An article outlining the meaning of concepts, their role in our lives, and a consideration of some currently held erroneous Christian concepts.
By Cristo Rey
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What are concepts? What role do concepts play in our lives? What determines the correctness of a concept? What concepts currently held by Christianity are wrong?
The purpose of this article is to attempt to answer these questions by a consideration of the logic of concepts, their role in our lives in general, and a consideration of some erroneous concepts currently held and practiced by Christianity in particular.
If a concept is wrong, it does not matter what manner of road of rationalizations we lay to justify it, it falls of its own error. It robs God, and Jesus the Christ of souls, enticed away from the real God and the real Jesus the Christ to false ones.
Even insane people in an asylum who devour their own excrements will offer rationalizations and justifications for their behavior, such rationalizations are not to be paid attention to, given the wrongness of their core concepts.
What are concepts?
Our concepts are our ideas and beliefs. We arrive at these by logic, inspiration, intuitiveness, instruction, personal experience, example, borrowing, common sense, or derivation from previously held concepts.
A simple and straightforward concept is the fact that "the whole is the sum of its parts." A concept we can derive from that one would state that "a part cannot be greater than, or equal to, the whole it is a part of." By logic, we can derive from both of these, that "a creator cannot create something better or equal to himself." Applied to our knowledge of God, "God as the Creator could not have created Man to be better or equal to Him." Under no circumstances will we ever be, or could ever be, greater or equal to Him (Jn 13:16, Rm 3:23).
What role do concepts play in our lives?
Our concepts are central and vital to our very existence and living (Jn 6:53).
We know that the "breath" of God was breathed by Him into us to both create us and maintain us alive (Gn 2:7). This "breath" is part of the Spirit of God, infused in us to give us life, and the allegorical rendition of it in the Scriptures to air and to our breathing denotes that it is just as vital to maintain us alive as is the air we constantly breathe. It is a part of the Spirit of God in us (Ecc 12:7). It is this Spirit that creates and sustains our individual Soul, without which we die. This Spirit will return to God who gave it upon our death. These concepts are vital and essential to our very existence and life. We must hold and believe these concepts with "blind" faith to function at all adequately in life. Obviously we need not believe in God to benefit from these concepts, or to be alive.
The Spirit or breath of God infused in us to give us life physically, is analogized to our need for breathing of air in the Scriptures, and we know that the air we must breathe is very real and measurable; It can be studied scientifically, can be sampled and collected, can be felt, and can only be seen if polluted. It is the air we breathe . . . the first breath of life immediately after birth is what gives us life, and the maintenance of our living state is eternally dependent on its constant renewal in us. When and if removed or withheld from us, we would die (Job 34:14-15). It does not mean that we were not alive before our birth, or that we became living human beings only upon birth. When in the womb, we partook of the breath of life in our mothers for our existence.
By nourishing and providing a vital component to the brain (Oxygen), the source and seat of our soul, the air we breathe provides the energy necessary to both create and maintain our soul (Gn 2:7).
The MOST convincing evidence for ourselves, as well to those around us, that we ARE ALIVE, is the simple act of our being able to take a deep breath. We, as well as medical personnel around us look for this evidence as the MOST CREDIBLE AND FUNDAMENTAL evidence of our living state, as INDISPUTABLE PROOF of our being ALIVE. The absence of this capacity is taken as PROOF that we are dead, or that WE WILL BE DEAD unless we quickly recover from its absence. Anything we or others do to deprive us of this capacity constitutes either a MURDER (in the case of others), or, an unintended or intended SUICIDE on our part, and if intentional, spiritually it represents a specific, direct, willful act of rejection of the Hand of God in giving us life, and maintaining us alive . . . It represents our rejection of God and of our existence . . . our rejection of LIFE.
Thus these, as well as all other concepts we might hold, determine whether and how we live and function effectively in existence.
We must test the correctness of our concepts.
We must also, once having determined their correctness, live by them in "blind faith," to ensure the correctness to our living, to our functioning, and to ensure ourselves of the promise of everlasting life promised to us by Jesus the Christ (Jn 6:40).
What determines the correctness of a concept?
The correctness of a concept is primarily determined by a test of its logic and consistency under any and all possible situations (Mt 24:35).
If correct, a particular concept is good for all of eternity, and beyond.
Most concepts dealing with the physical structure of the Universe have to be invariable for eternity, to ensure the existence of the Universe for any length of time at all.
In the absence of our knowledge of logic, we can make use of intuitiveness, common sense, or "reality testing" over time to determine the correctness of our concepts. For the most common of Christian concepts, we have to rely on the Word of God directly as brought to us by Jesus the Christ Himself (Jn 14:6), not as interpreted by others, or as claimed by some to have been "inspired" by the Holy Spirit. But whatever its source, including Jesus the Christ, we must put the concept to the test.
When we have tested a concept (idea or belief) and found it to be sound and good for ALL of eternity, we have in effect learned a "TRUTH" in the Universe and existence; A "Truth" being the unavoidable reality about any subject in existence. Such were the concepts embodied in Jesus the Christ's teachings:
"And ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free." (Jn 8:32)
Concepts, once established in the Universe and existence, can never be disproved, can never be erased or undone, and will last for ALL of eternity and beyond.
The established fact of our birth, the instant it occurred, became a concept in this Universe and existence which can never be undone, even by our death, and will be entertained as an eternal idea, by us, our relatives, and descendants for all eternity, even if long forgotten in the future . . . "I was born on March 16, 1948," once it occurred became a concept that can never be erased or undone for all future eternity, even by our death or denial by anyone . . .
So proven, established concepts are the ONLY real TRUTHS in the Universe and existence . . . Even if the whole present Universe were to end, the fact that the Universe once existed cannot be erased or undone . . . it only becomes part of Eternal History . . .
We must discard erroneous concepts from our lives, to both ensure an effective life, and attain the everlasting life promised to us by Jesus the Christ (Jn 14:6).
What concepts currently held by Christianity are wrong?
A number of concepts permeating Christianity and Christian religions at present are in mortal error. All of these should be discouraged and corrected. Although many more might be uncovered by the reader, a list of some obvious ones is offered here for guidance and consideration:
1. The generally held concept that God interferes spontaneously and directly in everyday human affairs (by the way of miracles, in answer to prayers, or by His own initiative). Jesus the Christ never even hinted that this was true or possible, and teaches us the opposite by example. When he wished that God, his Father, take the bitter cup of crucifixion from Him (Mt 26:39), He knew this not to be possible . . . God cannot directly interfere, supernaturally, in human affairs (By the way, about the Physical and Spiritual Worlds . . .). Even if it was possible for Him to do so, He could not be trusted by anyone, He would not be a credible and trustworthy God.
Imagine two saintly, and God-approved people, praying for diametrically opposite things. If God were to grant the wishes in the prayer of the one, then the other would lose faith in Him. Imagine a family of a dying father, and two saintly and God-approved sons, one praying for the sparing of their father's life and the other praying for their father's quick passing so as to spare him further pain . . . Which one should God grant?
Finally, any supernatural or divine interference by God in the present Universe would of necessity be a violation of the present physical and conceptual laws created by Him to ensure its integrity . . . the Universe would be rendered unstable, or immediately cease to exist, if changed by the slightest of supernatural interferences. God has already from the beginning of the Universe determined upon it a set of eternal laws and concepts to determine particular outcomes He wished (Lk 11:2), and need not currently interfere directly, spontaneously, or worse by petition of Humanity in the form of prayers (Lk 20:46-47) and implorations.
Our spoken or unspoken prayers, if involving ONLY the asking for our resignation to the realization of the Will of God upon our lives, as predetermined by Him already in Heaven from before the beginning of time, will ONLY be granted and will ONLY come true (Lk 11:2, Mt 21:22) if we are sincere and determined for us to achieve it, because prayers are ONLY for ourselves, who are the ONLY ones able to hear them, GOD CANNOT, for He is a Spirit, and spirits have no physical ears to be able to hear. God, as a Spirit, can ONLY sense us spiritually, not physically, and He can ONLY sense our spiritual states (By the way, about Our Communication with God . . .) . . . whether good or bad . . . whether unsatisfied or contented, and willing or troubled and worried, whether well-intended or willfully ill-intended, whether mean-spirited or mean-intended, whether good or evil . . .
Neither God nor any other human being can READ our minds or thoughts . . . God can neither SEE our physical actions nor HEAR our spoken words, nor READ our thoughts . . . He can ONLY sense our spiritual states, for He is a Spirit, and spirits have no physical eyes or physical ears to see and hear (By the way, about Our Communication with God . . .) . . . He ONLY created us IN HIS IMAGE spiritually, but only our spiritual bodies or beings, given that He is a spirit . . .
The Word of God instructs us that:
"There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." (1 Cor 15:24)
The description in Genesis concerning the creation of Man, then, can ONLY be interpreted to mean that Man had a dual creation. One, as a "physical" or "natural" being, and a second as a "spiritual" being. God created Man physically as a living, biological, genetic being, out of the "dust of the ground," but then "breathed into his nostrils" part of His own Spirit, to infuse him with the "breath of life," and Man then "became a living soul," or a physical being endowed with a part of the Spirit of God.
Man is then primarily a physical being, infused with, and then endowed with part of the Spirit of God, to render him a "living soul" . . .
It is clear, then, that Man was created physically as a living, biological, genetic entity . . . but was at the very same time created as a spiritual entity "in the image of God, and of His Son, given that God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24):"
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Gen 1:26)
"So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them." (Gen 1:27)
Thus, common Christian concepts of a God that can interfere supernaturally in the current affairs of the world, by our petition of such in spoken or unspoken prayers, or that He can hear our spoken prayers, and grant our petitions in those prayers are manifestly WRONG AND IMPOSSIBLE, a waste of our time, and His . . . Clearly, these Christian concepts are WRONG . . . and should be corrected, as they are eternally unrealizable, and occasionally seeming true by COINCIDENCE alone . . . notwithstanding our perennial incorrect rationalization that their failure to be granted was "NOT HIS WILL FOR US AT THIS TIME" . . . They ONLY represent our eternal self-deception in the matter . . . Thus, these currently held Christian concepts are in ERROR, and WRONG . . . and should be corrected.
2. The presentation of a punitive Christianity. The use of Christianity, Jesus the Christ, and God to instill fear in people; To portray or describe and present us God as a Mafia Lord to be feared (By the way, about Judgment . . .). God is not a Mafia Lord, standing on a hill with a handful of deadly bolts, ready to spot and blast even minor offenders. Jesus the Christ heralded a God of Love (1 Jn 4:8), to be loved, not to be feared. Without human law to interfere, when even a man kills many, and then takes refuge in anonymous migration from the locality of his crimes, to settle somewhere else, clearly God does not "investigate, pursue, apprehend, try, and convict" him. Human beings do these things, occasionally claiming to be "directed" by God to do it, without credible evidence that God so wishes (Lk 6:35, Jn 5:22).
God does not judge anyone . . .
"For the Father judgeth no man,
but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:" (Jn 5:22)
Clearly, "all judgment" is not given to the Divine side of Jesus (God in Him), but to the Human part in Him, otherwise, this message would be a contradiction.
To believe or state otherwise is equivalent to saying that Jesus the Christ was a LIAR . . .
Clearly, then, ALL of God's supposed "Judgments" in the Old Testament (be the Judgments of Adam and Eve, Sodom and Gomorrah, etc.) are pure inventions of the writers, and could not in fact have occurred.
By the statement quoted above, to believe or state otherwise is equivalent to saying that Jesus the Christ was a LIAR . . .
In addition, the statement by Jesus does not say that "all judgment" was committed to you, or to your pastor, or to the rest of your congregation . . . Jesus the Christ, as the SOLE AND FINAL JUDGE OF MANKIND, designated by God, will in His FINAL JUDGMENT OF MANKIND judge very severely those who usurped His role as Sole Judge of Mankind . . . as unqualified and un-recruited Judges of Mankind . . .
"Judge not, that ye be not judged."
[By Him during the Final Judgment!!!]
Clearly this currently believed Christian concept is WRONG, and should be corrected . . .
Some organized Christian religions judge others and condemn them based on an assumed superior stance, claiming to have been bestowed this power to condemn by God uniquely upon them, frequently by invoking their inspiration by the Holy Spirit. The presentation of a punitive Jesus the Christ, and a punitive God is a travesty, and a distortion of the image of God, regardless of invented justifications and rationalizations (By the way, about Judgment . . .). It condemns the practitioners and followers of these to a self-deprivation of communion and contact with the real God, and the real Jesus the Christ (Jn 14:23). This self-deprivation leads to awesome consequences for the practitioners, believers, and followers of such a punitive Christianity. Incited or instilled fear perpetuates the acquired reptilian nature of Man. The condemner is committing a greater sin than those of whom he condemns. This, Jesus the Christ made perfectly clear (Lk 6:37).
We should present and advance a Loving God, not a Punishing one. We should strive to get closer to a loving God, not hide from a punishing one (Mt 6:24). God does not punish anyone for any sins whatsoever (Lk 6:35, Jn 5:22). He loves the sinner just as much as the non-sinner, perhaps the sinner more so because of his sins. The wages, or consequences of sins in themselves are the punishments for sins (Rm 6:23), and not any imagined or invented current judgment of God upon the sinner. This "action (sin) and consequence as punishment" was determined by God in the very structure of the Universe from the beginning of time, and He need not consider individual sins or sinners currently, the sins carry their own recompense by these predetermined consequences. The condemners should be self-analyzing to cleanse themselves of their own sins, rather than focusing on someone else's (Mt 7:5), for the salvation of their own souls, rather than adding to their sins the very mortal sin of being un-recruited, undeserved, and unqualified judges (Lk 6:37). The condemners are in mortal violation of the unequivocal and clear Commandments on this issue repeatedly given to us by Jesus the Christ.
These are precisely the erroneous concepts that Jesus the Christ came to change, reducing the Ten Commandments to Two (Mt 22:36-40), love of God, and love of each other as ourselves, not fear of God and fear and condemnation of each other.
3. The selling and commercialization of Christianity (Lk 19:46), of God, of Jesus the Christ, and of the salvation and eternal life promised to us by Him. The selling of objects, books, literature, tapes, videos, our services, and other things constitutes a travesty, and the conceptualization of ourselves, and of Jesus the Christ as "salesmen" in a commercial enterprise. The buyers are mislead by this spectacle to believe that these are amulets, that the mere act of buying them saves them, or worse, that "salvation" and "eternal life" can be bought (Mt 19:24). This current Christian concept is mortally in ERROR, and as such is WRONG and should be corrected . . .
4. The kidnapping of newly-born souls to specific and particular religions shortly after their birth, in the manner of the Catholic Church, before a Final Judgment has been rendered on the correctness of the concepts taught by that religion. It condemns the kidnapped soul to the same fate as that of the religion which practices this. The conversion to any particular religion should be an informed and understood one, after the individual has attained an age of being able to give his or her informed consent to the acquiring of the concepts offered by that religion. "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me" (Mt 19:14) is not to be interpreted as an excuse for the kidnapping of a newborn soul. This is spiritual dishonesty at its worst, and a satanic, cheap, and clever trick to increase the number of adherent souls to such religions at the very least. The ends do not justify the means, no matter how lofty the rationalizations; The means carry mortal consequences. This currently held Christian concept is in ERROR, and is WRONG, and should be corrected . . .
The reader is encouraged to study the Scriptures, particularly ONLY the Word of God as brought to us by Jesus the Christ Himself directly, to ponder on the correctness or errors of the above-stated concepts. The stakes for us are indeed high, and encompass the remission of our sins, a life guided and lived in wisdom, and everlasting life in this existence.
Food for thought
Reality and Truth are not so, based solely on the way that we express them . . . Reality is Reality, and Truth is Truth, regardless on how we express them.
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