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The death of Jesus Christ upon the cross as a divine provision for healing and justice is in view, today.  By establishing faith, hope (i.e., specific sacred expectations), and victory over death through resurrection and ascension, the cross serves as the remedy for multiple evils among believers and within the society at large.  The disciples of the Lord are further equipped to meet challenges that include being falsely accused, betrayal, inequality, oppression, poverty, pretension, presumption, slander, and tyranny.  Divinity is by no means blind, indifferent, unaware, or uncaring.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Gift” (Level 1 with 73 points, a member since March 31, 2016) posted the following:

 

What is God’s encouragement for those disheartened because of injustice ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ:  (he is Lord of all:)  That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;  How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power:  who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.  And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:  Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;  Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.  And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.  (Acts 10:  36-42, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Trust and The Cross? (04/20/2016); The World and The Cross? (04/19/2016); A Guarantee of Judgment? (04/15/2016); Enduring As A Believer? (12/06/2015); All Is Vanity? (07/28/2015); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); Of War and Judgment (10/08/2013); Heart, Brain or Spirit? (10/09/2013)

 

“Gift”, for many the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross has been only a spark that kindles the fires of bereavement, condemnation, loss, and sorrow.  The Lord was arrested, provoked, and falsely accused before the High Priest and Sanhedrin court.  He also was tried, mocked, and scourged by Herod and by Pontius Pilate, representing the civil law of Judea, and the Roman empire.  Even so, in the plan of GOD to make Deity fully knowable, and correctly known to created beings and living creatures, the cross is the foremost answer from GOD addressing the vast range of needs for affirmation, comfort, empathy, and encouragement.  Mature Christians trust that, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood, correction, and truth from the cross continue to flow to here and now.  Like mercy, justice is a rubric of judgment—restoring balance and peace by applying divine law (i.e., the expressed will of GOD) to resolve conflict and settle disputes.  Justice and mercy become accessible only by entering into judgment, and are never the outcome of reprisal, retribution, and revenge.  The outcome of judgment always is blessing.  The demands of judgment include agreement, attention to detail, authority, balance, completeness, corroboration, discipline, discovery, humility, impartiality, lawfulness, order, righteousness, truth, and unity.  Injustice (simply put, unfair treatment) relates to bias, denial of benefits, oppression, persecution, prejudice, and violation of ones privileges and rights established through law.  It is faith and the promises of GOD that allow believers to close their spirit to injustice.  Thus, the cross also should be respected as an assurance that divinity will prevail over all corruption, cruelty, violence, and miscarriage of judgment.  Consider again how these ideas are shared using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Malachi 3:  13-18, King James Version (KJV):  13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?  14 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?  15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  16 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.  17 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.  18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

(2.)  Romans 5:  17-19, KJV:  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

(3.)  Ecclesiastes 5:  8, KJV:  8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter:  for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Exodus 34:  4-8, KJV:  4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.  5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.  8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, points are shared for understanding sacred knowledge, evil, sin, and spirit-being.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers UK & Ireland” using the ID “Counselor For Lost Souls” (Level 7 with 33,683 points, a member since June 10, 2013) posted the following:

If Satan is the bad spirit that encourages us to do bad things, why are we punished by Satan in hell for doing bad things?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.  I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the LORD do all these things.  Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness:  let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.  (Isaiah 45:  6-8, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Finite Will, Self-will and Sin? (06/01/2015); Getting It Right About Angels (05/10/2015); Divine not Demonic Process? (11/02/2014); Sin and the Great Flood (11/03/2014); False Angels of Light? (08/16/2014); Are We the Spoils of War? (01/08/2014); The Fullness of GODhead? (01/09/2014); World Without End? (01/10/2014)

“Counselor For Lost Souls”, for mature Christian believers, Satan (this name means, Adversary) is a divinely created spirit-being whose awareness and self-will have been corrupted through the operations of sin; however, there is no such thing as an independent spirit (made up of badness, sin and wickedness), that exists as the equal, the opposite, or “evil twin” of GOD.  Only divine spirit exists.  Consider the following points:

(1.)  Deity is the only origin and source for spirit substance with its multi-layered operations of spirit process.  GOD, the Immortal, the Invisible, the Holy One, has not emanated, or put forth from divinity any “bad” spirit.  We may speak of “sin” as a by-product, a residue, and an unanticipated consequence for created beings and living creatures that appeared in Creation through the condition of separation from divinity, and the living being endowed with unique coherence, independence, and integrity for communion, exchange and interaction.

(2.)  Sin is no spirit substance; and is no carnal, material, or physical thing having measurable dimensions (e.g., height, length, volume, weight).  Because sin may dominate and influence attitudes, behavior and conduct, sin is spoken of as being powerful, or as having power.  However, because sin is not something concrete or tangible one could slip into their pocket, we are inclined to say, Sin does not exist—and, therefore, can not be destroyed.  This is specially so when relying upon such finite tools as intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy and science.

(3.)  “Sin” also is a construct (i.e., one within a formal set of ideas) used to attribute character, nature, and quality to behavior.  The influence and operation of sin may be known through appetite, emotion/mental functions, and sensation.  By contrast, condemnation, damnation and perdition pertain to divine judgment (i.e., acknowledging the presence of divine substance; assigning value to the living upon the basis of their manifest deeds; selection of divine companions). 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (4.)  One of the most challenging scriptures for many is Isaiah 45:  57 (King James Version):  7 I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the LORD do all these things.  Error correctly understanding “evil” continues among those who are simple (i.e., immature, naïve, underdeveloped).  They fail to grasp how or why GOD may employ calamity and disaster that appear as judgment, as sudden and widespread change, or as upheaval.  Where believers refuse careful study of the Scriptures and the necessary work to acquire sacred knowledge, they may be relying upon emotions, imagination and primitive consciousness (i.e., gut-feelings, intuition, instinct, superstition).  Thus, they will not have light from the holy writings that also include statements provided to proclaim the exalted authority and sovereign power of Deity, and that are not to be confused with the many teachings to clarify the divine response to sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, more is shared on the differences between evil created by GOD and the sin and wickedness found among created beings and living creatures.  While the primary divine standard is one for spirit content, there also are necessary divine standards for behavior, conduct, and utterance (e.g., betrayal, blasphemy, lies, perjury, promises, prophecy, slander).  The arrogance and foolishness of sinners, be they men or angels, have no eternal benefit for the living.  The device of sleep used to establish permanent change through the creation of woman could not be used to establish the changes required to compensate for the operations of sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all divine order that proceeds from sacred law.  Sin can not be eliminated among mankind without the use of death, rebirth, and resurrection.  Through the exalted authority and power of divinity, the word and work of GOD is not compromised by the errors of the living.  Contrary to those who accuse divinity, GOD has not answered to the living with abuse, indiscriminate condemnation, disrespect, mockery and scorn.  Along with the features required for assigning value (we say, judgment) such as balance, impartiality, integrity and righteousness, there also always have been compassion, forgiveness, gentleness, kindness, longsuffering, mercy, and reconciliation.  The eternal goodness of GOD is not to be understood as only material blessings, favor and pleasure.  By its correct definition, “divinity” becomes the common standard for describing and determining who or what “good” is.  For a fruitful relationship now to exist between the Creator and the created there must be blessing, cursing, and multiple sacred operations that include baptism (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth with spirit content from the makeup of divinity), confession, conversion, healing, prayer, and sanctification.  Without sacred knowledge, a shared language for exchange, and a vocabulary of sacred experience, even when GOD directly reveals and shows divinity to created beings and living creatures, there must be divine operations to specify the meaning and value that are to be received.  Christian believers are not commanded to use cruelty, destruction and violence to bring about change.  Change is to come by the process of life appearing as growth, learning, reverence, sharing, unselfish service, and heartfelt worship.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Evil Is Not Sin And Wickedness? (12/09/2014)

Micah 6:  6-9, KJV—Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?  7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  9 The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name:  hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

Psalms 33:  18-22, KJV—Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;  19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.  20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD:  he is our help and our shield.  21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.  22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

Psalms 33:  4-12, KJV—For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.  5 He loveth righteousness and judgment:  the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.  6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.  7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap:  he layeth up the depth in storehouses.  8 Let all the earth fear the LORD:  let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.  9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.  10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought:  he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.  11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.  12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Psalms 31:  18-20, KJV—Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.  19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!  20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man:  thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

Psalms 16:  1-11, KJV—Preserve me, O God:  for in thee do I put my trust.  2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord:  my goodness extendeth not to thee;  3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.  4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god:  their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.  5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup:  thou maintainest my lot.  6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.  7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel:  my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.  8 I have set the LORD always before me:  because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:  my flesh also shall rest in hope.  10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life:  in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalms 107:  8-21, KJV—Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.  10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;  11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:  12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.  13 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.  14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.  15 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.  17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.  18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.  19 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.  20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.  21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Isaiah 61:  1-3, KJV—The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Jeremiah 18:  2-12, KJV—Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.  3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.  4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter:  so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.  5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,  6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.  7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;  8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.  9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;  10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.  11 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you:  return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.  12 And they said, There is no hope:  but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

Psalms 68:  18-20, KJV—Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive:  thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.  19 Blessed be the LORD, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.  20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.

Matthew 19:  13-22, KJV—Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray:  and the disciples rebuked them.  14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me:  for of such is the kingdom of heaven.  15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.  16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God:  but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.  18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,  19 Honour thy father and thy mother:  and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up:  what lack I yet?  21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.  22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful:  for he had great possessions.

3rd John 1:  11, KJV—Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God:  but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Lamentations 3:  22-36, KJVIt is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  23 They are new every morning:  great is thy faithfulness.  24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.  25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.  26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.  27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.  28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.  29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.  30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him:  he is filled full with reproach.  31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever:  32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.  33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.  34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth.  35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,  36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.

Exodus 34:  4-14, KJV—And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.  5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.  8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.  9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.  10 And he said, Behold, I make a covenant:  before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation:  and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD:  for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.  11 Observe thou that which I command thee this day:  behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.  12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:  13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:  14 For thou shalt worship no other god:  for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

Deuteronomy 30:  15-20, KJV—See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;  16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply:  and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.  17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;  18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.  19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:  therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him:  for he is thy life, and the length of thy days:  that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Proverbs 11:  26-28, KJV—He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him:  but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.  27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour:  but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.  28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

Amos 5:  12-15, KJV—For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins:  they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.  13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.  14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live:  and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.  15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate:  it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Romans 11:  22-32, KJV—Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God:  on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness:  otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.  23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in:  for God is able to graff them in again.  24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree:  how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?  25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  26 And so all Israel shall be saved:  as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:  27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.  28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes:  but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.  29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.  30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:  31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.  32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Luke 10:  1-12, KJV—After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.  2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few:  pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.  3 Go your ways:  behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.  4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes:  and salute no man by the way.  5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.  6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it:  if not, it shall turn to you again.  7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give:  for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.  8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:  9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.  10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,  11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you:  notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.  12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.

Luke 10:  17-24, KJV—And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.  18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.  19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:  and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.  21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes:  even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.  22 All things are delivered to me of my Father:  and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.  23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:  24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

2nd Thessalonians 1:  2-12, KJV—Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;  4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:  5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:  6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;  7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;  10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.  11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:  12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1st Thessalonians 5:  14-16, KJV—Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.  15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.  16 Rejoice evermore.

1st Peter 3:  10-12, KJV—For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:  11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.  12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:  but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The errors when attributing evil to GOD are again in view.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Cesaris” (Level 1 with 78 points, a member since August 19, 2014) posted the following:

 

God is Evil?

I form the light and also create evil, I make success and also create disasters; I- God do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7

Anyone or anything that creates evil and disasters – is EVIL!!!

So why call the “Christian God” good?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest:  for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.  But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.  And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?  4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;  6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:  7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:  8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,  9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;  10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD Permits Evil? (05/12/2014); Why the Gospel for Our Children (05/13/2014); Thanking and Blaming GOD (12/25/2013); A Curse Removed (12/26/2013); Evil is not Sin? (09/22/2013); Moses Killed? (09/23/2013)

 

“Cesaris”, you appear to have quoted a Scripture using human language that serves as part of the revelation from GOD defining the authority and power of divinity without also correctly attributing godly motives and righteousness to Deity.  Beginners always make that mistake (relying upon their intellect and the flesh) to give them correct understanding of things that totally consist of Spirit; and it does require “growing up” after being “born again.”  Here are a few points that might help you avoid further spiritual confusion:

(1.)   As a sacred operation performed by GOD, “evil” is sudden and widespread change or upheaval caused to effect divine purposes.  Examples include the 10 plagues against Egypt to demonstrate final judgment.  As an operation of created beings and living creatures “evil” is calamity, catastrophe, and disaster as well as arbitrary, pointless, and unwelcome change.

(2.)  The goodness, makeup, and substance of GOD are intrinsic and inherent.  The nature and quality of GOD are not determined by opinions, rankings and ratings that come from living creatures and created beings.  GOD is only known through ones own endowment of inseparable spirit matter such as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, love, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  “Sin” is the transgression of divine law (the expressed will of GOD); and any religious observance performed because of ambition, fear, greed, etc. and not as a matter of faith is sin.  “Wickedness” describes the character and tenor of attitudes, behavior and conduct, like defilement, filthiness, profanity and uncleanness.  In the same way, GOD creates no abomination, GOD has not created sin or wickedness.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Divine provisions to protect believers upon the earth are the topic, today.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers Canada” using the ID “badwolf” (Level 1 with 10 points, a member since August 01, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why doesnt jesus or god ,offer any protection against evil..in fact believing attracts it?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Power to Forgive? (10/01/2014)—(5.)  Anyone and everyone may express forgiveness toward others; however, like the work of divine healing, the work of divine forgiveness is not for those outside of Christ.  The work of forgiveness as an aspect of judgment is not complete without atonement.  Only those divinely appointed may forgive in the name of Jesus, and as incarnations (i.e., appearance in flesh) of the Most High.  Divine forgiveness is able to establish the person forgiven in a newness of life, renew trust, and refresh shared relationships among believers, because divine being and sacred matter from the makeup of GOD will be deposited and transferred.  Apostles, prophets and those in roles as anointed agents and consecrated spokespersons of GOD are permitted by GOD and Jesus Christ to proclaim and speak official decisions, divine judgments, and sacred messages.  In general, those serving as ordained clergy also acknowledge differences among the gifts granted from GOD, and hierarchy for duty and privilege as well as the need for special experience, sacred knowledge and preparation to correctly carry out and complete many of the peculiar assignments believers are given as priests and kings.  A believer does not himself (or herself) perform the sacred operations that are required so much as they monitor and witness to the active presence of GOD.  Thus, the Holy Spirit serving as the agent of Jesus is to be credited with accomplishing the many duties believers are challenged to embrace such as baptism, enduring tests and trials, forgiveness, the Lord’s Supper, exorcism, intercession, praise, and prayer.  Consider again Leviticus 5:  14-19, Numbers 15:  22-31, 1st Kings 8:  38-40, Psalms 86:  4-6, Matthew 6:  14-15, Matthew 12:  30-32, Luke 7:  36-50, John 20:  22-23 and 1st Corinthians 12:  27-31, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?  And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king:  but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.  And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.  Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host:  and they came by night, and compassed the city about.  And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?  And he answered, Fear not:  for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw:  and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.  (2nd Kings 6:  11-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014); Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014); Needing Guns To Serve? (03/19/2014); A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); Bible Justice? (01/26/2014); A Godly Take on Guns (01/18/2013); It Is Finished (01/19/2013)

 

“badwolf”, here are a few points to consider that add strength to developing Christian believers:

(1.)  There are multiple provisions from GOD for the spiritual nourishment and protection of believers.  Intimate relationship with GOD is called a high tower, a refuge, and is spoken of as the “armour of light” and the “whole armor of GOD.”  Believers are to exist in the same physical sphere as unbelievers, however, their awareness and self-will directed through the Spirit of GOD are transformed to face difficulties, overcome problems, and resist sin.

(2.)  Through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth having sacred content from the makeup of divinity) believer’s receive a fresh endowment of the same material GOD bestowed when creating Adam.  Once born again, there must be continual growth and learning.  Believers are to mature, become perfected (i.e., immortal and incorruptible), and experience eternal life.  Through the imparted spirit (we say, breath, word), men are “made in the image of GOD.”

(3.)  Believers are not to be beggars, or those who wait on GOD to pour out good things while they themselves do nothing (we say, are passive).  Believers are to demonstrate creativity, energy, industry, intelligence, and zeal cooperating with the efforts of others who are also in fellowship with GOD through Jesus Christ.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  In the same way both believers and unbelievers will get wet when it rains as a matter of the mechanics for how their physical environment must work, both believers and unbelievers are subject to automobile accidents, heat strokes, heart failure, flu, and death.  The difference is not their mortality; the difference is their hope, praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, prophecy, and sanctification.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Death, evil, mortality, and divine purpose are considered, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Complex Maker” (Level 7 with 29,956 points, a member since November 20, 2010) posted the following:

 

Why did God make it everything has to die someday isn’t he the one that’s evil?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Not Images Used in Worship? (09/14/2014)—(5.)  The use of images and physical materials to express belief, and for believers to identify themselves to one another is not idol worship.  While objects may be set apart (we say, consecrated, sanctified) for exclusive use in holy service (e.g., crosses used in sacred procession, prayer chambers, holy ground, fragrant substances and their incense burners), among Christians, no inanimate object or thing is exalted as though it contains, or acts on behalf of a deity.  Christian symbols are not to be confused with occult objects fashioned to permit human alteration and control through magic.  Included are such devises as amulets, candles, lucky charms, gem stones, and talismans.  Like Aaron’s rod that budded, the rod of GOD that was used by Moses was a device to make visible divine authority and sacred election as well as the active presence of GOD. 

(6.)  In the same way Christians are not confused or embarrassed to see film actors who portray biblical characters in movies and TV programs, because they understand the process is not one of making false claims for reverence and worship, believers do not see paintings and other imaginative depictions of Jesus as being counterfeits, idols, or misrepresentations of divinity.  There are ordinary objects that have been used to trigger operations of the faith that resides within believers.  For example,  aprons and handkerchiefs were used by the apostles of the early church when healing; icons have been used; blessed beads and cords have been used when reciting psalms and other prayer cycles; and the cup used for the Lord’s Supper was venerated as a holy grail.  Even so, at no time were such objects identified as having value apart from the divine purpose of salvation, or the imparted Spirit that indwells the entire body of believers, the Holy Ghost.  Rather than human institutions and man-made objects, those created of GOD through the process of interaction focused upon Christ are the true repository for divine power and presence.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  So these things shall be for a statute of judgment unto you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.  Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses:  but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.  Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death:  but he shall be surely put to death.  And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.  So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are:  for blood it defileth the land:  and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.  Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell:  for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.  (Numbers 35:  29-34, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Believers Fear (09/09/2014);  Freedom of Foul Speech? (09/10/2014); On Death and Pain (05/08/2014); A “Good” Verse? (05/09/2014); Resurrection from the Dead? (04/23/2014); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); Sin Causes Death? (02/04/2014); Succession (02/05/2014)

 

“Complex Maker”, where you are able to shift your thinking to see from a different point of view, here are a few ideas that have come from GOD that should be useful:

(1.)  Life is GOD’s intent, however, death is GOD’s tool.  Death is not simply a punishment for sin, or a way to condemn those who make mistakes.  Death is used to cleanse and continue the earth as a sphere of life; and death furthers the dynamic of life that is change and movement generated by diversity and imbalance.  Death as a consequence in divine judgment permits mankind a portion of the consciousness and experience had by divinity; and reveals the otherwise unseen compassion, integrity, reliability, and righteousness of GOD.

(2.)  As understood among Christian believers, the word “evil” does not mean “bad”, “sinful” or “wicked”.  In the holy writings GOD proclaims:  I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the Lord do all these things (Isaiah 45:  7, KJV).  We speak of divine evil as calamity; catastrophe; sudden, sweeping change; upheaval.  Human evil, then, is destruction; arbitrary, uncalled for, and unnecessary change; change that provides no balance or benefit.

(3.)  The childish complaint that “GOD won’t let us have our way” is false.  GOD does allow mankind to challenge his environment, to alter and question the boundaries for human existence.  Even so, many of the boundaries must remain in place for the sake of divine order, and to allow mankind to have clarity, focus, stability, and value.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Death is only one observable fact of the full divine plan for our universe.  In addition to death, through Jesus Christ, there are ongoing sacred operations for correction, healing, divine love, redemption, resurrection, salvation, sanctification, and eternal life.  Following final judgment, mortality will no longer exist.  Mankind will be transformed, and become both immortal and incorruptible to live with Christ upon the earth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Discernment, idolatry, reverence, and genuine Christian worship are topics, today.  Again, no BATTLE AXE appears.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Political Onlooker” (Level 1 with zero points, a member since May 12, 2014) posted the following:

 

What does it mean to worship the Beast in Revelation 13:8?

Revelation 13:8 – All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.

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Does it mean that humans are inclined to value worldly success, such as money, power, and sex etc, which are false gods; but by doing so, they tend to deny God, Jesus and the Bible?

So unless people turn to God they will be destroyed by fire at the last judgement. (Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8).

And is it true that some people are preordained to be destroyed on the great day of judgement?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.  (Hebrews 1:  1-8, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Mary (06/13/2014); The Estate of His Handmaiden (06/14/2014); The Ruler Of the Earth? (05/01/2014); Parables About the Kingdom? (05/02/2014); What is Worship? (10/18/2010); No Free Will (10/19/2010)

 

“Political Onlooker”, here are a few points on worship among Christian believers that have been useful for avoiding spiritual confusion and error:

(1.)   Genuine worship is to correctly acknowledge, admire, be in awe of, and show reverence to divinity.

(2.)  Many engage in false or idolatrous worship, because they seek to detect and manipulate the active presence of divinity after being drawn or seduced through features that are counterfeits of consecrated authority, sacred events (we say, miracles), and eternal purpose. 

(3.)  Evil is correctly taken to be the result of divine operations; however, evil should not be confused with the effects and operations of wickedness or sin.  When any respond to evil that appears as calamity, catastrophe, chaos, upheaval or arbitrary, sudden and widespread change with submission and surrender to unseen causes and forces, their attitude, behavior and conduct may be driven by occult beliefs, emotion such as fear, or by deep seated beliefs about magical effects of their own actions (we say, superstition).

(4.)  For Christian believers worship results from interactions and shifts among the discrete aspects of spirit content received during baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak).  Included are inseparable aspects (where one appears, all may be found) from the makeup of GOD such as faith, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  While faith consists only of faith, and holiness is made up from only holiness, etc., there is unchanging (we say, immutable) eternal direction, order, and unity.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (5.)  Through the imparted, indwelling spirit (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth), believers acquire discernment (ability to use ones own spirit content to correctly detect, examine and respond to the spirit content in such life experiences as events, messages, objects, other persons, praise, prayer, prophecy, and the holy writings.  Proper worship is guided and shaped through discernment.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the operations of your faith from GOD.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen.   (Ephesians 3:  20-21, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC