Friday, 19 August 2016

Do You Think That We Are a Cycle of Humanity?

In February of 2015 I received an email asking me this,
Do you think that we are a cycle of humanity? Perhaps it is inevitable that everyone dies as overpopulation is eminent. So after we're wiped out again the earth chills for a while and then some goo senses light and it starts all over again? Then the afterlife would potentially contain the souls not only from this cycle but from an unknown number of cycles? Do you think each of those cycles is met with the incarnation of God?
There are many things in my response to the email that I would phrase differently at the moment, and even some parts of my response practically begging for further theological elucidation, but for today I will just share my original reply, corrected for spelling:

Q. Do you think that we are a cycle of humanity?
A. Yes--we are the final cycle. Graham Hancock came to the conclusion that an ancient civilization preceded us, and Richard C. Hoagland believes the data indicates we live in a previously inhabited universe. But God never incarnated until 2000 years ago, which is the denouement of our whole story.

Perhaps it is inevitable that everyone dies as overpopulation is eminent.
^Overpopulation, yes. Everyone dying isn't eminent--we will colonize the moon first, then (return to? ;) ) Mars. Watch the film Interstellar.

So after we're wiped out again the earth chills for a while and then some goo senses light and it starts all over again?
^that's not quite how evolution works. Ontologically speaking, how would the goo sense light? The goo itself, or just its crude eyes? If the goo itself is sentient then the question of its own salvation needs to be addressed as well.

Then the afterlife would potentially contain the souls not only from this cycle but from an unknown number of cycles? 
^it does. That 'part' of the afterlife is hades. Since no one could be justified by the Law of Moses (RSV Acts 13:38-41:Let it be known to you therefore, brethren, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him every one that believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. Beware, therefore, lest there come upon you what is said in the prophets: ‘Behold, you scoffers, and wonder, and perish; for I do a deed in your days, a deed you will never believe, if one declares it to you.’), and since all 'other' 'gods' are actually messengers of deception (LXX Psalm 95:5: All the gods of the pagans are demons), then all those who died before Christ's incarnation were not justified, that is one of the reasons Christ had to die after becoming one of us--to descend into hades free those in bondage (RSV 1 Peter 3:18-20: For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.) This, in Orthodoxy, is known as the Harrowing of Hades


Do you think each of those cycles is met with the incarnation of God?
^No, that's a kind of cyclical-Mormonism, or more Hinduism where there are many avatars. The Logos only incarnated once and at a specific time and because there is no other way for man's justification. The body isn't something 'put on', the Logos became one of us, as St. Athanasius said, God became man so that man might become god. And after His death He was resurrected with a glorified body, He Is the first born of the dead (RSV Colossians 1:17-20: He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.) and ascended into paradise with His body, and since man is a psychosomatic whole, a body and a soul together--not separate, and He became a man, the incarnation can only happen once, since it did happen.

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