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It is interesting to note that we as humans carry within us the will to do greater things. We are born with a creativity so immense that gives us the capability to create incredible things. When we are children we believe in ourselves, we believe anything, because we focus on that vast imagination given by God. It is sad to see, however, that we are taught and raised in such a way that begins to structure our creativity into a false “right way”. I say false, because it doesn’t make us genuine, but almost part of a “robotic” civilization that has already been programmed to believe, think, and act in certain ways.

Nevertheless, whenever we hear someone telling us to go back to that creativity we were born with, we consent to it, and completely agree, because somehow we know who we really are. Whoever made us stop believing it, and tried to form us into a rigorous, religious, structured, impossible way if living just wanted to see our potential burned out. It is not but fear that paralyzes us, and that makes us submit to control, because of the terrible lies that we are made to believe. The “fact” that someone else can have control of your life, because it will grant you security. It is not but the evil desire of wanting a false power inspired by hell.

You see we were made by God, and we were not just made by Him, but we were made in such a way that would glorify Him in everything we do. That is why we were given such an amazing creativity, so that we can know Him through it. This means, that when fear comes along with a million lies inspired by control which is witchcraft, it snatches from us who we really are, because we choose to believe it. Fear is not real, it is only an idea placed in your head, sealed in such a way that prevents you from believing something else. It is when we choose to believe what is true that we are set free.

We were not made to follow paradigms that others place. We were not made to live in a routine that others placed. We were not made to work how others work. We were not made to believe how others believe. For all of this vanishes creativity. What is so wrong when someone is inspired in a way that blows the mind of others? What is so wrong with breaking the routine? What is so wrong with creating something impossible?

I have seen from close, the lives of people that had great faith to do great things, but were discouraged, because they got tired of hearing the voices of people around them telling them that they were a failure, that they needed to work, that they didn’t see anything great in them, or a great result from their faith. Perhaps it was because they needed someone to support them. To tell them they were with them. So, I tell you now that if you are one of those people, those are all just lies. Lies that want to burn the creativity in you. That want to stop you from doing what you were born to do. I encourage you to keep going, and have a new faith. A faith that surpasses all understanding. Dream again, and put those dreams into action, because nothing can stop you if you believe correctly.

Mark 9:23

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Also, to all of those that have once discouraged others with their words,  it is probably because you were discouraged before, but let me tell you that anything is possible. Even if you are at an old age, whatever you set yourself to do you will overcome. I love you all, and I hope that this message will give you a new faith to believe in the creativity, and potential that is in you, again.

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A Generation of Greatness


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One of the things I’ve learned throughout all my life is that there is nothing better than following the voice of God, and walking in His righteous path. We have all been designed with a powerful purpose that comes from God that brings the heavenly designs onto earth. We must choose and determine ourselves with all our heart to fulfill it.

Walking in the identity of Jesus in us will take the death of our own ego. In order for us to receive His identity, we must lose our lives. For he who loses his life for Jesus will find the Life. That will take the love for Him first, and then the love for our neighbor. It is not about seeking our own, but about fighting along with your brother and sister. It is not about winning a name for us, but about changing the destiny of our nation and future generations. It is not about fulfilling our dreams and desires, but about opening a gap where the Kingdom of God can be established here on earth. It is not about seeking the success the world seeks, but about giving our lives for those we love, for He who we love, in order for His will to be done here and now.

Do not seek that which the world seeks, for it is perishable. Seek that which is eternal, for that is what brings true Life, fulfillment, and success. Our success is not determined on how much money we won, or how many goods we have, or how much the world recognizes us, or on all the great things we achieved, for that only fills our ego and perishes. God is looking for those that will go to the darkest and deepest places on earth in order to fill them with light, and free His people. He is looking for those that are willing to die in order for others to live. He is looking for those that are brave enough to stand in the gap and stop the next flood or judgment.

God does not want to destroy the world. He wants to save it with all that He is, that He was willing to give His one and only Son for us. That is what we must be willing to do. So I say to you, do not faint, do not give up, don’t let yourselves be fooled by the enemy. Always listen to the voice of God. For those that achieve greatness, are those that walk conforming to YHWH, are those that are capable of going further than the impossible, are those that are not fearful of climbing the steepest mountains, are those that are fearless of going past their limits, are those that run with the sound of warhorses and eagles, are those that make the earth and hell tremble, are those that die for other, and are those that guide themselves by the voice of God.

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Breaking the Structures of Reason


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Thomas Aquinas the Dominican and Catholic philosopher and theologian argued for the existence of God on the basis of the concepts of potency and act, following Aristotle. He explains that a motion or change involves going from potentiality to actuality. For example, your dinner has the potentiality to be hot and your oven actualizes that potential. Your dinner doesn’t have the capability of making itself hot; this means that no potential can actualize itself. There must be something outside of the potential for it to be actualized.

Also, the immediate efficient cause of a thing is simultaneous with it. For example, the immediate cause of a car being pushed is the application of the hands and force of the person. But those hands take their position because of his nervous system, and also because his friend asked him to push the car. With this, there comes the distinction between accidentally ordered and essentially ordered series.

An example of an accidentally ordered series is when a father begets a son, and his son can beget a son even if his father is dead. This means that the father’s continuing presence and action is unnecessary for the series to continue. This can apply for the car. It can be pushed even if the friend asked for this request two days earlier.

An essentially ordered series is like when a stick pushes a soda can. The stick cannot push the soda can if there isn’t a hand making the stick push the can. This means that whenever the last part of the series exists, which is the hand moving the stick, the earlier parts exist, which is the stick pushing the can. Eventually, the later members of the series have no independent powers of motion of their own. The can and the stick can’t move if the hand doesn’t move them.

The essentially ordered series needs a beginning, while an accidentally ordered series doesn’t. Even so, the hand is not the first member. It moves, because the arm moves, and the arm moves because the right muscles flex, and they flex because certain neurons fire, etc. Inevitably, this means that without a first member, there would be no series because it is only the first member that is doing anything, and the later members are mere instruments.

This means that the first mover in a series like this must be unmoved or unchanging. If it is movable or changeable, it is another way of saying it can go from potential to actual. Then, there would have to be something outside of it actualizing its potential, but it can’t be the first mover, because something else would be moving it. It must be something unmovable. This being must be pure actuality, or Pure Act, with no potentiality. With no potency to realize, this being could not move or change and his answer is God. God is the only one that doesn’t change, and is Pure Act. He is the one that makes everything be.

Aquinas also explains some of the divine attributes of God using reason. One of them is that He is one. He explains, if there were more than one god, there would have to be some way of distinguishing them. To distinguish two things, one must have an attribute that the other lacks. But lacking a feature is just an unrealized potentiality. A purely actual being has no unrealized potentialities. For example, if one such being were more powerful than another that would mean the other one had failed to fully actualize its potential for power.

Another attribute he explains is being immaterial. He says that being material involves being changeable, but a purely actual being cannot be changeable. Therefore, God would have to be outside of time and space.

Now that I have explained all of this, let me tell you what I believe. I do believe that you can prove the existence of God, and some of His attributes using reason, as we just saw. However, you will always be limited.

Thomas Aquinas in this explanation is an example of scholastic philosophy. As I have mentioned before, faith and reason cannot be combined. In the book of Genesis in the Bible, we see that there were two trees in the Garden of Eden; the tree of life, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Before Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they did not reason. They lived by the Spirit, and had all knowledge and wisdom (wisdom that does not come from man; 1 Corinthians 2:4-16). Once they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil all of that knowledge and wisdom, all that guidance from the Spirit of God stopped from being in man, and they were now limited to human strength which made reason flourish. Man would now want to know the answers to everything around them, even to who they were, because they lost their identity which was in the Father. This inevitably led man to reason. Nevertheless, reason could not, has not, and will never give man its identity. That is why people search it on popularity, money, family, education, jobs, businesses, intelligence, music, sports, etc. These things will also never give man its identity. Our true identity comes from the Father, and He is the only one that can give it to us. Otherwise, we will never understand why we are here.

This is why I believe that faith and reason cannot be combined, and utilized in a way that they strengthen each other without conflict, when they are completely the opposite. Reason blocks faith from flourishing, it creates walls of darkness that don’t let the “impossible” (to the mind) be made possible. While with faith everything is possible, because when you believe and have faith the things happen, they come and that which was immaterial becomes material.

Hebrews 11

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

If faith cannot be seen through the natural eye or reason, how can we expect it to be made one with it? Faith is faith, and your level of faith will determine your life and future. If you have faith you can be healed without taking medicine, you will. If you don’t have faith in God or in the spiritual things of God, then you will never reach your highest potential. This is because reason will always limit me into synthetizing my spirit with the Spirit of God.

Combining faith and reason is like combining the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the tree of life. This is because faith comes from the tree of life, while reason began in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Our true origin is not reason; Gods’ divine design for us is in the tree of life. Believing we can combine faith and reason is like saying our origin was in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and therefore faith is not real. If I come to the conclusion that my reason is greater and can give me the answers to everything, then I don’t need faith. Ultimately, with that way of thought I have made reason greater than faith, therefore man is greater than God, and as masons would say the perfection of man or the superhuman.

Aquinas said, “It is impossible that the truth of faith should be opposed to those principles that the human reason knows naturally”.

If we analyze this we go back to the same conclusion that reason was originated in sin; in the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Therefore, saying “human reason knows naturally”, he is talking about the fallen nature of man, making this argument false and erroneous.

I conclude, faith and reason can never be made one when their nature and origin lies in different trees.

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