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jueves, 27 de abril de 2017



From the ayllu Ipokate Lampa Puno Kollasuyu, I turn to the Peruvian people to manifest the following:

That our original population Runa, of the Peru Tawantinsuyu Kollasuyu, is in the UN State of emergency, in front of extractive Private Investment Projects with Effects of Environmental Pollution that have become the greatest threat to the Right to Peace Coexistence.

The Government, citing "an indefinite rise of the Quechua Aymara people of the Kollasuyo" in the department of Puno, in May 2011, 18 indigenous people have been denounced before the Public Ministry, in the Puno region, Public Officials in the service of mining companies That pollute Life, Water, biodiversity, the environment of the environment in the Department of Puno. They denounced the environmental leaders, through the EXP. N ° 00682 - 2011 formulated by the personality of Ramón Casa Pari. About the request for an indictment, which is requested before the JUDGE OF THE 2ND. PRISON JUDGMENT OF PREPARATORY PUNO, in opposition to the Quechua leader PABLO SALAS CHARCA and Others, in regard to the late Judge Cristian Chiri of the Superior Court of Puno, admitted AND AFTER having heard the allegations of the Complaint, today THE PROCEEDING IN JUDGMENT ORAL, and the Judgment of the Public Prosecutor's Office a cargo of Dr. Juan Monzón Mamani Provincial Prosecutor ......... charging for Crimes Against Patrimony in its modality of Extortion, disturbances, Altering Public Order in tort of the State and others.

Without The Opportunity Of Intense Investigation And Sin To Have The Possibility Of Having A Timely Defense, "In violation of THIS: rules of national and international law.

In spite of adducing the UN "indefinite uprising of the Quechua Aymara people of the Kollasuyo", the PETITION presented by the Defendants on the anthropological PERICIA WAS DECLARED INFUNDED,

In this Criminal Process There is racial discrimination Whenever the Prosecutor and Judge a charge of the Preparation, they began processing them and contravening the unrestricted right to Make USE of Our native languages ​​of Quechua and Aymara Because we are native of the towns or peasant communities As such It is His Moment demanded to be oriented, judged by translators or interpreters for not understanding the laws and norms Western model.

In the Criminal Law of the Punishable Fact. SECTION III, Jurisdiction and Competition Art. 18 Limits of Ordinary Jurisdiction, claiming that the Acts occurred in the City, without APLICA SE this justice.
In this part of the country, none is respecting the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

In a speech delivered by the Lima Media On July 28, 2015, former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, dedicates part of his Address to attack, Once More, a the leaders of the Indigenous Organizations of Peru, pointing out That: "vandals, anti System, anti-miners can not destabilize The Economic Growth Process, frontal fight against criminals, inciters of violence." It is feasible for those who defend the rights of the people of Peru, one who defends the rights of Mother Nature and one tenth Those who the whole truth, is applying us Laws as a narcoterrorist, corrupt, murderers, violators.

These Attacks against the Defenders of Life, Water, Earth, Environment and Peoples' Rights, these THOSE defenders of Mother Earth, ARE being Fought Politically, militarily and judicially From the Public Ministry and Judicial Branch, applying December Legislative: 1015 , 994, and Other Legislative Decrees Once issued On 28 June 2008, they criminalize that protest. At the Same Time, Protect a Former Presidents and Their Ministers Committed to the LAVA JATO Case.

The Situation of the Political Pressure from The mining entrepreneurs has arrived to such a point That the members of the Public Prosecutor's Office qualify of criminal acts The Measures of the days of protest, which is the CNDDHH of Peru DÍbe INFORM and to make known before the Instances of The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) EESC for the State intimidation.

On 10 October, the request of the provincial Prosecutor of Puno was made public to a sentence of 18 to 28 years of prison against the leading politicians of the indigenous organizations of the south of Peru; The condemnation is the maximum for the crimes of which Pablos Salas Charca is accused, in solidarity with the anti-government march, in defense of life, water and territory.

All People have the right to fight against socio-economic environmental crime; And state officials in the service of the miners have no right to slander and defame; Less to distort the administration of justice; So that prosecution must be done under strict compliance with the right to due process and at no time should criminal law be used for the criminalization of leading political opponents or restrict the right to protest.

The fact of having succeeded in repealing D.S. 033-2011-PCM, signed by Alan García, Repealing D. S. 083- 2006- EM of the same one that issues and the one that repeals should also be cited and reach the criminal complaint, for being responsible politician.

There are no elements to conclude a cause-and-effect relationship between solidarity or pronouncement in support of a march, or political and socio-environmental manifestation, being that a similar opinion was given to the speech given during the same in solidarity with the people that said AGRO YES ... MINES NO, or Water if ... Gold No.

On the contrary the CASE of Azángaro in the airport of Juliaca, left 06 dead, caused by the then ex- President Alan García Pérez, today in its condition of being immediate author to the ex- president the Prosecutor of Juliaca has concluded declared inadmissible and archived the investigation penal".

For the same reasons, it deserves a call from the agrarian, indigenous organizations at the continental level and the human rights movements, and I request the human rights organizations of Peru to express their support and solidarity with the original communal authorities and those criminalized; And current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of the Republic of Peru to stop harassment of all human rights defenders, as required by the American Convention on Human Rights and other international treaties.

In the case of the Puno region, criminalization of "opponents" is a constant and we show our rejection and we urge that officials linked to polluters should stop using the Peruvian State for private purposes and stop the persecution.

We are alarmed that, based on an illegal state of emergency imposed by the public prosecutor today, it has passed the Oral Trial, without proving the test instruments, by order of the foreign "investors", on the recommendation of the private entrepreneurs, hundreds of people Peruvian women are being prosecuted in Peru without respect for their rights, using alleged WITNESSES WITHOUT FACE, thereby creating a risk situation for the guarantee of their right to housing, liberty, personal integrity, among others.

As the original Kheswa of this region of Puno, I call upon the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, to intervene, urge the Peruvian government on the cessation of human rights violations with Quechua leaders.
This is how the current government violates human rights systematically, despite the fact that the Peruvian state ratified ILO Convention 169 in 1995, which is complied with by the states, but the Peruvian state does not comply with international conventions , This being part of the protection of the fundamental rights of the human being, in accordance with Article 7 of ILO Convention 169, 1. The peoples concerned should have the right to decide their own priorities with regard to the development process, in The extent to which it affects their lives, beliefs, institutions and spiritual well-being, and the lands they occupy or otherwise use, and to control, as far as possible, their own economic, social and cultural development.

In addition, such peoples should be involved in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national and regional development plans and programs that may directly affect them.

The Peruvian State acts before the indigenous communities as with colonies that invades, imposes to blood and fire expropiando the lands that occupy ancestrally and these are concessioned to the foreign companies and that these in turn contaminate rivers, air and Lands of the communities, the Affected persons being protected by the UN in accordance with Article 3 of ILO Convention 169. 1. Indigenous and tribal peoples shall enjoy full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms without obstacles or discrimination. The provisions of this Convention shall apply without discrimination to the men and women of those peoples. No form of force or coercion that violates the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the peoples concerned, including the rights contained in this Convention, shall be used.

Criminalization is the most extreme of measures that a State can take due to the enormous impact on personal and family life.

With the aim that the diplomatic dialogue between the indigenous socio-environmental leaders and the government of Peru, can face and overcome this situation of tension and human rights violations in the region of Puno.

The arguments I have referred to, as a citizen of Peru Tawantinsuyu, of indigenous origin, request that we respect life, respect for freedom and respect for our lands, that we are possessors before the colony, that we are seriously affected by the usurpations of Our lands by the Peruvian state in favor of private mining companies and that is why we request the intervention of the UN Rapporteurship, so that it can be protected, freedom, and as well as the protection of the life of the being Human and that is why the indigenous should not be penalized, that in the protests that occurred was to protect their lands and the right to life.

This measure of the transnational mining via the criminalization of being a fact the criminalization and imprisonment will be a defeat of the leaders and communal authorities so that any act of defense to the land mothers is criminalized, consequently we expect a just justice, from its origin seeing The political side and we encourage that the original deep Peru won.

No to the persecution of social leaders by the judicial authorities and we demand at the same time the cessation of indiscriminate repression of the people and the use of deadly weapons by police and military personnel.

Pablo Salas Charca as a native of the ayllus (communities) of Tawantinsuyu (Peru), does not fight for canon or more royalties, our struggle is historical, we defend our national sovereignty, defend our territory, which belongs to us for thousands of years , We defend life, water, sun, earth, respect for the human being, respect for mother earth, mother nature, life in harmony with the environment.
From this heroic city of integration Andina Juliaca, I call on the leaders and communal authorities of the Puno Region and Peru to question the current government for the inhuman colonialist policy of neoliberalism and take immediate action against the violation and violation of The collective rights of the people



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On April 26, 2017, 9:55 pm, Pasacha Kheswa <runapasacha@gmail.com> wrote:



Dear colleagues, brothers and sisters, technical defense with legal assistance has a cost, since lawyers remain throughout the day listening and defending the defendants and fail to assist their other sponsors, because a fund is required for Cover the expenses demanded, as well the transfer from the community to the judiciary and as they are accelerating requires overnight in Puno until the following day. Your support will be valuable, thanks Pablo Salas Charca Judicializado.

Francisca Sarmiento claims innocence because she did not participate in "aimarazo"

TODAY 10 April, in one of the Chambers of Judicial Power of Puno, is declaring Witness WITHOUT FACE of the public ministry, ratifying the accusation, against environmental leaders who defend water, life, land, We pray to Pachamama Just Justice.

miércoles, 2 de marzo de 2016

The Greatness of God and the Triviality of Gods or anti the doctrine of Mormon

        The Greatness of God 

                and the Triviality of Gods

Archimandrite Alexander Mileant
"Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased;
and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” 
(Mat. 23:13).

NOT SO LONG AGO, the actress Shirley MacLaine delighted a large television audience when, by standing with open arms on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, she began to sing, “I am God, I am God, I am God." This was shown in the television mini-series “Out On a Limb” in 1987. Believers could have ignored that eccentric actress’ silly performance if it weren’t for the fact that it was a planned act for the popularization of the New Age movement. This now-fashionable teaching preaches that everything is God and God is all; i.e., that God and nature are one. Consequently every person is God. From this comes the conclusion that the task of human life is to reveal one's latent divinity, to recognize oneself as “god.” “When you finally understand your divine nature,” say the ‘apostles’ of the new doctrine, “a remarkable sensation will overcome you that you are above space and time, above all that is material.”
Similar proud statements are not new; Hinduism has preached them for a long time. One of the modern popularizers of Hinduism, Sai Baba, writes, “You are the God of the universe… You truly are God … You are not man, you are God” [Sathyam-Shivam Sundaram; Sathya Sai Speaks, Bangalore, India, 1973]. During transcendental meditation, one is advised to convince oneself, “I am the sun; I am the true, true sun… The whole universe moves by me and receives its existence from me… I was before the beginning of the world… I penetrate every atom and bring it into movement… Oh, how marvelous I am… I am the entire universe... Everything is in me… I am God!” [Swami Visnudevananda, The complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, New York, Pocket Books, 1972].
There is no need to say how ludicrous such claims are to the Christian point of view. Recognizing the high purpose of man, Christianity teaches to clearly distinguish between the infinite omnipotent Creator and everything else. “God dwells in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see" (1 Tim. 6:16). In essence, God is everything and we are nothing. If a person humbly bows down to his Creator and submits to His will, he is able, with God’s help, to grow and improve — within the limits of his nature.
Therefore, it is very strange to listen when preachers, posing as Christians, echo the Indian guru and call for their followers to find their deity. Listen, for example, to what the Mormons preach: “As man is, God once was. As God is, man may become” [Lorenzo Snow, Millennial Star, vol. 7 and vol. 54]. Also, “Remember that God our heavenly Father was perhaps a child, and mortal like we are, and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement; has moved forward and overcome until He has arrived at the point where He is now” [Orson Hyde, Journal of Discourses, vol. 1]. Joseph Smith, the founder of the sect of Mormons, preached, “I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see .… It is first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another and that he was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of all us, dwelt on an earth…” [J. Smith,Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-347]. Similar statements can be heard from other Mormon “prophets." For them, the Lord Jesus Christ is not the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, consubstantial with the Father, but rather one of the gods, equal with the angel Lucifer and with other spirits! The subject of things doesn’t change the fact that the Mormons consider one of the gods as the main one, but the fact that their god is limited and is not the unique.
We, however, believe that the true God is not only the main one among those allegedly similar to Him, but that He is unique and the only God, to Whom there are none similar. There exists only one God — the almighty and eternal Creator; all other creatures are like small numbers in comparison with the infinite.
What is tragic for the modern society is the fact that with all its scientific and technological progress, on the spiritual level mankind is becoming primitive and all the more yields to the sin of pride, under which crazy ideas about the unveiling of one’s divinity are met with greater sympathy. In accordance with apostle Paul, the distinctive characteristic of Antichrist, the last enemy of Christianity, will be his boundless pride. This will be “that man of sin, the son of perdition, who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God or holiness, so that he will sit in the temple of God as God, portraying himself that he is God” (2 Thes. 2:4). Will not his absurd claim of deity be approvingly met by his contemporary society, because it itself will be completely poisoned by the ideas of deification of man?
It is necessary to note that all doctrines exalting man at the expense of the Creator, although they may differ on some minor issues, are either of occult origin or at least have developed under the influence of some occult teachings. For example, the ancient pagan polytheism with its magic and mysteries, as well as the modern Mormonism — dictated by “spirits” — introduce a great number of deities. Theosophical teachings, such as Hinduism, Buddhism and the modern New Age movement also preach pantheism. Rejecting the personal God-Creator, they teach that nature itself is Divine. Of course, the pantheistic god is not in any way God, but nature to which is attributed some god-like properties: eternity, ubiquitousness, rationality, and distinctive fairness. Strictly speaking, pantheism is an ennobled atheism.
The ancient Pythagorists, Gnostics, Neoplatonists, and a number of subsequent philosophical schools belong to the third group of doctrines, as, for example, Jacomba Beme, Shopenhauer, Swedenborg, Parasels, Shelling, and others. It is known that Gnostic sects were especially active during the first three centuries of Christianity and were a great hindrance for the Church. The doctrines of this group introduce different intermediary beings between the Absolute-God and the lower world. Some call one of these as Demiurg; others, Logos or Sophia; still others the “universal soul” or the “feminine principle in God," and so forth. These doctrines are extremely confusing and contradictory in many details, but some form of emanation from the Absolute is common to all of them. Lower deities, or “eons" of ancient Gnostics, flow as graded waterfalls from one to another, beginning with the transcendental Absolute, the Highest Beginning, or Primary Source, and ending with our physical world. For some Gnostics, the number of intermediaries between the Great Unknowable and the material world reached thirty-two, for others it was limited to just a few.

Again, the Absolute of these doctrines is not the true God we Christians believe in, because by emitting from himself lower beings he himself becomes subject to the laws of change and compulsion. Besides granting his eons with divine characteristics, such as creativity or the power for world management, the Gnostics limit their Absolute. In this way they erase the distinction between the Creator and the creature.
By the way, the temptation to make a bridge between the Creator and the creature has touched Russian theology as well, thanks to the philosopher Vladimir Solovyov. A great number of religious thinkers, enthusiastic about his ideas, as for example Rev. Sergei Bulkakov, Rev. Pavel Florenski, Prof. Nikolai Berdyaev, and some theologians of Saint Segius Theological Institute in Paris, developed further his ideas about Sofia, the global soul and “the feminine principle” in God along the Gnostic ideas. (On this subject refer to the detailed article by protopresbyter Mikhail Pomazanski, Readings on God as Man, Orthodox Way, 1956).
Professor A.V. Kartashov, concerning the influence of V. Solovyov on Russian religious thought, writes, “The mystical horse on which Solovyov flies over the formidable abyss that exists between God and the world is the long-deserted and forgotten Sophia. Repeating thousand-year-old ancient attempts of the Hellenic philosophy, the biblical hokism, the rabbinical Cabala, and the wild Gnostic science-fiction writings, to fill by illusion the abyss between the Creator and His creatures, Solovyov chooses for this purpose… Sofia, and thus infects our religious-philosophical thinkers and poets for a long time... No gradualness, no bridges of eons can possibly cross the ontological breach between two polarities [God and world]… No crescendo-diminuendo from the creature to the Creator et vice versa can create the solid continuity; and through any of the microscopic cracks, as if into the bottomless pit, falls everything that was constructed" (Article on the 1500 year Ecumenical Council in Chalcedony).
Professor Rev. Georgi Florovskii commented about the Sense of Love by V. Solovyov, “This is some ghastly occult project of reunification of humanity with God through multi-sexual love” (The Paths of Russian Theology).
Disassociating oneself from all attempts to make a bridge between the infinite and the finite, the Orthodox Church does not recognize any independent deities, nor emanations from the Primary source, nor intermediaries between God and creature.
The church teaches that originally nothing existed — neither a spiritual nor a material world. Even time and space are not eternal but are qualities of this temporary world.  There existed always the Singular, unchangeable and all-perfect God: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit as Trinity, one in essence and undivided.
When it was pleasing to God, He first created a great spiritual world which He populated with rational spirits called angels; after that — our visible, material world. For creation of one and the other He did not use any substance, because there was none, but created everything from nothing by the distinct action of His omnipotent will. Nothing forced Him to create: He created when and how it was pleasing to His will. So, God is the single source of existence for all things visible and invisible. The angels and human souls are not eternal, but only immortal, and are so not by nature, but by the will of their Creator. Only God is eternal and immortal by His essence.
“God always was, is and will be, or better to say, always is,” explains St. Gregory the Theologian, “because the words 'was' and 'will be' indicate divisions of time and are characteristic to transient nature. But ‘being’ is always. And by this name (Jehovah) He calls Himself… because He concentrates within Himself the most complete being, which does not begin and will not end. He is like a sea of essence, indescribable and infinite, extending beyond the limits of any comprehension of time and nature.”
Between infinite and perfect being of God and everything else there exists aqualitative abyss, which does not allow for any intermediary. Between God and the world there cannot be anything in the middle, just as there is nothing between the logical one and the logical zero.
But being infinite and all perfect, God is not far from the world, as some think, as if he dwells somewhere far beyond the limits of the universe. On the contrary, He embraces everything and penetrates everything with Himself; He is simultaneously everywhere, but at the same time He, as the purest Spirit, does not mix with anything and nothing touches Him.
One must speak of God always with the greatest reverence and self-restraint because "He dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see"(1 Tim 6:16). Only with weak hints can we attempt to describe Him, Whom we call this mysterious name. “Wishing to theologize,” edifies Saint Maxim the Confessor, “do not attempt to comprehend God in His essence, because that is not attainable to human or any other kind of intellect. Reflect if possible on His qualities: eternity, infiniteness, incomprehensibility, bliss, wisdom and omnipotent power, which directs everything and which righteously judges everyone. After all, one becomes a great theologian among people, when he learns at least some of the Divine attributes.”
Sometimes a person, forgetting the greatness of God, compares himself with people similar to him, and begins to dream of how important and wise he is. In such a situation it would be useful to gaze at the starry sky and to mentally envision himself from the depths of space: somewhere in the boundless sea of space there is a small dot of light which is our galaxy called the Milky Way. On the edge of it, among billions of other stars, hides our solar system which is so small that it cannot be discerned with the most powerful telescope. And still further somewhere within the solar system lies buried our microscopic planet Earth. And there, on its surface some virus-like one-day creatures bustle about — who are you and I! If we are so insignificant in comparison to the universe, then what are we in comparison to Him, Who has created everything with the power of His word?
And one does not know at which to marvel more: the greatness of God or that with all His boundlessness He remembers and cares for each of us! He not only sees each of us, but completely knows everything that is within us: our deepest thoughts, forgotten feelings, and future intentions; and all of this he knows better than we do ourselves. “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Heb. 4:13). Knowing our needs and our frailties, He cares for us, as the most caring and loving of mothers; and all while He manages the limitless universe, everything visible and invisible. He directs towards goodness and the existence of every creature — regardless of how insignificant it may be. If we all have followed His Divine will then what a paradise and bliss we all would have enjoyed!
But instead of that we see something completely different. What is the reason for the disasters for humanity? In accordance with the Bible, it is our ancestors’ proud desires to become gods. That ancient snake-devil, himself having fallen from the Heavens due to his own pride, had instilled the knowledge in them that by eating the forbidden fruit, they would not die, but “will be as gods” (Gen. 3:5). But why did our ancestors believe such an insolent proposal? Probably because it sounded credible. A lie is most effective if it holds a grain of truth in it.
Primordial man understood that he was given something great, something that raises him above other unreasoning creatures. That something great was the mark of the image and likeness of God, which the Creator placed on his immortal soul. It was the mark of resembling God which opened to man the way to uncovering the mystery of being and creativity; it attracted him to the ideal and the infinite; it made him capable of unselfish love, it attracted him to communion with God, it made him king over nature. By God’s plan, man, working on himself and developing his spiritual abilities, should have been perfecting himself. God set for man the high goal of following His perfection, to which he was to have ascended under His direction and with His help.
The devil’s lie was that man — by just desiring it, with one daring leap, apart from and even contrary to God’s plans — could attain the state of deity and could attain all knowledge and perfection. Instead, however, the deceived man by his own insolent "salto mortale” not only missed the state promised to him by the tempter, but rather fell into a terrible abyss of sin and thus lost even that which he had already. From being the ruler over nature he became a pathetic toy of his own passions. Adam and Eve transmitted their nature damaged by sin to their descendants. Apostle Paul thus presents the moral poverty of sinful humanity, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death: the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do” (Rom. 7:19-24).
God should have destroyed man for his insolence or simply should have turned away from him and left him at the mercy of the blind and destructive forces of nature. But God is as great in mercy as He is omnipotent in creation! Instead of rejecting man, He Himself, in the Divine person of the only-begotten Son, descended from the throne of His unapproachable glory to our valley of sorrows and darkness.
By coming to us He not only taught us to believe correctly and to live righteously, but He adopted our human nature. Through this wonderful and incomprehensible unification of His Divinity and His humanity, God injected invigorating spiritual energies into our decrepit nature. Thanks to them the ascent to God became for us a real possibility. Without the miracle of incarnation the Gospel doctrine would have remained an inaccessible ideal.
One must say that in the days of the Old Testament people also had many sensible ideas about good and evil; many people had very elevated ideas about God, but they were morally powerless to perfect themselves. God’s help was necessary to all, and the Lord Jesus Christ brought us that help. That impassable chasm between God and creature, which no one could cross, was crossed by the Lord Jesus Christ by His becoming man. He became like a bridge between the transcendental and the finite, between the Creator and the creature. He took us in communion with Himself. Not with our own efforts, but because of Christ we“might be partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4).
Thus, the deification of man, from one side, is an unattainable dream and a terrible temptation, when man himself tries to reach it. Any attempt to self-servingly jump across the abyss between earth and Heaven inevitably plunges one to the depths of hell, where Lucifer the proud angel fell. If man with humility and repentance turns to Christ, then, as holding His hand, he can begin to ascend to God spiritually.
Unity with Christ, partaking of His Divine nature, is not an abstract theory, but reality, which happens during the Sacrament of Communion. Tragically, the world of other beliefs, which speaks so much about the spiritual revival, does not understand the purpose of the incarnation of Christ. It was precisely for this reason that Christ became man — i.e., to join us to Himself. Of course, an angel or one of the prophets could have taught us or could have given us a good example. Christ incarnated specifically because only through unity with Him true rebirth and communion with God becomes possible, “No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).
Therefore God taught, “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Who so eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day… He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood dwelleth in me and I in him”(John 6:53-56). In the sermon about the grape vine Christ explains how important is to unite with Him: “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:4-5).
Thus, the purpose of incarnation of the Son of God is the spiritual and physical rebirth of man. Spiritual renewal begun in this life will be finished by physical restoration of man on the day of all resurrection of the dead. Then shall “the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Mat. 13:43). Apostle John the Theologian wrote about this a little bit mysteriously: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).
So, we are still not yet capable of completely comprehending the entire grandeur of the calling to which the merciful Creator is drawing us. It is important to remember, however, that perfection is possible only under the direction and with the aid of the Lord Jesus Christ. Only He can renew our damaged state, only He can pour into us the so needed spiritual strength; only He, by uniting us with Himself, can deify us. Without Him we are nothing, just dust and ashes, as other lower creatures.
Therefore, remembering our sinfulness, let us hasten to our Doctor, the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us humbly and obediently follow the path shown by Him remembering that “whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” (Mat. 23:13).
Archimandrite Alexander Mileant
Translated Ana P. Joyce / Barbara Olson
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