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      Various understandings of the holocaust are considered, and there is more on the value of human life. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Jellytot” (Level 2 with 461 points, a member since October 31, 2011) posted the following:

How should the holocaust be remembered?

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THE BATTLE AXE: The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012)—The birth, death, resurrection, and eternal continuance of GOD in a human form through the person of Jesus Christ proclaims that Almighty GOD places an enormous value upon mankind. Full definition for both “humanity” and “life” also must describe the impact, presence and operation of divinity through and upon what mankind has been, now is, and will become. The quality of human existence emerges through divine abundance, diversity, joy, the beauty of the natural world, and the range of possibility within Creation. Before GOD, control, dominance, ownership and power are less relevant to the beauty of mankind. With this in view, we may say the people of GOD are marked by self-respect without the exaggerations of pride. Human worth should not be understood only in the terms of accomplishments, ambition, behavior, desire, destiny, personal goals, and predetermined fate. Academic history centered upon conflict and discovery are not enough to display the highest levels whereby humanity merits esteem. Limits from circumstances and material conditions may be exceeded and transcended through the divine content that resides within an individual. We find it is a principle for valuing others within human relationships that even the errors of a child, as he speaks his first words or takes his first steps, are precious and further bind them to their parents and others. Sacred authority, holy person, and sovereign wisdom permit human excellence among those who praise, serve and worship despite mortality, poverty, sickness and suffering. Mankind is priceless when functioning as a jewel of Creation that emits and makes visible the spectrum of divine grace.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven. And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law: So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up after you, and the stranger that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses which the LORD hath laid upon it; And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath: Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger? Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt: For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them: (Deuteronomy 29: 18-26, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Content of Prayer (01/29/2012); Dispatch 17: The Ally (In Heaven (08/25/2011); Dispatch 9: Peace (Peace, Peace) 08/17/2011; Tragedy? (10/23/2010)

      Much confusion now surrounds the holocaust; and there is no agreement upon its most important benefits and lessons to humankind. For many of us, the holocaust was merely a geopolitical event having global consequences, and a peculiar tragedy that is recorded in world history. The idea that the holocaust was only a cultural experience of a peculiar ethnic group is broadly held. By contrast, there are many who understand the Shoah as having been a demonstration of human faith, how suffering is overcome, the spirit of survival, and the ultimate triumph of righteousness. Also, many hold that the holocaust must be recognized as a judgment of GOD to warn mankind against lawlessness, rebellion and sin.

      For believers in Jesus Christ as Messiah, Redeemer, and Savior, the spiritual significance of the holocaust has to be seen in harmony with sacred history as recorded in the holy writings (e.g., the Old Testament, the Torah, and the Gospel). The holocaust must be accepted as a further appearance of continuing covenant and divinity whereby Almighty GOD is revealed as immutable and unchanging in spite of human process, purpose and suffering. To view the holocaust apart from the imperatives for life generated by GOD is to deny that human potential includes a capacity to express the divine nature. Men become no different than animals and material objects; and a significant dimension for full being and person will be dismissed, neglected and undernourished.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, for those who are in covenant, a day of active atonement is more appropriate than observing a passive memorial day or national day of mourning to remember the holocaust. There is no further need for a holiday of self-indulgence, and the putting away of ones usual duties. Instead, there ought to be activity, service and submission that produce change, understanding and unity.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

      Angels, foreknowledge, Lucifer and sin are topics, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “mermaid” (Level 7 with 41,005 points, a member since July 2, 2010) posted the following:

If God is omniscient, then wouldn’t he have already have known that satan would disobey him?

THE BATTLE AXE: The Gender of Angels? (10/09/2012)—While angels are portrayed in popular culture (movies, television, etc.) as the souls or living spirits of dead humans, the Scriptures only describe angels as unique beings different from animals, men and sacred beasts. Secular media produced for amusement and entertainment often presents the idea of romantic and sexual encounters between humans and angels. This, in turn, encourages the idea that there have been children in the earth that were the offspring of mankind and angels. There is no sacred teaching to that effect; and the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not include any such doctrine. At their creation the angels received the full endowment of knowledge they would use throughout their lifetime. Also, the numberless count of angels has been constant from the time of their creation; they do not multiply or reproduce. The knowledge of angels is finite, and does not expand or grow by reflection and new experience. Free from mortality, and the frameworks of time and space, for angels the depth, tone, and texture of self-awareness is different from that seen for mankind. Unlike “ghosts” and shades of the dead, that are immaterial and may walk through walls, angels are believed to be substantial. Sin was first found among the angels, and did not originate with mankind. Angels are understood as serving at different levels and ranks (e.g., powers, dominions, thrones) fixed as divine order. However, there is no indication of movement or promotions within the hierarchy. As departures from divine will, such elements as ambition, defiance, envy, and willfulness among the holy angels are seen as corruption, rebellion and uncleanness.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 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. 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. (Ezekiel 28: 13-17, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Coveting The Throne (03/07/2012); Girdle 32: Worship GOD (12/17/2011)

     Many mature Christian believers are willing to carefully consider the following:
The issues of sin are to be understood as distinct from the issues of divine knowledge. Foreknowledge, omniscience, self-awareness, truth, and wisdom are in the nature of sacred substance, not data, facts and information. As aspects of hallowed person, these sacred substances are inseparable from other divine content; and where you find one, you find them all, so to speak. Included are faith, joy, holiness, humility, love, righteousness, and wrath against sin. Saying this another way: the ingredients that fit together and make existence are very different from those that segment and sequence ones awareness of temporal events. Sin is a mystery (i.e., hidden or secret knowledge shared only with those who are initiated; unknown) for created beings and living creatures; and this is very likely due to sin having no substance to establish its independent existence.
     Sin is not a “thing” made from elements of carnal, material, or spirit reality. Sin has not been created by GOD. Sin is not made of divine and living spirit; yet, sin is an influence having direction, effect and presence. Sin may dominate the awareness and will of the created, however, sin has no control or power over the will that resides in Almighty GOD.

      All the holy angels were endowed with consciousness, knowledge and sentience at the time of their creation. The entire provision that they would use throughout their timeless functioning was supplied in their very beginning. Unlike mankind, angels do not change and grow by acquiring knowledge, and learning from experience. Sin was not known within GOD, and was not to be known within the angels as a truth deposited by GOD. When sin was discovered to be among them (through the arguments of Lucifer against divine law and judgment), the angels could not comprehend an end or outcome to the foreign and invisible “non-thing” among themselves.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, Lucifer, a prince and ruler in the heavens, did not think in terms of disobeying or rebelling against authority. Rather, he presumed, that is, claimed authority in a peculiar way that communicated no respect, and reverence. Sin opposes the existence of GOD, of divine law, and of all that GOD has created; and, therefore, GOD cannot tolerate sin.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC