(10/23/2015) Religion And Moral Progress?

Posted: October 23, 2015 in Christian Beliefs, Promises, Reconciliation, Religion, Revelation, Salvation, Scriptures, Sin, Spiritual Growth
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Scripture points are shared, today, to distinguish Christian belief and new life from mistaken notions of civilization, evolution, or moral and social progress.  For many, the attack against religious belief continues on the basis of their desire for a higher experience of freedom through self-will.  Yet, within created beings and living creatures, awareness and self-will can be dominated and directed through sin.  Correctly understood, sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, divinity, and the entire Creation that displays divine order through law.  Finite human tools such as intellect, logic, philosophy, and science have no power to eliminate sin.  Because only divine will is not subject to sin, mankind must turn to provisions from Deity for release and relief from sin, and its effects.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “xanas” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since April 17, 2013) posted the following:

Moral progress has not been because of religion, but in spite of it.?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:  18-22, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Evidence GOD Exists? (09/29/2015); The Preeminence of the Word (08/23/2015); To Err is Human? (07/24/2015); Christ Brought A New Nature? (07/15/2015); An Eternal Plan and Process (07/05/2015); The Decalogue A Moral Guide? (04/15/2015)

“xanas”, for many Christian believers, the focus is not upon concepts of social development, evolution, and progress to establish “civilization” so much as focus is upon permanent change (i.e., eternal life) through divine rebirth that deposits spirit content for a transformation of mankind at the Advent of Jesus Christ.  While “born again” Christians must continue upon the earth meeting the same life challenges as others, they are endowed to operate as citizens and representatives of a kingdom ruled by divinity through sacred law.  GOD is a spirit who operates using “essence” (we say, breath, spirit, utterance, word) that permits created beings and living creatures to exist in intimate relationship as children and heirs of divinity, where the living are more than merely abstractions or material objects.  What it is that mature Christians are to maintain in their living should become clearer as you consider the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  Hebrews 1:  1-4, 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 purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

(2.)  1st Peter 2:  1-3, KJV:  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

(3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh can not please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(4.)  Hebrews 6:  1, KJV:  1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection:  not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.

(5.)  1st Timothy 3:  16, KJV:  16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Romans 8:  14-17, KJV:  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For we have not received a spirit of bondage again to  fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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