Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

May_June_2012

 

The Vineyard

The Lessons of the Vineyard:

the Leaven

the Material Things

Slavery and Freedom

Rejection

 

 

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96–97. Sundays, May 6 and 13, 2012

The Vineyard

 

…I expected it to bring forth judgment, and it brought forth iniquity,

and not righteousness but cry…

{Isaiah 5:7}

 

 

Isaiah the prophet has the song about the vineyard – the sad story of unfulfilled purpose and consequent ruin {Isaiah 5:1–30}.

The Beloved One had a vineyard on a high hill in a fertile place. He did everything needed for the vineyard to flourish and bring forth the fruits. The Owner wanted the vineyard to bring forth grapes, yet, it brought forth thorns. Then, the Owner abandoned the ungrateful and infertile vineyard:

 

no rain – it was left to wither from thirst

no protection – it was left for a spoil

no walls – it was left to be trodden down

no memory of it – it was forsaken, and not pruned,

so thorns overcame it as they overcome the deserted land.

 

Then, Isaiah reveals who are portrayed as the Beloved One, the Owner of the vineyard, and the vineyard, which has its own will either to bring forth the fruits, that is to serve the Owner, or to become infertile, that is do not serve the Owner.

The Beloved One and the Owner is Almighty God, the Lord of hosts; the vineyard is οικος – the establishment/dwelling of Israel; the plant that had to bring forth fruits is men of Juda – the chosen ones who were set in the Promised Land to keep and observe the Law given by God.

The prophet also elaborates the meaning of withered, unprotected, robbed and trodden down vineyard, which became the land of desolation and which can raise only unwanted useless thorns. He speaks of the nation, of the people, who rejected God, and therefore, who are left without the Divine guidance and protection (withered – thirsty and hungry) to taste the consequences of their own doing:

 

they are enslaved, because they know not God

they call the evil good, and the good evil; they justify the ungodly ones for reward,

and abandon the righteousness – yet, in their conceit, they perceive themselves

as wise and knowing,

while they are smitten with ignorance and became as waste,

because of their rejection of the law of God and His words

their rich, lofty, and glorious men are disgraced and brought low

eventually, they are given into possession of the distant alien nation,

which the prophet sees as the wild beast with the rage of a lion,

who moves in as storm,

and whose victims are to be exterminated in thick darkness and perplexity.

 

In summary, Isaiah the prophet describes spiritual/mental degeneration and collapse (following with physical extermination), which took the place of evolution and prosperity:

 

the ones, who were given the law to keep, to observe, to fulfill,

therefore to become ready for the Messiah

(to bring the grapes, the fruit expected by God),

rejected the law, and became sinners – the food for the inferno

the ones, who were expected to bring forth the fruits of wisdom,

perverted the meaning of things and substituted the evil for the good –

they lost knowledge to live and wisdom to survive:

they sustain themselves with lies, divination, and false dreams,

therefore, they became as thorns with a root as chaff

and as stubble left to be consumed by the flame

the ones, who were expected to evolve into the dwelling/temple of God,

are forsaken by God and left to their destruction.

 

In the following chapters {e.g., Isaiah 65:1–15}, Isaiah the prophet elaborates his vision of the rebellious people who became unable to serve the purposes of God and who are to be exterminated:

 

they do not seek God

they worship idols, prepare table for the demons, and pursue false dreams

they walk in the ways of sin, take delight and pride in things that are not good,

they shall be kept awhile for the sake of a few righteous ones among them,

until the time of fulfillment comes

then, their name shall be for loathing to the chosen ones of God

ultimately, they shall be given to slaughter, and they shall be destroyed.

 

As the history of ancient Israel shows, Isaiah’s prophesies became the actuality*1*.

There are also other references to the vineyard and grape vine symbolizing Israel and the chosen nation {e.g., Jeremiah 12:10–13; Hosea 10:1}. In the Gospels, the vineyard’s story is elaborated with addition of the shepherds, the vinedressers, the slaves–messengers of the Owner, and the Owner’s only Son {Mark 12:1–13; Luke 20:9–19}: the shepherds have destroyed the vineyard and defiled the portion of the Owner. When the Owner sent His slaves for the fruits, the vinedressers killed some of them, and the others they beat and sent them out with nothing. Then, the Owner decided to send His Son, so, the vinedressers would respect Him, come to their senses, and give what is due to the Owner’s Son. Yet, the vinedressers killed the Son and threw Him outside the vineyard.

The shepherds and the vinedressers (who are expected to take care of the vineyard and to prepare the harvest for the Owner Who left for awhile) are the chief–priests who should be the keepers and teachers of the Law of God, the Pharisees and the rulers of Israel who should be the executors of the Law of God and who should rule in righteousness, with justice and dignity appropriate for the people chosen by God. The slaves are the messengers of God, the prophets. The Son of the Owner is the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ – the Son of God.

When the Lord told the story of the vineyard, the Pharisees and the Herodians understood that Lord God Jesus Christ speaks of them; they sought to seize Him, yet, their time did not come: they still had fear of the crowd that surrounded the Lord. Their time came after resurrection of Lazarus*2*, when the unprecedented miracle revealed the glory of the Son of God and concluded the chain of the events through which the people should recognize the Messiah, their Lord and Savior: the chief–priests and the Pharisees conspired to assassinate Lord Jesus Christ {John 11:1–53, 57; 12:17–19}.

Then, another chain of events unfolded, which fulfilled the prophecies {Matthew 26:59–68; 27:1–2, 11–43, 62–66; 28:2–15; Mark 14:16–21, 55–64; 15:1–16, 22–32; Luke 22:1–6, 47–48; 23:1–38; John 18:1–40; 19:1–30}:

– betrayal of the Son of God committed by Judas

– trial before the chief–priests and condemnation of Jesus Christ – the innocent and righteous Man – by those who are expected the keep the law and justice

– unsuccessful attempts of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, to release Jesus Christ, because even the idol–worshiping heathen knew that the chief–priests condemned the innocent Man to death through envy

– rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ as the King of Israel and demand of His crucifixion by the crowd stirred by the chief–priests

– declaration of the chief–priests that they have no king except Caesar

– crucifixion of Jesus Christ outside of Jerusalem

– mockery by the Pharisees who challenged the dying Man to come down from the cross, so, then, they would believe in Him

– the final deceit – payment to the guards whom the chief–priests and the Pharisees set to watch the tomb, in which the Body of the Lord was placed after crucifixion, so the guards would tell that the disciples of the Lord came and stole His Body while they were sleeping (during the night watch).

All these events have one cause: the evil, which is the consequence of idol–worship. This evil corrupted all layers of the society: the people, the priests, and the rulers:

1/ The seed of this evil was initial rejection of God; then, it grew in idol–worship and acceptance of “wisdom” of the surrounding nations (including the Orphism*3*), which corrupted the priests, elders, Pharisees, and kings and transformed them into hypocrites, “offspring of the vipers,” and murderers of the messengers of God – the prophets, the wise ones, and the scribes {e.g., Isaiah 2:6–8; Ezekiel 8:4–18; Hosea 4:1–18; 8:1–14; 9:1–4; 10:1–3; Matthew 23:33–35; Mark 6:14–29}.

The set of false concepts, dreams of corrupted imagination, and superstitions borrowed from the surrounding heathen nations {e.g., Isaiah 2:6–8; Jeremiah 11:9–13; 16:11–13; 23:31–32; Hosea 4:12–13} covered with the apparent observance of rituals (e.g., clothing, public prayers, lofty words, avoidance of “the sinners”) took the place of the law and devotion to God: the vineyard brought forth poisonous thorn instead of the life–sustaining fruit, and it was left for destruction as the prophets warned {e.g., Isaiah 9:14–20; Hosea 10:1–4}.

The writings of Philo of Alexandria*4*, the learned Pharisee from the Levites {from the time of Moses, the tribe of Levi provided the keepers of the holy covenant with God, priests, and teachers of Israel – Deuteronomy 33:8–10}, give a clue about the outlook of the ruling group – the Pharisees who absorbed the Orphism and other heathen doctrines through the Greek heathen philosophy, “wisdom” of Egypt, and contacts with idol–worshipping neighboring nations and the Romans. In fact, there were no more law and teachings granted by God; the Pharisees devised new teachings, against which God warned His disciples {Matthew 16:1–12}.

2/ The embodiment of the new teachings of Pharisees, which took place of the law of God, resulted in

a/ the utter injustice revealed as the ability to condemn the Innocent Man to death: even the pagan – Pontius Pilate, Roman governor of Judea, perceives Lord Jesus Christ as Innocent and Righteous Man

b/ the ungodliness; they do not want to accept the Messiah, although they witnessed all His miracles including resurrection of the dead man who was four days in the tomb – no man and no prophet ever was able of doing such things; although they acknowledged the miracles including resurrection of Lazarus, in their hatred to God, they want to murder Him; they also want to exterminate the living proof of the glory of God – Lazarus, for many people came and believed in the Word–God because of him {John 11:4, 43–48, 53; 12:10–11}

c/ the utter iniquity as violation of the main commandments of God – love to God, and love to other human being–creation of God {e.g., Matthew 22:36–40} – they reject and murder the righteous Man Who acts by the power of God.

In particular, the actions of “the vinedressers” were possible only because the keepers of the law forsook the covenant with God, discarded the law of God, and rejected God; then, material considerations took the place of wisdom: they condemned to death the innocent Man because

a/ of envy and fear that their prosperity, opportunities of accumulation of wealth, and power over the people would come to end, if the people learn true meaning of the law of God and throw them away along with their false rituals, false pretenses, and false laws, with which, as God tells, they turn any proselyte into the son of Gehenna (the Hell) twofold more than they themselves are, yet with which, as they believe, they tie remnants of their kingdom together, and through which they attempt to survive even under the power of the Romans

b/ the Lord pointed out the corruption and vice of those who forgot their purpose to keep and to carry out the law of God and transformed themselves into the sons of the arc–evil

c/ the Lord destroyed their earthly craftiness and hypocrisy by revealing that all their “wisdom,” rituals, and public prayers are abomination to God: they are the sons of the arc–evil, the devoid of reason “blind guides,” the walking graves embellished at the surface and full of uncleanness and the dead bones within, the adulterous generation, the “offspring of vipers,” the murderers of the prophets and the wise ones; they will not avoid the coming ruin {cf.: Matthew 12:24–42; 15:1–20; 16:1–12; 23:15, 27–39; 24:1–2; Luke 11:37–54; 16:13–15; 20:45–47; John 8:39–45; 9:39–41; 11:45–50}.

3/ The final accomplishment of this evil was execution of the Son of God, the Messiah for the sake of Whom the Israel came into existence and was kept for a time.

The referred above events confirm that at the moment of crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, the vineyard – the ancient οικος of Israel – reached its καιρος*5*, because it has degenerated into full potency of evil, and became unable to accomplish the purposes for which it was set {probably, similarly to the pre–Flood people who, in their utter corruption, came to their καιρος – Genesis 6:12–14}. The full potency of the evil was achieved through the substitution of the main attributes of the arch–evil (the evil, the rage of the beast, iniquity and injustice) for the main attributes of the holy nation (the good, the righteousness, the law and justice): the actions of the chief–priests, the Pharisees, the king, and their subjects prove the substitution of

 

the evil (the Caesar, the heathen idol–embodiment of death)

 for the good (the King of Israel – the Word–God, the source of life)

the cry and rage of the stirred mob (demand to execute the righteous innocent Man)

 for the righteousness (mercy, impartiality, and observance of the Law)

the iniquity (condemnation to death of the innocent righteous Man)

 for the justice.

 

In summary, the prophecies concerning “the vineyard” have been actualized:

1/ “the vineyard” degenerated into the collapsing establishment with purposes and attributes of evil irreconcilable with those of the initial οικος, which was set to evolve into the holy nation of the priests of the Almighty God

2/ “the vineyard” became ripe for destruction similarly to any collapsed system incapable to accomplish the purposes for which it has been arranged.

The events described by the Holy Scriptures illustrate also the mental degradation of the vinedressers (the chief–priests and the Pharisees) who believe that they possess the wisdom necessary to attend the vineyard (to rule the nation). For instance, the “offspring of vipers” do not understand that the moment of their triumph – death of the crucified Son of man – is their own end: their destiny is sealed, because the evil – their master that they carry within – is defeated; now, it is on its way to the final annihilation, and it is drugging them along with it into the pit.

So, why the cherished vineyard turned into the infertile wasteland overwhelmed by thorns, why the creations of God did not recognize their God and Creator, why the keepers of the Law of God became the enemies of God?

Or, in other terms, what compels the system to substitute degeneration for evolution, to accept the pattern of disintegration/collapse instead of the pattern of evolution/optimization through which the wholeness/system could become completed in its perfection?

The hints for understanding might be found if to analyze the process of transformation of the ancient οικος of Israel into the human establishment/kingdom, as it is described in the Holy Scriptures {the Books of Kings}.

When Samuel the prophet, the last judge of the period of Judges, became old, he appointed his sons to judge the people {1 Kings 7:15–17; 8:1–3}, although the previous Judges were chosen by God {e.g., Judges 1:1–2; 2:16–19}.

It looks like human weakness intervened with the vision of the prophet: Samuel could not adequately evaluate the potential and the future of his own offspring. Indeed, when the will of man, even if he is the great prophet, is not precise accomplishment of the will of God, nothing good comes from it {for instance, sin/disobedience of Moses deprived him of the Promised Land – Deuteronomy 32:48–52; 34:1–5}. When Samuel began to think that he is old for the works of God and his days are numbered, he should ask God to give a new judge/prophet to His people; he should not harbor the expectations that the power, which Samuel the prophet received from God to accomplish the purposes of God, is the inseparable attribute of Samuel’s household {cf.: Deuteronomy 33:8–10}.

So, the sons of Samuel the prophet became the judges, yet, they perverted judgment and judged for the gifts {1 Kings 8:1–5}.

The texts of the Holy Scriptures allow inference that the behavior of unjust judges, the sons of Samuel, is similar to the behavior of the sons of Heli the priest, the Samuel’s predecessor (Heli the priest accepted Samuel from his mother who devoted her child to minister in the presence of the Lord). The sons of Heli took the position of authority at the sacrificial altar, yet, they did not know God; their behavior reveals corruption, lack of faith, and violation of the sacred rites of worship {1 Kings 1:1–28; 2:1–34}, which the Levites should strictly observe and follow without any deviation.

So, the sons of Samuel the prophet perverted service of judges, and the sons of Heli the priest perverted the service of priests. Obviously, their behavior negatively influenced faith of the people: at first, it was the offspring of the priest, then, it was the offspring of the prophet, and all corrupted, perverted, and unjust. Although, for awhile, the sons of Heli {1 Kings 2:22–35; 3:10–14; 4:4–22}, as well as the sons of Samuel later, were kept alive to test through them the people’s faith, understanding of the law, and loyalty to God, the visible perceivable actions of men in positions of the highest authority of the pre–king οικος (the priests and the prophets spoke on behalf of God and acted by the authority of God) clouded the inner meaning of things. Probably, the people’s inference was that if God tolerates such a behavior of priests and judges, there is no necessity to observe His law and to follow Him as the only God and Ruler of the people. Therefore, it might be concluded that the people were not perfected in their faith and understanding of the law, because the actions of other men interfered with their devotion to God and led to rejection of God.

Consequently, some of the chosen ones again turned away from God, as their predecessors already did many times before {starting with the disobedience and rebellion in the desert after exodus from Egypt, continuing with constant violations of the instructions concerning the alien idol–worshipping nations, and finishing with frequent relapses into idol–worship – the Books of Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Judges; Kings}; they put their trust in man, and decided to have a king as all other nations.

When Samuel the prophet asked God concerning the choice of people to have their king and to be as all other nations {1 Kings 8:4–5, 19–20}, God answered that the reason behind the people’s desire of king is rejection of God’s reigning over them. Then, God instructed Samuel to give people the warning–explanation of the nature of human authority: separation from God – God would not answer them when they cry out because of king who they have chosen, deprivation of people (their possessions and children would be taken by the king), and enslaving of people by the king. In their inability to comprehend the true meaning of the events and spiritual blindness, which is inseparable companion of rejection of God, the people did not take into consideration the Samuel’s warning, and their wish was granted: Samuel anointed Saul to be the first king, and the arrangement of the kingdom started {1 Kings 8:1–22; 10:18–36–5; 12:1–25, and the following chapters}.

Saul the king began to establish his authority with disobedience to the will of God:

1/ Saul usurped the place of Samuel at the altar of God, when, in spite of Samuel’s warning to wait until his coming, Saul made sacrifice himself, although only prophets and priests from the Levites could make sacrifice on behalf of the people {1 Kings 13:1–14 vs. Leviticus 10:1–3;  Numbers 18:20–23}

2/ the possession of idol–worshipers was taken (instead of destruction), and the worst enemy – an embodiment of the evil of the heathenism, Agag the king of Amalec, was spared, because the desire of material things and human ambitions overcame the loyalty to God {1 Kings 15:1–35; 21:1–9; 23:9–21}.

For disobedience, self–aggrandizement, and attempt to intervene with the will of God, God rejected Saul and his kingdom.

God is the source of life–maintaining and creative power. When God rejects man or if man rejects God, such rejection is accompanied with deprivation of the power that sustains evolution/development. Then, degeneration of the mind begins, and ultimately, man becomes able of nothing good/beneficial for him and for the world {cf.: John 15:4–6}.

So, when God rejected Saul, deprivation of life–maintaining power was followed with mental disorder and accelerated degeneration of Saul’s mind {the Spirit of God departed from Saul, and the spirit of evil throttled him – 1 Kings 16:14–23}.

After Samuel anointed David to be the king of Israel instead of rejected Saul, Saul’s actions included slaughter of the priests. Saul also became unable of winning the war, and he could not contact with God. In fear and anguish, Saul sought to reach God through the deceased prophet, and he came to the woman with “divining spirit,” that is to witch/sorceress/medium, to ask her to bring up Samuel who died {“contact” with the deceased was the habitual practice of the surrounding nations forbidden for the Israelites; in fact, it was acceptance of the arch–evil (“preparation of the table for demons”): for such a practice, the Israelites had to be stoned to death – 1 Kings 28:3–20; Leviticus 19:31; 20:27; Deuteronomy 18:9–14}. This particular action of Saul illustrates the main consequence of rejection by God – debilitated mind incapable of logical reasoning: Saul expects to reach God by violating His law and imagines that he might learn the will of God through divination, which is abomination to God.

The next king – David, God–loving shepherd and prophet, composed many of the Psalms, led the great battles with the idol–worshiping nations, and built the kingdom with the capital in Jerusalem. David also began to reveal the true nature of the king’s authority over his subjects: deprivation of dignity and possessions predicted by Samuel. David not only took woman who had to wait return of Uriah from the war waged by David, and who in eyes of king’s subjects was a lawful possession of Uriah the warrior; David also condemned his subject, Uriah, to death for his unwillingness to cover the sin of king. David’s unlawful and treacherous dealing with Uriah did not escape punishment: his child died, and disgrace and violence became the attributes of the king’s household {2 Kings; 3 Kings}. Already, the first generation of David’s offspring (sons) included

a/ Amnon who raped his sister Themar

b/ Abessalom who murdered Amnon for disgrace of his sister, rebelled against his own father and took his father’s women

c/ Solomon who eventually became the apostate.

So, David’s sin (taking woman of another man and murder of this man for the sake of his woman) begot the failure of his sons, even of Solomon*6* who became the apostate {Solomon discarded the warnings of Moses, which conveyed the instructions of God to the future kings of Israel. Solomon not only exceedingly multiplied his treasures; he took women of alien idol–worshiping nations who were possessed with their idols. Eventually, the idol–worshipers corrupted Solomon’s heart, and he “went after other gods” – 3 Kings 11:1–11; Deuteronomy 17:14–17}.

Apostasy of Solomon son of David triggered division of the David’s kingdom and people’s relapse into idol–worship {3 Kings 11:1–40; 12:1–33}.

The authority of following kings*7* is marked with rebellion against God, rejection of His law and His will, which God conveyed through His prophets {e.g., Jeremiah 43(36):1–32}, and idol–worship.

The inseparable companions of idol–worship – wars, famines, suffering, and other “curses” predicted by Moses {Deuteronomy} took a place of prosperity and became the attributes of daily life; the ordeals suffered by the people include the Babylonian exile, slavery, destruction of the temple built by Solomon, losses of relatives (killed or enslaved) and property, and devastation of the land by numerous enemies.

Consequently, at the time of coming of the Messiah, Judea was the province of the heathen Roman Empire. The conquerors brought with them the main imperial deity – “the divine emperor,” ruthless laws and customs, institutionalized slavery, favorite public entertainment – death (for instance, at circuses and private arenas in the houses of “noble” and rich Romans, lions and other predators consumed human bodies, and people fought to death for amusement of the spectators), and the most inhumane execution – crucifixion. The Romans adopted execution by crucifixion from the Phoenicians who invented the cross – “the tree of death,” on which human beings cognized the ultimate evil – slow agonizing death in utter hopelessness, powerlessness, desperation, and rejection by the world*8*.

However, not only the perceivable outer conditions signified inevitable destruction of the ancient kingdom; the inner process starting after the Babylonian exile also came to conclusion. The results of this process are summarized by the words of God addressed to the teachers and rulers of Israel: hypocrites, the whitewashed graves appearing outwardly beautiful, yet full of the dead bones within, adulterous generation, the offspring of vipers, the blind leaders leading the blind ones into the pit {Matthew 12:39; 15:1–9, 12–14; 16:1–12; 23:1–35}.

The essence of this process is inner corruption of the heart/mind covered with appearance of piety: with apparent behavior intended to confirm their righteousness, the Pharisees masqueraded inner lawlessness, corruption, and perversion, which are abomination to God {e.g., observance of the rituals, wearing of particular clothing, public prayers on the streets, avoidance of contacts with “the sinners” – Matthew 6:2–5; 9:11–13; Luke 16:14–15}.

The history of the ancient kingdom of the chosen nation came to its sad, yet logical – consistent with its essence – end at the time of final rejection of God, which proved transformation of the descendents of chosen people into the ungodly ones living only by the material values of the world of the matter: they have no king but Caesar {John 19:12–16}.

In summary, the Books of Kings, the Book of Isaiah and the Gospels describe the life–cycle of the establishment that human mind erected with its own power:

a/ it began with rejection of God and choice of mortal man as the focus, center, and the source of power with which a new establishment is to be built

b/ it progressed through substitution of the laws of men for the law of God and issuing degeneration of reasoning/judgment, morality, morals, and customs of men left without guidance of God (therefore, without the Absolute Good, which must be imitated in the daily life of men, their families, societies, and other establishments, if human beings desire to evolve and to reach the optimal potency of good and wisdom)

c/ it was completed with ultimate rejection of the King of Heaven and confirmation of loyalty to the self–deified man – the Roman emperor, the idol of heathen empire, the destroyer who would devastate the remnants of the chosen nation and fulfill the end predicted by Isaiah and confirmed by Lord God Jesus Christ.

In conclusion, it should be noticed that the words of God and ancient history of the chosen nation, especially, the consequences of deviation from the law and commandments of God conveyed by the Holy Scriptures, are given to entire mankind as the guidance to life. The Holy Bible holds all patterns describing the work of the mind, creation and destruction of human establishments, – all that the mind could need in its quest for fulfillment of the will of God and achievement of the main purpose: preparation for the next phase of existence – the life everlasting in the presence of God. The story of the vineyard teaches the lessons of evolution and anti–evolution, wisdom and confusion, life and death.

And I think of the most obvious lessons – how, for instance, the story of the ancient vineyard could help in establishing of the optimal systems, with which the mind would be fully capable to achieve its purposes? How theology feeds religious philosophy and its offspring – the science of wholeness, the systems theory*9*, with which decision of many contemporary problems can be found?

For instance, why the seemingly optimal system – the ancient nation, which initially had everything that would secure successful accomplishment of the purposes, everything that is not possible even to imagine today {starting with the guidance and the presence of Almighty Omnipotent God Himself – Exodus 33:12–17} degenerated into the collapsing establishment controlled by hypocrites and enemies of God?

Three factors compose the stage, on which the drama of the progressing collapse unfolds:

1/ insufficient devotion to God, which makes possible

a/ initial incompliance with the will of God – the law on which the mankind universe is established, and which controls evolution, optimization, and survival

b/ numerous violations of the law of God, which trigger anti–evolution, collapse, and destruction of the human mind and its creations

2/ deprivation of the life–sustaining power issuing from God; such deprivation is the consequence of two events: rejection of man by God, and rejection of God by man

3/ violation of the main life–controlling commandments of God, starting with acceptance of “other gods” – idol–worship.

All three factors have one precondition: the throttled/clouded reasoning/judgment, which makes possible misperception and misinterpretation of the words of God, deviation from the law, and rejection of God – the source of the law.

So, the next question is: what makes the human soul–heart–mind, which is created into the image and likeness of God (therefore, designed to evolve into the optimum within the world given into its dominion), to begin the process of degeneration/anti–evolution resulting in the throttled (clouded) reasoning/judgment and consequent collapse of systems/establishments correlated with such a mind? Why the mind enters the states identified as “darkness,” “turning the mind aside from understanding,” inability to perceive the actuality (similar to closed eyes unable to see, ears unable to hear, and heart unable to understand), perplexity, confusion, and inability to hold the truth {e.g., Isaiah 6:9–10; 59:1–15}?

The Holy Scriptures allow inference that the obscure/clouded reasoning/judgment arises only if the human being is not entirely devoted to God: the “divided heart” is the way to destruction {e.g., Hosea 10:2}.

In particular, the referred above three factors do not work, if the one strictly observes each word of God: the clouded (throttled) reasoning and the consequent misperception/misjudgment debilitate the one who

 

is not devoted to God with entirety of his soul–heart–mind–reasoning/understanding and power

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does not love God with all soul–heart–mind, understanding and power

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does not serve God in spirit and truth

{cf.: Deuteronomy 4:23–24; 5:6–9; 6:2–5, 13–18; 10:12–21; 11:1; 30:19–20; John 4:24}.

 

It means that degeneration/anti–evolution of the mind begins with violation of the first main commandment of God {Exodus 20:1–3; Matthew 22:37–38}.

What, then, produces capacity to violate the commandments/law of God?

There are two hints, two correlated concepts: the notion of the “whole” undivided heart, and the impossibility to serve two masters. These two concepts

a/ disclose the reasons of transformation of the evolving systems into the degenerating system

b/ point out the conditions of evolution–achievement of the full potency of the human mind, which was created by God to be free and omnipotent within the world given into its dominion.

Starting with the first commandment, the Holy Scriptures again and again mention the necessary property of the human heart (mind) that is the condition of life – the ground, initially, for the law of God, then, for the Word–God: man should seek God, love God, and serve God with all his heart, all his mind, and all his power.

It means that the heart/mind/all potency/powers of a human being must be the entirety, the wholeness focused on God–Creator and Giver of life. Focusing of the mind on God (or development of single–mindedness, or creation of the evolving system) is actualized through acceptance, observance, and fulfillment of the law of God, which controls life of men and of the world accommodating existence of men. For instance, the usual appeal to the sinners includes advice to obtain the undivided heart (the wholeness of heart) entirely devoted to God.

The explanation given by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God through Whom everything that exists came into existence, elaborates the meaning of wholeness: it is not possible to serve two masters {John 1:1–3; Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13–15}. In the context of the Gospels, reference to the one of “two masters” identifies mutually excluding irreconcilable and incompatible realities, one of which the mind has to choose:

– either the reality of God – the Source of Life, Whose attribute is the Absolute Good; the properties of the Absolute Good accessible by the human mind include wisdom, adequate judgment–comprehension of actuality (the knowledge of truth), and ability to hold the truth

– or the reality of the arch–evil, the embodiment of the ultimate evil – death, whose attributes the mind cognizes as insufficiency, suffering, diseases, false, lies, deceit, mental and other disorders, ruin, collapse, anti–evolution/degeneration, and all other evils.

So, the first obvious inference: the main reason of the ancient vineyard’s failure is “the divided heart” that is inability to love God and to serve God with entire heart–soul–mind, with all understanding, and with all power. Hence, to survive and to achieve the purposes of existence, the system should be the wholeness entirely focused on the purpose(s), for achievement of which it was created.

This lesson of the ancient vineyard is helpful for those who work on arrangement of the evolving, not degenerating, systems; for instance, for those who strive with the problems of survival of their establishments and who would like to see those who they lead and control living in dignity, prosperity, and abundance of good. If the system is to survive, evolve, and achieve its optimal potency, it must be established as the entirety focused on the main purpose that is the reason of its creation. The ability to create the focused purpose–oriented unity is the key to success in many spheres.

The practical problem is that contemporary establishments attempt to survive, while their essence – the controlling managing center – is “the divided heart.” They attempt to survive and moreover, to accomplish their purposes, by balancing the opposites, working on achievement of contradicting purposes, using mutually hostile powers, and considering contradictive opinions, while there is no such a foundation that would ever provide the basis for co–existence, reconciliation, or transmutation*10* of the opposites. Those who believe that such a foundation exists justify their beliefs with original or modified versions of the Orphic doctrine (e.g., Marxist dialectics and ideologies of death): they seek solution by applying Aristotelian logic of simplification*11*. In fact, they create the non–existing dream worlds, substitute figments of their imagination for the actuality, and then, expect that their decisions devised for the dream worlds would work in the real world.

For instance, they seek decisions of the most complicated financial and organizational problems of states, societies, and sciences by creating models written with the simplified language of mathematics. Although these models do not have adequate level of complexity*12*, they are expected to reflect, to describe, and to explain the actuality, or even to decipher the laws that control existence of the world. The results – crises in all spheres, impoverishments, unceasing conflicts, disagreements, and other problems, speak for themselves… as Isaiah the prophet writes {Isaiah 59:9–11}, they feel the wall, but, are they able to see and to destroy it? 

 

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Notes:

 

*1* For instance, see The Rejected Knowledge, the Folder Archive, Page April_May_2011

 

*2* See Lazarus, Folder 2012, Page 4_April_2012.

 

*3* Concerning the Orphism and idol–worship of Israel, see: Philosophy: the Beginning, Folder Philosophy, Page_1.1; The Earth without the Foundation, May 2011, The Authority to Survive, and The Great Chasm, July 2011,in Folder Archive, and The Emptiness, Folder 2012, January, 2012.

 

*4* See Works of Philo of Alexandria, Folder Philosophy.

 

*5* Concerning καιρος, see The Completion, Folder Archive, Page_4_2008–2009, and Pattern #5, Folder Patterns.

 

*6* Concerning apostasy of Solomon, see The Foreknowledge, Folder 2012, Page 2_February_2012. 

 

*7* See The Ancient Kings, Folder Archive, Page_8_2009

 

*8* Concerning the Phoenicians and crucifixion, see The True Vine, Archive, Page_1_2008, and Philosophy: the Beginning, Folder Philosophy, Page_1.

 

*9* See Introduction to the Systems, Folder Systems.

 

*10* Concerning the opposites, dualism, concept of unity and struggle of the opposites, and concept of transmutation of the opposites, see:

 

1/ this website: The Orphic Doctrine; Philosophy: Plato; Philosophy: Aristotle; Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, and Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, – Folder Philosophy.

 

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

 

*11* Concerning Aristotelian logic of simplification, see Philosophy: Aristotle, Folder Philosophy, and Logic of Death, Folder Archive, Page_2_2008.

 

*12* Concerning modeling, see Introduction to the Systems, Folder Systems.

 

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98. Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Lessons of the Vineyard: the Leaven

 

…Beware to yourselves from the leaven of the Pharisees…

{Luke 12:1}

 

The Gospels convey the warning of God to His followers: beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, Herod, and the Sadducees. The leaven is their teachings, which, in the Gospel According to Luke, the Lord (speaking of the Pharisees) defines as hypocrisy. In the Gospel According to Matthew, definition of the Pharisees and the Sadducees as “the evil and adulterous generation” precedes the warning to beware of their teachings {Matthew 16:2–12; Mark 8:11–21; Luke 12:1}.

At the beginning of new era, adultery – violation of the commandment of God – still was the grave sin: woman taken in adultery had to be executed by stoning {John 8:3–5}. The definition of the one as an adulterer or a son of adultery was the grave insult; the word adultery also identified idol–worship of Israel {e.g., Jeremiah 3:6–10}. The Gospel According to John explicates the meaning of the “adulterous generation”: they are those who have no place for the words of God, those who do not love the Word–God, who are not able to hear the words of God. They are children of fornication born not of God; they are the children of the arch–evil that is the father of lies and murderer from the beginning {John 8:37–44}.

Therefore, according to the Gospels, the teachings of Pharisees and the Sadducees and Herod*1* are rejected by God as false (rooted in idol–worship and evil) and dangerous for the people of God; the fruits of these teachings (the people who became the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the Herodians) do not serve God; they are condemned to annihilation.

Then, speaking of the Kingdom of God, the Word–God also likens it to the leaven, which leavened three measures of meal {Matthew 13:33}.

Every listener of Lord God Jesus Christ knew the meaning of the leaven: it was a ferment taken in very small quantity that, although in very small quantity, leavened big mass of meal transforming it into dough, from which the bread can be baked. By likening of the Kingdom of God and the teachings of men*2* to the leaven, Lord Jesus Christ makes clear that the teachings enables a human being to achieve either the purposes of God or the purposes of the arch–evil:

– the one who accepts the words of God and follows the words/teachings of the Word–God is transformed into a child of God, the living temple of the Living God

– the one who accepts the teachings of Pharisees*3*, becomes the offspring of vipers (the heathen devoted to the Orphic cult of arch–evil), the son of Gehenna (the Hell), as the Pharisees are.

The Gospels mention three kinds of the poisonous teachings of men: the teachings of Pharisees, the teachings of Sadducees, and teachings of Herodians. In the contemporary terms, it could be said that these teachings are different ideologies that sustains different worldly powers (e.g., similar to political parties). All three ideologies are based on perverted interpretations of the same religious doctrine originally sustained by the laws of Moses. For instance, the Pharisees and the Sadducees expected material aggrandizement of Israel and coming of the Messiah as the powerful earthly king who would lead the state to its might and dominance over the Gentiles.

These three teachings have similarities: the origin (the evil), apparent piety of the people literally following the rituals prescribed by or inferred from the laws of Moses (hypocrisy), methods to achieve the purposes (provocation and false accusations as the means to silence the Lord), and fierce hatred to God. The common traits include inability to recognize the Word–God – the Messiah promised and sent by God to redeem His people, rejection of the Lord God Jesus Christ, and desire to destroy Him by any means, including conspiracy, treachery, and provocation {e.g., Matthew 22:15–22; Mark 3:1–6; 12:13–17; Luke 20:19–26}.

However, the teachings have some differences, because they embody different aspects of perversion of the teachings of God:

a/ substitution of the heathenism for knowledge of God (the Pharisees who became the offspring of vipers)

b/ substitution of the matter for the Spirit, in particular, substitution of materialism for the spiritual worship to the invisible God Who does not have image and embodiment and semblance within the world of the matter (the Sadducees with their cult of the temple, attachment to the rituals, especially sacrifices, on which their temple authority was grounded, and transformation of the temple into the market place – the den of robbers)

c/ substitution of the power of king for the power of God (the Herodians).

The teachings of the Pharisees (who accepted the Orphism and other “wisdom” of the alien nations, substituted corruption and vice for righteousness, and covered their transformation with hypocrisy*4*) illustrates the outcome of many centuries of gradual substitution of the heathenism for the law of God. God defines this outcome as annulling the commandment of God by the human traditions; He tells {Matthew 15:3–14; 23:1–35; Luke 11:39–52; 16:13–15; 20:46–47} that the Pharisees are the plant which is not planted by God and they will be rooted up; they are hypocrites, blind guides, and the fools:

 

they substituted the matter for the Spirit;

they ascribe the greater value to gold and gift/sacrifice

than to the Power that sanctifies the gifts devoted to God

they discarded the essence of the Law – justice, mercy, and faith, and consume robbery and intemperance;

they are the predators: they devour houses of widows and,

in violation of the commandment of God, they do not honor their parents

(therefore, they spread lawlessness, corrupt,

deceive and plunder those who are under their authority)

they transform the proselyte into a son of the Gehenna twofold more than they are:

they have the potency of the corruption that exceeds their own level

and exceeds already accomplished by them evil

they are the servants of worldly power – lovers of money;

they pursue and value things, which are highly praised by men,

yet which are abomination to God

they are the blind leaders who lead the blind ones into the pit:

they are deprived of wisdom necessary to govern the people

and to lead them to survival and prosperity

they are the sons of those who murdered the prophets:

they inherited the full potency of evil possessed by their ancestors

they are going to complete the measure of evil committed by their ancestors;

they became similar to ancient heathens, and they are close to destruction,

which inevitably follows the completed evil {for instance, as it was defined in Genesis 15:16}

they shall not escape the judgment – the Gehenna (the Hell).

 

Another reference to the Pharisees as to whitewashed graves full of dead bones within {Matthew 23:27–28} completes identification of their teachings as the hypocrisy masquerading the rotten core of evil and lawlessness with the apparent righteousness and piety (e.g., public prayers, observance of the rituals of physical purification, avoidance of “the sinners”). The Pharisees {who took their occasion for sin from the surrounding nations – Ezekiel 5:7} substituted own laws, rules, and norms for the Law given through Moses: they took the key of knowledge (because they have authority as the teachers of the Law), yet they themselves do not understand, and they kept out those who have entered the understanding {cf.: Ezekiel 5:1–11; Matthew 23:1–38; Luke 11:46, 52}.

It might be concluded that the Pharisees accomplished the anti–evolution of the religion, which was ignited by the Divine Fire {Deuteronomy 4:24} and founded upon the Law granted by God, into the teachings of  χουν απο της γης – the pouring dust of the earth {Genesis 2:7}.

Therefore, as anyone who rejected the law of God and accepted the heathenism, they have to meet their end predicted by Moses and Isaiah {Deuteronomy 29:1–28; Isaiah 65:1–15}.

The references to the Sadducees are scarce and do not disclose the details of the ideological platform on which their party was striving for the authority over the temple in Jerusalem. Their destiny looks similar to the destiny of the Phoenicians: they, along with their teachings, vanished (after destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, around AD 70).

The texts of the Books of the New Testament {e.g., Matthew 3:7; 12:24–34; 16:1–12; 21:12–13; 22:23–34; 23:1–35; Mark 11:15–18; Luke 19:45–47} mention that

1/ St. John the Baptists refers to the Sadducees (along with the Pharisees) as to the “offspring of vipers” that attempt to flee from the coming wrath

2/ the Sadducees err knowing neither the Scriptures nor the power of God

3/ the Sadducees do not believe in resurrection (while they have the temple authority along with the chief–priests)

4/ the Temple of God, which should be the house of prayer (and the authorities of which include the Sadducees), is transformed into the den of robbers, the place for trade.

Probably, the core of their teachings is some kind of primitive materialism (absorbed from the heathens, e.g., the Orphic doctrine, and, probably, similar to Aristotle’s materialism based on the Orphism interpreted by Plato*5*), also covered with the observance of the rituals, and centered on visible perceivable things, for instance, such as the temple’s building {cf.: Jeremiah 7:2–15}: they discarded the spiritual life and followed their own rules and rituals assuming that existence of the temple–structure is the evidence of their covenant with God. Therefore, they are the ignorant ones deprived of wisdom and sound reasoning (they are unable to recognize the signs of time), and they are unified with the chief–priests, scribes, and Pharisees in their hatred to the Word–God.

The Herodians together with the Pharisees conspired to destroy the Lord {Matthew 22:15–16; Mark 3:6; 12:13–17}. The following events portray the last kings (47 BC– AD 44) from the Herodian dynasty who ruled during the time of Lord Jesus Christ’s mission and to whom the Bible refers to with the same name of Herod {Matthew 2:1–23; 11:10–11; 14:1–12; Mark 6:14–29; Luke 1:13–17; 3:19–20; 7:24–30; 9:7–9; 13:31–32; 23:1–12; Acts 12:21–23}:

1/ Herod sought to assassinate the newborn Child – Lord Jesus Christ, because of fear of a new pretender on his throne {Matthew 2:1–23}; such intention reveals inability to understand true meaning of the Messiah’s coming, therefore, confirms complete degeneration of knowledge of the law and the prophets, to which the kings have to follow literally

2/ Herod imprisoned and then, executed St. John the Baptist who pointed out Herod’s corruption: Herod took the wife of his brother {Matthew 14:1–12; Luke 3:19–20}

3/ the Lord’s reference to Herod as to “that fox” (small stinky and bothersome animal that spoils the vine), when some of the Pharisees came to warn Him that Herod seeks to murder Him {Luke 13:31–32; Song 2:15}

4/ the Lord’s disregard for Herod {when Pontius Pilate was told that Lord Jesus Christ came from Galilee, he sent Him to Herod, because Herod was the ruler of the Galilee; Lord Jesus Christ did not answer Herod’s questions as well as fierce accusations of the chief–priests and scribes – Luke 23:1–12}

5/ Herod’s persecution of the followers of Lord Jesus Christ; Herod also executed one of the Apostles – James, brother of John; then, he imprisoned Peter {Acts 12:1–4}

6/ Herod’s disgraceful death (having been eaten by worms) at the moment of his deification {when Herod, having been clothed in regal garment and sitting on the high place, made a speech, the mass of his subjects cried out that his voice is “a voice of a god, and not of a man” – Acts 12:21–23}.

In conclusion, the authorities of kings and of the temple annulled the commandments of God by human traditions: they substituted the matter for the Spirit, and the ancient religion of their fathers with the idol–worship of heathens, which they covered with strict observance of the public rituals justified (as they implied) with the laws of Moses.

The summary of three teachings, against which God warned His followers, is the heathenism in its most common form – materialism as “worship to mammon” that penetrated the religious and civil authorities through greed and mercenary–mindedness {cf.: Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13–17}. This process began after the exodus from Egypt, when Aaron (who was to become the first high priest of Israel) made for the people the golden calf and they worshiped it {Exodus 32:1–35}; then, it continued with different heathen cults surfaced in different times, and it came to its completion, when the temple in Jerusalem was transformed into “the den of robbers.”

However, the lesson of the leaven is not only about the matter that took the place of the Spirit in the mind of the ancient people and transformed them into the enemies of God; it also is the warning of God to all who live now: beware of evil teachings, which have the potency to bring death.

And I think about protection from the corruptive influence of the evil teachings, the false knowledge – product of the corrupted imagination of the mind that lives by phantoms and evil and spreads death and destruction.

How to recognize the evil under the mask of the good, the false knowledge and lies under the mask of truth (especially when such false knowledge and lies became the common beliefs), ravaging wolves under the sheep clothing, the arch–evil under the masks of “true shepherds,” “universal teachers,” hierarchs of religious establishments, and the murderers and robbers under the mask of the benefactors of humanity?

There is only one hope – the Love of God, the only Protector – the Word–God, the only protection – the knowledge of God, and the only methods of self–defense – focusing on God and on observance of His words. This is true especially now, when, in many so–called democratic/free societies, the public education and media waged war against God and Christian teachings. Children are exposed to all kinds of corruptive influence that destroys their minds and bodies, and there is none to speak for God and about God. Even if some of them attend the churches, they are exposed to danger of becoming the victim of pedophile beasts and other corruptors. Only parents can protect their children from evil and corruption: by opening the Holy Bible, a child begins the way to God, the road to the eternal life.

Is among normal parents anyone who would choose to give his child death instead of life?...

There is only one hope and only one way – the teachings of the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ the Savior and the Redeemer…

 

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        *1*  In the Gospels’ context, Herod is the composite term for the Herodians. The Herodians were courtiers and followers of the kings of Herodian dynasty; they also are known as the Hellenizing Jews because of Herodian kings’ infatuation with Hellenism and acceptance of some of Greek beliefs and customs, in fact, apostasy, covered with public observance of the Jewish rituals (for instance, see Works of Philo of Alexandria, Folder Philosophy). The Gospels refer to the Herodians’ hypocrisy because of their inner apostasy covered with public observance of the traditional religious rituals {e.g., Mark 12:13–17}. 

 

        *2* The leaven taken in little quantities transforms the entire mass (mixture of meal/flour, water, salt) into the leavened dough ready to serve the purposes of men; in particular, example, to bake bread needed to sustain life, therefore, to maintain existence of a human body, the carrier of the mind.

Therefore, the leaven performs the role of the system–creating factor: the leaven transforms the mixture of unconnected components (chaos, or pool of reserves) into the structured matter, which serves some purposes (concerning chaos, see Introduction to the Systems, Folder Systems, Page 1).

Teachings is likened to the leaven. If the teachings (knowledge, framework of thinking) accepted by the mind is the active (fermenting) agent, or the main working element of the system–creating process, it might be said that the teachings/knowledge makes the mind a chaos–structuring system:

 

the teachings (knowledge framework) defines thinking – life of the mind

the mind comprehends knowledge provided by the teachings and creates its thought

within the general framework defined by the Teachings

(thought might be defined as the active information, or small energy form in the terms of the theory of complexity)

by accepting the teachings, the mind absorbs the underlying law(s)/definition(s) of the rule(s)

according to which systems must be created, maintained, used, preserved, transformed, and destroyed

the thought (small energy form – see Introduction to the Systems, Folder Systems)

becomes the core of a System that the Mind needs to create for achievement of a Purpose

to create a System, the mind extracts from the chaos (the pool of the resources – the world) the components

(e.g., additional knowledge, skilled workers, material assets, buildings, machines),

from which it creates a system

(e.g., commercial enterprise, state, establishment, society, any purpose–oriented entity).

 

        From another angle of consideration, the world is the Reality – the set of systems created from the Chaos that contains the reserves, from which the Reality is created and which sustains existence of the Reality. Then, the life/existence of the Reality might be seen as the result of the interactions among the following elements and processes:

 

Teaching–Knowledge framework–Law that controls

creation, maintenance, and destruction of the systems within the Reality

The Mind – creator of Thought/small energy form that might be developed

into a System intended to achieve a purpose/set of particular conditions,

accumulation of particular reserves, development of additional potency

Structurization of the Chaos by the Thought/small energy form –

creation of a System for achievement of a Purpose

(extraction, accumulation, and arrangement of the reserves extracted from the Chaos)

Achievement of a Purpose

(e.g., creation of particular conditions, new reserves,

consuming reserves, transformation, creation of new systems, destruction of other systems)

Creation of another Thought/small energy form that might be developed

into another system intended to achieve another purpose

And so on…

 

        Therefore, acceptance of a particular teachings/knowledge transforms the mind into a particular chaos–structuring system, which serves the purposes defined by the teachings (either the good, for instance, evolution as development of the optimal potency, or the evil, the collapsing degenerating systems that serve destruction and accomplish anti–evolution).

        Concerning chaos and active information, see Introduction to the Systems, Folder Systems.

 

*3* See also The Ignorant and Cursed, Folder Archive_2011, Page 6_November_December_2011.

 

*4* Concerning the Pharisees and the Orphism, see the previous post – The Vineyard, May 6–13, 2012, and Works of Philo of Alexandria, Folder Philosophy.

 

*5* Concerning doctrines of Aristotle and Plato, see Folder Philosophy, Pages 2 and 3.

 

 

 

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99–100. Sundays, May 27 and June 3, 2012

The Lessons of the Vineyard: Material Things

 

…But the time is coming and now is, when the true worshipers

will worship the Father in spirit and truth…

…God is the Spirit, and those worshipping Him

in spirit and truth need to worship…

{John 4:23–24}

 

The conversation of the Lord with the Samaritan woman {John 4:1–42} announced coming of the Messiah, the Savior of the world – the Christ, and the beginning of the new era (ωρα – time, era, hour): the time came, when the worship of God is not connected with the mountain or the temple in the city. The ones who worship the Father shall worship Him in spirit and truth: God is the Spirit, and He seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth. Then, the Samaritan woman told that the Messiah, Who is coming, the One called Christ, He would bring knowledge of all things. And the Lord answered that He, Who is speaking to her, is the One.

The Gospel According to John describes two evens preceding the conversation of the Lord God Jesus Christ with the Samaritan woman.

The first event is the meeting with Nicodemus the Pharisee, one of the teachers and rulers of the Jews. God told “the teacher of Israel” that to enter into the kingdom of God man must be born from above – from the Spirit: that receiving birth from the flesh is the flesh, and that receiving birth from the Spirit is the spirit. Lord Jesus Christ also said: He, the Son of God, is sent to save the world; the one believing in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life; the one comes to the Light if he is doing the truth and his works have been worked in God {John 3:1–21}. Mentioning of the Light had to evoke the prophecy concerning the sanctifying Holy Light of Israel {Isaiah 10:17; 60:1–3}: Nicodemus as the teacher of Israel*1* had to know the Law and the Books of the Prophets by heart.

The words of God reveal existence of two separate realms {cf.: John 18:36–37}: flesh/matter that produces only flesh/matter, and the spirit born of the Spirit of God. Existence of the flesh is limited with the realm of flesh – the realm of the material things. The spirit is free; it is enabled to enter the kingdom of God – the immaterial realm of the Omnipotent Almighty Power of God the Spirit, Creator and Source of life of all worlds, including the earth. Consequently, materialism as rejection of the spiritual realm is rejection of the kingdom of God.

The second event is conversation of John the Baptist with his disciples {John 3:23–36; also cf. in: John 12:44–50} who informed John that all are coming to Jesus Christ Who was baptized by John (and Who, as they assume, should not have superiority over John). John told them that the one is able to receive nothing unless it has been given to him from the Heaven. The One coming from the Heaven is above all; the one, being of the earth, the earth is and speaks of the earth {man is the earth, the mortal creature of earth/flesh that was taken out of the earth and returns into the earth – Genesis 3:20}. The One coming from the above brings His testimony {the knowledge of God that is the everlasting life – John 17:3}; the one receiving His testimony has sealed that God is true. The one believing in the Son of God, Whom the Father loves and gave everything in His hand, has everlasting life. The one disobeying the Son of God will not have the everlasting life, but the wrath of God remains upon him {in this context, “the wrath of God” is death*2*, the consequence of the original sin – Genesis 2:16–17; 3:18–20}.

Hence, there are also two different domains of knowledge correlated with two different realms:

– the knowledge of the Heaven*3*, the realm of the above, the Kingdom of God, from which the Son of God came, the Messiah, the Word–God, Who has the absolute power over the earth, Who is the Resurrection and the Life {cf.: Exodus 20:22; John 1:1–4, 14; 11:25–26; 18:36–37}; the faith in Him leads to cognition of the knowledge of God the Father brought by the Word–God; this knowledge is the everlasting life, because God is the Truth and the Life {John 14:6; 17:3}

– knowledge of the realm of earth; the earth/flesh/matter is able to speak/comprehend only knowledge of the matter (material things), and it cannot have the everlasting life, because “the wrath of God” (death) remains on the one who is the flesh/earth and who remains flesh/earth (if he does not come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, and receive from Him knowledge from the above).

Furthermore, the ability to comprehend the knowledge from the above (to receive the testimony of the Word–God) makes the difference between the earth and the Heaven, between life and death, between the flesh/matter and the spirit. This knowledge prevails the human wisdom, strength, and wealth {e.g., Jeremiah 9:23; 10:1–5}. The knowledge from the above is

 

firstly, knowledge of God as the Creator and the Judge,

Whose pleasure is mercy and righteousness on the earth

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then, understanding that the material things by themselves

(for instances, statutes of idols)

carry neither evil nor good: the human mind

empowers them to harm and to destroy living beings.

 

 The referred above events {conversations of Lord Jesus Christ with Nicodemus and Samaritan woman, and conversation of John the Baptist with his disciples – John 3:1–36; 4:1–42} reveal the beginning of the new era, when the worship of God is separated from the material things and places: spirit and truth are not the material things; they have no perceivable measures and parameters, and they cannot be attached to a particular place or to a particular piece/structure of the matter.

Nevertheless, in this era, the Omnipotent Almighty Power – the Holy Spirit, the Divine Fire – enables the earth/man to be unified with the Heaven through the Word–God sent from the heaven. He Who came from the above gives knowledge of the Heaven – the Kingdom of God, and through this knowledge, the Kingdom of God comes upon the earth/flesh. If the flesh/man of earth receives the Word–God, he receives the authority to become a child of God born of the Holy Spirit {cf.: Matthew 12:28; Luke 11:20; 12:49; John 1:12–13; 12:44–50; Ephesians 2:13–22; Hebrews 12:29; Deuteronomy 4:24}.

These events introduce the main features of the new era, which also are elaborated by other texts of the Holy Scriptures, and especially, by the Gospels: the encounter of creation and the Creator, and reconciliation between God and His creation:

1/ the Word–God  – Λογος, through Whom all things that exist came into being, in Whom is the Life that is the Light of man, Who is in Father, and in Whom the Father is {John 1:1–4; 17:20–23}, Who has the authority over all flesh and all power on the Heaven and on the earth – transforms the earth–man into the being empowered to receive the Spirit of God and to become the immortal child of God: the dwelling/living temple of the Living God. To obtain the immortality, the earth–man must be born of the Holy Spirit. To be born of the Holy Spirit, the earth–man must accept the Word–God – the imprinted Word–Λογος, the Word of Truth, Who gives the abilities to observe His words and the power to be born of the Spirit.

2/ the earth {man is the earth, the mortal creature of earth/flesh that was taken out of the earth and returns into the earth – Genesis 3:20} may be enabled to receive the Holy Spirit of God – the Divine Fire – and to become the immortal being. To obtain the immortality, which only the Holy Spirit of God gives, the earth/man must be empowered to accept the Holy Spirit Who comes from the above, from the Heaven. The power to receive the Holy Spirit of God arises if the Word–God becomes Στερεωμα – the inner structure, firmament – of the heart–mind*4*, and if the words of God are embodied into thinking, actions, and entire life of man. Obtaining of the immortality is receiving the Spirit of God: when the Spirit of God descends upon the earth, the earth–man is re–created into a child of God born of the Holy Spirit, and this newborn creation becomes the living temple of the Living God, the carrier of the Divine Fire {cf.: Deuteronomy 4:24; Psalm 17(18):2; 118(119):11; Luke 12:49; John 1:12–16; 3:3–8; 11:25–26; 12:44–50; 14:16–23; 15:26; James 1:18; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; 6:16; Hebrews 12:29}

In summary {cf.: Matthew 28:18; John 1:1–4, 12–13; 14:6, 15–18, 23, 26; 15:26; 16:13–15; 17:1–3; 20–23; James 1:18, 21; Revelation 21:2–7}:

 

the Word–God and the knowledge of God the Father,

which the Word–God gives, are the everlasting life,

because they open the heart–mind of man for the Almighty Omnipotent Holy Spirit

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three gifts of God empower the earth–man to receive the Holy Spirit

and to become a child of God –

a new being who enters into the kingdom of God and obtains immortality in the presence of God:

a/ the faith in Lord God Jesus Christ, the Word–God

b/ love and acceptance of the Word–God

c/ the ability to live according to the words of God

 

3/ worship to God is not connected with the material things {for instance, such as the temple for the Jews and mountain for the Samaritans – John 4:19–21}; God is the Spirit and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and truth:

 

the Truth is the Word–God

{John 14:6}

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the Spirit is the Holy Spirit of God sent by God the Father

to those who love the Word–God and live by His words

{John 14:15–26}

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the Kingdom of God is within man

{Luke 17:20–21}

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man who accomplishes the words of God becomes the firstfruit of new creations:

he is born of God through the Word of Truth,

he is perfected in the perfect law of freedom,

and he dwells in the perfect Love – in God

{James 1:18, 21–25; 1 John 4:8–19}.

 

So, the coming of the Messiah opens the new era, the next stage of the evolution of man, when the mortal creature of dust can be empowered to become the dwelling of the Holy Spirit, the new being created for the eternity with God. The coming of the new era completed the first stage of the evolution of man: preparation for the Messiah.

Psalm 104(105) summarizes the purpose of the first stage of the evolution: the chosen people were taken out of the land of idolatry and slavery and planted into the fertile and plentiful Promised Land to seek God and His presence continually and to observe and to keep the law of God {Psalm 104(105):3–5, 43–45}.

The first stage of the evolution began with giving of the law and revelation that God is the Consuming Omnipotent Fire Who man cannot see and live, Who has nor image, nor form, nor material semblance within the world of men. By the special commandment, God made forbidden creation of idols – molten images and forms after any of material objects within any of realms that compose the universe, because God spoke to them from the Heaven. Then, Moses especially warned his tribesmen to remember that they have not seen any similitude when God spoke to them out of the midst of the fire, therefore, they must not make idols, statues, images in likeness of man, woman, animals, birds, reptiles, fishes, heavenly bodies, etc. {Exodus 20:1–6, 22–23; 24:17; 33:20–23; Deuteronomy 4:15–20}. Thus, worship of God was separated from any likeness of the material things.

In the time of Hebrew exodus, Egypt was the land of the religion that sprung up from “the seed of serpent” and brought forth “gall and bitterness,” poison of the asps and flying serpents {cf.: Deuteronomy 29:16–18; Isaiah 14:29–31}, which destroys its followers and gives them no possibility of living. Through the Orphism (the cult of the arch–evil in image of the dragon–serpent/winged serpent, which summarized different variations of Minoan–Egyptian*5* legacy and became the core of so–called classical Greek heathen philosophy, and especially Plato–Aristotle doctrine), the cult of the arch–evil flooded the nations of Middle East, Asia, and North Africa – especially those that had commercial and other relations with the “cursed nations” – descendents of Canaan {Genesis 9:18–27; 10:6, 15–20}.

This religion

– was born by the evil and corrupted imagination, maintained by fear, lies and deceit

– had the elaborated rituals and appearance of physical purity sustained with terrifying practices of human sacrifice

– attracted followers by richness of imagination and “confirmations” received through sorcery, divination, and in altered states of mind – diviners as well as their listeners

– had material embodiments and symbols {temples, pyramids, statues and images of deified men, reptiles, beasts, hybrids of men and beasts, such as sphinxes with face of pharaoh, etc. – e.g., Deuteronomy 29:16–18} intended to intimidate humans, to magnify the power of beasts and to establish superiority of the beasts over the humans (especially, through sacrifices of humans before the statues of deified beasts, or feeding deifying reptiles and predators with human flesh)

– was expected to sustain social and political stability by fortifying the beliefs into the absolute power of the bestial gods/idols and especially the pharaoh – deified ruler whose subjects believed that his power encompasses the realm of the living and the realm of the after–life

– could survive only in perverted mind, which was enslaved, terrified, corrupted, and devoid of the natural power of reasoning.

Although some of the material symbols (pyramids, temples) were constructed with the bricks, which the Hebrews made for the Egyptians {Exodus 8:8–14; 3:9; 5:5–19}, many of the brick–makers oppressed with the overwhelming material power and cruelty of those who exercised this power assumed beliefs of their oppressors and reconciled themselves with their way of life and with own slavery {for instance, they lamented that in Egypt, they sat near flesh–pots and ate bread to satiety, that they ate flesh, fish, onion, garlic, etc. – Exodus 16:2–3; Numbers 11:4–20}.

During the exodus, when the chosen nation was taken from the authority of mortal man – the pharaoh of Egypt, set free from the physical slavery, delivered from harsh labor and cruelty of task–masters, and led out of the land of the idolatry that brings forth death, the people had to purify themselves from their heathen legacy and to learn the power of the Unknown Invisible Immaterial God Who spoke to them from the midst of fire and Who has nor image, nor form, nor any semblance in the earth. Through the miracle of salvation from the army of pharaoh, obtaining water from the stone, and other demonstrations of the might of the Invisible God {Exodus; Numbers; Deuteronomy}, the people had to discover the power that exceeds all material limits – the power of the Spirit of God. They have to develop the ability of seeing beyond the limits of the matter – the ability to perceive the presence of God {the Holy Scriptures mention the special inability to perceive as the failure/sin of men, as the reason of their rejection of God and failure to comprehend His words – e.g., Isaiah 6:9–10; Jeremiah 5:21–24; Matthew 13:13–15; Mark 4:10–20; Luke 8:4–15; John 12:37–43}.

Therefore, from the beginning, the heart–mind of man had to be focused on the immaterial realm, from which the law was given. The human mind had to comprehend own nature and the nature of the world as the manifestations of the Invisible yet Almighty Power speaking to man through The Ten Commandments, the essence of which is love: love to God and love to the neighbor. The human mind had to learn that manifestations of love are the qualities issuing from the observance of the law: righteousness, justice, mercy, dignity, and freedom.

Through the process of annihilation of the idol–worshipers {e.g., Exodus 34:10–17; Leviticus 18:1–30; 20:23–24; Deuteronomy 2:24–25; 7:1–26; 9:1–6; 12:1–3; 18:9–14; 20:16–18}, the people had to understand that the earth without God has no value, that only by God man lives, and although a heathen/idol–worshiper  has appearance of a human being, he is only the earth polluted by the evil, the wasted dust without any value, even if he possesses land, houses, gold, and other material things. Thus, the meaning of good had to be disconnected from the material things, which the people habitually use to measure their possession and evaluate the worth of their neighbors.

The time of exodus and implanting of the chosen nation into the Promised Land was not the time of mercy: the evil of idol–worshipers, who burned own children before their idols, prostituted own daughters, perverted own nature, and invented crucifixion, reached its maximal potency. Their καιρος came as the time of purification from them – the annihilation, because the idol–worshipers have neither desire nor potential of good {their καιρος*6* was similar to the time of Flood, the time of extermination of the evil that has filled its measures, of which Abram was told – Genesis 6:12–14; 15:13–16}.

So, the mind had to understand that man’s survival is directly linked with the inner – immaterial – good, not with material things at man’s disposal.

Ultimately, the mind had to understand that the Spirit of God creates the world of the material things, which is given into dominion of men, that the Spirit of God has the absolute power over His creations, and that man has to worship only One Invisible God the Spirit, the Creator, and the Source of life.

Consequently, the mind had to accept as the absolute truth that

a/ the authority of the Spirit of God is the highest – absolute – authority transcending the powers, the riches, and armies of man

b/ the immaterial qualities – love, mercy, righteousness, wisdom – are the highest values of man, because they are manifestations of the attribute of God – the Absolute Good, which His creation–man must imitate {cf.: Matthew 5:43–48; Luke 6:35–36; Proverbs 2:3–11; 3:5–6, 13–20}

c/ obtaining of the immaterial qualities – love, mercy, righteousness, wisdom – is the main purpose of man, because they come as the result of desire to find God and because of observance and fulfillment of the law of God – the law, the essence of which is two main commandments of love {cf.: Matthew 22:35–40}.

In summary, the first stage of human evolution began with revelation of the realm of the Spirit, Who is the Source of life of the earth, and with development of the ability to discern the power of the Spirit beyond the material world.

However, the history of the ancient Israel became the chronicle of continuous relapsing into idolatry (accompanied with sacrifice of humans, divination, and sorcery) and executions of the “curses” – consequences of idolatry and violations of the law, which  Moses predicted {e.g., Deuteronomy 11:16–17, 26–28; 28:15–68; 3 Kings 18:1–45; 19:1–18; 4 Kings 17:1–41; Isaiah 2:6–8; 3:8–9; 5:1–30; Ezekiel, esp. chapters 8 and 16; Hosea, esp. chapters 4–10}:

– the people discarded the will of God concerning extermination of the idol–worshiping nations that with their abominations (e.g., sacrifice of children by burning them for the sake of their idols, divination, superstitions and other perversions practiced by the Phoenicians*7* and other  idol–worshiping ”cursed” nations) corrupted and perverted the nature of man, polluted and corrupted the land

– in spite of Moses’ warning, the people developed commercial and cultural contacts with the idol–worshiping nations, and gradually assumed their customs, especially idols, divination, children sacrifice, and walks of life {e.g., 3 Kings; 4 Kings, esp. chapters 16, 17, 21}, which are abomination to God

– the people, who rejected God and worshiped idols, became ignorant of the law: they fulfilled their desire to be as all the others by transforming themselves into the exact copy of the heathen nations–inhabitants of the Promised Land, and accordingly, assumed the destiny of those whose place in the Promised Land they came to claim.

Ezekiel the prophet {Ezekiel 20:5–26} summarized the tragic history of the ancient chosen people: the reason of the failure was unwillingness of the people to cast away the abominations and devices of Egypt – the land of idols; they discovered similar cults and customs of surrounding idol–worshiping nations and eagerly accepted them; they rejected the commandments of God and followed their imagination*8* – firstly, the generation of those taken out of the land of idols, then, their children who went after imagination of their fathers.

And I think: what transformed the vineyard of the Lord*9* into the infertile wasted land capable of bringing only unusable thorns – the abomination to God; what transformed the perfectly arranged system – οικος of ancient Israel – into collapsing establishment destined for annihilation?

Indeed, the ancient οικος was arranged as the perfect system; the components included a plentiful pool of material reserves (the Land*10*), users–consumers–managers of the pool of the reserves (the chosen nation loved by God), the knowledge (the law) that has to maintain the system and underlie the system’s evolution – development of the maximal optimal potency, and the purpose (through observance and actualization of the law, to seek God and to accomplish preparation for the Messiah Who would bring the knowledge necessary for the next stage of existence):

 

The Law – knowledge of God

and knowledge of the nature – man and the world

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The Nation – the mind that has been chosen

to cognize the knowledge of God

and to embody it into its creations

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The Land – abundant pool of the resources

needed to sustain existence of the developing nation

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The Purpose – to evolve into the living temple of God.

 

In this equation, only one component had the opportunity of failure – the human mind; and it had failed.

It is obvious that, with the desire to be similar to other nations, through relapse into idol–worship and acceptance of customs, rituals and idols of the heathens, the chosen people began to live by imagination of their heart – by the dream worlds of the heathen cults, superstitions and misinterpretations of the actuality, nor by the law, nor by the truth – knowledge of their world, nor by knowledge of God. They gave up their exceptional status before all the nations as the holy and wise nation under God, as the keeper and doer of the Law in which wisdom and understanding are {cf.: Deuteronomy 4:5–8; 7:6}. They assembled their dreams from phantasms created by false prophets through divination and during altered states of mind*11*, and they rejected the law and knowledge of God. Consequently, their lawlessness became as the crack in the wall that brings down the entire edifice instantly: they triggered degeneration and collapse of the actual world accommodating their existence and prepared for themselves the future of scattered and despised carriers of the wrath of God who have no place in the new world promised by God {e.g., Deuteronomy 6:14–16; 11:16–17; 28:15–68; 29:22–28; 30:15–20; Isaiah 30:9–14; 65:2–17; 66:1–4, 15–24; Hosea 4:1–14; 8:3–14; 9:1–17}.

In other words, with transfer of practices of violating the law of God, habitual perversion, and divination from generation to generation, the ancient οικος entered the spiral of anti–evolution: the sequence of cycles of repetitive failures, which would end only with the end of the entire establishment. Each cycle is a slightly altered version (new king, new enemies, new generation of people, new set of the means of annihilation – e.g., either famine or war) of the general pattern of collapse triggered by rejection of the knowledge. Similarly to the dwellers of the Dante’s Inferno, the relapsed into idol–worship mind had no possibility to leave the downward spiral of anti–evolution, to break the loop, to return into the original settings and conditions.

The Holy Scriptures disclose the reason behind the failure and describe two ways of life and two futures differentiated by the attitude of the mind toward knowledge of God: the life and the future of the one who discarded the words of God, and the life and the future of the one who observed the words of God and accomplished the will of God {e.g., Isaiah 6:9–10; Hosea 10:2; Ezekiel 20:1–48; Matthew 16:24–27; 19:16–26; Mark 8:34–37; 10:17–27; Luke 12:15–34; John 12:37–43; 1 John 5:3–5, 11–12; Revelation 21:6–8}.

The reason of failure is the heart, which longs for the definiteness and presumable security of the material things and for the glory of this world, and which therefore, follows the idols as the embodiment of own needs, fears, beliefs, and expectations. The material concerns engross such a heart and deprive it of the acuteness of perception – the vision necessary for discernment the true essence of things*12*. The Holy Scriptures mention a “divided heart:” such a heart*4* belongs to the material visible things and lives for the sake of them, because it separated itself from its Creator. Yet, the destiny of man*13* is in the realm, which his heart pursues:

– the one, who lives by the material things/earth is the earth; he is entrapped by the earth/material world, and he shall remain the earth controlled by death

– the one, who lives by the words of God and by faith, overwhelms the material world; he shall inherit the Kingdom of God.

For instance, the ones taken out of Egypt wanted to worship the statue of kind or cruel (depending of the worshiper’s needs) understandable and visible deity, which can be bribed with sacrifice of the material things (therefore, can be influenced according to the desire of the worshiper); they were afraid or simply unwilling to change their heart–mind and to accept invisible God Who have nor form, nor image, nor semblance, nor likeness in the world, yet Who demands new way of life and gives new law to observe. The next step was rejection of God as their Ruler: they wanted to have a king–man and to become as all other nations.

On the other hand, they neither sow nor touched God: God is the Invisible Omnipotent Almighty Spirit Who man cannot see and live. Even the first generation of the chosen people has not seen any earthly likeness of God. What, then, was the subject of their rejection? They rejected knowledge of God conveyed through the prophets and the law given by God. By rejection of the law (that is by rejection of the knowledge given by God), they transformed themselves into abomination to God and their οικος into a degenerating system incapable of achieving the purposes for achievement of which it was established {cf.: Hosea 4:6–10; 5:3–7}.

The conflict between the heart–mind attached to the material things and the heart–mind that follows teachings of God reaches its culmination when God tells that it is not possible to serve both – God and mammon. The Pharisees (being the lovers of money) derided Him, and received backlash: God answered that they justify themselves before the people, yet, God knows their heart, and their thing highly prized among men is abomination to God {Luke 16:13–15}.

In summary, the history of the ancient people confirms existence of the primary cause and its consequences: rejection of the knowledge of God because of inability to discard attachment to the material things, and the issuing inabilities to overstep the limits of the material world and to perceive the presence of God. The destiny of those with the heart–mind attached to the material things is the most terrifying illustration of human folly and corruption masquerading as wisdom and righteousness: 

 

they reject knowledge of the law and knowledge of its Source – God

by rejecting knowledge of God, they close for themselves the road up, to the next stage of evolution:

development of the ability of perception of the presence of God

ignorance of the law makes them capable of sin – violations of the law

by violating the law, they pervert/corrupt own nature, firstly, by casting the mind down,

into the realm of imagination fed by the images of the material world,

not by the knowledge of actuality, which is knowledge of the nature of the world

and the law of God by which the world exists

corruption of the mind makes it incapable of evolvement

corrupted mind is abomination to God

(because the has been created into the image and likeness of perfect God,

yet, it became the polluted dust unsuitable for creative works in God),

and its destiny is the realm of the earth –

the realm controlled by the evil and its ultimate embodiment – death,

the realm of unfulfilled potential,

in which all mind’s creation serve destruction and trigger collapse.

 

So, the next lesson of the vineyard: attachment to the material things*14* impairs the mind’s core – the conscience: the ability of discerning the good and the evil,  the sense of right and wrong, which fashions the knowledge–accepting–creating structures and determines destiny of the mind*15*.

Normally, the knowledge of God enters the mind, organizes it, and transforms it into the wholeness–system prepared to serve the purposes of God (as the leaven transforms the mass into the usable structure, which if prepared, is ready to sustain life of man*9*). Then, the ability of discerning the presence of God arises bringing the comprehension of His will – the works that shall be done in God {cf.: John 3:21; 14:12}.

In other words, it could be said that the ancient nation established the pattern of collapse because of inability to accommodate system–creating knowledge and the issuing impossibility to be transformed into the evolving system and then, to develop the optimal potency: the collapse is triggered with rejection of knowledge*16*.

However, even if the entire οικος (the system/establishment – nation/society/state) failed, some people fulfilled the purposes set by God: the prophets and the individuals who followed the prophets – they kept the law even during the periods of total relapse into idol–worship and persecutions of those who observed the law of God {e.g., 3 Kings 19:9–18}. Generation from generation, a son from a father, an apprentice from a teacher, one mind from another mind accepted the precious knowledge of God and conveyed it to the next one.

So, could it be that for such individuals the material things do not have significance, or there is another reason why one mind is able to believe, therefore, to see beyond the material world, and why another mind sees only the material things and is not capable of faith in God, therefore, is not empowered to enter the eternity with God?

The words of Lord Jesus Christ explain the main difference between the mind attached to the material things and the mind focused on God {Matthew 5:38–48; 6:19–34; Mark 8:35–36; Luke 6:20–38; 12:15–36; John 8:31–47}. In fact, this difference is the difference between

 

slavery – enslaving by the arch–evil and entrapment within the temporal dissipating material world controlled by death

and

freedom – acceptance of the Word–God Who sets the mind free from slavery of sin and material things and opens the eternity.

 

The mind of materialist is enslaved by the temporary settings; it is locked within the world controlled by death, because it seeks only material things and riches, lives for the sake of dissipating material structures, disregards the law of God, and evaluates the world with the values sustained by death, which are abomination to God.

To the contrary, the mind of Christian is freed from death and slavery of sin by the Word–God; it lives by the Holy Spirit, it is focused on accomplishment of the will of God; it possesses righteousness and wisdom to follow the law of God; it comes to completeness and perfection through imitation of mercy and love of God.

The human mind is free to choose own destiny:

 

either

to focus on the material things, to stay within the realm of earth under the law of death

or

to focus on God, ascend the realm of the spirit and reach the eternal Kingdom of God.

 

The Holy Scriptures, which convey the will and words of God, confirm that this freedom is the actuality of each mind:

a/ Lord Jesus Christ teaches His followers what they need to do to enter the Kingdom of God; His words give understanding that man’s salvation depends on the actions of man, and the required actions include observance of God’s commandments, love to God and to other beings – creations of God {e.g., John 13:34–35; 14:15; 15:7, 10–26}

b/ the Apostles appeal to reason and rational judgment of their contemporaries, when they explain what the people need to do to become the children of God and to enter the Kingdom of God {e.g., James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 1 Corinthians, and other Epistles}

c/ Moses advises his tribesmen to choose between God and idols, life and death, blessing and the curse {Deuteronomy 11:26–28; 28:1–68; 30:10–20}.

So, which lessons the failure of the ancient vineyard teaches the one who wants to come to the Light and to obtain the life everlasting?

The answer is straightforward {in: Deuteronomy 6:4–6;  30:10–20; Proverbs 2:1–16; Matthew 6:24–34; Luke 12:15–40; 16:13–17; John 5:24–26; 6:27, 37; 18:36–37}:

 

God is the Spirit and He seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth

life and eternal destiny of man does not depend on possession with material things:

materialism is the legacy of the heathens – the ancient religion of arch–evil that deprives of life

it is not possible to serve two masters – God and mammon:

to confess Christianity and practice idol–worship (follow materialism)

if the one desires to find God,

he has to learn to love God and to seek Him with all his heart, mind, and understanding –

God does not cast out those who come to Him.

 

For the contemporary societies, which are focused on acquisition of wealth by any means, on decision of the never–ending crises, and other material problems, the words of God concerning impossibility to serve two masters {e.g., Matthew 6:24–34; Luke 12:15–40; 16:13–17} are either the subject of derision similar to the Pharisees’ reaction {in: Luke 16:13–15} or incomprehensible. The mind–controlling machine, which defines the meaning of society, education, science, and politics, incessantly produces and forces onto the mind the matrixes intended to fix the manner of thinking and to transform the population into easily manageable flock of consumers whose values and degree of freedom do not differ from the ones established by the Aristotelian Polis: materialism became the actual fabric of the social, religious, and political institutions and establishments*17*. However, what does the idol of materialism grant its contemporary worshipers besides

 

poverty – material and spiritual

↓ ↑

insufficiency of all kinds

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deprivation of mercy, justice, and wisdom

↓ ↑

inhumanity, deceit, and crimes?

 

It looks like in their infatuation with the material things, the people have forgotten the historical fruits of materialism, which include, for instance,

– physical and spiritual slavery (that is the death of human reason followed with stagnation, degeneration, and collapse of the slave–owning establishments)

– Marxism

– crimes against humanity committed by the totalitarian states (e.g., those based in ideologies of bolshevism and communism, and their contemporary versions)

– ethics–free sciences

– perversion of the Christian teachings with the heathen philosophy – Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology*18*, which brought forth the Inquisition and the Crusades, justified execution of the heretics, religious persecutions and wars, resulted in separation of the theology, philosophy, and natural sciences, and sustained the institutionalized corruption (especially sexual abuse of children revealed by the recent world–wide scandals)

– utter moral and physical corruption of the members of the materialism–focused societies and establishments fueled by greed and desire of enrichment by any means (politicians, educators, entrepreneurs, religious and other leaders, and ordinary people).

The lesson of the ancient vineyard concerning material things is simple: material things enslave human beings and keep them within the realm of death; they corrupt the human heart–mind until such a degree that the creation of God rejects the law and knowledge of God (and with them, the very own life), and desires to murder God – Creator and Source of life.

While God is inaccessible for the malice and hatred of the contemporary heathens, they modify and pervert the Christian teachings according own political and other worldly purposes, and attempt to wipe out the very memory of God and His law from the mind of those who they can reach, control, and manipulate. Cultivation of the excessive attachment to the material things is the most widely used weapon of corruption of human conscience, therefore, assassination of the human reason…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* Concerning Nicodemus the Pharisee, see also posting The Water, Folder 2012, Page January_2012.

 

*2* Also, see postings in Folder Archive_2008_2010:  The Wrath, Page January_March_2010, and The Renewal, Page_8_2009

 

*3* The Heaven, or the Kingdom of Heaven, is another definition of the Kingdom of God. See posting The Kingdom of Heaven, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_3_2008–2009.

 

*4* Concerning the meaning of “heart–mind”, see Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Note 1 The Concept of Mind, posting The Deliverance, Page January_March_2010

The Human Heart, Page October_2010.

Concerning στερεωμα, see

1/ Psalm 17(18):1–2:  Αγαπησω Σε, Κυριε ισχυς μου. Κυριος στερεωμα μου, και καταφυγη μου, και Ρυστης μου {I love Thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my firmament, and my refuge, and my Deliverer – Psalm 17(18):1–2}

2/  The Foreknowledge, Folder 2012, Page February_2012

3/ Patterns #8 and #11, Folder Patterns.

 

*5* Concerning Minoan–Egyptian religion and the Orphic doctrine, see Philosophy: the Beginning, Folder Philosophy, Page_1.

 

*6* Concerning καιρος, see The Completion  – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page 4_2008–2009, and Pattern #5, Folder Patterns.

 

*7* Concerning the Phoenicians, see

                                                                                a/ Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Wisdom – Page_1_2008

The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

The Heathenism – Page October_2010

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

 

*8* See The Richness of Illusion, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page January_March_2010.

 

*9* See the previous posts for May 2012: The Vineyard, and The Lessons of the Vineyard: the Leaven.

 

*10* See The Mirror, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page April_June_2010.

 

*11* Concerning divination and altered states of mind as the sources of knowledge, see

Philosophy: the Beginning, Folder Philosophy, Page_1

The Secret Things, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_4_2008–2009

Divination, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page September_2010.

 

*12* Concerning vision, see posting The Knowledge and the Vision, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_ October_2010

 

*13* See The Destiny of Man, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_October_2010.

 

*14* Attachment to the material things is focusing on the material parameters, properties, and values of the visible perceivable world of the matter and the consequent rejection of the knowledge that reaches beyond the material limits. Aristotelian materialism and especially, logic of simplification with issuing concepts and doctrines (for instance, such as ethics–free sciences, Marxist dialectics, totalitarian ideologies, modeling as the main tool or even as a foundation for creation of knowledge of the actuality) illustrate the meaning, potency, and value of the matter–oriented mind.

Concerning the logic of simplification and other concepts of Aristotle, see Folder Philosophy.

 

*15* Concerning conscience, see posting The Remission of Sin, Folder 2012, Page 3_March_2012

 

*16* See also The Future and The Survival – Folder 2012, Page 3_March_2012, and The Earth Without the Foundation – Folder Archive_2011, Page 2_April_May_2011.

 

*17* Concerning Aristotle’s materialism and Greek Polis, see Philosophy: Plato, and  Philosophy: Aristotle, Folder Philosophy, Pages 2 and 3.

 

*18* See Folder Philosophy, Pages 2 and 3 – Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, Pages 6 and 7 – Works of Augustine of Hippo and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, and Folder Political Theology, Pages 1–3.

 

 

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101–102. Sundays, June 10 and June 17, 2012

The Lessons of the Vineyard: Slavery and Freedom

 

…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…

…I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life…

{John 8:32; 14:6}

 

 

The Gospel According to John conveys the words of Lord God Jesus Christ addressed to the Jews who believed in Him {John 8:31–33} – if you continue in My word, truly My disciples you are: you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. They answered: they are the Abraham’s seed (descendents of Abraham), and they have been enslaved to no one, never. So, how does He say, that they will become free?

God told them that everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin; but the slave does not remain in a house forever; the Son remains forever. If the Son sets them free, they are free indeed {John 8:34–36}.

Definitely, the subject of conversation is not physical slavery, the state of being slave by body – the human chattel, property of another man–owner. Physical slavery (bodily submission) was the way of life – the past and the present – of those to whom God spoke: the chosen nation was taken out of Egypt, where people were slaves of pharaohs and had to work under harsh treatment of task–masters; they had the special laws concerning treatment of slaves of their own nation and aliens in their midst and in their possession {e.g., Exodus 21:1–11, 20–21, 26–27; 22:21–24; 23:9; Leviticus 19:33–34; 25:4–7, 35–55}; some of them were slaves, and some of them were owners of slaves; all of them lived under the authority of the Roman empire based on the institutionalized slavery and could lose their physical freedom instantly.

There are other means of enslaving besides the power of coercion, with which the owners intimidate “human chattel”*1* and keep it silent and obedient. The first of them is specific knowledge that shapes the mind and transforms a human being into a slave – a slave by the spirit–reasoning–perception, even if not a slave by body. Such enslaving knowledge is the knowledge of evil, which corrupts the mind, deprives it of ability of discrimination between good and evil (therefore, between truth and false), and enables the mind to disregard and to violate the law of God. The enslaved mind is locked within the reality of evil; it is capable of tolerating institutionalized slavery, injustice, lawlessness, and corruption – all those things, which comprise sin and which are abomination to God; it is not capable of self–liberation, because it does not have abilities to realize that it has founded its cosmos upon false assumptions and dreams and that it is fed with lies.

Therefore, Lord God Jesus Christ spoke about the special knowledge that He gives to set the mind free.

To His audience, Jesus Christ – the Word–God – said that He knows that they are the Abraham’s seed, but they seek to kill Him, because His word has no place in them: He speaks of what He has seen with His Father, and they do what they have seen with their father. Again, they insist that Abraham is their father {John 8:37–41}.

In their response to God, the most revealing point is absence of references to Moses through whom the Law was given. Their logic is logic of the world of the matter: they are “the seed of Abraham,” flesh born of flesh, descendents of the real man, the historical personality, who lived two thousand years ago, and who according to the promise of God became the father of many nations {Genesis 17:1–8; John 8:33, 39–41}. They cannot comprehend the actual subject of conversation:

– God speaks of the Word, the Divine Truth – the immaterial knowledge, which sets man free and gives him the authority to become a child of God – the living temple of the Living God {John 1:12–13; 8:32, 35–36; 14:23}

– they insist on physical material connection with man (Abraham, who became the founder of many nations, because God had mercy on him and chose him among all the others) as the confirmation of having “one Father, God.”

They forget to mention that only because of God’s promise, His love to their fathers, and for the sake of the knowledge (the Law of God) that transforms the human mind into the servant of Almighty God they became the chosen one – the only one unique and elevated over entire mankind nation {Deuteronomy 7:6; 10:14–15}, which was the first nation given the honor to claim Almighty God the Creator as the Father, and which was set to be taught by Almighty God and to evolve into the holy nation of Almighty God {cf.: Exodus 19:3–6; Leviticus 25:55; Deuteronomy 4:1–9, 20, 37–40; 7:6–8; 8:5–6; 9:3–6; 10:12–15}.

The essence of the subsequent conversation {John 8:39–59} is elaboration of the lesson, which the Word–God grants to those who would come later, those who seek knowledge and love of God, who try to comprehend the purposes of human existence and to accomplish the will of God. The words of God identify two incompatible realities and disclose the inner essence of those who pretend to be “the seed of Abraham”:

– the reality of the true children of Abraham, who would do the deeds of Abraham {Abraham was the righteous man who trusted God and who was blessed by Melchisedec, the priest of Almighty God, as the revelation of the True Priest – the Word–God, through Whom all tribes of the earth are blessed, and Who makes His people the royal priesthood to His Father Genesis 12:1–3, 7; 14:18–20; 15:1–7, 13–16; Psalm 109(110):4; Luke 1:54–55; Hebrews 7:1–17; Revelation 1:5–8}. Firstly, they would love God, accept His Word, understand and accomplish His words, which convey the knowledge of the only True God – God the Father {Word–God speaks of what “He has seen with His Father”; and this knowledge is the eternal life – John 8:37–40; 17:3}

– the reality of those who have hatred to God and inability to accept and comprehend His words. The Word–God, Who speaks to them and sees their heart, defines them as the children of devil – the arch–evil, the father of lies who was murderer from the beginning and has no truth in him; they – the children of arch–evil – do the lusts of the arch–evil that is their father, and they cannot hear and perceive the words of God, because they are filled with the knowledge of the arch–evil {that what they “have seen with their father” – John 8:38–44}.

The end of conversation reveals the potential of the children of arch–evil and their ultimate end: they took up stones to cast on Him, yet He came through their midst and passed by {John 8:59}.

Hence, their hatred was completed with desire to murder Him and with readiness to murder Him, because His words do not have place in them. They were not able to tolerate His words and His presence, so, in violation of the law of God, they wanted to murder the One Who they perceive as the Man, yet Who came to fulfill the prophecies sent to Abraham and his descendents, and to save the world according to the will of God the Father. Therefore, God left them to their destiny, which they inflicted on themselves by their own choice: their house is left desolate, and ruin and destruction is their future, because God passed them by, yet without God, they are empowered of nothing {John 8:59; 15:6–6; Matthew 23:37–38; 24:1–2; Luke 21:5–6}.

The history confirms that this future became the reality*2*, the fulfillment of the terrifying ancient prophecy:

 

because thou rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee: thou shall not minister as the priest to Me.

As thou forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children

{Hosea 4:6}.

 

The following chapters of the Gospel According to John convey the words of God, which complete the revelation concerning the knowledge of Truth that differentiates life and death:

 

“I am the Way, the truth, and the Life”

{John 14:6}

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“I for this have been born, and for this I have come into the world that I might witness to the Truth.

Everyone being of the Truth hears My voice”

{John 18:37}.

 

It means that the knowledge of truth is knowledge of God; through this knowledge a human being obtains freedom, returns to the Creator, and enters life everlasting. The Divine creative energy of God enters the world of men through the human soul–heart–mind (that is the immaterial invisible essence of man). The Divine energy – the gift of the Holy Spirit – creates the energy potential of the mind; it becomes the life, the creative power, and wisdom–knowledge of man; it transforms the creature of the earth into the living temple of the Living God, and opens for the one his own unique way of cognition and finding God and accomplishment of the will of God {cf.: Romans 12:4–8; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 7:7; 12:4–13}.

Therefore, in common terms, knowledge*3* might be defined as the specific state of perception–comprehension–knowing of the realm that accommodates existence of the mind and the issuing readiness to act in a definite way and with definite means and methods for achievement of some purposes.

The knowledge, which the mind can choose, is the knowledge that

a/ enables the mind either to perceive and comprehend the words of God or to discard the words of God

b/ determines freedom and slavery, either as an ability (freedom) or an inability (slavery) of the discrimination between truth and false and between good and evil

b/ defines the deeds of man – either the works in God or the lusts of the arch–evil.

The choice of knowledge defines other parameters of the world in which the mind has to complete its purposes. For instance, the time is the reality controlled by the law of irreversibility of cognition, and the essence of the human history is creation and utilization of knowledge*4*.

If the mind cognizes the knowledge given by the Word–God, it evolves into the system capable of existence in the presence of God: it ascends at the level of complexity exceeding the complexity of dissipating temporal matter and accomplishes its way into the realm of eternal divine energy.

If the mind rejects the very idea of existence of the immaterial realm of the divine energy–source of life and restricts itself by the world of the matter, the setting created to accommodate visible perceivable material structures, it remains at the level of complexity of the world of the matter: the human earth {man is earth – Genesis 3:20}. However, the human earth has the same end as his earthly possessions.

Isaiah, one of the greatest Old Testament’s prophets, envisioned man as a clay in the hands of the Creator Who fashions His creations as the Potter fashions the vessels of clay {Isaiah 45:8–12; 64:8–9}. So, although breathing and moving, man–clay–earth remains the piece of temporal matter that was taken out of the earth, lives by the earth, and in the earth will return, unless the Light of God is ignited within him – who is the vessel of clay, and the Power of God transforms him into the dwelling of Truth making him ready for the another realm, the realm of the real infinite power – the Kingdom of God.

Consequently, the human mind that desires to cognize the good and the evil might be set either as an evolving system or as a collapsing system.

Only the truth, knowledge of the actuality – the knowledge of God – absorbed by the mind makes the initial difference between a child of God and a child of the arch–evil. Nor ancestors nor possessions nor material things have any value: whatever qualities and quantities of the material things are, everything – including man – is earth, the clay in the hands of the Master. Consequently, the choice of knowledge (truth or lies – figments of corrupted imagination) determines the destiny of the human mind (life or death). The mind that chooses life has the only way of cognition of truth – the Word–God {John 14:6}.

There is no other way to undo the original sin – the failure, which resulted in impossibility of the eternal life for the one who has cognized the evil {Genesis 3:18–25}: the human mind was not created to exist with knowledge of the evil, because

a/ this knowledge is death

b/ this knowledge belongs only to the world of dissipating temporal matter

c/ the mind–carrier of such knowledge has the same destiny as the world within which it embodies the knowledge of evil into own creations.

Consequently, only through the gate of physical death (separation of the soul/spirit from body/flesh) and judgment–separation from the evil, when the knowledge of evil is annihilated along with the world it controls, when the curse of such world and its foundation is gone, the mind re–created by the Word–God and transformed by the Holy Spirit returns to its Creator and enters the eternity {Genesis 1:26–29; 2:15; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3–5; Revelation 20:11–15; 21:1–8; 22:1–5}.

While the human mind fulfils its desire to cognize knowledge of evil and goes through the world controlled by the ultimate evil – death, only the Word–God gives knowledge of God the Creator – the knowledge of the Absolute Good, and only with this knowledge the power to claim the original nature of man – potency of eternal existence in the presence of God – comes. This knowledge cannot be bought, sold, forged, and taken by any force in a possession of man. This knowledge is given free by free Almighty God: from God the Father through the Word–God this knowledge enters the soul–heart–mind and empowers it to become the child of God born of the Holy Spirit. The only condition of coming of this knowledge is observance of the words of God, so the commandments of God become thoughts, words, and actions of man. Only the one who follows the words of Lord Jesus Christ conveyed by the Holy Scriptures, who thinks–acts–lives in accordance with the Law of God, can receive the Word–God. Only if the Word–God comes, man receives the power to accept the Holy Spirit, to cognize the Ultimate Truth, and to become the child of God. There is no other mediator, there are no other teachers – there is none who can stand between God and His creation–man {cf.: Matthew 23:1–10; John 5:39; 6:48–58; 14:6–28}.

 No one can give knowledge that God gives. No one can interfere with life of a human soul–heart–mind that received the Word–God. Any human institution that promotes any ability of man to be “vicar” or substitution of God, by any means deifies man, or elevates one man over all the others because of his place within human hierarchies, any such institution is establishment of the arch–evil, and its fruits are the deeds of the arch–evil.

So, the problem of the ancient οικος – the vineyard, which became infertile desolate land capable of producing only thorns*5* (that is the false prophets–diviners, the Pharisees – the hypocrites who cover knowledge of idol–worshipers with the references to the law of God, and the apostates – idol–worshipers) – is the switch from the knowledge of evolution to the knowledge triggering anti–evolution. At some particular time–space–complexity point, some particular minds rejected knowledge of life (the law and knowledge of God) and turned to knowledge of death (worship to the arch–evil, which is the essence of heathenism).

So, what is the difference between the knowledge of truth (that is freedom and life) and the knowledge of evil (that is slavery and ruin)? How did it happen that the chosen people have substituted idols for God, knowledge of evil for knowledge of good, slavery for freedom, and consequently, death for life?

The answers might be found if to analyze the nature and impact of knowledge, which, if accepted, transforms the evolving system (the human mind established on the knowledge of God – the fertile vineyard), into the collapsing system incapable of evolution (the idol–worshiping mind – the land of desolation).

As it could be inferred from the Books of the Old Testament {e.g., in: Leviticus 18:21–30; 19:29–31; 20:1–6, 27; 26:1; Deuteronomy 4:1–20, 35–36; 3 Kings 16:30–34; 4 Kings 21:1–22; 23:1–24; Isaiah 2:6–9; 57:3–8; 59:4–6; 65:2–7; Hosea 4:11–13; Ezekiel 8:4–17; 20:1–32; 23:1–42}, the ancient Israelites assimilated the most widely spread heathen cults, customs and practices of the native nations of the Promised Land – the Phoenicians and their cursed sister–nations, the Philistines*6*, the Egyptians, the Chaldeans (Babylon), Assyrians, and other nations of the Mediterranean region and Asia (although idol–worship and all contacts with idol–worshipers were explicitly forbidden {e.g., in: Exodus 34:10–17; Deuteronomy 20:16–18}):

– sacrifice of children

– magic and divination*7* through different subjects and under the influence of particular food (and drinks) and the special places – caves {Isaiah 2:6–9; 65:4}, in which the underground gases with mind–altering properties came into the air (similar to the Delphi priestesses who entered the underground cave to inhale the gas and to drink water from the underground spring to which they ascribed the prophetic power)

– worship of the sun, the moon, and other celestial bodies

– worship of different deities on the “high places” – mountains, hills (in lieu of pyramids)

– worship of trees (“sacred” groves and trees of Dionysian cult) and stones

– worship of deities connected with the cycle of vegetation – so–called “dying gods” invented by the Minoans and accepted by many nations, e.g., Thammuz (of Babylon) mentioned by Ezekiel {Ezekiel 8:14}

– deification of the beasts and reptiles

– sorcery, enchanting, cult of the theraphin, summoning of the dead practiced by wizards, mediums, magicians and other diviners (e.g., “prophets” of Baal) who offered their “prophecies” for money and gifts.

All heathen cults accepted by the chosen nation have the common foundation – the Orphic doctrine*8*, the cult of the arch–evil in the image of “the absolute animal” – winged serpent/dragon/basilisk, into which the heathens deposited all forms/ideas of all living creatures, including real and imaginable beasts, which they accepted as the superior over the humans, and to which – as to the superior over the humans – they sacrificed human beings.

With acceptance of the heathen cults, the chosen people violated the first and the second of The Ten Commandments: do not have other gods, do not create images of any material things, and do not worship images and material things {such as celestial bodies, beasts, reptiles, groves, stones, etc.Exodus 20:1–6; Leviticus 26:1; Deuteronomy 4:15–20, 23–24; 5:4–10; 6:12–15; 7:1–6, 25–26; 10:20–21; 12:1–3}.

It means that with violations of the first and second commandments, the people instantly separated themselves from God the Creator; then, violations of the commandments, which define love to the others, became possible and made lawlessness, injustice, bloodshed, perversion, and crimes the routine practice, which eventually brought the ancient οικος  – the society and the state – to the collapse.

The knowledge, on which those who have rejected God built their establishment, is the knowledge of the Pharisees and scribes – the poison of serpents and offspring of vipers*9*: this knowledge is false knowledge of the idol–worshipers and hypocrites who masquerade their true essence (whitened tombs filled with dead bones and uncleanness within) under apparent righteousness of the people who strictly observe all rituals of their version of the laws of Moses. As Isaiah the prophet warned {Isaiah 29:13–15; 30:1–2}, they are close to God by their mouth, yet, have separated their heart from God; in vain they worship God by teaching the commandments and doctrines of men. They are the apostates who form their counsel not by God and their covenants not by the Spirit of God.

Those who accept the knowledge of idol–worshipers become the slaves of the evil; they are not able to undo their choice and to cling to life – they have closed the road to God according their own will, and the evil put its seal on their mind – the patterns according to which only false knowledge can be arranged. Derivation of the divine life–sustaining energy makes their mind to starve; then the process of collapse begins: the mind enters the downward spiral of degeneration and eventually becomes incapable of life in God {the condition, to which Lord God Jesus Christ referred to as to the withered branch – John 15:1–6}.

The Holy Scriptures expose the knowledge, with which the ancient “royal priesthood” and their kingdom, which reached its zenith and enjoyed short time of prosperity and peace in the time of Solomon the son of David, degenerated into the province of the slaves of the heathen empire: with this knowledge of idol–worship and fornication (“fornication” refers not only to personal promiscuity of idol–worshipers; it is also reference to the sexual rituals of idol–worship, such as sodomy and female and male prostitution at the heathen temples) the chosen people were tempted when they came into the Promised Land. Balaam the visionary advised to use the women for corruption of the Israelites, so they would revolt against God and come after idols {Numbers 24:15–16; 25:1–3; 31:16}. The temptation with this knowledge became the part of the chosen people’s life, and it never left. For instance, the last Book of the Holy Scriptures refers to the “teachings of Balaam” – the “stumbling block” for the Israelites (so, they would eat idol–sacrificed food and commit fornication) – as to the one, which some members of the church hold. The same things (idol–sacrificed food and fornication) are mentioned further and linked to knowledge of “deep things” of the arch–evil {Revelation 2:14, 20–24}.

The heathen theology (e.g., the Orphic doctrine), philosophy, and logic, which the learned people of ancient Israel absorbed along with the rituals of idol–worship, corrupted and eventually destroyed the core of the knowledge of life they were chosen to keep and to observe. As the result of the knowledge of “the deep things” of the arch–evil, the Pharisees became “the offspring of vipers” in whom there is no place for the words of God*9*.  The works of Philo of Alexandria, the Pharisee provide glimpse into this knowledge: it is madness of diviners covered with philosophizing and based on obsession with the heathen myths. The knowledge of the Pharisees – the poison of “the offspring of vipers” – produced

– the Philo the Pharisee’s “Moses–as–Egyptian–philosopher” assertion (completed by Sigmund Freud’s “Moses–the–Egyptian” speculations)

– Philo’s concept of “divine madness” as the source of Judaism (completed by Sigmund’s Freud “metapsychology”*10*).

And I think of the true reasons of collapse of the ancient idol–worshiping societies and states. The contemporary authors offer different explanations and name different reasons of collapse and ruin of the states, empires, and other establishments, for instance, “complex societies”*11*. In general, collapse of any system can be explained only by the nature, (therefore, by the level of complexity) of knowledge on which the system is built and by which the system exists.

The Christian teachings opens the mind for comprehension of the knowledge of God as the life–sustaining knowledge for the human mind and for all establishments (e.g., societies, states) that the human mind creates for achievement of its purposes. The words of Lord God Jesus Christ {John 8:32–59} concerning freedom given by knowledge of the truth that comes through following the words of God, concerning the slavery of sin and the inability of men to perceive the truth, because the Word of God has no place in them (such inability is the property of “the children of the arch–evil” who commit the evil deeds), and His actions (He speaks, and then, having being rejected by men, passes them by and leaves them) make clear that life of man is knowledge of God {cf.: John 17:2–3}. The conversation of God with the people, who initially are referred as the Jews who believed in Him, reveals existence of two incompatible realms of knowledge: one of them carries knowledge of truth, freedom, and life everlasting; another is knowledge that enslaves the mind and transforms it into the offspring of the arch–evil destined to the ultimate annihilation. 

The essence of the lesson, which the ancient Vineyard teaches concerning slavery and freedom, is straightforward: knowledge of God is freedom and life; knowledge of the evil is slavery and death.

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Notes:

 

*1* “Human chattel” is a G. Cyril Armstrong’s translation of Aristotle’s definition of home slaves – the indispensable and most valuable property in Housecraft [Oeconomica, I.v.]. See

        –Aristotle. "The Oeconomica." The Metaphysics. v.2. With an English Translation by G. Cyril Armstrong. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press; London: William Heinemann, 1935. 321–424. 2 vols.

        – Philosophy: Aristotle, Folder Philosophy, page_3.

 

*2* See postings in Folders:

2012: The Emptiness, Page_1_January_2012, The Survival, Page_3_March_2012, and The Perception, Page_4_April_2012

Archive 2011: The Pursuit of Knowledge, Page April_May 2011, and  The Rejected Knowledge, Page April_May 2011

Archive 2008–2010: Priest, Page_2_2008, and The Mirror, Page April_June_2010

 

*3* See concept of knowledge in Introduction into Systems, Folder Systems, and The Invincible Empire, Chapters 1–4, 9. [The Invincible Empire by Alice A. Savitsky.  Washington, DC: The AEHESIA® Services, 2003].

 

*4*  In general, if to consider the mind as the frontier system (see Concept of Frontier Systems in Introduction to the Systems, Folder Systems, Page_1), it could be said that the mind is the energy entity that exists at the boundaries between the energy and the matter. In theological terms, following the Concept of Divine Energies by St. Gregory Palamas, it might be said that the mind (soul–heart–mind – the essence of man) exists between the eternal realm of God the Spirit, the Heaven – the realm of the Divine energy, the source of life of the earth, and the temporal realm of the matter – the earth:

 

the eternal realm of the Divine Energy –

the Kingdom of God

the mind

↓↑

the temporal world of the matter

 

 

The mind lives by the energy descending from the above; the mind moves through the realm of the matter by comprehension (identification–cognition/consummation) the information that conveys the essence of the piece of the matter it encounters. Then, it is the mind’s purpose:

 

to choose

either to descend to the level of the information carried by the structured matter (that is to remain the earth living by the material things)

or to ascend to the level of complexity at which the divine energy creates the matter (that is to accept the Word–God),

therefore,

either to remain at the level of the dissipating matter and to perish with it in due time

or to enter the Kingdom of God.

 

For development/evolution (own or correlated entities) the mind needs the energy – the power of the Holy Spirit, which descends {is cast on the earth by the Word–God – Luke 12:49} from the upper realm – the Kingdom of God; this energy might be received only through the Word–God {John 14:6, 12–18}, and only if the Word–God re–creates the mind {John 14:18, 23; 15:1–6} and becomes its Στερεωμα (concerning Στερεωμα, see The Plundered People, Folder 2012, February_2012, and  Patterns #11 and #8, Folder Patterns).

Within the word of man, everything is a dissipating temporal piece of structured matter, which has been arranged according to the laws of the material world, remains structured for a while to serve the purposes of other pieces of the matter (e.g., other men and their establishments – societies, religions, states, etc.), and, at some time–space point, disintegrates to free the time–space setting for the next cycle of creation–consuming–disintegration.

The essence of any piece of structured matter is a special kind of energy – information, the middle state between the energy–creator of the matter and the matter–creation of energy. Consequently, from a particular point of view, creation of knowledge might be seen as assimilation of the information/energy that conveys the parameters of the considered material structure. The assimilated energy–information allows the mind to comprehend the essence of observed material structure, to re–arrange this essence at the level of complexity achieved by the mind, and to assimilate it into the existing reality of knowledge (energy potential), by which the mind lives and with which it cognizes the accommodating it world and achieves its purposes.

The energy from above – the knowledge given by the Word–God, the knowledge of life, – increases the energy potential; the knowledge of disintegrating/collapsing structures, the knowledge of death, decreases the energy potential.

Accordingly, the mind is capable of accommodating two kinds of knowledge, achieving two types of purpose (1/ creation–optimization, and 2/ destruction–ruin) and, consequently, entering one of two final conditions: either 1/ optimal potency – completed evolution within the temporal world with the following ascent at another level of complexity – readiness for the eternal realm or 2/ collapse – degeneration and ruin according to the common pattern of the temporal dissipating matter). Within the world of the matter, the end of the mind is determined by knowledge:

1/ either knowledge of evolution (development–optimization–evolution as achievement of the highest potency of reasoning, which the mind has been created to achieve)

2/ or knowledge of anti–evolution (degeneration followed with the processes of collapse and disintegration, when the mind is capable of destruction only).

Consequently, from the logical point of view, the history should be arranged by the realities which accommodate origin, development, and disintegration of particular systems of knowledge. The criteria of discernment of such realities should be the purposes of evolution and the patterns of collapse.

 

*5* See the previous posts concerning The Vineyard; currently Folder 2012, page 5_May_June_2012.

 

*6* The Philistines mentioned in the Books of the Old Testament are one of the ancient Greek tribes – the Sea People, dispersed over the Mediterranean, probably, after destruction of the Minoan civilization. Concerning Minoan civilization and its cults, see Philosophy: the Beginning, Folder Philosophy, Page_1.

 

*7* Concerning divination, altered states of the mind, and their consequences for those who employ them, see:

 

Divination, The Future, and The Absolute Power, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page 4_September_2010

The Curse of Cain, Archive_2008_2010, Page_5_2009

The Secret Things, Archive_2008_2010, Page_4_2008_2009

The Heathenism, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_5_October_2010

Philosophy: the Beginning, Folder Philosophy, Page_1

The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology, Page_3

The Unassailable Purity, Folder Archive_2011, Page 4_August_2011

 

 *8* Concerning the Orphism and the concept of forms, see Philosophy: the Beginning, and Philosophy: Plato – Folder Philosophy, Pages 1 & 2.

 

*9* Concerning knowledge of the Pharisees, see the first post from The Vineyard and its Lessons (May 6 and 13); currently Folder 2012, Page 5_May_June_2012, and Works of Philo of Alexandria, Folder Philosophy, Page_4.

 

*10* The Freud’s phenomenon illustrates the conclusion of the process, which Philo of Alexandria began with alteration of Judaism using the knowledge of idol–worshipers. The writings of both have the most negative consequences for the contemporary civilization, and it is not the mere coincidence that they both attack the legacy and personality of Moses – one of the greatest Prophets through whom the Law of God was revealed to mankind and under whose practical guidance the human civilization began:

1/ the philosophizing Pharisee, Philo of Alexandria referred to the Books of Moses as to the collection of myths; he adopted symbolism from the Egyptian priests, invented philosophical interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, and described Moses as a cosmopolitan and adept of Egyptian philosophy. Eventually, Philo established a precedent of application of human imagination to the revelations of God, and finished with “Hellenistic Judaism” that corrupted the original Judaism built by the Word of God

2/ the convinced atheist with medical training, Sigmund Freud slandered the human nature by ascribing own “Oedipus” complex and “psychosexuality” to mankind and attempted to introduce new definition of the human nature by substituting his own creation – the impotent criminal and pervert obsessed with lust for parricide and incest – for the being created into the image and after likeness of perfect God. Similarity of Freud’s assertions with Tantra and his conspiracy of “The Seven Rings” group are not coincidence or accidental events: they point out the root of Freud’s assertions, the knowledge that provided framework for his thinking – the heathenism.

See Works of Philo of Alexandria, Folder Philosophy, Page_4, especially, Notes 5, 12, 13, 16 concerning Sigmund Freud and his “teachings.”

 

*11* For instance, see:

The Grand Chess Board: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives by Zbignew Brzezinski.

New York: BasicBooks, 1997, pages 5–21,

 

The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph A. Tainter.  Cambridge, U.K., and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988,

pages 23, 47–49, 63, 88–91, 187–191

and

The Invincible Empire, Chapters 8, subchapter The States and the Empires

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

 

 

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103. Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Lessons of the Vineyard: the Rejection

 

 

…for thou are a holy people to the Lord thy God;

And the Lord thy God chose thee to be Him a peculiar people beyond all nations upon the face of the earth…

{Deuteronomy 7:6}

…Nay, but there shall be a king over us, and we also will be like all the nations; and our king shall judge us,

and shall go out before us, and fight our battles…

{1 Kings 8:19–21}

…you are they that have left Me… and prepare table for the devil…

you shall leave your name for a loathing to My chosen, and the Lord shall destroy you.

But My servants shall be called by a new Name, which shall be blessed on the earth,

for they shall bless the true God…

{Isaiah 65:11, 15}

…because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,

That thou shall not minister as priest to Me.

And as thou has forgotten the law of thy God,

I will also forget thy children…

{Hosea 4:6}

…Therefore, known it be to you that the salvation of God was sent to the nations, and they will hear…

And he having said these things, the Jews went away…

{Acts 28:28–29}

 

 

The time–span of existence of the ancient οικος of Israel – the vineyard of the Lord arranged for development of the chosen people into the priests and servants of the Almighty God, was about fifteen hundred years; it was set as evolving system endowed with all knowledge and all resources needed to accomplish it purposes; it came to the complete collapse; its tragedy remains unsurpassed by all other events composing the human history.

In the time of law–giving (1446 BC), they were a special people beyond all nations upon the face of the earth: they were chosen to evolve into the holy nation of priests, the people of inheritance, the God’s Own possession; they were expected to be the righteous keepers of the law and the doers of justice as the people, who are led and taught by Almighty God the Creator, should be {Exodus; Leviticus; Deuteronomy}.

About four hundred years later, they rejected God as their only Ruler, and decided to be like all other nations judged, ruled, controlled, and represented by man. In 1050 BC, Saul became the first king of Israel, and the transformation of the unique nation (the only one nation that was elevated over all other nations because it was chosen to evolve into the holy nation of the priests of Almighty God) into the similitude of all heathen nations began.

Many messengers of God came to reveal them the danger and shameful end of the path they have chosen – the path of rejection of the law of God, apostasy, and continuing relapsing into idol–worship. The summary of the warnings is straightforward: for rejection of the law of God and idol–worship, the chosen nation shall be destroyed and left for loathing, humiliation, plunder, and enslaving by the heathens. Then, the heathens will accept the salvation of God, yet the chosen ones shall be rejected by God {e.g., Isaiah; Jeremiah; Hosea; Ezekiel}.

The prophets’ warnings have fallen on the deaf ear of those who focused their heart–mind on the material things and lost the abilities to perceive the actual meaning of events and true essence of things {cf.: Isaiah 6:9–10; 59:1–15; Acts 28:23–29}.

In AD 33, the chief–priests arrested the Messiah, Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God; they delivered Him to the heathens to be crucified like all other criminals – thieves, murderers, and rebels against the Roman authorities; they stirred the mob to demand His crucifixion although even the pagan wanted to save the Innocent Man Who, as he thought, chief–priests betrayed because of envy. The degree of degeneration of the chief–priests and their subjects could be comprehended if to realize that they

a/ by their law {John 19:4–7}, condemned to death the Source of the Law that they were chosen to keep, to observe, and to make the manner of their existence

b/ conspired to murder the innocent Man, although they witnessed His miracles and works, which cannot be done without the power of God {John 11:45–48, 53; 12:9–11}, because of envy and fear that their hypocrisy, corruption, and apostasy would be exposed

c/ by recognition of the Caesar as their only king {John 19:12–15}, displayed the ultimate results of the choice made by their ancestors eleven centuries ago (to reject God as their Ruler and Judge and to be like all other nations).

Soon (in AD 70), as God told His disciples {Matthew 24:1–2; Mark 13:1–2; Luke 21:5–6}, Jerusalem was destroyed. The Jews were barred from entry into the Roman city built on the ruins and exiled in provinces and lands of the vast Roman Empire; their destiny was to cognize all evils – injustice, slavery, persecutions, robbery, disgrace, intentional humiliation, forceful conversion, defamation, attempts of total extermination – which the heathens have learned through their service to the arch–evil and which they could inflict on helpless outcasts.

The small group of the Apostles of Lord God Jesus Christ and their followers – the Christians – conveyed the Gospels to many heathen nations. Since, Christian faith became life of many.

However, misinterpretation and corruption of original Christianity by the heathen philosophy began, and human lust for power, greed and other vices took the place of righteousness and devotion to God. This process was concluded with ultimate substitution of fantasies and assertions of men (e.g., Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology) for the true teachings granted by Lord God Jesus Christ. The hierarchical “churches” and other establishments with “enthroned” hierarchs–leaders–universal shepherds/teachers–etc., who ascribe to themselves the divine authority over “the small souls” of ordinary people, became the places of institutionalized corruption, perversion, enslaving, and deceit. They substituted the human laws and figments of human imagination (e.g., such as the medieval “law of Christ” to burn the heretics alive and Aquinas’ justification of mandatory execution of relapsed heretics) for the law of God. Eventually, through unrests, revolutions, local and world wars, totalitarian regimes founded on heathen ideologies and cults of death, corruption and injustice, they triggered degeneration of the Western civilization.

It means that the religious establishment, which covers idol–worship and corruption with the references to Lord Jesus Christ and His teachings, enacts the same deadly pattern that describes destruction of the ancient οικος  – the vineyard of the Lord:

 

rejection of the law of God -- rejection of God

substitution of the laws of men for the law of God

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substitution of the authority of men for the authority of God

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substitution of the works of the arch–evil for the works in God

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substitution of slavery for freedom

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substitution of death for life

mushrooming of lawlessness, injustice, corruption, and perversion

total collapse of religious, social, and political establishments

set to maintain existence and to control development.

 

Consequently, the deeds of the arch–evil – the unspeakable evils of the Crusades, the Inquisition, deification of men, religious wars, persecutions and extermination of the heretics and different–minded became the history of many nations.

Today, the Christian teachings is rejected by many, because of the crimes against humanity committed by those who assumed the right to speak and to act on behalf the Christendom and who, similarly to the ancient Pharisees (to whom Lord God Jesus Christ referred to as to the serpents, offspring of vipers, and whitewashed tombs filled with dead bones and uncleanness), cover their deeds of evil with the references to God.

Furthermore, the rejection of God, perplexity, confusion, and false knowledge became the “wisdom” of the contemporary sciences and politics, and consequently, the foundation for decisions, which led to the contemporary crises and will lead to the future calamities of mankind*1*.

Well, when there is no wisdom given by God, there is no evolution of human mind nor happiness of man nor prosperity of human societies. The entire history confirms that without God, man is the blood–thirsty beast without mercy, justice, and light of the reason, the flesh living by flesh, the temporal moving structure of dissipating dust that lives for the sake of dust (material things), consumes dust, and returns to the dust, from which it was taken.

The lessons of the ancient Vineyard are the timeless reminder to those who live today and who will come tomorrow. If mankind is to survive, the people have to establish their life on the Word–God and to teach their children the simple truth: only with God, life and wisdom, therefore, human dignity, happiness, and prosperity are possible.

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See postings in Folders Philosophy, Political Theology, and World & War.

 

 

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