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The psalmist:"You are totally miraculously made!"


Combination of Ethical Theology and Anthropology

Introductory Remarks


The Bible warns us to be innocent IN evil; in fact innocent as doves. But this does not mean that we should be naive AS TO evil. For in the passage where Christ admonishes us to be innocent as doves, He also advises us to be prudent as serpents. Also there are the Scriptures that call on us to rebuke evil and to expose it for what it is. On various occasions the apostle Paul mentions evil deeds and character flaws, calling a spade a spade. This is what I have done here, mentioning the good with the bad and that in accordance with my anthropology and ethics.

The line in gold gives every time the 2 aspects of truth (that are experienced as a tension by the weak and from which they veer off either to the left in progressive perversion, or the the right side in progressive aversion/exaggeration). Notice that under the line of gold there are 4 of such false positions, representing the 3 breakaway stadia on either side; the 4th being that one of Satanism, as far as spiritual things are concerned and other extreme things, as far as the deterioration of health is concerned. These 4th stadia are given in red.

There are 2 gold lines, across the whole table, for each of the 4 main 'essences', as there are introverted and extraverted sides to each of the 32 main anthropological aspects. If you have studied the main charts of both my theological ethics, (which I consider a common sense theology and in which I have described what others have written before me; only I have attempted to assemble a few things as thoroughly as possible. so as to arrange them) and my theoretical anthropology, then you will recognize both fields in this schema. The science behind this chart might be called structural anthropological ethics.

But what then is the science behind this grand scheme!? Is there logic to the rhyme? As far as the subjective side of the soul and the spirit is concerned, I have heavily relied on biblical influence. As far as the objective side of the mind and the body is concerned, I have relied on other sciences and to some extent on 'gut feeling.' My conviction in biblical inerrancy [see here for the hypostatic union of both the human and divine sides of the bible, ('No tittle or jot of the Law will pass away,' the Lord said)] has made me subject to the Word of the Lord, instead of critical of it. Many people will scoff at me for instance for ranking Buddhism as a semi-occult aberration. But if there is only One Deity with a single truth in Jesus and if relativism is also an aberration, as I am convinced, then we better heed the Scripture that says that nobody can come to the Father than through Christ alone, Who claimed that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

According to the Bible itself this schematic representation may well be called the 'distinguishing of the spirits'. But why then on earth have I included various disorders and sicknesses? Surely they cannot possibly be claimed to be part of a theological ethics!? Be not so sure about yourself, dear reader. As has been scientifically tested, the discipline of neuroplasticity proves that major damages to the brain can be and actually are taken care of by a remapping of cerebral neuro-activity. So why could a major stimulus of virtuousness not accomplish the same! Radical conversions show that people can change immensely and that for the better, particularly on the missionary field if their morbidity was due to occultic bondage.

To continue on the subject of physical disorders, the question should be posed whether this fallen Creation has been affected like a machine into which a wrench has been thrown (a kind of deistic destructivism); or whether, if the entire global village earth repented like the ancient city of Nineveh, even the second law of thermodynamics--according to which this universe is subservient to increasing disorder: this law might be at least stopped or even temporarily reversed! Such questions go intensely deep and they could be the subject of heated debate among the religious (for instance, what happens during the Millennium!?).

As to the science behind this chart, I have given both the introverted and extraverted sides of the anthropological aspects. But in addition to that I have given 2 internalized and 2 externalized facets, the 4 aspects of an anthropological activity. Thus this chart is not based on 32, but on 64 aspects. Subsequently I have given the objective and subjective sides of the 32 aspects, explained elsewhere; every time 4 aspects per cross section--2 introverted (of which 1 objective and 1 subjective) and 2 extraverted (also double), to each of the 16 basic anthropological aspects [that you arrive at by crossing the spirit, soul, mind and body against each other]. This gives an increasing analytical precision that began with the given of only the spirit, soul, mind and body. I have combined this with my theological ethics, totaling 320 aspects and aberrations, of which 3 breakaways both on the left and on the right and a 4th bottom-out into the very ill, the horrible, the insane, the demonic and the satanic.

But how do you distinguish the objective in something that is overall subjectively experienced, viz. the spirit and soul? And how do you distinguish the subjective in something that is overall an objective fact, viz. the mind and body? Of course, if one rejects the existence of the spirit and the soul outright, then their respective aspects (such as humor and the romantic) are interpreted as something mental and by philosophers that think that the human being is just some kind of molecule machine, as something biophysical.

To give more scientific explanation to shore up this chart, is a difficult task. For how do you prove that something like intuition exists, let alone that it is an activity of the spirit! Somebody that is intuitive knows that intuition exists and somebody that prays ardently and is answered, might know that his or her spirit is involved. But if you have to do with an atheist that claims that the burden of proof is on you, then you encounter a kind of disbelief that has encapsulated itself almost totally against anything supernatural. How do you explain that emotion and value are basically psychological concepts and that meaning and religion are basically spiritual activities! And then, how do you prove that the soul is an immaterial astral body, that you can lose for ever to eternal punishment and how do you prove that the spirit has its own substantial being? Of course this is largely a subject of faith and in others, unfortunately, the area of superstition; as their gullibility has blinded them against the spiritual verities of the Bible and has misled them to exaggerated beliefs and ensuing behavior.

These things being so, I can only point out here that I have started out with the assumption that the body (some acosmic philosophers deny this, sic!) exists, along with the mind, the soul and the spirit. From there I have looked at known 'words' such as given elsewhere and below. The psychological philosopher Jung has given me some handles here as well, although he became a misleading spiritist. Once the idea that these states of being can be crossed against each other, had entered my mind; I discovered that each basic aspect has an introverted and extraverted facet, respectively an internalized and externalized side, giving 32 aspects. And when I also had formulated my theological ethics, I concluded to the chart below. It has been simply a question of putting the pieces of the puzzle together. That is my hard work and perhaps it can be called original creativity. So all I have done in ethics and anthropology, is to take known concepts and to arrange them in a context. That is all that is mine. That is why I call it a common sense theology and anthropology. I sought to understand this world and I searched till I found a biblical vision to fit it all in. I analyzed and analyzed and synthesized and synthesized till I could describe the respective theological and anthropological charts. I know that this might be disdained as merely some kind of Christian structuralism, but, again, I look at it as a tableau or picture that puts things into a context and even perspective.

I am convinced that the charts as overall visionary descriptions, can inspire people and warn them at the same time against the zillion of dangers that attack our minds and hearts. As such they can function as intellectual Christian insights and can give meaning and confirmation to our faith.

The common sense behind this ethics is simply the biblical verity that one must 'cut the Word of truth straight' and that one, as Solomon already warned, must not veer off to the right (into aversion) nor to the left (into perversion) and that one must not make oneself too righteous and too wise (for the result will be that you destroy others, or even yourself), nor too foolish or too wicked (for you will die outside of your time). A question of the truly golden mean, or happy medium, therefore! The common sense behind my anthropology is the charting of already known concepts according to the physical, the mental, the psychological and the spiritual.

To sum up then, the science behind this schema is mainly based on faith. I am not at all embarrassed to confess this. "But faith is the substance of things hoped for, the proof of things unseen...Through faith we understand that the universe has been prepared by the utterance of God, so that what is seen has not come about out of the things that appear. Hebr. 11. 1, 3." Again, I am not at all ashamed to witness to this. For faith is a super science that goes far beyond our infinitesimal ratio and with Pascal I say that faith has reasons of its own that the ratio itself cannot possibly fathom!


body

mind

soul

spirit

spirit

spirit's capacity to listen to the body

sleep

mental activity during sleep

dreaming

humor

mysterium tremendum/ mystique

biblical inerrancy

radical Christendom

weariness

hypnosis

inability to dream

recurring dreams

the off-color

mysticism

dogmatism/ Scholasticism/ (Neo)Thomism

idealism

overtiredness

parasomnia

sleeplessness

overly vivid dreams

profanity

the arcane

modernism

traditionalism

overstrainedness/ burnout

blackout

sleep deprivation

nightmares

blasphemous humor

the occult

antireligionism

ritualism

critical tension

coma

chronic insomnia

demonic nightmares

satanic humor

the demonic

satanic devotion

magicism

spirit's capacity to strengthen the body

restfulness

originality

imagination

enthusiasm

sublimity

bible study

prayer

overstraining

easiness

exaggerated inventiveness

day dreaming

overenthusiasm

romanticism

laicism/ forced laity

meditation

overload

laziness

naive or harmful inventions

extreme imagination

inebriatedness of spirit

mystic artisanship/ talisman

indifference about holy matters

chanting mantras

overcroping

lethargy

wicked inventions: dildos, love dolls, gambling machines, abortion pills

insanity

ecstasy

ritualistic artisanship/ totemism

mocking of the divine

chanting invocations

self-destruction

paralysis

the mad professor

psychotic theories

the mad sage/ visionary

demonic artisanship

invocation of Satan

invocations of demons

soul

active vitality/ life force

good health

industriousness

patience

emotive state

'experiential' mode/ empathy

love for sinner

hatred of sin

impulsiveness

uneasiness/ languishing

overactivity

overly awaiting

euphoric

willful ignoring

unmoral levity/ Sadduceism

overgodly/ legalism/ Pharisaism/ sectarianism/ overspiritual/ unworldly

AD(H)D

sickness

workoholic

overly avoiding

hypomania

sham deafness

amoral/ Herodianism

weltfremd sect

extreme hyperactive disorder/ (cursing) tourettes

morbidity

slavery

undue hiding

obsessivity

disresponsivity/ withdrawal

immoral/ Pilatism

antiworldly fanaticism/ zealotism/ cult

ODD homicide

dying

work fatality

sitting duck

possessed

katatonic

dismoral

antimoral

nutritional/ digestive

breathing

generosity

frugality

extravert

introvert

leading

serving

languid feeling/ excessive burping

lung irritation

impulse buying

exaggerated saving

hyperemotionality/ excitement

hypo-emotionality

unfairness

obsequiousness

eructation/ flatulence

pneumonia/ asthma

highrolling

stinginess

sensationalism

unresponsiveness

injustice

slavishness

vomiting/ diarrhea

bronchitis/ tuberculosis

prodigality

miserliness

compulsiveness such as kleptomania/ general manic activity

disresponsiveness/ denial

criminality

adulation

(fatal) surfeit of eating/ dysentery

lung bleeding/ suffocation

wastefulness

ascetic simplicity

"the devil made me do it"/ insanity

paranoid psychosis

terrorism/ torture

idolization

mind

neurochemical/ biophysical

neuroplasticity

logical unity

logical wholeness

emotive ideas: father/ leader/ wife

emotive ideals: king/ paragon of virtue

monism

theism

boredom

nervousness

intellectualism

holisticism

misleader/ mistress

demagogue/ geisha

deism

mysticism

depressiveness

irritability

pedantry

alogicalism

deceiver/ bitch

usurper/ courtisan

materialism

pantheism

manic depressiveness/ bipolar disorder

mania

factualism

illogicalism

pimp/ whore

dictator/ tyrant// temple prostitute

atheism

polytheism

psychoticity

madness

Pyrrhonianism

anti-intellectualism/ antitheoreticism

canaille

Ausrotter/ demoness

Satanism

demonism

pharmaceutical

medicinal

practice

theory

flock/ solidarity/ collectivism

solitude/ individualism

realism

meaningfulness

pep agents

herbalism

scientism

theorism

herd

shunner

rationalism

Neoplatonism

narcotics

homeopathy

pragmaticism

punditism

crowd

loner

agnosticism

guruism/ acosmism

date rape drugs

wicca potions

observationalism/ phenomenalism/ atheistic naturalism/ evolutionism

alchemy

mob

monk

relativism

absolutism

zombie drugs

shamanic drugs

philosophy of the antisubject

magical "maya-ism"

amok

pillar saint

satanic self-will

(self)deification

body

muscularity/ strength

muscular health

sensitivity

perception

pure enjoyment

temperance/ chastity

insight

intuition

too much sport

muscular inflammation

hypersensitivity

hyposensitivity

hedonism

holy-ism

philosophism

intuitionism/ mystical inspiration

anabolic steroids

polymyositis

fybromyalgia

demyelination

dependence

abstinentism

Enlightenment skepticism

reincarnationism

exaggerated body/ facelifts

muscular dystrophy/ chronic MS

photophobia and the like

nerve paralysis

addiction

asceticism

apatheism

magical inspiration/ superstition

fatal interventions

fatal MS/ dystrophinopathy

allergies for bee stings/ peanut butter and the like

neuron/ cell death

sense slavery

polytheistic faecalism

nihilism

demonic inspiration

motion/ dance

quietness

senses

neurons

allusiveness

expressiveness

supernatural

paranormal

sinful forms of ballet

self-consciousness

oversensitive nerves

paresthesia/ numbness/

tastelessness

snobbism

realisticism

dream interpretationism

oversexual dance

occult forms of yoga

slight nerve irritation

hypoaesthesia

distastefulness

kitsch

denial of miracles

spiritism/ sceances with ouija board/ occult bondage/ prophetism

choral chanting/ wicca dances/ extreme rock

extreme meditative/ OM state

nerve algia

nerve morbidity

Dadaism

tinsel

skepticism

mediumistic trance

pentagram devotion

demonic katatonic state

extreme nerve inflammation

nerve rot

chaos

castle in the sky

satanic denial

demonic slavery/ zombies

body

mind

soul

spirit


I do not claim that this overview is absolutely consistent. It may serve to show that life has many facets and that we tend to either exaggerate things or to underestimate them.


If one were to make a rough generalization of the Greek pre-christian philosophies, it would look like this:


the material

the spiritual

Aristotelianism

Platonism

Epicureanism

Stoicism

Democritus/ Lucretianism

the mystery cults

Pyrrhonianism

the cynics


Postmodernism is characterized by the stalemate of all kinds of heterogeneous -isms that like loose sand do not stick to each other, yet tolerate each other. Some of the main influences of it are:


individuality

collectivity

objectivism

subjectivism

multiculturalism

nationalism

tolerantism

totalitarianism

anarchism

cultism

the human

the angelic

(Neo)scholasticism

Neoplatonism

Renaissance Humanism

angelism

evolutionism

spiritism

Satanism

Tantra


NOMENCLATURE

Dystrophinopathy

Congenital muscular dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy is a disease in which muscles of the body get weaker and weaker and may slowly stop working.

Muscular Dystrophy (MD)

Idem ditto.

Indifference as to holy matters

(Proverbs: 9. 10): "Reverence of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of holy/sacred matters [alternative translation to 'knowledge of the Holy One'] is sound understanding."

ODD

Oppositional Defiant Disorder; disorder with the characteristics of negative, hostile and openly disobedient behavior, aggression and the tendency to bother others on purpose (Source: Google)

Polymyositis

Polymyositis is a connective tissue disease that triggers inflammation and muscular weakness.

Paresthesia(s)

Paresthesia is a sensation of numbness or tingling on the skin, sometimes described as "pins and needles".

Hypoaesthesia

This is when the skin loses some of its sensitivity to pain or touch.

Fybromyalgia

A disorder classified by the presence of chronic widespread pain and tactile allodynia (meaning "other pain", is a painful response to a usually non-painful stimulus and can be either static or mechanical).

Photophobia

Extreme sensitivity to light. People with this sickness prefer to live during the night, as they absolutely must eschew light.

Demyelination

Destruction or loss of the myelin sheath. Myelin is an electrically-insulating dielectric phospholipid layer that surrounds only the axons of many neurons.

Biophysics

Biophysics (also biological physics) is an interdisciplinary science that employs and develops theories and methods of the physical sciences for the investigation of biological systems. Studies included under the umbrella of biophysics span all levels of biological organization, from the molecular scale to whole organisms and ecosystems.

Neurochemical

Neurochemistry is the study of neurotransmitters.

Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity (variously referred to as brain plasticity, cortical plasticity or cortical re-mapping) refers to the changes that occur in the organization of the brain as a result of experience.

Parasomnia

Sleep disorders ranging from sleep apnea to sexsomnia.

Apatheism

(According to Wikipedia:) "Apatheism (a portmanteau of apathy and theism/atheism), also known as pragmatic or critically as practical atheism, is acting with apathy, disregard, or lack of interest towards belief, or lack of belief in a deity. Apatheism describes the manner of acting towards a belief or lack of a belief in a deity; . . . An apatheist is also someone who is not interested in accepting or denying any claims that gods exist or do not exist. In other words, an apatheist is someone who considers the question of the existence of gods as neither meaningful nor relevant to his or her life; nor to human affairs."

Magical "maya-ism"

The magicians Jannes and Jambres that opposed Moses with their Egyptian magic, are good examples of people that knew the art of it. I suspect that Simon Magus and Elymas the magician were just sorcerer's apprentices in comparison with them. Also Balaam that had the reputation of success in both blessing and cursing people, was such a magician in the Bible. I call it "maya-ism" after the Hindu idea of Maya (mere [deceptive] appearance of things experienced by the five senses), as these opponents of God bent the normal course of things with the help of very high demonic powers. The Beast and the antichrist of the apocalypse will once again have such powers, but they are called pseudo miracles by the Bible; not because they will be trickery and not magic, but because they will not have their powers from the true Lord of lords and King of kings. Nor will they be in His service, rather they will force some form of Satanism on the then world and all that belong to Christ will be killed (except for the ones chosen to survive that ordeal of ordeals).

Prophetism

The morbid desire to play the prophet.

Polytheistic Faecalism

For instance the besmirching of one's hair with cow dung in a supposedly sacred ritual.

Pyrrhonianism

The idea that you cannot be sure about absolutely anything, even your own existence (that is you may not exist at all, whether you think so or not!).

Polymyositis

Polymyositis is a type of chronic inflammatory myopathy (a muscular disease in which the muscle fibers do not function for any one of many reasons, resulting in muscular weakness) related to dermatomyositis. Myositis is an inflammation of muscle cells (Source: Wikipedia)

Philosophy of the antisubject

The idea that there can be no absolute truth. After Nietzsche's idea that God is dead, this philosophy concludes more or less that man is now also dead and that he subsides in a linguistic struggle of selflegitimation. Man cannot know what truth is, because there simply is no central truth. Michel Foucault also argued that a criminal, upon having been judged, releases the judge; instead of the other way around: the judge sending him away. He was one of the authors of this philosophy. The term antisubject is a reaction to the idea of man as being the subject of history. For Christians Christ is the subject and focal point of history, actuality and prophecy and therefore this is an antichristian philosophy and it is not without coincidence that it more or less follows after existentialism, the philosophy that seeks to establish man as the subject of his own decision making. Whereas people like Foucault go with the flow, people like Sartre fight to establish their own godhead in a confusing world of contradicting phenomena.


Concluding Remarks

As has been said elsewhere, the ancient Greeks thought and pondered just about anything (it was very well put by the apostle Paul that "the Greek searches for wisdom and the Jew searches for a sign [Cor.]). So there was also a Greek that demonstratively went over a busy market with a light, saying that he was looking for a human being. In other words, he had not found one yet. If one were to lay the above schema of 320 aspects and aberrations beside the 4 gospels, particularly studying the person of the Lord Jesus; then one cannot fail but conclude that His life here on earth and the testimony of His Person was holy and perfect. His character had no aberrations, no exaggerations and no flaws. There was no, not in the least, tendency towards aversion or perversion on either side. And indeed He could say: "Who convicts me of sin!" He did not yield to the devil and He did not veer off on a tangent either to the left or to the right. Everything He said and did was in perfect equilibrium. Happy the person that can witness that he or she has found the Human Being!

And that Human Being wants to lift up also us towards a better humanity. He is the Son of man. When we contemplate His cleverness in answering the dilemma's the Pharisees and Sadducees put to Him, do we not conclude that He is at once full of mercy, grace and wisdom and do we not ardently desire to learn this from Him? When we witness His Person, do we not wish to be like Him! The Lord did say about Himself that "the son of man does not have a place where to put his head to rest;" no doubt because His Work on the cross still had to be finished. Then He could say: "It is finished!" Yet in His Person there must have been an inner peace that is very much lacking in us.

When we look at all the above aberrations (and life has zillions more than that!) we cannot but conclude that the world is riveted with unrest and even destroyed by turmoil. This is all caused by our autotheism (our desire to play god), which goes even deeper than our anger and fear and actually these ensue from it. Instead of keeping things in balance, we tend to select something and blow it out of proportion, turning it into our god-idol. This upsets our lives.

The Bible teaches us, if we are willing to listen, to unlearn this autotheistic tendency and to live lives dedicated to truth and grace. And so we can also become humans that are motivated by their Lord and that 'work out their salvation with trembling and fear'; once having been saved as to eternity by Him.


The apostle Paul: "Let nobody deceive himself, if somebody thinks he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise (1 Cor. 3.18)!"



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