Why are Satan and Jesus Both Referred as Morningstar’s

Why are Satan and Jesus Both Referred as Morningstar’s

By

Brother Lawrence Damien Cos

 

Dear Family,

Bruce sent me a copy of a chat that happened in chat the other night after I left between Bruce, Dad and Father Steve. They were discussing morning stars and how both Satan/Lucifer and Jesus are referred to as morning stars and wondering why? Enclosed find my response to them in case anyone else is interested. 

Brother Lawrence Damien CoS

 

The first reference to morning stars  is found in Job 38:7. Here God is questioning Job and wants to know where Job was

 

” When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Here is seems to me it is clear that the morning stars are angels who sang together at the time of creation. The word son refers to a created being of God Thus all angels and created things praise God on the day of creation. Another possibility is they both refer to angels. In either case Satan qualifies as we shall see he was an anointed Cherub which is one of the angelic ranks,

 

The second is in Isaiah 14:12 in reference to someone called Lucifer says

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”

 

The name Lucifer means morning star. In context Isaiah is referring to the king of Tyre but many me included believe he is also referring to Satan or Lucifer. Morning star refers to the brightness of the morning star just before dawn usually indentified as Venus. So then in what way is Lucifer like the morning star? In Ezekiel 28:13 following the prophet describes how Lucifer/Satan was in Eden and how he was created perfect with no faults in him, with a covering of precious stones until iniquity in the form of pride showed itself. At that Satan becomes puffed up convinces a third of the angels to join him and rebels against God. At that point God casts him out along with his followers to the earth.

Undoubtedly then Satan/Lucifer was a very beautiful creature. Some believe he was even the worship leader in heaven prior to his fall. Personally I find no scriptural basis for that and therefore reject it. The one verse many try to use Isaiah 28:13 says he was simply a workman in musical instruments and nothing about leading worship anywhere. However he was a very beautiful creature who apparently shone brightly just like the morning star. However I believe that was corrupted when Lucifer/Satan fell.  So how does this apply to today?

 

The Apostle Paul tells us in II Corinthians 11:14 that Satan transforms himself into an angel of light and thereby deceives many. This shows that Satan pretends to be an angel of light or a morning star. He pretends to be a bearer of truth, to be a light to the right path so he can deceive and fool others. However those who follow him will find out he was not what he was pretending to be and find themselves separated from God for eternity in pain and suffering. So how does this contrast with the true morning star Jesus?

 

In Revelation 22:16 Saint John the Revelator says

 

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

 

In John 1:9 says that Jesus is the true light that comes to give light to everyone who comes into the world. In John 8:12 Jesus says he is the light of the world. Light drives away darkness so we can see clearly. It also illumines the path before us so we can see where we are going.  John also confirms this in John 14:6 when he Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Thus Jesus is the real deal not a counterfeit like Satan/Lucifer. If we let the light of Jesus illumine our hearts then He will show us the truth and the way we need to go to have eternal life. He is the bright star, the bright beacon shining on the path before us so we don’t stumble or fall or get off track. If we do stumble, or fall or get distracted then he is there to show us where we missed it, pick us back up again and get moving forward again. II Peter 1:19 speaks of the  morning star rising in our hearts. Thus Jesus the true Morningstar wants to arise in us I believe so he then can shine brightly through us to others so they may come to know him also. In Revelation 2:28 Jesus says he will give the morning star to those who overcome. In the preceding verses he is talking about giving power over the nations to those who overcome and to those who keeps his works to the end.. Thus Jesus gives us of himself so we can in fact through the power of the Holy Spirit that he sends we can keep his works and ultimately rule over the nations.

 

In closing then the differences between Lucifer as a morning star and Jesus as the Morningstar is that one is based on his physical beauty that he possessed at one time and still pretends to have in order to deceive people and which will eventually lead them to hell. The other is based on real truth that can set us free, transform and change us, and lead us to God and heaven for eternity. Hope this helps explain things and is understandable. Any other further questions or comments always welcomed just let me know and I will try and answer them. Love to hear your thoughts on all I’ve shared here either by responding to me or in chat Hope to hear back from some you as to what you think

 

God Bless You all

 

Brother Lawrence Damien Cos

I am Dreaming

Dear Family,

Enclosed find my latest poem hope you all enjoy

 

Brother Lawrence Damien Cos

 

I Am Dreaming

By

Brother Lawrence Damien Cos

 

I Am Dreaming

 

I am dreaming of a world without war,

A world of peace with justice for all,

With no male or female slave or free,

Where we all are one as children of God.

 

A dream where the lion can lie with the lamb

Where all will know the Lord and seek him

Where the realm of God rules majestically,

And the devil is banned for eternity

 

In this dream the oppressed go free,

God’s love flows from pole to pole

From north to south and east to west

Until it covers all of the earth entirely.

 

The dream can become reality

When we bind together harmoniously,

All working together for God’s glory,

His reign to bring in eternally.

 

 

 

 

 

Trinity of Humans

The word “trinity” is not in the Bible and i think it can block people out when we add “doctrine” to try and categorize all the different things Jesus said. But i do get the concept. We could say that i as a human have a physical body, a mind or personality (some may disagree LOL), and a soul or spirit (some may still disagree hehe); or some differentiation of similar elements. But when i introduce myself to someone, i don’t insist: “Hi i’m Tom, but i have three parts, I HAVE THREE PARTS!” It kinda goes with the territory and as we’re all humans, we all get it. God is different and it is good to know that we can FEEL it (the “Spirit”) and that we believe Jesus is God, or contains the Word of God, or embodies what we believe God is (which might all be the same thing). But we could just say it that way, like a normal person. 🙂

The following is not quite the same (The “soul,” beginning with Hebrew and Greek concepts, is a topic for a whole ‘nother time), but it occurred to me we can consider three different aspects of humans. I think of these elements most regarding people i’m attracted to, but they are always there.

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Learning the Ceremony of Connectedness

By Brother Lawrence Damien Cos
Muiscas Ceremony for Connectedness

“When I consider your heavens
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them]
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them] with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas,
9 LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Dear family,

Today, as I was doing some studying, meditating on a new paper I am in the process of currently writing on peacemakers, I came across a practice which I had not heard before.

As monastics and Christians we spend a lot of time in meditation, prayer, alone in our prayer cells communing with God or trying to do that. For what purpose do we do this? What is the purpose of it all?

Today I stumbled onto a ritual that, for lack of a better term, I will call the “The Ceremony of Connectedness”.  It originated with the Muiscas an indigenous people who lived in the area of present day Bogota Columbia.  In this ceremony they had an important ritual they performed.  It was carried out by the wise in the community.  The wise person would sit on a small bench in order to connect with the earth.  This was done by reflecting on one’s own, and their community’s past, present and future.  This was apparently done whenever there was a feeling of disconnect between themselves and the rest of creation so everything could be back in order again.

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Is God an Environmentalist?

Is God and Environmentalist?

By
Brother Lawrence Damien Cos

Dear Family

On Saturday April 22 we will be celebrating Earth Day here in the USA. That got me to thinking about what God might think of Earth Day? What would God think of our handling of the earth? Would he or she care? Many believe that it doesn’t matter what we do to the earth as God will be making a new heaven and earth at some point in the future anyway so go ahead and exploit it for maximum profit for the greedy and the upper echelons of society. They would deny climate change is really happening despite much evidence to the contrary and want to go on despoiling the environment so the rich can get richer while all the rest get exploited quite often for the benefit of the few. However is that a Christian attitude or is there something else which reflects the true feelings of God on this issue? If the latter then what is God’s views on the environment and are part as Christians in it all? I would like to look at those questions as we think and pray about Earth Day and what if any part we should play in the celebration of it. Before we start I need to state the views I will express here are my own and are presented here as food for thought as we prepare for Earth Day tomorrow.

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About Larry

I am Larry Gilbert Rogers, the first born son of Gilbert George and Beulah Dorothy (Ehlers) Rogers, born at 9:00 am, the morning of the 16th day of April 1943, in a farm house on a mud road named Cherry Street.  It had been raining, the doctor could not get out to the house, and so my Grandmother Ehlers acted as midwife at my birth. The doctor was able to get there in the afternoon and signed my birth certificate, which I still have.

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Why Did Israel Want a King and Were The Consequences?

Why Did Israel Want a King and What Were The Consequences?

By

Brother Lawrence Damien Cos

Dear Family

I participate in a conference call on Monday nights where several of us gather to discuss what we have been reading in the Bible and sharing any insights God may have shown us so all can be blessed, This past week we were in I Samuel 23 looking at Saul and his trying to kill David and does in fact kill seventy of God’s priests. The question was raised as to why Israel wanted a king in the first place, why Saul and what were the consequences of that action? We know God regrets ever making Saul king. His reign seems to be nothing more than one big disaster. Yet could something good come out of all this? Could one simple act of kindness change the course of history forever? I would like to address those questions here and see what we can find and learn. Enclosed find the article I wrote Monday night in response. Pray you all will enjoy and would love to hear any comments or thoughts any of you may have on what I will be sharing.

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What is the Real Story About Easter

What is the Real Story of Easter?
By
Brother Lawrence Damien Cos

Today is Easter Sunday the day when we celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the dead. If you come from a traditional, fundamentalist either Protestant or Catholic background you may as I was taught that God was mad at humankind because of their sins and alleged rejection of him. He was so angry that he was going to send us all to hell to burn for eternity unless something was done to placate his wrath. Therefore he sent his son Jesus to die for us so he can be satisfied and let us into his kingdom to spend eternity with him. However is that what Easter is all about making an angry, wrathful God happy? Does God get a kick out of watching his son suffer? If any parent had allowed or did half of what is alleged God allowed his son to go through even though he could have prevented it they would permanent custody of their children at the minimal and end up be hauled to jail for a good long while. So is God the big child abuser in the sky is that who we worship? Is that the story of Easter that God allows his son to be tortured and killed so he can be satisfied and turn his alleged wrath from us and grant mercy to us instead? Did God actually abandon Jesus on the cross allegedly because he couldn’t look on sin? If so then might God if he did it once do it again because of our sins? Again I ask “What is the Real story of Easter”?

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What is Good Friday All About?

What is Good Friday All About?
 
By
Brother Lawrence Damien
 
Dear Family
 
Today is Good Friday so what is it and why do we celebrate it? This is day that Christians throughout the world commemorate the crucifixion of Christ. Church services recall the account of Jesus death given in Christian scriptures especially the gospel of John. It covers the period from the arrest of Jesus, his trial and conviction, being stripped of his clothing and flogged, receives a crown of thorns to mock him with, to his crucifixion on Calvary. They day ends with Christ’s body being laid in the tomb.

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What is Maundy Thursday/Holy Thursday?

What is Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday?
By
Brother Lawrence Damien Cos

Dear family
Palm Sunday has come and gone. Holy Week has begun and we are about to witness and be a part of the last few moments of Christ’s life. The first major event of that week comes on Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday if you are from a Catholic tradition. It celebrates two main events foot washing and the institution of the Eucharist or Communion. The term Maundy comes from the Latin and means command. It is taken from the command of Jesus at the last supper when he says
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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What is Chrism Mass?

What is Chrism Mass
By
Brother Lawrence Damien Cos

Dear Family,

We are approaching Holy Week. At some point during Holy Week the priests, bishops and the faithful will gather for a Chrism Mass. This mass has two purposes. First it is the time for the blessing of the oils which will be used in the various sacraments of the church during the year. The second is it is when the ordained clergy renew their promises for another year. It is done at the local cathedral which is a building where the bishop resides. It is a practice that has its roots in the Old Testament. In the book of Exodus is instructed to make a special holy oil to be used to anoint things with. Only a priest could make it and if a common person tried to reproduce the Holy Oil they were to be put to death, The practice of Chrism Mass goes back to the times of Theophilus (died 181 CE) and Tertullian (died 220 CE) where the practice is explained in the Apostolical Constitutions. St. Cyril of Jerusalem describes how holy oil or ointment was symbolically applied to the forehead and other organs of sense. He also mentions the anointing of the ears, nostrils, and breast. According to Cyril “ointment is the seal of the covenants of baptism and God’s promise to the Christian who is anointed.” He also taught that being “anointed with the Holy anointing oil of God was the sign of a Christian and a physical representation of having the gift of the Holy Spirit. That is the meaning that is understood in Catholicism and Orthodoxy today. St. Cyril further states “Having been counted worthy of this Holy Chrism, ye are called Christians, verifying the name also by your new birth. For before you were deemed worthy of this grace, ye had properly no right to this title, but were advancing on your way towards being Christians.”(On the Mysteries 3.5)[3]”. This tradition is also rooted in the early Church as noted in the Gelasian Sacramentary (named after Pope Gelasius I, d. 496), but was later absorbed into the Holy Thursday evening Mass; Pope Pius XII issued a new Ordinal for Holy Week, which reinstituted a special Mass of the chrism distinct from the evening Mass.

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Why Do We Celebrate Palm Sunday?

Why Do WE Celebrate Palm Sunday?
By
Brother Lawrence Damien Cos
Dear family,
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday when the Christian Church celebrates Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is the last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. Jesus is coming fresh from raising Lazarus from the dead. While many believed in him because of that miracle others report what has happened to the priests who decide to kill both Jesus and Lazarus as well. The next day as he enters Jerusalem he is greeted by people waving palm branches. What is the significance of the palms? In the ancient world palm branches were widely recognized as symbols of peace and victory. Thus as we shall see the people are recognizing Jesus as the Messiah and coming king that the prophets had spoken about. This leads them to cry out Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna means save us now, Mark in recording this incident says

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Geneoloy and Background

As many of you know by now, I am adopted and being adopted brought on many questions like “where do I come from?” and “what is my ancestry background?”. Today, all my questions have been answered and new information has been given and revealed to me. Let’s take a magical trip back in history!

Starting in 1710, my Geneology begins with parts of my DNA beginning with West, Central, and South Africa, Ashkenazi Jewish, Sardinian, and Yakut. This is where my ancestry history begins and will until now, with me.

So back when I was in my younger years, I was told and saw that the adoption agency had my background as this: Native Ameican, German, French, English (British), and Irish. That was cool and all but once I did my first DNA Test, I found out a whole lot more.

For instance, I do not have any Native American DNA AT ALL! In fact, I don’t have any AMERICAN DNA. Let’s break this down 😉

European is the highest at 99.2% and consists of the following, they are broken up into groups, the top is the Main Subject and the others like the chapters… European is at 99.2% and so under this, it means that there is some of that region in my DNA: Example: NW European: 91% and British/Irish makes up 38.9% of that.

Northwestern European at 91%
British and Irish: 38.9%
French and German: 16.9%
Scandinavian: 3.6%
Broadly Northwestern European: 31.5%

Southern European: 2%
Sardinian: 0.1%
Broadly Southern European: 1.9%

Eastern European: 1.9%
Ashkenazi Jewish: <0.1%
Broadly European: 4.3%

East Asian & Native American: 0.4%

Southeast Asian: 0.2%
East Asian: Yakut and Broadly East Asian: <0.1%

Sub-Saharan African: 0.3%

West African: 0.1%
Central and South Africa: <0.1
Broadly Sub-Saharan African: <0.1

My British and Irish didn’t start until mid-1800’s

My French and German didn’t start until mid-1860’s

My Scandinavian and Eastern European didn’t start until mid-1740’s

West, Central, and South Africa, Ashkenazi Jewish, Sardinian, and Yakut didn’t begin until the beginning of 1710.

I am so happy I did this because I know where my heritage starts and why I look the way I do

For Everything There is a Season and a Reason

For Everything There Is a Season and a Reason
By
Brother Lawrence Damien Cos

For everything there is a season and a reason
There is a time to be born and a time to die,
There is a time to be young and time to grow old,
A time to be weak and also a time to be bold.

We say we want peace as we advocate for war,
We talk about living while we participate in killing,
We call ourselves “Christians” but how can this be,
If our calling is for us to be like Jesus you and me?

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Who Left The Dogs Out?

Just a quick one, for an explanation of this parable about a Syrophoenician woman, children, dogs and crumbs. It always seemed harsh to me given that Jesus taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves (even towards people who hate us, as Jesus’s example the “good Samaritan” did). But as usual Jesus puts a twist on it, and our hearts have to be in that right place to get it. Here is the text, combined and grammar modernized from Mark 7:25-30 and Matthew 15:21-28 (NIV);

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What is Lazarus Saturday?

What is Lazarus Saturday?
By
Brother Lawrence Damien Cos

Dear family

In about a week we will be celebrating Holy Week and for most of us here in the West that will begin on Palm Sunday marking the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. However within the Orthodox Churches Holy Week starts a day earlier with the celebration of Lazarus Saturday on the day before Palm Sunday. It is the day when the Church honors the raising from the dead of Lazarus by Jesus. Lazarus had already been lying in the tomb for four days and under normal circumstances his body would have already have begun to decay and smell. Yet Jesus overrules that fact and calls Lazarus forth from the grave into life. Thus as we come to the end of the 40 days of Great Lent and the 40 days of fasting and penitence we come to a time of joy and happiness both on Lazarus Saturday as well as Palm Sunday. Thus the church in triumph and joy bears witness to the power of Christ over death and exalts Him as King before entering the most solemn week of the year, Its that week that will lead the faithful in remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death at Calvary and concludes with the great and glorious Feast of Pascha and the resurrection of Christ from the grave.

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Oneness

I think i will preface this by noting one big difference between the Pharisees (as portrayed in our Library of Writings known as the Bible) and Jesus. The Pharisees created a lot of separation between themselves, and the Jews and others: Don’t talk to the Samaritans, don’t touch the lepers, hate the tax collectors (who were traitors and thieves, the worst kind of snitch/rat that even thieves and traitors hate!). Gentiles were out also, and women not only weren’t allowed to read scripture but couldn’t even be touched in case they were “unclean.” The Pharisees were all about separate, separate, block, block, block.

Jesus, on the other (right) hand, included EVERYONE. He broke down the wall between the Jews and tax collectors by calling Zacchaeus down from the tree and having dinner at his house, as well as calling Levi/Matthew to be one of the disciples. He touched lepers a lot, healed Romans and other Gentiles, ate with whores and scumbags and not only talked to the Samaritan woman at the well but would have even drank water from the jar she touched (gasp)! Jesus also had women companions and followers and some of them supported him in his ministry. Every time the disciples wanted to send someone away, including children, Jesus always said “let them come.” Jesus not only broke down the exclusive barrier between Jews and Gentiles, he shattered the barrier between MAN and GOD by dying for our sins!  Jesus always moved towards joining, togetherness, community, ONENESS.

I can almost hear God’s instructions: Jesus, tear down those walls!

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The Nicene Creed Redux

Creeds like this one seem like they drop a pile of boxes filled with human ideas on top of God, who is so BIG that no human description could ever suffice. I hadn’t had an occasion to read a creed in awhile, so when we read it out of the Episcopal prayer book during my mom’s funeral, i realized “woah i don’t even believe half of this!” It may be more true that i just don’t like the way it sounds, like, oppressive. Plus it was written 2000 years ago, by the beginnings of the Catholic church. Haven’t we learned anything since then?

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But What About Punishment?

(First, see my previous article, “Christianese Substitutions Part 3 – “Hell” which reviews the actual Hebrew and Greek words that “hell” is substituted for throughout the Bible, and their meanings.)

I understand the need or want for punishment for people who hurt people; what about murderers, torturers, rapists and thieves (and those of us who allowed people we voted for to do those things? 🙁 ) Paul of Tarsus might add other things such as his list in Romans 1:28:

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