Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

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The Nations

The Ancient Kings

The Renewal

The Test

The Chosen Ones

The Way

The Light and Darkness

The Victory

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The Nations

 

…Who has known the mind of the Lord?

And who has been His counselor, to instruct Him…

…since all the nations are counted as a drop from a bucket…

…and all the nations are as nothing and counted as nothing…

{Isaiah 40:13, 15, 17}

 

As soon as Lord God Jesus Christ and His apostles frequently refer to revelations given through Isaiah the Prophet {in: Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; Acts; Romans}, we can conclude that the Book of Isaiah contains the true knowledge given for our illumination and instruction.

For instance, Isaiah the Prophet equates the nations*1* – the assemblies incapable to withstand the power of God – with nothing: God rejected them for their disloyalty and violation of the Law; they are powerless as their idols are, they are fruitless as the dried grass is. Isaiah predicts their fate: destruction by fire, famine and poverty, pestilence, and war, which are caused by the forces of destruction unleashed because of perversion following violations of the Law {Isaiah 1:1–7, 10–15, 28–31; 2:6–21; 5:18–29; 8:9–16, 19–22; 9:16–20; 10:1–4; and further; also see Psalm 32(33):10–11}. Isaiah also discloses the general pattern:

a/ rejection of God is followed by violation of the Law, which controls existence of the world {also, Psalm 148:6; Luke 16:17}

b/ violation of the Law is followed by perversion of the nature

c/ perverted beings are annihilated along with their establishments and idols.

Indeed, as it could be inferred from the history of mankind, the main pattern appears again, and again, and again, although each new generation contributes some modifications.

Rejection of God results in the heathenism, whose essence is the substitution of idols for true God and the imaginary worlds for the actuality of existence. The mind assigns the place of God to different idols and then, worships them – the figments of own imagination. As the history reveals, usually, the idols are the common good or other abstract ideas, the deified state, the deified leader of the perfect community/state, etc. The main fruits of the heathenism include the concept of dehumanization of man and transformation of the unique human being into an insignificant replaceable part that might be easily reproduced, consumed, terminated, and sacrificed for the sake of common good or any other idol.

Although for the purposes of God, individual man might be more important than the entire nation {e.g., Exodus 32:7–10; 34:1–10; Luke 3:8}, gradually, with the spread of idol–worship, the nation as the establishment became the measure of human values. Then, the values and purposes of establishments were elevated at the rank of laws for individuals–subjects. However, again, as the history of mankind reveals, if the values contradict the Law of God, the establishments, which embody them, undergo transformation into the means of self–destruction. The Plato–Aristotle’s slave–owning community of social animals (who themselves are the property of the community, who live under the total control and surveillance, and whose life and happiness might be sacrificed to any idol without any hesitation) portrays the highest destructive potential of the heathen self–annihilating societies.

Plato–Aristotle’s philosophical–political–social–religious utopia contains the general patterns of destructive establishments. Some of these patterns have been elaborated and implemented by philosophers, theologians, religious and political leaders of the following generations; for instance, the papal “perfect communities” and then, fascist, nazi, and communist states. In particular,

1/ the Plato–Aristotle’s justification of total surveillance and total control over “social animals” and termination of the prospective adversaries, rebels, or simply the different–minded, provided the rationale for the state policies of the heathen Roman Empire, the papal Inquisition, the Peter I’s creation – Russian Empire of the seventeenth–eighteenth century, and then, nazi, fascist, and communist states of the twentieth century

2/ the Plato’s consummated divine philosopher, who knows the nature and thoughts of gods and who is the opposite of the ignorant mob–beast, became the progenitor of the nazi superman who rules the marching mobs of the “genuine Germans” and decides destiny of the “inferior” nations of “subhumans” world–wide

3/ the Aristotle’s logic of simplification, which underlies his physical–arithmetical–mythical–dialectical “philosophy,” deification of the matter, the notion of divine origin of the state along with the notion of irrelevance of the Absolute Good for the practicable material good of “social animals,” became the foundation of theological and scientific studies. The fruits of these studies include political theology, materialistic and atheist philosophy, ethics–free sciences, destructive ideologies, and the art of propaganda; all of them have the main indicator: they justify supremacy of human establishments (e.g., communities, states, nations, empires) over their creator – man.

Consequently, the human history became a series of nightmares – the chain of the artificial imaginary worlds; with each link of this chain, or the infernal circle of dehumanization, enslaving of human beings expands more and more. Among these worlds–circles are the following:

 

heathen philosophy, mythology, and political theology

Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology

destructive ideologies of fascism, nazism, and communism

contemporary atheistic and ethics–free sciences

 

For instance (1 through 4),

1. The Roman Empire represents the complete embodiment of the heathen philosophy and theology. The mob – mass population, which was intentionally deprived of the “sacred” knowledge of the initiated and kept in fear and ignorance, sustained existence of the imperial government. The social stability was managed with fear before two sets of deities (gods and deified men, usually, emperors) and with the power of coercion. Other means of influence included food and entertainment (e.g., at circuses, human beings were crucified, wild beasts killed humans and devoured their flesh, and the emperor’s slaves distributed bread to the today’s spectators who in their turn, could be participants of the next day show).

2. Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology justified the papal Inquisition, which tortured and burned humans at the stakes of the Aristotelian unmovable Earth under the god that has the special law to burn his creations alive and under the earthly deity – the pope who changes the meanings of the good and the evil according to own purposes and whose will is mandatory even for his god. The social stability of the papal communities was maintained with

–– fear before the papal hierarchy (recall the Machiavellian “unfailing dread,” which was successfully fueled with atrocities of the Inquisition)

–– the power of coercion

–– deprivation of true knowledge of God through the prohibition of the Bible and substitution of the heathenism for the Christian teachings*2*

–– the myth about the papal power to bind God and to determine the eternal destiny of the human soul.

3. The destructive ideologies of fascism, nazism, and communism were embodied into the inhumane totalitarian states in which the upgraded versions of the old heathen deity – death (the cults of state–assassin and deified criminals) – supplanted Christianity. The social stability was maintained with fear, myths, power of coercion, propaganda, and deprivation of true knowledge with such means, for instance, as prohibition of books (especially, the Bible) and the “iron curtain.”

4. The contemporary sciences granted mankind the new image of man, which they assembled from observations of the rats “morality” and behavior of other laboratory animals. The main gifts offered to this new rat–man include

–– the Future described by the WORLD 2 (see Philosophy: Aristotle,  Note *4* – posting for November 9, 2008, the Library file)

–– the medicine developed by manufacturing human–rodent and human–virus cells and inhumane experiments, which gradually eradicates the threshold among humans, rodents, and viruses and activates the processes of perversion of the human and animal nature, which would lead to denigration and ultimate annihilation of human nature

–– the weapons of mass destruction.

After the Plato–Aristotle’s pattern of destruction was unleashed, mankind passed through centuries of belittlement and humiliation of man, which became possible because of

a) the abstract idea of “common good” that demands complete dependence of man–social animal–property–part of the community–nation–state on the whole – community–nation–state and the complete physical defenselessness of man before his master – slave–owner or religious, political, social establishment

b) the unlimited power of the leaders to sacrifice “ordinary” men for the purposes of the establishments; usually, the main meaning of the highest purposes of the establishment is the chase after the phantom of absolute power disguised with the slogans of the common good of the community–state–nation, or entire mankind.

The easily detectable historical trends reveal that the process of enslaving and dehumanization of man became the essence of the current civilization. In fact, the current civilization does not differ from its vanished predecessors, because it is the same kind of battlefield between two worlds:

1) the world of anti–evolution/death, which accommodates degeneration, perversion of the human nature, and annihilation of the perverted beings

2) the world of God sustained by the original Christian teachings.

Quite irrationally, yet, the history of anti–evolution and especially, annihilation of human establishments unfolds on the constant background: the search for invincibility and absolute power. The attempts to create the invincible establishments are sustained with the belief that survival and invincibility still are the available options for the living dead who despise God–Creator and violate the Law, which controls the world created by God.

The history preserved the legends about mighty nations and empires (as the assembly of conquered nations under authority of the conqueror), which during the time of their existence possessed

–– the unsurpassed cultural development, wealth, and military supremacy (the Minoans)

–– the wealth and advanced economical system (Persia before Alexander of Macedonia)

–– the unsurpassed military forces (the Roman Empire)

–– the territorial and natural resources (the Russian Empire)

–– the exceptional education and proficiency of the state apparatus along with the vast territorial and natural resources, military forces, and cultural development (imperial China).

Each of the vanished empires tested the particular facet(s) of the power through different social and political arrangements, yet, neither army nor great power was ever sufficient {Psalm 32(33):16}.

Each of the vanished empires provides a part of the general confirmation of simple axiom: the military force, accumulated wealth, the strong beliefs in own exclusive status and the right of the superiority over the others, rigorous education of the state apparatus, elaborated social–political–religious rituals and policies, other material and cultural capabilities, as well as any combinations of these properties, cannot assure invincibility and the unlimited range of existence.

Furthermore, none of these properties can assure that if atheism (that is the cause of the immorality, slavery, and perversion) takes the place of the faith (that is the source of the morality, wisdom, and freedom), the leaders of the mighty nations and empires would be able to maintain invincibility of their establishments; there is a very simple, yet, the unbreakable link between God and man, which defines the main factors controlling human existence:

 

G o d

Faith ––– Wisdom

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Freedom ––– Knowledge

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Invincibility ––– Evolution

 

Although the very idea of invincibility within the world of dissipating material realities, systems, and structures seems to be illogical, it will continue to exist, because it reflects the true nature of a free being created in the image and after likeness of free Almighty and Omnipotent God – Master of the Universe. The inner primordial knowledge of the unity with God in the Eternity, thus invincibility, penetrates the consciousness, provides the background for any thought, and begets the dreams about the absolute power and might. At the level of the discernible material world, the dreams become the attempts to create something eternal or at least  something corresponding to the splendor of the realm of God: all designers–creators of the social–political–business–other establishments expect own creations to be invincible, prosperous, successful, and everlasting.

And I think that during the days before the day of Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ our God and Savior (Pascha, Easter) – the greatest feast of those who identify themselves as the Christians, it should be remembered that the invincibility of the Spirit of Man was revealed within the mightiest heathen empire, which conquered many nations, exercised the unrestricted power over the life of its subjects, and counted man as nothing. The agonizing death on the cross – execution by crucifixion became the ultimate embodiment of this power and in the same time, revelation of the true essence of the mightiest establishment developed by the heathen mind deprived of God.

Nevertheless, death of the Son of Man, Who also is the omnipotent Son of God full of mercy to men even in the hour of men’s betrayal and darkness, became the ultimate victory over the world of death {Matthew 26:51–54; Luke 22:47–53; John 16:32–33; 18:1–12, 33–40; 19:6–16}. God’s coming as the Savior of man into the self–annihilating world of men’s establishments reveals the significance of knowledge that each individual human mind–soul must comprehend before it would be able to learn the love of God {1 John 4:9–10}. Then, nothing would ever be able to deprive man of the love of God {Romans 8:35–39} and justify supremacy of any of human establishments over man created, loved, and saved by God.

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Notes:

 

*1*  In Chapters 40 and 41, Isaiah the Prophet mentions the idol–worshiping nations;  in this context {esp. Isaiah 40:13–24; 41:21–29}, εθνη  – nations, plural of a nation as the body of peoples associated together, in which individuality of each man is lost.

 

*2* –  concerning the papal Inquisition, the law to burn people alive, Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology, and the heathenism, see

 

–– Vacandard, Elphege. The Inquisition: A Critical and Historical Study of the Coercive Power of the Church. 1915.  Trans. from the 2nd edition Bertrand L. Conway. Merrick, New York:  Richwood Publishing, 1977 [esp. invention of the papal theologians Henry of Susa (1271) and Jean d’Andre (1348)]

–– The Invincible Empire  by Alice A. Savitsky. Washington, DC: The AEHESIA® Services, 2003

 

–– postings at this website: Absolute Power –– September, 2010

Library files: Thomas Aquinas –– November 16, 2008, Political Theology ––  November 23, 2008,  and Hierarchical Church –– November 30, 2008.

 

Sunday, April 5, 2009

 

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 The Ancient Kings

…And I gave thee a king in My anger,

and kept him back in My wrath…

{Osee 13:11}

 

Osee the Prophet laments the destiny of the chosen people who left God and who in their turn, were left by God: O Israel, who will aid thee in thy destruction? Where is this thy king of whom you said “give me a king” – let him save thee and judge thee {Osee 13:9–10}.

When Moses received the Law of God, he also received the first warning concerning the kings: by the people’s own choice, the ruler will be set over them in the same way as over other nations around. So, the king must not turn people back to Egypt; he must not multiply own possessions and wives; he must keep with him the book of the Law to observe and accomplish the commandments of God. If the king obeys the Law of God, he and his sons may reign long in his dominion among the people {Deuteronomy 17:14–20}.

  This prophecy began to fulfill in the time of Samuel the Prophet: people requested the king over them to judge them, to represent them, to lead their battles, so, they would be like all other nations. In fact, they rejected God Who was their Judge and King and Who led them out of Egypt’s slavery. Samuel told them that they sinned greatly by rejecting God; he gave them the warning concerning the nature of king’s power over the people and concerning the consequences of disobedience to God and violations of the Law. The greatest of the sorrows expecting the chosen people was the promise that God will not answer when they beseech Him to save them from the evils, which their kings would bring upon them {1 Kings 8:4–22; 10:1, 17–19, 25; 12:1–25}.

The first king of Israel, Saul, began his reign with disobedience to God and finished with seeking help of the woman–diviner (while for contact with diviners, his subjects could receive the death sentence). Eventually, he lost his battle; his weapon was taken by enemies and brought in the place of idol–worship; his kingdom was taken from him {1 Kings 10:1; 15:1–3, 9–35; 28:5–19; 31:4–10}, and the weapon of king (who was chosen instead of God to defend the people) was placed before the idol of those who had to be exterminated for idol–worship and perversion. The destiny of Saul became the common pattern of failure of those earthly kings who defy God.

Solomon the king in Jerusalem ascended to the highest limits of royal power: by the mercy of God, he had everything and surpassed all kings by his understanding in the world affairs, glory, and wealth. However, in spite of all blessings and gifts given by God, Solomon established the deadly pattern of betrayal of God and his reign became the beginning of the end of the kingdom*1* {3 Kings 11:1–13, 28–38; 12:26–33; 13:1–34; 14:1–26; 16:1–34; 17:1–16; 18:1–45; 19:1–18; 4 Kings}.

The majority of the kings, who were set to defend the nation, to observe the Law, to judge in the righteousness, and to lead the people to prosperity and earthly glory, failed. Many of kings who ruled after Solomon, accepted idols of the surrounding nations and established the idol–worship; they rejected true God, violated His commandments, persecuted and killed the Prophets. Although, they as well as their families faced violent death, defeat in war, and extermination, gradually, idol–worship became the manner of life of the majority, not the crime of a few. The following events illustrate the ultimate failure of the institute of kingship {3 Kings 16:29–34; 18:1–14, 21–22; 19:9–10,15–18; Jeremiah 8:7–15; 9:2–16; 16:4–13; 18:15–16; 19:3–15; 43(36):1–31; 51(44):15–26; Ezekiel 22:1–31; 33:25–29; Matthew 14:3–11; Luke 13:31; Acts 12:1–4, 21–23}: 

–– in the time of Ahab, the prophets of God were killed; the population sacrificed children and worshiped abominable idols of the Phoenicians

–– Ioakim burned the book in which Jeremiah the Prophet wrote the words of God

–– the priests and prophets were defiled with their iniquities – they became diviners who “prophesy” by idols; the scribes perverted the Law; consequently, the majority of people were deprived of true knowledge of the Law; the wisdom and truth left, the false and lies entered

–– the people who worshiped idols and followed the iniquities of their rulers faced impoverishment, famine, suffering, and violent death; those who survived wars and famine, became slaves of the heathens whose idols they preferred to God; then, even their dead did not receive the proper burial: they were the food for the wild beasts of the land and birds of the sky

–– Herod beheaded John the Baptist*2*, sought to assassinate Lord Jesus Christ, murdered James the Apostle, and imprisoned Peter the Apostle. When Herod sat at the high place to speak to the crowd and the mass of people cried out that his voice is of God not of men, by the will of God, he was struck, and he was eaten out by worms, because he did not glorified God. Herod’s end is the logical completion of the history of kings’ degradation; his end reveals the true value (the food of worms) of earthly rulers who defy God.

