Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

Archive_December_2010

 

 

The Fallen Asleep

The Human Heart

The Poor Man

The Completed Earth

The Fulfillment 

 

 

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22. Sunday, December 5, 2010

 

 

The Fallen Asleep

 

 

…Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep,

but I am going that I may awaken him…

{John 11:11}

 

 

        Our Lord God loved Lazarus; He visited his house and called him a friend, yet, He also let him die, so in Lazarus, we all can see the omnipotence and mercy of God as well as our own destiny to awoke to the eternal life with the same easiness with which God resurrected the dead body of Lazarus {conf.: John 11:1–44; 12:1–3}.

        There is also another revelation in Lazarus’ story. When the Lord refers to the Lazarus’ condition, which men named death, God does not use the word death: He speaks of falling asleep. Only because His disciples do not understand Him, God elaborates: Lazarus is dead, and He is going to wake the dead up, and He rejoices, because resurrection of Lazarus is a chance for His followers to become the believers, therefore, to enter the everlasting life {John 11:11–14}.

        The conversation with Lazarus’ sister Martha reveals the main lesson of the event: Lord God Jesus Christ is the resurrection and life; he, who believes in Him, shall live, and whoever lives and believes in Him, shall never die {John 11:21–26}.

        So, in the eyes of God, the physical death of a human being does not discontinue existence: we fall asleep in the earth to be woken up in the house of God, where we – purified of sin and evil, set free, and resurrected by Lord Jesus Christ – shall not have sorrow, grief, and insufficiency of any kind {John 5:21, 24–29, 39–40; 9:5, 39; 10:9–18, 27–30; 12:44–46; 14:1–4, 6; Revelation 21:1–4; 22:1–5}. We came into this world, in the garments of flesh {Genesis 3:21–24}, and now we have the work to do:

–– within the world cursed for the man’s choice to know evil, we have to cognize the truth and good, and to find the light and the road, which lead to God

–– we have to learn to love God and to love our neighbors

–– we have to learn to follow the commandments and to accomplish the will of our Creator and Father.

Then, after completion of our work, we have to pass through the threshold separating the phases of life. Behind this threshold, we leave our temporal clothing–body and all earthly possessions, yet, our essence–soul–heart–mind–spirit created into the image and after likeness of perfect immortal and omnipotent God {Genesis 1:2, 26; 2:7; Psalms 8, 65(66), 75(76), 105(106), 147, 148, 150, and others; Matthew 5:48; John 4:24} continues the eternal journey. To accomplish our destiny, we have to be awake to the knowledge of God and to realize that our life is the breath of the living God. 

        One more meaning might be found in the story of Lazarus. God refers to the physical death as to the slumber: for Him there is no death, because our God is the God of the living {Matthew 22:32}, and death of the flesh is not the end of existence. At the same time, when the Lord sent His disciples to preach saying that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, He instructed them to raise the dead {Mathew 10:1, 7–8}. It means that the human mind is dead without the knowledge of God: the knowledge of God wakes up those who still live as physical beings, yet whose minds have fallen asleep without God. Furthermore, if the knowledge of God differentiates the living from the dead, there is no difference between the dreaming mind, which is imprisoned within the imaginary world of false and evil, and the dead mind incapable of actualizing own creative potential.

        And I think of the interesting phenomenon – heathen philosophy, which was born by human thought deprived of the true knowledge of God, and which illustrates the inseparable connection between dream–slumber of reason and death.

From the beginning of time, many philosophers and theologians created religious and philosophical concepts attempted to promote the assertion that life of the human mind is the dream and the human reasoning is the singularity sustained by imagination. Some of these concepts came to justify the separation from the world, rejection of the natural way of life, and perversion (e.g., the Manichaean “perfected”). Some of these concepts sustained the theory of “world soul” or “world consciousness” in which the individual essence–soul of a person has to dissipate as an insignificant particle of dust.

For instance, Chrysippus the Stoic elaborated the Plato’s notion of the world soul into “all pervading world soul.” Then, this concept reached its highest destructive potential in the idea of “the Unconscious” death–designer of evolution invented by Eduard von Hartmann (1842–1906).

Von Hartmann’s “the Unconscious” is indifferent to suffering of milliards of humans and “animal individuals” because their “torments further development,” and thereby foster the main design – death. Consequently, the eradication of the “inferior races” is inevitable; thus, it is “inhumane” to artificially prolong the struggle of “savages”: “the more merciless is the struggle for survival the more advantageous” it is for evolution of one superior race, which also must be improved through a sexual selection.

The idea of permissibility of manipulation with the human reproduction is one of the practical applications of Aristotelian “man–social animal” concept. (Indeed, if man is an animal and property of the city/state/community, why humans should not be breed or – in the contemporary version – genetically screened and modified as domestic animals–property of man are?)

According to von Hartmann, man is higher than all other animals only because he has the unity of three instincts: sexual, social, and “enmity of all to all,” which also makes him into the Aristotle’s political animal [von Hartmann 2:11–13, 15].

Von Hartmann’s interpretation of the essence of politics (comprehensive enmity), which transforms man into the political animal, modified the very meaning of humanity into its opposite. Besides, von Hartmann invented a new image of deity of death: the idol indifferent to suffering of human and animal beings, “the Unconscious,” which unconsciously designs torments, suffering, and death of mankind; this “unconscious” process of extermination is “development” or “evolution.”

So, in comparison with von Hartmann’s idol, the ancient Greek Dionysus and Phoenician Moloch are embodiments of mercy.

However, logically, “the Unconscious,” which actualizes the evolution through torments and annihilation of human and “animal individuals,” cannot be unconscious, because it has the purpose: according to the von Hartmann’s speculations, it creates for the purpose, which is destruction. Otherwise, it has no cause to create mankind and then, to design its death. Subsequently, if everything comes to existence only to be annihilated, it cannot be any possibility of evolution in the true meaning of this word (evolution is the progress, improvement, development, or optimization): von Hartmann’s “evolution” is irrational construction inconsistent with the nature of the human mind.

Furthermore, the von Hartmann’s theoretical construction – the all–destroying unconscious designer of death – presupposes initial existence of another – good – deity–creator of life, or the actual creator of mankind: von Hartmann’s speculations re–iterate the ancient Persian dualism.

Evidently, the von Hartmann’s works determined Nietzsche’s choice of Zoroastrianism as the apparent cover–up for his “new teaching” and portrayal of the Dionysian/German super–state as an instrument of destruction and cyclical extermination of the “surplus” of population*1*. The figments of imagination of Plato, Aristotle, and von Hartmann fashioned Nietzsche’s concepts of superman, philosopher, and artist who lives with the death of all gods, and all the others – slaves (e.g., the people that belong to another nation or race), which are entitled to exist only for service and general utility [Nietzsche (1924) 91; (1997) §61 43], that is only for convenience of the super race of masters/slave–owners.

The Nietzsche’s concepts, which absorbed Plato–Aristotle’s utopia and von Hartmann’s “death–designer of the evolution,” contributed greatly into the foundation of Nazi ideology. The unconscious was recognized as the source of animal impulses and instincts, which determine thinking and behavior of the moving matter/social animals/slaves of their own establishments (e.g., the “great masses” of the totalitarian states). Consequently, the morality and mercy were identified with the weakness and vice, and human beings were arranged into the pool of resources that might be reproduced, re–engineered, slaughtered when they are needed no more, worn out, or do not fit the requirements of their masters*2*

Many centuries ago, the ancient Greek philosophers concluded: man creates his gods in his own image and according to degree of his development; thus, logically, dehumanization of man should result in degeneration of the gods invented by man.

It means that von Hartmann’s “the unconscious” is an embodiment of the blind unconscious death reflected by the perverted imagination of the creature at the irreversible stage of disintegration, at which any likeness to a normal human being is lost *3*.

And I think that in the darkness of the mind, which has fallen asleep within the imaginary world of death, only the Christian teachings of love to God and love to a neighbor is able to destroy the realm of death constructed by the human thought in the process of the “evolution” designed by Plato–Aristotle–von Hartmann–Nietzsche and others alike. To secure survival of human species as the intelligent thinking beings, the human mind needs to wake up from the dreams of death and to turn to the reality of life in God the Father, Creator, and Savior; otherwise, mankind deserves nothing better than the von Hartmann’s death–designer of evolution…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* The Nietzsche’s Dionysian/Nazi Germany’s state became the embodiment of the von Hartmann’s unconscious idol–designer–death, to which the merciless Nazi super–race served by “unconsciously obeying instincts” instead of reason; this idol–state gathered the plentiful harvest of sacrifices: lives of 14 millions of “racial inferiors” and 54.8 millions (estimated) of victims of World War II [in: Trager 893, 894].

 

      *2* For example, Nazi Germany with her obsession with the superior nation–race of supermen and the Bolshevist Russia with her personality cults – both of them established the cults of states and party leaders, slaughtered unwanted groups of population in concentration and labor camps, and with inhumane policies of suppression of individual rights and freedoms (especially, freedom of conscience and freedom of speech) transformed 

        –– their population into the herd of slaves

        –– their societies into the slaughterhouses for extermination of the human thought and human bodies.

 

        *3* The theoretical constructions crafted by von Hartmann and his followers illustrate the destructive potential of the human mind armed with heathen philosophy. Heathen philosophy developed the path to the perversion and degeneration of the human intellect/reason/intelligence through

 

admission of imagination as the reliable source of theological and philosophical concepts

assertion of insanity of diviners as the gift of gods

an assertion of slavery as the natural order of the Universe

 

 

Consequently, heathen philosophy

–– became the philosophy of death, which justifies degeneration of man through his transformation from the creation of God and the measure of all existing things into the animal–property–slave of his own establishments

–– corrupts everything it touches and leads into death everyone who accepts it as the mode of thought and guidance to life.

 

 

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References:

 

Von Hartmann, Eduard. Philosophy of the Unconscious:  Speculative Results According to the Inductive Method of Physical Science. With a Preface by C.L. Ogden. 1931. Westport, Connecticut:  Greenwood Press, 1972.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. Thus Spake Zarathustra:  A Book for All and None. Introduction by Mrs. Elizabeth Förster–Nietzsche. Trans. Thomas Common. New York:  Macmillan, 1924.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future. Trans. Helen Zimmern. Edinburgh & London:  T.N. Foulis, 1909–1913. Dover Thrift Editions. Mineola, N.Y.:  Dover, 1997.

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

 

 

 

 

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23. Sunday, December 12, 2010

 

 

The Human Heart

 

 

…Keep thine heart with the utmost care,

for out of it are the issues/exits of life (εξοδοι  ζωης)…

{Proverbs 4:23}

 

 

What is the human heart, not as a physical organ, but as this mysterious something, which defines the meaning, the essence, and the purposes of the human nature? What are the exits of life referred by Solomon? 

The Christian theologians*1* define the human heart as the spiritual center, the essence of a human being, the singularity in which the union between the divine and the human is consummated, or in which the divine becomes thoughts, words, and deeds of man.

The Holy Scriptures {John 14:23, 12, 16-18, 26; 15:4–5, 9–10; 16:13–15; 17:2–3, 21–26; Genesis 1:26–27–28; 2:7–8, 15} lead to the inference that the human heart is the dwelling–derivative–embodiment/materialization of the Divine Energy–Power–Law {emanating from the Holy Trinity as the Unity of God–Father, Word–God, and the Holy Spirit},  through which the will of God is accomplished within the world given into the dominion of man.

When Moses revealed the Law of God, he said: the commandment, with which I charged you this day, is not in heaven above; it is not beyond the sea; this word is in your heart, in your mouth, and in your hands to do it. The warning of Moses that the Law of God carries life and death, blessing and curse was intended to prevent repetition of the initial fatal choice and to make human beings to learn, at last, that the human heart accomplishes its mission only by the will of God, and lives by each word proceeding from the mouth of God. Then it was recognized {Deuteronomy 8:3; 29:29; 30:11–15, 19–20; Psalms 61:2; 83:6; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Luke 4:4} that

–– only by the will of God wisdom and comprehensive knowledge – the greatest blessing, the greatest value and the peace of the mind – could be obtained

–– in observance of the commandments of God is the entirety of man.

So, the human heart is the vessel of the Law, and in the words of God is the entirety of man.

Then, the Holy Scriptures {Deuteronomy 30:11–14; Psalm 118:11; John 1:12–13; 3:1–11; 5:38–47; 8:31–37, 47, 51; 12:49–50; 1 John 3:1–5} define the heart, which is loyal to God and which carries the words *2*  of God as the foundation of life and righteousness, as the main virtue and freedom of sin. The Λογος  living in the human heart is the source/spring of the eternal life, because the Word–God

– releases man form the power of sin

– restores the human nature created in the image and after likeness of God

– make possible faith and open the life everlasting, because the commandments of God are the eternal life

– transforms a mortal human being into the immortal child of God, who is born by the Spirit of God and destined for the eternity with God–Creator.

The inference –– normal, or natural human life might exist only on the foundation established by God {John 4:24, 10–14; Genesis 2:7; Deuteronomy 30:11–14; Proverbs 4:23; 1 John 2:15–17}:

 

our God is the Spirit

the breath of God is the life of man

the heart, as the dwelling of God, is the gate,
through which the springs of eternal life –  εξοδοι  ζωης – issue

therefore

worship of God in spirit and truth is the only way of life,
which secures survival of a human being
on the Earth (as the unity of spirit–soul–flesh)

and

opens the entrance into life everlasting
for human spirit–soul.

