Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

Archive_Page_4_2008–2009  

 

The Secret Things

The Potential of the Mind

The Fire

The Gold Proved Through Fire

The Light

The Completion

 

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The Secret Things

 

…The secret things belong to the Lord our God,

but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever,

to accomplish all the words of the Law…

{Deuteronomy 29:29}

 

        Moses the Prophet warned the people: the secrets things belong to God; man’s purpose is to learn, to keep, and to accomplish the words of the Law. One of the books of Septuagint – Wisdom of Jesus the son of Sirach also known as Ecclesiasticus, elaborates the initial warning with explanation of the danger: more knowledge is open than the mind is able to comprehend, yet, do not be curious in the unnecessary matters, because vanity deceives the mind, and many evil suspicions overthrow the judgment {Ecclesiasticus 3:21–24}.

        However, the Book of Wisdom advises the readers to seek the Wisdom and to beseech God of the gift of comprehension – the greatest treasure, which man could ever have. And indeed, according to the mercy of God, the author of the Book of Wisdom cognized creation of the world, operations of the elements, times, nature of the living beings, the reasoning of man, and all things either secret or manifest {Wisdom 7:7–21} – he has all the knowledge, which the contemporary science still is not able to reach. Would not the seekers of the unknown sacrifice everything they have for the sake of this knowledge?

        Then, our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ opened the mind of His followers to the mysteries of the Kingdom of God {Matthew 13:11; John 16:25–33} and granted the knowledge leading into the eternity kingdom of God–Creator and Father. This knowledge, which is given to us by the Gospels and the Epistles of the New Testament, leads to understanding that the greatest treasure of the human mind is love and fear*1* of God, or as Solomon the king concluded in the end of his search for the meaning of existence and the highest wisdom of man: fear God and observe His commandments, because this is everything of man – πας ο ανθρωπος  the absolute / entirety / wholeness of man {Ecclesiastes 12:13}.

One of the realms of the secret things into which the human mind should not immerse itself might be inferred from the Proverb of the Rich Man and Lazarus {Luke 16:19–31}:  the great chasm is established between the Kingdom of God where Abraham lives and the realm of those who are not able to come into the dwelling of the righteous. From the Gospel’s text, it might be inferred that the Rich Man lived not according to the Law, because he did not pay attention to hungry and sick Lazarus the beggar, and he did not alleviate Lazarus’ need and suffering. And Lord God Jesus Christ warns His listeners that even if a dead man rises from death, the living would not be persuaded by his words because they did not perceive the words of Moses and the Prophets. It means that they have rejected the Law {Deuteronomy 6:4–7, 17–18, 25; 15:7–8, 11; Leviticus 19:18; Mark 12:28–34}, consequently, they do not possess the foundation of knowledge – they are confounded and overtook by their errors as the pagan nations are {Isaiah 30:27–28}. 

Another example is knowledge of the eternity not given to us who still are within the temporal dimension of the matter controlled by the law of destruction and death. Yet, probably, there is nothing more attractive to those who have not been exposed to true knowledge than fantasies and dreams of “the supernatural” and “after–life.” Besides, the false dreams can be easily sold as the truth to those who have no knowledge of truth: many criminals wear the masks of a teacher, a prophet, a scientist, or a super–being eligible for deification and absolute obedience in lieu of God. Great quantity of sects, cults, and false religions headed by the false teachers and self–proclaimed prophets–saviors–substitutes of God explore the abyss of false:

–– some of them do not hesitate to sell admission into the Kingdom of God for money (e.g., indulgencies mentioned by Luther*2*)

–– the others send their followers to the suicidal missions with the purpose to kill as many human beings as possible and promise the eternal bliss for assassination of the innocent children, women, and men

–– the others invent the bizarre rituals and irrational beliefs: they dispossess, rob, and sacrifice living beings for the sake of stones, beasts, and idols of all kinds (leaders, parties and other establishments, doctrines, ideas, ideologies, totalitarian states, etc.).

The suffering of mankind began with the desire to learn the knowledge of good and evil. For the sake of this knowledge human beings violated the commandment of the Creator and discarded His warning, yet, they began with cognition of shame and humiliation, continued with the knowledge of pain, envy, and murder {Genesis 2:16–17; 3:1–23; 4:1–14}. Gradually, mankind accumulated all the knowledge of evil and death, which it was able to discover; the first and main piece of this knowledge is how to deprive of life and annihilate good from the world created to be the embodiment of good and to reflect the perfection of its Creator – God.

For instance, those who attempt to convince in the necessity to find new kinds of treatment of the incurable now diseases by using stem cells taken from the human embryos produced in human fertility clinics, argue that in any case these embryos are doomed for destruction. However, in spite of all arguments, assertions, and opinions, the essence is simple – the contemporary ethics–free sciences and the societies–consumers of their discoveries descended to the level of cannibals and ancient idol–worshipers who sacrificed their children to the beasts, Moloch, and other idols. The consequent chain of events reveals the straight ladder of degeneration:

1/ the “science of animal reproduction,” which came into existence in post–1917 atheist, bolshevist, impoverished, and hungry Russia, eventually was accepted by the ethics–free sciences of other states world–wide as the source of treatment of human beings (women undergo the procedure invented in Russia in 1920s for the breeding of animals). Consequently, humans descended at the level of the domestic animals reproduced through artificial insemination and the “leftovers” or excessive–defective–unused embryos are not considered as human beings; they are the pieces of flesh to be consumed by other creatures of flesh or disposed as useless by–products of slaughterhouses

2/ the understanding of sanctity of human life is lost, because human beings have admitted for themselves a possibility to be bred as they breed animals for slaughter and consuming. As soon as they now produce their own children by the same way, and then, “recycle” the excessive or defective human embryos for the benefit of other humans, is any human feature (besides ability to speak, to walk on two feet, and to possess things – clothing, houses, cars, computers, etc.) left, which would make a distinction among men and beasts?

