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The History of Christianity #87
Our History of Christianity Scripture verse today is 1 Corinthians 12:27 which reads: "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular."
Our History of Christianity quote today is from St. Ignatius of Antioch. He said: "It is right, therefore, that we not just be called Christians, but that we actually be Christians."
Today, in the History of Christianity, we are looking at "The Imperial Church - The Impact of the New Order" (Part 1) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
The most immediate consequence of Constantine's conversion was the cessation of persecution. Until then, even at times of relative peace, Christians had lived under the threat of persecution, and what was for many the hope of martyrdom. After Constantine's conversion, that threat and that hope dissipated. The few pagan emperors who reigned after him did not generally persecute Christians, but rather tried to restore paganism by other means. But the immediate impact of that conversion on the life of the church went far beyond the obvious cessation of persecution. In this regard, a series of imperial edicts granted the church and its leaders' privileges whose echoes may still be seen in some areas in the twenty-first century. One of this was tax exemption for church properties, as well as making it legal to bequeath property to the church. Over the long run, this would mean that the church would come to own vast lands and other riches. The bishops -- at the time there were about eighteen hundred of them - as well as other clergy were also granted exemption from taxes, from military conscription, and from the days of labor that others were forced to devote to public works.
Being able to acknowledge the higher self and the ego—together—takes contemplation. Tune in this week as Lisa Jones and I discuss how those awakened and contemplating are examples for us to mirror. Not much unlike a landmark or a beacon, the way to go is marked. If devotion and spiritual authenticity is affirmed, the contemplation of it can have a transforming and awe-inspiring effect on those who witness it. This is a natural consequence of experiencing a spiritual truth. This show is about developing the skill of contemplation. We learn that concentration and trusting one’s inner compass enables us to apprehend the mysterious and divine laws of life. Often, this hidden spiritual power emanates from us, influencing others, without us being aware of how it happens. Two things hold true in contemplation: 1 – we can survey our inner lives and make certain our personal resources are intact; 2 – we can exert influence on any depletion and fix the cause.
Causality (also referred to as causation is the relation between an event (the cause) and a second event (the effect), where the second event is understood as a physical consequence of the first.
In common usage, causality is also the relation between a set of factors (causes) and a phenomenon (the effect). Anything that affects an effect is a factor of that effect. A direct factor is a factor that affects an effect directly, that is, without any intervening factors. (Intervening factors are sometimes called "intermediate factors".) The connection between a cause(s) and an effect in this way can also be referred to as a causal nexus.
Morality (from the Latin moralitas "manner, character, proper behavior") is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good or right and those that are bad or wrong. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with "goodness" or "rightness."
in Self Help
In his self-motivation talk, Scott Geller explores how we can inspire and empower ourselves to go beyond the call of duty.
Geller begins by asking three simple questions: Can we do it? Will it work? And finally, is it worth it? Answering "yes" to all three questions indicates that we feel competent, a quality which is likely to lead to higher self-motivation.
Geller follows the question of competency with another C-word: choice. Those who feel like they have more autonomy will become more self-motivated. When we work for a pleasant consequence, we are more likely to feel as though we are working towards something. On the other hand, when we are working to avoid a negative consequence, we are more likely to feel controlled and limited. Geller encourages us to be mindful of the choices and opportunity we have available to us, ultimately becoming "success-seekers" rather than "failure-avoiders."
MENTAL ILLNESS IS A TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCE..OF??? NUMEROUS GENETIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES COME INTO PLAY. ARE THERE SOME MORE SIMPLISTIC METHODS OF CONTROL? AND DOES IT HAVE TO ALWAYS BE A PHARMACEUTICAL? TUNE IN
But we are able to mention what is more exalted than this: for do not think in your heart that God exists in a place. If you localize the Lord of all in a place, then it is fitting for you to say that the place is more exalted than he who dwells in it. For that which contains is more exalted than that which is contained. For there is no place which is called incorporeal. For it is not right for us to say that God is corporeal. For the consequence (would be) that we (must) attribute both increase and decrease to the corporeal, but also that he (God) who is subject to these will not remain imperishable.
Now, it is not difficult to know the Creator of all creatures, but it is impossible to comprehend the likeness of this One. For it is difficult not only for men to comprehend God, but it is (also) difficult for every divine being, (both) the angels and the archangels. It is necessary to know God as he is. You cannot know God through anyone except Christ, who has the image of the Father, for this image reveals the true likeness in correspondence to that which is revealed. A king is not usually known apart from an image.
Consider these things about God: he is in every place; on the other hand, he is in no place. With respect to power, to be sure, he is in every place; but with respect to divinity, he is in no place. So then, it is possible to know God a little. With respect to his power, he fills every place, but in the exaltation of his divinity, nothing contains him. Everything is in God, but God is not in anything.
Now what is it to know God? God is all which is in the truth. But it is as impossible to look at Christ as at the sun. God sees everyone; no one looks at him. But Christ, without being jealous, receives and gives. He is the Light of the Father, as he gives light without being jealous. In this manner he gives light to every place.
For everything which is visible is a copy of that which is hidden. For as a fire which burns in a place without being confined to it, so it is with the sun which is in the sky, all of whose rays extend to places on the earth. Similarly, Christ has a single being, and he gives light to every place. This is also the way in which he speaks of our mind, as if it were a lamp which burns and lights up the place. (Being) in a part of the soul, it gives light to all the parts. Furthermore, I shall speak of what is more exalted than this: the mind, with respect to actual being, is in a place, which means it is in the body; but with respect to thought, the mind is not in a place. For how can it be in a place, when it contemplates every place? But we are able to mention what is more exalted than this: for do not think in your heart that God exists in a place. If you localize the Lord of all in a place, then it is fitting for you to say that the place is more exalted than he who dwells in it. For that which contains is more exalted than that which is contained. For there is no place which is called incorporeal. For it is not right for us to say that God is corporeal. For the consequence (would be) that we (must) attribute both increase and decrease to the corporeal, but also that he (God) who is subject to these will not remain imperishable. Now, it is not difficult to know the Creator of all creatures, but it is impossible to comprehend the likeness of this One. For it is difficult not only for men to comprehend God, but it is (also) difficult for every divine being, (both) the angels and the archangels. It is necessary to know God as he is. You cannot know God through anyone except Christ, who has the image of the Father, for this image reveals the true likeness in correspondence to that which is revealed. A king is not usually known apart from an image.
BOOM!: A Hugh Ranier Novella~
A retired Navy Seal finds himself in the midst of a government sponsored covert operation with his long time partner. Will he be able to complete the mission without his new girl finding out?
The team has been hired to eliminate the leadership of the largest drug ring in the South. The completion of the mission does not come without consequence, and several people lose their lives. As the week progresses the team is sought out by the leader of a potential terrorist cell.
The story comes from a week in the life of Hugh and his partner, Don Coyne. It follows them as they plan and deliver investigative and covert services for civilians and the government. Can they complete these missions and remain anonymous?
Tonight as a part of our 90 Day Blackout of Main Stream Media & HIP HOP, we are featuring the lecture by Dr. Joy Degruy called Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome from her book of the same title.
On her website, Dr. Joy describes PTSS as the following:
POST TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME As a result of twelve years of quantitative and qualitative research Dr. DeGruy has developed her theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, and published her findings in the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing”. The book addresses the residual impacts of generations of slavery and opens up the discussion of how the black community can use the strengths we have gained in the past to heal in the present.
WHAT IS P.T.S.S.?
P.T.S.S. is a theory that explains the etiology of many of the adaptive survival behaviors in African American communities throughout the United States and the Diaspora. It is a condition that exists as a consequence of multigenerational oppression of Africans and their descendants resulting from centuries of chattel slavery. A form of slavery which was predicated on the belief that African Americans were inherently/genetically inferior to whites. This was then followed by institutionalized racism which continues to perpetuate injury.
Thus, resulting in M.A.P.:
M: Multigenerational trauma together with continued oppression;
A: Absence of opportunity to heal or access the benefits available in the society; leads to
P: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome