Kingdom Society Project

Kingdom Society Cover draft

  1. Foundation

    1. Character of Love

    2. Hope

    3. Revival

    4. Truth and Spirit

    5. Presence of God

    6. Laws of His nature

    7. Spiritual because of the Creator’s Spirit

  1. My Exposure

    1. Youth With A Mission

    2. Kingdom of God

  2. People

    1. Relationship Complexity

    2. Significance of Communication

  3. Scripture

    1. Written source of Truth

    2. Inspired by God, written by men

    3. Scrupulous handling

  4. Spheres of Influence

    1. Family

    2. Religion

    3. Business and Economics

    4. Education

    5. Arts and Entertainment

    6. Communications and Broadcasting

    7. Civil Government

  1. Principles of Liberty

    1. 1**God’s Principle of Individuality

    2. Christian Self-government

    3. America’s Heritage of Christian Character

    4. Conscience is the most sacred of all property

    5. Christian form of our government

    6. How the Seed of local Self-government is planted

    7. The Christian principle of Political union

  2. Laws of Reality

    1. Science and Art

    2. Moral

    3. Physical

    4. Matter

  3. Providential History

    1. Geographic Individuals

  4. Lifetystle of Faith

    1. The unmistakable and unavoidable reality of faith

    2. 2. The heavy power of faith

    3. 3. The right source of faith

    4. 1. The clear model of Abraham

  5. “Wholality”

    1. Liberty and Freedom*

    2. Unity with Diversity

Goal:

Non-fiction Book

Audience:

College age students and fans of iconoclastic theory

Preperation:

The original plan was to write 49 formal essays, 7 for each sphere using primary sources. But the conclusion I came to was that every source outside of Scripture itself is filtered through human reason and potential bias. So I plan to continue my research using Scripture as a primary literary source, and supplement it with modern “stumbled upon” discoveries of men. The essays won’t nessasarily be published, as they are more to immerse me in the content I want to write on.

Greater Vision:

As the educational degree has been the primary conduit for progress to be recognized by, I plan to use a method of self-education to acheive an equivelent accumulation of exposure to a particular area of study. I plan to use this book as the means to that end. Learning to write formal research essays, learning researching methods, and living in an acedemically-focused atmosphere, in addition to teaching in the K-12 school will give me apt experience to qualify for the equivilent batchlor’s degree. The devotion of self-education will be a method I want to promote as much as a personally embrace.

Personal Endeavor:

It has been for about as long as I can remember a desire of mine to pursue truth, whatever that is. But having grown up in church, I have been bored by religion, and am now desiring to encounter the Creator of the universe. I have taken up writing as a hobby, both fiction and non-fiction, with two article-publishing outlets, and a blog. It has been through these that I have been able to explore some controversial concepts about religion, God, and society. It is my belief that God is not done with reveal ing Himself to us, and if we as men, Christians, or citezen’s settle down into a satisfied state, then we will no longer be expectant for the realms of possibility that go along with a encounter-led life with God’s Spirit.

FOUNDATION

  1. Character of Love

    1. Jesus means new LIFE

  1. Hope

  2. Revival

  3. Truth and Spirit

    1. Truth

    2. Spirit

  4. Presence of God

    1. Immersion in Peace

This is the only kind of relationship that will really transform us. Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it.”

Timothy and Kathy Keller

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

(Deu 6:5) ESV

“God’s will done in God’s way will never lack God’s provision.”

– Hudson Taylor

Christianity is the most powerful factor in our society and the pillar of our institutions…it promotes and serves the public welfare; it upholds peace and order.”

Philip Schaff

  1. Character of Love

Revelations 2:4 references Jesus talking about man’s “first love”, and the significance of that love above the tremendous works the church of Ephesus had done. They lacked one thing: Their first love. It is reminiscent of the verse back in Deuteronomy 6:5 of the age-old commandment: “Love the Lord your God will all your heart, all your soul, all your might.” In Matthew 22:37, Jesus includes the term “mind” in the same command. In the days of the Israelite’s in the wilderness, God had made a whole way of life the His people. He gave them community, He gave them food, he gave them leadership, but he went further. He created for them structure, he gave them law, he gave them significance, purpose, and duty. It this place, a most sacred sense of the presence of God (or holding things sacred, and of reverence). But it was a purposeful reverence. Prior to these events, God had essentially the asked the Israelite permission to enter into a covenant with them. It was a long-term commitment, one the Jews did see see the immensity of in that day. But they had seen God’s “devouring fire” image of the glory

of the LORD on the top of the mountain (Exodus 24:17). They had all been with God in a very deep experience. In the case of Moses, we specifically see that God revealing Himself made a permanent, genuine, life-long change in Moses, though about a generation had passed in that process of transformation.

Look at the results of the Israelite’s seeing the evidences of God work in their midst. They took on a way of life consistent with the redemption they had in the heritage of their people. Their lifestyle was lived out often by faith. Of course, coming out of four hundred years of slavery would sustain habits of expecting food and meager accommodations, but their were always fed, and taken care of. They had no human king, dictator, president, or parliament – but God, and his prophet (who they knew as such). People were on almost equal terms with one another. What I collect from events of ancient history is that people were far more committed to spirituality. It also suggests a connection to the magnitude of events of different nations. But the difference in the nation of the Jews – their accounts are that YAHWEY Himself did the actions. Sure, man had acted out the directions of God in some cases, but it was God that defied the laws of physics…

What my ambition here is to make is beliefs determine the actions man takes. Ultimately, of the Creator of the universe. What other objective source is there out there to depend upon? What other entity has been present since before the heavens and the Earth? Lets take it down a theological notch. What about just trusting in something greater then us? Holding to something grander then ourselves, our company, cities, nation, heritage, or presupposition. What if the majority of the world being spiritual gives them a view into things has keep them reverent and adhering to the principles that their beliefs suggest as the application? Is life more then our biological, physical presence here? And if it is, should that not be the foundation of every detail of our lifestyles. Is separating beliefs from economy wise, even though Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines belief as simply a perception of the Truth, or a theory. It is not true that we all have belief, or to use another, term: faith, active in our lives somewhere? Is it even possible to function without faith? Acting on an idea requires faith that the outcome of that idea will be realistically with perceived boundaries.

    1. Jesus means new LIFE

For most who fall under the designation of “Gentile” (by Jewish terminology), the only way into the Kingdom of God is through His Son Jesus. But Scripture makes it clear that Jews are not exempt from going through the Son either. In fact, Jesus rebuked those who would otherwise throughly qualified to enter into the full Kingdom of God – but they submitted to the letter of the law, and not the Spirit.

  1. Hope

Finally, spirituality is the only place hope exists. This is not a physical, tangible object. This simple little word is the source of the perseverance of much of humanity.

  1. Revival

Revival has historically happened as individuals cry out for God to meet them. Revival is first and foremost internal. But sometimes it takes external experiences to penetrate internally. Revival means

God’s glory is coming to Earth directly. God alone makes this happen. Hearts feel it if they are, at some level, open to it. It is often fierce. The first revival was at Pentacost. Boldness and confidence were characteristics mentioned of those affected. Thus the church began. By fire from heaven. Scripture records three thousand came into the kingdom by their witness. No buildings, no liturgy, robes, pews – just an openly-present testimony of Truth front-lined by a follower of three years who

had betrayed his leader. His heart was already changed before this “falling of fire” event, but this fire and wind brought the capacity of boldness in delivery of his message. The Apostles (found in Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:14-19, and Luke 6:13-16): Peter, Andrew, James and John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon (called the Zealot), Judas (the son of James), and Judas Iscariot. They were brothers of an intimate discipleship, having a teacher, leader, and Messiah to unite them in a new way of life. Peter, having witnessed Jesus die and entombed, went back to his old profession: fishing. How would fishing spread the message of the Kingdom? The text doesn’t go into detail, but it appears he needed a little more leadership. Thomas still lacked faith after three years witnessing miracles and powerful words, he said: “…Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” (John 20:25b) Though Jesus said, “…My kingdom is not of this world…” He also prayed in another occurrence: “…I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15) Jesus has called His church to a higher standard….

  1. Truth and Spirit

    1. Truth

The truth is the theory behind it all. It is the framework, the form, the blueprint. It is the order that creation has been given. It is by itself quite extraordinary. It is so wonderful, in fact, that people have taken thier attention off of the Creation and adored the creation. Truth by itself, lacks depth, color, and vitality. It lacks life. For the Christian, Truth is understood by Scripture and revelation by the Holy Spirit. It the many laws that are exhibited on a universal plane. It is reason that is understood and comprehendable.

    1. Spirit

The Spirit is the animation of dry concepts. It is the application and full, successful purpose of theory played out. It is the color, the imagination, the mystery of life. It exists in every person, as every person has comprehension of a soulish expiernece in life. It is the free will that exists in God, men, and angels. That unique potential of moral growth or decay. The Spirit of God is the beginning of life in the Kingdom of God. It begins with fire. It begins with a encounter with something foriegn, wild, mysterious, adventurous, and incredibly intimidating.

  1. Presence of God

    1. Immersion in Peace

  2. Spiritual because of the Creator’s Spirit

The reality is, little can fall outside of the umbrella of “spirituality”. It began with the word of God, if you are of that pursuasion, and if not, then chances high that you believe in some other form of spiritual component that claims reality at a core level.

MY EPOSURE

  1. My Exposure

    1. Youth With A Mission

    2. Kingdom of God

    3. Kingdom Society Principles

The essential purpose of a holy lifestyle is that, by our behavior, we are to help define God to a world that does not know Him.”

Gary Ezzo, Growing Kid’s God’s Way

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Gil Bailie

MY EXPOSURE

  1. Youth With A Mission

I have come to witness a revolutionary atmosphere on the face of the Earth in my lifetime.

It began in late 2009. It began with a presence of an old friend on facebook, who I had heard was doing well. She began to tell me about the program she had gone through in this organization called “Youth With A Mission” – I had hardly heard of it. But I became interested due to the change I saw in her. I saw my first major obstical – $5200. In my current situation of working part-time, and in-and-out of community college, my bank account balance was not weighty. I became, realistically, doubtful. But as I talked with the school leaders over the phone, they told me to “go ahead with it”… I wasn’t able to raise the funds I needed, but I put my goal at getting to the school. When the time came, It was across the state for me, an exciting endeavor… I witnessed an authentic welcome, genuine people, and a deep sense of peace. I learned so many things that I assumed I would already have known having grown up in the church, as the son of a pastor. But I was seeing it laid out in a brand new fashion. It was a challenge, felt a discipline – but a good discipline. I felt challenged, and was at times tempted to quit. But something in me told me to finish. It was a lifestyle I was being introduced to, a fully-immersive way of life. Everything I am, every I do. It was here I found the beginning an intimate relationship with Christ I had not experienced before. I witnessed all my tuition money come in from an unexpected source – an example of the faithfulness of God, whom I asked to fulfill the need.

  1. Kingdom of God

I returned in the next season to my “neck of the woods” in Spokane Wa. I would spend some time with my grandfather there. I felt compelled to join a church I had visited a couple of times before. It was of the same Spirit! I witnessed a passion and a joy from Jesus that I hadn’t seen before, and the group were desiring to spread this passion and joy outwards. The sermons were “unorthadox” – of affecting the city of Spokane, of reaching out in the civil government, and the like. I would attend another school later on with “Youth With A Mission”, entitled: “School of The Bible”. This gave me depth of exposure to concepts of theology, church history, and philosophical principles. But the core was the same – it was Jesus. The main revelation was relationship with people. I took a year away. I fell back into the assumed activities of society, (keeping, of course, constant communion with the church), but lost the perspective of the immersive, intense atmosphere of this community of whose gaze is intimately locked on Jesus. Yet I found God at work in other places. God was moving powerfully outside of the box, I assumed was the force leading the pack. But even YWAM needs the help and support of the church! YWAM missionaries are not just appreciative of the prayers and support of the church – they need it! Yet God is behind all the help, inspiring those who choose to partner with those missionaries.

  1. Kingdom Society Principles

I came back to do another school. This school laid out the foundations of the pattern I had begun to see emerging. It defined the divine institutions of government: Home, church, and civil government. It was introduced that these principles uniquely present in YWAM, intense parachurch training organizations, and other small inititives that they are to be the standards of society. They are Biblical principles, used due to their explicit presence in Scripture – for which all Christians hold as the preeminent, binding policy of the Kingdom of God. Principles like Self-government (most closely related to “self-control”) the principle of respecting other peoples property, cleaning up after oneself, etc. Basic principles in theory, but society at large is not following the rules of which ought to be

learned at an early age. Due to the internal, self-government activity each individual operates in, very little external *civil* government is nessasary. There are no police or security on YWAM bases. There is, miraculously a trust that made among, staff, and students. In the circumstance of an infringement of these commandments, God actually convicts the conscience of the individual, and the individual makes

the situation right. See, the whole community of people love Jesus, and are spending much of their day learning about Him, talking with Him, and teaching through Him. It is only natural to let these

principles act out in the informal activities of doing laundry when the room is full, and no one has cleaned it. The individual loves others by cleaning up voluntarily for the next person. As these things were taught, I found I needed to make trips into town for dental appointments, mechanic visits, grocery trips, and a weekly commute to church. These succinct outings have always had an uncomfortable feeling for me, as I know I am leaving the warmth and security of the Christ-centered community, and entering “the world”. Even so, I notice the principles that are held as the rules in YWAM bases are standards that are much higher then the rest of “the world”.

I find myself now cleaning up restroom counter-tops subconsciously at restaurants, and collecting garbage from the ground as I see it. But is YWAM, or para-church organizations’ training programs the cause of this new moral sensitivity? Are these actions trained into the minds of missionaries, and Christians as a means of accomplishing their ministries? Or is the training a ministry Jesus is administering through different programs, as a means of opening up new paths for the TRUTH to spread wider. Virtues are taught in YWAM, and penalties are given for lack of cooperation, in rare cases – people are sent home. But much grace is given in the training, and the method from which we receive instruction more thoroughly.

PEOPLE

  • Constituents of society

  1. Cultivation of the Earth

    1. Existence and Life

    2. Elementally formed

  2. Kingdom Family

    1. Image of God

      1. Mind, Will, Emotion

      2. Free Will

    2. Restoring Relationship

    3. Two Sons

    4. Loving Restriction

    5. Danger of Eternal state

    6. Sustaining Existence

    7. Adoption

    8. Men, Christians, and Citezen’s

A society cannot be reformed unless it is first informed of what is wrong with it, what is right, and how to get the wrong put right.”

Vishal Mangalwadi

Here is an abstract of an essay I wrote entitled “Mental, Social, and Physical Well-being

What does the whole person consist of? Is he simply a mass of biological organs, endoskeletal frame, and a nervous system to sense impulses? What are the invisible elements? What part does the mind play, and how is the soul interwoven inseparably to both of them? How is a healthy lifestyle defined? Is a physically fit individual with little mental capacity and social interaction actually healthy? What does the Bible say regarding each of these elements? Finally, how do each of these very separate components actually work together seamlessly and efficiently without our conscience effort?

PEOPLE

  • Constituents of Society

It is individuals who make up society. They are the life blood, muscle, and imaginative genius that makes the different fields in society even worth it. People are the source of work, and the end users of it’s fruit. It is people who have the ability to react not only out of instinct, but reasoning, will and, subsequently, an emotional experience or nostalgia like no other living organism. All of the other biological kingdoms we call “living”, but our one human race has spiritual elements that we ourselves are aware of. The animal kingdom operates with “instinct”, meaning a pre-programmed set of responses, based on an action. Yet the variety of responses available is far beyond that of computer software. So much so, that we question whether animals have emotions after-all. And beyond them, the plant kingdom operates with less expression, responding exclusively on their environment, and those humans and animals it in.

  1. Cultivation of the Earth

    1. Existence and Life

Though apes have had a popular place in Hollywood films, apes have never really created their own civilization as we see them today. They simply continue to swing from limb to limp in the jungles, happily existing. People have advanced and cultivated the atmosphere of Earth, and in fact, the moon and space. Man has the exclusive spiritual capacity to know our own existence, the development of language, a civil organization of existence. Let’s make a distinction between “existence”, and “life”. Existence has the root word of “exist”, and referring merely to a state of being. There was a movie that came out a while back entitled “Source Code” in which actor Jake gyllenhaal played a “consciousness” trapped inside the ragged remains of a helicopter pilot. He was inoperable on the physical level – but he was unaware he was wasn’t “all there”.

There is something about man that is special. Ecclesiastes 3:11b ESV says “…He (God) put eternity into man’s heart…” But the verse doesn’t end there. It continues to state that “…so that he cannot find out what God has done from beginning to end.” The assessment that can be concluded here is the same factor that elevates us above the plant and animal kingdoms and enables us to observe and explore the cosmos is also the same factor that inhibits us from seems the full ramifications of God’s work from beginning to end. Now, it may be of interest to know what “…from the beginning to the end…” means in this verse. Is it the beginning to the end of human? Of Earth? Or does the verse imply the beginning to the end of God? In Genesis 1:26, and again in verse 28, God gave man dominion over: the fish, the birds, the livestock, all the earth, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Verse 28 repeats this while adding a significant factor: “…Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it…”

Are you seeing the pattern here? Many theory’s today are concluding man is to submit to the environment, and be dependent on it’s seasons, and elements. But what about the Creator scripture talks so often about in Genesis? The Creator created man and put Him in a beautiful garden.

    1. Elementally Formed

Here is the beginning of man in the record of Scripture: “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” Look at the pieces here: “…Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground…” This

implies that man was fully formed at this point, (made of Oxygen, Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen,

Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulfur, Sodium, Chlorine, and Magnesium – all elements presumed to still be in the Periodic Table today) and it is assumed from simple consecutive text that he was not moving. But is it possible to perceive in this verse that man could have been capable of moving at this

point (much like the animals were at this point), but because the breath of Life was breathed into him in the consecutive verse, we assume he first had not any capacity of activity at that point? My theory is

that man existed prior to receiving the breath of life. He was capable of doing all of the biological functions the plant and animal kingdom creatures were capable of. But God had a special purpose in mind for him. The text begins with God creating man in His own image. This, I take to mean capacity of reasoning, ability to originate action, and emotion in order to experience. And He had the second element of a person already: the human body. But one thing was missing. This “breath of Life”. What is it? His spirit perhaps? If so, what is that? The Greek word for wind is numa, and is often associated with Spirit. Interesting. Air is the real essence of a person then? Gas is declared as a “state” in the periodic table. We consider it apart of the physical realm. But what about this air was different?

My point is merely to make some interesting discussion of the internal element of man.

  1. Kingdom family

        1. Mind, Will and Emotion

Man began created by God, this is clearly the case according to Genesis. But why then is evil so quick to develop in the hearts of man. The question is raised: is God the author of evil? Let’s revisit the image of God: Mind, will, and emotion. Will, we said, was defined as the ability of a person to originate his own action. The options open to will have to be in multiple directions in order for will to be true. Part of the conscience built into man’s mind determines what is right and wrong. Reason precedes will here. An act without the knowledge of it’s being wrong cannot be called sin. Sin, therefore, has to be intentional.

    1. Free Will

So God created man, he created him in a state of absolute freedom. One command was given in “restrictive” fashion, but would not necessarily have felt to man as restrictive, since man knew only life, and relationship from God at this point. Such a command would have simply the response of “Yes Father.” Man didn’t have any reason not to Trust his Father God. Man chose to go against God, and in doing so, God had to find away to restore man to a state of relationship with Him, while staying perfectly just. John 1(vs. 1a,5) says …”In the beginning the word… and in Him was life, and life was the light of men… “…all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3) God made man through a person. Many theologians believe this to reference Jesus Christ. In John 14:6a, Jesus makes the statement: “…I am the way, the Truth, and the Life…” And again, the articulation of the Justice of God in the second part of the verse “…No one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6b).

    1. Two Sons

There are two states of existence:

    1. a son by creation

    2. and by adoption through Christ

But the story of the parable of “the prodigal son” makes it clear two sons who share the same father can have very different lifestyles. But it is a lifestyle of their own choosing. Son by Creation, and Son by adoption into the family by Jesus. The son by creation can be seen first in Genesis 10.

Nimrod is the first of men on the Earth to be called a “mighty man”. Scripture is vague as to what this meant, although it is clear he began many nations. Later, in chapter 11, the people gathered together, and they desired to make a name for themselves by building “a city and a tower…” (Genesis 11:4). God came to take a look at the activities of men, saw that these were simply the beginning of their plans. He foresaw that “nothing they would propose to do would be impossible for them…” (Genesis 11:6)

    1. Loving Restriction

God knew the potential of men. He knew they could begin to depend on their own might, and expand in pride so toxic to them that it would consume that… God knows man is powerful. But when man chose to seperate himself from the Father God by way of disobedience, God had to restrict the life they were able to intake. Remember back in the Garden of Eden, There are two tree’s mentioned that are

significant. There is The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the tree of life. God’s command in the beginning was simple – “…you may eat from any tree of the garden…” (I am paraphrasing). And the other phrase “…do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”, and with that the result of death. In Genesis 3:22, God reveals that eating from the tree of life had the result of eternal life. This verse also showed that there was the horrific potential of the tree of life to bring an everlasting life. But the danger God evidently saw was that the knowledge of both good and evil was unacceptable. It was not a wise option. So much so that He put a Cherubim (angel) with a flaming sword to guard the tree of life (Genesis 3:24).

God wanted man to experience eternal life, but not with the knowledge of evil. Yet he permitted man to remain existing. Perhaps God had plan right away to one day restore the access of the tree of life to men. During the night, a well-known Jew of the priestly title desired to learn from who he knew to be merely a well-known rabbi: Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said these words to the well-known Jew – Nicodemus: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5-6)

    1. Adoption

The concept of adoption arises many times in the New testament Epistles of Scripture. Paul, in the Epistle to the Romans, talked of a “grafting in”, a transplanting of sorts into the family God. There is literary symbolism in other Epistles of “Vine and branches” in which Jesus is depicted as the vine, and His followers are the branches. Other references identify fruit as an essential evidence of receiving life and nutrients from the vine. Fruit, in the context here is interpreted to mean “fruits of the Spirit”, and other specific characteristics Jesus clarified and demonstrated. But can fruit have a more general form? As men and women work the ground, take care of their families, preform in the streets, stages and sets, serve their fellow citizens in civil office or the battlefield, laboratories, or brain-storming the next stage of more efficient, and/or more comfortable technology – are they seeing their Father’s insight and lead as the exclusive progress made, or man’s progressive observations? Both methods originate from the Father aft all, but one is by direct source, and the other is as a legally blind man working with a good pair of corrective lenses. Man has been given some light, but it’s because the Father gave us the ability to reason, observe, and act in physical labor. Society is advancing forward, but for what purpose? “The betterment of mankind” – it’s circular!

KINGDOM SOCIETY — SCRIPTURE

  1. Written Source of Truth

  2. Inspired by God, Written by men

  3. Scrupulous handling

    1. Meticulous Translation

  4. Story of God’s interaction with man

  5. The Textbook of Home Education

“You may send your children to school to study other books, from which they may be educated for this world; but in this divine book they study the science of the eternal world.”

Rosalie J. Slater

Scripture can be understood only by the same spirit with which it was given.”

John Wesley

Other books for given for our information, the Bible (Scripture) was given for our transformation.”

Unknown

An abstract of an essay I wrote entitled “Validity of Scripture”:

The most scrutinized and critiqued book of all human history, the Judeo-Christian Scriptures is clearly unique. Based on the evidence of other human works, it stands out as clearly impressive. The author diversity, the time span, the different locations, the different language it’s been written in, and the meticulous translation it has undergone have, in part, led to it’s massively popular status. It’s apparent survival during attempted eradication’s have failed, and actually had and inverted effect. It’s influence has led to the transformation of not only individuals, but entire nations. The amount of original manuscript sources, the authentication from secular and religious individuals identify the book as a historically accurate. The presence of Jesus in the New Testament is the climax of the 66 canonical books, and has his teaching and life has led to an external religious following of now over 2000 years, and over 3 billion people worldwide.

SPHERES OF INFLUENCE

 

  • Simultaneous Revelations

  • Internal Revival

    1. S

      elf

      1. Self-Government

      2. Self-Contentment

    2. Family

      1. Divine Institution 1

      2. Developing Character

      3. Three Divisions

      4. Structure to liberty

    3. Religion

      1. D

        ivine Institution

      2. Conscience

      3. Three Divisions

    4. Business and Economics

      1. Three Divisions

      2. Subcategories

    5. Education

      1. Principle Approach

      2. T

        hree Divisions

    6. Arts and Entertainment

      1. Celebration Factor

      2. Three divisions

    7. Communications and Broadcasting

      1. Three Divisions

      2. A

        udience

    8. Civil Government

      1. Divine Institution

      2. Defining Government

      3. Three Branches

      4. Electorate Division

“As we came in and greeted each other, {we were friends for quite a while}, and I was reaching for my yellow paper that I had written on the day before.And he said, ‘Loren, I want to show you what God has shown me!’ And it was virtually the same list that God had given me the day before.Three weeks later, my wife Darlene had seen Dr. Francis Schaeffer on TV and he had the same list!And so I realized that this was for the body of Christ.

Loren Cunningham

SPHERES OF INFLUENCE

The spheres are external realities that are the result of man’s corporate presence on Earth. They are the logistical means of people functioning and operating in a physical environment. But are they apart of our eternal lifestyles? I think some are, but the real key is that we are spirit first, and physical second. This being the case, these fields can be implemented by man as man experiences an internal change, as begins to operate on Earth as a new man. It vision here is that for these fields to project the light of the Kingdom of God – the individuals in the fields must first be changed. Those individuals are the Life, blood, vision, and purpose of the spheres our society. When there is Liberty aflame in man, man is contagious with that same flame, and his thoughts, ambitions, and actions are rooted from that flame. The economy was never meant to run the welfare of mankind, man is to dominate the Earth and subdue it. Society is still operating by the standards of man, rather then the standards of God.

  1. Self

    1. Self-Government

  2. Family

The marriage unit of a man and a women constitute a complete family unit. Children extend it.

(refer extensively to “Growing Kid’s God’s Way”). This is the first exposure the individual has to a civil society. What is fostered in the family is exponentially spread in society’s spheres. Is the child seeing what a true man looks like in his/her father? Is he/she receiving proper nurturing from his/her mother? Civil government for the individual begins with the father and mother instructing the child by force. As the child grows and develops, a pattern will develop – and as the parents move from forced instruction to influential instruction, the child’s character is being developed.

  1. Developing Character

  2. Three Divisions

    1. Authority

    2. Covenant

    3. Obedience

Here is an abstract of an article I wrote entitled “Character Development”:

The development of character is the foundation of a person’s trek through life. It’s primary location for promulgation is in the home. The home rightly understands character from the image of God, the model for all existence. At the beginning of the family is the marriage, where the civil government structure structure is formed as a shared limited aristocracy. Right character development is in the methods used, and they come by the belief systems that are held by the parents, counselors, and mentors. Conscience is innately in a person by God’s design, but much of it’s function must be externally developed. Once the conscience is established, the character is sure to follow. And as a result of individuals with strong character, the family structure, and ultimately the society composed of the families will follow suit.

  1. Religion

Here is the institution of God for the fellowship, sharpening, and equipping of God’s children through “Holy-Spirit influenced” peace, direction and Truth. It is here that individual’s unite to see God reveal through His Earthly body, and to worship Him as a bride. The conscience is to be shaped here. Conscience be defined here as the moral framework of the character. There are two references made by this term. The Church is the universal body of Christ, around the world, of every age, ethnicity, and orientation. The core elements that unite them are what is written in Scripture, and the fruits of the

Holy Spirit as evidences of the Spirit inside. The church, is the local congregation of the body of Christ in a vicinity. It holds a more particular set of beliefs, or doctrines that better suits a group of people of

a more intimate setting. The history of the church begins with the event recorded in Acts 2. It is unquestionably characterized as an organization of individual’s filled with boldness, with hope, and with purpose. The church is properly to be composed of families voluntarily consenting to unite together in order to maintain an organic, natural collaboration of combined mutual relationships among families for support, and care. In the colonial days of America, it was the church that inspired the Patriotism among the people, and often taught on the structure of civil government.

But this sphere also includes those *prodigal* sons and daughters of God. It includes all forms of openly-expressed spirituality in society. Christianity is merely one expression that follows God’s correct intention, but others choose to genuinely believe in theism, agnosticism, or atheism in a multitude of ways.

  1. Conscience

  2. Three Divisions

    1. Evangelism

    2. Discipleship

    3. Mercy

Here is an abstract of an essay I wrote entitled “Faith, Hope, and Love”:

The moral principles defined in Scripture are a reflection of something that resonates deep inside each of our souls. Yet, these are principles that are understood as practical on a natural level as well. Faith is a vision of what is not yet physical reality, yet trusted on as if it were. Hope is the endurance factor to is somewhat attached with imagination. Love is that deep absolute, and universally recognizable force creates, rather then destroys.

  1. Education

The home, being the first place the individual is to experience the world, exposes him to a civil government construct – Mom and Dad. They are to instruct, discipline, and guide him with the support of the church. If the parents choose to place an outside individual or organization over the administering his character development and instruction, that individual or organization should partner with the parent to see that the parent is giving the character development, and the individual or organization is offering sound, Biblical instruction. Let’s be clear: ideas change the world. What is taught to an individual is what he carries into the economy, labor-force, and civil government. This is the expansion of the knowledge of the centuries of man to the next, current (and in some cases past) generations. The sources that are used to spread this vast plethora of knowledge must be sound, as it will show up later as those educated by it will rehash that same information with potentially the mixture of other-gathered information in the creation of a business model, invention idea, or educational curriculum. What a teacher says in some cases will surpass the word of the parent…

  1. Principle Approach

  2. Three Divisions

    1. Philosophy

    2. Curriculum

    3. Method

Here is an abstract of an essay I wrote entitled “Rise of the Universities: Part I”:

In the beginning, the knowledge of God was unavoidable. It was the only reasonable origin to observe. But as men took on the knowledge of evil, they begin to deviate from the clear evidence of God’s good direction and counsel. Religion has been a staple of human history. It permeated every aspect of life, right or wrong. Some religions were more theistic in nature, and other were more for

maintaining ethical standards. The documentation of objective laws will lead to respect for them. Religion has long ago began education, and advanced society as a result. And for a long time, theology was the pinnacle of educational subject matter. As science advanced, men looked to their own limited perspective to define everything in existence. The result is the limited reach of education into all of man’s abilities, including and especially spirituality.

Here is an abstract of an essay I wrote entitled “Approaching the Podium of Theology”:

Theology is a complicated word, let alone a whole field of study. It is essentially a subject of sacred things. But it has been given a bad rap as of late. The integration of religion has become common place, and even interchangeable. The distinction of God from religion must be made. What are the sources of study – who/what were their original others? What are the branches of theology? What are some of the points that are included in a the material? What are the implications of studying this material? How much of other fields of study potentially become relevent with the study of by God and the results effects of religion among men? Is there honestly any field that can interact entirely seperate from what claims the existence of man and the universe?

  1. Business Economics

It might seem that these two should be separated, and it wouldn’t necessarily be wrong to do so – but observe the mutual relationship they share. Historical events have long had technology advancing, and markets opening up as a result. Go as far back as the Hittites of Asia minor BC. They were advanced in their cultivation of horses. There was to become a market as (first of individuals near the taming), and then of nearby nations as they discovered that horses was a superior warfare tactic.

In our modern day, we see a multitude of subcategories with this sphere: Medicine, Astronomy, Labor and Industry, Transportation, Engineering and Mechanics, Information Technology, and Marketing/Stock exchange.

  1. Three Divisions

    1. Managers

    2. Innovators

    3. Labor Force

  2. Subcategories

    1. Medicine

    2. Astronomy

    3. Labor and Industry

    4. Transportation

    5. Engineering and Mechanics

    6. Information Technology

    7. Marketing/Stock Exchange

Here is an abstract of an essay I wrote entitled “Entrepreneurship Factor”

How does the entrepreneur affect society? What catalyst pushes him to pioneer the project that is in his mind? What constitutes the evidence of an entrepreneur? Where should he begin, and what foundations must be present? Is there an unwaveringly optimistic perspective in the entrepreneur? How significant is confidence and passion? Is there an element of entrepreneurship in all of us? What would happen if no one ever questioned the status quo?

  1. Arts and Entertainment

The stage of society. It was once street performers, Court Jesters, poetry, literature, and fine musical composition. The advancement of technology has heightened the stakes. Man looks now for

more to keep him entertained, and thus the industry has grown into the full-time field people make their livelihood in. In a field where the name of the game is “entertainment” (like any field after all), there is work that must be put forth. In the case of a career, stress to meet the deadline can make one’s dream lifestyle a day job. What other option is there, one might ask. “It’s just how the economy works in our fast-paced world now…” Well, I will admit that in our current state of get the job done, and get the paycheck, there is something lost in the passion and heart of many performers, or production studios. This field is quite wide and diverse now and includes such endeavors as: Film-making, video games, dance and choreography, music and mixing, acting, stand-up comedy, literature (now a broad scene of quality, and questionable textural content).

  1. Celebration Factor

  2. Three Divisions

    1. Director

    2. Performer

    3. Scripter

  1. Communications and Broadcasting

The field that is the face, and voice of society. It’s venues include: Television, Websites, Email, Podcast, Social Media, E-Publications, podcasts, Radio, and Newspaper. Our exposure to the society we live among is incredibly vast, yet so vast and immense is our exposure to “news” that what is “new” doesn’t stay new as long as it had in the past. Man’s growing dependance on the media has created a barrier between real-life like and “subjectively-real” life. “If it’s in the media…”, then it is probably right. Is there any department that insures that media sources are checked though, and full, unbiased information and facts are conveyed to the extent that outside viewers understand the situation? Should other nations be expected to receive the updates of a nations daily function? Did God ever work to unite nations in an intimate union? Should the peasants know of the kings daily activities in the palace.

  1. Three Divisions

    1. Language

    2. Communicator

    3. Medium

  2. Audience

Here is an abstract of an essay I wrote entitled “On Communication”:

What is language? What is it’s purpose? What laws govern it? Do individuals learn language by “pragmatic” means, as a result to a social/applicable end? If so, what quality of vocab do they have? And what source do their definitions derive? What determines a good definition? What benefit to other languages contribute to a language? These questions concentrate focus on man’s understanding of the methodology of communication – the “vehicle” of interaction in society. Why are human definitions not absolute? And finally, what is Truth?

  1. Civil Government and Law

Our present society sees the civil government as the face of the nation among the nations of the Earth.

If our civil government is is disarray, corrupted, or in debt – then the nations individuals feel disgraced, or misrepresented. But What is the real purpose of government? Webster’s 1828 defines government as “Direction, Regulation, Control, Restraint”. The function of a proper civil government should be to maintain order in a good, and mechanically sound machine. What should this look like in a society that is functioning out of solid moral principles. How much funds should be applied to executive,

criminal force, or court systems?

Civil government is best applied in the local community that it is located in. In Exodus, in the wilderness, when Moses was leading the Israelites, he had been handling disputes for all of the people. We are talking about several million people by this time. (Exodus 18:15-25) Jethro, his father-in-law made a suggestion for him as to a proper management hierarchy. He suggested to have big disputes be brought to Moses, but little ones to be decided among themselves. This is essentially the concept of state, or provincial government. In the U.S.A. There are three levels of civil government: Federal, State, and local (and even further if counties are included). The Federal civil government deals with major threats, and inter-state obstructions. But even at this level, state police databases are shared openly with other states in order to bring criminals to justice. The key of civil government is protection. Protection of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (or property). State civil government oversees the inter-city transportation (state-patrol). Local city police oversee criminal activity of the city, and learn the locations of repeating offenses. But what is missing here – have I left anything out? Shouldn’t the police be have a presence if there is little or no criminal activity in the community? What about the accidental incidents of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. What about the potential occasion where an intersection light breaks down during rush hour traffic? Is it to be left at an unspoken “yield to oncoming traffic, and proceed with caution”? What if the police officers of our cities can be reduced down to part-time, or an on-call status? What would the character of the average Joe have to be? It would have to be at the level of the individual, and it would have to be a deep, and sincere transformation.

    1. Defining Government

    2. Three Branches

      1. Legislative

      2. Executive

      3. Judiciary

    3. Electorate Division

Here is an abstract of an essay I wrote entitled “Essence of Civil Society”:

The nature of civil society roots back to the fundamentals that constitute human relationships. It is a reflection of the image of God that He created man and nature in. As man has been given the free will to take dominion over the Earth, society has taken the shape of the beliefs he holds. Civil Government then, is an outer shell that seeks to regulate and protect the internal workings of society. Throughout history, different forms of government have formed, and seen failure. Ironically, it is the ecclesiastical structure of the Christian system that saw the greatest prosperity and success in governing people. The conclusion that the moral principles that all people were created with to live by should not be surprising. The Bible is not a book of religion any more then men make it. It is the words of God spoken in man’s language to communicate their highest prosperity.

Here is an abstract of an essay I wrote entitled “Nature of Society”:

How did society rise? What are the components that make it up? If God created man, then why is there a horizontal hierarchy civil structure over our present social institutions? How much significance does free will have in the whole ordeal? What did John Locke and other significant historians have to say on the subject, and what precedents had they set that remain unquestioned? What is Objective Truth and what is it’s impact on mankind – do beliefs really shift social tectonic plates? Finally, how has the different branches of Civil Government arisen?

PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY

  • Definition

  • Nature of God and Man

  1. **2God’s Principle of Individuality

    1. Christian Individuality

    2. Geographic Individuals

    3. Chain of Christianity

      1. Shaping Social Structures

      2. Bible Translation

      3. Shaping Civil Government

      4. America Declares Herself and Independant Nation

  1. Christian Self-government

    1. Knowing Truth

    2. Following it

  1. America’s Heritage of Christian Character

    1. Virtues

    2. Faith

  1. Conscience is the most sacred of all property

    1. “Consent is the title to the property of Conscience”

    2. Property

    3. Stewardship

    4. Divisions

  2. Christian form of our government

    1. External format

  3. How the seed of local self-government is planted

    1. Internal to External

    2. Demonstrating the effectiveness

  4. The Christian principle of Political union

    1. Unity with Union

PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY

  • Definition

Webster’s 1828 definition is (in part): A cause, source, origin, or foundation of a thing.

Pretty clear. Its where things advance from. Definitions are beneficial as a means of language usage. They clearly give boundaries for the correct usage of a word. They are also going to be imperfect. Words in our modern languages have words that derive from older languages, and definitions have arisen as a result of bringing clarity into our language. Though imperfect, using words for which we understand the concept behind can greatly improve the efficiency of communication.

There are three concepts that I will mention here that mysteriously show up to some extent, all over society: Philosophy, Method, Curriculum. Philosophy is the reason why something is, or the motivation for a given action. These show up anywhere from an organization’s mission statement to the doctrines of a particular church denomination. Method then is the procedure or style of application of the material, or evidence being presented. It is the messenger of the sent package. Finally, the Curriculum is the material itself. It’s interesting to acknowledge that on the surface, all we directly see is the curriculum. But, upon observing further, we may discover the care and sensitivity that went into it’s delivery. When a husband loves his wife, it will take more then those words for it to be received genuinely. Has society largely stopped here. Let me reiterate my position of a society change in this book: I believe this CANNOT happen by our external actions. As an individual experiences an internal liberty – he expresses it into society in the field or trade he is in. But it should not spread as a result of his spreading it, rather it should begin naturally in the hearts of each individual – and externally-expressed liberty will be mutually reinforced, and old principle completely die, and new principles are founded to build upon.

  • NATURE OF GOD AND MAN

But look at the first just before in Genesis 1:27, God created man in His image. It would be wise to define what God’s image might be here. It has become clear to us in our modern age (thanks to 2000 years of theological analysis), that God’s image is not so much His physical shape, but His nature of existence (what elements make up who He is in essence), and His character (what He chooses to do with His nature). God has more features of nature then we do of course, but God chose to make man with a very risky attribute – one that would complicate events of history exponentially: Free will. Free will is our capacity to originate our own actions. But with such an ability, man needs to have options to chose from. God thus gave man the mind.

Science has not been able to articulate precisely what “the mind” is precisely, since it includes elements that is somehow not exclusive to the mind. Never-the-less, this includes a couple of powerful tools: Reason, and Logic. These may seem interchangeable, but literally, (according to Webster’s 1828 dictionary) Reason is the act of thinking with principles determining a conclusion. For reason to work, there must be source material – this, I submit to you, is Truth. It has to come from an external location, outside of ourselves. We may use our five empirical senses to receive Truth. Let us define Truth here as “the correct description of reality”. But where there is Truth, there can be Deception. I define deception here as “the incorrect description of reality”. We receive these easily, but whether we chose to use them is up to us. Logic is the process of using reason to line conclusions up in an appropriate order. There is a third tool: the conscience. This has been called a function of reason. Webster defines it simply as an ability to know right and wrong innately. I will venture here and define it as a storage capacity for moral virtues. Dr. Ezzo, in “Growing kid’s God’s way, calls it a “Moral warehouse”. He states there is both an in-born component, and a trained component.

Let’s spend some time discussing Truth reception. External reception, by our own

empirical senses: touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing, if we’re honest, must acknowledge that the scientific method works exclusively from these inputs. It observes people, places, and things in their present state. It can predict the trajectory, pace, and form leading up to said objects present state. It observes behaviors and outcomes, but not principles, motivations, or origins. Those facts received, I believe, can be converted into data that our reason and logic can work with, but this is still a “secondary source” of truth reception. Internally, we may receive Truth or deception – and these from God or the enemy. These two sources exclusively can place thoughts in man’s mind (I believe true “inception” is impossible – man’s tree will is never compromised. These can come in the form of thoughts, dreams, visions, resurrected memories. These facts can then be analyzed by conscience, reasoning, logic, and the Holy Spirit (if He dwells in the individual). Since Scripture was inspired by God, it is exclusively a book that transcends the cumulative acquired knowledge of man, and thus, it stands beyond the need of analysis of by the scientific method. These tools compose *generally*, the mind.

Laws of physics can be observed by the scientific method, but laws of morality are internal only, and thus must be assessed by God, who alone is: Spirit, and out of our world, free of all bias, opinions, or presumed ideas. Society operates with the laws of morality internally, insinuating the desires, intentions, and motivations and with the physical laws by what is interacted with on the surface. The spiritual realm is the whole of everything in existence, since everything is controlled by spirit. The physical realm is only what is on the surface.

Finally, the final component of God’s image imparted into man is: Emotion. It is an interesting deposit, many may say, as it is a post-application of the decision-making process. Yet, try to imagine life without this feature. It is our ability to experience the delicate, sensitivity of internal attributes of life. There would be no joy, no sadness, no boredom, no excitement nor exhilaration. No celebrations, or grief. It is these experiences of life that we are able to relate to all people with on an inner level. It has the potential to bring us closer in relationship. It prohibits us from being mechanical (yet consenting) entities.

  1. God’s Principle of Individuality

    1. Christian Individuality

      1. The Christian Idea of Man and Government

In an essay I wrote entitled “Essence of Civil Society”, I identify the image of God and man:

“By God’s very mouth, He declares that He made man for His glory. In the Beginning, He created him from the dust of the Earth. (Gen 2:7) While all the physical matter of the universe was created prior to man, He gave to man the dominion over all of it. (Gen 1:28) God had something special and unique in mind for man. He had made him in His very image.(Gen 1:26, 27; 9:6) Surely God was not referring to His physical form, which is displayed figuratively in Judeo-Christian Scripture for the sake of His finite audience. Rather, I believe He was referring to His non-physical nature. His mind, for which He can reason, image, be aware of himself and God, remember, and hold a conscience. His Will, which enables Him to carry out an internal idea on a reality level; and Emotion, which brought feeling and experiential capacity into existence. These Scripture refers to as: Mind, Heart, and Soul. (Olson 2) From these essential endowments of nature, we see all of society in submission to. In fact, it is by these that man is able to relate with God.”

      1. Two political concepts of man: Pagan or Christian

At the core of man is the controversial component of free will. It either makes or breaks the freedom of men. By the Christian perspective, man is perceived by the Biblical definition, having been created by

God in His image, and being reconciled back from sin that he committed to God through the sacrifice of Christ. Thus, the state is made for and by man for his benefit. By the Pagan perspective, man is seen as a piece of the whole. A part of the greater mechanical precision of society. Man is subject to the state, and must submit, or suffer the legalistic penalties associated with techical violations. No comprehension of deeper principles of mankind are taken into consideration, but rather, civil governing institution has authority to determine what is best for men. It is the pagan motto that says, “man is the measure of all things”. In an essay I wrote entitled “Rise of the Universities: Part I”, I examine the sad divorce of Christianity and higher education:

Christianity, having originated from Judaism around 33AD made a substantial impact on the western world, and later the religion of Islam would follow in it’s footsteps. The teachings of Jesus were marked by a boldness and “having authority” (Matthew 7:21) The external religion of Christianity has so much of an interwoven fabric with education through it’s existence, that education would be a far different beast then it is today, and undoubtedly less civilized or advanced. At the heart of the Judeo-Christian religions is a sacred text. And, though the other religions relied heavily on the written word for a solid basis for theology and religious tradition, Judaism and Christianity had a solid concept of one God, and a Law that was to be extended into all functions in life.

    1. Individual Sovereignty

The most rudimentary picture we have of sovereignty is in the God. He exists without dependance on anyone or anything. By this picture, man have a framework to live by. But for men, there is dependance on one premise: God. From the Biblical picture of man in the Old Testament, and the Christian picture of the new man in the New Testament, man is instructed to live in obedience to the will of God. But because of the deep love of God, this is an option to man by will free will. God will let men see the consequences of decisions against His instructions. The principle component to be observed here in compressed form is Self-Government. Men have been given the capacity of choice. Though God has given them life, physically, mentally, and spiritually, man has been given the position of government over himself. In my essay “Essence of Civil Society”, I write on the Self-government of man:

In God, all members of the society were perfectly outward focused. They all had an abundant love for the other persons of the Godhead, or Trinity. As the rudimentary image of creation began at the words of God, we see it’s prefabricated image already functioning in His very nature. Society, according to John Locke, in his Second Treatise of Civil-Government, begins in the revolutionary concept of “the state of nature”. By this, he meant that all men were equal in creation, and to submit only to the “Law of nature”, which we understand today as physical and moral laws. All had no one but God over them. God had created man in the garden, and man had only known that relationship; yet God had saw that this was not good. (Gen 2:18) At the ground level, mankind began as an individual – governing himself.”

    1. The Representative Principle

Representation has at it’s core the element of consent. In a social structure of any size or expanse, representatives are rightly chosen to represent the greater population; who more thoroughly apply their energies to govern the populace. The 3rd of the 3 methods of nation making is deemed the “English method.” This is the first expression by men to represent social units of people with warfare actually being optional. Diplomatic negotiations allow for peaceful alliances to be made, and for society to function with diversity amongst an objective unity. While this occurred in England, it happened by accident. Before it happened in England on an external, national level, it happened in the organic,

natural function of the Kingdom of God on Earth among Christians. And prior to Christianity, it was witnessed as far back a Moses, when in the desert, he let the people chose representatives for themselves, and his duty would be to handle only the most pressing of situations. It is a very intelligent method of handling matters, and suppressing stress.

    1. Geographic Individuals

      1. Christian Geography

Asia, the continent of origins. Europe the continent of development. And America, the most complete expression of Christian civilization. The history in the first two is given the archaic term of “the old world”, while America is exclusively termed, “The New World”.

Asia is the land from which ancestors of all mankind find their origin. It is the land of Adam, Noah, Cain, Lemech, Nimrod, Abraham, Issac, Ismael, and Jacob, who was later renamed Israel. By these names, we understand much of Biblical history. But from the son’s of Noah, we are able to follow the genetic diversity as they made their separate ways in all the Earth. It is the most vast of all the continents. It is called the “Cradle of man’s moral nature”. (T/L 150) Europe, called “continent of development” has the most activity in terms of development of the Christian religion, and consequently, western development.

Ironically, it has been credited to Europe the success and prosperity. It was here that sophisticated education, (or atleast the internationally-excepted standard) developed, and largely due to the church holding on to language during an era when much of society was in great upheaval. The Catholic monks in the monasteries held onto the written Scriptures, literary prose, litergies, and moral traditions that essentially restarted civil society. Finally, A select group from England, having the Spirit of God burning in them, felt the pressure of an external “ecclesiastical institution” to be burdensome, and chose to escape for their freedom in fellowship as believers. They moved from England to Holland, and from their eventually to America, and then purservered to see, after a very miraculous generation, prosperity, and to the grand comparison of the external structure attempted in Virginia. By the heroic endeavors of the Pilgrims, America actually saw 150 years of self-government, with very obvious prosperity and growth.

      1. The Continents of History”

The strategy God had intended in the spreading of the Gospel was both including individuals and nations, paganistic, or obedient. Israel begins the strategy with the tablets of stone containing the moral law of God. Israel would then be a representative nation to her neighbors for centuries. Greece begins to develop later on, and shapes simple forms of arts and entertainment in society. They pursue excellence in all they do, though with no objective standard for what excellence is. They develop concepts of philosophy, logic, and simple civil government organization. Their language spreads

throughout much of the world. Rome, having risen from meager foundations, by means of domination over their neighbors, expands to dominate through conquest.

Their staple feature is glory; warfare meant glory and possible riches. Military tactics and structure propel Rome into a blood-strained victorious rule. An empire of brutal, prideful architectural prominence ascends to the height of world power. “The glory of Rome” rules in constant conquest-driven civil peace. Christ incarnates in Israel during the reign of Rome. But Christ deposits a new internal Spirit in individuals. Now Christianity is a growing Kingdom unto itself, with a law written internally on hearts, and a conquest for souls, fought not with physical weapons, but words, relationship and unconditional love. Europe suffers tremendously from a war-torn remnant of Rome in the west. Barbaric tribes fight and literature is largely forgotten with no dependable peace to ease the nerves. Remnants of Christ’s Kingdom cry out in dark times for a Biblical standard and return to Biblical morality.

As an external religious tradition dominates the region, Europe’s landmass being close political boarders provoke desperate Christians to evacuate to a new land; a new world. Across the ocean, individuals discover a measure of freedom. A self-government is implemented in towns and local communities. The separation of powers of government help foster a more solid, community-aware civil government. But this community has now a government from within, and a King supreme above, leaving little room for an external, human civil government. But mountain crags hold the colonists

from at bay until they are confident enough to conquer the wild and mysterious unknown.

      1. America reserved by God

When Columbus first encountered the America’s in 1492, it was by accident. He had incorrectly believed it to be India, his original destination. His exposure of the new continent led later Spaniards to penetrate the continent, and “Christianize” it’s inhabitants. While this was clearly not the real method in the Kingdom of God, it did do much to end the grotesque paganism that was practiced by the indigenous people there. Later as John Smith was named as part of the governing council, plantation became the all-consuming enterprise. The harvest of their crops were so important, that the location and importation of workers/slaves itself became a business. Jamestown Virginia was a charter held in high anticipation by the investors back in London, but the reality is, it saw more failure then success. At one point, they entered into a season called, “The Starving Time” in which the already limited harvest produced even less crops, and the 500 people living there dropped to around 60. The tragic story of the treasure hunters among the Native American’s is further problematic when considering the their interactions. Thier civil government structure is difficult to swallow as well, since a caste system was in place. There was a high class, and a worker class. In many cases, individuals of high standing and reputation actually appointed themselves authorities, and imported slaves and workers were branded as less then other men.

In 1620, after a long, and undoubtedly tiresome journey across the Atlantic, in addition to the pervading hardship of locating work in Holland. The Pilgrims, originally from England, had made an risky excape to Holland in hopes of securing religious freedom for themselves, found the atmosphere in Holland to very oppressive to their Christian fellowship. It was then the agreement of the church congregation to secure a charter for the America’s. Their trip brought them North of their destination to Plymouth, in New England. This brought them concern, for they had no external government to govern them. Upon discovering this, the whole crew of the ship (102) consented to an agreement to govern themselves. This was the famed “Mayflower Compact”, and it sets the stage for the future

prosperity that is to be eventually seen in America. But Prosperity did not happen immediately, and that first winter, half of the crew actually died, yet later, when a ship offered them a trip back to England, not even one got aboard. The Pilgrims established simple civil government system, with a governor, and community members supporting each other. The Pilgrims adopted much of their methods from the Bible, and such is stated in their Mayflower Compact. But from the account of William Bradford, the Pilgrims were a very optimistic group, even when food was intensely scarce.

The Pilgrims are credited with preserving the Christianity that had transformed Europe in the continent of America. The evidence of their character is evident in many cases, such as the comparison of the plantation of Plymouth with that of Jamestown Virginia. Another miraculous circumstance is the longevity of the people. There are people said to have made it up into their nineties. This was simply unheard of in those times. Something special happened in that special place the Pilgrims cultivated. But more importantly then the crops, the Pilgrims real goal was to produce a legacy that their posterity could benefit from. The Pilgrims raised their children with solid Biblical character. Self-government was a system in function for about 150 years. Revivals took place beginning in the 1730’s, and revival is the outward expression of people desperately crying out to God. By the time of the Revolution, American’s had grown to a population of about 3 million people, and developed quite a unique culture from that of Europe. While the 13 colonies were distinctly different, the actions of certain key individuals promoted a unity in the Americans, not out of distain for the encroaching British, but in principles. Samuel Adams set into motion the Committee’s of Correspondence, and word spread of principles of government, and a cool, calm understanding swept through as much as half of the colonies. The diverse colonies were now in communion with one another on objective principles universal to all men, as creatures of God.

      1. One Indivisible Republic

It took the spread of Christianity over the course of over 1500 years to produce the American Republic as it originally was envisioned. America, which was first simply a continent, was providentially preserved for Christians to inhabit it, and establish an external government structure that was revolutionary up to that point. It was self-government. People voluntarily agree to govern and take care of one another, by the principles laid out in Scripture;

1) that God created all men, each with a unique design and abilities,

2) that property may be exclusively owned by the individual, and

3) that government is for the benefit of man.

  1. **The Chain of Christianity

    1. Introduction

The Movement of Christianity originates with Christ, as the name implies. But Christ originates from God and is God. The image of Christ is a mirror of the Father – The Ancient of Day. The story of the Gospel of redemption has roots leading far from the present understanding of the incarnation of Christ on Earth. The real gem is found in the Father not only speaking, but demonstrating the message of redemption and restoration to the men of Earth since their erection from the dust. (Genesis 2:7) The Law of God was given to the people of Israel, a name literally meaning “wrestling with God”. This group of people witness a full exposure of the riches of the Earth, but repeatedly chose what others had,
and disregarded their God, who brought them into everything they are as a people. Their heritage unwaveringly roots from God’s repeated hand in their midst.

But God had always meant for all men to experience the redemption and restoration back to Himself (Neander 1). By the prophecies leading up to it, the Messiah was born in Israel. He demonstrated a Kingdom of God that was in no way exclusive to the Jews, but rather dispersed out of it due to the Jews’ rejection of it. At the moment of Pentecost, while 70 followers of Christ waited on God to release His Holy Spirit, the fire then did fall. From the outset, 3000 were transformed, and dispersed to their place of origin, as they had made a pilgrimage for the festival of Passover. The empire of Rome was unaware of the pandemic they were sitting on. At first, Rome attempted to persecute “the way”. (Acts 19:9, 23; 24:14, 22) Later, as the structural integrity of the empire fell, Christianity became the cornerstone and capstone of the empire. The spread of the true Kingdom of God was given to the

people of Earth, as they submitted themselves to the Holy Spirit. This is the story of an energy from the very heart of God delivered in loving affection of His creation.

    1. Creation

It began in with God. He who is called Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. (Rev 22:13) The most scrutinized volume of literature in history (Markeli) reiterates creation in John 1 of it’s New Testament section. It was here that God created man in His image. (Gen 1:26-27) It was in the Garden that man chose to rebel against the instruction of God, his Creator. (Gen 3:6) It was here that God determined that a restitution was necessary to restore to man what he had lost. Out of His immense benevolence, God inhibited man from living in a perpetual state of wickedness. (Gen 2:9; 3:22, 24)

    1. The Law

The Man Moses was called out from the land of Egypt, having a miraculous story of Providence from birth. Born of the tribe of Levi, he had a special spiritual allotment to come near to the things of God. In leaving his home of royal prominence in Egypt out of fear for his life for a crime of murder, God had a plan to bring out of him something he couldn’t have imagined for himself. God captivated him by engulfing a bush in flame that did not consume it. In approaching, God voices that this is holy ground. Here Moses first encounters God, and Moses sustains a substantial fear of the LORD. God asks Moses to reenter the land of Egypt, where his ancestral brothers are enslaved in heavy labor under the hand of the oppressive Pharaoh. Moses approaches Pharaoh with God’s decree, and when Pharaoh refuses, 10 plagues of miraculous demonstration of God’s wonder are released on the people. As the tenth plague emotionally traumatizes the Pharaoh, (having lost his first born son, as all Egyptians had) he lets the Israelites go, only to come to his senses and pursue them by an aggressive army of chariots.

The acts of God escalated at this point, pulverizing the stubborn Pharaoh and all his army in the waters of the Red sea as they followed the Israelites into the standing ovation of the waters. Moses led the Israelites into the wilderness, bringing them under the direct providence of God, witnessing miracle after miracle. The culmination of which was God bringing the people into a divine marriage ceremony, complete with sights and sounds typical of a life-altering event. (Exodus 20:18) In this moment, God released the laws of morality written by his very finger on tablets of stone. Later on, the laws of the Covenant were read to the people, and blood of the sacrifice was thrown on the people as an act of consecrated. They had partaken in a divine rite with God, and Covenanted themselves to Him.

    1. The Gospel

The Life and message of Jesus, born in Bethlehem, raised in Nazareth, yet pronounced the Son of God,
by historical accounts, as well as Scripture reference is the sum measure of the Gospel. The life and message of Jesus however, is much more then meets the eye. His life is a mirror of The Father, the Creator of all existence. (John 5:30) The power is then by the outward demonstration of an inner transformational design to be consented to. Dr. Augustus Neander, in his Memorials of a Christian Life says “the gospel… revealed forth the principles of Him who called them out of darkness into His marvelous light…” (Neander T/L 1) It is an ancient message of not only redemption from out of slavery and bondage, but a gateway into wholeness and freedom. It releases man into his intended design, to live in harmony with God, living by his Creator’s design parameters. In typical Hebrew literary fashion, Scripture reiterates this concept unceasingly.

    1. The Pagan Nations and Christianity

The stark contrast of the mindset of the pagan nations and of the movement of Christianity is clearly expressed by Neander, in his work Memorials of a Christian Life. Christianity takes hold of the individual at such a deep level, that it “…can satisfy the higher necessities of the inner man.” (Neander T/L 1) The Romans held a very different deistic view then the Christians. They carried over the religion of the Greeks and merely translated the names, and customs to suit them. Their mentality was that religion was to supplement the state, and that civil law was supreme. It was from this mindset that they considered Caesar to be lord. The Roman citizens, desiring not to upset the ruthless Roman authorities, ridiculed the rise of a religion that rejected any lord but Jesus. The larger dichotomy is in the philosophy of life in the end though.

    1. The Character of the Greeks

The Greeks exhibited a brilliant image of beauty, it cannot be denied. They elevated excellence to the point of idolatry. Men were perceived to take on demigod status by their performance in battle etc. Their lofty view of deity may have led to their powerful presence on Earth. While both militaristic and philosophical advance was alarmingly advanced, the dysfunctional state of their race was substantially limited by their separated city state partitions. Sparta, with it’s exclusively military-driven culture, and Athens, with it’s attention to a more diplomatic nature. While there was a compromise made during the Trojan wars against the Persians, the integrity of the race fell as the two fought against one another in the Polynesian war. They excelled greatly in their philosophical perception of the world, but they lacked a solid truth to validate their conclusions by, or premise to base their presuppositions on. Their in prominent position in history remains, perhaps because they were the first to stumble upon the concepts of modern science, but it doesn’t mean that the concepts were not already present in an undiscovered fashion. The Greeks contributed the most specific and articulating of language the world has ever seen. In contrast to the Hebrew language, it shined light where there was darkness, so to speak.

    1. The Character of the Romans

The Romans were a Law driven, militaristic people. Originating from the peninsula of Italy, they fought with the Etruscans for dominance, eventually forming a Republic, deriving from a family-centric culture. Their unity in the early years led to a dominating composure. Their conquering persona led to a massive acquisition of peoples. They employed a certain type of civilization development. Under this Roman method, conquered people groups were allowed to keep their land, language, and

religious traditions, provided that they pay taxes to the Empire. The negative of this externally elegant and mechanically efficient military machine was that external law and it’s enforcement was how peace

was attained, and how it was maintained. The military force was essential on multiple fronts, the expansion of the empire, and the enforcement of law at the local level. When the Roman empire fell, it was due to lack of an external control of the people. The next phase that the empire took in an attempt to maintain composure was in conquering in the name of Christ. The historic remnants left by the Romans are many, but many any other nation could have easily happened upon eventually. The Romans developed a news method of nation making, and their civil law was the most developed of the day.

    1. John Wycliffe

Called “the morning star of the reformation”, Wycliffe opened up the door for the message of Judeo-Christian Scripture to influence the laymen as had never been seen before. Not since the apostle Paul, interacting with a primarily Gentile audience of believers, had one acted in spite of the accepted norm of the religion in reaching out to the locals of the society. Wycliffe made the Latin Vulgate translation of Scripture available in the then informal language of English. What can be seen in retrospect by this event is the lingual studies as a means to understand the Scriptures first-hand. This would lead to not only simple laity questioning church doctrines, but also sparked later actions by Christians in translating Scripture, and commentating on Scripture with a less intense focus on tradition, and more of The raw Word itself.

Wycliffe wanted to place the Bible in the hands of the individual. He said that “dominion belongs to grace.” By this he meant that authority comes by God. The concept, referred to almost unanimously by the four gospel authors, of those wanting to be great in the Kingdom of God will be least. (Mat 20:26, Luke 22:26, Mark 10:43) Wycliffe made such a profound impact on culture, and especially the Roman Catholic Church, that the Pope actually called his bones to be burned 41 years after his death. Yet his reformational presence enduring, producing a proud following affectionately referring to themselves as “the Lollards”.

    1. William Tyndale

Among all the iconic names put forth in reformation period, William Tyndale’s work is the most evident

among them on the English front. His work of translating the Bible was indeed unique, as he was the first to take the original Hebrew and Greek source languages which the original authors had written them, and translate them directly into Anglo-Saxon English. It he once said that he would have a farm boy know more Scripture then the Pope. It was indeed a bold claim, yet despite this unhidden disregard for the Popes authority, his historical renown lived well beyond his earthly existence. His words in about 80% of the Old Testament, and 90% of the New Testament. His translation, though originally condemned, King Henry did in fact include the grand majority of Tyndale’s translation work in a new edition of the Bible called “the Great Bible”. Dying a martyrs death, his dying prayer, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes” was granted.

    1. Martin Luther

The picture of the purpose-driven young Augustinian monk making his way to the Castle church in Wittenburg makes for quite a provocative stir. In witnessing the actions of the church in the form of indulgences, and of the church forgiving sins, these thesis are the result. Martin Luther was considered

a heretic. He also undertook to translate the Bible into the native tongue of German.

    1. John Calvin

John Calvin was so successful in communicating his understanding of Scripture, that he wrote a substantial work of literature that has remained heavily influential on the Protestant variety of the Christian religion even to this day. Those who followed him were called “Calvinists”. While his claims may be powerful and narrowly focused, he promoted a exegetical form of studying Scripture that was and is hallmark of Biblical scholarship. His famous work was called “Institutes of The Christian Religion”. He undoubtedly ought to have received an award for the incredible amount of work he did in holding so many positions. He was preacher, a teacher, and an administrator. In addition to this, he helped to translate Scripture, and carried on written discourse with his reformation cohorts. While much can be said negatively towards him in hindsight, the credit must certainly be given to him for articulating a clearly Biblical and articulated presentation of Christianity. His work would lead to an intellectual center in Geneva, Switzerland, referred to as “the city of God”. Here, clergy of the reformed church were given academic instruction on the subject of Theology. He organized a Biblical pattern which others knew was true, but could not articulate so eloquently.

    1. The King James Bible

This work is a culmination of the massive influx of Bible translations in the peoples’ native language. It was the goal of King James VI and I to produce an authorized version that conformed to objective standards, and done by recognized scholars. It was a grand undertaking, and found it’s way into many prestigious universities of the day. The exceptional translation still revered today is the result of many preceding counterparts. This new version has the powerfully important factor of remaining free of bias interpretation, and side notes or commentary. It was also expressed in a now-flourishing English language.

    1. Magna Carta

This event marks a penetration of truth either directly or indirectly into the individual at a social and non-religious level. It was here at Runnymede that King John was forced at sword point to sign a document limiting his sovereign power over the people. It was this document that the first mention of “No taxation without representation” was written. The people had rightfully taken culture of the society they were living in. Prior to this event, tradition ruled. The Divine Right of Kings was the undisputed, and unquestioned standard. Monarchs came to power by succession. After this historical landmark, legislation must be in written form; no longer was word of mouth sufficient. The King was to be submissive to the laws decreed, as he was to take on the branch of the executive, while the 25 Barons were to compose the first Legislative body of the modern world. What was regarded as law must be in writing.

    1. English Bill of Rights

This document supplemented several documents prior to it, beginning with the Magna Carta, heralding the collapse of a capricious and tyrannicle Divine Right of Kings”. Prior to the English Bill of Rights, which states limitations on the monarch in favor of the right of the Parliament to act representatively for the people, as a means of securing the rights of the people; was the Petition of Rights. The Petition of Rights most eloquently laid out and matter-of-factly established the laws of the land later recognized in the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is the third document to seal the formal, written limitation of the British monarch, where as before only verbal and temporary repreives were made. The Bill of Rights would then become a precursor that the American colonists used in forging thier founding documents, along with Locke’s Treatise, and the Magna Carta.

    1. John Locke: Sovereignty is Civil Government

John Locke charted out civilization in a way that makes one think that laws for every sphere can be found by principles in Scripture. He identified the “State of Nature”, in which he supposes all men originally begin in. He identifies private property, which he states men who mix their work with objects in nature have an exclusive right to. He claims that this private property is then an extension of the person, as disregarded the rights of a person’s property is disrespecting the person. In addition to this, disregarding the private property disregards the value of the work the person put into it, making that person a slave. He Identifies the “State of War”, in which he states the a person who attempts to harm another in any way declares war on that person, at which point the person in jeopardy has a right and responsibility to defend himself, and those who might then be in jeopardy by the future actions of the dangerous individual. He supposes the a person has a right of use, and a right of essence. In the case of an object he has mixed his work with, he can claim the right of ownership of the things essence. But in the case of people, including himself, he cannot claim the right of the ownership of his essence, because he did not create himself. In this he states that God has the exclusive right over people, having created them.

Locke goes into meticulous detail, surveying “Slavery”. He states that slavery is permitted in the event that a just penalty for him be to kill him, any lesser penalty is also allowed, including slavery. Locke defines the dissolution of government, in that a monarch or executive power is taking too many liberties, a commonwealth or civil body has the right and responsibility to disregard his despotical instructions. He defines the different branches of civil government: Legislative, Executive, and Federative. By Federation, he means the security and management of freedom by interactions out of from within the civil body. He also articulates Prerogative power of the Legislative. He defines prerogative as the immediate decision-making privilege in the midst of emergency. He states that it is limited by it’s use only for the benefit of the commonwealth, and anything else is tyranny. He expands on the particulars of Conquest among common wealth. He makes clear that a conqueror has the ability to attack a threat, but not confiscate property in the event, but only stop the threat of harm, and preventing it’s future occurrence. He goes into detail on Usurpation. He identifies this as the correct use of a power by the wrong person. He brings clarity on Tyranny. He states that it is the use of power to subject the commonwealth to harm.

    1. Charles de Montesquieu

Montesquieu, in observing the civil government system of England, made the entirely extraordinary discovery of the three separate branches of civil government: Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary. These are known as the “Title deeds of Humanity”. This startling discovery has ironically very radical application on several dimensions, beginning at a self-government level. The individual actually applies these three concepts in his daily activities. The first step is his Reasoning process (Legislative), or planing, then his acting it out (Executive), and then his assesment of the action (Judiciary).

      1. Legislative:

The first organizational party the civil society gives consent to have power them. They are given the hardy task of framing a Constitution, which is the first written document to define the laws that will govern the civil body. As the bulk of their duty is to enact and revise laws, they are not required to be perpetually in office, but rather meet together in assemblies.

      1. Executive:

This branch of civil government is to simply execute laws enacted by the Legislative. The Monarch or or Chief Executive Officier has the prerogitive in directing the society at a moment’s notice. His position must be held full-time, as the Legislative is not. He must hold the Legislative in check with his veto power, and have the character attributes to submit to correction and rebuke. This branch also emcompasses several different levels, including national, state or provincial, and local law enforcement.

      1. Judiciary:

This is the thrird category of government. It is the judgement of the planning and acting. It filters the imcomplete or grossly incorrect dicsions made by the Legislative. It can overturn decisions made, as

they compare with the original constitiution that all laws are to be based on. The Judiciary is the closest civil governing branch directing interact with the citizen’s.

    1. William Blackstone: Individual Rights as the law of the land

William Blackstone, in 1765, published Commentaries on the laws of England in which he articulates the essence of laws back to their very origins. He ruthlessly pounds out comprehensive details from their purpose by the Creator, to their function in civil government. It is because of this that legal precedents have taken the place of Blackstone law structure, though he is still certainly recognized and revered. His work surveyed the nature of laws, looking at the laws of nature and physics, the laws of the will and morality, and revealed law, as received by God. By his assessment, men do not create laws, either physical, moral, or even civil; they just discover how things already are in reality.

    1. Jamestown: The English Representative Principle

This was an experiment by England in the New World to outsource and collect on the wealth of the new continent. The plantation of Jamestown operated completely on a shared property scenario. All harvested goods were to be shared with the plantation members. The plantation was led by John Smith. The excursion was the story of famines, bloodshed, internal conflict as a result of disunity in the plantation, and disease. The colony endured with reinforcements from England, and having discovered traces of gold, all men became very industrious and hard-working. In the end though, the colony is abandoned

    1. Plymouth: Christianity, the basis of local self-government

The colony of Plymouth is the image of self-government in our American history. It represents the first successful teamwork-driven community, and very well documented, as if by providence of God. William Bradford is the historian credited with documenting not only the details of the colony itself, but of the people, and their entire endeavor originating in England. The Pilgrims were hired through a charter from England, and were expected to work to pay off the money given for their voyage. They experience excruciating difficulty in the first year, losing half of their original crew due to the severe winter. Yet their religious freedom being the purpose of their move west to the New World, not one would return on a ship back to England when one was offered. They knew that this was their chance to live in ecclesiastical freedom, and external civil. They had a wise and prudent governor over them, and all looked to God as their guide and provider.

    1. The Mayflower Compact: “For the glory of God, for the advance of the Christian faith…”

This momentous event began a new era in Christianity, and the world. For here men engaged in voluntary self-government. They committed to follow a basic constitution in the absence of their original authorities at their originally-intended destination in Virginia. It laid out a profound example of their expectations of authority that could be demonstrated by self-government. The Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower were also accompanied by those whom William Bradford called “strangers”. Having having a concern for the prospect of landing in New England with no official authoritative structure to submit to, they had framed and forty-one signed the famous document. They mutually agreed to be a “civil body politic”. They claimed submission to the King of England, and a goal to advance the Christian faith.

  1. The Pulpit and the Revolution

The patriotism of the American Revolution can be largely attributed to the Pastor’s preaching on civil government, and the politics were often the substance of sermons. The clergy and laymen alike understood that Christian liberty is to be preserved both internally, and externally. It was all too obvious that the internal principles they held should show up in the political arena’s of their times. In a quotation Rev. John Witherspoon’s “The uncorrupted patriot”, during a Fast day called for by the Continental Congress, of which he was a member, he writes:

“…it is in the man of piety and inward principle that we may expect to find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and the invincible soldier, – God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable, and the unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the issue tend to the support and establishment of both.”

    1. John Witherspoon

    2. Thomas Hooker

    3. General Muhlenberg

  1. America Declares Herself an Individual Nation

    1. Christianity: Internal Liberty Produces external freedom

Liberty, properly understood, is found in the transforming character of God, demonstrated by sending His Son to Earth to atone for the sins of men. Love is the force that conquers, that transcends the expectations of men, and the physical limitations set in place by God to hold the universe in balance. Love is the self-actualizing principle in the universe that will never get off track. If there is one principle in all the universe that is kept that will alone carry civilization along, it will be love.

Neander, in an essay on Christian Life writes with an objective viewpoint on the transformation that takes place in a man’s heart, as well as the more subtle transformation of the larger society. He ascribes the construction of Christianity to be of divine, external origin. “Christianity could not have taken a firm grasp on society if it had not penetrated it by it’s divine power, and thus verified itself to be indeed that which alone can satisfy the higher necessities of the inner man.”

Neander identifies the attribute of the image of God that produces our ability to chose: free will. He brings up the submission of sacrifice in the construct of religion. He suggests that sacrifice is “only desired from free hearts. If you force us to sacrifice, you will give nothing to your god’s, for they will not desire any forced sacrifices’…” Neander makes a strong claim that the contrast it presented with what they had previously been, as pagans…” Paganism, he attributes, to the “blind obedience” of the states demand for social order, or (by comparison to the newly-developed religion of Christianity) a lack of internal virtues. “Ideas of religious freedom and the rights of conscience, which were unknown to the ancient world, were first diffused abroad by Christianity.” Neander talks about Christians being a “…soldier of the Lord.” Right from the start, (being such a stark transformation in an individual compared to their surroundings) the Christians discovered opposition. Jesus Himself did not falter at the manipulative questions of the Jewish priests and Levites. The disciples and apostles (after Pentecost) had been perhaps more of a shocking transformation, then the life-long message of Jesus. “…men who met death and excruciating tortures with composure, rather then utter a few words, or preform some ceremonies, must have appeared very strange and suspicious.”

One of the key factor’s Neander demonstrates about Christian life is: Christian fellowship. They were extremely generous and loyal to each other. The expression “that they loved one another…it was this… which, in a cold and selfish age, struck the pagans with wonder…” Their devotion, not only to one another, but to strangers, exemplifies the peculiar group. “They appointed fasts; so that what was saved, even by the poorest of the flock, from their daily food, might help to supply the common wants.” It was mindless behaviors that were discarded in the transformation of individuals into Christianity. Behaviors were the intention, coming from the very heart, soul, and mind of the person. Characteristics developed as merely the results of intentional decisions. Christianity brought with it a transformation that not only affected the character, but actually tears down and rebuilds the right virtues in the conscience. The character then has an effect on objects, beast, and person in the atmosphere. The convictions in the hearts of Christians is standards that are so high, and yet pursued not out of fear, or duty – but out of love, and joy. The radical depth that Christianity plunges into the heart of a person as a part of transformation, is one-of-a-kind. The standard of the heart change found among religions is set here, in Christianity. In regards to acetic tendency, the sacredness in life was preserved, if not heightened, but simultaneously, the family relationship was an essential staple.

    1. The Declaration of Independence

This first document uniting the 13 original American colonies did far more then just define a separation of America from Britain. It defined the nature of man, and the purpose of government. It additionally documented the infringements of the rights of the colonists by the British crown, as evidence that they will not simply acting out of rebellious defiance; but rather wanting the highest good for both parties.

The word choice seen in the Declaration is quite astonishing, and clearly showing their solidly-developed Christian character. It makes clear that governments should not be altered lightly, and without serious consideration.

It is remarkable to note that this is indeed the case of the colonists, who, for nearly ten years, put of with the infringements of their rights by the British crown. They were ever humble, and patient, seeking to address the issues with Britain in a formal and diplomatic way. It was Britain move to make restitution on their shortcomings in dealing with the American colonies. The subsequent consequences of the writing of this document to the British crown was not taken lightly, as can be expected. But again, the character of the 56 signers is astonishing. While every last one of them were dealt a horrendously-heavy hand of torment by British soldiers, not one recanted, even at witnessing their own family being burned alive in their houses, in some cases. The determination and commitment of the leading colonists, which legitimately represented the three million American’s, was resolute. The fire in the hearts of these early American’s is to be commemorated and celebrated, in more then simply fire and lights, but reverence and worship to God for developing their character and providing a conduit for future generations to be trained in the same environment that produced the resolve of these men.

  1. Christian Self-government

    1. Knowing Truth

    2. Following it

  2. America’s Heritage of Christian Character

    1. Virtues

    2. Faith

  3. Conscience is the most sacred of all property

    1. “Consent is the title to the property of Conscience”

    2. Property

    3. Stewardship

    4. Divisions

  4. Christian form of our government

    1. External format

  5. How the seed of local self-government is planted

    1. Internal to External

    2. Demonstrating the effectiveness

  6. The Christian principle of Political union

    1. Unity with Union

LAWS OF REALITY

  1. Truth: “The correct description of reality”

    1. External medium

    2. Reception of Truth

  2. Science and Art

  3. Morality

    1. Tree of the knowledge of good and evil

    2. Internal concept of right and wrong

    3. Subservient non-eternal intelligence

  4. Physical

    1. Theory predictions

    2. Emperical Observation

    3. Experimentation

  5. Matter

    1. Periodic Table of the elements

If one FEARS speaking Truth, they are not truly free. If they speak lies, to remain free, they are already ENSLAVED. If one is enslaved, but speaks truth, they are truly FREE. There is no retreat from truth if one has INTEGRITY. The only true liberty is found in TRUTH.”

David M. Chaney

We must stress that the basis for our faith is neither experience nor emotion but the truth as God has given it in verbalized, prepositional form in the Scripture and which we first of all apprehend with our minds.

Franscis Shaeffer, “The New Super-Spirituality”

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

Albert Einstein

Here is an abstract of an essay I wrote entitled “What is the Physical Universe?

The universe as observed by the human senses is undoubtedly vast. The vast complexity leaves a massive mystery even to the veteran explorers. The most inquisitive of minds have attempted to chart the elements that compose our universe, yet much is left at theory. The finite capacity of the mind must be acknowledged. Is the scientific method foolproof? Is repetition of an experiment enough to establish a situation as fact? What part does bias play in arriving at such “truths”? What

is the universe observed to be made of, and what states do we see them transition into? What about molecular and atomic levels? How precise can observing life and matter at this level be? What is the premise that all supposed truths fall back on and put their weight on?

LAWS OF REALITY

  1. Truth: The correct description of reality

    1. External medium

    2. Reception of Truth

  2. Science and Art

  3. Morality

Pre-programmed laws written into the fabric of our mind is the blueprints of morality. Conscience (a part of the mind), consists of both hard-coded, and a soft-coded elements. Virtues must be instilled into the storage of the conscience in order for a proper operation of the conscience to happen. But the hard-coded element is enough to make all men aware of right and wrong. These laws govern the desires, thoughts, and actions of God, angels, and men.

    1. Tree of the knowledge of good and evil

    2. Internal concept of right and wrong

    3. Subservient non-eternal intelligence

  1. Physical

These are the laws that are the result of the creation of the world. By them, all physical entities function. Laws such as gravity, inertia, sound frequencies, light waves, geometric units, and time units are examples. The measurements of the elements on our planet (solid, liquid and gas) are able to be measured due to the creation of instruments through the laws of physics remaining constant and stable. The discovery of mathematical algorithms, Molecular bonds, anatomy of human and animal body structures, and deciphering of genetic code at the sub-atomic level. These parameters are strictly cause and effect. As an action takes place, an action is always the result. There is a clear and obvious logic running parallel with these laws in our world.

Our biological bodies need nutrients in order to function properly, for our bodies. But what about what is good four our soul. The whole person is composed of: Body, Mind, and Soul/Spirit.

Three different sources of nutrition. It wouldn’t be appropriate to neglect one of the three, as a person’s whole “well-being” is tied to their status. A person may chose the most quality physical foods, yet if he takes in no intellectual simulation, or social interaction – he will be in a very lonely state. If, on the other hand, he gets plenty of good food, and plenty of social interaction, yet neglects intellectual simulation – he robs himself of a fullness of life. Conversely, if he has great intellectual stimulation, and social interaction without physical sustenance, all side suffer because social interaction, and mind activity are somewhat dependent on the intake of physical nourishment. And to a degree, there are varying qualities of content in each category. But you get the idea? There is at must be met – yet one side of the triangle does not determine the overall well-being of man.

We may parallel this with the theological doctrine of the trinity. Three distinct persons, yet thoroughly interwoven. References in the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:5) “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.” But did you notice the first part of the verse? “…Love the LORD your God with…” It designates purpose. Jesus makes an interesting statement to His disciples at a moment when His “ministry mask” would likely be given a break. He had just finished talking with the women at the well, and now His disciples had returned, and realized He needed to eat. He say’s “..I have food that you know nothing about…” (John 4:31-33). I think there are layers of interpretation here. He was socializing with others, and seeing Truth spread (which alone is intellectually stimulating), but He in another place says “…And this is eternal Life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” (John 17:3) He was obeying His

Father.

But from another angle, He could have been revealing to them this complex balance of whole person-hood. Bear in mind, Jesus often spoke in simplistic terms (still literal, in terms of honesty), but generalized – so they could understand with their due to the amount of light (or knowledge) revealed to

mankind by this time in history. I do not believe Jesus’ message was explicitly of a life separated from Earth. Jesus, in another place, says “…the Kingdom of God is within you…” (Luke 17:21) This can mean the geography is inconsequential. But it does mean a King is ruling – and true authority happens when consent is given to those in authority. The ideal operation of the Kingdom of God is obedience by His self-aware creation. In this way, God rules by representation on a local level in individual hearts.

PROVIDENTIAL HISTORY

  1. Asia – the “Continent of Origins”

    1. Israel

    2. Egypt

    3. Persia

    4. Greece

  2. Europe – the Continent of development

    1. Rome

    2. England

  3. United States of America – the “most complete expression…”

    1. Mayflower Compact

    2. Patience of the Pilgrims and early colonists

To reduce history to general and impersonal forces – economic, political, sociological, or anything else – is to depersonalize and to de-Christianize history

Jousas John Rushdooney

Any human system will eventually dehumanize the very people it seeks to serve and those it dehumanizes the most are those who think they lead it. But not everyone in a system is given over to the priorities of that system. Many walk inside it without being given over to it. They live in Father’s life and graciously help others as he gives them opportunity.”

Jake Colsen, “So you don’t want to go to church anymore”

LIFESTYLE OF FAITH

  1. Lifetystle of Faith

    1. The unmistakable and unavoidable reality of faith

    2. The heavy power of faith

    3. The right source of faith

    4. The clear model of Abraham

KINGDOM SOCIETY – LIFESTYLE OF FAITH

  1. Lifetystle of Faith

    1. The unmistakable and unavoidable reality of faith

Faith is the dependance on something outside ourselves. This includes trusting other people, machines, theories or geography. Seeing God as Creator merely stage one – John 14:6 makes it clear that the only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ. And faith without action is not full faith. The action as a result of faith is the evidence that an internal faith is present. It is like the picture of the iceberg on the surface of the water – the bulk of it is unseen, bu the dismissal of it’s volume could be fatal (and was, tragically). In fact, the lesson of the Titanic should not be forgotten conceptually.

    1. The heavy power of faith

There it was, at the height of the industrial revolution, and the technology was available, as well as the man power, and so man put his prideful monument to float on God’s great waters, as though nothing would halt it’s forward thrust. What was the principle in which this scenario began? Much the same, it seems, as the construction of the tower of Babel in Genesis: Arrogance. Yet, why do we look at these events nostalgically, and use them as examples? Is it not because of the results of a cause? Why would a ship of such magnitude be allowed to have the greatest potential for luxury, when man was not meant to live on the sea? A simpler ship would have sufficed. God didn’t prevent the ship captain from seeing the iceberg, nor did he necessarily make sure the ship was heading strait for it, but perhaps simply the arrogance of not only the captain, but all those aboard dismissed anything could be a threat. “Unsinkable” they called it. Oh, they had faith. But what was it in? The ship was man-made, the product of human engineering. It was mankind depending on mankind. It wasn’t real faith.

The building of methods of science depend on consistency and reliability of the laws of physics. Geometry is a grouping of concepts that have been observed to be true in a multitude of circumstances. The scientific method needs on an idea; replicated several times in several different circumstances and endorsed by others experienced in the field to attain an advanced status of “theory”, if not “fact”. But what’s not considered here: the reliability of the laws of physics in nature. It doesn’t matter if they have been dependable through the history of the world – If we can’t determine what keeps the laws of physics stable, we are still at the mercy of the elements of nature. What is the one absolute? The originator of the laws of physics. The individual who had seen the atmosphere prior to the laws (or physical things as humans know them). To be in place. The only one who sees the laws of physics who is out of their jurisdiction. We trust gravity *significantly* in our modern day – how do we know absolutely that gravity will not be working, or be lower then usual? Well, we know gravity is a result of the centrifugal force of the planet’s rotation. How do we know that rotation will continue? How do we know the Earth won’t move just a couple mere miles out of the orbit of the sun? What factor keeps these patterns in place? We must use the entity in the west we call “God”. But my point here is science (true science) is using faith a heck of a lot. God is the basis of the patterns of nature we see in our world and universe. Separating God from science simply removes the source of the laws we rely so heavily on. Does trusting God actually require less faith? And Scripture goes to great lengths to make clear who God is, but our observations can also “declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1).

    1. The right source of faith

    2. The clear model of Abraham

KINGDOM SOCIETY — WHOLALITY

  1. “Wholality”

    1. Liberty and Freedom*

    2. Unity with Diversity

    3. Harmonious union

    4. The bedrock of Jesus

Don’t forget sin itself is it’s own punishment.”

Jake Cosen, “So you don’t want to go to church anymore”

  1. Wholality

    1. Liberty with Freedom

Liberty, the internal, theoretical state a person is in, is restricted in his ability to function if restrained by external force, lacking freedom. If, on the other hand, an individual is free and uninhibited on the outside, while their inner self is still in a state of bondage, thier are not truely living in freedom, even if they are told so.

    1. Harmony with Diversity

It is neccesary to expect some inconsistancies among people, as each person is unique, and has a will that he exclusively is in control of. But if harmony can be approached, much as a choral group can function together with seperate parts, a greater whole can emerge, with greater corporate potential. This is not to promote any kind of socialistic utopia, but rather simply a community of people living together that operates from a core premise of principles that govern everyone. As Martin Luther King put it, “…I have a dream.” He saw people of different ethnic origins living together in equality. But more that, with a solid objective, spiritual premise, people can function together even in 1st generation migration. International community is not to demote the national pride of a person, nor is it to turn the world into a giant, homogenous community, but rather, where people from different backgrounds, and languages can function together based on a deeper level, having a shared mindset on reality.

    1. Harmonious Union

The united mindset of individuals in a community can see the forging of a new way of life, a new culture, and new civil framework. When the external institution can be agreed upon, and said agreement by the successive steps of unity that should come before, communities will see growth, with no signs of serious consern to speak of.

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