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Today, reply is on whether the Bible condemns those who disagree with what it contains and presents.  Increasingly, mature Christians acknowledge the Bible as a sacred object and “an evidence of things unseen” that displays and embodies inseparable aspects of divine fullness.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Even so, those who lack sacred knowledge, and rely primarily on secular knowledge often are fearful that making their own study of the Scriptures will result in imbalance, spiritual confusion, superstition, and vulnerability.  The holy writings are taken to be an important source and standard for sacred beliefs, however, the outcomes of divine judgment involve more than applying truths from the written record provided for men on the earth.  Along with human attitudes, behavior, motives, and conduct, the sacred considerations of judgment by GOD include atonement, forgiveness, grace, mercy, divine prerogative, eternal purpose, repentance, and sovereign will.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

Does the bible say everyone who disagrees with it is evil?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.  (1st Timothy 6:  3-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Weapons Of Our Warfare? (05/18/2018); GOD’s Will Be Done (04/27/2018); On Selecting Scripture Verses (04/11/2018); The Option of Atheism (02/11/2018); Secular History, Sacred Revelation? (01/11/2018); In Order To Understand (12/01/2017); Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013); Science and the Laws of Nature? (03//23/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, the primary goal of a Christian believer is to display Christ in the life; here are some Scriptures that add to and reinforce their understanding:

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

(2.)  Deuteronomy 29:  18-21, KJV:  18 Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;  19 And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:  20 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.  21 And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law:

(3.)  Proverbs 30:  5-6, KJV:  5 Every word of God is pure:  he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.  6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

(4.)  John 3:  11-12, KJV:  11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.  12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

(5.)  Romans 10:  13-17, KJV:  13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(6.)  2nd Thessalonians 3:  1-3, KJV:  1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:  2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men:  for all men have not faith.  3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  Revelation 22:  18-21, KJV:  18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.  20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.  Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Photo by Dave Smith:  “The Tree of Knowledge” sculpture in bronze at the Oro Valley Public Library (Oro Valley, Arizona), February 4, 2010, 6:08 AM

 

Today, reply is on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that was planted along with the tree of life within the Garden of Eden as a divine device for judgment like childbearing, not one for imparting sacred guidance, instruction, and wisdom.  Divinity began to admire and examine the inner content of mankind as a major aspect of the fullness and process of Creation.  To the extent the male received more direct fellowship with GOD than the female, his endowments of divine substance from the makeup of GOD (e.g., faith; longsuffering; restraint; oneness without sameness; wisdom; wrath against sin) equipped the male to escape deception, and it was not his greater supply of knowledge, intelligence, or carnal reason.   Exchanges and expressions not seen by Deity before their disobedience would become visible in the pair that included ambivalence, covetousness, embarrassment, fear, forgetting, recall, repentance, and evil surmising (suspicion).  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

What was God’s point to “the tree of knowledge of good and evil” if not to deliberately introduce evil into the world?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;  But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.  Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.  (1st Timothy 2:  8-15, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  With A Divine Eye (05/02/2018); Childbearing Pertains to Judgment? (02/23/2018); Neither “All-knowing” Nor “Omniscient” (11/07/2017); GOD Knowing the Price? (06/15/2016); Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, many want to complain that GOD himself is the origin and source of disobedience to divine law, sin, and wickedness.  They may not have thought about it before that the genuine sacred processes of GOD include imposing divine order throughout the universe; commanding divine law and sacred proclamations; creation; communicating with created beings and living creatures; acknowledging, assigning, displaying, and making permanent (we say, judgment to determine) the attributes, duration, divine substance, quality, and value of Creation; fulfillment of divine promise, prophecy, and eternal purpose; revelation of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit; the Trinity); salvation; and the second death.

Heaven and earth are both divine creations, while “the world” is the creation of mankind.  In the present day as at the beginning, divinity continues to use finite and temporal devices and tools to call forth displays of the inborn spirit within the living as well as their fresh endowments of spirit content imparted from the makeup of GOD through rebirth.  Otherwise hidden and invisible aspects of personhood appear as responses of the living to carnal, material, organic, and social elements, objects, and settings.

The error of the first pair (Adam) went far beyond their own level of comprehension.  The two enjoyed daily and personal  contact with GOD whereby they would receive an abundance of sacred knowledge to exist as companions to immortal, incorruptible Deity.  By relying on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as an immediately available source for complete knowledge to dwell on the earth, Adam unintentionally altered the character, nature, and operation of human consciousness.  Once the pair disobeyed by embracing earthy, secular knowledge they could no longer properly discern (i.e., recognize and respond to) the multiple, inseparable aspects of divinity as an active presence (we also say, breath; life essence; spirit; word), or maintain divinity as the primary focus of their feelings and thoughts.  Their separation from GOD to establish the integrity of their being became amplified at the level of their self-will.  

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, many now regard “the tree of the knowledge” as the tree of death.  They acknowledge the profound distinction of that tree from the tree of life whose fruit includes love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance:  the fruit of the Spirit.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on respect and reverence for divinity as the correct expression of godly knowledge and wisdom that were to be shown by Adam and Eve.  Following their disobedience, human potential to display a human and divine nature also increasingly began to appear expressing an animal nature.  The value for mankind of knowledge and wisdom was to increase through communication, exchange and interaction in continuous relationship with the Creator; and both the flesh and spirit were to be edified.  Asking, humility, and need would promote displaying the divine image, sharing, and oneness without sameness.  The first pair were to utilize frameworks of time and space to acknowledge divine fullness while acquiring diverse and new information in agreement with the manifestation of divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD.  Human history has shown that the mistaken emphasis on knowing “good” and “evil” carried mankind away from the eternal purpose of GOD, that Adam would be a close companion to immortal, incorruptible divinity.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Spirituality and Religion forum using the ID “” (Level 5 with 8,487 points, a member since June 16, 2013) posted the following:


Wouldn’t it be calling God evil to say that Adam and Eve had no knowledge of Good and Evil?

Remember when they covered themselves? (Gen. 3:7) Wouldn’t you be saying God was evil if you claim they knew good and bad only after they ate from the tree. Because they covered themselves only after they ate, did they not? They saw this evil thing after they ate, right? God had them walk around naked. What happened?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?  Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?  (Matthew 7:  7-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Origin And Source (04/26/2018); Christianity Is A Relationship (04/05/2018); Opposing The Divine Will (03/30/2018); The Coming(s) of Christ (03/11/2018); Sin No “One-time” Event (01/03/2018); Did GOD Lose Control? (03/23/2017); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); Presumption, Pride and Sin? (11/24/2015); Comparing Sacred and Secular (03/15/2018)
 

“”, here are some thoughts to consider:  where “good” and “evil” are known by mankind through comparison and contrast of earthly things, the divine consciousness defines them both with an eye to chaos, flux, pre-existence, the present, the future, and eternity as well as to the humanly inconceivable.  Unlike the process for holy angels whereby they received full knowledge from their beginnings, the operations of GOD for mankind have included the imparting of knowledge and wisdom to humans through discovery, gradual growth, learning, reflection, and revelation.  It is no offense to GOD that men have curiosity (like that shown by Moses that resulted in his approaching the burning bush), or that the living lack and seek greater knowledge and wisdom.  However, there are many responses the living may make that are in the nature of sin such as arrogance, defiance, impatience, exaggerated pride, presumption, rebelliousness, and stubbornness.

When sinners turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness, rebirth, and life as his new creation, most start out having multiple concerns, doubts, questions, and uncertainties.  All who become “born again” must also “grow up again” by facing life challenges, sacred duties, “growing pains,” hardships, and suffering.  As new offspring and vessels containing spirit content from the makeup of GOD (we say, the children of GOD; sons and daughters of GOD; joint heirs with Jesus Christ), developing believers are to become mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his second coming (we also say, his appearing; the Advent; the Rapture). 

Integrity of being was established by GOD for mankind by providing the pair, Adam, with independence, self-government under GOD, self-will (we also say, willpower), and separation.  Even so, since the time of Adam, finite consciousness and self-will in created beings and living creatures may be dominated by the operations of sin that oppose the continued existence of sacred law, the Lawgiver, and divine order appearing as the universe.  Sin is an influence that has not been created by either divinity or mankind; and sin is no material or ordinary substance that can be destroyed, eliminated, or isolated from the living.  Adam underwent a profound transformation wherein the fullness and purity of their divine spirit content shifted and was altered through multiple, simultaneous actions that resulted in reconfiguration for aspects of their internal order (e.g., expectation, desire, intellect, potential, recall, recognition).

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, it is written:  James 1:  5-6, King James Version (KJV):  5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Fear No Evil

 

Today, mankind’s accountability for sin, sovereign grace and divine prerogative as well as definitions for “evil” and “temptation” are topics.  In the same way the word “law” appears in the holy writings with many different meanings and uses, the word “evil” has more than a single application.  Where GOD speaks of evil as a divine creation the consequences of judgment and wrath against sin should come into understanding along with the expression of divine disfavor.  Thus, divinity being the cause of disaster, calamity, catastrophe, and upheaval are spoken of more than GOD being the origin of sin, wickedness, and wrongdoing.  The living are to behold the image of GOD, and conform themselves to operations of covenant relationships, divine law, eternal purpose, and sacred will.  Regular communication, exchange, and interaction with divinity should display such features as acceptance, gratitude, humility, obedience, respect, restraint, trust, and truth.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” forum who uses the ID “?” (Level 2 with 780 points, a member since March 01, 2018) posted the following:


If god made evil (Isaiah 45:7) and made it very alluring, then how is it mankind’s fault for wanting it?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.  For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.  Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?  Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?  (Romans 9:  14-24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  His Enemies A Footstool (04/29/2018); Why Does GOD “Repent”? (04/06/2018); Adam’s Imperfection and Sin? (08/10/2017); Divine Accountability for Sin? (10/05/2016); Evil Is Not Sin and Wickedness? (12/09/2014); Divine Goodness? (12/10/2014); Evil is not Sin? (09/22/2013); Moses Killed? (09/23/2013)

 

“?”, a divine declaration is made to those in covenant relationship with GOD in Isaiah 45:  7, King James Version, KJV [I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the LORD do all these things.] that should not be taken out of its context.  This truth is to further the sacred revelation of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) ).  The “evil” that is spoken of is not sin, temptation, transgression of divine law, and wickedness.  Rather, divine authority is proclaimed over possibilities for catastrophe, disaster, and upheaval; the overturning of mechanical and natural laws; and the administration of what appear to created beings and living creatures as conundrums, opposing forces, and paradoxes.

GOD is to be known as the source and origin of all that exists, and that appears as the ordered Creation and universe.  GOD is the divine ruler and sovereign over all, yet, may not be apprehended by created beings and living creatures without displaying as active presence, and through directed revelation.  Mankind is accountable to divinity on the basis of having endowments of spirit content from the makeup of GOD that establish such features as consciousness, existence, life, and self-will (willpower).  Inseparable aspects of Deity are imparted to indwell all created beings and living creatures.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Therefore, the living are joined to divinity, and are to share the oneness and sameness that appears within the GODhead.

Divine judgment acknowledges the damage wrought to Creation by the operations of sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and divine order throughout the universe.  Sin promotes return to the conditions of chaos, flux, streaming, and spiritual confusion that existed before the founding of heaven and earth as fixed platforms within the expanse.  “Temptation” that is challenge, hardship, and trial are used by GOD to complete and finish preparation of the living that is distinct from enticing and seducing men away from mature accountability, sacred duty, and covenant responsibility.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)   Isaiah 45:  5-10, King James Version (KJV):  5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:  I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:  6 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.  7 I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the LORD do all these things.  8 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.  9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?  10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

(2.)  Job 12:  12-16, KJV:  12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.  13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.  14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again:  he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.  15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up:  also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.  16 With him is strength and wisdom:  the deceived and the deceiver are his.

(3.)  James 1:  12-14, KJV:  12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:  for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:  for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:  and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.  17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 1:  18-29, KJV:  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:  29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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