On meditation and Christian religion

Some Christian preachers teach: “You should not meditate (in the sense of eastern religions), because a part of meditation act is not-to-think.”

I doubt this:

(Matthew 24:44) “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

(Luke 12:40) “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”

Jesus comes to us when you do not think! Maybe we should not follow eastern religions in how to meditate, but we should sometimes not to think, so that Jesus to come to us.

Why Jesus needed to be tempted?

(Hebrews 2:17-18) “17 Therefore he was obligated in all things to be made like his brothers, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.

Have you ever wondered about Heb. 2:18? Jesus already knows all what means that He knows all situations. Isn’t it enough to help those who are tempted? why he himself should be tempted in order to help others? This looks like a very difficult question.

I do not know the answer in details but propose this explanation:

Jesus needs to suffer and be tempted himself so that when He helps somebody, the opposition would not be able to say: He tries to help tempted persons which he himself was not tempted and did not suffered.

It is only a possible theory. I welcome you to discuss in comments to this blog post possible explanations.

The word “Elochim” for both God and gods

In Bible (Old Testament) the word “Elochim” (אלהים in Hebrew letters) is used to denote both God (that is one true God) and gods. The distinction is whether this word is used with singular or plural verbs or adjectives: When it is singular it denotes God, when it is plural it denotes gods.

Have you wondered why the same word is used for both?

I have a possible explanation: The word “God” in singular means the democratic way of governing the infinite universe that is collegiate way of governing the universe. In plural it means gods which don’t necessarily agree in Christ. Thus it is the same entity (thus using the same word), the difference is whether gods act in collegiate, democratic way. So, I think the word God denotes the democracy in the heavens, one united entity governing all in a democratic way.

We will become stars

What happens with the spirit of a saint when he dies? I believe his spirit is transferred to a star. In other words, his spirit becomes a spirit of a star.

(Matthew 13:43) “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.”

(Daniel 12:2-3) “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine as the brightness of the expanse; and those who turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.”

However it is more interesting than that:

(Genesis 15:5) “Yahweh brought him outside, and said, “Look now toward the sky, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” He said to Abram, “So will your seed be.””

(Genesis 22:17) “that I will bless you greatly, and I will multiply your seed greatly like the stars of the heavens…”

(Genesis 26:4) “I will multiply your seed as the stars of the sky, and will give to your seed all these planets”

(Exodus 32:13) “Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your seed as the stars of the sky, and all this land that I have spoken of I will give to your seed, and they shall inherit it forever.’””

This means that every believer will be transformed into a generation of spirits inheriting his spirit which will together occupy all stars of the universe. Every believer will become a kind of species of spirits of stars. These spirits are called the seed of Abraham. So there will be a descendant of Abraham for every star in the universe.

Why I believe in material wonders, not only wonders in spirit

For some reason (honestly, I do not know the reason, except of trivial miss of faith) some of Protestants concluded that in modern times (unlike times of Bible) wonders happen only in spirit and/or soul (salvation, sanctification, etc.)

Now on the question, how to explain what is soul when it’s scientifically proved that a man is ruled by and thinks by the brain: My long thinking on this issue to find an answer which agrees with both Bible and science has lead me to the conclusion that “soul” is just the warranty and backup for the brain. This does not contradict neither to scientific data nor to my knowledge of Bible.

So, people thoughts and feelings happen in a material object, the brain. Thus sanctification is a wonder in matter, not just in spirit. It is changing our brains and more generally bodies (as well as spirits).

Sanctification is a material wonder! So material wonders do exists (and yes, they do exist in modern times, not only when Bible was written).

So for our Christian life we need functioning brain. For functioning brain we need food, drink, sometimes medicine, etc.

And yes, the spiritual life of the rich thus may differ from spiritual life of the poor. This is a reason why God gives us the blessing of Abraham.

The essence of what I say in this post is that there is no exact border between spiritual and material. Thus wonders cannot be purely spiritual, they are also material. We need material blessings. If you miss material blessings, you miss an important aspect of life.

Mystery of the Jews

Romans 11:

25 … this mystery, so that you won’t be wise in your own conceits, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and so all Israel will be saved. Even as it is written, “There will come out of Zion the Deliverer, and he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob. 27 This is my covenant to them, when I will take away their sins.

Here Bible says that there is some “mystery” (that is a cipher) in mind of religious Jews. When God will show how to decipher it, He will deliver some message (which is yet ciphered and unknown to us) which will suddenly turn religious Jews into Christians. It looks impossible while we don’t yet know this message but when we see the message it will become clear.

Knowing how easy to turn unbelievers into believers we should not be proud of our faith (“wise in your own conceits”).

Should blessing happen always?

Some preachers say that because Christ already suffered for us, we should never suffer anymore.

Do I agree with this opinion?

My opinion on this question is twofold:

On the first hand, if we are in a trouble, there is always a way to lay it upon Christ and not to suffer ourselves.

On the second hand, we need to be like Christ and Christ suffered for benefit of others. (Even though it was not obvious that his sufferings benefit others.)

So, what? In every trouble (except of suffering of Christ himself) there is a better way without a trouble. But also when we are not in a trouble, there is a better way to suffer for others and receive an even greater blessing afterward as a reward in participating in suffering of Christ.

The example of Christ is intended to show that the greatest blessing happens after a trouble.

However, in every trouble I recommend to seek a way how to exit from it with help of God, not to remain in a trouble.