 

The meaning of human heart as the dwelling of God, as the vessel of the law of God, and as the seed of eternal life allow comprehension of the overwhelming desire to know the good and evil, that is to be as God–Creator is: a human being is created into the image and after likeness of God. Desire to be “as God” in everything became the main argument, which made the original sin possible. The way to realize this desire – rejection of the words of God and trust to the beast – made the punishment so severe {Genesis 3:1–19}.

Eve was not able to imagine evil, because she had no knowledge of the difference between good and evil. She wanted the fullness of knowledge, yet disregarded the difference between the Creator and the creations – human nature is just a reflection of the True Light. A human being is likened to the candle to be lightened and to become the light of the world {Matthew 5:14–16; Luke 11:35}, yet, only by God the human light is ignited and shines. So, the reason of failure is the way chosen by Eve: rejection of the words of God, disobedience {that is departure from the presence of God, therefore, disconnection of the access to the life–sustaining divine energy – Genesis 3:8}, and the subsequent insufficiency, which must not be allowed eternal existence {Genesis 3:22–24}.

However, a human being is created into the image and after likeness of God, and love and mercy of God have no limits. After the Word–God came into the world to cast the Fire {the Holy Spirit of God – Deuteronomy 4:24; Malachi 3:2; Luke 12:49; John 4:24; 7:33–39; 14:16–17; 15:26–27} upon the earth, that is to restore the original human nature and to transform the human heart into the dwelling of the Holy Trinity, the return to the kingdom of God opened.

So, after thousands of years in the earthly inferno, when the accumulated knowledge of evil and the resulting suffering of men overwhelmed the measures, our precious birthright, the knowledge of our true nature, was returned to us. We were told {Mathew 5:48; Luke 6:36; John 1:12–13; 3:3–7, 16; 6:47–58; 10:17–18; 11:25; 14:12, 23; 1 John 2:2, 12; 3:1–6, 16; 4:9–19, 21} that

–– because of love and mercy of God the Father and because of mercy and voluntary death of Lord Jesus Christ our Savior, by acceptance of the Word–God, through faith, love of God, and obedience to God, we might become the children of God

–– the human heart is the dwelling of the Living God

–– imitation of God’s mercy and perfection is the commandment of God Himself

–– we are able of making the works of God.

Also, at this time, we have to discover another side of the omnipotence and to learn the burden of the likeness to God within the world of the matter.

Our God during His earthly journey was the Man of Sorrows, meek and lowly in heart, Who did not have the place to lay His head. He came to accomplish the will of God the Father and to save all who have been lost; He came neither to judge nor to destroy for disobedience and rejection of His teachings. Yet, He is the same Almighty Power and Wisdom that created the world – the Word–God {John 1:1–4}, and He will judge the world in the end, when His creations fulfill their purposes, when all the good is created, when all the evil comes to its end along with the world it corrupted and perverted. Until then, God in His perfection and mercy to all {including the unthankful and evil ones – Luke 6:35} sends the sun and the rain to all – to the righteous and to the sinners: everyone has the chance to find his own road to the Light of the world, to choose between good and evil, to build his own world on the sand or on the stone, to bear the fruits of life or to turn into barren withered branch {Isaiah 53:1–8; Matthew 5:44–48; 8:20; 11:29; 18:11–14; Luke 6:35–36, 47–49; John 1:1–4; 3:16–21; 9:5; 11:25–26; 12:46–50; 15:4–6; Revelation 1:8, 17–18; 20:11–12}.  

When St. Peter the Apostle writes of man of the hidden heart in the incorruptible world of meek and quiet spirit {1 Peter 3:3–4}, he reminds of the value, which is great before God, and which therefore, must be the only value for His followers: not the outward world of garments and explicit behavior, but the inward life of the meek and quiet spirit is the true treasure. The Apostle elaborates the words of our Lord and Savior {God is the Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth – John 4:24} into the manner of life appropriate for the Christians. All who are born of the Spirit of God, who are His children, His dwelling and His Own possession, who obtained the ultimate freedom and love of God, – all of them have some mutual features {Matthew 5:48; 23:2–11; Luke 6:36; John 1:12–13; 3:3–7; 10:11–14, 27–29; 14:23–24; 1 Peter 2:1–25; 3:3–4}:

–– their heart lives in the incorruptible world of meek and quiet spirit

–– they imitate perfection and mercy of God – the true and the only Father, Teacher, Shepherd and Guardian of souls.

For us, the Christians, who see beyond the limits of the perceivable disintegrating world of the matter, God is the focus of mind, the love and life of heart, the essence of intellect – He is everything: God is the highest ideal, the only model, and His Law provides us with the main standard and the universal criterion of judgment. God Himself established the norms of behavior for His followers: we must imitate God–Father in His perfection and mercy, observe and accomplish the commandments of God, and learn from Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man, how to live and to die in the world, which rejected and crucified our Savior. All of human being is in God, because the human heart was created for the purposes of God, and only by God the human heart lives and finds the way to the perfection of completion, to the end and to the new beginning. Ultimately, only abilities to find God within own heart, to perceive His voice, to understand and to observe His commandments, to create the good, and to accomplish His will differentiate a human being from the beast.

The quiet and meek spirit is the first virtue of the Christian, the main condition of finding the way to God and obtaining the peace of God, which cannot be bought for the price of gold and earthly riches {Isaiah 57:15; Matthew 11:28–30; John 14:23–27, 30}.

And I think of man of the hidden heart – what differentiates such a man with the meek and quiet spirit from all the others? Would it ever be possible, for instance, to develop the abilities

        – do not judge by the appearances or by “the flesh” {John 7:24; 8:15}

        – do not seek appreciation for deeds of mercy and compassion {Matthew 6:1–4}

        – to serve unselfishly and do not seek to be served or exulted {Matthew 20:25–28; 23:11; 1 Peter 4:10–11; 5:5}

        – to love enemies and to lend without any expectations {Luke 6:35}

        – to hide the inner life of mind and spirit and to worship God in secret {Matthew 6:5–6}, and even now, when, still, is the time of apparent freedom of worship and, as of today, in the Western societies, the Christians are not killed for adherence to the teachings of Christ?

Indeed, the Christian teachings never was, is, or will be the teachings of the outward world. All authorities based on the power of coercion, brilliant or intimidating demonstrations of wealth, armies and weapons, pretenses on the absolute power and universal authority, magnificent buildings of churches with loud bells and theatrical shows of rituals and processions, long sermons and rich robes of the corrupted yet politically correct philosophizing “priests” labeled with “honorary” degrees and venerated by their subjects/sheep–to–be–sheared  –– none of them might ever express the true values of Christianity.

From the other side, the authorities, philosophizing priests, politicians of religion, and the others who cover their worldly aspirations with the name of Christianity, – do they really need anything from God?

And I think of the words of my God – {“learn from Me, because I am meek and lowly in heart” – Matthew 11:29}, in which He gives meekness and humility as the model of behavior and standard of the virtues. In fact, these words instantly annihilate the meaning and values of all human hierarchies built on pride, degrees of exultation, and presumption of inequality of God’s creations. They also transform any one

who

– deifies himself

– demands worship of his subjects

– assumes the right of life and death over other human beings

– wages the wars because of own interpretation of religious and other values

– asserts own laws as the absolute laws for those under his control

– impose own interpretation of the good and the evil as the mandatory for the others

– pretends on the exclusive status higher than one available to all the others

(whatever the foundation for such pretense could be –

power of coercion, a place at the higher level of religious, political, or social hierarchies, birthrights, wealth, education, etc.)

into

the ignorant pervert incapable of understanding the main Law, which governs the Universe.

 

So, what such idols can bring their subjects but ruin, suffering, disgrace, destruction, and death?

So, as always, we are offered a choice:

 

outward pretense on the power and finite superiority of the mortal flesh

or

the inward quiet knowledge of true values,
which comes only with the Word–God and opens the way into the eternity with God.

 

Then, within the outward world deprived of true knowledge of God and His Law, would the people, who are deprived of knowledge of God, be ever able to find the reason behind the decision to imitate God and to obtain the hidden heart of the incorruptible world of quiet and meek spirit, which

–– is contented with the Word–God

–– lives according to the commandments of God

–– does not assert own superiority?

Is it possible for those who live by the values of the outward world to discover the Word–God and to enter the life of spirit?

Probably, one of the components of meekness is awareness that the mass culture will never accept the Christian values, and we, the Christians, will always remain the minority – hated and rejected, as our Lord God and Savior is…

 

 

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Notes:

 

*1*  e.g., The Philokalia: The Complete Text Compiled by St. Nikodimus of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth. 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.  4 vols.; 2:383.

