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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Search for Wisdom

But whence has wisdom been discovered?

And what is the place of knowledge?

A mortal has not known its way, neither indeed it has been discovered among men

{Job 28:12–13}

Job the Righteous {Job 28:12–28} did not discover wisdom in the realm, which accommodates physical existence of man. There is no wisdom in the depth, in the sea, in the sky; wisdom cannot be acquired for the price of pure gold and precious stones. Although destruction and death have heard of it, it cannot be found among men. Ultimately, Job recites the words of God, which He said to man: godliness is wisdom, and to abstain from evil is knowledge [[η Θεοσεβεια εστι σοφια, το δε απεχεσθαι απο κακων, εστιν επιστημη – {Job 28:28}]].

Everything that does not comply with the will/law of God is evil. Thus, abstinence from evil, which is violation of the law of God, signifies possession of knowledge that defines the basis of true religion:

a/ the root of any and all evils is non–compliance with the law of God

b/ frequent and then, habitual non–compliance with the law of God indicates perversion of the nature

c/ any perversion of the nature leads to degeneration following with collapse and ultimately, premature death of people and collapse →ultimate ruin of human creations – societies, states, and other establishments.

For instance, according to Moses’ warning concerning “curses,” which would fall upon the lawless ones {Deuteronomy 28:15–68; 29; 30} as the retribution for evil–violation of the law of God, includes insufficiency of all kinds, famine, drought, submission to enemies, humiliation, dishonor, slavery, inadequate perception, insanity, perversions of mind and body, suffering, incurable diseases, plagues, and death. The meaning of all these evils–“curses”–insufficiencies is destruction of all three levels of human universe:

human mind

[[inadequate perception, insanity, blindness and perversions of mind, suffering, incurable diseases, and death]]

human body

[[perversions of body, weakness, fever, inflammation, incurable diseases, suffering, plagues, and death]]

the world that accommodate human existence – nature and creations of men

[[natural habitat – lands, seas, air: burning wind, deadly dust from the sky, famine, drought, insufficiency of all kinds;

human societies, states, establishments that are expected to secure survival and maintain development:

insufficiency of all kinds, inabilities to secure defense and survival, readiness for defeat, submission to enemies,

suppression by aliens who come as the masters and become rulers, discrimination,

deprivation of good, failure and downfall in all spheres of activities, humiliation, loss of dignity and respect,

dishonor, slavery, suffering, and death]]

Once created and unleashed into the world, the evil initiates the force of destruction – the whirlwind of death, which destroys everything that is not consistent with the nature of the world created by God, and transforms the ordered and structured societies/establishments/nations into chaos of lawlessness and death. As Jeremiah the prophet said, they –– those who violate the law of God –– lose the truth, the death is the fruit of their thoughts, extermination is the fruit of their revolt against God, and exterminators – each through their own way – come after them {e.g., in: Jeremiah 6:19; 7:28; 8; 12:12; 22:7; 30:23–27; 37:23–24}.

Thus, before the one makes his choice – either to accept the law of God and to live according to the lawΣ1 or to reject the law of God and to live according to human illusions and dreams [[e.g., worship hand–made idols and figments of sick imagination]] – he should know the consequencesΣ2 of his choice.

In the beginning of human civilization, it was presumed that fear of suffering and misery would prevent violations of the law; this presumption was adequate in the society of slaves who were taken out of slavery to the heathens and who were to begin the long process of civilizing by the law and knowledge of God.

Indeed, the first feeling of the people who were chosen to become the carriers, keepers, and doers of the law {in: Exodus 20:1–21} was fear, so they stood afar off and asked Moses to speak to them instead of God – let not God speak to them lest they die. Moses answered them: let the fear (ο φοβος) of God be in them, so they do not sin {in: Exodus 20:1–21}. Probably, this episode of human history became the ground for assertion of the necessity of special mediators between God and His creation – man.

Ultimately, with revelation of the New Testament, the people of God learned the Perfect Love Who is God and understood that the Perfect Love has no fear, because fear is the property of those who has not obtained peace of God and completion in perfection of love {John 14:27; 1 John 4:11–19}. As soon as the mind finds its Absolute in the absolute power of God and begins to live by each word of God, there is nothing more needed.

Subsequently, fear became the attribute of the initial stages of development, the property of the preceding – Judaic – civilization {Proverbs 3:7; Ecclesiastes 12:13–14}, which still accompanies even the contemporary novices, who are seeking their road to God and begin to ascend from darkness to the Light discerning–perceiving–contemplating the power of the law and the consequences of its violation, until they discover the miracle of Christianity: the Perfect Omnipotent Love of God with Whom there is no fear and suffering {1 John 4:11–19; Revelation 21:4–7}.

Nevertheless, following heresy of OrigenΣ3 who asserted that the miracle of all–embracing and all–forgiving love of God must be hidden from those whose souls are “infants” and “still need the fear of teachers” [Origen God IV.952–954 342], the theologians and religious leaders adopted the practice of implanting fear into the souls of their sheep: it was accepted that simple people should live in fear, because fear makes people manageable and obedient to those who have the power of coercion and assumed right to control the others for the sake of “the very own good of these others.” Fear has been found of immense value for implementation of the doctrine of unreserved obedience to man instead of God, upon which the papal Church of Rome is established. Consequently, for the papal theologians, assertions of self–mutilated heretic, whose “mythical knowledge” was condemned by the Universal Councils of the Christian ChurchΣ4, prevailed over understanding of the duty to disseminate pure teachings of Christ unpolluted by human last for power and uncontaminated by human imagination brooding over the evil.

Since, many generations have been held in fear before inevitable retribution; they were fed with images of angry and revengeful God. These images were created by the false prophets, priest–diviners, and theologians philosophizing at the steps of thrones of self–deified popes who, through fear, laws of revenge, and deceit, attempted to establish absolute power over their subjects. That is how godliness became the equivalent of fear: fear [[especially embodied into, for instance, such institution of terror as the papal InquisitionΣ5]] was asserted as the main cause of prevention of violations of the papal lawsΣ6, which the papacy elevated at the place of the Law of God.

Then, because of lawlessness, ignorance of the Law of God, and corruption of men {e.g., in: Isaiah 29:13–16; Jeremiah 8:8–10; Matthew 15:3–9; Mark 7:6–13; Romans 1:16–32; 2 Peter 2; 2 Thessalonians 2:3–12; Titus 1:10–16}, fear was made

a/ the foundation for institution and enforcement the laws of those who assumed the place of God in His temple, presented as the law of God own doctrines, ordinances, and policies, which reflect their last for earthly power, purposes, pride, and material interests, and ultimately, substituted own laws for the law of God

b/ the weapon, with which the godless establishments and their leaders usurped the place of God in His temple – in the mind of human beingsΣ7

c/ the means of enslaving the people deprived of true knowledge of God Who is the Perfect Love.

However,

–– is fear all that man needs, so he would observe the law and do not sin before God?

–– does the one needs other mediators [[behind usual service of priests who actualize the purposes of the Christian ChurchΣ8 as it is established by the Holy Scriptures and the Apostolic traditions]] between God and man besides Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, Savior and Redeemer?

The Law/Word of God is not hidden behind the sea, it is not in the sky, and it is not in the power of someone to bring it and to make it work for all the others; the Law/Word of God is within the heart of man to fulfill it: the Law of God defines the nature of man. Consequently, only the choice of man –– either to observe the Law of God or to violate it {Deuteronomy 29:10–29; 30:1–20} –– determines the human destiny –– either life in dignity according to the human nature or degeneration and ruin because of perversion of the human nature and destruction of the habitat:

either blessing or curse

↓             

either wisdom or death of reason

↓             

either freedom of virtue or slaveryΣ9 of sin

↓            

either prosperity or scarcity and poverty

↓        

either abundance or insufficiency

↓            

either health and strength or abnormal mutation accompanied

                                                          ↓                    with incurable diseases of mind and body

↓                                     

either life           or              death

Thus, fear is the initial step {Proverbs 1:7} at the long way of ascent to God for those who may be empowered to discover own true nature and to live according to it. This true nature is the law of God; the meaning of this true nature is described by The Ten Commandments, the essence of which is love – love to God and love to the creations of God. In The New Testament, the new commandment of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, to love each other as He loves, completes the revelation of the law as the embodiment of the Perfect Love of God {Matthew 22:35–40; John 13:34–35; 14:15–27; 15:10–17; 17}. Then, fear is not needed for those who live according own nature, similarly to as fear is not needed for breathing.

Ultimately, for those who cannot come to understanding of own nature, fear does not work.

For instance, although Solomon the king in Jerusalem and the preacher asserted that fear of God and the observance of His commandments is everything for man {Ecclesiastes 12:13}, his fear, as well as all his knowledge and wealth, did not protect him from the utter failure {Exodus 20:1–6; Deuteronomy 17:14–20; 29; 3 Kings, esp. 3:5–9; 4; 9; 10; 11; 12; 2 Chronicles 1:13–17; 9:13–28}. Solomon began with violations of the ordinances and instructions given through Moses [[including those established for kings – Deuteronomy 17:14–20]], and finished with violations of the first two of The Ten Commandments – with apostasy, which initiated division of Solomon’s kingdomΣ10 completed with the total ruin.

Another Book of the Old Testament {Job} elaborated the duty of man before God and put the proper emphasis onto the connection between God and His creation: observance of the commandments of God, not fear, was the main meaning of ΘεοσεβειαΣ11 – godliness. Godliness, as the piety, devotion, worship, and reverence to God, is a natural human condition, the habitual manifestation of human essence/nature. Godliness was the greatest wisdom of man of the Old Testament, and it opened the path to understanding of ΑγαπηΣ12 of the New Testament – the Absolute Perfect Love, which unified a human being–creation of God with God the Creator, revealed and explained by Lord Jesus Christ {John 1:18; 3:16; 10:10–18; 13:34–35; 14:23–26; 15:9–17; 16:26–28; 17; Matthew 22:37–40; 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:17–20; 1 John 3; 4:7–21; 5:1–4; 2 John 6}.

If to accept that cognition →reaching →obtaining of the state of knowing →understanding →complete comprehension is the meaning of life of the mind, the story of Job the RighteousΣ13 prompts some practical questions; for instance,

–– what is the wisdom, which Job evaluates as the most precious treasure, yet, which he did not find among men?

–– where is the place of knowledge and wisdom, and how this place and the knowledge and the wisdom can be found?

Many centuries after Job the Righteous, another man received from God unsurpassed knowledge {WisdomΣ14}, which supplemented the revelations given through Moses and later was confirmed by revelation of the Word–God – Λογος/Αγια Σοφιαconveyed through the Gospels: wisdom dwells with God.

Wisdom is the breath of the power of God, the faithful reflection of His power, the image of His Absolute Good, the omnipotent all–creating, all–penetrating, and all–sustaining Spirit. The place of wisdom is with God; God grants wisdom –– the most precious treasure, which the wise one values more than life –– to those who love Him and seek Him with all heart, soul, and mind. The living soul of man is the breath of God; it was created as the vessel for the breath of God, therefore, it should be the natural carrier of wisdom of God within the world given into the dominion of man. Ultimately, the New Testament revealed the destiny of a human being: to perceive the voice of God Who is calling His very Own ones through His glory and virtue, to accept His love, to be freed of slavery of the evil and sin, to be sanctified with the Truth to become the likeness of the Word–God, to be born of God, to become the temple of the Living God, to be taught, guided, and led into the eternity by the Holy Spirit, and to take the allotted place in the Kingdom of God {Genesis 2:7; Deuteronomy 6:4–9, 13–17; Wisdom 6:15–20; 7:7–30; Luke 12:49; John 1:1–18; 2:19–22; 3:1–21; 4:23–24; 6:28–69; 7:37–39; 8:12, 31–35; 10:1–30; 11:25–26; 12:44–50; 14; 15; 16:7–16; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1; 2; 3:4; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 3:13–14; 1 John; Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 2:6–16; 3:16–23; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; 6:14–18; Ephesians; Galatians; Colossians; Revelations 21; 22}.

Hence,

the normal human nature was created to carry the Word–Wisdom – ΛογοςΑγια Σοφια – of God

within the world created and loved by God

Wisdom–Word–Spirit of God is the human natural birthright

according to the words of Lord God Jesus Christ, the Word–God is the Blood and Flesh of a human child of God

[[similar to blood and flesh that make life of the human body]]:

In His Name, the Spirit of God comes to dwell in the inner man, the essence of whom is the spirit born of God

the Wisdom dwells within the one living by the Word–God,

opening for him the abundant world of the spiritual power accompanied with peace, happiness, and freedom,

the world that only the one

to whom God granted σοφια (wisdom) and επιγνωσεωςΣ15 (complete knowledge of God)

might be empowered to perceive, to obtain, and to enter

With acceptance of the Word–God and the Holy Spirit, the one receives knowledge of everything; he learns that he might obtain immortalityΣ16, comfort, happiness, and fulfill the destiny of man {Wisdom 8:13–16; John; 1 John}.

Through observance of the words of God followed with cognition of the Absolute GoodΣ17 – the attribute of God revealed to human beings for learning, understanding, and imitation, the one might be set free from fear, because {Matthew 5:43–48; 11:27–30; Luke 6:35–36 in 6:27–49; John 8:12, 31–35; 13:12–14, 34; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John 4; 5; Revelation 21; 22}

a/ he knows that God is the Perfect Love without fear and suffering

b/ he learned to love the others as God loves

c/ he dwells in God with Whom is no fear, no suffering, no death for the human soul, even now, in this temporal world that is resting in evil.

Hence, in the time of the New Testament, the human quest for the knowledge and search for wisdom are completed:

–– if the one desires to find the place of knowledge and wisdom within the world of man,

he has to cognize and to observe the Law – words and commandments – of God,

and the commandments of God are not heavy: they are the nature of man

then, he might be empowered to discover that his own mind should be the fulfillment of the Law

then, he might be empowered to understand the words of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God and Savior:

the kingdom of God is within you

{Luke 17:20–21; 1 John 5:1–4; Deuteronomy 30:9–20}

–– If the one desires to comprehend the actual value of the events, phenomena, possessions, laws, cultures, ways of life:

to infer/identify their nature

[[that is to understand their purposes, place and significance–consequences

within the considered actuality–reality–system–establishment]]

to evaluate their completed (already irreversible) and potential (that still can be prevented) consequences –

to understand the past and the present, as well as to foresee the future

he needs to judge by the results: what they have brought/will bring to those who accomplished or created them

[[for instance, to determine: do/will their creators live in peace and prosperity,

and if not, what the actual meaning of their existence, therefore, justifiable expectations, would be]]

{Deuteronomy 7:11–15; 28:1–68; 30:8–20}

In summary, the one has to discernΣ18 the core–essence of the subject of consideration/event/phenomenon/etc. by comprehension its

nature → potency to bring forth either the good or the evil

Then, he would see how the completion →actualization of the nature of the considered events, phenomena, possessions, laws, cultures, ways of life, etc., would impact the actuality: what would be the end

either

insufficiencies of all kinds, degeneration and ultimately, death of reason

or

optimization and evolution as the unfolding and actualization of

the highest creative potential granted to the human mind by the Creator

The words of Lord God Jesus Christ {John 8:31–32; 10:1–18, 37–30; 12:26; 14; 15; 16; 17} concerning observance of His commandments, redemption of His Own ones, and consequent coming of the Holy Spirit Who will teach and guide those who believe in Him, and who love Him by keeping His words and fulfilling them, teach the one who seeks knowledge and wisdom that

a/ knowledge [[as well as the power to use it, for instance, to do the works of God]] comes only to those who live according to the commandments of God

b/ if the mind rejected the evil, received purification through the words of God, and lives by keeping His words, it comes to dwell in the Word–God as the branch dwells on the vineΣ19; then, it is empowered to bring forth its “fruits”: to create the good, to accomplish the purposes of existence, to perceive and comprehend the knowledge that is the everlasting life

c/ with the knowledge of God given by Lord Jesus Christ Whom He sent, the mind overcomes the limitations of the material world –– the power of the ruler of this world {John 14:30; 1 John 2:15–17; 5:1–5}:

it becomes free from fear and other deficiencies of the mind,

which has not yet reached its optimum of completion–readiness for the life by God

it perceives the Perfect Love that opens for him the eternity with God

it becomes the temple–dwelling of God –

the being prepared for the everlasting life in the kingdom of God

{John 14; 17; 1 John; Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–5}

The state of knowing [[state of possession of knowledge]] and the state of having the power to use knowledge for achievement of purposes of evolution–preparation for the eternity with God [[wisdom]] are the immaterial features of the mind – the strengths/powers of the human essence, the inner man. These immaterial powers cannot be touched or perceived similarly to the material things, yet they form the inner foundation for self–preservation/survival of man within the world of the structured matter–material things and for his evolution–preparation for the eternity within the kingdom of God the Spirit.

So, wisdom and knowledge are the immaterial conditions, states of existence, or dimensions, which the one

cannot access with the common means of the world of the matter

[[for instance, such as money]]

might or might not

perceive → discover → enter → absorb → create → have → use for own survival and development

This inference immediately prompts some questions; for example,

–– what is the meaning and necessity of education and sciences, if the most desired knowledge and to power to embody it into the surrounding actuality –wisdom leading to prosperity and immortality, have no place within the world of the matter, which Job defines with the words “among men”?

For instance, it is not possible to reconcile two kinds of vision:

–– the vision of Moses, Job, and the others who received knowledge from God

and

–– the vision of men who live by the perceivable world of the matter,

and whose perception of the world and reasoning are based on the Aristotelian materialistic logicΣ20,

which does not recognize existence of the Absolute Good,

yet which became the foundation for the ethics–free sciences

And I think that if the one could look at the contemporary world through the eyes of Moses, Job, Ecclesiastes, the author of the Book of Wisdom, Isaiah, and other prophets who received the gift of knowledge of God {e.g., Deuteronomy 29:10–29; 30:1–20; Job 28:23–28; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes 6:7; 12:13–14; Isaiah; Wisdom}, he could see the contemporary life driven by hatred to God and by political correctness as the confinement of plundered unsatisfied souls wandering in fear and perplexity, hungry for true knowledge, yet deprived of vital abilities to perceive the Truth, to comprehend the meaning of existence, and to accomplish the purposes for the sake of which they have been born. In their hunger and destitution, they attempt to feel the emptiness with the figments of imagination – false knowledgeΣ21, behind which is death.

In some sense, the contemporary life might be envisioned as a continuation of the story of a hungry man – Esau, who sold his birthright for the dish of pottage lentils {Genesis 25:29–34}. For instance, if to judge by the amassed evil, injustice, crimes, suffering, the many

–– slighted and rejected the birthright to possess the Wisdom that dwells with God and gives to the one believingΣ22 the authority to become a child of God {Deuteronomy 8:5; Wisdom; John 1:1–13; 5:37–47; 8:34–55; 14:15–17}

–– substituted the dissipating matter and needs of the mortal flesh for the life–creating Spirit of God

–– rejected the reality of the Eternity for the sake of the dreaming worlds designed by the perverted imagination, which is based on ignorance, emptiness, and deceit

–– forfeited life of the immortal mind–soul, which lives by God, and accepted

life of a body – temporal existence of the dissipating matter ––

as the only life/destiny of a human being

materialism –– as the religion

materialistic logic –– as the only foundation for reasoning →creation of knowledge

the war with the very idea of human freedom

waged through terrorism fueled by ideology of death –– as the daily existence

fake news and propaganda carried by biased media under the banner of political correctness

and covered with mentioning of democracy –– as adequate reflection of the actuality

If so, in the time of hardship and insufficiency, where the hungry soul would find daily bread and the means to sustain own sanity and to accomplish own destiny, if even the place of wisdom is not known and the very wisdom rooted in knowledge of God has been rejected?

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Notes:

Σ1 See Note 7 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σ2 See

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

–– The Plundered People, The Sinful Heart, the Desolate House, the Wasted Land, and Wrathreprints in Note 41 and 45 to Selections_&_Reprints

–– Divination – in Ancient Civilizations: Legacy Overview, and Vanga’s Phenomenon. Comment on Predictions in Comments @ The Net

–– Note 54 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σ3 See

–– The Works of Origen in Folder Heathen Philosophy

–– Note 14 to Selections_&_Reprints

–– The Heathenismreprint in Note 22 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σ4 Three Ecumenical Councils – the Second of Constantinople (553), the Fourth of Constantinople (869–870), and the Second of Nicea (787) – anathematized (excommunicated – excluded/banned from the Christian community) Origen, although he died in the third century, and denounced his works as “the mythical speculations,” “heretical” and “useless knowledge” [Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils 119, 135, 161].

Σ5 See

in Folder Heathen Philosophy: The Works of Origen, Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas [[esp., The Image of Aquinas’ God]]

in Folder Political Theology: Introduction to Political Theology, The “Hierarchical Church, and The Church Militants

Focus and The Ultimate Purpose , and The Evolution of Fear – reprints in Notes 2, 14, and 86 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σ6 The papal laws that establish heresy as treason punishable with death penalty, mandatory execution of the relapsed heretics, confiscation of property from heretics and non–Catholics, etc. are the laws that papacy adopted from the heathen Roman Empire. These papal laws confirm that the papal Church of Rome is not the Christian Church.

See Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas and Political Theology.

Σ7 During the earthly phase of existence, a human being is a temporal life–carrying unity of spirit–flesh, or soul–heart–mind–body, or energy–information–matter, accommodated within the realm composed of the units of the structured matter, which are the energy derivatives created/arranged at different levels of complexity.

The essence of man – the inner man, of whom St. Peter the Apostle and St. Paul the Apostle write: ο κρυπτος της καρδιας ανθρωπος – the hidden heart of man {in: 1 Peter 3:4}, and the inner man who is being renewed – ο εσωθεν ανακαινουται – day by day, while the outer man (body of flesh) is being decayed {in: 2 Corinthians 4:16}, is the soul–heart–mind, which carries the image and likeness of God.

The essence of man – the inner man, the soul–heart–mind, carries the image and likeness of God, lives by the Word–God and the Holy Spirit [[by the Unity of Law–Power–Energy of God]] as a human body lives by bread and water. God ignites His Light within the inner man and God watches over him more than a father watches over a child {Deuteronomy 4; 8:5–12; 1 Kings 16:7; Psalm 15(16):5–11; 17(18); 26(27):10–11; 31(32):7–8; 32(33):12–22; 33(34); 102(103); 120(121); 138(139); Malachi 3:17; Matthew 10:29–30; Luke 11:9–13; John 3:16; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2; 3:3–4; 2 Peter; 1 John; Romans 8:14–39; Galatians 3:26–29; Ephesians; Colossians}.

St. Paul the Apostle refers to such a new [[renewed]] creation of Christ and in Christ as to the one who is enabled to act as the co–worker of God {Θεου γαρ εσμεν συνεργοι1 Corinthians 3:9}, who is the God’s field and God’s building/construction {Θεου γεωργιον, Θεου οικοδομη1 Corinthians 3:9} – the space prepared for the works of God.

The Greek theologians discerned three parts/components [[subsystems]] of the human essence, or it might be said that they assumed that the soul–heart–mind operates at three levels of complexity [[that is with different derivatives of the Divine energy: wisdom, knowledge, information]]: intellect – νους, reason/intelligence – διανοια, and the reasoning, or the faculty of deliberation – γνωμαφρονημαλογισμος

When the theological subtleties are not a subject of consideration, I use a brief contemporary and all–including (because a human being is the wholeness) definition – the mind.

See The Mind

Σ8 See Εκκλησια – the Meaning – reprint in Note 116 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σ9 See Note 26 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σ10 See Note 83 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σ11 Θεο–σεβεια is a derivative of

Θεος – God → Θεο– –– everything related to God

and

σεβω – verb with primary meaning to be conscientious, have feeling of shame, to revere, to render glory, to honor, to regard with respect and admiration, to worship, to be pious.

Thus, Θεοσεβεια means, mainly, admiration, veneration of God, piety, devotion, faithfulness, and worship of God, especially, because the one is conscientious [[has conscience]], and has feeling of shame for own imperfections. Interpretation of Θεοσεβεια as fear stems from identification of piety as the state of having anxiety because one’s conscience recognizes his own imperfections before excellence, virtues, righteousness, majesty, and omnipotence of God.

Σ12 In 1 John 4:16: Ο Θεος αγαπη εστι, και ο μενων εν τη αγαπη, εν τω Θεω μενει, και ο Θεος εν αυτω –– God is Love, and [the one] remaining in love, remains in God, and God in him [[μενων and μενει are derivatives of μενω – to be stanch/determined, to remain, to be steadfast, to be firmly established in]].

In general, love – αγαπη – might be defined as the unity of

a/ desire of the highest good for the object of love

b/ knowledge: what is this highest good for the object of love and how to provide it

c/ actions intended to provide the object of love with the highest good.

Love αγαπη should not be confused with other feelings [[which, in English, also might be referred to as love]]: ερως – passion, carnal desire of possession, sex, and φιλια – friendship, amity, brotherly love.

For instance, when the one speaks of his love to God or of the love of God, he speaks of αγαπη; when the one speaks of bodily desires/lust and sex, he speaks of ερως; when the one speaks of love to brother or love to wisdom, he speaks of φιλαδελφια or φιλοσοφια.

When the one speaks of

–– the love of God, he speaks of the laws–commandments of God given for the sake of the best good of all God’s creations: for their physical well–being and survival, and spiritual preparation for the everlasting life; e.g.,

a/ do not kill, do not steal, love the others as you love yourself – that is do not deprive the others of their possessions and well–being

b/ do to the others whatever you want to be done to you

c/ love each other as God loves you – that is imitate God’s love in your dealings with the others {Matthew 5; 7:12; 22:37–40; Luke 6:19–38; John 13:34–35; 15:12, 17}

–– the one’s love as of the fulfillment of the law {e.g., in: 1 John 5:1–4; Romans 13:8}, he speaks of the one’s thoughts, words, and actions originated, planned, spoken, and accomplished in compliance with the commandments–law–words of God:

a/ because of the desire of the best good of the others

b/ for the sake of the best good of the others

c/ for actualization of the own nature, which became the embodiment of the Law of God – love.

Σ13 See The Story of Job in The Discernment

Σ14 The Book of Wisdom – apocryphal book of the Septuagint – is not included in official versions of the Bible. Probably, the reasoning behind is that many texts have parallels and similarities to those included in the Books of The Old Testament and The New Testament. The texts with analogous meanings made some “Fathers of the Church,” who assumed the authority to choose sources of knowledge for their flock, to decide that the Book of Wisdom has the secondary origin, as compilation of the texts already written in other Books of the Holy Scriptures.

However, the Book of Wisdom carries the same convincing authority that other – “official” – books of the Holy Scriptures have; besides, in the time when it was written, the Gospels were not revealed yet; so the assumption of compilation does not work. Moreover, if the one compares the descriptions of the actualities of the wise and the lawless ones, he would conclude that these descriptions reflect the contemporary actualities of the Present; the precision of definitions is striking.

In ancient Greek, the Book has name Σοφια Σαλωμων – Wisdom of Solomon, and some ancient theologians and authors ascribed the authorship to Solomon the king in Jerusalem. However,

1/ the Book of Wisdom conveys the knowledge, which could not be available for the mind that carried the seed of apostasy: the mind of king who began his reign with violations of the ordinances and rules set by Moses for kings as well as for all his tribesmen [[concerning Solomon’s apostasy and its consequences, see Note 83 to Selections_&_Reprints]]

2/ the original language of the Book of Wisdom is similar to language of the Septuagint: the Alexandrian dialect with the roots in Minoan–Ionian language, on which the works of Homer were written down, in VIII century B.C., approximately.

The Alexandrian dialect evolved in IV century BC, as the result of Alexander of Macedonia conquests with inclusion of many nations of Asia Minor and Asia into his empire, the assumed capital of which was Alexandria – the city in Egypt, which was founded and named in name of the conqueror, and which became the center of cultural and political life of a new empire. Solomon’s death (and consequent division of his kingdom) is attributed to 930s – X century B.C.

Some authors have opinion [[because of the implied references to historical events]] that the author of the Book of Wisdom lived in III century B.C.

Σ15 Concerning complete knowledge – επιγνωσεως, see Note 20 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σ16 Immortality –– the everlasting (or eternal) life in the kingdom of God Who is the Spirit {John 4:24} –– is presence of God the Spirit within His creation. See Note 33 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σ17 See The Absolute

Σ18 See The Discernment

Σ19 See The True Vinereprint in Note 22 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σ20 According to Aristotle,

–– in the process of investigation, the “Ideal Good” must be discarded, and the objects of intellect must be clarified by the objects of senses: the “Ideal Good” is separate and independent from the “common good,” which is inherent for all things. Things are good when they are “eligible or desirable.” All is measured by availability for practical use: goodness itself is “the sort of disposition.” Actions are a greater good than the attitude and disposition: “activity is a more desirable thing than goodness.” The good of the unchangeable things is not practicable; the Absolute Good that is not practicable should not be sought after. The Absolute Good is good when it is the End [result] “practicable for man”: the good in things must be considered without the reference to the Ideal (Absolute) Good, only significance for men is the measure of the good. Such practicable good “comes under the supreme of all the practical sciences, which is Politics and Economics and Wisdom”: the morality is the subject of social or political science because social life and action are the best amenities, and the society is the best of men [Eudemian Ethics I.viii.19–20; II.i.4, 24; II.xi.11; VIII.i.7; Magna Moralia I.i.1–3, 10–13, 26]

–– consequently, wisdom is not a scientific knowledge; it is “another kind of cognition.” The assumptions, which cannot be proved with certainty, should not be made: the observed facts must serve as evidence for the rational argument, and the plain objects of senses must illustrate the obscure objects of the intellect [Eudemian Ethics I. vi.1, 6; I.viii.15; VIII.i.7; Magna Moralia I.i.21–26].

The core of the Aristotle’s doctrine is materialism or the concept of the deified matter [Aristotle Heavens II.i; On Melissus 975b] that transforms his “practicable knowledge” of the heathen dreamer into the means of destruction for any system, which accepts it as the guidance for actions and arrangement of the life–supporting processes.

Hence, all the referred above Aristotle’s assertions disclose that the Aristotelian “logic” has the limited capability suitable to deal only with the perceivable material objects; the so–called Aristotelian philosophy, logic, and ethics belong to the same level of complexity as, for instance, a hammer and axe, which the ancient heathens used to cut their idols from stone and wood, do.

Human chattel” is a G. Cyril Armstrong’s translation of Aristotle’s definition of home slaves – the indispensable and most valuable property in Housecraft. Definition of “human chattel” – slaves – with the recommendations how to deal with it might be found in: Oeconomica I.v. 3, 5, 6; Politics I.2. 1252b, I.4. 1253b, I.5. 1254b; I.6.1255b; I.8. 1256b; I.13.1260a.

See also

Philosophy: Aristotle, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page_3

Note 211 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σ21 See Note 41 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σ22 See The Ones Believingreprint follows

Reprint

The Ones Believing

Because you have seen Me, Thomas, you have believed.

Blessed are the ones not seeing, and believing

{John 20:29}

There are two references to St. Thomas the Apostle, in the last chapters of Gospel According to John {John 11:1–16; 20:24–29}.

After Lazarus’ sisters sent the message to the Lord that Lazarus is sick, the Lord told His disciples that He is going to come to Lazarus and to awake him. The disciples warned Him that the people of Judea wanted to stone Him. The Lord answered that those who are walking in the night are stumbling because the Light of the world is not with themΣr1, and He intends to resurrect Lazarus who died. Then, Thomas told other disciples: Let us go, even we, that we may die with Him {John 11:1–16}.

However, for them, it was not the time to die: nor for them nor for their Lord and Teacher, yet. They will die for the Lord God later, one by one, and most of them tortured, by agonizing death: for proclaiming His Gospels, for illuminating those in the darkness of death, for miracles that they would create by the power of God given them from the above in the name of Lord Jesus Christ…

Now, in their nearest future, they would witness Lazarus’ resurrection, the glorious entrance of Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God and the King of Israel into Jerusalem, and then, crucifixion of the Son of man – inconceivably horrifying end of the Most Righteous and Merciful and Loving One Who healed the sick, fed and taught the crowds, opened eyes of the blind, forgave the sinners, resurrected the dead, taught His disciples to love their enemies and to love each other as He loves, and promised them the kingdom of His glory and everlasting life {John 6; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 17}.

After His resurrection, Lord God Jesus Christ came to the disciples and they witnessed Him and recognized Him as God. Thomas was not with them {John 20:19–24}. When Thomas came, the disciples told him that they have seen the Lord. Thomas answered: unless he himself sees the mark of the nails in His hands and trusts his finger into the mark of nails, and trusts his hand into His rib (that is until he sees and touches the wounds inflicted during crucifixionΣr2) {in: John 19:1, 17–18, 33–34}, in no way he will believe. The next time, when all disciples gathered together again in the house with the locked doors, and Thomas was with them, Lord God Jesus Christ came and stood in the midst; He told Thomas to bring his finger (to touch His wounds), and to see His hands, and to trust his hand into His rib, and be not unbelieving but believing. Thomas answered to Him: My Lord and my God! Then, God said: Because you have seen Me, Thomas, you have believed. Blessed are the ones not seeing, and believing {John 20:19–29}.

The story of St. Thomas the Apostle reveals some features of the phenomenon of faith. Although Thomas the disciple was willing to die with his Teacher and Master, although he witnessed the miracles created by the Son of God (including resurrection of Lazarus), still, he is not able to believe unless he observes the perceivable – material – evidence: he needs to see and to touch, so he would believe [[with his mind]] because of physical sensation [[by his body]].

The disciples made their choice to stay with Lord Jesus Christ at the time when the others departed – those who were not able to comprehend His words concerning His Body and His Blood as the Divine Food and Drink given for the life of the world, so creations of God might be resurrected, receive the eternal life, and enter the eternity in the presence of God {John 6:27–69}. Answering the question of the Lord: “Do you also wish to go?” Simon Peter said: to whom they shall go? They have believed and they have known that He is Christ, the Son of the Living God, Who has the words of the eternal life {John 6:68–69}.

Indeed, they did not come to anyone else: they followed Him until the cross, yet, they were not able to comprehend the reality of resurrection and eternity given to them through death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, their Teacher and Master with Whom they travelled through the land and Whose miracles (including resurrection of Lazarus) they witnessed. Apparently, they were brought up as the people of the chosen nation who knew the law of God and had the promise of the Messiah. However with knowledge of the law given through Moses, they were not able to reach the complete comprehension of the miracle of salvation given through Lord Jesus Christ. Although they have seen resurrection of Lazarus, they were unable to comprehend that the power to resurrect the dead one belongs only to the Creator of life Who has life in Himself and Who is free to give it and to take it back {John 1:1–18; 5:17–47; 6:40–51, 63; 10:1–18, 27–30; 11:25–44; 14; 17}.

Only after God appeared to them and opened their heart for understanding, they became the true believers; only after they received the greatest gift of God – the Holy Spirit {Luke 12:49; 24:13–49; John 14; 15; 16; Acts 1:1–8; 2:1–43}, they became the true laborers of God through whom the Christianity was established at the earth and the earthly foundation of Εκκλησια of God with His people – the Christian Church – became the actuality for every Christian {Acts; The Epistles}.

What then, is faith, and how the one can obtain the faith in God?

Faith begins with an ability to admit that the visible perceivable reality is just a surface: the ability to see beyond the limits of the material world, to perceive the presence of eternal God the Spirit and the Creator behind the splendor and harmony of life manifested through temporal material things.

Faith in God the Spirit and materialism as faith in eternal indestructible matter are not compatible:

–– the many, especially the arrogant and proud ones with access to weapons, armies, hierarchies, and other means of coercion and intimidation, are confident in the power of their earthly possessions; they identify themselves as the elite and the power of this world because of their social, political, economical, and other advantages: they live only by perceivable material things, think in the terms of the physical power, and rely on the power of coercion – social, political, and religious hierarchies, weapons and armies

–– the blessing and abundance of the spiritual life – worship God the Spirit in spirit and truth, knowledge and wisdom bestowed by the Holy Wisdom, the Word–God, are given freely to the humble and meek one who knows that he is a creation of God Who makes and fashions him according to His will, that he {as Isaiah the prophet writes in: Isaiah 45:8–12; 64:8–9} is in the hands of God like the clay is in the hands of the Potter.

Indeed, the comparison to the lamp of clay points to understanding of the purposes of the human reasoning/intelligence: to carry the Light and Wisdom of God and to embody them into own life and life of the world – both created because of the will of God. Consequently, the mind that pursues such purposes

Is entirely focused on God

is devoted to comprehension of knowledge of God

creates thoughts, words, and plans of actions/deeds for accomplishment of the commandments/words of God

is empowered to perceive the LightΣ129 in Whom the mind sees the earth and the eternity

becomes the carrier of the Light and Wisdom of God

achieves the completion of a child of God the Father of lights

{Psalm 17(18):28; 35(36):9; Matthew 5:14–16; Mark 4:21; John 1:1–5, 9; 9:5; 14:6;

James 1:17–18; Ephesians 2:8–10; Revelation 21:1–4; 22:5}

The faith is ignited within the heart–mind of the one who seeks God with the sincere desire to find the path to the Creator and to obtain everlasting life in His kingdom, who understands that God is all of man, who has ceased the works of the evil and began to do the works of the good, who follows the ways of righteousness and justice pleasing to God, who seeks knowledge of God and wisdom as the greatest treasure that the one can have. Then, the Holy Wisdom, the Light that is the Truth and the Way and the Life of man, illuminates the darkness of the creature of earth/clay making him capable of becoming the child of Light – a child of the eternal God {John 1:1–13; 9:5–7; 10:30; 14:6, 23}. That happens if the human reasoning/mind reaches the optimal state: faith. Then, if faith, which is the state of the direct connection with God, is ignited, the phase of human evolution that must be done at the earth – within the temporal world of the material things, is initiated.

And I think that the phenomenon of faith facilitates understanding of the meaning of earthly evolution – the work that the human mind must accomplish during the time at the earth, if it desires to enter the everlasting life with God. Faith is the beginning of the eternity, because it connects the creation with eternal God the Creator, and as such, faith does not have limits and temporal restrictions typical for everything that is a part of the temporal restricted world.

For instance, for the Christians who live today and for the Christians who lived centuries ago the world is no different: they all have the same greatest treasure – the same love and blessing of God {John 17:17–26} coming through the faith, because they believe in Lord God Jesus Christ, although they have not seen God in the same way as His disciples did {in: John 1:1–18, 34–51; 17:6–20; 1 John 1:1–4}.

The world of men is different, especially for those who live in the world without Christ, and not only because the fog of the evil already covered the most part of the earth; moreover, it intensifies daily transforming existence under control of the evil into the inferno of the ancient Phoenicians, in which the lost souls wander without sense and purpose, without hope to find the way to the light and life, without love and mercy.

Three factors define the difference between two worlds: the earth before coming of Christ the Messiah and the earth after first coming of the Word–God – Christ the Redeemer:

1/ availability of knowledge of God – the Gospels, the Christian teachings that carries the message of Light and eternal life [[before coming of Christ, the Word–God, this knowledge was not given]]

2/ a choice, a possibility of either acceptance or disregard of the Christian teachings, therefore, either accomplishment of the will of God or ultimate rejection of the will of God Who sent His Son that the world might be saved through Him and none of His creations would perish in the darkness {John 3:16–21; 6:28–29, 38–40}

3/ a division among the people, because the Word–God has brought upon the earth the sword that penetrates the deepest structures of the mind revealing its true essence and its worthiness for the purposes of God and the fire that purifies the chosen ones by annihilating within them the seeds of the evil and sin. The sword, the Word of God and the Fire, the Holy Spirit, transform men of earth into children of God.

This division triggered the fiercest war among those ever waged by men: the war of the servants of the arch–evil against Christians – the children of God.

The war against Christianity becomes more cruel and inhumane with each dayΣr3, and not only for those who endure physical suffering, persecutions, and execution for the Christian faith. The inner war with spiritual evils intensifies, especially for those who perceive injustice and inhumanity with all intensity of feelings and vision that only righteousness and knowledge of God could sustain. In this war, just the one who literally follows the teachings of Christ is able to survive: to preserve mental health and sanity within the insane world, in which

medieval atrocities of the Inquisition, the barbaric cruelty and bestiality based on the heathenism and false religions

became the daily reality of the many

corruption, perversion, and inhumanity took the place of righteousness, virtues, human ideals, mercy and love

madness of freely chosen degeneration and destruction claims the place of the norm

It means that the time of the last reckoning came when everything is given for the free and ultimate choice of each living creature:

either

to accept the Light and Life, enter the kingdom of God, and obtain life everlasting in the presence of God

or

to reject God, become the servant of arch–evil, and share its destiny – death, the eternal separation from God

Yet, still, the Light of Christ is shining in the darkness, and the blessed ones come to this Light and through Him enter the eternity with God.

How then, the believers can share their greatest treasure with those who seek God, whose souls are thirsty for God more than a body is thirsty for the water in wasted dry desert?

How to assist those who have no faith, if

they do not know what is faith

the skeptical “scientific” mind, godless societies, and totalitarian regimes identify religion as sickness, mental disorder, and abnormality

in Islamic countries and countries with totalitarian regimes, the Christians suffer persecution and death for their faith and for following the commandment of God to communicate the Gospels, even the Holy Bible is banned, and common punishment for those who converted into Christianity is death?

Indeed, for the one who holds physical survival as the main priority and the world of the matter as the only reality of existence, for the one who is rich with the possessions of this world [[e.g., confidence in knowledge of the material things and the power of coercion, wealth, social and political status]], who relies on the armies, weapon, power of coercion and deceit, there is no reason to seek the Christian faith, as well as there is no hope to find it.

There is no human mediator between God the Father and His creations: only through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God, the one comes to God. Furthermore, coming to Lord Jesus Christ is the will of God the Father, Who knows His chosen ones before the beginning of times: only through Lord God Jesus Christ man comes to his Creator – God is the Beginning and the End {John 6:65; 14:6; 17; 1 Peter 1; Romans 8:28–30; 11:36; Revelation 1:8; 21:6; 22:13}.

Thus, for the one who seeks understanding of the meaning of existence and its purposes, the starting point of the road might be desire to understand the human nature; with understanding of the human nature, the one discovers the presence of God the Creator within own soul–heart–mind. None is capable of such understanding if God Himself does not give it; none is able to take the one’s hand and to bring him to God. Only own free choice and own life – thoughts, words, deeds bring the one to God.

Then, the only thing what the one believing can do for the others who seek the road to God is to convey them the Gospels and, when they are ready to become the Christians, to baptize them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, as it was commanded by God {Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:15–16}. Then, they take their own phase of the road to God, their own preparation for the eternity.

Only if God wills so, the one comes to Lord Jesus Christ, and through Him – to God the Father; only by the will of God the one is renewed becoming the first fruit of certain creations, which as a seed in the soil, begin their development in the temporal world of the matter and evolve into the new creations capable to enter the eternity with God.

If there is no faith within the one’s heart–mind yet, but there is a desire to become the believer – the one has come to the beginning of the road to God.

If the desire to find God is true longing of the soul–heart–mind {e.g., Proverbs 2:3–12}, the one should pray –– ask for understanding, and everything needed shall be given to him, because the Lord said:

Ask and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find, knock and it will be open.

For each one that asks receives, and the one that seeks find, and to the one knocking it will be opened

{Matthew 7:7–8; Luke 11:9–10}.

From the practical point of view, to seek God means firstly, to read the Gospels that convey knowledge of God; to knock means to accept the words and commandments of God as the foundation for own thoughts, words, and deeds.

If the one begins to observe the commandments of God, especially, the main ones: to love God with all his soul, heart, mind, with all understanding and strengths, and to love the others as he loves himself {Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:25–28}, by the grace – mercy and love of God {John 1:17–18}, and because of the Absolute Good of God – all embracing all–forgiving Perfect Love without fear and suffering, the one will receive the guidance of God Himself, as He promised to His followers, along with encouragement, healing of the soul, and salvation {Isaiah 42:16; 43:1–13; John 1:1–18; 3:16–21; 6:44–69; 10:27–30; 12:26, 44–50; 14; 15:26–27; 16:7–15, 27; 17; 1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John; Romans 8}.

Hence, he will be healed from sin, spiritual blindness and deafness; he will be given the understanding and the inner vision, which are the features of a child of God who is born of God the Spirit, and which differentiate a child of God from man of flesh {John 1:12–13; 3:3–21; Romans 8:1–39}.

Then, he will discover that the Kingdom of God is within his own soul–heart–mind; this discovery shall encourage his self–identification as of the one who has been transformed

from

a slave of sin and death

into

a child of God who is loved by God and welcomed in God’s household

similarly to the prodigal sonΣ23

who was welcomed back into the house of the loving and all–forgiving Father

{Luke 15:11–32; John 8:31–36; 14:1–26; 17:24}

In conclusion, the one could infer that awakening of faith in the mind of the unbeliever might be likening to healing of the blind and deaf one and to setting free the prisoner of darkness enslaved by sin {Psalm 106(107):10–20; Isaiah 6:9–11; Matthew 9:2–13; Mark 2:9–17; 4:11–12; John 8:31–36; 9}:

the mind, which is immersed into the material perceivable by senses world composed of the material things, opens the “eyes” for seeing the immaterial Light that leads to the eternity

the call of God breaks through deafness of the mind and empowers the one to take the path to God:

a/ to be healed and to be set free from chains of sin and ignorance

b/ to come out of the tomb: out of the world, in which cognition of the evil is possible and which, therefore, is controlled by the ultimate evil – death

c/ to begin following God and to enter the world of the living.

The ability to hear the call of God and to perceive His Light is followed with initiation of the abilities to accept the knowledge of the eternity given by the Word–God, to conquer the evil, and to do the works of God; these abilities signify transformation of a mortal being of dust into the immortal being created to dwell with God {cf.: Genesis 3:19; John 1:12–13; 14:12–28; James 1:18; Revelation 21:3–7; 22:3–5}.

The story of St. Thomas the Apostle is given as special encouragement for the unbelieving ones; it explains that for the unbelievers, there still is the hope to come to God and to obtain the everlasting life, the road to which starts with faith. For the beginning, they should

open their mind to assumption that there could be something else behind the surfaces of the material things

acknowledge a possibility that they have been either deprived of knowledge of God or indifferent to it

feel a desire to find God

begin reading of the Gospels and Epistles of the Apostles of Lord Jesus Christ

keep in mind that the Lord said:

Ask and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find, knock and it will be open.

For each one that asks receives, and the one that seeks find, and to the one knocking it will be opened

{Matthew 7:7–8; Luke 11:9–10}

Then, the blessing of God – the faithΣr4 as the substance of all expectations and the evidence of the unseen {Hebrews 11:1} will become the state of the mind opening to the one the road into the eternity with God…

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Notes:

Σr1 See The Stumbling Ones reprint in Note 124 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σr2 See Note 125 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σr3 See Note 133 to Selections_&_Reprints

Σr4 See Concept of Faith – Supplement 2 to Selections_&_Reprints

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Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils. Ed. Norman P. Tanner. London and Washington, DC: Sheed & Ward, Georgetown University Press, 1990.

Origen. Origen, Spirit and Fire. A Thematic Anthology of his Writings by Hans Urs von Balthasar. Trans. Rober J. Daly, S.J. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1984.

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