So, it was the long line of kings, starting from Saul and finishing with Herod, who rejected the commandments of God (except small number of those who served God, for instance, David – 1 Kings and Ezekias – Isaiah 38), and who implemented their own vision of the kingdom, which according to their logic of the mortal men had to be like all other nations. In summary, it might be concluded that the kings, in fact, re–made their subjects into the image of the surrounding heathen nations; consequently, the destiny of the heathen nations became the destiny of kings’ obedient subjects who left God to serve the earthly masters.

 And I think that there is one common indicator, which discloses by which power man rules – by the Law of God, or by the misery of a mortal and powerless (in spite of the great armies under his hand) human being: it is that what such a ruler brings his subjects.

In general, the tragic history of ancient kings of Israel embraces all the evils of following rulers of all other nations and predicts the consequences of the regimes and establishments that the rulers use to fulfill their purposes. Many ancient kings not only became the means of ruin – the destroyers and murderers who instead of good and prosperity brought their subjects poverty, shame, slavery, suffering, and premature death; they also established the patterns for following generations. The keys to understanding of the disasters of the Present and the Future are in the history of the ancient kings of the chosen nation: nothing new could be under the sun for those who reject God and violate His commandments. The greatest of all evils seems to be idolization of the leaders and slavish imitation of vice and treachery of those with the access to the power of coercion: the sins of rulers become the virtues of their subjects. Probably, this is one of the reasons why

–  along with knowledge and reverence to God, the wisdom left the contemporary societies – even the word “wisdom” is forgotten (probably, because it does not describe the judgment of those who lead their subjects to impoverishment, insufficiency of all kinds, shame of defeat, and ultimate ruin in spite of promises of prosperity, victory, and abundance)  

– the leaders became the means of punishment and destruction of a nation, not those who are capable of saving her from danger and disasters

– the corrupted criminals and destroyers easily gain access to the power at all levels of political and religious hierarchies, not the wise and righteous men who discern good and evil, accomplish the good, restrain the evil, and lead to peace and prosperity…

 

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Notes:

 

 

*1*  See also postings:

                                                                        concerning Solomon  ––

ImaginationApril 6, 2008; Arhive_Page_2

Wisdom – April 20, 2008; Arhive_Page_1

Lilies of the Field – June 29, 2008; Arhive_Page_3

The Secret Things – March 29, 2009; Arhive_Page_4

The Curse of Cain – August 2, 2009; Arhive_Page_5

The Future – September 5, 2010

Idolatry – September 19, 2010.

 

 

                                                                        concerning divination ––

Symbolism and Philo of Alexandria – July 27, 2008

Note *1* to “Hierarchical Church”November 30, 2008, the Library files

The Curse of Cain – August 2, 2009; Arhive_Page_5

The Future – September 5, 2010

Divination – September 26, 2010

 

*2*   Concerning John the Baptist see the postings:

The TestJuly 26, 2009; Arhive_Page_8

The Lesson in Mercy – November 29, 2009; Arhive_Page_5

 

 

Sunday, December 13, 2009

 

 

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The Renewal

 

 

…Thou shall send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created;

and Thou shall renew the face of the earth…

{Psalm 103(104):30}

 

 

        It is all about the majesty of God and grandeur of His creations: David the Prophet  and the King begins his song with blessing of Almighty God Who has the light as a garment, Who makes His servants spirits and flaming fire, and Who creates and sustains life of the earth and all living creatures. David knows that life exists by the will of God, and His Spirit renews the earth. The beauty and the wisdom of the overall design of the earth, which accommodates abundance of life, induce the Prophet’s desire to praise the Lord until the very end of his earthly life {Psalm 103(104):1–34}.

        In other Psalms, David speaks of the immeasurable mercy and kindness of the Lord, Who forgives and cleanses iniquities of men, rescues the sinners from death, grants power to the weak, hope to those who have none, and life and salvation to those at the verge of grave. If to recall that the scribes and law–keepers of Israel knew that the essence of the Law and Prophets is love – love to God and love to the neighbor {Matthew 22:35–40}, it becomes obvious that desire of revenge and wishes of death and suffering to anyone, even the sinners, could not be justified in the Old Testament’s times {Leviticus 19:18; Job 31:29–30}. Otherwise, the Prophets would not attempt – often for the price of persecutions, disgraceful death, and exile {e.g., 1 Kings 18:17–40; 19:1–14; Hebrews 11:32–38} – to convince their contemporaries to follow the paths of their ancestors who were chosen to serve the Lord and to keep His Law.

        So, why in the last verse of Psalm 103, David the Prophet unites the grateful blessing of the Lord with the curse of sinners and transgressors – let they fail from off the earth so they shall be no more {Psalm 103(104):35}? The answer might be inferred from other texts of the Holy Scriptures. For instance,

        – since the beginning, it was revealed that the earth polluted by iniquities of men throws the sinners off {Leviticus 18:1–30}

        – Isaiah the Prophet links violations of the Law with the all–consuming fire and likens annihilation of sinners to eradication of the woods, thorns, and dry grass by the fire. He laments the destiny of the earth, which is polluted by the people who violated the Law and broke the eternal Covenant: the earth is cursed and doomed to destruction for the iniquities of men {Isaiah 5:24; 9:18–19; 24:4–6, 19–20}

        – in the New Testament, Lord God Jesus Christ reminds His disciples that those who do not remain in Him are cast out: they become withered branches destined to be burned {John 15:5–6}

        – one of the final prophecies reveals the ultimate destiny of the current – second – earth to be destroyed by the fire for the iniquities of men {2 Peter 3:4–10}.

        And I think that the referred above texts indicate that the explanation of the last verse of Psalm 103 might be found in the concept of the Law.

Although the Hebrew Prophets describe “the wrath” of God with the images, which downgrade the Dante’s Inferno to the house of toys {e.g., Isaiah the Prophet, Jeremiah the Prophet, Zephaniah the Prophet}, would perfect and merciful God–Creator avenge the evil of men by killing the bodies of His creations or destroying their dwelling, therefore, by using the same methods as men do?

St. Theognostos asserts that the divine is beyond vengefulness; it just reflects “like a mirror” the actions of men, giving them whatever they deserve *1*; so, the evil–doers get back what they have done – indeed, many people hold the karmic beliefs! Yet, the perfection of God does not allow suggestion that any connection or contact might exist between the good and the evil, even reflection as in a mirror: evil is not able of existence in the presence of God, because the presence of God annihilates evil. God is light of the world; God is light, and in Him there is no any darkness {John 1:9–10; 9:5; 12:46; 1 John 1:5} – the light does not reflect the darkness. Moreover, the nature of God is not opened to the human understanding: all that we need to know is revealed

–– through the Prophets who refer to God as to the devouring fire, yet, they know that the Lord is not in the fire,

and

-–- by God Himself through His Apostle:

God is perfect life–giving Love without fear and suffering,
by the Love of God man is saved

{Deuteronomy 4:24; 1 Kings 19:11–12; 1 John 4:7–10, 16}.

The Word, or God–Son through Whom all things are made, has created the universal law of perfection that defines and maintains the nature of everything within the world, including the nature of man. God explained His disciples that He came to fulfill the Law and to cast fire upon the Earth; He did not come to judge the world: His Word will judge men at the last day. The Holy Scriptures convey the meaning of the destructive power of the Law – the fire and the sword – and the meaning of lawlessness: without God, only the weathered branches remain, which will be collected and put in fire; this unknown something, which in the human language is defined as “fire,” is the final destiny of the evil {Matthew 5:17–18; Luke 12:49; John 5:22; 12:47–50; 15:5–6; Revelation 1:13–18; 19:11–21; 20:9–15; 21:8}.

Without God, there is no life, because the essence of life is God. The life is created according to the Law, and it is sustained and protected by the divine creative energy of God. If man discards the Law of God and commits evil, his soul becomes the void into which the divine life–maintaining energy of God does not enter. Without the divine energy of God, the human soul does not live: a human being undergoes a transformation into the moving matter or the living dead (the weathered branch), which, nevertheless, still is able to destroy the others before or during own self–disintegration. When the human mind conceives evil, it constructs own tiny singularity – the void, within which the universal law of perfection does not work. With each new evil thought/intention, this singularity–void grows and gradually absorbs own creator – the soul–mind, which conceived and contains evil. Such singularities are the abnormality or perversion unnatural for the Universe controlled by the universal law – the will of God; thus, their self–annihilation along with their creators is the matter of time only: ultimately, the evil will kill the sinner {Psalm 33:22}, and any perverted being who harbors evil and endangers other living beings inevitably activates self–termination.

In view of that, the worst kind of this something that is named “the vengeance of God” comes when men face the force of destruction, which they unleashed against their brethren and which inevitably turns against those who deployed it {in: Genesis 9:5–6; Matthew 26:52}. Perhaps, such phenomenon should have another name, not “vengeance,” because it is the work of the Law of God that will operate until the Earth completes its mission.

Only the divine creative energy – the perfect love of God – re–creates the soul of a repentant sinner, restores the original beauty and perfection of the human nature, and resurrects the living dead. The Christians believe that if those who have committed evil realize the meaning and consequences of their thoughts, words, and actions, and if they repent and beg God for mercy, the evil might be annihilated alone and the repentant sinner will obtain forgiveness and life {Psalm 31:1–10}. The Blood of Lord God Jesus Christ Who came to recover and save the lost annihilates the void and expiates the evil committed by men: only through Lord God Jesus Christ, a human being can be reconciled with God, come to God, and obtain life everlasting {Matthew 18:11–14; John 6:44–47; 11:25–26; 14:6}.

Therefore, 

                a/ if man violates the Law of God, he perverts/destroys own nature and becomes unable to exist in harmony with the created world: the world was designed to accommodate and support only the normal, not perverted, nature

                b/ if man created to realize the evolution of the world becomes the weapon of destruction (or the means of the anti–evolution), such perverted creature should be eliminated to prevent the destruction of other creations of God. However, men have no authority to murder those whom they evaluate as the violators of the Law of God: the Law of God acts by itself, independently, without permission or desire of men; nothing can stop the Law of God or protect the sinner who meets his destiny at the time allotted by God.       

                So, the last verse of Psalm 103 conveys knowledge of the acting power of the Law – life and death, blessing and curse {Deuteronomy 30:15–20}. This knowledge causes the Prophet to cry: let the sinners fail from off the earth so the lawless shall be no more {Psalm 103(104):35}, so the earth would not come under the power of curse and death. In the remote Past of David the Prophet, it still was the time and possibility that if the violations of the Law are gone, the earth – beautiful creation of God – would be renewed, so it might exist…

 

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References:

 

*1*  St. Theognostos. “On the Practice of the Virtues, Contemplation and the Priesthood.” The Philokalia: The Complete Text Compiled by St. Nikodimus of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth. 4 vols. Trans. and ed. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware, with the assistance of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline) Constantine Cavarnos, Dana Miller, Basil Osborne, Norman Russel. London:  Faber & Faber, 1979–1995.  2:358–377.

 

 

Sunday, May 24, 2009

 

 

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The Test

 

 

… And having fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He hungered.

And coming near to Him the tempter said:

“if You are the Son of God, say that these stones become loaves.”

But answering, He said: “it has been written:

not on bread alone shall live man, but on every word

proceeding through the mouth of God”…

{Matthew 4:2–4}

 

 

        The Gospels tell of two things that Lord God Jesus Christ accepted before He revealed Himself to His creations {Matthew 3:1–17; 4:1–11; Luke 3:2–23; 4:1–19}:

        – He was “tempted” by the arch–evil, who is the murderer from the beginning and the liar who speaks lie as his own because he is the father of it {John 8:43–44}

        – He was baptized by John the Baptist, who has arisen as the greatest of those born by women, yet, who was not worthy to bear His sandals {Matthew 3:11; 11:11}.

        Since, every Christian undergoes baptism for the remission of sins and during the earthly life–time passes through the tests (or temptations), which assist in development of the abilities to think and to act righteously, as a being created into the image and after likeness of God should think and act. The help and guidance at each stage of life comes through the Light of the world: the words and actions of Lord God Jesus Christ established the ideals–standards of thinking and behavior for the Christians; they lead us through the process during which human clay is transformed into the child of God born of the Spirit of God {John 1:12–13; 3:3–6}.

        In particular, in the text describing how the evil tried to tempt Lord God Jesus Christ in the desert {Luke 4:1–12}, three tests examine the possession with knowledge, which differentiates the servant of God from the servant of evil, thus, determines the Future (truth and life – evolution*1*  or lies and death – anti–evolution*2* ).

      The first test is the advice to transform stones into bread to satisfy needs of a human body. The evil probes

        – understanding of the power of knowledge (Word–God is the Creator of world: He can rise up children of Abraham of the stones, and He is the source of knowledge, including the knowledge of creation and transformation of the matter)

        – appropriateness of application of the knowledge

        – the knowledge of the Absolute Truth; this knowledge sustains the ability to choose the priorities of the spirit.

The answer of God reveals that it is not appropriate to subdue the spirit to the matter.

        Then, the Son of God is offered all kingdoms of the world with their splendor and glory in exchange for worship of the evil. This offer tests the knowledge of the supreme truth and its derivatives – the values and criteria of judgment. So, what is more important for a human being: to worship God and do not have glory and wealth, or to have all the riches and become the servant of evil? The answer of God discloses the main value and the main criterion for any judgment and any action of the Christian: all and everything of man is in God, must be centered only on God, and serve only God.

        The next suggestion given to the Son of God – to throw Himself from the parapet of the temple, that is to prove God’s promise to guard His servant – tests understanding of supremacy of the Absolute Truth. The answer of Lord Jesus Christ postulates inaccessibility of God and His words (that is the Absolute Truth for men) for judgment or test by His creations.

        The referred above texts of the Holy Gospels describe the model of testing, which a human being and human establishments undergo continuously in order to survive, to pursue the purposes of evolution, and to enter the eternity:

 

– knowledge of truth that is the knowledge of the system’s own nature
(the degree of development or the level of complexity is tested)

– adequacy of the values originated by the knowledge of truth 
(the degree of optimization is tested)

– understanding of the power of knowledge and appropriateness of its application
(the potency to accomplish the purposes of existence is tested).

 

        The general meaning of the described above tests: the evolution is possible only until

        1/ the purposes and values continue to be consistent with the nature
(the nature might be defined, for instance, as the inner absolute truth)

        2/ all activities are consistent with the nature.

        A human being is enabled to initiate only two kinds of modification of purposes:

a/ transformation due to the necessity to conform to the original nature (e.g., man who was a criminal becomes a saint)

b/ degeneration or perversion of the nature (e.g., man who was a saint becomes an apostate).

Consequently, the history of mankind might be seen as the uninterrupted war among the systems of knowledge created within two different frameworks: true knowledge as the means of evolution, and false knowledge as the means of degeneration/anti–evolution.

Four main logical realities accommodated the knowledge, which sustains life and death of men and controls existence or disintegration of their establishments.

Two of them – the realities of the Absolute Truth – established the foundation for the evolution as optimization–perfection–development of the highest potential according to the original design:

–– revelations of God granted through the Hebrew Prophets formed the first reality – Judaism (period of formation 1500–1000 B.C. – fifth century B.C.)

–– the Hebrew Prophets prepared the foundation for the teachings of Lord God Jesus Christ: Christianity is the last reality of the Absolute Truth opened to the existing world.

Human imagination created also two realities – the realities of knowledge of evil:

–– the primary system was the ancient heathenism (? – A.D. first century; for the concepts, which became the heresies hunting the Christianity, the most productive period lasted from the fifth century B.C. through A.D. first century)

–– the fourth reality (A.D. first century – the Present) includes derivatives of the ancient heathenism produced with Greek pagan philosophy, Gnosticism, Manichaeism, and the others, which the original Christian dogma holds to be the heresy, yet, which have been implanted into the Western theological thought. The list of these derivatives includes political theology, ideologies, concepts, teachings, and doctrines promulgating idols, disparaging God and His creations, or denying existence of God.

Presently, the doctrines and concepts of all kinds (embodying the knowledge as the means of optimization–evolution, and the knowledge as the means of decay–annihilation) exist within the most part of the societies: the majority of population has an opportunity to make own choice. Consequently, the choice of knowledge became the main means of testing–evaluation and the continuous testing seems to be an irreplaceable part of life.

From another point of view, it could be said that each social or political establishment provides a possibility to choose between the evolution and the destruction, and there is only one differential: one type of establishments encourages the choice of evolution; another type of establishments encourages the choice of destruction and terminates those who pursue the purposes of evolution. The ability to discern the truth–good and the false–evil and to identify the underlying framework of knowledge became the first condition of survival of men and their establishments.

The history of mankind confirms: each new generation has to pass its own tests, and their main subject is the loyalty to God. The tests evaluate the applications of the gift to discern good and evil: abilities to think, to comprehend the reality, to foresee the Future, and to act adequately must be proved. Those who reject God become unable to discern and to distinguish the good and the evil; firstly, they lose the ability to foresee the consequences of own thoughts, words, and deeds; then, they devise the weapon of suicide, for instance, neo–paganism masked with the scientific terms and slogans and ethics–free sciences, which bear such fruits, for example, as weapons of mass destruction, pollutants, and poisonous drugs.

Many conditions of life have been changed since the Flood, yet, one plague of mankind remains unchangeable – deification of men who have access to the power of coercion. Each generation receives its own executioners – the rulers and dictators who are deified and adored: mussolinis, hitlers, stalins, “universal teachers,” “great leaders,” and so on and so forth. Those elected ones enslave their subjects with lofty slogans masquerading empty promises and lies: with promises of freedom, prosperity, security, and progress, they lead into the ruin.

And I think that inability to discern the inner truth or essence – therefore, consequences – of ideas, slogans, proposals, bills, laws, and political and social events marks the road to the dead end; this road begins with ignorance. Those who do not have knowledge of truth are doomed to slavery {John 8:31–36} and those who do not know God are doomed to idol–worship, therefore, death. Inability to comprehend the truth and issuing culture of death signify the total failure of the contemporary godless societies.

For instance, who of the heroes of daily news filled with descriptions of utter corruption, crimes, assassinations, fraud committed by the political, religious, social leaders and public servants of all kinds and scales might be seen as the one who has the knowledge leading to life and prosperity? Furthermore, do the people who are unable to find God and cognize the meaning of good need knowledge of life? Probably, that is why St. Paul the Apostle wrote: the Gospel is veiled for the unbelievers with mind blinded by “the god of this world” {2 Corinthians 4:3–4}. Yet, by the knowledge of the truth we all are tested…

 

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Notes:

 

*1*   “evolution” is the totality of normal or natural processes called also “life” or “existence” for any of beings created by God; in general, natural life of each living creature is development of the maximal potency according to the God’s plan; “optimization” is the term describing some aspects of the evolution. The term “evolution” is applicable to all living purposeful systems: a human being, mankind, human society, etc.

In general, evolution is a life–cycle of any being, which exists for a purpose and which has ability to create–absorb–accumulate–transmit knowledge of good and embody the knowledge of good into the structures and systems of the surrounding world. This knowledge stipulates achievement of the particular purposes – creation of good, maintenance of life and optimization of other systems, actualization of technical and other kinds of progress or the processes intended to facilitate life and development of human beings and their creations/establishments.   

In the terms of systems theory, evolution is the increase of the level/degree of complexity.

In general or philosophical sense, complexity is the universality of knowledge, which sustains the entirety of processes defining life of the world as the totality of cycles of transformations of the universal–divine energy of creation (for instance, one of such cycles includes development of the mighty tree from the smallest seed – Matthew 13:31–32}. The ancient philosophers came to the conclusion that the world of living beings should be described in the terms of time–space–complexity–bound singularity: positions within dimensions of time and space and possession with knowledge of life stipulate the Past, Present, and Future of any purposeful system.

 

*2*  “anti–evolution” is the totality of processes of degeneration, decay, perversion, and corruption, which is completed with the annihilation.  Anti–evolution is different from the natural process of disintegration–death that is the natural end of all systems within the world of the structured matter. Anti–evolution defines unnatural degeneration/decay of the systems created for evolution–development. In the terms of systems theory, anti–evolution is the decrease of the level/degree of complexity (for instance, degeneration and fading away of plants grown from the seeds sown in the unsuitable places, which had no means of proper development – Matthew 13:1–7, 18–22}.

 

 

Sunday, July 26, 2009

 

 

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The Chosen Ones

 

 

…And the sun sinking, all who had the sick ones with various diseases,

brought them to Him. And laying hands on each one of them, He healed them…

{Luke 4:40}

 

 

        Lord God Jesus Christ laid His hands on the sick one, and the sick one was healed. The actions of God described by St. Luke the Apostle and the physician {Luke 4:40} illustrate the ancient art of healing by touch known from the beginning of the world. Any disease is a result of insufficiency; pain and other symptoms of disease indicate insufficient vital energy, which prevents normal functioning of a body. The matter, for instance such as body–flesh, is the creation or derivative of the life–creating energy (the precise definition would be embodiment).

        By touching, the special people (for instance, the Hebrew Prophets) who possess the gift of healing transfer the vital energy, which replenishes insufficiency. The energy received from the healer restores the energy balance of the sick: the previously sick body–flesh becomes “healthy” that is capable to function in accordance with its nature and purpose.

        In another text, St. Luke re–iterates the transmission of the healing energy: “And all the crowd sought to touch Him, because power went out from Him and healed all” {Luke 6:19}.  

        Healing by touch was the attribute of daily life of the chosen nation: the acts of healing confirmed that the healer is the messenger of God. So, many contemporaries believed that Lord Jesus Christ is the great prophet sent by God {Luke 7:16}, similar to other holy men who have been sent to the ancient Israel.

        However, in another text, St. Luke the Apostle tells the story of a Roman centurion. The elders of the Jews came to the Lord and asked Him to come to the centurion’s house and to heal his slave, because the centurion loves them and built the synagogue for them. So, the Lord went with them, yet, the strange thing happened. When the centurion was told that the Lord is coming, he sent to Him his friends with the message: the centurion is neither worthy himself to come to the Lord nor to ask Him to enter under his roof. Let the Lord tell the word (λογω) and let the slave be healed, for the centurion himself is the man under the authority, yet, he says his soldier “Go!” and the soldier goes, and he tells his slave “do this” and the slave does. Lord Jesus Christ told the crowd: “I did not find such faith in Israel”; so, the slave was healed. When the messengers returned to the centurion’s house, they found that the slave was well {Luke 7:2–10}.

        This story elaborates the Book of Genesis and ancient Psalms in which the principles of creation and operation of the world are explained:

 

…And God said, Let there be light, and there was light… {Genesis 1:3}

…He sent His Word and healed them, and rescued them…{Psalm 106(107):20}

He sends His ordinance on the earth; His Word (Λογος) runs swiftly {Psalm 147:4}.

 

Thus, God “speaks” – sends His Word – to accomplish His will, and His will is done.

 So, how it happened that the chosen people did not recognize their God, yet the Roman centurion, the man of war and under the authority of pagan empire recognized the Lord of the Universe in Jesus Christ {John 10:30} and comprehended the mission of the Word–God (LogoV) {Psalm 32:9; 106:20; John 1:1–4, 10–11}?  It looks like the Roman centurion is truly the chosen one who knows God better than all the crowd surrounding Him.

And I think, what does it mean to be “the chosen one”? Since the beginning, the chosen people were distinguished with knowledge granted by God:

– one man was chosen to be saved from the Flood; he was granted knowledge of the ark and survival in the ark

– one man was chosen to become the father of nations; he was granted knowledge of the Future

– one man was chosen to lead the people to freedom; he was granted knowledge of the Law – The Ten Commandments…

All of them received the knowledge and conveyed to the others their part: they became the “distribution centers” similar to the healers who transfer the healing energy to the sick and make them well. Yet, some of those who received this knowledge became unable to implement it into their life.

        For instance,  many initially good and righteous men of the chosen nation finished with betrayal of God: Saul the king, Solomon the king, and other kings and people of ancient Israel became disobedient, re–established or allowed idol–worship, went after “other gods,” and so on. From the other side, many came out of other nations to accept the Word of God and to follow the commandments of God.

Therefore, to be the chosen one, does not mean nationality, race, membership, or participation in the establishment of men; in the same way, loud sermons with frequent mentioning of God, the apparently righteous manner of life, the special garments, rituals, etc. do not indicate true believers {e.g., Matthew 23:1–38}.

Two features belong to those who have the undivided and pure heart and who are able to hear, to see, and to understand justice, mercy, and faith, therefore, to comprehend the essence of things and to worship God in spirit and truth {Psalm 50:12; Matthew 13:11–15; John 4:23–24; 14:6, 23, 26; 16:13}:

– the inner disposition or the ability of perception and comprehension of knowledge and love of God

– the consequent embodiment of knowledge and love of God into own thoughts, words, and actions.

How to become the chosen one? The very desire to come to God already indicates the choice of God and sustains expectations of the miracle of acceptance: God does not reject those who come to Him. Then, the Holy Scriptures and the Holy Spirit of God teach and illuminate the newcomer; thoughts, words and actions, which embody knowledge and love of God, make a disciple and the child of God {Psalm 118:1–176; John 1:9–13, 16–17; 3:3–7; 6:37–44; 1 John 5:20; 2 John 6; James 2:12–26}.

Now, when ecumenism – as the sacrilegious union with heretics who substituted the heathenism and heathen philosophy for the Christian teachings – is devouring the remnants of the Christian churches, who of those identifying themselves as “Christians” today will be able tomorrow to carry the Word in the purity and righteousness of true knowledge and incorruptible faith?

Again the hope comes from knowledge of the Past conveyed by the Bible. It was the time when Ahab the king married Jezebel, daughter of the Sidonian king. Ahab built an altar for Baal and the people began to worship “the abomination of the Sidonians” (concerning Sidonians, see The Curse of Cain  – August 2, 2009; Archive_Page_5). Jezebel killed the prophets of God, and attempted to murder Elijah the Prophet. So, Elijah fled into the desert, came before God, and asked to grant him death, because the people have forsaken their covenant with God, destroyed the altars of God, and slain the prophets with sword; he is the only one who left. Yet, God answered that He left for Himself seven thousand of those who did not bow their knee before the idol and did not kiss the idol with their mouth {3 Kings 16:29–33; 18:4–13; 19:1–18}.

Indeed, after Elijah the Prophet, many other messengers of God came to serve and to lead the people. So, even if the multitudes of “the chosen ones” bow their knees to worship idols, there always are or will be the hidden ones, the salt of the earth, who keep the words of God and worship true God in spirit and truth. The hands, armies, and authorities of men are powerless before God: the Word sent by God creates His Universe.

And I think that the story of the Roman centurion is given as the reminder that if even those who believe that they are the chosen ones are not able to comprehend the truth, God always finds His possession {Malachi 3:17}: true believers, faithful and loyal servants.

 

 

 

Sunday, August 9, 2009

 
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The Way

 

…I will instruct thee and guide thee in this way wherein thou shall go…

{Psalm 31:8}

 

 

The Holy Scriptures not only describe the Past, Present, and the Future of the world given into man’s dominion; they provide the guidance for all those who seek wisdom and understanding, for those who desire to comprehend the meaning of good and evil, life and death, therefore, to pass through this world with dignity and in truth. The guidance of God is mentioned in many texts; its pattern is easily recognized:

– definition of the nature, the place, and the features of a human being–creation of God

– definition of the purposes, which must be accomplished, and opening of access to the resources needed to achieve the purposes

– instructions concerning thinking and means of actions

– criteria of evaluation – the meaning of good and evil

– ultimate state, which must be achieved, and – as reward for the achievement – the entrance into another stage, state, or meaning of existence.

In general, this pattern is universal, because it works for the Earth, person, nation, state, business enterprise, – for anything, which might be defined as a system*1*:

a/ in the beginning is Λογος  – the Word, a definition of a nature, code, purpose, knowledge, that is the seed of the Future, or the summary of a cosmos–world–being; for instance, a seed of a tree, and the human thought, which will become a new state, society, or civilization

b/ within the sleeping seed, the program of growth is triggered, which transforms the seed into the developing–growing plant. Another example: the Law – the seed of the world to come – was given to men: the tribe of desert nomads received The Ten Commandments, the Law that triggered development of human civilization. The smallest of nations was chosen to comprehend the Law, embody it into own thoughts, words, and deeds, and preserve for the next generations, so the entire mankind would be able to find the way to God–Creator {Genesis 22:18; Zacharias 8:20–23}

c/ the centers of distribution of the knowledge of growth and development are created; for instance, the Hebrew Prophets who led the chosen tribe through processes of growth, supplied the people with the knowledge of life given trough revelations of God, and warned of danger of deviation–violations of the Law that not only defines the nature and stipulates the conditions of existence, yet, which also triggers the program of self–destruction of the perverted systems incapable of achievement of the purposes they have been created to achieve.

However, there was a complication: the human mind, which had cognized the evil, became the embodiment of death, and it had to be re–created if mankind is allowed to have the Future. Consequently, when the Old Testament portrays the world that awaits the Messiah to open the door into another phase of existence*2*; it describes the patterns of violation of the Law and the consequences. Only the guidance of God would illuminate the darkness of the world into which men modified the shining Paradise created by God. And God came into the world transformed into an abode of death: He reinstated the divine nature of man who was created into the image and after likeness of God – man whose life is the breath of the Living God.

The New Testament portrays the revelation of God within man and lists the final instructions concerning the way to God: Lord God Jesus Christ confers the ultimate definition, the summary of all knowledge, which the human mind has to obtain if it desires to enter His kingdom {John 14:6, 23}:

 

…I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me…

…if anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word, and My Father will love him,

and We will come to him and an abode We will make with him…

 

These words of God carry not only the definition of the way, which leads a human being to the Creator; they are the ultimate warning as well: the Word–God is the life of man. Consequently, those who do not have the Word will not find the way into life everlasting with God – the Creator and the Father. This warning was also given in the beginning, when the human civilization came into existence and Moses urged his tribesmen to choose life so they and their offspring may live: to love God, to hearken His voice, and to adhere to Him, for this is the life and the all of man {Deuteronomy 29:1–29; 30:1–20}.

And I think: what is man before God, what is the ultimate worth of a human being in the time of death–departure from this world and entrance into the world, which is veiled from the world of flesh?

Ancient pagans were definite in their vision of the end. For instance, the Phoenicians believed that the simple mortals are doomed to the world of the goddess indifferent to suffering and prayers of men; in this world of eternal alienation they would have to wander alone in the fog unable to find the way to light and life. Probably, this is the reason why they deified fire and assumed that those who end their life in the pyre would find the way to the light of the eternal bliss.

The Christians are blessed with the promise of the eternity in the kingdom of life and fulfillment of the Absolute Good, in the world in which God dwells with His creations {Revelation 21:2–4}. We do not have to jump into the pyre to obtain the life everlasting: we carry the Fire within, and this Fire is the Spirit of God Who came because we accepted Λογος, the Word–God revealed in the Son of God and in the Son of Man {John 10:30; 14:7, 9–11}. So, the only thing that is needed, it is to follow the Savior: to observe His commandments, to love God and to love the others – that is the way appropriate for a human being–creation of God, and that is the only way, which leads to God and to the life everlasting…

 

 

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 Notes:


*1*  In general sense, a system might be defined as a being or an establishment created for achievement of a purpose and endowed with the following abilities:

– creation–assimilation–transfer of knowledge

– embodiment of knowledge into the material structures and systems with other levels of complexity

– evaluation of a degree of achievement of the purpose

– optimization (system’s optimization might be defined as system’s modification of its own actions and structures–subsystems, which would allow development and maintenance of the optimal states in spite of the increasing demands, hostility, and changes of the environment or other conditions of existence and operations)

– evolution – development of the maximal potency according to the design. 

 

*2* The Books of the Old Testament describe the phase of creation, the phase of cognition, the phase of development, the phase of degeneration and decay for those who violated the Law and perverted own nature, and the phase of achievement of maximal potency of those who have developed according to the Law – readiness for the Messiah.

 

 

Sunday, August 30, 2009

 

 

 

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Light and Darkness

 

 

…The Lord is my Light and my Savior…

…my God, Thou will lighten my darkness…

{Psalm 26:1; 17:29}

 

 

From the distant Past of the dark world under the shadow of death, came this expression of faith and hope: the Lord – Light and Savior – would lighten the darkness of man {Psalms 26:1; 17.29}.

And He – Lord God Jesus Christ – came to fulfill the hope of His creations; since, His light illuminates the darkness of those who seek freedom from sin, righteousness and wisdom (that is those who seek life). He cast the Fire upon the earth {our God is the consuming Fire  – Deuteronomy 4:24; man is the earth}; since, through Him, the Holy Spirit of truth comes to dwell in the human heart: to annihilate darkness of ignorance, to grant knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, and to open the life everlasting. He passed through earthly life and agonizing death, which the cursed men*1*   invented for those who they held to be criminals. He was burdened with the sick world lingering in misery of sin. However, by the act of absolute fulfillment of the will of God the Father, He expiated the original sin and became the Atonement for the sins of the world. By His Own free choice, He laid down His life for the sake of salvation and life of the world: He passed through death and He – God of life – annihilated the power, which death assumed over His creations. Since, by His wounds, His followers are healed, by His love the image of God is restored within the heart of the believer and the highest wisdom accessible for the human mind, the life everlasting, and His kingdom are opened for those who believe in Him {Isaiah 44:6; 53:1–12; Luke 12:49; John 1:4, 9; 3:14–21; 8:12, 23–25, 34–36; 9:5; 10:17–18; 11:25–26; 12:46; 14:1–6, 15–27; 16:7–15; 1 John 1:5–7; 3:1–6; 4:9–10; 5:11–13}.

If to consider the meaning of the events behind the words with which the languages of men convey the actions of God, it might be seen that the Holy Scriptures describe two completed acts of creation {Genesis; The New Testament} and foretell the third act of creation – the Future {Revelation 21:5}.   

In the beginning, the earth–dust–matter was formed into a body of this that would be a child–dwelling of God. The breath of God – the Spirit of God became life of the being made into the image and after likeness of God.

Then, one act of distrust followed with rejection and disobedience separated man, and with him all his descendents, from God. So, what was left of man but the dissipating matter doomed to arise for the moment of physical existence and then to return into the dust from which it is formed {Genesis 3:19; 6:3}? Man was exiled to dwell on the earth cursed for his failure. Then, from all those that lived within the world, which in its hostility and hatred to God invented the heathenism – worship to the beast, God has chosen one tribe to receive the Law. The Spirit of God lived within the chosen {e.g., the Prophets – Psalm 50:13} to sustain the chain of the living until the True Light would illuminate the entire world. Knowledge and fulfillment of the Law (the Law of God is the essence of the original, normal human nature) had to prepare the human clay for transformation into the temple–dwelling of the Holy Spirit {Isaiah 45:9; 64:8; Malachi 3:1–3; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 4:7; 6:16}.

The word Τετελεσται  – it has been completed–finished–ended {John 19:28–30}, which was uttered at the moment of physical death of the only One Who is without sin and Who is the Son of God and the Son of man, marks the moment of the greatest miracle and the greatest act of love unsurpassed by its significance. The word  Τετελεσται  uttered by God indicates the re–creation of man, when, with the physical death of the Son of God and Son of man, the Spirit of God became the Light and Life of a child of God. At this moment, the Fire was cast on the earth: the human nature received its completion and redemption by the Holy Spirit, by God Himself. Knowledge of the greatest evil–death was completed and evil as the unavoidable condition of earthly life was annihilated: it became the history, the Past of children of God. Since, the passage through physical death is entrance to the homeland, into the next world in which God will dwell with His creations. The life everlasting again became the inherent feature of human nature, and the words of Lord God Jesus Christ “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved… I am the Way and Truth and Life. No one comes to Father except through Me” {John 10:9; 14:6} fulfilled.

And I think about the meaning of deprivation of the human mind from its Creator. What forces the mind to reject God and to believe that heathenism, and especially such subdivision of this misconception as atheism, could be an expression of human intelligence? Could any possibility to reconcile human reason and such products of evil imagination as atheism and idol–worship exist? And what about the religions, which substitute the false knowledge produced by evil imagination for the true knowledge of God? So far, the only answer I could find is that whichever methods are used, when people attempt to deprive the others of God,

        – the purpose is self–exaltation often combined with unrestrained lust for the absolute power over the others and pursuit of material or other privileges

– the essence of methods and techniques is always the same – it is three fatal substitutions:

 

a/ false knowledge takes the place of truth

b/ evil assumes the appearance of good

c/ death is masked as life

 

        – the results are always the same: idols – false deities, deified men or human establishments – religious, political institutions, states, party leaders, take the place in the temple of God (in the mind and in the places of public worship) and showing themselves to be gods{2 Thessalonians 2:3–4}.

Through the centuries, those who attempted to deprive people of God, therefore, to denigrate the human nature and to establish that man is only a beast that lives, procreates, and dies as animals cultivated to be slaughtered because their flesh and skin serve the bodily needs of men, – all of them, by the very manner of their life, by their values and “accomplishments,” by their very own life and death, proved only that

– without God, man is nothing but the earth–dust, or the moving animated matter existing to be enslaved by sin: ignorance and corruption are the destiny of those who do not have knowledge of God, even if the entire world recognizes them as geniuses, prophets, or saints

– in actuality, the words intelligence, wisdom, reasoning  are the senseless mixture of letters and sounds for those without knowledge of God: all they are capable of is the technical knowledge of the world of dissipating matter.

For instance, if to consider our time, they produce the weapons of mass destruction, postpone decay of a dead body until the inner organs harvested, educate in methods to use “carrot and stick,”  and sell to humans drugs and vaccines developed for rodents. They might excel in technical development and invent plenty of devices intended to facilitate the physical labor (that is usually called “progress of mankind”). Nevertheless, they are incapable to eliminate any of such well–known evils as poverty, hunger, illiteracy, physical and mental diseases, malice, envy, greed, deceit, pain, and suffering – not only the plagues known since the Antiquity exist now; the horde of new diseases and new methods to inflict immense suffering grows daily. At the same time, such attributes of human intelligence as knowledge of good, knowledge of the essence of the world, including life and death, the actuality of the world created by God, wisdom, and their summary – the ability to create good and well–being of people, remain unknown.

Ultimately, those who assume the possibility of life without God and especially those who deprive the others of true knowledge of God, might be likened the moving matter–dust, which comes to existence in the darkness, spends the short moment of its existence in darkness, and vanishes in darkness; its ultimate destiny is similar to the rotten fabric left to be dissolved in tomb, yet, it has assumed the right to teach the others and to force them to live and to die in ignorance, corruption, and sin.

        And I think that the main problem of the contemporary societies is that such animated rotten matter–dust has sneaked at the positions of authority – in politics, religions, sciences, education, and culture, and now it blinds by the false knowledge as the storm in the desert blinds the travelers with sand. It pollutes the world by the very fact of its existence, yet, it strives to construct the indestructible wall (e.g., in the likeness of the Stalin’s iron curtain), which would forever close to the others the road to freedom of cognition, therefore, to God. Yet, in its time, it dissipates without trace, because only by the Light and Love of God man lives and becomes the child of God destined for the eternity {John 1:12–13; 3:3–7, 14–19; 9:5; 10:30} .

        Despair and hopelessness crawl into my mind when I think of the history of the current civilization: in general, its essence is enslavement of men and deprivation of freedom – the universal pattern of slavery described by Plato–Aristotle’s utopia appears with slight variations, yet, inevitably within any establishment. I think of apparent futility of thousands of years struggle with political and religious institutions, which enslave human beings through deceit and coercion and which in their arrogance of ignorance and pretense on possession “the absolute power” assume the rights

        a/  to control other human beings and to force them to live and to die according to the will, necessity, or amusement of those with access to the power of coercion

        b/  to fabricate their own rules, morals, and inhumane laws  and to impose them forcefully unto the others

        c/  to transform human beings created into the image and after likeness of God into speechless animals – the Aristotelian human chattel doomed to serve bodily needs of the owners.

        At such moments of darkness, the only light I see is the words of God. Indeed, who is able to withstand the will of God and to separate His children from Him if He chooses them {John 6:37–40; 10:25–30}? Who is able to disprove that “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}? I know that all that is impossible for men is possible for God; this knowledge lifts up the veil of darkness and despair. Then, hope and understanding come: the greatest miracle already happened, and this miracle is open to everyone who wants to see – salvation and illumination of the world through the only True Light, Creator and Savior – Lord God Jesus Christ.  Indeed, the only thing concerning the others that any Christian would ask from God – let everyone of those around us comes to the Light, to create the good, to live righteously, and to become a child of God. {Matthew 18:11–14; John 1:12–13; 1 John 3:1–10}.

        Even if the earthly life is the way in darkness, darkness is not able to overcome the Light {John 1:5}…

 

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*1*   Cursed men – see The Curse of Cain, posting for August 2, 2009; Archive_Page_5.

 

 

Sunday, October 25, 2009

 

 

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The Victory

 

 

…everything having been born of God overcomes the world,

and this is the victory overcoming the world, our faith…

{1 John 5:4}

 

 

St. John the Apostle makes two interconnected mentions of the victory overcoming the world: in the Gospel, when he conveys the words of our Lord God and Savior {Εγω νενικηκα τον κοσμον – John 16:33}, and in his Epistle, when he expresses his conviction – faith is the victory overcoming the world {η νικη η νικησασα τον κοσμον  – 1 John 5:4}.

Both texts also carry the same message: the essence of faith is knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God, Creator of the world and life–giving Love {1 John 5:4–5; 4:9–10}.

There are many definitions and interpretation of faith. St. Paul the Apostle provides the hint for ultimate comprehension of faith when he writes that now he knows in part, but then, his knowledge will be complete. Now remains faith – the faith, which is also the evidence of things not being seen {1 Corinthians 13:13; Hebrews 11:1}. It means that faith is the expectation of the knowledge, which now cannot be comprehended in its entirety, yet which in the same time is the true foundation of life and reason.

From a particular point of view, faith also might be seen as an ability to know the limitations of the current conditions and as the openness to the learning (or recollection –?). Probably, the part of reconciliation with God is re–discovery of the knowledge concerning original abilities to communicate with God and to be in His presence. With the original sin, we had to forfeit this knowledge because of the choice to cognize good and evil. Moreover, this choice originated the subsequent necessities (because evil neither exists in the presence of God nor is able to enter the Eternity):

– to descend to the level where evil is able to exist, thus, to be separated from God

– to pass through death – the ultimate evil given into comprehension of man.

Until the mind exists within the world of the matter and the human soul–spirit–mind is carried by the “vessel of clay” – the matter/body of flesh under the law of death, the complete knowledge of God and His kingdom as well as the ability to see God are beyond of human reach. They are the subject of faith – expectation of the life everlasting given with the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ {Genesis 2:8, 15–22; 3:8–10; 19; 21–23; Exodus 33:20; 2 Corinthians 4:6–7, 10–14, 18; Hebrews 11:1–3, 6}.

All that is given now comes through faith in Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Son of God and the Son of Man, yet, Who in the same time is the revelation of God within man and Almighty God Who came into the world of death to deliver His creations from death and to open the way home. Since, the followers of God receive the Holy Spirit of truth – the Paraclete and the Teacher. However, those without faith, who perceive only the world of the matter, are not able to receive the Holy Spirit, because they do not believe; so the unbelievers neither see nor know God. Those who believe seek God; they find Him if they observe His commandments and if they have

1/ the faith–expectation of the Future, when the ability to exist in the presence of God and dwell with Him will again be destiny of men

2/ the ability to embody the faith into the righteous life–actions in truth and good, even without hope to be rewarded or recognized by the world  {Genesis 3:8–9; John 6:46–47; 10:30; 11:25–26; 14:6–11, 15–31; 1 John 3:9–18;  4:13–15; Hebrews 11:6, 39; 12: 1–29; Revelation 21:3–4; 22:3–5}.

To come to faith, the mind has

– to accept current restrictedness, limitations, and un–readiness, thus, to comprehend insufficiency and to find the way to completeness of perfection (that is the way to God)

– to comprehend humility and humbly accept inability of human reason to learn and to know truth without God

– to find God within own heart and accept the divine nature as the reality of human existence – whatever kind of evil has been done in the Past, love of God overcomes the sinful world, therefore, the hope is available for everyone

– to evaluate the surrounding world with the only true criterion – Word of God. 

Then, the mind will understand the true essence of the world with all its hierarchies, which apparently, are arranged by human pride and false pretences – that is by desire of self–exaltation, yet, which in fact, reflect the degrees of evil: the higher level of pride and exaltation the greater evil is behind.

Such understanding opens the path to the victory over the world.

The meaning of victory is also an ability to comprehend that there is a world beyond comprehension and there is continuation of live after the physical death, and there is God – the invisible incomprehensible Almighty Spirit, the Creator of the universe, in which there are many domains, including the special one prepared for men created in image and after likeness of God {John 14:1–3; Genesis 1:27}.

And I think that only re–discovery of own divine inheritance makes life (as the passage through the world of the matter) meaningful and the victory over the world justified. 

For instance, victory might be seen as a fulfillment of some purpose: to conquer another state, to overcome temporal material difficulties, etc.

So, in theory, it is quite logical and simple: in the beginning, the mind chose the ability to know the good and the evil; therefore now, it must cognize the essence of the world it has created, to judge it by the Word–God, and – if it is ready to comprehend all the evil it unleashed – to turn to God in a search of forgiveness and salvation.

In practice, to achieve the purpose, and to overcome the world, therefore, to be victorious, the mind has to disregard the very foundations of daily existence, firstly, the underlying desire of self–exaltation, pride, and presumption of own superiority. Who is capable of that? Indeed, as our ancestors discovered, the greatest conquerors are not those who have defeated alien armies; the greatest are those who have conquered themselves…

 

 

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