 

*2* The New Testament discloses the actual meaning of the Old Testament’s references to words of God. When the Prophets mention word or commandment of God, they anticipate revelation promised for the future: the Word is God and God lives within human heart. The Word–God within the Son of Man – Lord Jesus Christ – reveals God to His people, opens the eyes blinded with sin and ignorance, resurrects the dead, and gives light and knowledge of truth; He is the Almighty Love, the way to God, the door into God’s kingdom, and in Him is the life of the world. All of man and all of human life is in the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Word–God Who holds eternal life as well as the keys of death, and Who is the First and the Last, Alfa and Omega, the Beginning and the End {John 1:1–5, 9–14; 9:5, 39; 10:30; 11:25–26; 12:44–50; 14:6, 9–11; 17:21–26; Revelation 1:17–18; 21:6}.

 

 

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24. Sunday, December 19, 2010

 

 

The Poor Man

 

 

…Wisdom is better than power.

Yet,

the wisdom of the poor man is considered as nothing…

{Ecclesiastes 9:16}

 

 

        Solomon the king and the Preacher, or Ecclesiastes, tells a story: there was a small city with a few to protect it. A great king decided to conquer the city and besieged it. There was a wise poor man in the city. His wisdom saved the city from destruction, yet, no one remembered this wise man. And Ecclesiastes concludes: wisdom is better than power, yet, the wisdom of the poor man is set as nothing and his reasoning {logoi} discarded. In summary, Ecclesiastes acknowledges that wisdom is better than power and weapons of war, that the wisdom helps the wise man more than ten authorities in the city. Nevertheless, one sinner will destroy much good {Ecclesiastes 9:13–18; 7:20}. 

        Definitely, next time, in the Future without the wise poor man, the city of Ecclesiastes’ story will be destroyed.

        So, the wisdom is more powerful than weapons, army, and authority, yet, the ordinary people discard wisdom if it does not proceed from a rich man. Moreover, the destructive power of many sinners might not be contained by wisdom of one; something else is needed, although wisdom is more powerful than armies, authorities, and weapons.

        If to interpret the Solomon’s story with the terms of the systems theory, it might be said that when Solomon laments inability to perceive wisdom of the poor man, he refers to a system at the stage of irreversible destruction, with the impaired cohesive power. The system has lost the abilities

 

to discern the vital information
behind external limitations

to accept/create vital knowledge
(the city is not able to perceive
life–saving wisdom of the poor man,
which would reverse the annihilation – save the city from destruction)

to accomplish the purposes of existence
(e.g., inability to protect a city is similar to sin:
both are the failure to accomplish the purposes of existence,
and both culminate in destruction)

to survive and to continue existence.

 

        Some contemporary societies/states demonstrate similar symptoms of disintegration: they lost the abilities to foresee (moreover, even perceive timely) the threats, to identify the sources–reasons–carriers of destructive influence, and to employ all the necessary means for protection and survival. Often, in the search of decision, the controlling centers produce additional hierarchical levels, multiply the bureaucratic procedures, increase spending already insufficient resources, and rely on the outdated laws, which do not reflect contemporary menacing reality, yet, nothing helps, because the wisdom {the cohesive or system–maintaining power, which sustains system’s wholeness–existence and development–optimization} is no more.

        And I think of the Wisdom – Word–God, the Master of the Universe, Who came to save the world besieged by death. He came as a Poor Man Who did not have a house, a place to rest, earthly wealth, and weapon. He brought His followers the greatest gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and actual superpower – the power of the invincible human spirit living by God. Yet, His teachings still is discarded by many, and still remains inaccessible for those

        –– who think only in the terms of the earthly power – weapons, coercion, war

        –– who need the perceivable touchable confirmation of worldly might

        –– who identify wealth, riches, and access to the material resources of all kinds (money, weapons, hierarchical structures, etc.) with the wisdom, true authority, and omnipotence.

        The teachings of Jesus Christ our Lord God and Savior reveals incompatibility of two worlds offered to all either to choose and enter or to reject and leave:

        1/ the world of the visible perceivable might of wealth and authority built on coercion, in which however,

–– the mightiest empires fall

–– the most powerful kings are discarded

–– the societies, which are based on the mass culture of idolization of men of corruption and criminals (because they have riches and access to the power of coercion), enslave the people through deceit, propaganda, and coercion and deprive them of the freedom of thinking and freedom of knowledge

        2/ the world of wisdom – invisible, immaterial, yet invincible, inaccessible by the earthly weapons and uncontrollable by the authority of rulers and their establishments, the world in which the Poor Man is the savior of many.

        And I think, is any hope of survival left for those

 

who rejected wisdom and
became unable to perceive the vital information

who became incapable of creating knowledge,
which would sustain their existence

disintegrating systems with the impaired cohesive power,
which have lost the ability of self–preservation?

 

Would ever the mind of man in a position of the worldly authority be able

        –– to employ both kinds of power – the power of weapon and earthly riches and the power of wisdom, which makes the mind able to perceive and to use knowledge of the Law, which controls the world

        –– to learn how to discern the essence of the actuality, for instance, to hear the Voice of a gentle breeze behind the storm crushing the rocks, earthquake, and fire {3 Kings 19:11–12}, and to discover the life–preserving wisdom before which all the intimidating powers of men are nothing?...

 

 

 

 

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25. Friday, December 24, 2010

 

 

 

The Completed Earth

 

 

Αγιος αγιος αγιος Κυριος Σαβαωθ,

πληρης πασα η γη της δοξης αυτου

…Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts,

the entire earth is full of His glory…

{Isaiah 6:3}

 

 

Through thousands of years, the messages of hope given to the ancient prophets illuminated and sustained the mind of those seeking God and expecting fulfillment of promises of salvation.

In the fifteenth century BC, the time of giving the Law, Moses was covered over by the hand of God while His glory was passing by: the vision of God is not for the mortals, because a creature of flesh is not able to see the face of God and live {Exodus 33:18–22}. The creatures of flesh had the long road before them until

– they would be able to understand and observe the Law

– they would understand that God is the Light and salvation of man, and His mercy is better than life

– they would understand that love and knowledge of God and observance of His commandments is all what is needed for a human being

– the Law of God would re–make their heart and mind into the soil prepared to receive the seed of the Kingdom {Deuteronomy 6:4–7, 13; 10:12–21; 11:1; 30:19–20; Psalm 26(27):1; 62(63):3; Ecclesiastes 12:13;  Matthew 13:31–32}.

        Ultimately, in our temporal world, the process of creation never ends {John 5:17}.

        In the eight century BC, Isaiah had a vision of the Holy God the Lord of hosts sitting on the high and exalted throne: the dwelling was full of His glory. His servants stood round about Him, and they said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the entire earth is full of His glory” {Αγιος αγιος αγιος Κυριος Σαβαωθ, πληρης*1* πασα η γη της δοξης αυτου  –  Isaiah 6:1–3}.

        Then, it was promised that the glory of the Lord shall appear and all flesh shall see the salvation of God {Isaiah 40:5}.

        These revelations became the beacon within the darkness of those who lived in the shadow of death: they knew that everything would come to its completion and the earth would receive the Glory of God.

In the first century AD, the Glory of God appeared: the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, claimed His Own possession, and made His dwelling with His creation – with a human being

–– purified with His Blood

–– sustained by His Flesh

–– re–created into His image

–– illuminated by the knowledge of God

–– resurrected by His death on the cross

–– perfected by the love of God

–– born from above – as a child of God the Holy Spirit – for the life everlasting

{John 1:1–4, 12–13; 3:3–7; 6:32–58; 11:25–26; 14:6–7, 10,21, 23; 17:1–10, 21–24; 1 John}.

 

        In the day when Christ was born, the promise of salvation became the actuality of mankind: the Child is born to us, and the Son is given to us; His kingdom is everlasting, and His peace shall have no end {Isaiah 9:6–7}.

So, it had been done: the earth–man*2*, the creature of flesh {Genesis 3:20; 6:3}, was filled with the Glory of God. Through Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Who is the Word and Glory of God), God created His dwelling with man and opened His everlasting kingdom for His children {John 14:2, 23; 17:21–26}.

When we, the Christians, celebrate the greatest feast of Christmas – the entrance of God into the world of men, we remember those who came before the expectations of salvation were fulfilled, those who sow and labored, yet, who were not destined to reap the fruits {John 4:36–38}. How it was to live in the darkness and shadow of death, to be under the oppression of evil idolatrous rulers, to be rejected, persecuted, and murdered for the loyalty to God, for reminding the unrighteous of the Law, and, yet, to know that some day, the road to home would be found, the house would be ready, and the Father would meet His very Own children again?

Now, the ancient evil again lifted its head and rose against those who belong to God: we entered the times

 

–– when the prophecies of the final oppression become daily life

 

–– when Christians again are murdered, exiled, persecuted for their faith in Lord God Jesus Christ

 

–– when celebration of Christmas is forbidden
by the enemies of Christian faith and servants of arch–evil
who are preparing for the final battle for global dominion,
when the last veil of darkness will cover the entire world

 

–– when the traditional values, cherished liberties, prosperity, happiness,
and the memories of glorious past become the dust under feet of enemies

 

–– when vice, corruption, and frenzy take the place of virtue and reason

 

–– when we realize that the time of departure is at hand,

 
in this difficult Present and in expectation of the coming ruin,
the more darkness and evil we encounter
the brighter is the light of the ancient star of Christmas,
which shines in each heart that loves God and lives by God…

 

And I think of the full or completed earth*2*  – the dust, which is destined to accommodate the Light and Fire. Without God, there is nothing completed, beautiful, harmonious, wise, or perfect. The moment when the human nature is unified with the Creator, is the moment of completion, coming of perfection and fulfillment of everything needed and wanted. Christmas indicates the time of homecoming, when the Glory of God takes over all created things, when the earth–dust–human being receives the Fire and the Light {Luke 12:49; Deuteronomy 4:24; John 1:9; 8:12; 9:5} and is transformed into the dwelling of God.

Then, what else might be ever needed if the life with God and the dwelling in His eternal kingdom are offered with forgiveness and love?

 

Merry Christmas!

Let love and mercy of God the Father,

salvation of Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ,

and blessings of the Holy Spirit

be with all of us forever!

 

 

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*1*  the Greek word  πληρης  conveys the meaning of fullness and completion. It denotes coming to fullness, conclusion, the highest stage accessible by the subject of consideration.

*2*  Man is earth – γη  {Genesis 3:20}.



 

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26. Sunday, December 26, 2010

 

The Fulfillment

 

 

…and in thee shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed…

{Genesis 12:3}

…He succored His servant Israel to remember mercy,

even as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his seed forever…

{Luke 1:54–55}

 

 

 

Each year, the celebration of Christmas reminds us of the fulfillment of God’s promise given to the chosen man who was destined to become the father of many nations. Among all the descendants of Abraham, one tribe was chosen to receive the Law and become the holy nation, and one virgin of this holy nation was chosen to bring into the world the Savior, the Son of the Most High, the Word of God, and the Master of the Eternal kingdom.

Through this one blessed Virgin the dream of mankind is fulfilled: by her Son, we all are called to freedom, we all are reconciled with our God – Creator and Father. We all who believe have the chance to cognize the Truth, to find the freedom and Way, to receive the Bread of life, Light, and Life everlasting, and to become the children of God {John 1:1–5, 9–13; 6:35, 47–51; 8:31–32, 34–36; 9:5; 11:25–26; 14:6}.

And during the days of feast, I think of the beginning – how the way to salvation began.

When Eve, the mother of all the living, delivered her first–born son, Cain, she, in her despair of condemned and exiled being punished with the great pains of labor, submitted, enslaved and cognized by man, said: I brought into the being a man through/of God {εκτησαμην αντθρωπον δια του Θεου –– Genesis 3:16–25; 4:1}.

Yet, Eve did not bring into the world the man of God; she brought the embodiment of death conceived into the moment when she chose to discard the words of God and to believe the words of beast. The first–born man, Cain, became the first murderer: he killed his brother Abel and he was cursed by the very earth, from which his father, Adam, was created. Because of the spilled blood of his slain brother, Cain was cut off the primeval connection of man and the Earth: he became unable to receive the strength, he was doomed to be groaning and trembling on the Earth, and then, he went forth from the presence of God {Genesis 4:8–16}. That is how death, perversion, and illness entered the world.

Then, after the sins and suffering filled up their measures and the time of mercy came, the Son of God was born to the earthly woman to expiate all evil done by mankind and to fulfill the promise of salvation. Through the cursed Eve, mankind entered death and suffering; through the Blessed Virgin Mary, mankind received the Savior and Way to the Kingdom of God.

And I think of the immeasurable mercy of God, Who in spite of all evil cognized and committed by mankind, still, fulfilled the dream of the cursed condemned to pain and suffering Eve: her descendant, the Holy Virgin Mary, delivered the Son of God Who brought light, life, freedom, and salvation to those who have none…

Probably, this pattern of initial despair and then, fulfillment of mercy has to be discovered by all of us who sinned, suffered, became lost and dead, and then, found a possibility to believe and to be forgiven, to obtain salvation, and to enter life with our God – Creator and Father…

 

 

 



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