Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

 

The Road to God

 

 

 

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

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

{John 14:4, 6}

 

 

It is the final hours before Lord God Jesus Christ completes His will at this world and gives it a chance of salvation: He is going to leave the world, to come back, to the Father, from where He – the Word–God – came. Everything had been said, and everything had been explained; now, it is the time of departure. Again, He reminds His disciples and through them all generations of His followers: you know the way, follow Me, observe My commandments, and you enter the life everlasting {John 14:6, 23; 5:24; 8:51; 10:27-30}. 

The main purpose of each human being born into this world is immortality with God: we all are created and born in the Earth to evolve into the children of God and to go further, into the Kingdom of the Father; we are destined to claim our divine inheritance and to dwell with God in His world forever. Those who want to accomplish the purpose of existence at the Earth and to live, have to overcome the difficulties of the road (that is hostile conditions, darkness of ignorance, predators seeking to enslave the mind and body and to kill the soul, and other dangers) and to reach the destination – the Kingdom of God.

God provided us with the guidance and knowledge, which is intended to facilitate our sometimes intolerably difficult journey: with His help, we learn

–– where we can find the Light that would illuminate darkness in which we all have to make the first steps

–– the means of protection from the predators

–– the rules, which we have to observe if we want to protect our mind and body from diseases, corruption, degeneration, and avoid failure (the failure is the state of being lost in the endless darkness without God).

Any traveler begins his journey with preparation: he has to know how to reach his destination successfully. So, he collects knowledge of the road and how to pass it safely and timely (e.g., location of airport or train station, schedules, ticket prices, luggage requirements, and so on), he knows his own condition and the supplies needed (the traveler’s guide, food, water, etc.). In general, the wise traveler is prepared to overcome all difficulties and obstacles he might encounter: he has knowledge of the road, the main points he has to come through, and what he needs to accomplish everything desirable.

So, what are the main points, the main realms, which we have to pass through during our travel? Moses named two of them when he received the Law – The Ten Commandments. The essence of them, or the two greatest commandments on which the Law and the Prophets depend, are love to God and love to the neighbor {Deuteronomy 30:19-20; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:37-40}. It means that, firstly, we have to cognize two states and to make them the reality of our existence: love to God and love to other creations of God.

The third is given by Lord Jesus Christ: faith in (that is acceptance of) the Word–God and observance of His commandments make a human being the dwelling of God, and we must love each other as God loves us {John 13:34; 14:23; 15:9-17}. Again, the basic condition – love to God and love to each other – opens the final realm in which we discover the Kingdom of God within our soul–heart–mind and learn to imitate God {Matthew 5:48; Luke 17:20-21}, firstly, by loving the others as God loves us. In this realm we are re–born and regain our original divine nature – the image and likeness of God. Coming into this state is the successful completion of our earthly journey.

In brief, faith and adherence to the Word–God, observance of His commandments, and love to Him and to all His creations open the mind for knowledge of God; the knowledge of God is the eternal life {John 17:3}.

To love something means to know this something we love. The first step to the Kingdom of God is knowledge of God.

Is it possible to know God?

Many centuries theologians asserted that faith is above reason; the logical inference from this assertion is impossibility to know God.

In fact,

1/ faith is the optimal state of human reason*1*, the natural condition in which human being receives guidance and assistance of God–Creator

2/ knowledge of God is the foundation of human reasoning, life of the mind, the essence of conscience, and the source of human wisdom. 

Lord Jesus Christ, our God, Savior, and Teacher, tells: you search the Scriptures, and all of them are about Me; all will be taught by God {John 5:39; 6:45; 14:26}. From the beginning, those who are to become the children of God come to understanding that search for the knowledge of God is the first sign of wisdom to come, and the knowledge of God is the most precious possession of a human being, more precious than life of a human body {Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 30:10-20; Proverbs 2:1-9; Ecclesiast 8:5-7; John 17:3; Matthew 10:28}.

So, God already provided us with the source of knowledge, which is the guidance to life: this knowledge was written down with the simple language of nomads, fishermen, and shepherds, yet, it enables generations to accept the most precious gift: the ability to cognize God. Our ancestors had the special name for the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Bible – the Book of Life; indeed, this Book contains the knowledge of life; it gives knowledge of the Light that darkness is not able to overcome {John 1:1-5; 9:5}.

Although those who open the Holy Bible first time might not believe yet, and might not comprehend the meaning right now, if they want to obtain the life everlasting, for the beginning of their journey to God, they need two things:

–– the first, to ask God (Who they do not know, yet Who they want to find) to give them wisdom for understanding

–– the second, to continue reading until the words of the Book of Life fill the mind, become the contents of the memory, the foundation for judgment, and the light for discerning the true meaning of things. God promised that all those who ask will be given, and all those who knock will be invited in {Matthew 7:7-11}.   

The truth is that a human being lives by the knowledge of God in the same manner as a human body lives by bread and water. Knowledge of God is the foundation of the world in which we live, the essence of the nature, the contents of the human heart–soul–mind, and the state in which all those who want to live must dwell.

Many reject this truth because they are unable to reconcile evil we see around us with the foundation of our faith – knowledge that God is the Absolute Good and, in the presence of God, evil does not exist. However, they do not take into consideration the purpose of this world into which first human beings were exiled after their rejection of the warning of God that the price of this knowledge is death and after they chose to cognize good and evil {Genesis 2:16-17; 3:17-24}.

This world is similar to the classroom, to the training ground on which a human being has to accomplish his intention: to cognize the good and the evil. It means that we all are free in our search of the meaning of existence:

 

–– some of us see it as acceptance of the good, create the good, and benefit the others

 

–– some of as see it as acceptance of the evil, commit crimes, deceive the others, and bring evil upon the others.

 

God does not intervene with our freedom of choice. If He wills, He assists those who ask His help and firstly, beg for wisdom to overcome the power of the evil, to cognize the good, and to choose the good as the only way and the means of existence, so, they would be able to come into the Kingdom of God after completion of earthly life as those who completed training/battle come home.

 

 

The First Stage

 

There is no possibility to enter the world of God, His kingdom for those who are not prepared {Revelation 21:3-8; 22:5}; observance of God’s commandments makes His creation ready for His Kingdom.

 

 

The First Commandment

 

The first step, the beginning of preparation, is simple: it is acceptance of the first commandment, which should become the foundation of perception, reasoning, memory, imagination, consideration, contemplation, making opinion, judgment, and all mental processes, which have the collective name of intelligence–thinking and which are the basis on which the greatest gift of God – wisdom – comes.

For all those who want to live, the first step into the life everlasting is acceptance of the first truth:

 

 

“I am the Lord thy God, Who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shall have no other gods beside Me”

{Exodus 20:1-3}

 

 

            The current inhabitants of the Earth live in other conditions: in many countries physical slavery became the shameful memory of the barbarian Past; the land of Egypt is different; many people are convinced that they are free to live their life according to their choice. However, the bondage of ignorance and sin and subjection to the evil still are the destiny of those who live in darkness, without God.

            The main obstacle at the road to any knowledge is inability to believe that this knowledge might be needed. Probably, inability to believe is the real meaning of terrifying warning of God: many are called, but the chosen are few {Matthew 22:14}.

So, the first step at the road to God is taken if we learned the first of The Ten Commandments {Exodus 20:1-3} and accepted as the absolute truth that

–– there is One God – our Creator and Almighty God Who released us from the bondage of sin, ignorance, and evil

–– only our Almighty God has the absolute power and authority over the world and over us, the creations of God; we have only One God, and we have no other gods beside our Lord and Creator. There is no one else who would have any authority over the world and over us.

Acceptance of the first commandment opens an entrance into the world in which a human being lives by each word from the mouth of God, in which perfection and mercy of God are the highest manifestations of the Absolute Good and therefore, the Highest Ideals, which a human being created in image and after likeness of God should imitate.

In this world, the physical life, life of human body, is not the main value; life of the human spirit is the only true actual life worthy of living.

In this world, a human being becomes the child of God born of the Spirit of God, the candle ignited by God Who is the Fire, the vehicle for carrying the breath of God, and the temple–dwelling of the Holy Trinity {John 14:15-17, 23}. In other words, in this world, the initial bond between God–Creator and Father and a human being, His creation and child, is re–established: a human being re–discovers God and His Kingdom within own soul–heart–mind, and God admits a human being home.

 

 

The Second Commandment

 

 

Those who chose to continue the road to God, should perceive, comprehend, and accept the second of The Ten Commandments as the way of living:

 

 

Thou shall not make to thyself an idol,

nor likeness of anything, whatever things are in the heavens above,

and whatever things are in the earth beneath, and whatever are in the waters under the earth.

Thou shall not bow down to them, nor serve them;

for I am the Lord thy God, a jealous God,

recompensing the sins of the fathers upon the children, to the third and fourth generation to them that hate Me,

and bestowing mercy on them that love Me to thousands, and on them that keep My commandments

{Exodus 20:4-6}.

 

The second of The Ten Commandments opens the ability of differentiation between the actual absolute power of the Almighty God and the power, which exists only in human imagination, yet, which men made the actuality of daily life. This imaginary power has a name: “idol.” The idol–making activities are the features of the mind, which does not believe in God; they either indicate latent processes of perversion or point out to existing degeneration and abilities to commit crimes. Crimes, degeneration, and perversion are inalienable properties of the world built by evil imagination and living by false and deceit.

