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Titus 1:15 (For those with the eyes to see)

October 21, 2013

Titus 1:15

“…Nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean…. All things indeed are clean.Romans 14:14,20 New American Standard Bible
“…to the one who regards anything impure, it is impure to him alone…. Everything is pure.” Romans 14:14, 20 Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For those with perception as it should be, everything is as it should be. For those with perception as it should not be, everything is as it should not be.”
Titus 1:15, The Holy Spirit‘s Bible
Some pictures of window blinds I took and put ...

Some pictures of window blinds I took and put together. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Looking through a foggy window

Once I was looking through a window which had the blinds almost completely shut, but I could see through the blinds just a bit. My vision was very limited, but I could see through better than if the blinds were totally closed, right?
Another time, I was driving at night in the rain and the windshield was starting to get foggy. I could not see very well through that foggy window, so I turned on the defrost fan, plus switched on the wipers to keep the drops of rain from obscuring my view, and then I switched my headlights from low-beam to high-beam. Soon, my ability to perceive was much improved.
Another time driving, the fog was outside the car, rather than fogging up my windshield from the inside. So, it was actually better for my perception to turn the high-beam headlights down to “low-beam.”
The fog is rolling

The fog is rolling (Photo credit: davidyuweb)

For those with the eyes to see

For those that have the perceptiveness to understand these principles, let them understand. Any one who has the ability to see clearly what I mean here, then that one will be the one who will see it clearly.
For others, they might as well be noticing some language that is foreign to them. It will be jarble to them. They may even call it confusing, which means that it has violated their expectations (or contradicted their false presumptions).
So, if someone who is not very clear on certain concepts attempts to communicate them to others, how well can we expect others to comprehend? If someone with limited understanding of a subject translates a book about that subject between two languages that they do not know very well, then that would be kind of like looking through a foggy window while blinded by the headlights of oncoming traffic, right?Of course, some people may be very terrified of something unfamiliar. Those without faith are said to be recognizable by their fear and terror and panic. When one thing is faithful to another, that means a precise match. A faithful copy is distinct from a copy littered with mistakes, right?

What factors influence the accuracy of our perceptions? How can we assess the precision of our understanding of a principle? Is the best test conforming to a consensus or is the best test a series of consistent demonstrations of that principle in everyday life, especially to produce remarkable results far beyond what would be predicted by a consensus of average people?

 

Vertical blinds

Vertical blinds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, what is The Holy Spirit’s Bible?

Someone experiences a revelation of spiritual principles, then they share it with others perhaps just in conversation, then an oral tradition may form around those original interactions. Finally, people may write down those oral traditions, then do their best to translate them in to other languages, and then some people can discuss it on the internet, perhaps with the experience of terror and panic and disturbance for some of them.
There are a few ways to respond to something. One can ignore it. One can dismiss it as irrelevant. One can consider it interesting enough to study and respectfully consider. After a brief, casual exposure, one can reject it as either contrary to pre-existing presumptions or clearly inaccurate. One can also refine something further or politely offer thoughts and
personal experiences that fit with something or maybe go in to a related tangent.
The purpose of all spiritual disciplines might be to refine the perceptiveness of the people involved. We could say that all spiritual disciplines could help people to notice the contrast between frightened panics of immaturity and the calm dignity of mature reflection and introspection.
Of course “The Holy Spirit” is just a sequence of words in English. If we were to convey a similar idea in another language like Hebrew or Latin or Sanskrit or Chinese, then we would not use those English words, right?
The Holy Spirit refers to a direct revelation, a personal experience, an immediate recognition. There is no intermediary involved in such a direct spiritual communication, such as a book or a priest.
English: Retreat at Monastery of the Holy Spirit

English: Retreat at Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is the common source of all religions and spiritual traditions?

All sacred texts and scriptures of all traditions come from a common source, which we could call direct revelation or the authority of “The Holy Spirit.” Clearly, one who is confident and clear in a message directly from the Holy Spirit is distinct from anyone who claims that a particular scripture or interpretation has authority ONLY because a particular group of people approved of it.
What is the proper test of spiritual authority? Anyone can assert “I have a message from the Holy Spirit and I do not care what anyone else says about it!” As referenced earlier, one valuable test could be the demonstration of extraordinarily surprising results.
So, those who are open to directly accessing spiritual authority (rather than only relying on ancient compositions or a second-hand authority) might be selective about who they talk to about their openness. They might meet with only small groups of committed disciples and give only diluted messages publicly.
Ironically, many traditionalists indirectly claim that their own spiritual tradition is dead. They say “there will be no more revelation ever. Only this one book printed 26 days ago is valid and so anything published in the last 25 days or in the future must conform to my pre-existing notions of what the 26 day old-book says, or else we must launch a holy war of crusading inquisitions to eradicate such threatening heresies. By the way, please do not quote from my own book to me to try to reason with me because there is no reasoning going on over here anyway!”
Is all of that a sign of wisdom or of terror? Is that a sign of spiritual authority or just resorting to a test of military dominance?
Bible and Saint George in Syrian Orthodox chur...

Bible and Saint George in Syrian Orthodox church in Midyat (Photo credit: CharlesFred)

War and peace

MIlitary dominance clearly has it’s value though. There is a time for war and a time for peace, according to the ancient Hebrew scripture of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, which is about how there is an occasional value and relevance for all things, with some things being very often useful while some things are only functional quite rarely:

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Romans 14:14 and Titus 1:15

As we approach our conclusion, let’s review again a few passages from the New Testament that convey a similar idea to the above chapter of Ecclessiastes (which was the inspiration for a popular song in the 1960s by The Byrds called “Turn, Turn, Turn” which refers to the “turning” of the cycle of the seasons annually). Below, you will find again the two translations from the book of Romans and then once again an English translation of Titus 1:15.First, note also the New Testament teaching that if something disgusts you, then it is best to turn away from it. You might consider who is not disturbed by that thing and ask them to help you make sense of it calmly and see the value and purpose in it, but again that is only if it is not so frightening to you that you are able to calmly explore the subject (like without a terrified outburst of arguing or panicking or tantrum). If the time for a particular exploration is not now, then perhaps another time…. What is relevant for you now depends on your current stage of development, right?

“…Nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean…. All things indeed are clean.” Romans 14:14,20 New American Standard Bible
“…to the one who regards anything impure, it is impure to him alone…. Everything is pure.” Romans 14:14, 20 Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For those with perception as it should be, everything is as it should be. For those with perception as it should not be, everything is as it should not be.”
Titus 1:15, The Holy Spirit‘s Bible

song recording: already real (the real you)

April 26, 2012
Triumph of Faith over Idolatry, by Jean-Baptis...

Triumph of Faith over Idolatry, by Jean-Baptiste Théodon (French, 1646–1713). Church of the Gesù, Rome, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

You               I                   love.             why?
don’t know     don’t care      don’t need    more prayers

Mine is the faith        that raises mountains                 mine is the faith        that makes you feel
mine is the faith        that moves the oceans                mine is the faith        already real

Truth              I                   am.                lies?
won’t hide       won’t trick     won’t make a lick of difference

Mine is the faith        that raises mountains                 mine is the faith        that makes you feel
mine is the faith        that moves the oceans                mine is the faith        already real

show me something pure        show me something true            show me something perfect             show me the real you
the only one you are               the holy child of God                 the birth of a new star                      a flower opening

hear these words       write them down             in a good book              spread it round
change the language  for each audience           translate new sounds    but keep the spirit       whole and faithful

Mine is the faith        that raises mountains                 mine is the faith        that makes you feel
mine is the faith        that moves the oceans                mine is the faith        already real

show me something pure        show me something true            show me something perfect             show me the real you

 

 

Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is 

 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect
Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect
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Romans 11:16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is 

If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole
batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. 
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1 Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in 

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; …. 
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1 Peter 1:16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” … 
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Acts 19:2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when 

and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered,
“No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit 

Leviticus 11:44 I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and 

I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy
You must consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy

Leviticus 20:26 You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am 

You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart
from the nations to be my own.  You must be holy because I, the LORD, am holy
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Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
And if I have prophecy, and I know all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have all faith so that I may remove mountains, and I have no love in me, I would be nothing.

 

Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”


Matthew 21:21 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.


Mark 11:23 “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.


Acts 13:1 In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.


Romans 15:14 I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.


1 Corinthians 11:4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.


1 Corinthians 12:9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,


1 Corinthians 12:10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.


1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.


1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.


1 Corinthians 14:2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.


1 Corinthians 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.


1 Corinthians 14:6 Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?


1 Corinthians 14:29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.


1 Corinthians 14:39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.


1 Corinthians 15:51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed–


2 Corinthians 12:11 I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.

Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are 

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe,
nothing is pure Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure
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2 Samuel 22:27 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the 

to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. 
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Psalm 18:26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked 

to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. 
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secrets of spreading heaven

March 29, 2012
HEAVEN

HEAVEN (Photo credit: Telstar2000)

The secrets of how to spread heaven

 

 

Heaven is available now for the faithful, the holy, the pure, the angelic, the godly. What does it mean to be faithful, holy, and pure? We address that after we explore what heaven is and what heaven is not.

Heaven is notable for the absence of ill will, suffering, guilt, discord, conflict, despair, and dis-ease. Heaven is the domain in which the holy,

Tibetan endless knot Nederlands: Tibetaanse On...

Tibetan endless knot Nederlands: Tibetaanse Oneindige knoop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

faithful, and pure live. They experience in heaven first curiosity, then clarity, then gratitude and courage and inspiration as well as inner peace and powerful influence through a direct awareness of a miraculous order to all developments, in contrast to being confused by conceptual models of how things could be (speculating) or should be (agonizing).

The guilty and the proud are cast out from the domain of heaven (also called paradise). However, those who have been guilty and proud may, through humility (humiliation), have the opportunity to experience heaven.

I had ill will toward others, even a spirit of divisiveness and contentiousness, until by the grace of heaven, I returned to the humble curiosity of a child: the “beginner’s mind.” This is called the first stage: approaching heaven.

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I had experienced the behaviors of suffering, worrying, and agonizing, until by the grace of heaven, I returned to curiosity and the result was learning (clarity). This is called the second stage: recognizing heaven.

Recognizing heaven as available to me, I was grateful, while before I had been afraid and resentful and blaming and frustrated and disappointed and guilty and regretful and even ashamed. The arising of heavenly gratitude is the third stage, called receiving heaven (or receiving the holy spirit of heaven or from heaven).

With each experience of gratitude, new actions came to my attention as available and relevant and valuable. This is called inspiration and also nourishing heaven. One’s capacity to influence the behavior of other people, including through the instruments of language, wealth, and other forms of influence, may shift dramatically at this stage, for one recognizes relevant practical adjustments to make in accord with changing economic values of humanity, as well as how to communicate effectively, and so on.

With clarity as well as gratitude, there is a flow of abundance and influence toward those who conduct themselves faithfully to the actions inspired by a direct awareness of the miraculous order of all developments. Such awareness may be intuitive or analytical or both. The results of inspired actions arising from heavenly gratitude and clarity always produce value- that is- gratitude for the results is inherent in the process, as distinct from blame and frustration and fear and so on.

Grateful for the miraculous order of the particular instrument of divinity expressing itself which may be called the physical bodily organism, inspired actions led from nourishing heaven to healing by way of that nourishment and training. Training includes the arts of physical awareness and the so-called “inner martial arts” (including certain forms of yoga).

So, while before I had been despairing and impoverished and envious, by the grace of heaven, I was led through humiliation to curiosity and clarity and gratitude to inspiration and then the inspired actions that cultivate the capacity to nourish myself and others materially and otherwise. By the grace of heaven, I have been saved from the hells of agonizing and contentiousness and resentment. I have been delivered from hell to heaven, with an abundance of blessings that spills over from me to all in my midst. This final stage is called spreading heaven.

Who are the faithful, the holy, the pure, the angelic, the godly? They are the ones who spread heaven.

 

 

First Published on: Jun 6, 2010

Dome of the Rotunda of the Church of the Holy ...

Dome of the Rotunda of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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