Today, more is shared on death as a natural condition that is temporary, and as GOD’s tool to permanently end the existence of created beings and living creatures.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014)—(5.)  In addition to instruction regarding the coming of Jesus Christ to harvest the earth of those in relationship with GOD as redeemed and saved through his ministry, the holy writings describe the completion of judgment, and the destruction of sinners in the second death.  As an aspect of finite being, all mankind is subject to “sleep” (the first death), and must complete a mortal existence.  The carnal and temporary form of death that we call sleep is a mechanical aspect of the human life process that now includes aging, decay, depletion, disease, injury, and infirmity.  As such, the condition of death is not negotiable, does not of itself fulfill eternal purpose, and is unavoidable through the operations of human will.  Resurrection comes into view through the operations of divine will whereby all will be awakened from sleep.  It remains, however, only those who enter into covenant with GOD before sleep will continue as permanently perfected by GOD through Jesus Christ.  See again 1st Corinthians 15:  21-26 and 50-57, Romans 5:  14-16, Romans 6:  3-13 and Ephesians 5:  1-21, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?  But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned:  in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.  Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?  When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.  Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.  Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?  Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD.  Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.  Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit:  for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD:  wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.  (Ezekiel 18:  20-32, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013); Going It Alone? (12/16/2013); Only While We Live? (12/02/2013); Reveal Himself To All? (12/03/2013); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012); Opportunity to Repent (11/02/2012)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  The first death is marked by the separation of ones spirit from ones flesh, a condition that is reversible through resurrection whereby body and spirit are rejoined.  In the second death, body, spirit and all that pertains to the makeup of those condemned by their own sin will be forever destroyed within the Lake of Fire, that was prepared for the devil and his angels.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Death, evil, mortality, and divine purpose are considered, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Complex Maker” (Level 7 with 29,956 points, a member since November 20, 2010) posted the following:

 

Why did God make it everything has to die someday isn’t he the one that’s evil?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Not Images Used in Worship? (09/14/2014)—(5.)  The use of images and physical materials to express belief, and for believers to identify themselves to one another is not idol worship.  While objects may be set apart (we say, consecrated, sanctified) for exclusive use in holy service (e.g., crosses used in sacred procession, prayer chambers, holy ground, fragrant substances and their incense burners), among Christians, no inanimate object or thing is exalted as though it contains, or acts on behalf of a deity.  Christian symbols are not to be confused with occult objects fashioned to permit human alteration and control through magic.  Included are such devises as amulets, candles, lucky charms, gem stones, and talismans.  Like Aaron’s rod that budded, the rod of GOD that was used by Moses was a device to make visible divine authority and sacred election as well as the active presence of GOD. 

(6.)  In the same way Christians are not confused or embarrassed to see film actors who portray biblical characters in movies and TV programs, because they understand the process is not one of making false claims for reverence and worship, believers do not see paintings and other imaginative depictions of Jesus as being counterfeits, idols, or misrepresentations of divinity.  There are ordinary objects that have been used to trigger operations of the faith that resides within believers.  For example,  aprons and handkerchiefs were used by the apostles of the early church when healing; icons have been used; blessed beads and cords have been used when reciting psalms and other prayer cycles; and the cup used for the Lord’s Supper was venerated as a holy grail.  Even so, at no time were such objects identified as having value apart from the divine purpose of salvation, or the imparted Spirit that indwells the entire body of believers, the Holy Ghost.  Rather than human institutions and man-made objects, those created of GOD through the process of interaction focused upon Christ are the true repository for divine power and presence.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  So these things shall be for a statute of judgment unto you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.  Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses:  but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.  Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death:  but he shall be surely put to death.  And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.  So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are:  for blood it defileth the land:  and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.  Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell:  for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.  (Numbers 35:  29-34, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Believers Fear (09/09/2014);  Freedom of Foul Speech? (09/10/2014); On Death and Pain (05/08/2014); A “Good” Verse? (05/09/2014); Resurrection from the Dead? (04/23/2014); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); Sin Causes Death? (02/04/2014); Succession (02/05/2014)

 

“Complex Maker”, where you are able to shift your thinking to see from a different point of view, here are a few ideas that have come from GOD that should be useful:

(1.)  Life is GOD’s intent, however, death is GOD’s tool.  Death is not simply a punishment for sin, or a way to condemn those who make mistakes.  Death is used to cleanse and continue the earth as a sphere of life; and death furthers the dynamic of life that is change and movement generated by diversity and imbalance.  Death as a consequence in divine judgment permits mankind a portion of the consciousness and experience had by divinity; and reveals the otherwise unseen compassion, integrity, reliability, and righteousness of GOD.

(2.)  As understood among Christian believers, the word “evil” does not mean “bad”, “sinful” or “wicked”.  In the holy writings GOD proclaims:  I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the Lord do all these things (Isaiah 45:  7, KJV).  We speak of divine evil as calamity; catastrophe; sudden, sweeping change; upheaval.  Human evil, then, is destruction; arbitrary, uncalled for, and unnecessary change; change that provides no balance or benefit.

(3.)  The childish complaint that “GOD won’t let us have our way” is false.  GOD does allow mankind to challenge his environment, to alter and question the boundaries for human existence.  Even so, many of the boundaries must remain in place for the sake of divine order, and to allow mankind to have clarity, focus, stability, and value.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Death is only one observable fact of the full divine plan for our universe.  In addition to death, through Jesus Christ, there are ongoing sacred operations for correction, healing, divine love, redemption, resurrection, salvation, sanctification, and eternal life.  Following final judgment, mortality will no longer exist.  Mankind will be transformed, and become both immortal and incorruptible to live with Christ 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

Idols, idol worship and familiar objects among believers are topics, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Not Banana!” (Level 1 with 16 points, a member since June 04, 2014) posted the following:

 

When God said not to make any graven images in the 10 Commandments, didn’t he mean “except statues of Jesus and nativity scenes”?

“And crosses and fish. Those are ok too”.

Did God forget to include that part?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?  Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed:  and the workmen, they are of men:  let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together.  The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms:  yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth:  he drinketh no water, and is faint.  The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house.  He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest:  he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.  Then shall it be for a man to burn:  for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.  He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied:  yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:  And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image:  he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.  They have not known nor understood:  for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.  And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it:  and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?  He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?.  (Isaiah 44:  10-20, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Law for Mankind? (07/29/2014); Divine Law Speaks of Spirit? (07/30/2014); Face to Face Like Moses? (01/28/2014); Covenants and Relationships (01/29/2014); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); On Religious Items (08/29/2012); On Cults (08/30/2012)

 

“Not Banana!”, here are a few points on idols and idol worship that should help you avoid spiritual confusion:

(1.)  The worship of idols center in the belief that a man-made and material object may contain spirit substance.  While the object itself may not be regarded as a god, goddess or divine person, the idol may be thought to allow humans to approach and access divine authority, essence and power; carry out or perform natural and sacred events (e.g., healing, control of storms, miracles); display and make visible the genuine appearance and features of a divine person (e.g., awesomeness, immortality, perfection, purity, radiance, strength); or itself possess power and will separate from any divine person.

(2.)  There are many familiar objects used in human communication and exchange that display a great deal of careful investment of craftsmanship, design, detail, money, talent, skill, and other resources.  Many require attention, obedience, and specific responses from human beings, yet should not be regarded as idols.  One example would be the octagonal Stop signs posted at traffic intersections alerting both drivers and pedestrians. 

(3.)  Among Christian believers, items for decoration and ornamentation may be used to continue awareness, or express and further encourage humility, piety, and respect.  Even so, material things are not held to contain the Spirit of GOD, and are not used as objects of worship.  Included are gold and silver chalices, the monstrance, and other communion ware.  Only created beings and living creatures (we could say, GOD-made vessels) are fit to receive divine content from the makeup of GOD, who is immortal and incorruptible. 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The emblems of bread and wine are used in sacred operations whereby the spirit content of believers is nourished, reinforced, and further sanctified.  Believers must have godly discernment (i.e., ability to apply and use ones own endowment of spirit substance as a standard to recognize spirit content among such things as events, messages, holy writings, other persons, and eternal purposes).  Material objects are used continually to communicate with mankind, and many are consecrated (set apart) and devoted for holy service.  Yet, this does not mean they should be served and worshiped in place of GOD.  When Moses and all those who left Egypt arrived at Sinai, and a covenant through the Ten Commandments was proclaimed, there was an audible voice and several displays (lightening, thunder, winds).  Neither the mountain, the natural elements, or the man, Moses, was to be worshiped, for the focus was to be GOD through acceptance of sacred law.)  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 on the sexual category and characteristics of the Holy Spirit, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Babs” (Level 6 with 12,796 points, a member since December 31, 2013) posted the following:

 

Is the “Holy Ghost” a man or woman?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:  and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?  This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood.  And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:  and these three are one.  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood:  and these three agree in one.  If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater:  for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:  he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  (1st John 5:  4-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Aspects of Divinity? (06/15/2014); Son of Adam and of GOD? (06/16/2014); Should Men Take Their Hats Off? (05/15/2014); The Issue Is Not Accuracy (05/16/2014); Recognizing Divine Wrath? (02/26/2014); In Earthen Vessels (02/27/2014); Utterance is Spirit (09/08/2013); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013); Women Ordained to Minister? (10/27/2012); Does Everyone Go To Heaven? (10/28/2012); The Gender of Angels? (10/09/2012); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012)

 

“Babs”, here are a few points about the Holy Spirit that have been useful to Christian believers:

(1.)  The Holy Spirit is understood to be an agent or aspect of the full divine person.  GOD is a spirit who has put forth all created beings and living creatures, conditions for their duration, various spheres wherein they experience life (e.g., earth, heaven, the universe), processes for change and development of life (e.g., birth, maturity, perfection) as well as sacred processes for revelation of divinity (e.g., covenant, family, incarnation, prophecy).

(2.)  Gender pertains to those alive in the earth who appear having material flesh, and features that may dominate their physical operation such as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and emotional/mental functions (e.g., anger, desire, fear, imagination, recall).  Distinctions exist within mankind and others species between males and females on the basis of a range of factors that include their organs, tissues, and body parts; size; social functions; roles in reproduction; and physical strength.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  There is no issue of competition, gender, hierarchy or separation among the divine persons.  The full reality of divine being is spoken of as “the GODhead” in order to acknowledge that there are clear patterns among the events that describe the active presence of GOD within the earth.  In the person of the Father, GOD is understood as existing in pure spirit form that does not visibly appear to the created.  As the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth), GOD has established heaven and earth, and all living, and also resides within those in relationship to GOD through Jesus Christ.  As the Son of GOD (also called the Word, the Breath of Life, the Lamb of GOD) many unchanging divine operations, sacred purposes, and eternal functions are being completed and carried out.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, more points are shared on dating, the treatment of children in a church setting, and worship.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Dating and Worship? (09/11/2014)—(5.)  Adults may not claim to be justified by Christ every time they claim authority over, and presume upon young people.  Children may appear at ease with smoking and other violations in the worship setting (e.g., gum chewing, inappropriate clothing, incorrect use of hats and head coverings), and may make no complaint.  However, children too are able to spiritually recognize when their ability to discern the holy presence is being interfered with, and that their sense of proper order is being violated by the carelessness of others.  What children possess that is so commendable before GOD is their willingness to accept correction, to acknowledge their mistakes, and make renewed efforts to learn and perform at a high level.  In their special harmony with Christ, children are able to disregard differences that adults use to make arbitrary distinctions (e.g., age, gender, income, size).  Children often dismiss the behavior of others as if what others may do is neutral (i.e., neither right nor wrong), does not matter, and has no consequences for themselves, either good or ill.  For some children and many adults responding to the conduct of others is a matter of their own ignorance and lack of experience.  They have not yet accepted, and begun to practice the duties for judgment and warning that are shared among all believers.  For many others, however, reviewing the attitudes and behavior displayed around them will be a matter of their self-discipline (we say, home-training), innocence or purity as well as a matter of their victory over, and godly wisdom regarding the flesh.

(6.)  The purpose of dating is judgment, rather than praise, thanksgiving, and worship.  Where two Christians are being careful to examine each other in different situations with an eye to their “fit” as life companions through marriage, in addition to agreement on such elements as one another’s disposition, opinions on current issues, sense of humor, and handling of money, they also must determine their fit as prayer partners, and as those who will share their private devotions, sacred practices and studies of the Scriptures.  During dating, just as a couple must discover whether they can continue to meet the challenges, obstacles and problems in life experience together, they must conclude whether they can help each other serve effectively in the projects and spiritual works of a mature believer.  Putting aside the purpose of “fun”, a couple must be have quality time together that allows the pattern of their shared beliefs and values to clearly emerge.  See Psalms 121:  1-2, Proverbs 19:  14, Malachi 2:  12-14, Matthew 22:  1-17, Titus 1:  15-16, Galatians 3:  27-29 and Ephesians 5: 1-33, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Death and life are in the power of the tongue:  and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.  (Proverbs 18:  21-23, KJV)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  In holy matrimony, the two become one flesh by more than mere sexual joining.  The two become one partner in perpetual relationship, and GOD is the other.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared on courtship and dating within church settings, smoking and tobacco use, and worship among minors and youth.  Also, there is more on freedom of foul speech.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Paul” (Level 1 with 24 points, a member since September 05, 2014) posted the following:

 

A weird situation at open air youth worship? 

Last weekend me and my girlfriend attended an open air youth worship service. We stood towards the back and she lit a cigarette a little way into the service. She asked the two or three young people standing next to us if they minded her smoking and they were OK about it. They were probably 12-15 year olds maybe? – one good thing was they had excellent singing voices.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Freedom of Foul Speech (09/10/2014)—(5.)  In order to introduce change, cleansing, healing, hope and a new quality of life, Jesus Christ addressed many of the life experiences and struggles for mankind that generate and continue bitterness, despair, fear, pain, and wretchedness.  Included are sexual appetite, divorce, duty, fornication, indebtedness, marriage, parenting, prostitution, and same sex relationships.  Believers understand that their choices for their own verbal behavior, and what they say out of their mouths, should agree with and show others their willingness to acknowledge the presence of Christ in their lives.  Being mature and having authority over himself, Jesus may have dealt with many who used cursing and swearing on a daily basis (e.g., the Scriptures report that Peter denied Jesus with foul language before he received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, who anointed him to preach that day).  However, there is no indication that Jesus allowed the infirmity and weakness of other men to contaminate or corrupt his ministry to mankind, his prayers, or his usual day-to-day behavior and speech.  In respect to Jesus, believers all follow the rule that ones speech is offered in sacrifice to GOD, and should be “seasoned with salt” (i.e., healing intent, humility, innocence, respect, purity).  See again Leviticus 2:  13, Mark 9:  50, Matthew 5:  10-11, Matthew 18:  5-7, 1st Corinthians 10:  23 and Colossians 4:  5-6, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.  Let your women keep silence in the churches:  for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.  And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home:  for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.  What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?  If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.  But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.  Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.  Let all things be done decently and in order.  (1st Corinthians 14:  33-40, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  When Children Embrace Church? (08/18/2014); Condemned by the Church? (08/19/2014); Why the Gospel for Our Children (05/13/2014); Changing Times and Laws? (05/14/2014); Resisting Sin (12/21/2013); When People Covet (12/22/2013); Weed and Godly Wisdom (09/15/2013); The Limit to Believing? (09/16/2013); Issues for Children’s Church (04/06/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); A Holy Kiss? (11/13/2012)

 

“Paul”, here are a few points important to Christian believers that may help you fit in more correctly and not feel weird again when you next are with those who gather to worship Christ as redeemer and savior:

(1.)  Dating is an aspect of courtship wherein two persons develop, and examine themselves and one another through a relationship that may result in marriage.  They may share in various social settings that allow quiet exchange, laughter, expression of their goals, hopes and visions of the future, displaying their present commitments as well as promoting aspects of their deepest beliefs.  Correctly understood, a date to share religious experiences, and introduce ones companions to their own faith community is also an invitation that they continue in Christ.  Even where the dating or friendship eventually may be broken off, the relationship with Christ can be eternal.

(2.)  Your friend’s use of tobacco was unfortunate, because smoking is a behavior that to many signifies boldness, defiance, lack of self-control and self-discipline, lack of sound knowledge regarding health, nastiness, pride, rebellion, and selfishness.  (There is a danger from second-hand smoke:  where you can not keep the smoke from your own lungs, you can not keep it from defiling and soiling others either.)

(3.)  It is not wrong to attend church when you have questions that may only be answered there.  Many attend services in the same spirit as Moses, who only turned aside for the burning bush from curiosity, not because he wanted a prayer or worship break.  Only those who are sincerely seeking instruction and sacred knowledge will experience the spiritual benefit and growth provided by GOD through the Holy Spirit.  They will have prepared themselves to display peculiar attitudes and behavior such as cooperation, courtesy, giving, humility, respect and self-denial.

As we observe another anniversary of an attack upon America by those pursuing a faith that exalts death and destruction for the unsuspecting, there is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The situation you described was not simple.  Even in a crowd, where one may be anonymous and unknown, mature and young adults will be held accountable, and are expected to set an example for minors and teens.  Asking their permission is inappropriate, for often children are unaware of dangers involved with adult behavior.  Bullied, immature, intimidated, and unprepared, children can not always effectively rebuke the behavior of those who should know better.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The ministry of Jesus as one of obedience, and the use of cursing and foul language in the Bible are topics, today.  Also, there is more on why believers fear death.  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Randy” (Level 1 with 81 points, a member since September 07, 2014) posted the following:

 

If Jesus can say damn can jesus say **** if he wants to? 

if not then what scripture in the original bible divides his speech his heart and his spirit? cursing swearing and being filthy and froward are three different things from saying damn. or what is technically considered cussing. unless you claim god a liar for cussing and king david. but they werent filthy just truthful.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Why Believers Fear (09/09/2014)—(5.)  Although believers are accounted as “new creatures,” we will continue to have many traits that are finite and human until the appearing of Christ to harvest the earth.  Thus, it is not that we have not been blessed by GOD, it is that we fail to grasp the enormous measure of our blessings.  Many believers are concerned at having to continue in the flesh, and, despite their baptism and redemption, having to reside upon the earth as imperfect until the Advent.  Such believers correctly and soberly confess themselves capable of backsliding; and acknowledge the truth that there is a chance a person could lose their salvation before their death, and the return of Jesus.  Unintentionally and unconsciously, over and over mankind exalts carnal things, material things, simple things.  In humility and trust, believers do not fear that the Father or Son will betray, deny, and destroy them—GOD will not go back on his word.  Instead, in addition to the finality and irreversible aspect of death, dying appears fearful and threatening because believers continue to be stirred by realizing it is only our own nature, our own persistent desires, our un-confessed sins, and our disguised and hidden weaknesses that can separate us as the created from the Creator.  See again Psalms 27:  1, Isaiah 57:  1-21, Luke 12:  4-5 and Romans 13:  7-8, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  (James 3:  7-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Bible and Stupid People? (07/17/2013); Destroying Justice? (07/18/2013); Words Spoken By GOD? (06/05/2013); Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013); Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); A Text for Lives Today (11/25/2012); Pornography from the Bible? (11/26/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012)

 

“Randy”, here are a few points important to those who rely upon the Gospel, and word of GOD spoken by Jesus for redemption and salvation from sin:

(1.)  Jesus did not appear in the earth as an expression of curiosity, self-promotion, or self-will.  Jesus was sent to further make known and visible (we say, to reveal) the fullness of divinity we refer to as “the GODhead.”  Jesus operated in the occupations of messenger, minister, prophet (we say, spokesperson), and servant.  Therefore, he did not speak according to his own personal agenda and private opinions so much as he proclaimed doctrines, promises, and teachings in obedience to the Father.

(2.)  As one in flesh and bone, Jesus was human in form.  Jesus was divine in spirit, for he was born and developed from the same sacred substance that was breathed into Adam at Creation.  Inseparable aspects from the makeup of GOD were imparted to Adam and to Christ, who is called the “Second Adam.”  Included were faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(3.)  As an organ or member of ones body, the tongue must be guided through ones Spirit.  Where sin rules, the intent, purpose, and thoughts of men are more easily expressed by cheap talk, coarseness, gossip, lies, malice, obscenity, threats, violence, and vulgarity.  The high purposes of GOD are addressed through speech that comforts, encourages, explains, heals, and urges to positive action.  While most of mankind’s lowest and meanest attitudes and behaviors are the focus of salvation, none have part in the process of salvation.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  In the same way Jesus did not speak of himself (i.e., on his own authority; without permission), the Spirit imparted to mankind on behalf of Jesus (we say, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) does not speak of himself, and must operate in accordance with the will and way of Jesus.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC