Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

March_2012

The Remission of Sin

The Future

The Different Vision

The Survival

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87. Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Remission of Sin

…though your sins be as purple, I will make them white as snow;

and though they be as scarlet, I will make them white as wool.…

{Isaiah 1:18}

 

The Book of Isaiah begins with description of the people who became loathsome to God – a people full of sin, lawless rebels. They do not know God: they rebelled against Him and disregarded His law. Their hands are full of blood; they are murderers, thieves, rebels, and transgressors; there is no soundness in them. Their princes are rebellious, companions of thieves, loving bribes, seeking after rewards, and not doing justice. Their silver is worthless; their merchants are deceitful; their cities are burned with the fire, and their land became desolate – the strangers devour it at their presence. Their main city once full of judgment became a harlot; they shall become powerless, and their destiny is ruin and annihilation {Isaiah 1:2–31}.

In another chapter, Isaiah elaborates his vision of the sinful men and their world {Isaiah 59:2–15}; his descriptions allow comprehension of the meaning of sin, its manifestations, and its consequences*1*.

The summary of the referred above texts is straightforward – sick men within the sick world awaiting annihilation:

 

the people are degenerates

incapable of normal and creative life

and

unable to protect themselves and their land

their world is poisoned with the evil;

their works are as spider webs unfit to be the garment;

misery and ruin are completion of their ways

 corruption (harlotry) took place of righteousness and justice;

they have nor truth nor judgment nor understanding nor enlightenment

their economics (“silver”) lost values and, therefore, became useless

their land is devastated; they do not have peace,

their endeavors are unrighteous and unsuccessful

the strangers (forerunners of the conquerors)

already devour their land at their presence

the imminent destruction (war, slavery, death) is coming.

 

All disasters begin with rebellion against God:

 

separation from God is the root of all evils and suffering of men

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separation from God is the deadly sin,

which results in spiritual and physical suffering and death.

 

Three things are mentioned in the beginning of the Book of Isaiah:

a/ the guidance for those who still could turn to God: the people should stop doing injustice and evil; if they want to live, they must purify themselves from their iniquities and learn to create the good; they should do justice, deliver those who suffer unjustly, and protect helpless {Isaiah 1:16–17}

b/  the consequences of the choice: those who hearken to God and stop to sin will have the good of the land; those who are not willing to stop doing evil and who do not hearken to God will be devoured by the sword {Isaiah 1:19–20}

c/ the promise of God to those who would stop doing the evil and begin to create the good: remission of sins –

 

though your sins be as purple, God will make them white as snow;

though they be as scarlet, God will make them white as wool

{Isaiah 1: 18}.

 

Remission of sin brings back soundness, mental health, and either heals physical disease or facilitates completion of the earthly existence by reconciling man with the will of God.

The Christians implore God to forgive their sins and transgressions, because remission of sin restores an ability to perceive the presence of God, therefore, annihilates the evil nested within the heart–mind and releases the mind from the inferno of unclean conscience.   

How the one could receive remission of sin? What could make a person to comprehend the evil created and sins committed, and to realize the reason of the issuing plagues, which are coming or already are at the door?

Men are born into the world with the only purpose: to find the road to God. Different times and different countries, customs, laws, resources, societies, religions, hierarchies, and so on – everything is different for each newcomer. Even the members of one family and sons of the same mother differ from each other by their perception of the world, inclinations, and outlook.  Yet, in spite of diversity and myriad of differences, all have the same inner guide and the same inner judge that evaluates every thought, word, and action. This judge is conscience: the feeling, the sense of right and wrong.

It is not possible to see and touch feelings: they are immaterial and invisible.

Nevertheless, the immaterial and invisible feeling has the power even over those who proclaim themselves completed materialists and atheists, who believe only in things that they can perceive and evaluate with their physical parameters. The invisible feelings can turn apparently prosperous and happy life, which is full of material possessions and luxury, into the inferno.  

What then, is feeling?

Concerning conscience, it might be assumed that its essence is pursuit of good and avoidance of evil accomplished through the unity of coherent correlated interactions among the following elements on which the faculty of deliberation operates:

 

the knowledge of the good and the evil

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the ability to recognize the good and the evil within each thought, action, event

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the ability to apply this knowledge for evaluation of own thoughts, words, and deeds

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the ability to change self–perception and self–evaluation according to committed deeds

(e.g., the expression “the pangs of conscience” defines the inner discomfort

issuing from understanding of inadmissibility of own actions,

their incompatibility with the purposes of existence,

or their negative evaluation by the others)

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the ability to change mental and physical states according to changes of self–evaluation

(e.g., development of mental disorders, addictions, diseases, suicide)

 

Conscience focuses the reason of man on the truth, therefore, on the main purposes for the sake of which a human being was created: accomplishment of the will of God – creation of the good. Right (clean, peaceful) conscience confirms that the mind still is a being created in the image and likeness of God. Sometimes, conscience is identified with the heart that knows the truth – the knowledge with which man evaluates his thoughts, words, and actions. For instance, St. John the Apostle’s words {1 John 3:19–21} lead to the inference that the heart’s judgment diagnoses the action’s compliance with the truth.

In other terms, it might be said that

1/ conscience is the controlling system that

a/ monitors evolution of the mind (development of the ability to create the good) and identifies the failure, which could start the processes of collapse

b/ either confirms compliance with the Law of God or identifies violation of the Law of God

c/ either rewards the mind with peace (the state identified as happiness) or devoid the mind of peace, and therefore, signalizes necessity of correction

2/ conscience is the security system that

a/ debilitates the evil mind and makes it unable of achieving the purposes

b/ intervenes with the mind’s ability of survival

b/ triggers self–annihilation of the mind, which became incapable of creation of the good, inclined to evil, chose the works of the evil and, therefore, developed into the threat to well–being of other creations of God.

It is not possible to rebel against own conscience and to force it to change its conviction. The only way to remove conscience from own life is to silence it: to make it irrelevant by renouncing God, therefore, by transforming the inner self into the living dead – a material being living only by the matter and for the sake of the matter. Then, such lawless deeds as murder, deceit, injustice become the daily routine, and men turn themselves into the beasts incapable of three main interconnected virtues that define the human nature:

 

a/ comprehension of the words of God

↓   ↑

b/ righteousness

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c/ possession with wisdom, which secures survival of man

and his establishments.

 

Without these three components, man is worthless predator who is capable only of devouring other living beings: he is an embodiment of arch–evil/death and all his actions result in destruction and death; he has no value even for those who control him and, with the power of coercion, force him to act according to their interests.

For instance, righteousness includes such values as loyalty, dignity, benevolence, mercy, and the others, which make human societies and other establishments operational, focused on the good of men, and capable of survival and prosperity. Even the criminal organizations demand loyalty of their members to their leaders; otherwise, the organizations instantly cease existence.

Such a phenomenon explains the most widely used practice of corruption: re–programming the conscience, so the good is turned into the evil and the arch–evil is accepted as the highest good. The history provides plenty of examples (e.g., totalitarian states, oppressive regimes, religious hierarchies, political parties, criminal organizations) how such re–programming is accomplished and what are the results*2*.

The Gospel conveys definition of sinners: they are the offspring of the arch–evil that has no truth and that was murderer of man from the beginning {John 8:43–44}.

As St. John the Apostle writes, the offspring of the arch–evil can be recognized by the deeds; for instance, lawlessness, sins, untruth, and hatred, which the Apostle equates with murder {1 John 3:8–15}.

How then, remission of sins and return to life could be possible, if the prophet {Isaiah 59:1–2} writes that God does not hear the sinners, because the evil deeds–sins separate man from God and devoid man of the presence of God?

Indeed, if the evil is not able to survive in the presence of God, the only way for a sinner to continue his temporal and short physical existence within the world of death is to flee from God. Does not, then, the destiny of a sinner look like entrapment in the Inferno from which there is no escape and in which there is no hope?

What then, is the meaning of remission of sin?

When Lord God Jesus Christ tells that the strong ones have no need of a physician, but those who have illness, He likens the sinners to the sick ones. Forgiveness of sins precedes His healing of the paralytic; He directs the Pharisees to learn what does it mean – the desire of mercy, and He explains that He did not come to call the righteous ones to repentance, but the sinners {Matthew 9:2–13; Mark 2:9–17}.

Consequently, the one could infer that the way to remission of sin begins with comprehension of own illness: sin is the disease, which if unhealed, leads to death. The conscience of a sinner is sick (malfunctioning), and this sickness (if unhealed) eventually transforms a human being into a suffering and sick beast destined to perish along with his master – the arch–evil.

The healing from sin begins if the one comprehends the essence and consequences of his actions, wishes no more evil, and discontinues doing the works of the evil.

If man stops wrong–doing, his prayer comes to God, and the sinner obtains the hope of salvation, because mercy of God does not have limits: everything is in His power, even forgiveness of the deeds, which a human being cannot forgive {for instance, the prayer of Lord Jesus Christ to forgive the executioners who crucified Him and God’s promise given to the crucified criminal – Luke 23:33–43}.

Therefore, the next step after comprehension of own sinfulness is seeking the mercy of God and asking for healing of soul and body.

For the Christians, only Lord God Jesus Christ is the Physician and the Healer and the Redeemer:

 

by Lord God Jesus Christ – the Word–God

{John 1:1–3, 14, 18; 3:16–18}

through faith in Him

{John 6:47; 11:25–26}

with His Body and Blood

given in the Chalice of Salvation

{Matthew 26:26–28; Luke 22:17–20; John 6:48–57}

through love to Him confirmed with accomplishment of His words,

the limitless All–forgiving and Almighty Love – our God the Father and the Creator – comes

and the Holy Spirit re–creates

the dying human beast into the human child of God destined for the eternity with God

{John 1:12–13; 3:3–7; 7:37–39; 14:23; 1 John 4:7–19; 5:6–12}.

 

The road to the remission of sin begins with the thought about God and with hope of His mercy…

 

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Notes:

*1* See also Separation, Folder Archive_2011, Page January–March_2011

 

*2* For instance, one of such results is transformation of the Christian Church of Rome into the hierarchical establishment in which

– the words of man are accepted as the words of God

– laws of men took the place of the Law of God

– the man assumed the right to change the meaning of vice and the meaning of virtue for his subjects

– man claims the right of infallibility and demands unreserved obedience, because he inserts himself between God and His creations with the pretenses to be the earthly substitute of God having “share of dignity of God” and standing at the place of God. He instructs his subjects: “without the pope, spiritual life of the Christians leads to the “deplorable ruin,” and the eternal salvation cannot be found [Mystici Corporis Christi. Encyclical of pope Pius XII On the Mystical Body of Christ. 1943. http:// www. vatican. va/ holy_father/pius_xii/ encyclicals/documents/hf_p–xii_enc_29061943_ mystici–corporis–christi_ en. html; §65, 87]

– the mortal man, who pretends to be “the vicar of God on earth,” asserts that it is the dangerous error to believe that it is possible to accept Christ “as the Head of the Church, while not adhering loyally to His Vicar on Earth.” Those who take away the visible head (that is the pope) can neither see the eternal salvation nor find it [Mystici Corporis Christi. Encyclical of pope Pius XII On the Mystical Body of Christ. 1943. http:// www. vatican. va/ holy_father/pius_xii/ encyclicals/documents/hf_p–xii_enc_29061943_ mystici–corporis–christi_ en. html; §40–41]; also [ref. and qtd. in: Church, Papacy, and Schism: A Theological Enquiry by Philip Sherrard. London: SPCK, 1978. 60].

The meaning of “unreserved obedience” might be inferred from the writings of Ignatius of Loyola who asserts that “the Church militants” (the papal subjects) must put aside their own judgments and see the white as the black if “the hierarchical Church so stipulates” [Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Exercises §352–365; Personal Writings 356–358].

Ignatius of Loyola instructed his followers – the Jesuits: obedience is the distinctive feature of the Jesuits; it must be prompt and complete even when the superior’s orders the things “difficult and repugnant to sensitive nature.” Any Jesuit has to achieve complete abnegation of own will and judgments; he must obey “blindly, without inquiry of any kind” to the superior who holds the place of God or the place of Jesus Christ, has “His authority,” and is “obeyed in the place of Christ.” The subjects must realize the will of superior as the will of God, and the superior’s wish must become own wish of the subject: when the superior gives orders, his voice must be recognized as the voice of God or as the voice of Christ. For any Jesuit, to “maintain a right mind in all things” means to put aside all own judgments. Such obedience is justified with “the whole natural order, the hierarchies of angels, and well–ordered human institutions” [Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Exercises §365; To Rector and Students of the College in Coimbra, 1548, §3–4,7; To Fathers and Brothers in Portugal, 1553, §2–3; On Prophecies and Revelations, 1549, §35, 47; The Final Word on Obedience §2 in: Personal Writings 358; 200, 202; 222, 226, 252; On Perfect Obedience in: Counsels for Jesuits 76, 78, 81; The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus and Their Complementary Norms III.284; IX.765 §20 123, 365].

Consequently, the follower of Ignatius of Loyola Jesuit prelate Cardinal Bellarmine proclaims that the papal church must “blindly renounce all judgment of her own” even if the pope errs, and “consider sins good and virtues evil” if the pope so commands [Bellarmine ref. and qtd. in: Baybrook 277].

Ignatius of Loyola’s instructions illustrate the application of the ancient practice of conscience re–programming; the proclamation of Jesuit prelate Cardinal Bellarmine illustrates the results of Loyola’s training.

See also the following postings:

Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Philosophy

The Hierarchical Church and The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology

Introduction to Ecumenism, Folder The World and the War.

 

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References:

 

Baybrook, Gar. Heresies of the Christian Church. Payson, Arizona: Leaves of Autumn Books, 1998.

The Constitutions of The Society of Jesus and Their Complementary Norms: A Complete English Translation of the Official Latin Text. Saint Louis, Montana: The Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1996.

Ignatius of Loyola, Saint. Counsels for Jesuits: Selected Letters and Instructions of Saint Ignatius Loyola. Ed. Joseph N. Tylenda. Chicago, Illinois: Loyola University Press, 1985

Ignatius of Loyola, Saint. Personal Writings:  Reminiscences, Spiritual Diary, Select Letters, including text of The Spiritual Exercises. Trans. with Introduction and Notes by Joseph A. Muniti and Philip Endean. London:  Penguin Books, 1996.].

 

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88. Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Future

 

…O Lord, Thou are my strength, and mine help,

and my refuge in the days of evil…

…vain idols our fathers procured for themselves,

and there is no benefit in them…

{Jeremiah 16:19}

…in that day, man shall cast forth his silver and gold abominations,

which they made to worship vanities…

{Isaiah 2:20}

 

Jeremiah the prophet sees the coming devastation of his tribesmen: the people are to be taken into captivity and led into Babylonian exile; sword, famine, and other terminators are ready to ruin those who broke the covenant with God and became as all other nations – idolaters, transgressors, and perverts living in lawlessness, injustice, vice, and evil {the Book of Jeremiah}.

What Jeremiah can do to prevent suffering and death of many? They did not want to hear the message of God; moreover, they accused him falsely, smote him, and imprisoned him. They turned to the false prophets to whom Jeremiah refers to as to wind without the word of God. The false prophets utter unjustified and deceitful promises of peace and encourage expectations of the prosperous and glorious future, while famine, suffering, exile, and death await the sinners along with those who tell them the comforting lies {Jeremiah 5:13; 14:11–16; 44:11–16}.

So, what is left for the one who sees the truth among many who do not want to know truth or already became incapable of perceiving the meaning of events and accepting knowledge of the Future?

Jeremiah cries to God {Jeremiah 16:19}; only in God, he finds his strength and hope, refuge from the evil that enslaved the others, and knowledge of the Future: some people, who accept the will of God, should survive; in due time, their children will come back to the Promised Land. Then, the ultimate glory of God will overshadow the world.

Amos the prophet {the Book of Amos} mentions the same sins of Israel: idolatry, rejection of the law of God, disobedience to His commandments, and corruption. The people, who are chosen to be the keepers of the Law and to do justice and mercy, humiliate and destroy the poor ones, silence the prophets, and corrupt those who want to serve God. Their priest accused Amos in conspiracy and commanded him to leave the land; he reported Amos’s words to the king. Yet, the only “crime” of Amos is telling the truth, because he has to convey the message sent by the Lord:

– people will build the houses, yet they will not live in them

– they will plant  vineyards, yet, they will not eat the fruits of the harvest

– their wives will become harlots  and children will fall by the sword

– the sinners will meet their destiny

– the feasts will become mourning

– the land will be troubled, the destruction will come up as a river

– unusual famine will fall upon the land – a famine of hearing the word of God;

– people will run hither and thither seeking the word of God, yet, they shall not find.

 

Amos the prophet portrays the advanced degree of destruction: everything will be lost – material possessions, dignity, offspring, happiness; the entire kingdom will be cut off from the face of the earth; the sinners will die by the sword. The people will be scattered among the gentiles. Moreover, the ones seeking to hear the words of God and to survive will not find knowledge of God {Amos 7:8–17; 8:1–14; 9:1–10}.

The messages of following prophets {e.g., Micah; Nahum; Zephaniah; Haggai; Malachi} completed the vision of collapse and ruin. Three concluding interconnected phenomena rounded off the story of the chosen people who rejected the Law of God, turned to idols, and became sinners and apostates (idolaters):

 

the priests who should be keepers and teachers of the Law, teach for hire;

they turned aside, broke the covenant of the ancient priests,

became partial in the law, and caused many to fail

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the prophets divine for silver and mislead the people with the false –

they have night instead of vision, and darkness instead of prophecy;

nevertheless, they mention the name of God and present their dreams as the truth

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the rulers (kings and princes) hate judgment and pervert all righteousness;

they attempt to build their kingdom on blood and injustice, judge for gifts,

 impoverish, deceive, and ruin the people.

 

The general consequence of apostasy is inability to reach the natural or normal completion: people eat, yet, they are not able to fill the emptiness within them; they build houses, yet they will not live in them; they plant vine and trees, yet they will not eat the fruits; they attempt to keep, yet lose all, and whatever remains is destined to be destroyed.

The summary of descriptions of the ancient society left by the prophets allows comprehension of the general pattern of destruction, which is known as idolatry: with rejection of true God and switching loyalty to the “other gods” – idols born by human imagination, the mind closes itself for the life–maintaining power of God (“the breath of life”), and therefore, triggers the program of self–annihilation. The same plague of idolatry is destroying the contemporary societies, and the same processes of annihilation could be detected through analysis of problems and threats, which the states and nations encounter.

Annihilation, or destruction, or collapse has its own logic described with the laws of destruction. In general, annihilation might be seen as the set of processes of cognition and acceptance of evil inevitably followed with the subsequent termination:

a/ the people become devoid of reason and incapable of hearing and perception the truth

b/ the keepers of the law and justice become partial in law, corrupt, and biased: justice turns into institutionalized injustice

c/ the rulers turn into criminals and lead their subjects to ruin.  

The root of these processes, which define the reality of idol–worshipers, originated from the choice of Eve, when she decided to accept lies of the serpent and to disregard the warning of God {Genesis 2:8–9, 15–17; 3:1–14}.

At this moment, a particular reality/world – the mankind’s Future – became possible. This reality was set with {Genesis 3:15–25}:

 

a/ closing of a possibility of eternal existence for the evil

{Genesis 3:22–25}

b/ preservation of the warning against the evil in the form,

which would be perceivable by those destined to come through

the temporal settings for cognition of the evil

{curse of the serpent that became the appalling poisonous creature,

the enemy enabled to bring end of life of a body – Genesis 3:15–16}

c/ creation of the temporary settings for cognition of evil

{the cursed earth into which man was exiled – Genesis 3:18–20, 25},

in which man has to choose between the good and the evil, and consequently,

in which sin (as an ability to commit the deeds of evil),

murder, infirmity of man, and deprivation of presence of God

 (that is perversion of the human nature issuing from the deeds of evil)

are possible

{Genesis 3:17–25; 4:3–12}.

 

In the first version of the world (pre–Flood earth), the reasoning and logic of men could be different. The Holy Scriptures do not provide any reference to the law, to knowledge, which the people possessed, and other details that would allow recreation of their mentality and therefore cognition of their outlook, beliefs, and values. Today, we have only the logic of the present reality; it might not be enough for comprehensive re–construction of the logic of the vanished world.

However, if to judge by the result (the total extermination), neither knowledge of God nor love to Him was the foundation of the world, which cognized the utter corruption and subsequent annihilation. Obviously, the inhabitants were left to live by the remnants of their ancestral memories of God, and only the selected ones were enabled to perceive the will of God {for instance, Enoch and Noah the righteous – Genesis 5:24; 6:6–9}.

Initially, the life time–span for those who are the flesh (who committed themselves to the evil) was reduced to one hundred and twenty years {Genesis 6:3}. However, the inhabitants did not connect the reason (evil) with the consequences (death). Ultimately, all (but Noah) perverted all ways, all flesh was corrupted, and all came to finishing point – καιρος {Genesis 6:12–14}: complete inability to exist within the completed evil into which they transformed their world.

Then, the Flood ended existence of the first post–exile settings with all its dwellers: it was destroyed by the very element from which it was created {Genesis 1:1–10; 2 Peter 3:5–6}.

The story of pre–Flood world and Noah the righteous conveys a simple lesson to all following generations: without guidance of God, man is not empowered to exist.

Another reality came into existence: the world in which we live now. The new settings – the world in which we live now – retained a possibility for men to cognize the good and the evil, as well as a possibility to make a choice between the good and the evil; moreover, the core of the evil survived and revealed itself in the Noah’s offspring {Genesis 9:18–27; 10:1, 6, 15–20}.

Noah’s grandson cursed for the sin of his father, became the father of the cursed nations – Sidonians and the others including inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah {Genesis 10:15–20}. The offspring of Canaan developed the Sidonian/Phoenician civilization*1* with its unspeakable evil of idol–worship, which they practiced with sacrifice of their first–born, when men burned the fruits of their bodies to please the phantoms born by their sick imagination, and harlotry of their daughters, which they elevated into the rank of service to the female idol. Part of the descendents of Canaan evaporated when the rain of fire annihilated Sodom and Gomorrah for the ultimate perversion; the others survived until the measure of their evils was full and the chosen nation came to clean the Promised Land from the idol–worshipers and slaves of evil.

The Canaanites, descendents of the cursed Canaan, left a specific inheritance – the curse of slavery of the mind that submits itself to the false and accepts idols as gods – the heathenism*2*. Although the heathenism has many faces, its universal foundation is acceptance of the arch–evil as the main idol.

The heathenism still is the main religion; through the Orphism, which underlies the cults of the arch–evil in the image of the serpent*3*, it penetrated the ancient Greek philosophy, and through philosophical doctrines of Plato and Aristotle*4* became the foundation of the current cults, ideologies, religions founded on heresies and ancient Greek philosophy, sciences, and politics.

Men, who in the beginning of the post–Flood world received the authority to dominate all living creatures, to consume them, and to be the dread and the fear of all wild beasts {Genesis 9:1–7}, “progressed” into the state of the universal killing machine; as of today, the best qualities and reserves of “human capital” are devoted to making weapons of mass destruction, waging wars, and accomplishing other deeds of the evil, with which men successfully accelerate the end of this world.  

However, along with the freedom to be the dread and the fear of death and a possibility to degenerate into embodiment of death {cf.: John 8:37–47}, man received a possibility to evolve into a child of God, the new creature – the firstfruit created by the Word–God {James 1:18}, the new being enabled to withstand the presence of God and to dwell with Him through the eternity {cf.: John 14:3, 23; 1 John 2:23–25; Revelation 22:1–5}.

When Amos the prophet wrote that God in His mercy promised salvation of the people and restoration of the glory of His chosen ones along with the gentiles who will earnestly seek the Lord {Amos 9:11–12}, he disclosed his vision of the Future in which man would return to God. The ancient prophets propagated the main knowledge of survival: God is στερεωμα*5*, the strength, the power, the refuge, the protection, the guidance, the Source of light and life, the everything of man. The ancient prophets also knew the Future – coming of the Redeemer and the end of idolatry {Psalm 17(18):2; Psalms; the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Hosea, and the others}.

With coming of Lord God Jesus Christ, this Future is actualized {John 5:39}, and this Future is opened for everyone’s comprehension: for the mind of a mortal human being that lives within the world, in which the evil rules, and suffering and death are the unavoidable reality either today or tomorrow. This very openness is one of the greatest miracles and mercies of God.

In the Future revealed by the New Testament, the selected ones, who conquered the world of evil, whose names are “written in the Book of Life” and who will be resurrected and become a new creation of God, enter the presence of God and will be with Him in His eternity {Matthew 22:23, 29–32; James 1:18; 1 John 5:4–5; Revelation 20:11–15; 21:1–7; 22:1–5}.

How then, to comprehend the Future with God, if none of the living had seen God, because a human being is not able to withstand the presence of God and to survive? God told Moses that no man shall see the face of God and live {Exodus 33:18–23}.

Then, through Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God and Son of man – the Word–God Who became flesh and tabernacled with men, God the Father revealed Himself to His creations, and man was given the authority to become the son of God born of God. In Lord Jesus Christ, man was enabled to see God; through Lord God Jesus Christ, man received the authority to become the immortal child of God and to enter the presence of God {John 1:1–5, 9–18, 34, 49–51; 3:1–18, 31–36; 4:21–26; 6:37–40, 44–46, 65; 8:51; 10:27–30; 11:25–27; 14:1–26; 15:1–6; 16:27–28; 17:1–26; 1 John 1:1–5; 5:4–12}.

With all limitations of the material world, the inability to withstand the presence of God might be at least partially understood*6*, if to recall the visions of the prophets {if God opens the heavens, the mountains “shall melt as wax melts before the fire” – Isaiah 64:1–2; “are not My words as the fire, says the Lord, and as an axe cutting the rock?” – Jeremiah 23:29; God will go upon the high places of the earth, and the mountains shall be shaken, and the valleys shall melt as wax before the fire – Micah 1:4}.

Could, then, the end of a sinful human being in the presence of God be likened to the end of any other structures of the matter (e.g., a particle of dust, plant, human body, rock, paper) set into the whirlwind of the magnetic fields that is this something called “the sun”?

How then, the mind that lives by the images, values, and possessions of the material world can acquire the life–saving faith in Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God Who is the only Way to God the Creator and the Father {John14:6}?

The New Testament provides the guidance for the temporal mortal creature of dust how to become a child of God, the new creation enabled to enter the eternity of the presence of God. This guidance helps only those who

a/ seek God and love Him

b/ restrain themselves from the acts of evil: idolatry, deceit, corruption, and other iniquities forbidden by The Ten Commandments

c/ observe the commandments of God, firstly, to love each other as God loves.

Such people inevitably come to God, because by rejecting the idols and other evils of the world and by observing the words of God, they become the possession of God {e.g., Malachi 3:16–17; Matthew 5:17; John 14:23}.

The Gospel According to John conveys the words of Lord Jesus Christ, with which He refers to those who from the beginning are the possession of God {John 17:6–10}. Man the creature of dust became the living soul only when God breathed the breath of life in his face; similarly, the eternal life of the human soul begins only with finding God. It means that only by believing in Lord God Jesus Christ, by accepting the Word–God, and by observing His commandments man becomes the very Own of God: the chosen one destined to pass through the world set for cognition of the evil, to withstand the corruptive influence of the evil, to conquer the world of evil, and to become a son of God {John 14:6, 23; 1 John 2:1–17; 3:1–6; 5:4–12; Revelation 21:7}.

And I think of the tremendous Power Who annihilates anything corrupted with evil (for instance, sinners along with the land polluted by their sins), yet, Who also transforms the creature of dust into a new being enabled to withstand the presence of God. A Christian is an offspring of this Power, a new creation made for carrying the name of God and for dwelling with God {John 1: 12–13; James 1:18; Revelation 22:1–5}.

The distinctive feature of the Christian is the free mind – the mind that has purified itself from idolatry and lies of men, the mind that rejects idols along with other figments of imagination and phantoms, which enslave and lead to ruin, the mind that lives by Lord God Jesus Christ – the only Truth of man.

Could the moment, when the Truth becomes obvious for everyone and thirst for freedom prevails over all other needs, be the moment of fulfillment of the vision of Amos the prophet who wrote of the unusual famine that falls upon the earth: a famine of hearing the Word of God {Amos 8:11}?

 

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Notes:

 *1* Concerning the Phoenicians, see

 a/ Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Wisdom – Page_1_2008

The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

The Heathenism – October_2010

b/ folder Philosophy, Page_1 – Philosophy: the Beginning.

  *2* Concerning the heathenism, see Folder Philosophy: The Beginning and Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Pages 1 and 8.

 *3* Concerning Orphism, see Folder Philosophy, “The Orphic Doctrine” in The Beginning, Page_1.

 *4* Concerning Doctrines of Plato and Aristotle, see Folder Philosophy, Pages 2 and 3.

Concerning Plato and Aristotle’s influence, see

a/ Folder Philosophy: Works of Augustine of Hippo and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Pages 6 and 7

b/ Folder Political Theology, especially, Introduction and The Hierarchical Church, Pages 1 and 2.

*5*   Concerning firmament – στερεωμα see  Pattern #11, Folder Patterns.

*6* God is the Spirit {John 4:24} – the Almighty Omnipotent Eternal Being Whom man cannot see, touch, perceive, yet, Who man should worship in spirit and truth.
Obviously, the fragile and mortal flesh as a temporal material structure arranged for existence/accomplishment of a particular purpose within the settings with limited energy–time–space–knowledge/complexity parameters should be at the lowest level of creations.

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89. Sunday, March 18, 2012

 The Different Vision

…the truth will set you free.…

{John8:32}

 

The history of mankind is the construction of the Temple of God*1*. Man was created in the image and after likeness of God to carry the breath of God, to keep, to love, to cherish, and to have dominion over the world created by God for accomplishment of His will {Genesis 1:26–31; 2:1–24}. Therefore, according to  the purpose–definition–nature, a human being is

a/ designed for accomplishment of the works of God within the world that serves the will of God

b/ tuned to perception of the will of God

c/ empowered to know the nature of the world and all its inhabitants given into the dominion of man.

The decision of Eve to have the forbidden knowledge {original sin – Genesis 3:1–7}, which was fueled by the desire to “be as gods knowing good and evil,” in fact, was the beginning of idol–worship, because Eve chose to believe the lies of the serpent and do not believe the words of God. Rejection of the words of God along with the following opening of an ability to discern the good and the evil was the point of no return, at which the Future with transformation of the human nature and modification of the world accommodating existence of men began:

1/ a human being became the mortal being, the temporal set of the material structures that must accomplish two purposes: to cognize the good and the evil and to make a decision

either

to choose the absolute good and to come to God – the Source of immortality

or

 to accept the ultimate evil – death – and ultimately to perish along with it

 

2/ the world was modified to accommodate the evil and ultimate evil – death {“cursed” – Genesis 3:18–20}, so anything that enters and dwells in it would be under control of the laws of destruction and would meet the same end – disintegration and dissolution

3/ a human being was enabled to pass through the temporal existence at the levels of temporal disintegrating matter with his own will and under the guidance of his own mind {cf.: Genesis 4:6–7}.

So, the world was set for manifestations of the good and of the evil: it includes two separate dimensions or realities, in which the choice of men and consequently, their destiny, must be accomplished: the reality of the good and the reality of the evil. These two realities have no visible boundaries, yet they are not compatible and do not overlap: the actual border runs through the very essence of man – heart–sole–mind. Each thought, word, action can be either good or evil; there is no middle state between good and evil: gray or fuzzy logic belongs to the human imagination, which attempts to reconcile irreconcilable and to survive indefinitely in the world in which eternal life is impossible.

Consequently, there is no possibility to serve two masters {Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13}, and each human being chooses his own god

 

either

true God Creator, the Absolute Good, the Source of life,

the Father of the Word–God Who is the Wisdom, Truth, Light and Life

or

the arch–evil, the father of lies, the murderer of man from the beginning

that is false, deprivation of reason, spiritual and moral blindness, and ultimate death

{cf.: John 8:42–45; 1 John 3:6–15}.

 

Whatever the time–space–complexity parameters (therefore, such perceivable visual material differences, for instance, as place and time of birth, race, religion, nationality, culture, wealth, poverty, health, sickness, walks of life, and all other disparities among men, which sustain the false concept of inequality among human beings who all are the creations in image and after likeness of God) could be, the point is that everyone seeks God. Human beings simply are not able to live without God – the Center, the Focus of everything, the Source of power, wisdom, and the very life. Who do they find decides their destiny –

 

if the one finds and accepts true God,

he obtains freedom and the authority to become a child of God and to enter the eternity

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if the one makes wrong choice and either assumes that he can live without God (atheism)

or chooses some from the multitudes of idols as his gods (heathenism),

he becomes the slave of the evil,

and he is destined to perish along with his idol/owner/arch–evil.

 

There is no other truth: only God gives life; all other “gods” are the figments of the evil imagination – masks and embodiments of the arch–evil, which leads to death.

Definitely, the first world lived without guidance of God, because it had cognized the absolute evil and total corruption, which made impossible continuation of existence {Genesis 6:4, 6, 14}:

 

everything was corrupted and perverted

everything became abnormal and incompatible with life

world became an embodiment of the evil –

the embodiment of death, which makes life impossible

the world collapsed as the result of the complete corruption,

which resulted from cognized evil

the collapsed world had to be destroyed.

 

Only Noah, who found grace before the Lord God {Genesis 6:9–10}, therefore, who had knowledge of God and originating from this knowledge capability of survival, was given a possibility to continue the journey through the world of the matter. The second world was given the Law of God {The Ten Commandments –Exodus 20:1–17}, the direct guidance of God conveyed by the prophets, and the promise of salvation for those who would come to knowledge of God and who would accept His will unreservedly, undoing the original sin. The salvation came through the Messiah, the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ Who gave His creations the only treasure needed for life everlasting – Himself {Gospel According to John; 1 John}.

The history of man’s journey back to the Kingdom of God, which is described in the Holy Scriptures, might be considered from the plenty of angles, each of them opening a particular facet, giving a particular lesson, and explaining a particular option. One of them opens if to focus on a possibility to cognize the truth that sets man free from slavery of sin {John 8:31–36}.

Slavery of sin is possible only within the world in which the evil is enabled to influence and corrupt man. If the mind seeks God, it eventually transcends the limits of the reality in which the evil rules. Such mind comes to knowledge of the Truth, therefore, of the nature of the world: it obtains wisdom – firstly, as the ability to see the essence of things, and in particular, to comprehend the temporal nature of the world under control of the evil.

If the mind comes to comprehension of the temporal nature of the world, therefore, if the mind understands irrelevance of the evil to the eternal nature of a child of God, it becomes able of discerning the presence of God. With this ability, the moment of true awakening comes, and a human being worships God, Who is the Spirit, in spirit and truth {John 4:23–24}.

How the one can develop the true vision of the world: to see and worship only God, and to reject the arch–evil – the death that hides itself under the multitude of idols – cults, false religions, deified leaders of all scales and kinds, ideologies, and other lies, which ruin men along with their establishments?

Probably, the story of the Solomon’s temple and kingdom {3 Kings; 1 Chronicles 17:11–14; 22:1–19; 28:2–21; 2 Chronicles 1:13–17; 2:1–18; 6:1–10, 18–21, 40–41; 7:12–22} would give a hint.

After David the king in Jerusalem completed his wars, he decided to build the temple of God. However, God did not accept David as the builder of His temple: although chosen to be a king, David is a man of war and he shed blood. Through Nathan the Prophet, God promised that after David’s death, the One from the David’s descendents would build the temple of God, and God would establish His kingdom forever. David interpreted this promise as related to his son Solomon; he collected building materials, and instructed Solomon to build the temple.

Another false inference from the prophecy is expectation of the temporal kingdom/state of men to become the eternal establishment.

Solomon built the temple to the name of God, as the place of worship where God hears the prayers of His people. Yet, the temple was built with participation of proselytes living in the Solomon’s kingdom and subjects of Chiram the king of Tyre. The temple was filled with the objects made by the heathens*2*, although before entering the Promised Land, the chosen people were barred from any contacts with the idol–worshiping nations. In due time, the contacts with the heathens and other violations of words of God conveyed through Moses led Solomon the king in Jerusalem to apostasy, and triggered the ruin of his kingdom/state {e.g., marriage with the Egyptian woman – daughter of Pharaoh, multiplication of chariots and wealth, taking women of the idol–worshiping nations and building places of worship to their idols – Deuteronomy 7:1–6; 17:14–17; 29:16–18; 3 Kings 2:45–46; 4:34; 3:1; 7:13–51; 9:9–28; 10:23–28; 11:1–40}.

Eventually, the ancient kingdom–remnants of Solomon’s kingdom (which, as the people believed, was destined to exist forever) collapsed under attack by the Babylonian empire, and the Solomon’s temple was destroyed. Then, the re–established kingdom and the re–built temple also were destroyed, the Jews were barred even from entrance into Jerusalem*3*

Only coming of Lord God Jesus Christ opened the true meaning of the promise of God. The words of God made clear that man is the temple of the living God, and the kingdom of God revealed through Lord Jesus Christ is within man. While nothing of the temporal matter exists forever, a human child of God – the firstfruit of God’s creations built by the Word–God – is the eternal temple of God, and he will serve God through the Eternity  {Luke 17:20–21; John 2:19–22; 14:16–18, 23; Acts 4:11–12; James 1:18; 1 Peter 2:4–10; 1 Corinthians 3:16–18; 6:19–20; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:14–22; Revelation 21:3–7, 22; 22:1–5, 16}.

And I think, how difficult is to become able to see the world differently:

– a human flesh is fragile; all flesh is grass – today it is, tomorrow it wither and disintegrates, yet, a human child of God – the soul built by the Word–God and living by the Word–God – lives forever {Isaiah 40:6–8; John 11:25–26}

– magnificent buildings, structures, states build from the stones and sustained by armies and powers of men seem to be invincible and capable to function forever, yet, they collapse, dissipate, and become dust in which nothing of their former might and splendor can be recognized; furthermore, whatever is left, will perish in the fire of the Last Judgment {2 Peter 3:7}.

Indeed, when the knowledge of God opens eyes of the blind mortal creature and the true nature of things becomes understandable,

– can anything worthy of human attachment be found in the world of the death?

– is any kind of idol–worship possible?

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Notes:

 

*1* See Part 5. The Temple, Folder Foundation, Page_4, Introduction to Christianity.

 

*2* Tyre and Sidon were the centers in which the Phoenician civilization developed.

Concerning the Phoenicians, see

 a/ Folder Archive_2008_2010:

            Wisdom – Page_1_2008

            The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

            The Heathenism – October_2010

b/ Folder Philosophy, Page_1 – Philosophy: the Beginning.

Concerning the heathenism, see Folder Philosophy: The Beginning and Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Pages 1 and 8.

 

*3* See The Emptiness, Folder 2012, Page_January, The Rejected Knowledge, Folder Archive_2011, Page April–May_2011.

 

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90. Sunday, March 25, 2012

 

The Survival

 

…My people are like as they had no knowledge;

because thou rejected knowledge, I will also reject the,

that thou shall not minister as priest to Me;

and as thou has forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.…

{Hosea 4:6}

 

Since death entered the world set for cognition of the good and the evil, survival remains the most difficult and most desirable achievement. In a search of survival, people kill, torture, betray, starve, poison, deceive, rob, debilitate, and abuse the others, own friends and relatives included. They attempt to find the successful strategy by deciphering biological and other properties of the matter – human and animal flesh, studying and imitating behavior of insects and animals of the land and of the sea, depriving themselves of reason by relying on “instinct of the masses,” worshiping idols, deifying mortal men, creating ideologies and empires, developing weapons of mass destruction, and so on.

However, there is one inherent feature of all strategies of survival, which, in attempt to preserve life and achieve prosperity and happiness of some, rely on the evil and result in inflicting evil on the others, – they do not use natural properties of the human mind:

 

knowledge of the law of God

intelligence–wisdom

knowledge of the nature

↓                                   ↓

own and other living beings ↔ the world that accommodates live.

 

Such a strange phenomenon evokes an image of thirsty and delusional man who travels through the desert, finds the spring, yet, rejects water, and continues his chase for mirage born by his imagination.

Although such a behavior looks irrational, the history confirms that a rejection of knowledge of God is the most widely applied pattern of self–extermination. All strategies of survival of the Past, which were variations of this pattern, culminated in impoverishment, conflicts, and devastating crises – financial, moral, political, and social, which ended with collapse of societies, states, and other human institutions; then, wars consumed the remnants…

It should be the reason behind an obvious failure to achieve the most desirable purpose; probably, if to recall the basics, this reason might be found.

Firstly, there is a difference between life and survival:

a/ life is the natural property of a human being created into the image and after likeness of the Eternal Immortal Omnipotent and Almighty God

b/ survival is the state/reality into which the mind enters after it discerned the threat of untimely collapse and death and decided to avoid annihilation.

From a philosophical point of view, the difference between life and survival might be likened to the difference between freedom and slavery. For instance,

– those who live are free to exercise all options, use all possibilities, develop all potentials – they are at liberty to set own purposes and to accomplish them

– the options of those who survive are restricted by the external factors and necessities to neutralize the threats and avoid annihilation.

In general, the problem of survival exists at three levels (A, B, C).

A/ A body; the majority of people is concerned chiefly with physical survival.

B/ A body and soul; the people of many religious denominations, including the heathens, believe in existence of the soul, although their gods and their visions of laws and of the will of their gods are different; accordingly, they have different assumptions concerning the conditions and terms of survival.

For instance,

– the Phoenicians*1* burned their children in the belly of their idol in attempt to secure survival of their civilization

– the papacy asserts that its subjects, the Catholics, must believe into infallibility of the pope, that the pope holds “upon this earth the place of God Almighty,” and that for the sake of eternal salvation it is necessary “for every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff”*2*.

C/ The soul/mind – the spiritual essence of man (in different definitions: spirit, soul, heart, mind, conscience); survival at this level is a subject of concern for the minority; for instance, for the Christians who believe in Lord God Jesus Christ and know that their Future is the eternity with God. Consequently, they do not consider physical life of a body as the entirety of existence. For the sake of survival of the soul, such people give up physical survival; for example,

– the Christians in the time of persecutions (the pagan Roman Empire, AD I–IV centuries, totalitarian states of the twentieth century, and now, in the countries under the rule of Communist and  Islamic regimes hostile to Christianity)

– Ian Hus (AD 1415), who rebelled against the papal heresy (e.g., such actions of the papal establishment as deprivation of the laity of the Chalice of Salvation – communion with one element, assertion of the pope as the head of the Christian Church who exclusively possesses the special power inherited from St. Peter the Apostle, and institution of the ecclesiastical obedience “without the express authority of Scripture”)*3*. For his adherence to the Christian teachings, the papal council condemned Ian Hus as the heretic, and Ian Hus the priest was burned alive at the stake.

In general, the problem of survival at the physical level is the common concern, although in different degrees. For instance, perception of threats is different: those who live in so–called civilized societies perceive the threats of extermination differently – they have much more to lose in this life than the people in so–called “third world”/developing countries that shift expectations of happiness and rewards for the righteousness into the after–life.

However, it should be noticed that the meaning of civilization is not in a possession of the technical gadgets and weapons of mass destruction. The true meaning of civilization is knowledge of the law of God and observance of the law of God: the human civilization began with The Ten Commandments*4*.

From such a point of view, the nomads, who observe The Ten Commandments, although live in tents and have none of “fruits of civilization” that define manner of life within the civilized societies, are more civilized than those who live in lawlessness, vice, and corruption.

Violations of two simple, yet life–sustaining commandments – love your God and love your neighbor – became the common features of the current societies (e.g., atheism, idol–worship, adultery, deceit, fraud, thievery, betrayal). Consequently, although all civilized societies maintain special establishments unceasingly manufacturing and enacting new rules and laws (as well as plenty of law–enforcing organizations), crimes, conflicts, problems, and crises multiply. The disregard and violations of the law of God, which are the main source of the problems, not only are committed sporadically: they are institutionalized–embodied into the social, political and religious institutions that define life of the societies and politics of the states; they are the manner of daily social, political, and personal life of many members of the contemporary societies.

The Holy Scriptures describe the general patterns of development and degeneration of human establishments. While the settings – time, space, reserves, accumulated scientific and other knowledge, technical development, personalities of the rulers – differ, these patterns do not change, because they correspond to the unchangeable factors through which the good and the evil are manifested:

 

a/ the normal human nature created in image and after likeness of God
Whose attribute is the Absolute Good

and

b/ the perverted human nature modified (corrupted) after the arch–evil.

 

The key to understanding of these patterns are in the Moses’ description of the consequences of adherence to the law of God (“blessings”) and consequences of rejections of God and violations of the law of God (“curses”) given in his warning to the ancient Israelites after revelation of the law {Deuteronomy 10:12–21; 11:1–28; 28:1–68; 29:10–29; 30:10–20}.

The “blessings” describe normal life – health, prosperity, happiness – according to the human nature; the “curses” describe the collapsed systems, which undergo the processes of disintegration similar to decomposition of a corpse after death.

The essence of the warning might be interpreted as definition of the point of death, at which a system (family, society, state, religion, other human establishments) is transformed into the decomposing mass. This moment comes with rejection of God, when the power of God ceased to sustain the sinner, and he and his establishments are left with nothing needed for life and development–optimization/evolution.

The Books of the Prophets, which depict the history of ancient Israel after division of the Solomon’s kingdom, elaborate the general pattern of collapse at different levels: the society, state, and the people – members of the society and subjects of the state.

The problem of survival becomes manifest with an inability to reach the normal or natural completion {e.g., Isaiah 5:9–10, 20–24; 59:2–10; Jeremiah 8:15; Hosea 4:1–14}: the people

worship their idols, yet, they receive nothing in return

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their intentions and deeds

{hatched eggs – Isaiah 59:5}

contain the deadly poison – embodiment of the evil

eat, yet, they are not able to fill the emptiness within them

build houses, yet they will not live in them

plant vine and trees, yet they will not eat the fruits

made things, which are worthless

{which the prophet compares to the useless spider’s web – Isaiah 59:5–6}

or become the source of additional problems

expect enlightenment, yet wonder in bewilderment

and darkness of inadequate perception

attempt to keep, yet lose all, and whatever remains is destined to be destroyed…

 

This description identifies the point when the latent processes of corruption (corruption is the inevitable consequence of violations of the law of God) become manifest, perversion of the nature might be irreversible, and continuation of normal life is impossible.

The Books of the Prophets specify three phenomena that precede collapse of the state in which the people turned into idol–worshipers and rejected the law of God*5*. The three main centers, on which life of the people, society, and state rests, cease to perform their life–maintaining functions:

 

the priests who should be keepers and teachers of the law, teach for hire;

they turned aside, broke the covenant of the ancient priests,

became partial in the law, and caused many to fail

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the prophets divine for silver and mislead the people with the false –

they have night instead of vision, and darkness instead of prophecy;

nevertheless, they mention the name of God and present their dreams as the truth

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the rulers (kings and princes) hate judgment and pervert all righteousness;

they attempt to build their kingdom on blood and injustice, judge for gifts,

impoverish, deceive, and ruin the people.

 

Therefore, in the mentioned ancient state, the perceivable phase of irreversible collapse began with deterioration of three main centers that normally should sustain survival of human societies and establishments:

a/ the priests – experts in the Divine law and the teachers of the Divine law that is the knowledge of foundation of all human establishments – family, society, state – and life–sustaining institutions (religion, justice, education), and the source of civil and state law and order

b/ the prophets – messengers of God who perceive the will of God – knowledge of the future, and interpret it for guidance of the people, firstly, through evaluation of a degree of compliance with the Divine law, which controls life and death of men and prosperity and collapse of their establishments

c/ the rulers – the embodiments of their state, who are responsible for maintenance of the state and social order; for instance,

 

preservation of the social and other conditions of life of their subjects,

so, the priests and the prophets could perform their duties according to their vocation

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distribution and circulation of actual knowledge and reliable information

↑           ↓

maintenance of civil law and justice.

 

All three centers exist on the same foundation – the Divine law; they derive their power from the same Source – the power of God; they operate with the same substance: knowledge and information derived from the same Source – the will of God.

All processes of degeneration in the human institutions have the same root: insufficient or false knowledge of the Divine law, and consequently, ineffectiveness of three life–maintaining centers, when they reach such a degree of perversion that they discard their very foundation – the Divine law, and become unable of perceiving the life–sustaining knowledge/power from God.

The inference is straightforward: survival is possible only with maintenance of optimal circulation, absorption, and application of life–sustaining knowledge:

 

knowledge of the nature

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knowledge of the future ↔ knowledge of the present.

 

The ancient state lost vitality through dispossessing itself of the life–sustaining knowledge of God. Accordingly, there was

a/ nor knowledge of the nature (because of idol–worship)

b/ nor knowledge of the future {because the prophets became as wind, without the words of God in them –Jeremiah 5:13}*6*

c/ nor knowledge of the present (because the kings could not perceive the actual meaning of their own iniquities, e.g., they attempted to build their kingdom on blood and injustice, and they ruined and corrupted their subjects).

Deprivation of knowledge of God made survival of the ancient society impossible by debilitating the three main centers that sustain life of the mind and secure proper functioning of the mind’s creations, including society and state.

And I think of the prophet’s description of the society of idol–worshipers who, by their own will, have separated themselves from God {Isaiah 59:1–15}: their eggs (thoughts, words, works) hide death – creatures carrying lethal poison, they live in bewilderment, perplexity, and darkness of reason, their works are the spider web insufficient for covering their needs. Are not the current problems of the societies, which rejected God and forgot His law, and which are forgotten and left by God {Hosea 4:6; Matthew 23:37–38; John 14:19; 16:28} to rot in their iniquities, the exact embodiment of the Isaiah’s prophecy that deprives idol–worshipers of any realistic expectation of survival?

For instance, there are three most pressing problems, which threaten survival of current states and societies.

First, the ideologies, which justify death of innocent people for the sake of global dominion (hatched eggs with venoms), and provide the feeding ground for civil and political unrest, crimes, conflicts and wars.

Second, propaganda and deception spread bewilderment and perplexity. A particular manifestation of this problem is the politicians who – in their chase for the positions of authority – portray themselves as Christians, yet who propagate the war and assume acceptability of decision of the world’s problems with weapons of mass destruction, therefore, with intentional extermination of living beings. Their calls for military confrontation are incompatible with the Christian teachings; therefore, they deceive the people with their proclamations of adherence to Christianity and with promises of prosperous future, which will follow their wars, when there might not be the future at all. Although they are deprived of the adequate perception of the actuality, they proclaim their capability to bring the better future, while they would lead their subjects into the pit of annihilation.

Third, cyber terrorism cripples the circulation of life–maintaining information (spider webs unsuitable to sustain human needs).

All of the mentioned above problems have the same root (inadequate, therefore false, knowledge), therefore, all of them have decisions (especially the last one that originates from an inability to create the complete and optimal – in this case, impenetrable for the cyber attacks – systems). However, will any of decisions be found (or, ultimately, is any decision needed and will it work), if there is no vitality derived from knowledge of God, therefore, salvation is gone far from those who need it {Isaiah 59:11}, and therefore, no chance of survival is left?

 

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Notes:

 

            *1* Concerning the Phoenicians, see

a/ Folder Archive_2008_2010:

            Wisdom – Page_1_2008

            The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

            The Heathenism – October_2010

b/ folder Philosophy, Page_1 – Philosophy: the Beginning.

           

            *2* See  Ecumenism, esp. Note *2*;  Folder World and War, Page_1.

           

            *3* Concerning Jan Hus, see Priest  and Heresy, Folder Archive, Page 2_2008

 

            *4* See The Ten Commandments and The Road to God – Folder Foundation, Pages 1 and 5.

           

            *5* Also, see the previous post – The Future, Folder 2012, Page March_2012.

 

            *6* See also The Emptiness, Folder 2012, Page January_2012.

 

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