All living beings and other creations and creatures are made by God, and their powers are conditional, allotted to them in accordance with the will of God, for accomplishment of their purposes. Their properties, features, and manifestations (e.g., energy and power of the Sun, life–sustaining property of water, air, plants, life–sustaining or destructive power of elements, etc.), their powers to sustain or to terminate beneficial conditions of life (e.g., subtle wind that refreshes stale air or tornado that destroys houses and kills their inhabitants), the consequences of their existence and influence on other creations are the properties of their nature – that is for what they have been created. Everything in the world is created by the divine energy of God, lives by the energy received from God, and dies, if either the energy of God is withdrawn or the ability to perceive and to utilize the energy for continuation of existence is no more.

 In other words, the Universe, which is opened for our perception and cognition, has only One God Who is the only authority, center, focus of life, and source of energy, power, and life for His creations. All creations of God exist by the will of God: we all

–– breathe, think, create, and live by the will of God

–– are empowered by His energy, and accomplish the purposes of existence because He gives the energy of life, the will, abilities, and wisdom to live

–– have nothing of our own or our making; we even create by “the borrowed spirit.” It means that the human mind is able to actualize its nature – to create – only if it lives by God. Mind is able to create something good and anew only if it receives from God the energy–power–wisdom to perceive–comprehend–know

 

– that is perfect–complete and might be unconditionally accepted

and

– that what is insufficient and how to make it complete, perfect, and beneficial for itself and for the others.

 

Those, who have no God, live by imagination; they amass images–dreams, ascribe to them the features and powers existing only in their imagination, and accept them as reality. Then, they call the mass “knowledge,” while it is collection of irrational figments of imagination, embody it into their laws, politics, culture, education, and attempt to live by it. However, false knowledge leads to perversion, degeneration, and ultimately, death –– all of them, indeed, are the actuality of current existence.

In brief, the first commandment leads to the comprehension that

–– our God is the only God and the Almighty God

–– only God possesses the absolute power – the power of life

–– in the world created by God, nothing has divine or any other true power.

The second commandment elaborates the knowledge, which must become the foundation for perception of the nature of things and entire world around us, for thinking and judgment:

a/ there is only One God

b/ idol-making and idol–worship lead to slavery, suffering, disasters, diseases, and death of the mind and body.

The ancient pagans deified everything and sacrificed living beings, including humans, to everything – the sun, the stars, the rivers, the ocean, the stones, the trees… However, the worst kind of idols is the invisible, yet, the most blood–thirsting ones: phantom of absolute power, wealth, any kind of superiority over the others, and deification of those who have access to the power of coercion. Worship to these idols are behind mighty empires, wars, heresies, the Inquisition, totalitarian states, atheism, marxism, bolshevism, communism, nazism, all other “isms,” crimes, deceit of all kinds, and other evils, which humans commit against humans and against the nature…

Knowledge of the first two commandments opens understanding of the world in which we live:

a/ understanding of the first commandment removes the obstacles for many of those who seek God. Especially for those who ask: how the world might be so evil and men commit so vicious crimes against humanity, if the world is creation of God? One of such obstacles is impossibility to reconcile seeming contradiction between

–– the faith in exclusive and unique – absolute – authority of good and perfect God 

–– the very foundation and the daily life of all human establishments based on idol–worship and false knowledge

b/ the second commandment places the human establishments constructed with human imagination at the right place, out of the actual reality by which the human soul–heart–mind should live.

Indeed, it looks like the foundation of the world is the hierarchy of power–authority over men. Kings, rulers, party leaders, popes, heads of imaginable and unimaginable political, social, religious hierarchical establishments, and all other pretenders justify their claims on the authority over their subjects–members–admirers–etc. by ascribing to themselves possession of the specific power, which often is elevated at the rank of the divine power with consequent deification of those who are able to exercise it. The highest point of this authority is the power to murder, that is to deprive of life.

However, there is nothing “divine” it this kind of the authority: it is based on the access to the power of coercion, on the power of the matter/flesh over the matter/flesh. The power of coercion is exercised with weapons, media, forceful regulations of the manner of life, through armies, police, surveillance, media, education, civil and religious establishments, etc.; there are legions of them. All of them have coercion and deceit as the main weapon; all of them have similar patterns of influence: modeling of thinking, behavior, and perception by coercion and deceit. They might act through

–– direct physical impact

–– persuasion

–– propaganda, especially with intentionally crafted false “scientific” knowledge, which, in fact, is figments of imagination – the lies intended to deceive and to subdue the mind and to force people to act in the way beneficial for the deceivers

–– social or religious beliefs, norms, rules, laws, criteria of evaluation, official and unofficial values intended to influence opinion–making,

–– education, etc.

The power of coercion is imposed by political, law–creating, religious, social and other official and unofficial hierarchies of power, authorities, and values. False values and the entire culture of idol–worship that is death might be forced upon the people through habitual respect and imitation of behavior and thinking of the elder members of the family and people recognized as wise benefactors of mankind, celebrities, and models for imitation – politicians, philosophers, researchers, educators, priests, artists, etc.

Any kind of coercion implies the ability to enslave and to make human beings physically obedient through fear of deprivation of the life–sustaining resources, freedoms and liberties, dignity, good repute, social or political status (place at the hierarchies of power and authority), family members, friends, and ultimately, life.

Each level of hierarchy has its limits of abilities of deprivation, or it might be said that those under its authority live within a particular range of insufficiency based on the power to deprive of life–sustaining knowledge, means, and possessions.

The most advanced (by the abilities of enslaving) establishments pretend on possession of the comprehensive or absolute power – over body, mind, and soul, which keeps a human being in their claws even after death. Such kind of authority demands deification of the head of the hierarchy with inseparable pretenses on the divine status that is on the place of God. Historically, this kind of authority was ascribed, for instance, to the “sacred” kings–priests of the heathen antiquity, to the “divine emperors” of pagan Rome, and to the popes–prefects of the Inquisition.

Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ commanded us, the Christians, to separate the power over human body from the power over human mind–soul–heart living by God: we must not be afraid of physical death {Matthew 10:28-31}.

So, what gives a Christian the power to discriminate between the absolute power of God and the pretenses of those who are able to kill a body, yet who are incapable of creating life and have no real power over the human spirit? The power that enables a Christian to retain the freedom of spirit, freedom of thinking, and freedom of choice between the good and the evil, is in knowledge and observance of the commandments of God.

Those, who comprehend the meaning of the first and second of The Ten Commandments and who believe in the unique almighty and absolute power of One God, are ready to make the next step: they must confirm their comprehension by their actions. The second commandment names the actions, with which a human being confirms understanding that our God is the only One God and there is no other gods beside Him. These actions should prove that the foundation of the reasoning is the knowledge that

–– there is only One God

–– there is no other gods 

–– idols are figments of corrupted and evil imagination, which must be avoided by any means, even for the price of own life.

And I think of incompatibility of two worlds – the world living by God, and the contemporary world of daily life through which I have to pass to reach home:

–– around is the heathen – idol–worshiping – world, which is destined to vanish in the fire of annihilation, and which might be described with one phrase summarizing the heathen Greek theological thought: the world is full of gods

–– within is the world in which the Lord my God is the only One God, and there is no other gods. 

Those, who make the first steps at the road to God, encounter the uninterrupted war between these two worlds: the battlefield is the human mind, and the price of failure is death for the defeated ones and for their children up to the fourth generation {Exodus 34:6–7}. If a human being wants to live and to give children a chance to life, the second world full of idols must never be accepted as the possibility of existence; its foundation within the human mind –– idol–making and idol–worship –– must be annihilated…

 

 

The Third Commandment

 

 

The third of The Ten Commandments:

 

…Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain;

for the Lord thy God will not cleanse him that takes His name in vain…

{Exodus 20:7}

 

After learning of the first and the second of The Ten Commandments, the mind is prepared to comprehend the meaning of the prohibition: do not take the name of the Lord God in vain.

What is the name of God –  το ονομα Κυριου  του Θεου?

The Greek word ονομα is a compound word: it contains roots/parts of at least three words: ον, or  οντος  –– being, νομ  –– law, ομαδα  –– group, cluster, knot.

If applied to God, the meaning of ονομα exceeds the usual function of “name” – the human identification. The logical block “the name of God” refers to the Being/living Law that originates the particular group/cluster/unity (e.g., the universe, the earth, mankind) existing because of this Law. The name of God refers to the entirety of the attributes of God, including the Absolute Good, the Absolute Power, Omnipotence, the Highest Holiness, the almighty and all–forgiving Love, the Source of life, the Highest Wisdom, the Light of the world, the Fear and the Sanctification, the Sanctuary, the Father, the Teacher, the Supreme Judge, the consuming Fire, the Beginning and the End {Exodus 3:13-14; 19:18-24; 33:18-20; 34:5-7; Deuteronomy 4:24; 32:3-4; Psalm 144:1-21; 145:5-10;  Proverbs 2:6-9; Isaiah 8:13; 40:10-26; 66:1-2; Matthew 10:28; 23:8-10; Luke 12:49; John 1:1-5, 9; 1 John 4:8, 16; Hebrews 10:30-31; 12:18-24, 29; Revelation 21:6}.

For those who believe in God and who belong to His kingdom, the name of God is sacred, because it is the reference to the greatest Holiness recognized as the Absolute. The Lord’s Prayer tells:  αγιασθητω το ονομα Σου  –– the name of God is hallowed {Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:2}.

The name of God must be mentioned only in the prayer, with faith and love, when a human being

–– asks God’s help

–– expresses love to God by thanksgiving and praise for all blessings and gifts received from the Creator

–– worships God in spirit and truth.

Any other forms of reference to God are in vain: the mentions, which do not express the love and faith in God, are empty and disrespectful; they are abomination to God. Those who take the name of God in vain are condemned: they will not be cleansed of their sins and iniquities; consequently, they will remain under the power of evil and perish with the evil.

Since the first time, when Enos, the grandson of Adam, began to hope to call upon the name of the Lord God {Genesis 4:26}, the mind has been striving to obtain the highest state of perfection. Although it was destined to live within the world of the matter, in the world that exists because of the human choice to cognize the good and the evil, the good–loving mind began the road back, to the house of the Father, from which human beings have been exiled. Knowledge of the name of God allows finding of this road and secures the safe passage through the difficulties and obstacles. The name of God not only reminds us Who is God; the calling on His name initiates connection with the Creator: it works as the password opening the closed door.

Within the mankind’s universe, the highest state of perfection is imitation of God. This state comes when

–– the name of God fills up the mind

–– the heart is the vessel that carries the law of God

–– the soul is taught by the Holy Spirit 

–– love to God and love to the others became the meaning of existence

–– observance of the commandments of God is the manner of daily life

–– a human being discovered the Kingdom of God within and became the living temple of the Living God {Matthew 5:48; 22:37-40; Luke 6:36; 17:20-21; John 13:34-35; 14:16-17, 23, 26; 15:9-13; 1 John 2:1-6; 3:1-21; 4:7-21; Psalm 104:1-5, 7; Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Isaiah 51:7}.

The entrance into this state is opened when the mind comes to understanding that the greatest reward of righteous life is the ability to call upon the name of God incessantly, when it perceives the name of God as the highest treasure, when it unconditionally accepts that the name of God

–– is holy because He, Who man calls by this name, is the Holy Life that creates, bestows, and sustains life

–– is sanctified, worshiped, and glorified because He, Who man calls by this name, is the Holy Lord of hosts Whose creations proclaim His glory

–– is loved because He, Who man calls by this name, is the almighty life–creating Love of God, the Absolute Good, and the Light without darkness

–– is blessed because it refers to the Perfect Righteousness, Highest Justice and, in the same time, the Highest Mercy

–– is horrifying because it refers to the omnipotent Law that creates life and annihilates the evil in all its embodiments and manifestations including living beings, which became the servants of evil and inflict the evil on the others 

–– is terrifying because of the omnipotence of Him, Who man calls by this name {Exodus 3:13-14; 20:7; Deuteronomy 30:15-20; 32:3-4; Psalms 98:1-5; 102:1-13; 144:1-21; Isaiah 6:3; 40:10-26; 45:18-25; 46:9-12; John 17:6; 1 John 1:5}.  

God protects those who have known the name of God and learned to call upon the name of God with love and faith. God hears them and delivers them; He saves them and gives them life everlasting even if they must go through suffering, humiliation, poverty, lethal man–made diseases, persecutions, condemnation, capital punishment, and other horrors, which human beasts devised and apply to subdue, enslave, and murder those destined to live under the authority of evil establishments.

So, what awaits those who call upon the name of God with faith, love, and reverence, who have confidence in the promise that they will be heard and hope that they will be saved? They are loved by God as His children and as His Own possession; they receive knowledge and understanding that

–– they belong to the Lord God, and their place in the House of the Father is prepared for them

–– they know the name of God

–– they are purified and illuminated by God

–– they comprehend the meaning of the good, justice, and mercy

–– they are heard in their prayer, because God is with those who call upon Him in truth

–– God is with them in the time of suffering and affliction

–– their sins are forgiven, they are cleansed of their iniquities, and they have the promise of salvation

–– they are saved in the time of disaster and trouble and they are comforted in their needs

–– they are given life everlasting, although they have to come through death of a body

–– they become able to create the good and to do everything – by thoughts, words, and deeds – in the name of God {Exodus 34:5-7; Psalm 51(52–in English versions of the Holy Bible):8-9; 53:6-7; 78:8-9; 90:14-16; 99:3-5; 108:21-22; 112:1-9; 123:6-8; 142:11; 144:18-21; Malachi 3:17; John 1:12-13; 14:1-3; 17:3, 6; Acts 2:21; 1 John 2:6; 3:16-20; Romans 10:13}.

For those who believe in God and follow His Word, it is impossible to mention His name in vain, because they love God and know the omnipotence of the Absolute Power that might come to their rescue when they call upon the name of God. They know also that even if it is no chance to avoid suffering and death now, if it is the God’s will to test them by difficulties and grief, ultimately, God will deliver them and recompense their suffering in His Kingdom. Then, their faith will be fulfilled and they come to the completeness of perfection {Matthew 7:7–11; 10:28–31; Luke 18:7; 1 John 4:16-18; Hebrews 11:1-3, 6, 33-40; Revelation 21:3-4; Psalm 90(91):14–16}.

Today, within the world that worships false gods and which is filled with physical and spiritual pollution produced by the servants of evil and their ungodly establishments, many lost faith and with it, understanding of the name of God and that what it signifies. Moreover, many people developed hatred to God; they attempt to eradicate His name from daily life.

It looks like a historical trend:

–– in the beginning, in the time of Moses, it was forbidden to mention the name of God in vain

–– then, during the course of history, along with progressing dehumanization of the societies, many totalitarian regimes made any mentioning of the name of God forbidden

–– now, in so–called “democratic” societies, the reference to the name of Christian God is “politically incorrect,” that is unwelcome. For instance,

–– the display of The Ten Commandments is forbidden in the courts of justice

–– the references to God are “politically incorrect” for the politicians, trigger persecution of the journalists, and are avoided by the media

–– the new heathens seek all possible means to make the Bible forbidden book. They attempt to forbid mentioning of the Holy Scriptures, and, until they succeed, they “edit” the Bible’s texts, especially, those with definitions of sin and perversion and references to gender, as well as with mentioning of the destructive power of the Law, which annihilates servants of evil and perverts. It looks like they are inspired by the accomplishments of

a/ the papal Inquisition: in 1229, the Inquisition of Toulouse made the Bible forbidden book for the Catholic laity; the Bible was replaced by prayer books and images created by the papal theologians; many centuries, the laity (papal subjects) had to obtain special permission to read the Bible

b/ the Bolsheviks–Marxists–communists: in post–1917 Russia, the Bible was forbidden, many Christians and priests were executed, exiled in Siberia, and placed in concentration camps – Gulag; reading and possession of the Bible was a crime.

Well, at least today, the contemporary heathens – spiritual heirs of the Inquisition/Bolsheviks–Marxists–communists/pagans of Rome have some work to do before they eradicate the Bible and knowledge of God from life of those under their control: still, the Christians and Bible–readers are not

–– publically burned alive as William Tyndale was in 1526, for translation of the Bible in English

–– placed into concentration camps or executed as in the time of Bolsheviks

–– crucified as they were in the pagan Roman Empire.

And I think of the consequences of the processes of misinterpretation and eradication of the Christian teachings, therefore, rejection of the greatest remedy available to those who would like to be cleansed of evil and to be healed of the most lethal disease – the slavery of sin: calling upon the name of God in prayer for deliverance.

If to evaluate the progress of mankind by embodiment of the good, it becomes evident that the proper definition would be irreversible dehumanization.

If to judge by the results –– general conditions of existence, quality of life, and overall health of mankind, it becomes evident that the proper definition would be degeneration, or anti–evolution. To make things worse, not many are aware of the unlimited possibilities, which the greatest power of the Lord God–Creator of the universe opens to those who beseech His help and call upon His name in disasters and troubles.

With each day and with each new disaster, the contemporary societies look more and more like the dying of thirst man in the desert. He came close to the oasis, yet, he fell on sand because he has no power to move forward; he does not believe that water exists because he forgot its taste. In his pre–death delusion, he had chosen death as the only way to stop suffering and accepted death as the reality and as the only possible future; he does not want to believe that it is possible to reach life–giving water, although it runs before him.

            For some people, false pride makes impossible to admit own errors and recognize that they followed delusion covered under the mask of knowledge. Ultimately, the human mind, which rejected God, comes to the point of no return: it becomes unable to think about God and to call upon the name of God. Such a mind loses the innate ability of right judgment, because due to the preferences and frequent choices of the evil, it has lost ability to differentiate between the good and the evil. This loss makes impossible to surmount the committed evils and to turn to the good, because there is no comprehension of the consequences of own actions and therefore, the mind is unable to acknowledge the detriment inflicted on the others and to repent. What then, expects those who lost abilities to call upon the name of God and to seek His help?

There is a horrifying logic behind the power of annihilation, which is the fate of the evildoers – those who rejected the Law–commandments of God and who, thus, decided to live by the lawlessness of beasts: the logic of death, the mystery of lawlessness {2 Thessalonians 2:7}…

 

 

The Fourth Commandment

 

The fourth commandment completes the responsibilities of a creation–man before the Creator–God:

 

…Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy…

…For in six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth, and the sea

and all things in them, and rested on the seventh day;

therefore, the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it...

{Exodus 20:8, 11}

 

With the fourth commandment, positioning of the human universe within the realm of God is finished.

On the Sabbath day, any kind of work was forbidden; even the manna had not to be collected, food must not be prepared, fire must not be burnt in dwellings, fruits would not be harvested. By the fear of death this commandment was enacted; for instance, for gathering of the sticks in a desert, a man was stoned {Numbers 15:32-36; Exodus 16:4-5, 14-31; 34:21; 35:2–3; Deuteronomy 5:12-15}.

The fourth commandment became one of the main identifier of the Hebrew’s manner of life: wherever the Jews lived, in all countries into which they were exiled, they were known by their observance of the Sabbath day (as well as by avoidance of swine meat).

Strangely enough, but the ancient Jews observed the law of Sabbath more strictly than other commandments, especially, concerning idols {otherwise, they would not be made servants of the enemies (the nations whose idols they worshipped) and exiled from the Holy Land – Deuteronomy  28:36-37, 47-52, 63-68; 29:22-28; Isaiah 1:1-15, 21-25; 2:6-9;  Jeremiah 7:1-34; 8:1-3; Zacharias 7:11-14}. Probably, because the evident physical rest was the easiest way to exhibit adherence to the Law and to accentuate own righteousness.

Then, the fourth commandment became the manifest reason of the opposition of the Pharisees to the teachings of Lord God Jesus Christ: they blamed God for healing His creations on the Sabbath day, and they wanted to kill Him for His works of mercy {Matthew 12:1-14; Mark 2:23-28; 3:1-6; Luke 14:1-6; John 5:1-27; 10:32}.

So, if God–Creator established the seventh day as the day of complete rest, and it was later connected with deliverance from slavery in Egypt {Deuteronomy 5:15}, why His Son –– the Word–God Who has the absolute authority over the world, Who is the One with the Father, Who came to accomplish the will of God the Father and to fulfill the Law and the prophets, and Who is the Master of the Sabbath {Matthew 5:17-18; 28:18; Mark 2:28; John 4:34; 10:30; 12:49} –– heals a man and tells him to take his bedding and to carry it home on the Sabbath day?

The Ten Commandments were given to the nation, which lived in Egypt almost four hundred years, in the midst of idol–worshipers who deified figments of their corrupted imagination (idols) and sacrificed humans to idols made of stone, wood, silver, and gold. The people lived in physical slavery – under the authority of idol–worshipers, and in spiritual slavery – in ignorance, lawlessness, under the power of false knowledge and sin. They did not know their God–Creator. They did not believe the words of truth, because they did not know the truth.

For those who live by the matter–flesh, only the material means of persuasion would work. So, to become the holy nation of priest, the “stiff–necked” and disobedient people with ruthless heart, “wicked…evil congregation” had to be forged and cleansed by the fire, hardship, and death of those who rebelled against God and openly violated the Law until they learn to observe the Law and prove by their behavior that they are ready to proceed with accomplishment of God’s will {Exodus 32:22–23, 25; 33:1–4; Numbers 14:27–30, 35–45; 15:29–36; Deuteronomy 7:6; 8:2–6; 9:6–29; 10:20–21; 11:16–19; Mark 10:5}. 

Consequently, the people have to be convinced by physical manifestations of the power of God; for instance, such as

–– wandering in the desert in thirst and hunger until, by the words of God, they would be given food and water, so they would discover that man lives not only by bread but by each word from the mouth of God

–– fear to come close to the mountain, which was set on fire because God decided to make His presence observable for the people who before then lived under the influence of sorcery and magic of Egyptian diviners and believed in false gods

–– instant extermination by the fire and plague of those who rebel against God and disobeyed His prophet

–– and so on {Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, Deuteronomy}.

All that has been done to make people to understand that the Law of God is the life of man: the Law defines the human nature and the terms of human existence; the Law carries blessing and life for those who live by the Law and curse and death for those who rejects and violates the law {Deuteronomy 11:26–28; 30:15–20}.

The observance of the Law (that is life according to the human nature) purifies the body – house of the spirit; it clarifies perception, gives wisdom and understanding of righteousness with which man is able to discern the image and likeness of God–Creator within himself; it enables the mind to perceive knowledge of the created things and comprehend their nature. The observance of the Law is so important for the mind and body that those who turn away from hearing the Law make even their prayer abominable {Proverbs 2:1-9; 28:9}.

The seventh day, the rest of the Lord, came after God–Creator’s works were completed and He saw that everything He created is good {Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1-3}. Physical rest, the rest of the body in the day sanctified by God, introduced the meaning of completion; it was needed to open the heart for understanding of the spiritual foundation of the Law and to prepare to worship God, Who is the Spirit, in spirit and truth {John 4:24}.

At due time, when the chosen people evolved and became ready to perceive the knowledge of God, which is intended to transform a human–beast into the human–child of God, the meaning of the Law was revealed at the higher level. Those who accept the Christian teachings understand that the Word–God is the beginning and the end – everything for His creations: Lord God Jesus Christ is the Beginning of life, the Law that lives in the heart of man and speaks through mouth of man, and the summary of all written by the prophets; He – the Almighty, ο Παντοκρατωρ – is also the End–Fulfillment of the Law {Deuteronomy 30:11-14; John 1:1-4; 5:39; Romans 10:4, 8-13; Revelation 1:8; 21:6}.

So, the mandatory rest of a body on the Sabbath day prepared the human mind for ascent at the higher level, at which the spiritual Sabbath would become the most desirable state of the human spirit.

Now, the Sabbath lives within the soul–heart–mind of the Christian–child of God. Although someone might have to work physically in all days, including the seventh day (that for the Christians is Sunday, day of resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ), the spiritual Sabbath is the holy rest of the human spirit. As any aspect of the spiritual life, the Holy Sabbath is the ultimate freedom and joy of heart abiding in God; it is the inalienable possession of man, which none of earthly authorities is able to take away.

The spiritual Sabbath unfolds as the quietness (or stillness) of the soul–heart–mind in God, when there is nothing to seek, and nothing is wanted, because everything is given and accepted and completed; it comes with understanding of the perfection of God, comprehension of the consummate completion of His creations, and acceptance of the peace given by God.

The meaning of the peace of God is unity with God. Unity with God is life in God, by God, and with God, when God Who we know as the Holy Trinity – God the Father, the Word–God, and the Holy Spirit (see The Creed, in Folder The Foundation) – comes to dwell with His creation. Such life is the true meaning of the Sabbath, the accomplishment of perfection, which might be obtained only with God. The Prophets foresaw this coming of God when they wrote about the life–giving water in desert, the blessed bread of life rained from the heaven, the rain that animates and feeds the human soul–mind–heart (that is awakes the scorched earth and gives it life), and the river of the living water ––- fulfillment of all and everything is in Lord God Jesus Christ {Exodus 16:4; Deuteronomy 32:1-3; Psalm 62(63):1; Hosea 6:1-4; Zacharias 10:1; John 6:27-35, 48-51, 57-58; 7:37-39; 14:16-21, 23, 26-27; Revelation 21:6}.

And I think of the end of earthly existence, which many identify with the physical death, when the human spirit returns to God Who gave it. In this new phase of life, would we not discover that we just took another turn, made one more step, and still, are going through the never–ending way of cognition that awaits those who are God’s Own? Indeed, would the Omnipotent and Absolute Power of life–creating Love that is God ever cease to create the good in its highest manifestation: life?

Could it be then, that the spiritual Sabbath, so desirable now, is a rest on the long way, similar to the life–sustaining slumber during which the health is restored and the new power for the next days of life is given?

Yet, all that is possible to know today is written by St. John the Apostle: the Word–God still works as His Father does, and the new world will come soon {John 5:17; Revelation 21:5; 22:7, 10-20}.

 

 

The First Stage: Summary

 

 

The first four of the Ten Commandments define the attitude and the responsibilities toward God. However, they are more than stipulation of proper behavior. They define the only state of human soul–mind–heart, which is natural for a human being–creation of God: this state is love to God. The summary of the first–fourth Commandments penetrates the Holy Scriptures – they all about God {John 5:39}: 

 

–– in the Old Testament

 

thou shall love the Lord thy God  with all thy mind, and with all thy soul, and all thy strength

{Deuteronomy 6:5}

 

–– in the New Testament:

 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you mind:

this is the first and the greatest commandment.

And the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

In these two commandments all the Law and the prophets hang

{Matthew 22:37–40}

 

       St. Matthew the Apostle uses the word κρεμαντα, with the root κρεμ–, which originates meaning to hang, to depend, and to execute by hanging. This word visualizes the actual connection of the commandments with their Source – Almighty and Perfect Love Who is our God and Who is perfected–accomplished–competed in us {ο Θεος αγαπη εστιντετελειωμενη  εστιν – 1 John 4:8, 12}. Then, referring to the Perfect Love, St. John the Apostle uses the word τετελειωμενη with the roots τε(λ) (the end, ending) and λε(ι) (polished, completed, accomplished by action/work/deed). The same roots are in the last word, which Lord Jesus Christ spoke in the end of His earthly suffering ––  τετελεσται  –- “completed” {John 19:30}: the will of God–Father, the salvation of the world, has been completed. 

            So, the texts of the Gospels point to the Perfect Love–Source of the Law and revelations given through the prophets: this Love would be hung on the cross for the salvation of the world; the Perfect Love, God, Who is the Beginning and the End, Who gave the Law, accomplished it for the sake of salvation of His Own fallen creatures, and made His followers acceptable (completed and perfected them) for the dwelling of God – the Holy Trinity.

            If we learn to observe the commandments, we might come to understanding of the words of Lord Jesus Christ in His last hours at the Earth:

            –– If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and We will make an abode with him {John 14:23}

            –– they may be one as We are One: I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected {τετελειωμενοι} into one… that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them {John 17:22–23, 26}.

            Love to God enables us to observe His words—commandments; love to God begins transformation of a human being into the dwelling–temple of Living God {John 2:19–21; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:18–21}; love to God leads us

 

from

 

the death, which is the only just judgment we deserve

for all that we have done to the others, to the world, to ourselves, and to our God

 

to

 

the life that began on the cross on which the Perfect life–giving Love is crucified–hung,

so we shall not die, but enter the life everlasting

 

Love to God is the beginning of the way in the end of which we become that what we have been created to be – the children of God…

 

 

 

The Second Stage

 

…and thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself…

{Leviticus 19:18}

 

With observance of the first four from The Ten Commandments, we learned to love God. Now, we are ready to continue the journey home, to the Kingdom of God. The second stage we have to pass, the second realm we have to make our own, or the second state which we have to enter, is love to a neighbor.

Who is a neighbor?

In the Old Testament, it is  τον πλησιον  – someone near, near by, close to (the root πλησι–  originates cluster of words with the meanings of contact, proximity, similarity, immediate, approach). Consequently, Moses speaks of “thy people” and “children of thy people” {Leviticus 19:18}: the “neighbors” or “thy people” include

– the sons of Abraham

– the fellow tribesmen who live near by

– people of another nation who would accept the laws of Moses and then, would be permitted to live among the chosen people or even would be allowed making sacrifice and be admitted to the assembly of the Lord {in the current terms, immigrants – Numbers 15:13–16; Deuteronomy 23:3–8}.

The definition of “neighbor” was given in the time, when the chosen nation expected fulfillment of the promise of God to accommodate them in the land of Canaan. The meaning of accommodation included gradual extermination of the native inhabitants. Definitely, Moses did not include in category of “neighbors” the people of idol–worshiping nations. Moreover, their establishments and customs had to be discarded, their daughters had not to be taken as wives to sons of Abraham, idols and places of worship had to be ruined, gold and silver counted as accursed and not coveted or taken. Moses conveyed the will of God: prohibition of all contacts with the doomed humans who with their abominations defiled the face of the Earth: idol–worshipers who sacrificed own children to stones, sorcerers, diviners, mediums who pretend to contact with the dead and other spirits, perverts, etc. This prohibition was intended to preserve health of the chosen people, so, God would sanctify them, and they would not become infected with evil of the heathen nations {Exodus 23:23–24; 34:11–16; Leviticus 18:3–30; 20:1–27; Deuteronomy 2:31–36; 4:37–38; 7:1–26; 9:3–6; 29:16–28; Isaiah 2:6–8}.

The meaning of any evil is deprivation and insufficiency. Consequently, as a brief introductory statement, it might be said that prohibition of any kind of deprivation is the core of

– the Law that regulates interrelations among people

– the issuing laws of Moses, rules and norms that regulate the life of the tribe.

The fifth–tenth Commandments {Exodus 20:12–17; Deuteronomy 5:16–21} and their explication in the laws of Moses are intended to exclude evil from the daily life of the chosen nation: they prohibit any kind of deprivation, and any action, which would result in deprivation of the neighbor of any of his possessions, therefore, which would lead to insufficiency. Life, good repute, property of any kind, honor, respect – everything that is of value for the neighbor must not be taken away from the neighbor.

In the New Testament, the meaning of “neighbor” becomes all–inclusive: we must love all, including enemies and those who hate us, those who sin against us, and those who deprive us of something valuable. We must help, assist, and alleviate the burden of needs, suffering, and grief of all who we encounter – in the same way we ourselves wish to be assisted and loved. By non–discriminating benevolence, kindness, willingness to help, and mercy we must imitate perfection and mercy of God the Father {Matthew 5:21–25, 38–48; 7:12; Luke 6:27–36; 10:25–37; 14:12–14}.

Consequently,

–– it is not proper to stone the woman taken in adultery – only someone who is without sin would cast the first stone, yet, there is none without sin {John 8:2–11}

–– it is not proper to divorce the wife who lost love of her husband: Moses gave a commandment concerning a letter of divorce because of the ruthless heart of men (σκληροκαρδιαν); everyone who dismisses his wife (if not for fornication) makes her to commit adultery, and anyone who marries divorced woman, he himself commits adultery {Matthew 5:31–32; Mark 10:2–12}

–– it is not the business of man to judge the others; firstly, we must judge ourselves and to purify own heart, mind, and hands; then, no sinners would exist, and no judgment would be needed {Matthew 7:1–5; Luke 6:37–42; Isaiah 1:2–20}.

With a few words of the Word–God, the entire edifice of human justice is overthrown. Those who love the others are not able to sin against the others: they became unable to inflict harm, to betray, to deprive of anything of value, to humiliate, to ridicule, to make suffer. Then, if there is no sin and evil, no judgment is needed.

Indeed, love is the fulfillment of the law and therefore, the ultimate freedom from evil and sin…

 

 

The Fifth Commandment

 

…Honour thy father and thy mother,

that thou may be established and originate (σου γενηται),

and that thou may live long on the good land,

which the Lord thy God gives to thee …

{Exodus 20:12}

 

 

The first of the Commandments, which define relations among the people, is devoted to the parents. Life begins with parents, family is the natural foundation of the society, and obligation to father and mother is the starting point of any civilization, which accommodates normal human existence – that is existence in accordance with the human nature. God establishes the direct connection of “honor thy father and thy mother” with

a/ life–sustainability – γενηται (the ancient compound word that conveys very complex meaning including abilities to be born/established, and to originate–create; seemingly, close to the current meaning of sustainability), which English translations of the Bible either miss or mention as “it may be well with you”

b/ longevity

c/ dwelling on the good/beneficial/profitable land.

Other texts of the Holy Scriptures elaborate the fifth Commandment:

– whoever smites his father or mother must be put to death {Exodus 21:17}

– to be obedient to father and do not despise mother because of her old age {Proverbs 23:22}

– to sneer at mother is sign of folly {Proverbs 15:20}.

Lord God Jesus Christ reiterates the responsibilities before the parents: “honor your father and mother,” and “the one speaking evil of his father or mother, by death let him die.” The Lord also rebukes the Pharisees and scribes that they annulled the commandment of God by their own tradition, when the people tell their parents “Gift [to God] is whatever you would gain from me,” they avoid responsibility to sustain them. So, they honor God by their lips, yet, their heart is far from Him {Matthew 15:3–6; Mark 7:9–13}.

If applied to the parents, the meaning of “honor,” includes respect, devotion, obedience, loyalty, concern for well–being, sharing possession, and above all, support in the time of need and any kind of assistance, which would be beneficial to the parents, especially in their old age. It is not enough to love father and mother from a distance, or in the depth of heart; God’s Law requires definite behavior: respect, politeness, and material support in all needs. The consequences of such behavior also are definite: life–sustainability, longevity, and life “on the good land” {Exodus 20:12}.

Why the Law connects honor and love to the parents with the ability to sustain life, longevity, and prosperous and comfortable life “on the good land”?

Parents – father and mother – start a family: they not only become one flesh {Genesis 2:23–24} from which the new life emerges; they are the wholeness, which must not be put apart by men {Matthew 5:31–32; Mark 10:2–12}, because family secures continuation of existence of mankind. Family is the core of the society, the seed of civilization, and foundation of the state and social order. In the parents’ house a child should come to understanding and learn

–– meaning of the good and evil

–– how to discern the good and the evil

–– criteria of judgment and evaluation, firstly, own words and actions

–– such irreplaceable features and virtues as love, faith, ability to evolve, human dignity, individuality, free and independent judgment, the meaning of responsibilities for own behavior, respect to the others (starting with own parents), loyalty, concern for the others, ability to share the very own possession with the others, and other kinds of behavior, which compose the meaning of the all–encompassing word “humaneness.” The child’s abilities to discern good and evil and to choose the good, understanding of the meaning of responsibility, and ability to assume responsibility for own thinking, words, and actions would summarize the parents’ efforts and determine preparedness of a child to enter the social life.

In general, any society is a reflection of the family values. If a family fails to bring up a human being, the society receives a human beast.

It is not a coincidence that

–– the totalitarian regimes (which build own foundation from the slaves who betray and kill without hesitation and who serve any power without any reservation) consider family as the worst enemy and attempt to break the parents–children ties with all means possible

–– the worst crimes against humanity are committed by those who were deprived of family, were abused and mistreated by parent(s), were neglected or lived in orphanages and other charitable institutions with the abusive and ruthless personnel

–– the weak families produce consumers–beasts incapable of development. Yet, a society with majority of consumers–beasts is doomed to degeneration and decay.

Now, it is particularly clear that the contemporary societies filled with crimes, heresies, religious, social and political corruption reflect the degradation of the main human institution: the family. This might be confirmed not only by increase of teenage out–of–wedlock pregnancies, sky–rocketing rate of divorce, quantities of single–parent families, plagues of abortions, STD, crimes, violence, political and civil unrest and cynicism, and overcrowded nursing houses and charitable institutions for the elders filled with unwanted and forgotten parents. In fact, many traditional social, religious, and political institutions came to the verge of collapse because of their own degeneration as well as because of corruption of those who they should serve, educate, protect, and defend.

This degradation began in the antiquity, from Plato’s mind play named philosophy, and its continuation by Aristotle. The state politics devised by Aristotle on the basis of Plato’s speculations diminished the role of the family and introduced the mandatory public education with some definite purposes. Among them, for instance, are such as

a/ to fashion social animals–men after the typical model convenient for control and usage

b/ to provide the polis (city–state) with obedient subjects, which are ready for manipulation and use according to the needs of the rulers 

c/ to secure stability without any unrest, hostility, and civil/other disobedience threatening the rulers.

            Consequently, in the Aristotelian establishment

–– role of the parents is diminished and restricted to the biological reproduction

–- the Absolute Good is labeled as impractical for men, therefore, as not wanted or non–existing, and replaced with the definite practical good at the αγορα – market place’s level, that is with the set of values, which reflect needs of the hierarchy of slave–owners

–– the authority of the state is elevated at the highest rank; ultimately, the state becomes the main deity in the pantheon of idols designed to keep mind and body of subjects under the total control

–– responsibilities before the hierarchies of power take the place of the human virtues

–– gods, rites of worship, and the meaning of good and evil are defined by the state

–– mythical “democracy” (public gathering at αγορα, assemblies, show of elections of the representatives, councils, etc.) masquerades tyranny of the elite

–– and so on… 

            As any slave–owners, Plato and Aristotle assumed that the power of coercion, manipulation by opinions, and mandatory public education would fashion human beings into typical/standard replaceable manageable social animals–parts–property of the polis, therefore, would secure social stability and prosperity of the polis. However, the end of all political establishments built on the Plato–Aristotle’s model was, is, and will be the same: destruction through degeneration, revolution, and assimilation by other states (that is defeat in war or other forms of assimilation).

            The reasons of failure also are the same: destruction of family and substitution the slogans and lies for the family values and human virtues. Slaves and free men differ not by physical freedom and confinement, nor social or religious status, nor the place at the social and political hierarchies. Two inseparable sets of attributes differentiate a slave and a free human being; both of them are the foundation without which the abilities to evolve and to create become unobtainable:

 

freedom of conscience and freedom of choice of good and evil

responsibilities for own thinking, words, and actions

 

 

There is no freedom without responsibilities for own thinking and actions; there is no possibility to actualize the nature – to create the good and the new without virtues–knowledge of good; there is no human being without freedom of conscience and without human virtues.

            Family is the setting allotted for nurturing the free thinking mind, independent spirit, and responsible behavior; family secures continuation of existence of mankind, and family values preserve the societies from unrest, violence, degeneration, and bestialization. If a child honors and loves his parents, he is able of learning to honor and love all the others. So, the child has a chance to come to the Love on which all the Law and the Prophets hang {Matthew 22:37–40}: the road to the Love begins in the family…

 

 

The Sixth–Tenth Commandments

 

Thou shall not kill.

Thou shall not commit adultery.

Thou shall not steal.

Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife;

thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s house;

nor his field, not his servant, nor his maid,

nor his ox, nor his beast of burden, nor any of his cattle,

nor whatever belongs to thy neighbor.

{Exodus 20:13–17}

 

 

The commandment “thou shall not commit adultery” crowns responsibilities before the family; the others define responsibilities before the neighbor. All of them name the reasons of all crimes and foretell their consequences – suffering, grief, distress, injustice, social and political unrest, corruption: they expose the points through which the evil enters the world of men.

From all the possible definitions, which would identify the utter corruption and hypocrisy of the Pharisees who were expected to observe the Law, yet, who in fact, substituted their lies and customs for the Law of God, became unable to recognize the Messiah, and wanted to murder Him –– Lord God Jesus Christ has chosen “evil and adulterous generation” {Matthew 12:39; 16:4}.

So, why adultery is such a crime?

The marriage of man and women forms the wholeness, the unique setting for reproduction of the society, state, civilization. Dignity of marriage secures dignity of family’s derivatives – society, state, nation, civilization. By committing the act of adultery, people violate the marriage vows and commit the act of betrayal: adulterous husband betrays his wife, and adulterous wife betrays her husband.

Betrayal is abomination to God: betrayal is the worst sin from the sins against love. Even if the victim forgives the adulterous spouse and the family apparently still lives (for instance, “for the sake of children”), the original wholeness is broken and it cannot be restored. That is why adultery is the only acceptable reason of divorce {Matthew 5:31–32; Mark 10:2–12}.

Betrayal triggers the chain reaction of evil, which affects the entire society, nation, state, and civilization, because betrayal destroys the family. Destruction of the family culminates in the destruction of all its derivatives (society, nation, state, civilization) and everything with which the adulterer is connected. Betrayal annihilates the very ground for love and perfection. None of those who committed adultery and did not repent might ever be trusted: those who betray the family are well prepared to betray everyone and everything. Betrayal sustains the oppressive regimes; it is main component of foundation on which slavery and corruption flourish. In fact, betrayal is present in violation of any of The Ten Commandments: it indicates rejection of God and disregard of the interests and well–being of the others.

 

 

The Summary

 

Generally speaking, the entire history of mankind might be seen as the description of violations of the Law of God and the consequences; for instance,

– the destruction of all empires begins with the adulterous and covetous rulers; it moves forward through political assassinations, institutionalized deceit and corruption

– assassinations, false accusations of political and other competitors, thievery, fraud and deceit resulting in deprivation of the others, injustice, and fear to be deprived of life and life–maintaining resources sustain the power of coercion by which the oppressive regimes and tyrants live

– from the very beginning, wars became the expression of envy of kings (and then, other rulers/leaders/heads of the hierarchies) and the means of acquisition of new lands, slaves, and other valuables stolen from the conquered nations.

The history of ancient Israel {the Books of Kings, Chronicles, Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and Maccabees} reveals the corruptive influence of kings–violators of the commandments of God and the consequences:

 

 

starting with the disobedience of Saul

through the indiscretion of David who took Bersabee and by the sword of enemies murdered Urias, her previous husband

through the multitude of wives–daughters of other nations who corrupted Solomon’s heart and brought him to idol–worship

through the chain of kings – idol–worshipers and violators of the commandments of God,

who persecuted the prophets sent by God, yet, accepted lies of diviners

the lower and lower the chosen nation went under the rule of corrupted kings,

guidance of defiled priests, and evil imagination of false prophets who divined for money

until

the chosen nation was rooted out from the Promised Land and sent to the Babylon exile

then, scattered over other lands to serve other nations in humiliation and distress.

 

 

The history of ancient kings confirms the warning of Samuel the Prophet, with which he attempted to prevent the ancient Israel from the deadly mistake to disregard God and to become as all other nations: to have a king, mortal man, who would represent them and to lead their battles {1 Kings 8:4–22; 10:17–19}. With this choice, the original design of the holy nation of priest was abolished, and the hierarchy of power became inevitable choice for all human establishments.

What is wrong with the hierarchy, if obedience and respect to the authorities are the Christian virtues {1 Peter 2:13–25; Romans 13:1–10}?

Slave by body might be freeman by the spirit {John 8:31–36; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:13}: until submission to the earthly authorities or “the masters/owners” requires violation of the Law of God, submission is not true slavery. The true slavery is submission to sin and worship deified leader/slave–owner/idols; this slavery leads to death of reason and assassination of the soul.

With their choice to disregard God, the chosen people of the Past have discovered the main pattern of self–destruction and diligently applied it toward all and everything that they encountered in their religious, social, and political life.

All hierarchies of power by their nature act through the power of coercion, therefore, require submission of the majority to the will of the minority–ruling person/group. The earthly rulers always attempt to take the place of God in the heart and mind of their subjects and to become the main model for imitation, because the optimal state of any hierarchy of power is the absolute power: complete enslavement of all those who are the foundation of the hierarchy, which is accomplished through control of the behavior, thinking, conscience.

All hierarchies of power might be described with two main features: slave–owners and slaves; difference is in the details, particularly, in the limitations of liberties and rights of the subjects. For instance, “sacred kings” of the heathen Antiquity and the medieval popes pretended to possess the power over destiny of their subjects in the after–life; the manifest power of current presidents of “democratic” states, which do not restrict freedom of conscience, is limited to the power of deprivation of life and other material resources, for example, waging wars. However, the foundation is the same, and ultimately, democracies as well as tyrannies prepare ground for totalitarian establishments.

In brief, it might be said that the optimal state of any hierarchy of power is the absolute power; the absolute power does not exist without its foundation: absolute slavery. Slavery is abomination to God, because where the Spirit of God is, there is freedom {2 Corinthians 3:17}. It means, for instance, that when the slaves of Egypt freed by God and intended to evolve into the holy nation of priests, have chosen the mortal king instead of God, they, by their own choice, entered another form of slavery.

Then, crimes of the kings and crimes and suffering of the people were inseparably linked. With time, kings (and consequently, all heads of the hierarchies of the power) became the embodiment of the destiny of the state/system they ruled/controlled: the more iniquities and violations of the Law people committed the worst kind of rulers they received and the heavier the burden of their enslavement became. The more corrupted rulers the people had the more corrupted the people became and the more evil and crimes they committed. This infernal link began to define the very fabric of the society and eventually, formed common patterns of disintegration and collapse of the societies and states.

The contemporary history is not different. Gradually, the institutions of power, social and religious establishments aspiring for the absolute power have been transformed into the devices for corruption and extermination of men. The higher level of the hierarchy of power men occupy the more evil they commit, the more evil they plant in the mind of their subjects and servants, the more hatred they evoke, and the more crimes and suffering follow.

However, all hierarchies of power based on enslavement of men harbor within themselves the core of own annihilation: slavery*2*. Slavery is death of any establishment, which it sustains, because

a/ slavery is death of reason, therefore, any establishment founded on slavery has no chance to develop and prosper enough to sustain well–being of all its members/subjects, whichever money its accumulates and whichever weapons it produces

b/ slavery is not consistent with the human nature: revolution or another kind of civil unrest/war is the natural end of all oppressive establishments.

The ancient empires and kingdoms knew the wrath of slaves’ rebellion: even the fear before idols of the Inferno was not able to curb hatred of slaves toward their owners – slavery and false gods are responsible for destruction of the heathen Antiquity. The similar processes are at work now.

The unspeakable evil and bloodshed of the relatively recent Past – religious wars, persecution of “heretics,” revolutions that thundered during last eight centuries in the countries, which supposed to live by the Law of God, because they identified themselves as the Christian nations, yet which have learnt the plague of the Inquisition and the power of the “hierarchical” papal church (England, France, Germany, and other countries), still live in the memory of people and in books and movies.

However, on the ruins of old kingdoms and empires the new ones were built and then, destroyed: totalitarian states of the twentieth centuries are the complete logical embodiment of the ideals of the “absolute” power within the settings known as “the Western civilization.” Their design is based on the patterns created by the following phenomena:

–– the Inquisition

–– the self–ascribed papal right to define the meaning of good and evil

–– deification of the popes (and then, other heads of other hierarchies) as the “divine”/deified persons who are above human laws and, therefore, are entitled to overthrow the Law of God.

These establishments became the embodiment of denial of the Law of God. They grew into the greatest slave–owners in the history of mankind. Among their worst crimes are transformation of men into the slaves and establishment of total control and total surveillance based on betrayal*3*. In an attempt to obtain the absolute power over their subjects and to deprive them of any freedom of conscience, thinking, choice, they fashioned the majority of population after Judas Iscariot and transformed it into the informers who without hesitation betrayed to authorities own parents, brothers, sisters, friends, co–workers. The scale of their victims is unknown – even today: the precise number of men, women, and children murdered and tortured to death by the Inquisitors, Fascist, Nazis, and others of a kind is not known. In addition, the victims of the first and second World Wars are counted on millions.

The evil of these establishments is unprecedented, and the very fact of their existence signifies degeneration of mankind. Although some of them disappeared from the face of the Earth, their poisonous inheritance –– socialism, neo–heathenism, beliefs in racial/national supremacy, so–called “liberation” and other movements with underlying ideologies of neo–Marxism, false ideals and slogans of beehive democracies, attractiveness of tyrannical oppression seen as an embodiment of the “absolute/world power” –– still lives. On this ground, the institutionalized hatred to God and denial of His Law penetrated many state and social institutions of so–called “free democratic” countries, and revealed the latent before, yet, irreversible processes of degeneration of human nature and destruction of the world, which humans were created to dominate and cherish in love and perfection.

The contemporary civilizations and countries in all continents and parts of the world are in the constant state of war – apparent (military) and hidden conflicts of interests fueled by the lust for power and riches, insufficiency of resources, pollution, overpopulation of some regions as well scarce population in other regions of the world, poverty, illiteracy, injustice, and other evils created by the previous and current generations. Everything became contaminated and defiled by human greed, vice, corruption, and degeneration in such a degree that strict observance of the Law of God is considered as mental disorder: the very mention of God the Creator became strange to the ear of God’s creations – men. 

Erosion of faith and family values is accompanied with denigration of other traditional values, especially those, which unify the people into the self–sustaining system/wholeness – business enterprise, state, nation. Loyalty, devotion to the mutual purposes, mutual respect, patriotism, national pride, respect to those who serve in truth and dignity, who defend and protect, who fulfilled their duties of obedience to their rulers and died in the wars –– all of them faded and disintegrated as the old pictures in family album forgotten in a damp basement.

In general, societies are well prepared for the unconditional acceptance of new–heathenism and ideologies, which accommodate anger, hatred, violence, which cover crimes again peoples and societies by the names of their gods, and which places of worship spread evil, because they became the places where men contemplate death of other men and crimes against other societies and nations.

The establishments intended for protection of the main human institution – family and its derivative – society, underwent transformation into the enemies of family and society. The political, social, and religious organizations, including schools and churches, the public officials, leaders of the different levels of hierarchies of power convey the messages of evil and corruption, because their policies, rules, norms, laws, words, and actions (in a course of their business, occupation, responsibilities, personal life opened to the public) are not founded on the Law of God.

In return, hatred, envy, betrayal, infidelity, and cynicism describe the feelings toward the rulers/leaders of all levels and all establishments – state, political, military, religious, social, commercial, etc. These feelings, ignorance in the matters of faith, lack of knowledge of the Law of God, and unfulfilled expectations explain anti–social behavior, mental disorders, and crimes of the ordinary members of the society.

Human and especially woman’s dignity, innocence of children, understanding of the uniqueness and preciousness of each person are forgotten. Value of a human being is measured in the terms of market; for instance, such as sources for organ–harvesting, buyers of IVF (artificial insemination techniques similar to those for the artificial reproduction of meat cattle intended for slaughter), consumers of the drugs, vaccines, and cosmetics developed on the rodents and other laboratory animals and on chimeras (e.g., human–avian, human–plant, human–swine cells), targets for applications of expensive medical tests and procedures, which are prescribed for the sake of profit, not because they would improve health and alleviate suffering of the sick, and so on.

Figuratively speaking, population of the developed countries is transformed into the cattle, which is produced, kept, and slaughtered for the profit: the people are formed into herds of consumers of all kinds of poison –– spiritual, mental, and physical, which destroy conscience, mind, and body, and which are distributed through all channels, including entertainment, media, markets, commercialized medicine, politics, religions, education, science, commerce.

Deforestation and pollution have reached unprecedented scales. People have polluted and poisoned rivers, seas, oceans, lands, destroyed natural habitat of many living species; their crimes against the nature explain scarcity of plentiful before fishes of the sea and beasts of the land, plagues, abnormal mutations of the plants, insects, sea creatures, animals, and humans. All of them are the signs of the coming death: the Earth is dying along with her inhabitants, including degenerating mankind, and who can stop it if men discarded the Law–foundation of life, lost wisdom and forgot its source – God?

Scientists, researchers, analysts seek the reasons of the crises and explanation of the current world–wide economical downfall, impoverishment, and other problems in an attempt to prevent them in the Future, to stabilize the world economy, and to improve life and health of the world population. Until they recognize that all the current problems are the consequences of violations of the Law of God, they cannot be successful. Uninterrupted military conflicts, lack of reasoning, denigration of human values, false pride and hatred to other states and nations, and other consequences of violations of the Law of God – The Ten Commandments – formed the problems of the Present; they will result in annihilation of mankind in the Future.

Isaiah the Prophet diagnosed the current problems many centuries ago; he also warned of the end {Isaiah 1:2–7, 21–23; 2:6–9, 12, 17–21; 9:18–20; 13:9–11; 59:1–18} and gave advice how to avoid it {Isaiah 1:16–20; 58:6–12}.

However, the time is different now: the violations of the Law, evil and iniquities of men overflow the measures and the end is determined, although only God knows the time of the Last Judgment.

All that is left is a chance of salvation

 

for a chosen few (let it will be all of us!), for those human beings who during the last days left before the end

would come to love and knowledge of God and would obtain their salvation

yet

not for the entire world, which men transformed into the Inferno for humans, animals, and all living creatures,

into the edifice of evil built on the ruins of the temple of God

{Matthew 24:1–44; Mark 13:1–37; Luke 12:35–36; 17:26–30; 21:5–36; John 12:46–50; 2 Peter 3:1–15}.

 

 Although the people and especially their rulers, habitually disregard Moses’ warning in the times of the Old Testament {Deuteronomy 28:1–68; 29:23–29; 30:9–20}, and the reminder given by Lord God Jesus Christ {Matthew 5:17–18; Luke 16:17}, the Law, by which the world lives, has not been cancelled. The current state of the world affairs –– poverty, diseases and plagues, military conflicts, social unrest, religious, social, and political corruption, crimes against men and against the nature, chain of man–made and natural crises –– might reveal the powers of annihilation at work to those who seek understanding of the Present and knowledge of the Future. 

 

 

 

The Third Stage

 

I give a new commandment to you,

that you love one another as I loved you, that also you should love one another.

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love among one another

{John 13:34}

 

This is My commandment,

that you love one another as I loved you

{John 15:12}

 

 

The third stage of the road to God unfolds as cognition of the Christian love; this is the last stage of the earthly journey, the last realm we have to pass, and the last lesson we have to learn if we want to become the children of God and to return home, into the Kingdom of God.

The two greatest commandments of love are well known: with them, the human civilization began. In the time of the New Testament, God again tells us about love {John 13:34–35; 15:12}.

Why God speaks of a “new commandment,” what is the difference, and why this love distinguishes the followers of Lord Jesus Christ from all other human beings?

To love a neighbor as we love ourselves is not enough. Our love to the others must be perfect in its completion: we must love each other in the same way as God loves us {John 13:34; 15:12, 17}.

How God loves us? He lays down His life for our salvation {John 3:16–18; 10:11, 14–18; 12:23–26; 15:13–14}.

God explains us the meaning of the perfect love:

–– he who loves his enemies, he imitates mercy and perfection of God the Father {Matthew 5:44–48; Luke 6:36}

–– he who loves Lord God Jesus Christ, keeps His words and observes His commandments {John 14:15}

–– the greatest love has the one who lays down his life for his friends {John 15:13}

–– he who loves God and observes His commandments, dwells in love of God the Son as He, God the Son, dwells in love of God the Father {John 15:10}

–– love to God gives a human being the knowledge of God the Father and God the Son – the Word–God; this knowledge is the eternal life {John 17:3}

–– a human being, who loves God and in who God dwells, comes to completion by the perfect love and returns to God: through Lord God Jesus Christ a human being is unified with God and dwells with God in the eternity {John 17:21–26; Revelation 21:1–4}.

–– to him who loves God and observes His commandments, the Holy Spirit of God is sent from the Father, in the name of the Son: the Holy Spirit of truth, comes to a human being and dwells in him, and comforts, and teaches, and gives understanding of the words of God. The knowledge of God, love to God and understanding of His words given by the Holy Spirit, enable a human being to fulfill the commandments of Lord God Jesus Christ and to do the works of God, so, God the Father will love him, and He and His Son, the Word–God, will come and make their dwelling with him {John 14:12, 15–17, 21, 23}.

Love to God and observance of the commandments of God creates a human being into the dwelling of the Holy Trinity: that is the meaning of salvation, the purpose of every human being born into this world, and completion of our earthly journey.

And what is about the others?

The Old Testament’s commandments, which are intended to prevent deprivation of the others of all their possessions and valuables, therefore to prevent evil–insufficiency of any kind, is not enough. We must learn how to supplement and to heal insufficiency of the others by our love, how to create the good, which would benefit the others, so our love would complete/perfect all – those who create and give and those who accept and evolve – into the unity with our God Who is the Perfect Love.

In summary, we, the Christians, come to the perfect love through love to God, imitation of God, observance of His commandments, knowledge of God, and love to the others in who we recognize the same image and likeness of God that lives within us: everything begins with love and is completed by love – the greatest good of men.

Only those human beings will have life everlasting and enter the Kingdom of God

 

who learned to love God

who observed commandments of God

who cognized the love of God

{1 John 3:16–17; 4:7–21; 5:11-13; Revelation 22:14}.

 

The Christian’s road to God

–– begins with observance of the Law of God – The Ten Commandments, which define the nature of men through the responsibilities before the Creator and before other men

–– unfolds before those who understand that Lord God Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the only Truth, Light and Life of the world, and the Way to God the Father

–– leads to perfect love and cognition of God, to the absolute freedom, when a human being, through Lord God Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, becomes the child of God, is unified with God the Father and Creator, and enters life everlasting {John 1:1–5, 9–14; 3:3-7, 16–21, 35–36; 4:24; 6:47–48, 51; 7:37–39; 8:12, 24–25, 34–36; 10:30; 11:25–26; 12:46; 14:1–3, 6, 15–17, 23; 15:10–12, 16:7–8, 27–28; 17:2–26}.

 

 

 

The Completion

 

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

No one comes to the Father except through Me…

{John 14:6}

 

 

The essence of the road to God is perfection in love; this road has three stages:

 

1/ perfection in love to God

2/ perfection in love to the others

3/ Christian love, when a human being

–– becomes the child of God

–– receives the authority to do the works of Love

–– becomes the temple–dwelling of the Holy Trinity

–– obtains the peace of God

–– is ready to return home, in the Kingdom of God {John 14:12–27},

because he accomplished the purposes of existence and his earthly journey is completed.

 

The first and the second stages restore the normal human nature and transform a human beast into a human being. Through the observance of The Ten Commandments, a human being

a/ is healed: the healing power of God revives the heart of stone, wipes out dullness and moral blindness {Isaiah 6:9–10; John 12:37–41}, and restores clarity of perception and understanding. In a human being who observes the Law of God, the power of God heals soul–heart–mind; as a result, he converts into the normal human state – righteousness and wisdom, which are the indications that the image and likeness of God are within

b/ learns to love God with all heart, soul, mind, and strength

c/ learns to love the others.

In summary, the observance of The Ten Commandments opens the road to the eternal Life, leads a human being close to the Kingdom of God, and prepares a human being to receive the Word–God and to become the child of God {Mark 12:29–34; Luke 10:25–28; 18:18–27; John 1:12–13}.

The third stage –– perfection in Christian love –– is opened to those who accept that Lord God Jesus Christ is the Way, and the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except through Him {John 14:6}.

When love to God becomes the essence of a human being, the power of eternal Spirit–breath of God {Genesis 2:7} is again ignited within His creation {John 3:3–7}. Then, the human being becomes able to discern within the others the same image and likeness of God that is within his own soul–heart–mind: the human being becomes able to love the others as he loves himself and as God loves him.

Love to God and love to the others evoke abilities to discern the true Light – the Light of God {John 1:4–5, 9} that illuminates everyone who seeks the road to God within the darkness of this world of the matter allotted for cognition of good and evil.

The Gospels explain the meaning of perfection in Christian love and provide instructions how to achieve the most important purpose for the sake of which a human being lives. The model of Christian behavior is our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. Imitation of His love to His followers and observance of His commandments transform the human heart–soul–mind into the temple of the Living God: through the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, the original human nature is recreated within mortal flesh and a new being, a child of God, is born into the life everlasting.

How to discern the presence of immortal God within a mortal man? The child of God is recognized by the power to create the good and to accomplish the will of God. The Gospels and other Books of the New Testament describe some visible manifestation of this power which is revealed through the actions of Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles {e.g., Mark 16:15–18; Luke 6:19; 10:19–20; Acts 5:1–16; 1 Corinthians 12:1–31}. By this power, the Old Testament’s prophets spoke and confirmed that they are the messengers of God (see posting The Hebrew Prophets – Archive, 2008}. This power is the work of the Holy Spirit of God revealed through those who became the living temple–dwelling of the Almighty Trinity.

Hierarchies of coercive power and human establishments founded on human pride, riches, and power of weapon have nothing in common with the actual power by which the world was created and is sustained – the power of the Spirit of Almighty God {Zacharias 4:6}. Before this power, the mightiest armies and greatest empires and multitudes of nations are as nothing, and when actualized through a human being, this power is not concerned with the might measured by the values of men. This power sustains the invincible human spirit, makes a frail human flesh able to withstand the power of coercion of those who kill the body, and enables a lonely and weak human being to defeat the world of evil {Matthew 10:28; John 16:33; 1 John 5:4–5}.

The ability to perceive this power differentiates those who serve God and those who serve the earthly masters. When this power works openly,

–– those who see the results of its work, identify them as supernatural phenomenon or confirmation of “the unlimited abilities of man” and begin to chase it through rigorous exercises and special training and techniques, which give only temporary deceiving illusion of the power over the matter, which dissipates along with the matter

–– those who carry it and who are able to discern it, humble themselves before its Source–God and praise God for His mercy, because even to feel the presence of this power within the others is the greatest joy and reward of the righteous.

For the Christian–child of God, the greatest sign of this power is the ability to love God and to love the others as God loves His creation – a human being. This ability is revealed through acts of creation of good and perfection of the others, which very often are hidden within the ordinary acts of assisting, serving, and carrying for the others.

For instance, a human being, who is granted the power to heel, applies this gift without any reward or recognition, sometimes, without knowledge of those who need to be healed. The very act of manifestation of this power through the healer is the greatest reward and the greatest joy for the healer. Another act of a kind is mercy and benevolent help to those in need: everyone has something to share with those who have none – water, food, money, shelter, knowledge…

The acts of mercy reveal the meaning of love (and especially love to those who have less because of their violation of the Law or sins of their ancestors) as the power to replenish insufficiency, enrich understanding (for instance, to replenish the vital energy, which is weakened in the sick, to sustain body by giving food and water to the hungry, to awake the power of reasoning in the ignorant), and as the result, to awake within the others the hope and the power to evolve and to reach their state of the optimum.

In summary, any act of assistance committed for the sake of good/development/evolution of the others belongs to the realm of the works, which Lord God Jesus Christ mentioned in His last hours: “he that believes in Me, the works which I do that one shall also do, and greater than these he will do, because I go to My Father” {John 14:12}. This act discloses one of the purposes of the Christian love among each other: the increase of the quantity of those who would evolve into the children of God. This act also explains why a human being (in his beneficial works for enemies and evil people in the same manner as for friends and good people) must

– imitate mercy and perfection of God Who sends His life–sustaining rain and sun–light to all –– the righteous and the unrighteous {Matthew 5:38–48; Luke 6:27–36}

– be merciful and kind to all –– friends and enemies, servants and rebels, the evil and the good, the righteous and the sinners until the time allotted to their choices culminating in perfection in good (or corruption in evil) passes and they, as the fruits of harvest, are complete and ready to stand before the judgment of God.

If to know, for instance, that the acts of healing and mercy committed by the power of the Holy Spirit replenish insufficiency of the others and increase the good within the world, and if to evaluate the world by the suffering and crimes of men, it is possible to assume that the quantity of those, who are the children of God living within this world now, is miserably small…

If to recall the time of destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah {when Abraham beseeched the Lord to spare the entire city for the sake of ten righteous –– Genesis 18:17–33}, the only hope for the world is to know that the mercy of God has no limits. By the new commandment to love each other as God loves His creations, by forgiving the crucified criminal, and by giving up His life for the salvation of the world {John 3:16–17; 10:11, 14–18; 13:34–35; 15:9–13, 17; Luke 23:32–43}, Lord God Jesus Christ teaches us the true and only perfection that a human being must seek relentlessly until he lives: perfection in love. Such perfection might be seen, for instance, as the mercy, which replenishes insufficiency and satisfies the spiritual and bodily hunger of the others – friends as well as enemies, so all of us might grow up in truth and understanding and evolve into the children of God. 

 

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Notes:

 

*1* Concept of faith – see Introduction to Christianity, Part 3. Faith – in Folder Foundation

 

*2* Concerning slavery, see

Concept of Slavery in Notes to The Facets of the Absolute – file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_3

Slavery and Freedom in Supplement 1_The Vineyard and Its Lessons The World & The War, Part II. Apostasy file for download @ website Systems Logic [http://systemslogic-by-alicesofia.net], Page Library_2

 

*3* See The Absolute Power – Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010, postings in Folder Political Theology, especially The Church Militants, and my book The Invincible Empire, especially Chapter 8 [Savitsky, Alice A. The Invincible Empire. Washington, DC: The AEHESIA® Services, 2003].

 

 

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