Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

Archive_Page 1_2008

 

The Hebrew Prophets

Unity and Division

The True Vine

The Seal

Wisdom

Time

Web of Life

 

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The Hebrew Prophets

 

“…I will raise up to them a prophet among them…

And I will put My words in his mouth,

and he shall speak to them as I shall command him…”

{Deuteronomy 18:15–18}


Who were the people chosen to convey the will of God to their brethren? The Prophets were the actual rulers of pre–king Israel. They are the most extraordinary people who ever existed:

– they manifested abilities inaccessible by the others

– none of hierarchies, authorities, other social and political factors had any power over their mind.

The phenomenon of the Hebrew Prophets remains the unexplained mystery and unsolvable problem for the contemporary sciences, which have no choice but to denounce the Holy Scriptures as a collection of myths and allegories.

The mind, which accepts the Holy Scriptures as the truth, knows that the Prophet speaks and acts by the Spirit of God, and the impossible does not exist for him {e.g., in: Joshua 10:12–14; 3 Kings 17:19–24; 18:41–44; 4 Kings 1:9–15; 2:8, 19–22; 4:1–7, 32–35, 39–44; 5:8–15, 20–27; 20:9–11; Zechariah 4:6; 2 Peter 2:21}:

  – Joshua the son of Nun cried to God, and as he asked, the Sun and the Moon stood still until the people finished the battle

  – Isaiah the Prophet asked God to confirm his prophecy to the king by sending backward the shadow of the Sun on the sundial, and it was done

  – Eliu the Prophet revived the dead, called rain and fire from the heaven, parted water when he needed to cross the river

  – Elisaie the Prophet purified the poisonous water and destroyed the poison, multiplied oil in a house of the poor widow and the food for people, revived the dead, healed and sent leprosy

  – the Prophets predicted the Future, and their predictions became the actuality. 

When the Prophets act on behalf of God, they have the complete control over the forces, which maintain existence of the material world. The texts of the Holy Scriptures reveal that the Hebrew Prophets

  – changed nuclear structures and transformed the existing matter into another substance (destruction of the poison, purification of the water)

  – created the perceivable matter directly from the unperceivable universal energy–source of creation of the matter (multiplied food and oil)

  – controlled destruction of the matter (survival within burning flame, healing of the sick, sending disease and death)

  – restored the set of the energy fields, which accommodates existence of a living human being at the specified time–space point of the Universe (reanimation of the dead)

  – controlled the forces of the Nature (movement of the planets, rain and fire from the sky)

  – controlled the energy fields, which create and direct the force of gravity (e.g., water was parted to let the Prophet cross the river)

  – ascended to the level where the time–space–complexity limitations do not exist (the ability to see the Future).

The Gospels allow understanding of the prophetic phenomenon. Before the Apostles of Lord Jesus Christ began their mission, they received the same abilities, which the Hebrew Prophets manifested: they became able to heal the sick, resurrect the dead, and accomplish many other things, which the people name “miracles.” Behind the two phenomena – the Hebrew Prophets and the Apostles – is the same Power: the Spirit of Almighty God.

A human being was created to be the temple–dwelling of God, and when the Spirit of God descends unto the mind, it comes to Own house. It means that each of us might become the member of God’s household, receive our divine inheritance, and the innate abilities manifested by the Hebrew Prophets, Apostles, and other servants of God.

And I think that

  – there are no limits for a human being created in the image and likeness of God

  – we, the ordinary people, have distanced ourselves from our Father and Creator in such a long way that our own normal abilities became unbelievable phenomenon; we even the special term invented – “supernatural abilities.”

 

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Unity and Division

 

…the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My name,

He shall teach you all things

and shall remind you of all things that I said to you …

{John 14:26}

 

The Gospels are unified with the same Omnipotent Authority: they are written by men who are enlightened and instructed by the Spirit of God {the words of the wise are bestowed by One Shepherd – Ecclesiastes 12:11}. Four Gospels depict the earthly life of God and convey His teachings. Four different men – the Apostles – wrote them. The Gospels and the consequent Epistles do not disclose the circumstances of life and death of those who have written down the words of God.

The first Gospel – Gospel According To Matthew – is written by the learned man who (before God called him), presumably, was a tax collector.  From a certain point of view, a tax collector in the Roman Empire might be seen as a prototype of accountant: detail–oriented businessman with keen eye, skilled in mathematics and writings, someone who knows the value of everything in possession of men. St. Matthew traces the line of the ancestors of the earthly family, which accommodated the earthly life of God, through all generations starting with Abraham. He provides the detailed description of words and deeds of God, and completes his work with the last commandment: to make disciples from all nations. In general, the Gospel According To Matthew is the most comprehensive report and detailed chronicle of the New Testament.

St. Luke wrote the Gospel and the Acts Of The Apostles {Luke 1:1–4; Acts 1:1}. He was a physician and artist (painter). He describes the miracles of healing, time of healings, actions of the Divine Physician {Luke 5:31} and their influence on those who were cured and those who observed the acts of healing, and acts of the Apostles with the words, which disclose the professional perception and compassion of man who has seen physical suffering and death of many. 

St. Mark is one of the first from the multitude of those who would believe in God although they never saw Him {contrary to Thomas who believes because he has seen the wounds of God – John 20:24–29}. Some sources identify St. Mark with the man to whom St. Peter the Apostle refers to as to his son {1 Peter 5:13}. He describes mental disorders and insanity, which in his time were attributed to possession by unclean spirits and consequences of sin – own or ancestors. He tries to find the roots of the power which unfolds in miracles: the fig tree withered because it did not bring its fruits, the ability of moving the mountains by faith, consequences of faith and prayer, and healing by touch, word, and thought {Mark 1:23–27,34, 39; 2:5–12; 3:11–15; 5:1–20; 6:7, 13; 7:25–30; 8:22–25; 9:17–29; 10:46–52; 11:12–14, 20–24; 16:17–18}.

Thousands of years have been spent; countless multitudes of lives were wasted in the Inferno of the shadows of death, into which man transformed the perfect world created by God; the perfect world of goodness and abundant life that through the actions of man became the place for cruelty, suffering, insufficiency, and hopelessness. Ultimately, there was no spark of intelligence and humanity left in the heathen Past: slaves by flesh and slaves by spirit who served other slaves – all of them were imprisoned within fear, ignorance and darkness of death.

Then, the prophets sent by God promised coming of Light, revelation of Love, freedom, and life everlasting without fear and suffering – the most precious treasure given free by the Word sent to accomplish the will of God.

All Gospels either mention God’s reference to Isaiah the Prophet (Esaias in Greek) – the greatest of all the Old Testaments Prophets who came after Moses {Deuteronomy 34:10–12}, or recall his prophesies in the context of fulfillment by Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel According To John is most closely co–related with the Book of Isaiah; it describes the ultimate embodiment of the Isaiah’s prophecies: words and actions of the Son of God and the Son of man Who by His free will, gave up His life for salvation of the world. The Isaiah’s visions – the nation in pain and suffering of expectation of salvation, which he likens to woman in the pain of childbirth, the good shepherd, the precious corner stone, the living water – the Spirit of God, the resurrected dead and the blind led through the unknown by God Who opens their eyes, sets them free, and transforms their darkness into the light, became the reality of the disciples of Lord Jesus Christ {Isaiah 9:2; 11:1–5; 26:17–19; 42:7, 16; 44:1–4; 55:1–11; 28:16; 40:10–11; 53:1–12;  60:1–3; 61:1; John 1:1–4, 9–13, 16; 3:3–7; 19; 5:21–26; 8:31–36, 51; 9:5, 39–41; 10:1–14; 16:21–22; Matthew 15:7; 21:42; Mark 7:6;  Luke 3:4; 4:17–19; 20:17; John 4:13–14; 7:37–39; 10:17–18; 12:38–41; 18:11, 33–40; 19:1–5, 19–24, 28–37}.

Although Gospels are unified with the same Omnipotent Authority – the Spirit of God, they are written by four different men, and each Gospel reflects uniqueness of the writer’s perception.

For instance, St. Matthew and St. Luke convey the message that Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God came to bring division onto the earth, not peace. St. Matthew associates this division with the sword. St. Paul the Apostle follows with likening of the Word of God to the sword of the Spirit piercing as far as to the very essence of man, unto division of man’s soul and spirit {Matthew 10:34–36; Luke 12:51–53; Ephesians 6:17; Hebrew 4:12}. The Gospel According To John does not contain similar reference to the dividing sword: Lord Jesus Christ gives His peace to His disciples, so their heart would not be agitated are fearful; His last prayer is the prayer of the unity of completion and the unity in God {John 14:27;17:21–23}. Only later, in the Book of Revelation, St. John mentions the sword coming from the Word of God when the evil has to be destroyed {Revelation 19:11–21}, yet, this event is in the world behind the peace in which dwells the mind loved by God.

This difference might be seen as a reflection of the levels/phases of development/evolution: the mind, which decided to follow God, firstly, has to separate itself from the evil and to establish itself on the different foundation – the teachings of God. Then, after sanctification by the Word of God, it is united in God because it became the temple–dwelling of the Spirit of God; then, all the differences of the temporal dissipating world have no more meaning and no more influence on the inner peace given by God {John 14:27}. 

The three Gospels – According To Matthew, Mark, and Luke – establish the earthly reality in which God directly communicates with His creations; they emphasize the humanity of the Divine Physician, and portray the mental and physical diseases as the consequence of sin, which might be healed through faith in God and by mercy of God. These Gospels are inspired by the Holy Spirit and written by men who received the knowledge promised by God {John 14:26; 16:13}: they convey the teachings of God in simple words of the divine truth written for all and understandable by everyone who seeks wisdom; their words create the frame of the precious jewel so valuable that man acquires it by the price of all his possessions {Matthew 13:44–45}. Through the eyes of different earthly men, we see the greatest miracle of all the times – coming of God, which occurs within the actuality and limits of the daily life, yet, which opens the road to the eternal infinite Kingdom of Heaven. 

The Gospel According To John stays apart, and not only because it is written by the eyewitness and by the favorite disciple who is one of the first called by God and who stayed with Him until the very end. The Gospel According To John imparts the completeness–perfection of knowledge received only through the love, which became the fulfillment (and the blessing) of the greatest commandment {you shall love your God with all your heart, understanding, and might – Mark 12:33; Luke 10:27; Deuteronomy 30:6, 19–20}. It reveals the human mind at another level of perception and knowledge, therefore, development–evolution. This is the mind, which not only loves and cognized God; this mind also is loved by God {John 21:20–24; 1 John 4:16–17}. This mind has achieved the fullness of completion: God desires him to remain until He comes {John 21:20–23 – θελο μενειν εως ερχομαι – remain/wait for/stay without change until the end–accomplishment}. Through this mind, God granted two last revelations, which crown all knowledge and all teachings {1 John 4:16, 18; Revelation 21:1–7}:

 – God is perfect Love without fear and suffering

 – the new world to come is the world of post–accomplishment when God dwells with His creations, and where is no death, nor pain, nor Past, nor time.

The Gospel According To John is penetrated by the Light unbearable for the mind chained to the limited world of the matter. Everything that was seen as impossible becomes the actuality; everything what was inconceivable becomes the evident accomplishment; everything that was promised is fulfilled. While the others see God through the eyes and connections of men, St. John unfolds another realm – he begins from above: he writes about eternal God Who came down from the Heaven into the world created to accomplish the will of the Creator. In all and in everything he sees his beloved God–Redeemer Who sets His creations free from the power of death and darkness of ignorance, Who sanctifies them by the truth, and then, elevates the saved to the unity with God and in God {John 1:1–5, 9–12; 13:13–16; 14:23; 15:1–21; 17:2–4, 6–8, 17–21, 25–26}.

The Gospels According To Matthew, Mark, and Luke portray attempts of the mind to comprehend presence of God and to accommodate Him within the actuality of daily life: it is the slow ascend from the poverty, hunger, and nothingness of utter deprivation to the richness and satiety–perfection {John 6:48, 51} of the knowledge of God. Through apparent simplicity of parables, miracles of healing, multiplying of food to satisfy hunger of body, and awakening of mercy to the others, through listening to the Word–God, the Son of man Whom people initially perceive as a prophet, with the beginning of faith ignited by the Almighty Fire {Luke 12:13}, the ignorant disconsolate mind receives comfort and hope; then, it takes first steps into the new universe, probably, in the same fashion as the man who was born blind {John 9:1–41} first time sees the light and the new world afar and climbs the road leading to it.

St. John opens the different way. His words portray the truth, which can be recognized only by those who are God’s Own: from the unlimited Eternity, where neither time nor Universe (as man perceives them) exists, God came to claim His Own possession, to awake His creation lost in the darkness of sin and dream of death, to give it the authority of a child of God, and to embrace it with the all–forgiving love of the Father {John 6:39–40, 44; 10:14–16, 26–30; 14:1–4, 6–21}. 

St. John observes the Almighty God {John 14:9, 11} Whose power creates eyes of the blind, resurrects Lazarus – their friend who died and spent four days in the tomb, yet, Who has to undergo death as the ultimate submission to the will of the Father: there is no other way to save those created by the Divine Law, but to fulfill the Law; there is no possibility to abolish death, but to annihilate it by the Divine Love offered for redemption of the world, which is loved by God. He leads the inquiring mind to the ultimate comprehension of the divine mystery of salvation: the Word became flesh and dwelled with men for the purpose to take away the sin of the world, because God the Father and Creator desires to save the world and to recover His very Own children who were lost {John 1:1–4, 9–18, 29; 9:1–41; 10:17–18, 36; 11:1–44; 12:23–27, 31–33–50; 14:9, 11}. The ultimate meaning of the act of salvation evolves as

1/ the restoration of the human nature {transformation/re–creation seems also to be a proper definition, because the Divine Love creates by the very existence: the mind that began to seek and then, finds God, undergoes transformation and becomes the new creation –  1 Corinthians 15:22, 45–57}

2/ consequent annihilation of sin–cause of death and death–outcome of sin

3/ gift of immortality, which is possible only if God dwells in the soul–heart–mind.

The salvation of men is accomplished

– through incarnation of the Spirit of God

by human nature

– through revelation of new knowledge of God,

which re–creates the nature and world of men

– by passing of the Son of God and Son of Man

through physical death of a human body,

during which the power of God annihilated the evil and death,

because death is an inseparable companion of evil and sin

– by opening the new eternal and perfect world

in which man dwells with God

{John 12:31–32; 16:33; Revelation 21:1–4}.

 

If comprehended, St. John’s message smites all earthly hierarchies and attachments; it burns out men’s futile constructions built from withered straw and dead branches of ignorance and disbelief; it annihilates the ephemeral dream worlds of false knowledge and false gods.

And I think: there is the same Spirit, the same Power, and the same Love within all minds of those who believe in God and observe His commandments, yet, even the Apostles have different perception, the road to God has different stages for different minds, and countries with predominantly Christian population have the same crimes as the countries still professing heathen religions.

So, could all the minds of the world be unified with the similarity of perception of good and evil – ever? If such unity is possible, the contemporary world would cease existence, because this is the world of the utter division and separation from God. We live in the world with child prostitution, slavery, cannibalism (for instance, in its contemporary form – organ harvesting from executed criminals, kidnapped and sold people). This world is managed by corrupted politicians who sell their countries and betray interests of their subjects for gifts and money. This is the same world, in which its Creator was crucified two thousand years ago, and in which God’s creations still are not able to forgive God for the very fact of His existence and for own misery–consequence of own bestiality.

Is there any kind of unity desirable and achievable within the world divided by all imaginable and existing differences and barriers originated by space–time parameters, by flesh, and by mind: continents, races, nations, religions, ideologies, personal political and religious convictions, connections to the hierarchies of power and authority, education, social status, degrees of cognition of the good and the evil, etc., etc., etc.? For instance, could unity of terrorist and his victims ever become possible?

If there is a cure for the diseases of alienation, animosity, and mistrust, how and when the divided mankind would find it if all empires and civilizations known from the Past and Present, and those foreseen in the Future were/are/will be established through wars, division, and coercion and were/are/will be built on slavery and sacrifice of many for the benefit of some, and with fear and death as the main tools of persuasion and subjugation?

Is any mutual language left besides knowledge of own – human – nature? Then, how to learn this knowledge

 – if even display of the text of The Ten Commandments is forbidden in schools, courts, and public offices?

 – if the Bible still is a forbidden book in the countries under the totalitarian regimes?

 – if Christianity is still associated with the quasi–religious establishment still aiming for the global domination*1* and still headed by the Prefect of the Inquisition*2*?

– if research and educational institutions are plagued by atheism, darwinism, marxism, perversion, and hatred to God masqueraded as the freedom of scientific thought?

– if politicians mention the name of God only to deceive the “ordinary people” and to cover own lust for the power, self–exaltation, and plans for personal enrichment by any means available for those with access to the power of coercion?

Historically, all differences culminated in divisions and separations, then, the conflicts and wars. So, is there any hope for the people to live in happiness, peace, and prosperity in the world without God?

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Notes:


*1*  It should never be forgotten (because the seeds of the Future are in the Past) that this establishment – the papal church of Rome

– unleashed the Crusades and terror of the Inquisition

– that its subjects–Catholics during the Crusade in 1204, sacked and destroyed the Christian temples of Constantinople, killed, raped, robbed the Greek Christians for their rejection of the authority of the pope, and established the Latin Empire on the ruins of the Christian Greek temples

– that the Roman pope Innocent III experienced such a joy because of death of the Greek Christians and expansion of his earthly possessions, that he named the capture of Constantinople “magnifica miracula” [Innocent III’s letter qtd. in: Runciman, Steven. The Eastern Schism: A Study of the Papacy and the Eastern Churches During the XIth and XIIth Centuries. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1955. New York: AMS, 1983 (reprint), 151].

– that the Catholic Crusaders ruined Constantinople in such a degree that the Byzantine Empire was never able to recover completely; in the fifteenth century, it was easily conquered by the Muslims, and Constantinople became Istanbul – the capital of the Ottoman Empire: the papal Crusades made possible establishment of the Islamic Caliphate on the ruins of Byzantium. From the fall of the Byzantine Empire the model of global Islamic domination was born; now it is near to its completion

– that Thomas Aquinas, the main papal theologian whose political theology is the official doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, portrays the pope as the “divine person” who has “a share of the dignity of God” and an ability to stand “in God’s place” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.63 a3; III Q. 3 a7 ro2, ro3] – that is deification of the mortal man, therefore, establishment of idol–worship

– that the pope pretends to be the earthly substitute of God and the universal father–shepherd–teacher of all Christians, yet, the Aquinas’ political theology, which is the official doctrine of the papal church of Rome, has nothing in common with Christian teachings.

Now this – papal – establishment is desperately accelerating the next Crusade: ecumenism, which (although covered with the slogans of “Christian unity”) in fact, is continuation of thousand–year old papal struggle for the absolute power of one man over the souls, minds, and bodies of the entire world population and for submission of the entire Christendom to the absolute authority of one man – the pope–prefect of the Inquisition.  

However, for the Christians, if the church is the Christian Church, she recognizes the only God, the only Absolute Authority, and the only Universal Teacher and Father – Lord God Jesus Christ {Matthew 23:8–12; 1 Corinthians 8:5–6}; otherwise, such an establishment is not the Christian Church.

*2*  The “Holy” Inquisition – although reformed – still exists as the part of the papal Office. As much as it is open for general public today, it does not run chambers of torture openly; apparently, it shifted into the realm of spiritual control. For example, it censors books and publishes the Index of the Prohibited Books, which the Catholics – subjects of the papal Empire – are not allowed to read. However, the purposes of the contemporary Inquisition are the same: control of thinking and molding of the consciousness of the papal subjects (for instance, through establishment for them the meanings and criteria of evaluation of good and evil, which they have to observe, and approval of information and knowledge they learn).

Therefore, the contemporary Inquisition should retain the ability and readiness to begin physical persecution and extermination of those identified as heretics and schismatics (e.g., Greek Orthodox Christians, Protestants, and other Christian denominations). It means that, in theory, the witch hunt and religious persecutions might begin in any time, as soon as the papal Office comes to the possession of the same secular power it had during the years when the heretics were burned at the stake at markets and other public places and the popes waged the wars, crowned and excommunicated kings and emperors.

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 Reference:

Thomas Aquinas, (Saint). Summa Theologica v. 2: Parts II–II, III. First Complete American Edition in 3 volumes literally translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province. New York, Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, San Francisco: Benziger Brothers, 1947. 3 vols.

 

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The True Vine

…I am the true Vine…

…I am the Vine and you are the branches.

He who dwells in Me and I in him, bears much fruits;

for without Me you are able of nothing*…

{John 15:5}

 

 

In the Old Testament, the Prophets liken the chosen nation to the vineyard planted by God {e.g., Isaiah 5:7; Jeremiah 12:10}. In the New Testament, the Lord compares the people and His disciples with the harvest and with the laborers who must work in the vineyard and bring the fruits to the owner. Finally, the harvest of the entire Earth will become ripe and will be gathered by the servants of God {Matthew 9:36–38; 20:1; 21:28–46; Luke 10:2; John 4:35–38; Revelation 14:15, 18}.

During the Last Supper, God explains that without Him, human beings are able of nothing; only those who adhere to His commandments and fulfill them would accomplish the works similar those done by God {John 15:1–8; 14:12–17, 23–26}.

The Lord’s disciples already knew some of these works – healing of the sick, resurrection of the dead, empowerment of the weak. Later, after they became to preach the Gospels, they also did many of them by the power received from God. The miracles of spiritual and physical healing, restoration of sight, resurrection of the dead, and other deeds of Lord God Jesus Christ mentioned in the Gospels have an explanation: the power emanated from Him and healed all {Luke 6:19}. This power was transmitted by thought, word, touch, it was also contained by the garments of God: some of those chosen to accept it, triggered its action by touching the garments of Lord Jesus Christ {e.g., Matthew 8:14–17; 9:2–7, 12, 18–31; 10:1–8; 11:1–6; 12:9–13; 15:22–28; 20:30–34; Luke 4:38–40; 7:1–22; 10:1, 9, 17–20; 18:35–43; John 4:46–53; 5:2–9; 11:1–44; Acts 3:2–10; 8:4–7; 9:36–41; 19:11–12; 28:3–9}.

The mind living within the material world of the perceivable and structured matter has to overcome many barriers before it acknowledges the source, the meaning and the potential of this power. The reaction of the people in response to the revelation that God is the Bread of life and His Flesh and His Blood are the food of those destined for the life everlasting {John 6:27–58; 8:51} illustrates an inability to comprehend the innate connection between God and His creation and the consequences of this connection for the life and well–being.

However, the inability to comprehend the world does not mean that the world does not exist: a human being who was created in image and after likeness of God and who became the living soul after God breathed life in his face, has the only source of life – God. The soul–mind of man carries the Kingdom of God within and lives by God {Luke 17:21; Acts 17:27–29}, therefore, within the world given into dominion of man, it must be omnipotent in its ability to create. If the human nature deviates from its original design, it becomes unable to receive the power, which makes it in the likeness of the Creator, therefore, sustains its life. The energy–power of God (the Blood) creates life (soul) of a human being, and the Word of God (the Body) makes human being into that what the human being is intended to be the temple–dwelling of God. For us, the Christians, faith into Lord God Jesus Christ and fulfillment of His commandments are manifestation of the essence of a human nature. If the actions of man contradict the human nature, which is defined by the commandments (the Law) of God, man has no chance to accomplish the purposes, which a human being has been created to accomplish: the mind becomes similar to the withered branch cut out from the Vine. Such a mind is unable to bear the fruits: to create and to make own creations into the reality. At the very moment when it denies, defies, or rejects God and violates His Law, the mind closes for itself access to God, therefore, deprives itself from the power–source of life, activates self–destruction (e.g., develops incurable disease of mind or body), and becomes ready to face death because it lost the reason to exist and has no power to live in accordance with its nature. The tragedy of such a mind becomes understandable if to accept the truth that the meaning of existence is creation, and creation is embodiment of the power received from God into the thoughts, words, and actions, which transfer love and perfection of God into the world of man.

The revelations of the New Testament that man is the temple–dwelling of God, that man serves God in spirit and truth, and that man acts and learns knowledge by the Spirit of God {John 4:23–24; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 3:3–6; 6:16–18; Acts 17:27–29} facilitate comprehension of the main purposes of a human being. If a human being is the temple of the Living God, he should

– carry the love and power of God within this world given to cherish and to toil in love and perfection

– transform the love and power of God into own life and into own creations.

        Consequently, if a human being rejects God, the soul–temple becomes the place of desolation unable to accommodate its Owner: it is ready to be ruined.

So, what happened within the time range scaled with the moment when God’s breath made man the living soul {Genesis 2:7}, the moment when an inability to contain God’s words forced His creations to condemn Him to death, and the Present; why perfect beings carrying the image and likeness of God degenerated for instance, into the blind leaders of the blind, whitewashed tombs filled with death, “plants” not planted by God, offspring of the liar and father of lies who was murderer from the beginning, and an abomination before God {Matthew 15:12–14; Luke 11:39–44; 16:14–15; John 8:37–59; 11:47–53}? Furthermore, what might be expected tomorrow?

The only answer I can find: the core of evil is created when the mind rejects God and starts to worship the idols produced by the evil imagination. Each mind, whenever and wherever it lives, has to make the same choice between God and the idols, between good and evil, and before life and death. There is no other way in this world, only the terms and circumstances are different, yet the results are always the same: the more idol–worshippers the more evil. The name, which the idols assume, depends on the individual properties, degree of development, education, conditions of life, and the other features of the mind; one of the current names is heathenism. However, although rituals of initiation, worship, and sacrifice are different, the main victims are and always were the same – humans, and the essence of any idol today is the same, which for instance, was in the time of the Orphics.

 The Orphics were priests and philosophers who worshiped the “divine absolute animal“ – the ancient serpent in which they discerned all the forms of all living creatures and which was the source of all their philosophical and other fantasies. In their rituals of initiation and worship, the Orphics devoured and ate the raw flesh of a child; probably later, in another settings, the calf took the place of a boy, yet, the humans always were among the victims {e.g., Hosea 13:2Θυσατε ανθρωπους μοσχοι γαρ εκλελοιπασι” – “sacrifice humans, for sacrificial bulls perished”, see posting for March 2, 2008}. The “secret and sacred knowledge” of the Orphics formed the foundation for many philosophical doctrines, which still define social, political, and religious life of the contemporary civilization. In fact, the contemporary nations and states, which refer to themselves as to the civilized and free, yet, which forgotten God, do not differ from the nations of the heathen Antiquity, which worshiped idols–figments of their imagination.

For instance, in the Past,

– the Phoenician civilization (originated in the Middle East and spread over North Africa) invented the execution by crucifixion – the most inhumane and agonizing death from all the arsenal of tortures; the Phoenicians worshiped their idols by burning own first–born children, other human beings, and animals

– men of all nations committed all imaginable and unimaginable atrocities and evils toward other humans, including mass slaughter, cannibalism, perversion, and corruption of the mind and the body.

In the Present,

– for the sake of commercial gain, so called “physicians” harvest the organs of less fortunate fellow humans; the contemporary cannibals even fund their “scientific research” with the money collected from the sale of body parts, organs, tissues, etc. “harvested” from the executed criminals. So, what else the contemporary godless mind in its apotheoses of death is able to produce after WMD, organ harvesting, terrorism, chimeras, unprecedented scales of deprivation of life and reason by any means such as weapons, false sciences, poisonous drugs, deceit, propaganda, corruption, etc., etc., etc.?

– the contemporary arts and especially the common forms (movies, shows) depict deprivation of life–sustaining resources committed by those who possess the power of coercion in any form: the more death, suffering, blood, adultery, deceit, betrayal, other kinds of crime, insufficiency, and destruction are pouring out from the screen the more spectators they attract. The ancient Romans (who enjoyed the actual fight and the death of gladiators at the arena) and the contemporary men differ only by one thing: shift of the actuality from the material world into the mind. The contemporary arts evoke the power of imagination, which the people learn to develop in the early childhood: they imagine that they see the actuality. However, could any true difference exist between an ancient Roman in the circus and a contemporary man in his chair before TV if death of a gladiator/actor – actual or staged – entertains/comforts both of them? As soon as the mind (heart) conceives everything spoken, committed or created, and accepts everything that is similar to its own imaginary constructions, so, the mind, which enjoys the spectacle of death or adultery, is guilty in those crimes it likes to watch {conf. in: Matthew 5:27–28; 15:19; Mark 7:20–23}.

One of the reason why the religious establishments covering their cults with the name of the Christianity, false religions, and ideologies of hatred and terror so easily gain access to the mind and destroy the remnants of intelligence and dignity of men, is that there is nothing left, which could protect from lies and deceit, heresy, slavery and consequent death of reason. The mind of a typical consumer–part–property–slave of the society–community–state is constantly molded into the controllable set of instincts governing physical life of a body and manageable by the bestial thirst for the physical survival and consuming of more and more resources.

The multitudes of the living dead – the minds deprived of God – populated, polluted, and destroyed the beautiful world: everything is either dead or is prepared to face the imminent death. Abnormal mutations triggered by the unnatural experiments of ignorant and inhuman minds are spreading into all realms of life: the inhabitants of oceans, seas, rivers, land, and air are affected, and in their turn, adversely affect humans’ well–being. Furthermore, countless allergies and incurable diseases of humans, animals, and birds triggered by the genetically modified plants, mutated bacteria and viruses, and pollution are treated with drugs and vaccines, which in the best case, are inefficient.

Today’s Earth became the world of death: dying fish, vanishing bees (which are unable to feed on genetically modified plants), dead forest ruined by abnormally mutated insects and fueling the unprecedented wild fires, birds and animals with abnormal flesh resulting from hormonal treatment and unnatural food, poisoned water, polluted land and air. The very nature intended to sustain life of man became the source of diseases, suffering, and death. Every evil, which human mind committed toward other creations of God now turns against those who unleashed it: that what was done to animals, birds, and plants brings death and suffering to humans. For instance,

– the slaughterhouses for cattle inspired concentration death camps for humans

– the artificial insemination, which humans invented for cows and pigs, is sold to those who lost the ability conceive/reproduce naturally, yet, no one knows the scale of future consequences of such intervention into human reproduction

– the food made from genetically modified plants and animals and contaminated with hormones, pesticides, and other poisonous pollutants and chemicals causes unnatural strain of the immune system and its ultimate failure: even harmless before micro–organisms became dangerous.

The ethics–free sciences, which without any fundamental knowledge of the human nature “improve” it through sacrilegious experiments, have created the mixtures of the human “flesh” and animal “flesh.” These experiments already triggered deadly mutations, which might lead to pandemic deadly plagues of human and animals. For instance, human–avian and human–virus combinations of genes, cells, and intracellular components already activated evolution of the exterminators of beings with the abnormal mutations (or with the perverted nature). One of those exterminators known as the group of avian influenza viruses already began to affect humans, and how many else will emerge from the laboratories producing biological weapon and “improving” humans by mixing them with rodents, cows, pigs, rabbits, birds, insects, and plants?

Some of the contemporary minds farther and farther slip into the state of the beast. Nothing sacred is left: the evil has assumed the mask of righteousness and kills “in the name of God.” Even the places of worship become the places of crime – one kind of beast kills worshipers with weapons and bombs, another kind of beast rapes children and kills the dignity and faith of their victims as well as of their parents. The teachers and educators lead astray and abuse their pupils, and the pupils bully and murder the fellow pupils and, sometimes, educators: the schools and colleges became the place of crime, corruption, and deadly violence.

The daily news in all kinds of media are reduced to the list of crimes and descriptions of evil deeds and words; moreover, the more evil the more attention the news receive.

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

So, in the end, what the human mind has created by itself, what are the fruits of the heathenism harvested by the mind deprived of God? No more and no less than all kinds of evil with its logical conclusion: death.

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* The literal translation of the Greek text in John 15:5 –  οτι χωρις εμου ου δυνασθε ποιειν ουδεν – because without Me not empowered/able make nothing.

 

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The Seal

 

…you are Christ’s letter…

Not having been inscribed by ink but by the Spirit of Living God;

Not in tablets of stone but in fleshy tablets of the heart

{2 Corinthians 3:3}

 

When Adam broke the covenant with God, he and mankind with him took the first step on the way of death. The road back to immortality and to the eternity with God began at the moment when Moses received from God the tablets of testimony, The Ten Commandments; then, Lord Jesus Christ opened the door to the kingdom of God {Luke 17:21; John 14:2–3; Romans 5:12–18} to those who want live.

The original stone tablets of testimony were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God: on the both sides – in and within – the tablets were engraved. Yet, Moses broke them to pieces after he learnt that the people of Israel turned to idol–worship; probably, he assumed that the idol–worshiping heart is not capable of comprehension, therefore, is not worthy of receiving the Law written by God. Later, Moses made other tablets like those created by God, and wrote the ten words –– τους δεκα λογους of the covenant, The Ten Commandments –– as God told him {Exodus 31:18; 32:15–19; 34:1, 27–28}.

The Law inscribed on the stone tablets was broken repeatedly, and the history of ancient Israel became the description of perversion, suffering, slavery, and destruction, which hunted the apostates who rejected God and went to serve the idols of the surrounding heathens. So, the nation, which was chosen to set patterns for mankind, had to demonstrate by own example {Deuteronomy 4:5–8, 39; 7:6, 12–13; 10:12–13; 28:47–48; 29:1–28; 30:20; Isaiah 24:3–6, 19–20; Jeremiah 7:30–33} that

a/ the human heart is the vessel created to carry the Law of God, and the Law, which defines the human nature, lives within the human heart

b/ wisdom and greatness of man is to obey the Law of God

c/ within the world created and sustained by the Law of God, there is only one way of normal – prosperous, healthy, and decent – life: to observe the Law of God and to live according to the human nature.

In general, a law might be seen as a definition of the vital conditions, parameters, features, characteristics of a system (human being, state, empire, Earth), which compose the meaning of the nature. Three functions make law the guardian of nature, therefore, the protector of life:

1/ the law stipulates the functions, actions, transformations, input/output, and all other parameters, features, qualities, which constitute the system’s nature

2/ the law controls the range of allowable deviations from the norm, behind which the processes of perversion–degeneration begin and the system–violator has to be destroyed*1*

3/ the law stipulates the processes, which culminates in destruction/ruin/annihilation of the degenerated/perverted system

When any being commits actions inconsistent with own nature, such a being develops inability of existence according to own nature: it undergoes gradual (sometimes, instant) degeneration–perversion. Although degeneration has many ugly faces, and although it might be accomplished through different processes, there are some general or common stages; for instance, 

–– a being begins to experience insufficiency; e.g., lack of proper judgment, inabilities to choose adequate purposes, to act adequately to the purposes, to identify problems and to make the right decisions, poor health

–– insufficiency, which develops because of incompliance with the Law, triggers incompatibility with the nature of the surrounding world; this incompatibility is referred to as perversion or degeneration

–– the being with the perverted–degenerated nature becomes either an instant threat to the surrounding (environment, other peoples and their establishments) or a core of latent destructive processes, which might spread over all connected systems

–– the next step is either annihilation through activation of own program of self–destruction (e.g., suicide) or termination by the others, because all systems (e.g., the Earth, the world, empire, state, religion, society) have the common property: they do not sustain existence of any being, which is not consistent with their nature and which by own degeneration threatens their existence or well–being.

A perverted being, which became inadequate to the conditions of continuing existence, has no alternative but to die. However, physical death is not the only consequence of perversion; besides, such a death never is instant and merciful. Spiritual and physical slavery (e.g., inability to sustain own freedom of choice and freedom of thinking), bestialization, loss of clarity of perception and weakening of the power of reasoning, incurable debilitating diseases and prolonged suffering are just some of the symptoms of degeneration triggered by the perversion–insufficiency resulting from the violations of the Law.

All living beings, the Earth, the Universe – everything is created according to the Word–Law –– Λογος, and is sustained by the Word–Law; every thing created from the matter is destroyed according to the all–embracing, all–controlling, and all–sustaining universal*2*  Law {John 1:1–3; 5:17, 21–22;12:47–48; Matthew 5:17–18; Revelation 20:7–14}.

Consequently, the people are able to realize their maximal/optimal potential only if their purposes and actions are in compliance with the Law of God: all the constructions (societies, empires, civilizations, religious, political, and social establishments, etc.) can be beneficial only if they facilitate achievement of the purposes consistent with the Law that defines and controls the nature. If men’s creations embody or actualize actions, words, and thoughts, which contradict the Law of God, they are doomed to destruction, often, along with their creators.

For instance,

  – Moses warned that idol–worshipers (those who create statutes and other images of creatures and worship them, who erect altars and temples to manufactured idols, worship planets, offer human and animal sacrifice to their objects of worship) violate the first of The Ten Commandments; therefore, they are condemned to death {Exodus 20:1–5; 34:12–17; Leviticus 18:21, 29; 20:1–5; Deuteronomy 4:15–19, 23;17:2–7; 30:17–18}

  – St. John the Apostle writes that anyone who hates his brother is an assassin, yet the assassin has no life eternal in him: he who does not love his brother dwells in death {1 John 3:14–15}.

The history of mankind suggests the inference: for violations of the two main commandments (love to God and love to the others), which are the essence of the Law controlling the destiny of man, people pay by suffering and death – spiritual and physical.

St. Paul the Apostle envisions a violation of the Law as sin leading to death: we die because of sin, yet, those who love and believe God, they have overcome death; although sin is death, death has no power over Love {Romans 6:2–11, 23}.

The Christianity unfolds as redemption of the world from the power of sin and death: the Love–Word of God saved the world {1 John 4:9–10, 12}, because Lord God Jesus Christ re–created the world through incarnation of the Spirit of Living God by the human nature, and through transforming man into the temple–dwelling of God {John 3:3–7; 9:1–7, 32; 10:30; 14:15–17, 23; 17:26; Luke 1:35; 12:49; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Revelation 21:5}. Since, salvation is possible and the Eternity is open to anyone

 

who embraces own nature created into the image and after likeness of God

who adheres to the law of Love (love to God and love to the neighbors)

who transforms own heart into the temple of Living God.

 

When St. Paul the Apostle explains the Christian teachings, he mentions transformation of heart by the Word–God {1 Corinthians 15:53–57; 2 Corinthians 3:3}. This transformation might be envisioned as three interconnected acts: 

– the Word of God is inscribed or engraved into the heart of man  

– through Lord Jesus Christ Who is the image of God, the heart is completed–sealed with the Love of God and comprehends the glory of God

– similarly to the precious stone made and engraved with the writing of God, the heart becomes the tablets of covenant, which is inseparable from Word–God in life and in death as the engraved letters of the Law were inseparable from the original tablets of testimony that God made for Moses.

The Apostle leads us to understanding of the last phase of evolution, which the human heart has to undergo within the world of the matter: the Word-God, Λογος, must be written into the heart; then, the heart overcomes death, because the Word of God releases man from the power of sin (theologians, philosophers, researchers use different definitions for the same phenomenon – the essence of man created into the image and after likeness of God: heart, soul, mind; in the contemporary – and probably most simplified terms, it is “the mind”*3*).  The Word–God – the Perfect Love, as the last and precious seal, is engraved into the human mind and transforms it into the living proof of the new covenant between God and His creation. The end of evolution comes when the Love’s writing on the “fleshy tablets” of heart completes and perfects the mind, thus, prepares it for the kingdom of God {this is in Luke 17:21: “the kingdom of God is within you” – η Βασιλεια του Θεου εντος υμων εστιν}.

In my childhood, I was captivated with the mind, which fearlessly unified the human heart with love and death, and envisioned influence of love on the heart as the engraving into the precious stones, similar to insignias and seals owned by the kings of the Past:

 

set me as a seal upon thine heart, as the seal on thy hand,

for love is powerful as death {οτι κραταια ως Θανατος αγαπε}

{Song 8:8}.

I thought: King Solomon indeed is the best poet of all times; he came to the end of wisdom – understanding that love is powerful as death, and he conveys his thoughts in the beautiful fashion…

Later, I realized that I was wrong: love of man could be as powerful as death is, yet, almighty Love–God {1 John 4:16} – ο Παντοκρατωρ – annihilates death and accepts love of His creation, and this is not the end, it is just a beginning…

 

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Notes: 

*1*  An oversimplified example: in a food–processing plant, the technical failure resulted in abnormal temperature regime and consequent uncontrolled development of microorganisms: the food, intended to sustain existence of people, became the poison, which is incompatible with a/ the original design or the nature of food and b/ the human nature, because instead of providing life–sustaining resources the food became the source of life–threatening infection. Therefore, abnormal actions of one subsystem triggered abnormalities (perversion) of the entire live–cycle of the plant as well as disease of the consumers of its output. As soon as the perversion becomes manifest, the controlling system would correct the manufacturing regime and destroy the source of threat – contaminated food.

 

*2* Man has the unlimited abilities of comprehension of the perceivable world in which he comes to existence, lives, and dies. However, anything beyond the world given into the dominion of man is closed for comprehension until transformation (physical death) or transfer into another mode of existence {Deuteronomy 29:29; 1 Corinthians 13:9–13; 15:42–43, 50–51, 53}. It means that the mind comprehends the work of the universal Law only at the levels allotted for the mind’s existence. For example, theology or the knowledge of God provides the overall framework for existence of the human reasoning–intelligence. The mind employs philosophy to transform the theological knowledge into the philosophical doctrines, which explain the world and provide the foundation for the methods of inquiry and research, for instance, such as the systems theory and the systems logic. The correlation–link sustaining optimal work of human intelligence is simple:

 

1.Theology  2. Philosophy 3. Logic.

 

Knowledge of God results in knowledge of own nature; this knowledge originates philosophical outlook–positioning within the world; then, the mind defines own methods of cognition and actions. The problems appear when these links are broken, or when philosophy, instead of interpreting theology into daily life of man, begins to produce theological knowledge that is to fantasize about God. Fantasizing about God (use of imagination for creation of knowledge of God) is the most dangerous kind of perversion, which sustains the idol–worshiping worlds of heathenism, mysticism, and other sources of false theological knowledge: the entire history of mankind confirms that the false knowledge is the deadliest weapon of destruction.

The systems logic works with the derivatives of the universal Law at the levels of human creations. The factor defining the difference among all creations (e.g., Earth, man, fish, bacteria, state, empire, etc.) is referred to as ‘complexity.’ The levels of complexity stipulate the difference among all the systems: complexity defines the purposes, results, time–range of existence, time of judgment–decision, and ultimate destruction–consuming–transformation. For instance, disease might destroy a human body, which lost vitality because of the actions inconsistent with the human nature, yet the soul will face its ultimate destiny only in the Judgment Day; a partnership might be dissolved instantly, yet, ultimate asset distribution might not be completed in a year of time.

 

*3*         Concept of the human mind

 

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

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

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

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

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

–– the intelligence is the operating faculty of the intellect

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

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

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

        –– the soul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        –– all thinking and cognitive processes

        –– the control and determination of behavior

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

 

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Wisdom

…Blessed is the man who has found wisdom,

and the mortal who is able of reasoning…

…she {wisdom} is more valuable than jewels: no evil thing shall resist her…

…no precious thing is equal to her in value…

{Proverbs 3:13, 15}

 

When Solomon ascended to the throne of his father, David, the only things he asked of God: understanding to judge the great and numerous nation of God. With understanding, he received everything coveted by men: abundance*1* of wealth, riches, and glory – and in such a scale that in all history of the earthly rulers there is none like him.

However, the most significant gift is wisdom, which opens the knowledge of all things either secret or manifest. Among many things, which could make the ultimate wish–list of the contemporary sciences, are the abilities to know the antiquity and to conjecture the Future, to know priorities and directions of intentions, thoughts, and words, to know meaning of the hidden or disguised things (mysteries), to foresee signs, wonders, and the outcome and accomplishments of times. However, there is a difference between wisdom and knowledge {in: 2 Chronicles 1:1–12; Wisdom 7:17–21; 8:8, 19–21; 9:1–5}: wisdom is the source of knowledge.

The glory and wealth of king disappeared, yet the Septuagint contains the Book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes written by the philosopher and king who possessed everything coveted by the others. In general, the Solomon’s possessions and achievement were in some measure repeated by many rulers, although not in the same degree of power, wealth, and glory and in similar to Solomon’s circumstances. Still, wisdom is not transferable in the same fashion, for instance, as “1+2=3”: every mind has the choice either to discover and seek her by the price of all preferences and possessions (also own life, sometimes) or discard the very notion of her existence; she cannot be forced into or taken from the mind*2*.

The meaning of wisdom might be summarized with the following definitions {Wisdom 1:5–6; 6:17–20; 7:17–29; 8:1, 4, 13, 21}:

– Wisdom is the breath of the power of God, the brightness of the light, the essence of everything – the almighty creative power that sustains and makes everything anew, that mightily reaches all to the ends and benevolently arranges everything

– Wisdom is the image of goodness of God, the holy, educating, loving and all–embracing spirit of reasoning–comprehension–understanding, which enters into the sanctified souls making them friends of God and prophets; she is more beautiful than sun and above all the order of stars

– Wisdom is privy to the mysteries of knowledge of God; the beginning of wisdom is in a desire to learn and love, which lead to the knowledge of her laws; observance of her laws brings purity (incorruption, or becoming inaccessible to the evil), and purity leads near to God; ultimately, the desire of wisdom brings to the completion (perfection)

– Wisdom is the most precious gift of God; the very desire of wisdom and understanding that she might be granted only by God signifies her benevolent presence and denotes the beginning of the way to the eternal Kingdom of God.

If to employ the contemporary definitions, the Solomon’s wisdom includes

– the awareness of the universal power, which creates and sustains the universe

– knowledge of the laws pertaining to this power, at least, at the levels accessible to the human mind

– the ability to apply these laws for comprehension of origin, meaning, purposes, correlations, actions, influences, development, consequences–output, and completion–end of the events, phenomena, conditions, systems, realms of the Universe and systems, realities, establishments, worlds created by men.

In general, for anyone who possesses such wisdom, there should be no mysteries, nothing unknown, or uncognizable: the knowledge of the laws pertaining to the universal creative power means knowledge of the Past as well as of the Future; it is the knowledge of the nature of all things, therefore, understanding of creation–beginning, purposes–outcome of existence, and moment of accomplishment–dissolution of any system within the world arranged by the time–space–complexity parameters perceivable or created by the mind.

Furthermore, the knowledge of the nature and functioning of the mind should leave nothing unknown or hidden in thoughts, words, and intentions of men: it allows foreseeing the actions and their results as well as deciphering of the purposes, thus, knowledge of the time–space parameters of origin, actions, accomplishments, and destruction of establishments, institutions, societies.

Wisdom results in possession of the unlimited knowledge of good and such derivative of this knowledge, for instance, as the unlimited ability of discernment evil and foreknowledge of its consequences. This kind of knowledge could allow extermination of the reasons–causes (seeds) of evil before they might be embodied into the actions and creations of men, therefore, such knowledge might lead to preservation of life, survival, and development–evolution–achievement–actualization of the highest potency of creation of good.

For instance, we live in the world hungry for information and knowledge, which is identified with the foundation of the technical progress and which is seen as the source of elimination of all problems of mankind. Books, magazines, media, websites – all of them are about information and knowledge: knowledge–based societies, information infrastructures, data centers, knowledge creation, data–knowledge–intellectual property transfer, protection, availability, limitation, etc., etc., etc. The information streams sustain (and mirror), feed, empower, enable to function, and destroy the financial, political, social, religious, scientific, and educational establishments. The political, social, research, educational, and other systems have accumulated data, information, and some kinds of knowledge in the scale unimaginable for the previous generations. Everything is immersed and entangled into the information flow: everything consumes information, generates additions to existing streams, and arranges–intertwines them into the information webs and networks. Information and particular kinds of knowledge have grown into the most valuable and most sought after assets. Seemingly, information underwent transformation into the meaning of reasoning, into the main currency, and into the main weapon of destruction. Unauthorized access, use, and theft of data and information became the dangerous threats to the wealth and well–being of the states, nations, societies, markets, corporations, and people. 

However, the skills to describe the streams of information by physical parameters and by the terms of quantity and directions of movement, to accumulate sets of data and arrange interactive databases, to apply the primitive language of mathematical symbols for description of mental processes during the work with information, – all these accomplishments do not result in creation of knowledge necessary for decision of the current problems. For example, a possibility to commit cybercrime confirms insufficiency and inadequacy of the existing knowledge to the reality.

Another problem: is mankind happier, or more intelligent, or more humane today than it was, for instance, three thousand years or two centuries ago? The increased scale of information and its fruit – technical progress have not exterminated suffering, hunger, poverty, diseases of mind and body, crimes, wars, inhumane laws, persecutions of the different–minded, environmental pollution, which plague the entire world without discrimination: the richest countries experience the same set of problems as the poorest countries have, although some of them in lesser scales. The spiritual life of the contemporary societies is not different from, for instance, the Phoenician civilization: the different appearance of the subjects of worship, rituals of worship, interpretation of symbols, and dream worlds does not mean that their essence has been changed. The ocean of data has not increased the inner good and has not improved the disposition toward neighbors – those living next door and those living behind the sea.

In spite of all accumulated information, some kinds of knowledge sought after by the previous generations are still not found; moreover, some knowledge, which was in a possession of those who lived in the remote Past, is lost. The word wisdom, as well as wisdom itself, vanished: everything is about information and knowledge, yet, where is wisdom – the most precious treasure of the ancient sages?

Wisdom, knowledge, and information belong to the different levels of complexity:

– information is a set of data – quantitative parameters, simplified verbal descriptions, and definitions of a particular event, phenomenon, action, of everything consumed by the mind for the purposes of self–orientation, for making decisions, and for preparedness to act or to refrain from actions

– knowledge also looks as the familiar phenomenon: the set of assumptions created by the mind from the analysis of information and data; in theory, knowledge signifies cognition of the reasons and laws, which make possible existence of facts, events, systems and understanding of their origin, co–relations, and the results/end; as such, knowledge is seen as the state of preparedness to act accompanied with the justifiable expectations of the definite outcome – the Future, for instance

– who can answer: what is wisdom, what does it mean for the daily existence, and what is the necessity to desire and to seek wisdom if nobody even mentions this word? Indeed, it seems that wisdom is gone, and as a result of some kind of silent agreement, the term knowledge became the commonly accepted substitute for wisdom – the archaic term of the Past.

Some people assume that

1/ this something that now is referred to as knowledge means cognition of the laws stipulating origin, existence, development, and termination of phenomena, events, conditions, systems, which in the entirety of their co–relations compose the mankind’s universe

2/ accumulated information will eventually become knowledge needed for improvement of life and further social and cultural progress.

These assumptions are wrong. If to judge by the contemporary conditions of life, levels of development of states, societies, and nations, wars, violations of the basic human rights, problems with health, education, quality of life, safety, children, families, investments, integrity of information – with everything, which defines the meanings of happiness and might cause sorrow, the only logical inference left that the true knowledge of actuality (as well as the archaic wisdom, which the sages of the Past named the source of knowledge) seems to be the wish–list, not the actual possession of

        –– those who control–rule–govern–maintain–guard–educate the contemporary societies, states, and nations

–– all of us, the ordinary people, who allow the ignorant and the hypocrites to stand at the place of the wise and to deprive us of the knowledge of God, who allow the blind to lead the blind into the pit {Matthew 15:14} of poverty and destruction, and who allow the propagandists fighting for access to the power of coercion and self–enrichment to treat us as the human herd–slaves without the faculty of deliberation by defrauding us with false praises, false promises, slogans, and words empty of reason.

Had human mind changed in such a degree that it became incapable of wisdom or the meaning of wisdom has changed along with the manner of life and meaning of values? The concept of man created by the Christian Greek theologians [e.g., St. Diadochos of Photiki On Spiritual Knowledge §§9, 79, 88, and Glossary 362–365 in: Philokalia] might provide the answer. The meaning of this concept in the contemporary terms (a, b, c):

a/ a human being is the wholeness composed by the unity of soul (spirit, heart, mind) and body (matter, flesh). The essence of man is soul–heart–mind, which carries the image and likeness of God. The highest level or “the depths of soul” or the core of “the heart” is intellect – νους, through which the mind knows God – Λογος – and receives from the Creator the spiritual knowledge – γνωσις  – and wisdom – σοφια.   Γνωσις and σοφια  both are the gifts of God: the spiritual knowledge is silent contemplation of God and the special state. During this state, the mind accesses the divine energy of creation, which sustains the mind’s life, while wisdom empowers the reason and makes possible cognition of God’s creations. Cognition is the state in which the divine energy of creation is transformed into the thoughts and knowledge. The reason – διανοια – is the lower level: the conceptual, logical, reasoning faculty (or the faculty of deliberation) through which the mind creates and enables transmission–sharing–communication of knowledge. The next – lowest – level is the sensory faculty; it works with the information created by the functions of the flesh and received through the senses: the senses supply the mind with information, which is necessary for existence, orientation, evaluation, achievement of the purposes, and survival within the world of the matter

b/  the mind, which rejects God, loses the access to the spiritual knowledge and wisdom; such a mind exists at the lower levels of the faculty of deliberation, which maintain physical survival

c/ gradually, existence of the mind that lost access to the spiritual knowledge and wisdom becomes restricted with the functions, which maintain the physical survival or life of flesh: sensory faculty and the lower levels of the reasoning, including imagination. The deprived of the access to the life–creating divine energy mind feeds itself with self–produced knowledge assembled from the images created with the information received through the sensory faculty, that is some kind of spiritual self–eating similar to cannibalism. The process of transformation from the mind sustained by the divine energy–knowledge of immortal perfect God into the mind sustained by the knowledge of mortal dissipating flesh results in substitute of the knowledge of the actuality–life with the knowledge of destruction–death. The ancient theologians referred to this process as to spiritual death, or transformation into the living dead – the human beast.

The mind of the living dead becomes unable to create the adequate knowledge, which demands wisdom – the source of

– an ability to comprehend the creations of God

– an ability to infer and comprehend the laws controlling the world of the matter and determining the manner and outcome of life, and the time of death/destruction of systems within the world of the matter

– an ability to apply the knowledge of these laws toward survival, benefit, and development of people and systems created by people.

It seems that the process of losing wisdom has three main symptoms: a shift of the focus of reasoning, loss of adequacy of consideration, and transformation of the mind.

Centuries of adaptation of the Aristotelian dialectics – the logic of simplification – illustrate the meaning of “transformation” of the mind: the mind gradually descends to the lower levels of complexity and eventually develops inadequacy of consideration*3*, which for instance, explains origin and advancement of the ethics–free sciences.

Originally, the ethics–free sciences had name of the value–free sciences; rejection of the Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology initiated their development. They came to manifest existence with adoption of the Max Weber’s doctrine of value–neutral social sciences*4*. Then, they accepted the marxist dialectics; for instance, the “law” of transformation of quantity into quality, sustains the concept of “self–organizing” or “self–evolving” systems; this concept is an attempt to re–tell the darwinist mythology with the terms of the systems theory. Now, some of their fruits are harvested:

– poisonous drugs causing premature death to the sick who believe the marketing promises to heal, while these promises are supported with falsification of results and intentional compromising of integrity of information

– sickening of bodies and altering behavior of children and adults treated by vaccines and drugs developed on rodents, birds, and animals; the deadly potential of these drugs and vaccines already might be detected in the unprecedented violence in schools, colleges, work places, streets, countries, plagued with suicides, drug addictions, mental disorders, ruthless crimes triggered off by violent games and movies; so far, it is just a beginning, if not stopped in the nearest future, this horror will grow to the epidemic scale

– triggering off mutation (resulting for instance, in drug–resistance) of the viruses, bacteria, and other exterminators of human beings with the impaired and altered immune system; in addition to the hereditary mutations, the most dangerous modifications and damages to immune system are caused by such fruits of the ethics–free sciences as poisons accumulated within the polluted environment, poisonous drugs, electromagnetic emissions, activation and distortion of the magnetic fields, as well as by food produced from genetically modified plants and from animals treated with hormones and antibiotics and fed with their own waste and remnants of their own kind, and other mutagens 

– annihilation of humanness in the societies, which harbor the ethics–free sciences

– abnormal reproduction of the mutated DNA codes, while the nature itself made their carriers unable of producing offspring for the sake of prevention of further degeneration of the nature

– shortening of life to those who already are dying from the “sins of the fathers” written in their genetic code, yet expect to live longer

– the other biological research, which might trigger abnormal mutations and  lead to ultimate annihilation of mankind.

With such fruits of the contemporary ethics–free sciences, there is no point even to mention wisdom; insanity would be the proper term.

The focus of the reasoning shifted along with the changes of the hierarchy of values, which started with acceptance of Aristotle’s inference that the Absolute Good should not be sought after *4* and only practicable good must be taken into consideration. Consequently, for example, if a drug–making corporation has to make a choice between suppression of the critical data confirming danger of the drug, which brings to the corporation $2 billion sales revenue a year, and deterioration of health of couple thousand people along with three–fold increase of death rate for patients treated with the drug, the data would be suppressed without any hesitation. That is why wisdom left, how the market value became the ultimate “good,” and why the house of man is empty {Matthew 6:24; 23:38}.

When I think about the adequacy of knowledge to the needs of the daily life and the Future, I see that the problems of the contemporary societies answer the question: does wisdom live in the mind of man or it has vanished along with faith, love, and knowledge of God. Then, I come to the sad inferences:

1/ existing knowledge is not sufficient for decision of the existing problems

2/ the present foundation of knowledge–creative processes (Aristotelian dialectics or logic of simplification, which, for example, sustains creation of models for cognition of the actuality, and underlies the contemporary sciences and research) has inadequate level of complexity

3/ achievement of any purpose demands adequate knowledge, however, there is no possibility to create this knowledge: without wisdom, there is no creation; without ability to create, knowledge does not exist.

So far, there could be no reasonable expectations to improve quality of life until wisdom comes back to her natural house – the human mind.

And I think: such a pity that word wisdom left the modern lexicon: what kind of the Future awaits the societies where is no place for wisdom…

 

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Notes: 

*1*  The composition of sentence and the cumulative meaning of the words as the subset/building block/subcode of the thought {in the Greek text – και πλουτον και χρηματα και δοξαν – 2 Chronicles 1:12} – suggest more complex meaning that might be inferred from the literal translation of every word: along with the material wealth (e.g., money) and glory, Solomon the king was granted fullness or abundance of everything, that is an ability to be satisfied with his possession in contrast with those who have plenty, yet, still crave for something additional. This assumption might be confirmed with Solomon’s own writings, especially when he contemplates the meanings of possession, wealth, joy and satisfaction with wealth, and when he evaluates the worth of multiplying of the material wealth in comparison with an ability to possess/control it and to be happy with it {Ecclesiastes 5:9–19; 6:2–7; especially 5:18 – where he writes that it is the gift of God to have own possessions under own power, and to consume it, and to handle own part of it, and to be delighted with own toil}.

 

*2*  The contemporary experiments on human brain and body can alter and destroy only flesh–matter (e.g., brain and body tissues), that is the physical basis of reasoning at the lowest levels of complexity. At their advanced forms, the highest level they can affect and impair is the cohesive power sustaining body–mind coherence, which carries transformations of the energy forms created at the highest levels of complexity into the communicable by physical means forms of thoughts, for instance, impulses for and making of speech, writing, sign, gesture, motion. However, this influence also is restricted by physical control (actions) and physical limits (death). In general, such experiments are designed by atheistic and materialistic minds, therefore, they reflect and measure only the parameters of the matter sustaining physical survival; the access to the core of the human essence, where God dwells, is out of reach.

 

*3*  The examples of inadequacy of the consideration based upon the Aristotelian logic of simplification:

–  the drugs, which seem to work for “humanized mice” – genetically modified creatures with hybrid of human and rodent flesh, are prescribed for treatment of human beings

–  the undisclosed to the public consequences of stem cell insertion into the aging body include deadly misbalance, development of malignant tumors, unforeseen mutations, and other disorders. There is a justified reason behind the absence of the stem cells in the aging flesh, and there is no knowledge how to control the stem cells and what is the overall long–term effect of their influence on the life–sustaining functions of the adult body. Yet, the propaganda campaigns fueled with greed and pride of “the conquerors–saviors–improvers” of the human nature suppress comprehension and do not allow disclosure of the threat

–  although some researchers came to understanding of consequences of meddling with human DNA, stem cells, and production of the human–animal embryo, thus, a danger of triggering off the deadly mutations, this understanding does not stop inhumane experiments and sacrilegious attacks on the human nature, because of enormous investments of public, private, corporate, and government funds into research and pharmaceutical corporations, which became one of the main pillars of the global economy.

 

*4*  The Aristotelian ethics produced the concept of ethics–free sciences. Two events illustrate the process of embodiment of the evil thought into the ethical doctrine and the consequences: 1. separation from philosophical and theological foundation, which began with the Aristotle’s rejection of the Absolute Good, and 2. Max Weber’s doctrine of a value free approach – “value–free scholarship,” or the ethics– and value–free science [concerning Max Weber’s life and work ref. and qtd. in: Dahrendorf 2, 3–5; Diggins 63, 261–265, 273, 277].

 1. The ancient traditional Greek philosophy describes the Absolute/Ideal Good as the source of creation of the Universe, intelligence, and the life of men. The Absolute Good creates and penetrates all structures of the Universe and sustains life of all creations; the Absolute Good is the cause of all things within the Universe, the property of all creations, and the essence of man. A human being cannot be separated from the Absolute Good because it is the essence of the Intelligence, therefore, the essence of the human nature, the highest human ideal, and the highest moral value. Consequently, the Absolute Good is the main object of cognition and the main standard–virtue. Hence, the sciences should study the particular measure of good dispensed by the Highest Intelligence into specific things, relations, and properties of the material world, and the sciences are expected to provide recommendations how to employ this particular measured good for the benefit of men.

Plato summarized the concepts of his predecessors – philosophers of ancient Greece – with the notion that the essence of the unknown God–Creator is the Absolute Good: the Absolute Good is the primal cause of the Universe, the source of intelligence, being, beauty, knowledge, and truth, and the main standard of behavior – virtue [Phaedo 100b; Republic 508b–509a]. The Absolute Good is the main object of cognition; then, cognition is the life of reason, therefore, everything might be expressed in the terms of knowledge; even the virtues become the kind of knowledge. In summary, Plato arranged the concept of Absolute Good, Intelligence, and knowledge into the inner structure of the Universe and into the general framework of existence of man.

In contradiction to Plato, Aristotle separated the Absolute Good and man. The summary of his doctrine [Eudemian Ethics I.vii.5; I.viii.15,19–20; II.i.4; II.xi.6,11; VIII.i.7; Magna Moralia I.i.1–3, 10–26] comes to the assertions that

– the Absolute Good is separate and independent from the common good, which is inherent for all things

– things are good when they are “eligible or desirable”

– all is measured by availability for practical use, and “activity is a more desirable thing than goodness”

– the Absolute Good is good when it is the End (result) “practicable for man”; hence, the end is the starting point of thinking, as well as the purpose is more valuable than actions are

– the Absolute Good that is not practicable should not be sought after, and the good in things must be considered without the reference to the Absolute Good: significance for men is the measure of any good. Such practicable good “comes under the supreme of all the practical sciences”: the morality is the subject of social or political science because social life and action are the best amenities, and the society is the best of men. Consequently, the Absolute or Ideal or Universal Good should not be a subject of single science, and wisdom is not a scientific knowledge; it is “another kind of cognition”

– the assumptions must be proved with observations, and the plain objects of senses must illustrate the “obscure objects” of the intellect

– no one science should “predicate goodness of its end,” because a physician, for instance, does not proclaim that health is the good thing

– social science, as any other single science, must not consider the Absolute Good; its subject is “the best that is the best for men.”

Aristotle disputes the Plato’s definition of the wisdom as science of sciences. In the Plato’s doctrine, the wisdom–knowledge is the necessary condition of survival within two main dimensions: at the world of matter and at the realm of gods, because wisdom–knowledge maintains temporary life of mortal body, as well as the eternal life of the immortal soul.

The noticeable logical link grows up from the Aristotle’s remarks that only proved knowledge must be considered and the matter discernible by senses should exemplify the intellect: as soon as the sensory perception cannot support knowledge of the Creator, the knowledge about God cannot be real.

Consequently, for Aristotle, the subject of theology – gods in his time – must be just a fruit of imagination.

Later, the Western civilization accepted these particular assertions as the foundation for atheistic materialistic sciences.

Although Aristotle’s arithmetical–theological–astronomical–geometrical–political speculations disclose materialism and – softly speaking – serious inclination to atheism, the complete understanding of the actual meaning of his doctrine and its destructive potential might be facilitated if to take into consideration that in his time, atheism was crime punishable by imprisonment or death (death for relapsed atheists whose “mental health” was not restored by admonition and imprisonment), and his own educator – Plato devised special Nocturnal Council for identification and extermination of atheists and heretics [Laws 908a–909c, 961a–b].

Consequently, Aristotle rejects the Absolute Good of gods as the highest value of man and elevates the  αγορα (market) at the level of the highest good: in the Aristotelian world, all must be judged by suitability for the practical use. While Plato considers the necessity to know how to use the result in the adequate context, as a natural finishing point of cognition [e.g., Euthydemus 289a–b], Aristotle asserts the end of an action as the main criterion of good.

In addition to the ethics/value–free sciences emancipated from any influence of the Absolute Good, the Aristotle’s doctrines had brought the following noticeable fruits:

1/ in the seventeenth century, Francis Bacon (who is characterized by the founder of marxism as a “father of modern science” [Marx, ref. in: Larrain 22]), celebrated the end of the Inquisition’s terror with the notion that the time came to separate natural sciences from their original basis – philosophy, and the philosophy from theology. Consequently, the Western civilization and sciences developed the special practice: they began to recognize as the great virtue and power of human reason an ability to apply only those methods of scientific inquiry, which withdraw philosophy and then, logic from any of materialistic natural sciences, and which exclude non–cognizable God from the created by Him Universe (very convenient for scientific pride and aggravated self–esteem solution – if something cannot be tasted, sensed, and explained, it must not exist at all)

2/ in the end of the nineteenth century, Friedrich Nietzsche came to the consummation the Aristotle’s practical virtues – his assertions were embodied into Nazi ideology: the high morality is the will to achieve the end, to exercise the greatest individual power over the weak and the mediocre, and to use any means to achieve it; the virtues must be justified economically and to become the “machine–like virtues” because man must be “an infallible machine” for the state [The Will to Power §719, §880, §888 185, 316, 321–322; italic in the original].

 2. In 1900s, Max Weber (the Nietzsche’s admirer) and other “left radicals” founded the German Sociological Society devoted to the advancement of sociological knowledge received by “purely scientific” methods without “all concerns with practical (ethical, religious, political, esthetic, etc.) goals of any kind.” Weber asserted that the social science is independent from the morality, that the politics should be separated from the ethics similarly to the science, because “where values begin, science leaves off,” and statesmen cannot expect any good from philosophy, because philosophy is the search for the truth, and the politics is in an irreconcilable conflict with the ethics.

Max Weber was named the “scholarly sage” in his time and later, in 1987, the “foremost social theorist,” although the essence of his doctrine is the same twenty–two hundred years old Aristotelian doctrine re–told with the pseudo–scientific terms used in the beginning of the twentieth century. Besides, there always were considerable doubts as to Max Weber’s mental health.

For instance, Professor John P. Diggins notices that Max Weber celebrated the beginning of World War I and had “periodic visitations of “demons,” which kept his mind in “restless torment.” Obviously normal human mind could not celebrate the war and host “demons”; then, the abnormal mind is not capable of creation of true knowledge of good, which would facilitate development of other minds: insanity and knowledge of good do not co–exist, and abnormal mind communicates only the patterns of degeneration. The history confirms these assumptions: along with other factors, the value–free sociology had prepared the ground for acceptance of the Nazi ideology with such “purely scientific” value–free consequences as the fields of Nazi Germany fertilized with human ashes produced by the concentration camps from members of “inferior nations” and the different–minded and dissidents of any kind. The value–neutral sciences began to operate with the data cleared from any moral restrictions, for instance, such as data obtained by the researchers who conducted studies and experiments on prisoners at Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union’s concentration/death camps, prison hospitals, and mental hospitals–prisons for the political dissidents. Eventually, the notion of practical/marketable “good” and rejection of any moral and ethical values and restrictions became the common property of research, especially in modern medical and biological sciences.

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References:

 

Aristotle. "The Eudemian Ethics." The Athenian Constitution. The Eudemian Ethics. On Virtues and Vices. v.20. With an English Translation by H. Rackham. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press; London: William Heinemann, 1935. Reprint 1971. 23 vols.

Aristotle. "The Magna Moralia." The Metaphysics. v.2. With an English Translation by G. Cyril Armstrong. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press; London: William Heinemann, 1935. 425–685. 2 vols.

Dahrendorf, Ralf. Essays in the Theory of Society. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1968.

Diggins, John Patrick. Max Weber: Politics and the Spirit of Tragedy. New York: Basic Books, 1996.

Larrain, Jorge. The Concept of Ideology. London: Hutchinson of London, 1979.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. The Will to Power. v. 15. Trans. Anthony M. Ludovici. Edinburgh & London: T.N. Foulis, 1910. 18 vols.

The Philokalia. The Complete Text compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth. Transl. from the Greek and Edited by G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware, with the assistance of The Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline) Constantine Cavarnos, Basil Osborne, Norman Russell. v.1. Great Britain, London: Faber and Faber, 1979. 4 vols.

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

 

 

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Time

 

…For man does not know his time: as hunting of fishes with the evil net,

and catching the birds with the trap, men are trapped into the evil time

when it suddenly falls upon them…

 {Ecclesiastes 9:12}

 

What does it mean do not know own time, and then, to be trapped into the evil time?

Solomon the king implies that man does not discern love or hatred, although all they are before his face. Then, he complains about the destiny of man: there is no memory of the dead, their love and hatred and jealousy vanished, and in the Hades, there are no intentions, nor cognition, nor wisdom. His final thought is a conclusion that the essence, the whole or the absolute of man,  is to fear God and to observe His commandments, because God will bring to judgment all that had flowed – the good as well as the evil {Ecclesiastes 9:1–10; 12:13}.

Later, in the New Testament’s time, the lack of knowledge born of an inability to discern the good and the evil becomes the sign of hypocrisy: after Lord Jesus Christ tells His listeners that He came to cast the Fire (the Spirit of God) unto the earth (man), He rebukes the people {Luke 12:49, 54–56} that they know how to discern the face of the earth and the heavens (so they can predict coming of the storm), yet they do not discern this time (the coming of God). Why they, hypocrites, do not evaluate themselves (or judge by themselves) to discern the time?

These two visions of time lead to some conclusions.

1/ The knowledge of time is the knowledge of fulfillment of the good and of the evil.

For instance, when the process of evolution of human mind was at the beginning stages, the wisdom, which Solomon received from God {2 Chronicles 1:7–12}, led him to comprehension of the essence of man and his purposes. Solomon inferred that man must live in accordance with the Law of God:

 

God will examine all man’s intentions (including those, which have not been accomplished)

although the human mind might lack comprehension and wisdom,

which are necessary

for understanding of own good and of the works of God,

 

the observance of the Law would secure survival,

at least, during some time–range {Ecclesiastes 6:12; 7:17–18; 9:1–10},

until the mind becomes ready for the purposes of God.

 

The logic of Solomon’s thoughts links the evil time with stagnation of the Hades –– the Inferno, the Hell, or the storage of the souls, which completed their life–cycle within the world of the matter, yet which were unable to learn their lessons and now, when their night came, they cannot do any works {also in: John 9:4}. So, the best thing, which people need to accomplish if they do want to survive within the settings with limited knowledge, is to recognize God’s Law as the highest authority and consequently, to embody knowledge of the Law into the daily life: thoughts, words, and actions.

Later, when the laws of Moses completed their task as the guardian of men during childhood (the childhood of mankind is the time of learning of the Law of God and preparation to the Christianity) and as the guide to Lord Jesus Christ {Galatians 23–24}, the lack of judgment, mainly, as inability of discerning the good and the evil and the ensuing inability of comprehension of the words of God, became the sign of failure. For instance, the Pharisees referred to the people who accepted the words of Lord God Jesus Christ as to the “cursed” crowd not knowing the law {John 7:49}. However, God refers to them as to the “whitewashed graves” full of dead bones and all uncleanness that have outwardly appearance of righteousness, yet, within are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness {Matthew 23:27–28}. The Pharisees’ own manifest observance of the customs and rituals along with the inner lawlessness, illustrates the meaning of “hypocrisy” as the utter defeat covered with the name of “victory,” as disgrace called “honor,” as deceit presented as the truth. Although they failed to comprehend the essence of the Law and to live according to the Law, they use the Law of God as the property of rulers and as the argument needed to convict the innocent Son of man John {7:45–53; 8:39–47; 19:7}

Therefore, two things create the difference between the two points of assessment (in the Old Testament and in the New Testament) and contribute to comprehension of the meaning of time: 

a/ the reality of knowledge created by the minds of men as the overall summary of good and bad intentions/words/deeds, and its proximity to the realm of knowledge of the Law, which should be created 

b/ the degree of development of the people, whose main purpose was to comprehend and to observe the Law in order to be purified with the new knowledge and to recognize God – the Creator and the Savior {Malachi 4:4, 6; 3:1–4; John 1:9–11}.

Then, the Apostle asks why those who received the knowledge from God, therefore, are free from the laws of the material world, still observe the meaning of time – days, years, seasons – and put themselves back, into the slavery of the weak elements of this world of the matter? He reminds that the main struggle is not with the visible powers of this world, yet, with the evil intentions, which attempt to obstruct the cognition of God {Galatians 4:1–10; 2 Corinthians 10:3–5}. 

Therefore,

2/ the time might be envisioned as the setting or dimension, which accommodates the evolution*1* of the mind:

 

the mind comes to the compete comprehension of the Law

the mind accepts (or opens itself for) the Word–God

the mind reshapes own daily life after the commandments of God

the mind reaches the optimal state and completes evolution–development

within the temporal worldly settings: time, space, matter.

 

The meaning of evolution is cognition of God and creation of knowledge, which would annihilate evil from the thoughts, words, and actions of man. The knowledge of God provides the foundation for thoughts, and the thoughts become the building blocks with which the mind constructs its own reality – the life within the world of the matter {1 Corinthians 3:10–13}. As soon as the mind obtains the knowledge of God, which was allotted to learn within the particular time–space–complexity settings, it fulfills its mission of laborer–servant–slave and becomes the member of God’s household – the being prepared for the eternity with God. At this point, the power of the world with all its laws and features (hierarchies of power of coercion, vanity and artificial values of the dream worlds of the neo–heathen societies, enslaving establishments, corrupted states and dissipating civilizations) comes to the end, and the mind obtains its ultimate freedom as independence of the hierarchies of authorities, artificial values, ignorance, hypocrisy, wrong judgment, and other evils of the trap of the reality of sin/anti–evolution*2*.

Hence,

3/ the laws, which control the time, include the law of irreversibility of cognition: the knowledge cognized by the mind is not possible to reverse or to unlearn. Consequently, the meaning of being trapped into the evil time denotes also the time when the access to the knowledge of God is obstructed or impossible and when, therefore, the false knowledge supplants the truth. During the evil time, the tree of knowledge of good and evil brings only the evil fruits, and the mind instead of development–evolution undergoes degeneration. Eventually, the mind slips into the dream worlds of death: totalitarian ideologies, cults, and ethics–free atheistic sciences sustain religious, political and social establishments, which enslave the mind and deprive it of the access to unbiased information and true knowledge, therefore, interfere with the freedom of thinking and freedom of choice.

I like the clarity of Solomon the king’s perception:  the evil time indeed is the deadly trap, which confines the mind similarly to the fishes caught by the net within the stream and to the birds of the sky trapped by the hunters. His vision also reminds me of the Dante’s Inferno: the circles of death filled with the crowds of the ignorant controlled by the archenemy of God and suffering because of own ignorance and rejection of the Law of God.  

If to see the mind as the temple–dwelling of the Spirit of God, as a being that flows/flies/transforms into the different worlds within the eternity created by the universal Law–Word, the tragedy of inability to actualize own nature within the present setting – just one of the stages at the infinite road, is devastating, indeed. The tragedy of such a mind might be likened to the tragedy of stillborn child, or to the fish disabled within the evil net, which holds it for death…

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*1* The reality of evolution accommodates development–evolution of the human mind that is cognition of new knowledge and creation of new thoughts, which lead to

– unfolding of own unlimited potency of creation of good

– actualization of the maximal creative potency into the thoughts, words, and deeds with which the mind actualizes own dominion over the world of the matter given into its possession.

 

*2* The reality of anti–evolution accommodates degeneration of the human mind. Deprivation of the true knowledge of God leads to insufficiency of a particular, vital, knowledge – the knowledge of own nature and of the world in which the mind has to survive and accomplish its mission. In this case, mind is barred from access to the divine energy of creation (accessible through the faith). Consequently, the mind has no choice but to revert into the regime of insufficiency: it feeds itself with the surrogate – images of the matter/flesh, which are perceived/processed by the matter/flesh – and creates insufficient thoughts inadequate to the complexity of the considered subject (e.g., the drugs developed through the experiments on animals and then, applied to human beings trigger off the disorders, which are much worse than the diseases they claim to cure). Ultimately, the mind becomes unable to ascent to the levels of complexity appropriate to its nature: it becomes insufficient/sick and then, it is transformed into the living dead trapped within the evil time – the reality of death. Lord God refers to such minds as to those who see and hear, yet, do not perceive/comprehend, so, they do not turn to God that He would heal them {Matthew 13:10–15}.

 

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The Web of Life

 

 

…my breath was with me as a weaver’s web,

when she that weaves draws nigh to cut off the thread…

{Isaiah 38:12}

 

It was the time of illness and death for Ezekias the king. Isaiah the Prophet came to him to convey the message from God: “put your house in order, because you shall die and not live.” Ezekias turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. Then, the wonderful thing happened: the Prophet came back to tell the king that God has heard his prayer and has seen his tears. God decided to heel him and to add fifteen years to his life–time; moreover, God promised to protect him and his city from the Assyrian king. So, Ezekias recovered and lived in peace and prosperity according to the promise of God {Isaiah 38:1–20; 4 Kings 20:1–7}.

The story of the ancient king (eighth century BC) not only confirms that the Future of a human being is not fixed – everything might be changed by the mercy of God; it provides an insight into the inner world of those who lived before us, in the time when the Prophets declared God’s will to the kings, and the kings had the knowledge of God as well as of the world they ruled.

When Ezekias faces the imminent (as he thinks) death, he sees the remnants of life he expected to have as the pitched tent, which is taken away. He compares his breath – spirit he has to give up – with the web of the weaver who cuts off the thread {Isaiah 38:12}.

In the Ezekias’ time, the nomad pitched the tent for the time of rest, and then, took it down and carried to the next stop. The woman–weaver attached threads to the wooden frame and made a web – some kind of a foundation from the threads, which she then, woven–developed into the fabric: she interwove more and more threads into the web–foundation until the fabric is made. Then, she cut out the ends of the threads from the wooden frame. Garments were made from the fabric, and wooden frame was used again, for the next work.

The combination of these two metaphors – the pitched tent and the web of threads/fabric cut out of the frame – discloses not only that Ezekias has poetic thinking; it reveals also that the Ezekias has the primeval knowledge of the essence of the world:

 

 the energy–spirit creates the matter–flesh

 life is the temporary shelter for the spirit–breath with which man creates the fabric of his life.

 

In summary, the breath of God creates the living soul–spirit–mind of man {Genesis 2:7} and the soul–spirit–mind of man determines his life: man creates the unique masterpiece of his life within this world as weaver weaves the fabric with the web of threads attached to the wooden frame. 

In the time of the New Testament, the knowledge of life was brought to the completion: everything that lives, breathes, and obtains immortality, does it through the love, wisdom, and power of God, which we know as God the Father, the Word–God, and the Holy Spirit:

 

the Spirit of God is the everlasting life of man, and this life is granted through the Word of God

{Genesis 2:7; John 14:6, 15–17, 23, 26}

man creates good, therefore, accomplishes the purposes he has been created to accomplish

only by the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Truth, the Light, and the Life –

the daily Bread, wisdom, and the power of man

{Luke 21:15; John 6:33–35, 47–58; 9:5; 14:6; 15:4–6}

man, who is sanctified by Lord God Jesus Christ and who observes the commandments of God,

becomes the temple of the Living God,

and the Spirit of God comes to dwell within him and gives him immortality

{John 14:15–17, 23, 26; 15:3, 26; 16:7–14; 17:17–23; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 6:16}

 

And I think, all beings constantly, with each breath, create the fabric of own life. They make the fabric–life with their thoughts, words, and deeds – the threads, which they interweave into the web–foundation, or embody their thoughts in words and actions and input them into the actuality. When their labor comes to the end, and the fabric of their life is taken out of the frame – from the world into which they were born, what will they bring to their Creator and which kind of patterns they leave for those who come next? In the eyes of God, will their life be the masterpiece of good or the worn out dirty cloth of evil unable to pass the test by the Fire {Deuteronomy 4:24; Isaiah 10:17; Malachi 3:2; Luke 12:49; John 15:6; 1 Corinthians 3:13–15}? If it is just the dirty evil, will be any hope left?

The only answer, I can find, is in the prayers of another man – the shepherd boy who became the greatest king of Israel {Psalm 50(51):7, 9, 11; Psalm 35(36):10}:

 

…obliterate my iniquities…

wash me and I shall become whiter than snow…

remove not Thy Holy Spirit from me…

…for with Thee is the fountain of life,

in Thy light do I see the light…

 

 

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