Today, points are shared on the meaning of “temptation” and the origin of sin.  The single word, temptation, is used to describe (1) testing that establishes endurance and permanence as well as (2) pressure to commit sin that comes against ones character, discipline, personality and righteousness.  Thus, the workings of admonition, challenge, and exhortation are in line with divinity, revelation, and salvation (temptation 1), while covetousness, envy, and lust are associated with the devil, sin and spiritual confusion (temptation 2).  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Ryan” (Level 1 with 23 points, a member since May 20, 2013) posted the following:

 

Where does the temptation to sin come from?

Satan was the first one who tempted Adam and Eve to sin. Also, Satan tempted Jesus for 40 days. Furthermore, Satan is called the tempter in the Bible. Does this mean all temptation to sin comes from Satan? Or, does it come from ourselves because we’ve fallen ever since the original sin?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:  for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:  for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:  and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  Do not err, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  (James 1:  12-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Power Against Sin? (04/12/2015); The Testing of Job? (10/06/2014); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); GOD Grants License? (06/21/2013)

 

“Ryan”, some of the clearest, most useful points shared among Christian believers include the following:

(1.)  Sin is not a living organism, and has not been created by divinity.  Sin does not contain spirit matter that resides in the person of Deity as do created beings and living creatures upon the earth, and within the celestial presence (we say, heaven).  While sin is no material or tangible thing having measurable dimensions such as height, shape, length or weight, sin has direction, effect, and presence.

(2.)  Sin appears to be an artifact or by-product of created organisms being separated from divinity to exist as independent life forms.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will within the living; however, the will of GOD does not become subject to sin.  Both for carnal beings (we say, mortals, those in flesh) and spirit beings (those neither mortal nor immortal such as angels and the sacred beasts of heaven) sin is a foreign influence experienced as a natural and normal expression of life essence (we say, spirit). 

(3.)  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all order generated or maintained through sacred law.  Sin does not operate as having benefit, consciousness, preference, or purpose.  Thus, sin appears as abstract, impersonal, mechanical, and self-destructive.  Because our language centers in describing human vulnerability and accountability, we speak of sin using terms that suggest sin has, or is power to draw, engage, entice, fascinate, and seduce. 

(4.)  Mechanisms within the living that respond to sin include appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual craving), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and emotional/mental functions (e.g., anger, desire, fear, imagination, recall).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (5.)  Perhaps sin is most clearly visible as attacks upon truth (we say, lies), arrogance, defiance of authority, false claims of power, rebellion, pride, usurpation, and violence.  Through baptism (death and burial of ones inborn spirit, and rebirth having divine DNA, so to speak), born-again believers can operate with a fresh endowment of spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  However, they must gradually grow and mature meeting the same life challenges upon the earth as all others.  Sin can not be correctly detected, eliminated, or resisted using only finite tools such as intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy and science.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  May your prayers ever be answered according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Points are shared commenting on a wife’s emotions that result from differences in belief with her husband.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Reika” (Level 1 with 86 points, a member since April 15, 2015) posted the following:

 

Is it weird to feel offended by this? (don’t answer if you don’t believe in God)?

Me and my husband debated over religion , although I’m not religious and def. not the holier-than-thou type, I still believe in god, in a creator. Otherwise we and the universe will not exist.

Since there are many versions of the bible, the truth about God became like finding a needle in a haystack. He said that God is an “idiot”, “a ****”, “would cut his head off” and “Satan is right.”

I felt offended by this because he shows no respect for people’s beliefs, especially to a Creator who gave him and everyone a privilige to experience life, love, happiness and all the beaitiful things people take for granted.

I told him there are explanations behind people’s suffering but he won’t listen and I wasn’t forcing him to believe what I say nor listen, I even suggested we should avoid this topic because it is a sensitive matter for us.

I have my share of misery in life and lived in darkness but I never insulted God that way nor blamed him. It is not blind faith because I sought answers and came to understand why.

I’m just quite disgusted whenever he say he is a good person, trustworthy, respects people because he values respects and etc., i know he’s not perfect and nobody is but I felt offended by what he said.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:  But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband:  and let not the husband put away his wife.  But to the rest speak I, not the Lord:  If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.  And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband:  else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.  But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases:  but God hath called us to peace.   For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?  (1st Corinthians 7:  10-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Understanding Spiritual Growth? (03/13/2015); Why The Bible Makes Sense (09/19/2014); GOD and The Framework of Time (09/20/2014); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); Struggling? (05/11/2013); Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013); Illusion? (04/25/2013); Not of Legal Age? (04/26/2013)

 

“Reika”, here are a few points shared to encourage Christian believers:

(1.)  While there are many life experiences that combine and mix various levels of feeling and thought all at one time, Christian belief requires a fundamental shift from the usual patterns that result by uniting emotional, intellectual, and psychological streams.  A person’s spirit content from the makeup of divinity must become the primary source and focus for their awareness, and for the process of their self-will.

(2.)  At birth, there are many possibilities for humans to develop and express living character and personality.  All are capable of displaying aspects of animal, human, and divine nature; and will gradually select and rely upon a unique set of fixed attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs.

(3.)  Comprehensive belief systems require more than merely correct knowledge about divine beings and gods.  There also must be commitment to carrying out defining actions, duties, and a lifestyle that consistently demonstrates the most significant meanings and values that are to be held by its followers.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Our religious beliefs are a special aspect of our full makeup as a person.  To some degree, these beliefs must be a foundation for any lasting relationship we enter.  Expressions of disbelief, disrespect and “hardness of heart” will be experienced as incompatibility, rejection, and separation.  There need not be sameness, yet, there must be mutual acceptance and oneness.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, a PDF document (3 p.) is described discussing Federal legislation that provides necessary legal protections for people of faith who seek to live out their spiritual commitments in daily life.  Nearly unanimous bipartisan support was garnered within both houses of Congress for this law addressing restoration of religious liberty.  A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court (called Employment Division v. Smith) made it more difficult for religious believers to challenge laws that constrained their ability to live out their faith.  In that case, Native Americans were fired from their jobs because they used peyote as part of their religion.  The RFRA was intended to affirm and buttress the First Amendment of the Constitution that guarantees the free exercise of religion.  Twenty states are reported as having adopted their own versions of RFRA, and another eleven states have similar provisions in place provided by state court decisions.  RFRA is reported as supplying a balancing test when the government attempts to restrict the free exercise of religion.  In general, RFRAs help people of minority faiths who cannot secure legislative exemptions for specific practices maintained among themselves.

 

THE KINGS SPEAR:  I am continuing to review documents posted in the “Bishop’s Advocacy Activity on Religious Liberty” page at the Internet site of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB).  The Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty has published a “must read” PDF document on the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/Why-the-Religious-Freedom-Restoration-Act-Works.pdf].

The Federal law enacted in 1993 under Bill Clinton is described using a Q&A format that presents the following six questions:

1. Does RFRA provide a “license to discriminate” against gay people?

2. What are the safeguards built into RFRA?

3. Why is any RFRA necessary at all?

4. Since there is already a federal RFRA, why do states need their own?

5. Who really benefits from RFRAs?

6. What is the impact of RFRA on current debates over “same-sex marriage” and laws prohibiting “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”
discrimination?

See Why the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Works/The Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, April 07, 2015.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together:  and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.  Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.  But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.  For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you:  because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.  And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.  But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest:  for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.  And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.  And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.  (Acts 28:  17-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Human Law, Divine Favor? (03/23/2015); The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); On Christians Being Inclusive? (07/16/2014); War and Peace (07/17/2014); Separation of Church and State (07/04/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014); Holiday Displays? (12/07/2012); An Attack Upon Creation? (12/08/2012); The Crux of the Matter (10/26/2012); Women Ordained to Minister? (10/27/2012)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, members of minority faiths in the U. S. (e.g., Baha’i, Hindu, Muslims and Sikhs) and those operating family-owned businesses must have further protection through the law when their beliefs continue and promote practices in opposition to state or local antidiscrimination laws.  Their legitimate conscientious objections may appear as expressions of “unjust discrimination,” yet, are exactly what is intend when America speaks of religious freedom protected by strong law.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, some points are shared on Christian believers recognizing change and growth within their own spirit.  Believers are to experience great joy for their redemption and salvation along with a profound sorrow for sin.  Some, in error, think that being spiritual means having a certain feeling.  Others err thinking their focus can be upon showing a positive attitude, religious behavior, and good works (e.g., church attendance, debating doctrine, charitable giving, handing out tracts, serving meals to homeless).  Those in Christ are cautioned against emotion, introspection (i.e., morbid focus upon ones own failures, faults, and sins that tends to depression and self-condemnation) as well as against self-justification and self-promotion.  While parents, pastors and other clergy, and fellow-believers are to be sources of comfort and spokespersons from GOD to the believer, none are to be taken as “heroes” and idols to be copied without prayerful consideration (many say, question or pause).  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using “Counselor For Lost Souls” as an ID (Level with points, a member since June 10, 2013) posted the following:

