FRANCE AND GOD
The flesh, the war!
The human being
The flesh is this psychological part of our soul that originates in the animal world, our human genetic descent, which will necessarily lead us from birth, and more or less throughout our life. From our conception, it will begin to be educated by power struggles, and submit to what dominates it. It will extract of it images that will allow it, by assimilation between them, to bring out what it will interpret as being good or evil.
According to education and experience, it will therefore be for each one, his good, and his evil. That's why it's so hard for us to understand each other. If we imagine two individual situations originating from the same starting point, as the majority of twins are, since the experience since gestation cannot be perfectly identical, the ends, although nearly similar, are obligatorily a somewhat different. In this particular case, the differences do not necessarily appear in broad outline, because the bases of education, the environment frequently similar, and the external society often remaining the same, the sources of conflicts are smaller and above all manageable without real clashes by the subjects between them.
In childhood, everyone will have more or less difficulties in accepting limits to his self-
As much renewed by the Spirit of God this carnal part will be it, that we will always have access to it, if we give reason to it. From the conception of the embryo, this construction appears and grows by adapting itself to the necessities of survival of its environment, while keeping a more or less good harmony with its fellows. As long as the contact with this environment remains in the higher part of the values received, this construction will assert itself, consolidate itself in a presumption of fundamental truth of its values, and will remain acceptable for the entourage in question. As opposed to this dimension, the problem will come when this environment will no longer correspond to his understanding of the received image, then will be born the: Conflict!
As children, it's thus that some more sensitive, can be corrected simply by the word or a significant gesture of calling into question for them, and others will have to be corrected more severely. The incidence of a mild or severe method will not necessarily appear on the behavior and the character of the adult person in a favorable atmosphere, because the carnal of this one having been more or less subject to an image to which it will have normally given reason, it will know it must not go beyond this limit in its reference context. These are the limits that are so important for the balance of the child and the adult, which are variable depending on the individual and his environment. The carnal part, human, therefore, will have been rationalized by a moral or physical suffering in order to be able to coexist with his fellow men, without biting them too much, without over-
Although conflict is essential to the construction of our soul, according to its management, it will produce a stable or unstable result. In a desire for tranquility, we would generally like to avoid this conflict as an adult, but it is a mistake to flee it. For some children it will settle by a simple movement of the look, and for others a little more severely. From the fetus stage, the child will begin to receive signals that will make it all the easier for him to make the distinction, that the conflict will have been addressed calmly and at the right time.
In this animal world of the flesh, there can be no education without a conflicting situation, without relations of initial power. Although difficult to manage, these conditions are necessary, which is why they must be approached with serenity on the part of the adult. Each of these conflicting situations is the food of the soul, in the construction of our initial individual logic. The conflict will have been positive when it brings the child to a submission that will elevate him to the values of respect for the other. It will be negative, when it brings him to either an uncontrolled dominant attitude or to a crushing of its personality.
Thus is how our soul resembles a mountain stream, near of which we would stand on a bank, and that we should cross every time we a given come across a situation. In each situation encountered one or more bridges would make it possible to pass from one side to the other of the valley. When this situation is known and controlled, we always take the same bridge and that suits us. The difficulty arises, however, when we are challenged in our usual actions or we meet with unknown situation, especially if we must interpret it quickly. According to our position of the moment, of the attitude of mind in which we find ourselves then, we use one or the other of these bridges.
The higher they are at altitude near the source, the more stable and sturdy they will be, because they are easily hung on solid rock. Their length will not be very large, because the stream is small, and the mountains close to each other, but they will remain fundamental values. If they are poorly built, it will be more difficult to go up to them, their altitude being higher, but will still remain the main communications channels. These are the bridges of our first understandings, created by each of our relationships and parental conflicts in our early years. They are fundamental for our balance in the received context, since solidly fixed to a solid rock lacking in major part of sediments that little by little become our personal analyzes.
Conflicts will not always have come into sight to the parents, because in the relationship parent’s children, they will have often been lived in a more or less mild and sometimes unconscious way of the adult, in the only interpretation of the child in look at parental behavior. Others, on the other hand, treated in a strong manner, to see too hard, will be able eventually to go as far as to create disorders of behavior misunderstood later. This is indeed the art of being "parents", this art, already taking birth in our earliest childhood, for the future parent.
To the mild manner of authority, it is indeed often easier to substitute the hard way. Although it may sometimes be necessary very occasionally, it is easier to make it too hard, rather than balanced. To this opposite, it is quite obvious that to sit a bridge between two mountainsides, the tool used is not the brush, as could be a reproving smile, although compassionate. Conceived to withstand for many years the floods of the strong torrents of life, it would otherwise be quickly destabilized from the first rising waters, or even as soon as it was borrowed as reasoning, especially in adulthood.
In the mountains, a bridge is generally built on two rocky escarpments, nearest possible to each other than can be the other parts of the slopes. They are for the child, the main time of parental contacts from which the child will keep images and limits of behavior in relation with the remainder of the society. The "tools" necessary for the preparation of both mountain slopes are provided available to parents. They range from encouragement in the manifestation of love of the child, to the more or less severe reprimand.
If it is normal to take tools corresponding to the work to be done, it is generally not useful to use the dynamite which would destroy the bases of the said escarpments, and the points of reference of the child. This dynamite is often only an unexpected anger or violence from one or both parents sometimes even between them. In its egocentricity, the child then sees it as a personal implication of which it does not necessarily understand the meaning. A gaping hole can then occur, in the soul of the child, which can go as far as to sweep one or more existing points of reference.
Here we are simplifying the problem by bringing it back to the unity of a person or a group. If we add to these family and fraternal circumstances, the external environment or the simple disunity of the couple, we would soon realize that what one person can strive to build in one way, it is easy for another to sweep it by any deformation of already accepted references, individual or collective. This multiplies all the more the complexity of our individual reactions.
The initial bridges are the very foundations of the individual and will in general be very frequently used and therefore very stable. For other people, it can go from minefields to others minefields. If the one who lived these minefields found in adulthood the momentum of his first years it will see the both mountainsides not too distant, to the point that he would like to take the step towards possible parental references for example. He will however reject them most often, for fear of finding a suffering identical to that experienced in childhood that he could not bear anymore. The more time is spent, the more the river will be enlarged, and the less easy it will be to cross it, but the more likely it will be to feel rejected in its refusal of personal acceptance. If he tries to apply what he thinks he perceives from a distance, his actions will be so vague and influenced by so many other received values that they will further distance him from his aim: The recognition and the love of his parents for example!
That's why it's so important to live from a very young age, a happy parents-
The first youthfulness passed, not many bridges will be again built, and the majority of those already existing will be used, can then strengthen themselves in their presumption of truth or be deteriorated. The valley will have widened, the mountains will less higher, and the cultivable land of reasoning will often produce a more unstable construction of those that may eventually be created. The torrent will generally be less impetuous, but as it will be more abundant, it will not be less difficult to cross.
The topography of the terrain has changed, the mountains are lower, but the length of the bridges has increased, and their anchor on the ground has become more difficult. The shores are more varied, and the universe of discoveries has expanded. They appear through the out-
So that all these bridges built through the upheavals of life to remain durable and reliable, it will be necessary to remove more and more alluvium of reasoning to sit on firm ground, at the risk that their own weight makes collapse them. This is one of the reasons why, when we meet God, we have to become like a child again. These are often very difficult circumstances or failures that have led us to God, which is why the conflicts generated by this situation must be managed in a positive way to be beneficial to the establishment of a new bridge. The generality is unfortunately quite different, and produces more often the destruction or the great deterioration of the bridges primitively used by the individual, without any other bridge coming to open a new path of access with new reasoning. Many of them become then the excluded of our society, which we find in a great idleness in the streets, for lack of having been able to bear the pitfalls of their failures.
We are indeed much more fragile than we can suppose when everything is fine; for example, because we have suffered from misunderstanding of a father or mother in our childhood, or have simply believed it, we will have condemned them and will retain this condemnation unconsciously as an adult. We will reproduce, if need be, by opposing but equally extreme attitudes, situations similar to those of our parents. It is in this that God gave His fifth commandment, (Exodus 20-
To honor one's father or mother, indeed brings these basic references, indispensable to the construction of every human being.
If this advice is given to children, others are given to parents: (Ephesians 6-
Because the logic of man is created by conflict, suffering and misfortune, it does not allow him to meet love in its true dimension!
The Old Testament is nothing different from the New. Although many keep from the old, the image of "who likes well, punishes well", to correct to excess, there is in this adage the balance, from which those who claim themselves of it, bring us a bad image. We could read, whoever loves his child before himself, knows how to bring him all good things with balance, and by love for him, never in excess neither violence nor weakness, in balance therefore, for make him the winner of life.
In order to be able to go further, just as we lifted the veil on "divine" kingship, I would like to lift a taboo of religiosity 1, which tends to interpret the "carnal" dimension only in the sexual relation. Jesus did say, (John 3-
1) Religiosity: Effect of sensitivity on religious attitude, leading to a vague personal religion.
Did he set these limits of the flesh, in the only sexual relationship? Of course not! If that were the case, it would mean that anything that is not sexuality is spirit. So he gave it for any attitude born in the soul under the animal kingdom and by the animal kingdom, whether it be the human feelings that one can consider the best or the worst. The dimension of the flesh indeed depends well on the animal kingdom, of which sexuality is a part when it is related only to the needs of the body, the one already available to Adam and Eve. It was for this simple reason that it was so impossible for them to enter the kingdom of God, having eaten the tree of knowledge in the face of their conscience. This conscience being the image of God the Father in us!
The "flesh" indeed can only reproduce what it knows, and what it recognizes exists only in the dimension "domination / submission". The French vocabulary, although rich, does not allow us to truly differentiate between submission by recognized inferiority, or freely consented submission recognized to be from God as a result of respect for established responsibilities, which then falls under the Spirit of God.
So we could almost write about the flesh "responsibility = superiority / submission = inferiority". Unfortunately, far too many couples and families have lived and still live, believing that they respect the word of God. It is also for this reason that the right to vote was only granted to women so late. Given the inferiority attributed to them, by the submission they owed to the man, normally protective by nature, their opinions were not taken into account, whereas they are generally more sensitive than the man in the flesh to feel the snares.
The flesh seeks the value in which it was formed, and in which it is thus glorified. It leads us to act as it has learned to do for all that can bring it merit, by a recognition of its domination or submission, as well physical as intellectual and spiritual. We thus reproduce what we know, by assimilation to a given situation, and gradually our soul is built.
Moreover, it is not really constructed alone, because it is subjected to the "Spirit" or dominated by the "spirit" that leads it. Do not worry; when we talk about the spirit with a small "s", even if we do not talk about the Spirit of God, we are not talking about "demonic" spirits but more about an certain incitement to the "feelings" more or less well appropriate to a particular situation. This is a human dimension on which the enemy of our souls takes its rights, even if the Holy Spirit is also the one who can lead us. We will lingered over this later in the following chapters.
Let's return for the moment to the carnal dimension of a person who has lived all the mine holes from the various explosions, which sometimes left it without real constructive references. They can be for certain of them, feelings of rejection, for others inferiority complexes, for others still inconstancies...
Their management can be difficult, because they can unfortunately bring great damage by deep mental deteriorations. Those who live them may eventually see them, but without understanding them or being able to remedy them. These feelings sometimes push them into extremes that make them look like bad persons, see the "worst". If these people are vaguely aware of their problems, they may assign their misfortune to an only wound that remains gaping over and over again, but do not understand that their bad behavior is due to another of these injuries, much smaller sometimes but also much older and deeper.
These, on the bridges of our examples, are like cavities covered superficially with a thin film of clay or even with a reflection of the sun, which veils the perception of it. As long as the person is in a thoughtful situation, it avoids them almost naturally, but plunges her foot into it every time it meets it in a spontaneous situation. These traps disappear indeed from the conscious memory, but remain all the more active in the spontaneous reactions, which take then the shortcut of the mind without having the time to pass by the supervision of our analysis. Grudges or revolts buried under appearances of forgiveness due to forgetfulness, unexpectedly give excessive behaviors by feeling of injustice and assimilation to a first received image, even if the subject acts to the opposite in conscious situations.
This human mental construct is ours, and we are even much attached to it, because it is "our life", our behavior, and if we change it we would have the impression of no longer being "ourselves". The behaviors generated by this construction sometimes create to us difficulties, and in some parts of our lives we would sometimes like to see them disappear, but as we have forgotten the reasons for their appearance and we need of them to protect ourselves from the evil that we have suffered or would be likely to live again, we keep them without knowing them in the dimension in which they really trap us. They remain and even become what we call: WE!
We do not like that others touch at this part of ourselves; it is our protective bubble, the one we consider ourselves strong to possess. This consideration generally does not exist in a perceptible way to the person itself, except in cases of unclosed wounds where it "interprets" them as intellectually justified, often because of an egocentrism above the average.
All these bad stones that come off the bridge each time we step on it, see bridges half-
Why ourselves? Because the person is more mind than body. If what we see is the body, what we live, what “we are”, is spirit. This brings our soul to compare itself with the "conscience", the image of the Father to which we have access unlike animals. The comparison between the behavior of our soul and that of our conscience is made in us through a distorting mirror that are the carnal feelings of our subconscious, our spirit born under the carnal tutelage of Satan or the mirror without compromise of the Spirit God who is the Holy Spirit given by Jesus.
The carnal dimension, although "spiritual" is related to the lower spirit, and that's what we're looking at for now. That of the Holy Spirit is also spiritual, but true to the image of God. It is through this exact mirror that God wants to revive our hearts and our subconscious, our spirit, no longer open only to the dialogue with spirits of carnal nature, but also with the Holy Spirit.
The rewriting of this set can be only made through our thoughts, our words, and especially our “reactions". It is what we will look in the following chapter.
As long as we live in the initial state, only the carnal dimension is in us, more subject to Satan's dressage logic than to his flourishing in the Love of God. As we have already discussed the subject, this led previous generations to interpret literally some biblical texts of the sometimes severe correction, to see exaggerated to have to apply to the child, because perceived only carnally. Since May 68 and its "Hippie revolution" more idealized by delusions caused drug than by the realities of this world, we have often gone to the opposite extreme. It even happened a time, where to do remonstrating to a child became a form of abuse. That brings us today to France, to a certain youth who knows no more its limits, because we have not fixed them. That is why now that we try to enforce them, they remain subject to their analyzes, in which recognize them as possibly good in their thoughtful actions, but disappear in a dominant position of their carnal presumptions, often by group effect or in their spontaneous reactions.
So the problem does not come from the children, but from the parents, that is today's grandparents. Some of these "grandparents" would like to return to a very brutal way, hence a rise in reciprocal violence and a growing misunderstanding between generations.
It seems that since 2001 and the reestablishment of the teaching of morality in school, the different governments are starting to become aware of it and that is a good thing. This morality that we had in the primary classes, I will say at random, until 1968. The fruits will certainly not be immediate, because the masons know it, it is faster to demolish than rebuild. This is why we will have to remain all the more patient and tolerant while waiting for the harvest of the new reforms. The danger is however to restart the cycle to zero, adopting a too great violence, which would eventually reproduce another May 68.
So, what happened? For fear of taking a tool too powerful to dig the foundations of bridges, as had perhaps been done by previous generations, we have taken to dig neither a pickaxe nor often even a shovel, but a broom or even sometimes a feather duster. As soon as these children, become teenagers or adults, live a conflict superior to the "feather duster", they feel assaulted, but for want of benchmarks, they can find fun to play with bombs which kill the others. They do not accept the reprimand, but consider having rights, because they have gone into the dominant position, even if that leads some of them to live on the street, not to submit to the established rules. We are reaping today our carelessness of yesterday, facing once again, to a balance that God wanted to give.
Everyone must therefore do a work on himself that God alone knows, without fear of losing face before God and men, in a fear that is no longer attached to the carnal results but to the nature's change of our own psychology. (Matthew 10-
Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.//
Although our hair is generally in everyone's sight, I do not know anyone, except perhaps the bald ones, to have such knowledge of him. All the more reason for what is hidden, buried, under all external appearances, and which has piled up in our souls. These appearances, our doubts and our presumptions often lead us to behaviors that we consider bad for others, whereas we consider them good for ourselves. We then condemn others, without knowing the deep reason for their attitudes. We compare ourselves, with OUR eyes. Those there are not likely to contradict us!
In this case our analysis comes in reality from the source that imposes our reactions and not our conscience. We then contradict such behavior, such value, such rules, such law, in order to, it seems to us, to be able to live properly and peacefully in a world of peace. Poor of us, we would be well only in the country of Robinson Crusoe, alone on our island.
As we saw in the previous chapter, since man is not capable of changing himself, and each being different from the other, can he really construct an ideal universe to his own dimension?
It is not the human being that we must condemn through these reflections, but what he feels as being himself and that is only an image buried in his soul by the enemy of our souls, which includes the collective memory. This collective memory that we sometimes identify as a basic postulate that we place before God Himself, and which leads us to build our couple and our environment on futile values opposed to this God of Love, while thinking to serve Him.
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