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Sunday, June 18–25, 2017

The Offense and a Child

 

 

the disciples came to Jesus saying:

who, then, is greater in the kingdom of the heavens?

Then, having called forward a child, Jesus set him in their midst.

And He said

Truly I say to you: unless you convert and become as the children,

not at all can you enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

Therefore, whoever will humble himself as this child,

this one is the greater in the kingdom of the heavens.

And whoever will receive one such a child in My name

receives Me.

But whoever causes one of these little ones believing in Me to offend,

it is better for him that a millstone turned by a beast of burden

be hung on his neck, and he be sunk in the depth of the sea.

Wow to the world from offenses!

It is a necessity for the offenses to come,

yet wow to that man through whom the offense comes!

{Matthew 18:1–7}

 

 

The Gospel {Matthew 18:1–7} conveys a short conversation of the Lord with His disciples whose mind still operates with the earthly values and criteria [[greatness of man {Luke 22:24–27}]], yet, who desire to understand the meaning of greatness in their future, in the kingdom of the heavensΣ1.

So, the Lord {Matthew 18:23}

having called forward παιδιον – a child–slave, set him in their midst as an example of humility and appropriate behavior of men

said “unless you convert and become as the children, not at all can you enter into the kingdom of the heavens. Therefore, whoever will humble himself as this child, this one is the greater in the kingdom of the heavens.”

The words παιδιον and παιδια {Matthew 18:23}, which in English translations [R] of the Gospel are interpreted as a child/little child and children/little children, have the wider meaning; they belong to cluster of derivatives of παιδ–/παις– related to childhood and linked to a) its activities and b) status of submission.

For instance, this cluster includes παιδεια – education, nurturing, entertainment, παιδαγωγια – education. Yet, παιδ–/παις– also denotes a child–slave, young slave, young servant in household. Noah applied to Chanaan the root–word of this cluster – παις (οικετης), young slave (of household), when he cursed him to be the slave of his brethren {Genesis 9:25–27}; thus, Chanaan became the ancestor of the cursed people – the native nations of the Promised Land (including the Phoenicians) enslaved to the heathenism worship of the arch–evilΣ2.

If the intended meaning is only child as an offspring, the word is τεκνον/τεκνα. For instance, Isaiah the prophet {Isaiah 2:58} speaks of τεκνα αλλοφυλα – strange children, offspring of false knowledge of the idol–worshipers and divinersΣ3; then, St. John the Apostle referring to his brethren–followers of Lord Jesus Christ applies words τεκνα/τεκνια – little children {1 John 3:1–2, 18; 5:21}.

Furthermore, submission to the people – even brethren, has led the descendants of Chanaan the cursed one to slavery of the mind attached to false religion – idolatry, worship the archevil (Orphism). The inability to escape slavery of the mind shaped the history of the cursed nations into illustration of all imaginable and unimaginable evils, including sacrifice of the firstborn sons to the idols – figments of imagination, prostituting daughters, sodomy and other perversions as rites of worshiping the idols, and crucifixion as the ultimate triumph of idol–death over a human being.

From the other side, unreserved submission to God, that is life by His law, is the condition of existence at the earth and preparation for the eternity, because the way of God is judgment and the earth is the place to learn the righteousness. Life by the law–commandments–words of God creates the mind capable of carrying the Light of God – the Light of reasoning and life, similarly to as the hands of the Potter fashion clayΣ4 into the lamp. Then, because of the grace, mercy and love of God revealed through Lord Jesus Christ, the lamp of clay is ignited by the Divine Fire, so it would shine for all in the house {Genesis 2:7; Deuteronomy 4:3940; 8:5–6; 5; 28; 30:1520; Job 33:6; Psalm 17(18):28; 26(27):1; 31(32):8; 118(119); Isaiah 26:8–10; 45:9–13; 51:6–16; 64:8; Matthew 5:14–16; Luke 12:49; John 1:1–18; 5:35; 9; 12:46; 14; 15; 16; 17; 2 Corinthians 4:6–7}.

Hence, submission to the absolute authority of God

 

established the mind on the foundation of the law given by God

initiated and actualized the first human – Judaic – civilization

resulted in receiving the power to accept the precious gift of the Christian teachings,

which was given to transfer the people from the authority of satan

to the authority of God,

so they would receive their lot – the eternity with God –

along with the ones sanctified by faith in Lord Jesus Christ

{Acts 26:9–18; John; esp., John 6:2829, 3540; 14:6; 17:1726}

 

Hence, until the one humbles himself to a position of child–slave of God, to the one who receives schooling, testing, education {John 6:44–46; 14:15–17, 26; 16:13–16; 1 Peter 1:3–9; 2 Peter 1:2–11} from God, and who exists for accomplishment of the will of God, he is not empowered to enter the kingdom of God and he is not given authority to become a member of God’s household. Then, after he learned the Absolute Truth, and he is redeemed by Lord Jesus Christ from the original sin [[original sinΣ5 is the first act of disobedience to God, when men rejected the truth of the words of God for the sake of lies, and reality for the sake of imagination, so death – apostasy and heathenism – came into being]], he might expect to become a son/child of God

 

who is set free by the Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God

who lives by the Holy Spirit

who is calling God the Father

{John 8:31–36; 10:1–18; 13:12–17; 14; 15; 16; 17; Romans 6; 8}

 

The overall meaning of this example given by the Lord {Matthew 18:23} explains why the Apostles refer to themselves as slaves of Lord Jesus Christ {2 Peter 1:1; James 1:1; Jude 1; Romans 1:1}, as all Christians do, while at the earth, and will do in the eternity {Revelation 22:1–5}.

Furthermore, there are at least four lines in the answer of the Lord:

 

1. The meaning of human greatnessΣ6 is humility before God

 

It is said through the prophets and then, elaborated by the Apostles that God dwells with the humble and little ones, and the weakest and the humblest ones are omnipotent, if the Holy Spirit of God dwells in them and if, for His purposes, God protects them until they accomplish His will {Psalm 26(27):1–3, 13–14; 30(31); Zacharias 4:1, 6; Daniel 2:30–45; 3; 6; Habakkuk 3:17–19; 1 John 5:4–5; Ephesians 6:10–18}.

Therefore, the one could infer that physical weakness and social/political/etc. lowness and apparent (material) inferiority – humility of a human being within the world of the material things cannot be the adequate measure

of the true value – worthiness in the eyes of God

and

of the true – spiritual – power of a human being

 

In a process of coming of a sinner to God, which usually is referred to as repentance and purification of heartΣ7, the first step is humility. The one needs to humble himself before God: to comprehend (acknowledge, diagnose) own insufficiency, imperfection, iniquity, corruption, or whatever became the heavy burden on conscience and is causing pain or even sickness of the heart–mind. This step is accomplished in the deep silence of the inner world of the afflicted and humbled human soul – the broken spirit that has the only hope for mercy of God {e.g., Psalm 38(39):2–13; 41(42):6–9, 11; 52(51):17}.

David the prophet and king in Jerusalem compares the broken spirit, the broken and humbled heart (humbled and afflicted by comprehension of the committed evil) with the sacrifice to God, which God does not reject {Psalm 50(51):17}.

Then, the Gospels explain that, while God does not accept outer “righteousness” and “purity” of the hypocritesΣ8 that sat down on the seat of Moses [[assumed the authority to enact the laws]], He blesses the ones who are poor in spirit, forgives and heals humble sinners, and saves all to come to Him, by making everything that is impossible for man {in: Matthew 5:8; 9:10–13; 23; Luke 11:39–44; 12:1; 16:15; 18:27; John 6:3740; 8:3–11}.

Furthermore, Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Glory of God, the Omnipotent Word–God Who is the One with the Father and Who came to accomplish the will of the God the Creator, gives the lesson of righteous thinking that is appropriate for human beings, when He says that

He came accomplish the will of God, to save and to serve, not to be served {Matthew 16:21–25; 20:25–28; 23:8–12; John 3:16–17; 13:13–14}

His people should learn from Him, because He is meek and humble in the heart {Matthew 11:29}.

What does it mean for the Son of God to be meek and humble in the heart? How such words can be reconciled with the excellenceΣ9 and splendor of the Glory of God, the Omnipotent Word–God Who accomplishes the will of God the Father, Παντοκρατορος, through Whom everything that exists comes into being?

The Lord gives explanation when He says that He came to accomplish not His Own will, but the will of God the Father. Thus, He accomplishes the will of God the Father, speaks the words of God the Father, accepts those sent to Him by God the Father, and does the works of God the Father as the Son, by imitating the Father as He has shown His works to Him {John 3:16–17; 5:1747; 6:32–40, 44–58, 63–65; 7:28–29; 8:26–29, 38, 42, 47, 58; 9:1–5; 10:15, 17–18, 25–30, 36–38; 12:49–50; 14; 15; 16; 17; esp., in: Matthew 26:38, 42, 44, 51–54; Mark 8:31–38; Luke 22:41–44; John 18:11; 1 John}.

Hence, although the Son of God, the Word–God, is One with the Father the Almighty Omnipotent God the Creator, during His mission at the earth, within the world, which He came to save because of love of the Creator to His creations, He says that He is meek and humble in His heart [[inner essence]]: He acts by the will, with the power, and on behalf of God the Father Who sent Him.

The referred above words of the Lord define the starting pointΣ10 of the road to God and establish the pattern of behavior that leads into the eternity with God:

 

a human being with faith and love to God

accepts the will/law of God as the Absolute Law,

the words of God as the Absolute Truth,

and the perfection, mercy, and love of God as the Absolute Good

the Absolute Law becomes the will of man,

the Absolute Truth becomes the foundation of the reasoning–mind,

and the perfection, mercy, and love of God

become the absolute good of a human beingΣ11

 

Hence, a human being who is to become a child of God should imitate Lord Jesus Christ: he should live for the sake of accomplishment of the will of God, by the law–commandments–words of God, by imitating the perfection, love, and mercy of God. It means also that in the heart–mindΣ12 of the one who is a child of God, there is no place for human weaknesses and sins, especially, for envy, anger, malice, hatred, pride, desire of the worldly glory and fame before people, inclination to lies and figments of imagination produced by the contemporary diviners, false prophets, and liars, and other lusts and sins of body and mind {1 Peter 2:11–17; 2 Peter 2; 1 John 3:1–17; Jude; Romans 1:1–32; 6; Colossians 1; 2; 3; Galatians 5:13–26}.

The image of Lord Jesus Christ – virtue, righteousness, mercy, meekness, humble heart–mind, and love to God and to the creations of God defines moralityΣ13 and describes the natureΣ14 of the firstfruit of creations of God made in Christ and by Christ – a Christian to whom Lord Jesus Christ gave the authority to become a child of God born of God {John 1:12–18; 3:3, 5–7; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John 3; Colossians 1:9–23; Romans 8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 3:26–29; 4:6–7; Ephesians}.

The referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures lead to understanding that humility before God is the adequate perception of human reality, which facilitates accomplishment of the ultimate purposeΣ15 of every human being born to evolve for the next phase of existence – the eternity with God.

From the practical point of view, humility is

 

a/ focusing on the Omnipotent Almighty God the Creator

b/ recognition and unreserved acceptance of His Absolute Power

c/ understanding that

God is the Highest Ultimate Authority of the world,

even if the entire world rejects God the Creator

even within the world of the material things,

man lives by the Holy Spirit and accomplishes his purposes

by the power given by the Holy Spirit,

not by the powers – weapons, armies, establishments – of menΣ16

 

Hence, humility is the condition for transformation of the heart–mind of man into the dwelling–temple of God – the transformation, which is actualized by observing law–commandments–words of God and with acceptance of the Holy Spirit promised by the Lord {John 14:6–27; 15:26; 16:7–16}.

From such a point of view, humility signifies the maturity of the reasoning–mindΣ17 that has learned to thinking the things of God, and therefore, its readiness for the purposes of God, the openness to the divine creative energy of God, which enters the human mind that is evolving for the service to God and empowers it to do the works of God:

a/ to actualize the will of God,

b/ to serve the others

c/ to do the works of good in the world given into the dominion of man.

Although it might be interpreted as the contradiction, humility of the heart–mind is the greatest riches, because the humble heart blessed with the rest and peace of God is the dwelling of God, therefore, the abode of the Absolute Law, Power, and Wisdom – Λογος/Αγια Σοφια, Who exceeds all powers imaginable by men {Matthew 11:2830; John 1:1–5; 14:15–27; Wisdom; esp. 7; 8; 9}.

Then, only own personal choice stands between the human mind and the power of wisdom and spiritual richesΣ18, which God might give to those who live to serve Him, and only own personal choice decides destiny – misery–ignorance or happiness–wisdom – of man.

 

2. Acceptance of the unity and charity in Christ as the way of life

 

Then, the Lord said: whoever will receive one such a child in My name, receives Me {Matthew 18:5; Mark 9:37}, thus, with Him, the one receives God the Father Who sent Lord Jesus Christ to save the world {John 3:16–17; 10:30; 14:6–11, 21, 23}

A child, slave–child of God, to whom the Lord refers, who is worthy to enter the Kingdom of God, carries within the Word–God and therefore {John 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter; 1 John; Romans 8; Ephesians}

he lives by the Holy Spirit: by God and in God

he is a brother to all Christians who are created in Christ and by Christ, who love Lord Jesus Christ by observing His commandments: by living by the law of God and in God

he is spiritually unified with the entire holy nation – all Christians: by God and in God.

The Gospel elaborates the meaning of receiving:

the one, who receives his fellow slave–child of God in the Name of Christ, receives God Himself {Mark 9:37}

whoever gives another one a cup of cold water in the Name of Lord Jesus Christ, because this another one is Christ’s Own, he will not lose his reward {Mark 9:41}.

The Greek word δεξηται/δεξεται interpreted as receive is a derivative of δεχομαιto receive, accept, perceive, understand, pay attention.

Hence, the meanings of receiving someone include not only physical acceptance (for instance, invitation to house, party, giving a shelter, admitting as a refugee or immigrant); we receive the others by

paying attention to them

understanding them – their needs, aspirations, purposes

our respectful, kind, and loving readiness to listen, to share grief or happiness, to alleviate suffering, to assist, to encourage, to strengthen the others, to help them to improve their self–esteem and to perceive/understand/aspire to achieve all that is opened to us, although not for them, yet

accepting them as a part of our life and including them into our net of friends, neighbors, the wise ones from whom we may learn, and the learning ones to whom we may assist – all those who we hold dear and important for our own growth–development–evolutionΣ19 [[and the best way to grow–evolve is to help the others to grow–evolve]], for our own well–being and psychological comfort.

All these works of good should be done with respect and kindness to a fellow human being, yet with understanding that through him, we express our love to God Himself, because the Lord said {Matthew 25:31–46} that, in the Judgment Day, He will divide all nations in two groups:

the blessed and righteous ones, those who fed the hungry, gave water to the thirsty, accepted the alien, clothed the naked, attended the sick, and visited the imprisoned ones, and therefore, by doing these good things for the others, to whom the Lord refers as to the least of His brothers {των αδελφων Μου των ελαχιστων Matthew 25:40}, did all these good things to Him

the cursed ones, those who did nothing good for the others, and therefore, did nothing for God.

In the scarce world polluted and poisoned by the evil, which transformed the abundant perfect world full of life into the harvest field of death, the spiritual love, kindness, and acceptance need the material actualizationΣ20: faith is confirmed with deeds {James 2:14–26; 1 John 3:16–18}.

Consequently, the manifest acceptance of the one who is a child–slave of God is accomplished by the Christians, for instance, when the one comes to ΕκκλησιαΣ21 – the Christian Church, enters the Christian community, and participates in its life by revealing his inner essence with the kindness and good works done for members of Christian Church – community of the believers.

However, the one proves his faith not only by the works of good done for the follow Christians; we have to prove our faith and our love to God by doing the works of good for all the others who are not the brothers in Christ today, yet who may become Christians tomorrow, if God chooses to grant them the most precious treasure – faith, love, and knowledge of Christ.

Hence, whatever a Christian does for all who he encounters, whoever they are, during the road through the earth, it should be actualized with the friendly attention, respect, politeness, desire to listen, understand, assist, make feel as respected, significant, welcomed and loved – as the equal one, as the actual or probable brother in Christ.

Hence, an ability to receive a fellow childslave in the Name of Christ is the ability to discern the image of God and likeness in fellow Christian.

The wise ones may be empowered to recognize the potency to become a Christian in the others. Such wisdom is the gift and the blessing of God, yet, if they it is not given, the one should always keep in mind the orders of Lord Jesus Christ to imitate perfection of God the Father and His mercy by doing good for evil and ungrateful ones and by pitying them, by treating all in the same – good – way, as we desire to be treated by them {Matthew 5:17–48; Luke 6:20–49}.

 

3. Responsibility for offense of a child–slave of God

 

The third line is identification of the responsibilities of the one for his actions and deeds. The Greek word σκανδαλον derived of σκανδαλιζω, which in English translations of the Holy Scriptures is interpreted as offense or scandal, has a cluster of meanings: to seduce, to allure, to tempt, to insult, to provoke, to scandalize, while σκανδαλον, in addition to seduction, temptation, scandal, might also denote the subject of horror, loathsomeness.

The comprehensive meaning of σκανδαλιζωσκανδαλον/offendoffense is to commit/to cause/inflict/to be disrespect, deceit for the sake of taking unfair advantage of, endangerment, and detriment to the well–being of the one who is offended or is intended to be offended.

Therefore, offense is the crime against the main law of God: the law of love to the others, and ultimately, against love to God the Creator.

In daily life, we all witness endless offenses against the others, sometimes, against us. For instance, such as

abuse of children by priests, educators, parents, peers

perverted education by depriving the pupils of knowledge of God and His law, by keeping them ignorant and therefore, by preparing them for enslaving by propaganda and lies, for radicalization, and for committing acts of violence, terrorism, and crimes against God and against creations of God

discrimination and persecution of people because of their race, religious beliefs, and way of life

bullying and hatred to the different–minded who hold other political/other opinions and vote for other politician(s)

hateful rhetoric of political and other leaders with such consequences as verbal abuse, insults, defamation, slander, libel, violence, death threats, and even assassination attempts of their opponents, which are committed by the fervent, yet misguided and deceived, followers of such leaders who put their petty political and other aspiration above well–being of creations of God

many other sad and degrading the society events, which are the reality of the Past and the Present, even the subjects of the daily newsΣ22.

Behind all offenses referred above are desire to deceive and to use the others for own political or other advantage, disrespect to the others, and hatred to God and to the creations of God.

Often, the human justice is slow responding and unreliable, when the offended ones need protection and seek assistance, restitution for offenses (e.g., defamation, moral detriment, insults) or punishment of those who offended them.

Yet, the Lord said: whoever causes one of these little ones believing in Me to offend, it is better for him that a millstone turned by a beast of burden be hung on his neck, and he be sunk in the depth of the sea {Matthew 18:6}.

Just imagine the deep of perversion of the offender – the one who is able to scandalize, deceive, insult, slander, libel, and otherwise harm the others – and the severity of his crime against God and against the creations of God whom he has offended, if he has to face the horror of such sentence of death, moreover if such sentence is pronounced by God the Creator, Who is the Perfect Love, Whose main law is love, and Who wants all to be saved and to have the everlasting life!

Hence, the offense against the others should be identified as it is: the deadly sin that brings death to the sinner who commits it.

 

 

4. Grave danger of offense to the world and to the one through whom the offense comes

 

The Lord said: Wow to the world from offenses! It is a necessity for the offenses to come, yet wow to that man through whom the offense comes! {Matthew 18:7}.

Why offenses are the necessary component of our life?

Well, they are the comprehensive testsΣ23 of human worthiness, because, ultimately, they disclose degree of development or degeneration.

For instance, tolerance to offenses, scandals and to offending the othersΣ24

– reveals the essence and worthiness of the social, political, religious, and other establishments, societies, nations

– exposes the inner latent process of social and political disintegration, which might culminate in collapse of the societies/states, civil wars, revolutions, defeat by enemies, and other man–made catastrophes.

In particular,

– the one who insults the others reveals the uncleanness and sinfulness that defile his own heart {Mark 7:21–23}

– the one who spreads lies and gossips (e.g., fake news) concerning the others, especially, for the sake of their humiliation and depriving them of their good repute for achievement of own political/other purposes, exposes own inner uncleanness and reveals that a/ he is the offender to whom it would be be better to be sunk in the depth of the sea {Matthew 18:6} than to offend the others as he is doing, and b/ that he is a liar, and as such, the servant of the arch–evil incapable of hearing the Word–God {John 8: 42–47}

– the one not loving his brothers remains in death, and one hating his brother is a murderer who has no eternal life within {1 John 3:14–15}

– the one who incites the violence is potential murderer

– the political party, which builds its foundation upon and acts through the people who are ready to offend the others and to violate the others’ rights on such basic freedoms as freedom of speech, freedom of political and other opinions, freedom to chose the ways of life, etc., is the core of destruction that, if not eradicated, would lead to collapse and destruction of the society/state/nation, whose members/citizens it attempts to offend – to deceive, to subdue and to use for own advantage.

In conclusion,

before the one decides to offend the other(s), he should recall that Lord Jesus Christ

– said that blessed is he whoever shall not be offended in Him {Matthew 11:6}

– prayed God the Father to have mercy upon those who crucified Him, because they do not know what they are doing {Luke 23:33–34}.

If to compare these words of God {Matthew 11:6; Luke 23:34} with His warning concerning responsibility for offense {Matthew 18:6–7}, and with His words concerning anger and insulting the others, especially that whoever says “fool” shall be liable to be thrown into the fire of hell {Matthew 5:21–22}, the one could

– have an insight into the gravity of sin/crime of offending the others, firstly, because the one who offends the other(s) is attempting to offend God Himself

– understand the significance of observing the commandments of God {Matthew 5:17–48; 22:36–40; Mark 12:29–34; Luke 6:20–49; 10:27–37; John 13:34–35; 15:10–17} for his own survival, well–being, and evolution–readiness for the next phase of existence – eternity with God.

The ones who are running through their life by offending – insulting, morally crucifying, inflicting any harm, physically abusing and even murdering – the others because they are different or because they might be used for own advantages, these ones transform the society/nation into a pack of hunting hyenas that feed themselves by consuming the well–being, remnants of the good repute, and life of the offended others.

However, hyenas are not capable to evolve and to become humans; their packs are eventually exterminated by the more powerful predators that will free and clean up their living space for the next wave of new inhabitants, for instance, for other nations {Acts 17:22–31; 26:15–18; Deuteronomy 28; 29:22–28; 30}, which might begin to seek God, take to their own road to God, and to be more successful in actualization of the main purpose of everyone who is born into this world: becoming a child–slave of God destined for the eternity with God the Creator and the Father.

 

 

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Notes:

 

Σ1 The Heaven(s) and The kingdom of Heaven(s) denote the Kingdom of God.

See The Kingdom of Heaven (2008 and 2011) – reprints in Note 34, and The Kingdom for a Childreprint in Note 128 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ2 See

Notes 22, 26, and 125 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Heathenism, The Logic of Death (with concept of evil), Idolatry, The Strange Knowledge, The Plundered People, Time, The Perception, The Curse of Cain, and The Sinful Heart, the Desolate House, the Wasted Land, and The Desolate Housereprints in Notes 22, 28, 29, 41, 45, and 75 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Point of Entry – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1

Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview

 

Σ3 See

Note 41 to Selections_&_Reprints with reprint of The Strange Knowledge

Idolatry, Imagination, Divination reprints in Notes 29, 38, and 353 to Selections_&_Reprints

Vanga’s Phenomenon. Comment on Predictions in Comments @ The Net

 

Σ4 See

Notes 7, 27, and 58 (with reprints) to Selections_&_Reprints

Note 41 (with reprint of The Wrath) to Selections_&_Reprints

The Good Shepherd – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1

The Second Standpoint: Perception and Understanding of the Law – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 2

The Force, The Authority to Survive, The Fire for a Child, The Earth Without the Foundation, The Future, The Light and Darkness, The Lamp and the Fire, The Virtue and Survivalreprints in Notes 10, 22, 24, 56, 66, 74, 76

The Mind, The Discernment, The Absolute

 

Σ5 See Note 58 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ6 See

The Greatness of Man, The Place of Rest, and The Prodigal Son and Judgment of Man reprints in Note 91 and 134 to Selections_&_Reprints

Creation of Man: Process – in The Works of God

The Sparrows, and The Lilies of the Field – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1

 

Σ7 See

The Prophecy – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 2.

The Repentance reprint in Note 133

Note 59 to Selections_&_Reprints

Purification of Heart and The Broken and Humbled Heart reprints in Note 251 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Poor in Spirit – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 4

 

Σ8 See Fruitlessness in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 4

 

Σ9 See

The Absolute, The Works of God

The First Standpoint: Establishment of the Absolute, and Revelations of the Absolute: the Honor and Authority of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 2

God the Lord of Knowledge – the Portion of the Living Ones, Perception of Wisdom, and other postings in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 3 and Part 4

The Excellence reprint in Note 1 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Absolute Power reprint in Note 128 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ10 See The Starting Point, The Different Vision, The Methods of Learning, The First Word of Human Wisdom, and other reprints in Note 134, and The Road to God, and The One Coming to Christin Supplement 1 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ11 See The Mirror and The Origin and Nature of Man –– reprints in Note 252, and The Gift of Completionreprint in Note 134 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ12 The Christian theologians define the human heart as the spiritual center, the essence of a human being, the singularity in which the union between the Divine and the human is consummated, or in which the Divine becomes thoughts, words, and deeds of man.

See Note 11 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ13 Thinkers of the antiquity defined morality as an expression of the normal human nature: godliness, virtue, goodness, truthfulness, honesty – all components of the norm, which also is referred to as righteousness.

Theology defines morality as a description of the normal human nature – as an attribute of a being created in the image of God and likeness Who is calling His chosen ones to Himself through glory and virtue helping to escape corruption by lust of this world {2 Peter 1:34}.

As such, morality might be envisioned as knowledge of the Absolute Good of God. If the Absolute Good of God became the absolute good of a human being and is implemented into his thoughts, words, and actions, it means that morality has reached its highest point: virtue.

The morals might be seen as the logical continuation or practical application of the morality at the levels of human establishments in/with which human beings interact. This continuation – derivative of morality (morals as a rule, norm, pattern of behavior, law of men) is stipulated with the particular parameters of the environment, religious, social, political, historical, and other settings:

 

Theology – knowledge of the Absolute Good

that is the attribute of God opened for comprehension and imitation by man

{Matthew 5:48; 11:2930; Luke 6:36; John 13:34; 1 Peter 1:1355; Ephesians 5:12}

Morality or righteousness as an embodiment of the knowledge of God –

the knowledge of the Absolute Good –

into thoughts, words, and actions of man

Morals/ethics is a practical application of the righteousness/morality

at the levels of human establishments:

a/ laws of human societies and the intra– and inter–state policies and laws

b/ the ethics of scientific and other inquiries

c/ the standards/rules of personal, social, and professional behavior

 

Morality, morals, and their derivatives might be seen as the practical inferences from the knowledge of God co–related with three levels–components of human essence [[see Chart 1. The Mind in The Mind or in Note 48 to Selections_&_Reprints]]:

 

Theology: knowledge of God and wisdom

Intellect → morality

[[levels of Νους and Διανοια]]

The mind/reason/intelligence → Philosophy, logic

morals, ethics

[[levels of Διανοια: Γνωμα –– Φρονημα–– Λογισμος, or Consciousness–Thinking–Reasoning/Faculty of Deliberation]]

Norms, laws, rules, standards/rules of personal, social, and professional behavior,

which define appropriateness of words, behavior, actions of a human being

[[a body/matter; sensory perception/parameters of the matter]]

 

See

The Virtue and Survival, The Excellencereprints in Notes 76 and 1 to Selections_&_Reprints

Revelations of the Absolute: the Honor and Authority of the Son of God, the Word–God, The Inner Essence and the Outward Appearance, and other posts in Part 2 of Selections_&_Reprints

The Complete Knowledge, Search for Wisdom, and other posts in Part 3 of Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ14 See

The Road to God – in Supplement 1 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Kingdom of Heaven, The Kingdom for a Child, and reprints in Notes 34 and 128 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Water, The Authority to Survive, The Way Eternal and The Nature of Manreprints in Note 2, 22, and 377 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Victory and the Peace, The Mirror and The Origin and Nature of Manreprints in Notes 172 and 252 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Fire for a Child, and The Lamp and the Firereprints in Notes 24 and 76 to Selections_&_Reprints

Note 183 (with reprint of The Fullness) to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ15 The ultimate or the main purpose of a human being is salvation of own soul: obtaining immortality and the everlasting life in the presence of God.

See The Ultimate Purposereprint in Note 14, and The Immortalityreprint in Note 33 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ16 See

The Absolute

Revelations of the Absolute: the Honor and Authority of the Son of God, the Word–God – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 2

The Absolute Power, The Focus, The Shift, and The Invincibility reprints in Note 128, 2, and 95 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ17 See The Mind, and Note 354 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ18 See

Wisdom and Riches, Perception of Wisdom and other posts in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 3

The Security/Welfare of the World – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1

 

 

Σ19 Evolution of mankind is accomplished by cognition of God, because cognition of God opens understanding of the actual meaning, purposes, and true value of human life [[see The Complete Knowledge in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 3, and Note 20 to Selections_&_Reprints]]. The mind reaches the height of evolution after it learned to love the others, and then, follows the Word–God in such a degree that it becomes able to give up own life for the sake of the others {John 15:13}. The manifest beginning of human evolution might be traced to the moment when Moses implored God to reveal Himself {Exodus 33:13}.

In theological terms, evolution might be defined as comprehension of knowledge of God – the knowledge that is the everlasting life {John 17}. Consequently, the degree of evolution of man is evaluated by his ability to embody the Law – words and commandments – of God into his daily existence: his thoughts, words, and deeds. This ability

 

is manifested through

a/ the deeds of love, mercy, and assistance to the others

b/ the abilities to create the good for the others

c/ mercy and love to the others –

all of them (a, b, c) committed in righteousness and truth, in imitation of God

{Matthew 5:21–48; Luke 6:26–49; John 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 2:13–26; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John 3:14–21; Ephesians 8:1–2}

 

 

For instance, the Old Testament is the reality, within which the evolution of the mind as cognition of God began, while the mind cannot see God and live; however, within this reality, the initial space for creation of the child of God {Galatians 3:23–29; 4:1–7; Romans 10:4}, the mind has to learn three main lessons:

 

1/ own nature – the Law of God

2/ how to live by each word coming from God – according own nature, the Law of God

3/ how to love God and the others, because love is the essence of the Law

{Deuteronomy 8:3; 30:8–20; Matthew 22:36–40}

 

Then, the New Testament unfolds as the phase of revelation and absorption of the new knowledge for those who learned to live by the Law of God – the knowledge of God given through His Son, the Word–God. This knowledge is the everlasting life {John 17} and the one who comprehends it enters the new reality – the realm of God the Spirit, in which the mind is empowered to exist in the presence of God through the eternity. The main lessons of this phase of evolution, which is in the knowledge of God the Spirit given by His Son, the Word–God, include the following {in: Matthew 4:4; 5:48; 11:27–30; 16:21–26; 26:36–46; Luke 6:35–36; John 4:23–24, 31–38; 6:27–69; 13:1–17, 34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2; Deuteronomy 8:3}:

1/ a human soul–heart–mind (the inner man or the essence of man) lives by the Word–God as a human body lives by bread

2/ the eternal life is in knowledge of God and the Word–God Whom God the Father has sent to save the world

3/ a human being must become imitation of the Absolute Good of God – His Love, His mercy, His Perfection

4/ a human being must become an image (imitation) of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, for Whom the will of God the Father is the Absolute that must be accomplished above all

5/ the eternity with God is opened to the one who became the creation of Christ and in Christ.

In the terms of systems logic, evolution is the process resulting in increase of complexity, or ascent at the higher level of complexity [[potency of knowledge defines one of the meanings of complexity see Notes 46 and 272 to Selections_&_Reprints, and Introduction to the Systems Logic]]. Consequently, the observer evaluates degree of system’s evolution by

1. the development of the optimal potential (capacity, force, efficiency), which the system is intended to achieve according to the system’s design

and

2. abilities or preparedness to achieve new purposes at new level(s) of complexity.

In general, the evolution is the breakthrough, the exit from the completed phase of existence, when the mind that has completed absorption of the entirety of knowledge, which sustains a particular reality, ascends at the higher level. Such ascent becomes possible because of the knowledge that transforms the mind into a being capable of existence within another reality, at the different level of complexity.

Concerning different aspects of evolution, see Note 150 to this file and the following reprints

 

Reprints

“…Evolution is the totality of normal or natural processes called also “life” or “existence” for any of beings created by God; in general, natural life of each living creature is development of the maximal potency according to the God’s will/plan; “optimization” is the term describing some aspects of the evolution. The term “evolution” is applicable to all living purposeful systems: a human being, mankind, human society, etc.

In general, evolution is a life–cycle of any being, which exists for a purpose and which has an ability to create–absorb–accumulate–transmit knowledge of good and to embody the knowledge of good into the structures and systems of the surrounding world. This knowledge stipulates achievement of the particular purposes – creation of good, maintenance of life and optimization of other systems, actualization of technical and other kinds of progress or the processes intended to facilitate life and development of human beings and their creations/establishments.

In brief, evolution is the process – development resulting in ability to ascend to the higher level of complexity. Knowledge is the force driving evolution. The last phase of the evolution of human mind is the ultimate choice between the evil imagination of man and the true knowledge of God: the evolution is accomplished when the mind discards all illusions, fantasies, and false assumptions, embraces the only true reality – the reality of the One Perfect – Absolute – God Whose power is the absolute power and Whose mercy is perfect mercy, and becomes that what it was created to be – the temple–dwelling of the Creator. The first step to the ultimate perfection is understanding that acceptance of the knowledge of God the Father and observance of the commandments of Lord God Jesus Christ precedes coming of the Spirit–Fire Who descends on those who are chosen to became the temple of God and to dwell with God in eternity of His kingdom {Luke 12:49; John 3:3–6; 7:39; 14:15–17, 23, 24; Revelation 21:27; 22:3–5; Isaiah 64:8}.

Then, knowledge of God should fill the mind and become the absolute truth and the only reality of existence:

 

–– God is the Absolute, the ultimate perfection, the only truth

–– the Love of God make a human being perfect creation ready for the eternity

–– the knowledge of God is the only valuable possession

–– there is none and there is nothing besides God

 

It means also that in the world created by God and given into dominion of man, nothing is able or should attempt to take the place of God or pretend on possession by any of the attributes of God. Whatever good men are able to create, they create it only if the power of God acts through them.

In the terms of systems theory, evolution is the process of increasing the level/degree of complexity…”

“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 πληρωσατε – Genesis 1:22}. In addition to the blessing to evolve (to increase and multiply and fill the earth), man was given the purposes και κατακυρειυσατε αυτης– to subdue and to dominate the world filled with the all living creatures {Genesis 1:28}.

The traditional translation of Greek textαυξανεσθε 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 become complete:

–– in the word αυξανεσθε ξα (and modified ξη/ξε ) – is the root for words denoting development, growth, and evolution (lit. and fig.) as inαυξανωto grow, enlarge, increase → εξελιξηevolution

–– the word πληρωσατε is the derivative of primary verb πλεωto fulfill, to accomplish, to make full, and then, πληρηςcomplete, full.

Therefore, God’s blessing – αυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατεdefines the purposes of man as

a/ 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]]

b/ maintenance of the evolution of the world accommodating his existence

c/ reaching the completion

 

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

 

1/ to evolve himself, to become complete within the evolving world

2/ to dominate the evolving world

3/ to maintain evolution of the evolving world

 

Then, after exile from the Paradise, the creative works of man are accomplished by the mind, by creating thoughts – the energy entities (codes), which, having being embodied into the material structures (books, constructions, establishments, societies, empires, other edifices), maintain human existence within the world, which is collapsing because of cognition of the evil.

The creative abilities of the Old Testament’s mind might be seen as the remnants of rudimental abilities of the creation made in the image and after likeness of the Omnipotent Almighty God. In the New Testament, the creative abilities are the natural abilities of the beings that are born by the Word of truth and are evolving into the likeness of the Word–God and συνεργοι {1 Corinthians 3:9}co–workers of God.

With coming of the Word–God, a human being is re–created and the process of evolution as the imitation of God – the process, which would result in obtaining the eternal life in the presence of God – is initiated. It means that even within the limited temporal and collapsing world the human mind, through faith and knowledge of God as the gifts of the Holy Spirit, might be enabled to create the evolving systems as it was appointed by God from the foundation of the world…”

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Σ20 See The Inner Essence and the Outward Appearance – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 4

 

Σ21 See Εκκλησια – the Meaningreprint in Note 116 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ22 See Notes (with reprints and references) 3, 119, 130, 133, 139, 236, 279, 281, 307, 335, 337, 338, 339, 340, 346, 347, 361, 362, 363, 365, 367, 374, 379, 419

 

Σ23 See The Test reprint in Note 72 to Selections_&_Reprints, also as Featured Reprint for July 2017, which is included in Archive_2017.

To download:

The Test – click  here

Archive_2017 – click here

 

Σ24 The others are all among whom we live – brothers in Christ, neighbors, strangers, new–comers, people of other races, nations, faiths, religions, political/other convictions, and all the others.

All human beings are the creations of God made after the image of God and likeness, and therefore, all {Genesis 1:2627; Luke 10:36} must be treated equally, with love, respect, and mercy whoever they are, and whichever status/wealth/heath/etc. they have or have not.

Any normal/viable (capable of survival and growth–development) state should drive out the criminals/terrorists and have the comprehensive protective measures for

a/ preventing criminals (actual and potential) from entering and living within the society/state

b/ preventing crimes by those already living in the society/state

c/ protection and maintenance of well–being of its citizens.

However, the members of the society under protection of the normal/viable state should treat all the others, who have not committed crime and who not offended the others yet, according to the commandments of God.

 

 

[R]

The Bible. New York: American Bible Society, 1970.

The Complete Parallel Bible. New York and Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1993.

 

 

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The Offense and a Child is included in Selections_&_Reprints, Part 4.

 

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