evils –– the false knowledge, expose the reality of perverted logic, which became the reality of the earth cursed for the sin of menΣ15. After exile to the cursed earth and acceptance of this perverted logic, the mind was able to create the heathenismΣ16.

Hence, from the practical point of view, the one might envision the original sin as simplificationΣ17:  substitution of the surface–appearance for the essence–reality. Eve accepted lies/false assertions as the truth, because they were sustained by the apparent beauty: 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. Therefore, she disregarded the essence (death) of the false knowledge (lies of the cunning brute) for the sake of appearance – the beauty of the surface. 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}.

Since, the model of the original sin is repeated each time when the mind chooses

 

to reject the true knowledge of God for the sake of lies

to disregard the law of God for the sake of material advantages or conveniences

to believe simplified inadequate assertions instead of true knowledge

to prefer the visible material reality to knowledge of its true essence

to worship idols instead of God

to reject the way of righteousness and justice and wisdom

[[that is life by the law of God]]

and to follow the majority, who are running after false gods/idols, perverted customs,

and corrupted liars – rulers, politicians, false prophets, priests–apostates, and self–deified leaders,

and consequently, have to face corruption, misery, spiritual (and often, material) poverty, hopelessness, suffering, and despair

[[that is life by the material values of the world that is controlled by the arch–evil

{Luke 4:5–8; John 8:31–47; 14:30; Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13–15}]]

 

 

In Summary,

the original sin has

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 as it is in religions and cults openly based on the serpentine mythical theology of the OrphicsΣ18]]

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 initiating collapse and leading to the total ruinΣ19.

Acceptance of inadequate/false knowledge as truth originated the logic of simplification – the logic of death; death – because it operates with false knowledgeΣ20 contradicting the Truth of God. It has, for instance, 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 the 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.

The logic of death could be the consequence of 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 to become “as gods” through cognition of knowledge of the good and the evil.

In fact, human beings already were “as gods” by their very nature: 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 [[e.g., fruits of the tree, or knowledge of things that are not consistent with the nature of the world (for instance, such inconsistency is knowledge of death within the world created for immortality)]].

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 [[in compliance with the Orphic mythical serpentine theology]] and study the human nature through studies of rodents, animals, insects, plants

–– social and political doctrines based upon Plato–Aristotle’s philosophical–political–religious utopias derived from the Orphic mythical serpentine theology and Orphic philosophical doctrine, which denigrate man at the level of slave of his imagined/false gods/idols and present him as an inferior creature whose nature must be improved  by transforming it into likeness of the nature of beasts.

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 that embodies the attitude toward God and attitude toward man; this core 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 – any of these reveals its source/root: 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 knowledge and dangerous misconceptionΣ21, because it leads 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}.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Establishment of the Absolute might be perceived as the sequence of co–related phases or steps or realities, through which man–creation of God may position himself within the world given him by the Creator into his dominion, so, he would receive the foundation/point of reference that connects him and his reality–life to the eternity of God the Creator. Then, upon this permanent indestructible foundation {Matthew 5:17–19; 7:21–27; 24:35; Luke 6:47–49; Isaiah 40:10–31; 51:6–8}, he would proceed with

a/ building his reality–life by imitating God according to His Word {Matthew 5:43–48; 11:27–30; Luke 6:35–36; John 13:34–35}

b/ accomplishing the purposes of his existence

            and therefore,

c/ evolving for the eternity with God.

The path that he has to take is the same path taken by generations of the ancestors who have made their way home, to the kingdom of God the Father and the Creator {John 14:1–4, 6; 17}:

 

1/ acceptance of the indestructible foundation – the Absolute: knowledge of God and His LawΣ1

{Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 4:1–40; 5; 6:1–7; Psalm 101(102):25–27; 47(48):1; Matthew 5:17–19}

2/ creation of the edifice of own life

established upon the knowledge of God and actualization of His law

{Matthew 22:36–40; Luke 6:47–49; 1 Corinthians 3:9–23}

3/ transformation into a child of God destined for the eternity with God:

into a new incorruptible and immortal being,

to whom St. Peter the Apostle refers to as to the living stone

{1 Peter 2:4–6},

with which the indestructible and invincible church–temple–Kingdom of God – is built

{1 Peter 2:1–10; also see: Matthew 16:18; John 1:1–14; 3:3, 7, 16–21, 35–36; 14:16–28; 15; 16:7–16. 27–33; 17;

1 Corinthians 3:16–17; Ephesians 2}

 

Conditionally, the one could discern the following phases of this process, which defines the meaning of human life for everyone who desires to obtain immortalityΣ5 as the everlasting life with God:

 

1 acknowledgement of the Absolute Power and grace – love and mercy – of the Omnipotent Almighty God the Creator

and His Word Who accomplishes His will and by Whom all that exists came into being

2 comprehension of the law of God as

the embodiment of the Perfect Love of God and as the Absolute Good of man

3 understanding

a/ of the meaning of the evil as sin

and the meaning of the good as freedom–liberation from sin and state of dwelling in the love of God

b/ love to God and love to the creations of God as the essence of the law of God and the meaning of own life

c/ immortality as the complete knowledge of God the Creator and His Word

that He sent to create new beings – children of God

4 self–identification, self–understanding, and self–positioning within the world created by God

5 upon the foundation that is the knowledge of God and of the law of God,

comprehension of the meaning of life, purposes of life, acceptance and understanding of the criteria of evaluation

and, with this comprehension–knowledge,

arrangement of own life as the wholeness of thoughts–words–actions

focused on embodiment of the Absolute Good–law of God

into

a/ the world given into own dominion

 [[a particle–part of the mankind’s universe or system–reality within it,

which is the world of a particular human being]]

b/ own purposes and arrangements of systems/establishments,

with which the one intends to accomplish his purposes starting with maintaining existence, securing survival,

and sustaining own evolution and development–evolution of his family, society, nation –

whatever is given to him as his own οικουμενη – the habitat, reality of his existence, his world/universe

c/ own works, because of which the will of God is accomplished within the world of men

6 embodiment of the law of God

into own thoughts, words, and actions

establishing, therefore,  the actuality of own existence, his world/universe,

 as actualization of the law/will of God

{Matthew 5:17–20; 7:21–27; 22:36–40; Luke 6:17–49; John 14; 15; 16; 17}

7 dwelling in the Perfect All–forgiving Love of the Creator, in the peace given by the Word–God,

as an indication of completion of this phase of existence, at the earth,

and readiness for the next phase – the eternity with God

{Matthew; esp. Matthew 5; 6; 7; 22:36–40; Mark; Luke; John; esp. John 3; 6; 10; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17}

 

 

Hence, establishment of the Absolute may be accomplished only with faithΣ22 in God and love to God

 

by acknowledgment of God → acceptance of God → love to God

with cognition → comprehension of the knowledge of God and His law

through actualization–embodiment of the knowledge of God and His law into own life–actuality

{Hosea 6:4; Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; 1 Peter 1; 2; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John; Ephesians; Colossians; Galatians}

 

In other words, establishment of the Absolute is achieved with awareness–finding of God, by comprehension of His law, and because of perception of the Light {Psalm 35(36):9}. This Light illuminates the mind, and, similarly to as it already was done in the beginning {Genesis 1; 2}, creates a new world transforming the dark unfurnished empty earth–clay/men into the children of the Father of lights, into the living precious shining by the Light of God stones, with which the eternal temple–kingdom of God is built {Psalm 17(18):28; John 3:16–21; 12:46–50; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 2:4–6; 1 John;  Ephesians; Colossians;  1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 6:19–20; 1 Thessalonians 5:5–11; Revelation 21; 22}.

The law of the AbsoluteΣ23 defines existence at all levels of complexity; for instance:

–– a human being is human until his genetic code carries the original genetic information allotted to his – human – nature by God the Creator, that is until adverse mutation transforms him into the being incapable of survival and growth–development–evolvement toward the optimal potency as it is determined by the nature

–– a human society is humane society capable of survival until it observes the law of the inviolability of human life and its members preserve themselves from corruption–perversion–degeneration {Genesis 9:1–7; Exodus 20:15; Deuteronomy 5:17; Matthew 26:51–52; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 6:16–20; Revelation 13:10}, because a human being is created in image of God the Creator Who is the Source and the Giver of life

–– a civilization remains vital and evolving reality/system capable of sustaining human evolution as preparation for the purposes of God until its foundation – the absolute truth – is the law of God

–– a system retains potency of survival, accomplishment of the purposes of the creator/designer, and even evolution [[according to the original design]] until its code – the knowledge upon which it has been built – remains its absolute truth.

For example, from the practical (for instance, systems designer’s) point of view, establishment of the Absolute – the core knowledge, upon which the systems is to be built, is the first step. This knowledge initiates the process of structuring of the chaos as arrangement of a purposeful system within the chaotic reality of mankind’s universe. The driving – chaos–structuring/system–creating – force is knowledge

 

accepted as the core–absolute

embodied into the purposes of the system

actualized as the design of the wholeness–system focused on achievement of the purposes

 

Consequently, in general, design of a purposeful system begins with creation of the knowledge framework that accommodates

–– creation–operations–maintenance of the cohesive power, which is the life/operations–sustaining force that defines, maintains, and controls the wholeness

–– the unity of integrated interrelated interacting components/subsystems, operations, interrelations–interactions, reserves, etc., with which the systems operates and achieves the purposes it has been created to achieve

–– existence as the process of accomplishment of the purposes.

If the law of the Absolute is violated and the knowledge, upon which the reality/world/universe/system was built, is altered or rejected, the adulteration of the Absolute knowledge initiates collapse of the reality/world/universe/system that has been created–built upon this knowledge.

In the matters concerning Christian theology, adulteration, misinterpretation, intentional falsification and rejection of the Absolute truth – the knowledge of only One True God and His law {Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 4:1–40; 5; 6:1–7; Psalm 101(102):25–27; 47(48):1; Matthew 5:17–19; 5; 6; 7; 22:36–40; Luke 6:17–49; John 13; 14; 15; 16; 17 (esp. 17:3–8, 13–26)} are referred to

–– modification and misinterpretation of the knowledge of God and His law – as heresy

–– intentional falsification and rejection of the knowledge of God and His law followed with acceptance of “other gods” – apostasy. Collapse initiated by apostasy is irreversible; it is completed with the total destruction/ruin according to διαφθορων patternΣ24.

 

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Notes:

 

 

Σ1 See

The Law of God: The Ten Commandments. The Road to God – Supplement 1 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016

in ARCHIVE_SELECTIONS_2015: The Inevitability of the Law, The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Acceptance of the Absolute, The Steps to the Complete Knowledge: Understanding, and The Law of Love and the Ultimate Justice

Note 7 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016

 

Σ2 See THE FACETS OF THE ABSOLUTE, THE WORKS OF GOD, and The Excellence excerpt in Note 1 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016

 

Σ3 Concerning time–space–complexity settings, see Notes 46 and 92 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016

 

Σ4 Complete knowledge –– επιγνωσεως in: 2 Peter 1:3 –– is the state of complete–abundant–carrying consequences cognition. 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 might be explained as the state of complete–abundant–carrying consequences cognition: the state of having been empowered to think, to speak, and to work according to the will of God that is with the knowledge of the Absolute Truth Who is the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ the Redeemer and the Savior {2 Peter 1:2–11; conf. in: John; 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}.

See Note 20 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016

 

Σ5 Immortality –– the everlasting (or eternal) life in the kingdom of God Who is the Spirit {John 4:24} –– is presence of God the Spirit within His creation.

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

See Note 33 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016

 

Σ6 See The Focus and The Shiftexcerpts in Note 2 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016

 

Σ7 See Chart 1. The Mind – in THE MIND, or in Note 48 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016.

 

Σ8 In Greek, sin is αμαρτια – missing the mark, inability to get something needed or desirable or proper. 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. 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.

See Note 27 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ9 See Concept of Slavery – Supplement 3 and Note 26 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ10 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” [R].

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.

 

Σ11 See Concept of death in Note 28 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016  

 

Σ12 See The World & The War. Part II. Apostasy, and Note 54 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016  

 

Σ13 See The Mind

 

Σ14 See Idolatry, Imagination, and Strange Knowledgereprints in Notes 29, 38, and 41 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016  

 

Σ15 See The Origin of Illnessreprint in Note 210 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016  

 

Σ16 See The Heathenismreprint in Note 22 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016  

 

Σ17 Simplification is a peculiar mode of reasoning, which Aristotle, following the way of thought of his predecessors (starting with assumptions of two Orphic philosophers – Pythagoras and Plato), embodied into his dialectics. The Aristotle’s logic of simplification, which underlies his physical–arithmetical–mythical–dialectical “philosophy,” deification of the matter, the notion of divine origin of the state along with the notion of irrelevance of the Absolute Good for the practicable material good of “social animals”–men, became the foundation of theological, philosophical, and scientific studies. The fruits of these studies include political theology, materialistic and atheist philosophy, ethics–free sciences, destructive ideologies, and the art of propaganda; all of them have the main indicator – shift of levels of complexity; for instance, they justify supremacy of human establishments (e.g., communities, states, nations, empires) over their creator – man.

Consequently, the human history became a series of nightmares – the chain of the artificial imaginary worlds; with each link of this chain, or the infernal circle of dehumanization, enslaving of human beings expands more and more. Among these worlds–circles are the following:

 

heathen philosophy, mythology, and political theology

Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology

destructive ideologies of Fascism, Nazism, and Communism

contemporary atheistic and ethics–free sciences

 

Aristotelian logic of simplification still is the actual basis of contemporary philosophy and science.

In the terms of systems logic, simplification is a term that defines violation of the systems law of adequate complexity; for instance, when the complexity of consideration is not adequate to the complexity of the subject of consideration. Consequently, the mind armed with the logic of simplification is capable only of misconception: it creates false knowledge

See the examples of violations of the law of adequate complexity (simplification) within the different frameworks of knowledge in

Wisdom and the Richesreprint in Note 9 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016  

The Logic of Deathreprint in Note 28 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016  

– The Invincible Empire, Chapter 8. Sciences, New Image of Man, and the Vision of the Future

Concerning false knowledge and misconception, see Notes 41 and 121 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016  

 

Σ18 Concerning the Orphism, see Note 22 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016  

 

Σ19 See Note 3 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016     

 

Σ20 Concerning false knowledge, see Note 41 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016  

 

Σ21 Concerning misconception, see Note 121 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016  

 

Σ22 See Concept of Faith – Supplement 2 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ23 In technical [[systems theory]] terms, creation, establishment, modus operandi, and maintenance of life/wholeness/system/reality/world/universe – or, simply, life – is governed by the set of the systems laws, and the main of them is the law of the Absolute.

The law of the Absolute determines creation, defines–controls–maintains life/operations/life–cycle, and initiates either ascent at the higher level of complexity or collapse of any wholeness/system created to accomplish some purposes and to evolve for achievement of the purposes at the next level of complexity.

Among other things, the law of the Absolute postulates that the core of any evolving system contains the knowledge that must be accepted as the Absolute Truth and around which the wholeness–life focused on achievement of some purpose(s) –– on embodiment–actualization of the Absolute Truth of the system –– is organized/built/arranged.

The system’s compliance with the law of the Absolute defines

a/ potency of survival

b/ abilities to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which the system has been created

c/ potency of evolution, if the system was designed as the evolving system.

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

 

Σ24 See Note 3 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

 

 

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