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Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Universal Criterion

For there is not a good tree that brings a bad fruit,

nor a bad tree that produces a good fruit.

For each tree is known from own fruit

{Luke 6:43–44}

In Gospel According to Matthew {Matthew 10:34–39}, Lord God Jesus Christ tells that He did not come to cast the peace in the earth: He came to cast the sword unto the earth and to divide the people, even to dissever man with his father. The choice – to follow Lord God Jesus Christ or to reject Him – separates the one from the others.

The division promised by God is accomplished through an ability to discern the difference between the good and the evil. The Holy Scriptures provide the comprehensive identification of the realityΣ159 of the good and the reality of the evil, so those, who would decide to follow God, can be enlightened and empowered by the words of God.

When Moses warned his tribesmen of the consequences of their choice of the evil things, which in the time of law–giving included idol–worship, customs, corruption, and perversion of the heathen nations that occupied the promised Land until their sins were filled up and they had to faced annihilation, he defined the features of the reality of the good – blessings, and the reality of the evil – curses { Genesis 15:13–16; Deuteronomy 11:12–28; 28:1–68; 29:1–28; 30:1–20}.

In the New Testament, Lord Jesus Christ completed the separation of the good and the evil {Matthew 6:24; Luke 6:43–44}: man cannot serve two masters, and good tree does not bring bad fruit. Therefore, it is not possible to unify the evil and the good: they do not co–exist – they are not compatible.

The words of God and His messages to mankind conveyed through the prophets and the apostles define two worlds, which correlate with the purposes of man and accommodate the entirety of human existence.

The two worlds are the world of the good and the world of the evil, the inner realities of human heart–mind (e.g., framework of thinking, sets of values, criteria of evaluation), with which the mind identifies own existence and from which it draws its purposes. Consequently, the world that the mind accepts as the very own reality defines the mind’s very own destiny: life of reason or death of reason.

The purposes (or life–mission) of the mind include cognition of the good and the evil, choice between the good and the evil, embodiment of the chosen and cognized reality into own thoughts, words, and deeds (the reality of good is based on knowledge of the will and attributes of God – Absolute Good, wisdom, perfection, and freedom; the reality of evil is based on knowledge of death resulting in insufficiency, slavery, destruction).

The thoughts, words, and actions are the building blocks with which a human being builds the life – own cosmos where the Light of God should shine and that might become the record in the Book of Life. Life is the creation of man that in the Judgment Day will be tried by the Fire for evaluation of the compliance with the Word–God {John 3:17–21, 35–36; 5:24–30; 6:37–40; 1 Peter 2:1–7; 1 Corinthians 3:1–13; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 2:13–22; Revelation 20:11–15; Malachi 3:16–18; 4:1–1}. Through own creation – life on the earth built according to own choice between the good and the evil – all human beings will receive the fruit of their own doing (life everlasting with God, or death – separation from God).

In summary, the mind builds its world with

1/ category of the good; for instance, knowledge of God, faith, love, truth, light, life, blessing, health, kindness, forgiveness, mercy, justice, righteousness, humbleness, loyalty, reliability, friendship, sharing of own possessions, assistance and help to the others; the results are wisdom, perfection, and readiness for the eternity with God

2/ category of the evil; for instance, the deeds of the arch–evil that was murderer of man from the beginning, pride, lies, deceit, darkness, anger, condemnation, ruthlessness, curse, uncleanness, sin, adultery, perversion, suffering, injustice, insufficiency, diseases, hypocrisy, betrayal, deprivation of possessions and deceit of the others; the results are foolishness, corruption, and death.

The Epistles of the Apostles {esp.: James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter; 1 John 3:3–18; 5:1–4; Jude; Romans 1:18–32; 1 Corinthians 5:9–13; 6:6–20; 10:18–24; Galatians 5:14–26} identify the deeds of the good and the deeds of the evil, which a human being claiming the way of perfection in Lord God Jesus Christ should know by heart.

So,

1/ the criteria of the good should become the basis for every choice, every action, and every word

2/ the deeds of the evil should be avoided by all costs.

The summary of human virtues, ethics, and standards of behavior is imitation of the perfection and mercy of God the Father revealed by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God through Whom all things came into being and Who therefore, defines the new creation – new human nature enabled to live in the presence of God {Matthew 5:44–48; Luke 6:27–38; John 1:16–18; 13:12–17; 14:6–12; 17:1–8; James 1:18, 21–25; 1 Peter 1:3–5; Ephesians 2:13–22; Revelation 21:2–6; 22:3–5}.

The summary of the evil is slavery of sin and deeds of the arch–evil {John 8:34–51}.

And I think:

how the one who begins the roadΣ134 to God could establish himself on the path of righteousness?

how to obtain the right judgment, if the world around speaks only evil (frequently, masqueraded with the slogans of good), hears only evil, and thinks only evil?

how to find the criteria of discernment between the good and the evil, especially if evil comes from own family, friends, teachers, colleagues and co–workers, those in a position of public trust and authority?

The words of Lord God Jesus Christ reveal the universal criterion of discernment between the good and the evil {Luke 6:43–45} for those who seek the truth within the collapsing world built with misconceptions of the heathens (starting with such as destiny/fate, universal causality, and logic of simplification as the basis for cognition).

Firstly, each event, assumption, piece of knowledge, information should be identified as bringing the good consequences (such as preservation of life, health, development) or bringing the bad consequences (loss of health, any detriment or deprivation of valuable possessions, degeneration of mind and body, perversion, collapse and destruction of establishments, death). Then, either accept it (if it results in the good) or reject it (if it leads to the evil). If any risk of loss, or a possibility of harm that could be inflicted on himself or on the others, is possible – the considered event, assumption, knowledge, etc. are rooted in the evil; they are incompatible with the nature of goodΣ272. Therefore, they must be rejected, if the good is the choice…

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The Universal Criterion is included in Selections_&_Reprints. Part 2

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