Encouragement to Affection (Prelude): Christian society is inundated with deceptive philosophy that seeks to undermine the brilliance of mind that God has given abundantly. Will you not take the time to analyze what interpretation you are residing upon?; that interpretation could be one of raising a heightened awareness of Truth; but rather not let it be upon an interpretation that is one of the natural brute beast’s perception that only distinguishes right from wrong: God forbid we believe the Truth is a game of right and wrong; God forbid we receive His Word without good conscience; God forbid we approach the Word with the kind of dumb assumptions that typify the zealot without wisdom, and not the wise man with zeal.
Let the Philosopher return to the Christian Church with vengeance,
and let him hammer for Truth.
May God damn the mindless Christianity of our age,
but may we love our brothers and sisters with the ferocity fit for the King.
Beasts possess personhood (fysikόs psychē i.e. natural soul). They possess a fleshly body of distinct animal kind, spirit that is breath (ruach), and soul of living form (Job 12:10;) the beastly-soul is identified as following: (1) not of the same human significance i.e. comparably diminished (2) of living form (mental perception, sensation, reasonableness, etc.) and (3) speculative immortality/mortality; but yet, they do not possess the (1) esteem of being created in the imago Dei i.e. the physical-actual imago Dei, nor do they possess (2) the ability of themselves to reason their soul through language in explicit human fashion, nor do they possess (3) the degree of moral awareness that homo sapiens do. In truth, the designations of body, soul, and spirit are given to the beast (fysikόs psychē), whereas humans occupy a necessary triunity with divisions amidst soul (i.e. the exceeding form-life of bestial form-life) and spirit (Heb. 4:12, Luke 10:27), and the absolute privilege of being made in the imago Dei. Nevertheless, triune personhood is not defined solely through the esteem of dominion, or the ability to reason soul through language as some do, nor the moral awareness of humans: triune personhood is defined upon the necessary triunity of being regardless of the degree to which the triunity is expressed or inoculated. Understanding the personhood of beasts is crucial to understand the exceedingly high personhood of man—when the animal kingdom is elevated, man’s dominion is elevated; when man’s dominion is elevated, then the immensely sacred person of man is elevated. The persuasion is that beasts do possess a triune nature, and consequently, ethics should be proposed for the benefit of both man and beast in society.
The beastly-flesh of land was formed from the dust of the earth; let us entertain that the beastly being was breathed on-in spirit; and soon the beast became a living soul i.e. the fysikόs psychē of living form comparable to a human’s living form. Do we have sufficient reason to believe that beasts were not fashioned this way?—with the only principled exception being that man was made in the image of God? What is the imago Dei and why does man get this role? I submit to you that it is not simply because man has a triune nature of which this role is attained, but rather that it is because of man’s physical image. Beasts can undoubtedly occupy a triune nature, however, they cannot occupy the imago Dei. In the sense that metaphoric principles are applied (i.e. “Lamb of God,” “Lion of the Tribe of Judah,” “’Living Beings,’” etc.), then we may entertain the idea and apply theoretical ideas to the image of God, but with regard to the True Reality of God’s image in actual human-bodily manifestation, we are then wise to affirm that the “The Word [when] became flesh” is indicative of man-flesh, not beast-flesh (John 1:1). Contrary to the thought of many scholastic philosophers, the intellect of man is not the sole reflection of the imago Dei: the imago Dei is principally the physical appearance of the invisible God that manifests in human likeness of body. Yet further, given the exceeding wise nature of animal behavior (Prov. 30:24), we cannot be certain that animals do not possess some sense of natural intellection. Yet even further, we cannot be certain (inasmuch as we know now) that scientific achievement has shown that animals do possess intellect. Withstanding the aforementioned, the discussion of animal personhood remains a distinctly theological and philosophical undertaking—with the foremost emphasis upon the philosophy of analytics in scriptural writings.
Undoubtedly the Preacher holds the Word true when he declares, in view of this temporal life, that: “Humans have no advantage over the animal;” (Ecc. 3:19) and yet, why do we assume preeminence, instead of a proper understanding of dominion wherewith we govern through our language of reason, our moral fiber, and capable physical image whereby we may perceive the ethics of ourselves in the regeneration of Holy Spirit? What is the ethic? The ethic is Rational Compassion: a thought-ethic which seeks to conjoin Siddhartha’s compassion for all living beings, and Solomon’s profession of discerning time and judgment (Ecc. 8:5). Rational Compassion is the withholding of alternate consciousness for the benefit of All; Rational Compassion is promulgation of gentleness through limited assumption in wisdom from above for Love’s chief end; it is the necessary coupling of will and intellect through mind’s reason on behalf of the imago Dei. Rational Compassion is a High Order ethic, and while not a pragmatist’s approach, it is indeed a Higher Order of thought-ethic.
Life can be immensely difficult. It can be even more difficult when you are alone.
In the book of Genesis, Adam finds himself in a similar situation.
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou latest thereof thou shalt surely die”
The Law, if you will, was handed to Adam to be understood and to be carried out. Later, in the next verse, we see the introduction of Woman into the mixture:
“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18).
Adam is given a responsibility. He is given the job of protecting the woman, Eve, from temptation. Because Adam was initially told the Law by God Himself, Adam has a huge responsibility placed upon him! Not only is he responsible for protecting Eve, but he is also responsible for himself not following after Eve if she were to sin!
A theologian once remarked, “Adam was not deceived by the serpent. Adam sinned because he was unwilling to disassociate himself from the only companion he had.” This hits home for many of us. Christ, being God, willingly gave His life so that the world may be reconciled to Him. It certainly appears that God has given man the authority to die for His wife- but should we say this is the best decision? It does not seem so.
The prophet Jonah is often described as the “runaway prophet”. God called Jonah to preach a message to the city of Nineveh, but instead Jonah transversed across the known world in order to get away from the calling on his life. The book of Jonah ends in a poetic and inspiring manner:
Jonah preaches to Nineveh (3:3); Nineveh repents of its wickedness (3:5); Jonah becomes angry and upset with God because he did precisely what Jonah thought he would do by sparing the city (4:1): Jonah becomes suicidal, telling God “[he] is angry to the point of death…[saying] it is better to die than to live…” (4:8); then concluding with God’s thoughts on the whole matter, “And should I not spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also as much cattle?” (4:11).
How often have you come across a situation like Jonah’s? Has God called you to a great task? Perhaps God is calling you to repentance? Is not God calling you to repentance…?
I have dealt exhaustingly on the subject of “calling” and “career”. It is a subject of unbelief for many, just like it was with Jonah. Jonah indeed had a grand calling, but he allowed his unbelief to detour him from such a calling. Often times, it appears unbelief causes many to shy away from the amazing calling God has placed in our hearts. The Bible says, “God has placed eternity into the hearts of men” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) so are you fulfilling that eternal call? What are you doing (or not doing) that is in regards to that eternal call?
Just as the “runaway prophet” struggled to obey God in a grand matter, so do we often disobey God in our grand matters! If we do disobey God in such grand callings, how much more do we disobey God in the smaller callings?
The answer I believe is illustrated by an account of the great preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Spurgeon is said to have most sincerely come to the point of conversion when he was fifteen years old because of a simple message in Isaiah 45:
Look to the Lord and be saved
The Gospel, my friends, is not complicated but it is indeed a narrow passage due to the resistance of the natural man’s heart. All we must do is simply look to Christ, confess, believe, and be saved.
Speaking in the name of Christ is something that can be misunderstood. It is not the call of religion, but of wisdom and love that compels man to speak most sincerely for the cause of Christ. It is not a delusion that compels man to speak in the name of Christ, but a desire to share the truth. Such a compelling nature is a good foundation for apologetics, being that the foundation of truth rests solely on the Person of Christ; The being of truth, the Word of the Ancient- God Almighty. This desire to speak on behalf of the truth is represented well in the story of Telemachus:
Telemachus was a monk who lived during the time of the Roman empire during the early 5th century. Upon arriving at Rome, beckoned there from his monastic life, he witnessed the depravity of the Roman pagan lifestyle- to include the Gladiatorial combat that took place in the Coliseum.
Upon witnessing the senseless bloodshed that took place in the Coliseum, he cried out, “IN THE NAME OF CHRIST, STOP THIS!” His voice echoed throughout the Coliseum and pin-drop silence followed his proclamation. He became a spectacle; running down into the arena-pit shouting in desperation “IN THE NAME OF CHRIST! STOP THIS!” After an interlude, one of the gladiator’s pushed him aside and rammed a spear into his chest, causing blood to gush from the man’s body.
As he crouched over, bleeding profusely, the whole Coliseum heard him say one last time, “In the name of Christ… stop this…”
Slowly, the people began to get up and walk out of the Coliseum… ashamed.
In our society, it can be difficult to stand-up for the truth.
The truth of that stance is often ridicule and mockery, even by those we may consider our friend.
This post is written in truth, from a place within the soul and spirit of this writer; grounded within the contextual freedom of the Word of God. The topic of the message comes from a personal experience of the forsaking nature of sin, and of the deceptive nature of the heart. It explores questions such as, what is a blessing?; what truly is forgiveness?; why is forgiveness a blessing with so much weight and power it can bring you to your knees in humility before God Almighty? As I write, the Spirit of God has moved me to unleash a Word to you, a Word that will enable you to RUN RELENTLESSLY into the arms of Jesus Christ. Lord, in the name of Jesus, release your people from the bondages of condemnation, oppression, offense and self-pity! Amen.
A blessing is defined as God’s favor and protection. (Psalm 5:12) It is not about consecration, which involves the process of setting apart oneself from evil, but rather it is the active walk of righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ and the blessing of God to continue to do so! Forgiveness is the incredulous ability to see past the misgivings of a person; to see past their inadequacies and their inability to do good– and love them still. (Colossians 3:13) However, love is not a “face” we put on in an attempt to “be ok” with someone. From that spawns actions that are not wholesome, and words that are filled with corruption; But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. (Matthew 15:18). How does one prevent this corruption of speech? One major aspect is the proper alignment of the person. Man is body, soul, and spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:23) When the soul of a person, heart, conscience, mind and emotions is standing in place of the Spirit of a person- then there is misalignment. A person whom relies on their soul as the operator of their lives is out of alignment with the design of the Creator- who desires the soul be placed either underneath or behind the Spirit-man.
Forgiveness, is the ability to recognize the complete brokenness of a person, and still love them with the fire of Christ. The blessing of forgiveness is the protection God gives to you through the wonderful gift of forgiveness.
What then, is the point? The point my friends, is in the unbridled passion of God in giving YOU complete forgiveness. (1 John 1:9) When you pray and seek the face of God in the REALITY of Himself, the Holy Spirit will open your mind to receive these truths, which will humble you before God! Humility is obedience to God’s commands, not self-denial. Along with forgiveness he gave you righteousness, but that I believe is for another post (sermon, message, blog) you name it!
There is much more to be said, I am afraid however that I would never stop writing. Let me leave you with an exhortation from the Word of God:
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, (Ephesians 4:17-21)
God bless your family. More to come!
It may appear to represent one thing, but in truth it is the attachment one has to the things of this world. The world deals with systems, human and demonic-engineered beliefs and ideologies that display a false-representation of the regenerative and true kingdom of God. Those things come in many shapes, sizes, ideas, colors, blends of emotions, representations of reality; generally anything that sets itself up against the knowledge and Kingdom of God.
I do not know about you; I trust you at your word…but I certainly do not want to live in conformity to things that will pass away. Why would you cling to material things when you can have a mind that moves and flows eternally with the Nature of God?
Noam Chomsky, a professor at MIT, is known for his work in understanding the difference in animal vs. human communication He made a remarkable distinction. Although animals are capable of communication, their scale of communication is conceivably finite- they are unable to achieve an indefinite variety of communication. Humans, Chomsky notes, are able to express themselves through language in an indefinite manner!
Animals have a set pattern of communication:
Humans have an indefinite communicative ability through language, (such as a humans ability to construct sentences that have never been developed before):
The very colorful and slightly yellow african bush dog likes to use his specialized monocle to tinker and forge new gems of beauty for his collection.
Do not be conformed to a mode of being that others deem as necessary or as cool. Do not be conformed to what society tells you is ok and respectable. Do not be carried off by every gust of wind that blows, instead, be firm and stand strong during those gusts of wind. For even in a hurricane there is a calm and a peace. So too must we remain through the peace of Christ that rules in our hearts.
Remembering what the apostle Paul said:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)