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by Alice Alexandra-Sofia
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The Focus

 

The Lord our God is One Lord.

And you shall love the Lord your God

with all your heart,

and with all your soul,

and with all your mind,

and with all your strength

{Mark 12:29–30; Deuteronomy 6:4–5}

 

 

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

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

The commandments of God convey His will concerning man:

a/ they are the lawΣ1 that controls existence of the world of man {Psalm 118(119); Matthew 7:12}

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

c/ they establish love as the cohesive powerΣ2 that maintains the wholeness, therefore life, of the world created by God: on the commandments of love – love to God and to the others – the laws and prophets are hung {Matthew 22:37–40}.

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

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

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

c/ reveal the main components that God the Creator, with the breath of lifeΣ3 that He breathed upon the face of a formed man of dust {Genesis 2:7}, unified into the living breathing intelligent wholenessΣ4 known as a human being (soul, heart/mind/understanding, and strength) and through operations of which man–creation of God confirms that his entire beingΣ5 is focused on God and that he exists for the sake of accomplishment of the will of God.

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

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

Love to God is accomplishment of His words – His commandments that are the law for man. If the one observes the words of God, if his thoughts, words, and actions confirm his compliance with the law of God, the one truly loves God and lives in the complete worldΣ6: he dwells in God, and God dwells with Him {Matthew 5:17–18; 7:21–27; John 14:15–24; 15:4–10; 17:1–26; 1 John 5:3–4; 2 John 6}.

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

At the level of human mindΣ7, the Perfect Love has the attribute revealed as the Absolute Good. The mind that is focused on God holds the Absolute Good as the universal criterion of evaluation of all that it encounters, creates and cognizes. Consequently, all thoughts, words, and actions, which a human being with the mind focused on God accomplishes within the world of the material things, pursue the good of each human being and therefore, the good of the entire world.

The acceptance of the Absolute Good as the universal criterion and standard of behavior manifests itself through

the personal outlook of a unique human being – the unique cosmos focused on God

philosophy of the Absolute GoodΣ8 that elevates the personal good of each human being at the rank of the main priority of human establishments.

For instance, in the world based on the Perfect Love of God, the main priority is the good of each one of His creations, not the faceless “common good” – the idol conceived with Aristotelian values of slave–ownersΣ9 who control the αγορα [[αγορα – market, social and political life]] and masquerade own greed for power and wealth with myths of democracy and “common good” of the “small souls” they have enslaved and defrauded for the sake of own advantagesΣ10.

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

To love God means to observe His words {John 14:15, 23–24; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 6}, or, in other words, to exists in accordance with the human nature. Each word of God is the condition of life for man, consequently, each word of God must be observed and accomplished without any deviation – as St. Paul the Apostle writes {2 Corinthians 4:2–6}, the Christians do not adulterateΣ11 the word of God: His Light shines in their heart and gives brightness of knowledge of God in Lord Jesus Christ.

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

So, can the one identify, if a human being either is focused on God or there is no love to God in himΣ12?

The history of mankind illustrates how particular violations of the words of God triggered ruinΣ13 of particular human establishments, led to suffering of living creatures, and devastated the world given into the dominion of man. “The wrath of God” of which the Old Testament prophets warned starting with Moses {e.g., in: Deuteronomy; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Hosea; Malachi} is collapse initiated by violations of the words of God: by the men’s very own thoughts, words, and actions, which they accomplished within the world given into their dominion, they destroy the world given them for life and evolution–ascent to God.

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

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

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

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

 

the history of the Western civilization that

if to follow the Christian teachings –

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

 

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

unjustified human suffering, and ruined human establishments

 

b/ reveals enslaving and deceit of men,

which differ from the history of the Old Testament heathens

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

and by scales of crimes, and sufferings, and deathsΣ14

 

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

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

and impotent false sciences based on the heathen philosophy)

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

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

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

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

dissemination of heresies and false knowledge, corruption, ruin of human establishments,

infliction of suffering, and enslaving of men

 

 

Currently, it is almost impossible

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

b/ to confirm actual evolution of the human mind:

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

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

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

c/ to find any region untouched by the negative consequences of sciences based on the Aristotelian logic of insufficiency and disregard to the good of the people (e.g., pollution spreading from Chernobyl, FukushimaΣ15, nuclear plants worldwide, chemical weapons, unbalanced and unsustainable development of the power– and resources–hungry technologies, predatory exploitation of the natural resources – all those resulting in devastation and collapse of the ecosystems that sustain existence of human and other living beings).

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

In summary,

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

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

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

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

Indeed, the history of human thoughts and human societies provides vivid examples how the people attempt to predict the future. If to discard the efficiency or effectiveness of such efforts, the one can infer that there are many means of prediction – from the insanity of divination {e.g., 3 Kings 18:25–29} through the contemporary scientific methods of forecasting: modeling and other assumptions constructed upon the philosophical foundation that underlies the reasoning/intelligence of a particular human being, group, establishment, etc.Σ16.

So, could it be interesting to trace some condition, state of collapse or prosperity – the particular present, or some time–space–complexity pointΣ17, – to its root: the reason, why does (or did) the particular present ( as it is now or as it was in some moment of the life of those who lived in the past) exist?

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

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

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

Can the mind identify and foresee (therefore, cut off) the path of the serpentΣ18 on the rock {οδους οφεως επι πετραςProverbs 30:19; Matthew 16:18}, and consequently, protect

 

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

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the freedom and liberties,

which are granted by God as the inseparable features of the human nature

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

As a Christian, I do not believe in the fate/destiny and I do not consider the heathen philosophy appropriate even for the secular matters: the evolving mind has another framework, another foundation, and another way of reasoning. In my understanding, it was the deadly error to grant the heathen philosophy any right for existence, as the Byzantine Church’s theologians did when they postulated that the heathen philosophy could be admitted in secular studies. Probably, they already lost their battle, because they have no power to tread on the basilisk (arch–serpent), to remove the poison of asp {Psalm 90(91):13; 139(140):3} permanently. Thus, they did not close the points of possible contacts, which the following generations of theologians and researchers could have (and did have) with the OrphismΣ18 – the lethal mind–destroying poison of the viper (arch–serpent) {Isaiah 59:3–15; Matthew 3:7; 23:15, 33}, which

 

a/ was produced by the ancient arch–evil

b/ was (and is) masqueraded with the heathen doctrines of Plato and Aristotle the Orphics

c/ through acceptance of theological–philosophical–social–political doctrines of Plato and Aristotle,

has made its way into the Western theology, which now is known as the Aristotle–Aquinas political theology –

the official doctrine of the papal church of RomeΣ19

d/ transformed the sciences based upon the Aristotelian logic into the sciences of death:

the false misleading constructions incapable to sustain decent life, development, sufficiency and prosperity of human societies

as well as efficiency and effectiveness of other human establishments

 

Indeed, the Christians and the heathens live in the different incompatible worldsΣ20. The contemporary heathens differentiate from their ancient predecessors only by appearances of the idols (different images of idols, for instance, idol of the state/leader of establishment instead of Moloch) and rites of idol–worship {e.g., cf. in: Acts 17:16–31; 1 John 3:9–15; Romans 1:14–31; 8:1–14; 1 Corinthians 1:18–31; 2:4–9; 3:11–21; 6:9–20; 10:20–21; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18; Galatians 4:1–10; 5:19–26; Ephesians 2:1–22; Colossians 2:6–23; 1 Thessalonians 4:1–12; 5:1–24; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–17; Leviticus 18:1–30; 19:1–37; 20:1–27; Deuteronomy 4:1–40; 7:1–26; 10:12–21; 11:16–17, 26–28; Isaiah 2:6–21; Hosea 4:1–19; 5:4}.

Still, the world of the Christians and world of the heathens are not compatible, are not reconcilable, and are not overlapping

 

for the Christians,

the actual foundation of the world is the law/will of God and man is a being created in image and after likeness of God:

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

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

 

for the heathens,

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

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

among of which the beasts are superior creatures,

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

a/ whose frail bodies and easily deceived mind make them the perfect kind of sacrificial victimsΣ21

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

and improvable through vivisection of animals (for instance, introduced by Hippocrates – “father of medicine,” in IV B.C.)

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

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

justifies mental and physical perversions as natural way of life, explains wars and crimes, and elevates slavery at the rank of the universal order

 

for the Christians,

a/ the focus is God

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

c/ the Absolute Good defines and evaluates the purposes, methods, and results of their actions within the world of the material things

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

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

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

 

for the heathens,

a/ the focus is the material things

b/ the natural way of life is evil,

esp. deprivation of the others of the life–sustaining reserves, and the nature of the world is struggle for the physical survival

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

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

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

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

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

 

In conclusion,

if the mind is focused on God, it receives the abilities to see the inner nature of things, therefore, it is empowered to protect own right on survival and to exercise freedom to follow God and to do the works of the Absolute Good by observing the commandments and accomplishing the will of God.

 

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Notes:

Σ1 See

The Law of God: The Ten Commandments. The Road to God – Supplement 1 to Selections_&_Reprints

Note 7 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ2 See Notes 156 and 120 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ3 Concerning the breath of life, see The Essence – in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 1, and The Immortality reprint in Note 33 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ4 See Note 378 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ5 The one can infer that the words of God refer to a human being as to the wholeness whose life is manifested at three levels:

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

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

and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See Notes 11 and 378 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ6 See Unity and Division, and The True Vine reprints in Notes 7 and 22 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ7 See The Mind, and The Mind and the Worldreprint in Note 12 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ8 See

The Absolute, The Works of God

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

 

Σ9 Concerning Plato–Aristotle’s social and political utopia that introduced the “ideals of democracy,” which in fact are myths based on the concepts of consummated philosopher–king and slavery as the universal order, the main priorities of survival and protection of the slave–owning elite, see:

works of Plato: Republic and Laws

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

postings Philosophy: the Beginning, Plato, and Aristotle, Folder Heathen Philosophy, and Concept of Slavery – Supplement 3 to Selections_&_Reprints

The Nations reprint in Note 2 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ10 See Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Political Theology, and Origen

 

Σ11 See Note 4 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ12 See The Shiftreprint in the end of these Notes

 

Σ13 See Note 3 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ14 See The Vineyard and Its Lessons, and Note 119 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ15 See L’Aquila Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, Trial of Science, and Survival of MankindSupplement 4 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ16 See

The Main Fruits of the Ancient Philosophical Thought: Divination in: Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview

Note 353 to Selections_&_Reprints

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

Concerning modeling and other contemporary methods of forecasting and divination, see

1. Books:

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

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

2. Predictive Intelligence, Blame Games, Zen, and the Unknown Systems in Blog_Posts, and L’Aquila Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, Trial of Science, and Survival of Mankind Supplement 4 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ17 Concerning complexity, see Notes 46 and 92 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ18 Concerning the Orphism (mythical serpentine theology that sustains theological–philosophical–political doctrines of Plato, Aristotle, and their followers) and some of its consequences, see Notes 336 and 22 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ19 For instance,

1. according to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas (http: //www. vatican.va /roman_curia/ pontifical_ academies/ san-tommaso/ pastmagisterium.html), the papal “Church underlined her preference for the doctrine of St Thomas, proclaiming that it is its own.”

The popes staring with Leo XIII “recommended love for the study and teachings of St Thomas, to manifest the consonance of his doctrine with divine revelation”

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

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

and

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

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

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

Folder Heathen Philosophy Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, and Folder Political Theology – all postings

Notes 3, 4, 41, 44, 77, 86, 107, 114, 115, 117, 119, 133, 139, 236, 278, 279, 281, 361, 362, 363, 365, 367, 374 to this file, Selections_&_Reprints

The Fruitsreprint in Note 133 to this file

Ecumenism

 

Σ20 For the Christians, the heathens are all those who do not accept The Ten Commandments as the law [[see The Law of God: The Ten Commandments. The Road to God – Supplement 1 to Selections_&_Reprints]], and who do not worship the only One True God; they worship idols: figments of human imagination and their embodiments into religions, philosophical, political, and other doctrines, establishments, institutions.

Concerning the heathenism, the Orphism, and idolatry, see Notes 22 and 29 to Selections_&_Reprints

See also Notes 3, 4, 41, 82, 83, 108, 152 (with reprints) to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ21 Human sacrifice is the common rite of worship of all heathen cults and religions based on the Orphism and its derivatives

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Reprint to Note 12

The Shift

 

you set aside commandment of God

so that you may keep your tradition…

making void the word of God by the tradition you delivered

{Mark 7:9, 13}

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

who are the plant, which was not planted by God and which therefore, will be rooted out {Matthew 15:13}.

So, what the PhariseesΣr1 have done to deserve such evaluation (in fact, death sentence) from God?

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

 

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

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

into

the “Serpents! Offspring of vipers!”

and the whitewashed tombs outwardly clean, yet full with dead bones and uncleanness within

 

2/ the chief–priests

into

the conspirators

who decided to murder God, even along with Lazarus whom He resurrected from death

 

3/ the people of God

into

the mob of enemies of God

that later would reject Him as their King and Master and confess their loyalty to the Caesar – conqueror of Judea

{John 19:4–21}

 

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

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

 

from the focus on God

(that is observance of the first main commandment),

and accomplishment of His will

to

the focus on the worldly wealth (mammon) –

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

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

{Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13–15}

 

from the focus on inner righteousness and purity

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

to

the focus on the maintaining the façade – appearance of righteousness, that is hypocrisy and deceit

 

 

Such re–focusing results in transformation of

the servants of God led by the prophets

into

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

 

 

The features of the new reality, which the shift initiates, include the set of changes:

 

the arch–evil takes place

of God

figments of the human corrupted imagination take place

of the law of God

hypocrisy, deceit, and lies take place

of righteousness, wisdom, and truth

the doctrines and rules invented by men take place

of the laws of God

the ones who became enemies of God,

although initially they were the part of the chosen people, take place

of the nation of the priests of God

 

In fact, this shift reveals the same pattern of the original sinΣr2 that was committed by our ancestors in the Garden of Delight and then, repeated many times through the history of mankind. For instance,

 

1/ Eve and Adam rejected the truth – words of God

and accepted the lies – words of the serpent as the truth

{Genesis 3}

then, expulsion from the Paradise and death followed

⇓ ⇓

2/ The chosen people rejected God as their King and the only Ruler and Master and Protector

and decided to be as all other nations ruled by kings – mortal men;

subsequently, along with their kings,

they became disobedient to God committing therefore,

the grave sin similar to the sorcery and idol–worship

{1 Kings 8:6–22; 10:18–19; 12:1–25; 15:22–23, 26}

Then, collapse of the worldly kingdom, destruction of the first temple,

and slavery to the conquerors (e.g., Babylon, Rome) followed

⇓ ⇓

3/ Along with the corrupted kings, priests, and prophets, the chosen people relapsed into the heathenismΣr3,

accepted cults of the surrounding nations,

became the idol–worshipers and slaves of sin, failed to recognize the Messiah,

and completed their history by rejection of Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God

sent to deliver them from slavery of the arch–evil

then, fulfillment of the prophecies followed

{e.g., Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30; 1 Kings 12:13–25; Isaiah 65:1–16; Hosea; Ezekiel; Matthew 24:1–2; Mark 13:1–2; Luke 21:5–36}:

destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, expulsion from Jerusalem,

dispersion in the lands controlled by the Roman Empire,

and centuries of the terrifying persecution and unspeakable crimes against those,

who have been chosen to be the holy nation of the priests of the Almighty God

 

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

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

The Holy Scriptures reveal the reason why the people who became idol–worshipers are not able to exercise the natural potency of reasoning and are deprived of an ability of complete comprehension of the actuality. The idol–worshipers are unclean – the abomination to God; they become similar to their idols whom they make; they have ears but do not hear, they have eyes but cannot see, and so on {Psalm 13(14)1–3; 105(106):19–43; 113(114):4–8; Isaiah 6:8–10; John 12:37–41}.

Likewise, the idol–worshipers have heads but no ability of the unclouded and justified judgment, so they do not turn to God to be healed. They forget the basics of the human cosmos: man is created in the image and after likeness of God, and man is not able to exist without God. Even if man rejects true God, he still, seeks the substitute for God. The truth is that there is only One true God; if man rejects Him, there is nobody else, there is no life, there is no evolution, there is no Absolute Good, there is no hope on any good neither in the present nor in the future. Consequently, if man elevates at the place of God figments of own imagination – idols, man becomes the likeness of the idols that he chose or found or had been persuaded to accept.

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

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

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

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

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

 

un–focusing on God

loss of connection with God

search for other gods in attempt to survive

creation of idols/false gods

transformation into similarity to the idols

death

 

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

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

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

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

 

the people become susceptible to heresies and deceit

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

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

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

{Isaiah 9:18–19}

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

{Isaiah 30:9–14; Jeremiah 2:13–20},

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

{Mark 11:12–14, 20–21; John 15:5–6}

 

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

Indeed, if God compares His creations with the plant {Matthew 15:13; Luke 13:6–9; Isaiah 5:7}, the one can infer that a human being needs the divine life–sustaining energy and power of God as the plant needs the energy from the sun and water from the skies. The Gospels lead to comprehension what happens in the moment of rejection of God:

 

the mind cuts itself from the life–sustaining divine energy and life–creating power,

from the water of the eternity

given through the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit

without energy and power issuing from God,

the mind becomes as withered branch

capable of nothing and suitable only for annihilation in fire

{John 3:5; 4:10–14; 7:37–39; 14:15–17, 26; 15:5–6; Revelation 22:1}

 

 

Figuratively speaking, the mind that rejected God, commits iniquities, and lives by figments of imagination [[e.g., such as the idols]]Σr4: it consumes itself {e.g., in: Isaiah 9:8–20; 10:1–4}.

So, what makes

one mind susceptible to heresies,

therefore, able to actualize the pattern of shift – from God to the arch–evil

and

another mind incapable of acceptance heresies and betrayal of God?

 

 

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

 

 

in this life – slavery of sin and death of reason

after physical death – the eternal separation from God...”

 

 

Original post in Folder Archive_2013, Page 3_April_2013

 

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Notes:

 

Σr1 The Pharisees were educated and ruling elite of the ancient Israel. In the Gospel According to John, they referred to the people who accepted the words of Lord God Jesus Christ as to the “cursed” crowd not knowing the law {John 7:47–49}.

However, God refers to the Pharisees as to the “whitewashed graves” full of dead bones and all uncleanness that have outwardly appearance of righteousness, yet, within are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness {Matthew 23:27–28}.

The Pharisees’ own manifest observance of the customs and rituals along with the inner lawlessness, illustrates the meaning of “hypocrisy” as the utter defeat covered with the name of “victory,” as disgrace called “honor,” as deceit presented as the truth. Although they failed to comprehend the essence of the Law and to live according to the Law, they use the Law of God as the property of rulers and as the argument needed to convict the innocent Son of man {John 7:45–53; 8:39–47; 19:7}.

See The Vineyard and Its Lessons, Philo of Alexandria, and Lazarus of Bethany and Judas Iscariot reprint in Note 107 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σr2 See Note 58 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σr3 See Note 22 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σr4 See Imagination, Idolatry, The Logic of Death, and The Strange Knowledge reprints in Notes 38, 29, 28, 41 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

 

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