November 2011

Discipline and work
Work and culture
Culture and consciousness
Belief and discipline
Image of my soul

Power and identity
Identity and power
Self-determination and freedom
Freedom and faith
Image of my soul

Art and politics
Politics and economics
Economics and morality
Icons and religion
The image of my soul

Luxury and sin
Sin and slavery
Sacrifice and creation
Creation and discipline
Image of my soul


(Psalm 107)

Ignorance, rebellion, spite, iniquity, adventurism, arrogance, wickedness and, in short, anything that is harmful to the human soul, and, in a word, evil, lead to hunger and thirst, gloom, affliction, bitter labor, temptation, instability, calamity, sorrow, fruitlessness, and death.

But to navigate those aspects of the Creation which are harmful to the human soul, the Creator provides His counsel, His Word, stability, fruitfulness and, in a word, a straight way, a Narrow Gate, to Himself within you.

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.

Now go see Colossians.

Or, to put it another way, make the deal, make the Covenant with God: accept His counsel, His Word, His laws and teachings, and you will navigate through the vicissitudes of the Creation and, with the power of your faith, the energy of salvation, ride the creative power, the love of God, into His peace and joy, into heaven.

(1 Cor 12-20)

Everything in Creation is available to me, but not everything is for my betterment. Εverything is available to me, but I will not be overpowered by it: food for the stomach, and the stomach for food; but God/Nature will consume them both.

Do not direct your free will to waste the σώμα by consuming it as if it were food, or use it as a machine of consumption, like the stomach. Instead it is an entity that, at least potentially, has an eternal relationship with God, as a marriage bond.

For a time, the σώμα is intertwined with σάρξ. Do not take the σώμα and make it a member of an entity which is hostile to God, by engaging in sexual immorality, for example, by throwing away the energy of salvation on things which are not for the betterment of the σώμα; but if you cling to those things, you will lose up both σάρξ and σώμα to them.

Faithfulness in marriage represents proper use of σάρξ so as to be one in σώμα in spirit with God. Unfaithfulness, throwing away the energy of salvation, turning your back on God, is the worst mistake that you can make against your σώμα, against your spirit, and this is also reflected in what you do with your σάρξ for as long as the two are intertwined.

Your σώμα is a gift from God, the Holy Spirit, not your own, given by the spirit of love, by God’s feeling and creative energy.

(Ro 2:25-29)

Again, though only the word νόμος is used, there is a distinction between the law of men and the law of God, the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.

Physical circumcision (της σαρκός) represents the laws of men, the letter of the law; circumcision of the heart (του σώματος) represents the law of God, the spirit of the law.

We can also extend this teaching to a general principle: just because you have heard or, by some happenstance of history are the custodian of, something of value (e.g. the law of God), does not mean that you are worthy of that value; to be worthy, you must put the value into use as it was designed to do.

(John 7:1-24)

Christ shows that men do not live according to God’s law, God’s teaching, but, in contrast, that they live against nature. He is the mirror against which they see how they really are in their current state. John 7:7 “εγώ ματυρώ περί αυτού (ο κόσμος) ότι τα έργα αυτού πονηρά έστιν.”

Jesus teaches in the temple. A man who wants to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or man. His teaching is from God.

Moses – a man and elder men before him – gave men (the law of) circumcision, they circumcise someone on the Sabbath, the day set aside for special communion with God, on the holy day. Men circumcise on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken.

Yet these men, responsible for upholding the law, are angry at Christ when He heals the whole human being on the Sabbath, on the holy day, on the day set aside for special communion with God.

Christ teaches, “do not judge by appearances, rather judge according to what is right.”

In other words, men fail to distinguish between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law, they fail to discern the will of God. And that probably because of laziness and pride, because they want to control the will of other men for their own purposes rather than do the will of God.