Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

2_March_2013
 
The Tablet of the Heart

The Way Eternal

The Abundant Good

The Focus

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137. Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Tablet of the Heart

 

…Thus says the Lord: The sin of Judah is being written with an iron stylus,

with clawed adamantine being carved upon the tablet of their heart…

{Jeremiah 17:1}

 

When Moses conveyed the law of God to his tribesmen, he said {Deuteronomy 30:11–14} that this law is in their heart to live by it – to execute it.

After Moses’ death*1*, the chosen nation took into her possession the land promised by God, and the setting for accommodation of the human evolution was complete: the nation was

a/ delivered from the physical slavery in Egypt (although they still kept slaves in their households)

b/ delivered from spiritual slavery – the heathenism, because they were given knowledge of the Almighty God the Creator and His law

c/ planted into the fertile and beautiful land mostly cleared from the heathen nations, which practiced both kind of slavery (physical slavery and idol–worship – slavery of the mind and the spirit) *2*.

Everything was given according to the words of God {Joshua 21:41–43}, and the process of evolution identified as civilization was initiated*3*.

However, not all the chosen ones were capable of acceptance of the law and consequent development. Almost instantly, idolatry (as the relapse into heathenism and voluntary return to the slavery of the mind and the spirit*4*) has entered the daily reality. Strangely enough, those at the top of social and other hierarchies (kings, princes, and some priests and scribes) who were given more resources for spiritual and physical development (knowledge, privileges, material things) than the others, were the most vulnerable to the plague of heathenism: they left true God and worshiped things made by men. The core of corruption, for which, ultimately, the chosen people were rooted out of the Promised Land, began to develop within palaces and temples {the Books of Kings and Chronicles; Ezekiel}: iniquities and lawlessness started to creep from the highest levels of human hierarchies*5*.

About nine centuries after giving of the law, on the eve of destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian Empire, according to the prophets, there was no one righteous man for the sake of whom the city/land would be spared. The majority of the chosen people degenerated into the heathens who

– have violated the law of God and broken the covenant with God

– filled the Promised Land with iniquities, abominations, perversion, bloodshed, and injustice

– followed diviners instead of prophets, silenced and killed the true messengers of God

– had secret apostates as the priests, and criminals as princes and kings {e.g., 3 Kings 18:3–29; 19:14; 20:2–26; Isaiah 1:1–23; 2:6–9; Jeremiah 5:1; 16:17–18; Ezekiel 22:1–31; Hosea 4:1–19; Matthew 23:38; Genesis 18:20, 23–32}.

So, according to the Moses’ forewarning, those who survived destruction of Jerusalem and the first temple had to serve their worldly masters in the Babylon exile, as slaves, in needs, repression, and disgrace, because they did not want to serve God in the Promised Land, in gladness and love. They had to taste the wrath of God – the consequences of their own perversion and corruption, of which the prophets told {e.g., Deuteronomy 28:47–48; 29:22–28; 31:15–18; Isaiah 5:20–30; 9:18–19; Jeremiah 3:6–10; 5:1–31; 9:13–24; 16:1–18; 18:1–17; 19:3–15; 23:11–21; Lamentations; Ezekiel 8:4–18; 22:1–31; Hosea 4:1–18; 5:1–7}, when the people’s own iniquity burns them as fire, and their own manner of life, the very environment–nature intended to sustain their existence, their neighbors, and other nations become the means of their extermination*6*.

When Jeremiah the prophet {Jeremiah 17:1} describes the misery of those who left God and began to serve idols, who discarded the law and accepted manner and ways of life of heathens and idol–worshipers, he conveys his perception of the fallen ones with an image of “the tablet of their heart,” on which the sin is written with an iron stylus and clawed adamantine – the tools made of hardened steel (the ancient craftsmen used them to carve and fashion wood and stones according to a particular design).

The image comes from the memory of the tablets, on which the law was written by God {Exodus 24:12; 32:15–19}, and then, the stone tablets on which Moses wrote down the letters of the law {Exodus 34:1–2, 29}.

So, Jeremiah sees the human heart as the tablet on which, instead of the letters of the law, the letters of sin have been carved.

Another Old Testament’s image is the seal of Love engraved upon the heart – the seal, which is likened to the precious ring on the hand {Song 8:6}.

In the New Testament, Lord Jesus Christ speaks of Himself as of the One sealed by the Father {John 6:27}.

Then, St. Paul the Apostle writes to the faithful ones that they are the Christ’s letter not having been inscribed by ink but by the Spirit of Living God, and not in tablets of stone but in fleshy tablets of the heart {2 Corinthians 3:3}. Likewise, St. James the Apostle writes of the Word implanted/engraved into the heart and saving the soul {James 1:21}*7*.

So, the Holy Scriptures portray the human heart as the tablet on which either the law/Word of God is written/imprinted or sin is carved.

The heart that contains the Word of God is enabled to evolve into a human child of God destined for the eternity in the presence of God {John 1:12–13; 12:26; 14:1–3, 23; 17:1–26}.

The heart, on which the sin is carved, is separated from God; moreover, such a heart has no power to comprehend own insufficiency and to turn to God for healing and forgiveness {Isaiah 6:8–10; 59:1–2; John 12:37–43}.

And I think that the image of the tablet of human heart on which the sin is carved reminds the Phoenician jewelry – small figurines of the idols cut from the precious stones. The Phoenicians*8* endowed their creations with ugly disfigured bodies and faces, which convey the essence of their religion: the evil. Although their works were highly valuable masterpieces of art because of the craftsmanship – techniques, precise expression of the inner essence, and material (precious stones), the precious stones, which naturally are associated with the highest clarity and light and beauty innate to the manifestations of the Absolute Good {e.g., in: Exodus 24:10; 1 Peter 2:4–6; Revelation 21:19–21}, were transformed into the glorification of the evil and darkness.

So, sin disfigures the human heart and makes it unsuitable for the writings of God.

From a particular point of view, it could be said that a sinner, within his own heart, carries the darkness {Luke 11:35; John 11:10} of his own Sodom and Gomorrah awaiting annihilation. The difference is that by the mercy of God the heart of man/earth might be spared from the consuming flame of his own iniquity resulting in devastation similar to the destiny of the ancient land {in: Genesis 18:20, 24–25, 28; Isaiah 9:18–19}. Such salvation begins with repentance and might be crowned with the remission of sin*9*. Only if the heart is healed and purified, so the carvings of sin are melted away by the Almighty Fire {Luke 12:49; John 1:33; 14:16–17; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 3:11–15}, a human being can be prepared for the eternity in the presence of God…

 

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Notes:


*1* See the posting The Lost Worlds – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page _ January_2010

*2* See the postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Slavery – Page_7_2008–2009

The Mirror – Page 2_April_June_2010

The Future – 5_September_October_2010


Folder Archive_2011:

The Survival – Page 1_January_March_2011


*3* Concerning the law and the human evolution, see the postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Destiny of Man and The Place of Knowledge – Page 5_October_2010


Folder Archive_2011:

The Beasts of the Fields and of the Forest, Philosophy, and The Origin of Man – Page 1_January_March_2011

Folder Patterns & Questions, Introduction – Page 1.

 

*4* See postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Slavery – Page_7_2008–2009


Folder Archive_2012:

The Emptiness – Page 1_January_2012

The Lessons of the Vineyard: Slavery and Freedom – Page 5_May_June_2012

The Words of One Shepherd – Page 9_November_December_2012

*5* See the postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Hierarchy – Page 6_2008_2009

The Ancient Kings – Page_8_2009

The Point of No Return – Page 2_April_June_2010

The Knowledge and the Vision – Page 5_October_2010

Folder Archive_2012:

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


Concerning the heathenism and idolatry, see postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Curse of Cain Page_5_2009

The Wrath – Page 1_January_March_2010

Divination and Idolatry – Page 4_September_2010

The Heathenism – 5_October_2010

 

*6* See the postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Renewal – Page_8_2009

The Wrath – Page 1_January_March_2010

The War – Page 3_August_2010


Folder Archive_2011:

The Earth without the Foundation – Page 2_April_May_2011


Folder Archive_2012:

The Plundered People – Page 2_February_2012

The Perception – Page 4_April_2012

The Lessons of the Vineyard – Page 5_May_June_2012

The Time of Destruction – Page 9_November_December_2012

*7* See the postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Seal – Page 1_2008

The Future – Page 4_September_2010


Folder Archive_2011:

Purification of Heart – Page 1_January_March_2011

The Earth without Foundation – Page 2_April_May_2011


Folder Archive_2012:

The Transformation – Page 1_January_2012

The Promise to Come Back – Page 2_February_2012

The Future – Page 3_March_2012

*8* Concerning Phoenicians, see postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Wisdom – Page_1_2008

The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

The Heathenism – Page 5_October_2010

Folder Philosophy, Philosophy: the Beginning – Page_1


*9* See postings:

Folder Archive_2011:

Purification of Heart – Page 1_January_March_2011

The Greatness of Man – Page 4_August_2011


Folder Archive_2012:

The Water and The Transformation – Page 1_January_2012

The Remission of Sin – Page 3_March_2012

 

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138. Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Way Eternal

 

…O God… see if the way of iniquity is in me,

and lead me in the way eternal…

{Psalm 138(139):24}

 

David the prophet speaks {Psalm 138(139)} of the comprehensive and wonderful knowledge that Almighty God–Creator has: this knowledge is unreachable for man – it exceeds human abilities. There is no secret in the heart of man that could be unseen by God. There is no way for man to hide himself from God. There is no place unknown to God. The human heart–mind, a human body, the human world, the universe – all is created/seen/known by God. God created man, and He knows everything that His creation was, is, and will be able to do: his coming into being, way of life, departure, words, deeds, and thoughts long before they are created by the mind.

In such a complete openness to God, if the one desires to find God and obtain the life everlasting in the presence of God, what he could ever ask?

David asks God to see if the way of iniquity is in him and to lead him in the way of eternity.

The prayer of David reveals the actuality of human existence:

1/ inability to foresee own thoughts/actions, which might have deadly consequences (put in the way of iniquity); it means that any foreknowledge*1*, even of own thoughts, comes only from God

2/ inability to find way into the eternity without guidance of God.

The Book of Psalms conveys the main patterns, by which the human existence and evolution as the ascent to God is organized, and which describe the way of accomplishment and the way of failure. Therefore, the messages encoded within the Psalms should be deciphered, comprehended, and accomplished–embodied into the reality of daily life. So, what the prayer of the ancient prophet and king can disclose to the contemporary mind?

Although each way to God might be unique (as any human being is unique), still, there is the common ground on which all minds stay. The part of such a common ground is the limitedness of particular time–space–complexity settings that accommodate human life (e.g., earth, range of conditions supporting physical existence, senses, patterns of thinking). This limitedness defines the range and the maximum of potential, which can be developed and exercised by the mind: it sustains only the abilities to accomplish works, which do not exceed some limits. The first one among those things, which are impossible for man, is salvation*2* by own efforts and by own deeds {cf.: Luke 18:18–27; John 3:16–18; 6:39–40, 44–46, 65; 1 Peter 1:3–21; Ephesians 1:3–14; 2:1–22}.

David the prophet knew that only by the power of God man lives and comes to God; therefore, when David asks God to see if the way of iniquity is in him, he asks help of God – the help, through which his soul–heart–mind would receive the power necessary for coming to the Creator. David defines his desire of coming to God as the thirst*3*, which is much more intense than thirst of the human flesh in a barren and trackless and dry land. David’s thirst for God {Psalm 62(63):1} was known to all those who sought God in the Old Testament’s times: it was the thirst for life with God – the only life natural and complete and appropriate for a human being created in image and after likeness of God.

The Christians know that only through Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, man finds His way to the Father and that only through Lord Jesus Christ, the Living Water – the power of the Holy Spirit – comes and satisfies the unquenchable thirst of man for God the Creator and the Father {John 3:5; 4:10–14; 7:37–39; 14:15–17, 26; Revelation 22:1}*4*.

And I think that the difference between knowledge of the good and knowledge of the evil could explicate some practical aspects of the meaning of David’s prayer.

The source of knowledge of the good is theology – knowledge given by God for guidance of His creations who have to choose between the good and the evil, to accomplish the works of the good, and therefore, to prepare themselves for the purposes of God.

Knowledge of the good is the knowledge of life, because it sustains human ascent to God: it comes from God, conveys the features of the Kingdom of God, and provides guidance for the one who seeks the road to God.

Knowledge of the evil sustains only abilities to destroy and to initiate collapse. Comprehension of this knowledge could be seen as the actualization of the downfall into the realm of the collapsing temporal structures that lack capacity, reserves, and powers, which, for instance, are necessary for maintenance of the evolving systems and their wholeness – life. Knowledge of the evil reflects the actuality of the world cursed for the original sin of man and the summary of the destructive human experience accumulated for the thousands of years devoted to the corruption and extermination of living beings. If to accept that the essence of knowledge of the evil is destruction (death, collapse, disintegration), the temporal world opens as the realm of the material things at different stages of disintegration: the waste–land of darkness and death, in which the arch–evil feeds itself with the dust until the end of its time {Genesis 3:15; John 8:44; Revelation 20:1–3, 10, 14}.

If to accept that the ultimate purpose of life is salvation of the soul*2*, therefore, transformation of a human beast into the human child of God, the one might conclude that the realm of collapsing temporal structures, in which a human being is exposed to all kinds of needs, risks, suffering, and deaths, is not programmed to sustain life of man.

However, within this world of collapsing/disintegrating material things, a human being has to find God, to find the way eternal, and to accomplish the ascent to God. In other words, man has a choice {John 1:1–13; 3:3–6; 14:6; 15:4–6; 17:3, 24; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2:1–10; 1 John; Revelation 21:1–4; Genesis 3:15}:

either

to consume his time–range in the darkness

by degenerating into the beast that is the creature of dust/food of the arch–evil

or

to accomplish the breakthrough to the Light*5*,

to comprehend the human nature*6*,

and to become a human child of God created for the eternity with God.

 

The knowledge given by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, is the life everlasting {John 17:3}.

Therefore, a Christian commits iniquity and, consequently, loses his way into the eternity, if he does not observe the words of Lord God Jesus Christ.

The way of iniquity begins if the mind chooses the evil; for instance, if the mind accepts corruption as the norm of life, brutality and mistreatment of human beings and nature as the normal way of existence, fraud and propagation of the false knowledge as the foundation of stability of the social, political, and religious establishments. If the mind makes such a choice, it slides in the way leading to the eternal separation from God.

Hence, when David asks God to see if the way of iniquity is within him, he asks of the power to make the right choice and to act according to the will of God:

 

to choose the good and to ascend to the eternal realm of the Creator

to reject the evil and to discard the realm of death.

 

So, how the way of iniquity starts within the daily life filled with struggle for existence and daily chores, within the societies full of the many who have closed the eyes of the heart and the ears of the conscience and erected the wall of separation*7* between man and God {e.g., Isaiah 6:9–10; 59:1–15}?

Could the beginning of downfall into the realm of the arch–evil begin with common rudeness, disrespect, habitual disregard of the feelings and needs of the others?

Indeed, to become the son of the arch–evil destined to the eternal separation from God {John 8:34–44; 1 John 3:8–15; Revelation 22:14–15}, the one does not need to wage wars and kill bodies of the many. There are many other means, which transfer the mind into the realm of death. For instance, unkindness, disregard of those in need, tolerance to the bullies and criminals, words of hatred and lies, propagation of the different kinds of perversion, indifference to suffering of the others kill in the most destructive way – they silence conscience, elevate corruption and cruelty at the rank of the norm (and even virtues for those seeking advantages over the others), ruin expectations, make impossible justice, corrupt bodies, and assassinate the mind… 

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Notes:

See the postings in Folder Archive_2012:

 

*1* The Foreknowledge – Page 2_February_2012

*2* The Ultimate Purpose – Page 7_August_September_2012

*3* The Thirst – Page 4_April_2012

 

*4* The Water – Page 1_January_2012

*5* The Excellence and The Lamp and the Fire – Page 6_ July_2012

The Emptiness – Page 1_January_2012

The Ultimate Knowledge – Page 7_August_September_2012

*6* The Nature of Man – Page 6_ July_2012

*7* The Plundered People – Page 2_February_2012

The Remission of Sin, The Future, and The Survival – Page 3_March_2012

 

 

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139. Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Abundant Good

 

…God is abundantly good to the ones abiding in Him,

and His mercies are on all His works…

{Psalm 144:9}

 

 

To the people of the Old Testament, it was said: Χρηστος Κυριος τοις υπομενουσι, και οι οικτιρμοι αυτου επι παντα τα εργα αυτου – God is abundantly good*1* to the ones abiding in Him, and His mercies are on all His works {Psalm 144(145):9}.

The author of Psalm {Psalm 144(145)}, David the prophet and the king explains the meaning of abundant good and mercies of God, firstly, through portraying the attributes of God as the highest ideals of righteousness and holiness in everything, and as maintenance of life and well–being of His creations abiding in Him:

 

David speaks of the glory, dominion, and glorious majesty of God’s everlasting Kingdom,

and so explains the meaning of completeness, fullness, and perfection of the power issuing from God

David refers to the deeds of God, which He revealed to men,

as to faithfulness, holiness, support of the falling, setting up the broken down,

giving the food and filing every living thing with joy,

righteousness in all ways, and holiness in all works,

and so explains the Absolute Good of God by describing the completeness of the good,

which God bestows on His creations

 

All listed above definitions are the features of perfection – the Absolute Good as the attribute of God, which He reveals to His creations abiding in Him. The one could comprehend the meaning of abiding in God as observance of the first, second, and third commandments {Exodus 20:1–7}, the essence of which is love to God. The one abiding in God observes the commandments*2*: he loves God with all his soul–heart–mind, with all his understanding, with all his strength, and with all his powers {Mark 12:29–30; Luke 10:27}.

The glorious majesty of the Kingdom of God is met with love and adoration by the one abiding in God – the one who

 

loves God with all soul–heart–mind, understanding, strength, and powers

trusts only in God

observes the law of God

accomplishes the will of God by doing the works, which embody the good given by God,

into the world he dominates or influences or creates or sustains.

 

In brief, the Psalm unfolds the majesty of the world, which belongs to God and His creation – man.

In this world created and kept by God, God’s creations

live by love and mercies of God

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are loved and cherished by God Who gives them everything

 for life and for growth and

 for development of the maximal potency of power, reasoning,

and other abilities that constitute their nature

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love each other as they love themselves and as they are loved by God

{Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; John 13:34–35; 1 John 4:7–21}.

 

This world is creation of the Absolute Good; its focus is the Absolute Good; its inhabitants are the laborers of the Absolute Good; the cohesive power that sustains the wholeness, and therefore life, of this world is the perfect love without fear and suffering.

Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, in His commandments to His followers, gives the examples–models of behavior*3*, which facilitate comprehension of the perfect love of God and imitation of the perfection of God {e.g., Matthew 5:1–48; Luke 6:20–49; John 13:13–17, 34–35}.

The Gospels describe the earthly life of the Word–God as manifestations of the Almighty Omnipotent Love that created the life, has compassion to all the living, and sustains all creations, as the abundance of good revealed through eliminating any insufficiency of a body and the heart–mind: healing of the sick, feeding of the hungry, illuminating of the ignorant, collecting and guiding of the lost, saving the hopeless, setting free the enslaved, resurrection of the dead ones, giving the Gospel to the poor ones, the garment of glory to the spirit of selflessness, and the living water of the eternity to the mortal ones {Matthew 10:38–39; 18:11–14; Luke 7:20–23; John 4:10–14; 7:37–39; 8:34–36; 9; 10; 11; 12:25; Isaiah 29:18–19; 35:3–6; 42:8–9; 61:1–3; Revelation 21:6; 22:1; στολην  δοξης αντι  πνευματος  ακηδιας  – Isaiah 61:3}.

The New Testament reveals the image of God as All–forgiving Almighty and Perfect Love that feeds, sustains, teaches, and guides each of His creations to Himself, to the next phase of existence, into the Kingdom of God the Spirit, the realm of everlasting life.

Many centuries those who were thirsty for God and sought God with all the heart–mind*4* read the Holy Scriptures, including descriptions of the Judgment Day preceded with wars, disasters, and calamities of all kind, which the fallen evil creatures – the sons of arch–evil – will have to experience at the last stage of the world’s existence {Isaiah; Revelation}.

Many preachers portrayed these disasters as the retribution for the committed crimes against God and His creations.

In fact, all of them describe the nature of the evil: they put on view processes of the irreversible collapse that defines the essence of the singularity of the evil, in which the eternal life is not possible. All these disasters and calamities are inherent processes of disintegration of the temporal structures arranged by the evil mind, which reached their καιρος*5* as impossibility of continuation of existence {e.g., Genesis 6:12–14}, and therefore, must be annihilated. 

However, again, the third and last revelation of God is love – the life–creative Almighty Omnipotent Power, the Perfect Love that the believing ones know as their God and worship with love and adoration, in spirit and truth {John 3:16; 4:24; 14:23; 15:9–12; 17:21–26}. The Future of creations of God unfolds as the everlasting life without insufficiencies, sorrows, sufferings, and death, which all are the features of the temporal world of the temporal, and therefore disintegrating since the moment of creation, structures of the matter. In this Future, the dissipating world of cognition of the evil, is no more {Revelation 21:4–5}.

Three acts of creation or three consecutive worlds/phases of life are revealed to the mind that seeks God:

 

1/ the perfect world of the past, from which man was transferred into the temporal world,

 in which cognition of the evil, therefore, death as annihilation of the temporal material things –

structures, bodies, arrangements, establishments, and their wholeness (the entire world of man) could be possible

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2/ the world of the present – the temporal world, which accommodates death,

and in which cognition of the evil leads

either to the choice of the good, therefore, into the everlasting life in the presence of God

or to the choice of the evil, therefore, to eternal separation from God

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3/ the new world – new creation of God,

 in which death and suffering are no more,

and the creations of God live in His presence forever.

 

In His abundant good, God provides those who seek the road to Him with guidance and power to accomplish their purpose.

The Holy Scriptures describe the abundant good precisely: to imitate this good, man does not need to possess the power of armies, weapons of mass destruction, and other attributes of the power over the material things. The entire universe is in the heart–mind of man, from which either the good or the evil comes {e.g., Matthew 12:35; 15:18–19}.

Every living one has something good to share with the others, and even the dying man who is ready to return to the Creator can strengthen and to encourage the others. Christianity began with death of the Son of God, when the death of the One initiated the world of life waiting the many.

The Holy Scriptures define the human history as the road to God. Three deeds of God, three manifestations of the Word–God, three writings of God, arrange existence of the mind as the ascent to God:

 

1/ the stone tablets of testimony with the Law, which was written by God,

and which initiated the human civilization and evolution of the mind that had to find God

{Exodus 31:18; 32:15–16}

2/ the writings of Christ’s letter – the image of the Word–God

written upon the tablet*6* of the human heart

{2 Corinthians 3:3}

3/ the Name of God on His creations

who will enter the new world of the everlasting life in the presence of God

 {Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–5}.

 

And I think: how the mind could ever comprehend the Absolute Good within the world of suffering and death? From another side, what is the meaning of the human evolution, if not cognition of the Absolute Good revealed in the perfection of God, which the creations of God must imitate if they desire to enter His Kingdom?

How then, the mind can obtain the knowledge of the Absolute Good – the wisdom, without which there is no the eternal life? The only one way is known: to open the heart–mind for the writings of God, so His Word engraved into the heart–mind would transform*7* the fleshy tablet of the heart into the precious stone from which the temple of God is built {James 1:21; 1 Peter 2:4–10}…

 

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Notes:

*1* Χρηστος Κυριος τοις υπομενουσι, και οι οικτιρμοι αυτου επι παντα τα εργα αυτου – Psalm 144(145):9, where Χρηστος – the abundance of the good power or perfection, the complete meaning of which could be inferred from the cluster of derivatives of χειρ – hand, and – figurative – power:

χειρ – power, hand

χραομαι to provide what is needed: to give an oracle; to act toward

χραω – to lend, to supply

χρημα – useful; riches

χρηματισμος – answer of God, divine revelation

χηρηστος – gracious, kind, supplying power – the life–sustaining good.

The word υπομενουσι is a derivative of υπομενω (υπο – under, of inferior position, and μενω – to stay, dwell, endure, continue) – to abide, to endure, to last, to persist, to carry on. With this word, the prophet defines an ability to endure the presence of God; only the one who loves God by his entire soul–heart–mind might be spared by God and enabled to endure the presence of God; that is why the prophet speaks of οικτιρμοι – mercies, compassions of God.

*2* Concerning The Ten Commandments, see postings The Ten Commandments, and The Road to God – Folder Foundation, Pages 1 and 5

*3* See postings in Folder Archive_2012:

The Excellence – Page 6_July_2012

The Words of One Shepherd – Page 9_November_December_2012

*4* See posting The Thirst, Folder Archive_2012, Page 4_April_2012

*5* Concerning καιρος, see postings: The Completion, Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_4_2008–2009, and Patterns #5 and #10, Folder Patterns.

6* See posting The Tablet of the Heart, Folder 2013, Page 2_March_2013

*7* See postings in Folder Archive_2012:

The Transformation, Page 1_January_2012

The Future, and The Different Vision, Page 3_March_2012.

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140–141. Sunday, March 24 and 31, 2013

The Focus

 

…The Lord our God is One Lord.

And you shall love the Lord your God

with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,

and with all your strength…

{Mark 12:29–30; Deuteronomy 6:4–5}

 

Those of The Ten Commandments concerning the Lord our God {the first, the second, and the third – Exodus 20:1–7} and the consequences of their violations were known by the scribes, Pharisees, and faithful Jews who visited the temple in Jerusalem and synagogues all over the Judea and heard the sermons of the priests and readings from the scrolls with the writings of Moses and the prophets {for instance, in: Deuteronomy 33:8–10; Malachi 2:4–7; Matthew 19:16–20; Luke 4:14–21, 44; 10:25–37}.

Lord God Jesus Christ summarized them as the first main commandment, with the following words: The Lord our God is One Lord. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind/understanding, and with all your strength. The summary of The Ten Commandments*1* concerning the others, or the second main commandment as it is defined by God, is to love the others as the one loves himself {Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:27–37}.

The commandments of God convey His will concerning man:

a/ they are the law*2* that controls existence of the world of man {Psalm 118(119); Matthew 7:12}

b/ they are the law that defines the nature of His creation and the coherent behavior, with which man–creation of God should confirm compliance with the will of God the Creator {Deuteronomy 30:8–20}

c/ they establish love as the cohesive power that maintains the wholeness, therefore life, of the world created by God: on the commandments of love – love to God and to the others – the laws and prophets are hung {Matthew 22:37–40}.

The words of God concerning the main commandments – the commandments of love –

a/ establish the focus of the entire human being: God; to be focused on God means to have wholehearted unconditional absolute love to God, to think of things of God, and to live for the sake of accomplishment of His will*3*

b/ define love to each other as the main feature*4* by which Christians must be known {John 13:34–35}

c/ reveal the main components that God the Creator, with the breath of life*5* that He breathed upon the face of a formed man of dust {Genesis 2:7}, unified into the living breathing intelligent wholeness known as a human being (soul, heart/mind/understanding, and strength) and through operations of which man–creation of God confirms that his entire being*6* is focused on God and that he exists for the sake of accomplishment of the will of God.

In the world created by God Who is the Perfect Love {John 3:16; 17:21–26; 1 John 4:7–21; ο Θεος Αγαπη εστιν … η Tελεια Αγαπη; – 1 John 4:8, 18}, the word Αγαπη – Love – identifies the main cohesive power that sustains the wholeness, therefore life, of the world. Consequently for the one, who focuses on God all his thoughts, all his strength, his entire being, love to God should be the foundation of his reasoning, his understanding, and his choices of purposes, words, and actions. If there is no love within a human being, he does not belong to the world of God: the one who does not love God and His creations has no eternal life within him; the one who does not do the good (the deeds that confirm his love to God and to the others) has no place for God in him {cf.: John 3:16–21; 8:37–45; 1 John 3:9–18; 4:7–8; 5:1–12; 2 John 6; 3 John 11}.

So, how the one can accomplish the first main commandment – what does it mean: to love God?

Love to God is accomplishment of His words – His commandments that are the law for man. If the one observes the words of God, if his thoughts, words, and actions confirm his compliance with the law of God, the one truly loves God and lives in the complete world*7*: he dwells in God, and God dwells with Him {Matthew 5:17–18; 7:21–27; John 14:15–24; 15:4–10; 17:1–26; 1 John 5:3–4; 2 John 6}.

Consequently, the one can infer that, by observing the first main commandment, he focuses his entire being on God and becomes the God’s Own: focusing on God opens a possibility for transformation of the lost sheep into the child of the Almighty Omnipotent God, the looser into the winner, and the prodigal son/sinner into the heir of the eternal Kingdom of God {cf.: Isaiah 57:13; Malachi 3:17–18; John 1:12–13; 10:11, 14–15, 26–30; Luke 15:1–32; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1:3–5; 1 John 3:1–18; 5:1–5; Romans 8:1–39; Galatians 4:4–7; Revelation 21:7}.

At the level of human mind, the Perfect Love has the attribute revealed as the Absolute Good. The mind that is focused on God holds the Absolute Good as the universal criterion of evaluation of all that it encounters, creates and cognizes. Consequently, all thoughts, words, and actions, which a human being with the mind focused on God accomplishes within the world of the material things, pursue the good of each human being and therefore, the good of the entire world.

The acceptance of the Absolute Good as the universal criterion and standard of behavior manifests itself as the personal outlook of a unique human being – the unique cosmos focused on God, and as philosophy of the Absolute Good*8* that elevates the personal good of each human being at the rank of the main priority of human establishments.

For instance, in the world based on the Perfect Love of God, the main priority is the good of each one of His creations, not the faceless “common good” – the idol conceived with Aristotelian values of slave–owners*9* who control the agora and masquerade own greed for power and wealth with myths of democracy and “common good”*10 * of the “small souls”*11* they have enslaved and defrauded for the sake of own advantages.

Lord God Jesus Christ said {John 14:23} that if the one loves Him, he observes His commandments; then, He and God the Father come to him and establish dwelling with him. Therefore, the one who accomplishes the will of God enters the wholeness – the complete abundant perfect world, in which God unifies and keeps all His creations with the Almighty Power that sustains the eternal life: with His Perfect Love {cf.: John 13:34–35; 14:25–28; 15:1–12, 17; 17:21–26; 1 John}.

To love God means to observe His words {John 14:15, 23–24; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 6}, or, in other words, to exists in accordance with the human nature. Each word of God is the condition of life for man, consequently, each word of God must be observed and accomplished without any deviation – as St. Paul the Apostle writes {2 Corinthians 4:2–6}, the Christians do not adulterate*12* the word of God: His Light shines in their heart and gives brightness of knowledge of God in Lord Jesus Christ.

Consequently, the one can infer that focusing on God and observance of the first main commandment opens understanding of the meaning of the second main commandment (love to the others) and compliance with it becomes the one’s nature: fulfillment of the second main commandment {Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:27–37} is completion of the perfect world God–man, which the Almighty Love creates, sustains, cherishes, and preserves through the eternity.

So, can the one identify, if a human being either is focused on God or there is no love to God in him?

The history of mankind illustrates how particular violations of the words of God triggered ruin of particular human establishments, led to suffering of living creatures, and devastated the world given into the dominion of man. “The wrath of God” of which the Old Testament prophets warned starting with Moses {e.g., in: Deuteronomy; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Hosea; Malachi} is collapse initiated by violations of the words of God: by the men’s very own thoughts, words, and actions, which they accomplished within the world given into their dominion*13*, they destroy the world given them for life and evolution–ascent to God.

In general, nothing has been changed since Moses defined the “blessing and curse,” and “life and death” as the inevitable (natural) consequences of compliance with the law of God (blessings and life) and violations (curses and death) of the law of God {in: Deuteronomy 27; 28; 29; 30:11–20}.

As Lord God Jesus Christ warns {Matthew 5:18; Luke 11:27–28; 21:33}, the heavens and the earth will pass away, yet the law, His words – the words of God – will be fulfilled, and blessed are those hearing the word of God and keeping it.

The time–range of existence of this world collapsing under “the wrath of God” – the world of our present, and consequently, continuation of its abilities to sustain decent existence of mankind (sufficiency and cleanness of water, land, air, fertility of land, sufficiency of food and other resources) are conditioned by the thoughts, words, and actions of men {cf.: Genesis 6:6–14}. Taken as the summary, the set of recent and current crises and devastations does not significantly differ from those described by the prophets {e.g., Isaiah 1:2–31; 8:21–22; 59:1–15; Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Hosea 4:1–19; 13:2–11; Zephaniah 1:2–18}. Can anyone, then, have any reason for expectations that something good could ever come, if men reject the law of God by which the world exists?

Indeed, the present, which is defined by the results of constant violations of the law of God and rejection of the Perfect Love as the foundation of human societies and other establishments, allows conclusion:

 

the history of the Western civilization that – if to follow the Christian teachings –

supposed to be the time of human evolution and liberation of men from the slavery of the evil

a/ became the list of wars, persecutions of the different–minded, crimes against humanity,

unjustified human suffering, and ruined human establishments

b/ reveals enslaving and deceit of men, which differ from the history of the Old Testament heathens

only by the advanced possibilities to disseminate and propagate fraud and deception

and by scales of crimes, and sufferings, and deaths*14*

c/ confirms that enslaving of the mind through false knowledge, lies, and deceit

(e.g., the assertions and phantasms supplied by the mind of diviner–creator of idols, false doctrines,

and impotent false sciences based on the heathen philosophy)

and consequent degeneration of human mind, which is not protected by the knowledge of God,

is limited only by physical death of the carriers of the evil – the criminals before God and before men.

Yet, when a particular criminal/son of the arch–evil dies and therefore loses a possibility to corrupt the others,

his followers mushroom and continue his service to the arch–evil:

dissemination of heresies, false knowledge, corruption, ruin of human establishments,
 
infliction of suffering, and enslaving of men
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Currently, it is almost impossible

a/ to find any human establishment (political, social, religious, research) untouched by the heathenism, Plato–Aristotle philosophical–political–social utopia based on the Orphism, and issuing false knowledge that initiates degeneration of the mind. Degeneration of the mind has such inseparable companions as idol–worship, atheism, corruption, mental and physical perversion, poverty – spiritual and physical, and epidemic crimes. All these plagues are the daily reality of the current societies, while their members, quite inconsistently and irrationally, expect prosperity, decency, and security of life – of their own and of their offspring

b/ to confirm actual evolution of the human mind:

– at first, as development of the potency to decide such global common problems as poverty, illiteracy, ignorance, disorders and diseases of bodies and souls, which are stemming from inhumane conditions of life

– at second, as development of abilities of the nations, establishments, groups of human beings to live in peace and mutual cooperation with each other

– at third, as progress of the sciences and practices capable of actual improvement of human life and development of the world given into the dominion of man

c/ to find any region untouched by the negative consequences of sciences based on the Aristotelian logic of insufficiency and disregard to the good of the people (e.g., pollution spreading from Chernobyl, Fukushima*15*, nuclear plants worldwide, chemical weapons, unbalanced and unsustainable development of the power– and resources–hungry technologies, predatory exploitation of the natural resources – all those resulting in devastation and collapse of the ecosystems that sustain existence of human and other living beings).

Consequently, if to judge by the results of devastation of the world given into the dominion of man, there is no reason to evaluate the human mind as the evolving, not degenerating, system.

In summary,

1/ the main condition of survival of a human being is compliance with the law {that is accomplishment of the will of God and establishment of His Excellence and Glory – the absolute domination of the Word–God within the world of men – cf.: Exodus 33:13, 18–22; Isaiah 40:5; 42:21; 43:20–21; Matthew 5:17–18; Luke 16:16–17; John 3:35–36; 17:1–5; 1 Peter 1:3–25; Revelation 1:5–6; 5:1–13; 21:1–2, 23}

2/ the first evidence that a human being – soul/heart/mind and strength – is focused on God is observance of the words of God

3/ the overall degree of development of the human establishments (societies, states, social, political, research, and religious institutions), which can be identified as the capability to sustain decent and prosperous life of each human being, reflects its compliance with the law of God, or – from another angle of consideration – is  the general consequence of the compliance with the law of God.

And I think that, usually, the mind of the one who created/arranged/founded some establishments or accomplished other works is immersed into the search of knowledge of the future: what would be the results and the consequences of the implementation of his thoughts, plans, ideas, words into the world of material things, what it would bring to the creator–author and to those who will accept, take, or use it.

Indeed, the history of human thoughts and human societies provides vivid examples how the people attempt to predict the future. If to discard the efficiency or effectiveness of such efforts, the one can infer that there are many means of prediction – from the insanity of divination {e.g., 3 Kings 18:25–29} through the contemporary scientific methods of forecasting: modeling and other assumptions constructed upon the philosophical foundation that underlies the reasoning/intelligence of a particular human being, group, establishment, etc.*16*.

So, could it be interesting to trace some condition, state of collapse or prosperity – the particular present, or some time–space–complexity point, – to its root: the reason, why does (or did) the particular present ( as it is now or as it was in some moment of the life of those who lived in the past) exist?

For instance, some violations of a particular commandment or a particular word of God in the Past formed the Present and defined the Future. There is no will of God that any one of His creations perishes {Matthew 18:10–14; John 3:16–17; 6:37–40; 1 John 4:9–14}; so, what men have done to form the existing Present with all its evils and calamities?

Then, would the mind be empowered to discover the system of links–consequences that conditions the normal functioning of the world – the wholeness given into the dominion of man, if it focuses on God and, therefore, if it follows the path that God opens to the evolving mind – the mind which the prophets and the people of God have?

In particular, can the mind identify the points at which the evil can intervene with the human reasoning/judgment and turn the mind away from focusing on God?

Can the mind identify and foresee (therefore, cut off) the path of the serpent*17* on the rock {οδους οφεως επι πετραςProverbs 30:19; Matthew 16:18}, and consequently, protect

 

the purity of own faith and truth of own religion, which it holds as the actual foundation of the universe

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the freedom and liberties, which are granted by God as the inseparable features of the human nature

created into the image and after the likeness of the Perfect and Free and Omnipotent God

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own world as the freely chosen path of life and manner of existence

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rights of own children on survival, decent life, and coming to the perfection

according to the human nature defined by the commandments of God?

 

Or, in the terms of classical cybernetics, if we have a black box with a particular outcome and initials conditions/laws, can we recreate the input, the logic of operations, and the processes, which resulted in the existing conditions?

The ancient Stoics, whose logic and mathematical virtues influenced development of the classical Western philosophy (and its derivatives – the sciences) based upon heathen Plato–Aristotle’s political–social–religious utopia, would identify the work of such a black box as the Fate/destiny.

As a Christian, I do not believe in the fate/destiny and I do not consider the heathen philosophy appropriate even for the secular matters: the evolving mind has another framework, another foundation, and another way of reasoning. In my understanding, it was the deadly error to grant the heathen philosophy any right for existence, as the Byzantine Church’s theologians did when they postulated that the heathen philosophy could be admitted in secular studies. Probably, they already lost their battle, because they have no power to tread on the basilisk (arch–serpent), to remove the poison of asp {Psalm 90(91):13; 139(140):3} permanently. Thus, they did not close the points of possible contacts, which the following generations of theologians and researchers could have (and did have) with the Orphism*17* – the lethal mind–destroying poison of the viper (arch–serpent){Isaiah 59:3–15; Matthew 3:7; 23:15, 33}, which

a/ was produced by the ancient arch–evil

b/ was (and is) masqueraded with Plato–Aristotle doctrines

c/ through acceptance of theological–philosophical–social–political doctrines of Plato and Aristotle, has made its way into the Western theology, which now is known as the Aristotle–Aquinas political theology – the official doctrine of the papal church of Rome*18*

d/ transformed the sciences based upon the Aristotelian logic into the sciences of death, the false misleading constructions incapable to sustain decent life, development, sufficiency and prosperity of human societies as well as efficiency and effectiveness of other human establishments.

Indeed, the Christians and the heathens live in the different incompatible worlds. The contemporary heathens differentiate from their ancient predecessors only by appearances of the idols (different images of idols, for instance, idol of the state/leader of establishment instead of Moloch) and rites of idol–worship {e.g., cf. in: Acts 17:16–31; 1 John 3:9–15; Romans 1:14–31; 8:1–14; 1 Corinthians 1:18–31; 2:4–9; 3:11–21; 6:9–20; 10:20–21; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18; Galatians 4:1–10; 5:19–26; Ephesians 2:1–22; Colossians 2:6–23; 1 Thessalonians 4:1–12; 5:1–24; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–17; Leviticus 18:1–30; 19:1–37; 20:1–27; Deuteronomy 4:1–40; 7:1–26; 10:12–21; 11:16–17, 26–28; Isaiah 2:6–21; Hosea 4:1–19; 5:4}. Still, the world of the Christians and world of the heathens are not compatible, are not reconcilable, and are not overlapping:

 

for the Christians,

the actual foundation of the world is the law/will of God

and man is a being created in image and after likeness of God:

a being whose living soul is the breath of life breathed by God,

who is a human child of God given the authority to enter the life everlasting in the presence of God

for the heathens,

the actual foundation of the world is Orphism – the myths,

which identify the arch–serpent as the creator of the world and as the container of forms of all living beings,

among of which the beasts are superior creatures,

because they are physically stronger and they are closer to the nature of their source (the arch–serpent) than humans

a/ whose frail bodies and easily deceived mind make them the perfect kind of sacrificial victims*19*

b/ whose nature and whose establishments are assumed to be cognizable

and improvable through vivisection of animals

(for instance, introduced by Hippocrates – “father of medicine,” in IV B.C.)

and issuing studies of rodents, pigeons, other animals, birds, and insects

c/ whose bestial – yet still, held to be inferior in comparison with the deified beasts – nature

justifies mental and physical perversions as natural way of life,

explains wars and crimes, and elevates slavery at the rank of the universal order

for the Christians,

a/ the focus is God

b/ the nature of the world is the Divine Love and the natural way of life is observance of the commandments of God,

c/ the Absolute Good defines and evaluates the purposes, methods, and results of their actions

within the world of the material things

d/ the degree of evolution of the human mind is evaluated by the potency of creation of the good

(e.g., decent and healthy life of human beings and human societies)

and the fruits of the sciences through which insufficiency of any kinds can be prevented

for the heathens,

a/ the focus is the material things

b/ the natural way of life is evil, esp. deprivation of the others of the life–sustaining reserves,

and the nature of the world is struggle for the physical survival

c/ the Absolute Good is irrelevant because it has no place in the life of man–beast–offspring of the arch–serpent

d/ the political, social, and religious establishments sustained by the ethics–free sciences

are not capable to eliminate insufficiency and to prevent man–made crises and disasters;

moreover, they result in collapse of eco–systems and pollution of the earth,

increase suffering, and initiate degeneration of human nature and nature of other beings*20*

 

In conclusion, if the mind is focused on God, it receives the abilities to see the inner nature of things, therefore, it is empowered to protect own right on survival and to exercise freedom to follow God and to do the works of the Absolute Good defined as observance of the commandments/accomplishment of the will of God.

 

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Notes:

 

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

*2* See postings in Folder Archive_2012: The Nature of Man – Page 6_July_2012, The Law and the Future, Page 8_October_2012, The Words of One Shepherd – Page 9_November_December_2012.

*3* Concerning focusing on God, thinking of things of God – φρονεις τα του Θεου – Matthew 16:23, and accomplishment of the will of God, see postings in Folder Archive_2012: The Excellence and The Virtue and Survival – Page 6_July_2012, The Ultimate Purpose –Page 7_August_September_2012, The Law and the Future and The Repentance – Page 8_October_2012


*4* See postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Stumbling Ones – page 2_April_June_2010

The Destiny of Man – page 5_October_2010

The Power of Love – page 6_November_2010

Folder Archive_2011:

The Origin of Man – Page 1_January_March_2011

Folder Archive_2012:

The Ultimate Mercy – Page 7_August_September_2012

The Future and The Survival – Page 3_March_2012

*5* Concerning the breath of life, see postings:

Folder Archive_2012

The Future – Page 3_March_2012

The Force and The Ultimate Purpose – Page 7_August_September_2012

The End and the Beginning – Page 8_October_2012

The Breath of Life – Page 1_January_March_2010

Folder Archive_2011:
Lazarus – Page 2_April_May_2011

The Similarity and The Immortality – Page 6_November_December_2011


*6* The one can infer that the words of God refer to a human being as to the wholeness whose life is manifested at three levels:

1/ soul/spirit – the receiver of the divine energy {the breath of life given by God – Genesis 2:7} that sustains a unique form of life: a human being – within the world of derivatives of the divine creative energy of God, for instance, such as

energy–information that carries the codes of creation – the essence/nature of each of living beings according to its kind that constitute the world given into the dominion of man {Genesis 1}

and

energy–information–matter – the bodies of living beings – plants, birds, fishes, animals, etc.

2/ heart/mind – the center at which the divine creative energy of God is transformed into the human thoughts, which might be envisioned as the codes of the establishments that man is enabled to create within the world of the matter

3/ body/matter – the physical or perceivable arrangement of the material structures, whose abilities to exist/function/move/act are identified as strength: a human body–carrier of human spirit and intelligence/reasoning makes possible manifestations of the divine creative energy of God embodied into the thoughts, words, and deeds of man.

At all these three levels, God is the focus of a human being, and love to God is the condition of life, which manifests itself through

1/ physical existence resulting in development of the optimal potency to create the good and to alleviate insufficiency and suffering of the others. The meaning of optimum for a particular human being is determined by the past {the deeds of the ancestors – Exodus 20:5–6; 34:6–7; John 9:1–41} and the present (own thoughts, words, and deeds). The degree of development of the optimum and its final parameters could be determined through the abilities, the achieved purposes, conditions and circumstances of existence (the parameters of time–space–complexity points at which a human being has to live: to consume his time–range, to exercise his free will, to interact with the others, to use the resources allotted for his earthly existence, and so on). At this level, the faith of man manifests itself through his words and deeds {Matthew 7:1–27; 12:35–37; 25:31–46; John 14:12–15; James 1:21–25; 2:14–26; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John 3:16–18}

2/ understanding/reasoning that should result in abilities to discern the good and the evil and to choose the good, which would facilitate finding the road to God, into the everlasting life

3/ life of the human spirit devoted to God, which St. Peter the Apostle defines as a man of the hidden heart (the inner man) – the incorruptible quiet and meek spirit that is of great value before God, whom St. James the Apostle envisions as the firstfruit of creations of God born by the Word of Truth, and of whom St. John the Apostle and St. Paul the Apostle write as of spiritual man that carries the likeness of God from the Heavens – Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God {John 1:1–18; 3:13; James 1:18–25; 1 Peter 3:4; 1 John 3:1–2; 1 Corinthians 15:45–58}.

*7* See postings in Folder Archive_2008_2010: Unity and Division and The True Vine – Page 1_2008

*8* Concerning the Absolute Good, see the postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Wisdom – Page 1_2008

The Fire and The Completion – Page 4_2008–2009

The Evolution of Fear – Page 5_2009

Folder Archive_2012:

The Most Needed Things: Mercy – Page 1_January_2012

The Ultimate Purpose and The Ultimate Knowledge – Page 7_August_September_2012

The Law and the Future – Page 8_October 2012

The Fullness and The Gift of Completion – Page 9_November_December_2012

Folder Patterns: The Introduction – Page 1

*9* Concerning Plato–Aristotle social and political utopia, which introduced the “ideals of democracy,” which in fact are myths based on the concept of consummated philosopher–king, the main priorities of survival and protection of the slave–owning elite, and slavery as the universal order, see:

a/ works of Plato: Republic and Laws

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

c/ postings at this site:

Philosophy: the Beginning, Plato, and Aristotle, Folder Philosophy, Pages 1, 2, 3

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Knowledge and the Vision –Page 5_October_2010

Slavery – Page 7_2008–2009

The Nations – Page 8_2009

*10* Concerning the common good, see Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Philosophy, Page_7

Folder Archive_2012:

The Ultimate Justice – Page 2_February_2012

The Virtue and Survival – Page 6 _July_2012

*11* Concerning small/little souls, see postings

Works of Origen, Folder Philosophy, Page_5

The Ultimate Purpose – Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012

*12* See the postings:

Folder Archive_2011:

The Ignorant and Cursed – Page 6_November_Deceber_2011

Philosophy – Page 1_January_March_2011

Folder Archive_2012: The Ultimate Purpose – Page 7_August_September_2012

*13* See the postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Wrath – Page 1_January_March_2010

The Fruits – Page 2_April_June_2010

Folder Archive_2011:

The Survival – Page 1_January_March_2011

The Earth without the Foundation – Page 2_April_June_2011

Folder Archive_2012:

The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard, Page 5_May–June_2012

The Plundered People – Page 2_February_2012

The Remission of Sin – Page 3_March_2012

The Virtue and Survival – Page 6_July_2012

The Time of Destruction – Page 9_November_December_2012


*14* See

1/ Postings at this site: The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard – Folder Archive_2012, Page 5_May–June_2012

2/ Books investigating the main events in the history of mankind and especially, the current civilization, for instance, the Crusades, Inquisition, vice, corruption and scandals inseparable from the history of the papacy, crimes against humanity committed by the totalitarian states of the twentieth century, which embody the derivatives of the Plato–Aristotelian social–political–religious utopia known as ideologies of marxism–bolshevism–leninism–stalinism–fashism–nazism; for instance, the following:

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

Burman, Edward. The Inquisition: The Hammer of Heresy. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England: Aquarian Press, 1984.

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

Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: a Horizontal Linkage of Peoples and Events. Based on Werner Stein's KULTURFAHRPLAN. 3rd revised ed. New York: Simon & Schuster and Touchstone, 1991.

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

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.

New Catholic Encyclopedia. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America, 1967. 17 vols.

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).

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

Trager, James. The People’s Chronology: A Year–by–Year Record of Human Events from Prehistory to the Present. Rev. ed. A Henry Holt Reference Book. New York: Henry Holt, 1992.

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.

*15* See L’Aquila Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, Trial of Science, and Survival of Mankind Post #8 @ blog: Cyber Defense and Systems Logic (http: // cyberdefense–systems–logic. blogspot.com /)

 

*16* Concerning divination, see Divination – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page 4_September_2010.

Concerning modeling and other contemporary methods of forecasting, see

at this site:

Note 1 Concept of Mind, in posting The Deliverance, Folder Archive_2008–2010, Page 1_January_March_2010

Introduction to the Systems, Folder Systems

Books:

Bloomfield, Brian P. Modelling the World: the Social Constructions of Systems Analysts. Oxford, U.K., and New York: Basil Blackwell, 1986.

Savitsky, Alice A. The Invincible Empire. Washington, DC: The AEHESIA® Services, 2003(esp., subchapters: Epistemology and Symbolism – Chapter 1, Introductory Note – to Chapter 4, Sciences, New Image of Man, and the Vision of the Future – Chapter 8)

Blog: Cyber Defense and Systems Logic (http: // cyberdefense–systems–logic. blogspot.com /):

Post #7 Predictive Intelligence, Blame Games, Zen, and the Unknown Systems

and

Post #8 L’Aquila Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, Trial of Science, and Survival of Mankind.

*17* Concerning the Orphism (mythical serpentine theology that sustains theological–philosophical–political doctrines of Plato, Aristotle, and their followers) and some of its consequences see postings:

Folder Philosophy:

Philosophy: the Beginning (Subchapters: The Minoan Legacy, Egyptian Civilization, and The Orphic Doctrine) – Page 1

Philosophy: Plato – Page 2

Folder World & War – Ecumenism

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Heathenism Page 5_October_2010

The Mysteries – Page 7_2008–2009

The Logic of Death – Page_2_2008

Note 2 in posting The Broken and Humbled Heart – Page 1_ January–March_2010.

Folder Archive_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

*18* For instance,

1/ according to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas (http: //www. vatican.va /roman_curia/ pontifical_ academies/ san-tommaso/ pastmagisterium.html), the papal “Church underlined her preference for the doctrine of St Thomas, proclaiming that it is its own.” The popes staring with Leo XIII “recommended love for the study and teachings of St Thomas, to manifest the consonance of his doctrine with divine revelation”

[ref.: Paul VI APOSTOLIC LETTER LUMEN ECCLESIAE, with the references to the previous documents, e.g.,

Pius PP. XII, Discorso agli alunni dei Seminari dei Collegi e degli Istituti del clero secolare e regolare di Roma, 24 June 1939: AAS 31, 1939, p. 24

and

Pius PP. XII, Encycl. Humani Generis: AAS 42, 1950, p. 537]

2/ the pope Benedict XVI referred to works of Thomas Aquinas as to “monumental literary output: commentaries on the Sacred Scriptures and the works of Aristotle along with his masterpiece, the Summa Theologiae" [at general audience held in St. Peter's Square, VATICAN CITY, 2 June 2010, Vatican Information Service - English visnews _en @ mlists.vatican.va. 06.02.2010 - Twentieth Year - Num. 104].

Concerning the papal church of Rome, its official doctrine – Aristotle–Aquinas political theology, and its deeds see postings

Folder Philosophy:

Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas – Page_7

Folder Political Theology – all postings: Introduction to Political Theology, The “Hierarchical Church,and The Church Militants

Folder World and war – Ecumenism

*19* Human sacrifices are the common rite of worship of all heathen cults and religions based on the Orphism and its derivatives.

*20* See postings

At this site:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

The Nations – Page_8_2009

The Knowledge and the Vision – Page 5_October_2010

Folder Patterns: Introduction – Page_1

Blog: Cyber Defense and Systems Logic (http: // cyberdefense–systems–logic. blogspot.com /)

Post #8 – L’Aquila Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, Trial of Science, and Survival of Mankind

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