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Today, focus is on mathematics as a tool for describing and knowing divinity that can introduce spiritual confusion, and its use be a form of idolatry.  Properly understood, spirit substance is immeasurable.  Because of the many subtleties involved (barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning, quality, and value) human attainments are often thought to be manifestations of divine power.  Included are astronomy, history, medicine, science and technology.  Arithmetic and mathematics are closed number systems that only permit the assignment, quantification, and manipulation of discrete values in accordance with fixed patterns and regularities.  While divinity appears as immortal, immutable, incorruptible, and unchanging, Deity also manifests the highest authority, dominion, divine prerogative, and sovereign will that establish autonomy, independence, and sanctification.  GOD is only predictable on the basis of his own acts of revelation, proclamation, promise, and prophecy; and will always remain mystery in multiple aspects of sacred being.  The  fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Malaysia)” using the ID “ιℓσνєιѕℓαм يا رب العالمين” (Level 2 with 888 points, a member since July 04, 2017) posted the following:

 

How is the trinity explained via math?

This is Monotheism: 1 God + 0 others = 1 God.

This is the trinity:
1 Father + 1 Son + 1 Spirit = 1 God.
ie, 1+1+1=1.
Simplified 3 =1

Some people say it’s 1x1x1=1.
But that is incorrect because the father/son/holy spirit are not equal.
The son has less power and knowledge than the father, etc. Not equal.
So it would be more like 1.5x1x0.5 =1 which is mathematically not sound.

Your thoughts, Christians?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  (1st Corinthians 2:  9-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Law and Divine Process (05/28/2017); Tools For Knowing Divinity (05/12/2017); Time Is Not A Deity (11/30/2015); The Correct Prescription? (11/19/2015); No Other gods? (08/14/2015); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013)

 

“ιℓσνєιѕℓαм يا رب العالمين”, using the finite human measuring tools of arithmetic and mathematics to describe divinity is inappropriate, and borders upon idolatry (attributing celestial authority and power to a man-made object or process).  GOD must be understood as the active presence who has put forth all that exists.  Included are created beings and living creatures as well as their spheres of life and the settings for their activity, duration, and conclusion as a life form.

The full sum of divine substance (i.e., the total makeup of GOD) must be understood as spirit in its character, nature, and substance.  Thus, it is irrelevant and foolish to describe divinity in terms of the measurable dimensions observed for things carnal, material, secular, and social.  We can no more accurately describe GOD using the ideas of amount, size, and weight than we may by using physical senses such as seeing, tasting, and touching with our hands to know roughness, sharpness, and smoothness.

Even so, GOD makes Deity knowable, known, and “approachable” (we say, reveals divinity) using material forms, divine operations, sacred processes, and eternal purposes.  Increasingly, Christian believers are encouraged to apprehend that GOD is a spirit who may appear and exist within events, natural and sacred law, life essence (we also say, breath, word), prophecy, promises, themselves, and throughout the holy writings.  Inseparable aspects of spirit content from the makeup of GOD may be imparted to those who are “born again” such as faith, gratitude, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Such persons also must “grow up again” and become mature as vessels of divine spirit living on the earth.

That there can be oneness without sameness among the persons of the GODhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) is properly regarded by mature believers as a “sacred mystery” to be acknowledged, yet, not challenged or questioned; for such a truth is grounded on divine prerogative, imperatives of eternal purpose, sacred law, and sovereign will.  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 29:  29, King James Version (KJV):  29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God:  but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 12:  3, KJV:  3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:  and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (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 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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Today, a reply is shared on making a world so “perfect” that those living in it would never be able to corrupt or defile it.  Through Jesus Christ the elements required for the completeness and integrity of heaven and earth are shown to be more than simply independence, secular knowledge, pleasure, prosperity, and self-will.  An emptiness and void can appear that are best filled using challenge, duty, hardship, trial, and suffering.  For Christian believers, the standards that actually generate and ensure the possibilities of perfection are the character, makeup, and personness of GOD.  Thus, among followers of Jesus Christ every act of fruitful creation will continue oneness without sameness, eternal revelation, righteousness, sanctification, sacred substance, and indicators of yet unseen truth.  In sum, yet not in every part, the perfection found throughout such Creation will display the inseparable aspects of the authority, awesomeness, glory, majesty, and sovereign will of GOD.  The writer at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia) using the ID “Master Debater” (Level 3 with 1,444 points, a member since April 07, 2017) posted the following:

 

Christians, do you have a different definition of a “perfect” world than I do?

