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Human sexuality, judgment against suicide, and more on who has access to Christian love are among topics presented, today. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Siobhan” (Level 1 with 92 points, a member since December 7, 2012) posted the following:

If you believe in the afterlife, do you think my cousin is suffering for killing herself?
my 20 year old cousin ended her life a few years ago by stabbing herself in the chest. she did it because she said she wanted to be a boy, and hated being a girl. is she most likely suffering still? most spiritual beliefs seem to say suicide is the worst thing you can do, and an insult to God.

THE BATTLE AXE: Knowing Who Your Real Friends Are (12/11/2012)—Our real friends are only those who also love our father. To the extent love is described only by efforts to unselfishly benefit others, equitable exchange, fruitful interaction, mutual respect and sharing, it is not unreasonable to say that those who do not love GOD, do not love anyone begotten or created of GOD. For example, those who persist as unrepentant whores and whoremongers care, feel, hurt, and suffer, yet they do not love. As women forced to feign their feelings, their likes and dislikes, their pleasure and frustration, whores are often bitter, malicious, resentful, vindictive, and unforgiving. Specifically, “Christian love” will be offered to all, however will be practiced primarily among Christians, and may not be found outside the congregation of believers. Clearly, the work of those in covenant with GOD is to overspread the earth with a love that derives from divine person, and is inseparable from such sacred content as faith, hope, joy, truth, wisdom and wrath against sin. The love of GOD emanates from the divine person as a fact of consecrated being (often called “grace”), and is not caused or made to appear through the appetite, behavior, belief or conscience of created beings and living creatures. All those everywhere who serve GOD by demonstrating the presence of divine love also seek to be generous, impartial, and unbiased in all things. Such believers accept that GOD, the Father of spirits (Hebrews 12: 9, KJV) is also titled the “Father of mercies” (2nd Corinthians 1: 3, KJV) to acknowledge his kindness and righteousness in judgment, and his supremacy as the GOD of love. See John 14: 21-24 and John 15: 10-13, KJV. Wisdom instructs us that joy, love and truth are amplified and continued only as we bestow them upon others.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. (Ezekiel 18: 20-24, KJV)

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); Does Everyone Go To Heaven? (10/28/2012); Magick and Prayer? (10/29/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); Justice Comes by Love? (10/01/2012); To Be or Not To Be? (08/26/2012); Tests for Origins (08/27/2012); The Old Testament and Parables (08/12/2012); The Divine Tool of Death (08/11/2012); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD (10/16/2010)

Mature Christian believers accept the various teachings from Scripture regarding the state of the dead: The dead do not suffer in body, mind or spirit. The dead are said to “sleep” because, in the plan of GOD, they will be revived as living to complete their participation in judgment, or to continue their existence as the immortal, incorruptible ones redeemed and saved through Jesus Christ. The dead do not dream, have mental activity, remember, praise GOD, see the future, or visit the living.

On a different note: There are many problems in understanding the judgment of GOD against those who commit suicide. Many subtle (barely visible) details and differences must come into view. Such divine purposes as atonement, Creation, redemption and salvation are not served by suicide (see Ezekiel 18: 32, KJV). The gospel is not delivered, and there is no demonstration of forgiveness, divine love and repentance. To the extent self-murder cannot be performed as obedience, submission, and worship, suicide denies the authority of GOD over “the world” (the set of interdependent, man-made devices for human survival that determines carnal, material and social reality; examples are art, culture, history, language, money, nations, politics, and race).

The divine judgment against sins associated with the issues of full human functioning (e.g., casual sex, fornication, gender differences, pre-marital sex, marriage and divorce, sexual perversion, and sexual preferences), require focus upon how one has applied their spirit substance to discipline their appetite, senses, and mind. In the same way, one uses their intelligence and reason to limit damage from hunger or thirst by carefully selecting what, when and where to eat and drink, one is supplied with spiritual resources to direct and maintain sexual balance, and self-control.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, iniquity is the deliberate, and knowing violation of divine law (we say, “it was not an accident, or an innocent mistake, it was on purpose”). Behavior motivated by anger, fear, guilt or shame can not be justified through Jesus Christ as is behavior motivated by belief in his death, resurrection and promised advent. Thus, complaining, envy, lying, pride, or self promotion are not excused and permitted. Baptism, church attendance, giving, forgiving, prayer, preaching, repentance, service, study of the Scriptures, and worship are examples of what is approved for believers in their judgment.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIXWashington, DC

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       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