The heart according to God and Marx:
As the heart goes, the people go.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9
"Religion [obedience to your Father's commands, obeying them "as given" (without questioning, i.e. without critiquing them according to "human nature") i.e. when they go counter to your hearts, i.e. your carnal, worldly desires, that which you have in common with all mankind] is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people." (Karl Marx)
If you could know the most wicked person on the face of the earth, doing all the acts of iniquity known to man, that is your heart. You might disagree with me, but only because you are deceived, only knowing your heart in the 'moment,' as where you are willing to compromise for the pleasures of the 'moment.' Your heart, in its own carnal condition, is of the world, caring only for that which is gratifying to self, even if it being only the approval of men. The heart is subject to the progressive nature of our perception of the 'moment,' seeing pleasure (as long it is "good" for self and even for others) as being the standard for "good," in and of itself. "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:16
Our heart, unless it is cleansed and made new by God (in Christ), simply 'justifies' our "human nature," why Karl Marx could see man's love of the Father as being heartless. "Laws must not fetter human life; but yield to it; they must change as the needs and capacities of the people change [laws must be 'changeable,' subject to the "felt needs" of the children, subject to "human nature," they must be from and for the created, not absolute, established from above "human nature" to be obeyed without question i.e. the children must not be subject to the laws of the Father, i.e. man must not be subject to the will of God, i.e. the created must not be subject to the will of the creator—only in the questioning of the Father's commands, i.e. in "questioning authority," i.e. the "critiquing" of religion can law become 'changeable']." "The critique of religion ends with the categorical imperative to overthrow all conditions in which man is a debased, enslaved, neglected, contemptible being." ""Criticism [the heart of hate towards the Father's authority] proceeds on to praxis [the individual-social negation of the Father and His authority in the thoughts and the actions of men, i.e. the negation of religion (the negation of obedience to higher authority, i.e. the negation of man's dependence upon any source, other than "human nature," as a foundation from which to evaluate good and evil, right and wrong thinking and acting from, i.e. the negation of God, the Father, "higher authority" from society—a man's dialoguing of his opinion, with others, to a consensus is the "critiquing" of religion and praxis is that criticism put into social action protecting ("redeeming") the individual, i.e. the child, from the Father's authority, from God and His Word, from righteousness]." (Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, ed. Joseph O'Malley). Those of dialectic 'reasoning' perceive the Father's authority, i.e. the child obeying (and demanding obedience from others) to the Father and His commands, regardless of man's or the child's heart's desire, i.e. his "natural inclinations" to be at-one-with the world in the 'moment,' as being a system of hate (though they might deny it to you to keep you "on board," to keep you participating in the process of 'change'). Calling man's faith in God "heartless," is the only response those of dialectic 'reasoning' can have—in a world subject to "human nature," i.e. to the "lust" of the flesh, eyes, and the pride of life, i.e. man's "control" of the world in pleasure (which in truth "controls" him—man's desire to augment pleasure means that pleasure augments him, i.e. is all that is on his mind, as the 'purpose' of life, 'driving' his actions), i.e. in a world 'driven' by pleasure and 'purposed' in 'change' (which is the only foundation upon which psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, etc. i.e. and the "growth," "contemporary," "emergent," etc. "churches," can be built upon, the cornerstone having been rejected, replaced with "human wisdom").
To a deceived world, a world of feelings, a world of "emotions," a world of 'changingness,' established, unchangeable, absolute truth (the "cold truth" as the mind of the flesh perceives it) is "heartless." As two in a garden in Eden saw "God's tree" as their tree (everyone's tree), so Marx, of dialectic 'reasoning,' saw the kings horses as the people's horses. To a world of plurality, tolerant of ambiguity (uncertainty), uniting in diversity (deviancy), duality, a world which sees things as being either right or wrong, black or white (a world of antithesis, where God above judges man below, and man below is being judged by God above, i.e. the Father above judges the children below and the children below are being judged by the Father above), is heartless. To a world of carnal men, of "human nature," God, who is pure and holy (and demands the same of us, only accomplished through faith in the Lord), is heartless. To a world of the flesh ('driving' man to be at-one-with the world, questioning all that is not of the world, i.e. not in, of, and for the sensuous 'moment,' common to and approvable to all men present), spirit (directing man in following after the Lord, obeying His Heavenly Father without question) is heartless. To a world seeking consensus through the dialoguing of men's opinions, confirmation to God's word is heartless. To a world of unrighteousness, of wickedness, righteousness is heartless. To "the children of disobedience," the Father, who demands obedience and chastens his children when they disobey, is heartless. To the world of the many, seeking to become "one" in "equality," the one who is not of man and is above man (in the world but not of it), is heartless. To those basing truth and reality upon the heart of man (the nature of man), God and His Word (to be believed and obeyed as is) is heartless.
To those who want to "control" their lives and the world around them, those who rule over their lives, under God and rule over that which God has given them, are heartless. In a world subject to man's way alone, a world of "pure" man (a world detoxed of righteousness), i.e. a world of wickedness (of immorality), a world of men tolerant of ambiguity, i.e. a world of permissiveness, i.e. a world united upon the dialoguing of men's opinions to a "feeling" of "oneness" (consensus), i.e. a world built upon seduction, deception, and manipulation, a world subject to God's way of thinking and acting alone, of righteousness, i.e. of faith, belief, obedience, and chastening, where truth is preached and taught "as given," is a world of heartlessness. According to those of dialectic 'reasoning' (to those of the "equality" way of thinking and acting, of the heresiarchal paradigm of 'change,' where "human nature" is the standard by which all things are measure, on earth and in heaven) war is engendered by men who seek to please God (the Father), who seek after righteousness, thereby initiating and sustaining a "top-down" way of thinking and acting (a patriarchal paradigm), where God, giving commands to men to be obeyed without question, and chastens them when they disobey, rules over the thoughts and actions of men. (Thank God for His mercy and grace, which those of dialectic 'reasoning' can not accept, God's grace and mercy negating their interpretation of God as being heartless, as they seek to 'justify' their carnal wicked way―"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12.)
To those of the "church growth" paradigm, i.e. "the children of disobedience" (like Karl Marx), using dialectic 'reasoning' to 'justify' "human nature," i.e. turning to the dialoguing of men's opinions to a consensus for their answers, fundamentalists, i.e. those who fear God and Love His word, i.e. believers who turn to God and His Word alone for answers, are heartless (divisive, the source of controversy and division).
Unless the heart be changed by God, it remains as it is, deceitful and wicked, controlling the affairs of men. God's word says: "Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?" Proverbs 20:9 "'To purge [man] of sin' with all the aids of the dialectics, therefore, is to rob him of true salvation." (Rene Fulop-Miller, The Power and Secrets of the Jesuits)
The apostate church (turning to dialectic 'reasoning,' to the ways of the world, to the paradigm of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud) is attempting to take the bride of Christ (those who love Christ above all things on earth and in heaven) and sell her soul at the market square as a whore. "Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore [to be at-one-with the world in pleasure, to make the world her heart's desire]; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness." Leviticus 19:29 It is why we are the nation we are today, a nation of wickedness, promoting wickedness around the world.
"Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:" 2 Peter 2:14
"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." James 4:1-10
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalms 51:10
"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." Romans 8:16-18
"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes." 1 Timothy 2:22, 23
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17
"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. John 5: 19; 7:18
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain." 1 Corinthians 2:14; 1:21; 3:19, 20
"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need." Philippians 4:11, 12
"Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." Hebrews 13:4
"Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD." Jeremiah 6:15
And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw." Ezekiel 16:50
"I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof." Proverbs 1:26-30
While with the Father-son relationship there is tension between the Father (who knows) and the child (who "feels"), without the "aid" of dialectic 'reasoning,' the 'justification' of the child's "feelings" over and against the Father's commands, i.e. "feeling," or as Karl Marx called it "sense experience," over and against the Father's knowing ("Thus saith the Lord," "It is written"), the child can not escape the Father-son tension, i.e. the "guilty conscience" for following after his own "feelings" instead of having faith in the Father's knowing (in the Father, obeying His commands). Only with the "aid" of dialectic 'reasoning,' i.e. self-social 'justification,' can the child declare and practice revolution against (negate) the Father and His authority (the "establishment"), living life according to his own carnal, worldly, "human nature" (that which he has in common with the world), void the Father and His restraints, i.e. "doing his thing" without a "guilty conscience," i.e. without "bad feelings." Having a heart of love for the world he therefore has a heart of hate toward the Father, i.e. toward God, i.e. toward the "establishment." "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24
When the "church" embraces the use of dialectic 'reasoning' to "grow" itself it must negate the Father and His authority, redemption from judgment is thus reinterpreted as "redemption" from the Father. "Redemption" from the "establishment" thus becomes its only thought and action (theory and practice), negating the reason why Christ was sent by the Father, to not only redeem us from His Father wrath upon us (eternal damnation in hell for our sin against Him, i.e. for our love of this world), but also reconcile us to His Heavenly Father, so that we can spend eternity, i.e. have eternal life with Him.
Even though you might be "working" for the "kingdom of God," if you do not know Christ (He does not know you) then your heart remains just as Karl Marx's heart, subject to the ways of the world. The "spirit" of unity in the "church," based upon "human nature" and "human reasoning," both subject to the process of 'change,' is not the standard by which we are to weigh ourselves. We are weighed not according to the standards of men but rather according to the standards of God, as revealed in His Word alone (to mingle the two is confusion, the dialectic plan of the enemies of God, even calling themselves "ministers of righteousness" to deceive the many―2 Corinthians 11:12-15).
"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son." 1 John 5:1-9
Don't be confused: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
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