If I was making a perfect world, I would make it so my perfect world couldn’t be ruined by its imperfect inhabitants.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Sanctify them through thy truth:  thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me:  for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee:  but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it:  that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.  (John 17:  17-26, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Multiply, Replenish and Rule (08/27/2017); Adam’s Imperfection and Sin? (08/10/2017); Miracles Are Not Everlasting (07/18/2017); Corruption of Ones Spirit? (05/14/2017); Incarnate, GOD May Die (05/11/2017); The World and The Cross? (04/19/2016); Belief In Another World? (02/17/2016)

 

“Master Debater”, you have not told us what you mean by “perfect”, and you suggest by your question that divinity has failed to create a “perfect” world.  Even so, here are some points that are helpful to consider on your topic:

(a.)  What it takes to create a “perfect world” are the authority, jealousy, love, power, wisdom, and wrath against sin only found within the GODhead.  GOD has put forth everything that exists and has life.  This includes the created beings and living creatures as well as their spheres of life (i.e., the environments and settings that nourish and support their activity, development, growth and learning as well as their death, or conclusion as life forms).

(b.)  The heaven and earth are both spheres of life (like the land, the sea, and the full universe) that include family, language, marriage, and religious observances as institutions that had their origin because of GOD.  We also speak of the place of the dead (the grave), however it is not a place where the living abide and routinely make their homes.

(c.)  The world is a system of related exchanges, interactions, meanings, practices, standards, and values used by the living to maintain communication, cooperation, safety, and survival.  Where the earth is the creation of GOD, the world is the creation of men.  Thus, the world includes such finite devices and tools as government, history, language, money, politics, science, and technology.

(d.)  Christian believers regard life as having multiple possibilities for permanent change that are generated by the “active presence” who is the Creator, and is an immortal, incorruptible, invisible spirit.  Elements important for survival in the world are accounted as having less substance and usefulness (for example, the frameworks of time and space), and even death and sin are seen as reversible.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (e.)  Continuing life and existing on the earth for mankind may be totally changed through baptism (i.e., death and burial of ones inborn spirit, becoming born-again through divine DNA, so to speak).  Baptism may be thought of as a “first step” in a full series of divine actions that result in mankind’s perfection.  Where a sinner is granted rebirth, they become a “child of GOD” containing spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  They then can display inseparable aspects of GOD as faith, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Once born again, every believer must “grow up again” by meeting life challenges and “growing pains” upon the earth.  At the coming of Jesus (we also say, at his appearing, the Advent, the harvest, the Rapture, the Second Coming) those who are “ripe” (mature) will be taken up to meet the Lord in the air.  Their perfection to exist as companions of divinity will be completed in an instant; and they will go to be with him throughout eternity upon the earth made new.)  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, some thoughts are shared on the original divine commission to mankind, human reproduction, and evolution.  The first pair were to populate, maintain, and overspread the earth.  Through them the earth would continue to be held accountable to GOD.  Adam was formed from substance out of the earth, and was given life by substance out of GOD.  The new creation through  Jesus Christ, the church, has been formed from his blood, body and spirit, and through the Holy Spirit establishes mankind on the earth as a habitation of GOD.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Omar” (Level 1 with 199 points, a member since February 01, 2014) posted the following:

 

God said multiply… how reproduction can fit in evolution theory? without reproduction there will be no evolution, no natural selection.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  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 groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:  10-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Adam, Family and Law (07/05/2017); Word, Son, and Christ? (08/24/2016); The Glory of GOD? (06/23/2015); The Male, the Female, and GOD (02/09/2014); Destroying the Resurrected Body? (02/10/2014); Saved in Childbearing? (10/31/2012); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012)

 

“Omar”, where the earth must be acknowledged as the creation of GOD, the world as a system of interrelated meanings, practices, and values that allow communication, exchange and survival of the living has been the creation of mankind.  Many mature Christian believers avoid and forgo discussions of evolution and the teachings of natural science because they usually deny the most fundamental fact required for sacred knowledge—GOD is a spirit who must be known through revelation, discovery, and ongoing personal relationship.  Where Adam was told to “multiply” he was given more than simply a command and a direction to engage in a mechanical process of reproduction.  He could not of himself repeat what GOD had done—neither his falling asleep, nor the removing of a rib—to grant him a life companion.  Substance from the makeup of divinity (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, utterance, word) is imparted, and with it mankind is established having authority, direction, and purpose.  In the flawed human terms of science that are finite, carnal, material, and social, the first pair are merely told to populate the earth with their own kind competing and operating as one of the animals.  From the aspect of a Christian, the pair are an appearance (i.e., incarnation) of divinity, and are to manifest the active presence within heaven throughout the earth.  This is as much to be performed as a matter of caretaking and service as it is a matter of dominion and rule.  The plan of GOD for the earth was in no way intended to alter or interfere with the plan of GOD for heaven.  Despite the language of “natural selection” and “survival” that has come from the world, mankind continues as the emblem of divine ownership of the earth.  Consider again the following that use language from the Bible:

(1.)  Genesis 2:  18-23, King James Version (KJV):  18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.  19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them:  and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.  20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.  21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept:  and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;  22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.  23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh:  she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

(2.)  Acts 17:  24-31, KJV:  24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;  27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.  30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Psalms 115:  14-18, KJV:  14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.  15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.  16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s:  but the earth hath he given to the children of men.  17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.  18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.)  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, thoughts are shared on preexistence, Creation, and some of the ideas from Science.  It remains that, sacred events must be embraced as they fit the mold of complete divine truth.  Most mature Christians avoid conversations and discussions on the origin of GOD.  In part this is because, through the operations of faith, believers accept the holy writings that describe the beginning for heaven and earth, and that do not provide any description of a specific beginning for Deity.  In addition, as men and women of faith, believers seek to develop a disciplined mind that will avoid unfruitful conjecture, speculation, and superstition.  All things do not edify, and contribute to apprehending salvation and our goal of displaying the divine nature.  The authority, power, and sovereign will of GOD have been revealed to created beings and living creatures by the Creator using Incarnation (i.e., appearing in flesh and using human form) and by his employing all the devices that describe mortal duration (e.g., birth, aging, growth, eating, drinking, rest, sleep).  While conceptual awareness and knowing can put forth mental images and thoughts of divinity, the substantive existence of divinity—that may be shown and made visible in the living—has not been, is not now, and will never be put forth by created beings and living creatures.  Not from fear or ignorance, but from the discernment and wisdom provided by GOD, believers refuse to respond to every issue and question generated by secular knowledge.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Gino” (Level 4 with 2,702 points, a member since March 01, 2017) posted the following:

 

What makes more sense ? Something coming from nothing ? (OR) a creator outside of time and space creates everything?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:  (Colossians 1:  16-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The First Divine Thought? (07/31/2017); GOD Revealed As One (07/12/2017); Tools For Knowing Divinity (05/12/2017); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); Eternal Mysteries and Revelation (08/31/2016); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); The God Concept? (02/13/2015)

 

“Gino”, here are some thoughts being shared among those having sacred knowledge as Christian believers that you may find interesting:

(1.)  There are multiple conditions and operations known to divinity that created beings and living creatures can not conceive or grasp by only using finite intelligence, logic, carnal reason, and thought.  Those tools are anchored in the workings of flesh such as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, craving sexual contact), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall).  While the mind can produce abstractions and immaterial points of focus, there are many conceivable subjects and topics that are unverifiable using present academic and scholarly process.  Examples include chaos and random streams of matter (we say, flux); existence without frameworks of time and space; nothing; sin; and the makeup of divinity that is spirit (i.e., breath, life essence, word).

(2.)  Given that GOD has always existed, there has never been a period where there has been nothing.  The pre-existence we speak of addresses the apprehension of concepts and forms within the sacred mind and their sequential introduction using various aspects of unchanging sacred law and divine order.  Scientists have proposed an explanation of existence through a “big bang” that also assumes there has always been something in existence.

(3.)  The great gulf between Christian belief and that of the astrophysicist seems to turn on the features of person.  Once the concession is made that there has always been an active presence, the issue becomes how to describe it, interact with it, and derive benefit from it.  The features of person allow and include awareness, communication, direction, exchange, purpose, and self-will.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  For Christians, created beings and living creatures have been put forth by GOD in the image of divinity, and the active presence and persons of divinity (we say, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the GODhead) have not been put forth by any entity or object that ever was, now is, or ever shall be.  The GODhead embodies all divine substance manifesting eternal duration and oneness without sameness.  Mankind has communion with Deity through his own spirit content from the makeup of GOD that is imparted to indwell the living.  Included are inseparable elements such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)  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, reply is made on divine spirit being different from intellect, mind, and thought.  In their discipline to remain grounded, practical and sober, mature Christian believers avoid conjecture and speculation on events and operations of divinity not revealed within the holy writings.  It is as absurd and unfruitful to imagine GOD surrounded by nothing or immersed within the streams of chaos and flux as to estimate the number of years between the founding of heaven and the earth, or seek to grasp what might have been GOD’s first thought and why.  There is no meaningful provision of sacrament, salvation, revelation, or the sacred knowledge essential to securing eternal life.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (New Zealand)” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shared) posted the following:

 

What was God doing all that time before he made his first thought?

God is eternal, with no beginning. But there must have been a first thought. So was God just blank for trillions of infinite millenniums?

“trillions of infinite millenniums?” I don’t know what that means either.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The secret things belong unto the LORD our God:  but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.  (Deuteronomy 29:  29, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Revealed As One (07/12/2017); A Beginning And End? (06/01/2017); The Best Starting Point? (09/13/2016); The First Book of the Bible? (11/20/2014); The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014); Alpha and Omega (12/29/2013); Fear & GOD? (12/30/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, to avoid spiritual confusion, most Christian believers share the revelation of GOD that is recorded within the holy writings.  In the Scriptures, the Creator proclaims how he is to be known and spoken of by created beings and living creatures, and becomes “visible” by using thousands of events, occurring within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  Many mature Christians agree that the character, makeup, and substance of divinity is spirit, and can not be completely and correctly known by relying only on life experiences that are carnal, material, secular, and social.  Sacred knowledge and the authentic discovery of invisible spirit is only acquired by those realizing that divinity is an active presence who communicates with the living by using specific, unchanging meanings, messages, motives, operations, and values.

The living are aware and apprehend their own existence on the basis of finite elements generated by form and physical being that include appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual release), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall), and self-will.  The existence and process of divinity are in accordance with the exchanges and interactions among diverse, inseparable divine matter (e.g., faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, wrath against sin).  The fullness of divinity coheres as oneness without sameness, therefore, Deity appears both as the collective movements of the GODhead and as the actions by distinct persons having divine fullness (i.e., the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). 

While the divine fullness has not yet been—and may never be—comprehended by relying upon the frameworks of time and space, logic, mathematics, and discursive thought, human efforts to understand divinity have included applying systems for rational order that include demystification, personification, and projections from mankind as bearing “the image of GOD.”  As actors, agents and objects within relationships with divinity, mankind engages divinity through various levels of thought.  However, this requires there be full acceptance of the premise that GOD is eternal spirit without beginning and without end.  More than this, with and without action, consciousness, purpose, or thought (as mankind and other created beings and living creatures experience them), GOD manifests as breath, life essence, perfection, utterance, and word.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Isaiah 55:  7-11, King James Version (KJV):  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:  it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(2.)  Isaiah 58: 13-14, KJV:  13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:  14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father:  for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Jeremiah 29:  11-13, KJV:  11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And you shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.)  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, reply is on the existence of only one tree of life.  As with the tree of knowledge, the burning bush, the barren fig tree, and the cross, simple figures and images are used throughout the holy writings to communicate regarding the things that are deep and profound.  Thus, the awesomeness and power of divinity are portrayed using abundance, multiplying, plenty, rebirth, replenishing, and reproduction.  GOD is to be known and spoken of as One, yet, the fullness of divinity appears using multiple events, forms, and persons (e.g., the Father, Son and Holy Spirit).  Similarly, divinity appears using diversity and many different devices that give expression to the same eternal purpose (e.g., active presence, authority, birth, divine law, spiritual gifts, imparted Spirit, sovereign will).  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Oku” (Level 2 with 951 points, a member since September 23, 2011) posted the following:

 

If the Earth has all the requirements for life to arise and survive, why is there only one single tree of life?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  (Ephesians 4:  4-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Plantings of the Lord (02/10/2017); Acorns Become Oak Trees? (02/09/2017); A Rebellious Fig Tree? (12/21/2016); The Barren Tree? (12/06/2013); Fruits From a Barren Tree? (12/07/2013); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)

 

“Oku”, be alert to see a pattern that appears throughout the holy writings:  “oneness without sameness.”  Your question conforms to a familiar pattern (when ABCDEFG appears, we know XYZ is coming; when 2-4-6-8-10 appears, we should expect 14-16-18-20!) used within the holy writings to describe the character, nature, and sufficiency of GOD:  why does Gideon go into battle with only 300 soldiers after sending thousands back to their homes? Why are there only 5 loaves and 2 fishes to feed 5,000 men not counting the women and children?  Why is there only one sun, one moon, one GOD, one universe?

Mature Christians trust that GOD is the invisible, yet, active presence (we say, breath, spirit, word) who has put forth all duration, existence, form, life, person, and substance.  GOD may inhabit consciousness and self-will within the living, and uses multiple divine events and sacred operations to reveal and permit discovery of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  Secular knowledge concentrates on objects that are carnal, material, and social.  Thus, human intelligence, logic, science, and “critical thinking” often center in describing precise dimensions and measurable form.  By contrast, sacred knowledge and practice go forward as responses to defining precepts, principles, and regularities that are emanated from divinity (i.e., have divine person, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of Deity as their origin), and that are fixed, immutable and unchanging.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Colossians 2:  8-12, King James Version (KJV):  8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

(2.)  Romans 1:  20-22, KJV:  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

(3.)  Job 33:  4, KJV:  4 The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

(4.)  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 examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  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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Today, reply is on incest and the divine process for populating the earth.  While mankind and other living creatures are evaluated using immutable patterns and regularities we may call divine order, natural law, and sacred law, existence for the three persons of divine fullness does not require measurement against fixed standards.  Where the focus for communication, exchange and interaction (we say, relationship) is to be in continual contact as companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity, reproduction may be understood as a mechanical process, rather than one of commitment, exclusive devotion, and obedience to the sovereign will of a Creator.  Adam (the first pair), and their offspring that included Noah and those from the ark, did not come under divine condemnation for having to use sexual reproduction among themselves to populate the earth.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

How do Bible “literal-ist’s” (creationists) reconcile with the rampant incest required between Adam, Eve, and their children?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:  and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.  (Genesis 1:  27-28, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Inheritance and Resurrection? (07/06/2016); Incest? (10/29/2015); Asked To Teach On Adam? (10/30/2015); Scandal and Sin Among Believers? (06/05/2015); A Second Adam? (03/25/2013); GOD Hiding in Plain Sight (03/26/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, I can’t speak for what you call “Bible literal-ists”, however, as a mature Christian believer I can share some points that do not always come into view among atheists, disbelievers, scoffers, and those wanting to be called “scientists”.  In order to correctly examine and benefit from the things that describe divinity, a person should employ a system of connected attitudes, beliefs, focus, sacred knowledge and divine spirit content such as Christianity.  In the same way, the operations of GOD to establish heaven and earth were not carried out on the basis of existing natural laws, in the Creation divinity did not respond to the episodic and temporal emotions, feelings and thoughts of finite beings, or to what might result as their social conventions, customs, and traditions.  Mankind was conceived and emanated as a living creature who would continue in the image and process of GOD.  Law was organic, and existed within consciousness and self-will as aspects of the makeup of living creatures, and was not provided as a mechanism to restore lost spirit substance or replace the active presence of Deity.  Going further, the demands for divine judgment centered in determining duration, meaning, quality and value.  There was no need to resolve conflicts and settle disputes among the living by applying sanctions and standards from a comprehensive legal structure for law.

The definitions, quality of life, and values among mankind that have developed within the frameworks of time, space, and material existence have appeared on the basis of finite secular knowledge and human data management.  By contrast, the Bible documents and records commandments, covenants, and instruction from GOD for maintaining priesthood, sacred practices (we say, sacraments), divine promises, and prophecy.  Such features as childrearing, family, lifestyles, and marriage come into view as instruments and tools for revelation.  Few people would argue that Adam and Eve were poor parents because they did not send their children to good public and parochial schools, and did not save and properly manage the money in their children’s’ college fund.  Such elements were nonexistent and irrelevant.   

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, 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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