17 December 2020

This morning, let us not consider what is happening in politics. Let us not look overmuch at how Vox Day pushed his traffic up 160% due to goolag deciding he was a purveyor or malware, which is the truth.

Think instead of the glory of God. We cannot withstand it in this life. To touch the ark of eh covenant was life ending. David, who loved God, was afraid of that power. So should we be.

It is the people without understanding who think that fooling with the things of the spiritual will not turn and bite. And those who damn Christ are without comprehension. For Christ is greater than the ark of the covenant.

2 Samuel 6:1-11

6 David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim. 3 And they carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. And Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart, 4 with the ark of God, and Ahio went before the ark.

5 And David and all the house of Israel were making merry before the Lord, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. 6 And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. 8 And David was angry because the Lord had burst forth against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah, to this day. 9 And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” 10 So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David. But David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household.

Hebrews 1:1-4

1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

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What then should we do? Too much speculation leads to error. The times are fallen. Most of our habits are corrupted. Truth is a revolutionary act. The answer is to torn to God. Hebrews is not easy. You need to think about the word, meditate on it, and pray. You do not disegange the brain. You harness it. Bruce Charlton speaks well here

There are plenty of spiritual teachers - especially in the New Age, but also among Christians - who assert that 'thinking' is a bad thing; and making various suggestions as to what should be done to ignore or stop it.

By my understanding; all such notions become a lethal problem in a world dominated by evil - since any individual that is simply immersed in his environment, passive and absorptive, doing what comes 'naturally in response to whatever is around him... as of 2020 any such person will be doing the work of evil.

Yet it needs to be acknowledged that there is some validity in the criticism of thinking. It could reasonably be said that bad thinking is a bad thing - and most thinking is bad!

On the other hand, 'good thinking' - which I have variously termed the primary thinking of the real self, intuition, and direct knowing - is perhaps the most important thing, here and now.

Interestingly, both those who regard all thinking as bad, and those who recognise the importance of good thinking, are often united in prescribing meditative practices and disciplines that in one way or another aim to 'control' thinking.

I have come to believe that this is misguided; and that thinking cannot valuably be-controlled; because every attempt to control thinking uses, works-from, some lower from of mental activity such as habit (which is a sub-human behaviour), deliberately altered consciousness (e.g. by drugs, active imagination or 'shamanic' practices), or will-power (which is a superficial and labile, personality-level motivation).

So what can be done if 'good thinking' cannot be achieved by any kind of 'systematic effort'?

Well, we can recognise when good thinking is-happening. We can know that this kind of thinking is intrinsically a good thing, and can attend to it; and later reflect-upon it.

Such behaviour is iteelf (to some extent) an act of attunement and alliance with God's creative work.

O did not become of Christ for emotion as much as an understanding of these facts: Christ lived. Christ died. And he rose again. When I comprehended this was because of what I had done wrong that he suffered and died, being of Christ was my duty and honour.

It became a joy later.

This is why the truth is very, very important. Like t true mirror, it shows our flaws. Where we need to change. Repent. This world would have us enslaved.

And this is why we need to pray for each other. We are standing against a culture that is evil, and wants us to agree with it.

But we were called to give glory to God, and not them.