The Official Winds eNewsletter
Copyright © April 2007
Understanding the Basics...Part 7
Things no longer taught in our Churches and Synagogues....
~written from the common sense perspective of The Winds of the Soul~
by Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.)
|To actually witness the option of repentance is becoming a rarity amongst the younger generation, and oftentimes an event that has now become extinct amongst those older.||
Repentance is a difficult concept for a lot of people, including those inside the Judeo-Christian Church. In fact, the misunderstanding, trivialization and acculturation of repentance is probably the greatest stumbling block for all mankind, and probably the single most reason for all our troubles. That's why I write about it so much.
To ask ourselves to "repent" is a brave and courageous activity. It is fundamental to the Gospel of Christ, imperative to our Salvation. Yet, strangely, very few have a grasp of what repentance involves more than a superficial level, though many profess to be experts. Far fewer practice it correctly, failing ever to complete the Heaven-sent directive, though they claim to believe in God and follow His Commandments. Although hypocrisy can explain much, I suspect that most Judeo-Christians today simply have been misled by the governing religious and cultural forces of today fulfilling the notion of the blind leading the blind.
To actually witness the option of repentance is becoming a rarity amongst the younger generation, and oftentimes an event that has now become extinct amongst those older.
Moreover, I've heard many today, young and old alike, foolishly, smugly, and unwittingly assert that they have "no regrets" in life..., not a single one, as if this is the prize that we should all be after. In truth, those that paraphrase such nonsense have just learned to shut everything down within themselves that may pose an uncomfortable question about their past activities, or that troubles their conscience. They entomb, "Why worry about yesterday's dirty laundry?"
No regrets? How could any sane individual utter such pretentious nonsense? How could anybody be plugged in and say something like that?
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|From a psychological perspective, the fraud of "no regrets" amounts to a narcissistically inclined direction which purposely masks past actions in order to "find peace" through repression, creating a pseudo-self-acceptance by massively insulting ones own memory through the rewriting of a more attractive and palatable personal histories which, in effect, circumvents the honest need to take stock of oneself and repent.||
Of course, it's a neat, but delusional, trick if it works.... Nothing to repent from. No sadness over past actions. No willingness to consider that their past actions have caused others sorrow or grief, knowingly or unknowingly. No remorse over missed opportunities or misunderstandings. No anxiety that may unpleasantly continue into the tomorrows. No need to feel penitent and humbled by the knowledge that that they have done wrong.
But then these individuals generally never learn anything from their actions, and their past becomes just more useless discarded baggage. In truth, although their terrain may seem peaceful from afar, they remain as hidden landmines just waiting to blow-up if you get too close.
From a psychological perspective, the fraud of "no regrets" amounts to a narcissistically inclined direction which purposely masks past actions in order to "find peace" through repression, creating a pseudo-self-acceptance by massively insulting ones own memory through the rewriting of a more attractive and palatable personal histories which, in effect, circumvents the honest need to take stock of oneself and repent.
Such is, in reality, a simple act of denial. But it becomes worse, evolving into nothing less than a fatalistic remapping of ones own life wherein all responsibility is delegated to the stars, choosing to believe that their whole life was really beyond their own personal determination, and that free will, in their mind, is simply a delusion.
Smiling with false confidence, these tenuously weak individuals often demand that everything that they did was simply done as a matter of course, things that just couldn't have been helped at the time, least wise worry over at this stage in their life. No regrets. And now they are "peace" with their lives.... no longer being dogged by the indiscretions of yesteryear to rain on their parade today. What liberal shallowness!
It's not that mistakes were not made. It's just that they believe that nothing can be done about them at this stage, so why worry any further. They imagine that revisiting the telling episodes, events and junctures in their life will be counterproductive to their happiness, fruitless to their tomorrows..., not realizing that such investigation paves the way for the true happiness of Heaven.
Assigning blame elsewhere is generally part of the formula, becoming the victim of family and circumstances that were beyond their immediate control, or just "selectively forgetting" about some of the more salient unattractive and embarrassing conduct of their own histories. So they mindlessly cop-out and just move on, selectively rewriting their own memories if need be, so to feel better about themselves.
|Any lessons that could have been learned are now largely circumvented. Any wisdom that could have been gleaned is now crippled. Any sweet possibility of making repairs, enabling restoration, and the healing of self and others becomes officiously dismantled.||
Having dismantled and aborted their memories of the past (a form of infanticide as it kills off the memories of childhood and youth and the mistakes then made) they now find little remaining that accurately reflects the truth of their past.
It all becomes rewritten fiction. A Politically Correct drama that propagandizes their own twisted and self-serving point of view. The way they wish things could have been, now becomes remapped by and transformed into their memories subtly refashioning, reforming and replacing the way things really were.
Truth is replaced by fantasy. Positing newly formed false memories which are more attractive and flattering than the real ones, they cognitively rebuild all of life's reflections, removing the sting and pain out of anything they deem unfavorable.
Everything and anything that could threaten the efficacy of the newly mapped memory becomes immediately sanitized and parsed into safe verses non-safe compartments. Thus, they orchestrate the complete revamping of life's actualities.
Any lessons that could have been learned are now largely circumvented. Any wisdom that could have been gleaned is now crippled. Any sweet possibility of making repairs, enabling restoration, and the healing of self and others becomes officiously dismantled.
They thus establish themselves beyond the horizon of accountability, beyond the reality of who they really were and what they stood for. All of the truth of themselves, and the Lord's Spirit that once graced their countenance, is effectively lost.... And the loss remains with them to this day.... often without them even being aware of it.
Such is the resulting carefreeness of a fictionalized youth and the reprehensibleness of an irresponsible adulthood. This page is taken right from the script of the "We just wanna have fun crowd."
It's a dubious way of sweeping clean the floor of ones responsibilities, guilt and misunderstandings, possible social crimes and selfish cruelties that become amassed in life.
It most certainly is not the path to God's Happiness. Rather, it's a terrible and beguiling illusion that takes place solely within their own make-believe world.... for the Piper must be paid..., and will be in time.
Sadly and similarly, many Judeo-Christians have taken the same path, having diluted the meaning and diminished the ongoing need of repentance, cheapening its worth in this very way. Willing to pay the price of becoming personally dishonest with themselves, they cut corners, hurriedly constructing a facade of being at "peace" with themselves so as to appear "saved," and thus be perceived as bona fide members of the "Religious Club."
Perhaps they have become so because they tired of ways that never gave them the results they desired. Tired of failing to find the peace that so many have promised them..., tired of finding themselves no further along the road of life than when they started..., having surmised that the road to repentance just doesn't work, so why worry about any further....
|Listening to what is currently being preached from the nation's pulpits, you get the idea that "Christian Repentance" is a slap-dash sort of an affair, something that can be received in a drive-in setting without ever leaving ones car. It's become likened to a "quick-fix," where anything more in-depth is considered overly self-indulgent, unnecessary, and perhaps even faithless.||
But repentance can only occur within a humble heart and contrite spirit. The proud, the arrogant, the self-satisfied, find no need for such, so they trivialize it whenever and wherever they can.
At the best of times, true repentance is difficult for a host of reasons. For many, to admit fault is difficult to do under any circumstance. To sorrowfully face our faults, and honestly admit that we are wrong, takes a special kind of strength, a special kind of courage. It's never easy. But, it's always terribly more difficult when you don't know what to expect in the process, or what to do with all the feelings and the reasons for them, that true repentance engenders.
Listening to what is currently being preached from the nation's pulpits, you get the idea that "Christian Repentance" is a slap-dash sort of an affair, something that can be received in a drive-in setting without ever leaving ones car. It's become likened to a "quick-fix," where anything more in-depth is considered overly self-indulgent, unnecessary, and perhaps even faithless.
No doubt trying to cater to a people that are already skilled in avoiding pain, today's trendy kind of repentance is not allowed to hurt, cause discomfort, or create sorrow of any kind. In fact, it's treated more like the polar plunge that many winter enthusiasts practice: In and out of the icy water as quickly as you can. With this sort of repentance, there's scarcely enough time allotted for reflection over the sin or even learning more about the experience than the briefest encounter would allow. The message is: Just grit your teeth, hold your breath, and try to get through it as quick as possible.
Thus, in reality, something that specifically should take place in repentance rarely does. Only a few have been prepared to receive or even know about it.
What am talking about here you may ask? "Joyful Relief," that's what. This is the quintessential experience missing from most people's understanding of repentance. It is the critical key to the completion of repentance, and in itself ushers in the desired forgiveness. Unfortunately, most of us don't have any idea as to what this really is, nor what it really means.
Indeed, most people think of "relief," as simply getting out of the icy water, or removing themselves from an uncomfortable or incriminating environment, rather than the relief that one gets by turning away from the pain and discomfort of sin. But this couldn't be further from the truth....
True Repentance, that is, repentance as spoken about by the Lord Jesus Christ, is the saving bridge which directs and re-educates the sinner away from the attraction of sin to the true horrors and unattractiveness of sin itself.
As previously discussed within the Winds of Forgiveness, the potency and legitimacy of this kind of repentance lies in the Atonement of Christ, for which there is no substitute, and therefore can only be activated in a certain manner. It must be pled through by His Name and by the means of His Name within us, being soulfully contrite and broken hearted in the countenance of the child He made us to be. This is no quick-fix.... and its impossible to do without His Spirit.
Accordingly, such true repentance de-cloaks sin..., all sin, individually and specifically...., taking away from Satan all the powers of his smoke and mirror sideshow. It allows and secures the spiritual and psychological transformation that teaches us to specifically hate the sin previously entertained and enjoyed, allowing the true bitterness to finally bleed through.
|Too many of us never get to that stage. Too many of us never finish the "prescribed program." We never grow or become strengthened enough to fully turn from the sin, always finding it difficult to overcome the temptation. Finding alternative means to avoid temptation through thought control, competing distractions, rote denials, and the like, all of which are useful at times, these are never long term solutions.||
By the nature of His Spirit that we invite in His Name, the true nature of repentance shows us all the costs of sin, unmasking its beguiling nature so that we, instead of white-knuckling it through blind denial and obedience alone, learn to truly and completely no longer desire the sin's lies of pleasure and joy, stripping it of its passions and life, and thus of any power of appetite that it may have previously had over us. Repentance's path gives us the way to truly overcome the temptations of the world, turning from them as easily as it should be... once we uncover its real ugliness.
Accordingly, instead of "sweet," the sin becomes "bitter" as the entirety of its true profile and subsequent consequences become exposed. Instead of joyful, the sin becomes dark and unattractive, from beginning to end, no longer capable of inspiring interaction. When a sin is no longer attractive to us in the least and when its bubble bursts, sin and its enticements can no longer harbor the promise of satisfaction and desire. They no longer have the power to tempt us. Indeed, in our shame (and this kind of shame is good) we wonder why we ever entertained the sin before.
Through the repentance offered by Christ, we witness the literal and real transformation of our understanding and resulting perceptions. Indeed, we are changed and edified, being made to see the error of our ways and then more importantly, we are then redirected to the beauty, soundness and attraction of His Way, which is all satisfying and truthful.
Then our energies and desires, previously unwittingly abused and misdirected, can turn towards the One Source which our life should be directed at all times. Only when that change has been fundamentally effected, can our sins then be totally remitted, and no sooner. And indeed, only thereafter can there be true forgiveness.
Too many of us, however, never get to that stage. Too many of us never finish the "prescribed program." We never grow or become strengthened enough to fully turn from the sin, always finding it difficult to overcome the temptation. Although we can find alternative means to avoid temptation through self-discipline and self-control, competing distractions, rote denials, dodges and interruptions, and the like, all of which are useful at times, these are never long term solutions.
The true process of repentance as orchestrated by the Lord's every discerning Spirit, actually disengages us from this treadmill, teaching us to overcome by other means, becoming repulsed by the sin and all its variations, so that the temptation of sin no longer offers us anything that we want. The Lord's Way completely deflates the powers of sin's enticement. Not only does the consequence of sin become clear and unpleasant to us, but the true nature of the sin itself becomes unattractive as well. Only then will true forgiveness be given...
|Indeed, are we not to become the person who cannot sin again, and who, by the grace of God, is no longer that same person that did the sin originally? This is not hyperbole, but truth. In His idea of repentance, we are to be washed clean in the innocence of Christ, finding that we are "new" people, no longer capable of entertaining our past sins again!||
For, should we expect such forgiveness before we have truly learned the error of our ways, and have truly and legitimately overcome the temptation itself? Should we expect total remission when we're still caught up in the treacherous currents of sin, despite the fact that we may no longer truly wish to swim in the storm?
Should we expect the lesson completed when we have yet to fully understand and denounce the sin for what it is? Should we believe that we have overcome if we still feel the compulsion behind the sin to re-engage? Indeed, if we don't mind the analogy, should we be allowed to graduate from High School if we still prove illiterate?
And there's the rub! The work and task of repentance can generally be messy, and sorting through the mess of our past and current sins can be hard work. But our politically correct society seeks to equivocate such requisites, and instead legislates reward even when nothing has been accomplished. And it's this same slippery slope which now suggests that forgiveness will or should be granted for only the slightest indication that we are truly sorry for our sins, though we yet prove to be truly penitent.
Remember, quick-fix philosophies are always favorably received by the masses and are the means by which elitists are empowered. Great intentions are great. But they must be followed with the good work of exercising them and then completing the respective design. After all, full marks are not given for half-built houses.
Accordingly, should we not complete the lesson that His Spirit is so willing to give us (if we would only accept it) so that we are forever no longer attracted to the sin itself..., having unmasked the ugliness of the sin so that we no longer even desire it? Isn't that where we should want to be? Isn't that a part of the result that we desire?
Isn't that the proof of "overcoming" that we all desire. And isn't "overcoming" a part, indeed a quintessential part of repentance and the forgiveness that flows therefrom? Isn't that then the reason for Heaven to thereafter forgive us and trust us that we will not walk in those dark paths again? Indeed, isn't that what we pray for and expect from each other..., namely that with the aid of His Spirit, we will "overcome" the sin and rise to become the person who will not only no longer want to sin again, but become the person who can no longer do the devilish deed again?
Indeed, are we not to become the person who cannot sin again, and who, by the grace of God, is no longer that same person that did the sin originally? In His idea of repentance, we are to be washed clean in the innocence of Christ, finding that we are "new" people, no longer capable of entertaining our past sins again!
This is not hyperbole. Much more than a verbal affirmation and lucid promise that we will sin no more, and more powerful than repeated admonitions of "Stop that!", the fullness of repentance delivers us from evil (as found in the Lord's Prayer), not just by promise, but by actuality..., changing our very nature so that sin becomes distasteful thereafter..., like a food item that no longer becomes desired. In consequence, we witness the newly formed creation of His Will and Perception within us, making us into persons no longer capable of doing the sin again.
|"If the potency of that [repentance] lay in the inrush of a new billow of life fresh from its original source, carrying with it an enlargement of the whole nature and its every part, a glorification of every faculty, every sense even, so that man forgetting nothing of his past or its shame, should yet cry out in the joy of his second birth, ‘Lo! I am a new man’ I am no more he who did that awful and evil thing, for I am no more capable of doing it!"||
From the Winds of Forgiveness, we are again reminded.....
"About these very enigmatic points, the Scottish theologian George
MacDonald has succinctly written...that specifically through sincere
repentance and the gifts of the Spirit which then become necessarily
endowed, a newly formed creation within us is then witnessed, one
which outshines our previous character of innocence we may have preciously
and proudly held. Again borrowing insight from his delightful novel,
"Thomas Wingfold, Curate," (Chapter 67, A Sermon to Leopold;
1876) MacDonald rehearses his views about this matter in one
discourse in particular that takes us directly home to the matter, turning
our dry and parochial understanding of native innocence rightly
"upside-down," as it were:
"About these very enigmatic points, the Scottish theologian George MacDonald has succinctly written...that specifically through sincere repentance and the gifts of the Spirit which then become necessarily endowed, a newly formed creation within us is then witnessed, one which outshines our previous character of innocence we may have preciously and proudly held. Again borrowing insight from his delightful novel, "Thomas Wingfold, Curate," (Chapter 67, A Sermon to Leopold; 1876) MacDonald rehearses his views about this matter in one discourse in particular that takes us directly home to the matter, turning our dry and parochial understanding of native innocence rightly "upside-down," as it were:
"...What if, while repentance [enabled through the powers of His Atonement] restored not thy former innocence, it brought thee a purity by the side of whose white splendour and inward preciousness the innocence thou hadst lost was but a bauble, being but a thing that turned to dross in the first furnace of its temptation? Innocence is indeed priceless—that innocence which God counteth innocence—but thine [native innocence] was a flimsy show, a bit of polished and cherished glass, instead of which, if thou repentest, thou shalt in thy jewl-box find a diamond. Is thy purity, O fair Psyche of the social world, upon whose wings no spattering shower has cast an earthy stain, who knowest not yet whether there be any such thing as repentance or need of the same—is thy purity to compare with the purity of that heavenly Psyche, twice born, who even now, in the twilight slumbers of heaven, dreams that she washes with her tears the feet of her Lord, and wipes them with the hairs of her head? O bountiful God, who wilt give us back even our innocence ten-fold! He can give an awaking that leaves the past of the soul ten times farther behind than ever waking from sleep left the dreams of the night."
"If the potency of that [repentance] lay in the inrush of a new billow of life fresh from its original source, carrying with it an enlargement of the whole nature and its every part, a glorification of every faculty, every sense even, so that man forgetting nothing of his past or its shame, should yet cry out in the joy of his second birth, ‘Lo! I am a new man’ I am no more he who did that awful and evil thing, for I am no more capable of doing it!"
"God be praised, for all is well!’—would not such an awaking send the past afar into the dim distance of the first creation, and wrap the ill deed in the clean linen cloth of forgiveness, even as the dull creature of the sea rolls up the grain of intruding sand in the lovely garment of a pearl?"
"Such an awaking means God himself is in the soul, not disdaining closest vital company with the creature he foresaw and created. And the man knows in full content that he is healed of his plague. Nor would he willingly lose the scars which record its outbreak, for they tell what he is without God, and set him ever looking to see that the door into the heavenly garden stands wide for God to enter the house when he pleases... And who can tell whether in the train of such awaking may not follow a thousand opportunities and means of making amends to those whom he has injured?"
"Nor must I fail to remind the man who has committed no grievous crime, that except he has repented of his evil and abjure all wrong, he is not safe from any or even the worst offence.... There is not one in the congregation who has a right to cast a look of reproach at the worst felon who ever sat in the prisoner’s dock. I speak no hyperbole, but simple truth. We are very ready to draw in our minds a distinction between respectable sins—human imperfections we call them, perhaps—and disreputable vices, such as theft and murder; but there is no such distinction in fact. Many a thief is a better man than many a clergyman, and miles nearer to the gate of the kingdom. The heavenly order goes upon other principles than ours, and there are first that shall be last, and last that shall be first. Only, at the root of all human bliss lies repentance...."
"...[and from a previous point] Therefore, surely is [an awakening sinner] nearer to the gate of the kingdom than he against whom the world has never wagged a tongue, who never sinned against a social custom even, and has as easy a conscience as the day he was born, but who knows so little of himself that, while he thinks he is good enough, he carries within him the capacity and possibility of every cardinal sin, waiting only the special and fitting temptation which, like the match to the charged mine, shall set all in a roar!"
About the Author:
Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.) is a Neuroscientist, Physicist, and Clinical Psychologist and having been educated abroad where he
completed his postgraduate studies at King’s College, the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and then graduated and received his
Doctorate from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. He has been in practice and research for over
25 years, being active as an author, popular radio and TV personality, public speaker, and biomedical researcher. He is the author of The Winds of the Soul~Heaven’s First Voice To Us
books & The Winds of Forgiveness~Heaven's Healing Promises, as well as numerous other
scholarly papers and works.
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"Of this danger he knows nothing, never dreams of praying against it, takes his seat in his pew Sunday after Sunday with his family, nor ever murmurs ‘Lead us not into temptation’ with the least sense that temptation is a frightful thing, but repeats and responds and listens in perfect self-satisfaction, doubting never that a world made up of such as he must be a pleasant sight in the eyes of the Perfect. There are men who will never see what they are capable of or in danger of until that have committed some fearful wrong. Nay, there are some for whom even that is not enough: they must be found out by their fellow-men and scorned in the eyes of the world, before they can or will admit or comprehend their own disgrace...."
Notice the ecstatic joy of Macdonald's words in realizing through the potency of this kind of Godly repentance that he is no longer the same man that did the sin, ".....[though he] forgetting nothing of his past or its shame, should yet cry out in the joy of his second birth, ‘Lo! I am a new man’ I am no more he who did that awful and evil thing, for I am no more capable of doing it!"
Therein is the lasting and telling mark of true repentance that few of us ever attain: Joyful Relief! It's nothing less than a revelation to the recipient: Again: " 'Lo I am a new man'.. I am no longer he who did that awful and evil thing, for I am no more capable of doing it." This is not just wishful thinking. This is the realization that something of profound importance has been changed within us, witnessing "the inrush of a new billow of life fresh from its original source, carrying with it an enlargement of the whole nature and its every part, a glorification of every faculty," restoring us to the fold of God, and with that, God's purity and innocence as well! It is a personal epiphany of the grandest importance.
Such is a witness that we have been truly forgiven by Heaven, and through such enlargement of our faculties, are then given direction as how to make repair and restoration in the lives of those that have been inflicted by our sin(s).
Now, if we have followed the path of repentance correctly and have been similarly refashioned by His Will, we will have witnessed this same "Increase" within us. And that brings up yet another responsibility of repentance that few of us ever consider, nor have I heard taught about from the nation's pulpits.
Namely, once we have learned something "Good...," tell others about it. Once we have completed the process of repentance for one of our sins, then we should be willing to confess those things to others for the purpose of helping them to overcome the same sins in their respective lives, being a Light unto their feet as well. Notwithstanding the admissible shame of the sin, and the honest and sincere recalling of all the costs, this retelling should be joyful as it ends in the glorious success of deliverance and having vanquished the sin altogether.
And notwithstanding that some discretion will be needed in determining with whom we should share our newly found wisdom, so as not to cast pearls before swine who would like nothing better but to hurt us by persecuting us through the confessions of our pasts, there are many who would benefit from our newly gleaned insights into the nature and deception of our particular sins.
After all, we've just been blessed with new understandings and experiences that could be the basis of helping others repel from the very sins that we have come to know too well..., especially family members and friends, and most especially our own children. Should we not then want to help others avoid the same pitfalls of the same sins that so crippled us? Just think of how our work in this arena could benefit others, their children and their children's children down the line. Our own personal stories of repentance and how we learned to defrock the attractiveness of our sins could become lessons that help many, many others overcome the same trials and temptations.
Indeed, in this sharing and confessing of the stories of our repented sins, we can, perhaps discover yet another possible interpretation of what the Lord was truly speaking about in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30 & Luke 19:12-27, and later expounded upon within The Winds of the Soul). We'll remember there that Christ taught us that He will take from that cowardly and wicked servant who fearfully hid away the talent which was first given him, and give instead to him who had proved faithful and had courageously gained.
In this case, the wisdom gleaned from His kind of repentance is like a "talent" that He gives us, expecting us to gain "increase" with it by sharing this wisdom with others, helping them gain the advantage over sin and overcome the world through an intimate understanding of the road we had to travel.
In this regard, we can prove to be righteous instruments of His Wisdom throughout the generations of the children of men. With every person we so teach, we increase God's Wisdom in them, furthering the building of His Kingdom on earth, helping each recipient to become delivered from their sins, or indeed, avoid the pitfall altogether. Now that's the kind of increase that should goodly possess our hearts and minds, but few of us ever think about.
In contrast, by not sharing the truth of what we know and the story and personal witness of our repentance, we are no better that the wicked servant who fearfully hid away the Lord's talent..., and should expect a similar course of action.
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