3/ admission of a possibility to destroy a human embryo (that is a human being) for medical treatment of other human beings, means that one human being must be sacrificed for the sake of the others; it means also that a society, in which artificial insemination and use of human embryos for “scientific” research are allowed, is the society of beings, which in fact, identify themselves with animals and live in a manner of cannibals and idol–worshipers. Such a society is no different from the ancient societies, which lived by dreams and fantasies (divination) of false prophets and in which parents sacrificed their children to the beasts, Moloch–Baal–Ishtar–Astarte, and other fertility deities to assure for themselves abundant harvest and prosperous existence. Consequently, the Future of such a society is no different from the fate of ancient pagans: lawlessness, degeneration, and annihilation {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 18:9–14; 28:48–53; 32:16–18; Isaiah 9:13–20; 24:1–6; Hosea 10:13–14}.

Besides, in spite of attractiveness of the mentioned above research in the Present, it should not be forgotten that there is no foundation for the beliefs in their success in the Future (e.g., expectations to cure lethal diseases and to reverse aging and degenerating processes).

For instance, the true meaning of an assumption, which is in the core of stem cell research, is an assumption of a possibility to combine systems with the different purposes and consequently with the different levels of complexity (stem cells–source of development of a new system with a sick body–disintegrating system) and make them interact with the purpose of restoration of the disintegrating system. However, any assumption or concept, which contradicts the systems law of adequate complexity, is fruitless. One of the consequences is that although it might be some temporary effect (e.g., short–term rejuvenation of skin or destruction of malignant blood cells) because of re–distribution of the last resources of the disintegrating system, the annihilation is accelerated at other levels or within other subsystems. If to consider the outcome at the level of an individual, it might be more pain and suffering from the prolonged annihilation than from the initial conditions. So, could it be any other reason behind the research violating the very essence of humanity besides vain curiosity or desire to make own living by attracting capital and investments, even for the price of empty promises and deceit, which would increase suffering of the people?

And I think that only Christian teachings, which establishes two main commandments of love – love to God and love to a neighbor as the universal foundation of the world of men, which identifies absence of love as death and equates hatred with dwelling in death and with murder {Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:28–34; 1 John 3:14–17, 20–21 }, provides the comprehensive framework for all ethical decisions and finding answers for the most difficult questions of human dignity, life, and death, including

        1/ the meaning of knowledge, which should be avoided, even if it evokes curiosity, looks attractive, or promises the greatest benefits

        2/ the meaning of fundamental human values, even if they suggest the substitution of

                                –– adoption of an orphan or unwanted by the others child

                                                                                                for

                                –– own proliferation by the techniques invented by the atheist science for reproduction of animals

        3/ comprehension of the purposes (e.g., cognition of good) and acceptance of (or reconciliation with) the terms of earthly existence, for instance, eventual death of a body as the threshold through which we all have to enter the only home of men – the Kingdom of God {John 12:24–26; 14:1–3; 1 Corinthians 15:35–58}…

 

 

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*1*  Fear of God {Isaiah 8:13; Ecclesiastes 12:13} is the only fear appropriate for a free human being created in the image and after the likeness of the Almighty, Perfect, and merciful God–Creator and Father of man. The Prophets and ancient theologians employed these words to designate the greatest danger and the greatest threat to the existence of man: violation of the Law and commandments of God, which define the human nature. The world exists according to the Law, which God Himself came to fulfill {Matthew 5:17–18}, and the Sacred Scriptures provide the glimpse of the absolute power of this Law when they refer to it as to the sword and the all–consuming fire {e.g., in: Isaiah 5:24; 10:17; Matthew 10:34; Revelation 1:16}. If a living being violates the Law, it perverts own nature, therefore, triggers self–annihilation or he is to be destroyed, because in the world created, sustained, and controlled by the Law {Matthew 5:18; Luke 16:17}, nothing is able to exist contrary to the Law.

 

*2* Luther. “Ninety–five Theses.” Basic Luther. Four of his Fundamental Works.  (The Ninety–five Theses.  Address to the Nobility.  Concerning Christian Liberty.  A Small Catechism.)  Springfield, Illinois: Templegate Publishers, 1994. 10–153.

 

 

Sunday, March 29, 2009

 

 

 

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The Potential of the Mind

 

 

…as nothing having, yet all possessing…

…we, the strong, must bear the weaknesses of the weak…

{2 Corinthians 6:10; Romans 15:1}

 

 

 

Saul, young man from Tarsus, set his mind on extermination of Christianity: he entered houses and took men and women – followers of new teachings condemned by the Sanhedrin – into prisons. As the one in a position of some religious authority or closeness to the high priest, he approved execution of Stephan, the first Christian martyr who was stoned to death for his faith in Lord God Jesus Christ. One day he decided to travel to Damascus to bring back in Jerusalem the fugitives – the “apostates” who converted into Christianity and fled in fear of persecution. On the road to Damascus, suddenly, Saul saw the great light from the sky; he fell on the ground and heard the voice of God Who asked: “Saul, why do you persecute Me?” In fear and astonishment Saul asked God what he must do for Him. When Saul rose on his feet, he could not see; his companions led him to the city. Then, another miracle happened: a Christian sent by God restored Saul’s eyesight, and he began to preach Christianity to the Gentiles and to the Jews in all ends of the Roman Empire: in Greece, Spain, Minor Asia, Rome, and Jerusalem. His destiny became fulfillment of the ancient prophecy: after God chose him to become the vessel – messenger – carrying His name before nations, kings, and sons of Israel, he began as the blind, received the speech of instruction, endured suffering and persecution, yet was enlightened and led by God through the unknown roads. He became the servant of the Holy Spirit and the messenger of the New Testament; he was sent to be the role model and educator of many {Acts 6:8–14; 7:55–60; 8:1–3; 9:1–30; 22:3–21; Isaiah 42:16–20; 2 Corinthians 3:5–8; 1 Timothy 1:12–16; 2 Timothy 1:8–12}.

Transformation of Saul–enemy of Jesus into Paul–Apostle of Lord God Jesus Christ had no rational explanation. Previously, Saul was an insider of the circle of the high priest and the Pharisees who condemned Christians to mockery, excommunication, and death, because they considered Christianity as the threat to their establishment and as the dangerous teachings propagated and disseminated by the criminals and apostates {John 9:22; 11:47–53; 12:9–11; 18:1–40; 19:1–22; Luke 23:1–38; Mark 14:55–65; 15:1–32; Matthew 26:59–68; 27:1–43, 62–66; 28:11–15}.

There is no official description of St. Paul’s life. He left fourteen Epistles with the foundations of the Christian dogma and detailed instructions needed for becoming a Christian and for establishing the Christian Church. His scarce self–references allow comprehension of the difficulties, suffering, persecutions, which he – aging and frail man – endured according to the will of God and for encouragement and education of many {Acts 9:10–16; 2 Corinthians 11:23–30; 1 Timothy 1:13–16; 2 Timothy 1:8–12; 3:11; 4:16–17; Matthew 10:29–30}. His writings reflect wisdom, which is not possible to withstand or contradict, and reveal the destiny common for many of those following Lord Jesus Christ. He left us the key to abundant riches of knowledge of God – the feast of wisdom offered to the hungry for knowledge and to the poor by spirit, and the insight into the mind carrying the power, which makes the human mind invincible, indestructible, and inaccessible to those who kill the body {Matthew 10:28; Luke 21:15–18; John 9:39–40}.

Foreseeing his imminent death, St. Paul wrote: “I have fought the good fight. I have accomplished the journey {τον δρομον τετελεκα -- 2 Timothy 4:6–8; the Greek text conveys the meaning of coming to the end of the measured space allotted for run, finishing the race, road/distance, accomplishing the journey}. The journey, which Saul began at the road to Damascus, was ended in Rome: St. Paul the Apostle was beheaded in AD 64, according to the order of Nero who decided to exterminate all Christians in his empire.   

St. Paul’s life reveals the vast potential of human mind – its infiniteness, for instance, as an ability to accommodate the depth of ignorance as well as the unlimited height of wisdom. He began with desire to eradicate Christianity, yet, with all his life, hard labor, suffering, faith, and joy of anticipation of God, he built the foundation of the Christian Church and therefore, paved for many the path to the kingdom of God – the invincible and indestructible eternal Empire, which is eliminating all futile establishments of men {Daniel 2:44}. 

In general, the history of St. Paul the Apostle is defined by the same pattern that is behind the history of the Christian teachings: it is the passage from ignorance to wisdom, from weakness of the flesh to invincibility of the spirit, and from death to life. St. Paul’s life unfolds as the journey into another universe, where the values and hierarchies of the earthly establishments are worthless: as all true followers of Lord God Jesus Christ, he does not seek earthly authority, power, and wealth, and his strength is not the strength of this world. He carries the invincible spirit and faith, endures all persecutions, overcomes all the might of the Roman Empire, and proves that the power of mind, in which God dwells, is incomparably stronger than the power of physical coercion, physical suffering, and death are.

However, in the time of the Roman Empire, the human mind did not remove itself in so vast distance from God as it is now, when the precious knowledge of Christianity became the lot of the insignificant few and most of the keepers of the Christian faith closed themselves into the deep silence contemplating their treasure without sharing it {contrary to the definition of brotherly love – 1 John 3:16–17}.  Some of us became almost unseen and unheard*1* in the time

 

–– when so many make their living with propagation of atheism and with the attempts to sell figments of own impotent imagination –
the miserable by their insufficiency dream worlds masqueraded as philosophical doctrines and scientific truths,


–– when so many earn their couple minutes of fame with betrayal of humaneness, ideals, and virtues,
with the propagation of perversion and corruption of human mind and body,
with manufacturing and dissemination of false knowledge and other “fruits” of the ethics–free sciences

 

and – as the other side of the equation of death –

 –– when so many are expected to consume obediently (and do consume) the poison of false and lies
supplied by the propagandists, false prophets, and ignorant dreamers
who nevertheless, identify themselves as the scientific, educational, political, social, and religious “elite.”

 

During the centuries that have passed since establishment of the Christian teachings, the multitudes of human beings who already gone through the Earth and who exist now increased immensely, therefore, the burden of lawlessness embodied into the false knowledge assumed the unprecedented proportions. The magnitude of corruption made manifest the latent before processes of degeneration of the human mind and human nature, which are inseparable of the lawlessness and its offspring – false knowledge. The overall “health” of mankind and conditions of the Earth reveal the results of these processes: it seems that all the signs of the last days of the Future identified by the prophecies of the Past are coming to the completion. However, the power of God neither diminishes nor changes; although the Earth will meet her destiny in the allotted time, the destiny of each living human being still can be changed { Matthew 24:3–44; Mark 13:5–33; Luke 21:6–36; Isaiah 9:14–20; 24:3–6, 16–23; 30:8–14; 34:1–4; 50:2–3; Hosea 4:1–3; Psalm 101(102):25–27; 1 Thessalonians 5:1–6; 1 Timothy 4:1–4; 2 Timothy 3:1–9, 12–17}.  Again and again, as it was in the beginning, each mind is offered the last–minute choice – to live or to die, to accept the false and live by flesh or to discard false, and then, to suffer humiliation, persecution, and sometimes, physical death, yet, to live by spirit.   

When I think about the legacy of St. Paul the Apostle, I see that his life reveals the true – unlimited – potential of human mind. The physical weakness could accompany the mind, which becomes invincible and omnipotent when God comes to dwell in it {John 14:12–26; 2 Corinthians 12:9–12}, yet, all the might of the earthly empires, hierarchies, and weapons of destruction are not able to subdue a physically weak human being or to force to give up the knowledge of God, to change convictions, to reject freedom of thinking, and to influence the choice of own destiny: to live or to die.

And I try to find the answers: is the personal transformation – similar to St. Paul’s experience at the road to Damascus – possible for everybody, and if it is possible, what is the pre–condition of such transformation? Could it be the inference that in the world without God, the only true freedom left is the freedom of the last choice to live as a slave or to die?

 

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Notes:

 

*1* When I try to understand why the true Christianity became for many the unknown universe, I think about our history: could centuries of misunderstanding, humiliation, persecution, and suffering to force us, the Christians, to revert to the silent contemplation of God and to give up our attempts to help the others who so many times rejected our faith and our efforts to bring them the truth? Who is capable or worthy to judge us if we choose to keep silence?

Just one example: the Great Schism and destruction of the Byzantine Empire might illustrate how this silence descended upon us.

Soon after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, the process of corruption of faith and substitution of the dreams of the heathen philosophy for the words of God triggered off the Great Schism. The Great Schism began in the sixth century with that what initially was comprehended as the discontent of the Patriarchs of Constantinople with the Bishops/popes of Rome who began their quest for the absolute power and authority over all Christendom [in 590, the 64th Roman pope Gregory I (590–604) openly asserted the claim on papal absolutism – Trager 57]. The Great Schism as the deep division between the Christian Church of Constantinople and the papal Church of Rome came to its zenith in 1204, after the sack of Constantinople accompanied with destruction of the Christian Churches and mass slaughter of the Greek Christians by the papal Crusaders.

During the centuries following the destruction of the Byzantine Empire and establishment of the Islamic Caliphate in Constantinople and adjacent lands, almost all physical foundation of the Greek Christian Church (churches, monasteries, academies, schools, and libraries) was ruined. Within the territories under the Muslim authorities, many Christians paid by their lives for dissemination of the Christian teachings, rejection of conversion into Islam, even for wearing the Cross and following the Christian manner of life; many children were snatched from the Christian families (to prevent them becoming Christians as their parents are) and sold into slavery, often in harems: girls to become concubines and boys to become eunuchs – guardians of the harems.

The European nations came under the “absolute” authority of the papal Church of Rome, and the papal Empire designed after the Roman Empire’s blueprint, covered almost all Europe. The Christian teachings had been barbarically misinterpreted and falsified with Platonic–Gnostic–Origen and Aristotelian–Manichean–Augustinian–Aquinas heresies. Then, the crimes against humanity committed by the Inquisition and by the papal subjects during the Crusades, religious wars, and persecutions of the schismatics, heretics and the different–minded were sacrilegiously ascribed to the teachings of Christ. As a result, now, the vast majority of global population either identifies Christianity with the papal faith – Catholicism or –– because of the history of corruption and crimes committed by the papacy and the papal subjects –– discards it entirely with hatred, disgust, and mockery.

However, in spite of two decisive events –

1/ the warning concerning the false prophets has became the actuality {Matthew 7:15–23; Luke 21:8; 2 Peter 2:1–3, 12–19; Jude 1:4, 7–19]}

and

2/ multiplication of those who do not want/need knowledge of truth –

still, would not the silence of the true Christians be the sin against God and against neighbors, the failure to accomplish the instructions of St. Paul the Apostle {1 Thessalonians 5:14–21; 2 Timothy 3:12–17; 4:1–5}?

 

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References:

 

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

 

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2008

 

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The  Fire

 

…and iniquity shall burn as fire…

{Isaiah 9:18}

 

 

The images of fire in the Holy Scriptures have two meanings {Exodus 3:2–6; 24:17; Deuteronomy 4:12, 24, 36; Isaiah 9:18–19; Malachi 3:1–2; 4:1;  Matthew 13:40–42; John 1:1–5, 9–10, 12–14; 3:19–21; 9:5; 2 Peter 3:5–13; 1 Corinthians 3:9–16; 2 Corinthians 6:14–16}:

1. The fire described by the Prophets as the “wrath of God”; in fact, this is self–destruction ensuing from violations of the Law of God. This fire is the fire of death ignited by iniquities and passions, which embody perversion and figments of imagination of the mind devoid of understanding of own essence {the essence of the mind–heart–soul of man is the Law of God; observance of the Law is life consistent with the human nature created by God into His image and after His likeness; those who observe the Law of God fulfill the destiny of man to be the temple and dwelling of God  – Genesis 1:26–27; 9:6; Deuteronomy 30:11–15; Psalm 36(37):31; 39(40):8; John 14:23; 1 Corinthians 3:16}.

2. The fire surrounding God; from this fire, God spoke to Moses, and with this image of all–consuming Fire, Moses attempted to convince the chosen people to love God and to observe His commandments. In the New Testament, the all–consuming Fire came through the Word–God, the Light of the world, and the life of man; this Light illuminates each mind, which enters the world of matter, and then,

 

– purifies the iniquities and sins of those who, within the darkness of temporal dissipating world, come to seek the path to eternal God


 – opens the mind for the perfect Love and Absolute Good of God–Creator – the only Love without fear and suffering
{in the world of men, fear and suffering are inseparable component of everything, even of love of woman to man and of a child to a father}

 – transforms them into the dwelling and temple of God

 – in the end, will test everything created by human mind during life–journey within the world of the matter.

 

The New Testament clarifies the meaning of the Fire: what does it mean for a human life. For instance,

–  Lord God Jesus Christ tells: “The Fire I came to cast upon the earth”; He also came to accomplish the Law, not to destroy it {Luke 12:49; Matthew 5:17–18}. Therefore, the Fire and the Law are one reality, which assimilates, purifies, sustains, and re–creates the world

–  St. Paul the Apostle explains that the Fire tests everything created by man: some of man’s creations will endure the trial, some of them will be exterminated, yet, their creators will survive, although as the one who passed through the fire {1 Corinthians 3:9–15}

–  St. John the Apostle – the Apostle of Love – writes that the perfect Love has no fear and suffering, and that we all are the children of God Who loves us so much that for the sake of our salvation, He sent His Own Son to fulfill the Law, to make atonement for our sins, and to reconcile the world with its Creator {that is to annihilate the void of evil, to replenish the life–sustaining energy and to re–create us into the children of God, so we could obtain the life everlasting –  Isaiah  53:4–6; John 1:1–5, 9–14; 10:11, 14–18; 1 John 4:7–10, 16, 18–19; 2 Corinthians 5:14–19}. 

And I think that when the lessons of life come close to the completion, finally, the world from the uncognizable chaos of unpredictable events and possibilities becomes the simple time–space–complexity–bounded framework created for optimization of the fallen human mind, which must find its way to the infinite perfection inseparable from its original design – the image and likeness of God. At this very moment–point of the ultimate comprehension, the all–consuming (and terrifying for our ancestors) Fire becomes expression of all–embracing Love inseparable from the Law. At some moment of my life, this thought led me to understanding of the true meaning of the thousand–year–old prayer, which my ancestors conveyed to their children – generation from generation:

 

I thank You and bless You, Lord and God, my beloved Father,

for all that You gave me, and for all that I lost,

for my life and for the hour of my death,

for everything that was, is, and will be, 

for all, – blessed be, my God, my Love, my Life…

 

 

 

Sunday, September 28, 2008

 

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The Gold Proved Through Fire

 

 

… the proving of you of the faith

much more precious than gold perishing,

yet proved through fire…

 {1 Peter 1:7}

 

 

        In the Epistle to the faithful in the lands of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia of Asia and Bithynia (currently, territories of Turkey), St. Peter the Apostle reminds that the people of faith are much more precious than gold, yet, they must undergo the grieving in manifold trials. Although gold will perish, it still must be melted by fire, in order to be purified from admixture and to reveal its natural beauty and value within the perishing world of death. As soon as the power of God guards the faithful through faith until the last times, when the salvation will be revealed, the faithful are tried similarly to perishing gold, so they would be able to receive the incorruptible and undefiled inheritance kept in Heaven {1Peter 1:3–7}.

        Purified gold will perish along with the world where the matter–gold has the higher value than human life (people kill for gold). Eventually, the world of death will vanish along with its values and criteria of judgment, which elevate gold and other matters above human life and happiness.

        However, as soon as we destined to pass through this world, logically, the most significant “manifold trials” proving faith should be difficulties, disappointments, and grief that we all suffer (through loss and betrayal of the loved ones and friends, loss of wealth, health, and so on).

        Yet, there is another ordeal, the greatest of all trials – an encounter with own conscience, when our imperfections, sins, and iniquities are revealed and when we realize that only death is an appropriate award for all evils we have done to our God, to the others, and to ourselves. Starting with Moses, the Hebrew Prophets, and then, the Apostles reminded that our God is the all–consuming purifying Fire. Lord God Jesus Christ came to cast fire upon the earth and to baptize His people in the Spirit Holy and Fire  –  εν Πνευματι αγιω και πυρι. Through the Word–God, the Holy Spirit of God, the Spirit of Truth entered the world to accomplish the will of God, to prepare the creations for the meeting with the Creator, to make human soul the dwelling–temple of the Living God at the earth, which is kept for the final times when evil and death will be annihilated by the fire of God {Deuteronomy 4:24; Isaiah 5:20–24; 10:17; 24:3–6; 30:27–28; 59:12–13; Malachi 3:1–3; Matthew 3:11, 16–17; Luke 12:49; John 1:32–34; 3:3–8; 14:16–17, 26; 16:7–15; Acts 1:4–5,8; 2:1–4; 2 Peter 3:7; James 5:1–6; Hebrews 12:29; 1 Corinthians 3:13–16; Revelation 20:11–14}.

        Therefore, the human soul purified and restored by the Word of God to its original beauty and perfection – the image and likeness of God, should be the greatest value of the eternal world, which expects all of us.  God of Revelation – the First and the Last, Alfa and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Creator of the new world – speaks of “gold that has been fired with fire χρυσιον πεπυρωμενον εκ πυρος and which brings the true riches {Revelation 1:13–18; 3:14–18; 21:6}. This text elaborates the Epistle of St. Peter the Apostle {1 Peter 1:6–7}; it confirms that the highest value is the soul ignited with faith and living by the Holy Spirit of God. The Church, which does not have such souls – “gold that has been fired with fire,” will be cast out from the Word of God, because although she considers herself as rich and there is nothing she needs, in fact, she is wretched, miserable and poor. 

        And I think that it is almost impossible to find the true criteria of judgment within the world of the matter, in which the entire system of values is based upon “gold perishing.” If gold and other material values are doomed to destruction along with the world of the matter, what then but the Word of God, could be the only true value and the only criterion of judgment for us –– the beings created in image and after likeness of God Who is Spirit, the beings expiated by the Son of God and saved by the Love of God for the eternal life in the new world with God {Genesis 1:27; 2:7; 9:6; John 4:24; 1 John 3:5; 4:7–16, 19; 5:11–13; Revelation 21:1–5, 10–27; 22:1–5}?

 

 

Sunday, July 12, 2009

 

 

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The  Light

 

…I am the Light of the world…

{John 9:5}

 

 

There was a man who was born blind. When Lord God Jesus Christ passed by, His disciples asked Him whose sin – his or his parents – was the cause why this man was born blind. The direct connection between sin–violation of the Law of God and physical or mental illness was known from the beginning. It was also known that the sins of the fathers become the heavy burden for their descendents*1* – four generations could pay the price for violation of the Law of God committed by the ancestor. So, a barren woman, a paralytic, and a child born blind were treated as the living proof of sin – their own or of their ancestors. However, in this case, the man and his parents were innocent, and his blindness was intended to reveal the mystery of God’s works. Although people knew the miracles of healing, no one man who was born blind could ever see because he has rudiments, and there were nothing to heal. Therefore, only God–Creator could grant the eyesight to the one who was born blind. So, that happened: with the touch of God, clay made from the ground became the eyes of the blind man, and words of God illuminated his mind and gave him wisdom: he recognized God and worshipped him. At the same time, the Pharisees did not realize that this miracle predicted by the Prophets reveals presence of God: they have eyes, yet, they cannot see. This episode is concluded with the explanation given by God: for judgment He came into the world – those who were blind may see, and those who see become the blind [In: John 5:5–14; 9:1–41; Matthew 12:13–14; Isaiah 6:9–10; 29:18; 35:4–5; Exodus 20:5; Psalm 145(146):8].

The story of blind man has some similarity with the story of mankind. All descendents of Adam and Eve carry the burden of the original sin: they walk in the darkness of evil unable to see the Light. Only by the will and mercy of God the mind might be opened for the teachings of God: it has to be born from above and illuminated by the Spirit of God. Then, it receives the ability to perceive and cognize love of God, to observe His commandments, and to enter the Kingdom of God and life everlasting {Psalm 15(16):7; 17(18):27–30; John 1:1–13; 3:1–21; 4:24; 6:39–40, 44–45; 8:23–26, 42–43, 47; 14:15–17, 23–26}.  

So, what is left in the world for the mind, which becomes able to see the essence of things in the Light of God {Psalm 35(36):9}? To be as the voice crying in the wilderness about coming of God as Isaiah the Prophet and John the Baptist were or to be as the blind who received the gift of vision, yet, was rejected by the hypocrites who appointed themselves to lead the others, yet who, in fact, are full of ignorance, lawlessness and corruption {Isaiah 40:3; John 1:23; 9:1–39; Matthew 15:7–9, 14; 23:1–35}?

From another side, who is able by own efforts to find the path to wisdom and understanding if –

–– if everything is polluted and corrupted and our children have the enormous task to retain sanity, acquire the knowledge of life, and survive under the uninterrupted attacks on their spiritual and physical well–being

– on their moral – by corrupted media propagating violence,
justifying crime, deceit, corruption, and perversion of all kinds


 – on their reason – by irrational system of education and false knowledge
intended to denigrate human nature and to transform free human being into the cattle –
the easy manageable slave–part–property of the hierarchy/community/establishments
headed by the contemporary slave–owners


 – on their bodies – with poisonous vaccines and drugs and the food,
which is either polluted with hormones, pesticides, and life–threatening chemicals or genetically modified


 – on their lives – at the schools and colleges, which – after becoming devoid of God,
 therefore, of wisdom and moral – became the places of violence, corruption, and crimes

 

–– if the places of worship became the dens of robbers, in which ambitious preachers sell their gods and seek own profit as well as fifteen seconds of fame (in fact, shame) by playing with politics and misappropriation of the money given for the charitable cause, and houses of sin and corruption, in which perverted “priests” rape children, misinterpret Christian teachings and ruin faith of many

–– if the judges are deposed for display of The Ten Commandments, which convey the main and absolute law for every human being irrespective of the chosen denomination, because these Commandments are the universal description of the humanness, the very nature of man

–– if the Bible is still forbidden book, yet, the politicians from the countries, which identify themselves as the “democratic” and “free,” participate in the mockery of humanity, embrace and treat as the equal the criminals who keep their subjects in slavery and ignorance and devoid them of the basic human rights, especially of the freedom of conscience and freedom of information (therefore, encourage and stimulate the tyrants and oppressors to continue their quest for the global dominion and to spread their evil all over the world)  

–– if the actual social, cultural, religious, and political life of the contemporary societies became founded on myths, false knowledge, and figments of imagination justifying crimes and perversion of all kinds, therefore, if the minds of many are intentionally kept in the darkness of evil and ignorance?

                And I think that the only hope might still live and the only justification of continued existence of this world might be found in the promise of God that He will not cast out anyone who comes {John 6:37–39}.

 Nothing impossible exists in the world in which the divine love, omnipotence, and perfection re–creates the human beast into the child of God. God is the only light and hope left for those in the shadow of death and under the oppression of evil.

Whatever power, and weapons, and wealth the evil accumulated, still, it is powerless before God, and none of God’s creations would ever vanish in darkness.

In the end, all what it takes to find the path to the Light is just one thought:

 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner…

 

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Notes:

 

 

*1*  The word “sin” is a definition of violation of the Law of God. Any violation of the Law of God by thought, by words, or by actions is a perversion of the human nature (e.g., idol–worship, assassination, adultery), therefore, the crime against God, own nature, and other men. The Law of God is the essence of the human mind–heart; therefore, man’s own mind becomes his judge and executor.

The mind of a sinner, who violated the Law by the actions/words/thoughts inconsistent with the human nature, triggers off the abnormal mutation, which either results in lethal illness of the sinner himself or is transferred to his children.

The problem of the contemporary godless societies is the loss of understanding of the direct connection between God and His creation – a human being, as well as the loss of an ability to discern the affliction of the guilty mind behind the suffering of a body.

The knowledge, which was open to the desert nomads, became inaccessible to the contemporary sciences, which struggle with the consequences of immorality, madness, and perversion because they are not able to find the path to the only true Physician – God–Creator.

 

 

Sunday,  August  24, 2008

 

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The  Completion  

 

…For all things there is the time, and the time of completion for everything under the heaven…

[Ecclesiastes 3:1]

 

In Greek, the Solomon’s expression is precise: Τοις πασιν ο χρονος, και καιρος τοω παντι πραγματι υπο τον ουρανον {Ecclesiastes 3:1}. He differentiates three settings allotted for the affairs of man:

– there is the time – χρονος

– there is the time of completion, final decision, or act, when all things come into the focus and everything is completed – καιρος

– there is the framework, within which the world was created–structured, or the firmament of the second day of creation – στερεωμα – also called the Heaven – ουρανον {Genesis 1:6–10}. Within this framework, or “under the Heaven,” χρονος and καιρος reign:

– everything is born for a purpose*1* within the measured finite settings (χρονος) governed by the law of irreversibility of cognition

– everything accomplishes (or fails to accomplish) the purpose of its existence and reaches the time of actualization–fulfillment–completion (καιρος)

– after καιρος,  everything either dissipates to free the time–space–complexity settings for the next actors or ascends at the higher level of complexity {continues existence for achievement of other purposes, at another time–space–complexity settings; one of the meanings of evolution is an increase of complexity}.

In general, these three settings define the cyclical nature of our world created according to the specific readings of the universal law – the Law of God.

The framework–firmament–heaven embraces the totality of time–space–complexity entities/networks composed with the energy fields controlling the cycles of energy transformation {life is a purposeful cycle of energy transformations}. These settings or specific networks of the energy fields might be seen also as the unity of the interconnected worlds, which accommodate the developing totality of the cycles of creation {John 5:17} and sustain life of different kinds of living beings–embodiments of the divine energy accomplished according to the universal law and with the universal power. The unity of energy–law–power maintains the Heaven and the world of men. The time  – χρονος –  makes possible achievement of the purposes, therefore, actualization of the cycles of life. The time of completion – καιρος  –  is the time–setting when three events happen:

1/ the system (the human mind or a human establishment, e.g., empire) achieves the maximal potency, which it has been designed and is capable to achieve during its life–cycle

2/ the system actualizes its maximal potency and embodies the accumulated knowledge into the act of creation or destruction of other systems

3/ the system completes its purposes.

The human mind cannot change χρονος, yet, it has a freedom to choose or to create the path toward own καιρος.  This path (the human life, existence of an empire, civilization, nation, corporation, or of any other human establishment)  differs, mostly, by the initial complexity*2* and the settings within which the system is destined to fulfill the purposes. In general, this path might be seen as a summary of derivatives

a/ the Past, which the mind, for instance, carries as the genetic composition of the body it controls, and which, in particular, defines the present manageability of the matter {Wisdom 8:19–20 }, mostly through physical individual abilities and potency to perceive, access, and utilize the resources needed for achievement of the purposes

b/ the vision of truth {or the remnants of this vision, e.g., in: Isaiah 6:10}, which define the abilities to discern the Law behind the totality of events and settings, to evaluate own compliance with the Law, and to act according (or contrary)  to the Law (that is according/contrary to own nature, which is defined by the Law) therefore, to cognize the knowledge, which would allow accomplishment the purposes of evolution (the knowledge of good) or anti–evolution (the knowledge of evil)

c/ the accumulated potency of created–learned knowledge of good and evil.

In a particular sense, the world might be seen as the training ground where the human mind tests own abilities and actualizes own nature within different times, religions, races, nations, empires, establishments, and other settings. In general, the accumulated knowledge of good and evil and the choices intended to embody this knowledge into the life of the world define preparedness (or unpreparedness) for the next world and the next phase of existence in the Kingdom of God {John 14:2}.

Other Solomon’s texts compliment his vision of the foundations of the world and allow comprehension of his sadness as the philosopher and king. After Solomon accomplished everything that man and king could {Ecclesiastes 1:12–18; 2:1–24; 1 Kings 3:11–13; 2 Chronicles 1:11–12}, he makes the inferences:

1/ without God, man is able of nothing: all and everything – wisdom, knowledge, power, wealth, happiness, life, and death as the perfect completion of the perfect life – comes by the will of God and in the time allotted by God

2/ the only path of dignity and wisdom opened to man is to cling to God and to observe His commandments {Ecclesiastes 11:13}

Then, the author of the Book of Wisdom explains that everything that makes life meaningful and desirable is in the knowledge of God: to know God is the complete righteousness and acceptance of His dominion is the root of immortality {Wisdom 15:3}.

 The inference is that life even in this world is centered or focused on the Absolute Good, and only those who choose to seek this Absolute Good are able to actualize own nature and have their καιρος  as accomplishment of the purposes they have been created to accomplish.

In my childhood, my Mother taught me to seek and to comprehend the moment of καιρος of any system–establishment–event I might encounter: it would develop the abilities to acquire knowledge of the Past, to face the challenges of the Present, and to be prepared for the Future.  Since, in all systems, which I observed when I studied the history of mankind and which I faced during my life–journey, I attempted to discern the time and conditions of reaching of the highest potency and actualization of the maximal power of creation or destruction.

Indeed, within the life–cycle of each system, καιρος  is the most interesting feature: what is the path to it, what was left unaccomplished if to consider all resources available and all settings within which the system has its life–cycle, the time, when it comes, what kind – perfection or degeneration – it would be, and which consequences would it bring for other systems?

I also learned that some systems are not capable to reach their καιρος.  Despite an ability to develop the greatest potency and availability of the resources, the system may never have καιρος  because of their incompatibility with the environment, insufficient complexity/development of its counterparts, or simply because of the unprepared environment.

The myth about Cassandra reflects the tragedy of those unable to reach καιρος.  Apollo punished Cassandra (daughter of the king of Troy) because of her independent spirit and unwillingness to serve his desire. She received an ability to foresee the Future; however, those whom she predicted the Future had been deprived of an ability to understand her. All Cassandra’s predictions became reality, yet, her contemporaries were not ready to comprehend the consequences of current events and own actions, therefore, she was not able to accomplish her purposes: she had no καιρος.

And I think, even if the mind of observer is capable of discerning the patterns of completion in the Past, and has an ability to determine the actual meaning of knowledge, events and choices, as well as to comprehend the summary of actions leading to the particular pattern of καιρος, could such a mind actually assist in the design of the Future if every system has own vision of the Future and this Future might not be reconcilable with the projections of other systems?

Probably, the understanding of the irreconcilable differences led the wise king to the conclusion: everything is in the knowledge of God and in observance of His commandments. Only for those unified with the mutual knowledge of the Absolute Good – that is of our Lord God and Savior, and for those who build on the only indestructible precious corner stone {Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 7:24–27; Luke 20:17} life becomes the path of accomplishment, achievement of the highest power of creation of good, therefore, actualization of own nature, which prepares the human mind for the Kingdom of God.

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Notes:

 

*1* In general, the meaning of any purpose sought by the mind might be described as finding of a particular pattern of knowledge creation and embodiment of this pattern into the life of the surrounding world.

 

*2* The initial complexity of parameters is defined by potency of the mind–creator. The meaning of mind’s potency (or the power to create) includes the vast scale of the features, which make the mind capable to accomplish the purposes of creation; for instance, such as accumulated created–learned knowledge, an ability to employ this knowledge for achievement of the purposes within the different settings, the available or possible to access resources, and knowledge of the establishments within which the particular mind would have to achieve its purposes.  

 

Sunday, September 7, 2008

 

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