Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

January_2012

 

The New Year

The Water

The Transformation

The Most Needed Things: Mercy

The Emptiness
 

 

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78. Sunday, January 1, 2012
The New Year

 

…For there shall be a new heaven and a new earth.…

{Isaiah 65:17}

…Having purposed, He brought us forth by the Word of truth,

for us to be a certain firstfruit of His creatures…

{James 1:18}

…I make new all things…

…I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the Ending…

{Revelation 21:5, 6}

 

The people celebrate the first day of a new year, because they anticipate coming of something new – the Future, which would be better than the Past and the Present.

For the Christians, who believe in Lord God Jesus Christ and follow commandments of God, who are brought forth by the Word of truth – the Word–God – to be the dwelling of the Living God {John 14:23}, the Future has been determined as the immortality with God; this Future already formed the actuality of the Present.

The Christians became the royal priesthood, a holy nation, “a people for possession,” so they may openly speak of the virtues of the beloved God Who has called them out of darkness into His marvelous light. They are the people of God, because He took mercy on them and became the Shepherd and the Overseer of their souls {1 Peter 2:9, 25}.

Although still there are some uncompleted earthly purposes and unfinished earthly beginnings, although the darkness of evil casts the shadows on the surrounding world, for the people of God, a new year marks the new step on their road to home, into the Kingdom of God the Father. Their purposes are to accomplish the commandments of God, to imitate the mercy and perfection of God, and to do the works of God according to the words of Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God {Matthew 5:38–48; Luke 6:27–36; John 1:1, 14; 14:12}.

It means that they must live by the commandments of God and they must create the good within the world of insufficiency, suffering, desperation, and despair – in the world of the evil. Then, events of their life would manifest the creative power of God by which their soul–heart–mind is transformed into the new creature destined to live forever in the presence of God.

It means also that everything must be focused on the will of God and accomplishment of His words; the phantoms, fantasies, obsessions, and values of this world should not obscure the inner vision of truth and interfere with the righteous judgment. The foundation of the righteous judgment (also known as wisdom) is the ability to perceive the presence of God: God is everything – the beginning and the end, and with God, everything is possible.

Each day provides a new chance to begin the works of love, charity, and mercy, as well as possibilities of further advancement in the way of truth. Celebration of New Year’s Day reminds us of a simple truth: life is the chain of cycles of creation, and all that we create will accompany us until the end of life. If so, let all our creations be good and beneficial for us and for those who we love.  

 

Happy New Year!

 

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79. Sunday, January 8, 2012
The Water

…If one does not receive birth out of water and Spirit,

he is not able to enter into the kingdom of God.…

{John 3:5}

 

 

Nicodemus the Pharisee (the leader and teacher of Israel) approaches to the Lord by night; he speaks of his conviction that Jesus Christ came as the teacher from God, because the miracles and deeds He did cannot be done without God. And God answers man who seeks God; He also explains Nicodemus the meaning of birth into eternal life {John 3:1–21}.

God tells Nicodemus that if the one does not receive birth from above, he is not able to see {ου δυναται ιδειν – not empowered to perceive/comprehend – John 3:3} the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus does not understand how the one can be born again: he sees flesh and thinks in the terms of flesh, as the flesh does. So, Nicodemus asks God: how it is possible to be born again, if man being old cannot enter into his mother’s womb a second time and to be born?

God answers: if one does not receive birth out of water and Spirit, he is not able to enter into {ου δυναται εισελθειν – not empowered enter into – John 3:5} the kingdom of God; that receiving birth of the flesh is flesh; that receiving birth from the Spirit is spirit.

Again, Nicodemus does not understand; he asks God: how can these things come about?

God answers Nicodemus and asks him: you are the teacher of Israel, and you do know not {γινωσκεις – John 3:10; from γινωσκω – cognize/learn/do know} these things*1*?

Lord God Jesus Christ begins to teach the teacher of the people who, while living in the world created by God, did not cognize things of the world created by God. If Nicodemus is told the knowledge of the world and he does not believe, how he will believe in the heavenly things? Then, God explains the purpose of His coming as the Son of man: He brings the testimony, the knowledge of the heavenly things; He – the only–begotten Son of God – is given by God for the sake of salvation of the world, so anyone believing in Him may not perish but have life everlasting. The one believing in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe in the name of the only–begotten Son of God has already been judged. The judgment is the very fact of rejection of God Who is the Light of the world:

– the one, who commits evil, loves the darkness; he does not come to the Light, because his works would be exposed

– the one doing the truth comes to the Light, because his works have been worked in God, and he is not judged {John 3:1–21}.

The Gospel’s text about Nicodemus the Pharisee and the teacher of his nation introduces the foundation of the Christian teachings:

 

because of His love to the world, God the Father

gave His only–begotten Son,

that everyone believing in Him may not perish but have everlasting life

salvation is possible only through faith into the only–begotten Son of God,

Lord God Jesus Christ:

He is the Redeemer and Savior of man

Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God – is the only Mediator

between God the Father and man

the presence of the Word–God prepares

the earth–man purified through repentance (baptism by water)

for acceptance of the Holy Spirit and birth into the eternal life.

 

 There are some other things, which might be learned from the text about Nicodemus.

For instance,

1/ in both references to the Kingdom of God, God speaks of power – the power to perceive the Kingdom of God and the power to enter into the Kingdom of God. Those who believe in God receive from Him the power to perceive and to accomplish the things, which are unseen, incomprehensible, and impossible for those who do not possess the power that comes only through the Word–God {cf.:  John 1:12–13; 3:3, 5}

2/ the irreconcilable division and impossibility of the unity between the one who believes in Lord God Jesus Christ and the one who does not believe in Lord God Jesus Christ: the one, who does not have the Word–God, is not able to perceive the Kingdom of God and enter the presence of God; he condemns himself to ignorance, therefore, to iniquities and perplexity, which, for instance, may be similar to those described by Isaiah the prophet {Isaiah 59:1–15}

3/ the difference between flesh and spirit; flesh is restricted by flesh, and the flesh perceives only the things of flesh. To the contrary, the Spirit is free, and His creations are free to perceive and to comprehend things, of which the flesh is not aware of, and which the flesh does not perceive (the human flesh is capable of existence only within the limited setting expressed through and measured with time–space–complexity parameters, while the Spirit of God is the source of the energy, which creates and sustains the time–space–complexity settings)

4/ the faith opens the entry into the kingdom of God: man has to have faith into the Son of God, then, if the Word–God lives within him, he may be born of the water and the Spirit of God {John the Baptist baptized in water for repentance and purification from evil*2*; Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, baptizes in the Holy Spirit – John 1:29–34}

5/ the meaning of judgment: judgment is the man’s very own inability to come to God; the committed evil casts man into the darkness, because (whatever mask he wears, either of an atheist or of a heathen) by the very essence of his heart–mind–soul created after image and likeness of God, he knows truth that his works are wicked, so, he does not want them to be exposed in the Light of God

6/ the difference between man of God and man of the world

7/ the futility of human classification and fallibility of human perception. In particular, those recognized as teachers and leaders can be ignorant, and indeed they often are ignorant: they might know nothing of the subjects they teach or attempt to control. It means also that, in the maters of Christian faith, no human can be trusted. Everything touched by human imagination, which is inclined to the evil {Genesis 8:21}, is corrupted*3*.  Only the Gospels conveying the words of God carry the life–giving truth. 

The words of God also point to the special place, which water has within the world of man.

Before creation of the world, the Spirit of God moved over “water”; the heavens and the earth were held by “the water” through the Word of God; the ground came out of “the water,” and then, from the earth the fountain rose to water the whole face of the earth; the first rain came upon the earth only after creation of man. The Flood – stream of “the water” out of the abyss and through the opened flood–gates of the heaven – has destroyed the old world and purified the earth from the perverted flesh and evil of men; it prepared new dwelling for the people spared by God – the family of Noah the righteous who, by the mercy of God, received a second chance and new world to inhabit {Genesis 1:1–10; 2:5–6; 6:5–14; 7:4, 11–12, 17–24; 9:1; 2 Peter 3:5–6}.

Then, according to the will of God, John the Baptist came to baptize the people destined to accept the Word–God and to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Again, the earth–man had to be purified and strengthened by water, thus, prepared for the work of the Creator. This time, the Creator – the Word–God – came as the Son of God and the Son of man; He laid down His Soul and shed His Blood for the salvation of man. Since, man who in faith partakes the Flesh and Blood of the Son of God {the Bread and the Chalice of the Salvation given by God Himself – Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:17–20} becomes the dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God, a new creation–child of God, the firstfruit brought forth by the Word of truth. This new creation enters immortality, because the Word–God lives in him and he is the dwelling of the Living God {Matthew 3:1–17; John 1:6–36; 4:13–14; 6:51–57; 10:17–18; 19:33–34; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3–5, 15–25; 1 John 3:1–2; 5:6–8, 11–12}.

Then, during the Last Supper, when Lord Jesus Christ washed the feet of His disciples, He tells them that the one having been bathed needs to wash only the feet, and His disciples are wholly clean. Then, the disciples of Lord God Jesus Christ are told that they are already purified by His words. As the conclusion of their direct contact with Lord God Jesus Christ, they receive the promise to be baptized by the Holy Spirit, when the Divine Fire is cast upon the earth according to the will of God {Luke 12:49; John 13:2–10; 15:3; Acts 1:1–9; 2:1–4}.

The referred above words and acts of Lord God Jesus Christ provide the mind with some hints concerning the main pattern of creative works of God within the world of man. For instance, it could be said {cf.: John 1:1–3, 12–13; 3:3, 5–6; 4:13–14; 6:51–58, 68; 10:17–18, 30; 19:33–34; James 1:18; 1 John 5:6–8} that

 

this something that first time is referred in Genesis as “water” {Genesis 1:2}

is the source of the matter,

from which the world of man (earth) and man (earth) within it

are created according to the will of God the Father

this world is structured–held–sustained by the Word–God

the life of man is in the Word–God

Who laid His soul and shed His Blood for the salvation of man,

so, man would become a new creation,

the firstfruit brought forth by the Word of truth

this new creation lives by the Spirit of God,

therefore, he is immortal.

 

God speaks of Himself as of the True Vine and of His creations as of the branches, which without Him are able of nothing {John 15:1–6}, yet who, if abide in Him, are able to do the works of God {John 14:11–12}:

 

the world of man is created for accomplishment of the will of God

and for manifestation of the power of God through the human thoughts, words, and deeds,

which are made according to the Word–God

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all deeds accomplished without God have one end: collapse and ruin.

 

And I think that Nicodemus the Pharisee came to God {John 19:39}, because God, in His mercy, gave him understanding of the meaning of things.

For an ordinary human being, it is not possible to explain the difference between the flesh and the Spirit to the one

– who does not have the Word–God within

– who lives by the values and meanings of this world, rejects everything that he cannot touch, see, hear, perceive through his feelings, senses, and observation

– who is not given the knowledge of God and, moreover, who does not admit existence of God

– who is nothing but flesh that exists to consume other living beings, accumulate as much material things as he can obtain by any means, including deprivation of the others, thievery, and deceit, to produce the offspring after own image and own likeness, and to return to the dust by which and for the sake of which he lived his entire life.

His own judgment is upon him, and nothing, except the mercy of God, would enable him to choose life.

The danger comes when the flesh, which does not have true knowledge of God, assumes that it lives by the Spirit of God, has the spiritual life, and therefore, is capable of doing the works of God. The history proves existence of the distinctive feature of such a flesh: belief in a possibility to influence the life of the human reasoning through coercion and physical force applied to a human body (for instance, when a human being is tortured with expectation to make him devoted believer or absolutely obedient slave). In particular, the pyres, on which the Inquisition*4* burned those who did not comply with the papal faith, illustrate the consequences of ignorance combined with the assumption of infallibility of the leader (prefect of the Inquisition).

So, what, in reality, the Christians can do for the others – those who reject God, who persecute and mock the people of God, and who ridicule the Christian faith? The only one way exists, and this way is given by Lord God Jesus Christ:

 

mercy

(not judgment, because only God is the Supreme Judge of all)

benevolence

help as much as the Christians are able to provide

becoming the model in creation of the good,

and therefore, providing an opportunity to re–think

their own way and manner of life and come to repentance.

 

Until the very last breath there always is hope that the Light Who lives within every God–loving soul–heart–mind would overwhelm the darkness of disbelief and death, and God the Spirit, the Divine Fire, will ignite the sparkle of life within the dissipating dust, so one more immortal child of God would come into being.

            In the feast of Epiphany, the Christians celebrate manifestation of the Holy Trinity revealed through baptism of Lord Jesus Christ. For many of us, this day becomes the day of spiritual renewal, when the water of repentance {1 John 3:3} washes away our sins, iniquities, ignorance, and unfaithfulness, so, God will help us to complete our earthly journey in purity and faith, according to His will…

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Notes:           

            *1* The Old Testament’s prophets foretold that God would pour out His Spirit into man {e.g., Proverbs 1:23; Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 36:27}. The teachers of Israel had to know the writings of the prophets by the heart, because they are the revelations of God: the Law and the prophets were given to prepare the chosen people for the meeting with God. So, Nicodemus the Pharisee should understand the words of God and recognize fulfillment of the prophecies.

 

            *2* Some of the Pharisees – the elders, teachers, and rulers of Israel rejected the will of God; they did not repent and did not come to be baptized; they were already servants of the evil. God refers to them as to “Serpents! Offspring of vipers!” {Matthew 3:7–12; 6:24; 23:1–35; Luke 7:29–30; 16:13–17; John 8:37–45}.

See also the following postings:

             a/ in the Folder Archive_2011:

The Earth without the Foundation, Page April_May

The Great Chasm, Page June_July

The Greatness of Man, Page August

The Last Warning, Page September_October,

            b/ The Orphic Doctrine, Folder Philosophy, Page Philosophy: the Beginning.

 

            *3* The Apostles of God were given the commandment to proclaim the Gospels; likewise, the current generation of the Christians should take any possibility to speak of the Gospels of the Lord God Jesus Christ, so, those who are destined to come to the Light would find the Way. The words of God, which are conveyed by the Holy Scriptures, must be proclaimed all over the world and fill the earth.

            To the contrary, the fruits of imagination of the philosophizing theologians and heresiarchs, who perverted the Christian teachings with heathen philosophy, should be rejected: they carry lethal poison of heresy, which deprives the human mind of reason similarly to the venom of viper, which deprives body of life (see: Imagination – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_2_2008; The Authority to Survive, Folder Archive_2011, Page June_July; Philosophy, Folder Archive_2011, Page January_March; Folders: Philosophy, Political Theology, and World and War).

 

            *4* Concerning the Inquisition, see The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology, Page_3.

 

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80. Sunday, January 15, 2012
The Transformation

 

…Was not our heart burning in us as He spoke to us in the way,

and as He opened up to us the Scriptures?.…

{Luke 24:32}

 

The last chapter of the Gospel According to Luke reveals the miracle of transformation, which awaits those who choose to come to God {Luke 24}.

On the third day after crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, Cleopas with another disciple of the Lord went to Emmaus, a village near Jerusalem. On their way, they discussed the events of the last days. Lord Jesus Christ came and walked with them, yet, their eyes were held not to recognize Him. The Lord asked them: what they are telling to each other with sad face? Answering, they told Him of their teacher Jesus the Nazarene: they acknowledge Him as prophet mighty in work and word before God; the chief–priests and rulers delivered Him to the judgment of death and crucified. Then, when some women came to the tomb where the Body of the Lord was laid to the rest, they did not find the Body; the angels told them that the Lord was resurrected. Yet, the Apostles and those with them did not believe the women.

And the Lord told them: O unreasonable and slow of heart to believe on all things, which the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things {Isaiah 50:6; 53:1–12; Hosea 6:1–3; Zacharias 9:1–11; 12:10} and to enter into His glory {John 3:14–18; 7:37–39; 17:1–5; Daniel 7:13–14; Isaiah 40:5; 42:1–8; 60:1–3}?

Then He explained them all the Scriptures about Himself, beginning from Moses. As they asked, He stayed with them for a while, even for a supper. When He took the loaf of bread, He blessed it, broke, and gave them. At this moment, their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, yet, He became invisible for them. And they told each other: Was not our heart burning in us as He spoke to us in the way, and as He opened up to us the Scriptures {Luke 24:1–32}?

When the disciples came back to Jerusalem, they told the others how they recognized the Lord in breaking of the bread. While they were speaking, Lord God Jesus Christ stood in the midst of them and said: Peace to you!

Again, they did not believe that they are seeing the Lord; they were terrified, because they thought they are seeing the spirit. Lord God Jesus Christ showed them His hands and feet (with the wounds from the crucifixion) and ate some food before them. Then, He opened up their mind to understand the Scriptures and told them that they are His witnesses; He commanded them to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in His name to all the nations starting with Jerusalem and to the end of the earth. He told them that He is sending the promise of His Father on them {the Holy Spirit – John 14:15–26; 16:7–15}, and they have to stay in Jerusalem until they are clothed with the power from the High. This promise of God was fulfilled when the disciples received the Holy Spirit coming upon them as the tongues of Fire appeared being distributed and sat on each of them {Luke 24:33–49; Acts 1:1–8; 2:1–4}.

The referred above text of the Gospel {Luke 24} tells of the transformation of the “unreasonable and slow of heart to believe on all things, which the prophets spoke” beings into the witnesses of God, through whom the Gospels of Christ would be proclaimed to all the nations until the end of the earth. Those who came through this transformation refer to it as the opening up the mind to understand the Scriptures and “the heart burning” {Luke 24:32}.

Indeed, when the Word–God enters the human heart–mind, all that is mortal – weak, sinful, submitted to the evil – is burned out, because nothing mortal (weak and evil) is able of withstanding the presence of God.

Since, this transformation is repeated each time when an unbeliever encounters the Word–God, Who creates His servants even from the stones {Matthew 3:1–12; Luke 3:7–8}, and becomes the Christian – the follower, servant, and then, child of God destined to dwell in the presence of God forever.

