'You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything
in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.'
Udo Frentzen 2014/19
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|I 1 Remarks || ||God's Self-description |
| || ||The Word of God |
|I 2 Revelation || ||Propagation |
| || ||Exegesis |
| || ||Evaluation |
| || ||Development |
|I 3 Jesus Christ || ||New covenant |
| || ||His message |
| || ||Worldly corruption |
| || ||Following |
| || ||Resurrection |
| || ||Ascension |
| || ||Second Coming |
|I 4 Holy Spirit || ||Rebirth |
| || ||Encouragement |
| || ||Guidance in life |
| || ||Guidance of faith |
| || ||Paths of life and death |
| || ||False visions |
|I 5 Faith || ||Grace and light |
| || ||Being sure |
| || ||Good over evil |
| || ||Intent |
| || ||Fruit of the light |
| || ||Priorities |
| || ||Contribution |
|I 6 Reason || ||Categories |
| || ||Problem solving |
| || ||Questioning |
| || ||Collection of knowledge |
| || ||Enlargement of knowledge |
| || ||Enlargement of the radius of action|
| || ||Expansion of boundaries |
|I 7 Maturity || ||Categories |
| || ||Public discussion |
| || ||Independence of mind |
| || ||Emancipation |
| || ||Essentials |
| || ||Telos of mind |
|I 8 Overall comprehension|| ||Values |
| || ||Responsibilities |
| || ||Priorities |
| || ||Means |
| || ||Tasks |
| || ||Results |
|I 9 Peroration || || |
I 1 Remarks
The writer confesses the Christian Faith in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Mat 28,19)
Intended is a guide to spiritually, mentally and physically responsible treatment of all objects.
Definition of truth for the essay is: have all points of responsible treatment been considered?
All bible quotations are out of TNIV.
1a) God’s self-description
1a1) God is creator of heaven and the earth with
a1,1) Space, time, energies, materials, forces, plants, animals and humans. (Gen 1,1)
a1,2) Grace, revelation and spirit for man to exhaust His sources of life. (Ps 36,8-9)
1a2) God said to Moses: ‘I am who I am.’ (Ex 3,14) and
'I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.' (Ex 20,2)
1a3) 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one.' (Deu 6,4)
1a4) 'Great is the Lord, most worthy of praise; his greatness no-one can fathom.' (Ps 145,3)
1a5) 'I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.' (Isa 44,6)
1a6) 'They [the earth and the heavens] will perish, but you remain;...' (Heb 1,11)
1a7) 'No one has ever seen God.' (Joh 1,18)
1a8) '... the Lord ... does not live in temples build by human hands.' (Acts 17,24)
1a9) Any image of the Lord would be in man's existential situation completely inadequate and
in cosmic dimensions, his next step, he will remain as miniscule as before, - called for is a
larger understanding of God, nature and man than we have today.
1b) The Word of God
His Word speaks through revelation, prophets, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. (Rom 8,26)
1b1) He does not want to be worshiped with sacrifices, - to the contrary, He gave His Son as a
sacrifice that man may overcome sin and in faith work in His vineyard (Luk 20,9) for man,
society and nature to 'Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.' (Luk 3,8)
1b2) He does not need to be thanked or praised, - to the contrary, He wants people to proceed
on their pilgrimage with courage (Deu 31,7), virtue (2Tim 2,15) and in His Spirit over genera-
tions (Deu 11,21) and the future to come. (Rom 8,38)
1b3) His Teaching is divine pedagogic.
He wants to inscribe his instructions into man's hearts and minds. (Jer 31,33; Heb 10,16)
'See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.' (Jer 21,8)
The Word of God is comprehensive life science. 'Seek me and live' (Amo 5,4)
Look at life, disease, danger, war and death. Question them. Choose life.
He wants people to pass on by example life's wisdoms with its multifarious factors on the
micro-meso-macro scales to future generations for a long term future for mankind.
I 2 Revelation
'In your strength you will guide them...' (Ex 15,13)
The depositum fidei comprises the scriptures and testimonials.
2a) Propagation is mostly by word, text and sense.
2b) Exegesis is by empirical, scientific, aesthetic and spiritual means.
2c) Evaluation is by standards of accuracy, plausibility, credibility, sincerity and significance,
also checking for eg gaps, add-ons, changes, corruption, instrumentalization and deception.
2d) Development of teaching is by recovery of new sources, public discussions, advances in
scientific and technological knowledge, raising of standards, sound theology and new grasping
of issues, as well as in inter-confessional dialogs by reconciliation, tolerance, hospitality, re-
spect of human rights, integrative praxis and recognition of interdependencies to arrive at
transformed statements of faith with higher, more general and unifying principles.
I 3 Jesus Christ
'You are the salt of the earth.' (Mat 5,13)
Jesus is the Messiah, the example, how to renew life and to overcome death. (Mar 8,29)
3a) He made by his death a new covenant for the forgiveness of sins. (Jer 31,31; Luk 22,20),
not to condemn, but to redeem the world. (Ps 97,2; Joh 12,47)
3b) His message opens spiritual sources of life through grace, faith, love, repentance, confes-
sion, forgiveness, reconciliation, freedoms, comprehension, justice, healing and peace.
3c) He demonstrates the corruption of worldly powers, eg deception and murder. (Mat 15,19)
3d) He gathered a following to emulate him and to teach the Word to all nations. (Mat 28,19)
3e) He rose from the dead three days after crucifixion. (Mar 16,4)
3f) He rose up to heaven (Luk 24,51) and send his disciples the Holy Spirit. (Joh 14,15)
3g) He will come again and call to judgment the living and the dead by their faith. (Joh 5,24)
I 4 The Holy Spirit
'… The spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.' (1Cor 2,10)
The Holy Spirit touches people over all times and places. (En Redemptoris Missio 21-27)
4a) He addresses the heart (Jer 31,33), spirit and body in union to be reborn. (Tit 3,5)
4b) He encourages (Ps 23; Rom 1,11) and consoles the oppressed. (Ps 17; Mat 5,1)
4c) He guides man in love (Deu 6,4; Joh 15,12), truth (Deu 5,20; Joh 16,13), wisdom (Deu 4,6;
Joh 5,13), righteousness (Ex 23,1) and generosity. (Mat 5,38)
4d) He guides faith to spiritual self-responsibility (Neh 13,14; 2Pet 1,5), spiritual-mental-
practical gifts (1Cor 12,1) and proper management. (Gen 39,2)
4e) He lays out the paths of life and death to find the way to prosper. (Deu 30,15; Acts 2,28)
4f) He points at false visions (Jer 23,25), dreams (Zec 10,2) and spirits. (1Joh 4,2).
I 5 Faith
'By their fruit you will recognize them.' (Mat 7,16)
Spiritual objects are grasped in faith.
Faith is man’s bond to God by divine inspiration and interwoven human vision.
5a) Faith lives in His spiritual grace and His intellectual light.
5b) 'Faith is being sure... of what we do not see.' (Heb 11,1)
5c) Faith is an ethos to pursue good over evil.
5d) As an intent it stands before His judgment, - not with accumulated good deeds. (Tit 3,5)
5e) 'The fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth.' (Eph5,9)
5f) Its result oriented priorities are non-violence and address of major issues.
It abhors power methods. It addresses present day conflicts for conflict solving.
Major issues are today globalization and cosmization by hegemonic policies.
5g) Faith gives a positive contribution to live and matter.
It forms out a chain of small pearls on a string adaptively to carry an envisioned human project
with reason and maturity in overall comprehension of values, responsibilities, priorities, means,
tasks and results, overcoming with determination any inhibiting factor.
I 6 Reason
'- let the wise listen and add to their learning,...' (Pro 1,5)
Natural objects are explained in reason.
6a) Its categories are quantity, quality, relation and modality.
6b) It abhors contradictions. It addresses present day problems for problem solving.
6c) It questions all objects. Basic questions are: Who is God? What is nature? What is man?
What is life? What is death? Which is the best way to proceed?
6d) It collects and manages knowledge in the ethos to pursue true over false.
6e) It enlarges the canon of knowledge by questioning, search and the tools of cognition.
6f) It enlarges the radius of action with the thinkable, calculable, do- and useable.
6g) It expands boundaries of man versus man made and natural living environments.
I 7 Maturity
'...and be taken forward to maturity,...' (Heb 6,1)
Human-social objects are understood in maturity.
7a) Its categories are content, reality, functions, logical and mathematical space, presentation,
environments, cosmic environments and inhibiting factors.
7b) It abhors omission. It addresses present day issues in public discussions.
7c) It forms out an independent mind, able to question, look, think and act for itself.
7d) It gains emancipation, acting with self-understanding, -determination, -reliance, -preser-
vation, -realization and -presentation to proceed towards new horizons.
7e) It generates the essentials for man and society.
7f) Telos of mind aims at moral utopia, ethical-mental awareness for a long term future of man.
I 8 Overall comprehension
'To act justlly and to to love mercy...' (Mic 6,8))
Overall comprehension is a figure of faith, grown out of man's holy image before the Lord.
It builds on a spiritual horizon with a set of religious principles, a mental horizon with know-
ledge about man, society, nature, God, an historic horizon with knowledge about past events
and a human horizon with long term aspirations.
It spans in an envisioned human project the multifarious steps from conception to decision to
realization and practically applies at each step relevant values, responsibilities, priorities,
means and tasks to reach an acceptable result.
Constitutionality serves as aspirational red thread in cosmic dimensions.
A value gives a direction to a course of action, not to fall back on itself.
A responsibility combines an ethical value with a concrete task.
Priorities concentrate on non-violence and address of major issues.
Means are enlightenment of the general population.
A task realizes, protects and advances a value.
Man adopts for self-interpretation a self-set, defining value and standard: human dignity, being
universal, invariable, inalienable, codifiable, falsifiable and livable.
Scaled up intent is to expand sound theology’s, maturity’s, reason’s and ethic's freedoms.
8a1) Value classes are universal existential, humanitarian, framework and object ones.
8a2) Value scale is ordered hierarchically according to significance and range of validity.
They are deduced from the dignity of man by an unbroken interlinked tree structure.
a2,1) Primary universal values are love, dignity and integrity of nature. They abhor violence.
a2,2) Secondary universal value is truth. It abhors deception.
It extends to all objects as far as self-awareness, curiosity, imagination and ambition do.
a2,3) Tertiary universal and primary value for society is unity of mankind. It abhors segre-ga-
tion. As existential value it is based on equity and justice with the rule of law.
a2,4) Fourth universal, humanitarian values are freedom, emancipation and welfare.
a2,5) Professional standards are guidelines of state of the art field knowledge and praxis.
a2,6) Item specific standards are bench marks of properties and performance.
Man is responsible to act in stewardship for the creation (Gen 2,15), followed by judgment on
the last day. (Joh 12,48)
They are universal and existential duties for the betterment of man and the natural environ-
ment as long time challenges over succeeding generations.
8b1) Man can be held accountable, as he can research, know, precalculate, restrain and ad-
vance his singular and habitual, individual and collective, present and future actions.
8b2) General responsibility rests with the sovereign, the people, on a global, timeless scale.
8b3) It is shared according to contributing parts by eg the political representative, researcher,
developer, producer, sales person, end user, commentator and affected party.
8b4) Its scope comprises all values of life and matter in cosmic dimensions, where man's
radius of action is expanding with the number of variable causal factors.
8b5) From today on, it does not suffice anymore to 'Keep watch over yourselves and all the
flock... Be shepherds of the church of God…' (Act 20,28), but requires raising the standards of
care for all people to establish legal and practical safeguards against the self-extinction of
Priorities of faith with sound theology are non-violence and address of major issues.
Non-violence stays away from degradation of man, social frameworks and the environment, -
even 'If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.' (Luk 6,29)
8c2) Major issues
Major issues change over time. Today they are protection against globalization and cosmiza-
tion by hegemonic policies, exploiting man and nature under cover of image fascism.
Means are enlightenment in seamless argumentation to convince and correct.
His Spirit with faith, truth and justice overcomes hostile forces. (Rev 19,13)
8d1) Cognition strives at universal treatment of objects of any class and magnitude in their
◦ Objective, verifiable, complete, balanced description of forces and properties.
◦ Natural, human, social and spiritual dimensions.
◦ Levels of reality, abstraction and complexity.
◦ Applications, results and consequences.
◦ Situation, context, environment in space-time of the micro-meso-macro cosmos.
◦ Aspects, contributed by all people in public discussions.
8d2) Management of knowledge provides collection of objects' properties and forces, their
sources, classification, check, publication, accessible storage and distribution.
A task is faithfulness to His Word (Neh 13,30) and obedience to righteousness. (Rom 6,16)
It requires the fitting spiritual-human-material tools like out of a well stacked tool chest of a
technician to address each factor in a global, complex, vulnerable, interdependent techno-city.
8e1) A task is contended for and accepted with conviction, initiative and expertise.
8e2) It defines the object of attention, value, legal protection and benefit.
e2,1) It sets up a list of man made and natural objects with their forces, properties, applica-
tions, consequences and significance.
e2,2) It sets up a list of values with their priorities, means and promotive/protective tasks.
8e3) It sets up a structure of advisory, supportive, supervisory and corrective institutions to
e3,1) Provide foresight of opportunities and whistle blowing of dangers.
e3,2) Promote spiritual-human-material projects.
e3,3) Solve conflicts out of opposing interests for advantages and predominance.
8e4) It adheres to due process of law.
e4,1) A local, state, national and international court system and mutually recognized legal
institutions practice public and private mediation, arbitration and litigation.
e4,2) Legal processes run along a determined, long winding, complex chain from regulation
to supervision, subpoena, decision, law enforcement, compensation to reconciliation.
8e5) Ethics takes a stand against gross criminal corruption.
Active social forces bring into interaction originators, populations, man made objects, nature
and God. They determine the state of political-social affairs and are able to advance or de-
stroying man, society and nature. They can
8f1) Move in transgression of boundaries towards
f1,1) Planetary catastrophes through depletion of resources, pollution and climate change.
f1,2) Enslavement and collapse of political-social systems through open and hidden combat.
f1,3) Self-extinction of mankind through A-B-C-G-R-N warfare.
8f2) Move in a collective enterprise towards
f2,1) Realization of a durable society with international conflict solving.
f2,2) Expansion of theological and mental knowledge and boundaries of social and natural
living conditions into the micro-macroscopic ranges over ages.
f2,3) Envisioning cosmic survival and emancipation.
I 9 Peroration
'Let those who are thirsty come;
and let all who wish
take the free gift of water of life.'
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