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by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

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 91. Sunday, January 3, 2010

 

Thinking of the Essence of Knowledge…

 

 

…Know that the Lord He is God;

He made us, and not we ourselves;

we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture…

{Psalm 99:3}

 

Life is the process of creation, acceptance, accumulation, and transfer of knowledge. Everything we perceive, hear, see, feel, discern, infer, comprehend is intended to carry and convey information. Information is the specific form of energy, which sustains reality of human mind–intelligence–reasoning. The mind consumes energy–information: it classifies, analyzes, combines, correlates, and intertwines new information with already accumulated information; it infers the laws, which underlie the described events, evaluates significance, and so on. Eventually, the mind creates new knowledge and begins the next cycle of cognition. The chain of the cycles of cognition ends in the moment of physical death of a body, when the human mind–soul–spirit sheds its earthly clothing–dust and returns to the Creator.  

Would the human mind–soul–spirit have the discernible physical or material form–body, the flesh of this body would be knowledge; the blood of this body would be the stream of energy–information, which sustains existence of each cell as well as of the wholeness of the entire being. The image and likeness of God define the human nature. The Holy Scriptures named the life–creating and life–sustaining power – this power is the breath of God: by the breath of God a human being becomes the living soul {Genesis 2:7}. “The breath of God” refers to the divine energy of creation. The human mind lives by the divine energy, which creates this something that we discern as

–– knowledge

–– information

–– reasoning, thinking, faculty of deliberation, an ability to comprehend

–– the ability to identify the Law of God behind each event/phenomenon and to apply the Law for arrangement and preservation of own life – that what is known as wisdom.

David the shepherd, prophet, and king left description of life and death: God sends forth His Spirit, and all living beings are created; when the Spirit of God departs, the creatures of flesh die and turn into the dust {Psalm 103(104):27–30;144(145):15–16}. If to continue comparison of life of human mind–soul –the energy form with life of a physical body – the structure of matter, it might be said that

–– the life–giving food, with which the mind exists–develops–grows–matures–reaches the highest potency, is the Word of God

–– the air by which the mind breathes is the life–creating power of the Spirit of God

–– the unifying or cohesive power – the power that creates and sustains wholeness and harmony of life – is the Love of God.

Inseparable unity of the Word of God, the Spirit of God, and the Love of God creates and sustains existence of the world, in which the human mind has to mature–evolve, to cognize love and mercy of God, to acquire wisdom, and to fulfill the will of God. By the Word of God the human mind is fed, by the Spirit of God it exists, and by the Love of God it matures–reaches the perfection–optimum–readiness for the next phase of existence in the eternal kingdom of God. The omnipotent almighty Power – Love of God, preserves life–existence of the world and all those created by God. This Power sustains the wholeness: the ability of mind–soul to live, to survive, and to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which the human mind–soul exists. Without this wholeness {or the undivided in its righteousness heart, which knows and loves God and observes His Law – the Law that opens the eternal life – Deuteronomy 30:11–20; Malachi 4:4–6; Matthew 5:17–18; Luke 1:17; John 5:38–42, 46; 12:44–50} the mind–soul is not able to accommodate the Word of God and to acquire wisdom in its Present; without the Word of God, nothing will enter the life everlasting in its Future {John 12:46–50}.

  Many hundreds of years, many generations learned by heart the texts of the Holy Scriptures and observed the Law until the human mind became able to recognize God in His creation, to learn the essence of knowledge, to understand the essence of man, and to comprehend the ultimate revelation given by the Word–God {Psalm 99(100):3; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Isaiah 40:21–31; John 6:32–40, 47–69; 10:11, 27–30}. All and everything of man is God; this is the essence of knowledge, the meaning of everything that has significance, and this is the highest wisdom for the sake of which man lives. Yet, as of today, this highest wisdom remains unreachable for many.

Although many efforts and funds are spent to alleviate hunger, poverty, and illiteracy, the hunger of souls–minds deprived of the knowledge of God is overlooked. During many centuries, false teachers and corrupted priests in their obsession with absolute earthly authority defiled and perverted the Christian teachings and misinterpreted the words of God: they covered their immorality, corruption, and crimes against humanity with the name of God; they made the Law of life into lies of death; they took the key of understanding, yet, they did not enter, and they closed the door for the others {John 8:24, 43–47}. They are responsible for the loss of faith and the consequences: the contemporary depravity, degeneration of the moral and cultural life, and advanced self–annihilation of the Western civilization*1*.

Today, the politically correct politicians, propagandists, and traitors of all kinds and ranks are afraid even mention the name of God, because the memory of God would awake conscience. However, awakening of the conscience must not be allowed, because conscience has the right definition for betrayal of the interests of the people: crime before God and crime before men. Then, if there is no God, nothing good is: wisdom, happiness, hope, light of reason – everything good and humane has left the contemporary societies; there is no more Spirit of life, and life itself is gone. The time of flesh–eating predators came: where the cadaver is, there the eagles will be gathered {Matthew 24:28}.

And I think: the attempts to find reasons for the system failures, for disintegration of the societies and the establishments created to protect people and countries from enemies, for the scourge of violence and senseless crimes, and for the utter corruption at all levels of political, social, and religious institutions became pointless. God supports all that are failing and sets up all that is broken down {Psalm 145(146):14}, yet, the contemporary “philosophers” proclaimed “death of God,” and with this slogan, identified the reason of own degeneration and accelerating annihilation. What is possible to find if there is no  Λογος – the Source of human wisdom, and therefore, there is neither wisdom nor essential knowledge of life including the art of self–preservation? Who is able to restore, for instance, the failing majesty if no one knows the Source of strength? Even if some still possess the knowledge sufficient to sustain the disintegrating systems for a while, those at the higher levels of the hierarchies have so many other priorities besides the interests of their nations and so many compromises to make, that they have no possibility to choose the right decisions and simply discard the warnings and the information unsuitable for their balancing on the rope over abyss.

It might be acknowledged: the Western civilization entered the advanced stage of self–annihilation, which is inevitable for any system that has perverted own nature. The irreversible disintegration proceeds with

–– false theological knowledge, neo–heathenism, atheism, materialism, ignorance, and loss of right judgment, which facilitate advancement of destructive ideologies, cult of death, ecumenism, and other movements inconsistent with true human nature, Christian faith, and the very meaning of life–preservation; they fuel social and political unrest and deepen corruption; in general, the manifestations of idol–worshiping assumed enormous even global proportions 

–– depopulation of the lands resulting from abortions, homosexuality, mutations, which make natural reproduction impossible, inherited and self–inflicted diseases of mind and body, drug and other addictions, suicides, military conflicts, civil unrest, eco– and other kinds of terrorism

–– epidemic violence and crimes in all spheres of human activities and all social, religious, and political institutions – civil, financial, educational, scientific, military, research, etc., which follow loss of faith and its first consequences: cynicism and corruption

–– degeneration of arts and culture – the abilities to create the good are the first to leave the perverted mind. For example, the general pattern defines the overall contents of entertainment: evil as deprivation of good. Movies, shows, games, books, social nets carry messages of deprivation of good repute through seduction, fornication, and adultery, deprivation of wealth through deceit and thievery, deprivation of life through murder, deprivation of mental and physical health through rape, beating, torture, poisoning. Monsters, vampires, demons, all imaginable embodiments of supernatural evil took place of normal human beings; they tramp over humans and become obsession of teenagers; they march from the screens into the daily life as labels and pictures on clothing, bedding, plates, furniture, etc. Commercial success and popularity of movies, TV shows, and books depend on quantity of shown or described sexual acts, violations of The Ten Commandments, especially murders, sadistic tortures, and other perversions: the more inhumane the overall mixture is the more spectators or readers it attracts and the more similar crimes it triggers. It looks like the contemporary commercial art and mass culture serve the only purposes to erase the image of God from the memory of men and to portray mankind as the herd of beasts in which nothing humane left

–– impoverishment following the non–interrupting military conflicts, flawed social, economical, educational, financial and other policies based on the false assumptions generated by the logic of simplification in all spheres of research and analysis.

        Currently, only the patterns of destruction and self–annihilation adequately describe many of the systems, which have been created to maintain and protect existence of the Western societies.  

        Consequently, the disintegrating societies and depopulated lands are actively assimilated by the enemies of the Western world. The patterns of the Phoenician civilization*2*  are easily detectable in the strategy of successful – as of today – assimilation and advancement of the enemies: they are not at the threshold; they already entered the house and became the masters. They have penetrated all systems – life–controlling (e.g., law–creating), maintaining (government, media, education, finance, business), and preserving (research, military); now they begin to define the most significant policies, to influence the social, political, economical, military decisions and, in summary, to accelerate the overall disintegration needed for complete destruction of the Western civilization and total assimilation of its remnants (enslaved population, lands, material assets). The biomass, in which nothing humane is left, is spreading through the countries killing, blowing up, mutilating, beheading bodies and perverting minds of those who are on its way, and no one is asking why it is so successful. One of the reasons is that its ideology gives something to fill the emptiness of minds, which do not know true God and which are fed up with lies and deceit of those who cover their perversion and crimes with the name of Christian teachings. Yet, all what this new slave–owner offers is death – physical death of those who will not accept its ideology, and spiritual death of the converts. All that is offered is death; all what is left – is death, and there nothing more: death of the reason always is followed by death of a body deprived of the reason.  

With understanding of the grave danger, in affliction and inability to find truth and to know where to search for salvation, people poison themselves with the false knowledge: they seek advice and predictions of the contemporary diviners*3*  – analysts, so–called “scientists,” and psychics – who promise end of difficulties and coming times of prosperity and growth. From where the prosperity and end of difficulties would come and who are able to help to reach them

–– scientists as those who are responsible for poisonous drugs developed for rodents and applied for humans, or as those responsible for “climate–gate,” or as those who deceive investors and consumers for the sake of profit and sell death under the labels of life–supporting and healing remedies?

–– politicians as those who betray and sell interests of their countries for bribes, donations, gifts, and political advancement?

–– financial “geniuses” as those who evaluate the actuality with simplified mathematical models, operate with the wealth, which exists only in their imagination, and deceive with false statistics and altered data intended to calm anger and soothe fears of impoverishing mass?

–– priests as those who sexually abuse and pervert children trusted to their care and as those who cover their political inspirations and lust for riches and power with religion?

–– teachers as those who forbid children to read the Bible and transform them into idol–worshipers, politically correct perverts, and slaves of those with the power of coercion and wealth?

–– governments as those which oppress and execute political dissidents and different–minded?

–– leaders who do not have solid moral foundation and knowledge needed to lead to prosperity and well–being, and who treat their followers as the herd suitable only to be processed in slaughterhouses – the societies and establishments run by idol–worshipers serving cults of death and corruption?

–– who else is left in discretion of the contemporary societies? Who is capable of creating the good and finding decision of the life–threatening problems if the very memory of God disappears from the daily life?

The ancient heathens said: when gods want to punish man they devoid him of reason. The contemporary heathens even the term “gods” are afraid to use and accepted other names for their idols; for instance, such as omnipotent science, wise leaders, flourishing democracy, political correctness, neo–conservatism as the nation–savior, green world, globalism as the new world order (with the implicit philosophical foundation that accommodates the doctrine of the world soul*4*, which was popular in the nineteenth–twentieth centuries, and which shaped Nietzsche’s philosophical ideas and influenced Adolf Hitler’s vision of the world order), and the others.

The reason–intellect–wisdom of man, the essence of knowledge, and the essence of everything are in God – our Creator, Father, Shepherd, and Teacher. There is no one else to help. If the mind of man is without God, such a man has no life in him {John 3:18, 36; 8:24} – nor living soul, nor wisdom. Without God, there is no Future with freedom, prosperity and happiness: slavery and perversion await those who lost faith and conscience. Without God, there is nothing human only disintegrating dust, which has to return into the dust…

 

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*1*  See the postings –

Thomas Aquinas – November 16, 2008

Political Theology – November 23, 2008

“Hierarchical Church” – November 30, 2008

“Church Militants” – December 7, 2008

Ecumenism – December 14, 2008

 

*2*  The aggressively seeking total domination, power, and wealth Phoenician civilization pursued the cancer–type of expansion. It was spread by human “cells” – the families, which carried the seed of civilization – its ideology, and slowly, yet, irreversibly assimilated–consumed the Mediterranean nations, which allowed them to enter their lands. The newcomers built settlements in new lands, opened their businesses, penetrated all circles of the societies they were able to penetrate, and exploited all opportunities of influence they could find. Ultimately, the rooted families established the bases – the centers, which sustained the further expansion and assimilation. The overall process reminds the spread of cancer through metastasis: mutated cells root themselves into the tissues and blood vessels; then, they produce new active cells carrying the attacking DNA, which penetrate other organs and transform the healthy before flesh of the host into the malignant tumor.

Concerning the Phoenicians, see the postings –

 

“Sacrifice humans, for sacrificial bulls perished” – March 3, 2008

Wisdom – April 20, 2008

Notes to Philosophy: the Foundation – October 26, 2008

The Curse of Cain – August 2, 2009

 

*3*  Concerning diviners, see the posting – Divination – June 28, 2009

 

*4*  Concerning world soul, see the posting – Falling Asleep – February 15, 2009

 

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92. Sunday, January 10, 2010

 

 

Thinking of the Impartiality of Perfection…

 

 

…He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good,

and sends rain on the just and the unjust…

be then, perfect, as your Heavenly Father perfect is…

{Matthew 5:45, 48}

 

 

        Lord God Jesus Christ commanded us, His followers, to imitate the mercy and perfection of God the Father Who is merciful and kind to the unthankful and evil ones: we must love the enemies, to bless those who curse us, to pray for those who abuse and persecute us, and to do well to those who hate us {Matthew 5:43–48; Luke 6:35–36}. We have learned the greatest miracle of our life – the all–embracing and all–forgiving love of God Who sent His Son to save the world and to reveal love and mercy of God the Father. Through the Word of God, the sinners, who knew nothing but evil and death, come from ignorance of sin to the knowledge of God, and instead of death, entered the life everlasting {John 15:9–17; 17:1–26; 1 John 3:16; 4:7–21; 5:11–12}.

        Lord God Jesus Christ did not come to judge the world – He came to save the world: to find the lost, to revive the dead, to heal the sick, to give vision to the blind. Salvation is in love and knowledge of God. Moses wrote the Law, and all the Scriptures are written to give knowledge of the Word of God. The Word–God will judge all in the Last Day, and His judgment is just and righteous. The judgment is defined by the faith and observance of the commandments of God: those who have faith and the Word within will not be judged. They are justified, because they love God and love the others: they are not able to inflict harm and evil on the others. Those who do not have faith and Word in them, are condemned: they have no love; they have no mercy to the others; they are the unbelievers capable of crimes against their brethren. However, even those who lived the life of sin and evil, yet who in their last moments wholeheartedly turn to God with the plea of forgiveness, even they might find salvation {Matthew 4:23–24; 10:8; 18:11–14; Luke 23:33–43; John 3:14–21; 5:21–46; 8:10–12, 15–16; 9:39; 11:21–26; 12:46–50; 1 John 3:4–18; Revelation 1:16; 19:11–16}.

        Until then, until the Last Day, the equal chance to have the sun and the rain – that is all God’s gifts, blessings, and opportunities called “life” – is the inseparable part of everybody’s time–range given to exercise the freedom to become either a child of God or a child of evil {John 1:1–4, 9–13; 3:3–7; 1 John 3:1–15; 5:11–13}.

        The knowledge, which is needed to understand who is a child of God, is the knowledge that our Lord God and Savor is the Bread of life descending from heaven to give life to the world: His Flesh and Blood feed the human soul as bread and water feed a human body. The Spirit {God is the Spirit – John 4:24} gives life; the words of God are the Spirit and life {John 6:32–58, 63}.

        The referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures describe the foundation of Christian teachings: life of the human soul–heart–mind is the Spirit of God. The Word and the Law of God is the essence of a human soul, as flesh and blood is the essence of a human body. And that is why those who have the Word of God within have the life everlasting: God is immortal, and if by His Spirit–Word–Law the human soul–heart–mind lives, it is immortal as its Creator–Father is.

        In the very beginning of human civilization, Moses warned that the Law, which defines the human nature and which is in the heart of every human being, carries life and death {Deuteronomy 30:11–20}.

        The meaning of life is defined by the Gospels: within the world created by God, to live according to the nature created by God is to live in conformity to the Law of God. For those who live according to the nature, life is presence of the Spirit of God; life is the Spirit of God within the human soul–heart–mind.

The meaning of death is violation of the Law of God. By violating the Law of God, a human being becomes incapable to carry the Spirit of God, as a broken or malformed vessel of clay is incapable to carry water. If people do not live according to the Law of God, they do not have life – the Spirit of God – within them; they become the withered branches that are gathered to be thrown into the fire {John 15:1–6}.

        God not only gave us the Law; He offered knowledge of Word–God that explains the meaning of each commandment and the Law in its entirety. Since, it is the very own choice of every human being: either to live according to the nature–Law and enter the life everlasting or to become the food of the devouring fire of the Law {the “wrath of God” – Isaiah 5:24–25; 9:18–19}, which purifies the world by annihilating uncleanness of sin and perversion.

        And I think of the meaning of perfection: it includes impartiality, because knowledge of God makes the mind impartial and perfect in all its thoughts. The knowledge of God makes possible to discard pain and suffering inflicted by unjust persecution and abuse; probably, the ability to remain impartial is the first sign of the presence of God. Indeed, if it is not a business of people to judge each other, and if there is no possibility to inflict the evil on the others because they are loved, what else might be in relations among the people besides impartial and perfect good? Those who judge the others commit the great sin, because when the human mind judges, it evaluates everything by own degree of perfection or corruption. It means that the judging mind does not discern the image of God within the others: it re–makes the others into own image. The special prohibition to judge the others {Matthew 7:1–5} intends to prevent the sin of unrighteous judgment.

        Then, who would blame those who follow example of David the king {Psalm 100(101):4–5, 7} and by any means attempt to avoid contacts with, for instance, gossipers full of hatred, those who evaluate the others by degree of their own dishonesty, and those who ascribe their own iniquities to the others? Besides, the company of evildoers is similar to mud on the road: it might stain the good repute.

        Furthermore, St. Paul the Apostle advised us, the Christians, to keep away from the corrupted, although we have to live within the world, and therefore, we have to communicate with the corrupted and disagreeable people in a course of business and in the matters of daily life {1 Corinthians 5:9–13}. 

From another angle of consideration, is it possible to learn to be truly impartial if the progress in this matter – development of the ability to forgive – is not tested {Matthew 18:21–22}?

        Sometimes, I think in despair: the life is not enough to learn how to fulfill even the least commandment of God. Yet, despair leads to humility, and humility opens the mind for understanding that with God, all things are possible {Matthew 19:25–26}, even salvation of all the sinners of the world, I included…

 

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93. Sunday, January 17, 2010

 

 

Thinking of the Deliverance…

 

 

…My soul has clung to the ground;

give me life according to Thy Word…

{Psalm 118:25}

 

 

One of the most beautiful songs {Psalm 118} in the Book of Psalms conveys perception of the commandments of God: love, reverence, desire of wisdom, expectations of life, and understanding of the meaning of life – its actual value and knowledge, why it is so precious and how it must be spent. As it could be inferred from the text, the author (who wrote down the Psalm) has seen all: power and misery, pride and humiliation, righteousness and vice, wealth and poverty, truth and false, injustice, abuse, suffering, sorrows, loneliness, despair, hope, limits of the earthly perfection, and many other things, which describe life within the human establishments. He also knows the most important things:

–– the true worth of all he has encountered

–– the knowledge, which is incomparable with any of earthly riches, because its value exceeds all created and coveted by men: this knowledge gives life – it is the knowledge of God

–– true value of the life of man who is lost in the world of evil and has the only hope for mercy of God.

There is no indication who wrote it: it might include the legacy of Ecclesiastes, because the song contains the essence of human wisdom {Ecclesiastes 12:13}; it might include the legacy of the ancient priests sanctified to serve God and destined to keep knowledge of the Law and convey it to those who seek the guidance {Leviticus 10:11; Deuteronomy 10:8–9; Malachi 2:4–7}; it might be a prayer of the unknown prophet.  

As it is with all texts of the Holy Scriptures, the breadth of consideration, the inner logical structure, and the theme of the Psalm exceed temporal, spatial, and logical restrictions typical for the texts written by the ordinary men. The ordinary authors live within a particular time–space and their writings portray their particular – historical – time–space settings: their works convey the main characteristics of their cave, for instance, its limits of perception and cognition. To the contrary, each completed statement of the Psalm opens the unlimited logical reality of the knowledge of God:

–– it positions the human mind within its world and delineates the priorities of the mind in the world of men

–– it defines the mind’s connection with God

–– it conveys the code of life – the Law of God

–– it exceeds the restricted purposes of an interpretation tailored to a particular event.

Along with the author of the Psalm, the reader might discover the profound meanings transcending the temporal limits of life before the Messiah, which some people identify with the theme of the Old Testament.

For instance, the verse: “Εκκολληθη τω εδαφει η ψυχη μου, ζησον με κατα τον Λογον Σου  –– “My soul has clung to the ground; make me alive according to Thy Word” {Psalm 118:25}.

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

Consequently, at the first sight, the referred text might convey the sense of despair: a human being has fallen low – literally or metaphorically, at the very ground. He is clung to the ground, even more strongly than ancient mourners who sat in dust and covered themselves with dust to indicate bereavement or despair. He is deprived of his original freedom of life, which he still remembers (otherwise, he would not have ability to identify the present condition). In his imprisonment, he relies on God to be delivered from his affliction and low esteem; he beseeches the Lord to revive him (ζησον  – give life, make alive) according to His intention, plan, or word – Λογον.

Then, the human mind*1*,  that is destined to cling to the dust, which is a human body–flesh–matter, implores the Creator to give it true life – the Word–God, because if it receives life according to the Word, it would arise from the dust–body into life everlasting and come home – the Kingdom of God.

For a contemporary mind who is given the precious gift of Christianity, who knows Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ – the Word of God, it might be a prayer for the Word as liberation from the connection with the lowest world of evil {the ground–dust is the end of all flesh destined for cognition of evil – Genesis 3:19; 6:3, and the entire world dwells in evil – 1 John 5:19–20}, so, the human soul would come to its Creator in life given by the Word–God {John 14:1–3}.

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

And I think of the difference between the knowledge of dust and the knowledge of life – it is in the same text: I perceived the end of all accomplishments, but the way of Thy commandment surpasses all {Psalm 118:96}. So, if it is possible to see own end, to evaluate the actual results of all thoughts and deeds, and to reach even the outer limits of all opened to the mind that is clung to the dust, – would all the knowledge acquired during the entire earthly life have any worth, if this knowledge is not the knowledge of God, and if this life is not deliberate fulfillment of His will also known at the Law of God?

 

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*1*  Concept of mind [adaptation from The Invincible Empire]

 

        A human being is a function of the divine creative energy of God, the wholeness that exists at three levels or dimensions: the spirit–soul, the mind–reason–creator of thoughts, and the flesh–body–matter. The breath–spirit–energy of God is the spirit–soul–mind of man. The soul of man would obtain the eternal life in the presence of God if it is born of the Spirit of God by the great mercy of God and through the faith in Lord God Jesus Christ {Genesis 2:7; Ecclesiastes 12:7; John 1:12–13; 3:3–7; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3–5; 1 John 4:7; 5:1–13}.

        The mind has the special purpose: with the power of thoughts, the mind has to arrange fulfillment of the universal law of perfection. It is designed to create the good: to optimize the existing systems, realities, and establishments, and to create new systems, which would facilitate the development and optimization–evolution.

        Theologians, philosophers, and researchers have many definitions for the mind–intellect–heart–soul–spirit, mostly, as for the different facets of a human being. For instance, in the theological sense,

–– the heart is the spiritual center of man – the temple, in which the Divine is united with the human

–– the intellect is the “eye of heart” or the faculty of contemplation by which man perceives God and learns the knowledge given by God

–– the intelligence is the operating faculty of the intellect

–– the reason or mind is the center responsible for logic, conceptualization, and discourse – all the functions, which manifest the main human ability – reasoning that defines purposeful behavior, and so on [e.g., The Philokalia 1:361–364].       

         If to follow the general theological–philosophical–epistemological classification, the soul might be described as the energy entity, which absorbs the divine energy of creation and ultimately, transforms it into the core, or seed, or code, or pattern of thought. The created core–code–pattern is examined by another component of soul – by the conscience, also known as “the voice of God within the heart”; the conscience is responsible for the distinction between good and evil. The functions of conscience are similar to the functions of a censor and editor: it would or would not admit a particular thought in the consciousness where it might or might not become ready to be conveyed to the others or to be embodied into establishments and other creations of man. Those who violated the Law of God destroy or “make silent” own conscience. Silencing of destruction of conscience makes possible further sins–violations of the commandments of God: the people become able to commit crimes against God and against men. The conscience defines the nature of knowledge, which a human being learns – would it be true or false, his general attitude toward the others and the world, and many other things which constitute the meaning of life. The reason/mind applies the knowledge of good and evil at the next level, toward achievement of the purposes within the human establishments.

        In summary, the theologians include into the essence of a human being

        –– the soul

        –– the deep cognitive structures; these structures form the body of knowledge on which a particular mind builds the foundation for own reasoning

        –– the intellect, intelligence, and reason responsible for adequacy of behavior to the Law and purposes of God, and to the actuality, therefore, ultimately, for physical survival of man and his creations, for instance, such as society, empire, business enterprise

        –– the other components, consideration of which is beyond this observation.

        Ultimately, precise theological distinctions (e.g., between the intellect and the heart) have no consequence for the current observation; besides, imagination is able to originate the swarm of heresies on each particle of truth.

        A human being is the wholeness serving the purposes of God. Our God is God of knowledge – He grants wisdom, and His presence creates knowledge and intelligence. Nothing is possible without wisdom, intelligence, and knowledge: human being lives by the Word of God, and God is life of human soul–heart–spirit–mind {Deuteronomy 8:3; 1 Kings 2:3; Proverbs 2:6; Matthew 4:4; John 6:32–35, 48–51}. The essence of man created in image and after likeness of God is the connection with God, through which the energy of life comes: at the level of human mind, the divine energy becomes the universal energy sustaining the reality of man, mankind’s universe. The purposes of man include fulfillment of the will–Law of God, and embodiment of the knowledge of God into thoughts and actions within the setting – Earth – given to exploit according to the purposes of God.

        Therefore, the contemporary word  mind, which denotes intelligence, reasoning, intellect, psyche, awareness, and other phenomena within the same logical realm, is accepted as the general term for identification of the essence of a human being. With the limited language of philosophical–logical observation, or in the terms of systems logic, it might be said that the mind is the main subsystem of the wholeness (human being), or the controlling center responsible for

        –– the transformation of the divine energy of creation into human thought

        –– all thinking and cognitive processes

        –– the control and determination of behavior

        –– the strategy of survival, development, and optimization–evolution.

        In fact, nobody is able to prove exact location and describe functions of the center, which determines life of the mind. Only one thing is known: until a human being lives, he is the inseparable three–fold unity of energy, energy–information, and energy–information–matter, or the soul–mind–body, or the spirit–intellect–flesh. Therefore, the term mind  might be correlated with all processes, which – although they could remain out of focus of the consciousness – embody the divine energy of creation into human thoughts, maintain the consciousness, and determine words and actions of men. Whatever the general definitions are selected, the real meaning is the same: if the human soul–essence–heart–mind is focused on God and observes His Law, it becomes the derivative or function of the Spirit of God within the material world –– the dwelling–carrier of the Word of God. Such mind receives the knowledge from God, lives by God, and serves only God {John 1:12–13; 3:3–7; 4:24; 14:12, 15–18, 23–26; 15:1–5; 1 Peter 1:3–5; James 1:18; 1 John 4:7; 5:1–13; Genesis 2:7; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Isaiah 48:16–17; Psalm 15(16):7–11; 31(32):7–8}. Those who are called by God, who long for wisdom and knowledge of life, have no other way to God except through the Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ {John 6:44; 7:39; 14:6}. Nothing else matters.

        The contemporary researchers offer the vast range of definitions – from poetic to scientific, and from mechanical to supernatural; one of them names the mind the “greatest mystery in the Universe” [McCrone 288].  

        There are attempts to cognize the mind and its abilities through studies of different personalities and classification of their thinking processes and social activities. For example, Magoroh Maruyama (Japan) believes in existence of “mindscapes” (supported with the data collected by Professor O. J. Harvey [Maruyama, in: Mindscapes: the Epistemologies...xviii]). In his definition, mindscape is “a structure of reasoning” and other thinking processes including cognition, conceptualization, etc.; the patterns of thinking processes, cognitive and social activities, philosophy, and moralities determine a type of mindscape [Maruyama 7].

        Evidently, the “mindscape” studies target the precision of social forecasting and manageability of citizens, which might be facilitated with knowledge of their “mindscapes.”

        Some researchers admit such abilities of the mind as manipulation of time, telepathy, and psychokinesis. They publish results of their research in science fiction or popular genre, make them the subject of “revelations” given by the benevolent aliens to the ignorant humans, or cover with fictional settings and simplified language of the official sciences the bits and pieces of their findings, which are left after eliminating all references to the Creator.

        For instance, there is an assertion that summary of electromagnetic, anthropological, quantum–mechanical, and holographic models describes the mind as a biological transceiver that

–– works with geophysical, seismic, infrasonic waves

–– transforms information transmitted through frequency and amplitude in the sensory information

–– interacts with the energy at the quantum – wave – level (therefore, accesses the Future and the Past simultaneously)

–– is able to arrange–order the chaos of the Universe [e.g., Alexander, Groller, and Morris 111].

        Logically, the instant inference would be the questions: who created such a universal transceiver, for which purposes, how the Creator supports it, and  how to sustain the normal work and optimal performance of this unique entity endowed with such a power? However, for the ethics–free sciences there is more important field of research: destruction – WMD, enslaving, profiteering, and so on. Besides, the technique of modeling with its limited language of description is not adequate to actual complexity of the considered phenomenon, which in the case of human mind, has the complexity incompatible with the measures utilized to evaluate the matter and with the techniques utilized to formalize the results of evaluation. As always, any kind of research conducted at inadequate levels of complexity is pointless.

        The general public is deprived of the knowledge of actual results of research into the mind, which do not conform to the politically correct darwinist–atheist models of ethics–free biomedical and sociological sciences. The researchers who consider the human mind as it is – the creation of the Omnipotent Almighty God, those who accept existence of the direct link between God and His creation–human being  –– the connection with God that determines the logical reality in which the mind exists and accomplishes the purposes of existence, have neither support nor recognition. They are labeled as bigots, fanatics, or illiterate novices in the Western societies, and as mentally sick individuals in the communists and other oppressive regimes, which serve the phantom of absolute power, therefore which are under the tyranny of deified criminals. All kinds of the contemporary societies know the plague of political and religious leaders who put ideologies at the place of the faith in God and utilize their power for denigration, enslaving, and robbery of men. Exclusion of the knowledge of actual human nature facilitates the struggle for “absolute” power:

–– tell human being that he is a child of God, and it would not be possible to make him unreserved servant of another man, assassin, liar, betrayer, and thief

–– persuade man that there is no God, that he has no soul, and that he is an animal – the beast that must kill other beasts to attain the means for own existence, and the human beast will do anything: kill, betray, deceive, steal, and so on.

        The most dangerous ideologies are those, which recognize existence of some deity–idol and cover with its name own earthly purposes: all such ideologies disseminate false knowledge and, therefore, accelerate degeneration. They tell, for instance, that an earthly leader (usually, deified or recognized as a prophet) has a direct connection with God, which is not open to all the others; that only unreserved obedience to this earthly deity–substitute for God leads to the earthly or heavenly paradise. The others make God the author of their own inhumane laws and figments of sick imagination (e.g., “theological” justification of the papal Inquisition), which demand assassination, suffering, human sacrifice, and fear–induced unreserved obedience of the majority. Ultimately, all ideologies and false religions trigger uncontrollable collapse of the establishments, which they control. 

Three axioms of the systems logic should be considered before any classification or inferences concerning the still unknown essence of mind and nature of thinking, especially when such studies might have definite social consequences.

1. All minds have the same – universal – design or the pattern of creation: the image and likeness of God. Therefore, all minds can achieve the same level of complexity, which at least mirrors complexity of the Universe, the same limitless abilities of cognition and creation, the same patterns of thinking processes and cognitive activities. Consequently, all classifications based upon assumption of restrictions and limitations of human abilities, mathematical methods, atheistic outlook are false, moreover, dangerous. Distorted reflection of the actuality, figments of imagination, false theoretical constructions, failed social and political policies, unrest, revolutions, and crises of different scales are the common results of such classifications and evaluations. The reason of failures is also common: restricted methods of materialistic sciences dealing with the matter are not sufficient enough to be applied toward the limitless universal pattern with the highest level of complexity, which is the essence of human mind.

2. Each mind has its own mission–purpose, which constitutes a part of the supercomplex web of purposes composing the logical scheme of the Universe. Accordingly, each mind exists at the particular time–space–complexity point of the Universe as the managing subsystem of the energy–information–matter system (a human being) that must accomplish specific purposes and utilize an allotted part of available energy resources of this particular time–space–complexity point. Therefore, the only differences among minds are the purposes, which the minds have to accomplish and the resources they have to utilize. It means that until the logical scheme of the Universe becomes the open book, social and political sciences do not have the real ground for classifications of men.

3. When the mind is not able to accomplish its mission because of insufficiency of the energy–information–matter resources, it might utilize the individual strategy – either strategy of survival or strategy of self–annihilation; in this case, the general theoretical assumptions concerning predictability of behavior might be inadequate.

From the theological point of view, only free will, the actions made by free choice, and the results distinguish one human being from other human beings. The chosen disposition (love to God or rejection of God) and achieved degree of optimization (or perfection – imitation of God) or degeneration (perversion of original nature following violation of the Ten Commandments – the Law of God, the Law which defines the nature of man and stipulates behavior consistent with the human nature) prepares the human being either for the purposes of God or for annihilation. St. Gregory Palamas’ assertion that God dwells in His creations “in different and varied ways” correlated with their “worthiness and way of life” provides the ground for comprehension of complexity as correlation with the divine creative energy [St. Gregory Palamas (1983) 83; (1988) §91, §93, §95 189–197]. Yet, the measure or evaluation of others’ “worthiness” – judgment – is not the business of men {Matthew 7:1–5}.

With the generalized – systems – terms, it might be said that to achieve its purposes, each system/reality has to exist within the specified set of the energy fields and to be able of “reading” the universal code and its derivatives at the particular levels of complexity. Such “reading” tunes up all system life–supporting processes and makes the system able to materialize the universal energy – transform it into the energy–information and energy–information–matter. The process of reading the universal code is irreversible; some results of this reading are known as knowledge. 

Consequently, the existence of mind within the time might be defined as the unity of three processes – cognition, creation of knowledge, and materialization, or embodiment of the created knowledge into the material structures:

                –– the mind perceives or accepts the divine creative energy; this process results in cognition, or transformation of the divine energy into the universal energy, which the mind needs to operate within the world of matter

                –– the mind transforms the universal energy (cognition) into the energy–information form – thought (creation of knowledge)

                –– the mind transforms the created thought (materializes the created knowledge) into the energy–information–matter (or into a spoken or written word, theory, concept, book, corporation, other system within the particular time–space–complexity realities, for instance, such as the society, state, business enterprise).

The law of irreversibility of cognition controls the dimension of time; without irreversibility of cognition, the optimization and development as the increase of mind’s complexity (the increase of complexity is the evolution) are not possible. The time might be seen as the setting, framework, reality controlled with the law of irreversibility, which directs all transformations of the universal energy toward an increase of complexity.

The law of irreversibility of cognition defines connection of the human mind, knowledge, complexity, and time–space into the inseparable wholeness oriented toward an increase of complexity. Within this wholeness,

                –– the mind is the energy field, which transforms the universal energy into the energy ready to produce or re–structure the matter

                –– the knowledge is the manifestation/derivative of complexity at the levels of the matter

                –– complexity is the parameters of a purposeful reality of fields that accommodates sets of transformations of the universal energy into the derivatives: energy, energy–information, and energy–information–matter forms

                –– the time–space is the structured setting or the net of fields within which the mind embodies its thoughts – energy–information forms – into energy–information–matter or the discernible and material systems and realities.

This inseparable wholeness of the mind–knowledge–complexity–time–space comprises the purposeful logical reality, which describes the world of men or the mankind’s universe. This reality also might be considered as

                –– the embodiment/derivative of the universal code at the particular level of the complexity

                –– the specific reality, which transforms the universal energy into energy–information formations–thoughts; the human thoughts are the cores of new systems and realities through which the world of the matter and its components (for instance, systems created by men – empires, societies, businesses, etc.) might be developed–optimized or destroyed

                –– the set of fields, which accommodates energy transformations and sustains the energy and energy–information flow within the mankind’s universe.

The divine energy of creation creates, sustains, and accommodates this wholeness–reality, where the mind thinks its thoughts, pursues its objectives, and develops–moves toward the maximal potency by incessant irreversible creation of knowledge. This incessant process creation of knowledge is the process of the evolution of the mankind’s universe: the mankind’s universe moves toward optimization through an increase of complexity of the specific realities – human minds.

In conclusion, the energy concept of mind developed within the systems logic framework describes a human mind as a vortex of energy originated by the divine energy of creation, and as the specific energy field created to accommodate transformation of the universal energy into energy–information that actualizes evolution (evolution or optimization might be seen also as achievement and actualization of the highest potency the system was created to realize) at the level of energy–information and energy–information–matter. The mind is the purposeful reality designed for transformation of the divine energy into the universal energy and its derivatives: at first, into an energy–information – a human thought; then, into embodiments of the thought – transferable and discernible energy–information–matter structures, systems, and realities (e.g., word, concept, book, civilization, society, state, business enterprise). The closer the mind is to its original nature–image and likeness of God the higher is degree of mind’s optimization and the higher might become its influence on the world in its discretion. Within the mankind’s universe, the uncognizable does not exist for the mind, which in compliance with the Law of God has achieved the state of optimum, or, in the theological terms, has been born of the Spirit of God {John 1:1–4, 9–13; 3:3–7; 4:24; 14:6, 12, 15–17, 26; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3–5; 1 John 3:1–15; Job 32:8}.

The human mind might be seen also as the special kind of systems – the frontier system. The frontier systems are the class of systems intended to transfer the commandments of the supersystem into the language–code of the subsystem; they exist within two realms: supersystem and its component(s)–subsystem(s). The frontier systems also might be described as the boundary between the supersystem–environment and the subsystem(s) of the supersystem. Through the human mind, the divine creative energy enters the reality of mankind and becomes the universal energy that sustains existence and evolution of both types of creations: human beings and the world they have to dominate and develop. A human mind – the frontier system of the realm of God and the realm of the creations of God – accomplishes the ultimate transformations of the divine energy of creation into the human thoughts. The normal human mind that lives by the Word of God {a fruit of the Vine cultivated by God the Father – John 15:1–5}, therefore, lives according to its nature, creates thoughts with the complexity adequate to the purposes of optimization as development of the highest potency and the consequent evolution at the levels of the matter. When people embody their thoughts into the material structures, they accomplish two processes:

–– the transformation of the universal energy into the material structures, which sustain life of men

–– an increase of complexity of the world; the increase of complexity is another definition of evolution.

The mind that violates the Law and rejects the Word of God does not bring the fruits, which God expects from His creation: such a mind accomplishes the purposes of destruction; it becomes a withered branch, because it had broken connection with God and rejected the Bread of life and the living water {John 3:5–6; 4:10–14; 6:32–35, 47–58}. The meaning of withered branch, which is mentioned in the Gospel, is inability to fulfill the will of God and accomplish the purposes a man was created to accomplish: those who reject God become incapable of creation. The withered branches are the feeding ground for perversion, degeneration, and other companions of death in the same manner as the waste is the food of rats and mice.

 

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References:

 

Alexander, John B., Richard Groller, and Janet Morris. The Warrior's Edge: Front–Line Strategies for Victory on the Corporate Battlefield. New York:  Avon Books, 1990.

 

St. Gregory Palamas. The Triads (Apology for the Holy Hesychasts). Ed. with Introduction by John Meyendorff. Trans. Nicholas Gendle. With Preface and Notes by Jaroslav Pelican. New York:  Paulist Press, 1983.

St. Gregory Palamas. The One Hundred and Fifty Chapters. Ed. and trans. Robert E. Sinkewicz. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1988.

 

McCrone, John. The Myth of Irrationality:  the Science of the Mind from Plato to Star Trek. New York:  Carroll and Graf, 1994.

 

Mindscapes:  the Epistemologies of Magoroh Maruyama. Ed. Michael T. Caley and Daiyo Sawada. New York:  Gordon and Breach, 1994.

 

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.

 

Savitsky, Alice A. The Invincible Empire. Washington, DC: Aehesia Services, 2003.

 

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94. Sunday, January 24, 2010

 

 

Thinking of the Wrath…

 

…Thou sent forth Thy wrath; it devoured them as stubble…

{Exodus 15:7}

 

 

The Old Testament’s Books of the Holy Scriptures convey the horrifying descriptions of the “wrath of God,” for instance, punishment of those who violated the Law and worshiped idols. The destiny of sinners is famine, desolated and polluted land, war, defeat by the worst enemies and slavery, exile, loss of wealth, diseases, premature death, and so on. All curses, which Moses promised for violation of the Law of God, became the daily life of sinners and idol–worshipers that turned their heart away from God, disobeyed His commandments, and brought evil to themselves and to those around them. Destruction, suffering, and agonizing death describe the destiny of ancient sinners; the same destiny is awaiting those who live and sin today and those who will live and sin tomorrow {Leviticus 26:14–39; Deuteronomy 8:1–20; 28:15–68; 29:9–28; 30:1–20; 32:22–33; Isaiah 1:2–9; 5:24–30; 9:18–21; 13:3–11; 24:1–12; 27:4; 30:27–28; Jeremiah; Ezekiel 20:2–33; 33:24–29; Hosea 4:1–13; Zacharias 7:9–14; Revelation, and other Books of the Old and New Testament}.

Many generations of “subtle” souls of heathens and atheists justified their animosity toward Christianity by the image of the “wrath of God,” therefore, by apparent lack of mercy to the sinners mentioned by the Books of Old Testament and the consequent inconsistency of the Gospels promising mercy and life.

The true reason of hatred to Christianity is that knowledge of the Law has destroyed the imaginary worlds – the dark and cozy (because of inability to see) caves of flesh–eating predators who sacrifice own children and neighbors to the stones, yet, in their arrogant ignorance believe that they are humans capable to philosophize in the temples of their idols.

So, could it be any difference among the visions of the Hebrew Prophets and the revelations of our Lord God and Savior, if it is always known that the earth and the heaven will perish, yet, their Creator is the same – true, merciful and loving mankind? Then, if according to the Law of God, the destiny of sinners is death, why Lord God Jesus Christ came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets and at the same time to call sinners to repent, to collect and save the lost, and to open His kingdom for His followers {Exodus 34:6–7; Psalm 101(102):25–27; Matthew 5:17–18; 18:11–14; Luke 6:35–36; John 3:16–18; 10:30; 14:1–3}?

There is no inconsistency in the Holy Scriptures, because the “wrath” is the destructive power of the Law, which defines the meaning of human nature and conditions of life in the society of men. The Law secures survival and development of a human being and human civilization; its purpose is to lead mankind toward freedom and perfection; it is established to prevent spread of evil within the societies of men until the mind becomes ready for the knowledge of the Word and might be prepared for eternal life. Consequently, the meaning of “wrath” is the destruction of the perverted nature – the beings that violated the Law and made themselves criminals against God and His creations. Destruction of the beings with perverted nature is also the act of mercy – salvation of those who otherwise, could become the followers and victims of the sinners.

 Furthermore, God promises forgiveness and salvation even those who violated the Law, yet, who understand the consequences of committed evil and eventually, choose the good: though our sins are as purple, God will make them white as snow. Life and salvation expect those who repent, remove iniquities, and choose the good {Isaiah 1:16–19; Ezekiel 33:11–20}. 

It was the time when as before the Flood, the majority of earth population again became the idol–worshipers – heathens who had lost true knowledge of God, yet, assembled the complete knowledge of evil. Again, from all inhabitants of the world, God has chosen one man to start over the process of human evolution – the ascent to the knowledge of good. Merciful and loving God began to form the human clay – sons of Abraham – into the children of God: He began to teach them the knowledge of life and freedom – the eternal truth, which opens the eternity {Deuteronomy 8:5–6; Isaiah 45:9–12; 51:6–16}. The way of God is judgment, and the earth is the place to learn the righteousness {Isaiah 26:8–10}. So, the human civilization began with the act of mercy: revelation of knowledge of God and the Law of God, which defines the human nature, therefore, sustains abundant peaceful and healthy life of wealth and happiness. Such life is God’s blessing of the righteousness {Genesis 12:1–7; Exodus 6:2–8; 20:1–17; 23:20–33; 33:1–3; 34:6–17; Leviticus 26:3–13; Deuteronomy 7:6–10; 8:5–20; 26:18–19; 28:1–14; 30:10–16; Isaiah 1:2–3; 26:8–12; 45:9–12; 48:17–22; 51:2, 6–16; Jeremiah 18:6; Matthew 5:44–48; 7:12; 19:16–30; 22:36–40; John 1:12–13; 3:5–7, 16–21; 8:31–36; James 1:18, 22–25; 1 Peter 1:14–25; 1 John 3:1–2, 12, 24}.

The righteous are those who love God, observe His commandments, and live to imitate mercy and perfection of God. Their life is fulfillment of potency to create the good. There is only one way to create the good (for instance, prosperous healthy and comfortable life): the knowledge and fulfillment of the Law of God. If a constructor builds a house in the land of earthquakes or floods and if he does not follow the rules and norms of construction and builds it on sand, the building will be instantly demolished with the first seismic impact or with the first overflowing rain, and all who live in it will die {Matthew 7:24–27}. The same is with all other spheres of life. If the mind intends to create, to establish, or to destroy, it must know the laws, which define the nature of the reserves needed to make the plans of the mind into the actuality of existence. The own life is not different, because happiness and misery have the same foundation – knowledge: either knowledge how to observe the Law or knowledge how to violate it.

Those who live by evil are called “sinners”; they despise the Law of God; they live and act by the knowledge of evil and consequently, ruin lives and bring misery, suffering, and deprivation to the others, as well as to themselves. Even if they amass all the riches of the world, their end is death.

So, the first advantage of knowledge of the Law is the knowledge of the consequences.

With the revelation of the Law, the chosen people received the warning. As a father advises his children do not play with fire, which might burn them, Moses conveys the forewarning: the Law carries life and death. The meaning of life is defined by the Holy Scriptures: by the breath of God human being became the living soul – life is the Spirit of God within human soul–heart–mind: life is presence of the Spirit of God {Genesis 2:7; 6:3}. To live in conformity to the Law of God is to live according to the nature created by God. The meaning of death is violation of the Law of God. If people do not live according to the Law of God, they do not have life – the Spirit of God – within them. At the very moment when a human being violates the Law of God {Matthew 22:36–40}, that is when a human being perverts own nature, the mind*1*  looses access to the divine life–creating energy. Such a mind deprives itself of the food, which sustains its existence, and becomes unable to live, that is to create; it itself triggers the process of dying, which – as it could be inferred from the words of our Lord God and Savior {John 6:31–69}, might be likened to physical death from hunger and thirst. Those who learned and then, despised the Law of God, make their mind hungry and thirsty; eventually, they become the withered, barren – unable to bring fruits, and bad branches and trees that are to be thrown into the fire {Genesis 2:7; 6:3; Deuteronomy 8:1–20; 32:22; Isaiah 9:18–20; 13:9–11; 30:9–14; Ezekiel 19:10–14; Matthew 7:19; 22:36–40; John 6:31–69; 15:1–6}.

Everyone in sound mind attempts to protect own body from extreme temperatures and cold wind; he would not cross the path of tornado, because he knows that a human body is fragile and the consequences of such exposure are trauma, illness, or instant destruction – death. However, the mind discards knowledge of the Law of God, which defines the health, therefore, destiny of soul, mind, and body, and with it, looses sound reasoning: man comes to belief that it is possible to murder, to steal, to commit adultery, to spread false instead of truth, to deprive the others of their good repute and possessions without consequences if he is able to avoid punishment determined by the human laws. Yet, the first target of the evil always is the one who has unleashed it: violations of the Law – iniquities – are not consistent with the human nature. Those who violated the Law trigger inbuilt program of self–annihilation (firstly, through failure of the immune system that triggers physical and mental disorders with the consequent abnormal mutation, which might be conveyed to the offspring) and endanger health and well–being of children up to the third and fourth generation {Exodus 34:6–7}.

The inability to think logically always underlies insanity of destruction. Those who believe that a human being is a beast, therefore, should act as the beast, those who accept bestiality as the norm, discard the second part of the equation: if you are the beast, as the beast you shall die. There is only a moment of time until one beast devours and mutilates other beasts in attempt to prolong own existence, or until the beast meets annihilation by the diseases which preserve mankind from irreversible degeneration–transformation into the beasts {Deuteronomy 28:14–15, 21–22, 27–28, 34–35, 53–61}. 

God gave us the Law and offered knowledge of Word–God. Since, it is the very own choice of every human being:

 

either

to live according to nature and enter the life everlasting

or

according to the Law preserving mankind from the utter corruption, to become the food of the devouring fire,

which purifies and preserves the world by annihilating uncleanness of sin and perversion,

and which the Prophets perceived as the “wrath” of God.

 

The only thing, the very own choice – to observe the commandments of God and do the good or to discard the Law and do the evil, divides creations of God. God has done everything to illuminate the darkness into which we are born to become the children of Light: He sent His Own Son to save the world and to give eternal life to all of us. Since, not race, nor nationality, nor language, nor gender, nor wealth, nor something else – only the very own free choice between good and evil determines the ultimate destiny, which everyone will face in the Judgment Day. Still, everything is possible for God and with God: even stones might become the sons of Abraham; even entire world of sin might become the Paradise; even if death prevailed on the earth, the life everlasting awaits in the kingdom of God {Isaiah 26:8–9, 19; Matthew 3:9; 13:41–43; 18:11–14; 19:25–26; 22:36–40; 25:31–46; John 1:9–13; 3:16–21}.

And I think of the greatest gift and the ultimate responsibility inseparable from the definition of human nature and human reasoning – the freedom of choice {the Law of God is the law of freedom – John 8:31–36; James 1:25}. We all are free to make our choice between good and evil, at any moment of earthly life. Whatever the conditions of life are – democracy or tyranny, a king’s palace or prison cell, ignorance or knowledge, poverty or wealth, illness or health, happiness or utter deprivation – there always is the choice:

 

–– to be merciful or to be ruthless

–– to love or to hate

–– to give something needed or to give nothing

–– to place the aged mother in nursing home or to take her in own house

–– to adopt an orphan with the purpose to bring up a free human being in dignity and love or with the purpose to enslave and corrupt

–– to share profitable opportunity or to defraud investors

–– to accept the desperate alien who fled persecution and slavery or to send him back – to misery and death

–– to pass by the homeless or to give him shelter and job

–– to teach the truth or to propagate false

–– to give life–saving remedy or to give a poison

–– to inform against the different–minded or to give him a shelter

–– to tell the truth or to spread malicious gossip

–– to shoplift or to donate to the charity

–– to forgive those who betrayed us or to betray those who trust us

–– to live or to die…

 

Any moment, life offers different situations and choices, yet the essence of each of them is the same: good or evil, life or death… All these are before us; what we will choose?

 

 

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*1* Concerning concept of mind, see posting Deliverance – January 17, 2010; Note 1.

 

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95. Sunday, January 31, 2010

 

 

Thinking of the Lost Worlds…

 

 

…Go up to the mount… and die in the mount whither thou go up…

…because you disobeyed My word…

…because you sanctified Me not among the sons of Israel…

…thou shall see the land, but thou shall not enter into it…

{Deuteronomy 32:48–52}

 

 

It happened after the chosen nation received The Ten Commandments. The people came into the wilderness of Sin, and it was no water to drink for men and for their cattle. So, again, as it happened many times before, the congregation rebelled against Moses and Aaron (Aaron was brother of Moses and the anointed priest). The people reviled Moses and rebuked him saying that he brought them, the “congregation of the Lord,” from Egypt {where – as they lamented – they ate flesh, bread, fish, onion, garlic, etc. – Exodus 16:2–3; Numbers 11:4–20}, into the wilderness without fruits to eat and without water to drink. Moses and Aaron came to the doors of the tabernacle to meet the Lord. Lord God commanded Moses to take his rod (the rod of shepherd, with which Moses led the people from Egypt, was kept in the tabernacle; it was the symbol of authority given by God) and to call the assembly. Then, Moses and Aaron shall speak to the rock before them, and the rock shall give forth its water: they will speak and they will bring forth water out of the rock and give drink to the people and their cattle {Numbers 20:1–8}.

Moses took the rod; he and Aaron assembled the congregation before the rock, rebuked the disobedient people; and asked: “must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then, Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his rod twice; then, water came out of the rock, so the people and their cattle had water to drink {Numbers 20:9–11}.

However, Moses and Aaron did not follow the instructions of Lord God: the Lord did not say “strike the rock with the rod”; He said “speak to the rock.” The word spoken by the prophet and by the anointed priest had to bring forth water out of the rock, not action. Why Moses and Aaron did not follow the instructions of God? According to the Holy Scriptures, Lord God said to Moses an Aaron that they did not believe Him; they disobeyed His word and did not sanctify Him among the people. For this, they will not lead the people into the Promised Land {Numbers 20:12}.

This particular event had the special significance, because special knowledge of God had to be given to His people. This event had

– to sustain faith in invisible, yet Omnipotent, God–Spirit – God–Creator Whose Word creates the world {Genesis 1:1–31; 2:1; John 1:1–3}

– to reveal the power of God–Spirit beyond the world of the matter

– to foretell the coming of the Word–God Who would give His followers the living water of everlasting life {John 4:14}

– to sanctify God among the people, which He chose to carry His Law, to preserve it for the entire world, and to become the seed of His kingdom on the earth.

This event had to become one of the first revelations of the Word–God, for Whom the holy nation and the kingdom of priests was to be established. This was an opportunity at the very beginning {Deuteronomy 29:2–6} to engrave in the human mind the crucial knowledge which had to define the evolution of mankind: the power of the Almighty God–Spirit is the Absolute power that, in the world of men, comes through the Word {Exodus 19:1–6; Psalm 147:15,19–20; 148:4–5; Zacharias 4:6; John 4:24}.

To the contrary, Moses made physical move and acted with a material object – with his rod. This rod was well known to the people. When God charged Moses with the task to bring out His people from slavery, He gave Moses the power to use the rod to demonstrate the power of God:

1/ to ignorant people who did not know their God yet, and who did not begin their road to the kingdom of priests yet

2/ to the ignorant idol–worshipers who worshiped material objects (statues made from wood, clay, stone, etc.) and used sorcery and magic to deceive. As a result of actions of Moses and Aaron in Egypt, the people could assume that the rod reveals the abilities similar to the skills of the Egyptian sorcerers. At their disbelief, at their level of perception and knowledge of God {Deuteronomy 1:26–33; 29:2–6}, they, obviously, did not take into consideration the facts that only through Moses’ prayers to God and communications with God (invisible to the people), the Egyptians’ sufferings were relieved, the Egyptian army was exterminated, and then, water and food were given in the barren and scorched wilderness {Exodus 4:1–5; 7:8–12,14–22; 8:5–15,28–31; 14:6–16,28–30; 16:11–15; 17:1–7; Numbers 11:1–32; Deuteronomy 29:2–6}.

Therefore, the actions of Moses intervened with the will of God: they opened a possibility of doubt. For instance, the people could assume that it was a hidden reservoir within the rock, and Moses’ rod destroyed the obstacle – stone or even clay mass, which prevented water from flowing and kept it hidden under the rock’s surface. Then, even if it was no hidden reservoir, this miracle could sustain the authority of mortal men – Moses and Aaron, whose power would be gone with their death; it did not reveal the power of eternal God, therefore, did not sanctify the Lord among His people. The world, which would come into being if Moses and Aaron follow instructions of God, never happened. Now it is possible only to ask:

–– did the Moses’ strikes destroy the wholeness of foundation on which the kingdom of priest would flourish?

–– did one act of disobedience and disbelief bring forth the flow of acts of idol–worship and other violations of the Law {e.g., those described in the Books of Kings, Isaiah, and Jeremiah}?

The end of this story is very sad: Aaron died on the top of Mount Or; then, the time of Moses’ death came. As the Lord God commanded him, Moses claimed the Mount of Nabau and the Lord showed him the Promised Land, yet, Moses was not allowed to enter into it, because he disobeyed the word of God and did not sanctify Him among the people {Numbers 20:23–29; Deuteronomy 31:14; 32:48–52; 34:1–5}.

There was no more prophet like Moses whom the Lord knew face to face and spoke apparently (not in a visions or in sleep as to the other prophets), who was faithful in the house of the Lord, who has done great wonders and revealed the mighty hand before all Israel {Numbers 12:5–8; Deuteronomy 34:10–12}. Even so, for his disbelief and disobedience Moses never entered the beautiful land – the world promised by God, the world in which the holy nation was given the chance to emerge, to live according to the Law of God, and to reach the zenith of wisdom, spiritual power, and happiness.

 And I think of those worlds that are lost when disbelief in God and disobedience to God’s commandments close the possible Futures, in which something good and beautiful was expecting those who believe, who dare and have power to enter…

 

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96. Sunday, February 7, 2010

 

Thinking of the Desolate House…

 

…I have abandoned My house…

…I have given My beloved one into the guidance of enemies…

{Jeremiah 12:7}

…your house is left to you desolate…

{Luke 13:35}

 

The Prophets lament the plight of the chosen nation – God has forsaken His people, and explain why it happened. After God gave food and the people were filled, they forgot their Shepherd. God’s Own inheritance – His own people have become to Him as a lion, as hyena’s cave. So, let all wild beasts of the land come and devoir those who left their God {Jeremiah 12:7–9; Ozea 13:6}. It happened many times in the history of ancient Israel: for revolt against God, for idol–worship, and for violation of the Law, the people were handed over to their enemies.

Then, Lord God Jesus Christ evoked the image of desolated house abandoned by its Owner, when He mentions those who have abandoned God. He tells about the house that had been cleaned, the evil gone, yet, the house stays empty. Then, the enemies come back, in multiplied numbers, and the current evil is greater than the past affliction {Luke 11:15–26; 13:34–35}. If the Word–God does not live within man, such a man becomes empty soul, the desolate house anything can enter.

So, what happens when God abandons His house – the soul of man, or the entire nation, as, for instance, it was in the times of the Old Testament? The human civilization began with the revelation of God to the people, when the Law – The Ten Commandments – was granted; the end of human civilization is deprivation of the knowledge of God and disregard of the Law, which define the nature of men. The Prophets described the end; it has the following indications:

–– the abominable become the beloved

–– there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God

–– even if there is famine for hearing of the Word of God, it cannot be found

–– the land is filled with divination, idols, and abominations

–– humans bowed down and man is humbled: there will not be forgiveness for that

–– where the righteousness dwelt, murderers are

–– there are cursing, lying, murder, adultery, theft

–– the faithful city, which was full of judgment before, became a harlot

–– the rulers are the rebellious, the companions of thieves loving bribes and seeking after rewards

–– the priests and prophets are defiled and corrupted; they walk in lies; they have broken their covenant with God and caused many to fall;
they defiled the portion of God (that is God’s people they were entrusted to lead to the knowledge and righteous life) and made it ruined and desolate;
so, they will become despised and cast out among the people

–– the prophets prophesy by idols, they walk in lie and strengthen hands of many so that they shall not return from their evil ways; they lead people away from God

–– people eat, yet, they are not satisfied; they prostitute without profit

–– the silver (money) is worthless

–– even if they bring up children, they are utterly bereaved – they give up their children for a prey and to be slaughtered

–– their power is for plunder, and their houses are for utter desolation; they shell build houses, yet, they will be uninhabitable

–– from the feet to the head there is no soundness in people

–– the land is desolate, houses are burned with fire, no flesh has any peace

–– strangers devour their land in their presence
{Isaiah 1:2–7; 21–23; 2:6–9; Jeremiah 12:10–12; 23:11–13; Ozea 4:2, 10; 9:10–13; Amos 8:11–12; Sophonias 1:13; Malachi 2:7–9}.

And I think that with each passing day, the daily news digest begins to look more and more like the descriptions of sins and punishments from the Books of the Old Testament Prophets. For instance, only personal names would make a difference between the Past and the Present if to substitute

–– scientists and analysts (who with their models assumed the role of forecasters capable of predicting the Future of the contemporary societies) – for “prophets”

–– politicians of all ranks – congressmen, MP, PM, presidents, kings, etc. –– for “rulers”

–– the contemporary titles of clergy –– for “priests.”

The striking detail is prediction of humiliation of human nature {Isaiah 2:9}, which will not be forgiven. Indeed, who now is more despised as humans are, when everything is allowed – capital punishment, body–mutilating laws, human trafficking, organ harvesting, abortions, human embryos harvesting and killing for “scientific” research, likening of humans to rodents and other laboratory animals, propaganda and manipulation with false information, fraud, bestiality, pedophilia, other kinds of perversion, and so on – everything is in the news. The people are handed over into the power of their worst enemies, to name a few – oppressive regimes, corrupted politicians, defiled and corrupted priests, obsessed with lust for money and power preachers, false and poisonous knowledge of ethics–free sciences, ruthless Aristotelian democracies of social animals, perverted public education. There is no memory that a human being is created into the image and after likeness of God: humans are treated as animals, behave as reasonless animals, treat each other as beasts, and are slaughtered as animals.

The medical institutions, which are armed with the drugs developed for the rodents and with psychological assumptions inferred from observation of laboratory rats, struggle with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, mental disorders, dementia, cancers, and other killers of men. Yet, there is no recognition that all these diseases as well as suicides, domestic violence, bullying, and mistreatment of humans and animals are the consequences of incompatibility of the human nature and the conditions of existence: the roots of everything are in the soul, yet, the soul is neither a subject of atheistic ethic–free sciences nor the matter of concern for the politically correct politicians. The employees of contemporary religious establishments have no ability to heal, which every ancient priest had; their main concern is money they are able to extract from the laity – the sheep.

Regarding famine for the hearing of the Word of God: political correctness already deprived contemporary societies from knowledge and reverence for God. Bigots, atheists, and perverts of all kinds demand annihilation of every mention of God and His Law from governments, courts, media, public schools, and libraries.

After processes under the collective name “ecumenism”*1*  are competed, when the leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church recognize Catholicism or Aristotle–Aquinas political theology*2* as the Christianity and the Pope–Prefect of Inquisition as the authority in the matters of Christian faith, when they kneel before the Roman Pope and kiss his shoe making themselves idol–worshipers, the evil will be complete:

–– the Greek Orthodox Church, which during all the centuries after the Great Schism and then, after fall of Byzantium*3*, kept the Christian teachings, will cease to exist

–– the Christian teachings will be replaced with Aristotle–Aquinas political theology, that is with the heathenism

–– the Bible will be replaced with “politically correct” list of praises to pope, slogans, and “prayers” intended to keep the laity obedient

–– the people will be fed with the images and phantoms constructed by the political theologians

–– pedophilia, masochism, and other perversions will become the signs of sainthood, therefore, the norm or example to follow for the laity

–– the churches will become the desolate houses, even if they are filled with attendants covered with the signs of cross who sometimes use the word “god”

–– and so on…

        Nevertheless, even if Christianity will again become forbidden, it will remain the secret, yet precious, knowledge of the few preserved by God; although it will not be found in official churches, it will live within the chosen ones as it lived in the Desert Fathers and in humble men who are known as the Apostles of Lord God Jesus Christ.

We know that today God Himself keeps His inheritance safe as He did it in the Past. Only by the mercy of God knowledge and truth are preserved and the earth still exists. God always dwelt, is dwelling, and will dwell in His Own house – the soul, which is born of God {John 1:1–4, 12–13; 3:3–7}: we, the Christians, know our Future promised by God {Isaiah 66:1–2, 22; Revelation 21:3–4, 22; 22:3–4}…

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*1* Concerning ecumenism see posting  Ecumenism  –––– December 14, 2008

 

*2* Concerning Aristotle–Aquinas political theology see postings

Thomas Aquinas  –––– November 16, 2008

Political Theology  –––– November 23, 2008

Hierarchical Church  –––– November 30, 2008

 Church Militants  –––– December 7, 2008

 

*3*  Concerning the fall of Byzantium see postings

The Hierarchy  –––– July 20, 2008

Hierarchical Church  –––– November 30, 2008

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97. Sunday, February 14, 2010

 

Thinking of the Broken and Humbled Heart…

 

…a broken and humbled heart God will not despise…

{Psalm 50:17}

 

David the king has sinned before God, and the Prophet was sent with horrifying message: David’s child will die for his sin and the sword will never depart from his house – murder, treachery, and grief will stay with his descendents until the time allotted by God. So, that happened {2 Kings 11:2–27; 12:1–18; 13:1–36; 15:7–17, 30–31; 16:20–22; 18:1–17, 33; 3 Kings 2:10–25; 11:28–40, and further}.

David is king, owner of abundant flocks; he is able to offer plentiful sacrifice for his sin, yet he knows that sacrificial murder will not correct the actions of man. What, then, would convince God to have mercy on sinner? The broken and humbled heart, which is able to see the incompatibility of sin with righteousness, and the broken spirit that sees the gravity of own failures should be offered as the sacrifice to God {Psalm 50(51):16–17}.

Then, the Book of Isaiah conveys the message of God: remove iniquities from the soul, cease from doing evil, and learn to do the good, than, it would be possible to obtain forgiveness {Isaiah 1:11–20}.

So, God does not request intentional suffering, masochistic “mortification of flesh,” sleep deprivation, and other tortures and perversions according to the customs of pagans, rituals of idol–worshipers, and practices of heretics {e.g., 3 Kings 18:17–29; Romans 1:21–32; Colossians 2:18–23; I Timothy 4:1–5}. All perversions are followed with mental disorders and degradation*1*; they penetrated the religious establishments along with the heathen Orphic doctrines*2*, heresy of Origen*3* , and heresy of Manicheans *4*; they are intended to diminish the significance of Lord Jesus Christ’s atonement for the world.

Our God is the perfect Love without fear and suffering; our God is God of wisdom and knowledge: He loves, heals, feeds, illuminates, and teaches His creations as loving Father does. All that the Christians need is the Bible and the manner of life described by the Apostles: prayer, observance of the commandments of God, life in dignity and righteousness according to the techings of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christians adhere to the natural way of life: marriage between man and woman, friendship and love, children, pursuit of happiness, achievement and actualization of the highest creative potential, and decent life according to the commandments of God – all this is natural and good, because God created everything perfect and because God blessed man to multiply, to cherish, toil, and dominate the world in love and perfection {Genesis 1:26–31; Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 30:8–20; Matthew 5:1–48; 6:1–34; 7:1–27; 9:13; 10:28–31; 11:28–30; 15:19–20; 20:25–28; 22:36–40; 23:8–11; Mark 12:29–33; Luke 12:4–9; 13–36; 21:34–36; John 4:24; 6:27–29; 13:34–35; 14:1–27; 15:1–26; 16:13; James; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John; Romans; Galatians; 1 Timothy; 1 Corinthians; 2 Corinthians;  Ephesians; 1 Thessalonians 4:2–12; 5:5–22; Titus 3:1–14; Hebrew 13:4–6; Colossians 2:6–23; 3:1–25; 4:1–2, and other Books of the New Testament}.

The Christian Church in the first centuries of her life, when she strictly followed traditions of the Apostles, established the rules of preparation for the feasts and days in which the Christians remember the earthly life of our Savior. All of them serve

1/ re–focusing of the mind on love to God and seeking understanding of His revelations and commandments given in the Holy Scriptures

2/ purification of body from unhealthy eating and other habits

3/ improvement of physical and especially mental health. 

These rules can be found in documents of the Ancient Christian Church; some of them are preserved by the Orthodox Christian Churches of the East and West, yet, some of them have been modified to include alien and heretical practices.

In general, reasonable restriction of consuming of material resources and the behavior consistent with human dignity always are inseparable from the righteous manner of life. During preparations to the feasts, as the means of self–reflection and self–control, the Christians practice reasonable fasting and restrain themselves from some social activities, mostly entertainment. The main condition is seeking God’s guidance and the main judge is love to God: He is the only Father, Teacher, and Shepherd {Matthew 23:8–11}; God Himself teaches His people.

With God, there is no time, there is no change. In the beginning of the lent (in 2010, February 15––April 3), which is established to clean the house of Lord – the human heart – for the greatest feast of the Holy Pascha (Easter), the prayer of ancient king {Psalm 50(51)} still is the example for those who live now. We all are equal before our Father: we have nothing to offer besides contrite, broken, and humble heart –

–– contrite – because we have sinned against God and we have done evil to our parents, brothers, sisters, children, relatives, neighbors, friends, co–workers, strangers, and others who we met

–– broken – because we cognized sorrows, grief, humiliation, betrayal, hatred, rejection, and other evils, which we offer and commit to the others and which we receive daily from the others

–– humble – because we accepted the truth that without God we are capable of nothing good and beneficial for us, our families, friends, neighbors, and for the world.

        The beginning is understanding of sinfulness of our life – that is firstly, inability to love followed with inability to create the good.

And I think: in the day of my death, what shall I offer as justification of all days of my life? Would I find anything worthy besides the moments when I was able to pray: create in me a clean heart, o God, cast me not away from Thy presence, and remove not Thy Holy Spirit from me {Psalm 50(51):10–11}?

 

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*1*  Concerning “mortification of flesh” and other methods of “penitence,” see posting   Church Militants –  December 7, 2008,  especially, Note 3, Loyola’s training.

 

*2*  During many centuries, the followers of the ancient heathen philosophy considered the customs of the Orphic Initiated (e.g., do not consume meat and do not touch women) as an expression of the highest human ideals. However, the lovers of Orphism did not know, or did not want to know, that after the rites of the Initiation during which the Orphics–to–be devoured raw flesh of a human child, the Initiated began to identify themselves with their bestial gods or even with their primary deity – the “divine absolute animal.” Their “absolute animal” is composed with the multitude of forms of deities and other beings, including animals and humans. Although Orphic “gods” accepted human and animal sacrifices as the confirmation of their absolute power over life and death, the Orphics avoided contact with human and animal blood and flesh, because the matter is the source of contamination of the divine.

 

*3*  Concerning Origen, see posting The False Teachers: Origen – October 5.

 

*4*  The “righteous” life of the Perfected of Manicheans (no animal food, strict rituals of purification, fasting, mortification of flesh, avoidance of sexual contacts, no social or political activity, rejection of the society and all obligations, duties, and customs) had the peculiar foundation: the beliefs that the matter is evil, and therefore, human flesh is evil, which has to be suppressed, mortified, and exterminated. The Manicheans exterminated themselves, for instance, through “endure” – the ritual of slow suicide with self–inflicted torture and starvation. Among their beliefs is that fathering of a child is the most horrible sin. For the Manicheans, the only proper manner of existence was slowly committed self–annihilation.

        However, the illusion of righteousness fed by the apparent virtues of the Manicheans attracted many people; the majority were those who encountered corruption, injustice, and hypocrisy of the papal servants.

        Although apparently, the Manicheans and the Christians have some similarity of the manifest rituals with which they express their beliefs (e.g., fasting), the Christians classify the doctrine behind the Manicheans’ fasting as the greatest heresy ever invented by human imagination and the articles of the Manichean faith as the sacrilege.

        Although officially rejected by the papacy and vigorously exterminated by the Inquisition, Manichaean heresy influenced many theologians.

       

Concerning the Manicheans, see postings:  

The Heresy –– July 6, 2008

The Hierarchy  ––– July 20, 2008

The False Teachers: Origen –– October 5, 2008

The False Teachers: Augustine of Hippo –– October 12, 2008

Thomas Aquinas –– November 16, 2008.

 

 

 

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98. Sunday, February 21, 2010

 

Thinking of the Place of Rest…

 

…Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool:

which kind of dwelling will you create for Me?

and what kind of place for My rest?…

{Isaiah 66:1}

 

Heaven is the throne of God, and the earth is His footstool; so what kind of dwelling man is able to create for the Almighty God, which kind of house he would structure/create/set for the Creator Who owns everything He created, and which kind of place for God’s rest? The Prophet receives the answer: God considers the humble and still heart, the man who trembles at the words of God {Isaiah 66:1–2}. The word τρεμοντα, which defines the one trembling, denotes not the state of body; it is the spiritual state of the “fear of God”: when Isaiah the Prophet in the next verse mentions ανομος, that is the ones without law, transgressors who choose their ways and abominations {Isaiah 66:3}, he makes clear that God considers the one who observes the Law of God and who is afraid to violate it.

The meaning of the “rest of God” might be found in Genesis: in six days of time God finished His works of creation; He rested in the seventh day of time from all His works, and He blessed this day and sanctified it, because in it, He rested from all His works {Genesis 2:2–3}. Later, the seventh day – Sabbath was set apart as the day made holy by God {Exodus 20:8–11}. That is how the rest of God became sanctity for man.

Further, in the New Testament, Lord God Jesus Christ tells all those who are laboring and being burdened:

 

–– come to Me and I will give you rest

–– take My yoke upon yourselves and learn from Me, because I am meek and humble in heart,

–– and you will find rest for your soul, because My yoke is virtuous

{ζυγος Μου χρηστος}

–– and My burden is light
{Matthew 11:28–30}.

 

        Then, Lord God Jesus Christ promised that if His follower keeps His words, he will be able to create the works of His and God the Father will love him: He and His Son will come to him and make an abode with him {John 14:12, 23}.

        These texts of the Holy Scriptures describe the purpose, which man–creation of God must accomplish; they also convey the conditions of the success. So, what man is able to offer, and what God will accept?

        Everything is given through the Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God: He is example to follow, the way to take, the truth to cognize, and the perfection into which a human being must be transformed.

        Rest, which God mentions, comes when human mind–heart–soul (the mind*1* in the following text) abides with God: the human mind was created in image and likeness of God; it is the dwelling place, the temple of God, the natural place of God’s rest. Until God takes His place in the human heart, no one has fullness of life and perfection of the accomplishment, which compose the meaning of rest or sanctity.

        To accomplish that for what God created human being, to become that what God wants His creation to be, and to come into rest of God, the human heart must be humble.

        Probably, none of the words employed for description of the Christian teachings has so much misunderstanding as the word “humble.” When some people speak of humble man, they depict poor beggar, docile and humiliated slave of men–traditions–customs–authorities, etc. incapable of defending own rights, possession, and the very own life; in summary, some kind of mud under the feet of successful businessmen or the speechless bottom of the oppressive regime. If so, how to reconcile the words of God, in which He speaks of Himself (meek and humble in heart), with His miracles and teachings, which reveal the Almighty God–Creator of the world and the Master of the Eternity? 

        The true meaning of being “humble” includes being in possession of three things:

–– knowledge – knowledge of God and knowledge of own human nature created by God and for the purposes of God

–– wisdom to understand the difference between the will of God and the essence of the world of men

–– the wholehearted determination to seek, to cognize, and to accomplish the will of God.

        To be meek means to be loyal, devoted, compliant, accommodating, placid, loving, obedient and submissive. All these words describe the obedient Son Who, because of His unconditional and absolute love to His Father, came to accomplish the will of the Father, yet, Who is the One with the Father, Who is the only way, the truth, and light for His follower who seeks God, Who possesses all the power, and all the might, and all the authority over the world, which God the Father creates through Him, the Word–God {John 1:1–3, 9–10, 14; 4:34; 10:17–18, 30; 12:49; 14:10–11, 28; 17:2–5, 21}.

        As always, the essence of everything is in the purpose: to have humble and meek heart is

–– to live for God: to focus own mind on God, to observe the commandments of God, to seek accomplishment of the will of God

–– to love God with all heart, all soul, all understanding – with all might and power and wisdom, which are the true attributes of human nature created in image and after likeness of God. Therefore, to be humble and meek means to discard the values of men and to be ready to accomplish the will of God.

        The humble and meek one is able to take on himself the “yoke” of God ( ζυγος yoke –  is something that unites, connects, binds together for the same purpose). To take the “yoke” of God means to work in accordance with the will of God, for the purposes of God, and with God. The blessing to take “the yoke” of God, in fact, is the greatest blessing of righteousness, virtue, and mercy: God elevates the creature of dust from the realm of death and makes it His Own temple and child who will be with Him forever.

        Four theologians summarized the Christian concept of man in relation to God – St. Maximus the Confessor, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Basil the Great, and St. Gregory Palamas:

        ––  when the Word of God lives and acts within man, the man is united with the grace of Lord God Jesus Christ; this incomprehensible grace illuminates the nature and elevates it above the natural laws: man becomes uncreated as the grace of God is uncreated

        –– everything that is moved by the Holy Spirit becomes alive, eternal, and sacred: through Lord God Jesus Christ, man (who before was dust, the human clay) receives the anointment of the Holy Spirit to become “the child of light” destined for the eternity

        –– when the Holy Spirit dwells in man, the man oversteps the limits of his temporal worldly existence: from the mortal he becomes immortal, from the temporal becomes eternal; he receives the dignity of prophet and apostle and, through Lord God Jesus Christ, he becomes a child of God [St. Gregory Palamas (1974) 121–122; St. Maximus the Confessor, St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. Basil the Great, ref. in: St. Gregory Palamas (1974) 122].

        St. Gregory Palamas (1296–1359) considers the act of creation as the only moment when a human being realizes own essence and discovers the image of God within own soul/mind.

Therefore, the essence of a human being unfolds as the dwelling and the rest of God within the created by God Universe; a human being lives to accomplish the following purposes:

–– to receive the Spirit of God during the earthly existence

–– to abide in love and light

–– to fulfill the will of God at the Earth

–– to dwell with God throughout the eternity.

Subsequently, the meaning of the “yoke” of God becomes clear: it is the creative works, which man has to accomplish according to the will of God, with the energy given by God, and within the world given into man’s domain. Creativity crowns life of the mind – it is the natural zenith of the natural state of perfection. Only during creative activities, the intellect actualizes likeness of God, because human creativity is the imitation of God’s acts of creation: man becomes able to create new additions to the existing cosmos. Such cooperation with God –– συνεργια  –– demands realization of the highest potency of the mind; it discloses the purpose of human existence as realization of the will of God: embodiment of the creative energy received from God into the systems and realities, which serve the evolution. If the good has a measure, this measure would correspond with the divine creative energy that a human being transforms into own thoughts, which, then, are embodied into the material systems; these systems become possession of the world and facilitate evolution by increasing goodness of the world and prosperity of men.

        Humble and meek heart are not only conditions of stillness and rest of human mind; they are the components of virtues, which God mentions as the definition of His “yoke” (χρηστος  –  means virtuous, decent, honorable). St. Gregory Palamas identifies the human virtues as the derivatives of the attributes of God – “the things that surround Him” [St. Gregory Palamas (1983) 95].

        The virtues not only define righteousness and devotion to God; virtues reveal the potency to create the good concealed within the human mind: they measure the degree of perfection of the mind, which imitates God {Matthew 5:48}.  It might be said also that the virtue is the indicator of the divine energy within a human being.

        For instance, St. Gregory Palamas writes that the divine energy “bestows substance” and life: God dwells in His creations “in different and varied ways” interrelated with their “worthiness and way of life” [St. Gregory Palamas (1983) §28 83; (1988) §87, §91, §93, §95 187, 189–193, 195–197].

        Consequently, humility might be seen as the readiness for the purposes of God. Humility is the openness to the divine creative energy of God, which enters the human mind prepared to serve God and to create the destiny of the world given into the dominion of man.

        Although it might be interpreted as the contradiction, humility of the mind is the greatest riches, because the humble heart is the dwelling of God, therefore, the abode of the Absolute power, which exceeds all powers imaginable by men. Then, only own personal choice stands between the human mind and the power, which God might give to those who live to serve Him, and only own personal choice decides misery or happiness of man.

        The Lord and Savior during the test in the wilderness {Luke 4:1–8} has shown that all the power and all the glory of all the kingdoms which ever existed, exist now, or will appear in the Future, are nothing before the glory to serve God. Eternal life and immeasurable power of the child of God – not the dust of the empires built on the death and suffering of men – are the reward of the humble and meek heart that serves God.

        And I think of the strange phenomenon: the incompatibility of the world of men with the criteria of the Absolute good by which the world has been created and through which it still exists today. If to judge by the results – happiness and prosperity of the contemporary societies – humble and meek heart obviously always was the last characteristic of the rulers, politicians, leaders, as well as any ordinary men in a position of any authority.

        Moreover, where are the people who today mention or know the meaning of virtue and who teach children to be virtuous, for instance, to love God, to revere God, to respect the parents, to love the neighbors, do not steal, do not commit adultery in their married life {Exodus 20:1–17}, do not fornicate, to restrain own behavior, and to control own emotions? Who, for instance, teaches schoolgirls that dignity of woman is her family, her husband and her children, and that kindness, gentleness and modesty are the best jewels, which woman can possess?

        Public schools and churches became the places where children are compelled to learn rudeness, cruelty, vice and perversion; disgrace and shame describe the manner of life; dirt of celebrities became the model of the mob. Yet, when the criminals who have committed especially heinous crimes take their seconds of fame, media carries the flood of naïve questions and accusations, mainly, why in the Past nobody discerned the omens of today’s crimes, why no one was able to diagnose the insanity and inhumanity of the criminal, where the authorities have been when it was still time to prevent the disaster, and so on. 

        It was known in the Past: people perish because of lack of knowledge. Even the pagans knew that the virtue is knowledge of human nature; where is this knowledge now, and, consequently, which kind of inhumanity we or our children will encounter tomorrow?

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*1* Concerning the essence of man – heart–soul–mind, see posting  The Deliverance –– January 17, 2010,  Note 1.

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St. Gregory Palamas. The One Hundred and Fifty Chapters. Ed. and trans. Robert E. Sinkewicz. Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies,  1988.

St. Gregory Palamas. "Pismo k Akindiny." A Russian translation of the third letter of St. Gregory Palamas to Akindynos, and Commentary by John Meyendorff. Byzantine Hesychasm:  Historical, Theological and Social Problems. Collected Studies by John Meyendorff. London:  Variorum Reprints, 1974. 113–126.

St. Gregory Palamas. The Triads (Apology for the Holy Hesychasts). Ed. with Introduction by John Meyendorff. Trans. Nicholas Gendle. With Preface and Notes by Jaroslav Pelican. New York:  Paulist Press, 1983.

 

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99. Sunday, February 28, 2010

 

Thinking of the First Ultimate…

 

…Honor thy Lord with thy just labors

and the first ultimate from fruits of thy righteousness…

{Proverbs 3:9}

 

It was told at the beginning: the first and the best fruits of human labor must be brought to the Lord; the fire must not be burnt in the dwelling of man in the seventh day – the day, which is sanctified in the memory of the day of the Lord’s rest {Exodus 35:1–10}. Many other rules and restrictions were given by Moses and had to be observed if the chosen nation chooses survival and prosperity {Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy; the summary – Deuteronomy 30:10–20}. The human civilization began with the physical rituals of observance of the Law; so,

–– the darkness of earthly dwelling would make the mind ready for the Supreme Light

–– the rest and detachment of all things and businesses in the seventh day would prepare to the rest in God, when – as St. Maximus the Confessor assumes*2* – after completion of all that a human being has been born to complete, the “flow of temporal existence” would be ended, a human being would return to the Creator and regain the original nature

–– the flesh would learn to obey the Spirit

–– the reasoning would be enabled to discern the invisible essence behind the visible manifestation and to perceive the eternal and omnipotent Spirit behind the limits of its temporary derivative – the matter

–– the vessel of clay would be fashioned for carrying the Light

–– the mind would awake for the meeting of the Creator – the Word–God.

Step by step, from one Prophet to another Prophet, from the act of rejection and disobedience to the act of understanding and acceptance, the mind began its perilous path transforming the beast into the human being, the child of God.

Solomon the King describes one of the interim stage, with which the ancient mind accelerated the meeting of the Lord: Honor thy Lord with thy just labors and the first ultimate*1* from the fruits of thy righteousness {Proverbs 3:9}. King Solomon’s subjects and listeners knew the meaning of first fruits. However, there is something else in this particular thought: the first height, or the ultimate, from fruits of righteousness. Which kinds of fruits the righteousness brings, and which one is the first and the highest, the ultimate of them?

 From the beginning, the righteousness is known as the attribute of God; it includes the Absolute Truth, Ultimate Wisdom, and Supreme Justice.

In reference to man, it could be said that the righteousness is consistent compliance with the original human nature: the image and likeness of God. Therefore, man is righteous if

–– he is the embodiment of the Law of God

–– he lives according to the nature created by God: he is truthful, faithful, merciful and just

–– he loves the Creator and he loves the others because he sees in them the same image and likeness of God that is in himself. 

If so, what is the first height, the ultimate of the fruits of righteousness with which man must honor God?

All and everything good of man is God, everything good for man is in God, and everything good in man is from God. Therefore, only love to God can be the ultimate, the first height of righteousness.

And I think of the past generations of Greek Christians and theologians – our ancestors, predecessors, grand–grand–grand–….grand–––fathers, for instance, such as my favorite theologians and writers – St. Maximus the Confessor and St. Gregory Palamas who lived at the same earth before us. Their just labors – their writings summarize the knowledge acquired during the years in which the human mind incessantly labored on cognition of the Creator. Whatever the wordings are, whatever the subject is, the essence always is the same:

–– faith, loyalty, and love to God

and

–– love to men – to those who lived before us,

to us who live today, and to those who will live tomorrow.

In their love to us, their spiritual descendents destined to the same thorny path of difficulties and sorrows – the blessed path of cognition, they left their knowledge of God, their vision of the world: the thoughts to comprehend, and the instructions to follow.

And I think, what will be the legacy of the present generation – is anything, what has been written today worthy to be left to our children? What we will leave – the art of war, researches into the nature of rodents arrogantly asserted to be similar to the human nature, philosophy of hatred such as doctrine of Friedrich Nietzsche, dirt of psychoanalysis of Sigmund Freud who ascribed to mankind his own “Oedipus” complex and other perversions, Machiavellian cynicism, Marxist dialectics, design of concentration camps, oppressive ideologies, neo–paganism and cult of death, ecumenism*3*, Darwinism, efficient organ–harvesting…

 

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*1*  και απαρχου αυτω; απαρχου  –– the beginning,  first practices;  αυτω  –– might be the old form of  αωτον –– the height, crowning moment, peak, zenith, quintessence, epitome, the ultimate; the overall meaning: the first height, the first accomplishment, the first practices of perfection

 

*2*  St. Maximus the Confessor. “Two Hundred Texts on Theology.”  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. Vol. 2.  First Century, §47, §51; 123–124.

 

*3*  Concerning ecumenism, see posting  Ecumenism  –––– December 14, 2008

 

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

 

Thinking of the Richness of Illusion…

 

 

…They wandered in desolate drought…

{Psalm 106:4}

 

 

At first glance, Psalm 106(107) is a reminder of the Exodus, when Moses led the chosen tribe through the desert, and reminiscence of the people who have been brought low by their own iniquities–violations of the Law of God and who are learning the consequences: suffering, affliction, hunger, poverty, darkness, and slavery.

The Psalm begins with the thanksgiving for the everlasting mercy of God: He delivers those who wander in the desolate drought.

The Septuagint’s text, which traditionally is translated as wandering in the desolate dry land or wilderness, has much more complicated meaning*1*; for instance, it might point to the image of rich illusion that covers the actuality of emptiness, poverty, and hunger. This image portrays the desolate drought of the mind, which rejected own Creator {John 15:5–6}.

After the wanderers cried to the Lord, God delivered and saved them from their distress, affliction, and destruction: He led them into a “city of habitation.” In the “city of habitation,” they planted vineyards, and harvested the fruits of the Earth. Then, they became few; evils and pain oppressed them and brought them low again. This time, their superior leaders {for instance, the kings who the people have chosen to rule over them instead of God –– 1 Kings 8:4–19; 10:17–19; 12:17–19} are humiliated (or debilitated) in impassable place without road; obviously, they are not able to alleviate suffering of their subjects. There is also an explanation, why the people have to suffer: they rebelled against the words of God and committed iniquities, so, they became afflicted and distressed, their heart was brought low with troubles, and they became silent/weak; there is no guidance, and there is no one to help {Psalm 106:10–12}.

The deliverance and salvation came only after the people cried to God and asked to save them. In the text of Psalm, four times the same way of deliverance is pointed out: the people cried to God, and God saved them {Psalm 106:6, 13, 19, 28}. The way of healing also is mentioned: God sent His Word and healed the wanderers, and restored them of their deviation/corruption/malformation {διαφθορων *2* –– Psalm 106:20}. Mercy of God opens the way out of the desolated wilderness into the “city of habitation”; all that the afflicted have to do for their salvation is to beseech God to help, that is to forgive them.

The Psalm names the acts of God, which define the meaning of salvation and deliverance: God provided the wanderers with everything needed for life and happiness; He 

–– satisfied and filled their empty, hungry, and thirsty soul

–– brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death

–– broke their bonds asunder

–– helped them out of the way of their iniquities

–– blessed them, so, they multiplied exceedingly

–– helped the poor out of poverty

–– guided them into a straight path, so, they could reach “the city of habitation” {Psalm 106(107):4–38}.

The Psalm explains why the soul becomes empty, why the mind is destined to wander in the desolate drought without the living water, why hunger, poverty, and the fetters of slavery fall on the wanderers: their heart is brought low with troubles and is silent because of rebellion against the words of God*2*. Only after God sent His Word and healed them, they are delivered out of their abnormality {Psalm 106:20}. Then, it might be inferred that the first result of deliverance is restoration of the faculty of deliberation – the sound reasoning and righteous judgment: they left the way of their iniquities and become able to reach the “city of habitation.”

Obviously, there is much more than one–time road of the nomads through the desert, e.g., references to the leaders and to travel in ships through the sea, which did not happen or exist in the time of Exodus {Psalm 106:23–30, 40}. The Psalm unfolds the entire history of the chosen people, and through their Past, reveals the destiny of all nations, which have to pass through the face of the Earth and to accept or to reject God, therefore, to make the choice between life and death; as always, everything is about the Word of God {John 5:39}.

        And I think of the richness of illusion, which covers emptiness of hungry and thirsty soul deprived of the Word of God. Evil and corrupted imagination {Genesis 8:21} have produced many substitutions for the actuality of the Word of God by which the human mind lives. We became similar to the travelers in the desert who accept mirage as the inhabited city and run across the wilderness without path in pursuit of the phantom. The richness of illusion is the deadly disease of the contemporary societies, which accommodate the substitution of

–– idols of all kinds (e.g., kings, popes, party leaders and other deified heads of numberless political, religious and other hierarchies*3*) –– for God

–– despair, hopelessness, and affliction –– for faith

–– heresies, ideologies, and superstitions –– for the knowledge of God

–– freedom of corruption and immorality –– for self–control and righteousness

–– freedom of sex (that is fornication and adultery) –– for love and the sanctity of marriage

–– illusions and dreams –– for the actuality of the world, which accommodates the contemporary societies (e.g. mortgages for actual possession, credits and debts for money, derivatives and simplified unrealistic financial models for the reality of gold, skills to compile false and deceiving assumptions for the science as the art of cognition of truth)

–– movies, computer games, “virtual realities” for the actuality of existence, and so on.

        In general, the products (for instance, books and movies), which the mass culture offers for mass consumption, supply the detailed scenarios of violations of the commandments of God. The movies, books, games became the guide to destruction: they teach children and the adults how to actualize the same pattern of deviation in different settings and circumstances.

        Although the settings and conditions of life might not be similar, the essence of this pattern of deviation is always the same evil: deprivation of good (life, wealth, health, good repute, and everything, which people might hold valuable), lies, and deceit. Starting from childhood, the people receive plenty of instructions, which corrupt and pervert their thinking and behavior and exterminate remnants of natural morality and virtues inseparable from the normal human nature: they learn how to murder, how to deceive, how to steal, and so on. And these instructions bring the same end for all who follow them: death of the soul or death of a body.

        The contemporary daily life –– education, work, entertainment, and social, political, and religious activities –– might be likened to the well established manufacturing process. The terrifying actuality behind this process is that it results in transformation of a free living human being into the living dead – the slave of sin. For instance, what are the source, the purpose, the foundation, and the results of the uninterrupted flow of messages conveyed through all media and entertainment if all of them induce to commit evil: to consume more, to kill many, to amass more, to humiliate and enslave the others, to deprive them of freedom of conscience as well as of any other freedom? Behind the richness of illusion is the desolate drought of poverty, hunger, and emptiness of the soul–mind, because a human being lives by the Word of God, and if there is no Word of God, there is no life {Deuteronomy 8:3; Luke 4:4; 1 John 5:12}.

        From another angle of view, in theory, any society is the assembly of persons seeking mutual protection, security, prosperity, and conditions of life, which would allow actualization of the highest human potential. Everyone contributes something and expects to receive something in exchange. So, what the empty and hungry soul is able to offer – richness of illusion with which it covers own insufficiency? Are the mirages and phantasms able to support the afflicted, to feed the hungry, to enrich the poor, to sustain elderly, and to heal the sick? Could the poverty of empty souls be the reason why malice, coercion, violence, deceit, immorality and perversion became the inseparable attributes of daily life?

 

 

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*1* In the text  Επλανηθησαν εν τη ερημω εν ανυδρω  {Psalm 106:4}, the compound word  Επλανηθησαν  contains the roots of many words; for instance, among them are 

πλανη  –– error, illusion, fallacy 

πλανω  –– two meanings: deceive, or mislead and wander or roam

πλανητης  –– planet, and  πλανητικος  –– wandering, nomadic

θησανρος  –– wealth, riches.

Consequently, one word might convey at least two meanings, which supplement each other and enrich the ultimate image: they wander in richness of illusion and they are deceived and mislead. The following words –– εν τη ερημω εν ανυδρω –– point out that they are in the desolate waterless drought, so, the richness of illusion is linked with the fruitless dry wastes.

 

*2*   in Psalm 106:20, the logical block –– και ερρυσατο αυτους εκ των διαφθορων αυτων  ––  contains two compound words:  ερρυσατο and  διαφθορων.  Their roots generate two clusters of words: 1/ with the meaning of power, rhythm, ability to empower and make rhythmical and  2/ with the meaning of disparity, deviation–perversion–malfunctioning–abnormality, corruption, and immorality. In connection with the first part of the sentence, which indicates that God sent His Word and healed the afflicted {Psalm 106:20}, this logical block explains the meaning of healing: the Word of God empowered the normal rhythm of life of the supplicants and the divine energy of God restored them that is delivered from their deviation. In the text of the Psalm is a direct definition of the condition from which God delivered those who cried to Him: shadow of death {Psalm 106:14}. In summary, the violations of the Law of God are immorality, perversion, and other deviations from the original human nature {the original human nature is defined as the image and likeness of God – Genesis 1:26–27}. The violations of the Law of God make the heart {the vessel of the Law –– Deuteronomy 30:11–14} silent, therefore, weaken the mind, because deviations from the original nature make the transgressor incapable of receiving the energy of life – the Daily Bread and the Living Water of the human being, that is the Word of God {John 6:48–51; 4:10–14}.  By sending His Word, God heals a sick and perverted human being: He restores the human nature and guides a human being to the path from the desolate wastes into a “city of habitation,” that is the place of comfort, prosperity, and happiness inseparable from the normal manner of life of a normal human being living according to the Law of God and in the world, which is maintained and protected by God. 

 

*3* See posting The Hierarchy –– July 20, 2008.

 

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

 

 

Thinking of the Ultimate Choice…

 

…Lord, remember me when You come in Your kingdom …

{Luke 23:42}

 

Two criminals have been crucified with Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. One of them (the first criminal) blasphemed Him saying, if You are the Christ, save Yourself and us {Luke 23:39}. Another – the second – criminal rebuked his counterpart saying: do you not fear God, for you are under the same judgment? We are condemned justly because of our deeds, yet, He did nothing wrong. Then, he said to Lord Jesus Christ: Lord, remember me when You come in Your Kingdom {Luke 23:40–42}.

Lord God did not answer the first criminal – he was left to die as he was condemned by his fellow–men, in agony and despair. God answered the prayer of the second criminal with the promise that he will be with Him, in Paradise {Luke 23:43}.

        And I think that the crosses of Golgotha are the end, the crown of history of mankind, because the quest of man for cognition of good and evil is concluded, although the Earth will exist until the children of God compete their life–cycle as preparation for the next phase of existence and until the measures of good and evil of men are filled.

        If to acknowledge the truth that anyone who commits evil or sin against God, against other human beings, and against other creations of God – that is violates one or all of The Ten Commandments, is a criminal, it becomes clear that we all, ordinary people, are the criminals: we all have sinned before God and before the others. Only through Lord Jesus Christ we are justified before God and resurrected to the eternal life, because “Christ is the end of the Law” and he who calls on His name will be saved {John 3:14–18, 36; Ephesians 2:1–5; Romans 2:11–16; 5:6–21; 10:4, 9, 13}.  

        Although sins and crimes are different by their appearance (e.g., betrayal, murder, rape, slander, theft, deceit), there is no difference in their essence, because all of them are deprivation of the good (life, good repute, possession, physical and mental health, freedom) and inflicting harm and suffering on the others. Human laws differentiate punishment according to appearance: murderer might be executed, slanderer might be forced to pay money as retribution, rapist might be put in jail, etc. The Law of God has the same end for all kinds of evil –– death of the sinner, because any sin–violation of the Law is perversion, which makes the violator unable to receive the divine energy, the Daily Bread, which sustains life {John 6:48, 50–51}. The sinner’s soul dies, because it lost access to the divine energy – the breath of life. The essence of the death of soul is similar to crucifixion of a body.

Crucifixion is the most agonizing, humiliating, and inhumanly painful execution. Its essence is complete deprivation of abilities to act and triggering of dying through unnaturally restricted position of a wounded body fixed on the cross:

–– the weight of body slowly destroys the thorax and lungs and results in slow suffocation

–– the position of lifted, fixed, and twisted under the weight of a body hands destroys joints and interrupts circulation of blood and lymph

–– infection from wounds in hand palms pierced by iron nails and wounds from lashes and obstruction of circulation of blood and lymph accompanied with edemas result in fever and slow destruction of all life–supporting systems.

The condemned are deprived of ability to move, to alleviate pain, even to fasten the process of death; they retain ability to utter few words until the developing oedema of the lungs would make speech impossible. Sometimes, as the act of “mercy,” the condemned are given the narcotic drink, which temporarily alleviates their suffering by making them delusional. Actually, the narcotic substances prolong the agony because they intervene with the acuteness of perception, and thus prevent the brain from immediate death when intensity of pain would reach the threshold of brain’s survival. 

Crucifixion is quintessence of slavery and embodiment of the greatest evil cognized by men. Only the cursed mind in which nothing human is left was capable to conceive such evil. Indeed, crucifixion was invented by the “cursed men” – the Phoenicians who sacrificed their own sons to dead stones and sent own daughters to serve as temple prostitutes*1*

When I learned the history of the cursed people, I was thinking that somehow, by intuition or by the memories of the pre–Flood world, the Phoenicians have penetrated the essence of evil: they created the patterns and strategies, which still are unsurpassed by intensity of evil. Probably, that is why they were able to invent the crucifixion, which, in fact, reflects death of the soul – enslaved and debilitated by evil and agonizing under the curse of sin.

Although the Phoenician civilization was condemned to the oblivion because of the scale of evil it cognized and embodied into its religion, culture, and social life, the survived memories of the Phoenicians’ deeds allow conclusion that their knowledge of evil was absolute as much as it is possible for human mind to reach the absolute knowledge. One of such deeds – execution by crucifixion – reveals the greatest evil, which one human being might inflict on other human being.

This greatest evil of men is defeated by the love of God. For the sake of our salvation, the Word–God became flesh, the Son of man: He took on Himself the human nature and as man, died on the cross for the sins of the world {John 1:14; 3:13–18, 36; 10:9–18; 1 John 3:5, 16; 4:9–10}. At the moment of crucifixion of the Son of man, the very nature of man, therefore all human beings, were lifted on the cross with the Son of man and died with the Son of man for the committed evil and sins: all human beings – everyone of us who lived in the Past, live know, and will live in the Future, all without exception, because there is no one without sin before God and before the others.

Yet, at the moment of physical death of the Son of man, the Word–God annihilated sin and death: God re–created the human nature and restored His image and likeness within His creation. At this moment, because of love and mercy of God, everyone was given the chance to cognize the greatest good – love and mercy of God and to make own choice between eternal life and death: either to become the human child of God and enter eternity with God or to remain the human beast – the living dead without life within.

The great feast of Resurrection reminds us that without Christ, we all are criminals crucified by our own sins and iniquities: we are dying without breath of life, debilitated with our own evil, infected with immorality and ruthlessness of our societies, sick because of own corruption, and deluded with phantasms created by evil imagination. However, we still are capable of making the ultimate choice:

either

–– to follow example of the second criminal crucified with Lord and Savior:
to acknowledge the evil of our crimes before God and before the others, and then,
to comprehend the goodness and mercy of God, to accept God as Savior and the only King,
and to beseech Him: remember me in Your Kingdom {Luke 23:40–42}

or

–– to follow example of the first criminal: to blame God and to mock His mercy {Luke 23:39},
to reject Him, and to die in loneliness, hopelessness, and despair.

 

This choice, which God granted every one of us, crowns the long history of cognition of good and evil – our own personal history, as well as the history of mankind. Now, in our actual Present, we have to make the final step on the way of cognition of good and evil and the most important, ultimate choice of the entire life: to accept or to reject own salvation. Then, in each moment of existence left until our life–cycle is complete, with each thought, word, and action, we have to prove our knowledge and to confirm our ultimate choice – the choice of own Future {John 6:47; 8:31–36; 10:27–30; 11:25–26; 12:26; 14:6, 15–17, 23; 17:3, 21–26; 1 John 3:1–18; 4:7–12, 14–16, 18–21; 5:11–13}:

either

––– to follow God, to live by God and in God, observing His Word,

in freedom and dignity of righteousness

or

––– to die in slavery of sin and agony of corruption...

 

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*1*  Concerning the Phoenicians, see postings:  

 

“Sacrifice humans, for sacrificial bulls perished” – March 3, 2008

Wisdom – April 20, 2008

Notes to Philosophy: the Foundation – October 26, 2008

The Curse of Cain – August 2, 2009

 

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

 

 

Thinking of the Salvation…

 

…And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,

so must be Son of man lifted up, that every one believing into Him

may not perish, but have life everlasting…

{John 3:14}

 

 

It happened when Nicodemus, the Pharisee, the teacher, and one of the leaders of Israel, came to Lord Jesus Christ. The Word–God explained to Nicodemus the mystery of salvation, which, without help of God, is inconceivable for the mind of man who supposed to be a teacher. There is one more mentioning of Nicodemus: he brought the mixture of myrrh and aloe according to the Jewish custom of burying; along with Joseph of Arimathea, he prepared the body of the Lord for burial and placed it into the new tomb carved within the rock in the garden, near the place of crucifixion {John 3:1–10; 19:38–42; Isaiah 53:9}.

That, what Nicodemus learnt from Lord God Jesus Christ, was so significant for him that he, leader and teacher of Israel, came to venerate the Crucified Son of man condemned to death of the criminal by other leaders and teachers of Israel – members of Sanhedrin.

After Nicodemus, what do learn those who read the Gospel According to John? Only the one, who is born from above, by the Spirit of God, will enter the Kingdom of God. Only those, who accept the Word–God and believe in His name, are empowered to become the children of God. God–Creator and Father, in His love to the world, sent His Son to save the world. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must be Son of man be lifted up, that every one believing into Him may not perish, but have life everlasting {John 1:12–14; 3:1–18}. This last statement is elaborated further, when Lord Jesus Christ tells:Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out. And I, if I will be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself” {John 12:31–33; 8:28}.

It happened when Moses led the chosen people through the wilderness. The people lost courage: there were no food they used to eat in Egypt and no water; the manna {bread from heaven – Exodus 16:4–16} did not satisfy their appetite – the bread from heaven was “empty” (διακενω – empty, void) for them; so, they spoke against God and against Moses. For this, the deadly serpents came among the people: they bit many, and much of those bitten died. Then, the people told Moses: they have sinned against God and against him, so, let him pray the Lord to take the serpent away from them. Moses prayed to the Lord for the people, and the Lord instructed Moses to make a serpent and to fix it on the signal–staff. If the one bitten by the serpent looks at it, he shall live. Moses did as the Lord told him: he made the serpent of brass and lifted it on the signal–staff. So it happened: those bitten by the serpent looked on the brazen serpent, and they lived {Numbers 21:4–9}.

The referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures (concerning the deadly serpent punishing men for the rebellion against God, the signal–staff with the image of deadly serpent, the cross, crucifixion and death of the Son of Man) describe the history of the human nature. 

After Eve and Adam preferred the lies of the ancient serpent to the truth told them by God, they and with them all mankind came under the power of death {Genesis 2:16–17; 3:1–24}: the lies of the ancient serpent are the deadly poison through which the human nature became susceptible to death and because of which each man dies.

In the time of Exodus, God reveals the connection between the revolt against God and death from the serpent’s poison:

–– those who spoke against God, therefore, who rejected God, have to die bitten by the deadly serpent {to die in slavery of sins as those who reject the Redeemer and Savior – John 8:21–25, 34}

–– those who knew the reason of their suffering, therefore, acknowledged their sin and transgressions, and who followed instructions given by God, lived {Numbers 21:4–9}.

After expulsion from the Paradise, the history of mankind came under the sign of the serpent. In general, all heathen cults stem from the same root – recognition of the “divine absolute” animal–serpent as deity and substitution of the deadly beast (who is the “murderer from the beginning”) for God–Creator – giver of life. The history of ancient civilizations is the history of bestialization of man: ultimately, the nature of beast supplanted the human nature and the creations of God became the children of the arch–evil {John 8:42–44}. According to the Law, the entire world of man came unto the judgment: its ruler – the arch–evil revealed through the image of the deadly serpent has to be cast out, and the human nature has to be exterminated for the committed sins. The image of the serpent was lifted on the signal–staff, so man would be able to recognize his ancient enemy, to comprehend the reason of his death, to cast out the dead beast from own life, and to live by the mercy of God.

When the time came for the meeting of the Lord, in His love to His creations and according to His mercy, God – Creator and Father – sent the Word–God, His Son, to purify his servants, to refine them as silver and gold, to reveal love of God, to give the knowledge of God, and to save the world. The Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ came as it was promised through the Prophets {e.g., Malachi 3:1–3; Isaiah 10:17; 40:5; 44:6}:

–– to accomplish the will of God, to save that what was lost {Matthew 18:11, 14; John 3:16–17; 4:34; 5:30; 6:38–40; 8:29; 9:4}

–– to reveal love, mercy of God and grant the knowledge of God leading into the eternal life {John 12:44–50; 13:13; 14:6; 17:1–26}

–– to reveal the ultimate knowledge of evil reached by those who are able to crucify man and to offer vinegar to the dying, suffering, and thirsty human being {Matthew 27:33–34; John 7:7; 16:27–28; 19:28–30; Psalm 68(69):20–21}

–– to suffer for the sins of men, and – as the ultimate judgment on the human nature – to drink the full cup of human suffering, to be betrayed, to be given into the hands of sinners, and to be left alone at the moment when all sins of the world fix Him on the cross and the judgment of God is upon Him {Matthew 26:38–39, 42, 45–50; 27:26–50; Mark 14:17–21, 34–46; Luke 9:44; John 18:11; Isaiah 53:4–10; Zacharias 13:6–7}

–– to take on Himself the sins of the world and to accept death of the criminal for the sins of the world, so the world would live {Mark 15:25–28; John 10:15–18; 18:11; 19:1–30; Isaiah 53:4–12}

–– to conquer the world, to redeem man from the power of the ancient enemy, and to take back His Own possession – man and the world of man {John 12:31; 16:33; Daniel 7:13–14; Zacharias 2:11–13; 3:1–7; Malachi 3:17}

–– to be revealed as the Light of the world, the Way and the Truth for all those seeking the way to God {John 8:12; 12:46–48; 14:6}

–– to cast the Fire, the Holy Spirit of God, upon the earth – man {Luke 12:49; John 7:39; 14:15–17, 23, 26}

–– to heal the sick – to restore the original divine nature of man created into the image and likeness of God; that is to enable the human being to be born of the Spirit of God {Mark 2:17; John 1:12–13; 3:3–6}

–– to set man free from sin {John 8:34–36}

–– to set man free from judgment {John 3:17–18; 5:21–24

–– to give man the life everlasting {John 3:36; 5:25–29; 8:12, 51; 11:25–26}.

And I think that one of the main obstacles, which today separate a human being from salvation, is an inability to discern the nature of things, to recognize the arch–evil of rejection of God and disobedience to His Law as the true reasons of our daily suffering, inhumanity, and corruption.

There are so many distractions and false appearances that shadow and disguise the essence of thoughts, words, and deeds; as the result, many are in a permanent state of being deceived with empty promises impossible to fulfill, puffy words covering lack of substance, and apparent richness and attractiveness of cover–ups, which masquerade poverty and misery of evil.

All these distractions are flowing through social, political, religious, educational and other institutions; they are bombarding the mind through daily news and entertainment; in their multitudes, they leave neither time nor willingness to think of their source, purposes, and overall influence on us, our children, and our families – now, in the Present, and then, in the Future. With each day, we drift deeper and deeper into the abyss of illusions and slavery of sin. We are dreaming that we are free – what is this illusory freedom, if

–– everything has been shifted into illusions and we live by promises, expectations, and imagination

–– we tolerate deceit and corruption of political and religious leaders who usurped our rights to decide and to build our own Future and throw us deeper and deeper into poverty, debt, and despair

–– we slavishly allow keeping us in the cages of “politically correct” socialist, atheist, and terrorist ideologies, which gradually supplant the freedom of speech, freedom of thinking, and freedom of conscience

–– we tolerate corruption and rape our children by institutionalized pedophiles and criminals who pretend on the supremacy and infallibility in the questions of the Christian faith, who sacrilegiously assert connection of their official doctrine –– Aristotle–Aquinas political theology –– with the Christian teachings, and who by all imaginable and unimaginable means push ecumenism, that is firstly, recognition of the Roman pope’s infallibility and deification of the Roman pope mortal and sinful (as all of us are mortal and sinful) man who wants to be worshiped as the substitute of Christ on the earth, and to be unreservedly obeyed as the universal teacher and shepherd of all Christians*1*

–– we tolerate corruption of our children by public officials, perverted public education, and by the flood of pornography, perversion, and dirt, which became the essence of entertainment and is pouring out onto mind of our sons and daughters…

Well, if we tolerate all these, we have what we deserve.

If to accept the referred above words of the Holy Scriptures as the truth, it might be said that we are dying having been bitten by the deadly serpent, yet, we even do not have time and ability to understand that we are dying, that all we need for our salvation is to look up, at the cross of salvation, to come back to our senses, to realize the reason of our death, and to ask God for forgiveness, healing, and life, so, we might be healed and so, we shall live.

In His limitless mercy, God Himself made everything for us as loving father made everything for his children so they would live happily, without problems and insufficiency of any kind; all we need is to become children: to ask and to accept {Matthew 7:7–11}. Our participation in own salvation, our part of the job is simple: to comprehend why we are dying, to stop doing the evil and to begin doing the good, to choose the way of salvation offered by God, to take this way, and to come home, in the kingdom of God.

One week is left before the Easter Sunday – the Holy Pascha, the great feast of Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the day of Holy Pascha, the Christians remember the miracle of salvation opened by the Creator for every living soul. With resurrection of the Son of man, there is no more death: there is temporary separation from those who have completed their mission on the earth, from those who are taken from us, and who wait us in one of the houses of God {John 14:1–3}. Some of us will meet this day, here, in this world; some of us will come back home and join our loved ones who left before and who in this life were our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, relatives, friends – all those who we carry in loving memory. We all – who still live in body and who already left this world of the matter – now are one big family, the immortal children of our eternal God. Wherever we will be, in the Day of Feast, let us call upon the name of God with thanksgiving and blessing {Psalm 115:12–13} for the moment when the salvation became actuality of existence, when the suffering Son of man paid by own agony and death for our eternal life and happiness…

 

 

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*1*  Concerning official doctrine of the papal church see postings:

 

Thomas Aquinas  –––– November 16, 2008

Political Theology  –––– November 23, 2008

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

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

Ecumenism  –––– December 14, 2008.

 

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