Regeneration is in Worship
by Aphram Khalbourji
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God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:24 NKJV)
The Act of Worship begins in our temper and correct disposition. Is an act of alignment to God's Nature without an end other than that of Worship.
It's not about making a connection, or forging an alliance, or entering into an agreement, or negotiating our surrender, or making a deposit of faith, or seeking guidance and grace, or lifting our hopes, or petitioning our desires, or whatever the human condition may bring forth in due time; it is about God and it's not about man.
Worship is a purely and solely a human characteristic. God does not worship and is to be worshipped.
Is there a human biological tendency intrinsic in the fabric of our genetic code, that instinctively urges us to worship? Is it a mere psychological tendency initiated as a combination of various other human traits? We have organs for different functions of the body, and to each their respective duties, and we are a complex system of nerves and cells and of living testimonies of an elaborate ecosystem of regenerative and creative life force.
I believe that any single thought, word and deed, is rooted in our physical materials. Feelings and emotions, intellect and reason, dreams and meditations, sensory activities, and all human matter is shaping and being shaped by the Universal Cosmic Mass.
This brief diversion is serving a purpose: Worship is a organic material function within the human body, and estimable to be originated in the brain. In like manner to the feeling of fear or love, and within the same structure of the function of the stomach and the pancreas.
If we are to accept our statement to be true, that it will follow that as the stomach or the pancreas can fall to illness and become defective, or to some it might be part of their birth defect, we also may have propensity to defective brain tissue that might cause certain malfunctioning of feelings and reason center in the brain.
Can that infer that a person might be lacking in the organic function of the Worship Center? It does infer that a person will be lacking in hearing if the ear drums are malfunctioning, and they will be duly excused and not held responsible for their actions or the lack thereof.
So the proposition to 'worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.' (John 4:24 NKJV) will be invalid as a universal truth, since due to human condition, some of us are not physically fit to function properly. There is an exclusionary principle at work here, and it's not between believers and non-believers, not between good people and evil doers, not between righteous and infidels, etc. It is between the fit and unfit, between the physically adapt and the physically challenged, and between the blessed and the less fortunate.
There is something bothering me about the creation. Does it matter whether or not, due to the fall of man, that our creation has become physically defective? No it doesn't. In the New Testament, God Incarnate, Jesus Christ, the Word, has redeemed the creation and renewed us in the Holy Spirit of God.
By comparing both biblical references about the creation, it suffice to conclude that the first man, Adam, was replaced by the second man, Jesus. Creation and Regeneration.
When we began to discuss Worship, we had nothing in mind but the possibility to understand Worship in the biblical tradition. What I was confronted with was the same basic thoughts trending recently in my mind, about God in the True Nature, exclusive to God without Anthropomorphism.
It frightens me to find out that there is the possibility that not all are born to be saved, or that they might receive salvation, or that they are physically fit to partake in their share of our Universal Cosmic Mass.
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? (2 Corinthians 2:15, 16 NKJV)
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17 NKJV)
The Gospel was preached to the Jews and to the Gentiles. Accordingly, the division between the people was based on an allegiance to the True God. So when we hear an exertion to believe in the Gospel, it was given to all regardless of affinity or relations, that all might believe and be saved.
The physically unfit was not accounted for and the basic tenets of faith was given on the assumption that all are created equal, and are to be thus judged equally, without any qualifiers. It's good in principle but not in practice.
Physically unfit can mean also mentally, psychologically, spiritually and economically. The Gospel does not discriminate against race, sex, age and political affiliations. It does discriminate however, against physical handicap.
It is evidently given that we are of free will, and we are to make the choice either to accept or reject the Gospel. Isn't free will also a department of the physical boundaries of the human condition? Do I have it in me the proper exercise of my will? Will I be lacking due to defective, internal and external forces? To what extent am I free and physically fit to exercise my choice?
For those that have fallen by the wayside, is there any hope to preach the message of the Gospel? To worship God in truth and spirit?
There is a parable that distinctly divide the creation into two major camps, those that are God's from the beginning, and those that are Satan's. It appears to be a birth right, and that the division is so clear, that neither can switch side, but only the Satanic Breed may choke the Godly Breed, and kill it. Take a look:
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares? He said to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, Do you want us then to go and gather them up? But he said, No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn. (Matthew 13:24-30 NKJV)
What do you make of it? It's a parable, but nonetheless it is Scriptures. If we are to read unguided by the Holy Spirit, we are to err in our judgement and carry with us the seeds of misunderstanding. But why is it also that the same people claim the Holy Spirit was guiding them, and arrive at a very different conclusions?
We seek God in truth and the Truth in God. To worship God is an end in itself, of all created matter, in their own way, as physically as they were designed. It is through this act that all created matter progress and materially alters its mind, so as is change ever the state of all matter, so is the evolving of created matter, through the act of worship, to more sophisticated superior matter.
It is then possible to supplement the inherently and intrinsically the nature of all matter, animate and inanimate, as an attachment to the previous statements, that it is the Survival of the Fittest the basic foundation of all truth.
So how come then we see that God, in the Scriptures, champions the weak, the meek, the simple, the poor, the persecuted, the merciful, the humble, the pure, the sick, the captives, the possessed, etc. and declares: "And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)
Isn't possible here to really understand that in our weakness God's Strength is at work? It is.
We must undergo all physical infirmities, with a humble and pure disposition, waiting on the Lord to strengthens us. It's a long process, and time is we've got, with patience, meekness, simplicity, poverty, humility, and all the Act of Worship Armor shall be used to regenerate us, so that we may recreate through our perfected devices, the New Man, in the image and likeness of God!
Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26, 27 NKJV)
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