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by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

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104. Sunday, April 4, 2010
The End

 

Christ is risen from the death, by death trampling upon death,

and bestowed life to those in the tombs…

{Hymn of the Holy Pascha}

 

 

        It is the end of evil, and it is the absolute victory of the Absolute Good: the Word–God entered the prison, which man built, and took His creation and His possession home. God has sent His only begotten Son into the world to annihilate the sins of the world, so we might live through Him: as in Adam all die, so in Christ all shall be made alive. The will of God the Father is accomplished:

–– by the Love of God, the lost are found and the sick are healed and the dead are resurrected

–– the knowledge of God is given all who are able and willing to accept

–– by the death of the Son of man, death is defeated; death is no more, and the dead are no more.

Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God has delivered man from the slavery of sin and death: life everlasting is bestowed to all who want to live {Matthew 26:39, 42; Luke 6:18–20; 15:1–32; John 1:1–4, 9, 14; 3:16–18; 4:34; 6:38–40, 69; 10:7–18, 27–36; 11:25–26; 12:27; 14:1–3; 16:27–28, 33; 17:1–26; 19:28–30; 1 John 4:9–10; Romans 5:6–21; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Malachias 3:17}.

In the moment of Lord Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, the present world entered the final stage of existence: it is waiting the second coming of the Lord as the harvest is waiting the reapers. And we, the Christians, are waiting the new world promised by God. This world will come after the Judgment Day, and no one knows when: it might be tomorrow, it might be after many tomorrows. Moses the Prophet told us: in the sight of God, a thousand years is as yesterday which is past {Psalm 89(90):4; Matthew 13:24–30, 38–43; 24:26–27, 34–44; Mark 13:1–37; Luke 12:35–36; 17:24–30; 21:22–36; John 4:35–36; 5:25–30; 15:16; Revelation 22:7, 12, 14–15; Sophonias 1:14–18}.

Apparently, the world did not change; it will continue to rush toward its final day until all the measures of evil are filled and the destiny of the world and those who have to pass through it is completed. Until then, in its last convulsions, the defeated arch–evil continues consuming human blood, suffering and evil multiply, new crimes offend the daylight, and human beasts eat their brethren.

However, the holy feast of Resurrection of our Lord and Savior reminds us that the world, where we live now, is already yesterday, the past.

Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, is the End of the Law, the end of human despair, and the end of separation from God: He is the Creator of a new world, in which God dwells with His creations. God is Αρχη –  the Beginning and Τελος – the Ending of this world and all things are anew, because the world that was created before and by the will of man became the world of death and suffering, is no more. This world of the Future already is living within us who

–– believe in God

–– love God and His creations

–– call on the name of God

–– keep and observe the words and commandments of God

–– serve God in spirit and truth

–– serve the brethren in love and humility

{Luke 6:20–38; 10:25–37; 17:20–21; John 3:36; 4:24; 5:24; 6:47; 8:51; 11:25–26; 12:26; 13:13–15, 34–35; 14:6, 23–27; 15:1–21; 17:1–26; 1 John 3:14–18; 4:7–21; Romans 10:4, 9, 13; Revelation 21:1–7; 22:13; Isaiah 55:3–7; 57:15; 58:7–11; 65:15–17; 66:22}.

 

Christ is risen!

Χριστος ανεστη!

Αληθως ανεστη!

 

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105. Sunday, April 11, 2010

 The Nature of Things

 

And the earth brought forth the herb of grass bearing seed

according to its kind and according to its likeness,

and the fruit tree bearing fruit whose seed is in it,

according to its kind on the earth …

{Genesis 1:12}

 

 

All living beings mentioned in the Holy Scriptures –– plants (grass and trees), inhabitants of air, inhabitants of the sea, and inhabitants of the earth {Genesis 1:1–31} have been created within the world prepared to accommodate abilities

–– to receive the energy of life

–– to exist by accepting and transforming the energy of life

–– to grow–evolve, increase, and multiply.

The multitudes of living creatures of all kinds living on earth, in waters, and in air came into existence as a result of one–time, unique act of creation. Since the beginning of time, there is no even single addition to the realms of created beings; however, many species disappeared because of desolation of the earth polluted and devastated for the evils of men, and other reasons.

        God’s blessing to His creations to increase and to multiply and to fill their realms {Genesis 1:22, 28} is accomplished through development of a seed*1*, and then, planting the seed into a special setting (e.g., earth, womb), in which the seed grows into a being that is able, in a stage of maturity, to produce own seed, therefore, to multiply through the offspring. Continuation of life is accomplished through producing a seed, which might be seen as a special device for receiving the life–creating energy: development of a seed is not creation of life.  

        A seed carries the ability to accept and to assimilate the divine energy of life sent by God–Creator: the seed is a point of entry of the life–creating energy into the world; the meaning of reproduction is the ability to create a new point of entry for the life–creating energy.

        The second ability carried by a seed is an ability to grow and to increase: to develop into a mature being, which possesses all potency, power, and abilities of its kind that describe its nature (or are innate for this kind).

        The third ability carried by a seed is an ability to evolve, to reach optimum within the setting, which accommodates optimization (optimization is the development and actualizing of the highest potency according to the original design; it is fulfillment of the universal law of perfection) and then, to transfer increased potency to the next generation.

        For instance, a seed might come to life in a desert and to perish from insufficient water and excessive heat. If planted in soil rich with water and nutrients, in a place with the most favorable weather conditions, the seed brings plentiful harvest; moreover, it transfers to the offspring increased fertility and better qualities of fruits. This kind of “improvement” might trigger optimization–evolution of those who rely on the optimized being in their life–cycle.

        The blessing of increase–growth is accomplished through acceptance of the life–sustaining energy. A seed assimilates and transforms the life–sustaining energy into the matter–flesh according to its kind: transformation of the energy is the meaning of existence. The matter developed from seed supplies the elements–materials–building blocks, with which other living creatures built their flesh and seeds.

        In the first world, which lived by the energy received through earth, light, and rain and did not know evil of corruption, disintegration and death, man was given seed–producing plants and trees as food; green plants was food for all wild beasts of the earth, birds of the air, and reptiles {Genesis 1:11–12, 29–30}.

In our world, which cognized perversion–degeneration and death, living creatures are able to beget the offspring only if they are healthy (or confirm to their nature) enough to produce a seed. If parents are not able to produce a seed, which would comply with the nature (that is to grow into a normal being with the innate abilities to perceive energy and to develop physical, mental, spiritual, or other parameters typical for its kind), creation of an additional point of entry for the life–creating energy cannot be successful. In such a case, either reproduction would be impossible or produced offspring would have defects incompatible with the nature of its kind, therefore, would not be capable of existence and reproduction according to its kind.

        Although such parameters as time, duration of life–cycle, purposes, range/scale of qualities of the matter–flesh, conditions of existence and disintegration, and the others, are different for each kind of living beings, the essence of life is the same: rhythmical transformation of energy that each living being (as well as entire universe) receives from the Source of life – our God–Creator {Psalm 103(104):24–30; Daniel 7:9–10}.

        There is only one God–Creator, and the world lives by His will, by His love–energy of life, and according to His Law {Psalm 18(19):7–8; Matthew 5:17–18; Luke 16:16–17}. This Law defines and controls existence of all kinds of beings; for instance, it determines

        –– the parameters and conditions of acceptance of life–creating energy

        –– parameters of acceptance, assimilation, and transformation of the life–sustaining energy

        –– allowable deviations (individual or personal features) which sustain diversity of life within the particular level of complexity (e.g., realm of plants, kind of species), yet which do not contradict the Law

        –– meaning and parameters of malfunctioning–perversion–degeneration (that is contradiction to the Law or incompliance with the Law) for each level of complexity, and threshold behind which malfunctioning and deterioration at a particular level of complexity becomes irreversible, leads to abnormal mutation, and triggers annihilation.

        In summary, each kind of nature is a derivative of the Law at the particular level of complexity: it might reach optimum only within the particular range of conditions and parameters of existence determined by the Law.

        Definitely, the knowledge of the Law, which governs life, and consequently, knowledge of natures of living creatures were the properties of the original human nature, otherwise, human beings would not be given dominion over all realms of living beings and Adam would not be able to name all living creatures. Only knowledge of the nature gives ability to name/classify and, consequently, to develop and to utilize for good the highest potency of a living being. The first world created by God was perfect. One of the components of this perfection was life according to the nature created by God: this world was filled with the wisdom of God, and human beings were able to communicate with their Creator. Then, the knowledge of the Law that defines the nature of life and wisdom by which the world exists became unreachable for men exiled to the ground cursed for their original sin: by man, sin, envy, and death entered the world {Genesis 1:1-31; 2:4–22; 3:1–25}.

        After the Law was given through Moses, observance of the Law triggered development of human civilization: along with knowledge of God Who is God of knowledge and Source of wisdom and understanding, wisdom began re–entry into the human mind as the most desirable gift of God {Wisdom 7:15–21; 1 Kings 2:3; Proverbs 2:6}.

        Then, the Word–God returned to men the knowledge of human nature – the image and likeness of God. While a human being cannot see the face of God and live {Exodus 33:20}, in Lord Jesus Christ – the Son of God and the Son of man – God revealed Himself to His creations {John 1:14; 14:6–10; 1 John 1:1–2}.

        Although a human body needs to inhale mild air and human flesh is not able to withstand flame, yet, life of the human soul is the breath of God, and life of the human spirit is the Spirit of God, the Fire that the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ cast on the earth. Although all human beings have to complete existence in this world as the mortal creature of dust, any human being, by own choice, might become the immortal child of God born of the Spirit of God and living by the Spirit of God Who is the consuming Fire {Deuteronomy 4:24; John 1:1–3, 9–13; 3:5–7, 16; 4:24; 10:30; 11:25–26; Hebrews 12:29}.

        And I think that atheism has simple explanation: for the mind of unbeliever there is no greatest mystery than the human nature. For instance, how such a mind could admit a possibility to unify in one living being

–– the fragile flesh,

which is incapable to withstand even the weak fire of a burning candle

 

and

 

–– the invincible spirit,

which lives by the Almighty God – by the Divine Fire that has been cast on us, the creatures of flesh,

through the Word–God, our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, the Giver of life

{Luke 12:49; John 10:28–30; 14:15–17, 23, 26}?

 

        The only way to maintain own sanity for the unbeliever is to reject the spiritual life and to live only as a physical being, or as Aristotelian social animal, for the sake of consuming material goods, physical pleasures, exaltation over the others, and within own dream world.

        Yet, life without God is unnatural for a human being: the world in which there is no God there is nothing human. Such a world is a setting accommodating degeneration, especially, mental and physical disorders, diseases, suicides, drug addiction, crimes against men and against the nature. Societies of degenerated humans live unnaturally – in despair and insufficiency, managed by fear, scarcity, and inhumanity.  Inevitably, destruction and ruin will fall upon the degenerated beings along with their dream worlds and along with their societies: without God, there are no remedies for the diseases of mind and body, for the social and political problems, there is no hope to find the cure, and there is no way to live according to the human nature – happily, in health and prosperity. The healing and salvation are only in God, yet there is no mental capacity left to understand that…

 

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 Notes:

*1* The living creatures at the levels of complexity, which make them incapable of communication with the human beings, reproduce without development of a seed; for instance, by division of cells (e.g., bacteria, viruses). However, the meaning of all types of reproduction is development of a particular setting for acceptance of the life–creating energy; there is no possibility to create life itself and to create new living creatures. The natural biological, medical, and other sciences are unable to create a new being: whatever the assumptions and claims the researchers make, all that they are capable of is to modify genetic structures (that is to pervert a particular kind of original natures) and through modification of condition of existence, to modify parameters, describing an original nature of a particular living being (that is to pervert a particular living being).

        Chimeras and mixtures of avian–animal–vegetable–etc. cells are produced from living cells; the result is unnatural biomass, which has no place within the world of living creatures, therefore, which is incapable of sustaining life of its own kind, and which is dangerous for all other living creatures, because it might trigger abnormal mutation. At the beginning of human civilization, such activities have been forbidden by the special law, revealed through Moses: do not gender cattle of a different kind, do not sow together different seeds, do not wear mingled garments made of different materials {Leviticus 19:19}. 

        However, the greatest danger is degeneration of the mind and silencing of the conscience. Any kind of disorder starts with loss of the conscience; then, natural human abilities to discern the good and the evil and to choose the good and to reject the evil are no more in possession of humans…

 

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106. Sunday, April 18, 2010

 

Thinking of the Fruits


A good tree cannot produce evil fruits,

nor a corrupt tree produce good fruits. 

…Then surely from their fruits you shall know them…

{Matthew 7:18, 20}

 

Lord and Savior Jesus Christ advised His followers: beware of the false prophets, who come in sheep’s clothing, yet inside are the plundering wolves. Along with the warning, God gives help: the criterion of judgment. He provides a simple example – the very well known property of the nature: a tree, which brings fruits. A good tree brings only good fruits, a bad tree produces only evil fruits: a good tree cannot produce evil fruits, so a corrupt tree cannot produce good fruits {Matthew 7:15–20}. 

 The fruits are the deeds, which those who pretend to be good shepherds, teachers, priests, etc. commit. So, for instance, what does it mean – the evil fruits by which we can discern the true essence of those who are the members of the religious establishment, which assumed the right to speak on behalf of God, many centuries pretended, and still pretends on the universal authority and infallibility in the questions of the Christian faith?

To learn what are these fruits is to read the today press – all kinds of media are full of descriptions of the unprecedented scandal because of revelation of common practice of sexual abuse of children and unlawful cover–up of the abusers – so called “priests,” the members of the papal hierarchy, who during many years corrupted bodies and destroyed faith of their flock. At least in one thing the desire of the papal church to be universal became the actuality: the victims of pedophiles and sexual predators – members of the papal establishment – can be found in all parts of the world.

We, the Christians, have no right to judge and to throw stones even in those who are truly and justly condemned by their own deeds {Matthew 7:1–5; John 8:3–11}: no one is without sin; the difference is only in details – which is this particular one from The Ten Commandments and other words of God that we have violated. Also, although it is the duties of the civil authorities to prevent crimes, to protect the citizens, and to punish the criminals, we know that just vengeance belongs only to God: God vindicates those who cry to Him, His judgment is at hand, and it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of God of the living {Luke 18:7: Deuteronomy 32:35; Hebrews 10:30–31}.

The Holy Scriptures define the Christian attitude and actions concerning enemies, sinners, those who abused us, inflicted on us harm and suffering, and those who are fornicators, idolaters, and the evil ones:

–– the words of our Lord God and Savior in Gospel According to Matthew {Matthew 5:44–48}; these words disclose the features of perfection of God the Father, which His children must imitate

–– the prayer of Moses for his idol–worshiping and rebellious tribe {Exodus 32:1–14}

–– the prayer of Abraham to spare the men of Sodom who where evil and exceedingly sinful before God {Genesis 13:13; 18:20–33}.

There is no small soul before God, and today’s sinners might repent, to turn to the good and eventually, to enter the Kingdom of God as well as their righteous brothers do {Isaiah 1:4–20; Ezekiel 33:11–16; Luke 23:33, 39–43; John 3:16}. Until the end of times, the righteous and the sinners have to grow together, so their fruits will be complete. All that we, the Christians, are allowed to do is to speak and to reveal the inner feelings concerning actions (when these actions might be the matter of our concern or influence our life), then, if the perpetrators do not listen, to consider them as the outsiders and do not be associated with them by any means {Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43; 18:10–17; 1 Corinthians 5:9–13}.

As it is in all crimes against the people and against the nature, the victims are not only those who have been abused; the abusers are also victims – the victims of their sin and weakness, and they are in the worst situation. In the near Future, at least some victims of their crimes might have at least some justice from the people. Moreover, as all of those who have been destined to confront the arch–evil, to cognize suffering, shame, misunderstanding, and injustice, the victims of crimes will be comforted by God, in this life, or in His kingdom – it is His will, and it will happen when and where God finds it proper {Revelation 21:4; Hebrews 11:40; 12:1–3}.

Yet, who will help the abusers if God Himself told that for man who scandalizes/offends the little one believing in Him it is better for him that a millstone be hung on his neck and he be sunk in the depth of the sea: “woe to that man through whom the scandal comes!” {Matthew 18:1–7}?

These days of scandal and dishonor might be also terrible and shameful days for all of those who are connected with the papal establishment – for all who did not want to know or did not want to notice the signs pointing to abuse and suffering of helpless orphans and simple laymen. Now, especially hard time should be for those in a position of any authority connected with the papal establishment: they hardened their heart and closed their eyes and ears do not see and do not hear, and do not understand the depth of sin and perversion, which prompted complains of the victims. Probably, there is a proper time to ask some questions, for instance:

–– where the government authorities, benefactors, civil right activists have been, why no one was interested with life of orphans and pupils of the catholic charitable and educational institutions; do any protective structures of the societies (especially, in so called “democratic” countries) exist or we still live in the Dark–Medieval Ages, when the papacy determined conditions of life and death of every human being at the territories of the “holy” papal empire?

–– why the media, which relentlessly chases the celebrities and overthrows all protective barriers intended to guard privacy and which now fills all its channels with details of scandal, did not looked in the Past, before the scandal thundered, into life of those who are not able to protect themselves?

–– where the parents, friends, relatives of victims were in the time after the victims first time encountered the evil of the papal “priests” and other members of the papal hierarchy; why they did not flee from the abuse and dishonor (at least some of them could leave the papal church), why they did allow their children, brothers, relatives to continue suffer from the abusers; and if their children did not tell them of their problems, what kind of parents–relatives they are if their own children do not trust them enough to inform of treatment they got from the “priests’?

Obviously, such inability to see–hear–comprehend the evil is the fruit of the centuries–old practices to forbid the Bible for the laity and deprivation of laity of the life–giving Cup of Eucharist*1*  combined with

–– popes’ deification and pretense on the status of vicar of Christ on the earth, who “stands on the place of God and has share of dignity of God,” and who possesses such absolute power over souls and bodies of his subjects that without absolute submission to him there is no possibility to enter the Paradise (it means that papacy claims that God is bound by the pope’s decisions)

–– popes’ claims on the infallibility in the matter of faith

–– popes’ claims on the status of the “universal teacher/shepherd” and exceptional status of the “divine person” who is above all human laws

–– the deeply engraved fear before the Inquisition and other penalties imposed by the pope–Prefect of the Inquisition on the disobedient, who the papacy labeled as “heretics” and had habit to burn at the stakes, to strip of all property, and to execute those who relapsed

–– Aquinas’ doctrine*2*   of “the grace of papal office” by which all members of the papal hierarchy are recognized as some kind of sinless angels who are above of human judgment and human laws (one of the consequences of such “grace” is especially clear now –  institutional cover–up of sexual abuse of children)

–– pretense on the absolute power over the secular rulers (e.g., well known form the history of papacy political assassinations, intrusion into politics of the secular establishments)

–– mandatory training in blasphemies against Lord God Jesus Christ. This training is the part of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola*3*  [Spiritual Exercises §67 298] who is the founder of the Jesuit order and the papal saint; it is also the part of training of all papal priests and the way of life of papal clergy and some laity convinced that masochism, mortification of flesh, unrestrained and corrupted imagination trained to “hear” blasphemies against Lord God Jesus Christ, and other disorders of the kind mixed with the unreserved obedience to the pope and his office are the virtues of papal saints and must be practiced by the distinguished papal servants

–– self–ascribed right of the pope to establish the meaning of good for the papal subjects, or as Ignatius of Loyola put it, make them to see the white as the black if “the hierarchical Church so stipulates” [Spiritual Exercises §352–365; in: Personal Writings 356–358]

–– justification of any crime committed for the common good of the papal “perfect community” (or with the contemporary wording, “the good of the universal church”) as well as the barbaric punishments and executions; for instance, according to Thomas Aquinas (the main theologian of the papal church of Rome), to maim a human being is consistent “with natural reason in relation to the common good” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.65 a1 ro1]

–– while murder, theft, and other sins opposing the charity are mortal sins, they are justified when their purpose is protection of the common good [Summa Theologica II–II Q.64 a3; Q.65 a1; Q.66 a7, a8]

–– if a sinner becomes danger and infects the community, it is not only lawful, it is “praiseworthy and advantageous” to kill the sinner to protect the common good from corruption by sin [Summa Theologica I–II Q.90 a2; Q.96 a4; II–II Q.64 a2, a3, a5, a6; Q.65 a1].  If the slaying of innocent men according to the will of the superior becomes “the will of God,” the subject has no right to discuss the judgment of superior. If the subject assassinated innocent man, he is not guilty because he obeyed the superior’s judgment [Summa Theologica II–II Q.64 a6]

–– a mortal man – the pope – whom God granted the “special power” can dispense from the divine law, even may allow the law not to be observed, and such dispensation benefits the common good [Summa Theologica I–II Q.90 a2, 3, 4; Q.96 a5; Q.97 a4]. This peculiar assertion reveals that Aquinas shares the Thrasymachus’ point of view:  justice is the privilege of the strongest imposed on the weakest “moral simpletons” who must act for the advantage of their ruler [Plato Republic 343c]

–– and many other features of the papal establishment known as the papal church of Rome or as Vatican, the papal state, which came into the political arena as the result of the deal with the fascist government of Italy*4*.

However, for the outsiders, and especially for the Christians, it is difficult to comprehend the life of papal establishment. Two events could facilitate the insight into the inner world of the papal subjects and reveal the degree of defenselessness of the laity before the members of the papal hierarchy:

1/ Aquinas’ statement that for the papal subjects, disobedience to the superior is a mortal sin [Summa Theologica II–II Q.105 a1]

2/ the case with the Bohemians who rebelled against the deprivation of the laity of the Cup of Eucharist; they – the papal subjects – were rejected the right of hearing because, according to Capistrano the Inquisitor, the servants are not superior to their master [Capistrano ref. in: Lea 2:473]. This case makes understandable, that the official position of the hierarchy toward its subjects might be the same in all cases, including the current concerning complains about the sexual abuse of a child by the corrupted priest (who also is the superior for the laity).

Therefore, the simple act of protection of a child from the abuse by the “priest” in the state of mortal sin demands extraordinary bravery of the child’s parents: their actions can be evaluated as the rebellion against the entire papal hierarchy, especially because the foundation of the papal hierarchy includes

a/ the Aristotelian concepts of common good, man as social animal, and superiority of the good of the community over the good of a member of the community

b/ the Aquinas’ assertion that even the wicked prelates must be obeyed to avoid scandals.

The place, where such “clergy” is in charge, might be defined as the trap for the sheep under the supervision of wolves {Acts 20:29–30}, not as a Christian community, which lives according to the apostolic traditions.

According to the official opinion of the papal hierarchy, “the inner harmony, the essential compatibility” exists between the Aquinas’ thought and the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church; Thomism is the Church’s answer to “the most pressing problems” [New Catholic Encyclopedia 14:109–110]. Consequently, an explanation of the contemporary situation with the unlawful (from the point of the civil laws) cover–up of the pedophiles also is in the papal–Aquinas dogma. 

So, what are the fruits of Aquinas’ doctrine, if with them the contemporary papal theologians still find the answer to the papal problems?

Thomas Aquinas introduced the specific virtue of authority, by which prelates and princes, although they are wicked, should be honored because they are “standing in God’s place” and are “having a share of the dignity of God”: even “a fool honored if he stands in God’s place or represents the whole community” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.63 a3].

Definitely, for any Christian, such assertion is sacrilegious, because it connects human mortal sins with eternal perfect God and ascribes to mortal man abilities to substitute God.

According to Thomas Aquinas,

–– blasphemy is a sin committed directly against God

–– blasphemy is more grievous sin than murder: it is disparagement of the goodness of God, when somebody suggests something inappropriate or incompatible with God, e.g., ascribes the properties of God to His creations or makes false statements about God [Summa Theologica II–II Q.13 a1, a2, a3].

In summary, Thomas Aquinas’ writings make strange impression of the mixture of

1/ logic, which although Aristotelian, still fits to connect a, b, c, and other letters into the words, and

2/ completely irrational assertions, which seem to be non–human, because they are not based on the Holy Scriptures and do not convey the free human thought of the mind living by the Spirit of God. For example, in the case with blasphemy: Aquinas gives the proper definition, yet, fails to use it for analysis of own assertions and their consequences.

The Aquinas’ “virtue of authority” and “grace” of papal office established ground tor the complete moral degradation of the papal clergy. For instance,

–– in 1215, the Fourth Lateran Council attempted to reform the morals and behavior of the clergy and to restrain “clerical incontinence”

–– three centuries later, the Council of Trent (1545–1563), which according to its participants was guided “by the mind and spirit of St. Thomas” [Walz ref. in: New Catholic Encyclopedia 14:134], declared that the “priests who are in mortal sin” still discharge their duties “by the power of the Holy Spirit” received in ordination [Decrees of Ecumenical Councils 242, 707].

The Council of Trent’s conclusion is based on the following Aquinas’ assertions:

–– “members of Christ by the actual union of charity” are free from mortal sins [Summa Theologica III Q.8 a3 ro2; Aquinas’ “members of Christ” are the members of the papal hierarchy]

–– “all the consecrations of the Church are immovable” and the sacramental power received by consecration remains in men as long as they live, even if they become heretics or schismatics [Summa Theologica II–II Q.39 a3].

In this case, the papal church allows itself the direct contradiction to the Word of God:

–– according to St. John the Apostle, man who commits a sin “is of devil” {1 John 3:4–10}

–– according to the Council of Trent, those who commit a mortal sin (or as the Apostle wrote, are “of devil”) can act with “the power of the Holy Spirit.” Evidently, the Council of Trent assumes that the power of God can be bound by men in such a degree that even man in a state of mortal sin, who has rejected God (otherwise he would not be able to commit mortal sin), still possesses the power received when he was ordained. It means that with this assertion, the Council of Trent

a/ incorporates into papal dogma–Catholicism the heathen belief in the ability of man to bind and control deity with magic rituals or rites of worship

b/  ascribes to the man “of devil” the ability to act “by the power of the Holy Spirit”  that is the sacrilege. 

Man sanctified by the Word–Truth of God is born of God; he dwells in God Who is perfect love, and he is the dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God. Such man cannot sin: sin is lawlessness and “he who commits sin is of devil,” there are the sins, which lead to death  {John 14:16–17; 15:3–6, 17, 21; 1 John 3:4–9, 14–15; 4:7–21; 5:12, 16–18; James 1:13–15; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 6:19–20}

Sin is 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].

The texts of the New Testament make evident that a mortal sin and the life in God are incompatible (the mortal sin is called “mortal” because the sinner freely has rejected God – the source of life). The evil and mortal sins of man do not exist in presence of God: either man has the Spirit of God or he is in the state of mortal sin. Therefore, any assertion that the priest in the state of mortal sin still is able to be the priest or is able to act with the power of the Holy Spirit received in ordination, contradicts the Scriptures and the Christian dogma: the assertion that God dwells in the sinner along with mortal sin is sacrilegious because it implies that God dwells with the evil. The Aquinas’ positive correlation of mortal sin and of the status of clergy is incompatible with the Christian dogma; the consequences of the Aquinas’ misinterpretation of the Scriptures include unsubstantiated claims on the exclusiveness of the papal hierarchy, and the assertion of the right of papal clergy to be above the divine and human laws.

Many centuries ago, St. Paul the Apostle wrote about 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: this being would serve destruction of those who under the delusion substitute the false for the truth {2 Thessalonians 2:3–12}.

The writings of Thomas Aquinas, who is revered by his superiors as the unerring “angelic interpreter of divine will” (e.g., Clement VII), not only became the theoretical foundation for the establishment under the authority of man who pretends on the place of God; they deprive the papal subjects from freedom of thinking and an ability to evaluate freely the actuality of their existence. The Aquinas’ doctrine is one of the explanations why the history of the papacy is full of heresy, scandals, and vice.

If to study the history of papacy (for instance in: Documents of the Christian Church, Encyclopedia of the Vatican and Papacy, New Catholic Encyclopedia, and the others in References below) it might be concluded that it coincides with the description given by St. Paul the Apostle {Galatians 5:19–21}.  Obviously, it will be continued and in the same manner until either recognition of the Aquinas’ doctrine as the heresy inconsistent with the Christian teachings or the end of existence of the papal establishment, which holds the Aquinas’ doctrine as its official dogma.

And I think that this problem with the current scandal stems from the same root on which other problems overwhelming contemporary societies bloom: separation of the knowledge of God and His Law from the daily life of many. This root of arch–evil already produced its deadly fruits; however, the worst is to come.

If to read the press and especially the comments of the readers, it becomes clear that the deadliest fruits of all those grown by the papal establishments are

1/ association of the Christianity with the papal faith – Catholicism, therefore, complete ignorance in the matters of the Christian faith and the Christian teachings

2/ association of the Christians teachings with the actions of the popes and their subjects

3/ putting the blame on the Christians teachings, because of the actions of the popes and their subjects.

The flood of dirt poured out on the Christianity through the articles written by the illiterate authors who know nothing of the subject and the comments made by the unbelievers, by those who hate the Christian teachings, and by the ignorant who are not able to differentiate the Christian Church from the papal establishment, is the result of

a/ false claims of the popes (justified by the doctrine of Thomas Aquinas) on the right to speak on behalf of the Christendom and the papal pretense to possess an ability to stand “in God’s place” and to have “share of dignity of God” [Summa Theologica  II–II Q.63 a3]

b/ assumed by the papacy right to cover with the name of God such papal subjects’ deeds as political assassinations and other crimes committed in a pursuit of the absolute power of the papacy over body and souls of all the people

c/ use of the name of Christian teachings as the cover–up for the Aquinas’ political doctrine, which is based on heathen philosophy (mostly Aristotle’s, also some Plato’s concepts, such, for instance, as the Nocturnal Council, second death of heretics, divine consummated philosopher, guardians of the Republic, and others), yet, which still is the official dogma of the papal establishment

d/ deeds of the papacy, including the Crusades, Inquisition, deprivation of the laity of the Cup of Eucharist, substitution of the Christian teachings with the heathen philosophy and heresy of Manicheans (communion with one element, bread), enslavement and corruption of the papal subjects, political assassination (e.g., the history of France) and many other properties, which define the essence of the papal establishment.

The knowledge of history might facilitate accomplishment of God’s direction to judge by the fruits: it becomes possible to foresee which kind of evil the corrupted tree will produce. For instance, our ancestors in Byzantium initiated the Great Schism (separation of the Byzantine Christian Church from the papal church of Rome) because of

–– the papal claims on the absolute authority in the matters of the Christian Church, which belongs only to God

–– penetration of the heathen philosophy and other heresies into the practices of the papal church of Rome

–– acceptance of the practices of the pagan Roman Empire for the papal strategy of achievement the absolute power over the Christendom.

With their reliance on the word of God, faith, and wisdom, they foresaw the fruits that the papal politics would bring.

        Indeed, the way, which the papacy has chosen for itself and made obligatory for its subjects led to the open contradictions to the words of God. The contradictions to the Holy Scriptures based on the heathen – Aristotelian – philosophy, therefore heresy, constitute the main points of the Aquinas’ political theology that is the official doctrine of the papal establishment*2*.

        It is enough to name just a few of the Aquinas assertions (which are the articles of the papal faith) to convince any reasonable and sound mind in the complete incompatibility of the official doctrine of the papal church with the Christian teaching:

1/ rejection of God as the main standard of mercy and the main model for imitation –– justification of death penalty for the relapsed heretics, because the papal church cannot imitate God in His mercy to the relapsed sinners [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a4 ro2]. If the church rejects God, it ceased to be the church of God: it has another master

2/ statement that God is the source of evil and unjust human laws [Summa Theologica I Q.48 a2 ad3, a3; Q.49 a1, a2, a3; Q.103 a7; I–II Q. 93 a3 ro2 ro3; Q.103 a7 ro1; Truth Q.3. a4 ad7; Q.5 a2 r, ad4]

3/ the following assertions, which are sacrilegious for the Christians:

–– many men can take the place of God (this assertion provides the pillar for the concept of papal succession and deification of the pope)

–– the deeds of the prelates–representatives of God, other members of the papal hierarchy, and all the Catholics who constitute “one mystical person” (e.g., the Crusades and the Inquisition, mortal sins of popes and priests, sale of the forgiveness of sin) are the deeds of God

4/ rejection of the order of the Eucharist established by Lord Jesus Christ Himself and acceptance of Manichean order of communion with bread only, which Aquinas “justified” with the Aristotelian concept of accidents*1*

5/ mortal sin of the priest – that is why it is almost impossible to defrock the papal priest

6/ masochism (esp. self–flagellation and other means to develop addiction to pain –– and consequently, mental disorders –– still practiced by the popes and papal clergy and commonly recommended for all papal subjects), doctrine of “mortification of flesh,” and corrupted imagination spread with the practices based on the Loyola’s training and practices of the Manichean “Perfected.”

The failure of the current Roman pope to answer the present grievous situation and to assume own guilt for the current scandal (as the leader of the establishment and as the one who was informed of the evil, yet, failed to root it out timely) also reflects the papal self–deification based on the assertion of pope Innocent III (1198–1216) concerning the exclusive status of the pope: the pope is positioned between God and man, “less than God but greater than man, judging all men and judged by none” [Innocent III qtd. in: La Due 119].

So, it is not the silence of innocent lamb or imitation of our Lord and Savior; it is the pride of the self–deified man who believes that he stands so high that none of simple mortal is worthy to be noticed and none of the responsibilities to be accepted, and none of the sins committed by his – papal – “angelic” hierarchy against the simple mortals to be punished.

The actual attitude toward the ordinary laity also might be inferred from the words of Capistrano the Inquisitor: the servants are not superior to their master [Capistrano ref. in: Lea 2:473], with which the papal office rejected the right of hearing of Bohemians who rebelled against the deprivation of the laity of the Cup of Eucharist (see posting The Heresy –– July 6, 2008). Only slaves have the duty of unreserved obedience to their master and only slaves do not have the right to speak to their master without the master’s permission. Yet, slavery within the Christian Church cannot exist because slavery – the evil establishment of men – is abomination to God and, as any evil, is not able to exist in His presence: where is the Spirit of God, there is freedom {2 Corinthians 3:17}. Consequently, any establishment, which practices any form of slavery, contradicts to the Law of God; therefore, such an establishment is not compatible with Christianity: the words of Capistrano the Inquisitor portray the papal church as a heretical non–Christian establishment.

The silence of some Christian Churches, which failed to separate themselves of the papal establishment or even to criticize its actions, discloses that they still dream the ecumenical dreams of the unity, therefore, imagine that through the unity with the heretics they would became able to stop penetration of the religions and ideologies, which are hostile to Christianity, and to prevent further radicalization and corruption of the societies.

The union with the heretics will not save from corruption, suffering, criminalization and bestialization of the contemporary societies. The unreserved submission of the Christendom to the pope will neither heal the wounds of the contemporary societies nor prevent spread of the hostile to the Christianity ideologies, cults, and religions.

Only in God are salvation and healing and the hope for the better Future: not by great power, nor by strength, but by the Spirit of Almighty God {Zacharias 4:6} the church of God and the children of God live.

The history also does not sustain expectations of the good fruits of such a union; in particular, all that the Greek Orthodox Christians had from the papal church in the Past were demands of the unreserved submission to deified pope (that is idol–worship), persecutions (because the papacy equates schism and disobedience to the pope with the mortal sin punished by death), and treachery. For instance, when Byzantine Empire already weakened and devastated by the catholic crusaders*5* appealed to the pope to help in the struggle with the Muslim conquest*6*, the pope had done nothing to prevent fall of Byzantium. The results were destruction of the Byzantium and establishment of the Islamic Caliphate. What then, might feed the expectations that now the papal establishment would behave differently or that the union with the heretics who reject the words of God, yet, sacrilegiously pretend on standing on the place of God and having the share of His dignity, would ever bring any good fruit?

        And I think that the time came to awake the heart, to clean eyes and ears, and to answer the question: who any particular church or other religious establishment serve –

idol, embodiment of the arch–evil – father of all sins and lies

or

Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ?

 

        If the Church belongs to Lord God Jesus Christ, she must arise to clear the name of Christianity from any association with heresy, heretics, and criminals, to expose the false claims of the pretenders and to stop all pretenses of the heretical papal establishment on the leadership in Christendom and on any place in the family of Christian Churches. According to St. Paul the Apostle, the Christians by no means can be associated with the fornicators and idolaters; the evil ones must be rejected {Corinthians 5:11–13}.

        It should be also understood that there is no chance to undo all evil and correct all heresies, which became the flesh and blood of the papal office and which have been imposed on the mind and bodies of the papal subjects. The current papal establishment might be converted into Christianity and transformed into the Christian Church only if

–– it eliminates the status of the pope and recognizes the bishop of Rome as one of many bishops serving Lord God Jesus Christ and His – Christian – Church

–– dismantles the papal hierarchy – the “holy office,” Magisterium, Inquisition (which now has the other name with the meaning of defender of doctrine of faith, etc.), and recognizes the Aquinas’ doctrine/political theology/official papal dogma as sacrilegious and heretical teachings

–– restores status of married priests {thus, eliminates from the doctrine of the papal church the “teachings of demons” and “hypocrisy of liars” of which St. Paul the Apostle warned in: 1 Timothy 4:1–5}

–– rejects unnatural way of life {discontinues to propagate the Loyola’s “penance” – masochism, mortification of flesh, unnatural stimulation of imagination, and other perversions, which are “self–imposed worship” of which St. Paul the Apostle warned in: Colossians 2:16–23}

–– makes the main and the most important step – after “cleaning the house,” repentance, and asking God for forgiveness, it restores the Divine Eucharist and gives access to the Cup of Salvation to all those who would become the members of the resurrected Christian Church of Rome – to the laity as well as to the clergy*7*.

        Although we, the Christians, have no right to cut the corrupted tree, we have the freedom to reject the evil fruits, so they would not poison the mind and conscience and they would not corrupt the body…

 

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 Notes:

*1* The Fourth Lateran Council (in 1215, about 10 years before Aquinas was born) recognized the orthodox order of the Holy Communion in the statement: by the power of God, bread is transubstantiated into the Body of Christ and wine into the Blood of Christ [Documents of the Christian Church 163].

Aquinas modified the doctrine of transubstantiation with the Aristotle’s concept of accidents – inessential, although detectible by senses, changeable property of the substance; he constructs the chain of arguments:

a/ as the result of consecration by the power of God, the substance of bread and wine does not remain in sacrament; bread and wine remain as accidents “without a subject” because their substance becomes the Christ’s body: “the whole substance of bread is converted into the whole substance of Christ’s body,” and this conversion is “transubstantiation”; with this assertion, Aquinas introduces the Aristotle’s terms and, with the Aristotle’s terms, logic of heathen philosophy for description of the greatest mystery of Christianity

b/ as soon as “an accident is divinely given the power to exist in itself,” the accident becomes able to be “in itself the subject of another accident” [Summa Theologica III Q.75 a2, a4, a5; Q.77 a2; Documents of the Christian Church 163–166]; the essence of this assertion or the logical gymnastics in the Aristotelian style:

–– there is no difference between “accidents”; therefore, this something that human senses discern as bread has no different essence that another something that human senses discern as fruit of vine

–– there is no difference between bread and fruit of vine anymore – the transubstantiated bread is both the flesh and the blood

–– as soon as the “accident” (bread) by the divine power becomes able to exist by itself, without substance, to assume another substance, and to become the subject of another accident, there is no difference between the communion by two elements (bread and fruit of vine) or by one element (bread only).

        It means that Aquinas opposes the Aristotelian logic to the most sacred tradition of the Christian Orthodox Church that preserves the order of the Eucharist established by God Himself.

Consequently, the guided by “the mind and spirit of St. Thomas” (that is of Thomas Aquinas) Council of Trent (1545–1563), which was summoned to define the Catholic doctrine and to reform the papal church [Walz ref. in: New Catholic Encyclopedia 14:134], at session 21, of June 16, 1562

a/ denied that the Holy Communion with both elements is a “divine commandment”; this denial contradicts the Gospels and the words of St. Paul the Apostle with which he conveys “the received from the Lord Himself” order of the Holy Communion: with bread that is His Body given for many, and the Cup that is the new covenant in His Blood shed for many for the forgiveness of sins {Matthew 26:26–28; Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26}

b/ asserted that the custom to use both elements had been changed “in the course of time”; however, time and changes exist only for the temporal worldly establishments: with God, there is neither time nor change

c/ condemned those who deny that “the whole Christ is received when Holy Communion is received under the form of bread alone” [Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils 726–727; Documents of the Council of Trent in Latin ref. and qtd. in: Hughes, Philip 327–328].

In the fifth century, the Roman pope Leo the Great condemned the communion in one element (by bread only) as heresy, because it was the practice of the Manicheans: in imitation of the ancient rite of the Zoroastrians, the Manicheans replaced the Eucharist with breaking of bread [Vacandard 58; Lea 2:472–474].

Nevertheless, contrary to the commandment of God, contrary to the Roman pope who lived five centuries before the Great Schism, and even contrary to the post–Schism Council of the papal church of Rome (the Fourth Lateran Council, in 1215), the Aquinas’ modification of the most sacred tradition of the Christian Church resulted in revival of the old Manichæan heresy: the papacy withdrew the communion with both elements – bread and fruit of vine of the Cup of Eucharist – from the Catholic laity (it left it available only for the papal hierarchy – the pope, prelates, the papal clergy, etc.). The Council of Constance (1414–1418) named the reason for such a practice: avoidance of “various dangers and scandals”; the Council also warned the clergy that the priests who “communicate the people under the form of both bread and wine” would be excommunicated [Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils 418–419]. So, although the papacy does not punish the obedient priests who commit mortal sins, yet, who are the obedient papal servants, it excommunicates those who follow the commandment of God: God’s followers are not welcome in the papal church.

 

*2* see the analysis of the Aquinas’ doctrine and the official dogma of the papal church of Rome (with the references) in the following postings:

 

The Priest  –––– May 25, 2008

The Hierarchy  –––– July 20, 2008

Thomas Aquinas  –––– November 16, 2008

Political Theology  –––– November 23, 2008

“Hierarchical Church”  –––– November 30, 2008

 “Church Militants”  –––– December 7, 2008

 

*3*  Ignatius of Loyola’s training is organized by “weeks”; the first week introduces the permanent way of living based on “exterior penance,” which includes hunger, sleep deprivation, and physical pain (self–flagellation, wearing of iron chain, haircloth, and “other sorts of austerities”). Loyola insists: the exercises of the first week must be given to everyone and in “the exact order in which they are set down.” The “exact order” of the first week includes mandatory bodily self–torture, mandatory blasphemies against God, deprivation of the word of God, and disengagement from social activities. He demands that those who had “not being stirred by various spirits” as the result of the Exercises should be investigated concerning time and completeness of all procedures, because the Exercises must be “carefully followed” [Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Exercises §§6, 20, 82–85; Personal Writings 284, 286, 299, 301; On Dealing with Others in: Counsels for Jesuits 11]. In the Greek tradition, blasphemy is considered as “a frightful passion” originated by the unclean spirit; the Christians are advised to guard the senses and the mind and – with the prayer and praise to God – discard any improper thought [e.g., Nikitas Stithatos (11th century) §59 in: The Philokalia 4:94]. This particular Ignatius of Loyola’s instruction to hear “blasphemies against Christ Our Lord” reveals incompatibility of the Christianity and the Ignatius of Loyola’s training: 

–– the Christians purify the mind from “all the evil,” including blasphemy, which – according to explanation of Lord God Jesus Christ – comes from the heart and defiles man {Mark 7:21–23}

–– Ignatius of Loyola demands from his followers to hear (that is to imagine or to put into the heart/mind) blasphemies against God, while blasphemy is the greatest evil from those with which man defiles himself.

        The prescribed mandatory Exercises allow the conclusion that the Loyola’s training aims to deprive the soul from its natural center–God and to create the void, which would be then filled with the phantasms (e.g., such as deified man–pope standing on the place of God) intended to control the mind and conscience. Deprivation of God transforms the living soul into the living dead and a human being into the human beast, because without God and free conscience there is nothing of human; the ultimate purpose of the first week is assassination of the soul.

 

*4* The papal establishment received the status of the independent state through the Concordat of 1929 with fascist Italy under control of Benito Mussolini. Through this deal, the papacy gained at least some of the manifest political and civil power, which it completely lost in 1870. By the authority of fascist state, the Vatican had been granted the status of the independent state, access to control of education of children, and the possibility to expand the Catholic Action [Encyclopedia of the Vatican and Papacy 292–293].

 

*5* In 1204, when the Crusaders captured Constantinople, the Roman pope Innocent III expressed joy and called the capture “magnifica miracula” [Innocent III’s letter qtd. in: Runciman 151]. Historically, murders, pillage, destruction accompanied all military invasions, and it is not proper for the Christian to feel joy because of suffering and death of people and to continue to identify himself as the follower of Lord God Jesus Christ. The history preserved another example of joy experienced by another Roman pope: in 1572, after the St. Bartholomew’s Night in Paris, when the Catholics killed approximately 50,000 Huguenots, the pope Gregory XIII congratulated queen–mother Catherine de’ Medici and ordered to celebrate the massacre with lightening of bonfires [Trager 197]. Therefore, it looks as some kind of papal tradition or the special rite of papal worship: the papal subjects exterminate schismatics and heretics and plunder their wealth to make their superior–pope to feel joy and celebrate death of human beings created in the image and after likeness of God Whose place on the earth this superior pretends to have.

To illustrate the Constantinople’s story: the Crusaders–Catholics (led by the Venetian Doge and the princes from French and German royal houses) committed sacrilege, pillaged and ruined the Christian temples, murdered men, raped and killed children and women – the Greek Christians, set on fire libraries, and plundered houses. Among the temple robbers was German clergyman and preacher Martin of Pairis “the pious Abbot,” whom the pope Innocent III encouraged to inspire the Crusaders. The other crimes committed in the temples of God by the Crusaders–Catholics are so despicable [e.g., in: Runciman 145, 149–151] that I am not able to mention them.

The response of the papal Council to the Greeks after sacrilege of the temples of God and sack of Constantinople was unambiguous: “comfort themselves like obedient sons” of the mother – “holy Roman church” [Canon 4 of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) in: Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils 235–236]. Then, the Innocent III’s self–imposed mission “to reform the Universal Church” [Selected Letters of Pope Innocent III… 144] began with establishment of the Latin empire in Constantinople, at the ruins of the Christian temples of God.

None of political, religious, or other reasons can justify the committed evil or erase it from the memory. The Greek Orthodox Christians never considered retaliation for the atrocities of the papal subjects – to retaliate means to become the same kind of criminal. However, it must be admitted: the history confirms that the Catholics–papal subjects had received back, with the abound and running over measure {Luke 6:38} and through their own doing, everything they gave their victims, especially, through disintegration of the morality and loss of dignity of their superiors and shepherds, atrocities of the Inquisition, and acceptance of the Aquinas’ version of the heathenism – Aristotelian–Aquinas political theology. In the thirteenth century, the Catholic crusaders defiled the altars of Christian God, shed blood of the Greek Christians, and committed unspeakable crimes in the Christian temples in Constantinople; in the twenty–first century, the leprosy of heresy and of vice remains unhealed:

–– in all Catholic churches under the papal jurisdiction the laity still is deprived from the Eucharist with the life–giving Blood of Lord God Jesus Christ

–– still there are the Catholic clergymen who rape children of the papal subjects in the papal churches.

 

*6*  Although Michael VIII Paleologus recaptured Constantinople in 1261, Byzantine Empire never regained her previous might and wealth. In 1453, Constantinople was captured by the Turks, the last Emperor – Constantine XI was murdered, the building of  the Hagia Sofia – the Temple of Holy Wisdom of God, was reconstructed into the mosque, and the Byzantine Empire ceased to exist.

 

*7* see  posting: Ecumenism – December 14, 2008; Library files.

 

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References:

 

Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils. Ed. Norman P. Tanner. London and Washington, DC:  Sheed & Ward, Georgetown UP, 1990.

 

Documents of the Christian Church. Selected and edited by Henry Bettenson. 3rd ed. Ed. Chris Maunder. Oxford, U.K.:  Oxford UP, 1999.

 

Encyclopedia of the Vatican and Papacy. Ed. Frank J. Coppa. Westport, Connecticut:  Greenwood Press, 1999.

 

Hughes, Philip. The Church in Crisis: A History of the General Councils 325–1870.  New York:  Hanover House, 1961.

 

Ignatius of Loyola, Saint. Counsels for Jesuits:  Selected Letters and Instructions of Saint Ignatius Loyola. Ed. Joseph N. Tylenda. Chicago, Illinois:  Loyola University Press, 1985.

Ignatius of Loyola, Saint. Personal Writings:  Reminiscences, Spiritual Diary, Select Letters, including text of The Spiritual Exercises. Trans. with Introduction and Notes by Joseph A. Muniti and Philip Endean. London:  Penguin Books, 1996.

 

Lea, Henry Charles. The Inquisition of the Middle Ages. New York:  Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, 1887. 3 vols.

 

New Catholic Encyclopedia. Washington, DC:  The Catholic University of America, 1967.  17 vols.

 

The Philokalia: The Complete Text Compiled by St. Nikodimus of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth. Trans. and ed. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware, with the assistance of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline) Constantine Cavarnos, Dana Miller, Basil Osborne, Norman Russel. London:  Faber & Faber, 1979–1995.  4 vols.

 

Plato. Complete Works. Edited with Introduction and Notes by John M. Cooper.  Associated Editor D.S. Hutchinson. Indianapolis, Indiana:  Hackett Publishing, 1997.

 

Runciman, Steven. The Eastern Schism:  A Study of the Papacy and the Eastern Churches During the XIth and XIIth Centuries. Oxford:  Clarendon Press, 1955. New York:  AMS, 1983 (reprint).

 

Thomas Aquinas (Saint). The Religious State:  The Episcopate and the Priestly Office. Ed. with Prefatory Notice by John Procter. Westminster, Maryland:  Newman Press, 1950.

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Thomas Aquinas (Saint).  Truth.  Trans. Robert W. Mulligan. 1954. Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett Publishing, 1994.

 

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

 

Vacandard, Elphege. The Inquisition: A Critical and Historical Study of the Coercive Power of the Church. 1915.  Trans. from the 2nd edition Bertrand L. Conway. Merrick, New York:  Richwood Publishing, 1977.

 

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107. Sunday, April 25, 2010

 

Thinking of the Stumbling Ones

 

if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles

because the light is not in him…

{John 11:10}

 

 

I happened when Lazarus died. Lord God Jesus Christ told His disciples “let us to go to Judea again”; He had to resurrect the dead and to call him from the tomb, so the people would see the power of God and believe {John 11:1–45}. Disciples are afraid to go to Judea because recently the Jews were seeking to stone the Lord for His teachings. The Lord already told the disciples that while He is in the world, He is the light of the world and that it is necessary for Him to work – to accomplish the will of God the Father – in the day, the time while He, as the Son of man, is in the Earth {John 9:4–5}. They have seen the miracles of the Lord. Yet, the essence of things is still clouded and they still are not able to realize Who is with them and how great is the power of the Almighty God. Nevertheless, finally, in their love and loyalty to the Teacher, they decided to come with Him and (as they think) to die with Him. The Lord, knowing their heart, tells them that if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him {John 11:10}.

In the context of the Gospel, to stumble means to commit sin. The people wanted to stone the Lord because His words do not have place in them {John 8:37}: they sinned before God, firstly, because they want to murder a human being, then, because their judgment is wrong.

Without God, man comes to the wrong judgment; he does not comprehend the essence of things; he makes mistakes; then, he knowingly or unknowingly violates the Law of God, and eventually, he falls in misery and despair.

Other texts of the Holy Scriptures tell us that the commandments of God are the light on the earth, the light to the paths of man, and the earth is the place to learn righteousness, so our work shall be done in truth. It is also written: “I have hidden Thy words in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee” {Psalm 118:11, 105; Isaiah 26:9–10}.

The main lesson, which follows from the referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures, is that only Word–God gives knowledge and understanding, therefore, protects from sin: without Word–God, there is no light on the path of man, so, man walks in darkness and stumbles –– he commits mistakes, and sins against God and against the others.

In the time of Lazarus’ death {John 11:1–16}, the knowledge of disciples of the Lord also is not complete: they are afraid of the people, and they still do not recognize the Almighty God in their Teacher. Therefore, they also are the stumbling ones. Yet, there is something that differentiates them from the others: they decide to follow the Lord and to die with Him. What makes a human being able to follow someone even until death? Nothing but love: only love to the Lord helped His disciples to overcome fear, because the promised by God and complete knowledge they would receive later {John 7:39; 14:16–17, 26; 20:21–22}. Also later, St. John the Evangelist would right: there is no fear in love; the perfect love casts out fear {1 John 4:18}.

 Some of us are the stumbling ones in relations with other people: we make mistakes in thoughts and deeds, in judgment and expectations – in everything. Insufficient knowledge and imperfection of reasoning originate many of such mistakes, and it cannot be otherwise, because our path to the love to God and process of cognition of God for which we live in this world, are not competed. As St. Paul the Apostle explains, until we come to the perfection, our vision and our knowledge are partial and unfinished {1 Corinthians 13:9–13}. Although each time when we read the Lord’s Prayer we call God “Our Father” (therefore, identify ourselves as the children of God), only in the Kingdom of God we will learn the ultimate truth concerning ourselves {1 John 3:1–2}, and our knowledge will come to the completion.

Until then, only love is able to compensate the lack of understanding. Only love is the universal remedy for mistakes, pain, misery, and despair of those who walk in the darkness and stumble, because there is no Light with them.

Although we still wander in the darkness of our sins and lack of faith, God already gave us the key to the door of the home, which waits us. We already are able to discern the light of this home: it illuminates the darkness of our path and enables us to reach the destination safely. The light is our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ – the Word of God; the key is love. Two greatest commandments of love {love to God and love to the others – Deuteronomy 6:4–6; 30:19–20; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:37–40} are the essence of the Law – the Law, which is the essence of human heart {Deuteronomy 30:11–14}.

And I think of the inner harmony and logic of the Law that is given us to learn, to fulfill, and to make the reality of life:

 

our God is perfect Love

by love and mercy of God this world still exists

because of the love of God, we have chance to enter the Eternity with God

{Matthew 5:44–48; John 3:16–17; 1 John}

consequently, what else but love can compensate insufficiency of

our abilities of reasoning and of understanding the nature of things?

What else can bring the end to suffering and despair?

 

        Love is the greatest compensatory function of the mind–soul–heart, which – even when it is no knowledge – awakes the compassion, clears the vision, and allows with the lightning speed to penetrate depth of the heart and to understand sorrows of another human being. Love enables us to share with those insufficient and afflicted that what was given to us, even if we think that we do not have enough for ourselves.

Loving and merciful heart–soul–mind*1*  works in the same rhythm that the divine energy, which sustains life of the world: it is born of God, it is opened for the divine Love, and it is the dwelling of God {John 1:12–13; 13:34; 14:23; 1 John 4:13–21}, thus, the part of God’s Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is within us, and the key that opens it for us and for the others is love…

 

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*1*   See the concept of mind in posting  Deliverance ––  January 17, 2010, Note 1.

 

 

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108. Sunday, May 2, 2010

 

Thinking of the Wholeness

 

 

The Lord our God is One Lord,

and you shall love the Lord your God

with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,

and with all you strength…

…you shall love your neighbor as yourself…

{Mark 12:29–31}

 

 

It was the beginning, when the most important knowledge was conveyed to the chosen people of Israel:

 

the Lord our God is One Lord. And thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy mind,

and with all thy soul, and all thy power… these words shall be in thy heart and in thy soul.

The word {the commandments of God} is in thy mouth, and in thy heart and in thine hands to do it…

to love the Lord thy God, to hearken His voice, and to cleave to Him, for this is thy life…

…and thou shall love your neighbor as thyself…

{Deuteronomy 6:4–6; 30:14, 20; Leviticus 19:18}.

 

In the New Testament, God reiterates the two greatest commandments  – love to God and love to the others; they are the foundation of the Law and the revelations given through the Prophets and the condition of life {Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:27–28}.

These words define the essence of man and the purpose of life

–– man is the wholeness, the unity of heart–soul–mind*1*  and strength*2* ; the core of this wholeness, or its focus, is love to God

–– observance of the Law must be the manner and meaning of life and the pledge of the Future

–– love to God must become thoughts, words, and actions of man.

Love to God and love to the others are inseparable, because a human being is created in image and after likeness of God: all are the same; all are included into the wholeness of the world created and sustained by the divine Love.

Consequently, he who loves God, by the definition, by the nature, should love the others who also carry within the same image and likeness of God. Otherwise, there is no wholeness, and if there is no wholeness, there is no life.  When St. John the Apostle writes about love to God, he asks: how the one could love God Whom he has not seen if he does not love the brother whom he has seen {1 John 4:20}?

And I think that to love God is as natural as to breathe, although there is no chance to see Him and live {Exodus 33:20}: He is love and life, light and hope, peace and knowledge, deliverance, refuge from distress, comfort in suffering, power in weakness, freedom, and salvation, and everything good of the heart–soul–mind. The second greatest commandment is the most difficult from all that must be done in this life, and particularly difficult, because those, who should be loved, have been seen: is anyone left who needs love of the others? For instance, who could understand, believe in existence, or accept love in the society in which

–– the very meaning of love is forgotten and porno, gushing dirt, perversion, and hypocrisy took the place of human dignity, honor, and modesty

–– lies, deceit, and hatred became the common language

–– crimes, abuse, bullying and vice took the place of justice, benevolence, and virtue

–– the propaganda, which is poured through the politically correct media, took the place of unbiased information

–– contemporary society with each day falls deeper and deeper into the pit of atheism and corruption

–– poisonous alien ideologies penetrate the very fabric of life, eat out freedoms, and destroy traditional values on which the society has been founded…

How it is possible to love the others in whom there is nothing human, and Love has nowhere to lay the head and has no place to call “home” {Luke 9:58; John 14:23}…

 

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*1* see the concept of mind in posting  The Deliverance – January 17, 2010, Note 1

 

*2*  in the Septuagint, it is δυναμεως – physical power to accomplish actions, it is the property of a human body within the material world; in the New Testament, the physical power becomes ισχυος – strength, because the human mind is prepared to see beyond limits of the world of the matter. Although meaning of strength includes the ability to contemplate the use of power and to use it wisely, strength defines also the power of human spirit.

 

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 109. Sunday, May 9, 2010

 

Thinking of the Way to the Home

 

 

And where I go you know, and the way you know…

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

No one comes to the Father except through Me…

{John 14:4, 6}

 

 

It is the time of the last supper of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with His disciples. The Son of God, the Word–God should move from this world to the Father Who sent Him. God tells those who have to complete their mission: they know where He goes and they know the way to follow Him. Thomas asks the Lord: they do not know the place, and how can they know the way? The Lord tells Thomas (and with him, all of those who want to be or already are His followers): “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Then, Philip also asks: show us the Father and it suffices us. Again, the Lord answers: “The one seeing Me has seen the Father. I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.” The Father abides in His Son: He speaks and He does work. Also, the Lord already told them that He and the Father are One {John 13:1–3; 14:1–10; 10:30}.

Through the Apostles of Lord God Jesus Christ, the world received the Gospels – the detailed instructions how to reach the place where Lord Jesus Christ is – the house of God the Father, and the description of the way, which leads to the house of the Father, where Lord God and Savior prepared the place for all those who come.

There are multitudes of religions, cults, ways of life, manners of thinking, laws, rules, and norms in this world into which we are born to learn our lessons and to prove by thoughts, words, and deeds our suitability for the purposes of God, so we would enter the house of our Father. Yet, how to find the only way home, how to learn the only truth that opens treasures of wisdom and illuminates the path, and how to obtain life everlasting after our journey through the valley of death is completed?

For us, the Christians, this knowledge is simple, yet absolute: only our Lord God Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; He is the Light that shines in the darkness of our present and illuminates the path into our future. For us, another truth does not exist. It means that in the matters of Christian faith there is no compromise. The Way is definite: there is no other way. The Truth is written with the human language, which nevertheless, unifies us with the Word–God, and we do not need other truths. The Life is our Lord God and Savior; there is no one else.

The Apostles left the warning and comprehensive instructions concerning the false teachers and apostates: how to recognize them and how to protect our faith and knowledge of truth. We have promise of God: the Holy Spirit comes to teach, to guide, to comfort, and to save those who observe the commandments of God. Even if an angel comes from heaven and does not speak the words of the Gospels – he is evil, which has to be thrown out. We must not trust the others, especially, in the matters of faith. We have God Himself as the Father, Teacher, Shepherd, Love, and Life {Matthew 23:8–11; John 14:15–17, 23–27; 2 Peter 2:1–22; 2 John 6–9; Galatians 1:6–9}. We, the Christians, have our God; for us, there is no other teacher, shepherd, father, universal supreme being/substitute of God, infallible “divine person,” etc.

And I think of the contemporary theology: after centuries of penetration by philosophy and heresies, it became quite comprehensive collection of false teachings and the means of spreading heresies and of enslaving the mind. Today, the words of Jeremiah the Prophet spoken twenty–six centuries ago concerning the false pen of scribes are again the complete reality of our existence: the lies of men took the place of the Law of God, the word of God is rejected, and there is no wisdom in those who should be wise {Jeremiah 8:8–9}. The corruption has spread so deeply that even some leaders of Christian Churches do not hesitate to accept “honorary” degrees from those who propagate sacrilegious heresies and exercise in blasphemies against our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ; just look into the core of event: a Christian accepts “honor” from the enemies of our faith who – as St. Paul the Apostle warned – do not have the Holy Spirit of God within {1 Corinthians 12:3}. The ecumenical councils and groups, which include the papal servants trained in blasphemies against Lord God Jesus Christ, yet carrying the “grace” of papal office, distribute “guidance to ecumenism,” secretly work on “compromises” and “reconciliations,” coin wordings to cover willingness to become the slaves of man “sitting on the place of God,” and rush to thunder unification with the heretics, which deprived their flock even from the Cup of Eucharist given by God Himself.

The reality is that societies undergo intense secularization, radicalization, and bestialization; these processes are inseparable from hatred to the Christian teachings and to our God. The contemporary societies have reversed into the same state of corruption, heathenism and hypocrisy, which was the daily life before the first coming of the Word–God. The only difference: the scales of evil and human sacrifices have increased greatly, and the accumulated weapons of mass destruction are capable to instantly exterminate incomparably more human beings than all imperial armies exterminated during the centuries of existence of the Roman Empire.

In this time of trial and test of our faith and love to God, only the Gospels can open the Way and help to find the Truth, in which is our salvation and life.

However, the work of those who now “edit” the Holy Bible, who are re–writing the words of God to justify own perversion and to exclude from the Holy Scriptures the definitions of sin, references to gender, and other “insults” to the contemporary opponents of the Christian teachings, who attempt to make the words of God politically correct propaganda of vice and evil, is almost complete. Soon the new “bible” might become the official version of the Holy Bible, and those media channels, which serve enemies of the Christian faith, will distribute fervently the new “revelation.”  Before this happens, those who identify themselves as Christians and have in their possession the Holy Scriptures should memorize by the heart the commandments of God, so their children will find their way to truth and life.  

Indeed, many ancient tribes conveyed their knowledge verbally, from father to son; now there is the time to recall that the only true possession of man are the knowledge of God and love to God living in his heart and mind. Only inner truth, which became the essence on heart and mind, cannot be taken away without taking life. Yet, we must not be afraid of death of a body {Matthew 10:28–31}: for us, death is the beginning of new life.

We should reinvent the practice to teach our children to memorize the Holy Scriptures, to know them by heart, so the words of God will fill their mind, strengthen their will, and reveal the sacred truth, which is forbidden or unwelcome now in the public schools, libraries, courts, government, military, and business offices.

Without knowledge of the words of God, our children have no protection from false, corruption, perversion, vice and other evil realities of daily life, especially, from the poisonous alien ideologies of hatred and death, which now are victoriously spreading over the world that forgot or rejected the Word–God.

Only the words of God would shield the mind and the heart of a child from corruption carrying by movies, violent games, flow of porno and other dirt, that is pouring out through all media and social networks, public education. It is not coincidence, that the main attack now is directed against Christian teachings and the Holy Scriptures: only the words, knowledge, and love of God are able to protect us and our children from

–– spiritual submission to the new masters with their hatred to the Christians and with their ideology of assassins and body–mutilating and reason–silencing laws

–– the destiny, which is worse than death: slavery of sin, idolatry, and perversion.

The message of David the king and prophet and the Apostles should encourage us in the war that will not end until this world of cognition of evil exists: God is our strength, refuge, hope, and salvation; our faith is the victory over the world, and we are invincible because our strength is not in the power of weapon or armies, but in the Spirit of Almighty God. God is our protector, and wisdom, and light, and life everlasting; before Him, all empires and powers of the world are as dust dissipating under the wind {Psalm 26:1–3, 14; 30:25; Zacharias 4:1; Daniel 2:31–45;1 John 5:4; Ephesians 6:10–17}.

Although as the Christians, we must love, do, and wish well to all – good and evil, righteous and sinners, friends and enemies {Matthew 5:43–48}, we also have to remember that love, charity, and mercy do not include

–– submission to the alien propaganda

–– unreserved acceptance of alien religions, cults, manner of life

–– permission to corrupt our children.

We should always remember that

–– we  are not obliged to give the unfaithful and the enemies of our faith and our country the place in our life

–– we have no duties to admit the unfaithful and the enemies into our house and into the circle of our friends

–– we must not give the holy to the dogs, nor throw our pearls before the pigs {Matthew 7:6}.


We know who we are, what the true human dignity is, and what the meaning of life is {John 1:1–5, 9–13;1 Peter 2:9–10; 1 John 3:1–3; 2 John 9–11; Romans 8:14–18, 35–39; 1 Corinthians 7:23; 10:20–21; 2 Corinthians 4:6–18; 5:1; 6:14–18}. This knowledge must always be the essence of heart and soul, the inner treasure of mind, the guidance to the actions, and the reality of life; otherwise, we deserve all the evils that are coming…

 

 

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110. Sunday, May 16, 2010

 

Thinking of the Healing

 

…What is easier: to say “your sins have been forgiven you” or to say “rise up and walk”?  …

{Luke 5:23}

 

On one of the days, Lord God Jesus Christ was teaching Pharisees and teachers of the law who came from every village of Galilee and Judea, and from Jerusalem. The house was overcrowded, and it was no access to the Lord. Some men brought the paralyzed man to be placed before the Lord so he would be healed, yet they could not enter. Then, they came on the housetop and through the tiles, brought the sick man on the cot down, to the floor, before the Lord. Seeing their faith, the Lord told: “Man, your sins have been forgiven you.” Those around Him became to think that no one is able to forgive sins but God only, and they have heard blasphemy. Knowing their thoughts, the Lord asked them: What is easier: to say “your sins have been forgiven you,” or to say “rise up and walk”? To let them know that the Son of man has authority on the earth to forgive sins, He told paralyzed man: rise up, take your cot, and go to your house. So, the paralyzed man went away healed, and the people were seized with amazement; being filled with fear, they glorified God {Luke 5:17–26}.

There are at least three lessons in this text from the Gospels:

a/ to obtain forgiveness of sins is more important than to restore physical health

b/ healing of a body begins with healing of the soul that is sick (insufficient) because of committed sins

c/ God always answers those who ask Him with faith and perseverance.

And I think of the health and well–being: there are not much of these blessings now. The history of mankind, and firstly, history of ancient Israel, illustrates that the overall vitality of a human being, well–being and health of the entire nation, as well as efficiency and effectiveness of human establishments mirror connection with God and reveal degrees of observation or violation of the Law of God.

As of today, one of the decisive components that is necessary for healing and that is the first in the remedy for mental, physical, political, religious, social and other evils, became unavailable. This component is faith – knowledge of God, trust in God, and love to God: faith*1*  is the greatest wisdom and treasure of the human mind. If to read the Holy Bible, it becomes evident that in all cases when the Lord healed the sick, faith always was the necessary condition of revelation of the power of God.  Faith is the only thing, which God mentioned as something He came to seek in His creation {Luke 18:8}. Faith is the victory over the world of evil; faith is knowledge of the Past; faith opens the eyes of reason for comprehension of the Present; faith is foreknowledge of the Future promised by God {1 John 3:1–2; 5:4; Hebrews 11:1–40; 12:1–3; Revelation 21:1–4, 7; 22:1–5}.

Yet, even mentioning of God is forbidden in many government and public offices, courts, schools, military and other establishments. Those who tolerate “ban on God” and extermination of Christianity have forgotten or never knew the simple truth: the building is stable and safe for living until its foundation is stable, undamaged, and uncontaminated. It means that if the nation was founded on faith and trust in God, its destruction comes through destruction of its foundation – faith and trust in God.

And this is exactly that what is happening right now. Our world has entered into the phase of unmanageable collapse and it disintegrates more and more with each minute of time:

–– everything that we hold precious, everything we have, and everything we have built – faith, health, wealth, laws, justice and order, personal liberties and rights, human dignity, safety, national pride and self–esteem, dignity of citizenship (with the pledge of allegiance which mentions one nation under the God), respect to those who did our wars and died defending the country, to those who lost health in the service of the nation, and to those who made the wars started by “democratically elected” evils and covered by the slogans of “safety and protection of freedom”– everything is denigrated, devaluated, despised. Even cross on the grave of soldier and the cross as a sign of war memorial became the objects of hatred…

–– the country is devastated and impoverished by the decades of miscalculations and mistakes committed by those who were trusted with the highest authority, yet who were guided by astrological–occult–mythical thinking, greed, false pride, and personal interests and who overlooked penetration of the enemies, re–focusing on the foreign interests, robbery of the country’s wealth, and destruction of the protective structures and establishments…

–– corruption, greed, and incompetence of the politicians and anger of the people have led into the trap of the contemporary crisis, which accelerates destruction of the traditional values and institutions, and which will culminate in political, social, and financial bankruptcy of the country that in the Past was the Promised Land of freedom, the richest and the most advanced nation–state on the Earth…

        –– the borders are open and there is neither wisdom nor power to stop penetration of enemies, terrorists, drug–smugglers, criminals, who as the vultures flow to snatch the piece of disintegrating flesh…

If we allow continuation of denigration of the ideals on which the country was built, it means that we became the nation of paralyzed slaves managed by fear, poisoned by propaganda, corrupted and debilitated by false and vice, rushing into atheism–marxism–socialism–communism–other slaughter cages, and incapable to beseech forgiveness of God and consequently, to regain health and freedoms. There is no wisdom left to understand the truth: without God, healing of sins and restoration of health and sound reasoning will never come. Yet, the only Source of wisdom – God – is rejected.

God created human beings to be free and gave them the world in which they have to exercise their free will and to live according to their choices. By own free will, the human mind

–– either opens itself to the healing power of the Creator, lives by God, and creates the free and prosperous world, which reflects its knowledge and love to God

–– or rejects God, closes itself for the healing power of the Almighty Father, falls into the slavery of evil, and becomes the withered branch incapable of creation of the good, therefore, unsuitable for the life according to own divine nature. Yet, the withered branches have the end – proper and deserved: fire of annihilation…

 

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*1* See concept of Faith in posting  Introduction to Christianity,  part 3.

 

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111. Sunday, May 23, 2010

 

Thinking of the Mirror

 

…accursed is the earth in thy labours…

…and dust shall come down from heaven…

…the land shall mourn and shall be diminished with all who dwell in it…

…and the fish of the see shall be extinguished…

{Genesis 3:17; Deuteronomy 28:24; Hosea 4:3}

 

It began in the very beginning: the connection of man with the earth was established as the indicator of the overall human health – the mirror of righteousness and corruption of men. It is written in the Holy Scriptures:

–– for man’s sin before God, the earth became accursed {Genesis 3:17; 4:9–12}

–– because of the wicked actions, evil mind and heart, and corruption of men, all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth, and the earth was filled with iniquities; for the utter corruption, all living creatures have been exterminated by the Flood {Genesis 6:6–8, 12–13; 7:4, 10–12, 17–24}

–– for perversion and degeneration of human nature, the beautiful and fertile land was burned along with the inhabitants and became the dead ground {Genesis 13:10, 13; 18:20; 19:1–25, 28}

–– for disobedience to God, for idol–worship, for rejection and violation of the Law of God, the land is destined to become the means of extermination of mankind: dust shall come down from the heaven as the rain, fertile lands will degenerate into the waste ground, forests and rivers disappear along with their inhabitants, sea creatures will come to extinction, strange and incurable diseases will multiply {Deuteronomy 28:24–48; 29:23; Isaiah 1:4–7}

–– the earth mourns and the world is ruined, because the earth has sinned by sins of her inhabitants: they have transgressed the Law, and changed God’s ordinances, even the everlasting covenant of God with man; they have made the chosen land into a place of desolation. Therefore, the curse shall consume the earth, her inhabitants shall be poor and few men shall be left {Deuteronomy 29:24–27; Isaiah 24:1–6; Zacharias 7:14}.

The history of ancient Israel reveals that God made the Promised Land the training ground on which the people had to understand the correlation man⇐⇒nature , and where they had to learn the connection between

 

a/ condition of the land

 

and

 

b/ righteousness of man as his love to God and ability to observe the Law of God

or unrighteousness of man as his rejection of God and inability to observe the Law of God.

 

The land where man was granted the laws and knowledge of God was more than just a land or a place of dwelling: God cared for this land and distinguished it by His presence {Deuteronomy 11:10–17}. The invisible but unbreakable links connected the Israelites with the Promised Land, where God visited and ruled His people. The condition of the land vividly illustrated the connections between men and the Earth they have to keep and dominate:

–– when the people sinned against God and perverted own nature, the land suffered the consequences (desolation, fire, and drought); she became the ground on which four weapons of annihilation were unleashed: “sword, famine, evil beasts, and pestilence”

–– the righteousness of the people and their loyalty to God resulted in abundance of rain, plentiful harvest, and good seasons

–– when the people went to serve “other gods” – idols and violated the Law, God cast them out, sent to exile, or transferred the possession of the land to the nations whose idols the Israelites accepted as gods {Exodus 23:32–33; 34:14–16; Leviticus 20:22–24; Deuteronomy 7:12–13; 11:16–17; 28:11–12, 47–48; Ezekiel 14:12–21; Isaiah 1:4,7; 9:19; Jeremiah 5:19; 7:3–15; 9:7–16; 25:8–11; Amos 4:7–11}.

The Prophets identified {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 28:15–20; 30:15–20; Isaiah 24:1–13; 26:20–21; 30:8–14; Hosea 4:1–3, 6–12; 5:1–4; 7:1–16; Ezekiel 22:1–13, 26–31; 33:25–29} the reasons of corruption, idol–worship, crimes against God and His creations (men, the living creatures, the earth), lawlessness, perversion, which bring disasters for the land, suffering, poverty and distress of the people, diseases and degeneration of mind and body: they all stem from the same root. This root is rejection of God and violation of the Law of God known as The Ten Commandments, and especially, violation of the greatest of them – love to God and love to the others {Mark 12:29–31}.

Why violations of the Law of God trigger suffering and ultimately, annihilation? The answer is simple: the Law of God determines and controls the nature, therefore life and death, of God’s creations. For instance, fish is not able to live and breathe without water – if taken out of its natural habitat, it slowly suffocates; similarly, the mind does not live without the Word–God. As water is the natural environment for fish, in similar way, Love of God is the life for His creations.

If life is wanted, a human being must answer to the Love of God; this answer is love to God and love to all His creations. The meaning of human love to God is simple: observance of commandments of God. Observance of commandments of God makes man the dwelling and the temple of God and opens the life everlasting {John 11:25–26; 14:15–17, 23; 15:9–10}.

Today, the warning given through the Old Testament Prophets looks like the digest of the daily news: volcanic ashes became as the rain clouds; in time, they will come down at the land as the poisonous rain; the land, the rivers, the seas, the oceans are utterly polluted; the flesh of fishes from, for instance, the river Seine in the heart of Europe as well as from the Chesapeake Bay in the US, became the poison; humans behave as the beasts of prey: they kill, torture, and abuse other humans, especially the weakest – children, the old, the sick, the disadvantaged.

If to judge by the actual conditions, even the most optimistic mind inevitably would come to the conclusion that the earth is slowly dying {slowly as of today, because at the some point of time, the processes of relatively slow (and in some spheres still latent) disintegration will trigger instant collapse – Isaiah 30:12–14} along with the living creatures of air, land, and sea. St. Peter the Apostle reminds us of the end of the first earth destroyed by water, yet this time the end will come as annihilation by the fire {Genesis 9:8–11; Isaiah 33:9–12; 34:1–4;  2 Peter 3:7}.

And I think of the terrifying symbolic meaning, which might be seen in the current events.

Today, nobody is able to infer and describe the processes, which purified the earth from the remnants of the living creatures exterminated by the Flood {Genesis 7:10–24; 8:1–3, 5}. The only thing that is evident is that somehow, the dead biomass was gathered into the reservoirs under the ground and under the seafloor where it became the substance known today as oil, petroleum, or fossil fuel. These reservoirs have been sealed to prevent pollution and to safe the living creatures that later populated the earth from contacts with the remnants of ancient death. However, the eventual discovery of oil provided the fuel – in literal and direct sense – for the technical progress. Generally speaking, the technical progress during last centuries is based on the physical consuming of the remnants of the dead: the today’s world lives by harvesting the fruits of death of the ancient world, which cognized the complete evil and – as the completion of the cognized evil – met own annihilation.

        The history of ancient world leads to the only possible conclusion: the heathenism is not only the evil inheritance of the pre–Flood earth, which survived in the memory of the son of Noah and with curse and slavery entered the post–Flood earth {Genesis 9:18–27}; the heathenism is the completeness of cognition of evil.

To the contrary, the knowledge of God and God’s likeness in the earth –– the original human nature  –– is the apex of cognition of the good, the beginning of the way, which leads a human being in the house of the Father and Creator {John 14:1–26}. The knowledge of God and His Law were given to the people in the heathen world populated by idol–worshipers who lived by evil: they sacrificed own children to the figments of own imagination and committed all perversions and crimes against the nature they were able to imagine. Since, with the knowledge of God and through observance of His commandments, each human mind must defeat and nullify the knowledge of evil. Only knowledge and love of God gives the power to turn to the good; without knowledge of good, the purpose, which man was created to achieve, cannot be achieved and existence of mankind cannot be justified.

With the revelation of The Ten Commandments, the human civilization began.

After revelation of The Ten Commandments, the history of the world became the history of incessant war of

 

the evil  –––  with the good


hatred with love


the human beast–enemy of God  –––  with the human being–child and likeness of God


perversion and degeneration of mind and body with the consequent

disorder and disintegration culminating in death  –––  with the virtue, law, and order,

which compose the meaning of the true nature, therefore, life


insanity and madness  –––  with the faith and wisdom.

 

The essence of this war is the irreconcilable difference between the good and the evil and incompatibility of the good with the evil: either the good or the evil; there is no compromise, nor reconciliation, nor peaceful co–existence. With the knowledge of God – the knowledge of the Absolute Good, Lord Jesus Christ,  the Word–God, had cast the Fire into the earth; He did not bring peace, but the sword; He did not bring the unity, but rather ultimate division among His creations {Matthew 10:34–37; Luke 12:49–53}. We, His followers – the Christians, are the warriors in the deadliest war, which ever existed in the earth: within the hostile world that serves the evil, we have to exterminate the evil from own heart–soul–mind, to acquire complete knowledge of the good, and to embody the good into own thoughts, words, and actions, so the mind would obtain the peace of God {John 14:27; 15:1–27; Ephesians 3:14–19; 4:17–24; 6:10–18; Colossians 1:9–23}. If humankind wants to live, the ancient evil of heathenism must disappear from the face of the earth, and firstly, from the human mind. 

However, as of today, the knowledge of evil, patterns of crimes and perversion along with implicit and explicit instructions how to embody the evil into personal, political, and social life are gushing through all sources of information including religious, educational, research, political and social institutions, hierarchical churches, media, and other establishments. Ancient death of reason –– the heathenism –– in its contemporary clothes of atheism, marxism, socialism, darwinism, political ideology, ecumenism, feminism, cults, ideologies of death, etc. is gushing into the mind of the living as the flow of the remnants of ancient flesh –– the oil is gushing into the sea from the unsealed reservoir in the Gulf of Mexico…

We, the ordinary people, might never learn the true reason of this disaster:

 

was it apotheosis of professional incompetence

 

or

 

unhappy accidental failure of man–made equipment,

 

or

 

was it the deliberate act of war against our country intended to accomplish one or all of the following purposes:

 

        a) to prevent the country from achievement of independence from the foreign countries, and to make her a permanent servant of the foreign interests

        b) to bring further destruction into the country already impoverished by the decade of war and thus, to avenge the wars waged by the Americans for protection of the foreign interests

        c) to strengthen political discord, to illustrate incompetence, unpreparedness, and inability of the authorities to deal with disasters of all scales, and therefore, to fortify the ground for civil unrest and instability, which might culminate in civil war, therefore, might result, for instance, in disappearance of the country from the group of the main players at the world arena?

 

The truth will be hidden; instead, plenty of conspiracy theories, politically correct explanations, slogans, and lies will be poured out in attempts to fashion the public opinion, to justify the actions of politicians, to reveal or to cover up political and professional incompetence of authorities, to deepen division of population, to increase dissatisfaction, cynicism, and hostility of people, therefore, to accelerate devastation and destruction of the country…

Whatever happens, it will not return to life all those creatures of the sea and the land destined to perish because of the actions of men, and it will not restore the original beauty of the earth polluted and diminished because of the evil of men…

 

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112. Sunday, May 30, 2010

 

Thinking of Discernment of Times

 

 

…When you see the cloud rising up from the west, you instantly say:

storm is coming, and it happens so…

Hypocrites! you know to discern the face of the earth and of the heaven,

but how you do not discern this time?

And why do you not judge what is proper even of yourselves?

{Luke 12:54–57}

 

 

It was the time to tell men why the Creator came into the world, which they re–did by their thoughts and actions and corrupted with the accumulated knowledge of evil. Word–God has to cast the Fire into the earth; He did not come to bring peace, but rather ultimate division among His creations {Luke 12:49–51}. He rebukes the listeners in hypocrisy {Luke 12:54–57}: they discern the face of the earth, yet, they do not recognize the time, and they cannot infer the future from their own condition, that what they became.

These words of God remind us that the main criteria of judgment and conditions of foreknowledge and wisdom live in our heart: it is the Law of God {Deuteronomy 30:10–14}. The Law of God, The Ten Commandments, describes the human nature created into the image and after likeness of God; this Law is the essence of conscience, the inner judge that evaluates thoughts, words, and deeds and determines destiny of man. As St. John the Apostle writes, if our heart does not condemn us, it means that we live by truth and observe the commandments of God {1 John 3:19–24}.

        And I think that the human heart–soul–mind is not only the vessel that carries the Law; it is the pattern of the world that men build. The mind creates destiny of the world with own thoughts, and the knowledge of the Law allows deciphering and comprehension of the Future. Consequently, if the mind desires to know the Future, it needs to evaluate itself by the Law of God. Then, the current disasters, problems, and achievements become the features of image – reflection of the mind and omen of the Future…

 

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