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Today, points are shared on divinely given faith, intellect, and hope that is false (we say, vain).  In the holy writings, vanity is the absence of spirit content from GOD, thus, the worship of graven images and idols is called “following” or “walking with vanity.”  Many upon the earth have been vain in their response to sacred law, and have failed to realize their own need for more than mechanical obedience to law.  Correctly understood, faith establishes placement within and relationship with the GODhead.  In the beginning, mankind was endowed with a measure of faith that was to sustain their existence upon the earth.  Through the operations of sin, faith and spirit (we also say, breath, life essence, word) in man became corrupt, diluted, and made impotent.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Greg” (Level 1 with 27 points, a member since September 06, 2015) posted the following:

 

What exactly is the problem with Faith?

Faith is the submission of the intellect to the doctrines revealed to mankind by God. It’s essentially believing in something as true without seeing it for yourself.

So, what exactly is the problem with Faith?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report.  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  (Hebrews 11:  1-3, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Faith and The Cross? (03/30/2016); Belief, Content And Works? (02/12/2016); Not Through Human Will? (01/29/2016);  That GOD Is Faithful? (08/31/2015); All Is Vanity? (07/28/2015); The Gift of Life Despised? (10/13/2014); The Life That Endures (10/14/2014)

 

“Greg”, it is written:  2nd Thessalonians 3:  1-3, King James Version (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.  In the light of Jesus Christ dying upon the cross as an embodiment of all sin (that of angels and men), faith imparted from GOD is to be understood as more than a carnal, material, social and temporal reality.  Faith must be acknowledged as a spirit substance from the full makeup of divinity.  The issue is not one of faith versus unbelief that is generated from lack of sacred knowledge and practice; the problem is one of no godliness that comes by embodiment of consecrated being.

Divinely given faith is inseparable from the other aspects of divine being.  Included are forbearance, forgiveness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Faith is made up entirely of faith, just as holiness is made up only of holiness.  Faith is essential for discernment (ability to apply ones own spirit content to correctly identify spirit matter appearing in events, oneself, other persons, prophecy, statements, etc.).  Finite tools among created beings and living creatures such as intellect, logic, philosophy, and science are not enough to eliminate sin that opposes the continued existence of divine law.

In the same way the greatest problem for many Christian believers is not that of condemning, dismissing and repenting of sins, and it is that we must give up cherished, long held, and vain hopes (i.e., desires lacking sacred focus and substance).  Many think of faith as private conviction, passion, and the personal expression of themselves, rather than of Jesus Christ.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Matthew 8:  23-27, King James Version (KJV):  23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.  24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves:  but he was asleep.  25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us:  we perish.  26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.  27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

(2.)  Matthew 14:  26-33, KJV:  26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.  28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.  29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?  32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.  33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  Galatians 2:  19-21, KJV:  19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.  20 I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  21 I do not frustrate the grace of God:  for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.)  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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Today, points are shared on the meaning and value of the cross for Christian believers.  Within the church created by the Lord, the cross is not an instrument used in practicing magic, nor is the cross an object of worship.  Even so, many disciples and followers of Jesus Christ experience the living presence of the Savior as their own indwelling Spirit responds to a cross or crucifix.  Certainly, their awareness may be released from focus upon material objects, personal problems, and issues of living in the world.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Melanie” (Level 4 with 3,449 points, a member since September 29, 2014) posted the following:

 

A question for Christians. Why do you have crosses? Do you like glorifying a torture instrument? Is Jesus happy with that?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  (Hebrews 12:  1-3, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Without Preaching The Cross? (02/21/2016); The Meaning not the Object (05/26/2015); Not Images Used in Worship? (09/14/2014); Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Signs of Messianic Belief? (12/16/2012); Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012)

 

