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Today, focus is upon food and material things that are described in the holy writings as appearing in heaven.  It may be that what we know upon the earth as having physical substance exists in heaven having spirit substance only.  Without an imparted endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of divinity that is to indwell a believer it is very difficult to correctly apprehend the many actualities and possibilities of spirit.  Through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, those who are born again receive the same inseparable aspects of divine makeup that resided within the Lord as he ministered upon the earth.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Engaging the Spirit, mature believers understand that the material things in heaven include blood, crowns, fruit from the tree of life, the mercy seat, thrones of judgment, and an eternal city built four square.  While those in rebellion among the holy angels include those who were privileged to appear in the Garden of Eden, the Temple of Solomon upon the earth, and among the host assembled before the throne of the Father in heaven, only those belonging to Christ will be permitted to enter the New Jerusalem.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “fish” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since March 24, 2015) posted the following (that was removed from the site):

 

will there be no food or drink in Heaven since those things are for cellular organisms like plants & animals..?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  Having the glory of God:  and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;  And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.  And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.  And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth:  and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.  And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.  And the building of the wall of it was of jasper:  and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;  The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls:  every several gate was of one pearl:  and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.  And I saw no temple therein:  for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.  (Revelation 21:  9-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Where Will Believers Go? (10/26/2016); More Than Food and Drink? (04/12/2016); Given A Divine Invitation (01/20/2016); Beyond Anything We Imagine? (11/13/2015); Carnal Needs, Sacred Tools? (03/26/2015); GOD Is A Spirit (12/07/2014); The Mystery of His Appearing (12/08/2014)

 

“fish”, here are some things that may not be familiar to you.  While the holy writings do reveal and share many things regarding ongoing activity and necessary work that is occurring in heaven (e.g., cleansing the Sanctuary; completing construction of the Holy City, New Jerusalem; judgment of the church; preparation to receive the harvest of those who are “ripe” that belong to Jesus Christ), very few details appear that speak about existence and life on a day-to-day basis.  In part, this is because the Scriptures are provided to proclaim the character, nature, and substance of full divinity (we say, the GODhead), and require apprehension of the divine makeup as “essence” (we say, breath, spirit, utterance, word).  Thus, the focus may be strictly upon providing “sacred knowledge” (not secular) to the children of the Most High, those who embrace their role as kings (we say, leaders, rulers), priests, prophets and spokespersons as well as the identity as a “new creation” through Jesus Christ.  At this time in heaven, the Risen Lord is manifest having a perfected body before the Father using the same appearance and physical form of a man (we say, Incarnate) that was seen by his apostles when he finally ascended from the earth.  It is very likely that “manna” is still a food in heaven among the angels, along with many things we can not now imagine as beverages and drinks in addition to water and wine.  More important than food and drink, the things of heaven shared by divinity with their covenant partners who followed Moses included a pattern for the tabernacle that copied the temple in heaven, aspects of the Temple service instituted under King David before its being built, and a depiction of the work for atonement being carried out by Jesus Christ as High Priest.  Consider the following from the Bible: 

(1.)  John 6:  24-29, King James Version (KJV):  24 When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.  25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?  26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.  27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you:  for him hath God the Father sealed.  28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

(2.)  Romans 14:  16-18, KJV:  16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:  17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

(3.)  John 6:  30-35, KJV:  30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?  31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.  32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.  33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.  34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.  35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:  he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  John 14:  1-3, KJV:  1 Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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      Harmless conversation, gossip, “judging others,” and slander are topics, today, along with more on the obedience of Abraham when commanded to sacrifice his son. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “purplestars” (Level 2 with 389 points, a member since May 8, 2011) posted the following:

Christians: when does it become gossiping….?

So you come home from school/work and you start complaining about an acquaintance of yours who’s been treating you wrongly. You tell them everything they’ve said/done to you and say things like ‘He’s so annoying’ and ‘I can’t stand him’ etc…. Is this gossiping? It it a sinful conversation?… Or are you simply sharing your life with your family?

When does it become a sin? Opinions please!

THE BATTLE AXE: Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013)—Christian believers, today, receive the account of Abraham willing to sacrifice his son Isaac as an important type that clarifies promise and salvation from our Creator through the judgment, suffering and death of the Incarnate person of GOD, Jesus Christ. A ram was discovered entangled among thorn bushes, and served as a substitute provided by GOD to replace the living boy. Given his position as heir to the priesthood and the promises from GOD bestowed upon Abraham, the obedience and submission by Isaac (the son) may be seen having as great significance as that of Abraham (the father), who is called “the Friend of GOD” (see James 2: 23 and 4: 4, KJV). Intimate knowledge and relationship to GOD are through faith, a totally divine substance residing in the fullness of the Divine Person. Faith is inseparable from such other aspects of divinity as holiness, joy, love, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. While believers receive necessary increases of faith through the imparted, indwelling Spirit, they only come into consistency and mature understanding by practice, repetition, and self-regimen over the course of time. Many sacred experiences and years of spiritual growth may be required before one routinely operates with faith having the focus and power seen through Abraham and Isaac. The apostles who were chosen as witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus all had lived with him on a daily basis, had been eyewitness of his ministry and miracles, and received the Comforter at Pentecost. Those simple men could work as church-builders, preachers and teachers because they had gone through intimate experience to impart and nourish faith. Now, a spirit from GOD that always has been a part of created beings and living creatures, that would occasionally visit and leave selected persons, has become an abiding presence that will remain in all believers. Therefore there is trust.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (Matthew 12: 33-37, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Mockers in the Last Times (11/14/2012); Yet If I Judge (09/05/2012); Father Forgive (09/06/2012); About Being Friendly (03/09/2012); Faith Establishes Law (03/10/2012); (08/24/2011) Dispatch 16: The Ally (Wounded); Respect? (01/02/2011); Not Accepted? (01/03/2011)

      Sharing a “factual” report that describes another person’s behavior is not automatically an attack upon their character and reputation that would encourage listeners to deny cooperation, opportunities, privileges or respect to the person who has been spoken about. Also, requesting ideas and alternative responses from others is not the same as soliciting judgment. Even so, because we realize that what we say, and how we say it (using facial expression, gestures, body language and movement), are easily misinterpreted, taken out of context, and applied beyond the limited scope of a speaker’s intent, we “silently” agree to be careful, and restrict our speech. The lines among hints, insinuation, “unfounded accusations,” persuasion, and false witness are subtle (i.e., barely detectable; nearly invisible).

      Where the name “Satan” is held to mean “adversary”, the word “devil” is defined as “one who slanders.” To slander is to “bad mouth” someone in their absence (we say talk about them “behind their back”), and is called “character assassination,” gossip, “muckraking,” “murmuring,” “digging up dirt” and “whispering.” Given the intent and purpose of such behavior is to damage and hurt another, those who practice slander are accounted as servants to Satan. As such, they are the source of deceit, lies, and misinformation. While they promote their thrusts against another as righteous indignation and divinely directed judgment, unrighteousness characterizes their effort. Almighty GOD goes so far as to raise the wicked dead that they may respond to their only accuser in judgment, the record of their own behavior and deeds. (Satan, the accuser of the brethren, already will have been cast into the lake of fire, the second death.)

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the person we would gossip about is the person we should pray will receive life-changing benefit from GOD. Believers should never speak about another person what they won’t speak to them face-to-face. The same discipline, tact, and skill they would use to avoid making someone angry, combative, insulted and provoked when speaking to them in private is to be used when speaking about them in public. Saying this another way, what you may not say when praying to GOD requesting that another person have benefit—that is, when showing love—is better left out of mind, and unspoken.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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

Drinking prohibited in the bible. PROOF?

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

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

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. (Proverbs 23: 29-35, King James Version)

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

       Mystery and revelation are in view, today, along with more on before the fruit. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Asdfasfd” (Level 1 with 1 point, February 23, 2012) posted the following:

Why does God have to work in “mysterious ways”?

Why not just come out of hiding, answer prayers, end all the BS, etc. I mean he is all powerful, right?

THE BATTLE AXE: Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012)—Knowledge of GOD and his Christ are not enough to eliminate sin. More important than science, logic, reason, and sacred knowledge is the makeup of ones being, and the divine content of ones person. While correct knowledge permits you to avoid contradiction and the making of choices that are incompatible, the necessary reconfiguration of your nature and will derives only by the presence and operation of divine person that may reside within created beings and living creatures. Included are such sacred content as faith, holiness, humility, longsuffering, praise, reverence and wrath against sin. Many hold to the idea that the “original sin” committed by Adam and Eve was sexual behavior of some sort. However, from their beginning, sexual intimacy and human reproduction through intercourse was an aspect of divine intent for the pair. The couple was to acquire knowledge through their direct contact and relationship with GOD. Because of their error, the process of human knowledge initiated as experiential (by discovery) was also made to be experimental (by trial and error).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (2nd Corinthians 4: 3-7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: On Asking Why (11/08/2012); Unto Caesar…? (11/09/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); GOD Does Exist (03/20/2012); Jesus Punished? (01/23/2011)

      The revelation of GOD to created beings and living creatures is not a discrete, one-time event; and, for the benefit of those not immortal must go forward through frameworks of time and space manipulated to be continuous and uninterrupted. While using force and violence are often effective among men to put down arrogance, disrespect, insolence, and pride among those rejecting divine rule, the higher truths of divine being are repeatedly missed because of fear, ignorance, perverseness, and unbelief.

      It remains, GOD cannot lawfully require an egg from a man as he might from a chicken. Respecting your integrity, and mine, GOD only operates consistent with our levels of maturity, preparation and understanding. Thus, despite the proclamations of prophets, the teaching of patriarchs, the judgment of courts and kings, the testimonies of prepared apostles who witness, all cannot come into the kingdom of GOD through Jesus Christ. Human awareness driven by appetite, desire, self-will and volition does not permit simple acceptance of divine truth. Only by endowing the living with aspects of divine person (i.e., sacred substance such as faith, holiness, hope, humility, longsuffering, love, wisdom and wrath against sin) are men lifted up to the proper level of comprehension and grasp.

      Be assured, much of the “mystery” for us comes from the Devil, who innocently declares, “everyone’s entitled to their own opinion” to promote contempt, irreverence and unbelief whispering, “everyone’s entitled to accuse, disrespect, mock and undermine GOD.” Where one says “GOD’s ways are mysterious” meaning dishonest, suspicious, unacceptable, or ungodly, they make the common mistake of seeking to judge divinity by a lesser standard. That mistake is correctly called a sin, and is a soft form of both blasphemy and slander. Not you (of course), but those who deliberately try to sneak in a jab against GOD, and the faith of others; are plainly called “sinners” and their offense is called “iniquity” (deliberate and premeditated transgression). Rather than be instruments of Christ who spread the Good News, they spread their own spiritual confusion and wretchedness.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, belief, commitment and genuine faith are not the products of miracles; yet, miracles can be produced through belief, commitment and faith. Though the intelligence of mankind is finite, awareness and consciousness directed by the Holy Spirit are important tools to realizing the full sacred nature of mankind, and to fulfilling human potential for relationship with GOD.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     Adam and Eve, corruption, and answer to the charge that the Creation of GOD was imperfect are featured, today. Also, there is more on the importance of Julius Caesar as a symbol in Christian belief. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Jack” (Level 1 with 90 points, a member since November 8, 2012) posted the following:




Didn’t Adam and Eve sin before eating the fruit?

God apparently told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and when the serpent came and convinced Eve to eat the fruit, she disobeyed god and ate it anyway. Isn’t disobediance to your authority figures considered sin? So apparently Adam and Eve weren’t so perfect to begin with, because if they were they wouldn’t have rebelled.




THE BATTLE AXE: Unto Caesar…? (11/09/2012)—Within the framework of the Scriptures, Julius Caesar is a symbol and a “type” representing the material world as well as the belief system created by mankind called “humanism”, “secular reality,” “spiritual confusion” and “the world.” Like Pharaoh, or Saul, Jeroboam, and Herod (earthly kings who disobeyed GOD and violated the Mosaic covenant), Julius Caesar, Nero and others portray government marked by corruption, decadence, and pride; and are figures of the Adversary, Satan. When challenged on the point of paying tribute to Caesar, Jesus made a peculiar re-statement of the law declared through Moses, and thereby addressed divine inheritance, the giving of sacrifice and tithes as well as the sovereignty of Almighty GOD (see Deuteronomy 12: 1-16, King James Version).




THE GOLDEN ARROW: And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (1st Corinthians 15: 45-49, King James Version)




THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Sin Inherited? (01/22/2012); Trouble For The Good? (01/15/2012); Binder 35: Whom The Lord Loveth (11/01/2011); Binder 14: The Day That GOD Created (10/11/2011); Dispatch 16: The Ally (Wounded) 08/24/2011; Adam Saved? (12/03/2010)




     Many mature Christian believers now understand that neither GOD nor mankind may be mocked as imperfect because of sin. Using only human knowledge, skills, and talents, mankind cannot eliminate sin. Sin pertains to actualities of existence, and goes beyond behavior, conduct and thought. Sin is not a created thing, and has neither dimension, purpose, or divine substance. Even so, sin has direction, effect and presence, and may dominate the self-will of created beings and living creatures.

     Sin—corruption, decay that operates as opposition to holiness, divine law, and the existence of GOD—was first realized as present among the angels, whose endowment of knowledge included sacred truth, praise, service and worship while providing no information on the operations of sin, repentance from sin, and the destruction of being that results by sin. Sin emerged despite the innocence and purity that described content of the angels. Sin is not an expression of, nor may sin control or influence the will of Divine Person. Because sin is immaterial, foreign to all being, and insubstantial, sin cannot be known through discursive thought and foreknowledge.

     Among the various aspects that comprise life for the living, there must be a continuous acknowledgment of GOD along with animation, consciousness, person, presence, purpose, and self-will. Divine substance deposited within mankind establishes humanity and the “living soul.” The recovery of mankind from “non-existent” yet devastating sin, demands a broad range of sacred processes. Included are birth, death, judgment, repentance, rebirth, resurrection, and salvation.

     Such language as disobedience, evil, iniquity and rebellion is used among developing believers like “mama” and “dada” are used among children in the first stages of language acquisition. Simple ideas and natural speech must be used to communicate sacred relationship and spiritual realities that are profound (i.e., deep; all-encompassing and far-reaching in application, and consequence): Before Eve ate, she looked, she imagined, she formulated a desire, and she yielded to curiosity. Eve forgot both Adam and GOD, placed trust in an Adversary as if he were equal to GOD, and discounted the word from GOD that was law. Both the law and the punish for its violation were determined and proclaimed long before Eve made choice to commit any error.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, with GOD, Creation is not a one-time event. The excellence of mankind is that, as the centerpiece of Creation, mankind conveys the image of GOD, and proclaims the sacred truth that divinity is immortal, immutable and unchanging, yet is capable of operating as continuous and progressive.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.



THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC