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The Paradox of Merit.. On Trial!

Intra-page links: | Overview: God Wants Exodus of sons from His Son, replacing sons who choose Divorce | | Divorce Appeal Trial ("DAT") History | | DAT#1, Garden | | DAT#2, Fall-Flood | | DAT#3, Flood-Abram | | DAT#4, Abram-Israel | | DAT#5, Israel-Christ | | DAT#6, Christ-Church | | 3 Temptations =Trial Strategy & Tactics | | DAT#7, Church | | Trial Issues | | MISTRIAL | | WASTE | | RAPPORT | | Two 'Relationship' Paradoxes | | God's Four-Part Trial Answer | | #1, Merit an Effect, never a cause | | #2, God wants RAPPORT, not Merit | | #3, So you get what you want, with God | | #4, Love Subordinates |  | 'DDNA' of Oneness On the Cross, funds Us |  | These Arguments Play on Our 'turf' |  | Satan's Tares' Tariff of "good" |  | God's Barriers make "good" compete |  | Satan uses both Barriers and "good", to HERD |  | For Mankind is DEvolving | | Quadrilogy of Church's 'Play', Our Real and Future History | | NT Play #1, Salvation |  | NT Play #2, Church Formation |  | NT Play #3, Church Impact |  | NT Play #4, 2nd Advent |  | Appendix Sidebar: The Paradox Parade | 
Note to Reader, 6/07: it's difficult to cover the Trial properly without multiplying webpages, each covering the issues from different angles. This webpage is rather long, but it's much shorter than the Thinking series. "Our Diplomatic Brief" in DueDisclosure.htm (link also at pagetop) presents the Trial in terms of a Diplomatic and Kingdom Conflict, as does Bible. But in this webpage, we exclusively focus on the root Merit Paradox, which is the "Paradox" Table in Part V of the "Thinking" series (link at pagetop). That table is a climactic summation of the Merit Paradox God displays during the future Millennium. The epic-length version of the Divorce Appeal Trial covering all Trial Issues as running threads, is the focus of the mammoth "Thinking" series, link at pagetop. How God orchestrates time is also relevant, for the Trial follows His Timing Rules. Those Rules also afford Satan opportunity to end the Trial in his favor. The most succinct presentation of God's Orchestration of Time and Satan's attempts to derail Time, can be found in items #1, #8, #9 of TenWaysThisTimelineDiffers.doc.


Overview

There's a Divine Divorce Appeal Trial going on right now between "Satan" (="opposing lawyer", Hebrew) and the Lord. God wastes no time alerting us to this Trial: contrary to popular Christianity's claims, Bible's inspired, original-language texts from Gen1:2 onward show a restoration of Earth due to Satan&Co.'s rebellion (which trashed the planet). Many other Bible verses allusively or directly refer back to Gen1:2's "tohu wa bohu" (=trashed up), to reveal essential elements of this our origin; to explain that we are "tohu wa bohu", so the Holy Spirit restores/remakes us to God's level, as a gift to Father and Son. In short, the recounting of the (literal) six-day 'restoration' in Gen1 metaphorically depicts His painstaking mothering of regenerate man who elected to Stay Married -- in context of the Trial.

Hence the laconic Gen1:1, and John's wry phrasing (in Greek) of WHY the universe was created by and for the Son, in John 1:1ff. GOD WANTS SONS! [Greek wordplay in John is phenomenal. For example, Greek verb lego means to speak or think, and Logos (the cognate noun) in Greek culture had the connotation of Reason, Truth, Ultimateness. Of course, John used it Hebraically, for The Word was long the Hebrew idea of Ultimateness. God is Truth, see. God is ultimate Reality, see. Phenomenal.] For, "Genesis" means the origin of and salvation of MAN, not the origin of the universe. After all, God can bing a whole universe any nanosecond He likes (Gen1:1, the preface, elaborated on in John 1:1ff; also Matt4:3). But He prefers, to make sons (see Gal3, Heb2, etc). Especially, The Son (Jn1:12-14). Heh. (Greek term "genesis", the inspired Greek OT's ("LXX", "Septuagint") book title, is only used of MAN: "descent", from which we get the English, genealogy, generation, etc. Greek genesis is pointedly used of Christ, in Matt1:18. Cognate verb is gennao, "become a parent of", "beget". The verb or its noun focuses on birthing, not conception. Trace the usage of both terms. For example, in Prov 8:25, God's 'wisdom' is personified as birthed before Earth existed; that expression stresses how understanding truth matters more than all the world.)

So, we humans were created for sonship; and, to be witnesses in this Lord vs. Satan Divorce Trial (see Gal4-5, Jn8:32). All those "witness" verses first refer to Trial Witness, not so much witness to our fellow man. Our witness to our fellow man is brotherly, kinda like a classical Greek Drama "chorus". Not actors, but on the sidelines. For, we being saved, are out of the world, no longer part of it, though physically still in it, living normal lives, etc. (play on Hebrew preposition min, out-from, common OT preposition for birth/separation) -- see John 17. So we can advise our fellow men, but our real witness, is to God and the angels (compare all "angels" verses). Because, this is a TRIAL: not a lightshow, not a mystical incantation, not "Left Behind" or anything remotely like the Hollyweird (and relgioweird) paint it. [Man perennially interprets Scripture anthropocentrically. Big mistake.]

Moses wrote Genesis sometime during 1440-1400BC. So the relevant Trial Disclosure was to fallen man, in the wake of the then-famous 1440BC Exodus. Until Moses, everyone knew the basics about God: you can trace this knowledge via the etymological development of God-related words, particularly in ancient Hebrew and Greek. So every child of Moses' day would know God could just think or speak the universe into existence, duhhh: but Why Did He do it, that became the burning question when the Exodus occurred. And, with such an earth-shattering event, the answer needed to be written out; the usual grapevine method would no longer be enough to quench interest. People now wanted First-Hand Testimony, not hearsay!

So, for this desert God to SAVE a people demonstrably cantankerous; so, for this mothering Yahweh to reveal Himself so tenderly, breeds new hope in breasts long accustomed to sighing, c'est la vie. Potent stuff, Hope. The world was never the same afterwards. Not until the second 'exodus' following the Crucifixion, would the world again know such hope: for, these two coming-outs are the pillars around which all history, is framed. Because, We're In A Trial.

So, then as now, the polities which roiled due to these twin exoduses, were constrained to debunk them, childishly jealous of the exoduses' effect on 'old ways'. Cover up, laugh away, reorder the events, recast their size or significance -- in short, bleed them to 'cure' the malady of the subject populi who actually believed in the One Who Did These Things. Herd the masses, in short. It's an old, old, song. The Real God, of course, tells us that man regards Him as foolish (1Cor2). So, playing the fool, He saves man; even, writes a book about it! See Ps11:4, Prov5:21. Also, Jer5, Ps50:21. Because, we're in a Trial.

As a result, the BIBLE and GOD are on Trial. It's not as though God hasn't managed to 'get the Word out' to everyone: in virtually every culture ever on the planet, you have good-and-evil supernatural stories, cast in some version of a Divine Trial. Yet, alone among all the many stories, myths, and holy books in history on this topic, the Bible stresses that man needs a Savior; why the solution is to simply believe in Christ, for there is nothing else man can do to 'get saved'. That fact is a major issue IN the Trial, so it is front-and-center ON Trial, in man's mind. People tend to regard religion as part of culture, so it becomes popular to relegate the Trial to 'my' god or 'your' god who 'fight' each other. That's very Greco-Roman. But the truth now as then, is this: God is not people, religion is Satan's invention, and of course culture, race, politics are each completely irrelevant. But they grab onto "god" to make themselves important. Hence the Trial issue of the Gospel, itself. Hence the Bible is always On Trial, never mind the debunkers who apparently seldom READ it before they debunk it. Of course, the Bible's proponents aren't so good at reading it, either. That leaves the individual free to consult The Bible over which so much controversy, spreads.

Which Bible and God, we the human race are free to reject or accept at any time. This is our Trial Witness Question: WHO do we choose to do our making -- God, or ourselves? If God, then you Learn His Word via the Holy Spirit, Who Makes You Able To Become Like His Son. Truth is, we can't make anything ourselves. So only God, or Satan&Co., 'make' us. So our 'witness' is not so much to our fellow man; the larger witness is before God and in the Trial. So we humans are witnesses, making up our minds about whether this Bible is from God. If we believe in Christ, we say the Bible is from God. But that doesn't mean we are good witnesses. Most of us are not. Because, until the believer understands this TRIAL, he will forever mistake what he does, as counting before God. In which case, he testifies on behalf of Satan.
CENTRAL TRIAL ISSUE:
Only GOD is Righteous, has Merit.
So only if God makes you from Himself, do you acquire Merit.
Satan contends that creature merit should count before God.
Hence no one should go to Hell.

Good-and-evil, not sin, is also on Trial here. Good IS evil, anti-God, for it claims to COUNT before God. Sin was nailed to the Cross. So that leaves what man considers "good", which came from the Tree of the Knowledge of good-and-evil -- literal Hebrew signifies one thing, not two -- which Satan invented. That's Satan's plan for the human race, and Adam 'ate' it. Then, Adam and the woman changed their minds, opting instead for God's Plan ("and I ate" clauses in Gen3). That's why we are here: looked like Satan won the Trial, but the witnesses Changed their Votes. So mankind now exists. So the Gospel and Bible are On Trial for being from God; good-and-evil are On Trial, for being from Satan. Any human can Vote Which Plan he wants. With eternal consequences.

We are currently in Divorce Appeal Trial ("DAT") Round #7, aka "Church". Bible calls this the "Age over the Ages", a Greek lexeme (Eph3:21) for the highest-value and culminating-value epoch. Book of Hebrews shows this "Church" "Age" is the Final Phase in the Trial, Heb11:40. Tribulation and Millennium are literal periods after the Completion of "Church", and function like postscripts. Those two later periods constitute Satan's reply and God's Epilogue, respectively. As all the NT writers stress in their variant ways, when Church's "Body" completes (Greek: teleiow and plerow, usu. mistranslated), so does God's Trial Rebuttal to Satan.

"Rapture" signifies Church Completion, end of Round #7. "Rapture" has a rape connotation, not a goody-goody feeling. Term derives from the Vulgate in 1Thess4:17, Latin "rapto" (snatchup, idea of invading army carrying off the women, translating the same meaning from Greek verb harpazw). It's not a 19th century invention. Part IV of the Thinking series (link at pagetop) explains why the Rapture is valid and precedes the Tribulation. The shortest math proof of this fact is on page 3 of a Word doc, TenWaysThisTimelineDiffers.doc: it helps a reader orient to the longer GeneYrs.xls and Mirroring.htm, both of which demonstrate from Bible, the larger topic of God's Blessing Orchestration of Time. The Rapture happens because Israel's time had run out. Hence to bridge back to the Promised Time of Israel, Church was inserted. Church Time is not set, but rather its Body Count is set, and Satan's contending that's grounds for Mistrial. When that Body is Built, Church's Rapture removal thus also completes that 'time bridge' back to Israel's reserved time (Trib and Mill). The Bible math is conclusive, even if you didn't have hundreds of Rapture verses: Israel had a set time limit, known since David died. That time ended 30AD, owing to Israel's rejection 7 years short of the allowed deadline of 37AD. As a result, the shorted seven years played against Israel in 64-70AD, with the Tribulational "seven" still in reserve. The rest of Time was Conditioned on Messiah completing. That would justify the Millennium: He succeeded in 'buying' that time, which is really 1050 years, a basic Time unit God uses since Adam. Time was supposed to end, after the Millennium ended, and in our dating scheme that worked out to 1144AD.

Um, we're way past that deadline. Here's why. When Messiah was rejected near Passover 29AD (going by Matt16:18's parallel in John 6:4-66ff), Church was prospectively invented via a new Testamentary Contract between Father and Son, to continue the Trial beyond Round #6. Um, you can see why Satan might object to that. It's kinda like the movie "Harvey", starring James Stewart. Hi, We see this Entity no one else can see, we made a contract about it DURING the Trial, and now we bring it in as Evidence for the Trial to continue, instead of end due to Israel's Time Running Out. Yeah, you just try to make a motion like that, in a US court of law!

Hence Satan's contending it's a Mistrial to insert Church, since Israel FAILED; well, ulp -- he first agreed to it before the Cross, because that would up the Cost Of Suffering for Christ to an unbelievable level, see the terms in John 17:20-21. Didn't seem possible Christ would live under that much pressure. But of course after He succeeded, the Motion for Mistrial is all Satan has left. Seems like The Most High is gerrymandering the Trial Outcome, to INVENT an entity which didn't exist anytime prior, and then INVOKE it, at the very time I won Israel's Rejection! In modern jurisprudence, this is tantamount to the Prosecution claiming Non-Existent New Evidence at the last minute which the Defense doesn't get a chance to Examine and Refute. Hence, grounds for a Mistrial Verdict. So Church has no set time promised to her, anywhere in Bible -- because, she wasn't supposed to EXIST. That's why Church is grounds for a Mistrial. More on Mistrial follows in "Trial Issues" later on in this page; it's also covered in the foregoing other pages (i.e., TenWays).

So that's our Overview. It's all about Exodus. Leaving behind a world hostile to God, to enter the Kingdom of God, even while still on earth. Voting. It's only and always about Voting, never sin or works or merit, but rather, Relationship: do you want God, or not? Do you want God to make you in His Son's Image, or not? So next, let's do what the Book of Hebrews does in Chapter 11 and review Trial History, thus far. [Book of Hebrews is vilely mistranslated in key spots so you don't see the Trial focus. No translator intended that. Hebrews 11:1 is a succinct presentation of the Trial issue being Word Believed as the believer's Unseen Trial Witness. Heb111.htm has a corrected translation. After you see it, you'll better understand why the writer then launches into a roster of Trial witnesses since Abel. Notice that none of them are listed as doing good deeds, but rather their BELIEF got tested in the Trial Docket.]


Trial History

Back to our Legal Origin, pre-mankind: some among the original 'sons' -- aka fallen angels or demons -- rebelled in favor of what THEY could do, and against what God could do for them. They rebel against needing God, and prefer to think that God needs them. Hence, their rebellion is based a claim of superior merit. Or, put more negatively.. that God is bad. The first Trial was held sometime before man's creation; and sentence was rendered (Matt25:41), but not carried out. So, the case must be on Appeal. [My pastor figures Satan appealed with a claim like, how can a loving God cast His Creatures into the Lake of Fire. That supposition makes sense, when you read passages like the Third Temptation in Matt4; or hear, on any day, a God-is-Unfair claim spoken by human mouth.]

So, Divorce Appeal Trial Round #1, the Garden, pre-Adam's Fall: date indeterminable. Until the Fall, God doesn't number Adam's days, so you cannot tell how long this First Round lasted. You can't tell how old the earth was, either. All you have as 'civilization' (other than the angels), is two humans. The Voting Issue is stark. Two very real trees in the Garden: one of Lives (Heb: chayim, plural, representing God's Thinking), and one of Good-and-Evil (Satan's thinking). There is no magical property in either tree. They are real trees, real fruit, depicting something else by physical analogy. If the fruit is eaten, the something else got voted for, so the something else, actually happens. These "tree" and "fruit" analogies are thus repeated throughout the Bible, and never represent any magical properties. So leave mysticism and tabooism back in the sandbox.

After the Fall, Trial enters its Second Phase, ending with the Flood, 4106-2450BC. Man works his buns off, generally prefering Satan's figleaves plan, getting precious little benefit. Periodically, he gets tired of all that huffing, so switches his huffing into phallicism. Religiously, of course. Since God wants to make sons, that's a type of begetting, so Satan &Co. have great fun deriding man by combining sex and religion -- most comprehensively in Gen 6, where the Trial phase ("riv", Hebrew) ends up with all but eight witnesses on the devil's side; only Noah and his family remained in God's docket. Satan&Co. had two goals during this Phase: 1) get mankind on their side, so 2) infect the gene pool, for in copulating with angels, you are rejecting a future PURE HUMAN Savior. The angels involved in that caper are in Tartarus now (under the Euphrates River, according to Peter). They will be released during the Tribulation. Jude draws analogy to those of his day who infect the soul with demon doctrines, to those back in Gen 6, who tried to prevent pure Humanity from existing. It's not an allegory. Many myths of the past record this time in history, most notably the Greek myths about 'gods' copulating with humans. It was a very violent time.

From Noah's Rescue came the Third Trial Round, and Operation Ziggurat Babel, yet another religious ploy, resulted in nations: 2450BC-2060BC. Satan's goal then was to have man vote on his side, again -- by uniting them all under one government-by-religion. Made easier, by the fact (duh) that all Noah's kids, had a language in common. So to vote for that one-world-ism was again a vote against a Savior. This too was against Trial rules, because it forced a tyrannical state. Hence the language was confused, and man got breathing space by being divided up. From there, a lone guy named Abram, who was originally from a tribe of pagan priests -- believed in God and then stayed in God's docket. Just when Noah's 490-year Time Grant was to expire -- which would have ended history -- Abraham also received Time Grants and a covenant, to secure both the people and the land for them, that God promised. Principle: God keeps His Promises, but you only get the promises if you want them (theme of Romans 4, 9). Freedom, again: one is free to reject what God promises.

From Abraham, the Trial really cranks up in Round #4, resulting in the Jewish race: 2060-1440BC. Here the Trial makes a striking departure, as God finally narrows the Promise to but ONE man, Abram. So now Satan can more keenly target his efforts on this one man. So here, the Trial stops being so much an argument about his vaunted efforts to better mankind, and becomes instead, an all-out persecution. God helps Satan, as always, by making his promise TO Abram as upsetting as possible: 1) all Abram wants, is a son -- but God delays it; 2) God promises that the promised sons will first go through 400 years of SLAVERY, before 1) has even proven true; 3) when the promised son finally arrives, about 20 years later God asks Abram to SACRIFICE that son. This, even though God is against human sacrifice? Heck, Satan has almost no work to do, God's already driving Abraham crazier than Satan would!

So, Round #5: the Nation Israel begins, 1440BC-70AD. Yet it too, only has one Witness (Moses) during the first 40 years, so God preserves it. Moses is given Time Grants in the very year Joseph's 490-year Time Grant runs out. During that time, two other Witnesses go in the docket, Caleb and Joshua -- the other adults end up rebelling, so their corpses get strewn throughout the wilderness, i.e., per Numbers 14. Thereafter, Israel is sustained by a succession of witnesses such as David, the prophets, etc. 'All waiting for the Promised One, the Messiah, which in Greek is translated, "the Christ". "Emmanuel", God-with-us, God-and-man in One Person, forever. For, God had "sevened" Him as the REST for mankind. Like Moses, David turns out to be the Star Witness of the period. For God uniquely gave David at least six personal and two Temple time grants -- with the expiry of these, the Trial and the world was supposed to end, with Messiah's Coming. Then Messiah would rescue Israel and the world. Why? David VOTED for God's House, which represented Messiah-to-Come. [Hebrew word for promise/swear/oath is often a verb "to seven", taken from the Seventh Day on which God 'rested'. Book of Hebrews uses plays on words with "to seven", throughout: note especially Heb4 and 6. Idea that "7" (the Fulfillment of the Promise) is completed via Church (e.g., in Heb11:39-40). Since the letter's audience were believing Hebrews, and the destruction of Jerusalem was known to be imminent, a big task of the epistle is to show What Changed Due To Christ's Session. Cross-reference the book's keyword synonyms and synonymal concepts, see for yourself.]

DAT Round #6, the Christ, Who Would Only Eat From God's Tree, God's Word, even though suffering maximum Unfairness of the Cross: 25 Chislev 4BC-30AD. Here we see that Love for God supercedes even what seems like the Most UnRighteous Thing God can do: make a Sinless Person into Sin for everyone else. And that, after allowing everyone else to try and KILL Him. Matt4 is the quintessential NT summary of Trial arguments on both sides: who does the doing.. God, or you? In Matt4, Satan's arguing that the Fairness or Niceness of what Father wants to give/do to creation, should have a Price; hence, the creature's own independent abilities ought to be utilized, and likewise Be Rewarded by God. Christ retorts each time that there Is No Price, for The Word Is Priceless (see also Isa55): whatever Father wants, Christ The Man wants to be/do/have By Father's Making, not Christ's own making. Even, a Cross.

Three Temptations Reveal Satan's Trial Strategy, Arguments.. and God's

  • Temptation#1. Satan reasons with Christ, thus: after all, Father made Son starve for 40 days, right? So why not speak stones into bread? You're just as much God as Father, it's not fair He make Your Humanity starve. In Greek, 1st class condition of "if" acknowledges Christ IS God: you can only tempt someone to do what they can do! So, Satan's very nice and polite, using the imperative of entreaty. But Son's Humanity would rather Live On Word, than on His Own Divine Power to make bread. So great was the circulation of Scripture in His Own Human Head, that the subliminal suggestion to imagine eating (body naturally wishes the food mentioned, when that hungry) -- even the biological reflex didn't scoot past volition to tap His Deity's Natural Power. Scriptural Recall Stopped It, Matt4:4. Now you see how the real spiritual life, works!

      It's a Good Deed to feed people. Implicit in this Temptation is the accusation that God the Father, and hence the Son, are immoral because They don't use Their Power to feed the world; for Satan would, if he had that much power. Satan's use of the "imperative of entreaty", is Greek for an inferior urging a superior to take a better course of action. So that's a 'dig': Son isn't being good as He should be. Satan's hoping this dig will make Son angry.. and zap Satan into hell. Which, Son would be completely RIGHT to do! At which point, Satan wins. Good deeds are the biggest snares of all, and Satan of course knows this. Christ knows it better.

      We Christians fall all over ourselves to give into the First Temptation. We are soooo busy trying to do stuff 'for' the world, neglecting the Word: like, Matt4. Satan laughs his head off. [Bible mistranslation is rampant, always falls to the First Temptation, rendering the original-language texts into urgings to do works for the world. Satan really guffaws then. The mistranslations actually REFLECT this First Temptation, i.e., God's head is cut off in 1Cor1:5's Greek, and man's is put atop! Matt16:18 cuts off the Lord's Head and puts Peter's on top! It's amazing. Thousands of verses, this happens.]

  • Temptation #2. Satan counters, well, ok, You wanna throw yourself away because you love Him -- but if God loves you and the human race, why not majestically throw yourself away: jump from the cliff or pinnacle of this here Temple, give man-you-love a little circus, to motivate his belief -- and isn't God promising just that, in Ps91:11? (Well, if you chop out Ps91:9-10 verse context like Satan does.) God is no genie, replies the Son. Don't 'tempt' Him to behave like one, since the proper judicial response would be to punish the taunter (see Deut6:16, Exo17, esp. v.7).

      Again, a Good Deed is used to tempt. Isn't it good to save the human race? Won't they believe in You because you do something godlike -- you know, come down on both feet, have trumpets or something. Or.. Die in a spectacular way? The method God chose of saving us is criticized here. Isaiah 53 had been out for centuries, so everyone knew the gist of how He'd pay for sins, by human deprecation leading to false conviction and execution. As Isaiah puts it in Isa53:2, "lo toar LO" (not HIM, for crying out loud), "wa lo hadar" (no glory by OUR standards). That's what Satan's saying, and misusing Scripture, to boot.

      We Christians can't give into the 2nd Temptation fast enough. We chop out Bible context right, left, and center. First Commandment goes unseen, but boy oh boy how we make an issue of sexual sins! Every verse we read as works, and the thousands of verses which command you to know Word and live on it, not on religion -- we ignore. The Pharisees were quintessential good-deeders, but we Christians learn nothing from that. Pagans were all about emotionality and signs/visions, whereas we are supposed to test with Word -- and we don't see all that in Bible, either. Or, we chop out whole BOOKS of the Bible in our penchant for legalism (i.e., those who treat Revelation as merely allegorical, thus chopping out half of the OT which Revelation literally references). So, what with all our many works programs, soup kitchens, gold stars, stations of the cross, tambourines and Sunday-service choirs and bands, how-I-love-Jesus songs and flash, potlucks and all the rah-rah Jesus rallies: of COURSE we see the Virgin Mary below a Chicago underpass plastered against the girder, or in a cooking tortilla (Texas). One sighting near me was upon a tree stump fronting someone's yard; I see it's now festooned as a shrine with plastic daises. We sell God as if he were a circus clown, sheesh. I mean, it's really sad that a movie like "Sister Act" demonstrates how singing alone brings in a crowd. Word Teaching didn't do it, huh. [And in Bible translation, oh! Like Satan does with Psalm 91, in Bible translation we cut out or reverse the meaning of keywords or phrases, every chance we get! My favorite examples of these are all "huper" verses, "womb" verses, James 2:22 and 4:5, Gen3:11, Psalm 139:11-17. Too much to say about them, here. Other websites cover them.]

      We Christians basically chop God out of everything, substituting people, leaving only His Name mouthed to make us feel good. Just as Satan's advocating here, we want Circus God. Christ knew better.

  • Temptation #3, the Clincher. Aha! I AM the Tempter! So Satan thus tempts Christ with the Ultimate Good Deed, yes indeedy -- to punish Satan himself, to urge Christ use His Deity to zap Satan to hell, Game Over! So Satan hurls his grossest insult, in order to make himself messiah (thus saving all unbelievers and demons, if the Lord zaps him via independent use of His Own Deity). You already plan to prostrate yourself, so I'll give you the world, you win, I lose; so You Needn't Go To The Cross! Worship ME, then. Spare Father the pain of Judging you, and yet abase yerself ALL the way -- KNEEL to ME. But Christ So Totally Lives On Word, no anger interferes. Satan's blatant flip of Deut 6:13 is cleverly flipped back and kept in context, to Deut 6:16, Worship only the LORD. Spiritual Racquetball! Consummate! [Compare the Greek of Matt4:10 to Deut 6:13! The Lord uses proskunew instead of Deut 6:13's kollaw! Look up also proskollaw, for His wordplay thus allusively includes that verb! Awesome! It's no coincidence that the word for "dog", kuwn, and the word for "woman", yune, sound almost the same in speech...]

      Note how in Temptation #3 Satan plays off the Lord's answer to Temptation #2, jump. The Lord's answer, quotes Deut 6:13. So Satan uses Deut 6:13 against the Lord. In Greek, "if" is in the second class condition, meaning Satan acknowledges the Lord won't 'worship': a compliment. But watch how Satan thus insults, by equating himself with Father and Son: God is worse than Satan, who can prevent both hell and Cross, by surrendering the kingdoms of the world to Christ. So Satan, then, deserves to be worshipped! Yikes!

      Like Satan, we Christians can't WAIT to give into the 3rd Temptation. We want the kingdoms of the world, politicking day and night. We kneel to Satan's idea that visible control, wins. And like Satan, we love imagining ourselves saviors. For when hatred fully matures, it acts like love. The one hating has a martyr complex; everything he does is unrequited, and the world owes him everything for his sacrifice. [So too, Bible mistranslation reflects the 3rd Temptation with its emphasis on worldly behavior or action, so you get the impression you're SUPPOSED to take over the kingdoms of the world in order to defeat Satan. Bible thus has been used for centuries to justify political control in the name of Christ, whether it was the RCC, or the later state religions, Calvin's Geneva, the Puritans, Amish, Quakers, you name it. Incredible, how we misread our Bibles.]

  • See how the two 'trees' produce? Satan's tree-of-thinking produces masochistic martyrdom. Satan gets his rocks off by thinking he'll suffer in hell forever: that idea pleases him, he can spend all that time exulting over how he beat God! You see this mindset every day in the human race. So many people loving how they are victims. Every criminal thinks this way. Hitler's thinking was saturated with this mindset. The terrorists live on it. All eastern religions and cultures cultivate it, from time immemorial. Notice how it's the flipside use of messiahship.

    But look at Christ's 'tree': if you don't live on the Word, you truly are masochistic. Why is Christ's thinking not masochism? because He gains something real, not a fantasy. Satan will spend eternity fantasizing he gained something. Satan loves thinking God is unfair, lives on that 'love'. People today emulate him by the billions, priding themselves on how much they suffer, making endless songs, movies, novels about their PAIN. But the Lord doesn't think like that: rather, Heb12:2 and Heb5:8-9 show His Mindset. He suffered to get something, and got what He wanted: "I and the children you gave Me", Heb2. Not, being alone in hell, telling Himself how good He is. Above all, what He gets is the rapport with FATHER, via the Surgery of the Cross -- for God is Infinite, and Christ's Humanity is finite -- what will bridge that gap of nature? As you'll see later on here in #4 of the "Trial Issues" section (intra-page link is near pagetop), the first problem of creating is that Infinity and finity are opposites, so rapport cannot be had unless Infinity solves that oppositeness. Which, Infinity does, by becoming Human, so the Infinite Truth can be poured into and thus cycle into the finity -- which Unites The Thinking. Rapport is essentially, a unity of thinking, a sharing of thinking. All happiness depends on rapport.

    But Satan wants to be alone, having rapport with no one -- the ultimate masochist. The ultimate crazy person. For he cannot abide, companionship. No one else on the pedestal, but him.

    So now you see the two 'trees' available to the human race, and how they play. So let's apply this Trial #6 quintessential proof, to our own lives. When you first believed in Christ, you believed in the Merit of His Work on the Cross, not your own. So how is it suddenly Christians think they must go hustling and working (theme of Galatians)? Aren't we in the same corrupt body as before we were saved? What, did the body suddenly become perfect? See how Christianity suddenly switches to the wrong tree, producing Strange Fruit? Though even in translation, Galatians and its companion passages in Romans, Ephesians, etc. clearly talk against works? Does the Bible forever go unread? Yep: we love being martyrs. Just like Satan.

    Full-Circle, Exodus II, God's Sequel and WrapUp, from 30AD onward. After the Session, the story of This God-and-man's Resurrection likewise completely disrupted the socio-political structure of the Middle East, and eventually -- the world. So many counterfeit gospels made, everyone wanting to cash in on His Fame. Really rocked the world from top to bottom, side to side. Whole religions had to retool their tenets (i.e., Buddhism) in order to keep societal stability (mostly by copycatting). Rome, of course, would eventually be undone by this "Way" Person, though variations of "Rome" would continue to rise and fall. Whole new societies and religions would piggyback onto this "Way" Person (i.e., Islam, Mormonism), so the ripple-effect of That One's Life, would render the REST of history. Everyone's been responding or reacting, ever since. So, Enquiring Minds, wanted to know more about That One! First-hand, no longer by grapevine. Hence was born the New Testament, even as the Old Testament was born: of an exodus, and of yet another wacky people who flourished under it. For "Christian" and "Crazy" really do begin with "C" for a Reason.. ho Logos, the Reason for History, the Sanity of History.. if you LEARN HIM, that is (Rom12:2-3, 2Pet3:18).

    So the Main Theme in DAT Round #6, God Rises Up (3rd week Chislev), ended with "God Knew and is Dedicated, Devoted to Destruction", the 2nd and 3rd priestly course names in Nisan for the Week He Died in 30AD, fulfilling Daniel 9:26. That One Who Beat Satan in the Wilderness went on to Successfully Pay for All Mankind's Sins, and thus defeated Satan's contentions about Merit (Heb Chaps 1-2, 9). PassPlot.htm has a blow-by-blow chronology in its Division #2. The gross display of trying to get Him killed at the wrong time versus His Own Dependence on Father and Spirit even through the imputation and judgement of all sins, answered once-and-for-all, Satan's objections. Note how Satan again plays on what God ordains. Here, the Promised Timing. For it was Satan who motivated Judas to betray Christ that night: Judas was a believer, so this was influence, not possession. All the sweeter, to use a believer to betray. Satan thinks that if he defeats God on His Own Terms and with His Own Believers, that's a sweeter, surer Victory. When exegeting Matt4, my pastor explained Satan's strategy of playing to strength (lessons 800 et seq in 92SD). Goes like this: if you can defeat someone's strongest suit, everything else is but a mop-up operation. So in Matt4, Satan attacks the Love of Christ for Father and for us, baiting Him to do good deeds in the very name of that Love.

    With the Completion of DAT Round #6, Trial Should Now End: Chief Witness Successful, theme of Hebrews Chaps 1-2. But it didn't end. For Satan DID manage to get Israel to reject Him when He came. Israel had voted for His Execution. So the 5th Trial Phase Issue of Israel Accepting Her Messiah, didn't complete. #6 was successful, but there's this holdover issue from #5, Israel's acceptance.

    To 'answer' Israel's Rejection and thus 'close' Phase #5 of the Trial, Christ Unilaterally Voted To Pay for a yet-unborn entity, Church -- before He even went to the Cross. For that would necessitate Father imputing sins of yet unborn humans, to Christ. Why did Christ vote this in Matt16:18, ratified in John 17? Well, Time would have ended, if He hadn't.

    As a result, DAT Round #7 commences, the "REST" of history (Heb4): 30AD forward (overlaps with Israel #5 'Phase' from 30-70AD). His Ascension and Session (Eph4, Heb1-2, 9-10) Are To Be Repeated In Us. Rapture is an Ascension; Judgment Seat of Christ (aka Bema), where the 'rewards' are given, is a type of the Session. We Are Body, so we get the same spiritual life He had, and everything else is paradigmal. Including, crosses. Including, preserving the human race. Here's a basic checklist:

    This Seventh Trial Phase, being as it was only born due to Israel rejecting the long-promised Bridal Contract, has no certain end-date. Hence the Rapture, and hence it's Unpredictable. For the criterion for completion, is HOW MANY in Church, not how long, not what historical events happen when. For, Christians Voting to Grow Up in this unique Spiritual Life is a volitional issue, not an extrinsic one (i.e., not based on historical events). So, when this Church began at Pentecost (roughly June, 30AD), no one could know how long it would take for the Christians To Grow Up In Sufficient Numbers Such That The Voting Would Complete (Greek, big Bible keyword: teleiow, pronounced tel-eye-OH-oh, means to complete, fulfill, finish, end, mature, "perfect" in legal sense of perfecting a contract). Historical events are always irrelevant, because they are ALWAYS THE SAME. For any generation has enough people in it, to be the Rapture generation. Believers who look for historical events to help them tell if the Rapture is soon, are voting for Satan's side in the Trial. They can't read the Bible at all. God love 'em, these are very sincere people. Yeah, and sincerely wrong. They are so fascinated with the flashy events, they will not grow up spiritually, so will only be IN the Kingdom, rather than inheriting one as a king under the King of Kings. It's heartbreaking.

    So here we are in 2007, still in Trial Phase #7, the actual Rebuttal Argument Phase Of The Trial. See Eph1:10, "summing up of all things"; same idea is the theme of 1Jn, with 1Jn4:16-17 being a climactic statement of God's Completion Purpose; verses through the end of 1Jn5, being on the Trial effect. Part IVb of the Lord vs. Satan link at pagetop lists some of the easier-to-see verses like those just mentioned. All else following Phase #7, will be post-script. Eight is the Biblical number of both (double-portion inheritance?) completion, and new beginnings: for the "week" of man's weakness, is over, then.

    So what are the Issues in this Trial Phase #7 which we Church Now need to know, and daily remember? [The very frequent keyword "Age" in the NT, is often mistranslated. It's shorthand for "Church Age". Same, when "Church" is used, but without the word "Age" following it. Just as "Israel" means the TIME of Israel as well as the people/body, so also "Church" means the "time" of Church as well as the Body. We say "World War II" and automatically everyone knows what TIME that is, even when talking about it as a whole body of experience. So "Church Age" was not invented in the 19th century, but by God. Funny how blatant, common-sense things we have no problem understanding in secular life, suddenly mystify us, in Bible.]


    Trial Issues

    Our Trial Testimony Now (Bible keyword) in this Final Round (#7) is to Complete God's Answer to What Constitutes Merit? But, at the Highest Spiritual Level, Christ's. The Lord's contention remains that only God is good enough, because only Infinite Good is good enough. And, Church will reflect the final installment of that contention's Testimony: some of Church will reach "Pleroma" (Eph3:19), a witty term for being so Full with God's Thinking, the believer himself bears God's children, so to speak. Hence the very many sexual innuendoes, particularly in Paul's epistles. Paul, the only perpetual virgin. Heh. [You won't find many of these innuendoes in translations, for they are largely fuzzed over, euphemized, 'clothed'. Yikes!]

    MISTRIAL

    Here in Round #7, Satan contends that our legacy from Christ of His Own Spiritual Life (i.e., stated in Heb10:9), will be rejected by Christians in such vast numbers, God in effect harms the human race. That's grounds for a MISTRIAL Verdict. Which human race Satan will consequently 'save', instead. The wellbeing of the world is in the hands of believers. God blesses or curses the world due to believers, a policy since Adam's Fall. So the higher the spiritual-life standard, the higher the blessing if it is met; the higher the cursing, if it is not. To whom much is given, therefore -- the Royal Spiritual Life of Christ -- the more is expected. So argues Satan, since the human race didn't accept the lower versions of the spiritual life; for God to impose the same Standard as for Christ means more rejection, hence more cursing to the world. All because, God Unilaterally Chose This. Christ chose it in Matt16:18, ratified in John17, and Father granted it, per Ephesians 1. So Satan contends, God is Guilty of being Unjust, and a Mistrial should be called. [This section is a summary. "Mistrial" is covered in more detail in LvS4a.htm, LvS4b.htm, LvS4c.htm, and LvS4d.htm. Those are the four main subpages of Part IV of the "Thinking" series, extremely long.]

    Concomittantly, Satan argues in this Trial Phase #7 that The Most High raised the bar too high for Church believers, when He mandated they get the same Royal Spiritual Life, as Christ had. Oh, now Satan's our defender, better than Christ Our Advocate (1Jn2 and Hebrews 2, 4) -- get it? Satan's reasoning goes like this: at least in the OT, man had stuff to do, and lots of visible evidence on which to base his faith. So Now, absent these, with only a thinking spirituality, no one will want it. (Never mind, that during the OT Phases, Satan complained that God was cheating, by using visible do's and manifestations, blessings: viz, re Job.) Therefore, God Harms The Human Race, By Not Giving An Easier Blessing Basis. There was only One Messiah, Satan complains, but You, Elohim, claim You can make A Whole Body of messiahs Out From Him. (Yep, that's exactly what "Pleroma" means! Trace the word and its cognates/synonyms in the inspired NT Greek texts! Focus especially on passages like Luke8&John 17, in Gospels; all of Ephesians and Hebrews. Awesome stuff. Oh: include telos and its morphed forms, plus the cognate verb and synonymals. This tracing alone will demonstrate more proof about the nature of our spiritual life in HIM, than is describable!)

    For Christ also invented His Own Kingly Spiritual Life during the First Advent, even as He invented Church. The Mosaic Law wasn't high enough for the Spiritual Task given Him. Heck, the Law couldn't even save you, but could only prove how inadequate you were (another main theme in Hebrews). So He had to invent a Far Higher Life down here, to succeed at the Cross. It's His Invention which we get as a Legacy. These principles are threaded throughout the Book of Hebrews and Ephesians. Greek word "Archegos" in Heb12:2 means Pioneer. Inventor. Hence Leader. He was plerow, not pimplemi. Also 2Cor5:17, we are kaine ktsis, new-in-species spiritual beings. So again, Christ not Israel, is our Precedence and Author. As my pastor likes to put it, "He is the prototype, tested the spiritual life to 20,000 fathoms", meaning that we won't have to go that 'deep', so it's reliable. [Central contention of my pastor is that Christ invented His Spiritual Life during the First Advent. Lessons 800 et seq of 92 Spiritual Dynamics are on this topic, running for about a year (300 lessons or more).]

    The spiritual life for Church is indeed far harder than for Israel: sufficient numbers of believers have to grow to the Pleroma Level of Eph3:19, 4:13 to Constitute Acceptance. That's His Own Maturity Level, the Highest Standard of Spiritual Growth ever given a group of believers in all human history, before or after "Church". KJV translates Eph4:13 rightly. It's positively shocking. My pastor has taught this doctrine for decades. So wouldn't the chance of Satan winning, be higher than ever? Conversely, wouldn't the potential gain to a believer, be higher than ever? "To whom much is given, much is expected." A Bride must be of sufficient status for Her Husband. But would Father do anything less? [Again, this is a central contention of my pastor, beginning in 1985: '85 Ephesians, '91 Israel, James 4 and '92 Spiritual Dynamics (series are in chrono order listed), go through the extensive exegesis to show how true it is that we have the highest spiritual life in history. Bible is really adamant about it, in the Greek -- especially 1Jn, Hebrews, Ephesians, Colossians. Shocking.]

    So what is this Higher, Royal Spiritual Life which we inherited, and why is it such a big deal in the Trial? "It's about Confidence in Word! Christ's Thinking, On Trial! Evidence, Unseen!" That's my best translation of Heb11:1, which tries to ape the Greek meter in the verse. Greek "Hupostasis" is used in Hebrews as a moniker for Christ. So the "substance" of the Trial, is how Substantially Word is in us, how we are standing under Him (puns intended). This Standard is the hardest kind for any group of humans in history. It's a Thinking War. So it's a big deal, because we can be more intimate with God than any other group of humans in history. That also makes it harder, since the differential between God and us, is so vast. For the more you love God, paradoxically, the more you can't stand yourself. Satan's banking on the differential being so upsetting, Church won't complete. What he always underestimates, is Love. And the more you know God, the more you love God, and from that comes your integrity, Job4:6. Which He builds in you, precept upon precept, Romans 5:5.

    So, Now (Bible keyword for Church "time"/Age/Dispensation): will enough of us, a nation's worth, accept? Well, more than one nation's worth, since His Title is King of Kings. That means many kingdoms under Him, not just one. So the Trial Evidence Bar was raised on the numbers, too. Acceptance means many 'dots' of voting according to God's System; each one counts, but you need many of them to cross the Successful Testimony Threshold. For Now, because Christ Rose, and we Get His Spiritual Life, the "acceptance" bar is higher: enough Pleroma to rule all other Church believers who don't choose to be grown that high. Else, you get knocked out of the witness box. Bible's terminology for this problem varies, but the "endure" and "remain" verses, the many warnings to stay the course, "I come like a thief", etc. are all about staying in the testimony through completion ("the end", Greek telos). The Testimony Before God And The Angels, never mind people down here on earth. The Royal Spiritual Life is a THINKING BEFORE FATHER. Invisible, to people down here.

    So the potential for Mistrial is real. Rapture can be required for the wrong reasons, as well as for the right ones; wrong TIME due to believers not voting. For the backdrop is that Time Itself Can Be Cancelled At Anytime. Mirroring.htm covers that; a more succinct presentation is in the (2-page) Appendix of
    TenWaysThisTimelineDiffers.doc, or the popup note in cell A2 of GeneYrs.xls (same note in both places). As those sources show since Adam's Fall, Time is conditioned on a believer being spiritually matured enough by God, to receive an award of Time in either a 490-year or 1000-year unit. The whole world has lived off these time grants, which run like a relay race from: Adam to Jared to Enoch, to Noah to Abraham, to Isaac to Jacob to Joseph, to Moses to David to Temple to Christ. Just think: about 4000 years of pre-Cross history justified by only TEN people, through David; 11, through Temple. (The Lord completed in Time but His Time Award is the Millennium, so is reserved at present.) A mere 10 people plus the Temple via David, carried the world for 4,000 years. And that rule still remains: we are only here because roughly five or seven people post-Cross (Paul being the first) were granted Time due to their super-spiritual maturity. So if that award cannot be granted, Time itself ends.

    Satan's angling for that result. It's a whole lot easier to make that criterion fail, than to stop the bodies in Church from forming. If too many believers are too negative for too long, they must be disciplined with capital punishment and brought home to Heaven in shame, 1Jn5:16. Enough, and it would be a Rapture at the wrong time. Enough, and the negative votes against Time itself, can force a recall. So if at the wrong time, before all these past-paid future people come to exist 'as previously advertised', well.. then it's a Mistrial. So if he can stop Time on juridical grounds, then the promised number of souls/Witnesses cannot even be born or brought into the Witness Box, so it's a Mistrial.

    WASTE

    Next issue: Satan doesn't "get" that any difference between Infinite and finite, is hellish waste. For God to elect to create, is to elect Hell for HIMSELF: the hell of living with inferiority forever. Perfect or no, how much rapport can you have, with a begonia? Fish? Babies? Children? For the Rapport GAP between Infinity and any kind of finity, is far bigger than even the rapport shortage between you and your dinner fork. Would you have more rapport with your fork were it perfectly made of finest, pure gold? No. And why is that? Because your fork can't hear you, can't enjoy what you enjoy as you enjoy life. Neither can a begonia, a fish, a baby, or even a child. There's too big a gap in appreciation. So your relationships with your fork, your plants, your pets, and smaller people, become quite restricted. It hurts, in fact: the requisite compatibility, isn't there. So the relationship is a huge WASTE. One-sided. Of course, God is happy in any relationship: but we are not. So, just as you can't have rapport with a fork because it is too small, we can't have rapport with God because He is too BIG. So, it hurts to even think about Him, for most of us. That's why we consider the Bible a kind of waste, something we only kiss or keep on a dusty shelf, thump or use to bludgeon other people.

    Hence the problem between Infinity and finity, however 'high' a creature each of us may become: we are SMALL, with or without sin. The shortness of finity is too vast (Rom3:23, 2nd prong). That's the primary reason why Son Became The Truth in His Humanity, so He, despite His Finity, could have Total Rapport With Infinite Father: and it required A Cross to get that far. Much more about that topic will unfold a bit later on down the page. "Christ's Combat on the Cross" link in LvS4d.htm also deals with this topic. Surely, owning even all the universe is too small a prize for such a big payment. Father would never let the Only Humanity even go to the Cross, were it not for the Oneness Gain between Them. The only way Sinless Humanity can know Sin -- a category of Omniscience, therefore necessary to know for Oneness -- is to be imputed and judged with sin, on the Cross. He trained for that. It worked! So we get what He used to TRAIN, so we too can get the Oneness He prayed for, in John 17. So you gradually Learn Waste: how to 'waste' yourself on Him, 2Cor5:14-21. Great legacy, this. Totally the opposite of how the world thinks, how Satan thinks. This topic of "Waste" is extensively covered in the Thinking series' Appendix webpage (SatStrat.htm), the "God's Paradox" link.

    Here's a quick way to get a grip on this vast difference between Infinity and finity: the latter has a 'body' to it. Subject to time, space, even the soul is a type of 'body', in that it has a perimeter: your thoughts only extend in any direction, just so far. The 'scope' of a person, so to speak. This 'scope' is what makes for compatibility and incompatibility. It's not an intelligence question, really, but a personality -- how you choose to BE. So, we all choose to BE, different. Or, to some extent, alike. Where different, sometimes the differences are pleasant or unpleasant; so too, if alike. Compatibility depends on the 'scope' of the person reaching beyond what he finds pleasant for himself, to another. Trouble is, if the beingness you reach out to is not willing or not able to respond, the relationship is hellish. Even, when reaching out to the varying facets of personality within yourself, as Romans 6-8 explain.

    We all have problems with certain people. Imagine two guys, one hooked on sports and the other, on the violin. Pretend for the sake of argument that each can't stand the other's passion. What do they have to talk about? How long do you think they can chat? How intimate can they be, in their friendship? Not very. Same with two gals, one hooked on how she looks, who she knows, what she ate last night. The other, hooked on Gibbon or string theory. Will they have much in common to discuss and share? Nope. Deeper, two souls which see life differently and believe differently about God, have even less in common. And what's the scope of thinking, in the petty soul? Very small, indeed.

    You, for example, are soul and body; you think with the former, and you feel with the latter. If you are a believer, you also have a human spirit, which is why you can even learn Bible (and even then, you gotta use 1Jn1:9 or all you're learning, is hot air). So, then: think back to some time when you were in a lot of pain -- didn't everything but the pain, get blocked out? All the rah-rah-rah thinking you'd learned didn't operate, did it? Whatever goodies you had, didn't compensate, right? And why? Because the body cannot learn the way the soul does. Because, the body is alien to the soul. Romans 8 is on this fundamental dichotomy. It's not just the sin nature, it's the limitation of one kind of being, versus another: here, difference between a finite soul and a finite body. So now you have a base of appreciation for what a hell it must be on God, to Elect to Create.

    GOD ELECTED HELL FOR HIMSELF. That's one of Satan's biggest complaints in the Trial. God, loving Righteousness as He does, refuses to have anything 'be' except FREEDOM. It's not righteous if it's not free, even if that means it's BAD. Satan contends that's fine if GOD wants to be a masochist, but He should not impose on His Creation, the same standards. But God says any other, lesser standards are UNrighteous. So the Trial is essentially about the validity of His Contention. Notice Who is really on Trial, here: it's not about sin.. except God's! Again, SatStrat.htm's "God's Paradox" link covers this Trial Issue in great detail. Point here is that in the Trial, Waste is Tested. Do you waste yourself on God.. or on Satan? You are always doing one or the other, whether you know it or not. We puny humans are therefore encouraged to think ourselves great, in which case we waste ourselves with that arrogant fantasy like the woman did (and later Adam), in Genesis 3. Oh yeah, eating some fruit, lighting some candle, building some building, being elected President 'counts' as righteous! LOL. Notice that these things are not bad in themselves. Notice also that you can well argue they are all good deeds. Yeah, but they are Not Righteous, theme of Romans 4. The arrogance is to overvalue them. Which we routinely do, since at the very marrow of our bones we know we are puny, and seek to relieve that condition. Advertisers count on arrogance to sell products, i.e., if you buy the same sneakers a star basketball player uses, you too are a star.

    God has another solution to our puny state, if we would but vote for Him: to pour His Son's Thinking into us. That topic comes up later in "Rapport", below, and is the main topic in all 'my' webpages (most notably, DDNA and Thinking series). SHARED THINKING makes it okay to 'waste' yourself, for LOVE wants to waste itself. Hatred, always wants to waste someone else.

    God is Infinite, so His Personality, His Beingness, is Absolute: no beginning, no end, no limitation, no restriction. So He chooses to BE, Absolute; that's why He told Moses His Name was "The Self-Existing One", in Exo3:14: the Ineffable Name. [Well, there are multiple ways to translate that Name. Very witty.] So, think: He Wants All, Bad Or Good. He Wants To Reach Out To All, Bad Or Good, Because The Scope Of God, Is All-Encompassing. So the second He creates, whatever He creates, is limited. Thus, totally incompatible. And the desires of whatever creature created, will likewise be incompatible, limited. Absolute Love, doesn't want limited anything. So will rather Pour Out Infinitely, to 'marry' even the most wretched.

    Of course, He could just make us all perfect little Stepford wives, every hair in place. That's not freedom. Given the choice between Freedom and meeting His Standards, He'd rather impose His Standards on Himself, and extend them to us. Sure, it's unRighteous not to meet those Standards.. that's why there's a Cross. That's why the post-salvation life is a Thinking Training more grueling than any works ever on the planet. Thinking paid for sins. At the same time, we puny never will be as big as Christ, for we won't choose to grow that far. No matter, we're free to become as big or as small as we want, the Same Holy Spirit grows us as Grew Him. Forever. Which means, the Standard is Only Fulfilled in Christ, and all of us are like pedazos, little reflections of Him, in aggregate a mosaic. Love never coerces, never gives up Freedom, and wasn't shorted, either.

    Never shorted, but ever shorted. Love doesn't mind that. Love loves FOREGOING. So on the one hand, the price had to be paid, and was. On the other hand, God didn't need it to be 'happy'. It was a mechanism for GIFTING: Son to Father, Father to Son, Spirit to Both of Them, Both of Them to Spirit. All that, will be covered in #4 of God's Trial Answer, below. Point here, is that Waste is Constant. That drives Satan crazy, because he hates. Because if you love, you love to waste yourself. Father 'wastes' Himself on Son, and vice versa, as just noted above. We are the happy beneficiaries of that. Because the Godhead are wasting Themselves on Each Other, it is not a compromise that we are forever short. They love us with the same Love as they Love Each Other. "Love is the Integrity of God!" my pastor shouted in May 7, 2000 Bible class. At that point he'd spent his whole life, and especially the years since 1996, teaching the Nature of Divine Love, revising and correcting that teaching many times, always refining. Yeah, that's it: Love is the Expression of Sovereignty; all other Attributes are 'passive'. More about this is in the first half of DueDisclosure.htm (link at pagetop).

    So, that same Integrity Love is to be built in you. When you develop into the final spiritual maturation stage Bible calls Pleroma (child-bearing, pregnant with His Thinking), you will be WASTED. It's to demonstrate the Inviolable Love of all those Bible Doctrine deposits in you over a lifetime of living in God's System (link at pagetop, basically learning and living on Bible under whomever is your own right pastor). You will be seen as a 'loser' to those in your periphery. There are three phases of this Evidence Testing (my pastor's term), roughly analogous to Christ's: a non-public phase (like Matt4, covering the same issues), a public phase (public can be small or large, but is still analogous to His Public Ministry), and finally, a public-yet-private, hybrid dying phase (analogous to the Cross, the payment being invisible, but some of the suffering, visible). Paul went through these three phases, too. Any believer who matures into the Pleroma stage does. Via listening to his classes, I've 'seen' my own pastor go through them (though for years I didn't understand the data well). He's dying now, so of course I can't see what's going on inside him, as indeed no one can see inside another person's soul (so we couldn't see what Christ went through, either). Lots of people think my pastor is abandoned by God, which discredits what he taught, doncha know -- well, that's what Isaiah said would happen to Christ, Isa53:4. So the same thing is supposed to happen to each of us, if we keep on keeping on in God's System. That's the test: Waste. So know now that if you keep on being in the spiritual life with God, it will get very bad, then nice, then bad again. You need practice in both, just as Christ did. We are not our own. More about this Waste Evidence Testing is in LordvSatan3.htm's "2-3-4-5 Evidence Testing" link.

    RAPPORT

    Ergo, Satan doesn't get it that the issue isn't Merit, but RAPPORT. And the only way for Rapport to exist between God and creature, is for GOD to pour His Truth INTO that creature, and thus make the 'scope' of the creature, bigger. More about how this pouring-in of Truth works, will be explained as you read the page: for it is the fundamental mechanic of the relationship and purpose of our lives, down here. Just as it was, for God and the angels. Same mechanic, because all souled creation, faces the same problem. The point is, to have RAPPORT means to have SHARED THINKING. So to get Rapport with God, you need to have His Thinking in You. As His Thinking grows in you, the Gorgeousness of Him is so vast, all else becomes much more unattractive, especially the self. So it's a challenge, to live with the self-which-never-measures-up. So in a way, you're electing hell, if you're electing to know God.The differential in natures is such that experientially, it's a hellish experience. But He's so Gorgeous, you learn not to care that it's hellish. That's the Testimony of Christ.. all the way through the Cross.

    Back in eternity past, when it was just God and angels, Satan being the highest, came to realize that God (the Son) was saying to him, Look, if you want Rapport with Me, you gotta Elect 'hell' like I do. Satan couldn't abide that choice. He was the Guardian of the Throne, Haylel-ben-Shachar, Son of the Morning Star. To say that the Morning Star elected hell, was too much. Masochistic. Satan just couldn't acclimate to the Truth that the gap between Infinity and finity, IS hell. Because, Love wants to go to hell, because Love is innately foregoing. It's an Outlet, for Love. And God, Is Total, Infinite Love. Therefore, Sovereignly Elects Hell for Himself. Satan couldn't accept that. So, is still arguing against that election, now: One hell or another You elected, Most High. I elect a different hell, in that case: NOT YOURS. Hence, his arguments in the Trial. One can readily empathize.

    We humans get to decide on the same question, as God Himself did; as Satan (negatively) did. As Christ (positively) did. That's not a blasphemous statement, but His Statement, Matt22:42: "what think ye of Christ?" For, at our end, it's the same hellish choice. We are not compatible with God, which is why there was a Cross to enable compatibility through getting His Thinking. But, first issue: what think ye of Christ, to Believe He Paid For Sin? Then, many many what-think-ye-of-Christ decisions, to GET His Thinking. Then you have to learn to live with the huge differential in Beauty between Infinite Him, and puny 'you'. Moreover, everything else in your life also becomes progressively puny, as your soul becomes bigger: so it becomes harder to live with what's becoming SMALLER than 'you'. So you'll find a whole lot of alien 'flak' hitting you from the world, from your own body, from your own soul, from Satan&Co. (though you won't necessarily know it's them hitting you).

    That's the 'cross' you bear, if you choose to learn Him. No other way around it. Christ wasn't kidding when He said that if you want to follow Him, you gotta take up your own cross, and this Compatibility Fight is it, baby.

    If you want to know God intimately and hence have Rapport with Him, you must be made much bigger than you are. It hurts; not because God would have it so, but because hurt is native to the process of growing. The promise of the post-salvation spiritual life is that you can be Grown to Christ's Own Level, Eph4:13. It's not hyperbole. Why should God settle for a Lesser Standard than His Son? Really, someone should put a warning label on Bibles: if you want God, it's Open Surgery, Heb4:12 to realize Eph4:13 due to John 10:34. God could zap! all this. But that would gerrymander freedom. So instead it's line on line, precept on precept, scalpel on machaira.

    This struggle to Grow in Him plays at all ends of the spiritual development spectrum. You'd think that if you learned Him, life would be a 'piece of cake': Oh, I get it now, I don't want to sin that sin anymore; I don't want to do those good deeds anymore -- because they're not attractive, anymore. The Holy Spirit via Doctrine He pours in, has revealed the ugliness, to you; and now as a result, you don't want them, anymore. So you'd think you'd stop wanting them, because after all, You know the Doctrine now! LOL! Guess again! You'll still catch yourself sinning the same sin, craving the same good-deeds ("dead works", Heb6 and 9), satanic plan! See what Paul says about coveting, in Rom7. Even, and especially with Truth cycling in us, we remain as weak and helpless as the day we were born: see 2Cor12.

    So Satan&Co. want to 'help' you have more hell: "Room 101" of Orwell's famous book, 1984. The objective of torture is to break down the will of the person under it. Whether it's to extract information, or to demoralize, the one running the torture, is out to break the victim. Whether it's mental torture (especially in intimate relationships, intended or subconscious), physical torture, withholdings, deprivations, etc., the objective is always to break the other individual. The body is the weakest part of the human being. It has every kind of need, and since the body needs the soul to care for it, the 'connections' between body and soul, are legion. So the body has a lot of built-in affect on the soul. Analogous, to how the weak affect the strong. The Paradox of God's Choosing the Hell of Creation, all wrapped up in our own natures! Now you see why Paul wrote Romans 6-8, esp. Chapter 7. So Satan&Co. want to get in on the act, and per Trial Terms they have the right of cross-examination. So whatever struggle you have anyway, they 'add' to it. Add feelings, doubts, use the truth to make your awareness of God's Beauty 'hurt' you more, etc. You won't necessarily know they're doing it, and they only ADD TO volition, never coerce volition. So of course, YOU are to blame when you fail, lol. Which, you always do. Every day always big failure.. but the big success of the Doctrine you're using to KOKO you won't 'count' -- but Heaven sure does. Matt4:4, always occurring! Doctrine fired at the temptation, 1Jn1:9 used against the sin! Even in this world, the biggest test of a recruit for spying is how loyal the wannabe-spy stays to his home nation, when he thinks he's been abandoned by it, or when he's failed in his mission. Much more true, in the spiritual life!

    So God plays to Satan, always. The more Truth grows in you, the more you can't stand yourself. The growing True Love for Righteousness (as distinct from false love, which is full of self-praise). The more you love Righteousness the more your body 'shrinks' in importance, so the harder it is to go on living in this world. You get to the point where you can only survive by living on the Bible you have come to love. IT is more real and makes sense: all else, does not. That growing dichotomy makes life much harder, the more you grow. So now multiply that idea a bizillion times, to the Perfect God-Man, Christ. Shoulda killed Him, long before He got to the Cross. Notice it's not a sin issue, but a FINITY issue. Whatever you do with your body and soul, has no value whatsoever in your estimation. And that's true. So you live with it being constantly True. Killer life, truly. It becomes easy to understand why those angels in Rev4 throw down their crowns (it's a real mental attitude they're expressing); why Christ would refuse to use His Deity to help Himself; why He turned down all the kingdoms of the world; they're worthless! compared to knowing God. Everything the self is or becomes, isn't worth an ant's fart, compared to knowing Him.

    So what Love results, and what would one Want To Give, but oh! Body's not able! See the fight? It's hellish, because your soul doesn't want to be this way anymore, but the body can't learn! The body is too small, even when not sinning. Insult to injury, the body IS sinful, loves anything related to sin good evil, and can overwhelm your soul! Worst of all, you want it! For, no sin or evil gets done, apart from volition! Oh, who will deliver me from this body of death! Paul cries at the end of Rom7. Hence the continuing need of 1Jn1:9 and keep on truckin', for the repetition beats down the body. Paul likened it to him beating himself up, 1Cor9:27. Body only understands defeat. So, you have to war against it. Box against it. See? Thus you get RAPPORT of appreciation for the Hell God elected, when He elected to create you. It plays ugly, I am a worm not a man, Psalm 22: but the meaning couldn't be more beautiful, more tender, more..fulfilling. It's not masochism, it's Learning, Heb5:8-9.

    So why did God do this to Himself? That's Satan's ultimate litmus test for rebellion. And the Divine Answer? I Manufacture Righteousness. Now that sounds like an impossible thing. How do you manufacture, what's already Infinite? Lookie here at God's 12-step program!

    So the entire Trial boils down to one question: Do you want to Be With God Forever, and How Much? In hell, in Heaven -- in a word, Unconditional. Just because, God IS. Who He Is. Jahweh YehHWAH: I am Who I am. Unconditional Existence Requires An Unconditional Election. Which, Satan was not willing to make. Which, the Son WAS willing to make, by Adding Humanity to Himself: Phili2:7.

    TWO PARADOXES

    As always, if God's 'side' is right, then self-merit cannot be the basis for relationship with finity: for were it the basis, the shortfall between finite and infinite merit is unbridgeable (hence a God-Man to go to the Cross as Humanity and bridge the unbridgeable). If Satan's 'side' is right, then ONLY self-merit can be the basis for relationship, in which case Infinite Merit should forever go unrequited: for both sides agree that God is infinite.

    But wait! Like Romans 6 begins, why would Holy God refuse merit as the basis for relationship, grant us His Own Righteousness if we simply believe once, in Christ (Acts 16:31, John3:16, 2Cor5:21, Titus 3:5, Rom8:1ff, all "in Him" verses)? What, so we could sin the more? Why then was there a Cross? If merit didn't matter, why not just sin and sin and sin? Why was there a need to Pay for Sin, the mother of all good-and-evil? Oy, what's the real Nature of Merit? What follows is a four-part synopsis of God's Trial Answer.

    1. Merit is an EFFECT, never a cause. God didn't cause His Own Eternal Existence or Merit. He doesn't have to work at staying meritorious. Likewise, the Humanity of Christ was caused to become Meritorious by means of Divine Truth Poured Into Him (i.e., John 1:14-16, Matt4:4). So salvation is never due to human merit (Eph2:8-9, Titus 3:5, 2Tim1:9). Nor is post-salvation growth meritorious (i.e., Jn4:23-24).

    2. Because Merit is Uncaused, God doesn't 'seek' merit from man. Rather, He 'seeks' RAPPORT. Shared Thinking (Isa55:8, see context). Even the dumbest human knows that all the goodies don't make companionship enjoyable between incompatible people. Many's the story of the wealthy couple who hate each other, kill each other, divorce. Compatibility makes for happiness, not goodies. Couples in great distress; families in great splendor; every grouping in between, for millennia through song and story all recount how Love, not goodies, makes man happy. But Love requires Compatibility. Compatibility requires Shared Attitudes. In a word, Rapport. So God's Truth Creates Rapport. As we learn Him, we come to think like Him. Hence, have more Rapport with very God. His Very Son's Thinking. Hence the many more commands to know something, compared to the paltry few, to 'do' something, in Bible. Your biggest hint: if 'spirituality' was doing something, we'd not need 66 books of so much non-work material in them. A dream, a vision, even a 30-page list, would suffice!

    For no amount of merit, works, goodies can substitute for a lack of rapport, nor can they buy rapport. It's there, or it is not: alikeness in thinking is there, or is not. So no amount of works, goodies, merit matter if there IS Rapport. So, One wants to be a Lamb, due TO Rapport. How ironic: note that in a relationship, rapport is everything. No matter how meritorious the parties IN the relationship may be, equally or no, if they don't have Shared Thinking, the relationship is a misery. Fingernails scrawling on a blackboard. No amount of money, talent, looks can make rapport: in fact, those things turn ugly, if the rapport is not present; their lack Becomes Beautiful if rapport IS present.

    Here is the ultimate proof that God wants Rapport, not merit: God can speak, and thus create, total obedience in you instaneously and forever, any nanosecond He likes. It's the Same Power, as creating the universe. But notice He doesn't do that. What does He do instead? Eph3:15-19, 2Pet3:18! So your obedience, is not what He really wants. You can't obey Him, He must BUILD you, Philippians 2:12-13, Eph2:10. Like a father, He talks to His Children in terms of obediences, for children don't understand enough to see that the 'obediences', are for their benefit. But the adults know. So, be adult in your conclusions: if God really wanted merit from you, He could bing you with it immediately. And in fact, if you are a believer in Christ, HE already did that: 2Cor5:21. So merit is not an issue: Rapport, that's the issue. No other issue, remains! Not pets, but people! Free will, not mindlessness. Free Rapport, not kowtowing, sniveling, sycophancy. It's Satan, not God, who wants the pet tricks.

    God is not like Satan: God GIVES you His Own Righteousness that first nanosecond you're saved, so you can sigh with Relief about being "good enough", 2Cor5:21, Eph1:15-23, esp. v.19. For it's a Sharing to build up Rapport, main theme of Romans 8 (beginning at verse 4). It's all about Togetherness, John 17. Thus you know from 2Cor5:21 that there are NO BARRIERS. Technically, the removal was Paid For on the Cross. That's why your consent is required, for you might not agree to the removal of the barriers. When you first believed in Christ, that was a consent to live with God forever. Dozens of things happened to you within a nanosecond afterwards, because all of those things were necessary in order to remove the Barrier to living with God forever: such as, you got His Righteousness; His Eternal Life; your sin nature is removed at your death; you have what my pastor likes to call a "portfolio of invisible assets" so you can Learn Christ, since after all, you'll be living with Him forever. And so on. Royal Assets, as extensively explained, in LordvSatan3.htm.

    The big discovery of the Trial and the spiritual life, is that there are really no barriers to your Intimacy with God. The satanic game is to pretend that what you reject or find problemmatic, harm the relationship. Nothing can do that, but it takes time for the believer to recognize that fact. It's like coming out of a haze, when you finally wake up to the fact that there are No Barriers, and every problem you face is in fact a Celebration that there are No Barriers. Nothing can separate you from the Love of God in Christ Jesus, as Paul shouts toward the end of Romans 8.

    The religious sales pitch is a powerful one, designed to barrier our perception that God wants Rapport, not merit. For by the time you die, Whatever You Elected Be The Relationship With Him.. will BE. So any barriers between Him and you, are solely those of your own choosing. People like religious barriers, to feed ego. There is no other reason. It feels good to do something which complies with 'god', just like it felt good to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good-and-Evil, in the name of being as smart as God. Self did it, see. Inferiority complex, assuaged. Trouble is, this ego boost CREATES barriers to intimacy. For, the more you boost your ego, the more you have to do it the next time. Repeating over and over these boosts you construct a Progressively Greater Barrier To Intimacy, since intimacy never 'competes'. If you're competing, you're not sharing, and intimacy is all about sharing. Egos which need boosting need defending, see.

    So there is a different meaning to any Biblical exhortation to 'obey': OBEY=BELIEVE, not vice versa, main theme of Hebrews Chapters 3 and 4. Evil is unbelief, Heb3:8,12,18-19. It's not works, it's BELIEVING. Obviously, if you believe in a thing, your behavior will reflect that. But there's a Deeper Meaning, which as a spiritual adult, you'll cherish: To Learn To Think As He Does. Heb5:8 is one of my favorite verses, and is all about how 'obedience' depends on hearing, and thus Learning: the verse is funny, in Greek, as my pastor likes to remind us. "Although THE SON, He LEARNED (emathen) from the SOURCE OF what He SUFFERED (epathen), obedience." On a deeper level, what really constitutes obedience and hence spirituality, is the dead opposite of how we need to live our lives with each other. What glorifies God in the Trial is that you Want Him, you Learn His Son, and you Wait on Him. If you have any common sense, you immediately know that wanting, learning and waiting on Him is a total thrill to 'do'; like being on vacation, for crying out loud. Yep, that's it. Spiritual sabbatical, 24/7. It's all about what He Does TO You, not what you do at all. Paradoxically, the hardest thing to do.. is nothing. Abram did nothing. And the one thing he did, at his wife's behest, has plagued the Middle East ever since.. get Hagar pregnant. So Abram had to cool his heels for another 14 years, before God would give him Isaac. Same for Isaac, he didn't have kids until he was 60: 20 years of doing nothing. Israel had to do nothing for 400 years, waiting for God to deliver them. Christ did nothing the entire time He was down here, dying on the Cross being carried by the Holy Spirit. Notice a pattern, here? Man is about self-merit, and that means he must do, do, do. Yeah, it's doo-doo. God is about Pouring In His Merit For Free, so it's about no doo-doo. All else but what HE does, is doo-doo. So doing nothing is the hardest thing to do, Matt4 taunt eating at you all the time. Use Your Abilities. Solve it Yourself. Don't ask God to do it; don't ask Him for help, understanding, guidance or even HIS Opinion; rather, you DO for Him. Satanic garbage, par excellence.

    GOD IS CREATOR. THAT MEANS HE LOVES DOING THE DOING. Your next breath only occurs because HE wants it to. Ok: so if your very breath depends on Him anyway -- why not depend on Him in your thinking, instead of depending on yourself, your job, your spouse or kids or politicians? Sure, you want to reciprocate Him, do something worthwhile with your life. But you know you can't get it right. So look: if He loves Doing the Doing and carrying you anyway, 1Pet5:7 -- Greek treats God like a pack animal -- why not just relax and rely and ask Him what He wants to do with you? Then HE gets what HE wants, to be doing the doing in your life. World really needs that: we're not voting for His Involvement, but instead we're hustling our buns off, and 1Jn1:9 isn't used, so our prayers go no higher than the ceiling! Instead, how about 1Jn1:9 and an Ultimate Jabez: we all need to be like Jabez, asking God for everything, 1Chron4:10. ["Jabez" in Hebrew sounds like "God's satchel", pronounced "Yah Bets" -- you know, where the money really is. LXX shows he's asking for God's Knowledge to prevent him from being abased. I'm not sure which Hebrew verb the LXX is using to render that "knowledge" translation, but usually a prayer that God "be with" is an idiom voting for an intimate relationship.]

    Break Time! Watch how God is glorified in the following story my pastor likes to tell. Apparently, when Dallas Theological Seminary first got started, it had financial trouble. Its buildings were mortgaged; and due to the financial problems, couldn't pay the mortgage. Just before the bank was going to foreclose, the heads got together and prayed. One of them was Dr. Ironside. He prayed to the God who has the "cattle on a thousand hills", affirming God could deliver them, even though they were minutes away from the foreclosure phone call. At that very moment, the phone rings. It's the downstairs secretary who says that a cattleman walked in with a huge check claiming God wanted DTS to get it. The amount of the check was exactly what was needed ($180,000 I believe). Do you see how God matched "cattle" to "cattleman"? He LOVES humor, and He LOVES waiting until the last minute! Filling all in all, end Eph1!

    Look: I've seen God repeatedly do the very same thing in my own life for over 34 adulthood years. Sometimes the checks arrive at the last minute in Open Envelopes: the person forgot to lick the envelope closed, yet the check didn't fall out? When someone can't pay me, suddenly the Exact Same Amount appears from another source, within days. So I can't miss the orchestration. All this, long before I heard the DTS story -- so that when I did hear it, I could match up the same events in my own life, and know more surely, Who did them (even though I knew at the time). YOU have the same events in your life. Look for them. His Humor is Unending!

    So let's amalgamate the real meaning of obedience with our stuck-in-merit mindset, see if we can at least understand that way. Ok: we all know we are supposed to obey God. So He Wrote A Book Of Obedience. So, then, the challenge of Heb5:8: do we treat Bible like a computer manual, reading only 10% of it (the portions about do's)? What About The Other 90%? The 'obedience' God wants, is that we hear (shemah, Yisroel) and stand under what we hear: believe it ALL, not just the parts which please our egos. In which case, it's a suffering, lol to hear the other 90%. So we learn to stand under, by suffering the hearing! What a pun! See, if you learn something, that's a satisfaction (propitiation). If you learn something, it's nice to use, live on what you learned. The suffering involved is separate from the satisfaction, and if you really Love The Meaning, even the suffering aids the satisfaction. Not at all masochism. All depends on Who You Hear. So you gotta pick between God's Chocolate, and Satan's licorice doo-doo!

    3. Since God wants Rapport, not merit, Whatever Relationship You Want With God, That's What You'll Get -- Forever. LordvSatan3.htm focuses the most on this topic. Its Corollaries 3A-3D links cover the issue of you getting whatever you want from God. For God is all about, MATCHING, MATING. So, that policy was illustrated by the Lord in Matt7:1-2. As you judge, you will be judged. So if you judge God not worth learning, then you won't learn Him and you won't be close to Him. The God-Who-Can't-Be-Bribed, won't bribe you, either. Because, God is Love, and Love Never Coerces. So you can be saved forever, but how close you will be to Him, depends on How Alike you became, down here. It's a compatibility question. Being near someone with whom you are not compatible is not fair to either party.

    So, by the time we all leave this body, we'll have made an aggregate number of choices pro- or con. Believing in Christ is what gets you into heaven, but after that, it's still a matter of choosing, every second, who will be your 'master' to craft the kind of rapport you want with God. As you can see, the choices are antithetical, so the rulers are not really compatible with the ruled. Well, the compatibility is limited, hierarchical, each one up and down the 'line' being closest to those he's most compatible with. So there is a perfect synergy of compatibility, because the connecting points have the most rapport with each other. But, from high to low direct, there is not much compatibility: so, not much contact, either.

    Only God's power makes you a winner (Bible keyword) in this Trial. What the eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, all that He has prepared for those who love Him, 2Tim4:8. To get there you must learn to THINK like the Son, for the Objective is to train you to be a king under the King Of Kings. No amount of works can train you.

    Consequently, the one who keeps on electing to know Him, will face increasing pressure from all opposition: within himself, within the world, within his own family (remember what the Lord said about that), within the demon realm (sending thoughts, sicknesses, etc. Š la Book of Job). So, Torture. So, Hell. So, Cross. What does it take to make you stop wanting to know Him, growing believer? is the Cross-Examination.

    For the Truth is full-spectrum, so the Relationship with Infinite God must be also. Bad truth, good truth, any truth, because truth. Max negative facts and relationships at one 'end'; max positive, at the other. Cross is essentially a Matching between negative and positive truths. For, Infinity means Full-Spectrum. Not, that God must Himself be bad in order to be infinite, but that He must HOLD bad. You know: the structural integrity is no greater, than what can knock it down. Well, nothing can knock God down. Nothing can knock Positive Truth down, not even, negative truth. So, in your own life, there's this side-by-side quality to the battle, and it's supposed to be constant. Just like Matt4, the back-and-forth; just like the Cross, 'making love'. Embracing, not erasing. So that even the sterile bads, bear kids! Isa54:1! Eph2!

    The hallmark event in a believer's life is when God becomes more important to him than his own life. If he never reaches an all-consuming interest in God for Himself, he will remain of the masses. If he does switch over from the childhood idea that morality is spirituality to an interest in God for Himself, his life will be marked by conflict which only increases as he ages. At that point, he's a soldier and no longer a civilian. There's no going back. Only defeat or victory, awaits.

    Once this hallmark stabilizes in the Pleroma stage, what is the relationship to God, to life? Relationship to God is Total. Relationship to life, is Expression of that Total. All you want, is to live and eventually die well for FATHER, just as Christ did. The Pleroma stage also lasts some years, maybe even decades. However, its salient attitudinal feature is that you literally die to this world, even while living; the world has become unattractive, but even more, irrelevant. You don't become antisocial or a hermit. The world and its needs are completely under the spiritual life. Doesn't mean you stop sinning, of course. Does mean your perspective is a habitual thinking in spiritual terms. Everything reminds you of some Bible principle in some way, instinctively. The 'definitions' in your head are all spiritual. So the erstwhile pull of the world and its interests, has largely died off.

    See God's Genius? Freedom from merit claims, Freedom from demand, so Righteousness retains its true Gift Character. For it's a 'gift' to God, to BE God. So it's a Gift to Christ, to Convert His Humanity into being the Indescribable Gift to God, Qorban: see Romans 5, last half. Most of the human race votes on Satan's side. To them, this is not a good life to have. So, they won't have it.

    4. For Love subordinates, hatred insubordinates, so DEPENDENCE is true INDEPENDENCE. The fact that you get whatever relationship-to-God you 'vote' to have, is an expression of LOVE on God's part. The real heart of God, is His Absolute Desire For Togetherness. Flat. No conditions. No separations. This, because He is Infinite, which means, all-encompassing. No high too high, no low too low, no small too small, no ugly too ugly, no beautiful too beautiful. It's Absolute. Hence, Love. Hence, Truth. Hence, Righteousness and Justice. Hence, all His Other Attributes. Christ got 100% Togetherness, even though in His Humanity, with Father, on the Cross. LvS4d.htm's "Combat" link explains how. For now, understand this: He Wanted the Absolute Togetherness, and paying for us was the way to get it. It wasn't a sacrifice to Him, but joy: Heb12:2, a chapter all about togetherness; a warning chapter, lest the reader miss Chapter 4's theme of Togetherness, by agency of the Spirit, by means of Doctrine, in the believer. Forever.

    Because Togetherness is the heart of God's Sovereign Nature, He cannot be dented. So He doesn't 'need' the Cross, to make Him 'whole', etc. Rather, we need the Cross, because the problem of finity, which sin merely makes hopeless, is separation. (Bible keyword: "far", i.e., in Eph2.) Being a separate but finite person necessarily means a thought pattern which is independent of God, perfect or not. So the finite or sinning creature's own choices all naturally separate away from God. So, how to Pour In God's Own Thinking TO the creature, so Togetherness can occur? That's what the Holy Spirit did TO Christ, such that He reached Total Togetherness While On The Cross: "the Way, the Truth, and the Life". [See "Combat" link in LvS4c.htm for details.] Thus the promise of Jer31:31-34 is Fulfilled In Him, And Thus Transmissible To Us. Because the problem between God and man is TWO-fold, not just one, Rom3:23. We come short.. not merely sin. So this gap, how to solve it, so we can be together? Obviously, salvation wouldn't be such a big deal, if it only meant avoiding hell...

    So the Rest of Our Book, Our Word, The Beautimous Bible, is about bringing man Back Together. The demons make fun of the Togetherness Purpose by promoting phallic cults, which were not at all fun -- the sex was mandated, or you were sacreligious. (Same is true today, but now you're not cool, etc. if you don't 'do' it.) Paul, of course, the only perpetual virgin, is given to write more about marital oneness, than anyone else; well, maybe John's 'portion' of that disclosure, rivals Paul's. The Lord is totally adamant about togetherness, in John 14-17: central focus of NT epistles, is to elaborate on what the Lord said, i.e., as John 15,17 record. Ephesians is a letter about God's superior Begetting, parallelling Euripedes' play, "Ion". So you can see for yourself, that Togetherness is the entire point, from God's 'side'.

    So it becomes extremely important to examine why Holy God totally subordinates to creation. He wanted to do that. Since God IS Truth, it must be true that Subordination is Righteous. So in God, the Objective and the Wanting (subjective) are identical. This question drives theologians crazy, because they don't understand the Role of Love, as an Expression of God's Sovereignty. My pastor spent 53 years examining this issue, and in the daily Bible classes kept on revisiting the question, refining it each time. By the end of his ministry, when Alzheimer's took over, he finally GOT it all, and despite that disease, presented it to us: "Love is the Integrity of God!" he shouted in his May 7, 2000 class. That solves the conundrum which has puzzled theologians for centuries, so let's look into it...

    So Shall We Create? is a "Yes!" because then Creation is an Expression of Subordinating INTIMATE Love Among the Godhead, Toward Each Other. Therefore, no compromise due to our inferiority. God lives for God. Each Member of the Godhead lives for the Other One. That's how Love thinks, You are more valuable to me than I am. Look: isn't it far more wonderful, to live for God, rather than for mere self? No matter how great self may be? God sure thinks so. Now when you read David's breathless exclamation in Ps138:2b, "You have MAGNIFIED THE WORD above Your Own Person!" you can enjoy it more.

    So, think: since Love subordinates, and without subordination there can be no intimacy; since God Himself Totally Subordinates to God; how can it be remotely desirable, to be 'independent', as man usually considers the term? Love Creates Dependence. For, Love subordinates. So, chooses to be dependent on the love-object's wants and needs. Therefore Love Substitutes the love-object's wants and needs, for his own. Hence, self-denial: acutely, to the extent of each such subordinative substitution; chronically, to the extent it is repeated. Scope of Love, Depth of Love, Integrity of Love, are thus demonstrated by means of these subordinative substitutions.

    So 'independence' must be true hell: all alone, always fighting off love, always having to shield self from any 'shackles'; always needing to DISbelieve, always needing to deny faith, lest that 'independence', be lost to Love. This is the decision Satan and one-third of the angels, made. They have free will, and they keep on using their free will, to HATE. For 'independence' requires hatred, to sustain it. It's truly a fight for survival, not merely a question of merit or rapport. Because hatred needs to hate to preserve 'independence'. That's why either unbeliever or believer always feels a sense of loss or defeat when choosing to subordinate -- especially, to God. It really IS a defeat -- of hatred. One dot at a time, or many dots, but always the sense of defeat. Now you understand the Cross: Christ chose utter defeat, and that is why He is the Chief Victor, Isa52:13-14+53:10-12, echoed in Phili2:5-10.

    That's why this is a Divorce Appeal Trial. The entire issue is about separation versus intimacy, Hate versus Love. The latter requires subordination; the former requires insubordination. Satan (defense attorney) argues that if Love is as God has said and chosen with respect to Himself, such a standard should not be imposed on creation, which is unable to live up to it; that creation is unfairly condemned to hell, if it rejects that standard. God in turn explains to him (and us) that the rejection itself is completely destructive to the being, whether God or finite souled creature. If God Himself did what Satan had done, God would be totally wrecked inside, whether or not any loss of abilities occurred (so it's not a merit issue, either), dependent forever afterward on hatred to preserve whatever 'independence' was needed. Hence, true hell. Hence, a Lake of Fire; hence those who reject God by never believing in His Son, choose such a life. So, they get it. Hence those believers who choose less than total subordination by the time of their deaths, will be more separated (distant, though saved) -- for, that is what they chose. [Sidenote for the prickly: the expression "in heaven" is used in the Bible to denote with God as a general status, i.e., Paul calls us politeuma of Heaven, in Ephesians. So the fact that we don't live 'in heaven' in the eternal state, but in a new universe, is beside the point. Sometimes people get anal on this topic, saying we shouldn't say "in heaven" because we eventually will return to earth, New Jerusalem, eternal state, etc. -- relax, k?]


    God's and Satan's Arguments and Plans, Both Play on our 'turf'

    Back to the Trial, proper: we are hard-headed, so God's superior Grace Argument 'speaks our language', 'plays on our turf'. Hence Word 'follows' our me-merit thought patterns. Okay, pretend MERIT matters. How is Justice Served if Infinite Merit goes unrequited? Yet what can compensate Infinite Merit juridically, except Like-Infinite Merit?

    Hence, a Cross: Infinite-Merit thinking the Holy Spirit TAUGHT Christ, 'couples' with maximum negative-merit thinking. Since Cross Compensates Father, can lesser merit be juridically valid if Cross was required in the first place? Is it not but evil, to reject the One Type Of Compensation, Which Is Effective?

    Notice the preciseness of the Justice Issue: it's not about whether God needs anything. It's about what is due Him on a merit basis. As we saw above, God's Motive isn't about merit, but about Rapport, but we puny humans -- and Satan, too -- just can't 'get' that idea. For, in our good-and-evil minds, it's only about merit, and we absolutely can't fathom any other basis for relationship. Hence, God frames the argument so we can fathom what He means. Because, He Wants Rapport. Rapport is two-way. Obviously all our thoughts are in Omniscience, but that's only One Way, One Person 'sharing', God; Christ made it Two-Way, hence He's the Mediator (Gal3:19-20, Heb5-10, esp. 7:18-28, 8:6, 10:5, 10:10-17). So Through Christ we can share God's Thoughts, as well. That's the whole point of the spiritual life. Togetherness. Oneness With God, John 17 (esp.v.21)!

    So now you can see that if relationship is to be based on merit, then no relationship with Infinite merit is do-able. Hence the Justice Requirement (not a Divine need, but our need) for a Cross. For even perfect humanity is short, because finite. Hence, even Christ had to receive the pouring-in of Truth, to BECOME Infinite Merit, aka Divine Righteousness. He could have instead tapped His Own Godness, if merit was the issue. But since merit is not the issue -- for even becoming merit requires lagtime between pouring-in and completion -- He could Receive the Merit from What the Holy Spirit Did to Him. Which, as we know from Scripture, is what happened (i.e., John's Gospel clause "full of Grace and Truth/Doctrine", "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life"; Isa53:11's Hebrew, etc). As God, the Son CHOSE to become short, rather than choosing to use His Own Natural Merit: Phili2:5-10, 1Tim2:5's Greek.

    Notice how God explains in 'two languages', the Good News of our weakness and His Love, to OUTFLANK our natural hatred. First, man's natural good-and-evil 'language' of (Satan's) merit: well, on a merit-basis, you'd have to BE infinite merit, to 'merit' relationship with Me. And you'll never reach that level, because even I didn't make Myself. Both Mosaic Law and Cross 'speak' that language. Second, God's REAL 'language': I AM Merit, and I want Rapport, so I POUR Merit into My Son's Humanity to 'merit' (justify) making sons out of menstrual rags. Greater Love, Greater humor! does not exist (i.e., John 17, Rom5-7, 1Cor6-7, 12, 2Cor5, Gal3, Heb2, all of Eph -- trace all sexual/idol wordplay in the original languages for maximum profit).

    So, the Cross having been completed, its Harvest being we can Get His Own Thinking -- what other 'produce', competes? Oh, TARES imposing many a TARIFF of self-merit doo-doo! Aka, "good": good deeds, morality, "being good"! A "tare" is olde English for a weed which looks like wheat and grows up with it. Spoils the harvest. Aka, Good-And-Evil. Christ hung on a Tree, so only one other tree remains: "the Knowledge of Good and Evil", just as in the Garden. We are back in the Garden, due to the Cross -- because Sin Is Not The Issue, due to the Cross being successfully completed. Funny how obvious, that the Prohibited Knowledge Was Of Good-And-Evil. Good is evil, evil is good, both are anti-God. That's why a GOOD DEED is the first thing that Adam does, after his Fall. For Satan denounces Adam's nakedness and Adam 'atones' by doing a good deed -- figleaves. Which the Lord Himself humorously notes, in the Hebrew of Gen3:11. Adam, you did a good deed? You were naked before you sinned, don't you remember? It wasn't shameful, then (Gen2:25).. so the verse reads in corrected (caps) translation, "WHO DENOUNCED you for being naked?" (Gen3:11a.) [Every Bible translation I've ever seen mistranslates this clause (mainly mistranslating Heb verb nagadth) as "Who told you that you were naked", thereby DENOUNCING God as a withholder of knowledge, just like Satan DENOUNCED God in Gen 3:4-5. Why didn't any translation committee catch on to the problem of translating 3:11a so evilly, when 2:25, and 3:4-5, are so nearby? See how Satan messes with us, playing his clever jokes on us hapless Christians, using us to denounce our own Savior?! My pastor taught this translation error from 1975 forward, so it's not as though no one had a clue about the Hebrew. Worse, I could tell even from BibleWorks' lexicons that the verse was mistranslated. Those lexicons are mostly very old. Are we vile to so malign God when we 'translate' Him, or what?]

    'Good' is so bad, after the Fall God had to step in and create loyalty barriers to protect humans from it: working to eat, childbearing and rearing (hence family, marriage being a pre-Fall institution); and at length, nations. Civil rule has always been separate from God's Rule (which is why the Ziggurat of Babel was judged); even, during the Theocracy period of Israel. Nor did the Lord change that standard when He was here: Scripture stresses this fact by repeating it in three Gospels (see Matt22:21, 12:17, Luk20:25; see also Rom13, and in LXX search on the distinction between entole, dikaiomata, and krimata in the Mosaic Law).

    So what God does, as explained in the #1-#7 links in LordvSatan2.htm (at its pagetop), are SEVEN THINGS to BARRIER this good-and-evil mindset, to give man independence.
    1. The first is FREE SALVATION. No works. Genesis 15:6 and John 3:16. What GOD does, nothing man does. This protects man against the tyranny of works and religion, which Satan authors.
    2. Next, is FREE PROCREATION, soul not imputed UNTIL BIRTH, same pattern as Gen2:7. The procreative act and pregnancy itself, are both characterized by effort, and biological deadness -- for only God creates the soul freely, and at birth. This protects freedom of the eventual child from being FORCED by its mother while still in a womb, not to mention all the pain spared (if no soul, then no consciousness, then no pain of the developing body parts).
    3. Next, is FAMILY, a loyalty counter to ideas about 'good' which are outside and around the family unit. This protects the soul from being influenced by non-family, and also family's limited size, restricts the influence of family on the soul.
    4. Next, is NATIONS, so that people are free to vote with their feet for a lower level of evil. Nations tend to fall when they get too big.
    5. Next, is a GOD-MADE RACE VIA FAITH, so people can see that works don't represent God's idea of 'good' -- but rather, Faith is good. This protects one from racism, culturalism, all the 'isms that races and nations tend to get into. Again, it's a protection against works.
    6. Next, a GOD-MADE NATION, so people can see what good law should do. This helps competition among nations to engender better laws, and helps defeat the inevitable evil of tribalism -- for law rules over family lines.
    7. Finally, a GOD-Made SAVIOR, so people can Eternally Vote. This protects the soul from being too preoccupied with this world. For you know you will DIE. The Kingdom of Heaven is IN Heaven, not on earth. When Christ returns, it will be on earth. He came the first time at the originally-schedule END of Time, to inaugurate that Kingdom, which required VOTING. Israel voted against Him. Thus Church had to be inserted, so that Time could continue and the Kingdom promised, could nonetheless be realized. Love never coerces. Knowing this helps the soul orient to Eternity, so life down here is less important, and one is thus freer to live down here.

    Such barriers are always needed, because good always devolves into tyranny. So Bible explains the Law is good, but even it can't save (i.e., Rom7, Galatians). Obeying it can only restrain the sin nature, thus preserving the human race; can only alert man to the need of a Savior (see Galatians, Romans 4-7, Eph2, Heb4,5-7,8-10). Of course, if you twist the Law to remove restraint, you get tyranny, faster.

    Satan's whole policy is about removing these seven restraints, and he uses "good" to do it. Satan's goal is to herd man away from competing loyalties and into a 'mass' idea of Self-is-God. Especially, by allegiance to some 'mass' idea, like a race, a people, a nation, a RELIGION. That's what Tower of Babel meant. That's what the Rev17 harlot, means. That's what the push to world government and bigger government, means. And to do this, he must focus on what man considers bad, to motivate man to break down his natural barriers, in the name of the 'higher good'. So, Satan sponsors what we consider bad: crime, lasciviousness, etc. If he can make it rampant enough, then man will demand from government rather than God, protection; will cede to government rather than God, his personal and family freedoms and needs, in the name of protection. So down the road of tyranny, man goes. All in the name of good, the barriers man needs for his freedom, come tumbling down.

    For Satan knows that by removing God's Barriers, he hastens mankind's destruction. For Bible has always said 'from the beginning', that man isn't evolving, but DEVOLVING, due to the Fall (Gen2:17's spiritual-death-causes-physical-death, writ large). The more he DEvolves, the more he credits himself as 'progressing'. Basically, the longer man continues, the more negative to God he becomes, en masse. That's partly why Bible spends time saying how long people lived, the idea being that the distance from the Garden will result in an increasing decline in lifespan. So, Adam lived 900 years, but the Apostle John died maybe circa age 100. Good-and-evil speed devolution faster than sin can. Good and evil degrade the soul, because they are substitute MORAL values (sin is merely a break, so can be healed). Just as cancer gradually degrades the body; just as initially, Adam's sin set in motion the body's degradation, so too good-and-evil 'beget' an ever-stronger perpetuation urge, in the biological makeup. It's like exercise: the more you do a given movement, the easier it is to do the same movement the next time, and the harder it is to counter that same movement, after much repetition. Only on the grand scale can you say that mankind's biology will progressively weaken to a point: beyond that point, it's no longer fair to impute a soul at birth. An individual has volition, and while he lives, he can say "no" to anything.

    In sum, Satan's good-and-evil plan is meant to destroy the human race, and has that effect. So on a deeper Trial level, God proves that the good-and-evil merit mindset can only be destructive, even if Satan didn't intend to wipe out all God ever touches. So, while I suppose we like Satan can rail at being patsies in this Titanic Trial between the Lord vs. Satan, look how we end up being made heroes -- well, if we want to be -- look how we ourselves get the Blessing Of Seeing how merit is not the issue, not good, not what God wants. But instead, Love. Rapport is what He Freely Gives Us. Just for the believing.

    Note how the two sides in the Trial, are demonstrated. God's no-merit arguments, produce happy people who of their own efforts, Want To Waste themselves, deeming what anyone would normally call "sacrifice", a pleasure to give away, Heb12:2. Satan's merit arguments, produce jaded people who of their own efforts, become frustrated; with the result that the only happiness they get, is to bewail themselves as victims, and to victimize others. You can't even hear the radio or television in America, nor look at any news on the internet, which doesn't howl about being the victim, or prowl for victims.

    All this Drama! Could what you believe have a bigger impact upon the human race? What A Paradox! A paradox, a paradox, a most amusing paradox! sang Fredrick and his nanny in "Pirates of Penzance". Here you are 21, but only 5! So, still under bondage to The Pirate King! Yeah, and God's Song of Doctrine frees you even while you stay chained down, nailed to a cross...whoo-hoo! So then you are rich even if poor, free even if a slave, high, even though low, child-bearing, even though sterile -- God's Alchemy, Diamonds from doo-doo! Isa54:1, sterile bears kids! Valley, exalted (Isa40:4)! Alive, even if he dies (Jn11:25)! Because, after all -- Infinity IS a paradox. Ta Panta, Everything high, Everything low, Everything good, Everything True: good truth, bad truth, any truth, because truth. For the Way the Truth and the Life was put to shameful spectacle; lifted up on the serpent so that even we menstrual rags, can be made Priest-Kings.

    So just as this webpage began with Moses leading out the people, even through this Year of Our Lord 2007, all history continues to be ONE BIG EXODUS. Come out of her, my people: come out of the seductive harlot and Be Born To Me, says the Lord. Mimmennu -- being BORN good-and-evil, now Be Really Born as only I, even I made you from the beginning -- I Who Made Your Soul At Birth So You Can Share My Thoughts! (Concatenation of many original-language Bible texts, like Gen3:22, Isa44:2, Ps139:14-17, esp. v16-17; Jer51:45, Rev18:4 -- OT translations mangle and reverse birthing verses, so you can't see the birthing wordplay on how your soul doesn't exist until outside the womb. Caveat4.htm has more info on that meaning.)

    So this constant warring, is like a classical Greek epic play series. Even what's banal, is dramatic. Real human history is thus a PLAY, for it is the TRIAL. Greek drama concepts were long popular worldwide, whether known as 'Greek', or not; what ended up being considered classical Greek drama during the "Age of Pericles" had roots going back to circa 3000 BC, and even before. All Greek plays were based on the premise that what happened on earth, was to play out divine intentions; to play out conflict going on 'above' man. Yeppers.

    Classical Greek plays were in sets/series of FOUR; kinda like our modern mini-series (Lord of the Rings, Matrix, Star Wars). Of course, the plots (and major subplots) of each play are intertwined inter-play, as well as intra-play. All gets resolved in the final play. At the beginning of the series, was a monologue which set up the plot; at the end, an epilogue which gave the moral of the story. (Greeks were big on bucking-up morals.) What follows below is but one configuration style of this play. God, being Infinite, is really playing in all configuration styles, none of them excluded, and none contradicting, yet all telling the same story without gerrymandering even a speck of dust!


    The Quadrilogy Of Lord vs. Satan, Our Real History

    Monologue: for us, the Old Testament (see 1Cor10, Heb1,4,11; 1Pet1:10-12); overall theme is the Initial Revelation Of Christ. OT itself is a series of four plays, all about the 1st Advent of Christ.

    Epic Greek play series usually end with deus-ex-machina, a mechanical device which hung above the stage; a human was put in it, and then lowered -- to depict a 'god' descending to help/save/reward the hero(es) in some key way. So, too, here: only this time, it's the Real God 'descending', get it? What in English we call "to save" really first means "to rescue", in Greek (sozo, sotereia). Classical ending to a classical play!

    All the New Testament writers use this Greek Drama analogy, and liken the OT as the setup monologue for the New. You won't be able to see it in translation, because Greek Drama stylistics and words are used to convey it. John's epic, choral style is marked. Peter uses some hexameter verse and likens our spiritual assets to the financial backing of a play; Paul likes the dramatic flair of actor speech, and loves making epic analogies to famous plots; the writer of Hebrews treats his whole letter as an epic play answering how the OT finds completion "with us" (Heb11:39-40, 12:23). Luke writes Acts in split-screen scenes (genitive absolute), showing how OT is fulfilled. It's awesome, how well intertwined the Greek Drama style is woven, in the NT. So the following plot divisions result:

    Notice how the pre-NT 'plays' parallel each of the NT plays' meanings, in this configuration. Notice what's missing: the Trib. That's an interlude between Play #3 and #4. RevPlay.htm blocks out four plays as well, differently configured from the above, except that it subsumes the Trib as the prelude to Play #4. In Revelation, Play #1 is Church, Rev 1:1-4:1; Chapters 4-5 are the Title Deed ceremony; 6 represents the same trends as happened since the Fall being ordained to continue in Trib. #2 is Trib proper, Rev 7-18, though the tableau sequences play paradigmally during Church, since Rapture can't be predicted (=Dan9:26's time character, mass politico-religious movements and persecutions, Israel being Out Of Contract because No Temple). #3 and #4 are Mill and the Eternal State, Chaps 19-22:5. Epilogue is #22:6ff, and is to Church. References throughout are classical Greek drama and tie-backs to OT references. There's nothing allegorical, secret, or "encoded" about it. It's very brash, maybe like the mime plays common in Domitian's day which ridiculed Christians, using heraldry in Rev4 (but derived from Eze1:10ff), etc.

    So Enter, NT play #1, THE SALVATION PLAY: just as the Greek play monologue was part and parcel of the play script, so too, here. Gospels link OT and NT together, and their 'time' (Bible keyword) is really still the OT covenant, Law of Moses. But also New, for Christ is ON Earth. So, a Nexus Man (God-MAN, get it?) in a Nexus Time in that Nexus Land which bridges three continents (God never misses a chance at punning), Israel. That's why Christ goes TO Israel, for He IS a Son of Israel. Its Foremost Son. To pick up His Bride. So, they gotta Vote on whether they will Accept Him as Messiah, a prophecy long foretold (and warned about) in the OT, i.e., in Dan9:25-26.

    So if there is a Trial, and merit is the Trial issue, and you believe in Christ, you also agree with God's 'side' in the Trial. THAT REMOVES YOU FROM THE STAGE. Whether you know it, or not. Doesn't matter if you know. Does matter how and why you choose. Hence, if you believe AND "x" verb, salvation is not legal, and you are NOT saved; and, you agree with Satan's 'side' in the Trial. Again, whether you know it, or not. So, if you ever believed AND 'did' something (walk an aisle, got baptised, made-Christ-Lord, blah blah blah) you're not saved, but FANTASIZE that you are. Slowly starving to death, with hell as dessert. (So merely, only, just BELIEVE in Christ now, if you ever combined "believe" with some other verbs, before. At which moment, you are forever saved: Acts 16:31, Greek.)

    Enter, Play #2, CHURCH FORMATION/WITNESS: this play has the opposite cast, and the opposite role, compared to Play #1. Here, the 'cast' is ONLY believers, so an unbeliever is cast in this play the very nanosecond he first believes in Christ, and is No Longer In Play #1 As An Actor (but becomes part of its chorus). This play is to God and the angels, not to mankind; so it is a Toward-Heaven Play, not a toward-Earth play. The believer is Snatched Out Of Satan's Kingdom, So Is No Longer Of The World, So Is No Longer An Actor In The World, But Rather a Citizen (Gk: politeuma) of Heaven. So, this Play #2 is 'in Heaven', even though the believer, like an emissary (Gk: diakonos, and sometimes, presbuteros), is still physically on earth.

    So Luke dramatically illustrates in his distinctive drama Greek (especially via genitive absolutes), that from the moment Church is born at Pentecost, Satan mangles Scripture to believers, i.e., to claim that you're spiritual if you're doing "works". Notice carefully how Luke's Acts descriptions are usually restricted to how believers interact (usually, they act stupidly); very little is said about interaction with unbelievers, except to witness Christ -- and even that, is initiated by the unbeliever or forced by circumstance (jailer, Paul's shipwreck). Moreover, the unbelievers are pretty much props, dispatched by God on 'errands' (like the Romans who saved Paul from the crowd, the Jews in court, etc).

    So note that when believers MISinterpret Scripture, they always go for visible stuff: works, political involvement, magical claims (cannibalistic interpretation of Eucharist), etc. Current subplots in this vein are sadly patent: prolife crusade, health foods (as if spiritual), magical/goofy fixations (tongues and healing, new-age), (in US) a constitutional amendment on marriage (guess God can't handle it, Himself?), etc. More will be said about the impact of being on the wrong stage, in Play #3.

    So what constitutes a HERO in Play #2, toward Heaven? The One Learning Christ, 2Pet3:18. This learning has no swashbuckling characteristics, for it is always below-radar: 1Cor12:23-24. Remember how God's part of the OT sacrifice was taken from the undesirable parts? The offal, the blood, the fat, kidneys, etc.? So too, the 'sacrifice' of the hero, is to 'do' what no one else wants: Learn Christ. That verse pair depicts the normal believer desires to be important, noticed, worthwhile. But note how the covered up parts are what reproduce: as my pastor has stressed many times, Paul is talking about genitals, here: translations euphemize. [Sometime in late 1999, or maybe earlier in the year, my pastor began stridently covering 1Cor13, because he felt he had miscast the role of Love in God's Attributes; and in the lead-up exegesis to that Chapter, he talked about the meaning of 1Cor12:19ff. This path led him to realize that "Love is the Integrity of God!", which from what I can tell on the internet and other research, is the biggest theological RECOVERY of what Scripture has been saying all along, since Canon was closed. ArchiDes.htm has details on that. Back to the passage: as is usual with Bible verses, there are many layers of meaning to 1Cor12:23-24. The one stated is but one layer, and doesn't preclude visible roles. Paul's first addressing the believer concern over whether their visible roles are good enough -- see the good-and-evil mindset? But on many other levels, like the toward God level, this verse pair demonstrates the essential Invisibility of what is the Real Spiritual Life: thinking Scripturally, toward God.]

    Enter, Play #3, THE EPIC EFFECT OF CHURCH ON HISTORY: all angels and all humankind are in this Play as actors, though the angels are invisible to man right now. Believers are the stars (bad or good), and unbelievers are those affected by the stars, even though as stars, believers aren't known. (Christ is risen, so believer importance is likewise invisible.) Play #3 is the amalgamated result of Plays #1 and #2, and is on earth. We know it as "history". The Crusades, for example, are part of an overall Play#3 subplot, the evil historical trends depicted (metaphorically) in Rev6-19, with emphasis on Rev17.

    Luke's Acts and the NT epistles (including all Revelation, in its post-Cross-historical-trend usage, though Chaps 1-3 are also literally applicable), tell us what happens, structurally: from 30AD onward, you see the growth of the Rev17 harlot: she starts small, in the Jerusalem church. Paul tries to fix that problem, though the Lord told him not to (see Acts 22, Gal1-2); so Paul gets beaten up, taken to Rome anyway. Schism! With the harlot gaining full ascendancy, by 300AD, and the four horsemen running throughout (Revelation). The pattern has not much changed. In the 1700's-1800's there was a remarkable surge of interest in God, worldwide: that's why we 'suddenly' found so many manuscripts (MSS), and Scriptural scholarship had great gains. But now, interest is really sagging. We can't even get the Gospel right! [All prophecy is double-entendre, dual-usage. Revelation is no exception. The current generation is to interpret the prophecy paradigmally, not literally. A parallel future generation is to interpret it literally. So too, when you look back at OT (or NT portions known to be past), you derive paradigmal lessons.]

    Closing play #4, God wins, Christ Returns to Rule and Finish the Trial: All of humankind, dead and alive, will at some point be onstage. Romans 8, much of OT prophecy, and Revelation 4+, tell this play. Romans 8 is the outline, Revelation 4 onward, becomes literal at the moment the Rapture actually occurs. At that point, eventually enough of Church, despite her inner harlotry tendencies to misuse Bible, will have grown up spiritually to "Pleroma" -- frequent Greek Bible keyword with pregnant-by-god overtones, i.e., in Eph3:19 -- so Church 'completes', and so the Rapture occurs (Rev4:1). Then the Tribulation begins (kicked off BY Rapture): a seven-year warning that Christ is Returning, just as promised in the OT; so the spiritual life reverts back to a mini-version OT spiritual (i.e., visible, ritual) style. Satan crafts a FAKE CHURCH to ferret out all real believers and Jews, in order to pogromize them; and, (ideally) to bring about his idea of the Millennium, before Christ returns. Now you know why a Fake Church (indicated in Rev17 by "mystery"+"harlot") is needed. Note there how it's always political control coupled with religious justification. In short, another Crusade.

    During this Tribulation time on earth, up in Heaven the Lord opens up His Title Deed to Planet Earth (Rev4-5). As a consequence, all those horrible warnings and angels flying mid-heaven, and witnesses, etc. occur. Greatest war in history occurs in the last half, because Satan doesn't succeed, so all he has left as a tactic, is to get everyone to kill each other: his motive is still to cause a MISTRIAL. See, God has promised Christ will return. If no one is left who wants His Return, or no Jews remain, then God 'failed' to keep His Promise. God promised to deliver the Jews in the OT, and He promises to bring about the Millennium, in which a sufficient "remnant" of Jews will enter. So killing everyone -- which God allows, k? -- means God is a Bad Ruler, so a MISTRIAL VERDICT should be granted.

    Finally, when it seems those few Trib believers fighting in Jerusalem will be overcome, the Lord Returns. We Church return with Him at His Second Advent, and a few of Church are onstage as Visible Rulers over Gentile nations, in the Millennium (the bulk of Church will be visible, too.. as underlings, a Testimony To Failing To Act in Play#2). Millennium is a kind of post-script, with reference to the Trial itself; creating the very world Satan had tried to make, so Satan is let out under what he considers ideal circumstances, to finally overturn the Son. By the end of the Millennium, after 1000 years of Perfect Environment (no hunger, no crime, no deprivations of any kind), much of mankind revolts! So, punning on Greek ending-drama vehicle of deus ex machina, Satan is released from prison to lead the rebellers to victory, but.. Ooops! it didn't work! Valhalla next gets burned up, a new universe comes into existence, and all believers and elect angels live happily ever after. Really, this time. No more fairy tails wagging man's motives!

    Revelation's Warning to Church: God is out to reproduce Christ IN you, not works by you. Every Greek quadrilogy ends with what they called a "moral", the message to live on in your daily life. In Revelation, that message is concentrated in Rev22:6-21, but also sprinkled throughout it and the rest of the NT: I come suddenly! Greek word "tachu", always mistranslated "soon" or "quickly" in English Bibles, means in Greek, "suddenly, next-in-sequence, without prior warning"; it's a military term. Sudden surprise is critical to sound military doctrine. Even more, to sound spiritual doctrine. We are to use this knowledge of the future, to discern Now what to avoid, where our lives Now are headed. Always context, context, context. For if you don't know where you are on the map, you'll drive to the wrong place. The right place for us Now, is Play #2. Toward God, not people. We see the disaster of to-people replacement of God as the Evil first commandment, in Revelation. That's what disbelief does, and why it disbelieves: one wants to be his own god, call his own shots, decide his own destiny. Yeah, and for rejecting having heard God, you get herded by Satan&Co., so still aren't 'your own', at all. We are not our own. So we don't live on our own. So we live on the Word. Not, on this world, and not on people's ideas. For they are being herded for the slaughter. So we groan privately; grow privately; get His Thinking privately; wait for the Deliverance of the Lord, theme of Romans 8.

    Epilogue (Rev22:6-21): Learn The Book! Doctrine is determinative. For, Doctrine is Christ's Own Thinking, hence Love (Rom5:5, 1Cor13:4ff.) Christ BECAME the Truth. Truth, stands. So Truth, successfully bore all sins. For, nothing can knock down Truth. So whatever flaws, whatever works, they all count for nothing. Truth IN you does the DDNA work, just as it did for Christ ON the Cross (and of course, before it). So what is Good, is to Get Truth Accumulating in you. Learning Scripture, living on Scripture (Matt4:4, again). 24/7. Even while sleeping, or brushing your teeth! What you think, not what you do. What you think, not whether you have a booger in your nose. What you think, not whether you have a fancy job, 'share Christ' in revival rallies, give away all your possessions, starve yourself for others. [See 1Cor13:3, though Greek kauthesomai (to be burned) was not in Bible (scribal error), but instead, kauchesomai, (that I may boast). Translations still haven't fixed this obvious error (the word kauthesomai didn't exist until the Byzantine era).] For, you are a Royal Priest under the King-Priest (theme of Heb5-10). So Doctrine is determinative, and nothing else. What you think from/to/about/of Him: that's the "sweet savor" to Father! [All websites amplify this paragraph, but links at pagetop perhaps best answer all potential objections which the mind will of course pose. Of them, DueDisclosure and Part III of the "Thinking" series are most directly on the Priesthood topic. DDNA covers the 'spiritual biology' of the Holy Spirit's Recombinant Nurturing Agency, His re-engineering and its effects in your soul, on your life, in the Trial.]

    So where do you wanna be, in this Merit-on-Trial you didn't create? You didn't ask to be a witness in it -- but you are. See the paradox? You didn't create yourself, nor your role, nor your importance should you desire it, to God Himself. Could you be more important, than to become through learning Christ's Thinking, a potential hero God makes? Nope. Did you create that status quo? Nope. But you have it. A Gift. No flaw in you (perceived or real) matters. No talent/ability in you (perceived or real) matters. No matter what you are/were/will be, whether axe-murderer or the most 'saintly' person who ever lived, Only what God makes of you, matters. Whew. What a relief. Now if a booger or a hair sticks out somewhere, you need not get 'anal', heh. So who's gonna make you? God.. or..you? Your sovereign choice, every second of every day, playing before God and His Angels, fallen and elect...