Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

3_April_2013

The Shift

The Creation and the Renewal

The Light

The Lazarus’ Story

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142. Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Shift

 

…you set aside commandment of God so that you may keep your tradition…

…making void the word of God by the tradition you delivered…

{Mark 7:9, 13}

 

The Pharisees came to the Lord asking why His disciples take bread with unwashed (that is unclean) hands and why they do not observe the norms set by the elders. The Pharisees pursue the apparent, manifest purity (anyway, there is no much sense in ritual washings, which the Pharisees performed during the public gatherings). In response, the Lord God Who established the law {John 5:45–47; 10:30} including rituals of hygiene and especially, the rite for the Levites – His chosen priests {for whom it also was forbidden to touch people and bodies of deceased that is unclean and disintegrating things – e.g., Exodus 40:30–32; Leviticus 21:1–4, 10–11} speaks of the Pharisees who insist on observing the rituals as of hypocrites. He tells that they put themselves at the place of Moses and substitute commandments of men for the commandments of God, yet, in vain they worship Him teaching the doctrines of men {Matthew 15:1–20; Mark 7:5–13}.

So, seemingly, there is a controversy: the law was given by God, yet, He rebukes the people who apparently attempt to observe the law {referring to it as to the “tradition of the elders” – Mark 7:1–5}. Furthermore, He refers to the Pharisees*1* and to those who maintain appearance of the righteousness {Matthew 23:1–35; Mark 7:6–13; Luke 7:29–35; 16:13–17; John 8:37–45} as to the ones

- who set themselves on the seat of Moses and assumed the rights to make the laws, which void the commandments of God, while apparently honor them, and who put at the place of the commandments of God own ruthless yet profitable for them assertions {e.g., Mark 7:9–13}

- who malformed the laws making it the burden for the people while themselves do not observe them

- who make a proselyte twofold more son of the hell than they are (obviously, spreading heresy and hypocrisy – the false religion under the name of teachings of God)

- who attempt to teach and to lead His people while they are the blind leaders who push the people into the pit of destruction

- who are “Serpents! Offspring of vipers!” {also in: Matthew 3:7–12}– that is the sons of the arch–evil {cf.: John 8:37–44}

- who are the plant, which was not planted by God and which therefore, will be rooted out.

So, what the Pharisees have done to deserve such evaluation (in fact, death sentence) from God?

God sees not as the people look: He looks at the inner man – human soul–heart–mind {1 Kings 16:7; Psalm 93(94):11; 138(139):1–18}. The words of Lord God Jesus Christ expose the inner shift within the human heart, which resulted in transformation {Matthew 22:16; 23:1–37; Mark 3:6; 11:15–18; John 11:47–53; 12:10–11}

 

the ruling and learned elite – those referred in different texts of the Gospels

as the scribes, the chief–priests, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Herodians (Hellenizing Jews)

into

the “Serpents! Offspring of vipers!”

and the whitewashed tombs

outwardly clean, yet full with dead bones and uncleanness within

the chief–priests

into

the conspirators who decided to murder God,

even along with Lazarus whom He resurrected from death

the people of God

into

the mob of enemies of God who later would reject Him as their King and Master

and confess their loyalty to the Caesar – conqueror of Judea

{John 19:4–21}.

 

In fact, the Pharisees and those who followed the religious rituals and asserted themselves as the model of righteousness for the people became the enemies of God – the offspring of the arch–evil incapable to tolerate the presence of God. They are not able to hear, to perceive, and to comprehend the words of God, so, they seek to murder His Son, the Word–God, as they murdered His messengers – the prophets {Matthew 21:33–46; 23:29–37; Mark 12:1–12; John 8:37–44}. They are the evil and adulterous generation who has no place for the Word–God in their heart – the enemies and apostates similar to their ancestors {e.g., in: Matthew 23:29–35; Isaiah 1:1–7, 21; 2:5–6; 5:1–7; Jeremiah 3:6–10; Malachi 2:1–12}.

The words of God allow comprehension of the nature and consequences of the inner shift, which took place in the heart–mind and resulted in transformation of the creations of God into the enemies of God incapable to recognize the Creator by the works and miracles He has done {cf.: John 8:37–44; 11:39–53; 12:37–43; Matthew 23:33–35; Luke 7:19–23}. The essence of shift is re–focusing:

 

from the focus on God

(that is observance of the first main commandment)*2*,

accomplishment of His will

to

the focus on the worldly wealth (mammon) – riches of material things,

status, public recognition, arrogance of ignorance and contempt to the others,

that is the idol–worship, because the pursuit of worldly wealth took the place of service to God

{Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13–15}

from the focus on inner righteousness and purity

that should distinguish the holy nation of priests of the Almighty God

to

the focus on the maintaining the façade – appearance of righteousness,

that is hypocrisy and deceit.

 

Such re–focusing results in transformation of

the servants of God led by the prophets

into

the enemies of God who murder His prophets – to the ones who are not of God.

 

The features of the new reality, which the shift initiates, include

 

substitution of arch–evil

for God

substitution of figments of the human corrupted imagination

for the law of God

substitution of hypocrisy, deceit, and lies

for righteousness, wisdom, and truth

substitution of the doctrines and rules invented by men

for the laws of God

substitution of the ones who became enemies of God

(although initially they were the part of the chosen people)

for the nation of the priests of God.

 

In fact, this shift reveals the same pattern of the original sin committed by our ancestors in the Garden of Delight and then, repeated many times through the history of mankind. For instance,

1/ Eve and Adam rejected the truth – words of God and accepted the lies – words of the serpent as the truth {Genesis 3}.

Then, expulsion from the Paradise and death followed.

2/ The chosen people rejected God as their King and the only Ruler and Master and Protector and decided to be as all other nations ruled by kings – mortal men; subsequently, along with their kings, they became disobedient to God committing therefore, the grave sin similar to the sorcery and idol–worship {1 Kings 8:6–22; 10:18–19; 12:1–25; 15:22–23, 26}.

Then, collapse of the worldly kingdom, destruction of the first temple, and slavery to the conquerors (e.g., Babylon, Rome) followed.

3/ Along with the corrupted kings, priests, and prophets, the chosen people relapsed into the heathenism, accepted cults of the surrounding nations*3*, became the idol–worshipers and slaves of sin, failed to recognize the Messiah, and completed their history by rejection of Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God sent to deliver them from slavery of the evil.

Then, destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, expulsion from Jerusalem, dispersion in the lands controlled by the Roman Empire, and centuries of the terrifying persecution and unspeakable crimes against those who have been chosen to be the holy nation of the priests of the Almighty God followed, fulfilling the prophecies {e.g., Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30; 1 Kings 12:13–25; Isaiah 65:1–16; Hosea; Ezekiel}.

This shift became possible and was accomplished because of secretly accepted “strange teachings” of the heathens by those who continued to present themselves as the followers of God. In the distant past of the chosen nation, some people from the religious and political elite assumed that the apparent observance of the rituals can deceive God and that diviners are able to know the Future {e.g., 3 Kings 14:1–18; 4 Kings 1:2–17; Isaiah 2:6–8; 8:19; 59:4–14; Jeremiah 11:9–13; 16:11–13; 23:31–32; Hosea 4:12–13}. It was the worst kind of heresy {e.g., Psalm 93(94):1–11; Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Malachi 3:13–18}, which began to proliferate because of acceptance of the heathen theological doctrines and philosophy*4*. This heresy flourished after the Babylonian captivity and culminated in rejection of Lord God Jesus Christ – the Word–God.

The reason why this heresy spread all over the Promised land was an inability to comprehend the actuality: each being is a creation of the Almighty All–knowing God and therefore, God the Creator knows each thought, word, and action before his creation contemplates and accomplishes them {Psalm 138(139)}.

The Holy Scriptures reveal the reason why the people who became idol–worshipers are not able to exercise the natural potency of reasoning and are deprived of an ability of complete comprehension of the actuality. The idol–worshipers are unclean – the abomination to God; they become similar to their idols whom they make; they have ears but do not hear, they have eyes but cannot see, and so on {Psalm 13(14)1–3; 105(106):19–43; 113(114):4–8; Isaiah 6:8–10; John 12:37–41}. Likewise, they have heads but no ability of the unclouded and justified judgment, so they do not turn to God to be healed. They forget the basics of the human cosmos: man is created in the image and after likeness of God, and man is not able to exist without God. Even if man rejects true God, he still, seeks the substitute for God. The truth is that there is only One true God; if man rejects Him, there is nobody else, there is no life, there is no evolution, there is no Absolute Good, there is no hope on any good neither in the present nor in the future. Consequently, if man elevates at the place of God figments of own imagination – idols, man becomes the likeness of the idols that he chose or found or had been persuaded to accept.

The moment of rejection of God is the point when the downward spiral of degeneration starts and the mind enters the reality of disintegration, in comparison with which the Dante’s Inferno is happy fairy tale.

Inner rejection of God and acceptance of the heathenism accompanied with maintenance of outward rituals of the true religion seems to be irrational heresy for the people whose ancestors lived through the reality of exodus from Egypt and deliverance from slavery – physical and spiritual, who witnessed the miracles created by God {Exodus}, who lived in the Promised Land guarded by God, who knew the psalms written by David their prophet and king, and who were guided by the messengers of God – the prophets.

Yet, the reality is that at the same very moment when the human heart–mind of the chosen one loses its focus on God and admits a possibility of existence of other powers and other sources of knowledge of life, there is no more the chosen one. As the Holy Bible reveals, some of those who were initially the chosen ones became as the plants not planted by God: they made themselves the sons of the arch–evil {Matthew 15:13; John 8:31–44}, the living dead, pieces of earth arranged for a short time to consume, to reproduce, and to disintegrate returning into the dust.

This history is the warning to all those living today, because it describes the deadly disorder, which might be envisioned as leprosy of the human mind: it debilitates the reasoning of mind like leprosy debilitates the nerves of body cutting energy circulation and transforming still living breathing human body into the disintegrating flesh. This deadly disease of the mind develops following rejection of God and re–focusing on the world of the material things; it transforms man into the likeness of idols he worships.

As it could be inferred from the history, the downward spiral of disintegration/death has the following stages:

 

un–focusing on God

loss of God

search for other gods in attempt to survive

creation of idols/false gods

transformation into similarity to the idols

death.

 

 

And I think that the summary of the inferences, which the one could make from the referred above texts of the Gospels concerning purity–obsessed Pharisees, could come to the following (A through C).

A/ The actual problem is not apparent disregard of the hygiene, which definitely is life–maintaining routine in the land with hot climate, scarce reserves of water, and poverty of the majority of the population. The actual problem is inner disregard of the law of God, and rejection of God – the process through which the heathenism crawled into the hearts and minds during the centuries. The process of slow poisoning of the minds with knowledge of “other gods” – the Orphism and other doctrines that sustained the cults of the heathen nations surrounding Israel {the knowledge referred in the Holy Scriptures as lethal poison of asp and viper – e.g., Psalm 90(91):13; 139(140):3; Isaiah 59:2–5} and the consequent substitution of the doctrines of men for the law of God culminated in transformation of the chosen ones into the sons of the arch–evil {in: Matthew 15:1–20; Mark 7:5–13; John 8:37–44; 1 John 3:8–10}.

This process made possible absolute denial of God, assassination of His messengers – the prophets, and finally, crucifixion of Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God: those who were the chosen people set free by God, by their own free will became the slaves of the evil – the plundered people, the food of death, and possession of the rage allotted for destruction.

B/ The process of un–focusing on God, rejection of His commandments, and consequent disregard to the law of God initiate collapse – the reality of evolution is transformed into the reality of degeneration:

 

the people become susceptible to heresies and deceit

the people begin to follow laws of men, which void or contradict the law of God

violations of the law of God become the daily actuality and manner of life

those who were the chosen ones perish in the fire of their iniquities

{Isaiah 9:18–19}

that what left is the broken cavities incapable to keep the living water

{Isaiah 30:9–14; Jeremiah 2:13–20},

the barren and cursed by God tree, the withered branches cut from the True Vine

{Mark 11:12–14, 20–21; John 15:5–6}.

 

C/ The shift/un–focusing on God can be envisioned as the process that initiates transformation of man created into the image and after likeness of God into the similarity of the idols, which man imagines, manufactures, and worships. Then, man–creator becomes the likeness of his creations to which he worships: he loses the power to perceive and to comprehend the actuality.

Indeed, if God compares His creations with the plant {Matthew 15:13; Luke 13:6–9; Isaiah 5:7}, the one can infer that a human being needs the divine life–sustaining energy of God as the plant needs the energy from the sun and water from the skies. The Christians can find in Gospels the explanation what happens in the moment of rejection of God: the mind cuts itself from the life–sustaining divine energy and life–giving water of the eternity given by the Holy Spirit and through the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ; without energy and power issuing from God, it becomes as withered branch capable of nothing and suitable only for annihilation in fire {John 3:5; 4:10–14; 7:37–39; 14:15–17, 26; 15:5–6; Revelation 22:1}*5*.

Figuratively speaking, the mind that rejected God, commits iniquities, and lives by figments of imagination (such as faith in the idols) consumes itself {e.g., in: Isaiah 9:8–20; 10:1–4}.

So, what makes

one mind susceptible to heresies, therefore, able to actualize the pattern of shift – from God to the arch–evil

and

another mind incapable of acceptance heresies and betrayal of God?

 

The answer can be found in the knowledge of the natural foundation of life–world–universe: the law of God. In particular, observance of the first main commandment*6* protects the human mind from heresies and consequent transformation into the offspring of the arch–evil. If man loses his focus*7* on God and becomes unable to love God with all soul, all heart, all mind, all power, he casts himself into the reality of degeneration, from which is the only exit:

 

in this life – slavery of sin and death of reason

after physical death – the eternal separation from God.

 

 

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Notes:

 

*1* The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard – Folder Archive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012.

*2* See postings:

The Focus, Folder 2013, Page 2_March_2013, and The Excellence, Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012

 

*3* See postings:

The Ancient Kings, Folder Archive, Page_8_2009, and The Vineyard – Folder Archive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012.

*3* Concerning the Orphism, see postings:

Folder Philosophy:

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

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

 

*4* See posting Works of Philo of Alexandria, Folder Philosophy, Page_4

 

*5* The Water – Folder Archive_2012, Page 1_January_2012

 

*6* See postings in Folder The Foundation: The Ten Commandments and The Road to God, Pages 1 and 5

*7* The Focus, Folder 2013, Page 2_March_2013.

 

 

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143. Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Creation and the Renewal 

 

…All wait upon Thee to give them food in due season.

When Thou hast given them, they will gather; and when Thou open Thy hand, they shall all be filled with good…

…Thou shall send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created; and Thou shall renew the face of the earth…

{Psalm 103(104):28, 30}

 

 

The Psalm of David {Psalm 103(104)} is the hymn to the greatness and excellence and majesty and might and power of God Who is the Creator and the Absolute Master of His creations. Through works and creations of God, the ways to accomplish His will, interconnections among the living beings, and the features and elements of the reality in which they exist, David the prophet perceives the excellence of God and comprehends the foundations of human cosmos – the world given into the dominion of man. For him, God is the Absolute of glory and power and might: everything serves Him and accomplishes His will – from the light to envelope the presence of God to the spirits and flaming fire, His servants. David also sees God as the Good and Caring Master of the household Who established the dwelling (world) for myriads of the living ones and meticulously arranged each living being with everything needed to evolve, to grow, and to reach the optimal – the maximum good – for which it was created.

The Psalm of David evokes the magnificent images of Genesis in which Moses describes the works of God the Creator and the foundations of the world allotted for the dominion of man {Genesis 1; 2}. Moses speaks of the works of God

a/ as of the Creator Who makes seeds to grow and to evolve into the plants and trees transforming the divine energy issuing from God into the life–supporting energy for sustaining other living creatures of the evolving reality*1* and transferring it to the ones whose development depends on it

b/ as of the Gardener Who planted the Garden of Delight for accommodation of man and put him in charge for it: to toil and to keep it

c/ as of the Benevolent and Good Master Who provides His creations with everything needed for life, growth, development, and actualizing their potency to participate in the overall harmony of the good world.

Everything in the world created by God lives by the omnipotent power and energy of the Holy Spirit, according to His Law, and for accomplishment of His will.

The human soul–heart–mind perceives manifestation of the Holy and Omnipotent Spirit as life–giving Love, which is the source of the Absolute Good and of the cohesive power that sustains wholeness, therefore life, of the world. Everything good perceivable by man is the embodiment or manifestation or actualization of the life–sustaining energy, omnipotent power, and the universal law – the Love of God {Matthew 5:17–18; 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–33; John 3:16–18; 10:30; 12:44–50; 17:20–26; 1 John 4:16} – the power that maintains the wholeness–harmony of the beautiful world, in which man lives enveloped by the Love of God and under protection of God as a child lives enveloped by love and under protection of his father.

The human cosmos might be also seen as the reality, in which just one phase of just one of the limitless diversities of life evolves*2* and is tested: the structured temporal matter–carrier of the immortal human spirit created in the image and after likeness of God.

When Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, speaks of God the Father, He refers to Him as to The One Who prunes the True Vine, cleaning the fruit–bearing branches – the followers of Jesus Christ {John 15:1–5}. The Word–God also teaches the parable of The One sowing good seed – the Word, and warns that any plant not planted by God the Father, will be rooted out {Matthew 13:1–43; 15:12–14; Mark 4:1–32; Luke 8:4–15}.

Therefore, the Gospels continue to convey the perception of God the Creator similar to the Moses’ perception written down in Genesis. Yet, there is the difference: the new framework of creation is not the depths and waters over which the Spirit of God moved in the beginning {Genesis 1:1–2}. The new world of man is built upon the Word–God – the Glory and Law and Might and Wisdom that issue from the Almighty God the Father. The man of the new world is a new being born by the Holy Spirit, the firstfruit of new creations, which, although has to pass through death – the only exit from the temporal world of the material things, is destined for the eternity in the presence of God {cf.: Mark 12:10–11; 12:18, 24–27; John 1:1–14; 3:3–7, 16–17, 35–36; 5:17; 11:25–26; 12:23–26; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2:1–9; 1 Corinthians 3:10–13; 15:35–57; Galatians 1:3–4; 4:8–10; 6:7–8; Ephesians 1:3–10, 13–22; Revelation 21:1–7}.

So, the Holy Scriptures reveal the difference between two worlds: the God–focused evolving world of the first two chapters of Genesis (the world before the original sin) and the world, in which the Gospels were given.

The world of Genesis is the wholeness–harmony of the cosmos created and kept by God the Creator: the world that is closed for the cognition of the evil, because it lives by its Almighty Creator and its center – man – carries the breath of life breathed by God.

The world, which has cognized the evil and which is ready to crucify its Creator {John 10:30; 19:14–15}, has a possibility to grow and to sustain the bad plants not planted by God; moreover, it is given the ability to deny God, yet, to continue its existence within some time–space range, as the temporal reality of degeneration, collapse, and disintegration – the world controlled by the evil {2 Peter 3:7–14}, and not as the eternal evolving reality of wholeness–harmony sustained by the Spirit of God.

Existence of this world controlled by the evil is limited: it is left by God {John 16:28} and it will last until the purposes of God are accomplished. Only God the Father knows when καιρος*3* of this world comes {Matthew 24:1–44; Genesis 6:12–14}, when

 

the evil reaches its overall potency of extermination of life

the evil consumes all reserves of the life–sustaining energy allotted by God to the world,

in which the human quest for knowledge of the evil must be completed

human beings with the nature perverted by the denial of God and by the service to the evil

become incapable to keep the breath of life breathed by God.

 

The difference between these two worlds is defined by knowledge of the good and the evil, and it explains the mission of the Word–God – the Son of God sent to deliver His creations from the overwhelming burden of knowledge of the evil. This act of ultimate mercy of God {John 1:29–36; 3:14–17} was foreseen by many prophets of the Old Testament.

For instance,

– Isaiah sees it as giving of the new light {creation of the first world also began with creation of the light – Genesis 1:1–3}, as creation of the new world, whose inhabitants evoke the memory of the inhabitants of the first world – the world that was embodiment of the Absolute Good of God, as creation of new people who will carry Another Name {Isaiah 43:18–21; 56:6–8; 60:1–2; 65:15–25; Genesis 1; 2; John 1:1–4; 9:5; 12:44–50}

Malachi sees it as the act of melting and purification by the Fire similar to purification of gold {Malachi 3:1–3; Luke 12:49}

– in the psalm of David, it is written: Thou shall send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created; and Thou shall renew the face of the earth {Psalm 103(104):30}: David predicts re–creation of the world by the Holy Spirit.

Indeed, Lord God Jesus Christ tells that He came to cast the Fire upon the earth: man is earth, and the Fire is God – the Almighty Omnipotent Spirit {John 1:12–13; 3:3–7; 14:15–26; 16:13–15; Luke 12:49; John 4:24; Acts 1:1–9; 2:1–4; Genesis 3:20; Deuteronomy 4:24; Jeremiah 23:29; Hebrews 12:29}. At the moment when Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God died on the cross fulfilling the ancient prophecies {John 19:28–30}, the Word–God created a new being empowered to become the human child of God through the Word–God (Who becomes the στερεωμα of His new creation*4*) and by the Holy Spirit – the Fire by Whom the new creation comes into being, exists, and enters the eternity in the presence of God.

And I think: what is the meaning of crucifixion, why the Christianity had to begin with so agonizing and horrifying death of the Son of God?  

Probably, the answer can be found in one of the laws – derivatives of the universal law/the will of God, which forms the foundations of the human cosmos:

 

in the way into the eternity with God, nothing can be left unclear, unclean,

unfulfilled, uncognized, incomplete

everything – the good as well as the evil – must reach its culmination:

the allotted level of complexity ( the good – life everlasting)

as well as the ultimate disintegration – dissolution into the elements

(the evil – death as return to the dust, from which man was taken).

 

 

For instance, what is the essence of death by crucifixion?

The Phoenicians transformed themselves into the ultimate embodiment of the evil and their civilization into the ultimate realm of spiritual, moral, and physical degeneration. They invented execution by crucifixion as the ultimate denial of the power of God. Crucifixion results in death from slow suffocation, which extinguishes the breath of life {the energy form breathed by God into the face of man formed of dust – Genesis 2:7} in  man–creation of God, reducing a human being*5* to the assemblage of disintegrating flesh/matter lifted up at the tree of death.

Seemingly the Phoenicians (the cursed people, the descendents of the cursed son of Noah’s son who committed grave sin against his father*6*), believed that with the act of crucifixion, they accomplish two tasks: execution of a human being, and triumph of their deity – arch–evil/death, embodied in the image of bull–headed idol in the belly/oven of which they burned their victims.

Their hatred to God and its consequence – their evil – was so complete and so overwhelming, that even memory of them was erased from the history of human thought, and the essence of their theological and philosophical doctrines is closed for those who must accomplish their own way of cognition of the good and the evil.

Still, at the some points of its evolution, the mind has to decipher some embodiments of the ancient evil, so it would

 

understand that there is no other way to life besides the Only Way and Truth and Life and Light of man

{John 14:6; 1 Peter 2:1–9}

cease the works of the evil

turn to the good and accomplish the works of the good

be prepared for the next phase of existence, in which the evil and death and time and realities of disintegration

(therefore suffering, unfulfilled dreams, inabilities, limits)

are no more

{Revelation 21:1–5}.

 

Hence, crucifixion is the ultimate embodiment of the evil; the very idea of it is the lowest point of disintegration or humanity reached by the cursed perverted mind that cultivates hatred to God and serves the enemy of man {in: John 8:37–44}. Also, there is something more: cross is the culmination point of human cognition of the evil/death and the complete embodiment of the logic of death – collapse of the matter deprived of the energy given by God.

Only the power of God could undo the slavery to the evil, which man assumed as the way of existence.

At the moment of death of the crucified body of the Son of God, the Almighty Word–God exterminated the power of the evil over all men who want to live {Lord Jesus Christ already manifested the Omnipotent Power of God through resurrection of Lazarus, on whom the Glory of God had to be revealed – John 11:1–44}, and the human nature was reconciled with the will of God {Ephesians 2:14–22}. It was re–created into the seed–recipient of the Holy Spirit, into the carrier of the everlasting life in the Kingdom of God, because the Absolute Good annihilated the ultimate power of the evil – death – over man. Since, only by own free choice man is able to become the slave – the slave of own sin and the slave of the others through whom the arch–evil claims its property {John 8:37–44; 1 John 3:8–15; 1 Corinthians 7:23}.

The crucifixion of the Son of God began the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy {Thou shall send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created; and Thou shall renew the face of the earth – Psalm 103(104):27–30}, because the human being was re–created into the being capable to become the carrier of the Kingdom of God and the immortal child of God {Luke 10:22–24; 17:20–21; John 1:12–14; 17; 1 John 3:1–2; Ephesians 2:13–22; Revelation 21; 22}.

Since, the Phoenician meaning of crucifixion, through which the cursed people celebrated the ultimate triumph of the arch–evil, was reduced to the physical death – the death only of a body. Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, became the Victor in the war with the arch–evil and set free all those who, before His coming, were the lost sheep imprisoned in the cave of death, yet, who recognized the Shepherd and the Master and the Savior and who, through Lord Jesus Christ – the Son of God and the Savior, began their battle and their road into the house of God the Father {John 10:1–30; 14:1–28; 16:33; 1 John 5:1–12; Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–5}.

Three weeks separate the Christians from the Feast of Feasts – Αγιον Πασχα, the Holy Pascha – celebration of the blessed day of resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Let these days be filled with reflection on the Past, Present, and Future (firstly, what is the way taken by the one: what he has done in his Past, what he is doing in his Present, and to where he will come in his Future), with love to God, with the incessant thanksgiving for His mercy and love, and with the works of charity, love, and mercy, through which the one could complete his way into the life everlasting that has been opened for the many through the death of The One…

 

 

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Notes:

 

*1* The world described in the first and second chapters of Genesis was the evolving reality, because all living creatures received the blessing of God to evolve: they had to increase and multiply and fill their sphere {αυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατεGenesis 1:22}. In addition to the blessing to evolve (to increase and multiply and fill the earth), man was given the purposes to subdue and to dominate the world filled with the all living creatures {Genesis 2:28}.

The traditional translation of Greek text “αυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατε – Genesis 1:22, 28 – is “Increase and multiply and fill.”

However, the overall meaning of this logical block is much more complicated: it means to evolve, to accomplish/fulfill, to be complete:

in the word αυξανεσθε  – ξα - ( and modified ξη/ξε)  – is the root for words denoting development, growth, and evolution (lit. and fig.) as in

 

αυξανω – to grow, enlarge, increase

εξελιξη – evolution

 

the word πληρωσατε is the derivative of primary verb πλεω  – to fulfill, to accomplish, to make full, and then, πληρης – complete, full.

 

Therefore, God’s blessing – αυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατε - defines the purposes of man as his own evolution (definitely, development as increase may not be only about physical parameters; multiplication and making all full/complete – that is reaching the higher level of development/complexity at which the full potency can be exercised), within the evolving world (whose inhabitants received the same commandment, therefore, the world itself should be capable of development necessary to sustain evolution of all its inhabitants), maintenance of the evolution of the world accommodating his existence, and reaching the completion.

Consequently, the one can infer that man of the first two chapters of Genesis had three interconnected purposes:

 

to evolve himself, to become complete within the evolving world

to dominate the evolving world

to maintain evolution of the evolving world.

 

 

*2* See The First Word of Human Wisdom, Folder 2013, Page 1_January_February_2013.

 

 

*3* Concerning καιρος, see postings: The Completion, Folder Archive_2008–2010, Page_4_2008–2009, and Pattern #5, Folder Patterns & Questions, Page 3.

 

                *4* Concerning στερεωμα, see

1/ Psalm 17(18):1–2: Αγαπησω Σε, Κυριε ισχυς μου. Κυριος στερεωμα μου, και καταφυγη μου, και Ρυστης μου

{I love Thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my firmament, and my refuge, and my Deliverer – Psalm 17(18):1–2}

2/ postings at this site:

Folder 2013, Page 1_January_February_2013

The First Word of Human Wisdom (esp. Note 1.3)

 

Folder Archive_2012:

The Foreknowledge, Page February_2012

 

Folder Patterns:

Patterns #8 and #11, Page 3_2010_2011

 

*5*  See posting in Folder Patterns & Questions, Page 1: #1. The original human nature @ the moment of creation.

 

*6* The remnants of knowledge of the Phoenician civilization allow conclusion that religion, philosophy, and establishments of the Phoenicians were embodiments of their utter denial of God, their hatred to Him, rejection of His laws that identify the human nature, intentional disregard of moral, ethics, and morals, and therefore, rejection of the very life.

The Phoenicians not only accepted idols; they worshiped them by murder (sacrifice) of living creatures, including own children {e.g., Psalm 105(106):34–42}, especially, the first–born sons. They sold virginity of their daughters forcing them to have their first–born children as children of fornication; then, they sacrificed (put to death) their first–born children to the idols losing with them the power and strength of the nation.

Their preferred method of execution (besides sacrifice to the idols) was crucifixion – the agonizing death, when life slowly leaves each sell of human body fixed and incapable to move, while the mind has to come through all stages of the utter despair and excruciating pain.

They lived by corruption, deceit, and greed; they were most shrewd thieves and slave traders; they sold and bought public offices, paid and accepted bribes (could be their practices the source of inspiration for current political lobbying?) – the innovation for which their Roman counterparts were put to death.

They forced their immorality onto all their neighbors, trade partners, and those who lived in the lands, which they penetrated and assimilated.

Their deeds (preserved in the scarce and negative references in the Holy Scriptures and survived fragments of writings of their contemporaries), their religion of the ultimate evil, and their inferno – the fruit of their imagination – reveal the life of their mind as the ultimate denial of light and reason.

For instance, they believed that their souls are doomed to the eternal fog, in which they shall be immersed – incapable of any perception, not knowing path, not entitled to any hope, not expecting mercy of God, unable to find the path to the light. The Phoenicians could be seen as the ultimate degenerates formed by the ultimate evil; even their souls in their inferno are similar to vision of the idol–worshipers conveyed by the Holy Scriptures: the likeness of their idols incapable of any human perception {Psalm 105(106):34–39; 113(114):4–8; Isaiah 6:8–10}.

Concerning the Phoenicians at this site, see postings:

Philosophy: the Beginning, folder Philosophy, Page_1

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

                        True Vine and Wisdom – Page_1_2008

                        The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

                        The Heathenism – October_2010

       

 

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 144. Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Light 

 

…I am the Light of the world…

{John 9:5}

…Thou, O Lord, will light my lamp;

my God, Thou will lighten my darkness…

{Psalm 17(18):29}

 

 

Creation of the world began with coming of the light {Genesis 1:1–5}.

The time spent by the chosen people in the heathen Egypt was the time of slavery, darkness, and the shadow of death, because the people were disobedient to God and did not accomplish His will {Psalm 106:10–14}. Definitely, the word darkness refers to the inner condition of human mind, not physical deprivation of light: Egypt was the land under the blazing sun; the darkness was in the heart–mind, which did not comply with the will of God.

David the prophet writes that God lights his lamp and lightens his darkness {Psalm 17(18):29}. David was one of the most loyal and loving servants of God among the kings of the ancient Israel; therefore, the darkness of which he mentions, could be the consequence of the original sin: insufficient knowledge of God. Although the Old Testament prophets spoke by the Holy Spirit, still, the completeness of knowledge of God – that is the eternal life of man – was opened only with coming of the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ {John 17:3, 4, 6–8; 14:15–17, 26; 16:13–15}.

David the prophet also perceives God as the Lord of the hosts and as the Giver of grace and glory {Psalm 83(84)}.

In the Psalm, which is the plea for the life and especially, for the life of reason, the one implores God to illuminate him with the light of His presence and to teach him His ordinances; he compares the law of God to the lamp and to the light to his paths  {Psalm 118(119):105, 135}.  Solomon the son of David and king in Jerusalem also compares the commandment with the lamp, and teachings of God with the light and way to life {Proverbs 6:23}.

Isaiah the prophet {Isaiah 9:2; 42:16; 60:1–3} foresees that

– the people, who walk in the darkness and live in the shadow of death, shall see the Great Light

– while all the nations stay in the darkness, the Light shines over Jerusalem

– all the nations come to the Light shining over the Holy Land

– God will transform the darkness of the blind ones into the light and He will lead them by the unknown straight paths.

Lord God Jesus Christ teaches that the one who does not believe in God avoids the light: his deeds are the deeds of the evil, and he goes into the darkness {John 3:19–21; 1 John 1:5–7}. Therefore, the good, righteousness and the light are the features of the same reality; lawlessness is the way of darkness on which the evil–doers are not able to foresee how they stumble {in: Proverbs 4:18–19}.

Before creation of the eyes of man who was born blind, Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, speaks of Himself as of the Light of the world, and of His followers as of those who have the light of life – they will not walk in the darkness.  God is the Light of the world, and there is no darkness in Him: the presence of God is the day when it is possible to work – He is the Light of the world; in the night/darkness, without God, it is not possible to create {John 8:12; 9:4–7; 15:4–6; 1 John 1:5}.

St. John the Apostle writes of Lord God Jesus Christ as of the Light in Whom is the life of men. Creation of a new human being – the child of God born of the Spirit of God – began with acceptance of the Word–God, the Light, Who is the Life of man, Who illuminates each man coming into the world, and Who ignites the Light of the Kingdom of God within man {Matthew 5:14–16; Luke 12:49; 17:20–21; John 1:1–5, 9}.

St. James the Apostle writes of God as of the Father of lights {James 1:17}.

St. Peter the Apostle {1 Peter 2:3–10} tells of the people of God called out of the darkness into the marvelous light of God to speak of the excellence and perfections of God; they are the people pitied by God, on whom the mercy and love of God are accomplished, who are taken into the possession of God.

The Holy Scriptures refer to the Word–God, Who is the Glory and Wisdom of God the Father, as to the Light of the world, the Beginning and the End, and The One Who creates all anew. The New City of God does not need the sun and the moon, because God is the Light and the Glory of this new world, in which man shall live in the presence of God {in: John 1:1–3; 10:30; 17:1–5; Revelation 1:8–18; 21:1–6, 22–23; Exodus 33:18–22; Isaiah 6:1–3; Proverbs 3:13–20; 8:12–36; Wisdom}.

In summary, the Holy Scriptures are all about the Light. When the messengers of God – the prophets and the apostles – convey knowledge granted by God to the people, they

– implore God to send the Light to deliver from the darkness and shadow of death those who rely on God

– envision way to God, Who is the Source of the Light, as the increase of the powers (evolution)

– describe the presence of the Light as illumination and life of man, while inability to perceive the reality because of idol–worship and hypocrisy are linked with the darkness {e.g., the Pharisees – the offspring of the vipers – are the fools and blind leaders of the blind who lead the blind ones into the pit – Matthew 15:14; 23:13–37}

– refer to the Word–God as to the Light that is the life of man {John 1:1–4}.

What, then, is the light? Why the light is the beginning? Why the one should always implore God to illuminate him with the Light of His presence?

The light and the life are inseparable: they are the features of the perfect wholeness created by God. The referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures reveal particular features of the Light, and each of them can be read at the different levels of complexity, such as man, the human mind, the cosmos, the earth, the creations (establishments of men).

In particular, in the contemporary terms, David’s perception of God {Psalm 17; 83} describes

1/ evolution as the increase of power up to the optimal according to the human nature: those who rely on God evolve and reach the zenith, the culmination of their nature: coming into the presence of God

2/ connection between the light and the power

3/ unity of the power, light, and protection of God with the conditions defined as grace and glory {Psalm 83:11; also in: John 1:16–17}, which, in application to human nature, direct to comprehension of the optimal state of the soul–heart–mind*1*. The mind receives these attributes of the wholeness/life only from the Creator; they are given only to those creations that accomplish the will of God and comply with the law of God – those who are alive, because they live in the Light of God. In the Light of God {in the Word–God – John 1:4; 9:5}, they evolve according to their nature created in image and after likeness of God and achieve the optimum that they are enabled to achieve within the world set for cognition of the good and the evil: they prepare themselves for the next phase of existence – life in the kingdom of God, in presence of God, in the eternity with God. 

Therefore, the one can infer that the light is the framework set by God the Creator for accomplishment of His works, for coming into being and increase–development–evolution of His creations, and for actualization of His will, which the human mind perceives as the Love and as the Absolute Good and discerns at the different levels, which the mind is empowered to perceive and to comprehend.

For instance, when the Light comes into the human soul–heart–mind and man becomes the ignited lamp that shines for all in the house {in: Matthew 5:14–16; Psalm 17(18):29}, the darkness disappears. In the ancient past, when the keeper of household ignited oil lamp within the dark room, at first, the light shined on the objects near the lamp, then, the light became more intense and filled the entire space. The process of illumination of man might be seen similarly: darkness as ignorance, obscurity of reasoning and lawlessness dissipates as soon as the Light of God illuminates the heart–mind giving understanding and comprehension in all spheres of life and purifying the entire human being.

Furthermore, at each level of complexity, in all spheres of human activities, within the entire human universe, the Light of God creates the foundation of existences, the order, and the harmony, which are the inseparable features of the reality of the good – the reality where life unfolds as the process of incessant development and achievement of the optimum:

–  in application to the earth, the Light might be seen as the framework of the energy fields within which the particular forms of life can be created, can evolve, and can reach the optimum needed for the next phases → stages of existence → worlds → circles of the cosmic spiral of evolution, and so on

– for a human being, the Light is the reality in which physical survival, perception, and work of intelligence/reasoning can be accomplished

– for the human soul, the Light is the Word–God in Whom it lives and through Whom it enters into the eternity in the presence of God Who is the Almighty Omnipotent Spirit

– for the human heart, the Light is the power that enables the conscience to discern between the good and the evil, to choose the good, and to enter the peace of God

– for the human mind, the Light is the power to perceive and to comprehend reality of the world opened by God for cognition of man: the reality in which the knowledge of God sustains life of the reason as bread sustains life of a body

– for the human establishments, the Light is the framework of knowledge that empowers the systems–establishments to operate according to the purposes of the creators set for achievement of the good

– for the one, the road to light and the life itself, therefore everything – the wholeness of the eternity, begins with the faith in Lord Jesus Christ {John 1:12–14; 6:44–47; 14:6}. The Word–God, the Light of the world, illuminates the soul–heart–mind, and transforms the disordered chaos that is man without God {and that was before the light, when the earth was invisible and unstable–disordered–unfurnished – H δε γη ην αορατος και ακατασκευαστος – and darkness was over the depth, in: Genesis 1:2}  into the shining world of beauty, harmony, order and perfection of the good: into the new world of a human child of God living by God.

And I think that the one can conclude that

a/ in the theological terms, the Light might be seen as the actualization of the creative power of God and as the manifestation of the universal law according to which the earth came into existence and life is ignited and is enabled to evolve

b/ the Light might be seen as the manifestation of the Absolute Good (the Absolute Good is the attribute of God, the source of wisdom of man*2*, the framework within which the human mind evolves through cognition of knowledge of God). As such, the Light of God creates life of the human reasoning/intelligence

 

by empowering the ability of perception and faculty of deliberation

by separation of the good from the evil

(for instance, by defining the essence of things, such as light and darkness

and evolution and degeneration)

by sustaining the ability of comprehension

by sustaining the ability to create new knowledge, therefore, to increase

in comprehension of the world created by God

and to evolve reaching the next phase of development

 

c/ in the terms of systems science, the Light might be envisioned as the reality*3* or vortex of the energy fields sustained by the powers and the law defining the complexity, potency, and cycles of energy transformation. Within the reality of the Light, the human life comes into being, increases*4*, multiplies, evolves, and begins the ascent through the spiral of evolution: up, and up, and up – to the Creator, in His presence, in His reality – in the Kingdom of God {Revelation 21:1–6; 22:3–5}

d/ a designer of the evolving systems would interpret the light as the framework in which flow of energy–power–knowledge that organizes chaos into the evolving system(s) can be initiated

and so on.

St. John the Apostle summarized all past, present, and future attempts to comprehend and to define the Light: God is the Light, the Love, and the Life of man {John 1:1–18; 1 John 1:1–4; 4:7–21; 5:11}…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See the postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Wisdom  – Page_1_2008,  The Place of Rest – Page 1_January_March_ 2010

Note 1 in The Deliverance, January_2010 and The Human Heart, Page October_2010.

Folder Archive_2012: The Ultimate Purpose – Page_7_August_September_2012

 

 

*2* Concerning the Absolute Good and philosophy of the absolute good, see the postings in Folder Patterns and Questions, Pages 1 and 2

 

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

 

*4* See Folder 2013: The Creation and the Renewal – Page 3_April_2013, and The Nature of Knowledge – Page 1_January_February_2013.

 

 

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 145. Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Lazarus’ Story 

 

…One of you will betray Me, the one eating with Me…

Indeed, the Son of man is going as it has been written about Him.

But woe to the man through whom the Son of man is betrayed:

it were good for him, if that man was not born…

{Mark 14:19, 21}

 

 

Yesterday was the Lazarus’ Saturday; just one week is left before the Holy Pascha.

The Lazarus’ Saturday is devoted to the memory of man who was loved by God, who died, and who was buried in the cave according to the Jewish tradition*1*. Four days Lazarus’ body was in the tomb; then, Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, resurrected Lazarus revealing His glory and His omnipotent power over life and death that only God holds and giving His disciples the evidence, which was intended to sustain their faith and to encourage them during the coming trial of the Son of man {John 11:1–45}.

However, the story of Lazarus continues, because he not only became the living evidence of the glory and power of the Son of God: through him, the ultimate evil of those who rejected God had to be revealed.

Resurrection of Lazarus triggered the decision of the chief–priests and the Pharisees to assassinate Lord Jesus Christ along with Lazarus whom He resurrected, because through Lazarus, many people left them and believed in Jesus Christ. This decision exposes degeneration and corruption of those who, as the leaders of the chosen people, were expected to teach the law of God and to lead the chosen people to God, yet, who became the hidden carriers of heresies and idol–worshipers*2*, and who

lost the ability of right judgment

substituted rules of men for the law of God

sought to kill the righteous Man – Lord Jesus Christ – Who taught the law/will of God,

and the resurrected by Him Lazarus, the living evidence of the miracle created by Lord Jesus Christ,

so the people would not have proof of His power as the power of God

likened the people to the “ignorant in the law and cursed,”

while themselves led them to corruption and ruin

rebuffed the glory of God for the sake of the convenience of men

and rejected the power of God for the sake of the power of the mortal ruler

completing therefore the process of separation from God –

the separation that was initiated

when the chosen people decided to be as all other nations governed by the mortal rulers

{Matthew 23:1–38; John 7:16–49; 10:23–42; 11:1–57; 12:1–43; 19:4–16; 1 Kings 8:6–8}.

 

In addition, the event that took place in Lazarus’ house {John 12:1–8} provides the glimpse of the inner world of Judas Iscariot who betrayed Lord Jesus Christ into the hands of chief–priests {John 13:2, 21–30}.

Six days before the Passover, Lord Jesus Christ came to Bethany: He with His disciples had supper in the house of Lazarus whom He raised from the dead. Next day would be the glorious entry into Jerusalem (the Palm Sunday) with the cheering crowd of those who blessed Him and named Him the King of Israel. A few days later, the crowd stirred by the chief–priests would demand His crucifixion, and the chiefs–priests would testify that they have no king but Caesar {John 12:1–18; 18:28–40; 19:1–17}.

Seemingly, there was still quiet moment of the last meeting with the family of Lazarus that loves and cherishes Him. Lazarus, whom the Lord loved, had supper with Him. Lazarus’ sister – Martha – served. Maria, another sister of Lazarus, took the pure and costly aromatic ointment, anointed the feet of the Lord, and wiped off His feet with her hairs.

Yet, the time runs into the end, and the arch–evil is ready to rise against the Lord. Now, it only voices concerns for the precious oil spent to anoint the feet of the Lord: why this ointment was not sold for high price and money given to the poor? However, the true concerns are not for the poor: the son of perdition is thief, although he is a keeper of the box, in which the disciples keep money to buy food and to give alms to the others {John 6:70–71; 13:29; 17:12}.

This event revealed the Judas’ initial preference of the material things to God {that also happened at another occasion – Matthew 26:6–13}, which was concluded with the Judas’ acceptance of the thirty pieces of silver from the chief–priests as the payment for betrayal of the Son of man {in: Matthew 26:14–16, 21–25, 45–50; Mark 14:10–11}: preference for money (or other material and worldly advantages) is completed with the consequent betrayal of God for the sake of money (or other material and worldly advantages).

Furthermore, Judas speaks out of abundance of his heart {Matthew 12:34–37}: because of his greed and his hatred to the Son of God, he has arrogance to voice the reprimand to the woman who expressed her gratitude, reverence, and love to the Lord Whom the Lazarus’ family recognized as the Son of God and as the Teacher {John 11:21–29}. Judas’ words reveal that

 

he does not have love and reverence to the Lord and Teacher,

 which are necessary even if he perceives Him as only the Son of man

he does not have love and reverence to Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Word–God,

Who by the power of God resurrected the dead man

he has no understanding of the true essence of the events,

which many people had witnessed, – the miracles that could be done only by the power of God

{John 3:1–2; 12:9–11}

he has no faith in God: he is not able to believe in Lord Jesus Christ,

and therefore, his way is into the darkness

{John 3:16–21}.

 

At the next supper mentioned by St. John the Apostle, the arch–evil would take the full possession of the disciple {John 13:2, 21–30; also in: Luke 22:3–6} whose very name became a symbol of betrayal and a definition of the most despicable fall of man:

 

rejection of God made him the empty house ready to be taken by the arch–enemy

that was the murderer of man from the beginning

{Matthew 12:43–45; John 8:37–44}

hatred, envy, and greed culminated in betrayal of Lord Jesus Christ, his Teacher and Master,

{Matthew 26:14–16; John 12:1–8; 18:1–5}

betrayal of God culminated in his own death (suicide)

{Matthew 27:1–10; Acts 1:15–20}.

 

With the story of Judas Iscariot {Matthew 26:14–25, 47–50; Mark 14:10–11; 43–49; Luke 22:1–6, 47–53; John 6:70–71; 13:2, 21–30; 17:12}, all the components of the deepest and deadliest core of the inferno created by men for themselves are completed. This inferno is the ultimate fruit of cognition of the evil:

 

rejection, betrayal, and crucifixion*3* of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man,

the Teacher and the Savior Who fed and healed the multitudes,

Whose acts reveal the power of God,

and Who shared His bread with His betrayer and tolerated his presence

suicide of man who emptied himself from God (therefore, of the very life),

who became the possession of the arch–evil

{therefore, the food of death – Genesis 3:15},

who was unable to live, and who perished from the living.

 

And I think that the story of Lazarus who loved God and Judas Iscariot who betrayed God teaches many things; among them:

1/ the main is the simple truth: God is life of man

2/ betrayal is possible, if the one has no faith and love to God

3/ freedom to choose the good, which is given to everyone to accomplish his own way of cognition the good and the evil, is the heavy burden unbearable for those who do not have unconditional faith and love to God and for those who seek the material advantages and glory of this world. Only faith gives the strength and the power to withstand the evil and to conquer the world of the evil {1 John 5:1–5; Ephesians 6:10–18}, even by the price of own death if needed.

If there is no faith and love to God, betrayal becomes the way of life: Judas’ pattern is common for the ones who serve not God {Matthew 6:24; 12:30; Luke 16:13}.

Judas is free either to remain loyal to his Teacher or to betray Him; he exercises his freedom and commits the ultimate evil – betrayal of God.

Other disciples of God are free to follow God {e.g., in: John 6:65–71; 11:1–16} and ultimately, they exercise their freedom to be loyal to God until death, even for the price of own well–being, safety and the very life, and to remain with Him forever – they become the Apostles of the Word–God.

Everyone is free to be either as Lazarus who loved God or as Judas Iscariot who betrayed God.

For instance, the Gospel According to John describes the ultimate expressions of the good and the evil, which are manifested by Lazarus and by Judas Iscariot:

– Lazarus loved God, therefore, followed the good; although he died because of nature of the world set for the cognition of the evil, he was resurrected by God because of God’s decision to reveal His power and glory on Lazarus whom He loved

– Judas Iscariot loved money; he became the possession of the arch–evil, betrayed God, and then, committed suicide.

Man is not able to live by the arch–evil, while he, by his own act of betrayal, closed for himself the road to God. The inability to repent, impossibility to seek forgiveness of God, and death are the inseparable companions of denial of God and hatred to Him.

Everyone inevitably faces the ultimate choice either to accept the good and to live or to accept the arch–evil and to die.

Everyone is free

 

either

to love God and to confirm love and faith by own deeds,

by following His law, observing His words, and accomplishing His will

{John 14:23; 1 John 5:1–4}

or

to deny God and to betray Him by accomplishing the deeds of the evil

by serving the arch–evil that is murderer of man from the beginning

{in: John 8:39–45; 1 John 3:4–10}.

 

Although betrayal and crucifixion of Lord Jesus Christ happened almost two thousand years ago, each time when a human being chooses to serve the evil, he repeats the act of Judas Iscariot. This act of betrayal might look as

– own personal decisions in a course of daily personal, business, political, etc. life (e.g., a decision to put the aged parents into the nursing house or charitable institution because of own inconvenience even if there is a possibility to take care of them at home, adultery, rejection of friend, lack of desire to help those who are in need, breach of the trust by employee, political decisions, which discard interests of those who politicians represent)

– betrayal of the interests of the country (e.g., treason) for the sake of money or other advantages

– compromises in the matters of faith and religion for the sake of political and other advantages, for instance,

a/ because of vanity or expectations of security and protection

b/ because of weakness as inability to carry the burden of responsibilities

c/ due to the reasons disclosed by the Old Testament’s prophets, including insufficient knowledge of God and apostasy {in the Books of the Old Testament, apostasy and idol–worship usually are referred to as adultery or fornication; for instance, in Hosea 5:4 – οτι πνευμα πορνειας εν αυτοις εστι, τον δε Κυριον  ουκ  επεγνωσαν –  “for the spirit of fornication is in them, they have not cognized God”}.

Such compromises are the consequences of the chain of failures:

 

a/ lack of faith and absence of love to God

b/ inability to comprehend knowledge of God

c/ the inability to exercise the right judgment

for instance, similar to the ancient chief–priests*2* who competed their degeneration

with rejection of God

Whom they were expected to love with all their soul, all heart, all understanding, and all strength

 {in: Mark 12:29–34}.

 

The burden of freedom to choose might become unbearable for the weak ones, for those who have no true faith in God and put their trust in man*4*, while elevate themselves at the thrones of leaders, and who therefore, have to deal with the harsh reality of the world that had rejected God, violated His law, and now faces inevitable collapse as the consequence of rejection of God and violation of His law.

The history of mankind might be envisioned as two spirals – upward and downward, which issue from one point and consist from the cycles–actualizations of the same patterns at the different levels of complexity, in different times, and in different places, yet the essence always is the same:

 

either the loyalty to God or betrayal of God

the choice – either the good or the evil

actualization either of the good or the evil

either development–evolution or degeneration–collapse.

 

For instance, many centuries ago, the Byzantine Empire already devastated by Catholic Crusaders (who destroyed and plundered Constantinople, desecrated the Christian temples, raped, plundered and killed the Christians because of their rejection of the primacy and authority of the pope) encountered deadly threat of the rising Islamic Caliphate. In despair, one of the last Byzantine emperors decided to seek the unity with Rome. He expected that, with the help of the papacy, he would be able to withstand the power that was destined to demolish the empire, in which the Christian Church was subdued to the will of men (emperors). Some of his advisers warned that it is better to live under the yoke of the Islamic conquerors and to follow the teachings of Christ than to accept the unity with the papacy along with Catholicism and to fall into the deadly heresy, which already triggered the Great Schism*5*. As the history shows, the emperor’s expectations were pointless: he did not obtain any help from the papal establishment.

So, Byzantium vanished, yet, the Christianity survived, in spite of persecutions, commercial, political, and other disadvantages, discrimination of Christians because of Christian faith, and under the rule of those who still crucify men and therefore, reveal that, spiritually, they still are close to the Phoenicians*6*.

Now, facing the difficulties of the world devastated by crises and “wrath of God,” including the threat of radical Islam, the head of the patriarchate that still exists in the lands where, in the remote past, the Byzantine Empire flourished, seeks the unification with Rome already recognizing primacy of the pope, referring to the pope and his subjects as to “the Christians,” and preparing “Christian unity”*7* with the papal establishment*8*, which

a/ has as its official doctrine Aristotle–Aquinas political theology incompatible with the Christian teachings

b/ disregarded the most holy tradition of the Christians and deprived the Catholic laity of the Holy Communion with the bread and fruit of the vine as it was established by Lord Jesus Christ Himself {Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:17–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26}; in fact, such practice re–introduces the Manichaean heresy*9* 

c/ unleashed the unspeakable evil of the Crusades, the Inquisition, and religious persecutions, tortured, burned alive, executed and imprisoned heretics (for their beliefs inconsistent with the papal faith) and schismatics – the Christians (for following the Christian teachings, loyalty to God, and rejection of the papal faith and authority of the deified pope who pretends to stand at the place of God and to have a share of dignity of God)

d/ is headed by the Prefect of the Inquisition and run by Jesuits trained to hear the blasphemies against Lord Jesus Christ, therefore, to deprive themselves of the Spirit of God {1 Corinthians 12:3}, to accept the will of their leaders as the will of God renouncing own judgment and silencing own conscience even if they are ordered to assassinate the kings (who rejects the will of the pope), to imitate the arch–evil if it is needed for achievement of their purposes, and to perceive behavior of women as resemblance of “the enemy of the human nature” *10*

e/ during the centuries, covered own heresy, crimes against humanity, and corruption with the name of Christ, even referring to their habit to burn heretics alive as to “the law of Christ” and accepting Aquinas’ dictum that his church cannot imitate the mercy of God*11*. As the result, the pretense of the papacy and papal subjects to speak and to act on behalf of the Christians made the Christianity loathsome {in: Matthew 24:4-14} and unacceptable for those who evaluate faith by the deeds and words of the believers and either have no possibility or have no desire to learn the true Christian teachings

f/ through the centuries, is plagued by corruption, pedophilia, and perversion*12*.

Well, the war with the radical Islam, firstly, is the war for the souls and minds of men. Among other means, this war proceeds through evaluation of the deeds of each side by the criteria of the good and the evil, and through assessment of the faith and cause of each side {for instance, for the Christians, the faith is revealed by the deeds of man – James 2:14–26}: the jihadist recruiters assert “Western immorality” as one of the main reasons for conversion. This war cannot be won by the army of spiritual descendents of the crusaders and inquisitors, corrupts, and pedophiles united with the apostates who desecrate the purity of Christian faith.

The free will of those, who are ready to betray and renounce the Christian faith through unification with the papal establishment before it converts into Christianity, might be encountered by the freedom of the Christians to remain loyal to God and to follow His teachings conveyed by His apostles. It already happened many times in the past; for instance, when the Byzantine Church struggled to retain her loyalty to God under the rule of the mortal men (the emperors who subdued the church under their authority), the desert hermits preserved the purity of the Christian faith.

If ultimately, the Greek Orthodox and other Churches under the authority of patriarchate located in Istanbul fall under the shoes of the papacy, accept the papal church as the Christian church, before the following actions of the papal establishment

 

1/ rejection of the Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology

and heresies produced by the papal magisterium

during the centuries of the Great Schism

2/ repentance and seeking forgiveness of God for the centuries of crimes against God and men

3/ conversion into Christianity and baptism,

 

they will become irrelevant for the Christians who follow the Christian teachings.

There is no sense to judge other religions. When a human being chooses a particular religion, he exercises his freedom of conscience – the freedom of choice is given by God Himself. However, respect to the choice of the others does not mean own apostasy and desecration  of own faith.

For the Christian, papal faith – the Catholicism or Aquinas’ political theology based on the heathen philosophy–derivative of the Orphism – is not compatible with the Christian teachings.

Consequently, until man remains the Christian, for him, three things are not possible:

1/ recognition of the papal church as “the Christian Church”

2/ identification of the papal subjects as “Christians”

3/ the unification with the papal establishment.

So, before making the irrevocable choice, it should be taken into consideration that the unity with the papal establishment “as is” means firstly, endorsement or even acceptance and justification of its past and present, including the Crusades (which would make impossible a victory in the war with the radical Islam) and current corruption and perversion (which would cast the “newly unified brothers in Christ” at the current level of corrupts, pedophiles, and hypocrites who accelerate disintegration of the Western civilization, because they are not able to sustain progress, development, and humanization of the current societies).

Those who exercise their right to choose freely are free to leave the Christian Church – she is not controlled by men; she is the presence of God, and she is actualized when and where two or three people are gathered together in the Name of Lord God Jesus Christ. The presence of One God within the human soul–heart–mind established on the Word–God makes man the temple of God and transforms the faithful ones into the holy nation of God {John 14:23; 1 Peter 2:4–10; 1 Corinthians 3:16}. Furthermore, even if in the entire world just one Christian is left – until he observes the commandments of Lord God Jesus Christ, he is the temple of God, and the Christian Church lives.

Christianity is not the prison, and the Christian Church is the presence of God, not the hierarchical establishment of men*13*.

Although the Christians are the slaves and the sheep of God {δουλοι – slaves – Luke 17:10; John 15:20; τα προβατε – the sheep – John 10:27}, although they can be in physical slavery submitted to men, they are not spiritual slaves of men {1 Corinthians 7:21–23}*14*.

The Kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit {Romans 14:17}, not at the thrones of men

 

who attempt to advance in knowledge of God by earning academic degrees in heathen philosophy

and bestowing titles and labels of “holinesses” and “all–holinesses” to each other

who presents themselves as reincarnations of the Apostles

who glorify men, because they obtained the places at the top of the hierarchy.

 

Only One God is Holy: Lord God Sabaoth with His Glory – Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God {Isaiah 6:1–3; John 17:4–5; 1 Peter 1:13–16}. Holiness of those who follow God is determined by God, not by those who build their hierarchies on human vanity and pride.

Lord God Jesus Christ and His apostles warned the Christians of those enemies who would come and disguise their true essence with the name of Lord Jesus Christ: false prophets, false teachers, apostates and heretics. Communion with the heretics and corrupts and uncleanness are forbidden for the Christians whose God is the Consuming Fire {Matthew 24:4–5, 23–24; Mark 13:5–6; Luke 21:8–19; Acts 20:29–30; 2 Peter  2:1–22; 1 John 2:18–21, 27; 3:7–10; 5:21; 1 Corinthians 5:9–13; 6:9–11, 19–20; 10:7–14; Ephesians 5:5–11; Hebrews 12:12–29; Deuteronomy 4:24}.

The Lazarus’ story describes the event, when the interests of this world were openly preferred to the reverence and love to God. This event precedes the betrayal and crucifixion of Lord Jesus Christ; it also carries the warning that the search of worldly advantages can be easily completed with the service to the ultimate evil.

The time remaining until the day of celebration of Αγιον Πασχα – the Holy Pascha, is also the time to recall that strong and unwavering faith is the blessing of God and therefore the greatest treasure of the Christians: it sustains the right judgment and protects from the evil. Let this blessing of God be always with all of us!  

 

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Notes:

 

*1* The story of Lazarus {John 11:1–45} is one of the most remarkable stories of the Gospels; it describes the limitless power of Lord God Jesus Christ over life and death.

Concerning Lazarus, see postings:

Lazarus – Folder Archive_2011, Page 2_April_May_2011

Lazarus – Folder Archive_2012, Page 3_April_ 2012

 

*2* See postings:

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

The Focus – Folder 2013, Page 2_March_2013

 

*3* See posting The Shift, Folder 2013, Page 3_April_2013

 

*4* See postings:

Folder Archive_2012 The Trust, Page 5_May_June_2012

Folder World and War  –  Ecumenism.

 

*5* See

postings:

The Hierarchical Church, Folder Political Theology, Page_2

The Hierarchy  – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_6_2008_2009

The Fruits – Folder Archive_2010, Page 2_April_June 2010

Note 1 to posting Unity and Division – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_1_2008

Note 1 to posting The Potential of the Mind – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_4_2008–2009

 

book:

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

 

*6* Concerning the Phoenicians, see postings:

The Shift, Folder 2013, Page 3_April_2013

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Wisdom – Page_1_2008

The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

The Heathenism – Page 5_October_2010

 

*7* See the press releases at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul’s website (http:// www. patriarchate.org/ news/releases/ )  and in Orthodox Observer (also at the website www. observer. goarch. org):

“His All–Holiness meets privately with Pope Francis and represents religious communities at papal reception”

“The Extraordinary Historical Significance of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's Presence at Pope Francis' Installation as Bishop of Rome”

“Address of His All–Holiness to His Holiness Pope Francis of Rome”

“His All–Holiness congratulates newly–elected Pope Francis” – “immediately following the election of Pope Francis on the evening of March 13” from “his Holiness’ beloved brother in Christ”

 

*8* See the postings:

The Fruits – Folder Archive_2010, Page 2_April_June 2010

Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Philosophy

Folder Political Theology: Introduction to Political Theology, The “Hierarchical Church,” The Church Militants

 

*9* The Manichaeism was the most dangerous heresy, which threatened the purity of Christian faith, because the Manicheans imitated the Christian terminology, with which they covered the mixture of dualism, Gnosticism, and heathen beliefs; they even have the communion, yet with only one element – bread (in imitation of the ancient rites of the Zoroastrians). The Manichean dream world offered specific comprehension of the human abilities and many things sought after by the proud mind that rejects the essence of the Christian teachings and attempts to reach salvation through own efforts and perversion (perversion, which it considers as perfection) of the human nature.

Those Manicheans who survived persecutions in Byzantine Empire fled in Europe. During sixth–eleventh centuries, the underground sect penetrated other countries, reached India and Tibet, and in the twelfth century, apparently revived under the name of Albigensians or Cathari in Southern France and Northern Italy.

Only irrational inhumanity of the Plato–Aristotle’s social doctrine and anti–Christian concepts of Manichaeism could produce the Augustine’s Compelle Intrare, which became the seed/core of the Inquisition. There is a deep historical irony in the fact that Augustine – the former Manichean and devoted Platonist – began to build the theoretical foundation of the Inquisition, which was established mainly for suppression of the Manicheans/Albigensians or Cathari.

 

Concerning Manichean heresy, see postings:

Works of Augustine of Hippo – Folder Philosophy

Heresy and Priest – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_2_2008

 

*10* See postings:

The Evolution of Fear – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_5_2009

The Church Militants, Folder Political Theology

Note 2 to Unity and Division – Folder Archive_2008_2010, Page_1_2008

 

Ignatius of Loyola’s training is organized by “weeks”; the first week introduces the permanent way of living based on “exterior penance,” which includes hunger, sleep deprivation, and physical pain (self–flagellation, wearing of iron chain, haircloth, and “other sorts of austerities”). Loyola insists: the exercises of the first week must be given to everyone and in “the exact order in which they are set down.” The “exact order” of the first week includes mandatory bodily self–torture, mandatory blasphemies against God, deprivation of the word of God, and disengagement from social activities. He demands that those who had “not being stirred by various spirits” as the result of the Exercises should be investigated concerning time and completeness of all procedures, because the Exercises must be “carefully followed” [Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Exercises §§6, 20, 82–85; Personal Writings 284, 286, 299, 301; On Dealing with Others in: Counsels for Jesuits 11].

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

This particular Ignatius of Loyola’s instruction to hear “blasphemies against Christ Our Lord” reveals utter incompatibility of the Christianity and the Ignatius of Loyola’s training: 

–– the Christians purify the mind from “all the evil,” including blasphemy, which – according to explanation of Lord God Jesus Christ – comes from the heart and defiles man {Mark 7:21–23}

–– Ignatius of Loyola demands from his followers to hear (that is to imagine or to put into the heart/mind) blasphemies against God, while blasphemy is the greatest evil from those with which man defiles himself.

The prescribed mandatory Exercises allow the conclusion that the Loyola’s training aims to deprive the soul from its natural center–God and to create the void, which would be then filled with the phantasms (e.g., such as deified man–pope standing on the place of God) intended to control the mind and conscience. Deprivation of God transforms the living soul into the living dead and a human being into the human beast, because without God and free conscience there is nothing of human; the ultimate purpose of the first week is assassination of the soul.

 

Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit society, has the specific attitude concerning women; for him, there is no other beast on the Earth so ferocious as the enemy of the human nature is (for the Catholics, ‘the enemy of the human nature’ is the euphemism for the arch–evil that opposes and contradicts God and intends to ruin mankind) and the behavior of this beast “resembles that of woman” when her “rage, vengeance and ferocity” do not have limits [Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Exercises §325 350;]

So, in his instructions concerning convents of nuns, Ignatius of Loyola set the rules for reformation of the life in monasteries; his instructions to his messengers illustrate his position concerning “sisters in Christ” and “brides of Christ”:

– the Loyola’s messenger must prevent all visits from the outside world and persuade the nuns to stay in seclusion, where they must examine their conscience and perform the Spiritual Exercises, especially the exercises of the first week (with the mandatory “blasphemies against Christ Our Lord” and self–torture). Afterward, they should to confess each week and continue to practice Spiritual Exercises

– the messenger must not undertake “any coercive means” toward the nuns without “fresh advice from us here at Rome” [Ignatius of Loyola. Norms for Reforming Convents of Nuns, 1555, in:  Counsels for Jesuits 106–107].

In:

Ignatius of Loyola, Saint. Counsels for Jesuits:  Selected Letters and Instructions of Saint Ignatius Loyola. Ed. Joseph N. Tylenda. Chicago, Illinois:  Loyola UP, 1985.

Ignatius of Loyola, Saint. Personal Writings:  Reminiscences, Spiritual Diary, Select Letters, including text of The Spiritual Exercises. Trans. with Introduction and Notes by Joseph A. Muniti and Philip Endean. London:  Penguin Books, 1996.

 

The Ignatius of Loyola’s letter confirms that the papal hierarchy did not hesitate to apply “coercive means” to separate women from the world, keep them under complete control of confessor–clergyman, pervert their nature, and corrupt their mind through the Spiritual Exercises with the compulsory self–torture and demonic fantasies sacrilegiously focused on God.

 

Concerning Jesuits, see also

The Constitutions of The Society of Jesus and Their Complementary Norms:  A Complete English Translation of the Official Latin Text. Saint Louis, Montana:  The Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1996.

Jesuits:  A Multibiography. By Jean Lacouture.  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.

Jesuits: The Complete History of their Manifest and Secret Actions from the Establishment of the Order through the Present Times by Theodor Grizinger. Russian translation of the second German edition. 2 vols. Published by Volff, St. Peterbourg and Moscow, 1868. (Russian)

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

 

*11* The papal theologians Henry of Susa (1271) and Jean d’Andre (1348) both asserted that the execution by burning at stake was sanctioned by “the law of Christ,” when Christ told the disciples about withered branches gathered, thrown into fire, and burned {John 15:6} [in: The Inquisition: A Critical and Historical Study of the Coercive Power of the Church by Elphege Vacandard. 1915.  Trans. from the 2nd edition Bertrand L. Conway. Merrick, New York:  Richwood Publishing, 1977, page 128].

Thomas Aquinas postulated that the Church cannot imitate God in His mercy to the relapsed sinners [Summa Theologica II–II Q.11 a4 ro2], therefore, they must be put to death.

In: Thomas Aquinas (Saint). Summa Theologica. v. 2: Parts II–II, III. 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.

 

*12* Concerning scandals and corruption that plagued the papal establishment – Vatican and catholic churches world–wide, see media coverage, esp. databases of Google, BBC, France–Presse, The Guardian, Reuters, Telegraph, The National Catholic Reporter, Al Jazeera, The Australian, Vatican Official Press Releases.

 

*13* See posting Εκκλησια – the Meaning –  Folder Archive_2011, Page 4_August_2011

 

*14* See posting The Perfect Law of Freedom, Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012

 

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