Systems Logic
by Alice Alexandra-Sofia
CHRISTIANITY

 

Introduction to Christianity

 

 

 

 

Preliminary Note

 

Almost twenty centuries ago, Lord God Jesus Christ granted His followers the new knowledge – the Christian teachings, which provides the decision for all problems of mankind by turning people from darkness to Light and from authority of satan to God {Acts 26:15–18}.

Now, when the neo–heathen beliefs and idol–worshiping mentality sustain the daily existence of many, when the worse probabilities of the Future foreseen by the Prophets of the Past and the nightmares of science fiction writers became the actuality, only true knowledge of God might slow down the degeneration of mankind.

At the same time, no other religion in the world has been so barbarically falsified and libeled as the original Christianity is: everything that enlightens the mind, leads it to comprehension and wisdom, grants ultimate freedom and eternal life, – everything was misinterpreted or taken away.

The history vividly illustrates the consequences of falsification and misinterpretation of the teachings of God and violation of the Law of God: suffering and death of people and destruction of their establishments.

Through atrocities of the Crusades and the Inquisition, through religious wars, persecution and extermination of the different–minded, and through the consequent Schisms, the European civilization collapsed into the heathenism and began self–annihilation with the destructive philosophical doctrines and their offspring – ideologies, with the ethics–free materialistic sciences, irrational systems of education, and mass culture based on slavery, immorality, and the cult of death. Eventually, the European nations “progressed” to the loss of humaneness, and dignity: they substituted ideology for religion, fear for love, and slavery of evil for the ideals and freedom of Christianity. The results are well known from the history; for instance, bloodshed and unspeakable crimes of religious and political unrest, wars, and revolutions of the fifteenth–twentieth centuries (e.g., England, France, Russia), and establishment of the totalitarian states of the twentieth century (e.g., Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, China), which assassinated countless millions of human beings and deprived of freedom and human dignity those under their control.

So, is it possible to survive, to protect human dignity, and to exercise the freedom of thinking in the world of slavery, perversion, and death of reasoning – in the world ruled by neo–heathenism and ethics–free sciences, which have brought such fruits as concentration camps for mass slaughter of human beings, WMD, production of human–animal embryos, organ harvesting, euthanasia of the elderly and sick, sadistic treatment and abuse of the most vulnerable groups of population – the aged, children, mentally ill patients, development and marketing of poisonous drugs for the sake of profit, ruthless torture and painful execution, IVF, abortions as the means of birth control, inhumane experiments on humans and animals, transhumanism, and many other means to destroy the very foundation of life, the very meaning of humaneness, as well as mankind itself?

Some clarification of the basic theological concepts would re–introduce the original Christian teachings.

The essence of the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ, Who is One with God the Father {John 10:30; 13:13; 17:21}, is love, mercy, and freedom. Christianity has the only one center – God, the only one law – the will of God, the only one truth – the Absolute Truth or the Word of God, the only one ideal – perfection of God the Father, and the only one criterion of judgment – the Absolute Good that is the love of God.

The Christians are the small group of the ones who know and worship the Triune God, the only One True God, and who live, or at least attempt to live, by His commandments/law – by love and mercy to the others. Presently, some of them are identified as the Orthodox Christians: they have accepted the original Christian Teachings given by the Word–God – Lord God Jesus Christ, and they keep the traditions established by the Apostles of Lord God Jesus Christ.

Hence, the Christians are the ones who

accept The Ten Commandments and commandments–words of Lord Jesus Christ as the law of God the Creator {Matthew 5:17–20, 21–48; 6; 7; 19:16–26; 22:36–40; Mark 12:29–34; Luke 10:27–37; John 13:34–35; 15:12, 17; Exodus 20:1–17}

believe in Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God, Who gives knowledge that is the everlasting life {John 3:16–21, 31–36; 6:28–58, 63–69; 11:25–26; 17:3, 6–26}

live by the words–commandments–law of God and accept the Word–God and His words as the Absolute Truth {John 14; 15; 16; 17}

worship the Triune God, the only One True God, in Spirit and Truth {John 4:23–24; 10:30; 12:44–50; 14:6–28; 15; 16; 17}

love Lord Jesus Christ and accomplish the will of God by observing His commandments–words–law and embodying them into own daily life {Matthew 7:21–23; John 14:15–17, 23–24}

confess the Christian faith according to The Nicean CreedΣ1.

Four Greek and Byzantine theologians developed the Christian concept of man in relation to God – St. Maximus the Confessor, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Basil the Great, and St. Gregory Palamas [St. Gregory Palamas (1974) 121–122; St. Maximus the Confessor, St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. Basil the Great, ref. in: St. Gregory Palamas (1974) 122]:

1/ when the Word of God lives and acts within man, the man is unified with the grace of Lord God Jesus Christ; this incomprehensible grace illuminates the human nature and elevates it above the natural laws: man becomes uncreated as the grace of God is uncreated

2/ everything that is moved by the Holy Spirit becomes alive, eternal, and sacred: through Lord God Jesus Christ, man (who before was dust, the human clay) receives the anointment of the Holy Spirit to become “the child of Light” – born of God and destined for the eternity

3/ when the Holy Spirit dwells in man, the man oversteps the limits of his temporal worldly existence: from the mortal he becomes immortal, from the temporal becomes eternal; he receives the dignity of prophet and apostle and, through Lord God Jesus Christ, he becomes a child of God endowed with the potency to create.

St. Gregory Palamas (1296–1359) considers the act of creation by a human being as the only moment when the human being discovers the image of God within own soul/mind, and actualizes own essence through the act of creation, by embodying his knowledge and perception of the good into the thoughts, words, deeds, establishments, systems, material things with which the world of man is arranged.

Therefore, the essence of a human being unfolds as the dwelling and the rest of God within the created by God Universe. A human being exists to accomplish the following purposes:

–– to receive the Spirit of God during the earthly existence

–– to abide in love and light of God

–– to fulfill the will of God at the Earth

–– to dwell with God throughout the eternity.

Theologians, philosophers, and researchers invented many definitions for the mind–intellect–heart–soul–spirit, mostly, as for the different facets of a human being; for instance,

–– the heart is the spiritual center of man – the temple, in which the Divine is united with the human

–– the intellect is the “eye of heart” or the faculty of contemplation by which man perceives God and learns the knowledge given by God

–– the intelligence is the operating faculty of the intellect

–– the reason or mindΣ2 is the center responsible for logic, conceptualization, and discourse – all the functions, which manifest the main human ability – reasoning that defines purposeful behavior within the world of the temporary structured matter, and so on [e.g., St. Diadochos of Photiki On Spiritual Knowledge §§9, 79, 88, and Glossary 362–365, and the others in: Philokalia, v.1–4].

The fruitful imagination of the generations of theologians and use of different terms for definitions of the same phenomena, sometimes, initiated theological disputes as St. Paul the Apostle warned {for instance, in: 1 Timothy 6:20–21; 2 Timothy 2:16–17}, and therefore, brought forth discord and facilitated rising of heresies.

In general, if the one has understanding of the words of Lord Jesus Christ {in: John; Matthew, esp. 5; 6; 7; Mark; Luke, esp. 6; 12} and perceives God as the Perfect Love without fear and suffering, as the Absolute Good of man and for man, all human inventions–doctrines and verbal embellishments–classifications–definitions–etc., are not needed.

Christianity is not rooted in the world of the matter; its roots are within the human soul. Christianity unfolds as the unlimited infinite universe and the narrow path to the kingdom of God – the reality with other terms of existence, where the laws of the earthly establishments do not work.

Christianity began with dissemination of new knowledge of God; this knowledge was intended to support and to direct development of all nations. At the very beginning, St. Paul the Apostle advised Christians concerning protection of the absolute purity of this knowledge; above all, he distanced its contents from the heathen philosophy {Galatians 4:9; 5:1; Colossians 1; 2; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 4:2}. The Apostle conveys the message of Christianity not “in lofty words” of wisdom of men: the demonstration of the Spirit and the power of God confirm the message of His servant. The simple words of the divine truth impart the wisdom, which God prepared for man before the beginning of times. Those who are chosen by God are able to comprehend the wisdom revealed by the Spirit of Truth {1 Peter 1; 2; 2 Peter 1:2–11}.

Christianity is the gift of God: only by the will of God man comes to the faith in Lord Jesus Christ, receives the complete knowledge, wisdomΣ3 and sanctification by the Truth–Word of God, and enters the eternity. When faith and love to God become the meaning of existence, life obtains the completeness of the ultimate freedom; however, only the mind, which dwells in the perfect love of God, can access the ultimate freedom, which is in the knowledge of truth – the Word–God. St. Paul discloses his understanding of the life in God when he writes that he rejected everything except Jesus Christ and His crucifixion. For St. John the Apostle, life is love to God and to brethren; he envisions God as the perfection of love without fear and suffering: so beautiful this Love is that, for the sake of this Love, man lays down his life for his brethren and forgets own soul {Matthew 11:27; Mark 8:34–38; John 6:37–47; 8:31–36; 17:3, 17; Acts 8:26–39; 10:1–35; 1 John 3:16; 4:8–21; 1 Corinthians 2:1–8, 11–13; Romans 1:1}.

The referred above texts from the New Testament allow understanding that the following practices (1/ and 2/), which during the history of the Western civilization were widely applied in the name of religion, common good, unity of the faithful/churches, etc., are incompatible with the Christian teachings:

1/ the forceful conversion, admissibility of religious wars and persecution of the different–minded, heretics, and apostates, any crime and violence committed “in the name of God,” for instance, such as intentional falsification of the Word of God, lies, assassination, application of physical force and power of coercion, torture, deprivation of life–sustaining resources “for the sake of saving soul” and other means from the arsenal of those who attempt to disguise their crimes against humanity with the lofty words of “common good” and other cover–ups historically used by the papal Inquisitors, theologians, and diviners

2/ justification by the religious dogmas of harm and detriment to dignity, happiness, and life of any human being whichever beliefs and personal convictions a human being holds, to whichever race, nation, social or other establishment belongs, and whichever manner of life a human being chooses.

Christianity is the ultimate freedom to create the greatest good and to claim the highest authority obtainable by a human being – the authority to become a child of God; Christianity is the gift to love God, to live according to His commandments, and to dwell with God {John 1:12–13; 14:23}.

The ultimate freedom has an inseparable companion: ultimate responsibility. Everyone will plead own thoughts, words, and actions, and everyone will reap the fruits of own harvest – the consequences of his thoughts, words, and actions, of everything he had done to himself, to other beings, and to God. Everyone builds own world with own mind, actions, and words, with own logic or with the others’ guidance and orders; ultimately, the Word of God will judge everyone’s worldsΣ4. The Spirit of God – the Divine Almighty Fire {Luke 12:49; John 4:24; 16:7–11; 1 Corinthians 3:13–15; Malachi 3:1–3; Deuteronomy 4:24} will test everything and reveal its essence – good or evil. There will be no leaders, nor communities, nor human herd, nor propaganda in the Judgment Day. Just every human being face to face with God the Creator Who evaluates what His creation had done with

a/ with own life

b/ with those who were given to love and to lead to perfection

c/ with the world given to cherish and dominate in love and freedom.

God will determine that into what His particular creation developed (a child of God or the enemy of God) and what to do with this particular creation – to give it as to His child the life everlasting in His kingdom, or to separate from Himself as barren and withered branch is separated from the living tree {Ecclesiastes 3:17; 12:14; Malachi 4:1; Matthew 12:36–37; John 12:48; 15:2, 6; 1 Corinthians 3:13–15; Revelation 20:11–15}.

The free omnipotent Creator granted a free human mind with freedom, authority, and responsibility: these gifts of God cannot be forced upon anyone, and they cannot be taken away by anyone. Ultimately, only responsibility for own thoughts, words, and actions differentiates a freeman from a slave, and that is why any establishment, which pursues enslaving of man, firstly, intervenes in the freedom of thought. Then, it deprives a human being of responsibility for own choice. When responsibility is no more, deprivation of freedom (especially, of the freedom to have own judgment and consequently, to make own choice), therefore, slaveryΣ5, becomes the manner of existence.

Seemingly, the essence of Christianity is simple: love of God to His creations, and love of the creations of God to their Creator and to one another. However, for some people, Christianity remains the mystery threatening or attracting, yet, impenetrable. Probably, one of the reasons might be adherence to the worldly affairs. When the mind is focused on the visible and perceptible world of the matter, it forgets that the material Universe is only a particle of the wholeness or a tiny drop of water within the ocean of the Eternity: it confines itself within the boundaries of the temporal dissipating world, and as the prodigal son, squanders own divine inheritance and seeks the food of swine {Luke 15:11–16; 2 Corinthians 4:3–4}.

To find God, a human being needs faithΣ6, love to God, and love to a neighbor. Moses the Prophet defines the condition of the successful quest for knowledge of God: to search for Him with all heart and all soul. The Holy Scriptures contain the detailed instructions of God; they are the only guidance any human being needs to accomplish the purpose of earthly existence, obtain perfection, and become ready for the kingdom of God {Deuteronomy 4:29; 2 Timothy 3:16–17}.

 

 

Part 1. The Foundation

 

 

Jesus talked with them, saying:

All authority in Heaven and upon earth was given to Me...

...disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the Name

of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you.

Then, behold, I am with you all the days until completion of the age

{Matthew 28:18–20}

 

...in the fulfilling of the day of the Pentecost,

they were all with one mind in the same place.

Then, suddenly, the sound came out of the Heaven

as being borne by violent wind,

and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Then the tongues as of fire appeared to them

being distributed and set on which one of them.

And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit

and began to speak another languages

as the Spirit gave to them to speak…

{Acts 2:1–4}

 

 

On the fiftieth day after the Holy Pascha, the Christians celebrate the great Feast of the Holy Trinity, next day – Monday, the Feast of the Holy Spirit.

These Feasts are also celebration of birth of the Christian Church, when the ones chosen as the disciples became the Apostles of God and received the Holy Spirit proceeding from God the Father and promised by God the Son – Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the Christian Church lives {Matthew 4:18–22; 16:16–21; 26:26–28; 28:18–20; Mark 1:14–20; 14:22–24; 16; Luke 5:1–11; 21:12–36; 22:17–20; 24:44–50; John 1:35–51; 14; 15; 16; 17; 21:14–19; Acts 1:1–11, 15–26; 2; 3:12–26; 9:1–20; 20:28–31; 26:6–23; 1 Corinthians 11:23–28}.

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 initial knowledge of the Triune God is in the core of the Abraham's religion {Genesis 18:1–19}, and therefore, should be recognized by any religion that venerates Abraham as the father of nations and traces to him the roots of its theological doctrine. This knowledge of God the Creator is completed by Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God. Rejection of Lord Jesus Christ and knowledge of Him and the Father Who sent Him was the act of rejection of the one Only True God, the ultimate apostasy, for which the ancient Vineyard of the Lord has been annihilated. The Christians know that those who do not believe in Lord Jesus Christ have no God the Creator, therefore, the original sinΣ7 and its consequences – the ”wrath” of God, death – remain upon them, and their destiny is eternal separation from God {John 1; 2; 3:1–36; 5:17–47; 6:27–70; 8:12–59; 9:39–41; 10; 11; 12:10–50; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 19:1316; Matthew 21; 23; 24; 25; Luke 23:22–31; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John}.

The knowledge given to Abraham, revealed through the Hebrew prophets, and completed by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, sustains the same – one – reality that precedes the eternity for the chosen ones. People divide it on the past, the present, and the future; the Hebrew prophetsΣ8 who spoke by the Holy Spirit, saw it as the wholeness, as the one sees life of a seed that is planted → evolves into the mighty tree → brings forth the fruits to the One Who planted it.

Consequently, there is the same pattern of annihilation of the abnormal seeds, which are not able to grow up according to the nature and to be perfected into the fruits of the harvest of the Lord; only the means of extermination are different according to the local – time–space–complexity settings, in which the seed comes into being.

For instance,

for Sodom and Gomorrah the means of destruction were brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven {Genesis 19:1–29}

for the consequent generations of sinners [[those who absorbed knowledge, to which the Holy Scriptures refer to as to the wine produced by the vine of Sodom that carries the rage of serpents and incurable rage of asps {θυμος δρακοντων ο οινος αυτων, και θυμος ασπιδων ανιατος – Deuteronomy 32:16–33} and as to the lethal poison of asp and viper, and who live by the heathen misconceptions and perversions {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 32; Psalm 90(91):13; 139(140):3; Isaiah 59:2–5; Jude; 1 Peter 4:36; 2 Peter 2; Romans 1:1632; 3:13}]] the means o extermination include adverse acts of nature (weather, drought, wind, famine), plagues, conquest and defeat by the enemies {Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30} following with the total ruin, as the history of the ancient Israel after apostasy committed by Solomon and ancient kings illustratesΣ9.

However, in general, the pattern of annihilationΣ10 is the same:

1/ it starts with “blindness” and “deafness” of heart/mind {Isaiah 6:8–13} – loss of the adequate perception, which makes the sinners to wander pointlessly, similarly to the damned souls in the Phoenician infernoΣ11, where the dead were enveloped into infernal fog, unable to perceive anything, incapable of finding way to life

2/ the loss of the adequate perception is followed with degeneration of the reasoning/mind, so, the sinners become unable to evaluate reality of their existence, to identify threats and risks, to thwart enemies, to achieve prosperity, to have health, and to live in abundance of the good

3/ the time comes for catastrophes, plagues, incurable diseases, mental and physical disorders, calamities, conquest by the enemies, and total collapse of the sinners’ creations – establishments, societies, states, empires, civilizations

4/ ultimately, the sinners are reduced to naught, and their land either becomes devastated field of death or is freed for the next generations or other nations {Genesis 19:4–13; Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30; Isaiah 6:8–13; 59:1–19; Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Hosea; and other Books of The Old Testament; see also the history of mankind, especially, its civilizations}.

So, what is given to know?

There are no words in languages of men living within the world of the material things, which would ever be able, appropriate, or suitable to convey the power and the might of the Most High, Omnipotent God the Creator, Ο Παντοκρατωρ, the Almighty Spirit, and to describe His essence. As the ancient prophet said {Psalm 146(147):5}:

Μεγας ο Κυριος ημων,και μεγαλη η ισχυς Αυτου, και της συνεσεως Αυτου ουκ εστιν αριθμος

Great is the Lord, and great is His strength, and the manifestation of His Divine Might/Power is not numberedΣ12

 

Concerning the knowledge given by God Himself: the Holy Spirit {John 14:15–26; 15:26; 16:7–16} teaches, instructs, illuminates, empowers the Christians by giving them the ability to perceive, the wisdom to comprehend, and to power to implement–actualize–embody into own thoughts, words, and actions the knowledge of God, of which the Apostles write {James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 3:18; 1 John; Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 3; Ephesians 1; 2; Galatians 3:26–29}, so they may be transformed into the image of the Glory of God, into the firstfruit of new creations in Christ and by Christ. Thus, the gift of an ability to perceive and to comprehend the complete knowledge of God, of which St. Peter the Apostle writes {2 Peter 1:2–11}, and the gift of the reasoning followingΣ13 the reasoning of Christ, which St. Paul the Apostle explains {δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν 1 Corinthians 2:15–16}, are the first of the miracles of God, upon which Christianity stands.

The summary of the Law is given by Moses who also speaks of Θεος ζηλωτης {Exodus 20:5; 34:14; Deuteronomy 6:4–5}

 

The Lord our God is One Lord. And thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy mind, and with all thy soul, and all thy strength

 

The meanings of the attribute of God conveyed in Exodus with definition ζηλωτης and translated as “Jealous”[R], while it should be translated as the Excellent, Perfect, Absolute, reveal a new concept, which the human mind later would define with word absolute – απολητοςΣ14. God is the Absolute, the Only One, Perfect, Supreme/Superior – One Lord our God. When Lord God Jesus Christ speaks of the Perfect God the Father {Matthew 5:48}, He re–asserts the true meaning of the Law given through Moses. The Holy Scriptures reveal also that Word–God is the Absolute power of God–Creator, by Whom the word was created and exists now, of Whom the ancient prophets spoke, and by Whom this world will meet its end and the new perfect world will be created {John 1:1–4; 5:39, 46–47; Deuteronomy 8:3; Psalm 104(105):19; 106(107):20; 118(119):11; 147:1–8; Isaiah 55:8–11; 65:17; Revelation 21:1–5}.

The first Ecumenical Councils (431–870) composed The Nicean CreedΣ1 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 religionΣ15 as it is revealed by Lord Jesus Christ, Who spoke of the onlyΣ16 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

 

 

The nature of human mindΣ2 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.

However, some of the beginners and those who still seek their wayΣ17 to God have difficulties with understanding, what does it mean to worship the Triune God. Many misconceptions concerning the Christian teachings could be resolved and heresies cleared outΣ18, if to accept the words of God as the Absolute Truth, and to comprehend the meaning of the Unity, of which God told His followers: the Word–God is with God the Father and One with God the Father, and the Holy Spirit proceeds from God the Father {John 1:1–4; 10:30; 14:26; 15:26}; as St. John the Apostle writes, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit are the One {1 John 5:7}.

Whatever man is able to know concerning his Creator is given by God Himself:

 

a) man cannot see God and live; hence, no one has seen God, at any time

 

b) the only–begotten Son Who in in the bosom of the Father, the Word Who is God,

Lord Jesus Christ, Who is One with the Father, explained:

the one who had known Lord Jesus Christ, he would have known the Father

 

c) from the time of revelation of the Word–God and now on,

the Christians do know Him – God the Father – and have seen Him

{Exodus 33:20; John 1:1–18; 10:30; 14:6–13; 17}

 

Then, Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, revealed the Almighty God the Creator, the only One True God {John 17:3; Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Mark 12:29}, as the Holy Trinity – the inseparable Unity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, the only One True God worshiped by the Christians in Spirit and Truth – in Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit {Mark 12:29; John 1:1–18; 4:23–24; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John 1; 4; 5:1–7}.

Creation of the world began when God said the Word, and through Him everything that exists came into being {Genesis 1; 2; John 1:1–5}: in the beginning, it was the Word, and God was the Word {Θεος ην ο Λογος – John 1:1}.

Then, the Old Testament people knew that God sends His Word, the Word accomplishes His will, and the Word does not return to Him until His will is accomplished {Psalm 147:15–19; Isaiah 55:10–11}.

It was also said: You are My Son, today I begot You {Psalm 2:7–8}, and in another text, the prophet spoke of the day, when the people become the possession of God and He would make a choice of them as the Father chooses his son who serves him {in: Malachi 3:17; see also: 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 8:14–17, 28–39}.

God fashioned the mind of His people {Isaiah 45:9; 64:8–9} with knowledge and wisdom, which would make them friends of God and prophets {Wisdom 7:24–28} preparing their mind for perception and acceptance of the Word–God Who would open their mind for understanding of the Scriptures and give them the knowledge that is the everlasting life {Luke 24:13–49; John 14:15–26; 15:15–16; 16:13–15; 17}.

For instance,

David the shepherd, prophet, and king left description of life and death: God sends forth His Spirit, and all living beings are created; when the Spirit of God departs, the creatures of flesh die and turn into the dust {Psalm 103(104):27–30;144(145):15–16}

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

So, the most of the Isaiah prophecies were fulfilledΣ19; now, they are the actual life of Christians: the Word–God became flesh, and the promise of salvation is confirmed. Lord Jesus Christ gave to a mortal prisoner the authority to become an immortal and free child of God, to accomplish the breakthrough from the fixed stagnant miserable world of evil and death into the unlimited eternal splendid Kingdom of God. When He, the Word–God, became Man, He broke the wall of ancient prison of evil, which separated man from God; He annihilated the enmity of man to God, and through death on the cross, He reconciled man to God. He gave His followers the faith, which is stronger than death, and the power to overcome the world of evil; He opened them the knowledge that is the eternal life – the knowledge of God the Father and Jesus Christ Whom He sent. Since, in each generation of the living ones, He, Λογος/Αγια Σοφια, creates the wise one, servants, slaves, friends, and children of God and enables them to become the dwelling of the Holy Spirit, the living temple of the Living God {Luke 1; 2; John 1:1–18; 3:16–18; 14:1–10, 20–26; 15:1–5; 17; 1 Peter 1:2–25; 2:9–10; 1 John 5:3–13; Ephesians 2:1–22; 3:14–21; Revelation 21:3–4; 22:3–4; Wisdom 7:2230}.

Furthermore, in the time of the New Testament, the people received revelation {John 1:1–18; 5:37–47; 6:44–47; 10:30; 12:44–50; 14:6–7; 17:21} that

a) the Word was God {Θεος ην ο Λογος – John 1:1}

b) the Son is the Word Who came to accomplish the will of the Father

c) the Word is One with God.

There is no other word in human language to refer appropriately to the unity of the Word and God, Who sent Him, besides the word Son – only–begotten and sent by God the Father to accomplish His will–law. When Lord Jesus Christ says about Himself that He is the Son of God Who came to accomplish the will of God the Father {Matthew 5:17–18; John 1:14, 49–51; 3:16–17; 5:17–30; 6:37–39; 12:44–50; 14:6–21, 23}, the Scriptures are fulfilled {Psalm 2:6–7; Isaiah 7:14; 9:2, 6–7; Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14; John 3:35–36; 17; 19:28–30; 1 John}.

The people of the Old Testament also knew that the prophets sent by God speak and act by His Spirit: by the Spirit of God, not by the power of men {in: Zacharias 7:12–13; 4:6}. When David the prophet and the king asked forgiveness of God for his sin, he also implored God do not take away from him His Holy Spirit {Psalm 50(51):11}.

Thus, the general summary of knowledge given to the Old Testament people:

a) breath of life breathed by God made man a living soul {Genesis 2:7}

b) the Spirit of God is that Who formed man, the breath of the Almighty is that teaches him {Job 32:8; 33:4}

c) by the life–creating Spirit of God all the living live {Psalm 103(104):27–30}.

In the Old Testament times, the Spirit of God was understood as the All–consuming Fire, from the midst of which God spoke to His people and gave them the law {Exodus 19:18; 20:18; Deuteronomy 4:11–13, 15, 24; Hebrew 12:18–29}.

Consequently, the prophet said {Psalm 17(18):30}:

 

Ο Θεος μου, αμωμος η οδος Αυτου, τα λογια Κυριου πεπυρωμενα, υπερασπιστης εστι παντων των ελπιζοντων επ Αυτον

O my God, perfect is Thy Way, commandments of the Lord are of fire carried out by fire, protection is to all who hope in HimΣ20

 

When Lord Jesus Christ said that He came to cast Fire upon the earthΣ21, He spoke of the Holy Spirit Who would be sent by God the Father in His name {Luke 12:49; John 14:15–17; 15:26; 16:7–15; Hebrew 12:28–29; 1 Corinthians 3:11–16}.

Hence, the people of the Old Testament knew of existence of the Word and of the Spirit from the beginning {Luke 24:13–49; John 5:39–47; 2 Peter 1:19–21}: they knew about God the Creator, the Word sent by God, and the Holy Spirit, the Divine Fire, from the midst of Whom God spoke to His people, the Omnipotent Power of God, by Whom the law of God was carried, and by Whom the prophets spoke. When the chosen ones accepted the Messiah, the Son of God, as fulfillment of the prophecies, {Luke 1:26–80; 2:1–40; John 1:1–5, 12–18}, new world of Christianity – the Kingdom of the Triune God, the only One True God, came down unto the earth–man {Luke 12:49; Matthew 28:18–20; John}.

So, the time of the New Testament came: the Word–God, Λογος, was Incarnated by the Holy Spirit, and became Man Who is called the Son of the Most High, the Son of God {Luke 1:26–35}. During baptism of Jesus Christ, the Triune God manifested Himself to the world, and then, He was explained by Lord Jesus Christ. Those who accepted His words and believed in Him, where given the authority to be the children of God born of God {Matthew 3:16–17; Luke 3:21–22; John 1:1–18, 32–34; 6; 10; 12:44–50; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

The Word–God – Λογος {John 1:1–4} – is the Name, with which the human mind identifies the Eternal Law, Wisdom, and Glory of God: the manifestation of the Omnipotent Creative Power that creates by the Divine Energy and according to the Divine Law/Will of God. The Holy Scriptures {Genesis 1:1–31; Exodus 33:11–22; 34:5–10; 34:10–11; Psalm 67(68); 106(107):20; 118(119):25; 147:16–19; 148; Isaiah 26:8–9; Matthew 8:5–13; Luke 3:21–22; 7:2–15; John 1:1–18; 4:32–34; 5:30, 37–47; 6:28–69; 8:25; 10:15–18; 30; 11:25–26; 14:16–28; 15:26; 16:13–16, 28; 17; 1 John 5:1–11; Wisdom} describe the way, how the will of God the Creator, Who revealed Himself as the only One True God, the Holy Trinity – indivisible and uncognizable Triune God, is accomplished:

 

God the Father sends His Word – His Son, the Word–God

the Word–God accomplishes the will of God the Father

the Word–God returns back to the God the Father Who sent Him

 

The Word–God has in Himself the Life that He bestows on the living dead [[the living dead, the withered branch, or the human beast, is the one who has no knowledge of God, and therefore, has no eternal life within]] who then, come to life {Matthew 10:6–8; 18:11–14; John 5:24–30; 15:5–6; 17:2–3; Jude 3–19}.

Hence, those who are destined for immortalityΣ22, live by the Word–God – by observing His commandments–words–law: they prove their faith and love to Lord Jesus Christ; they receive the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, Who proceeds from the Father, Who comes because of the Word–God, Who takes from the Word–God that has everything the Father has, and Who teaches the Truth of the Word–God, and dwells in and with the people of God giving them immortality {John 14; 15:26; 16:13–15; 17}.

In summary,

the one could infer that Lord Jesus Christ explained 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 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

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

By reading the referred above tests from the Holy Scriptures, the one could come to knowledge that

a/ 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

b/ the Holy Spirit takes from the Word–God, because everything that the Father has is His

c/ 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 1:15, 1213; 3:57; 10:10; 14:1517, 26; 15:26; 16:716}.

In particular, the firstfruit of new creations, an immortal child of God, is created in Christ, Whose words are the Spirit and life, by Christ Who placed His soul for His creations and Who has life in Himself, and by the Holy Spirit Who comes from God the Father giving the immortality because of Lord Jesus Christ {John 5:17–47; 6:37–63; 10:11–18, 25–30; 11:25–26; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1; 2; 2 Peter 1:2–11; Ephesians 1; 2; Romans 8}.

Hence, at the practical level, the mind that learned the law of God, by which the universe lives, and believes in the Holy Trinity, the Triune God, the only One True God, Who revealed Himself to His people by God the Holy Spirit and through God the Son {John 1:1–4, 18; 6:62–69; 8:16–19, 25–29; 10:29–30; 14:6–17, 26; 15:26; 17:1–26; 2 Peter 1:19–21; 1 John 1:1–3; 4:12–17; 5:5–7}, might envision this Unity as the Unity of the Divine Will, Divine Power/Energy, and Divine Law/Wisdom, which [[the Unity]] is manifested through each act of creationΣ23.

 

 

In conclusion,

 

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 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 breathesΣ24 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 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}

 

At the moment of descending of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles {Acts 2:1–4}, the new universe – Christian Church, ΕκκλησιαΣ25 – came into existence. Christian Church is the spiritual reality without space, time, and other limits of the material world, because it lives by the Holy Spirit, by the Almighty Power of God the Spirit, not by the power of mortal men. In this reality, there is no death: the living ones and those who left the Earth [[the deceased ones, who have fallen asleep {in: John 11:1114} and whose spirit departed from the world of the material things]] are unified into one holy nation of God awaiting coming of the new age. God is the God of living, His presence in His creations is immortality, and the Christians, who live by God and have the Holy Spirit with and within them, are the immortal ones – the children of God {Matthew 22:29–32; Mark 12:18, 24–27; Luke 20:34–38; John 1:12–18; 14:15–28; 15; 16:7–16; 1 Corinthians 15:35–58; Galatians 3:26–29}.

The Christian Church as the manifestation of the Kingdom of God, arises (is actualized) at any time and any place where two or three are gathered in the Name of Lord Jesus Christ, because according to the promise of God, He is with them {Matthew 18:20; John 14:23, 28; 16:16}: the Christian Church is the presence of God, His dwelling with His people {John 14:23; 1 Peter 2:4–10; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 6:16–18; Ephesians 2:14–22}.

The Feast of the Holy Trinity and the following Feast of the Holy Spirit remind the greatest event in the history of mankind: revelation of the Holy Trinity, the Triune, the One Only True God, that was given through Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and because of the will of God the Father.

Upon the dogma of the Holy Trinity, the mightiest, indestructible, and invincible – spiritual – temple is built: the Christian Church, that embodies unity of God and His creation – man, redeemedΣ26, forgiven, healed, reconciled to God by Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Part 2. Love

The faith in Lord God Jesus Christ opens the entrance to the unique wholeness–Universe, in which God and His creation, the human mind, are united in love, truth, and perfection:

–– the Almighty God is in His creation sanctified by His truth, consecrated by Lord Jesus Christ, and perfected by the love of God

–– the creations of God are one, in one God, and the love of God is within them {John 8:29; 13:34–35; 14:1–27; 15:1–27; 16:1–33; 17:1–26}.

Lord God Jesus Christ established the comprehensive patterns of external behavior, thinking processes, and actions, which define the essence of Christianity as the life in God:

He reveals the power of faith and discloses the potential of a human being created into the image and after likeness of God {Matthew 10:1, 8; 21:18–22; Mark 3:35; Luke 9:1–2; 17:6; John 8:23–25; 12:26; 14:12}

His earthly life embodies the ideals predicted by the holy Scriptures: the unity of thought, word, and action focused on complete fulfillment of the Absolute Law–Will of God at any price, even by giving up own life {Matthew 26:38–39; 42, 44, 52–54; Luke 19:10; John 4:34; 6:28–29, 38–40; 8:28–29; 10:11, 17–18}

His words open the human mind for some insight into the wisdom, which created and sustains life of the Universe, and into the criteria with which God evaluates that into what His creations developed {Matthew 5:17–18; 6:14–15; Mark 10:42–45; Luke 11:13, 43–46, 52; 16:15–17; 17:7–10; 18:9–27; John 1:1–5, 9–13; 5:39–47; 8:21–26, 42–47, 56–58; 9:4–5; Wisdom}.

The prayer of unity during the Last Supper of Lord God Jesus Christ at the earth {John 17:11, 21–23} does not mean unification of all physical beings into one faceless unit or a particular quantity of biomass and replaceable parts–men–social animals – property–slaves of the rulers. The “perfect communities,” with which the Western theologians overrode the ultimate freedom of Christianity, are the offspring of the infernal dream world created by the heathen slave–owners and Orphic philosophers – Plato and Aristotle. The concept of man–social animal–part–property–slave of the community–state–owner underlies the Plato–Aristotelian utopia; it was adopted, propagated, and eventually made the universal foundation of hierarchical political, religious, and social establishments because it provides the ideal foundation for hierarchies pursuing the worldly power. The Hebrew Prophets disclose the true meaning of “being one” as the wholeness of heart, which is the vessel of the Law of God, is focused on God, serves God, and follows “the way of the righteous fathers.” For instance, Hosea the Prophet writes about those who have divided their heart and consequently, face utter destruction {Hosea 10:2}.

Apparently, the structure of the Christian universe is simple; it is a direct connection between God and a human mind created by God, living by God, and carrying the Spirit of God {John; esp., 1; 3; 6; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17}:

 

God the Creator –– God’s creation

|

God the Father –– God’s child

|

          God the Spirit –– God’s dwelling/temple

                                 within the world of matter

 

 

In general, mankind might be seen as the realm of the infinite variations of the same universal pattern – the image and likeness of God, which was created to accomplish some purpose – the will of God. Each of these variations (system) is unique, because it differs by the degree of actualization of the maximal creative potency of good that is by the degree of achievement of the purposes it has been created to achieve within particular time–space–complexity settings [[e.g. age, land, civilization, nation, society, family]]. Love is the cohesive (or system–maintaining) powerΣ27, which unifies and sustains existence of the mankind universe – the realms of living beings created by God.

The concept of perfection in love is one of the central concepts of the Christian teachings. Lord God Jesus Christ defines His disciples as those who have love among them: love leads to the unity with God and in God. His commandment to imitate the perfection and mercy of God the Father Who grants the sun and the rain to all – the righteous as well as to the unrighteous {Matthew 5:43–48; Luke 6:27–36} introduces a new vision of perfection in love: His follower must love the others (including the enemies and those who commit evil to the others) as He – God – loves all His creations.

The unconditional love unifies God and His creation into the One – the wholeness of perfection: the perfect being–child of God is free from sin and does not commit evil. If mind lives by God, it perceives evil within the brethren as disease of the soul and body, which can be healed by the omnipotent love of God. Any disease is insufficiency of the vital energy; this insufficiency is the result of sin.

The early Christian theologians envisioned sinΣ28 as

–– the failure to achieve the mission–purposes, which a human being has to achieve by the very existence

–– actions inconsistent with the human nature – humaneness; for instance, violations of The Ten Commandments, which describe the human nature and the way of life consistent with the human nature.

The acts of healing and resurrection of the dead described by the Gospels portray the process of annihilation of evil/disease/death by the divine creative energy transferred through the contact–touch, word, look, or thought {Matthew 4:23–24; 8:2–3, 5–13; 14–16; 9:5–8, 18–25, 27–30; 12:10–13; 14:35–36; Mark 3:10; 5:22–42; Luke 4:38–42; 5:17–26, 31–32; 6:19; 7:12–15, 21–22; 8:41–55; 13:10–13; John 11:41–44}. The Apostles received the power to hill the sick and to resurrect the dead, which was promised by God, as well as another ability [[which God did not use during His life at the earth, because He came to save, not to destroy, and not to judge {Luke 9:51–56; 19:10}]] – the ability to kill by thought and by word {Acts 5:1–10, 14–15; 9:32–41; 14:8–10; 28:8–9}.

According to St. Paul the Apostle, whatever man does for the others, if he has no loveΣ29, he is nothing: love is the essence of the Ten Commandments (the Law), love does not commit evil, and love is the fulfillment of the law, and the ultimate criterion. For St. John the Apostle (also known as the Apostle of Love), God is the perfection of love without fear and suffering. St. John focuses on the active nature of love: Lord God Jesus Christ revealed God, sanctified man, and gave His earthly life for salvation of the world, therefore, the Christian also should sacrifice his life for the brethren if it is needed, and prove his love by actions in truth {Matthew 18:11–14; Luke 6:35–36; John 1:1–5, 12–18; 3:16–19; 13:34–35; 15:9–13; 17:3–6, 12, 17–26; 1 Corinthians 13:1–8; Romans 13:8–10; Ephesians 3:18–19}.

The essence of the concept of love is universal: God–Word is Love – all–embracing, all–forgiving, and almighty; He created the Universe and the world, which He gave into the dominion of man. After man broke the covenant – committed the original sin, man became a slave of sin. Through sin of man, deathΣ30 entered the perfect immortal world. Only the almighty divine Love is able to restore the perfection and immortality of the fallen creation. Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, through Whom the world was made – by His earthly life and death, by revelation of the knowledge of God the Father, re–created the human nature: He resurrected the leaving dead, and made it dwelling of the Spirit of God {John 1:1–18; 14; 15; 16; 17} .

In brief, Christian love might be envisioned as the summary of the following features

inclination to God

the knowledge and desire of good

the righteous judgment based upon the right discernmentΣ31 and ability of discrimination between good and evil [[one of the general meanings of evil is insufficiency of any kind and deprivation of any kind of good – dignity, love, life, knowledge, good repute/name, food, shelter, health, happiness, wealth, social status, and everything, which might be of value for another – see the concept of evilΣ32]]

the desire of good and perfection for all the others

the desire to act according to the knowledge of good

an ability to replenish the insufficiency (to eliminate evil in) of the others

an inability to increase evil/suffering–insufficiency of the others.

Each act of love becomes the unity of three inseparable properties:

a/ the vision of the essence of other being and an ability to discern the insufficiency–evil (if any) in the core of this essence

b/ an ability to perceive insufficiency of other being as the problem/disease , which can and must be decided/healed

c/ an ability to replenish the insufficiency (that is to decide the problem or heal the disease) by imitating love of God as much as it is possible, and providing those in need with the available resources: food, money, kind words, healing of the sick, or resurrection of the living dead – whatever one is able to share and to give, even something the one needs for himself, even his own life.

The very meaning of love makes impossible infliction of harm, suffering, or death to the others. From such a point of view, the old question – is salvation of the Earth worthy of one tear of a child? – has the only answer: no, it is not. There is no good, which might be obtained by inflicting any kind of evil to any being, because the evil is not able to co–exist with the good. God provides the universal criterion of judgment: the bad tree does not bring good fruit {Matthew 7:17–20; Luke 6:43–44}.

Consequently, an assumption of existence of good, which people can acquire at the price of evil, is irrational construction: there is no such good.

The meaning of love allows understanding of a phenomenon of “living dead”: those who have no love, they have no life; they are dead because they are able of inflicting evil to their brethren: the ability to inflict evil signifies life by flesh, not by the Spirit of God, yet the one who lives by flesh, not by Spirit of God, is the living dead.

Hence, there is no dualism in the world: man cannot serve two masters, and every choice is finite in its essence – good or evil. The presence of God annihilates evil: evil does not live in the soul serving God, and those who have rejected God can be recognized by their abilities to commit–invent–serve the evil.

The Christian teachings connect inseparably love and perfection of God – the Absolute GoodΣ33 – with the law, mercy, truth, knowledge, wisdom, and freedom {John 1:1–5, 9; 10:11–18; 11:25–26, 51–52; 13:34–35; 14:16–17, 23–24, 26; 15:7–17; 17:2–4, 17–26; Matthew 5:44–48; Luke 6:36; 1 John 1:5; 4:7–21; 5:3, 12, 20; 2 Corinthians 1:3–4; 1 Samuel 2:3; Proverbs 2:1–15}:

God is the perfect Love without fear and suffering, the Light without darkness, the Truth that sanctifies and gives the ultimate freedom

God is the God of knowledge, the omnipotent Creator Who grants the illumination of reason – wisdom, and the eternal life – immortality

to love God means to observe His Law, that is to fulfill His commandments–words

through the observance of commandments, actualization of the words of God, and fulfillment of the will of God, a human being obtains love, becomes the child and the dwelling–temple of God, and enters life everlasting

although no man has ever seen God, God dwells in those who love, and His love is the complete perfection in those in whom He dwells

the one who loves is born of God, dwells in God, and knows God; to the contrary, if the one does not love the others, he has not cognized God {John; 1 John}.

Love to all creations, the morality established by the two main commandments – love to God and love to the neighbor {Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:29–34; Luke 10:25–28}, and issuing complete knowledge {2 Peter 1:2–11} of God define the meaning of wisdom, which makes the mind suitable for the purposes of God. From such a point of view, the earthly life might be likened to the kindergarten or preparatory school, where the human mind learns the alphabet of the eternity by fulfillment commandments of God.

The special powers – love and faith – make possible the search for wisdom:

– faith as a necessary condition of receiving wisdom and a precursor of the complete and then, perfect knowledge

– love as a special state of mind – preparedness to receive the knowledge of God.

The early Christian theologians envisioned the life of mind as “illumination of knowledge... born of love for God” [St. Maximus the Confessor 36]. The mind has to be purified and prepared for the illumination by knowledge.

In the heathen Antiquity, the meaning of purification included separation of mind from the senses and an ability to discard the information, which the mind receives through the sensory perception. The assumption of a possibility of “purification” from sensory information is both irrational and insufficient, because it presumes a possibility to break the wholenessΣ34 of a human being into the confronting pieces (e.g., soul–mind–spirit vs. body–mater–flesh) or to clean a house and let it stay empty until the enemies make it their own dwelling {Matthew 12:43–45}.

For a Christian, purification is achieved through learning, comprehension, and observing the words of God {John 13; 14; 15; 16; 17}, when the love of God fills the soul, when the mind attains the ability to control own imagination and own thoughts, and when God becomes the only meaning and focus of existenceΣ35.

The Christian theologians conducted profound investigation of the processes of perception and cognition and defined cognition as an uninterrupted progress toward adequate comprehension of the truth. For example, St. Maximus the Confessor contemplates knowledge as the act of movement, a mind as “wisdom in potency,” and a thought as “the act and manifestation of the mind.” The mind incessantly moves toward the truth of God, and the reason comes to the end of its movement when it rests in God [Selected Writings 195].

In fact, this definition conveys the meaning of evolutionΣ36: incessant cognition of knowledge of God is the process of perfection and ascent of the mind to its Creator. From another point of consideration, it might be said that the mind has the inconceivably difficult purpose to come into the knowledge of God–Spirit within the material world, where there is no means to cognize the immaterial and uncognizable. Only faith enables the mind to commit breakthrough and to ascend the original potency of the perfect knowledge, while it is still within the material world of the temporal dissipating structures.

The mind, which loves God and dwells in His love, has the unlimited abilities to cognize the world created by God and given into dominion of men: the omnipotence of wisdom descends unto the mind along with the Spirit of God {Wisdom 9:1–4; 1 Corinthians 3:16}.

In general, wisdom is an embodiment of the love of God into the life of mind.

The human mindΣ2 is the active force created to accomplish the will of God at the particular levels of the Universe – the world given into dominion of man. The meaning of dominion is evolution. The meaning of evolution is unfolding and actualization of the maximal potency of creation of the good. The human mind is the executing force of the evolution: it must lead those who are linked with it to development and actualization of the maximal potency, or completion of their innate good and with the actions adequate to their nature.

However, the dominion over the world might become the actuality, only if the following conditions are met:

– the recognition and acceptance of God–Creator as the Absolute Good and the meaning of life

– love to God, thus, to the world and to all beings living in this world

– knowledge of the Creator of the world, knowledge of His will – the universal Law, and knowledge how to accomplish His will

– knowledge of the world – what is this world, how to maintain it, how to develop it into the setting in which all beings related to man would be able to actualize their maximal potency of innate good.

Ultimately, love and knowledge of something culminate in desire to become similar, to become alike. Lord God Jesus Christ defined the purpose of a human being: imitation of the perfection of God. Accomplishment of this purpose is possible only with love to God and to the others, and with knowledge of God, otherwise, the anti–evolution – degeneration, perversion, and destruction – is inevitable {Hosea 4:1–6; 6:1–3; Matthew 5:48; 22:37–40; 24;1–51; 25:13}.

Hence, the imitation of God becomes the duty of men and the highest reward – rest for their souls {Matthew 5:48;11:29; Ephesians 5:1–2}.

 

Part 3. Faith

 

The Holy Scriptures provide the comprehensive definition of faith – all knowledge, all treasures of wisdom, all fullness of life, all power, and all authority are in Lord God Jesus Christ {Matthew 8:5–13; 9:20–22; 14:29–31,36; 17:20; 21:22; Mark 9:23; 11:24–26; Luke 5:20; 8:49–50; 17:6; John 3:16, 36; 14:12; 15:4–7; 1 John 2:20–21, 27; 5:12; 1 Corinthians 13:2, 9–13; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:1, 32–34; Romans 14:23}: through faithΣ6, the mind learns knowledge of God.

The Christian faith is

the condition of forgiveness of sins

the condition of eternal life

the condition of receiving everything asked from God

the condition of manifestation of the transcendent abilities

the precursor of true knowledge and the assurance of expectations

the means for orientation in the earthly life, which is filled with false and evil – figments of imagination, delusion, and misconceptions

the criterion for distinction the good and the evil; for instance, any action, which is not originated by faith, is sin

the omnipotence within the world given into dominion of man – everything is possible to the believer.

Only through faith, a human being comprehends own nature, as well as own duties and responsibilities before God and before the world created by God. If there is no faith, there is no knowledge of the meaning–purposes of own existence, yet, each non–purposeful action is sin.

The word of God discloses the direct connection between faith and life: faith saves life and the righteous live by faith. Those who have faith look to the unseen eternal things, not to the things that are seen: they worship God in spirit and truth, and God seeks faith in men to fulfill His purposes on the earth {Luke 7:50; 18:8; John 4:23–24; Habakkuk 2:4; 2 Corinthians 4:13, 18}.

St. Maximus the Confessor writes that faith is “true knowledge from undemonstrated principles” – “the substance of realities.” Simultaneously, he considers all beings as “the objects of knowledge,” and defines the reason as “interpreter” of God’s virtues. If to recall his definition of knowledge as the act of movement, a mind as “wisdom in potency,” and a thought as “the act and manifestation of the mind” [Selected Writings 130–131, 195], we can infer that he envisions faith as the true knowledge of God and as the state of optimum for the mind/intellect.

Faith is the life of human mind–intellect–reasoning, the natural property of the human nature and the necessary condition of normal life of a normal human being; faith is the state of optimum – the perfection, which God seeks in each human being. Faith sustains the mind’s ability to focus itself on God, therefore, it is the normal state, in which the human nature realizes own maximal potential and serves the purposes of God. Faith maintains life of the mind and illuminates the way from limitedness of the temporal material world to freedom of the eternity. The reasoning–intellect maintains existence of a human being with the knowledge obtained through faith {“Your faith has saved you” – Luke 7:50}, and faith of man might be determined through the actions of man, because faith reveals the essence.

Consequently, for the mind, which loves and knows God, the meaning of existence might be envisioned as transformation–embodiment of the knowledge and love of God into life and evolution of the world. Faith provides the mind with the knowledge of God, enables it to comprehend love of God, and sustains the ability to actualize–embody love and knowledge of God into the systems and realities of the material Universe; therefore, faith is the state of optimum for the mind. Through faith in God, the mind comes to understanding of own nature – the image and likeness of God, comprehends love of God, and learns to discern the image of God in other human beings: faith opens blind eyes of a sinful beast–child of Cain and enables him to see the Light, which transforms the beast – living dead – into the immortal child of God. The evolution of man began with The Ten Commandments, which initiated the process of cognition of God and transformation of love of God into the life of man; the evolution of man and of the world is accomplished through faith.

In summary, according to the Christian teachings, faith is life; it is the life–bearing knowledge of God and the unity of the acquired knowledge with the manner of life: the just one lives by faith {Habakkuk 2:4; Luke 7:50; 1 Peter 1:9; James 2:14–26}.

In other words, faith is the state of cognizance/knowing God, love to God, living by God, and unity with God.

The concept of faith discloses the meaning of knowledge of God as the main condition of existence of man and of the world given into the man’s dominion.

In the contemporary and very limited termsΣ37, the term “knowledge” identifies the force, which sustains the wholeness, therefore life, of a system within the set of energy fields accommodating the system’s creation, existence, and dissolution. Consequently, the mind (whose essence is creation of knowledge) might be seen as the link (or as a frontier system) between the realm of God and the material world. The mind cannot be optimal without the incessant contact with the realm of God–Creator, from which the mind receives the divine energy of creation – the source of own existence and the power to accomplish the purposes it has been created to accomplish. Faith is the name for the dimension that sustains functioning of the mind. Within this dimension, the mind

exists

receives the knowledge of God and interprets it into the knowledge of life and evolution

has the optimal conditions for cognition of the knowledge of God, thus for realization of own nature – ability to create

creates energy formations – thoughts, and embodies them into the formations of the matter – the structures/systems/realities, which compose the material world. The surrounding systems interpret this kind of mind’s creative activities according to the degree of own complexity: as the natural or normal activities and events, or as the transcendent activities and events (the transcendent activities and events are those with the unknown before potential, levels of complexity, and consequences, which are not similar to those assumed to be the natural or existed before).

To maintain existence of any system means to maintain the system’s compliance with the main/universal standard/code, which embodies the main law (law is a pattern of energy transformations, which define the meaning of existence–life) of the particular reality. Likewise, the mind is normal

a/ until it complies with its original design – the image of God

b/ until its foundation and framework within which it exists – ΣτερεωμαΣ38 – is the Word–God, Λογος/Αγια Σοφια

c/ until it conducts its activities in accordance with the Law–commandments–words of God.

Such compliance enables the mind to receive the divine energy: faith opens the channel through which the human mind receives the life–maintaining energy from God and through which a human being, ultimately, obtains immortality {John 4:34; 5:17; 6:48–58; 11:25–26}.

Faith sustains life of a human being, because it preserves the image of God–Creator within the soul {that is Λογος – through Him all things were created and exist now –– John 1:1–3; 4:34; 5:17}. With knowledge of faith, the earthly mission of Lord God Jesus Christ might be understood: He restored adequacy of the human soul /mind to its original design nature – that is to Λογος/Αγια Σοφια and re–created it into the wholeness perfected by His love. Thus, He freed it from the “indignation” of God {1 John 4:9–10; 5:10–13; John 3:36} that is from annihilation–death awaiting the perverted creature.

When the mind discards faith, it distorts–perverts own nature and activates self–annihilation – generally speaking, without faith, the mind starves to death, because, without faith, the mind is not empowered to receive the divine energy of God – the energy of life.

Faith has own parameters or inalienable properties, for instance, the inner knowledge of God. This knowledge has the levels of complexity, to which the creations of God must comply in order to be able to receive their life–sustaining “food,” or the divine energy, which God defined as the Heavenly Bread, the Flesh and Blood of the Son of Man and the Son of God – the Word–God {John 6:32–35, 47–58, 65}.

If the mind is barred of true knowledge of God, therefore, has no faith, the processes of degeneration and perversion start. For instance, the mind slips into the dream worlds created by imagination. When the mind creates own images of the “things not seen” {Hebrews 11:1} and accepts figments of own imagination (own or of the others), and especially, when it fantasizes about God, it switches the focus from eternal invisible non–cognizable God to the temporal manifestations of the discernible cognizable and dissipating matter. In such a case, the mind begins to use the inadequate and insufficient energy forms – images or figments of imaginationΣ39 it creates itself or assimilates from the images of the material world, instead of the divine energy of creation accessible through faith, which enables the mind to comprehend the instructions–Word of God. This substitution results in

perversion of the life–supporting cycles of energy transformation: instead of the divine creative energy with the highest level of complexity, the mind consumes the energy of the material world with the lowest levels of complexity and becomes unable to function properly (for instance, the simplest analogy: the contemporary design of car’s engine makes it unable to run on the water – it needs gas to run and to work in accordance with intentions of its makers)

the degradation or degeneration of the mind: the mind loses an ability to accept and assimilate the energy forms with the previous levels of complexity, which the mind accessed when it received knowledge – the Word of God – through faith

the mind’s self–confinement within the limits of the temporal material world

unsuitability for the creative activities through which the mind has to actualize evolution; such unsuitability culminates in the failure of the main mission of man (such a failure is sinΣ28).

Religions present the concept of faith differently. For instance, the Western theologians developed concept of faith, which is incompatible with the Christian teachings, although their writings contain references to the Gospels and use the Christians terminology. For them, “faith is above reason”Σ40; their faith is obscure due to “the natural defect” of human intellectΣ40; cognition of the truth of their faith is above the human intellect, and the truth of their faith is contained in the Scriptures “diffusely, under various modes of expression, and sometimes obscurely” or (“in a certain obscurity”Σ40). Thus, to collect their “truth of faith” from the Scriptures, long study and practice is needed, which might be unavailable for some faithfulΣ40 [[obviously, for ordinary papal subjects]]. In other words, the ordinary faithful must be fed with the “spiritual milk” of images created for them by their “guardians” – doctors of the church; they must be kept in ignorance and fear, and knowledge of the all–forgiving and omnipotent Love of God must not be given to themΣ41.

To the contrary, the Christians hold that

faith is the optimal state, or the light, of human reason; otherwise Lord God would not seek it in His creations: Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God, seeks faith on the earth {Luke 18:8; John 9:35–39; 11:25–26}, because He is της πιστεως Αρχηγον και Tελειωτην – the Author/Chief of faith and the One Who completes, makes perfect, consummates faith {Hebrews 12:2}; it means that by seeking faith on the earth {man is earth – Genesis 3:20}, the Lord seeks His very Own possession – human beings – that are His from the beginning and that He wants to collect, to heal, to redeem, and to bring home {in: Luke 15:1–10; John 10:1–18, 27–30; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; Ephesians 1:3–23; 2}

a human nature is good, and it does not have any “natural defect,” because a human being was created in image and after likeness of perfect God {Genesis 1:26–27, 31; 5:1–2; 9:6; Matthew 5:48}

the Holy Scriptures contain the simple and detail instructions for all who have faith in God.

For instance, what is “obscure” in God’s commandments, which reflect the morality (moralityΣ42 is the description of nature/essence – humaneness): the Christians must love God and love our neighbors, must not have other gods, and must not kill {Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 5:6–21; 30:19–20; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–34; Luke 10:25–28}? With the Gospels, the Christians received the complete instructions and the universal criteria for evaluation of everything we encounter during our life–time: they must seek perfection of God, they must keep the Word and accomplish the words–commandments of God, and they must confirm their faith with their deeds {Matthew 5:48; 7:20–27; John 8:51; 14:15–24; 15:7–13; James 2:17–20, 26}.

That is why for the Christians, faith is life and light of the mind, which differentiates a human being from a human–beast:

a human being loves other human beings and if it is needed, gives up the very life for the sake of this love

a human–beast, for instance, burns people at the stake, disposes humans in the concentration camps, sends suicide–bombers in the crowded market place to kill as many men, women, and children as possible, murders people of other faiths, slaughters Christians, alters genetic codes of man and animals in a search of commercial advantages and profits, makes human–animal embryos for inhumane experiments, including IVF (thus, activates the abnormal mutation, which could trigger off annihilation of mankind and the world accommodating its existence), and for the sake of profit and commercial advancement, treats the sick with the poisonous drugs, which are developed on animals and in haste, for the sake of commercial profit, are not properly tested and studies, and which kill or trigger other diseases, sometimes worst than the initial disorders…

The one who has faith and who proves it by his thoughts, words, and deeds, this one has accepted the Word–God – Λογος, Αγια Σοφια: the Word–God has become the Στερεωμα – the firmament, the inner structure of his soul–heart–mind {Psalm 17(18):1–2: Αγαπησω Σε, Κυριε ισχυς μου. Κυριος στερεωμα μου, και καταφυγη μου, και Ρυστης μου} and the foundation – framework of knowledge – by which he lives.

The Christian faith is very simple in the end as it was in the beginning, yet, this simplicity embraces the infinite Eternity.

 

 

Part 4. The Law

 

In short, Christianity is re–birth→becoming the child of God. It comes through comprehension and fulfillment of the Law of God, cognition of God, love to God and love to other creations of God, deliverance by the Son of God, re–creation of man after the image and likeness of the Word–God, illumination by the Word–God, freedom from sin, and consequent evolution–transformation of the human mind that imitates love, perfection, and mercy of God and dwells in the perfect love without fear {Deuteronomy 30:15–20; Matthew 5:38–48; 18:11–14; Luke 6:36; John 1:1–18; 3:3–18; 8:12, 31–36; 9:5; 10; 13:34–35; 14; 15; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2}.

The definition and the history of the Law allow understanding the meaning of evolution as the reality [[even as some kind of training facility]], which exists above all times, all political, social, and religious establishments, and all conditions and manners of life. This reality opens before each human mind privileged with access to the knowledge of the Law of God and abilities to accept it and to actualize/embody it into own daily life.

Evolution begins with acceptance–learning of the Law, which had to prepare the mind for the Messiah: from the darkness and slavery of the false knowledge obtained with idol–worship and divinationΣ43, the mind is called to the knowledge of God Who is the life and the light of the world He created.

Cognition of the Law opens the road from ignorance, perversion, and death to knowledge, perfection, and immortality, because the Law reveals the essence of man created into the image and after likeness of God, therefore, prepares the mind for the eternity with God–Creator.

Then, the mind makes a choice: it either accepts or rejects the Law and its Creator; by own free will, the mind chooses life or death.

If the mind rejects the Law, it relapses into idol–worship – the heathenism; then, it is destined to die in ignorance, sin, and cruelty, as the Aristotelian social animal/property of its owner, or simply, as a human beast.

Those who accepted the Law have to undergo rigorous testing: many of them died and many will die for the freedom to follow the Law of God and to live in accordance with the human nature [[for instance, recall persecution of the Hebrews during the reign of successors of Alexander of Macedonia, martyrdom of early Christians in the Roman Empire, the Dark Ages with the terror of the Inquisition in Europe, neo–heathen ideologies of marxism–bolshevism–communism–fascism–atheism–darwinism and ethics–free sciences in the contemporary societies, genocide of the Armenian Christians committed by Turkish/Ottoman Empire in the twentieth century, current genocide of Christians committed by ISIS in the lands under its control (Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe)Σ44, and the others – there are legions of them]].

At the final stage, the Word–God – Lord God Jesus Christ transforms the mind into the living temple of the Living God: it has become the embodiment of the Law ans it is ready to be the temple–dwelling of the Living God. This transformation is accomplishment of the ultimate purpose/mission of man and acquisition of the ultimate freedom of the human reason–intelligence created into the image and after likeness of the Almighty God – Παντοκρατορ.

In the beginning, the institution of the Law was given in the context of four interconnected events {in: Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, Deuteronomy}, which in fact, describe the way of each human mind to its Creator:

 

physical liberation from the earthly masters of idol–worshiping Egypt –

the ones who were an embodiment of the false knowledge (the heathenism),

which possesses the mind before it comes to the knowledge of the only One True God

frustrating desolation and insufficiency of the transitional period –

travel through the desert to the mountain, from which the law was given

rebellion and initial rejection of the Law

following with instant death of some of the rebels

acceptance of the Law followed with

spiritual liberation from the false knowledge of idol–worshipers,

repentance, and readiness for illumination–healing

 

So, the people of Israel fled slavery of Egypt (firstly, false knowledge of their Egyptian masters who were idol–worshipers), and came into the desert without water to drink: only bitter waters of unknown spring, no food, and no knowledge how to survive within the hostile unknown world. God put them to the test–determination of willingness and ability to learn and employ–embody the new knowledge into their thoughts, words, and deeds. At this stage, they have to learn how to discriminate between two manners of existence and how to choose freedom. They have to compare

apparent security of physical slavery – in Egypt, they have rules to obey, work to do, water, food, dwelling, and definiteness of the Present and the Future

in the desert, they have physical hardship of the Present, complete indefiniteness of the Future, and expectation of fulfillment of the promise of God.

Initially, they regret their decision and want to return to Egypt, to their masters and to their miserable, yet, known and definite manner of living: at least, they were sitting near the pots with flesh and ate bread to satiety {Exodus 16:2–3}. Then, the process of transformation begins.

Following the commandment of God, Moses throws the tree into the spring, and the waters become sweet to drink. God gives them bread from heaven (Manna) and meat of birds from the sky {Exodus 15:22–25; 16:12–36}. God leads them through the desert to the Mount Sinai, where Moses receives from God the tablets of covenant. God reveals His ordinances and commandments to Moses and promises to heal those who keep the ordinances: they would never experience those plagues, which felt on the Egyptians, because He is the God Who heals. Moses brings the Law – the knowledge, which would elevate the chosen people to the holy nation – the kingdom of priests and the model for entire mankind. However, the ignorant, “stiff–necked,” impetuous, and “hardhearted” tribe again and again rebels against God and against Moses and reverses into the idol–worship.

For one of such revolts, the deadly serpents bit many people, and those bitten by the serpents have to die until Moses put the image of the serpent made from brass on his signal staff; those who looked at the brazen serpent, survived {Numbers 21:4–9}.

These texts disclose how the first time in the human history, quenching of thirst, liberation from the death–carrying serpents [[that is false knowledge of idol–worshipers, sin, and lack of faith in true God]] and healing from the deadly poison carried by the serpents were associated with faith in God, observance of the law and commandments of God Who delivers and heals His people. The staff of Moses allows foreseeing the Cross. Death entered the world of man through temptation by the serpent–sin, disobedience to the will of God [[the will of God is the absolute law for man]], and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The reconciliation with God, healing, and coming into possession of own inheritance – the eternal life – would also come through the tree: the Cross, on which death and resurrection of the Son of God and Son of Man according to the will of God would annihilate the sin–poison of the arch–evil/serpent, heal the sinners, and re–create the human soul–heart–mind into the image and likeness of the Word–God – new creation in Christ and by Christ {Exodus 15:23–26; Numbers 21:4–9; John 3:14–16; 6; 10; 17; 19; Acts 1; 2; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2}.

The people who lived by the food for a body have to learn that man lives not by bread alone but by each word of God. Moses discloses the main meaning of the Law – the essence of normal human nature: the Law is in the heart of man to accomplish it; it is not somewhere outside, or behind the sea {Deuteronomy 8:1–5; 30:11–14}.

At this point, the ancient Israel receives two kinds of the law, which some people, still, are not able to discriminate:

the universal unchangeable Law, which determines the essence of man – the human heart/mind

the laws of particular temporal settings – in this case, in transitional period (life in the desert) and then, in the time of preparation to the Messiah, when originally, the people of ancient Israel were supposed to live happily in the Promised Land without exiles and dispersing.

Yet, the free will of the people changed their original destiny.

The universal Law reveals the connection between God and man and among man and his tribesmen: love to God and love to the neighbor were given as the foundation for all other laws and frameworks of knowledge. The Holy Scriptures disclose the meaning of this Law as the unchangeable attribute of the Almighty God: the earth and the heavens will perish, yet He is the same without change, and not one iota and not one point of His Law will be left unfulfilled {Psalm 101(102):26–27; Matthew 5:17–18}.

Consequently, the overall contents of the ordinances and laws given through Moses regulated the entire life of ancient Israelites:

the essence of inner man (heart/mind) is defined as love and service to God

the overall attitude toward the others is love, that is an ability to refrain from any actions, which might lead to evil (insufficiency and deprivation of any kind of possession, vital reserves, means needed for prosperous life), thus, prevention of personal and social conflicts resulting in violence, social unrest, and wars

the bodily conduct is regulated in a way of preservation of own life and health (rules for handling food, hygiene, contact with the sick, treatment of people, animals, and plants, dealing with polluted and contaminated things) and securing normal reproduction and birth of healthy offspring (abstinence from incest, fornication, adultery, sodomy, and perversion).

For instance, the main purposes of the laws are

preservation of normal human nature, e.g., all contacts with the surrounding idol–worshiping nations were strictly forbidden to prevent contamination with false knowledge and inter–breeding with the physically and mentally corrupted and degenerated beings who practiced incest, sodomy, other perversions, human sacrifice, and divination {Exodus 34:12–17; Leviticus 18:1–30; Deuteronomy 7:1–26; 11:8–32; 18:9–14}, and who, therefore, were in the advanced stage of adverse mutation, which triggered off their extermination from the Earth and their coming into oblivionΣ45

evolution of the mind of the people who are to become the harvest of the Lord. God likens His kingdom to a small seed of the mighty tree, which grows up and becomes dwelling for the birds of the sky: the seed is the word of God, soil is the human heart, and the kingdom of God grows within the human heart and becomes the essence of his soul–mind–heart making him able to love God with all his heart, soul, mind, and understanding {Matthew 9:37; 13:1–23, 31–32; 22:37–38; Luke 10:25–28; 13:18–19; 17:20–21}.

At the next stage of evolution, the Law guides the mind to acquisition of human wisdom. Practical definition of human wisdom is simple: survival and development of human intelligence–reasoning, and achievement of the purposes the human mind was created to achieve. From such a point of view, wisdom might be defined as the state of empowering [[possession with an ability to act]] for making a free choice of the thoughts, actions, and deeds, which would secure

physical survival within the world of the matter – own and co–related living beings

access to the knowledge triggering off development–evolution of the mind and the world given into dominion of man

accomplishment of the purposes man has been created to accomplish (to cherish, toil, and dominate in love and righteousness the world and all living beings given into the dominion of man)

preparation to the next phase of existence in the eternal kingdom of God.

In summary,

the laws received through Moses {Exodus 19:3–6; Deuteronomy 7:6; John 1:12–17; 1 John 3:1–5; Romans 3:19–31; 5:12–14; 10:4–13; Galatians 3:16–29}:

a/ postulated the definition of the normal human nature and definition of sin as the cause of death

b/ established the way to protect human nature from degeneration resulting in suffering, disease, and premature death by regulating every kind of bodily behavior, which could influence and harm reproduction and survival of body and mind in the time–range from establishment of the chosen people of Israel as the kingdom of priests and the holy nation, to the moment of transformation into the children of God

c/ served as the guardian and as the guide to the righteousness by which man should live before coming of Lord God Jesus Christ.

The apparent severity of the laws of Moses (capital punishment for almost all serious violations) was intended to secure physical survival of the nation, which began its ascent from the lowest point – slaves of the idol–worshipers for whom human sacrifices were the daily reality – and initially, because of hardheartedness, was accustomed to language of coercion and brutal force more than to mercy and compassion inseparable from normal human nature {cf. in: Matthew 19:8}. Extermination of sinners and perverts was intended to protect the fellow tribesmen from corruption and offspring from mutations and deadly diseases, which follow the “sins of the fathers.” At this stage of mankind’s evolution, the laws of human society employed the means, with which the Nature protects continuity of existence: prevention of abnormal mutation through death–extermination of beings with degenerated/perverted nature.

As St. Paul the Apostle writes, for the people of the Old Testament, the law fulfilled the role of guardian {Galatians 4:1–7; also see: 1 Peter 2:25}: he compares the protection by the law with protection by the guardian over a child and heir until the child–heir reaches maturity and can be trusted with inheritance allotted to him by his Father {also, in: 1 Peter 1:3–5, 14; Romans 8:15–17; Galatians 3:29}.

The laws given through Moses were intended to prepare the human body for acceptance of the Holy Spirit, to fashion the human clay into the lampΣ46 ignited by the Divine Fire – the Holy Spirit. The Word–God came to re–create the human clay, which the Law prepared and which God preserved for His works, into a new creation destined to become the dwelling–temple of the Living God and inherit the life everlasting in the presence of God. Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, has cast the Divine Fire, the Holy Spirit into the inner heart–mind creating a new being, an immortal child of God who worship God the Creator, Who is the Spirit, in Spirit and Truth – by the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit: the one who lives by the Word–God and is guided, instructed, led by the Holy Spirit {Isaiah 64:8; Psalm 17(18):28; Luke 12:49; John; Revelation 21; 22}.

Furthermore, the one who follows Christ also is a spiritual heir of Abraham: Christianity is continuation–fruit developed from the beginning–seed {Genesis 12:1–3; 15:18; 17:1–8, 19–21; 18:18–19; Isaiah 41:8–10; Acts 7:2–7; Romans 4:3, 15–17; Galatians 3:7–9, 29}.

Consequently, the Apostles, who identify themselves as the slaves, servants, and messengers of God,

recognized Lord Jesus Christ as the main corner Stone on Whom the human temple of God is built {James 1:17–18, 21–25; 1 Peter 2:4–10; 2 Corinthians 4:6–7; Ephesians 2:10, 20–22}

elaborated the new meaning of the law – the law by Whom the human heart–mind lives and evolves for the eternity {The Gospels and The Epistles of the Apostles; esp., John 14:15–27; 15; 16; 17; James; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John; 2 John; Romans; Galatians; Ephesians; 1 Timothy; 2 Timothy 2:11–26; 3; 4:1–5; Titus; Hebrews}.

Hence, the Christians

do not observe the laws of Moses that regulated outwardly appearance and sustained the meaning of purity and righteousness for the Old Testament people [[laws of cleaning, purification, male circumcision, sacrifice of living beings (birds, goats, lams, etc.) in temples for purification from sin and as the gift to the temple priests, strict observance of Saturday, dress code, capital punishment for adultery, sorcery, apostasy, etc.]]

live by the words–commandments–law of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, in inner peace given by God, according to the apostolic traditions, which are built by the Holy Spirit upon the words of Lord Jesus Christ, and which sustain life of the Christian community.

Consequently, for the Christians,

a/ the righteous judgment has the Word–God as the only foundation

b/ the meaning of the righteous judgment is evaluation of compliance with the law–commandments–words of Lord God Jesus Christ

c/ the righteous judgment might sustain the vision of the Future: the consequences of the inner essence.

The Judaic Civilization and the Christian civilization are connected as the root and offspring and as the beginning and the end are connected: both are the manifestations of the law of God given through the Word–God


–– Who in the times of the Old Testament is revealed as the Glory of God,

as the Holy Wisdom of God by Whom everything comes into being,

 

as the Sun of Truth, and the Promise of fulfillment

{Exodus 33:20–22; Isaiah 6:1–10; 60:1–5; Proverbs 8; 9; Malachi 3:17; 4:1–2;

 

Wisdom 6:12–20; 7:7–30; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12:1; 15:1–3}

↓ ↓ ↓

–– Whose work and completion of the act of creation

of the new beings–servants–children–priests destined for the eternity with God

are revealed as the grace, mercy, and perfect love of God that culminated in RedemptionΣ26,

because of which His followers within the cursed/downgraded earthΣ47

are established at the indestructible foundation – ΣτερεωμαΣ38 – upon His words

and are enabled to take the path needed to complete their evolutionΣ36

with the complete knowledge of God and wisdomΣ3

that they receive because of the Word–God and from the Holy Spirit,

so their observance of the commandments of God would be the victory over the world of the evil,

which [[the victory]] would eradicate within them the root of the original sinΣ7

{John; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2:9–10; 1 John 3:1–7, 23–24; 5; Romans 8; Ephesians 1:3–23; 2:4–10, 13–22; 4:22–24;

Colossians 1:9–20, 26–28; 2:6–7, 9–12; Revelation 21:1–7, 22–27; 22:1–5, 10–15; Isaiah 42:16; 43:9–21; 55:8–13; 56:1–2, 8–9; 57:14–19}

Although the root of Christianity is the Judaic civilization, the Christian civilization is established at the different complexity level; it might be described as the ascent to the highest point, to zenith of the way to the perfection, which a human mind can be empowered to achieve within the temporal world. By acceptance of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, through faith and love to Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by observance of His law–commandments–words {John 15:15–16; 17:3–8}, the Christian mind is lifted up, to the threshold of the eternity, at the level incomparable with any glory any knowledge and with any of earthly values, by which peoples lived before coming of Lord Jesus Christ:

 

 

to everyone who comes to Him,

Lord God Jesus Christ

a/ reveals the human nature as the divine nature of a child of God:

a new being destined to be the living temple of the Creator,

the carrier of the Name of God and of the Holy Spirit, the Divine Fire of God

b/ grants the knowledge that is the everlasting life

c/ opens the Way to home, to His eternal kingdom

{John; esp., John 10; 14; 15; 16; 17}

 

 

Furthermore, St. Paul the Apostle writes that Christ is the end of the law {Romans 10:4}. Some have interpreted these words of the Apostle as the reason for rejection of the law and even The Ten Commandments due to new – Christian – faith. However, they disregarded

 

1/ the warning that the law of God is the eternal law revealed through the prophets and that Lord Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law and to actualize the revelations given through the prophets {Matthew 5:17–18; 26:47–54}

2/ inseparable connection of the Judaic civilization – the root, and the Christian civilization – the offspring, which both are established → initiated by the Word–God, Who speak of Himself as of



the Alpha and the Omega,

the Beginning and the End,

 

the First and the Last,

 

the Holy One and the True One,

 

the One having the key of David,

 

the One opening that nobody is able to close,

the One Who is the Root and Offspring of David

 

{Revelation 1:8, 11, 17; 3:7; 22:16}


 

3/ St. Paul’s statement that by faith we establish the law, not destroy {Romans 3:31}.

Hence, the Apostle’s words should be interpreted in compliance with the words of Lord Jesus Christ, because the Word–God leads His Own ones to the right understanding of the law and proper self–positioning within His kingdom:

 

 

a/ the law is eternal

b/ each iota of the law will be fulfilled

c/ the kingdom of God is within the heart of man

d/ the eternity with God is accessible only for those

who, with their faith, love to God and to the creations of God, by their observance

of the law–commandments–words of God,

overwhelm the world of the evil and arrange their life in compliance with the law of God –

The Ten Commandments and words–teachings of Lord Jesus Christ

{Matthew 5; 6; 7; 11:27–30; 19:16–26; 22:36–40; 24:35; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 6:17–49; 21:33; 17:20–21;

John 12:48–50; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John 1; 2; 3; 4; 5:1–4; Revelation 21:1–8; 22; Deuteronomy 30:9–20}

 

The history of transformation of the attitude toward the Law of God illustrates some aspects of the evolution. During the period from giving of the Law until the next revelation – teachings of Lord God Jesus Christ, the mind is changed: from the initial rejection it comes to acceptance and appreciation of the Law in such a degree that the knowledge of the Law becomes the object of love and desire, the highly sought precious treasure, the source of life, consolation, and wisdom valued more than earthly riches, and even more than life {Psalm 118(119); Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Wisdom; Books of Maccabees}.

For instance, in Psalm 118(119), the prophet beseeches God to grant him vision, so he would see the wonders of the Law; he professes his love of the Law and connects seeking/observation of the commandments of God with the righteousness, regaining life {coming to be alive – εζησας μεPsalm 118(119):93}, salvation, expansion of his space, liberty, and wisdom, which exalts him above the enemies, elders, etc.

Then, during the trials and tests of the ancient Israel, the time came when those who kept the Book of the Law in their houses and observed the laws of Moses were executed, and the entire families were exterminated for refusal to violate the regulations instituted by Moses {1 Maccabees 1:41–63; 2 Maccabees 6:1–29; 7:1–42}.

Then, the last stage of evolution begins: the life of mind unfolds as the cognition of God, imitation of God, coming into possession of wisdom, transformation into the living temple of the Living God, and acquisition of ultimate freedom. Lord God Jesus Christ tells that He came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets; moreover, He warns that the earth will perish, yet, nothing from the Law will be left unfulfilled. The Christian law unfolds as unreserved love to God, to the brethren, and to righteousness, for which Christ is the end–accomplishment of the Law and ultimate freedom {Matthew 5:17–18, 48; John 2:19–22; 3:3–21; 10; 14; 17; Romans 10:4; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; Galatians 5:1, 13–14; Ephesians 2}.

Earthly evolution of a human being comes to completion with development of an ability to live by the main law, which Lord God Jesus Christ gives His followers: love {John 13:34–35; 14; 15; 17}. St. John the Apostle writes of God as of the Love – the Perfect Love without fear and suffering {1 John 4}; St. Paul the Apostle summarizes the meaning of Christian love as the perfect mercy, tolerance, and rejection of the common tradition to judge and to condemn the others {1 Corinthians 13}.

So, the judgment belongs to the Law; it will be actualized in the Judgment Day. The duties of men are to know their own sin and imperfection, to learn to observe the commandments of God, to forgive those who sinned against them, to deal with the others in the same manner they would like to be treated, to refrain from judgment by appearances, and do not throw the stones of insults and labels into neighbors, because the Lord and Savior came to save the world, not to destroy/judge it. However, benevolence toward the sinner should not lead to acceptance of the sinful manner of life. Also, men have no duty to open their house to their enemies and to allow corruption of their children {Matthew 5; 6; 7; 10:28; 18:10–17, 21–35; Luke 6:20–49; 9:52–56; 12:4–5; John 3:16–19; 7:24; 8:15–16; 1 Corinthians 5:9–13; Ephesians 5:1–17; Leviticus 18; 19:16–18}.

In summary, the Holy Scriptures define the Christian attitude and actions concerning enemies, sinners, those who abused people, inflicted on them harm and suffering, and those who are fornicators, idolaters, perverts, and the evil ones:

–– the words of our Lord God and Savior in Gospel According to Matthew {Matthew 5:44–48} concerning equal treatment of the good and the bad ones at the earth; these words disclose the features of perfection of God the Father, which His sons must imitate

–– the prayer of Moses for his idol–worshiping tribe {Exodus 32:1–14}

–– the prayer of Abraham to spare the men of Sodom who where evil and exceedingly sinful before God {Genesis 13:13; 18:20–33}.

Hence, Christianity unfolds as

 

the ascent from

the outward appearance – cleanness of a body

to

the inner righteousness, the purity of the inner man – heart–mind

 

 

Christianity is the universal spiritual reality, because its source is God the Creator of all and everything, it is intended for the entire earth, its power is given by the Spirit of the Almighty God {Zacharias 4:6}, and its place is within the heart of man. Christianity is not restricted by any of the material/physical attributes that mankind has, for instance, such as sex, race, nation, social and any other division, even death itself. However, it has impenetrable boundaries: only by the will of God the Father and through Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, the one may enter the spiritual gathering – ΕκκλησιαΣ25, the Church of God – by becoming a Christian and a people of the Christian civilization {in: Matthew 8:11–12; 22:23–32; 25:31–46; Mark 10:45; 13:10; 16:15–18; Luke 12:49–53; 17:20–21; 18:27; 24:45–47; John 3:16–21, 36; 6:37–40, 44–58, 64–71; 10:14–16, 27–30; 12:44–50; 17:12; Acts 4:32; 8:26–39; 10:9–48; 1 Peter 1:3–9; 2:9–10; 1 John 3:18–24; Romans 8; 10; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; Galatians 3:8–9; Revelation 21:23–26; Psalm 2:10–12; 21(22):27–28; Isaiah 60:1–3}.

There is no small soul before God, and today’s sinners might repent, to turn to the good and eventually, to enter the Kingdom of God as well as their righteous brothers do {Isaiah 1:4–20; Ezekiel 33:11–16; Luke 23:33–43; John 3:16}. Until the end of times, the righteous and the sinners have to grow together, so their fruits will be complete. All that the Christians are allowed to do is to speak and to reveal the inner feelings concerning actions; then, if the perpetrators do not listen, to consider them as the outsiders and do not be associated with them by any means {Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43; 18:10–17; 1 Corinthians 5:9–13; Leviticus 19:17–18}.

For the Christians, mercy is above law and sacrifice: mercy exults over judgment, and nothing makes man so close to God, Who is the Father of all mercies, as mercy and benevolence toward all the others {Matthew 5:7; 6:10–15; 9:13; 12:7; Luke 6:35–38; James 2:13; 2 Corinthians 1:3–4}…

 

 

Part 5. The Temple

 

The history of mankind might be seen as the construction of the Temple of God. The idea of the temple unfolds since the beginning of times, continues in the period of kings, and comes to completion in the Book of Revelation {Exodus 19:12, 20–24; 20:21; 24:1–2; 33:7–20; 34:1–10; Deuteronomy 12:5–9; 1 Chronicles 17:11–14; 22:1–19; 28:2–21; 2 Chronicles 2:1–6; 6:1–10, 18–21, 40–41; 7:12–22; Psalm 117(118):22; Isaiah 8:13–15; 28:16; 66:1–2; Daniel 2:34–45; Haggai 2:5–6; Zachariah 1:16; 3:8–9; 4:6–9; 6:11–13; Luke 20:17–18; John 2:19–21; Acts 4:11–12; 1 Peter 2:4–10; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 6:19–20; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:19–22; 3:1–19; Revelation 21:22; 22:16}.

At the time of giving of the Law, the people are separated from God: they are not allowed even to come close to the mountain where God speaks with Moses. Then, Moses the Prophet implores God to go in the midst of the people; Moses pitched the tent (named “the tabernacle of congregation”) outside of the people’s camp and in this tent, God speaks to him. Furthermore, in the Promised Land, God directs the tribe to the place of His choice, where His name will dwell and where His people will worship. After giving of the Law, the Spirit of God abides among His people.

After David the king completed his wars and obtained own house, he decides to build the temple of God. However, God does not accept David as the builder of His temple: although chosen to be a king, David is a man of war and he shed blood of men. Through Nathan the Prophet, God promises that after David’s death, the One of the David’s descendants will build the temple of God, and God will establish His kingdom forever. Initially, David interprets this promise as related to his son Solomon; he collects building materials, and instructs Solomon to build the temple. Solomon builds the temple to the name of God, as the place of worship where God hears the prayers of His people.

After building of the first temple, the Prophets begin to speak about the stone/cornerstone, which they eventually connect with annihilation of sin of the world:

Isaiah asks: the Heavens are the throne of God and the Earth is just a footstool of His feet, so where the people would build the temple of God? Then, he refers to God as to the stumbling rock and as the precious stone

Daniel discloses the dream of Babylonian king about the stone, which was not cut by the hands of men; this stone destroyed all creations of men, became the great mountain, and filled all the Earth; Daniel interprets this dream as a prophecy of the eternal kingdom established by God; this Kingdom will overwhelm and destroy all kingdoms of men, yet, itself it will last forever

Zachariah writes that not by the might nor by the power, but by the Spirit of God the foundation will be built, and the Man, Who is the Son of God and eternal King, will sprout from His root and build the temple of God; the Prophet links the cornerstone (which the earthly builders rejected) with the annihilation of sin of the world. The Prophet names Jerusalem as the place where the temple of God will be established.

The referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures allow inference: the Prophets make a clear distinction between the temple as the structure (the Solomon’s temple is a place of worship to the name of God) and another temple, which will be built by the Spirit of God, not by the hands of men. This temple will come to existence through the Man – who will be called the Son of David, yet, Who is the Son of God. He is likened to the cornerstone on which the temple will be built, and to the stone of stumbling through which many will stumble, fall, and be broken.

This prophecy contains two lessons:

1. it warns about the people who are wise in their own eyes and in the world matters according to the tradition of men and principles/elements of the world, yet, who are unable to recognize God in the Man of sorrows wounded for the sins of the world {Isaiah 53:1–6; Matthew 21:42–44; Colossians 2:8–9}

2. it introduces the new world, which contradicts the laws of the material establishments of men, yet, which is the only true reality the human mind has to discover and enter.

At the next stage (the New Testament), the meaning of the temple of God is revealed: a human being is the temple–dwelling of the Living God built by God for Himself, and the Kingdom of God is within man. God reveals Himself –– the Word–God –– within human flesh: men have seen the glory of God, their hands touched Him, and His presence is the perfect joy. The Gospel According to John conveys the first reference of God to the human body as to the temple (ναος). When Lord God Jesus Christ began His mission, the people called Him the Son of David. However, God asked them: if David, by the Spirit of God, called Him Lord God, how Lord God can be the David’s son? St. John the Apostle refers to Lord God Jesus Christ as to “the Root and the Offspring of David” as it was foretold by the Prophet {Zachariah 6:12–13}. St. Peter the Apostle explains that the chosen and precious Cornerstone – Jesus Christ is the Corner–foundation; and the believers are the living stones built into spiritual house–dwelling (οικος): they became the holy priesthood through Jesus Christ. St. Paul the Apostle asks: “Do not you know that the temple of God (ναος Θεου) you are and the Spirit of God dwells (οικει) in you?” {Luke 17:21; John 1:1–5, 9–14, 18; 2:19–21; 14:23; 1 John 1:1–4; 1 Peter 2:4–10; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:14–22}.

Therefore, not by the power and might of man, by God Himself His temple is built, and this temple is not a building–structure made from stones; this temple–dwelling of God and His Own possession is a living human being. The reference to man is also changed. If the Old Testament’s Prophet writes about the people to whom God refer to as to εσονται Μοι – the God’s Own property {Malachi 3:17}, then, St. Apostles use two words: οικος/οικεοι – the dwelling/household, and ναος – temple. The new references reflect the results of mission of Lord God Jesus Christ {Matthew 3:11–12; Luke 12:49; John 3:16–18; 6:54–57; 7:39; 9:1–15, 32, 39; 10:17–18; 11:1–44; 1 Peter 2:3–9; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; Ephesians 2:14–22}:

a human being is re–created and illuminated by the Son of God; for instance, when Lord God Jesus Christ heals the man who was born blind, He reiterates the act of creation {in: Job 10:8–9}: He makes clay and from clay creates eyes of the man who was born blind; through this act, the people should recognize in Lord Jesus their God–Creator Who gives light and life

a human being is resurrected from the living dead by annihilating of sin and baptizing by the Fire – Holy Spirit of God; when Lord God Jesus Christ resurrects the dead body of Lazarus, which four days was in graveΣ48, He reveals Himself as God Who holds the power over life and death; His crucifixion and death on the cross disclose the destiny of man: to die by flesh for own sin and perversion, yet, to be restored to life everlasting by the power of God

a human being is transformed – by the Flesh and Blood of the Son of God – from the mortal creature of flesh into the immortal child of the Spirit, the holy priesthood, dwelling–temple and possession–household of God.

The Gospels and the Epistles of the St. Apostles reveal the meanings of Christianity as resurrection of the dead, re–creation of man by the love of God, and sanctification by the Word of God that is by the Truth {Matthew 5:17–18; 8:22; 10:8; Luke 15:24, 32; 20:38; John 1:1–4, 9–13; 3:1–18; 5:21–30; 6:37–40, 63; 8:12, 31–36; 11:25–26; 12:46–50; 14:2–6, 23; 17:17, 21–26; Acts 26:6–18; 1 John 1:2–7; 3:14; 4:9–15; 5:11–13, 20; Romans 8:1–23; 10:4; 14:7–9; Galatians 5:13–24; 1 Corinthians 2:6–13; 15:20–22, 42–57; Ephesians 2:1–10, 13–22; 5:8,14; Revelation 20:14; 21:3–4; 22:5}:

the revelation and cognition of the Word–God – the Light, Path, and Truth Who sets man free and leads him in the new Universe of knowledge and perfection in which man learns to imitate his perfect Creator; this Universe is the Wisdom of God bestowed by the Spirit of God

the resurrection of the living dead, giving light to the blind, and the ultimate freedom of righteousness granted to the slaves of sin

the annihilation of sin and birth by the Spirit of God {John 3:3–7}: the sleeping one (καθευδων) awakes, and the living dead stands up from the dead (αναστα εκ των νεκρων); he who was the darkness becomes a child of the Great Light who shines by the radiance of Christ, and he who existed in the shadow of death and darkness becomes the living temple in which the Fire – Holy Spirit of God dwells forever

building of the living Temple of God – a human being fashioned by God into His Own child destined to the eternity

descent of the Fire – Holy Spirit of God to the Earth, the annihilation of the corrupted world and its creatures perverted by the evil, and the consequent annihilation of death itself.

So, the greatest thing, which characterizes mankind, is that in spite of the evil and death, only God defines the ultimate destiny of man:

1/ during the first act of creation, God created the light for the Earth and breathed the spirit of life into the dust

2/ the second act of creation unfolds as crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ – the Son of Man and the Son of God Who redeems the sins of man and reconciles the creature (man who broke the covenant) with God–Creator. During the second act of creation, the divine Love annihilated the sins of the world along with the corrupted nature of man – the living dead, and resurrected the perfect being created into the image and after likeness of God

3/ the third act of creation will establish new earth: God promised to create all anew – the world, in which He will dwell with His people, and where it will be no place for death and suffering {Revelation 21:1–7}.

The Holy Bible not only portrays the destiny of mankind; the Holy Bible reveals the universal code of evolution, which has to be actualized by each human mind wherever and whenever it lives. Each human being is born to learn own lessons and accomplish own purposes, to struggle with idolatry and perversion, to learn the good and love, and to fight own Armageddon: to win or to fail in the battle with evil. The destiny of every human being is ascent to God: the road of a prodigal son back to the house of his Father. Probably, in the time of our homecoming, the Prophet’s question {Psalm 143(144):3} will be answered. So, we will learn, at last, what we – human beings – are {1 John 3:1–2}, and realize, that Christian teachings was granted as the Light in the darkness, the wisdom needed to find the road, which in spite all difficulties, losses, and grief of the earthly life leads us into our homeland – the Kingdom of our God, Creator and Father.

 

 

 

 

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Notes:

 

The explication of the terms, theological doctrines, and concepts mentioned in the Text above, are in The Absolute, The Works of God, The Mind, The Discernment, the basic file Selections_&_Reprints (with Notes, References, and Reprints of all posts for 2008–2017), and other files, which may be downloaded through the Library Pages of the websites:

 

Systems Logic – http://systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net

 

Christian’s Mind & the World – http://alicealexandrasofia.com

Sunday’s Thoughts 2017 http://alicealexandrasofia.us

 

 

 

Σ1 The Nicean Creed The Nicean Creed is the Confession of the Christian Faith that defines the essence of the monotheist Christian religion; it was composed in 325, by The First Ecumenical Council of Nicea:

 

The Nicean Creed:


 

I believe in one God, the Father, Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages.

 

Light of light, true God of true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made.

 

For us and for our salvation, He came down from heaven and was incarnated by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.

 

Crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and He suffered and was buried, and on the third day He rose according to the Scriptures.

 

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

 

And He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end.

 

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father,

 

Who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.

 

In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

 

I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.

 

I expect the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the age to come, Amen.”


According to decision of the Council in Chalcedon (in 451), The Nicean Creed is acknowledged as sufficient for “a perfect understanding and establishment of religion.” The Ecumenical Councils stated that the teachings about the Holy Trinity is compete because “the Fathers of Church” made the clarification about the Holy Spirit with the Scriptures; therefore, The Creed must “remain inviolate.”

 

Hence,

1/ Council of Ephesus (431), Chalcedon (451) and the Fourth Council of Constantinople (the Eighth Ecumenical Council; 869–870) established The Nicean Creed as the main universal and constant symbol–Confession of the Christian Faith and c

ondemned as the heretics those who compose, promulgate, teach another creed, or make either any addition to or any subtraction from The Nicean Creed

 

2/ the Second Council of Nicea (787) ordered that for those with the “priestly dignity” the regulations of the sacred canons of the Ecumenical Synods (that is Ecumenical Councils) must “remain unshakeable and immoveable,” because they are enlightened by the Spirit of God [Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils, 24, 65, 83, 84, 87, and further].

Hence, The Nicean Creed was accepted by the ancient Christian Church as the permanent unchangeable confession of the Christian Faith, which cannot be altered until the Christian Church exists: The Nicean Creed cannot be changed – not by Church’s authority, nor by any cleric, nor by any layman, nor by anyone who identifies himself as a Christian.

See also Note 44 and reprints in Note 75 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ2 See The Mind and Note 11 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

Σ3 Concerning knowledge, complete knowledge, and wisdom, see Notes 9, 20, 152, and 272 to Selections_&_Reprints

 

All other Notes and References see in CHRISTIANITY. To download (pdf) – click here

To download the basic file SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS with all Notes, References, and Reprints, – click here