The first phase of transformation begins with creation of the ability to perceive and comprehend knowledge of God: the mind is opened up to understand the Scriptures. The transformation proceeds through acceptance of the knowledge as the adequate reflection/definition of the reality – the absolute truth: awakening of faith. Faith*1* is the channel for communication with God {cf.: John 12:44–45; 1 John 1:1–3}. Through faith, the human soul–heart–mind accepts the Word–God and becomes ready for accomplishment of the commandments of God. Acceptance of the Word–God is re–creation of a human being, because the mortal is prepared for the immortality: the dissipating matter is transformed into the new substance capable to perceive and to hold the power/energy, which is given by the Holy Spirit and which transforms a human being into the temple of the Living God {John 14:23}.

 

God opens up the mind to understanding the Scriptures

the human mind believes the words of God

and comprehends their meaning

(that is the process of acceptance of the Word–God by the heart–mind)

when the heart–mind accepts the Word–God, it undergoes transformation:

it becomes a new creation empowered to accept the Holy Spirit of God

the power of the Holy Spirit transforms a human being who accepted the Word–God

into a child of God,

into a new being who possesses the wisdom to comprehend and to accomplish the will of God.

 

The transformation of an unreasonable unbeliever into the being ready for the works of God {Luke 24} manifests the pattern of the creative works of God revealed through the words and deeds of Lord Jesus Christ:

 

creation of abilities to perceive and to comprehend knowledge

giving knowledge, which changes the very essence

and the meaning of  existence

and prepares for acceptance of the power/energy

giving of the power/energy, which re–creates the original being

into a new creation with different potency, abilities, and purposes –

the being that is intended to exist at other level(s) of complexity.

 

Then, the next phase of the transformation begins. St. Peter the Apostle envisions it as the growth of a child and establishment of the holy priesthood – the people of God, who build themselves on the living precious Stone chosen by God, on the precious Cornerstone of all works in God – Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God. The purpose of this phase is development of the ability to accomplish the commandments of God, so God will cleanse His children from sins and iniquities, and they will be complete in the perfect Love of God {1 Peter 1:13–25; 2:1–25; 1 John 2:1–17; 3:1–24; 4:7–21; 5:1–21; Ephesians 2:1–22}.

The consequent phase is compared to the trial by the fire. As St. Paul the Apostle writes, the works of each man will be tried by the fire, so, all that is not established on the Word–God, will be burned and ceased to exist {1 Corinthians 3:11–15}.

The summary and conclusion of the history of man is in the Book of Revelation written by St. John the Apostle: the Ultimate Judgment, which would separate the children of God from the enemies of God, and which will be followed with creation of the new world. In the new world, which has neither death nor suffering, the creations of God will dwell with God forever {Revelation 20:11–15; 21:1–27; 22:1–5}.

Each word of God is the guidance to His creations who must acquire the knowledge of the good and the evil, to choose the good, and to overcome the evil; they must win war with the evil and its world – the worst and most difficult of all wars ever waged by humans.

With each new act of creation–embodiment of the words of God into the material structures, which compose the world of men, the mind evolves: it becomes wise (from the practical point of view, to be wise means to be experienced and efficient in assimilation/comprehension of knowledge and in creation of new knowledge, which makes possible achievement of purposes within a particular reality), and then, ready for accomplishment of new, more significant, purposes.

With each new work accomplished in God, the mind moves closer to the final destination: the kingdom of God.

After exit from this world (death of a body) and the final Judgment, the winner {the one who had accomplished the will of God and overcame the world of the evil – 1 John 5:1–5, 11–12} inherits all and becomes the son of God. The key into the eternity is the Word–God: those, who carry the Name of God, will be in the presence of God forever. Those who failed and surrendered to the evil will enter the second death {John 11:25–26; 1 John 5:11–12; Revelation 20:11–15; 21:1–8; 22:1–5}. 

Theology – the knowledge of God – provides the foundation (the Truth), the framework (the Way), and the source of existence (the Life) of the human reason, because in God His creations live, and move, and are. Each word of God is the guidance, and Lord God Jesus Christ is the Light which illuminates the way of man who wishes to leave the darkness of the world of the evil and to enter into the eternal kingdom of God {John 1:1–5; 12:46; 14:6; Acts 17:28}.

Then, how the pattern of the creative works of God, which His followers must do according to the words of God {John 14:12}, can be embodied into the works of His creation – the human mind? What does it mean: creation of the good?

As it could be inferred from the Holy Scriptures {e.g., Matthew 5:42–48; Luke 6:6–11, 17–49; 10:25–37; 12:33–34; 14:12–13; John 13:34; 15:12–13; 1 John 3:11–18; Ephesians 2:10; 4:17–32; 5:1–33; 6:1–18}, in the world of men, the good is everything that eliminates insufficiency of any kind (starting with hunger and ignorance), suffering, diseases, wars, unrest. The good is created by all acts of charity and love, with which man fulfills the commandments of God, imitates God the Father and Creator, and which might be seen as the process of building the household of God {cf.: 1 Peter 2:1–25; 2 Peter 1:1–11; Ephesians 2:19–22}.

If to think in the terms of the general systems theory, the referred above transformation could provide insight for understanding how evolving systems (e.g., the systems that should sustain live of the human world, therefore, prevent or eliminate insufficiency) might be created.

The essence of the referred above transformation could be seen as transformation of dissipating temporal (mortal) matter into the new substance, onto which the core – the Word–God – the universal Code of evolving systems is embedded {cf.: John 14:23; James 1:18, 21; 1 John 5:10–12; Revelation 22:4; The Song 8:6; Psalm 118(119):11}.  As a result, a new – evolving – system comes into being: God has created a new good – a new being entitled to the eternal life.

And I think that analysis of the referred above transformation {Luke 24} suggests at least three inferences concerning the work of the human mind that creates the good.

The first inference: the essence of creation of the good is creation of evolving systems capable of increasing the level of complexity*2*. In practice, such increase of the level of complexity could manifest itself, for instance, as the increase of overall goodness, well–being, and prosperity of a person, family, society, state, and the world.

The process of growth–evolution (development of the maximal potency) of the new system (e.g., the mind of man) is accomplished through embodiment of the words–commandments–Law of God into thoughts, words, and actions. When the words of God become the foundation, the framework, the very fabric–structure–substance of the mind, they not only increase the mind’s overall potency; by opening up the infinity of creative potential, they set it free from the limitations of the material world, therefore, establish the settings in which a human being can be empowered to obtain immortality {through the Word–God and by the Holy SpiritJohn 8:31–32, 34–36; 12:26, 44–46; 14:4, 6–7, 10–12, 15–21, 23–28; Ephesians 2:14–22}.

The second inference: transformation into/creation of an evolving system unfolds as the increase of the potency to accomplish new purposes – all that is summarized with the term complexity; such increase is triggered or initiated by new knowledge.

Transformation into the evolving system is completed with infuse of the knowledge–energy–power and establishment of the abilities to hold and to employ this power according to its nature and for achievement of the purposes acknowledged by the mind {cf.: Mark 16:15–18; Luke 24:45–49; John 14:10–27; 20:21–23; Acts 1:4–8; 2:1–4; 5:1–16; 9:10–18; Ephesians 3:9–21}. Acceptance of the energy–power becomes possible through inner re–structuring of the system’s core (the knowledge–assimilating–cognizing–creating center/subsystem). As the first result, such re–structuring creates the abilities of assimilation of the additional knowledge and its optimal applications.

Hence, the features, which distinguish the evolving systems from, for instance, collapsing systems, include

 

a/ abilities of acceptance of new knowledge

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b/ abilities of embodiment of the new knowledge

into creation and re–structuring of other systems

c/ consequent readiness for new purposes and performance of works

at the higher levels of complexity.

 

The third inference: the practical meaning of evolution of the human mind is development of an ability to create evolving systems – the systems, which are capable of increasing the level of complexity and which, therefore, have the potential to reduce/eradicate insufficiency.

 

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*1* Concerning faith, see Introduction to Christianity (Part 3), Folder Foundation, Page_4.

 

*2* Concerning complexity and evolving systems, see Introduction to the Systems, Folder Systems, page_1.

 

 

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81. Sunday, January 22, 2012
The Most Needed Things: Mercy

 

…be, then, merciful, even as your Father also is merciful.…

{Luke 6:36}

 

The Future of a Christian – the one who believes in Lord God Jesus Christ, who fulfills the commandments of God, and who accomplishes the will of God – is immortality in the Kingdom of God {John 14:23; 1 John 5:11–12; Revelation 21:3–4; 22:3–5}.

Then, how to become a Christian and to enter into the Kingdom of God?

To become a Christian, the one does not need money, connections, wealth, calculating mind, deceit, titles, diplomas, membership in political and power–holding establishments, and other means by which people make their ways in the world.

To become a Christian, the one needs simple things, yet, they are the most needed and most significant things, because through them a mortal human being becomes the immortal child of God.

Among first of these things are the following (A, B, C).

 

A/ Understanding that this life is not the end of existence.

 

Death of a body is just a threshold, which a human being (as the unity of energy/spirit–information/mind–matter/body/flesh*1*) has to overstep leaving behind the outfit of dust. From a particular point of view, death could be seen as the end of the dusty road when, before entering the home, the traveler discards worn out and dirty garments.

 

B/ Desire to come to the Source of the immortality – to God

Who is the only One having the absolute authority over man

in this world, as well as through the eternity, in His Kingdom.

 

If the one travelling in desert becomes thirsty, he must find the spring of water; otherwise, he will not quench his thirst. Similarly, if the one seeks God, he has to find the road to Him for receiving the baptism into new life {John 3:5–7}.

However, if traveling in desert might or might not lead to the water–spring, the one, who seeks God with all heart and mind, inevitably finds Him {Matthew 7:7–11; 21:22; Mark 11:24; Proverbs 2:3–6; Hosea 6:4}. In fact, he discovers Him within own heart–mind, because God always is with the one who seeks His presence and who is ready to accomplish His will.

The road to God starts when the one, who wants to find God, opens the Holy Bible – the Book of life that conveys the words of God.

 

C/ Desire to learn the commandments/will of God and to obtain knowledge how to fulfill them.

 

The first lesson, which the Book of life conveys to the reader, is necessity of mercy {Hosea 6:7; Matthew 9:13; 12:7}.

Mercy is a first stone in the foundation on which a human child of God is established, and not only because, as St. James the Apostle writes, mercy triumphs over judgment {James 2:13}. Mercy is the attribute of God, and Lord God Jesus Christ commanded to imitate mercy of God {Luke 6:36; Ephesians 2:4; 2 Corinthians 1:3}.

When Lord God Jesus Christ tells His followers to imitate God, He does not mention omnipotence, power of creation, wisdom; He speaks of mercy, perfection, and love; He instructs to imitate God, and explains how to do that {Matthew 5:38–48; 9:11–13; 12:7; 19:16–21; Luke 6:30–38; 18:18–22; John 13:34–35; 15:9–13, 17; 17:21–26}.

The Christians imitate God

 

a/ by being merciful as God the Father is merciful

{Luke 6:36}

b/ by loving the brothers as God loves His creations

{John 13:34; 1 John 4:16–21}

c/ by being perfect as God the Father is perfect

{Mathew 5:43–48}.

 

The road to perfection never ends while a human being is in this world. True love to the others, not hypocrisy, becomes the reality only after greed, envy, hatred, love to judgment, lust for the power and superiority over the others, and similar features of self–aggrandizement, pride, and conceit are gone: it is very hard work to clean own heart–mind, so, love might enter into and become the only master of the house.

The one can become merciful instantly – often, the most pressing needs of the others could be inferred with one sight.

In general, mercy might be seen as the practical guidance that opens understanding of love in Christ, which unifies all followers of Lord God Jesus Christ with God and leads them into the Kingdom of God {John 13:13–17, 34–35; 17:20–26; 1 John 2:2–6; 3:16–18; 4:9–21; 5:1–4}.

So, what are the acts of mercy in the daily life?

Again, Lord Jesus Christ with His Own deeds explained the ultimate meaning of mercy, especially, when He asked God the Father to forgive those who crucified Him, because they do not know what they are doing {Luke 23:33–34}, and the Gospels provide the guidance for those who live now {Matthew 5:7, 16, 22, 38–48; 6:1–4; 7:12; 9:10–13; 18:21–35; 25:31–46; Mark 11:25–26; Luke 6:30–38; 10:25–37; 12:33; 14:12–14; John 13:34–35; 15:9–13, 17}.

The image of crucified man does not suggest possession of any power, yet, Lord Jesus Christ is the Almighty Word–God, the Creator and the Holder of the absolute power that creates life and annihilates evil. His prayer in His last hours at the earth {Luke 23:33–34} reveals existence of other power that is beyond comprehension of those who live by the values of the material world {cf.: Matthew 26:47–54; 27:39–43; Mark 15:25–32; Luke 23:32–37}. Then, if He implored God the Father to forgive His executioners, what His followers are expected to do in the daily life but to be merciful to all?

To be merciful does not mean to be ignorant and weak: those capable of mercy are able of seeing the essence of things, of discerning human weakness behind loud words, high titles, wealth, and access to the power of coercion; moreover, they can recognize manifestation of the Law of God {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 28:15–68; 29:18–28; Isaiah 1:2–31; 2:6–22; 3:1–11; 5:7–9, 18–30; 9:13–21; 24:3–6; 29:13–15; 30:9–14; 34:1–14; 64:1–7; 65:2–7, 11–17; Mark 13:1–8; Luke 23:27–31} that is destroying the evil along with those who made themselves servants of the evil and, as a result, are destined to perish with their master.

So, could the one, who knows the end, be unmerciful to those who already are in pain and in suffering or to those who are rushing to their ultimate ruin? Christianity and mercy are inseparable. If the one is able of becoming unmerciful, he is not able to be a Christian.

Hence, mercy makes the mind not only free of petty grievances; it gives the superiority of wisdom and lifts the merciful one up, above the world of the evil, because the merciful mind knowingly oversteps the false and limitations by which the others live, and comes to understanding of the essence of things, of the world, and own nature – the Law of God, the Law of the Perfect Love {cf.: John 13:34; 1 John 3:10–18; 4:4–21}.

For example, the deeds of Lord Jesus Christ (e.g., healing the sick, multiplying of food, resurrection of the dead, teaching of the ignorant) reveal not only the works of God Who came to save His creations; they reveal how the Divine Love sustains life:

 

mercy begins with identification of need/insufficiency

of the others

The Divine Love annihilates insufficiency and gives whatever is needed

(e.g., energy and power to move for the disabled, vision for the blind,

food for the hungry, healing for the sick, knowledge for the ignorant)

and as much as those in need are able to accept

those who were insufficient (e.g., sick, hungry, ignorant), along with satisfaction of their needs,

receive the possibility to continue existence at another level of complexity

(e.g., those who were ignorant have knowledge, those who were blind can see,

those who were disabled can walk, those who were hungry have power

to continue their life, face their challenges, and accomplish their purposes).

 

Therefore, it might be assumed that

1/ at the practical level of daily existence, the essence of mercy is the power to identify problems of the others and either to assist in finding or to provide means and reserves for the decision

2/ mercy is ability to overstep the values and limitations of the world of the matter, therefore, mercy is victory over the world of the evil {John 16:33; 18:36; 1 John 5:3–5}

3/ acts of mercy prepare the merciful one for accomplishment of the works in God {John 14:12} and lead to perfection, which God commanded to obtain {Matthew 5:38–48}.

Then, what is the true and complete meaning of mercy?

Apparently, it might be inferred that mercy is sharing of material goods for the sake of replenishment of any insufficiency and satisfaction of needs of those who have lesser quantity of the material things or none at all.

For instance, giving food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, job to the unemployed, respect to the destitute and afflicted ones, healing to the sick, knowledge to the ignorant, visitation to the forgotten, and forgiveness to those who cannot be forgiven or cannot forgive themselves.

For the merciful ones (those who give food, shelter, clothing, money, other things), the essence of the act of mercy is transfer of the material things to the others who receive material things and with them satisfy the needs of the matter (body/flesh).

Ultimately, transfer of things makes those who give poorer and those who accept wealthier.

Therefore, in the highest degree of mercy, in its ultimate accomplishment {for instance, if to literally execute the words of God: to sell own possessions and to give aims to the poor – Luke 12:33–34; 18:22}, the burden of material insufficiency and physical needs shifts from the shoulders of the poor to the shoulders of the rich. 

If so, how the one, by giving material things within the world of the matter, can imitate God Who is the Spirit?

To be merciful to the other (the neighbor) means to understand suffering and need of the other (the neighbor) and to be willing to deprive himself of some goods and conveniences for the sake of improvement of conditions of life and alleviating difficulties of the other (the neighbor).

If the one is able to deprive himself of something because it could help the other (the neighbor), it means that he considers needs and difficulties of the other (the neighbor) as own needs and difficulties, and it means that the merciful one loves the other (the neighbor) as he loves himself. The ability of the merciful one to put needs and difficulties of the other higher than the very own proves that the usual values of the world of the matter lost their power over the merciful one: the merciful one is the conqueror of the world of insufficiency and evil of which Lord God Jesus Christ spoke and His beloved disciple wrote {John 14:30; 16:33; 1 John 5:1–5}.

Still, mercy is much more than the ability to act under the guidance of the highest power – the power of Love that overcame the world {John 16:33}. The merciful one imitates God, and imitation of God is knowledge of God: it is not possible to imitate the unknown {1 John 2:3–6; 5:1–3}.

In general, it might be inferred that when mercy is deliberate accomplishment of the commandment of God and manifestation of genuine love to the other {not the act intended to bring good repute, political or other advantages – cf. in: Matthew 6:1–4}

 

a/ mercy is fulfillment of the second greatest commandment of God –

love your neighbor as you love yourself

{Matthew 22:36–40; Luke 10:25–37}

 

b/ mercy confirms love to God,

because love to God is fulfillment of His commandments

{John 14:15; 15:10; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 6}

 

c/ if mercy is manifestation of love, it confirms presence of God in the merciful one

{1 John 4:16}.

 

Mercy as any action has two sides and two sets of consequences: one for those who receive mercy and another for those who committed act of mercy.

What mercy gives the merciful one who lost some of the material values?

Each act of mercy committed in the spirit of love not only opens entry into the Kingdom of God after physical death {Matthew 6:19–21; Luke 12:33–34; 18:18–27}, it brings its instant reword – cognition of God.

For the human mind, cognition of God is cognition of the Absolute Good and Perfect Love, and more: in the presence of God, nothing evil, sick, insufficient, disintegrating/mortal exists, firstly, because the power of Love immediately replenishes any insufficiency, heals any sickness, and annihilates the evil transforming everything into the good, perfect, and eternal.

And I think that the significant aspect of being merciful is that, with mercy to the others, the special power comes: although the merciful ones might not control the armies, they have the moral strength and the spiritual authority (firstly, over themselves) lifting them up, at the level unreachable by those who have no mercy. 

Could it be the reason why for the proud ones, who hold the power of coercion over human bodies and consider vengeance as the main law, the manifest or hidden hatred to Christianity and humble Christians is the foundation of decision–making?...

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*1* Concept of man to be posted in Folder Systems.

 

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82. Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Emptiness

 

…our prophets became wind, and the word of God was not in them.…

{Jeremiah 5:13}

 

It was before the Babylonian captivity: the chosen people dealt treacherously against God; they lied to God and swore falsely. They worshiped idols of the Sidonians–Phoenicians and other surrounding nations and assumed the rites of heathen perversion and sacrifice: they defiled the Promised Land, and made the Lord’s heritage an abomination. Their prophets divined by the idols, and those who are held by the Law knew no God. There was none to do justice and seek faithfulness; the way of the Law became unknown, and the covenant with God was broken. The people did not expect retribution for neglecting the covenant and wickedness, and they did not believe that famine, war, and other disasters – the inseparable companions of those who pervert the nature by violating the Law of God – would come over them {3 Kings; 4 Kings; Jeremiah 2:1–19; 5:1–12; and further}.

Then, God sent His prophet to His people: Jeremiah revealed the true essence of people’s deeds – evil; he brought the warning of the coming disasters. Jeremiah also explained that the people still have a chance of salvation: they need to realize that they committed evil, to repent, to cleanse their heart from wickedness, to return to God, and to restore righteousness {Jeremiah 1:1–17; 2:1–37; 3:1–25; 4:1–31; 5:1–31, and further}.

The people discarded the messages of Jeremiah, yet, they believed the false prophets who pleased them with the promises of prosperity, victory over the enemies, and with other lies, which the people wanted to hear*1*. Consequently, they were left to taste the consequences of the violations of the Law, of which Moses warned at the very beginning {Deuteronomy 11:16–17; 28:15–68}.

In due time, the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem, pillaged the Temple of God, led the people out of the Promised Land, and made eunuchs for Babylonian king’s household from sons of Israel’s king and princes {as Isaiah the prophet predicted – Isaiah 39:1–8}.

Jeremiah and other prophets sent by God conveyed many messages and pointed out many warning signs, yet, nothing worked. The ancient kingdom of men who did not keep their covenant with God and became apostates and idol–worshipers, collapsed in 587 BC (Babylonian captivity); Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed. The Temple was restored 70 years later, in 517 BC; however, the plague of idol–worship, false prophets, priests ignorant in the Law, and corrupted kings became the parts of daily reality of the chosen nation. Eventually, the ancient kingdom ceased existence in AD 135, when Judea was renamed into Syria Palestine and the Jews were barred from Jerusalem and dispersed across the Roman Empire*2*.

In the beginning of the long list of forthcoming disasters that the people brought on themselves by worshiping idols, perversion, and committing violations of the Law, Jeremiah the prophet mentions that the prophets “became wind, and the Word of God was not in them.” Also, Jeremiah {Jeremiah 5:13, 31} refers to “shocking and horrible deeds upon the land”: the prophets prophesy injustice, the priests clap their hands (as the sign of approval), the people love all this, and what could be done amidst of all this?

Obviously, the Prophet identifies the beginning of collapse of the ancient state through appearance of the false prophets who do not speak the words of God, the people’s inability to perceive the messages of God, the people’s attachment to the comforting lies, and the issuing inability to avoid approaching ruin.

If to read the historical researches and analyses, the one might conclude: the reasons of ruin of vanished establishments of men are different, because of different time–space–complexity parameters. Among these parameters, the authors mention

 

philosophies, religions, ideologies

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personalities and other traits of kings, leaders, rulers

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environment, enemies, reserves, and arrangements  of countries,

nations, government, social, and other live–sustaining systems

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degree of scientific progress, power of weapons, systems of defense

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other ingredients with which the people arrange the establishments

that, as they expect, are to secure survival and prosperity.

 

Indeed, many systems – states, nations, businesses, and the others – suffered similar end (collapse and ruin) in different historical and other conditions. Nevertheless, all their problems had the same root and the similar signs foretold their ultimate failure. This root is the people’s inability to handle the truth and comprehend the actuality. The knowledge of truth includes knowledge of good and understanding how to avoid evil.

For instance, those who know truth know own nature, therefore, they comprehend the nature of things that could benefit, harm, or otherwise influence their survival and accomplishment of their purposes. If the people become unable of discerning the good and the evil, firstly, they become unable to comprehend consequences of own actions (for example, they wage wars, which they are not able to win). Inability of discerning the good and the evil brings such immediate consequences as

1/ inadequate evaluation of own potency, potentials, and conditions

2/ inadequate evaluation of the environment: potency, potentials, threats, conditions

3/ inadequate foresight of the outcome of own actions

4/ an inability to develop a successful strategy of survival.

Then, the ultimate ruin follows.

Collapse (one that is already in progress or the one starting in the near Future) of some contemporary systems might also reveal the similar pattern and similar symptoms–signs, which indicate the latent processes of destruction.

In general, the common symptoms of failure include misconceptions (of the essence of life, own nature*3*, the nature of the world that accommodates existence of men) and issuing inabilities of survival originated by the inadequate reasoning, inadequate estimate, and inadequate protection against the current and future threats. The mind of contemporary prophets (e.g., scientific and research institutions, think tanks, councils of the advisors who think in the terms of the material world in compliance with Aristotle’s logic of simplification*4*) exists within the restricted limited world of the perceivable yet dissipating matter. Because of the very nature of the matter, such a mind cannot admit existence of God Who is the Almighty and Omnipotent Spirit. Yet, if the mind reject God the Creator, how, then, it could ever understand the world created by God, the meaning of the good and the evil, and in particular, the mind of other men – the good as well as the bad ones?

For the researchers who conduct their studies within the framework founded on the Christian theology, the truth is the Word–God. Only through the Word–God, the human mind is able to ascend to the perfect love of God, to cognition of the Absolute Good {cf.: John 1:1–18; 14:6–12; 1 John 4:7–18}.

Cognition of the Absolute Good is cognition of life and of the nature of things created by God. The mind that knows the Absolute Good

a/ knows the truth

b/ obtains the ability to adequately perceive and evaluate the actuality (for instance, the nature, purposes, potency, and actions of the surrounding systems now, in the Present, and then, in the Future)

c/ obtains the power of reasoning sufficient for survival, prosperity, and achievement of the main purpose for the sake of which the mind exists: accomplishment of the will/Law of God {cf.: John 8:28–29, 31–36; 14:6, 10–12; 15:1–26; Colossians 2:2–15}.

Although the mind deprived of knowledge of the good might be proficient in all philosophical, religious, political, technical,  and other sciences, ultimately, it produces the evil fruits, because it is capable of spreading false knowledge, increasing evil and suffering, and thus, accelerating destruction {e.g., Isaiah 59:1–15; 2 Peter 2:1–19; Jude 4–19}.

The history leads to the inference that, when there is no knowledge of truth, collapse is inevitable. Two interconnected things are always present and unmistakably identify the inevitable collapse: the false prophets and those who believe them – the ignorant easily manipulated population, which lost perception of truth and became incapable of discerning the good and the evil.

Both things can be possible only for the people in whose soul–heart–mind there is no God; these things are the consequences of rejection of God and violation of His Law.

Collapse is inevitable because of absence of the Word–God:

the prophets become wind – there is no word of God in them; they prophesy lies

and lead those who believe them into the pit of destruction

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people are incapable of perception of truth:

they lost an ability of discerning the good and the evil,

they cannot withstand truth,

they harbor false believes,

they prefer comforting lies of the false prophets to the knowledge of truth,

especially if the truth demands change of the ways and manners of existence

the consequences are collapse and ruin.

 

World without the Word–God is the set of collapsing structures and dissipating dissolving matter; it is the world of evil, perversion, corruption, and death. Such a world is doomed to the destruction because the people have chosen the evil instead of the good, became the servants of the evil who will share the destiny of their master, and Word–God left the world {John 8:42–47; 14:30; 16:28; 17:11–14; Revelation 20:10–15; 21:8}.

However, godless societies also want to live, and especially, to live in prosperity. Therefore, after rejecting God and His Law, they attempt to substitute own laws and rules of organization for the Word–God. They fill their emptiness by images, phantoms and shadows of the Past in vain expectations to define the Future. They feed the mind with figments of imagination capable only of deceiving. They put their trust in doctrines, rules, procedures, which in their essence, are similar to magic rituals and rites of sacrifice to the false gods practiced by the ancient heathens.

For instance, it is not by chance that all continents and all parts of the world have their share of mighty empires, totalitarian regimes, ideologies, and slavery. Since Aristotelian Polis, survival is seen as structurization: the society/state/nation/empire/etc/system has to be structured–divided on strata – groups, classes, units, sets, and so on. All strata of the society–state–nation–empire/system are expected to serve strictly defined purposes, perform strictly defined functions, produce strictly defined output, have strictly determined share of social and other justice, privileges, responsibilities, distrust each other, betray each other, and so on. Official statecraft demands arrangement of hierarchical managing systems fixed on the highest authority (which usually is deified through false religions, myth, cults, philosophical doctrines, ideologies, scientifically looking assertions, etc.) and monitoring the life–maintaining functions of the societies, especially, education, finance, manufacturing, science, health, reproduction.

Yet, the essence of structurization in godless establishments is simple: limitation of the parts for the sake of survival of the highest authority, which identifies its interests as the interests of the entire establishment. Whatever structures the people without God build, they arrange empty cages fitting only for imprisonment of the slaves and the empty houses on the sand collapsing under the ocean waves.

 

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*1* See also postings:

Divination, Folder Archive 2008–2010, Page September_2010

The Statecraft, Folder Archive_2011, Page June–July_2011

The Search of the One, Folder Archive_2011, Page September–October_2011

The Ignorant and Cursed, Folder Archive_2011, Page November–December_2011

 

*2*  See The Rejected Knowledge, Folder Archive_2011, Page April–May_2011.

 

*3*  The essence of human nature is the image and likeness of God. The essence of life is divine energy that comes from God:

–– to become the living soul, a body of man has to receive the breath of God

 –– to become immortal, the human being must be transformed into the child of God born of God {Genesis 1:27; 2:7; John 1:12–13; 3:3–6}.

The nature of the world is defined by interactions of the matter created by transformations of the divine energy. Transformations of the energy are accomplished according to the universal Code – Λογος, the Word–God; they manifest themselves

a/ through creation, arrangement, structurization of the matter into purposeful systems (bodies)

b/ interactions of the systems.

The Law of God determines behavior and interactions of men consistent with the divine nature of man; those who violate the Law, pervert own nature and become incapable of receiving the divine energy of God. Although they apparently continue to live (breathe, consume, propagate), their essence – the energy form that the ancient theologians named soul – loses potency of life. Such a soul becomes unable to perceive the divine energy that gives life: it has neither Word–God nor the Holy Spirit within. According to God’s definition, man without the Word–God becomes the “withered branch” incapable to function according to the will of God {John 15:1–6}.

 

*4* Concerning heathen philosophy and works of Aristotle, see Folder Philosophy, Pages 1 and 3.

 

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