Of the creed and creation


Πιστεύομεν εἰς ἕνα Θεὸν Πατέρα παντοκράτορα ποιητὴν οὐρανοῦ καὶ γῆς ὁρατῶν τε πάντων καὶ ἀοράτων·

We believe in One God, the father, All-powerful, maker of heaven and earth.

In the beginning there was the blizzard      In the beginning, the Almighty Judge created the heaven and the earth. The earth was a great blizzard, with biting wind and stinging snow. Darkness was upon the face of the blizzard as the snow was deep. High above, in the howling wind, a great spirit hovered upon the blow snow as an eagle hovers over its brood, brooding over its young in the chaotic howling winds below.

The Almighty Judge said, “Light be!” Is light.

Suddenly, the overpowering darkness of white was replaced by the radiant colors of red, green, and blue, orange, purple, and yellow. Dead and lifeless snow was replaced by birds, flowers, trees, effervescent, vital, and vivacious life. First among these was an Omer, a lamb, the word of God, incarnate among us. What appeared were the ὁρατῶν, the formed, and the ἀοράτων, the unformed, the educated and the wise, the simple and the foolish. What appeared were the quarks, the microscopic reality generating all life, and the huge gas giants of the heavens/stars, some visible, and some billions of light years away, and invisible.

What appeared was the visible, starting with my beautiful wife sitting with us, and each of us, and visible and vibrant before us. What also appeared were the invisible, the man on the street corner begging for food, the dead and the pre-dead, waiting to die from a lack of food, on Neal Road and Montello, on Second Street and Arlington, in Ethiopia, and Afghanistan. What appeared were the vibrant, visible soldiers ready for war and the invisible Veterans with PTSD begging for shoes.

We believe in one Kyrie, Jesus Christ, the only generated son of the Father, Jesus Christ, generated before all eons. He is Light from Light, True God from True God.

He is light as light lived, incarnate among us, Luke 4

“The Breath of Kyrie is upon me; he anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind,

to let the oppressed go free,  and to proclaim a year acceptable to Kyrie.”

He is True God from True God: Psalm 82

God takes a stand in the divine council, gives judgment in the midst of the gods.

“Defend the lowly and fatherless; render justice to the afflicted and needy.

Rescue the lowly and poor; deliver them from the hand of the Russia, those who think themselves first.”

He gives light to those who are not gods, “Yet like any mortal you shall die; like any prince you shall fall.” He gives warning to the shepherds who are not shepherds:

Whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. Whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice.

I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before are thieves and robbers. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. He works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. John 10

γεννηθέντα οὐ ποιηθέντα ὁμοούσιον τῷ Πατρί

He was generated not made, one in Being to the Father.
δι’ οὗ τὰ πάντα ἐγένετο· Through him all things are generated. There is only one Great Provider, one head of the house. There is only one Baal, one husband to the divine economy: It is not Baal, or Hermes, or Mercury, some market or invisible hand. God is Almighty and God is one.

τὸν δι’ ἡμᾶς τοὺς ἀνθρώπους καὶ διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν who for us men and for our salvation/Jesus/.ישועתנו Yes, the Hebrew word for Salvation is Jesus, and yes Jesus and Salvation are One.

κατελθόντα ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ σαρκωθέντα ἐκ Πνεύματος Ἁγίου καὶ Μαρίας τῆς παρθένου καὶ ἐνανθρωπήσαντα. Descended from the great flow of the sky, he took on flesh from the Dedicated Spirit and our Blessed Virgin Mary, and became man.

σταυρωθέντα τε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἐπὶ Ποντίου Πιλάτου καὶ παθόντα καὶ ταφέντα. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered, died, and was buried.

καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ κατὰ τὰς γραφὰς καὶ ἀνελθόντα εἰς τοὺς οὐρανοὺς. He arose on the third day, according to the writings, and ascended into heaven.

καὶ καθεζόμενον ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ Πατρὸς. He sits upon the right hand of the Father.

καὶ πάλιν ἐρχόμενον μετὰ δόξης κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς . He will come again with doxology/good thoughts, to judge the living and the dead.

οὗ τῆς βασιλείας οὐκ ἔσται τέλος. His kingdom will have no end.

καὶ εἰς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον τὸ Κύριον καὶ Ζωοποιόν. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Kyrie and maker of life.

τὸ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον τὸ σὺν Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ συμπροσκυνούμενον καὶ συνδοξαζόμενον. He proceeds from the Father and the Son and with them we bow down and give doxology.

τὸ λαλῆσαν διὰ τῶν προφητῶν.  As spoken through the Navy, the prophets.

εἰς μίαν ἁγίαν καθολικὴν καὶ ἀποστολικὴν ἐκκλησίαν. We believe in one Holy Catholic and apostolic called out community.

ὁμολογοῦμεν ἓν βάπτισμα εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν· We acknowledge one baptism for the freedom from our failures.

προσδοκῶμεν ἀνάστασιν νεκρῶν καὶ ζωὴν τοῦ μέλλοντος αἰῶνος.  We look for the rising from the dead and the life of the coming eons.

ἀμήν

We need to define what life is to follow our Declaration of Independence Part 5


As individuals, Faithful Discipleship means looking for candidates who support all of Catholic moral teaching, and voting for them on Election Day. Are lawyers reading this article? If you support all of Catholic moral tradition, you have my vote. I ask my opponents in this debate, have you considered running for public office. If you support all of Catholic moral tradition, you have my vote.

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Our Encyclical Humanae Vitae tells us in section 14, “Sometimes it is lawful to tolerate a lesser moral evil in order to avoid a greater evil or in order to promote a greater good. It is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it. It is unlawful to do evil in the hope good may come from it.”

It may be acceptable to stay home on Election Day and tolerate a non-pro-life elected official. It is never lawful to elect a politician who supports the culture of death. Those opposed Catholic Action, as a nation, those who oppose helping the poor, as a nation, support a Culture of death.

The underlying principle of these new opinions is that, in order to more easily attract those who differ from her, (Americanism) the Church should shape her teachings more in accord with the spirit of the age and relax some of her ancient severity and make some concessions to new opinions. Papal Encyclical

We are leaves blowing in the wind. New opinions are new opinions, regardless of whether they come out of the mounts of Modernist Conservatives, or Liberals. Humanae Vitae came in 1968. We celebrate the 44th anniversary. Catholics were 22% of the U.S. adult population in 1948. We reached our high point in the late 1970s, when the U.S. population was nearly 30% Catholic. In the last several years, the Catholic percentage has been around 23%.”

After 40 years of engaging in talking points, the five non-negotiable points are still with us. All we have done is dropped 10% of the population from being Catholic. Insanity is repeating the same things, and expecting different results. I can hear the conservatives joining the cause now.

We as liberals are the ones calling for the changes. So argues the conservatives. We say, what changed is not Humanae Vitae, or Vatican II. They were in the ‘60s. Still something changed. It was no change in the content of our faith. That has not changed in four millennia. We were getting results in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and without changing our teaching. We do not have to look far to see what changed in the ‘80s.

The Pope wrote his Encyclical to modernist, wealthy Catholics in the 1880s who did not want to follow the Encyclicals leading up to Rerum Novarum, which came two years later. The name of the above Encyclical is Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae, written in 1889. Conservatives want to use Five Non-negotiable teaching to abandon Rerum Novarum and related teachings and only follow Five Points. This is Americanism and it is a heresy.

We understand the appeal of this heresy. As men who are not doctors or researchers, there is no danger of us engaging in any of the sins of Five Points. All we have to do is not research our political candidates as they relate to pro-life issues, and vote for whomever we want. Because we have exchanged all of Creed, Sacrament, Ten Commandments, and Prayer with these Five Points, we are going to heaven. As Liberal Catholics, we say it is not that simple.

As liberal Catholics, we want results. We must decide, do we want to end abortion, and solve the other four non-negotiable points, or do we want to engage in an idle boxing match with the other side for another forty years.

There is the logical fallacy called false dilemma. We have 250 Catholic colleges and universities and 26 law schools, combined, graduating 70,000 students each year. There may well be lawyers watching this debate. Why do they not run for public office, supporting all of Catholic moral teaching? We cannot find 535 willing to run for Congress and for President?

We cannot find one? Are our universities failing that badly? Where are the Catholic/Christian candidates? “Faithful Discipleship as presented in the tradition of Catholic social teaching” means finding students in our colleges and universities, developing them into candidates, helping those candidates find the funding, and helping them into public office.

As individuals, Faithful Discipleship means looking for these candidates and voting for them on Election Day. Lawyers present? If you support all of Catholic moral tradition, you have my vote. I ask my opponent in this debate, have you considered running for public office. If you support all of Catholic moral tradition, you have my vote.

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Nicene Creed, I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator pt 2


Jesus says in the Gospel of St Mark, “Nothing that comes from the outside makes a person common, but the things inside are what make common.” St. Augustine writes in his work, On the Trinity “We do nothing, through the members of the body in our words and actions, by which the behavior of men is either approved or blamed, which we do not anticipate by a word uttered from within. No one willingly does anything, which he has not first said in his heart.”

Courtesy of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Incline Village Nevada

St. Augustine continues, “This word is conceived by love, either of the creature or of the Creator, that is, either of changeable nature or of unchangeable truth.” In Book 3: 8:14 St. Augustine tells us “In the case of spiritual life itself, no one except God can work charity in our minds, yet men also are able to preach the gospel as an outward means…

In the creation of visible things it is God that works from within. God creates, not from without, but from within. As John says, in 1 John 4:8, “God is love.” God creates from love. This is what we mean when we say God creates. He does not create with the fingers, hands, arms and feet. God creates from within. God creates from love and he calls us to do the same, creating from within, from love.

The grass the herbs and the trees

Much ado has been made of Genesis 1 where God creates the light on the first day, the trees on the third, and the source of the light, which nourishes the trees on the fourth. In our mechanical world, this is impossible. The light cannot come before its source; the tree cannot come before the light. God works on a different plain. KNPB has a show on Saturday’s, The Joy of Painting.

We watch the artist, Bob Ross, on this show, as he draws a landscape. He draws diffused light, (the reds, greens, blues and yellows, of the landscape) first. These lay out the confines of the river or the lake. Then he draws in the land. Once Bob Ross  draws in the land he sketches in a few trees. He tries to give the perception of time by drawing in, the sun or stars. With the lake, trees, and time of day drawn in, he finishes off his work with some animal life. This is the same order God creates the world in Genesis 1.

We read in the Gospels that Jesus is the son of Joseph, the carpenter. Joseph is called the carpenter in fulfillment of Zechariah 2: 3 which talks of four carpenters. The Hebrew word for carpenter means an engraver or one who draws, an artist. Jesus is the son of an artist. Jesus is the son of an engraver of worlds, God. Jesus is an artist and the son of the artist, God.

The Nicene Creed, I believe in God the Father Creator


We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator. St. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 11:27-28 “A man should assay himself before he goes to Mass or religious services.” The Hebrew word is “Kavannah” meaning having a sense of intention. We join eternity, reliving the event, again, for the first time. We stand on that volcano with Moses, feeling its heat, the static electricity as it burrows into our bones. We hear the voice of horns as they blow from the mouth of the volcano, seeing the lightning emitting from the clouds.

God is compared to a farmer, sowing his seed

We see our liturgy in Matthew 17: 1-5 “Jesus took Peter, James, and John, leading them up a high mountain by themselves, transfiguring before them; his face shining like the sun, his clothes white as light. Moses and Elijah appear to them, conversing with him.”

Participating in the Mass, the first reading is our confrontation with God with Moses, at the mountain. The second reading is our confrontation with God through Elijah and the prophets. The Eucharist is our confrontation with God through his Passion and death through the anamnesis, The Passion as we relive it in present time. This does not come by being to Mass “On Time.”

One must be early and meditate on the Stations of the Cross or the Blessed Host, or the other sacramentals in the room. Then we can see the power of Almighty God in present time. People will say of us, “Blessed is he who has not seen and believed,” not knowing…

In the Nicene Creed we say we believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator. Greek and Latin have something in common that we do not much think about. The artist creates works of art. Greek and Latin words for creator both imply and artist. The artist loves his work, his art. St. Augustine discussed farms and farming in his Book, On the Trinity. He reminds us that we do not talk about farmers creating, bees, or even seeds. The Creator is greater.

In true art, each creation is unique, different, special

The farmer works hard to prepare the soil, and the rancher works hard to get his hay to his cattle. They do not cause the seed to grow or the honey to thrive, or the cattle to increase in weight. That working from within comes from God alone.

St. Augustine writes in his work, On the Trinity “We do nothing, through the members of the body in our words and actions, by which the behavior of men is either approved or blamed, which we do not anticipate by a word uttered within ourselves. No one willingly does anything, which he has not first said in his heart.” This is God. He is far more than some punch press operator, farmer, or rancher who goes out and does pretty much the same thing every day. Everything that comes from God springs from his heart. All creation, including ourselves and everyone around us as a work of art for us to look at, hear, smell, taste, and touch.

Jesus says in the Gospel of St Mark, “Nothing that comes from the outside makes a person common, but the things inside are what make common.” We need to see ourselves and those around us as special, because we are, made in the image and likeness of the Father, the Creator, who did not create anything on a punch press, but who created everything as a work of art.

Nicene Creed, God is Almighty, and God is within us


In Deuteronomy 30:1-14 we read, “This Mitzvah which I command you this day, it is not too hard for you, nor is it far off. It is not in sky, that you say: ‘Who shall go up for us to the sky, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’ It is not beyond the sea, that you say: ‘Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’ The word touches you; it is in your mouth, and in your heart, that you do it.

God is not at a distance, but he is within us, if we but look

Romans 10: 6-10 says, “The charity that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will go up into the sky?’ (that is, to bring Christ down) or ‘Who will go down into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” What does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith that we preach.

We look for the power of God, not up there in heaven or the glare of the morning sun, but down here, in the eyes of our neighbor, in the suffering, the joy of the person in front of us. If we think the hurricane winds and the blowing snow, or the fires of the great volcanoes are powerful, how much more the great force behind them.

John 20 is the story of doubting Thomas. We read that Thomas, the one called the twin was not with them when Jesus came to them after his resurrection. The other Talmudim told him, “We have seen Kyrie.” Jesus told them, “If I do not myself in the hands of him the blow of the nails and throw my fingers into the blow of the nails and throw my hands into his rib (The Greek word is Pleurisy) I will not believe…” Jesus told him, “You see me and believe?” Blessed are those who do not see me and believe.”

Doubting Thomas’ twin is each of us. We must also carry our hand over to Jesus, thrusting our hand into his rib. When do we see Jesus walking through doors and saying “Peace be to you?” St. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 11:27-28 “Whenever you eat the bread and drink the cup of Kyrie unworthily, you are liable to the body and the blood of Kyrie. A man should assay himself as he tests metal, then eat from the bread and drink from the cup.”

To do this we must feel the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This is not a matter of dogma or doctrine. Dogma and doctrine cannot feel anything. Either the presence of Jesus pulses through your veins or it does not. This feeling of the presence is the essence of true religion.

Nicene Creed, God is Almighty


“God is Almighty.” Those words seem abstract until we look at the giving of the Ten Commandments at Sinai. “Exodus tells us of the thunders and lightning of Mount Sinai when Moses went to the top of that mountain to receive Ten Commandments. If we read the story well we are startled by the lightning streaking across the sky before Moses and the people of Israel.

Electricity around a volcano

With lightning flying all around, the static energy in the air must have felt like a thousand needles jabbing at their flesh. They must have felt it as it poured through the pores. Their nervous systems are on edge as electricity passes through them.

They would have very much understood the words of St. John, “The wind blows where it wills and nobody knows from where it comes or to where it goes.”

Every thought must have been about the next lightning strike and how that strike could hit them. The next wind gust could push them into the nearest steep ravine and certain death.

We look back at the real experience of Sinai with the lightning and the thunder all around, and watching people as they are swallow alive, man, woman, and child, into the side of a mountain with fire spitting out of its top, smoke, as it descends toward them, and the charged particles of the air as it envelops them.

Remember the face of Moses as it transforms during the famous Forty Days: “Moses is there forty days and forty nights. As Moses descended from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the witness in his hand, he did not know that rays of light were of his face as he talked with him.” When we come face to face with God, it changes us and it changes the way we appear before other people.

God is Almighty. The Donner Summit, calls to mind the power of cold as it sends the shock of a thousand needles through us, just like the lightning of Sinai. To someone who has felt cold, the feeling is undeniable, no proof is necessary. To someone who has not felt cold, no proof is sufficient. One cannot fight cold. There is nothing to hit. The Donner Party found out that it kills.

We all remember Harry Truman, not just the show me president, but the man on Mt. St. Helens who would not believe what volcano’s can do until his volcano blew its top; then it was too late. People refuse to believe that when the tide goes out far more than usual, it is a bad sign, until it is too late and the Tsunami comes rushing in. To those who have not seen, no proof is sufficient. To those who have seen, no proof is required.

Hurricane Irene

Soon after Columbus discovered America, explorers told of places where, to the north, all the trees blown down, pointed east. To the south, all the trees had blown down pointed west. No proof was sufficient to explain this. To those who have seen a hurricane, no proof is required. Those planning to wait out hurricanes have not seen one; no proof is sufficient as to their power. It is the same for Donner Summit. Try to fight the wind. There is nothing to hit. Deny its existence; join the Donner Party.

Snow, so soft, so gentle, so powerful

To a person who has never seen falling snow, the idea is silly, it falling to 20 plus feet, is more silly. Deny a blizzard, feel its wrath. It is the same with God. There is the Father, the cold, or the lightning of Sinai. There is the wind, The Spirit, present, full of power. There is the one who descends from the Father to join us and live with us, the Son. He also is all powerful, yet soft and gentle as the new falling snow.

Nicene Creed, I believe in God the Father


“We cannot imagine a ‘Son of God’ without a “Father.” Jewish tradition, called the Presence of God the “Shekinah.”

Our home at our Cathedral

Sozomen a contemporary of the Nicene Counsel, informs us in his Ecclesiastical History. It is hard to imagine a Father without a home, a house, a place to care for his family. This brings us to a very important word, the Shekinah. The Hebrew word is a verb meaning, “to dwell.”

“Make to me a Dedicated Place, so that I may “Shekinah” among them,” says Exodus 25. Exodus 29: 43-46 says, “I will dwell (Shekinah) in the middle of the children of Israel, and be their Mighty Judge. They will know, I am the Personal Name who brought them out of the land of Oppression to dwell (Shekinah) among them. I am the Personal Name their Mighty Judge.

When there is a father, there generally is a mother. The one thing separating Catholics from Protestants is Our Blessed Virgin and what she represents. As we read Revelations 12 we start to get an understanding. “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with Jericho under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.”

The Hebrew word for the sun is a word that means a “Minister, a Messenger” The idea comes from Genesis 1: 14 where God placed the great lights to work as signs to mark days and years. Shemesh/sun is also the word for the Jewish wedding garment. The Hebrew word for sky/ heaven literally translates, “the of water,” or the “of the flow of things.”

There is another word for heaven/the sky in Hebrew. שְׁחָקִים which is the third heaven. Jastrow tells us this is where the clouds are. St. Paul refers to the place in 2 Corinthians 12:2, when he mentions a man who went there. He had his head in the clouds.

The Hebrew word for the moon is “Jericho.” Revelations tells us that a woman appears in the great flow of things in a wedding garment (or with ministers). She stands with Jericho under her feet. On her head are twelve stars, (round globes). These represent the twelve apostles.

When we read St. John in the Original Hebrew, we find that the dragon, the Taana, is a sea monster. Taana is also the Hebrew word for the First Century teachers/rabbis. “She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod Her child was caught up to God and his throne”

The Taana became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s Mitzvah and martyr to Jesus.

Every morning at our Cathedral, our priests recite what this keeping of God’s Mitzvah means. We call this the Magnificat, and it represents what it means to be the bride of Christ, being a martyr for Jesus. We find this in Luke 1:46-55. We also recite Zechariah’s canticle Luke 2:68-79.

Rescued from the hand of enemies, without fear we might give public service to him through listening to the divine law and charity before him all our days.

God rescues us for a reason, to give public service to him, through listening to his Torah and being a Tzaddic, giving charity to all. This canticle, addressed to John the Baptist, and to all of us also relates, “You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High. You will go before Kyrie to prepare his ways. You will give his people knowledge of salvation/Joshua/Jesus through the forgiveness of their errors, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

This is what we mean when we say we have God as Father, head of the house, and Our Blessed Virgin as mother. Preparing God’s way means bringing knowledge, not of morality, but of salvation, and being that daybreak, that light from on high to those who live in the darkness of poverty and despair, sitting in the shadow of death. In means bringing peace, not war by imposing our own way.

We bring peace to the economy, the house of God with God as Father and Our Blessed Virgin as mother. We become the family of God. We allow God, and not some market force to be our provider and God becomes our Shekinah, his presence with us.

The Nicene Creed, I believe in God, but what do we mean when we say God?


The Word Net Dictionary definition of God is “Any supernatural worshiped as controlling some part of the world or aspect of life.” Webster’s 1913 Dictionary tells us that “God” means the one who we call upon, invoke, or implore. A Jewish linguist named Jastrow tells us it comes from the same root as the word meaning, “This,” or “That.” He is the one we point to when we talk about our rescue, from whatever we are rescued from.
God is the great provider
Jewish tradition speaks of Thirteen Attributes of God in Exodus 34: 5-7 “The Personal Name descended in a cloud shouting:
(1) Personal Name,
(2) Personal Name,
(3) (Mighty Judge, source of all energy/ life giving force),
(4) Racham (Mercy from the Hebrew word for womb, God cares for us and returns us to life)
(5) Chen, (related to the word for cloud, Ynan, God brings the refreshing rain enabling us to live while we credit ourselves)
(6) Erik apayim (long suffering he is like my Dad, very patient, giving us time to learn and grow, as we make our mistakes.
(7) Rav Chesid (great in kindness, complete devotion, one to another)
(8) Abundant truth, (Faith and Truth come from the same Hebrew word. In finding faith, we find ourselves in the web of life, the Cosmos.)
(9) Nazareth Chesid to Elephim, (The love God gives us is meant to be spread to all who live on this little planet we call home.)
(10) Nosey Avan, (Lifting up crookedness,
(11) Rebellion, and
(12) And simple deviance,
(13) And cleanses.”
An important word in understanding what we mean by “God” is the Greek word for a house, “Econos” from which we get our word “Economy.” The head of the house, the economy is the husband. The Husband is the great provider. Hosea has something to say about this in chapter 2: 18-22:
It will be at that day, The Personal Name says, that you will call Me Ishi, and will call Me no more Baali. I will take away the names of the Baalim out of her mouth. You will no more mention them by name. I will betroth you to Me forever. I will betroth you to Me in charity /justice, in correct judicial precedent, in kindness, and in mercy/womb. I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness; and you will know the Personal Name.
It is important to notice the pun in this passage. “You will call me “Ishi,” “My Man” and no longer “My Baali” “My Husband.” Wikipedia refers to Baal and Asherah as the gods of fertility.
They were the gods that provided the rain, the sunshine and the soil that provided for the food for each coming year. They were the great provider. Hosea and Jeremiah tell us that one of the meanings of “god” little g is that he is the one we attribute to being the great provider of our house, our economy. When we say, “I believe in One God,” we are saying the One True God is the great provider and decider of what is in our economic interest, and nothing else.
This rules out any belief in anything resembling a market force, any collective Id that we should listen to instead of the One True God who dictates mercy and compassion upon the less fortunate, as individuals and as a community. Some argue that this speaking of the market this way is just a way of speaking. Science shows that we become to believe what we hear. This way of speaking leads to idolatry. When we serve other gods, The One True God leaves us to our own devices and we destroy ourselves. This is why our nation has gone into stagnation over the past thirty years.
How much better is Credo, I believe in The One True God, Father, Provider?

Letters from Antioch pt 7 The story of Chief Sota


As Curtis E. John started his service, all eyes and ears were on him. “Give your hearts and thoughts a revolution. The one who presides over the great flow of things is knocking at the very door of your lives. Pay attention to the voice of the Whittling Breath as she spoke through our elders.”

The ground upon which Chief Sota Walked

Curtis also told us, “Let her whittle on the crassness of your minds and the hardness of your hearts. Remember the story of Chief Sotah, how his nephew came to him and asked for justice.”

The image of the story unfolded before us as Curtis related the story.

The nephew was rich as Lakota go. He had thousands of acres of land, much cattle, and large gardens of vegetables, corn, and wheat. His neighbor was a poor man who owned far less than an acre of land.

One year the poor man dared to over till his garden and planted on almost an eighth of an acre of the rich man’s land. This rich man, the rich nephew of the chief ran and complained to his Uncle Sotah.

Chief Sotah replied, “I am your Uncle and therefore, as a chief I am disqualified from deciding your case. In addition, our tradition is that all stand before the deciding chief as equals. Look, you are here. Where is he? Therefore, as a chief, I cannot decide your case. Happily, I am your uncle. As your uncle, I am glad to decide the case.”

The chief gave his decision, “The second giving of Torah, 16:20 tells us, ‘Tzadic, Tzadic [1]will be your way so that live, and inherit the land which the Personal name your Mighty Judge gives you.”

From the chief commented, “If you were a Tzadic, a just man, you would see your neighbor was a man in need. You would lend him your finest supervisor to teach him to till his crops, and your finest accountant to show him how to keep his books. “You need to give him twenty-five of your finest acres, which are surplus to you. That way he will afford to feed and take care of himself. So ordered, Bailiff, make it happen.”

 

Curtis related, “This is bringing harmony back to the tribe and this is justice. Listen, ‘A voice calls out from the wilderness. Take your hands and push every obstacle out of the way. Move aside the Himalaya bushes and the weeds.”

Curtis commanded, “Make a path for our Mighty Savior. The Name is coming, and indeed, he is at the very door of your lives. Look at the parts of your lives where nobody sees or hears. Look at your thoughts and at your feelings. Get them ready, for The Name is coming into these inner most places.”

 

Curtis asked, “Has life turned your every life force into a valley with grief and hunger? God will fill it. The Mighty Judge will humble everyone who makes himself into a mountain and hill of pride. Remember, Russia, the attitude, not the nation, comes from our word, ‘Rosh’ meaning head, or those who think themselves first.”

Curtis also related, “The Mighty Judge will make straight the people crooked with bad backs and low spirits will, and he will make smooth the roads made rough with hardship. All flesh will see the salvation of our Mighty Savior.”

 

People from Sacramento, and all of the surrounding counties came out to see Curtis E. John. When they came, he took them out into the lake, and submerged them as a way to wash away their errors.

He did this for three reasons. First, errors make a person spiritually dirty. More important, people err when they follow their eyes. The inner eye is composed of water and needs to be turned. Therefore, the cleaning is with water. The third reason for washing with water is that men are hot with misguided desires. Nothing cools down like cool, flowing water.

 


[1] Tzadic means both Justice and Charity. The reason the Deuteronomy 16:20 repeats the word is because the first time it refers to Justice, and the second time, to Charity. http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0516.htm

I believe In God in the Nicene Creed pt 3 But who is God?


As Christians, we believe God is One, yet he is three, the Trinity of Father, Son and Spirit. Does this mean any of these definitions is wrong? No! It means we have transcended language. Are we wrong to transcend language? No! We are a Christian Community. As Christian Community, we must talk about the transcendent to be a community and to pass on our heritage to the next generation. Wittgenstein says it well, we must “climb out through them, on them, over them. We must so to speak throw away the ladder, after we have climbed up on it. We must surmount these propositions; then we see the world rightly. Whereof one cannot speak, one must be silent.”

I believe in God, but what does it mean to believe in God?

Some argue, we can say this of God, but it also applies to other people. Wittgenstein is a secular writer, not Christian. The same really applies to other people and things. The person standing in front of us is a hypostasis who believes. He is far more, than he presents to us, and to himself. The rock standing in front of us is far more than it seems. We can live in this world oblivious to these facts; we will survive. We can be aware, sensitive to the fact that everything is more than it appears to be. This can only slow us down, and make us more sensitive, appreciative of God and his planet. This is what God calls us to be.

Our Catechism Sections 42-43 state: God transcends all creatures. We must therefore continually purify our language of everything in it that is limited, image-bound or imperfect, if we are not to confuse our image of God “The inexpressible, the incomprehensible, the invisible, ungraspable with our human representations. Our human words always fall short of the mystery of God. In speaking about God, our language is using human modes of expression; it really does attain to God himself, though unable to express him in his infinite simplicity.

We must recall that “between Creator and creature no similitude can be expressed without implying an even greater dissimilitude”; “We cannot grasp what God is; only what he is not, and how other beings stand in relation to him.”

The correct picture of God is easy enough for most to find. Psalms 131 begins our quest: “A Song of Ascents; of the Beloved. Personal Name, my heart is not high, nor upraised mine eyes; neither do I exercise myself in things too great or in things too wonderful for me. I have stilled and quieted my anima; like a weaned child with his mother; my anima is with me like a weaned child. Israel, hope in the Personal Name from this time forth and forever.”