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July 28, 2011
SCAR TISSUE OF THE SOUL
Scar tissue of the soul, also known as hardness of the heart, makes the monster personality. It destroys Spiritual Rapport with God and harmonious rapport in marriage. It destroys Marriage Intimacy Love between the Right Man and Right Woman, leads to Christian degeneracy, and is likely the leading cause of divorce. If unchecked by the divine solution, it can lead to psychosomatic pain, homosexuality, psychosis, and the psychopathic personality.
A Brief Explanation
Scar tissue of the soul is also called hardness of the heart, the uncircumcised heart, and stubbornness of heart. It is a divine judgment of the soul that restricts capacity for life and love. Unlike divine discipline that produces temporary suffering with no lasting side effects, scar tissue of the soul leaves a debilitating loss of capacity for life or love. However, since it is part of the soul’s immaterial essence like emotion, it has no known physical properties. However, it does restrict the capacity of the soul. It blocks Spiritual light, which leads to affinity to the Cosmic System as well as soulish and physical ailments. Psychosis and psychopathic personality are examples of scar tissue of the soul. Although behavior can be altered by psychotherapy and psychiatric drugs, the only cure for such problems is the divine solution, which requires Rebound and application of Bible Doctrine.
Scar tissue of the soul destroys Spiritual Rapport with God and Marriage Intimacy Love. It is called hardness of heart because it causes insensitivity in personal relationships. Like callouses, which destroy the sensitivity of touch, scar tissue of the soul makes the soul insensitive. Since intimacy requires sensitivity, scar tissue wipes out intimate love relationships. Although sensuality may be substituted, it will not satisfy the soul. Only true love will provide contentment. Illicit alternatives will produce frustration and stress, but they will never provide contentment.
Scar tissue of the soul destroys the love between Right Man and Right Woman while amplifying the attraction of paramours. It is the primary reason Right Man and Right Woman lose their love for each other. It explains why some partners become lascivious and seek relationships outside marriage, and why some seek medication to overcome their impotence while others complain of frigidity. It explains why women can’t have orgasms, and men lack capacity for sexual life. Scar tissue is the culprit, but getting rid of it is no simple matter.
It is God who hardens the heart – i.e. He delivers the judgment of scar tissue of the soul. For example, homosexuality is the behavior that results from God judging a person with scar tissue of the soul. Scar tissue of the soul is not sin, and Rebound will not remove it. What’s more, scar tissue is so much a part of a person’s soul that it is not separately identifiable – i.e. the person with scar tissue doesn’t know he has it. However, there are clues which indicate the presence of scar tissue. Among these are insensitivity, loss of love in marriage, and logic reversals such as thinking bad is good and good is bad. Those who engage in sex outside of marriage for sure have a severe case of scar tissue of the soul. And those who refuse to Rebound are doomed to be the slaves of scar tissue of the soul.
Criminality, alcoholism, drug addiction, psychosis, homosexuality, and eating disorders, all are fueled by scar tissue of the soul. The problems are a rejection of the Plan of God and the resulting divine judgment for rejection of the Spiritual solution. The problems are not hereditary but volitional. Every person must decide to do these things. Scar tissue of the soul makes them attractive, whereas, a rational person would reject them. However, a person in the darkness of the Cosmic System is not always rational. When scar tissue is present, the senses are dulled and harmful activities become tempting.
God is the source of human life. Every human soul is sustained by Spiritual life energy from the control room in Heaven. When a person believes in Jesus Christ, the person is also given a human spirit to which is imputed the Righteousness of God and Eternal Life. The soul without scar tissue is capable of having a true love relationship with God, which is also called Spiritual Rapport. In Spiritual Rapport, there will be no hindrance to the human life energy from God. The human life energy will come into the soul from the top of the head, flow through the body, and exit the feet. The human life energy will give light to the soul and to the body.
There are at least three life line connections along the center of the cranium. The main life line enters the top center of the head and goes through the brain stem and spinal column. The front life line goes through the frontal lobes, the face, and genitals. The back life line goes through the cerebellum (which controls balance), down the back side of the body and to the anus. The main life line corresponds to the Z-axis, which is the authority relationship with God. The front life line corresponds to the positive Y-axis, which is for personal love relationships, e.g. personal love for God and personal love of Right Man for Right Woman. The back life line corresponds to the negative Y-axis, which is for impersonal love relationships with all mankind. The person in Spiritual Rapport will love God and express personal love for Right Man or Right Woman while impersonal love will be expressed for wrong man or wrong woman.
Scar tissue of the soul is illustrated by a band of blue, purple, and green light, although there are perhaps many other bands in a layer of scar tissue. Green represents the trend of the soul toward lawlessness or lasciviousness. Blue represents the trend toward legalism. Even a soul with inclinations toward lasciviousness will be covered with the blue facade of self-righteousness, which is legalism. Hardness of heart describes the blue layer, but beneath every blue layer is a green one. The purple layer illustrates pride and jealousy, which fuels the split into moral (blue) and immoral (green) degeneracy. There are other trends of scar tissue, such as worry, which would be represented by red, and darkness, which would be illustrated by gray or black. Thus, scar tissue may include the complete rainbow of colors that illustrate a category of sin and evil of the soul.
Scar tissue of the soul, however, is not the same as the Old Sin Nature, which is the motivation to sin. Every cell of the body contains the Old Sin Nature. In the absence of the Filling of the Holy Spirit, the Old Sin Nature will motivate the thinking and sin will control the life. Scar tissue of the soul will add fuel to the fire of the soul under the control of the Old Sin Nature. However, the power of scar tissue of the soul will be thwarted by the Filling of the Holy Spirit.
Since the thinking of scar tissue of the soul rejects God, scar tissue affords easy access to the soul for Satan and his demons. Those who yield to the power of scar tissue of the soul will be easily influenced by Satan’s Cosmic System. The person with scar tissue will readily accept doctrines of demons and succumb to pressure from the Cosmic System to become a cosmic evangelist and do the devil’s bidding. The behavior associated with scar tissue of the soul will be contrary to the thinking of Christ. Scar tissue of the soul, therefore, has hooks into the Cosmic System for demon control.
Scar tissue of the soul knocks out the true love relationships with God as well as Right Man or Right Woman. The person under the influence of scar tissue of the soul will be passionately attracted to a paramour while being devoid of love for Right Man or Right Woman. The attraction to the paramour is coupled with rejection of true love. The person with scar tissue of the soul will go for the bait of a paramour and forget the love of Right Man or Right Woman. When the temptation arises, scar tissue of the soul clouds the thinking and weakens the individual so that a cheap substitute becomes attractive. When tests are not passed, temptation follows. When temptation occurs in a person with scar tissue of the soul, the result is almost always succumbing to the temptation rather than having the power to resist. The one who cannot resist temptation will not be able to resist Satan and his demons. Scar tissue of the soul leaves a person vulnerable to the devil’s lie and desirous of experiencing evil.
Scar tissue of the soul hardens the various parts of the heart (right lobe of the soul) such as conscience, memory storage and retrieval, values, judgment, and viewpoint. Scar tissue also hinders the circulation of Bible Doctrine in the stream of consciousness. Scar tissue of the soul is very similar in its effect on the soul to the effects of physical brain damage. However, it is possible to recover from scar tissue of the soul, whereas physical brain damage may be permanent.
Scar tissue of the soul leads to Blackout of the Soul in which the frontal lobes are darkened and to hardness of the heart in which the influence of legalism covers the heart (right lobe). The problems in the soul can easily be transmitted into the body. The blue cerebellum illustrates the problem that scar tissue of the soul creates along the negative Y-axis. True love of Right Man or Right Woman will be rejected. Other problems associated with legalism from scar tissue include problems with the balance, hemorrhoids, and constipation. Black out of the Soul is a problem with the positive Y-axis. Blacked out frontal lobes are associated with slavery to the details of life, affinity to doctrines of demons, and the absence of Right Man or Right Woman in the thinking. Resulting problems may be mental (e.g. confusion and lowered intelligence) and physical (e.g. psychosomatic pain, and problems with the viscera, stomach, intestines, and sexuality). Blackout of the Soul is analogous to not being able to stomach something, digest it, or separate from it. Blackout of the Soul is the soulish expression of indigestion.
Scar tissue of the soul blocks out the Spiritual human life energy from filling the soul. Beneath the scar tissue will be darkness in the frontal lobes and heart. The darkness in the frontal lobes creates an affinity to the Cosmic System through mataiotes, the vacuum in the soul. Satan and his demons will have access to the soul through the vacuum to instill their doctrines of demons from Ecumenical Babylon. Legalistic arrogance will reject the authority of God and succumb to the power of the Cosmic Babylon. True love will be replaced by Political Babylon, which will accept a cheap substitute for Right Man or Right Woman. At the same time, legalism along the negative Y-axis will reject the true love for Right Man or Right Woman.
Scar tissue knocks out true love and amplifies pseudo love.
Scar tissue of the soul wipes out the true love of the heart (the right lobe of the soul). Not only does scar tissue reduce capacity for life, it also weakens capacity for love. When love loses its strength, there will be vulnerability to temptation. Minor attractions can be big problems to a person with scar tissue. Those with scar tissue lack resilience and become a pushover to minor temptations. Yielding to temptation, leads to reversionism. The person who succumbs to temptation will quickly fall to the lowest level of reversionism. Scar tissue, therefore, is a metric of reversionistic behavior. As the scar tissue is increased, the level of degeneracy in reversionism deepens.
The darkness in the soul from scar tissue makes it impossible to see the problem. It takes light (or enlightenment) to discern a problem. Without light, the person with scar tissue is like a blind person who cannot see his faults.
Scar tissue cannot be seen in self.
Scar tissue in the frontal lobes causes logic to be reversed. Good becomes bad and bad appears good. False appears true and true appears false. The person with scar tissue doesn’t know what his problem is. Psychiatry has various names for soul problems and the resulting dementia, e.g. psychosis, neurosis, psychopathy. Scar tissue of the soul in Biblical terminology is the problem. The person with scar tissue loses the grip on reality. What may start as lies may lead to believing one’s own lies. The liar who believes his own lies has scar tissue of the soul. He doesn’t know there is a problem any more than a psychotic knows where unreality begins. In the early stages, the excursions into unreality may be temporary. But, if the divine solution is rejected, scar tissue may build up enough to force wider and wider emotional swings until the soul cannot return to reality.
Another example of reversed logic is homosexuality or lesbianism. Homosexuality is the result of hardness of the heart, or scar tissue of the soul (Romans 1:26-27). The scar tissue is due to the judgment of God. Homosexuality then follows based upon a person’s decision to sin in violation of Marriage Culture. Scar tissue of the soul makes members of the same sex attractive, which is contrary to nature. Scar tissue of the soul reverses mental logic due to darkness in the frontal lobes (Blackout of the Soul).
The Divine Solution
Rebound and the Filling of the Holy Spirit will neutralize the power of scar tissue of the soul until the believer sins again. Upon sinning, the Old Sin Nature will immediately take control of the soul and yield to the power of the scar tissue. The Christian who alternates between the Filling of the Holy Spirit and carnality is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. When scar tissue of the soul is allowed to rule the soul, the Christian may become a monster.
The carnal Christian under the control of scar tissue of the soul may become a monster.
Rebound is the first step toward recovery. The only way to overcome the subtle illusions of scar tissue of the soul, however, is to execute the Spiritual Life. Execution of the Spiritual Life demands the daily metabolization of Bible Doctrine and deployment of the Problem Solving Devices. Whereas, metabolization of Bible Doctrine is necessary for Spiritual growth, it is not the means of removal of scar tissue. Only God can remove scar tissue of the soul because it came from divine discipline in the first place. Scar tissue is like a judicial sentence that must be fulfilled. God will remove scar tissue from the soul when the believer submits to His authority and responds to divine discipline. Suffering is usually the means of removing scar tissue. When divine discipline or suffering are ridden out in the Filling of the Holy Spirit, the discipline or suffering will be converted to blessing and scar tissue will be removed. When the sentence is fulfilled, there will be the promotion of more grace.
Recovery from scar tissue demands that Rebound be used immediately after sinning. Otherwise, going into reversionism can leave more scar tissue on the soul. In order to advance spiritually, the believer must be willing to admit his sins to God. Rejecting Rebound will take the carnal believer deeper into reversionism and away from Spiritual Maturity.
To overcome scar tissue of the soul: Rebound and keep moving!
Even in Spiritual Maturity, which is the adult phase of the Spiritual Life, the Christian can have scar tissue of the soul. David’s sins with Bathsheba came after he had reached Spiritual Maturity. When David neglected Rebound, the Old Sin Nature took control of his soul and scar tissue overpowered his behavior so that he yielded to the temptation of adultery. In adultery he was the pawn of Satan as the goddess of love. After his adultery David still refused to Rebound and his scar tissue influenced him to have Uriah murdered. As a murderer, David was the pawn of Satan, the god of war.
Divorce in the Exodus Generation
The demand for divorces was so high in the Exodus generation that the court system was swamped. A law was therefore added to allow a man to divorce an unfaithful wife by writing the divorce certificate himself. Legitimate grounds for divorce were supposed to be according to Deuteronomy 24:1, cases of illicit sex, where the Hebrew `erewath means pudenda, nakedness, and refers to the genitals being exposed for sex. The word is erroneously translated, indecency. However, the men, who were vested with the legal power to divorce, abused the system and got rid of their older wives to marry younger ones as in Malachi 2:13-16, which is one of the last descriptions of the state of Marriage Culture in Israel before Christ came on the scene 400 years later.
During His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ taught about Marriage Culture and the problem of divorce (Matthew 5:31-32). This upset the Pharisees, the legalists of the day, who had scar tissue of the soul. So, they questioned the Lord on the fine points of divorce law.
And some Pharisees came to Him, testing Him, and saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause at all?” (Matthew 19:3, NAS)
The Lord Jesus Christ responded by going back to the principle of Marriage Culture and explaining that the Plan of God did not include divorce in the first place. Divorce goes against the principle of Right Man – Right Woman in Marriage Culture.
4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read, that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall have sex with his wife; and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 “Consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
The Lord’s answer was a review of the doctrine of marriage. When Adam was created, his physical body was made for sex. Even though the woman had not yet been provided, she was in the Plan of God. Then at the appropriate time, the Lord built the woman and brought her to Adam. The principle of marriage is given in verse 5: The Right Man shall leave his father and mother, get married, and be intimately, sexually, united with his Right Woman. The word for having sex with is the Greek kollavw (kollao). When the same verse, which is Genesis 2:24, is quoted in Ephesians 4:31, the word used is the Greek proskollavw (proskollao), which means face-to-face sex – something that animals cannot do.
The next phrase, “and the two shall become one flesh,” illustrates the principle of the marriage system. The Right Man and the Right Woman are elements of a system. Each individual is incomplete without the other. In marriage, the Right Woman completes the Right Man, and the Right Man fulfills the Right Woman. A system is a group of elements, principles, and procedures that combine to accomplish a common purpose. A system cannot be subdivided. A molecule is an example of a microsystem. Even though the individual elements may be very different, e.g. sodium and chlorine, they may combine to form molecules of a compound, such as salt, which is stable and cannot be subdivided without destroying the system.
Verse 6 emphasizes the concept of the system: “Consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh.” God sanctifies the marriage relationship as a system. Therefore, it is called holy matrimony. There is also a solemn warning against breaking up the marriage system: “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” Marriage is a divine institution that began in the Garden of Eden, and continues throughout human history. God protects the divine institution of marriage, and there is a solemn command not to be divorced: “let no man separate.”
That explanation of the Doctrine of Marriage should have been sufficient, but the Pharisees could not understand Bible Doctrine, since they were unbelievers and in the Cosmic System. They countered by quoting the law of divorce from the Mosaic Law (Deuteronomy 24:1).
They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?” (Matthew 19:7, NAS)
The Lord answered the Pharisees by explaining that the law of divorce in the Mosaic Law was added because of the hardness of the heart of the Exodus generation.
8 He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart, Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. 9 “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
The Greek word for hardness of heart is Greek sklhrokardiva (sklerokardia), a compound of sklero (hardened) and kardia (heart). The demand for divorces in the Exodus generation was due to hardness of heart (scar tissue of the soul). Scar tissue led to adultery, and adultery was a legitimate grounds for divorce. However, the system was abused, and that is why the Lord emphasized in verse 9 that the only legitimate grounds for divorce that carried the right of remarriage was fornication (or adultery). The Greek word for fornication in verse 9 is Greek porneiva (porneia), which refers to fornication (illicit sex) and is stronger than immorality as it is sometimes translated.
Verse 9 continues to explain that a person who remarries after receiving an illegitimate divorce (one for any reason other than fornication) is committing adultery. Thus, there is something worse than divorce, and that is remarriage after an illegitimate divorce. There are other grounds for divorce, or separation, such as criminality, abuse, and battery; however, the only one that carried the right of remarriage under the Mosaic Law was fornication by the other partner.
Scar tissue led the Exodus generation to reject Right Man and Right Woman and seek divorce just as illustrated in Scar Tissue of the Soul. Marriage Culture in the Exodus generation was a mess, and the divorce rate was high. Scar tissue of the soul led to divorce because scar tissue of the soul knocks out love between Right Man and Right Woman. The men of the Exodus generation divorced their wives to marry younger girls. During the time of Balaam, the men fornicated with the young, Moabite girls. During the time of Nehemiah, the Jews rejected the concept of Right Man – Right Woman and intermarried with the Gentiles. During the period of the Gospels, the doctrine of Marriage Culture was not understood by the Jews due to hardness of the heart.
In spite of the part of the Mosaic Law that permitted divorce due to fornication, that was not the directive will of God. God’s original purpose in marriage was to stay married and not be divorced, even though divorce was permitted in certain extenuating circumstances. Fornication is also said to be a legitimate grounds for divorce in Matthew 5:31-32. However, there are parallel passages, Mark 10:2-12 and Luke 16:18, which do not uphold divorce and do not mention fornication as a legitimate grounds for divorce. There is no contradiction in these three passages. All of them explain that the original purpose of marriage was not to be divorced, and they add that marrying a divorced person is committing adultery, a sin that carried the death penalty under the Law. However, Matthew explains why divorce was permitted, though it was not the directive will of God. It was permitted because of hardness of the heart, scar tissue of the soul.
The Church Age doctrine of marriage goes back to the original principle of marriage just as the Lord did. In the Church Age, divorce is not the directive will of God in Christian marriages (1 Corinthians 7:10-11). If separation or divorce does occur, then remarriage is not permitted according to the strict interpretation of the Word of God in keeping with the original purpose of the divine institution of Marriage. Thus, Church Age doctrine recognizes extenuating circumstances that may require a divorce, but such cases do not carry the right of remarriage.
In mixed marriages, between a believer and an unbeliever, the rules of Christian marriage do not apply. The unbeliever is not bound by the Word of God, and is, therefore, free to go (1 Corinthians 7:12-15). The Christian, however, should not initiate a divorce.
In the marriage of two unbelievers (male and female), the Bible has no jurisdiction. Unbelievers are not under obligation to obey the Bible.
The Bible does not authorize the marriage of two members of the same sex. Marriage is a divine institution that is only legitimate between one male and one female.
If a Christian marries the wrong man or wrong woman, that is not grounds for a divorce. However, extenuating circumstances such as criminality, abuse, and violence, may require separation or divorce. But divorces for these reasons do not carry the right of remarriage. The Christian who violates the divine order of creation and marries someone else’s Right Man or Right Woman has two choices: (1) Advance to Spiritual Maturity by metabolization of Bible Doctrine, or (2) die the sin that ends in death. Death of a spouse ends the marriage contract immediately. Widows and widowers are free to remarry. If a Christian obeys the Word of God, then the Lord will take care of the marriage arrangements in due time. Apostate Christians who have violated the principle of Right Man – Right Woman of a person who is advancing to Spiritual Maturity can go select a grave site because they will need it.
The original principle of Right Man – Right Woman goes back to the precedent of the Garden and is covered in God’s Sovereign Design. Marriage is an act of human volition. It is a contract for life. Both Right Man – Right Woman and Marriage are systems that cannot be broken without destroying the system. God upholds both systems: Right Man – Right Woman and Marriage. In the case of Marriage to someone else’s Right Man or Right Woman, God will decide which system has priority. God’s Sovereign Design has priority over man’s volition; so God will support the system of Right Man – Right Woman over Marriage to some else’s Right Man or Right Woman. Since Marriage is for life, those married to the wrong one can look forward to the sin unto death, unless they Rebound and advance to Spiritual Maturity. Furthermore, even the Right Man or the Right Woman can incur intensified discipline with its Scar Tissue through fornication. Such was the case with the Exodus generation. God will sort out such circumstances and discipline accordingly (Hebrews 13:4).
Marriage is a Divine Institution for the human race, including believer and unbeliever. Marriage is a legal and binding agreement in the eyes of God and man. To satisfy God, the Bible must be obeyed, but the unbeliever is not bound by the Bible. To satisfy man, Marriage must be under the authority of the Laws of Establishment (Romans 13:1-7). The legal requirements for Marriage under the Laws of Establishment vary depending upon the country or jurisdiction and have changed over the centuries. In most of the Bible the parents entered into the Marriage contract for the children. The Marriage was later consummated when the groom came for his bride and took her into his household. Sex was considered part of the consummation process. However, it was not a legal requirement; otherwise, Jesus Christ would have been an illegitimate son.
Does God require compliance with the Laws of Establishment for Marriage? Absolutely. He required it for the birth of Christ, and He requires it per Romans 13:1-7. There are good reasons to comply with the laws of society. Sex produces children, who need legitimate guardians. And when people die, the courts must sort out the consequences for the family.
A marriage is a legal contract. In the ancient world, the contract was arranged by the parents of the bride and groom, sometimes when they were still children, and the marriage was later consummated. As with contracts, violations of the contract could nullify it. Although the word, annulment, does not appear in the Bible, there were cases where it happened. When Pharaoh married Sarah and later discovered that she was already married to Abraham, he annulled the marriage (Genesis 12:14-20). It was an invalid marriage because Sarah was not free to marry. In the case of Samson and his first wife, the girl’s father annulled the marriage (under Philistine law) when Samson left during the honeymoon (Judges 14:20).
After the marriage contract was signed, if the bride fornicated or turned out not to be a virgin, then the husband could request an annulment (Deuteronomy 22:13-29). When Jacob was tricked on his wedding night and found himself married to Leah, he requested an annulment, but Laban talked him out of it (Genesis 29:21-27).
Sins against the divine institution of Marriage will be judged by the Supreme Court of Heaven (Hebrews 13:4). Judah’s first two sons are examples. The first one, Er, married Tamar; but God terminated his life with the sin unto death probably before the honeymoon was over. Er was an evil unbeliever, and God prevented him from procreating a son who would compromise the line of Christ. The second son, Onan, died the sin unto death on his wedding night when he deceived Tamar and Judah by wasting his seed on the ground rather than fulfilling his obligation under Levirate marriage to impregnate the widow of his deceased brother (Genesis 38:6-10). God, in effect, annulled the marriage, and sent him to his grave.
In the Church Age, there are no rules for annulments per se; however, disputes about the validity of a marriage require the agreement of the father of the bride (1 Corinthians 7:36-38).
After the Lord explained the doctrine of marriage, the disciples could not handle it. They lacked the Spiritual maturity necessary to grasp the significance of the doctrine. Their response to the Lord Jesus Christ was, “If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry.”
Matthew 19:10-12, NAS
10 The disciples said to Him, “If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry. 11 But He said to them, “Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 “For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.”
Most people, just as the disciples, believe that marriage brings happiness, and that it is so desirable that not being permitted to be married, or remarried, is unthinkable. The divorce rate was undoubtedly high during the period of the Gospels just as it is today. So, the disciples threw up their hands in disbelief when they learned that marriage is for keeps, and to remarry after a divorce is committing adultery. The disciples were in the category of those who could not accept the statement. They couldn’t accept the doctrine because of the scar tissue of their souls, which made them weak spiritually. When the Lord said, “Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given,” He was saying that only believers who were in fellowship and positive to Bible Doctrine were the ones to whom it had been addressed. The same explanation was given as why the Lord began to teach in parables as He taught the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:11).
To amplify the concept of the faith required to obey the doctrine of marriage under adverse circumstances, the Lord used the examples of three types of eunuchs. A eunuch is a castrated male. The Lord said that some men could not get married because they were eunuchs due to birth defects. The second type of eunuch was made that way by men. Slaves that were captured in battle were often castrated, which may very well have happened to Daniel. Such slaves could be given household jobs, such as guarding the harem, without fear of procreation. The third type eunuch was one who became the equivalent of a eunuch for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven was the congregation of Jewish believers who honored their King, the Lord Jesus Christ. This type eunuch refers to a man who set aside the right of marriage because of a higher calling. The Apostle Paul is an example of such a person in the Church Age. Paul did not have the gift of celibacy, but he forfeited the right of marriage, in order to fulfill God’s Plan for his life.
All three types of eunuchs could live and fulfill God’s calling of the Spiritual life without being married. It is possible to live without being married. It is possible to live without sex. And it is possible to fulfill the Plan of God without being married. Even though it is suffering to deprive a person of marriage in this life, it is possible through faith to survive and fulfill the Plan of God. Of course, the disciples could not accept this doctrine, because they were weak due to the scar tissue of the soul.
Scar Tissue in the Disciples
The disciples of our Lord suffered from scar tissue of the soul, which hindered their ability to metabolize Bible Doctrine. The scar tissue in their souls became a problem on various occasions and was pointed out by our Lord. The scar tissue of Judas Iscariot, an unbeliever, became so great that he became a double agent and was indwelt by Satan. The scar tissue of the disciples made them forgetful. On one occasion they forgot to pack their lunch, a situation very much like the psychological problem of denial. However, the problem was also in their spiritual life. They could not recall Bible Doctrine in order to make the correct application.
Mark 8:14-17, NAS
14 And they had forgotten to take bread; and did not have more than one loaf in the boat with them. 15 And He was giving orders to them, saying, “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 And they began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread. 17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart?
The disciples could not understand the principle of Logistical Grace provision of food because scar tissue of the soul prevented their understanding and application (metabolization) of one of the most basic of all doctrines. The Exodus generation had to learn the doctrine when they took the no-water test at Massah (Testing) and Meribah (Quarreling) (Exodus 17:1-7). Under Logistical Grace, God will provide food to sustain the believer in this life from the Plan of God Server in Heaven. The believer must learn to eat only food from Logistical Grace. Eating junk food amounts to human good and will thwart Spiritual Growth. When the disciples could not metabolize the doctrine of Logistical Grace, the Lord asked them if they had a hardened heart, which is the same word, porosis (hardened, calloused, or petrified), that had been applied to the Pharisees.
“Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember, (Mark 8:18, NAS)
In verse 18 Jesus enumerates the problems of scar tissue of the soul. They did not see because scar tissue darkens the soul. They did not perceive the real meaning of Logistical Grace, and they could not apply the doctrine on the Stage of Life. They did not hear because scar tissue dulls the hearing so that Bible Doctrine cannot be easily understood. And they could not remember because scar tissue makes the rate of forgetting exceed the rate of learning. Scar tissue leads to confusion, which makes it difficult to remember the teachings of Bible Doctrine. The disciples were poor students because of scar tissue of the soul. So the Lord reminded them of feeding the multitudes where He illustrated the concept of Logistical Grace.
Mark 8:19-21, NAS
19 when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?” They said to Him, “Twelve.” 20 “And when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?” And they said to Him, “Seven.” 21 And He was saying to them, “Do you not yet understand?”
Who provides the food? The Lord does. Those who reject Logistical Grace provision make a mockery out of God by thinking God will bless junk food which was not from the Plan of God Server. The believer should thank God for His Logistical Grace provision before a meal, but only if the food being eaten is from Logistical Grace. Those who eat junk food often are weak and sickly. Eating food is the physical analogy of metabolization of Bible Doctrine. How can anyone metabolize Spiritual food who rejects Logistical Grace provision?
The Spiritual Life will not advance if the believer will not obey the Holy Spirit in what he eats.
After the Lord Jesus Christ was resurrected, some of the disciples did not believe it, and they were reprimanded for their hardness of heart (scar tissue of the soul).
And afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. (Mark 16:14, NAS)
The scar tissue of the soul of these disciples prevented them from applying Bible Doctrine. Hardness of the heart made them insensitive to the events on the Stage of Life. Instead of walking in faith, metabolizing Bible Doctrine, and having it verified through correct application, the disciples did not believe Bible Doctrine due to their hardness of heart, and they flunked the test. Thus, scar tissue of the soul thwarted their ability to accurately apply Bible Doctrine. They were wandering around in the dark in their ignorance and disbelief.
The Pharisees were the religious Jews who rejected the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ because of their scar tissue of the soul. The Pharisees were even upset about the Lord’s healing on the Sabbath.
Mark 3:1-4, NAS
1 And He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there with a withered hand. 2 And they were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, in order that they might accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man with the withered hand, “Rise and come forward!” 4 And He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent.
The Pharisees were watching the Lord to see if he would heal on the Sabbath so they could complain about it. The Lord diagnosed their problem as scar tissue of the soul.
Mark 3:5-6, NAS
5 And after looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 And the Pharisees went out and immediately began taking counsel with the Herodians against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.
The Greek word for hardness of heart in verse 5 is Greek pwvrwsi” (porosis), which means hardened, calloused, or petrified. It is the word for scar tissue. The Pharisees had hardened, or petrified, hearts. In their legalism, they got their logic reversed and made something good, like healing, into something bad. They should have loved Jesus Christ, but they hated him and sought to destroy Him. They conspired with the Gentile rulers to get rid of the Lord. They hated God and their fellow man, but they covered all this with a self-righteous facade of religion.
The Lord Jesus Christ presented Himself to the Jews during the Hypostatic Union, but they rejected Him.
He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. (John 1:11, NAS)
This rejection was due to their hardness of heart.
Romans 11:7-8, NAS
7 What then? That which Israel is seeking for, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; 8 just as it is written,
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes to see not and ears to hear not,
Down to this very day.”
The word for hardness in verse 7 is Greek porosis (hardened, calloused, or petrified). Those Jews who wanted to believe in Jesus Christ, were free to do so. Those who would believe in Jesus Christ are called “the chosen” or “elect.” This means that they were elected, or chosen, based upon the foreknowledge of God. God did not predestine some to be saved and some to be lost. Everyone has a choice. However, God, in His foreknowledge, knew beforehand which ones would believe in Jesus Christ. The believers are called the chosen, or elect. That part of Israel who rejected Jesus Christ was hardened.
Rejection of the Gospel leads to scar tissue of the soul.
The part of the nation of Israel who rejected Jesus Christ as Savior wound up with scar tissue of the soul (hardness of the heart). The scar tissue of the soul is described as a stupor, which is callous insensitivity like a drunk. They have eyes to see but they do not perceive the Spiritual Life. They see Jesus Christ but do not perceive that He is the Son of God. They have ears to hear Bible Doctrine but they do not understand it. They have ears to hear the Gospel, but they do not comprehend Salvation. This condition whereby part of Israel is hardened is called a partial hardening:
For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles has come in; (Romans 11:25, NAS)
9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on listening, but do not understand;
Keep on looking, but do not perceive.’
10 “Make the heart of this people insensitive,
Their ears hard of hearing
And their eyes blurred,
Lest they see with their eyes,
With their ears hear,
With their heart understand,
And return (rebound) and He heal them.”
Verse 9 describes the characteristics of scar tissue of the soul. The believer and unbeliever can build up scar tissue. The unbeliever builds up scar tissue by rejecting the Gospel. The believer builds up scar tissue by rejecting Bible Doctrine and the Spiritual Life. Those with scar tissue can listen to Spiritual instruction, but they will not understand it. The scar tissue prevents them from believing. A person with a hardened heart will not believe, since it is the very nature of a hardened heart not to believe. Also, the person with scar tissue of the soul can see with his eyes, but he will not be able to perceive the Spiritual meaning of what he sees.
The first half of verse 10 describes scar tissue of the soul in reversionism, while the second half of the verse describes recovery from scar tissue of the soul. The description of reversionism describes going down in terms of the heart, ears, and eyes; whereas, reversion recovery reverses the three: eyes, ears, and heart. This is the typical way that the Word of God presents the beginning and end of a sequence.
The person with scar tissue of the soul has an insensitive heart. The insensitive heart is cold toward God (lack of Spiritual Rapport) and cold toward Right Man or Right Woman (lack of harmonious rapport). The ears are hard of hearing, which means that the person does not readily understand Bible Doctrine. He does not understand it because he does not believe it. Furthermore, his eyes are blurred, i.e. he does not perceive the Spiritual issues on the Stage of Life. He does not apply doctrine, and he does not give thanks for the Plan of God.
The recovery process begins with the eyes, which must be used to perceive the existing Spiritual status from the Stage of Life. How else could a person turn around if he did not know which way he were going? The reversionist must realign the X-Y-Z axes, which requires Rebound in order to see anything spiritually. However, after Rebound additional Problem Solving Devices must be deployed or the ship will sink before it can be turned around to chart a new course. After the eyes, the ears must be used to hear and obey Bible teaching. The ears represent the function of faith perception and application. Bible Doctrine must be the solution to scar tissue of the soul, or recovery will not be possible. Then the heart must be fully operational to understand the daily issues in the divine recovery process. The heart is required to circulate Bible Doctrine, pass categorical testing, complete the Edification Complex of the Soul, and to have Spiritual Rapport with God and harmony with Right Man or Right Woman. The integrity of the heart must be maintained to have love through all the testing required for removal of scar tissue of the soul.
The road of recovery that leads to Spiritual Maturity is a long road with many days of testing. It is described as returning, or restoration, to Spiritual Rapport, which requires Rebound as necessary along the way. If Rebound is neglected, reversionism will return, and there will be no recovery. However, if the Spiritual Life is executed faithfully, the Lord will promote the believer, which includes removal of scar tissue. The removal of the scar tissue can only be obtained through the grace of God. It is described as being healed and may include spiritual, soulish, and physical revival.
The Lord Jesus Christ quoted Isaiah 6:9-10 as the reason for teaching in parables to the Jews of His day who had hardness of the heart (Matthew 13:13-16; Mark 4:12; Luke 8:10; John 12:40).
Scar Tissue in Reversionism
Reversionism is living in a state of carnality under the power of the Old Sin Nature and the Cosmic System. For the unbeliever, reversionism is rejecting the gospel. For the Christian, reversionism is failing to Rebound. The Christian who fails to Rebound is quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit. Moses used the Head and Tail Model to explain the two types of believers. The believer who obeyed Bible Doctrine was called a head, while the carnal believer who refused to Rebound was called a tail. In the Church Age, the Filling of the Holy Spirit controls the soul of the believer who is a head; while the Old Sin Nature controls the soul of the carnal believer, who is a tail. When there is no Bible Doctrine in the thinking on the cerebral cortex, a vacuum will be opened up in the soul which will suck the soul into the Cosmic System.
Illustration: Vacuum in the Soul
As the vacuum in the soul opens up, the emotions will quickly revolt to fill the void. As the emotional swings become wider, the soul will break outside the control limits. In other words, it’s OK to have emotion as long as it doesn’t get out of control. When a person agrees with lust and sins, then control is lost; and the soul will wind out of control. The soul that is out of control has the characteristics of the tail with trends toward lawlessness (green line) and legalism (blue line). The soul in legalism or lawlessness is grieving or quenching the Holy Spirit so long as the person refuses to Rebound.
Rejection of the grace solution puts the reversionist on a road that leads to the grave. Along the way the reversionist will be disciplined more severely in Warning Discipline, Intensified Discipline, and the Sin that leads to death. The stages of reversionism will be accompanied by hardness of the heart (scar tissue of the soul). God hardens the heart as divine discipline. Fornication, for example, will result in scar tissue of the soul and Intensified Discipline. Homosexuality has another type of scar tissue in Intensified Discipline. Psychosis is another type of scar tissue.
Illustration: Roads of Life
The reversionist by neglecting Rebound lives in a perpetual state of grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit. Grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit are not sins but states of sin that result from loss of the Filling of the Holy Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
16 Rejoice always; 17 pray continually; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Stop quenching the Spirit;
These verses describe the believer-priest and ambassador for Christ. As a priest, the believer represents himself before God and intercedes for others. The priest must be aware of the events on the Stage of Life in order to execute the Spiritual Life. When facing the trials and tribulations of the Spiritual Life, God’s Happiness (+H) is always available to use as a Problem Solving Device. It sustained Jesus Christ on the cross, and it will sustain the Christian in this life. The function of the priesthood includes prayer. The believer-priest should pray continually, which means often, as needed – not continuously. The attitude toward the issues of life, both good and bad, should be thanksgiving. The execution of the Plan of God depends upon God – not us. Regarding the Spiritual Life of the priest, the command is: “Stop quenching the Holy Spirit.” The word for quenching is the Greek sbevnnumi (sbennumi), which means to suppress or quench. It is a present, active, imperative, which means stop doing it. The Thessalonians were one of the better congregations. Yet, they were commanded to stop quenching (suppressing) the Holy Spirit, which implies that they were guilty of doing it.
Quenching the Holy Spirit is related to the context. It means suppressing the Holy Spirit in relation to the function of the priesthood. Execution of the Spiritual Life demands application related to the stage of life, which requires prayer and thanksgiving. The person who fails to Rebound cannot possibly fulfill these commands, and the result will be perpetual carnality and suppressing the Holy Spirit. The Spiritual Life will be dead. The Old Sin Nature will have dominance. The command to stop quenching the Holy Spirit is given against the backdrop of the function of the priesthood of the ambassador for Christ.
The royal ambassadorship and the priesthood of the believer are Spiritual service in relation to others. Although prayer is private, thanksgiving and intercessory prayer are related to the Stage of Life. Ambassadorship and the priesthood require discernment and analysis of the issues on the Stage of Life and application of pertinent doctrine. These functions are directly or indirectly related to the public. As such, they are related to the positive Y-Axis, the Love axis, of the Space-Time Coordinate System (ref. New Covenant Coordinate System). When the function of the priesthood fails and there is no thanksgiving, the result is quenching (or suppressing) the Holy Spirit.
Quenching the Holy Spirit is represented by the Quenching Gate, which is a logical AND gate. The Quenching Gate will block the power of the Holy Spirit from controlling the soul if the function of the priesthood fails. For example, if there is no thanksgiving related to the Stage of Life, the Quenching Gate will block the Filling of the Holy Spirit. Of course, there has already been a sin before the Filling of the Holy Spirit is lost. There will also be further consequences. When the Filling of the Holy Spirit is lost, the Old Sin Nature will pop up immediately and control the soul. Since the soul controls the body, the cells of the body will also be controlled by the Old Sin Nature. Thus, the soul and body will enslaved to the Cosmic System.
Soul Life energy is supplied to the soul from the Control Room in Heaven. One of the Seven Spirits from the Lord in Heaven supplies soul life, which is human life. Another one of the Seven Spirits supplies Spiritual Life to the believer. The Spirits from the Lord in the Heavenly Control Room are modulated from the seven horns, which means that divine justice also comes down the Spiritual and soul life line connections to Heaven. Divine justice superimposed on the Seven Spirits means that blessing and cursing come from the Lord. The divine justice is also called Spiritual light. This is how colors come to be associated with production. Red is associated with the blood of Christ and human suffering. Blue is associated with the Righteousness of God or self-righteousness of man. Purple is associated with the Royal Messiah and the judgment of man for arrogant ambition (jealousy).
The Spirit of Human Life and the Spirit of Eternal Life come in the top of the head and exit the feet. The Spirit of Human Life gives life to the soul and to every cell of the body. The Spirit travels in straight lines from head to foot. The Holy Spirit through the justice function divides the Spirit of Human Life into three major paths which enter the top of the head along the Y-axis. These three connections are shown in the illustration. The main connection is along the Z-axis through the top of the head, brain stem, and spinal column. The front connection is through the frontal lobes and down through the front part of the body and legs. The back connection is through the occipital lobe, cerebellum, and back side of the body and legs.
When a person is Filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Eternal Life controls the soul and body, and the Old Sin Nature is held in check. Under the Filling of the Holy Spirit, Spiritual light flows freely through the soul and body. However, the Spiritual light also supplies justice. Thus, the free flow of light may yield a powerful dose of divine discipline instead of blessing. When the free flow of Spiritual light through the body is restricted, a blemish, weakness, or sore spot may develop. The affected area may also lose its rosy glow and appear dark. Acupuncture may be used to reduce the pain in a weak area of the body by intersecting the line of Spiritual light going to that location. Acupuncture may be treating the symptom, however, and ignoring the problem.
The only solution is the divine solution; the human solution is no solution.
The Quenching Gate allows the Spirit of Eternal Life (which is the Holy Spirit) to flow freely to control the soul and front part of the body. The Quenching Gate will also block the Holy Spirit when the function of the priesthood of the believer fails. The frontal lobes are required to think and apply Bible Doctrine. When the frontal lobes cease to perform their spiritual function, the Holy Spirit is quenched in the life of the believer. When the Quenching Gate blocks the function of the Spiritual Life, the recovery procedure of Rebound must be employed. However, to keep the gate functioning, the Spiritual Life must be executed, which includes the function of the priesthood and ambassadorship.
The Ephesians, who were Paul’s most advanced congregation, received a command to stop grieving the Holy Spirit.
Furthermore, stop grieving the Holy Spirit, the God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30)
The word, grieving, is the Greek lupevw (lupeo), which means to vex, insult, squelch. This is an anthropopathism to explain what being out of fellowship does to the Holy Spirit, Who is described as being vexed or grieved. The Holy Spirit is not vexed or grieved, nor is He ever unhappy, but this is an explanation in human terms. When the Filling of the Holy Spirit is lost, the believer is spiritually dead, and the Holy Spirit is grieved, or vexed, because the Spirit of grace has been insulted (in human terms). In Ephesians 4:30 the Holy Spirit is called “the God” by a genitive of apposition in the Greek. This adds gravity to the command, which again, is present active imperative and implies that the Ephesians are doing this and should stop.
The rest of the verse emphasizes the sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit. Royal seals were used to seal documents. An impression was made by a signet ring in hot wax. Today we use bar codes. The Holy Spirit is the seal, or bar code, that identifies the Christian. When the Rapture comes (called “the day of redemption”), the Christian will get his resurrection body based upon the seal, or bar code of the Holy Spirit. Only those with resurrection bodies will rise to meet the Lord in the air. All those without the seal of the Holy Spirit will be left behind. The last phrase, “sealed for the day of redemption,” also indicates that the grieving of the Holy Spirit relates to the body as well as the soul.
The context of this verse is marriage. Bitterness is the worst problem in marriage. Bitterness is a sin, which will destroy the Filling of the Holy Spirit. It is also a sign of rejection of the true love relationship with Right Man or Right Woman. There are many forms of bitterness.
All bitterness, both anger and wrath, both clamor and slander, it must be removed from you along with all kakia (malice, malignity, and vice) (Ephesians 4:31).
Bitterness can escalate into anger and wrath, then into arguments, slander and gossip. Bitterness can also be evil, which is called in the Greek kakiva (kakia), malice, malignity, and vice.
1 Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. 3 But do not let fornication or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints;
The passage continues with the command to walk in love, which is explained in terms of Christ’s impersonal love for all mankind on the cross – i.e. the negative Y-axis. Verse 3 contains the command to avoid fornication, which represents the violation of marriage. The rest of chapter 5 is also about marriage.
Bitterness in Ephesians 4:31 is associated with rejection, or turning the back on someone – namely, the Right Man or Right Woman. This is related to the negative Y-axis, as is walking in impersonal love in Ephesians 5:2. Thus, the Grieving Gate is on the negative Y-axis. Impersonal love requires resisting the temptation to be bitter. Bitterness is a type of legalism. Bitterness knocks out love.
The negative Y-axis is the back side as opposed to the front. The front represents the public side; hence, the face to greet the world. The back side represents the private, or intimate, side. The back side represents the exclusive intimate relationship of love between Right Man and Right Woman. It does not represent personal love, for that is the positive Y-axis. Nor does it represent sex. The genitals are under the control of the frontal lobes, which express personal love. The Grieving Gate controls the back side of the body just as the Quenching Gate controls the front side. The Grieving Gate is designed to expose any breakdown of love between Right Man and Right Woman. When there is a love problem in the Right Man – Right Woman relationship, the Grieving Gate will block the control of the Holy Spirit over the soul and body.
You husbands likewise, live with your wives according to knowledge (Bible Doctrine), as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)
When there is a problem with the love life of Right Man – Right Woman, prayers will be hindered. The prayer life will fail because prayers require the Filling of the Holy Spirit, which will be non-existent when the Holy Spirit is being grieved. Prayers do not use the front or back connections to the Control Room in Heaven. They go up the middle connection. However, either the front or back gates can shut down the Filling of the Holy Spirit and nullify the prayer life.
There are only two options available: (1) the Filling of the Holy Spirit or (2) loss of the Filling of the Holy Spirit. The person who is Filled with the Holy Spirit is not quenching or grieving the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit has complete control over body, soul, and human spirit. The person without the Filling of the Holy Spirit is in the darkness of the Cosmic System under the power of Satan and demons as well as the scar tissue of the soul. Now, the person on the right and the person on the left are the same person. The picture on the right merely illustrates how the person appears under the Filling of the Holy Spirit, while the picture on the right shows the effect of loss of the Filling of the Holy Spirit. The recovery procedure for loss of the Filling of the Holy Spirit is Rebound (1 John 1:9).
It is very important to grasp this concept. A person is either spiritual or not spiritual (i.e. carnal). Either the Holy Spirit controls the life or the Old Sin Nature controls the life, but not both at the same time. Either God is in control or Satan is in control of a person. The human is inferior to both and must choose which one to obey. The one who does not obey God has by default chosen Satan as his ruler and power source.
Scar tissue of the soul does not just affect the thinking of the cerebral cortex. The hardened heart affects all the compartments of the Right Lobe, which includes the values. When the Filling of the Holy Spirit is lost and the Spiritual Light from God is blocked by scar tissue in the thinking, corresponding bad values agree with the thoughts. The lust pattern kicks in to amplify the desire, and the absence of truth on the cerebral cortex sucks the soul into the Cosmic System. The right side is attracted to lawlessness and lasciviousness, which is illustrated in green, while the left side is attracted to legalism, which is shown in blue. Legalism and lawlessness are outside the control limits of the soul. The control limits can also be broken from the front and back where the front represents lawlessness and the back represents legalism.
Bad values lie in wait to take over the soul as soon as the Filling of the Holy Spirit is lost. The ECS is like a dam, and bad values are alternate paths around the dam. Bad values create a war in the soul with the ECS as Paul described:
Romans 7:22-23, NAS
22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.
The person with bad values desires to do evil. Bad values will be waiting to provide temptation until good values replace them in the Edification Complex of the Soul. The healing process that is required is removal of scar tissue of the soul with its bad values. Only God can switch in good values to replace bad values. The switch is tantamount to a promotion, or receiving more grace. Not even metabolization of Bible Doctrine will switch out the bad values. Receiving scar tissue of the soul is like being convicted and sentenced. The scar tissue of the soul will only be removed when the sentence is fulfilled. When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband, he was given a sentence that included intensified discipline with scar tissue of the soul. He had to ride out his sentence. Living with scar tissue is suffering with a problem. The problem includes bad values, which desire to do evil as soon as the Filling of the Holy Spirit is lost. When the person with scar tissue runs to do evil, he will be severely disciplined by God.
Metabolization of Bible Doctrine will be hindered by scar tissue of the soul. Scar tissue of the soul will make Spiritual Growth more difficult. However, metabolization of Bible Doctrine must not be neglected because it is necessary to sustain the Spiritual Life even when scar tissue of the soul poses an additional problem.
The soul under the control of the Filling of the Holy Spirit has Spiritual Light from the Heavenly Control Room. This is the Spirit of Eternal Life in contrast to the Spirit of Human Life which gives life to the soul at birth. The Spiritual Light in the illustration is over and beyond the light production of the Spirit of Human Life, which is for believer and unbeliever. Everyone who is alive has the Spirit of Human life in the soul and body, but that light can be darkened through judgment. The Lord Jesus Christ referred to the light in people as being darkness:
“But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (Matthew 6:23, NAS)
“The light that is in you” refers to the Spirit of Human Life. But this light is darkened (called “darkness”) due to God’s judgment upon a person who is in the Cosmic System and, therefore, spiritually dead. When the eye does not see the Stage of Life, the Holy Spirit will be Quenched and the person will reside in spiritual darkness.
The Spiritual Light goes into the human spirit and soul and proceeds through the body. The Light in the soul covers the body, and thus the body also is full of light.
“The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. (Matthew 6:22, NAS)
The boundaries of the Spiritual Light are shown in the illustration as redlines. The color, red, is the lower boundary of visible light, and red represents sin. But the question might arise, is the Spiritual Light limited to certain areas of the body? The answer is no, but there are limits of the believer’s capacity. A person who goes beyond his capacity will sin. And God cannot give us more power than we can handle; so there are limits. There are limits due to human weakness, and God will not give us what we cannot handle. So, the Spirit of God lights the playing field, and darkens the area that is out-of-bounds. The playing field (in bounds) is marked on the illustration as surrounded by a redline boundary. The extent of the redline boundary is determined by the Capacity for Life and Love of the ECS. When a person tries to operate outside his or her capacity, Spiritual control will be lost and the person will fall into lawlessness (green) or legalism (blue). The green and blue are like the colors of exit signs along the road of life. From the vantage point of the light, the exit signs are seen in green and blue. However, when they are taken, the result will be sin and darkness. This is like eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden. For example, when a person cannot resist a lascivious attraction, the Filling of the Holy Spirit will be lost and the person will enter into sin in the area of lawless/lasciviousness. If the person does not Rebound, he or she will be in the state of carnality of Quenching the Holy Spirit. In the state of carnality of Quenching the Holy Spirit, the person is outside the control limits of the Spiritual Life, which is like being out of bounds.
Control limits are the bounds of the playing field of the Spiritual Life.
The illustration is two dimensional with legalism on the left and lawlessness on the right. However, there are control limits on every axis, X, Y, Z, and Time. Therefore, the right side of the illustration represents the positive X, Y, Z, and Time axes; while the left side represents the corresponding negative X, Y, Z, and Time axes. The concept of negative time simply means dragging behind or falling short. It does not mean that time goes backward. Regardless of which axis the control limit was violated, Quenching the Holy Spirit represents the failure of the Priesthood (lack of Spiritual Rapport) while Grieving the Holy Spirit represents a failure of impersonal love (lack of harmonious rapport) for Right Man or Right Woman.
Spiritual growth is the expansion of the Edification Complex of the Soul through metabolization of Bible Doctrine. As Bible Doctrine is metabolized, the Holy Spirit will add new rooms, furnishings, and knowledge pathways to the ECS. However, before the ECS can be expanded, the ground must be cleared just as the woods must be cleared before building or farming. The soul outside the ECS is like unclaimed wilderness or new ground that must be cleared of trees, stumps, and roots. The illustration of the Soul Wilderness shows the wilderness and the clearing upon which the ECS is erected. The clearing process involves removing worldliness (trees), stumps (bad values), and roots (subconscious garbage). In the Tabernacle the priests trimmed the wicks of the lamps everyday to symbolize that the burnings (production) of yesterday are no good for today. The charred wicks are analogous to the wilderness that must be cleared prior to additions to the ECS.
The clearing of the wilderness of the soul is accomplished by special Testing, which is over and beyond the normal Verification Testing of the Metabolization Process. For example, a bad tree may be revealed by the Holy Spirit through incompatibility with Bible Doctrine. The bad fruit may be noticed. The believer must choose to obey Bible Doctrine and reject the bad fruit. Then the Holy Spirit may reveal the entire tree, which must be chopped down through separation and cutting the ties with the past. The large intestine performs this function in the human body. Progress cannot occur until the ties with the past are cut. After the tree has been removed, the stump, which represents bad values remains. The bad values will wage war with the ECS every time the filling of the Holy Spirit is lost. The stump may remain to Grieve or Quench the Holy Spirit through many test cycles. Each time the believer fails and chooses the bad value stump, the recovery procedure (Rebound) must be applied to regain the Spiritual Life. After the believer demonstrates enough times his willingness to reject the stump (endurance testing), the Lord will give promotion (more grace) and the Holy Spirit will remove the stump. Even after the stump is removed, there may be lingering problems from roots, which have to be individually rooted out. Roots are like garbage in the subconscious. Denial is an example. Denial means a blind spot, but the Holy Spirit will reveal the blind spot so the denial can be rooted out.
After the ground is prepared, Spiritual Growth can occur through the normal process of Metabolization of Bible Doctrine. The Bible Doctrine must be learned and verified before it becomes a permanent part of the ECS. Spiritual Growth means expansion of the ECS along the X (Faith), Y (Love), Z (Authority, Hope), and Time (Spiritual Rapport) axes. Expansion of the ECS will mean more capacity for life (Z), love (Y), faith (X), and harmonious rapport (Time) as well as conformity to the metrics of Christ, Authority (Z), Love (Y), Righteousness (X), and Spiritual Rapport (Time).
Illustration: Spiritual Growth of Exodus Generation
Spiritual Growth is analogous to the journey of the Exodus Generation through the wilderness. The Spiritual Life begins at Salvation, which is Step 1. In the Exodus, Salvation was represented by crossing the Red Sea. Step 2 corresponds to the wilderness wanderings, which requires separating from the world (clearing the wilderness) and erection of the ECS through metabolization of Bible Doctrine. Those who did not complete Step 2 died the sin unto death in the wilderness. Step 3 is Spiritual Warfare, which is symbolized by crossing the Jordan to fight in the Promised Land. Spiritual Warfare is taking up a defensive position on the FLOT (Forward Line of Troops) line against Satan and his demons. Step 4 is Spiritual Maturity, which is analogous to building and planting in the Promised Land.
Compartments of the Heart
The heart is the term for the right lobe of the soul in the Word of God. The right lobe is a complex center for understanding, reasoning, vocabulary, memory, sensory perception, motor control, analysis, viewpoint, conscience, and personal identity. Scar tissue of the soul, hardness of the heart, can affect all areas of the heart and produce a multitude of problems in the spiritual, soulish, and physical realms. Hardness of the heart is divine discipline, which is a spiritual problem. However, since the spirit controls the soul and, in some ways, the body also, spiritual problems from scar tissue can also cause soulish and physical problems. Sexual dysfunction begins with a spiritual problem; then becomes a soulish problem; and eventuates in a physical problem. Mental illness begins with a spiritual problem and proceeds to cause soulish and behavioral problems. Thus, spiritual problems lead to soulish problems which may affect the body.
Scar tissue of the heart affects the ability of the heart (right lobe) to function. The heart is responsible for capacity for life and love. It is a delicately balanced mechanism which is designed to be in tune with God and the environment. When anything hinders the operation of the heart, a variety of problems may ripple through various parts of the soul and body and translate into many different failure modes. Before there is a psychosomatic problem, scar tissue of the soul has already been a problem. Neither medicine nor psychiatry can treat scar tissue. Scar tissue is a spiritual problem based upon the relationship with God. The only cure for scar tissue must come from the spiritual life.
Spirituality Versus Scar Tissue of the Soul
Scar tissue of the soul is a divine judgment from God (Exodus 4:21; Deuteronomy 2:30; Lamentations 3:65; Isaiah 6:10; John 12:40). It is intensified discipline, but it is not a phase of reversionism. A mature believer can have scar tissue of the soul, especially in areas of ignorance. Scar tissue of the soul is a hindrance to Spiritual Rapport. Ignorance of Bible Doctrine leads to scar tissue of the soul (Ephesians 4:18).
Scar tissue of the soul is part of the carnal soul as opposed to the Edification Complex of the Soul. Scar tissue is the hardness that opposes the part of the soul that the Holy Spirit controls. Now the soul is either under the control of the Holy Spirit or the Old Sin Nature, but not both at the same time. So a person is never 50% spiritual or 50% carnal. However, the Holy Spirit does not produce divine good from the thorn bushes of carnality and scar tissue of the soul. When the Holy Spirit controls the soul, divine good is produced based upon the grace capacity associated with the maturity level. For example, a person in Spiritual Warfare will produce divine good associated with Spiritual Warfare, but will not produce the crowns associated with the advanced stages of Spiritual Maturity in the fullness of blessing of Christ. Whereas, there are not degrees of spirituality, there are levels of maturity and capacity for grace blessing.
Scar tissue of the soul is not part of divine good production. It lies outside grace capacity and in the wilderness of the soul like cacti in the desert.. As soon as the Filling of the Holy Spirit is lost, the Old Sin Nature under the influence of scar tissue of the soul takes over. Scar tissue, thus, helps lead the opposition in carnality. However, scar tissue does not oppose the Filling of the Holy Spirit while the Spirit controls the soul. The divine solution to carnality is Rebound.
Scar tissue of the soul is like alcohol that causes drunkenness. Alcohol dulls the brain, which, in turn, drives the soul out of control. Drunkenness causes emotional problems as well as problems with the ability to think and make judgments. Drunkenness affects the various compartments of the heart. Drunkenness is a sin.
And do not be drunk with wine, which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18)
Suppose a drunken person decides to Rebound. What would happen? If a drunken person confessed his sins, he could be filled with the Holy Spirit perhaps for an instant before his mind wandered out of control again. The alcohol in the brain would render the drunk dysfunctional until it wore off. Alcohol in the brain of the drunk drives the soul beyond the control limits. The drunk is thinking out of bounds. And from the state of inebriation, confessing sins will not undo the effects of alcohol on the brain and soul. Prolonged use of alcohol has the effect of dulling the brain even more, which is like scar tissue of the soul.
A person who is drunk may be able to perform some functions but be unable to perform others. He may be able to walk and talk but not drive a car. Alcohol makes the person sluggish and dulls the reflexes. Scar tissue of the soul does to the Spiritual Life what alcohol does to the body. It limits and constrains the Spiritual Life. The Holy Spirit is not limited but the capacity of the human is. A person with scar tissue may experience a slow down in various parts of the soul, such as the ability to learn, think, recall or reason. Other problems due to scar tissue may impair sensory or motor skills or strength.
Rebound does not inhibit the effects of alcohol on the brain, nor does Rebound inhibit the effects of scar tissue of the soul. The drunk will have limitations until the effects of the alcohol wear off, and the person with scar tissue of the soul will have limitations in the Spiritual Life until the scar tissue is removed. Both require time and suffering to overcome.
Divine discipline originates with God. It includes both physical and psychological problems. Such problems are usually associated with scar tissue of the soul. Scar tissue of the soul leads to many common medical problems. The cycles of discipline of a nation coupled with discipline for grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit lead to many illnesses. Bodily illnesses are usually associated with scar tissue of the soul. Many problems are documented in scripture which are the result of scar tissue of the soul. They include:
- The cycles of discipline of a nation: The Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 10:20).
- Paranoia (Leviticus 26:16)
- Debilitating illness, boils, hemorrhoids, skin diseases (Leviticus 26:16; Deuteronomy 28:27)
- Fever (Leviticus 26:16)
- Eye problems (Leviticus 26:16)
- Psychiatric problems, e.g. depression (Leviticus 26:16)
- Mental illness, psychosis, schizophrenia (Deuteronomy 28:28)
- Military defeat (Leviticus 26:17)
- Drought (Deuteronomy 28:23-24; Leviticus 26:19; Jeremiah 3:3)
- Wild animal attacks (Leviticus 26:22)
- Pestilence (Leviticus 26:25)
- Economic depression (Leviticus 26:26)
- Military destruction of the Client Nation (Leviticus 26:31-33)
- Negative volition toward divine authority (Isaiah 63:17).
- Ears and Eyes: Hearing, listening, seeing, perception (John 12:40)
- Divorce (Matthew 19:8)
- Learning disability (Ephesians 4:18)
- Insensitivity (Jeremiah 3:3; 6:15)
- Fear psychosis and paranoia (Mark 6:47-52)
- Inability to apply doctrine (Mark 6:47-52)
- Denial (Mark 8:14-17)
- Shame (Isaiah 47:3, 65:13; Jeremiah 2:36, 3:25, 13:26; Hosea 4:7; Philippians 3:19)
- Nakedness (Deuteronomy 28:48; Revelation 3:18, 16:15)
- Split personality (James 1:8, 4:8)
- Demon induced illness (2 Corinthians 12:7) – some migraine headaches.
- Psychosomatic problems (Romans 7:24; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10) – headaches, stiff neck, pain in neck, shoulder, back, knee, feet, tendonitis, gastrointestinal irritation, repetitive stress injuries, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, pain in hand, wrist, arm, carpal tunnel syndrome, circulatory disorders, heart disorders, allergies, skin disorders, psychological disorders, vertigo, chronic fatigue syndrome.1,2
The Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart in order to make an example of the the Egyptian Empire (Exodus 7:3). When Pharaoh continued to refuse the release of the Exodus generation, the Lord systematically destroyed the land of Egypt through the Nine Plagues followed by the sin unto death. All this was part of the Plan of God so that all the world could be evangelized. People all over the world heard about the destruction of the Egyptian Empire and the crossing of the Red Sea. When Rahab in Jericho heard about it, she believed in the Lord and was saved (Joshua 2:10-11). The national discipline upon Egypt was due to the scar tissue of the soul of Ramses III, the Pharaoh.
The cycles of discipline of the Client Nation are given in Leviticus 26:14-45 and Deuteronomy 28:15-68. These cycles cause the accumulation of scar tissue of the soul that gets worse with each succeeding generation as the nation goes down. Many medical, social, and economic problems are listed as the curses of the cycles of discipline. These curses are caused by rejection of Bible Doctrine and the resulting scar tissue of the soul. So scar tissue of the soul lies at the root of medical and social problems. Many of these problems are enumerated in the preceding section.
Problems with the Eyes and Ears
The eyes and ears are two parts of the body and soul that suffer from scar tissue (John 12:40). Scar tissue of the soul is a divine sentence that renders the eyes and ears ineffective in discerning the spiritual issues on the Stage of Life. The only recovery from scar tissue requires accurate application of Bible Doctrine to experience, but scar tissue hinders analysis and application on the Stage of Life. The eyes represent the Y-axis and seeing the Stage of Life. The ears represent the X-axis and faith-application to combat the problems on the Stage of Life. The person with scar tissue will be hopelessly stuck in interlocking arrogance if he cannot see clearly and use the correct faith-application.
The eyes and ears are first physical. They eyes are located in the front along the Y-axis, and the ears are located on the sides of the head along the X-axis. Physical problems with the eyes and ears may be caused from the stress that originates due to scar tissue of the soul. Secondly, the eyes and ears represent soul functions. The eyes represent the viewpoint of the heart, the right lobe of the soul. The viewpoint is the conclusion, or sum total of analysis, of the soul. Viewpoint is analogous to the display screen of a computer or television. It is what a person sees with his soul. The soul with scar tissue will be hindered in drawing accurate conclusions, which will cause the viewpoint to be blurred or distracted. The ears represent the perception of academic information, or learning – i.e. the ability to hear and understand.
In the spiritual realm, the eyes and ears represent the perception and application of Bible Doctrine. The eyes and ears of the soul are used in the metabolization of Bible Doctrine.
The Origin of Physical and Psychological Problems
Suffering originates with God (Hebrews 12:5-13). Physical and soulish problems are first due to the discipline of God. Of course, it is possible to lose heart, enter the Cosmic System, sow to the wind and reap the whirlwind under the law of volitional responsibility. However, the believer who is filled with the Holy Spirit will not be under the control of scar tissue of the soul, although he will be at the mercy of God. The believer in the Filling of the Holy Spirit faces the discipline of God, whereas, the person who is not filled with the Holy Spirit is subject to the influence of scar tissue of the soul. Scar tissue is waiting at the door to influence the believer who strays from the Filling of the Holy Spirit. This doesn’t mean that the believer who is Filled with the Holy Spirit does not suffer the same problems due to the discipline of God that others in the world face from scar tissue (1 Peter 5:9). On the contrary the discipline of God is likely to be more severe (Hebrews 12:6).
Scar tissue of the soul can be handled in the Spiritual Life, and it need not prevent a positive believer from attaining Spiritual Maturity. Scar tissue of the soul is a limitation imposed by the discipline of God. The Spiritual Life can be executed within the limitation of scar tissue of the soul, and the Problem Solving Devices can be deployed to handle the problems that arise due to personal limitations from scar tissue of the soul.
There as no testing overtaken you but such as is common to mankind, but God is faithful who will not permit you to be tested beyond your capability, but He will with the testing also provide the solution so that you will be able to bear up under it (1 Corinthians 10:13)
The conscience is the part of the heart that discerns right from wrong. When it is hardened from scar tissue, it becomes insensitive. The women of Jeremiah’s day were insensitive to divine discipline through the weather and lacked the sensitivity to be ashamed.
“Therefore the showers have been withheld,
And there has been no spring rain.
Yet you had a whore’s forehead;
You refused to be ashamed. (Jeremiah 3:3)
When the rains did not come, the women didn’t make the connection that it was the divine discipline of the cycles of discipline. That is like today’s weather forecaster, who is oblivious to the Lord’s control of the weather. The women had a “whore’s forehead,” which means they engaged in sexual promiscuity without a wrinkle in their foreheads because they had no shame. They were oblivious to their sins against Marriage Culture. They were in Blackout of the Soul, which means their frontal lobes were darkened. The frontal lobes control the genitals in sex. Fornication blacks out the frontal lobes. The frontal lobes contain the logic for analyzing the Stage of Life; but when the conscience lacks good norms and standards, there is nothing to compare bad behavior against. Consequently, the women were not ashamed of their bad behavior, and they refused to Rebound.
The women of Judah had scar tissue of the soul. Their hearts, including their consciences, were hardened. Consequently, they were insensitive to shame. Their scar tissue (as previously illustrated) made them insensitive to the Right Man and full of lust for the paramour.
“Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done?
They were not even ashamed at all;
They did not even know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
At the time that I punish them,
They shall be cast down,” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 6:15, NAS)
The people were not ashamed at all. They “did not even know how to blush.” Blushing is a sign of emotional revolt of the soul from worry-embarrassment. But a person with a hardened heart may be so insensitive that he or she is not embarrassed and doesn’t blush. Worry-embarrassment is a sin, but the arrogant insensitivity that fails to detect the sin is far worse. Scar tissue of the soul makes a person insensitive to shame.
The Church Age counterparts of the Jews of Judah before the Fifth Cycle of Discipline were the members of the Church at Laodicea who also lacked shame. They did not recognize their own nakedness (Revelation 3:18). A person has to be very insensitive to not be aware of his own nakedness. The Laodiceans were naked in the soul, i.e. their souls were not clothed with the Edification Complex of the Soul, which is the robe of Righteousness. Those without Edification Complexes will be naked and ashamed before the Review Tribunal of Christ (also called the Judgment Seat of Christ). Scar tissue of the soul makes a person insensitive to the nakedness of the soul without the Edification Complex.
Dealing with People with Scar Tissue
Scar tissue has been around throughout history. It is a common problem. Our Lord dealt with it in those he tried to teach, and through his teaching the recovery process can be learned. When teaching people with scar tissue, our Lord taught them in parables. After teaching the Parable of the Sower, which is about metabolization of Bible Doctrine, his disciples asked him why he had taught in parables. His answer was because his audience had scar tissue of the soul. He quoted Isaiah 6:9-10 in Matthew 13:14-15. Since most people with scar tissue aren’t going to learn Bible Doctrine anyway, He taught them with symbolic stories, or parables, to illustrate the Spiritual principles. The parables served two purposes: (1) They hid the true doctrine from those who would never learn it anyway, and (2) they required analysis to understand just like the application of Bible Doctrine that would be required to handle the testing associated with scar tissue of the soul.
Scar tissue of the soul is a judicial sentence imposed by the Supreme Court of Heaven upon a disobedient person. Scar tissue cannot be removed by metabolization of Bible Doctrine. It can only be removed by fulfilling the requirements of the judicial sentence, i.e. serving the time. Every day with scar tissue of the soul will be discipline and punishment from God. The scar tissue was given because of disobedience. Learning new doctrine will not lighten the sentence. The sentence for the original problem must be fulfilled. Whereas, metabolization of Bible Doctrine on a daily basis is required to maintain the Spiritual Life, metabolization is not the means of removing scar tissue of the soul. Once a person gets scar tissue, the major issue is no longer learning the right thing to do, it is paying for acts of disobedience.
Fulfilling a sentence of scar tissue is analogous to a criminal being sentenced to prison by a judge. After sentencing the criminal must serve his time. If he violates the conditions of incarceration, he may receive additional punishment. The same holds for those who have been punished with scar tissue of the soul. If they violate the conditions of their sentence, they may be given additional punishment or scar tissue.
The recovery process from scar tissue of the soul was taught by our Lord in Matthew 13:14-15. Recovery is complicated by the problems that characterize scar tissue. For example, consider the extreme case of a person with schizophrenia. Such a person may have a mind racing out of control (Time-axis problem, outside the control limits), hear voices (X-axis problem), be confused (Blackout of the Soul), lack love for others with anti-social behavior (Y-axis problem), and be unable to learn and recall (scar tissue of the soul). The person has characteristics like a drunk where Rebound has no value because the soul is out of control. Though this is the extreme case, scar tissue of the soul does these types of things to the soul. The person with scar tissue of the soul is his own worst enemy; and what’s more, he doesn’t understand his own problem.
“And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
‘You will keep on hearing, but will not understand;
And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive; (Matthew 13:14)
People with scar tissue of the soul may see the Stage of Life but not be able to understand what it means spiritually. Although they have heard doctrine taught, they are unable to make application. They keep on hearing Bible Doctrine taught, but they do not understand how to apply it to the Stage of Life. Thus, scar tissue of the soul hinders the metabolization of Bible Doctrine and the execution of the Spiritual Life. The only solution and hope of recovery is to do it God’s way. The divine recovery procedure must be explicitly obeyed; otherwise, there will be no recovery from scar tissue.
For the heart of this people has become insensitive,
And with their ears they are hard of hearing,
And they have closed their eyes
Lest they should see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
And I should heal them.’ (Matthew 13:15)
Note the sequence of going down in the first three lines, which mention problems with the heart – ears – eyes. The recovery sequence follows in the next three lines with the eyes – ears – heart. Notice that the recovery sequence is reversed. This is Biblical symbolism for the beginning and end of a process (or procedure). The first sequence is the problem, and the last sequence is the solution; for it says, “and I should heal them,” which refers to recovery from scar tissue of the soul.
The recovery process for scar tissue of the soul involves the eyes – ears – heart. The eyes refer to observing the Stage of Life. The eyes are in the front of the head along the Y-axis. The Holy Spirit with the angels will perform a play on the Stage of Life, which must be observed daily and perceived spiritually in order to recover from scar tissue. After seeing the play, doctrine that was heard with the ears must be applied to solve the spiritual problem on the Stage of Life. The ears represent the X-axis. The X-axis refers to Bible Doctrine, i.e. one of the Problem Solving Devices must be applied to the problem on the Stage of Life. Then, the heart must be kept under control while God solves the problem. This requires submission to divine authority, humility, and endurance to pass categorical testing. The heart includes the Z-axis. The heart can only be held together by means of the Filling of the Holy Spirit.
Alignment of the X, Y, Z, and Time axes with God is required for Spiritual Rapport, which is the divine solution to scar tissue of the soul. The phrase, “and return,” means to return to God. Returning to God refers to being in Spiritual Rapport. Spiritual Rapport requires Rebound and the alignment of the X, Y, Z, and Time axes with God. When the believer can pass the tests on the Stage of Life by keeping the X, Y, Z, and Time axes aligned with God, then he can be healed of his scar tissue. So, recovery from scar tissue of the soul requires observing the Stage of Life (Y-axis), applying the doctrinal solution (X-axis), keeping the heart under the authority of God (Z-axis), and returning to Spiritual Rapport with God.
For example: The Stage of Life contains an attractive female paramour. The eyes (Y-axis) are used to observe the scene. The question is asked, “Is she my Right Woman?” The answer is no; therefore, doctrine (X-axis) communicates, “Forget her.” Then the heart must be held together to stand up against any further problems that may arise over the issue as well as to understand the counseling of the Holy Spirit in the matter. The next day another variation of the same test may arise. Only when the days of the sentence of scar tissue are fulfilled will there be healing and grace promotion.
The alignment of the X, Y, Z, and Time axes also symbolizes the advance in the grace of God. Only by keeping all the axes aligned with God’s Plan can the believer stay on course under the grace of God and advance to maturity. The believer who drifts off course from grace will be like a ship that drifts off course and runs aground.
You have become estranged from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by the Law; you have run aground from grace. (Galatians 5:4)
The word for running aground is the Greek ejkpivptw (ekpipto), which means to drift off course or run aground. Those who run aground cease to advance in the Spiritual Life. They will invite intensified discipline from God, since they are His children. If they do not Rebound and realign their axes with the grace of God, they will eventually die the sin that ends in death. Then they will go to Heaven with Eternal Life but without their rewards.
Scar tissue of the soul makes it more difficult to stay on course. In addition to ignorance, which makes navigation in grace difficult, scar tissue of the soul may add the additional lure of lust and lasciviousness or legalism to go astray.
18 And they have been darkened in their way of thinking, and they have been alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance which is in them, because of the scar tissue in their heart. 19 Who, because they have become callused, they have given themselves over to licentiousness resulting in the practice of every kind of immorality with insatiable lust
The believer with scar tissue of the soul is alienated from the life of God and easily tempted by lust to go astray from grace. Scar tissue of the soul is an added burden to those who are trying to advance in the Spiritual Life. Only by diligence in keeping the X, Y, Z, and Time axes aligned with the grace of God can the believer advance to Spiritual Rapport and avoid drifting off course and running aground.
Many of the types of sickness are associated with scar tissue of the soul. Sickness is the final stage of a sequence of problems which the person with scar tissue failed to see. Sickness is tantamount to running aground. Had the course been corrected earlier, in many cases the sickness could have been avoided. When stress is invited into the soul, it will proceed into the body. Stress in the body makes it susceptible to disease. The common cold or flu can be avoided until stress weakens the immune system. Sickness is just one of the forms of suffering from the discipline of God. In addition to medical suffering, God’s discipline may include, suffering in marriage, social life, details of life, laws of establishment, natural disasters, and the job.
The person who is sick or in some other suffering does not need a miracle. God’s Problem Solving Devices are quite adequate to handle any form of suffering in this life. The sick person needs to Rebound and get his axes realigned with the grace of God. There are Problem Solving Devices and grace provision for suffering as well as prosperity. The spiritual life determines the soulish and physical well being. The source of suffering for the believer is God, and the solution begins with the spiritual life. Medication for the body may soothe the symptoms, but only correcting the spiritual issue will solve the problem. In many cases correcting the spiritual problem will lead to immediate relief of physical symptoms. In other cases, God will continue the physical suffering until the sentence is completed. Feeling is not the issue. Spirituality is not a matter of feeling. Scar tissue of the soul aggravates the suffering and the recovery.
The spiritual solution requires the Filling of the Holy Spirit. Great power is added when the believer will stop grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit. All the power of God is available in the spiritual life, but it is hindered by grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit. Scar tissue of the soul aggravates the problem when the Old Sin Nature takes over the soul, which happens when a sin is committed. The soul under the power of the Old Sin Nature and scar tissue is the enemy of the grace solution. It is best to avoid human good remedies and be vigilant to apply the Problem Solving Devices as problems arise rather than allowing them to accumulate and running aground. Scar tissue of the soul aggravates suffering when the Filling of the Holy Spirit is lost. When suffering comes, Rebound, realign the grace axes, and deploy the Problem Solving Devices. God’s discipline causes suffering, and only the spiritual solution can end it. Suffering is a spiritual problem that demands a spiritual solution.
Before Paul reached Spiritual Maturity, he faced Stress Testing from a thorn demon.
For this reason, because of the extraordinary quality of revelations, that I should not be exalted, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, an angel from Satan, that he might buffet me. (2 Corinthians 12:7)
There has been much speculation about the nature of Paul’s thorn in the flesh by the uninformed. The word, thorn, is the Greek skovloy (skolops), which means a thorn. The thorn in the flesh was a demon from Satan with the power to buffet Paul. Buffet is the Greek kolafivzw(kolaphizo), which means literally to strike with the fist or buffet. Buffet is a more general term for a blow from any source, e.g. the wind and the waves. The demon attacked Paul’s body and felt like fine, thorns pricking him, like the sensation of an arm or foot going to sleep or worse. The pain was in the flesh as opposed to the bones. The demon could not indwell Paul’s body; so it was more of a nuisance than anything else. Paul was adamantly opposed to the demon, however; and since the demon would not let go, it became a source of stress. The outside pressure of adversity was converted to stress in the body.
Having just had a mountain-top Spiritual experience and being a very strong and gifted believer, Paul prayed to God to remove the demon. Paul had the gift of healing and normally the demon would have been sent away immediately. However, Paul had to learn an important lesson about the Church Age. Prayer is not a Problem Solving Device, and the demon counterattack was God’s idea.
Concerning this thorn in the flesh I implored the Lord three times that it might go away from me. (2 Corinthians 12:8)
Paul asked the Lord three times to take away the demon. This showed that Paul had begun to be preoccupied with his problem while God was purposefully not answering Paul’s prayer. This is typical of a person who is preoccupied with the problem rather than the solution. Preoccupation with the problem is due to illusions, for example, from arrogance, worry, fear, self-righteousness, or bitterness. Preoccupation with an illusion will lead to the vacuum in the soul from mataiotes. Since the conscious mind cannot grasp the truth, garbage will fall into the subconscious.
Preoccupation with the problem produces garbage in the subconscious.
When Paul failed to get relief from his first prayer, his heart was hardened. He repeated the prayer even though God heard him the first time. God heard him in eternity past. It was God who designed this scene on the Stage of Life to teach Paul how to use Problem Solving Devices to handle stress.
Then He replied to me with results that continue, “My Grace is sufficient for you (G/O). For you see, Power is brought to completion in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather glory in my weaknesses that the power of Christ my reside in me.. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
After Paul’s third prayer, God answered with results that continue, i. e. the principle was valid and continues to be valid. God continued to answer, “My grace is sufficient for you.” This means Paul should have been using the Problem Solving Device of Grace Orientation. The problem was beyond Paul’s control, and it was a problem that was to be endured. Even after Paul applied the Problem Solving Device, the demon was still there; but Paul endured the demon and refused to be stressed out. What God does not remove, He expects us to endure. Application of a Problem Solving Device does not mean an instantaneous solution. Paul understood. He knew that his weakness was an opportunity for the Grace of God. Application of the Problem Solving Device of Grace Orientation would lead to the eventual solution. “Most gladly therefore” is Happiness from God. Paul understands that God is responsible for the demon problem, and God will take care of the problem in due time. The Greek here is much stronger than the English. “I will rather” means that the divine solution of Grace Orientation is the exclusive solution. The human solution is no solution.
“That the power of Christ may reside in me” is different from the rest of the verse, which was about the Power of God and the Grace of God. The word, “reside,” means to dwell in a tent, or tabernacle. This brings to bear all the Problem Solving Devices of the Tabernacle, not just Grace Orientation. Christ is symbolized by all the items in the Tabernacle, and each represents a Problem Solving Device (ref. Problem Solving Devices in the Tabernacle).
Furthermore, the Grace solution means that the other solutions to demons in the scripture have been superseded by Church Age doctrine. With the completion of the canon of scripture, many temporary gifts ceased. Paul previously had the power of exorcism. He could cast out demons. But that power had ceased. Exorcism was no longer valid. And prayer would not work. The other technique was to “resist the devil” (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9), which is still valid, but it was ineffective in Paul’s case. Not even Paul’s Guardian Angel was able to deal with the thorn demon because God sent the demon and only God in His Grace could remove Him.
Paul was one of the few people in history who caught on to Grace Orientation for dealing with demons. Those who recommend anything other than Church Age doctrine from the epistles for dealing with demons are deceived. The woods are full of worldly proposals for removing demons. Among the false solutions are pleading the blood, invoking the name of Jesus, exorcism, commanding the demons, binding Satan, talking to demons, or quoting scripture. Using a crucifix, holy water, or a paper Bible are equally ludicrous. These things are not sacred. These methods simply play into the hands of the demons, who thrive on attention. The one practicing these things is the dupe. If a person can be frightened, angered, or intimidated by the demon, he has already lost the battle. There are two methods for Christians to deal with demons: (1) Resist the devil, and (2) Grace Orientation. The unbeliever needs the Gospel – not exorcism. See Mystery Babylon the Great, Solution to Demon Attacks for more details.
Therefore, I find contentment in weaknesses, in insults, in distresses, in persecutions, in straits for Christ’s sake; for you see, when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
Paul saw that all the stresses in his life were Stress Tests, which were opportunities for God’s Grace. The stresses included weaknesses, insults, distresses, persecutions, and straits (reference Christian Hand). Each one of the stresses was associated with a finger of the hand just as the stresses that come from Scar Tissue of the Soul. These problems produced pressure on the outside, which had the potential of becoming stress in the soul if Paul failed to apply the correct Problem Solving Device. The Stress Tests, which were designed to promote Paul, could be passed through application of doctrine. Both the problems and the solutions were part of Divine Design. Therefore, Paul need not worry. He didn’t need Divine intervention. He simply needed to apply the correct Problem Solving Device and relax. God would do the rest.
The Stress Test from Paul’s thorn-in-the-flesh demon is almost identical to a multitude of stress induced pains that plague people everywhere. Stiff necks, back aches, and feet aches are typical stress induced pains in the flesh.1,2 Although the physical pain is in the flesh of the body, the cause is in the soul, hence, the name, psychosomatic. The sequence of events that produces the physical pain is shown in the illustration. Problems in life which are not handled create pressure. The pressure on the outside becomes stress in the soul as it infiltrates through the hole of Scar Tissue. Scar Tissue, or hardness of the heart, is incapable of constructive thought on the cerebral cortex. It is an open door (mataiotes) into which is sucked the Cosmic System. In the absence of truth on the cerebral cortex, garbage accumulates in the subconscious. The garbage in the subconscious interferes with other bodily functions, such as blood circulation. An area that is deprived of adequate blood and oxygen may react with pain. This can be illustrated by biting the tips of the little fingers, then hooking them together and pulling.
The pressures of life are normal, but inviting stress into the soul is optional. Pressure can be kept outside the soul by the use of Problem Solving Devices. Inviting stress into the soul is an act of personal volition. Stress in the soul is a self-inflicted problem. The Scar Tissue of the Soul opens the door for stress, which produces garbage in the subconscious. As this process continues unchecked, it gets worse. More pressure produces more stress, more garbage in the subconscious, and more pain. As the pain increases, the person becomes preoccupied with alleviating the pain. This is concentrating on the problem, which intensifies the problem. Scar Tissue builds; stress builds; garbage in the subconscious builds; and pain builds. If the cycle is not broken, a hang-up can lead to a syndrome, which can eventuate in psychosis or neurosis, such as the split personality (double-souled) believer (James 1:8).
There are many problems that produce garbage in the subconscious. Stress and guilt are among the most destructive. Garbage in the subconscious becomes an involuntary repudiation or denial, a non-conscious process which resists and rejects unacceptable feelings, flaws, memories, strivings, hostilities, aggressions, inferiorities, sins, and failures, which, if acknowledged, would be incompatible with a person’s personal estimate of himself, including his self-esteem or self-respect. Garbage in the subconscious is like a drain or sewer. The solution does not lie in digging up the garbage. The solution is to stop the process at its source, which is the Scar Tissue of the Soul.
The solution to a psychosomatic problem does not involve treating the pain in the body. Even when the pain is temporarily alleviated, it will return another day. Treating the pain will even aggravate the problem, since a psychosomatic problem will be intensified by thinking about the problem. The solution is to stop thinking about the problem. To alleviate the pain, stop thinking about it. And to alleviate the problem completely, stop inviting stress into the soul. For example, a person may be worried or afraid of something. Simply, acknowledging the worry or fear will usually interrupt the whole chain reaction and alleviate the pain. Laughter is a good weapon to break up stress in the soul, since laughter is associated with Happiness, which is a Problem Solving Device in a different part of the soul (Proverbs 17:22).
To handle a stress related pain due to garbage in the subconscious, follow these steps:
- Stop and look for the major source of stress.
- Acknowledge your problem to yourself and Rebound, if necessary.
- Apply one of the Ten Problem Solving Devices to handle the source of the stress.
- Stop thinking about the pain.
- Keep moving! Don’t look back, and don’t be afraid the pain will return.
The headache is a common illustration of stress induced pain. Although hundreds of specific causes have been identified for headaches, in general, the headaches fit the definition of a psychosomatic problem. The illustration shows a common scenario that leads to a headache. A person walks into the darkness of the Cosmic System into the domain of Satan. The person in the Cosmic System has an authority problem, which God will punish. A haunting problem creates pressure while God Judges the person for obeying Satan. Scar Tissue of the Soul opens a vacuum in the soul into which is sucked stress that leads to garbage in the subconscious. The garbage in the subconscious reacts to the stress to produce tension to prepare for fight or flight. The blood circulation is altered accordingly. Too little or too much blood can cause pain.
The person with a headache is in stark contrast to the Grace Blessing of the person who applied the appropriate Problem Solving Device at the first sign of pressure. The Problem Solving Device nips the headache in the bud and enables the Christian to ride out the problem in tranquility and Happiness. The soul with Grace Blessing has Faith, Hope, and Love in contrast to stress and pain.
Many of the aches and pains of everyday life are psychosomatic. They are due to stress in the soul and garbage in the subconscious. They can happen to Apostles, like Paul, or even mature believers. They can be a little tricky to diagnose since the pain may have no apparent relation to the source of the stress in the soul. Pain is punishment from God, but figuring out the reason for the pain is often difficult because the punishment usually comes after all else has failed. Punishment is a painful way to learn, but many will learn in no other way.
Psychosomatic problems include: headaches, stiff neck, pain in neck, shoulder, back, knee, feet, tendonitis, gastrointestinal irritation, repetitive stress injuries, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, pain in hand, wrist, arm, carpal tunnel syndrome, circulatory disorders, heart disorders, allergies, skin disorders, psychological disorders, vertigo, chronic fatigue syndrome.1,2
The lesson from Paul’s thorn in the flesh is that the Divine solution is the only solution; the human solution is no solution. Even when pain is alleviated by understanding the psychosomatic (soulish) cause, the problem isn’t solved until the Spiritual solution is accomplished. There are, thus, three levels of problem solving:
- Soulish or psychological
Medical doctors and therapists work with the physical paradigm. They see pain in the body as physical. They never think of back pain as psychosomatic. Psychiatrists and psychologists recognize the soul and its relation to the body. They may be very helpful with treating psychosomatic problems associated with garbage in the subconscious. However, they are blind to influence of the Spiritual realm. Pastors teach Christians about the Spiritual realm to enable them to solve their own problems and understand Divine viewpoint. Until the Christian understands the Spiritual meaning of an infirmity, he has not succeeded in the sight of God. The reason for God’s punishment is Spiritual. Soulish and physical fixes alone are insufficient. The human solution is no solution; the divine solution is the only solution.
The body systems have Spiritual meaning. These include:
- Skeletal (Bones) – structure, hardness, and death
- Flesh – humanity
- Respiratory – Spirit
- Digestive – Metabolization of Doctrine
- Circulatory – communication, transportation
- Skin – intimacy
- Sensory – perception
- Muscles – control, power
- Immune – protection, security
- Reproductive – sexual recreation and procreation
The body members, or parts, have Spiritual meaning. The right side of the body represents the Spiritual and the left side represents the temporal. The Spiritual meaning of individual parts include:
- Head – authority
- Hair – covering
- Joints – pastor-teachers
- Neck – head control (direction); stiff – hardness of heart; broken – coup de grace
- Shoulders – support
- Arms – strength
- Hands – service
- Fingers – skill, dexterity, counting; fingernails – emotional covering
- Breasts – love
- Heart – right lobe
- Belly – body love; womb; political/social relationship
- Ribs – protection of love; flanking attack
- Back – work – capacity for lifting, carrying; back side – counterattack; broken back – hors de combat
- Hip – bitterness; rejection, opposition
- Legs – standing, walking, running, agility
- Knees – pastor-teacher; stength/weakness for advance, walking, running
- Feet – tactical advance, walking; foundation, capacity to stand (e.g. in battle)
- Heel – vulnerability to Satanic counterattack; falling back
- Balls of feet – lifting up, as in arrogance
- Arches of feet – walking on, running over, stomping; victor over enemy
- Toes – maneuverability, balance
- Face – front, presence
- Butt – unseemly part
- Eyes – grace; light, lamp; viewpoint
- Nose – snout, proboscis – horning in; snorting – anger; inhale – Spirituality; Cosmic Babylon
- Mouth – eating; communicating – Political Babylon
- Ears – hearing, listening; Ecumenical Babylon
- Tongue – language, speech; wagging – gossip
- Teeth – biting, chewing, grinding; bitterness; upper – Right Man; lower – Right Woman
- Kidneys – reins; adrenals, emotion
- Stomach – capacity for holding, withstanding
- Liver – purification; injury – death of the prodigal or adulterer
- Gall bladder – bitterness; anger
- Genitals – sexuality; shame
Understanding the Spiritual solution qualifies the Christian for Grace blessing, promotion, and eternal rewards. Blessing includes Faith, Hope, Love, and Happiness. Scar Tissue of the Soul leads to related stress problems that rob the individual of Capacity for Life, Love, and Happiness. Chronic fatigue, depression, and loss of love for God and the Right Man or Right Woman will be immediately overcome with Grace Blessing from the divine solution. Problems of inadequate sexual response, insensitivity, and dysfunction due to garbage in the subconscious will also be alleviated. Grace blessing will bring a new exhilaration like Paul had when he could glory in his weaknesses and stress tests because he saw these tests not as problems but opportunities for greater Grace.
Removal of Scar Tissue of the Soul will lead to Spiritual Rapport, which is the ultimate Love relationship with God in this life. With scar tissue removed, the individual will no longer be occupied with the problem.
Stop worrying about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, (Philippians 4:6)
With the problem solved, the Christian will be free to have the peace of God that passes all understanding and enjoy the relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall garrison your hearts and your thinking by means Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
With Scar Tissue of the Soul removed, the Christian will experience the personal Love of Christ and have the capacity to receive the fulness of blessing from God.
and get to know the love of Christ which goes beyond academic knowledge, that you may be filled resulting in all the fulness of blessing from God. (Ephesians 3:19)