“The LORD loves what is righteous and just; his constant love fills the earth.”
–Psalm 33:5 (GNT)
In reference to, “his constant love fills the earth,” what exactly is God’s love? The love that is known by most of us as human beings is not the love of which this verse is referring. This love is an effect of the presence of the Holy Spirit, God’s witness and protector of man. Without it, what would be here to convict us of guilt or show us the good in the world?
We can know the Holy Spirit is present, when we clearly see and participate in the spreading of God’s light. Ways of doing this could include empathizing and forgiving others, remaining objective in social interactions, observing our behavior in order to catch the wrong we are doing and turn it right, so that others might model their behavior after our own, resulting in the incremental “betterness” of ourselves and those surrounding us. These selfless acts, and ultimate spreading of light, can only be attained through the indwelling of a deep agape love in the very core of our beings; in our hearts (or souls).
Therefore, God’s “constant love fills the earth,” by the continued presence of light, hope, and goodness in the world. His Witness teaches us to love, by compelling us to do what God loves – that “what is righteous and just,” so that God’s love will continue to spread throughout the world, and “fill the earth.”
“The LORD loves what is righteous and just, his constant love fills the earth.”
Who Is The Restrainer? -gracethrufaith
The Key To Happiness -mytwisteddream
I am passionate in sharing the knowledge I’ve acquired through self-study, by modeling man as a machine. I discovered this method of at ardue.org, and recommend it to everyone I know who might be searching for more out of life.
In this model, we are told that there are moving parts within man’s “machine.” Each part (or function) operates independently from the other, and each has it’s own “mind.” However, the overall mechanism of man’s machine is dependent upon which of its parts are functioning the best. Similar to a car, man has an engine to make him run, wheels to make him move, a steering wheel to point him in the right direction, and even a computer chip to notify of possible malfunction.
Analogies and visual aides are my best teachers. This is the first in my series on Man as Machine: FUNCTIONS OF MAN
I will forever be grateful to Duncan Macdonald, for compiling such a large amount of knowledge from various sources, and putting it in one place for me to find! 😉
1. www.gracethrufaith.com – Jack Kelley, the author of this website’s contents, answers any question about religion you could possibly think of – and with the historical context, “pop culture,” and original Hebrew and/or Greek Bible translation to support his point of view.
- Check out the ‘About’ section, in order to get acquainted with his beliefs and missions, and see if they are in line with yours. If you like what you see, you will not be disappointed in exploring his articles – I PROMISE.
2. www.raptureready.com – Articles are posted daily by various Christian authors, covering a range of topics, most of which correlate current events with Bible Prophecy and End Times. This is the site that led me to Jack Kelley, by way of an article he’d posted.
3. www.ardue.org – This is the first website I’ve found, to have such a dramatic impact on my life. I followed the Hermetic Philosophy Lectures, and recommend them to every single person I meet, because as I said, this is one of the most influential sources of information I have ever known!
- Self-knowledge is taught using the psychological model of Man as Machine. Keeping this model in the back of my mind while furthering my studies, has helped me tremendously in making sense of the world around me, and the people residing within it.
- I began this system of lectures a little backwards, as you will see below. It worked for me, but if you’d rather start at the top, the above link will take you to a chronological index of the systems of studies offered:
- Lecture 10 – Studying Oneself
- Lecture 4 – Wrong Functions
- Lecture 5 – Consciousness, Laws and Influence
- These lectures were written by PD Ouspenskey, who was a Russian esotericist known for his accounts of the Greek-Armenian teachings of esoteric doctrine, by George Gurdjieff (source). I can attest to the helpfulness in which these lectures are delivered, and admit that had I not found this information, I would not be the person I am today.
4. Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions, by Gerald G. May, MD
- This book was the very first resource I used when beginning my journey toward self-discovery. It was a great tool, helping to identify the things in my life that I did not necessarily think were distractions (or addictions, as Dr. May writes). This is also at the top of my reference list, as far as giving inspiration when looking to discover your potential, or to find yourself in general. I will share an outline I created, summarizing the first couple of chapters, if you would like to read prior to committing to a purchase. (Keep your eyes peeled for a new menu category that will be the dumping ground for all of my notes and other printable documents.)
- You will find the Amazon link to this book (here), if you’d like to check it out. The Look Inside option is available, and allows you to view the first several pages of the printed copy.
5. www.biblegateway.com – Out of all the Bible sites out there, why this one?
- In addition to the Topical Index and large variety of Bible Translations available, Bible Gateway’s, Add Parallel tool, offers the option to study side-by-side comparisons of the same Bible passage in an alternate Translation of your choosing. This tool is a wonderful point of reference, when studying and dissecting passages, aiding in a more complete and accurate understanding of the writing’s intended translation and meaning.
I think that covers it! 😉 I sincerely hope these sources provide you the same level of guidance and inspiration they have provided me. No matter where you are in life, or the struggles you are facing, it is always comforting to have someone (or something) to relate to – and all of these resources provide that. I would love to hear any feedback you might have regarding these references and/or their contents!
Until next time!
“There is beauty in the world, you just have to choose to see it”
In response to HarsH ReaLiTy’s Blogging Challenge (found here), I’m beginning with Question #2. Yes, I said I’m beginning with this question. Because I found this post *most* inspiring, I hope to answer more than just one. Check out the original post for all of the questions in the challenge.
2. If you could remove one thing, person, or place from this world what would it be? Would the intent be beneficial for everyone or just you?
I would remove addiction from the world. Not just addiction from drugs and alcohol, but human nature’s addiction for things beyond our control in general. We all have tendencies to place work, extracurricular activities, relationships, etc. before what is most important in life. We search the world over, looking outside of ourselves to find the peace that can only come from looking within by studying our souls.
The intent behind this removal would not only be beneficial for myself, but for the world as a whole. If people could cognitively focus all of their energy on bettering themselves and the reality surrounding them without the distractions of addiction, wouldn’t we all agree that the world would be a better place?