Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

1_January_February_2013

The Nature of Knowledge

The Starting Point

The Methods of Learning

The First Word of Human Wisdom

The Coming




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131–132. Sunday, January 6 and January 13, 2013

The Nature of Knowledge

…let us pursue comprehension of the Lord.…

{Hosea 6:4}

 

God is uncognizable, and the human mind is not able to comprehend the grandeur of His thoughts, His ways, and His deeds {Exodus 33:20; Job 36:26–32; 37:1–24; 42:1–6; Psalm 146(147):1–5; Isaiah 40:12–31; Romans 11:33–36}.

Yet, since the beginning of human civilization, when Moses was enabled to perceive God, to accept His law, and to convey the commandments of God to his tribesmen, knowledge of God continues to be the most desirable and precious treasure of the mind that seeks the eternity with God.

When Moses asked God to reveal Himself and to manifest Himself, God told that man cannot see His Face and live {Exodus 33:12–23}. However, centuries later, Hosea the prophet cried “let us pursue comprehension of the Lord,” because God wants that men have knowledge of Him more than sacrifices {Hosea 6:4–7}, which they bring to His altar. The prophet also named the reason of calamity of the chosen ones*1*: they have rejected knowledge of God and forgot their Creator; so, God rejected them (they shall not minister as priest to God) and promised to forget their children {Hosea 4:6}.

Indeed, although people bring offerings of the material things in the temple of God, their heart can be far from God, they can substitute own fantasies for the law of God, and, in their heart–mind, the idols*2* can usurp the place of God, and the evil can take place of the good {cf.: Matthew 23:1–35; Mark 7:6–13; Luke 11:39–52; 16:14–17; 18:9–14; John 8:37–44; Isaiah 29:13–16; Ezekiel 8:1–17}.

However, the greatest sacrifice pleasing the Lord is the loving and merciful and righteous human heart {cf.: Mark 12:32–34; Micah 6:6–8}, because

 

God seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth

{John 4:23–24}

only those who love dwell in God, and God dwells in them

{John 13:34–35; 14:15–23; 15:9–12; 17:23–26; 1 John 4:7–8}

only human soul–heart–mind that is established with the Word–God –

on words and commandments of Lord Jesus Christ,

that observes commandments of God and lives in the peace of God

might become the living temple of the Living God and withstand the eternity with God

{Matthew 7:21–27; Luke 6:46–49; John 14:15–28; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2:1–10; 1 John 4:7–21; 5:1–12;

1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 6:16–18; Ephesians 2:13–22; Revelation 21:3}.

 

The commandment to imitate mercy and perfection of God given by Lord God Jesus Christ {Matthew 5:48; 9:13; Luke 6:36} implies also that the mind should have knowledge of the ultimate purpose (what does it mean to become merciful and perfect as God is merciful and perfect), which it needs to achieve. Then, to love each other as God loves {John 13:34–35} means to know how God loves {cf.: 1 John 4:16}.

Therefore, man is entitled to some knowledge of God {cf.: Deuteronomy 4:29; Luke 10:22; John 1:18; 14:6–7; Acts 17:24–29; Micah 6:8}, and this knowledge of God is not only desire/privilege of the chosen ones:

 

search for knowledge of God is the duty and appropriate manner of life of man

{Psalm 118(119); Proverbs 2:3–12; Acts 17:26–28}

knowledge of God is the greatest reward for righteousness–purity of the heart*3*

and accomplishment of the commandments of God

{cf.: Matthew 5:7; Luke 10:21–22}

cognition of God and the consequent accomplishment of His will are the purposes of man’s earthly existence

{cf.: Matthew 26:36–42, 44; Mark 14:32–39; Luke 22:40–44; John 4:31–38}.

 

Obtaining of (or failure to obtain) knowledge of God determines the man’s ability to accomplish the will of God {e.g., Matthew 24:45–51; 25:1–46} and therefore, the man’s eternal destiny {immortality with God or separation from God – Revelation 20:11–15; 21:3–4, 7–8; 22:3–5}.

Moreover, the human soul–heart–mind is thirsty for knowledge of God much more that human flesh is thirsty for water in a barren trackless dry land {Psalm 62(63):1}*4*, and it cannot be otherwise, because the truth is that man cannot live without God:

a/ a human being is created in image and likeness of God {Genesis 1:26–27; 9:6}: he looks into God as into the mirror to comprehend the law by which he lives – the perfect law of freedom {James 1:22–25}; in knowledge of God, man seeks understanding {Isaiah 26:8–12} of own nature, own place within the world, own purposes, and own future*5*

b/ human soul is the breath of God {Genesis 2:7}: without God, there is no life befitting a human being

c/ human soul–heart–mind lives by the Holy Spirit {Psalm 103(104):30; John 4:24; Acts 17:24–28}, and a human body lives by the energy that comes from God and sustains existence of the world {the living creatures accumulate the divine life–giving energy and transform it into the fruits of the earth, from which man obtains bread, other food, and supplies needed for physical survival –– e.g., Psalm 103(104); Luke 11:11–13}*6*.

In summary,

1/ a human being is manifestation of the divine creative energy issuing from God:

 

at some time–space–complexity point of the temporal framework (the earth),

the breath of God ignites a human form of life

{Genesis 2:7; Isaiah 42:5}

which exists within the flow of the divine creative energy

{Psalm 103(104):24–32; 147:12–20; 148:1–14; 150:6}

which evolves according to the divine plan

{Matthew 5:17–19; John 14:1–6; 17:6–8, 17–26; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3–9, 17–25;

2 Corinthians 5:1–5; Ephesians 1:3–23}

and which is transformed for the next phase of life

(the eternity, where time and other limitations of the temporal matter do not exist)

by the Divine Fire, the Holy Spirit – Our God

{Deuteronomy 4:24; Luke 12:49; John 1:1–4, 12–13, 32–34; 3:3–7; 4:24; 8:51; 2 Peter 3:8;

Hebrews 12:29; 1 Corinthians 3:11–16; 15:51–58; Philippians 3:20–21;

Revelation 21:1–5; 22:1–5}.

 

2/ knowledge of God empowers existence and development of the human form of life ignited by the breath of God within the temporal limited setting–matter–earth to cognize the good and the evil and to evolve into the manifestation of the Absolute Good – a human child of God, the certain firstfruit of the creations brought forth by the Word of truth {James 1:18}.

In summary, man seeks God and learns knowledge of God during his entire life, because knowledge of God is knowledge of life and pledge of the eternity with God {John 17:3}.

The problem is where the mind seeks and from whom the mind accepts the knowledge, which it holds to be true knowledge of God.

Some chosen ones, who have faith in God, come to the knowledge of His Name*7*; they observe His law, and accomplish His will; as a result, they are enabled to comprehend the human nature and the nature of the world through which they have to pass during their homecoming and in which the process of human evolution must be completed. Isaiah the prophet {Isaiah 42:16, 18; 43:2, 19–21; 60:19–22} describes the process of coming to God as a journey of the blind ones whom God leads by the unknown ways transforming for them the darkness into the light and keeping them unharmed in waters and in fire. God creates a new people for Himself: an ignorant vile beast evolves into the immortal being {Psalm 72(73):22–26} on whom the Glory of God shines {Revelation 21:1–7, 10–11, 22–23}.

For Christians, the history of human quest for knowledge of God was completed when Philip the disciple asked Lord God Jesus Christ to reveal them God the Father and received answer of God “the one seeing Me has seen the Father” {John 1:18; 14:6–12}: knowledge of God the Father and of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God sent by God the Father, is the eternal life {John 17:3; 1:1–4}.

Since, for the Christians, Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God – Λογος, is the only Shepherd and the Head of the Εκκλησια (gathering*8*) of His people, the perfection and fulfillment and fullness of Godhead {John 10:7–18, 27–30; Colossians 1:9–28}. As it was foretold by the prophets {e.g., Proverbs 1:23; Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 36:26–28}, and as it was promised by Lord God Jesus Christ, the ultimate knowledge of God, which is the eternal life, comes with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit educates and teaches every human being who has faith, who fulfills the commandments of God, and who becomes a child of God born of God {cf.: John 1:1–13; 14:15–26; 15:26; 16:7–15; 1 John 3:23–24; 4:13; Ephesians 1:2–23}.

The others, who focus their reasoning on the material things*9* – the visible perceivable matter {those who harden their heart and close the eyes of their reason – Isaiah 42:5; Ezekiel 12:1–2}, and who made themselves unable to tolerate, to perceive, and ultimately, to accept the words of God {John 8:31–47; 12:37–50}, are not enabled to begin their evolution/ascent to true God. Although their inner essence might be covered with an appearance of piousness and righteousness, their evolution has been turned into stagnation → corruption → degeneration → destruction, and they waste their lives worshiping figments of imagination – the images of flesh, such as idols and self–deified mortal men who pretend on the place of God {Isaiah 1:2–4; 2:6–9; 44:9–20; Ezekiel 8:1–18; Hosea 4:1–19; 7:1–16; Micah 6:8–16; Zephaniah 1:1–18; 2:1–14; 3:1–4, 6; Zacharias 7:9–14; Matthew 23:1–38; Acts 12:21–23; 1 John 2:18–19; 4:1–5; 2 Corinthians 11:13–15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3–12}.

The unquenchable thirst for God combined with corrupted imagination {in: Genesis 8:15–21}, ignorance {Hosea 4:1–7}*10*, and inability to accept the truth {Isaiah 6:9–10; Mark 4:12; John 8:37–45} are the reasons why the ancient heathenism*11* came into existence and the heathen religion – Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology – masquerading under the name of Christianity {Matthew 7:15–27; Acts 20:28–30; 2 Peter 2:1–22; 1 John 2:18–19; Jude 3–4, 17–21} claims the many*12*.

What then, is the nature of knowledge, why the human soul–heart–mind cannot live without knowledge of God and, when deprived of truth, consumes any poisonous heresy {e.g., Isaiah 59:4–8} and believes in any myth and any fallacy of heathen philosophy {cf.: Colossians 2:8}, if it is covered with the name of God?

The words of Lord Jesus Christ explain the nature of knowledge. God tells His listeners that

1/ the kingdom of God is within man; He compares the Kingdom with the seed of a mighty tree {Mark 4:30–32}, and with a treasure in a field for the sake of which the merchant sells all he has and buys the field {Matthew 13:44–46}

2/ the One Who sows the good seed, is the Son of man, the Word–God; the seed is the words of God; the One Who sows, sows the words, which in those who accept them bring the great harvest; like a smallest seed becomes greater than all the plants and fills the space with the great branches, so the birds of the heaven are able to roost in its shade, similarly, the kingdoms of God becomes the entirety of the human heart–soul–mind; the sons of the Kingdom of God also are defined as the good seed {Matthew 13:37–43; Mark 4:14–20, 26–32; Luke 8:3–15}

3/ words of Lord Jesus Christ convey knowledge of God the Father and the Word–God Who He sent for salvation of the world; this knowledge is the life everlasting; Λογος – the Word – is the truth of God that sanctifies a human being and opens him for the love of God {John 17:3–7, 17–26}.

Also, the Old Testament refers to those who are chosen by God as to the vineyard of the Lord {Isaiah 5:7}. Then, St. James the Apostle writes of the implanted Word {James 1:21}: the Word–God, the seed of the eternal life is planted within the temporal structure of the matter to evolve into the kingdom of God within man {Matthew 13:2–32; Mark 4:11–32; Luke 8:4–18}.

The referred above texts from the Holy Scriptures liken the words of God – the words, which convey knowledge of God – to the seed of the Kingdom of God: as the One Who sows puts the seeds into the earth in which they become the mighty trees, likewise, the words of God implanted into the heart–mind of man grow into the Kingdom of God, and transform a human being into the son of the Kingdom – a child of God, the firstfruit of certain creations of God brought forth by the Word of Truth {cf.: John 1:12–13; James 1:18}.

Therefore, the knowledge that transforms a human being into the son of the kingdom of God should be the main priority of man: knowledge of God, which constitutes the highest wisdom of man, is priceless – nothing in the world of the matter can be compared with the wisdom given by God. Knowledge of God is the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Teacher Who is sent by God the Father according to promise of Lord Jesus Christ {John 1:1–3; 14:15–17, 26; 15:26}.

The Holy Scriptures {the references to the Holy Spirit and to the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, in: Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16–17; 4:16–21; 6:19; John 1:32; Isaiah 61:1–11; then, John 7:37–39; 14:15–17, 26; 15:26; 16:13–15; Acts 1:1–8; 2:1–18; Revelation 21:6; 22:1} reveal that the gifts of the Holy Spirit include the divine life–giving power/energy*13*, which

a/ forms the human soul–heart–mind

b/ originates human abilities to exist/live according to the human nature (that is according to the law of God), to become wise (to achieve the optimal potency of reasoning and comprehension, which are necessary for survival and development), and to create knowledge adequate to the actuality (to know the truth and to embody it into own words, deeds, creations)

c/ empowers man to act according to the will of God that is the greatest – absolute – good of man.

The essence of human mind is knowledge; it lives by knowledge, the results (fruits) of its life are knowledge, and the Word–God enters the mind as knowledge – Christian teachings. By accepting Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, man accepts the code of immortality: the seed of the eternal kingdom of God. Then, the human evolution could be seen as “homecoming,” as transformation into the branch/element of the Kingdom of God, or as re–creation of a human form of life by the code of immortality – all these accomplished by the power of God through implanting and growth of the Word/Kingdom of God within the human soul–heart–mind {Mark 4:1–20; Luke 8:4–15; John 10:7–30; 15:1–6; 17:6; James 1:21; Isaiah 61:11}.

In summary, if to assume that knowledge is the mental and spiritual power to act efficiently for the sake of achievement of some purposes, in accordance with the nature of the world, human nature, and the nature of objects/establishments, which man uses for achievement of his purposes, knowledge of God given by the Αγια ΣοφιαΛογος, Lord Jesus Christ, might be seen as

– the seal {John 6:27; Song 8:5} or the Kingdom of God {Luke 17:21} – the code of the immortality – implanted into the γη/earth/man {Revelation 22:4}

– the active force {leaven – Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20–21} through which the Kingdom of God is implanted into the human soul–heart–mind, and with which the implanted Word (the seed of the Kingdom) grows and transforms man {Luke 13:18–21}. This force triggers evolution of γη – the earth/man – as transformation into the immortal being, a child of God born of God and enabled to withstand the presence of God through the eternity {cf.: John 1:1–3, 12; 3:3; Revelation 21:3–7; 22:1–5}.

The knowledge of God acts at three levels of complexity at which a human being – unity of body–mind–soul, or matter–information–energy, or flesh–intelligence–spirit – exists and operates:

1/ it feeds the soul by strengthening the faith, through which man perceives God, comprehends His law, learns His will and accepts/accomplishes it as the very own will and through own thoughts, words, and deeds

2/ it sustains the “heart,” primarily, the conscience, which manifests itself through the ability to discern the good and the evil, the ability to choose the good, the intention to follow the good, and the choice of the purposes, with achievement of which man creates the good

3/ it illuminates the mind by granting it wisdom

 

a/ to live according to the normal human nature defined by The Ten Commandments

b/ to survive by withstanding trials, insufficiencies, sorrows, and stresses of the daily life

c/ to accomplish the will of God the Father even within the hostile world controlled by the evil and death

d/ to accomplish the ultimate commandment of Lord God Jesus Christ

{John 13:34–35; 15:12}.

 

Consequently, the main purposes of life of a human being who comes into this world to evolve for the eternity with God, as well as the entire history of mankind, could be seen as {cf.: Acts 17:24–31}:

1/ finding, or coming to God

2/ cognition of knowledge of God

3/ accomplishment of the will of God, which a human mind learns through comprehension of the law of God and absorption of knowledge of God.

God gives His creations knowledge through three consequent lessons, or three interconnected systems, which sustain three phases of evolution: evolution of the matter (human body and human establishments), evolution of the human mind/reasoning, and evolution of the human spirit.

Knowledge of the Old Testament sustains the first phase of evolution: the first lesson is The Ten Commandments*14*. This system of knowledge defines the meaning of humanity and establishes the foundation of human civilization: it describes the human nature and the manner of life normal for human beings and beneficial for the human institutions; it sustains the foundation of a society in pursuit of the good of men (that is the society that sustains evolution of man by creating optimal conditions – e.g., peace, liberty, justice, prosperity, in which a human being might develop and actualize the optimal potential of mind and body). Through the law of God – The Ten Commandments, a human being learns the universal language of love: the deeds/actions, with which love to God and love to the others should be manifested; he also learns how to establish personal, family, and social life within any society and state, how to sustain health and righteousness of body and mind {Exodus 20:1–17; also Leviticus 18:1–30; 19:1–19; Deuteronomy 6:4–18; 10:12–21; Matthew 22:35–40; Luke 10:25–37}. This law sustains the world of men {cf.: Matthew 5:17–18; 19:16–30; 22:34–40; 23:8–15; 25:31–46; Mark 9:40–42; 10:17–31; 12:28–34; Luke 10:25–37; 16:16–17; 18:18–30}:

 

It’s essence is love: love to God and love to His creations

it will not pass until it is fully accomplished

It leads a human being to the eternal life

it leads man to the ultimate knowledge of God – the Christian teachings

 

Knowledge of the law of God prepares the human soul–heart–mind for the next lessons–phases of the evolution {e.g., 1 Corinthians 15:45–57}; it transforms a man initially focused on the material things (or a physical being/human dust)*15* into a being prepared for coming of the Lord, for transformation into the spiritual temple of God {Isaiah 40:3–5; Malachi 3:1–3; Matthew 3:1–12; 5:17–19; Mark 1:1–8; Luke 18:15–22; John 1:1–36; 14:23}.

Isaiah the prophet perceived this process as the work of the Potter {Isaiah 45:8–12; 64:8–9}: the human clay/mud is fashioned into the masterpiece of life – the lamp, which will be ignited by the Light of God and set to shine for all in the house/world {cf.: Matthew 5:14–15; Mark 4:21; John 1:1–5; 9:5; 14:6; Ephesians 2:10}. The tools of God the Father are love and knowledge –

 

God loves His creation

God sent His only–begotten Son – the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ

to save the world by placing His soul as ransom for many

God teaches him as father teaches his son

God illuminates him by the gift of the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Truth Who reveals the Creator to His creation

{Deuteronomy 7:7–8; 8:5–6; Isaiah 42:8; Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 3:16; 10:11–18; 14:26; 16:13–14;

1 John 2:20–29; 4:7–21; Ephesians 1:3–23; 2:1–22; Romans 8:14–17}.

 

 

Then, Lord God Jesus Christ tells that His Father still works, and He works {John 5:17–30; 9:4–5}: within the temporal material world, which accommodates existence of man, the process of creation–perfection–evolution never ends {e.g., Isaiah 65:17}, because creation as multiplying of the good and elimination of insufficiency/imperfection of man {e.g., Mark 6:34–52; John 9:1–7} is the inseparable attribute of the Absolute Good and manifestation of the power of God. The knowledge of God empowers a human being, who is loved and taught by God, to evolve and to reach, ultimately, the completeness and perfection of love according to the commandments of God {Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:36; John 13:15, 34; 1 John 3:14–18; 4:7–21}.

The Book of Revelation conveys the final words of God, through which He manifests Himself to man: “I create all things new: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End” {Revelation 21:5–6}. Who then, within the limited time–space setting – the world of men, would ever be able to comprehend the Omnipotent Creative Power of God, and what the eternity that awaits those, who are chosen by God and came to God, is?

Nevertheless, the Word–God through Whom all things came into being promises His followers that they will do the works of God {John 1:1–3; 6:28–29; 14:12; 1 John 3:23–24; 5:3}.

Consequently, the first attribute of the mind that received knowledge of God should be an ability to accomplish the deeds of mercy and love for alleviation of suffering and lessening insufficiency of the others {e.g., Isaiah 58:2–1; Matthew 25:31–46; 1 John 3:14–18}.

And I think that if to define the nature of knowledge with the language of daily life, knowledge of God could be seen as the manifestation of the Omnipotent Power that ignites the Sun, keeps the earth turning, makes man breathing living thinking being, and sets free the immortal soul that was cast into the dust {Psalm 118(119):25}.

From the practical point of view, knowledge of God might be seen as the manifestation of system–creative power: entering into the mind, it transforms it into the temple of the Holy Spirit, into a living branch of the Mighty Vine that is the Life and the Truth and the Light {John 9:5; 14:6; 15:1–6}, into a point of the limitless network of immortal life through which the Kingdom of God expands. 

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Notes:

See the postings: 


*1*
Folder Archive_2011 Rejected Knowledge – Page 2_April_May_2011

Folder Archive_2012: The Plundered People – Page 2_February_2012, and The Survival – Page 3_March_2012


*2* The Vineyard – Folder Archive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012


*3* Purification of Heart – Folder Archive_2011, Page 1_January_March_2011


*4* The Thirst – Folder Archive_2012, Page 4_April_2012


*5* The Mirror – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page 2_April_June_2010

The Mirror and The Origin of Man – Folder Archive_2011, Page 1_January_March_2011

in Folder Archive_2012:

The Nature of Man – Page 6_July_2012

The Ultimate Purpose – Page 7_August_September_2012

The Future – Page 3_March_2012

*6* The Gift of Completion – Folder Archive_2012, Page 9_November_December_2012

*7* The Lord’s Prayer – Folder Foundation, Page 2

The Name of God – Folder Archive_2011, Page 2_April_May_2011

*8* Εκκλησια – the Meaning – Folder Archive_2011, Page 5_September_October 2, 2011

*9* The Lessons of the Vineyard: The Material Things – Folder Archive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012

*10* Folder Archive_2011: The Ignorant and Cursed, Page 6_November_December_2011,

Folder Archive_2008–2010Imagination, Page_2_2008

*11* The Heathenism, in Folder PhilosophyPhilosophy: the Beginning, Page_1; Philo of Alexandria, Page_4;

Folder Archive_2012: The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard, Page 5_May_June_2012

 

*12* Concerning heathen religion – Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology – masquerading under the name of Christianity, see the postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010Heresy and Priest, Page_2_2008

Folder PhilosophyWorks of Augustine of Hippo, and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas

Folder Political Theology – Introduction, Hierarchical Church, Church Militants

Folder World & War – Ecumenism

*13* The Ultimate Knowledge – Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012

*14* The Ten Commandments and Road to God – the Folder Foundation.

*15* The Transformation, and The Most Needed Things: Mercy – Folder Archive_2012, Page_1 January_2012  


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133. Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Starting Point

…learn from Me, because I am meek and humble in the heart…

{Matthew 11:29}

 

If to assume that the one desires to enter the eternity with God, and therefore, wants to seek God and to comprehend knowledge of God, which is the life everlasting {John 17:3}, what would be the starting point of his road?

The road to knowledge begins with self–evaluation: to seek knowledge and, consequently wisdom, means to comprehend own insufficiency, own ignorance and own lack of understanding.

Lord God Jesus Christ defines His mission as salvation of sinners and as collection of the lost ones; He likens those, for the sake of whom He came, to the sick ones who need a physician; He speaks of the lost sheep, of a prodigal son, of lost possession that the owner seeks and, when it is found, claims with the great joy; He promises that those who are hungry and thirsty for the truth and afflicted by injustice will be filled and blessed {e.g., Matthew 5:6–11; 9:11–13; 18:11–14; Luke 5:30–32; 6:19–23; 15:1–32; 19:1–10; John 10:7–30}.

All those mentioned by God have the same flaw – insufficiency or evil, which manifests itself as an inability to live according to the nature and as deprivation of the natural possession:

– the sinners lack knowledge and understanding of inevitability of the law of God – they have committed crimes against God, against the others, and against themselves; their own well–being (physical, mental, and spiritual health) is the first victim

– the lost ones have no home to live according to their nature and no one to rely upon in the time of need

– the sick ones have no power to achieve their natural potency and strength; they are similar to withering branches unable to bear the fruits according to their nature

– the ignorant and afflicted ones are deprived of truth and denied justice (persecuted unjustly).

In the same time, God condemns those who think that they are rich {for instance, the New Testament’s Pharisees and the ones obsessed with the earthly needs in: Matthew 6:1–34; 21:12–13; 23:1–36; Mark 7:6–13; Luke 6:24–26; 16:13–17; 18:9–14} and – while they are abomination because they are corrupt and filled with lawlessness and evil –

– present themselves as the wise and righteous ones

– ascribe to themselves superiority over the others

– substitute own rules for the law of God, and have neither mercy nor respect to the others

– propagate their hypocrisy, heresies, and wickedness as the ideals of righteousness, wisdom, and model of behavior

– if they can access the power of coercion and material reserves, they use them for unlawful enrichment and advantages, against all the other*1*.

The human misery and poverty mentioned in the Gospels have three dimensions or levels – physical, mental, and spiritual {e.g., Matthew 5:1–20; 6:1–34; 19:16–30; Luke 12:13–34; 19:1–10}, yet, the mercy of God heals all insufficiencies of men.

At first, the power of God is manifested in healing of the mental (insanity as possession by the unclean spirits/demons) and physical diseases, which are the consequences of sins – violations of the law of God and the issuing inability to accomplish the will of God {e.g., Matthew 21:14; Mark 5:2–15, 18–20; Luke 5:17–25; 6:17–19; John 5:1–16; 9:1–3}.

Then, the Apostles received the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Power from Above (On High), manifested as the tongues of the Fire that rested upon them and empowered them to accomplish the will of God and to do the works of God as Lord Jesus Christ promised: to preach the Gospels, to heal the sick ones, and to baptize the nations in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit {Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:15–18; Luke 24:49; John 14:12–14; Acts 1:1–8; 2:1–3, 16–18; 5:15–16}.

Furthermore, possession by knowledge of God does not depend on material wealth and power of men – the poor one might be rich in knowledge, and the rich one might be poor in knowledge:

 

the one who empties and impoverishes himself for the kingdom of God and follows Christ

{the poor in spirit, who loses his soul for the sake of God – Matthew 5:3; 11:27–30;

Mark 8:34–35; Luke 14:11; John 12:24–26; the one who acquires the great treasure

for the price of all his possession – Matthew 13:44–46}

receives the greatest riches – the gift of the Holy Spirit

with the Holy Spirit, all wisdom and knowledge come leading to God the Father

and enabling to serve the others, even placing his life for the friends

as the Son of God and the Master and the Teacher placed His soul as the ransom for the many

{Matthew 16:24–26; Mark 8:34–37; 10:17–31, 42–45; John 14:6–18; 15:10–14}

then, the authority of the material things – the idol of riches {Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13} –

over the human heart–mind is broken,

and possession of the material things is seen as the degree of sufficiency of material resources

needed for accomplishment of the purposes that embody the will of God

into the thoughts, words, and actions of man

{Matthew 6:24–34}

then, the understanding comes

that the true riches of man is the kingdom of God within his soul:

the Word–God, the Code/Seal of the immortality, implanted into the human soul–heart–mind,

and the gift of the Holy Spirit sent in the name of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God,

Who transforms a human being into the living temple of the Living God

{John 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:18, 21; 1 Peter 2:1–10; Romans 14:17; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17}.

 

Own free will {desire and thirst to accept – Psalm 62(63):1} and faith {trust in God’s love and mercy and the subsequent confidence that the gifts received from God will bring the greatest good – Mark 6:2–6; 9:23; Luke 11:9–13; James 1:16–17} make man capable of accepting the power given by God.

In summary, it might be concluded that the insufficient mind lacks the energy (power given by knowledge), which, within the world of the matter, is needed

 

a/ to act successfully for accomplishment of purposes

and

b/ to evolve (come to the completion*2*) for the next phase of existence.

 

From a particular point of view, ignorance of the mind might be seen as similar to debilitating disease of a body, and man with the ignorant mind might be seen as similar to the lost child incapable to find his Father. The way of healing and the remedy for ignorance are given by Lord God Jesus Christ Who is the Source of knowledge, the Truth, Light, Life, and Way of a Christian: the one should come to Him and to learn how to realize the ideals revealed by Him and how to observe His words. Then, the mind receives the peace of the Lord and within it, evolves into a child of God capable to withstand the eternity with God {Matthew 11:25–30; John 14:6–27; Revelation 21:5–7; 22:1–5}.

For the evolving mind*3*, meekness and humbleness before God includes comprehension of own insufficiency (for instance, acknowledgment of own ignorance, inability to understand, and lack of particular kinds of knowledge): it looks like preparation for the next phase of growth–development–evolution; likewise, the military leader makes revision of army, ammunition, and supplies before the war and learns what he needs to obtain, so, his battle would be won {Revelation 21:7}; likewise, the sick one seeks a physician and remedies for obtaining health.

However, the many are unable to acknowledge that they do not possess comprehensive knowledge, that there are some things that they do not know and some events that they are not able to recognize, for instance, signs of a particular future: the current godless cultures and societies adore many false values, yet disregard those on which any kind of development is founded: virtues (firstly, modesty of the behavior and consuming habits) and wisdom (firstly, the humbleness of the mind).

So, the ability to advance through all stages of evolution depends on two fundamental and inalienable attributes, which are the distinctive features of the evolving mind:

1/ humility, firstly, as an ability to comprehend own ignorance–poverty in knowledge (therefore, admit existence of the unknown) and understanding that only God can heal and illuminate the soul–heart–mind and grant knowledge and wisdom

2/ faith in mercy and love of God and issuing confidence that all the needed, including knowledge, will be given by God for the best of man.

Hence, for those seeking the knowledge of God, humility is definition of the mental state or the attitude of the mind, which might be described as

1/ the result of self–knowledge and comprehension of own nature and own insufficiency

2/ the vision of God within own soul as the example–standard of excellence and perfection {Matthew 5:43–48; 11:28–30; Luke 6:35–36; John 13:13–17, 34; 15:9–10} that must be studied, understood, and followed/imitated and that makes possible evaluation of own insufficiency (mental and spiritual sickness/poverty) and own wrong–doings, which separate from God {e.g., Isaiah 59:1–15}

3/ the different vision of the world*4*, with which the heart–mind learns to perceive God and to find the Creator behind the created things

3/ the thirst for knowledge and love of God Who would heal and feed the sick, thirsty, and poor soul–heart–mind and fill it with the riches of His kingdom

4/ the openness to the divine creative energy of God, which enters the human heart–mind and initiates evolution–transformation of a sinful human being into the righteous child of God.

And I think that although perception of the knowledge of God in different times (or circles of the evolution of the human mind seeking God) might be different, all comes to one fundamental framework: evil is insufficiency of knowledge of God, the evil mind is not able of creation of the good sustaining life and prosperity of human beings, societies, and establishments, and the road to the eternity with God begins for the humble mind, which is thirsty for the life–giving knowledge revealed by the Word God – Lord Jesus Christ and coming as the gift of the Holy Spirit.

For instance,

– St. Gregory Palamas*5*, in his concept of the divine energies developed according to the Holy Scriptures {e.g., Deuteronomy 4:24; Luke 12:49; John 4:23–24; 14:15–17, 26; 16:7–15; Acts 2:1–3; 1 Corinthians 12:3–13; Hebrews 12:29}, connects the knowledge/the life of man with the divine energy coming from the Holy Spirit

– the previous post (#131–132, The Nature of Knowledge) contains the references to the texts from the Holy Scriptures, which lead to the conclusion that the nature of knowledge of God might be envisioned as

a/ the manifestation of the Omnipotent Power that sustains existence of the universe as well as any living being within it

b/ the manifestation of the creative power of God that, according to the will of God, creates life – brings into being evolving systems, which have the purposes and are endowed with intelligence/reasoning, power, reserves, and means necessary for accomplishment of the will of God

c/ power/energy that sustains existence and triggers evolution/development/optimization of the evolving system – a human being – transforming the mortal creature of dust, which is annihilated by the presence of God {Exodus 33:18–23}, into the immortal child of God capable of withstanding the eternity with God {John 1:1–13; Revelation 22:3–5}.

Consequently, a human being is seen as a manifestation of the divine creative energy issuing from God: a human form of life, which comes into being, exists, evolves, and enters the next phase of existence within the flow of the divine creative energy, – all these according to the will/law of God, by design of God {Λογος John 1:1–4, 18}, and by the Holy Spirit, the Omnipotent Power, the Divine Fire, Who is our God {Genesis 2:7; Deuteronomy 4:24; Psalm 103(104):24–32; 147:12–20; 148:1–14; 150:6; Isaiah 42:5; Matthew 5:17–19; Luke 12:49; John 1:1–4, 12–13, 32–34; 3:3–7; 4:24; 8:51; 14:1–6; 17:6–8, 17–26; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3–9, 17–25; 2 Peter 3:8; 1 Corinthians 3:11–16; 15:51–58; 2 Corinthians 5:1–5; Ephesians 1:3–23; Philippians 3:20–21; Hebrews 12:29; Revelation 21:1–5; 22:1–5}.

Consequently, the process of cognition of knowledge of God might be seen as the act of acceptance–absorption of the divine creative power of God that issues from God the Creator and sustains existence and initiates evolution of the evolving system – a human soul–heart–mind*6*, which is created in image and after likeness of God {Genesis 1:26–27; 2:7; John 4:23–24}.

Therefore, by the very design and according to the very nature, a human being is intended to accept–absorb the divine energy of God and, at the corresponding levels of complexity (at the accessible time–space points within the world of the material things), to transform the energy received from God into own creations (thoughts, words, actions), through which the will of God has to be accomplished within the world given into his dominion.

How then, a human being, who lives within the world of the tangible perceivable material things and who is not able to see, to hear, to feel, to touch, to take into own hands the invisible power/energy (by which he, nevertheless, lives), could ever come to the desire to learn knowledge of the Unknown Invisible Uncognizable God Who is the Source of life?

The desire to learn knowledge of God comes inevitably, because man is creation of God and by the very nature he is designed to follow God and to accomplish His will. This desire is ignited at some point of development, within any human being who has conscience, in the deepest silent depths of heart–mind untouched by the evil and corruption of the godless societies: the one needs to think, to listen {Revelation 3:20}, to evaluate everything by the ultimate results – the good or the evil – issuing from the events and things he considers, the thoughts he thinks, the words he utters, and the actions he does.

The problem is how much evil a particular human being has done, therefore, how much natural potency to create good is left, and therefore, how much natural abilities to discern the voice of God within own conscience – to perceive His presence within own soul–heart–mind – a human being has preserved for the decisive moment, when he is called to fulfill the purposes of his earthly existence:

a/ to find God

b/ to cognize knowledge of God

c/ to evolve into a human child of God prepared for the eternity with God.

So, the starting point is the desire to comprehend knowledge of God. This desire must be accompanied with the special attribute necessary for anyone who begins the journey to the kingdom of God: a special attitude of the heart–mind, which the ancestors defined as humility*7* before God; they also asserted that humility before God is the actual riches, because the humble heart is the dwelling of God, therefore, the abode of the Absolute power, which exceeds all powers imaginable by men. Then, humility before God might be seen as the true greatness of man and as the blessed happiness, because, through humility, the road to God begins…

 

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Notes:

*1* See postings: The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard, Folder Archive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012

*2* See postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Completion and The Portion –Pages 4_2008–2009 and 3_2008–2009

Folder Archive_2012:

The Survival – Page 3_March_2012, and The Thirst – Page 4_April_2012

*3* Concerning the evolving mind, the evolution, and insufficiency, see the postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Time – Page_1_2008

Logic of Death –Page_2_2008–2009

The True and Last Judgment – Page_5_2009

Those Always Learning – Page_7_2008–2009

Notes in posting The Test – Page_8_2009

and Introduction to the Systems, Folder The Systems.

*4* See postings in Folder Archive_2012: The Different Vision – Page 3_March_2012, and The Vineyard – Page 5_May_June_2012


*5* Concerning St. Gregory Palamas, at this site, see postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Priest and Logic of Death – Page_2_2008–2009

The Place of Rest, The First Ultimate, and Note 1 to posting The Deliverance – Page 1_January_March_ 2010

The Fruits – Page 2_April_June_2010

Folder Archive_2011:

The Origin of Man – Page 1_January_March_ 2011

Note 7 to posting The Immortality – Page 6_November_December_2011

Folder Archive_2012:

Note 4 to posting The Lessons of the Vineyard: Slavery and Freedom, Page 5_May_June_2012

Note 9 to posting The Ultimate Purpose – Page_7_August_September_2012

Note 6 to posting The Law and the Future – Page 8_October_2012

*6* The Christian theologians define the human heart as the spiritual center, the essence of a human being, the singularity in which the union between the divine and the human is consummated, or in which the divine becomes thoughts, words, and deeds of man [e.g., The Philokalia: The Complete Text Compiled by St. Nikodimus of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth. Trans. and ed. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware, with the assistance of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline) Constantine Cavarnos, Dana Miller, Basil Osborne, Norman Russel. London: Faber & Faber, 1979–1995. 4 vols.; 2:383].

Concerning the human heart, spirit, and mind, see postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Human Heart, Page 7_December_2010

Note 1 Concept of mind [adaptation from The Invincible Empire] – in posting The Deliverance, Page_1_January_March_2010

Folder Archive_2011, The Poor in Spirit, Page 2_April_May 2011

Concerning concept of man, see postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010: Wisdom – Page_1_2008, and The Place of Rest – Page 1_January_March_ 2010

Folder Archive_2012: The Ultimate Purpose – Page_7_August_September_2012

*7* Concerning humility, see postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Place of Rest – Page 1_January_March_ 2010

The Prodigal Son and Judgment of Man – Page_3_2008–2009

The Victory – Page_8_2009

Folder Archive_2011: The Greatness of Man – Page_4_August 2011

 

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134. Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Methods of Learning

 

…I will show you my faith by my works…

{James 2:18}

 

The previous posts*1* contain references to the texts from the Holy Scriptures, which lead to a conclusion that

1/ the ultimate purpose of every human being, who is born into the temporal world of the material things, is salvation of his soul: he must inherit the life everlasting. Hence, a human being has to evolve into a human child of God capable to withstand the eternity with God – a creation who carries the kingdom of God within, who lives by the Holy Spirit of God, and who accomplishes the will of God

2/ if the one desires to actualize the ultimate purpose (to obtain the eternity with God), he has to obtain the ultimate knowledge – the ultimate force driving evolution of a human being and enabling the human mind to come to God Who is the Creator of man and the Master of the eternity

3/ to confirm by own thoughts, words, and deeds comprehension of the words of God, acceptance of His will, and unconditional faith in Him.

The initial foundation that the mind has to build if it desires to be prepared for receiving the knowledge of God, which is given by the Holy Spirit and which transforms the followers of Lord Jesus Christ into the royal priesthood – new people of God {1 Peter 2:9–10}, consists of

a/ knowledge of His law revealed through His commandments and His messages conveyed through the Old Testament prophets {the Books of the Old Testament}, and Christian teachings written down by the Apostles of Lord God Jesus Christ {the Books – Gospels and Epistles – of the New Testament}

b/ the words and instructions of God concerning the ways to accomplish the law/will of God and to enter His kingdom; these words and instructions are conveyed by messages revealed through the Old Testament prophets and by the Christian teachings given by the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God

c/ the methods of learning

d/ the reasoning/logic based on the faith in God.

The methods of learning include

1/ listening–studying–comprehension of the words of God {the Holy Scriptures – the Books of the Old and New Testament, the Holy Bible}

2/ studying the actions of God, especially those shown by Lord Jesus Christ as examples, which His followers should follow {the Gospels}

3/ studying the writings of the Apostles, in which they explain how to establish personal, family, and social life of the Christians according to the commandments of God {the Acts, the Epistles, the Book of Revelation}

4/ evaluation of own manner of thinking, ways of life, and feelings and actions toward God and toward the others

5/ imitation of God according to His commandments (love to God and love and mercy to the others): thoughts, words, and deeds, which confirm that a human being has love and mercy to the others, has learnt knowledge of God, and has the knowledge of God as

 

life of his soul, heart, and mind

the foundation of his reasoning/thinking/logic and perception of the world

the outlook – personal philosophical foundation necessary for the actions at the level of the material things.

 

Any human being learns how to accomplish his purposes, at first, by thinking and then, by actions. Christianity is not a gathering of the anchorites who spend life only in thinking and contemplating the passages from the Holy Scriptures. The Christians are the people of work: the faith without works is dead. Within the insufficient world of the material things, only actions disclose actual worthiness of a human being, prove his loyalty to God, make known his inner righteousness, and confirm his readiness for the purposes of God. Righteousness, virtuous behavior, and meekness are the manifestations of true wisdom of a human being; they also reveal the presence of the Word–God Who – although He is the Αγια Σοφια – the Holy Wisdom of God, the Word of Life, and the Omnipotent Possessor of all powers and all authorities, and although He revealed all the fullness of the Godhead bodily – is meek and humble in heart:

 

He came not to be served

He came to serve by finding and collecting and healing and teaching and forgiving and feeding and empowering

the lost and sick and sinful and hungry and thirsty and overburdened ones

He came to accomplish the will of the Father – to save the world:

to place His soul as the ransom for the many, to become the Bread of Life,

and to cast the Divine Fire – the Spirit of God – upon the earth/man

{in: Deuteronomy 4:24; Matthew 7:12, 21–27; 11:27–30; 28:18; Mark 10:42–45; Luke 6:27–49; 9:56; 12:49;

John 1:1–18; 3:16–17; 4:34; 6:37–40, 51; 10:11–18; 14:11; 17:1–4;

James 2:14–26; 3:13; 1 Peter 1:17–21; 1 John 1:1–5; 3:16–18; Colossians 2:19; Hebrew 12:29}.

 

Consequently, for a human being, who decided to imitate the perfection and mercy and love of God, humbleness (or humility) and meekness before God is the starting point of the road into the eternity. Meekness and humbleness is the special attribute: the component of love and the fruit of the human spirit ignited by God, the inalienable feature of the heart–mind in whom God dwells. God teaches and guides the meek ones; they receive the good tidings {the Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ}, they evolve into the likeness to the Word–God, they inherit the earth, they have abundance of peace, they are coming into the kingdom of God {e.g., Psalm 24(25):9–10; 36(37):11; 75(76):8–9; Proverbs 3:5–7; Matthew 11:27–30; Luke 12:36–38; 14:11; 18:9–14; John 4:34; 14:1–28; 15:1–17; 16:27; 17:1–26; 1 John 3:1–6; 1 Corinthians 13:4–8; Galatians 5:13–26}.

It is not a coincidence that the Holy Scriptures refer to Moses and to Lord Jesus Christ as to the meek and humble – meekness and humbleness is the prerequisite for receiving the ultimate knowledge and for possession with the highest wisdom, which come only from God the Almighty:

– Moses conveyed his tribesmen the God’s law, which initiated human civilization on the earth

– Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has glorified God the Father on the earth, declared God the Father to His followers, and gave the knowledge of Him as the pledge of the eternity {cf.: Exodus 34:8; Numbers 12:3; Matthew 11:29; Luke 22:41–42; John 1:17–18; 5:30; 6:38–40; 7:16–18; 8:54–55; 12:50; 17:3–4}.

Moses was given the blessing to perceive God, to ascent to God, to desire knowledge of God, to be known by God, to be present when the Glory of God passed through the earth; he wrote the first four Books of the Holy Scripture, which all are about the Glory of God – the Word–God and the Holy Wisdom of God {Exodus 3:1–6; 19:20; 33:12–23; 34:1–9; Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39–47}.

Then, as it was foretold, the meek ones, who are the possession of God from the beginning, became the possession of Lord Jesus Christ Who is meek and humble in heart: through Him the grace and the truth came into being, He inherited the earth/man, He beautified man with salvation, His kingdom began to grow in the heart of men, He has overcome the world and went to the father Who sent Him; His glory and His dominion shall be forever {Matthew 5:5; 11:29; John 1:17; 14:6; 15:16; 16:28, 33; 17:6–8; Revelation 3:21; 5:13; 21:7; Psalm 149:4; Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14}.

So, each stage of the evolution of mankind began with the meek and humble, and only the ones, who seek God with humble and meek heart, observe His commandments, and accomplish His will, overcome the world and obtain knowledge and wisdom, which open the new horizons – the infinite eternity {e.g., 1 John 5:4–5, 12}.

The people, who are humble and meek before God, who observe His law and seek truth, are of the great value before God: they are protected by God, and in meekness, they receive the implanted Word saving their soul. St. James the Apostle correlates meekness, acceptance of the Word of Truth saving the soul, and wisdom; St. Paul the Apostle writes of meekness as of the fruit (the attribute) of the spiritual life, as of the attribute of the holy people of God {cf.: Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12; 1 Peter 3:4; James 1:18, 21; 3:13; Galatians 5:23; Colossians 3:12}.

Meekness (or humbleness, or humility) before God might be interpreted also as the inner attitude of man and openness for learning, which are based upon the following attributes of the heart–mind:

understanding of insufficiency of own knowledge, of own ignorance,

and therefore, of own powerlessness without God

acknowledgement of the excellence and greatness of God the Creator

acceptance of God as the Source of the absolute good of man, which includes wisdom and knowledge

love to God, trust in His mercy to man, and confidence in His love

(for a human being that begins his road to God, these qualities initially might look similarly to the feelings of love, trust,

and reverence that a normal human child has to his loving and caring father {1 Peter 1:14–21; Galatians 4:4–7})

absolute and unreserved recognition of the will of God as the way to achieve the absolute good of man

(even if, at some points of the journey through the temporal material world,

man encounters suffering, losses, lethal diseases, and other calamities

inherent for the world controlled by the evil and death).

 

Accomplishment of the commandments of God (therefore, embodiment of the words of God into own thoughts, words, and deeds) initiates ascent to the highest level of human evolution, which is possible within the temporal world of the matter: a human being learns how to love the others as God loves.

Imitation of God should be completed with readiness for the next phase of existence, when the new world is opened before those who carry the image and likeness of God: the certain firstfruit of creations who are born by the Word of Truth, who evolved into the similarity to Λογος – the Word–God, who become the chosen ones –the sons and the slaves of God, the ones who Lord Jesus Christ named as friends, because He gave them the knowledge of God {Malachi 3:17; Matthew 11:29; John 14:6; 15:14–16; James 1:18; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 22:1–5}.

And I think that for the contemporary people it is very difficult to acknowledge that humbleness might be the greatest virtue of man.

However, the logical reality of the evolving human mind includes comprehension of the achieved results and constant evaluation of the level of development by the degrees of achievement of the purposes set as the guidance/points of control at the road to final condition. Such a comprehension, evaluation, and advancement are not possible without acknowledgement of own current insufficiency, eradication of which is one of the components of evolution–development–achievement of perfection.

Plainly speaking, human evolution

begins with comprehension of own ignorance,

when the mind realizes own insufficiency and powerlessness and enters

the state of seeking fullness – meekness or humbleness before God

proceeds through the opening to learning and thirst for the great gift of the Holy Spirit –

knowledge of God, the knowledge, which is the highest wisdom of man

is completed with obtaining the gifts of the Holy Spirit Who transforms a human being

for the next phase of existence (the eternity in the presence of God).

 

Nevertheless, at present, words humble, meek, modest commonly refer to unworthiness, overall poverty, and even mental degradation; they often are used to mock and humiliate people. Human societies and human establishments, including the religious ones, became hierarchies, in which men are driven by the pride, envy, greed, and corruption, in which the worthiness of human beings is evaluated by their material possessions, their access to the power of coercion (power to compel one human being to accomplish will of another human being, even if obedience will result in evil: corruption, defrauding, suffering, and death of the many), and their abilities to defraud and to subdue the others. Sometimes, their pretences on superiority of knowledge, on exclusive righteousness, power, wealth, social or other status, and other reasons to be elevated over all the others, with which they masquerade their inner corruption, ignorance, and lack of wisdom, make them look like reincarnation of the Pharisees of the Bible. Consequently, the destiny of their establishments is inevitable collapse, similar to the end of the Vineyard, which the Pharisees and their counterparts transformed into the nest of vipers*2*.

In such hierarchies, the worth of man is measured not by human values. As in any of slave–houses, which mankind continuously builds during the entire history, within such hierarchical establishments, the main purposes are fulfillment of the desires of the slave–owners, and therefore, the value of slaves is their abilities to accomplish the orders of their masters. From another angle of consideration, the societies, which serve mammon {Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13}, do not have place for human values and virtues: everything is for sale – the minds, the bodies, the souls; the meanings of human, and especially woman, virtues, loyalty, friendliness, kindness, are forgotten. Political, commercial, religious establishments became the places of institutionalized corruption and perversion: they increase ills, insufficiency, poverty, and overall burden of suffering and disappointment of already unhappy people, which then, often are concluded with outbursts of violence and unrest leading to further intensification of suffering.

In many societies, mercy to the underprivileged (the ones who either lost or never could claim their places at the social and other hierarchies, who are sick, deprived of social and other justice, and forgotten) is delegated to charitable institutions and government benevolent programs, which are run by the same tribe of the contemporary “Pharisees,” therefore, do not guarantee social and other justice.

Politicians in some countries already voiced their opinion that life of human beings who are aged and have lethal diseases might not be worthy of tax–payers money; soon, the population under control of such beasts will face the mandatory euthanasia in a case of lethal disease, or after reaching some age, or necessity of organs transplants into bodies of more valuable subjects.

Would such practices be different from the actions of ancient slave–owners who disposed their aged slaves as worn out beasts of burden and fed their bodies to the tamed beasts?

Would be then, any evolution, any progress, any expectation of bright and prosperous future exist?

The problem always is the same: choice –

 

either a human being chooses to follow God, and follows Him in meekness and love

or a human beast chooses to reject God, lives by own pride (that is by ignorance elevated at the rank of virtue) and ungodliness,

and leads those who depend on him into the pit of destruction

 

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Notes:

see the postings

 

*1*Folder Archive_2012:

The Ultimate Purpose, The Ultimate Power and The Ultimate Knowledge – Page 7_August_September_2012

Folder 2013:

The Nature of Knowledge and The Starting Point – Page 1_January_2013

 

*2* Folder Archive_2012:

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




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135. Sunday, February 3, 2013
The First Word of Human Wisdom

…let us pursue comprehension of the Lord…

{Hosea 6:4}

 

God placed Wisdom into the foundation of the earth; by Wisdom He established the heavens: Αγια Σοφια – the Holy Wisdom – was with Him before the beginning; the Holy Wisdom was with Him, when He structured the sources of the depths, and then, when He created στερεωμα*1*, the firmament, or the framework, of the universe and the earth – the world of man. God planted the tree of life in the middle of Paradise; its fruits could give Adam immortality, even after he cognized the evil. It will be the tree of life in the new earth; it will bring the fruits for all periods, and its leaves will be for healing the nations. Now, in the earth, Wisdom is the tree of life for the one who seeks knowledge and understanding as the means to achieve the ultimate purpose – to save the soul and to enter the Kingdom of God. The Gospel According to John reveals the Holy Wisdom of God as Λογος, the Word–God, Who is the Son and the Glory of God, Who accomplishes the will of God and creates the works of God {Genesis 1:1–31; 2:1–9; 3:23; Exodus 33:18–22; Psalm 32(33):6; 147:15–19; Proverbs 3:13–20; 8:22–36; 9:1–5; 11:30; John 1:1-18; 4:34; 5:17; 6:35–51; 9:4–5; 17:1-5; Revelation 22:2}.

After the first coming of Lord Jesus Christ, the Αγια Σοφια – Λογος, the Word–God, the Word of Truth, became the Στερεωμα*1* of the human soul–heart–mind creating a new being, the certain firstfruit of creations of God {John 14:6; 17:23; James 1:18; 1 John 3:1–2}.

Lord God Jesus Christ speaks of Himself as of the Vine, and of His followers as of the branches of the Vine cultivated and purified by God the Father {John 15:1–6}. God also likens the process of growth of the Kingdom of God within the soul–heart–mind of His followers to the process of growing the mighty tree from the seed – Word of God {Mark 4:1–32}.

Therefore, if to envision the act of creation of a human child of God {the certain firstfruit of creations of God – James 1:18} as similar to the previous acts of creations described by the Holy Scriptures {e.g., Genesis 1; 2; Psalm 32(33):6} (or as actualization of the same Law/pattern within the particular setting – the supercomplex reality, in which the energy issuing from God might be manifested as the temporal matter), the essence of creation might be seen as establishment of the order/Law – structuring – by the Wisdom and by the Power: by the Word–God and by the Holy Spirit {Psalm 32(33):6; Matthew 5:17–18; John 4:24}, by the knowledge of God and by the power of God.

In the contemporary terms, the process of planting and growing the seeds of which God speaks, might be envisioned as creation of the evolving system designed for eternal existence: it is planted within the material world, and it develops into the eternal being able to withstand the presence of the Almighty Omnipotent God {cf.: Mark 4:3–20, 26–32; John 14:27–28; 15:1–6, 16; 17:2–26; 1 John 3:2; 5:4–5, 12; Revelation 21:5–7; 22:1–5}.

Since, the second phase of the human evolution unfolds*2*:

 

a human being evolves into a human child of God –

{or receives the authority to become a child of God born of God – John 1:12–13; 3:3–7}

a new creation who achieves the perfection,

the optimum state for which man was created: he comes to God the Father

by accepting the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God

by observing the commandments of God

through receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit,

beginning with knowledge of God and issuing wisdom

by accomplishing the will of God the Father

{Luke 12:32; 17:21; John 1:12–13; 3:3–7, 21; 4:23–24; 14:6–28; 15:26; 16:13–28; 17:1–26;

James 1:16–25; 1 John 3:1–24; 5:1–12; Revelation 21:3–7; 22:1–5}.

 

The Word–God, the Αγια ΣοφιαΛογος, is the framework of the human evolution, the firmament–foundation – στερεωμα of a human soul–heart–mind, and the essence of the firstfruit of some creations of God similar to the Word–God:

 

the Word–God is the framework, within which a human reasoning is ignited,

the Word–God is the foundation, on which a human child of God evolves

{John 1:1–5, 9–13; 15:1–6}

the Word–God is the example of completion–perfection,

which declares God the Father

{John 1:18; 10:30; 13:15; 17:1–26; 1 John 1:1–2; 3:1–7}

the Word–God is the Beginning and the End, the Alfa and the Omega

{Revelation 21:5–6; John 19:30; 4:13–14; 7:37–39}:

the everything of man ascending to God.

 

And I think, what if to condense all knowledge of the human evolution into one brief summary – the concise code, the complete wisdom leading into the Kingdom of God, the active information that creates/establishes/forms the evolving systems for the eternity – what this highest wisdom will be, and what will be the first step to the comprehension of the highest wisdom?

My ancestors knew from their ancestors, and the Christians who will live tomorrow will also know the beginning of wisdom, the first step, from which the worship God in truth begins – calling on the Name of God and asking for the Daily Bread and forgiveness: the Lord’s Prayer*3*.

Then, all generations of the Christians who are coming by the same narrow road into the limitless eternity with the Creator know by heart the first word of human wisdom, because of which the Light of Life {John 1:1–5, 9; 8:12; 12:46; 14:6} comes and the darkness of death is no more: the Jesus Prayer*4*:

 

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

 

 

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Notes:

 

*1* Concerning στερεωμα, or the firmament, see the following:

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

2/ 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

3/ In general, στερεωμα is the framework or foundation for the set of energy fields made for transformations of the divine energy into a particular structured matter (e.g., water of the sea, dust of the land), the components of the world accommodating existence of mankind. Στερεωμα of this world is a particular manifestation of the universal order/arrangement/code that sustains/defines/creates divisions among the energy fields allotted for the cycles of energy transformations creating the perceivable structures of the matter at different levels of complexity. Life of the particular beings – inhabitants of the world composed with the structures of the matter – is possible only under the Heaven, within the στερεωμα – fixed arrangement of the energy fields with the limits, which humans measure with such parameters, for instance, as pressure, temperature, light, darkness, radiation, and so on (see the Pattern #11, Folder Patterns).

*2* Concerning human evolution, wisdom, and knowledge, see postings:

Folder 2013:

The Nature of Knowledge, The Starting Point, and The Methods of Learning – Page 1_January_2013

Folder Archive_2012:

The Gift of Completion, The Words of One Shepherd, and The Example – Page 9_November_December_2012

The Ultimate Purpose, The Ultimate Power, and The Ultimate Knowledge – Page 7_August_September_2012

The Plundered People, and The Foreknowledge – Page 2_February_2012

 

Folder Archive_2011:

The Formula of Human Life, and Philosophy Page 1_January–March_2011

The Rejected Knowledge – Page 2_April_May_2011

 

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The True Vine, The Seal, esp. Note 3, and Wisdom, Page 1_2008

Imagination – Page 2_2008

The Prodigal Son and Judgment of Man – Page_3_2008–2009

The Essence of Knowledge, The Impartiality of Perfection, and The First UltimatePage 1_January_March_2010

The Destiny of Man, The Knowledge and the Vision, Deprivation of Knowledge, and The Place of Knowledge – Page 5_October_2010

 

Concerning the mind and the human nature, see

Folder Archive_2012:

The Silver Cord, Page 9_November_December_2012

The Nature of Man, and The Virtue and Survival – Page 6_July_2012

Note 4 to posting The Lessons of the Vineyard: Slavery and Freedom, Page 5_May_June_2012

The Different Vision – Page 3_March_2012

 

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Potential of the Mind – Page 4_2008_2009

The Depths – Page_7_2008_2009

Note 1 to posting Deliverance – Page 1_January_March_2010;

 

Folder Archive_2011:

The DepthsPage 1_January_March_2011

The Earth without the FoundationPage 2_April_May_2011

The Water for the Arid Earth – Page 3_June_July_2011

The ImmortalityPage 6_November_December_2011

 

*3* See The Gift of Completion, Folder Archive_2012, Page 9_November_December_2012

*4*See postings: The Foundation, Folder Foundation Page 3

The Greatness of Man, Folder Archive_2011 – Page 4_August 2011.

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136. Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Coming

…come to Me, all those laboring and being burdened,

and I will give you rest…

{Matthew 11:28}

 

 The one who set his mind on comprehension of knowledge of God with the purpose to become a Christian – follower of Lord God Jesus Christ – begins with a simple preparation: the silent prayer to God – within own mind, unnoticed and unknown to those who might be a part of daily life, who might be apparently connected to the one as family members, friends, co–workers, and yet, who, at the same time, because of different convictions, beliefs, and ways of life, might be as far from the one as the East is far from the West {Psalm 102(103):12; Matthew 6:16–18; 10:16–39; 15:8–9; Luke 12:51–53; 21:16–19; Ephesians 6:18}.

To begin the road to God, the one does not need to obtain a particular social status or wealth, to belong to a particular race or nation, to go into particular places of worship, to wear special clothing, to seek court’s approval, incite unrest, to follow special rituals and innovations of men. God is the Spirit and He seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth: God sees and judges the inner man – his soul–heart–mind {1 Kings 16:7; Psalm 43(44):21; Matthew 6:16–18; John 4:19–24; Romans 10:12–13; 1 Corinthians 6:1–8; Colossians 2:2–23; Isaiah 58:2–14; Zacharias 7:4–10}.

The soul–heart–mind of man might become either the temple of the Living God or the nest of the evil and den of the robbers: the outcome is the result of the one’s own choice, thoughts, words, and actions. The road to God begins in the one’s own spirit, in the depth of own soul–heart–mind, and through Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Life and the Light and the Truth of a human child of God {cf.: Matthew 15:19–20; 21:12–13; Mark 7:6–9, 21–23; John 1:1–5, 9–13; 2:19; 8:12; 14:6; 1 Corinthians 6:12; 7:17–23; 12:13; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 6:18}.

The one can arrange the initial phase of preparation as three–fold daily activity:

a/ to begin with The Jesus Prayer*1*, which should be read in the beginning and in the end of everything – the new day, when the one awakes, and in the evening, when the one goes to sleep, before starting and in the ending of the work, studies, and so on… Whatever fills the days of life, whatever has the beginning and the end, should begin and end with prayer to the Word–God Who is the Beginning and the End, Who is the Holy Wisdom of God and Head of all powers and all authorities over the human soul–heart–mind as well as over the entire universe, Who is the precious corner–stone, on which the Εκκλησια*2*– Church of God – is built, and without Whom man is enabled of nothing {Matthew 18:20; John 15:4–6; 1 Peter 2:4–6; Ephesians 1:17–23; 2:1–22}

b/ to continue with The Lord Prayer*3* and The Prayer of giving the Holy Spirit*4*. If the one seeks God with all heart and mind*5*, with faith, the Holy Spirit, Who is sent by God the Father in the Name of the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ, will teach and guide and lead into the eternity with God {Proverbs 2:3–11; 3:5–35; Joel 2:28–29; Matthew 7:7–11; 21:21–22; Luke 11:2–13; John 14:15–26; 16:7–15, 24, 26; Hebrews 11:1–40}

c/ to devote the time left after the daily necessities (job, family duties, household chores, and so on) to reading the Holy Bible:

1/ start with the Gospels; first, The Gospel According to John, then the others – According to Matthew, Mark, Luke – they all convey the words of the One Shepherd*6*

2/ continue with the Psalms and the Books of the Old Testament – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and all the following (especially, the Books of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Malachi), which explain many events from the Past, the Present, and the Future

3/ finish with the Acts and Epistles of the Apostles (firstly, 1 John, 1 & 2 Peter, James, Jude, Romans, Ephesians), then, Revelation.

The Jesus Prayer opens the mind to the Word–God Whose grace {John 1:17} will instantly {Joel 2:32}, although might be unnoticeable in the very beginning, start to work and to transform the heart–mind of the one who with faith and hope seeks God. The Name of Jesus Christ is the seed of the Kingdom of God that having being planted into the heart–mind grows into the mighty tree – the invincible empire of free human spirit that is loved and led and taught by God Himself {Psalm 31(32):7–8; 118(119); 138(139):1–18; Matthew 13:2–23; Mark 4:1–32; John 14:26; 17:1–26; James 1:17–25}.

Only through Lord Jesus Christ a human being comes to his Creator {John 14:6}: the starting point and the ending point of everything is the prayer to Jesus Christ Who will come and heal and forgive and illuminate and lead into His marvelous Light – the eternity with God – the one who opens his heart–mind to the Son of God, the Good Shepherd and Savior.

The Lord’s Prayer – to God the Father – and the prayer of giving the Holy Spirit should be read in the beginning and in the end of day, before the meal, at any time when the one needs guidance and help in the daily needs and troubles, or when the ones perceives the presence of God.

The Holy Bible is the greatest treasure: it conveys the words of God leading into the eternity. Even if, at the beginning, something is not perfectly clear, the one should continue reading: as it was with all preceding generations, God will answer, open the mind for understanding that His law defines the greatest good of man, and give the knowledge to everyone who seeks Him with faith and hope {Deuteronomy 6:4–8; 30:9–14; Proverbs 2:3–11; John 14:15–26; 16:13, 24–27}.

As soon as the heart–mind advances in learning and understanding the words of God, the one should begin to observe them, especially, The Ten Commandments and the words of Jesus Christ conveyed by the Gospels {esp.: Exodus 20:1–17; Matthew 5:1–48; Luke 6:20–49; 10:25–37; John}, and to embody them into own words and actions*7*. At this stage, the Epistles of the Apostles should be studied as the practical guide, because they will teach how to establish life appropriate for a Christian and to develop the Christian virtues, which, in the Present, the many either forgot or never learnt.

When the one feels ready, he should find the Christian Orthodox Church, in which he might complete his preparation for becoming full–fledged member of the Church of God at the earth – to be baptized, to partake in the Holy Communion {Matthew 26:26–28; 28:18–20; Mark 16:15–16; Luke 3:16–17; 12:49; 22:19–20; John 1:33–34; Acts 19:1–5; 8:26–39}.

At this stage (the choice of the church – for instance, in the US: American, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, or any of other Orthodox Churches – and the particular place of worship), the one should be careful, because in the current time and within the godless societies, some churches have been transformed into the establishments, which operate more as social/political clubs than the temples of God. Furthermore, in contradiction to the words of God {e.g., Malachi 2:7–9}, some priests became more concerned with material possessions, political advantages, and fulfilling of own immoral desires more than with the true value of human soul seeking God. Such priests*8*

– cover their earthly ambitions with lofty words

– confirm their “sainthood” and pretenses on top hierarchical positions with academic degrees in theology and philosophy earned in the papal educational institutions

– propagate ecumenism (sacrilegious idea of unification with the papal establishment)*9* as “the will of God Who desires the unity of all”

– spread heresies, especially, by calling for compromises in the questions of faith, by forgetting the reasons of the Great Schism and the history of Christianity, by discarding the crimes against God and against Christians committed by the papacy and the papal subjects*10*, by justifying the idea of modernization/adjustment to the current times (that is descent at the level of the godless and corrupted societies, acceptance the sin as the norm, the black as the white, and the will of men as the will of God)

– in contradiction to the instructions of St. Paul the Apostle, propagate acceptance of all and total unification {even with those who do not wish change their manner of life founded on heresy, sin, and disgrace – e.g., in: 2 Peter 2:12–22; Romans 1:21–32; 1 Corinthians 5:9–13; 6:1–20; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18; Galatians 5:14–26}

– corrupt and deceive many.

The litmus (or acid) test is the position of a particular church and its priests toward unification with the papal establishment (therefore the ability or inability to decipher the Orphism – ancient cult of snake–worshipers, on which Plato–Aristotle’s philosophy is built*11* – behind the Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology that is the official doctrine of the papal church of Rome – Vatican*12*) and acceptance of idol–worshipers (although they might be deceived and earnestly believe that they worship true God) as the fellow Christians, before their ignorance is healed and before they are baptized as Christians.

Nevertheless, whatever the one might encounter, he should never accept ignorance, vice, deceit, and imperfection of men as the obstacle to his own coming to God. Christianity is the peace in God {John 14:27}, yet, in the same time, it is the never–ending battle {Ephesians 6:10–18} with the evil, corruption, and ignorance, which are carried by those who have rejected God and chose to follow heresies and false teachings of men. From the beginning of Christianity, for everyone who seeks true knowledge and wisdom, the evil is always the part of the universal test {in: Luke 4:1–12}, and heretics, false teachers, and sinners are the part of trial {Matthew 7:15–24; 24:5, 11, 24; John 8:31–47}:

– the spirit of anti–Christ was already unleashed in the time when St. John the Apostle still lived {1 John 2:18–19; 4:3; 2 John 7}

– St. Peter the Apostle warned against false prophets and false teachers who introduce deadly heresies {2 Peter 2:1–22}

– St. Paul the Apostle warned against the grieving wolves who would not spare the flock after his departure {Acts 20:29–30}

– St. Jude the Apostle wrote of dreamers who live by their lusts, pollute the flesh, and have no Spirit of God within them as of the waterless clouds, fruitless autumn trees, and animal–like ones {Jude 7–19}.

Then, one more thing to remember: wherever the Spirit of God is, there is freedom and peace {John 8:31–36; 14:15–26; James 1:25; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; Galatians 5:13–26}. In Christian Church, there cannot be coercion in the religious matters, forceful conversion, hypocrisy*13*, and assertion of unreserved submission to men who pretend on superiority and especial status in the church {e.g., Matthew 15:7–9, 14; 23:2–35; Mark 9:33–35; self–deified men who sacrilegiously pretend on the place of God – 2 Thessalonians 2:3–12, and, in contradiction to the Holy Scriptures, present themselves as mediators between God and men, while there is only One Mediator between God and man – Lord Jesus Christ – in: John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5–6}.

Such coercion and false pretences are sacrilege and crime before God, because they

1/ are the attempts to interfere with the will of God Who is the only Leader {Καθηγητης – Matthew 23:10} of every one of His creations

2/ take away the precious gift of freedom, which the Creator bestows onto every one of His creations

3/ deceive God’s creations and masquerade the earthly ambitions of those to whom St. Paul the Apostle refers to as to the sons of perdition and ravenous wolves not sparing the flock {Acts 20:29–30; 2 Thessalonians 2:3–4}.

A Christian lives in the peace of Lord Jesus Christ, by the perfect law of freedom explained by Lord Jesus Christ and given by the Holy Spirit, and in the Church that is the God’s Own. Therefore, the one should never give up independent unbiased reasoning, which only knowledge of God sustains: meekness and humility before God does not mean transformation into the unreserved slave of men who make enslaving and preying on the others the source of own earthly wealth and earthly advancement. Trust in God does not include unreserved trust in men and spiritual self–enslaving to men*14*, whoever they are, whichever sainthood they ascribe to themselves, whichever power of coercion they possess, and even whichever miracles they create {e.g., Matthew 24:4–5, 11, 24; 1 Corinthians 7:23; 2 Corinthians 3:17}.

Therefore, if the one desires to accomplish the ultimate purpose of man*15* – to save his soul and enter the eternity with God, the one’s mind should be tuned to the words of God, not to human fantasies born by corrupted imagination and earthly ambitions. The one should set the words of God as unassailable core of own thinking, reasoning, and judgment; he always should compare all the sermons, “apostolic/pastoral” encyclicals of the “fervent supplicants for all before God,” uttering, and especially, actions of clergy and the people, which he might encounter when he becomes a member of a particular religious establishment, with the words and commandments of God {e.g., in: Matthew 7:21–23; Luke 10:25–37; John 13:34–35}.

The Word–God granted the universal criteria of judgment and evaluation of all world’s affairs, events, people, and their words and deeds: the Christians have

1/ the universal criterion of judgment given by Lord Jesus Christ – evaluation by the fruits, that is by the good for all and every human being as the ultimate result {Matthew 7:12–20; 15:7–9}*16*

2/ the universal criterion of evaluation of actions and words by which they recognize the essence – love to each other {John 13:34–35; Matthew 7:12}.

If the words and actions of man lead to the good of each person (not to the abstract common good, with which politicians of all times and all establishments staring with Aristotelian Polis sacrifice many for the sake of the privileged few) and reveal love to the others, they are accomplished in Christ.

For instance {Mark 7:20–23; Luke 6:45; 1 Corinthians 12:3}, the Christian’s heart does not originate evil and does not train itself in blasphemies*17* against Lord Jesus Christ. The Christians do not accept the heretical assertion that the church cannot imitate the mercy of God to the relapsed sinners. The Christians do not justify executions and betrayal of the heretics and different minded as, for instance, the main theologian of the papal establishment has done*18*.

In summary, although the Christian has no right to cut the corrupted tree or to uproot the poisonous weed {Matthew 13:24–30, 36–41}, for instance, to kill heretics and to destroy the heretical establishments masquerading under the name of Christ, he has freedom to reject the evil fruits (heresies and false teachings, and corrupted “priests”), so they would not poison his mind and conscience, and they would not corrupt his body.

All those who are coming to God know that the inner peace, freedom, love of God, wisdom, and the eternity await the one who decides to begin the road to God, follows the Light, lives by the Truth, and accomplishes his journey victoriously, according to the commandments of God {John 1:1–18; 14:6; 1 John 5:1–5; Revelation 21:6–7}.

Let the road of everyone of us be completed in truth and love to God and to the others…

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Notes:

 *1* See

Folder Foundation:

The Foundation, Page 3

and

Folder 2013:

The Starting Point, Page 1_January_2013

The First Word of Human Wisdom, Page 2_February_2013

 

*2* See Εκκλησια – the Meaning, Folder Archive_2011, Page 5_September_October_2011

*3* See The Lord’s Prayer, Folder Foundation

*4* The promise of the Holy Spirit in: Joel 2:28–29; Matthew 28:18–20; Luke 11:1–13, and John 14:15–26; 16:7–15, 24–27.

Also, The Prayer of giving the Holy Spirit until baptized:

Lord God Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner, and lead me into Your Church, so, in Your Name, and by the great mercy and love of God the Father, I will receive the greatest treasure – the gift of the Holy Spirit and the life everlasting in Your Kingdom.

*5* See The Nature of Knowledge, Folder 2013, Page 1_January_2013.

Concerning the heart and the mind, see: The Human Heart, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page 7_December_2010, and Notes 3 and 6 to posting The Starting Point, Folder 2013, Page 1_January_2013

*6* See The Words of One Shepherd, Folder Archive_2012, Page 9_November_December_2012, and The Unity and Division, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page 1_2008

*7* See The Nature of Knowledge and The Methods of Learning, Folder 2013, Page 1_January_2013

*8* See Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Priest, and Heresy – Page_2_2008

The Hierarchy – Page_6_2008_2009

Folder Archive_2011:

The Defense – Page 4_August_2011

*9* See Introduction to Ecumenism, Folder The World & War

*10* The infamous acts of the papal establishment, which might be referred as the crimes against God and against humanity, include (but are not limited to) the crusades, the inquisition, forceful conversion, religious wars, persecutions of the different–minded, tortures and executions (burning alive at stakes) of the heretics and those Christians who rejected the pope as the substitute of God, cooperation with fascism and Nazism, the physical and moral corruption of the members of the papal hierarchy who corrupt and destroy faith and life of those who are under their authority; for instance, current world–wide scandals with child abuse, abuse of children in catholic educational and charitable institutions; the latest one is recent revelation of the Magdalene laundries in Ireland – because of the report from the UN committee against torture in June 2011 – which were run by Catholic nuns under protection of the state as late as in 1996 – http: //www. guardian.co.uk/ world/ 2013/feb/05 /magdalene-laundries-ireland-state-guilt).

Concerning the Great Schism, Crusades, and the Inquisition, see also

a/ the history of the papacy; for instance, in:

Encyclopedia of the Vatican and Papacy. Ed. Frank J. Coppa. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999.

New Catholic Encyclopedia. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America, 1967. 17 vols. (recommended edition of 1967, because the following edition offers the modified history of the Inquisition and other historical events)

Lea, Henry Charles. The Inquisition of the Middle Ages. New York: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, 1887. 3 vols.

Lacouture, Jean. Jesuits: A Multibiography. Trans. Jeremy Leggatt. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1995

La Due, William J. The Chair of Saint Peter: A History of the Papacy. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1999

Lewy, Guenter. The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany. 1964. Boulder, Colorado: Da Capo Press, 2000

Maycock, Alan L. The Inquisition from Its Establishment to the Great Schism: An Introductory Study. With an Introduction by Ronald Knox. New York and Evanston: Harper & Row, 1969.

Rule, William H. The Brand of Dominic, or Inquisition at Rome “Supreme and Universal.” New York: Carlton & Phillips, 1853.

Runciman, Steven. The Eastern Schism: A Study of the Papacy and the Eastern Churches During the XIth and XIIth Centuries. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1955. New York: AMS, 1983 (reprint)

Sherrard, Philip. Church, Papacy, and Schism: A Theological Enquiry. London: SPCK, 1978

Sherrard, Philip. The Greek East and Latin West: A Study in the Christian Tradition. London: Oxford University Press, 1959

Vacandard, Elphege. The Inquisition: A Critical and Historical Study of the Coercive Power of the Church. 1915. Trans. from the 2nd edition Bertrand L. Conway. Merrick, New York: Richwood Publishing, 1977


b/ postings at this site:

Folder Archive_2008_2010

Heresy, Page 2_2008

Note 1 to The Potential of the Mind, Page_4_2008–2009

The Evolution of Fear, Page_5_2009

The Fruits – Page 2_April_June_2010

The Nations – Page 8_2009

Absolute Power – Page 4_September_2010

Folder Political Theology – Introduction, The Hierarchical Church, and The Church Militants.


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

*11* Concerning Orphism, see

Folder Philosophy:

The Orphic Doctrine, in Philosophy: the Beginning,

Plato and Aristotle, Pages 2 and 3

Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Page 7


Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The True Vine – Page 1_2008

The Logic of Death Page_2_2008

Mysteries – Page_7_2008–2009

The Heathenism – Page 5_October_2010

Folder Archive_2011:

The Earth without the Foundation – Page 2_April_May_2011

The Authority to Survive – Page 3_June_July_2011

Folder Archive_2012:

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

*12* Currently, the papal establishment – the Vatican, or the papal church of Rome, exists as the hierarchical establishment, in which

1/ the words of man are accepted as the words of God

2/ laws of men took the place of the Law of God

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

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

This particular papal assertion reveals the attempt to put the pope at the place of the Holy Spirit, because according to the words of God {John} (and consequently, the Christian Orthodox dogma), salvation and eternal life of man are obtained only through the Holy Spirit sent by God the Father in the Name of Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, the pope ascribes to himself the power of the Holy Spirit, as well as the authority of God the Father and the grace of Lord Jesus Christ: the papal assertion is blasphemy against God and self–deification.

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

This papal assertion contradicts the words of God that only by the will of God the Father, through Lord Jesus Christ, man comes to God the Father, therefore, obtains the life everlasting {John 6:44; 14:6; 17:1–26}: again, the pope ascribes to himself the authority of God the Father and the power of the Word–God – the papal assertion is blasphemy against God and self–deification.

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

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

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

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

See analysis of the Aristotle–Aquinas’ doctrine and the official dogma of the papal church of Rome (with the references) in the following postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Priest, and Heresy – Page_2_2008

The Hierarchy – Page_6_2008_2009

Folder Philosophy: Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas

Folder Political Theology: The Hierarchical Church and The Church Militants,

Folder The World & War: Introduction to Ecumenism.

*13* See The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard, Folder Archive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012.

*14* The Trust, Folder Archive_2012, Page 4_April_2012.

*15* The Ultimate Purpose, Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012.

*16* The Fruits – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page 2_April_June_2010

*17* See Loyola’s training (the first week of Loyola’s Exercises­), which transforms man into the enemy of God, in posting The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology.

*18* According to Thomas Aquinas [Thomas Aquinas (Saint). Summa Theologica. First Complete American Edition in 3 volumes literally translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province. New York, Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, San Francisco: Benziger Brothers, 1947. 3 vols.],

1/ the Church cannot imitate God in His mercy to the relapsed sinners [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a4 ro2]

2/ heretics ought to be separated from the Church and handed over to the secular authorities for extermination “from the world by death” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a3]

3/ to maim a human being is consistent “with natural reason in relation to the common good” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.65 a1 ro1]

4/ the business and “a grave responsibility” of prelates is “to correct by means of punishment” [Summa Theologica II–II Q.33 a3]

However, God neither authorized the papacy to punish the sinners nor commissioned the self–appointed “vicars” to bear the “grave responsibility” to burn His sheep at the stakes. These assertions confirm that Aquinas’ doctrine has nothing in common with Christian teachings of love and mercy

5/ the good consists from two parts: the main part of charity, that is the spiritual good or the health of a soul, and the secondary good, that is the temporal good – life, property, good repute, etc. The believers should wish their neighbors the spiritual good; however, charity does not bound the believers to wish their neighbors the secondary good, except when such good would be helpful for the neighbor’s soul [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a4 a].

This assertion directly contradicts to the Law of God – the Ten Commandments, the good of the neighbor {Exodus 20:13–17; Leviticus 19:11–18} includes all the temporal goods, which – according to Aquinas – the believers have no duty to wish their neighbors:

–– do not kill – that is about the neighbor’s life

–– do not bear false witness against the neighbor – that is about the neighbor’s good repute

–– do not steal and do not covet anything that belongs to the neighbor – that is about the neighbor’s property.

These assertions justify Crusades, religious wars, robbery of those who were labeled as heretics, and other crimes against humanity committed by the papal subjects.

Then, Aquinas asserts that if one member of a community possesses some secondary good and the possession might become the obstacle for the eternal salvation of other members of the community, the good of many must be preferred the good of one, and the members of community are not bound by charity to wish their neighbor the secondary good, which could obstruct their eternal salvation [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a4 a].

Aquinas correlates the salvation of the papal subject’s soul with deprivation of a neighbor of his temporal goods that is another contradiction of the Scriptures. In fact, with such assertion, Aquinas abolishes the commandments of God (love to the neighbor) and introduces his own market–driven classification of good.

Besides, the eternal salvation of man does not depend on deprivation of man’s neighbor of his material possessions; with these assertions, the main papal theologian

a/ directly injects Aristotle’s materialism into the article of papal faith

b/ substitutes heathenism for the Christian teachings

c/ justifies inhumanity and corruption as the norm of life for the papal subjects.

All these inconsistent with the Christian teachings assertions of Thomas Aquinas have the practical purpose: to justify death penalty for the heretics and disobedient papal subjects and to mold the conscience of the papal subjects, so, they would without any hesitation inform against their neighbors and betray them into the hands of the Inquisition.

See analysis of Thomas Aquinas’ assertions in posting Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Philosophy.

 

 

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