Points are shared, today, focused upon divine judgment, mercy, and the operations of GOD in support of divine law and sacred utterance.  Divine mercy pertains to the awe, glory, grace, preeminence, righteousness, and sovereign prerogative of GOD.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers UK & Ireland” using the ID “Anonymous” (required profile information not shared) posted the following:

Why is god so mercyless?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,  The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.  Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.  And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word:  But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.  Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;  Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:  But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.  (Numbers 14:  17-24, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Harden Not Your Hearts? (09/08/2014); Why Believers Fear (09/09/2014); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Cruel and Offensive (07/24/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014); Stoning in the OT? (06/07/2014); Bible Justice? (01/26/2014); GOD Inhabits Praise (01/27/2014); The "Lake of Mercy" (11/03/2012); Seeking and Being Sought (11/04/2012)

“Anonymous”, as shown in the Scriptures by GOD’s proclamation of his name (i.e., deeds, reputation) to Moses, Christian believers have been taught the issue is not that GOD is merciless, rather that men do not correctly grasp the meaning, need for, and value of mercy as aspects of full divine revelation.  Here are some points that have been useful to Christian believers:

(1.)  The authority, power, and sovereign majesty of divinity are demonstrated and shown through the beauty, diversity and richness of Creation.  The goodness, enduring love, and righteousness of Deity are made known and visible by other sacred operations that include atonement, cleansing, comfort, healing, forbearance, forgiveness, Incarnation, Judgment, rebirth, and sanctification.

(2.)  The GOD we serve is “the Father of mercies;” see 2nd Corinthians 1:  3, King James Version (KJV).  It is inarguable, immutable and non-negotiable that GOD has declared his functioning, nature and process to be that for a “God of Judgment,” and one who judges.  Mercy is a rubric (we say, required defining feature) that establishes the presence of divine grace.

(3.)  Mercy is distinct from compassion and pity, for divine mercy appears primarily through formal process and sacred operation (i.e., Judgment), not emotions, sentiment, and social interaction.  Thus, just as we might say, No appearing in court, no verdict of “not guilty” or “time served;” we may correctly say, No judgment, no mercy.  Beyond punishment, the outcomes of judgment include correction, dismissal of all charges (i.e., “case dismissed”) as well as full restoration.

(4.)  Judgment is the assigning weight and value for comparing and contrasting statements offered as having truth (e.g., confession, corroboration, substantiation, testimony, witness); the resolving of conflicts and settling of disputes through applications of divine law; and the acknowledgment and determination of the divine nature within created beings and living creatures along with their fitness as eternal companions to GOD.

(5.)  Judgment is a continuous, ongoing process, not a one-time event.  The people of GOD receive the mercy to Abraham (see Micah 7:  20, KJV), the sure mercies that were shown to David (see Acts 13:  33-35, KJV), and new mercies every day (see Lamentations 3:  22-24, KJV).

There is much more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (6.)  Because of mercy, the harshness of the demand that lawful judgment be exact and precise is softened.  Even so, all sacred judgment will convey balance as well as impartiality, thoroughness, truth, and wisdom.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, Scripture points are shared on the anointing and spiritual vocation of Christ as judge, priest, prophet and king.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers India” using the ID “Diane” (Level 6 with 15,926 points, a member since June 30, 2013) posted the following:

What does the Bible mean by "partakers of the HEAVENLY calling" at Hebrews 3:1-6?

Update: And does it not say God MADE Jesus and compares him to Moses?

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; He was faithful to Him who made him, as Moses also was in all His house.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  (2nd Peter 1:  2-11, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Few Are Chosen (07/06/2015); Why the Jews Were Called Out? (06/15/2015); Consecrated in Christ? (06/21/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014); The Bible is Unchanging? (03/23/2014); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); Lawful Revenge? (01/02/2014); Life Given By Knowledge? (04/03/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013)

“Diane”, throughout the book of Hebrews the role of Jesus as an eternal High Priest is described as having been portrayed upon the earth—not through the figure of Moses—through the tabernacle service, and priesthood granted to Aaron.  Here are a few points from the Scriptures that have helped many Christian believers grasp the full meaning of the teachings from Hebrews:

(1.)  Hebrews 1:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

(2.)  Ephesians 4:  10-12, KJV:  10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)  11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

(3.)  Hebrews 5:  1-4, KJV:  1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:  2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.  3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.  4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

(4.)  Hebrews 5:  5-6, KJV:  5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.  6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

(5.)  Hebrews 5:  8-10, KJV:  8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;  9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;  10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

(6.)  Colossians 1:  10-14, KJV:  10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

(7.)  Revelation 17:  12-14, KJV:  12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.  13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.  14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them:  for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings:  and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

There is much more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (8.)  Hebrews 3:  14, KJV:  14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;)  Even so, I trust this collection of verses will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Scripture points are shared considering blame, Satan, and the cause, nature and origin of sin.  For Christian believers, divine love, rebirth, new life, and salvation are more to be themes for focus than damnation, darkness, sin, and wickedness.  Before acquiring correct sacred knowledge from the holy writings, many mistakenly believe that Satan disguised as a serpent was the creator of all sin and wickedness, particularly among mankind and upon the earth.  However, sin first emerged separate from desire (i.e., no one asked for it, or craved it), and operated as corruption (we say, decay, defilement, rot) within the holy angels of heaven.  At first hidden and invisible, sin became revealed through attitudes, behavior, conduct, utterance, and  orientation.  While sin is often described using organic characteristics and forms of human behavior, and emotion (e.g., ambition, envy, greed, hate, malice, possessiveness, pride, selfishness, violence), in fact, sin is abstract and intangible, akin to the chaos, vanity, and lack of divine substance that existed before Creation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Hercules” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since May 21, 2013) posted the following:

Who tempted the devil to be sinful? Don’t say he had free will because that nullifies any need for mankind to have a tempter to commit sin?

…unless you’re claiming that angelic free will is somehow different to human free will, which, as far as I’m aware isn’t mentioned anywhere in scripture

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.  And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee:  is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?  Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.  And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.  And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.  And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee:  for they are men wondered at:  for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the Branch.  For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes:  behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.  In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.  (Zechariah 3:  1-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Only Divine Spirit Exists? (06/09/2015); Sin As Our Inheritance? (06/08/2015); Is Sin a Matter of Temptation? (04/22/2015); The Testing of Job? (10/06/2014); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014); The Ruler Of the Earth? (05/01/2014); Parables About the Kingdom? (05/02/2014)

“Hercules”, Christian believers first must receive the imparted, indwelling Spirit from the makeup of GOD to correctly apprehend as spiritual truth the cause, nature and origin of sin as presented within the holy writings.  While various operations that serve as the divine response to sin have been completed by Jesus Christ as a single aspect of full divinity, it is an error to think one may simply place “the blame” for sin upon any single individual, or to think sin may be eliminated or removed without permanent change as an alternative to total upheaval.  Sin is the transgression of the law, where law is the expressed will of GOD.  While sin has not been created or put forth by divinity, sin behaves as a non-material, non-spirit influence upon awareness and self-will within the created.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the law giver, and all divine order established through sacred law.  Sin is not a living entity, contains no spirit matter from GOD, yet, displays direction, effect, and presence.  In a sense, sin is self-destructive and sin does not exist; however, sin pertains to aspects of full existence (e.g., duration, form, inclusion, person, presence, substance); divine intent and eternal purpose; and the broad spectrum of sacred operations (e.g., acknowledgement, assigning value (we say, judgment), atonement, birth, commandment, death, incarnation, rebirth, sanctification, utterance).  Many fear Satan will be the accuser of mankind in final judgment.  However, Satan already will have been cast into the Lake of Fire; and only ones own deeds recorded within the Books of Life will accuse or commend them as they answer before the throne of Grace.  Here are a few points from the Bible that Christians rely upon to avoid error and spiritual confusion regarding Satan and sin:

(1.)  Ezekiel 28:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned:  therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God:  and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:  I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.  18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

(2.)  John 8:  43-45, KJV:  43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.  44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:  for he is a liar, and the father of it.  45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

(3.)  2nd Timothy 2:  22-26, KJV:  22 Flee also youthful lusts:  but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.  24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

There is much more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (4.)  Ephesians 2:  1-6, KJV:  1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:)  Even so, I trust this small collection of verses will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, Scripture points are shared to clarify teachings on physical and spiritual blindness, darkness, and ignorance.  A writer using the ID “Breakthrough” at “Yahoo! Answers” (Level 6 with 11,933 points, a member since June 29, 2013) posted the following:

Why did Jesus say this?

I came that those who are blind may see and those who see may become blind.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?  Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.  Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.  Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents:  I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.  Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.  (Jeremiah 2:  31-35, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Christ the Son of David? (06/12/2015); Living In The Light? (01/18/2015); By Inspiration of GOD (10/27/2013); Night Cometh (06/11/2013); Missing Information? (06/12/2013)

“Breakthrough”, for Christian believers blindness is more than a condition of the flesh wherein one is unable to see correctly using their physical organs for sight (i.e., their eyes).  Blindness is a condition describing the spirit content within created beings and living creatures whereby life experience and continued existence become characterized as darkness, ignorance, and lack of complete and correct sacred knowledge.  Those labeled as “blind” are those lacking faith, humility and meekness (readiness and willingness to be taught by GOD).  By their spiritual condition, the blind are separated from those who are sanctified (we say, set apart for holy service), and are unable to distinguish or identify authentic love, prophecy, revelation, and visitation.  Jesus Christ used healing the blind to demonstrate his power over operations within the natural world and his authority to forgive sin as well as to provide correction, mercy and salvation in judgment.  Here are a few points to consider that are provided by divinity through the holy writings, and relied upon by Christian believers:

(1.)  1st John 1:  5-7, King James Version (KJV):  5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

(2.)  1st John 2:  10-11, KJV:  10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.  11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

(3.)  Isaiah 42:  6-8, KJV:  6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;  7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.  8 I am the LORD:  that is my name:  and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

(4.)  Leviticus 5:  14-17, KJV:  14 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  15 If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering.  16 And he shall make amends for the harm that he hath done in the holy thing, and shall add the fifth part thereto, and give it unto the priest:  and the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him.  17 And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.

(5.)  John 8:  12-16, KJV:  12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:  he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.  14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true:  for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.  15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.  16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true:  for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

(6.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  3-5, KJV:  3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  4 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.  5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

There is much more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (7.)  John 9:  39-41, KJV:  39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?  41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin:  but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.)  Even so, I trust this small collection of verses will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Scripture points are shared, today, discussing atonement, condemnation, grace, and sin.  A fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” using the ID “D” (Level 4 with 3,185 points, a member since February 10, 2014) posted the following:

When someone says "we’re all sinners", how am I supposed to react to that?

The term "sinning" covers everything from lying about how someone looks in their pants (their *** doesn’t look fat) to genocide.

Am I really supposed to react with relief when someone admits that everyone commits social "crimes" against one another?

In light of my knowledge of self-justification and how one of the best ways to dismiss all of your own dissonant acts is by saying everybody does it (IE it’s not a big deal, everybody lies about some things), it really doesn’t make me feel good when I hear "we’re all sinners".

Then again, if people actually thought critically about their religions, there’d be no religious people.

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.  (Ezekiel 18:  20-24, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  How Can One Man Die? (02/09/2015); The Sin Covered By Salvation? (12/28/2014); Mortality Is Required Because of Sin (12/29/2014); All Sins Are Equal? (06/25/2014); Sanctify Yourselves? (06/26/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014)

“D”, efforts to identify the most effective ideas and wisdom for human survival have led to descriptions of fixed and recurring conditions, and limitations that clarify the nature, process, and substance for mankind upon the earth.  As tools to fit us to life experience, Christian believers are given sacred knowledge and made alert to various aspects of the human predicament that include (1) each individual is capable of displaying an animal, human, or divine nature, (2) awareness and self-will may be determined, influenced and shaped by carnal, material, social and spirit events or objects, and (3) such finite tools as history, logic, philosophy, science, and technology developed by mankind (we say, the world) are not enough to eliminate the causes of human error, sin, and wickedness.  Believers understand that those having a personal relationship with divinity through Jesus Christ are permanently changed and transformed to experience life within the sphere of divine grace (i.e., as though all sin already has been removed).  Here are a few points from the holy writings that believers are encouraged to consider:

(1.)  Romans 3:  23, King James Version (KJV):  23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

(2.)  Romans 6:  23, KJV:  23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(3.)  2nd Chronicles 7:  14, KJV:  14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

(4.)  Romans 5:  14-17, KJV:  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift:  for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

(5.)  Numbers 15:  27-29, KJV:  27 And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering.  28 And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.  29 Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (6.)  Romans 5:  1-5, KJV:  1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also:  knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Scripture points are shared, today, to clarify King Solomon’s prophetic use of the terms vain, vanity, and under the sun.  Solomon, Job, Jeremiah and others throughout the holy writings take up the themes of aging, life’s brevity, arbitrary change (we also say, evil; unasked for, unintended, unnecessary, unplanned change), death, inheritance, mortality, and sin as fixed conditions that introduce despair, frustration, injustice, imbalance, impracticality, and ungodliness.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Risa” (Level 2 with 982 points, a member since January 18, 2010) posted the following:

What did Solomon mean when saying that everything is vanity under the sun?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.  For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.  Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing:  this hath more rest than the other.  Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good:  do not all go to one place?  All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.  For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?  Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire:  this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.  That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man:  neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.  Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?  For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?  (Ecclesiastes 6:  3-12, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Gift of Life Despised? (10/13/2014); The Life That Endures (10/14/2014); Errors of King Solomon? (06/13/2013); Salvation for Atheists? (06/14/2013)

“Risa”, in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, doctrines, events, objects, persons, things, and traditions labeled vain lack divine spirit substance, therefore, they are ephemeral, fruitless, pointless, short-lived, temporary, transient, unable to provide salvation or satisfaction, unproductive, and a waste of time.  A vanity may be an idol or man-made object that is worshiped as containing a god, or serving as its agent and representative.  The phrase under the sun means throughout the earth, everywhere within the sphere of life for mankind, among the living.  Despite what appears to be a rant from the King, Solomon is called “the Preacher” because, in addition to prophetically describing the human predicament—that apart from the Creator, the creation is finite, limited, and without eternal purpose—Solomon points out the brevity, injustice, and repeated frustration of mankind’s expectations generated by flesh (i.e., appetite, sensation, emotion/mental functions, mortality).   Following are some Scriptures to consider for a complete Christian understanding of Ecclesiastes and other writings where the terms vain and vanity appear:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 5:  11, KJV:  11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain:  for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 32:  45-47, KJV:  45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel:  46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.  47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life:  and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

(3.)  1st Samuel 12:  20-22, KJV:  20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not:  ye have done all this wickedness:  yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;  21 And turn ye not aside:  for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.  22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake:  because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

(4.)  Psalms 89:  46-48, KJV:  46 How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?  47 Remember how short my time is:  wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?  48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

(5.)  1st Corinthians 15:  12-15, KJV:  12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ:  whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

(6.)  James 1:  25-27, KJV:  25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.  26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.  27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (7.)  Jeremiah 10:  14-16, KJV:  14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge:  every founder is confounded by the graven image:  for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.  15 They are vanity, and the work of errors:  in the time of their visitation they shall perish.  16 The portion of Jacob is not like them:  for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance:  The LORD of hosts is his name.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, Scripture points are shared specifically forbidding worship of the sun, moon, and planets.  Because they are also called the host of heaven, many confuse the astronomical bodies with the holy angels, who are also called “stars” and “the heavenly host.”  Those who properly understand and practice the sacred law, recognize that the same principles and rules that forbid exalting divinely created beings, living creatures, and physical objects appearing in the sky (including asteroids, cloud formations, comets, constellations, falling stars, galaxies, meteors, and nebulae) also extend to terrestrial and earthly bodies (including the errors of worshiping breast size, skin color (we say, lightness, pigment, race, tan), gender, genitals, or acts of fornication as with nymphomania, penis envy, sexual addiction, and worship of the lingam and yoni, the womb and phallus).  Believers in GOD are to avoid all disproportion, exaggeration and imbalance for things carnal, material, social and psychological that contend against conviction, faith, divine law, and Spirit.  All the covenant agreements and sacred law from divinity require devotion and worship be only to the true and living GOD.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (profile information not shared) posted the following:

If God created the Sun, why is sun worship wrong?

If God created the universe and all of the planets in it.. why is it wrong to worship the biggest planet that gives us light if we are aware that god made it..how is that wrong?

And what consitutes as worship?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,  And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down:  for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee:  and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:  for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.  (Matthew 4:  1-11, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Meaning not the Object (05/26/2015); Divine Law for Mankind? (07/29/2014); Divine Law Speaks of Spirit? (07/30/2014); The Meaning of Worship? (07/09/2014); To Serve GOD Acceptably (07/10/2014); Worship Him? (02/12/2014); What is Worship? (10/18/2010); No Free Will (10/19/2010)

“Anonymous”, some of the most serious admonitions and warnings from the holy writings pertain to the wrath of GOD against giving glory to idols that is properly due to Deity, and  worship promoting false gods.  Here are a few of the answers shared among those taking responsibility as Christian believers, who acknowledge GOD by obedience to the spirit of his word, and rely upon sacred responses published from GOD as aspects of full divine revelation:

(1.)  Exodus 20:  2-4, King James Version (KJV):  2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 4:  15-19, KJV:  15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:  16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,  17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,  18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:  19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.

(3.)  Deuteronomy 17:  2-5, KJV:  2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant,  3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;  4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:  5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

(4.)  Ezekiel 8:  15-17, KJV:  15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.  16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.  17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger:  and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

(5.)  Jeremiah 8:  1-3, KJV:  1 At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves:  2 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped:  they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth.  3 And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

(6.)  Job 31:  24-28, KJV:  24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;  25 If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;  26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;  27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:  28 This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge:  for I should have denied the God that is above.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (7.)  Romans 1:  20-25, KJV:  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC