(continuing) #9, NOSAS Intro., sections 7-15 ©
[The use of section numbers is simply for reference purposes, in case you have questions or comments.]
7- Trying to create a special category of precepts [such as OSAS] that pertain only to the spirit realm and cannot be fully understood by the human mind, causes people to schism in their logic and ‘real world’ application of the Word of God, and derails the intellectual quest [which encourages the spiritual quest] of well-intentioned people in their walk with God. God, in His own written Covenant [the Christian Bible], defines our ability to understand the all-life-inclusive link between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of man: Rom.1:18 – 2:11, (1:19-20)[WSV], “19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in [unto] them [v.18]; for God has shown [revealed] it unto them. 20For the invisible things of Him from the [time of the] creation of the world are [even now] clearly seen [presented and discernible], being understood by [through accurately perceiving] the things that are made [physically visible], even [to the extent of understanding] His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse [They have no valid justification for their ignorance and disobedience.]:”.
8- In his design of Humanity, implemented through the first Adam, God placed in the spirit of each person an instinctive desire to be in unity with Him: the call-of-God interactive domain set up by God to guide and protect him [us]: the initial “measure” of the Holy Spirit [Jn.3:34; Rom.12:3; Eph.4:11-16]. Because of the conflict between Adam’s carnal desires and the voice and power of the call-of-God domain, Adam attempted deceptions in his effort to remain in good standing with God [Gen.3:7-12]; much like the excuses [self-deceptions] we invent today in our attempts to justify our beliefs and lifestyles that are in conflict with the authentic call-of-God domain.
Even in the atheist, religious, heathen, pagan, and hedonistic cultures of Humanity, no matter how ignored, misunderstood, and misused it may be, there is a God-given inbred desire for identification and oneness with the one and only True God. Even though they have culturally misinterpreted the voice, purpose, and benefits of the true call-of-God domain, and have misunderstood that call and considered it to be from the concept, thing, or entity they regard as their ‘God’, that beckoning to full relationship/fellowship with The True God is still there.
9- Especially prevalent in Christian religious cultures today, because of ‘reality’ conflicts between the precepts that rule our natural-life and our religious-life, in the effort to maintain some form of sanity and sense of security while we are under the shroud of depression and confusion that accompanies those conflicts, we develop two separate, but imagined equal and valid, philosophies of life. Trying to live in and maintain two separate and incompatible philosophies of life, causes an eventual schizophrenic split in our mental reasoning and a shredding of our spiritual [character] reasoning and faithfulness. This causes us to set up separate identities, usually familiar with each other yet not recognized as incompatible, allowing us to “peacefully” coexist in two conflicted ‘realities’. These two ‘realities’ consist of a ‘secular life’ that allows, and actually requires, the use of logic and practical application of the physical and cultural laws that pertain to life as human beings [our ‘real’ life], and a ‘religious life’ where we are free to stash all concepts that do not logically fit into the secular ‘practical life’ application category.
10- Because the secular and religious educations we receive are mostly misaligned with God’s full Truth; in an attempt to fulfill both the secular aspect of life and our heart’s cry for unity with ‘our’ God, we find it necessary to maintain multiple identities and personalities, with their own corresponding set of desires and values. Ignorance of the operations of the authentic spirit realm causes us to set up a self-designed [artificial - counterfeit] internal structure and system of operation. Instead of accepting the call-of-God-interactive Holy Spiritual domain set up by God [establishing a place in our spirit and mind to actually fellowship with the Holy Spirit], and setting up a flesh-interactive domain in our spirit/mind [soul] that interlocks with, and is an outlet for, the call-of-God domain; we usually accomplish setting up both a natural-secular district and a religious-secular district in the same flesh-interactive domain of our rationale, and simply ignore the true call-of-God domain. It requires accurate knowledge and understanding, patience, attention, and submission to allow God to reveal the contents of His domain; because God can only build upon the foundation we are willing and able to establish, possess, and yield to his use. Instead of yielding our foundation to God in pursuit of God’s Truth, we, through our instant-gratification mindset, fill our religious district with every emotionally appealing concept we run across; and allow [actually insist upon] the flesh-interactive domain [natural/religious districts] to be dominant over the call-of-God domain. This arrangement leaves the call-of-God spiritual aspect of our life languishing in the void of secular achievement, parched by the hot wind of physical and emotional desire, and choking on the smog of secular/religious confusion.
We reserve our religious-secular district to be the receiver, reservoir, and dispenser of all the concepts we feel compelled to accept in order to fulfill the demands of our religion but that are not compatible with our natural-secular district. The isolated-from-God’s-influence religious-secular district is where we can comfortably allow emotion to be the main factor in our decision making process, and securely store the acceptable religious concepts that require us to set aside logic and practical application of reasoning. This sectioning-off of our soul allows us to store [seemingly without any spiritual conflict] all the irrational religious concepts we are compelled to collect because of our misunderstanding of the voice of, and our responsibilities to, the call-of-God domain.
11- Our religious-secular district is generally subordinate to the natural-secular district, because the natural-secular is constantly aware of the demands of Earthly life. The religious-secular district is usually reserved for our once-a-week, or occasional, religious performances and solemn occasions.
12- We all have spiritual leaders [some chosen, others thrust upon us or inherited from family and/or culture], Godly or not, who guide our character [our core priorities, values and concept of life] into the Wisdom of God, or not. The religious-secular district of our soul incorporates all the precepts our innate spiritual and mental senses accept from our spiritual leaders, that have to do with the things we must believe and do in order to have momentary or continuing ‘bliss’, but which we can not figure out how to logically incorporate into the natural-secular district of our understanding. This, combined with the legal demands from both of these secular districts [forced on us because of our lack of self-control and our dependence on secular and religious regulation to maintain control in our life], puts stressful pressures on our spiritual and mental stability.
13- In order for us to preserve our sanity and begin to develop true security, we must begin to recognize and empower the call-of-God domain in our life. Regrettably, we establish conflicts between the absolute inflexibility of God’s precepts of/for Life, and our equating of all things to our self-centered ‘relative’ human experience. The effort to resolve our soul’s conflicts between the self-designed precepts in our natural/religious-secular domain and the God-designed precepts in the call-of-God domain, usually begins by attempting to modify God’s character by changing our definition of his character. This is a futile attempt to change the unchangeable by flexing the flexible. It is ‘naturally’ easier for us to diminish, or do away with, the defining aspects of a superior precept than it is to apply the mental energy, precision, and self-correction in our life necessary to implement the superior precepts. It is ‘easier’ and more satisfying to our egotistical desire to be correct and dominant, to downgrading our perception of the perfection and superiority of God’s Way than it is to upgrade our understanding and life application [through utilizing the help of the Holy Spirit] toward accepting and developing our way to that perfection.
14- All people [“born-again” or not] have an element of sensitivity to the call-of-God domain [recognized as such, or not; or confused with other ‘deities’ (“the measure of Faith” Rom.12:3)]. We also have sensitivity to, and strong compulsion to satisfy, the carnal responsibilities, demands, and lusts of the natural/religious-secular domain. Through the partitioning of our belief systems, we live with one ‘foot’ stuck in the natural/religious-secular domain of life, and the other in the call-of-God domain; and, in varying degrees, lead our life with one ‘foot’ and drag along our other beliefs with the other ‘foot’. When the conflicts and weariness of our self-inflicted schizophrenic lifestyle become too great, we must make some decisions of acceptance and exclusion – or suffer the spiritual and mental consequences of “riding astride a ‘belief’ razor blade.” In the effort to resolve the conflicts in the spiritual/mental aspect of our life, the pursuit of inner peace can take on very radical forms. In an effort to dull our spiritual sensitivity or relieve denial’s boredom, some of the ways we attempt to relieve the chafing and wounds produced by our spiritual conflict with God are: abandonment of religion; change of congregation, denomination, or sect within Christian religion; switching to a different religion; separating ourselves from spouse or family; and/or the pursuit of recreational activities. A person can try to alleviate this spiritual/mental despair in a multitude of ways; but to our detriment, the last option selected is usually the actual personal pursuit of The Truth that resides in the call-of-God domain in our spirit: which requires personal fellowship with the Holy Spirit who resides there. Fellowship with the Holy Spirit empowers the call-of-God domain, clarifies the definition of life, establishes workable priorities and parameters in all aspects of life, and unifies our spirit and mind with the Grace and Peace of God.
15- Because of being a member of Humanity, it is necessary for us to simultaneously live with one ‘foot’ in the realm of Humanity and one ‘foot’ in the realm of God, but these two realms of existence do not have to be factually and/or ideologically conflicted. The amount of true unity our personal life priorities and principles have with those of God determines which of our ‘feet’ is dominant, and determines when, if ever, we will [with the help of the Holy Spirit] be able to walk equally and strongly with both ‘feet’, as Jesus did: with God the Father and the Holy Spirit directing the operations of both ‘feet’.
(to be continued)