Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

9_November_December_2012

The Gift of Completion

The Peace and the Victory

The Words of One Shepherd

The Example

The Time of Destruction

The Fullness

The New Life

A New Year

≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈


Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Gift of Completion

…how much the Father of Heaven will give the Holy Spirit to those asking Him…

{Luke 11:13}

 

The disciples of Lord God Jesus Christ asked Him to teach them to pray. In response, the Lord gave the prayer*1* identifying the one who seeks the kingdom of God – Our Father {Matthew 6:6–15; Luke 11:1–4}. Then He said {Luke 11:5–13} that those who pray should be persistent: to ask and it will be given to them, to seek, and they will find, to knock, and it will be opened to them. For everyone asking receives, the seeking finds, and to the knocking, it will be opened. For what man who is a father, if his son asks for bread, will he give him a stone? And if asks for fish, will he give him a snake? And if he should ask for egg, will he give him a scorpion? Then, if men being evil know to give good gifts to their children, how much more the Father of Heaven will give the Holy Spirit to those asking Him?

The referred above words of Lord God Jesus Christ delineate the reality of the good within the world of the evil – life: all things, which the Lord mentions when He speaks of needs of a son, sustain life of a human being (body and mind). If a son receives stone instead of bread, he starves to death; snake and scorpion carry the lethal poison, which debilitates the mind and body, and then, kills. Therefore, a son asks his father for things, which he needs to live.

Then, the Word–God re–directs the mind of the listeners to the world that is beyond the good of the material things and beyond life of a body: the Heaven – another world, the reality inaccessible for the perception focused on the material things. This world is the kingdom whose Lord is the Father of Heaven – God the Spirit Who seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth, and Who gives the Holy Spirit to those asking Him {John 4:23–24; Luke 11:13}.

The worship of God in spirit and truth is possible only if a human being becomes the living temple of the Living God, if God dwells in the soul–heart–mind of man:

 

to worship God the Spirit in spirit means to know God and to love God –

to love God unconditionally and without limits:

to comprehend that God is holy and that God is sanctification of man,

to realize that God is the Source of life, and wisdom, and power, and all the good of man,

to acknowledge with the deep reverence the perfection and excellence and absolute good of God,

to recognize with thanksgiving the perfect justice and righteousness and mercy and good of the will of God,

to acknowledge the holiness and the absolute power of God, and to glorify God,

to be focused on God

in such a manner that the entire essence of a human being – soul, heart, and mind – are devoted to God

with all understanding, abilities of reasoning, and powers of man

{e.g., Genesis 6:12–14; 18:1–33; Exodus 3:2–6; 19:5–6; 20:1–26; 33:19–20; 34:5–14; Deuteronomy 4:1–40; 6:3–7; 30:1–20;

Psalms 8; 9; 10(11); 17(18); 27(28); 31(32); 35(36); 36(37); 61(62); 62(63); 67(68); 97(98); 98(99);

102(103); 103(104); 104(105); 106(107); 110(111); 111(112);

118(119); 137(138); 138(139); 142(143):10; 144(145); 145(146);

Proverbs; Isaiah; Hosea; Malachi;

Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; James; 1 & 2 Peter; 1 John; Romans; 1 & 2 Corinthians; Hebrews; Revelation }

|||

to worship God in truth means

to worship Him through the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ –

Who is the only Truth that leads to God the Father

{John 1:1–18; 6:44–47; 10:30; 12:44–50; 14:6–7, 23; 17:1–26}.

 

The knowledge of God the Father and Jesus Christ sent by God is the everlasting life {John 17:3}: those who worship God in spirit and truth enter the life everlasting.

The inference from the words of God is obvious and simple: the good material things (food), which a father gives to his son, sustain life of a human being in the earth, yet the Absolute Good of man is the gift of the Holy Spirit Who gives everlasting life in the kingdom of God.

What does it mean to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?

Within the context of the referred above Gospel According to Luke, it could be inferred that with the gift of the Holy Spirit, a human being receives the “food” of the human spirit that sustains life in the eternity with God as food sustains life of a human being in the earth.

What then, sustains life of the human spirit and of the soul that is the breath of life breathed by God into the face of man {Genesis 2:7; Ecclesiastes 12:7}?

A human being lives by God. Life is incessant process of creation {John 5:17}: life/being is created at each moment of time at each point of space and at each level of complexity through which a human being evolves for the next phase of existence – the eternal life. At each time–space–complexity point, the state of being/life/existence is manifestation of the Unity of the Power, Energy, and Law: with the Energy issuing from God through the Power issuing from God and by the Law issuing from God man lives and the entire world that accommodates human existence exists. There are different levels of complexity at which the act creation of life is consummated: the immaterial human spirit lives by the unperceivable Energy issuing from God; the human mind lives by knowledge given by the Word–God; a human body lives by food – fruits of the world created by God.

Then, what is the Eternal Food through which the life everlasting comes?

At the level of the mind, the Word–God – the eternal Wisdom Who gives to offspring of man, a mortal creature of dust, the authority to become the eternal child of God born of God – is perceived as the revelation of God the Father: the knowledge of God {John 1:1–18; 17:1–8; Genesis 3:20–24; 5:1–3}.

Lord Jesus Christ gave knowledge of everything that the human mind needs to know concerning God the Spirit and His kingdom, and He referred to this knowledge as to the everlasting life {Luke 17:20–21; John 4:23–24; 5:24–26; 12:44–50; 14:15–26; 16:13–15; 17:1–8}. This knowledge is the knowledge of God the Father and the Creator, which is given through the Word–God, Who is the Wisdom and Glory of God, Who is from the beginning with God and through Whom everything comes into being, to Whom the Old Testament refers to as to the Most Precious Wisdom, the Tree of Life, and the Foundation of life {Proverbs 3:13–20; 8:1–36; 9:1–11; Matthew 11:27; John 1:1–4, 14, 18; 16:28; 17:1–26}. By the will of God, because of love of God, for the sake of salvation of the world, He is sent to man as the Bread from the Heaven with Whom the life everlasting comes; He is the Door through Whom a human child of God enters the glory of the Father {John 1:1–18; 3:3–8, 16–17; 6:33–58; 10:7, 27–30; 14:6; 17:1–26}.

The Word–God speaks of Himself as of Bread – the Heavenly Bread that comes from the Heaven, as of Flesh and Blood that feeds man by giving the everlasting life {John 6:27–58}. As consumed bread is transformed into human flesh and blood and therefore sustains being/life of body and mind, likewise, the Word–God becomes the firmament, the essence, the structure (στερεωμα*2*), the wisdom – all that is the nature of human soul–heart–mind of His follower:

 

the Word–God creates a being empowered to accept the Holy Spirit of God (that is to be born of God)

the Holy Spirit gives to this being/child of God the everlasting life

by enabling the child of God to exist in the presence of God throughout the eternity.

 

The knowledge given by the Word–God is complete and easy and free and good and perfect as everything given by God is good and free and perfect {Matthew 11:28–30; John 1:12–13; 7:37–39; 8:31–36; James 1:17–18, 21–25; 1 Peter 2:15–16; 1 John 5:3; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; Galatians 4:9; Revelation 21:6}.

The Word–God gives this knowledge to the one who is able to accept it, who asks it, seeks it, and knocks on the door of Wisdom {Matthew 11:27; John 1:12–13; 6:37–40, 63, 65–69; 12:26; 14:1–7; 17:1–26} – to the one who longs for knowledge, wisdom, and freedom obtained through the Christian teachings given by Lord Jesus Christ.

Knowledge is the power to think, to speak, to act. Only if the mind comprehends the law that defines and controls the nature (the nature of man, the nature of the world that accommodates existence of man, and the nature of events and things that might be a subject of interest), the mind obtains the actual power to act and to achieve its purposes. Any human knowledge is true if it gives the actual power to act purposefully, efficiently, and successfully. Similarly, a human being obtains everlasting life, if he has true knowledge of God. For the one who seeks Lord God Jesus Christ, the path of cognition and simultaneously path into the eternity begins with three steps: he

 

a/ comes to the faith in Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God, the Holy Wisdom of God,

through Whom the knowledge of God and His world is given

b/ accepts the commandments of Lord God Jesus Christ {John 13:34–35; 15:4–12}

as the main law by which he must live

c/ absorbs the knowledge of commandments and words of God

with all his heart and mind and makes it the foundation of own thoughts, words, and actions.

 

And I think that everything that it is given to a child within this world is temporal, limited, and incomplete: bread of yesterday was consumed yesterday, and today a child is hungry and needs food again. To the contrary, if the human soul–heart–mind living by the Word–God receives the perfect gift of God – the Holy Spirit with Whom the life everlasting comes {John 14; 17:1–8} – only then, there is nothing more to ask and nothing more to seek, because everything is complete…

Consequently, is there anything in the world, which is worthy to be sought after, besides the Word–God because of Whom the Holy Spirit comes {John 14:15–17, 26; 16:7–16} and leads a human being into the kingdom of God {cf.: Matthew 6:24–34}?

 

»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» 

Notes:


*1*
See posting The Lord’s Prayer, Folder Foundation, Page 2.

 

*2* Concerning στερεωμα, see Patterns #11 and #8, Folder Patterns.

 

≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈


Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Peace and the Victory

 

…I leave peace to you; My peace I give to you. I give you not as the world gives.

Let not you heart be agitated nor let it be fearful…

…in Me, peace you may have. In the world, you have distress,

but be encouraged, I have overcome the world…

{John 14:27; 16:33}

 

The last hours before the crucifixion, Lord Jesus Christ promised His disciples His peace and spoke the words of encouragement: He had overcome the world in which His followers always have distress, and He will come to them again. Although He is leaving the world, He will not leave them as orphans: He is going away, and He is coming to them. A little while, and the world will not perceive (θεωρει – acknowledge, behold, perceive, see) Him, but they will perceive (θεωρειτε). Because He lives, they also will live {John 14:18–19, 27–28; 16:33}.

Among the inferences, which the one could make from the referred above words of God, is that the presence of God is perceivable for His followers, and His presence is life of His followers.

Then, indeed, the Christians always have distress – they had seen all evils that the sons of the evil are capable of pouring into the world: Christians were crucified and fed to the beasts at the circuses of the Roman Empire, plundered, raped, and killed in Constantinople by Catholic Crusaders, burned at the stakes of the Inquisition, tortured and killed by the papal servants – religious orders, which planted Catholicism by sword and fire, sold into slavery, tortured and exterminated by the people of other religions, especially, in the Islamic and totalitarian states; in communist Russia, they were exiled in Siberia, killed in the churches blown up by the bolshevik commissars, put into mental asylums, labor camps and prisons, and executed. They had cognized persecutions, pain, suffering, injustice, false accusations, fury of the ignorant mob, malice and ruthlessness of the executioners.

Justifiably, anyone who is not a Christian could ask seemingly logical question: what kind of peace the Christians could ever have?

What is the peace promised by the Son of Man Who was facing torturing agonizing death – the worst one of those invented by the creatures of the dust?

What is the victory over the world, if the Victor was crucified and His followers scattered in fear {John 16:32; 19:1–42}?

What gives to a Christian the inner strength that neither suffering nor death is unable to undermine?

If to accept the logic of the material things*1*, there is no explanation of the phenomenon of the Christianity.

If to accept the actuality that there is something more than the visible material things and material values, the explanation can be found: Christians have different focus and different prospective; they live by the values*2* incomprehensible for those who live by the values of the material world {e.g., Exodus 34:14; Deuteronomy 4:24, 39; Isaiah 40:10–31; 51:6; Mark 12:29–34; John 13:34–35; 2 Corinthians 4:18; Philippians 3:18–21} –

 

those who live by this world do not acknowledge/perceive the Word–God

Christians live by the Word–God: they acknowledge Him, perceive Him, and love Him by observing His commandments

 

Therefore, there are two different and incompatible foundations on which two incompatible and mutually irreconcilable systems of perception–reasoning–values– knowledge exist:

– Christian reasoning, the peace and values of a Christian {e.g., Philippians 4:6–9, 12–13} are not compatible with the reasoning and values of those who cultivate abilities to deceive, to enslave, and to corrupt the others, who seek glory, wealth, and pride issuing from the access to the power of coercion, possession of the titles, hierarchies, armies and weapons, which are necessary to wage wars and to kill living beings

– the people without faith – the people of the material world – see the Christians as the mentally challenged/insane outcasts {cf.: 1 Corinthians 1:18–31; 2 Corinthians 4:1–18; 6:1–18}. Yet, when they judge Christians by their own criteria, they stumble on and are broken by the Precious Corner–Stone on which the universe is built. With denial of Christian faith, they reject comprehension of the greatest mystery that freely opens to anyone who asks, and seeks, and knocks into the Door of Wisdom {cf.: Matthew 21:42–44; Mark 12:10–11; Luke 11:9–13; John 10:7–9; 1 Peter 2:6–8; Isaiah 28:16; Zacharias 4:7}.

The elements of this mystery are the eternity, the divine nature of man created for the eternity with God the Father, and the absolute power of God over all that He created. To perceive this “secret” knowledge given to all those who longs for understanding, the one needs faith*3*

 

the faith into Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God

|||

the faith in things unseen and unknown by the world of the temporal disintegrating matter

|||

the faith that empowers a human being to discern the presence of God within own soul–heart–mind

and to recognize His image within own soul–heart–mind

|||

the faith that opens the human soul–heart–mind for love to God the Creator and the Father

|||

the faith that is necessary for transformation into the immortal child of God.

 

The faith into Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God, opens perception of the reality in which everything that exists came into existence through Him; the faith makes possible to comprehend that the Word–God is the One with the Father, and therefore, He has the absolute authority in the Heavens and upon the earth and the everlasting dominion {Matthew 28:18; John 1:1–18; 10:30; 1 John 1:1–4; Daniel 7:9–14}. The one, who comes to such faith, comes to the Door into the eternal life: he rises above fear, uncertainty, restrictions, limitations, logics of the temporal settings – above the world that lives in darkness and is controlled by death.

Therefore, if the one obtains the faith, he is enabled to overcome the world that disregards God; he becomes the victor as his Creator and Giver of the everlasting life is the Victor: he is born of God and, as His son, inherits the kingdom of God and receives everything from God. Faith in Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God, is the victory over the world, and the crown of this victory is the everlasting life in the presence of God {John 16:33; 1 John 5:4–5; Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–5, 13–14; Zacharias 4:7}.

With the faith, the peace promised by God comes into the soul–heart–mind empowered to see beyond the limits of the material world:

 

the foundation of this peace, the Precious Stone, on which a Christian builds his world, is the Word–God

the road to this peace is the Word–God

this peace is the state of the human soul–heart–mind

that became the dwelling place of the Word–God – the living temple of the Living God.

 

The world of the material things habitually associates the meaning of victory with reality of those who have weapons, armies, systems of offense and defense, therefore the potency to control the others by fear of insufficiency, suffering, and death and to subdue the others by inflicting suffering and death on some for the sake of enslaving all.

Christianity has another meaning of victory, other categories of peace and war*4*: not by the armies and powers of man these wars are waged and won. Under the guidance of faith and by the Omnipotent Spirit of God Christians complete their battles and come to the peace {Zaharias 4:6; 2 Corinthians 5:1–10}.

And I think of the immense power of the Christian faith: faith is stronger than the visible perceivable world is. Καιρος of the human heart–mind (as the completion of the earthly trials) is close, when the unclearness of the vision {1 Corinthians 13:12} dissipates because of coming of the Light – the Word–God, when faith is transformed into knowledge, which can be neither overturn nor disproved, because it is the nature of man*5*, the very fabric from which the human soul–heart–mind is created. This knowledge is the peace promised by the Word–God Who becomes στερεωμα {Psalm 17(18):1–2}*6* of the soul–heart–mind of His followers and gives them the vision of the actuality, which none of the phantoms of impotent and corrupted human imagination can stain.


»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»

Notes:

*1* See posting The Lessons of the Vineyard: Material Things, Folder 2012, Page 5_May_June_2012.

*2* See posting The Virtue and Survival, Folder 2012, Page 6_July_2012.

*3* See postings:

Introduction to Christianity, Part 3. Faith – in Folder Foundation, Page 4

Folder Archive_2008_2011:

Heresy, and Imagination – Page 2_2008

The Lamp in Darkness – Page 3_2008–2009

The Gold Proved Through Fire, and The Stones – Page 4_2008–2009

The Law and the Future, Page 8_October_2012

*4* See Folder The World and the War.

*5* See postings in Folder 2012: The Nature of Man, Page 6_July_2012, and The Ultimate Purpose, Page 7_August_September_2012.

*6* Concerning στερεωμα, see

Folder Patterns, Patterns #8 and #11

Folder 2012:

The Plundered People – Page 2_February_2012,

The Future _Page 3_March_2012,

The Perception and The Trust – Page 4_April 2012

Note 4 to The Lessons of the Vineyard: Slavery and Freedom – Page 5_May–June_2012.

 

≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Words of One Shepherd

 

…the words of the wise are as goads and as firmly fastened nails;

they are given from One Shepherd for unification into completeness…

{Ecclesiastes 12:11}

 

Ecclesiastes says Λογοι σοφων ως τα βουκεντρα, και ως ηλοι πεφυτευμενοι, οι παρα των συνθεματων εδοθησαν εκ ποιμενος ενος {Ecclesiastes 12:11}: the words/reasons of the wise are as goads and as placed firmly fastened nails; they are given from One Shepherd for unification into completeness*1*.

The text evokes the image of the Shepherd who assembles bulls into one flock using a goad to force them to move in the right direction. The goad – the tool, which urges bulls to assemble themselves into the unit, one flock that moves according to the will of the Shepherd, is likened to the words/reasons of the wise. The words/reasons (intentions/plans) of the wise are envisioned as stimulus/drive/force to propel (a goad is a tool to propel), which could be applied for arrangement of either a flock of bulls or an assembly of the counselors. Additional mentioning of the placed firmly fastened nails (that prevent disintegration of the construction) emphasizes that these words/reasons are for synthesis–creating a wholeness; they are given/distributed from the One Shepherd.

In the New Testament, the Good Shepherd collects His sheep into one flock and leads them into His place where they have food and shelter and protection from the predators. How He, Who is the Word–God, Αγια Σοφια – the Holy Wisdom of God, collect them, those who are His Own and who seek the Kingdom of God? He speaks to them, and they listen to His words – the words of truth and freedom and life. These words ignite faith – vision and guide of the firstfruit of creations of God – and assemble them into a new nation: the nation of priests and sons of the Almighty God {John 6:68–69; 8:31–36; 10:1–30; 17:8; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:21–25; 2:9–10, 25; 2 Corinthians 5:7, 17; Galatians 3:23–26}.

To impose the wisdom of the law unto His creations, the Good Shepherd does not need tools; for instance, such as the “curses” for violation of the law {e.g., Deuteronomy 27:9–26; 28:15–68; 29:19–20}, judges, courts, elders, hierarchies, public opinions, propaganda wars, and other devices by which men control those who are within their reach. The time of force (e.g., the laws of Moses that punished the apostates and those who violated The Ten Commandments through judgments and actions – punishment, execution – of men) has gone. The time of consequences of the violations of the law came, and nothing besides the will of God can save the world from the evil actualized in the past. However, for each human being the path to salvation still is open: God revealed His love to His creations and gave them the ultimate freedom – to choose life with Him or eternal separation from Him. His voice – the conscience – is within each human soul: He speaks, and His creation listens to the voice of the Creator, does the works of God, accomplishes His will, and enters life {cf.: John 6:28–29; 10:130; 14:12–28; 15:1–17; 17:3–9, 21–26}.

Now each human being freely decides his own destiny: either to follow God or do not follow God; his own decision is his own judgment. Christianity does not punish the apostates and violators of the commandments of God: they themselves issue their judgment and execute it. When they reject the words of God, they leave the Light of God, and vanish into the darkness: the moment of acceptance or rejection of the Word–God is the moment of judgment {cf.: Luke 11:35; John 3:17–21; 5:21–30; 8:12, 23–25, 50–51; 12:44–50}.

Now it is the time for man to use all his personal abilities, powers, and tools to make his decision the actuality of his life, sometimes in opposition to his entire surrounding – family, friends, neighbors… The Kingdom of God is taken by force as the precious prize that the winner obtains in the war with the evil, and so difficult and terrifying this war is that even the closest relatives and friends might become enemies and traitors {cf.: Matthew 10:26–39; 11:12; 24:4–13; Mark 13:5–13; Luke 21:16–18; John 15:18–27; 16:1–3; Revelation 21:7}.

Furthermore, Christianity has no secrets and no mysteries {John 18:19–21}: it appeals not to the curiosity of the mind that seeks secret knowledge in the fog of human imagination and myths invented by groups/sects/elites/orders in attempt to elevate themselves over all the others and to pretend to possess the abilities/advantages, which the others (who do not share membership in the group/sect/elite/order) unable to reach.

The wisdom of the Christianity is the Αγια Σοφια – the Word–God, Λογος, Who is the most precious treasure and unconditional love of a Christian, and through Whom all that exists came into the being: this Wisdom is life given freely to all who longs for life; this Wisdom appeals to the deep of the human soul–heart–mind that perceives the call of God as the lost sheep hears the voice of the Shepherd*2*. As the lost sheep hears the voice of the Shepherd and runs to Him to have protection from the predators, similarly, the soul–heart–mind recognizes the Word–God as the very own God and Teacher and Creator and Overseer, as the very own life, as the very own essence, as the very own image in the mirror, clings to Him to obtain freedom from the evil, and follows Him Who leads into the house of the Father {cf.: Luke 15:4–7; John 10:1–30; 14:1–7; 1 Peter 2:25; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18}.

Christian teachings has the universal appeal, because it is adequate to the original human nature created after the image and in likeness of God, because in the spiritual world of the true follower of Christ

 

there are no divisions – nations, races, hierarchies, rich and poor, whites and blacks,

wise and simple, slaves and freemen - among the souls baptized into Christ

there are no “universal” fathers/teachers/shepherds/earthly “substitutes of God”

who assert themselves*3* as the unavoidable attachments to God,

and who pretend on “standing in God’s place” and “having a share of the dignity of God”

 

there are no unreservedly obedient slaves of men

who have silenced their conscience and serve the idol –

the lawless “son of perdition” through whom “the mystery of lawlessness” works,

who makes god from himself and takes his sit at the temple of God

there are no inquisitors with their stakes and tools of torture headed by the deified Prefect of the Inquisition – the pope*3*

there is nothing because of and with which one man can assert own superiority over another man

all are cast out by the world of the evil for rejection of the idols

and dissent from materialism, corruption, and the values of the societies

that put interests of those with access to the power of coercion above those who do not have access to the power of coercion

all have One Father, One Teacher, One Shepherd, One Overseer of the souls

all are unified by the One Word Who is the Perfect Love and Glory of God the Father

each one is baptized by the Divine Fire – the Holy Spirit – into one being in Christ

each one is the living temple of the Living God, the dwelling of the Holy Spirit,

although manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are different,

as different are each unique human being’s purposes and ways of ascent to completeness of perfection

all are equal children of God born of the Spirit of God, loved, saved, nurtured, and sustained by One God,

all serving God – the Lord, the Master, the Father, and all freed from the slavery of sin and evil

{e.g., Matthew 23:8–12; 24:7–13; Mark 9:33–37; 10:42–45; Luke 14:1–35; John 1:1–13; 3:5–6; 4:23–24; 17:1–26;

James 1:12–27; 1 Peter 2:25; 4:1–19; 1 John; Romans 6:1–23; 8:35–39; Galatians 3:26–28;

1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 7:21–23; 12:3–14; 2 Corinthians 6:1–10, 14–18; Ephesians 4:2–32;

2 Thessalonians 2:3–12; Malachi 3:17–18}.

 

Christianity is freedom – the ultimate freedom that could open to anyone who sees beyond the hierarchies and force of coercion: the spiritual freedom from evil granted by God the Spirit. The one obtains this freedom only through the Word–God – the Source of wisdom, grace, truth, light, and life of man {cf.: John 1:1–4, 9–18; 4:24; 9:4–5; 14:6; 17:3; Romans 6:14–17; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 3:23–28}:

 

Ecclesiastes envisioned the tool/drive forcing toward unity conveyed through the words/reasons of the wise

in the New Testament,

the soul–heart–mind comes freely to the Wisdom – the Word–God,

having rejected the evil–ignorance–death, chooses the good–wisdom–life,

and joins the spiritual unity of the souls baptized in Christ.

 

What, then, has been changed within the human heart–mind, if the coercive power of the law becomes freedom? Into what the human heart–mind has evolved with the knowledge of the law of God – the law that defines the human nature {Mark 12:28–34; Luke 10:25–37}?

It should be something within the soul–heart–mind that enables man to perceive the Word–God*4*. Solomon wrote of the precious seal on the heart of man; St. Paul the Apostle sees the letters of Christ written on the flashy tablets of the heart; St. James the Apostle discloses the results of transformation: the one looks into the Word–God and in Him, sees own reflection similarly to the one who sees himself in the mirror. If the one accepts the divine law of freedom, he is blessed in his endeavors. St. John the Apostle completes the explanation: the children of God will be similar to God, and after the new beginning, those, who enter eternal life with God, will carry His name {Song 8:6; James 1:18, 21–25; 1 John 2:1–25; 3:3–4, 6; 5:11–12; 2 Corinthians 3:3, 17–18; Revelation 7:14–17; 21:3–7; 22:1–7}.

With different examples and from their own unique (therefore, different) points of view, the wise men of God convey the essence of the process of transformation of the law into the freedom: after the Word–God becomes the essence of the human soul–heart–mind, He sets it free from the slavery of the evil and death, and empowers a human child of God to comprehend the unity of the Law and the Power and the Wisdom as One Wholeness called Life – the Perfect Love of the Almighty Omnipotent Free God by which all His creations come into existence, obtain freedom, cognize love of God, and evolve into immortal children of God.

The first step on the way into eternity with God is made when the mind absorbs wisdom given by God; this wisdom is the Word–God coming through faith in Lord Jesus Christ and observance of His commandments.

With coming of Lord God Jesus Christ, the mind receives access to the Source of Wisdom that surpasses incomparably wisdom of all the wise men, especially of the wise kings who rely on the power of coercion, weapons, armies, and hierarchical establishments to embody their reasons into daily life of their subjects {cf.: 1 Corinthians 1:18–31; 2:1–14}.

And I think how the mind of man comes to comprehension of the wisdom that leads him to God? This wisdom is not wisdom of men*5*.

Wisdom of man is in survival of the flesh, in the ability to protect human bodies and human establishments (the material structures/systems) from disorder, collapse, and disintegration until they accomplish the purposes for which they have been arranged.

To the contrary, the Wisdom of God opens the eternity, into which none of the material things enters, and the very meaning of which is incomprehensible for those who live only by senses and values of the material things – those who do not perceive the presence of God {Isaiah 6:9–10; Matthew 13:14–15; John 12:37–41}.

Within the reality of the material things, the first step into the immaterial world begins with the Holy Scriptures – the Bible. When the one opens the Holy Book of Life with a desire to obtain eternal life, he opens his heart–mind for the Word–God: on the tablets of his heart–mind, the Αγια Σοφια – Holy Wisdom of God, the Word–God – writes His letters and imprints His seal {John 6:27}: the Code of the Immortality…

 

»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» 

Notes:

 *1* Λογοι σοφων ως τα βουκεντρα, και ως ηλοι πεφυτευμενοι, οι παρα των συνθεματων εδοθησαν εκ ποιμενος ενος {Ecclesiastes 12:11}, where

Λογοι – pl. of Λογος – words, reasons

a/ βουκεντρα – goad (spiked stick used to direct cattle; stimulus) is derivative of words with more than one meaning:

1/ either βους – ox, bull, or βουλε – advice, counsel, purpose, will; with primary βουλομαι – be willing, be disposed, be minded, and such a noteworthy derivative as βουλευτης – a counselor (later, a member of Jewish Sanhedrin)

2/ κεντρον – point, sting; divine impulse

b/ συνθεματων – a derivative of two words:

συν – a primary word denoting union; in composition, gives also meaning of completeness

θεμελο (or θεμελιωση) – to lay foundation, establish; institute; consolidate; the word is related to the cluster of derivatives from ancient θεω – to run (not as sprint or race) or θεο – complete, as the root of words defining Θεος – God; the word conveys meaning of creation–establishment

In summary, ancient συνθεματων conveys the meaning close to contemporary συνθεση – synthesis, connection, putting together, linking, composing, creating a wholeness/system.

c/ εδοθησαν – given, distributed, arranged; the word is derivative of εδοθην – give, distribute, arrange distribution (δινωδιδωεδοθην).

Therefore, Ecclesiastes speaks of the words/reasons (intentions/plans) of the wise as of stimulus/drive/force (a goad as a tool to propel), which could be applied for arrangement either a flock of bulls or an assembly of counselors; these words are for synthesis–creating a wholeness and they are given/distributed from the One Shepherd.


*2* See postings in Folder Archive_2011: Purification of Heart, Page 1_January_March_2011, The Earth without the Foundation, Page 2_April_May_2011.

*3* See postings:

Folder Philosophy – Augustine of Hippo, and Thomas Aquinas

Folder Political Theology – all

Folder World & War – Ecumenism

Folder Archive_2008–2010The Departed Thoughts, Page_6_2008_2009.

*4* See postings:

The Seal, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_1_2008,

The Great Expectation, Folder Archive 2011, Page November–December_2011

The Promise to Come Back, Folder 2012, Page 2_February_2012.

*5* See postings in Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Wisdom, Page_1_2008

Mysteries, Page_7_2008–2009.


≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Example

 

…For I gave you an example, that as I did to you, also you should do…

{John 13:15}

 

It was done during the Last Supper: Lord God Jesus Christ washed the feet of His disciples, and then said that He gave them an example – that as He did to them, so they should do {John 13:1–17}.

In the dry hot lands of the Middle East, washing the feet of the guests and tired after long journey travelers was the custom expressing love, respect, and care of the house–owner for those who came to him. Yet, the significance of this action of God trespasses the visible act of serving the others – with God, everything is incomparably more: the power issued from Him and healed the sick, resurrected the dead, gave vision to the blind. God gave His followers the example how they should deal with the others. Also, He purified and prepared them for receiving the Almighty Holy Spirit Who would empower them to accomplish the long journey up to the ends of their world and to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, Who would enable them to carry His message of love, mercy, and salvation, to accomplish His purposes, and to overthrow the evil {Matthew 9:18-29; 10:1–42; 14:36; 24:14; 28:18–20; Mark 16:15–20; Luke 7:11–15; 10:19; 24:44–47; John 9:1-7; 20:21; Acts}. And so they did.

And I think, what those who live today, in the world that rejects Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior along with those who serve Him and follow Him until the end of the world/life given for preparation for the next phase of their journey – what they are empowered to do to the others?

They can share with the others earthly possessions, give bread to the hungry, peace to the warriors and those who they conquered, word of encouragement for those who are afraid, care for the sick – all these acts of charity are the natural way of life for many, and not only for the Christians. The followers of many religions have the works of charity as the necessary condition of proving their beliefs, because every religion might be the very unique way, which love and mercy to the others could take transforming the one into the true seeker of God Who is the Omnipotent Almighty and Perfect Love:

 

in the House of God, there are many dwelling places

{cf.: John 14:2}

[why could not be the worlds –

souls, minds, nations, planets, universes, dimensions, unknown settings/realities

at the different levels of complexity –

allotted for different manifestations

of the Omnipotent Life–Creating Power of God,

for the different ways of evolution toward the optimal and maximal perfection of particular forms of life

{e.g., James 1:18; Revelation 1:8; 21:5–6; Daniel 7:9–10}?]

mercy to the others is the criterion of judgment, the separation between the right and the left,

the ultimate division between the eternally living and the eternally suffering

{Matthew 25:31–46}

[and the worst suffering is separation from God – thirst and hunger for the Life and the Light]

because of His love to the world He created,

God came to save and to collect His own from many nations and lands,

not only those from the house of Israel

{cf.: Matthew 8:5–13; 18:10–14; Mark 7:24–30; Luke 15:4–5; John 3:16}

in the Judgment Day everyone will receive all according to his own deeds of love and charity;

{cf.: Matthew 16:26–27; Revelation 20:12–15}

[will all of them be the followers of Christian teachings?]

so, if God the Spirit created man into His image and after His likeness

(so human soul is the immortal and free being),

if God did not create death, and if man is the living soul because of the breath of God

{cf.: Genesis 1:26–27; 2:7; John 4:24},

is any of His creation able to perish?

 

Yet, it was also said that only through Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God, the one is enabled to come to God the Father {John 14:6–7; 17:3}, therefore, to reach the maximum, the optimum state for which man was created. For the earth, this maximum and optimum is defined as the little flock of souls doing the works of God and awaiting the Lord and Master, as those whom their Father willed to give the Kingdom {Luke 12:32; 17:21; John 3:21; 14:10–12; James 2:5; also cf.: 1 John 3:1–24; 5:1–12; Revelation 21:3–7; 22:1–5}.

Is then, something else that only a Christian is empowered to do? God said {Matthew 5:13–16} to those who listened to Him that they are the salt (zest, essence) and the light of the world. As the city at the top of the mountain that cannot be hidden, and as the lightened lamp that is set on the lamp–stand to shine for everyone in the house, their good deeds should be seen for many, so they would glorify God, their Heavenly Father.

Many centuries the evil ones – the sons of the arch–evil unable to tolerate the words of God and to perceive His truth {cf.: John 8:43–45; 1 John 3:10–15} – committed atrocities and inflicted pain, suffering, fear, shame, and death on the others and deprived them of Christian faith through

false and deceit of heresies covered with the wordings from the Holy Scriptures

falsification of the Gospels

crusades, inquisition, religious wars and persecutions of the different–minded

self–deified sons of perdition attempting to usurp the place of God

corrupted creatures (“priests” in the state of mortal sin)

who raped children in the places they call “churches”

and so on.

 

They blasphemously covered and still cover their deeds with the name of Christ, and they have turned and continue to turn many people away from Christianity.

So, what a Christian is empowered to do that distinguishes him from all the others creations of God, from all world that God loves because He created it?

This question has many answers. The first one of them can be found in the words of Lord God Jesus Christ – the promise to come to His servants:

 

I came into the world and I am leaving the world

I will not leave you orphans,

I am coming to you

{John 14:18–20, 27–28; 16:16–28}.

 

What happens when the Word–God comes into the soul–heart–mind of man?

The human soul–heart–mind perceives the presence of God and rises up to the life; this is possible only through faith*1*.

So the first distinction between a Christian and a follower of any other religion, and in the same time the beginning of the path to God the Heavenly Father, is Christian faith:

 

faith in the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ

Who is One with His Father – the Almighty Omnipotent God the Spirit

Who claims His Own possession and takes His dwelling in His natural house:

the soul of man created into His image and after His likeness –

the being who is His child and His loyal and faithful servant

{cf.: Matthew 15:22–28; John 3:16–21, 35–36; 10:30; 14:23–24;

1 Peter 2:9–10; 2 Corinthians 6:16–18; Malachi 3:17; Hosea 6:4}

 

»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» 

Notes:

 *1* Concerning faith, see postings:

Folder Foundation Introduction to Christianity (Part 3), Folder Foundation, Page_4.

Folder 2012:

The Water and The Transformation – Page 1_January_2012

The Remission of Sin and The Future – Page 3_March_2012

The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard – Page 5_May_June_2012

The Virtue and Survival – Page 6_July_2012

The Force and The Ultimate Purpose – Page 7_August_September_2012

The Law and The Future (esp. Note 12) and The Repentance – Page_9_October_2012.

≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈

 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Time of Destruction

 

…To all things there is a time, and a season for every matter under the heaven…

… a time to destroy and a time to establish…

{Ecclesiastes 3:1, 3}

 

 

Ecclesiastes knew that all things have their points of creation–growth–actualization/completion and of destruction/freeing the time–space for another cycle of life, for instance, καιρος του καθελειν και καιρος του οικοδομιν*1* – a time to demolish, and a time to establish {Ecclesiastes 3:1, 3}.

In general terms {Wisdom 7:19}, the human history can be seen as a sequence of the μεταβολας καιρων – circuits of periods, or in the contemporary terms, life–cycles of systems evolving within a particular setting – στερεωμα*2*, which sustains existence of the earth and life of mankind. It means that each historical entity – state, empire, civilization – has universal, as well as own particular/individual features or indicators, which point out, for instance, the stages of

 

growth

reaching of the optimal potency

beginning of degeneration/destruction

readiness to be demolished and to give up the time–space settings for a new establishment.

 

The universal indicators (those which all system have) enable a human being, who was born and brought up within a particular system (a period: civilization, empire/state, or any other purposeful entity–system that actualizes a particular pattern of knowledge creation–accumulation–transmitting–destruction) to discern the signs foretelling the cardinal changes for the system that accommodates his existence:

 

the time of irreversible degeneration/collapse

the time of demolishing of the old system–establishment

the essence of the future – the features of a system,

which is coming into the cleared time–space.

 

Many centuries the human mind chained to the Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology and similar heathen and heretical doctrines was intentionally kept in ignorance, because ignorance is a necessary condition for slavery. The papal education imposed (and still continues to impose) on the human mind the peculiar set of assertions (or “articles of faith”), which accentuate the necessity of unreserved obedience to the pope (who pretends to be the earthly substitute of God) as a mandatory condition of the eternal salvation of man*3*, and similar fraud blasphemously covered with the name of Lord Jesus Christ. These assertions compose the matrix of impotency and humiliating inferiority for every papal subject (esp. the laity) who does not belong to the high levels of the papal hierarchy.

For instance, this matrix includes such insinuations as

◊ faith is above reason

◊ God is the source of evil

◊ human reason of a simple man is impotent, because only the members of the papal hierarchy have all necessary knowledge by the “grace” of the papal office

◊ the soul of the papal prelate has the higher value than the soul of a simple man – papal subject

◊ the highest virtue and the main duty of man is unreserved obedience to the superior who stands on the place of God

◊ the papal hierarchy is enabled to change the meanings of sin and virtue

◊ the papal subjects must put aside own judgment and see black as white and the mortal sin as the virtue if the superior wishes so

◊ the papal laws must be observed even if they contradict The Ten Commandments

◊ for the sake of the papal good, a man can be tortured, maimed, and executed

◊ the papal church cannot imitate the mercy of God and must put the relapsed heretics to death so the papal subjects will be protected from the heretic’s influence

◊ the papal subject must unreservedly obey even the evil and wicked papal superior as if he stays at the place of God

◊ justification of the inquisition (the pope is the prefect of the inquisition)

◊ and so on and so forth.

Heresy, fear, fraud, and artificially created ignorance in the matters of Christian teachings are the elements planted by this matrix, which includes all that transforms man into a complete papal slave – by body, mind, and spirit – with easily modifiable conscience. One of the consequences of the education and culture founded on Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology and developed by the papal Magisterium*4* is illustrated with the current world–wide scandal, which reveals moral and physical corruption of the papal officials and centuries–old abuse of the children by the papal “priests” in the places they call “churches.” Such utter corruption became possible only because of the papal

 

1/ conversion into the heathenism (the basis of Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology is heathen Orphic philosophy of the snake–worshipers, mostly Aristotle’s doctrine*5*), which is incompatible with love, good, virtue, human dignity and freedom conveyed by the Christian teachings

2/ invention of such sacrilege as “priest in the state of mortal sin” and Aquinas’ interpretation of the meaning of mortal sin as disobedience to the papal superior*6*, while any violation of the commandments of God (e.g., murder, betrayal) is justified if it serves the papal purposes

3/ culture of all–permissibility for the superiors equated to papal god

4/ suppression and forceful silencing of the victims and (if victims are not helpless orphans in papal “charitable” institutions) their parents.

 

As it was promised by Lord God Jesus Christ, the Christians learn the essence of things and receive the knowledge of God, which is the eternal life, from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit educates and teaches every human being who has faith, who fulfills the commandments of God, and who became a child of God born of God {cf.: John 1:1–13; 14:23, 25–26; 15:26; 16:7–15; 1 John 3:23–24; 4:13}. The first result of such education is the one’s ability to love the others, to care for their physical, mental, and spiritual well–being, and to keep them safe, healthy, and untouched by the evil and corruption as much as it is in the power of the one – this is the meaning of the Absolute Good for those who live within the world that cognized the arch–evil and its ultimate manifestation – death.

Knowledge of the Absolute Good is the foundation of survival, and the pledge of the eternity; this knowledge is a part of healthy human nature and sound human reasoning as normally functioning eyes and ears are the part of a healthy human body.

Therefore, the signs/indicators that allow discernment of the times, of which Ecclesiastes wrote, are embedded into the human mind as any other knowledge of the world of the matter is, because man was created to dominate and to toil the world {Genesis 1:26–28; 2:8, 15, 19–20}: to dominate and to toil means, firstly, to know.

Indeed, the Gospels {Matthew 16:1–3; Luke 12:54–59} convey the words of God, with which He refers as to “hypocrites” to those who discern coming changes of weather, yet who are not able to discern the signs of time – σημεια των καιρων*7* – by looking into (judging) themselves; this was said before the Divine Fire was cast upon the earth and the mission of enlightenment and salvation of man was completed {cf.: Luke 12:49; John 16:7; 17:4; 19:28–30}.

These words of Lord God Jesus Christ reveal the phenomenon which could be referred as the arrangement of the continuity of existence: the μεταβολας καιρων – circuits of periods (or the spiral of evolution in the terms of the ancient philosophers) has to be accomplished within one particular framework of the life–maintaining knowledge. Otherwise, the human mind could not survive, because it would not be able to evaluate the conditions of the world, there will be no circuits, and the fragile cord of human creative reason*8* would be broken with disappearance of each system that reached its καιρος and has to be demolished freeing the time–space for the next one.

For instance, during revolutions of the eighteenth–twentieth century (France, Russia, China) the stirred by inhuman conditions of life, poverty, anger, and propaganda masses not only destroyed their traditional establishments (along with foundations of sciences, education, state, political, religious, social, and military systems); they annihilated multitudes human beings – carriers of the knowledge on which the old systems were founded and operated. Still, after the period of destruction, degradation, and unsuccessful social, economical and political experiments, they turned to the remnants of the Past, to the collective wisdom of mankind that sustains survival of human species; some of them accepted even the philosophy, which empowers the free markets to operate and against which their propaganda was directed in the time of mutiny. They also discovered that if a human being has no religious foundation based on the absolute good, the utter corruption and limitless crimes plague the society and force it into collapse. So, after the peculiar determination to begin with zero and to live only with the new knowledge they created or chose to assume in the attempt to establish new order (for instance, French revolution with new social order, calendar, and institutionalized atheism, the cultural revolution in China with rejection of the legacy of past generations of thinkers and philosophers, including Confucius), they inevitably turned to at least some knowledge of their predecessors, without which they were incapable to survive.

So what is the ultimate all–encompassing knowledge of survival that connects the different social–political–economical–religious systems (the components of the history of mankind), into the unity of circles within which the minds of their inhabitants either ascend to the optimal potency of creation or descend to the ultimate potency of destruction?

Only knowledge of God the Creator is the foundation on which any human civilization and any other human establishment is empowered to survive. The references in the Holy Scriptures {e.g., Genesis 14:18–20; Psalm 109(110):1–4; Isaiah 40:21–26; 45:1–8; Daniel 2:27–30; 6:25–27; Matthew 2:1–2, 9–12; Romans 1:18–32} reveal existence of those who carried knowledge of God, yet who were not connected with the small tribe, which was chosen*9*

a/ to become the means of destruction of the perverted and corrupted heathens

b/ to serve as lesson and the warning for all

c/ to accommodate the earthly life of the Savior of mankind {cf.: Deuteronomy 7:1–26; 8:2–6; 9:3–29; Isaiah 60:1–3; 64:6–7; 65:1–17; Zacharias 8:20–23; Micah (Michaias) 4:1–3; Luke 2:8–14; John 12:19–26}.

The remnants of this primeval knowledge – the knowledge of the absolute good – and their interpretations became the foundation for the best human–oriented religious and philosophical doctrines. As the small streams, which flow into the mighty river, could lead the traveler to the river, so the systems of knowledge based on the absolute good could reveal the path to the Word–God. Those who come are purified and completed by the Word–God: they receive the knowledge of God the Father that is the eternal life from His Son – Lord Jesus Christ, in Whom all perfection, excellence, and completeness of the Godhead, the glory of God, and all authority over the word and over the Kingdom of God are actualized {Matthew 28:18; John 6:44–47; 14:6; 15:3–6; 17:1–5; Acts 17:16–31; Galatians 4:9–10; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9–10; Exodus 33:18–22; Daniel 7:9, 13–14}.

After the Word–God accomplished salvation of the world, He left this world (otherwise this world would not be able to continue existence and accomplish its purposes including separation of the evil ones from the children of God, because the presence of God annihilates the evil) and came back to God the Father Who sent Him. Yet, He comes in each human soul–heart–mind that is ignited by the faith, seeks the Creator, and is chosen to accomplish the will of God {John 14:1–28; 15:1–6, 16; 16:16, 28}.

It means that each mind, which carries the knowledge of the Word–God – the knowledge of God the Father – and does the works of God, becomes a particle of glorious luminosity: the lamp ignited by the Divine Fire that the Word–God cast over the earth/man {cf.: Matthew 5:14–16; Luke 11:33–35; 12:49; John 1:1–13; 9:5; 14:16–18, 23; 17:3}. Although the world has entered the stage of the irreversible collapse {cf.: Matthew 24:3–51; Mark 13:1–37}, still, each human being who follows God, is collected by God as the Shepherd collects His own sheep: he is led into the Kingdom of God by the Way of life and through the Door of Wisdom {cf.: John 10:1–30; 14:6}. The Word–God implanted into the soul of man is the seed of the eternal life – His followers live by Him and because of Him {cf.: John 3:35–36; 12:24–28; 14:19; 15:13–14; James 1:17–18, 21–25; 1 John 5:11}.

The Word–God entered the world of men obsessed with the material things*10* as the dividing sword that penetrates into the deepest depths of a human body, as the melting fire that annihilates admixture and purifies gold from impurities and alien elements, as the division between the life of the spirit and the death of the flesh; His truth separates the good from the evil and the children of God from the children of the arch–evil {cf.: Matthew 10:35; John 8:31–47; Malachi 3:17}.

Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God, established His Kingdom within the soul–heart–mind of His followers and opened for them the new meaning of existence: the teachings of Christ confirmed not only two main commandments of love {Luke 10:27} – the follower of Christ must ascend at the level unknown and unreachable before; he is the dwelling of the Almighty Eternal God, and he must love the brethren as God loves {John 13:34; 15:12}, even if this love is just a cup of water for the thirsty, piece of bread for the hungry, and own death for the sake of life of the others.

So, what about all the others who did not come to the Christian faith yet – are they left in darkness, as the unwanted and unclaimed things, which the Owner of the House leaves behind the Door {in: John 10:7–16}, because He does not need them?

Among the signs, which precede the end of the world, Lord God Jesus Christ mentioned that the Gospels will be proclaimed to all the nations, on all languages of the earth {Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10}. It means that the chance to ascend to knowledge of the Almighty Omnipotent God the Creator {John 17:3}, must be given to all, so all belonging of God must be collected before this world dissipates within the vortex of the all–consuming fire, and new world of God – the perfect world without the evil and restrictions of the matter (death, diseases, sufferings) will come into existence {John 10:7–9, 17–18; 2 Peter 3:7, 10–13; Revelation 21:1–7; Malachi 3:17}.

Therefore, the first indicator of the imminent destruction is ignorance – rejection of the knowledge of God: such ignorance precedes collapse and foretells ruin. The first feature of the ignorant mind is modifiable conscience and absence of the sound ethical foundation:

 

it easily falls into trap of deceit

it is not able to withstand corruption

it disregards moral and ethical restrictions,

which differentiate a human being from a human predator/beast

it justifies any crime against other living beings and against the nature,

if the results serve enrichment or bring other material advantages

ultimately, it loses an ability of discerning the good and the evil

and becomes the forsaken ruined house populated with phantoms, idols,

and other figments of the perverted imagination

it slides into the dream world of sick imagination,

and becomes incapable of adequate comprehension and evaluation of the actuality:

it is transformed into the core of destruction of the system that accommodates its existence.

 

If such a mind becomes the property of the majority of population, especially, the ruling “elite” – politicians, educators, religious and other kinds of leaders, the society is ready for collapse.

Corruption of the ruling “elite,” impoverishment of the majority of population, plague of atheism and moral corruption, which produce utter desperation followed with epidemic of crimes, suicides, mental disorders, and incurable diseases, civil unrest, revolutions, wars, and other manifestations of insufficiency of civil, political, and religious institutions incapable of preventing the destruction of the system they were established to sustain, foretell the coming collapse following with demolishing the current system (civilization, state, empire, union, etc.).

Currently, this process can be easily indentified in many countries and parts of the world.

The problem (or the first national security threat for each state political system) is that the civil unrest and other manifestations of human desperation are contagious: they might be compared with the flesh–eating bacteria that consumes a human flesh, and they are the signs of the phenomenon that the ancient prophets named “the wrath of God” – the situation when the human beings turn against each other and exterminate each other as the predators, because they have lost the power to live and their own conscience – the worst and most merciless judge–prosecutor–executor – pronounced their own sentence: death, death to the corrupted and perverted beings

 

who forgot their Creator and became unable to perceive the presence of God and to tolerate His words

who turned into the sons of arch–evil

who became able only to destroy and to murder other living beings

and to pollute the beautiful world created by God for life, happiness,

and development–evolution of man and the world given into his dominion.

 

And I think that if the one has no faith, he might decide that it looks like if there ever was a point at which the beginning of degeneration can be reversed and coming collapse/destruction can be prevented, the mankind rushing into the pit of destruction has missed it.

Yet, God said that He is with His followers unto the end of times {Matthew 28:18–20}; indeed, the faith in Him and in His mercy is all what is left today for those who are not able to stop the coming time of destruction and imminent annihilation of many…

»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» 

Notes:

 

*1* Ecclesiastes’ words “καιρος του καθελειν και καιρος του οικοδομιν"{Ecclesiastes 3:3} could be interpreted as a time to destroy/demolish and a time to build/establish/institute. In this phrase,

καιρος – is the time of completion, when all things came into the focus, everything has reached the maximal potency or degradation, life–cycle at a particular level of complexity is completed, and the unavoidable time of change is near (concerning καιρος see also postings Pattern #5, Folder Patterns, and The Completion – Folder Archive_2008–2009, Page_4_2008_2009)

καθελειν is a derivative of the words in cluster stemming from καθαιρεω (καθαιρεω καθελω καθελειν – to destroy, to demolish) with the compound meaning of cleaning, demolishing, annihilation:

καθαιρεω – take down; cut off; destroy; annihilate

καταιρω – clean, purify

καθαριζω – clean up; take down; make clear; finish; kill;

καθαιρεσις – devastation, destruction, murder.

οικοδομιν is a derivative of

οικος – house, home, household

δωμα (from δεμω – to build) – edifice, housetop.

*2* Concerning στερεωμα, see Pattern #11 and #8, Folder Patterns.

*3* For instance, in 1302, the pope Boniface VIII made two statements [The Bull Unam Sanctam, 1302, in: Documents of the Christian Church 127]:

1/ the papal authority is divine

2/ for the sake of eternal salvation it is necessary “for every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff.”

Then, in 1943, the pope Pius XII continued:

1/ primacy of jurisdiction gives the church as “a Mystical Body two heads“

2/ Christ and His Vicar constitute one only Head is the solemn teaching of Our predecessor of immortal memory Boniface VIII in the Apostolic Letter Unam Sanctam” (Christ as invisible head, and the pope – “Vicar of Christ” as the visible head)

3/ it is the dangerous error to believe that it is possible to accept Christ “as the Head of the Church, while not adhering loyally to His Vicar on Earth.” Those who take away the visible head (that is the pope) can neither see the eternal salvation nor find it [5; §40–41]; also [ref. and qtd. in: Church, Papacy, and Schism: A Theological Enquiry by Philip Sherrard. London: SPCK, 1978. 60].

It means that eternal salvation of men had been separated from the acceptance of Lord Jesus Christ as the Savior and God, from fulfillment of the God’s commandments, and from the mercy of God. The popes asserted themselves as the unavoidable supplements to God, as a new deity, perhaps even more authoritative than God Himself, because faith and loyalty to God are sufficient no more: the absolute submission and “loyalty” to the pope became the conditions of eternal life. With such dethronement of God, idolization of the pope is logically complete.

Concerning unreserved obedience and other assertions of Aristotle–Aquinas political theology, doctrine of Ignatius of Loyola, and their consequences see

Folder PhilosophyDoctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Page 7

Folder Political TheologyThe Hierarchical Church, and The Church Militants, Page_2 and Page_3

Folder World and War – Folder’s Introduction and Ecumenism, Page_1.

*4* See

1/ postings at this web site:

Folder PhilosophyDoctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Page 7

Folder Political TheologyThe Hierarchical Church, and The Church Militants, Page_2 and Page_3

Folder World and War – Folder’s Introduction and Ecumenism, Page_1

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

*5* See Folder Philosophy (Philosophy: the Beginning, Plato, Aristotle, Works of Augustine of Hippo, Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas), and Folder Political Theology.

*6* Concerning such phenomenon as the papal “priest” in the state of mortal sin and Aquinas’ interpretation of mortal sin as disobedience to the superior, see: Decrees of Ecumenical Councils (242, 707) [Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils. Ed. Norman P. Tanner. London and Washington, DC: Sheed & Ward, Georgetown University Press, 1990] and postings:

Priest and Heresy, Folder Archive_2008–2010, Page 2_2008

Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Philosophy, Page_7.

*7* Concerning σημεια των καιρων – the signs of time, see also Pattern #10, Folder Patterns.

*8* See posting The Silver Cord in Folder 2012, Page 9_November_December_2012.

*9* See postings The Vineyard, and The Lessons of the Vineyard – Folder 2012, Page May_June_2012.

 

*10* See The Lessons of the Vineyard: the Material Things – Folder 2012, Page May_June_2012.

≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Fullness

…according to Christ; for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

and you are in Him having been filled, Who is the Head of all rule and authority…

{Colossians 2:19}

 

 

Lord God Jesus Christ is One with His Father, the Almighty Omnipotent God the Creator – He is the Son, the Word–God sent into the world to accomplish the will of God, so each creation should live forever in the presence of God, in glory and splendor of His kingdom {John 10:30; Revelation 21:1–4, 23; 22:3–5}.

The one who has seen Lord Jesus Christ, he has seen God the Father {John 1:1–4, 14, 18; 14:6–11}.

Consequently, for a Christian, in Lord Jesus Christ, all the fullness–completeness–beauty of the Godhead dwells bodily; He is the Embodiment of the Divine Love – the Love of God to the world He created; He is the completeness of perfection, pre–eminence of every good in His creations, fulfillment of all the law revealed to His people, the greatest good and actualization of most eager expectations of salvation given through the Old Testament prophets; He reconciled man to his Creator, and gave man the authority to become a child of God born of God; He – Who is the One with His Father – is the Manifestation of Almighty God the Spirit within the world of man/earth/flesh, which otherwise is not enabled to see God the Consuming Fire and to live {John 1:1–18; 3:16, 35–36; 4:24; 5:37–44; 10:30; 17:21–23; 1 John 4:14–21; 5:1–12; Romans 10:4; Colossians 1:12–20; 2:9–10; Hebrew 12:29; Exodus 19:21; 33:18–23; 34:1–7; Deuteronomy 4:24}.

For a Christian, Lord Jesus Christ is God and Savior, the Word–God sent to accomplish the purpose*1* – the will of God the Father: He came to redeem His creations within the world, which they transformed into the nest of the arch–evil, because they wanted to cognize the good and the evil, so they would become as “gods” {Genesis 3:1–25}. He accomplished His purpose to collect those who are His Own, to transform them according to the Divine plan {1 Peter 1:19–20}, and to establish the seed/core of the Kingdom – the Word of Truth – within the world: in the soul–heart–mind of a human child of God. Then, He left the world and came back to God the Father from Who He came, so this world could fulfill its destination and perish when all those, who are the God’s Own, evolve to the completion and become ready to enter the House of their God and Master and Father {Mark 4:3–20, 26–32; Luke 13:18–19; 17:21; John 10:1–30; 14:1–3; 16:27–28; 17:23; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2 Peter 3:7–9; 1 John 3:2–3; Malachi 3:17}.

Some of the opponents of Christianity interpret the Christian teachings as the multi–deity theology; they do not recognize Lord Jesus Christ as the Word–God, and they do not accept Christian perception of God as the Holy Trinity: the Unity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They reject the mystery of the Holy Trinity {Luke 12:49; 24:44–49; John 10:30; 14:15–26; 15:26; 17:21; Acts 1:1–8; 2:1–4; 1 John 5:6–11}, and therefore, they reject the foundation – the knowledge {e.g., Hosea 4:6}, which is necessary for anyone who desires to perceive God and to find and actualize the natural connection–link between God and His creation – a human being*2*.

The Christians build their understanding of God upon the Holy Scriptures, and especially, the Gospels.

Firstly, Who is God, why man seeks God and loves Him more than his own physical existence, sacrificing his life for the sake of faith and life of the others, although the human mind is not enabled to cognize God, and man cannot see Him and live, because in His presence, the matter (including human flesh)*3* is incapable to hold the energy of life {e.g., Exodus 33:20; 1 Kings 5:1–12; 6:1–21; 2 Kings 6:2–12}?

All that the human mind knows of God is revealed by God Himself:

1/ through His revelations to the chosen ones – the prophets through whom the law of God was given, and the world was prepared for the meeting with its Savior, when the promise of salvation and taking man back into his initial natural dwelling – the kingdom of God – has to be fulfilled {The Old Testament}

2/ through the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ {The New Testament; esp. Luke 10:22; John 1:1–18; 10:30; 14:6–9; 17:1–8}.

So, how the human mind perceives God?

God is the Being, the Almighty Spirit Whose power is limitless, immeasurable and inconceivable, the Source of Life; in God, man finds the Absolute Good – life, wisdom, mercy, excellence of righteousness, impartiality, justice, truth, omnipotence of power, completeness, and all qualities and features that in their unity reflect the fullness and perfection of Godhead, Whom the mind identifies as God and perceives as the Absolute Good and the Almighty and Perfect Love {in: Genesis; Exodus; Isaiah; Zacharias 4:6; Matthew 5:48; Mark 3:1–5; 6:34; 8:1–3; Luke 6:6–9; 9:51–56; John 1:1–3; 3:16; 4:23–24; 15:9–17; 17:3–7, 14–26; 1 John 1:2; 4:1–21}.

The ancient seekers of true knowledge of God perceived Him as the Omnipotent Intelligence that creates by the very fact of Own Being.

To the Christians, God reveal Himself as the Omnipotent Perfect Love that eliminates any insufficiency of His creation and transforms a creature of dust {Genesis 3:20} into a new creation capable to withstand the presence of God through the eternity {1 John 3:1–2; 4:9–19; James 1:17–18; Revelation 21:2–5; 22:1–5}.

When God created the world, He said {Kαι ειπεν ο Θεος – Genesis 1:4; ειπεν, derivative of λεγω ειπaειπoν - speak, name, lay forth}, and it has been done according to His will {Genesis 1:1–27}. To say means to express thought, to utter word, to lay forth a description, plan. St. John the Apostle refers to That Something what preceded the act of creation as to the Word that was with God from the beginning {John 1:1–3}.

The Word–God is the name with which the human mind identifies the Glory of God: the manifestation of the Omnipotent Creative Power that creates by the Divine Energy and according to the Divine Law. Furthermore, the Holy Scriptures describe the way how the will of God the Creator is accomplished: He sends His Word, the Word accomplishes the will of God and returns back to the God Who sent Him {Genesis 1:1–31; Exodus 33:22; Psalm 67(68):1–2; 106(107):20; 118(119):25; 147:16–19; 148:5–8; Matthew 8:5–13; Luke 7:2–15; John 1:1–4; 4:32–34; 6:38–40, 68–69; 16:28; 17:4}.

The Word–God has in Himself the Life that He bestows on the living dead who then, come to life. A Christian receives this Life, to which Lord Jesus Christ refers as to His Soul, as to His Blood and as to His Body – the Divine Bread from the Heaven, as the eternal life and the light planted into human being, so he would have the authority to become a child of God born of God, and he would be enabled to obtain immortality and to withstand the presence of God through the eternity {John 1:1–18; 10:15–18, 27–30; James 1:18; 1 John 1:1–3; 3:1–24; 5:1–12; Revelation 21:5–7; 22:3–5}.

The act of salvation, the planting of the seed of the eternal life, redemption of the world and liberation from the power of the arch–evil {undoing the disobedience and distrust of man: the original sin – Genesis 3} was done at the cross, when the crucified Son of Man fulfilled the Divine Law and accomplished the Divine Justice by taking on Himself the sins of man, when He shed His Blood instead of the blood of man, when He placed His Soul for the soul of man, and gave His life for resurrection of the living dead. At the moment of death of the Son of Man, by the Son of God – the Word–God – the Almighty Omnipotent Love of God was consummated, the Word–God became the firmament, foundation, essence {στερεωμα – Genesis 1:6–8; Psalm 17(18):1–2} of human soul–heart–mind*4*, and a new creation who is granted the authority to become a child of God born of God came into being {Mark 10:45; John 1:12–13; 6:33–58; 7:37–39; 19:28–30, 33–37; James 1:18; 1 Peter; 1 John 3:5; 4:9–19; 5:1–8; Ephesians 2:1–10, 13–22; Revelation 22:1; Isaiah 51:4–7; 53:3–12}.

Since, a true Christian – follower of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God, loves Him as his own soul and fulfill His commandments as his own will. A Christian is the one who received the Word–God Who promised to come into the soul–heart–mind of the one who accepts His words and accomplishes His commandments*5*. When a Christian receives the Holy Spirit – the Divine Fire cast by the Word–God onto the earth/man, he becomes the dwelling, the living temple of the Living God, the servant of God who is instructed and led by the Holy Spirit, who listens to the words and accomplish the will of God {Deuteronomy 4:24; Luke 12:49; John 5:24; 6:28–29; 12:26; 14:1–28; 15:10–13; 16:27–28; 1 John 4:13; 5:1–8; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; 6:16–18; Ephesians 2:13–22; Hebrews 12:29}.

Since, the Christians are recognized by love they have to the others {John 13:34–35; 1 John}, because only love confirms presence of the Word–God within the human soul–heart–mind: only love makes the evil irrelevant and impotent, although it has all the armies, all the weapons, and although it is enabled to take life of any living being.

And I think, how difficult it is for a human mind that does not know God to come to Christianity. Indeed, apparently, a human being is a mortal sinful imperfect being caged within the world in which the arch–evil manifests itself through the injustice, suffering and death; he is the one who knows the evil through his own daily experience: he witnesses the evil and injustice done to the others, or himself is the victim of injustice and evil of those who have more coercive power, or himself inflicts evil, suffering, and death unto the others. From childhood, he learns to fight with the others for any possession, to compete for any advantage, to pay eye for eye, evil for evil, humiliation for humiliation, and death for death; how then, he could come to understanding what does it mean to tolerate injustice and forgive inflicted harm as God teaches His followers {Matthew 5:38–48; Luke 6:27–38}? How the child of the evil could ever comprehend the meaning of being a child of God – the one who imitates mercy and perfection of God?

What then, a Christian is enabled to do, if he wants the others to come to God as he himself has done?

Two ways – the manifest and the hidden – are known.

The manifest way is apparent use of the material things for the good; deeds of charity and mercy done to the others confirm existence of the Christian faith and attract the seekers of God to those who already have God within, through whom the interest to the Gospels can be ignited, and through whom the one can re–discover (because it is almost forgotten) such a phenomenon as virtue*6*, without which neither a human society exists nor humanity survives {Matthew 5:14–16; Mark 4:20–25; James 2:14–20, 24, 26}.

The ancient yet still living Past of Christianity has the precious legacy: the custom to pray adopted from the Lord {Matthew 26:39–44; Luke 11:1–13; 23:33–34} and kept by those who strictly follow the guidance of faith – the guidance of God. This legacy is bestowed on those who follow Lord God Jesus Christ {e.g., in: Matthew 6:5–34; 21:22; Mark 9:17–29; Luke 11:1–13; 18:9–14}: it is the inner incessant prayer for the world

 

for all living souls

for all living dead

for all the enemies

for all the indifferent

for all the sick and the suffering

for the imprisoned, and those who are set free

for the victims of crimes and injustice

for those who are wise and those who are deprived of comprehension

for all and every human soul that is passing through the world of the evil.

 

By the love and mercy of God, let all the living live, let all the dead come alive, let all the suffering find comfort, let all the sick be healed, let all the sinners be forgiven, let all the overburdened find rest, let all of us see our God and Father when we come into His House, the Light of which – Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God {John 1:1–5, 9–16; 9:5; 14:1–6; 17:1–5; Revelation 21:23} – guides us through the darkness of the world of evil and death. And above all – let the will of God be accomplished {Matthew 26:39}, not our ignorance be carried out…

 

»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» 

Notes:

*1* See Posting The Lessons of the Vineyard: Material Things, Folder 2012, Page 5_May_June_2012.

*2* See also postings in Folder 2012:

The Lessons of the Vineyard: the Rejection, Page 5_May_June_2012

The Plundered People, Page 2_February_2012

The Ultimate Knowledge, Page 7_August_September_2012.

*3* The simplest analogy, which could convey difference of the levels of complexity of creations and the Creator in terms of the language that describes the world of the matter, could be, probably, the mountains and valleys melted like wax before the fire {Isaiah 64:1–2; Jeremiah 23:29; Micah 1:4}, and a tiny leaf of a tree annihilated if thrown into the vortex of the energy fields that is identified as the Sun.

*4* Concerning στερεωμα, see postings in Folders:

Patterns – Patterns #11 and #8

Folder 2012

The Foreknowledge and The Plundered People – Page 2_February_2012

The Future _Page 3_March_2012,

The Perception and The Trust – Page 4_April 2012

Note 4 to The Lessons of the Vineyard: Slavery and Freedom – Page 5_May–June_2012

The Law and the Future – Page 9_October_2012

Folder Archive_2008–2010

The Completion – Page_5_2009.

*5* See posting The Promise to Come Back, Folder 2012, Page 2_February_2012.

*6* See posting The Virtue and Survival, Folder 2012, Page 6_July_2012.

≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈

 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The New Life

 

…the good news to you, a great joy, which will be to all the people,

because today the Savior, Who is Christ the Lord,

was born to you in the city of David…

{Luke 2:10–11}

Be luminous, be radiant, o Jerusalem, for thy Light is come,

and the Glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gloom on the nations;

but the Lord shall appear upon thee, and His Glory shall be seen upon thee…

{Isaiah 60:1–2}

For God so loved the world that He gave His only–begotten Son,

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

{John 3:16}

…having purposed, He brought us forth by the Word of Truth,

for us to be the certain firstfruit of His creations…

{James 1:18}

…Blessed be the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Who according to His great mercy having breathed new life in us…

{1 Peter 1:3}

Let each breath glorify the Lord

{Psalm 150:5}

Glory in the highest to God, and peace on earth, good will in men…

{Luke 2:14}

On December 25, the Christians celebrate Christmas – the day when the eternal Word–God, the Glory of God the Father, entered the temporal world of men as Lord Jesus Christ – the Savior, the Son of God and the human Child.

The Word of Life became the Light of men, and the Glory of God opened for them the way into the kingdom of God.

In Christmas day, the Christians celebrate also the beginning of new life – own birth into the life everlasting: they are born by the Word of Life; this Life no one is able to take from them.

The first manifestation of the new life in Christ, as the first breath of a newborn, is love to God: blessing, glorification, and thanksgiving to our God and Father, to Whom we come through His Son and our Savior, Lord God Jesus Christ.

 

 

Merry Christmas!

 

≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡

 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Thinking of the New Year…

 

…ask and you will be given, so your joy will be complete…

{John 16:24}

 

 

 

In the last day of year, for some short moments, the Future becomes tangible, as the first/cover page of an old–fashioned calendar on the wall, which can be touched and torn off revealing a new day of a new year.

In the last moments of the passing away year, before the first tomorrow of a new year is transformed into today, the old tradition to make either a New Year wish or a New Year resolution (in fact, also a wish, yet which we expect to make the reality by ourselves) returns us – whatever age we carry – into the childhood. For a moment, we again become children who are waiting gifts from their fathers and who believe in fairy tales of happiness and dreams that must become true.

In fact, we attempt to design our Future as we wish it to be.

In the coming New Year, what do the people usually wish for themselves, for their relatives and friends, for those who they love, and for the entire world?

Peace, health, happiness, prosperity, old friends who will neither betray them nor leave them, new friends who will come to brighten up their days, accomplishment of purposes, new achievements, and so on – the wish list may be endless as endless are the differences among all the living. The list of those who might affect our Future also can be endless, and the majority of them we might never know: that makes our Future almost unpredictable and the world, within which we live, similar to the stormy ocean in the darkness full of life–threatening waves, predators, and other dangers.

Consequently, the peace of mind as confidence that everything in the Future will be completed with the greatest good for us and for those who we love or care for becomes the most desirable attribute of daily life.

The peace of mind might be also seen as the manifestation of mental health, as the inseparable feature of the healthy, stabilized, and potent mind {cf.: John 14:16–27}, which is protected from the negative influence of fear and confusion, and which does not lose orientation within the threatening world controlled by the evil and death.

What then, sustains the people’s peace of mind (if any), what gives them courage to meet each new day with expectations that they, for instance, will live until the end of the day, be capable of protecting their possessions, and accomplish whatever they intend to do?

For those, who either do not believe in God or reject His law, the peace of mind is the summary of

a/ ignorance – voluntary accepted or imposed by deceit, with the consequent inclination to the mythical and symbolical thinking, which is the first stage of the particular set of mental disorders; these mental disorders, for instance,

 

incapacitate the knowledge–creative function of the mind

progress through inability to comprehend the truth, that is to perceive the actuality as it is

culminate in perversion of the mind,

when it accepts the fruits of corrupted imagination

(such as the heathenism, myths, cults, prejudices, and other kinds of false knowledge,

which confine the human mind in the unhealthy state of irrational dream worlds)

as adequate reflection of the actuality

b/ blind trust in

 

religious or political institutions and systems/establishments created by men

↓ ↑

leaders/kings, scientists, popes, diviners/sorcerers, super–humans, and other idols,

to which the people attribute the abilities to hold and to exercise the vast power and supreme knowledge

↓ ↑

own superiority over the others

(because of own or parents’ possessions, wealth, wits, social status, etc.)

↓ ↑

fate, chance, etc.

 

c/ a special ability “to close eyes” of reason, so the Future is seen as the planned road ahead that without interruption leads to the high horizons, while, in fact, it is the downfall into the pit of destruction {e.g., Matthew 13:14–15; 15:13–14}.

In general, the “peace of mind” based on ignorance, deceit, false beliefs, and unsubstantiated expectations is jogging on the edge of insanity: as soon as the subject of trust (e.g., establishment, science, leader, priest, astrologer) fails, circumstances are changed, or expectations are not met, the entire edifice – the mind’s world – collapses leaving the mind exposed to uncertainty, fear, distress, depression and grief {through which death works out – 2 Corinthians 7:10}, and other mental disorders. Such personal collapse might evoke uncontrollable aggression completed with violent rampage and inhumane crimes either against the others or against himself (suicide).

For the Christians, the peace of mind is faith in love and mercy of God sustained by observing the commandments of God and knowledge of God {cf.: Matthew 10:28–31; John 14:1–27; 17:1–28; 1 John}. They learn the foundation of the world – the law/will of God – from the Holy Scriptures. The Holy Scriptures, or the Holy Bible, is the Book of Life; it provides them with knowledge of God that is with knowledge of manner of life, wisdom, and virtues necessary for preservation of mental and physical health, normal functioning of intelligence/reason, and establishment of their family and social life according to the law of God. If they build their world on the Absolute Good revealed by Lord God Jesus Christ {Matthew 5:38–48; Mark 12:27–34; Luke 6:27–49; 10:25–37; 12:1–40; John 6:28–29; 8:51; 11:25–26; 13:34–35; 14:23; 15:10–11}, they become independent of the outer conditions of their existence, even if they make physical survival impossible.

The process of cognition begins when a child first time hears the word of God and ends with the last breath, when education (cognition of the good and the evil) is complete, the purposes of earthly life are accomplished, and the Christian is enabled to move (to pass through the threshold of physical death) into the new phase of existence.

Therefore, for the Christians, the stormy ocean of unpredictable events, dangers, losses, and failures becomes the training field, the road through which is illuminated by the Light of God and controlled by the will of God {Matthew 10:28–31; John 1:1–5, 9; 14:6}, which is the absolute good of man, even if it is perceived as death, lethal disease, and sometimes, as the utter destruction {e.g., in: James 1:2–4, 12–15; 1 Peter 1:3–25; Romans 8:28–39; 9:12–30; 1 Corinthians 10:1–24; 2 Corinthians 4:1–18; 5:1–10; 6:4–18}.

If so, what then, the Christian could ever ask from God the Father?

Before leaving the world, Lord God Jesus Christ told His followers to ask God the Father in His name – in the name of Jesus Christ, and they will be given, so, their joy will be complete {John 16:24–28}. The Gospels name the greatest treasure, wisdom, and happiness that the people should ask from God – the gift of the Holy Spirit {Luke 11:5–13}. The Gospels also reveal the way how to obtain it {e.g., Mark 11:23–26; John 14:15–27}, and stipulate the main condition of receiving this gift – the life in God: love to God, faith in God, knowledge of God, and observance of the words/commandments of God {John 14:23–27; 16:16, 19–27; 17:3}.

With the gift of the Holy Spirit, a human being receives life, wisdom, guidance, and knowledge of the will of God and the world*1*, in which he must accomplish the will of God.

Thousands of years ago, Isaiah the Prophet conveyed the promise of God to the one from whom the Deliverer turns away ungodliness: “My Spirit which is in thee, and the words, which I have put in thy mouth shall never fail” {Isaiah 59:20–21}.

Hence, a Christian has one wish that expresses the summary of all human expectations:

 

to have steadfastness in love to God, faith, and righteousness

so deliverance and protection from ungodliness will be given by the Deliverer –

Lord God Jesus Christ the Savior

so he will continue to receive

the love and mercy and blessing of Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ

and the gift of the Holy Spirit –

both given by God the Father and Creator of all.

 

So, in the New Year, let love and mercy and blessing of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and love and mercy of God the Father will be with all of us – always…

 

A Happy New Year to all!

 

»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»

Notes:

 

*1* See also posting The Gift of Completion, Folder 2012, Page 9_November_December_2012.

 

≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright (c)2010 Sunday's Thoughts & JustHost.com