Monday, January 24, 2011
For those still living in the world and not developing a deeper spiritual life it's a whole different problem. Of course first they must be encourage to come closer to Christ and His Church. The more they do this, the more they will find that they are gradually losing their taste and interest in these profane things, even if they aren't interested in monastic life.
With our children we simply forbade this kind of music and exposed them to classical music from a young age, also taking them to concerts, opera, etc. We allowed the less harmful music from the pre-60's, and also Broadway Musicals. But this is up to parents, if they can or will discipline themselves enough and love their children enough to protect them.
As with so much concerning the younger generation, we can only pray for them, try to give the best model and example possible, and believe that they are under the mercy of God. But I'll tell you, if I were starting married and family life all over again, I don't think I would have children. Those that are already born will be martyrs, either psychologically or literally, I'm afraid, if they adhere to Christ. But as the Lord tells us in Scripture, "Little children, it is the end....Be not afraid, for it hath pleased the Father to give you the Kingdom." --Fr. A
Sunday, January 16, 2011
According to the Mayo Clinic, personality or mental disorders are what used to be called “character disorders” when we were more truly a Judeo- Christian culture. (Now, of course, we are a “pseudo-scientific culture.”) In Orthodox spirituality we would call a character disorder a “character flaw”—something to be worked on, changed, modified, and, if possible, eliminated. But by no means hopeless and certainly not to be ignored or neglected.
But in general, a personality disorder is a type of illness in which one has trouble perceiving and relating to situations and to people — including oneself. Also, there are many specific types of personality disorders, of which narcissism is only just one—or was, until it was eliminated from the handbook of mental illnesses.
Someone with a personality disorder has a rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking and behaving no matter what the situation. This leads to significant problems and limitations in relationships, social encounters, work and school. In many cases, one doesn’t realize there is a personality disorder because one’s way of thinking and behaving seems natural, and others are blamed for the problems being faced. How this can not be seen as a mental illness is a mystery to me, but in any case it remains for Christians a spiritual illness and a sin, regardless of what the mental health industry says.
But it confirms something very disturbing about us: that we a seriously disordered and narcissistic culture and society, that we blame anyone and everyone else for our current problems, that we are self-absorbed, self-centered, and often paranoid. We have only to look at our politicians and our celebrities—both in the entertainment media and in sports—to see what we, as a people, value most. These pathetic creatures are our models, our heroes! They are the ones our children look up to, admire, and want to imitate. God help us all.
Severe narcissism causes much suffering both to the victim of this illness and to those who love him or her. It is the narcissist’s refusal to accept responsibility for his behavior and actions that cause so much pain for others. And it is his projecting of his own repressed feelings of self-loathing onto others and lashing out at as a sort of dumping or discarding of those pent up emotions that erode the self-worth of those around the narcissist. Eventually, they begin to question their own sanity.
I had to laugh when I saw another article, appropriately headlined, that the elimination of narcissism as a mental disorder is a “A Fate That Narcissists Will Hate: Being Ignored”!
Psychologically, narcissism is a pattern of traits and behaviors which represent infatuation and obsession with one's self to the virtual exclusion of others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one's gratification, dominance and ambition.
Narcissism begins in childhood, actually as a normal part of development, but it becomes a coping mechanism for those who never outgrow it--a coping mechanism protecting the narcissist from earlier childhood experiences of feeling rejected, unloved, uncared for, hurt and punished.
This disorcer is named after the ancient mythological figure, Narcissus. The Roman poet Ovid tells us that a young girl named Echo fell in love with a vain youth named Narcissus. Worried for her son’s welfare, his mother consulted a prophet regarding his future. The prophet said, Narcissus "will live to a ripe old age, as long as he never knows himself."
One day, when Narcissus was out hunting, Echo followed the handsome youth through the woods, longing to address him but unable to speak first. When Narcissus heard her footsteps he shouted "Who goes there?" Echo answered "...goes there? ...goes there?" And so it went, until finally Echo showed herself and rushed to embrace Narcissus. But he pulled away and left her heartbroken; she spent the rest of her life lonely and pining away. Only her voice remained.
However, Narcissus then became thirsty and went to drink from a stream. As he saw his reflection, he fell in love with it, not knowing that it was he himself. As he bent down to kiss it, it seemed to "run away" and he was heartbroken. He grew thirstier but he wouldn't touch the water for fear of damaging his reflection, so he eventually died of thirst, still staring at his own reflection. The narcissus flower is named after him because, according to the Greek myth, it grew from the spot where Narcissus died. But in the Roman version it is suggested that Narcissus was transformed into this particular flower.
As I already pointed out, from an Orthodox standpoint, narcissism is a character flaw and a serious spiritual problem. Severe narcissism used to be regarded, as already stated, as a devastating mental illness. But the fact is that most of us suffer, to one degree or another, from narcissism, even though it may not be severe. It is to “the rest of us” that I address the remainder of my comments this morning.
Keeping in mind that Orthodox Christianity is primarily a therapeutic spirituality—that is a spiritual system or practice whose purpose is to cure, heal, and restore to mental and spiritual health--n Orthodox therapeutics narcissism is called “vainglory.” Some say that this is a separate sin from Pride, but St. John of the Ladder says that these two are related, for, as he writes, “what pride remains in a man who has conquered vainglory?” (“The Ladder of Divine Ascent”) The great Western Father of the Church, St. Gregory the Great, Pope of Rome, also combines vainglory with pride. But St. John of the Ladder was one of the earliest Fathers to identify narcissism or vainglory as an actual character flaw or illness, and did so a millennia and half before Freud and Jung and the other pseudo-scientist of our time. St. John knew that vainglory is “the difference between a child and a man, between wheat and bread,” and he bluntly labeled it “the unholy vice of self-esteem, the beginning and completion of the passions.” (Ibid.)
Fortunately for us, St. John not only diagnoses this spiritual disease, but he also prescribes an antidote to this poison. First, he makes sure that we understand completely that “until the very day of [our] burial [vainglory or narcissism] rejoices in clothes, oils, servants, perfumes, and such like.” In other words, it is always there, just under the surface, waiting to emerge in the fullness of vainglory. In this case, St. John says that vainglory or narcissism is “a worm”, and he reminds us that “a worm, fully grown, often sprouts wings and can fly up high. Vainglory, fully grown, can give birth to pride, which is the beginning and the end of all evil.” (Ibid.)
With that clearly in mind, St. John then explains that the way to be free of this sickness is through meekness, simplicity and avoidance of hypocrisy.
The Lord said of Himself, "I am meek and lowly in heart." (Matthew 11:29-30) According to St. Paul, meekness is one of the gifts of the Spirit and it is the mother of humility. Meekness in our culture has come to mean “weakness”, even cowardliness—a kind of false humility, such as is so well portrayed by Dickens in the character of Uriah Heep in “David Copperfield.” But this is not the “meekness” of which Scripture speaks. Sometimes the Greek word for meekness is translated as “gentleness,” which is rather nice, but also implies a kind of weakness. But the truly meek person is not self-willed - not continually concerned with self, getting his own ways, ideas, and wishes, setting his own agenda. Meekness is the opposite of self-will, self-interest, and self-assertiveness. In Christian spirituality this is a sign, not of weakness, but of character strength. The meek person realizes his sinfulness and therefore he is willing to depend on God to meet His needs. It is the opposite of pride, haughtiness, and self-exaltation.
The second part of St. John’s antidote to the poison of narcissism is simplicity, which someone once defined as knowing when one more rock would be too many, and one less rock would be too few. But it’s not just knowing the right number of rocks; it’s also knowing which rocks are right, and how to arrange them. Thus the perfection of a Zen rock garden, a well decorated home, a lifestyle that is outwardly free of clutter, mess, disorder, and inwardly free of anxiety and complications. As they say in AA, “Keep it simple, stupid.”
And finally, the third and final ingredient in St. John’s antidote: avoidance of hypocrisy. Simply put in spiritual terms, hypocrisy means to present yourself as honest, upright and moral to the same degree that you are willing to put others down and for not having the same values, when in fact you are no where near what you pretend to be--you are in fact doing what you have reprimanded others for.
So this is the antidote to narcissism: meekness, simplicity, and avoidance of hypocrisy. As St. John says, “If you have the strength to take this step, do not lose heart. For now you are imitating Christ your Master, and you have been saved’” !
The fact that the mental health industry has eliminated narcissism as a disorder or mental illness in our country gives us, you and me, another reason to turn resolutely from the dominant culture around us (as if we didn’t have enough reasons already!) and begin the hard work of spiritual labor on ourselves. Remember: we are an incomplete work of art until we start to cooperate with the great artist, the Lord God Almighty, and begin to polish out the flaws and the vices in our hearts, minds, and souls.
In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The Fathers describe a transition in the life of prayer and this is the descent of the 'nous' into the heart. The nous is the eye of the heart and when it returns to the heart, it sees intuitively as in a mirror the heavenly vision.
When this first happened to me, I was utterly amazed and discovered that my daily routine of prayer facilitated the daily return of the nous to the heart.
After a period of time I noticed that, whereas my 'nous' would descend into the rest, it was not a given, that it would be seated in the rest. The rest of God beckoned me on, but I discovered that I would find my thoughts going this way and that, or else I was really desiring to be somewhere else than in hesychastic prayer. I discovered that when the Lord showed me these things, He was showing me subtle idolatries that emanated from my heart, and which required simple confession. And as they were confessed the beatitude of the Stillness would come and then I would find perfect rest and contement simply to be before the Father, ineffably, in Christ.
The Stillness, then, served as a perfect backdrop as it were, to reveal the idolatrous motions of my heart and to offer them to the Lord for His dispositions.
Have you ever been to a four star hotel? Perfect appointments, impeccably clean, every possible creature comfort at your disposal.... the same with the services delivered by our airlines. Fantastic service can be rendered. Yet in both these instances the driving force is not love but competition and the desire to make a profit. I do not know your experience but even in such perfect circumstances there is a vacuum of the spirit, that leaves one empty. The service, though impeccable, does not reach to the deepest levels of our need for beatitude, the beatitude that only love can bring to our souls.
It is recorded in I Corinthians 13 that without love nothing we do is ultimately profitable. When we turn my attention to the world of manufacturing where I work, I see the same principle at work.There is a considerable degree of restiveness amongst some of the employees; though the pay is 'competitive' with similar work in similar companies, and the benefits as well, there is a sense of deep dissatisfaction. And I believe that sense of dissatisfaction comes down to the fact, though it has not been articulated by the employees, that they are being used as a means to an end, and are not a part of the 'end' of the company. The company is in the pursuit of maximum profitability, and part of their formula is keeping the employees happy enough so that the end of maximum profitability can be reached. But human beings do not find their deepest needs of affiliation met with mammon and material security- they need love to live in a state of beatitude. Yet the corporatist model, corporatist capitalism, functions to produce maximum profitability.
Likewise, management at our work has a certain degree of restiveness with the employees. Our CEO addressed our shift. They had had round tables where employee grievances were expressed, and some were not placated by the things that were offered to the employees and they expressed those grievances. The CEO came back with a 'love the company, or leave it' sort of speech. And as I have thought about it, the CEO as well, was suffering for a want of love from the employees. And it is the truth that not only does the company treat the employees as a means to an end, but the employees treat the company as a means to an end as well, for they are working, not out of love for the company and its mission and for management with whom they co-labor, but are working to get money- they are treating the company and management as a means to an end as well, and not loving management or the mission of the company.
How can an employee avoid using their employer as a means to an end? It requires faith and hope and love. Christ taught us that He would take care of our material needs as we sought to live for Him first. Living for Him first means that we love God supremely and our neighbor as ourselves. For an employee that means working for the employer not in order to obtain an income primarily but as an expression of love to God and of love for neighbor, who in this case, is the boss. Because the employee is looking to God for his provision, he is free to love in the workplace by producing an excellent service. How can an employee love even in a company whose management is using him as a means to an end, a company that is committed to corporatist capitalism? The Christian employee recognizes that his daily calling is to deny self, and take up his cross, and follow Christ. To take up the cross of an unpleasant work environment is folly to those who do not know the Lord but to those who know the wisdom of the cross, know that all crosses have been transfigured by Christ's cross, so that they become the very portals to personal transfiguration unto participation in the Divine Nature.
The two corporate models are diametrically opposed. Commonweal capitalism is service and sacrifice oriented. The management works to the end of the service of their customers and to the well-being of their employees. There must be an implicit faith in such a view, that in doing the right thing, that a way will be made in an otherwise hostile world, a world where the other model, corporatist capitalism dominates. The latter's model is the domination of others as a means to an end and the production of a product in order to extract good from the customers. It inspires management to be willing to sacrifice their employees if need be to achieve maximum profitability, and inspires the employees to do less than their optimum, out of self-interest, as their work is only a means to material security. It is a terrible model that leaves all dissatisfied.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ offers us the only clear image in contrast to the world's model of living. The King of King and Lord of Lord's took the form of a servant in order to bring us all the well-being that came from His love for us. He leads us by the ultimate sacrifice. In contrast the leaders of the world promise us the world, but despoil us, and unless they are saints fall prey to the predatory habits of those in control and devour us for as much as they can get away with.
I suggest that we all come to Jesus and learn of His ways. Let us make our sandwiches with love.
Friday, December 17, 2010
In marked contrast the Source of All in Christian thought was the Person of the Father who derived freely from all Eternity, the person of the Logos, and the person of the Spirit, as well as the common Nature that belonged to all equally. Thus from All Eternity there was not an Impersonal Absolute, but a Person who amplified Himself in Eternity into a Communion of Persons. So, the eternal absolute, if you will in Christian thought was a Communion of Persons, and one in which the Three equaled One. The ground of all being was a Communion of Persons, that gave ontological ground to both the notion of the person and also of the possibility of geniune community and the overcoming of existential isolation as isolated existents.
This ontological uniqueness of Christian faith was derived from Scripture, Old and New Testaments, which utilized neo-platonic terms, but did not succumb to neo-platonic categories, but redeemed, if you will greek theological speculations by the impetus of revelation.
Christian revelation also fulfilled the apophatic impulses of Greek thought that nevertheless was never able to escape the limitations of thought and syllogism, to conceive of any existence utterly different from the created. Reason and logic are qualities of the created order, and if the Transcendent can be conceived by reason and logic, then it ceases to be transcendent and we fail utterly to conceive anything beyond our experience. Greek thought usually was followed by to an Impersonal Abolute, the One. Greek thought was captive to the created order and could not point to anything beyond.
Christian revelation came on the scene and redeemed the captivity of Greek thought, first by positing the ground of Being as a Communion of Persons, but more so by a Communion of Persons where three equals one. It does not submit to human reason, nor to mathematical verities, and points to an existence beyond the Created order and incomprehensible to it. Christian revelation redeemed the Greek captivity to creation.
But if we were left only with a Transcendent God, how could there be revelation? How can it be that the God who could not be known, reveal Himself. Orthodox thought came to the rescue again by the distinction of the Essence and Energies of God. The Essence is the unknowability of God; the Energies is the presence of God outside of His Essence. The Energies enable the Transcendent God to be Known in His Immanence. Greek thought had no means of dealing with this either, and the Aristotelean neo-Platonism resolved it in an unacceptable way and led to the big mistakes of the Catholic Church that would fully emerge after the first millennium.
Monday, December 13, 2010
"Behold, I give you power over serpents and scorpions; and nothing by any means shall hurt you."
This 'jumped' out at me and lodged in my heart. It was a word of God to my heart, given to garrison me against fear and to assure me that no harm would come to me in prison.
When I arrived in the Camp they said my papers had not arrived and so they were going to send me to the "Hole" in the Big House. This was something else. 23 Hour lock-down with inmates of every description. Into a cell as the third man in a cell built for two. The first guy I met, said, 'don't worry, our other cellie is a black guy and he's ok.' My other cellie showed up and immediately began to educate me to prison life. He basically took me under his wing so to speak and explained the basics. Later, we would both be in the Atlanta minimal security facility, next door to the Big House.
After a few weeks I was put to work in the Mess hall. I was a server. It was my responsibility to serve the guys as they came in to eat. There would sometimes we limits on food items- two boiled eggs at breakfast, for example. There was lots of favoritism shown by inmates to their buddies in this system and when the guards were not looking, they would give their buddies as much as they asked for. I felt honor bound to respect the rules and not respect the persons, and I was soon making some guys very irritated because I would not comply with their demands for more eggs, or whatever.
I felt like I was making enemies.
But the Lord was watching over me, and two guys who had been in a long time and who had become friends, intervened, and managed somehow to get me a job away from food service and in carpentry. I remember when it was getting very tense with some inmates but at that moment I felt the presence of my guardian angel over my right shoulder. And the Lord opened a way in the wilderness and I escaped.
Then there was the time my cellie began acting very funny one day. In my cube, he began accusing me of outrageous things, totally untrue. Then he stood up and began to cry and said 'the voices, the voices, the voices; they are telling me to hurt you; help me, Ben; help me." Whereupon I rebuked the evil spirit in the name of Jesus and commanded it to leave him. He began to hyperventilate and lay down on his bunk and unbuttoned his shirt, like he was too hot, and after a period of agitation, finally relaxed and got still. Then he stood up as normal as anything, and said to me "Ben, what's been happenin?" I explained to him the going's on; he did not believe me, but my other cellie- for I was in a two man cube that had three guys- confirmed what had transpired; quite shaken at having seen an exorcism. The news spread quickly throughout the dorm.
The authority given over serpents and scorpions had Protected me from harm, according to the promise of Jesus.
Then there was the time we were having an inspection of our dorm by the guards; someone had upset them. They made the rounds of the entire place that ended right at my cube; and as I was standing there, one of the guards took out a switch blade, threw it opened on my locker and said, 'here it is; I give you a chance; why don't you come after me." What? I was one of the most docile of all their inmates. I just mumbled something incoreherently, and in frustration he took the blade back and left. That guy could make someone nervous- he went around the prison camp with a baseball bat, like a Federal variation of Buford Pusser. But, mysteriously, the FBI came around a few weeks later, and he was never heard or seen again, in that Camp. I had said nothing, but something had been done to remove that mentally unstable man from our supervision.
"nothing by any means shall hurt you."
Monday, December 6, 2010
What is is that we know about 2012, what is it that we can reasonably infer, and what is there that we know is false and finally what is there that we don't know?
Let us start with science.
- We know that there is a hole in the magnetosphere 10 times larger than anyone had ever imagined. As commented on in a Jesse Ventura Conspiracy Theory episode Ventura-2012 -'the shields are down', alluding to Star Trek and the Star Ship Enterprise and its force shields that protected it from all sorts of nasty weapons. This was discovered and reported in December 2008, by five Themis satellites put up there to snoop around and was discovered within the last five years. NASA-breech
- We know that the sun has an eleven year cycle of activity that involves a peaking of solar sun spots and coronal mass ejections and that will occur in 2012. According to all the scientific opinion I have been able to glean, this peak of the eleven year cycle should be an especially nasty one, admitted by NASA to be the worst in 50 yearsThere is a prominent physicist who makes the mainstream media rounds who sees real risk with this and talks about problems for our satellites in orbit, and the commmunications that depend upn them. NASA-11 year sun cycle
- We know that in 1859 that there was a huge solar flare, and that it fried the only serious electronics available at the time, and that was on the planet earth, and not in orbit around the earth, and that was the telegraph communications network of America. We also know that if we had a similar solar flare, it would take out the American power grid, knocking out most all the technology we depend upon for the most basic of needs, for many months to many years. This is not just the lunatic fringe talking; this is NASA and NSA. NASA-1859 Flare
- We know that there is a marked upswing of earthquakes in this new millennium, though there are postings that a misleading and no real evidence that there was an increase during the 20t Century. Earthquakes last Century but in this Century and increase, both in magnitude and in number during the last decade. Quake increase this decade
- The weather has been getting more and more crazy all over the world with the Jet Stream doing nutty things. For the third year in a row it is, for example, hanging very low over Britain, and causing disastrous weather events, and floods and droughts, that are wreaking havoc on many agricultural harvests. Whacky Weather This Decade
- We know, that in addition to an upswing of earthquakes, there have been clusters of earthquakes occuring more or less in the same time frame, and associated with serious perturbations of the Earth's magnetosphere. The satellite images of the magnetosphere show it being deformed even to the loss of the magnetic lines that come from the South Pole. Furthermore these perturbations are not caused by any phenomenon that we currently know causes such things- there is not solar activity to account for it.
- We know that there is been a rapid shifting of the earth's magnetic north pole; it has been moving at a rate of about 37 miles per year for the past 15 or so years.
- We know from time lapse photography that there has been a skewing of the rotational axis of the earth slightly away from the North defined by the star Polaris. In time lapse photography, we notice that the true center axis of the earth's rotation has been pulled a little off its traditional fixation on Polaris.
- We know that several nations of the world have become extremely interested in looking away from the earth with half dozen or more infrared satellite telescopes, that are not looking towards earth, and are not looking at the sun. They are looking somewhere else.
- We also know that on Dec 21, 2012 the earth with all the planets on one side of the sun will align both with the sun and the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
- We know that the planets Uranus and Neptune have an obliquity in their orbits that cannot be explained by any gravitational effects in the known solar system, and that such gravitational effects have caused scientific speculation as to its cause for hundreds of years.
- And we also know that there is something going on that is altering the entire solar system in the same direction at once- it appears that there is a warming effect of some sort happening to all of the planets. On Mars its polar ice caps have decreased 30 percent. Other planets are appearing more luminescent. Our moon is getting a sort of atmosphere from a rare gas. Warming of Whole Solar System
That something us up for 2012 is also apparent from the political behavior of nations- specifically the building of hardened, underground survival shelters for the continuity of the government and other essential service providers. The United States has been in a building frenzy for the past decade all over the Nation, building such facility with blast doors, and capable of being submerged underwater, and with life support facilities and defense mechanisms built in. This has been a rumor for a very long time on the internet, and with some amateur documentation, but totally unmentioned in the Establishment Media. Jesse Ventura has outed this quite effectively in a recent Conspiracy Theory Episode, in which he showed some video footages of them, an interviewed an architectural engineer that is also building similar structures for the Rich, altering old Atlas ICBM silos in Kansas for survival from forces as strong as nuclear blasts, and submersion under water for long periods of time. Under water for long periods of time in Kansas! This man had inside knowledge of government programs, and stated that the target date for his facility and the governments is readiness by 2012. He hinted at one such facility under a major United States airport.Denver Airport-Survival Bunkers-Ventura
The Russians have been into this sort of activity as well building a facility that would support 100 thousand people under the Yamantau Mountain in the middle of Russia.Yamantau in Russia A Russian Company vivos is also building survival shelters for 2012 in the USA. US Underground Private Shelters The Norwegians are also known to have done such a thingNorway 2012, and the Israelis are involved as well, due to be completed by 2011. Israel Ready 2011 . The British and the Germans are in on it as well, but these facilities could also be used to survive a nuclear event. Germany and Britain The the Rockfellow/Bill Gates Foundations have come together to build a Hardened Seed Survival Bank near the Arctic Circle. Globalist Seed Bank
There has been as well the construction of a myriad of prison-camp like barbed wire detention centers all over the United States, designed to hold families, also done in a hidden way, with no stated purpose, but with the obvious purpose to manage restive masses of people.
So, for 2012 we have a lot of governments working in a feverish way to prepare for something big, and they are not telling us, the common people, about it. They are working to ensure the survival of a few. This is significant. When Y2K loomed and it appeared that our computers might crash and take down our infrastructures, we and the nations of the world got busy and did something about it. We did some patches and some work arounds and fixed it for the whole planet. But now they are preparing for something so very big in their estimation, that they cannot prepare for all of us, and so they are going to extreme measures to protect the elite, without telling us about it. And they are preparing for something they expect will take place in 2012. Furthermore, they are not basing their decisions on the well-known Mayan calendar, but upon some other more hard evidence. Finally, their preparations include massive numbers of detention camps to manage the general population, as if there will be something that comes to the attention of the general population that will be very disturbing, but that can be managed only by detention.
What fits the bill for this sort of catastrophe? It is possible that there will be a coronal mass ejection in 2012 Solar Flare 2012that will take down our infrastructure but would not require the use of concentration camps to detain a population that learns well in advance of an earth-shattering cataclysm but can do nothing about it, and for which our government has prepared the instruments of survival only for a small elite. Could it be that they are preparing for a global nuclear war? It seems unlikely that all the nations of the world would know in advance that in 2012 we are going to hold a global nuclear war. The shelters could be built in such a way that they would also serve an additional purpose of surviving nuclear war but preparations for one to be pre-scheduled for 2012 seems unlikely.
There are other possibilities out there- that such shelters would help in the event of a rapid pole shift, but once again that would not be fixed to such a date as 2012.
What then is such an event that would fit the year 2012, and explain some of the other anomalies we have been seeing for the past decade, and be of such a catastrophic scope that the governments would decide to prepare only for the survival of the elite?
In 1983 the IRAS infrared satellite telescope found an object they had been looking for. For centuries the orbits of Neptune and Uranus had perplexed astronomers because they showed a distinct skewing of their orbits that could be explained only by the gravitational pull of an unknown mass in the vicinity of our solar system. In 1983 IRAS found the existence of a hitherto unknown planet that was dubbed planet X. The announcement made some of the news media of the country, and I remember myself reading this with interest. Here is a clip from the Washing Post
Washington Post, December 30, 1983
Possibly as Large as Jupiter
"The mystery body was seen twice by the infrared satellite as it scanned the northern sky from last January to November, when the satellite ran out of the supercold helium that allowed its telescope to see the coldest bodies in the heavens. The second observation took place six months after the first and suggested the mystery body had not moved from its spot in the sky near the western edge of the constellation Orion in that time. "This suggests it's not a comet because a comet would not be as large as the one we've observed and a comet would probably have moved," Houck said. "A planet may have moved if it were as close as 50 billion miles but it could still be a more distant planet and not have moved in six months time."
Some period of time after that, there was a sudden reversal, and the media said, 'oops, big mistake.' At the time it seemed a very weak argument, and I resisted the new conclusion. There was also a high level authority Dr. Robert S. Harrington, the chief astronomer of the U.S. Naval Observatory, died before he could publicize the fact that Planet X is approaching our Solar System. who was willing to talk about it after the abrupt black-out of information, and that same man suddenly died in very mysterious circumstances. Harrington 1983 In the 1987 New Science and invention Encyclopedia , the work of the space probes Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 shows a clear map in which the two probes were able to triangulate the location of planet 10. Pioneer and Planet 10 .
NASA admits to Nemesis March 11, 2010. It is called Nemesis or Death Star, and is said to be larger than the planet Jupiter. NASA NEMESIS .
The notable thing about this is that it is not taken up by the Mainstream news, and we have been conditioned to accept as reality only what is emphasized in the Mainstream media. We know also that very alarming events are being deliberately under or unreported by the Major Media. There was a major asteroid Impact in Columbia this year that was not reported in American Media. Columbia Asteriod Impact
There was also a huge meteor impact i Mexico that was unreported in the Mainstream Media
In 1979 the name 'global warming' was chosen as a cover story to hide form the public the apocalyptic events that they knew then were coming our way now.
We also know that the solar year for earth changed from 360 days to 365 days in the 17th Century Before Christ.
Sumerian , Mayan predictions http://yourownworldusa.com/planetx/2006/planetx-2006-12a/2.shtml
Infrared Telescope Satellites pput in place since 2000. http://neartheyear.com/astronomy/nibiru/the-hunt-is-on/
Google Sky has deliberately blocked out the exact coordinates that relate to the locate of Planet X.
gulf Stream Dead. Gulf Stream Dead
Earth passing into energy cloud
energy cloud goat
Russians say the whole solar system is changing and we are passing into an energy field
also reported in Nature Energy Cloud
Gulf Current dead http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread639506/pg1
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Then comes along Jesus Christ into the foray and He says "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life"- here He is a living breathing man, who gets hungry, agonizes in the Garden in prayer, was born, and so forth. How could He be the Truth? Well, we are told that, while He was human He was also, in an inexplicable way, fully God, and in the process of His Life, the Trinitarian Nature of that God was revealed, as Father and Son and Holy Spirit, at His baptism, when He altered forever the waters of the Cosmos, and at His transfiguration, when He revealed forever His Divinity in Humanity.
Then we fast forward to the Apostle Paul who says that the Church is the ground and pillar of the Truth, and there we have it. How does it all fit together? Well, the Church, we learn, is the on-going expression of the God-Man in the earth; It is the continuation of the Incarnation. Who Jesus Christ was on earth- God in the Flesh, continues in ministry through His Church. It is by being United to His Church then, that we people are united to the Ground of Being, for it is in His Very Human Body, that mankind was carried up into the Holy Trinity.
There is a distinction, I think, to be made concerning the Church. In the Church we are united to Christ Himself, but not according to His Essence, but according to His Energies. This means, that while the Church is the Sacrament of God's grace, and is to be honored, and submitted to, it is not to be worshipped, and while it is the Means of Grace, it is the Lord Jesus Christ whom we preach, and not the Church, which is His Body on earth. "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to Myself." It is written, in Scripture.
Lord have mercy. The Church is built on the foundation of the Apostles. that is a present tense; it is not a past tense. The Foundation of the Apostles persists, and we need all the Apostles testimony to avoid the falls that came with each of their individual failings.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Judgment came. It came through the instrumentality of Israel, a nation that had just passed through the judgment of God. They had been found unfaithful and immoral and most of them- all but two had died in wanderings in the wilderness. When a sobered and righteous Israel was prepared, they were used of God to visit judgment upon the inhabitants of Canaan. It was not because God hated Canaanites. And it was not to exterminate them. Some were destroyed and some driven out. Some became members of Israel and part of the lineage of the King David, and eventually of Yeshua (Isa)/Jesus .
God's intent for Israel was to inculcate into them the importance of righteousness, and to demonstrate in them and to them the terrible consequences of lives lived according to untrammeled lusts. God's intent for Israel had a larger purpose to demonstrate in them the righteousness that God wanted all men to find, and the salvation that God wanted for all men to discover in that righteousness. While God's actions towards Canaan was not genoicide it was heavenly eugenics in operation. God's intent was to raise of a righteous woman, the seed of whom would destroy the hold of evil in the world, as prophecied in Genesis 3, and later in Isaiah 7.
In the days that we find ourselves in the same unrighteousness that brought about God's judgment through the flood of Noah, and the fire and brimstone of Sodom and Gomorrah, and through the actions of Israel against Canaan, and of Assyria and Babylon against Israel, will again proliferate. We see that now as men all over the world commit a genocide against the unborn, sacrificing unborn babies through painful procedures for the sake of convenience. Saline abortion burns the baby. Men want sex whenever and however they wish to have it, and do not want the inconvenient consequences of child-begetting to stand in their way. Women do not want children because they prefer self-fulfillment to the self-sacrifice that love demands in the care of a child. Again lusts are inflaming us and leading us to unspeakable barbarity- that we justify by Courts with men in long black robes, and representative assemblies called to order with the solemn tones of the gavel and sergeant-at- arms.
Neverthless, despite our wickedness, God in His mercy always provides a way of escape. In the days of Noah it was the Ark that was prepared. Noah preached righteousness but he was scorned, until the day the Ark was closed and the waters inundated the whole world. In the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, God sent Lot among the people was a witness to righteousness, and in whose home were the visitation of the Holy Angels. Yet the people, rather than repenting of their sins at the presence of holiness, desired to rape the angels. In the time of Israel's fall in the wilderness, God gave them ample signs of His Providential care yet they chose to live in unrighteousness, and fell in the wilderness. The Canaanites likewise did not repent and were destroyed and scattered that their evil not multiply and destroy endless souls. Israel fell into the same patterns again and was judged severely, only to have a remnant preserved, and that a mercy of God so that a savior could come through the lineage of Abraham, that the promise of Abraham might be offered to all men, that is the gift of Holiness, the gift of the Holy Spirit, given us by Yeshua/Isa/Jesus, the baptizer in the Holy Spirit, the seed of the Woman, prophesied by Moses in Genesis, of the lineage of David, of the tribe of Israel, that our souls might be saved.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
AND IN LATER THEOLOGY
THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING THE VIEW OF REALITY PRESENT IN THE ORIGINAL GREEK NEW TESTAMENT AND THEREFORE TO UNDER- STANDING THE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN THOUGHT WORLD (PARADIGM) IS TO BE FOUND IN THE GREEK CONCEPTS OF DYNAMIS & ENERYEIA!
In the New Testament (and the Septuagint Greek Old Testament) and in the writings of the Fathers and Mothers of the Church, there are numerous uses of enéryeia “energy, operative or actualizing power”), enérgema “effect(iveness), operation,” eneryés “energetic, efficacious,” and eneryeIn “energize, actuate, actualize.” (These words are cognate with Greek órganon “instrument” or “product.”) From Aristotle’s Physics and Metaphysics (in the middle of the fourth century before Christ) on, energy in Greek was related to dýnamis “power, capacity, faculty” as actual (realized) is related to potential: Those who thought and wrote in Greek, including the authors of the New Testament Epistles thought of energy is what makes a potential power actual or real; it is a basic aspect of being, whether created or uncreated (divine). This may all seem a bit odd in view of the English use of dynamic—which is closer to Greek “energetic.”
TO AVOID CONFUSION
From the time of Aristotle, users of Hellenstic Greek distinguished dýnamis "capacity" from enéryeia "energy," i.e. what actualizes a dýnamis.
In modern engineering science, power is the rate that work is done; work is a force acting over a distance; and energy is the capacity or potential to do work.
It is time to have proper translations of verses like Philp. 2:13: “For it is God [Who is] energizing in you all both to will and to energize for the sake of [His] being pleased”; cf. Gal. 5:6, where “faith energizing through love” is spoken of.
Since actualizations or activations of the powers of knowing and (especially) willing are energies, could a Denominationist embrace of energy offer a basis for reconciling the Reformation's exaltation of will above being and reason and Eastern views of Worship and Salvation? While such a possibility is extremely remote on several grounds, it would offer ecumenists potentially more fruitful gardens to till than the fruitless gardens they have been wont to till. If any compatibility with Orthodoxy should be aimed at, an embrace of will as energy might conceivably led to embracing ontological energy it special functions in knowing, willing, etc. But Denominationists would have to integrate the rôle of creation—i.e. created matter (Incarnation, flesh, water, wine, bread, oil, bodily resurrection, icons, etc.) and time (the rôle of tradition in unfolding truth and sifting out error from the original deposit of truth—and in perpetuating the priesthood)—into their understanding of Worship and Salvation. But their accepting creation’s having been destined to have a spiritual purpose (as a vehicle of the uncreated Energy of uncreated Grace) and time’s having a similar purpose (in tradition’s sorting out from errors the one truth able to stand for millenniums) seems, humanly speaking, not to have even a remote chance of occurring.
Thomas's followers more or less reduced actualization to form in the pair, matter : form; but they retained a distinction between habitus entitativus (sanctifying Grace) and habitus operativus. Sanctifying Grace, in contrast with Grace in Orthodox theology, is not "energetic." Thus did the scholastics distance themselves ever further from the framework of the Greek New Testament and Orthodox theology. Protopresvter John Romanides has pointed out the scholastic paradox of partaking of uncreated Essence through the created means of sanctifying Grace—defined as created by the scholastics. In connection with energy in science, Lonergan, links energy to inertia (Insight, pp. 443-444 ) in the pair inertia : energy. Whether this relating of potency : energy to the inertia :energy of current science is durable is not for me to say. (Lonergan himself puts a question mark after this suggestion.)
in the Fathers, see G. L. Prestige,
God in Patristic thought (SPCK, 1952)
and A. J. Sopko (CLICK HERE),
The theology of John Romanides (Synaxis Press, 1998)