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The Versatility and Architectural Liberties
of the Spirit of Man
In the book of Proverbs, in such sites as 15:20, 30, 16:9, 22, 32, 17:4, 9, 18:4, 15, 19:8, 21 we see some fascinating helps as we address the topic, How Do We Think ?
You may wonder why this topic is arising … ? In fact, it has come because my wife has reminded me that when our son and first child was around 4, he asked just that question. It is an elemental and absorbing question, and requires attention.
To start our approach, let us cite from
Acme, Alpha and Omega:
since this will set the tone.
Dancing! unwise. Flying! unsafe. Soaring, insufficiently pedestrian. You will usually get grumpy glooming somewhere. On the other hand, it is easy to be flamboyant, effervescent and fail to recognise the realities of a situation.
But air! There is something so free, and birds, it is their habitat, element and highway. How their liberty is admirable. Striking to memory is the recall of a vast panegyric of motion, a flinging and winging of masses of birds, once seen near sunset time by recollection, birds that sang in motion, cavorted in captivating swirls and whorls, with changing leaders, hundreds of yards of them in vertical ascending puffs of wing.
was first mentioned in The Spirit of Envy, Ch. 8 of The
"Then seemingly unaccountably, they burst out laughing, for they had just noticed the swallows flitting with such an energy of desperate contortion that they themselves exploded like iridescent soap bubbles. I watched another thrust of birds, in their hundreds, rising and dancing, ballet-dancing, in teams and in arms of bird-flight, then re-assembling in what makes ballet look ignominious by comparison, soaring up hundreds of yards in luminous artistry, regrouping, separating into elements, geometrical in display, then collating themselves in glorious vigour and indifference to 'technical problems'. Life! What exuberance."
will notice the association of the children with this flight and extravagance
of imaginative motion. Theirs too is to find the wings of thought and life, and
to soar with exuberant wisdom. But how may the wisdom be found ? As Job puts
"But where can wisdom be found ?
And where is the place of understanding ?
Man does not know its value,
Nor is it found in the land of the living.
The deep says, 'It is not in me',
And the sea says, 'It is not with me.'
"It cannot be purchased for gold...
From where then does wisdom come ?
And where is the place of understanding ?
It is hidden from the eyes of all living,
And concealed from the birds of the air.
"Destruction and earth say,
'We have heard a report about it with our ears.'
God understands it way,
And He knows it place...
He saw wisdom and declared it;
He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out.
And to man He said,
'Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.' " (From Job 28.)
The birds, you will note, do NOT have wisdom, but oh they SHOW it! It has been searched out (see Barbs, Arrows and Balms 27 on the delightful presentation in Proverbs 8 on the everlasting and lively wisdom which is God's constant companion, His word who became the Messiah, clothed in flesh, exuberant with power, imagination, immovable in truth, incarnate from heaven). Like the birds, we do not have wisdom either, that is, mankind as such; but we can KNOW it. THAT is one fundamental difference.
THE FEAR OF THE LORD
While many of the creation can perceive things, follow instincts and activate equipment, to us it is given to KNOW wisdom ... IF we go where it is, for "God understands its way" and hence "the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding". Beautiful words, like cascading waterfalls of pure, mountain waters coming through the lively verdure, adorning itself with butterflies and the drone of active bees.
It is the perversity of man so frequently NOT to see this "fear of the Lord" as an invitation to the directed energies of divinely donated dynamics - like that flight of the birds observed above - but as a crimping, cramping, damping, if not damaging restraint, restriction and penalty for being religious.
It is quite true that religion CAN be the movement of cultural occlusion, the profusion of imaginative follies and extravagances of thought of man, and so can the stomach become bulging (one has seen some examples recently with which the imagination does not wish to be connected by memory) through misuse, or a mind disordered through misconception. It is not abuse but use which is in point.
To KNOW what is wisdom, when you see how bountiful are its dispositions in the creation; and to find it in the source, the creator, the conserver and the judge, and to find Him amenable, available for discourse, and to find that He even HAS discoursed in the Bible on precisely what our position is, and is not, and where truth and righteousness and purity and the splendour of cleansed spirit and comradeship in the love of truth and of God may be found ... what is this ?
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It is where it came from, in the earth’s construction, in this mind’s organisation and dynamism, in this spirit’s enduement and imbuement with the power to realise the real. It is to be found in God, whose it is.
Thus in Proverbs we find, “A wise son makes a glad father…” Why ? Clearly it is because the son is not only the possessor of a brilliantly organised body, the potential for an acutely perceptive and discriminating mind, as standard equipment, duly and carefully developed since birth, but of knowledge concerning his SPIRIT. Where is the appointed equipment to be disposed, to what ends and aims, and with what reason, with how deep an understanding of the background, basis and thrust of things, of the originator of the originated exposition of thought and purpose, which constitutes much of man, does the child come to act ? This is the question, beyond to be or not to be. It is to be wise, or not to be.
The glad father is contented, for wisdom has nestled under the wings, beneath the vision and in the mind of the sound son. The lad has grown to perceive purity, realise reality and to walk not only where paths are, but to make paths on the principles of understanding, so that even innovation is bound by faith to the grandeur and scope of creation’s master, occupied with the spirit of truth, so that he pursues that exhilarating capacity into the realm of things which man has to invent, without rancour, spite or egotism, yes for the glory and wonder of that God who made all.
In Proverbs 15:30, we find this: “The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and a good report makes the bones healthy.”*1
HOW do we think ? There is a dynamic which thrusts into the scope of thought, a purpose which grips the soaring spirit of man, for beyond the forms of thought, there is ideation, ideology, imaginative recreation, and past the logical topography of the splendour of the garden of man’s mind and spirit, at least as it was created or is redeemed, comes the meteorological, the spiritual grasp and vision, the elevation of understanding and the cordiality of energy which looks to the heavens, and sighs with relief, to the earth and governs the understanding, giving perspective to life and power to perception.
The concept of HEIGHTENED PERCEPTION enters here, for a man may look, for example at a page in some book with dull eyes, seeing words and little meanings; or with happy eyes, seeing thrust and point and gaining understanding; or again, with heightened perception, and if you will, seeing THROUGH the words and paragraphs, movements of mind, finding the thrust of spirit, tendency and trend of discourse, meeting to some degree, not only the mind of the author of the work, but the very spirit of the deliverance.
Perhaps in some instances, where the work is good, the reader may even be lifted towards or even into the perception of the world of objective reality to which the author’s mind addresses itself, and move with him/her to the territories themselves, and share these. If the birth is right, the equipment is donated: that of course is the limit (John -14, 3:3,6, 14, 16).
Shakespeare is perhaps a good example of what predisposes towards such meta-mental action, such spiritual inducements, and this is precisely why so many of the soliloquies to be found in his works have such appeal. You may perceive not merely the particularities and personal adjuncts of the historical person who is speaking, but the principles which are pursued, the themes which grip the character who discourses – like Hamlet in his “To be or not to be, that is the question” - that one thinks WITH the writer, ON his topic, and moves like an accompanying glider in the same upthrust as that of his neighbour, above the fields of the actual situation, to begin to perceive why it is what it is, how it is what it is, where it trends, why it does so and in what atmosphere of reality it is after all, moving.
Beyond this, one may consider, as it were peripherally, the adequacy or otherwise of the parameters of the thought, the truth or otherwise of the principles it directly adduces or indirectly assumes, dispose sympathy or abhorrence on the relationship of the thought to the actions of the person, who perhaps seeing much, does little, or knowing much perversely distorts, or knowing but little, wonderfully disposes it to good.
In Repent or Perish Ch. 7,
in a way which is so cognate to, yet diverse from the above, we considered an environment of actualities in the work of the mind and spirit of man, which is reproduced below, since it also is so germane to our present point, and extends it briefly.
WITH OPTIONS PROVIDED FOR MAN
(View as one skyscraper: floors are in general in order of their management significance, though this may vary.)
1. Principal (top floor)
4-6. personality-imagination-expression (PIE)
8-10. priorities, penchants, affections (PPA)
11. purpose and purposes
12-15. comprehension-analysis-intelligence-mind (CAIM)
19. principial error
21. performance error
29. cells (equipped as per 24-28, the 5 S - Words)
34. subsistence (ground floor)
These are operational data relating to man.
Added to these, further functionalities could be noted, such as:
CREATIVITY, INTER-PERSONAL CONSTRUING; LOGIC, MEMORY, SYNTHESIS, SYSTEMS, DISCIPLINED-IMAGINATIVE-CONSTRUCTION;
SURVEY - WITHIN AND WITHOUT.
While these extend our sight of the donated territories accorded to man, they can be understood in such terms as: mind, spirit and their intimate inter-relation. Here we see not only worlds within worlds in the construction called man - a multiplicity of cosmoi, but a disparity of components, duly combined and correlated to work as one unit: that is the art and essence of creation.
The splendour of the architecture that creates, together with the
wonder of the elements in man, themselves creations -
the legally inert substructure; the vitally informed, the alert, the discerning, the comprehending;
and the volitionally directive, the spiritually profound,
these in their display and their unison attest and verify at
work... the sublimity of divinity.
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A New Excerpt from this same chapter follows below, to allow us to condense to our purpose, the survey from that site. Parts of it are emphasised for our easier action.
At the outset in our site, we have first noted and then examined two "books" - and it is very close to LITERALLY two books. They are both exceptionally well-known,
the Bible for the mind and the heart of man, and the DNA for his structure.
Each is inscribed with efficiency, profound symbolic coherence and cohesion, intimate capacity for correlation with command, system to the finest point, and just that combination of meaning and symbolic method which constitutes design, direction and communication. If this is not communication, nothing could be.
This however is not all. There are two additional books, somewhat more figurative, but not in the least imaginary. The FUNCTIONS to which EACH OF THESE EXTRA 'BOOKS' REFERS is as real as any between two covers in our ambit and purvey of scholars.
The third then, or the first of the two extra books is this:
the co-ordination of mental world and physical world, auditory reception and command execution, between the man whose bodily equipment is programmed, and the world
which has its physical and botanical, biological equipment programmed. The programs intermesh well; their symbolic sub-structures are unitary in kind, so that the efforts of the one, avail in the other, the impacts of the one are understood in the other, and (cf. Predestination and Freewill, Part 4), there are no alogisms to be found: the logic is unitary.
More, the mind of man, using programmed sub-structures for its ultra-programmatic progressions and pursuits, can understand the products that surround him.
There is therefore, and this is the fourth book, this second unit in our second series: and
this is the comprehension-combination that transcends.
It goes far beyond the mere structural logical cohesion and synthesis. To emit and receive in terms of a common system is one thing, extremely magnificent though this created product undoubtedly is; but to be so prepared in spirit and mind, so that the raw materials, themselves coherent and cohesive between the two systems, within and without, are able to be grasped, intuited, subjected to imaginative incursions, brought into the scope of thought and will and analysis, yes of understanding for action by the non-material, purpose-proposing, imaginative dimension of the being called man, his spirit, this is the next generation of marvel. (Cf. SMR pp. 348ff..)
Yet it would seem indeed scapegrace in gratitude to God who performed this production with the necessary linguistic, mathematical, comprehensive, analytical skill to manufacture symbols and significances (symbol targets), intimations and executions, thought sub-structures in logic and meaning, and interaction with a subject also formed, if we did not notice a fifth book.
This is the power to ruminate concerning the Maker Himself.
This naturally is the copestone, to which the imaginary relationship of Pinocchio to his craftsman corresponds in reality. Right through to the inward realisation of the thrust of the logic, the communality of the communication, the direction of the design, the strategy of the construction, man can peer toward the God who made him.
He can do more. It is not necessary in this field to speak of a 5th book, although it would be perfectly meaningful. One prefers not to do so, as at the level we have now reached, the affair is inter-personal to such an extent that the term 'book', so fitting earlier, is somewhat distanced. Rather this is the intimacy-provision for creator and creature when that creature is man. This is what book No. 1 provides for (the Bible), book No.2 is sub-structured to enable (the cells DNA and allied phenomena, atomic parameters and provisions), book No. 3 ascends to substantiate, book No. 4 arises to confirm. We shall however give it a name: there is in this fifth dimension, a correlation that is spiritual in kind, so that it may be termed scope for spiritual communication, and for concord.
We are moving from the concept of 'book' to that of 'look', or inter-personal interchange.
This allows testing of promises, assimilation of pronouncements, reaction to orders, comprehension of commands, in a SETTING of illumination of conspectus, like a search-light revealing from the nose of an aeroplane, the configuration of the land far below, and something of the ways of those who live there.
This is an ultra-programmatic conspectus, and an inter-personal opening.
It is a vista on the divine.
In Repent or Perish Ch. 7 we proceed to the Biblical realities which give just as stoutly certain a basis for all the innovations, excursions, flights and surveys as radar plus cameras could of the surface below as an aircraft passes swiftly through.
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ADMIRING THE CREATED ARCHITECTURE OF OUR SPIRITS,
THEIR SCOPE AND AGENCY
What then ?
The spirit of man over the realm, the
multiplicities of which, the integration of which, the sheer precipitous
heights of which, the depths for which are so profound,
is at work estimating, consciously
evaluating, assessing logical rectitude, perceptive accuracy and accord,
conceptual adequacy, orientative acuteness, display and disposition of
elements, cohesion of parts, comprehensibility of the whole, reason for it,
results from it,
so that the intellect, the mind,
supplying the interface between spirit and those realms into which man is so
acutely placed by his constructor, sings with joy at the magnificence of it,
and his spirit rejoices with heart
at the conspectus of it,
while the one who has FOUND his
Maker, exults in the personal acquaintance with such a Master builder, such a
fountain of wisdom so exuberant,
· and thrills at the prospect of walking and working in the very presence of such power, understanding, yes … and WISDOM!
There is an exhilaration and exuberance which comes, like the look and fragrance of flowers to the ardent horticulturalist, which not merely draws, but enables (Ephesians 1:17ff.), reposing like flowers in their scenic display, coloured by the sun of benevolence, moved into comprehension by the wind of understanding, coming from the Creator of all, known on His premisses, by grace, and in His premises, by faith (cf. Ephesians 1:6,11), no mere meeting, but a positioning as in a household.
Matter’s own design moves beneath all this, as paper is beneath the pen of the author, or a blank screen in front on his electronically applied eyes. The spirit of man is however not merely an instrument committed to such glorious gyrations, such commanding adventures, such U 2-like surveys, such glidings into territories formerly but vaguely intuited, but now seen; for like your car, it has its own needs.
one sometimes find in a given area (as one found late yesterday) such a spirit
of negativity, of callow and bold indifference to God, such a very fever of
aversion in the children of men ? Some neighbourhoods seem almost to BREED it,
like rats in
It is because the spirit of man has needs and if these are neglected, what happens ? It is like the beautiful and expensive car which one man given much money following an accident, bought for himself. It was so wonderful that its needs of oil and the like, did not appear to occur to him. The engine appeared ruined! Great as is the car, great also is its need. It may not be complicated if you understand it, but it is NECESSARY.
The greater the inworking of design, the greater the integration of parts, components; the higher the flights of thought involved; the more the exposure to the environment, the more likely is it that the need will be crucial and perhaps occur soon, or if not, bite hard if in its time it is not met!
It is so with this glorious series of interfaces and interactions, regions of realisation and scopes of performance, this multiplicity of action interchanges and this whole skyscraper of co-functionalities, supervised by spirit and interpreted through mind, known as MAN! There is, to follow the car image, a spiritual need for oil, for water, for adjustment … NOT principally to respond to measures to the environment, since it is DESIGNED to meet that: but to meet its OWN changing jars and thrusts, which may displace this or that at first slightly, but then so as to be unsightly, dysfunctional or perilous.
There is for the spirit of man, a need quite simply not for a mere mechanic, as is so also for the mind, which is more than an automated organisation and so does not respond to mere drugs or psychiatric manipulation, except in dull or inadequate ways, lacking the sparkle and depth appropriate: there is need for the Spirit of the Maker. Spirit begets, for love gives, and tends to amplify; and what is so begotten, needs spirit. Hence man is social in kind. His spirit is a communicative medium and a personal disposing agent, and it is built for company. If necessary, as in solitary confinement, it can commune with itself; but there is always something missing if man does not commune beyond himself.
If necessary, as in a submarine or space craft, it can commune intensively and intimately with other spirits, or it may suffer the chills of being able to do so while in fact socially indisposed, and so forth: but there is still something missing when man is alone, even without the companionship of God. He is made otherwise.
It is what, then, in the life of the spirit of a man, that is quite indispensable to the ardour and the amplitude of life ? It is the Master Spirit, the Creator who made man to have not only the THOUGHT capacities and the ROVING realizations of adventures of mind and spirit, but to have the SPIRITUAL NEEDS of that supervisory being who made it with interface, if you will, or spiritual fealty provisions, if you won’t, for Himself.
Without this, the THRUST capacity of the spirit of man can become the BUST desire of the suicide, the peacock VANITY of the proud, the PUSH proclivity of the eternal adolescent, never realizing the nature of truth, and putting himself/herself into that central command module which it manifestly cannot rationally have, being itself a product in a place of portent, not a king in his majestic domain. The universe certainly does not revolve around any one of us!
With this Spirit of God Himself, then man must commune or become distorted, like one of those horrific looking major crash cars, still vain with its pretence, its memories, but hideously dysfunctional.
It is this dysfunctionality which breeds violence of body, as in terrorists, or of mind, as in dogmatic intrusivists, that bane of afflicted universities, as in the evolutionary myth (cf. SMR pp. 140ff., cf. TMR Ch.1, Wake Up World! Your Creator is Coming … Chs. 4, 5, 6, Secular Myths and Sacred Truth Chs. 8).
Likewise it breeds those unhallowed self-adulations of spirit which, be they clothed with specious humility, or arrant in manifest arrogance, strut their way like beserk struts to an aeroplane’s wings, walking away in ‘glory’ to the devastation of the flight powers of the aircraft itself!
Ø It is this which breeds most often, the cynics, and sours the sceptics. They do not like what they see, and hide their eyes from the pathology, ignore the opposite examples of clarity and charity, and as if seized by a spiritual coughing fit, distort reality to suit their mood (cf. SMR Ch. 3).
Man, then, has need of an embracive spiritual communion not only if possible, with others of his ilk, but as necessary, with the wonder of His Maker. It is not an option, any more than is food to the body. You can fast; but not forever. You can boast of your fasting power, but it will not merely slow you down; it will destroy your body in the end, just as inept spiritual fasting from God, will destroy your spirit in the end. To that, there must be added the prospect of judgment, for the Creator has made wonderful spiritual automobiles, but not so that they neglect the oil, or use paraffin instead.
Let us change, however, the imagery, after stating it principially. Man’s mind is instrumental, his spirit purposive, and it may communicate its purposes to the mind, which then adduces purposes of its own in fulfilment of the perspective of the adventures, the plans and the perspectives spiritually in view. All these components, though wonderfully integrated for procedure, have their own needs.
Let us look at the phenomenon of programming not only for comparison, but for contrast with the ‘running’ of man: in this, that much is beyond our own specifyings, but with care, for it is not nearly adequate for comparison, since the very spirit of man which CREATES the computer program in deference to the spiritual confines and profiles of the person concerned, is itself not a program. We can make what resembles in a little, what we are, but in so doing, we are conceiving and creating in a way which transcends what we are making!
Our programs thus invented may run as directed, but man can make errors on purpose, or even despite his purpose, one of his properties being independent will, which though it can be captured by culture, enslaved by sin (anti-creator specifications which the roving mind illegally institutes for its own pleasure, defying the maker and defiling the equipment concerned).
Nevertheless, in limited degree, the concept of program can contribute to our understanding of some features here.
Thus it appears that in the program on this computer, which is currently being used, there is a programmatic whole which is integrated to the purposes of the maker, to interact and respond mutually with that necessarily adeptly and acutely correlated conceptuality which enables cohesive action; but there is more. It seems that the SCAN DISK operation, which is to check for deformities, enormities, irregularities, disk distortions, like chaff among the wheat, displaced file pieces, non-correlations of names and items and the like, is somewhat sui generis2.
That is, it has a measure of independence PRECISELY so that it may help to preserve the due DEPENDENCE, mutual inter-dependence of the REST! It has the function of offering and working in a somewhat surveying scenario, over the scene. In this, it is of course limited, being a mere slave device. It is its survey with comparative independence which is striking, for so do we survey the very work of our own minds, and investigate with our own principles the devices and indications of our own spirits.
Thus, the spirit of man must do far more than respond even to program, in considering the features of its field, both internal and external, yes and towards its Maker, that third dimension, that ultimate environment. It must SCAN the scene and relate each part to the other and to specifications; but it must also consider the developments, the principles and the very purposes themselves. This then takes us two steps upwards: first to the CAPACITY for review, prone to error of appetite and apperception, and then to the ultimate character of its assessments.
To do this, it needs PRINCIPLES, and these need CORRELATION WITH REALITY, rather than merely with imagination. This is but one reason why it is ESSENTIAL that the spirit of man be prompted by reason as well as drawn by its spiritual need and aptitude for reality, must find what is the case, and not merely imagine that in religion, imagination is of the slightest relevance, if it is not disciplined by data, truly operational by being duly constrained, and not erratically fey, as is the way with some.
TAKING THE GRANT FOR GRANTED
Yesterday one met an interesting phenomenon of spirit. A youngish lady was vigorously (not to say triumphantly) washing her car: that is, with some panache. When one arrived to present this home with some testimony of Christ, she enunciated this dictum: I DO NOT BELIEVE IN ANYTHING!
Such was the spiritual swagger, to be sure toned down with that sense of sad inadequacy and strutting superficiality germane to such cases, that after advising that this disbelief IN ANYTHING, would not remove it, one considered the mood of this person.
To disbelieve in ANYTHING is logically impossible. If you have a PERSON yourself, is this to be the announcer of such a view, the propounder and the sustainer of it ? What then is its validity, assumed in order to enable such a declaration ? Is a thing, call it human: to be born without consent, to die without permission, to have parents without selection, to have schools often without participation in the final decision, politics without desire, diseases of mind or body without permission, and is it to think by equipment donated and to reason by premises unpropounded by itself - is this, then, such a protoplasmic item, such a personal icon, as it quickly may become, to make BELIEVING in something to have anything to do with its actual EXISTENCE ?
But of course: provided it is objectively oriented to truth, knowledgeable about reality, logically apt, personally sound, has access to what really is the case and knows why it is so. In short, if such a being knows God, well, such a statement could, in principle, be meaningful. If on the other hand, the person actually DOES know God, then HE MUST be there to know. Hence the only way such a statement could be right, would come when it was wrong. It must deny what it assumes to have any chance of being right. This is not a good way to begin.
In fact, in terms of reason and of data (cf. Repent or Perish Chs. 2, 7, SMR, TMR), one not only must want to know the Creator, but know HOW to know the Creator. Even the Queen can not be arbitrarily summoned to an audience, except perhaps for that singular occasion when a burglar, or interloper came to talk to her in her own private bedroom at the Palace (human inadequacy of security, it would seem, not royal indifference to such interludes). How does one obtain an appointment ? There is certainly to be a sense of protocol, and often of need as well.
How would one gain interview with God ? Seeking Him might help, but it would, as with all interviews, have to be in the right place. It is no use seeking an interview with an Egyptian prince, if such still linger, by surveying the social scene in Iceland. Seeking Him with all the heart would be most effective, but this damaged and often deranged instrument of man can be obtrusively occlusive, darkening the motives, despoiling the search through the vanities of mind and flesh which would command otherwise (cf. Romans 7, 1).
Without God, confidence is no substitute for accuracy, nor is self-esteem a replacement for ascertainment of the facts. A date with data is precisely unreliable when one has first a date with sin, a donation of alienation, a flirtation with imagination instead of a meeting with majesty, a flit, conscious or otherwise, from God rather than a meeting with Him, all this with the vanity of self-pleasing to boot (cf. Ephesians 4:17-19, Romans 1, II Thessalonians 2:8-10).
God is simply not available except on His own terms. It is even to some extent parallel in material and mental things. If you misapprehend a matter, when dealing with matter, as many physicists often do (cf. SMR pp. , .), sometimes with vapid virulence from adjoining philosophers (cf. SMR pp. .), this too prevents entry of understanding, the meeting, in this case, of the realities concerned.
How much more is God not to be found by looking in the navel of matter, in the interstices of mind; for He is to be found where the constructor of the predisposed forms and formalities of matter and mind alike, have found their origin, and that being by definition not matter itself, nor merely a series of mental phenomena, but is spiritual! Thus in Isaiah 55, we find that God is to be sought WHILE He may be found. Such is the spirit of man, that fatuous vacuities of thought can impinge on it, like stray cats wanting to be adopted, and then seize it, making it subject to their thrust, as when cat fanciers become besotted. This is not to depreciate cats, but to deprecate vain perspectives.
In fact, if the DNA show the custom built parameters and procedures, so the Bible shows the custom made principles and commands. Both are verifiable in action, inspectable in kind, and assessable in result. The correlation in each case is over the whole contour, except that in the DNA, such is the intricacy of the dispersion of information, that one must take care not to ostracise the attendants in the acknowledgement of the chief source. When data in and data to parallel are in view, it is no great feat to match them. Small interpretative gift is needed to watch their consonance or dissonance.
GRANTING WHAT MAY BE TAKEN
God went far, as with the spoiled creation, man, made necessary, in multitudes of prophets, in the governed State of Israel of old, in His dealings WITH it by the prophets, His words TO it in the same way, and the eventuations only too visible to those who often heard them! However, He went far further than this (cf. SMR Ch. 1, where it is demonstrated), and sent not only words (like the DNA procedures for action), but a Person (like the researcher looking at the words or DNA, to use our type). Exactly mirroring who He is, by Being God Express, this Person exhibits the attributes of God, not in form, too glorious to study, but in our own format, so lowly as to bear searching, and searching indeed was His reception.
They assailed him with vehement lawyer type trick questions and interrogations (cf. Luke -54), investigations and eventually, legally construed assassination (cf. John -51). It was not pretty. It was however illustrative of five things: the patience of God (you NEED patience to invent so intricate a universe as this one, so vastly interfaced and eloquent an impresario work on interstices), the initiative of God (you NEED initiative to set about a task of this dimension, the stars and space merely as lace on the tapestry), the spiritual COVER FROM GOD and the RIGOUR of His regulation of justice with the rapture of His intra-positioning of mercy (cf. Romans 3:21-28).
historical revelation does not change, merely has become more manifest as God
opened more and more aspects with increasing demonstration and illumination,
over the millennia till Christ came. It is as settled now as then, all resting
solely, naturally enough, on Himself, hence without diffusion, disturbance or
mutation (cf. Ephesians 1:10, Galatians 1:6-10, Philippians 2:1-11, cf. TMR Ch. 3
with Ch. 2). It is this
precisely which is one of its major criteria. It does not depend on WHICH man was
a prophet, which TRIBE he came from, which NATION he predicted in (Jews being
The New Covenant likewise declares, in Christ, its total accord with the unchanging God, from whom the Old Covenant came (Matthew -20). It is just the rose flowering after bud; if you destroy the bud, the flower does not come; if you destroy the flower, the bud is not advanced!
Thus we have met the DNA book, the Bible as one whole revelation, the Christ as the personal emissary and manifestation of God, incarnate and definitive (Hebrews 1), and the complementarity without alteration of principle in the least degree, of the Old and the New Covenant, Paul himself at length summarizing just this thing (as in Romans 4, 11 cf. references*4).
What however is the fifth dimension, criterion and characteristic of the divine revelation and self-attestation ? It is this. Love: love for one’s pony leads one to brush its foaming sides, bless its frothing mouth, after hard gallop, with liquid, loosen or remove its bridle as soon as possible, lead it gently to its paddock, or provide it with a coat when it is cold. Functionality might do much of this, but there is a certain tenderness, esprit de corps, empathy which, inhabiting the procedure, transforms it. A good horse may know it! Horses can be quite like dogs in some ways, especially when happy.
With God, as in some well-prepared University Physics or Chemistry Faculty, goes the Handbook appropriate for the course. Which course then it this one ? It is the course of approach to God, finding God, working and walking with God, having the facility of understanding from God (Ephesians 1:17ff.), the power of God for His purposes (Psalm 57) and the peace of God so important in perceiving His will, admiring His majesty and having fellowship personally with Him (Philippians 4, Isaiah 26:1ff.).
Love enhances understanding, helps preclude misunderstanding, aids appreciation, aids the mind to envisage and be imbued in the perspectives and pursuits of its object, does not aggravate the folly, but seeks to overcome it. Without this, everlasting hatreds and frothing follies, revenges and indifferences arise like rodents, grasshopper plagues, consuming all, giving nothing.
With this goes marvellous restraint, for goodness it not to be found in force, itself mere abrogation of personality’s place which, except it be in divine judgment to expose the chronic pathology in the acquired death syndrome. So God offers, does not compel; operates but acts in integrity; confers but does not rupture. It is in and to faith that not rupture, but recreation comes, like a seed that bursts into life above ground, instead of rotting below.
Let us consider it then.
Reason leads to the book as in SMR Ch. 1; the book leads to the Person who came at the announced date from hundreds of years beforehand (Highway of Holiness Ch.4 ), and did what was in precision and profusion announced a millennium beforehand, and then increasingly over the continuing centuries, till it had reached a vast array of identikit phenomena by 500 B.C. (cf. SMR Ch. 9). Thus the Person verifies the Book, just as history to the very day of Christ, and to this very contemporary hour in our own time, is verifying not only His words, but those in the covenant that was before He came (cf. Answers to Questions Ch. 5).
Moreover, pursuing reason is not only victorious evidentially, empirically and historically. It is a course which happily leaves undone what is better so; for the demolition of the instrument of thought in the interests of thought's constructions is an avenue for angst, indeed its expression, but it is far from being its solution as devastating the moon with a nuclear bomb would aid one to get there.
As to the book, that basis, necessity and criterion for valid thought (cf. TMR Ch. 5, Repent or Perish Chs. 2 and 7 ), it is nothing to do with the personal preference of this or that man, any more than feasible physics is this, though many try their hands in rationally ostracised appeals to reason! (see refs. above). Rather does it contain the summary, historically acute, the survey, the direction, the conveyance both of meaning and rule for life, to man, moving like a giant waterfall over its precipice, to flow on to develop fertility in the land.
What then is a major feature in this divine presentation: after the Cross of sin’s guilt-cancellation, provided in the life donation of the Messiah as a sacrifice, accursed on the cross to cover all who by faith receive Him as He is and for what He has done ? It is this: that it is the LIFE OF GOD which is shared, donated, made available (cf. I John 1:1-4, John , cf. John 15, the vine and the branches). That is what is the delight in I John 1, as also the perspective found in John 1.
This returns us to our correlative communion of spirit, ours with that of God, except that in correlation there is companionship, not of course parallel, since the inventor, however loving, remains categorically beyond the creation in power and glory. Indeed, in this case, the Creator of issuance being total, giving ground to all derivative system and interchange according to fixed parameters, or means, or delivered dynamics, He is infinitely beyond.
There is at least part of the charm of it, that this being so, He yet condescends (Philippians 2): and a Cross as a calling card, it is scarcely haughty! Here then is the aerodrome for the aeronautics of the soul, the word of God its ground, the gauge of understanding and of destiny; the grace of God its construction dynamic; and the Saviour, God as man, the very air it breathes and cause of its existence on the one hand, and acceptance on the other (cf. Ephesians 1:6,11).
As to this, it is made perpetual in ONE feature which is, in a creaturely sense, transferable. Thus the life which knows God IS eternal, as He is (John 17:1-3, -54, , I John 5:12ff.).
That is the way it is.
THINKING ? IT IS A
HOW THEN DOES ONE THINK ?
One thinks in terms of a structure of mind, body and spirit, one trilogy; of an interface designed and pre-prepared for this mind with matter and the lower creations; of a surveying censor and overviewer, which if divorced from the Maker, distorts, disturbs and presents a truly unlovely face, which in turn turns many away from each other.
As to this, it is presented for use in terms of logical profiles and forms on the one hand, pre-prepared and duly installed not with a computer originator or technician or both, but from the Creative Hand of the living God; indeed, especially under the auspices of a travailing and availing spirit which deploys mind, invents thought, conceives creations, effects purposes.
If again, this created spirit of man be without God, it finds no place for purposes except the adventitious, or the imagined, either absolutely or relatively, in terms of some merely subordinate purpose. Hence thought can be noble, notable, creative, disturbed, holy, happy, inspired, partially inspired with insights and partially fired by hell, in terms of desire to rule all, be all, have all; it can limp or whimp, lash or smash, construe or construct, moved by one’s spirit, minding or not minding its business in the domains of liberty or the acumens of industry.
We think because WE ARE PERSONS, so made, with adept equipment poured out into the moulds, the forms and the features of reason, spirit and emotion, personality and procedure, liberty and licence (cf. Licence for Liberty); and we think WITH this, just as we tend to disturb, distress or misdeploy these very things with the guile, the non-goodness, the non-grace which, being contrary to God, is also contrary to itself, so tending to make of man not merely a deceitful instrument (cf. Hosea 9:7), but a delusive thinker (Romans 1:16-19), occupied often with the more minor parameters (cf. Matthew 23) which depend less on the ultimates: man so further deluding himself into the imagination that he is competent to say this, I BELIEVE IN NOTHING!
The paraphernalia for thought, and above all, the spirit which inspires and directs it, can be trivialized, thus, as if this were no more than laughing in a void, aching with disavowals of its very interstices, inventing its invention by convention according to culture, not reality in terms of reason. Thus it readily becomes void of ground, and groundless in haste, the braying of a donkey because he has found pasture, but not at all considering the ground of his ground*3, or on what terms, or indeed for how long, it is available.
*1 Proverbs is arresting in this area. 16:9 tells us that “a man’s heart devises his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” There is the supernatural character in the ultimate, whether for the son or the renegade, as He assesses and disposes.
16:22: “Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly” – the intrusion of folly, the inclusion of understanding, the joint arraigning dynamics, the alternate illuminative dispositions, one such that if the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness, as Christ declared in the Sermon on the Mount.
: “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.” Here is seen the primacy of the function of spirit, over mere means, power deployment and limited objectives. The quality of what one is moves far beyond what one may accomplish, since the latter may be undone, but what is found in spirit in the Lord, is conserved by the eye of the Father of spirits; and what is application, is less than what applies it.
17:4: “One who does wicked things gives heed to false lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.” The consignment of the spirit is to its milieu, and the interplay of evils is cumulative.
17:9: “He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends.” The function of love, found in God as essential and inalienable, works wonders in man when it comes from and with understanding, which savours of the spirituality of God.
18:4: “The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom like a flowing brook.” Such is the blessedness, the refreshing, the naturalness of life when man walks with that supernatural Spirit who begot him, created his equipment, and can work in, through and with his spirit. When this occurs, there is a sort of scenic beauty, that of the composed, the comradely and of understanding of reality. It flows with a peaceful beauty.
: “The heart of the prudent gets knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
Data are important, and arranging them in the categories of thought and knowledge is pleasant to those who, loving the truth which is definable only in God, seeks it with relish and stores it with comfortable harmony, each part with the other. For this, there is appetite which is just, functional and good.
19:8: “He who gains wisdom loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding shall find good.”
Man is not the ultimate, nor an abstraction. Hence, being neither the matrix, centre nor fountain of the universe, he needs to find his foundation, to find it well, accurately and stably. This is the nature of life which is both derivative and significant for fellowship with God. It is not a reaction box, a response item, or a deployment utensil; hence it needs the understanding which appertains to persons, in the presence of the personal being who created him. Without this, he hates himself, finds evil and even if in the scurry of adventure, he rejoices in his own follies, yet is the end bitterness because empty pretence, pretension or both.
: “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless, the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” Man’s inventive spirit is the offspring of God’s creation, derivative, creaturely but capable of counsel, plan and pollution. Whatever he decides, is not a decree, but a desire; what is to occur is not what is made to happen by man, though in some things for some times his power may suffice to implement aspects of his own will, but what is suffered to occur by God. Such is His counsel that He can even predict the tactics of the deluded, as the wheel of history turns on the road to destiny, and has both done this and many similar exploits (cf. II Peter 2:1ff., II Timothy 3:1ff., I Timothy 4:1ff., Matthew 24, Isaiah 53, Daniel 9:27ff.).
Man loves to parade self-sufficiency, either as a race, a person or a tribe, country or group. The majestic edifices of his construction become in due time, the grave-yards of ambition, the target of envy, the debacle of the passage of unkindly time, unimpressed with pretension, the spectre of folly or, if good and godly, the testimony of the abiding stability of truth. When God is with it, it has the realism of truth, the savour of spirituality and the tang to last.
“The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD,
Searching all the inner depths of his heart.”
Here is the interface with the divine; but because man is NOT programmatic (he can make the things, has some of these for accessories, in part or whole, subject to indirect influence or to nothing conscious at all), but personal; manipulable certainly, but not machined; capable of intuiting, discerning, discreetly cognizing, disposing the will here or there, depending on the degree of its pathology, though not of course absolutely, since he is derivative, yet for all that, answerable for the condition of his will: what follows ? (Cf. Tender Times for Timely Truth Ch. 10, Ancient Words, Modern Deeds Chs. 9 and 13, SMR pp. 23ff.)
We need a new term that is free of ambiguity, this follows first of all!
What shall it be called ? Interactive personal repository, IPR: too technical sounding. The human-divine margin ? too spatially conceived to be stimulating to a sense of reality. Spirit, you say, and assuredly this is what ONE of the relating beings is, and the other has, but we are speaking of the notion of the one and the other as they meet. Communing relationship ? This is what is meant, so let us use it (CR).
Thus there is the CR between the spirit of man,
derivative but personal, and the Spirit of God, increate and personal. As the
One contacts, communes with the other, then there is a shower of light, which
rather reminds one of that glorious spectacle in the physical realm, the
It is a beautiful and awesome sight. Light arises from its source, touches the earth like the hand of some beautician, helping madam’s face with artistic pats as she adjusts its … contours; yet it is electric also, but not too dashing, merely contained.
That is a physical phenomenon, but in its mode, it says something of another one, equally from OUTSIDE, but this time, not merely outside the earth, but outside the universe: for that, it is a mere play-pen, or at times, stage, or again, country house. It is this which the Lord has made. Its magnificence attests His munificence, its dimensions the least of His thoughts.
Least ? Yes, for it is merely material, before you come to the advent of life, and merely conscious or a sort of derivative of a derivative even then, in the creative sense, in terms of structure; for man has what the lower life orders merely touch, or may find as relatable, in some measure or other, depending on the case. Man, puny in some things, extinguishable in body in a manner most distressing to the majestic man philosophies, is yet HIMSELF RELATABLE not merely to lower forms of life, but to the CREATOR HIMSELF.
There, on the one hand, is the rub, for rubbishing life is a dangerous, indeed perilous activity, like walking with louds hurrahs on delicate alpine snow drifts, after recent falls. Yet on the other hand, there is the wonder of it all. Children can relate to parents, and it is this not least which gives them when very young a sense of significance and meaning. They are germs of the maturation to come. Here however we have seeds themselves MADE, created de novo, in terms of their category, this as well as beings having to relate to their Maker.
What happens then at the CR, when the Spirit of God, like Southern Aurora lights, lights on the darkness (for man without God is really dark, with glimmers here and there, for all the pride, magnificently attested by the very furore of folly which is the normal façade of mutually destructive philosophies): what then ?
Then the light reveals, it does so with beauty natural to itself, but with results depending on its field, its object, in this case, MAN! This light, that of the Lord, searches, it exposes, it manifests what is there: as Paul says, light is that which makes manifest. How often in the early morning, when one arises, there are forms and shapes, possibilities and things half-forgotten, but if one turns on the light, it is all revealed.
What is it on which the light so acts in man ?
It is his SPIRIT. This lights up like a candle lit, and the beam of the Lord - let us graduate to torches, moving through this globe, exposes all. It is intimate, this spirit of man, it knows; it is bright this light of the Lord, for it transcends but does not disdain to use the torch of the spirit of man. It touches his innermost ruminations, meditations, or grounds for the lack of them! (cf. Romans 8:26).
It researches in its searching, and can look beyond in its intimacies. He, it is He who knows all, giving a liberty which is authoritative and a love which is suffusive, like the Southern Aurora lights: commanding but not impelling, except, that is, the love of the Lord is there where He moves, in the heart of the subject found, one who either knows or is ignorant of Him.
What happens however, if the commanding power and wonder of the light of the Lord finds a snuffed candle ? a dead torch ? Then the light of His majesty is still sufficient, and He can recharge the battle, re-light the candle, or even use it like a cattle prod, to stir the depths of the very dead (cf. Hebrews 4:12, John 16:8-11).
Thus no merely factitious fable disadorns the mental landscape or the spiritual air, but a co-ordinator IN us, having made all, fashions thought, super-assessing all, aligning it to His word, which is His depiction. This, the oneness which results from His works, is now the cause of the effectiveness of our contemplation, with both the means and the ground for it, nourished inter-personally and lifting us as adopted children (if His) to the knowledge of our Father; for without His Word, no way to Him could be found. Christ, however, having come from Him with infinite intimacy everlasting, comes to us, and leads us to Him (John 1:3,14,18).
Thus the metaphysical, the meta-religion, the epistemological, the logical, the material, the mental, the spiritual, the co-ordinate and the inordinate, and indeed the supra-ordinate are seen in that validity which only the super-natural can give, just as it gives to the natural both bounds and existence, being cause of both, the limit for the limited. The created ones, we see as in inspection; the Creator as in apperception, but when the eye is opened to the cause of our consequence, we find just why we are, though so small, yet of consequence at all!
What makes it like finding a gold mine, is this, that so far from achieving some minor consequence as a consequence of His action, we, when adopted on His terms, find ourselves even children of God. It is the lack of this consummation, originally part of the specifications for man, that make him such a parade of pretended consequence for the inconsequential (as divorce from God soon makes him, at the ultimate), and possessed passion for the inconsequential, seized endlessly in unavailing substitution for that God who has not only no equal, but no domain comparable: since He made them all.
In fact, of course, if you make yourself an arbitrary arbiter, a baseless assessor, devoid of absolutes, including truth, and without access because it is deemed not to be there, then all your surmisings and surprisings, demisings and arisings in thought are one: they are not there, in terms of validity at all (cf. SMR pp. 99ff., TMR Ch. 5). You do not have it. You simply cannot grasp what you deny to exist, and then use it to declare that it does not exist: unless irrationality is your god, logic your enemy, and reason your foe.
If so, however, nothing you reason can stand, and nothing you declare to be truth, can avail itself of that summarily evacuated category.
If, on the other hand, you make yourself god, and declare as deemed appropriate, we have the unfortunate fact that your arising and departing in its time, do not attest such a position. The universe manifestly does not turn upon you, nor do you uphold it, nor again, are you its central focus and feature, far less its gird and guide.
If, in either ramblings, you assert that nature, or matter, or what object you will, is the ultimate, then you are cut off a priori, from being right. You are as excluded by your presuppositions in this, as if you were making simply yourself the criterion. You have already excluded that to which you make appeal in your declaration, for its ground. The additional follies are noted, in part, in Repent or Perish Ch. 7.
You can flee from God (cf. Psalm 139), but there is nowhere to go, logically, or personally for that matter (cf. Little Things Ch. 5, Tender Times For Timely Truth Ch. 10, Deliverance from Disorientation Ch. 8, Predestination and Freewill Section 1).
Thus there is no way for truth to be found
except in God, with knowledge and power, the origin and originator; but even
this is not sufficient for man. You need to KNOW Him, so that your own
proclivities, limits and assessments do not become a filter for the divine,
allowing like sun-glasses, only something, or like
You need, in short conversion.
In fact, the glorious fact, that which makes life a delight and even a rapture, is this, that God HAS SPOKEN: we can even see the logical certainty of it (SMR Chs. 1, 3, 10), as well as the empirical actuality of it (SMR Chs. 1, 4, 5, 8-9), and these accord in one. One says “delight”, but this is potential only, and actual for those who knowing this, also KNOW HIM. When His objective truth becomes HIS donation, testable, verifiable, personable in Christ, reaching to all domains with solutions, explaining and extricating man from his perennial philosophic problems (there are none of any weight remaining, for “light is that which makes manifest” and it here does just that!), what then ?
THEN you receive INWARDLY, what is available OUTWARDLY in the Bible, and noting the prohibition on adding (Proverbs 30:6, Galatians 1, Revelations 22), and the divine challenge to TEST IT and compare (Isaiah 41,43, 48), and finding the very power of God within, which is made apparent outside in creation and in His word, alike, and in concert in the thing called history (cf. SMR Chs. 8 - 9): you rejoice. Who would not ? Peter says just that, it is “joy unspeakable” (I Peter 1:5-8ff.). That is when you fit, where you belong. It is sad when a bird is without a nest, as Proverbs declares it.
Yet a dog might fit with a hard master who has bought him. That is an unfitting fixture for a misfit. When you find that you fit where every desire for the noble, the honest, the true, the virtuous, the brave, the excellent, the understanding, the affectionate, the brotherly, the bright, the sound, the wonder and the majesty is likewise to be found, it is THEN that your rejoicing knows no bounds. Indeed, to continue to citation from Peter concerning this joy, it is “full of glory”. It is not a matter of dancing in the twilight, or screeching. Does a man in love go beserk, or if it be genuine, not calf love, or passionate lust, does he not inside himself, commune with joy, and find no great desire to cast the pearls of his joy to the ‘swine’ who know nothing of love ? (cf. Matthew 7:6). Yet here, there is one significant difference.
A man with a personal love of her who is to become his wife, might be cautious in sharing this knowledge with a world often banal and wicked, not to say corrupt and unfeeling; but one who has found God has a duty greater by far than that of any physician, who has just discovered a cure for cancer, to divulge this. The physical cure might deliver for time; this, however, places man in his nest, in truth, in mercy, in reconciliation with his Maker, in the place of rest.
How this reality is brought to those in need, is by the Gospel (cf. Matthew 28:19-20, The Kingdom of Heaven, Appendix, TMR Ch. 2,). HOW people are found is by ‘fishing’ (Mark 1:17), for here we have the phenomenon of reluctance to be found, often because of an assertion of ‘rights’ which are in fact wrongs against God, the Creator, and the connivance with sin, which whether it be pride or other lust, makes the appeal of some harlot to the lusty seem all too similar, if not indeed rather less!
Concerning the love of God, see Spiritual Refreshings for the Digital Millenium Chs. 9-12.
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