One of the reasons we can trust that God will remake us is that he made us in the first place. It is useful for a minute to consider how we were before the fall, and the blessing recorded to Adam gives the agenda we were to follow.
– Be fruitful. Multiply. Do not be afraid of filling the earth: fill the earth.
– You have dominion over the earth. You are to husband and care for and subdue the earth.
– All good things, meat and fruit and seed, you can eat.
There was a division between man, made in the image of God, and the beasts of the field and air. We were made as men and women.
And it is also worth nothign that every part of this Adamic covenant is now deeply badthink to the woke.
The things of God are no longer accepted parts of conversation. This may go back to the compromise that led to the development of the nation-state in Europe: both Catholics and Protestants were told they could be good Englishmen or Frenchmen and owe allegiance to their king. The previous rule was that the Kingdom worshipped in the same manner — Catholic or Protestant — as the King, and this led to wars of religion as both sides schemed to have a person of their faith on the throne.
The residue of this is that the person sitting on the English Throne must be a communicant member of the Anglican church and is the head of that Church. They cannot be, for instance, a Mason: our current Queen’s father had to leave Freemasonry when he became king.
Instead we are now informed that we should be guilty about being man or woman or fruitful or married: we should instead worship the dysfunctional.
This has never ended well.
20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
4 These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
If God created once — and the theory of general evolution has so many holes in it that it has been modified into a series of crises and mass extinctions over time, in a manner akin to the countercycles for Aristotles model of the universe — he can create again.
Christ showed us that there was a new creation, and Paul gives us comfort. There is a reason this is read at most funerals.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
What we need to do, therefore, above all, is consider what God wants. Not what this world wants. I’m quoting from the compliers of a new anthology of Orthodox Teachings, for when I look at the Orthodox Church I see something that is pre medieval. Modernity has nothing to do with it. And they struggle with this world. We all do, but they are more aware of it.
Contemporary Christians, alas, can become easily distracted from the primary goal of our lives, which is Christ. We are surrounded by a world that, in some ways, is entirely foreign to us; we are surrounded by non-Christian ideologies and an abundance of information from a multitude of sources. It is really easy to accept it all and give in to the ideologies of this world, which are not consonant with Christianity. In this way, these spiritual instructions give us an opportunity to reflect on what is most important – to enliven our spirit, to reflect on whether we are living as Christians. As stated in the preface, the Christian will find in this book a means to contemplation and self-understanding, a source of comfort and inspiration, and instruction on the spiritual life from people who lived not too long ago, encountered the challenges and horrors of modernity without tearing their gaze from Christ, and sowed the seeds of the word of God. This book is a reminder not to tear one’s gaze from Christ.
At this time, there are too many distractions. One of the things that happens when we get away from it all for a time is that the distractions disappear. This world runs on fear, greed, and blackmail. It relies on decisions made in dark, driven by the needs of this world.
Be very certain that they want you to forget Christ. Your “Protestant work ethic” — in my world, shared by Christians of all stripes — is to useful. So work, but to their agenda. This is frankly blasphemous. Frances Berger gives us a correction. I should add that he is describing progressive Christianity.
And the fortification of our new totalitarian System is the new creation we all need to work on, and my job is to willingly, consciously, and actively turn my back on Christ and heaven and get to work helping the totalitarian System be an even better totalitarian System! I don’t have to think about it at all! I can outsource my thinking and every other aspect of my mortal life to the System. Yea, me!
There is a straight line from the heaven-on-earth reality of Jesus’ resurrection to the heaven-on-earth vocation of his followers. By his Spirit, we can be the difference the world needs. We can make the difference the world needs.
I can’t comment anymore. This is more than blasphemy – it’s a spiritual death sentence.
Anyone who willingly, actively, and consciously partakes in anything resembling this kind of vision of hope is beyond all hope.
Over this weekend, over the last week, all that I have really had in my head to write about is the gospel. It is all that matters.
For we are not called to be aligned with the spirit of this age, or the rulers we have, or their plans. We are to be like Christ. Yes this is a mystery.
But this I know: we are not to be like them.