“Melanie”, the cross can only be celebrated by those having balance, joy, respect, and wisdom from GOD.  Continuing to live upon the earth, Christian believers are surrounded by carnal, material, and social elements that may draw and fix their attention.  Maintaining freedom that allows one to serve GOD in mature ways requires sacred knowledge and active practice of sacraments that shield the mind and heart from secular meanings, processes and values as well as from sin.  Sin has not been created by GOD, and opposes the continued existence of divine law, GOD as the Law Giver, and all Creation that relies upon sacred law as a platform for divine order.  The operations of sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  While sin can not be destroyed or eliminated as an ordinary object, sin can be spiritually discerned, resisted, and overcome.  Among “born again” Christians, who have received deposits of spirit substance imparted from the makeup of divinity, the cross proclaims the triumph and eternal victory of Jesus Christ over multiple forces and influences.  The cross also declares peculiar achievements of each believer who has had help from GOD to overcome obstacles to their new life in Christ.  Included are anger, covetousness, death, deceit, enmity, evil, fear, hate, ignorance, sin, suffering, ungodliness, and wickedness.  The cross is not something cute and shiny worn as jewelry to appear in fashion.  Nor is the cross an object of worship (we say, an idol).  The cross may be acknowledged as an altar whereon the highest offering from mankind has been laid; yet, were believers  to “glorify” the cross itself, they would be guilty of worshiping a false god, a lifeless object, a dead thing that may not act for their salvation.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Philippians 3:  18-21, King James Version (KJV):  18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:  19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)  20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 1:  18-24, 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.

(3.)  Galatians 6:  12-15, KJV:  12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.  13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.  14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.  15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually taken in.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  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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Fitness of the cross as a symbol to represent Christian belief is the topic, today.  The cross is never worshiped or held to be an object containing divine substance, and acting a living entity (we say, an idol).  Among the many symbols used to identify Christian gatherings and materials (e.g., a fish; ashes from Palm Sunday leaves; praying hands; the anchor; the crown of thorns; the empty tomb) the cross is probably the one most immediately recognized by those outside of the church as the household of faith.  Because Jesus living and dying upon the cross is a scene depicting divine judgment, his disciples and followers are to recognize the cross as an altar of sacrifice, and the Savior as their substitute made subject to the second death.  Believers are saved by the works of Jesus, not by their own acts, deeds and efforts.  More than this, given divine judgment is the permanent resolution of conflict and the settlement of disputes through sacred law, judgment is always a blessing; and its outcomes are correction, joy, and peace, rather than agony, misery and punishment.  For those outside the law and covenants that established the Jews as a people of GOD, the cross also creates access and a door for those relying upon GOD for grace and coming to Christ through faith.  Consider the following Scriptures and the presentation below:

1st Corinthians 1:  18, King James Version (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.

Ephesians 2:  8-9, KJ V:  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

1st Corinthians 15:  55-57, KJV:  55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 51:  5-8, KJV:  5 My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.  6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath:  for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner:  but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.  7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.  8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool:  but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Denisowator” (Level 1 with 129 points, a member since June 20, 2013) posted the following:

 

Christians, why do you think Christianity is represented by the cross?

(Answers from christians only please! Atheist and former Christian answers will be ignored, and if need be, reported).

Why do you think our religion is represented by the cross? The very thing which Jesus was nailed to, and the instrument of crucifixion. Do you think it’s simply because it represents the human body?

Do you think it should be represented by something different? Something that is tied mroe strongly towards what we believe in?

In my opinion, we should not be represented by an instrument of slow and painful death. Because if that’s the case, we might as well represent some countries with the major problems they face, rather than their flags.

What do you think? Let me know by elaborating and explaining your reasoning as much as you can.

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THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:  11-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Meaning not the Object (05/26/2015); Believers and the Cross (06/24/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Signs of Messianic Belief? (12/16/2012); Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012); On Religious Items (08/29/2012); On Cults (08/30/2012)

 

“Denisowator”, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing despite time and space to here and now.  Mature Christian believers accept the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross as a fulfillment of specific divine operations in the earth to establish eternal purposes; a sacred event orchestrated by divinity; a “prophetic demonstration” (actions instead of words to convey a message from GOD); and a sign from GOD (i.e., a natural event to indicate that prophecy is authentic, truly from GOD, and is certain to be carried out and completed by divinity).  Continually acknowledging the cross has come to be an act of faith, an acknowledgment of blessings (gifts), and a way of life celebrating the Lord’s  victory over multiple unseen enemies of mankind such as death, inner conflicts, separation, sin, and wickedness.  The cross serves as a beacon to rally believers for spiritual combat, commitment, and unselfish service.  While the promises of GOD through Jesus Christ include immortality, incorruption, installation as priests and kings, a new heaven, and a new earth, the cross declares every believer also must pass through affliction, persecution, and suffering (we say, No cross, no crown!).  Consider again how this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Matthew 5:  10-12, King James Version (KJV):  10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven:  for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

(2.)  2nd Timothy 3:  12, KJV:  12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

(3.)  Matthew 13:  54-58, KJV:  54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?  55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?  56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?  57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.  58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 5:  9-12, KJV:  9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:  for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:  and we shall reign on the earth.  11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders:  and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;  12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Freedom, idolatry, the celebration of Christmas, and use of the Christmas tree are topics, today.  Cultural arrogance, ethnicity, and racism are vain, and do not nourish the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  For mature Christian believers the birth of Jesus is acknowledged as the fulfillment of prophecy, divine proclamation, and sacred promise, therefore even African American believers count themselves free to celebrate understanding principles for living that come from GOD.  However, for developing believers—those recently born again, or continuing their gradual growth as being in sacred relationship—the observance of Christmas may appear as only a family custom, the expression of popular culture, or merely a longstanding social tradition.  Even so, such features as Santa Claus, fantasy, gift-giving, and folk tales to amuse and entertain do not convey an antichrist spirit as does apostasy, heresy, and slander.  Americans include those having root as Black sons of Canada, Haiti, Jamaica, Germany, and even Great Britain.  Christian worship among those of Black descent in America includes African Methodist Episcopal believers, Baptists, Catholics, Pentecostals, and Seventh Day Adventists.  Among the true disciples of Jesus, there are many devices, experiences and lessons that are to be used to foster cleansing, growth, healing and perfection.  Consider again the holy writings, and the points shared below:  Psalms 97:  9-12, King James Version (KJV):  9 For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth:  thou art exalted far above all gods.  10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil:  he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.  11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.  12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.  Also, 1st Corinthians 13:  8-12, KJV:  8 Charity never faileth:  but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:  but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:  now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “yahoosucks” (Level 1 with 18 points, a member since August 26, 2015) posted the following:

 

Why does Black America celebrate Christmas when the bible Jeremiah 10:1-5 clearly tells the Israelites not to?

I understand the white edomites breaking GOD’s laws but the blacks who are the Israelite tribe of Judah need to wake up

Update:  To all the dumb edomites, you remember the song “silver & gold” song during Christmas?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:  And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands:  and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.  Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law:  and the people stood in their place.  So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.  And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.  Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared:  for this day is holy unto our LORD:  neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.  So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.  And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.  (Nehemiah 8:  5-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  American Culture and Law? (07/13/2015); The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); The Christmas Spirit? (12/23/2014); Peace The Gift of Christmas? (12/24/2014); Beliefs, Customs and Racism? (09/24/2014); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013); Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013)

 

