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by Alice Alexandra-Sofia
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Future

 

For God so loved the world

that He gave His only–begotten Son,

that everyone believing in Him should not perish,

but have everlasting life…

{John 3:16}

...The Lord ... is long–suffering toward us,

not having purposed any to perish

but all to come to repentance

{2 Peter 3:9}

 

 

Seven years ago, when I worked on systems concept of the future, I wrote The Future – post about the ancient city of Nineve that was spared by God, so the doom and destruction predicted by Jonas the prophet {Jonas}, whom God sent to the sinners to reveal them their inevitable future – ruin and death, did not come the reality. It was quite untypical event in the history of mankind: whatever prophets sent by God foretell, all comes to pass {cf. in: Deuteronomy 18:22}.

In heathen societies, the philosophizing diviners/priests invented a special deity: the inexorable Fate, the embodiment of the power that keeps everyone in his very own inferno of fixed destiny as a slave is kept in fetters by his ruthless owner.

In the heathen world, the destiny is inexorable indeed, because, if there is no knowledge of the Law of God – the main LawΣ1 that defines the human nature, each thought and each action might violate the Law. The violations of the Law lead to degeneration and perversion of the nature, that is to suffering, mental and physical illness, disorders of all kinds, slavery to evil and sin, and premature death {Deuteronomy 28:15–68}.

Hence, for the heathensΣ2, the way of the evil is the same for everyone and it has the same stages and the same end: nothing can be changed, because the main pattern of the evil always is unvarying:

degeneration–→disorder–→collapse–→death–→disintegration

 

Starting with Moses, the Hebrew ProphetsΣ3 not only diagnosed the symptoms and omens of the coming disasters, wars, plagues, and other calamities; they told the reason, why the grief and suffering would come {e.g., The Book of Jeremiah}.

For instance, Isaiah the Prophet left {Isaiah 24:1–21; 26:1–15} the concise description of the Past, Present, and the Future of the earth, which will be ruined for the sins of her inhabitants, because they broke the everlasting covenant and served the evil instead of God. He also mentions two main patterns that define the essence of life for those who are born into the world, two different ways that people choose:

one that is concluded with ruin, destruction, and collapseΣ4

another leading to salvation.

So, the first distinction between the heathen world and world of those who live by God: in the world of those who are given the knowledge of God, the choice between two futures is possible.

Any human mind that is born into the world without God, in fact, has no choice: all that it can learn, contemplate, invent, comprehend, create – everything is evil or serves the evil; there is no exit from the realm of the evil, and there is no knowledge that other realms exist.

The essence of the heathen world and the meaning of life within such a world might be inferred from Isaiah the Prophet’s writings {Isaiah 9:12–16; 59:4–10} concerning those who commit iniquities (e.g., idol–worshipers, heathens, apostates): they live in ignorance, and they are unable to understand why and from where all disasters come; they are as the blind who feel the wall, who feel at noon as at midnight. While they expect enlightenment, they walk in perplexity; their ways are destruction and miseryΣ5. They are misled, so they may be devoured by the evil.

The same description might be applied to those who are born as the heathens and do not know true God: ignorance of the law does not protect from the consequences of violations of the law.

In general, cognition of the evil, violations of the Law of God, and the inevitable consequences – suffering and death of men, destruction and collapse of their establishments – are the most frequently observed realities, especially now, during the current war between the remnants of the free world good and the global advancement of the radical IslamistsΣ6.

Hence, the one could infer that the most tragic part of the history of mankind is the inability to connect the cause with the consequences. People understand, for instance, that the current vehicles (car, train) do not run without energy (oil, electricity). In the same time, they are unable to see that the world cannot exist without the Divine Energy of God. This Energy comesΣ7 only to/through those who live according to the Law/will of God:

the curse, which the earth has to suffer, when it was cursed/downgradedΣ8 because of the original sin of men, is visible and its consequences are known; it began with the original sinΣ9 and entered the world of men with the first murder. Under this curse, the people live within the insufficient world, in which the fruits of the earth and fruits of men (thoughts, words, actions) can bear poison, evil, and death; the world, within which man – already deprived from the power of God – is unable to accept the life–sustaining power of the earthΣ10 and had to complete his existence in groaning and trembling {Genesis 3:18–20; 4:8–12; Matthew 12:33–35; Luke 6:43–45}

the material signs of blessingsΣ11 of those who live according to the Law of God, that is according to the human nature, became the rare occasion; they are almost unknown in the Present defined by devastation of unceasing wars and issuing poverty, plagues of mental and physical disorders, crimes, and insufficiency of all kinds. Not many are able to perceive and to accept the inner peace given by God {John 14:27}.

With each passing day, the world sinks deeper and deeper into despair; all attempts to prevent famines, wars, conflicts, genocides, and other crises and calamities seem to be hopeless: it looks like the inexorable Fate of ancient heathens, which has doomed people to agony under the rule of the arch–evil, became the only decision–maker in many lands, states, nations…

However, human life is not restricted by the world of the matter and its values: even when this world, which became the embodiment of knowledge of the evil. As it is revealed with story of Ezekias king of Judea {Isaiah 38}, when he was spared of imminent death and given additional fifteen years of lifeΣ12, there cannot be limit to mercy and love of God, and the future is not fixed/unchangeable reality.

Thousands of years ago, when only insignificant part of mankind was given the Law of God, when the chosen nation was surrounded by the darkness of the heathen world, Isaiah the prophet promised something new, that did not exist in the cyclical inexorable Past observed by Ecclesiastes {Ecclesiastes 1:910}: the great Light would overcome those living in the shadow of death and they would be set free {Isaiah 9:2–4; 1 Peter 1:10}.

Isaiah spoke of the Messiah, the Savior, Who would take on Himself the sins of the world, reconcile man to God, and give man the authority to become the child of God; he foresaw the coming of God Who would break the vicious circle of the evil and death, set His creations free, and open the way the Kingdom of God, into the new world without memory of the past evil – the new future world that will be created after the trials of man are complete and the evil is no more {Revelation 21; 22}.

So, this prophecy was fulfilled as the actual life of Christians: Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God became the flesh, and the promise of salvation is the reality. Lord Jesus Christ gave to a mortal prisoner the authority to become an immortal and free child of God, to accomplish the breakthrough from the fixed stagnant world of evil and death into the unlimited eternal Kingdom of God. When He, the Word–God, became Jesus Christ the Son of Man, He broke the walls of ancient prison of evil, which separated man from God; He annihilated the enmity of man to God, and through His death on the cross, He reconciled man to God. He revealed them the only One True God – the Omnipotent Almighty Perfect Love Whose law is love to God and to the creations of God; He gave His followers the faith, which is stronger than death, and the power to overcome the world of evil; He opened them the knowledge that is the eternal life – the knowledge of God the Father and Jesus Christ Whom He sent. He, Word–God, creates a human child of God and enables him to become the dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God, the living temple of the Living God {Matthew 5; 6; 7; 22:36–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 6:19–49; 10:27–37; John 1:1–18; 3:16–18; 6:2858, 63; 10:1–18, 27–30; 11:25–26; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John; Romans 8; Ephesians 1; 2; 3:14–21; Revelation 21:1–5; 22:3–5}.

Therefore, one of the main differences between the heathenism and true knowledge of God is hope.

The heathenism spreads insufficiency, deprivation of good, and degeneration of perversion; its essence is slavery and hatred: hatred to God and hatred to man who is created in image and after likeness of God. The only freedom it allows is the freedom of corruption, promiscuity, and vice. Everything in the heathen world carries the curse of ignorance and corruption –

 

starting with philosophy, which justifies slavery and bestialization of man

through the cults of snakes, political and religious leaders,

the human doctrines, ideologies, false religions

[[marxist–bolshevist–socialist–fascist–nazi–radical–globalist ideologies,

ecumenism, totalitarian regimes]]

and other beasts and idolsΣ13 in animal and human shape,

which are born by perverted imagination, established on lies and deceit,

and are fed with human beings sacrificed to figments of human imagination

finishing with the politics – the political organization and power of coercionΣ14

intended to enslave men, to deprive them of decency,

and to sacrifice their life and happiness to any current idol/set of idols

chosen for them by the current generation of servants of the arch–evil –

corrupted politicians and lairs

 

The heathen world is finite, flat, unchangeable, and hopeless: its essence is death, it exists by murdering and devouring living beings, it tolerates only those who carry death within, and it ends with death.

The true knowledge of God gives hope. Whatever the material conditions of life are, faithΣ15 gives understanding of their true essence – the temporal arrangement of the insufficient dissipating world of the evil, and focuses the mind on the Future world to come: the infinite indestructible eternal Kingdom, in which God will dwell with His creations. There is only one Way to this world – Lord God Jesus Christ, the Word–God Who is the Truth, the Light, the Life.

Hence, the Christian theology sustains understanding of the future as the open evolving system: there is no fixed correlation of any sindeath as it could be expected by those who envision the law only as the inevitable punishment and retribution {1 John 5:16–21}.

Through personal repentance and because of redemptionΣ16 by Lord Jesus Christ, any sinner might be forgiven, healed, set free from the slavery of evil, and enter the eternity with God {Matthew 9:12–13; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:30–32; John 8:31–36}.

Indeed, only because of mercy of God, mankind still lives in spite of its unbearable burden of sin, hatred, crimes against God and His creations, and all the knowledge of evil amassed by men.

Hence, each day that comes is the gift of God the Father of mercies, Who is the Perfect Love, Who sent His Son – the Light of the world, the Word–God, to save the world and to give those who believe in Him, His followers, eternal life: God does not want death of sinners, but that all be saved {John 1:1–18; 3:16–21, 35–36; 6:2858, 63; 8:12; 10:1–18, 27–30; 11:25–26; 12:44–50; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John}.

During my life–time, I observed many apparently hopeless crises, many times the world came to the brink of the devastating war, many times evil and hatred of men did not leave any ground for expectations that tomorrow will ever come. Yet, by the limitless mercy of God and because of Perfect Love of God, each time, one more chance of survival was given: it looks like the story of ancient Nineve the city of sinners spared by God became the description of the Present, yet, how long it will last?

 

Reprint

The Future

 

the people of Nineve

turned every one away from their evil ways and from the iniquity on their hands …

and God saw their works that they turned from their evil ways …

and the Lord said … shall not I spare Nineve, the great city…?

{Jonas 3:5, 8, 10; 4:10–11}

 

 

The Book of Jonas is one of the smallest among the books of the Old Testament, yet, it conveys some of the most important revelations [[one of them, for instance, sustains the systems concept of the future]].

Jonas entered the history of the Hebrew Prophets as the reluctant one: he was sent to warn the people of Nineve that the inevitable retribution for their wickedness is near, yet, in naïve attempt to escape the presence of God, he sailed through the sea, and, because of his disobedience, got himself in big trouble…

Eventually, Jonas accomplished his task: he preached to the Nineve’s inhabitants as God commanded, and he announced that in three days the city would be overthrown. Yet, his prediction did not come true: the Nineve’s people repented and God spared the city with all inhabitants.

Then, the strange thing happens: Jonas asked God to take his life – he does not want to live. He is afflicted with the bitter disappointment [[against his will, because he knew that merciful and forgiving God would definitely spare the sinners {Jonas 4:2}, so why he – Jonas – should take such a hard labor in vain?]], he came to preach in the alien land; he got tired walking through the streets of the great city; he promised destruction, and nothing ensued.

God awoke the Jonas’ heart with a simple lesson: He made a gourd to come over the Jonas’ head to protect Jonas from the sun. Jonas rejoiced for this plant, yet, the next morning, it withered away. Jonas was smote by the sun and burning wind; he grieved even to death because this plant was a source of the great joy for him – the disheartened and homeless prophet.

So, Jonas pitied the plant, which he did not sow and which he did not bring up: it came up before one night and perished before another night. So, why God Who created everything and Who loves all His creations should not spare Nineve, the great city in which multitudes of human beings and also many cattle dwell?

Three inferences follow:

a/ a system’s creator always possesses control over the system’s conditions; most of system’s settings, parameters, and the time–range of existence can be changed with knowledge of system’s code/law, by which it was created/established, overall design, life–maintaining processes, and access to the resources, which sustain system’s existence

b/ until some point of time–event–condition–completion of latent processes, the future exists not as the fixed unchangeable end–state–condition

c/ until some crucial point – the thought–knowledge–word–event–action, the future can be changed.

The practical question: how to determine the point when/where the future from the probability becomes the unavoidable reality – the actuality, which is separated from the Present only by a few moments/days/months of time, or learned knowledge, or spoken words?

The answer might be inferred from the logical chain of historical events mentioned in the Holy Scriptures (1. through 8.).

 

1. Before the beginning of the current civilization, Abraham received the vision of the future in which the great nation will be settled in the Promised Land, and the endless eternal kingdom will be established. Yet, the time of the great nation will come only after four hundred years of slavery and humiliation of Abraham’s descendants, because the measure of sins committed by the Amorites (the Amorites was the nation of idol–worshipers, which populated the land at the time of Abraham) is not filled up yet. Later, answering Abraham’s plea for mercy, God promises to spare the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah if He finds at least ten righteous among the sinners. Yet, no one righteous left but Lot – Abraham’s nephew. Lot and his daughters who fled with him were spared; two cities were ruined {Genesis 12:1–3; 13:14–18; 15:1–7; 17:1–8; 18:17–32; 19:1–29}.

 

2. Moses, descendant of Abraham, conveys revelations of God in conditional terms. At the time of formation of the chosen nation, Moses offered a choice between two possible futures: life and prosperity would be the destiny of those who observe the Law and accomplish the will of God; suffering, slavery, and death await those who break the covenant with God, violate His Law, disobey His commandments, and serve “other gods” {Deuteronomy 30:15–20}.

 

3. When God speaks with Solomon and His other servants, His promises also contain conditional “if”: the future is defined by observance of the Law and fulfillment of the commandments of God {2 Chronicles 7:17–22}. Also, God changes the future of a repentant sinner, as well as the future of the entire nation, if He wishes so.

 

4. Then, the Prophets of the post–Solomon era begin to announce the coming disasters as the inevitability. However, the end still could be changed: Nineve was spared; king Ezekias did not want to die and asked for God’s mercy – he was granted additional fifteen years of life, moreover, during his life–time, God protected Jerusalem from the king of the Assyrians {Jonas 4:8–10; Isaiah 38:1–8}, while the Assyrian kingdom devastated the surrounding lands and nations (in VIII–VII BC).

 

5. Isaiah the Prophet (in VIII BC) conveys the revelation of the future, the end, which is set for the Earth and her inhabitants:

 

1/ because of their wrongdoing and iniquities, the chosen people became abomination to God {Isaiah 59:1–15; 64:5–7},

2/ the name of those once chosen ones shall be for a loathing, and the Lord shall destroy them {Isaiah 65:15}

3/ the servants of God will be called by a new name, which shall be blessed on the Earth because it is the name of the True God {Isaiah 65:15–16}

4/ the Savior shall be born into the world; He shall rule forever, and the Great Light shall shine upon the people who dwell in the zone of death {Isaiah 9:2, 6–7}

5/ the fire of God shall come upon the earth {Isaiah 66:15}

6/ the messengers of God shall be sent to all nations to proclaim the name and the glory of God to those who did not know the Lord: all the nations will be gathered for the Lord, the new brethren shall come from all the nations, and from them God shall take His priests and Levites {Isaiah 66:18–21}

7/ the fire of God shall judge and destroy those who rejected God and who became the abomination to God {Isaiah 66:15, 17–18, 24}

8/ it shall be a new heaven and a new earth, and they shall not remember the former, neither it come into their mind {Isaiah 65:17}

9/ the new world shall remain before God, as well as the seed and name of those who will come in it {Isaiah 66:22}Σ17.

 

6. The revelations given through Ezekiel the Prophet (in VI BC) disclose the next change of the conditions of salvation: from this point of time, only the righteous man himself can be saved, not even his children, and righteousness of one man is not enough for salvation of the others. Should Noah, Daniel, and Job be amidst of the cursed land, by their righteousness they would deliver only their own souls, yet, none of their children be spared {Ezekiel 14:13–20}. The significant modification of conditions–terms had happened:

in the time of the Flood, slavery, trials of Job, and the Babylon exile

the families were delivered and rewarded along with the righteous member of the family

in the time of Abraham,

it would be enough to have only ten righteous men for salvation of two cities – Sodom and Gomorrah

{Genesis 18:20–32}

at the Ezekiel the prophet’s time,

everyone is responsible only for own future

 

The initial conditions when the family was the seed of the future are changed:

–– only the personal deeds and thoughts define the future of a human being

–– establishments of men lost the remnants of their significance as the settings for survival and development

–– now, only mercy of God saves the righteous from injustice and death.

Although the destiny of some people – the sinners who repent and turn to God – still might be changed, the destiny of mankind and of the entire world already was set at some point of time; then, it was revealed through Isaiah the Prophet.

Consequently, it might be said that the choice of men to seek protection besides God became meaningless – the choice, which the chosen nation made in the time of Samuel the Prophet: to have the king and to be as all nations {1 Kings 8:5–22; 10:17–19}; that is to have the kingdom/state/establishment as the protector and defender (and the master–owner).

From this point of time, the establishments and structures, which people set for protection, would serve oppression, promote slavery (and with slavery, its inseparable companion – degeneration), and accomplish annihilation of humans.

This inference is confirmed by

–– the history of Israel after the Babylon exile: corruption of priests, ruling elite, and the kings, which culminated in destruction of the state and submission of the people to the heathen Roman Empire

–– rejection of the Messiah – the Word–God and the plot to kill Him for the sake of survival under the Roman authorities {Luke 7:30; John 11:47–53; 19:11–15}

–– dishonorable reign and dishonorable death of Herod {Matthew 14:1–12; Mark 6:14–29; Luke 3:1, 19–20; 13:31–34; Acts 12:1–4, 21–23}

–– the history of Western civilization, which had embodied the main patterns of Plato–Aristotle’s utopia, made them the actuality (e.g., the Inquisition and the papal empire), and reached its apotheosis with the totalitarian states of the twentieth century. Now, this civilization is rushing to the final stages of degeneration–readiness for assimilation by the alien establishment, the Islamic Caliphate that will cast it thirty–five centuries back, to the time of slavery, when the laws of retribution were set [[the laws of Moses actualized prevention and extermination of evil by revengeful and ruthless punishment and execution of the evil’s carriers: eye for eye, death for death {Exodus 21:23–25; Leviticus 24:19–21; Deuteronomy 19:16–21}]]. Probably, then, the memories of past liberties and mercies will become the subject of forbidden stories through which the Caliphate’s slaves will learn the dreams of freedom and start ascent to humaneness…

 

7. Lord Jesus Christ speaks in the terms of accomplishment:

–– the time of harvest began

–– He came to cast the Fire upon the Earth {to build the temple from the human clay and to ignite the Fire within –– to make the earth/man the dwelling of the Living God {Isaiah 64:8; Psalm 17(18):28; Matthew 5:14–16; Luke 12:49; John 5:35; 2 Corinthians 4:6–7}, to call the sinners to repent, and to heal those who seek to be healed

–– His disciples would harvest the fruits–results of the others’ labor

–– the end is close, although the exact time is sealed from men: only God the Father knows the day {Matthew 24:34–44; Mark 13:1–37; Luke 21:29–36; John 4:35}.

 

8. The Apostles write about the last days of the Earth – completion of the times, preparation to the end, the final transformation, and new beginning:

–– not we all die, yet, will be transformed

–– the trial by the Fire will overcome all our deeds

–– new Earth, new creation of God, will appear {2 Peter 3; 1 Corinthians 3:13–15; 15:51–58; Hebrews 1:10–12; Revelation 21:1–5, 22–27; 22:10–12}.

 

It is probable that the mankind’s road turned to the apocalyptic future at some point of time, between

 

the first division of Israel, after the death of Solomon

and

beginning of a process of re–structuring of the ancient empires,

which would prepare the world for brief dominance of the Greeks

and establishment of the common Greek language (Koine)

as the universal language of the ancient world

[[the Books of the New Testament are written on Koine]]

 

So, what have happened, for instance, between two points of reference: the time of Abraham when the words of God contain the conditional if, and the time when Lord Jesus Christ warns His disciples that the inevitable end is close?

There are three hints pointing to the answer.

 

1. The ancient Israelites entered the Promised Land only after wickedness, corruption, and perversion of the native nations made impossible their further existence: the measure of their wickedness–sins–evil was filled up. In particular, Moses especially warned his fellow tribesmen:

–– they are stiff–necked and disobedient people who tempted God many times

–– it is not for their righteousness that God – the Consuming Fire – comes before them to annihilate other nations

–– the nations living in the land, which God promised to Abraham, have to be destroyed, because of their wickedness and abominable deeds, including divination – source of the false knowledgeΣ18. The native nations cognized the ultimate evil (e.g., they sacrificed their first–born to the idols – figments of their imagination and “went after another flesh”); they became abomination to God, thus, they have to be destroyed along with their idols, false knowledge, and manner of life. The same pattern describes the destiny of the following generations: as soon as those who have knowledge of God reject it and imitate the alien ways of life and iniquities of the others, they share the destiny of the others – degradation and annihilation {Genesis15:1–21; Deuteronomy 7:17–26; 9:3–6; 12:29–31; 18:9–14; Psalm 105(106):34–42; Romans 1:21–32; Ephesians 4:17–24}.

 

2. There are repeated mentions of the filled “measure” and “fulfillment” of the time; for instance,

–– before the Flood, God tells Noah that the time of fulfillment – καιροςΣ19 – came: the Earth is filled with iniquities of men and all flesh had corrupted its way upon the Earth; men and Earth are to be destroyed {Genesis 6:12–14}

–– the Balthazar’s kingdom is measured and found to be filled, it is weighed and found to be insufficient [[of the good]], and then, it is destroyed – divided between two nations, because Balthazar exalted himself against God {Daniel 5:1–28, 31}

Ezekiel the Prophet has a vision of measurement of the land, the temple, and the altar; the context connects these measures with righteousness, observation, and fulfillment of the ordinances and commandments of God {Ezekiel 40:3–49; 41:1–26; 42:1–20; 43:1–12}

 

3. To obtain life and salvation, the mind has to pass from knowledge of the ultimate evil – heathenismΣ2, which grows up on ignorance and which is sustained by the corrupted imagination, to knowledge of the ultimate or Absolute Good, firstly, the Law of God {Deuteronomy 4:5–29; 8:5–6; 11:1; 29:29; Proverbs 2:3–15}.

Lord God Jesus Christ reveals the meaning of the Absolute GoodΣ20 – the eternal life that is in knowledge of God and of the Word–God sent onto the earth for salvation of the world. In the time of Moses, fear of death sustains the laws of men. In the time of the New Testament, people are granted understanding that the ruthless laws are given to those with the ruthless heart, yet, the Omnipotent Almighty God the Father is perfect Love without fear and suffering, and He is merciful and kind even to the ungrateful and evil ones. Merciful and perfect God desires mercy, not sacrifice: He came to save the world not to destroy, not to judge it; the condition of forgiveness is an ability to forgive the others {Matthew 5:21–24, 38–48; 6:14–15; 7:12; 9:13; 12:7; Luke 6:27–38; 9:51–56; John 3:16–21; 17:3; 1 John 4:8–21}.

Therefore, knowledge of the ultimate – the Absolute – good (love and mercy of God, which open the eternal life) is granted to all those who is able to accept: this measure is filled up. The measure of the ultimate evil is close to completion. Whatever time left, it will increase the number of those who cognized the evil and embodied the knowledge of evil into thoughts, words, actions, and establishments; however, it also will increase the number of those who cognized the good and embodied the knowledge of good into their life {e.g., Revelation 22:11–12}.

In general, the process of evolution of the mindΣ21 had been defined, it was set, and it is coming to the end along with the destiny of the Earth, which accommodates evolution of the human mind.

The referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures lead to the conclusion: the destiny becomes unchangeable when

some measure is filled; this measure might be the Earth, the kingdom, mankind, nation, and the mind with its creations (all of them are systems created for achievement of the purposes); a filling is either knowledge of good (the righteousness–virtue–optimization) or and the knowledge of evil (lawlessness–iniquity–corruption) embodied into practical knowledge, actions, and creations of the mind (e.g., social, political, religious establishment – kingdoms, empires, states, societies, etc.). In general, the measure is evaluation of the fullness and completeness of the knowledge either of the good or of the evil

the mind does not have any reason, potential, or desire for a change; for instance, a sinner does not wish to repent, or does not know God, or does not want – or is not able – to learn the knowledge of the good. However, if the sinner turns to the good, discontinues to violate the Law (to sin), and asks forgivenessΣ22 for the committed evil, the mercy of God changes the personal destiny of the sinner – in this life or in the Eternity.

Therefore, the universal Law, which controls the world, defines the meaning of the future for the creatures under the Law. For those who can find the way to God, the future is changeable, because if God wills, He restores the original nature/perfection of the human mind, His love (the Divine life–creating energy) supplements the insufficiency, which develops after violation of the Law.

Consequently, the future is transformed from the strictly defined set of final conditions–parameters–settings and processes of disintegration into the open system with the degrees of freedom, which are limited only by the system’s nature/purpose(s).

Consequently, it might be inferred that the parameters of the future are defined by the pool of resources and opportunities, from which the mind – in accordance with the knowledge it possesses – derives own purposes and creates the systems for accomplishment of the chosen purposes. The mind’s purposes, therefore, the future of the mind and its creations, might be inferred from the mind’s knowledge.

For some minds, the future is unpredictable until the purposes are set. If the purposes are chosen, the mind begins the process of structurization of its resources: it builds establishments (creates systems) for accomplishment of the purposes and the Future from an opportunity becomes the reality.

In summary, the Law, which controls the world, defines the meaning of the Future for those created by the Law and living under the Law. Consequently, the mind derives own Future and Future of its creations from a pool of resources and opportunities defined by the knowledge, actions, and decisions of the Past and the Present; usually, the systems logic describes the futures of such systems adequately.

For the mind, which finds the way to God, the earthly future is changeable, sometimes, beyond all expectations; for instance, such a mind might discover a possibility to acquire new knowledge and access wisdom – the key to the eternity.

The unchangeable law of irreversibility of cognition governs the dimension of time. It means that the mind is not able to unlearn the knowledge of the Past. Figuratively speaking, the learned (or absorbed by the mind) knowledge might be compared with the threads interwoven into “the fabric” of the mind. Any apparent loss of the knowledge, which was absorbed–integrated into an individual mind’s database–memory, signifies the process of disintegration–dying of a human being who possesses this individual mind. Yet, existence and disintegration are controlled by different laws.

Consequently, at least one component of the meaning of ultimate freedom becomes understandable: knowledge gives freedom – freedom to learn, to think–create new knowledge of the Past and Present, the freedom to choose the Future and the freedom to create the chosen Future.

The freedom to create own Future within the limited structured world of the matter controlled by the social, religious, political and other establishments might not be the apparent freedom to manipulate by the states, companies, moneys, to travel worldwide, or to openly manifest own religious and other beliefs – that usually is associated with the traditional meanings of the freedom within the restricted structures and establishments of the contemporary civilizations. However, the ultimate freedom is the freedom to know God and to love God, therefore, the freedom to choose own Future – the Future with God – in this world and beyond.

The Future of free mind is built by the observance of God’s commandments of love, because love is the absolute value and the universal language understandable at any level of any social, political, religious, and other establishments. Even in the time of the Inquisition’s terror, during religious wars, persecutions of the different–minded, and revolutions in England, France, Italy, Germany and other European countries, even in Bolshevist/communist Russia in the time of red terror, in concentration camps of Nazi Germany, in Soviet Gulag, in prisons of communist China and communist Cuba, in all other places where human beings are treated and murdered as slaves that lost their market value, within any oppressive establishment, as well as in any other circle of the Inferno created by men, there always were, are, and will be the people who help the others because they have no fear of the executioners and they are not afraid to die for their beliefs {Matthew 10:28}: they know their Future – the eternity wit God.

Therefore, when Lord God speaks about freedom acquired through the knowledge of truthΣ23, which He reveals to His followers {John 8:31–36}, when He differentiates this freedom from slavery of sin, which would prevent a slave of sin from access to the eternity granted to the free child of God, He speaks also of the unlimited Future inconceivable for those who do not love God and thus, are restricted with an inability of cognition of the knowledge of God.

And I think that

although the future is defined by

the degree of cognition of the ultimate good and ultimate evil

although the mind builds and controls own future

through the knowledgeΣ24 it learns, creates,

and embodies into own words and actions

although the mind is not able to unlearnΣ25

the knowledge of evil

although it might be too late to change anything

in the earthly existence and to prevent the end

still, everyone is able to change own eternal destiny

by seeking and finding the knowledge and love of God

and through embodiment of this knowledge and love

into own thoughts, words, and deeds…”

 

 

Original post in Folder Archive_2010, Page 4_September_2010

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Notes:

 

Σ1 See Note 7 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ2 See Note 22 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ3 See Note 91 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ4 See Note 3 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ5 See Note 19 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ6 See

The Dignity and Worth of Man – post for August 13, 2017 (to download, click here)

Notes 22, 28, 133, 335, 337, 339, 340, 346, 347, 348, 363, 367, 397, 419, 440, 450, 452 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ7 See CHRISTIANITY Supplement 1 to Selections_&_Reprints, and Note 24 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ8 See Note 120 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ9 See Note 58 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ10 See The Curse of Cain and The Origin of Illness reprints in Note 9 and 210 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ11 See The Blessings in The Mind

 

Σ12 See The Web of Life in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1

 

Σ13 See Note 311 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ14 See Note 281 to Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1

 

Σ15 See Note 127 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ16 See Note 59 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ17 As it might be inferred from the history, at least seven Isaiah’s prophecies have come true:

 

–– the Savior has come, and the Light shines in darkness, and the Fire – Spirit of God descended into those who are saved, healed, and sanctified by the Word–God, who observe the commandments of God, who became the temple–dwelling of the Living God, and who then, carry the kingdom of God within

–– those from the chosen people – the Jews, who rejected Lord God Jesus Christ, have been scattered through all lands and nations; their history is the history of unspeakable suffering that reached its climax (as of today) in the death camps of Nazi Germany. All crimes against humanity, which the evil imagination is able to conceive, had been committed against the Jews by the people in whose lands and states the Jews lived. The Jews were the victims of religious persecutions and terror unleashed by the Inquisition in Spain and other countries under the papal authority, of the “pogroms” in Russian Empire (“pogroms” is the Russian word that denotes targeted plundering, rape, mockery, destruction of property and houses, and killing of the Jews, which was committed by the mob), and the others. After murders and plundering, the “pious Catholics” and “patriots” with Jewish blood on their hands came to their churches to kneel before the Crucified Jew, the Son of Man and the Son of God, and to confirm their observance of His commandment of love with murder, robbery, and other crimes committed against the people whose blood is in the veins of His human Mother. In return, the mankind received from the Jews such “gifts” as philosophizing symbolism of Philo of Alexandria, “Christian Cabbala” introduced by the Spanish converts, Marxism, Bolshevism, “meta–psychology” and Oedipus complex of Sigmund Freud, and the others… However, those living by the law of retribution never find the exit from the circle of violence and death; only forgiveness brings peace and prosperous living. Yet, if all human beings are offered the complete knowledge of true history of mankind, would just one man from the entire population of the Earth be found who is capable of forgiveness?

–– the new servants of true God received a new name – they are called the Christians, because they follow true God – Lord Jesus Christ. The Christians are new creations and new servants of the true God; they carry the Fire – the Holy Spirit of God and the peace of God in their soul–heart–mind; their new world is waiting them according to the promise of God {Isaiah 65:15–17; Luke 12:49; John 14:15–20, 23–28; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 2:1–22; Revelation 21:1–5}.

As of today, the original–true–Orthodox Christianity –– the unaltered teachings of Lord God Jesus Christ –– remains the choice of a few, less than 4.4% of total population of the Earth. By the number of believers, the Greek Orthodox Christianity (about 3% of the current world population) is in the end of the list of the world religions: after atheism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Folk religions, Hinduism, Islam….

–– the time, when the Gospels will be preached to all the nations is close; as of today, people of many nations became the Christians – the brethren in Lord Jesus Christ; some of them serve as the priests of the Almighty God.

The foreseen by Isaiah judgment and destruction and coming of the new heaven and the new earth – new world created by God are close; they are waiting us in the Future {Matthew 24:3–44; Revelation}.

See also

Spiritual life: the Starting Point – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 4

 

Σ18 These nations, obviously, cultivated the knowledge, which they inherited from the pre–Flood Earth and carried through the Babylon language confusion. Noah the Righteous and his family were quite mature people who lived among the people pre–Flood civilization; however, to be righteous does not mean to be ignorant of the manner of live, values, traditions, and sins of the society; in addition, sons of the righteous father have their freedom to choose good or evil, and life or death {e.g., Luke 15:11–31}.

For instance, the descendants of Canaan (the cursed grandson of Noah) developed into the nations of the Amorites, Canaanites, Sidonians (or the Phoenicians) and other nations, which worshiped idols by burning their sons and daughters, and which were later either exterminated entirely or gradually came to the oblivion. In the beginning, when the Earth was scarcely populated after the Flood and all men – descendants of Noah – had one language, they decided to build the city and the tower reaching the heaven, and to fashion for themselves “the name” before they would scatter over the Earth. Evidently, the structure itself could not trigger off the Babylon language confusion – the knowledge behind could. Although the Scriptures provide very short description of this event, the text allows assumption that for some reason God did not approve the similarity of all minds and their mutual consent and understanding: such unity would result in some undesirable endeavors {Genesis 11:1–9}.

Any endeavor is the result of particular knowledge; thus, the main reason of the language confusion is the knowledge, which should not be shared and embodied into the deeds of men.

As soon as before the Babylon confusion the human mind did not have the knowledge of the Law and hence, own nature, the only knowledge they possessed would be the remnants of knowledge for which the first Earth was destroyed plus the knowledge they created themselves. The fact that the knowledge of the first Earth survived in the memory of spared people might be inferred from the curse cast by Noah on Canaan who was the son of Cham. Noah cursed Canaan for the evil, which his father Cham had done against Noah. The evil committed by Cham indicates humiliation and mockery of father by his son, therefore, reveals the immorality of the pre–Flood society, firstly, as absence of the respect to the father–head of the family, that is the foundation on which any life–oriented society would survive. Cham, the son of Noah, was blessed by God along with other Noah’s sons. Although the blessing of God protected Cham from the wrath of his father, his son paid for his sin. Cham’s son – Canaan, who was cursed by Noah, became the father of “the cursed nations,” which possessed the land in which Sodom and Gomorrah were situated, and which came to the ultimate evil; for instance, such as the Sidonians/Phoenicians who invented death penalty through crucifixion and worshiped their idols by burning their children (especially, first–born sons) and prostituting their daughters. The descendants of Canaan formed the nations, which later were exterminated to free the land for the descendants of Abraham. Abraham’s ancestor was Sem the son of Noah who received blessing of Noah; Sem was a brother of Cham {Genesis 6:5–7; 9:1,18–27; 10:6–20; 11:10–31}.

Concerning false knowledge, see also Note 41 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ19 The Greek word καιρος conveys the meaning of the moment of accomplishment, “decisive moment,” when something either actually happens or is fulfilled; καιρος defines the specific time–space point at which a system realizes its potential, creates the most significant knowledge, or achieves its purposes.

See Note 57 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ20 See The Absolute

Note 1 (with reprints and references) to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ21 The processes defining evolution of the human mind include

 

–– cognition of evil and good

–– development of the potency to distinguish and to choose the good

–– becoming the embodiment of the Absolute Good – the temple of Living God.

To the contrary, outcome of the anti–evolution is cognition of the ultimate evil, perversion–degeneration, and becoming embodiment of the ultimate evil – death.

Concerning evolution and anti–evolution, see Notes 67, 69 and 54, and Timereprint in Note 45 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ22 Forgiveness is healing of the mind, because sin (or the failure to accomplish the purposes of existence) results in the disorder–disease of the soul–mind ensuing from violation of the Law and commandments of God; the essence of any disorder–disease of the soul–mind is the state of deprivation–insufficiency of knowledge of God. Only those who repent can be forgiven and healed, because the state of repentance is a vision of the committed evil and understanding of own misery–degeneration–perversion resulting from thoughts, words, and actions inconsistent with the normal human nature. The next step is plea for forgiveness: the mind comes to God – the source of life. Then, God Who sees the deepest depths of the human heart and knows all its intentions resulting from cognition of good and evil, decides the destiny of the repentant sinner.

See Forgiveness and The Healing reprints in Note 27 and 256 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ23 The knowledge of truth is the knowledge of God Who created the Law, and the knowledge of Law, on which the world is built. Sin is violation of the Law, therefore, an inability to accomplish the purposes man was created to accomplish.

Knowledge might be defined as the power to think, to speak, to act. Only if the mind comprehends the law that controls the nature (the nature of man, the nature of the world that accommodates existence of man, and the nature of events and things that might be a subject of interest), the mind obtains the actual power to act and to achieve its purposes. If human knowledge is true (adequate to the actuality), it gives the actual power to act purposefully, efficiently, and successfully.

See

The Absolute

God the Lord of Knowledge – the Portion of the Living Ones; The Complete Knowledge –– in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 3.

The Essence of Knowledgereprint in Note 39 to this file

 

 

Σ24 See Notes 20 and 41 to Selections_&_Reprints.

 

Σ25 Concerning the irreversibility of cognition, see Notes 22 and 236, to Selections_&_Reprints, and Introduction to the Systems Logic

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