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Topics, today, include laws of nature, science, and the World. Also, there is more on why disbelief is foolish. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “David G” (Level 5 with 8,424 points, a member since August 25, 2007) posted the following:

Is it true that God created nature’s laws, such as gravity?

THE BATTLE AXE: Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013)—Given the enormous benefit that may be gained, or the horrible loss that must be endured on the basis of one having or lacking right relationship with GOD, no truly intelligent person fails to investigate thoroughly for themselves the claims of GOD in Christ. People are accounted as foolish when not believing GOD, because the Divine Person maybe experienced as perfect in relationship, righteousness, and truth. The sacred motive of GOD to extend being and substance to mankind can be discovered, and correctly apprehended; and it may be known with certainty that in him there is no darkness at all. When speaking of atheism, disbelief and spiritual confusion, the word “foolish” is used to describe a broad mix of self-destructive attitudes, behaviors, character flaws and weaknesses. Included are arrogance, carelessness, ignorance, immaturity, imprudence, inattentiveness, indecisiveness, laziness, negligence, presumption, pride, recklessness, rigidity, sloppiness, slothfulness, and stubbornness.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. (1st Timothy 6: 3-5, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Dispatch 25: Comparing Spiritual Things (09/04/2011); Mankind’s World? (11/20/2010); For Our Sins? (11/21/2010); Things? (11/13/2010); Mealtime Grace (11/14/2010)

Most mature Christian believers hold that the many cycles, patterns, regularities and relationships that exist within the material context of human reality, in fact, have place as aspects of divine Creation. The World, a system describing the emotional, psychological, and social frameworks for human living, is man-made. The heaven and the earth have been created by GOD as an expression of divine being, eternal presence, and sacred purpose. However, the World has been created by mankind as an expression of human makeup, a tool for acquiring, exchanging, and replenishing resources, and an array of related devices to ensure human survival. Included are agriculture, finance, education, history, language, politics, science, and technology.

The process of the World relies heavily upon measuring, observing, recording, counterfeiting, and manipulating things created by GOD. Among the various goals of science is that mankind have detailed knowledge of the biosphere and environment wherein we experience our lives. While the aims of science also include being able to control, influence and predict the behavior of objects and continuing events, present human makeup will never allow mankind to “create something from nothing,” or bestow life upon any object totally void of organic substance.

The work of science that centers upon the discovery and statement of laws to describe nature uses such methods and materials as demographics, experimentation to test hypotheses, forecasting, population sampling, statistical analysis, and theory-building. Two of the most important issues are that (1) findings from science must be reliable (i.e., others who use the same approach, materials, etc. must obtain the same outcomes), and conferences, mass media, and other tools must be in place for dissemination (i.e., spreading new ideas, results from studies, etc.).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the divine spirit that presently exists within created beings and living creatures is also identified and documented using aspects of what is called the “scientific method.” Like the wind that cannot be seen, or tasted, and itself makes no sound yet is known by its action upon objects that are visible (e.g., a scrap of paper tossed, clouds being driven, trees bending), presence of the imparted, indwelling Spirit of Christ absolutely is known by the demonstrations of the church, and has been described in detail through the holy writings. Science insists upon denying the Spirit as a fit object for academic discussion and study, because there can be no control or manipulation of divinity. (So to speak, GOD may not come under science; science must come under GOD.) For, full and correct knowledge of GOD only comes by such divine operations as obedience, rebirth, repentance, trust, sanctification and submission to GOD.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

     Echoes of the often posed question from Scripture (what is man…?), and the value of human life are in view today.  Also, there is more on the condition of one who commits suicide.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “pepito” (Level 2 with 838 points, a member since January 2, 2011) posted the following:

If God is at the core of a person, what does that say about the price of humanity?
Seemingly so tiny, just a speck in all creation, that’s what we are… but isn’t god Himself eternally simple? Does one have to be grandiose and assuming to carry God within his heart? Or does God prefer the humble and sincere? What is the value of human life compared in terms of Christianity versus Atheism that only sees life as chain of material events?
“J’me pelle Rouge” : where you see nothing, I see eve erything.

THE BATTLE AXE:  Suffering for Suicide? (12/12/2012)—Suffering is a temporary condition that exists only among beings that have not completed their mortality.  In the same way suffering in the flesh is ended by death, suffering in judgment is ended by the second death.  Suffering is not “permanent” or “unending”; and there is no eternal suffering that will exist among (or be continually witnessed by) immortal beings.  In divine judgment, the actions, attitudes, behavior and life events for created beings and living creatures serve like letters of the alphabet that are fitted together and pattered to spell out words.  Ones spiritual condition, divine content and sacred substance are “spoken,” heard, and read as a kind of spirit language from their actual deeds, choices, and interpersonal exchanges.  Relationship for, through and with GOD generates living experience that is incorporated within the Word in the same way air from the lungs and vibrations of the vocal cords produce the phonemes and syllables that comprise speech and utterance.  Focus is not upon the noise or sound that is made; focus is on the meaning and value signified.  The time, place and manner of a person’s death have their weight in ones individual judgment only when properly fitted with all the many details of their birth, life, service, suffering, and worship.  More than simply narratives and sequences of carnal, material and social life are produced; an image and its name, like a photograph, that mirrors the spirit-being then emerges (see Revelation 3:  5 and 20:  12, KJV).  Elements we as humans might quickly describe as “suffering” may repeatedly be regarded as merely growth or service; and much of what we take to be reverence and worship, may be shown as void, and having no value at all.  (See Ezekiel 33:  30-33 and Matthew 7:  21-23, KJV.)  Divine forgiveness and the death of Jesus upon the cross do not dismiss sin, justify how a person may die, or give license for wrongdoing.  Rather, they promote the growth of divine spirit, repentance, and taking accountability for ones choices.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;  God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?  For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.  But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?  Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:  (Hebrews 2:  3-7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012); Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012); Son of Man (11/28/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012); Mankind’s World (11/20/2010); Filthy Rags? (11/19/2010); For Our Sin’s? (11/21/2010)

     With their eyes fixed upon Jesus as their redeemer and savior, the mature Christian believer sees both a duty and a privilege to place high value upon human life.  Almighty GOD is understood to be spirit; and he has appeared in flesh (we say, Incarnation) to further establish godly awareness and intention throughout the aspects of human experience.  The presence of mankind is essential to the full revelation of divine being, sacred process, eternal purpose, and sovereign truth.  How believers esteem, honor, respect and serve one another derives from (1) what GOD has bestowed as our endowment through creation, (2) the added supply of divine substance provided through the earthly and heavenly ministrations by Jesus Christ, and (3) from sacred knowledge of the human predicament, and the documented history of human makeup being transformed following Creation.
     Just as our the experience of the natural world would be incomplete without the many created beings, living creatures, planets, stars and waters, the universe is incomplete and unbalanced without mankind.  Those dwelling in heaven are neither mortal nor immortal.  Included are angels, sacred beasts, and other spirit-beings.  The Eternal GODhead (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is immortal and incorruptible, and continues to appear in varying forms that display spirit-person.  It is the excellence of mankind that humans acquire knowledge by life experience, may be edified, and may grow in accordance with divine law and godly presence.
     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the “simple” things of GOD are also always profound—that is, they have widespread application, consequences, depth, detail, and divine aspects that cannot be known except as revealed by GOD.  To those lacking insight, the birth, suffering, death, and burial of Jesus will appear as only another obscure and wretched life.  Through operation of the imparted, indwelling spirit (we say, the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth), treasures of everlasting glory are properly discerned and recognized.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC