Today, I share a few ideas responding to concerns that reciting a single prayer (the “sinner’s prayer”) may not truly establish new life and salvation in Christ.  There seems to be as many versions of the “beginners prayer” as there are clergy and evangelists.  After some while, a believer might not even recall the specific words they were given, yet, every believer must eventually acknowledge and accept a truth now basic to every covenant relationship of creature and Creator:  (Romans 3:  22, KJV)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

Many Christian believers first publicly acknowledged their need for the blessings of GOD by his incarnate ministry appearing as Jesus Christ while having a complete worship experience, and after they were led to repeat words calling for forgiveness, and change.  Such prayers should not be regarded as a “fix it” formula using miracle language and specially chosen words, or a “magic spell” that will remove all doubt, sin, and unbelief, so much as willingness to speak such words are indications of a spirit influence from GOD being present in the person who chooses to speak the prayer.  Like the Lord’s prayer that was given as a model, and not the only words one may speak in their devotions, the 3 words Peter spoke when failing to walk on the water also are a model prayer.  (Matthew 14:  29-31, KJV)   And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Prayer is a tool for communicating among persons within sacred relationships, and actively continues ongoing affiliation with divinity that is passively established through shared spirit content.  The bond and connection that produces salvation are only through the imparted, inseparable aspects of the makeup of GOD who is a spirit.  Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Where one appears, all others appear also; and the living are known to be spiritually alive by expressions that result from interactions among ones spirit content.  (1st Corinthians 12:  3, KJV)  Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:  and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

(2.)  Ones awareness that GOD exists is by operations of the Holy Spirit; and, at first, is primitive and raw consciousness lacking such forms as doctrine, images, measurement, process, words, or similitude.  What a fellow believer, a preacher, the Scriptures, or church attendance may provide are carnal, material and social experiences intended to further crystallize and focus sacred awareness.  (Romans 8:  26, KJV)  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

(3.)  Rightly understood, the simple yet profound sinner’s prayer is a form of sacred practice, or sacrament intended to continue ones consciousness of divinity.  Performing the various sacraments (e.g., baptism, holy matrimony, penitence, receiving the Lord’s Supper) do not “save”, yet, they nourish and prolong the condition of salvation.  As a form of confession, the prayer acknowledges a broad range of existing obstacles to correct relationship with GOD.  Included are lack of sacred knowledge; lack of humility; ones own accountability in judgment; fear; guilt; infirmity (we say, weaknesses); needs (e.g., for cleansing, deliverance, forgiveness, guidance, healing); and ones inborn sin nature that regularly appears through such elements as negative attitudes, defiance of sacred law, destructiveness, disobedience, forbidden desires, and ungodly habits.  By the sinner’s prayer, believers initiate their claims for a divine estate and a spiritual inheritance that are supported before sacred law through the person of Jesus Christ.  (Luke 18:  13-15, KJV)  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other:  for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Men may openly invite, welcome, and then cooperate with the operations and promptings of GOD that manifest their salvation, however, the principles and substance of salvation is exclusively from GOD.  Included are every expression of divine being, character, compassion, grace, mercy, permanence, person, prerogative, renewal, and sovereignty.  The salvation the sinner receives is not so much a matter of living happily ever after exercising unrestrained desire and self-will as it is a matter of displaying commitment and discipline, and meeting the challenges of life in the earth having been given the whole armor of GOD.  (1st Peter 4:  17-19, KJV)  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Points are shared, today, on the antidotes believers must use to overcome the various poisons that come against their divine nature, and their enjoyment of life experience upon the earth.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers Canada” using the ID “Justin” (Level 1 with 26 points, a member since March 04, 2013) posted the following:

 

Im a Christian but afraid to live and enjoy life?

I’m 25 a Christian. I know God gave us life to enjoy. I’m scared to enjoy life because im scared to go to hell.. Is it OK to be a Christian and still enjoy life?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  About “The Just” (10/29/2014)—(4.)  The just are instruments for accomplishing the divine will.  Because the life processes for birth and death among mankind are generally the same as those found among animals, birds, insects and other living creatures upon the earth, many fail to discern the various spiritual operations carried out by GOD that install and nourish the divine nature.  Believers are to be further transformed in their consciousness by the perfect example of the just in their display of unquestioning acceptance of brevity for life, in their absolute dependence for mercy in judgment, and in the lingering emotional and psychological power generated by their active though finite presence.  The mysteries of divine person and the integrity of GOD as sovereign over all created beings and living creatures are further crystallized and revealed through a peculiar demonstration of existence distinct from “life” as a social process.  All things that exist do not contain life meaning a personal spirit essence from the makeup of GOD.  The divine nature established through the sacred operations and word of GOD appearing as Jesus Christ are not the products of human nature, and the will of mankind.  Included are baptism, covenant, death, rebirth, inheritance, judgment, forgiveness, law, repentance, and sanctification.  See again Psalms 127:  3, Isaiah 57:  1-4, Isaiah 54:  17, John 1:  1-5 and 11-14, 2nd Peter 1:  2-4 and 16-21, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  (Romans 12:  1-2, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Were We Sent Here? (07/21/2014); An Eternity Worshipping? (07/22/2014); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014); GOD Does the Divine Part (01/05/2014); Sin in Mind not Deed? (01/06/2014)

 

“Justin”, here are a few points Jesus would have you consider that nourish spiritual growth among Christian believers:

(1.)  Sin is a non-material, non-spirit influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the law giver, and the Creation that emerges by divine order grounded through sacred law.  Sin was not created by GOD, yet, was first discovered among the holy angels.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in all created beings and living creatures that have not been permanently “re-born” with new sacred content from GOD made available through the ministry of Jesus Christ.

(2.)  Volition (we say, will) within mankind is essential to the integrity of independent existence, and expression by human beings.  The antidote to such poisons as doubt, fear, ignorance, slander, and superstition that warp expression of ones divine nature are to be found through sacred knowledge, fellowship within a community of believers, regular prayer, and purposeful activity in service to GOD and Christ.  The many covenants, proclamations, promises, and prophecies provided to mankind are buttressed and reinforced with sacred events (we say, miracles) that serve to authenticate the presence and operation of GOD.

(3.)  Hell and the lake of fire have not been created in order to destroy divine substance that responds to the will of divinity.  For all humans, the “carnal mind” is enmity against GOD, and is not subject to the law of GOD.  From cradle to grave, the flesh necessarily responds to the natural mechanics of appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, touching) and emotional/mental functions (e.g., anger, desire, imagination, recall).  These can become a spiritual center and core of ones being in such a way that GOD is “forgotten,” and the most necessary connection for existence is effectively broken.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Among Christian believers life is not to be centered in such displays as worldly ambition, spiritual confusion, continual drunkenness, fornication, or lying.  Believers must understand and accept that their lives are now caught up within a process having divine origins, and intended to accomplish eternal purposes.  Sudden and cataclysmic change are being avoided; and the operations of GOD go forward as correction, gradual growth, learning, perfection (we say, maturing), and sanctification.  Along with balance and focus that one must exercise as “good judgment,” there also must be respect to GOD both as ones advocate as well as ones judge.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Let it be unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, a word is shared to heal blindness regarding the value to GOD of minor children in their death.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers Canada” using the ID “Derek” (Level 2 with 387 points, a member since August 21, 2014) posted the following:

 

Over nine millions children under the age of 5 die each year. Is god great?

Update : *Isn’t god great

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  (Ezekiel 18:  19-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  How Can Christians Believe? (08/12/2014); The Sin of Pride? (08/13/2014); Herod the Great? (06/29/2014); A Formula for Baptism? (06/30/2014); That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013); Going It Alone? (12/16/2013); Issues for Children’s Church? (04/06/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); A Slaughter of Innocents (12/15/2012); Signs of Messianic Belief? (12/16/2012)

 

“Derek”, Jesus Christ is answering you to open your blind eyes.  Your focus has been darkness and death, and so you are failing to see the beauty and blessing of GOD upon those whom he justifies.  Consider the following points shared among mature Christian believers:

(1.)  Those who die as minor children (including fetuses), who may have received no formal instruction regarding the things of GOD, are nonetheless endowed with spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  Such are called the just, and they are carried into the necessary judgment of GOD supported through the dispensations of divine grace, forgiveness, and love.

(2.)  While children must be embraced as extensions of Adam, and vessels of the sin nature, death does not come against them as punishment so much as a mechanical feature within the natural order.  Children also must complete mortality (now a condition of material duration upon the earth).  Their experiences of death may describe agony, pain and suffering no different than that for adults.  However, as for adults, the basis of their judgment is not so much their own attitudes, behavior and conduct as it is their spirit content from divinity.  We all will be examined for such inseparable aspects of GOD as active presence, faith, forgiveness, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  The just will be altered and changed (we say, transformed) through operations of GOD, made immortal and incorruptible on the basis of qualities found in Jesus Christ.  What the world (society) calls “innocence” or “purity” is measured by such standards as experiencing conflict within relationships, exercising a conscience that may become flawed, acquiring worldly knowledge (and therefore, ignorance), displaying infirmity (we say, weakness), or pursuing human sexuality.  The perfection of Christ centers in a perfect peace and unity with GOD the Father and the Holy Spirit.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  In the name of Jesus be healed, and see with new eyes.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, some points are shared to clarify the “quick” and living nature of the holy writings; and how the Scriptures are made perfect as they operate with the imparted Spirit of GOD.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers Canada” using the ID “Peter” (Level 1 with 73 points, a member since March 30, 2014) posted the following:

 

Christians: Are all the words in the New and Old Testament 100% truth and perfection, that you have zero doubt about?

Update : Skunky ….. BRAINWASHED
Update 2: Aleah …… BRAINWASHED
Update 3: Gregory …. BRAINWASHED
Update 4: Robot …… you provided the PERFECT answer.
Update 5: Somebody else ……… 99.99% BRAINWASHED

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  (Hebrews 4:  12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014); Finding Peace Through the Bible? (06/02/2014); Disliking Other Christians? (06/03/2014); Bible and Spirit (04/26/2014); Personality? (04/27/2014)

 

“Peter”, here are a few points to consider that have helped many Christian believers escape the confusion, idolatry, ignorance and superstition often imposed upon the holy writings:

(1.)  The perfection and power of the Scriptures are not a matter of material and visible forms (e.g., alphabet, language, script, symbols, translations), sounds, and words so much as they are aspects of the makeup and spirit matter of divinity.  For this reason, only those applying their own endowment of the imparted Spirit from GOD (we say, using discernment) are able to receive the Scriptures correctly as an expression of the divine mind.  Believers must be grounded by such divine content as faith, holiness, humility, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(2.)  For those lacking the spirit content established through the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Bible is no more than a mundane record of human events.  It is impossible to correctly see that the Scriptures reveal divine order for the entire universe in the forms of covenant and law; that multiple persons and various sacred operations are described whereby the invisible GOD appears, and is to be spoken of and known; or that the fundamental principles are shared for continuing all the exchanges and interactions of life experience that acknowledge and reverence GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Men are to seek perfection and power in the person of a living GOD, not in the abstract and material things that support human existence.  The Bible is a unique standard for measuring and realizing divine process and sacred substance.  Readers properly supplied with the Holy Spirit experience a divine point of view through the Bible, embracing thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years, that make visible the active presence of GOD both in heaven and upon the earth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

More is shared in response to the complaint that life has no genuine substance, is pointless, and is vain.  Like Job and Solomon, even anointed prophets such as Jeremiah and Elijah have struggled against the brevity of life, its futility and injustice, and what seems its arbitrary course of events.  It is the truth that all human achievement now is subject to annihilation, corruption, decay, decline, reversal, and ruin.  Nevertheless, through Jesus Christ, many created beings and living creatures will become known as acceptable works of GOD, and will endure as eternal, everlasting, immortal, and incorruptible.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Gift of Life Despised? (10/13/2014)—(4.)  Many Christian believers entered into a relationship to acknowledge GOD seeking relief from their anguish, loss, pain and suffering.  It was not because they understood all the preaching and teaching about GOD, or all the details of sacred law and Revelation.  They reached a point where they confessed having a deep need within their own lives for the assurances, cleansing, new life, possibilities and power proclaimed by GOD through Jesus Christ.  Like the account of Adam and Eve, the record of Lucifer and the angels of heaven who followed him are provided to show that failing to correctly value the gifts from GOD result in their being denied to you.  There are many precious blessings with GOD that none may ever earn for themselves by begging or pleading, by hard work and worry, by weeping and crying.  Included are covenant, faith, forgiveness, fellowship, healing, holiness, immortality, incorruption, divine law, love, prosperity, respect, the imparted Spirit (some say, breath of life, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth), trust, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  See Micah 6:  8, Psalms 34:  7-8, Zechariah 8:  16-17, Matthew 7:  6-8 and 13-14, 1st Corinthians 2:  9-13 and 1st Peter 3:  10-12, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness:  and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.  Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.  For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.  Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me:  for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.  Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun:  because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.  And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.  Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.  For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.  For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?  For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.  There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.  For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?  For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy:  but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.  (Ecclesiastes 2:  14-26, KJV)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  Ones experience of eternal life must begin as an acceptance of salvation through Christ within the present time frame, and is not merely to be thought of as a far off, future event.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Grace, gratitude, and life as a gift from GOD are topics, today.  Also, there is more on Catholics, Protestants and the Trinity.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers Canada” using the ID “INVINCIBLE” (Level 1 with 71 points, a member since September 07, 2014) posted the following:

 

If there’s god? let him be… why i should pray/ or be thankful?

i never asked him to give me anything, even this life, i don’t find any reason for this life…
it’s stupid, god gave me pain/happiness( if he’s there) which i never wanted/need…
and these holy books are asking me to pray him for this…..

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Catholics, Protestants and The Trinity? (10/12/2014)—(5.)  In the same way those who left Egypt with Moses were blended and interwoven to serve as one nation, from its beginnings the process of expansion and growth for the Church created by Jesus Christ has been one of molding diverse persons to exist as one body through judgment (i.e., the resolution of conflicts and differences through discipline, doctrine, and law).  Many Christian believers dismiss the multiple differences among denominations as the expression of finite human needs, traditions, and the limited understandings of mankind, rather than the putting forth of divine precepts.  Labeled as charismatic or conservatives, such believers promote the old ways, resist change, and seek the primitive yet powerful teachings of the early church that came by prophetic demonstrations and revelation through the imparted Spirit from GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Jesus had carefully explained that the things he was teaching were all from the Father, and were already documented within the holy writings.  The Holy Spirit was to be welcomed and received as a direct agent, spokesperson, and expression of the will of Jesus Christ.  Called the “promise of the Father” and the “gift of the Spirit,” the agenda of the Spirit would be from the Son, and not from the Spirit himself.  Even so, there would be no contradiction or denial of the things from the Father.  Various historical events, interpretations, and overlays are not to be thought of as being able to erase or obscure the common truth for all believers that we call “the Gospel.”  Far from being dogma taught by brainwashing or propaganda, knowledge of the GODhead is discovered and achieved through common sense and discernment.  Consider again Matthew 7:  13-14 and 21-27; John 7:  17; John 16:  13; Luke 24:  13-27; 1st Corinthians 3:  11-13; Ephesians 2:  8-22; 2nd Timothy 2:  8-17 and 19-26, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.  (2nd Corinthians 4:  3-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Good Intentions? (07/26/2014); The Bible is All About GOD? (07/27/2014); No Mystery in Lawful Judgment (07/28/2014); Life Choices (12/14/2013); That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013); His Burden Is Light? (09/21/2013); All Things Possible? (09/17/2013); Can One Escape? (09/18/2013); Gentiles and the Law? (09/19/2013)

 

“INVINCIBLE”, here are a few ideas important among Christian believers that should also be known among others who are finite, mortal, and not yet invulnerable (like yourself):

(1.)  For believers, commitment, gratitude, love, respect to GOD, and unselfish service are acknowledgments that one has been shown unmerited favor (we say, grace).  Existence and life proceed from a higher process and will than that of created beings and living creatures upon the earth.  It is spurious and unproductive to argue that life experience with its many challenges should only be a product of ones own inner being (e.g., anger, desire, fear, imagination, intellect, lust, passion).  It is a waste of your time, should someone give you permission to always stop the rain (so you will never become soaked again), unless, of course, they also give you authority and power that your will may be done.

(2.)  The holy writings were given to those asking for direction and guidance from GOD.  Believers are not being coerced or forced to do, or speak, or think anything they can not immediately grasp as an aspect of their own spirit and person.  Like your own, the existence of GOD requires nothing of you or anyone else; and GOD does not demand anything from those having nothing to offer.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)   Your question may be read as, Why should I want correct knowledge, and, Why can’t I have my own way in a world that does not belong to me?  The process of life can be more than a series of disconnected episodes, or cycles of self-destruction and despair.  Life can be an adventure of exploration and learning; and men can fashion  meaningful goals and purpose.  It remains, however, what you take for granted gets taken away; just as what you take for granted gets to take advantage of you.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The Apocrypha, the Bible, the GODhead, and doctrines shared by Catholic and Protestant believers are considered, today.  Also, there is more on warnings to Adam before the fall.  A “Yahoo! Answers Canada” writer using the ID “Best For Business” (Level 2 with 395 points, a member since August 31, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why do Protestants worship the three godpersons of the Catholic trinity?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Not Told in Advance? (10/11/2014)—(5.)  Following their transgression, carnal and spiritual provisions for Adam to be recovered from sin were initiated immediately, even the death of a substitute for the pair, and an atonement through the blood of an innocent.  To mature Christian believers, it is foolish to ask, why didn’t GOD do things a different way—to please whom?  He was pleased to do as he did, apparently.  Thus, one really should not ask, why didn’t GOD explain the entire plan of salvation at that time, rather than have it unfold gradually across time, and within the frameworks for human knowledge (i.e., time and space)?  We now understand that the holy angels are not immortal, incorruptible, or all knowing (they can not foretell the future).  At their creation, the angels were endowed with the full measure of knowledge they would need to function and serve throughout their duration; and they do not acquire knowledge by recall and study as do men.  The process for full relationship and the revelation of GOD to mankind is one of gradual growth and learning.  The living must “come to know” the Almighty by an unfolding of sacred knowledge through divine operations such as baptism (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit, burial in water, washing, and rebirth from divine substance), events to fulfill sacred expectations, and fellowship through obedience, praise and prayer with other believers.  Salvation is experienced as permanent change, and the transformation from dependence upon awareness that centers on material existence (we say, the natural) to consciousness that emerges from spiritual existence.  See again 1st Corinthians 2:  1-16 and 1st Corinthians 15:  39-53, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:   Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  (Colossians 2:  6-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Let Us Make Mankind? (06/10/2014); GOD and Adultery? (06/11/2014); (03/10/2014) Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014); (02/05/2014) Succession (02/05/2014); On Youth Doing Enough (02/06/2014); Hierarchy (11/14/2013); The Benefit of Law? (11/15/2013); On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013)

 

“Best For Business”, here are a few points non-Christians are regularly urged to consider regarding the teachings and shared beliefs among Catholics and Protestants:

(1.)  GOD is a single spirit who displays and manifests essence and person primarily through actions, events, spirit matter, works, and utterance (we say, word).  GOD is not made up of material substance such as particles (as with fog, cloud, mist or smoke), flesh (as with human cells, organs, or tissues), and materials processed by mankind such as clay, iron, wood, and steel.

(2.)  Because the operations of GOD among created beings and living creatures repeatedly occur as distinct and recognizable patterns, men upon the earth are able to discern (i.e., use their own content of divine spirit to recognize and respond to spirit content within their own life experiences including occurrences, other people, prophecy, and the holy writings), and correctly speak of GOD as appearing as three persons:  The Father, the Son, and The Holy Spirit.  Thereby, GOD is revealed or seen as functioning in specific ways, and pursuing specific eternal purposes.

(3.)  There are multiple differences between Catholics and Protestants that result from their cultural, organizational, political, and social traditions.  More than this, most Protestants rely upon the Bible, and the operations of faith as the highest authority for spiritual truth in the earth.  Protestants rely upon 66 books as the only holy writings provided by GOD, while Catholics include 11 more from the 14 Apocryphal books that were written during the period after the Old Testament was closed, and before the New Testament Scriptures were opened.  During the more than 400 year period before the coming of Jesus, no prophets were acknowledged among the Jews as having been sent from GOD after the pattern of Moses, Elijah, and others.  Thus, among many Christians, the Apocrypha are seen having a different spirit content and value.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Many practices among Catholics are supported on the basis of teachings from the Apocrypha such as the veneration of Mary, and that the Church is the consort of Jesus Christ and, therefore, his primary agent upon the earth.  It remains that the foundation of truth for both Catholic and Protestant believers is the doctrine and teachings from Jesus Christ himself; and many of their similarities may be attributed to the initial development of Protestant belief as an aspect of government and process within the Catholic frame.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC