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Marriage is used to speak of love and GOD, today, also, there is more on whether Jesus will return in flesh or spirit.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Ardin” (Level 3 with 1,400 points, a member since February 6, 2010) posted the following:


Is it possible to want to love and be loved by God and not be able to?

If you’re not a Christian, that’s done but this question is directed at those who are. I’m wondering. Is it possible to not be able to love God/ feel His love?


THE BATTLE AXE:  The Return in Glory? (07/04/2013)—By the Advent or Second Coming, the inarguable authority, excellence, power and sovereignty of GOD will be displayed through the person of Jesus commanding the holy angels and harvesting the earth of those who are his partners in covenant.  Christ will appear in flesh, however, consecrated, sanctified, and not to be touched.  Believers are to meet him in the air, because the earth will be polluted by the blood of its slain.  By continuing incarnation, and through use of final judgment and the second death, the revelation of divinity will continue, that will further discipline, instruct and groom mankind for eternal life with GOD and Christ.  See Acts 1:  9-11, John 4:  23-24 and Revelation 1:  10-18, King James Version.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee:  though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid:  for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.  And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.  Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things:  this is known in all the earth.  Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion:  for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.  (Isaiah 12:  1-6, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Feeling Loved By GOD (06/16/2013); To Find A True Christian (06/17/2013); The Church as a Bride? (05/15/2013); How Do I Repent? (05/16/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013)

Ardin, here are some points acknowledged as useful by many Christian believers:

(1)  Development of a mature and satisfying relationship with GOD is not accomplished instantaneously, or “in a flash.”  True, in baptism a  believer dies, is buried, is raised from the dead, and is reborn all in a single sacred event.  However, once born again, the believer must acquire new knowledge, face various challenges, disappointments, frustrations and problems (we say, growing pains), practice to sharpen new skills, and reflect upon their experiences to become confident, full-grown and stable.

(2)  Marriage is one of many devices used to clarify and illustrate devotion to GOD through Jesus Christ.  (Others are adoption, discipleship, friendship, prophecy, stewardship, and rebirth from divine DNA.)  The relationship as life companions may begin through affection, care, curiosity, or mutual attraction, yet may only continue to the point of bearing fruit through commitment, conviction, and the joining of separate spirits.

(3)  Many err by bringing fantasies, passions, and unrealistic expectations to marriage, particularly with regard to responsibility, romance and  “love”.  Often in marriage, it requires as much as 30 years to expose and exchange intimate secrets that could otherwise have been spoken or completed in only 30 minutes.  Trust and unity are achieved only by years of preparation, trial and error, stopping and starting again.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (4)  Marriage, where partners encounter problems, learn, and prosper together, is not a perfect example for describing new life in Christ.  For in the sacred processes of redemption and salvation, one partner must continue to accept inner change and differences that include interference by sin, while the other is incorruptible, unchanging and is invulnerable and unconquerable by sin.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The obedience of Jesus to the commandment given mankind that the earth be overspread by holiness, rather than sin is considered, today. Also, there is more on time before the sun. The “Yahoo! Answers” Top Contributor using the ID “?” (Level 5 with 7,519 points, a member since May 20, 2012) posted the following:

Why didn’t the Christ Jesus obey God’s commandment given to us in Genesis 9:7?

God found a human mate worthy of giving birth of the Christ Jesus. Surely Jesus could have found a mate worthy of his holy seed, no?

God says in Genesis 38:9-10 that wasting thy seed upon the ground is wicked in the sight of the Lord. So why didn’t the Christ Jesus pick a wife and make babies?

Please do not say “because our salvation was more important.” If Jesus was half man or all man then he should do as men are commanded, no? Besides making a baby or two or three wouldn’t stop him from sacrificing himself.

Let’s face it, the only reason Jesus didn’t make any babies is because the people who concocted the story didn’t think it would benefit their cause, yes?


THE BATTLE AXE: Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013)—(6) Ideas declaring that human life and reality depend upon the sun, the moon, or the stars come in many forms, and are rightly called “idol worship” and “idolatry”. It is a noxious truth, that there are those in the earth who deny the King of Glory. Why? Because they can tell whenever the sun is shining. See Deuteronomy 4: 15-20, Job 31: 26-28 and John 1: 1-14, KJV. (7) While existence of the sun and moon are described in an account of Creation, the divinely provided lights pertain to the proclamation of Divine name, the revelation of GOD, and that GOD is known as sovereign above all that is. As features of the natural world, the sun and moon are not eternal or permanent; yet, their status as both “universal” in human experience, and beyond human ability to alter or change them, fit the sun and moon to be used illustrating the righteousness of GOD in covenant. More than this, the supremacy of GOD is further established in the removal of sun and moon. See Joshua 10: 12-14, Jeremiah 31: 31-37, Psalms 19: 1-7 and Isaiah 24: 17-23, KJV. (8) The Advent of Christ is also signaled in natural events. Consider again, the instruction from Jesus (Matthew 24: 27-31, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. (Luke 17: 7-10, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Family Affair? (04/01/2013); Emotional Appeal? (04/02/2013); Noah, A Second Adam? (03/25/2013); GOD Hiding in Plain Sight (03/26/2013); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013); The Ascension of Christ? (12/19/2012); GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012)

Dear “?”, the obedience of Jesus to commands that the earth be nourished and replenished are to be seen and understood as accomplished “in spirit,” rather than “flesh and bone.” Where men and women become perfected (i.e., mature), they correctly understand that GOD is a spirit, and we must acknowledge and worship GOD in spirit and in truth, not merely through our senses, physical matter and social being. Dutiful obedience has a peculiar place, where initiative, love (unselfish desire to benefit), and genuine union in the Divine Person have a higher place.

The offspring of Jesus are those who, believing, submit to operations by the same Spirit of GOD that established the heavens and the earth at Creation. Human nature is transformed through baptism that is spiritual death, rebirth from divine substance (holy DNA, so to speak), and regeneration. Those born again, are also spoken of as adopted through the Holy Spirit.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, there may now be billions who have come to GOD through Jesus Christ. According to the holy writings, these include Abraham, Moses, David, and me.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Whether it is mandatory to confess sins to the clergy is the topic, today. Also, there is more on outgrowing childhood prayers. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Donald” (Level 6 with 12,780 points, a member since May 12, 2009) posted the following:


If its mandatory to confess our sins to a Catholic Priest, is it a sin if we confess our sins to God only?

Why would we need to bypass God to please the Catholic Church?


THE BATTLE AXE: Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013)—We of the church must first triumph in relationship to GOD as our Father through Jesus Christ, within our hearts and thoughts, rather than in society and in the streets. For both children and mature Christian believers, where all that is spoken in prayer can be accounted as truth, prayer is equal to praise and testimony in judgment. Even so, the most important aspect of prayer is often nonverbal, and is not a matter of the words we speak. Thus, instead of exaggerations, flattery, and guile, attitudes of humility and respect ensure our access to GOD. Included are allowing our thoughts to be directed by sacred truth, bowing, genuflecting, folding our hands together to hold them back from sin, and waiting in silence. (See Romans 8: 26-27, KJV.) Privately speaking in tongues has importance and value for ones personal growth in the Spirit that can be recognized and understood by all within the church. However, speaking the truth with understanding, and prophecy are more necessary for growth and order within any assembly. (See 1st Corinthians 14: 1-5, KJV.) Many believers deliberately speak using prayers recorded in the Bible, and language from the holy writings. Christian adults also accept that intent and purpose are aspects of prayer. As a result, while we strive to be open, honest and thorough in prayer, confessing our faults and needs, believers respectfully leave many things unsaid. Included are complaints, condemnation of others, defiance, insults, and requests for permission to violate divine law and sacred order. (See Hebrews 4: 12 , Daniel 9: 3-22, Matthew 6: 9-15 and Luke 11: 1-4, KJV.) We receive opportunities for prayer as a gift; however, they are also aspects of duty—things that must be done (like it, don’t like it) despite every difficulty, inconvenience, and sacrifice that may be required. Just as parents are to guide their children in the things from GOD for life and love, it is also the duty of children to refresh, and share with their parents from the fountain of GOD’s spirit that our children receive.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken: And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me. And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. (Joshua 7: 16-21, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why Confess Before Priest (02/27/2012); GOD Was Sorry? (02/28/2012); Girdle 4: The Sin of Achan (11/19/2011); Binder 27: Confession (10/24/2011); Dispatch 46: Effectual Fervent Prayer (09/25/2011); Confess? Yes! (02/20/2011); “Subtle” (02/21/2011); Why Confess? (12/16/2010); Mercy is Just? (12/17/2010)

    
     Donald, where you will first show respect to GOD in prayer, the following points should have great clarity:

(1.) Pastors, priests, deacons, elders, and other clergy are to be respected as spiritually anointed and experienced agents or spokespersons that make GOD present and visible in the reality of believers.

(2.) As with chastisement and punishment a child receives from their parents in the home, the effectiveness of confession as a process to gain cleansing, peace of mind, and spiritual strength comes only by agreement, covenant, obedience, and willing submission. 
 
(3.) Many are disheartened by their continuing need for spiritual increase and power, for it usually appears as confusion, infirmity, unbelief and weakness. Those appointed as intercessors and mediators in the church also are in the same condition; and, therefore, are fit to stand on our behalf, and with us as companions.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) The demands upon the congregation are binding, and mandatory upon believers through faith and trust toward GOD. In most instances, the order and structure in place have been experimentally and experientially tested for hundreds of years, and through thousands of lives. Outcomes and results have been approved because they have provided true sacred benefit.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The increase of atheism from reading the Bible, and more on titles and respect among Christians are topics, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Edward” (Level 2 with 976 points, a member since February 13, 2013) posted the following:


Will reading the Bible produce more atheists than it does followers – will there be a turning point?

Many atheists have cited the ridiculous claims made in the Bible as one of the reasons not to belief in the Christian, or any god. That Christian claims for divinity are man-made, having man’s Bronge-aged thinking stamped all over it.


THE BATTLE AXE: On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013)—The holy spirit that must exist throughout the body of Christ is visible as cooperation not competition, diligence not fault-finding, empathy not envy, expectation not carelessness, forbearance not censure, unity not schism. Those appointed to demonstrate the displeasure and rebuke of GOD are also charged to show balance, forgiveness, humility, kindness and impartiality (see again, Luke 17: 10, 2 Peter 2: 11 and Jude 1: 9, KJV). Special titles are bestowed upon all within the Church of Jesus Christ including names as children of GOD, heirs of GOD, peacemakers, sons of GOD, and children of Light (e.g., Luke 20: 36, Romans 8: 17 and 1st Thessalonians 5: 5, KJV). The belief that GOD is active and present through human figures is a basic truth promoting the worship of GOD as a congregational and shared act, rather than merely a matter of private and secret displays (Galatians 2: 20, Hebrews 10: 24-25, KJV). It remains, duty and responsibility often require the division of labor as well as the making of difficult choices and decisions. Those given the necessary tasks of “picking and choosing” must be anchored, mature and stable, while continuing as open to instruction and new experience from GOD. Those who seek to “lord it over” the people of GOD usually lose their place within the kingdom of GOD, for pride and self-exaltation always result in a collapse. There are no rewards for exaggerating ones authority and “playing GOD”; there are only rewards for acknowledging, humbling oneself and serving GOD. (See Job 32: 20-22, Matthew 23: 1-12, Mark 10: 43 and 2nd Corinthians 1: 21, 24, King James Version.)


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7: 13-14, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Price of Humanity (12/13/2012); Remembering the Holocaust? (12/14/2012); Believing Everything? (11/23/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); See With New Eyes (11/06/2012); Does GOD Feel? (10/05/2012); About Conversion (09/03/2012); By Grace (09/04/2012); Repelled by the Bible (08/13/2012); Jealous, Not Crazy (08/10/2012); The Divine Tool of Death (08/11/2012); The Need For GOD (01/31/2012); Feelings and Liberty (02/01/2012); Girdle 33: The Nearness Of GOD (12/18/2011); Girdle 34: The Life Was The Light (12/19/2011); (08/13/2011) Dispatch 5: Weapons (Vengeance); Girdle 28: Grounded In Love ( 12/13/2011)

Many have wanted to examine and look into the things from GOD for mankind, and have failed to rightly grasp the realities of spirit and non-matter that pertain to sacred belief. There are many indications that GOD would have it so (for example, Matthew 22: 14, Luke 13: 23-39, 1 Peter 1: 12 and Revelation 17: 14, KJV).

The hard truth that separates Christian believers from atheists, humanists, secularists and others is that the holy writings describe the Most High GOD as judge over the spirit content of all created beings and living creatures. The revelation of divinity proceeds through a record of priesthood, covenant, and continuous judgment against sin. The GOD who proclaimed his name to Moses, and “explained” the peculiar vision of his Person, is a god of unavoidable, nonnegotiable judgment (Exodus 34: 6-8, KJV).

Like popularity, pride in ones good looks and wealth, pride in ones intelligence does not fit a person to understand the things of GOD. Only substance from within divine person establishes ones capability for understanding of the Scriptures. Included are faith, holiness, humility, joy, righteousness, wisdom and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, only spiritual operations through the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD such as rebirth, repentance and sanctification produce Christian believers. Atheists will abound through ignorance, spiritual confusion, separation from GOD, self-promotion, and operations of self-will in mankind that oppose the existence of divine law, Divine Person, and the full Creation of GOD—what mature Christians call “sin”.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Continuing our prayers to encourage GOD’s blessing upon the church of Jesus Christ, the newly elected Pope Francis I, and all who serve as spiritual leaders in the earth, our topic today focuses on titles and respect shown to clergy and others. Also there is more on the eternal person of Christ. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Beyondthebox” (Level 4 with 3,948 points, a member since June 19, 2010) posted the following:


Although Jesus said, call NO man your father, teacher, rabbi?

( i’m pretty sure that includes guru, pastor and pope) sheeple will always insist on having a king to follow right?
Since sheeple insist on having to follow a king, don’t wish that the new pope will use his influence to promote kindness toward all, oppression of no one. genuine kindness doesn’t pick and choose?


THE BATTLE AXE: Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013)—Just as the sudden removal of all plant life from the earth would result in a chain of destruction and upheaval, the sudden removal of all who are presently tainted by sin would cause disproportion and ripples of imbalance throughout the universe. The salvation of mankind is therefore carried out as an aspect of perfecting all that is. As the primary agent in the divine process, Christ who may be within all, also must be above all.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? (Matthew 21: 33-40, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013); Wanting to Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Idols of Flesh? (03/12/2012); The Work of Jesus (03/13/2012); Dispatch 45: Partakers (09/24/2011); Dispatch 42: Unprofitable Servants (09/21/2011); Why No Answer? (08/25/2012); To Be or Not To Be (08/26/2012); Respect? (01/02/2011); Not Accepted? (01/03/2011); Spirit or Word? (12/11/2010); Justification? (12/12/2010); Faith Forced? (12/13/2010)


The counsel of Jesus, to call no man on earth “Father”, is a warning against idolatry, and the promotion of clergy, family, and all temporal leaders as false gods. Eternal life and salvation from judgment against sin do not result from actions by created beings and living creatures operating apart from Almighty GOD. The flesh generates many devices and mechanisms that are distractions for the people of GOD, and will interfere with their pursuit of the Gospel. 
 
Mature Christian believers generally agree that those who are consecrated and sanctified for service to the church often have greater emotional, psychological and spiritual burdens placed upon them, for they are accountable to GOD, and under scrutiny within themselves and by the full assembly in ways that constitute continual (though not always correct and righteous) judgment. See 1st Timothy 3, King James Version.

Given that experience, gifts, skills and understandings of spiritual truth varies from person to person, it remains that there are many who are not prominent, yet may make unique contributions to a body of believers. Where such persons serve as clergy, cooperation, obedience and respect are to be shown their authority and service, even where their character, demeanor and personality do not make them likeable (see John 10: 36-38, 1st Timothy 5: 17-18, KJV).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the high standard of cooperation, mutual support and respect that should appear in the church is often called “love.” Even the lowliest servant within the household of GOD is not to be abused, insulted, mistreated, or obstructed in their work, or spiritual growth (see Matthew 18: 6, Luke 12: 42-38 and Romans 14: 4, KJV). Consider how this also might include both Death and Satan.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     The divine device of fathers and sons is our topic, today; and there is more on the love of GOD.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Haley” (Level 1 with 91 points, a member since March 1, 2013) posted the following:


Why does god need a son?

i am very open to other religions ….but when it comes to Christianity this is a question i want to ask ….if god is so powerful why does he need a son….and if Jesus is gods son does that make him a god to…sorry i don’t know to much about Christianity..


THE BATTLE AXE:  The Love of GOD (03/03/2013)—We should not be disturbed that we do not understand everything in an instance and all-at-once.  There are things hidden and unexplained even among the Host of heaven.  Divine love is made visible to us all by such aspects of communion as compassion, forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, patience, and longsuffering.  As sons and daughters to GOD through Jesus Christ, believers are not commanded to despise or hate Satan.  As we mature, and are lead to understand the predicament that comes by sin, we recognize the extremity of all those who are lost, including those among the holy angels.  More than through friendship, marriage and relationships based upon mutual acceptance and commitment, understanding the love of GOD is acquired by growth through experiences of fulfilling spiritual duty.  One may be required to carry out and perform tasks pertaining to the will of GOD that absolutely must be completed within a fixed period without complaints, grumbling, ill-temper, and protest; without delay, hesitation and lingering; without detailed and full information regarding consequences, intent, purpose and value for ones actions as well as without regard to the various costs that may include energy, money, pleasure and time, that may result in damage, injury, personal loss and sacrifice, and that may also result in death, elimination and status as “obsolete.”  The importance of such elements as choice, preference, self-will, and beginner or volunteer status are canceled; nevertheless—like it, don’t like it—the duty must be fulfilled.  Such elements must appear as allegiance, commitment, conviction, dedication, dependability, devotion, faithfulness, loyalty, reliability, and trustworthiness.  In addition to such duties as preaching and proclaiming the Gospel, all believers in Jesus as their Redeemer and Savior are challenged to fulfill sacred duties that include confessing their faults, needs, sins and weaknesses; giving and sharing unselfishly; intercession on behalf of others; always speaking the truth; showing compassion and respect to all; living lives of repentance and preparation for the Advent of Christ; and praying without ceasing.  The specific tasks believers are assigned always fit with and support actions, and works by others and by GOD.  Thus, it is the interconnection, interdependence and harmony of our works that generate the awareness, cooperation, teamwork and unity we see in the peculiar association and fellowship known as “the body” and “the church.”  Those that are incapable of receiving the spirit substance that enables action, change and growth that displays the divine will are also incapable of receiving spirit content that establishes eternal life.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  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:  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.  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:  the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  (Isaiah 55:  7-12, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013); Son of Man (11/28/2012); Given the Cloud of Witnesses (11/29/2012); How Was GOD Know Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012)


     Haley, be encouraged as you consider the following:  GOD understands that mankind needs to communicate directly with himself in order to correctly receive place within the fullness of the universe.  The importance of a “son” of GOD is as great as the importance for a “son of man.”  Through human reproduction, various possibilities are established for finite and temporal mankind to be in continuing and productive existence, and to realize relationship with the eternal Creator.  Men are to understand that GOD is a spirit, and ordinarily has no form, shape or visible appearance.  More than this, divine existence, intent, operation and sacred purpose are not typically bounded and framed by the aspects for human mind supplied as time and space.

     GOD reveals himself to created beings and living creatures through various devices, mechanisms, and sacred processes.  Included are birth, covenant, creation, death, incarnation, inheritance, judgment, law, proclamation, promise, prophecy, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification.  The word of GOD also is spirit (we sometimes say “breath”); and operates as a distinct appearance of divine person.  The divine word is to be understood as making the will of GOD known, and must be recognized primarily by its effect and presence for, through and upon created beings and objects that may be carnal, material, social, or spirit.

     The promises of GOD to one man, who at some point must die and complete mortality, (e.g., Adam, Abraham, or David) are lawfully and properly carried over and fulfilled within the life of other men who are shaped in the same personness and values of their “father.”  Given that men may understand and perform duty as sons to complete and perpetuate earthly goals and standards given by their fathers, the device of a divine son is used to achieve divine aims and imperatives that include furthering the possibilities for the divine nature to reside within humanity.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the appearance of GOD incarnate (i.e., in flesh) as Jesus of Nazareth should be easy to accept as an emblem of the supreme authority, glory and majesty of GOD.  Thousands of years and human lives were used to prepare mankind for that event.  The holiness, power, and purity of GOD are not defiled or lessened through operations of divine prerogative and righteousness for the salvation of created beings and living creatures.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

With others of various faiths across our Nation, since the birthday of citizen Martin Luther King, Jr., who advocated nonviolence as a standard for all our living, I have been prayerfully reflecting upon the President’s proposals regarding our Nation’s gun laws. Through ill-advised application of and emphasis upon our principles that encourage separation of Church and State, there is increased denial of divine authority and sacred law, disbelief, dismissal and lack of faith, with increasingly widespread ungodly public behavior. (The principle that should have prevailed most is that of Checks and Balances where the contributions of both Church and State would be continually blended.) America has arrived at a peculiar “bottom line.” Our children, our federal leadership, and our citizens who are committed to nonviolence are again forced to make passionate appeals that empathy and reason be shown by their less likeminded countrymen who manufacture, distribute, own, and use firearms. Once again, I have become sharply aware that, where GOD is not acknowledged as Head for the Chain of Command, there are no “god-given rights” that include liberty to vote, maintain families, bear arms, or own lethal weapons. The persistence and popularity of idolatry and whoredom are not enough to establish them as the righteousness of a people. To insist that there be “freedom” that allows those who are godless and wicked to abuse the conscience of a nation is absurd. Seeking to share what my Savior has now impressed upon me and other defenders of the Nation and its Capital, I am posting today’s blog entry (below):

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. (Psalms 33: 12-22, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Dispatch 32: Now Will I Rise (09/11/2011); Dispatch 26: The Shield (09/05/2011); Things? (11/13/2010); Mealtime Grace (11/14/2010)

The issues of responsible gun-ownership and access to firearms have become more than one of haves versus have nots—men and women coveting exotic and expensive things; some promoting knowledge and skill through partiality and prejudice; or some having personal pleasure, pride and satisfaction as a collector and owner of property that is not available to all. Accountability, purpose, and trust are now issues of gun legislation; and, for this reason, there is a threat to the health of the Nation; and the present public concern is also a sign of divine displeasure. Our home has become a place where insistence upon “privacy” and “rights” does not encourage and permit strict acknowledgement of duty and responsibility; and this threatens to become an undoing of our national covenant. Americans are now living in a nation where elected officials are not free to attend public gatherings and social events without putting their lives at risk, and being in jeopardy of assassination. Children in day care or public school classrooms may be targeted by deranged adults, and enemies of the State. The President of our Nation, and his family, have been under threats of assassination and murder, since he formally became a candidate for the Office.

The time has come that we must admit: Gun ownership is not a “god-given right” for Americans, and this is particularly so for those who have forfeited everything “god-given” through their disbelief and ignorance of GOD. Those who insist that people are not free, or are not full citizens without a gun are liars. Such betray their ignorance of our public contract for Nation: In the absence of “divine law” and covenants from GOD, the “law of the land” is the agreement and consensus that a group of people will continue together as a “commonwealth.” To the dismay of many gun advocates, apart from addressing the needs of the commonwealth there is no legitimate need for gun ownership described in the law. In fact, the Constitution and other public covenants assume and imply that gun ownership is for personal and national defense, rather than unlicensed hunting and unregulated recreation. With this unspoken aspect of our national pact in view, all militias are to operate openly, are under authority of the Nation’s Commander and Chief, and are in an agreement as reserved forces that are to buttress and support our active military. Certainly, in a national emergency, those that would not rally to the Chief Executive, and would challenge him as a dictator, a hypocrite, or a tyrant reasonably be identified as fomenters of rebellion, sedition and treason.

The present proposals focused upon assault weapons and their ammunition are lacking. To limit the size of gun magazines without limiting the frequency and numbers that may be purchased (e.g., no more than 4 clips every 3 months) is as vain as selling weapons without firing pins, and expecting American owners to honor the law and not to rearm and refit such weapons. Also, the stockpiling of weapons (e.g., 3 of a kind, 10 different kinds) is superfluous, and is not yet being properly challenged. The detailed inventory for all arsenals within our communities of 5 or more weapons should be known to both local and federal law enforcement.

As those appearing to embrace a false god for protection of their lives and property, the gun owners of America increasingly speak as those who worship an idol. Where a man values his dog, his job, his truck or a sports team, and declares he cannot live without them, or treasures them more than his wife, his children, his parents and co-workers, his homeland, he may call himself a believer in some religion, however, his inner spirit is caught up in a disguised form of idol worship. It is no different from those who claim to be Christian believers, yet do not obey Christ (see Ezekiel 33: 30-33 and Luke 6: 46, KJV). Those claiming to be Americans who deny the truth of our national consensus are liars. No matter what false claims they may now make, those not in national covenant with us are not Americans. They may be predators, outlaws, gunslingers and desperadoes, however, they are not fellow citizens, and should not be trusted as genuine Americans.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, idolatry and worship of false gods are characterized by exploitation, fear, pride, and self-promotion. Where there are repeated efforts to exalt some dead and lifeless thing that contains no divine substance, love (the motive to unselfishly benefit others) is suppressed or only given “lip service.” Foundations for the quality of life, and the valuing of human experience become questionable and shaky. In the place of love, combativeness, competition, and a mentality and attitude of refusing to respect any that cannot employ force and violence naturally develops.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Whether Jesus had foreknowledge of his resurrection before it occurred is a topic, today, along with more on Naaman the Leper. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “fixer29” (Level 4 with 2,680 points, November 16, 2010) posted the following:

Did Jesus know He was going to be resurrected before He was crucified?

Or did it come as a huge surprise when He woke up in a cave three days later?

THE BATTLE AXE: Naaman the Leper (12/21/2012)—Just as the miraculous healing of Naaman followed his obedience, only after obedience do believers receive authority, gratitude, joy, trust, understanding, and the imparted, indwelling spirit of GOD (we say, the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Prophecy). All believers begin without full knowledge of the Gospel, and the things given from GOD. There must be inquiry, study, decision, death and resurrection (through baptism), confirmations of faith, and continuous change by spiritual growth. Once healed of otherwise incurable disease (leprosy is sin), Naaman becomes a figure of the divinely reborn who minister to mankind by sharing the Gospel of Christ. The prophet refuses the offer of payment and earthly rewards; however, his servant, Gehazi, pursues Naaman, and seeks reward through deception and lying. As a result, the servant receives the curse of Naaman’s leprosy upon himself, and upon his own future generations. As a minister to the prophet in the way Joshua attended Moses, Gehazi was one who stands in witness to the operation and presence of GOD, and one who has received such divine gifts as covenant, deliverance, law, and priesthood. Gehazi’s covetousness, presumption, and violation of trust is like that of one who hears the Gospel message, and despises the promises and spiritual gifts preferring outward appearance (e.g., changes of raiment), influence, wealth and worldly power.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. (John 11: 21-27, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Holy Kiss? (11/13/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); What He Died For (09/14/2012); Chances for Change (09/15/2012); Begotten not Made (09/08/2012); About False Witness (09/09/2012); Why Jesus Prayed (08/19/2012); How Life Exists (08/20/2012); Girdle 50: Unquenchable Life (01/06/2012)

      In addition to a record of the doctrines and teachings from GOD the Father that Jesus proclaimed by his ministry as an orthodox rabbi, the Scriptures identify many of the prophesies he carried out and performed as well as the declarations of his personal conviction and faith. Even knowledge for some of the most “private” prayers of Jesus have been provided to believers through the Holy Spirit (see Luke 11: 1-4 and John 17, King James Version). Jesus was familiar with the events and portents surrounding his birth; and, being human, he endured a continual struggle to acquire a mature comprehension, and complete acceptance of sacred truth (see Matthew 25: 20-46 and Mark 14: 13-42, KJV).

      Jesus lived in a society that had many divisions, errors, and faith eroding secular influences. Even among the elders and leaders of the Temple community (often called “the Jews” in Scripture), there were disbelievers and factions driven by human error, politics, and pride. Being anchored in faith, humility, obedience and prayer, Jesus acknowledged and demonstrated to all the proper duty for a son of GOD (see Luke 4: 16-21 and Matthew 11: 1-6, KJV). The holy writings were the most widely available and shared presentation of doctrine, and provided all the necessary elements for the common acceptance of salvation through Christ. Thus, Jesus and his followers preached and proclaimed the truths of his birth, death, burial and resurrection as fulfillment of prophecy, and things of the holy record, rather than the accomplishment of private goals and purposes (see Luke 24: 1-31, KJV).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, how we experience events in our divine spirit, or in our human imagination and thoughts are at a very different level than events in our flesh and material reality. The events of the Lord’s Passion included many unexpected details, jolts and unanticipated traumas. For example, his expectation (i.e., hope) probably did not include seeing his mother stand before him at the foot of the cross.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIXWashington, DC

The pressure and weight that must be faced by every follower of Christ, and more on the focus of divine judgment are considered, today. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Ethan M” (Level 5 with 8,577 points, a member since June 13, 2006) posted the following:

How can Christ say in Matt 11:30 that his burden is light?

He paid the price for all our sins, I would not consider this a light burden.

THE BATTLE AXE: The Focus of Judgment (12/09/2012)—Because behavior and conduct also display spirit content, the resources given to prepare believers for divine judgment go beyond punishments, threats, and warnings. There are examples from godly lives of earlier disciples, prophets and servants of GOD. There is guidance and instruction for decision-making and evaluating opportunities. The divine substance of actions, attitudes and behavior are examined; and rewards are determined in a second judgment that will be provided only to those who have received immortality and incorruption. All believers who accept Jesus Christ as Lord are embraced as the children of GOD, and those in intimate relationship as adopted sons and daughters to GOD; however, as with Jesus himself, they will be examined for obedience, reverence and righteousness.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. (John 15: 20-24, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Church Attendance? (11/12/2012); A Holy Kiss? (11/13/2012); Blessings, Curses and Woes (10/03/2012); After We Die? (10/04/2012); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); The Work of Jesus (03/13/2012); Signs of a Prophet (03/14/2012); The Only Way? (02/14/2011)

Clarity for statements recorded in Scripture often comes only after new birth, prayer, reflection, and structured experience. Where Jesus says, “take my yoke upon you,” he is speaking of sharing the divinely provided process for completing such sacred works as Creation, judgment, and salvation. In the same way two or more animals may be bound together and attached to a single plow when preparing a field for planting, believers must be bound to Christ in order to accomplish their own full experience of divinity. The furrows of a field about to be planted must be cut straight and parallel to one another to maximize spacing for each plant, and for irrigation. The animals pulling the plow must go in the same direction, and at the same pace despite their individual nature as fractious, jittery, lazy, ornery, or stubborn.

For those of his day, commitment to the ministry of Jesus (who was, in fact, acknowledged as a rabbi) meant excommunication and social ostracism by the Jews (i.e., the Temple community comprised of politicians, priests, and workers), who dominated faith through custom and tradition. There was great controversy surrounding Jesus as Messiah or a prophet sent from GOD, because some 400 years had gone forward since Malachi, the last acknowledged prophet, and the appearance of John the Baptist, known among those of the Temple as an heir from the line of the high priests.

The attachment to Christ for redemption and salvation is not optional or a matter of personal preference; and it is written without equivocation: You must be born again. What sometimes appears understated is that, once born again, believers must “grow up” again, and develop into mature spiritual beings. Without exception, all believers in Christ experience “growing pains.” Included may be disciplinary actions of the church; false accusations, gossip and slander; imprisonment; loss of goods, livelihood and property; martyrdom; persecution; and rejection by disbelieving family and friends.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, all born-again believers inherit a duty to spread the gospel through their daily routines of life. All are not called to be clergymen, officers in a congregation or pulpit preachers. Yet, all are to have portion in the work of clarifying, demonstrating, and sharing with others the continuing work of GOD in Christ.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     Faith, miracles, and the persistence of unbelief regarding the resurrection of Jesus are shared, today, along with more on the Savior as the “Son of Man.” A “Yahoo! Answers” contributor using the ID “Ford” (Level with points, a member since December 17, 2007) posted the following:

Christians: If many witnessed Christ’s resurrection in scripture, then why do many still not believe?

THE BATTLE AXE: Son of Man (11/28/2012)—The peculiar duty of a son and firstborn heir is not merely to carry on the family business, or the family name (i.e., reputation) after the decease of ones father. While ones parents are yet alive, all their offspring are divinely charged to enrich the lives and relationships of everyone within the family, grow, learn, obey, continually show respect, and mature as believers in sacred truth. When the firstborn son receives inheritance of goods, property and substance from their departed father, a double portion is provided because he is the one that must complete the “unfinished business” from his father. In addition to supervising burial of ones parent, this may include canceling and collecting debts; completing assignments; fulfilling contracts, covenants, pledges and promises; and providing suitable memorials of the deceased. More than this, the son is to answer the challenges that derive from the father’s errors and sins. Rightly understood, it is an heir’s duty to apologize, correct and restore. Thereby the heir gives his father a new reputation performing service or sharing in his name, and establishing for the deceased things whereby he may be remembered as one righteous. Thus we see Solomon as son of David building a Temple at Jerusalem; and Jesus as son of Adam building a church in the earth patterned after the Temple in the heavens.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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, 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. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Hebrews 12: 1-3, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Thoughts on Faith and Miracles (01/25/2012); Sin Against The Spirit (01/26/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012); The Divine Tool of Death (08/11/2012); Is That All It Takes? (03/18/2012)

     As a mature believer in Jesus Christ being an appearance of Almighty GOD among mankind (called Incarnation), my answer to your question about why there has been widespread disbelief in the resurrection of Jesus speaks to the divinity of faith. In the same way huge crowds were present when Jesus performed various miracles, yet all did not accept him as Messiah or as the Promised One sent from GOD, only those prepared beforehand as apostles and disciples were granted the necessary endowment from GOD that permits one to operate as a witness of sacred process. Faith is not always an outcome or product of miracles. Even though miracles conform to specific divine laws, men are easily confused through the seeming contradiction by miracles of laws controlling nature. As a result, miracles also may generate doubt, fear, hysteria, madness and exaggerated self-focus. Miracles are of greatest value as products of spiritual commitment, obedience and faith.

     Faith is itself a spirit substance, and is inseparable from such aspects of divine person as holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Through the operation of sin, corruption afflicts created beings and living creatures altering and reducing the focus and power of their original endowment from GOD that was provided at Creation. The ministry of Jesus Christ, first upon the earth and now from the heavens, permits those who submit their consciousness to GOD to receive death, re-birth and new life through operations of the Holy Spirit. Spoken of as the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, and the Spirit of Prophecy, the imparted, indwelling Spirit is also described as the mind of Christ.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, for mankind, here, in the natural world, the flesh easily dominates our existence, and determines our awareness of good/bad, right/wrong, true/false. Included as the flesh are appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sense (e.g., hearing, smelling, seeing, tasting, touching) and mind (e.g., desire, emotion, imagination, recall). Without the endowments from GOD, the spirit aspects of our make up as human beings cannot truly be comprehended and displayed through the flesh.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC