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Happy Thanksgiving! Topics today include how we first may have been introduced to Christ. Also, there is more on the use of alcohol and drugs along with a BATTLE CRY commending Christian rock group MercyMe. A “Yahoo! Answer” writer using the ID “ l.e.b. ” (Level 1 with 68 points, a member since November 19, 2012) posted the following:

Does god care how you became christian?

I became christian after i found out kanye west is a christian but i don’t read the bible or go to church is this okay?

THE BATTLE AXE: Henceforth, Of This Fruit (11/21/2012)—Many young people in present day society approach the use of alcohol and drugs as a rite of passage, a process of growth, and a matter of facing ones fears essential to becoming adult. In their understanding, the sharing of food and drink should always be an acceptable and legitimate aspect of fellowship. For many younger Christians, their abstinence and putting away of alcohol and drugs are motivated by a desire to have clear grasp and comprehension of their experiences caused by the Spirit of GOD and to avoid all spiritual confusion, rather than by fears of addiction, fear of emotional and mental illness, or fear of punishments by the law and other bad experiences (see 2nd Peter 1: 10, KJV). The refusal of Jesus to partake of wine again pertains to the practice of ratifying a new covenant by sharing a meal that serves as a “deed” of accord and sealing as well as to the transformation of the Passover and its eternal purposes of GOD. New fruit and new life come in to view that emerges by the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD (see Ephesians 5: 1-21 and Galatians 5: 16-26, King James Version).


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1st Peter 2: 1-5, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Faith of Ones Parents? (11/18/2012); Reading Only The Red Part (11/19/2012); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012); Double Standard? (10/12/2012); Family and Romance (10/13/2012); Violence In The Bible (02/26/2012); When at Work… (11/08/2010)


THE BATTLE CRY: It has been a while since I last shared a comment on the works of those who prophesy and share as music ministers. Today, I encourage readers to hear an 8-time Dove Award winning Christian rock band, MercyMe. Formed in 1994, out of Greenville, Texas, the members of MercyMe are Bart Millard, vocalist; James Bryson, keyboardist; Robby Shaffer, percussionist; Nathan Cochran, bassist; Michael Scheuchzer and Barry Graul, guitarists. Be sure to hear “I Can Only Imagine” from the 2008 album Almost There, and the title selection from the band’s seventh album, “The Hurt & The Healer” 2012.


Many young people express a concern similar to yours where they were introduced to Christ in settings and situations apart from family values and “traditional church.” Included are evangelist crusades (tent meetings), mass media campaigns (e.g., Internet, radio, televangelism), Bible study groups, and concerts featuring Christian hip hop and rock music. Often, new believers are first encouraged to accept Christ by strangers who share Bibles, tracts and other materials; by athletes, news-makers and celebrity role models; as well as by those with whom they have or hope to develop intimate relationships (e.g., dates, friends, ones spouse). A person may have beginnings that are quiet, simple, and unexceptional. However, to correctly embrace the Savior is to embrace change, death, rebirth, growth, and eternity.

Where a person is “born again” they also have to “grow up” again. The new believer is like a baby and has much to learn in order to become full grown and mature in faith, service and understanding. In addition to being delivered from sin (called salvation), day-by-day, the believer must be made clean and set apart for GOD (called repentance, baptism and sanctification). All believers then receive duty and work (called ministry, priesthood and sharing the gospel). On the one hand, we cannot save ourselves, and Jesus Christ has done all the divine work necessary for mankind to have acceptance from Almighty GOD. On the other hand, there is a life-work that we must complete in order to have the full benefit from the sacred gifts that now are being shared with us.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, gaining new knowledge and mental growth are only one aspect of new life in Christ. There must be unseen spiritual growth that can be made visible through church attendance, forming new habits, praise, prayer, sacrificial giving and worship.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Bible counsels on drinking are the topic, today, along with more on the eternal purposes of GOD. A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Kadar” (Level 1 with 90 points, a member since November 20, 2012) posted the following:

Drinking prohibited in the bible. PROOF?

“drink neither win nor strong drink” – luke 1:15
you only choose the bits you like

THE BATTLE AXE: According to the Eternal Purpose (11/20/2012)—The eternal purposes of GOD go beyond the mere maintenance of created beings and living creatures that continually express carnal, material and spiritual needs. Like the children of GOD upon the earth, who have had to receive correction through patriarchs, covenant, judges, kings, prophets, apostles, bishops, sacraments, and sufferings, the angels “must be told” or they fail to recognize the fullness of divine will. Angels do not age, grow old, learn or mature, yet, contrary to divine intent, their rank and glory may be changed, and their sacred substance may be diminished through corruption. In the same way Almighty GOD is revealed to those of the earth through copies and depictions of things in heaven, the Most High is revealed to citizens of heaven through visible figures that are upon the earth. Both men and angels are challenged to know, love and serve an invisible, unseen GOD “by faith,” and through unity that derives from sacred purpose. Oneness prevails rather than equality, parity and sameness. Fullness and wholeness are accomplished through balance, diversity, meekness, obedience to divine law, reverence, worship and truth. Among men, many only account as truth what they themselves apprehend and discover through trial and error. Such are often being directly influenced by unseen spirits that receive enlightenment and insight only by creating and marking differences, disparity and imbalance. Those who are deceived cannot accept the truth that there is absolutely no way for angels to rule over mankind apart from GOD. Being fellow-servants and peers with mankind (Revelation 19: 9-10 and 22: 8-9, KJV), holy angels also are challenged to speak as did Job and David (Job 42: 5-6; Psalms 34: 13-19; and Psalms 51: 8-17, KJV). Given creatures from dust may grasp these things, angels are without excuse.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. 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. 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. (Proverbs 23: 29-35, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: What Is Reality (a.k.a. Truth)? 09/29/2012; Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); All Righteousness (01/11/2012); Reason to Believe (01/12/2012); Diet and Food? (12/31/2010); Not Sure? (01/01/2011); Eat and Run? (10/21/2010); Divine Blessing (10/22/2010)

While juices and oils from plants often have profound impact upon the flesh (i.e., human appetite, senses, and mind), no beverage, drug or material substance can dominate or influence the living spirit from GOD that resides within mankind. Even so, here is the sort of counsel often shared by fathers and sons among the people of GOD through Jesus Christ:

The application of truth recorded in the Bible has to be in accordance with various conditions, needs, and understandings, just like advice from a doctor regarding ones health. Certain ideas about diet and food apply broadly, at most seasons, and in a variety of locations. At other times, abstinence and limits must be proscribed.

Many receive the Scriptures as not condemning out of hand the use of wine, strong beverages, and so-called “controlled substances” (e.g., caffeine, coffee, cola, hashish, marijuana, tobacco, rum, and whiskey). While many of these (particularly the drugs) have medicinal value, they pose serious threats to health, because they alter the functioning of the body, rather than encourage its functioning as do herbal remedies. Typically, users are unable to control the dosage and quality of those substances, and the patterns of use and experience are not consistent and predictable. For most mature believers, the primary proscriptions against drinking address drunkenness, intoxication, loss of inhibitions, and lack of sobriety. Respect for the pleasures of life is encouraged (e.g., Judges 9: 12-13; Ecclesiastes 2: 24 and 9: 7; John 2: 8-10, King James Version) while exaggeration, greed, and hedonism are condemned (e.g., Proverbs 20: 1 and 31: 4; Isaiah 28: 7, KJV).

The following are some of the many notable examples of counsel against drinking that are put before the covenant peoples of GOD. In each instance, discipline, obedience, preparedness, sobriety and vigilance are paramount. Readers should consider the sons of Jonadab (Jeremiah 35, KJV). Also, attend to Jesus, the Christ who counsels that we watch and pray in Matthew (26: 41), Mark (13: 33 and 14: 38) and Luke (21: 36). More than this, it is written: And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom (Matthew 26: 26-29, KJV).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, believers all have duty to provide the best possible example to others. Hence, it is no error or offense to pursue the counsel of the Apostle Paul: It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. Romans 14: 21, KJV.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Some ideas of reality and truth are shared, today (below). Also, there is further consideration, suppose I am wrong?


THE BATTLE AXE: Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)—Often in human experience, a person finds more than one satisfying explanation, or framework of belief that accounts for discrete facts within their inner awareness. It is then that they begin to analyze, compare and contrast complex systems, and intricate patterns that describe a collective or common consciousness. Where culture, history and tradition are the primary focus, material and social realities are stressed, and authentic spiritual elements may never come into view. Such stumbling blocks as competitiveness, cultural arrogance, gaps in knowledge, predisposition, skepticism and superstition may warp the conclusions and findings from a person’s reflection and study. Particularly where assumptions are made that inward truth may not be known as definite and unchanging, or that spiritual truth is always determined according to external conditions, thinkers proscribe using “objective” yet undefined criteria for such features as accuracy, clarity, completeness, and simplicity. Even points for elegance and style may be awarded. It remains, the highest standard given for spiritual truth is generally referred to as ones own faith, where faith for the mature Christian believer is a sacred substance imparted from the Divine Person whereby GOD has immediate presence, and resides within created beings and living creatures.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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: 12-14, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Doom (09/20/2012); Ghosts (09/02/2012); How Life Exists (08/20/2012); GOD Does Exist (03/20/2012); Why Ask (02/23/2011); Normal? (02/22/2011); Proving Truth? (12/24/2010)

    
     The Roman Governor and Judge, Pontius Pilate, is recorded in the Holy Scriptures having interrogated Jesus before releasing him to those that would perform his crucifixion; and when Jesus would not appeal for mercy, make excuse, or attempt to defend himself against the charges made by the Jews, Pilate asked the question “What is real” using slightly different words, What is truth? (John 18: 38, KJV). In human experience many things are real, and are truth, that no one can explain easily, and that no person may control. Even so, the events, or things, seen, heard and felt are “real”. Even so, the emotional, mental, physical, psychological, and spiritual things that happen are truth. Given that mankind does not have authority and power to create the truth, make truth absolute, and maintain truth as unchanging, many feel that reality and truth are fictions of perfection: There can be no permanent reality, there can be no genuine truth.
    
     The fact that change occurs does not eliminate, or suspend reality and truth. Usually the case is that added realities and new truths are unveiled that formerly were hidden, misunderstood, and unseen. While sudden, unintended, unexpected, unwanted changes are labeled as causing agony, destruction, distress and loss, reality and truth should not be condemned and cursed, because prior to change, a person, in fact, has had many opportunities to become grounded, flexible, prepared, and shielded.
    
     The appearance of Christ in the earth was provided to establish sweeping change for reality and truth within the spiritual awareness of all created beings and living creatures. The operation and process of material reality would remain essentially the same despite some miraculous events, and some radical departures from what we call the “natural order.” “Real” and “truth” defined in Christ, speak to the nature and substance of divinity; to the operation of GOD within, through, and on behalf of mankind; as well as to process that identifies counterfeits of the divine handiwork, and makes visible and permanent the genuine Creation of GOD.
    
     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, things acknowledged as real and true within the consciousness of a person’s spirit, may not be confirmed through awareness that come by the flesh, or by the mind as influenced by society and the world. There are specific guidelines, laws and limits for the existence and ministration of spirit; and these are usually very different from those for behavior and conduct in social groups, because spirit is not restricted by frameworks of time and space. Those of us who have carefully examined such things generally agree that the operations of drugs are through the mechanisms of flesh. Thus, no drug supplies an experience caused by, or containing spirit substance from the person of GOD. Similarly, no drug has power to block, repel, or stop a genuine appearance of the Spirit of GOD within a person–including those who may claim to not believe.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC