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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Conscience: Guardian of Survival

 

 

whatever you desire that men should do to you, so you also should do to them,

for this is the Law and the prophets

{Matthew 7:12}

 

...sanctify the Lord God in your hearts...having a good conscience...

{1 Peter 3:15–16}

Turn away from evil, and do good; seek peace and pursue it

{Psalm 33:14}

 

Hope in the Lord, and do good, and dwell on the land,

and thou shall be fed with the wealth of it…

Cease from anger and forsake wrath: fret not thyself so as to do evil.

For the evil–doers shall be exterminated,

But they that wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth…

the meek shall inherit the earth and shall be delighted in peace

{Psalm 36:3, 8–9, 11}

 

 

The summary of the terms of survival at the earth is given by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God:

 

whatever you desire that men should do to you, so you also should do to them,

for this is the Law and the prophets

{Matthew 7:12}

 

Such behavior, when the one deals with the others in the same way he desires to be dealt with, is fulfillment of the second great commandmentΣ1 given by God: you shall love your neighbor as yourself {Matthew 22:36–40}.

How then, to become sensitive to feelings and needs of the others who we must love as ourselves, so even unintentionally, we would not hurt their feelings nor inflict any harm nor do any evil to them?

St. John the Apostle advises to listen own heart: if our hear does not accuse us, we have confidence in God {1 John 3:21}. The words of the Apostle re–iterate Moses’ explanation that the word (lawΣ2) of God is in the heart of men, and in the men’s hands to do it {Deuteronomy 30:14}.

These words [[and also see in: John 8:37–47 concerning those who do not have place for the Word–God within them]] reveal the place of the words (or the voice of God) within human heart and explain the meaning of conscienceΣ3, for instance, as self–evaluation of compliance with the law of God.

Hence, St. Paul the Apostle said: sanctify the Lord God in your hearts...having a good conscience {1 Peter 3:15–16}: for a Christian, to have a good conscience means to live by the law of God.

If the one begins his road to God and desires to find guidance in understanding of the meanings of the good and the evil, he should start with reading of the Holy Scriptures. The part of daily reading should include Psalms that convey knowledge of God and illustrate how people find understanding and come to live by the words of God.

The author of many Psalms is David shepherd boy, prophet, and ultimately, king of the chosen nation. David received from God the precious gift – the knowledge of God, and David has written down the Psalms – songs, which convey this knowledge: they carry the codes of survival – formulas of life.

By listening, reading, memorizing, and reciting the Psalms and then, by arranging life according to the knowledge conveyed by the Psalms, the generations of people received the power

a/ to comprehend the terms of survival: to obtain wisdomΣ4

and

b/ to achieve the purpose for the sake of which they have been born: to become the very Own people of God –

 

in the beginning,

in the Judaic civilization, slaves, servants, and priests

ultimately,

in the Christian civilization, immortal children and royal priesthood,

the light in God, and children of the Father of lights

{Matthew 5:17–48; John 1:1–18; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1; 2;

Galatians 4:6–7; Ephesians 5:8–10}

 

All Psalms convey the life–sustaining knowledge; each of them has a special message revealing and explaining different manifestations of the Omnipotent power of God. The Psalms teach to focus the mind on the accomplishment of the law given by God and explain the meaning of the Absolute GoodΣ5 of God, which the one should learn and imitate {Mathew 5:48; Luke 6:17–49; John 13:34–35; 15:12–17}, if he desires to obtain the everlasting life.

If the one decided to take his own road to perfection and completeness of understanding of knowledge of God and to seek wisdom of survival in the Holy Scriptures, he should devote some time to reading the Psalms and thinking about the message that they convey. Perhaps, he would begin with the most straightforward ones, such as Psalm 33(34) and Psalm 36(37), which explain that

 

if the one desires to live and to see good, he should

call upon God

stay with God by observing His lawΣ2

live righteously

[[that is according to the law – The Ten CommandmentsΣ1]]

do good

deal with the others as he desires to be dealt with

restrain his temper and abstain from anger

neither speak nor do evil

 

 

The one who reads the Psalms – the precious inheritance of the Old Testament, the Judaic civilization – with attentive and unbiased mind, would discern in them the eternal Wisdom that God grants to His children to accept it as the guiding Light into the eternity, to hold it as the key to His kingdom, and to live by it as the traveler in the arid desert lives by the life–giving water. In the daily life, this Wisdom speaks to us within our heart: by quiet benevolent voice of conscience that is our precious counselor and guardian.

 

 

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Notes:

 

Σ1 See The Law of God or CHRISTIANITY (also as Supplement 1 to Selections_&_Reprints)

 

Σ2 In the contemporary terms, law might be defined as the main code for creation, maintenance, control, and annihilation of purposeful developing entities–systems–living beings.

The Universe is an embodiment of the creative energy of God. At the levels accessible for the human mind, the divine creative energy is the source of the universal energy: this energy is available for creation and maintenance of existence of realities and systems within the world perceivable by human senses.

The universal/main pattern–code of energy transformations – the law – defines the nature, time–range of existence, way of disintegration, and other parameters of the universe composed of the energy and its derivative – the matter structured at the different levels of complexity.

The law might be envisioned as the main code according to which, within the chaos/pool of reserves, the purposeful system–reality–universe is arranged/comes into being. The chaos/pool of reserves consists of the derivatives of universal energy: the energy forms, reversible units energy←→matter, reversible and irreversible structured matter – elements, force fields, and other components necessary for creation and sustaining of life.

Life is the purposeful cycles of transformation of the divine energy of creation/universal energy at the different levels of complexity; these cycles of energy transformation are completed with creation of purposeful developing wholenesses/living beings accommodated within time–space–complexity settings.

The unity of three inseparable correlated components is needed for any act of creation [[creation is actualization of the law–code]], including creations of a living being:

1/ law→code that is defined by the willpurpose and accomplished with power↔wisdom↔energy

2/ energy→source of all forms of the energy and its derivatives, such as energy fields and energy–information–matter, from which the perceivable visible universe/world consists having been created according to the will→law and by the power→wisdom

3/ power→force→will→wisdom→ability to transform↔apply↔use energy according to the law/code:

 

LAW

ENERGY ↔ POWER

 

The law controls the nature of each wholeness/system/reality/living being that exists for a purpose; a purpose is to actualize the set of transformations of the universal energy at particular level(s) of complexity. The essence and meaning of purposes, conditions, and results of energy transformations define the system’s nature.

In general, the law has three main functions:

1/ creation of a purposeful wholeness

2/ maintenance of the compliance–harmony–compatibility of all components of a system → reality ←→ universe ← wholeness to the conditions, which sustain life and make possible development → evolution of the system → reality ←→ universe ← wholeness

3/ annihilation of the system → reality ←→ universe ← wholeness, which has deviated from the law and became incompatible with the (super)system ←→ (super)reality ←→ (super)universe within which it came into being and was intended to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which it was created.

When a being/system deviates from the main pattern/code/law that describes the meaning, conditions, and results of its existence, it perverts own nature and becomes unable to access the energy that otherwise would sustain its existence. Hence, the main pattern/code/law stipulates not only the life–sustaining processes; it carries the program of annihilation, which is activated when the being/system perverts own nature and becomes incompatible with the supersystem that accommodates its existence. Therefore, the universal law defines life and death of each being/system:

 

existence → evolution/development of optimal potency

and

degeneration → annihilation

The universal law also is referred to as the universal law of perfection, because it defines the optimum – e.g., the highest potency of creation of the highest good – of each system/being and directs each system/being toward the optimum; it provides one universal standard – the pattern of perfection as a derivative of the Absolute Good for each level of complexity [[for instance, for a human being {Matthew 5:48}: to be perfect, as heavenly God the Father (the Creator) is perfect]] defined by the Word–God, Λογος/Αγια Σοφια {Matthew 5:17–19; 22:37–40; John 14; 15; 16; 17}.

Consequently, for the Christians, the meaning of universality and perfection is compliance with the commandments–words of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God Who is the only Truth, the only Law, and the only Way of reasoning and fulfilling the law for the human mind that aspires to enter the eternity in the presence of God {2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2; Colossians 1; 2; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Revelation 22:1–5}.

Concerning the Law, see

The Law of God: The Ten Commandments. The Road to God in CHRISTIANITY (also as Supplement 1 to Selections_&_Reprints)

The Absolute

The Unchangeable Absolute Law of Christianity – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 4

The Love and The Law and The Understanding and the Law in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1

The Complete Knowledge, The Security/Welfare of the World, and other posts in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 3

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

The Freedom of Perfection, The Inevitability of the Law, The Great Expectation, The Salvation, The Law of Love and the Ultimate Justice, Deprivation of Knowledge, The Secret Things, and The Unity and Division reprints in Note 7 to Selections_&_Reprints

Concerning complexity and other systems terms and definitions, see Introduction to the Systems Logic

See also Notes 46, 92, 213, and 358 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

 

Σ3 Conscience is the natural attribute of the soul–heart–mind: the sense–perception of the good/right and the evil/wrong based in the law of God, which defines the meanings of the good and the evil and the meaning of human nature.

The essence of conscience is pursuit of good and avoidance of evil accomplished through the unity of coherent correlated interactions among the following elements, on which the mind, especially the faculty of deliberation [[see Chart 1. The Mind in The Mind or in Note 11 to Selections_&_Reprints]], operates:

 

the knowledge of the good and the evil

↓ ↑

the ability to recognize the good and the evil within each thought, action, event

↓ ↑

the ability to apply this knowledge for evaluation of own thoughts, words, and deeds

↓ ↑

the ability to change self–perception and self–evaluation according to committed deeds

[[e.g., the expression “the pangs of conscience” defines the inner discomfort

issuing from understanding of inadmissibility of own actions,

their incompatibility with the purposes of existence, or their negative evaluation by the others]]

↓ ↑

the ability of adverse changing mental and physical states according to changes of self–evaluation

[[e.g., development of mental disorders, addictions, diseases, suicide]]

 

Conscience focuses the reason of man on the truth, therefore, on the main purposes for the sake of which a human being was created: accomplishment of the will of God – creation of the good. Right (clean, peaceful) conscience confirms that the mind still is a being created in the image and likeness of God.

Sometimes, conscience is identified with the heart that knows the truth – the knowledge with which man evaluates his thoughts, words, and actions; for instance, St. John the Apostle’s words {1 John 3:19–24} lead to the inference that the heart’s judgment diagnoses the compliance of one’s thoughts, words, and actions with the truth – law of God.

In other terms, it might be said that

1/ conscience is the controlling system that

a/ monitors evolution of the mind (development of the ability to create the good) and identifies the failure, which could start the processes of collapse

b/ either confirms compliance with the Law of God or identifies violation of the Law of God

c/ either rewards the mind with peace (the state identified as happiness) or devoid the mind of peace, and therefore, signalizes necessity of correction

2/ conscience is the security system that

a/ debilitates the evil mind and makes it unable of achieving the purposes

b/ intervenes with the mind’s ability of survival

c/ triggers self–annihilation of the mind, which became incapable of creation of the good, inclined to evil, chose the works of the evil and, therefore, developed into the threat to well–being of other creations of God.

It is not possible to rebel against own conscience and to force it to change its conviction. The only way to remove conscience from own life is to silence it: to make it irrelevant by renouncing God, therefore, by transforming the inner self into the living dead – a material being living only by the matter and for the sake of the matter. Then, such lawless deeds as murder, deceit, injustice become the daily routine, and men turn themselves into the beasts incapable of three main interconnected virtues that define the human nature:

 

a/ comprehension of the words of God

↓ ↑

b/ righteousness

↓ ↑

c/ possession with wisdom,

which secures survival of man and his establishments

 

Without these three components, man is predator–beast capable only of devouring other living beings: he is an embodiment of arch–evil/death and all his actions result in destruction and death; he has no value even for those who control him and, with the power of coercion, force him to act according to their interests.

Such a phenomenon explains the most widely used practice of corruption: silencing and re–programming the conscience, so the good is turned into the evil and the arch–evil is accepted as the highest good. The history provides plenty of examples how such re–programming is accomplished and what are the results (e.g., totalitarian states, oppressive regimes, religious hierarchies, political parties, criminal organizations, politicized religions, propaganda, ideologies of death).

See

The Mind

The Strange Knowledge, The Point of No Return, The Perception, The Time of Destruction –– reprints in Notes 41, 45, and 184 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Strange Phenomenon: Displaced Mind – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1

Note 374 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Church Militants in Folder Political Theology

 

 

Σ4 Wisdom is the power of reason/intelligence, with which a human being survives at the earth and evolves into the child of God prepared for the next phase of existence – the eternity with God. This power is given by the Holy Spirit Who comes because of the Word–God, the Holy Wisdom of God – Λογος/Αγια Σοφια – to the one who has faith in Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, who loves God, who accepted the knowledge of God, and who proved his love to God with observance of His commandments and with the deeds of good {John 14:14–26; 15:10–17; 17; 1 John 3; 4}.

In 1 Corinthians 2:6–16, St. Paul the Apostle writes of the Holy Wisdom given by the Holy Spirit, of the power of God that is the foundation of faith, and of intelligence, reason, mind of those who just/exactly follow the reasoning of Christ {δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν – 1 Corinthians 2:15–16}.

Hence, human wisdom is the state of empowerment, when a human being, who has been receiving the Divine Energy and knowing the Law of God, becomes the co–worker of God and creator of works that actualize the will of God within the world given into the dominion of man {John 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Corinthians 3:9}.

Wisdom might be also defined as comprehension of the Law of God and the subsequent ability to observe the Law: to live according to the Law of God, to embody the Law of God into daily life – the reality of own existence. As such, wisdom initiates and sustains human evolution, which is the process of transformation into the immortal child of God prepared for the eternity in the presence of God.

At the level of the human mind, wisdom is the power that enables the mind

a/ to comprehend the Law of God that controls existence of the world and to exist in compliance with the Law of God

b/ to create invincible establishments/systems for achievement of the purposes that actualize the will of God within the human world

c/ to accomplish own evolution, for instance, as development–achievement of the maximal potency of reasoning, comprehension and creation of knowledge.

In brief, wisdom is the power that secures existence, evolution–development of the highest potency, and accomplishment of the purposes for the sake of which a human being has been created.

In the systems terms, wisdom defines the potency to operate with the knowledge that sustains the highest level of complexity, to which the mind might be empowered to evolve at the earth.

In general sense, complexity is the universality of knowledge, which is embodied/actualized into the entirety of processes defining life of the world; hence the one might envision wisdom as

1/ the power to act in compliance with the law of God that controls life, the human nature, and the nature of the world that accommodates life and evolution of the human reason,

and

2/ the power to evolve for the next phase of existence – eternity.

Consequently, at each level of complexity, the meaning of wisdom is inseparably linked with the abilities to complete the life–cycle according to the nature and to evolve

either

for the next phase of existence

[[e.g., a human being evolves into the immortal child of God]]

or

for achievement of purposes at other levels of complexity

[[e.g., the state established with the purpose to secure existence of a small nation evolves into the mighty empire;

a small business enterprise evolves into the multinational corporation]]

 

For instance, for three consecutive levels of complexity –– the human mind → a human being → a human establishment –– the meaning of wisdom is preservation of life/existence/process of accomplishment of purposes and evolution/development of potency to accomplish the purposes at another level of complexity:

a/ at the level of human mind, wisdom is the power that enables and sustains survival and evolution of the human mind and makes possible successful accomplishment of purposes, for the sake of which the mind creates systems – societies, kingdoms, states, empires, civilizations

b/ at the level of a human being, wisdom is a component of human nature created in image and after likeness of God, the state/condition of intellect, which reveals itself through the ability to accept the life–sustaining energy and power from God and to embody them into own actuality; for instance, to accept, to absorb/assimilate, to create, and to use knowledge necessary for creating, maintaining, and using systems and establishments, with which a human being sustains life, accomplishes purposes, and evolves for the next phase of existence; in other words, wisdom is the power to accomplish the will of God and the works, for the sake of which a human being has been created

c/ at the level of human establishment–system, wisdom is the synergy of the forces that maintain the system’s existence and development according to the creator’s design, and secure accomplishment of the purposes for the sake of which the system has been created.

Wisdom has the greatest significance for the one’s life and well–being, because it defines the main factors controlling human existence and leads to accomplishment of the main purpose – obtaining life everlasting in the presence of God:

 

 

G o d

Faith ←→ Wisdom

↓ ↓

Freedom ←→ Knowledge

↓ ↓

Invincibility ←→ Evolution

↓ ↓

Survival @ the earth Life everlasting in the presence of God

 

 

Although the very idea of invincibility within the world of dissipating material realities, systems, and structures seems to be illogical, it will continue to exist, because it reflects the true nature of a free being created in the image and after likeness of free Almighty and Omnipotent God and therefore, capable of receiving the precious gift of God: the gift of wisdom.

In brief, invincibility is impossibility to destroy the system until it accomplishes the purposes for the sake of it has been created.

Hence, wisdom as the power to achieve the purposes sustains abilities to design systems, which might be invincible until the mind achieves its purposes.

See also

–– Posts concerning Knowledge and Wisdom – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 3

–– Notes 7, 18, 20, 39, 67, 91, 95, 150, 152, and 272 to Selections_&_Reprints

Concerning concepts of man, the mind–reason–intelligence and wisdom [[including their practical aspects and problems for those who do not have them]], evolution and survival, see The Works of God, The Discernment, The Mind, Materialism, The Vineyard and Its Lessons, Apostasy, and Reprint: The Invincible Empire, Chapter 8

 

 

Σ5 The absolute good is the attribute of God, and this absolute good – love – is the main law, to which the one has to follow, and the main ideal, which the one has to imitate, if he wants to live at the earth and to obtain everlasting life in the Kingdom of God.

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 Mind

The Excellence, and The Absolute Power reprints in Note 1 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

 

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Conscience: Guardian of Survival will be included in ARCHIVE_2018

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