Don’t forget the third pillar of disentanglement.
Dear reader, my heart is burdened for you. Sometimes I hardly know where to start. Can you follow the quantum logic I use here? Have I explained it well enough and often enough that you don’t get lost? It’s okay if you reject what I have to say, because influence to a particular end has no place on this blog. I began the first post with the intent only of unloading the divine burden, and I am content with blabbering only to myself. But with that blabbering is a sense of burden from God that I offer to share my joy and madness with others.
For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, and then have committed apostasy, to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves all over again and holding him up to contempt. (Hebrews 6:4-6 NET)
When you enter the world of spirituality and mysticism, the whole idea is to encounter God directly, inasmuch as it is available to us on any terms. We want to partake of the Holy Spirit and taste the miraculous powers of the Age to Come. Such cannot be confined to human intellect; it requires that fourth level of awareness.*
Apostasy is just a fancy word for turning away from the Spirit Realm in favor of worldly and fleshly concerns. It is allowing ourselves to be seduced, but implies a much wider loss of commitment that is hardly believable. How can you taste the Spirit Realm and then turn away? The writer of Hebrews doesn’t say it happens, but struggles in words with how it could be possible and then what it would have to mean. If you could engage the Spirit Realm and then turn away, if you can allow all of that to die again within you, there would be no turning back again to the Spirit. It’s the same as crucifying Christ again. That should make you shudder.
It’s mystical; it’s a warning to avoid pulling back from the full commitment to the spiritual agenda. So yesterday’s blather was all about not allowing yourself to be seduced by something that is truly not a matter of spiritual conflict. It is entirely worldly in nature. Don’t be deceived. God most certainly does appoint times and places in the affairs of men, and seldom reveals His counsel on such things. That has more to do with our obtuse lack of spiritual sensitivity than to His lack of interest in telling us anything. When people persistently and vociferously confuse spiritual things with worldly concerns, God quits trying to tell them anything.
Most of the people involved on Bundy’s side will express varying levels of Christian profession. They will insist they are involved in God’s work by showing up in large numbers and with sufficient means to resist. They aren’t just wrong, but damned wrong.
It’s not as if God wouldn’t allow it to turn to bloodshed. It came very close, and only the residual restraint of generations of habit prevented that. And I don’t doubt the feds would still come back and slaughter the Bundy family and their cattle if they could pull it off with sufficient safety to themselves. I’m pretty sure the federal moguls calling the shots were caught off guard by the size of the response from the resistance, but they wasted no time in making sure to notice and catalog everyone who showed up. You should imagine they are processing the facial recognition footage. You’ll know “It” has started when those resistance folks start getting entangled in serious trouble back home.
The feds aren’t going to pull a confrontation just yet, not until they can reduce resistance by some means to a manageable level. That will happen, or at least they will try. That much has been published if you bothered to look. Don’t listen to the hype from the so-called alternative press. It’s a no-win situation because the resistance is scripted, too, and the instructions are passed down through that controlled opposition mouthpiece.
However, the notion that we could somehow reassert our original constitutional republican form of government is a nasty delusion. That will not happen; it’s a lie of Satan. God has decreed the end of the US and has yet to reveal what will follow behind it. The spirits of delusion and destruction now have control of those who bear the effective power in this country. We have little idea how close we came to attacking Syria and igniting another world war, as it would surely have done. Now we are in it over Ukraine and a series of provocations domestically. On top of this, few understand how close we are to an open revolt within government among the various factions of power that have almost nothing to do with political parties. We have come dangerously close to a military coup several times in the past decade. It cannot be put back into the box.
Be aware of it, but don’t get wrapped up in it.
*Levels of Awareness: This is merely a clinical expression of spiritual truth. (1) We are aware of the demands of our body. (2) We are aware of sensory data and process it with some measure of reason and logic. (3) We are aware of things intuitively; it’s not necessary to process concretely and logically to get valid results. It’s a sort of pattern recognition on the level of logical processing that shortcuts the formal process. (4) We are aware of moral demands from the Spirit Realm by developing a sensitivity to imperatives planted within us by the divine Presence. This awareness overrules mere reason.
It drove me crazy.
Yes, I am competent to make it work for most things, but some issues were just too much trouble. Keep in mind that when RHEL 6 (followed by the clones like CentOS) came out, it was capable of handling XP hardware and some early Vista stuff. Try installing it as a desktop on a Win7 machine and you will suffer. Things keep breaking because the drivers don’t match the hardware quite well enough.
The desktop machine was given to me needing repair from a law office that had closed. Turns out it was still under warranty but only to a company no longer in existence. It came with Win7 Pro but I never could get along with that once I fixed it. So I’ve run several different things, but I keep coming back to Debian Wheezy because it’s the most sane. For sure CentOS 6 was just not up to it.
So I’ve finished the tutorial and it will be my next book in a few days. It’s just fine for SOHO stuff on older XP machines, but I am not doing SOHO stuff, nor do I have any old machines like that. And CentOS is pretty corporate straight-laced and no fun.
The moral reasoning of Job’s culture operates on multiple levels simultaneously. There simply is nothing to parallel this in Western Civilization. Job and the trio were guilty of contextual confusion in their debates. To be more precise, Job’s friends were highly confused about the contextual boundaries and Job should have known better, but allowed them to pull him off course. Job was right in what he said, but put things in the wrong context.
Elihu points this out. It’s one thing to address God as Lord, but you cannot take literally the symbolism of His lordship, as if He were some earthly potentate. God’s Person is rooted outside this universe. Job said he stood blameless before God. In the context of what the trio were arguing, this much was true. Job had not sinned in the way they insisted he must have. But then Job carried this across into another context by suggesting that God was somehow supposed to answer his complaint.
Thus, Job’s complaint intimated that there was no point in such righteousness. It was as if God owed him something. Elihu wants to know if Job is talking about the same God, the one who resides in another dimension of existence altogether. There is a sense in which our sins and our righteousness have no effect on Him. Elihu does not suggest God ignores us or that we cannot touch His heart, but that we cannot affect His divine being. You cannot leverage anything against God either way where He resides in Heaven.
On the other hand, you can sin on a human level and it will most certainly affect other humans. So does righteousness also affect others, as do words that are appropriate or inappropriate to the context.
Lots of people complain loudly about human injustice. Oppression is the scourge of human existence in this fallen world. What’s new? Where do we see people crying out to God simply because He is God? No, we see them crying out to Him so they can leverage His action on behalf of a better life. That misses the whole point of knowing about God, which is knowing God Himself. The one moral capacity of mankind not granted to any other creatures is richly celebrated in the poetic phrase: “My Creator who gives me songs in the night.”
Most people have no clue; they just call on God for themselves. Such noise does not rise to God’s throne. Surely He is aware of it, but entertains none of it in His divine authority. How much less would He pay attention to Job’s demand for a hearing in the flesh? Worst of all, Job suggests that his suffering serves no purpose at all. That’s just too obviously wrong.