Exposing the seduction, deception, and manipulation of 'change agents.'
Although the dialectical is a complex and subtle process (when applied to individuals, institutions, and situations), it is itself a simple formula which can be used to 'change' any institutions way of "doing business." It is an evil process of seduction, deception, and manipulation, which is perceived, by those who use it, as being "good." I therefore do not really care to cover it in it's diabolical details. I am covering it here only to expose it as an evil system being used to destroy all which is good―which can only come from God. Only God is good! Only God is great! And greatly to be praised. Even the creation declares his glory.
If you understand the dialectical formula, you can go to the next facilitated town hall meeting (or facilitated church board meeting) and watch people being drawn, like flies, into the process. The question is: "How do you stop them?" The answer is: "They must repent before God for putting their trust in themselves and man (sensuousness) and not in the Lord (righteousness)." Unless the Lord open their eyes and their ears, they will go the way of the world. They may even turn and rend you "in the name of the Lord." "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverb. 3: 5-6 "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 10:32, 33
See how your ____(a-desire)____ and ____(b-rules)____, ('play behavior' and 'barrier behavior,' Kurt Lewin) affect and are affected by different situations.
What is your (a) ___________________________? (A desire you have: to relate with something or someone and/or have approval of others. Others you are drawn to or who can augment pleasure in your life. For example: You desire to hang around with someone who makes you feel good and who likes you. It may also be a desire you have and do, yet feel guilty afterwards for doing because of a rule established by a higher authority. For example: You desire to, and thus do hang around with someone you like, and who likes you, yet feel guilty afterwards, knowing your parents would not approve.)
What is your (b) ___________________________? (A rule which you have accepted and do which inhibits or blocks impulses towards desires. A rule which you accept and do, which you would not do if you had not been instructed to do so by a higher authority. For example: Not just going past the garbage, doing what you want to do, but taking the garbage out when you see it needs to be done. Not reaching across the table for food when you want it but waiting for it to be passed around the table to you. Not taking something which is not yours to take, when you know you won't get caught, knowing doing so could "better" your life.)
How does the Apostle Paul explain this condition (the battle between the flesh 'play behavior' and the law 'barrier behavior'? Romans 7:14-25?
How does he explain the solution? 8:1-25? The ultimate solution can not be found in man (sensuousness) but only in Christ (righteousness).
Person one: Traditional (patriarchal) home environment inculcating rules against ____(a)____, that which the child subconsciously wants to do, but accepts as wrong behavior due to chastening or fear of chastening and the desire for parental love, while demanding ____(b)____, that which the child does not want to do at first, but accepts and incorporates as right behavior due to chastening or fear of chastening and the desire for parental love (love is tied to righteousness therefore sensuousness is repressed―R(-s), (sensuousness is made subject to righteousness). The good life is to obey higher authority despite pain or lack of pleasure (anti-permissive environment, producing a strong conscience, "closed" minded, i.e. 'righteous' minded, restraining sensuousness, self controlled and self disciplined, humbling yourself, denying yourself―faith, belief, obedience based, requiring chastening due to the influences of sensuousness―patriarchal paradigm, with the husband (man) ruling, the wife's (woman's) heart being toward the husband (man), and children obeying their parents, in the Lord, thus the system of righteousness restraining the system of sensuousness in the husband, the wife, and the children).
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." Ephesians 6:1-3 "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." John 5:30 "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father who sent me, he gave me commandment what I should say, and what I should speak." John 12:49 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 7:21 "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." Matthew 12:50 "And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:2-4 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
Person two: Transitional (matriarchal) home environment not inculcating rules but suggesting (or inconsistently, "irrationally" demanding) ____(a)____, that which the child subconsciously wants to do, is not in the child's (or parents) best interest, and ____(b)____, that which the child does not want to do, is in the child's (or parent/s) best interest, the child experimenting and deciding for himself what is right or wrong in life based upon what he wants to do, without adult supervision (love is tied to sensuousness and sometimes, when they can not get around it, righteousness, therefore life is chaotic and confusing―R(-s)/S(-r) (righteousness and sensuousness confused). The 'good' life is to enjoy life as much as possible and try to stay out of trouble as much as is possible, approaching pleasure and avoiding pain (confused permissiveness, producing a maladjusted or abnormal super-ego, "closed/open minded?", i.e. sensuous minded―impulsive, sight based, i.e. constantly thinking about doing things but not doing them for fear of getting caught or doing them and trying not to get caught, expressing anger for being caught or corrected, blaming others or the situation for ones actions, matriarchal paradigm, where the woman (harlot) rules, with man abdicating his position of authority to follow after the woman, thus liberating the children from the father's rule, liberating all from the system of righteousness).
"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." James 4:4
Person three: Transformational (heresiarchal) home environment allowing (encouraging) the child to experience ____(a)____ and ____(b)____ for himself, while the adults provide a 'safe' and 'healthy' (physical, mental, and social, i.e. "rational") environment to do so ((love is tied to aestheticism―S(-r) ('righteousness' is 'rationally' made subject to sensuousness) 'right' is tied to both the sensual and the rational united in a common cause. The 'good' life is relative, is situational. Thus the augmentation of pleasure (sensuousness) for self and others, physically, mentally, and socially, by negating pain and its source (righteousness), becomes the 'driving purpose' of life (enlightened permissiveness, producing a healthy super-ego, "open minded," i.e. 'rationally' sensuous minded―calculating, reasoning based, using person two's way of feeling and acting to neutralize and marginalize person one's way of believing and acting, to get both person one and two to think and act like person three in his praxis of negating person one's way of believing and acting―heresiarchal paradigm, where children rule in adult bodies, ruling over the woman and the man in a continuous state of sensuousness, all being guided by the system of seduction, deception, and manipulation in the praxis of continuously sustaining the negation of the system of righteousness).
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" Isaiah 5: 20, 21
Warning: Where all these paradigms fail is that all are condemned before God, none are righteous in themselves before God.
"And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your father, which is in heaven." Matthew 23:9 "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 10:34-39
Comparing them to the parable of the soils (Matthew 4:3-8), i.e. faith, doubt, and self justification. Person one could be like the good soil, ready to receive the word of God because he knows about faith, belief, obedience, and chastening, person two could be like the rocky and thorn infested soil, having a desire to know the truth but easily drawn away by his desire for the approval from others and his desire for the things of this world, and person three could be like the hard soil, "rationally" skilled in processing faith and truth away, treating them as "simple minded" and "irrational" opinions, thus being "irrelevant," he is unable to grasp the meaning of or the need for righteousness. Without faith it is impossible to please God, thus, according to the dialectical process, persons one and two must be 'influenced' to be like person three if the Antichrist (man-Satan 'liberated' in his thoughts and actions of the wrath of God upon his thoughts and actions) is to rule under the banner: "World peace and social harmony." Those who praxis the dialectic process believe that justification is found in human behavior: ''And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16: 15 instead of coming only from God: "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" Romans 3:24 "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:" Romans 5:1 "And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled." Colossians 1:20-21
The "win-win" condition of the dialectical process is that "I can sin and you can sin and we can both feel 'good' about doing it. As long as nobody is 'judgmental' and 'divisive,' exposing the deceitfulness and wickedness of our hearts, 'calling us sinners,' and causing 'dissention.' There is nothing that we 'can not' do for the 'goodness' of man, God, nature and the world, providing we all work together for the common 'good.'" Its called consensus, i.e. the brutalization of the "guilty conscience." "It is the faith of the democrat that no conflict can best be resolved unless all relevant and available human experience and insight is brought to bear on its resolution. No conflict is fully resolved until all have come, through deliberation, to accept the resolution as their own. The best common action on this view must involve the minds and purposes of those engaged in it as well as their bodily efforts. The methods of democratic co-operation are thus oriented, as we have stressed before, to the utilization of all available human resources—resources of purpose, experience, and insight in the planning, the execution, and the evaluation of common action. It is this full utilization of human resources in the guidance of common action that justifies the democrat's faith that democratic co-operation leads to policies and programs which are more relevant to existing conditions, more sensitive to all human values, more generally satisfying to the men concerned, and more enduring than policies and programs based on any other made of social co-operation." (Kenneth Benne, Human Relations in Curriculum Change) And you thought the meeting was all about building parking lots, feeding the homeless, 'building' the kingdom of God or 'growing' the church. Silly you.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." John 3:16-21
Situation ethics is evaluating how people respond to one another in a given situation (attacking, avoiding, approaching), by role playing and through dialogue, and then helping them to decide for themselves what is the right and wrong way to feel, think, and act, with "world peace and social harmony" being the desired outcome. "Role playing" (sensitivity training) negates that which is above (righteousness) by supplanting it with that which is below (sensuousness). That is why sensitivity training is used everywhere today, even in the church.
Situation one: R(-s) encounters -R(-s)
Person one encounters another person who rigidly holds (a) and (b) as wrong behavior. (thesis - antithesis)
Person one encounters another person who rigidly holds (a) and (b) as right behavior. (thesis - antithesis)
Person one encounters another person who rigidly holds (a) as right behavior and (b) as wrong behavior. (thesis - antithesis)
Person one encounters another person who rigidly holds (a) as wrong behavior and (b) as right behavior. (thesis)
Situation two: R(-s) encounters R(-s)/S(-r)
Person one encounters person two who considers (a) and (b) as wrong behavior. (thesis/antithesis)
Person one encounters person two who considers (a) and (b) as right behavior. (thesis/antithesis)
Person one encounters person two who considers (a) as right behavior and (b) as wrong behavior. (thesis/antithesis)
Person one encounters person two who considers (a) as wrong behavior and (b) as right behavior. (thesis/antithesis)
Situation three: R(-s) encounters S(-r)
Person one encounters person three (who is "open minded"). (antithesis)
Situation four: R(-s)/S(-r) encounters -R(-s)/-S(-r)
Person two encounters person two. (thesis/antithesis)
Situation five: R(-s)/S(-r) encounters S(-r)
Person two encounters person three. (antithesis/synthesis)
Situation six: S(-r) encounters S(-r)
Person three encounters person three. (synthesis)
Situation seven: R(-s) encounters R(-s)/S(-r) and S(-r)
Person one encounters person's two and three. (antithesis)
Dialectically, how you overcome division (create consensus, i.e. create synthesis out of thesis-antithesis, i.e. "avoid Armageddon") is to establish (facilitate) an environment where person's one, two, and three (a diverse group) can discuss (dialogue) in an "open ended," "non-judgmental" environment (person three's home environment), what it is they desire (social issues) which was suppressed by higher authority, (person one and possibly person two's home environment). In this way person one and two are 'helped' in liberating their thoughts and actions from the fear of chastening and thus are able to be shown how to 'rationally' liberate themselves from higher authority itself. Being 'freed' to think and act for themselves in a 'rapidly changing world' (learning, in the crisis to consensus meeting, how to overcome the rigidity of the past, overcoming the "old" way of believing and acting which divided people, communities, nations, i.e. the world) they can be used to negate the "old" world order of righteousness. By creating an environment where Righteousness, evaluated through 'human reasoning' (the dialectical process) can become subject to Sensuousness (S(-r)), Sensuousness (which was suppress (-s) by Righteousness) can be liberated and then used to negate righteousness (R), making it subject to the 'moment' of sensuousness. By focusing upon sensuousness (S), in thought and in action, i.e. in theory and in practice (praxis) man can be liberated from the God above his nature (who demands righteousness), to create and serve (be at-one-with) a 'god' of his own nature, i.e. to create and serve a society of, by, and for his own carnal nature of sensuousness.
By "mapping" the room (taxonomizing the participants paradigms), a facilitator can stimulate opposing positions (the system of righteousness) to rise up against one another in the meeting to create tension and then focus upon common desires (the system of sensuousness) to relieve tension (divide and conquer; by dividing people on righteousness and uniting them on sensuousness, you conquer both the righteousness and the sensuous, making them both subject to and dependent upon your system of deception and manipulation, for the 'purpose' of creating peace, harmony, and justice, etc. i.e. liberty, equality, and fraternity). In this way a diverse group of people can be facilitated toward approaching desires and avoiding rules which inhibited or blocked the potential of those desires being realized. When the group project affects all participants (the meeting is 'purposed' in finding consensus, i.e. uniting upon what is 'good' for all), then the resisters (those who hold onto rules which inhibit or block desires, i.e. using the system of righteousness) are pressured to conform or else all will suffer (fail to arriving at consensus) due to their 'irrational' behavior: their "old" way of believing and acting. The truth be known, if, and when, the room (and society) goes dialectical in thought and practice (comes to consensus in theory and in practice), the righteous will suffer for their "old" way of believing and acting (all around the world).
Hegel reasoned: "I could not of course imagine that the method which in the system of logic I have followed is not capable of much elaboration in detail, but at the same time I know that it is the only true method." "It is clear that no expositions can be regarded as scientific which do not follow the course of this method, and which are not conformable to its simple rhythm, for that is the course of the thing itself." "There cannot be two kinds of reason and two kinds of Spirit; there cannot be a Divine reason and a human, there cannot be a Divine Spirit and a human, which are absolutely different. Human reason — the consciousness of one's being is indeed reason; it is the divine in man, and spirit, in so far as it is the Spirit of God, is not a spirit beyond the stars, beyond the world. On the contrary, God is present, omnipresent, and exists as spirit in all spirits." "Thus the result of the study of philosophy is that these walls of separation [between religion and philosophy, between righteousness and sensuousness, between the cognitive domain and the affective domain], which are supposed to divide absolutely, become transparent; and that when we go to the root of things [via. human reasoning] we find that there is absolute accordance where it was believed that there was the greatest opposition." (G. W. F. Hegel, Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion)
God declares: "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen." Romans 1:20-25
Hegel's 'God' (and Marx's' world) is knowable via. sensuousness and is thus known only by philosophy, i.e. speculation which ties both God (or 'society' according to Marx) and man to one another through the creation (the environment) and human contemplation. Yet in truth, while man is made aware that there is a God via. his awareness of the order of the creation, man can only come to know God by God Himself revealing Himself through His revealed Word, requiring faith. We can not be pleasing to God without faith. We can not have faith without hearing the Word of God. We can not hear the Word of God without a preacher. And the preacher can not preach the Word of God without God first having revealed it, him hearing it preached, him having faith in God and repenting of his sins, him believing God, and him obeying God when he is sent to preach the word so that others might hear the word, have faith in God, repent of their sins before Him, believe upon the Son of God unto salvation, then, and only then, able to obey the Father, being lead by the Holy Spirit and the Word. All of which Hegel's dialectical process negates. Salvation is not the result of what a man does to others, controlling or taking another persons life or an animals life, but rather what a man does to himself, humbling himself before God, giving his life to the Lord, letting him direct it in His Love, directing it according to His will.
Knowing God can not come through human though, i.e. philosophy, i.e. "contemplation" of what is and what is not, i.e. through speculations and "sense perception." Faith and hope can not come through the same sensuous, speculative, contemplative system either, but must come from what is revealed by God, which is not of nature and therefore not bound to, nor knowable through speculations, theories, opinions, and contemplation. God is not a product of my speculative awareness of Him, making Him and me one in potential before my awareness of Him via. my contemplation of Him―this would imply that God and I have no 'purpose' or meaning outside of my awareness of Him via. my speculations, i.e. that God is only 'knowable' as I am 'knowable' via. the dialectical praxis of Genesis 3:1-6, that our potential of oneness relies upon sensuousness and speculation, i.e. sight and human reasoning, i.e. the world and philosophy, all of which is vain.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:1, 6 When Jesus returns, as He commented, will he find faith? The understood answer is NO! Christians, Christians everywhere but not a Word of God is preached and taught "as is," and believed.
While my contact with the world around me may have caused me to wonder and speculate upon what created the world and why I am here, it can only leave me in my thoughts and my actions (theory and practice, my opinions and my actions). It is only by God's will (to save me from condemnation, to save me from His judgment upon my sensuous opinions and my sensuous actions) that I have come to know him, Him revealing Himself to me, not by my contemplation of Him, but by His Word revealed and then preached to me, and His Spirit bearing witness with His Word (that is why He must first destroy me, exposing my 'good' flesh, my 'good' eyes, and my 'good' wisdom, that which is of this world, by His Law, which is not of the world, as wicked, which exposes me, my thoughts and actions, as wicked, i.e. condemning the world and its system, i.e. exposing my deceitful and wicked heart, i.e. my vain, speculative, imaginative heart, that I might then come to know him, i.e. Him know me, by His Word alone, in Christ alone, by faith in Him alone, by His grace alone, i.e. by me, as an adopted child, finding hope in His Love, in His mercy, and in His grace alone, that He might receive all the glory, alone). "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint–heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Romans 8:16, 17 The "suffering" is not from my struggling to know God through speculations, to know God, and God know me, so that 'God' could come to know himself in me, via sensuousness and speculation, as Hegel would have it, but the suffering comes at the hands of the sensuous and speculative 'Christian' and the sensuous and speculative world, united in their collective 'contemplation' of 'God,' i.e. united in their 'driving purpose' to make man, the world, and God "one" via. speculations, i.e. via. mans collective "contemplation" of who 'we' are, i.e. god's united as one, putting our common sensuous thoughts into collective social action (praxis) negating faith and righteousness, which is imputed by God alone, through Christ alone.
"Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight:" "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." Psalms 51:4a, 5 Hope is not to be found in man, for that hope is death. Hope is found in Christ, the hope of glory. "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:" Ephesians 2:2 "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
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