Problem of Sin
this portrayal of the function of cells within the body we have the
picture of the
with its altruistic pattern in
contrast to the picture of the fallen cosmos.
Except for germs like viruses and bacteria,
just about every other living thing on Earth is made of cells. This is why cells are called the building blocks of life.
Most forms of life are made of many cells. It is estimated that the average human
adult body contains about 10
trillion cells . Individual
cell is invisible unless
viewed through a microscope.
Not all cells are alike. They differ in size, shape and function Bone
cells differ rom
blood cells and nerve cells differ from muscle cells. Each one is designed
to do a different job. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. Nerve cells carry electrical
signals to and from our brains to muscles
all over our bodies. Bone cells, which are very rigid,
form the skeleton that gives our bodies shape. Muscle cells contract
to move these bones to help us get around. Stomach cells secrete
an acid to digest our
food. Special cells in our intestines
absorb nutrients from the food we eat. And no matter what
they do, many of these cells change food into energy to keep our
Cells are packed tightly together. They combine to form tissues,
like skin and muscle. Tissues combine to form organs.
Muscle cells combine to form muscle tissues. Muscle tissues combine
to form organs like your heart. Organs cooperate
(work together) to keep us alive. All human body cells are
covered by a membrane.
This layer holds the contents
of the cell in just like the sides of a container. The
membrane lets good things, like nutrients,
into the cell. It also keeps bad things, like germs
can see how these reflects the function of individual within a
socieity and then societies function within the life of the Earth
and so on.
Michael Laitman is a founder and president of
the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute, which
is dedicated to teaching and sharing the wisdom of Kabbalah.
Professor of Ontology, PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah, and MSc in
Chaos to Harmony The Solution to the Global Crisis According to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,
Rav Michael Laitman, explains the concept
beautifully and I quote it extensively since it cannot be put any
“HARMONY AMONG CELLS IN A LIVING ORGANISM
“Within each multi-cellular organism is an intriguing
phenomenon. If we examine each cell as a separate unit, we will see
that it functions egoistically, thinking only of itself. However,
when we examine it as a part of a system, the cell seems to take
only the minimum required for its own sustenance, aiming the bulk of
its activity toward the body. It behaves like an altruist,
“thinks” only of the body’s wellbeing, and acts accordingly.
“There must be complete harmony among all the cells in a
body. The nucleus of each cell contains the genetic code that
encompasses all the body’s information. Theoretically, this is all
the information needed to recreate the whole body. Each cell in the
body must be aware of the whole body. It must know what the body
needs and what it can do for it. Were this not so, the body would
not persist. A cell in a body exists in a state of
“consideration” for the
body as a whole. All the cell’s actions, the beginning
and the end of its
division, specification of cells, and movement toward a certain
location in the body, unfold in congruence with the body’s needs.
“CONNECTEDNESS CREATES LIFE IN A NEW DEGREE
“Even though all the cells in our bodies contain
identical genetic information, each cell puts a different part of
that information into action, depending on its place and
functionality in the body. When the embryo is just beginning to
evolve, all its cells are identical. But as the embryo evolves, the
cells differentiate, and each cell acquires qualities of a specific
“Thus, each cell has its own “mind” or
“awareness,” but the altruistic connectedness among cells
enables them to create a new being, a complete body whose mind and
awareness belong to a higher degree and are not present within this
or that cell, but rather in the bonding between them.
EGOISTIC CELL IS A CANCEROUS CELL
“Healthy cells are restricted by a wide variety of rules
and limitations. However, cancerous cells have no regard at all for
restrictions. Cancer is a state where the body is consumed by its
own cells, which have embarked on uninhibited proliferation. While
multiplying, a cancer cell divides relentlessly, regardless of the
needs of its environment and irresponsive to the body’s commands.
“Cancer cells destroy their environment, thus creating
open spaces for them to grow. They impel the neighboring blood
vessels to grow into the resulting tumor to nourish it, and thus
subjugate the whole body to themselves. In simple terms, cancer
cells induce the death of the body through acts of egoism. They
operate in this manner even though it does not bring them any
benefit. Actually, the truth is to the contrary, as the death of the
body means the death of its assassins, too. The manner in which
cancerous cells take over the host body leads them to their own
demise. Thus, when egoism nurtures itself, it leads everything to
death, including itself. Egoistic behavior and general
inattentiveness to the needs of the whole body lead them straight to
INDIVIDUAL VS. THE COLLECTIVE
In a healthy body, cells “relinquish” their own lives
in favor of that of the body, when necessary. When genetic errors
occur in cells, which may turn them into cancerous cells, the cell
activates a mechanism that ends its life. The fear that it might
become cancerous and jeopardize the entire body makes the cell give
up its own life for the life of the body. We can find a similar
altruistic action, though under different circumstances, in the way
the cellular slime mold (Dictyostelium mucoroides) lives.
Under ideal conditions, the mold lives in the form of separate cells
that provide for their own food and multiply independently. But when
there is shortage of food, the cells unite and create a
multi-cellular body. While building this body, some of the cells
give up their own lives to promote the survival of the other
The Incarnation and Redemption.
Harmony Within Chaos - Ben McLeod
egoistic Kingdom of this World has created a cosmos which is covered
with Cancer and it will eventually kill not only the host but also
the self. In being
selfish and asserting onceselves as individuals and groups as
organs, the body of God lost its full functionality.
The Sons of God lost their touch with divinity and lost their
divine touch. The only way out is provided through the cross, the
altruistic life in every form of life.
We need to revert back to love and think of the whole
creation in order to save it. We
cannot do it alone. Over
and over again great philosophers, thinkers, idealogist experimented
and still continues to experiment.
They all failed.
In the Anatomy of the Body of God, Frater Achad
(Charles Stansfield Jones)
" But, again, the spirit of Man is
perfect, his body is made in the Image and Likeness of God and of
the Universe, but his soul, having within it the power of personal
choice, or will, which alone enables him to progress in a free and
intelligent manner, is at the same time liable to distortion if the
personal will is ill-used or restricted. In that case the Eye of the
soul sees things out of proportion and order, and this astigmatism
must be corrected. Otherwise, man is under an illusion,
self-created, which, however, in no way interferes with the Real
Order of the Universe, but merely tends to confine him and to
prevent him from enjoying his due heritage in all its fulness."
Anatomy of the Body of God, Frater Achad
a society where there is one selfish person, this will affect the
whole society simply for the survival. The emphasis on individual
destroyed the families. The emphasis on family destroyed the
community, emphasis on community destroyed the nation and so on
until it destroyed the cosmic functioning and the
. It pained God. He
is a wounded God, He let Himself be wounded.
He was prepared for this even before the creation of the
the first man fell into sin, this sin enveloped the whole mankind.
Just as sin entered into the world by one man, and death by means of
sin, so death was imposed upon all men, inasmuch as they all have
sinned” (Romans 5:12). They are all gone astray and they have been
rejected; there is none who does good, no, not one. (Romans
3:12,9. “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not
one”. Though the
creation was intended to be for eternity, the fallen creatures
brought to themselves hell. A
selfish society is the hell. A
universe without justice,love, compassion and mercy was far worse to
experience. So God in
his mercy instituted death on his Sons. But
with the hope that one day He could redeem his Sons to their proper
place including the divine realm. Eastern liturgy of St. James sings
thus, "By thy ordinace death was instituted and by your
resurrection it was cancelled. So
every tongue will praise you."
the history of man, God tried to cure this cancer. The problem was
how to cure this yetzer hara factor leaning into sin without
infringing on the freedom of will.
Without freedom there are no sons, no growth and fulness.
But it also leaves the possibility of choice and hence sin.
The only way was to deter yetzer hara and instill yetzer tov.
For this God chose
and gave them the Law to force redemption by the law of Karma by
giving due recompense with the divine justice.
Mosaic Law could not do the control, for the law was weak
through the weakness of the flesh (Romans 8:3). Law
could not control the fallen race of man.
the pain became too sharp, God took action.
He created another body within his universal body in order to
save the body and the Kingdom. This
is incarnation. Distancing
himself from the creation as transcendant God would work no longer.
Yet God cannot take away the freedom of the creation. God
cannot disregard the pain in His Body.
The solution was found in the incarnation.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
1:11) He came unto his
own, and his own received him not.
(Joh 1:14-17) And the Word was
made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory
as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth
....... For the
law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus
Son of God descended into his
own body as Nanoparticle, scafold and hydrogels - the Son of Man -
to solve the problem with least damage.
New approaches to
targeting disease: Nanoparticles, scaffolds, and hydrogels
In cancer therapy, nanoparticles are being developed that
specifically ferry chemotherapeutic drugs to the site of a tumor.
The nanoparticle itself is constructed to mimic a liposome (a small
liquid-filled “bubble” that looks like a cell) (Figure 1). These
particles are much smaller than a typical cell (one-thousandth the
diameter), and they are coated with a membrane, similar to that of
human cells. Since this membrane is so similar to a real cell, the
immune system is less likely to see the particles as dangerous. In
addition, the membrane-coated particles can more easily attach to
and enter cells to dispense their cargo. Inside the particle, the
drug is stored either as a liquid, or embedded in a solid. Recently,
an approach has been reported where a solid material is at the core
of the particle, but this material has fine pores, like a sponge.
This advance makes the particle even more like a cell . In order
to get the nanoparticle to the tumor, when the particles are being
manufactured, specific proteins can be embedded into the membrane
layer on the surface of the particle. These proteins can be
engineered to specifically bind molecules that are only found in the
Figure 1. A
model liposome nanoparticle for drug delivery. (Illustration by
Another potential technique for drug delivery is the construction
of three-dimensional scaffolds. In this strategy, a drug can
be loaded into the scaffold material, which is then implanted into
the body. As the scaffold is broken down and absorbed by the body
the drug is released slowly in the local area. The scaffold
materials are often engineered to mimic non-cellular structures
found in the body, like collagen or keratin, which exist naturally
as networks of fibers in the skin, joints, and most other tissues.
Over the last two decades, as understanding of biology has grown,
scientists have realized that these networks of fibers are not just
a passive component of tissue, or just a place for cells to attach
and reside, but are active components in their own right. These
fibrous networks can provide mechanical cues to cells, sequester and
release signals between cells, and direct developing tissues. Since
these natural scaffolds can have such dynamic effects on cells, it
makes sense to custom-engineer them to affect cells in a determined
Figure 2. A
three-dimensional scaffold of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)
at two different magnifications. (Image credit: DoITPoMS,
University of Cambridge
Hydrogels represent yet another approach to making
scaffolds. Hydrogels are most popularly used in contact lenses. This
class of materials, like the name suggests, are polymers that
readily absorb water. Therefore, the bulk structure can be more than
99% water by weight. Water is abundant in the body, and every
biochemical reaction occurs in an aqueous environment, so it makes
sense to engineer a drug delivery system to incorporate water. Even
though only a small fraction of the weight is a connected network of
polymer, a mechanically stable structure in any arbitrary shape
(like a lens) can be formed. The advantage of using hydrogels is
that they are not as rigid as other scaffold systems. They can be
injected, instead of implanted. However, since the starting material
is water-based, different strategies must be employed to incorporate
active drugs.......But with all the possibilities that scientists
are pursuing, the future of medicine seems bright for better
treatments with fewer side effects.
Joe Akin is a PhD student in the Immunology program at
In His human body Jesus
demonstrated that we need to turn the world upside down in terms of
our concept of Power.
Power in the
The servant King
We always talk about God as the King of Kings and the Lord of
is a lofty title that has been used by several monarchies (usually
empires in the informal sense of great powers) throughout history,
and in many cases the literal title meaning "King of
Kings", i.e. Monarch elevated above other royal rulers in a
vassal, tributary or protectorate position, especially in the case
of Semitic languages, is conventionally (usually inaccurately)
rendered as Emperor. Titles of this relative type have been
in use from the most ancient times in Aryan. The rulers of Persia,
at various times (under Zoroastrian as well as Muslim dynasties),
have been titled Shâhanshâh, the shah of shahs
Whereas the most literal Sanskrit equivalent is Rajadhiraja,
such as Maharaja (literally Great King, also greatly
devaluated by title inflation) and Maharajadhiraja (Bahadur)
'Great King of kings'. The titles Maharajadhiraja and Rajadhiraja
were also assumed by some great Kushan kings in the 1st and 2nd
centuries of AD, as was Devaputra or 'Son of God'.
Effectively we associate this concept with Power and
Authority over the whole creatures so that he can control and do
whatever it pleases him.
with the concept of Kingship and Power
the picture presented by Jesus about authority and power presents an
opposite upside down view.
Is the Greatest? (Luke22:24-30)
Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them
was considered to be greatest.
said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and
those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.
But you are not to be like that.
the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who
rules like the one who serves.
Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among
you as one who serves.
You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And
I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so
that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on
thrones, judging the twelve tribes of
greatest among you will be your servant.
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever
humbles himself will be exalted."
He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever
exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be
The Apostle John tells the rest of the story.
In response to the disciples' bickering Jesus takes
off his outer garment, takes a towel and a basin, kneels behind each
of them, and begins to wash their feet. He not only talks about
being a servant on this occasion, he acts it out before them as a
living parable they will never forget (John 13:4-17).
Joh 13:3-5 Jesus, knowing that
the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come
from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his
garments, and girded himself with a towel.
Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the
disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was
Joh 13:12-17 When he had washed
their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said
to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?
You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also
ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example,
that you also should do as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say
to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is
sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed
are you if you do them
Upside down Kingdom
soldier obeyed the centurion because he knew that he would be
punished if he disobeyed. The
centurion had the coercive power of the
behind him. This is
authority from above. That power may be legal power, as is the case
of the centurion. It may
be the power of a gun, or simply be bigger fists. When we think of a
king or a kingdom, we imagine a dictator imposing his will on a
helpless populace, draining them of their resources to be used for
his own personal aggrandizement. Even if we picture him as a
benevolent despot, he is at best an efficient bureaucrat.
when we speak of God and the concept of kingdom, we refer to a
completely different model.
from above needs force.
contrast, the Authority from below has no coercive force.
Instead it is based on two factors: Love and Freedom
dealing with the cosmos and all the living beings in it God is
handicapped. But this handicap is self-imposed.
God deliberately takes upon himself this handicap because we
are Sons of God. Hence he gives all sentients in the cosmos,
free will. He will never force us into doing right , even
when he knows that we are moving in the wrong direction and will
eventually kill us.
He conquers all
through His Love whereby he dies himself for us and gives us a way
out. He still will not
force us to take that road. He
is long suffering and waits the Father who waits for his prodigal
15:12-13 This is my
commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his
life for his friends.
"A new command I give you: Love
one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By
this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one
another." John 13:34-35 NIV
He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth
Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and
to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God?
authority in the
is based on freedom and service.
This seems like a mystery, but it makes the
12:24 Verily, verily, I
say unto you, except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die,
it abideth by itself alone; but if it die, it beareth much fruit.
if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any
participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my
joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full
accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but
in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you
look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of
others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ
Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality
with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form
of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form he humbled himself and became
obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the
name which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven
and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.
demonstrated how servant authority works.
lived amongst the people and served them. Many responded to his love
by to become his disciples.
had great authority over his disciples, but no one was forced to
obey him. They obeyed him because they loved him. Every disciple was
free to withdraw their submission at any time. Judas demonstrated
this freedom when he withdrew his submission to Jesus and submitted
to the Jewish leaders.
see his hands and his feet,
the scars that speak of sacrifice,
hands that flung stars into space,
to cruel nails surrendered.
This is our God, the Servant King,
He calls us now to follow Him
to bring our lives as a daily offering
of worship to the Servant King.”
, people gain authority by serving.
Husbands gain authority in their family,
by loving their wives.
Elders have authority,
because they serve the Christians in their care.
Those with authority in the
must serve others.
They must never use coercion to get their will done.
greatest SERVANT in the cosmos is God.
is the Kingdom where each cares for the other and they form a family
based on love and service giving themselves to each other.
God so loved the world HE GAVE
became “... the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only
but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
called out a new body - The Church to continue his mission.
The phrase “the Body of
Christ” is a common New Testament metaphor for the Church (all
those who are truly saved). The Church is called “one body in
Christ” in Romans 12:5, “one body” in 1 Corinthians 10:17,
“the body of Christ” in 1 Corinthians 12:27 and Ephesians 4:12,
and “the body” in Hebrews 13:3. The Church is clearly equated
with “the body” of Christ in Ephesians 5:23 and Colossians 1:24.
When Christ entered our
world, He took on a physical body “prepared” for Him (Hebrews
10:5; Philippians 2:7). Constraining the Godhead within human
limitation was another of the great sacrifice which is accomplished
only in the supreme Love of God to his creation.
Through His physical body, Jesus demonstrated the love of God
clearly, tangibly, and boldly—especially through His sacrificial
death on the cross (Romans 5:8). Just
before his death he took a group of people to be his Apostles - to
take the message to all creation. In the last supper he had together
with them Jesus said:
when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with
him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this
passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not
any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the
. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and
divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not
drink of the fruit of the vine, until the
shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it,
and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given
for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after
supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood,
which is shed for you.
truth, the material world with all its life was indeed the body of
God. There is no need of
a trans-substantiation because those were indeed part of his body,
first of the Word that became Flesh in creation.
These were to broken to feed the life.
So were the life giving fluids including the Wine which also
pointed to the life giving Spirit.
16:15 He said to them, "Go
into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
Gospel in the Dress
teaching of the servanthood as authority is intentionally built into
the dress of the Priesthood. The
dress of the Priest is the dress of the servants in the middle east
with its waist band in readiness to serve.
dress of Bishops indicates
Sacrifice of the blood and Servanthood.
Washed in the blood of the lamb gives its saffron color.
Safron clothes became of symbol of the sanyasins only after
the ministry of Jesus. The
Brahmins even today wears the white.
dress of glory and authority is worn on top indicating the origin of
authority is in the servantbood.
greatest is the one who serve
In essence, the
should be translated as "Love's
Domain," "Love's Dominion," or "Love's
Rule" because the
is where the God is. God is Love
The only definitions of God in the bible are:
God is Love and
God is a Spirit and God is Light
let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is
born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for
God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us,
that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live
this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent
his Son to be the expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved
us, we also ought to love one another. No man has ever seen God; if
we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in
us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he
has given us of his own Spirit.
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son
as the Savior of the world. Whoever
confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in
God. So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love,
and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
4:19 We love, because he
first loved us. If any
one says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a
liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot
love God whom he has not seen.
4:21 And this
commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his
God is spirit, and
those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
1Jn 3:16 By
this we know love, that THEY laid down THEIR life for us; and we
ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
1:5 This is the message
we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which
is your spiritual service.
Receive the Kingdom and the Kingdom responsibilities
that Jesus would confer upon you.
Become partakers in the redemptive process of the cosmos
Behold I make all things new.
His bodily ascension, Christ continues His work in the world through
those He has redeemed—the Church now demonstrates the love of God
clearly, tangibly, and boldly. In this way, the Church functions as
“the Body of Christ.”
Paul says that
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on
the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit
set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the
flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not
submit to God's law, indeed it cannot; and those who are in the
flesh cannot please God.
But justification and
propitiation were only part of the function.
The incarnation was for a much greater reason, to bring the
body in consonance with the Head.
(6) But you are not in the flesh,
you are in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to
him. But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because
of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness. If the
Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who
raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal
bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you.
So then, brethren, we are
debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-- for if
you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit
you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.
This is the long plan of redemption
all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did
not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you
have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, "Abba!
Father!" it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our
spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with
him in order that we may also
be glorified with him.
God is incomprehensible in His
essence. But God, who is love, allows us to know Him through His
divine energies, those actions whereby He reveals Himself to us in
creation, providence, and redemption. It is through the divine
energies, therefore, that we achieve union with God.
Logos become human (ie hypostatically uniting Himself
with human nature) so as to intimately
unite Himself with the entire created cosmos and put his own body in
its proper healthy status.
Far from being seen only as a remedy to a sinful world,
(which it is), is now the inflow of the blood
to heal and to reinstate the body.
But the incarnation, the cross
and the resurrection goes much further than the humans and the
"For the creation waits with
eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God;
for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own
will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the
creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and
obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God."
"We know that the whole creation has been groaning in
travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we
ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly
as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For
in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For
who hopes for what he sees?"
The ressurection of the dead is the purpose of incarnation
whereby all creation was reconciled with God.
Creation - the body of God will one day function in health
without loosing its freedom.
will judge and will forgive all, the good and the evil, the wise and
the meek. And when He has done with all of them, then He will summon
us. ‘You too come forth,’ He will say, ‘Come forth ye
drunkards, come forth, ye weak ones, come forth, ye children of
shame!’ And we shall all come forth, without shame and shall stand
before Him. And He will say unto us, ‘Ye are swine, made in the
Image of the Beast and with his mark; but come ye also!’ And the
wise ones and those of understanding will say, ‘Oh Lord, why dost
Thou receive these?’ And He will say, “This is why I receive
them, oh ye wise—that not one of them believed himself to be
worthy of this.’ And He will hold out His hands to us and we shall
fall down before Him…and shall weep…and shall understand all
things…Lord, thy Kingdom come!” Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime
Jesus gave two figures
to describe this relationship.
The first is the example of the Vine and the
am the vine, you are the branches.
this is why the gospel was preached even to the dead, that though
judged in the flesh like men, they might live in the Spirit like
God. I PeterThe glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you,
the hope of glory.Col.
. . the two will become one body. . . This mystery applies to Christ
and the Church.
The representation of the being one in marriage goes far
into the creation when Adam was a unity including Man and Woman from
which a seperation was so as to create.
This in fact is an image of the creation of Cosmos itself by
God the unity. As in the
union of Man and Wife they become one organism, so will be the union
of Created beings with the Creator Word.
When Mankind (and all sentient free will beings) join
together into God we have the ultimate consumation.
regarding the incarnation as follows:
“For the Son of God became man, that we might become God.”
John Jesus answered: Is it not written in your Law:
I said, you are gods? So the Law uses the word gods of those
to whom the word of God was addressed, and scripture cannot be
Lewis in “A Grief Observed” argues in thus:
“ (God) said that we were "gods" and He is going
to make good His words. If we let Him-for we can prevent Him if we
choose—He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or
goddess, dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through
with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now
imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God
perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless
power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in
parts very painful; but that is what we are in for.”
to this hairless monkey, "get on with it, become a god."
has called men gods that are deified of His Grace, not born of His
Word became flesh and the Son of God became the Son of Man: so that
man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving
divine sonship, might become a son of God" Adv Haer
wherein the Spirit dwells, illuminated by the Spirit, themselves
become spiritual, and send forth their grace to others. Hence comes
. . . abiding in God, the being made like to God, and, highest of
all, the being made god.”On the Spirit.
us become the image of the one whole God, bearing nothing earthly in
ourselves, so that we may consort with God and become gods,
receiving from God our existence as gods”
II Peter He
has given us all the things that we need for life and for true
devotion, bringing us to know God himself... through them you will
be able to share the divine nature.
The Only-begotten Son of God, wanting us to be partakers of his divinity,
assumed our human nature so that, having become man, he might make
this way we are all to come to unity in our faith and in our
knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully
mature with the fullness of Christ himself.
concept of deification or the process of becoming part of God’s
body is staggering as C.S.Lewis writes in his book “The Weight of
is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and
goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting
person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it
now, you would be strongly tempted to worship. . .”
can become Sons of God! The process involved is “You must be born
again.”. Unless we're born again –through resurrection
we can't even see the
So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is
perishable, what is raised is imperishable.
It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in
weakness, it is raised in power.
It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If
there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.
Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living
being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
But it is not the spiritual which is first but the physical,
and then the spiritual. The
first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from
heaven. As was the man
of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of
heaven, so are those who are of heaven.
Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall
also bear the image of the man of heaven.
I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the
, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear
what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like
him, for we shall see him as he is.
But our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a
Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who
will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the
power which enables him even to subject all things to himself.
statement will make meaning only in the context of the world within
worlds. When all the
fallen creatures aligns themselves to the direction of the divine
purposes, the whole cosmos will be redeemed and brought back into
its newness of life.
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."
"O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy
sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ.
is not that man becomes in all essence God, but that every part of
the creation which form part of the body of God functions as they
are expected to in the process of maintaining the Kingdom.
Just as each part of the body is to function properly for
good health, the whole four world Kingdom will ultimately work in
unison as God wanted his body to function with oneness of purpose
– the perfect will of God.
And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some
prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up
the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the
measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the
Lord is, there is freedom. And we, with our unveiled faces
reflecting like mirrors the brightness of the Lord, all grow
brighter and brighter as we are turned into the image that we
reflect; this is the work of the Lord who is Spirit.2 Cor.
dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to
be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that
when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as
he really is.
But to all who did accept him he gave power to become
children of God, to all who believe in the name of him who was born
not out of human stock or urge of the flesh or will of man but of
is the realization of the whole sentient creation as children of
God. This in terrestial
But this concept is not
a New Age idea. Here are
some verses that defines the process of theosis or the process of
being in the image of Jesus by growing in Christ.
This is accomplished through the every day trials and
overcoming of temptations.
“. . . the Spirit and our spirit bear united witness that we are
children of God. And if we are children we are heirs of God and
co-heirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his
They (those who love him) are the ones he chose specially
long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his
Son might be the eldest of many brothers.Rom.
God has made you son, then he has made you heir.
Copy of the
Kingdom under Test
During the period of the ministry of Christ he must
have emphasized this organic unity of all creation and the need for
mankind living as one organism that soon after the Great Commission
and the ascension we see the formation of such a nuclear society of
believers. They tried to
in accordance with the principles taught by Jesus.
4:32 -35 “Now the
company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one
said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they
had everything in common. And
with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
There was not a needy person
among them, for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold
them, and brought the proceeds of what was sold
and laid it at the apostles' feet; and distribution was made
to each as any had need.”
“From each according to his ability
according to his need”
first established by the Jerusalem Christian Commune.
But the experiment failed miserably because of one
family who entered the community and acted against the principle - Anani'as
with his wife Sapphi'ra. This
brought in immediate death for the couple along with the community.
The story still continues. The story of the failure of
proclaims the same fact. Today
there are several experimental communes all over the world.
In every case the problems include selfishness.
cannot come unless sin is eradicated and that is a long process
involving new creation through resurrection power.
James the brother of
Jesus reacted to this failure.
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are
coming upon you. Your
riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and
silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you and
will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the
last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields,
which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the
harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you
have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
You have condemned, you have killed the righteous man; he
does not resist you.
patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.
Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being
patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. You
also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord
is at hand. Do not
grumble, brethren, against one another, that you may not be judged;
behold, the Judge is standing at the doors.
“The deification or theosis
of the creature will be realized in its fullness only in the age to
come, after the resurrection of the dead. This deifying union has,
nevertheless, to be fulfilled ever more and more even in this
present life, through the transformation of our corruptible and
depraved nature and by its adaptation to eternal life.”
(Vladimir Lossky, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church
p. 196, Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1976 )
After the failure of the First Christian Commune,
realizing the presence of Selfishness and on going exploitation one
by the other, the Church as a living organism with independent
families as a viable solution came in.
The Kingdom is being formed
in the Church where the presence of sin is acknowledged.
"...you will know that I am in My Father, and
you in Me, and I in
you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who
loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will
love him and manifest Myself to him. .. If anyone loves Me, he will
keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We
will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not
love Me does not keep My words."
15:4-6 "Abide in Me, and
I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless
it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am
the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him,
bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does
not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is
John 3:3-6"...I say to you, 'unless one is born
again, he cannot see the
.... Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of
water and the Spirit, he
cannot enter the
. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born
of the Spirit is spirit."
This remaking of the
Cosmos with all its freedom of will into one organic unity
functioning in perfection is the ultimate
. It has already started
in the hearts and minds of the people who has accepted Christ as
their Lord and Master and He will transform and ultimately bring us
all into that Kingdom. It
needs your free participation. That
is the call of the Gospel. There
will be pruning, there will be pain.
All these are part
of the theosis process.
Theosis, becoming fully functioning body of God
The perfecting of the cosmos in its full function as part of God himself or
the perfecting of God’s body, will require the return of the
fallen mankind and in fact all fallen creation to its pristine form
in line with God’s purposes.
you together are Christ's body; but each of you is a different part
Paulos Mar Gregorios (1922–1996)
postulates that St. Gregory's reservation regarding a more in-depth
parallelism stemmed from a concern that man's high standing within
creation not be attributed to his similarity to the universe (Gregorios,
"Cosmic Man"). However, St. Gregory also views man as a
mediator between creation and God whose mediation is made possible
by the incarnation:
"In Christ, Man, and through Man the whole creation,
directly and without intermediaries participates in the creative
energies of God Himself" (Paulos Mar Gregorios, "Cosmic
Man as Priest
Metr. Paulos Gregorios of the
of the East, who was one of the most ardent advocates of Christian
ecology wrote, "Nature, man, and God are not three disjunct
realities on the stage with a space-interval between their
respective boundaries. [...] Christ has become part of creation, and
in his created body he lifted up the creation to God, and humankind
must participate in this eternal priesthood of Christ"
(Gregorios, "The Human Presence")
Fr. Stanley Harakas of
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of
Orthodox position thus far: "the creation exists for the use of
humanity; but humanity exists as a microcosm to sanctify creation
and to draw it into the fullness of the life of the
, to bring it into communion with its maker." (The Integrity
of Creation: Ethical Issues, in "Justice, Peace and the
Integrity of Creation," p.73)
Gregory's cosmology consists of God, man, and the world. Man is a part
of the world, which exists within the limits of time and space.
However, God exists beyond all such limits. Therefore, God exists
without any change though the world goes on changing. As God exists
beyond the limits of time and space, God is incomprehensible to man.
Human thought and language are limited to what exists within the
limits of time and space.
Gregory makes a distinction between the ousia and energia of God. The
ousia(essence) of God is totally incomprehensible to us. The world
depends upon the energia (operation) of God for its existence. It is
from non-being, which merely appears to exist, that God, the true
being, has brought the world into existence.
According to the western Christian thought, which originated in
Augustine, the essence of man is his sinful nature. Man is
originally sinner. Gregory cannot agree with this idea. If man is
sinner by nature, how can he be blamed for doing sin? According to
Gregory, the essence of man is nothing but the essence of God. Man
is the visible image of the invisible God. The original and the
image differ in that the original is self-existent and remains
unchanging whereas the image depends upon the original, and moves
from beginning to end. Man is absolutely free as God is free.
However, man is in a state of growing-- growing upto the perfection
of God. As man is in need of growth, he is immature. Immaturity
often makes man misuse his freedom. This is what Gregory calls evil
or sin. Whatever in our attitude and behavior that hinders the
perpetual growth towards the perfection of God is evil.