 

How can you measure your spiritual progress?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW;  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves:  but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.  (2nd Corinthians 10:  12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Relationship With Our Creator? (03/16/2015); Understanding Spiritual Growth? (03/13/2015); Those Who Read? (02/17/2015); To Walk As He Walked? (11/16/2014); To Continue In His Footsteps (11/17/2014); Made in the Image of GOD? (10/09/2014); All Who Read Convert? (10/10/2014); A Fallen Nature? (09/01/2014); In the Likeness of His Resurrection (09/02/2014)

 

“Counselor For Lost Souls”, here are a few ideas from a Christian believer’s point of view:

(1.)  Progress may be understood as positive change, growth, and the achievement of balance and wholeness as well as ones satisfaction with movement toward their own goals.  For followers of Jesus, many principles and fixed standards are in place to guide those born again in becoming mature (we say, perfected) after the model of Christ.

(2.)  Believers may not “grade their own report card,” so to speak; and the new life in Christ is not one of “do as you please.”  (Every believer is to do as pleases GOD.)  While believers are to learn together and share sacred knowledge, believers are not to compare themselves to one another, nor emulate others as the perfect example.  (This includes figures from the Bible such as Moses, David, Solomon and the Apostles.)

(3.)  Christians enter into an extended process of permanent change and transformation that must be carried out and completed by the imparted Spirit.  Included are confession, bonding with those of the body, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  For most of us, the process of new life in Christ appears as one of both learning and un-learning at the same time.  New patterns of behavior and thought are to be acquired while old patterns are eliminated, removed, and suppressed.  Growth as a believer can be gradual and subtle (i.e., marked by barely visible differences; having hidden and difficult to recognize shifts in meaning and value).  Thus, faith, persistence, perseverance, and trust are vital.  The transformation begun upon the earth in water baptism will be completed at the coming of Jesus.  As they are taken up to meet the Savior in the air, those who are committed and prepared to share eternal life as his companions and joint-heirs will be made immortal and incorruptible.)  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 how Christian children are to respond to use of foul language by their own parents.  Many Christian believers feel pressured to disregard and tolerate verbal behavior of family members, loved ones, and other close associates who continually curse and swear.  Some use profanity with the idea that it is plain, colorful, and easy to understand.  Many began their habits of foul speech, profanity, and vulgar language because they wanted the appearance of being adult, self-confident, and unafraid.  Later they indulge swearing as “being myself,” or staying authentic, comfortable, genuine, honest, and “keeping it real.”  There are those who present foul-mouthed behavior as a form of addiction just like alcoholism, drug use, gambling, smoking, and lying.  It is no longer a matter of choice, or conscious and voluntary behavior they can terminate simply by applying their own will.  Such persons often condemn public displays of courtesy, gentleness, restraint and self-control as being false, fanatical, insincere, motivated by fear, opposing personal freedom, “putting on airs,” soft, stiff, twisted, unnatural, unnecessary, and weak.  Only the peculiar operations of GOD that come by the Holy Spirit can establish the permanent transformation of the addict as a new creature in Christ.  The many difficult challenges that come against the children of believers include that—without being adults—children also must demonstrate faith in GOD through their acceptance of authority and duty as well as by having to wait quietly, and to endure persecution, and suffering.  For this reason, the young also must be instructed to understand that none are exempt from the burdens and trials that are the normal course of life.  Children further learn to maintain their integrity and independence as mature persons by being in extended relationships, and meeting various trials, where they must manage expressions of anger, bitterness, complaints, disappointment, fear, pain, and sorrow.  For even where they are gifted from GOD, minor and adult children rarely are capable of responding to all the complex emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of their parents as though they are on the same level as equals and peers.  More important than speaking well, using good grammar, or even speaking in tongues, believers should always speak truth, and operate fulfilling sacred purpose as representatives and spokespersons for divinity.  However, the skill to do this consistently and continuously is acquired only by practice and gradual growth.  As believers gain in sacred knowledge, become free of fornication and pride, are deepened in conviction, and adopt the new life style as one who is saved, others should see changes in what they have to say, and how they go about saying it.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (Level 1 with 118 points, a member since December 12, 2014) posted the following:

 

Should Christians cuss?

my mom is a Christian and she cusses up a storm. I tell her all the time that it’s a sin and quote bible verses that say not to cuss but she ends up finding a way to publically humiliate me and makes fun of my anxiety or tells me that I need to die. she talks about people like a dog but then goes to church and praises god. It really ticks me off because everyone thinks she’s all righteous and don’t even know that she cusses. at church she’s a Christian but at the house she’s not and she still ends up saying that i’m the one that’s going to hell and a hypocrite? I aint even Christian or at least I think i’m not but anyways should a Christian cuss?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.  Be ye angry, and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more:  but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  (Ephesians 4:  25-32, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Freedom of Foul Speech? (09/10/2014); Dating and Worship? (09/11/2014); Family and Beliefs of Children? (08/29/2014); Stories Repeated in the Bible? (08/30/2014); When Children Embrace Church? (08/18/2014); Condemned by the Church? (08/19/2014); The Bible and Stupid People? (07/17/2013); Destroying Justice? (07/18/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, often the key to overcoming as a Christian believer turns on our applying discernment (i.e., using ones own sacred content as a standard to recognize, respond to, or resist any ungodly spirit within events, messages, other persons, etc.), as well as correctly identifying our own spiritual needs, and remaining fixed upon our sacred (not our worldly) priorities.  Believers have no duty to change anyone; and the change they themselves experience is by willing submission to GOD.

Those who are born-again also must change and “grow up” again.  Their faith and trust in Christ as ones own redeemer and savior must increase, and become full and stable (we say, mature, perfect) over time as they continue to meet life experiences upon the earth.  Believers will be challenged by many of the same limits and tasks common among those who disbelieve.  However, believers are endowed with spirit content from the makeup of Deity that make it possible for them to endure and overcome.  Included are balance, forbearance, forgiveness, humility, longsuffering, love, patience, reverence, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

In the same way Jesus was careful not to challenge his parents following the incident at the Temple (where he became separated from them when disputing with the priests and elders), children in the Lord must continue to obey and respect their parents.  All must develop restraint, self-discipline, the ability to “hold their tongue,” and withhold judgment of their parents.  What a child can not say to their parents, they should not say about their parents.  This is specially so with their friends, and those outside of the family circle.  Gossip and slander are tools of the devil that always result in unforeseen damage and destruction within the home.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, while children are to minister to their parents (we say, serve) they are accountable for neither the damnation, nor the salvation of their parents.  As the spirit of GOD is present within their sons and daughters, multiple sacred works may go forth invisibly and silently; including cleansing, correction, healing, and regeneration.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, Scriptures are shared as counsel to a writer who was asked to relinquish a family heirloom Bible that he has purchased.  In stating the dilemma, the personal and spiritual value of the Bible was not addressed; and the new owner is uncertain how to respond to the possibility of  legitimate claims by the heirs.  Even within ones home and family circle, when the holy writings are treated as private property or something costly, precious, a relic, and untouchable, the Bible may become another idol and source of spiritual confusion.  Superstition and occult belief become attached to the Scriptures when commitment to acquire sacred knowledge is not supported by fellowship with experienced believers, observing sacraments, prayer, and careful application of study.  A “Yahoo! Answers” member using the ID “jeremy” (Level 1 with 88 points, enrolled February 16, 2015) posted the following:

 

Should I return the old bible to the descendants?

I bought an old bible. Through genealogies and online ancestry information, I found the descendants. I contacted her and told her I can scan the genealogies pages and send to her because I think her familly members might be interested in their early ancestors. However, now she is asking for the actual bible. What should I do? I am not willing to give this bible or sell it to her. How to respond? Does she has legal right to claim this bible? The bible is almost 200 years old.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Hear another parable:  There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:  And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.  And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.  Again, he sent other servants more than the first:  and they did unto them likewise.  But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.  But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.  And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.  When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?  They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.  Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken:  but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.  (Matthew 21: 33-44, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); Divine Sleep (03/28/2014); Why Bother to Read? (10/31/2013); GOD Speaking Through Songs? (11/01/2013); The Bible and Genealogy (09/10/2013); Why GOD Does Not Tell All (09/11/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Issues for Children’s Church? (04/06/2013); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012)

 

“jeremy”, I heard your question as, Should I change my attitude, behavior, intent and purpose?  For you that Bible appears to be a snare:  something secular to be coveted and desired, merchandise, and another person’s inheritance.  Here are a few things that also should be weighed in the balance that are still being shared with those that desire salvation from GOD, and will undergo permanent change and transformation:

(1.)  Matthew 6:  19-21, KJV:  19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

(2.)  Luke 14:  25-27, KJV:  25 And there went great multitudes with him:  and he turned, and said unto them,  26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

(3.)  Luke 3:  7-9, KJV:  7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father:  for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.  9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees:  every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

(4.)  Ezekiel 14:  19-21  KJV:  19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:  20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.  21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?

(5.)  Proverbs 20:  20-22, KJV:  20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.  21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.  22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (6.)  Matthew 7:  12, KJV:  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:  for this is the law and the prophets.  Also,  Romans 13:  7-10, KJV:  7 Render therefore to all their dues:  tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.  8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:  for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:  therefore love is the fulfilling of the 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 considered, today, on the Decalogue as the ultimate guide to regulate human morality.  Given that Creation and all that exists have come by operations that acknowledge sacred law, eternal life and right relationship with divinity are also by the law.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Epicurean Atheist” (Level 3 with 1,210 points, a member since March 15, 2015) posted the following:

 

How are the 10 Commandments moral in any practical sense? Four have nothing to do with societal morality and the 10th is a thought crime?

1) Have no other gods before me
2) No graven images
3) Do not misuse God’s name
4) Honor the sabbath
10) Do not covet your neighbor’s stuff

Would someone like to tell me how this fits into some ‘ultimate moral guide’?

Really? Do not covet? Wouldn’t something like ‘do not rape’ be more useful?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law:  for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.  But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.  For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.  For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.  I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  I do not frustrate the grace of God:  for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.  (Galatians 2:  16-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014); Divine Law for Mankind? (07/29/2014); Divine Law Speaks of Spirit? (07/30/2014); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Cruel and Offensive (07/24/2014); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013); Two Different Testaments? (01/05/2013); About False Witness (09/09/2012); Nostradamus (09/10/2012)

 

“Epicurean Atheist”, here are a few points most Christian believers embrace when considering the Ten Commandments:

(1.)  The Decalogue was proclaimed as a revelation of divinity.  The active presence, character, nature, and person of Deity was being made “visible”.  The primary focus was not initiating or regulating social exchange and interaction among created beings and living creatures so much as the fulfillment of promise and prophecy already in effect between GOD and mankind.

(2.)  Those who interpret and label the law as academicians, analysts, and scholars generally have no part or portion with those who receive the law as beneficiaries, covenant partners, and those carrying out and performing the will of divinity.

(3.)  How divinity is to be acknowledged, known, and communed with through ongoing relationships must come into view beginning at the concept of GOD as exalted, sanctified (we say, set apart), and unique.

(4.)  To covet is to continue in emotional, psychological, and spiritual focus generated by the flesh.  Because awareness and self-will may be dominated by appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual activity), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), or functions of the mind (e.g., fantasy, fear, imagination, recall), finite beings are also subject to sin that opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Law Giver, and all Creation that responds to law.

There is far more to be said, rightly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  One definition of moral is “according to a common standard of justice.”  GOD proclaimed his name (we say, reputation) to Moses as the supreme authority over Judgment.  The Decalogue was to sanctify those who left Egypt with Moses, and formally establish them in the role of a nation (rather than a collection of tribes).  Judgment and law would be demonstrated to all the nations as intimate, organic, and personal, rather than merely abstract, mechanical and remote.)  Even so, I trust this “fragment” will be useful.   Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC