Today, conversion is described as a sacred operation that must be carried out by divinity, and is not simply a carnal, intellectual, material, and social process. Correctly understood, conversion is not completed by angels or mankind, for there must be a full transformation of the inborn spirit content within a sinner to enable their life as a mature Christian believer. With this in view, conversion may only be accomplished through adoption of eternal purposes, prophecy (comfort, edification, exhortation), revelation, and the use of sacred processes (e.g., praise, prayer, purification, rebirth, repentance, sanctification, worship). The goals of communion, being immersed within Deity, and answering oneness with divinity demands more than acquiring new knowledge, developing intimate and personal relationships, fitting in as a new employee or team member, socialization, and becoming integrated within an existing group. The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Solitary Wiccan” (Level 5 with 6,510 points, a member since May 06, 2014) posted the following:
Why do Christians say God converts people?
THE GOLDEN ARROW: Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Romans 6: 3-13, King James Version, KJV)
THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Wages, Points and Rewards? (08/21/2016); Penance? (10/09/2015); All Who Read Convert? (10/10/2014); Not Told in Advance? (10/11/2014); Saul of Tarsus (03/26/2014); The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); About Conversion (09/03/2012); By Grace (09/04/2012)
“Solitary Wiccan”, the necessary changes a sinner must undergo to become a Christian believer goes far beyond acquiring new doctrine and sacred knowledge. Applying finite academic, intellectual and scientific skills (e.g., analysis, argument, debate, dialog, hypothesizing, measurement, synthesis, and theorizing) are not the foremost requirements. Rather, there must be an internalization of inseparable spirit matter imparted from the makeup of divinity (e.g., faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, wrath against sin). With this in view, church attendance, regularly reading the Bible, and continually studying catechisms, lesson quarterlies, or commentaries and devotionals only truly edify and expand sacred consciousness in those who are already born again.
Secular knowledge does not nourish the divine character, nature, and substance that are deposited within those who come to Christ through baptism (i.e., death and burial of ones inborn spirit with rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak). As the children and offspring of GOD, born-again believers must “grow up again” and mature meeting life challenges upon the earth that include bereavement, comforting others, confession, enduring hardship, sharing, and overcoming suffering. All are to become “ripe” for harvest to be taken from the earth by Jesus Christ at his coming (i.e., the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).
There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood. (For example, mankind is to become a “new creation” through operations that may only be carried out and performed by the same Holy Spirit who fashioned the earth and the heaven. The sinner who receives the “life essence” (we say, breath, spirit, word) from Christ begins to experience gradual and permanent changes. This continuous transformation of the believer to exist as an immortal and incorruptible divine life companion will be completed as they are lifted up to meet the Lord in the air.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.
THE BLACK PHOENIX