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     Adam and Eve, corruption, and answer to the charge that the Creation of GOD was imperfect are featured, today. Also, there is more on the importance of Julius Caesar as a symbol in Christian belief. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Jack” (Level 1 with 90 points, a member since November 8, 2012) posted the following:

Didn’t Adam and Eve sin before eating the fruit?

God apparently told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and when the serpent came and convinced Eve to eat the fruit, she disobeyed god and ate it anyway. Isn’t disobediance to your authority figures considered sin? So apparently Adam and Eve weren’t so perfect to begin with, because if they were they wouldn’t have rebelled.

THE BATTLE AXE: Unto Caesar…? (11/09/2012)—Within the framework of the Scriptures, Julius Caesar is a symbol and a “type” representing the material world as well as the belief system created by mankind called “humanism”, “secular reality,” “spiritual confusion” and “the world.” Like Pharaoh, or Saul, Jeroboam, and Herod (earthly kings who disobeyed GOD and violated the Mosaic covenant), Julius Caesar, Nero and others portray government marked by corruption, decadence, and pride; and are figures of the Adversary, Satan. When challenged on the point of paying tribute to Caesar, Jesus made a peculiar re-statement of the law declared through Moses, and thereby addressed divine inheritance, the giving of sacrifice and tithes as well as the sovereignty of Almighty GOD (see Deuteronomy 12: 1-16, King James Version).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (1st Corinthians 15: 45-49, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Sin Inherited? (01/22/2012); Trouble For The Good? (01/15/2012); Binder 35: Whom The Lord Loveth (11/01/2011); Binder 14: The Day That GOD Created (10/11/2011); Dispatch 16: The Ally (Wounded) 08/24/2011; Adam Saved? (12/03/2010)

     Many mature Christian believers now understand that neither GOD nor mankind may be mocked as imperfect because of sin. Using only human knowledge, skills, and talents, mankind cannot eliminate sin. Sin pertains to actualities of existence, and goes beyond behavior, conduct and thought. Sin is not a created thing, and has neither dimension, purpose, or divine substance. Even so, sin has direction, effect and presence, and may dominate the self-will of created beings and living creatures.

     Sin—corruption, decay that operates as opposition to holiness, divine law, and the existence of GOD—was first realized as present among the angels, whose endowment of knowledge included sacred truth, praise, service and worship while providing no information on the operations of sin, repentance from sin, and the destruction of being that results by sin. Sin emerged despite the innocence and purity that described content of the angels. Sin is not an expression of, nor may sin control or influence the will of Divine Person. Because sin is immaterial, foreign to all being, and insubstantial, sin cannot be known through discursive thought and foreknowledge.

     Among the various aspects that comprise life for the living, there must be a continuous acknowledgment of GOD along with animation, consciousness, person, presence, purpose, and self-will. Divine substance deposited within mankind establishes humanity and the “living soul.” The recovery of mankind from “non-existent” yet devastating sin, demands a broad range of sacred processes. Included are birth, death, judgment, repentance, rebirth, resurrection, and salvation.

     Such language as disobedience, evil, iniquity and rebellion is used among developing believers like “mama” and “dada” are used among children in the first stages of language acquisition. Simple ideas and natural speech must be used to communicate sacred relationship and spiritual realities that are profound (i.e., deep; all-encompassing and far-reaching in application, and consequence): Before Eve ate, she looked, she imagined, she formulated a desire, and she yielded to curiosity. Eve forgot both Adam and GOD, placed trust in an Adversary as if he were equal to GOD, and discounted the word from GOD that was law. Both the law and the punish for its violation were determined and proclaimed long before Eve made choice to commit any error.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, with GOD, Creation is not a one-time event. The excellence of mankind is that, as the centerpiece of Creation, mankind conveys the image of GOD, and proclaims the sacred truth that divinity is immortal, immutable and unchanging, yet is capable of operating as continuous and progressive.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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      Conquest, tribute and taxes are in view, today, as I focus on Julius Caesar and his importance as a symbol for Christian believers. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Milwaukee Wis King” (Level 1 with 37 points, a member since March 25, 2009) posted the following:

Give to Cesar what belongs to Cesar?….what does that mean?

Was Jesus talking about Julius Cesar? Help me understand what he mean by that

THE BATTLE AXE: On Asking Why (11/08/2012)—The revelation of GOD to created beings and living creatures continues as difficult to comprehend where we hold to secular ideas of reality that are merely emotional, intellectual, psychological and social truth. GOD is a spirit, and is known through (1) acts of divine will regarded as intervention and rule (e.g., creation, judgment and miracles); (2) the imparted substance of sacred person (e.g., faith, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, wisdom and wrath against sin); (3) devices the living value such as flesh, matter, and events in the natural world; and (4) operations of the imparted, indwelling spirit made visible within the lives of those reborn through Jesus Christ (e.g., forgiveness, prophesying, repentance and worship).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God. (Joshua 24: 14-18, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Priesthood of Kings (10/17/2012); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); Upon This Rock (02/21/2012); Dispatch 33: The Lamb of GOD (09/12/2011); Dispatch 11: Peace (Hand in Hand) 08/19/2011; Dispatch 10: Peace (Lovingkindnesses) 08/18/2011; Finders, Keepers? (01/26/2011); Girdle 36: Worthy Is The Lamb (12/21/2011)

     Many mature Christian believers trust that, were Jesus here, today, and would answer your question, he would share something like the following:

      Julius Caesar (and the long line of earthly rulers that followed in the mold cast by the Macedonians, Greeks, and Romans) represents all mankind. Caesar became prominent as a military commander entrusted with the defense of a nation, and was first called “emperor” as one who protects, rather than as one who rules. Rome was not the first to assume the goal of “one-world empire” that can be traced back to Nimrod (the founder of Babel, later called Babylon). The Egyptians were one of the first, most successful countries bent upon assimilation of smaller states, and expansion of their control over resources in neighboring territories. Egypt influenced the culture, economy and quality of life for every organized community in the then known world. More than this, Egypt became the center of spiritual confusion upon the earth.

      Like the individual who reigned as Pharaoh, the man who reigned as Caesar always demanded tribute. Tribute, not taxes, is the due of the military conqueror, and is accounted as “honor” and “respect.” Tribute is the admission of ones own limitation and weakness; and is little different than the payment one gives to a bully in order to avoid a beating. Saying this another way, tribute is more in the nature of extortion than civic duty and support of the existing government.

      Despite bitter experiences of captivity (i.e., relocation to populate and provide skills within enemy nations), by the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, and others who sought to rule the world as monarchs through dominant empires, the Jews continued in covenant to Almighty GOD. This enabled the Jews to throw off much of the idolatry, superstition, and unbelief they encountered. By returning to their roots, acknowledging and performing the law, and pursuing the things proclaimed, promised and prophesied from the Father, the Jews repeatedly were restored to their ancestral homes, and continued to receive evidences of divine care and keeping.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, as many rulers of that time, Julius Caesar claimed to be descended from the gods of Rome, and therefore built a temple where prayers and worship of his own divinity would be practiced. Caesar declared himself a god.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.