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Today, reply is on the Christian life process for the salvation of sinners as one of receiving divine substance for spiritual change and growth more than one of becoming acceptable to GOD by exercising human willpower, and maintaining obedience to sacred law. In the system of Christian beliefs, a relationship is to be in place whereby a sinner is acknowledged, justified, and permanently joined to the Creator through the character, eternal purpose, and righteousness of GOD, rather than on the basis of their own behavior and temporal works. Through Jesus Christ, error, sin, stubbornness, and wickedness are never justified; the blood of Jesus justifies commitment, forgiveness, growth, not giving up, reconciliation, repentance, and sanctification. It is written: Psalms 1: 1-6, King James Version (KJV): 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Chris” (Level 1 with zero (0) points shown, a member since February 20, 2015) posted the following:

 

Why is it common for catholics to sin during the week but then justify those sins by going to church on Sunday’s?

I’ve noticed that many catholics seem to think its ok to cheat on their wives, do drugs, drink heavily, molest children and so forth and then since they go to church on Sunday’s they think their behavior is justified. Why?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21: 6-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Challenges To The Church? (03/01/2019); How Are We Justified? (03/05/2018); There Must Be Rebirth (01/21/2018); Deeds Of The Law? (09/10/2017); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016); Good Christians and Church? (10/19/2016); Relationship With Our Creator? (03/16/2015)

 

Chris”, regular church attendance and becoming a follower of Jesus Christ does not justify sin, rather, a peculiar lifestyle having specific practices to turn away from sin are justified. Sinners who turn to GOD through Jesus Christ all must become “born again” (we say, experience rebirth), must “grow up again” as developing believers, and go on to become mature Christians. The sacred process may require a lifetime to complete, for a transformation must occur wherein spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) increases its influence and power within the consciousness and self-will of the repentant believer.

Sin promotes the destruction of Creation, and a return to preexistence (i.e., the conditions in place before the founding of heaven and earth). Mankind must regard sin as an enigma, a puzzle that has no solution, and an influence whose operations may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures. Sin has no divine origin; and is no spirit substance, or physical thing created by divinity. Even so, sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and divine order throughout the universe. Because the presence and operations of sin appear as natural, normal, and a continuing aspect of life on the earth, most fail to correctly recognize and respond to sin as contrary to their own survival.

The church established by Jesus Christ has provided divine law, multiple descriptions of sin, and other devices that do not eliminate sin. Thus, sin may be rejected and resisted, yet, not removed. The most important gift from GOD that allows the living to turn from sin is the fresh endowment of spirit matter from the makeup of GOD that one may receive through baptism. Inseparable aspects of divine fullness are imparted to the living that include balance, faith, holiness, joy, hope, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Thereby, developing believers can respond to life challenges and “growing pains” while on the earth as sons and daughters of GOD who are not fully perfected, and who are being edified (built up) through discernment, discovery, gradual growth, fellowship with others who have sacred knowledge in place of secular knowledge, study of the holy writings, unselfish service, and suffering.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, Romans 8: 5-9, King James Version (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.

 

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Today, reply is on the discipline of developing Christian believers who are to share only the doctrine for the church received from GOD, and fresh expressions of their own faith. Revelation of divinity through the use of anointed prophets and spokespersons is to be acknowledged as an authentic appearance of GOD, and a sacred event having full integrity as a manifesting of divine truth. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data appears) posted the following:

 

Why do Christians believe they can just make up anything to fill the great gaps in their bible and expect people to accept their conjecture?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 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. (1st Corinthians 2: 1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Ministry Is Through Relationship (03/05/2019); GOD Appearing As Christ (12/03/2017); Divinity Must Be Proclaimed? (05/09/2017); Known By Divine Revelation (06/16/2015); One Faith, One Lord? (09/26/2014); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014); Asked to Help? (12/11/2013)

 

Anonymous”, the process for sharing sacred knowledge among Christian believers is both the proclamation of doctrine and instruction received from divinity to be shared within the body (the church) through anointed spokespersons as well as the putting forth of a fresh expression of ones own faith displaying their personal endowment of inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD. Included are balance, faith, gratitude, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Skill at presenting simple truths that are in fact profound is not granted by divinity in a one-time sacred event (i.e., miracle) so much as by a life process that includes rebirth through divine operations, edification, and becoming mature/ripe while alive upon the earth. The living must undergo a transformation that appears through such features as discovery, fellowship with others who are in Christ, gradual growth, sacred practices (sacraments), study of the holy writings, unselfish service, and suffering.

Developing Christians all are encouraged to understand that the elements required, and all the spirit content they may create to impart must be in accord with the guidelines of Christian belief and the revelation of Jesus Christ. Those with whom believers share may lack discernment to know the differences between the things spoken by commandment, and the things shared by permission. Christianity is the most challenging belief system in the world, today; and has been developed through thousands of events, occurring within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years. Knowing this, mature Christians tend to remain conservative, orthodox and “plain” in their practice as well as in their profession of faith. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Matthew 12: 35-37, King James Version (KJV): 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

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 that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. 1st Corinthians 7: 1-7, KJV: 1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. 6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. 7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on spiritual authority, humility, and responding to the challenges, criticism, and condemnation of Christian believers by secular people in America. The class of “secular people” is understood as a broad social segment that may include agnostics, atheists, complainers, disbelievers, idolaters, mockers, murmurers, scorners, and those who routinely judge others. Without discernment that develops gradually through practice, even mature Christian believers can not correctly and consistently identify those who are the true vessels of spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD. Sinners who become “born again” are not immediately flawless or perfected; and all are cautioned against judging one another. Aspects of ones inborn spirit (e.g., pride; selfishness; stubbornness) may continue to oppose the fresh endowment from GOD indefinitely. The born again also must “grow up again;” and become mature/ripe for harvest at the coming of Jesus. While gradually growing as developing believers, there will be many times they will come under chastisement from GOD. Thus, it is written: Psalms 19: 12-14, King James Version, KJV: 12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum who uses the ID “JSG” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since March 28, 2019) posted the following:

 

Christians: Why do secular think they have a right to tell Christians how to act and what to do?

Hi. I am a Christian and I don’t get it. I am an American and Americans have freedom of religion and freedom of expression. When secular people express their views and opinions that seems to be fine, but when a Christian does the same thing, especially when it’s about something he doesn’t like, it seems like sometimes secular people are quick to vilify him?

Why?

Some secular people are quick to tell Christians what the Bible says. I wonder where they get their nerve from.

If you’re not Saved and you’re trying to tell me what the Bible says, I’m not interested in what you have to say. That’s not a secular person’s place to try to tell me what the Word says, or to tell me to adhere to the Word.

Please help- thank you.

Update: Christians: Why do secular people think they have a right to tell Christians how to act and what to do? – FIXED.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. (Malachi 3: 13-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Suffering Among the Saved (03/12/2019); Divine Fruit From Suffering? (12/19/2018); Serving In Christian Relationships (08/31/2018); Recognizing True Christian Prophets (02/26/2018); To Bear Wrongs Patiently? (02/13/2018); Rebirth, Growth and Transformation (09/29/2017); Driving Away the Enemy? (09/15/2017); Testing and Divine Process (06/12/2017); The Gift of Humility (02/19/2017)

 

JSG”, among Christian believers correction, edification, and even healing come by the holy writings; you may find the following is helpful:

1. Proverbs 9: 6-10, King James Version (KJV): 6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. 7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

2. James 1: 22-26, KJV: 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

3. Hebrews 12: 1-8, KJV: 1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Luke 18: 9-14, KJV: 9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on incest, Lots daughters, correct sacred knowledge, and the work of the Bible to make sin recognizable. Different sexual sins are described in the holy writings, however, it is an error to label all sexual behavior as sin, just as it is an error to insist that the “original sin” committed by Adam and Eve was that the pair performed sexual intercourse. Those who lack sacred knowledge regarding sin as the transgression of divine law usually are quick to express condemnation for sexual behavior, and to judge against others for sexual activity. We see this somewhat with the condemnation of Lots virgin daughters whose concern in their escape from Sodom was how to fulfill their duty as child-bearers. In ancient Bible times, a mans children and household were accounted as his inheritance from GOD, his personal property, and his wealth. For this reason, Lot offers his two daughters in ransom to a crowd threatening to rape the two strangers he had welcomed into his home. While appearing as unselfish and willing sacrifices similar to Isaac at Mount Moriah, neither of the girls were harlots, yet, both have been labeled as sexual figures among modern Christian readers. It is written: Galatians 5: 19-23, King James Version (KJV): 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. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Is it true that the Bible has father daughter incest in it?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6: 1-4, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Adam, Family and Law (07/05/2017); Why Was Lot Spared? (12/20/2015); Incest? (10/29/2015); The Judgment Against Sodom? (04/10/2015); Remembering Lot’s Wife (11/04/2014); Sinless Until Advent? (11/05/2014); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014); Expulsion from Eden (04/05/2014)

 

Anonymous”, sin is the transgression of divine law. Until the law of Moses was granted, incest does not appear as a sexual and social sin associated with the frameworks of family and marriage. While the primary work of the Bible is to make GOD knowable, known, accessible, and approachable, the Bible also must expose the otherwise unseen process and substance of sin. Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Lawgiver, and all divine order throughout the universe. Sin is not a spirit, has not been sent forth by GOD, and sin is no physical matter that may be removed by a single act of divine destruction. Even so, sin may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.

In the same way the living do not immediately apprehend the “exceeding sinfulness of sin,” that sin generates enduring consequences that can continue long after the death of the sinner, and that sin is contrary to both divine and human nature, many become convinced and deceived thinking their choice to sin has been natural, normal, practical, and necessary. Sin often includes elements of counterfeit authority, deceit, false innocence, presumption, and self-promotion.

The account of incest committed by the daughters of Lot does not appear as the kind of romantic story we often see now in movies and television. The characters do not repeatedly express burning lust and passion as in novels and stories for amusement and entertainment. At a time when the covenant law for Israel was not yet written in stone by the finger of GOD, divinity appeared within their lives through their association with Abraham and the covenant of circumcision. Angels were dispatched to secure the deliverance of their father, Lot, from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; and their blessing was in the nature of inheritance. The girls were faced with issues of immaturity, isolation, loneliness, their mother turned to a pillar of salt by her disobedience, and the certainty that their father would not be granted another mate. They correctly acknowledged that they themselves would have to take accountability for their own life, death and survival; and mistakenly believed it was their duty to ensure their father’s name would be continued by his own heir. In this error they continued the practices of Adam, and copied Abram ensuring an heir through Hagar. That the daughters used alcohol to seduce their father shows they both realized he would deny them as unreasonable and unrighteous: both babies could have been born as females. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Romans 7: 9-14, King James Version (KJV): 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

2. Proverbs 23: 27-35, KJV: 27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. 28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men. 29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? 30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. 31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. 35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

3. Ezekiel 16: 49-50, KJV: 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Romans 8: 1-9, KJV: 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 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.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, the reply is on works that are dead and vain because they have no content of divine faith. We are more likely to realize another persons works have spiritual importance, meaning, substance and value, where their conduct clearly displays spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD has been infused within their own work by heartfelt care and effort. In addition to commitment, conviction and discernment, longsuffering, unselfishness, and zeal should appear. Admonitions to believers of the early church that were delivered by the Apostle Paul come to mind, once again: Galatians 3: 1-7, King James Version (KJV): 1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. Also, Galatians 4: 11, KJV: 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “David” (Level 7 with 172,651 points, a member since September 05, 2009) posted the following:

 

Christians, We Know Faith Without Works is Dead. But What is Works Without Faith?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed: Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit. And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name: That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes. For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD. (Isaiah 65: 13-25, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Doing The Devil’s Work? (02/21/2019); Faith Throughout the Scriptures? (01/04/2019); Known By His Fruit (11/04/2018); Claiming To Know GOD? (09/14/2018); Deeds Of The Law? (09/10/2017); Blessed In Our Deeds (05/29/2018); Achieving Feats of Righteousness? (05/05/2017); Operations of Christian Faith (04/28/2017)

 

David”, developing Christian believers are encouraged to examine the sacred process and substance of their own actions and works. Using the spirit content they have received from the makeup of divinity, they are to recognize and respond to events, possibilities, proclamations, prophecies, the holy writings, etc. Where spirit substance is lacking, activity is labeled as “self-promotion”, “vain”, “vainglory”, and “vanity” (i.e., empty; impotent; pointless; unfruitful; a waste of time). Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Psalms 127: 1, King James Version (KJV): 1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

2. 2nd Chronicles 25: 1-2, KJV: 1 Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. 2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

3. Hebrews 11: 6, KJV: 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. 2nd Peter 1: 2-10, KJV: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Matthew 27: 35, King James Version (KJV): 35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. (See image reference below.)

 

Today, reply is on how relics are determined to be authentic. The imparted gifts (we say, divine seed; the Holy Ghost; spirit substance from the makeup of divine fullness) have been given as the incontestable evidence and witness that endorse the things received by men on the earth that have GOD as their origin and source. Those who sacrifice all to strive for the high prize of GOD are not likely to value relics overmuch. Within the church, relics are not to be used as a conclusive evidence and witness in judgment, or proof that sacred events have occurred, and are actual. Even so, the most important sacred relics have been useful by activating and confirming faith throughout the body of Christ. Included have been clergy, developing Christian believers, evangelical believers, monastics, pilgrims, prophets, stewards, and those who suffer. In many ways, relics are like visions, and are not to be analyzed or questioned. Relics continue to be spoken of as objects that are more relevant to carnal, material, and social living than to acquiring godliness and spirit content. References to relics often appear in fictional accounts, folklore, or legends (e.g., the Holy Grail, the cup filled with wine used as the emblem of his blood when Jesus introduced the Lord’ Supper), and are seldom documented and traced in the writings of academic historians. Given the most well-known relics are identified within the Scriptures, those who acknowledge the diverse holy relics generally agree that their preservation has been accomplished through the grace of divinity in the same way that manuscripts of the holy writings have been discovered, preserved, and passed on. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Gone Galt” (Level 3 with 1,657 points, a member since December 04, 2006) posted the following:

 

What is the authenticity of the Crown of Thorns and other relics saved from Notre Dame fire?

Update: PS — Yahoo, this is a religious question. Stop changing the category.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3: 7-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Keeping Of Relics (04/17/2019); Self-Will And Christian Integrity (06/11/2018); The Meaning of “Faith” (03/28/2018); Divine Priesthood on Earth (01/31/2018); Secular History, Sacred Revelation? (01/11/2018); Relying on Sacred “Evidence” (11/20/2017); Draped Upon The Cross? (02/22/2016); Holy Garments? (09/24/2015)

 

Gone Galt”, among Christian believers, the operations of faith imparted from the makeup of divinity and the demonstrated presence of revealed eternal purposes of GOD are to determine the authenticity, holiness, integrity, and enduring value for events, man-made objects, oneself, other persons, prophecy, holy writings, etc. Christians are not counseled by GOD to be skeptical or unbelieving, nonetheless, believers are encouraged to stay alert, prepared, and vigilant. Christians are to use their own spirit content from GOD to recognize and respond to spirit content wherever else it appears. Many Christian believers were not aware that there are sacred relics being displayed and maintained as a duty, an inheritance, and a privilege of the church founded by Jesus Christ. Others have long known there are ancient objects and anointed relics being held as treasures by the church, however, they account the significance and value of these items to be no greater than that of ordinary communion ware (e.g., the platen, the monstrance, the chalice). In the effort to avoid false prophecy, academic history, “secular knowledge,” superstition, vanity (emptiness; lack of sacred substance), and worldliness, there are even those who dismiss the idea that relics have any value at all in the modern era. With this in view, numberless believers have been surprised and startled at the recent news that there were relics endangered by the fire that blazed for hours at Notre Dame Cathedral (April 15, 2019, Paris, France). The accord among believers who will meet the Lord at his coming must respond to such principles and understanding as those proclaimed within the Bible. Consider again the following:

1. Psalms 115: 1-8, King James Version (KJV): 1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. 2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? 3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. 5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: 6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: 7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. 8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

2. 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 that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. John 20: 19-29, KJV:  19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on discerning the end times in agreement with sacred knowledge and divine process, rather than in accordance with natural events and human affairs. While Christian believers are recruited to plant, water, and labor for a divine harvest, believers can do nothing to bring about the end so much as they are to appear in judgment as eye-witness to the righteousness of GOD. Believers are not to request displays and interventions by GOD to establish the legitimacy of things already “finished” by having been once and for all divinely proclaimed, promised, and prophesied. Ones certainty, conviction and ability to discern the presence of sacred operations and spirit content from GOD within events, other persons, practices, etc., must derive from faith and other inseparable spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “I trust the count” (Level 7 with 277,497 points, a member since March 02, 2006) posted the following:

 

Do you believe we’re nearing the end times?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. (Matthew 16: 1-4, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Prophecy And Divine Process (04/15/2019); The Solutions From GOD (04/03/2019); His Words About Returning (12/02/2018); “The End Is Near” (03/14/2018); Recognizing Jesus in Glory (02/05/2017); Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); Filled With The Cross? (04/17/2016); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015)

 

I trust the count”, currently, many are seeking to identify the end times on the basis of worldly and secular knowledge, or carnal, material, social, and even weather events (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, storms), rather than rely on sacred knowledge and spiritual proclamations, promises and prophecies existing among us. Yet, the end times signal upheaval no more than the labor pains that ordinarily accompany birth. The multiple streams of sacred truth that address end times for those on the earth include prophecy, revelation, and visions. The sacred character, process, and substance of these different forms of divine communication result in different levels of awareness, emphasis, and focus on the end times. For many, the holy writings address the resolution of human conflict, the elimination of sin, and the settlement of all disputes among the living. For others issues of apocalypse, final judgment, and eternal life are in view. Still others, acknowledge the fulfillment of eternal purpose wherein the living GOD is exalted and glorified having dominion and sovereignty over all that exists. Where men examine end times events and issues as a matter of their own condemnation and punishment for sin, they tend to become disheartened, fearful, and weak in faith. Where it is understood that divinity receives release from continuing confrontation, controversy, and lingering dissatisfaction from the earlier Creation, awareness will should turn to faith, hope, joy, trust and eternal companionship with immortal, incorruptible divinity. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Matthew 24: 3-13, King James Version (KJV): 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

2. Matthew 24: 21-31, KJV: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. 2nd Timothy 3: 1-5, KJV: 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

AN AFTERTHOUGHT: There are multiple meanings in use where Christian believers speak of “the end.” When referring to “end times,” many intend the period leading up to the final completion or fulfillment of prophecies and visions that are recorded in the Bible. Destruction, punishment, the second death, and the termination of duration and existence for the devil, for sin, and for the man-made belief system intended to ensure human survival (we say, the world) also are the focus for many presentations. Christians are cautioned to remember that their salvation begun through repentance and rebirth is an eternal life that is a new creation. When the end of mortality appears, followers of Jesus Christ will be continued through judgment, resurrection, and transformation to exist as life companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity. Nor will there be an end to the immutable, unchanging word of GOD.

 

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