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Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Perfect Law of Freedom

you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free…

if then, the Son sets you free, you are free indeed…

{John 8:32, 36}

for you are called to freedom…

{Galatians 5:13}

the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom

{2 Corinthians 3:17}

the one looking into the perfect law of freedom and continuing in it…

{James 1:25}

The complete or absolute freedom is the most precious revelation to the mind living within the world, which accommodates all kinds of slavery – physical, mental, spiritual: slavery of a body, of the mind, of the conscience.

Through accomplishment of the words–commandments of God, after the mind has proved its love to God and began to dwell in God {John 8:31–36; 14:23–25; 16:7–15, 27; 17}, a human being learns the perfect law of freedom – the freedom, which accompanies the presence of the Holy Spirit {Galatians 5:13–14; 2 Corinthians 3:17}.

Among the first lessons given by God is comprehension of the complete meaning of freedom: freedom from sin, the evil, and from the “wrath of God” – the curse of slavery to evil and sin and fear of death enslaving a body and the mind. Two examples illustrate the meaning of the curse of slavery to sin and evil:

1/ the history of the Phoenicians, the cursed ones, and their spiritual counterparts – the heathens who had to be removed from the Promised Land

2/ the history of “the spoiled vineyard”Σ84.

Among the first gifts of the Holy Spirit is the authority to be free: to obtain freedom promised by Lord God Jesus Christ {John 8:32, 36} and to continue in the perfect law of freedom {James 1:25} according to which the Christian should live. Comprehension of this law begins with

understanding of the true meaning of slavery and freedom

comprehension of irrelevance of the evil

The previous posts contain definitions of physical and spiritual slaveryΣ26. As a general inference, it should be noticed that, in the current world, complete freedom as the unlimited possibility to follow the one’s inner inclinations and to pursue own purposes according own convictions does not exist. The world could be described as the net of hierarchical prisons with different degrees of limitations and restrictions of freedoms and liberties; for instance, such as freedoms of conscience, religion, access to knowledge, information, travel. In general, freedoms and liberties, which define freeman within free world, have lost their genuine meaning.

The one might infer that the current civilizations embody (although in different degrees) the Aristotelian “divine”/universal master←→ slave order, in accordance with which a human being is considered and treated as the human chattelΣ558 with strictly determined ranges of physical movement/behavior established and controlled by the masters/slave–owners. These ranges of movement/behavior usually are defined by the purposes for the sake of which a slave is kept alive and used by other humans and by human establishments: household, society, state, empire, social, political, religious, and the others.

The heathen philosophyΣ541 based on the Orphic doctrine sustains the framework of knowledge, which justifies human slavery and makes it the only arrangement acceptable for the current political, religious and other establishments of all current civilizations, which explicitly [[through the “ideals of democracy” openly based on or derived from the Aristotelian concepts, which the Westerns learned from the works of Avicenna (980–1037, “the Commentator” in the Western references) supplied by the Crusaders. Through Aristotelian notions, the Orphic doctrine penetrated the works of the Western theologians, starting with Thomas AquinasΣ30, and shaped the religious–philosophical–political framework of the Western civilization]] or implicitly [[through acceptance of the legacy of Avicenna (980–1037) as consistent with any of monotheistic theologies]] employed Aristotle’s political, religious, and social doctrines.

In general, the current slavery–sustaining religious–social–political framework still sustains all current civilizations, although in different degreesΣ171. This common framework is based on Aristotle’s notion of slavery as a “divine” or universal order; it includes the following assertions borrowed from the Plato–Aristotle’s religious–social–political utopiaΣ337:

a/ a human being is a part/property/slave of state/community/other establishments

b/ slaves, women, and animals are equal in deprivation of the right on a share in creation of common good and privileges of freemen

c/ woman might be considered as a property of man (father, male relative, husband), or even as the common property.

If so, is there anything left that a human being can adequately identify as freedom?

In general, freedom is not the lesser or even minimal limitation of the right to make a choice. The freedom is the unrestricted right to make a choice. This freedom should be based on the law of God – the law of love to God and love to each other, the law of life and dignity, which the current societies are not able to give their members as the way of life, so they force on their subjects the “laws,” norms, customs, and other regulations of the behavior of a body, which are presented as the “morals,” “virtues,” and even as the “articles of faith,” therefore, as the spiritual values. In this case, as well as in plenty of other facets of the contemporary societies, the matter, for instance, as control over life and behavior of a human body, has usurped the place of the spirit, especially, in such spheres as development of spiritual virtues, dignity, and righteousness, which could make a human being the child of God the Creator of life and could define the human behavior as fulfillment of the highest law – the law of love to God and to His creations: hypocrisy took the place of righteousness, and hatred usurped the throne of love.

Lord Jesus Christ said: whatever you desire that men should do to you, so you should to them – for this is the Law and the prophets {Matthew 5:48; 7:12}. The Christians should imitate mercy and perfection of God the Father and love each other as God loves; they prove their love to God by keeping His words: love is the fulfillment of the law; accomplishment of the commandments of God proves love to God {Matthew 5:48; 7:12; Luke 6:27–49; John 13:15, 34–35; 14:23–24; 15:16–17; 1 John 3; 4; 5:1–3; Romans 13:8–10}.

However, the current world became the network of arenas for wars and military confrontations, spiritual prisons, and slaughterhouses built by the arch–evil for extermination of the people and for transformation of free creations of God into the spiritless matter/dust prepared for consuming {in: Genesis 3:15–16}; for instance,

in the Islamic countries, the Christians are crucified, beheaded, exiled, and persecuted for their teachings of love and freedom and unwillingness of conversion into the alien for them religion; in the advanced (that with some degree of religious tolerance) Islamic countries – the Christians, as well as followers of other religions, are treated as the second class citizens/underprivileged minority

in Western countries, especially in those which the majority of population identifies as “godless nation,” and countries under totalitarian regimes, the war against Christianity rages on, mostly, because

1/ the misguided majority still equates Christianity – the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, with Catholicism – the Aristotle–Aquinas’ political theology – in spite of its past and present crimes against humanityΣ365

2/ if Christianity is honored as the teachings of God, there is no justification for propagation and pursuit of perversion, corruption, immorality, papal absolute power over human beings [[as comprehensive control over body and mind – see Aquinas’ doctrine of the unreserved obedience of the papal subjects to the pope and papal interpretation of the pope’s role in spiritual life and salvation of the papal subjectsΣ278]], and issuing hatred – to God, to neighbors, to other races, religions, nations, political opponents, to themselves – that became the basis for epidemic crimes, incessant wars, genocide, religious persecutions, and other daily realities.

What then, is the freedom of Christians who live within the same societies as the non–Christians do, and which have to observe the same civil laws [[until they contradict the law of God – The Ten Commandments]] as all the others do, and to be in loyal submission to the civil authorities {e.g., in: 1 Peter 2:11–25; 2; 3; 4}?

Christian freedom might be envisioned as the inner freedom to follow the Absolute GoodΣ1 of God, to live and to love according to the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, to choose and to accept wisdom bestowed by God, and to accomplish the works of God – faith, mercy, creation of the goodΣ135: Christian freedom is the freedom to live by the values established by God – by His Absolute GoodΣ1. The one who lives by God has freedom to create the good and to reject the evil even within the world controlled by the ultimate evil – death: in the world where the good choice is defined as the choice of the lesser evil, and the valuables of man – political and business career, prosperity, wealth, abundance of earthly possessions, access to the power over the others – are bought by the price of the evil, which the one has to commit in a fight for his share of the coveted things.

The one who exercises the freedom from the evil and who lives by the Absolute Good of God is labeled as the one–not–of–this–world; habitually, this world provides him with multiple opportunities to face difficulties and obstacles and to taste hatred, which the evil ones pour over the one who dares to be different – that is who rejects the evil–master of this world and follows Lord Jesus Christ {John 15:18–25; 1 John 2:15–17}.

The hatred of the world, of which Lord Jesus Christ spoke {John 7:7; 15:18–25; 17:6–16}, has a simple, yet all–inclusive explanation: this hatred is the hatred of the evil to the good, which is originated by incompatibility of deceit and truth, an inability of the death to tolerate the life, inability of darkness to exist in the presence of the Light, inability of the bounded temporal structured matter to comprehend the unlimited infinite eternity, and ultimately, the inability of sin, corruption, and death to exist in the presence of God.

Hence, for the Christians,

a/ only one kind of slavery exists: the submission to the evil and sin – this is the spiritual slavery, in which every sinner lives

b/ the outer – physical slavery, slavery of a body, does not mean spiritual slavery of the mind and silence of the conscience: slavery of mind and debilitated conscience are the consequences of submission to the figments of imagination/“other gods”/idols invented and worshiped by the others

c/ the knowledge of the Word–God annihilates slavery to the evil and sin: all spiritual limits, boundaries, cages, prisons, and divisions invented by men serving the arch–evil for deceit and enslaving of other men are irrelevant to those who live according to the commandments of God, by the Spirit of Truth {e.g., in: John 8:31–47; 1 Peter; 1 Corinthians 7:20–24; 9:19; Romans 10:12}.

Many of the Christians (especially, in I–IV centuries, when Christianity began to spread throughout the provinces of the Roman Empire and then, over the world) were slaves by body, yet, they made the choice that confirmed their inner freedom {e.g., 1 Peter 4:2–7; 2 Peter 2; Romans}:

they rejected the idol–worship and corruption of the heathens among which they lived

they disregarded the perceivable material idols created by men

and rejected worship of the deified men – emperors and kings,

and of material things and fantasies invented by corrupted imagination of those

who consider the fellow men as the source of own enrichment

and as the ground for own ascent to the power of coercion and human glory

they began to worship the Invisible God the Spirit in spirit and truth –

through the Word–God and by the Holy Spirit

{Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; esp. John 6; 8; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17}

During the centuries that have passed since coming of Lord Jesus Christ the Redeemer, the true Christians lived in peace of God: they did not wage wars and start revolutions, they did not initiate Crusades and witch–hunts, they did not burn human beings alive for different visions of truth and different beliefs, they did not seek earthly power, especially, the spiritual leadership and absolute/supreme authority over the mind and bodies: they did not enslave the others. They lived in submission to the authorities; they quietly and peacefully performed their works for God and for the others. Christianity indeed, provides a perfect opportunity of social stability and order {cf. in: Mark 10:42–45; John 13:12–17; James, esp. 1:27; 1 Peter, esp. 2:13–25; 1 John, esp. 3:9–18; 5:1–5; Ephesians, esp. 6:1–18}.

Probably, that is the reason why the Christians – if do not take into consideration their works for charity and well–being of the others – pass through the earth almost unnoticeable, with the only exception, when, during recurrent persecutions of Christians, they have to prove their loyal and steadfast faith in God by their suffering and death, when they prefer physical death to the spiritual slavery {e.g., in: 1 Peter, esp., 4:12–19; 1 Corinthians 4:9–13; Hebrews 11:33–38; Psalm 43(44):22}.

That, for instance, happened when the heathens crucified them on the arenas and fed them to the predators for the entertainment of the mob, when the papal subjects burned them alive, as they burned Ian Hus the Christian priestΣ89 for following the true teachings of Christ and rejection of the self–deified pope and papal heresy, when, in Bolshevist Russia, they rejected Bolshevism and Communism and chose to die for their faith. It still happens now, in the countries with totalitarian oppressive regimes. Today, in the Islamic countries, Christians still are crucified, beheaded, imprisoned, persecuted for their faith and proclaiming the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ for the sake of salvation of the many {in: Mark 16:15–16}; their churches are burnt, and they are the first victims of political and religious unrestΣ133.

How then, any mind living by the values of the material world could ever comprehend the meaning of Christian freedom, if a Christian prefers to live as a slave and to die keeping his faith, although he has the chance to pronounce some words, to display some visible signs (make appearance) of acceptance other beliefs and then to live, to have a successful career, to establish own family, own business, etc.?

The meaning of Christian freedom opens to the one who has found answers {e.g., in: Jude; Romans 1:16–32; 3:9–31; 8:1–39; 1 Corinthians 3:11–23; 13; 2 Corinthians 4:2–18; Galatians 5:19–26; 6:8–10; Ephesians 2:1–22} to the following questions:

Why the choice of freedom to live according own faith and own convictions

immediately initiates the attack on the one who dares to follow his own beliefs?

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Why the one chooses to live by faith and spirit,

while the others choose to live by material values and by needs of a body only?

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Why the priorities of the spirit–heart–mind and the priorities of a body became irreconcilable,

if spirit, heart, mind, body are the components of the same living wholeness –

a human beingΣ11?

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Why life in harmony of the mind and the body, by the spirit and by the material values

became impossible?

[[although such harmonious life was a dream of the ancient pre–Orphic philosophers and thinkers

after God reduced the time–range of life

of those pre–Flood men who where the flesh to one hundred and twenty years {Genesis 6:4}]]

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Why the deeds of human flesh and the fruits of the human spirit are so different,

and why this difference can be perceived only after illumination by the Light of God –

by the knowledge of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, that is the knowledge,

which differentiates the invisible and eternal from the visible and temporal?

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Why the eternal life of a human child of God has to begin with death of a human body

{John 12:24–26}?

The one who searches the complete understanding has to acknowledge the ultimate and final confrontation of two realms – the eternal realm of God the Spirit and the temporal realm of the material thingsΣ112. Both realities are opened for everyone’s choice:

either

the focus on the realm of God → life by the Spirit of God →

→ ultimate – spiritual – freedom

or

the focus on the temporal world of the matter → life by the idols made of the matter→

→ ultimate – spiritual and physical – slavery

[[physical slavery also, because, in fact, the flesh always is in submission to the mind,

especially, if the mind is focused on the world of the material things;

the difference is only mental perception → evaluation]]

Worship of God in spirit and truth and materialism are irreconcilable and incompatible. The incompatibility of life by the Spirit of God and by the matter, of the eternal and the temporal, of the infinite and the limited, of the wisdom granted by God and of “wisdom of this world”, of spiritual freedom and spiritual slavery explains the impossibility to “serve two masters”: to live simultaneously by the priorities of the spirit and by the priorities of the flesh {Matthew 6:24–34; Mark 8:31–38; Luke 11:23; John 17:14–17; James 4:1–10; 5:4–11; 1 Corinthians 3:19–20; 4:10–13; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 4:17–32; Job 5:6–16}.

This incompatibility explains the exceptional human ability of focusing only on one realm; this ability sustains the concept of the Absolute:

either the Kingdom of God

and then, eternal life in the presence of God

or

the realm of the temporal material structures

controlled by the law of death and then, eternal separation from God

In general, each human being that comes to Lord Jesus Christ follows the common path of human evolution. The Holy Scriptures {Books of the Old Testament} describe this path as the way, which was offered to the ancient chosen nation:

liberation from physical slavery ⇒ acceptance of the law of God ⇒

⇒ becoming the embodiment of the law of God

Although the visible – outer – circumstances, conditions, and other terms of life might be different and even incompatible, in the personal spiritual plan, in mind–reasoning–way of thinking, all those who search God with all their soul–heart–mind–strength–power have their own exodus from slavery and bondage, own travel through (and tests and trials in) the desert [[e.g., as a separation from the values and realities of the temporal world]], their own vision of the Promised Land as coming to the Word–God, revelation of God, and their ultimate choice, with which choose their destiny:

either

the service to God and freedom

or

the service to the arch–evil and slavery

The one who is accomplishing his personal journey to the Word–God comes to the understanding of freedom, of which Lord Jesus Christ told to “the sons of Abraham” {John 8:31–44}. Also, he learns to discriminate between the appearance of righteousness – hypocrisy and observance of rituals set by people for their own glorificationΣ409 and true righteousness of a human being who lives for God and by God. He understands that his true essence – the soul–heart–mind – is seen by God { Matthew 6:16–18; 15; 16; 23; Luke 11:39–52; 12; John 4:19–24; Acts 10:9–48; 1 Peter 3:4; 1 Corinthians 6; 1 Kings 16:7; Psalm 43(44):21; 138(139):1–18; Isaiah 58:2–14; Zacharias 7:4–10} and learns to perceive the presence of God.

The Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, speaks of the freedom from sinΣ27 and of God Who is the Spirit and Who seeks those who worship Him in Spirit and Truth:

He, the Word–God, is the Sanctifying Truth

the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Truth – comes from God the Father

because of Him,

Who is the Son of God – the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ

Who has been sent to accomplish the will of God,

and Who is the One with the Father

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and freedom Who empowers understanding of the knowledge of God that is the eternal life and leads to the complete freedom – the freedom from sin, when the mind liberated by the Word–God comprehends the irrelevance of the evil, and then, the evil [[insufficiencies, losses, deceit, deprivation of earthly possessions and valuables, corruption, suffering, and death]] takes its actual place: the temporal tests, trials, and training for development–evolution during the earthly journey to home, in the kingdom of God {John 1; 3:3–8; 4:23–24; 8:31–47; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17; Revelation 21; also in: Luke 4:1–13; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 Corinthians 3:13–15; 2 Corinthians 5:1–10, 17–21; 10:3–4}.

St. Paul the Apostle elaborates the meaning of Christian’s freedom:

life in Lord Jesus Christ sets the one free from sin and death

the one, who lives by the Spirit of God

{since the Spirit of God dwells in him – Romans 8:9},

has the peace and the life:

he receives the Spirit of adoption by Whom he calls God the Father,

not spirit of slavery to live in fear

since the Spirit of God dwells in him and leads him, he is a child of God,

because all those led by the Holy Spirit are the children of God

{Romans 8:9–16}

The comprehension of the Word–God by His creation – a human being – is fulfillment of the will of God the Spirit Who seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth; it also is fulfillment of the eternal law of God – the law of perfect freedom, which bestows on the creations of God the freedom of choice of the good and defines and sustains the preparation for the eternity with God {Matthew 5:17–18; Psalm 101(102):26–28; 118(119):11, 55–56, 105, 142; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; Ephesians 1; 2; Colossians 1; 2; 3}:

liberation from evil, corruption, sin, and death

freedom to live by the Word–God, by the Absolute Good of God

freedom to pursue the Absolute GoodΣ1 by becoming the likeness of the Word–God

freedom to live eternally in the Kingdom of God

St. Paul’s words: the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom {2 Corinthians 3:17} convey the Christian doctrine of freedom: the ultimate or absolute freedom of a human being is the presence of the Holy Spirit in the heart–mind.

Hence, the one can infer that the perfect law of freedom is the Word–God, the Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ, because through Him, a human being

is set free from slavery to evil and death

{John 8:31–36; 10:27–30; 11:25–26}

is empowered to observe the commandments of God,

to become the likeness of the Word–God, and to live by the Law of God

{John 6:44–45; 14:6}

is given the complete knowledge and wisdom

through the Word–God, Who is the Holy Wisdom of God,

and by the Holy Spirit – the Teacher

{John 1:1–3; 14:15–17, 26; 15:26; 16:7–16, 22; 2 Corinthians 4:6;

Proverbs 8:22–31; 9:1–6; Wisdom 1:6–7; 7:22–30}

becomes the dwelling of God

{John 14:15–17, 23; 17}

obtains the ultimate freedom given by the Holy Spirit,

when He dwells in His living temple – a human child of God

{John 2:17–22; 14:23, 26; Romans 8:14–16; 2 Corinthians 3:17}

This freedom begins with the spiritual perception of the Absolute Good of God, His Perfect Love without fear and suffering {1 John 4:12–18} that embraces a human being and transforms him into the immortal child of God – the likeness and image of Almighty God, a being that lives by the perfect love of God and in the perfect love of God {John 17; James 1:16–25}: a free human being who exercises freedom to do the good in the world of the evil, and who embodies his spiritual – absolute – freedom into the works of God allotted to Him by the Creator {in: John 14; 15}.”

Reprint. Original post in Folder Archive_2014, Page 8_August_2014

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