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     The divine use of agents and intermediaries is the topic today; and there is more against Confusion 2013. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Terry” (Level 1 with 148 points, a member since December 14, 2012) posted the following:


Christians, if god really existed wouldn’t he be the one telling me, not you?


THE BATTLE AXE: Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013)—Rightly understood, GOD is NOT a man; however, the correct declaration of who and what GOD is (1) must proceed from GOD, (2) must acknowledge that mankind is in the image of GOD, and (3) must respect that the person of GOD embraces all that mankind was, is, and ever shall be. The immortality, incorruptibility, and sovereign majesty of GOD make it that GOD is, in fact, exalted and separate from mankind. Even so, in the manifesting of divine grace, GOD has become knowable and recognizable to all Creation. Truth is the only foundation for trust; however, faith is the only foundation for right relationship with GOD, where faith is a aspect of divine person that may be imparted to created beings and living creatures. Rightly understood, faith is inseparable from such other features of divine makeup as grace, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, purpose, wisdom and wrath against sin. Sacred truth and correct understanding of the holy writings will not be “common knowledge” until after the close of judgment. They are aspects of an inheritance only given through the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD to those who believe, and who accept the duty, obligation, and privilege of priests and kings through Jesus Christ.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. (2nd Corinthians 5: 19-20, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012); Signs of a Prophet (03/14/2012); The Rules for Sharing Christ (03/15/2012); Girdle 27: The Glory of Love (12/12/2011); A Healing Word (01/13/2011); Romance? (01/14/2011); Prophets? (10/28/2010); Speaking of GOD (10/20/2010); Eat and Run? (10/21/2010)


     Your question is one most believers in Jesus have asked at some point in their spiritual growth, and prayer life; and what many really wanted to say was, Why doesn’t GOD answer, and speak to me when I need him. The following is not as “well spoken” as I would like, yet, I think it may help clarify some points:
There are several sacred processes used by GOD to make divinity known and visible to created beings and living creatures. In addition to Creation itself (see Psalm 19: 1-14, KJV), there are such provisions as covenant, forgiveness, judgment, law, prophecy, redemption, resurrection, revelation and salvation. GOD has made promise to those who are his people (through the assembly that gathered with Moses) that he would not again speak directly to mankind using an audible voice. Given shortcomings and sin in the lives of men, the voice of GOD ignites fear and spiritual confusion (see Genesis 3: 8, Exodus 20: 1-22, Deuteronomy 4: 9-20 and 32-39, KJV).

     The appearance of GOD in human form (we say Incarnation) has been absolutely necessary for the reconfiguring of the earth as well as the renewal of heaven. The enigma of sin challenges the existence of our universe, for sin opposes the existence of divine law, divine person, and all that is. Sin was first realized in heaven among the holy angels, and later was discovered upon the earth. Sin is not created by GOD, yet, may dominate self-will in created beings and living creatures. While sin is not a spirit, has no material or physical being, lacks dimension, and has no sacred content, sin nevertheless has direction, effect and presence. None living can eliminate sin, for (in effect) sin is no thing, and does not exist. Divine will is not subject to sin; and through Jesus Christ men may receive endowments of divine substance to reinforce the provisions for our being that were established at Creation. Without the operation of GOD, mankind cannot correctly discern and recognize sin, or resist sin’s erosion of human willpower.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, when petitioning for access to GOD, various issues of self-awareness, trust and understanding demand resolution. There is an advantage to being in fellowship with others who have been granted readiness and preparation by their access to the holy writings, and their continuing practice of things from GOD. For balance and completeness, in addition to spirit substance from the Person of GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, humility, longsuffering, wisdom, wrath against sin) there must be elements from human substance as well. By all being held in the common bonds of humanity, compassion should be amplified along with confidence, cooperation, and insight upon the human condition.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


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