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Σοφια Σειραχ – the Book of Human Wisdom

2. The Root of Wisdom

February 28, 2018

All wisdom comes from the Lord and is with Him forever…

He has given her to them that love Him…

If thou desire wisdom, keep the commandments,

and the Lord shall give her unto thee…

{Σοφια Σειραχ 1:1, 25}

A loving and righteous Christian family is an ideal setting, where the one should learn what are the greatest values of life and how to come in possession of them. Among all desirable and important personal features that determine the worth of man, wisdom is the greatest treasure. The one who possesses wisdom is different from all the others as different is a man in darkness, who has a lamp for his feet, so he is able to discern the right path and to complete it safely, from all those who are creeping in the mud unable to find the right path in darkness, to discern and to avoid pitfalls, threats, risks, and untimely death.

Nevertheless, the word wisdom has very rare use in media, and its meaning is almost forgotten. Some even identify wisdomΣ3 with knowledge or even information, or even consider it as a possession of megadata, control of databases, access to privileged/secret information and so on.

However, wisdom, knowledge and information are different; precisely, they have different levels of complexityΣ7. If to use simplified analogy, the correlation among information, knowledge and wisdom might be explained by comparing information with fuel, knowledge – with car, and wisdom – with the mental power behind an ability to use car to reach destination safely, timely, and efficiently.

With wisdom, the mind receives the power to comprehend all that is beneficial for life and to accomplish all that is needed for survival and growth in this world and for preparation for the eternity with God.

Consequently, Σοφια Σειραχ begins with the praise to wisdom {Σοφια Σειραχ 1} identifying it as the foundation of cosmos, as the source of order, as the means of establishment of the universe, the source of knowledge of understanding and skills, as the most desirable treasure, and then, explains how to obtain it.

The first and the most significant purpose that the parents should set before a child is obtaining wisdom. The lesson in wisdom should begin with explanation from where a human being obtains the greatest power that could elevate even a humble and poor man above a mighty king.

So, the one should be told that

1. All wisdom comes from the Lord and is with Him forever. Wisdom has been created before everything, and understanding is the foundation of the eternity. God created wisdom and poured it out upon all His works. Wisdom is with all flesh as the gift of God, and God grants wisdom to those who love Him {Σοφια Σειραχ 1:1–10}

2. The first condition of obtaining wisdom is observance of the law of God: only the mind that was trained to comply with the law of God and therefore, understands that the law of God is life and that lawlessness is death, is capable to ascend the understanding of the foundations of the world, which has been created and exists by the law of God. The understanding that lawlessness is death is referred to as “fear of God.” Such understanding is the key to obtaining wisdom: the fear of God is lauded as the beginning and the root and even as crown of rejoicing and wisdom itself, as the honor, glory, gladness, and even as crown and fullness of wisdom {Σοφια Σειραχ 1:11–20}.

3. Concerning fear of God, it should be explained that

a/ fear of God {Isaiah 8:13; Ecclesiastes 12:13} is the only fear appropriate for a free human being created in the image and after the likeness of the Almighty, Perfect, and merciful God the Creator and Father of man. The Prophets and ancient theologians employed the word fear to designate the greatest danger and the greatest threat to the existence of man: violation of the Law–commandments of God, which define the human nature. The world exists according to the Law, which God Himself came to fulfill {Matthew 5:17–18}, and the Sacred Scriptures provide the glimpse of the absolute power of this Law when they refer to it as to the sword and the all–consuming fire {e.g., in: Isaiah 5:24; 10:17; Matthew 10:34; Revelation 1:16}. If a living being violates the Law, it perverts own nature, therefore, either triggers self–annihilation or he is to be destroyed, because in the world created, sustained, and controlled by the Law {Matthew 5:18; Luke 16:17}, nothing is able to exist contrary to the Law

b/ the only mention of fear in the Christian teachings is the reference to the “fear of God” as to the fearΣ8 to violate the commandment of God and pervert own nature, yet even this fear vanishes, when a human being advances in love and reverence to God until such a degree when any violation of the commandments of God simply becomes impossible. God is Love – the Perfect Almighty Love {John 3:16; 6:32–69; 10:11; 15:9–17; 17; 1 John 4:9–21} that bestows life and other gifts of the Absolute Good on His creations; those who love dwell in God and God dwells in them: the perfect love has no fear {1 John 4:7–20}. Hence, the fear of God is, in fact, the fear to violate the law of God by own thoughts, words, and deeds

c/ the Christian (Greek/Eastern Orthodox) tradition explains the fear of God as understanding that

a/ God is the essence of life

b/ by the very nature, a human being is centered on God,

lives by God, and comes to completion of all good things with the power given by God

c/ the only fear the human being should have is the fear to violate the God’s law:

to sin against God and against own nature,

so the sinner will be cast away from the sight of God

into darkness of ignorance,

madness and impotency of the mind,

and misery of the slavery to the evil and sin

4. Consequently, wisdom begins with understanding that the law of God cannot be violated: the violation of the law of God results in death. If the one is afraid to violate the law of God, he has found the path to wisdom.

As Ecclesiastes said,

Τελος λογου, το παν ακονε: τον Θεον φοβου,

και τας εντολας αυτου φυλασσε: οτι τουτο πας ο ανθρωπος

The completion of word, the point (edge) of the wholeness (entirety/all):

fear God, and keep His commandments,

for this is all (entirety/wholeness) of man…

{Ecclesiastes 12:13}

The exact translation of the warning {Ecclesiastes 12:13} is: the commandments of God are the point–edge–limit [[ακονε]] of the all–entirety–wholeness [[παν]], and compliance with the commandments of God is the all–entirety–wholeness [[ πας (the form of παν)]] of man.

Thus, the “fear of God” is, in fact, the fear to ruin the wholeness–entiretyΣ9 of own life defined by the commandments of God.

From another angle of consideration, the fear of God might be understood as self–preservation: the special state, through which the mind secures survival – own and own creations, correlated people and establishments (family, society, nations, etc.).

Why violation of the law triggers annihilation–death of the one who violates the law and initiates collapse–ruin–disintegration of his creations and establishments?

Law or the universal code – Λογος, the Word–God {John 1:1–16} – creates a core of a human heart–mind: the structure, order, and framework of reasoning. Around this core the entire wholeness – human reasoning–mind – is arranged; then, it receives wisdom – the power of reasoning and understanding, and the divine energy needed to embody law into the very own life and all own creations.

With the power–wisdom and by the law, it evolves into the cosmos–universe that carries the seed of the eternity: the Law–Word that is the foundation of the Kingdom of God.

Then, the lawΣ5 works as the wholeness–maintaining factor, which prevents deviation from the norm. Without such wholeness–maintaining factor, any wholenessΣ9 – living system – degenerates, perverts own nature, and disintegrates.

4. The very essence of wisdom is understandingΣ10 of the absolute good for man and of man: the harmony of the life–creating and life–sustaining wholeness. The knowledge of this wholeness–life comes with the completeΣ11 knowledge of God – firstly, knowledge of the words of God, through which the one learns everything pertaining to life and godliness, obtains the life everlasting, and enters the Kingdom of God {John 6:63; 12:46–50; 14; 15; 16; 17; 2 Peter 1:2–11}.

For instance, if the one desires to obtain immortality that is given by the Holy Spirit Whose presence transforms a human being into the immortal temple–dwelling of God, he must, by observing the words–commandments of God, become an embodiment of the law of God – the one made in Christ and after Christ and living by the Holy Spirit: the firstfruit of new creations of God created by the Word. So he would be empowered to receive the Holy Spirit and to live by Him: to dwell in God and to be the living temple of the Living God {John 1:1–18; 14; 15:26; 16:7–16; 17; James 1:17–18; Romans 8; Ephesians 2:4–10; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 6:19–20}.

As Lord God Jesus Christ said {John 12:26; 14; 15; 17},

if the one loves Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God,

he keeps His commandments

{John 14:15}

[[thus, the one learns to live by the law of God

and becomes the embodiment of the law given by God]]

then, the Word–God petitions God the Father

{John 14:16–17}

God the Father sends the Holy Spirit

issuing from Him

to be in and with the one who loves the Word–God

by keeping His commandments/law

{John 14:16–17, 26; 15:26}

the Holy Spirit takes from the Word–God

and gives to those to whom He is sent:

He teaches and instructs children of God:

gives them wisdom

and leads them into the house of their Father

{John 16:13–15; 14:15–26}

God the Father

shall love him who loves the Word–God by keeping His commandments:

God the Father and the Word–God shall come to him,

and establish dwelling with him

{John 14:21, 23; 15:25–28}

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so the one,

by serving Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God,

by keeping His commandments, by living through Him and in Him,

is accepted into the Unity of God and in God

{John 12:26; 14:15–26; 15:25–28; 17}

As the Lord said, to love Him means to keep His commandments {John 14:15, 23–24; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 6}, or, in other words, to live in accordance with the human nature, which He created and which exists according to the law of the Creator. Each word of God is the spirit and life {John 6:63} – the source and the condition of human life {Luke 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalm 35(36):9}.

Consequently, each word/commandment 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 adulterate the words of God: His Light shines in their heart and gives brightness of knowledge of God in Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, the one who loves God by keeping His law–commandments–words,

a/ with his love to God

proven by keeping the commandments of Lord Jesus Christ,

while he has to exist within the world burying in the evil

{John 14:15–26; 1 John 5:1–7, 10–21}

b/ because of grace – love and mercy of God

revealed through Lord Jesus Christ

{John 1:1–17; 3:16–21, 35–36; 17}

c/ by the Holy Spirit Who gives knowledge and wisdom

{John 6:44–45; 14:15–17, 26; 15:26; 16:7–15}

is transformed into a new creation

made after the Word–God and imitating the Word–God

the one with whom the Word–God is,

who keeps His commandments,

who is empowered by Him, and who lives by the Holy Spirit:

the child of God who is living in God and with God

{Matthew 5:17–19; 19:16–26; 22:36–40; John 1:1–16; 13:34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17;

1 John 2; 3; 4; 5; Revelation 22:1–5, 13–15}

The core–essence of this new creation is Λογος, the Word–God, the Eternal Inviolable Law/Will of God the Creator and Father of all the living.

Therefore, within the one who has been chosen for immortality, the Triune God, the only One True God, establishes His dwellingΣ12 accepting him into the wholeness of life – into the eternal Kingdom of God. The Divine Omnipotent Unity of the life–creating–maintaining Law–Power–Energy is manifested by creation of a new immortal being, the child of God that is born of God

because of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God

with the Holy Spirit

by the will of God the Father

That is how the one who accomplishes the commandments/law/will of God enters the eternal wholeness – the complete abundant perfect world, in which God accepts His creations into the Unity of the Almighty Power/Will, the Divine Wisdom/Energy, and the Absolute Law {cf.: John 3:16–21; 6:37–40, 44–58, 63; 10:10–18; 27–30; 11:25–26; 12:26; 44–50; 13:34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John 4; 5; Revelation 21:1–8, 23–27; 22:1–5, 13–15}.

In conclusion: according to the Holy Scriptures {e.g., in: Psalm 110(111):10; Matthew 19:16–26; 22:36–40; John 1:1–18; 3:16–21, 36; 4:23–24; 6:37–63; 10:118, 27–30; 12:44–50; 13:34–35; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John; Romans 13; Ecclesiastes 12:13–14; Wisdom 1:4–16; 6; 7; Σοφια Σειραχ 1}:

A. the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God {Psalm 110(111):10}: the fear to violate His law

B. the completion/highest point, the point/edge of the entirety–wholeness–all and everything of man, is to fear God and to strictly follow [[φυλασσε – guard, observe, protect, strictly follow]] His commandments

C. the essence of the law of God is Perfect Love without fear and suffering, and fulfillment of the law is love to God and to the others. The one may enter the eternity with God only by Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who is the Word–God – the Almighty Creator, Power, Glory, and Wisdom of God, Who was given for salvation of the world: the one who keeps the commandments of Lord Jesus Christ {John 14:6–26} receives the knowledge of God given by Lord Jesus Christ – the knowledge that is the everlasting life {John 17:3}. The way to immortality with God the Father is accomplishment of His will given as commandments of Lord Jesus Christ; there cannot be another way to God in the world created by the WordGod {John 1:1–18; 6–29–69; 14:15–26; 15; 16; 17}

D. the “fear of God” is the fear to violate the Law of God by own thoughts, words, and deeds, and therefore, to become a pervert unworthy of love and mercy of God and, then, because of rejection of the commandments of the Word–God and according to own self–judgment, to be condemned to eternal separation from God: to eternal darkness without the Light {John 3:16–21, 36; Revelation 21:8; 22:15}. The meaning of violation of the law of God (sinΣ13) is contradiction and disregard of the commandmentswords of God, while the words of God must be accomplished exactlyΣ14, without any modification, alteration, modernization, for instance, because of current technical gadgets, or political correctness, etc. A human being should always be very careful of his thoughts, words, and deeds, and cautious, especially in his dealing with the others. The good conscienceΣ15 based on the law of God and issuing feeling of responsibility for own thoughts, words, and deeds might facilitate development of the ability to foresee the consequences of own words and actions, and therefore, to establish and to maintain, not ruin, the wholeness of own life in God and within the human society.

The ancient Book Σοφια Σειραχ illustrates understanding of the eternal absolute inviolable law that, with establishment of Christianity, became the key to the kingdom of God {cf.: Matthew 23; Mark 7:6–13; Luke 11:44–52}, and the practical inference from it: the root of wisdom is fear to violate the law of God.

Hence, the summary of the first lesson:

a Christian

either

lives by the law of God, which makes him true follower of Lord Jesus Christ

because he loves God by observing His commandments, as God said

{John 6:28–40; 12:44–50; 14:15–26; 15; 16; 17; 1 John 3:18–24; 5:1–3}

or

is doomed to perish because of violations of the law of God,

which make him incompatible with the eternal world created by the law of God

{Revelation 22:13–15}

observance of the law/keeping the commandments of God is the beginning of wisdom that opens the way into the everlasting life in the presence of God

if God gives to the mind wisdom, for such a mind, there are no limits of cognition, learning, understanding, development, creation.

To be continued…

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Notes:

Σ7 Concerning complexity and time–space–complexity settings, see Note 7 to Ancient Wisdom

Σ8 As the history illustrates, interpretation of the fear to violate the law of God as the fear of God Himself [[Who was portrayed by some heretics as a punishing dreadful Superbeing]] became the root from which the worst heresies sprung. One of them is the infamous doctrine Compelle Intrare devised by Augustine the former Manichaean who became the bishop of Hippo and one of the “fathers” of the Western theology. Augustine’s Compelle Intrare contributed into the foundation, upon which the special institution – the papal Inquisition was created. The papal Inquisition [[during many centuries, the popes had the title of the Prefect of the Inquisition]] unleashed unspeakable evil upon the earth because of terror by persecutions, tortures, and executions of the heretics, the different–minded, and the Christians [[e.g., such as Ian Hus the priest (1415) [in: Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils 418, 428–431] ]] who rejected the heresies of papal theologians, did not recognize the papal faith as Christian teachings, and did not accept the pope as vicar/substitute of God at the earth

For the Christians, reference to the “fear of God” – the fear to violate the Law of God by own thoughts, words, and deeds – is the reminder that a human being should always be very discreet and cautious in his thoughts, words, and deeds, especially concerning the others. Conscience and issuing feeling of responsibility for own thoughts, words, and deeds might facilitate development of the ability to foresee the consequences of own words and actions.

The fear of God is, in fact, the fear

to violate the law of God by own thoughts, words, and deeds

to became unable to live in the free world of Love, Wisdom, and Light

to take the path into the eternal darkness of separation from God – into the realm of eternal death

{Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30:10–20; 32:8–42; Isaiah 59:2; Matthew 25:31–46; John 3:16–21, 36; Revelation 22:14–15}

Such fear, in fact, is the means of self–preservation, because any violation of the Law of God is the distortion/perversion of the human nature

The perverted human nature

pollutes the earth

poisons all creations connected to men

activates the laws of disintegration

has to be wiped out from the face of the earth

See Note 8 to Ancient Wisdom

Σ9 The meaning of life as wholeness might be explained with the terms of systems theory. See Note 9 to Ancient Wisdom

Σ10 It is written in Daniel 12:10 –– και ανομησωσιν ανομοι, και ου συνησουσι παντες ανομοι, και οι νοημονες συνησουσι –– the lawless ones shall stay lawless, and none of the lawless ones shall understand, but the wise shall understand. The ability of comprehensive understanding is given to those ho live by the law of God. See Note 10 to Ancient Wisdom

Σ11 Complete knowledge –– επιγνωσεως in: 2 Peter 1:3 –– is the state of complete–abundant–carrying consequences cognition.

In Greek word επι–γνωσει,

–– επι– is a particle that conveys meanings of superimposition, staying upon something, moving toward something, abundance, consequence, and causality

–– γνωσει – the derivative of γνωσεως from γιγνωσκω, which originates cluster of words with meaning of perceiving, discerning, understanding, comprehension, cognition, knowing [[including γινωσκωσι in John 17:3, that is a derivative of Ionian/Dorian form of γιγνωσκω]].

Therefore, the synergy of επι– and γνωσεως ← γιγνωσκω creates the meaning of complete–abundant–carrying consequences cognition: the state of empowering to act according to the will of God. In the context of St. Peter the Apostle text {2 Peter 1:2–3}, such consequences are the act of the Divine Power bestowing upon the one, who is in the state of complete cognition, all of life and godliness – that is firstly, the power to think, speak, act according to the Truth and to accomplish the words of Truth making them the essence–fabric of own

a/ thinking

b/ actions

c/ the entire life

The one could comprehend the meaning of complete knowledge by reading the Second Epistle of St. Peter the Apostle also mentioned and explained by St. Paul the Apostle {2 Peter 1:2–11; Colossians 1:10–23}.

Complete knowledge might be envisioned/explained as the state of complete–abundant–carrying consequences cognition: the state of having been empowered to think, to speak, and to work according to the will of God that is with the knowledge of the Absolute Truth Who is the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ the Redeemer and the Savior {2 Peter 1:2–11; conf. in: John; esp. in: John 14; 15; 16; 17}.

Thus, the essence of επιγνωσεως – complete knowledge of God, is manifestation of the Divine Power bestowing upon the one all of life and godliness {2 Peter 1:3–4; Colossians 1:10–23}.

Επιγνωσεως reveals itself [[or might be identified]] as possession of the mental power to achieve the purposes, for the sake of which the one has been born:

to survive, that is to preserve life of reasoning–intelligence–mind

by protecting it from the false knowledge, deceit, and enslaving with false religions

to come to the complete knowledge of the Absolute Good

to evolve for the next phase of existence in the eternity with God

If the one’s mind obtained the complete knowledge–επιγνωσεως, επιγνωσεως reveals itself [[or might be identified]] as possession of the mental power to achieve the purposes, for the sake of which the one has been born:

to survive, that is to preserve life of reasoning–intelligence–mind

by protecting it from the false knowledge, deceit, and enslaving with false religions

to come to the complete knowledge of the Absolute Good

to evolve for the next phase of existence in the eternity with God

The mind that has obtained επιγνωσεως or, in other words, entered the state of complete knowledge of God, receives from the Word–God – Λογος/Αγια Σοφια and from the Holy Spirit the special power: wisdom {John 14:1–27; 15:1–17, 26; 16:7–16; 17; Colossians 1; 2; Proverbs 2:3–12; Wisdom 1; 3; 6; 7; 8; 9}.

See

Note 11 to Ancient Wisdom

The Absolute

The Mind

Σ12 The teachings concerning the Holy Trinity is given in the Holy Scriptures: initial or introductory knowledge – by the Books of the Old Testament, and completed knowledge sufficient for preparation for the eternity – by the Books of the New Testament.

The first Ecumenical Councils (431–870) composed The Nicean Creed and established it as the Absolute dogma of Christianity – confession of the Christian faith, which is the unchangeable and which is forbidden to assail by human modifications.

The Nicean Creed conveys the foundation of the monotheist Christian religion as it is revealed by Lord Jesus Christ, Who spoke of the onlyΣ15 One True God {τον Μονον (only one) Αληθινον Θεον – John 17:3; Κυριος ο Θεος ημων, Κυριος εις (one–only/unified) εστι – Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Mark 12:29}, and as it is written down in the Holy Scriptures. The Nicean Creed reflects the following perception of the universe that embodies the unity of God with His creations granted through Lord Jesus Christ, accommodates existence of mankind, and reveals the wholeness of life:

THE ONLY ONE TRUE ALMIGHTY GOD THE CREATOR

Ο ΘΕΟΣ ΠΑΝΤΟΚΡΑΤΩΡ ΠΟΙΗΤΗΣ

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

GOD THE FATHER

Ο ΘΕΟΣ

↓            ↓

THE WORD–GOD         THE HOLY SPIRIT

                         Ο Λογος, Αγια Σοφια        Ο Παρακλητος, το Πνευμα το Αγιον

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

The Human Mind ←→ The World

Lord Jesus Christ explained {John} the Only One True God as the Triune God, the inseparable indivisible Unity of

the Word–God begotten by the Father and working the works of the Father: the Word–God, Λογος, Who is the Glory and the Absolute Power of God the Father, Who is One with the Father, carries out the Law/will of God, and has everything that the Father has

the Holy Spirit, by Whom the word lives, Who dwells with and within the children of God empowering them to accomplish the will of God and to live by God and in God: the Holy Spirit takes from the Word–God, because everything that the Father has is His

God the Father, from Whom the Word–God and the Holy Spirit come.

The act of accomplishment of the will of God is synergism – manifestation of the unity of the Law, the Power, and the Energy, when, according to the will of God the Creator, the Power applies the Energy to actualize the Law. As the result, new universe, new world, new living being, new life comes into being {Genesis 1; 2; Psalm 146(147):2, 3, 4; John; esp., John 1:118; 3; 4:23–24; 6; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–18; Ephesians 2:10}.

The nature of human mind created by Lord Jesus Christ and living by the Holy Spirit is the unity with God the Creator {cf.: John 17}, and only with God, the mind finds wisdom, completeness and happiness of accomplishment.

Hence,

Christianity is knowledge of the Triune God, the only One True God, given only to those who accept the commandments–words–law of the Word–God, who are empowered to receive the Holy Spirit, who live by the words of the Word–God by embodying the law/will of God the Creator into the actuality of their life – the ones who worship God in Spirit and Truth {John 1:1–18; 4:2324; 6:28–63; 10; 12:44–50; 14; 15; 16; 17}

Christianity is the realm, in which a human being breathes by the breath of life and lives by the Divine Law, Divine Power, and Divine Energy Whose Unity transforms the mortal creature of dust into a new being capable of everlasting life in the presence of God:

GOD –

The Uncognizable Unknown Supreme Being

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Who revealed Himself to His creation–man

as

the Omnipotent Spirit,

Whom Jesus Christ, the Messiah, identified as God the Father –

the Absolute, the Source of Life, Light,

Law, Power, and Energy,

by Whom His creations live, and

Whose acts of creation are perceived by the mind as

the Unity of the Law and the Energy and the Power

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from Whom come

↓ ↓

The Word–God The Holy Spirit

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and Who man worships as

The Holy Trinity, Triune God –

the inseparable indivisible Unity of

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit,

Who is the Creator and the Source of life,

and Whose attributes revealed to men

are the Absolute Good and

the immortality within the eternity

The inseparable unity of the Word of God, the Spirit of God, and God the Father Whose Law is the Perfect Love {Matthew 22:36–40; John 13:34–35; 15; 17}, creates and sustains existence of the world, in which the human mind has to mature–evolve: to cognize love and mercy of God, to acquire wisdom, to comprehend the Absolute Good, and to fulfill the will of God. By the Word of God the human mind is fed, by the Spirit of God it exists, and by the Law/Love of God it matures {John 6:2863; 14:1517; 15:26; 16:716; Luke 12:49}: reaches the perfection–optimum–readiness for immortality that is for the next phase of existence in the eternal kingdom of God.

The omnipotent almighty Power – Law – that is Love of God, sustains life–existence of the world and all created by God. This Power–Law–Love creates the wholeness of the mind and its world by giving the abilities to imitate love and mercy of God, therefore, to live, to survive, and to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which a human being exists. Without the wholeness of the undivided in its righteousness heart/mind, which knows and loves God and lives by His Law – the Law that opens the eternal life {Deuteronomy 30:11–20; Malachi 4:4–6; Matthew 5:17–18; Luke 1:17; John 5:38–42, 46; 12:44–50}, the mind is not able to accommodate the words of God and therefore, is not empowered to became the temple–dwelling of the living God {John 14:1523}.

Consequently, without the Word–God,

the mind has no power to acquire wisdom in its Present

the mind does not have the Future – the life everlasting

{John 12:46–50}

See

CHRISTIANITY

– The Absolute

– The Works of God

Σ13 Sin is a violation of the law of God {1 John 3:4}: the lawlessness, the failure to achieve the purposes, an inability to create the good that is to fulfill the Law/will of God; thus, sin is an inability to accomplish the mission of man.

See Note 13 to Ancient Wisdom

Σ14 The sad ending of the life of Moses whom God did not admit into the Holy Land, because he disobeyed His instructions {Deuteronomy 32:48–52}, should convince those who claim their way to God that exact following the instructions/commandments/words of God is the best way to arrange own life and to maintain the world (cosmos/universe) or a part of it given into own dominion.

See Note 14 to Ancient Wisdom

Σ15 Conscience is the natural attribute of the soul–heart–mind: the sense–perception of the good/right and the evil/wrong based in the law of God, which defines the meanings of the good and the evil and the meaning of human nature.

The essence of conscience is the pursuit of good and avoidance of evil accomplished through the unity of coherent correlated interactions among the following elements, on which the mind, especially the faculty of deliberation, operates:

the knowledge of the good and the evil

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

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

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

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

issuing from understanding of inadmissibility of own actions,

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

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

(e.g., development of mental disorders, addictions, diseases, suicide)

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

See Note 15 to Ancient Wisdom

Σ16 See The Mind

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