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Today, focus is on admonition, covetousness, and the range of sacred operations required to oppose sin.  Correctly understood, the living, and the things of the material and natural world have been created to express and serve the will of the Creator, not merely their own self-will.  It should not be disturbing or surprising, then, that the immortal, invisible Creator of heaven and earth might use animals, angels, the sun, moon, and stars to communicate and intercede with his own finite created beings and living creatures.  What should be thought startling and strange is that the hearts and minds of many are blinded by the flesh and the world so that they can not receive the plain guidance, instruction, warnings and testimonies from the Bible, or shared by those endowed with faith through Jesus Christ.  In the account of Balaam, who was spoken to by an ass, the seer himself regularly experienced unusual events, and often was relied on as the one to give counsel to others when they were challenged and confused by strange occurrences.  The ass had to speak to counter Balaam’s hardness of heart.  Similarly, discernment and sacred knowledge are bestowed on the apostles, prophets, mature believers, and the disciples of Jesus Christ to enable their correct response to the active presence who is GOD.  Consider again the following:  Hebrews 5:  12-14, King James Version (KJV):  12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.  13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness:  for he is a babe.  14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Christian. Is the commandment to not covet your neighbour’s donkey referring to one of those magical talking donkeys that you all believe in?

Because I must admit, those are some pretty good donkeys!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?  And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me:  I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.  And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? and he said, Nay.  Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand:  and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.  And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:  And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times:  unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.  And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me:  now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.  And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men:  but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.  And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to meet him unto a city of Moab, which is in the border of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast.  And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I not able indeed to promote thee to honour?  And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee:  have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak.  (Number 22:  28-38, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divinity Appears Using Form (07/26/2017); The Sin of Witchcraft? (01/24/2017); When the Donkey Speaks? (11/03/2016); On Really Seeing Angels (10/09/2016); Getting It Right About Angels (05/10/2015); Harden Not Your Hearts? (09/08/2014);Why Believers Fear (09/09/2014); Hardness of Heart? (11/24/2013); Prayer on Behalf of Others? (11/25/2013); Balaam (10/15/2013); About Sabbath (10/16/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, none of the many sacred operations carried out by GOD to cleanse, defend, heal, and maintain ongoing relationships with the living involve “magic”.  Establishing godliness within created beings and living creatures now demand such elements as acquiring sacred knowledge, forgiveness, growth, completing mortality (death), rebirth, resurrection, ripening for harvest, and sanctification.  The Spirit of GOD that put forth heaven, the earth, and Creation continues to gradually introduce permanent changes in the spirit content of sinners that include multiple subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; sudden shifts in meaning, quality, and value), and that remain unseen to those who lack discernment.

Many fail to grasp that covetousness only appears as a transgression of divine law (we say, sin).  All sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Law Giver, and divine order throughout the spheres of life.  It has not been a divine intent or eternal purpose that the living exist with their consciousness and self-will dominated by sin, and responding to an uninterrupted stream of desire.  Sin promotes destruction, nonexistence, and a return to the conditions in place before the founding of heaven and earth.  Even so, the living often accept sin as natural, normal, and in no way contrary to their own character and makeup.

In the same way divine law has been provided for guidance and instruction against sin, the account of the “talking donkey” is supplied for those who are immersed in carnal, material, secular and social realities.  Balaam was a genuine  seer (in the Bible, the early name for a prophet).  In addition to genuine prophecy from GOD that may have included visitations by angels, Balaam also may have indulged the occult through ignorance, innocence, and exaggerated pride.  Thus, a very graphic and strong warning had to be made against the self-will of Balaam and how he might support the enemies of Moses.  (Ask yourself:  Where my own self-will would be directed against the sovereign will of GOD, would it be enough for me to be answered on the Internet by a stranger (some jackass) answering in faith and love to Jesus Christ, or would I need something “extreme”, magical, and occult to be admonished and corrected by GOD?  Would GOD have to use with me what he uses for those having hardened minds and hearts?)

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  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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MATTHEW 6:  33, King James Version (KJV)

 

Today, correction, homosexual pleasure, and the nature of divine love are considered again.  Humans are not condemned and despised by divinity simply for displaying emotional, psychological, and sexual desires and needs.  There can be no sexual freedom without there also being accountability; and growth to having a full sexual maturity acceptable to Deity is possible.  For those on the earth, becoming perfected as those who belong to GOD is never simple without also being profound.  Even so, the created are not to despair, give up, or quit seeking to know the Creator within their own lives.  Believers are to fight the good fight of faith.  Many aspects of sexuality gradually draw a person in and suddenly overwhelms them.  Yet, sexual activity is a gift from GOD that can impart joy, and—carefully applied like every other strong medicine not to be abused or overly relied upon—can release us from depression, fear, isolation, certain forms of sickness, and sorrow.  Just as sexual joining can result in improved circulation and an increased heart rate, sharing sexual contact can result in permanently binding spirits to complement, edify, heal, and reinforce one another.  Because casual sex is not focused on reproduction and producing a holy seed (e.g., adultery, masturbation, pre-marital longings, same sex entanglements), sexual excitement not shared with ones life companion and sanctified partner is imperfect, and serves as a divine tool cautioning sinners to apprehend their need for repentance and reconciliation to GOD.  In the same way, the living may not answer GOD in judgment to justify sin with the explanation “I was dying of thirst” or “I had not eaten for days,” though it may be the truth to say “I was sexually aroused,” “my “normal” sexual appetite and overactive hormones made me do it,” or “I could not resist my urges,” such words will not be enough to turn away divine disfavor.  The honest replies from divinity might well include, “you  did not confess it to me,” “when you saw the condition was not changed, you did not importune in prayer for relief, or strength to bear it.”  It is sin to neglect divinely assigned duty, promote self-will above divine will, deny GOD because of what we desire or feel, and to shut GOD out as though he is the enemy.  A female fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Singapore) using “Anonymous” as her ID (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

How is God a loving parent by administering punishment just because I choose to give into homosexual urges?

All I want to do is feel good. I want to feel amazing. And homosexuality (or lesbianism, since I’m a woman) gives me that.

I get punished for wanting to feel great pleasure? I’m perfectly normal, my desires are perfectly healthy and normal and I’m not hurting anybody else.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  Ye lust, and have not:  ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain:  ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep:  let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.  (James 4:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Thoughts on Sexual Relationships (03/07/2017); First Seeking the Kingdom (03/03/2017); The Flesh An Obstacle? (07/29/2016); Natural and Spiritual Law? (06/30/2016); Flesh Against the Spirit? (06/19/2016); The Cross and Arbitrary Differences (06/17/2016); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, all sexual activity at first seems pleasurable, yet, sex is dangerous, unpredictable (never the same twice),  and deceitful.  There is a “better way” than the “seeking pleasure” way.  Your conversation has been put forth by “the flesh,” however, any answer that will provide a sacred benefit to you must be put forth by “the Spirit.”  In our ignorance, and because we do not feel it directly, the consequences and the harm we do can be at the level of spirit and that that is unseen.  Divine punishment is administered only to those who, being incorrigible, despise authority, ignore admonition and warning, or refuse correction and thoughtful instruction.  Desire for “great pleasure” may also be called covetousness, envy, and “inordinate desire;” thus, lust for great pleasure also will appear as acceptance and complacency when it comes to brutality, deceit, killing, and stealing.  (When those who murder begin to hate it, then, they break it off.)  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the divine order essential to Creation.  Sin has no element of intellect, logic or reason; so, sin favors and promotes death and nonexistence.  Those who are not disgusted, loathe, and have wrath against destructiveness, malice, exaggerated pride, savagery, selfishness, and sin are those who lack the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  As humans we are born and may be raised to express only our animal and human aspects without concern for the spiritual potential and possibilities that also are important to a full experience of life from the Creator.  Sexual appetite begins at birth, and is little different from hunger and thirst.  Just as we must learn to direct, discipline, restrain, and properly satisfy those urges and mechanical aspects of the body that may dominate awareness and self-will (as does sin), so it is with our sexuality.  GOD will correct, punish, and hold back from utterly destroying only those who belong to him, and who acknowledge his ownership by love, obedience, respect, and right reverence.  Through operations of the Holy Spirit, the living may receive a fresh endowment of the “life essence” (we say, breath, spirit, word) that continues mankind as a companion to eternal Deity.  Inseparable spirit matter from the makeup of GOD will appear in those “born again” such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Hebrews 12:  4-9, King James Version (KJV):  4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

(2.)  Romans 8:  3-9, KJV:  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  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 cannot 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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Revelation 3:  17-21, KJV:  17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.  20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:  if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.)  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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Thoughts are shared, today, on provisions of divine law, ownership of the living, and the World as a system of belief.  Used by divinity as in marriage and priesthood, servitude is a relationship that allows one to develop and practice humility, to foster growth and learning, to increase gratitude, intimacy, respect and trust as well as to nourish, protect, and strengthen.  Twisted and warped by sin, servitude becomes abuse, cruelty, degradation, deprivation, disenfranchisement, misery, neglect, poverty, and wretchedness.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Yo Christians how the hell did “do not covet” make it into the Ten Commandments but “do not have slaves” got left out?

What happened there?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.  For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.  Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.  (Psalm 24:  1-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Standards for Judging GOD? (08/22/2016); Why Is Lust Condemned? (07/20/2016); The Decalogue A Moral Guide? (04/15/2015); To Live As a Sacrifice (03/08/2014); A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); When People Covet (12/22/2013); On Judging Preachers as “Fake” (12/23/2013); Law, Slavery and Redemption (09/13/2013);  Only One GOD (09/14/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, because popular culture today encourages spiritual confusion and ignorance of sacred knowledge, many fail to maintain a correct relationship with GOD as the  Creator of the earth, and mankind as the creator of “the world.”  The world system of belief includes all the carnal, material, and social mechanisms for communication, exchange, organization, and survival.  What are called the Ten Commandments (also, the Decalogue) only summarize and highlight certain of the many laws provided by a government of GOD.  While all that exists and all who live belong to GOD as a divine possession, only those within the kingdom founded through Jesus Christ now have the divine benefits of sacred law and judgment whereby sinners receive the resolution of conflicts and the settlement of disputes through application of divine law, and divinely delegated authority.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, and may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  In addition to presenting “covetousness” as trespassing boundaries and personal limits that maintain order, peace and stability, divine law describes “covetousness” as inordinate desire, envy, and lust to possess the goods and property of others.  The abuse and cruelty the world labels as “enslavement” appears in the holy writings, however, the divine practices, in fact, are very different from owning men as chattel as reported in secular history.  For those in covenant relationship with Deity, servitude preserves the life of those offered to GOD and those who are voluntarily bound to divinity.  As the firstborn, as Levites, and as with other offerings that otherwise would be destroyed by holy fire upon the altar, redemption and salvation allows animals, children, and adults to continue as “living sacrifices” that must serve through priesthood.  Of course, where there has been human error, exaggerated pride, racism, and acceptance of sin as necessary and unavoidable, the world has deceived and influenced many to embrace and promote slavery as “natural”.  Perhaps, yourself.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Scripture points intended for priests, kings, and the sons and daughters of GOD through Jesus Christ are shared, today, to show why lust is condemned in the Bible.  Existence, life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word), and sacred knowledge appear only through operations of divinity.  It does not offend GOD that humankind requires correct knowledge and healthy understanding of a physical body that must endure aging, cleansing, dying, growing, maturing, sexual-joining, and reproducing.  As a mechanical aspect of the living, appetite should become focused and regularly express restraint through discipline, practice and training.  (For example, when we hunger, we can not remove the discomfort to our flesh by simply exercising imagination, logic, reason, and thought.  There must be observable movement in space to obtain and take in food.  More than this, one must be careful to avoid eating what is dangerous and poisonous.)  Where covetousness, carnal knowledge, and lust dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures their consciousness of divine law, sacred duty, eternal purpose, and their own status as heirs and offspring of GOD may be forgotten and suppressed.  What we might call the “appetite” and cravings by human flesh, our physical organs, and the four basic types of tissue (connective, epidermal, muscle, nerve) include chemical balance (called equilibrium or homeostasis), controlled motion, moisture, oxygen, rest, and refreshment.  The activities that appear through and within our emotional and intellectual faculties (we say, heart and mind) that also are regarded as forms of “appetite” include attraction, desire, fantasy, fervor, fixations, infatuation, longings, and passion.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information) posted the following:

 

Why is lust condemned in the Bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you:  for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  (Romans 6:  3-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Flesh Against the Spirit? (06/19/2016); On Controlling Lust (01/05/2016); The Origin of Sin? (07/31/2015); Is Sin a Matter of Temptation? (04/22/2015); When People Covet (12/22/2013); On Judging Preachers as “Fake” (12/23/2013); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, Consider again the counsel for the sons and daughters of GOD recorded in the Bible:

(1.)  James 4:  1-6, King James Version (KJV):  1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  2 Ye lust, and have not:  ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain:  ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

(2.)  Galatians 5:  16-24, KJV:  16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

(3.)  1st John 2:  15-17, KJV:  15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:  but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  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 cannot 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.)  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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The differences between language used to speak of spirit content and that for various states and conditions in human experience are considered, today.  Abstract aspects of human behavior that are attitudinal, emotional, intellectual, and mental are often spoken of as if they were spiritual because they are immaterial and can not be seen using sight.  Many err confusing the achievement of happiness by ones own deeds and efforts (we say, works) with salvation that is accomplished on their behalf through operations of divinity.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the discussion appearing below:  John 13:  13-17, King James Version (KJV):  13 Ye call me Master and Lord:  and ye say well; for so I am.  14 If I then, your Lord, and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.  15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done unto you.  16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord:  neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.  17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.  Also, Luke 12:  15, KJV:  15 Take heed, and beware of covetousness:  for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.  Hebrews 13:  5-6, KJV:  5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:  for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  6 So that we may boldly say The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “pretty asian girl” (Level 1 with 18 points, a member since March 15, 2008) posted the following:

Christians, what does "it’s better to have one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and a chasing after the wind.” mean?

Ecclesiastes 4:6

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No man that warreth entangleth himself  with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  (2nd Timothy 2:  3-4, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Mistakes In Youth? (08/24/2015); A Duty to Restore an Inheritance? (04/16/2015); Resisting Sin (12/21/2013); When People Covet (12/22/2013); Can Someone Be Happy? (12/10/2013); Asked to Help? (12/11/2013); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012)

“pretty asian girl”, because we are not always careful with language and words, many believers mistakenly confuse ideas that pertain to their carnal, material and social existence with the ideas from GOD that we find in the Bible.  As Christians begin to fellowship with more experienced believers, study the holy writings on a regular basis, and practice the sacred works for those who are reborn through Christ (e.g., praise, prayer, thanksgiving, worship), they begin to understand there are many differences in application, meaning, and purpose.  For example, “happiness” (we say, a feeling; an emotional state and psychological condition) is not the same as “joy” (an aspect of the divine makeup inseparable from faith, holiness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin).  Similarly, “satisfaction” pertains to the fulfillment of “appetite”, demands for change such as hunger, thirst, and sexual cravings that arouse within organs and tissues of the body.  To “covet” appears as an operation of sin whereby a person desires whatever they see or imagine, specially the things possessed by others.  Also, they may “envy” (desire to deny others what they possess).  Through baptism (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit content, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) the believer is given a new nature that is turned to divinity, and is commanded to pursue “contentment”, acceptance and reconciliation to existing conditions in balance with duty, expectation and hope that c0me through proclamation, promise, and prophecy.  To clarify the verse you have cited, consider again the following from the Scriptures that counsel humility and condemn contentiousness:

(1.)   Psalms 37:  16-17, King James Version (KJV):  16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.  17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken:  but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

(2.)  Proverbs 16:  19, KJV:  19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.

(3.)  Proverbs 15:  16-17, KJV:  Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.  17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

(4.)  Proverbs 17:  1, KJV:  1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (5.)  Proverbs 21:  9, KJV:  9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.)  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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Today, Scriptures are shared as counsel to a writer who was asked to relinquish a family heirloom Bible that he has purchased.  In stating the dilemma, the personal and spiritual value of the Bible was not addressed; and the new owner is uncertain how to respond to the possibility of  legitimate claims by the heirs.  Even within ones home and family circle, when the holy writings are treated as private property or something costly, precious, a relic, and untouchable, the Bible may become another idol and source of spiritual confusion.  Superstition and occult belief become attached to the Scriptures when commitment to acquire sacred knowledge is not supported by fellowship with experienced believers, observing sacraments, prayer, and careful application of study.  A “Yahoo! Answers” member using the ID “jeremy” (Level 1 with 88 points, enrolled February 16, 2015) posted the following:

 

Should I return the old bible to the descendants?

I bought an old bible. Through genealogies and online ancestry information, I found the descendants. I contacted her and told her I can scan the genealogies pages and send to her because I think her familly members might be interested in their early ancestors. However, now she is asking for the actual bible. What should I do? I am not willing to give this bible or sell it to her. How to respond? Does she has legal right to claim this bible? The bible is almost 200 years old.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Hear another parable:  There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:  And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.  And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.  Again, he sent other servants more than the first:  and they did unto them likewise.  But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.  But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.  And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.  When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?  They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.  Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken:  but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.  (Matthew 21: 33-44, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); Divine Sleep (03/28/2014); Why Bother to Read? (10/31/2013); GOD Speaking Through Songs? (11/01/2013); The Bible and Genealogy (09/10/2013); Why GOD Does Not Tell All (09/11/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Issues for Children’s Church? (04/06/2013); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012)

 

“jeremy”, I heard your question as, Should I change my attitude, behavior, intent and purpose?  For you that Bible appears to be a snare:  something secular to be coveted and desired, merchandise, and another person’s inheritance.  Here are a few things that also should be weighed in the balance that are still being shared with those that desire salvation from GOD, and will undergo permanent change and transformation:

(1.)  Matthew 6:  19-21, KJV:  19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

(2.)  Luke 14:  25-27, KJV:  25 And there went great multitudes with him:  and he turned, and said unto them,  26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

(3.)  Luke 3:  7-9, KJV:  7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father:  for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.  9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees:  every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

(4.)  Ezekiel 14:  19-21  KJV:  19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:  20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.  21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?

(5.)  Proverbs 20:  20-22, KJV:  20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.  21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.  22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (6.)  Matthew 7:  12, KJV:  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:  for this is the law and the prophets.  Also,  Romans 13:  7-10, KJV:  7 Render therefore to all their dues:  tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.  8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:  for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:  therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Points are considered, today, on the Decalogue as the ultimate guide to regulate human morality.  Given that Creation and all that exists have come by operations that acknowledge sacred law, eternal life and right relationship with divinity are also by the law.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Epicurean Atheist” (Level 3 with 1,210 points, a member since March 15, 2015) posted the following:

 

How are the 10 Commandments moral in any practical sense? Four have nothing to do with societal morality and the 10th is a thought crime?

1) Have no other gods before me
2) No graven images
3) Do not misuse God’s name
4) Honor the sabbath
10) Do not covet your neighbor’s stuff

Would someone like to tell me how this fits into some ‘ultimate moral guide’?

Really? Do not covet? Wouldn’t something like ‘do not rape’ be more useful?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law:  for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.  But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.  For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.  For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.  I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  I do not frustrate the grace of God:  for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.  (Galatians 2:  16-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014); Divine Law for Mankind? (07/29/2014); Divine Law Speaks of Spirit? (07/30/2014); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Cruel and Offensive (07/24/2014); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013); Two Different Testaments? (01/05/2013); About False Witness (09/09/2012); Nostradamus (09/10/2012)

 

“Epicurean Atheist”, here are a few points most Christian believers embrace when considering the Ten Commandments:

(1.)  The Decalogue was proclaimed as a revelation of divinity.  The active presence, character, nature, and person of Deity was being made “visible”.  The primary focus was not initiating or regulating social exchange and interaction among created beings and living creatures so much as the fulfillment of promise and prophecy already in effect between GOD and mankind.

(2.)  Those who interpret and label the law as academicians, analysts, and scholars generally have no part or portion with those who receive the law as beneficiaries, covenant partners, and those carrying out and performing the will of divinity.

(3.)  How divinity is to be acknowledged, known, and communed with through ongoing relationships must come into view beginning at the concept of GOD as exalted, sanctified (we say, set apart), and unique.

(4.)  To covet is to continue in emotional, psychological, and spiritual focus generated by the flesh.  Because awareness and self-will may be dominated by appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual activity), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), or functions of the mind (e.g., fantasy, fear, imagination, recall), finite beings are also subject to sin that opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Law Giver, and all Creation that responds to law.

There is far more to be said, rightly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  One definition of moral is “according to a common standard of justice.”  GOD proclaimed his name (we say, reputation) to Moses as the supreme authority over Judgment.  The Decalogue was to sanctify those who left Egypt with Moses, and formally establish them in the role of a nation (rather than a collection of tribes).  Judgment and law would be demonstrated to all the nations as intimate, organic, and personal, rather than merely abstract, mechanical and remote.)  Even so, I trust this “fragment” will be useful.   Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC