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The Perfect Law of Freedom

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The Nature of Man

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The Virtue and Survival

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  104. Sunday, July 1, 2012
The Perfect Law of 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}

…where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.…

{2 Corinthians 3:17}

…for you are called to freedom…

{Galatians 5:13}

 

 From all inventions of the evil mind, slavery is the worst and the most incompatible with the human nature created in the image and after likeness of Almighty God.

Slavery entered the post–Flood world with the curse of one man (Noah) imposed onto another man (Noah’s grandson – Chanaan, the son of Cham) for evil and treachery: slavery could come only from memories of the old world annihilated for corruption, iniquity, and perversion of the nature, which made it the abomination to God. The descendents of Chanaan – Canaanites, the cursed nations of slaves, include Sidonians (Phoenicians)*1*, Amorites, inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the others, which the Holy Scriptures mention as the corrupted idol–worshipers who became abomination to God, as those who chosen nation must avoid, and who are destined for extermination {Genesis 6:6–14; 9:18–27; 10:6, 15–20; Exodus 34:11–16; Leviticus 18:21–30; Deuteronomy 7:1–6, 16–26}.

These nations were prosperous and successful in wars, trade, agriculture; they possessed lands, riches, slaves, and other property; some of them dominated other nations and headed political and commercial unions, yet, all of them carried the curse of slavery.

So, what is slavery?

Generally, slavery*2* is defined as a complete submission of one human being (slave) to the will and control of another human being (master, owner) because of the power of coercion, duress, or deceit. A slave is not a person, individual, personality. A slave is an article of property, the human chattel, a moving animated part of the master’s estate that exists for the sake of bodily service to his master. A slave is different from cattle and other living beings, which are also the property of the master, because he possesses faculty of speech (yet, slave has no right to speak in the presence of his master until the master orders him to speak), has hands for work, and can be trained to serve different needs of his master. A master is empowered to utilize body of a slave for own purposes. The master has rights to inflict on a slave pain and suffering and to put a slave to death. Coercion, insufficiency (e.g., poverty, ignorance), laws, customs, and deceit sustain the authority of a master over a slave. For maintenance of the institute of slavery and own protection, slave–owners utilize political, military, religious, and social structures/establishments, which are capable of exercising the power of coercion to guarantee obedience of the slaves.

There are two kinds of slavery: physical and spiritual.

A slave by body is restrained by the power of physical coercion; sometimes such a slave can obtain physical freedom (to flee the master, to buy own freedom, to receive freedom as a gift from a kind master, etc.).

A slave by mind loses freedom of thinking because of deceit and false knowledge; he lives to accomplish the will of the others who are his spiritual leaders, masters/guides, etc., – in fact, owners. To become free, a slave by mind needs

a/ new knowledge and an ability to comprehend it

c/ an ability to act according own will

d/ the power to discard the will and orders of those who keep him under control.

A slave by body can be a freeman by his mind and manner of thinking, although he has no freedom to act according his own will. A slave by mind can be apparently free and independent, yet, he thinks and acts according to the will of the others who control his mind and conscience and who dictate him how to think, act, live, believe, worship, procreate, etc.   

The most frequently employed methods and practices of enslavement are false religions and false knowledge. From all evils invented by those who need to enslave the others for the sake of own advantages and for accomplishment of own purposes, false religion is the worst and the most effective weapon of enslaving.

Slavery is the logical/natural consequence of false assumptions, evil thoughts, corrupted imagination, and heresies, which take the place of true knowledge of God.

For instance, in the fourth century, Augustine of Hippo invented the idea of the coercive power of the church. Augustine’s Compele Intrare – the infamous doctrine, which could be devised only by the mind nurtured by the Manichean heresy, laid the theoretical foundation of the papal Inquisition, and Augustine’s writings concerning authority and coercive power of the church became mandatory reading for the inquisitors*3*.

Then, following the Augustine’s speculations, Thomas Aquinas the main papal theologian introduced the doctrine of absolute or perfect obedience – freely accepted slavery and submission to the absolute spiritual and secular authority of the pope referred by Aquinas as “divinely appointed functionary.” Aquinas justified his doctrine with misinterpretation of the Christian teachings and the Holy Scriptures. In fact, the Aquinas’ doctrine of obedience was inferred from Aristotle’s depiction of slavery as divine order of the universe. The Aquinas’ interpretation of the Great Schism*4* and issuing concept of schism reveal implications of Aquinas’ doctrine of obedience.

In general, a schismatic (e.g., an Orthodox Christian) is the one who refuses to accept the pope as the earthly substitute of God. Consequently, a schismatic

a/ does not recognize the pope as the “vicar of Christ”

b/ does not accept papal blasphemous claims on pope’s ability to stand on the place of God and to have the share of dignity of God

c/ does not believe that submission to the pope is the mandatory condition of salvation and eternal life.

For Aquinas, a schismatic is a person who refuses to submit his mind and conscience to the control and surveillance of pope and other superiors – members of the papal hierarchy, who does not worship the pope, and who does not accept the papal speculations as the words of God. Aquinas writes that schismatics “are unwilling to be controlled by the Church’s spiritual power,” while justice demands man to subject his mind entirely to God [Summa Theologica II–II Q.57 a1 a, ro3]. Consequently, Aquinas considers schism as the mortal sin punishable by death, because for Aquinas, the rebellion against the pope is equal to denial of God.

To justify his assertions that schism is mortal sin and that schismatic must be either converted into the papal faith or executed*5*, Aquinas asserts that the spiritual power is twofold and consists from the sacramental power, which a schismatic retains, and from the power of jurisdiction (papal religious and secular authority), which a schismatic violates [Summa Theologica II–II Q.39 a3].

However, if Aquinas asserts that a schismatic retains the sacramental power (the sacramental power connects man with God and signifies that man belongs to God and works for His purposes), yet, in the same time commits mortal sin (mortal sin is any thought, word, deed that intentionally defies the power of God and deliberately contradicts the will of God, for instance, violates commandments of God, such as do not have other gods, do not kill), it means that the meaning of mortal sin is rejection of papal jurisdiction. Therefore,

a/ for Aquinas, authority of the pope is higher than authority of God

b/ for Aquinas, schism becomes the mortal sin only because it is rejection of the papal power of jurisdiction (the papal authority) and as such, it deprives the papal hierarchy of unreservedly obedient subjects; at the same time, the violation of God’s commandments is not a mortal sin (by the way, papal “forgiveness of sin” could be purchased – the infamous indulgencies – from the papal servants who sell entrance into God’s kingdom for money)

c/ Aquinas’ doctrine of obedience is blasphemy, because it elevates mortal man at the level of deity whose authority exceeds the authority of God, and, therefore, establishes and propagates idol–worship: Aquinas’ “god” is the pope – mortal man, the creature of dust as all the others, yet, whom the main papal theologian positions higher than true God.

Ultimate version of Aquinas’ doctrine of obedience, with addition of Ignatius of Loyola’s rules for the “Church militants,” lifts up obedience to the will of superior (starting with the pope–prefect of the Inquisition, or the Universal Inquisitor) to the rank of divinely established order, the good and “special” moral virtue, and “the regular mode of life” for religious people*6*. This doctrine sustains the papal hierarchy and implies that the pope has the unreserved power over his subjects. In general, this doctrine works only because the mind of papal subject accepts it as the unchallengeable truth and makes it the actuality of own existence.

The referred above Aquinas’ speculations reveal not only Aquinas’ renunciation of the Christianity and perversion of the Christian teachings. They illustrate the process of establishing of the heathenism – the process of enslaving of human mind, because under the wordings from the Holy Scriptures they conceal the lethal poison of the Orphism, which through the philosophical doctrines of Plato and Aristotle and through works of Philo, Augustine, and Aquinas became the foundation of the Western theology and philosophy, and to which lives of many so–called “heretics,” schismatics, and different–minded were sacrificed.

Just one historical event could confirm this statement.

When the papal hierarchy revived the old Manichean heresy (communion with bread only*7*) reinstated by the papal hierarchy because Aquinas modified the doctrine of transubstantiation with the Aristotle’s concept of accidents, it triggered off the revolt of the faithful Christians in Bohemia under the leadership of Jun (John) Hus the priest. Jun Hus demanded the Cup of Eucharist for the laity, because Lord God Jesus Christ gave it to all His followers {cf.: Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:17–20}. The papacy denounced Jun Hus and his followers (who believed in the supreme authority of the Gospels and refused to accept new practice of communion) as disobedient to the Roman Church schismatics and heretics, who “rashly dared to assert that the Christian people ought to receive the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist under the form of both bread and vine” [Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils 418]. The papal Council of Constance condemned Jun Hus the priest as the heretic, and Jun Hus was burned at stake, in 1415: according to the papacy, for heresy; in fact, for his conviction to follow the words of Lord God Jesus Christ and to observe the most sacred tradition of the Christianity*7*.

Therefore, for the papal church, following the Gospels and observance of the Christian tradition established by Lord God Jesus Christ are schism and heresy punishable by death.

Development of Aquinas’ political theology (devised by Thomas Aquinas*8* with the concepts of Aristotle and his followers), which is the official doctrine of the papal church of Rome, reveals how slavery of the mind takes the place of the teachings of freedom and how slavery becomes the actuality of the people who were called to the perfect law of freedom: the road to the comprehensive slavery of mind begins with heresy – the false assumptions concerning God, application of the heathen philosophy for explication of the Gospels, and following misinterpretations of the words of God.

For a Christian, Aquinas’ “holy obedience” to the mortal man–pope/prefect of Inquisition is institutionalization of slavery and idol–worship, which are abomination to God, as any slavery and any idol–worship are.

Besides the hierarchical papal church, the Phoenician civilization could illustrate the meaning of comprehensive slavery (of the mind and of the body):

1/ the people enslaved by the false religion sacrificed own children to idols and sent own daughters to serve as the temple prostitutes

2/ the practice of human sacrifices was maintained “by the decree of people”

3/ the slaves by body were obtained through wars and piracy (kidnapping)

4/ the slaves by mind embodied their religion and philosophy into execution by crucifixion – agonizing death of a human being whose body is fixed on the wooden cross without any possibility to move, to free himself, to avoid excruciating pain even by accelerating own death, and without any hope of salvation.

So, if to consider freedom and slavery in the reality of Christian faith, what makes the difference between the free mind and the enslaved mind? Why one mind accepts false knowledge and becomes a slave of the others, and another mind rejects false knowledge and guards own freedom as the most precious possession? What does freedom mean for a Christian?

Only knowledge of God makes difference between slavery and freedom: the free mind lives by Truth {John 14:6} – by the Word–God Who gives wisdom to comprehend the actuality; the enslaved mind lives by lies and false assumptions, which are rooted in imagination inclined to the evil. False knowledge sustains slavery of the mind, and false knowledge of God is the main component of the ultimate weapon of enslaving. 

A slave and a freeman differ by  

a/ responsibility for own actions, words, and thoughts:

– slave has no own will; he executes orders of a master, serves purposes of the master, and accts according to the master’s instructions; he is not responsible for own actions and their results (if he acts according to the will of his master)

– freeman acts according own will, interests, knowledge of the actuality, and pursues own purposes – he is responsible for his thoughts, words, actions, and their results

b/ limitations:

– slave lives in physical and mental confinement; first knowledge that slave receives from those who control him is definition of limits – firstly, space, knowledge (especially, through denial of free access to information), reserves: where he cannot go, what he has no right to read (e.g., Index of the Prohibited Books published by the papal office lists the books that are forbidden for Catholics; one of the first books prohibited by the Inquisition for laity’s reading was the Holy Bible, in 1229), what he cannot possess (e.g., private capital/property was forbidden for the subjects of communist states of the twentieth century), and so on

– freeman’s mind is free to pursue any knowledge he is able to perceive and to comprehend, and he can move freely within his life–space.

If abilities, and consequently ultimate potential, of a slave are defined by the slave–owners, free man’s ultimate development and potential are defined by his own abilities and parameters of the world in which he lives (time–space–complexity). Even in the heathen Antiquity it was known that the mind of a slave is unable of creation of knowledge of the actuality (that is to perform the work for which it was created)*9*: it is devoid of reason and unable to function according to its nature. In the contemporary terms, it could be said that the mind of a slave is the closed, therefore, insufficient degenerating system (while the mind of a freeman is evolving system).

For instance, Isaiah the prophet describes the idol–worshipers {Isaiah 42:17–22} as the plundered people*10*. Definitely, not all of them are slaves by body; they are slaves by mind, because they trust in the graven images – idols, which became their snare. Their freedom to cognize, to evolve, and to reach the full potency of wisdom is taken away; they are kept in captivity by lies, deceit, an inability to comprehend the truth and consequently, an inability to obtain freedom. The reality of the plundered people – the slaves by mind, those who accepted false knowledge, who live by dreams and figments of imagination, and are fed by heresies, propaganda, and lies – might be inferred from another Isaiah’s description {in: Isaiah 59:4–11}.

In general, freedom of the mind is the freedom to evolve and to reach optimal potency it was created to obtain – unlimited abilities of

a/ cognition

b/ creation of knowledge of the world given into dominion of man

c/ finding the road to God.

If so, what, then, is freedom of Christianity?

Firstly, it might not be physical freedom. Originally, Christian teachings has found the majority of followers among slaves by body who, nevertheless, discerned and obtained the actual freedom promised by the Gospels {John 8:31–36}.

Again the answer is in the Holy Scriptures.

For instance,

– St. Peter the Apostle {1 Peter 2:13–18} instructs the Christians (who as he writes, are “the royal priesthood” and “holy nation”) to be obedient to the civil authorities as free (ως ελευθεροι) and not having freedom as cover for evil, but as slaves of God (ως δουλοι Θεου)

– St. Paul the Apostle {1 Corinthians 7:20–24} advises the slaves who became the Christians that although it is better to become a free man, this freedom does not matter

– St. Paul the Apostle warns Christians do not become the slaves of men {1 Corinthians 7:23}, because the Christians are bought by the treasured price (by the precious Blood of Lord Jesus Christ).

What then, are the true meanings of freedom and slavery, and how an ordinary human being can be free, if he is born into, spends the entire life and dies within the human hierarchies under the authorities, rules, control, and surveillance of all types and scales, and, if he must be obedient to civil authorities and live according to the laws of the state, which might be hostile to Christianity?

There is only one answer for all questions concerning freedom: where the Spirit of God is there is freedom {2 Corinthians 3:17}. In the presence of God, the evil does not exist; therefore, the ultimate freedom for man within the world of the matter is the freedom from the evil and sin – the deeds of evil committed against God and against men.

What, then the Holy Spirit gives, what does He makes with the creature of dust and slave of all imaginable and unimaginable hierarchies, laws, customs, limits of the matter (time–space–complexity), who is born, lives, and dies under the authority of death, which is enabled to end his temporal (physical) existence (life of a body) at any moment of time, without warning, without mercy, without any consideration of unfinished works and unfulfilled purposes?

The Holy Spirit gives man life everlasting; moreover, He gives the ability to know that this life already has been ignited within him, the ability to comprehend own nature – the image and likeness of God, and the ability to foresee the future – homecoming to the presence of God, in His kingdom. These precious gifts set man free from the power of the matter – the curse of slavery and death: they make irrelevant the temporal restrictions, insufficiencies, and other parameters and features of life within this limited world of the matter.

Then, understanding of freedom comes, because only true knowledge of God sets the mind free from evil and sin, from chains and matrixes imposed by lies and deceit of the others:

 

free mind is creation of the Eternal Truth, of the Word–God, and slavery has no power over it

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free mind lives by the Holy Spirit

Who is the only One Teacher of the truth,

Who is the Omnipotent Power that destroys human prisons of lies,

and Who gives His child – a free human being – the authority of eternal freedom.

 

Then, it becomes understandable that Christian freedom is not the freedom to violate civil and other laws of human societies: following God Who came to fulfill His law {Matthew 5:17–18} and the order of God to render to the Caesar the things of Caesar {Matthew 22:21}, a Christian

a/ observes each word of Lord God Jesus Christ

b/ lives according to the commandments of God

c/ lives in compliance with the laws of his country, in submission to the civil authorities (until they contradict the commandments of God and force a human being to commit crimes against God and against the people), in peace given by God {John 14:27}, and in dignity and love that are the inseparable properties of the Christian faith {e.g., James; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John 3:16–17; 4:7–21; 5:1–21; 1 Corinthians 13:1–8}.

Otherwise, he is not a Christian, and freedom and truth have no place in him.

The meaning of the Christian freedom is the perfect law, the law of freedom of which St. James the Apostle writes {James 1:21–25}: freedom to create the good, to fulfill the law of God, to seek and to find God, to cognize the Truth, and to prepare himself for the Kingdom of God…

 

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 Notes:

 

*1* Concerning the Phoenicians, see  

 

                                                        a/ Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Wisdom – Page_1_2008

The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

The Heathenism – October_2010

 

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

 

*2*  Concerning physical and spiritual slavery see:

a/ works of Aristotle: Oeconomica, Eudemian Ethics, Magna Moralia, and Politics

b/ postings at this site: Folder PhilosophyPhilosophy: Aristotle, Page_3, Works of Augustine of Hippo, Page_6, and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Page_7; Folder Political Theology, Pages 1, 2, 3.

 *3* The inquisitor handbooks included the relevant citations from the writings of Aquinas and other papal theologians [Peters 62], such as Compelle Intrare, wise judge concept, justification of torture and death penalty for heretics, along with description of experience of local inquisitors concerning finding, torture, and extermination of heretics.

The papal theologians portrayed God as “the author of the criminal code of the Inquisition”; papal theologians Henry of Susa (1271) and Jean d’Andre (1348) both asserted that the execution by burning at stake is sanctioned by “the law of Christ” [Vacandard 128]; assertions of the papal theologians reveal incompatibility of their blasphemous “theology” with Christianity.

According to Thomas Aquinas, blasphemy is a sin committed directly against God. Blasphemy is more grievous sin than murder: it denotes the disparagement of the goodness of God when somebody suggests something inappropriate or incompatible with God, e.g., ascribes the properties of God to His creations or makes false statements about God [Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica  II–II Q.13 a1, a2, a3]. 

Therefore, if to apply Aquinas’ definition of blasphemy for analysis of papal theologians’ writings, it could be inferred that the sin of blasphemy is committed when

a/ the attributes of God are ascribed to mortal men (for instance, when Aquinas ascribes to the pope the ability to “stand on the place of God,” to be the substitute of God at the earth, to be “vicar of God,” etc.)

b/ false statements about God are made (for instance, when criminal code of the Inquisition and the human law that heretics must be burned alive are ascribed to God)

c/ any connection between God and the evil are asserted or implied (for instance, see analysis of Aquinas’ assertions concerning the source of evil, the opposites, etc., in posting Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Philosophy, Page_7).

Concerning the meaning of blasphemy and the place of blasphemy in the papal church, see also The Invincible Empire, Chapters 5 (Spiritual Exercise of Ignatius of Loyola); at this site  –  posting The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology, Page_3.

The Christian tradition considers blasphemy as “a frightful passion” originated by the unclean spirit; the Christians are advised to guard the senses and the mind and – with the prayer and praise to God – discard any improper thought [e.g., Nikitas Stithatos (11th century) §59 in: The Philokalia 4:94].

 Concerning Augustine’s Compelle Intrare and influence of his works on the following generations of Western theologians, including Thomas Aquinas, see Works of Augustine of Hippo and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Philosophy, Pages 6 and 7; concerning the Inquisition, see The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology, Page_3.

 *4* The Great Schism began in the ninth century as the discord of the Roman Bishop/Pope (the West Roman Church) with the Patriarchs (the Catholic – Apostolic or Orthodox – Churches). The Great Schism marks the beginning of separate existence of two irreconcilable theological systems:

1/ Christianity – the original teachings of Lord God Jesus Christ preserved and professed by the Catholic Apostolic (Orthodox) Church

2/ the papal Church of Rome, (referred to as the Roman Catholicism or Catholicism), which later accepted Aristotle-Aquinas’ political theology as the official doctrine, canonized Thomas Aquinas, and accepted him as the main theologian, “the most brilliant light” of the papal church and “angelic interpreter of divine will” without any error in his work [the “light” reference came from pope Pius V; “angelic interpreter” without any error – from pope Clement VII; both qtd. and ref. in: New Catholic Encyclopedia 14:109–110].

 Concerning the Great Schism (separation of Roman and Byzantine Churches) and its consequences, see The Hierarchical Church, Folder Political Theology, Page_2, and The Invincible Empire, Chapters 1 and 7.

 *5* Aquinas’ definition of disobedience to the pope as “mortal sin,” even the more grievous sin than disobedience to God, reminds customs of slave–owning societies, which condemned disobedient slaves to death, especially, because Aquinas equates disobedience with heresy. In the papal establishment, heresy is equated to the state treason (according to Vergentis In Senium, 1199, pope Innocent III) and similarly to the Roman heathen empire, is punished by death. Aquinas postulated that heretics must be separated from the papal church and delivered “to the secular tribunal to be exterminated thereby from the world by death” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a3]. See analysis of Aquinas’ concepts of faith and heresy in The Invincible Empire, Chapter 6, and at this site, posting Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Philosophy, Page_7.

 *6* In particular, Aquinas asserts that the religious people have three degrees of obedience: in the regular mode of life, that is sufficient for salvation, then “perfect obedience” in all lawful matters, and the third – “indiscreet obedience” in the unlawful matters [Summa Theologica II–II Q.104 a5, a6]. The believers can reach the state of “perfection of divine love” through “the abnegation of self–will” and submission of own life, will, and conscience to the complete control and government by the superiors [Summa Theologica; The Religious State].

According to Loyola’s rules for the members of the Jesuit society (who became the pope’s most advanced militants, who now are the pool of human reserves, from which the papal hierarchy takes its leaders and most advanced members, and who maintain the current papal institutions), should see the white as the black if “the hierarchical Church so stipulates,” to consider the will of the superior as the will of God and, consequently, to execute any order of the superior, even those “difficult and repugnant to sensitive nature” (e.g., historically, among the Jesuits were spies, conspirators against kings, the inquisitors – these vocations demand abilities to commit deeds “repugnant to sensitive nature”: to betray, deceive, torture, murder human beings; all these deeds are violations of the commandments of God). Any Jesuit has to achieve complete abnegation of own will and judgments; he must obey “blindly, without inquiry of any kind” to the superior who – for Loyola and his followers – holds the place of God or the place of Jesus Christ, has “His authority,” and is “obeyed in the place of Christ.” The subjects must realize the will of superior as the will of God, and the superior’s wish must become own wish of the subject: when the superior gives orders, his voice must be recognized as the voice of God or as the voice of Christ. For any Jesuit, to “maintain a right mind in all things” means to put aside all own judgments. Such obedience is justified with “the whole natural order, the hierarchies of angels, and well–ordered human institutions” [Ignatius of Loyola: Spiritual Exercises §365; To Rector and Students of the College in Coimbra, 1548, §3–4,7; To Fathers and Brothers in Portugal, 1553, §2–3; On Prophecies and Revelations, 1549, §35, 47; The Final Word on Obedience §2 in: Personal Writings 358; 200, 202; 222, 226, 252; On Perfect Obedience in: Counsels for Jesuits 76, 78, 81; The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus and Their Complementary Norms III.284; IX.765 §20 123, 365].

 Concerning doctrine and practices of Ignatius of Loyola, see The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology, Page_3.

        *7* Concerning deprivation of the papal laity of the Communion with both elements, revival of the Manichean heresy, and destiny of Jun Hus, see Heresy, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_2_2008, and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Philosophy, Page_7.

 *8* See Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Philosophy, Page_7, and The Hierarchical Church, Folder Political Theology, Page_2.

 *9* For instance, see the following Socrates’ remarks concerning slavery [Plato Theaetetus 172b–173e]:

– slavery “makes devious deeds inevitable,” and deprives mind of “a single wholesome thought” (as soon as Socrates referred to a speaker before the Athenian lawcourt as to a slave, it is obvious that Socrates assumes that the speaker does not possesses honesty, truthfulness, and ability to think)

– the consummate philosopher (mentioned as the opposite to a slave) is concerned only with the search for truth; in his thought he has the complete freedom, he is not involved in the agora discussions, lawcourts, and political clubs

– before a lawcourt, the philosopher looks like a fool because the philosopher’s truth is not compatible with the something that the society holds to be the truth.

 *10* See posting The Plundered People, Folder 2012, Page 2_February_2012.

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105. Sunday, July 8, 2012
The Excellence

 

...ο γενος Μου το εκλεκτον, λαον Μου ον περιεποιησαμην τας αρετας Μου διηγεισθαι

{Isaiah 43:20–21}

 

What is the purpose of man? Why the human reason came into being, and what it has to accomplish within the temporal dissipating world? Why God keeps this world in which evil, suffering, grief, insufficiency, deprivation, wants, vice, corruption, crimes, injustice, and ultimately, death are the daily reality?

St. Peter the Apostle explained to the Athenians {Acts 17:16–31} that their Unknown God, Who they do not know, yet to Whom they erected the altar among altars to their idols, is the One true God the Creator of the heaven and the earth, the Source of life. God dispersed mankind all over the face of the earth, so they shall seek and find and perceive Him Who is near them.

Therefore, the main purpose of the mind is to find God and to obtain the ability to perceive Him.

What the human mind should do, if it wants to find God?

Isaiah the prophet {Isaiah 43:20–21} wrote: ο γενος Μου το εκλεκτον, λαον Μου ον περιεποιησαμην τας αρετας Μου διηγεισθαι – My offspring chosen, My people existing to be protected and to survive, so through them, My excellence shall be revealed leading/reigning/ruling.

Thus the first task of the human reason is to overcome that something threatening its existence, to pass over some limits, to the end beyond which are the excellence, virtue, might – all that human tradition identifies as the components of the glory of God, yet that opens to understanding only if the one accepts ultimate irrelevance of the temporal settings.  The purpose is in overcoming the limits of evil and death and making the breakthrough to comprehension of the law as perfect love and freedom, which opens the eternity; the excellence of God leads the mind to accomplishment of this purpose.

The Books of The Old Testament refer to those who are the prisoners in the darkness and shadow of death yet who received the light and salvation – the Word of God sent – απεστειλε τον Λογον, Who healed them and saved them from their ruin {Psalm 106(107):8–22; Isaiah 9:2}. The people of The Old Testament could comprehend these words either a reference to the past – the exodus from Egypt, or foreknowledge of the future that Lord God gave to the chosen of the chosen ones {e.g., Isaiah 42:8–9}. Those who saw the future knew that the Messiah, the Deliverer and the Redeemer, would come {e.g., Isaiah; Daniel; Zacharias; Malachi}.

After the ancient prophesies became the reality, the mind was enabled to absorb the knowledge that sets it free {John 8:31–36} from limits and restrictions imposed by the evil and sin within the world controlled by death. The purpose of life also has been clarified, because definiteness of the future took the place of promises of the past. The earth was revealed as that what it truly is – the training station, the temporal settings arranged for cognition of the good and the evil, so the comprehension of the good would lead to absorbing of knowledge of God, accomplishment of His will, and therefore, readiness to enter the new life. The first that the mind needs for development of the potency to accomplish the quest for the eternity successfully is comprehension of the excellence of God – the highest standards of the righteousness, virtue, supremacy, and authority.

How the mind could cognize the excellence of God?

Isaiah the prophet writes {Isaiah 43:20–21}: “...το γενος Μου το εκλεκτον, λαον Μου ον περιεποιησαμην τας αρετας Μου διηγεισθαι...”– My offspring chosen, My people existing to be protected and to survive, so through them, My excellence shall be revealed leading/reigning/ruling.

The literal translation of the Isaiah’s message differs from the published translations*1*. In particular, according to The Complete Parallel Bible, which contains copyrighted texts of The New Revised Standard Version Bible, The Revised English Bible, New American Bible, and The New Jerusalem Bible, Isaiah wrote: “My chosen people, the people whom I formed (shaped) for Myself that they might declare (announce/broadcast) My praise(s)” {Isaiah 43:20–21}.

Does God need praises of men? Did God ever ask human opinion or seek approval of His acts? It is the human mind who needs to praise God, so it would acknowledge that the absolute good is the attribute of God, and this absolute good is the main law to which the mind has to follow and the main ideal which the mind has to imitate, if it wants to live. The human mind’s comprehension and imitation of the attributes of God and consequent coming to God manifest the excellence of God.

So, the actual meaning of the prophet’s words should be different from the “broadcasting/announcing/declaration of praises” asserted by the common translations*2*.

Indeed, the Prophet employs words with rich content:

γενος  – offspring; derivative of  γινομαι, from the primary root  γεν –  to generate, to cause to be

ον – from οντος – existing, in a state of being; a creation; a being

περιεποιησαμην – compound word with the overall meaning: created to survive and to be protected until the end/limits; this compound word contains roots of words: 1/ περιειμι, to survive, to be saved 2/ ποιησις – creation 3/ αμυνα – protection, defense, and 4/ αμην – truly, indeed; until the end/limit

αρετας – from αρετη – virtue, excellence – state of praises, glory

διηγεισθαι – from δια – the channel (way/system/means through/with which an act is accomplished), and αγω – to lead, to drive, bring (forth), which is primary verb for the cluster of words related to ηγεμον – leader, rule, authority.

In summary, the prophet refers to the people who are the offspring/creation of God, who exist, and who are to survive under protection of God, so through them the excellence of God shall be revealed as reigning and leading.

The key word for complete comprehension is αρετας, with the root αιρ||αρ which unifies the cluster of derivatives with the overall meaning of the excellence as the power of taking away the burden and the power of elevation:

αιρω – the primary verb that originates cluster of words with the meanings to lift, to take away, to expiate, to carry, to remove

αρρην – strongman for lifting

αρην – a lamb, the sacrifice given for lifting the burden of sin

αρα – the prayer lifting to Heaven

αρετη – manliness, valor, virtue. When in the Holy Scriptures the mentioning of praise is intended, another word is used: the praise is specified by its own definition*3*.

Another text facilitates comprehension of αρετας as a state of empowerment or possession of the special power: the prophet {Isaiah 42:8} conveys the words of God that He does not give His glory (την δοξαν) to the others nor His excellence (τας αρετας) to statues/graven images/idols (τοις γλυπτοις – from γλυψω – to make/carve/model a statue, image, idol).

Idols/statues/graven images are inanimate objects, images of material things; they have no power – they are nothing {Isaiah 40:19–20; 41:23–24, 28–29; 44:9–20}, and their influence on human life stretches as far as the mind allows it to stretch; in fact, this influence is possible only because deceit and corrupted imagination enslaves the human mind and makes it susceptible to deception and acceptance of false beliefs. Therefore, the reference to excellence should denote possession of the power to excel.

The summary leads to comprehension of a special attribute – the excellence of God, as a component of the Absolute Good – the perfection of God that according to words of Lord God Jesus Christ, man must imitate {cf.: Matthew 5:48}. As such, the excellence of God is perceived by the human mind as the special power of virtue of God, which lifts the burden of man, as the mercy that overcomes human limits and the burden of the earth, as the righteousness that in its complete impartiality {cf.: Matthew 5:43–48; Luke 6:27–38} bestows life and the good onto all creations, so everyone has the chance to find the road to God, and everyone receives the full measure of everything he is able to accept and to give to the others.

In His mercy to fallen man, God enabled the human mind

 

to seek and to find the knowledge that would empower the creation of God to recognize the Creator

to find the image and likeness of God within own being

to comprehend that the will of God is the absolute law by which life exists,

and the words of God are the absolute truth that cannot be disregarded {as Eve did – Genesis 3:1–14}

even if the entire universe arises to disprove them

to return home – the kingdom of God.

 

So, from all the nations of the earth, one nation had been chosen to become the model for all the others: the chosen people – who God recognized as Own offspring – are to exist and to survive until the end, because the God’s excellence has to be revealed through them as reigning and leading. Through this nation, the Messiah – the Word–God – was given to save the world and to claim God’s Own possession from the claws of death and desperation. Since, there are no more divisions (e.g., Greeks vs. Gentiles, nations, races, etc.) among men: through the excellence, perfection, and completeness of the Word–God, everyone has an opportunity to be enabled to receive the Holy Spirit, and to become the child of God, the one of the holy nation – the royal priesthood of the Almighty Omnipotent God {cf.: Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:15–16; Luke 24:44–47; John 1:12–13; 3:16–17; 7:33–36; Acts 17:24–31; 1 Peter; 1 John; Ephesians 3:8–9; Colossians 1:9–28}.

When St. Peter the Apostle addresses to the people of dispersion in the lands, which now are known as North Africa and Middle East (the first stages of advancement of the Gospels), who received revelation of Jesus Christ as to the “elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation… who now are the people of God” and “now pitied” (ελεηθεντες – those who received mercy, have been spared), he refers to the excellence of God as the Isaiah the prophet does, and he reveals its ultimate manifestation: ... γενος εκλεκτον… λαος περιποιησιν, οπως τας αρετας εξαγγειλητε του εκ σκοτους υμας καλεσαντος εις το θαυμαστον αυτου φως… λαος Θεου…ελεηθεντες – the offspring chosen... people of whom was taken care of, so His excellence out of Him spoke, calling from the darkness into His marvelous light … the God’s people … pitied/forgiven {1 Peter 2:9–10}.

So, the excellence of God led people, who are forgiven {who have God’s mercy, because God pitied them – He sent His Word, Lord Jesus Christ through Whom the mercy of God has been fulfilled on man – John 3:16; 6:38–40; 10:11, 14–18; 14:6}), out of darkness into the marvelous light {to Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God Who is the true Light and the Life of man – John 1:1–5, 9; 9:5; 14:6}, and made them the holy nation – the people of God destined for the eternity with God {Revelation 21:3–4; 22:3–5}.

The writings of the prophet and the Apostle concerning the excellence of God speak of the manifestation of the omnipotent power of God – the power that lifts the human mind out of the darkness of ignorance/death into the light of wisdom/eternity.

And I think of the words said many hundreds of years ago that God will have mercy and knowledge of God rather than sacrifice; then, Lord God Jesus Christ ordered to imitate perfection and mercy of God the Father {Hosea 6:7; Matthew 5:48; 9:13; Luke 6:36}.

Imitation of God is possible only if there is knowledge of God. Acknowledgement of the excellence of God leads to knowledge of such attribute of God as the absolute good; with knowledge of the absolute good, the mind completes its earthly mission to come to the knowledge of God that is the eternal life {John 17:3}.

Any road begins with the first step: the first thought that seeks understanding of the excellence of God is the beginning of cognition of the absolute good, the beginning of the only way to comprehend the meaning of good within the world, which men transformed into the world of the evil, suffering, and death…

 

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Notes:

 *1* The Russian Bible translates the same word αρετας as слава (that is English – glory and Greek – δοξα), in Isaiah 43:21, and as хвала (English – praise), in Isaiah 42:8.

*2* In general, it could be said that translations of the compound derivatives illustrate the difference between the contemporary simplified language and the old Greek – the direct derivative of the primary language of the earth, when the people unified by mutual means of communication aspired to reach the Heaven and could accomplish their purposes without failure {Genesis 11:1–9}. This derivative became the language of the Minoan civilization, and then, the source of hieroglyphs, which Egyptian and Phoenician civilizations adopted from the Minoans (see The Minoan Legacy, in Philosophy: the Beginning, Folder Philosophy, Page_1).

In the contemporary terms, it might be said that this archaic language was the language of the logical realities, from which, for instance, many attributes/faces/angles of consideration of the wholeness emerge and define the processes of creating and maintaining the wholeness (concerning logical reality, see Introduction to the Systems, Folder Systems).

The contemporary language is the product of the mind for which Pythagorean numerology – obsession with numbers (that underlies the contemporary assumption of “universality” of mathematical sciences) – and Aristotle’s dialectics shaped the language of theology and then, sciences.

For instance, Nicolaus of Cusa (1401–1464), following Anicius Manlius Boethius (A.D. 475–525), postulated that according to Pythagoras and “the ancients,” knowledge of divine things might be obtained only through mathematical symbols because “numbers and magnitude” contain all truth [Nicolaus of Cusa 5, 22, 23]. This statement reveals the completed substitution: the simplified logic of the temporal matter took the place of the logic of wholeness – the logic that leads to comprehension of the infinity and the eternity.

“Quantum theology” of Diarmuid O’Murchu (a Catholic priest) with its “quantum morality” intended “to overgrow all dualism, especially that of good vs. evil” [O’Murchu 11, 143, 197, 198] illustrates the contemporary consequences of this numerological–theological “enlightenment” extended (in imitation of Aristotle with his mathematical–geometrical–physical “theology” and “philosophy”) into the field of physics.

In general, complexity of language reflects the degree of mind’s development and therefore, ability to identify and to accomplish the purposes securing survival and evolution – growth toward the optimal potency. So, it could be inferred that the problems of the contemporary establishments are the consequences of simplification, which Aristotle,  following the way of thought of his predecessors (starting with assumptions of two Orphic philosophers – Pythagoras and Plato), embodied in his dialectics – the logic of death – the actual basis of contemporary philosophy and science.

 

Concerning Pythagoras’ inheritance, Aristotelian dialectics, logic of simplification and the consequences, e.g., such as modeling and model WORLD 2, see:

– The Invisible Empire, esp., subchapters Epistemology and Symbolism (Chapter 1), Introductory Note (to Chapter 4), Sciences, New Image of Man, and the Vision of the Future (Chapter 8)

– at this site:

1/ Philosophy: the Beginning, Philosophy: Plato, and Philosophy: Aristotle (esp. Note 8), in Folder Philosophy, Pages 1–3,

2/ postings in Folder Archive_2008–2010Logic of Death, Page_2_2008, and The Nations Page_8_2009.

 

*3* When in the Holy Scriptures the mentioning of praise is intended, the praise is specified by its own definition: to specify praise, usually the derivatives of word αινος  (from αινεω – to praise) are used; for instance, αινεσιν – praises {in: Isaiah 42:21}, and  θυσιαν αινεσεως – the sacrifice of praise {in: Psalm 106(107):22}. Another word conveys meaning of glory – δοξα {in: Isaiah 42:8}.

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 References:

 The Complete Parallel Bible. New York–Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 1993.

 

Nicolaus of Cusa (Cusanus). "On Learned Ignorance." Renaissance Philosophy. Vol. II: The Transalpine Thinkers. Ed., trans., and introduced by Herman Shapiro and Arturo B. Fallico. New York:  Random House, 1969.  3–24.

 

O'Murchu, Diarmuid. Quantum Theology. New York: Crossroad, 1997.

 

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

 

 

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106. Sunday, July 15, 2012
The Nature of Man

…like a man perceiving his birth’s face through a mirror…

{James 1:23}

 

When St. James the Apostle writes to his brothers of the twelve tribes in Dispersion that they should be perfect and complete – the ones lacking nothing, he urges them to become doers of the Word and not hearers only deceiving themselves. The Apostle confirms his advice by disclosing the actual nature of man: he compares the one, who is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, with a man perceiving the face of his creation/birth through a mirror (το προσωπον τυς γενεσεως αυτου εν εσοπτρω – the appearance of the birth/creation of him through a reflecting surface). Such a man perceived it (or went toward it – κατενοησε) for himself, and has gone away, and instantly forgot who (οποιος – whoever, what kind of) he was. But the one looking into the perfect law of freedom and continuing in it not having become a forgetful hearer but the doer – this one will be blessed in his creations/accomplishments (εν τη ποιησει αυτου εσται) {James 1:1–4, 22–25}.

Consequently, it might be inferred that when a human being accomplishes the words of Lord God Jesus Christ – the Word–God, he perceives his nature – his origin, what kind of creations he is, his purposes, and how he must accomplish them.

In the referred above Epistle, St. James the Apostle explains the nature of man to those who seek knowledge of God and knowledge of themselves:

1/ man is created in image and after likeness of God according to the Word through Whom everything that came into being is created {Genesis 1:26–27; John 1:1–3}

2/ the Word–God is the Source of the perfect law of freedom that defines the nature of man. Therefore, having given man knowledge of his own nature, the Word–God sets man free from slavery of sin and submission to the evil, which are possible only for the one who does not know/comprehend his Creator’s words {John 8:31–36}

3/ man comprehends himself as the creation made in the image and likeness of God through studying and accomplishing the law of God; this law defines the man’s origin, describes his nature, and defines the actions through which man might sustain own life and influence the world that accommodates human existence {Deuteronomy 10:12–14; 11:8–17, 26–28; 29:22–28; 30:11–20; John 1:1–4, 9–13; 14:12; 15:5–8; James 1:18}

4/ man has the purpose: to actualize his nature – the law of God – by embodying the words of Lord God Jesus Christ into his thoughts, words, and deeds through which he shapes the world, in which he exists, and which he, according to the original purpose, had to sustain in its natural state – the perfection, as everything created by God is perfect. This purpose might be accomplished successfully only if thoughts–words–actions of man are done as the works in God {John 14:12; 15:1–10}.

As it could be inferred from the conditions in which the current generation lives {progressing scarcity of life–sustaining resources, catastrophes – droughts, wild fires, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, storms – diseases, and man–made pollution, which are devastating the inhabitable lands, unceasing wars, conflicts, terrorism, crimes, spread of false religions, progressing de–humanization of the societies, and so on, – see Moses’ “curses” in: Deuteronomy 11; 28; 29; 30}, mankind failed to accomplish this purpose. Otherwise, our world would be different {Isaiah 48:12–19}.

Yet, even today, for every person, still is time to turn to the good and to begin to build own world, even within the collapsing world of many. To build the world (as well as do everything what the mind does) is possible only on one Foundation – God, the Word–God {Luke 6:47–49; 1 Peter; esp. 2:4–10}, and only by one Way – by doing works in God {John 14:6}.

The works in God are the thoughts, words, and actions committed in compliance with the law of God and according to the nature of man who is the image and likeness of God. It means that man is empowered to accomplish his purposes (to create the good) only if he dwells in God – if he observes the commandments of God and receives the power from God {Matthew 5; 6; 7; 10:28–39; 11:28–30; 19:16–26; 22:36–40; Luke 6:27–49; John 13:34–35; 14:12–18, 23–26; 15:4–14; 1 John 5:3}.

Therefore, the essence of the Apostle’s message {James 1:18, 21–25} is that

 

God brought man forth by the Word of Truth – by the Word–God,

to be a certain firstfruit of His creations

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the Word–God – the Source of the perfect Law of freedom – defines the human nature

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to reach completeness of the perfection lacking nothing,

man has to accomplish the commandments of God –

to become the doer of words of Lord God Jesus Christ.

 

St. John the Apostle’s Epistle conveys the same message {1 John 1:1–3; 3:1–24; 4:7–21; 5:1–3}: the children of God are the likeness of the Word–God – Lord God Jesus Christ, the Word of Life, Who is the everlasting Life that is with the Father and that was revealed for salvation of man. If only He is revealed {John 1:18; 14:6–10; Isaiah 6:1–7}, we shall be His likeness; we shall see Him as He is {εαν φανερωθη, ομοιοι Αυτω εσομεθα, οτι οψομεθα Αυτυ καθως εστι1 John 3:2}. Until then, we have to purify themselves from sin, to be righteous as He is, and to fulfill His commandments: to love God and to love each other as He loves us {Matthew 22:36–40; John 13:34}.

When the essence of things will be revealed, and a human being will comprehend himself as a child of God, he shall see the Word–God and recognize himself – his own essence, and his own nature, and his own face, although that what we now call face might be not what we think it is. Furthermore, the meaning of seeing/perception might be different, because the world of the matter will be gone, and we will enter another phase of existence, with different terms, definitions, meanings, of which we now know nothing, because until we carry the clothing of dust, we cannot see the face of God and live {cf.: Exodus 33:20; Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:2–5; 22:3–5}.

Now, we see everything as through the mirror in unclearness, not as face to face {cf.: 1 Corinthians 13:10–12}. Yet, with the power of God and by the mercy of God, we can see our future – the eternity, as during darkness of the night, man sees the shiny star in the skies above.

From another angle of consideration, such unclearness enables man to accomplish the purposes of his earthly life: to learn the good and the evil, to commit breakthrough to the good and to the light within the darkness, to find and to cognize God within the world that defies God (as Eve and Adam defied God through the original sin). Probably, the difficulties to discern the true nature behind surfaces and misleading appearances of the material things are the reasons why some minds choose the evil instead of the good and become idol–worshipers.

As the beings with bodies formed from the dust/matter, although animated by the breath of God, we cannot exceed the complexity of the world that now accommodates our existence. Only the power of God evokes our original nature and we become the children, laborers, and servants of God (that is our original designation) – the creations He made to keep and to cherish His other creations {Genesis 1:26–31; 2:15; Matthew 24:45–51; 25:31–46; Luke 10:1–2; 12:42–48; John 1:12–14, 16}.

As St. Paul the Apostle writes, we all have to be transformed/changed (αλλαγησομεθα): through the power of the God the Spirit, the Omnipotent Consuming Fire that annihilates the evil, our true essence tried by the Fire shall be revealed purified of sins (insufficiency and impotency of the matter), and freed from slavery of death {1 Corinthians 3:13–15; 15:51–58}.

Yet, until this final day, we have the work to do: to learn and to accept and to accomplish the words of Lord Jesus Christ, so we shall be purified with them {John 15:3}, to accomplish deeds of good, to love, – that is to embody words and deeds of Jesus Christ – our Lord and Savior – into our own thoughts, words, and deeds. Then, if we complete our task, the Lord will come to us and make His dwelling with us {John 14:23; James; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John 3:1–24;4:1–21; 5:1–4}, so we shall comprehend our true nature and realize that we all are the children of One True Merciful Just Perfect Omnipotent Almighty God. As such, we are endowed with the power of cognition of God and freedom to create the good, even now, within the crippled insufficient world that accommodates evils and crimes of men – the errors, mistakes, and sins committed by those who cannot see the image of God when they look in the mirror and when they observe those who surround them, by those who cannot find God within themselves and to discern His presence within the others.

For some people it is difficult or even impossible to reconcile assumption of perfection, mercy and justice of the Creator with the very existence of the world where the evil became the main driving force defining thoughts, words, and actions of men, the world, in which lawlessness, injustice, crimes against men and against the nature, and issuing insufficiency of all kinds (material and especially, spiritual) are the daily routine.

With each day, news from many countries become more alarming; they describe rather plagues and catastrophes of the last days predicted by the Holy Scriptures than normal life of the civilized societies.

Indeed, as Isaiah foresaw {Isaiah 8:21–22}, the people wonder grieved, hungry, and anguished; they speak ill of rulers and laws of their fathers, and they see severe distress, darkness, and affliction. The current natural and man–made disasters evoke the prophecies of the days of destruction, when the earth will become waste, spoiled, and desolate, when every hand shall be powerless, and every soul dismayed {Isaiah 13:6–13; 24:1}.

The prophets also explained the reason of coming destruction. For instance, Isaiah speaks of lawlessness and corruption of inhabitants: they despise the law, the curse of their sins consumes the earth, and iniquity has prevailed: the world shall fall and shall not have power to rise {Isaiah 24:3–6, 16–22}.

The reality differs from the figments of human imagination by irrelevance to human beliefs: whatever the mind assumes, the actuality is that the law of God controls the earth, and if man discards the law, he discards his own life. The earth was not created for the evil and death: man chose the evil as his way of existence and death as his companion, so they pay him back lavishly.

And I think, if to trace the initial thought, through which the current reality took place of the original world full of resources and prepared to accommodate all human needs, what it will be? Even after expulsion into the world cursed for the original sin, man, starting with Cain, always had the choice between the good and the evil {Genesis 3; 4} and the chance to live in prosperity and dignity. So, somewhere within the darkness of the unknown past, some minds that defied God and His law had made the choice. The “wise” men substituted the arch–evil for the Absolute Good; they accepted as the deity the arch–serpent and ascribed to it the power over life and death. They made it the source (in fact, storage) of all forms of living beings, allotted man the inferior status {could it be because the serpent deceived Eve and Adam and made them to disregard the words of God – Genesis 3:2–14 – ?}, and began to sacrifice humans to the beasts. That is how the heathenism entered the world*1* and became its ruler and master.

Since, creation of false gods – idols – serves the favorite entertainment of the mind devoid of knowledge of true God. Since, all false religions have one common feature by which they can be differentiated from the true knowledge of God: for the sake of idols, men kill other living beings, starting with own children, wives, brethren, neighbors, other nations. Today, the false religions took not only the place of Christian teachings; they threaten the very existence of human civilization by depriving the mind of ability to think, to discern between the good and the evil, to evolve freely and to develop optimal potency of cognition and creation of knowledge.

For those who have to make their choice today, the only one warning can be given: think!

From the point of view of a Christian who believes that

a/ a human being was created in image and after likeness of God – the Almighty Spirit, the Perfect Free Merciful All–forgiving Love – to love God with the entire wholeness of soul–heart–mind, and love the others as he loves himself, and to work for God transforming the very own daily life into accomplishment of His will

b/ that a human being lives by God, and he is guided and led to the eternity through the knowledge of the Word–God and by the Holy Spirit

c/ a human being is called to be the child, the servant, and the dwelling–temple of the Living God {Genesis 1; 2; Exodus 20; 34:5–7; Matthew 22:37–40; John; 1 John; Romans 8:14–17; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; 6:14–18} –

 

if the religion by any means justifies murder, war, forceful conversion, enslaving,

 any deceit–murder–crime for the sake of some abstract “common” or another “good,”

claims the right to control conscience and thinking of man,

restricts access to information and knowledge carrying other systems of values,

or by any means limits freedom and liberties of human beings

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it is the false religion: one of the versions of the ancient cult of the arch–evil,

which through the Orphic doctrine*1* became the foundation of the heathen philosophy,

and through doctrines of heathen philosophers (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, and their followers),

which still underlies the current civilizations of the West and the East.

 

By the way, the Western theologians embraced the works of Aristotle through the Crusaders who brought ancient manuscripts of the pillaged palaces and libraries of Islamic countries into Europe – that is an interesting illustration how a particular crime transfers its particular curse of the evil onto those who committed it or admitted a possibility to benefit from it. The Western civilization as well as the Asian/Eastern civilizations all employed the heathen philosophy [[in some degree, with some wordings and interpretations, the philosophical foundations might look as different, because they are based on different interpretations of the basic Orphic concepts, yet the essence is the same]], for development of their religions, politics, and science; that is why there is no much difference in the past and present levels of crimes, spiritual slavery, and misery among countries of the world.


The main result of the false beliefs and false religions is that when a human being looks into a mirror, he sees not true image of own nature – the perfect law of freedom – the Word–God; he sees the image of beast, and he makes his world after the image of beast – ruthless, desolated place without God, therefore, without mercy, love, and freedom…

 

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Notes:

*1* Concerning the heathenism, see Folder Philosophy: The Beginning and Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Pages 1 and 8. Concerning Orphism, see Folder Philosophy, “The Orphic Doctrine” in The Beginning, Page_1.

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107. Sunday, July 22, 2012
The Lamp and the Fire

 

…For Thou, O Lord, will ignite my lamp;

my God will lighten my darkness.…

{Psalm 17(18):28}

 

It was the prophet’s hope of receiving the Light: God would ignite his lamp and lighten his darkness – Οτι Συ φωτιεις λυχνον μου Κυριε, ο Θεος μου φωτιεις το σκοτος μου {Psalm 17(18):28}.

A lamp is λυχνον – a vessel made from clay (usually, for ordinary people; palaces and temples had also brazen or metallic lamps), in which oil was burning and thus, lightening darkness of the night. The oil within the lamp had to be ignited with fire, and while the oil was burning, it radiated light.

Why man expects that God will ignite his lamp, what is the prophet’s actual expectation? The answer is in the Holy Scriptures, which frequently speak of the light and fire in connection to God.

In particular,

 

Our God is the Consuming Fire

{Πυρ KαταναλισκονDeuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29}

God is the Light (Φωτισμος – light, illumination) of man

{Psalm 26(27):1}

The Light over Jerusalem is come, and the glory of God is risen.

While darkness shall cover the earth, the glory of Lord shall appear upon Jerusalem,

and the kings shall walk in His light, and nations in His radiance

(λαμποτητι – radiance, brilliance, magnificence, brightness).

The Light of Israel is for the Fire, and He shall sanctify with the Fire that consumes both – the soul and the body

{Isaiah 10:17–18; 60:1–2}

The Lord shall suddenly come into His temple,

and He is coming as the Fire melting, purifying, and refining (Πυρ χωνευτηριου):

the Lord shall purify the sons of Levi (His priests) as the gold and silver is purified,

so they shall serve Him in righteousness

{Malachi 3:1–3}

In the beginning was ο Λογος Θεος ην ο Λογος

the Word–God, through Whom everything came into being,

Who from the beginning is with God the Father,

the true Light that is life of man,

And Who enlightens every man coming into the world

{John 1:1–5, 9}

The Word–God came to declare God the Father,

to reveal the everlasting Life,

to give knowledge of the only One True God and Jesus Christ Who He sent;

this knowledge is the life everlasting

{John 1:18; 14:6–7; 17:1–3; 1 John 1:1–5}

Lord God Jesus Christ defined His mission:

He came to cast the Fire upon the earth {Luke 12:49},

and He speaks of His people as of the lamp (λυχνον – as in Psalm 17(18):28),

which is set to shine for all in the house

{Matthew 5:14–16}

The Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ,

came to baptize His people εν Πνευματι Αγιω και Πυρι – in the Spirit Holy and Fire,

the Unquenchable Fire {Πυρι ασβεστω – Luke 3:17} that annihilates evil

{Luke 3:16–17; Corinthians 3:11–15}

The disciples of Lord God Jesus Christ received the promise to be baptized by the Holy Spirit,

when the Divine Fire is cast upon the earth according to the will of God.

This promise of God was fulfilled when the disciples received the Holy Spirit coming upon them

as the tongues of Fire appeared being distributed and sat on each of them

{Luke 12:49; 24:44–49; Acts 1:1–8; 2:1–4}

Through the power of the God the Spirit, the Omnipotent Consuming Fire

{John 4:24; Luke 3:16–17; Deuteronomy 4:24}

that annihilates the evil,

our true essence tried by the Fire shall be revealed –

purified of sins, insufficiency and impotency of the matter (flesh and blood),

and freed from slavery of death

{1 Corinthians 3:13–15; 15:50–58}

God the Father, the Almighty Omnipotent God the Spirit is the Father of lights

{Πατρος των φωτων– James 1:17},

and we are brought up by the Word of Truth

{the Word–God is the Truth – John 14:6}

to be the certain firstfruit of His creations

{James 1:17–18}.

 

Therefore, the prophet expects the revelation of the true nature of man – the creation of God that comes to life by the Word–God, carries the Word–God – the Light of God within, knows God the Father and Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God sent by the Father, and lives by the Divine Fire – by the Holy Spirit of God.

The mind, which seeks God and thirsts for the knowledge of God, would make many inferences from the chain of the mentioned above texts of the Holy Scriptures; as always, the purpose defines the choice.

And I think that the prophet’s message conveys the concise code, in fact, the logical building block/system that as every system within a logical reality carries the main code defining the logical reality; in this case, the logical reality/universe, which accommodates the world of man. This code contains the formula of creation and evolution of man. In the terms of the referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures, this process is defined as coming of the Divine Fire into the darkness of the human clay, after which a human being becomes the ignited lamp shining for all those in the house. Both – the human soul and the human body – are consumed/purified/inhabited by the Divine Fire, and

 

a human beast becomes a child of God

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a human vessel of clay accommodates the Light ignited by the Divine Fire

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a human being becomes the living temple of the Living God

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the temporal world

{the earth that is the source of clay from which

the vessels of clay are made – Isaiah 45:8–12; 64:8–9; Genesis 2:71 John 9:4–7}

that finds its completion in disintegration of the matter

(e.g., death of a body that carries human essence – soul– heart–mind),

becomes the setting, in which the Word–God, by entering the human soul–heart–mind, creates a new being –

His likeness – the temple of God, empowered to receive the Holy Spirit and to enter the eternity with God

{John 1:1–5, 9, 12–13; 2:19–21; 1 John 3:1–2; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 2:4–10, 13–22; Revelation 21:3–4; 22:3–5}

So, when the prophet expects to receive the Light from God, he foresees creation of a new being capable of accommodating the Divine Fire. This being – a child of God – comes into cosmos as the vessel of clay, is re–created by the Word–God, is empowered to accommodate light/life through cognition of God, accomplishes the first phase of development by accepting the Divine Fire – the Holy Spirit, and begins another phase of existence, in which darkness is no more…

 

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108. Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Virtue and Survival…

 

…His divine power has given to us all things pertaining to life and godliness

through the full knowledge of the One calling us through glory and excellence…

{2 Peter 1:3}

 

 

St. Peter the Apostle writes that God gave us all things pertaining to life and godliness with the full knowledge of Lord God Jesus Christ Who is calling us through His glory and excellence {2 Peter 1:1–3}.

The excellence is inseparable of virtuousness*1*. The words of the Apostle point out the direct connection between life and virtue: knowledge and imitation of the virtues of God make man the child of God and lead him into the everlasting life {the similar message also in: 1 Peter 1:13–25; 2:1–12; 4:3–8; 1 John}.

Twenty eight centuries ago, Hosea the prophet described the immoral society, in which no human virtue exists: there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. Deceit, murders, theft, adultery are abundant; people are gladly engaged in fornication; their women go a–whoring and commit adultery; they pursue divination, and harbor false beliefs: they have rejected knowledge of God, and they are rejected by God. They forgot the law of God, and they are forgotten by God. They became as blast of the wind in the wings of dishonor and insolence over the altars of the idols. Consequently, there is no prosperity: the sin of people is destroying the land, even fishes and other living creatures are dying {Hosea 4:1–19}.

In summary, Hosea portrayed the collapsing society, and the reason of collapse is human immorality/sin: immorality became the daily routine, virtue is no more*2*; human beings have been transformed into embodiment of death, and they, as the deadly plague, are destroying their habitat – the settings (land with other living creatures) that make their existence possible.

Why the society depicted by Hosea is destined to destruction, what is that it does not have, what is the meaning of virtue, and why immorality leads to death?

Immorality is a general definition of deadly sins – violations of the law of God, which trigger annihilation, because violations of the law of God culminate in perversion of the human nature. Especially serious sins among those mentioned by Hosea are

– divination – creation of false knowledge and lies; divination was the common practice of idol–worshipers {e.g., Isaiah 2:6}

– murder, adultery, and deceit, which are explicitly forbidden by The Ten Commandments {Exodus 20:13–16}: they lead to death of the human reason and body.

As soon as man is the center of his cosmos, his immorality {which begins with the desire to commit the sin – with defilement by thought; cf.: Matthew 15:18–19} triggers annihilation of the world that accommodates man’s existence and depends on man’s actions {Genesis 1:26–28; 2:15, 19–20; 3:18; Leviticus 26:13–39; Isaiah 1; 2; 6:9–12; 13:9–11; Hosea 4:1–3}.

In theory, virtue is the way of life according to the nature of man created in image and after likeness of God. For the Christians, the Word–God is the source of the virtues, and the earthly life of Lord Jesus Christ is the complete manifestation of all human virtues: the full knowledge of the Word–God, acknowledgement of His excellence, and observance of His commandments originate virtues of man {2 Peter 1:1–11; 1 John 3:2–12; 5:1–3}.

Therefore, the foundation of virtue is faith in God: man becomes virtuous through imitation of perfection and mercy of God, and virtue manifests itself through the deeds of good.

In general, virtuous life is simple and unassuming: it does not demand the Hercules’ feats, victories, manifestations of personal superiority, excessive power of body and mind. The virtuous people love God and love their neighbors; they do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not kill, and do not harbor hatred and envy toward the others; they do to the others the same things that they want to be done to them {cf.: Exodus 20:1–17; Leviticus 19:17–18; Matthew 7:12}.

From the practical point of view, virtue might be defined as an inability to commit the deeds of evil: life of the virtuous man reveals strict adherence to the law of God – the virtuous life is embodiment of love to God and of love to the others.

From another angle of consideration, virtue might be seen as the optimal way of communication–interaction–cooperation within the human societies.

Virtue can be only the internal quality of the human heart–mind, a natural way to think and to act. The temporary lawful behavior and maintaining of righteous appearance because of duress, fear, hypocrisy, or external factors have nothing in common with virtue.

Furthermore, virtue defines different as well as common aspects and conditions of life; for instance,

– virtuous people possess valor, generosity, courage, and right judgment; they do not use the access to the power of coercion, wealth, social status, and other privileges to enslave, harm, abuse, and extort undue resources–services–favors from other human beings

– in addition to the mentioned above virtues, women have special virtues that reflect their nature as mothers, and wives: they do not fornicate before marriage, after marriage they do not commit adultery; they bring forth, love, nurture, teach their children, and prepare them for the virtuous life within the society.

Although purity and loyalty are the highly desirable and most laudable qualities of both – men and women, for woman pre–marital chastity and then, loyalty to her husband and devotion to her family are the necessary conditions: without them, woman cannot be virtuous.

Virtue sustains life, because it, as a part of human nature, facilitates survival at all levels of human establishments, which actualize common communications and cooperation sustaining co–existence of men: family, society, nation.

Two simplest examples confirm unbreakable link between virtue and survival:

1/ the sexual life of men and woman

2/ the crimes triggered by propagation of immorality.

The laws of Moses defined promiscuity of men and women as crimes deserving condemnation, rejection by the society, and even capital punishment {e.g., Exodus 22:18–19; Leviticus 19:29; 20:10–23; 21:9; Deuteronomy 22:20–27} – death was the common retribution for rape, adultery, voluntary fornication before marriage, sodomy, perversion, for any kind of behavior inconsistent with the human decency and nature.

When some people rebuke Moses for invention of “ruthless” laws and blame God for the atrocities of men, they do not take into consideration the actual human history.

In fact, the chosen people started development from the same level of moral and human zero as all other nations – Moses explained that when he pointed out the reasons why the Hebrews were taken out of Egyptian slavery and given the Promised Land, and when he proclaimed the ways of life of the surrounding heathen nations as forbidden for the chosen people of God. The will of God and love of God to His creation – man named Abraham, who became father of many nations and the ancestor of the Hebrews, in whom all the nations are blessed {because his descendents accommodated earthly life of the Messiah – the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who was born by the Holy Virgin Mary – Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26–55; 2:1–20; John 1:1–5, 9–18}, made them different from all the others. They possessed neither special virtue nor special quality. In addition, only Moses’ supplications saved them from extermination when they rebelled against God during their journey toward the Promised Land {Genesis 12:1–7; 15:1–7, 13–21; 18:17–19; Exodus 3:1–10, 15–17; 19:2–6; 23:23–33; 32:1–14, 25–26; 33:1–5; 34:10–17; Numbers 14:11–35; Deuteronomy 1:30–40; 4:20, 23–40; 7:1–26; 8:2–5; 9:3–29; also, Jeremiah 2:1–20; 1 Peter 2:9–12; 4:3–6}.

They were just a human mass, clay in the hands of God {Isaiah 45:8–12; 64:8–9}*3*.

Creation of a civilized man who could evolve into a human child of God, as shaping of the vessel for carrying the Divine Light*4*, began with giving the law to the beast that was taken from slavery–submission to other beasts, led through the sea and the desert to cognize the power of true God, and set into the land, which was gradually cleared out from the idol–worshiping nations and arranged to accommodate evolution of the chosen ones into the priests of the Holy Almighty God–Creator {Exodus; Leviticus; Numbers; Deuteronomy}.

The beasts understand only the language of beasts – the language of prohibition, force and punishment, until the light of God is ignited within their heart–mind and they discover that mercy and love are the foundation of actual – eternal – life, not of the life of the dissipating temporal matter in which they live and die.

The ruthless laws of Moses were given the people with ruthless and divided heart {cf.: Hosea 10:2; Matthew 19:8; Mark 7:6–13}. From God Himself {Deuteronomy 8:5–6}, they had to learn the meaning of the law and virtue in the land surrounded by heathen nations: among the people who did not differ from beasts, which they deified, and who served their idols with human sacrifices, sexual promiscuity, including prostitution at the temples, sodomy, and other perversions {Genesis 18:20–33; 19:1–25; Exodus 34:11–17; Leviticus 18:20–30; 19:29; 3 Kings; 4 Kings}.

In the beginning, only the inseparable connection of virtue (as the strict adherence to the law of God) with physical survival could impact thinking and behavior of those who had to learn the true meaning of the human nature (the law of God defines the human nature). Mercy came at the next level of development, after a human beast evolved into a human being ascending to cognition of God. Then, mercy, including mercy toward those who violated the laws of Moses, became the prevalent virtue*5*, through which man should imitate God and which is wanted more than sacrifice. Then, the knowledge of God, Who is the source of all human virtues, observance of His commandments, and imitation of His deeds, was connected with the life everlasting {cf.: Hosea 6:7; Matthew 5:48; 9:13; 19:8, 16–19; Luke 6:36; John 1:16–18; 8:2–11; 13:15; 14:23; 17:2–3, 6}.

Therefore, virtue, as the component of the excellence of God*1*, led the mind

 

from zero point – the level of the matter, the level of human beast

through comprehension of human nature and its inalienable feature – mercy

up, to God – the Creator, the Light, and the Life of man.

 

For the contemporary mind, which attempts to cognize the attributes of God – the perfect Love, Absolute Good, excellence, and ultimate freedom, justification of the death penalty, especially for violations of the laws of Moses, never can be found: the Christians profess that only God has the power over life and death of man created in image and after likeness of God. Death as judgment of men violates the law of inviolability of human life and triggers additional bloodshed {cf.: Genesis 9:5–6}: incompatibility of capital punishment with life of civilized human societies becomes clear for anyone who rises from the level of the beast to the level of free human being living by God and according to the Christian teachings – the teachings of God.

Consequently, in the free civilized society, which adheres to the Christian values, language of force in human relations and intrusion into private life of the people should not exist.

If so, how to teach the people to live virtuous life?

With development of general tolerance and because of cognition of the good and comprehension of love and mercy as the attributes of God, which the mind must imitate if it wants to reach the eternity, the human liberties and freedoms became ideals of the free societies.

With development of the Western civilization, especially the nations shaped by the heathen philosophy and its derivative – Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology (which triggered relapse into the heathenism), sexual transgressions, violence, and crimes against men and the nature became the foundation of the culture, favorite entertainment of population, and the common part of life of the children, teenagers, and adults. In such societies, the freedom of expression and other human liberties immediately were usurped by hypocrites and those who live by the evil, yet previously had to hide their true aspirations because of fear of punishment. The mass proliferation of evil started with slogans of “freedom of love.”

However, in fact, it was not about true love; the slogan of “freedom of love” was used to elevate fornication and adultery at the rank of new life–style of the “free” societies with simultaneous liberation from dignity, sense of shame, and virtues. Usually, the never ending war, which the heathenism incessantly wages against true God, assumes new appearances tuned to the changes of historical circumstances (accumulated knowledge of the nature, development of language, technical progress, development of the means of communication, etc.). The meaning and the means of this war can be inferred from the history, in particular, from the recent Past of the European nations.

The ancient Orphic arch–serpent hatched new poisonous eggs {e.g., Isaiah 59:1–5} – Marxism and its derivatives. This time, the war against God advanced through eradication of virtues within the societies, in which at least some part of population adhered to the Christian teachings. The Christian faith is all about virtues, so, the main attack was directed against virtues (especially, against Christian morals, morality, and civil obedience); the main tool was deceit through propaganda of freedom and human liberties, and the main weapon as usual, was death; in the case of Marxism, death of virtues precipitated unrest, revolutions, and wars of the twentieth century, which consumed life of the multitudes of human beings.

For instance, the history of moral degradation of the Russian aristocracy, intelligencia, and other strata of the society before the revolution of 1917 provides vivid illustration of the methods and results of Marxist propaganda, which under the slogans of freedom and liberation of the masses covered advancement of the evil – total slavery for the “liberated” masses, and ultimate evil – death for those who chose to follow good and did not reject God, faith, and virtues.

In the beginning of twentieth century, Marxist propaganda in the Russian empire began with promises of freedom, equality, and brotherhood; it reached its climax in 1914–1916, during World War I. Propagandists fueled antagonism, envy, and animosity among all groups of the society, and ignited unrest in army, villages, manufacturing plants, and cities, as well as mutiny in the navy. In 1917, the cultivated by propagandists enmity of the poorest part of population in cities and villages, soldiers, and laborers at the manufacturing plants toward other groups of the society (especially, czar’s government, aristocracy, military elite, and priests) culminated in revolution and the bloodiest (from all known from the history) civil war began. After 1917 revolution, freedom to pour out the flood of lies was accompanied with prohibition of the religious, philosophical, and ethical concepts, which could be used as antidote for propaganda. In the post–1917 society, controlled by Bolsheviks/communists, propaganda sustained the institutionalized corruption and unrestricted proliferation of evil.

In particular, Marxist–bolshevist–communist propaganda introduced the following assertions, which could facilitate comprehension of the theoretical and practical foundation of the totalitarian state – the Soviet Union:

1/ the Absolute Good, which is the attribute of God, along with God the Creator and the Source of life were defined as never existed and as the fruits of imagination intended to keep the oppressed masses – the class of laborers – in obedience to the oppressive class of slave–owners (the bolshevist propaganda identified as the oppressors and slave–owners/enemies of the proletariat all those who had capital and other sources of wealth: the land–owners, businessmen, military and ruling aristocracy, wealthy, educated, and religious people)

2/ religion became “the opiate of masses”; then, cult of personalities destroyed the remnants of human reason

3/ religious beliefs, chastity, and dignity became the symptoms of abnormal development or even mental disease (it was a special slogan – kind of “get rid of shame; hail the proletarian justice/liberty”)

4/ institutionalized immorality of “liberated” masses took the place of virtue

5/ materialism and Marxist (in fact, Aristotelian) dialectics were enforced on all educational and research institutions as the only permitted framework of thinking, research, and sciences

6/ man was declared the offspring of ape/monkey; such “innovation” in spirit of Orphic arch–dragon*6* – container of all living forms – greatly facilitated advancement of immorality and inhumanness, which are the distinctive traits of any heathen society (in the Western societies sciences are developed on the same theoretical foundation; similarly, rodents, dogs, and other laboratory animals–victims of inhumane research became the source of data and “discoveries” concerning human nature and medical remedies for healing of human diseases)

6/ social Darwinism as “survival of the fittest” predators became the foundation of social and political decisions.

Then, the Russian population learned the meaning of Marxist–bolshevist–communist freedom, equality, and brotherhood (founded on the concepts of the Aristotle’s Polis and Plato–Aristotle’s social–political utopia*7*)

a/ in concentration/labor camps–prisons of Siberia

b/ in the constructions sites, which used forced labor of “enemies of states” and members of their families spared of immediate execution and destined to die from exhaustion, malnutrition, exposure to the elements, and diseases

c/ in mental prison–like institutions, in which the different–minded had to be treated from their “insane ideas” of human virtues and dignity and, firstly, from the faith in God.

Although some totalitarian states of the twentieth century have gone, the similar processes of “liberation” influence the contemporary societies. Current description of the contemporary morality and morals does not differ from the works of ancient historians who depicted the culture and behavior of the heathens – the idol–worshiping population:

– hierarchical churches with priests—pedophiles and perverts became the semblance of the heathen temples

– sexual promiscuity became the standard behavior, which facilitates advancement of men and woman within political, business, and other hierarchies

– the most popular entertainment includes mandatory set of patterns of immoral behavior – sexual acts as fornication and adultery, murders, treachery, betrayal, and physical or mental tortures.

In the same time, the biased media as the pack of hunting wolves devours the good repute, slanders, libels, and ridicules any free thinker who has courage to call perversion with its true name – perversion, who speaks of God, faith, human virtues, who attempts to publish truth concerning climate, pollution, use of natural and human resources, or expresses own opinion, which differs from official set of propagandist statements. In fact, the only freedom left is the freedom of propagation of immorality and perversion. Consequently, the “wisdom,” with which the contemporary political, religious, social, and business establishments conduct their affairs, can be inferred from the current crises in all spheres of human activities.

The potential of institutionalized corruption, as any deadly venom, must never be underestimated: no one of contemporary states and nations is immune to the plague of the ancient evil, which assumed new appearance with new generation of its victims.

The greatest problem is that the biased media suppresses knowledge of true God and Christian teachings and falsely identifies Christianity as Catholicism – Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology/papal faith, and therefore, ascribes to the Christians the deeds of the papal church of Rome – the terror of the Inquisition, religious persecutions, extermination of the heretics and different–minded*8*, as well as the current scandals with corrupted papal priests. Such defamation of Christianity has two consequences threatening survival of the current societies:

a/ the possibilities of restoration of the virtues as the common ideals in political, social, and business establishments, returning to the normal life, and development of normal – human – civilization are undermined by widely spread ignorance in true Christian teachings and issuing rejection of Christianity

b/ the individuals that retain or develop natural aversion to the evil become the victims of recruiters of false religions, extremist and radicalized movements; they begin to equate terror and crimes with the movement for purification from evil; ultimately, they commit terrorist acts and crimes against humanity, which further increase the overall misery and degradation of the immoral societies and fuel already detectable upheaval and unrest.

That is why the terrifying history of bolshevist revolution with its propaganda must never be forgotten, especially now, when false religions and alien ideologies use the slogans of freedom and penetrate democratic institutions with the purposes to destroy from within, and then, to assimilate the remnants of that what is now still looks like the Western civilization. Propagation of immorality facilitates the works of the destroyers, because it spreads the deadly poison that kills the minds by depriving them of reason and consequently making them susceptible to deceit: the people do not take into consideration that the previous generations – their ancestors, which were promised freedom for the price of rejection of natural way of life, firstly, virtue and righteousness, who expected to have prosperous and happy life full of pleasure, finished as the corrupted slaves of the evil, in misery and suffering.

Immorality works as the pandemic of insanity: people begin with sexual promiscuity, lose wisdom, firstly as ability to discern the good and the evil, degrade from the level of homo sapience, and slide down, to the level of beasts concerned only with the problems of copulation and consumption, became slave of the opinion–makers, and end with mass suicide through unrests, revolutions, and wars.

The analysis of contemporary societies reveals the advanced processes of degeneration–dehumanization/anti–evolution not different from those, which defined the life of the European nations before totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century casted them down, into the furnace of World War II, and annihilated millions of human lives. The previous generations relapsed into heathenism*9*, because they have substituted the values of the beasts for the values of humanity and immorality of beasts for the virtue of human beings. The same ancient evil of the heathenism began new cycle of deadly spiral of anti–evolution, immorality and perversion again are propagated as the daily manner of life and as the part of human nature; as one of the preliminary results, crimes reached unseen before scales.

The only significant difference between the Past and the Present is the scale of institutionalized (organized, commercialized, and highly profitable) propagation of evil, which with advancement of the means of communications reaches every country and every nation: it embraces the entire mankind now.

It looks like researchers, scientists, educated part of the population, and those who have responsibilities to sustain life and progress of the society, already have forgotten the lessons of the history: there is an unbreakable pattern

 

immorality is followed with extermination

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immorality triggers self–destruction,

which awaits any mind without knowledge of God.

 

So, what can be done to reverse the collapse, which sometimes could be seen as already irreversible for some societies and establishments? If in the free civilized societies, language of force in human relations and private life of the people should not exist, how to teach the people to live virtuous life, and therefore, how to facilitate survival?

The discoveries of contemporary medical sciences concerning human genetics and negative influence of immorality, STD, and perversion on mental and physical health of men and women and on their offspring justify the ancient idea of necessity of physical virtue (abstinence from pre–marital fornication and then, abstinence from adultery) for those who do want to live healthy life and to survive until they accomplish the purposes of their existence. The entire populations, especially those who live against the laws of reason and do not care of their own survival and health of their offspring, have to be educated concerning consequences of sexual promiscuity for their health and health of their children. They should realize that the practical inferences from such education will define what they and their offspring possess: health and normal life or suffering of degeneration, physical and mental perversion, and premature death of mind and body.

At least couple of visits into the following institutions would provide convincing illustration of the inseparable link between virtue and survival and facilitate comprehension of the consequences of sin of the parents (as well as of the difference between the norm and perversion) of which God told Moses and consequences of violations of the law of God, which Moses defined as “curses” {Exodus 34:5–7; Deuteronomy 28:58–61; 29:18–28; 30:19–20; 32:16–25}:

a/ the mental asylums for the insane and medical institutions for the mentally and physically challenged

b/ the medical and research institutions for the children born with abnormalities and abandoned by their parents

c/ the nursing houses for the old man and woman, the forgotten and unwanted ones, who produced abnormal offspring, which either preferred own convenience to fulfillment of natural obligations before the parents or was born incapable of taking care of the elders; then, the visitors will see why those who retain the reasoning beg for euthanasia {the obligation of children before their parents is defined by the special commandment of God – Exodus 20:12; Matthew 15:3–9; – that is to honor father and mother, and to take care of them; in the contemporary settings this commandment means, firstly, do not dispose the aged parents to the discretion of the charitable and state institutions}.

If the mind already became embodiment of the evil, it is not in the power of man to turn such mind to the good. Only by the mercy of God such mind can be resurrected to life, yet the evil does not live in the presence of God. It means that if the people became the complete embodiment of the evil for whom is no hope to turn to life, there is no presence of God within them – they are “the living dead”: they will turn the deaf ear to all arguments and they will ridicule those who attempt to help them knowing their future. The highest mercy for the living dead is to give them the possibility to obtain knowledge and if it does not work, to leave them to complete their earthly phase of existence within their establishments with the laws intended for restraining the beasts, so until they unlawfully devour the others, they could have their share of sun, rain, and other blessings, which God in His perfection bestows unto all the earth {cf.: Matthew 5:38–48}.

Another most significant problem that imperils survival and does not allow decision of many problems, which signify the irreversible stage of collapse of the contemporary civilization, is institutionalized propagation of the evil. Currently, the media through entertainment, movies, games, news and channels of communication pours evil, uncleanness, perversion, and all patterns of violations of The Ten Commandments into the mind of children, teenagers, and adults, transforming them into criminals and ruthless beasts, mentally sick and abnormal creatures that do not hesitate to dispossess and murder their neighbors. The cult of “celebrities” – movie “stars,” royalty, and other idols – elevates promiscuity, adultery, uncleanness, use of narcotics, and violent behavior at the rank of the norms of life. This cult imposes unto the mind the rites of worship of personalities with questionable values, and accomplishes that through popularization of patterns of inappropriate behavior and immorality, which nevertheless are propagated as the “celebrity styles” deserving attention, envy, and imitation. From the TV, news, movies, which broadcast life of the celebrities, and other means of entertainment propagating the evil, force, immorality, and death, children learn how to bully, to fornicate, to abuse and kill the others, and to use drugs long before they learn how to think.

Then, after the cycle of evil comes to its natural completion (propaganda of violence and example how to commit it Þ committed violence and suffering and death), the media asks “why,” blames the law–enforcing institutions for inability to recognize the omens of crime in individual’s behavior (therefore, to prevent it), utters words of consolation, and even collects and distributes some material rewards to the survivors of hideous crimes and members of victims’ families. Yet, the daily dose of corruption and how–to–do–it either remains unchangeable or increases, because the media, in its war against God and human nature, incessantly spreads the evil to the next executors, especially by chewing all details of crimes over and over again under pretence of condemnation. Such hypocrisy stinks not less than the already committed crime, because wide propagation triggers other crimes, which will be accomplished in due time: in commonly accepted terms, “monkeys see – monkeys do.”

From another angle of consideration, the mass media diligently answers the market demand: people want to enjoy evil, so they get it as much as they can buy. If entertainment is not enough, the most affected individuals fill the gap of social expectations and – by embodying scenarios provided by the daily news, books, theatrical plays, movies, and computer games into own crimes – made themselves and their victims additional means of mass enjoyment.

In summary, the contemporary societies became the circles of the Dante’s Inferno, in which the entertainment industry took on itself the role of the wind of the arch–evil: it gives examples of crimes, promotes the evil through use of celebrities and appealing performers with lavish style of life (especially attractive in the time of impoverishment), embodies the patterns of violations of the law of God into movies and other entertainment, and spreads the evil through the channels of the mass media for the mass consumption following with the mass corruption.

In summary, the main inference is that until the mind turns to God, nothing will stop propaganda of evil, nothing will prevent the abnormal mentality from execution of the offered by the media crime scenario, and nothing will prevent crimes.

Only with knowledge of God, the mind will be able to downgrade own inventions that became the tools of the arch–evil and usurped the place of educators and teachers of the people, at their proper place of tools of communication and information transfer. The current level of crimes and de–humanization of the societies convinces that the time to think in the terms of survival is long overdue – if the people want to live, they should learn how to discard the evil, and to learn it fast.

And I think that, with spread of so–called “democracy” made after ideals of Aristotelian Polis (which in fact, is sophisticated system of slavery*10*), mass corruption became the inevitable consequence of “freedoms” and “liberties,” which are identified as the inalienable traits of the democratic societies. Aristotelian democracy not only embodies Aristotle’s idea of slavery as the universal order, as the foundation of the universe; under pretence of separation of the religion and the state, Aristotelian democracy

a/ makes the faith the worst enemy of the society and banishes the very idea of God from daily social and political life, from the work of law–creating and law–enforcing establishments, from public education, from medical and research institutions

b/ elevates materialism into the highest religion and substitutes material things – wealth, money, etc. – for the immaterial human values – goodness, righteousness, and virtue

c/ denies existence of the Absolute Good, fosters idol–worship (firstly, the cults of power, violence, and death), and ultimately, elevates the arch–evil at the place of the main idol, therefore, the main slave–owner,

All these referred above are done under the cover–up with slogans of the “rule by the people,” “common good,” “personal liberties of the free society,” etc. As soon as the idea of freedom and liberties is rooted, the true face of the universal slave–owner reveals itself through implicit and explicit prohibition of actual freedom of expression, beliefs, thinking, and ways of life inconsistent with those spread by official propaganda. Such mass enslaving is followed with progressing degradation of human thought and consequent impoverishment and insufficiency, while the society expects prosperity and improvement.

The mind longing for life and true freedom should realize that the actual foundation of democracy of the Polis is slavery – the tyranny of evil, which transforms a person into the part–property–slave of the system. The processes resulting in enslaving and criminalizing an individual – a free person with independent thinking, as well as re–structuring of the entire societies and particular establishments, already manifest themselves within the contemporary democratic societies, which re–enact the same old drama – the pattern well known from the history of collapsed human establishments:

 

the evil takes the place of good by proclaiming human freedom and liberties,

especially, freedom of sciences from ethics and moral values,

defying existence of the absolute immaterial good,

and liberating societies from faith and its derivatives – virtues

then, the evil usurps rights to maintain the public education

then, the evil begins to propagate immorality as the true meaning of freedom

then, the very mentions of God, human virtues, mercy, kindness, and wisdom become politically incorrect

and socially unacceptable blunders, which ruin politician and journalist careers

then, the nations take pride in identifying themselves as “godless nations”

then, the societies become the cages in which the strong beasts devour the weaker beasts

then, the mass population begins to see its life–goal as having enough “bread and entertainment,”

while itself serves as the pool for executors and victims of crimes,

which become the main kind of entertainment for all the others

then, the streets, public places, sport arenas, movie theaters become stages,

at which the essence of the society – the arch–evil – manifests itself through the acts of terror, mass murder, and other crimes...

 

Only the Christian love and faith manifested through observance of two greatest commandments of love – love to God and love to the creations of God – can save the human sanity and sustain virtue: only knowledge of God protects from immorality and makes propaganda of evil unsuccessful.

However, Christianity is the greatest gift of God to His chosen ones, those who are called into being to dwell with God in His eternity: neither forceful conversion nor hypocrisy makes a Christian. Only the hand of Creator lifts a creature of dust up, to the Light of reason. The purpose of propagation of the Gospels is to find those who are destined to find God and need the guidance how to reach the destination. Many of the Christians began their life in ignorance, without knowledge of God and their own future: yet, eventually, in spite of all difficulties, deceit, obstacles and contradictions (the evil attempts to suppress each normal thought that by its very nature is focused on God), they obtained their Light and Truth, and accomplished their way into life everlasting {John 1:15, 9–13; 9:5; 14:6}.

How then, within the flood of evil, immorality and corruption, to find out, is the mind the chosen one – the one called by God into His marvelous Light?

One way is known: reading the Gospels and reciting silently, within the mind, prayer of St. John the Apostle:

 

Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

 

If the Gospels attract the one’s curiosity, if the name of God comes as the promise to satiate the thirst for the unknown, and if the mind does not reject the idea that the one can be seen by God as a sinner who needs mercy, the one has come to the beginning of the road to God – the road that leads to understanding of virtue, makes the virtuous life the very own manner of existence, and eventually, brings home, into the Kingdom of God…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See posting The Excellence, Folder 2012, Page 6_July_2012.

*2* See also postings in Folder 2012: The Emptiness, Page 1_January_2012, The Plundered People, Page 2_February_2012, The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard, Page 5_May–June_2012.

*3* See posting The Lessons of the Vineyard: Slavery and Freedom, Folder 2012, Page 5_May–June_2012

*4* See previous posting for July 22, 2012 – The Lamp and The Fire.

*5* Concerning mercy, see postings: in Folder 2012: The Most Needed Things: Mercy, Page 1_January_2012, and The Excellence, Page 6_July_2012;

*6* Concerning the Orphism, see posting Philosophy: the Beginning, Folder Philosophy, Page_1.

*7* Concerning totalitarian states and Marxist–bolshevist–communist ideology as the successor of Plato–Aristotle’s utopia, see The Invincible Empire by Alice Savitsky. Washington, DC: The AEHESIA® Services, 2003; chapters 4 and 8.

*8* Concerning Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology, the papal Inquisition, and their incompatibility with the Christian teachings, see postings at this site: in Folder Philosophy: Pages 6 and 7, – Works of Augustine of Hippo and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, and Folder Political Theology, Pages 1, 2, and 3.

*9* Concerning the heathenism, features of the heathen societies, and destiny of the apostates, see Folder Philosophy: The Beginning and Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Pages 1 and 8, and posting The Plundered People, Folder 2012, Page 2_February_2012.

*10* Concerning Aristotle’s polis and Plato–Aristotle social and political utopia, which produced the “ideals of democracy,” see

a/ works of Plato: Republc and Laws

b/ works of Aristotle: Oeconomica, Eudemian Ethics, Magna Moralia, and Politics

c/ postings at this site – Folder Philosophy, Pages 1, 2, 3: the Beginning, Plato, and Aristotle.

 

 

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