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The Bible as “the word of GOD,” is the topic, today.  Also, there is more on conviction and faith in the face of tragedy.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Horn of the Unicorn” (Level 1 with 40 points, a member since September 13, 2009) posted the following:


Why is the bible referred to as the word of God?

Surely if God did actually write or dictate the words to a human to write then there would not be so many factual errors?


THE BATTLE AXE:  Faith for Facing Tragedy? (06/04/2013)—(5)  The priesthood of Jesus Christ addresses the transformation of mankind from corruptible, fallible, mortal and sinful to that of eternal, permanent and perpetual companions of GOD.  All created beings and living creatures eventually complete or fulfill their expression as aspects of divine emanation.  Presently, only GOD is immortal.  The holy angels, sacred beasts, and others that serve in heaven are neither immortal nor mortal; and their being  continues only by divine prerogative.  Mortality is a specification for finite existence of the living whereby mankind and those on the earth endure only for brief periods described using the framework of time.  It is the natural and usual process of human life that, just as the living act upon their environment and one another, many of those same things now operate upon the living as mere objects within the sphere of their own distinct being, and so result in completion of human death.  Included are aging, collisions, conflict, diet, epidemic disease, drowning, imbalance, insufficient rest, irregular growth, loss of blood (the material device within the living that distributes the divine element of life to the various parts of the body), and psychological trauma.  Many accuse GOD of injustice and unfairness for not arbitrarily intervening in the processes of life and death to show approval, favor, and reward.  However, divine judgment is the sacred operation for the expression of divine favor and disfavor.  Death and resurrection come into view as controlled and necessary aspects of the divine order that must be acknowledged as making visible the divinity and sanctity of GOD.  Saying this another way, that distinguishes, identifies, and separates GOD as One.  See Ezekiel 33:  1-16, 1st Corinthians 10:  1-13, 1st Timothy 1:  17 and 1st Timothy 6:  3-16, King James Version.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited:  I am the LORD; and there is none else.  I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth:  I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain:  I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.  Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations:  they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.  Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together:  who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth:  for I am God, and there is none else.  I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.  (Isaiah 45:  18-23, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Jesus Authored No Books (05/01/2013); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Scripture at Funerals? (04/30/2013); Quoting Scripture to GOD? (04/24/2013); Illusion? (04/25/2013); A Guide to Salvation? (04/10/2013); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012); Spirit Matter (10/21/2012); Bible Benefit? (03/16/2011); Ones Destiny? (03/17/2011)


(1)  The holy writings employ many unique definitions, figures, reports, and understandings that permit human intelligence to grasp the possibilities for existence of divine person.  However, for created beings and living creatures to have more than fantasies, fictions, and a mere abstract consciousness of GOD, Creation must participate in a relationship having sacred depth, power and quality.  There must be a continuous and ongoing process of divine revelation ordered after the terms of divine intent (i.e., holy will, instead of human self-will), the operations of consecrated substance, and the fixed boundaries for accomplishment of eternal purpose.  Included are birth, death, divine law, faith, miracles, resurrection, righteous judgment, and wrath against sin.

(2)  GOD is an immortal and incorruptible spirit that cannot be understood using only the frameworks for mortal being; and who is accessible to mortal beings only by frameworks he himself may generate.  The process of GOD for mankind may be described as discernment, “discovery learning,” “OJT” (on-the-job-training), and “spiritualization” wherein the full awareness of divinity is gradually appreciated, made known, and recognized as visible.  Spirit content that otherwise exists only within the make-up of Divine Person (e.g., holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, truth, wisdom) may operate within created beings and living creatures, and establishes them in the image of GOD.

(3)  As a sacred record, the Bible details a small spectrum of sacred events pertinent to the preparation of mankind for permanent existence within the eternal sphere of divine presence.  The Bible provides a divine perspective—thousands of lives over thousands of years—and documents a broad range of actions by GOD that show the Almighty is more than a collection of mechanical processes.  The Bible permits believers to experience the “person” of GOD through shared feeling, intelligence and purpose.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4)  Although visible to many as no more than a material object and a collection of ancient books, the Bible is itself a peculiar appearance and incarnation of Divine Person.  Divine utterances are put forth to believers that supply ones personal awareness of the divine presence as well as the personal experience of hearing the voice of GOD.  In addition to commands, criteria for purity, parables, praises, prayers, life principles, proclamations, promises and proverbs, there is prophecy (comfort, edification, exhortation) that demonstrates and unveils divine perfection.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      The Holy Spirit, the human spirit, and the place of mankind in judgment are topics, today. No BATTLE AXE appears. A “Yahoo! Answers” Top Contributor using the ID “daughtereponymous” (Level 7 with 26,793 points, a member since May 18, 2010) posted the following:

Prov.20:27 states we are the CANDLES of G-D who is the FLAME and how do we light it ?

THE GOLDEN ARROW: The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. (Luke 11: 32-36, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Focus of Judgment (12/09/2012); His Burden is Light (12/10/2012); The “Lake of Mercy” (11/03/2012); Seeking and Being Sought (11/04/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); A Reborn Heart (02/26/2011); GOD Commanded? (02/27/2011); Divine Light (10/04/2010); The Fall Of Adam (10/05/2010)

      In that particular Scripture, and throughout the Holy Bible, the “spirit of man” is spoken of as an instrument and tool used by GOD to fulfill divine purposes. Sacred themes and the divine ownership of mankind and all Creation are documented through human events, yet, rather than human concepts of effort, freedom, pleasure, self-promotion, and self-will, the compassion, righteousness and sovereignty of GOD are proclaimed. The crafting, lighting and quenching of the candle is through operations of the Divine Person, that include death, rebirth and anointing by the Holy Ghost.

      The Proverb can be understood as restating the sacred truth that GOD is an eternal and righteous judge, and acknowledges the revelation to Moses and all mankind (Exodus 19: 17 through 20: 1-6, KJV; Exodus 33: 12-23 through 34: 1-8, KJV). Made in the image of GOD, we repeatedly fail to respond to one another properly, because humanity also describes many features that are barely recognizable, invisible, and unseen without the peculiar levels of discernment and vision provided through the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD.

      The Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Prophecy) may add to and alter ones inner makeup; however, the Spirit does not conceal, counterfeit, falsify or replace the human spirit. The human potential for containing sacred content (such as faith, holiness, law, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin), displaying the divine nature, and expressing eternal divinity is brought to greater heights through the ministries of Jesus that provide learning, nourishment, sacramental practice, and spiritual growth.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, in addition to judgment, throughout the holy writings, burning and fire pertain to deep cleansing and purging. Sanctification is not a “one-time” event; and continues in the life of a believer as the experience of being set apart for association with GOD, and for high service to the Almighty that may include childbearing, marriage, martyrdom, and preaching.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     Echoes of the often posed question from Scripture (what is man…?), and the value of human life are in view today.  Also, there is more on the condition of one who commits suicide.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “pepito” (Level 2 with 838 points, a member since January 2, 2011) posted the following:

If God is at the core of a person, what does that say about the price of humanity?
Seemingly so tiny, just a speck in all creation, that’s what we are… but isn’t god Himself eternally simple? Does one have to be grandiose and assuming to carry God within his heart? Or does God prefer the humble and sincere? What is the value of human life compared in terms of Christianity versus Atheism that only sees life as chain of material events?
“J’me pelle Rouge” : where you see nothing, I see eve erything.

THE BATTLE AXE:  Suffering for Suicide? (12/12/2012)—Suffering is a temporary condition that exists only among beings that have not completed their mortality.  In the same way suffering in the flesh is ended by death, suffering in judgment is ended by the second death.  Suffering is not “permanent” or “unending”; and there is no eternal suffering that will exist among (or be continually witnessed by) immortal beings.  In divine judgment, the actions, attitudes, behavior and life events for created beings and living creatures serve like letters of the alphabet that are fitted together and pattered to spell out words.  Ones spiritual condition, divine content and sacred substance are “spoken,” heard, and read as a kind of spirit language from their actual deeds, choices, and interpersonal exchanges.  Relationship for, through and with GOD generates living experience that is incorporated within the Word in the same way air from the lungs and vibrations of the vocal cords produce the phonemes and syllables that comprise speech and utterance.  Focus is not upon the noise or sound that is made; focus is on the meaning and value signified.  The time, place and manner of a person’s death have their weight in ones individual judgment only when properly fitted with all the many details of their birth, life, service, suffering, and worship.  More than simply narratives and sequences of carnal, material and social life are produced; an image and its name, like a photograph, that mirrors the spirit-being then emerges (see Revelation 3:  5 and 20:  12, KJV).  Elements we as humans might quickly describe as “suffering” may repeatedly be regarded as merely growth or service; and much of what we take to be reverence and worship, may be shown as void, and having no value at all.  (See Ezekiel 33:  30-33 and Matthew 7:  21-23, KJV.)  Divine forgiveness and the death of Jesus upon the cross do not dismiss sin, justify how a person may die, or give license for wrongdoing.  Rather, they promote the growth of divine spirit, repentance, and taking accountability for ones choices.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;  God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?  For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.  But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?  Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:  (Hebrews 2:  3-7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012); Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012); Son of Man (11/28/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012); Mankind’s World (11/20/2010); Filthy Rags? (11/19/2010); For Our Sin’s? (11/21/2010)

     With their eyes fixed upon Jesus as their redeemer and savior, the mature Christian believer sees both a duty and a privilege to place high value upon human life.  Almighty GOD is understood to be spirit; and he has appeared in flesh (we say, Incarnation) to further establish godly awareness and intention throughout the aspects of human experience.  The presence of mankind is essential to the full revelation of divine being, sacred process, eternal purpose, and sovereign truth.  How believers esteem, honor, respect and serve one another derives from (1) what GOD has bestowed as our endowment through creation, (2) the added supply of divine substance provided through the earthly and heavenly ministrations by Jesus Christ, and (3) from sacred knowledge of the human predicament, and the documented history of human makeup being transformed following Creation.
     Just as our the experience of the natural world would be incomplete without the many created beings, living creatures, planets, stars and waters, the universe is incomplete and unbalanced without mankind.  Those dwelling in heaven are neither mortal nor immortal.  Included are angels, sacred beasts, and other spirit-beings.  The Eternal GODhead (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is immortal and incorruptible, and continues to appear in varying forms that display spirit-person.  It is the excellence of mankind that humans acquire knowledge by life experience, may be edified, and may grow in accordance with divine law and godly presence.
     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the “simple” things of GOD are also always profound—that is, they have widespread application, consequences, depth, detail, and divine aspects that cannot be known except as revealed by GOD.  To those lacking insight, the birth, suffering, death, and burial of Jesus will appear as only another obscure and wretched life.  Through operation of the imparted, indwelling spirit (we say, the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth), treasures of everlasting glory are properly discerned and recognized.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Titles from the Bible that are used in speaking of Jesus Christ, and more on divine purposes are covered, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “sudheer k” (Level 3 with 1,420 points, a member since April 1, 2008) posted the following:

Jesus is son of GOD as a human and Jesus is son of MAN as God – Is my understand correct?

To us son will be born and he will be called mighty God – Isaiah 9:6
Jesus as son of man as GOD

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son – John 3: 18
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Jesus is GOD
Zechariah 2: 10-11

Jehovah Said “I am coming and I will live among you and you will know that Jehovah of hosts has sent me to you”

Jehovah of hosts has sent Jehovah
Father sent Jesus

THE BATTLE AXE: More Than Salvation (11/27/2012)—While created beings and living creatures speak of law, judgment and divine will as actions and deeds performed by GOD, it is more correct to conceive these elements as sacred being (i.e., they exist as aspect of divinity), and as spirit movement and spirit process within the holy person of GOD, who is only spirit. For the sake of simplicity and to accommodate the limits of our awareness, we continue to say Father, Son and Holy Spirit as though by appearing and functioning in multiple dimension the GODhead may somehow be divided. The three are inseparable; however, this truth may only be realized through operations of GOD upon and within a believer’s spirit, and may only be communicated using depictions, figures, metaphors, and types. With this in view, to be saved is to be acknowledged and recognized as having been put forth from GOD, and continuing to display sacred image.

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: 45-48, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: On Asking Why (11/08/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); The Work of Jesus (03/13/2012); On The Messiah (02/19/2012); The First Jews (02/20/2012); Girdle 50: Unquenchable Life (01/06/2012); Girdle 32: Worship GOD (12/17/2011); Missing Years (02/25/2011); A Reborn Heart (02/26/2011)

      Christian believers generally understand that Jesus of Nazareth is given the title “Son of Man” for two reasons: (1) the title acknowledges Jesus as having the same anointing, authority, intimate relationship with GOD, and visionary spirit that was granted to several of the earlier major prophets, and therefore Jesus should be received as continuing the tradition of Moses (see Ezekiel 3: 4, 10 and 17, King James Version); also (2) the title names Jesus as the son of Adam who is heir to the priesthood from heaven that was given to mankind (Genesis 3: 21, KJV) as well as heir to the promises understood as the foundation for human hope (Genesis 3: 15, KJV).

      In the figure of Daniel, a judge, president and prophet ruling the covenant people of GOD, mankind receives the same eternal revelation that was intended for Adam (Daniel 8: 14, KJV). In the figure of Ezekiel, Jesus cleanses the Temple at Jerusalem by casting out the money changers and those selling livestock to be used for sacrifices (see Ezekiel 12: 3, 12: 9 and John 2: 13-21, KJV) and by challenging lack of faith, pride and selfishness among the priesthood (Ezekiel 34: 2 and John 11: 47-57, KJV). Jesus contends against and bruises Satan (called the king and prince of Tyrus) see Ezekiel 28 and Matthew 4: 1-11, KJV. Jesus teaches resurrection from the dead as in the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37 and John 11: 1-45, KJV).

      In the figure of Adam, Jesus suffers death upon the cross (see Romans 5, KJV). Through death and resurrection, Adam is restored, and receives a divine kingdom (Matthew 19: 28, KJV). Just as power to heal is given, power to forgive sin is granted mankind (Matthew 9: 6, KJV) where man is in service to Almighty GOD. The duty of created beings and living creatures is again enjoined, and mankind is to maintain divine law and divine rest (Matthew 12: 8, KJV).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the title “son of GOD” names Jesus as a sovereign heir of divinity (e.g., Matthew 3: 17, KJV). Divine inheritance derives through both divine law, and divine prerogative. As their offspring, Christ occupies the place of Adam (the male and female), who in union also are named son of GOD (Luke 3: 38, KJV).
As an eternal person, the Son, within the fullness of Almighty GOD, the spirit, is in union with the Holy Spirit and together are named as “the Godhead.”) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX Washington, DC