"Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds [Gr. praxis];" Colossians 3:9 The lie being, you can put "lust," i.e., "the old man" into practice, i.e., into praxis (theory into practice) without being held accountable before God.
"The philosophy of praxis is the absolute secularization of thought, an absolute humanism of history." (Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks) All that "is" is of human nature, i.e., of man 'justifying' his "self" before one another, thinking and acting void of the Father's authority, void of any sense of accountability before God for his thoughts and actions, i.e., of man doing wrong, disobeying, sinning, i.e., "lusting" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' that the world, i.e., the current situation and/or people are stimulating without having a guilty conscience, i.e., with impunity (in his mind).
The first act of praxis was as the result of a lie given by the master facilitator of 'change,' "Ye shall not surely die," i.e., Genesis 3:1-6, liberating' the woman from doing right and not wrong according to established commands, rules, facts, and truth, i.e., from doing the Father's will, i.e., Hebrews 12:5-11 (with Adam and the world following), so all could do wrong, disobey, sin without having a guilty conscience (which the Father's authority engenders, i.e., Romans 7:14-25), i.e., so all could do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity (in their thoughts and actions)—till death (then comes judgment day, i.e., accountability— "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." Romans 14:12). Instead of discussing right and wrong, with an emphasis upon doing right and not wrong according to established commands, rules, facts, and truth, i.e., doing the Father's will, we are now dialoguing our opinions ("feelings") to a consensus (to a "feeling" of "oneness") 'justifying' our "self," i.e., our carnal nature, i.e., our "lust of the flesh," "lust of the eyes," and "pride of life," i.e., our "sensuous needs," "sense perception," and "sense experience" ("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), negating anyone preaching, teaching, and attempting to discuss doing right and not wrong according to established commands, rules, facts, and truth, i.e., doing the Father's will—as the first facilitated of 'change' did in the garden in Eden, and continues to do today with his assistants', i.e., his agents' of 'change' aka "educators'" help. "Concerning the changing of circumstances by men, the educator must himself be educated." (Karl Marx, Thesis on Feuerbach # 3)
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways, the objective however, is change." (Karl Marx, Feuerbach Thesis #11) Inscribed on Karl Marx's tomb.
All children are "philosophers," 1) dissatisfied with how the world "Is," where they are subject to their parent's authority, not being able to do what they want when they want, 2) thinking (dialoguing with their "self") aka imagining how the world "Ought" to be, where they can do what they want, when the want, and 3) how it "Can" be once the father's/Father's authority is no longer in their way. The problem, according to Marx, et, all, is that once children grow up and have children of their own they tell (force) their children to do right and not wrong according to their established commands, rules, facts, and truth, telling them what they can and can not do, getting in their way, i.e., preventing them from "lusting" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates, i.e., preventing them from being their "self," i.e., preventing 'change.' 'Change' requires the negation of established commands, rules, facts, and truth in order to become 'actualized.' This is where dialogue comes into play, 'justifying' man's carnal desires of the 'moment' which the world stimulates, allowing 'change' to take place without restraint.
"The philosophy of praxis is the absolute secularization of thought, an absolute humanism of history." (Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks) When facts and truth are based upon opinion ("feelings," which are stimulated by the world—making "facts" and "truth" ever subject to 'change') then only that which is made manifest through dialogue, that which is of the world is 'real,' i.e., is 'justified,' negating any fact or truth that gets in the way of 'change,' i.e., "feelings."
"We recognize the point of view that truth and knowledge are only relative and that there are no hard and fast truths which exist for all time and places." (Benjamin S. Bloom, Taxonomy of Educational Objectives Book 1: Cognitive Domain) Benjamin Bloom simply paraphrased Karl Marx: "In the eyes of the dialectical process [dialogue], nothing is established for all times, nothing is absolute or sacred." All "educators" are certified and schools accredited today based upon their use of what are called "Bloom's taxonomies" in the classroom, putting into praxis dialectic 'reasoning,' i.e., "self 'justification,' through the use of dialogue (regarding right and wrong) 'liberating' the children from the father's/Father's authority.
"In short, philosophy as theory finds the 'ought' [the child's desire for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world is stimulating] implied within the 'is' [the present world or conditions], and as praxis ["self" 'justification,' i.e., dialogue, i.e., dialectic 'reasoning,' i.e., 'reasoning' through one's "feelings" of the 'moment' which are being stimulated by the world] seeks to make the two coincide [the child's carnal nature and the world which stimulates it becoming all that is real/actual, only—you do not have to attack the father/Father, just leave his authority out of the current decision making environment and he/He is negated in the children's thoughts and actions]." (Comments by Joseph O'Malley Ed. of Karl Marx's, Critique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right')
The praxis of man is based upon his presumption (false primes) that "pleasure" is the standard for "good" instead of doing the Father's will. It is this Marxist concept upon which America (and the world) is being based, making anyone resisting 'change' the "enemy of the state," i.e., the enemy of "the people." Karl Marx wrote: "To enjoy the present reconciles us to the actual." (Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right') "The life which he [the child] has given to the object [to the father, by obeying the father, doing the father's will over and therefore against his own carnal nature, i.e., the father's commands, rules, facts, and truth inhibiting or blocking him from actualizing his own "self," i.e., preventing him realizing his natural desire for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment,' which are being stimulated by the world] sets itself against him as an alien and hostile force." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3, pp. 83-84) "Once the earthly family [with the children having faith in their father, obeying his commands, rules, facts, and truth, doing the father's will over and therefore against their own carnal desires and dissatisfactions of the 'moment'] is discovered to be the secret of the holy family [with the Son and those following Him having faith in the Father, obeying His commands, rules, facts, and truth, doing the Father's will over and therefore against their own carnal desires and dissatisfactions of the 'moment'], the former [the traditional family with its father's authority, the children accepting by faith and obeying the father's commands, rules, facts, and truth] must itself be annihilated [vernichtet] theoretically and practically [in the children's thoughts , i.e., in their relationship with their "self," in their relationship with the other children of the world, and in their relationship with the world itself]." (Karl Marx, Theses On Feuerbach #4)
The scriptures sum up the praxis of man, i.e., the carnal nature of the child, i.e., the ideology of Karl Marx. "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:16 The praxis of philosophy (dialoguing with one's "self," how the world "is," with authority getting in the way of one's desire for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates, and how the world "ought" to be where everyone can be their "self," doing what they want when they want without judgment and restraint, and how it "can" be once authority is no longer around getting in the way) is to make man and his carnal nature invisible to scriptural evaluation, disguising that which is spiritual in academic terms. Karl Marx replaced "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life" with his descriptive of carnal man, evaluating his "self" through the lens of his own carnal nature, i.e., the material world, making him subject only to his own "sense experience," i.e., that which "proceeds from Nature" only. "Sense experience must be the basis of all science." "Science is only genuine science when it proceeds from sense experience ["pride of life," i.e., that which comes from man himself, 'justifying' his carnal nature, i.e., his "self" in his own eyes] , in the two forms of sense perception ['justifying' his "lust of the eyes"] and sensuous need ['justifying his "lust of the flesh"], that is, only when it proceeds from Nature [only when it is "of the world"]." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3)
The is the hallmark, not only of Marxism but of psychology (behavior "science") as well. The praxis of "self" 'justification,' which all children praxis ('justifying' themselves when they have done wrong, disobeyed, sinned) can only be accomplished by 'liberating' the child from the father's/Father's authority, 'liberating' him from condemnation and judgment , i.e., from having a guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning, so he can be of and for "self," i.e., of and for his own carnal nature and the world only, so he can do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity. The "philosophy of praxis," of Antonio Gramsci fame (Selections from the Prison Notebooks), was and is an effort to describe the child/man in such a way that any restraints against (judgment of) his carnal nature would be perceived as being irrational and/or unreasonable, resulting in the one passing judgment needing to be converted, silenced, or removed for the sake of "worldly peace and socialist harmony." "All men are philosophers," i.e., dissatisfied with what "is," desiring what "ought" to be, "thinking" about which can be done in order to 'create' a "new world order" where "human nature," i.e., "feelings" rule the world instead of authority, i.e., commands, rules, facts, and truth, which makes all men Marxists (whether they know it or not), wanting to make the heart of the child (the Karl Marx in the child) the basis of 'reality,' i.e., lovers of pleasure and haters of restraint, i.e., of and for the world only in thought and in action, i.e., in "theory and practice," only needing a facilitator of 'change,' i.e., a "group psychotherapist," i.e., a Transformational Marxist to show them the way.
Praxis, the Greek word for practice or action (social action or "deeds" which appear "practical," "reasonable" to man) is found in scripture. "Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;" Colossians 3:9 The lie being that you will not be held accountably for your sins, i.e., doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, when it seems "rational," i.e., "reasonable," i.e., "practical," in indifference (or defiance) to God's will—believing the Serpent's, i.e., the facilitator of 'change's' lie, "You will not die." That is, you will not be "cast into the lake of fire" for your sins, i.e., for your carnal thoughts and carnal actions, i.e., for holding onto your "old man," i.e., your carnal nature, i.e., "human nature," which, in disobedience to God's will, has and does its own will instead. "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:15
Death is the fact or truth that man is not God, i.e., that man is not the creator of life, that life comes from God himself alone, only, not only temporal life (of this life) but eternal life as well (of the life to come). Since man's soul is eternal, when man is separated from God, who is life, all he has to look forward to is eternal death. Therefore man is not righteous in and of himself, i.e., he is not the one with the final decision regarding what is right and what is wrong in thought and action, he is not the arbiter, in and of himself, of what is good, deserving life and what is evil, deserving death. "It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." Jeremiah 10:23
Man, having taken on the authority of God, deciding right from wrong based upon his carnal desires of the 'moment,' i.e., "human nature" is in fact a fraud, a liar, deceiving himself and all who listen to him so that he can "enjoy" the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates (which passes away) without feeling guilty, i.e., without having a guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobey, sinning, dying in his sins. This is the witness of praxis upon the face of the earth, man in denial of his sinful nature, 'justifying' his "self," i.e., 'justifying' his carnal nature, removing anyone who gets in his way, i.e., who makes him "feel bad," i.e., "feel guilty" for his sins, until he dies himself, facing God, being held accountable for his praxis, i.e., for his carnal thoughts and carnal deeds. "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." Romans 14:12
"For this cause [because they "did not like to retain God in their knowledge"] God gave them up unto vile affections [let them have what they wanted, i.e., the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' they "lusted" after, to their own demise]:" Romans 1:21, 25 "And for this cause [because men, as "children of disobedience," 'justify' themselves, i.e., their love of "self" and the world, i.e., their love of the pleasures of the 'moment' over and therefore against the Father's authority] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie [that pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the Father's will]: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [in the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ], but had pleasure in unrighteousness [in their "self" and the pleasures of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates]." 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12
Praxis simply means that all your feelings, thoughts, and actions are 'liberated' from Godly restraint, i.e., that you have 'justified' your "self," i.e., your carnal feelings, thoughts, and actions—that which you have in common with man—before men. The dialoguing of your opinion with others to a consensus, i.e., to a "feeling" of "oneness," and the putting of it (the affirmation of men) into social action (affirmative action) simply means that you have rejected the truth that you will be personally held accountable before God for your thoughts and actions (praxis), and, desiring the approval (affirmation) of others and the pleasures of this life (instead of the approval of God and the life to come), you have no desire to or intention in informing (warning) others that they will be personally held accountable before God for their thoughts and actions as well. "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 "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." John 3:17-18
Praxis is simply man 'justifying' himself' "before men," receiving the affirmation of men, so he can live a life of unrighteousness and abomination without having a "guilty conscience." "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 "Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." Jeremiah 17:5 "Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished." Proverbs 16:5
Praxis 'liberates' man from having any sense of guilt, i.e., from having a "guilty conscience" for his sins, so that he (being deceived) can sin with impunity, dying in our sins. When those who praxis praxis tell you that "You are in denial" (in denial of the "old man"), tell them that you 1) deny your "old man," i.e., die to your "self" daily, 2) endure their rejection, i.e., pick up your cross, and 3) following after Jesus Christ, do His Heavenly Father's will instead. Unfortunately, they, 'justified' in their "self," refusing to 'reject' the "old man," i.e., denying that they, living for and "enjoying" the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates, i.e., enjoying their sins, will reject you instead, choosing to die in their sins, i.e., be damned instead of repent and inherit eternal life.
Georg Hegel, Karl Marx, Georg Lukács, Karl Korsch, Antonio Gramsci, Sigmund Freud, J. L. Moreno, Theodor Adorno, Erick Fromm, Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, Benjamin Bloom, etc., built their ideology upon the praxis of praxis, making man's carnal nature, i.e., the "old man" (that which is of the world only) the measure of all things. It is in their "new" world order we find ourselves today, with man 'justifying his "self" before men, until the Lord returns to judge them and the nations of the world for their praxis of the "old man." Those who do Praxis have rejected the Father, and therefore the Son.
How do you overcome the affect of praxis in your life?
"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
"And he [Jesus] said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself [put off the "old man"], and take up his cross [accept the rejection of the "old men"] daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17
"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." Romans 6:6
"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:17-24
"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
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
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