“yahoosucks”, Black Americans are now privileged to be in covenant with divinity through the new testament established in the blood of Jesus Christ.  While many accept a heritage as Jews and inclusion within spiritual (not national) Israel, few claim place as “Israelites”.  African Americans have always been a diverse aspect of this New World experiment in democracy and the hope of a homeland that is to be a “melting pot.”  The bias and ignorance that established and maintained chattel slavery of Africans began in Portugal (Europe) 50 years before Columbus sailed.  Africa then (as now) was an entire continent serving as home to multiple cultures, language groups, and those who were grounded as believers in many different systems for spiritual truth.  Black Africans were never all from one tribe, one nation, one region, or one religion.  Many were Islamic believers; some answered forms of shamanism; others had received some instruction in Christianity.  Nevertheless, all were initially dehumanized and maintained as “beasts of burden,” “darkies”, and “niggras”.  In somewhat the same way, Americans whose ancestry and origin are traced to Africa, have developed differently in accordance to the peculiar challenges of life in rural vs. urban settings, status as freeman or slave, East coast vs. the West, and Mid-west vs. Northwest America. 

Today, African Americans practice spiritual disciplines that include Buddhism, Judaism, Mormonism, and Scientology.  All do not celebrate the birth of Jesus as the intercession of divinity for the deliverance of Creation from the shackles of sin.  Religious liberty is more than a political slogan in our lives; and, like the right to vote, pertains to the “quality of life” and self-esteem in ways that are fundamental.  The concepts of “equality” and “impartiality” are vital to the ideas of freedom and justice through law that are essential for stable nations.  More than this, commitment, conscience, and sacrifice—what we willingly give our lives to, or give up our lives for—is determined in response to a myriad of life conditions, challenges, goals, and opportunities.

All Black Christians do not acknowledge, praise, and reverence divinity the same way; nor do those who celebrate Christmas all do so the same way.  Blacks also may enjoy a “white Christmas” as do their neighbors across the Nation.  Customs and traditions vary like family life, home ownership, and the goals we set for our children.  As is true for all Christians everywhere, Black Christians vary in their level of knowledge, preparation, skills, and spiritual maturity.  The relationship to Deity through Jesus Christ—one faith, one Lord, one baptism, one God and Father of all—establishes Black Americans and all other Christians as having oneness (unity), rather than sameness.  Within the bounds and limits of new life through rebirth (the “law” some call self-discipline), believers all are free to pursue acquiring sacred knowledge, developing through fellowship with other believers, expressing personal devotion, maintaining sacred practices (we say, sacraments), continuing study of the holy writings, and pursuing congregational worship.

There are many other ideas that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones own spiritual development, here.  (For example, many Black Americans have chosen Christianity as a way to express and satisfy their personal needs for affirmation, direction, and spiritual strength.  However, others accept Christian belief as a matter of their being chosen and put to work as instruments to accomplish divine and eternal purposes that are not their own.  These are in an ongoing process of permanent change and transformation that also alters how they perceive duty, their place in society, and their participation in both secular and religious traditions.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

New Disclaimer

Today, reply is made to a charge that, through law and judgment, divinity operates as do terrorist groups.  Caliphate, covenant relationship, sin, and the worship of idols are topics along with reverence toward the Maker as the necessary condition wherein all created beings and living creatures are to exist.  Divine law has not been established to inhibit cleansing, correction, forgiveness, and repentance.  The operations of sin promote the elimination of divine law, Deity, and all that is, has been or ever will be put forth from GOD.  In the scheme of GOD the crime of a thief is not merely one of taking away from another some temporal object that will eventually break, or perhaps be lost anyhow.  The offense is against all law, divine order, and the universe that is laid out with myriad unseen streams in flux.  It is deceit and idolatry to promote any thing from finite imagination and mind as having authority, power, and divine substance that are to be obeyed, reverenced and worshiped as a god.  Included are buildings, family, freedom, land, military forces, money, sexual pleasure, and weapons.  Yet through sin, awareness, intellect and self-will in the living are led to manufacture abominations, abstractions, and false gods for deliverance, godliness, prosperity, and salvation.  By spiritual confusion human error is maintained as though generated from and approved by the Eternal One.  Readers are to realize, there have been caliphates before, and they failed to manifest the presence of GOD; for both mechanism and process must be of GOD.  Conflict, fear, pain, and violence can not be made to appear as the fruit of supreme righteousness.  Consider the following verses from the Bible, and the presentation below:  John 10:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 I am the door:  by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  11 I am the good shepherd:  the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  Also, John 18:  36-38, KJV:  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:  if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:  but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.  Psalms 115:  2-8, KJV:  2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?  3 But our God is in the heavens:  he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.  4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  5 They have mouths, but they speak not:  eyes have they, but they see not:  6 They have ears, but they hear not:  noses have they, but they smell not:  7 They have hands, but they handle not:  feet have they, but they walk not:  neither speak they through their throat.  8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “King Apologist” (Level 3 with 2,013 points, a member since December 11, 2014) posted the following:

 

In the bible, God prescribes the death penalty for worshiping other gods, adultery, and homosexuality. How is that different from ISIS/Daesh?

Deuteronomy 13 says to kill those who even think of worshiping other gods (no freedom of religion)
Leviticus 20:13 says to kill gays.
Leviticus 20:20 says to kill adulterers.

Why do ISIS and God agree so much?

Update: Is there some logical reason that God once held the same opinions as terrorists?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned:   but what sayest thou?  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last:  and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee:  go, and sin no more.  (John 8:  4-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Last Prophet? (09/27/2015); The Need For Divine Rule? (08/27/2015); A Christian Dictatorship? (03/05/2015); Divine Love Seen As Hate? (01/29/2015); Adam, Pharaoh and All Mankind? (01/28/2015); Agents of Allah? (01/26/2015); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)

 

“King Apologist”, it is very difficult for most of us to correctly speak of ISIS, or the diverse followers of Islamic belief where we are properly grounded as disciples of Jesus Christ.  The  spiritual maturity that comes by having sacred knowledge and an imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD is required to properly speak of divine intent.  Answering honestly, many would have to confess ignorance of what anyone else believes who does not demonstrate faith similar to their own, and made visible by sacred practices and works.  From my perspective as one willing to say, I am submitted to GOD (musleem) as was Abraham, ISIS advocates idolatry by focus upon a human solution (a government ruled by men; they say, caliphate) that is to be exalted above eternal purpose, divine law, and imparted Spirit.  For sake of the caliphate the living are to embrace death; forswear family, friends, homeland; deny the duty for those who are strong to protect children, civilians in wartime, the disabled, and those who are weak; and refuse all other contracts and covenants, even that of jihad-al-Akbar.

Those who left Egypt with Moses, were challenged to willingly enter agreement with a divinity whose character and nature are made known and revealed through creation, deliverance, judgment, prophecy, and covenant relationship.   Terms of the agreement included obedience to all commandments and proclamations of divine law as well as acceptance of operations by divinity to establish permanent changes within mankind upon the earth.  Israel was to become a peculiar people, and a nation formed in the image of GOD.  The new nation would be healed, purified, and set apart for continuing service and worship (we say, sanctified) through every aspect of exchange and interaction for its people.

A mixed multitude representing many nations joined those from the twelve tribes of Jacob requesting that GOD impose even the harshest punishments and death for transgression of divine law (we say, sin), rather than have GOD deny to them the special place of those who are partners in covenant with divinity.  As the instruments of Deity, the covenant people are in a process of continuous growth and transformation.  Thus, while Deity is eternal, immutable and unchanging, terms of the covenant may be altered, yet, not removed.  Responses made to created beings and living creatures appear as “new” through diversity, discovery, and the unfolding of perfection.

There is far more that must be said to fully shift a person’s understanding regarding that that is holy (i.e. having the active presence, and eternal purposes of divinity).  For example:  The sinful practices acquired by seeking to participate in the one-world empire of the Egyptians (i.e., assimilation) had to be reversed over time.  Almost immediately, while Moses was away in communion with GOD to receive the law written by the finger of GOD upon tables of stone, his brother Aaron, who was to serve as High Priest, led the people in worshiping the golden calf of Egypt.  The change we speak of only comes without upheaval and widespread destruction through grace, mercy, and divine prerogative.  Thousands of years later, 10 tribes would reject rule by the house of David.  Jeroboam, who was exiled to Egypt, would establish the Northern Kingdom (Israel); and to prevent the people being influenced by the requirement for all sacrifices to be made only at the Temple at Jerusalem, and returning to the Unified Kingdom—Jeroboam established worship of the golden calf.  Restoration for the house of David, and the continuing fulfillment of all covenant are to be seen as completely accomplished only where GOD will appear in flesh as Christ, Messiah, and Divinity Incarnate.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and willingness to be made spiritually mature.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

New Disclaimer

Today, Scripture points are shared on idols and objects of devotion among mankind that are not living.  Many are caught in systems of idolatry that exaggerate their acknowledgment of other persons, the achievements and contributions of others, and even their own possibilities for growth and prosperity.  They embrace new, non-traditional, and untested concepts that deny the nature and actual substance of divinity by the inclusion of subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden and unseen shifts in meaning or value).  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Tim M” (Level 7 with 104,236 points, a member since July 23, 2010) posted the following:

 

So If Time is the great giver and taker of all things, would Time not be considered God ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king:  at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.  Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.  He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.  When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.  Every man is brutish in his knowledge:  every founder is confounded by the graven image:  for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.  They are vanity, and the work of errors:  in the time of their visitation they shall perish.  The portion of Jacob is not like them:  for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance:  The LORD of hosts is his name.  (Jeremiah 10:  10-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  No Other gods? (08/14/2015); The Meaning not the Object (05/26/2015); Not Images Used in Worship? (09/14/2014); Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); A House of gods? (08/31/2012); Heaven For Muhammad? (09/01/2012)

 

“Tim M”, among Christian believers, time should not be spoken of as having the attributes and qualities of divinity such as character, consciousness, person, presence, and will.  Time is a framework provided by GOD for created beings and living creatures as a system for organizing and processing mechanical and natural events as well as sacred occurrences and revelation (i.e., effects that make the active presence and eternal purposes of GOD known, recognizable, and visible).  Where the living promote, or respond to time and other aspects of Creation that are not alive as though they were living entities (e.g., birth, death, government, intellect, romantic love, skill, wealth), and as though they have authority, power or existence independent from the Creator, such features have been exalted as idols (we say, false gods).  While idols are usually material objects used as representations, or vessels said to contain a god, idols also appear in the form of abstractions, things coveted, and objects men may lust after (e.g., freedom, heroes, leaders, weapons, an Islamic state).  For Christians, the earth has been created by GOD as a sphere of life, while the world is a man-made system to establish exchange, interaction, and survival among those living upon the earth.  Features of the world include currency, family, history, language, philosophy and science.  Consider the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  Job 31:  26-28, King James Version (KJV):  26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;  27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:  28 This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge:  for I should have denied the God that is above.

(2.)  Psalms 115:  1-8, KJV:  1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.  2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?  3 But our God is in the heavens:  he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.  4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  5 They have mouths, but they speak not:  eyes have they, but they see not:  6 They have ears, but they hear not:  noses have they, but they smell not:  7 They have hands, but they handle not:  feet have they, but they walk not:  neither speak they through their throat.  8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

(3.)  Isaiah 44:  14-17, KJV:  14 He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest:  he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.  15 Then shall it be for a man to burn:  for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.  16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:  17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image:  he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.

There are many other verses that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Isaiah 44:  8-11, KJV:  8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid:  have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.  9 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.  10 Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?  11 Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed:  and the workmen, they are of men:  let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

Scriptures points are shared, today, on idolatry, false worship, and the existence of no other gods besides the Creator.  It is written:  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 (Deuteronomy 29:  29, KJV).  Because mankind is finite and temporal, the operations of the one holy, sanctified (we say, set apart) and true GOD to make known the full control, power, eternal purposes, immutability, range and scope of divinity must encompass multiple manifestations of existence through detail and subtlety (i.e., barely visible differences; changes that are difficult to detect; hidden shifts in meaning and value).  Saying this another way:  GOD must use measurable dimension, form, material being, and even incarnation (appearing in flesh) to establish the most complete and correct revelation of divinity.  GOD is a spirit, and otherwise invisible to the eye.  Deity becomes known, therefore, using thousands of events appearing within and through thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  The human predicament is not that GOD has denied necessary sacred knowledge to humanity; it is that many upon the earth prefer human error, disbelief, and presumption.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Nathan” (August 12, 2015) posted the following:

 

When God said: worship no other gods beside me(or whatever it was, you know what I mean), was he acknowledging that other gods exist?

If not, why wouldn’t he say don’t worship other things, or have worded it differently?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.  Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?  But our God is in the heavens:  he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.  Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  They have mouths, but they speak not:  eyes have they, but they see not:  They have ears, but they hear not:  noses have they, but they smell not:  They have hands, but they handle not:  feet have they, but they walk not:  neither speak they through their throat.  They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.  (Psalms 115:  1-8, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sun Worship? (07/27/2015); Covenants and Relationships (01/29/2014); Salvation is Conditional? (01/30/2014); GOD is Acknowledging (09/30/2013); The Power of Death? (10/01/2013); Why Would GOD Worry About Us? (04/16/2013); How To Accept Bible Truth? (04/17/2013); Unto Caesar…? (11/09/2012); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012)

 

“Nathan”, divine law proclaiming that no other gods are to be worshiped acknowledges not the existence of multiple gods, of widespread human error, and the desperate need of created beings and living creatures for divine revelation.  Most mature Christians believe that from the beginning of this Creation that focuses upon and serves mankind, divinity has appeared and revealed the GODhead (i.e., made Deity known) by being in intimate relationships with those living upon the earth.  For nearly 1,000 years, Adam was upon the earth, and shared oral history and living testimony to the origins of the human race, the changes that occurred in the human condition as the result of sin, and the divine provisions for atonement, cleansing, correction, and the eternal existence of mankind as immortal and incorruptible.  Other descendants from Adam (we say, Patriarchs) also served as priests, rulers and spokespersons (we say, prophets) from GOD.  However, as portrayed in the account of Abel and Cain—both sons of Adam, who worshiped the same “one true GOD”—error, lack of sacred knowledge, murder, pride, sin and unacceptable worship continued to spread among mankind.  Responding to Abraham and others, GOD chose to create Israel as a nation that would be in a permanent relationship with divinity through divine love, sacred law, judgment, promise, and prophecy.  Seven nations had been in covenant before the tribes of Jacob were chosen; and all were judged by GOD as “worthy of destruction” (i.e., to be totally removed from existence upon the earth).  The seven all had betrayed GOD through practices that included backsliding, blasphemy, idolatry, impenitence, irreverence, treachery, false worship as well as the worship of demons and devils.  Here are a few points from the holy writings that may make some of this clearer for you:

(1.)  Leviticus 18:  2-4, King James Version (KJV):  2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God.  3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do:  and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do:  neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.  4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein:  I am the LORD your God.

(2.)  Ezekiel 20:  13-17, KJV:  13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness:  they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted:  then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.  14 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out.  15 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands;  16 Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths:  for their heart went after their idols.  17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 1:  18-21, 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.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 1:  26-31, KJV:  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.  30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:  31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

(5.)  Revelation 1:  1-3, KJV:  1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:  2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.  3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:  for the time is at hand.

There are many other Scriptures that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a permanent part of ones own sacred knowledge.  (For example, (6.)  Revelation 9:  17-21, KJV:  17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone:  and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.  18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.  19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails:  for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.  20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood:  which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:  21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith, sacred knowledge, and the continuing operations of GOD for your perfection.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC