Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

Archive_November_2010

 

Cognition of Truth

The Detachment

The Kingdom and Peace

The Power of Love

 

 

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18. Sunday, November 7, 2010

 

Cognition of Truth

 

 

…For of these are those…having being heaped with sins,

being led away by various lusts,

always learning, but never being able to come

to a full knowledge of truth…

{2 Timothy 3:6–7}

 

 

In the referred above text and then, in the Second Epistle to Corinthians {3:17; 4:3–4}, St. Paul the Apostle provides the clue for understanding the meaning of freedom mentioned by Lord God Jesus Christ {John 4:24; 8:31–36}: freedom is the presence of the Spirit of God. The virtue (life without sin, or sinlessness), wisdom, the issuing ability to learn the life–sustaining truth that sets man free, and other gifts accompany the presence of the Holy Spirit. The correlation of truth, virtue, ability of cognition, and freedom is straightforward:

 

those who worship God, worship Him in spirit and truth {John 4:23–24}

knowledge of truth is freedom

freedom exists only in the presence of God

sin and slavery do not exist in the presence of God

sinners are slaves of sin and idol–worshipers, because
they live by false and misconceptions,
and they neither know nor seek the truth

sin and idolatry {that is slavery} deprive the mind of the faculty of deliberation
and make the mind incapable of cognition of truth

sin and idolatry {e.g., service to Mammon – in Mathew 6:24 and Luke 16:13–17;
or “god of this age” – in 2 Corinthians 4:4}
are the features of those who separated themselves from God.

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If mind is free from sin and idolatry, it comes to completeness of cognition and learns the truth, which opens the door to eternity with God–Creator and Father {John 10:9; 14:6}. The value of any knowledge is determined by its adequacy to the Law of God, because the Law of God defines the foundation of life and controls everything.

Consequently,

1/ there cannot be truth in any theory, concepts, sciences and based upon them culture, civilization, social, political, and other establishments, which are not founded upon (or not derived from) knowledge of the Law of God. Without knowledge of God, there is neither knowledge of man nor true/adequate knowledge of the world; godless “knowledge” is the sum of false assumptions, which – if accepted as the foundation of reasoning and embodied into creations of men – ultimately lead to destruction

2/ false knowledge, which has been accepted as truth, blocks the work of reasoning. For instance,

 

a/ the malicious and sinful mind is not able to obtain wisdom

b/ the meaning of the Gospels is veiled for the unjust and the unbelievers

c/ there are people who see with their eyes,
yet, they do not perceive the actual meaning and consequences
of the observed event, reality, system,
so, they are incapable of understanding: they would not turn to the Lord God
 and they would not be healed

 

3/ understanding, knowledge, comprehension of truth, and the special ability to implement the knowledge into the actuality – all that is associated with wisdom – come only to those who seek reconciliation with God, observe His commandments, and call upon God with humble and contrite heart {Wisdom 1:4–5;  7:7, 16; 8:21; 9:1–6; Isaiah 6:9–10; Matthew 13:14–15; Mark 4:9–12; 2 Corinthians 4:3–4; 5:18–21; 10:4–5}.

The value of any knowledge is determined by its adequacy to the Law of God, because the Law of God defines the foundation of life and controls everything. It means that the contemporary agnostic–materialistic/ethics–free sciences and the public education, which are deprived of the very idea of God–Creator, do not lead to cognition of the only truth that sustains life – the Law of God: they became incapable of finding anything beneficial for human beings and human societies, because they abandoned God and rejected knowledge of His Law.

Consequently, the knowledge produced by such sciences and conveyed by such education has as much truth as stillborn child has life.

Consequently, the people within the societies, which accommodate such sciences and force their members to undergo such education, are deprived of knowledge of the basic truths that determine the meaning of life and values of mankind. Among these basic truths are, for instance, the following 

 

1) there is no freedom without God

2) those who have no freedom are slaves

3) slavery is the death of human intelligence/reason

4) men without intelligence/reason are the living dead – the beasts
deprived of wisdom, humaneness, mercy, love, and virtue

5) any society based upon slavery does not differ from the slaughterhouse;
such a society is doomed to inevitable ruin.

 

If people learn these truths in childhood, they would know that

 

a) life without freedom, love, mercy, and virtue is not appropriate
for a human being created into the image and after likeness of God

 

b) life without freedom, love, mercy, and virtue
is perversion of the human nature defined by The Ten Commandments

 

c) any perversion of the nature culminates in destruction.

 

The mind that never learned these basic truths wanders in the infernal fog of the dream worlds based on irrational assumptions and false. Such a mind is unable to realize that mankind has entered the phase of accelerated self–annihilation and that the foundation on which the tragedy of self–annihilation unfolds, includes

 

false religions, cults, and propaganda,

which usurped the place of the Christian teachings

and devalued the human nature, morality, and virtue

false sciences

{for example, the “sciences” founded upon Darwinism, Marxism, atheism, and other ideologies}

and their fruits

{for example,

– simplified mathematical models and figments of imagination,
which supplanted the reasoning and common sense in all spheres of human thought,

– perverted social, economical, and political concepts fabricated by likening human beings
to rodents, apes, bees, and other animals and insects,
with such instantaneous consequences as
de–humanization of the societies and commercialized ethics–free biological and medical sciences
with such fruits, for example, as human organ harvesting,
human embryo stem cells harvesting, IVF,
euthanasia of the elderly and terminally ill,
poisonous drugs}

utter moral and physical corruption, cynicism, and inhumanity.

 

        Accordingly, mankind has accumulated the vast arsenal of methods of annihilation:

 

– war, terrorism, tyranny

– genocide and persecutions based on religious, racial, national, political differences

– totalitarian states and establishments embodying ideologies of slavery and hate

– extermination of unwanted children (abortions) and the aged (euthanasia)

– use of chemical and other barbarous weapons,
which inflict immense suffering, disfigure, and disable human beings created after the likeness of God

– extermination of the living creatures of the ocean, land, and air

– pollution and devastation of the environment

– predatory exploitation of all kinds of natural resources

– genetic modification of plants, insects, animals, humans

– use of poisonous drugs developed on animals

and intervention in the life of the nature,
{although neither nature of man nor nature of other living beings is comprehended}…

 

In summary,

–– all gifts, which men received from the Creator and which are intended to sustain prosperous and happy life in dignity and abundance, –– everything has been transformed into the means of death and destruction

–– it might be inferred that mankind entered the advanced stage of self–annihilation.

And I think of tragedy of the minds that did not come to cognition of truth, yet, attempt to stop the processes of collapse, which they perceive as the common problems. They do not realize that  ––  with exception of the means and methods of destruction and death, such as WMD, biomedical poisons developed as healing drugs, etc. ––  the entire knowledge–making edifice is worthless, because it does not secure cognition of the truth, comprehension of the human nature, understanding actuality of human existence, optimization, and development. In fact, any level of political and social hierarchies became incapable of decision of its part of the problems, which threaten the very existence of the societies and their establishments.

For instance, if to consider effectiveness of the desperate efforts to find solutions for the problems, which routinely threaten well–being and the very life of many people, it might be concluded that with all enormous expenses, the states, nations, research institutions, commercial and other establishments are not able to accomplish the simplest life–maintaining tasks, for instance, such as protection of own interests and possessions – money, natural and other resources, trade and other secrets, data, information, borders…

In general, the overall picture of the societies includes everything related to death and destruction and almost nothing of reason and humaneness, or according to Jeremiah the Prophet’s evaluation, εματαιωθη  πας  ανθρωπος  απο  γνωσεως  {every man has failed in reasoning, or vainly every man attempts to keep sanity – Jeremiah 28(51):17}.

If so, which kind of technical or any other progress might ever facilitate existence of the people, or which kind of positive changes might be expected by those who are not able to comprehend the basic truths defining meaning and value of human life?

The main truth is that God–Creator is everything for His creations: without God, the mind has no life and insanity takes the place of wisdom. Only in God the human mind lives, and only with God the human mind finds wisdom, truth, freedom, happiness, dignity, and virtue without which the words humaneness, humanity, and humankind have no meaning…

 

 

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19. Sunday, November 14, 2010

 

 

The Detachment

 

 

…I am a stranger in the earth: hide not Thy commandments from me…

{Psalm 118(119):19}

 

 

        The Holy Scriptures frequently mention a stranger and journey; the images of a road, strangers, and journey are too significant to be ignored:

–– the journey of Israel from Egypt, through the desert, and to the Mount Sinai where the Law was granted

–– long and dangerous roads of David who fled from fury and frenzy of Saul and who eventually, became the great king

–– the journey of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ through the lands of Galilee, Samaria, Judea, and to Jerusalem, where His mission on the Earth was completed

–– the journeys of St. Paul the Apostle through the Middle East to Rome where he eventually, was executed for propagation of the Christian teachings…    

        As the result of the mentioned journeys, the people received the precious knowledge of God and the Law, which defines the human nature and controls existence of the Universe. During the last stages of mankind’s journey, the Gospels were granted – the good news of love of God, forgiveness, and salvation. Personal destiny was crowned with exit from this world.

        The obtained knowledge allowed the human mind to ascend to the higher level of development and to become ready for the greater purposes; for instance,

–– the savage rebellious and stiff–necked people {who demanded meat –– dead flesh –– in the middle of the desert and complained of the loss of pots with food, which they ate when they were slaves of the Egyptians} learned that not by bread alone but by every word of God a human being lives

–– the shepherd boy cognized the nature, kindness, and wickedness  of men – his enemies and his fellow tribespeople who according to the will of God had to be the keepers of the Law until mankind would be given the Good News of the New Testament; he left the invaluable legacy – Psalms, which transfer his vision and knowledge to the descendents…

        In general, we all are the strangers – we are born to pass through the world; from the first to the last breath we incessantly travel – by feet, by cars, by airplanes, by mind. With help of the others and by own free will we move from one destination to another, from one thought to another concept, from impotent ignorance to the powerful knowledge as the ability to act and to accomplish the purposes of our existence, from dissipating matter/body/flesh to eternal invincible spirit, from death into the life {John 5:24}...

So, what is this force, which firstly, ignites the comprehension of own insufficiency, makes the mind willing to travel in the search of the greater knowledge, and then, transforms a human being who is comfortably situated within own world {e.g., at the accepted as the very own part of daily existence home–job–place at the social/political/another hierarchy with a definite social status, religious/philosophical/political foundation...}, into the stranger and traveler into other lands, conditions, realms of knowledge? 

All the journeys, roads, and discoveries are possible only because at some moment, before even the idea of a possibility of journey is conceived,

–– the Light of God enters into the darkness of the world of the matter {John 1:1–1–5, 9–13; 8:12}

–– a human being receives the precious gift to overcome the limits of perceivable, visible, accessible world and becomes able of discerning the far horizons

–– the mind of a stranger–to–be distances itself from the known manner of existence and realizes that something else is wanted or needed.

When the Light comes into the mind, the futile constructions of our own making become seen as that what they are in the reality: miserable hovels of clay built on sand. Yet, at the same time, the darkness of the road to the unknown vanishes, and the journey to the far horizons begins.

And I think that

the blessing of detachment

the ability to admit that something unknown and unimaginable exists

the ability to see behind the cozy––well–known––comfortable cave

the desire to learn impossible, to comprehend the knowledge of outer limits,
and to cognize the ultimate power granted to the human mind

the ability to create good within the world of evil,
to find the only Way home {John 14:1–3, 5}

the proper completion of own journey ––

 

–– what else can be more desirable and apposite for those who want to live according to the free human nature created into the image and after likeness of the Omnipotent Almighty God?...

 

 

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20. Sunday, November 21, 2010

 

 

The Kingdom and Peace

 

 

…For behold, the kingdom of God is within you…

{Luke 17:21}

…Peace I leave to you: My peace I give you; not as the world gives I give you…

{John 14:27}

 

 

Among the greatest possessions and gifts man received from the Creator, two things are especially wonderful: the revelation that we carry the kingdom of God within us, and the peace of God, which Lord Jesus Christ left to His disciples {Luke 17:20–21; John 14:27}.

 The knowledge that the kingdom of God is the essence of the human heart–soul–mind lifts the mind up toward its natural dwelling with God {John 14:1–3, 23}; this knowledge sustains humaneness within the world of the beasts. Whichever evils surround us and whichever sorrows and problems poison our days and nights, nothing is able to deprive us from love of our Creator, from our destiny to carry the kingdom of God into this world, and from the peace of our God, which nourishes our souls and reminds us that ultimately, everything would serve our good.

Many thousands years ago, Solomon the king in Jerusalem wrote that sorrow is better that laughter, because sadness makes the heart better {Ecclesiastes 7:3–5}. Ultimately, the suffering and sorrows purify the mind and refine our reasoning as the fire melts gold and silver to burn away uncleanness and dirt {Malachi 3:2–3; 1 Corinthians 3:13}.

If so, suffering and injustice should teach us to discern the inner meaning of things and to separate the righteousness from wickedness. In the Future, the encountered evils, problems, downfalls and losses we came through – all of them will be recognized as the points of the ascent, as the steps at the way up.

However, what is the secret of sorrow and why sadness makes the human heart better? If to collect all sorrows and injustice for the time of human existence, would anyone be able to measure the evil committed by men and inflicted upon men, and would anyone be able to comprehend the summary of suffering experienced by those who lived before us as well as by those who surround us now? Could such thing as a typical human heart exist, and if it does, has it become better? 

No one ever was able to set the others free from grief and sorrow by assuming their suffering, although we all are called to love the others, to feel pity and compassion to the others, and to assist the others in their needs {John 13:34–35; 15:12; 1 John 3:16–18; 4:7–8}.

Misery, pain, and grief always remain the personal experience, which is not possible to transfer to the others, even to the most merciful ones who would like to share the others’ suffering and to assume the others’ burden. Only our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ came into the world as the Man of sorrows to take on Himself our sins and afflictions, and to be wounded for our iniquities and faults, yet, to heal us by His wounds, to comfort us through His suffering,  and to lead us by the way, which was not known before, the way to the light and life everlasting {Isaiah 53:3–6; 43:11; 42:16; John 8:12; 12:45–46; 14:6, 16; 16:5–7; 1 John 1:5, 7; 3:5, 16; 4:9–10; 5:11–13}… 

And I think that if to accept the meaning of life as accumulation of knowledge, which opens the ascent to the highest good, and as a realization of the highest creative potential, could the meaning of suffering, problems, and insufficiencies of daily life unfold as the pointers indicating the failure to learn a lesson and a choice of the wrong direction?

 

 

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21. Sunday, November 28, 2010

 

 

The Power of Love

 

 

…neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers,

nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature

will be able to separate us from love of God

in Christ Jesus, our Lord…

{Romans 8:38–39}

 

 

The summary of St. Paul the Apostle’s message is simple: nothing in this world, as well as nothing beyond this world, is able to overwhelm the love of God, which is revealed in Christ Jesus, our Lord. The same faith, the same conviction, and the same knowledge of the omnipotent and perfect love of God sustain the message of St. John the Apostle: “God is love” {Romans 8:35–39; 1 John 4:8}.

Since the beginning of times, the perfect Love breathes life into each being, moves the universe, and maintains the world. Love is the foundation of the Law and the essence of the knowledge granted through the Prophets. Love transforms human clay into the child of God; love transforms slaves living by fear into the friends of God who are free, because love of God elevates them to the completeness of perfection {Matthew 22:36–40; John 13:34–35; 15:12–15; 1 John 3:1–2; 4:7–21}.

Countless lives began and ended, multitudes of human beings passed through this world, yet, only in the end of times the meaning of existence is opened for understanding: everything is in Love, and Love is everything – the only true power, which opens the eternal life to those who have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death.

And I think: what would be this world if it lives by Love – would it be the world without betrayal, lawlessness, crimes, terrorism, assassinations, executions, tortures, fraud, slavery, corruption, propaganda, deception, robbery, wars, exploitation, belittlement and humiliation, prisons, concentration camps, slaughterhouses, armies, weapons, hunger, poverty, ignorance, and other attributes of daily life? 

Indeed, if Love rules the life of men, none of the mentioned above evils is ever possible. So, has a contemporary man the right to identify himself as Homo sapiens if he discards Love (and along with Love, wisdom, happiness, and decent existence) and chooses slavery of evil and misery of self-destruction?

And for those who have no power to change the world of sorrows, who had been born to be enslaved, humiliated, oppressed, and murdered by evil – is anything more precious than hope and faith in Lord God Jesus Christ the Savior and Redeemer?

By the faith, hope, and love, by legacy of the Apostles and the first Christians, our ancestors lived.  Although they suffered and died by body, yet, the faith set their souls free from the power of evil and enabled them to obtain the life everlasting in the new world ruled by Love, in the world without death, illness and suffering {John 16:33; 1 John 5:4-5; Hebrews 11:1-40; 12:1-3; Revelation 21:1-5}. 

By the faith, hope, and love, we the Christians, live today, and what in the world is able to separate us from love of our God, if even death is just an entrance into His house {John 14:1-3; 16:22}?

 

 

 

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